UK coronavirus cases record biggest daily jump to 456

first_imgIn his Budget this afternoon, Sunak said anyone in isolation will be able to get a sick note by calling 111, while payments will be made from day one rather than day four. A £3,000 cash grant will be paid out to 700,000 of the country’s smallest businesses, to mitigate the economic impact of the outbreak. Business rates will also be abolished this year for firms with a rateable value below £51,000. The number of UK coronavirus cases leapt by 83 today to a total of 456 Covid-19 infections, the Department of Health said today. Chief executive of Tide, Oliver Prill, said: “As a business dedicated to supporting micro, small and medium-sized businesses, we are very pleased to see the UK government announce measures to ease the pain of the outbreak of the coronavirus for UK SMEs.” Show Comments ▼ The new figures came as chancellor Rishi Sunak announced £30bn of measures to protect UK citizens and the UK economy from the spread of coronavirus. Public Health England recorded 54 new cases yesterday morning, and 46 new cases on Monday morning. whatsapp Today’s rise marks a significant increase in the UK’s daily reported number of cases. whatsapp The risk to the UK public at large remains moderate, the government said. Get the news as it happens by following City A.M. on Twitter.  “With UK SMEs being ever-more exposed to the global economy, our concern is the long-term impact the coronavirus could have. The reliance many businesses have on international suppliers and trade is significant and is likely to have a devastating effect.” Tags: Coronavirus Number of UK coronavirus cases record biggest daily jump to 456 center_img Sunak warned of a significant disruption to the economy due to the coronavirus outbreak. The number of UK coronavirus cases experienced a huge increase today as the government announced a £30bn package to protect the UK economy (Getty Images) Also Read: Number of UK coronavirus cases record biggest daily jump to 456 Joe Curtis The number of UK coronavirus cases experienced a huge increase today as the government announced a £30bn package to protect the UK economy (Getty Images) Ahead of the statement, the Bank of England slashed interest rates to 0.25, the lowest rate in the Bank’s history. Wednesday 11 March 2020 2:44 pm Doctors have tested 27,476 people in the UK as of 9am this morning, finding 456 infections. Six of those have died from the Covid-19 disease. Share Of the six British deaths, two have died outside of the UK. One passed away in Indonesia while the other died in Japan. The Chancellor also announced that sick pay measures will be extended to anyone advised to self-isolate due to coronavirus. 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!BleacherBreakerFinanceChatterViewers Had To Look Away When This Happened On Live TVFinanceChatterDaily FunnyFemale Athlete Fails You Can’t Look Away FromDaily Funnybonvoyaged.comThese Celebs Are Complete Jerks In Real Life.bonvoyaged.comPost FunThe Deadliest Snakes Ever Found On The PlanetPost FunMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryzenherald.comMeghan Markle Changed This Major Detail On Archies Birth Certificatezenherald.comNoteableyJulia Robert’s Daughter Turns 16 And Looks Just Like Her MomNoteableyJournalistateTeacher Wears Dress Everyday, Mom Sets Up CamJournalistate Chancellor pledges £30bn to ease impactlast_img read more

Bank of England: Britain ‘likely’ to need further stimulus

first_imgFriday 4 September 2020 11:47 am Share On Wednesday, the Bank’s deputy governor Dave Ramsden and another rate setter, Gertjan Vlieghe, also warned the economy could suffer more damage from the coronavirus crisis than spelt out by the central bank last month. (Getty Images) Also Read: Bank of England: UK economy ‘likely’ to need further stimulus Saunders said the withdrawal of the government’s furlough scheme at the end of October was likely to lead to a spike in unemployment. (Getty Images) “This window may now be closing,” Saunders said, adding that a downside scenario for the economy would be “very costly”. whatsapp He said an ongoing recovery was the result of a “benign window” – the combination of huge government spending and the relaxation of lockdown measures. Bank of England: UK economy ‘likely’ to need further stimulus “I consider it quite likely that additional monetary easing will be appropriate in order to achieve a sustained return of inflation to the two per cent target,” Saunders said. “The scale of the projected rise in unemployment (about 3½ percentage points) is similar to that seen in 2008-11, but it occurs much faster. Indeed, it would be, by some distance, the sharpest rise in unemployment for at least 50 years. center_img Growth was likely to disappoint relative to the Bank’s forecasts published last month, Saunders said. “Unemployment is likely to rise significantly in coming quarters as the furlough scheme winds down and workforce participation recovers,” he said. whatsapp James Booth Many economists expect the Bank to announce a ramping-up of its bond-buying programme in November. “While there are uncertainties around that forecast, my view is that the picture of a sharp rise in unemployment is – sadly – highly plausible,” he added. by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeDaily FunnyFemale Athlete Fails You Can’t Look Away FromDaily FunnyBeach RaiderMom Belly Keeps Growing, Doctor Sees Scan And Calls CopsBeach Raiderbonvoyaged.comTotal Jerks: These Stars Are Horrible People.bonvoyaged.comBleacherBreaker4 Sisters Take The Same Picture For 40 Years. Don’t Cry When You See The Last One!BleacherBreakerinvesting.comThe Military Spent $1 Billion On this New Vehicle, And Here’s The First Lookinvesting.comOne-N-Done | 7-Minute Workout7 Minutes a Day To a Flat Stomach By Using This 1 Easy ExerciseOne-N-Done | 7-Minute WorkoutZen HeraldEllen Got A Little Too Personal With Blake Shelton, So He Said ThisZen HeraldFinanceChatterViewers Had To Look Away When This Happened On Live TVFinanceChatterNoteableyJulia Robert’s Daughter Turns 16 And Looks Just Like Her MomNoteabley Bank of England interest rate-setter Michael Saunders said today that it was “quite likely” that more stimulus will be needed for Britain’s Covid-hit economy in a downbeat speech on the outlook. (Getty Images) Also Read: Bank of England: UK economy ‘likely’ to need further stimulus Show Comments ▼ More From Our Partners Why people are finding dryer sheets in their mailboxesnypost.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgConnecticut man dies after crashing Harley into live bearnypost.comBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comBill Gates reportedly hoped Jeffrey Epstein would help him win a Nobelnypost.comI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.com‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.comInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comMark Eaton, former NBA All-Star, dead at 64nypost.comlast_img read more

Standard Chartered cuts more jobs as it axes global equities business

first_img Standard Chartered cuts more jobs as it axes global equities business Thursday 8 January 2015 8:34 am Standard Chartered, the London headquartered bank which focuses on Asia, has announced more job cuts.The bank said it’s closing the unprofitable equity sales and research business. This will lead to 200 job cuts worldwide and deliver around $100m in cost savings by 2016. Dismantling its stockbroking, equity research and equity listing desks worldwide will make StanChart the first major bank to completely exit the global equity markets.It also confirmed the loss of an additional 2,000 jobs in the bank’s retail division taking the yearly total to 4,000. This division has lost out as part of the bank’s drive to focus on more wealthy clients.Over the last two years the bank has had to battle crumbling commodity prices and slowdowns in key emerging markets. This has compounded problems relating to bad loans and rising regulatory costs.Today’s moves are part of a cost-cutting package which was announced last year to turn its fortunes around. It includes cost saving measures alongside restructuring focused on wealth management over retail banking.Peter Sands, group chief executive said:We are on track to deliver at least $400m of cost saves for 2015, and we are now focusing on achieving further cost savings for 2016 and beyond as we continue creating capacity to invest in the Group’s core businesses.Last year StanChart issued three profit warnings and its share shed around 25 per cent. They were up 1.3 per cent to £9.7 in mid-afternoon trade.  whatsapp Show Comments ▼ whatsapp Share by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryHero WarsThis game will keep you up all night!Hero WarsTele Health DaveRemember Pierce Brosnan’s Wife? Take A Deep Breath Before You See What She Looks Like NowTele Health DaveThe 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 WeekFungus EliminatorIf You Have Toenail Fungus Try This TonightFungus EliminatorMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailElvenarIf You Like to Play, this Fantasy Game is a Must-Have. No Install.ElvenarBeverly Hills MDPlastic Surgeon Explains: “Doing This Every Morning Can Snap Back Sagging Skin” (No Creams Needed)Beverly Hills MD Jessica Morris Tags: Company Standard Charteredlast_img read more

890 Million Dollars to Enshrine the Remains of Kim Il Sung

first_imgNews SHARE News North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with China There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest Facebook Twitter 890 Million Dollars to Enshrine the Remains of Kim Il Sung RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img [imText1]How Much is Paid for Construction of a Statue?Not only is the approximate number of statues not exact, but because the cost also depends on the size and the materials used to manufacture each one, it is difficult to estimate the total value. Also, because the statues of Kim Il Sung are gold plated, it is rumored that several hundred tons of gold are needed to manufacture them.A gold spray is used to coat the statues. Because the structure is made of bronze, it can corrode in the rain and wind. Therefore, every two years each figure is recoated with gold spray.However, there is one part of the structure that is manufactured in solid gold. To keep the statue from being struck by lightening, there is a rod of gold inserted in the center. There is a story told of a man who extracted a gold rod from one of the revered commemorative statues of Kim Il Sung during the extreme food shortage in 1997 and sold it to China. His deed was discovered and it is said that half way through his trial, the man committed suicide by hanging himself.The spray used to coat the statues is brought in from Germany at a very high cost. Because of this, it is said that the spray is only used on the statues of Kim Il Sung, Kim Jong Il, and Kim Hyung Jik. Seen this way, from the cost of raw materials to the cost of management, the production expenses add up to an enormous sum of money that transcends imagination.Also, according to the U.S. daily publication, “Christian Science,” management of the Kim father and son propaganda paraphernalia takes up 40% of North Korea’s national budget. The country’s most representative structure of idolization is the Mt. Keumsoo Memorial Palace, which enshrines the remains of Kim Il Sung. Its construction costed 890 million dollars. For the several million people that starved to death in North Korea in the mid-1990s, this money could have afforded 6 million tons of corn. In addition to the Palace, other structures dedicated to the adoration of Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il include all kinds of statues, a revolutionary ideology research institute, historical sites, old battle fields and local monuments, “eternal life towers”, slogan trees, slogans carved on natural rocks. The propagandistic symbols erected for idolization of the Kim’s family all together come to a total of approximately 140,000 structures. Who Will Construct the Kim Il Sung Statue?The construction of statues in the likeness of the Kim father and son is the sole responsibility of the art institute from each province and “No. 1 Works Department” of the Mansudae Art Institution. Here, it is said that the “number one works” include the Kim father and son portraits, statues, badges featuring the busts of the dictators, and any images of the two featured on all types of publications. No one outside of the artists affiliated with the “No. 1 Works Department” is allowed to construct art in the likeness of the leaders. These artists must undergo a test of their technique annually. After having passed the test, the artists’ skill and talent is evaluated by the deliberation committee of the Mansudae Art Institution, and if selected, they receive a certification.Once construction commences, a precise design is followed. Knowing not a single error will be tolerated, those participating in the construction are appointed to the task of working under the severest tension, as they take their death upon the project. The funds required for the construction are referred to as “special procurement funds” and are deducted from the bank’s special procurements / emergency provisions department without limitation. A statue constructed in this way is accepted as no different from the living leader himself and is accompanied during transport to and at the site where it is to be erected by vehicles from the National Security Agency, the Party Committee, and the People’s Safety Agency. With all vehicles at a standstill, the crowd is made to pay homage to the erected statue.To ensure the citizens’ vigilance of the statue, lamps are lit from sundown to 10 p.m. and from 4 a.m. to sunrise, and every day at dawn the citizens are made to clean the statue and the surrounding area.In the early part of 1993, under the direction of Kim Jong Il, construction on an “underground bunker” for the purpose of sheltering all statues, busts and portraits of the Kim father and son and Kim Jong Il’s mother, Kim Jong Suk, was initiated throughout the entire country.The “underground bunker,” carved out through tunnels reaching 50 to 66 square meters beneath the surface, was dubbed the “Number One Escort Room” and consisted of three separate spaces: the “Supreme Leader’s room” for Kim Il Sung, the “Leader’s Room” for Kim Jong Il, and the “Mother’s Room” for Kim Jong Suk paraphernalia. Each section of the “Number One Escort Room” is carpeted and adorned with luxurious wall paper. In a time of emergency, statues and busts of the Kim father and son are encased in an iron chest and transferred through the tunnels to the bunker. Entire border patrol unit in North Hamgyong Province placed into quarantine following “paratyphoid” outbreak AvatarYang Jung A By Yang Jung A – 2008.04.15 6:27pm News News last_img read more

Trade Mission to be Established to Seek Business Opportunities in Europe

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Industry, Commerce and Investment Minister Karl Samuda, is to set up and lead a trade mission of public and private sector partners to Europe, to seek out business opportunities under the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) and to establish linkages with potential investors, including European investment banks.Prime Minister Bruce Golding made the disclosure on Friday (Feb. 1) at an EPA workshop put on by the Office of the Prime Minister, to sensitize the private sector about the provisions of the agreement between the European Union and CARIFORUM.Mr. Golding said penetrating the EU market of 450 million persons would involve identifying niches as well as improving levels of productivity and efficiency of local manufacturers. He said opportunities also existed for European investment into Jamaica, adding that local producers could seek out partnership arrangements with their counterparts in Europe. These investors could take advantage of the duty free and quota free access into Europe, while creating employment opportunities for Jamaicans.The Prime Minister said the power of Brand Jamaica in the international marketplace should not be discounted. He said further that with marketing being a major problem for the country, a joint marketing initiative between the government and the private sector, facilitated through Jamaica Trade and Invest, could effectively and efficiently promote Jamaican products and services abroad.Mr. Golding stressed that ultimately Jamaican producers would have to improve their competitiveness to take advantage of new and existing opportunities. He stressed that geopolitical considerations could no longer be used as leverage, as a number of countries whose borders were previously closed, had been opened up for investment.He said the provisions under the EPA provide for between four and 25 years before quota and duty free status is granted to some European exports to Jamaica. He said local manufacturers and producers therefore have enough time to adjust. He cited labour productivity and reliable energy supply as two areas that were in need of urgent attention if Jamaica is to improve its competitive advantage.On the matter of labour productivity, Mr. Golding said the government was considering several initiatives which would be presented in the 2008/09 budget. He said alternative sources of energy were also being sought to reduce the country’s dependency on any one source.The European Partnership Agreement was concluded between the European Union and CARIFORUM in December 2007 and is a successor to the trade provisions of the Cotonou Agreement which was entered into following the end of the fourth Lome Agreement. The EPA makes provision for duty and quota free access of Jamaican goods into the European market, except for sugar and rice. Services providers such as entertainers, can also access up to 90 per cent of the European market for their services.The agreement also provides for reciprocal investment into and out of Europe, trade facilitation and protection of intellectual property. European producers and manufacturers will also have tariff and quota free access to CARIFORUM markets on a phased based lasting up to 25 years on some goods and services. Some products including agricultural produce, are permanently excluded from being imported into our local markets.Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Kenneth Baugh who gave the welcome and opening remarks, told the participants that the EPA constitutes a new territory which, if effectively implemented, would provide opportunities for enhanced development.Presenters at the one-day workshop included Ambassador Richard Bernal of the Caribbean Regional Negotiating Machinery (CRNM), Ambassador Lorne McDonnough, Under Secretary for Foreign Trade in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Marjorie Kennedy, President of the Exporters Association and Ryan Peralto of the Jamaica Manufacturers Association. The presenters gave an overview of the EPA and outlined its key provisions, challenges and implications. The workshop was attended by several government Ministers and several private sector representatives. RelatedTrade Mission to be Established to Seek Business Opportunities in Europe RelatedTrade Mission to be Established to Seek Business Opportunities in Europe Trade Mission to be Established to Seek Business Opportunities in Europe UncategorizedFebruary 1, 2008center_img Advertisements RelatedTrade Mission to be Established to Seek Business Opportunities in Europelast_img read more

ADA congratulates Australia Day 2021 Honours List recipients from dental profession

first_imgADA congratulates Australia Day 2021 Honours List recipients from dental profession The ADA would like to warmly congratulate the following dentists in recognition of their considerable services to Australian dentistry and to the health and wellbeing of the wider Australian and global community, these dentists were recognised as part of the 2021 Australia Day Honours.Member (AM) in the General Division of the Order of Australia Dr Susan Joan GAFFNEY, Norwood SA 5006For significant service to dental professional organisations, and to education.A private general dental practitioner and ADA member throughout her career (1970-2014), Dr Susan Gaffney was a Foundation Committee Member of the SA Women Dentists Association, a member of the Oral Health Advisory Committee for the SA Government from 2001 to 2006 and a Curriculum Chair at a number of Australian universities. She was closely involved in the work of the Australian dental Council, occupying the role of both Deputy President and President, Treasurer and as a Director from 2002 to 2012.Emeritus Professor Wayne John SAMPSON, Eden Hills SA 5050For significant service to dental education in the field of orthodontics.Currently serving as the Emeritus Professor of Orthodontics, Adelaide Dental School, Emeritus Professor Wayne Sampson was appointed to the P. Raymond Begg Chair in Orthodontics (1995-2014), was a Founding Trustee, Endowment for the Begg Chair in Orthodontics and was the Founding Donor for the Milton Sims Professor Project. A lecturer in Orthodontics, Faculty of Dentistry from 1976 to 1985 and a senior lecturer from 1985 to 1995, EmerProf. Sampson was the former Senior Visiting Dental Specialist and Senior Consultant at the Royal Adelaide Dental Hospital throughout the 1980s as well as playing an active role in the South Australian Branch of the Australian Society of Orthodontists, including as President.For the full list of their achievements, please go to “MEMBER (AM) IN THE GENERAL DIVISION OF THE ORDER OF AUSTRALIA” /ADA 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:Adelaide, Australia, Australian, Australian Dental Association, community, dental health, dental industry, Eden, education, Government, health, Milton, President, Professor, SA, SA Government, South Australia, wellbeing, womenlast_img read more

EMA receives application for CMA of Moderna COVID-19 vaccine

first_imgEMA receives application for CMA of Moderna COVID-19 vaccine Related Posts Read Article COVID-19 vaccineEMA conditional marketing authorisationModernamRNA1273 An opinion on the marketing authorisation could be issued within weeks, depending on whether the data submitted are sufficiently robust and complete to show the quality, safety and effectiveness of the vaccineEMA has received an application for conditional marketing authorisation (CMA) for a COVID-19 mRNA vaccine by Moderna Biotech Spain. The assessment of the vaccine known as Moderna COVID-19 vaccine (also referred to as mRNA1273) will proceed under an accelerated timeline.As per and EMA release, an opinion on the marketing authorisation could be issued within weeks, depending on whether the data submitted are sufficiently robust and complete to show the quality, safety and effectiveness of the vaccine.The timeframe is truncated as the EMA has already reviewed some data on the vaccine during a rolling review. During this phase, EMA assessed data from laboratory studies and also started assessing data on immunogenicity (how well the vaccine triggers a response against the virus) and safety from an early study.EMA will now assess the data submitted as part of the formal application for conditional marketing authorisation. The Agency and its scientific committees will continue working on the assessment over the Christmas period. If the data submitted are robust enough to conclude on the quality, safety and effectiveness of the vaccine, EMA’s scientific committee for human medicines (CHMP) will conclude its assessment during an extraordinary meeting scheduled for 12 January, at the latest.These timelines are based on the type of data assessed so far in the context of the rolling review and may be subject to change as evaluation proceeds. EMA will communicate on the outcome of its assessment accordingly.During the review, and throughout the pandemic, EMA and its scientific committees are supported by the COVID-19 EMA pandemic task force, a group that brings together experts from across the European medicines regulatory network to facilitate rapid and coordinated regulatory action on medicines and vaccines for COVID-19.In the EU, CMAs allow for the authorisation of medicines that fulfil an unmet medical need on the basis of less complete data than normally required. This happens if the benefit of a medicine or vaccine’s immediate availability to patients outweighs the risk inherent in the fact that not all the data are yet available. CMAs are being used in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic to promptly respond to the public health threat. However, the data must show that the benefits of the medicine or vaccine outweigh any risks. Once a CMA has been granted, companies must provide further data from ongoing or new studies within pre-defined deadlines to confirm the benefits continue to outweigh the risks.If EMA concludes that the benefits of the vaccine outweigh its risks in protecting against COVID‑19, it will recommend granting a CMA, post which the European Commission will fast-track its decision-making process with a view to granting a CMA valid in all EU and EEA Member States within days.As for all medicines, EU authorities continuously collect and review new information on medicines once they are on the market and take action when needed. In line with the EU safety monitoring plan for COVID-19 vaccines, monitoring will take place more frequently and will include activities that apply specifically to COVID-19 vaccines. Companies for example will provide monthly safety reports in addition to the regular updates required by the legislation and conduct studies to monitor the safety and effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines after their authorisation. MaxiVision Eye Hospitals launches “Mucormycosis Early Detection Centre” COVID-19 Updates News WHO tri-regional policy dialogue seeks solutions to challenges facing international mobility of health professionals Share Phoenix Business Consulting invests in telehealth platform Healpha By EH News Bureau on December 1, 2020 Menopause to become the next game-changer in global femtech solutions industry by 2025 Comments (0) The missing informal workers in India’s vaccine story Adoption of AI/ML can disrupt healthcare services Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals releases first “Comprehensive Textbook of COVID-19” Add Commentlast_img read more

Plans for fans on Tour in ’21? What we know

first_imgAttention, fans. In a memo sent to players last week, the PGA Tour outlined how it plans to ease back into the spectator business at next year’s West Coast stops, beginning with the Waste Management Phoenix Open and its “up to 8,000” fans a day. The popular tournament also plans to have a “scaled-down” version of the 16th hole, but tournament chairman Scott Jenkins cautioned in a release that, “if the decision is made by local health officials to allow spectators, it will be a small fraction of the normal capacity.” The memo also called for “up to 500” spectators or “VIP guests” at the Genesis Invitational “pending L.A. County restrictions.” All of this, of course, paves the way for the Tour’s spring return to Florida, where officials will likely face far fewer COVID-19 restrictions than on the West Coast. The Arnold Palmer Invitational kicks off the Florida Swing the first week of March, followed by The Players, which is the last tournament to allow a capacity crowd before the coronavirus halted play last March. TPC Sawgrass would make the most sense for an expanded fan footprint based on the size of the property and Florida’s aggressive approach to a return to normal, but the Tour continues to take a wait-and-see approach. “We are still waiting for final confirmation. Phoenix has gone along with fans and we understand all of the Florida swing events will as well. We’re just trying to finalize what that looks like for the PGA Tour,” said Ken Kennerly, the executive director of the Honda Classic. “We’re optimistic that we’re going to have fans, but we don’t know yet.” Although it makes sense for the Tour to wait until after the Phoenix Open to proceed, it also makes sense that the Florida Swing would be the perfect place to begin the long march back to normal. Last week’s Miami vs. North Carolina college football game drew 12,092 fans while the UCF-Cincinnati game in Orlando last month had a reported 10,668 fans. If the Tour goes with 25 percent capacity (the standard number used in other sports) at The Players, that would add up to about 10,000-plus fans a day at the circuit’s flagship event. With the introduction of a COVID-19 vaccine this week and also assuming no setbacks, 10,000 fans per day seems reasonable. Still, it will almost certainly not be business as usual. Like Phoenix, officials plan to have limited infrastructure compared to normal years. Kennerly normally begins his build out for a March tournament just after Thanksgiving. Depending on the Tour’s decision when it comes to fans, he estimates that construction is on hold until at least early January. “It all comes down to numbers and hospitality,” he said. In June, the Tour was one of the first major sports to return to competition, and it has largely avoided the kind of outbreaks that football and baseball have experienced. But when it comes to fans, the circuit appears entirely comfortable with the slow approach.last_img read more

KGEZ Seeking to Relocate Radio Towers to West Valley

first_img Email When the two 325-foot radio towers were built along U.S. 93 South in 1954, they were perched on the southern outskirts of Kalispell, far enough away to avoid conflicts with any residents but close enough to allow KGEZ 600 AM to broadcast on regional airwaves.But almost immediately, the towers stirred drama. With the city airport only two miles to the north, the sky-high structures violated Federal Aviation Administration regulations.The long-standing issue is coming to a conclusion as KGEZ prepares to relocate its headquarters to downtown Kalispell later this year and remove the towers. KGEZ owner John Hendricks has worked out a deal with James Hanson to lease a section of Hanson’s 117-acre property in West Valley where the station would relocate the two towers, contingent on a conditional use permit through Flathead County.Yet as one conflict ends, another has emerged. Neighbors in the rural farmland on the western outskirts have raised opposition to the towers’ arrival.Linda Newgard, who has lived next door to Hanson’s property since 1997, has filed an appeal with the county claiming the towers would negatively impact the surrounding properties and violate zoning standards. She says she filed the appeal on behalf of roughly 30-40 residents in the area.“It’s a real shock to us,” Newgard said.“We moved out here because we wanted to live out in the country. This is a major production.”The towers would sit 910 feet apart near the intersection of Farm-to-Market Road and Clark Drive. A six-foot tall fence would surround the perimeter, and three lights would flash from each tower: two red lights halfway up each structure and one at the top. The leased site would also include a 20-by-20-foot equipment shelter.The Flathead County Planning Department has received more than a dozen letters raising concerns about the towers’ constant flashing lights and size. Newgard says the towers would also threaten migratory and non-migratory birds that frequent the area, and that the towers constitute commercial development, which is strictly regulated in the West Valley Neighborhood Plan.“We obviously do not want lights infiltrating our night skies and into our bedroom windows,” she said. “Also, we realize that there are certain small-scale permitted commercial uses, but the West Valley Neighborhood Plan never intended to allow something on the scale of this proposal.”Dating back to 1927, KGEZ is the second oldest station in Montana and the oldest in the Flathead Valley. Hendricks bought the station and revived it six years ago after it went off the air in the wake of former owner and radio host John Stokes’ bankruptcy.Hendricks, a Flathead Valley native, insists he is not trying to disrupt neighbors’ livelihoods or hurt their property values.“We wouldn’t have filed (the conditional-use permit request) if we thought we would’ve done any harm to anybody,” he said.He said the radio station has focused on being “kind and respectful” to residents and built a strong reputation in the community.He said the new location of the radio towers is an ideal place to continue the station’s operations. He said the towers would follow strict federal regulations that prevent any human-health hazards, and that the flashing lights help deter birds and are pointed upward to reduce light pollution on the ground.“The lights are pointed up, not down, and you don’t see them from the ground and they’re not very bright,” Hendricks said.Flathead County Planning Director Mark Mussman determined the communication towers are considered acceptable within the West Valley district. In a memo to the Board of Adjustment, Mussman said the zoning regulations don’t differentiate between commercial and non-commercial communication towers. Mussman also noted that the West Valley district allows other uses that could be perceived as commercial, such as gravel extraction, a shooting range and a riding academy.The Flathead County Board of Adjustment is poised to review both Newgard’s appeal request and Hendricks’ conditional use request at its Aug. 1 meeting.If the board approves the appeal, the conditional use permit request would be canceled and Hendricks would be forced to find a new location for the towers as KGEZ’s lease is not being renewed at its current site. If the board denies the appeal and approves the conditional use permit, Hendricks can move forward with the relocation of the towers to the West Valley property. Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox.last_img read more

Graham leads balanced offense; Hilton closes out regular season with shutout of Fairport

first_img Print This Post By johnmitchelllikanje on April 19, 2021No Comment Graham leads balanced offense; Hilton closes out regular season with shutout of Fairport Connect on Linked in Add to Google+ Graham leads balanced offense; Hilton closes out regular season with shutout of Fairport added by johnmitchelllikanje on April 19, 2021View all posts by johnmitchelllikanje →FacebookTwitter分享by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksSponsor ContentAirPhysioThis All-Natural “Lung Cleaning” Device Helps Anyone Breathe EasierAirPhysioUndoTop Expat InsuranceExpat Living in Hong Kong without Health Insurance?Top Expat InsuranceUndoBabbelStart Speaking a Language in 3 Weeks – All You Need Is Your PhoneBabbelUndoby Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksMore from Pickin’ SplintersBaron keeps Bonaventure close to his heart – Pickin’ SplintersUndoTah-Jae Hill, Zion Morrison and the Starting Five – Pickin’ SplintersUndo”If you had a Mount Rushmore of MCC baseball, he’s on there.” Longtime assistant Jack Christensen passes away – Pickin’ SplintersUndo Follow on Facebookcenter_img Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published. Share on Facebook Subscribe by Email By JOHN LIKANJEJoshua Graham led a balanced offensive attack with a pair of touchdowns as Hilton shut out Fairport, 30-0, in the regular season finale.The senior fullback scored both touchdowns in a three-drive span near the end of the first half. With the Cadets already holding a 7-0 lead, the Red Raiders attempted to respond on the ensuing drive from their 23-yard line. After starting the possession with a seven-yard run, Graham ripped the ball away from the Red Raiders’ running back and sprinted in the opposite direction for a strip-sack touchdown.Once the defense forced a three-and-out, Graham and the Cadets ran a two-minute drill which resulted in him scoring his second touchdown. Senior tailback Jason Bedford ignited the drive with scrambles of 14 and four yards, respectively. After Graham snagged a six-yard catch, Dontae Valion put the Cadets in the red zone with a 20-yard reception near the right sideline. Bedford brought them closer to paydirt with an 11-yard run and Graham was able to punch the ball the remaining eight yards himself. This gave the Cadets a commanding 20-0 advantage going into intermission.Bedford and Valion added touchdowns of their own. Bedford took off for a 30-yard score on the drive before Graham’s strip sack. Valion followed up with a 38-yard catch-and-run in the third quarter. Senior kicker Nathan Battaglia nailed a field goal midway through the final period.Hilton finishes the regular season with a 5-1 record and a three-game win streak. The Cadets accumulated 34 sectional points with victories over Aquinas, Edison Tech/School Of The Arts, Pittsford and Rush-Henrietta as well. The Cadets’ lone loss was to undefeated Victor in Week 3. Overall, they outscored their opponents, 152-62.Depending on the results of McQuaid’s and Victor’s respective games, the Cadets could be the top seed in Class AA sectionals this upcoming weekend. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.last_img read more