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Unified View of Digital Infrastructure Is Critical for Overburdened IT Teams Trying to Achieve More with Less Resources Amidst an IT Staffing Crisis

SAN FRANCISCO, July 19, 2022--(BUSINESS WIRE)--A new survey from leading market research firm IDC revealed that a unified view of digital infrastructure is essential for IT teams that must Strengthen the digital customer experience while boosting overall organizational productivity. IT teams at organizations of all sizes are overwhelmed, short-staffed and require more advanced tools that deliver intelligence and actionable insights to help them troubleshoot issues in real-time according to the IDC Signature White Paper, "The Shift to Unified Observability: Reasons, Requirements and Returns" (doc #US49303722, June 2022).

LinkedIn: Survey reveals Unified Observability is key driver of IT productivity and digital customer experience:

Sponsored by Riverbed®, the new survey revealed that IT teams are struggling to effectively manage highly distributed digital infrastructures and deliver digital experiences that meet increasingly high customer expectations. The survey of 1,400 IT workers across 10 countries uncovered the following:

  • 90% of respondents currently use observability tools yet 60% of them believe those tools are too narrowly focused and fail to provide a complete and unified view of their organization’s operating conditions.

  • 60% said the lack of unified observability restricts the IT organization's ability to meet business requirements, and 59% said it makes their job and the job of their staff/peers more difficult.

According to respondents the need to unify observability across all IT (applications, network infrastructure, cloud, end-user services, smart end drives) is being driven by staff, security, cloud and resiliency. Specifically, the top 5 drivers cited included: improving IT teamwork and productivity across domains; increasing cybersecurity threats; managing hybrid networks; supporting a hybrid/remote workforce; and resolving problems faster or avoiding problems altogether.

Yet, for IT teams already overwhelmed by their current workloads, the struggle with observability solutions has a direct impact on costs and prevents IT leaders from concentrating on strategic business initiatives:

  • In this current IT staffing shortage, 56% of respondents agree their organization struggles to hire and retain highly skilled IT staff.

  • 58% of respondents believe that their most well-trained IT staff spend too much time on tactical responsibilities, and 63% of respondents agree their organization needs to find ways to enable lower-skilled IT staff to find and fix issues.

Despite using multiple observability tools, enterprises are still struggling with data collection and are unable to gain actionable insights that Strengthen decision making:

  • 54% of organizations use six or more discrete tools for IT monitoring and measurement, and 61% said the tool limitations hold back productivity and collaboration.

  • 75% of organizations have difficulty analyzing correlations and deriving actionable insights.

"When IT teams use observability tools that span domains, it fosters teamwork and operational success, which is critical during this period of IT talent scarcity," said Mike Marks, Riverbed vice president, of product marketing. "The intelligence and insights delivered through Unified Observability allow even more junior-level IT staff to take fast and decisive action without escalating, letting senior IT leaders focus on strategic business initiatives that Strengthen the customer and employee experience."

As observability becomes the responsibility of C-level technology executives (CIOs, CTOs, CDOs, etc.), companies are also investing more dollars in observability solutions:

"In order to Strengthen service integrity, staff productivity, and the end-to-end digital experience, organizations are taking a more concerted and proactive approach to managing and securing their digital infrastructures," said Mark Leary, Research Director, Network Analytics and Automation, IDC. "Unified observability solutions, with their ability to leverage comprehensive and shared intelligence and deliver precise and actionable insights, benefit IT, end users, and the business."

Download the full IDC Signature White Paper "The Shift to Unified Observability: Reasons, Requirements and Returns," view the infographic here and register for a live webinar "The Shift to Unified Observability: How to Break Through Silos" on July 27, 2022 at 8am PT.

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Survey Methodology

IDC surveyed more than 1,400 IT professionals from across 10 countries on the current and future state of observability. The survey respondents came from seven industries (financial, manufacturing, healthcare, energy, technology, government, and professional services). Over 75% of respondents represented large enterprises (1000+ employees) and 70% held Director or above positions within their respective IT organizations. All had managerial responsibility for observability and/or IT performance management functions, use, staff, and budgets.

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Killexams : Landowners question Eagle’s methods, motives for river park property

EAGLE — Phyllis Johnson has said it in writing, said it in a newspaper story and, this week, the 92-year-old resident said it directly to members of the Eagle Town Board — her private property located adjacent to the planned Eagle River Park is not for sale.

Johnson made her statement at Tuesday’s meeting, during which she shared the history of the 7.5-acre Barnes Ranch property, which she co-owns with Harlan House, of Goodland, Kansas.

The Barnes Ranch extends from the southern side of the Eagle River, across the riverbed and through the eastern edge of the current parking area where the river park is proposed. The ranch encompasses the ground where the existing fairgrounds parking area entrance is located and extends next to the Chambers Park entry. In early artist renderings and conceptual plans for the river park, the land is earmarked for construction of a bike path and future pedestrian bridge connection.

But when she spoke about the land, Johnson didn’t address the river park vision. Instead, she shared personal stories about growing up on the property. She talked about how her admiration for her parents, who worked that land, cannot be expressed.

“Much of the beauty of the land was lost when the river and the highway was changed,” Johnson said, recalling the decision made in the 1970s to route Interstate 70 through her land.

But despite its diminished boundaries, Johnson’s attachment to the ranch remains.

“Neither Harland House or I desire to sell the Barnes property,” she said.

Fighting for what’s hers

After Johnson’s presentation, her daughter, Alexis Kensinger, pointedly addressed the board.

“While my mom is living her life as she has done for years, the river park is now imposed upon her and she must fight, once again, for what is hers and has been hers for the better part of a century,” Kensinger said.

Kensinger detailed an April 21 letter from the town of Eagle, signed by Mayor Anne McKibbin, that noted acquisition of 1.49 acres of the Barnes Ranch located on the north side of the river was needed to construct “a key part of what we have been proposing.”

“We do not anticipate significant impact or diminution of value to your property on the south side of the river, as much of the property we seek to acquire has been fenced and used by Eagle County as ingress/egress to the fairgrounds for decades, while the remainder is a steep river embankment,” reads the town’s letter.

The town stated that an appraisal of the 1.49-acre parcel estimated its value at $111,320.

“Accordingly, the town of Eagle is offering to pay you $166,980, a 50 percent premium over the appraised value,” states the letter.

But Kensinger noted the Barnes Ranch owners are not interested in subdividing their property to sell off the northern parcel.

“In regard to the inquiry to sell the land on the north side of the river, the owners have repeatedly said no,” said Kensinger, detailing a series of meetings and written communication about the matter. “We will not subdivide the property. We believe the river is valuable to our land and we get to decide. This is America.”

Adverse possession

Kensinger also singled out a sentence in the town’s letter related to an adverse possession taking of the property. The town letter stated, “We believe that Eagle County has a strong argument that it has obtained much of the property we are willing to pay for through adverse possession. We offer this premium to resolve this matter amicably outside of any further acquisition proceedings.”

“It is clear that adverse possession is on the table,” Kensinger said. “It is also clear that my mom and Mr. House have paid taxes on the Barnes property, including the truck parking lot owned by them, for many years with no offer from the county for the reimbursement for the use of our land, whatsoever.”

Kensinger noted the property taxes on that land recently tripled and the land has suffered environmental degradation as a result of its use as a truck parking area.

“To recap, the town is threatening adverse possession,” Kensinger said. “That is basically to take the land in the truck parking lot. Is that what we are about in Eagle these days? Taking private land from a local? I wonder how that will play out on the stage of popular opinion — to take land from a 92-year-old lady who has had the land in her family for 90 of those years?”

Mixed Messages

Kensinger said the town has been giving mixed messages about the Barnes property. In some documents, the town says the land is necessary for the project, while in others, the town indicates it can proceed without the property.

“Many people have approached us to apologize for voting for the river project, unknowing that it involved private property, and we believe that going to the voters without control of or consent from the owners of the property was just wrong,” Kensinger said.

Kensinger said Eagle Town Manager John Schneiger has never met with the property owners to discuss the situation.

“You have made no attempt to meet any member of our family in person or to reach out in any way,” she said. “I believe that working to establish a personal relationship is a basic tenant of leadership, and my mom lives 2 1/2 blocks away.”

In conclusion, Kensinger appealed to members of the Town Board to reject any adverse possession actions and to respect her mother’s stated desire to be left alone.

“It is obvious to us and should be to you that you put the cart before the horse, so to speak, and have moved forward with a project that you told the voters you could deliver,” Kensinger said. “Where is the leadership that will pull us back from the abyss the town has created? We as private landowners and taxpayers need you to do the right thing.”

Following the comments from Johnson and Kensinger, the Town Board did not discuss the river park issue in open session. Members thanked them for their presentation, and discussion of the river park property happened later in the evening during executive session. At the conclusion of the closed-door session, Town Board members said no decisions had been made regarding the river park and the Barnes Ranch property.

The last formal statement from the town indicated the park plan could proceed without the Barnes Ranch property.

“We remain hopeful that we can continue to work with them to respect their ownership and the values they place in the property,” read the town’s April 18 statement.

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Killexams : A race to save fish as Rio Grande dries, even in Albuquerque

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — On a recent, scorching afternoon in Albuquerque, off-road vehicles cruised up and down a stretch of dry riverbed where normally the Rio Grande flows. The drivers weren't thrill-seekers, but biologists hoping to save as many endangered fish as they could before the sun turned shrinking pools of water into dust.

For the first time in four decades, America's fifth-longest river went dry in Albuquerque last week. Habitat for the endangered Rio Grande silvery minnow — a shimmery, pinky-sized native fish — went with it. Although summer storms have made the river wet again, experts warn the drying this far north is a sign of an increasingly fragile water supply, and that current conservation measures may not be enough to save the minnow and still provide water to nearby farms, backyards and parks.

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The minnow inhabits only about 7% of its historic range and has withstood a century of habitat loss as the nearly 1,900 mile-long (3,058-kilometer) river was dammed, diverted and channeled from Colorado to New Mexico, Texas and northern Mexico. In 1994, the U.S. government listed it as endangered. Scientists, water managers and environmental groups have worked to keep the fish alive — as required by the Endangered Species Act — but the efforts haven't kept pace with demand for water and climate change.

Years of drought, scorching temperatures and an unpredictable monsoon season are zapping what's left of its habitat, leaving officials with little recourse but to hope for rain.

“They're adapted for a lot of conditions but not to figure this out,” said Thomas Archdeacon, a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologist in charge of a program to rescue the fish. “When you have flow one day and no flow the next for miles, they don’t know how to get out of that.”

When parts of the river dry out, officials use hand nets and seines to pull fish from warm puddles and relocate them to still-flowing sections of the river. The minnow's survival rate after being rescued is slim — just over 5% — due to the stress of warm, stagnant water and being forcibly relocated.

Still, leaving the fish in the pools is a certain death sentence, said Archdeacon. He and the other biologists drove over miles of dried riverbed to where the water picked up again — at the outflow of a sewage treatment plant. Only a handful of the 400 rescued fish would survive, with their best chance swimming through treated sewage.

Over the years, the government has bred and released large numbers of silvery minnows, but for the species to recover, it always comes down to habitat, officials say.

And few options remain to get significantly more water into the river.

“Climate change is coming at us so fast right now that it’s outstripping those tools that we developed over the last few decades,” said John Fleck, a water policy researcher at the University of New Mexico.

Historically, one way to send more water into the river has been to release it from upstream reservoirs. But this year, New Mexico has been unable to store extra water because of a downstream debt it owes Texas as part of a compact. Deep into the driest period the West has seen in 1,200 years, the river wasn't replenished by rainstorms that came in June.

“The timing and the placement of the storms weren't in the right place to keep the river flowing,” said Dave Dubois, New Mexico's state climatologist.

To keep more water in the Rio Grande, the state and irrigation districts are offering to pay farmers to leave fields unplanted, but so far, few have opted in. In New Mexico, small-scale farming is the norm and many farmers water their fields with centuries-old earthen canals that run through their backyards, maintaining the land for cultural reasons, too.

By fallowing their fields, farmers would help save water for the minnow and alleviate the debt to Texas. But officials say that in one key district on the river, only 5% of land was left fallow this year.

“We need more people to do it,” said Jason Casuga, chief engineer for the Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District. But the program is just in its second year, and farmers want to grow crops, Casuga said.

For the past four years, Ron Moya has farmed about 50 acres (20 hectares) of hay and produce near Albuquerque. A retired engineer, Moya said he answered a calling to work the same land that generations of his family had cultivated before him. Last year, Moya left 10 acres (4 hectares) of his plot unplanted in exchange for several thousand dollars, but said he wouldn’t do it this year — even though he was offered more money — because he wanted the moisture to keep the soil on his farm alive. Moya is skeptical that fallowing alone will achieve much.

“There’s people whose livelihood depends on growing their hay. That’s what they know. Can you imagine the whole valley being fallowed? That just seems silly,” he said.

Nor is there much water to squeeze out of New Mexico's biggest city, Albuquerque. Like other Western metropoles, the city of roughly 563,000 has dramatically cut its per-capita water use, from about 250 gallons (946 liters) per day in 1994 to to 119 gallons (450 liters) in 2019, according to data provided by the city's water utility. Albuquerque also uses groundwater and water from the Colorado River.

According to Mike Hamman, New Mexico's state water engineer, “the low hanging fruit has already been picked in Albuquerque, so now it gets a little harder."

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Killexams : Hopkinton students take science trip to South Africa

One day in early July, Hopkinton high school student Gelson Correa watched as a veterinarian and employees of a South African game reserve dragged a dead zebra behind a truck to lure a four-year-old male lion close enough to hit him with a tranquilizer dart. The goal was to swap the lion, who lived on the 50,000-acre reserve with his mother’s pride, with another male lion from a different game reserve to encourage genetic diversity and improve the longevity of both prides.

Correa, along with seven other Hopkinton High School students, hung back as the vet sedated the lion but came nearer after they moved it into an open area. They watched as the vet collected DNA samples, administered vaccines and tended to the wounds of the sleeping lion before loading him into a crate on a truck for transportation.

“We got to be within arm’s length of a male lion,” Correa said. “Watching him sleep, he was very elegant in his own way. When he woke up it was incredible to hear him growl.”

Correa, a 16-year-old rising junior, was one of eight students and two teachers from Hopkinton High School who traveled to South Africa from June 20 to July 7 to study the ecology and wildlife of the land near Kruger National Park. Hopkinton science teacher Chris Borg and special services coordinator Holly Charron led the trip, with expert guides Lee Gutteridge and Kersey Lawrence from the education organizations Nature Guide Training and Original Wisdom, who taught the students about wildlife tracking. 

“We're not just looking at identifying what animal made this track, we're asking questions about what was this animal doing,” Borg said. “Trying to connect interactions among animals and even the plant communities, looking at how they forage and looking at where they're coming to get water and at what times. Through a track, you learn all things about the ecology of an ecosystem.”

The Hopkinton science trips to South Africa originated with former teacher Scott Semmens, who led trips in 2015 and 2017 according to Borg, who took over from Semmens and led his first trip in 2019. Borg said going abroad helps students understand the diversity of the planet and get an appreciation for ecosystems they don’t often see in person. Every Hopkinton High School student is eligible to go on the trip, but Borg said interest has been low enough so far that they haven’t had to do an official application process. 

Rising junior Izzy Affenbach, 16, initially signed up for the trip because she was interested in traveling to a new place, but quickly became interested in learning more about the complexity of the politics around conservation and poaching in the region. She said studying Track and Sign – learning how to interpret animal tracks and understand animal behavior – enhanced the trip.

“It's amazing to look back and realize how much knowledge we had to learn in such a short amount of time,” Affenbach said. “We were able to identify it's not just a bird track, but ‘oh that's actually a double-banded sandgrouse’ or something, before not even knowing what that species was.”

Throughout the two weeks, the students stayed either in tents or in structures at research stations. On a typical day, they would wake up at 5:30 a.m. to the sound of birdsong and set off on a bushwalk or a game drive to try and spot some of the animals they were learning to track: buffalos, rhinoceroses, elephants or lions. The group would return to camp for a meal, and spend the afternoon studying or listening to presentations from the guides or guest lecturers from the game reserves or nearby organizations who spoke about conservation biology. Then there was usually free time, followed by an evening game drive to spot more animals, and then dinner and an early bedtime.

“Wilderness in general is a very humbling experience. Wilderness in a place where there's apex predators is extraordinarily humbling,” Borg said. “It makes people think differently about their place in the universe. Wildlife there is literally in your face, we had encounters on a daily basis with some really incredible megafauna, but also with the small things that run the planet: insects, birds, et cetera.” 

Charron, who led team-building exercises with the students on the trip, said it offered a level of experiential learning they can’t get from being in a classroom. As part of their learning, each student studied a specific animal and presented about it to their classmates. They made plaster casts of animal tracks they found in a riverbed. Partway through the trip, the students took a four-hour Track and Sign field examination that measured their abilities. 

“In order to learn you have to do,” Charron said. “The opportunity to actually do hands-on things blows learning up and gives you such a different perspective.”

Over the course of their two weeks, the students saw a variety of diverse animals including zebras, cheetahs, hyenas, elephants, giraffes and hippos. One time, Affenbach recalls, they watched as a whole family of elephants cross the road in front of them. A herd of impala liked to feed and sleep near their camp, according to Correa, and one night a group of hyenas came through camp, and the students who were awake in their tents could hear them conversing with one another.

Borg is already planning the next trip for 2025.

“Leaving South Africa, one of my primary goals is that it plants a seed within their mind about their place in this world, and perhaps ultimately have a greater appreciation for the diversity of our planet beyond humanity,” Borg said.”It's all about getting people, young people to appreciate this planet, because we’ve got only one.”

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Killexams : NYC rivers are now home to dolphins as water levels have improved since the Civil War

Dolphin pods spotted in New York City's East and Hudson Rivers as waters are now cleaner than at any point since the Civil War, experts say

  • Dolphin sightings are increasing in New York City's waterways as clean-up efforts to remove pollutants prove successful
  • The river water is the cleanest it's been since the Civil War, according to environmental experts 
  • The harbor is the cleanest it's been in the last 100 years, and has seen an 80 percent reduction in sewer overflows since the mid-1980s 
  • The more than 300 mile long Hudson River has been plagued by toxic chemicals and bacteria that killed off millions of species and food supply chains
  • Efforts to reverse the damage and once again make the riverbed safe for sea life have been ongoing since the 1960s

Dolphins are making their way into the iconic New York skyline as the city's rivers are now cleaner than at any point since the Civil War, according to environmental experts. 

Anthony Obas, a Harlem resident, was lingering along the East River at the lower Manhattan waterfront when he saw a dolphin appear, The Wall Street Journal reported.

'I was like, that's a dolphin,' he told the paper. 'Oh no! In the dirtiest river in New York?' 

Recent improvements in the city's water, however, have made the waterways safer for dolphins and their food supply, and in turn increased sightings of the aquatic mammals, scientists say.

'The harbor and connected waterways are cleaner today than they have been since the Civil War,' NYC Environmental Protection spokesperson Ted Timbers told

Photos from Gotham Whale show dolphins leaping out of the water in front of the New York City skyline

Dolphin sightings have been increasing in New York City rivers as the water is claimed to be as clean as before the Civil War 

The river waters are tested regularly to compare the cleanliness of the waterways to previous years

'The Hudson is generally more difficult for the mammals to make their way through due to off-shore wind developments and vessels - but more sightings have occurred in the East River,' Timbers said.

The aquatic mammals typically flee towards New York City's water during the warmer months between spring and fall for feeding season, according to the Wildlife Conservation Society.   

 To keep water safe, a nearly $50 billion project dating back to the mid 1980's is an ongoing investment to reduce the amount of pollution that gets discharged into the water ways. 

To sustain and Strengthen the water, scientist are testing its health regularly to compare how much cleaner the waterways have become - made possible through a portion of funds from state water bills. 

The harbor is the cleanest it's been in the last 100 years, and there has been an 80 percent reduction in sewer overflows since the mid-1980s. 

 The improvement has resulted in an uptick of dolphins and their main source of food - bunker fish or menhaden. 

While there are several hypothesis about why dolphins may be increasing in the area, it's expected that the increase in menhaden might be the key, according to Sarah Trabue, a WCS research assistant. 

'This is supported by our finding that dolphins were foraging in the majority of days that they were present in the New York-New Jersey Harbor Estuary, which suggests that this area serves as a feeding ground for the migratory population of dolphins that use these waters from spring to fall each year,' Trabue said.  

Fishing regulations implemented over the past few years have also prevented overfishing of menhaden - a staple food choice in the mammal's diet. 

The rivers used to be some of the dirtiest, but are now mostly cleansed of the toxic chemicals and pollutants it absorbed in the past

Trabue also suggested that the big ticket effort to restore the quality of the habitat in the rivers is drawing in the marine mammals.

The Hudson River, which stretches more than 300 miles past the tip of Manhattan, is home more than 200 species of fish and a variety of birds feeding from it's waters. 

The condition of the water has gone downhill as the city's population has increased - and abused the river's natural resources, according to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation

The Hudson also experienced an increase in sewage - making the river vulnerable to bacteria and toxic chemicals that killed off millions of species and their food. 

A 2020 photo displays the river at one of its worst times for a sustainable habitat

Efforts to preserve and clean up the water way, which naturally splits New Jersey and New York, began in the 1960s - prompting a sewage cleanup act known as the 1972 Clean Water Act. 

In May, the Clean Water Act turned 50 - triggering environmental studies of the Hudson to be conducted. 

Data showed that 'about 80% of samples taken from the Hudson meet Environmental Protection Agency criteria for safe recreation,' according to a study conducted by the environmental advocacy group Riverkeeper

'If these samples were taken at public beaches, the beach would be open for swimming,' Riverkeeper explained, adding, 'which is essential, given that people swim not only at the Hudson’s few public beaches, but at dozens of shoreline access points.'

'Is 80% good enough? No. Is it better than 50 years ago? Certainly. Many of the Hudson River’s tributaries, and many New York City shoreline locations, are far, far riskier.'

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Killexams : $2,245.62 a second: Enormous profit for oil companies on record gas prices

ExxonMobil and Chevron both reported record massive profits thanks to record gasoline prices during the quarter. 

Exxon's profit, excluding special items, came to $17.6 billion in the second quarter, nearly double what it made in its very profitable first quarter as oil and gas prices started to soar in the wake of Russia's invasion of Ukraine. Second-quarter profit was up 273% from the same period a year ago.

Chevron earned $11.4 billion excluding special items, up 74% from the first quarter and 247% from a year ago.

Including one-time items, both earned hundreds of millions more: ExxonMobil's net income reached $17.9 billion, while Chevron brought in $11.6 billion.

ExxonMobil's net income came to $2,245.62 every second of every day of the 92-day long quarter. On that basis, Chevron earned $1,462.11 per second.

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Since it takes about two minutes to pump 20 gallons of gas, that means between them the two oil giants earned more than $400,000 between them in the time it took you to fill your tank.

Reuters reported that this was a record profit for both companies — though neither mentioned that in their statement, as companies typically do when their earnings reach all-time highs.

Oil prices have started to fall recently, and gas prices are falling along with them. AAA puts the average gas price Friday at $4.26 a gallon. That's down 76 cents a gallon, or 15%, from the record of $5.02 a gallon reached on June 14.

FILE - High gas prices are shown as a pedestrian waits to cross the street in Los Angeles, June 16, 2022. Oil companies were swimming in record profits the last few months. They were benefiting from high energy costs at a time when Americans struggled to pay for gasoline, food and other basic necessities. 

But one of the major reasons for that decline is growing fears among investors trading in oil and gasoline futures that the nation is hurdling toward recession. And if it is, a major reason is that the Federal Reserve is hiking interest rates at a historically fast pace in an effort to bring inflation under control. And high gas prices is a major driver of those price increases.

The US economy has shrunk in size each of the last two quarters, which is a popular shorthand for a recession. Although economists are debating whether or not the economy is already in a recession, or if one lies ahead, many consumers feel like we're already in an economic downturn. High gas prices are one of the reasons they feel that way.

Shares of ExxonMobil and Chevron both rose in premarket trading on the better-than-expected earnings. ExxonMobil shares are up more than 50% this year through Thursday's close, while Chevron shares have gained more than 30%, making them among the best performers in the Dow Jones industrial average.


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Killexams : Neighbour feud: Mayor’s husband at centre of civil suit against town

Lord Mayor Betty Disero’s husband, Dan Williams, is at the centre of a civil suit two neighbours have filed against the town.

Colin Telfer and Jennifer Elliott own a property on Dorchester Street and starting in 2016 they ran a bed and breakfast until the town refused to grant them a licence in July of 2020.

Telfer and Elliott were told a complaint was filed with the town alleging someone was living in the couple’s recently constructed garage. As a result, until an inspection took place, they could not renew their B&B licence.

The two went through what they say was a frustrating process of trying to find out who made the complaint.

They say the town initially refused to tell them who the complainant was, but eventually they discovered it was Williams, whose property borders Telfer’s and Elliott’s.

Williams said he signed the complaint when he filed it. The town does not usually reveal complainants’ names.

In a written statement, Elliott said she and Telfer are “the victims of harassment lies and the blatant abuse of our rights as citizens and property owners, by a person in authority.”

To them, the claim that they might be living in their garage seemed too outrageous to be true.

“We said, ‘That’s ridiculous.’ We wouldn’t be living in our garage. We’re two old farts, why would we move from our nice, air-conditioned home into our garage?” Elliott said in an interview.

Regardless, town bylaw officers attempted to conduct an inspection of the garage in order to verify or throw out the complaint.

Telfer and Elliott refused the inspection as a matter of principle and pride, Elliott said in an email to the town, referring to the search as humiliating.

Since an inspection of the property had already been completed in June and was evidently good, Telfer and Elliott tried to learn from the town who filed the complaint, fearing they were the victims of a malicious neighbour.

“It is the town’s standard practice not to disclose the identity of individuals who make complaints to the town. This practice is in place to protect a complainant’s privacy and to avoid retaliation amongst citizens,” former chief planner Craig Larmour said in a sworn affidavit in 2021.

Elliott and Telfer were concerned with the secrecy around Williams’ identity and the town’s refusal to identify the complainant amplified their concerns.

“Frankly, this scared the hell out of us, when someone with a lot more power than I ever had put a target on us. For those seven months, we didn’t know what was going on. We were panic they were going to target our main business,” said Telfer, a former police officer.

“That’s what really scared us. I’m not ashamed to admit it, I was scared every goddamn night.”

The affidavit states the only reason the town released Williams’ name is because he consented to it.

Telfer and Elliott said they got William’s identity due to police involvement, as they intended to file a mischief complaint against the complainant.

Another point of contention for the couple is that the town’s lawyer, Terrence Hill, told them there was no investigation after months of back and forth emailing.

“I thought they got their files mixed up because I’ve got 30 emails talking about this investigation,” Telfer said.

But Telfer said the town persisted in changing its narrative and suggesting there never had been a complaint but simply an extended inspection of the rental property.

Emails obtained by The Lake Report show a slightly more complex exchange.

Hill’s email to Elliott’s lawyer, dated March 11, 2021, says the issue around their rental did not rise from the complaint but rather from posts by Elliott on Facebook which said part of the garage would be used as an open-concept living space.

Screenshots attached to the town’s affidavit confirm Elliott wrote about the living space.

The statements on Facebook were the subject of the complaint filed by Williams.

Williams confirmed he filed a complaint about the setback of the new garage. He says he was not aware the issue was ongoing until Elliott made a Facebook post about it last week.

“I did see it and kind of laughed about it,” Williams said in an interview on July 19.

“I thought it was done, all said and done. I had no idea about it, that it was still continuing.”

Regarding the complaint, Williams said, “They’ve got a brand new dwelling five feet from my side-yard fence. I said it’s completely ruined our view. Basically that’s why I lodged the complaint.”

“It should have been a 20-foot setback if they were going to turn it into a dwelling.”

He said he has barely dealt with the issue or heard of it since.

“Believe it or not, I didn’t hear anything about it until some lawyer called me and I answered some questions. That’s all I ever heard about it.”

Williams Checked that he based his complaint on Elliott’s Facebook post.

“What he sent in is a picture of Jennifer’s Facebook page, of a conversation she’s having with her cousin saying something about living space,” said Telfer.

Which brings the narrative back around to the garage. They have turned a portion of the garage into what Telfer called a “she-shed.” Essentially a hang out spot for Elliott.

“This complaint is just the most embarrassing thing I have ever seen,” said Telfer.

He and Elliott said one of the reasons they refused to allow an inspection of their garage is that Williams’ complaint was based on a false assumption.

Telfer said the garage was built with the proper permits and nothing was ever done that infringed any law or bylaw.

Therefore, having their business licence denied and receiving inconsistent responses from the town has left Telfer and Elliott feeling they were mistreated and are owed compensation.

They are suing the town for $100,000, with $50,000 relating to the loss of income and closure of their B&B, and another $50,000 for punitive and exemplary damages relating to the case.

They also want the town to launch a third-party investigation through an organization such as the provincial ombudsman to determine whether there was any wrongdoing by the municipality.

The suit has not been heard by a court and none of the allegations has been proven. In an online post this week about the case, Elliott said they have spent $41,000 in legal fees so far.

Central to the couple’s concerns is whether Disero knew of the situation and could be manipulating the situation due to her position of power in the town, motivated by her relationship with her husband.

Disero denies any such allegations.

“I will deliver you my own straightforward answers — I have acted with integrity. I have not sought to influence town employees for my personal advantage,” she told The Lake Report on July 19, reading from a prepared statement.

“I have not acted in a way that would deliver rise to a conflict of interest, bad faith or undue influence. I have certainly not acted in a way that is illegal or improper,” she said.

“I take the oath of office very seriously and act in a professional manner in service to my community. I have never used my office of lord mayor for my personal advantage.”

“For me to comment on the substance of their allegations would be to do what I am accused of and what I completely deny doing. I am duty-bound not to take advantage of information I have only because of my office of lord mayor to my personal advantage.”

Chief administrator Marnie Cluckie confirmed the suit has been filed.

“Town staff respond with integrity and with the best interests of the community in mind. Comments pertaining to dishonesty are without merit,” Cluckie said.

She said the town would not offer further comment as it is an active legal matter.

Town staff did not reply to inquiries as to whether the matter had been discussed with councillors in a closed session.

Evan Saunders, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Lake Report

Sat, 23 Jul 2022 04:52:00 -0500 en-CA text/html
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