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Building consensus on London’s housing priorities

first_imgThen, there is uncertainty about government planning reforms. “I think they have the potential to unlock development but there just isn’t the detail at the moment – it is still a very high-level picture. We are concerned that the promise is of simplification, but the reality might well be more complexity,” said Seager.   Inevitably, the role of government was prominent throughout the Big Conversation discussion. Among the initiatives discussed were the ‘Help to Buy’ equity loan scheme, through which the government lends up to 20% of the purchase price (40% in London); and section 106 agreements between developers and local planning authorities on measures the former must take to mitigate the impact of new homes on the local community. Both initiatives’ futures are uncertain.  Getty Images “We are looking at how to incentivise builders and developers to deliver better-quality housing. We are also helping to educate and inform people in understanding a building’s green credentials and how to improve them,” he said. Metropolitan Thames Valley Housing executive director of development Guy Burnett pointed out that Section 106 agreements have been crucial for affordable housing. “How will [government] reforms affect this? Will it increase or decrease the amount affordable homes? It’s a bit of a worry,” he said. Lloyds Banking Group’s Andy Mason said: “To move from a ‘D’ to a ‘B’ [Energy Performance Certificate – EPCs] rating can cost about £10,000-£15,000 but savings are typically [just] £300-£400 a year.” Affordable homes are top priority  Hattersley pointed out that London itself can often be a challenging environment for housing providers to navigate, saying: “We are big in London – and we are committed to working significantly in London. But I also have demand in Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds and York – and it’s also easier to work in some of those areas. “I think we need a catalyst to help. The Government’s Green Homes Grant scheme is a really good start, but it finishes in Q1 2021. We need something that will work in the longer term, for example something like a stamp duty rebate if you ‘green’ your property.”  The pandemic will inevitably impact everything from government funding to how people want to live and work. But the capital will continue to have a unique set of circumstances. While the escape route from Covid-19 remains uncertain Murad Qureshi offered one reason for politicians to look benignly on construction as they look to drive economic recovery.  “In London there are so many issues, it’s like wading through treacle – we have to start addressing those. I think there’s a bit of opportunity now. But it’s a hard one to deliver.”  “There’s huge appetite for investment from financial institutions in sustainable infrastructure,” he said.  That view was supported by Mark Hattersley, chief financial officer at Clarion Housing Group, who said: “Affordable housing needs funding – there is no magic solution. We have to use the current hiatus to bring key decision-makers together.” More From Our Partners Native American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.com‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.comWhy people are finding dryer sheets in their mailboxesnypost.comFeds seized 18 devices from Rudy Giuliani and his employees in April raidnypost.comMatt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondogglenypost.comBill Gates reportedly hoped Jeffrey Epstein would help him win a Nobelnypost.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.com980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.com That was the verdict of a roundtable held as part of a UK-wide initiative by Lloyds Banking Group entitled ‘The Big Conversation: Helping Britain Recover’ – a series of virtual events convening policy makers and business leaders. “If we want more affordable housing in London, the state has got to pay for it,” said London First’s Jonathan Seager. But these are challenging times for the public purse, in London and across the country. “So, if the state isn’t stepping up, what role is there for private investment, particularly institutional investment?” he asked. City of London Corporation external affairs director Giles French identified sustainability as one area for optimism. “Part of the challenge is a lack of investable projects – some of the biggest funds in the world are desperate to direct capital towards these sorts of projects. London ought to be as good a place as any to champion and showcase what can be done on that agenda.” “I think you can get a very good sense of satisfaction being involved in producing a unit of housing,” he said.  ‘Huge appetite’ for investment in sustainability whatsappcenter_img The ‘Rebuilding London – Providing Great Housing For A Great City’ roundtable was held on 6 November, with City AM the exclusive media attendee. It was chaired by Ed Thurman, Lloyds’ group ambassador for London and MD for global transaction banking. ‘The Big Conversation: Helping Britain Recover’ series findings will be published in a report later this year.  Building consensus on London’s housing priorities London can be ‘like wading through treacle’ The UK has among the oldest – and least energy efficient – housing stock in Europe. The opportunity surrounding retro-fitting older housing was front of mind for participants. Guy Burnett said that construction was often not an attractive career choice for young people and said that this issue, combined with Covid-19 and Brexit, meant the industry was facing a “very difficult set of circumstances”.More apprentices are required, participants agreed. “There needs to be more done to push and accelerate apprenticeships,” said Hulme.  He added: “We also need to ensure we have the right skills to deliver modern methods of construction. We’ll build houses differently in the future, but we have to find solutions that have skillsets alongside them.” But there was also empathy for home-owners struggling to see the financial benefits of investing in ‘green’ measures. Share Hosted by Ed Thurman, the group’s ambassador for London, the ‘Rebuilding London – Providing Great Housing For A Great City’ event highlighted the importance of the capital, and its nine-million strong population, to the UK economy. But it also reflected on how it is increasingly a city of extremes where average house prices are 12 times average incomes and where homelessness has hit record levels.  “Housing is one of the best ways of getting shovel-ready projects – they’re much easier to process than, say, transport infrastructure.” “It’s critical that we have skills programmes that are well-funded and targeted because we’re going to need it, more so than we realise. Those programmes will have to be upscaled.” Andy Hulme, Lloyds Banking Group’s managing director for real estate and housing, pointed to the Group’s Green Buildings Tool as something which could help drive sustainability in the sector. Participants in the Big Conversation also emphasised the importance of skills and workforce issues. Given the relatively high proportion of non-British nationals working in construction, the uncertainty surrounding Britain’s future relationship with the European Union was a concern, while Hulme said a significant proportion of workers in the sector were approaching retirement age.  Sponsored Friday 13 November 2020 9:00 am London requires 1.6 million additional homes by 2041 – about 65,000 new homes annually – of which two-thirds should be affordable, according to City Hall projections. Murad Qureshi AM, London Assembly housing committee chair, said the pace needed to quicken as the current annual rate of build is 52,000, adding “The key issue in London before Covid-19 – and continues to be – the supply of affordable homes.”  Finding skills for the future ‘Shovel-ready’ projects? Look no further However, Murad Qureshi pinpointed retrofitting as offering opportunities for job creation, as well as energy efficiency. “Politicians have mixed views on Help to Buy. But it has definitely helped with the deposit challenge, in particular the London scheme,” said Lloyds’ head of customer development for mortgages, Andy Mason. He added that he was interested in how the Shared Ownership scheme – although more effective in London than elsewhere in the country to date – could be “transformed” to help people onto the housing ladder. Show Comments ▼ The housing market has the potential to play a significant role in the UK’s economic and social recovery from the pandemic – but housing in London faces a mounting number of challenges and uncertainties in doing so.last_img read more

Sitka Tribe of Alaska sues state, claiming mismanagement of herring fishery

first_imgAlaska Native Government & Policy | Fisheries | Oceans | Southeast | State Government | Subsistence | WildlifeSitka Tribe of Alaska sues state, claiming mismanagement of herring fisheryDecember 18, 2018 by Katherine Rose and Emily Kwong, KCAW-Sitka Share:Jeff Feldpausch stands in front of bags of hemlock branches, ready for distribution to elders. He noted the bare spots on the branches, illustrating the annual need for subsistence coming up short. (Photo by Emily Kwong/KCAW)A tribal government is filing suit against the state of Alaska, alleging mismanagement of the Sitka sac roe herring fishery. The Sitka Tribe of Alaska has retained a major Anchorage law firm that specializes in tribal advocacy and subsistence issues.Audio Playerhttps://media.ktoo.org/2018/12/17HERRING.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.For 20 years, tribal leaders have been worried about the health of Sitka’s herring. The silvery fish return every spring to spawn and are pursued by commercial fisherman, subsistence harvesters and marine mammals alike. As a forage fish, they’re a cornerstone of the ecosystem.Jessie Johnnie told the story of Herring Rock to the Alaska Board of Fisheries in 1997 — one of a young Tlingit woman sitting on the rock and lowering her hair into the ocean for the herring to lay their eggs. “All the herring would come to the rock and swim around,” she said, “and she would sing lullabies to them.”Herring have cultural, ecological, and economic significance for Sitka. But the message to the Board of Fisheries back then was that the herring weren’t spawning the same way in the same places, and subsistence harvesters were struggling to gather enough roe.Herman Kitka, testifying at that 1997 meeting, feared for the worst.“If nothing is done,” he said, “we will lose the herring stock that is left in Sitka Sound.”In 2018, his son Harvey Kitka went before the Board of Fisheries to say the same thing: Act now, or potentially lose our herring. STA proposed capping the commercial harvest of herring at 10 percent. But the board took no action, maintaining a formula that calculates a sliding scale of 12-to-20 percent depending on the size of the biomass.KCAW’s Emily Kwong spoke with Kitka afterwards. He said he wasn’t surprised by the board’s decision, but he wondered if his father’s forecast was coming true.“It’s happening right now, what we were concerned about back then,” Kitka said back in January.In March, the herring fishery opened and ran into trouble. Because the commercial herring fishery is driven by processors, they need fish of a certain quality to market their product, largely to Japan and other Asian countries.Eric Coonradt, the Sitka area management biologist for the state, said the fish this year  — most of which were four-year-olds — were simply too small.“The quality with which processors needed to market these fish was 125 grams or better and 11 percent roe or better, and if you look at our forecast, 92 percent of the fish didn’t meet that demand,” said Coonradt.In other words, they were looking for the biggest and best fish out there but didn’t find enough. The fleet fell over 8,000 tons short of their quota, and the commercial fishery closed early for the fourth time in six years. The fishery is driven by the formula, and Coonradt noted it’s up to the Board of Fisheries to change it.“Unless we had a biological concern, we couldn’t close this fishery ourselves. What they’d have to do is bring it to the Board of Fish as an emergency petition. That’s their option,” Coonradt said.Subsistence harvesters didn’t have much luck either.Jeff Feldpausch is the resource protection director for STA. While his team bagged hemlock branches covered with herring eggs for distribution to elders, he pointed to bare spots on the branches.“People don’t want trees in their freezer. It’s all about putting eggs in their freezers, not branches,” said Feldpausch. “This is looking grim. This is really grim.”Although the harvest was insufficient for both commercial and subsistence purposes, the state is preparing for next season’s fishery under the same model. In December, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced they anticipate a spawning mass of 64,000 tons of herring in Sitka Sound, around 9,000 more pounds than was originally predicted — and set a commercial quota at 20 percent of that forecast.This infuriates the Sitka Tribe of Alaska. On Dec. 11, STA filed a lawsuit against Fish and Game and the Board of Fisheries in Superior Court. They’re not calling for an all-out closure of the fishery; they’re asking for an injunction against Fish and Game, requiring them to develop a new management plan for the fishery prior to the start of the season next March. STA also wants the court to find that the actions of the Board of Fisheries and the Department of Fish and Game are illegal under Alaska law.In a press release on Friday, STA chair Kathy Hope Erickson called for protection of the subsistence way of life. “The time is now,” she says, “to ensure our people have the chance to fulfill their cultural responsibilities which have been interwoven with the herring since time immemorial, and to fill their freezers. We cannot sit by while the State of Alaska shirks its statutory and constitutional duties to citizens. We demand action by the state.”STA has retained the Anchorage law firm of Landye Bennett Blumstein LLP as legal counsel. The state of Alaska has 30 days to reply to the suit.Share this story:last_img read more

Alaska Chief Justice Bolger to retire in June

first_imgShare this story: Crime & Courts | Southcentral | Southeast | State GovernmentAlaska Chief Justice Bolger to retire in JuneNovember 30, 2020 by Andrew Kitchenman, KTOO and Alaska Public Media Share:Alaska Supreme Court Chief Justice Joel Bolger addresses the Alaska Federation of Natives convention on Oct. 18, 2019. On Monday, the court system announced Bolger plans to retire in June. (Photo by Wesley Early/KOTZ)Alaska Supreme Court Chief Justice Joel Bolger plans to retire in June, the court system announced on Monday. Bolger was appointed to the supreme court by Gov. Sean Parnell in 2013. His retirement will coincide with the end of his three-year term as the chief justice. Bolger has spoken in defense of the independence of the court system. He recused himself in March from hearing a case involving the proposed recall of Gov. Mike Dunleavy. After Dunleavy refused to select a judge from a list submitted by the Alaska Judicial Council, Bolger issued a statement saying that the governor must choose one of the nominees. Dunleavy’s handling of the vacancy later was listed as one of the grounds to recall him. Bolger is the first person to be appointed to all four levels of the Alaska judiciary. He previously was appointed to the Valdez District Court, Kodiak Superior Court and the Alaska Court of Appeals. Bolger spent the majority of his professional career in rural Alaska and worked as a volunteer attorney in Dillingham and as an assistant public defender in Utqiagvik. In his statement, Bolger thanked the judges and court staff for working QUOTE “to provide fair and impartial access to justice” during the COVID-19 pandemic. last_img read more

Working for free? Unpaid internships in London cost £926 a month

first_img More From Our Partners Police Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgMark Eaton, former NBA All-Star, dead at 64nypost.com‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.com980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comWhy people are finding dryer sheets in their mailboxesnypost.comKamala Harris keeps list of reporters who don’t ‘understand’ her: reportnypost.comSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.com by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryTele Health DaveRemember Pierce Brosnan’s Wife? Take A Deep Breath Before You See What She Looks Like NowTele Health DaveNational Penny For Seniors7 Discounts Seniors Only Get If They AskNational Penny For SeniorsThe No Cost Solar ProgramGet Paid To Install Solar + Tesla Battery For No Cost At Install and Save Thousands.The No Cost Solar ProgramMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekEquity MirrorThey Drained Niagara Falls — They Weren’t Prepared For This Sickening DiscoveryEquity MirrorLoan Insurance WealthDolly Parton, 74, Takes off Makeup, Leaves Us With No WordsLoan Insurance WealthPast Factory4 Sisters Take The Same Picture For 40 Years. Don’t Cry When You See The Last One!Past FactoryPost FunKate & Meghan Are Very Different Mothers, These Photos Prove ItPost Fun whatsapp Working for free? Unpaid internships in London cost £926 a month Every year thousands of young people toil away in unpaid internships, hoping to enter the increasingly crowded jobs market. They’re seen as a necessity in industries such as journalism, graphic design, fashion and even some financial services roles. But for many, they’re simply unaffordable, according to a report from the Sutton Trust, which had crunched university data and government wage stats.  In fact, an unpaid internship in London would require £926 a month, totalling £5,556 over half a year. In Manchester the costs are still high, with a six month unpaid internship leaving your bank account £4,728 lighter. Most of this is swallowed up by rent and essential bills, and these figures exclude transport costs, the report said.Yet most people won’t have enough cash stashed to fund an unpaid internship. Average cash savings are around £1,678, according to estimates from the ING Direct Consumer Savings Monitor. However, unpaid interns who live alone spend a minimum of £800 a month, so for the vast majority of UK residents this isn’t an option.Dr Lee Elliot Major, director of development and policy at the Sutton Trust said: Unpaid internships are increasingly the gateway to a job in the most competitive professions. But as today’s research shows, the cost of taking on an internship without pay is beyond the means of the vast majority of individuals.  Sharecenter_img whatsapp Show Comments ▼ Jessica Morris Wednesday 12 November 2014 6:04 am Tags: NULLlast_img read more

Generic drug makers fear a ‘skinny labeling’ court ruling will pose a huge threat

first_img STAT+ is STAT’s premium subscription service for in-depth biotech, pharma, policy, and life science coverage and analysis. Our award-winning team covers news on Wall Street, policy developments in Washington, early science breakthroughs and clinical trial results, and health care disruption in Silicon Valley and beyond. An arcane regulatory term known as skinny labeling may have a funny ring to it, but to generic drug makers, it is no laughing matter.What has the generic industry upset is a recent court ruling that, legal experts say, could effectively negate a key aspect of a decades-old law which makes it possible to supply Americans with many of cheaper generic alternatives to pricey brand-name medicines. By Ed Silverman Jan. 7, 2021 Reprints Pharmalot Adobe @Pharmalot Log In | Learn More What is it? Daily reporting and analysis The most comprehensive industry coverage from a powerhouse team of reporters Subscriber-only newsletters Daily newsletters to brief you on the most important industry news of the day STAT+ Conversations Weekly opportunities to engage with our reporters and leading industry experts in live video conversations Exclusive industry events Premium access to subscriber-only networking events around the country The best reporters in the industry The most trusted and well-connected newsroom in the health care industry And much more Exclusive interviews with industry leaders, profiles, and premium tools, like our CRISPR Trackr. What’s included?center_img Ed Silverman Generic drug makers fear a ‘skinny labeling’ court ruling will pose a huge threat [email protected] Pharmalot Columnist, Senior Writer Ed covers the pharmaceutical industry. About the Author Reprints GET STARTED Unlock this article — plus daily coverage and analysis of the pharma industry — by subscribing to STAT+. First 30 days free. GET STARTED Tags drug pricingGenericslegalSTAT+last_img read more

Japan records earliest cherry blossom bloom in 1,200 years

first_imgOSAKA, Japan / CNN — The thought of Japan in spring brings to mind the image of the country’s famous cherry blossoms — also known as “sakura” — white and pink flowers, blooming across cities and mountainscapes.The flowers, which have a “peak bloom” that lasts just a few days, have been treasured in Japan for more than a thousand years. Crowds flock to Japanese parks and viewing parties to take pictures and have picnics under the branches.This year is different from recent years past. The cherry blossom season arrived and departed in the blink of an eye — and scientists warn that this season was a symptom of the larger climate crisis threatening ecosystems around the world.Yasuyuki Aono, a researcher at Osaka Prefecture University, has gathered records from Kyoto back to 812 AD from historical documents and diaries. In the central city of Kyoto, cherry blossoms peaked on March 26, the earliest in more than 1,200 years, Aono said. US will aim to cut carbon emissions by 52% by 2030, Biden says April 22, 2021 AdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 comments $3 million budgeted for environmental improvements in SWFL April 28, 2021 AdvertisementDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 comments Hideki Matsuyama becomes first Japanese man to win Masters April 13, 2021 RELATEDTOPICS Advertisement AdvertisementTags: Cherry BlossomenvironmentJapan Balloons from your outdoor celebration could be dangerous to wildlife June 16, 2021 AdvertisementAnd in the capital Tokyo, cherry blossoms reached full bloom on March 22, the second-earliest date on record.The peak bloom dates shift every year, depending on numerous factors including weather and rainfall, but have shown a general trend of moving earlier and earlier. In Kyoto, the peak date hovered around mid-April for centuries, according to Aono’s data, but began moving into early April during the 1800s. The date has only dipped into late March a few times in recorded history.Their early bloom, however, is just the tip of the iceberg of a worldwide phenomenon that could destabilize natural systems and countries’ economies, said Amos Tai, assistant professor of earth science at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. There are two sources of increased heat, which is the main factor making the flowers bloom earlier: urbanization and climate change. With increased urbanization, cities tend to get warmer than the surrounding rural area, in what is called the heat island effect. But a bigger reason is climate change, which has caused rising temperatures across the region and the world.Not limited to JapanThis year’s change in flowering dates isn’t limited to just Japan; the cherry blossoms that adorn the Tidal Basin in Washington, DC, have also bloomed early. According to the National Park Service, the peak bloom date of the Washington cherry blossoms has advanced forward by nearly a week from April 5th to March 31.The same phenomenon is already happening to many crops and economically valuable plants, he said — posing big problems for food security and farmers’ livelihoods. Food supplies in some of the most vulnerable regions in the world are being directly affected by droughts, crop failures, and locust swarms. Advertisementlast_img read more

$23.7 Million Allocated to Jamaica 4-H Clubs

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail An allocation of $23.7 million has been earmarked in the 2008/09 Estimates of Expenditure for the Jamaica 4-H Clubs.The sum will be used to undertake activities under the Youth Development, and Production and Training Enterprise Programmes.Under the Youth Development Programme, it is aimed to develop the interest and capabilities of children and young adults in agriculture and community-related ventures as a means of promoting national development. The 4-H clubs primarily mobilize, educate, and train young people between 9 and 25 years of age in agriculture, social, cultural, and home-making skills.The Production and Training Enterprise Programme focuses on the commercial production of food crops as well as agro-industry at 4-H centres across the island.Meanwhile, a sum of $65 million has been set aside as grants to the National Irrigation Commission (NIC), to undertake construction of irrigation infrastructure. The objectives of this programme are to maximize the effective utilization of irrigation water through conveyance and distribution, and provide guidance and training in on-farm water management techniques to achieve greater efficiency in the agricultural sector.Of the amount allocated, $40 million will be used for the lining canals component, which will facilitate the maintenance and rehabilitation of canals. The remaining $25 million will be used to undertake capital works, and will provide the requisite support for: land regularization to facilitate the formalization of the reservations, right of way, and easements for the irrigation plant and infrastructure islandwide, as well as rehabilitation of the NIC’s head office. Advertisements $23.7 Million Allocated to Jamaica 4-H Clubs UncategorizedApril 9, 2008 Related$23.7 Million Allocated to Jamaica 4-H Clubscenter_img Related$23.7 Million Allocated to Jamaica 4-H Clubs Related$23.7 Million Allocated to Jamaica 4-H Clubslast_img read more

Universal Broadband Fund-supported projects will bring high-speed Internet to Alberta communities

first_imgUniversal Broadband Fund-supported projects will bring high-speed Internet to Alberta communities From: Innovation, Science and Economic Development CanadaThe COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted how much we rely on our connections. Now more than ever, Canadians across the country need access to reliable high-speed Internet as many of us are working, learning, and staying in touch with friends and family from home. Right now, too many Canadians living in rural and remote communities lack access to high-speed Internet. Through the Universal Broadband Fund (UBF) Rapid Response Stream, the Government of Canada is taking immediate action to get Canadians connected to the high-speed Internet they needMarch 16, 2021 – Ottawa, OntarioThe COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted how much we rely on our connections. Now more than ever, Canadians across the country need access to reliable high-speed Internet as many of us are working, learning, and staying in touch with friends and family from home. Right now, too many Canadians living in rural and remote communities lack access to high-speed Internet. Through the Universal Broadband Fund (UBF) Rapid Response Stream, the Government of Canada is taking immediate action to get Canadians connected to the high-speed Internet they need.Today, the Honourable Jim Carr, Special Representative for the Prairies, on behalf of the Honourable Maryam Monsef, Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Rural Economic Development, announced over $5.4 million in federal funding for projects to bring high-speed Internet to rural residents of northern, central and southern Alberta, with an additional investment of approximately $3.7 million from TELUS. These projects will help connect 5,080 underserved households to high-speed Internet.The $1.75-billion Universal Broadband Fund was launched on November 9, 2020. The projects being announced today were approved within two months of the formal launch of the program. Projects funded under the UBF, as well as through other public and private investments, will help connect 98% of Canadians to high-speed Internet by 2026 and achieve the national target of 100% connectivity by 2030.To facilitate applications for projects like these, the UBF provides additional “pathfinder” support for all applicants, but particularly small applicants, to build partnerships, find potential sources of funding and navigate the application process.Today’s announcement builds on the progress the Government of Canada has already made to support Albertans living in rural and remote communities. Since 2015, the federal government has invested over $1.1 billion in more than 1,740 infrastructure projects in Alberta communities. These investments mean 604 km of new or upgraded roads that are making our communities safer; more than 235 projects that are providing residents with cleaner, more sustainable sources of drinking water; and more than 3,236 additional housing units in rural communities, helping ensure all Albertans have a safe place to call home.Quotes“High-speed Internet service is essential to the success of everyone living and working in rural Alberta. Today’s investment will bring reliable, high-speed Internet access to 5,080 households across the province. This will help create jobs, improve access to health care and online learning services, and keep people connected to their loved ones. Our government has committed over $39 million to 18 projects in Alberta, which will connect over 41,000 more households to better, faster Internet. We will continue to make investments like these to help connect every Canadian to the high-speed Internet they need.”– The Honourable Maryam Monsef, Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Rural Economic Development“The Government of Canada recognizes that access to high-speed Internet is critical for the economic development of rural, remote and northern communities and for Canada’s overall recovery from the pandemic. The $5.4 million announced today, with TELUS’s investment of $3.7 million, is going to have a real impact on residents in rural Alberta and is an example of what we can accomplish when we partner and work together.”– The Honourable Jim Carr, Special Representative for the Prairies“TELUS is committed to ensuring that all Albertans, regardless of where they choose to live, can stay connected to the people and information that matter the most. Bridging digital divides is central to everything we do, so we are proud to be connecting 47 more rural communities in partnership with the Universal Broadband Fund. Last year, TELUS expedited capital investments from our previously announced $16-billion investment in Alberta to support the province throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, including a specific focus on connecting rural and remote communities that require access to reliable, world-class networks. These investments, including those announced today, will ensure that Albertans in more remote parts of our province have equal access to the educational, health and economic opportunities that high-speed broadband provides.”– Shazia Zeb Sobani, Vice-President of Customer Network Implementation, TELUSQuick factsCanada’s Connectivity Strategy aims to provide all Canadians with access to Internet speeds of at least 50 megabits per second (Mbps) download / 10 Mbps upload.Applications to the Universal Broadband Fund closed on March 15, 2021.The UBF is part of a suite of federal investments to improve high-speed Internet. The suite includes the Connect to Innovate program, which is expected to connect nearly 400,000 households by 2023, and the recently announced $2-billion broadband initiative from the Canada Infrastructure Bank. /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:broadband, Canada, Download, drinking water, Economic Development, federal government, gender equality, Government, infrastructure, Internet, Investment, Minister, Ottawa, remote communities, sustainable, womenlast_img read more

Vancouver City Council members hear recommendations for Vancouver Navigation Center

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Vancouver City Council members hear recommendations for Vancouver Navigation CenterPosted by Chris BrownDate: Tuesday, August 6, 2019in: Newsshare 0 City leaders await an independent review but pledge to make some changes in the near term to address complaintsVANCOUVER — After months of increasing tension over the Vancouver Navigation Center and the homeless day center run by Share, members of the Vancouver City Council heard some possible solutions on Monday afternoon.Vancouver City Council members hear recommendations for Vancouver Navigation CenterThe Vancouver Navigation Center at 2018 Grand Blvd. has been the focus of neighborhood complaints due to a homeless day center run by Share. Photo by Mike SchultzThis was the second work session in the past three weeks about the day center, after council members remarked that they felt too little was being done to address the concerns raised by neighbors.“At our last meeting on this subject, we were rather rushed in providing feedback,” said Councilor Erik Paulsen. “And so many councilors, including myself, made some rather pointed feedback, absent time to provide broader feedback.”At that meeting in July, councilors did give city staff direction, including to bring in a third party to evaluate the day center operations. Community Development Director Chad Eiken said they had reached an agreement with Alpha Project, a San Diego-area homeless advocacy nonprofit. Funding for that review would come from the Ed and Dollie Lynch Foundation, which helped buy the former Fish and Wildlife building at 2018 Grand Boulevard. Eiken said the review should happen later this month, with a report due sometime in September.Vancouver City Council members hear recommendations for Vancouver Navigation CenterVancouver Community Planning Director Chad Eiken delivers recommendations to improve the Navigation Center homeless shelter near Fourth Plain and Grand Blvd. Photo by Mike SchultzEiken noted that the Navigation Center was intended to be the first in a series of such facilities around the county, and admitted that bringing additional services into the building’s vacant space has moved more slowly than they had hoped. “Had we had more time to open a day center and decide on a location these are things that we would have liked to have really explored in great detail,” Eiken told the council. “So we’re learning now after the fact, and hoping that Alpha Project can advise the city on these various aspects.”According to Eiken, there are organizations that have said they would be willing to move into the Navigation Center, but he told the council work still needs to be done to get more proposals and work with stakeholders in the community to find out what would best fit in the building. He did say that work could begin later this year to create space for those organizations.Eiken outlined several other proposed changes, including raising the height of a cinder block fence along Grand Boulevard to discourage people from sitting on it and hanging out. Share would also hire another “ambassador” position, tasked with working at the front door and outside the facility.“Encouraging them to come in if they’re truly there for services,” said Eiken. “If they’re not there for services they’ll be asked to move out of the area”The Vancouver Police Department (VPD) is also working to increase visibility in the area, and adding the Navigation Center to the route of patrol officers on bikes. Other changes would impact how people access the day center, and were recommended based on feedback from a crime analyst with VPD. Eiken said that could include fencing off the covered outdoor area and funneling all traffic through a single entry on the northeast side of the building. A desk inside would also be moved next to that entrance. Eiken said they would also like to look into a card access system that would track who was coming and going, though some councilors worried such a system could be too complex, or present new problems for the homeless population.“I’m very much in support of some positive identification,” said Councilor Ty Stober. “I’m just hoping that this scan card system is going to be very fleshed out in terms of, you know what happens when somebody loses a card?”Vancouver City Council members hear recommendations for Vancouver Navigation CenterVancouver City Council held a follow-up work session to look at changes to the homeless day center inside the Navigation Center at 2018 Grand Boulevard. Photo by Mike SchultzStober also said he had concerns about the proposal to increase the height of the cinder block wall outside the day center.“Walls create disconnect,” Stober said, “walls steal energy from a street, not add to it. And I’m afraid building a wall there would end up making this look less appealing as a neighborhood tenant.”Other proposals included expanding the city’s Talkin’ Trash program, which hires homeless individuals to pick up garbage around the Navigation Center and other areas. Eiken said they’ve applied for a $90,000 state grant to buy another truck and hire another crew for the program. The city would also allow Talkin’ Trash employees to pick up garbage on private property, with the permission of the owners. Eiken said there had been concerns that having Talkin’ Trash go onto private property could amount to a gift of public funds, but those issues had been resolved.“Because it’s mitigating impacts from the Navigation Center, Talkin’ Trash will be able to provide on-call services to pick up those particular wastes in the immediate vicinity of the center,” said Eiken, noting that they would be focused on properties within 500 feet of the Navigation Center property line.Other issues being examined include potentially reducing the speed limit on Grand Boulevard past the Navigation Center from the current 30 mph to 25, and pursuing funding for a pedestrian crossing with flashing lights across the road between the Navigation Center and the Wal-Mart. The current 75-gallon water heater would also be replaced with a 100-gallon model, Eiken said, to allow the day center to extend access time for the showers and laundry facilities.The city is also opening a bidding process to spend $300,000 from their Affordable Housing Fund in an effort to open more shelter bids elsewhere around the city and county. If all of the recommended changes were implemented, Eiken said, the cost would be approximately $412,000 over two years. Costs for this year could be made up in savings from other areas, but would likely require a supplemental budget adjustment going forward.Caution urgedUnlike their meeting in July, the tone of council members was more cautionary on Monday. Some had even wondered last month if the day center should be shut down until an evaluation was done. This time, they cautioned Eiken to hold off on implementing many of the proposed changes until Alpha Project had completed their report.“I think we need to have more security there, we need to have better sanitation around that center,” said Councilor Laurie Lebowsky. “And I would, in the interim, support those types of changes.”Others cautioned holding off on bringing new services into the day center until there is more clarity about what would fit best in the area.The city also has a Homeless Resource Manager starting Aug. 12, and councilors said they would like his input on the situation before moving too quickly with changes.“I believe we need to rebuild the trust with the community, given the issues that have arisen over the past six months since it’s been open,” said Lebowsky. “And I believe the first step is that we have the Alpha Project doing this study.”“I would be a proponent … of being smart and tactical about short term, strategic investments that we could make to make it a safer place,” said Paulsen, “not just for the users of the facility, but also for the surrounding neighbors.”Paulsen said that would include better security inside and out, and addressing concerns over sanitation concerns around the center.Other changes that will happen prior to completion of the Alpha Project review are amending Share’s contract to make sure the center is open every day, including six major holidays. That will happen in time to make sure the shelter is open during Labor Day on Sept. 2.More detailed crime analysisAs part of the work session, Vancouver Police submitted a more detailed analysis of crime trends in the neighborhoods surrounding the Navigation Center. While most of the surrounding neighborhoods saw no appreciable increase in overall crime rates in the months since the Navigation Center opened, the Maplewood neighborhood saw a 55 percent increase in reported crime in the six months since the shelter opened, and an 84 percent increase over the same December to May period last year. The center sits on the western edge of the Maplewood neighborhood, and heat maps show much of the reported crime centered largely in the vicinity of the day center.Vancouver City Council members hear recommendations for Vancouver Navigation CenterThis graphic details monthly crime reports for neighborhoods near the Vancouver Navigation Center, both before and after the homeless day center opened. Image courtesy Vancouver Police Department“This gives us a really good breakdown of what’s happening and where,” said Mayor Pro Tem Bart Hansen. “And I was pleased in some areas and some other areas I’m kind of looking at ‘wow, there’s some definite room for improvement.’ But we can work from there.”Vancouver City Council members hear recommendations for Vancouver Navigation CenterThis graphic details crime reports by category for the neighborhoods near the Vancouver Navigation Center both before and after the Share-operated day center opened. Image courtesy Vancouver Police DepartmentHansen said he would like to dig deeper into the “other” category of reported crimes to figure out specifically what is happening there, and Vancouver Police Chief James McElvain said he would work to get that done.Next stepsEiken said staff will focus on safety improvements and addressing neighborhood complaints, but leave the major changes until after Alpha Project has had a chance to complete their evaluation and issue their recommendations. Paulsen also recommended moving to a quarterly update on the Navigation Center, instead of twice yearly, until things have calmed down. Eiken said they would plan to return in a couple of months with an update.Members of a closed Facebook group where neighbors have documented problems they see in the area said they planned to once again pack a citizen forum at the council’s Aug. 26 meeting to urge continued action on resolving the matter.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textTags:Clark CountyLatestVancouvershare 0 Previous : Paddle West dragon boat racing event held in Ridgefield over the weekend Next : Initial results released for Aug. 6 primary and special electionAdvertisementThis is placeholder textcenter_img 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. 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Jaime Herrera Beutler shares her experiences during Wednesday protest in Washington DC

first_imgJaime Herrera Beutler shares her experiences during Wednesday protest in Washington DCPosted by ClarkCountyToday.comDate: Wednesday, January 6, 2021in: Newsshare 0 Congresswoman had previously decided not to vote to overturn the Electoral College results of the presidential electionCongresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler, of Washington’s 3rd Congressional District, issued a statement about what she experienced during the protests Wednesday at the Capitol Building in Washington DC.Congresswoman Jaime Herrera BeutlerCongresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler“I was on the House floor as the protestors overran police and pounded on the doors,’’ Herrera Beutler said. “The Capitol Police barricaded us in. We were told to get down and to get our gas masks. Eventually, we were ushered out. Capitol police who were escorting me told me they had found and detonated four bombs just off the Capitol campus. I am currently safe and sheltered in place. We are locked down because the Capitol is not secure.“The reports you are hearing about the chaos, panic and dangerous actions by protestors are not exaggerations,’’ Herrera Beutler said. “I witnessed them. Is this the America we want to give to our children? A country of lawlessness and mob rule? Previous generations of Americans have laid down their lives to answer ‘no’ to that question. Do we want to be the first generation selfish enough to say ‘yes?’ If we do, then what makes us a better nation than Iran or Russia?“Though this feels very much like a secondary issue today, I wrote the below statement yesterday to post on social media explaining the Constitutional reasons why I won’t vote to overturn the Electoral College results,’’ she said. “But frankly, the important thing is this; we cannot be a nation of lawlessness and anarchy. That’s the road we’re headed down with this disrespect for our popular elections and our Constitution, and the never ending conspiracy theories and misinformation. Please, be peaceful and stand down. Nothing is more important to me as a Representative than the preservation of our Constitutional republic.’’Below is the statement Herrera Beutler wrote prior to Wednesday’s events explaining her reasoning for not voting to overturn the Electoral College results of the presidential election:“Article II of the Constitution states ‘Each State shall appoint, in such Manner as the Legislature thereof may direct, a Number of Electors, […]’ meaning that it is the duty of State Legislatures to select electors in the manner they stipulate. The founders of our Republic did not want to federalize elections, which is why they reserve the selection of electors to the states.“Historically, when Congress intervened in the Electoral College process, as in the Civil War, there were multiple slates of electors sent and it was truly an issue of deciding who had the authority within a state to send electors. That’s not the case today. Of the six states being actively contested in this election, five have Republican legislatures. Yet not one legislative body has voted to withhold, object to, or change certification of their electors. Every single one of the states in question has certified and sent one slate of electors officially to Congress. Not a secondary slate. Not a contested slate. Not multiple slates. One slate. Not one of these legislatures has met as a body and voted to send Congress a bill, a resolution of disapproval, or a plea for help due to injustice. Nothing.“If there are no conflicting slates of electors, the Constitution’s 12th Amendment confines the role of Congress to counting the votes cast. It does not give Congress the power to disqualify electoral votes cast by the states. The Founders were wise to divide power this way. If Congress could disqualify electoral votes, then each president would be selected not by the states or the people, but by Congress.“Recall that four years ago, there were Democrat Representatives in Congress who would not acknowledge President Trump’s victory based on their beliefs that Russians had delivered him the election. Other prominent Democrats, from Jimmy Carter to Hillary Clinton, called President Trump’s election ‘illegitimate’ because of ‘voter suppression,’ ‘hacking,’ and ‘false stories.’ Some Representatives tried – unsuccessfully – to object to President Trump’s election in the very manner being suggested now. We must be careful not to create a precedent that would allow every future presidential election to be nullified by the political party that controls Congress. In politics, what goes around comes around.“Several members of Congress state that objecting today is the only way to ensure that ‘the people’s voices are heard,’ but they overlook the responsibility of the people in those states in question to hold their own elected officials accountable. I find it difficult to assert that I, a member of Congress from Washington state, know better than the people of Pennsylvania, Georgia, Wisconsin, Michigan, Arizona, and Nevada whom they should elect to be responsible for their Electoral College selection process. We may not like who they elected, or how their process works, or what electors their states sent us, but the Constitution does not give us the authority to substitute our ideas for theirs.“I will not vote to undermine the entire Electoral College because my choice for president did not win. I swore an oath to support and defend the Constitution of the United States above all else. I will not violate this oath. Instead, my vote will be to uphold the Constitution and ensure the power remains placed with the people – not just a few in Congress – as the founders of our nation intended.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textTags:Clark CountyLatestVancouvershare 0 Previous : Alzheimer’s research made massive leaps forward over the past year Next : WIAA: Football, other fall sports could start in FebruaryAdvertisementThis is placeholder textlast_img read more