Law enforcement deaths doubled in 2020, Florida sees similar trend this year

first_imgAdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 comments RELATEDTOPICS Advertisement Advertisement“As Florida’s Attorney General, and the wife of a law enforcement officer, I am calling on all Floridians to show support for the brave men and women in this profession. We must do better,” Moody said.To have already lost 67 officers at this point in 2021 is a 191% increase from where the country was last year at this time, according to non-profit data. COVID-19 is largely to blameCOVID-19 has played a large roll in increased deaths among law enforcement officers around the nation. In 2020, LEO’s saw 256 [631% increase] in deaths classified as “other.” Second behind COVID-19 as cause of death was gunfire, although those deaths slightly decreased. Scholarships offered to Lee, Collier County students related to law enforcement August 4, 2020 Disease, violence and accidents ravaged the United States law enforcement community in 2020. Officers killed in the line of duty doubled to more than 300, according to Officer Down Memorial Page. The non-profit, which tracks officer deaths across the country, said total deaths increased 136% compared to 2019. “I have attended far too many law enforcement funerals this year and watched too many of our brothers and sisters behind the badge mourn the loss of a member of our crime-fighting family. This disturbing trend must end,” said Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody. In Florida the trend is equally disturbing. In 2020, 20 officers lost their lives. Already in the first few months of 2021, seven officers have died in Florida, and 67 officers around the country have died. Injured barred owl rescued by Florida Capitol Police March 10, 2021 In 2021 already, nearly half of officer deaths are due to COVID-19. Gunfire is also the second leading cause this year and is up 38% from last year. A majority of officers who died in Florida last year died of COVID-19. This year, at least two have succumb to COVID-19 and two died by vehicle assault. Gov. Ron DeSantis announced last week that teachers, police and firefighters aged 50 and older will now be able to get the COVID-19 vaccine. The move was long awaited, as people in those professions have mandatory contact with the public at all times, regardless of a public health crisis. More police officers have died from COVID-19 this year than have been killed on patrol September 4, 2020 Advertisement AdvertisementTags: law enforcement AdvertisementDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 comments Officers in SWFL talk training, de-escalation efforts with NAACP May 6, 2021last_img read more

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Firms announce combination of Invesco and OppenheimerFunds

first_img Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Keywords Mergers and acquisitions,  Asset management companies Related news mergers and acquisitions designer491/123RF Share this article and your comments with peers on social media IE Staff CPPIB reports record return for latest fiscal year iA Clarington aims for sleeker, cleaner product lineup Desjardins buys Montreal boutique firm Hexavest Atlanta-based Invesco Inc. will acquire OppenheimerFunds, Inc., an affiliate of Springfield, Mass.-based Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Co. (MassMutual), the companies announced Thursday.In turn, MassMutual will become a significant shareholder in Invesco, with an approximate 15.5% stake. Invesco is the parent company of Toronto-based investment fund manager Invesco Canada Ltd.The Oppenheimer transaction will bring Invesco’s total assets under management  to more than US$1.2 trillion, making it one of the largest global investment managers.“The combination with OppenheimerFunds and the strategic partnership with MassMutual will meaningfully enhance our ability to meet client needs, accelerate growth and strengthen our business over the long term,” says Martin Flanagan, president and CEO of Invesco, in a statement.“This is a compelling, highly strategic and accretive transaction for Invesco that will help us achieve a number of objectives: enhance our leadership in the U.S. and global markets, deliver the outcomes clients seek, broaden our relevance among top clients, deliver strong financial results and continue attracting the best talent in the industry.”The companies expect the deal to close in the second quarter of 2019, pending necessary regulatory and other third-party approvals.last_img read more

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Victoria’s Best In Science And Innovation Shine

first_imgVictoria’s Best In Science And Innovation Shine VIC PremierVictoria is the Australian capital of innovation and the state’s best and brightest have been celebrated in the Victoria Prize and Fellowship Awards for 2020.The Victorian Government has proudly supported Victoria’s most prestigious awards for science and innovation since 1998, delivering them in partnership with VESKI since 2004.The Victoria Prize acknowledges exceptional professional achievement, supporting innovators to continue their important work – forging new frontiers and developing the technologies and treatments that improve quality of life for people around the world.Professor Kay Crossley of La Trobe University received the $50,000 Victoria Prize for Science and Innovation in the Life Sciences for an eminent career that includes the development of exercise-based treatments for hip and knee pain and osteoarthritis, revolutionising the prevention and management of hip and knee pain and early onset osteoarthritis.Under her leadership, the La Trobe Sport and Exercise Medicine Research Centre has come to be regarded as a world-leading institution.Distinguished Professor Yi-Min Xie from RMIT University received the $50,000 Victoria Prize for Science and Innovation in the Physical Sciences category for his outstanding contributions to the development of Evolutionary Structural Optimisation (ESO) and Bi-directions ESO (BESO).This technology is used by thousands of engineers and architects around the world to design structures including several landmark buildings.Professor Xie has also extended this technology to the design of new cellular materials and composites. These materials are critical to the development of impact-resistant body armours for soldiers and advanced biomedical devices for patients.Victoria Fellowships valued at up to $18,000 each were awarded to 12 early-career researchers to assist them to take international study missions when conditions allow – six Fellowships in life sciences and six in physical sciences.These Awards and Fellowships provide Victoria’s top scientists and researchers with global opportunities to expand their research and collaboration networks, driving new ideas and products in local industries that will drive future innovation and economic recovery.As stated by Minister for Innovation, Medical Research and the Digital Economy Jaala Pulford“Congratulations to the 2020 Victoria Prize winners for their outstanding achievements, for improving quality of life for so many and for making Victoria a world-leading innovation hub.”“We’re continuing to support Victorian research and innovation – not only does this sector play a key role in driving economic growth and job creation, it also improves the lives of Victorians and the lives of people around the world.” /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:AusPol, Australia, Australian, biomedical, Government, innovation, La Trobe University, Medical research, medicine, Minister, Professor, RMIT, RMIT University, Scientists, technology, university, Victorialast_img read more

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Developing a Renewable Energy Coordination Framework

first_imgDeveloping a Renewable Energy Coordination Framework Guy Barnett,Minister for ResourcesThe Tasmanian Government’s nation-leading policy – the Tasmanian Renewable Energy Action Plan, is the blueprint by which we will leverage our renewable energy resources and transform the state into a renewable energy powerhouse.The development of a Renewable Energy Coordination Framework (Framework) is a key action of that Plan.It sets the goals and actions to ensure that new large-scale renewable energy development (and investment) happens in the right place, at the right time, and for the benefit of all Tasmanians.We have consulted with a wide range of stakeholders, representative organisations and sought input from a number of government agencies, and we now welcome broader industry and community feedback.The Framework is key to ensuring a strategic and coordinated approach to unlocking new generation capacity and transmission in energy-rich locations.Our intention is to release the draft Framework to determine whether the actions identified are appropriate and comprehensive, and then based on feedback, implement those recommendations into the final Framework. The Government puts communities at the centre of the transition to renewable energy. There are considerable opportunities for communities, particularly in regional areas, to benefit from Tasmania’s renewable energy industry growth. It is important that what matters most to Tasmanians is understood and considered.The Australian Energy Market Operator has identified three potential Renewable Energy Zones in Tasmania. Under the Framework, establishing those zones will be done in consultation with communities.The Framework underpins the Government’s intention to ensure sustainable renewable energy growth delivers positive economic and social outcomes while maximising regional and community benefits.Tasmania, as the nation’s renewable energy powerhouse and the first jurisdiction to reach zero-net emissions now four years in a row, we are well positioned to drive the country’s transition to emission free renewable energy. This includes our competitive advantage of firm dispatchable hydroelectric generation, which supports the efficient production of hydrogen.We have already made significant progress in driving our renewable energy future. Tasmania is now 100 per cent self-sufficient in renewable energy, and we have legislated our world leading target to double our renewable generation to 200 per cent of our current needs by 2040.This means that we have achieved 100 per cent self-sufficiency in renewable electricity, some two years ahead of schedule – and confirmed our status as a world leader in renewable energy generation.The need for sustainable growth has never been clearer, with Australia’s energy market undergoing a significant transformation from dependence on fossil fuels to renewable energy resources.Our Government’s vision is to continue to sustainably grow our renewable energy sector over the next 20 years.At the heart of this Framework is communities and fostering partnerships to develop and deliver our plan for growth as we commence on our path towards achieving our renewables Tasmania vision. This is why we need your feedback!To obtain a copy of the Draft Renewable Energy Coordination Framework, visit https://renewablestasmania.tas.gov.au/consultationThe consultation period closes on Wednesday, 3 March 2021. /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:AusPol, Australia, Australian, community, electricity, emission, Government, industry, Minister, outcomes, production, renewable, renewable energy, resources, sustainable, TAS, Tasmania, Tassielast_img read more

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The necessary violence of life-saving airbags

first_imgCreated with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2 The result of an IIHS crash test of a Subaru Forester. It was 5 p.m. on a perfect summer evening. Melissa Moore, 54, was driving her 2017 Subaru Forester on the rural highway just outside Whitehall, Michigan, the town where she lives. She admits the new car purchase had been an exciting step up from years of utilitarian minivans; the Bluetooth, the touchscreens, the newfound luxury, all had made her a little lax on even asking questions about the safety features of the vehicle.“I knew Subaru had a great reputation,” she admits. “But it still wasn’t like me to not check out safety options.” A deer helped her check most of them out, all at once. A seatbelt and a lot of airbags saved her from certain injury, if not worse.Most of us think we’ll have time to avoid a deer strike. With your vision up in areas you know deer to frequent (there were four collisions with deer on that day alone where Melissa met hers), the blunt truth is that they often come out of nowhere, and directly into your vehicle. You don’t have any braking distance. Airbags. The bombs that save lives. RELATED TAGSSubaruNewsAutomotive SafetyAutomotive TechnologyBluetooth SIG Inc.CanadaMelissa MooreMichiganNational Highway Traffic Safety AdministrationScience and TechnologySubaru CorporationSubaru ForesterTechnologyUnited States Grave reminder not to put your feet up on the dashboardCrucial to an airbag adequately protecting you is the proper use of your seatbelt, as well as your seating position. There should be a 25 centimetre distance between your chest and the airbag – for the driver, it’s in the steering wheel, for passenger, it’s mounted in the dash. The seatbelt is built to have enough slack in it to receive the initial thrust of the collision before pulling you back into the seat as the airbag cushions you and keeps you in place. Not using a seatbelt means taking the full force of that airbag and will cause serious injury. In fact, Transport Canada reports that eight people have been killed by airbags up to 2001 – and the common thread between them all was that the victims sat too close to the airbag when it deployed. Both restraint systems are also meant to be used with the seat in the proper position. Reclining will compromise that. A passenger putting his or her feet on the dash risks the force of the airbag blowing up directly under their legs. Don’t put your feet on the dash. Ever.What will make my airbags deploy?Generally, airbags will deploy if you hit a “solid, fixed barrier” from 13 to 22 km/h. Some advanced systems will sense a child or other small person in the passenger seat who could be injured by the airbag, and automatically turn it off. Those under 12 should still be travelling in the rear seat.  Melissa Moore could still taste the chemical residue in her throat at the hospital after the crash. While doctors continued to make sure some existing conditions hadn’t been exacerbated – she has some osteoarthritis and lower back issues – she remained shocked that the violence that took place outside the car produced far less damage than what happened inside. “The outside of the car doesn’t even look that bad,” she mused. “Inside was like a bomb went off.” ‹ Previous Next › “It was maybe five feet away from me; it happened so fast, it came from the passenger side of the car,” says Moore. “All I could think later was how grateful I was that my 14-year-old daughter wasn’t sitting there. She’s often with me.”  The speed limit in the area is 55 mph (about 88 km/h), the speed she was maintaining. If you factor in driver reaction time, you need about 300 feet (91 metres) to stop a vehicle with good brakes on dry pavement. There was zero chance that deer wasn’t going to land in that Subaru. In fact, it carried on across the road and hit another vehicle, which in turn hit the ditch and was totalled.Responders figure Melissa managed to hit the brakes and began to steer. Damage to the car is on the front and down the driver’s side. All the airbags in the Forester were deployed, except the passenger dash and the passenger seat. Melissa didn’t even realize her seat had an airbag in it until her son pointed it out. All the curtain bags activated. For Melissa, “everything just exploded. The seatbelt had me pinned in place and all I could smell was the propellant chemical. I felt like I couldn’t breathe. It happened so fast.”She had a badly bruised shin and a bruised and strained chest wall, where the seatbelt and airbag did their jobs. Despite the recent Takata airbag scandal, in the U.S. alone, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that between 1978 and 2012, 39,976 lives have been saved by airbags in that country; here in our own country, Transport Canada’s statistics say 300 lives were saved between 1990 and 200o. Airbags were deemed mandatory for all cars and light trucks sold after September 1, 1998. As consumers, we take airbags for granted, even at the most entry level of cars. Manufacturers are increasingly providing better and better airbag systems throughout their vehicles. But as consumers, we need to remember that safety systems only work when used as they’re designed. Movies and ads would have you believe that an airbag goes off in slow motion, or resembles nothing so much as a large puffy marshmallow. The truth couldn’t be more different: that plastic bag launches like a rocket, at 100 to 300 km/h depending on their location. It deflates instantly.RELATED See More Videos The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever 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? 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Your Corner Wrench: Is there a cheap way to fix your A/C?

first_img Trending Videos RELATED Feature Story How It Works: Air conditioning by  Jil McIntosh  | July 12, 2017 There’s always a risk that an A/C compressor may seize if the system is leaking. In this case, and when the compressor’s clutch engages, it will throw the drive belt a host of other problems. A/C compressors will engage automatically whenever the heater controls are set to defrost, too. So if your vehicle has a leak you don’t want to fix, and the compressor’s pulley is working fine, simply have your shop disconnect the electrical feed to the clutch so it can never engage the compressor again.When it comes to a pulley problem, that can be a little more interesting. For vehicles that were built with and without A/C, it’s often easy to simply buy a shorter drive belt and maybe another bracket and pulley, and have things set up with the A/C compressor completely removed. But some vehicles never came without air conditioning; for those, often the aftermarket has solutions such as dummy pulley/brackets that allow the original belt and belt routing to be used. Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2 Repairs to A/C systems doesn’t always have to be a kick in the pants.  Kevin Van Paassen / National Post Some of the most expensive A/C repair estimates come for vehicles with rear heating and cooling systems. Often, the long lines that carry gas to the rear units get punctured by road debris and the costs of just these lines alone can be staggering. An easy and relatively cheap alternative is to have a shop cap off the rear A/C lines, leaving the front system fully functional. Line caps require specialized tools to install, but most shops that do A/C repairs have them. ‹ Previous Next › advertisement We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. RELATED TAGSFeature StoryNewsYour Corner Wrench Many of us shudder when we hit the air conditioning switch and nothing but hot air greets us. And most of us have either experienced or heard of the wallet-shocking repair bills that can come from A/C work on our daily drivers. When dealing with an older vehicle, many drivers ask, why bother? After all, air conditioning isn’t an essential system when it comes to vehicle function or safety, so why not just leaving sleeping dogs lie?When A/C compressors were driven by a standalone drive belt, more than a few owners simply took a knife to it when given a major estimate for a system repair. Then, they could just close the hood, forget about it and learn to drive with the windows down. But those days are long gone, due to the fact that almost all of today’s vehicles run long serpentine belts that spin not just the A/C compressor, but also the alternator, water and power steering pumps, etc.Most A/C failures are caused by leaks in any of the myriad of hoses, connectors, valves, and larger units such as the condenser, evaporator, or compressor. But these units don’t just carry refrigerant gas; they also contain trace amounts of specialized lubricant for the internals of the compressor and control valves. This is why you can’t simply turn off the A/C and forget it when you don’t want to pay for a leak repair. 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 COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever See More Videos 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” Trending in Canadalast_img read more

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Taste of Mendocino 2018: “Where Wine Pairs Well with Happy”

first_imgEmail TAGSConsumerTaste of Mendocino ReddIt Twitter Facebook Pinterest Home Industry News Releases Taste of Mendocino 2018: “Where Wine Pairs Well with Happy”Industry News ReleasesWine BusinessTaste of Mendocino 2018: “Where Wine Pairs Well with Happy”By Press Release – January 5, 2018 38 0 Share AdvertisementComing to San Francisco, April 7, at Fort Mason’s Gallery 308Mendocino WineGrowers Inc. is pleased to announce that “Taste of Mendocino,” our signature food and wine event, is coming to San Francisco on Saturday April 7th, hosted at Fort Mason’s beautiful Gallery 308, from 1pm-5pm.You are sure to “Find Your Happy” at this amazing event which features over 30 Mendocino County wineries, both large and small, pouring their best wines. Not just wine, some of our county’s favorite restaurants, inns and artisanal food producers will be serving up delicious samples of the county’s legendary agricultural bounty.  Attendees will enjoy top-shelf wines, specialty small-batch spirits, ciders, and delicious bites in an intimate setting with a gorgeous view of the Golden Gate Bridge that will inspire a trip north to Mendocino County! “Taste of Mendocino” is also a gourmet marketplace where you can purchase items from wineries, artisan food producers, and specialty distilleries.Hosted by Mendocino Winegrowers, Inc. and Visit Mendocino County, this fun and friendly wine event showcases the people and products that make Mendocino County such a special place to visit and to live.A wild, rugged and beautiful county which produces world class wines…come savor the flavors of Mendocino County!Consumer tickets are $60 per person and available online at www.tasteofmendo.comAdvertisement Previous articleAfternoon Brief, January 4Next articleSaxco Canada Helps Beattie’s Distillery to Upgrade the Image of Its Premium Farm-Crafted Potato Vodka with a Refreshing New Package Press Release Linkedinlast_img read more

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A Steady Start to Veraison Napa Valley Grapegrowers Looking Forward to…

first_imgPinterest AdvertisementVeraison in a Pinot Noir, Carneros AVA vineyard. photo credit: Brittany Pederson, Reterina Vineyard ManagementNAPA, CA (July 20, 2018) – According to the Napa Valley Grapegrowers (NVG), veraison, an annual benchmark in the winegrape growing season, is officially underway. Known as the onset of ripening, veraison marks the colorful transition from grape growth to grape ripening, resulting in several changes in fruit development.  They not only change color, but they also begin to increase in weight, volume, and sugar content.“Reports of veraison are starting to come in.  According to the Napa Valley Grapegrowers’ weather alert system, the temperature forecast for the next 10 days is averaging in the high 80s to mid-90s, so we’ll continue to see veraison at a steady rate throughout Napa Valley,” said Brittany Pederson, director of viticulture at Renteria Vineyard Management and NVG member.Vineyard managers will now be monitoring veraison daily as red winegrapes slowly turn from green to red and purple while white winegrapes change from green to a golden yellow, becoming more translucent. This process occurs over a lengthy period, and each grape variety ripens at a different rate.“Since Napa has distinct micro-climates, veraison lasts over a long period. Typically, the first signs (of veraison) take place where thinner-skinned, earlier-ripening varieties are grown,” noted Pederson.Veraison commences the official countdown until harvest. “Right now, we’re just starting to see veraison, and in some vineyards we’re still on watch for the first signs.  Last year at this time, we were about 20% along,” said Courtney Shifflett, viticulturist at Duckhorn Wine Company and NVG member. Shifflett added, “Fruit is developing at a nice, steady rate. This will make for a later harvest than last year, but we predict the fruit quality to be excellent.”Thus far, the 2018 growing season has been consistent, forgoing any major natural events. Budbreak was early, but the cool to warm spring and early summer weather set the ideal pace for vine growth and fruit set. Overall, the majority of clusters are uniform, creating ideal conditions for versaison.During this point in the growing season, growers are actively maintaining grape and vine health by leafing – a key tool to for creating sunlight and air flow through the canopies, maximizing quality, minimizing disease pressure, and preventing sunburn.  The vineyard floor is sometimes cultivated to minimize weeds, vineyard pests, and to hold on to the remaining moisture that exists in the soil profile.“It’s been a long growing season, but a great one.  We’re all looking forward to this year’s harvest, as the quality is looking exceptional,” said Pederson.While there are still several weeks ahead until harvest, it appears to be shaping up to be another excellent vintage for 2018.About Napa Valley Grapegrowers NVG is a non-profit trade organization that has played a vital role in strengthening Napa Valley’s reputation as a world-class viticultural region for 42 years.  Its mission is to preserve and promote Napa Valley’s world-class vineyards. NVG represents 725 Napa County grapegrowers and associated businesses. For more information, visit www.napagrowers.orgFollow Napa Valley Grapegrowers on Facebook and InstagramAdvertisement Facebook Email Linkedin Twitter Home Industry News Releases A Steady Start to Veraison Napa Valley Grapegrowers Looking Forward to the…Industry News ReleasesWine BusinessA Steady Start to Veraison Napa Valley Grapegrowers Looking Forward to the 2018 HarvestBy Press Release – July 23, 2018 233 0 ReddIt Share TAGSHarvest 2018NapaNapa Valley GrapegrowersVeraison Previous articleO’Neill Vintners & Distillers Launches ExitusNext articleSurvey Reveals That Cork Closures Seal 88% of the World’s Top Wines Press Releaselast_img read more

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Social Protection Programmes to be strengthened

first_imgRelatedSocial Protection Programmes to be strengthened RelatedSocial Protection Programmes to be strengthened Social Protection Programmes to be strengthened Finance & Public ServiceJune 7, 2012 RelatedSocial Protection Programmes to be strengthened FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail A team from the country’s multilateral partners will be visiting the island at the Government’s request on June 26, to begin planning for enhancement of the social protection programmes.   Minister of Finance and Planning, Dr. the Hon. Peter Phillips, made the announcement in the House of Representatives today, as he closed the 2012/2013 Budget Debate. Dr. Phillips noted that the administration had, despite the limited resources, found ways to protect the most vulnerable and marginalised in the economy, by increasing expenditure in targeted social sectors and programmes. He pointed out that the Government would, in this fiscal period, spend $14.5 billion on programmes aimed at providing social protection for the vulnerable. “This represents an increase of $3.6 billion or 33.2 per cent over the last financial year,” he told the House. The allocations include: the Programme of Advancement Through Health and Education (PATH), $4.2 billion; Community Renewal, $4.9 billion; School Feeding Programme, $3.6 billion; and others, $1.8 billion. Dr. Phillips pointed out that the funds do not include the Jamaica Emergency Employment Programme (JEEP) expenditure, which is $6 billion. By Alphea Saunders, JIS Senior Reporter Advertisementslast_img read more

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Rural US carriers push 4G ahead of 5G spectrum battle

first_img Nokia scores Philippines 5G deal with Dito Small and rural US operators are scrambling to get 4G LTE and voice-over-LTE (VoLTE) deployed as quickly as possible as the industry lurches toward a challenging 5G fight.Competitive Carriers Association (CCA) CEO Steven Berry told Mobile World Live regional operators have ambitious plans for 5G, but are rushing to get 4G rolled out before handset changes make their 3G networks obsolete.“It’s imperative they get the 4G LTE because in another 18 months or so it will be difficult to find devices that have a fall back capability on a 3G, CDMA type network,” he explained.Berry said small and rural operators are cognisant of the fact their 4G builds will lay the foundation for 5G and IoT deployments and are moving forward carefully to be ready for the future.5G work under wayLike their tier-one counterparts, Berry said regional operators have already started testing 5G, with an eye to overcoming the challenges unique to covering rural areas. By way of example, he pointed to recent fixed-wireless 5G tests from Mississippi-based operator C Spire, which yielded multi-gigabit speeds.Though mmWave has notoriously poor propagation characteristics, Berry said the spectrum is still valuable to rural operators to provide targeted high-speed coverage in common gathering spots.“You have football stadium, conventions, small towns that are economic hubs for a small county and that’s where you want to make sure you have a millimetre wave capability to do high-speed connectivity. Then when you go out of that town, you have your LTE network with VoLTE and LTE-Advanced and because there are fewer people out there, you’re hopefully going to be able to sustain significant speeds out there.”But Berry noted gaining access to prized 5G spectrum is a problem for many financially and geographically constrained operators.Getting the spectrumCCA vocally opposed both Verizon’s Straight Path acquisition and AT&T’s FiberTower deal, noting the transactions handed those operators 80 per cent of mmWave spectrum currently available on the market. Berry added such a move allows one or both to hone in on certain spectrum bands and corner the market.In the Federal Communications Commission’s proposed 28GHz spectrum auction (due in November), Berry warned the operators would likely “outbid everybody and it will be a disincentive for smaller carriers” to even try to bid on those airwaves. Instead, Berry said CCA has suggested the Commission auction all the spectrum it has earmarked for 5G at once using smaller geographic area licenses to give smaller operators a fair shot.“We’re trying to make sure that the competitive carriers have an opportunity to get a slice of the spectrum.”He continued: “I think these smaller carriers have a great opportunity in the 5G world to be the providers for niche markets in rural America. That’s what these smaller carriers will be able to do, reach areas that wouldn’t otherwise be considered a positive capex investment for the largest carriers.” Related Asia AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore1 23 MAR 2018 Home Rural US carriers push 4G ahead of 5G spectrum battle Diana Goovaerts Authorcenter_img Mobile Mix: Buzzing for Barcelona Telkomsel turns on 5G in major cities Previous ArticleChairman leads exodus of Telecom Italia boardNext ArticleTelegram contests Russian fine Diana is Mobile World Live’s US Editor, reporting on infrastructure and spectrum rollouts, regulatory issues, and other carrier news from the US market. Diana came to GSMA from her former role as Editor of Wireless Week and CED Magazine, digital-only… Read more Tags 5GCompetitive Carriers Association (CCA)mmWaveVOLTElast_img read more

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