ScS Group ends talks to buy Sofa.com leaving Mike Ashley in the driving seat

first_img Share James Booth whatsapp More From Our Partners Police Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgColin Kaepernick to publish book on abolishing the policethegrio.comA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comLA news reporter doesn’t seem to recognize actor Mark Currythegrio.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgMan on bail for murder arrested after pet tiger escapes Houston homethegrio.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgKansas coach fired for using N-word toward Black playerthegrio.com980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comFans call out hypocrisy as Tebow returns to NFL while Kaepernick is still outthegrio.comI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comFort Bragg soldier accused of killing another servicewoman over exthegrio.comBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comPorsha Williams engaged to ex-husband of ‘RHOA’ co-star Falynn Guobadiathegrio.comKamala Harris keeps list of reporters who don’t ‘understand’ her: reportnypost.comFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.com Friday 1 February 2019 9:11 am ScS Group ends talks to buy Sofa.com leaving Mike Ashley in the driving seat Home furnishings retailer ScS Group said today it had ended talks with furniture retailer Sofa.com, leaving the way clear for Mike Ashley who is reportedly putting together a multi-million pound bid.ScS said today it is “no longer in discussions regarding a potential acquisition of the business and assets of Sofa.com”. whatsapp Sky News reported that Ashley, who runs Sports Direct, was one of two bidders with ScS for Sofa.com which was put up for sale last month.LGT European Capital took control of the business last year, but has now engaged KPMG to find a buyer for it.The business is thought to have been affected by the collapse of House of Fraser where it had a number of concessions.ScS, said in October it would stop selling its products at House of Fraser stores from January, saying the partnership had ceased to be beneficial since Ashley bought the failed department store chain.Ashley is reportedly in talks to acquire music retailer HMV which went into administration at the end of last year.Ashley’s retail footprint has grown by a third in the last year, with his dealmaking taking his retail portfolio to almost 30m square feet (sq ft), rising from just under 22m sq ft at the beginning of 2018, according to new figures from Colliers International/Radius Data Exchange/GOAD. Tags: House of Fraser Mike Ashley Peoplelast_img read more

Juneau police to increase enforcement of drunken driving laws on New Year’s Eve

first_imgJuneau | Public SafetyJuneau police to increase enforcement of drunken driving laws on New Year’s EveDecember 28, 2016 by Tripp J Crouse, KTOO Share:(Creative Commons photo by quite peculiar)If your New Year’s plans include impairing substances and going out, the Juneau Police Department wants you to plan for a designated driver.Juneau police will be doubling down on officer-patrolling efforts for New Year’s Eve.Sixteen officers will be on duty, including four who are assigned to investigate drunken driving, according to a department news release. Participating businessesAlaska Cache LiquorLouie’s Douglas InnThe Island PubAlaskan Hotel & BarLucky LadySquirezDuck Creek MarketMcGivney’s Sports Bar & GrillTriangle ClubHangar on the WharfMoose LodgeViking Lounge & Billiard ParlorImperial SaloonRendezvousThe local branch of CHARR, the Cabaret, Hotel, Restaurant and Retailers Association, is also sponsoring its Safe Ride Home Program from participating locations.Those wishing to use the Safe Ride program can have a bartender or server at a participating location call a special number and a free cab will come and pick them up.Participating cabs will have signs and a green, flashing light. They’ll go to listed establishments first.The holiday also brings increased use of fireworks.Two people were cited Monday for using concussive fireworks during a prohibited time. Concussive fireworks, Juneau police say, go “boom.”Safe use of concussive fireworks will be OK from 10 a.m. New Year’s Eve to 1 a.m. New Year’s Day. Using concussive fireworks outside of this time period, and south of Cohen Drive, is prohibited.In November, Juneau Assembly postponed a proposed ordinance restricting fireworks use until April. In the mean time, the assembly encouraged police to enforce the city’s disturbing the peace code to tackle fireworks use.The draft ordinance would restrict the use and possession of fireworks to holidays, such as New Year’s and the Fourth of July.Share this story:last_img read more

‘It won’t be easy’: Universities, Medicaid hit hard as Dunleavy vetoes nearly $400 million from budget

first_imgEconomy | Education | Health | Politics | State Government‘It won’t be easy’: Universities, Medicaid hit hard as Dunleavy vetoes nearly $400 million from budgetJune 28, 2019 by Andrew Kitchenman, KTOO and Alaska Public Media Share:Alaska Office of Management and Budget Director Donna Arduin gives a broad overview of the budget items that Gov. Mike Dunleavy vetoed during a June 28, 2019, press conference in Juneau, Alaska. (Photo by Sam McChesney/360 North)Gov. Mike Dunleavy vetoed 182 separate line items from the state’s operating budget.During a Friday press conference, Dunleavy said the cuts were necessary to balance the budget by next year, while still paying full permanent fund dividends under the formula in state law.“We ran on a platform of trying to close this budget,” Dunleavy said. “We’re focused on doing that. We’re using an approach in which we are reducing the size of government. We believe we can get there. It won’t be easy. But the other options were not going to be easy as well.”The largest veto was a $130 million cut to the university system. Other large cuts were $58 million from Medicaid, including eliminating adult preventive dental service, and $68 million to payments on school bonds and rural school construction. Senior benefits payments — totaling $21 million — would be eliminated.(Graphic by David Purdy/KTOO)Dunleavy said people who rely on state services will benefit from the full dividends. And he said that when laws conflict with the PFD law — like the new limit on draws from permanent fund earnings — he plans to prioritize the dividend law.“We need to provide for a full PFD,” Dunleavy said. “And until that statute is changed, or until the people of Alaska have a voice in changing that statute, we’ve got two statutes that some say in some respects compete. But we believe that, again, the calculation for the PFD — the decades-old calculation for the PFD — still needs to be honored.”Dunleavy vetoed about half, or $5.6 billion, of a $10.6 billion transfer from permanent fund earnings to the protected part of the permanent fund.“We want to make sure that we are thoroughly looking at how much money can be transferred without risking a full statutory PFD and the operations of the permanent fund,” he said.Dunleavy said it will take another year to balance the budget. Deeper cuts are planned next year to Medicaid and the ferry system. And Dunleavy will likely return to his proposal for significant cuts to public education. But the governor is hopeful about the future.“For years, for decades, Alaska’s government side of the economy has been pretty big. It’s going to be smaller. But that doesn’t mean Alaska’s best days are behind us. Quite the contrary, I think Alaska’s best days are ahead of us,” he said.Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy speaks to reporters during a press conference at the Capitol, June 28, 2019. (Photo by Sam McChesney/360 North)While the school bond debt veto will affect municipalities, other vetoes are focused on the Unorganized Borough — that’s the parts of Alaska that haven’t incorporated into organized boroughs. There are $3 million in cuts to Village Public Safety Officer positions that haven’t been filled, as well as a $2 million cut closing the Nome Youth Facility.The Nome closure will eliminate 18 of the 68 positions terminated across state government. This number doesn’t include the effect of the university cut, or potential cuts as a result of municipalities attempting to make up for the school bond debt reduction.Alaska Head Start grants and public assistance cash payments were reduced by $7 million each. Public radio and TV, as well as the Alaska State Council on the Arts, lost state funding.If the Alaska Legislature passes a full dividend of roughly $3,000, the budget will require an additional draw of roughly $850 million from state savings beyond the amount a law passed last year allows to be drawn from permanent fund earnings.The fate of education funding is uncertain, due to a dispute between the Legislature and the Dunleavy administration over whether a law passed last year can legally provide funding for schools next year. Dunleavy has said he wouldn’t veto the bulk of school funding. But administration officials included $30 million in additional school funding in accounting for the total amount of vetoes Dunleavy issued on Friday.The administration hasn’t spelled out how it will achieve much of the Medicaid budget reductions, saying that it is working with a consultant and federal officials. And lawmakers are already concerned that this will lead to a large supplemental budget bill to pay the Medicaid costs.Becky Hultberg, president and CEO of the Alaska State Hospital and Nursing Home Association, makes a comment during a briefing about Medicaid expansion in the Alaska Capitol, March 4, 2015. (Photo by Skip Gray/360 North)Alaska State Hospital and Nursing Home Association President Becky Hultberg said Alaskans deserve to know what the impacts of the Medicaid cut will be.“It’s impossible to identify that by looking at the governor’s budget documents. So we’re left to speculate about what services will be impacted and what people will be impacted by this cut,” she said.The mostly-Democratic House majority caucus and the Democratic Senate minority criticized the budget. The Republican-led Senate majority released a measured statement saying it will be reviewing the vetoes. And the Republican House minority said any changes should come in a separate bill, not through overrides of Dunleavy’s vetoes.If the 15 House minority-caucus Republicans all oppose overrides, it will be difficult for the Legislature to override any of the vetoes. That’s because each of the other 45 legislators would have to vote for overrides to reach the three-quarters threshold required by the Alaska Constitution.Share this story:last_img read more

When the treatment is torture: ICE must stop using solitary confinement for Covid-19 quarantine

first_img ICE’s use of solitary confinement and lockdowns as a substitute for quarantine amid soaring infection rates simply highlights the sheer inability of detention centers to implement CDC-recommended public health measures and keep those under its custody safe.Health and legal professionals, including the Department of Homeland Security’s own medical experts and the former head of ICE, have already called for the large-scale release of those in detention. The public health risks are reason enough, but the cruelty of using solitary confinement in the name of protecting the well-being of immigrants — including many asylum seekers who were victims of torture before entering the U.S. — is another reason it cannot be ignored.The Department of Homeland Security has long been aware of ICE’s inappropriate use of segregation, and legislation has been proposed to curb the practice. Congress, so far, has failed to act. But this crisis presents an opportunity for redemption. The pandemic may have forced us to pull away from each other, but we maintain hope it can also inspire us to recognize, and act upon, our shared humanity.Samara Fox is a resident psychiatrist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston who previously worked as an immigration attorney at Greater Boston Legal Services. Ellen Gallagher is an attorney and former policy adviser at the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties. J. Wesley Boyd is a staff psychiatrist at Cambridge Health Alliance in Cambridge, Mass., a co-director of its Human Rights/Asylum Clinic, an associate professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, and a faculty member in the HMS Center for Bioethics. Trending Now: [email protected] Samara Fox @JWesleyBoydMD Comparing the Covid-19 vaccines developed by Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson After months of social distancing, many of us are feeling its effects. Experts have delineated the mental and physical health impacts of isolation caused by the pandemic, and those who have experienced home quarantine have been particularly vulnerable to loneliness and depression.Imagine though, if quarantine meant you were confined to a single bare room and deprived of the things that could keep you happy and sane — video chats with loved ones, digital entertainment, a sense of purpose through work, and of course, occasional human contact.Yet that has been the experience of the pandemic for many in U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention, where isolation in a single cell is being used as a substitute for medical quarantine. Attorneys and other advocates have begun reporting ICE’s inappropriate use of solitary confinement to media outlets and the court system.advertisement Ellen Gallagher Adobe First OpinionWhen the treatment is torture: ICE must stop using solitary confinement for Covid-19 quarantine Newsletters Sign up for First Opinion A weekly digest of our opinion column, with insight from industry experts. [email protected] center_img Some in ICE custody have recounted their experiences in sworn court documents: Oscar Perez Aguirre, who is being detained in Aurora, Colo., became ill with Covid-19 and needed to be hospitalized. Upon his return to the detention center, he was placed into “the Hole.” Despite being too sick to stand, he remained in segregation for more than two weeks in a cell he described as “filthy and freezing.” Ruben Mencias Soto, a detained person in Adelanto, Calif., was placed in a bare cinderblock room after his hospitalization. He was locked in by himself for 23 hours a day. About the Authors Reprints Now that Covid-19 has spread through detention centers across the country, ICE has made it clear that it views solitary confinement as an appropriate public health response to the pandemic.A punishment by design, solitary confinement is so deleterious to mental health that in 2011, the United Nations’ Special Rapporteur on Torture condemned its use apart from exceptional circumstances and for as short a time as possible. ICE is making no such limitations.The mental health effects of living in such an environment are well-documented. Research going back to the 1970s has shown that just one week of isolation results in significant changes to baseline brain activity and recent animal experiments have demonstrated the impact of social isolation on parts of the brain that help regulate mood.Stuart Grassian, a psychiatrist who has spent his career studying solitary confinement, has reported that it can cause hallucinations, panic attacks, paranoia, and obsessive-compulsive behaviors. Forced isolation for as little as five days is also correlated with increased risk of PTSD and suicide. Choung Woong Ahn, a detained person at the Mesa Verde ICE facility in California, was placed in Covid-19 medical isolation on May 15 and died by suicide two days later.As we write this, 862 people in ICE detention centers have tested positive for Covid-19. As medical professionals have explained, solitary confinement and unit lockdowns are insufficient for preventing disease transmission, and epidemiologists have predicted that at least 72% of the more than 21,000 individuals in immigration detention will become infected. There are also legitimate concerns that sick people put in solitary confinement will receive inadequate medical care. By Samara Fox, Ellen Gallagher, and J. Wesley Boyd Aug. 7, 2020 Reprints Leave this field empty if you’re human: ICE has a history of inappropriately using solitary confinement cells for the “medical segregation” of individuals sick with cancer, tuberculosis, mumps, HIV, and mental illness, a practice one of us (E.G.) exposed while working for the Department of Homeland Security. We have collectively reviewed hundreds of ICE documents, called segregation reports, detailing instances where individuals were placed in solitary confinement. As medical professionals, two of us (S.F. and J.W.B.) have performed hundreds of forensic psychiatric evaluations of asylum seekers, some of whom had been held in solitary confinement for months, and have seen the devastating mental and physical repercussions.advertisement J. Wesley Boyd Please enter a valid email address. Tags Coronavirusgovernment agenciesmental health Privacy Policy [email protected] last_img read more

Part II: The Path to Healthy Cash & Market Receptivity

first_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Poland GDP per capita 1990-2010. Image: www.TradingEconomics.com Analysis & Opinion Market Receptivity Comparison – China, NK, Soviet Union. Image: Jonathan Corrado CurrencyConvertibility is one of the most important features of a modern economy. In1991, Jeffrey Sachs was asked by Poland’s Solidarity (non-Communist) Party tohelp put the country back up on its feet. At the time, Poland’s economy lookeda lot like North Korea’s does now, suffering from collapsed central planning,extensive food shortages, inflation, black markets, smuggling, and tax evasion.Sachs decided that a stable currency would help unite the disparate actors ofPoland’s economy. It would also decrease the need for smuggling, help Polandre-enter the thriving markets of Western Europe, and reduce the gap between thezloty’s black market value and its official value. To keep the zloty at astable rate, Sachs asked the USA and other governments to contribute to astabilization fund to the tune of $1 billion. The ample foreign exchangereserves would contribute to the international community’s faith in the zloty’svalue. In a single day, Poland ended price controls and announced it would backup the zloty’s new rate with reserves received through the stabilization fund.Between 1991 and 2012, Poland’s per capita GDP nearly tripled. Looking back,it’s easy to see that the currency reform was instrumental in launching Polandback into the bosom of Europe.After helping Poland, Sachs unsuccessfullycampaigned to get Russia a ruble stabilization fund in 1992. Western distrustand political unrest prevented this from happening. In short order, Russia was“utterly drained of foreign exchange reserves,” and the economy faltered. Theabsence of foreign assistance resulted in “gray apparatchiks and corrupt wealthseekers” taking the place of able reformers in the federal assembly. Blackmarkets abounded, the mafia flourished, and oligarchies took hold. This delayedRussia’s reform measures and stalled the economy for years. The goal for NorthKorea should be to shoot for a Poland style conversion and avoid a Russian oneat all costs. The badly disconnected and unequal nature of the North Koreaneconomy has produced inflation and instability. A strong currency could helpunite the disparate actors and bolster confidence. Furthermore, North Korea islocated at the crux of some of the world’s most robust economies: China,Russia, Hong Kong, South Korea, and Japan are all within a stone’s throw. Astable North Korean won will help facilitate North Korea’s return to Asia justas the stable zloty brought Poland back into Europe. Until that point, theinternational community will have a hard time developing faith in a currencythat even North Korean citizens prefer not to use. Analysis & Opinion AvatarDaily NKQuestions or comments about this article? Contact us at [email protected] With the prospect of increased revenuesmade more real by suddenly accessible markets, market-focused reformers likePremier Park Pong Ju will be able to accomplish good from the inside. Liberalpolicies and their champions will only gain credence when the system’s currentstakeholders start to see revenue streams pouring out of the free market. The Korean People’s won (KPW) increased role in international markets will also make it more difficultfor the regime to manipulate the currency, such as when they bankrupted theemerging merchant class by devaluing the KPW in 2009. Dramatic currencymanipulation is often a regime’s attempt to out-muscle the free markets andshore up royal purchasing power. In ancient Rome, the emperor Nero diluted thesilver denarius with non-precious metals, which he believed would boost theroyal coffers. Nero’s predecessors followed suit, and eventually the denarius’composition was diluted from nearly pure silver in 64 A.D. to about 5% silverin 260 A.D. But Rome’s merchants kept a close eye on the coins’ falling valueand inflation skyrocketed as a result. The cost of wheat increased two hundredfold over the course of a single century. (This is especially extreme when youconsider that commodity monies have a much lower average inflation rate thanfiat monies). Economic strife causes political turmoil and vice versa. Butinternational pressure could prevent Kim Jong Un from pursuing the kind ofshortsighted fiscal policies that Kim Jong Il was so fond of. From theinternational community’s point of view, the stabilization fund could be abargaining chip to induce North Korea to: disarm, open up its borders, liberalize, orbeef up humanitarian cooperation.Gradualismand Compromise: The stabilization fund was a resounding success in Poland. ButRussia’s setback teaches us that economic improvements can only be made whenthe political apparatus creates a sufficiently conducive framework for change.On June 4th, 1898, Poland held their first partially free elections in 50 years.The Solidarity Party won in a landslide, collecting more than 90% of the senateseats. But much of Poland remained deeply divided. The only ideology unitingthe country was a strong patriotism mixed with socialist leanings. Much liketoday’s Korean Workers’ Party, the elites that comprised Poland’s Workers’Party were highly suspicious of anything that smacked like coercion or outsideinfluence. Without the Communist Party’s backing, the new government had littlehope of holding the country together for long. Sensing thin ice, a topSolidarity strategist named Adam Michnik suggested a clever arrangement inorder to produce an atmosphere of compromise and cooperation. Poland decided tosplit the government. The Communists got the President, along with the defense,interior, and police departments. Solidarity kept the Sejim, or parliament. This power sharing arrangement built off the elite’s patriotism reached acrossthe aisles to the Communists and appeased Poland’s volatile neighbors. Throughsheer political wizardry, Michnik’s plan simultaneously held the countrytogether and allowed market forces to infuse the country with fresh capital.Poland was not the only country unwillingor unable to shake off all their communist affiliations as they pursuedreforms. Unlike Poland, however, many other countries tried to pull off marketreforms while maintaining one party rule. China and Vietnam were quitesuccessful in purely economic turns, making them something of an outlier. Hungary’sgradual reform measures, called “Goulash Socialism,” were a resounding failure.Russia’s attempts were also met with frustration and disappointment. Whataccounts for this difference? Why did China and Vietnam succeed while theothers failed? The transition from an oil and gas dependent economy to adiversified workforce is too complex to be handled by top down fiat, especiallywhen central leadership is reluctant to relinquish power. Slow cooked organicgrowth, from the ground up, is preferable. It is true that decentralizedfinancial models re-emerged in China after The Great Leap Forward nearly brokethe economy. But the Chinese agricultural system was originally lesscentralized than its Soviet Union counterparts, a fact that caused ideologicalclashes between Mao and Stalin. Vietnam was able to jump back into athriving Asian marketplace once they demilitarized and installed the Đổi Mớ reformmeasures, which opened up inroads to trade while retaining a firm politicalgrip. Ho Chi Minh City served as the country’s capitalist experiment as Hanoicontinued on as the conservative capital. Decentralization, then, will be thekey for North Korea. People from border regions like North Pyongan Province arealready renowned for liberal attitudes, flashy fashions, and early techadoption. Pyongyang has had its eye on Vietnam’s model since they beganattending ASEAN conferences in 2010. The conservative capital/ liberal economicwheelhouse strategy might be a good path forward. But is North Korea’s existingstructure prepared for such a transition?When we compared countries thatsuccessfully transitioned with those that didn’t, trends began to emerge. Oneof the most salient trends is that market receptivity is created when the peasantsare accustomed to working off incentives and being independent of thestate. Ever since a drought reared its ugly head during the Spring of 2015,ordinary North Koreans from all walks of life have been mobilized in droves inorder to help collective farms meet their quotas. Though the regime promisesdisbursements of the autumn harvest in state media announcements, the residentsdo not realistically expect to receive any rations. They’ve been hoodwinked toomany times to remain innocent. What’s worse, as long as they’re called to thestate fields, they aren’t able to tend to their personal plots. In the past,untold millions of North Koreans suffered from malnutrition and starvation whenthey didn’t get a good yield on the family crops. In this light, we can seethat most North Koreans simply wish to be left alone to do their work. Thismakes them more like Mao-era Chinese peasants than Soviet era Russian peasants,who were given rations regardless of their output. In North Korea, the inminban, or people’s unit, leaders appointed to carry out the mobilization orders are giving peopleunofficial breaks so that they can tend to their own plots and contribute inshifts to get the project done as a team. This shows a less centralized, moreflexible, local, and adaptable financial model than what we might have found inSoviet Russia. In fact, when we sort through some of the other criteria aswell, there are reasons to believe that post-famine North Korea shares moreattributes with China than with post-Soviet Russia. This is an auspicious signin terms of receptivity to market reform. See the chart below for specifics. Ifby some miracle, North Korea suddenly decided that it wanted to embrace athorough and sustainable reform package, what kinds of policies could actuallywork? Although this kind of hypothetical experiment can seem like wishfulthinking, it’s an important early step of preparation when you consider that wehave no way to predict when one of the world’s last vestiges of Cold War socialism will stall,collapse, or transition. When it comes to dealing with North Korea,Washington’s current modus operandi – strategic patience – has quieted thingsdown enough to avoid all out hostilities. However, it has also failed toimprove the situation. In the road ahead, we need to brace for a rocky transition. With that in mind, the CatoInstitute’s Doug Bandow insists that “proposing talks and suggestingrewards would be the best response to an uncertain situation.” Since grassrootseconomic innovation has been the major driver for change in North Korea overthe past 20 years, reinvigorating the marketplace might be the most efficientway to provoke lasting and meaningful change.Clinical economics is a systematicmethodology for diagnosing and revamping defunct economies. The author, JeffreySachs, is a Harvard trained economist and has served as an advisor for a numberof post-communist countries and military dictatorships such as Poland, Russia, Bolivia, and more. Ireached out to him and inquired about the difficult case of North Korea. Heresponded that he has not looked into it personally, but encouraged me to trymy hand at applying clinical economics to North Korea. What follows is my(admittedly humble) attempt to peg down core problems and propose solutionsusing the tools of clinical economics. As a starting base, I looked at thechallenges that liberalization posed for Poland, Vietnam, Spain, China, andRussia. Then I modified the most successful policies to fit North Korea’s specific socio-politicalclimate. In the end, I determined that the optimal reform package would consistof: currency convertibility, a rollback on sanctions, an end to isolationism,compromise between reform-minded and conservative officials, and the extinctionof Fearpolitik and gift politics.  Facebook Twitter SHAREcenter_img Pence Cartoon: “KOR-US Karaoke” Is Nuclear Peace with North Korea Possible? *Views expressed in Guest Columns do not necessarily reflect those of Daily NK. Tracking the “unidentified yellow substance” being dried out near the Yongbyon Nuclear Center A 5000 North Korean won note. Due to its instability, residents prefer to use US dollars and Chinese yuan. April 22nd, 2015. Image: Yonhap News Analysis & Opinion Part II: The Path to Healthy Cash & Market Receptivity By Daily NK – 2015.07.06 4:42pm Analysis & Opinion last_img read more

PM Suggests both Parties Devise Mechanism to Deal with Relief Funds

first_imgRelatedPM Suggests both Parties Devise Mechanism to Deal with Relief Funds FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Prime Minister Bruce Golding has suggested that both political parties need to sit down and devise a workable mechanism for dealing with future hurricane relief funds.Mr. Golding made the recommendation in the House, yesterday(March 18), after it was revealed by the Minister of Labour and Social Security, Pearnel Charles, that the Ministry had received a number of false claims by persons claiming to have been affected by the passage of Hurricane Dean in August last year.“I’m going to suggest that both sides have some discussion about an appropriate and effective mechanism for dealing with problems, such as these, in the future. We have been through several of these (hurricanes) and we have not got it right. The system that is used to send people out there to go and capture information is not working in so far as the production of a clean, verified and accurate list is concerned,” Mr. Golding said.He added that there needed to be a mechanism in place to ensure that persons identified as having being affected by a natural disaster, such as a hurricane, receive the assistance they need.“Some of them who have suffered damage may be covered by insurance, and may be able to be in a position where they can afford to repair their own houses; so how do we determine the ones who are genuinely in need, who have really suffered,” Mr. Golding said.“We have not got that right up to now and therefore, by whatever system you use, whether it is social security going out there, whether it is the Social Development Commission helping out, you end up with a list and when you are authorising payments, you are not sure that you are using tax payers money to provide relief for people who deserve it, or who are entitled to it,” he added.Leader of the Opposition, Portia Simpson Miller said she was in support of the recommendation made by the Prime Minister. “We stand ready to meet to see how we can work together to find a suitable way of treating any form of disaster in the country,” she said. RelatedPM Suggests both Parties Devise Mechanism to Deal with Relief Funds Advertisementscenter_img RelatedPM Suggests both Parties Devise Mechanism to Deal with Relief Funds PM Suggests both Parties Devise Mechanism to Deal with Relief Funds UncategorizedMarch 20, 2008last_img read more

Ford investing US$1.2 billion to build more vehicles – including new Bronco and Ranger

first_img Trending Videos Trending in Canada PlayThe Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everPlay3 common new car problems (and how to prevent them) | Maintenance Advice | Driving.caPlayFinal 5 Minivan Contenders | Driving.caPlay2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge | Ministry of Interior Affairs | Driving.caPlayThe 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is a new take on Canada’s fave truck | Driving.caPlayBuying a used Toyota Tundra? Check these 5 things first | Used Truck Advice | Driving.caPlayCanada’s most efficient trucks in 2021 | Driving.caPlay3 ways to make night driving safer and more comfortable | Advice | Driving.caPlayDriving into the Future: Sustainability and Innovation in tomorrow’s cars | Driving.ca virtual panelPlayThese spy shots get us an early glimpse of some future models | Driving.ca The investments were in the works well before Trump took office, however. Ford announced plans to upgrade some of its Michigan plants in November 2015 as part of a new contract with the United Auto Workers union.Ford Americas President Joe Hinrichs said the company told the White House about the investments before the announcement. Hinrichs said it’s not unusual for the company to reach out to state and national political leaders before such an announcement. It was timed to a state meeting where officials approved nearly US$31 million in grants and 15-year tax exemptions for Ford.Ford will spend $850 million to upgrade the Michigan Assembly Plant next year to build the Ford Ranger midsize pickup and Ford Bronco SUV. Ford plans to build the Ranger starting at the end of 2018 and the Bronco starting in 2020.The suburban Detroit plant currently makes small cars, which are moving to a plant in Mexico. Trump has needled Ford and other automakers in the past about plans to move small car production to Mexico. Amid slowing sales of smaller vehicles, Ford did scrap plans for a brand new plant in Mexico, but will continue to build small cars at an existing facility there.Hinrichs said the Michigan Assembly Plant will operate on two shifts unless demand dictates that a third shift be added. The plant used to operate on three shifts, but it cut a shift and 673 factory workers in 2015 because of slumping sales of small cars.Ford will spend US$150 million to upgrade its Romeo Engine Plant outside Detroit. The company says it will create or retain 130 jobs at that plant, which will make components for a new engine. Buy It! Princess Diana’s humble little 1981 Ford Escort is up for auction An engagement gift from Prince Charles, the car is being sold by a Princess Di “superfan” RELATED TAGSFordNewsAutomobile ManufacturingBusinessConsumer CyclicalsConsumer Products and ServicesDetroitDonald TrumpEconomic IndicatorsEconomiesFord BroncoFord Motor CompanyFord RangerIndustriesInformation TechnologyJob GrowthJobs and LaborJoe HinrichsLabor MarketLabor UnionsLagging Economic IndicatorsManufacturing SectorMexicoMichiganMotor Vehicle ManufacturingNorth AmericaScience and TechnologyTechnologyThe White HouseUnited Auto WorkersUnited States COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS Ford is investing $1.2 billion in three Michigan facilities, including an engine plant where it plans to add 130 jobs.President Donald Trump, who has pressured automakers to invest more and create jobs in the U.S., applauded the move Tuesday in an early morning tweet.“Big announcement by Ford today. Major investment to be made in three Michigan plants. Car companies coming back to U.S. JOBS! JOBS! JOBS!,” Trump tweeted hours ahead of the announcement. advertisement See More Videos Ford also is spending US$200 million on a data center that will store information collected from self-driving and connected cars. The data center will be located at an assembly plant in the Detroit suburb of Flat Rock. Ford announced in January that the Flat Rock plant would get US$700 million in upgrades and 700 new jobs to make electric and self-driving cars. The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2 A Ford employee building compact cars at the company’s Michigan assembly plant.  Ford We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. ‹ Previous Next ›last_img read more

What’s concrete about concrete poetry?

first_img Published: March 9, 2018 Concrete poetry is meant to be read like literature and viewed like a work of art. For many writers, concrete poetry is a way to pose political questions. What is “concrete” about this approach to poetry? What makes this poetry political?If you goWho: Open to the publicWhat: “What’s Concrete about Concrete Poetry?”When: Tuesday, March 13, 6:30 p.m.Where: Muenzinger Psychology, room E0046On March 13, Professor Patrick Greaney will answer these questions by looking at poems from the 1960s and 1970s by Ketty La Rocca and from 2017 by Carlos Soto Román.His talk “What’s Concrete about Concrete Poetry?” is presented as part of the Arts and Sciences Honors Program’s Distinguished Lecture Series and begins at 6:30 p.m. Pizza will be served at 6 p.m.; arrive early for a seat and a slice.Greaney is professor of German studies and humanities and director of the Graduate Certificate Program in Critical Theory, and he is also the translation editor at Les Figues Press. He translates contemporary literature, and he writes about contemporary literature and art.Categories:Lectures & PresentationsEvents & Exhibits Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-maillast_img read more

Heitz Cellar Announces New Team Members

first_imgReddIt Pinterest TAGSBurroughs BlindErik ElliottHeitz Cellarpeople Share Linkedin AdvertisementSeasoned Napa Valley sales and hospitality leader to oversee the direct to guest sales strategy for legendary Heitz Cellar and former Little Nell lead sommelier to direct hospitality and educationSt. Helena, Napa Valley, CA (September 10, 2019) — Heitz Cellar is pleased to announce appointments of Burroughs Blind as Director of Direct to Guest (DTG) Sales and Erik Elliott as Director of Hospitality and Education at the legendary Napa Valley wine estate.“We’re very excited to welcome Burroughs and Erik to our team,” said Carlton McCoy, president and CEO of Heitz Cellar. “Both of their experiences throughout the industry add to the rich history of Heitz Cellar and our pursuit to continue providing the most ultimate wine experience to our valued guests.” In his new role, Blind will lead the DTG sales team, including ecommerce, tasting room, and wine club membership. As Director of DTG Sales, Blind will be launching new memberships, managing tasting room sales and allocations and managing Heitz’ direct sales growth strategy. Blind joins Heitz Cellar with over 13 years of experience at luxury experience destinations around the world. Prior to his appointment at Heitz Cellar, Blind held various positions at Buddy Bombards Europe as the Head Chef for his one-of-a-kind hot air ballooning adventure tour company, based in a chateau in the Loire Valley and Chateau-d’Oex in Switzerland. During his tenure there, his passion for handcrafted wines with a fingerprint of place was born. Burroughs then moved back to California to attend the Culinary Institute of America in the Napa Valley. During his spare time, he also furthered his passion for the wine industry, working as an educator in tasting rooms across the Napa Valley.After graduation from the CIA, he moved back to New York to work as a chef at Blue Hill at Stone Barns where his passions for wines continued to grow. After a year at Blue Hill, he decided to return to Napa and make wine his focus where he joined the small team at Lava Vine as the Marketing Director wearing multiple hats, helping to craft an infamous cult following.In 2012, Blind joined Turnbull Wine Cellars to help reimagine and redefine the brand. During his six and half years there he led the charge to re-focus the brand as a preeminent Napa Valley Cabernet house. He guided them through a complete brand overhaul and remodel and created a premier private tasting program and launched two exclusive wine clubs. Prior to his current role as Director of Hospitality and Education at Heitz Cellar, Elliott worked as the Lead Sommelier at The Little Nell alongside current Heitz Cellar President & CEO, Carlton McCoy. Erik is a graduate of Temple University in Philadelphia with a bachelor’s degree of Business Administration.Elliott joined The Nell’s distinguished team of sommeliers in late 2015, shortly after taking his Level I and Level II exams with the Court of Master Sommeliers passing his Advanced exam in July 2018.As Director of Hospitality and Education at Heitz Cellar, Elliott works out of Heitz Cellar’s Tasting Salon with a team of five wine educators. In addition to ensuring an outstanding guest experience, Erik will be instrumental in designing the evolution of the wine tasting presentation and education at the salon, which will undergo a renovation in the upcoming months.About Heitz CellarFounded in 1961, Heitz Cellar is a true Napa Valley legend that has helped shape the history of Napa Valley winemaking. Pioneering vintner Joe Heitz ushered in Napa’s modern era with his iconic, globally-celebrated wines—including Napa Valley’s first vineyard-designated Cabernet Sauvignon, the renowned Heitz Cellar Martha’s Vineyard. In 2018, the winery entered an exciting new chapter as the Heitz family passed this rich legacy into the hands of the Lawrence family, whose deep roots in agriculture and commitment to the same core values of fine winemaking made it a perfect match. With Gaylon M. Lawrence, Jr. at the helm, the winery will continue to offer wines in the quintessential Heitz style. Made with an unwavering commitment to quality from organically farmed, 100% Napa Valley fruit, Heitz wines represent the Lawrences’ agrarian roots and commitment to the stewardship of Napa Valley.Advertisement Twitter Facebook Home Industry News Releases Heitz Cellar Announces New Team MembersIndustry News ReleasesWine BusinessHeitz Cellar Announces New Team MembersBy Press Release – September 10, 2019 1219 0 Email Previous articleGrassini Family Vineyards Welcomes Dean McKillen as National Sales ManagerNext articleMarketing Agency Pen & Tell Us Celebrates Fifth Anniversary with New Client and Additional Staff Press Releaselast_img read more

Students of All-Age School take Part in Symposium on the Environment

first_imgRelatedStudents of All-Age School take Part in Symposium on the Environment RelatedStudents of All-Age School take Part in Symposium on the Environment RelatedStudents of All-Age School take Part in Symposium on the Environment Advertisementscenter_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail A mini-symposium on the environment was staged at Campbell’s Castle All Age School in Manchester, recently, under the Jamalco/Forestry Department Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), signed in 2009.Representative of the Forestry Department, Mr. Sherton Douglas, in his presentation to the students, highlighted the importance of trees to the environment. He also demonstrated how trees should be planted and requested several students to plant trees.At the end of the exercise, School Prefect, DeAndrew Moore thanked Jamalco and the Forestry Department for the information. “We now have a better understanding of how to take care of our environment,” he said.Principal of the school, Mr. Owen Lambert, said that the presentation was comprehensive and “the students obviously benefitted, because of the energy they displayed during the feedback session.”The Jamalco/Forestry Department’s MoU is the second to be signed between the two entities under a strategic partnership, aimed at preserving and enhancing Jamaica’s agro forestry.The MoU has been expanded to facilitate the continuation of work which started seven years ago to significantly increase Jamaica’s forest cover.A public education programme in communities in Jamalco’s operating areas is also an important aspect of the MoU. Students of All-Age School take Part in Symposium on the Environment EducationMay 3, 2010last_img read more