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Brexit: UK ‘ready to be flexible’ to strike a trade deal in July

first_imgGove, the defacto Brexit minister, told MPs today that there was enough time to “bring a deal home” before the 31 December deadline, despite the ongoing stalemate. (AFP via Getty Images) Also Read: Brexit: UK ‘ready to be flexible’ to strike a trade deal in July Share whatsapp “We’re ready to be flexible about how we secure a free trade agreement that works for both sides,” Gove said. “The UK however has been clear throughout that the new relationship we seek with the EU must fully reflect our regained independence, sovereignty and autonomy. One thing we cannot do is accept the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice. UK negotiators have said that they will decide before the end of summer whether it is worth continuing in talks or to instead walk away and prepare to leave the transition period on no-deal terms. Tuesday 16 June 2020 4:33 pm Boris Johnson met with EU chiefs yesterday to discuss the future trajectory of trade negotiations. Barnier reportedly is prepared to accept a zonal attachment agreement, which will mean EU boats will not have automatic rights to UK fishing waters. Gove addressed the House of Commons today to emphasise the Prime Minister’s message, while also restating the government’s position in negotiations. Before the Open newsletter: Start your day with the City View podcast and key market data Stefan Boscia Fishing policy is one of the major flashpoints in talks, with EU member states pushing to retain the same access to UK fishing waters as they had when Britain was in the EU. Show Comments ▼ Johnson said shortly after the meeting that both sides needed to “put a tiger in the tank” and add “a bit of oomph in the negotiations”. A joint statement was released to say the UK and EU agreed that talks needed “fresh momentum” if a deal was to be struck. Chief UK negotiator Frost has described this as a “non runner” and is asking for a zonal attachment agreement, which can be periodically reviewed. (AFP via Getty Images) Also Read: Brexit: UK ‘ready to be flexible’ to strike a trade deal in July The UK is “ready to be flexible” in post-Brexit trade negotiations with the EU in an attempt to secure a deal by next month, according to Cabinet Office minister Michael Gove. (AFP via Getty Images) Brexit: UK ‘ready to be flexible’ to strike a trade deal in July The Times reported today that EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier was preparing to back down on fishing access to UK waters. whatsapp Ad Unmute by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeBleacherBreaker4 Sisters Take The Same Picture For 40 Years. Don’t Cry When You See The Last One!BleacherBreakerUndoMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryUndoBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBeUndobonvoyaged.comTotal Jerks: These Stars Are Horrible People.bonvoyaged.comUndoinvesting.comThe Military Spent $1 Billion On this New Vehicle, And Here’s The First Lookinvesting.comUndoDaily FunnyFemale Athlete Fails You Can’t Look Away FromDaily FunnyUndoNational Penny For Seniors7 Discounts Seniors Only Get If They AskNational Penny For SeniorsUndoGloriousaDrone Captures What No One Was Supposed to SeeGloriousaUndozenherald.comMeghan Markle Changed This Major Detail On Archies Birth Certificatezenherald.comUndo “The UK’s political will is there, our position is reasonable, based on precedent, and we still have the time to bring a deal home.”last_img read more

 

Ketchikan Electric turns on diesel generators due to cold, dry weather

first_imgEnergy & Mining | Local Government | Southeast | WeatherKetchikan Electric turns on diesel generators due to cold, dry weatherJanuary 5, 2017 by Leila Kheiry, KRBD-Ketchikan Share:The City of Ketchikan’s holiday light display came down early this year because of low lake levels and lack of hydroelectric power. (Photo by Leila Kheiry/KRBD)Ketchikan residents are going to be paying for this cold, dry winter.Ketchikan Public Utilities Electric Division started supplementing the community’s hydroelectric power with more expensive diesel about a week ago. With no rain or warmer temperatures expected anytime soon, KPU officials expect to continue running those generators into the foreseeable future.Audio Playerhttp://krbd-org.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/05Diesel.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.The past few winters in Ketchikan have been mild and kinda soggy. So, the lakes stayed full, and hydroelectric power flowed.This winter? Not so much. So, KPU has fired up its backup generators“We started last week, just before the New Year’s break for four days,” said KPU Electric Division Manager Andy Donato.There were some partial days on diesel, then the utility stayed on hydro through the New Year’s holiday weekend, “and temperatures were low and we sucked down a lot of water, and we resumed diesel generation Tuesday.”This weather is a little unusual.Ketchikan doesn’t usually get long stretches of truly cold weather.It’s not that cold, compared with other parts of Alaska, Donato said, but, “It’s cold enough that it freezes up the hillsides, the precipitation is in the frozen format, we get no inflow in the lakes, our heat loads go up and the lakes start drafting really, really fast. So, to mitigate that, we have to supplement with diesel generation.”So, is this a normal winter issue to deal with? Or something to worry about?“A little bit of both,” Donato said. “We’re an electrical utility, so we’re always concerned.”“Our responsibility is to keep the lights on, regardless of the weather,” he said. “Here I am looking at a stretch of weather where there’s no relief in sight. I don’t know how long this is going to last. We’re just very fortunate to have the diesel generation that we have and the facilities and the personnel to operate and more importantly maintain them.”Donato said it looks like KPU will be on diesel for a while, and with cold temperatures expected to continue, the demand for electricity will be high – lots of people running their heaters to stay warm.Sometimes, when demand is high in Ketchikan, KPU can take a little excess hydropower generated by the Tyee Lake facility near Petersburg. But, it’s been cold and dry up there, too, so there isn’t any excess hydro to take.Donato stressed that Ketchikan has plenty of diesel to take care of the community’s electrical needs, but one casualty will be the city’s holiday lights.“It didn’t make sense that, here we are running diesel and sometime around 3:30-4, the holiday lights come on with the street lights, so yesterday we made the decision to unplug and/or pull them down,” he said.With the utility burning diesel, KPU customers will see a diesel surcharge on their electric bills.Oil prices are low now, so it’s not as expensive as it could be, but diesel still costs about twice as much as hydro.And for those wondering about Ketchikan’s drinking water supply: Donato said there isn’t a shortage at Ketchikan Lakes, but KPU has cut down electric generation there to the legal minimum in order to maintain those lake levels.Share this story:last_img read more

 

Alaska courts must choose between a liberal or strict interpretation of recall law

first_imgCrime & Courts | Politics | Southcentral | Southeast | State GovernmentAlaska courts must choose between a liberal or strict interpretation of recall lawNovember 6, 2019 by Andrew Kitchenman, KTOO and Alaska Public Media Share:Recall Dunleavy volunteers Frankie Urquhart, left, Jessie Chapman and Pat Chapman gather signatures on Aug. 1 in downtown Ketchikan for a petition to remove Gov. Mike Dunleavy from office. National recall expert Joshua Spivak said on Tuesday that Alaska’s recall law is unique. (Photo by Elizabeth Gabriel/KRBD)A national expert in recalls of elected officials said the legal fight over the proposed recall of Gov. Mike Dunleavy highlights how unusual Alaska’s law on the issue is.Joshua Spivak has been following recalls of politicians for more than 20 years. He’s based at Wagner College in New York City and blogs about recalls, writes legal papers about recalls, is quoted in news stories on recalls. And he said there’s something different about what’s happening in Alaska.“Alaska has … perhaps the most unique recall law in the country,” Spivak said.Most states that have recalls allow them for any reason — it’s up to voters to decide. Spivak said Alaska is one of eight states that defines, in law, the grounds for recalls. In these states, people proposing recalls must give a reason that complies with these grounds.But Alaska is unique among these states in that it requires recall organizers to gather many signatures — 28,501 in the case of Dunleavy — before state officials can certify a recall application. Once that happens, an even larger effort gathering 71,252 signatures must happen to force a recall election.“What makes Alaska doubly strange is that there was a change in the law in some ways by a few (state) Supreme Court decisions,” he said.For example, in the Meiners v. Bering Strait School District case in 1984, the court held that the recall law “should be liberally construed so that ‘the people (are) permitted to vote and express their will.’”Across the country, the vast majority of recalls have happened in states that allow recalls for any reason — what Spivak calls “political recall” states. And he said Alaska courts have interpreted its recall law to be more like those states than states that require organizers to give a reason that matches state law.“In fact the state has had a number of recalls over the years on the local level — not on the state level — and those have occurred because the (state) Supreme Court has adopted a much more liberal approach to the recall, one that makes it almost a political recall state,” Spivak said.He means “liberal” in the legal sense of “not strict,” he doesn’t mean liberal politically.On Monday, Division of Elections Director Gail Fenumiai rejected the group Recall Dunleavy’s application. The group sued on Tuesday.Spivak said that if the case gets to Alaska’s Supreme Court and the court were to follow the principles it applied in 1984, the ruling would likely go well for the recall group.“But that’s a different Supreme Court” than in 1984, Spivak noted. “And Supreme Courts are made up very much of whoever is serving on the court itself. So it’s a real question of what will happen.”Fenumiai drew on advice from Attorney General Kevin Clarkson, who said the law should be interpreted strictly.Clarkson said the recall application failed to show Dunleavy committed neglect of duty, and that mere procedural or technical failures are not enough to meet the grounds for recall.So Spivak said the court will have to choose between the two approaches — the liberal approach it took in the past, or the strict approach Clarkson is urging.Recall Dunleavy is asking the courts to hold hearings on the case on a sped-up schedule, with a goal of having the recall election in the spring. The case has been assigned to Anchorage Superior Court Judge Una Gandbhir.And as the case unfolds, Spivak will be keeping an eye on it.Group files lawsuit over rejection of Dunleavy recallShare this story:last_img read more

 

Why is a company that makes a drug for blind people spending millions on TV ads?

first_imgLeave this field empty if you’re human: The disorder hasn’t gotten much scholarly attention: the phrase “non-24” turns up in just 177 citations in PubMed, the database of biomedical literature. By contrast, a search for insomnia gets 18,000 hits.And Vanda raised eyebrows for the way it interpreted its study results when it was seeking regulatory approval for Hetlioz. The company changed the design of a late-stage study just one month before it reported results, deciding to focus on a new measure of success (adapting the circadian rhythm) that hadn’t been used before in a sleep drug study.The company’s now starting or planning new studies in hopes of getting the drug approved to treat jet lag, a rare genetic disorder that affects development, and non-24 in blind children. Doctors can also prescribe the drug off-label, though it’s not clear how many such prescriptions have been written.The pitchJim Kelly, Vanda’s chief financial officer, said the idea to run TV ads came from focus groups with blind people.Produced by the agency Merkley+Partners, the Vanda ad featuring the blind woman at home never mentions Hetlioz. A male narrator urges the audience to talk to a doctor about symptoms and provides a phone number and website run by Vanda offering resources about the disorder. “Don’t let non-24 get in the way of your pursuit of happiness,” the woman implores her audience in the ad’s closing moments.Vanda spent the most on CBS, Fox News, and CNN. The top shows for its ads: celebrity news programs The Insider and Entertainment Tonight, and the game show Family Feud, according to iSpot.Vanda is also running a second TV ad, which has aired much less frequently, featuring several blind people walking confidently or spending time with family as they tell their stories. “Non-24 is real,” one man says.Together, the two spots have aired more than 16,000 times, including more than 4,000 times on prime time, since the spring of 2014, according to iSpot. One-seventh of the spots have aired between the hours of 11 p.m. and 6 a.m, fitting for a disorder that keeps people up overnight.The company is also running an ongoing radio ad campaign.The reactionMany blind people listen to TV shows and movies with the help of special technology that narrates action on the screen for them. But the tech isn’t used for TV ads, including Vanda’s. That leaves blind people to rely on sighted family and friends in the room, if they’re available, to narrate what’s going on on-screen. By Rebecca Robbins May 4, 2016 Reprints Using CRISPR to edit out blindness Please enter a valid email address. Alex Hogan/STAT, Screen capture via iSpot.tv Privacy Policy Related: Vanda’s drug, sold as Hetlioz, costs $148,000 a year, 76 percent more than when it was first introduced in 2014, according to the research firm Truven Health Analytics. Fewer than 1,000 patients in the United States take the drug, which is aimed at completely blind people with the disorder.So why did Vanda turn to the TV airwaves?The backstoryNon-24 sleep-wake disorder, often called “non-24,” is a circadian rhythm disorder in which the body clock is out of sync with the 24-hour cycle of night and day. It’s believed to affect tens of thousands of the more than 100,000 people in the US who are completely blind (and therefore unable to perceive the light changes that would normally regulate their sleep patterns), as well as a small number of people who can see. People with the disorder suffer from drowsiness that may cause them to miss work and school. As Seen on TV, an occasional column, brings you the inside story behind TV drug ads.In a spot that has aired on TV more than 12,000 times, a blind woman embraces her daughter at the threshold of her elegant home.But the ad’s primary target audience can’t see it. They’re completely blind.Vanda Pharmaceuticals has bought more than $29 million worth of air time in the past two years for a TV ad blitz aimed at raising awareness of a rare sleep disorder for which Vanda makes the only approved drug.advertisement Newsletters Sign up for Pharmalot Your daily update on the drug industry. Related:center_img As Seen on TVWhy is a company that makes a drug for blind people spending millions on TV ads? Newsletters Sign up for Daily Recap A roundup of STAT’s top stories of the day. Tags blindnessdrug adssleep Leave this field empty if you’re human: How Biogen went big to boost sales of its multiple sclerosis pill Vanda didn’t answer questions about whom the ad campaign is targeting. But the retiring Executive Director of the American Foundation for the Blind, Carl Augusto, said there’s real value in raising awareness of the disorder among blind people’s family, friends, and employers. Augusto, who’s completely blind himself, said he thinks the campaign depicts blind people in a way that’s tactful and empowering. (The foundation receives funding from Vanda.)Did it work?The company sure thinks so. On an earnings call with investors on Wednesday, Vanda CEO Dr. Mihael Polymeropoulos cited contact with patients prompted by the ad campaign as “the main driver” of new demand for Hetlioz.The drug has netted the company more than $73 million in revenue.This story was updated to include information from Vanda’s May 4 quarterly earnings call. The ad campaign ranks in the top-50 most expensive TV promotions for prescription drugs over the past two years, according to the media research firm iSpot.tv. It’s part of a surge in ads meant to raise awareness of conditions that affect small patient populations — and the pricey drugs that treat them.(The iSpot data reflect the list price of TV ad space, and don’t account for any discounts Washington D.C.-based Vanda may have negotiated. )advertisement Privacy Policy Please enter a valid email address.last_img read more

 

Australia continues to lead way on wildlife wet market reforms

first_imgAustralia continues to lead way on wildlife wet market reforms Department of Agriculture and Water ResourcesAustralia has taken a leadership role in global reforms aimed at reducing the pandemic risks associated with wildlife wet markets and supply chains.Australian Chief Veterinary Officer and President of the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), Dr Mark Schipp, said a coordinated global effort to reduce the risks of pathogen transmission between wildlife and humans was essential.“Wildlife wet markets have long presented a serious threat to human and animal health. They facilitate direct contact between health-compromised wild animals, their infected bodily fluids, and other species-including humans,” Dr Schipp said.“Combined with unsanitary environments and a lack of hygienic animal and food handling practices, they can create the ideal conditions for zoonoses and pathogens with pandemic potential to emerge.“Preliminary insights from the World Health Organisation’s Convened Global Study of the Origins of SARS-CoV-2 continue to point to a natural zoonotic source for the COVID virus.“The Australian Government has called for major global reforms to address risks along the wildlife supply chain, including in wildlife wet markets.“In April 2020 the Australian Government wrote to the OIE urging global action to address emerging pandemic risks.“I also wrote to OIE member countries in April 2020 urging them to take global action to address risks at the individual country level to reduce high-risk human-wildlife interactions through wet markets and across the wildlife supply chain.“The Australian Government provided seed funding to the OIE aimed at identifying and mitigating high-risk interactions along the wildlife supply chain-now an active, priority project.“It has been pleasing to see some countries reviewing and changing their laws in relation to wildlife wet markets.“For example, the Government of Vietnam’s decision to ban wildlife imports and close markets selling illegal wildlife, demonstrated a strong commitment to reducing the global risk of zoonotic pandemics.“The full report of the WHO-convened study into the origins of COVID-19 is anticipated to be released this week.”FAST FACTSWet markets are common, and a necessity, in many parts of the world, with concentrations across the Asia, south-east Asia and African regions. They often have cultural significance and play a critical role in providing food security for local populations. Australia continues to work closely with individual countries to identify high risk interactions and practises and apply risk mitigation measures that are appropriate in the local context. Not all wet markets carry wildlife or wildlife products. /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:Africa, African, Agriculture, Asia, Australia, Australian, Australian Government, Government, health, leadership, pathogens, President, supply chain, veterinary, Vietnam, wet market, World Health Organisationlast_img read more

 

BMW teases its new 2 Series, will switch from rear- to front-wheel-drive

first_imgTrending in Canada We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. The Ultimate Disappointment Machine will debut in November of 2019 at the L.A. auto show. Trending Videos The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever BMW has confirmed what we all feared to be true: the next-generation 2 Series will be built on a front-wheel-drive platform, eliminating the rear-wheel-drive-only option.The move comes as BMW attempts to make the premium compact segment more palatable for “regular” car buyers, who see rear-wheel-drive as a disadvantage when the snow starts to fly.The automaker’s not even trying to hide that fact, noting in its press release that the new 2 is aimed at “modern, urban target groups.” BMW released a teaser image of the new vehicle showing off the design of the rear quarter panel finished in a teal-green colour; it also shows the jamb from the rear doors, which lets us know that this “Gran Coupe” is actually a four-door.Historically, BMW has always offered rear-wheel-drive, and for a lot of enthusiasts, this is going to seem like a slap in the face, considering the 2 Series is probably the best-handling car that the brand has made in years. We’re seriously hoping an all-wheel-drive model will be made available, and we can’t see how BMW would ignore that considering the competition from Audi and Mercedes-Benz.Calling the vehicle a “Gran Coupe” also gives us a twitch in our eye, being that a “coupe” traditionally has two doors. Just because a vehicle has a fastback styling with four doors doesn’t make it a true coupe, but the Germans seem to have a different idea.We hope that BMW can pull this one off in a way that actually incites some driving pleasure like the Honda Civic Type R seems to. Strange how we’re going to be comparing this vehicle to a Honda when it’s revealed, though—how the mighty have fallen. See More Videoscenter_img COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS Buy It! Princess Diana’s humble little 1981 Ford Escort is up for auction An engagement gift from Prince Charles, the car is being sold by a Princess Di “superfan” advertisement RELATED TAGSBMWLuxuryLuxury VehiclesNew Vehicles PlayThe Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everPlay3 common new car problems (and how to prevent them) | Maintenance Advice | Driving.caPlayFinal 5 Minivan Contenders | Driving.caPlay2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge | Ministry of Interior Affairs | Driving.caPlayThe 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is a new take on Canada’s fave truck | Driving.caPlayBuying a used Toyota Tundra? Check these 5 things first | Used Truck Advice | Driving.caPlayCanada’s most efficient trucks in 2021 | Driving.caPlay3 ways to make night driving safer and more comfortable | Advice | Driving.caPlayDriving into the Future: Sustainability and Innovation in tomorrow’s cars | Driving.ca virtual panelPlayThese spy shots get us an early glimpse of some future models | Driving.ca ‹ Previous Next ›last_img read more

 

Youngest Wine Sommelier in the United States Certified by the International…

first_imgShare Linkedin Home Industry News Releases Youngest Wine Sommelier in the United States Certified by the International Wine…Industry News ReleasesWine BusinessYoungest Wine Sommelier in the United States Certified by the International Wine & Spirits GuildBy Press Release – April 21, 2016 193 1 TAGSErika Fritzpeople ReddIt AdvertisementErika speaking at the NCA conferenceOn February 26, 2016, seventeen (17) year old Erika Fritz of Austin, Texas, became the youngest person in the United States to receive the International Wine & Spirits Guild Certification of Wine Sommelier.“I have grown up in the family vineyards and wineries and that is where my passion is.” says Erika.  Her place in the wine world is well deserved.  At age eight, she was planting vines and helping in the vineyards, and by twelve she was working in the winery as a “cellar rat”. Over the past four (4) years, Erika has balanced her time between Europe, the Winery, and Westlake High School where she is Captain of the Girls 6A Texas State Champion Swim team. In the Fall, Erika will study International business at University in Texas and in Italy. She continues to work at the winery.  However, over the last year she has taken on the role of Promotion Liaison and is heavily involved in speaking engagements, wine presentation, and the complicated area of International wine relations.Those who know and work with her agree that Erika is at ease in the world of fine wine “it is an exciting time to be part of the industry,” states Erika’s mother, Barbara.  “Young people with dedication and focus are the future of connoisseur level wines and Erika is in the thick of it.”Advertisement Email Pinterest Facebook Twitter Previous articleSecond Annual California Green Medal: Sustainable Winegrowing Leadership Awards AnnouncedNext articleVirginia Dare Winery Celebrates Earth Day with Planting of 400-Year-Old “Mother Vine” Press Releaselast_img read more

 

Quake maps won’t shakeup seismic rules

first_imgHomeNewsQuake maps won’t shakeup seismic rules Jul. 25, 2017 at 7:00 amNewsQuake maps won’t shakeup seismic rulesMatthew Hall4 years agocity of santa monicadaily presssalvador vallessanta monica daily presssanta monica daily press newssanta monica newsseismicseismic rulessmdpSeismic plans – city of santa monica   Proposed updates to the seismic maps covering Santa Monica and the nearby area will have little impact on the way local government regulates construction in geohazard zones.State regulators issued proposed updates to local fault maps this month and the documents make slight alterations to the locations of fault lines in the city. City Hall has existing rules for construction within the geohazard zone and those rules will apply to any properties covered by the new borders.There are about 3,800 properties within the existing zone and when the new maps are finalized, any new properties covered by the faults will be notified, as will homes that were already covered by the fault map.Construction within zone has to adhere to additional layers of regulation but the fault maps don’t automatically prohibit building.“This represents zones of required investigation,” said Planning Manager Jing Yeo. “In and of itself, it doesn’t mean you can’t build a structure here.”If construction were to occur in the zone, either new or a remodel, staff said permits for the work would be flagged and applicants are required to provide additional reports covering soil conditions, distance from the fault and other factors related to seismic safety. From there, engineers can determine the minimum structural standards required to make a building seismically safe.The rules for geohazard zones are a preemptive protection against earthquakes but the city is also undertaking efforts to retrofit existing buildings citywide.The recently approved seismic retrofit program will begin notifying property owners next month of the need to upgrade their buildings and the initial noticing phase will last about 12 months.Staff said compliance can take from 2 – 20 years depending on the type of building and specific nature of the required upgrade.“Construction will happen in a very phased way over the next 20-30 years,” said Salvador VallesAssistant Director – Operations of Planning and Community Development at City of Santa Monica. “It’s going to take a very long time for everything to be completed depending on what the building is.”About 2,000 commercial and multi-family buildings are on the list including Unreinforced Masonry Buildings, Concrete Tilt-Up Buildings, Soft-Story Buildings, Non-Ductile Concrete Buildings and Steel Moment Frame Buildings. While compliance is mandatory for commercial and multi-family homes, single family homes can voluntarily participate.The vast majority of the listed buildings are so-called Soft-Story, or buildings that have parking underneath the residence. There are many, many soft-story buildings in Santa Monica but staff said they are actually easier to fix and require less invasive work.“We anticipate that over the next 10 years, we’ll see most of that work taking place,” said Valles.Some property owners have already begun reaching out to the city to talk about the program“We think that folks are generally aware of the program,” he said. “The folks that tend to reach out to us are those that have a pressing need. It just depends on the motivation of the property owner.”City Hall is anticipating increased outreach in the coming months. “There will be information sessions in the community,” he said. “At some point in five to six months, we’ll start doing that road show and make ourselves available to property owners and tenants to help them understand better what the program means to them and what to expect.”Valles said residents shouldn’t panic if the see their building is on the retrofit list or in the hazard zone.“What is important is just because a building is on the list, doesn’t mean it’s inevitable that building will collapse or is fundamentally unsafe,” he said.Rather the work is necessary to increase the resilience of current buildings and reduce the chance it might sustain more damage in the event of a [email protected] :city of santa monicadaily presssalvador vallessanta monica daily presssanta monica daily press newssanta monica newsseismicseismic rulessmdpshare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentHi Ho – The Best New Burger JointCouncil to debate subsidies for affordable housingYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall11 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson22 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter22 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor22 hours agoNewsBruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for moreAssociated Press22 hours agoNewsWedding boom is on in the US as vendors scramble to keep upAssociated Press22 hours agolast_img read more

 

Crime Watch

first_imgHomeNewsCrimeCrime Watch Feb. 16, 2021 at 5:00 amCrimeCRIME WATCHCrime Watcheditor4 months agoCrime Watch On Thursday, January 28 10:17 a.m.Officers were dispatched to a multi-unit building on the 400 block of Broadway regarding the theft of packages. Upon arrival, Officers spoke to the assistant manager at the building who reported seeing an individual that had been subject of police calls in the past. Today, the individual had walked into the building and placed several mail packages into her bag and walked away. Officers took the report and were unable to locate the suspect.At approximately 12:26pm, a second call came in stating that the individual was back. Officers drove to the location and arrested Lori Anne Simmons after the original reporting party positively identified her. The packages were retrieved, and Simmons was booked for a 459PC- Burglary.Tags :Crime Watchshare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentCouncil joins community to talk future of PromenadeCouncil creates We Are Santa Monica Fund advisory boardYou Might Also LikeCrimeCRIME WATCHNewsCrime WatchGuest Author2 days agoCrimeFeaturedKnife-wielding woman arrested during L.A. Councilman’s speechGuest Author4 days agoCrimeCRIME WATCHNewsCrime WatchGuest Author6 days agoCrimeFeaturedHomeless man loses an eye to BB gun assaultGuest Author1 week agoCrimeCRIME WATCHNewsCrime WatchGuest Author1 week agoCrimeFeaturedNewsDUI & Possession of a Rifle ArrestsGuest Author1 week agolast_img read more

 

Hospital Construction Kicks Off in Libby

first_img Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox. Officials with St. John’s Lutheran Hospital in Libby are optimistic about progress being made on the new 79,000-square-foot hospital to be completed in January 2014. Construction began this fall and Swank Enterprises was able to complete the foundation of the building before winter weather set in. St. John’s CEO Bruce Whitfield said the project is bringing a much-needed boost to the local economy. “The project is living up to all expectations, especially those that were expected to spark the local economy,” he said in a press release. “We are on schedule and fortunately we beat the weather and poured the foundation so that the project can continue on through the winter.”On Dec. 17, Swank, the general contractor, announced that 55 people from the Libby area had been hired to work on the project in October and November. In addition, more than $678,000 was spent locally on wages, supplies, hotel rooms, fuel and local contractors.The new facility will include 25 private rooms, an expanded emergency department, larger surgical suites and more recovery rooms. The hospital will be located near the current facility on Louisiana Avenue and remain close to the Libby Care Center and Northwest Community Health Center.Although officials expect the building to be finished in January 2014, it would still take a few more months to move into the hospital and inspect the facility.St. John’s maintenance manager Tony Rebo said with the foundation poured, workers hope to get the steel frame erected in the next few weeks. Meanwhile, water and sewer systems will start to take shape in the coming weeks.“Plumbers are busy with underground work such as drains and cleanouts and the electricians are putting together plans for under slab work as well as power supply for the new Imaging Department,” Rebo said. “It’s all happening very quickly.”The project got a boost in September, when the hospital received a $32 million loan from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. On Oct. 12, officials broke ground on the new hospital site.St. John’s Lutheran Hospital also announced that it is working on installing a webcam that will be connected to www.sjlh.com so that the public can view the progress on the new hospital building. Emaillast_img read more