City Moves for 23 April 2015 | Who’s switching jobs

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Deaths in Laois – Monday, May 18, 2020

first_img Twitter WhatsApp Below are the recent deaths in Laois.Ar Dheis De go raibh a anam.Jimmie HeffernanDerrygarran, Portlaoise, LaoisJimmie Heffernan, Derrygarran, and late of Shamrock Stores. Portlaoise, May 16th, 2020. Peacefully, at home, surrounded by his loving family.Beloved husband of Anne and dearly loved father to Alaine, Jane, Kate, and Mike. Predeceased by his sister Marie, father and mother Mick and Ann. Deeply regretted by his loving family: his sisters Bridie, Ann and Eileen; sons in law Steven and Michael; grandchildren Ada, Mary, Esi and Theo; brothers in law, sister in law; nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.Johnny MurphyCampclone, Kilbricken, Mountrath, Laois/CastletownFuneral arrangements later.Paddy ShortallEmmet Terrace, Mountmellick, LaoisPatrick (Paddy) Shortall, 19 Emmett Terrace, Mountmellick, Co.Laois and formerly Corrig, Portarlington, Co.Laois. (Retired Bord na Mona) died 17th of May, peacefully at the Midlands Regional Hospital Portlaoise, surrounded by his loving family. Predeceased by his wife Eileen.Sadly missed by his daughters, son, sons-in-law, daughter-in-law, grandchildren, great grandchild, family circle, neighbours, relatives and his many friends.Margaret (Rita) Fogarty (née Daly)Ballinakill, Clonaslee, Laois / Tullamore, OffalyMargaret (Rita) Fogarty, (nee Daly), Ballinakill, Clonaslee, Co. Laois, and formerly of Killurin and Healy Street, Tullamore, Co. Offaly. Died on the 16th of May 2020, peacefully, at the Regional Hospital Tullamore. Predeceased by her daughter Moira. She will be sadly missed by her loving husband Joe, son Damien, daughters Monica and Claire, grandchildren, great-grandchild, daughter-in-law Michelle, sons-in-law John, Paul and Telford, sisters Maureen, Vonnie, Rose and Anne, brother Noel, sister-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.Due to Government advice and Covid 19 protocols regarding public gatherings, a private family funeral will take place on Monday at 11am in St Manman’s Church, Clonaslee. This can be viewed on on www.mcnmedia.tv under Clonaslee parish.Maura Kirwan (née Flanagan)Moutrath rd, Portlaoise, LaoisKirwan (nee Flanagan) “Shalom” Mountrath Road, Portlaoise, 2020. Peacefully, surrounded by her loving family, in the tender care of Deirdre and the staff of Droimnin Nursing Home, Stradbally.Maura, beloved wife of the late Edward and mother of the late Eileen and Eamon. Deeply regretted by her loving family. Breda, Lynn, Richard, Brendan, Siobhan, and Mark, brother Tom and sister Elizabeth, brother in law, sons in law, daughters in law, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nephews, nieces, relatives and friends.Interment will take place is St John the Baptist Churchyard in Ballyfin. In accordance with Government and HSE recommendations regarding public gatherings, a private funeral will take place, for family only.The Family would like to thank everyone for their understanding and support at this sad time.Robert ListonKillenard, Portarlington, Laois/Thurles, TipperaryFormerly of Moyneard Moyne, Thurles, County Tipperary. Peacefully in his home in the loving care of his family after a short illness. Predeceased by his parents Kathleen and Billy Liston, his sister Pauline O’Gorman and brother Dick Liston.Greatly missed by his loving son Andrew, daughter Katie, wife Philomena, daughter-in-law Leanne, sisters Josephine, Marie and Frances, brothers Paddy, Willie and John, brothers-in-law, sister-in-law, nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.In accordance with Government and HSE recommendations regarding public gathering’s a Private Ceremony and Cremation will take place for family only.A celebration of Robert’s life will be held at a later Date. The family would like to thank everyone for their understanding and support at this sad time.Family flowers only please. Donations, if desired, can be made to the Irish Cancer Society online at https://www.cancer.ie and the Midlands Hospice Build via relatives or the Undertakers.Mary (May) McAleenan (née Good)Corrig, Stradbally, Laois/DublinBeloved wife of the late Desmond and much loved mother of Peter, Hilda, Colin, Don, Enid, Raymond and Alex.Deeply regretted by her loving family, son in law, daughters in law, grandchildren, great-grandchidren, brother, brothers in law, sisters in law, nieces, nephews, extended family relatives and friends.A Mass to celebrate Mary’s life will be held at a later date. In accordance with goverment guidelines on public gatherings, a private funeral will take place.SEE ALSO – Deaths in Laois – Sunday, May 17, 2020 Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festival Twitter Pinterest WhatsApp Facebook Facebook Home Deaths Deaths in Laois – Monday, May 18, 2020 Deaths By LaoisToday Reporter – 18th May 2020 center_img Deaths in Laois – Monday, May 18, 2020 Electric Picnic Electric Picnic News Pinterest Bizarre situation as Ben Brennan breaks up Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael arrangement to take Graiguecullen-Portarlington vice-chair role Previous articleREVEALED: Electric Picnic confirm dates of 2021 festivalNext articleLeinster Final Memory: Another year, another tear as Dubs defeat Laois in 2007 LaoisToday Reporter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival datelast_img read more

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Chief Mountain border crossing remains closed due to COVID-19

first_imgChief Mountain border crossing remains closed due to COVID-19 From: Canada Border Services AgencyThe Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) is reminding travellers that the seasonal Chief Mountain, Alberta border crossing (AB Hwy 6) will remain closed until further notice.The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) is reminding travellers that the seasonal Chief Mountain, Alberta border crossing (AB Hwy 6) will remain closed until further notice.Under normal circumstances, the Chief Mountain border crossing would open annually from May 15 to September 30. It did not open in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic and services will remain suspended until international travel restrictions are lifted. Persons who have a right of entry to Canada or who meet an exemption to the current travel restrictions must seek entry to Canada at an alternate port of entry, such as the Carway border crossing (AB Hwy 2), currently open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Individuals in-transit to Alaska must seek entry at a border crossing designated for that purpose, such as the Coutts border crossing (AB Hwy 4), open 24-7.Only Canadian citizens, permanent residents of Canada, and persons registered as an Indian under the Indian Act have a right of entry to Canada. Other travellers – with very limited exceptions – remain prohibited from entering Canada for an optional or discretionary purpose, such as tourism, recreation, or entertainment.Travellers entering Canada are subject to strict requirements for mandatory 14-day quarantine or isolation; the use of ArriveCAN to submit pre-arrival information; and COVID-19 testing before, upon, and after arrival. Please visit Canada.ca for details and the list of exemptions. At this time, simply having a COVID-19 vaccination does not exempt anyone from having to comply with current testing, quarantine, and other requirements.Quick factsThe Chief Mountain port of entry is located on the boundary of Waterton Lakes National Park. Since May 12, 2020, the CBSA has also temporarily suspended service at the nearby small vessel reporting site at Waterton Lakes Park. Travellers currently cannot enter Canada by water at this location. Persons considering a visit to Waterton Lakes National Park should visit the Parks Canada website for the latest COVID-19 information, and follow @WatertonLakesNP /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:Alaska, Border, Canada, covid-19, Government, India, isolation, National Park, pandemic, quarantine, testing, tourism, travel, vaccination, visit, Water, websitelast_img read more

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Baker Wine & Grape Analysis Launches New Sensory Evaluation Testing

first_imgEmail Pinterest Facebook Home Industry News Releases Baker Wine & Grape Analysis Launches New Sensory Evaluation TestingIndustry News ReleasesWine BusinessBaker Wine & Grape Analysis Launches New Sensory Evaluation TestingBy Press Release – February 6, 2019 192 0 ReddIt Twitter AdvertisementBaker Wine & Grape Analysis is excited to add Sensory Analysis to its expanding list of services.Paso Robles, CA. February 5, 2019. Baker Wine & Grape Analysis (BWGA) announced that it was offering three new sensory evaluation of wine services: trouble shooting, sensory evaluation, and wine stylizing. Sensory analysis is conducted by sensory specialist, Sherrie Holzer.Trouble Shooting: Identifying wine flaws or undesirable sensory defects. Evaluation includes what happened to the wine, how to prevent it in the future, and how the problem may be fixed. The report includes overall wine quality assessment.Sensory Evaluation: A descriptive analysis for a complete wine aroma and flavor profile. The report includes a description of distinct characteristics of the wine that can be used for tasting notes, spec sheets, sales and marketing team, restaurants, label description, or tasting room staff.Wine Stylizing: Getting the full potential from the wine with final adjustments or enhancements. Blending trials for lengthening finish, building structure, balance, and consistency. Boosting a silver medal wine to a gold medal winning wine.Sherrie Holzer joined the Baker team in January 2018. She has been making wine commercially and judging wine professionally for over a decade. Her credentials include Bachelor of Science degrees in Enology and Chemistry, a Wine Business Certificate from Sonoma State, an Advanced Sensory Certificate from U.C. Davis, TTB Chemist Certification, and she’s currently working through the WSET for Wines and Spirits Certification program.https://www.bwga.net/services/sensory-analysis-of-wine.phphttps://www.bwga.net/Baker Wine & Grape Analysis, founded in 2002, is located in the Paso Robles, California. The laboratory provides services for winemakers, brewers, distillers, olive oil producers, and vinegar producers. BWGA prides itself on exceptional customer service, offering a wide spectrum of accurate and time efficient analysis. The majority of the tests are performed the same day and clients receive results in the electronic format of their choice. Clients can also easily access their entire history of reports online.Advertisement Linkedin TAGSBaker Wine & Grape AnalysisBWGASherrie Holzer Share Previous articleKeeping in Front of Mind AwarenessNext articleTickets Now on Sale for Napa Valley RoséFest Press Releaselast_img read more

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Heart Foundation cautions against excess salt use

first_imgRelatedHeart Foundation cautions against excess salt use January 31, 2011 Advertisements FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The Heart Foundation of Jamaica is cautioning consumers against excessive use of salt, and to be vigilant when purchasing food items as the salt level may not be properly represented in the labeling. Representatives of the Foundation made the call Wednesday January 26 at the press launch of Heart Month, at the Altamont Court Hotel, New Kingston, under the theme, ‘The Truth About Salt’. They said that processed foods account for a large majority of salt in dietary intake, especially in more developed countries. A survey of ready to eat cereal in particular (found that) raisin bran has 350 milligrams of sodium, which converts to 0.9 grams of salt. “If our total daily intake should be five grams, and you are already accounting for one fifth of it in what is probably part of your breakfast, you can see that by the end of the day, with the higher salt containing foods, including meats, you’re bound to exceed (intake),” said board member of the Foundation and Director of the Epidemiology Research Unit at the Tropical Medicine Research Institute of the University of the West Indies (UWI), Professor Rainford Wilks says. In his presentation entitled ‘Salt and the cardiovascular disease epidemic: the imperative to reduce consumption’,Professor Wilks noted that research shows that cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) kill 17 million persons worldwide annually, compared to the three million deaths from HIV/AIDS. Some 80 per cent of these deaths occur in low and middle income countries, such as Jamaica. He points to blood pressure as a major risk factor for the CVD epidemic. However, he notes that elevated blood pressure, and not necessarily hypertension, is responsible for 7.6 million premature deaths; 92 million disability-adjusted life years (DALYs); 54 per cent of all strokes; and 47 per cent of ischemic heart disease (such as angina and heart attacks). Half of these ailments and diseases were due to hypertension, while the other half were caused by modest elevation in blood pressure. “The lower your blood pressure the better…breaking us into a group of those with or without hypertension is actually a disservice, because we need to recognise that people with blood pressure as low as 120 do have this excess risk,” he remarks. Professor Wilks says that while high daily salt intake is defined as greater than five grams, this amount of salt is not needed, as populations were surviving on less than half a gram of salt per day, and doing reasonably well. “Five grams is extremely excessive…excess salt in the diet has been unequivocally shown to increase blood pressure, to increase the size of the left size of the heart, independent of blood pressure, and contribute to kidney damage, also independent of blood pressure levels. It is also associated with gastric cancer, obesity, osteoporosis and the worsening of asthma,” he said. Professor Wilks notes that estimating salt intake at the population level is difficult. “The gold standard is by collecting a 24-hour sample of urine, and looking at sodium in it…it isn’t easy, it’s inconvenient to the persons who participate,” he says. However, he says a study from the 1980s, which looked at African-Americans, showed that Jamaicans, on the average, consumed over eight grams a day; Barbados just under seven grams; and African Americans, in one Chicago town, almost 20 grams. “Wide-scale reduction of salt intake, using a combination of mass media awareness campaigns and regulation of salt content in food products, could result in significant decreases in the rates of salt-related diseases at a cost of US$0.04 – US$0.32 per person per year, (which is) cheaper than aspirin,” he states. He says that data from the most recent Jamaica Health and Lifestyle Survey show that there is a 25.5 per cent prevalence rate of hypertension in the country; 7.9 per cent diabetes; 25.3 per cent obesity, and that some 6 per cent of persons added salt in the preparation of food.     Professor Wilks points to another study, which estimates that there are some 12,000 persons with heart attacks and 25,000 with stroke, at any one time in Jamaica. He argues that according to a World Health Organisation (WHO) 2003 study, there is good evidence that reduction in salt intake will have significant impact on blood pressure.  “It has been shown that if you were to consume a diet rich in fruits and vegetable and low fat, you could reduce your blood pressure, without any other intervention, by up to 14 millimetres of mercury,” he says. Reducing salt intake to less than six grams per day, could reduce blood pressure by two to eight millimeters of mercury.   “They look like small numbers but, if we can drop the blood pressure mean of the population by four millimeters of mercury, we can reduce the prevalence of hypertension in the population by 10 per cent,” he asserted. Professor Wilks says by dropping everyone’s blood pressure there would be benefits, not only to those who are hypertensive but, to the population at large. He said in America it has been shown that, dropping population blood pressure levels could be worth billions of dollars. He points out that to ameliorate the CVD epidemic, reduction in salt intake is imperative, and that this effort will only succeed if a broad consensus can be achieved. The Foundation has produced two television advertisements, highlighting the dangers of high salt intake and how persons can control their salt consumption. The Foundation’s activities for Heart month (January 26 to February 28), include an outside broadcast on Hitz 92FM at 6 a.m., and a mobile outreach at the Seaforth Health Centre in St. Thomas on February 1; a mobile clinic at the Trinityville Health Centre, St. Thomas, on February 2; a mobile outreach on February 3, at the Edna Manley Health Centre on Grants Pen Road; a medical symposium at the Knutsford Court Hotel, New Kingston, on February 8; a plaza promotion screening at 10 a.m. at Boulevard supercentre, Spanish Town Shopping Centre, Portmore Mall and Liguanea. The mobile team will travel to the Frankfield Health Centre in Clarendon on February 21, and the Yallahs Health Centre n St. Thomas on February 22, as well as the Harbour View Health Centre in St. Catherine on February 24. There will be a customer appreciation day at the Foundation’s Beechwood Avenue headquarters, Kingston, starting at 8.30 am on February 25. The Heart Foundation is a non-profit organization supported by voluntary contributions. It is also a member of the World Health Federation based in Geneva, Switzerland, and the Inter-American Heart Foundation (IAHF). It is the Caribbean office for the IAHF.  The Foundation seeks to reduce the incidence of death from heart disease in Jamaica by prevention, through education, early detection through screening programmes and rehabilitation through education about healthy lifestyles. By: Alphea Saunderscenter_img RelatedHeart Foundation cautions against excess salt use Heart Foundation cautions against excess salt use RelatedHeart Foundation cautions against excess salt uselast_img read more

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Four convictions for violations of minimum wage ordinance

first_imgHomeNewsCity CouncilFour convictions for violations of minimum wage ordinance Oct. 30, 2018 at 5:00 amCity CouncilFeaturedNewsFour convictions for violations of minimum wage ordinanceMadeleine Pauker3 years agocity councilNewsThe Loews Hotel. The City of Santa Monica has prosecuted four major cases for minimum wage violations on its path to a $15 minimum wage in 2020, three of which convicted hotels or businesses operating inside them, according to a report at the Oct. 23 City Council meeting.Working with the Los Angeles County Department of Consumer and Business Affairs (DCBA) Wage Enforcement Unit, the City has ordered the convicted businesses pay a total of $45,000 in penalties and $47,000 in back wages for more than 60 employees.“It’s clear that there are employers who will not pay their employees the right wage no matter what,” said Chief Deputy City Attorney Yibin Shen, who prosecuted the cases.The minimum wage is $16.10 for hotels and businesses operating on hotel property, $13.25 for large businesses, and $12 for small businesses, as of July 1, 2018. The hotel wage matches Los Angeles’ minimum wage for hotel workers.The City’s minimum wage ordinance will increase the wage to $15 per hour by July 1, 2021, and then increase annually by the Consumer Price Index. Paid sick leave mandates began in 2017 and increased in 2018 to a required 72 hours for large businesses and 40 hours for small businesses.The City Attorney convicted its first employer, a gift shop inside the JW Marriott hotel, under the minimum wage ordinance in November 2017. The owner plead no contest to three misdemeanor counts of failing to pay employees Santa Monica’s minimum wage and for firing an employee who demanded she be paid the minimum wage and was ordered to pay $11,000 in back wages to the affected employees and $3,000 in investigative costs to the City.“It was clear the employer had no interest in complying with the law,” Shen said. “While education is important, enforcement is essential. No amount of education would have made that employer pay her employees the right wages.”The second hotel-based business charged was Flowers and Hewes, Inc, a retail store within the Loews Hotel. Loews Hotel itself was also convicted for minimum wage violations, and the two business were ordered in August to pay $12,000 to 23 employees, as well as $9,210 in penalties. Investigators said some employees at the hotel were paid as little as $2.86 per hour.“It could be that once we prosecuted the first case, other hotel workers saw it and called DCBA, which is our goal,” Shen said. “Publicizing the cases is intended to educate employees to realize, “I have rights.”In January, Merchants Building Maintenance, LLC, a janitorial and security services company, was charged with failing to pay 36 employees the minimum wage. It agreed to pay $23,000 in restitution for lost wages and $36,000 in penalties.Despite several minimum wage violations, City staff said outreach to Santa Monica employers and workers regarding the new ordinance has been largely successful. The City partnered with Restaurant Opportunities Center and Korean Immigrant Workers Alliance to educate 3,600 workers on their rights under the ordinance, and engaged with 2,900 businesses through the Lee Andrews Group.City staff said the most effective way to reach workers was advertising on public transit, such as the Expo Line, Metro’s 720 bus route, and the Big Blue Bus 7. They found that direct mailers were the most effective way of reaching business owners, and sent information about the ordinance to 16,000 businesses.Online resources were a significant source of information as well, staff said. The City’s minimum wage webpage received 58,982 pageviews, and its video received 7,652 views. Its video explaining the ordinance’s paid sick leave policy, which currently requires 72 hours of paid sick leave for large businesses and 40 hours for small businesses, was viewed 25,759 times.The City plans to continue sending mailers to businesses, posting on social media, and answering email inquiries regarding the minimum wage. It also plans to take a greater focus on enforcement, and as 2020 approaches, will try to more closely align the city’s different minimum wages.This article was updated Oct. 31 at 4:45 [email protected] :city councilNewsshare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentColorado lawsuit could ripple through US cannabis industry38 Restaurants Make Malibu’s 2018 Clean Bay Certified ListYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall9 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson20 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter20 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor20 hours agoNewsBruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for moreAssociated Press20 hours agoNewsWedding boom is on in the US as vendors scramble to keep upAssociated Press20 hours agolast_img read more

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Arguments but no resolution to ongoing voting rights lawsuit

first_imgHomeFeaturedArguments but no resolution to ongoing voting rights lawsuit Dec. 07, 2018 at 12:26 pmFeaturedGovernmentNewsPoliticsArguments but no resolution to ongoing voting rights lawsuitMadeleine Pauker3 years agoCVRAelectionsSanta MonicavotingFile photo The judge will issue a final ruling in Santa Monica’s voting rights case sometime in the near future but the most recent court date provided no new information on her thoughts or the possible borders of districts within the city.The judge held a hearing on Dec. 7 to discuss her tentative ruling that found the City’s at large election system violates the rights of minority residents. Her initial ruling was just a few sentences long and while the City had asked for an extensive explanation of her reasoning, the Friday hearing was limited to both sides reiterating positions previously outlined in written arguments.Attorneys for the City have said they plan to appeal if the tentative ruling stands. However, they are requesting the judge allow the City hold a community input process to draw election districts if the ruling that Santa Monica’s at-large election system discriminates against Latino voters stands on appeal.At a Friday court discussion, the City’s attorneys said the state’s election code states that if a court orders a change in a city’s election system, the city should solicit public input to decide on new districts in a 120-day process.“It would be a democratic process inclusive of all communities,” said City attorney Theodore Boutrous.Attorneys for plaintiff Maria Loya and the Pico Neighborhood Association said they think the City is trying to delay changing the election system. They have argued that Judge Yvette Palazuelos should issue a prohibitory injunction to prevent the City from holding at-large elections as quickly as possible.The plaintiff also released a map of the proposed districts that they are hoping will inform Judge Palazuelos’ decision. The Plaintiff map divides the City into seven districts. It adjusts the borders of the existing neighborhoods but eliminates the existing Mid-City Neighborhood in favor of a new Downtown district.“Latino voters of Santa Monica will continue to wait for their voting rights,” said Plaintiff’s attorney Kevin Shenkman. “We know what’s happening. Many (City) Councilmembers live in the same district and will fight this because they want to stay in power.”Boutrous maintained that the City is not trying to delay the transition to a district-based system and is only trying to ensure that transition makes room for the democratic process.“California law requires citizens be able to give input in the process of changing election systems,” Boutrous said.Attorneys for the plaintiff said the California Voting Rights Act directs the court, not the defendant, to implement appropriate remedies to illegal election systems.Oscar de la Torre, the plaintiff’s husband and an outspoken proponent of district-based elections, said he does not want the City to direct the process of drawing districts because he believes it will marginalize minority voices even if it solicits public input.City Attorney Lane Dilg said the court will think about the City’s request.“We are pleased that the court gave serious consideration to and hope that it will adopt the City’s argument that any district map must be drawn through the democratic public process required by the California Elections Code,” she said in a statement. “That process will provide all Santa Monica residents the opportunity to weigh in on the important issue of how any required districts should be drawn.”[email protected] :CVRAelectionsSanta Monicavotingshare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentSMC students set to shine at SMFFHoliday Shoppers Reminded to “Save the Space” for Those with DisabilitiesYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall9 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 agoNewsWedding boom is on in the US as vendors scramble to keep upAssociated Press19 hours agolast_img read more

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T-Mobile US and Dish Network in merger talks again – reports

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 04 JUN 2015 Kavit joined Mobile World Live in May 2015 as Content Editor. He started his journalism career at the Press Association before joining Euromoney’s graduate scheme in April 2010. Read More >> Read more T-Mobile US chief predicts market rebound Author Related Deutsche Telekom, SoftBank tipped for T-Mobile trade Previous ArticleSoundHound moves into voice assistant market with Hound launchNext ArticleEC calls in member states to end impasse over roaming, net neutrality cableDish NetworkT-Mobile UStelecoms Home T-Mobile US and Dish Network in merger talks again – reports Amazon reels in MGM T-Mobile US is reported to be in talks again with cable giant Dish Network over a merger which could prove to be the largest ever tie-up between the television and communications industries.According to reports from the Wall Street Journal, the two sides are almost in agreement over the make-up of the combined company, with Dish CEO Charlie Ergen becoming the combined entity’s chairman and outspoken T-Mobile CEO John Legere serving as CEO.There are still several things needed to be panned out between Dish and T-Mobile, including the purchase price and how much stock will be included in the deal.If it goes through, the deal value will be large given T-Mobile’s market capitalisation of $31 billion and Dish’s $33 billion.Last September it was reported that Dish had contacted Deutsche Telekom to express interest about acquiring the German group’s T-Mobile US subsidiary. Those rumours soon died.While both sides have made no official comment on the new rumours, Legere has taken to Twitter to respond to an article published by technology publication Re/Code, which suggests the merger could be more out of convenience, given that both have failed to partner with other companies.Legere tweeted: “Snarky sensational and shallow look at a rumour that deserve no comment.”Both sides have seen deals to merge with Sprint fall through in recent years, and analysts will argue that both companies need to merge to compete better in their respective markets.T-Mobile US, the country’s fourth largest carrier, has made strides in adding to its subscriber base in recent quarters since Legere was appointed in 2012, but it still trails significantly behind AT&T and Verizon in the mobile space. It is thought that a merger with Dish will help the company add to its network capacity through the cable player’s wireless licences.The rumoured deal follows a wave of consolidation in the cable sector, with rivals AT&T now close to completing a tie-up with Dish’s rival DirecTV, while Charter Communications is also going through the motions to consolidate with Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks, which would create the second largest US cable company. Kavit Majithia Tags last_img read more

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Hard Knocks

first_imgJOHNS CREEK, Ga. – By now Fred Wedel has probably called his dad, who is lying in a bed in his sister’s home in Sacramento, Calif., a laptop by his side. Typically, the voice on the other end of the phone is enthusiastic: Wow! Way to go! Great playing! This week, though, the elder Wedel has been calm and collected. Soothing. Patient. It was as if he sensed something bigger was brewing. Well, it doesn’t get much bigger than what will unfold here Saturday at Atlanta Athletic Club, after Wedel defeated Nathan Smith, 4 and 3, to reach the semifinals of the 114th U.S. Amateur Championship. The 619th-ranked player in the world, Wedel’s last tournament win was the district title his senior year of high school. Now, the Pepperdine junior is two matches away from a national championship, and just one from a berth in the Masters. In a field littered with silver-spooners and prodigies, Wedel’s story resonates most. U.S. Amateur: Articles, videos and photos He was 10 when his dad (also named Fred) kept scratching what he thought was a mosquito bite on his neck. It turned out to be a staph infection in his spinal cord, and a few weeks later he was paralyzed from the neck down. A normal childhood was no longer possible. For three years, Fred spent most of his days in a car, driving an hour to and from the hospital, where sometimes all his dad could do was listen. “I really didn’t handle it well,” he said. “I just kept having hopes that maybe one day he’d walk again, that we’d figure it out. Eventually I realized he wasn’t going to walk again. It threw me into a dark place for a while.” An eighth-grader without a father figure, Wedel rebelled. His family split apart. He got kicked out of private school. His golf game suffered without the man who taught him how to play with a cut-down 7-iron at age 3. “I wasn’t playing good golf and my dad was in a hospital bed,” he said, “so I had bigger things to worry about.” His fiercely competitive nature brought him back, but he was lightly recruited as a junior player. Texas wasn’t interested. Texas A&M didn’t want him. Hometown Houston had better options. That was fine with Wedel, who wanted to get away, to start fresh. Pepperdine assistant coach Carl Smith needed to watch only one of Wedel’s tournaments before extending a scholarship. The private school offered both strong academics and a proven golf program – and, OK, the breathtaking views overlooking the Pacific Ocean weren’t bad either. Wedel may have intrigued coaches with his edge, with his I’ll-show-you attitude, but it didn’t translate on the course. During his freshman year he was a non-factor, recording only a pair of top 10s. With money tight, Wedel spent last summer mostly on the practice range, not the amateur circuit. This year he worked the member-guest at Bel-Air Country Club, which helped pay for a few flights to tournaments like the Southwestern (T-16) and Northern (T-10) amateurs. “It’s tough for me at times,” he said. “I’ve got a lot of things to worry about. I wish I could go all over the country in the summer and play all these great events, but I’ve got to plan my way around it. I’ve got to make the best of what I have.” Last October, at the start of Pepperdine’s season, the elder Wedel sent the coaching staff an email saying that he wanted to surprise his son at the upcoming Alister MacKenzie Invitational. Golf at this level is oftentimes a family outing, with mom and dad waiting by the scoring tent for high-fives after a low round, or hugs after a 75. It’s something Wedel hasn’t experienced since he was 10 years old, so when he saw his father – wrapped in a blanket and propped up in a wheelchair – behind the ninth green at Sonoma GC, he put his hands on his head and cried. “All of a sudden we saw life through Fred’s eyes,” Pepperdine coach Michael Beard said. “What he’s gone through is something that none of us can relate to.” Wedel was so shook up that he bogeyed his next four holes. Not that it mattered. “This is one of the last things on my bucket list, to see my son play golf again,” his 74-year-old father told Beard. Wedel began to play better after that inspirational visit, finishing in the top 15 in four of his last five events to qualify for NCAA regionals as an individual. With 10 days between the end of school and regional play, Wedel and Beard played matches all morning and afternoon, then had heart-to-hearts at night. They talked about his dad’s health. They talked about what it was like to grow up without a father figure, without guidance, without a steady support system. “I see a kid that needs someone to kind of coach him not just in golf,” Beard said, “but also to coach him along in life.” Even Wedel acknowledges that to take his game to the next level, he needs to develop a plan for success: What areas should he address? What schedule should he play? What should he improve physically, mentally, emotionally? His remarkable run this week has opened his eyes to the possibilities, but every experience is a new one for Wedel, from setting a workout schedule to budgeting a $250 stipend to arranging a host family for this week’s Am. “He’s kind of figured out life on his own,” Beard said. “He hasn’t had his mom or dad there to do it for him, to say this is how it works.” On that front, though, Wedel is making a concerted effort. After drifting apart, he usually saw his father only a couple of times a year – Malibu and Sacramento are six hours apart – but in June he spent an entire week by his old man’s side. “I don’t want to look back later in life and regret not having all those deep conversations and asking enough questions,” he said. “I want to have that close relationship with him. I want my father to actually be my father.” Wedel turns 20 next week, and after his breakthrough performance here he will be the Waves’ No. 1 player, the guy with expectations to perform. After years of searching, it seems a role he’s finally ready to embrace. Earlier this week, Wedel sent his coach a text about what lies ahead: “You know I look up to you in plenty of ways. I respect you. I’ll handle the team the way you want your captain to. The culture will be changed.” Flipping through his iPhone, Beard paused and said, “Just seeing that makes you smile, you know? He’s figuring it out.”last_img read more

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Willett, Fitzpatrick lead Euro Masters by 2

first_imgCRANS MONTANA, Switzerland – English golfers Matthew Fitzpatrick and Danny Willett will carry a two-shot lead into the final round of the European Masters. Willett started the third round on Saturday with a one-shot lead, but had two bogeys and a double bogey in his first four holes. There were two more bogeys coming in, but a 30-foot eagle on the 15th limited the damage to a 1-over-par 71. He was at 12 under for the tournament with Fitzpatrick, the former U.S. Amateur champion who came through Q School to enjoy his first year on the European Tour. Fitzpatrick climbed into contention with a 64. Four-time tour winner Raphael Jacquelin of France was third at 10 under thanks to a 68, and defending champion David Lipsky of the U.S. was alone in fourth on 9 under after a 69, despite starting and finishing with bogeys. Patrick Reed (69), Sergio Garcia (66), and Lee Westwood (68) trailed by seven shots in a big group tied for 16th.last_img read more

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