Moulton attacks MPs on City Link

first_img Express KCS VETERAN venture capitalist Jon Moulton yesterday hit back at MPs who criticised the collapse of delivery firm City Link as acting “outside the normal rules of natural justice”.Moulton runs Better Capital, the private equity firm that owned City Link, which collapsed last Christmas.In a letter to MPs – sent as parliament was dissolved for the General Election – Better Capital described findings that it deliberately misled workers as hurtful and unjust. It complained it was not allowed to respond to the report by the business committee and the Scottish affairs committee before it was published last week.“We appreciate that you operate outside the judicial frame­work, but are dismayed that you chose to operate outside the normal rules of natural justice,” the firm wrote.The report said City Link took a deliberate decision not to inform employees and contractors as to the true intentions and position of the company and that this was in the financial interest of Better Capital.In the letter, Moulton wrote: “This accusation was not put to us and we had no opportunity to respond to this hurtful and unjust labelling.”Despite parliament now being dissolved, Moulton added that Better Capital would “welcome an opportunity to make our case that these serious assertions as to our behaviour are unfounded and unfair.” Show Comments ▼ Read This Next’A Quiet Place Part II’ Sets Pandemic Record in Debut WeekendFamily ProofNew England Patriots’ Cam Newton says no extra motivation from Mac Jones’SportsnautHiking Gadgets: Amazon Deals Perfect For Your Next AdventureFamily ProofIndian Spiced Vegetable Nuggets: Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofAmazon roars for MGM’s lion, paying $8.45 billion for studio behind JamesFamily ProofCheese Crostini: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofHomemade Tomato Soup: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofChicken Bao: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofBaked Sesame Salmon: Recipes Worth CookingFamily Proof whatsapp Share whatsapp Moulton attacks MPs on City Link Monday 30 March 2015 8:50 pm Tags: NULLlast_img read more

CDC tells pregnant women: Don’t go to the Summer Olympics in Brazil

first_imgPoliticsCDC tells pregnant women: Don’t go to the Summer Olympics in Brazil The CDC said women who are trying to become pregnant and are considering going to Brazil for the events in August and September should talk to their doctors about their risk of infection and should take all necessary steps to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes. Are you at risk of contracting Zika virus?Volume 90%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard ShortcutsEnabledDisabledPlay/PauseSPACEIncrease Volume↑Decrease Volume↓Seek Forward→Seek Backward←Captions On/OffcFullscreen/Exit FullscreenfMute/UnmutemSeek %0-9 facebook twitter Email Linkhttps://www.statnews.com/2016/02/26/cdc-pregnant-zika-olympics/?jwsource=clCopied EmbedCopiedLive00:0001:3301:33  Are you at risk for contracting Zika virus? Your level of risk depends in part on your living conditions. Alex Hogan/STAT To limit the extent of further Zika transmission, some observers are even calling on the International Olympic Committee to postpone the Games.Zika virus is normally transmitted to people through the bite of an infected Aedes mosquito. But evidence is mounting that transmission through sex — from an infected male to his partner — is not only possible, but may happen more frequently than previously believed.The CDC this week reported it was exploring 14 suspected cases of sexual transmission in women whose sex partners had become infected during travel abroad.Two of those cases have since been discounted. But two have been confirmed, four others are considered probable cases, and six more are still under investigation.The CDC has urged pregnant women to avoid travel to nearly three dozen countries and territories in Latin America and the Caribbean because of concerns they will contract the Zika virus.Zika infection is also believed to increase the risk of developing Guillain-Barré syndrome, a progressive paralysis from which most people eventually recover. @HelenBranswell Pregnant women should avoid this summer’s Olympic and Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday.The public health agency has been urging pregnant women for several weeks to avoid traveling to places where the Zika virus is spreading. But up until now, it has side-stepped the question of the Brazil Olympiad.In fact, three weeks ago the director of the CDC’s division of global migration and quarantine told STAT the question of the Summer Olympics was definitely on the CDC’s radar, but the agency felt it could hold off for a bit longer.advertisement By Helen Branswell Feb. 26, 2016 Reprints Related: The agency warned that pregnant women who have a male partner going to Brazil for the Olympics or the Paralympics are at risk of becoming infected through sex and should either use condoms properly for all sex or abstain for the rest of their pregnancies. Nine pregnant women in the US were infected with Zika, CDC says center_img Citing concerns over Zika virus, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advised pregnant women to avoid traveling to the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Craig F. Walker/Boston Globe About the Author Reprints Helen Branswell Senior Writer, Infectious Disease Helen covers issues broadly related to infectious diseases, including outbreaks, preparedness, research, and vaccine development. Dr. Martin Cetron said at the time the suspected link between Zika infection in pregnancy and microcephaly, a serious birth defect, would likely become clearer before the CDC had to make a decision about the Olympics.It has made one now. Pregnant women should consider not attending the Games, advice posted on the CDC’s website Friday said. Pregnant women who must go should speak with their doctor first and do everything they can to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes during their time in Brazil.advertisement Tags CDCinfectious diseaseOlympicspolicypregnancypublic healthvirologyZika Viruslast_img read more

Portlaoise’s Mothers and Others team going from strength to strength

first_img Community Twitter Previous articleLaois Rose Grainne shines on stage at Rose of TraleeNext articleDeaths in Laois – Tuesday, August 21, 2018 Sean HennessyA former Knockbeg student, and is currently a student in the University of Limerick trying to scrape a BA in History and Politics. A marquee player in the goals for Annanough, but well capable of doing a job in full-forward and has the knack to turn his hand to any sport (except running). Only starting out in his journalistic career but already the specialist farming and property reporter. Happiest when Liverpool and Laois are winning! Pinterest Community Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR For an Organisation only formed a few years ago, The Gaelic Mothers and Others has made its mark in the G.A.A. world.Portlaoise’s Mothers and Others team is a prime example of this, as only set up last year, the ladies have gone from strength to strength.Having competed in the Leinster Blitz in Athlone and the All Ireland blitz in Portmarnock last year, further success has followed this year in the Leinster Blitz, held in Meath a few weeks ago. Portlaoise Mothers and Others were among 34 team involved in the Blitz in Trim, and once again the ladies excelled, both on and off the field.Portlaoise were in a tough group that included Na Fianna of Kildare, St. Peregrine in Dublin, Dunshaughlin Royal Gaels of Meath and Edgeworthstown from Longford.The Portlaoise team were very impressive in all sections of the field and displayed some unbelieveable skills to the vast crowd of supporters present and were a credit to themselves and their club, and their officials.Portlaoise Mothers and Others Panel: Elaine Gavin, Emma Sinnott, Mary McEvoy, Hannah Horan, Anne Marie Lynch, Edel Hyland, Aoife Marie O’Connor, Olive Maher, Sharon Murray, Michelle Sinnott, Jenny Brereton, Maura Dowling, Linda O’Reilly, Tracy Houlihan, Jennifer Garde, Edel McCormack, Norma Ni Sceachein, Maeve Conroy, Pauline Madigan.Trainers: Kevin Farrell and Martin Sinnott. Facebook Rugby WhatsApp WhatsAppcenter_img Twitter Charlie Flanagan on Electric Picnic: ‘I’d ask organisers to consult with community leaders’ SEE ALSO – Moment in Time: Leaving Cert results from around the county in 2001 Five Laois monuments to receive almost €200,000 in government funding Facebook Ten Laois based players named on Leinster rugby U-18 girls squad By Sean Hennessy – 21st August 2018 Portlaoise’s Mothers and Others team going from strength to strength Home Sport GAA Portlaoise’s Mothers and Others team going from strength to strength SportGAALadies Football TAGSGaelic for mothers and othersLadies footballPortlaoise GAA last_img read more

Number of North Korean shipwrecks shot up in 2017

first_img By Daily NK – 2018.07.18 3:40pm SHARE North Korea hikes “party contributions” Russia-based workers must pay by 30-55% AvatarDaily NKQuestions or comments about this article? Contact us at [email protected] Number of North Korean shipwrecks shot up in 2017 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR News North Korea Market Price Update: June 8, 2021 (Rice and USD Exchange Rate Only) center_img Last year alone, 104 abandoned wooden ships thought to be from North Korea and other regions around the Korean Peninsula were discovered in the waters of Japan. This number represents an increase from 2016, when 66 such vessels were found, and was the largest annual number since 2013. The second largest annual number over that time period was 80 shipwrecked vessels.   -Statement from South Korea’s Maritime Safety AgencyObservers have noted a recent rise in abandoned North Korean ships being found adrift, often in Japanese territorial waters. Some experts believe that the sanctions-struck North Korean economy has driven a greater number of North Korean fisherman to venture further out to sea. And from the fall of 2017, typhoons are likely to have damaged at least some of the vessels.   The reason for the increase in shipwrecks over the past year, how the wrecked vessels should be dealt with, and the Japanese government’s policy on the matter are all issues that have subsequently risen to prominence. More importantly, the actions that could be taken to prevent these tragedies from occurring requires broader discussion. To shed further light on the situation, Daily NK recently dispatched a special coverage team to the western coast of Japan.This wrecked ship found on the coast of Japan’s Ishikawa Prefecture is presumed to be of North Korean origin. Image: Daily NK Special Coverage Team.The special coverage team traveled to Japan in mid-May for a week-long investigation into North Korean shipwrecks. The reporters first visited Ishikawa Prefecture, proceeding on to Yamagata Prefecture and the coastline of Akita Prefecture. The team met with local fisherman, residents, fisheries industry representatives, and government officials to better understand the diverse viewpoints on the matter.  Viewing the splintered and battered remains of the shipwrecked vessels, the coverage team could vividly imagine the North Korean fishermen who had once clung to them desperately, ultimately being overcome by the power of the ocean. The squid fishing season began in June. Barring radical improvements in North Korea’s economy, it is likely that more fishermen braving the daunting waters will risk their lives to make ends meet. In an effort to shed further light on the issue, Daily NK will publish a further five articles by the special coverage team.*Daily NK and Unification Media Group gratefully acknowledge support from the Korea Press Foundation for this article.   Hamhung man arrested for corruption while working at a state-run department store News News News Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Inflation up slightly in February to 1.1%

first_img Stagflation is U.S. economists’ biggest fear, SIFMA says Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Share this article and your comments with peers on social media “It’s clearly a reminder that things are normalizing in terms of demand,” he said.“That’s certainly been part of the story in gas prices is just that markets are expecting an eventual normalization in global travel patterns and in demand … from both airlines and people driving a lot more.”Marple added there won’t be a real pickup in the normalization of economic activity until the health crisis passes, which may not arrive until the summer or fall depending on vaccination efforts.Nonetheless, the trend is encouraging.The 1.1% annual inflation rate for February that Statistics Canada reported Wednesday is a tick above January’s 1%.Behind much of the growth was a 5% year-over-year increase in gasoline prices, marking the first yearly price increase since February last year. It was also the third-straight month of gas-price gains.Excluding gasoline prices, the agency’s consumer price index in February would have risen by 1% compared with a year ago.The February reading marked only the third month that the headline inflation rate was at or above 1% during the pandemic, but it was the largest percentage gain since February 2020, when the annual inflation rate clocked in at 2.2% — just before the spread of Covid-19 began to affect the economy.Economists had expected an annual inflation rate of 1.3% for February, according to financial data firm Refinitiv.The longer price weaknesses prevail, the longer Canada’s central bank plans to keep its key interest rate at 0.25% to help the economy get back on its feet. The Bank of Canada targets an inflation rate of 2%.Statistics Canada said the average of Canada’s three measures for core inflation, which are considered better gauges of underlying price pressures and closely tracked by the Bank of Canada, was 1.73% for February.By keeping its key interest rate target low, the central bank is driving down the rates charged on things like mortgages and personal loans to spur spending. Coupled with increasing demand for larger houses as people remain at home due to the pandemic and constrained supply, the central bank’s actions have also helped heat the housing market.Statistics Canada said homeowner replacement costs, which are linked to the price of new homes, rose 7% between February 2020 and last month, marking the largest yearly increase since February 2007.At the same time, mortgage costs declined 5.4% year over year as the agency noted more Canadians renewed or initiated mortgages at historically low interest rates.Home prices have risen so substantially that they have offset declines in mortgage costs, causing affordability issues despite the low-interest environment, said Diana Petramala, senior economist at Ryerson University’s Centre for Urban Research and Land Development.She said the market is similar to what was seen in 2017 just before new rules came in to cool prices, such as a tax on foreign buyers.“I find it hard to believe that prices can continue to rise at the pace that they’re rising,” she said.“But I can’t see prices coming down given the size of the next generation of first-time homebuyers is very significant.”All those millennials sitting on the sidelines may jump into the market if prices cool down, Petramala said.The Bank of Canada has warned that annual inflation readings in March and beyond may spike above its 2% comfort zone, but only because the 12-month comparison will be with the worst of the pandemic-induced downturn.The trend in higher prices at the pumps should push total annual inflation above 2% this month, possibly hitting 3% in April, CIBC senior economist Royce Mendes wrote in a note. Keywords Inflation U.S. economy is warming up, but unlikely to overheat: Moody’s Another jump in prices tightens the squeeze on U.S. consumers Jordan PressCanadian Press Related news The country’s annual inflation rate hit a pandemic-era high of 1.1% last month, driven by a rise in gasoline prices that suggests an economic recovery is on the horizon.While overall inflation still remains low, rising gasoline prices hint at an expected return to some level of pre-pandemic normalcy and may influence Canadians’ expectations for prices, said TD senior economist James Marple. 8508076 - close-up of payment machine buttons with human hand holding plastic card near by 123RFlast_img read more

Afternoon Brief, January 20

first_img Previous articleNapa Valley Vintners Announces 2015 Leadership at Annual Membership MeetingNext articleRanch Systems Offers PureSense Back-up Plan Enables Irrigation Manager customers to preserve their investment Editor Subscribe to the Afternoon BriefAdvertisement TAGSAuction Napa ValleyAustraliaFranceLodiMillennialsNapa Valley VintnersOregonProseccoSan Francisco Chronicle Wine CompetitionSouth AfricaTexasUnited KingdomVinexpoWine and Grape PolicyWine health Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief Facebook Trending Story:Napa’s Next Cult Cab Waiting in the WingsWhat’s the next Napa cult wine? That question may be answered next month at Premiere Napa Valley. Last year, 11 Napa wines sold for more than $1000 a bottle at the event…Today’s News:Oregon Wine Contributes $3.35 Billion to State’s EconomyThe Oregon wine industry continues to substantially grow its contribution to the state’s economy according to a study released by the Oregon Wine Board today…Napa Valley Vintners Announces 2015 LeadershipThe Napa Valley Vintners nonprofit wine trade association announced its 2015 board of directors and officers at its annual general membership meeting held today at the Lincoln Theater in Yountville…Millennials Drive Premiumization in Wine IndustryRabobank has published a new report on the role of Millennials and Gen Xers in driving premiumization in the global wine industry, and the divergent channels that wine marketers are using to pursue these important new consumers…A glass of wine a day keeps heart failure away? Researchers link moderate alcohol intake to reduced riskHaze-preventing enzymes approved for use in Australia & New Zealand winemakingWineAmerica & Winegrape Growers of America Announce 2015 Wine and Grape Policy ConferenceLodi Grape Day planned February 3rdBella Barbera Finds a Welcome Home in CaliforniaTexas Wines Win More Medals At Out-Of-State Competitions Than Ever BeforeIntroduction of growlers shows wine industry innovationVinexpo 2015 set for radical revamp after producers felt ‘cut off’Adelaide Hills winemakers seek expert advice on potential smoke taint following bushfireBritons set to spend more money on wine than FrenchHalf of U.S. adults mix wine with medsPeople:San Francisco Chronicle wine editor discusses the strain of finding “Top 100 Wines” each yearDavid Bowyer names his executive team at the new Tapp Label CompanyGet to know Alyssa Rapp, founder of BottlenotesA man who helped make Prosecco an international phenomenon and the challenges he facesCastle Rock Winery Appoints Stephen Ross as Vice President, Sales Manager Western RegionAs A Wine Critic, William Shatner Makes A Good Starship CaptainConstellation Brands appoints chief growth officerHow working in wine saved Judy Kingston’s lifeRapper Jay-Z could make Vinexpo visitWine Economist Short-Listed for Gourmand Blog AwardAssociate Winemaker Ed Morris is moving through the ranks at The Rubin Family of WinesWinemaker Daniel Gainey DiesFormer Hovis CEO moves to Treasury Wine EstatesJohn Marshall’s Favorite White Hybrid GrapesJancis Robinson to grace Cape winelands Share Home Afternoon Brief Afternoon Brief, January 20Afternoon BriefAfternoon Brief, January 20By Editor – January 20, 2015 24 0 center_img Email Advertisement Linkedin ReddIt Twitter Pinterestlast_img read more

Resveratrol Targeting the Gut Microbiome to Fight Heart Disease

first_imgReddIt Pinterest Facebook TAGSAmerican Society for MicrobiologyfeaturedresveratrolWine health Linkedin Twitter AdvertisementWashington, DC – April 5, 2016 – A compound found in red wine, resveratrol, reduces the risk of heart disease by changing the gut microbiome, according to a new study by researchers from China. The study is published in mBio, an open-access journal published by the American Society for Microbiology.“Our results offer new insights into the mechanisms responsible for resveratrol’s anti-atherosclerosis effects and indicate that gut microbiota may become an interesting target for pharmacological or dietary interventions to decrease the risk of developing cardiovascular diseases,” said Man-tian Mi, PhD, principal investigator of the study and a researcher at the Research Center for Nutrition and Food Safety, Institute of Military Preventive Medicine, Third Military Medical University, Chongqing, China.Cardiovascular disease remains the leading cause of death in industrialized societies including the United States, and the incidence is growing in developing countries. In recent years, researchers have learned that the gut microbiome plays a role in the build up of plaque inside arteries, otherwise known as atherosclerosis. Resveratrol, a polyphenol found in red wine, is thought to have antioxidant properties that protect against conditions such as heart disease. Just how resveratrol, a plant compound, does this, however, is unclear.In the new study, researchers conducted a number of experiments in mice to determine whether the protective effect of resveratrol against atherosclerosis was related to changes in the gut microbiome. They found that resveratrol reduces levels of trimethylamine-N-oxide (TMAO), a known contributor to the development of atherosclerosis. They also found that resveratrol inhibits TMA production by gut bacteria; TMA is necessary for the production of TMAO.“In our current study, we found that resveratrol can remodel the gut microbiota including increasing the Bacteroidetes-to-Firmicutes ratios, significantly inhibiting the growth of Prevotella, and increasing the relative abundance of Bacteroides, Lactobacillus, Bifidobacterium, and Akkermansia in mice,” said Dr. Mi. “Resveratrol reduces TMAO levels by inhibiting the gut microbial TMA formation via remodeling gut microbiota.”According to Dr. Mi, the results suggest that a natural polyphenol without any side effects could be used as a treatment for cardiovascular disease. The researchers next steps are to further define the role of resveratrol in cardiovascular disease and replicate their findings in humans.The American Society for Microbiology is the largest single life science society, composed of over 47,000 scientists and health professionals. ASM’s mission is to promote and advance the microbial sciences.ASM advances the microbial sciences through conferences, publications, certifications and educational opportunities. It enhances laboratory capacity around the globe through training and resources. It provides a network for scientists in academia, industry and clinical settings. Additionally, ASM promotes a deeper understanding of the microbial sciences to diverse audiences. www.asm.orgAdvertisement Home Industry News Releases Resveratrol Targeting the Gut Microbiome to Fight Heart DiseaseIndustry News ReleasesWine BusinessResveratrol Targeting the Gut Microbiome to Fight Heart DiseaseBy Press Release – April 5, 2016 52 0 Share Email Previous articleLaffort USA Announces Spring ‘Rendezvous’ Seminar SeriesNext articleTonnellerie du Monde Invests in Burgundian Cooperage Tonnellerie Tremeaux, Creates Synergistic New Partnership Press Releaselast_img read more

Harbour Heights for ODPEM Project

first_imgHarbour Heights for ODPEM Project EnvironmentJanuary 26, 2012 RelatedHarbour Heights for ODPEM Project FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Harbour Heights, a community overlooking Harbour View in the hills of East Rural St Andrew, will be the first to benefit from a pilot landslide mitigation project, to be implemented by the Office of Disaster Management and Preparedness (ODPEM). Titled the Jamaica Landslide Risk Reduction Project, it is being financed by a US$2.37 million grant from the Japanese Social Development Fund, an affiliate of the World Bank. The programme is slated to cover four communities over a three year period, beginning with Harbour Heights. Project coordinator at ODPEM, Kirk Frankson, told JIS News that Harbour Heights, a former Operation Pride settlement, was chosen because it met the criteria of a compact settlement with residents at risk and vulnerable. The mitigation project will include the plotting (with the aid of GPS technology and local ‘lay-of-the-land knowledge), outlining and erecting of a series of drains, gutters, channels and rainwater harvesting strategies that will act as natural hazard intervention techniques. “We’ve actually completed the process of creating the community hazard map and are completing a proposed drainage plan. We’ve engaged the community in several sensitization sessions and workshops,” Mr. Frankson said. The works programme in Harbour Heights is scheduled to start in another three months. Itaims to reduce the risk of natural disasters in vulnerable communities.  The concept is based on the Management of Slope Stability in Communities (MoSSaiC) methodology, developed by a team of researchers from the University of Bristol, Professor Malcolm Anderson and Dr. Elizabeth Holcombe. It was first implemented in St. Lucia, which had a similar landslide problem. According to Mr. Frankson, one unique aspect of the project is the employment opportunities for persons the residents. “So, we’ll be doing significant community-based contracting, where we create short-term employment for persons in the community and, through a multiplier effect, ensure that the community benefits from the process,” he said. Mr. Frankson noted that experience has taught that when implementation of projects is done by communities, it creates a level of sustainability for the development, as the residents take some level of responsibility and are more likely to protect and maintain it.    By O. Rodger Hutchinson, JIS PRO RelatedHarbour Heights for ODPEM Project RelatedHarbour Heights for ODPEM Project Advertisementslast_img read more

Gardening and Community – The Santa Monica Community Gardens, an Overview

first_imgHomeOpinionColumnsGardening and Community – The Santa Monica Community Gardens, an Overview Feb. 01, 2020 at 6:00 amColumnsFeaturedGardening and CommunityNewsGardening and Community – The Santa Monica Community Gardens, an OverviewGuest Author1 year agocommunity gardensGardenersgardening and community By Talia TinariGardeners in the Santa Monica Community Gardens have been contributing articles to the Santa Monica Daily Press, on and off, on a bi-monthly basis since March of 2016. We’ve written articles on gardening how-to’s, like how to recycle common household items into garden tools, to gardening methods, such as biodynamics and companion planting. We’ve written about sustainability in our community such as how to reduce the decline of Monarch Butterflies (while establishing a Monarch Waystation at the Main Street Garden), and what it means to grow strictly by organic methods. We’ve profiled popular vegetables and herbs and shared how to grow and cook them. We’ve also written about members of the community, like gardener Randy Ziglar, who has been part of the garden community since its inception in 1976 and Garden Specialist, Teague Weybright, who joined the city staff in September 2016 as the first dedicated garden specialist.The community gardeners are keen to share their knowledge with you through the SMDP, and want to make sure everyone knows more about each of the community garden habitats. There are currently four Community Gardens in Santa Monica. Main Street Garden located on Main between Hollister and Strand, Park Drive North and South situated on Park Drive between Santa Monica and Broadway, and Euclid Garden on Euclid between Broadway and Colorado.Main Street was the first garden, established in 1976. With 73 plots, the Main Street Garden is the largest and most visible, encompassing an entire city block. This year Main Street has initiated a community plot where gardeners and visitors can gather. On the second Saturday of each month, from 9 am to 11 am, and with coffee and bagels aplenty, the gardeners gather for breakfast, often sharing stories and trading gardening tips. All of the garden gates are open and visitors stroll the paths, many joining the gardeners in lively conversation and leaving with the treasure of a seedling, fruit or flower.Park Drive was the city’s second garden space. The North and South Gardens are comprised of 38 garden plots, each area divided by a grassy space crowned with a stand of California Sycamores. The garden provides a respite from the entertainment industry conglomerates on Colorado and the 10 freeway traffic that buzzes nearby. It was designed with community in mind, with a designated area for gathering. The garden has hosted families along the Kidical Mass Bike route, in celebration of Earth Day, offering activities such as seed burst making for kids and workshops on vermiculture and composting.The Euclid Garden followed Park Drive and is tucked away behind the swing-sets and jungle gyms of Euclid Park. It has 10 plots with 3 additional used as workshop plots for the L.A. Spanish School next door.Ishihara Learning Garden opened in late February of 2017 and has produced thousands of pounds of food that has been shared amongst regular volunteers as well as the greater Santa Monica Community. The garden model of Ishihara differs from the others in that it is a communal garden. It offers nine raised beds from which produce has been grown, shared and donated through the efforts of a regular group of volunteers. The garden hosts the People Concern, as well as school groups. Notably, Ishihara has had zero green waste, as all plant material is composted on-site. There is also a colonnade of citrus trees—the city’s first urban fruit tree orchard.Behind the scenes, the Garden Program is supported by The Community Garden Advisory Committee (CGAC), comprised of site representatives from each garden. The site reps are gardeners who support both the community of gardeners and city staff by promoting active gardening and community outreach and education. They also facilitate administrative changes to support the growing garden program.Although there is currently a limited number of individual garden plots, Ishihara Garden is open to all Santa Monica residents. This year the CGAC established a standing subcommittee to work on ways to increase gardening opportunities. The CGAC has met with the planners in an effort to maximize the amount of space designated for the Gardens at the future Airport Park. The committee is also looking into the feasibility of the Urban Agriculture Incentive Program, a program that offers a tax break to property owners who utilize vacant lots for growing food. The CGAC has also made formal requests to increase the number of gardens in the City.To learn more about your Community Gardens look for our articles in the SMDP. We welcome visitors to the gardens. They are accessible to gardeners from sunrise to sunset and visitors may tour whenever gardeners are working and the gates are open. Ishihara work-days are currently on Monday and Wednesday from 9am to 11 am. The Community Gar-den Advisory Committee Meets on the FIRST Tuesday of every other month. For gardening questions you can connect with us at [email protected] and also keep up to date at The Community Garden’s City website page: https://www.smgov.net/Departments/CCS/Tags :community gardensGardenersgardening and communityshare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentSuper Bowl ads serve up politics – and an escape from itFebruary events at the libraryYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall6 hours agoColumnsOpinionYour Column HereBring Back Library ServicesGuest Author12 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson17 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter17 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor17 hours agoNewsBruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for moreAssociated Press17 hours agolast_img read more

FCC reviewing spectrum auction discounts — report

first_img Author Saleha Riaz The US Federal Communications Commission wants to change government rules for frequency auctions so that big companies cannot use a discount programme actually meant for small businesses, Reuters reported.The commission’s chairman, Tom Wheeler, told the US Senate that he intends to “fix” the problem and has asked other commissioners to advise on specific proposals to resolve the matter.The rules are intended to help smaller, rural and minority-owned businesses compete against big companies in auctions.The most recent example of alleged misuse was when satellite broadcaster Dish Network this year participated in a blockbuster spectrum auction through two “designated entities” — Northstar and SNR — which bid $13 billion but qualified for a $3 billion discount.Dish defended its bid tactics, saying it had “fully complied” with rules.“Our approach — publicly disclosed ahead of the auction — was based on DE [designated entity] investment structures that have been approved by the FCC in past wireless spectrum auctions, including structures used by AT&T and Verizon,” it said in a statement.The broadcaster was the second highest bidder in the record-breaking auction with $13.3 billion, behind AT&T, and is now in a position to claim back $3.3 billion.All eyes will be on seeing how FCC proceeds as it gears up for a big auction in 2016. It is currently reviewing the legal and financial independence of these entities from Dish.A Dish spokesperson has said the company looks forward to working with the FCC as it evaluates auction rules. Home FCC reviewing spectrum auction discounts — report AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 24 MAR 2015 FCC commissioner eyes further Chinese vendor curbs Saleha joined Mobile World Live in October 2014 as a reporter and works across all e-newsletters – creating content, writing blogs and reports as well as conducting feature interviews…More Read more Related Previous ArticleKPN to abandon youth-focused brand HiNext ArticleEE boss claims BT merger will spur 5G Tags FCC approves $7 billion for emergency connectivity DishFCC FCC mulls expanded Huawei, ZTE banslast_img read more