Cutter Maple’s Alaskan farewell a possible journey to remember

first_imgMilitary | Oceans | Outdoors | Southeast | TransportationCutter Maple’s Alaskan farewell a possible journey to rememberJuly 15, 2017 by Robert Woolsey, KCAW Share:Built in Wisconsin in 2000, and commissioned in Sitka in 2001, the USCGC Maple is a fixture on the Sitka waterfront. The voyage to her reassignment in Charleston may take the Maple through the famed Northwest Passage. (Photo courtesy KCAW)The 225-foot buoy tender, Coast Guard Cutter Maple, is bound for Baltimore for a refit, and then for her new homeport of Charleston, South Carolina.The Maple’s 50-member crew will return to Sitka and spend six months preparing for their replacement ship. While they wait, they may also be sharing some amazing memories of their final Alaskan voyage. The Maple is scheduled to travel to the East Coast via the famed Northwest Passage — only the 6th Coast Guard vessel to do so.Maple executive officer Lisa Hatland’s humor about the world being “a lot smaller” at the poles is actually a sly reference to the fact that most 2-dimensional cartographic projections of the Earth create the impression that distances are farther than they really are. Nevertheless, Sitka-to-Baltimore via the Northwest Passage is an epic cruise. The Maple will be escorted by the Canadian icebreaker Sir Wilfred Laurier through the often ice-bound Victoria Strait.I must be a bit of a Flat-Earther. Forty-three days doesn’t seem like enough time to cruise around the northern edge of the continent.The Maple’s executive officer, Lt. Lisa Hatland, sets me straight.“Remember, the world is smaller up there, so it doesn’t look as bad.”Sure, if something just shy of 7,000 miles is your idea of not too bad.“It’s still quite a distance, and we have three different plans depending on actual ice conditions, about which waterways are safer. And we are planning on Canadian ice breaker support for at least for a little bit of the way, in Victoria Strait.”Maple executive officer Lisa Hatland’s humor about the world being “smaller” at the poles is actually a sly reference to the fact that most 2-dimensional maps of the Earth create the impression that distances are farther than they really are. Still, Sitka-to-Baltimore via the Northwest Passage is an epic cruise. The Maple will be escorted by the Canadian icebreaker Sir Wilfred Laurier through the often ice-bound Victoria Strait.I’m speaking with Hatland on the bridge of the Maple. It’s open ship day, and about 65 other Sitkans have passed through to say goodbye to a vessel that’s been an icon of the local waterfront since 2001.The cruise through the Northwest Passage is a bit of daring. Like cruising anywhere in Alaska or the Arctic, most of the time you never know what conditions are like until you get there. 60 years ago, in 1957, three Coast Guard Cutters — the Bramble, Spar, and the light icebreaker Storis — all made the voyage, escorted by the Canadian icebreaker HMCS Labrador. The Maple’s trip is intended to celebrate that anniversary and to re-establish logistics with Canada for securing this important — and mostly desolate — waterway.Hatland says the Maple typically stays out a week at a time on its deployments. The Northwest Passage is a long haul — basically, Nome to St. John’s, Newfoundland without a port call. The trip will be a significant test of the capacity of the ship and crew — if the Maple gets the go-ahead.“It’s as final as we can say. It’s not absolutely official because there are more environmentals. We’re not an icebreaker, we’re not going through with dedicated icebreaker escort. There are still some areas where the ice has not completely cleared yet — and it’s looking favorable — but we’re not going to be 100-percent sure, Yes this is what we’re doing until we get up there and see the actual ice conditions.”One year into her tour as second-in-command of the Maple, Lt. Lisa Hatland is “where I love to be.” Five years ago, Hatland also served aboard the Kukui in Honolulu. The Kukui will replace the Maple in Sitka. (Photo by Robert Woolsey/KCAW)The Maple looks ready. The families touring her are seeing a spotless ship — even below decks. You probably could eat off the twin, 3,100-horsepower engines. Shrink-wrapped pallets of soda are laid in for the voyage, the freezers are packed full, there are a lot of dry stores.Up on the flying bridge, it’s a little quieter. There is an extraordinary view of the Sitka channel and the town, and Hatland can reflect on what might be ahead for this ship. She considers the Northwest Passage a once-in-a-lifetime transit, and a historic honor for a Coast Guard vessel.As the Maple’s second-in-command, Hatland is in the right place at the right time. Her dad was Navy, but she got a degree in Marine and Environmental science and joined the Coast Guard.“He was a very quick conversion. He loves it. He’s got his “Coast Guard Dad” license plate.”The Maple will be replaced in Sitka by the Kukui — also a 225-foot buoy tender — which is currently in the Baltimore dry-dock. Until the Kukui arrives in about six months, the cutter Anthony Petit, homeported in Ketchikan, will tend to Southeast Alaska’s hundreds of aids to navigation.Share this story:last_img read more

“It Was Our Clubhouse”: Comedians and Artists React to the Closing…

first_imgcomedyCelebrity“It Was Our Clubhouse”: Comedians and Artists React to the Closing of Meltdown ComicsKumail Nanjiani, Emily V. Gordon, Pete Holmes, and others tell us what Meltdown and Nerdmelt meant to themBy Marielle Wakim and Gwynedd Stuart – March 28, 20186191ShareEmailFacebookTwitterPinterestReddItIt’s always sad to see a small business close (hell, people are bummed that stupid Toys “R” Us is going out of business). But the impending March 31 closure of Meltdown Comics and its backroom comedy venue, the Nerdmelt Showroom, has hit L.A.’s nerd and comedy communities particularly hard. In the hours following the announcement on March 21, social media was flooded with 280-character obituaries written by people who frequented the Hollywood landmark, from comedians who grew their careers inside the tiny theater to comic book authors and fans for whom the retail space was a second home.The sentiment was consistent: Meltdown was more than just a comic book store, and Nerdmelt Showroom was more than just a comedy venue. They were places where people got together and brought ideas to life. A handful of people close to Meltdown and Nerdmelt shared with us their memories and explained why they’ll miss the place the most.Emily V. GordonProducer of The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail; Oscar nominee (Best Original Screenplay, The Big Sick) “Meltdown Comics was what convinced me that living in L.A. was going to be OK. No matter what time of day I was there, it felt comfortable, like a friend’s basement, and slightly dangerous at the same time. I found a community, a job, and a sense of purpose there. I found a home.”Kumail NanjianiCo-host of The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail, Oscar nominee (Best Original Screenplay, The Big Sick) “Meltdown was my first home in L.A., and the first time Emily and I got to work together. We did a live show there for 6 years, and that is where I got to meet heroes I’ve idolized since I was a kid and friends I will know for the rest of my life. Meltdown is closing but it’ll stay with me forever.”Dave KlocOfficial artist/poster maker for The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail “Meltdown was like my Cheers. I was lured in by the comics, toys, and weirdness and stayed for the people I met there. (Also, I saw Woody Harrelson there, so maybe it was like Cheers for him, too?) But seriously—Gaston watered more seeds of culture and creativity than anyone I’ve met out here in a city that prides itself on its uniqueness. I am joined by dozens of people who wouldn’t be growing professionally and creatively without Meltdown and its fertile soil. Its spirit will live on well beyond the closing of its doors.”Jonah RayCo-host of The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail “Meltdown Comics was our clubhouse. Once a week, I knew I would be able to go to where I would pretty much know everybody hanging out. The reason everybody is so sad about it closing is that we all knew how special it was while it was happening. We appreciated it the entire time. We appreciated each other. I know there will be another place like this in the future, but that place was ours and we’ll never have it again, and even though that’s sad, it’s OK.”Pete HolmesComedian, host of the You Made It Weird with Pete Holmes podcast, creator and star of HBO’s Crashing“The room was perfect. The walls were hard and wooden so each laugh would bounce around, echoing, convincing even the tough laughers in the crowd to drop their guard and join in the fun. There were two green rooms, which meant sometimes the show was secondary—it was a place we could all meet, coming back from the road or a TV gig, and reunite, connect, and laugh.Emily was definitely our comedy mom—supportive, wonderful—and Kumail and Jonah were our two weird dads. Because it was almost always the same people in the crowds, it felt different from any other place. It was like summer camp: The crowds were the campers, and we were the lucky comedy counselors. They knew you were doing new stuff, and they loved it. The whole place encouraged experimentation and risk-taking. Or, if you were feeling particularly needy as a performer, there was no better room to just go for a home run derby and kill.My fondest memories at Meltdown are going on stage with Jonah when Kumail wasn’t there and doing my Kumail impression, making fun of his tight shirts and perfect hair. It was like teasing dad at the dinner table when he’s not there. I met Robin Williams at Meltdown. I watched Harris. I found out Crashing had been picked up at Meltdown. And, because my podcast recorded there, my entire life, internal and external, transformed at Meltdown. I think the shows and the podcasts there were so good because walking through a comic books store filled with toys and giant ninja turtles reminded us all as we came in: It’s all just play; have fun.”Chris HardwickFounder of the Nerdist empire and the NerdMelt Showroom, comedian, television host “I started the Nerdist Podcast in 2010. Later that year, I knew I wanted a space to do live podcasts and comedy shows. Jonah Ray, Kumail Nanjiani, and Emily Gordon had only recently begun doing the Wednesday night Meltdown comedy show. Jonah suggested I talk to Gaston, the owner, about the possibility of taking over that back showroom that most of the time was just an art gallery. That was the beginning of the Nerdmelt, aka the Nerdist Showroom at Meltdown Comics.What grew was an incredible community of performers, writers, podcasters, and artists. On any given night you could walk through the store, buy comics, play D&D in one corner, video games in another, walk to the left to take improv classes, walk upstairs to peer in on a podcast recording, and go straight back to see some of the best alternative comedy in L.A. It’s one of the things I’m most proud of being a part of, and it wouldn’t have existed without the amazing team of nerdterns, staff, and show-goers.Thank you to all of them and any of you who ever even came to even one show for making my adult clubhouse dreams come true. Not only will Meltdown the store be deeply missed, but so, too, the cluster of nerdly humans who made it a home.”Dave HuntsbergerComedian; host of The Junk Show and The Space Cave podcast “At some point in the future—when everything is retina scans and all content is strictly digital and humans swipe and scroll endlessly and mindlessly through a never-ending river of images and ideas and concepts—people will be incredulous at the notion that there were once places where you could not only touch and interact with physical creations but also with the people who created them. No one will believe that a place like Meltdown existed.”RELATED: Meltdown Comics and Nerdmelt Showroom Are ClosingStay on top of the latest in L.A. food and culture. Sign up for our newsletters today. TAGSEmily V. GordonJonah RayKumail NajianiMeltdown ComicsNerdMelt Showroompete holmesPrevious articleFX’s New Show About the Kidnapping of a Getty Heir Eclipses the Film VersionNext articleIf California’s Last Don the Beachcomber Closes, a Fascinating Chapter in Tiki History EndsMarielle Wakim RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORMeltdown Comics and Nerdmelt Showroom Are ClosingThese Are the 5 Best Things to Do in L.A. This Weekend5 Things to Do This Weekend That’ll Make Your Life More Interestinglast_img read more

Remember the Game: O’Dempsey’s claim U-16 football honours in 2009

first_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR SEE ALSO – Check out the dedicated jobs section on LaoisToday Home We Are Laois Remember the Game Remember the Game: O’Dempsey’s claim U-16 football honours in 2009 We Are LaoisRemember the Game Here are all of Wednesday’s Laois GAA results GAA Pinterest Facebook Twitter Alf Harvey was on hand that day to capture a selection of images. GAA O’DEMPSEY’S: Darren O’Connor; Martin O’Reilly, Eoin O’Hora, Tadgh Mathews; Darragh Bannon, Bobby Sweeney, Ciaran McManus; Declan Horlick, Ciaran Haberlin; Liam McNamara, Philip Dowling, Seanie McMahon; Jack Slevin, Eoin Finlay, Eugene Nolan.PORTLAOISE: Graham Brody; James Bergin, Donal Fitzgibbon, Niall McCormack; Eoghan Feane, Sam Murphy-Kerry, Dean Lynch; James Nerney, Colm Gleeson; Joseph Thompson, Patrick Downey, Patrick Conroy; David Holland, Liam McGovern, Jamie Dunne. Subs: Conor Dunphy for Lynch, Robbie McGuinness for J Dunne, Conor Dunne for Holland.Referee: Joe Brennan (Crettyard)James Bergin, Portlaoise, is closed down by Eoin Finlay, O’Dempsey’s, in the 2009 U-16 Football League final. Pictures: Alf Harvey. Liam McNamara, O’Dempsey’s, puts this ball through against Dean Lynch and James Nerney, PortlaoiseSam Murphy Kerry, Portlaoise takes on Sean McMahon, O’Dempsey’s in the 2009 U- 16 Football League final at Ratheniska. TAGS2009O’Dempsey’sO’Dempsey’s v PortlaoisePortlaoise GAA O’Dempsey’s, however, had enough in the tank and they held on for a narrow win.Ten years later a number of players from both clubs are still playing adult football though Eoin Finlay was the only one to feature for O’Dempsey’s in last year’s run to the county final.For Portlaoise, goalkeeper Graham Brody has gone on to carve out an intercounty career for himself, David Holland has also played for Laois while a number more play either senior hurling or football for The Town.center_img 2020 U-15 ‘B’ glory for Ballyroan-Abbey following six point win over Killeshin Pinterest Kelly and Farrell lead the way as St Joseph’s claim 2020 U-15 glory WhatsApp By Steven Miller – 20th May 2019 Previous articleSuper subs Devoy and Thornton strike late to fire Portlaoise CBS to U-16 Leinster finalNext articleBig battle in store as 16 candidates in the mix for seven seats in Portlaoise Steven Millerhttp://www.laoistoday.ieSteven Miller is owner and managing editor of From Laois, Steven studied Journalism in DCU and has 14 years experience in the media, almost 10 of those in an editorial role. Husband of Emily, father of William and Lillian, he’s happiest when he’s telling stories or kicking a point. O’Dempsey’s who defeated in the Under 16 Football League final at Ratheniska.Picture: Alf Harvey. O’Dempsey’s 3-8 Portlaoise 2-92009 U-16 Football League FinalPortlaoise are the top dogs in Laois club football at the moment – as they have been for more than the last decade.Seeking to knock them off their perch are O’Dempsey’s and the two clubs played out an entertaining senior final last year, which Portlaoise won to put titles back to back and claim their 11th title in 12 years.This time ten years ago the sides met in the U-16 league final with O’Dempsey’s coming out on top in an entertaining affair in Ratheniska.O’Dempsey’s got off to a dream start and led 3-4 to 0-3 at the break, their goals coming from Philip Dowling, Eoin Finlay and Ciaran McManus.But Portlaoise came roaring back in the second half with Liam McGovern hitting 1-7 in total and Joseph Thompson also getting a goal. Remember the Game: O’Dempsey’s claim U-16 football honours in 2009 GAA Twitter WhatsApp Facebooklast_img read more

Worker fired for demanding pay raise, overtime compensation

first_imgNewsEconomy Facebook Twitter By Daily NK – 2015.09.22 9:56am A 15-year-old working at a bakery run bythe donju, or ‘money masters,’ is said to have been wrongfully discharged fromher job after demanding a pay raise and compensation for overtime, Daily NK haslearned. “Workers had recently raised questionsabout management at the individually-run bakery that produces high-endconfectionery goods and bread,” a source from South Pyongan Province told DailyNK over the telephone on September 20th. “A 15-year-old female employee, speaking for otherworkers, asked that the owner provide a pay raise and offer overtime for workat night. This is what seems to have rubbed the owner the wrong way.” Daily NK cross-checked news of thisincident with an additional source in the same province. While the ins and outs of shops like thisbakery are overseen by the donju, permission to operate and official ownershiprights, like most scenarios in today’s North Korea, trace back to the state. Inthe case of this bakery and presumably all like it, donju split the revenuewith an affiliated state-run enterprise to secure a buffer from legalrepercussions and stay in business. This arrangement is typically coupled with additional kickbacks to the same state-run enterprise in exchange for labor. More specifically, this bakery and similar operations gain the right to pluck 20-something female workers from their state-designated workplace and employ them at their shop instead.A typical donju-run confectionery operationhas family members looking after accounting, supply delivery, and productmanagement. Production itself is carried out by workers who run on day andnight shifts, carrying out individual tasks. Hiring young teenagers isofficially illegal, but, as in the bakery mentioned in this case, owners areknown to pay Ministry of People’s Security [MPS] units  ample bribes tolook the other way.   Other workers are the bakery reportedlyencouraged this adolescent to speak for the group, wagering that hercomparatively young age would result in more leniency for her forthrightattitude from the boss. When the plan went sideways and the young girl wasfired, the source said her fellow workers were racked with guilt forpersuading her to take a stand. They “never imagined the head of the operationwould take such drastic measures,” she asserted. Many from the grouphave, surreptitiously, condemned the current management, calling it “nothing but extreme exploitation.” The source quoted residentswho have dealt with parallel cases firsthand, noting, “They’re even worse thancapitalists, whom are so hated by the republic [North Korea].” This, distressingly, is still the lesser oftwo evils for most. “They lament the reality of wanting to work at thesefacilities that are still far superior in terms of supporting people’slivelihoods and come with much greater flexibility than the Kim Jong Unleadership,” she pointed out. Donju first started renovating home storageareas at the turn of the century to start up production and sales, and thesesmall factories led to the employment of regular workers who get paid wages bythe month and those that are paid on a daily basis. On the whole, these operations opened with one or two workers but have been rapidly growing.Most day laborers are female workers intheir teens or 20s, sought out for the pervasive reputation for being fastlearners and come without the burden that comes with being married. These youngwomen can withstand the intense heat from the ovens and are recognized as“skilled laborers that come with a good eye for detail,” according to thesource. “These individually run confectioneryfactories far outstrip state-run factories in their popularity because they payworkers according to market prices, so a lot of people want to work there. That said, regardless of how talented you may be, ifyou fall out of favor they’ll sack you without even blinking,” she explained. Predictably, profit trumps all othermatters. “Management at donju operations is mostly arbitrary, with no considerationfor workers’ opinions and is strictly based on maximizing returns,” she said. “Even if things go wrong, they can’t go backto the affiliated state-enterprise from which they came and end up with nowhereto turn.”*The content of this article was broadcastto the North Korean people via Unification Media Group. Worker fired for demanding pay raise, overtime compensation News AvatarDaily NKQuestions or comments about this article? Contact us at [email protected] There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest center_img North Korea Market Price Update: June 8, 2021 (Rice and USD Exchange Rate Only) RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR News News SHARE US dollar and Chinese reminbi plummet against North Korean won once againlast_img read more

AMF fees to rise

first_img Share this article and your comments with peers on social media In general, the fees are being hiked by 0.97%, including fees that are payable under the Financial Administration Act, the Securities Act, the Derivatives Act, and others. And, fees due under other rules are rising by 1.1%. Companies Autorité des marchés financiers James Langton center_img Facebook LinkedIn Twitter The Autorité des marchés financiers (AMF) is boosting fees by about 1% for the year ahead. The Quebec securities regulator announced today that the fees will be adjusted as of January 1, 2014. The adjusted fees are set out in three notices to be published in the Gazette officielle du Québec and in the AMF Bulletin. last_img read more

Keeping 4th/Pico open

first_imgHomeNewsCity CouncilKeeping 4th/Pico open Feb. 08, 2016 at 7:35 amCity CouncilColumnsDevelopmentEditorialGovernmentInside/OutsideOpinionKeeping 4th/Pico openMike Feinstein5 years ago4th streetcivic centerCivic Center Specific Planherb katzmeasure esMichael Feinsteinmike feinsteinpico boulevardRANDSamohi By Michael Feinstein. Inside/Outside. February 08, 2016Gaining new open green space is a major priority for our community. At the corner of 4th/Pico Bl., we have a historic opportunity to do just that.Since the 1993 version of the Civic Center Specific Plan (CCSP), the corner of 4th/Pico Bl. has been envisioned to be open, green space, converted from the large surface parking lot there today.Shown as open and green in all subsequent CCSP iterations – and explicitly containing a sports field since the 2005 CCSP – discussion of 4th/Pico nevertheless was reopened in 2013, when the City Council appointed and tasked the Civic Working Group (CWG) with drafting a vision for “the future cultural and community use of the Civic Auditorium as the hub of a cultural campus.”Questions in the community immediately arose – “Would there be development recommended at 4th/Pico to partially fund costs to rehabilitate and operate the Civic Auditorium (and an associated cultural campus)? What amount of open space would remain and what uses would it be directed towards? What would happen to the sports field in the 2005 CCSP?”These questions were a running sub-text to the CWG process and are part of Tuesday night’s City Council discussion on the future of the Civic Auditorium.The Council avoided directly confronting these questions in 2013, when its direction to the CWG also included exploring “an appropriate mix of compatible adjacent [to the Civic Auditorium] uses, from open space to additional facilities” – but without making a concurrent Council statement about its commitment to open space square footage and/or the sports field. This left the door open, at least theoretically, for some or most of 4th/Pico to be cannibalized with new development, in order to fund the significant costs to rehabilitate the Civic Auditorium, and to potentially integrate the entire corner into a new cultural campus.That schizophrenia needs to be addressed Tuesday night.What kind of open space?To be fair, CWG members have not argued for eliminating all open space on the site. But the reality is a large fenced-in sports field is not compatible with an expanded cultural campus that goes much beyond renovation or replacement of the Civic Center’s East Wing. If there is to be an enlarged cultural campus, what would make the most sense is a multi-purpose open (and substantially green) park space at 4th/Pico that functions for events, and serves as an open-space gateway to Ocean Park.If – and that is a big if – the City were to go in that direction, many CWG members expressed the concern that the Civic Auditorium restoration process not be encumbered by the costs of finding new land for a sports field, as it would make that process more expensive and less predictable for an investor/operator. But the field people don’t want to give up their promised field on that side of town, just because someday the City may create playing field space elsewhere, especially since we’ll still have an overall deficit citywide, and a deficit in that part of town.Development issuesWhen the City Council approved the 1993 CCSP, most of the land west of Main St. was owned by the RAND corporation. At the time, RAND successfully sought entitlements to redevelop its aging headquarters, and to develop the rest of the land with commercial office space and a mix of market rate and affordable housing. With so much private development under consideration, and only a sliver of green space planned to the north of the proposed new RAND headquarters across from City Hall, it was easy to argue that 4th/Pico needed to be open and green in the CCSP.In 1999, the City purchased approximately 11.3-acres of land owned by RAND, with the goal of providing more public open space and affordable housing within the Civic Center (a historic purchase for which I played an initiating role as a councilmember). Now that the City was in direct control of more development choices within the Civic Center, the thinking included how to more appropriately transition from downtown to Ocean Park.In an extremely positive cooperation by/with RAND, the 1999 purchase led to a revised 2000 CCSP that allowed for the new RAND headquarters to be built on the southern end of the Civic Center at 56-feet high, instead of across from City Hall at 84-feet high, leading to the beautiful open space we know today as Tongva Park. Rather than developing 4th/Pico, the thinking was that the housing density (instead of commercial office space) and heights we were going to build along Ocean Avenue, would now be balanced by a substantially increased amount of open space within the Civic Center overall.One thing that did not change from the 1993 to the 2000 CCSP – and is still in the plan today – is the idea of making a major pedestrian linkage from Palisades Park to Ocean Park through the Civic Center, via what is now Tongva Park, ultimately to Ocean Park at 3rd and 4th/Pico.If we are truly serious about making Santa Monica a walkable city, retaining a truly inviting and sizable open-space entrance from Ocean Park into the Civic Center (and ultimately to downtown and points beyond) is critical. By contrast, any major development at 4th/Pico would be a betrayal of the historic land use compromise between various issue constituencies that led to using $53 million of public money to buy the RAND land in the first place; and a de facto bait-and-switch that first allowed Ocean Avenue to be up-zoned and developed, with the promise that 4th/Pico be kept open, and then a “camel’s-nose-under-the-tent” breaking of that promise later.Field of dreamsThe answer is not to pit the arts/cultural vs. the sports/open space vs. the slow-growth communities (many of us are in all three!), but to think big picture and find a way to make everything happen.On Tuesday night, City Staff is rightfully suggesting a pause from addressing the entire area considered by the CWG, and is recommending for now issuing a Request for Qualifications/Request for Proposals for reuse of the Civic Auditorium only. Market conditions have changed since the last time the City looked in that direction, and there are nearby planning processes that could shed light on an ultimate resolution.Taking advantage of that “pause,” the Council should give direction to City Staff Tuesday night to work with the School District on joint planning between the Santa Monica High School improvement planning process (resulting from Measure ES funds approved by voters in 2006) and the Gateway Area Master Plan (GAMP), in order to site one or more new fields north of Samohi.The world according to GAMPThe City is looking at comprehensively planning the area between Ocean Avenue and 5th Street, and between Colorado Avenue and covering the I-10 freeway; as well as realigning the 4th Street west bound off-ramp to link directly with Olympic Boulevard and then extending the useable area south of the Expo rail stop at 4th/Colorado with the space gained. That planning process is what is called the GAMP.The school district has stayed out of the crossfire over what should happen at 4th/Pico, but has indicated its willingness to work with the City once the City is more clear about its plans there. Now is the time for the two agencies to partner to explore how a new field(s) could be added north of Samohi as part of the GAMP.It makes great sense for a new field(s) to be located next to Samohi and near the Expo light rail stop. In 2003, at the instigation of then Councilmember Herb Katz and myself, the Council asked City Staff to explore the feasibility of a new field over the I-10 freeway, east of 4th Street. As a stand-alone project it was prohibitively expense. Now with the GAMP, new possibilities for covering capital costs exist.Not only could this process help facilitate Samohi’s improvement and possible northward expansion, but if a bond measure to help fund the Civic Auditorium restoration is ever going to pass the voters – passage which would also lessen the need to overdevelop the site to help fund the restoration – the sports/open space community must feel its needs weren’t precluded by it, otherwise the blowback will kill the bond.Adding one or more new fields between Samohi and the new Expo light rail station could be a win-win for our community. The Council should “think big and think green” Tuesday night and vote to exploreMichael Feinstein is a former Santa Monica Mayor (2000-2002) and City Councilmember (1996-2004).  He can be reached via Twitter @mikefeinstein‘Inside/Outside‘ is a periodic column about civic affairs Feinstein writes for the Daily Press, that takes advantage of his experience inside and outside of government. Tags :4th streetcivic centerCivic Center Specific Planherb katzmeasure esMichael Feinsteinmike feinsteinpico boulevardRANDSamohishare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentMy Write: ‘We are good social scientists’All the ways to celebrate this Valentine’s Day in Santa MonicaYou Might Also LikeColumnsOpinionYour Column HereBring Back Library ServicesGuest Author18 hours agoColumnsFeaturedNewsOpinionWhat’s the Point?whats the pointGAY PRIDE MONTH IS HERE FOR ALL OF USDavid Pisarra2 days agoColumnsNewsOpinionYour Column HereYour column hereGuest Author2 days agoColumnsFeaturedNewsOpinionYour Column HereSaving Santa Monica LibrariesGuest Author3 days agoColumnsOpinionYour Column HereSave the LibraryGuest Author6 days agoColumnsFeaturedNewsOpinionA Shore ThingMatthew King6 days agolast_img read more

Feature video: spotlight on 2014

first_img UnavailableUnavailable Previous ArticleLenovo debuts first LTE smartphoneNext ArticleLos hackers ponen al descubierto la inseguridad de Snapchat UnavailableLanguageLanguageSettingsHDSettingsFullscreenFullscreenThis is a modal window.Caption Settings DialogBeginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsDefaultsDone Powered by THEOplayer 2021.1.3Close Related ContentClose ShareBy the end of 2014 the number of mobile connections will exceed the number of people on the planet. This is just one of the predictions provided by Mobile World Live and GSMA Intelligence for the year ahead.Watch the whole video to find out the expected size of the M2M market in 2014, plus the likelihood of mobile operator consolidation in Europe. LTE, smartphones and developing markets also get the crystal ball treatment from our panel of experts. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 03 JAN 2014 HomeFeatured Content Feature video: spotlight on 2014 Related contentRelated contentShare VideoShare Video Play Video Playing onSubtitlesLanguageSettingsQualityAutomatic Automatic HDSpeedNormalQualityAutomaticSpeed0.250.5Normal1.251.52Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%0:00 Progress: 0%PlayPlayMuteMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 0:00LiveRemaining Time -0:00 Watch in VRWatch in VRdescriptions off, selectedDescriptionsSubtitlesSubtitlesUnavailablelast_img read more

TalkTalk abandons UK mobile project

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 10 MAY 2017 Home TalkTalk abandons UK mobile project Chris Donkin UK multiplay operator TalkTalk scrapped plans to build its own UK mobile network utilising home hotspots, in favour of maintaining its current MVNO agreement with Telefonica’s O2.In the company’s earnings statement, executive chairman Charles Dunstone said the company would take a one-off hit of £49 million to quit development of the project.Its plans, announced in 2014, would have seen the service provider build a network focused on offloading traffic onto customers’ home broadband wherever possible.In areas with a high concentration of customers, this would have created significant network availability and reduce reliance on infrastructure from its host MVNO network.The plan faced several delays before becoming one of the first casualties of Dunstone, who is expected to shake-up the company after taking a more hands-on role following the departure of long-term CEO Dido Harding earlier this month.In a statement, TalkTalk said its mobile strategy was being reviewed to create an “alternative less capital intensive offering.”“As part of our review of how we allocate capital and our clear focus on investing in fixed connectivity we have reassessed our mobile strategy. While we remain committed to offering all our customers a compelling mobile proposition, we have decided not to pursue an inside-out mobile network strategy, and instead we will continue to work closely with Telefonica UK on the right platform and customer offering.”TalkTalk, which offers fixed, broadband, TV, and mobile services in the UK – mostly sold as bundles – recorded a net growth of 45,000 mobile subscribers in its fiscal Q4, ended 31 March.By the end of its financial year connection numbers for its MVNO had reached 913,000, up 214,000 on numbers reported in March 2016.Overall, TalkTalk generated a £133 million pre-tax profit in its recent fiscal year, up from £107 million in the 12 months to end-March 2016, when earnings were impacted by a major hacking attack the company suffered during the period.TalkTalk warned earnings in its current fiscal year will be lower than the recent 12 month period, as it invests to attract new customers. MVNOTalkTalk MVNOs mount South Korea 5G pricing challenge Asia Relatedcenter_img T-Mobile chief issues MVNO warning to cable ops Author Tags Chris joined the Mobile World Live team in November 2016 having previously worked at a number of UK media outlets including Trinity Mirror, The Press Association and UK telecoms publication Mobile News. After spending 10 years in journalism, he moved… Read more Previous ArticleEC targets online giants over unfair practicesNext ArticleSamsung tipped to fend off Daydream VR challenge Optus enters MVNO market with Amaysim purchaselast_img read more

Fifteen years after family tragedy, Lashley becomes PGA Tour winner

first_imgDETROIT – Even on Saturday, before he built a six-shot lead that reduced the inaugural Rocket Mortgage Classic to a formality, Nate Lashley caught himself thinking about them. After all, there are few days he doesn’t. But strolling the fairways and greens at a tournament he didn’t expect to enter, equipped with a lead he refused to relinquish, Lashley found his mind drifting to the painful memories of 15 years ago.  It was in 2004 that Lashley, then a 21-year-old junior at the University of Arizona, traveled to Oregon for an NCAA regional. His parents, Rod and Char Lashley, flew from their home in Nebraska to watch him play. So, too, did his girlfriend, Leslie Hofmeister. After the final round, all three offered hugs before boarding a small plane piloted by Rod. All three died shortly thereafter when that plane crashed in a remote part of Wyoming. He thought of them again after the third round, replying to a euphemism-laden question designed to tug at the strings of a life-altering tragedy without ripping the fabric. “It definitely crosses your mind,” Lashley said. “At some points it’s not easy, but it goes through your mind and it’s something that’s always going to be there for me.” It’s an answer that Lashley could have offered hundreds of times in the decade and a half since the crash. They were on his mind while his pro career got off to a rocky start, as a young man, shaken to his core, struggled to find his footing both on and off the course. He thought of them in the years that followed, when Lashley used golf as equal parts distraction and coping mechanism, still trying to sort through raw feelings of pain and loss. “I’ve been through a lot,” Lashley said. “It took a lot of years for me to get over my parents’ death, for sure. It was mentally holding me back for a long time.” Your browser does not support iframes. Full-field scores from the Rocket Mortgage Classic Rocket Mortgage Classic: Articles, photos and videos They were on his mind in 2012, when a frustrated Lashley gave up the game. Eight years had passed since the accident, seven since he’d turned pro, all without any significant results. He studied for his real-estate license and started flipping houses. But that only lasted a few months before he dusted off the clubs. They were on his mind in 2015, when he started again from the ground up on PGA Tour Latinoamerica. Lashley spent two years circumnavigating the globe, going from Lima to Santiago to something called the All You Need is Ecuador Open. The second half of his globetrotting adventure included three wins in a three-month span, finally ensuring status back home. “I have to say, I think the Latin America Tour is what changed the trajectory of his career,” said Nate’s older sister, Brooke, one of a half-dozen friends and family who flew in to follow his final round in Detroit. “I’m sure it wasn’t easy traveling internationally and being in foreign countries, and the language and all of this, but I think it really gave him an opportunity to really focus in. It gave him a ladder up.” He thought about them two years later, when he made it to the PGA Tour not as a fresh-faced 22-year-old out of college but as a 34-year-old rookie who had stared into the abyss and lived to tell about it. And they were certainly on his mind Sunday, as Lashley steadied his nerves and polished off a resounding six-shot victory with a 2-under 70 in the final round. “I think about my parents all the time,” he said. “I was getting a little emotional even walking up 18, even before I hit my second shot, thinking about my parents. Because without them, I wouldn’t be sitting here right now.” The journey hasn’t exactly gotten much easier for Lashley since reaching the big stage. There were some good rounds and decent results last year, but he fell short of keeping his card. This season has been spent watching alternate rankings and reshuffle standings, refreshing field lists to know when he might get his next chance. Such was the case this week, where Lashley thought his time in Detroit might be over after a 68 in the Monday qualifier left him two shots short of a playoff. But his existing conditional status allowed him to snag the 156th and final spot in the field after a late injury withdrawal, and he quickly got to work by shooting an opening 63 to take the lead. It was a prelude of what was to come as Lashley, whose lone prior top-10 finish this year came in Puerto Rico while the biggest names were chopping up guaranteed points and dollars in Mexico, went wire-to-wire on the biggest stage of his career. Your browser does not support iframes. “He’s been trending in this direction for sure. I definitely have seen it. I didn’t know we’d be standing where we are today, but he’s been trending,” said caddie Ricky Romano. “It’s all attitude with Nate. If he keeps a good attitude and stays positive, he can do wonders in this game for sure.” After months of uncertainty and years spent fighting for status, Lashley can now enjoy some stability. The win means he’s fully exempt for the rest of the season, plus the next two. It gets him into The Open next month and the Masters and PGA Championship next year. Monday’s qualifier in northern Detroit will prove to be the last he enters for quite some time. It’s the capstone of a remarkable journey and arduous path for the 36-year-old, who this week suddenly and triumphantly realized the fruits of years’ worth of labor after sneaking into the field at the 11th hour. Standing on the 18th green with fans still cheering his name, Lashley smiled because of the remarkable achievement. He also shed a few tears, knowing the people he’d most like to celebrate with live on only in his memory. “I don’t know in what form,” Brooke Lashley said. “But I believe that in some way, their energy is here and around.”last_img read more

Report: Arizona Fugitive Planned Suicide by Bear in Yellowstone

first_imgFLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – A convicted killer who escaped from an Arizona prison had planned to overdose on heroin at Yellowstone National Park and let bears eat him, according to a sheriff’s report.Tracy Province told a sheriff’s detective after his capture that he had wanted to go up on a mountain, shoot up a gram of heroin and “be bear food.” As he was preparing the drug, a voice told him not to go through with the plan, and he changed course in favor of trying to hitchhike to Indiana to see family.“He called it divine intervention,” Mohave County sheriff’s Detective Larry Matthews wrote in the August report.The Las Vegas Review-Journal first reported Province’s interview Thursday.Authorities say Province asked fellow convict John McCluskey and their alleged accomplice, Casslyn Mae Welch, to take him to Yellowstone, so they drove him to the Wyoming park from New Mexico. Province doesn’t name anyone else in the interview with Matthews, but it’s clear whom he’s with.The trio faces capital murder and carjacking charges in New Mexico.Province has pleaded guilty to Arizona charges of escape, kidnapping, aggravated assault and armed robbery and is scheduled to be sentenced Friday. He then will be sent to New Mexico to face charges there.Province, McCluskey and a third inmate, Daniel Renwick, escaped from a minimum-security prison near Kingman on July 30. Authorities say Welch helped them flee by throwing cutting tools over the perimeter fence.Province told Matthews about his plan to commit suicide after he was returned to Arizona from Wyoming, where he was captured Aug. 9 in the sleepy town of Meeteetse, steps from a church where he sat in the pews and sang “Your Grace is Enough.” A woman he talked to after church recognized him from a photograph on television.Al Nash, a spokesman at Yellowstone National Park, said it’s certainly possible that Province’s plan to let bears eat him would work, but it struck him as improbable.“We have a fair number of bears in the ecosystem,” Nash said. “They eat about anything. A bear would rather get an easy meal than a difficult meal, but human bear encounters are very infrequent.” Email 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