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French workers least satisfied with their quality of life of work

first_img Guy Bentley There is little cheer in France these days, with a disappointing economy and uncertain politics. Adding further to France’s woes a new study claims French workers are the least satisfied of six major European countries.The study was published by the French observatory for the quality of life in the workplace, Actineo. The Dutch workers topped the study ranking as the most satisfied in Europe. In the Netherlands, a whopping 91 per cent of workers said they were satisfied with their work environment compared to 78 per cent in France. The CSA institute which carried out the study mused the differences in satisfaction could lie with the layout of work space. It is argued that more open office space leads to greater satisfaction.In Europe, more than 75 per cent of people work in company offices. Figures in the UK and Sweden are somewhat lower at 65 per cent and 54 per cent respectively. The research showed that sharing office space between more than four people is on the rise in Europe.Almost three-quarters of UK employees work in a shared office space, compared to 55 per cent in France and Germany. The study suggests Europeans are very concerned with quality of life at work. The Dutch and French appear to place good relationships with colleagues at the top their preferences.The Germans value work space the most. There are also some wonderfully eccentric findings in the report. More than half of Swedes believe a good workplace should be silent. Over a third of Spaniards are are most concerned about the arrangement of their workspace.The study comes hot on the heels of research from recruiters Randstad that showed British workers were happier with their jobs than French or Italian workers.  whatsapp Share French workers least satisfied with their quality of life of work Show Comments ▼ Thursday 6 November 2014 3:34 pm More From Our Partners Supermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.org‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comMark Eaton, former NBA All-Star, dead at 64nypost.comI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comWhy people are finding dryer sheets in their mailboxesnypost.comSidney Crosby, Alex Ovechkin are graying and frayingnypost.com980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.com whatsapp Tags: NULLlast_img read more

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Operation Warp Speed doesn’t have the transparency it needs

first_img What is it? Operation Warp Speed doesn’t have the transparency it needs Daily reporting and analysis The most comprehensive industry coverage from a powerhouse team of reporters Subscriber-only newsletters Daily newsletters to brief you on the most important industry news of the day STAT+ Conversations Weekly opportunities to engage with our reporters and leading industry experts in live video conversations Exclusive industry events Premium access to subscriber-only networking events around the country The best reporters in the industry The most trusted and well-connected newsroom in the health care industry And much more Exclusive interviews with industry leaders, profiles, and premium tools, like our CRISPR Trackr. The Office of Inspector General at the Department of Health and Human Services has said that Moncef Slaoui, the leader of Operation Warp Speed, can remain a government contractor. Mark Wilson/Getty Images So much for transparency. In what can only be called a disappointing decision, the Trump administration says the chief advisor at Operation Warp Speed, its ambitious project to develop a Covid-19 vaccine by January 2021, can remain a government contractor.This means the advisor, Moncef Slaoui, a former GlaxoSmithKline executive turned venture capitalist, does not have to file ethics disclosures that are normally required of federal employees. What’s more, he can also keep his investments in drug makers. @Pharmalot What’s included? The Pharmalot View Ed Silverman About the Author Reprintscenter_img Pharmalot Columnist, Senior Writer Ed covers the pharmaceutical industry. [email protected] GET STARTED STAT+ is STAT’s premium subscription service for in-depth biotech, pharma, policy, and life science coverage and analysis. Our award-winning team covers news on Wall Street, policy developments in Washington, early science breakthroughs and clinical trial results, and health care disruption in Silicon Valley and beyond. Unlock this article by subscribing to STAT+ and enjoy your first 30 days free! GET STARTED Log In | Learn More Tags government agenciesSTAT+ By Ed Silverman July 16, 2020 Reprintslast_img read more

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WATCH: Laois school releases video to let students know they are supporting them

first_img WATCH: Laois school releases video to let students know they are supporting them Twitter Pinterest Electric Picnic Bizarre situation as Ben Brennan breaks up Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael arrangement to take Graiguecullen-Portarlington vice-chair role Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festival Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival date This is a lovely video.The staff of St Mary’s CBS Portlaoise have come together to record a video to let their students know that they are there for them as they navigate their way through the Coronavirus pandemic.The video was put together by Ms Emma Lynch and posted on the school’s Instagram account.Ms Emma Lynch said: “This is a message from the staff of St. Mary’s CBS to our students.“It’s a difficult time for everyone right now but it’s important to us that our students remember that their school community is always here to support them where possible.“Students may be absent from our physical classrooms but they are ever present in our minds as we think of new innovative ways of teaching and preparing our classes for the future.“We hope that all our students will return to school as soon as possible to learn, see their friends and achieve their educational goals.”You can watch the video in full below: Electric Picnic TAGSPortlaoise CBS Facebook Pinterestcenter_img Twitter SEE ALSO – The story of ‘Do It For Dan’ set to feature on Late Late Show WhatsApp By Alan Hartnett – 1st May 2020 News WhatsApp Home News WATCH: Laois school releases video to let students know they are supporting… News Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleThird drug-related death from Tullamore hostel tragedy as Gardai search premises in Laois and OffalyNext articleJust four cars sold in Laois in April – as sales fall by over 96% Alan HartnettStradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016.last_img read more

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Left in the dark – Councillors rage over new LED lights in Laois estates

first_img WhatsApp Previous article‘Disturbed’ ten days of weather ahead as ‘numerous Atlantic storms’ to strikeNext articleCoronavirus: 1,167 new cases and three further deaths as golf courses forced to close Alan HartnettStradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016. Twitter Bizarre situation as Ben Brennan breaks up Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael arrangement to take Graiguecullen-Portarlington vice-chair role Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festival By Alan Hartnett – 21st October 2020 Pinterest Facebook Twitter TAGSCaroline Dwane-StanleyFairgreenFarhan NasiemLaois County CouncilLED lightsOaklawnsPortlaoise Municipal DistrictSimon WaltonThomasina ConnellWillie Aird Left in the dark – Councillors rage over new LED lights in Laois estates Electric Picnic Electric Picnic Home News Council Left in the dark – Councillors rage over new LED lights in… NewsCouncil News Facebook “It’s like you went into your kitchen and took the light out of the ceiling and replaced it with a lamp – that’s how bad these lights are.”Not for the first time – the issue of lighting raised its head at a meeting involving Laois County Councillors.At this morning’s Portlaoise Municipal District meeting in the Chamber of Laois County Council, Councillors expressed their deep dissatisfaction, and that of their constituents, with the new LED public lights that continue to be rolled out.The quote above is from Cllr Willie Aird and he was replying to a presentation on LED lighting from engineer Farhan Nasiem.According to Mr Nasiem, 40% of the 2,563 public lights in Portlaoise will be irreplaceable in the next 12 months as the fittings for them are no longer being made.That is one of the reasons for the switch to LED while other reasons given include climate change and the quest to make Portlaoise a Low Carbon town.It currently costs €180,000 per year to power the existing lights but as LED is more efficient, this is set to drop to €120,000 per year once replacement is completed.The cost of the replacement project is €1.3 million but Laois County Council have secured this money through URDM funding.According to Mr Nasiem, these LED lights take a targeted approach to fully illuminate the street and footpath.And he said that people who previously would have had their driveways illuminated through spillage from the old lights may unfortunately have been getting lighting that they were not supposed to be getting.However, Director of Services Simon Walton acknowledged that some estates in Portlaoise were not getting the same quality of light from these new bulbs as from the old ones.He said that in some instances, trees would have to be pruned or else extra lights would be erected.He said this was the case in roughly ten estates and he specially identified Oaklawns and Fairgreen as two of those.But he said that the reality was that the old lights were not coming back – and everyone had to get on board with that.Cllrs were not pleased however and they called for members of the council to meet them at different locations to see first hand the issues that develop.Cllr Caroline Dwane Stanley, who raised a motion on the issue, said: “There is nobody, or no presentation, that will convince me that these lights are better.“There are parts of housing estates that are in complete darkness now where they always had light.”Cllr Catherine Fitzgerald added: “I know of one person who visits an elderly person in an estate and they bring a torch with them while they are going in.”Cllr Thomasina Connell, who also raised a motion, said: “We need action to remedy this situation quickly. And I am not happy with the suggestion that just because people previously had light on their driveways – that they are not entitled to it now.”Council officials agreed to meet Councillors at locations where the new lights are causing issues.SEE ALSO – Manager invited to visit Laois town ‘some dark night’ Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival datelast_img read more

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U.S. regulators sanction four firms

first_img Deutsche Bank was fined US$2.5 million; Citigroup was fined US$1 million; J.P. Morgan was fined US$800,000; and Interactive Brokers was fined US$450,000. FINRA, the New York Stock Exchange, Nasdaq, and Bats, a CBOE Holdings Co., as well as their affiliated exchanges, brought the enforcement actions forward. They allege that the firms failed to comply with certain aspects of market access rules by failing to implement controls to prevent the entry of erroneous or duplicative orders. They are also accused of failing to prevent the entry of orders that exceed pre-set credit or capital thresholds, and failing to supervise customer trading to prevent potentially manipulative trading. Each firm’s sanction was determined by, among other things, the number of erroneous orders that were entered, potentially manipulative trading activity that went undetected by the firms and the market impact of their control failures. “It is important that firms have reasonable market access procedures in place to appropriately monitor for errors and risks that can be harmful to the integrity of our securities markets,” FINRA and the exchanges said in a joint statement. Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Share this article and your comments with peers on social media BFI investors plead for firm’s sale Mouth mechanic turned market manipulator James Langton center_img Related news PwC alleges deleted emails, unusual transactions in Bridging Finance case The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) and the major U.S. stock exchanges have sanctioned four Wall Street firms for violating market access rules. The four firms — Deutsche Bank Securities Inc., Citigroup Global Markets Inc., J.P. Morgan Securities LLC and Interactive Brokers LLC — have been censured and fined a total of US$4.75 million for violating various provisions of market access rules, according to an announcement from FINRA. The firms settled the allegations without admitting or denying the allegations. Keywords EnforcementCompanies Financial Industry Regulatory Authority last_img read more

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FSB delays reforms to securities financing rules

first_img James Langton Financial Technology concept illustration of Businessman pointing at abstract blue business charts and icons peshkova/123RF Related news Volcker Rule revisions meet with U.S. industry approval Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Big banks bolstered by reforms: FSB Keywords Financial services reformCompanies Financial Stability Board Pandemic at top of global regulators’ agenda The FSB says that financing deals, such as repos and securities lending transactions, which are critical to price discovery and secondary market liquidity for many securities, “can also be used to take on leverage as well as maturity and liquidity mismatched exposures, and therefore can pose risks to financial stability.”The FSB developed measures to address those risks in an effort to boost financial sector resilience, including reforms to set new standards for securities financing transactions, and to boost transparency around these deals.Now, it says, while regulators are making progress in adopting the recommendations, “implementation has seen significant delays in some jurisdictions,” particularly as certain reforms to global banking regulation have been delayed to 2022.As a result, the FSB is now pushing back its implementation deadlines too — to January 2022 for transactions between banks and non-banks, and to January 2024 for non-bank to non-bank transactions. Citing ongoing implementation delays, the Financial Stability Board (FSB) is pushing back its deadlines for regulators to adopt reforms to address financial stability risks in securities financings.The Basel, Switzerland-based global policy group is delaying the deadline for national regulators to adopt certain standards for securities financing transactions that are not centrally cleared. Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

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NIS Funeral Grant Increased to $50,000

first_imgAdvertisements RelatedNIS Funeral Grant Increased to $50,000 RelatedNIS Funeral Grant Increased to $50,000 NIS Funeral Grant Increased to $50,000 UncategorizedDecember 18, 2006center_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail A Resolution seeking an increase in the National Insurance Scheme (NIS) funeral grant from $40,000 to $50,000, was passed in the Senate on December 15.Leader of Government Business in the Senate, A. J. Nicholson said that, “based on the review of the actuarial evaluation and after consultation with the Ministry of Finance and Planning, the Ministry of Labour and Social Security recommended to Cabinet that a further increase in the funeral grant from $40,000 to $50,000 be implemented with effect from January1, 2007”.Senator Nicholson, who is also Minister of Justice and Attorney General, informed the Senate that funeral grant benefits were periodically increased under the NIS, citing adjustments in 1990, 1991, 1992, 1996, 1998, 2001 and 2003.“With a projected increase of two per cent in the number of claims made each year, it is expected that the increase in the value of the grant will see additional expenditure from the National Insurance Fund of approximately $280 million over the next five years,” said Mr. Nicholson.He added that the actuaries have confirmed that this level of increase could be sustained by the NIS, without jeopardizing its ability to meet future obligations.Since the start of this year, there have been 4,355 claims for funeral grants, with the number of claims projected to reach at least 4,500 by the end of the calendar year.Senator Nicholson said that improvements have been made to the service delivery mechanisms at the Ministry of Labour and Social Security to ensure that the majority of these claims are processed within five working days.He pointed out that effective April 3, 2006, all benefits payable under the National Insurance Scheme, were increased following affirmative resolution in Parliament. The Minister added that most of the benefits were increased by 66 2/3 per cent, with a 331/3 per cent increase in the funeral grant from $30,000 to $40,000. “During the debate that preceded the Parliamentary affirmation of the new rates, concerns were raised by members regarding the level of increase in the funeral grant. The consensus among members was that the grant was insufficient to meet the rising cost of funerals,” informed Senator Nicholson.He added that the former Minister of Labour and Social Security, Horace Dalley had assured members in the House of Representatives that the “matter will be reviewed”.Senator Nicholson stressed that the funeral grant provided under the NIS was not meant to “cover all expenses that are attached to a funeral”.“What the grant is meant to do is to provide some financial support for the bereaved family. It is not and was never intended to cover all the funeral expenses of the deceased, as some persons probably believe,” he said.The funeral grant offered by the NIS is payable on the death of an NIS pensioner or a dependent spouse. The grant may also be paid on the passing of a current NIS contributor or his or her spouse, where the contributor has met certain qualifying conditions. RelatedNIS Funeral Grant Increased to $50,000last_img read more

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WA’s Wirraka Maya Health Service leads way in providing better patient care

first_imgWA’s Wirraka Maya Health Service leads way in providing better patient care Australian Digital Health AgencyAn Aboriginal community health service in Western Australia has produced record results in the use of technology to ensure better connected care for local patients.Senior Medical Officer at Wirraka Maya Health Service in Port Hedland, WA, Dr Yolande Knight said: “We rely on My Health Record to keep us updated on patient pathology, imaging, medication, dispensing and history records.“We find it helpful because a lot of our patients are transient, moving from one region to another, so it can be difficult to get their comprehensive files.“We can see what other doctors have requested and performed, overcoming the delays waiting for records requested from other practices and providers. Equally, we can upload and share what we’ve done, so when the patient attends elsewhere, their record is current and available to other practitioners.“We can also see what scripts were dispensed. It’s invaluable that PathWest results are automatically available. This helped us a lot with recent COVID-19 test results, where at times it was quicker to see the result on the patient’s record than to join the phone queue to get the result.”Over 2020, the Wirraka Maya Health Service uploaded the ninth highest number of Shared Health Summaries in Western Australia – this is a summary of a patient’s key health information, and the highest number of Event Summaries in the state – this is a summary of a key consultation to My Health Record. Also, the health service has viewed more uploaded documents than any other primary care provider in Western Australia.A key benefit to patients is that they can use the Shared Health Summaries and prescription information that have been uploaded by Wirraka Maya as proof of any underlying health conditions so they can obtain an early Covid-19 vaccination.Recent changes to My Health Record include a new consolidated view of immunisation information from the Australian Immunisation Register and the individual’s record (shared health summaries and event summaries).Wirraka Maya Health Service originated from the efforts of Aboriginal people to establish a health service to address the unmet needs of Aboriginal people in the Port Hedland and South Hedland areas and surrounding communities. It commenced the delivery of clinical services in 1996.The service now has more than 7,000 residents registered and actively engaged in wellbeing, primary care, and prevention programs across the region.Hedland is one of three communities across the country currently working with the Australian Digital Health Agency to leverage technology to improve the health and wellbeing of residents.Australian Digital Health Agency Consumer Advocate, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Champion and Co-Chair of the Agency’s Reconciliation Working Group and national Medicines Safety Program, Steve Renouf, congratulated Wirraka Maya for its commitment to digital health.“It’s great to see an Aboriginal-controlled health service leading the way in achieving outstanding results in the use of digital technology,” he said.“This commitment to digital service delivery will continue to enhance clinical outcomes in local communities and help breach the digital divide that can disadvantage remote patients.”Aboriginal Health Council of Western Australia (AHCWA) Public Health Medical Officer, Dr Marianne Wood, said: “The Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services (ACCHS) sector in WA has been a leader in the use of My Health Record and we are very proud of the great work by Wirraka Maya.“Many ACCHS recognised, early on, the enormous potential of the record in improving the care of Aboriginal patients, particularly for those who travel widely and receive care from many different health care providers across this enormous state,” she said.“AHCWA has been very active in supporting both ACCHS and the wider WA health sector in the My Health Record project, recognising that the benefit of the record is far greater when there is a collective effort. The Hedland Community of Excellence Project and the work of Wirraka Maya shows what can be achieved.”WA Primary Health Alliance General Manager, Primary Care Innovation and Development, Bernadette Kenny, said “This is the result of the whole team at Wirraka Maya working together and understanding the real benefits to their community when it comes to utilising the digital health services available to them. Their exemplary use of My Health Record ensures their clients are supported throughout their health journey both in the Pilbara and beyond by providing vital clinical information at a time when it is most needed.” /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:Aboriginal, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, AusPol, Australia, Australian, community health, digital health, Government, health, health services, Maya, patient care, Port Hedland, primary care, public health, South Hedland, WA, Western Australialast_img read more

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GAIMS commended as the second best civil hospital in Gujarat for its performance in Ayushman Bharat Yojana

first_imgGAIMS commended as the second best civil hospital in Gujarat for its performance in Ayushman Bharat Yojana MaxiVision Eye Hospitals launches “Mucormycosis Early Detection Centre” WHO tri-regional policy dialogue seeks solutions to challenges facing international mobility of health professionals Read Article Related Posts News Phoenix Business Consulting invests in telehealth platform Healpha The Adani Foundation run medical college-cum hospital has also recently completed 10 years of its serviceGujarat Adani Institute of Medical Science (GAIMS), G.K. General Hospital, Bhuj, has been commended as the second best civil hospital in Gujarat for its contribution towards the Pradhanmantri Jan Arogya Yojana (PM-JAY).The institute, which is based on a Public Partnership Partnership (PPP) model between Adani Education and Research Foundation and Government of Gujarat, has recently completed 10 years of its service.GAIMS is a medical college, while G.K. General Hospital is a multi-specialty hospital which experiences a footfall of around 1000 patients each day. Both the institutes are operated by the Adani foundation under its Corporate social responsibility (CSR) activities.“Adani G K General Hospital caters specifically to the healthcare needs of the poor and marginalized sections of the society. People from special and deserving categories receive further specialized and free IPD services. In addition, the hospital also connects people with various government schemes such as Ayushman Yojana, MA Yojana, students’ healthcare program, etc.,” said Mr. Vasant Gadhavi, Director Administration, GAIMS. Menopause to become the next game-changer in global femtech solutions industry by 2025 The missing informal workers in India’s vaccine story By EH News Bureau on May 2, 2019 Ayushman YojanaBhujCSRG.K. General HospitalGAIMSGujarat Adani Institute of Medical ScienceMA YojanaPM-JAYPradhanmantri Jan Arogya YojanaPublic Partnership Partnership Heartfulness group of organisations launches ‘Healthcare by Heartfulness’ COVID care app Share Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals releases first “Comprehensive Textbook of COVID-19” Comments (0) Add Commentlast_img read more

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Living in Bear Country

first_img Email Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox. In late July, Kay Burt and some friends were enjoying an evening out on their patio off Labrant Road near Many Lakes when a large female grizzly bear and two cubs emerged in a meadow about 75 yards away.At first, the experience caused excitement among the group, but after some time uneasiness settled in.Burt alerted 911 dispatch of the bears on July 31. Over the next few days, several other neighbors, including Edie Kauffman-Landis, reported seeing the grizzlies roaming near homes in the Creston area.One night the bears broke into a garden and ate corn and carrots. Another night, Aug. 9, a neighbor was awakened by their horse running madly around its pasture, and when the woman stepped outside with a flashlight, she was startled to see the sow grizzly just outside her fence.The bears didn’t cause any major conflicts, but their frequent presence caused concerns to spike, especially among residents with children.More calls were made to authorities, including Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, according to Burt and Kauffman-Landis.“These sightings are becoming more frequent in the past weeks and something needs to be done before there is loss of life or limb,” Kauffman-Landis told the Beacon in an email sent Aug. 25.The weekend of Aug. 23, wildlife officials successfully captured the 6-year-old grizzly and two young cubs and relocated them to the Flathead Indian Reservation in a remote area in the South Fork of the Jocko drainage, which they previously inhabited.The capture caused relief among residents but resentment lingered.Burt and others expressed frustration with the amount of time it took to remove the bears and worried that future reports would similarly go unnoticed until something significant occurred.Burt cited the incident earlier this year when three grizzlies were shot in Ferndale. The incident is under investigation.“I’m afraid that something bad will happen involving one of these bears, or that people will take action themselves,” Burt said. “I don’t want to see a grizzly harmed but I also don’t want to see someone get attacked.”Tim Manley, a grizzly management specialist for FWP with 30 years of experience in the agency, keeps his schedule busy with wrangling problem bears and raising awareness among residents living in bear country. Explaining the latest capture in Creston, Manley described the varied approach the agency takes when assessing a problem bear and determining whether to trap it.“We look at each individual circumstance and report. We understand that people get nervous when a female grizzly with two cubs walks through their back yard. That’s why we end up setting traps and capturing them,” Manley said. “Sometimes it takes longer. If a bear has been captured before, they’re not easy to catch again.”The recent female grizzly had, in fact, been captured before, and wrangling her once again proved difficult, Manley said. Crews set up culvert traps but they only caught one of the cubs. Manley worried that keeping the cub trapped for an extended period of time would lead the sow to abandon it, which would diminish that bear’s chance of survival. The bear was released and FWP crews kept an eye on the three grizzlies’ movements until another opportunity arose. They set up an area on private property, away from homes, and captured the sow with a foot snare. Once she was caught and sedated, the two cubs were captured together.The challenge, Manley said, is juggling human safety and the best interest of the grizzly, which is protected under the Endangered Species Act as a threatened species.“We don’t automatically go set a trap. If we feel the situation may escalate or continue on, and it would be the best for the bear’s safety and human safety, then we will do that,” Manley said.Manley said he averages roughly 18 bear captures a year, and this year has been relatively quiet.“As the grizzly population increases and we get more people in the valley, we’ll have more people interacting with bears,” Manley said. “We try to be proactive and preventative. We try to provide information and educate people who are living and recreating in bear country.”In Manley’s tenure, there has not been a bear mauling or injury associated with a grizzly encounter in the greater Flathead Valley, not including Glacier National Park.There are over 1,000 grizzly bears in the Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem, an area encompassing the Flathead and Swan valleys.Manley encourages residents who live in forested areas or in the foothills to properly secure food attractants, including dog food, bird feeders and garbage. Those with chickens are encouraged to install electric fences, which have proven effective in keeping bears out.Attractants are the main reason a bear approaches residences, Manley said.“Usually there’s some reason the bear is in somebody’s back yard,” he said. “A lot of people think they don’t have anything out. But often they do.”In the coming weeks, bears will be foraging for food as they prepare to hibernate for winter. Right now most bears are in the higher elevations eating the remaining crop of berries, but as fall arrives, they will seek any amount of food they can, Manley said.Residents, farmers and hunters are encouraged to carry bear spray, secure food and be cautious in the outdoors, Manley said.For more information on how to be “Bear Aware,” visit http://fwp.mt.gov.last_img read more

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