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One in three UK employers say they are ‘less likely’ to hire a transgender person

A third of all employers polled thought that all trans workers are legally protected against discrimination, despite an equal number admitting that they would discriminate against trans people by not hiring them.Some 59 per cent are against an extension of the law to protect all types of transgender people from discrimination. Only nine per cent believed the law needs to change.Read more: Legal & General launches £50m GIRL fund focused on gender diversity Unfortunately, these reports do not surprise me. Although I would need to interrogate sources – these statistics reflect what trans people know and can feel when navigating public space. We feel the resentment, hostile attitudes and danger.It is reports like this that make you wish the media would stop creating false narratives of fear surrounding us, and instead give a platform to the activists and organisations working to help these statistics decrease. whatsapp Emily Nicolle whatsapp “Our findings reinforce what bodies such as Acas and the Women and Equalities Select Committee have been highlighting to the Government for years; trans-identity is more complex than the law currently recognises,” said Beverley Sunderland, managing director of Crossland.“What is clear is the need to change the law to protect not just those who are going through gender reassignment, but the wider transgender community such as non-binary workers.”As it stands, the Equalities Act 2010 only protects the anti-discrimination rights of those who are in the process of or intend to undergo gender-reassignment surgery, leaving non-binary workers or trans people who don’t intend to have a medical transformation at risk.A proposition to update the Act to read “gender identity”, submitted by the women and equalities select committee in 2016, was rejected by government.Speaking to City A.M., prominent trans activist and performance artist Travis Alabanza, who identifies as non-binary, said: One in three UK employers say they are ‘less likely’ to hire a transgender person One in three UK employers have said they would be “less likely” to hire a transgender person over those who identify with the gender they were born with, with only three per cent holding sufficient equality procedures for trans people in the workplace.Nearly half of employers (43 per cent) were unsure if they would recruit a trans person for a role, according to a survey conducted by Crossland Employment Solicitors of 1,000 employers. More From Our Partners Russell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comMatt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondogglenypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.org Share The retail sector was the worst offender, with 47 per cent of businesses unlikely to employ a trans person. Those in IT followed closely behind at 45 per cent, then leisure and hospitality (35 per cent) and manufacturing (34 per cent).The financial services industry was deemed the most inclusive in its hiring practices, but even then only a third of respondents said they were agreeable to the idea of hiring transgender workers (34 per cent), along with the legal sector (33 per cent) and construction and engineering (25 per cent).Recent reports from equality charity Stonewall suggested that half of transgender workers hide their gender identity at work, out of fear for being discriminated against.Read more: Flying the flag for transgender inclusionFew employers polled by Crossland feel their workplace is “liberal enough” for trans workers, with a lack of knowledge surrounding the Equality Act 2010 leaving more than 77 per cent of respondents unable to answer correctly when asked if there is sufficient legislation in place to protect trans people in the workplace. Monday 18 June 2018 11:18 am read more

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Labour leader: Stop Britain’s headlong rush for the Brexit

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At the same time, David Cameron has chosen for his own political reasons to flirt with the idea of leaving the EU, and publicly threatening to do so.I believe both Ukip and the Conservative Party now pose a huge danger to British business and our national interest. Leaving Europe risks destroying jobs, businesses and future prosperity. And the government’s ritual of playing to the Eurosceptic gallery is dragging us ever closer to the exit door.Our European allies throw their hands up in despair at the combination of insults, blackmail and detachment that comes from Downing Street. Foreign investors are beginning to regard Britain as a riskier place to do business.The lesson of the past two years is clear. Using “Brexit” as a threat does not work as a way of getting reform in Europe. It isolates us from the allies we need to achieve the change we want.It is making it less, not more, likely that we gain support for what is in our national interest: completing the single market; maintaining the integrity of our benefits system; and cutting the costs of the EU budget.But allies in Europe are growing weary of posturing and threats from Britain. Some are now calling our bluff and telling us we are free to leave. Indeed, when the Foreign Secretary says he wants Britain to “light a fire under the EU”, all he is doing is lighting the fuse on Britain leaving.I am clear that this would be a historic moment of economic self-harm: a betrayal of millions of people and businesses whose future depends on our EU membership.Over half of Britain’s trade is with countries in the EU, worth over £200bn a year, and supporting between three and four million jobs. I know that the vast majority of British businesses, despite the many frustrations and inefficiencies of Europe, want Britain to stay in the EU, and become a leading force in its reform. We also know that global companies from outside the EU are quite prepared to take their activity elsewhere if we made the catastrophic decision to walk away from EU membership. Citi, Goldman Sachs and other prominent City firms have warned not only of the damage that Brexit would inflict on our economy, but also of the possibility that international companies would relocate away from the UK “in very short order” to retain access to the European single market. If I am Prime Minister, I will never risk your businesses, profits and futures by playing political games with our membership of the EU.But my speech to the CBI today will not pretend that we can carry on with business as usual, either in Europe or at home. The only way we will overcome the forces of despair that drive calls for withdrawal and protectionism is by tackling the deep roots of it in our economy.Instead of pandering to the false promise of prosperity in isolation from Europe, we have to face up to how to restore shared prosperity inside it. That requires partnership between business and government. We have to change the way our economy works so that it can once again meet people’s need for good jobs at decent wages, providing security and proper opportunities for the next generation. To do that we need to address some of the sources of economic weakness: our weak productivity; poor technical skills base; low investment; a recovery too dependent on consumption; and an increasing trade deficit.I passionately believe that making our economy more productive is the flip-side of ensuring we build an economy that works for the broad majority and not just a few. Achieving this will not be easy or quick, and can only be done through cooperation between government and business: but it is in the interests of us all.It’s time to come together with our sleeves rolled up to build a recovery which works for the many, and a country that seeks to prosper inside the European Union. center_img Monday 10 November 2014 12:10 am Ed Miliband Share Tags: Brexitlast_img read more

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2015 General Election TV debates in doubt as scrapping over line-ups and schedules rumbles on

first_img Show Comments ▼ Tags: General Election 2015 2015 General Election TV debates in doubt as scrapping over line-ups and schedules rumbles on Express KCS Thursday 5 March 2015 8:55 pm More From Our Partners Native American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgKamala Harris keeps list of reporters who don’t ‘understand’ her: reportnypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.com‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.comFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comMatt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondogglenypost.comSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comMark Eaton, former NBA All-Star, dead at 64nypost.com980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.com whatsapp Share A serious of election television debates between party leaders is looking increasingly unlikely, as the impasse between political parties and broadcasters deepens.On Wednesday, David Cameron made it clear that he didn’t want a one-on-one debate with Ed Miliband, just a week before the election. Later that evening, Downing Street head of communications Craig Oliver published a letter in which he said that the Prime Minister would only take part in a single debate, and that it would happen prior to the official election campaign beginning on 30 March. Douglas Alexander, Labour’s chair of General Election strategy fumed: “This is an outrageous attempt from the Prime Minister to bully the broadcasters.”Deputy prime minister Nick Clegg has now offered to take Cameron’s place debating Miliband, and defending the government’s record. A senior Lib Dem source told City A.M.: “I don’t think anyone wants to see an hour and a half of Ed Miliband looking down the camera, and we’ve provided a solution to the broadcasters in their current dilemma.”The row over recent days further highlights that television debates are becoming increasingly unlikely. A well placed source, who helped one of the debate participants prepare in 2010, says at the time it was Sky’s veteran political editor Adam Boulton who had forced all the political parties to sign up, by collaring Clegg and Cameron. The source agreed that the debates had “energised the election” in 2010, and a similar figure was required this time around, naming LBC’s Nick Ferrari as a potential candidate to rally the debates.In January when publishing revised plans for the 2015 debate, the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Sky all said they would “empty chair” any party leaders who refuse to take part.The statement was seen as a direct warning to Cameron after the Prime Minister objected to the first set of proposals outlined last year.The broadcasters’ latest proposals involve three debates, one on ITV featuring the party leaders of the Conservatives, Labour, Liberal Democrats, UKIP, the SNP, the Green Party and Plaid Cymru on 2 April. Followed by a BBC debate of the same group on 16 April.Then finally the idea is a Sky and Channel 4-produced head-to-head debate between David Cameron and Ed Miliband on 30 April.In a joint statement from the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Sky this week, the broadcasters acknowledged Cameron’s letter and said they would respond to it shortly.“The broadcasters have set out their proposals and continue to talk to all the relevant parties on an equitable basis,” the broadcasters wrote. whatsapplast_img read more

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News / Bullish Panalpina sees H1 profits rise and unveils another perishables investment

first_img Panalpina enjoyed a 30% rise in ebit in the first half of 2018, leading to a near-21% rise in consolidated profit, to Sfr36.1m ($36.2m).It also announced it had acquired a major stake in yet another perishables business, Skyservices in South Africa, its fifth such investment since September.Based in Johannesburg and Cape Town airports, the majority of Skyservices exports go to London, Amsterdam and Frankfurt, “strengthening the Panalpina Perishables Network,” said the company, which also noted the strong perishables export market from South Africa to the UAE and US.In its first-half results, ocean freight broke even, although volumes fell 3% after the loss of a big contract, but gross profit per teu rose 6% to Sfr299, and overall gross profit rose nearly 3% to Sfr220.9m. However, Panalpina recorded an ebit loss for ocean of Sfr5.5m, nearly double last year’s loss. However, CEO Stefan Karlen put a positive spin on the numbers.“Ocean freight broke even again in the second quarter, as a result of strict cost control and recovering volumes from April to June.”In air freight, Panalpina’s strongest division, volumes grew at less than the market rate, up 3%. However, gross profit per tonne increased 16%, and gross profit overall rose 20% to Sfr354.7m, with ebit up 36% to Sfr53.4m. Ebit-to-gross-profit margin came in at 15.1% compared with 13.3% a year earlier.The logistics division saw gross profits up 3% to Sfr168.8m, with ebit up 26% to Sfr6.8m.Mr Karlen said: “Halfway through 2018 we can say that Panalpina is on track. Sustained margins in both air and ocean freight and the reliable performance in logistics led to sound half-year results.“We are pleased with the progress, especially when considering that we are working diligently on major transformation projects while focusing on accelerated growth at the same time.”Panalpina’s gross profit increased 11% to Sfr744.4m, while total operating expenses declined slightly to Sfr607.1m.Mr Karlen was confident about the second half, despite noting political concerns.“We expect accelerated volume growth for our air and ocean freight activities. 2017 was a record air freight year though, so the comparison will be tough, and uncertainties in international relationships will increase volatility in the air and ocean freight markets and possibly change trade patterns.“Regardless of the market environment, we are determined to stay focused on executing our strategy as we continue to build a robust and efficient organisation that can deliver sustainable, profitable growth.” By Alex Lennane 17/07/2018last_img read more

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RBC GAM plans changes to U.S. mid-cap equity funds

IE Staff Facebook LinkedIn Twitter RBC Global Asset Management Inc. (RBC GAM) said Friday that portfolio management responsibilities for three U.S. mid-cap equity funds will transition to RBC Global Asset Management (U.S.) Inc. on November 14. The three funds are RBC U.S. Mid-Cap Equity Fund, RBC U.S. Mid-Cap Equity Currency Neutral Fund and RBC Private U.S. Mid-Cap Equity Pool. Related news Share this article and your comments with peers on social media NEO, Invesco launch four index PTFs Franklin Templeton renames funds with new managers Ken Tyszko, senior portfolio manager for RBC GAM (U.S.), will be the lead manager of the funds. He and his team specialize in U.S. small- and mid-cap growth stocks and currently manage the mid-cap growth portion of the PH&N U.S. Multi-Style All-Cap Equity Fund. RBC GAM (U.S.) is the institutional division of RBC GAM group of companies in the U.S. market. The firm is a registered investment adviser headquartered in Minneapolis, and has approximately US$40 billion in assets under management. Keywords Fund managersCompanies RBC Global Asset Management Change to Counsel Global Small Cap Fund read more

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Market data costs resisting reform, ESMA says

first_img European regulators are launching a consultation on the cost of market data — and the apparent failure of recent reforms to curb those costs.The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) said that one of the objectives of recent reforms, known as MiFID II/MiFIR, was to ensure fair access to equity market data, and lower the costs of that data. Companies European Securities and Markets Authority financial worker analyzing business data and working with tablet computer 123RF Yet, it reported that its analysis shows that, so far, MiFID II has “not delivered on its objective to lower the prices of market data.”It noted that, according to users of market data, prices for data are too high and have not decreased since the reforms took effect in January 2018.In some cases, prices have significantly increased, it said. New market data fees have also emerged, it noted, such as fees for data used for risk management and market abuse monitoring.“Discussions on the cost of market data in the EU have been to the fore for many years with differing views expressed by trading venues selling this data and market data users buying it — MiFID II aims to change this landscape,” Steven Maijoor, chair of the ESMA, said in a statement. “This new consultation forms an important part of the reviews of MiFID II as we assess developments in this area.”Additionally, the ESMA said that the reforms have not resulted in the development of a consolidated tape for equity instruments, despite the benefits this sort of initiative is expected to bring, such as improved post-trade transparency.The regulator identified a number of challenges to developing a consolidated tape, including the lack of commercial rewards, a restrictive regulatory framework and competition from non-regulated entities.“Establishing a consolidated tape in the EU has been discussed for many years. I believe it is time to decide if and how we want to go ahead with this ambitious project and ESMA is ready to provide support to the co-legislators on the right way forward,” Maijoor added.The consultation closes on Sept. 6. The ESMA plans to publish a final review report in December. James Langton Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

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Canada Life launches nine seg funds

first_imgGlobal Growth Balanced (T. Rowe Price) IE Staff Global fixed income balanced Global equity balanced Fidelity Investments Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Empire Life launches three new seg funds Global Founders (Beutel Goodman) Fund Fidelity Investments Global Value Balanced (Beutel Goodman) Global fixed income T. Rowe Price Global equity T. Rowe Price Canada Life Fidelity Global Income Portfolio Global neutral balanced Global Equity (Capital Group) Global Growth Balanced (Mackenzie) Related news “Working with our advisors, we’ve identified the need for more global investment options for our customers,” said Hugh Moncrieff, executive vice-president of advisory network and industry affairs at Canada Life, in the release.Last fall, Canada Life moved to one shelf of segregated funds as its parent company, Great-West Lifeco Inc., consolidated its three life insurance companies — Great-West Life Assurance Co., London Life Insurance Co. and the Canada Life Assurance Co. — under the Canada Life brand.The new funds will complement the shelf by helping customers “increase their exposure to global funds and further diversify their portfolios to meet their investment needs,” said Paul Orlander, executive vice-president of individual customer at Canada Life, in the release.The new funds are shown in the table below. Canada Life to launch new shelf of mutual funds CI GAM and Empire Life launch seg fund suite Global equity Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Beutel Goodman Global equity balanced Global Growth Equity (T. Rowe Price) Canada Life has added nine segregated funds to its product shelf, the Winnipeg-based firm stated in a release on Monday.The new funds capitalize on global exposure. T. Rowe Price Canada Life Fidelity Global Balanced Portfolio Global equity Beutel Goodman Keywords Segregated fundsCompanies Canada Life Investment category Portfolio manager Capital Group Mackenzie Investments 123RF Global equity balanced Global Multi-Sector Bond (T. Rowe Price)last_img read more

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Jamaica Has Achieved Success in Mental Health Care

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Jamaica has achieved success in mental health care through the integration of mental health services at the primary care level, said Director of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services in the Ministry of Health, Dr. Maureen Irons-Morgan.Speaking at a JIS Think Tank on Tuesday (Oct. 6), she said that over the past 40 years, Jamaica has managed to move away from institutional care for mental health patients towards more community-based care.Mental health services are provided in some 139 community mental health clinics island-wide. The increased accessibility, Dr. Irons-Morgan noted, has resulted in marked improvement in people’s attitude towards the mentally ill, while more persons with mental health disorders are encouraged to seek treatment.“When services are offered at the primary care level, it means that it is more accessible to persons and it means that we have managed to cut away from the stigma and dissociation that is associated with highly specialised facilities in mental health care,” she argued.She noted that increased public education efforts, to empower persons with information on mental health, have also helped to reduce the stigma and discrimination.“We want the community to know that they can actually take action in terms of promoting mental health, preventing mental illnesses and helping to treat people, who are mentally ill,” Dr. Irons-Morgan stated.“We are trying, in particular, to get everyone to be aware of the fact that they have an important part to play in maintaining mental health, in promoting mental health and that persons, who are affected by mental disorders of any kind, can access support at the community level from their families and with different supportive organisations in the community,” she added.The Ministry of Health data shows that 48,752 persons were treated for mental health conditions at health centres in 2008. The number is 3,654 more than the 45,098 patients, which were seen in 2007. Schizophrenia was the most prevalent disorder diagnosed and treated in mental health clinics.Jamaica joins the rest of the world in observing World Mental Health Day on Saturday, October 10 under the theme: ‘Empowering Individuals, Families and Community Organisations’.Dr. Irons-Morgan said that the observance provides an opportunity to raise awareness about the importance of mental health in overall wellness.She noted that “more and more, as we have moved into a new realm of new treatments, we are appreciating the fact that mental illnesses are really illnesses of the brain. There is a real structural change and chemical change that occurs when people develop mental illnesses and these are responsive to the appropriate medication.”“While not all of them may be cured, certainly the symptoms are usually able to be controlled,” she stated.The Ministry is observing a week of activities from October 5 to 11 to mark the observance to include workshops in the four health regions to train general health workers to become more competent in delivering mental health care at the primary health care level.A National Mental Health Symposium will be held on Friday, October 9, at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel. The main presenter will be Consultant Psychiatrist, Dr. Anthony Allen, who will present a model for training communities to offer improved mental health care at the community level.On Saturday, October 10, screenings for depression with subsequent referral service will take place in various parishes.World Mental Health Day is an observance of the World Federation for Mental Health (WFMH). The global theme is: ‘Mental Health in Primary Care: Enhancing Treatment and Promoting Mental Health.’ Jamaica Has Achieved Success in Mental Health Care Health & WellnessOctober 8, 2009 RelatedJamaica Has Achieved Success in Mental Health Care RelatedJamaica Has Achieved Success in Mental Health Carecenter_img RelatedJamaica Has Achieved Success in Mental Health Care Advertisementslast_img read more

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West Gate Tunnel soil decision ‘deeply concerning’

first_imgWest Gate Tunnel soil decision ‘deeply concerning’ City of Melton Mayor Cr Kathy Majdlik has expressed serious concern and extreme disappointment over a Victorian Government decision that could help Ravenhall landfill become the dumping ground for the contaminated West Gate Tunnel soil.The State Government today announced it had approved Cleanaway’s Planning Scheme Amendment for Melbourne Regional Landfill in Ravenhall – one of three sites vying to accept the soil from the West Gate Tunnel project.Although a decision on where the West Gate Tunnel soil will go is yet to be made, this approval means Cleanaway can construct a soil management and reuse facility specifically to accept and process contaminated soil.“I’m absolutely shocked that the State Government thinks a proposal like this is appropriate. We’re talking about toxic soil and hundreds of truck movements every day in an area where families live and work,” Cr Majdlik said.“This approval has not taken into account community or council feedback and I’m deeply concerned and disappointed about the consequences of this decision.“It’s a significant step in the process, we’re talking about a permanent facility that would be able to accept contaminated soil projects indefinitely. This is outrageous and our residents do not deserve this. Council advocated extremely hard to stop the Ravenhall tip expansion and now the site is being considered to be a dumping ground for toxic soil, it’s absolutely appalling.“The west is not a dumping ground for toxic waste and our residents deserve better.“If you object to this plan, I’d urge you to sign the Stop the Soil petition, and contact your local State Government MP and the Minister for Planning, Richard Wynne to voice your concerns about this proposal. They must be made aware of how outraged our residents are that such a proposal could even be considered so close to residential houses, before it’s too late. They must listen to their constituents, they must stop this from happening in our backyard.”Cleanaway will now await a decision from the contractor Transurban, to learn whether Ravenhall is the preferred site for the West Gate Tunnel soil.Maddingley Brown Coal in Bacchus Marsh and Hi-Quality in Bulla are also seeking the tender to accept the soil. Maddingley Brown Coal today received approval of its Planning Scheme Amendment while Hi-Quality’s is awaiting approval.Anyone opposed to toxic soil being dumped in Ravenhall is encouraged to sign the petition at stopthesoil.com.au and contact their local MP and the Minister for Planning directly. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:amendment, Bacchus Marsh, Bulla, community, council, Government, local council, Melbourne, Melton, Melton City Council, Minister, Petition, planning, project, Ravenhall, truck, Tunnel, Victoria, voicelast_img read more

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Ducati doubles its pistons for the 2018 Panigale

first_img PlayThe Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everPlay3 common new car problems (and how to prevent them) | Maintenance Advice | Driving.caPlayFinal 5 Minivan Contenders | Driving.caPlay2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge | Ministry of Interior Affairs | Driving.caPlayThe 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is a new take on Canada’s fave truck | Driving.caPlayBuying a used Toyota Tundra? Check these 5 things first | Used Truck Advice | Driving.caPlayCanada’s most efficient trucks in 2021 | Driving.caPlay3 ways to make night driving safer and more comfortable | Advice | Driving.caPlayDriving into the Future: Sustainability and Innovation in tomorrow’s cars | Driving.ca virtual panelPlayThese spy shots get us an early glimpse of some future models | Driving.ca Buy It! Princess Diana’s humble little 1981 Ford Escort is up for auction An engagement gift from Prince Charles, the car is being sold by a Princess Di “superfan” And finally in Ducati news there’s a Corsa version of the 959 Panigale with a titanium exhaust system by Akropovic that helps liberate 150-hp from the 955-cc V-twin. Ohlins suspension makes the grade on the top-of-the-line version of Ducati’s mid-sized sportster and there are enhanced electronic riders’ aids so that you trip to the track is made easier. Meanwhile, at the other end of Ducati’s lineup, there’s a new Scrambler. Already the biggest volume model in Ducati’s lineup, the Scrambler gets a new 1,079-cc iteration for 2018, the big V-twin joining in the 399-cc and 803-cc machines to round off its lineup of its iconic retro-modern (quasi) dirt bike.Essentially, what Ducati has done is resurrect its previous-generation, large-displacement air-cooled twin, newly homologated it for Euro4 emissions standards and plopped it into an only slightly modified Scrambler chassis. Keeping with the Scrambler’s rider friendly motif, the 1,079-cc 90-degree twin only boasts 86 horsepower but Ducati says its grunty 65 pound-feet of torque is available as low as 4,750 rpm.Thanks to the new upper “trellis” subframe, the 1100’s wheelbase grows to a rangy 1,514-mm (59.6 inches), an increase of 69-mm (2.7 in.) over the 803-cc version. Nonetheless, the larger Scrambler should emulate its smaller sibling’s light handling with almost identical 24.5 degrees of rake and a short 111-mm of trail, not to mention the fact that its all-up wet weight is but 206 kilos (454 pounds) and the wide upswept handlebar offers the rider plenty of steering leverage.Despite its status as the entry-level Ducati, the Scrambler gets a full complement of high-tech riding aids. Cornering ABS prevents wheel lock up even when leaned over and there are four levels of traction control. Like so many Ducatis there are also three electronically controlled riding modes as well: Active (which give full power and the quickest throttle response), Journey (with max 86-hp as well but more contained throttle response) and City (power reduced to 75-hp married to maximum traction control).Of course, the Scramber’s raison d’etre is its urban styling and here the 1100 doesn’t stray too far from the design of the original. Oh, the exhaust system is noticeably larger and a new round headlight (with something the company calls its X-grille, a feature Ducati says is “inspired by the tape once applied on off-road bikes back in the ’70s to protect the headlight assembly), but the rest of the newly-enhanced Scrambler is very familiar, right down to the base model’s “’62 Yellow” paint.Multistrada 1260Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.22018 Ducati Multistrada 1260 The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever The Multistrada, meanwhile, gets an upgrade to the XDiavel’s 1,262-cc V-twin with Ducati’s Desomodromic Variable Timing technology. It’s a welcome additional, the XDiavel’s version of Ducati’s iconic 90-degree L-twin the torquiest of them all — 85 per cent of its 95.5 pound-feet of torque is available as low as 3,500 rpm — but still putting out a serious 158 horses. Hence the need for Ducati’s electronic Wheelie Control system. There’s even a new Pikes Peak version of the Multistrada 1260 commemorating the company’s three victories in America’s most famous street race. A longer swingarm, a new front end and top-of-the-line Ohlins suspension celebrate the Pike Peak’s road racing prowess as does a special paint job. It is, no doubt, history in the making; not quite as historic as if, say, Harley-Davidson dumped its big twin, but revolutionary nonetheless. Every big Ducati sportbike since Paul Smart’s famed victory at the 1972 Imola 200 has followed the same format: Two big pistons arranged in an L-twin format with Desmodromic valve actuation to help spin the big beasts to ever higher rpm.Until today. In a recent reveal of the Italian marque’s 2018 bikes, Ducati is, for the first time ever, using a V4 in its top-line sport bike. The rest of the lineup gets some welcome upgrades as well.The Panigale V4Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.22018 Ducati Panigale V4 advertisement 959 Panigale CorsaCreated with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.22018 Ducati 959 Panigale Corsa One supposes the leap to four cylinders was inevitable. Ducati’s MotoGP bikes have always sported four cylinders. And certainly, there were signs, most notably the Desmosedici RR of 2008 that it might go with a similarly configured streetbike. But the RR was a pure MotoGP replica that sold for stupid money and, while the new Desmosedici Stradale engine is certainly MotoGP-derived, the Panigale V4’s pricing is more in line with current Ducati production superbikes.Nonetheless, it’s got some serious pedigree, even the 1,103-cc road-going version boasting 214 horsepower — a WSBK-serious 226-hp is available if you opt for the optional Akropovic exhaust system — and a 14,000 rpm redline. Like the MotoGP racer, the 90-degree V4 is rotated backwards by 42-degrees for a very compact unit and the crankshaft rotates counter to the direction of the wheels to reduce gyroscopic effect (which slows down steering on a motorcycle).Three variations of the Panigale V4 will be produced initially. (Interestingly, while the new Panigale V4 is obviously aimed at making Ducati more competitive in World Superbike racing, the initial models will displace 1,103-cc; only later will a 1,000-cc WSBK-homologated version be produced.) While the base V4 rides on a Showa Big Piston Fork and Sachs rear monoshock (both mechanically adjustable for damping and preload), the S adds the latest Ohlins electronically-adjustable suspension front and rear, various magnesium bits and a lightweight lithium-ion battery. The top-of-the-line Speciale gets all that plus an alcantara seat, adjustable footpegs, a bunch of carbon fibre bits, Ducati’s latest data recoding system and that aforementioned Akropovic racing exhaust system. Scrambler 1100Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.22018 Ducati Scrambler 1100 Trending Videos Trending in Canada RELATED TAGSDucatiNewsAutomotive EnginesAutomotive ReviewsAutomotive TechnologyCars and Car DesignCulture and LifestyleDavid BoothDucati DesmosediciDucati Motor Holding SpAHarley-Davidson Inc.MotoGPMotorcycle RacingMotorsportsPaul SmartScience and TechnologySportsTechnologyUnited States COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2 2018 Ducati Panigale V4 The announcement of the Panigale V4 pushes forward the demise of the V-twin superbike. Oh, there will be plenty of Duke twins in the future, but all of its sportiest models — the ones the company goes World Superbike racing with — will now have four pistons, not two, arranged in a vee. At least, the classic 90 degrees between banks of cylinders is retained and, of course, the company’s trademark Desmodromic valvetrain is retained. We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. See More Videos ‹ Previous Next ›last_img read more

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In the Garage: A treasure trove of history

first_img The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever Q: What tools are in your collection and where did they come from?A: They’re mostly family tools. Of course, I’ve still got tools like my first socket set, etc., but I’ve also got a tool box my dad had that belonged to my great grandfather. A bunch of the larger tools, such as the compressor, welder, bandsaw for cutting steel – those were all my dads’. A lot of hand tools were his, and he always put a mark on the tool, sometimes initials or a phone number. When he was really having fun, he’d write ‘Stolen from Don Siewert’ or ‘@&#$ off! This is Don Siewerts’. Now, it’s cool to pick up one of those and see that on there and feel connected to him.Q: Which tool or tools do you use most often?A: The thing I use most often as a tool is a bench. It’s got a 20-inch by 30-inch cast iron top, it weighs a lot and if you’re mocking something up you can clamp stuff down to it. It’s great for working on welding projects. The top is a piece my brother Rob had, and built the stand. It’s on bottle jacks and casters so it’s easy to move around, and I’ve got a receiver set up to attach a vise or a ring roller. I used to attach an anvil, but now I have a big mobile anvil that was dads.Q: How did you learn to use the tools? Did you go to school, did someone teach you, or do you watch YouTube videos?A: Mostly it was coaching from dad and then trial and error. Dad was a really good teacher. I went into electronics and now am an IT guy – so the tools in the garage are a world apart from my day job. I think it makes working in the garage even more enjoyable.RELATED “There was always a big garage in the backyard,” Siewert fondly recalls of his childhood. “My mom worked a night shift, and my dad worked days—so he’d call a babysitter to look after us while he was in the garage. When we got older we’d go out there with him and I remember Kub Kars, go karts, and sitting in his 1928 Ford Phaeton project that he bought in 1962.”Don – who was a mechanic by trade first and then an autobody man — kept Mike and his brother Rob entertained by paying them to do minor prep work“He gave us the whole attitude that you can build it or fix it yourself, you don’t have to find someone to do it for you,” Siewert says.Siewert and his family have been in their house for 30 years, but his own 24-foot by 30-foot garage has only been up for 18 years.“The delay just made it better,” Siewert says of getting his own workspace.Prior to the garage, he had a tent on the driveway tucked up beside the house. Under the tent, he parked the 1928 Model A that he built with his dad. In 1991, Siewert and his wife Susan and their two young children drove that Model A across Canada to Prince Edward Island.At that time, Siewert mostly had hand tools around but he could access bigger tools at his dad’s place. Don died six years ago, and many of his tools went to Mike. What follows is what we learned about Siewert and the tools he uses on the projects in his garage. Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Mike at home in his garage, with the cast iron ‘table’ to the lower left that he uses most often.Mike Siewert, Driving Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2An overall sense of Mike’s workspace is evident here, with his 1928 Model A to the right and the Highboy Roadster his dad Don built up front.Mike Siewert, Driving Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Mike’s brother Rob donated the cast iron top and Mike built the stand. He says this little table is an indispensable tool in his garage.Mike Siewert, Driving Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Mocking up a Calgary Stampede Show Band project on Mike’s cast iron work table.Mike Siewert, Driving Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2As a volunteer for the Calgary Stampede Show Band, Mike builds and repairs many props and music stands for the group. Here’s the ‘chuck’ for the colour guard under construction.Mike Siewert, Driving Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2And here’s the finished product, ready for action at the Calgary Stampede as the Show Band tours the grounds.Mike Siewert, Driving Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2That’s a 1928 Ford Model A Phaeton once owned by Mike Siewert’s dad, Don. The car has been in the family since 1962, and is now in Mike’s Calgary garage.Mike Siewert, Driving Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Cluttered or neatly organized — Mike’s garage is filled with memorabilia as well as a milling machine, antique drill press and a bench grinder.Mike Siewert, Driving Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Plenty to look at in Mike’s garage — it’s filled with little treasures.Mike Siewert, Driving Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2A home for everything in MIke’s workspace.Mike Siewert, Driving July 28: American Motors Club of Alberta show and shine in Nanton on Ball Diamond No. 3 during Bikes and Bombers at the Bomber Command Museum of Canada, Highway 2 South at 17 Street. Events run 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., with AMC registration from 10 a.m. to noon. The Lancaster Merlin V-12 engine runs at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. For more information about the AMC event, contact Derek Seath at 403-252-8571 or email [email protected] For Bikes and Bombers call 403-646-2270, or visit www.bombercommandmuseum.ca See More Videos Trending Videos Mike Siewert is a handy man around cars, bicycles and the Calgary Stampede Show Band.With three Model As, cars are a hobby that would have been hard for him to ignore. His dad, Don, was building hotrods as early as 1954. As an aside, Don’s work was recognized in 2009 when he was inducted into the Canadian Street Rodding Hall of Fame.Bicycles, from vintage rides to modern machines, have long been of interest to Siewert. And the Show Band? That happened when his son, Robert, took up an instrument, joined the band and Mike started volunteering. Now, in his oversize garage in Calgary, Siewert repairs or builds whatever the band needs to keep their show on the road. COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2 Mike Siewert sits on the front wheel of his dad’s 1928 Model A in his action-packed garage. PlayThe Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everPlay3 common new car problems (and how to prevent them) | Maintenance Advice | Driving.caPlayFinal 5 Minivan Contenders | Driving.caPlay2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge | Ministry of Interior Affairs | Driving.caPlayThe 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is a new take on Canada’s fave truck | Driving.caPlayBuying a used Toyota Tundra? Check these 5 things first | Used Truck Advice | Driving.caPlayCanada’s most efficient trucks in 2021 | Driving.caPlay3 ways to make night driving safer and more comfortable | Advice | Driving.caPlayDriving into the Future: Sustainability and Innovation in tomorrow’s cars | Driving.ca virtual panelPlayThese spy shots get us an early glimpse of some future models | Driving.ca advertisement Driving wants to get inside your garageQ: What’s the most important project in the garage right now?A: Right now, with Stampede on, my main thing this week is keeping it empty because when the Show Band breaks something I have to fix it. I’m ‘on call’ for repairs. Just before Stampede I built the colour guard ‘chuck’, and it’s used to haul around all the flags and props. I’ve got dad’s 1928 Phaeton, and while it’s an important project it’s also a bit of an irritant. I’m wobbling on a precipice – do I really need three Model As? I have a hard time driving the two (the ’28 I built with Dad, and his ’30 ‘Highboy Roadster hotrod) that are there. If I dive into the Phaeton, I’ll have parts everywhere. I inventoried and photographed every piece I’ve got, and for now I’m letting it stew. I might abandon the path Dad was on (to restore it and make it factory correct) and turn it into a hotrod.Q: Is there anyone else in the house or in your life interested in working in the garage?A: My son, Robert is starting to mess around with tools, but he’s more a social work kind of guy. He was recently over here working to build some yard games for the kids at Hull Services. His patience and ability to stay calm is just astounding. When he was younger, he’d come out if we were working on a project or work on his own bicycle, but he was more into social sciences and music – I sometimes thought there’d be a jazz band out in the shop instead of cars and tools. He’s definitely picked up some talents, and he told me he could have bought the toys for the kids but that would have been harder on the budget and there’s a respect that comes from the kids because he built them.If you have a workspace filled with tools, projects or memories and are willing to share, let me know; I’d be pleased to write it up. Email me at [email protected]’S NEXTJuly 21: At Stanley Park (4011 1A St. S.W.) it’s the 2018 European Classic Car Meet, hosted by the Vintage Sports Car Club of Calgary. Show runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Vehicle entry at the gate starts at 8 a.m. and is $20, free for spectators. Visit www.vsccc.ca for more information. Buy It! Princess Diana’s humble little 1981 Ford Escort is up for auction An engagement gift from Prince Charles, the car is being sold by a Princess Di “superfan” Trending in Canada RELATED TAGSClassic CarsCalgaryClassic Cars & TrucksNew Vehicles ‹ Previous Next › We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information.last_img read more

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John Cena’s Ford GT is up for sale again this weekend

first_img We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. ‹ Previous Next › RELATED TAGSFordGTNews PlayThe Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everPlay3 common new car problems (and how to prevent them) | Maintenance Advice | Driving.caPlayFinal 5 Minivan Contenders | Driving.caPlay2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge | Ministry of Interior Affairs | Driving.caPlayThe 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is a new take on Canada’s fave truck | Driving.caPlayBuying a used Toyota Tundra? Check these 5 things first | Used Truck Advice | Driving.caPlayCanada’s most efficient trucks in 2021 | Driving.caPlay3 ways to make night driving safer and more comfortable | Advice | Driving.caPlayDriving into the Future: Sustainability and Innovation in tomorrow’s cars | Driving.ca virtual panelPlayThese spy shots get us an early glimpse of some future models | Driving.ca Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2 2017 Ford GT Trending Videos Buy It! Princess Diana’s humble little 1981 Ford Escort is up for auction An engagement gift from Prince Charles, the car is being sold by a Princess Di “superfan” The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever ‘Not-for-sale’ Ford GT to be auctioned – again – this monthcenter_img The 2017 Ford GT bought new by wrestler John Cena and sold – in breach of Ford’s ownership contract – about a year ago is going up for sale again, this time crossing the Russo & Steele auction block in Monterey, California.Ford just two months ago settled the lawsuit it’d launched against Cena for violating the clause in the GT buyer’s agreement that says he had to retain ownership for two years after purchase.As a result, the auction house is referring to serial number 77 as the “first and only unencumbered 2017 Ford GT to be sold at auction.” See More Videos The dealership that bought the car from Cena, Chico, California-based New Autos Inc., is also handling its resale on behalf of its second owner, an anonymous 78-year-old California farmer, reports Jalopnik.“This is a guy who could afford a Pagani, he could afford a Bugatti,” dealership president Bernie Knaus told the blog. “But this was going to be his last great car for himself, and he wanted it to be an American car. And not only an American car, but he wanted it to be a Ford.”Knaus says the farmer uses tonnes of Ford F-Series trucks to run his farm, counts a 2005 Ford GT as his pride-and-joy, and is constantly giving back to his community, but nevertheless had his application rejected by Ford when he applied to buy a 2017 GT two years ago.Cena’s sale let him finally obtain the dream car, but a year after buying it, he’s selling it because back issues are making it hard for him to get in and out of the car.“He’s a guy who thinks, ‘Hey, this car should be driven. It shouldn’t be sitting there. That’s not what it was built for,’” Knaus said.The car showed just 48 km on the odometer when Cena sold it, and is now being sold by Russo & Steele with 1,005 km on the clock. The car will cross the auction block August 25.RELATED COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS advertisement Ford stretching GT production into fifth year, taking new applicationsOnly one other GT has ever been sold at auction, changing hands for a top bid of almost US$1.7 million in May of this year. (The cars are selling new for US$450,000, but buyers have to apply and be selected by Ford.)The auction company that brokered the sale, Mecum Auctions, is currently facing a lawsuit from Ford over the transaction, but, undeterred by the legal action, is also re-selling that car this weekend.When Ford found out about Cena’s sale of the car, it originally sought to get the car back. When Cena and Ford reached a settlement over the matter for an undisclosed amount, the automaker agreed to donate the money to charity. Trending in Canadalast_img read more

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In Napa Valley, Health and Safety Are Top Priorities for Grape…

first_imgPinterest Linkedin Twitter ReddIt Email Facebook AdvertisementNAPA, CA (April 15, 2020) – As the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic creates upheaval for communities across the state, Napa Valley farmers and vineyard managers are ensuring that working in agriculture remains one of the safest places to be.As the growing season gets underway, growers are starting each day with briefings and reminders  about health and safety.  Early in the battle against COVID-19, the Napa Valley Grapegrowers developed a list of enhanced safety protocols for vineyard crews and winery workers.  The publication was distributed in English and Spanish and was made available on NVG’s dedicated COVID-19 resources web page.  These protocols are updated as the crisis evolves.“We are committed to supporting growers through resources like our Best Practices protocol and regular, timely webinars explaining how to navigate through these challenging times.  We have to always remember that people are our greatest resource, and that this is a community of agriculture.  Ensuring that farming can safely continue is paramount to Napa’s ultimate recovery from this pandemic.  Providing health and safety protocols, plus workshops that support businesses are the first steps”, said Jennifer Putnam, Executive Director for the Napa Valley Grapegrowers and the Napa Valley Farmworker Foundation.An example of Napa growers going above and beyond to support their vineyard crews during the pandemic is Renteria Vineyard Management, which employs over 300 farmworkers.  Brittany Pederson, Director of Viticulture for Renteria Vineyard Management, says the company is implementing all NVG safety protocols, which include additional handwashing stations and toilets, safe spacing between individuals (typically one vineyard row or 3 vines apart), staggered lunches, and regular check-ins to ensure everyone feels healthy.  The company is also providing individual meals and water bottles.  Pederson noted that her team members are eager to come to work, which allows them to support their families.For more information about Napa Valley Grapegrowers resources, please refer to www.napagrowers.orgAbout the Napa Valley GrapegrowersThe Napa Valley Grapegrowers is a non-profit trade organization that has played a vital role in strengthening Napa Valley’s reputation as a world-class viticultural region for 45 years.  Its mission is to preserve and promote Napa Valley’s world-class vineyards. NVG represents 726 Napa County grape growers and associated businesses.  Visit Napa Valley Grapegrowers and follow on Facebook and InstagramAbout the Napa Valley Farmworker FoundationFounded by the Napa Valley Grapegrowers in 2011, the mission of the Napa Valley Farmworker Foundation is to support and promote Napa Valley’s vineyard workers through education and professional development. The Napa Valley Farmworker Foundation is the only one of its kind in the United States, providing educational opportunities, advanced training programs, leadership and management classes, English literacy programs, and much more. To date, the Farmworker Foundation has offered education and professional development opportunities to more than 21,000 vineyard workers and their families.Visit  Napa Valley Farmworker Foundation and follow on Facebook and InstagramAdvertisement Share Previous articleSte. Michelle Wine Estates Takes Action to Benefit Communities Affected by COVID-19Next articleCrimson Wine Group Introduces Support Our Sommeliers (SOS) Program Press Release Home Industry News Releases In Napa Valley, Health and Safety Are Top Priorities for Grape GrowersIndustry News ReleasesWine BusinessIn Napa Valley, Health and Safety Are Top Priorities for Grape GrowersBy Press Release – April 15, 2020 188 0 TAGSNapa Valley Farmworker FoundationNapa Valley Grapegrowers last_img read more

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KBUG

first_imgIshihara Park (Buffer Park) ProjectAs part of the construction of the new Buffer Park at 2909 Exposition Blvd, ‘NO PARKING’ signs will be posted along portions of Exposition Blvd to allow for the construction of sections of new curb and gutter. In addition, the sidewalk on the eastside of Stewart St. at Exposition Blvd. and along Exposition Blvd to Dorchester Ave. will remain closed. The closure of part of the northbound bike lane on Stewart Street at the intersection of Stewart St. and Exposition Blvd will also remain in effect. Directional signage has been posted alerting pedestrians and bicyclists of the impediments caused by the construction project. For more information, contact Sebastian Felbeck, Construction Manager, at (310) 434-2675. HomeNewsTransportationKBUG Jan. 30, 2017 at 8:00 amTransportationKBUGeditor4 years agoBerkeley Street Improvement ProjectIshihara Park (Buffer Park) ProjectKBUGKBUG santa monicaknow before you goLos Amigos Park Stormwater Harvesting And Direct Use Demonstration Projectsanta monica kbugWastewater Main Replacement ProjectWater Main Replacement ProjectA worker dumps a load of dirt at the site of the future terminus of the Expo Light Rail Line. (Daniel Archuleta) Know Before You Go Water Main Replacement ProjectFor the week of January 30, the contractor will begin removal and replacement of the water main on Ocean Avenue between Colorado Avenue and Pico Boulevard Street. Please expect temporary lane closures on Ocean Avenue in the southbound direction, one lane will be maintained at all times. Should you have any questions, please contact Carlos Rosales, Project Manager (310) 458-8721 ext. 2620 or Mike Masengale, Berg & Assoc, Construction Manager, (424) 536-7030. Los Amigos Park Stormwater Harvesting And Direct Use Demonstration ProjectFor the week of January 30, the contractor will continue work with the installation of plumbing to restrooms, equipment pads, and restoration of baseball fields. Construction for the first phase was completed and traffic control on 5th Street was removed. Hollister Ave. between 5th and 6th Streets will remain closed to through traffic. Should you have any questions, please contact Carlos Rosales, Project Manager (310) 458-8721 ext. 2620 or Scott Neumann, Construction Manager (310) 525-0683. Tags :Berkeley Street Improvement ProjectIshihara Park (Buffer Park) ProjectKBUGKBUG santa monicaknow before you goLos Amigos Park Stormwater Harvesting And Direct Use Demonstration Projectsanta monica kbugWastewater Main Replacement ProjectWater Main Replacement Projectshare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentSMMUSD begins budget cut discussionsWoman arrested for forgeryYou Might Also LikeK-BugNewsKBUGGuest Author3 days agoNewsknow before you goeditor1 month agoFeaturedK-BugTransportationKnow Before You Goeditor2 months agoFeaturedNewsTransportationCouncil restricts development through Emergency Interim Zoning OrdinanceBrennon Dixson3 months agoFeaturedNewsTransportationTransit patterns and street use transformed over the past yearClara Harter3 months agoNewsTransportationKnow Before You Goeditor3 months agocenter_img Berkeley Street Improvement ProjectFor the week of January 30, the contractor will be working on new concrete medians and bulb-outs along Berkeley Street between Lipton Avenue and Stanford Street. The work includes the installation of landscaping and water lines. Traffic control will be set up. Should you have any questions, please contact Curtis Castle, City of Santa Monica Construction Manager (310) 458-8721 ext. 5048. Citywide Sidewalk Repair ProjectFor the week of January 30, removal and replacement of sidewalks will occur on the following streets:14th Street through Centinela Avenue (between Colorado Avenue and Pico Boulevard)Colorado Avenue through Pico Boulevard (between 14th Street and Centinela Avenue)Should you have any questions, please contact Jamie Atkinson, City of Santa Monica, Project Manager (310) 458-8721 ext. 5081 or Craig Wheeler, Assistant Construction Manager, (951) 522-4505. Wastewater Main Replacement ProjectFor the week of January 30, the Contractor will continue with removal and replacement of the sewer main on Marguerita Place North between 1st Court and 7th Street. The contractor will also continue cleaning and video inspection of the sewer main on Ocean Front Walk from Ashland Avenue to the Santa Monica Pier. During these operations, traffic control will be set up. Should you have any questions, please contact Carlos Rosales, Project Manager (310) 458-8721 ext. 2620 or Tim Scheffer, Construction Manager (909) 376-0275.last_img read more

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Council to debate building more, but less affordable, housing

first_imgHomeNewsCity CouncilCouncil to debate building more, but less affordable, housing Mar. 25, 2019 at 8:00 amCity CouncilFeaturedGovernmentNewsPoliticsCouncil to debate building more, but less affordable, housingMadeleine Pauker2 years agoAHPPcity councilcity of santa monicahousingKevin McKeownAffordable housing development High Place East (Daniel Archuleta) City Council will temporarily prevent developers from including affordable housing intended for extremely low-income households to increase the number of affordable units in the city overall.The City of Santa Monica requires developers to include affordable units in their projects or pay into an affordable housing fund. Current rules have incentivized developers to include the smallest number of affordable units possible, preventing Santa Monica from reaching its affordable housing goals. Council will vote to alter those rules at its meeting Tuesday.“Council has directed staff to temporarily eliminate the extremely low-income option to allow staff to continue to work on a more comprehensive update to the Affordable Housing Production Program (AHPP) so we can ensure we’re balancing needs for affordable housing at a variety of income levels,” said Roxanne Tanemori, the city’s acting planning manager.Voters passed Proposition R in 1990 to require that 30 percent of all new multi-family housing be affordable, but the AHPP gave developers the option to build fewer units for extremely low-income tenants instead of constructing more units for other low-income tenants. Council adopted that option in 2012 because 95 percent of households on the City’s affordable housing waitlist were extremely or very low-income.Depending on the project’s size, developers can choose to set aside five to 7.5 percent of the units for households making 30 percent of the Los Angeles area’s median income, 10 or 15 percent for households making 50 percent of the median income, or 20 or 30 percent for households making 80 percent of the median income.Under those rules, the City is projected to fall short of the Measure R requirement between 2013 and 2021 by five percent, and has not met the requirement on an annual basis since fiscal year 2013-2014. City Council will vote Tuesday to temporarily suspend the extremely low-income option and begin drafting new affordable housing and density requirements.“The financial incentive to allow a development to deed-restrict a low number of units for extremely-low income households has perhaps been too successful, and has ultimately impacted the City’s ability to meet annual Proposition R targets,” City staff wrote in a report on the proposed changes.Staff will likely draw from the Downtown Community Plan (DCP), which requires a mix of units at appropriate sizes and affordability levels, in crafting changes to the AHPP.The City will engage HR&A Advisors, Inc. with $150,000 in a combination of local and state funding to recommend affordable housing requirements that would be financially feasible for developers. The study will take six to eight months to complete and review.When Council first considered the idea in January, some questioned whether mandating that developers reserve more units for lower-income tenants could discourage them from building more housing of any kind.Mayor Gleam Davis said no developers have applied to build housing downtown since the City adopted the DCP and questioned whether suspending the option would depress the production of new housing overall.Paula Larmore, who has served on the Chamber of Commerce’s Land Use and Circulation Element Subcommittee, said forcing developers to set aside a higher proportion of affordable units could render projects financially unviable. She said the City risks losing any potential housing by trying to make more of it affordable.Larmore also said in a memo to Council that as of 2014, 79 percent of people on the City’s affordable housing waitlist qualify as extremely low-income.Councilmember Kevin McKeown said in January that the City is only suspending the option temporarily and may allow developers to build extremely low-income housing in the future.madeleine @smdp.comTags :AHPPcity councilcity of santa monicahousingKevin McKeownshare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentBarno of Kenya, Merachi of Ethiopia win Los Angeles MarathonNew accusations describe second child abuser at PALYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall8 hours agoNewsWedding boom is on in the US as vendors scramble to keep upAssociated Press19 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson19 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter19 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor19 hours agoNewsBruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for moreAssociated Press19 hours agolast_img read more

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¡Beth, Blase and Gary – Presente!

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Tags :Beth Leder-Packblase bonpanedeathGary Stewartmemorialobituarypass awayPresentesanta monicanshare on Facebookshare on Twittershow 1 comment Comments are closed. 1 Comment center_img HomeOpinionColumns¡Beth, Blase and Gary – Presente! Apr. 22, 2019 at 5:30 amColumnsCommunity ProfilesInside/OutsideLifeNewsObituaryPeople¡Beth, Blase and Gary – Presente!Mike Feinstein2 years agoBeth Leder-Packblase bonpanedeathGary Stewartmemorialobituarypass awayPresentesanta monican By Michael Feinstein. Inside/Outside. April 22, 2019When someone close to you passes away, you often think about how to keep them in your heart and mind.Three great Santa Monicans passed away recently – Beth Leder-Pack (March 30), Blase Bonpane (April 8) and Gary Stewart (April 12).  All three lived progressive values in their daily lives and in their activism – and sometimes both were one and the same.Beth Leder-PackBeth made her mark locally in Santa Monica.  An Ocean Park resident from the Borderline Neighborhood, Beth practiced her values working in Santa Monica’s Rent Control Department for 25 years, patiently and thoughtfully providing comprehensive information to people feeling vulnerable in their tenancy and their homes, about how rent control laws applied to them.Outside of her day job, Beth was a board member for a range of community organizations,  pursuing issues of social justice and affordable housing in a classic, bottom-up way: on the board of her neighborhood organization (the Ocean Park Community Organization), her neighborhood church (the Church in Ocean Park), and the local non-profit affordable housing provider (Community Corporation of Santa Monica). And where there wasn’t an existing organization to help promote progressive values, Beth helped create one, being a founding member of Santa Monicans Allied for Responsible Tourism (SMART), which brought Santa Monicans together to support fair wages and working conditions for workers in our local tourism industry.I first got to know Beth well in her role with SMART, and we penned an op/ed together “Santa Monica Hotel Workers Deserve Their Fair Share Treatment“ in December 1997 that laid out the philosophical and practical arguments for what would become the local living wage campaign over the next many years. Beth spoke her mind directly from conscience — without putting her finger to the political winds to see which way they were blowing — yet you could also have a open and respectful dialogue with her if you didn’t agree.Blase BonpaneBlase was an ordained priest sent to run a Maryknoll program in 1967 in Huehuetenango, Guatemala, where he was fundamentally transformed by seeing the United States on the wrong side of oppression there. In response, he wrote a column in the Washington Post exposing the killing of thousands of Guatemalan dissenters by US-backed government death squads, and blasting U.S. support for “an oligarchy of 2% of the Guatemalan people who possess 80% of the land and resultant power.”Soon afterwards the Guatemalan government expelled Blase, complaining that he was meddling in politics. Instead of accepting relocation by the church to Hawaii where he would have been under a gag order, Blase returned to California and begin his political activism, first taking a job with the United Farm Workers to be Cesar Chavez’s “right hand man”, then founding the Office of the Americas (OOA) in 1983 with his wife and life/activist partner Theresa (and with the help of donation from actor, activist and family friend Martin Sheen).During the 1980s when U.S. military and covert intervention in Central America was at its zenith, the OOA played a key intercultural role promoting peace and anti-militarism – organizing trips there so people could see firsthand the devastation and poverty resulting from US-backed conflicts; and bringing key social movement and political figures from Central America to the U.S. to tell their stories.  In December 1985 and January 1986, Blase led the International March for Peace in Central America, marching through seven countries from Panama to Mexico. In the decades since, Blase continued to be a major and respected voice for peace and justice, including going to Iraq in before the US 2003 invasion to try and prevent war, and hosting his “World Focus” radio show local Pacifica station KPFK. Said Noam Chomsky “If you can aspire to a fraction of what [Blase] has achieved, you will look back on a life well-lived.’” A Sunset Park resident, Blase loved walking along the beach in Ocean Park starting at lifeguard station #26. Being a station #24 person myself, I was lucky to run into him there on many occasions. As Blase got up in years (he passed away just two weeks short of his 90th birthday), I was always amazed to see him bouncing back from occasional health maladies that had many of us worried, to an incredibly vibrancy when he would be walking along the beach.“Faith for me” said Blase, “is more a matter of what we do, what our conduct is..When Paul speaks about faith, he’s talking about what people did, their willingness to take risks…Don’t wait for the perfect solution before acting or you will never do anything.” Blase certainly didn’t take risks in siding with the oppressed. Maybe that’s one reason he lived such a long, full and vibrant life. Gary StewartGary brought his progressive values into the music industry through his long career with Rhino Records. Called a ‘musical savant’ by Billboard Magazine, Gary started by working behind the counter at the Rhino Records store on Westwood Bl. in the mid 1970s. Over time, his vast knowledge of music grew him into a leadership role there, becoming Rhino’s senior vice president of A&R (Artists and Repertoire). In that role he catalogued, compiled and published otherwise unheralded and diverse artists, genres, eras and styles of music – empowering voices and cultures that would otherwise not be heard.Gary also was the impetus at Rhino of a program where employees who donated 18 hours of volunteer time per year for community work would get off the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day with pay.Outside of Rhino, Gary (a Sunset Park resident) worked on issues like living wages, progressive taxation, marriage equality, affirmative action and immigrant rights. He served on the boards of the Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy and the Social Venture Network, and was also active with the Community Coalition and the Liberty Hill Foundation. When there was an important regional progressive discussion among activists going on, Gary was likely at the table as a respected voice. He was also personally generous in financially supporting progressive causes and was an effective fundraiser for them.I first met Gary in the late 1970s when he worked behind the counter at Rhino, long before he was a major LA progressive or music exec. I was visiting LA on vacation from Minnesota and went into Rhino looking for live bootleg albums that you couldn’t find anywhere in the Midwest (other than in Madison, WI). Gary was just this really cool guy working there who knew music. It was impressive to watch him grow from those grassroots origins into a respected leader in his profession, industry, and the activist world. Again, someone acting upon their beliefs.Living is rememberingAs different as they were as individuals, Beth Leder-Pack, Blase Bonpane and Gary Stewart shared an innate sense of justice, and acted upon that in their daily lives. One way to honor and remember them, is to do the same in ours.Michael Feinstein is a former Santa Monica Mayor (2000-2002) and City Councilmember (1996-2004) .  He can be reached via Twitter @mikefeinstein‘Inside/Outside‘ is a periodic column about civic affairs Feinstein writes for the Daily Press, that takes advantage of his experience inside and outside of government. GEAH says: April 23, 2019 at 10:49 PM last_img read more