KEY WEST, FLA. (WSVN) – Florida Fish and Wildlife is looking for the person responsible for damaging a coral reef near Key West.Officials found blades from a large propeller that damaged the coral located inside the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, last week.A large boat between 80 to 100 feet long is to blame, said officials.The coral reef will need immediate repairs from the impact.Anyone with information about the boat or owner is urged to contact the FWC.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
When the Alaska Legislature passed the state budget June 22, it also voted for the first time to cut money for Permanent Fund dividends. By doing this, it followed in the steps of Gov. Bill Walker, who cut PFDs in half last year to maintain state savings.The PFD cut will affect those in some Alaska communities more than others.Listen nowThis map shows the estimated effect of reducing Permanent Fund dividends through the state operating budget. It draws on U.S. Census American Community Survey income estimates for each borough and Unorganized Borough census area. The income estimates are modified to reflect 2017 PFD projections. The projected amount for 2017 PFDs was calculated based on Permanent Fund growth through May 31, minus spending to administer PFDs and other appropriations.Ben Nukusuk needs a snow machine to get around Hooper Bay, an 1,093-person city on Alaska’s Bering Sea coast. He was planning on using his Permanent Fund dividend in October to make a down payment on a new one.“A lot of the families rely on the PFD, so they can purchase the big-ticket items, namely: snow machine, outboard (motor) or boat,” Nukusuk said. “Because people just don’t have that kind of money now – one lump sum, such as the PFD, especially on the good years.”And 2017 was going to be a good year.Years of investment growth were on track to push PFDs to an estimated $2,318.Without adjusting for inflation, that’s the highest in the fund’s history. But the Legislature cut funding to $1,100.This cut will hit Nukusuk more than most Alaskans. His household has 11 people, including his children’s families and two foster kids. That means they’ll lose more than $11,000. That’s close to half their household income.“It may not be so much to somebody who lives in the urban area who makes over $100,000 a year or $150,000, but for people like us, that’s a big deal,” Nukusuk said.Hooper Bay is in the Kusilvak census area, where the average loss of household income would be more than 10 percent, according to a KTOO and Alaska Public Media analysis. That’s the highest loss in the state.Juneau residents would lose 3 percent, the lowest loss.Nukusuk said he’s frustrated the Legislature enacted the funding cut without passing a plan to balance the state’s budget in the future.“I wish they’d get their act together,” Nukusuk said. “There’s so many smart people in Juneau and I don’t want to see our state go under too, but there are so many people who are down there who can put two and two together.”State Fish and Game Commissioner Sam Cotten was a state representative when the state started PFDs in 1982. He said lawmakers knew then that it would be difficult to reduce dividends once they were started.“There was a discussion then about (how) some day there’d be a contest between getting rid of or reducing the PFD and having income taxes or other broad-based taxes,” Cotten said. “Certainly, the expectation was if you had to reduce or eliminate them, that it wouldn’t be an easy thing to do. It would not be a popular thing to do.”Cotten expressed sympathy for residents from lower-income portions of the state who feel they’re carrying the burden for balancing the budget. Agreeing on a long-term budget plan is essential, he said.“Then it might be fairer to say, ‘OK, we’ll find another source of income, reduce, not eliminate the dividends as a fair approach,’” Cotten said. “But if you reduce or eliminate dividends as the only measure, then that’s not a fair approach.”While opponents of an income tax have cited its potential effect on the urban economy, village residents are concerned about the PFD cut’s impact on rural economies.Nile Aguchak also lives in the Kusilvak Census Area, in Scammon Bay. He said everyone in the city of 474 residents will be harmed by the PFD cut.“I know that extra $1,200 would have been very helpful,” Aguchak said. “When they’re paying five dollars plus a gallon for heating and for running operations, which includes gas, diesel and so on, you know, all of this adds up somewhere.”The House and Senate couldn’t agree on legislation to draw from Permanent Fund earnings to pay for state government.House members say the plan – and future PFD cuts – should depend on adding oil and gas taxes and a broad-based tax. Senators reject that approach, and say a Permanent Fund plan should be passed on its own. Correction: An earlier version of this story overstated the amount Ben Nukusuk’s family would lose. It would lose nearly $11,000, not $13,000. read more
Roses? Breakfast in bed? Hand-made cards? Sure thing. But for many eager-to-please offspring hoping to hit the mark this Mother’s Day, the safest bet is taking Mom out for a scrumptious dessert, and sweet-toothed San José has plenty of those to go around.We wracked our brains. We traveled to the ends of the Earth (okay, Escazú). We sampled until we could sample no more. Here is our list of the six tastiest indulgences in the Central Valley. What did we leave out? Please let us know. And drop a couple slices by our offices.Our countdown begins:6. Bomba de chocolate – Il PaninoDid we have you at “chocolate bomb”? Really? We didn’t? Well, Il Panino’s take on this widespread favorite is right on the money, with a molten center that’s to die for.₡4,600 (about $9). Escazú, El Paco. Mon-Thu: 8a.m. – 12a.m. Fri-Sat: 8a.m.- 2a.m. Sun: 9a.m.-12a.m. 2228-8606/Il Panino Website.5. Torta chilena – Da Noi Torta Chilena Courtesy of DaNoiYou can’t go wrong with a torta chilena. Oh, wait. You can. Like many hugely popular desserts, this one is often half-heartedly prepared; you might find mediocre, gummy dulce de leche and chalky pastry layers. However, a truly delicious torta chilena is food for the Gods, and gelatería Da Noi hits it out of the park. Flaky, fresh, decadent – Mom will thank you.₡2,450 per slice and ₡17,500 whole. Construplaza, Guachipelín, and Multiplaza del Este. 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. 2215-4138/Da Noi Facebook page.4. Pie de limón griego– Restaurante MediterráneoThis classic lime or lemon pie is available in most any café in the land, but this one is in a class all its own. Our tasters declared it fluffy and airy, yet strangely soft and melty; creamy and rich, sweet yet tart. Hold on – we’re going to go get one right now.₡3,900 (about $8). Escazú, 800 meters west of the intersection of San Rafael and old road to Santa Ana, in front of Plaza del Río. Tue – Sat: 12 m.d. – 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Sun: 12 m.d. – 6 p.m. 2289-8153/El Mediterraneo Facebook page.3. Tartaletas and pan de chocolate – Chez ChristopheOK, we’re back. Looking to bring Mom dessert at home, or to add something sweet to that breakfast tray? Go to beloved bakery and restaurant Chez Christophe and buy, well, anything, but these are two of our favorites. The pan de chocolate and a little vase of flowers will bring a smile to anyone’s face.₡12,320 (plate for 6). Escazú, across from El Paco. 7a.m. – 7p.m. 2228-2512/Chez Christophe Facebook page.2. Paleta Kalú – Kalú Paleta Kalu Courtesy of KaluThis one stands out from the pack for sheer wow factor. Kalú’s creator, renowned chef Camille Ratton, has long been known for her desserts, and this platter unites six mini desserts of the kitchen’s choosing for your sampling pleasure. This might include creations such as the Cahuita Pie (lime, banana, chocolate), the Torta Mandorla (blueberry-pear cake with almond cream), or the classic tarte tartin. Add to this the calming sight of Kalú’s garden courtyard and a selection from the wine list and you’ve got yourself a lovely Mother’s Day outing.C7,200 (about $14). Barrio Escalante, 50 meters east of Parque Francia. 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. 2253-8426/Kalú Website.1. Alfajor – ArtemesiaWe’re going basic – but orgasmic – for our #1. East-side family bakery Artemesia produces many wonders from its ovens, and its alfajor is the most wondrous of all. It’s two unbelievably flaky and crumbly shortbreads that appear to contain an entire stick of butter each, united by the best dulce de leche in town. An alfajor is more or less a very robust sandwich cookie, but trust us – this is a cookie that says, “Thanks for 30 hours of labor.” Lead your madre to the nicest view you can muster; put one of these in her hand (on a plate, because they’re so rich that they tend to disintegrate); in the other, put a steaming mug of hot Costa Rican coffee fresh out of the chorreador; in front of her, the good book she put a bookmark in before she had kids and hasn’t picked up since. Now back away quietly, exit the house, come back in four or five hours – and drop the mic, because you just aced Mother’s Day.₡700 (about $2). San Pedro, 125 meters east of the Rotonda La Betania. Mon: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Tue-Fri: 7:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Sat: 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. 2280-7997/Artemesia Facebook page. Related posts:Chili cook-off heats up Atenas Costa Rica hopes to attract adventurous eaters with new decree Chef Jamie Oliver visits Costa Rica, makes tortillas Tamales, a Christmas present for every day of December Facebook Comments read more
Painters refuse to go quietly Puto maya Locsin wants to drop ‘visas upon arrival’ privilege PH protests Chinese boat swarm, warship passage MOST READ WHAT WENT BEFORE: Dengvaxia is world’s first dengue vaccine Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Despite meager means, Mama wanted only the best for her children. Five of us were sent to schools in Manila. The others were schooled in the prime educational institutions in Cebu.MORE STORIESnewsinfoWHAT WENT BEFORE: Dengvaxia is world’s first dengue vaccinenewsinfoBaybayin revival makes native PH history hipnewsinfoMartial law in Negros? Military taking cue from local execsMORE STORIESnewsinfoWHAT WENT BEFORE: Dengvaxia is world’s first dengue vaccinenewsinfoBaybayin revival makes native PH history hipnewsinfoMartial law in Negros? Military taking cue from local execsI guess there was no other way for Mama, when it comes to education.She was an excellent student all her life. She never finished lower than at the top of her class, since the elementary grades. For this, she was chosen as the recipient of the prestigious Sotero B. Cabahug Medal, the highest award that a Mandauehanon can aspire for.If not for my mother, I probably would not have become a lawyer. After two semesters at UP, I wanted to quit and transfer to a local school. Like most probinsyanos who left home for the first time, I was just overwhelmed by the distance, high standards and all other things which a young student from a small town must face in the megapolis.When I informed Mama about my decision, I found out that I was not only studying for my future. I was also living a dream that she had which was never fulfilled.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Baybayin revival makes native PH history hip During her high school days, she only had one intention, to study at the State University. If she had, Mama, with her intelligence, could have become one of the top finance persons in the country.But it was not meant to be.The war came. Her father died during the conflict, and she, and her five other siblings were left under the care of a sickly mother. For lack of resources, they were constrained to study in local universities.My mother’s exact words to me were, “I begged and cried just so I could go to UP but it was not just possible. Now that the opportunity is given to you, are you going to miss the chance.”At that instant, I changed my mind and had a new resolve to finish my education at UP.My mother, Lilia Socorro Sanchez-Pascual, went up to the Lord last December 20, 2013, a few days after her 90th birthday. She was married to Cornelio Emilio Pascual of Bakilid, Mandaue City.All their ten children are still alive and enjoyed the love and affection their parents could give.A few years ago, I asked Mama if there was still anything that she wished for.Her answer was that her life was fully accomplished when her youngest child finished her medical technology course in 1987. Mama left this world without any regret, because the treasure that she earned were in the ten children that she and my father sired, nurtured and helped succeed in their lives. PCSO to focus on improving transparency of gaming activities PLAY LIST 03:26PCSO to focus on improving transparency of gaming activities01:39Sotto open to discuss, listen to pros and cons of divorce bill06:02Senate to probe Tolentino’s ‘novel legal theories’ on oral agreements01:50Palace open to make Dengvaxia usable again as dengue cases spike01:49House seeks probe on ‘massive corruption’ in PCSO01:37PCSO estimates P250M in Lotto revenue loss due to suspension Senate to probe Tolentino’s ‘novel legal theories’ on oral agreements Tolentino: No more debate with Drilon on China deal There was a time when Mama went out of the house early in the morning for her first job at Botica Ivory, along Manalili St., Cebu City.From there, she went directly to her full time teaching job at the University of the Visayas. In between, she earned a master’s degree in business.FEATURED STORIESNEWSINFOSenate to probe Tolentino’s ‘novel legal theories’ on oral agreementsNEWSINFOLocsin wants to drop ‘visas upon arrival’ privilegeNEWSINFOPalace open to make Dengvaxia usable again as dengue cases spikeMama’s academic career was capped by her appointment as Dean of the College of Commerce.Of course, she would not have been able to make it without the love and support of our father. SMC bags Bulacan airport project Our mother was one of the unheralded women in the world.She sired ten children. All of them became professionals. Everything out of the sweat of her brows.ADVERTISEMENT View comments read more