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Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report released

first_imgVerizon Data Breach Investigations Report released MaxiVision Eye Hospitals launches “Mucormycosis Early Detection Centre” WHO tri-regional policy dialogue seeks solutions to challenges facing international mobility of health professionals The missing informal workers in India’s vaccine story The report talks about problems such as malware, Denial of Service attacks and the social engineering aspect of cybercrime in the healthcare sectorVerizon releases 11th installment of the Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR). The report will begins with a few high-level trends and findings from this year’s data. The report talks about problems such as malware (with a focus on ransomware), Denial of Service (DoS) attacks and the social engineering aspect of cybercrime, and how they continue to plague us. The report will take a brief look at the nine incident classification patterns, and will dig deeper into the various industries.The report mentions, “The Healthcare vertical is rife with error and misuse. In fact, it is the only industry vertical that has more internal actors behind breaches than external. In addition to these problem areas, ransomware is endemic in the industry.”The report further highlights that the healthcare industry has the dubious distinction of being the only vertical that has a greater insider threat than it does an external threat. This somewhat bleak finding is linked closely to the fact that there is a large amount of both errors and employee misuse in this vertical. With regard to incidents healthcare is almost seven times more likely to feature a causal error than other verticals in our dataset, but you might not want to ponder that when you go in to get that appendix20 removed.Errors most often appear in the form of misdelivery (62 per cent)— which is the sending of something intended for one person to a different recipient—and is followed by a grouping of misplacing assets, misconfigurations, publishing errors and disposal errors.The report elaborates, “Misuse, on the other hand, takes the form of privilege abuse (using logical access to assets, often databases, without having a legitimate medical or business need to do so) in 74 per cent of cases. Interestingly, the motive (when known) is most often (47 per cent) that of “fun or curiosity.” Examples of this are when an employee sees that their date from last weekend just came in for a checkup, or a celebrity visits the hospital and curiosity gets the better of common sense. Not to be forgotten, our faithful friend avarice is still alive and well, with financial gain being the motivation in 40 per cent of internal misuse breaches.”Another important aspect the report gives out is, “Ransomware accounts for 85 per cent of all malware in Healthcare. Due to Department of Health and Human Services regulations, ransomware outbreaks are treated as breaches (rather than data at risk) for reporting purposes. Consequently, it is difficult to know if Healthcare is more susceptible to ransomware than are organizations in other industries, or if the high percentages of it being recorded are simply a product of more stringent reporting requirements. Regardless of the reason, the wise security practitioner will take immediate steps to combat this ubiquitous attack type. Due to the ease of the attack, the low risk for the criminal, and the potential for high monetary yields, it is likely here for a lengthy stay in spite of the quality of the hospital food. Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals releases first “Comprehensive Textbook of COVID-19” News Read Articlecenter_img Share By EH News Bureau on May 14, 2018 Phoenix Business Consulting invests in telehealth platform Healpha Related Posts Menopause to become the next game-changer in global femtech solutions industry by 2025 Heartfulness group of organisations launches ‘Healthcare by Heartfulness’ COVID care applast_img read more

TCS Commits pro bono technology services to support research on sudden unexpected infant deaths

first_img Phoenix Business Consulting invests in telehealth platform Healpha By Sanjiv Das on November 13, 2018 Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals releases first “Comprehensive Textbook of COVID-19” Heartfulness group of organisations launches ‘Healthcare by Heartfulness’ COVID care app Leading research hospital receives 5,000 hours of technical, research and innovation services from Tata Consultancy ServicesTata Consultancy Services has donated 5,000 pro bono technical and scientific research hours to Seattle Children’s Center for Integrative Brain Research (Seattle Children’s), in a collaborative effort to discover the causes of Sudden Unexpected Infant Deaths (SUID), which includes Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).Seattle Children’s is one of the top five paediatric research centres in the US. A portion of the pro bono hours committed by TCS has already been used for building a digital fundraising platform, ‘First Steps for SIDS’, to raise awareness and research funds for Seattle Children’s. Additional projects will be announced in the coming months.According to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, in the US, roughly six out of 1,000 children die before their first birthday. Of these, about 4,000 infants, or one in six, die each year of unexpected causes. Within this larger umbrella, SIDS remains the leading cause of death among children from one month to one year of age, with 90 per cent of SIDS deaths occurring within the first six months of life.“This is an incredibly generous donation by TCS and its employees,” said John Kahan, President of the Aaron Matthew SIDS Research Guild at Seattle Children’s Hospital, whose son, Aaron, died of SIDS in 2003. “We are deeply grateful for TCS’ commitment to this work to ensure that, in the future, no parent experiences the loss of a child again or worries theirs will be next.” Kahan is also Chief Data Analytics Officer, Corporate, External, and Legal Affairs at Microsoft.“At TCS, we firmly believe in leveraging technology to provide solutions to social causes, and we are excited to work with Microsoft and Seattle Children’s to bring together our diverse skills to help solve SIDS,” said Nagaraj Ijari, VP and Global Head, HiTech Unit, TCS. “I am hopeful that the power of digital technologies, particularly analytics and cloud computing, will help researchers get closer to the answers they have been seeking for so long, and to save precious little lives.”“This partnership will significantly accelerate and augment the cross-disciplinary research we’re doing to understand the possible causes of SIDS,” said Dr Nino Ramirez, Director, Integrative Brain Research Center, Seattle Children’s. Share Read Article MaxiVision Eye Hospitals launches “Mucormycosis Early Detection Centre”center_img The missing informal workers in India’s vaccine story Menopause to become the next game-changer in global femtech solutions industry by 2025 WHO tri-regional policy dialogue seeks solutions to challenges facing international mobility of health professionals News Related Posts TCS Commits pro bono technology services to support research on sudden unexpected infant deaths last_img read more

Aditya Birla Memorial Hospital organises “ABMH-Pharma Con 2018”

first_img Share Heartfulness group of organisations launches ‘Healthcare by Heartfulness’ COVID care app Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals releases first “Comprehensive Textbook of COVID-19” More than 300 speakers and delegates from renowned hospitals from all over India participatedAditya Birla Memorial Hospital, Pune, Maharashtra’s first Joint Commission International (JCI), USA and NABH accredited Hospital, organised sixth National Conference on Pharmacy “ABMH Pharma Con – 2018” on December 15-18, 2018 at Aditya Birla Memorial Hospital.The two-day conference witnessed more than 300 participants including speakers and delegates from renowned hospitals from all over India. Eminent healthcare executives mainly the pharmacy heads and PhD (Pharm) professors and deans from universities and hospitals like Marathwada Mitra Mandal’s College Of Pharmacy; Goa Medical College, Goa; SSPMS College, Dhule; D Y Patil College Of Pharmacy, Pune; Dr DY Patil Institute Of Pharmaceutical Sciences And Research, Pune; Indira College Of Pharmacy; Poona college of Pharmacy; Bharti Vidyapeet, Pune; Modern College Of Pharmacy, Moshi amongst others who actively participated and discussed various aspects of Pharmacist’s role.During the two-day conference, various aspects of pharmacist’s role were discussed like pursuit for ‘Inspired Carriers’ In pharmaceutical sciences, stakeholders engagement for good governance in hospital pharmacy operations, role of clinical pharmacist in effective patient care etc. The conference covered debates and multidisciplinary panel discussion on key topics. The second day witnessed paper presentation where participants showcased their talent followed by prize distribution.The following topics were discussed at “ABMH Pharma-Con 2018”:Pursuit For ‘Inspired Carriers’ in pharmaceutical sciences.Stakeholders engagement for good governance in hospital pharmacy operations.Role of clinical pharmacist in effective patient care.Patient safety and pharma co vigilance – The road ahead.Medication management solutions –Future.Legal aspects in hospital pharmacy operations.Hospital accreditation and organisation vide medication safety and pharmacists role.The next generation of pharmacist and new competencies.Need to rationalise use of antibiotics.Community pharmacy and its aspects. The missing informal workers in India’s vaccine story By Prabhat Prakash on December 19, 2018 News Read Articlecenter_img MaxiVision Eye Hospitals launches “Mucormycosis Early Detection Centre” Phoenix Business Consulting invests in telehealth platform Healpha Aditya Birla Memorial Hospital organises “ABMH-Pharma Con 2018” WHO tri-regional policy dialogue seeks solutions to challenges facing international mobility of health professionals Related Posts Menopause to become the next game-changer in global femtech solutions industry by 2025last_img read more

TiE Mumbai and IIM Ahmedabad Alumni Healthcare SIG organise IIMPACT Health Conference

first_img Phoenix Business Consulting invests in telehealth platform Healpha Read Article TiE Mumbai and IIM Ahmedabad Alumni Healthcare SIG organise IIMPACT Health Conference The purpose was to provide a platform where start-ups, established players, investors, academia and consultants could engage with each other, exchange ideas, debate them and networkBig data, analytics, artificial intelligence/machine learning, wearables, mHealth, robotics, use of augmented reality and 3D printing are fundamentally transforming healthcare delivery to patients, medical research, access to healthcare, physician-physician interactions and improving efficiencies in the healthcare supply chain, among other things.With the surge of the healthcare start-up ecosystem in India, there is a tremendous scope for innovative start-ups to make their presence felt. The theme for IIMPACT Health’s very first conference was ‘The Digital Transformation of Healthcare’ and was well attended by some of the biggest names in healthcare in India today. The purpose was to provide a platform where start-ups, established players, investors, academia and consultants could engage with each other, exchange ideas, debate them and network. There were interesting discussions on how technology could disrupt established healthcare businesses and scaling up healthcare start-ups. A couple of thought leaders presented their views on healthcare developments in the coming decade. Summing up the event, an economist opined that digital technologies were the only way to close the gap between healthcare supply and demand in India.“India is seeing its own digital health revolution, be it the rapid growth of e-pharmacies, health wearables, use of AI to deliver treatment, clinic management via cloud-based platforms amongst others. This conference enables start-ups and large companies to come together and innovate towards building a digital health ecosystem,” said Atul Nishar, President, TiE Mumbai.“The healthcare start-up ecosystem in India is booming, with a lot of innovative start-ups coming up to solve hereto unsolved problems,” said Sudarshan Jain, Charter Member, TiE Mumbai and IIM-A alumnus.“This is a transformational time in healthcare,” said Jawed Zia, Head, Abbott’s Pharmaceutical Business, India. “The need for technology-based services that help people manage their health challenges has never been greater. Technology will influence the quality and efficiency of services for better patient outcomes across the continuum of care,” added Zia.This one day conference was attended by over 350 delegates which included 80 start-ups, corporate executives, serial entrepreneurs and healthcare professionals, investors and IIM professors. Add Comment News By EH News Bureau on December 13, 2019 analyticsartificial intelligence/machine learningBig dataIIM Ahmedabad Alumni Healthcare SIGIIMPACT Health ConferencemhealthRoboticsstart-up ecosystemThe Digital Transformation of HealthcareTiE Mumbaiwearables Heartfulness group of organisations launches ‘Healthcare by Heartfulness’ COVID care app Related Posts Menopause to become the next game-changer in global femtech solutions industry by 2025 Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals releases first “Comprehensive Textbook of COVID-19” The missing informal workers in India’s vaccine story Comments (0) MaxiVision Eye Hospitals launches “Mucormycosis Early Detection Centre” WHO tri-regional policy dialogue seeks solutions to challenges facing international mobility of health professionals Sharelast_img read more

Harbhajan Singh appointed as Smile Train India as Goodwill Ambassador

first_img Comments (0) By EH News Bureau on December 18, 2019 Read Article WHO tri-regional policy dialogue seeks solutions to challenges facing international mobility of health professionals MaxiVision Eye Hospitals launches “Mucormycosis Early Detection Centre” The missing informal workers in India’s vaccine story Related Posts Singh will actively support Smile Train India to raise awareness for children with clefts and free treatment available through Smile Train’s local partner hospitalsSmile Train, recently announced, Harbhajan Singh, Indian Cricketer, as a Goodwill Ambassador for India. As Goodwill Ambassador, Singh will actively support Smile Train India to raise awareness for children with clefts and the free treatment available through Smile Train’s local partner hospitals.In India, it is estimated that more than 35,000 babies are born with a cleft lip and/or palate every year, and hundreds of thousands of children globally live with untreated clefts. Cleft treatment is safe and the transformation is immediate. Smile Train provides training, funding and resources to medical professionals to provide 100 per cent -free cleft surgery and comprehensive cleft care in their own communities.In response to the announcement, Singh shared, “A child’s smile is pure joy and it is hard to imagine that babies born with a cleft have difficulty eating, speaking and breathing. The good news is that cleft is treatable through surgery and related ancillary treatment such as speech therapy and orthodontic treatment. For the last 20 years, Smile Train has been doing great work across India and I am happy to be a part of this unique and wonderful initiative. I look forward to using to my platform to raise awareness for children with clefts.”Smile Train has supported 600,000+ free cleft surgeries in India through a network of 150+ partner hospitals across the country. Providing safe surgery and comprehensive cleft care for children at scale is critical, as Smile Train looks to continue to expand their programmes and reach out to every child in need of cleft care.“Harbhajan Singh is an inspiration to millions of youth in our country and we consider it a great privilege to have him support our organisation. We welcome Harbhajan Singh as our Goodwill Ambassador and are grateful for his generous support to Smile Train and children with clefts,” said Mamta Carroll, Vice President and Regional Director-Asia, Smile Train.Singh recently supported Smile Train’s unique initiative, The Smile Torch. At an event organised at Wagah Border, Amritsar, Singh along with Bhupinder Singh, DIG, BSF, Smile Train India team, medical partners and cleft patients welcomed The Smile Torch to Punjab. The general public at the Flag Lowering Ceremony at Wagah Border were educated about cleft lip and palate, its treatment and was mesmerised by the performances of former cleft patients. cleft lip and palatecleftsHarbhajan SinghSmile Train India News Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals releases first “Comprehensive Textbook of COVID-19” Phoenix Business Consulting invests in telehealth platform Healpha Harbhajan Singh appointed as Smile Train India as Goodwill Ambassador Menopause to become the next game-changer in global femtech solutions industry by 2025 Share Heartfulness group of organisations launches ‘Healthcare by Heartfulness’ COVID care app Add Commentlast_img read more

Legrand India introduces ‘Legrand Telemedicine Health Center’ in association with Nanavati Super Speciality Hospital

first_img News Legrand India has kickstarted its medical health centre for the people in Haridwar and Jalgaon. As a part of its India CSR initiative, Legrand has collaborated with Nanavati Super Speciality Hospital, Mumbai to set up this telemedicine centre, which will aid in free super-speciality tele-consulting for patients for whom specialist healthcare is difficult to reach.A synergy between the best in medical and telecommunication technology, this CSR project is designed to be sustainable and scalable, considering it can be replicated in other locations for Legrand. The facility will enable patients to connect with the doctors real-time through audio/video technology. Patients can diagnose and submit their health data such as BP, blood test, X-Ray, etc. online which will be remotely made available to the doctor sitting at Nanavati Hospital with the help of paramedical staff available at the centre. Doctor and patient can then be connected real-time through audio-video. This technology also enables doctors to use a digital stethoscope to listen to the heart and lungs, similar to a physical examination and subsequently prescribe relevant medicine.Speaking on this occasion, Tony Berland, CEO and MD, Legrand India, said, “Business ecosystem, people and environment are the three CSR focal areas at Legrand Group. In line with this objective, this CSR drive is a strategically driven project to support the health and wellbeing of the communities.” He further added, “As a part of our worldwide CSR effort, we are actively involved in providing telehealth facilities for remote communities in India. As a leading provider of connected products, it made complete sense to leverage this approach for helping the community and try to bridge the huge gap of healthcare accessibility in India. Over 11,000 people have availed of tele-consultations successfully at our centres. We would like to thank Nanavati Super Specialty Hospital for supporting this initiative as our medical consulting partner and providing specialised doctors from their team for this centre.”Manpreet Singh Sohal, Director and Chief Operating Officer (COO), Nanavati Super Speciality Hospital, said, “In order to have continuous awareness and engagement of the marginalised community, so far, 16 health camps have been organised in presence of Nanavati Hospital doctors at various locations nearby Telemedicine Centres and more than 2,500 community members availed the health camp services. This effective intervention will continue in future as well. The number of tele-consultancies at TMC is increasing which is supporting our premise that there was an acute need of specialised tele-consultation. We are proud of our association with Legrand.” Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals releases first “Comprehensive Textbook of COVID-19” By EH News Bureau on February 20, 2020 Add Comment WHO tri-regional policy dialogue seeks solutions to challenges facing international mobility of health professionals Share Legrand India Heartfulness group of organisations launches ‘Healthcare by Heartfulness’ COVID care app Legrand India introduces ‘Legrand Telemedicine Health Center’ in association with Nanavati Super Speciality Hospital Brings specialist doctors under one roof for checkup using innovative technology; live consultation helping speciality healthcare services in reaching the remotest corners of India Related Posts Phoenix Business Consulting invests in telehealth platform Healpha Menopause to become the next game-changer in global femtech solutions industry by 2025 The missing informal workers in India’s vaccine story Read Article MaxiVision Eye Hospitals launches “Mucormycosis Early Detection Centre” Comments (0)last_img read more

Clensta International launches ‘Clensta Instant Hand Hygiene Solution’

first_img Menopause to become the next game-changer in global femtech solutions industry by 2025 The missing informal workers in India’s vaccine story MaxiVision Eye Hospitals launches “Mucormycosis Early Detection Centre” The product is in line with Clensta’s commitment to providing sustainable hygiene solutions which do not use water thereby encouraging water conservationClensta International recently announced the launch of Clensta Instant Hand Hygiene Solution; an advance formula for hand sanitisation. The novel product offers instant 99.9 per cent germ protection with antimicrobial and antiseptic properties that will establish the new product as a quick solution for all-round protection and freshness.The move augments the company’s personal hygiene portfolio, which currently has Instant Body Sanitation – Comprehensive Antiseptic Body Hygiene Solution (Waterless Body Bath) and Instant Head Hygiene – Comprehensive Head Hygiene Solution (Waterless Shampoo) in the market. The launch comes in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.This waterless product is in line with Clensta’s commitment to providing sustainable hygiene solutions which do not use water thereby encouraging water conservation.Dr Puneet Gupta, CEO, Clensta International said, “We are excited to introduce an all-new category in waterless hygiene segment in India with the launch of Clensta Instant Hand Hygiene Solution; an advance formula for hand sanitiser. Clensta, over the years, has been a driver of change to help and protect our loved ones by providing instant hygiene to anyone, anywhere and anytime, hence we conducted research to understand the new cleanliness regime and mindset. Interestingly, the findings reveal that 70 per cent of mothers believe cleaning is equivalent to germ-free. This waterless hand rub is an ideal offering to ensure cleanliness and underscores our commitment to maintaining a germ-free environment.”The company further stressed the need to educate people about proper hygiene. What appears to be visibly clean is not necessarily germ-free and that there is a need to practise cleanliness in day to day activities. Thus, waterless innovation will be a novel solution to ensuring cleanliness. Clensta Instant Hand Hygiene SolutionClensta InternationalCOVID-19hand sanitiser News Add Comment Read Article Related Posts WHO tri-regional policy dialogue seeks solutions to challenges facing international mobility of health professionals Clensta International launches ‘Clensta Instant Hand Hygiene Solution’ Heartfulness group of organisations launches ‘Healthcare by Heartfulness’ COVID care app By EH News Bureau on April 1, 2020 Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals releases first “Comprehensive Textbook of COVID-19” Phoenix Business Consulting invests in telehealth platform Healpha Comments (0) Sharelast_img read more

Tata Steel’s Nest-In develops COVID-19 swab collection unit to minimise contamination risk for healthcare workers

first_img MaxiVision Eye Hospitals launches “Mucormycosis Early Detection Centre” Tata Steel’s Nest-In develops COVID-19 swab collection unit to minimise contamination risk for healthcare workers COVID-19Nest-InTata Steel Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals releases first “Comprehensive Textbook of COVID-19” Read Article WHO tri-regional policy dialogue seeks solutions to challenges facing international mobility of health professionals COVID-19 Updates Hospital Infra News Patient Safety Public Health Related Posts Heartfulness group of organisations launches ‘Healthcare by Heartfulness’ COVID care app Phoenix Business Consulting invests in telehealth platform Healpha The missing informal workers in India’s vaccine story Share At a price tag of Rs 1,35,000 + applicable taxes + transportation, each swab collection unit includes the structure, a battery operated sanitiser (incl. spray gun), two lights (one inside, one outside), fan, 2 way communication system, and glove portsNest-In, the construction solutions business venture of Tata Steel, has developed an innovative COVID-19 swab collection unit that reportedly ensures a risk-free and safer sample collection process. With the growing need to tackle the highly contagious COVID-19 virus, it has become critical to ensure an increase sample collection for testing, and in a hassle-free and safe manner, for both healthcare professionals and patients.At a price tag of Rs 1,35,000 + applicable taxes + transportation, each swab collection unit includes the structure, a battery operated sanitiser (including spray gun), two lights (one inside, one outside), fan, 2 way communication system, and glove ports.The cost excludes GST @ 18 per cent and other applicable taxes, gloves, sanitiser liquid, fresh test tube tray + test tubes, and a container for keeping test tubes post sample collection.The Nest-In design and development team spent days interacting with medical professionals and studying the existing units in the market to identify pain points and derive insights. Post their study, they developed an innovative unit which ensures contact-less exchange of test-tubes and is equipped with a two-way mic and speaker system that allows clear communication between the healthcare professional and the patient. The unit is spacious and is built using insulated sandwich panels to provide an ambient and comfortable environment inside the unit.As per a release, the unit is also equipped with an in-built disinfectant spray that eliminates the need for an additional resource to sanitise the unit after each sample collection, thus reducing the risk of infection. The toughened glass ensures clear visibility as well as safety of both healthcare professionals and patients.  The COVID-19 swab collection unit can be used by hospitals, testing labs as well as by commercial and industrial firms inside their manufacturing plants and townships. The company will be producing units on the basis of orders received and has the capability to serve the requirements across the nation.  Nest-In has developed several customised solutions to help the nation in its fight against the pandemic, including quarantine and isolation wards, portable toilets and ICU cabins. Nest-In has also supplied quarantine and isolation cabins for a 550-bed COVID-19 isolation facility in Kasargod, Kerala spanning 80,000 sq. ft. By EH News Bureau on September 4, 2020 Add Comment Comments (0) Menopause to become the next game-changer in global femtech solutions industry by 2025last_img read more

Resident docs vie for India’s Next Sushruta title

first_img The missing informal workers in India’s vaccine story Read Article Adoption of AI/ML can disrupt healthcare services By EH News Bureau on January 27, 2021 MaxiVision Eye Hospitals launches “Mucormycosis Early Detection Centre” News Add Comment Phoenix Business Consulting invests in telehealth platform Healpha Resident docs vie for India’s Next Sushruta title Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals releases first “Comprehensive Textbook of COVID-19” Related Posts WHO tri-regional policy dialogue seeks solutions to challenges facing international mobility of health professionals DocplexusIndia MedtronicIndia’s Next Sushruta Top three winners bag international clinical observerships at a Medtronic Innovation Center and final seven selected to participate in proctorship programmes in IndiaIndia Medtronic concluded the grand finale of India’s Next Sushruta (INS), a case study competition targeted towards postgraduates and super-specialty students in the field of surgery. The concluding round saw finalists competing for the top three spots with a chance to take part in an international clinical observership at a Medtronic Innovation center.As per a press release, the finale saw Dr Usha H, MCh Surgical Oncology from Kidwai Memorial Institute of oncology, Bangalore win over the jury with her presentation to clinch the title of India’s Next Sushruta.  Dr Souvik Paul, DNB Surgical Gastroenterology from BLK Superspeciality Hospital, New Delhi was adjudged the first runner-up, while Dr Nitesh Kumar, MS Urology from Osmania Medical College, Hyderabad took the second runner-up place.Named after the father of early surgery, Sushruta, India’s Next Sushruta is an industry-academia programme in the med-tech space in India. The competition saw participation from across specialities including general surgery, gastro and oncology. The multi-stage academic contest was administered in partnership with Docplexus, who executed the programme spanning 80 cities and conducted quantitative quizzes and abstract submissions on their platform.The finale of INS involved 20-minute case presentations by the top ten finalists judged by a panel comprising experts from major institutes:Dr Avanish Saklani, associate professor robotic lead colorectal, Tata Memorial Center, MumbaiDr Abhay Dalvi, professor & unit head, Dept. of Surgery, KEM Hospital, MumbaiDr  Anil Aggarwal, director, professor & head, Dept. of Gastrointestinal Surgery, GB Pant Hospital, DelhiDr S Sudhindran, professor & chief transplant surgeon, Dept. of Gastrointestinal Surgery, Amrita Hospital, KochiDr SVS Deo, professor & head, Surgical Oncology, AIIMS DelhiDr Madhabananda Kar, professor & head, Dept. of Surgical Oncology, AIIMS BhubaneswarRaising adequate awareness about disease and therapy areas coupled with skill development to achieve technology adoption is the long-term objective of INS. Consequently, from among the top 10 finalists, the final seven have been selected to participate in proctorship programmes in India. Menopause to become the next game-changer in global femtech solutions industry by 2025 Comments (0) Sharelast_img read more

Jamaicans in New York Celebrate Independence with Black Tie Ball

first_imgJamaicans in New York Celebrate Independence with Black Tie Ball CultureAugust 18, 2010 FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Jamaicans in New York celebrated the nation’s 48th year of Independence at the annual anniversary ball held on Saturday (Aug. 14) at the Hilton Hotel in New York City.Organised by Jamaican Independence Celebration Foundation Inc., under the patronage of Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture, Hon. Olivia Grange, the black tie event attracted some 600 Jamaican nationals and friends of the island.Decked in elegant gowns and suits, they listened to steel drums played by a local band and enjoyed the best of Caribbean and American cuisine, before hearing formal speeches.Minister Grange, in her address, paid homage to the founding fathers, noting that they fought to ensure better working and living conditions for all.“Jamaica’s national heroes will be remembered for their unforgettable sacrifice. They were the architects of our freedom,” she stated.Consul General to New York, Geneive Brown Metzger in her remarks, stated that Jamaica is a young country with a great future.She noted that Jamaicans are determined to overcome obstacles in order to solidify the island’s rightful place on an international level. “We are hardworking, creative and innovative, and we will prevail,” she said.Communications Consultant and radio talk show host, Dr. Barbara Gloudon, who was the guest speaker at the event, regaled the audience with humorous anecdotes of Jamaican experiences to which they could all relate.She said that Jamaicans must recognise and be proud of their history. “We need to know our history. Until we know our history, we won’t be able to cross the bridge to the next generation,” she stated.“Do not let our heritage die without passing it to our children,” she further urged. “There’s no finer heritage than ours. Let the history continue,” she said.The ball was attended by a number of high profile Jamaicans in New York, including Jamaica’s representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Raymond Wolfe; Brooklyn Congresswoman, Yvette Clarke; President and Chief Executive Officer of Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery, Lowell Hawthorne; and Chief Executive Officer of Royal Caribbean and Caribbean Food Delights, Vincent HoSang. Reigning Miss Jamaica United States, Diane Johnson, was also present.The 2010 Jamaican Independence Celebration Foundation youth award went to Matthew J. Thomas, an honour student, who will be attending the University of Maryland College Park. The community award was presented to George Crooks, a Jamaican-born United States navy veteran, who is involved extensively in the development of young people.The foundation also auctioned a number of sports memorabilia to raise funds for charity, including items signed by Brazilian soccer great Edson Arantes Do Nascimento, popularly known as Pel Advertisements RelatedJamaicans in New York Celebrate Independence with Black Tie Ballcenter_img RelatedJamaicans in New York Celebrate Independence with Black Tie Ball RelatedJamaicans in New York Celebrate Independence with Black Tie Balllast_img read more

Share Knowledge of Garvey

first_imgRelatedShare Knowledge of Garvey RelatedShare Knowledge of Garvey Advertisements RelatedShare Knowledge of Garveycenter_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail As the international community marks the 123rd anniversary of the birth of Right Excellent Marcus Mosiah Garvey today (Aug.17), Chairman of the St. Ann Homecoming and Heritage Foundation, Herbert Murdock is urging residents of the parish to share their knowledge of the National Hero with their children and grandchildren.“We need to tell our children and grandchildren that Marcus Garvey rose from humble beginnings in this town of St. Ann’s Bay to be a powerful international leader, who inspired millions to believe in themselves and in their ability to rise above their crippling circumstances,” he said.“We need to tell our children and grandchildren that, in many respects, Garvey was a trailblazer committed to the advancement of ordinary Jamaican workers and devoted to the upliftment of his race and all people of colour,” Mr. Murdock added.Governor -General, His Excellency, the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen (2nd left), is greeted by President of the Methodist Church in Jamaica, Rev. Everald Galbraith (left) on his arrival at the St. Ann’s Bay Methodist Church on Sunday (Aug. 15) for the service of thanksgiving to mark the 123rd anniversary of the birth of National Hero, Rt. Excellent Marcus Mosiah Garvey. The function was organised by the St. Ann Homecoming and Heritage Foundation. The background are wife of the Governor- General, Her Excellency Lady Allen and Chairman of the Homecoming Foundation, Herbert Murdock.He was speaking at a service of thanksgiving and celebration to mark the special anniversary held on Sunday (Aug.15) at the St. Ann’s Bay Methodist Church. Among those in attendance were their Excellencies, The Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen and Lady Allen.Mr. Murdock further encouraged persons to become intimately acquainted with the opinions, dreams and insights of Marcus Garvey, and to learn from what the National Hero preached.He informed that the Foundation has been lobbying the Government to make official, legal representation to the American Government, to expunge from their judicial records “the trumped-up criminal charges and conviction of Marcus Garvey.”The body is also collaborating with the Jamaica Library Service (JLS) to establish a Marcus Garvey Resource Centre on the upper floor of the expanded St. Ann Parish Library.The facility, which is slated to open soon, will be a repository of print and electronic source materials that will facilitate serious enquiry about, and objective evaluation of the contributions of Marcus Garvey to the social, political, religious and cultural fabric of Jamaica and the wider Caribbean, the Americas, Africa and elsewhere, Mr. Murdock said.Turning to other projects being undertaken by the Foundation, he mentioned a tutorial and mentoring programme for children at the St. Ann’s Bay Primary School. He said that the programme, which targets boys who were academically challenged or average in their performance, is going well.The boys are normally selected at the grade four level, where they receive the necessary assistance and interventions to pass the Grade Four Literacy Test and to ensure that they are better prepared for the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT).“We are happy to report that nine boys took the (Grade Four) test in May 2008 and all nine passed. Some excelled with perfect scores in some sections of the test,” Mr. Murdock told the gathering.He said that the boys went on to perform well in the GSAT this year and were placed in various local high schools. The programme would be continuing in October with a new set of boys selected for the three-year stint. Share Knowledge of Garvey CultureAugust 18, 2010last_img read more

Mobay Hospital to be renamed for late Dr. Herbert Eldemire

first_imgRelatedMobay Hospital to be renamed for late Dr. Herbert Eldemire RelatedMobay Hospital to be renamed for late Dr. Herbert Eldemire Mobay Hospital to be renamed for late Dr. Herbert Eldemire Health & WellnessOctober 29, 2010 Advertisementscenter_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The Cornwall Regional Hospital in St. James is to be renamed in honour of the late Dr. Herbert Eldemire.Minister with responsibility for Information, Telecommunications and Special Projects, Hon. Daryl Vaz, made the announcement on (October 27) at the post Cabinet press briefing held at Jamaica House. “The hospital will be renamed as the Herbert Eldemire Hospital,” he said.Dr. Eldemire was responsible for, among other things, the establishment of the Cornwall Regional Hospital, the School of Nursing and introduction of the National Family Planning Programme.He served as Member of Parliament and Minister of Health from 1962 to 1972 and was chairman of the Jamaica Labour Party from 1967 to 1972. He served three terms in Parliament and retired from active politics in 1980.As a physician, he maintained a large private practice in Montego Bay for more than 40 years. He was an avid sportsman and was involved in the promotion of sports, especially boxing.Dr. Eldemire died peacefully at his home in Reading, St. James, on May 20, 2010 after a brief illness. He was 79 years old. Dr. Eldemire is survived by his wife, Barbara; daughters, Jane, Andrea, Denise; son Barney (Herbert Jr.); and brother, Arthur. RelatedMobay Hospital to be renamed for late Dr. Herbert Eldemirelast_img read more

Ministry of Education Mourns Death of Students Killed in Accident at School

first_img Issued by: The Ministry of Education RelatedMinistry of Education Mourns Death of Students Killed in Accident at School Advertisements RelatedMinistry of Education Mourns Death of Students Killed in Accident at School Ministry of Education Mourns Death of Students Killed in Accident at School EducationApril 7, 2011 RelatedMinistry of Education Mourns Death of Students Killed in Accident at School FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The Minister of Education, Hon. Andrew Holness, and the staff of the Ministry of Education are in mourning following the death of three students and the injury of several others as a result of a motor vehicle crash in Manchester this morning April 7, 2011. The Ministry expresses condolences to the families of those who died, their schools and communities. A critical response team from the Guidance and Counselling Unit of the Ministry has been mobilised to offer counselling to students and staff of the schools whose students were involved in or saw the accident. The Ministry of Education stands ready to help the families of those who died or were injured in the mishap.last_img read more

JAMPRO Hosts Reception for Investors

first_imgJAMPRO Hosts Reception for Investors CommerceJuly 30, 2011 RelatedJAMPRO Hosts Reception for Investors FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail LONDON — Regional Manager of JAMPRO in the United Kingdom and Europe,  Laurence Jones (centre), speaking at a special  pre-Independence reception for UK investors at the High Commission in London.  Others (from left) are:  new Minister of Justice,  Hon. Delroy Chuck and  High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Anthony Johnson. The London office of the country’s investment promotions agency, JAMPRO, hosted investors and potential investors in Jamaica at a pre- Independence reception, held at the Jamaican High Commission in London, on July 27. Regional Manager of JAMPRO in the United Kingdom and Europe, Laurence Jones, told JIS News that guests at the reception represented a broad range of potential investments under consideration.  He pointed out that interest was shown in areas, such as mining and energy; food processing and export; chemical manufacturing and distribution; music and film as well as business process outsourcing. Mr. Jones described business process outsourcing as one of the fastest growth areas which now represents more than US$300 million in annual revenue and has recorded 13 per cent growth each year.  “JAMPRO will do its best to facilitate your investment in Jamaica as we endeavour to grow Jamaica’s gross domestic product and improve our trade deficit,” Mr. Jones told persons at the reception. High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, His Excellency Anthony Johnson, noted that the Jamaican economy has continued to record growth, adding that the Government remained committed to encouraging quality investment in the island. “We have a Jamaican brand which is extraordinarily powerful and therefore potentially extraordinarily profitable,” the High Commissioner said, and informed that over the past year there had been significant developments in Jamaica, including the opening of the Ian Flemming International airport in St. Mary, and a significant reduction in the country’s crime and murder rate. “We are very happy with those developments and we are glad to see that you have retained your faith in Jamaica and we hope that you will continue to look at Jamaica and invest in the country,” he urged. Special guest at the reception was new Minister of Justice, Hon. Delroy Chuck. Mr. Chuck was in London as a member of Jamaica’s parliamentary delegation at the Commonwealth Parliamentarians Association meeting this week.  The other delegates were Minister of State with responsibility for Local Government, Hon. Shahine Robinson; Opposition Member of Parliament, Robert Pickersgill, and Clerk to the Houses of Parliament, Heather Cooke. By Vivienne Siva JIS INFORMATION ATTACHÉJAMAICAN HIGH COMMISSIONLONDON RelatedJAMPRO Hosts Reception for Investorscenter_img RelatedJAMPRO Hosts Reception for Investors Advertisementslast_img read more

Jamaican Canadian Journalist Launches Autobiography

first_imgRelatedJamaican Canadian Journalist Launches Autobiography FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail TORONTO — There are events and experiences that are forever etched in the mind of Jamaican-born journalist Ewart Walters. Among them is the day of August 17, 1951, when Hurricane Charlie swept across the island, leaving in its wake, utter devastation, with hundreds dead, and thousands of others injured and homeless. Then, there is his experience at Calabar High School in Kingston, his work in the Jamaican media, starting his own paper in Canada,  which are all captured in his memoir: ‘To Follow Right… A Journalist’s Journey’. The book was launched in Toronto on August 17, which was the 60th anniversary of Hurricane Charlie. Reading excerpts from the book, members of the audience were able to gain insight into the people, things and events, which have made an impression on Mr. Walters over the years, such as his parents, who were schoolteachers; Jamaican politics; and his wife of 46 years, Merle. The autobiography also addresses his years of service with the Jamaican government, having served five years as Counsellor in Ottawa and a year in New York as Consul. He later worked with the Canadian Government as senior advisor on Access to Information and Privacy in the office of the President of the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA). The 71-year old Walters, who resides in Canada, has had a long career in journalism having worked for several newspapers including the Gleaner, and the now defunct the Public Opinion and the Daily News. He founded Spectrum, a community newspaper in Ottawa. Reminiscing about his years at Calabar, which was a boarding school when he began attending in 1952, Mr. Walters lamented the demise of boarding institutions, noting that “as boarders we learned to live with our fellows”. “It was here that we were molded for the wider life.  We were a disciplined lot.  It was, overall, a time when we, like Shelley’s moth aspiring to reach the star, strove to attain the school’s motto, ‘The utmost for the Highest’,” he added. In bringing greetings at the launch held in the courtyard of A Different Booklist, a book store that caters to African and Caribbean literature and writers, Jamaica’s  Consul General to Toronto, Seth George Ramocan, described Mr. Walters as “another Jamaican, who has contributed much to Jamaica, by uplifting the name of the biggest little country in the world.” “Many books have been written by great men; but few great men have written about their lives,” he said. “Young people are at a loss today to find role models and there is much to be gained by following the philosophy of ‘following right’.  The book is captivating and remarkable, and demonstrates your tenacity of holding on to a core belief in life,” the Consul General added.  Writing the introduction to the book, long-time friend, Claude Robinson, said the biography is “a thoughtful reflection on a life lived largely in service and offers lessons of wide appeal.  Following right is not always easy, but it makes the journey richer and more rewarding; and there are fewer regrets.” Mr. Walters is the recipient of many awards. In 2010, the year he celebrated his 70th birthday, he was invested with the Order of Distinction, Commander Rank; the 2010 Prize for Print Journalism from the Canadian Ethnic Media Association; the Citizen of the Year Award from the Omega Psi Phi fraternity at his alma mater Carleton University; and the Martin Luther King DreamKeepers Award. He also edited the book: ‘Sugar Boy, The Story of Cedric Titus’, about the life of the cane farmer and politician, who revolutionised the cane farming industry and suffered an untimely death. Cedric Titus’ daughter, Faye Beaufort, who was present at the book launch, thanked Mr. Walters for all his assistance in bringing to life, the work and achievements of her father.   Those attending the book launch included his wife Merle; author Rachel Manley; President of Arts and Culture Jamaica, Cherita Girvan-Campbell; President of the Calabar Old Boys Association (COBA), Eugene Chang; and other COBA members. By Carolyn Goulbourne-Warren, JIS Reporter RelatedPrime Minister Golding Announces Cabinet Changes Jamaican Canadian Journalist Launches Autobiography Office of the Prime MinisterAugust 31, 2011 Advertisements RelatedJamaican Canadian Journalist Launches Autobiographylast_img read more

Insurance Companies Urged to Partner with Gov’t to Curtail Motor Vehicle Accidents

first_imgInsurance Companies Urged to Partner with Gov’t to Curtail Motor Vehicle Accidents CommerceSeptember 15, 2011 RelatedInsurance Companies Urged to Partner with Gov’t to Curtail Motor Vehicle Accidents RelatedInsurance Companies Urged to Partner with Gov’t to Curtail Motor Vehicle Accidents RelatedInsurance Companies Urged to Partner with Gov’t to Curtail Motor Vehicle Accidentscenter_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail KINGSTON — Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Reginald Budhan, is recommending that insurance companies partner with the government to install additional speed cameras at strategic locations in an effort to curtail speeding and indiscipline on the nation’s roads. Mr. Budhan noted that approximately 90 per cent of motor vehicle accidents in Jamaica can be attributed to the careless actions of the driver, such as speeding and dangerous overtaking. “We in Jamaica have one of the worst motor vehicle accident rates in the world. Something is wrong with us,” he stated yesterday (Sept. 13) as he addressed the 12th Annual Shirley Playfair Lecture held at the Pegasus Hotel in New Kingston. The Permanent Secretary argued that the task of reducing road accidents and curtailing dangerous driving cannot be left solely to the government, but that other key stakeholders, including players in the motor vehicle insurance industry, have a role to play. Noting that insurance companies share a common database, which provides driver information, including accident history, he suggested that they could jointly sponsor hidden roving cameras that would record speeding motorists and have that information incorporating in the driver history. “This could assist in assessing risk so that people, who speed, pay more,” he stated. The Permanent Secretary further recommended that insurance companies establish a technology-based project, which would enable the police to identify vehicles that are not insured. “This will increase the demand for insurance and maybe, it could pay for itself if the penalty for driving an uninsured vehicle is high enough. Certainly, the status quo as it is now cannot continue and if we apply our minds, we can find solutions,” Mr. Budhan said. Senior Underwriter Manager, Advantage General Insurance Company, Harold Wong, in his keynote address, noted that motor vehicle insurance companies were particularly concerned about the public passenger vehicle (PPV) market. In fact, he informed, most companies no longer offer coverage for that sector because it has proven to be too risky. “In this particular segment of the market, insurance is not readily available. Approximately two to three years ago, most companies did PPV insurances, but this particular market was driving cost ratios in excess of 100 per cent and as a result, there is the recent exit from the PPV market of several insurance companies,” he stated. Mr. Wong said that currently, only three companies accept PPV business, with one company accepting it only on a third party, driver only basis, and the other company is “very selective, restrictive, and very inflexible in terms of their underwriting criteria,” while the third company is Advantage General. Mr. Wong argued that despite the cries of PPV drivers that insurance is not readily available, he noted that based on the loss ratio index the market has proven to be extremely unprofitable for insurance providers.  “Much as we would like to, we cannot correct the situation by rate increases, because what is now happening is that a large percentage of PPV operators are now operating under private third party coverage,” he stated. “Right now, we have to be trying to capture them in our database and say ‘listen based on information from the Transport Authority your vehicle is licensed as a PPV and it must be insured as such,'” he said. Mr. Wong noted that several meetings have been held with various stakeholders to correct the problem and to see if a consensus could be arrived at in favour of both the insurance companies and the PPV operators, he  however argued that the concerns were just too numerous. Among the issues are:  bad driving habits of many PPV drivers; non-compliance with rules pertaining to safe driving; obtaining of licenses without due process; and a general culture of indiscipline among such drivers. The annual Shirley Playfair Lecture series focuses on competition law and policy and seeks to facilitate healthy discussions on competition in a public forum. The event, which is organised by the Fair Trading Commission (FTC), was held this year, under the theme: ‘Coordinating to Compete: Limitations in the Motor Vehicle Insurance Market’. Other presenters included: Deputy Executive Director, Financial Services Commission (FTC), Leon Anderson; Insurance Specialist, Cedric Stephens; and Legal Officer, FTC, Wendy Duncan. The lecture was held for the first time in September 2000 to honour the life and work of Mrs. Shirley Playfair, who died tragically while serving as the agency’s first chairman. By Athaliah Reynolds, JIS Reporter Advertisementslast_img read more

Pickersgill Stresses Commitment to Good Local Governance

first_imgRelatedPickersgill Stresses Commitment to Good Local Governance Story HighlightsWater, Land, Environment and Climate Change Minister, Hon. Robert Pickersgill, says the Government is committed to putting a fully developed local government structure in place, as a means of effective governance and sustainable urban development.He said the administration also “firmly believes” that in order to advance an urban development agenda for Jamaica, “the voice of the people must be the guiding principle”.”Through a proper local government structure, we are committed to our mandate of accountability, effectiveness, transparency, and responsiveness. We recognise that these important hallmarks of good governance are necessary for economic growth, sustainable development and poverty eradication,” he stated. RelatedPickersgill Stresses Commitment to Good Local Governance RelatedPickersgill Stresses Commitment to Good Local Governance FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail center_img Pickersgill Stresses Commitment to Good Local Governance Local GovernmentMarch 16, 2012Written by: Douglas McIntosh Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change Minister, Hon. Robert Pickersgill, says the Government is committed to putting a fully developed local government structure in place, as a means of effective governance and sustainable urban development.He said the administration also “firmly believes” that in order to advance an urban development agenda for Jamaica, “the voice of the people must be the guiding principle”.“Through a proper local government structure, we are committed to our mandate of accountability, effectiveness, transparency, and responsiveness. We recognise that these important hallmarks of good governance are necessary for economic growth, sustainable development and poverty eradication,” he stated.The Minister was addressing Wednesday’s (March 14) opening ceremony for the second Caribbean Urban Forum at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel, New Kingston,More than 30 delegates and participants from the Caribbean, North America, and other parts of the world are in the island for the 2nd annual four-day forum from March 14 and 17, under the theme: ‘Planning to Achieve…the Vision Towards a Green Urban Economy (CUF 2012)’.The event is organised by the Caribbean Network for Urban and land Management (CNULM), in collaboration with the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat, and through support from the Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP), and the American Planners Association (APA).The forum will, among other things, showcase examples of good planning and urban management practices across the Caribbean, and serve as a launching pad for the Caribbean Planners Association (CPA).“I am heartened to see the broad-based representation of urban and regional planners from across Jamaica, the wider Caribbean and, indeed, the rest of the world, gathered here to discuss the Caribbean urban agenda,” Mr. Pickersgill said.He noted that the Caribbean is regarded as one of the most urbanised regions globally, with 70 per cent of the population residing in towns or cities, and there are issues attendant with such a high concentration of people.These, he pointed out, include: crime and violence, proper solid waste management, adequate infrastructure, and access to safe drinking water. He noted that addressing these issues require the concerted efforts of various stakeholders.“For example, problems of public safety require inputs from social, spatial and legal perspectives. We also require the input of urban planners, infrastructural engineers, environmental specialists and the residents, who will be affected,” he stated.The Minister welcomed the staging of the event, noting that while Caribbean urban areas vary in population, geographical conditions and quality of life, countries could benefit from the exchange of knowledge and experience of best practices within a regional context.The conference theme, he noted further, spoke directly to the National Development Plan: Vision 2030 Jamaica, which provides the framework for the country progression to developed country status, and to become the place of choice to live, work, raise families, and do business.“However, for us to get there, by 2030, we must adopt good planning practices from across the regions, our neighbours to the north, and elsewhere in the Caribbean. I trust that the presentations, relevant discussions and recommendations in this forum will inform the preparation and implementation of more effective policies, strategies and programmes to address the issues relating to rapid urbanisation in the Caribbean,” Mr. Pickersgill said. Advertisementslast_img read more

Public Sector Transformation Enhancing Government’s Efficiency – Dr. Phillips

first_imgPublic Sector Transformation Enhancing Government’s Efficiency – Dr. Phillips Budget 2015/2016March 16, 2015Written by: Chris Patterson Photo: JIS PhotographerFinance and Planning Minister, Dr. the Hon. Peter Phillips, says the “sky is the limit” as it regards growth in the Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) sector. RelatedBPO to Yield 6,400 Additional Jobs RelatedGrowth Accelerating in Tourism Sector – Finance Minister FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Story HighlightsFinance and Planning, Dr. the Hon. Peter Phillips, says the process of public sector transformation and modernisation, being undertaken by the administration, aims to restructure state institutions’ operations.The Minister underscored these points as he opened the 2015/16 Budget Debate, in the House of Representatives, on March 12.Dr. Phillips said the Government has developed an action plan for public sector transformation with an initial set of projects, which have either been implemented or are so earmarked.center_img Advertisements Finance and Planning, Dr. the Hon. Peter Phillips, says the process of public sector transformation and modernisation, being undertaken by the administration, aims to restructure state institutions’ operations and establish systems designed to enhance and make them function more efficiently, flexibly, responsively, and accountably.“Let me be clear, we do not share the view of those in the society who see public sector transformation as a synonym for lay-offs and redundancies,” he states.The Minister underscored these points as he opened the 2015/16 Budget Debate, in the House of Representatives, on March 12.Dr. Phillips said the Government has developed an action plan for public sector transformation with an initial set of projects, which have either been implemented or are so earmarked.Among these he informed, are: the Automated System for Customs Data (ASYCUDA), a management system designed to enhance administration the Jamaica Customs Agency’s operations and functions.Additionally, he said an e-trade system is being developed to upgrade and coordinate the automated licensing and permitting systems across regulatory agencies in the Ministries of Agriculture and Fisheries; Health; and Industry, Investment, and Commerce.Dr. Phillips noted that a single trade electronic window, that will enable traders to lodge documents, in an electronic format, to a single entry point, to meet import, export, and transit-related requirements, is also being developed.He advised that the window will link users to automated trade systems, and connect trade-related agencies through a single interface.The Finance Minister also pointed out that implementation of the Application Management and Data Analysis (AMANDA) system in all Parish Councils and eight referral agencies, has been pivotal in reducing the duration for development approvals.“The Ministry of Local Government (and Community Development) and Parish Councils are to be commended for having achieved the 90-day approval threshold for all those approvals that do not require environmental assessments,” he said.Dr. Phillips indicated that on the completion of these projects, additional activities will be incorporated in the action plan to ensure that the transformation process is sustained over time.Dr. Phillips said these changes, and others, will, over time, result in the emergence of a more efficient, nimbler, and better compensated public sector. Public Sector Transformation Enhancing Government’s Efficiency – Dr. PhillipsJIS News | Presented by: PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQualityundefinedSpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreenPlay RelatedMore Tax Relief for PAYE Workerslast_img read more

4-H Movement Celebrates Significant Milestone

first_imgStory HighlightsThis year is very significant for the Jamaica 4-H Clubs, as the Movement is celebrating its 75th anniversary, under the theme: ‘4-H – Celebrating the Past, Embracing the Future’.To mark the notable milestone, the organisation has planned some major activities, including the commencement of one of its legacy projects later this year – the $160 million Rural Youth Economic Empowerment Programme (RYEEP).The Ministry of Youth and Culture has committed $45 million in funding support, which will be allocated in $15 million tranches for each of the three years. 4-H Movement Celebrates Significant Milestone AgricultureApril 20, 2015Written by: Douglas McIntosh 4-H Movement Celebrates Significant MilestoneJIS News | Presented by: PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQualityundefinedSpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreenPlay RelatedAgricultural Sector Benefitting from Adaptation Fund Advertisements FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail center_img RelatedGrowth Impacting Agricultural Parishes Photo: Melroy Sterling Wife of the Governor-General, Her Excellency the Most Hon. Lady Allen (right), is assisted by Chairman, Jamaica 4-H Clubs, Senator Norman Grant, to cut the organization’s 75th anniversary commemorative cake, during the recent launch of activities to mark the celebrations, at the agency’s Old Hope Road head office, in St. Andrew. Lady Allen is Patron of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations. Among those sharing the occasion are: Agriculture, Labour and Social Security Minister, Hon, Derrick Kellier (centre); Youth and Culture Minister, Hon. Lisa Hanna (left), who brought greetings; and members of 4-H Clubs across Kingston and St. Andrew. This year is very significant for the Jamaica 4-H Clubs, as the Movement is celebrating its 75th anniversary, under the theme: ‘4-H – Celebrating the Past, Embracing the Future’.To mark the notable milestone, the organisation has planned some major activities, including the commencement of one of its legacy projects later this year – the $160 million Rural Youth Economic Empowerment Programme (RYEEP) – which will target some 3,000 young people islandwide for training in agriculture over the next three years.The Ministry of Youth and Culture has committed $45 million in funding support, which will be allocated in $15 million tranches for each of the three years.Another key event is the National Achievement Day Exposition, from April 22 to 24, which will showcase the creativity of clubbites, as well as volunteers.The three-day exposition will be the culmination of 14 parish achievement days held earlier in the year.Other scheduled activities  include: a national church service slated for May 7 at Webster Memorial United Church, Half-Way Tree Road, St. Andrew; a special parish competition, named in honour of Health Minister, Hon. Dr. Fenton Ferguson, who was instrumental in the 4-H Clubs’ transfer from the Ministry of Education to the Ministry of Agriculture; the Youth in Agriculture Hub, at the Denbigh Agricultural and Industrial Show, slated for July 31 to August 2, in May Pen, Clarendon; and a special awards banquet in November.Wife of the Governor-General, Her Excellency the Most Hon. Lady Allen, is Patron for the Diamond Jubilee.Speaking at the Diamond Jubilee’s recent launch at the Jamaica 4-H Clubs headquarters on Old Hope Road, St. Andrew, Board Chairman, Senator Norman Grant, said based on its achievements since its inception on April 1, 1940, “there is much that the organization has to be proud.”He noted that the Movement represents “an important chapter” in the history of both the Jamaica Agricultural Society (JAS), of which he is also President, as well as the overall agricultural sector.Recounting the organization’s history, Senator Grant noted the 4-H clubs’ formation evolved out a need by the JAS, during the 1920s, to train and educate farmers in the use of the new and improved cultivation methodologies of that era.However, he said the JAS had to shift its focus to young people, after encountering resistance from older established farmers. This resulted in the association’s formation of branches, initially in St. Catherine and Clarendon, then  in other parishes.Senator Grant said the branches eventually merged, via “mutual agreement,” with the Pioneer Clubs, established under the Jamaica Welfare Commission, initiated by National Hero, the Rt. Excellent Norman Washington Manley, to form the Jamaica 4-H Clubs.The merger was deemed a natural fit then, as the Pioneer Clubs focused on developing special programmes for rural youth.Senator Grant pointed out that the new organization started with 300 members, aged 10 to 21, in 1940, and grew over the years to 35,000 during the 1970s. He said the membership “peaked” at 43,000 in the 1980s, before declining to approximately 18,000 in the mid-1990s.He said membership started growing again in the year 2000, “and today, we are celebrating the growth of the 4-H movement, standing at over 87,000 members at the end of 2014…to be the largest youth organization in Jamaica and the Caribbean.”Noting that the 4-H global network currently has 7.2 million members, Senator Grant said the international body, of which he is a Vice President, regards Jamaica’s membership as “very close to being the largest, per capita, across the globe.”Pointing out that the global membership is projected to grow to approximately 20 million by 2025, he said “we aim to raise (our) number to185,000” by then.Senator Grant said the Jamaica 4-H Clubs provided approximately 172,756 training opportunities for members at the end February 2015, representing a 40 per cent increase over the corresponding period last year, when 123,603 were created.Additionally, he advised that since 2011, the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries has invested some $1 billion in youth development, through the 4-H Clubs.He thanked Portfolio Minister, Hon. Derrick Kellier, “for providing us with $204 million in this year’s budget, which is $4 million more than last year’s allocation.”“We have also raised funds through donor agencies, some of which have partnered (with us to stage this year’s) national achievement day and a number of other events. We have (also) been able to raise an additional $75 million to drive the 4-H Clubs’ work,” the Chairman stated.For her part, Lady Allen, who attended the launch, said she is a product of the 4-H clubs, adding that “who I am today is as a result of my parents, and the Jamaica 4-H clubs.”Lady Allen pointed out that she learnt several skills while being a member of the organization during her formative years in Islington, St. Mary. These, she outlined, included crocheting, embroidery, dressmaking, home economics and farming.She said her decision to serve as Patron is consistent with the fundamentals of volunteerism, which she also learnt from the 4-H Clubs, pointing out that “I was taught to give back.”Commending the organization on its milestone, Youth and Culture Minister, Hon. Lisa Hanna, said the organization represents opportunities for “building a generation that believes that they can compete, not only  to advance the country’s economic growth, but in their own personal stability, by making sure they have a skill.”Agriculture, Labour and Social Security Minister, Hon. Derrick Kellier, also commended the 4-H Clubs.“This is a milestone in your history and one which you should be extremely proud of. As a former clubbite, I share in the pride you must feel,” the Minister said.Mr. Kellier said that since its inception, the 4-H Movement has been transformed into “what can be easily described as the leading youth training organization in Jamaica…and I, daresay, in the Caribbean.”“The Jamaica 4-H Club continue to provide opportunities for youngsters wishing to make a meaningful contribution to national development. With a membership of over 85,000…I am eagerly anticipating the achievement of that 100,000 membership mark,” the Minister added.The Jamaica 4-H Club is a youth training organization, falling under the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, which is mandated to provide skills training for young people between five and 25 years of age.Areas of training include: agriculture, home economics, leadership, social skills, entrepreneurship, healthy lifestyles, and environmental awareness.Organizations globally are easily recognized by the four-leaf clover logo, with each leaf representing – Hands, Head, Health and Heart. RelatedAgriculture Ministry Provides Grant Assistance to Two Food Export Facilitieslast_img read more

34 Serviced Lots to be Developed in Westmoreland Under Squatter Upgrading Programme

first_imgRelatedFive Firms to Bid for Privatisation of Norman Manley International Airport RelatedSafety Audits of New Road Projects to Protect the Most Vulnerable Story HighlightsThirty-four serviced lots are to be developed in Hatfield, Westmoreland, this year under the Squatter Upgrading Programme.The $15 million project is part of infrastructural work being undertaken by the Government to develop and regularise existing informal settlements.Minister with responsibility for Housing, Hon. Dr. Morais Guy, in his Sectoral Debate presentation in the House of Representatives on April 28, said the management of informal settlements remains a high priority for the Government. 34 Serviced Lots to be Developed in Westmoreland Under Squatter Upgrading Programme Budget 2015/2016April 29, 2015Written by: Garfield L. Angus FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail center_img RelatedWork Far Advanced For Merger of Island Traffic and Transport Authorities Thirty-four serviced lots are to be developed in Hatfield, Westmoreland, this year under the Squatter Upgrading Programme.The $15 million project is part of infrastructural work being undertaken by the Government to develop and regularise existing informal settlements.Minister with responsibility for Housing, Hon. Dr. Morais Guy, in his Sectoral Debate presentation in the House of Representatives on April 28, said the management of informal settlements remains a high priority for the Government.“As such, we continue to develop and improve policies, which will assist in regularising squatter communities,” he noted.He reported that the Secondary Analytical Research on Squatting has been completed and a Cabinet Note will be submitted within the first quarter of this financial year.Minister Guy informed that monitoring activities are also being boosted throughincreased staffing at regional offices, while the Ministry has partnered with various Agencies and Ministries to combat this persistent problem.  These include the National Land Agency (NLA), Urban Development Corporation (UDC), National Water Commission (NWC), Parish Councils, among others.Dr. Guy said that moving forward, the Ministry will continue the development of a typology of squatting islandwide. He informed that eight parishes have already been identified for this exercise, and fieldwork will commence this year.In addition, a squatter census will be conducted to provide accurate demographics on squatting locally. A pilot of this activity was conducted in February in Clarendon, and is intended to guide the approach in other parishes.Minister Guy told the House that the Government is receiving valuable assistance in addressing the problem of informal settlements under the Participatory Slum Upgrading Programme (PSUP).The initiative, being undertaken by the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN Habitat), through funding from the European Commission, will see several strategies being implemented locally to tackle the issue.Phase I of the project was undertaken in the urban centres of Montego Bay, St. James; May Pen, Clarendon and Old Harbour Bay, St. Catherine.Since September 2014, the Ministry has embarked on the implementation of Phase II of the PSUP, which will see the preparation of six outputs including: a Citywide Situational Analysis Report; a Policy and Regulatory Review Report; report on the Adaptation of the International Guidelines on Decentralisation and Access to Basic Services for all; a Citywide Slum Upgrading Strategy Report; a Resource Mobilisation Report and development of project Concept Notes.Additionally, a midterm evaluation was conducted by the European Commission in March 2015 to assess the progress made by Jamaica with regard to the implementation of the programme.“It should be noted that the process is about participatory action planning, which sees the stakeholders at the local level making a determination on the project outcome they visualise for their communities.  The methodology is of such that it will serve as a blueprint for the upgrading of informal settlements throughout Jamaica,” Minister Guy told the House.Last year, the Ministry, in conjunction with its Agencies, and civil society, completed and submitted Jamaica’s National Habitat Country Report to the UN, which focuses on housing and sustainable urban development. Advertisementslast_img read more

Farmers to be Trained in Environmentally-Friendly Practices

first_imgPresident, Jamaica Agricultural Society (JAS), Senator Norman Grant, says educational programmes will be implemented for farmers, particularly in the coffee growing areas of the island, to discourage them from using the slash and burn method for land preparation.He said this, among other measures, form part of the Government’s strategy to encourage farmers to apply safer and more environmentally-friendly practices in order to protect their farms and boost productivity.Senator Grant was speaking at the swearing-in ceremony for 36 Peace Corps volunteers, held Friday (May 22), at the residence of the United States Ambassador to Jamaica in Kingston.His remarks come on the heels of recent bush fires, which raged for about 15 days in sections of East Rural St. Andrew, destroying approximately 500 acres of prime coffee lands and causing losses in excess of $200 million. The fires were attributed to the use of the slash and burn technique.The JAS President suggested that farmers use other methods for land preparation such as contouring and composting.“Our farmers and our young farmers, in particular, need to be continually exposed to new environmental practices, which can be infused in our agricultural framework. Agricultural education and environmental awareness are inextricably linked as one clearly has an effect on the other,” he said.In the meantime, he commended the Peace Corps volunteers for their unwavering service to the people of Jamaica through their various programmes. “Leave an indelible mark as it relates to your training and your involvement and interaction with our Jamaican citizens,” he urged them.The volunteers, who will spend two years in Jamaica, have successfully completed approximately 10 weeks of training, and are versed in the Jamaican culture, including language, food and mode of transportation.They will work in two projects: education (primary literacy) and environment (green initiative). The education volunteers will engage with students in the rural parts of the island, to increase the reading and writing skills of children operating below the required level.The environment group will work with schools, communities, environmental groups and farmers, to design and execute environmental awareness programmes and promote sustainable agricultural practices.The US Peace Corps was established in 1961 by John F. Kennedy and involves American men and women of all ages and ethnic groups.Since its inception, over 200,000 persons have served as volunteers in 138 countries around the world. More than 4,000 Peace Corps and Crisis Corps volunteers have served in Jamaica. Story HighlightsPresident, Jamaica Agricultural Society (JAS), Senator Norman Grant, says educational programmes will be implemented for farmers, particularly in the coffee growing areas of the island, to discourage them from using the slash and burn method for land preparation.The JAS President suggested that farmers use other methods for land preparation such as contouring and composting. Farmers to be Trained in Environmentally-Friendly PracticesJIS News | Presented by: PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQualityundefinedSpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreenPlay RelatedMinister Kellier Hails Improvements at Appleton Estate Farmers to be Trained in Environmentally-Friendly Practices AgricultureMay 25, 2015Written by: Chris Patterson Photo: Donald DelahayeUnited States Ambassador to Jamaica, His Excellency Luis Moreno (centre), pose with members from the first cohort of Peace Corps volunteers to Jamaica in 1962, during the swearing in ceremony for 36 new volunteers to the island, held on May 22, at the Ambassador’s residence in Kingston. center_img RelatedNIC Assisting Drought-Affected Farming Communities RelatedResidents of Trelawny to Benefit from Two New Libraries FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Advertisementslast_img read more

Lawyers are tempting targets for cyber criminals

first_imgLawyers are tempting targets for cyber criminals May 17, 2021 By Jim Ash Senior Editor News in Photos Steven TepplerThe Colonial Pipeline ransomware attack may have sparked gas shortages throughout the Southeast, but it could have a silver lining.It should remind Florida lawyers that their data is a tempting target.“Lawyers are low-hanging fruit,” says Jacksonville attorney Steven W. Teppler, chair of Mandelbaum Salsburg’s cybersecurity practice group. “It’s really tough to get people to look at this in a proactive, preventative manner.”Lawyers should be reviewing their data security, training methods, and incident response plans, Teppler says, adding that it isn’t as daunting as it sounds. He compares it to owning a car.“You don’t have to know how to do a valve job or rebuild an engine, but you should be performing preventative maintenance, changing the oil regularly, and know how to identify problems,” he says.Ransomware attackers plant malware in a victim’s network that denies access to files, and then demand payment for a key. Lawyers face a double threat, Teppler says.“One is to lock your data up, and the other is to exfiltrate it, and hold it over you for a second ransom to not disclose it,” he said.Most malware attackers use “social engineering” to enter the target network – posing as an authority figure or associate to lure a victim into divulging a password, inserting a thumb drive, or opening an email and clicking on a contaminated link.Lawyers may consider themselves too savvy to fall prey, but nearly every firm is susceptible, Teppler says.“Most lawyers are not solo practitioners and have assistants of some type, there’s always a weakest link,” he said. “It’s not just anti-virus, it’s not just getting a cool-looking box that blinks in your server room, it’s having a policy that also trains your employees and staff members to always be mindful.”Larger firms are using software that simulates social engineering to ferret out vulnerable employees, Teppler says.But no prevention is foolproof, and lawyers should always assume that sooner or later, an attack will succeed, Teppler says.“Do you have an incident response plan, do you have a disaster recovery plan, do you have a business continuity plan?” he said. “Each of these has a slightly different focus.”Know who to call when the computers freeze, and who else to call if that person is unavailable, Teppler says. If the data has been properly backed up, know how to retrieve it, he says.Backing everything up in a single cloud server could be a mistake, he says. Cloud servers have also been breached. Also consider drawing up a “business continuity plan,” Teppler says.“A business continuity plan is, okay, we’ve been attacked, what do we do to come back to life?” he said. “Do we need our phones, do we need our internet, do we need to have a second site?”Many lawyers are working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic, and remote lawyering increases the risk of a data breach, or the accidental disclosure of confidential client communications, experts warn.Many law firms save money by allowing lawyers to use their personal computers. “BYOD,” or Bring Your Own Device, could be a costly mistake because personal computers are less secure, Teppler says.“To me, BYOD stands for Bring Your Own Disaster,” he said.LegalFuel, home of the Bar’s Practice Resource Center, recently posted “Thin Walls, Smart Homes, Zoom Towns & Data Breaches: 21 Things a Lawyer Should Know About the Ethics of Lawyering Remotely in 2021” on April 26.The free, one-hour video is credited for 1 hour of General CLE and 1 hour of Ethics CLE. It can be found here.In the seminar, national experts identify the risks of remote lawyering. They include other household members being able to overhear client conferences, or view client files on a shared computer.George L. Washington, Jr., chief litigation counsel at Orange Business Services in Oak Hill, Virginia, warns lawyers in home offices should unplug voice-activated digital helpers, such as “Alexa.”Alexa’s user agreement gives the service provider the right to record conversations, ostensibly so engineers can improve its performance, Washington warns.Unless it’s switched off, the device is always listening for an activation word, Washington warns. Sometimes the device will interpret a TV show, or street noise, as the activation signal, he said.“This is serious enough that at least one law firm in the UK has ordered all staff to conduct client conversations outside of the device,” he said. “The main point here is to remain privacy conscious at all times.”A lawyer’s ethical responsibility to guard against data breaches includes accepting regular software updates, no matter how annoying or inconvenient, Washington said.If it’s not possible to turn off a device immediately, schedule them for the middle of the night or weekends, Washington said.“I’m as guilty as anyone,” he said.The Zoom “chat” feature invites accidental disclosure of confidential information, Washington warns. He suggests texting a client separately during a videoconference proceeding.David J. Kaplan, general counsel of Nevada-based, “deep-tech pioneer” AXEL, also advises law firms to have an incident response plan in case of a ransomware attack, and to make sure it’s current.“Everyone, basically, should expect to be breached,” he said. “The ABA recognized this in issuing Formal Opinion 483 in October of 2018. To minimize the likelihood of somebody getting in, you need to use training and tools.”Kaplan recommends arranging for the services of a law firm that specializes in responding to data breaches. Some firms have data hostage negotiators who bargain with the cybercriminals.Law firms that get breached have probably not seen the last of their attackers, Kaplan said.“If you do get breached, it’s much more likely to happen again,” he said. “Now there’s people out there with information about your system.”last_img read more

Planning Commission wants to build on rules for housing remodels

first_imgHomeNewsCity CouncilPlanning Commission wants to build on rules for housing remodels Oct. 10, 2016 at 7:10 amCity CouncilPlanning Commission wants to build on rules for housing remodelsMatthew Hall5 years agocit councilcitymansionizationplanning commissionsanta monica cityCity Hall (File photo) The Planning Commission wants permission to discuss and potentially restrict “mansionization” of the city’s residential neighborhoods.At their Oct. 5 meeting the commission voted to ask City Council to prioritize regulations that would restrict rebuilding of homes in so called R1 (single unit residential) neighborhoods. The Commission will send a letter to Council formally requesting the council hold a discussion and direct staff to bring the issue back for debate at the commission.Commissioner Richard McKinnon prompted the discussion at the Planning Commission and said he did so because the commission had seen a parade of applicants increasing the size of their homes in recent years.“In Sunset park, two years ago when I doorknocked the area it was every third house that was in the process of renovating, now it would be every second house and we have literally hundreds of applications in to do building changes and approvals that are doubling, tripling and quadrupling the size of what were essentially little bungalows so this concern goes to that,” he said.While regulation of other districts has undergone significant revisions over the years, he said the rules for R1 districts have remained relatively unchanged for decades but the kind of use in the zone has changed.“The pressure in the city, driven by the economics of the moment, are such that if we don’t look at this, much of the city will change right before our eyes and in entirely unreasonable and unacceptable ways,” he said.He said a prior attempts at controlling the size of single family homes are not working as new owners are pushing the envelope of what is legal.“It’s quite clear a new wave of people with considerable amounts of money are investing in seeking ways to break those envelopes and change the nature of those neighborhoods.”Several commissioners said the issue was with small houses that are remodeled to cover the majority of the lot in a way that overshadows their neighbors. They said the result can destroy the integrity of a neighborhood and radically alter the culture of a street.New Commissioner Leslie Lambert said remodeling is possible without resorting to a “home depot special off the street.”“Something’s not working and as a resident of a neighborhood where that’s happening, I think we need to look at it.”Staff said construction isn’t allowed if the plans violate the city’s codes, but recent applications have pushed right to the limit of what is allowed. They said part of the change is likely due to turnover of longtime residents with the new owners interested in a modern standard of living.NOMA resident Nancy Coleman said more and more housing is coming down in her neighborhood and suggested several specific proposals including a height limitation, protections for historic trees and rules for lot coverage.She said architects have become adept at bending the rules and that the fundamental question was “How much square footage is appropriate for what size lot?”The Planning Commission and its staff work at the behest of City Council and are not able to assign themselves these kind of comprehensive reviews. Staff said they needed direction from council to pursue the subject and said Council would also have to make clear where the project fit with other previously assigned priorities such as plans for Memorial Park or a zoning document for the Pico Neighborhood.“If we were to be instructed to jump on this immediately then something else would have to give,” said Planning Director David Martin.BY MATTHEW [email protected] :cit councilcitymansionizationplanning commissionsanta monica cityshare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentTWO MILLION AND COUNTING!Hall of fame to honor beach volleyball historyYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsPublic officials call for continued virtual comment optionsBrennon Dixson1 month agoCity CouncilFeaturedNewsSanta Monica releases riot reportBrennon Dixson1 month agoCity CouncilFeaturedNewsCouncil appoints new public safety commissionersBrennon Dixson1 month agoFeaturedNewsPlanning Commission to consider Shore Hotel amendmentsBrennon Dixson2 months agoCity CouncilFeaturedNewsCouncil paves way for future developmentBrennon Dixson2 months agoCity CouncilFeaturedNewsStaff proposes new rules around public assemblies, targeted residential protestsBrennon Dixson3 months agolast_img read more

Gilbert’s loses its namesake

first_img August 9, 2019 at 2:51 AM Barry Cowan says: 6 Comments Comments are closed. Terry Lucero says: Nuestras condolencias to all family. We are sorry for your loss. Que Dios les mande pronta resignacion y fuerza para salir adelante. Un fuerte abrazo a Doña Carmen y cada uno de sus hijos. Sinceramente de Mary Toscano y familia August 8, 2019 at 10:13 PM Claudia Ponce says: Anonymous says: I was there the day El Indio opened although we always called it “Gilbert’s.” Si, es una buena familia. Great food too. Condolences to the family. HomeFeaturedGilbert’s loses its namesake Aug. 07, 2019 at 5:00 amFeaturedNewsGilbert’s loses its namesakeAngel Carreras2 years agoCoyote CornerGilbert RodriguezGillbert’s El Indio restaurant The jovial energy that typically radiates from Gilbert’s El Indio restaurant is muted this week with the death of the restaurant’s namesake Gilbert Rodriguez.Rodriguez was a beloved figure in the community and the successful restaurant helps define the city that he came to call home.His family is gathered on a summer day in the corner booth of the restaurant’s faux-celebrity/softball team wall, the Coyote Corner.Most of Rodriguez’s nine children — Carmen, Gilbert, Ricardo, Fernando, Teresa, Susana, Estela, Javier and Chavela — are present, each saying their own piece about their father, who passed away at 90 years of age.“Kindness filled his heart,” Chavela said.“He was hardworking…and stubborn,” Fernando said with a smile.“He was my best friend,” according to Rodriguez’s nephew, Miguel Ramirez.“We are who our dad made us,” Ricardo said. “I didn’t like his teachings sometimes, but it worked. We all have a strong work ethic because of him. And the family? He was the trunk of this family tree. He branched out and reached everyone. He wasn’t just Papi and abuelito, he was involved with everyone—schools and churches, lives and families.”“He was a very affectionate man,” his wife Carmen said.People shuffled in and out, relatives and restaurant-goers, to say what they felt about the man.Eventually, Rodriguez’s son, also named Gilbert, told the story of his father’s life.Gilbert Rodriguez Sr. was born August 31, 1928, in Texcoco, Mexico. He lived in Mexico City but after the Mexican Revolution, he and his family moved to Guadalajara, Jalisco where his father opened up a small store. It was not a successful endeavor due to a lack of experience and his father then worked for the rest of his life in a bakery.“My grandfather lost the store because he gave credit to everybody.” the younger Gilbert said. “My dad kept that in mind and decided to run his business differently. That’s a reason his restaurant has lasted so long.”The local restaurant remains cash only to this day.Rodriguez borrowed money to come to the United States to work in the fields; but when that did not pan out because of the cold weather Rodriguez eventually made his way to Santa Monica to work in restaurants such as Rae’s, The Ivory Tower,  El Mira Mar, Del Mar, Lobster House, The Round Table and finally The Branding Room.He and his co-workers enjoyed an unparalleled comradery.“They had it good,” the younger Gilbert commented, with a laugh. “Young men from Mexico with all the food and drinks they could want and they lived right by the beach.”Gilbert says his father lived in an apartment complex near the Rand Corporation, a stone’s throw from the beach. He says his father and friends would call themselves “The Estrellas,” because they felt so lucky. “Like Hollywood stars.”While Rodriguez enjoyed the fruits of his labor, he couldn’t fully enjoy it without his family.He ultimately called for them and moved his family to Venice.He got his start in the restaurant business with the help of his wife’s brother, Carlos Haro.  In the early ’60s Haro opened a restaurant on Pico Blvd. in Los Angeles called, El Rincon Maya and when that closed down he opened La Cabaña in Venice.  It is still in operation on the corner of Rose and Lincoln, the longest-running restaurant of several restaurants in the family.Rodriguez worked at the Branding Room in Santa Monica. Rick Oxman, Branding Room’s owner, took an immediate liking to him. He liked his hard work ethic and the way he treated and valued his family.“He was just an unbelievable person,” the 91-year-old Oxman said. “He worked for me for twenty years in my restaurant. He took care of his job and his children. He took ‘em swimming after hours, after working day and night. He still found time for his kids. An unbelievable person.”Rodriguez started out in the kitchen and Oxman said he was so good with people, he made him a busboy and saw Gilbert ascend his way up to the bartender position.“Whatever he set his mind to, he was the best at it,” Oxman said.Carmen, Rodriguez’s daughter, described her father’s journey from busboy to bartender.“Before he became a bartender he’d see them and say, I can do that,” Carmen said. “So he had me make cards and test him on drinks. He’d memorize them, walk up and down and up and down and repeat them. That’s what made him successful. His will and his fortitude. He’d do it, sometimes, I think, even just to prove to himself.”Rodriguez was a successful bartender but had dreams of running his own place. He bought El Indio restaurant on Pico and opened its doors on May 20, 1974. He liked the restaurant and its interior and exterior so much that he kept the name and decor and just slapped his own name on it.Family helped to support Gilbert’s investment those first shaky years. His wife Carmen worked in the kitchen while his nephew Miguel and brother-in-law Carlos assisted Gilbert in restaurant operation. “Here on Pico you could sit down and watch the street for ten minutes and not see a car go by,” Gilbert Jr. said. “It would be empty.” He recalls that on Fridays, at the round table, usually occupied by a family of five, they would be surrounded by the waiters, all ready to serve them because there were no other customers.The kids would spread the word to friends.“That’s how it grew,” Gilbert’s daughter Carmen said. “People knew about this place from us and our dad. We didn’t have the technology, we had to tell everyone.”Customers loved Rodriguez and his family’s jovial nature and kept coming back, bringing friends in droves with them. Their personal touch at the restaurant invigorated business. Rodriguez paid customers back by treating them like royalty.“This is my Cheers,” Fred Klimenko, a longtime patron of the restaurant said. “It’s a cornerstone of the community. I’ve been coming here since ‘78. It wasn’t like any other place, everyone was friendly and that was largely from Gilbert. Don Gilberto, as I call him. He was a kind and stately man. You knew he was El Jefe by the way he carried himself, but he was always trying to make you laugh, make you feel comfortable.”Towards the twilight of his life, Rodriguez was diagnosed with cancer and had to step away from the restaurant’s day-to-day operations. Even through chemotherapy, even after his body won the war against cancer, he still would call nightly to check in on his restaurant.“I’m sure it was a little annoying for everyone at the time,” his daughter Chavela says with a laugh. “But I know we all miss it now.”In his final days, the 90-year-old Rodriguez was as hard-working as he was in his restaurant. His caretaker Ines Chavez says he never asked for help, telling her “I can do what I need to myself,” and tongue-in-cheek, Gilbert told her maybe he could help her do some tasks around the house.“If we tried to get someone to bathe him or cook for him he wouldn’t let us,” Chavez said. “He was a strong, proud man.”In his final moments, Rodriguez, the family man, used his remaining strength to talk to each and every one of his family members that were present. A final goodbye.On one of Rodriguez’s last days, his daughter Susana asked, “What’s important to you, what do you want to say to us?” He replied, “Buena familia. Tengo buena familia.” Good family. I have a good family.A rosary for Gilbert Rodriguez will take place on Tuesday, August 13 at Holy Cross, 5835 W. Slauson Ave., 630 p.m. His burial will take place the following day, Wednesday, August 14, 9:30 a.m. with a requiem mass to follow. A reception will occur at 2 p.m. at 2790 Club Drive, Los Angeles, California [email protected] :Coyote CornerGilbert RodriguezGillbert’s El Indio restaurantshare on Facebookshare on Twittershow 6 comments Maria Toscano says: center_img August 8, 2019 at 10:14 PM August 9, 2019 at 5:54 PM Nuestras condolencias to all family. We are sorry for your loss. Que Dios les mande pronta resignacion y fuerza para salir adelante. Un fuerte abrazo a Doña Carmen y cada uno de sus hijos. Sinceramente de Mary Toscano y familia It was always “Gilbert’s “ to all of us who grew up here. It was and is our special Mexican Resteraunt . Always remembering our names! Bless the family August 7, 2019 at 3:00 PM Our most heart felt condolences to the Rodriquez family. The one thing I (Claudia) always remember since I was little is that Don Beto was always smiling. May his soul dance in joyful peace in heaven. Biggest hugs to the family from The Ponce Family! David says: Your family became my family, and mine became yours. Much love to all of you, and many thanks for all the great times we’ve had at Gilbert’s. 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Letter to the Editor – Medicare for all

first_img Comments are closed. April 10, 2020 at 2:40 PM California governor sticking with mid-May as COVID-19 peakPassover and Easter move online during coronavirus pandemicYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall6 hours agoColumnsOpinionYour Column HereBring Back Library ServicesGuest Author12 hours agoNewsWedding boom is on in the US as vendors scramble to keep upAssociated Press17 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 ago April 8, 2020 at 10:37 AM HomeOpinionColumnsLetter to the Editor – Medicare for all Apr. 08, 2020 at 6:00 amColumnsFeaturedHealthletterNewsLetter to the Editor – Medicare for allGuest Author1 year agohealthcareletter to the editorSanta Monica Editor:Well, so much the American way of tying our health care to our work, as millions are losing their jobs as we speak. We’ll soon lose our private medical care coverage.People are facing the dismal prospect of having no medical care except to pay the big bucks for the American for profit medical complex service.“USA, USA” is the chant, but this system is by far, the most expensive and most inefficient health care system in the world. For, we’re obviously not prepared for this coronavirus crisis with not enough tests, not enough masks, ventilators, hospitals, and beds.Enter Medicare for all.Americans may not see the cure for the virus for a long time, but Medicare for all is the health care remedy we need now.And only with Medicare for all will all of us, and the poor, the homeless, the uninsured, the under insured, and the undocumented—who may be afraid to seek help due to deportation threat, can we get the care that will help all of our health and safety.Work for Medicare for all now before forgetful Americans again return to accept to same old money draining American private for profit medical complex.Andrew LibermanSanta MonicaTags :healthcareletter to the editorSanta Monicashare on Facebookshare on Twittershow 2 comments Sara Meric says: center_img Alison Smith says: ANDREW LIBERMAN: I devoutly hope that you are NOT among the 15% of Sanders supporters who, now that he has dropped out, say –according to a new poll– thatTHEY WILL VOTE FOR TRUMP!!!!! I realize Sanders support comprised an element of extremists, but but this is suicide! 2 Comments I am lucky to live in Canada. Our system has it’s deficiencies, but everyone is covered. I am a Registered Nurse and have worked in countries with private systems and remain convinced universal medicare is the only way to go.last_img read more

Business reopenings come with warnings from officials

first_imgHomeBusinessBusiness reopenings come with warnings from officials May. 07, 2020 at 3:54 pmBusinessFeaturedNewsBusiness reopenings come with warnings from officialsMatthew Hall1 year agocoronavirusCOVID-19Officials in March ordered would-be shoppers to stay at home. (Matthew Hall) As Los Angeles County prepares for the first wave of limited business reopenings on Friday, officials are warning residents that continued adherence to safety regulations is essential to prevent a surge in cases and deaths. County supervisor Hilda Solis said Thursday that anyone planning to take advantage of the newly accessible county trails should wear their face mask, maintain physical distance and limit the size of any group they participate in. “I’m cautiously optimistic, but we can’t move too quickly,” she said. “Simply put the virus does not get any less dangerous during this time, that we’re staying at home. So we must be careful and we need to be deliberate.”The relaxed rules allow florists, toy stores, clothing stores, bookstores and sporting goods stores to open for curbside pickup. Car dealers and golf courses will also be allowed to reopen Friday. All reopened businesses will have to follow distancing rules and infection control protocols. Solis said the county will move slowly as it allows more businesses to reopen to prevent a backslide in cases. “Our goal is to begin the process of economic recovery, but we need to first minimize those risks,” she said. “And unfortunately, it will not be business as usual, as a lot of modifications will need to be made, but we hope our businesses will step up to the challenge for the safety of their workers, and for the general public.”L.A. County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer reiterated the importance of masks, as the virus spreads through respiratory droplets that can be passed through a sneeze, cough or just casual conversion. She said the ease of transmission combined with the 14 day period it may take to develop symptoms mean residents need to be cautious when they choose to reenter the economy because when more people are entering the public sphere, more people will get sick. She said the county’s 2,000 available hospital beds could quickly be overwhelmed if millions of Angelenos choose to resume activity. “These numbers demonstrate that there is a lot at stake as we relax safer at home and that reopening our county, even slowly only works if we’re all really committed to being careful, and we do all that we can to practice physical distancing, wearing cloth face coverings and washing or sanitizing our hands frequently,” she said. “Collectively we do share responsibility for each other so that businesses can continue to reopen without causing a spike in new cases of COVID-19, and that spike could result in many more people becoming very ill and unfortunately, some people may even die.”She said consumers should consider what purchases they need to make. “Just because something opens up, doesn’t mean you have to go out and make purchases right now,” she said. “If you’ve been comfortable using online purchasing, you’re still able to do that, and we do want you to know you are still safer at home, and you should only go out for what is essential.” Ferrer said officials will be monitoring the situation and could move backwards if they deem it necessary. “When the data indicators don’t look good, we’re going to reassess and if that means taking a step back, unfortunately, I will need to take that step back,” she said. However, she said personal responsibility will be necessary to keep moving forward. “There are some things we can do to start to get some people back to work as long as every single one of us is willing to take a lot of personal responsibility for making sure this happens in a safe way as possible,” she said. To date, Public Health has identified 29,427 positive cases of COVID-19 across all areas of LA County, and a total of 1,418 deaths. As of Thursday, Santa Monica had 203 cases and 10 deaths. [email protected] :coronavirusCOVID-19share on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentCOVID-19 testing comes to Santa Monica CollegeCalifornia restaurants envision big changes in reopeningYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall6 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 agoNewsWedding boom is on in the US as vendors scramble to keep upAssociated Press17 hours agolast_img read more

Meet newest School Board Member Jen Smith

first_imgHomeFeaturedMeet newest School Board Member Jen Smith Nov. 16, 2020 at 6:00 amFeaturedNewsMeet newest School Board Member Jen SmithClara Harter7 months agoJen SmithSchool Board MemberJen Smith will join the SMMUSD Board after more than a decade of volunteer work. Courtesy photo. Jen Smith has been working behind the scenes for our schools for 12 years and now this PTA veteran is stepping into the public light to tackle the most pressing issues facing our District.Her number one priority is dealing with Covid-19. Smith seeks to ensure the District moves forward with the highest quality educational program possible while also protecting the health of its students and employees.Beyond this she wants to double down on fiscal responsibility and focus on closing the achievement gap. Smith has served as PTA Council President, Lincoln PTA President, and Roosevelt PTA President and has worked on successful parcel tax and funding measures for the District.“I would really like to put in place something that mitigates the issue of funding for local schools by figuring out long term solutions for financial security,” said Smith. “I don’t want to keep kicking the can down the road, I want the road to always be paved.”Equal access to educational opportunities is another key issue for Smith. While serving as PTA Legislative Representative she traveled to Sacramento and learned about how the greater California public school system works.During this trip Smith met other PTA representatives who are also from wealthy school districts but want to ensure the education system is designed for students of all economic backgrounds.“We have to keep working towards making sure that our local, county, and state government is always considering all the children and that doesn’t always happen,” said Smith. “That’s what really sparked my passion, I’m not an educator or administrator, so that’s really where I found the passion and interest that pushes me along towards a goal.”At a local level, Smith believes that part of this requires finding the sometimes hidden ways students have unequal access to educational opportunities and creating concrete solutions to increase equity. Additionally, she seeks to help administrators and teachers recognize the unique needs of their students and have the toolkit necessary to meet these diverse needs.Smith moved to Santa Monica from New Jersey in 1996 and immediately fell in love with the local and school communities.“I remember when my kids started elementary school meeting people who grew up here, had family here and were now sending their kids to the elementary schools that they had attended,” said Smith. “I was just enamored by the feeling of community and home and family that I felt here.”In addition to her PTA presidencies, Smith has served as Historian, Parliamentarian, Santa Monica Education Foundation Liaison and Preschool Liaison to SMMPTA. Smith is currently serving on the Superintendent’s Budget Advisory Committee, the Facilities District Advisory Committee, the Community for Excellent Public Schools steering committee, the board of the Samohi PTSA, and as co-chair of Samohi Grad Nite.In her free time she loves reading, running, and working on the New York Times crossword over the phone with her mother. She is excited to roll up her sleeves and dive into the work of serving the [email protected] :Jen SmithSchool Board Membershare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentCrime WatchCalifornia coast experiences astronomical high tidesYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall5 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter16 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor16 hours agoNewsBruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for moreAssociated Press16 hours agoNewsWedding boom is on in the US as vendors scramble to keep upAssociated Press16 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson16 hours agolast_img read more

DUI & Possession of a Rifle Arrests

first_imgHomeNewsCrimeDUI & Possession of a Rifle Arrests Jun. 01, 2021 at 5:07 pmCrimeFeaturedNewsDUI & Possession of a Rifle ArrestsGuest Author1 week agocrimesmpd On June 1, 2021 at approximately 8:25 am, the Office Of Emergency Management (OEM) Dispatch received a call from a citizen regarding a reckless silver Honda Accord being driven by a male believed to be under the influence (DUI). The reporting party (RP) told the dispatcher that the Honda had hit several parked vehicles, in both the Los Angeles and Santa Monica areas, and had now collided with a parked car and ended up in the front lawn of a home in the 1100 block of Cedar St.  Lopez was booked at the Santa Monica Jail for 25400(A)(2) PC – Carrying a Concealed Firearm and 11375(B)(2) H&S – Possession of Benzodiazepine Drugs without a Prescription. The driver, Bueno, was booked for 23153(F) VC – Felony DUI Drugs. Vazquez was booked for 647(F) – Public Intoxication – Drugs.  The driver of the vehicle, Jose Enrique Bueno, a 20-year-old male of Huntington Park, and passenger, Fernando Vazquez, an 18-year-male of Los Angeles, both showed obvious signs of intoxication. All three subjects were taken into custody.  Anyone with any additional information pertaining to this incident or subjects is strongly encouraged to contact the Criminal Investigations Division at 310-458-8451 or the Santa Monica Department’s Watch Commander (24 hours) at 310-458-8427. center_img Upon arrival, officers immediately detained the driver and a male passenger. They met with a witness, who told them a female passenger of the Honda walked away carrying a large item wrapped in a blanket. Officers located the female, later identified as Yaylin Lopez, a 19-year-old female of Van Nuys, a short distance away. Lopez was in possession of a sawed-off .22 caliber rifle and several Xanax pills.  Submitted by Lieutenant Rudy FloresTags :crimesmpdshare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentJune events at the LibraryMajor labor unions back California governor in likely recallYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall5 hours agoBriefsLos Angeles Sheriff’s deputy accused of destroying evidence of 2019 assaultAssociated Press8 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson15 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter15 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor15 hours agoNewsBruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for moreAssociated Press15 hours agolast_img read more

Pico art gallery celebrates the beauty, resilience and richness of Latino culture

first_imgHomeFeaturedPico art gallery celebrates the beauty, resilience and richness of Latino culture Jun. 07, 2021 at 6:00 amFeaturedNewsPico art gallery celebrates the beauty, resilience and richness of Latino cultureClara Harter4 days ago18th Street Art CenterartArt of RecoveryCognate CollectivecultureLatinxLinda VallejoPico Blvd.pico improvement organizationPico: The new art space is a public/private partnership. Courtesy photo As the City’s streets spring back to life, a bright new art gallery has popped up triumphantly declaring “un mundo nuevo en Pico” or “a new world on Pico.”This boldly titled exhibition features photography, painting, and handcrafted goods from Pico and Los Angeles based Latinx artists. Spearheaded by the Pico Improvement Organization, the initiative seeks to use art to propel the neighborhood’s economic recovery and showcase the area’s Latino heritage. “I believe in the power of art to bring the community together, to attract visitors, and bring them to our merchants,” said Dana Moorehead, who curated the exhibition and serves as the merchant engagement director for the Pico Improvement Organization.The exhibit is inspired by the success of a similar pop-up last summer and aims to draw more visitors to Pico to explore the artwork, admire the street’s colorful murals and patronize local businesses. The PIO renovated the vacant Nancy’s Nails storefront to create the vibrant new gallery space. The exhibition features artwork from Linda Vallejo, Nicola Goode, Anne Carmack, Jeff Gros and Rosa Maria Lares as well as handmade crafts from five Latina Pico residents. “It felt very important to showcase our Hispanic community, to bring it to the forefront and give it the importance that it deserves as a part of our identity,” said Moorehead. “Our show is a celebration of the diversity and resiliency of people who are amongst us who we aren’t always aware of.”The gallery is a deeply collaborative project. The City provided an Art of Recovery Grant for the project and the 18th Street Art Center assisted with the curation of local artists. The lease was generously given by the Lares family of the family-owned Lares Mexican restaurant on Pico Blvd. The Lares matriarch, Rosia Maria, is also one of the show’s featured artists.“It’s a very interesting public-private collaboration that incorporates art to bring the community together and revitalize business,” said renowned Mexican-American artist Linda Vallejo. “I think art builds culture, builds business, builds interests, builds community.”Vallejo is showcasing five pieces from her ‘Brown Dot Project’ in the Pico Pop-up. In this series she takes striking statistics about Latino peoples in the United States and displays them in data pictographs that she often transposes on top of images.The pieces on display in Pico feature photographs of Southern Californian adobe houses covered by a dot data grid illustrating statistics on DACA recipients, Latino home ownership and the Latino population in Los Angeles.“What I like about the Brown Dot Project is that we (Latinos) learn something about ourselves and it teaches other people about us,” said Vallejo. “It incorporates math and art into it, which makes it mind bending and good for expanding learning capacity.”In addition to the photographs and artwork hanging on its walls, the pop-up features an installation of handmade items crafted by Pico based artisans. This installation is titled ‘Manos a la Obra’, meaning hands to the task, and was curated by Misael Diaz and Amy Sanchez Arteaga of the Cognate Collective.The goods on display at the pop-up include traditional Mexican paper flowers, knitted home goods, handmade jewelry and hand-sewn clothing. Cognate Collective’s artisan partnerships are part of a larger project called Market Exchange, which hosts an online store to sell these crafts. “A lot of the artists we are working with, in addition to being interested in providing an alternative economic outlet for themselves and their family, are also interested in preserving traditions that they feel are valuable,” said Diaz. “These crafts create a vital tie between immigrant communities and diasporic communities and people back home in other countries,” said Sanchez Arteaga.Diaz and Sanchez Arteaga created an animated neon sign for the window of the pop-up to help attract visitors into the space. The sign depicts hands at work in an homage to the different forms of labor that take place in Pico. “We have mechanic hands, hands sewing, hands doing upholstery, hands that are preparing food,”said Diaz. “We wanted to create a link between craft based work with other forms of labor that are just as valuable for maintaining a sense of community for the neighborhood and the city at large.”The Pico Pop-up is open at 2917 Pico Blvd. from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and by [email protected] Tags :18th Street Art CenterartArt of RecoveryCognate CollectivecultureLatinxLinda VallejoPico Blvd.pico improvement organizationshare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentCalifornia State Assembly overwhelmingly approved Assembly Bill 1282, the California Pet Blood Bank Modernization Act,Knife-wielding woman arrested during L.A. Councilman’s speechYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall4 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson15 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter15 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor15 hours agoNewsBruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for moreAssociated Press15 hours agoNewsWedding boom is on in the US as vendors scramble to keep upAssociated Press15 hours agolast_img read more

Deutsche Telekom planning EUR30B investment

first_imgHome Deutsche Telekom planning EUR30B investment Author T-Mobile US readies 5G FWA business move Steve works across all of Mobile World Live’s channels and played a lead role in the launch and ongoing success of our apps and devices services. He has been a journalist…More Read more Related Previous ArticleHTC reports more poor sales numbersNext ArticleT-Mobile USA inks iPhone deal Deutsche TelekomFinancialMetroPCST-Mobile Steve Costello Operators back Qualcomm role in open RAN path Deutsche Telekom is “substantially stepping-up investments in broadband networks and products over the coming three years in order to improve its competitive position in the long term”.Announced at the company’s Capital Markets Day 2012, the operator said it will spend “around EUR30 billion” over the next three years.It said its focus is on its home market of Germany, where spend will centre on the build-out of its LTE infrastructure, as well as rolling out optical fibre and vectoring technology in its fixed network.It also noted that in the US, the rollout of a national LTE network is on the agenda, and that it has entered into an agreement with Apple to bring products to market together next year. This is a significant move and means T-Mobile USA will finally be able to compete with its three major rivals (AT&T, Sprint and Verizon) in offering the iPhone and iPad.With regard to the US, it said it is in an “extremely good position” to benefit from growth, due to the spectrum it received from AT&T following the termination of their planned merger, a series of spectrum deals with Verizon Wireless, and an improved financial structure as a result of its cell tower deal with Crown Castle.The company is also set to combine with MetroPCS, which is expected to close in the first half of 2013. “Hesitation now means playing catch-up later. We are investing in the future – with resolve and a clear strategy,” said Rene Obermann, chairman of Deutsche Telekom’s management board.The company committed to paying a dividend of EUR0.50 in FY2013 and FY2014, compared with EUR0.70 in FY2012 – it will “re-visit” its plan for 2015. In a presentation, it said the dividend had been lowered to a “prudent and sustainable level”. Deutsche Telekom eyes 5G, fibre lead Tags AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 07 DEC 2012 last_img read more

Telekom Austria state shareholder confirms America Movil talks

first_img America Movil takes $2M Colombia hit Español Home Telekom Austria state shareholder confirms America Movil talks America MovilFinancialOIAGTelekom Austria Author Related Tags Tim Ferguson center_img Tim joined Mobile World Live in August 2011 and works across all channels, with a particular focus on apps. He came to the GSMA with five years of tech journalism experience, having started his career as a reporter… More Read more Previous ArticleHalf of Mozilla’s board quits over CEO appointment – reportNext ArticleSafaricom, Airtel get go-ahead for Yu; tough conditions attached AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 31 MAR 2014 Beneficios de América Móvil en el primer trimestre gracias a la reducción de costos Telekom Austria’s state-owned shareholder OIAG confirmed it is in discussions with America Movil regarding a future “syndicate agreement”.It was reported in February that America Movil was looking to take control of Telekom Austria by reaching an accord with OIAG.The supervisory board of OIAG, which owns a 28 per cent stake in Telekom Austria, was presented with the key points of a possible partnership with the Latin American operator group, which holds 27 per cent.Priorities for OIAG include the long-term security of Telecom Austria’s headquarters in its home market and effective protection against the dilution of its shareholding to less than 25 per cent plus one share. This size of stake enables the government to have an input into key decisions.The supervisory board gave the company’s board a mandate to negotiate a final agreement with America Movil. Further discussions are planned over the next few weeks.According to the report in February, a draft accord outlined a deal in which America Movil would agree to contribute €750 million via a share issue to drive expansion and cut debt. It would also see the stakes of the two big shareholders pooled for 10 years with an option to extend by a further five years.The pact would mean the partner companies would have to vote as one on major company issues, allowing OIAG to have a say even if America Movil raises its stake in the operator.Rudolf Kemler, the head of OIAG and Telekom Austria chairman, previously said the Austrian government would be content for America Movil to take a majority stake in Telekom Austria.America Movil has been looking to expand its foothold in the European market for some time by increasing its stakes in Telekom Austria and Dutch group KPN.A €7.2 billion takeover bid for KPN was effectively blocked in October by the KPN Foundation, the independent body set up to safeguard the wider interests of the Dutch company.The Carlos Slim-controlled group has stated that it does not plan a hostile takeover bid for Telekom Austria. América Móvil deberá pagar 2 millones de dólares a Colombialast_img read more

Samsung’s latest flagship sees “some success” luring Apple buyers

first_img Related Google taps retail with NYC store HomeDevicesNews Samsung’s latest flagship sees “some success” luring Apple buyers Author Steve Costello AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 01 JUL 2014 Apple faces 5G modem wait Samsung’s Galaxy S5 “had some success in attracting former iPhone owners across Europe”, Kantar Worldpanel ComTech said, although some markets – such as the UK – are proving tougher to crack.With May marking the first full month of availability for the South Korean giant’s latest flagship, the research firm said that among Galaxy S5 buyers across the five biggest markets in Europe, 17 per cent switched from Apple.The device was only the third highest selling smartphone in the UK, behind Apple’s ageing iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c.Dominic Sunnebo, strategic insight director for Kantar Worldpanel ComTech, said: “In general, consumers buying the Galaxy S5 were primarily attracted by its large screen size. This is something Apple is likely to address with the rumoured larger screen iPhone 6 launch expected in late September.”In the US, the Galaxy S5 was the second highest selling smartphone in May, coming in behind the iPhone 5s.In this market, “Apple loyalty is high”, with former iPhone owners making up just 8 per cent of sales – the majority of those switching to the South Korean flagship came from LG and HTC.center_img Steve works across all of Mobile World Live’s channels and played a lead role in the launch and ongoing success of our apps and devices services. He has been a journalist…More Read more KT makes LG Electronics trade-in move Tags Previous ArticleMoney conscious mobile bank Moven raises cashNext ArticleSamsung updates “affordable” Galaxy range Devices AppleiPhoneKantar Worldpanel ComTechS5Samsunglast_img read more

AlcaLu CEO insists Shift Plan on track, despite revenue fall

first_img Alcatel-Lucent’s sales dropped nearly 6 per cent during Q3, dragged down in part by lighter LTE spending in North America, but a tighter control on costs – courtesy of the firm’s Shift Plan – has widened margins and reduced cash burn.“Since the launch of the Shift Plan, our primary objective is to enable the company to generate free cash flow on a sustainable, recurring basis, starting in 2015,” said Michel Combes (pictured), Alcatel-Lucent’s chief executive. “Our third quarter results show that we are increasingly improving our underlying profitability, an important step towards this commitment.”The numbers are indeed encouraging. Gross margin reached 34 per cent of revenues in the quarter, up 210 basis points year-on-year. On a sequential basis, gross margin widened 140 basis points.And thanks to a 14 per cent trimming of SG&A expenses – read workforce-related costs –adjusted operating income for the period was up more than 50 per cent, to €170 million.Alcatel-Lucent racked up fixed cost savings of €73 million during the quarter, bringing cumulative fixed cost savings to €645 million under Combes’ stewardship. Under the Shift Plan, a €1 billion cost-saving target has been set over the 2013-15 period.Cash flow during the quarter improved to minus €81 million from minus €227 million a year earlier. Even better, once restructuring charges are removed, Alcatel-Lucent could boast a positive cash flow, albeit a small one, of €1 million – a marked improvement from the €116 million cash burn in Q3 2013 (on a pro forma basis).The Franco-US supplier, while showing signs of recovery, is still not out the woods. The firm posted a net loss of €18 million for the quarter, although that was surely more palatable to shareholders than the €200 million splash of red ink in Q3 2013. The improvement was mainly down to lower restructuring costs, a decrease in financial expenses and pension plan amendmentsA 5.9 per cent fall in group sales, to €3.25 billion, nonetheless cast a shadow over bottom-line improvements.North America revenue was hit particularly badly – a 14 per cent year-on-year drop to €1.36 billion – which Alcatel Lucent said reflected a more moderate pace of LTE rollout, as well as a decline in legacy IP transport products.Europe, too, had a bad top-line quarter with sales falling 13.5 per cent, to €711 million, over the same period. The US-Franco supplier attributed much of the drop to lower managed services revenue.No wonder, perhaps, that Combes is looking for growth areas beyond the firm’s traditional customer base. “We have opened the second chapter of The Shift Plan,” he declared in a statement, “sharpening our focus on applying innovation to unlock growth in order to address our strategic ambitions within and outside of the telecoms sector.” Vodafone ups diversity efforts Previous ArticleMobile phone growth slows in Q3 — Strategy AnalyticsNext ArticleLenovo closes $2.9B Moto deal Ken has been part of the MWC Mobile World Daily editorial team for the last three years, and is now contributing regularly to Mobile World Live. He has been a telecoms journalist for over 15 years, which includes eight…More Read more Author Ken Wieland Related Tags IFA Berlin to get fresh format Nokia slashes Alcatel-Lucent jobs Home AlcaLu CEO insists Shift Plan on track, despite revenue fall AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 30 OCT 2014 Alcatel-LucentFinancialServicesTechnologylast_img read more

Telefonica chairman in London to push BT-O2 deal

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 12 DEC 2014 Telefonica’s chairman Cesar Alierta (pictured) has arrived in London in an attempt to persuade BT to choose its O2 business as the favoured acquisition target over rival contender EE, according to a Reuters report.BT said it was in talks with O2 and EE regarding a potential acquisition of one of the mobile operators three weeks ago.It was previously suggested that Telefonica was looking to secure a 20 per cent stake in BT as part of a potential deal. It is believed that the Spanish operator group is particularly motivated by the possible cost savings from any merger between O2 and BT.EE owners Orange and Deutsche Telekom were thought to want a similar stake in BT as Telefonica. But the latest report suggested that the partners could be willing to offer more attractive terms to secure a deal.Sources said they expect BT to make a decision on which operator to acquire early next week, if not today (Friday). One of the issues to consider is whether it prefers to have Telefonica or Orange and Deutsche Telekom as shareholders.Reuters pointed out that Telefonica has had a difficult relationship with Telecom Italia, in which it still holds a small stake.Telefonica is also the more aggressive player in terms of wanting to consolidate in markets in which it operates, meaning the company could potentially consider making a play to take more control of BT.The Spanish operator group acquired O2 in 2006, five years after it was demerged from BT.The Telegraph suggested that the O2 option would be cheaper and simpler for BT. However, as the UK’s largest mobile player, EE would bring more subscribers and a greater spectrum holding.Hutchison Whampoa, which owns 3 UK, is expected to launch a bid for whichever operator is not chosen by BT.If BT was to secure either of the mobile operators it would become a major force in the quadplay market, as it would have a full mobile offering alongside fixed services, broadband and pay-TV.Such is the potential impact of a deal that Vodafone has been linked to a move to acquire international cable company Liberty Global, which owns Virgin Media in the UK. Vodafone has, however, distanced itself from such a move. Related Español Tim Ferguson Home Telefonica chairman in London to push BT-O2 deal Telefónica refuerza la seguridad de las cadenas de bloques Tim joined Mobile World Live in August 2011 and works across all channels, with a particular focus on apps. He came to the GSMA with five years of tech journalism experience, having started his career as a reporter… More Read more center_img Luz verde a la fusión entre Telefónica y Liberty Global en el Reino Unido BTCésar AliertaEEFinancialO2PeopleTelefonicaUK Telefonica bolsters blockchain security Previous ArticleSoftBank downsizes US presence in wake of failed T-Mobile bid — reportNext Article5G takeup will be slower than 4G — study Author Tags last_img read more

China’s 4G connections double to 100M in Q4

first_img Joseph Waring AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 21 JAN 2015 Tags HomeAsiaNews China’s 4G connections double to 100M in Q4 China operators lose NYSE delisting appeal China Telecom claims NB-IoT milestone Previous ArticleFacebook testing Messenger voice-to-text featureNext ArticleIndia’s DoT pushes ahead with ‘high’ 3G auction price Authorcenter_img China Telecom profit jumps 4G4G connectionsChinaChina MobileChina TelecomChina Unicomhybrid trialsTD-LTETDD-FDD China Mobile more than doubled its 4G connections in Q4, reporting 90 million 4G connections just a year after it was granted a TD-LTE licence, helping take the country’s total LTE connections base past the 100 million mark.The market leader, with 806 million total mobile connections, added 39 million new connections in 2014 – a 5 per cent increase, which is slightly higher than the entire industry’s 4.67 per cent growth rate last year. China now has almost 1.3 billion mobile connections.China Mobile had 40 million 4G connections at the end of September and expects to have 117 million in Q1, according to GSMA Intelligence.China Telecom and China Unicom, meanwhile, together have 10 million 4G connections.Unicom’s 4G connections also more than doubled to 6.3 million during the period, and it aims to have 14 million in Q1. Its total mobile connections rose 6.4 million to 299 million.Telecom’s 4G connections almost tripled to 3.7 million during the quarter. Its Q1 target is 8.6 million 4G connections. The country’s smallest operator, which had a small net gain in total connections after being down 5.5 million connections in July, closed the year with 185.6 million mobile connections. GSMA Intelligence forecasts it will add four million mobile connections this quarter.The two operators, which only have a licence to run so-called hybrid FDD-TDD trials in 56 cities, have been at a huge disadvantage to China Mobile, which has been able to rapidly expand its TD-LTE network nationwide since December 2013. China Mobile said it aimed to roll out 700,000 4G base stations by the end of last year.The country’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) in mid-December approved requests from Telecom and Unicom to expand their hybrid LTE network trials to an additional 15 cities, giving them licences to operate FDD-LTE services in the 56 markets. In early November the MIIT reportedly was preparing to issue full nationwide FDD-LTE network licences in 2014, but there has so far been no follow-up. Asia Joseph Waring joins Mobile World Live as the Asia editor for its new Asia channel. Before joining the GSMA, Joseph was group editor for Telecom Asia for more than ten years. In addition to writing features, news and blogs, he… Read more Relatedlast_img read more

Vodafone pumps $7B into India unit

first_img India adds detail on network equipment restrictions Asia Vodafone Group has injected more than $7 billion into its India subsidiary, reducing its debt by half and preparing it for next month’s spectrum auction and intensifying competition following Reliance Jio’s nationwide 4G launch.The UK-based mobile operator said it has added INR477 billion ($7.11 billion) in equity to Vodafone India since April. The capital injection, which converts loans into shares, is the largest foreign direct investment in rupee terms, Economic Times said. It reduces its debt by more than 50 per cent to INR343 billion.Vodafone India said in a statement the capital would be used to acquire spectrum and upgrade its network.The Times reported last week that Vodafone planned a capital injection, but the stated amount was just $3 billion.The infusion comes as Vodafone India faces an increased threat from 4G upstart Jio, which is offering free voice, SMS and data until the end of the year, and reportedly already has 10 million subscribers. The newcomer said its LTE network will cover 90 per cent of the population by early 2017, which is forcing rivals to significantly boost their network investments.Vodafone India, the country’s second largest operator with a 19 per cent market share, only has 4G spectrum in nine of the country’s 22 service regions, so is expected to bid aggressively for 3G and 4G airwaves in the auction, with its spending forecast to go as high as $2.6 billion.India’s largest ever spectrum auction starts on 1 October, with more than 2,350MHz of spectrum in seven 3G and 4G bands going on sale.Vodafone has put down a INR27 billion deposit for the auction, while Jio deposited INR65 billion, the Financial Times reported. Previous ArticleJio’s entry to push India 3G/4G adoption to 50% by 2020 – GSMAi reportNext ArticleSamsung extends Note 7 refund offer in Korea Related Tags Joseph Waring joins Mobile World Live as the Asia editor for its new Asia channel. Before joining the GSMA, Joseph was group editor for Telecom Asia for more than ten years. In addition to writing features, news and blogs, he… Read more India to shun China vendors in 5G trialscenter_img WhatsApp takes more heat in India HomeAsiaNews Vodafone pumps $7B into India unit capital injectionIndiaVodafone AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 23 SEP 2016 Author Joseph Waring last_img read more

Verizon readies new video service; updates go90

first_img Go90Verizon Verizon is reportedly preparing the launch of a nationwide online TV service to run separately from its go90 and FiOS TV platforms, and further ramp up competition with AT&T’s DirecTV Now proposition.According to Bloomberg sources, the telecoms giant has been securing streaming rights from network television companies to launch a YouTube like streaming video service aimed at teenagers, and plans to sell the package this summer.Verizon is seemingly tapping into a market demanding cheaper and smaller TV packages, with cable provider Dish launching a similar service – Sling TV – as well as AT&T’s DirecTV Now, which was introduced in November 2016.The make-up of Verizon’s service is still unclear. It could run on an app and be accessible through a set top box like Dish and AT&T’s offering. Sources said it will be priced at approximately $35, the same price as DirecTV Now.While the move increases competition with traditional rival AT&T and pay-TV providers, it also pits Verizon against companies like YouTube and Hulu in the US. Bloomberg said Verizon is already negotiating new contracts for streaming rights for its existing FiOS service.However, FiOS is lagging behind competitors like Comcast and AT&T, with 4.7 million subscribers.All indications suggest the new platform would run alongside FiOS and go90, the company’s video streaming app launched in 2015.go90 updatesMeanwhile in a statement, Verizon announced it launched “significant updates” for its go90 app and web experiences.The go90 “3.0” update was developed by Verizon’s Digital Entertainment Engineering and Operations team (formerly known as Vessel), a video streaming company Verizon acquired in October 2016.Verizon announced plans to roll out a revamp of the product at the start of the year, as well as a move to cut 155 staff working on the product. The measure led to speculation about the direction of go90, following reports it was struggling to gain user traction.Through the update, the company said users will now benefit from an improved user interface and a discovery approach, and it also improved search functions with smarter recommendations.For advertisers, the company updated its format to a more immersive video display, in a bid to drive engagement.“We’ve completed a pivotal step across the aesthetic and technical, putting go90 in a position for faster future development and deployment,” claimed Chip Canter, general manager, Verizon digital entertainment. Related Previous ArticleHuawei posts strong growth across sectors, flat profitNext ArticleVerizon beats AT&T to first US-wide LTE-M launch Author Verizon shuffles executives Kavit Majithia AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 31 MAR 2017 Tags Home Verizon readies new video service; updates go90 Verizon sorts sensor supremo Kavit joined Mobile World Live in May 2015 as Content Editor. He started his journalism career at the Press Association before joining Euromoney’s graduate scheme in April 2010. Read More >> Read more Amazon reels in MGMlast_img read more

SK Telecom launches LTE-A Pro service in 53 cities

first_img Related Joseph Waring joins Mobile World Live as the Asia editor for its new Asia channel. Before joining the GSMA, Joseph was group editor for Telecom Asia for more than ten years. In addition to writing features, news and blogs, he… Read more SKT tipped for Amazon streaming move ICT business gains fuel SKT revenue HomeAsiaNews SK Telecom launches LTE-A Pro service in 53 cities Previous ArticleSamsung to double handset output in IndiaNext ArticleSGX clears Singtel to list NetLink Trust SK Telecom (SKT), the largest mobile operator in South Korea, launched an LTE-Advanced Pro (LTE-A Pro) service using five-band carrier aggregation (CA) to deliver peak download speeds of 700Mb/s in 53 cities across the country.Its LTE-A Pro network, which also uses 4×4 multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) technology, enables users to download an HD movie (2GB) within 23 seconds, it said in a statement.The operator also said it rolled out an LTE-A Pro network combining three-band and four-band CA to achieve peak downlink rates of 900Mb/s in parts of six cities.It expects to combine the five-band CA service and the 900Mb/s LTE-A Pro service to reach 50 per cent of the Korean population by end-2017.Only the Samsung Galaxy S8 is compatible with SKT’s LTE-A Pro service, and even then requires an over-the-air firmware upgrade. However, the operator said it expects new premium smartphones to be compatible with the technology.Choi Seung-won, SVP and head of infrastructure strategy at SKT, said it plans to launch 1Gb/s LTE-A Pro service in the first half of 2018: “The LTE-A Pro services represent an early application of 5G technologies that support Gb/s-level data speeds and massive network capacity,” he said.SKT’s bandwidth resources comprise 10MHz in the 800MHz band, 20MHz in the 1.8GHz band, 10MHz in the 2.1GHz band, and 10MHz + 20MHz in the 2.6GHz band. carrier aggregationLTE-A ProMIMOSK Telecomcenter_img Korea operators make rural 5G pledge Author Asia Joseph Waring Tags AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 05 JUN 2017 last_img read more

Facebook launches messenger P2P payments in UK

first_img Author Previous ArticleXiaomi moves into Western EuropeNext ArticleLG touts wireless charging credentials Tags Facebook fingers biometric Messenger security Facebook expanded its Messenger payments feature into its second market, 28 months after the service was launched in the US.The service had been widely touted for rollout beyond its home market since being unveiled in 2015. Speculation increased in December 2016 when Facebook received an e-money licence valid for the European Economic Area from the Central Bank of Ireland.Facebook attributed the slow international rollout to the long, complicated, process of integrating the system with companies operating in the finance sector.As with the US version of the service, users can register payment cards with Facebook Messenger and send money to other users in the standard chat window.Alongside payments, artificial intelligence (AI) bot M is also being made available in the UK. The bot will suggest making a money transfer whenever two people are discussing payment-related topics on its platform.Popular featureAccording to the company, the service enjoyed success in its home market partly because “people often want better ways to express themselves when sending money – for example adding accompanying text, emoticons, pictures and GIFs.”P2P payments through chat apps has been one of the hot areas in mobile payments so far in 2017, as major players across the world work on integrating chat into payment apps and money transfer into chat.In India last week, popular wallet provider Paytm added Inbox after message app Hike added P2P money transfer earlier in the year. Facebook-owned WhatsApp is reportedly working on a similar feature, while Apple is set to add payments to its US iMessage platform in a future update of iOS11.Chat payments are already available from China’s market leaders WeChat Pay and Alipay. Chris Donkin P2P payment start-up eyes cashless Middle East role Related Chris joined the Mobile World Live team in November 2016 having previously worked at a number of UK media outlets including Trinity Mirror, The Press Association and UK telecoms publication Mobile News. After spending 10 years in journalism, he moved… Read more Home Facebook launches messenger P2P payments in UK Domestic P2P transactions to top 200 Billion in 2024 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 07 NOV 2017 Facebook MessengerP2Plast_img read more

Bharti Airtel gets regulatory nod for Tigo Rwanda deal

first_img Related Airtel returns to profit Previous ArticleTelecom Italia dismisses CEO departure rumoursNext ArticleIdea Cellular woes deepen ahead of merger AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 24 JAN 2018 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 Saleha Riaz Bharti-AirtelMillicomRwandaTigo Authorcenter_img Tags Asia Bharti Airtel makes enterprise IoT play HomeAsiaNews Bharti Airtel gets regulatory nod for Tigo Rwanda deal Bharti Airtel restructures to sharpen digital focus Rwanda’s Utilities Regulatory Authority cleared Bharti Airtel to acquire Millicom’s Tigo Rwanda business, as the India-headquartered operator looks to consolidate and realign its market structure in Africa.In a statement announcing the move, Airtel said the combined business will deliver voice and data services, global roaming and mobile banking services. The new entity will lead the way in terms of market share (Airtel currently holds a 13 per cent share: Tigo 34 per cent). GSMA Intelligence data showed rival MTN held a market share of around 40 per cent at end Q4 2017.Millicom announced the deal in December 2017. At the time, Bharti Airtel’s chairman Sunil Mittal described the move as an important step “to become a profitable and strong challenger” in the country. The acquisition forms part of a broader goal to ensure all of Airtel’s African operations begin delivering positive margins and cashflow during 2018.Although the combined company will lead the way in terms of market share, it will rank in second place in terms of revenue, The Economic Times reported. However, it will have the largest sales and distribution network, the newspaper noted.Earlier this week it was reported Airtel Nigeria dropped out of the running to acquire troubled 9mobile.Revenue for Bharti Airtel’s Africa business grew 5.1 per cent year-on-year to $783 million in fiscal Q3 (calendar Q4 2017), with subscribers in the region increasing 4.7 per cent to 84.1 million.last_img read more

America Movil ordered to share network access

first_img America Movil must allow rivals to use its network and infrastructure, Mexico’s Supreme Court ruled as it dismissed a case by the operator which had held up an essential part of the country’s telecoms reform.The case, filed by America Movil’s Telmex unit, argued against reforms requiring the operator to provide interconnection services to its competitors, on the grounds such a requirement violated business rights.However, the court ruled this was not the case, stating: “Because the constitution decree itself recognised that there are certain obligations that are imposed on the preponderant economic agent, which will expire once there are conditions of real competition in the market.”Reform fightOpening up access to America Movil’s vast network was one of the central pillars behind reforms introduced in 2014, which were designed to reduce the operator’s dominance.While it was unsuccessful on this occasion, in late 2017 America Movil did secure a win with regards to some of the other reforms when the Supreme Court ruled the operator could charge rivals for terminating calls on its network, with Mexican regulator IFT due to set the interconnection rates going forward.America Movil had argued the measures were unfair and led to a loss of business rights, pointing to the fact rivals could still charge it for terminating calls following the 2014 overhaul.Earlier this year, IFT also ruled America Movil will be able to bid in an upcoming spectrum auction, after rivals argued for a limit on the operator’s participation.Competition increased in the country with the entrance of US operator AT&T in 2015, but America Movil still continues to dominate. In terms of market share, America Movil leads the way by a big margin (63 per cent) in Q4 2017, GSMA Intelligence figures showed. Telefonica is at number two on 24 per cent, followed by AT&T on 14 per cent. Tags Previous ArticleSwisscom enters tussle for 5G lead with 2018 launchNext ArticleTM9, Another ICT Milestone in 2018 América Móvil deberá pagar 2 millones de dólares a Colombia Beneficios de América Móvil en el primer trimestre gracias a la reducción de costos Home America Movil ordered to share network access Kavit joined Mobile World Live in May 2015 as Content Editor. He started his journalism career at the Press Association before joining Euromoney’s graduate scheme in April 2010. Read More >> Read more Español center_img Author AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 22 FEB 2018 Related America Movil takes $2M Colombia hit Kavit Majithia America MovilMexicolast_img read more

China Tower gets IPO go-ahead

first_img Related Previous ArticleZTE tipped to confirm board overhaul following AGMNext ArticleIliad Italia signs 300,000 users in first month – report China Telecom profit jumps China MobileChina TelecomChina TowerChina Unicom Author Tags China operators lose NYSE delisting appeal China Tower picked up a green light for a $10 billion listing in Hong Kong, which would trump that of high-profile smartphone maker Xiaomi, reports said.While the size of Xiaomi’s listing is not so far clear, Bloomberg today (29 June) put a figure of $4.7 billion on the IPO, at the lower end of an expected range. China Tower is now expected to begin marketing ahead of its IPO, with the possibility it could begin taking orders on the day Xiaomi begins trading: 9 July.Reuters reported China Tower’s timings will depend on how the Xiaomi IPO is received, with it being a barometer for large listings in the tech sector.China Tower is the world’s biggest telecom tower infrastructure company, operating more than 1.87 million sites. Formed with assets of the country’s operators, China Mobile will remain its largest shareholder after the listing. China Unicom and China Telecom are also significant shareholders.In addition to its telecom sector customers, China Tower said it works with companies in the environmental protection; broadcasting; satellite positioning; energy; maritime and agriculture segments.center_img HomeAsiaNews China Tower gets IPO go-ahead Steve Costello AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 29 JUN 2018 China Telecom claims NB-IoT milestone Asia Steve works across all of Mobile World Live’s channels and played a lead role in the launch and ongoing success of our apps and devices services. He has been a journalist…More Read more last_img read more

Dish taps Ericsson for IoT network build

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 06 NOV 2018 Tags Dish NetworkEricssonNB-IoT Related Previous ArticleSafaricom expands reach with Western Union dealNext ArticleFCC chief presses operators over illegal call prevention Ericsson, Leonardo team on 5G products Diana Goovaerts Author Former Ericsson employees charged in bribery case China Telecom claims NB-IoT milestone Home Dish taps Ericsson for IoT network build Diana is Mobile World Live’s US Editor, reporting on infrastructure and spectrum rollouts, regulatory issues, and other carrier news from the US market. Diana came to GSMA from her former role as Editor of Wireless Week and CED Magazine, digital-only… Read more Satellite operator Dish Network advanced a plan to construct an NB-IoT network in the US by March 2020, naming Ericsson as its vendor of choice for core and radio access equipment for the project.The pair said development work began earlier this year when Dish tapped Ericsson to complete an initial radio frequency design for the network. Tests of 3GPP standards-based NB-IoT data transmissions were also conducted using Dish’s spectrum, validating extended range connections up to 100km from a base station.In addition to providing Dish’s core network, Ericsson will supply 5G-capable radios for the NB-IoT network, setting the stage for future upgrades.The news comes as Dish strives to meet spectrum utilisation requirements for its AWS-4 and 700MHz licences set by the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Dish has until March 2020 to meet those standards.Deployment plan shaping upThe NB-IoT network rollout is the first part of Dish’s two-phase spectrum usage strategy, which also includes the subsequent launch of a nationwide 5G network.Though financial details of the Ericsson deal were not released, Dish executives previously said it plans to spend between $500 million and $1 billion building its NB-IoT network, with the majority of the outlay coming in 2019.In May, Dish co-founder and chairman Charlie Ergen told an investor conference the 5G deployment could cost up to $10 billion and include the construction of 50,000 towers. He did not provide a timeline for completion of that project. Subscribe to our daily newsletter Backlast_img read more

MWC19 Barcelona – Wednesday highlights

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Samsung mulls flexible design options

first_img Realme pushes low-end 5G with Narzo Samsung is reported to be assessing several more form factor options for its foldable screens, as it looks to stake a claim on the nascent market.While the company was the first mainstream manufacturer to announce a foldable device in the shape of its Galaxy Fold, it was followed swiftly (and arguably usurped) by Huawei’s Mate X. Other vendors including Motorola and Xiaomi are believed to be exploring the technology.Bloomberg wrote Samsung giant is now looking at a clamshell-type device which folds at the top, and a model which folds away from the user, akin to Mate X. Galaxy Fold’s screen bends inward, making it necessary to add another screen to use when closed.The clamshell is apparently more advanced in the design process and could even be unveiled later this year: as with Galaxy Fold (and Samsung’s clamshell feature phones), it would include an additional external screen. The latter is in prototype form and, the news agency said, will follow later.DiversityBloomberg noted that with devices yet to find their way into the hands of consumers, it is unclear what buyer preferences to be or which new use cases will be enabled. This means vendors are more likely to experiment, leading to diverse designs which contrast with the uniformity seen elsewhere in the smartphone market.The outlet also said Samsung is working to address durability concerns, particularly around a crease which appears after a device has been folded “about 10,000 times”. One option is free screen replacement which, while possible on a $2,000 niche device, will not scale should foldable screens become a more mainstream option.An earlier ETNews report said Samsung is also looking to supply folding screens to other manufacturers. In addition to its own market-leading smartphone business, Samsung is also an established component supplier to rivals. Subscribe to our daily newsletter Back Related Tags Devices KT makes LG Electronics trade-in move Previous ArticleRising tenancies power China Tower financialsNext ArticleTIP Press Conference HomeDevicesNews Samsung mulls flexible design optionscenter_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 06 MAR 2019 Steve Costello Steve works across all of Mobile World Live’s channels and played a lead role in the launch and ongoing success of our apps and devices services. He has been a journalist…More Read more Smartphone shipments to ride 5G wave Author Samsungsmartphonelast_img read more

AT&T opens door to crypto payments

first_imgHomeMoneyNews AT&T opens door to crypto payments Puerto Rico added to Samsung Pay rollout AT&T claimed to be the first major US operator to allow its customers to pay their phone bill using cryptocurrency, after inking a deal with BitPay to process the transactions.Through BitPay, AT&T will be able to accept Bitcoin and Bitcoin Cash from customers making payments online or through the myAT&T app. BitPay will handle the actual transaction, displaying customer invoices in cryptocurrency dollars, accepting payment and converting the funds into traditional currency for the operator.An AT&T representative told Mobile World Live it anticipates “a small percentage” of its customers will choose to use the new feature.A survey conducted in April by investment company Blockchain Capital determined around 9 per cent of the US population owns Bitcoin, with the highest levels of reported ownership among 18-to-34 year-olds (18 per cent) and 34-to-44 year-olds (12 per cent).Kevin McDorman, AT&T VP of Finance Business Operations, said in a statement the move is part of the operator’s ongoing effort to “improve and expand our services”.“We have customers who use cryptocurrency, and we are happy we can offer them a way to pay their bills with the method they prefer.” Subscribe to our daily newsletter Back Diana Goovaerts Money Tags AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 24 MAY 2019 Diana is Mobile World Live’s US Editor, reporting on infrastructure and spectrum rollouts, regulatory issues, and other carrier news from the US market. Diana came to GSMA from her former role as Editor of Wireless Week and CED Magazine, digital-only… Read more center_img Blockchain-based Circle squares up with $60M funding round Related Previous ArticleMislatel cleared to progress mobile launchNext ArticleIntelligent O&M of 5G Network Author Bitcoin to hit 4.7M users by 2019 but adoption still slow – study AT&TBitcoinlast_img read more

T-Mobile, Sprint near leadership decision

first_imgHome T-Mobile, Sprint near leadership decision Diana is Mobile World Live’s US Editor, reporting on infrastructure and spectrum rollouts, regulatory issues, and other carrier news from the US market. Diana came to GSMA from her former role as Editor of Wireless Week and CED Magazine, digital-only… Read more Amazon reels in MGM T-Mobile US and Sprint could announce a final roster of post-merger leadership in the coming weeks, Sprint CEO Michel Combes hinted at a recent employee meeting.In a meeting transcript filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission and first spotted by the Kansas City Business Journal, Combes said appointments down through the executive vice president (EVP) level have been finalised, but noted Sprint leadership is still working with T-Mobile COO Mike Sievert to determine the best time to announce those decisions.T-Mobile CEO John Legere and Sievert were already tapped to head the combined company. However, Combes’ future and other leadership roles, including CTO and CFO, have not yet been announced.Though pushback from state legal officials delayed the deal’s close, Combes said he is pressing to reveal the appointments in the coming weeks to help employees “understand where and how you work going forward”.Combes noted the picks are a “well-balanced” combination of Sprint and T-Mobile leaders, but offered little other detail.Senior vice president picks will follow within two months, while vice president positions and below will be “day zero announcements,” he added.Combes said day zero is expected to fall sometime between October 2019 and March 2020. Subscribe to our daily newsletter Back Tags Diana Goovaerts AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 28 AUG 2019 Deutsche Telekom, SoftBank tipped for T-Mobile trade Previous ArticleFairphone unveils latest sustainable deviceNext ArticleSprint expands 5G rollout despite tech hurdles Related Author T-Mobile US chief predicts market rebound leadership reshufflemergerSprintT-Mobile USlast_img read more

New devices drive Samsung mobile gains in Q3

first_img Joseph Waring joins Mobile World Live as the Asia editor for its new Asia channel. Before joining the GSMA, Joseph was group editor for Telecom Asia for more than ten years. In addition to writing features, news and blogs, he… Read more Tags IDC bullish on Australian 5G smartphone demand Joseph Waring Smartphone shipments hit 340M in Q1 Author KT makes LG Electronics trade-in move Q3 earningsSamsungcenter_img HomeDevicesNews New devices drive Samsung mobile gains in Q3 Samsung Electronics recorded a significant improvement in the mobile business in the third quarter, driven by strong sales of the Galaxy Note 10 and A series handsets, and improved margins for mass-market models.The mobile unit posted a 17 per cent year-on-year increase in revenue to KRW28.1 trillion ($24.1 billion), with operating profit for its whole IT & Mobile Communications division jumping 32 per cent to KRW2.92 trillion.Samsung said the higher profit was due to cost reductions after a transition of its handset lineup, with double-digit growth in sales volume of the Note 10 in the quarter. The business was also helped by its expanded 5G product offerings and the launch of the Galaxy Fold.Its network business reported higher earnings on growing commercialisation of 5G service in South Korea.The vendor expects device shipments to dip sequentially in Q4, with flagship model sales weakening from their post-launch peaks, and profitability to decline due to increased marketing costs during the peak season. Its mass-market smartphones, including the A series, are forecast to maintain solid sales.For 2020, Samsung expects significant growth of 5G devices as new networks are launched globally, while competition will remain fierce, Mobile Communications Business VP Lee Jong-Min noted. He said the company plans to introduce more 5G devices and foldable products to enhance its competitiveness and build a foundation for future growth.Memory chipsOn a group level, the vendor’s net profit plunged 53 per cent year-on-year to KRW6.11 trillion on consolidated revenue of KRW62 trillion, down 5.3 per cent.Revenue from its Semiconductor division fell 29 per cent to KRW17.6 trillion due to weakening global demand for memory chips. The unit’s operating profit fell from KRW13.7 trillion in Q3 2018 to KRW3.05 trillion in the latest quarter.The company said both the US dollar and euro strengthened against the Korean won, resulting in around a KRW4 billion gain in its quarterly operating profit, mainly in the component business.Looking to 2020, it said uncertainties linger over the memory chip market as demand is expected to recover, but risks from global industry circumstances persist. Subscribe to our daily newsletter Back Related Devices Previous ArticleApple seeks iPhone sales boost after profit dropsNext ArticleMobile unit weighs on LG financials AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 31 OCT 2019 last_img read more

Qualcomm highlights mmWave as key to 5G puzzle

first_img Related Home Qualcomm highlights mmWave as key to 5G puzzle Diana is Mobile World Live’s US Editor, reporting on infrastructure and spectrum rollouts, regulatory issues, and other carrier news from the US market. Diana came to GSMA from her former role as Editor of Wireless Week and CED Magazine, digital-only… Read more Previous ArticleLive A Smart Life with All-In-One Home Media TerminalNext ArticleLG Uplus partners with Viettel on 5G roaming Telkomsel turns on 5G in major cities Diana Goovaerts Mobile Mix: Buzzing for Barcelona Asia center_img Nokia scores Philippines 5G deal with Dito Tags Qualcomm president Cristiano Amon (pictured) flagged mmWave spectrum as critical to fulfil the promise of 5G, predicting widespread deployments in the band will quickly follow initial mid-band launches.During an analyst event in New York, Amon noted “certain use cases in the smartphone will not be possible without mmWave”.For instance, he said the high bandwidth offered by mmWave will be necessary to enable opportunities for mobile gaming and video content creation and consumption. A number of industrial applications will also rely on mmWave, he added.Unlike the move to 4G, Amon said 5G is coming online in multiple geographies at the same time, accelerating the transition to next generation technology.He said “it’s fair to expect by 2020 you’re going to have all metropolitan areas with 5G coverage”. While most initial deployments will use sub-6GHz spectrum, he noted a handful of countries including the US, Japan, South Korea and Russia will use mmWave.But mmWave deployments will quickly expand, and by 2021 he said nearly all developing economies are expected to use high-frequency spectrum in their 5G networks.As coverage becomes widely available and 5G technology becomes available in mid-range devices, Reuters reported Qualcomm predicted 5G device shipments will jump from an estimated 200 million in 2020 to 450 million in 2021. By 2022, Qualcomm expects 5G device shipments to hit 750 million. Subscribe to our daily newsletter Back 5GmmWaveQualcomm Author AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 20 NOV 2019 last_img read more

Consumers urged to turn away from cash in virus fight

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 26 MAR 2020 Author Chris joined the Mobile World Live team in November 2016 having previously worked at a number of UK media outlets including Trinity Mirror, The Press Association and UK telecoms publication Mobile News. After spending 10 years in journalism, he moved… Read more Related Español Home Consumers urged to turn away from cash in virus fight Las grandes operadoras europeas ponen condiciones a las RAN abiertas AirtelMTNOrangeVodacomcenter_img Orange Ventures injects €30M into new fund Authorities and mobile operators across several countries moved to persuade businesses and consumers to adopt mobile payments and other digital transactions, in an attempt to reduce transmission of Covid-19 (coronavirus).Although evidence of the virus being spread on banknotes is being questioned, statements from a number of parties over recent days highlighted the advantages of mobile financial services in reducing face-to-face interactions.Following moves in Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda and Ghana last week to cut costs and ease regulations around mobile money services, operators in several other African countries introduced similar policies to drive usage in their markets during the ongoing pandemic.After initially cutting mobile money fees in Uganda, Rwanda and Ghana, MTN Group announced its operation in Nigeria was set to waive transaction fees made through its agent network. Its units in South Africa, Zambia and Cameroon are suspending fees up to specified limit, which varies by market.In addition to MTN, all operators in Zambia have been instructed by the country’s central bank to increase limits and temporarily cut fees on person-to-person transactions below ZMW150 ($8.40).Various Orange operations individually announced measures to snip selected mobile transaction fees, including in Cameroon, Burkina Faso and Senegal.In a statement to Mobile World Live, Vodacom Group confirmed it was in discussions with regulators covering its International division (operations outside of South Africa), and would “announce measures shortly”. Its Safaricom business already reduced fees in Kenya.Airtel Africa also cut fees in some of its markets, including Uganda and Rwanda, in line with government initiatives.GovernmentsAs operators seek to encourage the use of mobile payments, a number of governments have also been pushing the use of digital and mobile payments.Egypt Independent reported authorities in the country were upping contactless payment limits, while costs were being reduced on cash transfers through mobile platforms.Other authorities, including UAE and Russia have also encouraged the use of mobile payments in a range of media interviews, but are yet to formally unveil specific regulation. Subscribe to our daily newsletter Back Chris Donkin Orange makes secure cloud pact for French market Previous ArticleZTE’s optical network market share increased the most in 2019Next ArticleDuolingo tailors service for home school parents Tags last_img read more

Telefonica Deutschland set to lose MVNO pricing case

first_imgHome Telefonica Deutschland set to lose MVNO pricing case Chris Donkin Previous ArticleApple buys AI start-up to boost SiriNext ArticleLiberty LatAm rallies cash for AT&T assets buy Chris joined the Mobile World Live team in November 2016 having previously worked at a number of UK media outlets including Trinity Mirror, The Press Association and UK telecoms publication Mobile News. After spending 10 years in journalism, he moved… Read more Author An independent expert conducting arbitration between 1&1 Drillisch and Telefonica Deutschland informed the two operators a forthcoming decision would reject the case for wholesale price rises by the latter.The two operators confirmed they had been told about the draft decision, which sided with 1&1 Drillisch’s argument against increased fees from its MBA MVNO host network. A loss would have cost the company €64 million.Telefonica Deutschland argued the sum was justified as a contribution to the cost of acquiring licences at a German spectrum auction in 2015.The final decision on the case is expected in the coming months and is one of a number of quarrels outstanding between the two companies related to wholesale pricing.In its statement, Telefonica Deutschland said the draft decision did not follow its rational and added it would analyse the final version in detail before commenting fully.The operator is also perusing claims against other wholesale partners it values in the “mid double-digit million euro range”.1&1 Drillisch said the decision would end its rival’s claims against it, though it still has two cases outstanding against the Telefonica unit related to the agreement where it is “seeking substantial retroactive price reductions”.Telefonica Deutschland argues the other outstanding claims are unjustified.Forced partnersHosting a Mobile Bitstream Access MVNO agreement with 1&1 Drillisch was one of the mandated terms for Telefonica’s acquisition of German market rival E-Plus, which completed in 2014.Last year 1&1 Drillisch bought spectrum in the country’s 5G auction and is in the process of deploying its own network infrastructure, supported by its wholesale agreement. However, its timescale has slipped due to Covid-19 related issues. Subscribe to our daily newsletter Back AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 28 MAY 2020 last_img read more

Orange falls short in full Belgium takeover bid

first_img Las grandes operadoras europeas ponen condiciones a las RAN abiertas Chris joined the Mobile World Live team in November 2016 having previously worked at a number of UK media outlets including Trinity Mirror, The Press Association and UK telecoms publication Mobile News. After spending 10 years in journalism, he moved… Read more Orange makes secure cloud pact for French market AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore1 06 MAY 2021 Previous ArticleItaly woes continue to hamper CK Hutchison unitNext ArticlePUBG maker readies India follow-up Author Tags Español center_img Home Orange falls short in full Belgium takeover bid Orange Ventures injects €30M into new fund Related Chris Donkin Orange failed in its attempt at a complete buyout of minority shareholders of its Belgian subsidiary, securing fewer than 51 per cent of shares targeted from its final offer.When announcing the move in December, the operator group said it aimed to increase its stake in Orange Belgium and intended to delist it from the local stock market should it meet the conditions required for it to do so.To delist shares it could have performed a “squeeze-out bid” to forcibly acquire remaining interests had it raised its stake above 95.3 per cent. However, this level looked impossible when minority investor Polygon publicly stated its opposition to the price being offered and refused to sell its 5.29 per cent.At the close of its extended offer period on 4 May Orange achieved support from investors owning 50.97 per cent of shares targeted. Once acquired, these will take its total stake, including the proportion it already owned, to 76.97 per cent.When the initial offer expired in late April, Orange had secured just over 46 per cent of the shares targeted, taking its share to almost 75 per cent. It reopened the offer on the same terms, having already dismissed calls to increase the price.Despite falling short of the sum needed to delist the business, in a statement deputy CEO for Finance, Performance and Development of Orange Group Ramon Fernandez chose to focus on the positives.“We have achieved the objective we set for ourselves: offering a fair price to shareholders who wanted to monetise their shares and strengthening our stake in Orange Belgium,” he said.“With nearly 77 per cent of the capital held by the Group, we now have the means to improve the financial flexibility of Orange Belgium, deploy its long-term value creation strategy more effectively and enable it to better react to major transformations of the Belgian market.”In a separate statement, a spokesperson added the company was satisfied with the result and noted “the decision to undertake this operation was, in part, due to the unique opportunity afforded to us by last year’s €2.2 billion tax rebate.” Subscribe to our daily newsletter Back Orangelast_img read more

Unstoppable

first_imgPARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas – Jessica Korda made you scratch your head Sunday at the Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic. She also made you marvel. How do you win the LPGA season opener two weeks after deciding to overhaul your swing? How do you win when you’re still fighting your old swing, so much so that you shank a wedge sideways and out of bounds late in the third round? How do you win when the coach you sought to help rebuild your swing is so weakened in a cancer fight that you’ve been doing some of your work over the phone? It speaks volumes that Korda kept fighting to the finish to beat daunting obstacles. Take the 18th hole Sunday. [[{“type”:”media”,”view_mode”:”media_large”,”fid”:”526806″,”attributes”:{“alt”:””,”class”:”media-image media-image-right”,”height”:”220″,”style”:”float: right;”,”typeof”:”foaf:Image”,”width”:”300″}}]] Korda, 20, had to birdie it to beat Stacy Lewis and win her second LPGA title. She had to do so getting up and down from one of the most awkward circumstances you’ll see at the end of a tournament. After drilling her approach over the 18th green, just a few feet from the bleachers and amid some electric cables, she decided her nearest relief would create an inconvenient drop. So, instead, she had some officials hold the cables a few feet over her ball while she bumped a putt to the green. Korda left that bump-and-run 6 feet short of the hole, and then she buried the birdie putt. When Na Yeon Choi failed to hole out from the fairway behind her, Korda was the winner. She’s a season-opening specialist. Both her LPGA titles were season openers. “It’s unbelievable,” Korda said after players doused her with Pure Silk shaving cream. Korda closed fiercely, making birdies at the final two holes to overtake Lewis, the Rolex world No. 3. She birdied three of the last four holes. She won even when it didn’t make sense she should win. A couple weeks ago, Korda decided to overhaul her swing with the IMG Academy’s Grant Price (pictured), who is fighting cancer. She took a work in progress to the Bahamas. After taking the lead into Saturday, she started unraveling with old swing habits creeping into her game. She hooked a tee shot at the seventh hole into a hazard. She shanked a wedge at the 13th hole sideways, knocking her ball out of bounds. Somehow, some way, Korda put herself back together. “I didn’t let it get to me,” Korda said. “I hooked a bunch of shots in the water this week, hooked a bunch of shots in general. I might have shanked a shot, but I birdied the next hole after that. I definitely wasn’t looking back. I was looking forward.” Her new coach couldn’t have taught that better. Price, the nephew to Hall of Famer Nick Price, is on medical leave from the IMG Academy. He was diagnosed with stage 3 testicular cancer last spring. He endured 4½ months of chemotherapy last summer, then major surgery last month, a retroperitoneal lymph dissection that left him with a scar from his sternum to his groin. Price, 36, isn’t big on looking back, either. “Grant means so much to me,” Korda said. “He’s so positive, and that’s shown this week. It’s given me a lot of confidence, his positivity.” Though they were just two weeks into overhauling her swing, Price wouldn’t allow it to be an excuse for a poor start. “He kept saying, `You are going to be ready this week, you are going to be ready regardless how you are hitting it on the range,’ and I wasn’t hitting it good. I wasn’t really that confident in myself. But just him being on the range with me, ingraining that positivity into my mind, it helped me so much.” Price and Korda probably met 10 times on the range at the Ritz Carlton course in Bradenton before she left for the Bahamas, but in his weakened condition, Price’s stamina wouldn’t allow long sessions. He sat in a golf cart, and they worked. “I’m proud of her,” Price told GolfChannel.com in a telephone interview after he watched Korda’s victory from his home. “It was heartwarming to see, and I think it was genuinely therapeutic.” Korda talked with Price on the phone every day this week. They talked about the shank after Saturday’s round. “After hitting a shank, there’s a psychological barrier to get over,” Price said. “It’s a testament to Jessica’s mental strength that she bounced back so quickly. Really, this whole swing change, leaving her old coach, it’s a tough decision. Her confidence could have dropped through something like that.” The week didn’t get off to the best start for Korda, either. Over her first nine holes, she topped a tee shot and hooked another tee shot in a hazard. The new and the old swings were clashing. “We haven’t had that long to prepare,” Price said. “We’ve probably met about 10 times on the range, but the time I could spend there with my limits was less than I would like.” Korda knew Price from her days at the IMG Academy. She sought him out carefully. “First thing I did, I asked him, `Can you help me? And if you can’t, it’s completely OK. If you don’t feel up to it, then it’s fine, I don’t mind. But I need to know if you’re going to be OK first,’” Korda said. “And that’s how every practice started.” It proved a most unusual winning formula. “Just heartwarming,” Price said.last_img

Wakeup-call hole puts Day back on track

first_imgSPRINGFIELD, N.J. – This wasn’t what Jason Day expects from himself. This wasn’t what the golf world expects from the world No. 1. In a blur of flying grass, poor choices and even worse execution, Day sent his drive sailing into the Baltusrol woods, launched his next shot into a bunker in an overly aggressive bid to reach the green and sailed his third over the green into the type of hay where major championship dreams go to die. All told, Day’s seventh hole on Friday at the PGA Championship added up to a double-bogey 6, sending the Australian tumbling to even par, closer to the cut line than contention. “I gave myself a little kick in the bum,” Day said of the moments after his misadventure on the seventh. Pressed for more details, bullet points even, regarding that internal pep talk the father of two admitted, “A few swear words inside my head.” Day has spoken in the past about the expectations of being the world No. 1, the heavy weight he feels every time he tees it up to perform up to that standard. This is, after all, the same man who became inspired to play golf by reading a book about Tiger Woods. It stands to reason then that his performance on the seventh hole just wouldn’t do. “Just really I played that hole so bad that it was really frustrating for me. Why are you doing that? Why are you giving shots to the field when you don’t need to do that?” Day explained. “Don’t do little silly errors like that and potentially give them two shots on that hole.” What followed that impromptu scolding may well go down as the turning point that delivers Day his second consecutive date with the Wanamaker Trophy. PGA Championship: Full-field scores | Live blog: Day 2 | Photo gallery Full coverage from the PGA Championship Day kept it simple at No. 8, hit the fairway, hit the green, make a putt – birdie. To those with a front-row view, however, Day’s birdie at the eighth was much more nuanced and impressive. “He had a [approach] shot on 8 that was really cool to watch,” said Phil Mickelson, who was paired with Day on Friday. “I haven’t seen anybody with his power be able to hit that shot where we’ve got 86 yards, a back pin, it’s soft and spinning and pitched. “To take a club that usually goes about 125, hit it 40 yards less than the normal number and skid it in there and get the ball to not spin, his power and his wedge play coupled with his putting are combinations you don’t see very often.” With respect to Mickelson, who is widely considered the greatest wedge player of his generation, what followed from an entertainment perspective was just as impressive. Day birdied his next three holes after the seventh, took a breather at the 11th before adding four more birdies in a row. That’s eight holes, seven birdies. “I had some momentum stoppage with the double bogey, but once I birdied [No.] 8, the momentum started picking up and it picked up pretty quick,” Day said. “I felt good on the green; I had to get myself on the green and hole the putt.” Day would complete his round in 65 strokes to move to 7 under par, just two strokes off the lead held by Jimmy Walker and Robert Streb. That he’s in contention without making a single birdie on either of Baltusrol’s par 5s for two days is the kind of statistic that keeps other players up at night. That he’s within a layup of becoming just the second player since the PGA went to stroke play to win this event in back-to-back years considering how his week started defies explanation. Day saw Baltusrol for the first time on Wednesday afternoon. He traveled from the RBC Canadian Open on Monday and took Tuesday off to nurse a cold. Day contends that the extra rest has helped him keep his focus in the sweltering New Jersey summer, and figures his own lowered expectations given his abbreviated preparation have also been a bonus. “I think being able to kind of voice where I’m at mentally and physically with my health takes a lot of expectations off my shoulders and lets everyone know that I don’t have a lot of expectation coming to the week,” Day said. It’s standard fare to ask Day about his health given his eventful past, and as he headed home on Friday night he was asked if he was feeling better. “I’m feeling pretty good. No excuses,” he smiled. “Guys have won on worse. Tiger at the [2008] U.S. Open with a broken leg. I’ve got a cold. It’s not the same.” Although the diagnoses didn’t match Woods’ at Torrey Pines, the former world No. 1 could certainly appreciate Day’s comeback on Friday.last_img read more

Rahm the true can’t-miss prospect of 2016

first_imgBack in April, just as we started to process the shock of Jordan Spieth’s Masters collapse, the golf world fell in love with a can’t-miss kid. Bryson DeChambeau had received plenty of attention the year prior, chasing his NCAA individual title by steamrolling through the field at the U.S. Amateur. DeChambeau had remained an amateur afterward, compiling a self-described “internship” of early-season sponsor invites after his college team was barred from postseason play. He made the most of those opportunities, finished low amateur at Augusta National and promptly tied for fourth in his first pro start, a dazzling debut at the RBC Heritage where he led the field in strokes gained tee-to-green. Beyond the unique fashion and single-length clubs and penchant for floating golf balls in epsom salt stood a talented player, one who appeared poised to make the rare jump from amateur to Tour card with only a handful of starts at his disposal. It was a sound theory at the time, but it also may have distracted from the fact that the true can’t-miss prospect of 2016 was still just finishing up his final exams. Jon Rahm didn’t turn pro until after the U.S. Open in June. While DeChambeau has largely stalled out since Harbour Town, a malaise that includes Thursday’s 2-over 72 at the Travelers Championship, Rahm is quickly making up for lost time. Travelers Championship: Articles, photos and videos The former Arizona State standout bettered DeChambeau by seven shots in the opening round at TPC River Highlands, carding a 5-under 65 that included a 30 on the back nine and put him one shot off the early pace. “I mean, 5 under, I would’ve taken it no question start of the day,” Rahm said. “Overall, pretty balanced day. I will say 5 under is, even if it was a big difference between the nines, a pretty balanced score.” Rahm’s talent and potential have been on display for years. When he turned pro, he was the top-ranked amateur in the world and had already cracked the top 10 at both the Waste Management Phoenix Open and OHL Classic at Mayakoba as an amateur in 2015. But the speed with which the strapping Spaniard has adjusted to the play-for-pay scene is remarkable. Like DeChambeau, Rahm surprised in his first professional start, a T-3 finish at the Quicken Loans National that reinstated his spot in The Open that he had earlier given up to turn pro. But unlike DeChambeau, Rahm kept the pedal to the metal from there, notably finishing T-2 two weeks ago at the RBC Canadian Open. That finish paved the way for Rahm to potentially earn a full-fledged PGA Tour card for next season via non-member FedEx Cup points. His 382 points are equal to No. 130 Tim Wilkinson, and Rahm has three more starts left to improve his standing. Should he crack the top 125 as a non-member, he’ll pull off a late-season, college-to-card bypass of the Web.com Tour that hasn’t been seen since Bud Cauley achieved the feat after leaving Alabama in 2011. Rahm’s result at Glen Abbey displayed a well-rounded skillset: first in the field in proximity to the hole, third in driving distance and fifth in putting. But his comments shortly after missing an 11-foot eagle putt on the final hole that ultimately would have forced a playoff belied a player who still seeks more. “I played a very good two rounds, first one and (Sunday), and then the other two weren’t so great, and I still had a chance to win,” Rahm said. “So I’m hoping one day to be able to put four rounds together and get a win.” That opportunity could come this week in Connecticut, where he is again on the leaderboard and in position to make his ninth straight PGA Tour cut, or it may wait until next season. But it’s likely to occur sooner rather than later. Rahm’s prospects are further bolstered by the faith of his former college coach, Tim Mickelson, who quit his position at Arizona State to become Rahm’s full-time agent with Lagardere. It’s a similar move to the one Steve Loy made back in 1992 when he quit as ASU coach to represent Tim’s brother, Phil Mickelson. “I always said that while I was in the States those four years he was pretty much my dad,” Rahm said. “He was the guy I went to when I needed help and the guy I went to when I needed guidance. For years he’s helped out a lot to become the player I am today.” While those parallels don’t guarantee that Rahm will enjoy Mickelsonian success, they do indicate his relative promise. DeChambeau could certainly go on to enjoy a lavish career as a pro, and he’ll likely have a chance this fall at the Web.com Tour Finals to earn his card and potentially join Rahm next season on the PGA Tour. But as this season winds down, it’s becoming more and more clear that the prospect with which the golf world became infatuated in April isn’t the one most equipped to make an immediate splash as a pro.last_img read more

Cut Line: Masters question and King crisis

first_imgIn this week’s edition, there’s no time line for Tiger Woods’ return, no issues with this year’s U.S. Presidents Cup leadership, and no break for players this spring, at least as far as the PGA Tour schedule goes. Made Cut The task at hand. Most considered last year’s U.S. Ryder Cup victory at Hazeltine National a mission-accomplished moment for the task force that was born from the 2014 American loss in Scotland. But as many explained following that triumph last fall, it was just the beginning. Another sign of that legacy unfolded this week when U.S. Presidents Cup captain Steve Stricker named Jim Furyk, next year’s Ryder Cup captain, his final assistant for this year’s matches. It’s the kind of continuity players and officials said would make the U.S. teams for both events better. Stricker’s other assistants include Davis Love III, last year’s Ryder Cup captain, and Tiger Woods, a vice captain at Hazeltine. For too long these biennial team events ignored the larger goal of creating the best possible scenario for the U.S. team to succeed, so the continuity between the two events is encouraging. Consider it another win for the task force – eh, sorry, Ryder Cup committee. Made Cut-Did Not Finish (MDF) Bay Hill and beyond. Tiger Woods will be among the list of players who will not be in the field next week at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. Woods announced on his website on Thursday that he continues to recover from a back ailment that caused him to withdraw from the Dubai Desert Classic last month and miss the Genesis Open and Honda Classic. “Presently, I have no timetable for my return to golf, but my treatments are continuing and going well,” Woods said. That vague update, along with his lack of starts so far this year (he missed the cut in his only other event), also means that he will likely miss the Masters for just the second time since 1995. Depending on how his rehabilitation goes, Woods’ next likely start would be The Players, which is the week after the Wells Fargo Championship that he normally plays, but that event is being held on a new course this year so that seems doubtful. Although it’s still early in the year, the Yogi Berra line comes to mind for Woods’ season: “It’s getting late early.” Missed Cut Spring broken. When the field for the Arnold Palmer Invitational is released there are going to be some surprising omissions. Missing from the lineup will likely be world No. 1 Dustin Johnson, No. 5 Jordan Spieth, No. 7 Justin Thomas and No. 8 Adam Scott, to name a few. Many will criticize those who won’t make the trip to Orlando, Fla., following last year’s passing of Palmer, but lost in that emotional take is the simple math of the current schedule. In a six-week window starting with the WGC-Mexico Championship there are two WGCs, an invitational (Bay Hill) and the Masters. This week’s Valspar Championship is probably paying the steepest price of a disjointed Florida swing. The world ranking rating for this week’s event dropped from 358 points last year to 290 points this season. They can’t all be must-play events, but this year’s schedule isn’t helping things. Tweet of the week: @BillyHo_Golf (Billy Horschel) “Disappointing. Totally understand schedule issues. But first year without [Arnold Palmer]. Honor an icon! Without him [we] wouldn’t be in position we are today.” Horschel’s point is valid, and next week’s event promises to be emotional, but the real test for the tournament is the years ahead when the current scheduling concerns are hopefully alleviated and players will have to decide how they plan to honor the King.last_img read more

There are two – yes, two! – Z. Johnsons at PGA

first_imgST. LOUIS – Before he hits a single shot at the PGA Championship, Zach Johnson already has made a name for himself. Yes, that Zach Johnson. And that other Zach Johnson, too. No, golf fans, you are not seeing double. There are two of them roaming the grounds at Bellerive Country Club this week. One needs no introduction. That would be the two-time major winner, Zach Johnson of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, a 12-time winner on the PGA Tour who has racked up more than $44 million in winnings. The other? Well, he’s not quite a household name. He’s Zach Johnson of Farmington, Utah, who works as the assistant pro at Davis Park Golf Course in the suburbs of Salt Lake City. He’s one of 20 club pros who qualified into the 156-man field, and will be, for at least two days, on the same playing field with Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson and, yes, Zach Johnson. Tournament organizers called the club pro recently and asked him if it was OK for him to go by ”Zach J. Johnson” for the week to eliminate confusion. ”I don’t think they called and asked him first,” Zach J. said of his namesake. ”It was more like: ‘Here’s what you’re going by. Hopefully you’ll like it.”’ The J, by the way, stands for, well, J. When Johnson was born, his parents wanted to pick out a J name for his middle name. Unable to decide, they put J on the birth certificate and left the choice for later. Turns out, ”J” sounded pretty good, so they stuck with that. And if Zach H. Johnson (The H stands for Harrison, his mother’s maiden name) hadn’t won the Masters (2007) and British Open (2015), would he be going by ”Zach H” this week? ”I doubt it,” he said. ”Maybe I’d be ‘Z.”’ Imagine Zach J. Johnson’s surprise back in 2009 when a package arrived at the golf shop in Utah, addressed to Zach Johnson. Return address: PGA Tour headquarters in Ponte Vedra, Florida. ”I thought, ‘Why would I be getting something from the PGA Tour?”’ he said. ”I tore it open with a box cutter. Nicked the plaque cutting it open.” The plaque was made using four of Iowa Zach Johnson’s scorecards. The package included a letter from then-commissioner Tim Finchem congratulating him on his great play in winning the Sony Open the week before. Pictures were taken. The guys at the club had a few laughs. Back in the mail it went. Nearly a decade later, the 35-year-old Johnson will come face to face with his better-known namesake. And really, Johnson’s journey to the big time stretches back farther than that. A graduate of Southern Utah – the only college that offered him a chance to play golf – Johnson spent his first few years after college playing on mini-tours in the area, and tried Q school from 2006-09. It wasn’t clicking, Johnson said, ”and I figured out that if I wanted to have a family and get on with life, that being a touring pro wasn’t going to be for me.” He had a good friend, Pete Stone, on the mini-tours, and Pete’s dad was the head pro at Davis Park. ”I’d always ask him, ‘When’s your dad going to give me a job?”’ Johnson said. Eventually, Brad Stone hired Johnson to a four-days-a-week gig as the starter, working the early shift. ”I’m not an early riser,” said Johnson, whose tee time Thursday is set for a sleep-as-late-as-you-like 2:05 p.m. He worked his way up the ladder, and became an assistant pro – one of the thousands of taken-for-granted grinders who keep golf shops running across America each day. ”Good professionals, they wear a lot of hats,” Brad Stone said. ”It’s everything from running tournaments to public relations, to playing and teaching and all those things. You’re judged on all that, and sometimes all the hours our assistants work, there’s a lot of sacrifice, especially if you’re going to play a lot.” But Stone wants his assistants to play, and now, Johnson is part of a special tradition: The Masters lets its past champions tee it up; the U.S. and British Opens are open to qualifiers; the PGA Championship reserves spots for the men who sell the shirts and give the lessons. This week, Johnson will undoubtedly get a chance to meet his favorite PGA Tour pros: Woods and Sergio Garcia. And, of course, plans are in the works for a photo op with the other Zach Johnson. That Zach Johnson was watching the PGA pro qualifying tournament back in June, pulling for a buddy, fellow Iowan Sean McCarty, who finished second and will also be at Bellerive. Suddenly, Johnson saw his own name pop up on the leaderboard. And that’s how this tale of Johnson & Johnson began. ”I tweeted out something about Sean, and then I plugged Zach Johnson, as well,” Iowa’s Zach Johnson said, before pausing for a second to consider what had just come out of his mouth. ”’Zach Johnson.’ It’s weird to say that.” Surely, the other Zach Johnson would second that.last_img read more

Next team event toughest to make for Americans

first_imgGary Woodland was runner-up twice against strong fields in South Korea and Kapalua. He won the U.S. Open. He had another top-10 finish at the PGA Championship. And it still wasn’t enough to earn one of eight automatic spots on the Presidents Cup team. So imagine the difficulty in making the next team. Not the Ryder Cup – the Olympics. ”That’s got to be the hardest thing in golf,” said Kevin Kisner, currently No. 34 in the world and 16th among the Americans who will try to capture one of the four spots at the end of Olympic qualifying on June 22. Unlike golf’s return to the Olympics in 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, where concerns over the Zika virus and security led the top four players in the world to skip, all the top players want to be in Tokyo for the opening round on July 30. Each country can send two players, with a maximum of four if they are among the top 15 in the world ranking. With six months to go, the top four Americans are Brooks Koepka, Justin Thomas, Dustin Johnson and Tiger Woods. Five other Americans are among the top 15. Should we expect to see Tiger in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics? ”Huge,” Thomas replied when asked if the Olympics were a big deal to him. ”I really want to be on that team.” Thomas has not finished lower than third in the standings for the last three Presidents Cup and Ryder Cup teams. With the number of qualifiers cut in half, there is less of a margin. ”Especially when you look at the world ranking. It changes every week,” he said. ”It’s so dense to where it could go into the last week between two guys.” Woods sat out all of 2016 and the Olympics did not appear to be part of his future. And then he had fusion surgery on his lower back, won the Masters and is among the elite again. Now, the Tokyo Games have his attention, especially after winning in Japan for his 82nd PGA Tour victory last month. ”I know some of my friends have made Olympic teams before and they said it’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience,” Woods said. ”I have never played for a gold medal before and certainly it would be an honor to do it, and especially at the age I’ll be, I’ll be 44 and I don’t know if I have many more chances after that.” It also has the attention of Xander Schauffele, who has additional incentive. His maternal grandparents live in Japan – it’s where his mother was raised – and his father, Stefan Schauffele, had his own Olympic aspirations for Germany until he was hit by a drunken driver on his way to a training camp for decathletes. ”He spent his life training, preparing, tracking for his big moment in the Olympics,” the younger Schauffele said. ”He’s been pushing me along when I needed it, encouraging me, kicking me in the (tail) when I needed it. It’s cool he can see the results come to fruition, which he wasn’t able to see for himself. It’s a special thing to share.” Ferguson is a golf writer for The Associated Press.last_img read more

Chamblee: Wide is fun, but narrow better for U.S. Open

first_imgWith the U.S. Open returning to Winged Foot and, rumor has it, the USGA returning to their senses and restoring the rabblement of an unforgiving setup, it’s time to celebrate the return of our national open. You know, that one golf championship a year where we used to all pull up a seat and sit there like French Revolution voyeurs in the plaza, sadistically awaiting the spectacle of the guillotine. In 2006, when the U.S. Open was last played at Winged Foot, it was the first year of the USGA’s graduated-rough, more-forgiving-off-the-tee philosophy. In the final round, Phil Mickelson stood on the 18th tee with a one-shot lead, having hit only 23 of 55 fairways. Sandy Tatum, who served on the USGA executive committee from 1972-1980 and who famously defended the severity of the setup for the 1974 U.S. Open at Winged Foot, must have thought the championship was unrecognizable from its storied and stern past. From 2006 to 2018, the lifespan of the graduated-rough philosophy, the winner of the U.S. Open ranked an average of 28th in driving accuracy. In the 13 years prior to the more forgiving setups, from 1993 to 2005, the winner finished an average of 13th. One could argue that without the forgiveness of that era’s setups champions like Cabrera (’07), Woods (’08), Spieth (’15) and Koepka (’18) would not have won. Despite the obvious – that the U.S. Open was becoming more about scrambling than it was about scrambling the minds of the participants – the philosophy was widely held that a course and the way it was setup was better in proportion to its lack of rough and trees. Chamblee on Winged Foot: ‘Ultimate test in golf’ Famed golf course architect and critic Tom Doak called Winged Foot “a clay soil counterpart to Pinehurst No. 2,” but there was just one problem: A.W. Tillinghast’s strategy of design, one that involves aiming at a particular side of the fairway, was mitigated by the member-preferred and assumed U.S. Open setup of narrow fairways and thick rough. Doak argued that the course could be more fun if only the members would let it. But narrow fairways and thick rough require a different kind of strategy. Width and angles requires a strategy in which a player is inclined to make bold plays toward lines of play where the penalty is minimal. To swing hard in case they miss, so to speak. This differs from a strategy where one is inclined to make bold discoveries in technique so that they may with some certainty be able to find the most advantageous line of play when the penalty is severe. To think hard, so that they don’t miss. One is a strategy that one comes to on the tee. The other is a strategy that one comes to long before a player gets to the tee. Do you think that Seve Ballesteros or Phil Mickelson were better tacticians or better at divining out the proper strategy of a hole than Ben Hogan, Bobby Jones or Jack Nicklaus? Seve and Phil were quite good at playing Augusta National, a course steeped in the maxims of little or no rough, thereby giving a player options encouraging great strategy. So were Hogan and Nicklaus. Now, do you think that either Seve or Phil, who have zero U.S. Open wins between them, spent as much time thinking about the golf swing and how to gain as much control of the flight of a golf ball as Hogan, Jones or Nicklaus, who won four U.S. Opens apiece? Have your read any great books on the golf swing by Seve or Phil? The highest level of golf is not just about seeking an angle, it’s about being able to, with some certainty, find that angle. Without a severe penalty for a missed shot, you encourage only half of the intrigue of this game. Now, does the average golfer have the time to devote to a strategy of technique? And if they did, would they have the time to perfect that technique? No, so I completely understand an emphasis on strategy of play instead of strategy of technique for the amateur. But for the highest reaches of the professional game, why would you only want to ask half of the questions to find out who the very best players are? That brings me to the most sentient sentence ever uttered by anyone in the history of championship golf, the oft-quoted retort by Tatum when asked if the USGA was trying to embarrass the best players in the world at the 1974 U.S. Open at Winged Foot. “Our objective is not to humiliate the best players in the world, we’re simply trying to identify who they are,” Tatum said. Tiger Woods, when asked about his ideal U.S. Open setup, said this: “I like it when there is high rough and narrow fairways, and it’s ‘Go get it, boys.’” Hear, hear.last_img read more

On Evolution, Can’t We All Just Get Along?

first_img Recommended Faith & Science On Evolution, Can’t We All Just Get Along?Jonathan WellsFebruary 17, 2020, 5:37 AM Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share Billions of Missing Links: Mysteries Evolution Can’t Explain Origin of Life: Brian Miller Distills a Debate Between Dave Farina and James Tour Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share Congratulations to Science Magazine for an Honest Portrayal of Darwin’s Descent of Man Jane Goodall Meets the God Hypothesiscenter_img Evolution Jonathan WellsSenior Fellow, Center for Science and CultureJonathan Wells has received two Ph.D.s, one in Molecular and Cell Biology from the University of California at Berkeley, and one in Religious Studies from Yale University. A Senior Fellow at Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture, he has previously worked as a postdoctoral research biologist at the University of California at Berkeley and the supervisor of a medical laboratory in Fairfield, California. He also taught biology at California State University in Hayward and continues to lecture on the subject.Follow JonathanProfileWebsite Share TagsCharles DarwinDarwininan theoryDivine Footevolutionfree willGenetics and the Origin of Speciesintelligent designKeith Stewart ThomsonMacroevolutionMicroevolutionmindNeal C. GillespieRichard C. LewontinspiritTed PetersTheodosius DobzhanskyWilliam A. DembskiZombie Science,Trending “A Summary of the Evidence for Intelligent Design”: The Study Guide On February 10, 2020, Lutheran theologian Ted Peters published an online article titled “Fighting over Evolution. Why?“ He concluded that “a culture war is raging, to be sure. But, this is not a war between science and faith.”I agree completely — if by “science” we mean empirical science. Empirical science searches for the truth by proposing hypotheses and comparing them with the evidence. If a hypothesis is consistent with the evidence we tentatively take it to be true. If it is inconsistent with the evidence we revise it or reject it as false. In reality, things can get a bit more complicated. But this is science at its best.A Different MeaningYet “science” has taken on a different meaning in the modern world. For many people, “science” is the search for natural explanations. In this sense, “science” attempts to explain things in terms of material objects and the forces among them. Such an approach can be self-limiting: A scientist can admit that a particular phenomenon might not have a natural explanation. In practice, however, the approach is usually unlimited: Many scientists consider it their duty to persevere until they find natural explanations for everything. Anything that cannot be explained in terms of material objects and the forces among them is considered illusory — including mind, free will, spirit, and God. Science in this second sense is really applied materialistic philosophy. It insists on materialistic explanations even when the evidence is against them. Since such explanations are empirically dead, I call the enterprise zombie science.Faith in God is not at war with empirical science. But it is necessarily at war with materialistic philosophy.Defining EvolutionThen the question is, What is evolution?According to Peters:What Darwin tried to explain is how one species evolves from another species. His explanation was and still is so very elegant in its simplicity: variation in inheritance acted on by natural selection (survival of the fittest) leads to some inherited traits passed on while others go extinct. Again, I agree completely: In a nutshell, this was Darwin’s theory. And the second sentence is pretty uncontroversial. If we replace “natural” with “artificial,” generations of farmers and breeders can testify to its truth. But there has long been controversy over whether variation and selection lead to the origin of new species, organs, and body plans.Micro Versus MacroOn page 12 of Genetics and the Origin of Species (1937), Darwin’s follower Theodosius Dobzhansky distinguished between “microevolution” (minor changes within existing species) and “macroevolution” (the origin of new species, organs, and body plans). There is no way toward an understanding of the mechanisms of macroevolutionary changes, which require time on a geological scale, other than through a full comprehension of the microevolutionary processes observable within the span of a human lifetime and often controlled by man’s will. For this reason we are compelled at the present level of knowledge reluctantly to put a sign of equality between the mechanisms of macro- and microevolution, and proceeding on this assumption, to push our investigations as far ahead as this working hypothesis will permit.But Dobzhansky’s “working hypothesis” has never been empirically confirmed. In 1997, evolutionary biologist Keith Stewart Thomson wrote: “A matter of unfinished business for biologists is the identification of evolution’s smoking gun,” and “the smoking gun of evolution is speciation [the origin of species], not local adaptation and differentiation of populations.” Before Darwin, the consensus was that species can vary only within certain limits; indeed, centuries of artificial selection had seemingly demonstrated such limits experimentally. “Darwin had to show that the limits could be broken,” wrote Thomson, “so do we.”Despite the lack of sufficient evidence, macroevolution is claimed to be as scientific as microevolution. But the claim is based on materialistic science, not empirical science. A Divine FootIn 1979, historian Neal C. Gillespie wrote that “it is sometimes said that Darwin converted the scientific world to evolution by showing them the process by which it had occurred.” But Darwin had no evidence for natural selection, only a few imaginary illustrations. So “it was more Darwin’s insistence on totally natural explanations than on natural selection that won their adherence.” This view was echoed in 1997 by evolutionary biologist Richard C. Lewontin:It is not that the methods and institutions of science somehow compel us to accept a material explanation of the phenomenal world, but, on the contrary, that we are forced by our a priori adherence to material causes to create an apparatus of investigation and a set of concepts that produce material explanations, no matter how counter-intuitive, no matter how mystifying to the uninitiated. Moreover, that materialism is absolute, for we cannot allow a Divine Foot in the door.So the answer to Peters’s question, “Fighting over Evolution. Why?” is that “evolution” for many people means “we cannot allow a Divine Foot in the door.” To any person of faith, those are fighting words. But the fight is not with empirical science; it’s with materialistic philosophy masquerading as empirical science.A Pile of LeavesOh, one other thing. In passing, Peters misrepresented intelligent design (ID) in his article. He wrote: Complex organisms such as human beings, like a Toyota Camry, require a designer to become as complex as they are. Intelligent design better explains evolution than Darwin’s theory of natural selection. That’s the sum of the argument proposed by ID. But ID advocates do not argue that complexity alone justifies an inference to design. A pile of fallen leaves is very complex, but that doesn’t mean the arrangement of the leaves is designed. As design theorist William A. Dembski wrote in 1998, “complexity by itself isn’t enough to eliminate chance and indicate design.” He argued at length that another essential element is specification, or conformity to an independent pattern. And ID advocates have been making the same point for decades. Photo: Playing in a pile of fallen leaves, by Dion Hinchcliffe, via Flickr (cropped). A Physician Describes How Behe Changed His MindLife’s Origin — A “Mystery” Made AccessibleCodes Are Not Products of PhysicsIxnay on the Ambriancay PlosionexhayDesign Triangulation: My Thanksgiving Gift to Alllast_img read more

Listen: Stephen Meyer on How Evolution Degrades Information

first_imgCongratulations to Science Magazine for an Honest Portrayal of Darwin’s Descent of Man Origin of Life: Brian Miller Distills a Debate Between Dave Farina and James Tour Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share A Physician Describes How Behe Changed His MindLife’s Origin — A “Mystery” Made AccessibleCodes Are Not Products of PhysicsIxnay on the Ambriancay PlosionexhayDesign Triangulation: My Thanksgiving Gift to All Tagsbiological informationCenter for Science & CultureDiscovery InstituteHeritage FoundationMarch for ScienceNeo-DarwinismsciencescientismStephen MeyerUnited States,Trending On a classic episode of ID the Future, hear Center for Science & Culture director Stephen C. Meyer’s talk given at a 2017 event, “March for Science or March for Scientism? Understanding the Real Threats to Science in America,” hosted by Discovery Institute and the Heritage Foundation. Listen in as he discusses weaknesses in the theory of neo-Darwinism. Download the podcast or listen to it here.Photo: Stephen Meyer (screenshot), “March for Science or March for Scientism? Understanding the Real Threats to Science in America,” via YouTube. Requesting a (Partial) Retraction from Darrel Falk and BioLogos Jane Goodall Meets the God Hypothesis Evolution Listen: Stephen Meyer on How Evolution Degrades InformationEvolution News @DiscoveryCSCApril 11, 2020, 5:36 AM Recommended Evolution NewsEvolution News & Science Today (EN) provides original reporting and analysis about evolution, neuroscience, bioethics, intelligent design and other science-related issues, including breaking news about scientific research. It also covers the impact of science on culture and conflicts over free speech and academic freedom in science. Finally, it fact-checks and critiques media coverage of scientific issues. Share “A Summary of the Evidence for Intelligent Design”: The Study Guidelast_img read more

MHSA Cites Signal Peak Mine for Worker’s Death

first_imgROUNDUP – The Mine Safety and Health Administration has issued two citations stemming from a fatality in January at the Signal Peak Mine south of Roundup.The MSHA report released Wednesday details the Jan. 2 death of 57-year-old mechanic Rudolph Lindstrom, of Terry, who was killed when the truck he was working on fell off a jack and struck him in the head.The report says Lindstrom, who was lying on the shop floor as he worked under a 1-ton truck, asked an assistant to start the vehicle in an effort to remove the power steering fluid from the system. When the assistant’s foot slipped off the clutch, the truck lurched forward and off the supporting jack stands.The MSHA says the vehicle was not blocked to prevent it from moving, and the rubber, anti-slip cover for the clutch pedal was missing at the time of the accident.Signal Peak has since required the use of blocks, parking brakes and transmission locks “where applicable” and does not allow work to be performed on equipment while the engine is running, unless all drive wheels are off the ground.The company also bought an 18,000-pound lift to raise equipment when staff are working underneath. To address the missing anti-slip pad, equipment operators were trained to check for such safety defects during inspections.Amy Louviere, a spokeswoman for the MSHA, said Signal Peak would probably be fined for the violations, but the amount has not yet been determined.Neither John DeMichiei, Signal Peak’s president, nor Tom Rice, the company’s safety director, were available for comment Wednesday.Lindstrom was the first of 37 coal mine fatalities in the United States so far this year. Email Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox.last_img read more

PPL Will Appeal Dams Lawsuit to US Supreme Court

first_img Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox. HELENA – PPL Montana said Thursday it plans to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court a Montana order that it must pay the state for the use of the riverbeds where hydroelectric dams sit.Company spokesman David Hoffman said the company has until Aug. 12 to put together a request asking the Supreme Court to intervene, although there is no guarantee the high court will get involved.“What we need to show the court is that there is an issue of federal significance,” Hoffman said.The company is still writing its legal arguments, Hoffman said.In March, the Montana Supreme Court ruled PPL must pay $40 million in current rent and damages for not paying rent in the past, plus even more in future rent.The court decision means the land under the dams is like other public land that is rented out to those who graze cattle or drill for oil. The court left the question of future rent up to the state Land Board to negotiate with the utility.PPL has argued the decision could impact other river users who could ultimately be forced to pay rent, but the state has said the high court made it clear that farmers and ranchers who use riverbeds for irrigation are not under the same rental obligations as the power companies.PPL has posted a bond to cover the amount should it ultimately have to pay the money, and interest accrued on it. State law says court-ordered judgments accrue interest at a rate of 10 percent a year from the original decision, which in this case is the District Court order dating back to mid-2008.Montana has already started spending the money.The Land Board run by the five statewide elected officials has decided to buy more state land with the money.The Department of Natural Resources and Conservation has proposed the state look into buying former Plum Creek Timber land, currently owned by The Nature Conservancy. It said the new land will produce an ongoing source of revenue, like other land that is leased for grazing, logging, mineral exploration and other uses.Some lawmakers have objected to that move, and hope PPL does not pay the money at least until the next Legislature convenes in hopes that it can weigh in on the decision of what to do with the cash infusion before the Land Board spends it. Emaillast_img read more

Congress Flees DC to Campaign

first_img Email Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox. WASHINGTON – Battle-weary members of Congress are coming soon to neighborhoods near you to press for re-election, more eager to campaign before angry constituents than compromise in Washington on tax cuts, child nutrition or a federal budget.Majority Democrats facing tough re-election fights rebelled in both chambers Wednesday against their leaders’ decisions to call off controversial votes, pass a temporary bill to keep the government running and head home.“The Senate should be more concerned about doing what’s right for the country and less concerned about campaign season,” said Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo.The measure to adjourn passed both chambers despite the protests. In the House, it passed by one vote — Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s — after 39 Democrats joined Republicans in voting no.It was a messy end to a session fraught with partisan warfare, and it’s not over. Within days of the voters’ verdict, the same crew — with a few newly elected faces — will reconvene to take up a hefty list of legislation deemed toxic in the unforgiving pre-election atmosphere. Democrats will still control both chambers during the “lame duck” session.For now, lawmakers sick of stalemate are headed home to an angry electorate.“All 100 senators want to get out of here and get back to their states,” said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, who is locked in a tough re-election fight against Republican Sharron Angle in Nevada.That they preferred frustrated voters to each other says something about the heavy political lifting candidates of both parties face in the month remaining before Election Day.An Associated Press-GfK Poll this month showed that the public is fed up with both parties. Only 38 percent approve of how congressional Democrats are handling their jobs, and just 31 percent like the way Republicans are doing theirs.Majority Democrats facing significant losses in the wake of unpopular bills to stimulate the economy and overhaul the nation’s health care laws sought to do their party no further harm on Capitol Hill.One foot out the door, the House and Senate convened just long enough to vote on a “continuing resolution,” a stopgap measure to keep the government in operating funds for the next two months and avoid a pre-election federal shutdown.The Senate late Wednesday approved the temporary spending bill 69-30. The House joined in several hours later with a 228-194 vote, sending it to Obama’s desk to be signed into law.But they’re heading home without what was supposed to be the Democrats’ closing argument of the campaign: an extension of expiring Bush-era tax cuts for families making less than $250,000 and individuals making less than $200,000. Conservative and moderate Democrats joined Republicans in calling for the preservation of all the expiring cuts, even for the wealthiest Americans.Wary of being branded tax hikers, Democrats in both houses postponed the question until a postelection session from Nov. 15. If Congress takes no action by the end of the year, Americans of every income level face significantly higher tax bills. Pelosi has said the middle-class tax cuts will be passed this year.Republicans, meanwhile, did not want to get in the way of the Democrats’ political struggles. They cast the decision to punt the tax cut debate as a vote for a tax hike, and called the Democratic majority irresponsible.“They are turning their backs on the American people,” said House Minority Leader John Boehner.But one self-proclaimed “noncombatant” said postponing such important issues preserved the integrity of the debate and any decision that might result.“It would be one thing if you have a chance to pass something, then by all means have a vote,” Sen. Joe Lieberman, I-Conn., said Wednesday. “But it was pretty clear that it was going to be mutually assured destruction.”Republicans also denounced Democrats for delaying the ethics trials of Reps. Charles Rangel, D-N.Y., and Maxine Waters, D-Calif., until after the elections. Both lawmakers had said they wanted trials as soon as possible.In the waning hours before adjournment, Democrats moved what smaller legislation they could. The end-of session agenda included:—A legislative blueprint for NASA’s future that would extend the life of the space shuttle program for a year while backing Obama’s intent to use commercial carriers to carry humans into space. Obama will sign the measure, which passed the House on a 304-118 vote.—The first intelligence authorization bill since 2004, with compromise language on demands by Congress for greater access to top secret intelligence. The most secret briefings will still only be provided to top congressional leaders, but members of the intelligence panels will receive a general description of the programs. The House cleared the measure for Obama.—Legislation approved by the House, 348-79, that would allow the U.S. to seek trade sanctions against China and other nations for manipulating their currency to gain trade advantages. Quickly criticized by China, its prospects are unclear in the Senate.—A House-passed measure, already approved by the Senate, to rename a mountain in Alaska after the late Sen. Ted Stevens, who died in a plane crash in August. South Hunter Peak, a mountain located in Denali National Park and Preserve just south of Mount McKinley, will become Stevens Peak.A House measure to provide free health care and additional compensation to World Trade Center workers sickened in the towers’ crumbled ruins was sure to stall in the Senate.The stopgap spending measure was kept clean of a host of add-ons sought by the Obama administration, including money for “Race to the Top” grants to better-performing schools and more than $4 billion to finance settlements of long-standing lawsuits by black farmers and American Indians against the government.A single GOP senator, Tom Coburn of Oklahoma, was blocking the bill for black farmers and Indians and negotiations were continuing. Prospects were being helped by the addition of several measures — favored by western Republicans — to resolve Indian water claims.The stopgap bill is a reminder of the dismal performance by Congress in doing its most basic job — passing an annual budget and the spending bills for agency operations.Only two of a dozen annual appropriations bills have passed the House this year and none has passed the Senate as Democratic leaders have opted against lengthy floor debates and politically difficult votes on spending.last_img read more

Attorney: Pot Raids Not a Change in Obama Policy

first_imgBUTTE – Recent raids by federal and local authorities on medical pot businesses in Montana does not mean the Obama administration has abandoned its policy of leaving legitimate medical marijuana patients and providers alone, the U.S. Attorney for Montana says.“The policies of the Department of Justice have not changed,” Mike Cotter told a gathering of 60 lawyers at a meeting of the State Bar of Montana on Friday.With guns drawn, federal agents raided medical marijuana operations across Montana on Monday.The 26 search warrants and four civil seizure warrants executed as part of an 18-month investigation into large-scale trafficking and tax evasion were unsealed on Tuesday.Montana voters in 2004 approved a medical marijuana law that allows patients with serious illnesses to use marijuana, and for caregivers to provide it and grow it. In all, 15 states and the District of Columbia approved measures making medical marijuana legal.On a federal level, however, marijuana is an illegal substance. But in October 2009, Deputy Attorney General David Ogden in a memo said federal officials would not prosecute medical marijuana users who comply with state laws.But Cotter said Friday that doesn’t mean illegal pot growers can game the system.“When the Attorney General visited here in February, he stated illegal sale of marijuana under the guise of medical marijuana will be prosecuted,” Cotter said, the Montana Standard reported. “That is the policy.”Some contend that is what has been happening in Montana with some 28,000 registered medical marijuana users.And Montana lawmakers have been considering an outright repeal of the state’s medical marijuana law. They say the boom in patients, providers and pot shops has gone beyond the intention of the law approved by voters.Attorneys at the meeting questioned Cotter on whether they could lose their legal licenses if they offered advice to people growing marijuana.“I would give them a copy of the Ogden memo and say ‘I am advising you that no state can authorize violation of federal law,’” Betsy Brandborg, counsel for the State Bar of Montana, told them. Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox. Emaillast_img read more

Whitefish Passes Highway 93 Zoning Compromise

first_img Email Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox. Ending a several-year dilemma, the Whitefish City Council last week unanimously approved the first reading of a compromise to solve retail zoning concerns in the WB-2 Secondary Business District along U.S. Highway 93. The agreement removes shopping malls from the list of permitted uses, though it grandfathers in the Mountain Mall, allowing the mall to continue operating as it is now.Among the permitted uses added through the agreement are hair salons, convenience stores, floor coverings stores, automobile repair and parts, medical clinics and associated therapeutic health services, and automobile rental businesses.Sporting goods, a major concern of downtown advocates, is not included in the list of permitted uses, though the newly established “military surplus” use will allow for Army Navy to become a legally conforming business.The committee also asked the city to pursue a corridor study for the district. The city has long sought to address zoning issues along the Highway 93 strip because of what Planning and Zoning Director Dave Taylor describes as “inconsistencies, archaic language, and existing illegal uses.” Over the years, businesses have emerged that are not allowed in the WB-2 district’s zoning codes. When the idea was proposed to expand retail uses to bring these businesses into compliance, and address other zoning questions, downtown advocates voiced concern that the town’s retail core would be damaged.Last year the council rejected a proposal to alter zoning regulations in the WB-2 district, only to reconsider the issue later that year. The council tabled it in November, paving the way for the formation of an advisory committee tasked with working out a compromise.For three months, mediators Brian Muldoon and Dru Jackman worked with 19 stakeholders “to come up with a mutually agreed upon solution to the issues,” according to Taylor’s staff report. There were five representatives each from the city, downtown and at-large. Four representatives were from the WB-2 district, though one dropped out.At the same council meeting on April 18, the council voted to approve a sign variance for Great Northern Brewing Co. With the variance, the beer brewing company is allowed to keep its Black Star sign, as well as two neon signs. Three individual violations were addressed in the variance: number of signs, total sign area and the blinking of one of the neon signs. The business will have to submit a permit and pay a fee.last_img read more

Vandalism in Bigfork Prompts Security Camera Discussions

first_img Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox. Bigfork has seen an unusual rash of vandalism this summer, resulting in thousands of dollars worth of damage and prompting some in the business community to discuss the need for security cameras in the village’s downtown. The incidents include early morning property destruction, such as vandals throwing a birdbath from outside the village’s theater through the door of Persimmon Gallery, as well as knocking over a bronze statue near another gallery, pulling down a decorative wooden bear, breaking pottery and destroying a display case. Outside of the direct downtown area, a driver ran into the sign on Highway 35 pointing toward the village, damaging part of the sign and leaving the scene of the accident without reporting it. Bigfork High School was also hit by vandalism, including one incident in which the perpetrators ransacked the football field’s concession stand. While some vandalism is an unfortunate reality in most towns, the number of cases over the summer have resulted in law enforcement increasing patrols in the area. “We’re certainly putting some extra effort into the investigation,” Flathead County Sheriff Chuck Curry said. “They’ve done thousands of dollars of damage down there.” Curry said investigators have interviewed “quite a few” suspects, based on tips and previous run-ins with the law. Community members, motivated by the vandalism, have begun discussing the potential need for security cameras in downtown Bigfork. “People have talked about the cameras for a long time,” Paul Mutascio, of the Community Foundation for a Better Bigfork, said. “It’s just like, how bad does this have to get before we really get serious about it?” Mutascio said he and several business owners discussed the possibility of heightened security after a bank camera helped nab the driver who hit the Bigfork sign on Highway 35. While the individual was not visible in the security footage, authorities could identify the tow truck company the driver called to move her car, which had become stuck on the rockwork, Mutascio said. The CFBB, which owns the sign, had to conduct major repairs after the collision. “We literally had to rebuild the whole foundation, which cost us a lot of money and more time,” Mutascio said. Mutascio also owns the building that houses Persimmon Gallery, and said the door destroyed by the birdbath would cost $350 to $400 to replace. And, he added, vandalism is a typical problem in the winter as well, when Christmas decorations are inevitably torn down or knocked over. While cameras are being considered, Mutascio stressed that the idea is in the very beginning stages, and comments for and against the concept will be taken seriously as the dialogue continues. Meanwhile, Bigfork School District plans to place cameras at the football field to deter further vandalism, Eda Taylor, district business manager, said. Schools typically expect some property defacement, but the events of this summer went much further than that. “I guess you always see some vandalism, but nothing at all like the concession stand,” she said. The school district is still working with its insurance company to find the bottom line cost of the destruction, but Taylor said it would likely be high. “I’m sure it’s going to be pretty considerable because so much was damaged and destroyed,” she said. In other incidences, vandals broke some picnic tables on school grounds and broke a window of a van parked in the parking lot. Curry encouraged anyone with information on the various acts of vandalism in Bigfork to call the Flathead County Sheriff’s Office at 406-758-5585 or Crimestoppers at 406-752-8477 (TIPS) if the reporting party prefers anonymity. Emaillast_img read more

Lightning Strike Sparks Wildfire Near Seeley Lake

first_img Email Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox. Fire crews say they were able to hold a weekend wildfire near Seeley Lake to just 23 acres.Saturday’s wildfire was sparked by lightning, and high winds caused it to spread about 10 miles west of Seeley Lake.Mike Kopitzke is the fire program manager for the southwestern land office for the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation. He says fire crews were able to prevent the blaze from getting any bigger despite it being in an area thick with dead and dying lumber.Kopitzke says the plan is to have everything secured Monday morning.Crews also beat back two small fires in the Bitterroot Valley near Sula this weekend.last_img read more

Very Bavarian: Oktoberfest in Whitefish

first_img Email For Flathead Valley residents, autumn means exchanging T-shirts for sweaters, and barbecues for canning equipment. But for a few days in Whitefish, the seasonal shift also promises bratwurst, lederhosen and plenty of beer. The 2nd Annual Great Northwest Oktoberfest celebration is headed back to Depot Park, encompassing two weekends – Sept. 29 through Oct. 2 and Oct. 7 through Oct. 9. Oktoberfest is a German tradition rooted in Munich. The festival is more than 200 years old, originating as a German royalty wedding party to which everyone in town was invited. Munich now draws about 6 million visitors every October who drink about 5 million liters of beer, according to the city’s website. The Whitefish Chamber of Commerce is hosting the local event, and executive director Kevin Gartland said Northwest Montana held its own at last year’s Oktoberfest, consuming about 65 kegs of beer and roughly 3,000 brats. Attendance was also unexpectedly high, Gartland said, facilitating the need for two weekends of German-inspired fun. “Last year, on Friday and Saturday we couldn’t put anyone else in the tent,” Gartland said. “We were at capacity.” During the festival’s other days the tent was also near capacity, he added. With attendance expected to increase 15 to 20 percent, the choice was either moving the event from downtwon Whitefish or tacking on another weekend. Gartland said the chamber preferred to keep the celebration local, as it helps bring tourists into town during the shoulder season. “It was a great success last year,” he said. “It was probably two to three years ahead of what I thought it would be.” Beer is a major part of the Oktoberfest tradition, and this year’s selection will include Great Northern Oktoberfest, Frog Hop and Black Star from the Great Northern Brewing Company. The Warsteiner brewery will provide traditional German brews, including Pilsner Dunkel, Oktoberfest and Konig Ludwig Weiss. Visiting from Munich, Germany, Guenther MoLer dances across the large dance floor with his wife Rosemareie MoLer during the first Great Northwest Oktoberfest in Whitefish last year. Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox. Aside from the magnetic properties of bratwurst, pretzels, schnitzel, barley and hops, Gartland said Oktoberfest’s many unique activities – including dachshund races, waitress races, stein-holding competitions and log-sawing races – help bring in crowds. “It’s kind of like ‘Minute to Win It,’ Bavarian style,” he said. The music is also a major draw, he noted. This year’s bands include Europa, which consists of two German and one Austrian member. “They are huge; they play from September to October all over the country,” Gartland said. The Western Senators, a Canadian group, is scheduled to play during the festival’s second weekend. Gartland said they were immensely popular with last year’s crowd. Local group the Bavarian Echoes will also provide classic polkas and oom-pah music during the festival. The first weekend of events will begin on Thursday, Sept. 29, with Locals Night, meaning Flathead Valley residents avoid the $3 gate fee. There will also be special contests, the mayoral toast and tapping of the kegs and the first night of Europa’s music. Friday, Sept. 30, is the grand opening, which will include a short parade from the Great Northern Brewing Company to the festival’s tent, led by a wagon with beer barrels. Anyone can join in the procession, Gartland said. Events will include the first qualifying round of the keg-hurling competition, a brat-eating contest dubbed “the wurst minute of your life,” and Bavarian sing-alongs. Saturday, Oct. 1 is kids’ day, with a lineup including the chicken dance, dachshund drag races, music and arts and crafts. The schedule for Oct. 2 features the ever-popular waitress races. Gartland said that despite not yet advertising for the races, he has already received calls from competitors asking to sign up. The second weekend will have many of the same activities, though Sunday, Oct. 9 is Senior Day and will also feature the traditional 5k volksmarch. It also falls during a Canadian holiday weekend, Gartland said, and was planned to draw in participants from the north. Bringing tourists during the fall is an important goal for Oktoberfest, but Gartland said it is also about Flathead Valley residents enjoying their community. “It just worked out last year because the timing was right; locals have time to kick back and enjoy themselves between the heavy seasons,” Gartland said. Visitors and Oktoberfest participants are encouraged to visit www.whitefishoktoberfest.com for a complete schedule of events and a food menu. last_img read more

Best of Preps – Spring 2013

first_imgSOFTBALLJena WillisCLASS: SeniorSCHOOL: GlacierPOSITION: PitcherAWARDS: Class AA all-stateGrowing up at the softball fields while her mom Shirley coached, Jena discovered a natural love of the game. She also developed exceptional skill. By her senior season at Glacier, Jena was one of the best all-around players in Montana and led the Wolfpack to their first conference championship. The all-state captain hit nearly .400 all season and belted 10 homers, tying for a school record alongside all-state freshman Ali Williams. As the team’s ace, Jena recorded 108 strikeouts in 76 innings, including a 15-strikeout performance against Billings West in the quarterfinals of the state tournament, where Glacier placed third, its best finish in school history. Jena is taking her talents to Crown College in Minnesota next year.Jena on her love of softball:“I live at those fields. Softball is my favorite activity. That’s something I can’t wait to pass on. I definitely want to come back and share that passion with other players someday.”MORE STARS:Kayleena Ikeda (Glacier)Ali Williams (Glacier)Marysa Rogozynski (Glacier)Hannah Atlee (Glacier)Kayla Russell (Glacier)Taylor Riggles (Glacier)Abbie O’Brien (Flathead)Sidney Alberts (Flathead) SOFTBALLAshley TruebloodCLASS: SophmoreSCHOOL: Columbia FallsPOSITION: PitcherAWARDS: Class A all-state pitcherWith Polson and Frenchtown in the mix, Northwestern A is a fierce league to play in. But Ashley and her teammates from Columbia Falls have still held their own. A year after placing fourth at state, Columbia Falls narrowly lost to the eventual champion Broncs by one run in the bottom of the seventh inning in the state semifinals. The Wildkats dropped another nailbiter to three-time defending champ Polson and finished this season in third place. As the team’s ace, Ashley tallied the second most wins in the league — 15 — and notched 156 strikeouts in 150 innings. In the batter’s box, she knocked in 27 runs while hitting .375. The pitching machine in her family’s barn will stay busy this offseason as Ashley trains for next spring with renewed motivation.Ashley on Columbia Falls placing third after barely Falling to Frenchtown:“It’s nice to see some success and to see our hard work pay off. But watching them win the state championship motivates us to knock them off next year.”MORE STARS:Carlee Brown (Columbia Falls)Kathrin Jetty (Columbia Falls)Ciarra Holm (Columbia Falls)Tiffany Hummer (Columbia Falls)Andrea Lamoureux (Whitefish)Malia Morris (Whitefish)Micah McFeely (Whitefish) TRACKCarla NicosiaCLASS: SophomoreSCHOOL: Columbia FallsAWARDS: Class A third place triple jumpCarla was diagnosed with diabetes when she was 3 years old, but that hasn’t stopped her from being active. In the weight room, the athletic sophomore can bench press 145 pounds and squat 260 pounds. On the track, she’s become an all-state jumper and won the divisional title in both the high jump and triple jump. At the state meet in Laurel, she triple jumped 35-feet, eight and three-quarters inches. It was the top mark until the very end. Carla earned third place but was only three-quarters of an inch off the winner. Her biggest fan, her father Mike, was there carrying a backpack that’s always nearby with juices and other emergency supplies in case Carla experiences problems with her blood sugar. He’s gotten quite the workout trying to keep up with her.Carla on being an athlete with diabetes:“Mentally, I’ve been dealing with it since I was 3 years old. I don’t let it bother me. I’ve been doing sports since that age and I just grew up dealing with it.” TRACKTy MorganCLASS: SophomoreSCHOOL: Columbia FallsAWARDS: Class A second place javelinBasketball may be his favorite sport, but Ty sleeps with a javelin under his bed. His dad, Eric, was an all-state track athlete in Cut Bank, and Ty is following in his footsteps. As a freshman, Ty asked to borrow a javelin from school and went to work practicing regularly. This spring his hard work paid off and he threw a personal and Class A best 176-feet, three inches to win the divisional championship. A week later in Laurel, competing in his first state meet, Ty unleashed another impressive throw — 175 — and had his grips on a state title until his opponent’s last toss, which won by 11 inches. Like the javelin under his bed, the second-place medal is providing Ty more motivation into the future.Ty on sleeping with a javelin under his bed:“Every day I got up it reminded me,‘You have to keep working hard.’”MORE STARS:Zach Perrin (Flathead)Cassie Krueger (Flathead)Lizzie Sherwood (Flathead)Dani Davis (Flathead)Emma Andrews (Flathead)Jaclyn Rauthe (Flathead TRACKKeyawna LarsonCLASS: SophomoreSCHOOL: GlacierAWARDS: Class AA state champion javelinLast year, Keyawna’s freshman season ended with disappointment at the divisional meet. She knew she was better than that. Keyawna turned regret into motivation and undertook an aggressive training schedule that included lifting and running. She emerged this spring as one of the top javelin throwers in Montana. This time at the divisional meet she achieved her best mark and placed second. Then a week later at the state meet in Bozeman, Keyawna heaved the javelin 140-feet and eight inches, almost 20 feet further than her divisional mark and 13 feet better than the state runner-up. It ranked as one of the top 10 greatest throws in Montana since the new javelin was introduced in 2002. Keyawna is now focused on a new goal: the state record, 143-7.Keyawna on winning the state championship in the javelin:“I felt like all the training, all my hard work, everything I had been doing, I just felt the rewards of it. It felt great.” TRACKLogan HarwoodCLASS: SeniorSCHOOL: WhitefishAWARDS: Class A state champion 200, 400,800 & short relay. Fourth place 100 & sixth place long relay.It’s hard to imagine a better finish to a senior season than Logan’s. He choreographed one of the more memorable final acts, seizing three individual state titles, leading the short relay team to victory and guiding the Bulldogs to its first championship since 2008. He won the 400 with a personal best 48.81 seconds, less than a second behind the all-class state record set in 1976. Not including the relays, Logan scored 38 of Whitefish’s 78 points on his own. Logan’s previous top finish at state was third, and he entered the final meet ranked first in only the 200, an event he just started running midway through spring. He competed in his first 100 only three weeks ago. He signed to run track at the University of Great Falls.Logan on winning three individual state titles and helping Whitefish claim the team championship:“There’s no way I could’ve imagined this.” TRACKMakena MorleyCLASS: SophomoreSCHOOL: BigforkAWARDS: Class B state runner-up 800, 1,600 & 3,200Something unusual happened at the state meet. Makena didn’t win. Townsend senior Chiara Warner set records in all three distance races for a clean sweep. Makena’s times were impressive, but she says she wasn’t her best because she put too much pressure on herself. It became a valuable learning experience and a motivator. She’s restructuring her entire regimen, adding weight training and amping up her mileage. She hopes to build on her sophomore season, which was still remarkable. Before state she ran a personal best in the 1,600, 4:59, one of the fastest times in state history. At Archie Roe, she clocked 10:40 in the 3,200, another historically fast time. A day later she placed 17th out of 27,959 females at Bloomsday.Makena on placing second to Chiara Warner from Townsend in three distance events at the state meet:“It was actually good for me to get beat. It totally lit my fire.”MORE STARS:Noah James (Glacier)Nathan Connell (Glacier)Rial Gunlikson (Glacier)Katie Wiley (Glacier)Todd Ogden (Glacier)Kyle Griffith (Glacier)Taylor Hulslander (Glacier)Shelton Todd (Glacier) TRACKJosh SandryCLASS: SophomoreSCHOOL: BigforkAWARDS: Class B fourth place high jump & third place long relayAs the youngest of three athletic brothers, Josh had to work hard to keep up. He’s since developed into one of Bigfork’s best all-around athletes. In just two years, Josh has become a standout football and basketball player, and this spring he added track to his all-state skillset. He qualified for the Class B state meet for the first time. In Bozeman, he jumped a personal-best six feet in the high jump to earn fourth. He nicked the bar with his heel twice at 6-2, which ended up being the winning height. As the final leg on Bigfork’s long relay team, Josh ran a personal best to capture third place.Josh on preparing to compete at the state meet:“I was very nervous. So I just ran. That’s how you got to do it: not think about it.”MORE STARS:Austin Gordon (Bigfork)Logan Morley (Bigfork)Chance Kittle (Bigfork)Mattison Mcanally (Bigfork)Jace Kalbfleisch (Whitefish)Gage Smith (Whitefish)Luke May (Whitefish)Sarah Latcham (Whitefish) TRACKMarlow SchulzCLASS: JuniorSCHOOL: WhitefishAWARDS: Class A state champion in the 100, 200 & 400. Member on the second place short relay & fifth place long relayThe hanger in Marlow’s room that holds her track medals is bearing a lot of weight these days. The fleet-footed junior defended her three sprint titles in a dominating sequel at this year’s state meet in Laurel. She won the 100 in 12.66 seconds; the 200 in 25.16; and the 400 in 56.13, which broke the 1978 Class A record by almost a second and ranks as one of the fastest times in state history, according to the Montana High School Association. She also ran on the second-place short relay team and the fifth-place long relay team. In three seasons, Marlow has piled up 14 top-five medals from state, including nine golds. She also owns three records at the prestigious Archie Roe Invitational meet and four school records. She only lost one race this season, placing second to the eventual AA state runner-up in the 200.Marlow on breaking three meet records at the Archie Roe Invitational:“I’ve been going to Archie Roe forever, as long as I can remember. I’ve seen so many amazing people compete there, so it’s cool to be in those records books. It’s what I’ve dreamed of my whole life.”center_img TENNISKatya KulikovaCLASS: SeniorSCHOOL: GlacierAWARDS: Class AA singles state runner-upKatya crafted a masterful career on the tennis court these past few seasons. She lost only three matches out of 47 as a singles player at Glacier. She also helped the program win the girls championship in 2011 and earn second place the last two years. She finished her prep career against a familiar foe: Molly Crum from Great Falls. During her undefeated run last spring, Katya defeated Crum for the singles championship. This season, the Wolfpack senior beat Crum for the divisional title, but Crum turned the tables at state and unseated Katya for the championship. Now she’s off to New York University where she plans to continue competing.Katya on being part of a team insteadof focusing on individual competition:“I always like playing on a team because it’s not only about yourself and it motivates you to play better.”MORE STARS:Spencer Johnson (Glacier)Britt Walton (Glacier)Seth Roessmann (Bigfork)Adam Jordt (Bigfork)Isaac Martel (Bigfork) TRACKKwyn JohnsonCLASS: SeniorSCHOOL: FlatheadAWARDS: Class AA state champion triple jump & sixth-place long relayIt came down to her final jump. Kwyn was trailing cross-town competitor Leah Cook at the state meet with only one triple jump attempt left in her illustrious high school career. The state record-holder rose to the occasion. Kwyn landed 37-feet, 10 inches — the best mark all season statewide — to claim her second consecutive championship and cap a remarkable prep career in dramatic fashion. The future Arizona State Sun Devil graduates from Flathead as one of the school’s best athletes in recent years. Last spring she broke the Class AA state record in the triple jump with a mark of 38-4.75. In volleyball, she was all-state on the runner-up Bravettes team last fall. Now she’s on her way to Phoenix where she’ll be spiking in the Pac-12.Kwyn on the moments before her final jump in high school:“Honestly I was just praying the whole time, ‘This is the last triple jump I’ll ever take in my life. Make it count.’ And it worked.”MORE STARS:Iaian Cameron (Whitefish)Keaton Grove (Whitefish)Sean Foley (Whitefish)Megan Russell (Flathead)Janae Moon (Flathead)Dillon Thomas (Flathead)Matt Quist (Flathead)Cylan Creek (Flathead) TRACKTroy FraleyCLASS: SeniorSCHOOL: GlacierAWARDS: Class AA state runner-up 1,600 & 3,200Troy’s running times were worthy of championships. He just had bad timing. Glacier’s greatest distance runner competed alongside two of the state’s all-time greats, Flathead’s Zach Perrin and Hellgate’s Adam Peterman. Yet the achievements of Troy’s two close friends don’t overshadow his own. When Zach ran the fastest 3,200 ever inside Montana, Troy clocked the second fastest, 9:12. When Adam broke the all-class record, he had Troy on his heels, only eight seconds behind. In the 1,600, Troy ran a personal-best 4:17.22 to edge Adam for second place. Last winter, the Gonzaga University recruit earned 18th at Foot Locker Cross Country Nationals. In other words, gold medal or not, Troy is among the all-time greats, too.Troy on competing against his friends, Flathead’s Zach Perrin and Hellgate’s Adam Peterman:“I like Zach and Adam so much that I don’t care who wins. Obviously at state I care, but during the season I just want us to run as fast as we can and get in the record books.”MORE STARS:Evan Epperly (Glacier)Tessa Krueger (Glacier)Anna Deleray (Glacier)Leah Cook (Glacier)Samantha Mundel (Columbia Falls)Haley Belgarde (Columbia Falls)Andrea Getts (Columbia Falls)Nakia Alexander (Columbia Falls) TRACKMatthew TokarzCLASS: SeniorSCHOOL: FlatheadAWARDS: Class AA state champion long jump & triple jumpTwo years ago, Dan Hodge, Flathead’s longtime Hall of Fame coach, saw potential in Matthew even though the young man had never competed in track before. Matthew proved Hodge right. He ascended to the top of the ranks and broke both the AA and the all-class state records in the triple jump at the championship meet in Bozeman. He leaped 48-feet, nine and a half inches, shattering Gary Minor’s 1972 AA record of 47-6 and surpassing Harry Clark’s 1983 all-class mark, 48-2. Tokarz also brought home a state title in the long jump, leaping 22-7.75, the best mark all season across Montana and only seven inches off the 1980 AA record. The three-sport letterman signed to play football at Montana Tech next year.Matthew on competing at the state meet and breaking two longstanding records:“My mom kept telling me to believe in myself and I did. And I went out there and put on a show.” Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox. Email TENNISKellen BatesCLASS: SeniorSCHOOL: GlacierAWARDS: Class AA singles state championHeavy is the head that wears the crown. Ever since he surfaced as a tennis prodigy four years ago, steamrolling opponents en route to a state title as a freshman, Kellen has had a target on his back. Yet the curly-haired lefty handled the pressure gracefully. During his first three seasons, he went undefeated in 49 matches in Montana, dropping only one set out of 98. But his senior year he noticed some unusual tenseness. His trademark skill — a bullet serve that buckled opponents’ knees — lost its zip on occasion. Then he injured his wrist in the weeks before state. The king was never more vulnerable. But Kellen was peerless until the end. The Indiana University recruit defended his title for a fourth and final time, solidifying himself as one of the greatest players in Montana history.Kellen on what’s more satisfying: going undefeated in Montana competition or winning four championships:“They tie in with each other. The undefeated streak just makes the fourth (title) that much sweeter.”MORE STARS:Logan Blades (Whitefish)Sean Janni (Whitefish)Veronica Walton (Glacier)Kailea Vaudt (Glacier)last_img read more

Legends Stadium Upgrades with New Track, Scoreboard

first_imgWhen the state of Montana created its flagship sport — track and field — for high school interscholastic competition in 1904, Flathead County athletes ran on a rugged dirt surface in Kalispell. Over the last 109 years, the dusty track has evolved into a multi-sport facility aptly named Legends Stadium that has helped produce some of the state’s best athletes and achievements that are all rooted in the local arena. The stadium and its track are undergoing the latest upgrade this summer.Beginning in two weeks, a new larger scoreboard featuring a video message center will be installed inside the Kalispell stadium. The structure will be in the same location as the current one, but with larger and advanced display capabilities, including a color screen that can show short clips of video and live statistics during events like track meets.After the installation of the scoreboard, crews will tear up the black track, which is showing significant wear and tear, and replace the entire surface. Both projects are expected to be completed by the time school is back in session in late August, according to Mark Dennehy, activities director at Glacier High.Dennehy has been leading the changes at Legends Stadium with the help of Flathead Activities Director Bryce Wilson and others, including both schools’ booster clubs, which are pitching in funds for the projects.The overall cost for the scoreboard is roughly $60,000 and the installation of the new track is $130,000, Dennehy said.The improvements are being paid for up front by the school district’s athletic contingency fund, which will be reimbursed by long-term advertising and funds from the booster clubs, according to Dennehy.Both upgrades have been talked about for years, but significant upcoming events helped spur them along, Dennehy said.Legends Stadium is hosting the Western AA divisional track meet next spring, which will attract seven schools and hundreds of athletes. In the spring of 2015, Legends is hosting the state track meets for roughly 60 teams in Class AA and B.Kalispell hosted its first state track meet in 2009 for AA and B and attracted almost 1,000 athletes and 5,000 spectators. The track surface was last replaced 13 years ago, and the typical replacement cycle is every 10 years, Dennehy said. The new scoreboard will feature a 4-by-11 foot message center, which is a trimmed down version of a previously proposed upgrade. Three years ago, a Flathead alumnus proposed installing a scoreboard with a 16-by-24 foot LED screen. The ambitious project never materialized, but school administrators still saw a need and opportunity for an improved scoreboard.“This is something that will meet our needs and improve that fan experience,” Dennehy said. Email Legends Stadium has evolved significantly over the last century. The latest advancements came in 2004, when the Flathead High School Trustees voted to change the name of Rawson Field to Legends Stadium. Usage of the facility has increased substantially since then. The stadium, tucked in a residential neighborhood a few blocks from Flathead High, remains the school’s main site for activities. When Glacier High opened in 2007 the school’s athletics teams began sharing the site, too. Glacier’s varsity football team still uses the field along with Flathead on Friday nights. Youth programs like the Highlander Track Club also use the stadium for events.Glacier has begun hosting small meets at its own track, but the facility remains largely undeveloped. Dennehy said there are no plans to develop the athletic complex at Glacier in the near future, although temporary seating could be added and would be available to transport to Legends for large events. Another prospect for the future is an improvement of the football field in Legends. The current field has weathered decades of use and it often shows. Other concerns arise during the late fall when weather can turn large sections of grass into mud, the latest example arising last season when Glacier hosted a playoff game.“The crown on the field is pretty torn out,” Dennehy said.School administrators are keeping all options up for consideration, including the possibility of installing turf, similar to the facility in Ronan. But the cost estimates remain out of reach at this time, Dennehy said.Together, the upgrades in Legends Stadium provide much needed maintenance for a popular and important site that the community can take pride in, Dennehy said.“It was time to take another step and get some things done,” he said. “I think people are really excited.” Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox. The track and scoreboard inside Legends Stadium in Kalispell are being upgraded this summer. – Lido Vizzutti | Flathead Beaconlast_img read more

Progress Continues on Rail Park, Downtown Redevelopment

first_imgFour years ago, when local officials came to the Kalispell Chamber of Commerce’s monthly luncheon to talk about the efforts to remove the train tracks and redevelop the community’s core, the presentation had to be delayed.It was delayed, because a half-mile long freight train was gumming up traffic in downtown Kalispell.On June 21, local officials returned with an update on the effort that has made strides in recent months since receiving a $10 million TIGER grant from the federal government. During the chamber luncheon, local officials laid out a timeline for when construction of the rail park and downtown trail would begin. Officials with the Kalispell Center Mall also announced that Herberger’s would be doubling in size to 80,000 square feet.Tom Jentz, planning and building director for the Kalispell, pointed to the Herberger’s announcement as a reason why the city has backed the redevelopment effort for so long.“This is what the project is all about,” he told chamber members gathered at the Kalispell Red Lion Inn. “This will grow our core area and grow our downtown.”“This the most exciting project to happen in Kalispell in 100 years,” Jentz added.The Flathead County Economic Development Authority and the City of Kalispell are spearheading the project.An environmental assessment of the future rail park site off Whitefish Stage Road is currently being completed and Jentz is hopeful it will be done by fall. Jentz said construction of the 40-acre Glacier Rail Park could begin in early 2017. When complete it will feature shovel-ready sites with rail access for commercial businesses. The rail park will also have a team track, where local businesses can temporarily rent track space to load and unload freight cars. The rail park will be served by the Mission Mountain Railroad, which connects with BNSF Railway’s main line to Seattle and Chicago in Columbia Falls.The first business to claim a spot at the future rail park is CHS Kalispell, which currently operates a grain elevator along the tracks near downtown. CHS General Manager Mark Lalum told luncheon attendees that they hope to begin construction on their new facility in the middle of 2017 and move the business there the following year.Once CHS’ operation is moved, the tracks could be ripped up, possibly as early as the fall of 2018.Jentz said interest in Kalispell’s core has grown rapidly since the city got the TIGER grant. He said the city gets one or two requests a month from national developers looking for information on starting residential, commercial or retail projects in Kalispell.“There are a whole gamut of developers looking at projects in the core area,” he said. “It’s an exciting time for Kalispell.” Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox. Emaillast_img read more

Lending a Hand to Students in Need

first_img Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox. A website that helps students in need obtain school supplies, clothing and other necessities to succeed in class is expanding to the Flathead.Great Falls-based MyStudentInNeed.org recently established a partnership with Kalispell School District 5, and Executive Director Kim Wombolt said it’s already helping kids in need here. Teachers can log on to the website and request items on behalf of a student.“Teachers are on the front line,” Wombolt said. “They know when students need shoes or even a whole wardrobe.”Members of the public can browse the needs of each student by school and support the projects they want. For example, last week, a high school student at the Linderman Education Center needed a futon because she is living on her own and doesn’t have a place to sleep and study. At Hedges Elementary, a young boy needed a new pair of winter boots. The identity of the child is never revealed publicly or to the donor.“These kids can get help, all the while maintaining their dignity,” Wombolt said.Donors can either give gift cards to cover the cost of the item or donate a used item, so long as it’s still in good condition.MyStudentInNeed.org began in 2013 as a spinoff of MyNeighborInNeed.org, a local Great Falls charity site. The charity started with a few schools in the Great Falls area and within three years expanded to more than 70 across Montana. This fall, its number of partner school districts has skyrocketed, and as of this month, there are 130 schools working with the site.School District 5 Family/Student Advocate Nichole Heyer worked with Wombolt to bring the idea to Kalispell. Heyer said she likes the program because everything goes to the children (Wombolt said the website accepts other donations/grants to help cover administrative costs).“I can’t believe something like this hasn’t been done before,” Heyer said. “It just makes so much sense.”In the first few years, the website has helped about 500 students annually. Wombolt said she is hoping to help 750-1,000 children this coming school year.Wombolt said her organization fills just about any need, including beds, clothing, shoes, coats, winter boots, hats, musical instruments, backpacks, food, sports equipment and more.For more information visit www.mystudentinneed.org or call (406) 750-2542. Emaillast_img read more

Texas Oilman Challenges Cancellation of Badger-Two Medicine Lease

first_imgA prominent Texas oilman has filed a lawsuit against the federal government alleging it illegally canceled his oil and gas lease in the Badger-Two Medicine region near Glacier National Park and is seeking to reinstate his right to extract mineral resources in an area considered culturally sacred by the Blackfeet Tribe.The lawsuit, filed April 3 in U.S. District Court in the District of Columbia, names as plaintiff the billionaire oilman W.A. Moncrief Jr., president of one of the nation’s largest family-owned oil and gas businesses. It names as defendants the U.S. Department of the Interior and Jamie Connell, state director of the Montana-Dakotas Office of the Bureau of Land Management.The legal dispute comes on the heels of the Obama administration’s historic decision in January to cancel the final two remaining leases on the Badger-Two Medicine, marking a hard-fought victory for members of the Blackfeet Nation who have worked to jettison a host of energy leases from their sacred homeland for three decades.In November, former Interior Secretary Sally Jewell announced that Devon Energy had voluntarily agreed to the cancellation of its 15 leases in the Badger-Two Medicine region, while another company, Solenex LLC, is fighting the Interior’s earlier cancellation of its leases in the same area.The Solenex lawsuit has been fully briefed and awaits a decision by U.S. District Judge Richard Leon, who will also consider the Moncrief case, the legal argument for which dovetails with that made by Solenex.Moncrief contends that the Interior Department canceled its lease suddenly and without “giving Moncrief an opportunity to contest the lease cancellation and protect its property rights,” according to the lawsuit. It says no advance notice was given to the company.In canceling the lease, the Interior Department said it was improperly issued and that surface-disturbing activities are incompatible with the natural and cultural resources that define the Badger-Two Medicine area.However, Moncrief said the Blackfeet Tribe has a prior history of oil and gas drilling activities in the area that are out of step with claims that the area is culturally sacred.According to Blackfeet Tribal Business Council Chairman Harry Barnes, the tribe made every effort to offer Moncrief compensation for the lease cancellation, but the company “declined myriad offers … to negotiate a solution.”He said the tribe has never sought to industrialize the Badger-Two Medicine, and that while the Blackfeet Nation is not against oil and gas development, “we have always been and will always be against oil and gas development in our most sacred places.”“[Moncrief] refused to join the vast majority of companies who exited the Badger-Two Medicine on good terms and they forced cancellation as a last resort by their aggressive litigation and refusal to consult and cooperate,” Barnes said. “They have taken a radical position, and so have forced an outcome no one wanted.”The Badger-Two Medicine area encompasses roughly 130,000 acres and is bordered by Glacier National Park, the Bob Marshall Wilderness area and the Blackfeet Indian Reservation. It is considered a critical ecological corridor as well as the birthplace of Blackfeet creation stories.Located on public land set in the Lewis and Clark National Forest, the area was leased for natural resource extraction amid controversy and without tribal consultation in the early 1980s.The tribe has been fighting to have the leases relinquished ever since.Barnes said that for Moncrief to suggest that the lease cancellation was a last-minute decision is “preposterous.”“The leases have been strongly contested for more than three decades,” Barnes said. “During that time, companies have been offered tax credits, cash offers, land swaps, leases in other areas, and, in the cases of Mr. Moncrief, even pre-drilled wells in other portions of the Blackfeet Reservation.”As the cases make their way through the federal court, a new administration has changed the makeup of the Interior Department at the center of the lawsuit, worrying conservation leaders who have worked in concert with the Blackfeet to terminate the leases.Aurora Janke, an attorney with EarthJustice representing a coalition of environmental groups, said she hopes the new administration and Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, a native of Whitefish, will stand by the lease cancellations.“We are hopeful that Secretary Zinke will defend this action because it is a very important action,” Janke said. Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox. Emaillast_img read more

Martin City Man Pleads Not Guilty to Murder

first_img Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox. A 47-year-old Martin City man pleaded not guilty to a charge of felony deliberate homicide in Flathead County District Court on May 31.James William Quen appeared at an arraignment before Judge Heidi Ulbricht, a month after he was arrested following the shooting death of 33-year-old Bradley Allen Winters. Quen is expected to stand trial in September.If convicted, he could face up to life in prison.The arraignment came two days after Quen’s attorneys, public defenders Alisha Backus and Greg Rapkoch, filed a notice of affirmative defense informing the judge that they would argue Quen shot Winters in self-defense.According to Flathead County Sheriff Chuck Curry and court documents, deputies responded to the scene of a shooting in Hungry Horse at about 11:40 p.m. on April 25. When they arrived they found Winters dead from a single gunshot wound. The initial investigation revealed that there had been an altercation over money and clothing outside Winters’ home and at some point Quen reportedly took out a gun. Quen allegedly fired the gun multiple times, hitting Winters once in the chest.Sheriff’s deputies apprehended Quen at his Martin City home about an hour after the shooting.Quen remains incarcerated at the Flathead County Detention Center. He is expected to appear in court again on June 21 for a bail reduction hearing. Emaillast_img read more

Veteran Scribe Details Montana’s Political Landscape in New Book

first_img Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox. Email Anyone looking for a detailed map of Montana’s political landscape covering the past 30 years would be hard pressed to find a better cartographer than Mike Dennison.A veteran political reporter whose 38-year career has spanned numerous news organizations, Dennison has enjoyed a front-row seat to the Treasure State’s shifting political sands, which he’s detailed in his new book, “Inside Montana Politics: A Reporter’s View from the Trenches.”Currently the chief political reporter at MTN News, Dennison, a 1981 graduate of the University of Montana School of Journalism, cut his teeth as a reporter for the Great Falls Tribune, as well as at wire services in Helena, Colorado and Seattle before beginning his immersion in the state’s political waters in 1992, when he became the Tribune’s political bureau chief. It was a one-man bureau, which gave Dennison latitude in how he crafted his coverage.“It was really a cool job because you could write your own ticket. I liked it because I wanted to do a different type of coverage than just going to meetings and covering events. I wanted to be more active and initiatory in determining what are the issues, what’s important and what’s not being told here,” Dennison told the Beacon. “A lot of the coverage in the state was what I would call reactionary coverage, and I wanted to take some real initiative.”The cover of Montana journalist Mike Dennison’s new book, “Inside Montana Politics: A Reporter’s View from the Trenches.” Courtesy image.That initiative led Dennison to break some of the major stories of the time, a streak he’s continued throughout his career, covering Govs. Marc Racicot, Judy Martz and Brian Schweitzer, as well as U.S. Sens. Conrad Burns, Max Baucus and Jon Tester.In addition to the political figures that figured prominently in his daily coverage, he also broke stories about influential events, most notably the demise of the electric utility Montana Power Company, the 1991 Montana State Prison riots and the exoneration of Cody Marble, a man wrongfully convicted of rape as a teenager.While Dennison continues to cover political goings-on in the state with gusto, he says he focused on those seminal moments in history because they helped define a course of Montana history while charting his own career, which led him to report alongside Chuck Johnson at Lee Enterprises’ political bureau before taking his current assignment in television.When he began working on the book about nine years ago, Dennison’s “aim was to choose the top political figures and events in my career,” he said. “ I chose people who were influential, some of them prominent and some not, as well as events like Montana Power and Cody Marble.”One current that runs throughout the book and Dennison’s career is his dedication to fairness, both in his coverage and his news-gathering process, which has helped him earn and maintain a high degree of credibility few other Montana bylines command.“One of the main things that I feel has helped is that when I’m dealing with sources and the people I cover, I am totally honest about what I am doing, where the story is going, who I’m talking to, what they’re saying, and that kind of disarms people,” Dennison said. “I’ve found that’s a great tactic, because even when you break a controversial story, people trust you.”Dennison will appear Oct. 19 at 4 p.m. at Kalispell Brewing Co. to discuss his book, answer questions, and sell and sign copies.last_img read more

New City Governments Take Shape in Flathead Valley

first_img Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox. Email Despite low turnout in the all-mail election that took place Nov. 5 in the Flathead Valley, voters tapped leaders to fill seats on city councils in Kalispell, Whitefish and Columbia Falls, with growth, development and affordability topping the list of prominent issues for successful candidates in all three municipalities.In Kalispell’s only contested city council race, challenger Ryan Hunter unseated incumbent Rod Kuntz for the Ward 3 seat.Hunter received 459 votes to Kuntz’s 328 votes. Kuntz had held the council seat since 2014.“I think Rod, my opponent, ran a strong race,” Hunter said. “I have a lot of respect for him and the service he provided when he was on the council and the tough race that he ran.”One of Hunter’s first priorities is to repeal a motor vehicle lodging ordinance that the council narrowly approved this September. The controversial ordinance allows law enforcement to investigate and issue civil infractions to individuals sleeping in their vehicles on Kalispell’s city streets.Hunter’s campaign focused heavily on affordable housing, and he wants to work with the council to develop a community-needs assessment plan to identify gaps between income and housing prices.“It was an essential focus of my campaign,” Hunter said. “A lot of voters responded to it and recognized the need.”His other priorities include improving bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure, which the city is currently working on.“I want to follow up on the completion of that and look for ways the city can work toward building out that infrastructure,” he said.In Kalispell’s Ward 1, incumbent Kari S. Gabriel ran unopposed and received 573 votes. In Ward 2, Sam Nunnally ran unopposed, winning 737 votes. Sid Daoud of Ward 4 ran unopposed, earning 336 votes.In Whitefish, voters were faced with a slate of five candidates vying for three council seats, while Mayor John Muhlfeld saw no challengers in a successful third-term bid, drawing 1,227 votes.Frank Sweeney, the lone incumbent, won a third term after garnering 929 votes, while newcomers Steve Qunell and Rebecca Norton settled in for their inaugural terms on council, drawing 883 votes and 793 votes, respectively.One immediate issue every candidate identified as having gained urgency in Whitefish is growth, with the post-recession boom driving development to a degree that’s testing the boundaries that defined previous boom years.“We have been through these booms before, and we have managed them, but given the size to which we have grown we are seeing even bigger developments, and trying to accommodate them has been brutal,” said Sweeney, an incumbent serving on council since 2009, when he was appointed to an empty seat (he was elected in 2011 and again in 2015). “Our infrastructure has really been stretched pretty far, from traffic to roads to water capacity, and our biggest problem right now is how we manage that development and integrate it. Integration is key.”Qunell and Norton both have experience in local government, with Qunell serving as chairman of the Whitefish Planning Board, as well as on the Board of Adjustments and Lakeshore Protection Committee.Norton has also served on the planning board, and cut her teeth in local government serving on the tree committee, which remains a point of pride as she boasts of Whitefish’s urban forest of 7,400 trees.In Columbia Falls, city councilors Darin Fisher, John Piper and Doug Karper all survived their bids for reelection, despite facing challengers in the form of Clay Lundgren and Steve Hughes. Piper skated to victory with 525 votes, while Fisher won with 504 votes and Karper, who has served on council for more than two decades, drew 472 votes.The candidates will grapple with growth and the prospect of a resort tax, which could provide an extra funding source to help steer grown and alleviate property taxes. An advisory committee is currently working to formulate the proposal, which would be forwarded to council, likely early next year, and then move on to a public vote.Of the 23,647 Flathead County residents eligible to vote, just 4,797 voters cast ballots in the nonpartisan municipal election, for a voter turnout of 20.29 percent.last_img read more

Over 350 procedures cancelled at LUH over the past two years

first_imgHomepage BannerNews Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Over 350 procedures cancelled at LUH over the past two years Facebook 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic By admin – January 27, 2016 Pinterest 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Letterkenny University Hospital had the second highest number of hospital cancellations for elective surgical procedures across the entire Saolta Group over the past two years.Resoponding to a Dail question from Donegal Deputy Pearse Doherty, Health Minister Leo Varadkar confirmed that a total of 351 scheduled procedures or non-urgent surgeries were cancelled by Letterkenny hospital in 2014 and 2015.Of the six hospitals in the group, only Galway University Hospital cancelled a greater number of surgeries. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest Previous articleDonegal County Council to develop a smartphone appNext articlePringle expresses concern for the future of three community hospitals in Donegal admin center_img Facebook Google+ WhatsApp WhatsApp Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Google+ Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Twitter Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Twitterlast_img read more

IPU backs sacked Carrigan’s postmistress

first_img Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Pinterest Pregnant women can receive Covid vaccine at LYIT’s vaccination centre Previous articleTrust sorry for housing paedophile brothers with other patientsNext articleOnly two Dail/Seanad members attend Letterkenny hospital meeting News Highland RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ WhatsApp Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Twitter Twitter Lárionad Acmhainní Nádúrtha CTR to take part in new research project center_img Facebook By News Highland – July 30, 2010 LUH still not ready to restore IT systems WhatsApp Newsx Adverts Facebook Pinterest IPU backs sacked Carrigan’s postmistress Google+ The Irish Post Masters union has joined calls for An Post to reverse its decision to terminate the contract of Bernie Moore as postmistress of Carrigan’s post office.Ms Moore was sacked from her position with An Post claiming this was for not following security procedures during an armed robbery in February of last year.There has been strong reaction in the local community to the decision.The IPU says that Security Audits of her office have shown some minor deficiencies.But spokesperson John Kane says that while these are to be regretted and may even warrant some reprimand, they cannot be used to justify retrospectively an earlier decision to terminate her contract:[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/johnkaneIPUmp3.mp3[/podcast]last_img read more

Donegal County Councillors claim almost €900,000 in expenses last year

first_img Twitter The twenty-nine members of Donegal County Councillors claimed almost €900,000 in expenses last year, new figures have revealed.Donegal County Councillors claimed a total of €220,000 under their monthly allowance payments – all of which is tax-free- during 2010.The councillor who claimed the most money was former Mayor and Fianna Fail councillor Brendan Byrne from Carrick who claimed a total of €57,976 including €3,245 on foreign travel.The councillor who claimed the least amount of expenses last year was Labours Frank McBrearty from Raphoe who was paid €22,055.That figure is made up of €5,331 through the monthly allowance and a further €16,724 in representational payments which is received by all councillors.Current Lord Mayor, Cllr Cora Harvey of Sinn Fein, claimed a total of €45,198 including her Cathaoirleach’s allowance of €20,959.Newly elected TD’s Thomas Pringle, Padraig MacLochlainn and Charlie McConalogue claimed €32,124, €38,728 and €32,043. Newly elected Senator Jimmy Harte recieved €24,553.Six councillors including Thomas Pringle, Dessie Larkin, Ciaran Brogan, Padraig Maclochlainn and Noel McBride all received a further €6,000 each as members of the strategic policy committee.In total members claimed €866,645 in expenses for 2010. By News Highland – May 6, 2011 Facebook Pinterest Donegal retains 14 Blue Flags, Lisfannon is not restored Andrew McGinley says his children are getting him through life Twitter Pinterest WhatsApp Facebook LUH still not ready to restore IT systems center_img Gardai investigate deaths of two horses on the N56 Donegal County Councillors claim almost €900,000 in expenses last year News RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ WhatsApp Lárionad Acmhainní Nádúrtha CTR to take part in new research project Pregnant women can receive Covid vaccine at LYIT’s vaccination centre Google+ Previous articleHSA tells court man’s death could have been avoided if pin had of been fitted on diggerNext articleSoccer – Finn Harps v Wexford Youths News Highland last_img read more

Donegal All-County League Results 16/06/19

first_img Twitter Publicans in Republic watching closely as North reopens further Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Google+ News Facebook WhatsApp By admin – June 16, 2019 Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA center_img Renewed calls for full-time Garda in Kilmacrennan WhatsApp Pinterest Facebook Division 1:Cloughaneely 2-07 v 2-12 BundoranSt. Eunan’s 3-14 v 2-09 Gaoth DobhairGlenswilly 2-11 v 0-11 MilfordNaomh Conaill 2-13 v 1-09 Sean MacCumhaillKilcar 0-15 v 1-11 St. Michael’sDivision 2:Glenfin 2-15 v 2-09 BuncranaTermon 2-13 v 2-09 Four MastersDungloe 2-15 v 3-07 Aodh Ruadh BSNaomh Columba 1-05 v 4-16 ArdaraDivision 3:Convoy 0-13 v 0-06 Naomh UltanMalin 1-16 v 1-11 DowningsNaomh Muire LR 1-11 v 1-14 Red HughsDivision 4:Carndonagh 3-11 v 1-10 PettigoMoville 4-10 v 3-09 Naomh Pádraig, MuffNa Rossa 3-11 v 2-10 Naomh Pádraig, LiffordRobert Emmets 1-10 v 4-10 Urris Previous articleUlster Final Preview – The Managers Declan Bonner & Mickey GrahamNext articleUlster Final Preview – The McHugh View on the battle for the Anglo-Celt Cup admin Google+ Community Enhancement Programme open for applications Donegal All-County League Results 16/06/19 Pinterestlast_img read more

Businesses being urged to improve security after Letterkenny and Laghey break-ins

first_img WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Businesses being urged to improve security after Letterkenny and Laghey break-ins Google+ News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Pinterest Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Pinterest Harps come back to win in Waterford Twitter Google+center_img Gardai are urging business people to review their security systems following a break-in at Kernan’s Filling Station at Tullygay near New Mills on the outskirts of Letterkenny.A quantity of cash was taken, along with a number of other items.Access was gained through the roof, in what gardai believe was a well planned operation, which involved removing the CCTV system.Gardai are also looking at whether this incident is linked to a break in six days earlier in Laghey.Crime Prevention officer Sergeant Wallace says both these incidents point to the need for better security in all businesses.He says both incidents bore striking similarities…………Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/pw.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Twitter Homepage BannerNews Previous articlePeter Canavan urging fixture changes ahead of All Ireland Ladies FinalNext articleA6 gets the go ahead after environmentalist loses appeal News Highland WhatsApp DL Debate – 24/05/21 By News Highland – September 19, 2017 Facebook Facebook Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic last_img read more

Searches being carried out of River Foyle, Derry after male seen entering water

first_img DL Debate – 24/05/21 Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Homepage BannerNews News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Twitter By News Highland – October 13, 2017 Previous articleJoe Dunleavy to make competitive pro rugby debut against ScarletsNext articleDerry City beat Harps in Buncrana derby News Highland WhatsApp Searches being carried out of River Foyle, Derry after male seen entering water Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Pinterest Twittercenter_img Facebook WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Google+ Google+ Searches are being carried out in the area of the River Foyle in Derry.It is understood a male entered the water earlier today.Police say they are working closely with other emergency services, Foyle Search and Rescue and other partners. Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Pinterest Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programmelast_img read more

Poor broadband in Donegal more prevalent than ever

first_img Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme DL Debate – 24/05/21 News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Facebook Google+ Poor broadband in Donegal more prevalent than ever Facebook Twitter Pinterest Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img Pinterest Google+ Previous articleHarps on track to sign striker againNext articlePringle calls for more authority for Ombudsman for Children News Highland AudioHomepage BannerNews By News Highland – February 4, 2021 Twitter A Donegal County Councillor believes quality broadband is now a basic need and is just as important as electricity. The issue of poor connectivity, particularly in rural parts of Donegal is said to be more prevalent than ever with lockdown, a big increase in people now working from home and online learning for children.Cllr Michael Cholm MacGiolla Easbuig says the Government should have used resources closer to home in the first place for the roll out of The National Broadband Plan:Audio Playerhttps://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/michbroadband.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. WhatsApp WhatsApp Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA last_img read more

Hopes for bumper tourism summer season in Donegal

first_img Facebook Pinterest WhatsApp AudioHomepage BannerNews Hopes for bumper tourism summer season in Donegal The Donegal Chair of the Irish Hotel’s Federation believes there’s every reason to be optimistic that Donegal will have a good tourism season in the latter half of the summer. Last summer saw a big draw towards staycations with the county reaping the benefits of people holidaying at home.Donegal Chair of IHF Paul Diver says a serious conversation needs to be had on local tourism when the time is right.With Donegal heavily reliant on tourists from Northern Ireland, Mr. Diver says it’s important the Republic catches up on the vaccine rollout:Audio Playerhttps://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/diver1pm.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Google+ Pinterest Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Previous articleDonegal gets big share in road improvements fundingNext articleTractor driver fails roadside drug test in south Donegal News Highland WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic DL Debate – 24/05/21 By News Highland – February 15, 2021 Twitterlast_img read more

Driver clocked speeding at 137kph on Letterkenny to Derry road

first_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR A novice driver has been caught speeding at 137kph on the main Letterkenny to Derry road.The Buncrana Road Policing Unit clocked the motorist driving at a speed of 137kph in a 100 zone on Saturday night in what Gardai have described as ‘foggy conditions’.The driver is due to appear before the courts in the coming weeks.A Garda Spokesperson also appealed to drivers to take care on the roads this time of year:‘Please be careful on the roads. Road conditions from this time of the year onwards can be unpredictable. Please use the fog lights on your car in foggy conditions and most importantly…..adhere to the speed limit’ DL Debate – 24/05/21 Facebook By News Highland – November 11, 2019 Twitter Twitter Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Driver clocked speeding at 137kph on Letterkenny to Derry road Pinterest Facebook Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic center_img WhatsApp Google+ Previous articleWoman’s purse snatched in weekend burglaryNext articleTwo Donegal schools chosen to participate in new Irish project News Highland Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Google+ Homepage BannerNews Pinterest WhatsApp Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th last_img read more

Calls for use of vacant hospitals & schools in Tyrone

first_img Facebook News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Calls for use of vacant hospitals & schools in Tyrone AudioHomepage BannerNews Twitter Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Pinterest WhatsApp Previous articleSearch on-going after jeep stolen from Falcarragh holiday homeNext articleGardai launch major operation ahead of Easter Bank Holiday News Highland Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Facebook Twittercenter_img Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Google+ A West Tyrone MLA says vacant hospitals and schools in the area could be used in the fight against Covid-19, either as Field Hospitals or test centres.Daniel Mc Crossan has written the Health Minister Robin Swann, saying there are effectively two empty hospitals in Omagh, while there is a former Grammar School in Strabane which could also be adapted.Mr Mc Crossan says at a time when every section of society is under pressure as a result of Coronavirus, it’s important that all available resources are fully used:Audio Playerhttps://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/danmdfgdfgdfgcc1pm.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest WhatsApp Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Google+ DL Debate – 24/05/21 By News Highland – April 8, 2020 last_img read more

Police arrest 24 year old man in connection with sudden death of 19 year…

first_img Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Google+ By News Highland – August 20, 2017 Police arrest 24 year old man in connection with sudden death of 19 year old woman in Omagh WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Homepage BannerNews DL Debate – 24/05/21 Pinterest Twitter Pinterestcenter_img Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Google+ Facebook Police in Omagh have arrested a 24 year-old male in connection with an investigation into the sudden death of a 19 year-old woman yesterday afternoon.The man has been arrested on suspicion of possession of Class A and B controlled drugs and also supplying and being concerned in the supply of Class A and C controlled drugs.Police say he is currently helping with enquiries into the sudden death of a 19 year-old woman yesterday afternoon in the Meelmore Drive area of omagh.Detective Constable Una McKenna says: “We know drugs are a real concern for local communities and we understand the misery they can cause to communities, families and to those who get involved in taking them.”“We will continue to disrupt and arrest those involved in the sale and supply of drugs, bring individuals before the courts and work with communities and partner agencies to reduce the threat of harmful and illegal activity.”Anyone with any information is asked to contact Police in Omagh on the non-emergency number 101. Facebook Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th WhatsApp Previous articleInishowen Football League – Sunday 20th AugustNext articleKevin Eves on his National Tarmac Championship win News Highland last_img read more

Claims some pubs plan to open on June 29th

first_img By News Highland – May 14, 2020 Pinterest Homepage BannerNews Claims some pubs plan to open on June 29th Pinterest Google+ Twitter Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Facebook Facebook WhatsAppcenter_img Previous articleContractor appointed for major road project in west DonegalNext articleChildcare plan for healthcare workers scrapped News Highland Twitter Some publicans are planning to open on June 29th – six weeks ahead of schedule. Many bars that have a restaurant are hoping to get back in business on the earlier date, according to the Irish Daily Mirror.Restaurants are allowed open at the end of June, while pubs have to stay closed until August 10th.But some are set to take advantage of the ‘loophole’ to beat the restrictions. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Community Enhancement Programme open for applications WhatsApp Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Google+last_img read more

Donegal men refused bail in Sydney

first_img Twitter WhatsApp Previous articleCautious welcome over Housing Ministers impending visit to DonegalNext articleLUH experiencing huge volume of people awaiting admission News Highland Facebook WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR By News Highland – January 9, 2019 Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Facebook Google+ AudioHomepage BannerNewscenter_img Pinterest Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Twitter Community Enhancement Programme open for applications Google+ Pinterest Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Donegal men refused bail in Sydney Nathan Kelly and Christopher McLaughlinTwo Donegal men will appear before court in Sydney, Australia in March after being remanded in custody charged with murder.The pair had been charged with grievous bodily harm, over the incident in December.However, the charge was upgraded after the 66 year old victim of the alleged assault died of his injuries on Monday.24 year old Christopher Mc Laughlin from Malin and 21 year old Nathan Kelly from Glengad appeared via video link at Burnwood Local Court in Sydney.Crime Reporter with The Daily Telegraph Australia, Nick Hanson spoke on today’s Nine Til Noon Show.Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/jourbnvhmbnmbnmnosydney-2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Publicans in Republic watching closely as North reopens furtherlast_img read more

Woman injured during daytime attack in Letterkenny

first_img Twitter Woman injured during daytime attack in Letterkenny Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Homepage BannerNews Twitter WhatsApp A woman has been injured during a daytime attack in Letterkenny. The assault happened on Rosemount Lane on Tuesday last March 16th between 4.30pm and 5.15pmTwo males are wanted in connection with the incident.The woman was walking down Rosemount lane from the Main Street direction when she met two males coming in the opposite direction. The males started to punch her in the stomach and the head.They then took off on foot in the direction from which they had travelled, towards the Pearse Road.The males wore a mask or a balaclava.Gardai say that they have no further description yet but all available CCTV in the area is currently being viewed.The woman managed to make her way home and Gardaí were alerted and medical treatment was sought – she sustained minor injuries.Gardai are anxious to ascertain the identity of those involved in this attack and are appealing to anyone who has any information to come forward.If anyone was travelling along the Pearse road last Tuesday evening between 4pm and 5.30pm and had a dash cam, Gardai would like to hear from them. Anyone with information is being urged to contact Gardai in Letterkenny. Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleGuarded welcome locally to return of visiting in nursing homesNext articleResidential area hit with spate of vandalism News Highland Pinterest Community Enhancement Programme open for applications center_img Google+ Google+ Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic By News Highland – March 23, 2021 Pinterest Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme WhatsApp Facebook Publicans in Republic watching closely as North reopens furtherlast_img read more

Derry’s Debenhams store to close

first_img WhatsApp Pinterest Pinterest Facebook By News Highland – December 1, 2020 Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Google+ Homepage BannerNews Derry’s Debenhams store to close Community Enhancement Programme open for applications Previous articleNew vehicle registrations down 10% in DonegalNext articleCalls for County Development Plan to be varied to deal with wind farms News Highland Google+center_img Twitter Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook WhatsApp The Debenhams store in Derry’s Foyleside is set to close after efforts to rescue the troubled company fell with the collapse of the Arcadia group, which works closely with Debenhams and has small franchise units within the stores.Earlier this year Debenhams closed its stores in the republic, now, they say 12,000 employees are likely to lose their jobs when the chain’s 124 shops across Britain and Northern Ireland cease trading. Twitter Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Publicans in Republic watching closely as North reopens furtherlast_img read more

Donegal man in court over indecent exposure charge

first_img Community Enhancement Programme open for applications WhatsApp By News Highland – September 11, 2019 Pinterest A Donegal man who is a previously convicted sex offender has appeared at Derry Magistrate’s Court, following his arrest in Omagh in the early hours of Monday morning.43 year-old Patrick Gavin Porter from Grange, Inch Island, was arrested in the early hours of Monday morning, and was charged with committing an act of indecent exposure on the Strand Road in Derry in 2016.The 43 year old was placed on the Sex Offender’s Register for seven years in 2011 when he was convicted of committing two indecent exposure offences at the students’ village at the Ulster University, Derry.In September 2014 he was arrested for committing a sex act on the Dublin to Derry express bus and jailed for 14 months.The defendant appeared in court yesterday charged with committing an act of a lewd, disgusting and obscene nature by exposing himself to a woman from a flat window at Strand Road, Derry on September 13th, 2016.He is also charged with failing to comply with the Sex Offender’s Act by not registering with police on September 17th 2016 following his release from prison, as well as failing to notify the police of his intention to travel on the same date.The defendant has been remanded in custody to appear via video link on October 3rd. Donegal man in court over indecent exposure charge Twitter Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Twitter Facebook Google+ Homepage BannerNewscenter_img Google+ Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Publicans in Republic watching closely as North reopens further Pinterest Previous articleDonegal to be represented in major European disability conferenceNext articleBrexit poses biggest threat to marine sector – Cope News Highland Renewed calls for full-time Garda in Kilmacrennanlast_img read more

Mom and baby home after roadside birth

first_img A Mother who gave birth on the roadside was back home with her baby son in time to ring in the new year.Anita Guidera writes in the Irish Independent that Gary McBride delivered his son Harry on the roadside near Kilmacrennan after mum Claire went into unexpected labour on their way to Letterkenny General Hospital.Harry was not due until New Year’s Day but arrived unexpectedly before Christmas and was back home in time to celebrate the start of 2012 at the weekend. Pinterest WhatsApp Hospitalisations rise as Donnelly suggests masks will stay ’til autumn Disruption to cancer service will increase mortality – Oncologist Twitter Pinterest Previous articleTwo men claim to have caught first salmon of New Year, one in DonegalNext articleDonegal has one of the highest rates on unpaid water charges News Highland Twitter WhatsApp Facebook By News Highland – January 2, 2012 center_img 45 new social homes to be built in Dungloe Newsx Adverts Google+ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Today is the 30th anniversary of Eddie Fullerton’s murder Facebook Google+ Mom and baby home after roadside birth Donegal hoteliers enjoy morale boost as bookings increase Consultation launched on proposal to limit HGV traffic in Cladylast_img read more

Donegal County Council condemn St Joseph’s Community Hospital bed closures

first_img Donegal hoteliers enjoy morale boost as bookings increase Facebook Google+ Facebook Google+ Donegal County Council have condemned the recent decision to cut the number of beds in St Joseph’s Community Hospital in Stranorlar.It was revealed last month that the HSE are planning to reduce the number of beds in St Joseph’s.The proposal will reduce the current number of beds in the hospital from 75 to 60, and they have cited the moratorium on staff recruitment as the main factor for the decision, this is despite the number of admissions to the hospital increasing by over 20% over the past two years.Cllr Cora Harvey has called on the Government to end the staff moratorium on staff recruitment…..[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/cora.mp3[/podcast] Pinterest News WhatsApp Disruption to cancer service will increase mortality – Oncologist Previous articleEnvironmental improvement works underway in Strabane and LiffordNext articleArdara has the worst footpaths in Donegal News Highland Consultation launched on proposal to limit HGV traffic in Cladycenter_img Today is the 30th anniversary of Eddie Fullerton’s murder By News Highland – March 27, 2013 Pinterest Twitter WhatsApp Donegal County Council condemn St Joseph’s Community Hospital bed closures Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR 45 new social homes to be built in Dungloe Hospitalisations rise as Donnelly suggests masks will stay ’til autumn last_img read more

Council urged to compile report on disabled parking bays in Donegal

first_imgHomepage BannerNews 45 new social homes to be built in Dungloe Previous articleGreencastle residents highly concerned over severe water dicolourationNext articleMilford Gardai investigating hit and run collision News Highland Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest It’s emerged that Donegal County Council do not keep a record of the number of disabled car parking spaces in Donegal.Inishowen Cllr Martin McDermott made the discovery after submitting a question to the Council when residents contacted him over a lack of designated spaces available at various locations in the county.Cllr Martin McDermott is now calling on the Council to compile a detailed list of  disabled spaces available across Donegal:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/martinmcd1.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Hospitalisations rise as Donnelly suggests masks will stay ’til autumn Council urged to compile report on disabled parking bays in Donegal Disruption to cancer service will increase mortality – Oncologist Facebookcenter_img WhatsApp WhatsApp Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ Twitter Today is the 30th anniversary of Eddie Fullerton’s murder Donegal hoteliers enjoy morale boost as bookings increase By News Highland – August 3, 2017 Consultation launched on proposal to limit HGV traffic in Cladylast_img read more

IRSP dismiss INLA involvement in Ballymagroarty shooting

first_img By News Highland – March 23, 2013 Hospitalisations rise as Donnelly suggests masks will stay ’til autumn Previous articleHealth Minister to make decision on Letterkenny becoming a regional hospitalNext articleBumper year expected for tourism in Donegal News Highland Pinterest Today is the 30th anniversary of Eddie Fullerton’s murder Disruption to cancer service will increase mortality – Oncologist Twitter WhatsApp The IRSP in Derry have dismissed speculation that the INLA was responsible for a gun attack in which two brothers were shot in the legs in Ballymagroarty two nights ago.The two men, aged 25 and 26, were shot shortly after 8pm on Thursday night and were taken to Altnagelvin hospital for treatment for their injuries.Following the shooting, Foyle Sinn Fein MLA Raymond McCartney said he believed elements linked to the INLA were responsible for the attack.He challenged the political representatives of the INLA – which had previously announced an end to its armed campaign – to clarify the situation.However a spokesperson for the IRSP in Derry said the INLA are no longer involved in “armed actions.” Facebook IRSP dismiss INLA involvement in Ballymagroarty shooting Google+center_img Pinterest News RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Google+ Donegal hoteliers enjoy morale boost as bookings increase WhatsApp Twitter 45 new social homes to be built in Dungloe Consultation launched on proposal to limit HGV traffic in Cladylast_img read more

Body of missing Derry teenager recovered from River Foyle

first_img Pinterest News By News Highland – March 16, 2010 Consultation launched on proposal to limit HGV traffic in Clady Donegal hoteliers enjoy morale boost as bookings increase Google+ Twitter Twitter Pinterest Body of missing Derry teenager recovered from River Foyle Facebook Google+center_img Facebook Disruption to cancer service will increase mortality – Oncologist 45 new social homes to be built in Dungloe Previous articleLetterkenny footballers caught up in Fiji cycloneNext articlePat the Cope plans to raise issue of undocumented Irish in Washington News Highland The body of a missing Derry teenager has been recovered from the river Foyle, police have confirmed.A PSNI spokeswoman said the body of 15-year-old Adam Barr was recovered last night.He had been missing since February 7.The spokeswoman said police are not treating his death as suspicious. Hospitalisations rise as Donnelly suggests masks will stay ’til autumn RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp WhatsApp Important message for people attending LUH’s INR cliniclast_img read more

Latest Tax Defaulters list shows almost 500 thousand Euro in Donegal settlements

first_img Pinterest WhatsApp Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA News Google+ Facebook Latest Tax Defaulters list shows almost 500 thousand Euro in Donegal settlements The latest Tax Defaulters list published by the Revenue Commissioners shows six settlements from Donegal, totalling just under half a million euro.Nationally, the Revenue Commissioners collected over 27 million euro in settlements between July and September from 88 people.In the largest of six settlements reached in Donegal, courier Aidan Caddye of Massreagh, Kilmacrennan paid almost 178,000 euro in tax, interest and penalties.Builder Anthony Mc Guinness of Rossknowlagh paid almost 96,000 euro, while Collection Agent Declan Shiels of Windyhall, Letterkenny paid almost 81,000 euro.Septic Tank manufacturers Big Bubble of Drumany, Letterkenny paid almost 61,000 euro.Two other Donegal businesses paid a total of just under 87,000 euro.Meanwhile, there was one settlement from County Derry, with Magherafelt builder Bernard Keown paying just over 69,000 euro. Twitter WhatsApp 45 new social homes to be built in Dungloe Previous articleCRC say they had HSE agreement for salary top upsNext articleCouncillor wants Donegal’s Tidle Energy potential explored News Highland center_img Donegal hoteliers enjoy morale boost as bookings increase Facebook Consultation launched on proposal to limit HGV traffic in Clady Google+ By News Highland – December 11, 2013 Twitter Pinterest Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

Warning against scare mongering over trolley crisis in hospitals

first_img Twitter Warning against scare mongering over trolley crisis in hospitals WhatsApp Facebook 45 new social homes to be built in Dungloe Facebook Previous articleDonegal children losing out on childcare due to loophole – McConalogueNext articleComing up on today’s Saturday Sport admin DL Debate – 24/05/21 Harps come back to win in Waterford By admin – January 7, 2017 Pinterest Google+center_img Homepage BannerNews Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty Consultation launched on proposal to limit HGV traffic in Clady WhatsApp We’re being warned against scare mongering over the trolley crisis in Hospitals.It’s after the number of people waiting on a bed this week reached a record high of over 600.The Irish Medical Organisation has hit out at the Government’s saying it’s – is too little too late.Dr. Rose Anne Kenny Professor of Gerontology at St James Hospital in Dublin says she’s real concerns that people who need to attend emergency departments are afraid to do so:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/trollies.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Google+ News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24thlast_img read more

Viable pipe bomb device declared at Ebrington Street in Derry

first_img DL Debate – 24/05/21 Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Facebook Twitter Pinterest Google+ Homepage BannerNews By admin – January 29, 2016 WhatsApp Facebook WhatsApp Google+center_img Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty Twitter Consultation launched on proposal to limit HGV traffic in Clady Harps come back to win in Waterford Police attended a security alert in Derry following a suspicious object being thrown into the rear yard of a house in Ebrington Street at approximately 12.10am in the early hours of this morning. ATO attended and a controlled explosion was carried out just after 5.30am. The object has now been declared as a viable pipe bomb type device.A number of houses were evacuated and the Clooney Centre was made available for anyone in need of shelter. The evacuated residents are now able to return to their homes.Emerson Street and Bond Street were closed to traffic for a while but have now reopened.Detectives are asking  anyone with any information about this incident to contact detectives at Strand Road Police Station on the non emergency number 101.Or if someone would prefer to provide information without giving their details, they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to them anonymously on 0800 555 111. News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Previous articleUpdate – almost two thousand ESB customers in Donegal still without power following Storm GertrudeNext articleHSE can’t find nurses to care for Donegal’s terminally ill children admin Pinterest Viable pipe bomb device declared at Ebrington Street in Derry RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

Schools Closing Tomorrow Wednesday December 1st

first_img Pinterest Pinterest Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Community Enhancement Programme open for applications Previous articlePearse Doherty takes his seat in the DailNext articleNational, secondary and playschool closures News Highland Twitter Facebook St Bridget’s National School ConvoySt Egney’s National School DesertigneySt Eunans National School RaphoeSt Bernadette’s Special School, LetterkennyWoodland National SchoolCrannog Bui Loughros Point ArdaraMurrow National School DunfanaghyEdinfanagh National School GlentiesStramore National School GlendoanScoil Mhuire DerrybegScoil Conaill BunbegCloughfinn National School BallindraitScoil Naomh  Iosaf Illies BuncranaScoil Colmcille Drumman BallyareSecondary SchoolsBallinamore Vocational SchoolPCC Falcarragh (Closed until Monday December 6th)Pobail Scoil GweedoreRoyal & Prior RaphoeSt Columbas Comprehensive  School Glenties WhatsApp Facebook Schools Closing Tomorrow Wednesday December 1stcenter_img Google+ Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Publicans in Republic watching closely as North reopens further Newsx Adverts Playgroups and other facilitiesGlenties Day Care Centre closed till ThursdayChildren Point Playgroup in Quigleys point closed till MondayCrossroads & Killygordon Playgroup closed till MondayThe Doorway Project building at Long Lane will only open from 12 to 4pmThe Doorway Community Playgroup closed on WednesdayVolt House Raphoe VEC adult education classes cancelled Google+ By News Highland – November 30, 2010 Highland Radio has been informed that the following schools will be closed tomorrow, Wednesday December 1st. This is the final list for tonight, if any school has additions, please call them in t- the station after 7 o’clock tomorrow (Weds) morning.National SchoolsAnnagry National SchoolConvoy Joint National SchoolCranford National SchoolDerryconor National SchoolFintown National SchoolGlassan National School CreesloughGlenmaquinn National SchoolGortahork National SchoolLetterkenny Educate TogetherLittle Angels Special School, LetterkennyLuinneagh NS, DerrybegMagherabeg National School ManorcunninghamMagheroarty National SchoolRobertson School StranorlarScoil  Leanbh Iosa CarrigansScoil Naomh Fiachra IllistrinScoil Naoomh Brid Downings Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic WhatsApp Renewed calls for full-time Garda in Kilmacrennanlast_img read more

Calls for major focus on air quality in Derry & Strabane

first_img Facebook Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty By News Highland – October 6, 2020 Previous articleDL Debate – The Championship 05/10/20Next articleCampaign launched to attract people to Donegal Gaeltacht News Highland Twitter Harps come back to win in Waterford WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp AudioHomepage BannerNews Facebook News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24thcenter_img Pinterest A Foyle MLA is calling for a major focus on air quality in Derry and Strabane ahead of International Clean Air Day later this week. Sinead Mclaughlin has launched a campaign to improve air quality in the district, which has been shown to have the worst air pollution in Northern Ireland.Ms McLaughlin says it’s vital that the reliance on smoky coal and peat be addressed, as well as initiatives to address the effect of dirty exhaust fumes and diesel engines on the district’s roads.Ms McLauchlin says it’s a very serious situation:Audio Playerhttps://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/sineadair1pm.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 Pinterest Twitter Google+ Google+ Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction DL Debate – 24/05/21 Calls for major focus on air quality in Derry & Strabanelast_img read more

Michael Naughton takes his seat on Donegal County Council

first_img Pinterest Michael Naughton takes his seat on Donegal County Council WhatsApp Harps come back to win in Waterford Facebook Google+ Pinterest By News Highland – July 24, 2017 Previous articlePSNI seeking information following Omagh attackNext articleTransatlantic flights from Knock to New York may soon be a reality again News Highland Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsAppcenter_img Google+ News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Facebook DL Debate – 24/05/21 Homepage BannerNews Twitter Donegals newest Councillor has taken his seat on Donegal County Council.Michael Naughton was co-opted to replace the late Cllr Seán McEniff, who passed away earlier this year.Cllr Naughton has been paying tribute to his predecessor and has been outing his priorities for the future…………Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/cllrnaughton1pm.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population growslast_img read more

INMO members working in LUH ED express concern for patients

first_img Twitter Harps come back to win in Waterford Pinterest Facebook Google+ DL Debate – 24/05/21 Pinterest INMO members working in LUH ED express concern for patients The INMO have called for an independent review of the admitting and discharging processes at Letterkenny University Hospital.In a statement issued this afternoon, the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation say members working in the Emergency Department at the hospital are fearful for the people of Donegal as the abnormal has now been accepted by local management as normal.The union claims the hospital did not implement the nationally agreed Full Capacity Protocol in its entirety this week.The statement goes on to say that INMO members are very concerned for patients and are at breaking point.Maura Hickey is INMO Industrial Relations Officer:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/hickey5pm.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.INMO Statement in Full:Members of the INMO, working in the Emergency Department of Letterkenny University Hospital, are fearful for the people of Donegal as the abnormal has now been accepted by local management as normal with patients lying on trolleys in ED, treatment rooms and corridors as opposed to appropriate beds on wards with proper facilities.On May 15 at 8.00am there were 29 patients awaiting a bed on a ward. 12 of these patients were in ED, 11 were in the AMAU, 2 in treatment rooms and the remaining on corridors. That same morning there were 14 other patients being processed at 8.00am.The hospital did not implement the nationally agreed Full Capacity Protocol in its entirety. It continued with services, ignoring the severe pressures that ED nurses were experiencing. Unlike other acute hospitals, Letterkenny University Hospital did not get any additional nursing staff to care for admitted patients in ED. The situation has remained the same throughout this week. INMO members are very concerned for patients and are at breaking point. One member commented: “I will be looking for another job as you couldn’t keep this up, you would burn out”.Speaking today, INMO Industrial Relations Officer, Maura Hickey said:“INMO members are highly experienced staff who are being subjected to relentless pressure on a daily basis.  They feel unsupported and are struggling as the burden is falling on nursing staff who are forced to work in an intolerable environment. They are constantly apologising to patients for the inhumane conditions in which they endeavour to care for them.”Ms Hickey went on:“Additional nurses are needed to care for admitted patients in the unit and once again the INMO is calling for an independent review of Admitting and Discharging processes in the Hospital and referral pathways from the community”. By News Highland – May 17, 2018 Previous articleIrish Water working to repair burst water main in Burnfoot areaNext articleMain Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Thursday 17th May News Highland Twittercenter_img WhatsApp WhatsApp FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 Google+ AudioHomepage BannerNews Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24thlast_img read more

LUH second most overcrowded hospital in the country today

first_img Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Twitter News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR DL Debate – 24/05/21 Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty Pinterest Facebook Google+ Letterkenny University Hospital was the second most overcrowded in the country this morning with the numbers awaiting admission up five on yesterday’s figure.There were 33 people awaiting in-patient beds at the hospital this morning according to the INMO, nine of them on Emergency Department trolleys.Nationally, there were 364 people awaiting beds, the highest number, 41, at University Hospital Limerick. Twitter WhatsAppcenter_img Homepage BannerNews LUH second most overcrowded hospital in the country today Facebook WhatsApp Google+ Previous articleDACC welcomes progress on disabled parking signageNext articleNew political movement to host Donegal meeting next week News Highland By News Highland – January 3, 2019 Harps come back to win in Waterford Pinterest Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population growslast_img read more

Safety works to take place at Magheragallon Beach

first_img Google+ By News Highland – March 9, 2017 Previous articleChloe and Sam exit All England OpenNext articleRockhill House to reopen as a wedding and events venue News Highland Pinterest Homepage BannerNews Safety works to take place at Magheragallon Beach Google+ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Harps come back to win in Waterford Facebook DL Debate – 24/05/21 Pinterestcenter_img Donegal County Council has confirmed that approval has been received from the National Parks and Wildlife Service to carry out urgent safety works at Maghergallon Beach in Gaoth Dobhair.Concern had been raised about the increase of fallen rock on the walkway accessing the beach and it’s hoped that this work will prevent more instances from occurring.It’s understood that the Council is currently in the process of obtaining consent to carry out the work which is due to begin thereafter.Local Cllr John Sheamais Ó Fearraigh says the news will come as a huge relief to the local community there………..Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/johnseam1pm.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Twitter WhatsApp News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Facebook Twitter WhatsApp Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty last_img read more

Minister pledges to examine issues with Mica Redress Scheme

first_img Minister pledges to examine issues with Mica Redress Scheme Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR By News Highland – March 4, 2021 Pinterest Google+ Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty WhatsApp Twitter Facebook News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Previous articleRaphoe Flood Relief Scheme consultation process extendedNext articleDail to hear calls for pharmacy staff to be prioritised in for vaccine News Highland center_img Finance Minister Pascal Donohoe has pledged to examine a number of issues which have arisen in respect of the Mica Redress Scheme, but did not comment on a call for banks to make a contribution to the costs being incurred by householders. During last night’s banking debate in the Dail, Deputy Padraig Mac Lochlainn raised the extra coasts being faced by many scheme applicants, particularly when houses are being demolished, and called for the establishment of a forum to examine the issues.However, the minister did not engage with Deputy MacLochlainn’s assertion that the fact that the banks would benefit because the redress scheme would improve the value of the affected homes……..Audio Playerhttps://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/micfull.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 Twitter AudioHomepage BannerNews Pinterest Google+ Harps come back to win in Waterford DL Debate – 24/05/21 WhatsApplast_img read more

Jones nets career high; Spencerport stuns R-H in overtime

first_img Print This Post Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published. Add to Google+ Share on Facebook Follow on Facebook Spencerport’s Josh Reding (14) collected 16 points and six assists in the win. (Photo: CHRISTOPHER CECERE/ROCHESTER CC PHOTOGRAPHY).By PAUL GOTHAMThe Spencerport boys’ basketball team has found themselves on the wrong side of a few close results this season.The Rangers reversed their fortunes Tuesday night.Alton Jones, Jr. scored a career-high 33 points including the game winner in overtime, and Spencerport defeated the Rush-Henrietta Royal Comets, 70-69.Jones connected on three 3-pointers in overtime and hit the game winner with 2.8 seconds left on the clock.“It was a great win,” third-year coach Kyle Trevas said by phone. “Our program really needed that. The kids played really well.”Spencerport improved to 5-6 with the win. Three of the Rangers’ losses this season have been by a combined seven points.VIEW MORE CHRISTOPHER CECERE PHOTOS HERE.“It’s been kind of heartbreaking because you know how hard the kids work,” Trevas said referring to a one-point setback to Gates-Chili (76-75), a four-point loss to Penfield (59-55) and a loss in overtime to divisional foe Webster Thomas (68-66).The win, though, was Spencerport’s fourth in their last six games.“We have good character kids. They’re positive and ready to go every day in practice. I think that’s one of the reasons we’ve been able to bounce back.”Josh Reding finished with 16 points and six assists. JJ Jenkins scored all six of his points in the fourth quarter to help the Rangers erase 44-43 going into the final eight minutes of play.Malcolm McCullough and Evan Clarke added five points apiece. Noah Mundt chipped in two points and grabbed a team-high seven rebounds. Gino Pellett added three points.“They stuck with the game plan and continued with the process,” said Trevas who noted four points of emphasis repeated daily to the players: rebounding, defending, valuing the ball and executing. “You got to do those four things, and you’re going to be in the games. We’ve done that for the most part, but it always seems like one of those four things slip and we end up falling short.“It shows that if you continue sticking to the process, eventually those close games are going to be yours. It definitely helps with momentum, and we just hope to build upon it.”Kailee White led three in double figures for Rush Henrietta (8-3) with 24 points. Shamire Broyld added 19, and Mecca McCollough had 10. Tevonte Williams and Matt Zarzycki scored six apiece for the Royal Comets which lost for the third time in the last four games. Tim Jackson and Don Swain had two points each.Rush-Henrietta led 27-26 at half.  Alton Jones, Josh Reding, Jr., Rangers Subscribe by Emailcenter_img This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. Connect on Linked in Jones nets career high; Spencerport stuns R-H in overtime By Paul Gotham on January 16, 2018No Comment Jones nets career high; Spencerport stuns R-H in overtime added by Paul Gotham on January 16, 2018View all posts by Paul Gotham →FacebookTwitter分享by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksSponsor ContentBig Data Courses | Search AdOnline Big Data Courses Might Be Better than You ThinkBig Data Courses | Search AdCosmoWomensTop 30 Most Beautiful Women in the WorldCosmoWomensLovely&HealthyTop 10 Most Dangerous Cruises In The World Lovely&Healthyby Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksMore from Pickin’ SplintersBaron keeps Bonaventure close to his heart – Pickin’ SplintersTah-Jae Hill, Zion Morrison and the Starting Five – Pickin’ Splinters”If you had a Mount Rushmore of MCC baseball, he’s on there.” Longtime assistant Jack Christensen passes away – Pickin’ Splinters last_img read more

Monroe County recognizes Hill, Welch, Shadders, and Lustyk as Players of the Week

first_img One Response to “Monroe County recognizes Hill, Welch, Shadders, and Lustyk as Players of the Week” Kurowski, C.CASr.14.7 Pittsford-MendonA18018081.3353.72W1818 Follow on Facebook Plummer, J.SchroederJr.15.3 Connect on Linked in Rush-HenriettaAA5310856.6760.50W218 Share on Facebook FairportAA7113564.7255.94W118 Insley, L.SchroederSo.15.7 Monroe County recognizes Hill, Welch, Shadders, and Lustyk as Players of the Week BrockportA1449961.9462.17W218 Division Chamberlain, T.HF-LSr.15.1 Division PenfieldAA0851355.2258.39L318 Gates-ChiliAA7115367.8960.50W118 BataviaB1248956.5955.83L217 This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. Add to Google+ Greece OlympiaB12411769.7262.94W518 Jacob Shadders (1) averaged 17.7 points in three wins last week. Mendon’s sophomore guard connected on 21-of-35 (60 percent) shots from the floor. (Photo: CHRISTOPHER CECERE/ROCHESTER CC PHOTOGRAPHY)By CAITLIN McCLARE Tah’Jae Hill continued his season-long double-figure streak in three Hilton wins. Ryan Welch led Canandaigua’s offense to its first win of the season. Jacob Shadders paced Pittsford Mendon to its 18th straight win. Patrick Lustyk contributed big and hit key shots in Honeoye Falls-Lima’s three games.Monroe County recognized the four stand outs as the players of the week (Feb. 3-9) for their respective divisions.For the third time this year, Hill holds the Player of the Week honors for Division I. This time, Hill combined for 73 points in three wins. Against Arcadia, the junior guard scored 17 points, warming up for two more big nights. In the 58-49 win at Penfield, Hill dropped 34 points. 18 of those points fell in the fourth quarter, including connecting on eight of his 10 attempts at the stripe in the final eight minutes. His 34 points marked the 12th time he topped 30 this season. And, for his final performance last week, Hill scored 22 points in Hilton’s 65-29 win at Sweet Home (VI). In the first quarter alone, he connected on three shots from behind the arc on his way to 12 points in eight minutes. Hill has yet to fall below double-figures in a game this season. Hilton (15-3) plays its last regular season home game against Victor on Tuesday, Feb. 12.VIEW MORE CHRISTOPHER CECERE PHOTOS HERE. Greece ArcadiaA10811745.1171.22L418 EastridgeA13310865.2261.94W118 By Cait McClare on February 11, 20191 Comment Hill, T.HiltonJr.31.6 SpencerportA11741451.7260.33L718 Monroe County ICLWinLossWinLossPF AvgPA AvgStrkGP IrondequoitA16212565.0651.06L117 Overall Slack, K.G-CSr.24.1 Cook, D.MendonSr.19 Subscribe by Email Hartsfield, J.OdysseyJr.15.9 Scoring LeadersSchoolGradePPG CanandaiguaA11711753.0671.83W118 Scoring LeadersSchoolGradePPG Overall Jung, Jr. J.OlympiaSr.21.3 Greece OdysseyB15114370.4155.94W217 Monroe County IVCLWinLossWinLossPF AvgPA AvgStrkGP Thomas, P.Iron.Sr.14.5 HiltonAA8015369.0055.67W418 BrightonA12641453.6763.83L718 Mason, A.ThomasJr.24 James, C.OlympiaSo.18.4 Pittsford SutherlandA24411763.3954.06W318 Overall McFollins, M.BataviaSr.21.6 Williams, A.G-CSo.15.1 Welch totaled 46 points and 21 rebounds for Canandaigua in a split week. The junior center opened the week with 21 points in a loss to Greece Odyssey. Setting his season high against Odyssey, Welch came back to one-up himself against Churchville-Chili. He scored 25 to lead Canandaigua to its first win and rewrite his season high. In the 75-74 win, he scored 17 of his 25 points in the first half and sank seven of his nine attempts at the line. The Braves (1-17) are home for the final time in the regular season on Tuesday, Feb. 12 to face Spencerport. Caggiano, M.VictorJr.15.2 Division Monroe County IICLWinLossWinLossPF AvgPA AvgStrkGP Churchville-ChiliA1449964.2862.67L118 Scoring LeadersSchoolGradePPG Reaves, Jr. K.AthenaSr.16.9 Lustyk rewrote his season high in both HF-L wins last week. In the Cougars’ 62-56 win at Batavia, Lustyk scored 22 points. The sophomore was then able to drop in one more to surpass that season high against Wayne. In the 65-61 win, he scored the team-high 23 points, including the game-tying trey with under a minute left to play. Two shots at the line in the final seconds sealed the win for HF-L. READ MORE. Between the two wins, Lustyk scored 11 points in the Cougars’ 52-45 loss at Greece Olympia. HF-L (9-9) is scheduled to face Eastridge at home on Tuesday, Feb. 12. Overall Greece AthenaA16215365.6755.39L118 Ryan, K.SutherlandSr.20 Piampiano, P.PenfieldSr.19.3 Honeoye Falls-LimaA2339954.5058.61W118 Webster SchroederAA3571159.7262.78L418 Webster ThomasAA539958.8960.11L118 Harrington, M.MendonSr.18.7 Division Monroe County recognizes Hill, Welch, Shadders, and Lustyk as Players of the Week added by Cait McClare on February 11, 2019View all posts by Cait McClare →FacebookTwitter分享by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksSponsor ContentBig Data Courses | Search AdOnline Big Data Courses Might Be Better than You ThinkBig Data Courses | Search AdCosmoWomensTop 30 Most Beautiful Women in the WorldCosmoWomensLovely&HealthyTop 10 Most Dangerous Cruises In The World Lovely&Healthyby Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksMore from Pickin’ SplintersBaron keeps Bonaventure close to his heart – Pickin’ SplintersTah-Jae Hill, Zion Morrison and the Starting Five – Pickin’ Splinters”If you had a Mount Rushmore of MCC baseball, he’s on there.” Longtime assistant Jack Christensen passes away – Pickin’ Splinters Mendon continued its undefeated season, sitting at 18-0 after three wins last week. Shadders contributed big to those three wins. Against Greece Athena (83-57), the sophomore guard scored 16 points, dished seven assists, grabbed five boards, and two steals. He connected on six of his eight shots from field goal range, dropped one trey, and went three-for-four from the stripe. READ MORE. Against Fairport (66-58), Shadders dropped 21 points on eight field goals, four three-pointers, and one free throw. To wrap up his impressive week, he shot 50 percent from the field on his way to 16 points against Wilson Magnet (70-34). He also recorded six assists, six rebounds, and two steals. The Vikings travel to Brockport for a 7:15 p.m. tip on Tuesday, Feb. 12. Council, Jr. M.AthenaJr.19.5 Monroe County IIICLWinLossWinLossPF AvgPA AvgStrkGP VictorAA1741456.7265.06L418 Scoring LeadersSchoolGradePPG Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published. Print This Postlast_img read more