Southeastern among franchises placed on public takeover watch list

first_img whatsapp When pressed again by Sky News on how long nationalisation would take, Maskell replied: “We’ll get on straight away with putting our railway system back together and our whole transport system…“It’s going to be straight away,” she added. A Department for Transport spokesperson said: “Options for the next South Eastern franchise will be developed and informed in a manner that puts passengers at the heart of the process. The department envisages these will be informed by the Williams rail review.” Read more: Rail firms could seek costs after government scraps franchise competition The bidding competition for the Southeastern franchise, which runs services between London, Kent and parts of East Sussex, was cancelled last week after the government said it was concerned the process would cost the taxpayer too much. whatsapp “We have a leading market position in rail; have made £330m of profit over the last five years and will continue to operate our franchises, including TPE and SWR, according to their contractual terms.” The source said the OLR had been “beefing up” its mobilisation team in the past six months and that there were now shadow teams for Southeastern and five other franchises – South Western (SWR), TransPennine Express (TPE), Northern, CrossCountry and c2c – in offices in Petty France near Whitehall. “We know we want to get on with this, we’re going to be impatient in government.” Earlier today the shadow rail minister, Rachael Maskell, could not say how long it would take a Labour government to implement the policy. One source told City A.M. that a rail franchise typically takes 18 months to procure, shutting out the prospect of a new operator being appointed in April 2020, the government’s deadline. The Labour party’s policy on railways is to re-nationalise the railways, which Williams is not thought to favour. The squeezed timeframe means that either an emergency direct award could be given to the current operator, Go Ahead, or the Operator of Last Resort (OLR), the function that allows the state to intervene in failed franchises at the last minute, could take over the line. Read more: Scrapped: Government cancels bidding for Southeastern rail franchisecenter_img The franchise model is the subject of a government-commissioned review led by former British Airways chief Keith Williams, who admitted last month that the system had “had its day”. Southeastern among franchises placed on public takeover watch list “What worked in the 25 years after privatisation is now holding the sector back. It hampers collaboration, stops the railway working as a system and encourages operators to protect narrow commercial interest above passengers,” he said at the time. Alexandra Rogers The source also said there was no time for the alternative plan – issuing a direct award for the franchise from April next year – because that would require a one-year prior information notice, in which the government is supposed to provide advice about the next 12 months activity. No such notice has been issued. Share Read more: Commuters braced for another rail fare hike Sunday 11 August 2019 7:09 pm Southeastern franchise A spokesperson for First Group, which operates SWR and TPE, said: “Under franchising arrangements, it is quite normal for the government to monitor and scrutinise all train operating companies, looking at a variety of factors. The Southeastern franchise is one of six that could go the way of LNER and be taken over by the government as sources warned there was little time for a new operator to be appointed by April next year.last_img read more

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Goldman Sachs and Rolls Royce team up with Code First Girls to help close gender skills gap

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Voters may have ousted two of Alaska’s top legislators, as House remains up for grabs

first_imgPolitics | State GovernmentVoters may have ousted two of Alaska’s top legislators, as House remains up for grabsAugust 24, 2018 by Nathaniel Herz, Alaska’s Energy Desk Share:Anchorage Republican Rep. Gabrielle LeDoux sits at Election Central at the Dena’ina Center downtown Tuesday, August 21, 2018, while she waits for results in her closely-fought GOP primary with Aaron Weaver, a former cameraman at KTUU. (Photo by Nathaniel Herz/Alaska’s Energy Desk)The results of Tuesday’s primary election included three stunning upsets that could send two of the state’s most powerful legislators packing. The state still must tally hundreds of absentee and other uncounted ballots, and aren’t expected to finish doing so until the end of the month.According to unofficial results, Senate Majority Leader Peter Micciche, a Soldotna Republican, trailed challenger Ron Gillham by a razor-thin margin of 12 votes out of more than 5,000 cast for a Kenai Peninsula-area seat.In Anchorage, meanwhile, another legislative leader, Rep. Gabrielle LeDoux, trailed three votes behind her Republican primary opponent, Aaron Weaver, whose own GOP allies described as having mounted a lackluster campaign.A former TV cameraman, Weaver didn’t spend a single dollar on his campaign after January, according to his financial reports filed with state regulators.A third long-serving incumbent, House minority leader Anchorage Republican Charisse Millett trailed her primary challenger Josh Revak by a wide margin and conceded Wednesday morning in a Facebook post.“I think there’s a message that was sent that people were upset with the way things were going, the status quo,” Gillham said in a phone interview Wednesday from Seward, where he was picking up his campaign signs. “I took on the most powerful senator in the state and I’ve never run for office, and now here I’m sitting ahead of him.”Gillham’s narrow lead, however, is not final, and neither is Weaver’s.“We’ll just have to sit back and wait. I don’t actually know what to expect at this point in this race,” Micciche said.Gillham said he decided to run for Micciche’s seat after a conversation with some of his co-workers on the North Slope, where he works for Arctic Slope Regional Corp. running a crane.“Everyone was complaining about what was going on with the government. And I just thought, ‘If you’re going to complain, you might as well do something about it,’” Gillham said.Gillham ran a shoestring campaign. He raised $8,000, half of which was his own money. Micciche raised almost 10 times as much, with donations from executives and industry PACs.Like several Republicans challenging sitting GOP legislators, Gillham attacked Micciche’s vote for Senate Bill 91, the 2016 criminal justice reform bill that some people have blamed for a rise in crime.Gillham also attacked Micciche’s vote to use some of the permanent fund’s earnings to close the state’s massive deficit.But no one in Alaska’s political world seemed to take Gillham seriously, until Tuesday night.That was also the case with Weaver, the challenger to LeDoux, who as chair of the House Rules Committee wields huge power over which legislation comes up for a vote.Even the Alaska Republican Party, which desperately wanted to unseat LeDoux after she joined the largely Democratic House majority coalition two years ago, had largely given up hope of beating her.Tuckerman Babcock, the state GOP chair, described Weaver’s campaign as practically nonexistent.“If you look on our Facebook pages, in discussions that we’re having with people in the district, it’s, ‘Who is Aaron Weaver? I’ve never met him. Should I vote for him? I’ve never met the guy,’” Babcock said in a phone interview Wednesday.Babcock called it “amazing” that LeDoux could “lose to a candidate that people don’t even know who he is or what he looks like.”Weaver didn’t dispute Babcock’s characterization, calling it “absolutely right.”He said LeDoux’s campaign fundraising – she ultimately collected more than $100,000 – made her an “unstoppable force.”Weaver raised less than $3,000.“I thought it would be better to return my campaign contributions so that people could spend it on their kids, rather than spend it on a futile campaign,” Weaver said Wednesday.Weaver thinks the results reflect “much more of a vote of disapproval of LeDoux than it was for me, because I really ran, effectively, a silent campaign.”“I just didn’t put that much effort into getting the message out because I didn’t think I’d have a chance,” Weaver said.A downcast LeDoux spent Tuesday evening at a results-watching party at the Dena’ina Center downtown, where she sat at a table with one of her legislative aides, checking her phone.“Obviously it’s a nail-biter. I’m still cautiously optimistic,” LeDoux said at the end of the evening.She added, “I feel real good about the absentees. I’ve really, really worked the absentees.”Millett, who lost her GOP primary for her South Anchorage district, had spent a decade in the Legislature, most recently as the Republican minority leader.Millett was a candidate to be House speaker if Republicans take back control of the chamber in November.Instead, Millett lost her primary decisively to Revak, a former aide to U.S. Rep. Don Young and U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan.Revak, a U.S. Army veteran, ran campaign ads that showed him dressed in combat gear.“It’s really surreal and there’s a healthy level of fear, because every vote that’s tallied in those numbers are folks that would put their faith in me,” Revak said in an interview Tuesday night. “And I take that very seriously and I just hope I can live up to those standards.”Tuesday’s results appear likely to push the Republican-dominated Senate in an even more conservative direction.But the dynamic in the state House is still murky. State GOP leaders failed in their effort to take down Louise Stutes, another moderate in Kodiak.But they did help fend off a primary challenge to one of their allies, Sutton Republican George Rauscher.The Republican primary for the Eagle River House seat now held by ultra-conservative Lora Reinbold, meanwhile, went to Kelly Merrick, who was backed by organized labor.She defeated Jamie Allard, who had Reinbold’s endorsement.Some Republicans have said they fear Merrick, with her support from organized labor, could join a mostly Democratic majority.As she left the Dena’ina Center late Tuesday, Merrick, who’s also a former Congressional aide to Young, said her campaign donations from figures in “business and industry” should settle those fears.Merrick declined to speak directly about which group of legislators she might organize with.“I’ll talk to you guys about that another time,” Merrick said. “We’re just celebrating tonight and enjoying this and realizing we have to work until November before anything will happen.”Merrick faces nonpartisan Joe Hackenmueller in the general election.The races for many more competitive districts also won’t be decided until November.“I think we’re going to know about the makeup of the House, and who’s in the House majority, after the November election,” LeDoux said. “Regardless of whether I survive this primary or not.”Share this story:last_img read more

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Area lawmakers review 2020 session and economic recovery steps at Chamber webinar

first_imgThe webinar was largely focused on the hurdles to reopening business in Southwest Washington and across the stateEditor’s note: This story was produced and first published by the Vancouver Business Journal, www.vbjusa.com. It is published here with full attribution to and permission of the Vancouver Business Journal and Editor Joanna Yorke.The Clark County delegation to the state legislature gathered online Friday for the 2020 Legislative Review and Economic Recovery Update, a webinar produced by the Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce (GVCC) in partnership with the Columbia River Economic Development Council (CREDC) and Identity Clark County (ICC).The Clark County delegation to the state legislature gathered online Friday for the 2020 Legislative Review and Economic Recovery Update, a webinar produced by the Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the Columbia River Economic Development Council and Identity Clark County.Speakers included state legislators from the 17th, 18th and 49th districts as well as Chris Green, assistant director, Office of Economic Development and Competitiveness, at the state Department of Commerce.The webinar was largely focused on the hurdles to reopening business in Southwest Washington and across the state, and the tools and resources available to businesses as Gov. Jay Inslee’s plan to reopen activity moves to Phase 2 and beyond starting in June.The legislators emphasized that with a minimum of a $7 billion shortfall in the state budget, it was unlikely that further grants would be afforded to businesses in the coming months, and that no-state level stimulus would be available. Recipients of $10 million in Working Washington Small Business Emergency Grants will be announced soon, said Green, but only about 2,200 businesses will receive those $10,000-or-less grants, and that more than 26,000 businesses applied for the grants in the first few days after they were announced. The money for those grants came out of the state budget for business recruitment, which helped bring local companies AbSci and RealWear to Clark County.Of grave concern to businesses, especially those that have direct care components such as hospices and assisted living centers, is how to find personal protective equipment such as masks and thermometers at a fair price and whether business activity would be able to resume if businesses could not find such equipment because of fierce competition.Green said his department recently contracted with a negotiator to source more supplies from China, while Rep. Sharon Wylie (Democrat, 49th District) said Clark County Regional Emergency Services is warehousing PPE to be made available to “different organizations who take care of people.”Sen. Ann Rivers (Republican, 18th District) said the Washington Hospital Association is also warehousing PPE and is selling masks at cost.Green said it wasn’t likely that businesses will have to monitor customers for signs of illness but would be responsible for collecting self-reports from employees and following state mandates around safety and health to open, and remain open.Rep. Paul Harris (Republican, 17th District) stressed that business as usual is likely to be permanently changed by the pandemic, with companies likely leasing less real estate, and fewer cars on the road. Heading into the pandemic, the I-5 Bridge replacement was ramping up again.“I don’t know we’ll have the capacity of transportation driving across that bridge,” Harris said. In addition, revenues from the gas tax and other transportation funding sources are down significantly and likely to stay down for months. “A lot of us are waiting for the revenue forecast in June … to see what the hole looks like.”Consumer spending and confidence is high on the list of concerns for business owners, as indicated by a recent survey of GVCC members.Rivers said, “Consumer confidence will get a boost when they see businesses showing the utmost care for the safety of their customers.”Childcare access, the hotly disputed B&O tax, construction permitting and broadband access were all covered in questions from the 150 attendees on the webinar, and most questions remain unresolved at this time.Harris ended the webinar with encouraging words for attendees.“Do not become discouraged, these are difficult times,” he said. “Our lives are going to be changed from this, it’s time to think outside the box.” Clark County state lawmakers review 2020 session and economic recovery steps at Chamber webinarAdvertisementThis is placeholder textTags:Clark CountyCovid-19LatestVancouvershare 0 Previous : Business profile: Goldies BBQ keeps the faith, keeps preparing delicious food Next : Vancouver Police tracking major uptick in commercial and construction burglariesAdvertisementThis is placeholder text Area lawmakers review 2020 session and economic recovery steps at Chamber webinarPosted by ClarkCountyToday.comDate: Wednesday, May 20, 2020in: Businessshare 0 last_img read more

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Jaguar Land Rover to build EVs in the UK

first_img ‹ Previous Next › Today marks the end of the Jaguar XJ, but also the beginning. The last XJ rolls off the Castle Bromwich factory line today, the same day Jaguar will announce plans to manufacture a range of new electrified vehicles at the United Kingdom manufacturing plant.The first of those all-new EVs to be produced at the plant will be an all-electric version of Jaguar’s flagship luxury sedan. The new all-electric XJ will be created by the same team of designers and product development specialists behind the Jaguar I-PACE, the world’s first premium electric SUV and 2019 World Car of the Year.“The future of mobility is electric and, as a visionary British company, we are committed to making our next generation of zero-emission vehicles in the UK,” Jaguar Land Rover Prof. Dr. Ralf Speth said in a press release. “We are co-locating our electric vehicle manufacture, Electronic Drive Units and battery assembly to create a powerhouse of electrification in the Midlands.” COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS According to the release, the transformation of Castle Bromwich to become the UK’s first premium electrified vehicle plant will be the most significant in the plant’s history. Later this month, work will begin on all-new facilities and technologies required to support Jaguar Land Rover’s next-generation Modular Longitudinal Architecture (MLA). Designed and engineered in-house, MLA enables flexible production of clean efficient diesel and petrol vehicles alongside full electric and hybrid models. RELATED TAGSJaguarSedanElectricElectric CarsElectric VehiclesNew Vehicles See More Videos According to the release, the new Battery Assembly Centre at Hams Hall will be operational in 2020 and have an installed capacity of 150,000 units.Speth acknowledges that convincing consumers to buy into all-electrics remains a challenge, citing convenience and affordability as the two key factors to increasing EV sales.In addition to charging being as easy as re-fuelling a conventional vehicle, he said, “(a)ffordability will only be achieved if we make batteries here in the UK, close to vehicle production, to avoid the cost and safety risk of importing from abroad.”As such he called on government and industry to work together to bring giga-scale battery production to the country. The release notes that this builds on the UK Battery Industrialisation Centre and the government’s Faraday Challenge, “essential for next generation battery technology to create smaller, denser, cheaper batteries. These critical steps will also support and grow the existing supply chain, making the UK less dependent on essential materials sourced abroad today.” 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 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” We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2 The last of the gas-powered Jaguar XJs rolls off the production line today, but the name will live on in a coming-soon all-electric luxury sedan.  Chris Balcerak Trending in Canada advertisementlast_img read more

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Lifelong Learning A Must – WHITEMAN

first_imgRelatedLifelong Learning A Must – WHITEMAN Lifelong Learning A Must – WHITEMAN EducationSeptember 28, 2012 RelatedLifelong Learning A Must – WHITEMAN RelatedLifelong Learning A Must – WHITEMANcenter_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Chairman of Commonwealth of Learning (COL), Ambassador the Hon. Burchell Whiteman, says that the ongoing pursuit of knowledge must be a way of life for every Jamaican. “Lifelong learning is not for the so called disadvantaged or deficient because we all have value and we all have deficiencies. Adult education, lifelong learning needs to be a way of life for all our people, those with the 17 CXC subjects (Caribbean Examination Council) and those who have finished their PH.Ds (Doctor of Philosophy),” he said. Mr. Whiteman was speaking at the adult learners’ week lecture seminar on Wednesday (Sept. 26) at the Jamaican Foundation for Lifelong Learning’s (JFLL) South Camp Road campus in Kingston under the theme: ‘Unlocking the Potential for Progress through Lifelong Learning’. According to Ambassador Whiteman, lifelong learning not only fosters personal development, but also enhances social inclusion, which he argued, is critical to national development. In underscoring his point, Mr. Whiteman made reference to a contribution from late former Prime Minister, Michael Manley, in a United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) report, which states: “the school of today and tomorrow must plant the seeds of caring, so that under classes do not become the victims of an ideology of exclusion. They must nurture the concept of an overarching humanity in which the brilliant, the average and even the disturbed, the Muslim and the Christian…all occupy an equal place in a process of permanent social inclusion.” In the meantime, Mr. Whiteman commended the JFLL for the work it has been doing over the years, which have led to thousands of Jamaicans becoming literate. “I want to encourage you to find new ways of engaging learners for their own personal education but, above all, to remember that one of the critical pillars of education is helping people to learn to live together. Together we can succeed, together we can do great things and together we can create the development and the growth and the prosperity which I think this country definitely can achieve and deserves to achieve,” he said. JFLL began as JAMAL Foundation in 1973, as an agency of the Ministry of Education. It supports the UNESCO goal of basic Education for All by 2015 and the national drive towards the achievement of universal secondary education. JFLL’s mission is to partner with other organisations to provide adult education programmes, which will establish a culture of lifelong learning that will empower individuals and contribute to national development. Commonwealth of Learning is an intergovernmental organisation created by Commonwealth Heads of Government to encourage the development and sharing of open learning/distance education knowledge, resources and technologies. COL is helping developing nations improve access to quality education and training Advertisementslast_img read more

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Know Before You Go

first_imgHomeBusinessDevelopmentKnow Before You Go Dec. 09, 2019 at 11:00 amDevelopmentK-BugNewsReal EstateTransportationKnow Before You Goeditor2 years agoNo tagsA small crew works on bringing water to Tongva Park. (File photo) Week of December 9, 2019Annual Water Main Replacement Project For the week of December 9, the contractor will continue installing new water main on 7th Court between Broadway and Santa Monica Blvd. The contractor will begin digging to identify existing utilities and verifying the alignment of the new water main on Airport Ave between 23rd Street and Bundy Dr. On Thursday December 12, 2019 between 8 am and 4 pm on Cedar St between Lincoln Blvd and 11th Street the contractor will be shutting off the water to connect the newly installed water main on Cedar St at Lincoln Blvd. Traffic will be closed to through traffic on 7th Court, Cedar St. and reduce traffic to one lane on Airport Ave. Please use alternate routes whenever possible.Advanced Traffic Management System, Phase 5 Project For the week of December 9, this project will upgrade the traffic signal equipment at four locations and install fiber optic cables along Montana Avenue and 26th Street. The project will provide transit priority along the corridor, allow for real-time remote monitoring and management of the traffic signals, provide public Wi-Fi along the corridor, and connect the San Vicente Reservoir and the Montana Avenue Branch Library to the City’s network.Fire Station #1 Construction Project For the week of December 9, construction will continue throughout the project area located at 1377 7th Street which will affect the sidewalk and parking lane on the east side of 7th Street just north of Santa Monica Boulevard. Sidewalk and parking lane will continue to be closed all day/night through the month. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Senior Construction Manager Sebastian Felbeck at (310) 434-2675.Downtown /Expo Vehicle Barriers Project For the week of December 2, there will be no planned closures on Colorado Ave between 4th St and 5th St. Work to install bollards will resume and be completed at a later time. Please contact Saad Malim at (310) 458-8293 with any questions/concerns regarding this project.Annual Wastewater Main Project For the week of December 9, sewer main repair work will take place on California Pl North between 23rd Ct and Chelsea Avenue, . Please contact Saad Malim at (310) 458-8721 with any questions/concerns regarding this project.City Yards Modernization Project For the week of December 9, construction will impact the project area located at 2500 Michigan Avenue, which will affect the sidewalk and parking lane on the north side of Delaware Avenue just east of 24th Street. Please contact Project Manager Sebastian Felbeck at (310) 434-2675with any questions/concerns regarding this project.Storm Drain & Drainage Improvements Project For the week of December 9, drainage and pavement improvements will take place at the intersection of 2nd St and Arizona Ave. during nighttime hours (10PM-6AM). Please contact Saad Malim at (310) 458-8721 with any questions/concerns regarding this project.Annual Paving, Snap Parking, & Beach Parking Project For the week of December 2, manhole and valve covers will be raised to grade on 17th Street from California Avenue to Wilshire Boulevard and on 7th Street from Palisades Avenue to Wilshire Boulevard. Please contact Jason Hoang at (310) 458-8721 with any questions/concerns regarding this project.share on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentSanta Monica Daily Press – Volunteer DayElderly man assaulted in downtown Santa MonicaYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall7 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson18 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter18 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor18 hours agoNewsBruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for moreAssociated Press18 hours agoNewsWedding boom is on in the US as vendors scramble to keep upAssociated Press18 hours agolast_img read more

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Community members tackle Bay St. homeless encampment

first_imgHomeBusinessCommunity members tackle Bay St. homeless encampment Sep. 02, 2020 at 6:00 amBusinessFeaturedHomelessnessNewsCommunity members tackle Bay St. homeless encampmentClara Harter9 months agobay streethomelesshomelessnessBusinesses, residents and service providers worked to address the ongoing problems. Neighbors living on Bay Street and nearby businesses joined forces to tackle a growing encampment of homeless people who they believed were involved in drug dealing operations in the alley behind the Walgreens on Lincoln. By working with an array of local services the community members reduced the number of people living in the alley from 12 to zero during the past two months, without arresting the unhoused or removing their possessions.“It is good for Santa Monica residents to know that there are resources and how to use them. Most importantly the neighbors were very concerned about how we went around homelessness and not to criminalize homelessness,” said a representative of the community coalition. “Santa Monica’s police don’t go straight to law enforcement, they have a number of ways to address a problem before using enforcement.”Residents say that there have been homeless people living in the alley behind the Walgreens on Lincoln and adjacent to the 821 Bay St. Condominium Complex for over a year, and that the community was used to living with a couple homeless people. However, this summer they saw an additional influx of homeless people living in the alley that was accompanied by new drug and hygiene problems, according to the community representative.“I actually was really shocked but there is a whole group of organizations targeting these homeless people and selling them drugs. As the number of homeless people living in our alley increased, we thought that this operation was attracting a wave of people that we had never seen before. It came to a point that we had 12 homeless people sleeping in the alley and many hygiene problems came with that,” said the representative.Around ten weeks ago community members decided to take action and have held a series of meetings in the Walgreens parking lot where people, wearing masks and abiding by social distancing, openly voiced their opinions and ideas for addressing the problem. This community coalition included people from three units of the 827 Bay St. Complex, five units of the 821 Bay St Condominium Complex and HOA board members, and six commercial businesses.The coalition got in contact with the City and was assigned a neighborhood resource officer who helped them find solutions for tackling the problem.The first solution was for Walgreens to hire a security guard to address issues of trespassing, which automatically reduced the number of people living by the Walgreens. Neighbors then began to report sightings of drug dealings to the police and the narcotics hotline in Santa Monica. This led to an increase in police cars and a decrease in visits by dealers, according to the community representative. Officers from the City’s Homeless Liaison Program visited the alley multiple times to connect people with resources.“Community social workers that take homeless people back to different shelters and help them to re-engage into their life were assigned to the alley. I actually saw three or four different social workers working with individual homeless people so that was very encouraging,” said the representative. “That definitely helped people feel more comfortable to report any incident happening in the alley.”Intervention teams typically meet with homeless people multiple times to build trust and help direct them to temporary housing facilities. In this case the St. Joseph Center also sent people to speak with those living in the alley and tried to move people into their shelter. As of this week community members reported that the alley was clear of people although they do not have a record of where each person relocated.“If a problem is tackled at a 365 degree angle, hoping this way you can solve the problem from the root, those services really work,” said the representative. “But if these people are not able to be redirected to shelters then you know they would just be relocating into a different place in the city.”The Daily Press agreed to withhold the representative’s name due to safety concerns related to the criminal aspect of the [email protected] Businesses, residents and service providers worked to address the ongoing problems.Tags :bay streethomelesshomelessnessshare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentPublic Health Reports 45 New Deaths and 840 New Positive Cases of Confirmed COVID-19 in Los Angeles County102-year old woman found dead on street cornerYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall6 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson16 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter16 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor16 hours agoNewsBruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for moreAssociated Press16 hours agoNewsWedding boom is on in the US as vendors scramble to keep upAssociated Press16 hours agolast_img read more

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AT&T bullish on Mexico opportunity despite 5G hurdles

first_img Previous ArticleTIM Brasil flags need for 5G collaborationNext ArticlePhonePe raises $700M in Flipkart split GSMA THRIVE LATIN AMERICA: AT&T Mexico interim CEO Monica Aspe Bernal (pictured) backed the company to brush off regulatory issues and difficulty in accessing fibre to bring new services to market and grow its share.Speaking in the event’s final keynote, Aspe Bernal echoed concerns raised by peers from across the region on a need for changes in regulation and reasonable spectrum prices to provide the basis for successful launches of 5G.However she added the company was “not here to complain and whine, we are here to innovate and win in the market,” pointing to a fibre deal with Telefonica’s local unit signed in 2019 as an example of proactive moves it is making.On its prospects of launching 5G in Mexico, the interim chief highlighted experience elsewhere placed the operator in good stead: “AT&T is a 5G leader nationwide in the US, we are constantly assessing market conditions and we will enable 5G in Mexico when such conditions are the appropriate ones.”She added conditions currently hampering 5G in the market included issues around access to spectrum, fibre and site access to deploy compatible infrastructure.“Mexican spectrum is consistently more expensive than in the rest of the world,” she added. “It’s not enough to have more spectrum made available, we need to assign costs allowing different operators to enable financial sustainable use cases for 5G.”AT&T Mexico is the smallest of the nation’s three mobile operators with 18 million connections, GSMA Intelligence estimates for Q3 showed. Telefonica brand Movistar had 25 million and America Movil’s Telcel 68 million. Subscribe to our daily newsletter Back HomeThrive – News AT&T bullish on Mexico opportunity despite 5G hurdles Tags AT&T MexicoMexicoThrive Latin America Author Chris Donkin Chris joined the Mobile World Live team in November 2016 having previously worked at a number of UK media outlets including Trinity Mirror, The Press Association and UK telecoms publication Mobile News. After spending 10 years in journalism, he moved… Read more AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore4 03 DEC 2020 last_img read more

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Construction of Kalispell Bypass Hits High Gear

first_img Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox. Crews installed bridge beams for the overpass above Old Reserve Drive last week as construction hits high gear for the final phase of the U.S. 93 Alternate Route.Over the last several months, crews with LHC have worked through rain and snow, moving over 750,000 yards of dirt and constructing the remaining 4.5 miles of bypass, from West Reserve Drive near Glacier High School to Foys Lake Road.With spring’s beneficial weather, LHC crews are hitting their stride and pushing for completion by the end of November.“Obviously a lot can happen between now and then but everybody is working toward that goal,” said Don Brummel, project manager for LHC, a local contracting company owned by Jeff Claridge.“The Claridges know how important this is to the community, and we’re making good progress. All of these folks in the field, it’s a credit to what they’ve done and their hard work. They’ve been up to their ankles in mud and snow. The conditions they’ve worked through to keep this on schedule is remarkable.”Last week 98-ton beams were brought in and installed at the overpass above Old Reserve Drive. Sletten Construction, the project’s bridge contractor, trucked in 10 113-foot-long beams from Spokane.A total of 500,000 tons of material such as concrete is being imported for the bypass project.The existing two-lane bypass at Foys Lake Road and the Ashley Creek area is being widened to four lanes and bridge widening is continuing for an overpass above U.S. Highway 2.From Foys Lake Road, the entire north side of the bypass will be four lanes, following Interstate highway standards. The bridge at U.S. Highway 2 will be one of five new overpasses. Nearly five miles of new road will stretch toward Old Reserve Drive and connect with the existing phase that was completed two years ago.Sidewalks will be built along the bypass with a trailhead at Three Mile Drive. A block sound wall will be installed from Three Mile to Four Mile Drive, where the bypass will include on and off ramps. Traffic signals are being set up at the new Four Mile Drive and Stillwater Road intersections as heavy truck traffic picks up. Bridge embankment work and pavement section construction will be taking place and motorists should watch for truck traffic and expect delays.“We’ve received a lot of positive feedback from everyone,” Brummel said. “We had a very good plan going into this.”Over $100 million has already been poured into the project, and the final contract, awarded to LHC at nearly $34 million, is the largest single contract in the state’s history.Public meetings on the progress of the bypass take place every Tuesday, beginning at 5 p.m., in the Glacier High School Conference Room at 375 Wolfpack Way. For more information, visit mdt.mt.gov/pubinvolve/kalispellbypass. Emaillast_img read more

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