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Coronavirus: 5 more deaths and 416 new cases – 5 of them in Laois

first_img Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festival Pinterest By Steven Miller – 31st October 2020 Facebook WhatsApp Twitter There have been a further five deaths from Coronavirus, according to figures released by the Department of Health today, as well as 416 new cases.Of today’s cases, five of them are in Laois. That sees the 14-day incidence rate in Laois per 100,000 people rise/fall to 222.5. It was 238.8 on Friday.It is only the third time in the past 14 days that the case numbers in Laois have been lower than 10.It also means that the number of cases within the past 14 days in Laois is under 200 for the third day running. It is now 191, the lowest it has been since October 23.And with two successive days of 23 cases to go out of the calculations over the next two days, the Laois numbers could be set to fall further.In all across the country, there has now been a total of 61,456 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland and 1,913 deaths.Of the cases notified today;186 are men/230 are women64% are under 45 years of ageThe median age is 34 years old87 in Dublin, 62 in Cork, 41 in Mayo, 37 in Galway and the remaining 189 cases are spread across 20 other counties.As of 2pm today 320 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 41 are in ICU. 19 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health said; “We are making progress in suppressing the current rise of COVID-19.“Ireland is currently one of only four countries in the EU with a reduction in its 7-day incidence. Nationally, our reproductive number has reduced to about 1.0.“We are working collectively to achieve suppression, but it is too early to ease our efforts.“The incidence is decreasing in young adults but it continues to rise in those aged over 75. We have more to do but we are on the right track.”New Cases in LaoisOctober 30 – 5October 29 – 11October 28 – 11October 27 – 6October 26 – 11October 25 – 14October 24 – 19October 23 – 7October 22 – 13October 21 – 15October 20 – 19October 19 – 14October 18 – 23October 17 – 2314-day case rate in Laois per 100,000 populationOctober 30 – 222.5October 29 – 233.8October 28 – 230.2October 27 – 256.21October 26 – 252.67October 25 – 244.4October 24 – 234.96October 23 – 221.97October 22 – 219.2October 21 – 222October 20 – 212.5October 19 – 199.5October 18 – 186.5October 17 – 173.6New cases in Laois during past 14 daysOctober 30 – 191October 29 – 198October 28 – 195October 27 – 217October 26 – 214October 25 – 207October 24 – 199October 23 – 188October 22 – 186October 21 – 188October 20 – 180October 19 – 169October 18 – 158October 17 – 147SEE ALSO – Love Laois: Your really useful guide to Laois businesses selling online during Level 5 restrictions WhatsApp Electric Picnic Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Electric Picnic News Home News Council Coronavirus: 5 more deaths and 416 new cases – 5 of them… NewsCouncil Coronavirus: 5 more deaths and 416 new cases – 5 of them in Laois Bizarre situation as Ben Brennan breaks up Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael arrangement to take Graiguecullen-Portarlington vice-chair role Previous articleLaois girl in New Zealand launches fundraiser for small businesses for support up to ChristmasNext articleMakeup Artist Ruth Bergin on finding her passion, meeting a hero and silver linings Steven Millerhttp://www.laoistoday.ieSteven Miller is owner and managing editor of LaoisToday.ie. From Laois, Steven studied Journalism in DCU and has 14 years experience in the media, almost 10 of those in an editorial role. Husband of Emily, father of William and Lillian, he’s happiest when he’s telling stories or kicking a point. TAGSCoronavirus Pinterest Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival datelast_img read more

Pizza Comes to South Pyongan Province

first_imgNewsEconomy Pizza Comes to South Pyongan Province A Pyongyang pizzeria visited by tourist Andrew Cheng. Image: Andrew Cheng News US dollar and Chinese reminbi plummet against North Korean won once again SHARE News News By Daily NK – 2014.08.28 5:59pm AvatarDaily NKQuestions or comments about this article? Contact us at [email protected] North Korea Market Price Update: June 8, 2021 (Rice and USD Exchange Rate Only) There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest Sunchon, South Pyongan Province, has seen the introduction of a new pizzeria, known to be the first eatery serving  Western cuisine in any area of North Korea outside the capital.Tourist Andrew Cheng, who visited NorthKorea during celebrations for the anniversary of Kim Jong Il’s birth onFebruary 16, recorded in his travel journal that there were two pizza restaurants inPyongyang, using ingredients purportedly imported from Italy. The ingredientsat this establishment, however, are all imported from China, though it boasts aprofessional chef hailing from Pyongyang’s Jang Cheol Ku University, named forthe region where Kim Il Sung ate during the Anti-Japanese Resistance, andfamous for its cooking and hospitality major.A source in South Pyongan Province reportedto Daily NK on August 27th, “The Neungra 88 Trade Company Restaurant began atthe end of last year, and is very popular among the affluent population,”adding, “One pizza pie costs approximately 30,000 KPW [$3.50 USD].” He went onto explain that the variety topped with ground pork is the most popular, as theauthorities do not allow the consumption of beef and dole out harsh punishmentsto anyone who kills one without permission; oxen are considered a productiveresource and the sole property of the state.Knowledge of the term “pizza” does notexist among most, leading some residents in the area refer to the restaurant’sstaple item as “mixed buchimgae[pan-fried vegetable pancake].” North Korean authorities actively resist foreigninfluences, particularly from the English Language. While South Korea borrowswords from English, North Korea creates indigenous substitutes.Others refer to the varieties of piesavailable as “okonomiyaki [a Japanesesavory pancake] mixed buchimgae.” Okonomiyaki, the only version of aforeign fried pancake North Korean residents have been exposed to until now, brought in when tens of thousands of Koreans left Japan for North Korea,encouraged to repatriate by the pro-North Korean Chongryon [General Associationof Korean Residents in Japan].The source interpreted the restaurant’sestablishment as a sign that “foreign currency-targeted operations have startedto show interest in North Korean money as well.” The restaurant operates underthe “Neungra 88 Trade Company,” an arm of the Chosun Workers’ Party Finance andAccounting Department charged with procuring foreign currency. The companyusually sells coal and iron-ore, which fetch the most money in China, but alsomedication, alcohol, or anything else that may yield financial gains on the black market. Profitsare usually funneled directly back to the Finance and Accounting Department, orused to purchase lavish holiday gifts for Party cadres, who often distribute tradinglicenses, at a hefty fee, to other foreign-currency earning organizations toprocure more money.Increasing foreign food availability is thelatest method employed by these foreign-currency organizations to encourageresident spending, encouraged by the increased demand. The popularity ofChinese-style lamb kebabs spread more rapidly in the North than its Southerncounterpart.Mooncakes, a traditional Chinese dessert,have even made their way to family memorial service tables set up duringChuseok [the traditional Korean harvest festival]. These foreign-currencyearning operations are in fierce competition to bring in culinary traditionsfrom China, justified as measures to improve the quality of life for NorthKorean residents.The restaurant sits inside the YeonpoDistrict of Sunchon City, an emerging business area. An expressway stretchingto the edge of the Taedong River has been constructed to transport Anthracite[smokeless coal] produced in the coal mines into the city. Cargo handling for thesmokeless coal has shifted from the West Sea port of Nampo, to the inner cityarea near the Taedong River, galvanizing business activity in the YeonpoDistrict.Over 100 Chinese-manufactured trucks loadedwith anthracite coal pass through the area daily, giving rise to an expandingtransient population working in the commercial hub, which the source saidcontinues to fill up with buildings constructed by agencies of various levelseager to do business there.Operating from the first floorof a three-story building owned by the Neungra 88 Trade Company in theChiisagata District of the city, the pizzeria incorporates elements of Westerninterior design and features an expansive terrace complete with patio chairs to take insweeping views of the Taedong River.“In front of the restaurant there is anexpansive parking lot for its main patrons, the donju [new affluent middle class], to park their vehicles,” headded,” You can seem them every weekend, sporting sunglasses and coming toenjoy the mixed buchimgae.” He addedthat the restaurant offers take out service but that home delivery is not yetavailable.For foreign currency-earning enterprises toextend their activities domestically is indicative of the increasingpurchasing power of the middle-class. “Those without will continue to bewithout, but those with money can use the power and capital they possess to getricher and richer,” he concluded. 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Proponents shortlisted for Escarpment land release

first_imgProponents shortlisted for Escarpment land release Michael Ferguson,Minister for State GrowthMacquarie Point is powering ahead, with the road almost complete, remediation well advanced and private development a step closer.The Evaluation Panel, established by the Macquarie Point Development Corporation, has selected its preferred proponents to continue to the next stage of the competitive bid process.We have had strong interest in the site and two outstanding shortlisted developers will now move through to the Request for Proposal stage.The Evaluation Panel has assessed a number of well-developed expressions of interest from a variety of local and national proponents.The submissions were assessed against a number of criteria, including alignment with the Macquarie Point vision and guiding principles, the proponent’s capabilities and experience, and their economic and financial viability to deliver a high-quality and engaging development.Of key importance was the ability for the proponents to incorporate innovative and sustainable design elements along with public amenity and green space.The Request for Proposal stage will seek further detail in regards to design, a detailed schedule of works, financial offer and provide details on how the proposed development will have a positive impact on the local economy.In April this year, the Corporation released a pre-registration of interest campaign for The Escarpment to gauge market interest during COVID-19, with registrations received from international, national and local developers.The development of The Escarpment land parcel is a major milestone, which heralds a significant change in the site’s history. /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:AusPol, Australia, campaign, coronavirus, covid-19, Economy, Ferguson, Government, Impact, market, Minister, space, sustainable, TAS, Tasmanialast_img read more

Royal charities did not act outside charity law

first_imgRoyal charities did not act outside charity law The Commission opened a case into the MWX Foundation (charity number 1185074, established by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex) in July 2020. This followed concerns about the use of funds received by MWX Foundation from the charity ‘The Royal Foundation Of The Duke And Duchess Of Cambridge’, formerly ‘The Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex (‘the Royal Foundation’)’.MWX Foundation received an unrestricted grant of £145,000 from the Royal Foundation to start up the charity in 2019. A further £151,855 was received from the Royal Foundation to deliver Travalyst’s sustainable travel programme, which was transferred by MWX Foundation to Travalyst. In July 2020, the trustees made the decision to wind up the MWX Foundation.The regulator found:• the transfer of funds to MWX was in line with the governing document of the Royal Foundation and allowed under charity law.• the transfer of funds by MWX to Travalyst was also lawful.• Travalyst could receive charitable funds for the promotion of sustainable travel only, which is a charitable activity in law.• there was no evidence to suggest that any conflicts of interest between MWX and Travalyst were managed inappropriately.The Commission has provided the charity with regulatory advice to ensure that the funds transferred to Travalyst are applied for exclusively charitable purposes, and the Commission and the charity have agreed how the charity will comply with this guidance.The regulator also looked at MWX Foundation’s expenditure, finding almost half of its funds were spent on legal and administrative costs. Trustees can legitimately use charitable funds for legal advice and other professional and administrative costs to set up and close a charity and ensure it can operate effectively.The Commission noted that trustees took a decision to close this charity just 12 months after it was established, doing so during difficult and unexpected circumstances. It considers that the spending itself was not unreasonable given the unexpected events and unique circumstance which surrounded this charity and as such does not consider that further action is required.However, the Commission has found that decisions on spending were not adequately documented, limiting the ability of the trustees to demonstrate the reasons behind those decisions. The failure to properly record decisions does not represent best practice and is not in line with Charity Commission guidance.As in this case, the Commission accepts that trustees cannot predict future events when setting up charities.However, its general guidance is that those establishing a new charity must carefully consider whether doing so is the best and most efficient way of achieving the intended charitable aims, ensuring as far as possible that initial costs are offset by the charity’s longer-term impact.Helen Earner, Director of Regulatory Services at the Charity Commission, said:The public expects charities to make a real positive difference for the people they help or the cause they pursue. Where concerns are raised with us, whatever the charity, it’s right that we examine them and consider the issues carefully.In this case we have found that the trustees complied with their duties under charity law, and the transfers of funds between different organisations were in keeping with the charities’ governing documents, with conflicts of interest being appropriately managed.The MWX Foundation should, though, have done more to document its decisions, especially regarding the charity’s expenditure on legal and administrative costs.We also note that a substantial proportion of funds went into setting up and then winding up a charity that was active for a relatively short period of time. Trustees cannot predict future events when establishing a new charity – circumstances can change after a charity has been set up. But all trustees, before setting up a charity, should think about the longer term, and consider carefully whether a new charity is the best way of achieving the intended aims. This helps ensure that set up costs are offset by longer-term impact.As the charity is the process of winding up, and in addition to formal advice regarding the application of the funds to Travalyst, the Commission has offered the charity general guidance regarding the dissolution process.A separate case was opened into the Royal Foundation to investigate the decision to transfer funds to MWX Foundation. The Commission found the trustees of the Royal Foundation acted in accordance with the regulator’s guidance and found no issues of concern. /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:Cambridge, charity, Commission, director, failure, future, Government, Impact, investigation, law, spending, sustainable, travel, UK, UK Governmentlast_img read more

Hockinson’s 28-game football winning streak snapped

first_img Subscribe Connect with LoginI allow to create an accountWhen you login first time using a Social Login button, we collect your account public profile information shared by Social Login provider, based on your privacy settings. We also get your email address to automatically create an account for you in our website. Once your account is created, you’ll be logged-in to this account.DisagreeAgreeNotify of new follow-up comments new replies to my comments I allow to use my email address and send notification about new comments and replies (you can unsubscribe at any time). guestLabel Hockinson’s 28-game football winning streak snappedPosted by Paul ValenciaDate: Friday, September 13, 2019in: Sportsshare 0 Two-time defending state Class 2A champions lose on their own field to highly ranked opponent HOCKINSON — The greatest win streak in Clark County high school football history is now history.But that’s the thing: It is history.Hockinson tight end Jeremiah Faulstick (2) hauls in a pass that he converted into a touchdown in the Hawks’ loss to Archbishop Murphy Friday. Photo by Mike SchultzHockinson tight end Jeremiah Faulstick (2) hauls in a pass that he converted into a touchdown in the Hawks’ loss to Archbishop Murphy Friday. Photo by Mike SchultzHockinson’s 28-game win streak came to an end Friday night as Archbishop Murphy rolled into town, never trailed, and held off a late rally by the Hawks for a 27-21 victory.“It’s definitely special,” Jeremiah Faulstick said of the streak.Even in defeat, it is not the end of the world for the Hawks, who fell to 1-1 this season. Hockinson had not lost since the 2016 playoffs, going 14-0 in 2017 and 13-0 last year, claiming two Class 2A state championships.“This (loss) doesn’t have anything to do with us winning state again. That’s the big picture,” said Faulstick, who caught a touchdown pass in Hockinson’s attempt at a comeback. “Our focus is on winning state. If anything, this loss puts a chip on our shoulder, which we haven’t had in a long time.”Hockinson quarterback Levi Crum echoed those thoughts.“Twenty-eight in a row is pretty crazy,” he acknowledged. “It’s football, though. You’re not going to win every single game. There is going to be a time when all the cards don’t line up. A good football team like Archbishop Murphy is going to take advantage of it.”The Wildcats did just that. Quarterback Victor Gabalis scored two touchdowns, including one on a 74-yard run, and defensive end Josh McCarron had four sacks, leading Archbishop Murphy to victory.“It’s just incredible,” McCarron said. “We did extra gassers (sprints) preparing just for this game. We wanted to poke the bear.”The Wildcats enjoyed their moment — this win will make headlines throughout the state — but they also know this is only Week 2.“Don’t let this be the highlight of the season,” McCarron said. “We’re not coming just to beat Hockinson. We’re coming to win a state championship.”Hockinson standout receiver Peyton Brammer (9) reflects on his Hawks’ hard-fought struggles against Archbishop Murphy Friday. Photo by Mike SchultzHockinson standout receiver Peyton Brammer (9) reflects on his Hawks’ hard-fought struggles against Archbishop Murphy Friday. Photo by Mike Schultz Which means that both teams have the same goal. Hockinson coach Rick Steele would love another opportunity to play the Wildcats in November or December. “We shot all our toes off in this game, and we were still in position to win it,” Steele said. “As bad as we played, we were still in position.”That is what the Hawks will gain from this result. They trailed 14-0 and 21-7 and 27-14. Yet they got it to within six points and had the ball in the final minute with a shot.“When you shoot yourself in the foot that early, it’s hard to come back, hard to bounce back,” Crum said. “We did a great job of it. That second half showed how much heart we have. At least we made it a football game.”“We showed a lot of fight,” Faulstick said. “We were close.”Crum noted that no play in the second half cost the team the win. It was the tough start in the first quarter. The Hawks got inside the red zone on their first two possessions and started their third possession on Archbishop Murphy’s 23-yard line. Hockinson got nothing out of all three of those first-quarter drives.Both teams were penalized often and both suffered from the turnover bug. Only the team on the wrong end of the scoreboard, though, says what-if.“Being inside the 30 three times and didn’t score. You just can’t do that,” Steele said. “Penalties, penalties, penalties. Turnovers, turnovers, turnovers. They’re a damn good football team. Give them credit. But we didn’t do much to help ourselves. We’re going to learn a lot from this.“The beauty of it is we schedule non-league opponents to make us a better football team,” he added. “This loss makes us a better football team.”Peyton Brammer’s 26-yard touchdown pass from Crum made it 27-21 with 5:27 left to play in the game. The Hockinson defense would force a punt, and the Hawks got the ball back with 1:24 to play.Hockinson quarterback Levi Crum (14) attempts to get a pass off despite the efforts of an Archbishop Murphy defender. Photo by Mike SchultzHockinson quarterback Levi Crum (14) attempts to get a pass off despite the efforts of an Archbishop Murphy defender. Photo by Mike SchultzThe Hawks would get to their own 48-yard line — a fourth-down conversion with a Crum keeper — but three incompletions and a penalty made it fourth-and-long, and the Hawks were unable to convert.Gabalis gave the Wildcats the lead with a 74-yard touchdown run in the second quarter. After a Hockinson fumble, Mason Mathis scored on a 5-yard run for a 14-0 lead. The Hawks responded with an eight-play drive, capped by Cody Wheeler’s 5-yard touchdown.  Name*Email*Website I allow to create an accountWhen you login first time using a Social Login button, we collect your account public profile information shared by Social Login provider, based on your privacy settings. We also get your email address to automatically create an account for you in our website. Once your account is created, you’ll be logged-in to this account.DisagreeAgree guestLabel But the Wildcats needed less than two minutes to go up 21-7 on a 49-yard pass from Gabalis to Joe Ennis.Hockinson had a vintage 1-minute drive to return the favor, with Faulstick making a great catch in traffic for a 14-yard TD pass from Crum with 23 seconds left in the half.There was no scoring in the third quarter. Archbishop Murphy went up by two scores early in the fourth quarter on a QB keeper from Gabalis.The Hawks got the final touchdown — Brammer caught the 26-yard pass from Crum even though there was defensive pass interference on the play.The Hawks made it a game, made it interesting, but in the end could not extend their historic run.The goal for the 2019 season remains, though.And no matter what happens the rest of this campaign, Hockinson’s streak cannot be taken away from this group. Hockinson coach Rick Steele addresses histeam prior to Friday’s home game with Archbishop Murphy. Photo by Jacob GrannemanHockinson coach Rick Steele addresses histeam prior to Friday’s home game with Archbishop Murphy. Photo by Jacob GrannemanARCHBISHOP MURPHY 27, HOCKINSON 21AB Murphy 0 21 0 6—27Hockinson 0 14 0 7—21Second quarterABM — Victor Gabalis 74 run (Anthony Veneziani kick)ABM — Mason Mathis 5 run (Veneziani kick)H — Cody Wheeler 5 run (Troy Visnius kick)ABM — Joe Ennis 49 pass from Gabalis (Veneziani kick)H — Jeremiah Faulstick 14 pass from Levi Crum (Visnius kick)Fourth quarterABM — Gabalis 1 run (kick blocked)H — Peyton Brammer 26 pass from Crum (Visnius kick)Individual statisticsRUSHING: Archbishop Murphy — Mason Mathis 21-110, Gabalis 9-73, Ennis 14-46, Keivon Coleman 3-8, Team 1-(minus 1). Hockinson — Daniel Thompson 12-64, Wheeler 5-52, Crum 20-73, Makaio Juarez 1-6. PASSING: Archbishop Murphy — Gabalis 6-8-0-106, Colton Johnson 0-1-0-0. Hockinson — Crum 11-23-2-115.RECEIVING: Archbishop Murphy — Josiah Santiago 3-26, Ennis 1-49, Josh McCarron 2-31. Hockinson — Brammer 4-60, Faulstick 3-51, Juarez 1-9, Liam Mallory 2-3, Crum 1-(minus 8).Skyview 52, Columbia River 0Camas 70, Hazen 7Heritage 8, Hudson’s Bay 0Mountain View 47, Juanita 0Evergreen 62, Centralia 50Prairie 36, Washougal 6Winlock 47, Fort Vancouver 6Archbishop Murphy 27, Hockinson 21La Center 35, Woodland 6Ridgefield 42, King’s Way Christian 14Thursday’s result:Union 41, Steilacoom 13AdvertisementThis is placeholder textTags:Clark CountyHigh School Football 2019HockinsonHockinson Hawks 2019Latestshare 0 Previous : Portland Police lieutenant cleared over messages exchanged with Patriot Prayer leader Joey Gibson Next : Monday Sports Update • September 16, 2019AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Name*Email*Website 1 CommentOldest Newest Most Voted Inline FeedbacksView all commentslast_img read more

Climate Farmers of Sonoma County Video Series

first_imgEmail Facebook Previous articleArtesa Vineyards & Winery Announces the Release of Their Newest Vintage, 2020 Sauvignon BlancNext articleCelebrate National Rosé Day with Sonoma County Winemakers Press Release Share Pinterest Linkedin Twitter AdvertisementMay 11th – Sonoma County Winegrowers, in partnership with the California Land Stewardship Institute, is excited to launch a new video series showcasing how our local grape growers are working to be part of the climate solution. This first video Climate Farmers of Sonoma County – Episode 1 Sunnyview Vineyard – YouTube is from the Sunnyview Vineyard of Dutton Ranch in the heart of the Russian River Valley.  This site is not only unique for its climate adaptation practices, but it is also the home of the Sonoma County Winegrowers office and it has received a grant through California Department of Food & Agriculture (CDFA) to be a demo site to educate growers on sustainability, soil health and climate friendly farming. A new Climate Farmers of Sonoma County video will be released each month featuring a climate adaptation certification pilot partner. The videos can be seen on the Sonoma County Winegrowers’ YouTube channel.  Join us each month to learn more about the critical role agriculture plays in climate adaption. We recognize the important role of local climate solutions for our global climate issues and we invite you to join us in the movement to be part of the climate solution.Background on Climate Adaptation Certification:The Climate Adaptation Certification program created by the California Land Stewardship Institute (CLSI) uniquely creates climate farming scenarios that are custom for each vineyard. CLSI developed the Climate Adaptation Certification program with the goal to limit carbon dioxide and nitrous oxide emissions while focusing on carbon sequestration to improve the health of the soil and the farm.  The program meets both the State of California’s climate goals and the United States’ Department of Agriculture’s Healthy Soil goals.Based on the 20 sites in Sonoma County that participated in the pilot program, up to 2,184 metric tons of CO2 equivalents can be removed annually from the atmosphere.  This is the annual equivalent of charging more than 278 million smartphones or the electricity consumed in 370 American homes or more than 5.4 million miles driven by a passenger vehicle each year. It is estimated that agriculture is responsible for contributing only 8% of California’s Greenhouse Gas emissions but it could lead the nation in carbon sequestration and provide critical benefits to the environment.The Clite Adaption Certification is being expanded this month in Sonoma County beyond the 20 pilot sites.  Please reach out to CLSI or SCW if you are interested in learning more.Advertisement ReddIt TAGSSonoma County Winegrowers Home Industry News Releases Climate Farmers of Sonoma County Video SeriesIndustry News ReleasesVideoWine BusinessClimate Farmers of Sonoma County Video SeriesBy Press Release – May 11, 2021 70 0 last_img read more

France calls for action on encrypted messaging

first_img Previous ArticleTigo Tanzania chief: zero rating “not a terrible word”Next ArticleHERE aims to secure new investors by end-2016 Mobile Mix: AI, Android and open RAN WhatsApp sues India over new internet regulations Home France calls for action on encrypted messaging Author Tags AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 12 AUG 2016 Relatedcenter_img WhatsApp shrugs off India privacy update pressure Richard Handford French interior minister Bernard Cazeneuve will meet his German counterpart later this month to push an international initiative against encrypted messaging.Cazeneuve will meet Thomas de Maiziere, Germany’s interior minister, to establish a European position. The meeting will happen on 23 August, said Reuters.The French politician argued recent terrorist attacks in European countries have been planned using secure messaging apps, which national security agencies have struggled to crack.The man who recently murdered a priest in France in the name of Islamic State communicated with other followers using Telegram. The terrorist group is thought to be a major user of secure messaging apps.Cazeneuve did not spell out whether the French government had already approached messaging firms and asked for their co-operation or not.He said the government intended to lead other countries on the encryption issue, as it had last year on an internet initiative. In 2015, Cazeneuve asked Google, Facebook and Twitter to work directly with the French government on removing extremist propaganda.In the midst of an investigation, the interior ministry does not always want to go through the usual government-to-government channels, which is too slow a process, he argued at the time. Richard is the editor of Mobile World Live’s money channel and a contributor to the daily news service. He is an experienced technology and business journalist who previously worked as a freelancer for many publications over the last decade including… Read more Featured Content FacebookGoogleTelegramTwitterWhatsApplast_img read more

Ubisoft breaks free from Vivendi

first_img 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 Vivendi, Tencent in talks over UMG stake Vivendi conceded defeat in a bid to acquire games company Ubisoft, agreeing to sell a 27.3 per cent stake it built up over the last three years in a deal worth about $2.45 billion.The French media company faced fierce opposition to attempts to gain seats on Ubisoft’s board of directors from the game company’s founding Guillemot family. The clan’s opposition was perhaps galvanised by losing a similar fight with Vivendi over Gameloft, another gaming company founded by the family which Vivendi acquired in 2016.In a statement, Ubisoft said Vivendi had agreed a “full exit from Ubisoft’s share capital” after which the France-based company “will no longer hold any shares” in the gaming outfit. Furthermore, Vivendi “committed not to acquire any shares in Ubisoft for five years”.Yves Guillemot, CEO and co-founder, said: “Ubisoft is perfectly positioned to capture the numerous video game growth drivers in the coming years. We are focused more than ever on delivering on our strategic plan.”The deal will see 8 per cent of Vivendi’s stake bought back by Ubisoft, with the remainder sold to other parties including the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan (3.4 per cent) and Chinese tech giant Tencent (5 per cent).As part of the transaction, Ubisoft and Tencent also announced a strategic partnership which will “significantly accelerate the reach of Ubisoft franchises in China in the coming years.”Tencent already owns League of Legends maker Riot Games, holds a stake in Epic Games and the Chinese publishing rights to popular game PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds. Home Ubisoft breaks free from Vivendi Related Author Previous ArticleGoogle boosts game offerings for developersNext ArticleFCC siting reform branded illegal Tags AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 21 MAR 2018 Ex-Telecom Italia boss Genish leaves board Saleha Riaz Feuding Telecom Italia shareholders tipped for treaty UbisoftVivendilast_img read more

FCC sets $9B rural 5G funding rules

first_img Asia Home FCC sets $9B rural 5G funding rules FCC mulls expanded Huawei, ZTE bans Yanitsa Boyadzhieva Yanitsa joins Mobile World Live as a Reporter based in London. She has more than 5 years’ experience at various media outlets in her home country Bulgaria. She started her career as a political reporter, followed by taking editor roles… Read more Mobile Mix: Buzzing for Barcelona Related Previous ArticleDT plots course to slimmer patent portfolio  Next ArticleMcAfee warns on deepfake threat center_img 5GFCCrural coverage Author Telkomsel turns on 5G in major cities US regulator the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) settled on rules to create the 5G Fund for Rural America, a $9 billion pot it argued was essential to help close the nation’s digital divide.Unveiled in December 2019, the fund is a ten-year programme designed to ensure 5G reaches remote regions of the country. The FCC opted for a reverse-auction process, one of two options considered in a consultation commenced in April, to allow time for more accurate coverage data to be made available and so offer clarity on eligibility.It will conduct two phases of auctions, with the first placing up to $8 billion into supporting regions without unsubsidised 4G or 5G mobile broadband, with $680 million of the sum going to bidders serving Tribal lands.The second phase will target at least $1 billion, in addition to any unused funds from the initial stage, for the rollout of 5G networks for precision agriculture.In a statement, the FCC explained the 5G pot would “target support from the Commission’s Universal Service Fund”, with eligibility set by its “Digital Opportunity Data Collection proceeding”, a process designed to deliver “granular, precise mobile broadband coverage data”.It explained this would help it allocate funds to areas requiring the greatest aid, while “ensuring support is spent as efficiently as possible”.The plan will account for a commitment by T-Mobile US to cover 90 per cent of rural areas in the US within six years following its merger with Sprint, to “avoid spending limited federal resources on wasteful overbuilding”.As part of the auctions, the Commission will include an “adjustment factor” ensuring areas with rugged terrain or sparse populations can compete. Subscribe to our daily newsletter Back AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 28 OCT 2020 Tags last_img read more

Chat on plane led to founding of vets’ group

first_imgFairways for Warriors was conceived five years ago on a flight to Fort Bragg, N.C. Tom Underdown was sitting next to a sergeant on leave from Afghanistan, listening to the soldier talk about two comrades who had lost limbs. Underdown had never been a soldier himself, but with both parents in the military, he had grown up at various Army bases in Germany and the United States. He knew the deadly toll that life in uniform could extract. “My father served in World War II, Korea and Vietnam,” Underdown, 64, said recently. “I saw what post-traumatic stress did to him and his family. It was horrible, what he went through. He did what I call slow suicide – he drank and smoked himself to death.” Underdown had gone into information technology, continuing his family’s military connection by having the Department of Defense as his sole client. But as he listened to the sergeant talk, business was the furthest thing from his mind.  “I don’t know why,” Underdown said, “I just felt like I needed to do something.” He persuaded some friends to visit one of the wounded soldiers. He called the mother of the other one. “I said, ‘I don’t know why I’m calling, but I just want to let you know that somebody cares. Is there anything I can do for your son?’” Channeling his energy: Golf Channel show inspired veteran “She said all he ever wanted to be was a soldier – ‘I know he’s going to be OK physically, but he’s never going to be OK mentally. He’s always going to have issues.’ “That really resonated with me. I found a program called Operation Warrior Golf at Fort Bragg that was started by a college student, Gretchen McClean. I got involved in that and I said if she can do that at Fort Bragg, why can’t I do that in Orlando? So I got some friends together and we launched Fairways for Warriors. Today, Fairways for Warriors has expanded to four chapters – Orlando and Jacksonville in Florida, plus San Antonio, Texas, and Newport, R.I. Underdown is working to create a golf facility for the Orlando chapter, and hopes that eventually every chapter will have its own Warrior Golf Club. “It’s been humbling,” Underdown said. “We’ve had probably well over 200 combat vets come through our program in Orlando, not including family members. I used to have to go out and generate interest in our program. Now I get word of mouth. I get at least three or four e-mails or phone calls every single week from people hearing about our program and wanting to be part of it.” Veterans group seeks to build golf course “We are lucky to have Tom Underdown,” said Navy veteran Luis Lorenzana. “Words cannot describe how amazing his soul is.  Our society needs a Tom Underdown to understand what selfless acts are all about and what sacrifice really means.” Fairways for Warriors’ mission is “providing hope, healing and camaraderie for combat wounded warriors and their families.” “When a young guy goes into the military,” Underdown said, “he has a support infrastructure, he’s got his buddies, he’s got a unit, he’s got a first sergeant. He goes over to combat, he’s got a battle buddy. He knows this guy has his back. He gets injured, he gets medically discharged and he’s left out there all by himself. “When you get out of the military, especially if you’ve been injured in combat, you don’t feel comfortable around civilians. They just don’t understand. Other combat warriors understand what you’re going through.” Returning veterans “isolate themselves, they lose hope, they’re angry, they’re not sure what to do with their lives, and they drink and think too much. This program gives them that camaraderie that they had in the military, gives them hope and helps them heal.” Juan Velazquez is a former combat engineer who did tours in Iraq and Afghanistan and came home with – among other wounds – a traumatic brain injury and post traumatic stress disorder. “I couldn’t even socialize,” he said. “For the first few weeks, even the first few months, I was a quiet guy, I was separate from everybody. I didn’t want to hear any stories, I didn’t want to tell any stories about me. And now it’s gotten to the point where I can socialize because I feel at home.” Golf is an effective vehicle for healing because of the game’s social aspect and the concentration it demands “It helps you focus, focus on the ball,” Velazquez said. “It’s a repeated motion that you’ve got to practice all the time. And it’s fun. It gets frustrating – don’t get me wrong, I do get angry a lot of times, but just one shot can change everything.” [[{“type”:”media”,”view_mode”:”media_large”,”fid”:”1036596″,”attributes”:{“alt”:””,”class”:”media-image”,”height”:”299″,”typeof”:”foaf:Image”,”width”:”480″}}]] Fairways for Warriors members Juan Velazquez (l), Jack Wiseman “I believe it helps stimulate the brain, the thoughts, the soul to focus on the challenge of getting that small white ball into a small white cup up to 500 yards away,” said Lorenzana, who deals with constant pain from two unsuccessful lower-back surgeries. “The frustration of living with disabilities was given a new meaning when I started playing golf.  What seemed impossible on the first tee looking down at the barely visible flag about 487 yards away on my first day of golf ever, now seems exhilarating.  I can overcome anything.  I can learn to adapt to my surroundings, be it life or fairways and bunkers.” “It’s not just the physical and mental healing, it’s also spiritual,” said Robert “BJ” Jackson, a former member of the Iowa Army National Guard who lost both legs below the knee to a land mine in Baghdad. “It’s getting together, the camaraderie. The fellowship is the biggest part. Golf is an added bonus.” Jackson met Underdown after moving to Florida in 2011. He became involved in Fairways for Warriors, “but once he told me the golf course idea, I had to step up a little. He thought about a friend, Chad Pfeifer, a veteran who lost a leg in Iraq, took up golf as part of his rehabilitation and became good enough to pursue becoming the first amputee to play on the PGA Tour. (Pfeifer, who was profiled by GolfChannel.com in December 2012, is one of the contestants on the current Golf Channel series, “Big Break: The Palm Beaches, Florida.”) Jackson took to heart a message he got in a fortune cookie: “He who is afraid of doing too much, does too little.” “So I stuck it in my wallet as a reminder and started asking Tom what I can do to help.” Jackson appreciates the fact that Fairways for Warriors includes older veterans – “guys that came home to nothing and were treated horribly, that paved the way for men and women today to be treated like heros. We owe them to be better and also to recognize their sacrifice and service,” he said. “They are great mentors and friends to this era’s veterans.” Jack Wiseman, an Army veteran who lost his left arm in Vietnam, is grateful for the opportunity to help. “For us older vets,” he said, “to help these guys out and give them something we never had when we come home, it fills my heart just to be able to be here and do whatever we can do.”last_img read more