UK could avoid double-dip recession after resilient November

first_img After a resilient November it looks as thought the UK will avoid a double-dip recession. (Getty Images) Also Read: UK could avoid double-dip recession after resilient November UK could avoid double-dip recession after resilient November Tags: Company “Government programmes, such as the furlough scheme, have helped keep job losses down so far. A lower unemployment peak means less long-term scarring for the economy.” Share Thursday 28 January 2021 5:53 am Unemployment to peak After a resilient November it looks as thought the UK will avoid a double-dip recession. (Getty Images) Also Read: UK could avoid double-dip recession after resilient November The UK economy looks likely to avoid a double-dip recession thanks to a better-than-predicted performance in November 2020, according to the EY Item Club.   Archer continued: “Seven per cent unemployment is high compared to recent years, but it’s not on the same scale as what was seen during the 1980s and it’s much lower than what was forecast at the outset of the pandemic. As a result, it is expected the economy will have had a flat performance in the final quarter of 2020. Howard Archer, chief economic advisor to the EY Item Club, said the UK economy had demonstrated resilience, and the impact of recent lockdowns had been nowhere near what it was last April. Archer said the prospect for recovery looked bright, adding: “The combination of vaccines, a UK-EU trade deal and previous lockdown experience means there’s much less uncertainty out there. Excluding the first quarter, the UK is looking at two years of strong growth.”  After a resilient November it looks as thought the UK will avoid a double-dip recession. (Getty Images) Also Read: UK could avoid double-dip recession after resilient November After a resilient November it looks as thought the UK will avoid a double-dip recession. (Getty Images) Show Comments ▼ EY’s Item Club said unemployment was likely to peak at seven per cent in mid-2021, before falling towards the end of the year. whatsapp “Over the course of 2020, the economy has become quicker to adapt to new Covid-19 restrictions and while new restrictions may still cause disruption, lessons learned from previous lockdowns are rapidly put into place,” he said. Although Covid-19 restrictions are expected to cause a three to four per cent contraction in the first quarter of 2021, the absence of a contraction in Q4 2020 means the UK could avoid its first double-dip recession since the 1970s, EY said. EY forecasted business investment to expect 14.2 per cent in 2022 following a 1.8 per cent increased in 2021. Elsewhere business investment is expected to improve in 2021 and then accelerate in 2022 as confidence is lifted by a firmer and more settled business environment. Hannah Godfrey The economy contracted just 2.6 per cent in November, despite the impact of a month-long England-wide lockdown and other restrictions across the UK. EY estimated the UK economy shrank by a record 10.1 per cent in 2020 – an improvement on its December forecast of an 11.6 per cent contraction. whatsapplast_img read more

Governor’s climate change task force adds science education to draft plan

first_imgAlaska’s Energy Desk | Climate ChangeGovernor’s climate change task force adds science education to draft planJune 27, 2018 by Elizabeth Jenkins, Alaska’s Energy Desk – Juneau Share:Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott chaired the inaugural meeting of Gov. Bill Walker’s climate change task force on Monday, Dec. 18, 2017. (Photo by Rachel Waldholz/Alaska’s Energy Desk)Draft recommendations are coming together that could shape Alaska’s climate change policy in the future. Governor Bill Walker’s climate change task force has been working this summer to nail down some clear objectives.Audio Playerhttps://media.ktoo.org/2018/06/CLIMATE-ED.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.The draft climate plan already includes statements on reducing carbon emissions and diversifying the economy. But task force member, Mark Masteller, encouraged the group to add another one: a policy statement on science education — addressing climate change.“This affects everybody right?” Masteller said. “So that’s why I felt like it needed to be its own policy statement.”Masteller says the task force is still working out the details of what this additional policy statement might mean.So far, they’ve come up with some broad suggestions, like strengthening research at the university system and adopting a statewide plan to increase science education in K-12 schools.Masteller compares this approach to anti-smoking campaigns.“Without an education about the impacts of smoking, we wouldn’t be able to take action as quick,” Masteller said. “So the general education and awareness of the problem or the issue is kind of fundamental to all the other things in the plan.”The task force will be holding their next in-person meeting in Anchorage in August, and they’re hoping to present the plan to the governor by September.Share this story:last_img read more

‘There are no bubbles in this’: Ketchikan signs agreement with Carnival for cruise visit protocols

first_imgCoronavirus | Local Government | Southeast | Tourism‘There are no bubbles in this’: Ketchikan signs agreement with Carnival for cruise visit protocolsJune 14, 2021 by Maria Dudzak, KRBD – Ketchikan Share:The Disney Wonder cruise ship – and its yellow lifeboats – stopped in Juneau on a regular basis in the summer 2019. (Matt Miller/KTOO)Ketchikan’s city council approved signing a draft memorandum of agreement between Southeast Alaska port communities and the Carnival Corporation that sets protocols needed to resume cruise ship visits to the state.Other cruise destinations listed in the memorandum include Juneau, Sitka, Skagway and Hoonah. Several independent ports are also co-signers, along with the State Department of Health and Social Services.The memorandum addresses conditions laid out by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention allowing cruise ship operations to resume.Ketchikan acting Port and Harbors Director Mark Hilson says adopting the agreement is a key step for resuming cruising, not only in Ketchikan but in all of Alaska. Among the provisions are rules for reporting, actions to take when when a passenger tests positive and a requirement that 95% of passengers and crew be vaccinated.Hilson says that under the agreement, passengers will have free range in communities they visit.“There’s been a lot of talk leading up to this, especially in what seems like the distant past, of ‘bubbles.’ There are no bubbles included in this,” he said.Last fall, before COVID-19 vaccines were available, cruise lines had proposed restricting passengers to cruise-line sponsored excursions. But that idea never found traction.Carnival Corporation also owns Princess Cruises and Holland America Line and others. Hilson says three large cruise ships scheduled to stop in Ketchikan later this summer are covered under the memorandum — the Carnival Miracle, the Nieuw Amsterdam and the Majestic Princess.The council unanimously approved signing the memorandum. It will now be transmitted to the CDC by Carnival. Hilson says draft proposals from Celebrity Cruise Lines and Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines were received and will be brought to the council at its next regular meeting on June 15.Share this story:last_img read more

TMX board backs Maple takeover bid

The board said it took into account a number of factors in reaching the decision, including the value of the transaction to TMX Group shareholders; the opportunity to create an integrated exchange and clearing group, by buying out trading rival Alpha Group and clearing agency CDS; the possible capital efficiencies and cost savings that could emerge from an integrated group; and enhanced international competitiveness. Maple also announced that it has today entered into an agreement with Alpha Group setting up a mechanism to agree on the purchase price for Alpha Group which will then form the basis for an offer to be made to Alpha Group investors. Maple has also begun its due diligence investigation of CDS in order to enable it to make a proposal to acquire CDS. As a result of the move to enter a support agreement, Maple has also agreed to extend its offer until January 31, 2012. Either Maple or TMX may terminate the support agreement if the Maple offer has not been completed by February 29, 2012, although this date may be extended to April 30, 2012 in order to obtain the required regulatory approvals. Maple has also agreed to pay TMX Group a reverse termination fee of $39 million if the Maple transaction is not completed because required regulatory approvals are not obtained. Regulatory hearings have been set for late November in Quebec and early December in Ontario; and the deal also needs he approval of regulators in Alberta and BC and the federal Competition Bureau. OSC sets dates for Maple TMX hearing Among other things, the support agreement addresses questions related to corporate governance that were raised by the TMX board. Under the agreement, the chair of the Maple board will be independent and not appointed under a nomination right, and will be selected in consultation with TMX; four independent members of the TMX board (who will be jointly selected by TMX and Maple) will join the Maple board; at least 50% of the proposed 15 member board will be independent and will also include four nominees from Maple pension fund investors, at least one nominee from the independent investment dealer community, four nominees from Maple bank-owned participating organizations and the CEO; the composition of the board will respect the existing TMX structure with at least 25% of the directors residents of Québec, at least 25% of directors with expertise in venture capital markets, and at least 25% of directors withe expertise in derivatives; and, it will have a governance committee comprising only independent members. The TMX Group Board has received separate fairness opinions from Merrill Lynch Canada Inc. and BMO Nesbitt Burns Inc. that support the deal. “The board carefully examined the Maple proposal, its value to shareholders and its potential benefits to the company and the Canadian capital markets. TMX Group and Maple reached agreement on the strategic direction of the company and addressed issues we had previously identified to the satisfaction of both parties,” said Wayne Fox, TMX chair. “The board has unanimously determined that the Maple offer is in the best interests of the company, our shareholders and stakeholders, and advises our shareholders to accept the Maple proposal. We look forward to working with regulatory authorities towards obtaining approval of a transaction that enhances and strengthens Canadian capital markets,” Fox added. Speaking on behalf of Maple’s investors, Luc Bertrand said it remains confident that it can obtain the required regulatory approvals by early 2012. The Maple Group’s proposal to remake the trading landscape in Canada got a boost with news that the TMX Group board has decided to unanimously support the proposal. TMX Group Inc. and Maple Group Acquisition Corp. announced Monday that they have entered into a support agreement concerning Maple’s proposed acquisition of the TMX in a transaction valued at approximately $3.8 billion. The board is recommending that TMX Group shareholders tender their shares to the Maple offer, and vote in favour of the second-step arrangement transaction. CI acquires US$5.1B San Diego-based RIA Keywords Mergers and acquisitions,  Stock exchangesCompanies TMX Group Ltd., TMX Group Inc. James Langton Cidel Asset Management to acquire fixed income manager Related news Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Desjardins buys Montreal boutique firm Hexavest Facebook LinkedIn Twitter read more

2020 Tasmanian Resilience and Innovation Export Awards

first_img2020 Tasmanian Resilience and Innovation Export Awards Jeremy Rockliff,Minister for TradeForager Food Co, based near Deloraine, has been announced as the Tasmanian Resilience Export Award winner in recognition of its ability to adapt to the challenges of 2020, while lightening protection leader, Novaris, has been awarded the Tasmanian Innovation Export Award.Eleven Tasmanian businesses submitted stories of courage, determination and innovation for the 2020 Tasmanian Resilience and Innovation Export Awards.Forager Food Co specialises in freeze drying a broad range of food products using local Tasmanian produce, with the long shelf life and high nutritional benefits of the products fueling export growth.Based in Kingston, Novaris designs and produces direct-strike lightning protection, surge protection, and earthing solutions and is found in major projects across the globe with an an international reputation for quality and reliability.Its engineers have pioneered new and innovative methods of lightning protection, and provide consultancy on how to best protect infrastructure from lightning strikes across all market sectors.We recognise that 2020 has been a turbulent year for many businesses, but Tasmania’s trade and export community remains committed to growing their export markets.Businesses have shown remarkable resilience, capacity to innovate, and flexibility to adjust to an ever-changing global landscape.The Tasmanian Liberal Government is committed to facilitating this transformation with assistance to trading businesses through the Accelerating Trade Grant Program.Exports are vital to the strength and growth of our local economy, and we are currently seeing more than $5 billion of goods and services sent around the world each year, an increase of more 14 per cent year-on-year over the last three years.Through the quality products, services and dedication of businesses like Forager Food Co and Novaris, we are confident we will meet or even surpass our long-term trade strategy target of growing Tasmania’s trade to $15 billion by the year 2050.I congratulate all Tasmanian exporters who have managed their businesses through the COVID-19 crisis, these are industry leaders exploring new opportunities, finding new markets and taking the Tasmanian name and reputation for quality to 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, community, covid-19, Deloraine, Economy, Export, Government, industry, infrastructure, innovation, Kingston, lightening, Minister, quality, resilience, TAS, Tasmania, Tassielast_img read more

Canada supports productivity and competitiveness improvements for Mountainoak Cheese Ltd

first_imgCanada supports productivity and competitiveness improvements for Mountainoak Cheese Ltd From: Agriculture and Agri-Food CanadaCanada’s dairy processors sustain good jobs across the country, and the safe, high-quality products they supply are respected and enjoyed by Canadians.Canada’s dairy processors sustain good jobs across the country, and the safe, high-quality products they supply are respected and enjoyed by Canadians.Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Marie-Claude Bibeau announced today an investment totalling $164,000 for two projects under the Dairy Processing Investment Fund to enhance the competitiveness and efficiency of Mountainoak Cheese Ltd.Under the first project, $128,734 will support the purchase and installation of a hose station, walk-in cooler, automatic lift, cheese packaging machine, and an upgraded water system. It is expected the new equipment will reduce production cost, improve water use and waste water management, and increase annual cheese production and annual usage of milk.The second project, valued at $35,700, will support the purchase and installation of a cheese cutting machine. The machine is expected to improve competitiveness and efficiency, as it meets customer requirements for consistent product weight and size, as well as reduce product waste and production cost.The Dairy Processing Investment Fund, valued at $100 million, is designed to help dairy processors modernize their operations, improving productivity and competitiveness.Quotes“Canada’s dairy processors are vital to the agricultural sector and our economy. Despite the ongoing challenges of COVID-19, these women and men continue to deliver the highest quality products to our grocery stores and kitchen tables. The Government will continue to invest in our hardworking cheese processors to better serve the sector and Canadians across the country.”– The Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food“Mountainoak Cheese Ltd. has a rich history and a commitment to making high-quality and delicious cheese products. Through investments like this, our Government is ensuring they have the tools they need to enhance productivity and competitiveness and capture the exciting opportunities that lie ahead for their industry.”– Tim Louis, Member of Parliament for Kitchener-Conestoga“Our goal is always to bring the highest quality in the most effective way. These new improvements provide the opportunity to ramp up our production even under the current market condition with an increasing international subsidized competition.”– Adam van Bergeijk, President, Mountainoak CheeseQuick factsMountainoak Cheese is a modern, state-of-the-art processing plant that continues the tradition of great-tasting, high-quality, Gouda-style cheeses made with high-quality fresh milk from their own dairy cows.The Dairy Processing Investment Fund was established to provide funding to dairy processors for investments to improve productivity and competitiveness, and help them adapt to market changes resulting from the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA).There are over 500 dairy processors in Canada, including 164 in Ontario. Ontario dairy processors are key drivers of our economy, accounting for almost 40% of total Canadian dairy sales, reaching nearly $6 billion annually, and more than 8,000 jobs.To date, 98 dairy processors across Canada have been approved for funding under the Dairy Processing Investment Fund, valued at over $83 million. /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. 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Canada investment helping fish and seafood sector in Western Nova Scotia remain strong

first_imgCanada investment helping fish and seafood sector in Western Nova Scotia remain strong From: Atlantic Canada Opportunities AgencyGovernment of Canada investment helping the fish and seafood sector in Western Nova Scotia remain strongMarch 17, 2021 – Lockeport, Nova Scotia – Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA)The workforce of Canada’s fish and seafood processing sector is an economic driver in our coastal and rural communities, and is vital to our national food supply chain. The sector faced immense challenges due to COVID-19, and the Government of Canada worked quickly to ensure it had the support it needed during this unprecedented time.On April 25, 2020, the federal government announced the $62.5 million Canadian Seafood Stabilization Fund (CSSF). This fund was created specifically to help Canada’s fish and seafood processors adapt to the challenges of COVID-19. Today the CSSF is supporting projects across Canada to help processors retain their employees and maintain strong health and safety measures to ensure workers are protected. It is increasing the industry’s capacity to process, store, package, and distribute healthy, high-quality products, as well as retool its processes and marketing to adapt to changing consumer demands.By bolstering Canada’s fish and seafood processing sector, the Government of Canada is helping position the national economy for a strong, post-pandemic recovery. Canada’s ocean industries contribute approximately $31.7 billion to Canada’s GDP every year. By investing in our fish and seafood processing sector at this critical time, the Government of Canada is paving the way for a stronger more resilient blue economy in the future.Federal government supports fish and seafood processorsToday, the Honourable Bernadette Jordan, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard and Member of Parliament for South Shore-St. Margarets, announced a total investment of $4,850,984 in 12 projects for 11 companies throughout Western Nova Scotia. This investment will help the region’s fish and seafood processing sector tackle challenges caused by the pandemic head-on and ensure its future viability. The announcement was made on behalf of the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages, and Minister responsible for ACOA.The funding will enable businesses to improve storage capacity, upgrade and purchase specialty machinery, expand infrastructure and obtain COVID-19 safety equipment. Additional information on the projects is provided in the related backgrounder.Today’s announcement reflects the Government of Canada’s commitment to supporting all sectors affected by the pandemic. Projects like these will help the fish and seafood processing sector build back better, get more Atlantic Canadians back to work, and create a more resilient, diverse economy.Quotes“As the daughter of a fish-plant worker, I know how critical seafood processors are to our local economies here in Nova Scotia, and all across Canada. When the pandemic hit, an immediate priority of our government was getting the processing sector the support it needed to keep workers safe and adapt to changing consumer demands. We created the Canadian Seafood Stabilization Fund specifically to address the unique needs of processors, and it’s inspiring to see how our partners are using these funds to actually strengthen the sector. Through the CSSF, our seafood sector is re-tooling, re-branding, and finding new markets – all of which will help Canada’s national economy build back better.”– The Honourable Bernadette Jordan, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard and Member of Parliament for South Shore-St. Margarets“Fish and seafood processors play a vital role in the resilience of Canada’s food system, provide good jobs and strengthen our coastal communities. Supporting this key sector as it overcomes challenges caused by the pandemic will keep companies safely operating and help the Canadian economy come roaring back.” – The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages and Minister responsible for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA)“We are continuing to grow by strategically investing in technological upgrades to our facility and hiring a diverse and energetic workforce. Our commitment to working with suppliers, customers and the community, with support from the CSSF, has allowed us to maintain stability throughout this pandemic. We are excited to be a part of the seafood industry in Atlantic Canada, an industry that continues to be the backbone of the economy in rural areas across the East Coast.”– Jamie Stuart, Operations Manager, Hailmar Fisheries LimitedQuick factsIn June 2020, Minister Jordan launched the $62.5 million Canadian Seafood Stabilization Fund (CSSF) to support fish and seafood processors experiencing significant financial challenges caused by COVID-19.CSSF is a Fisheries and Oceans Canada initiative delivered by three of Canada’s Regional Development Agencies: ACOA, Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions, and Western Economic Diversification Canada.ACOA is delivering Atlantic Canada’s $42.7 million share of the fund, which has now been fully committed.ACOA continues to invest in projects that promote sustainable local economic development, enhance business development and growth, and facilitate innovation through its regular suite of programs.The Government of Canada is developing a Blue Economy Strategy to grow our ocean sectors through job creation, inclusion and conservation. Canadians are invited to share their views in an online engagement portal, which will collect diverse perspectives from coast to coast to coast, helping shape a strategy that will contribute to sustainable oceans, drive investment in our ocean industries, and create jobs in coastal communities as Canada charts its economic recovery from COVID-19. Online engagement is open until June 15, 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:Canada, conservation, Economic Development, Federal, federal government, Fisheries, GDP, Government, health and safety, infrastructure, Jordan, parliament, regional development, resilience, supply chain, sustainablelast_img read more

Letter: ‘Any changes implemented In this proposal will simply add more tax burden to Clark County residents’

first_imgI allow to create an accountWhen you login first time using a Social Login button, we collect your account public profile information shared by Social Login provider, based on your privacy settings. We also get your email address to automatically create an account for you in our website. Once your account is created, you’ll be logged-in to this account.DisagreeAgree Letter: ‘Any changes implemented In this proposal will simply add more tax burden to Clark County residents’Posted by ClarkCountyToday.comDate: Monday, December 2, 2019in: Letters To The Editor, Opinionshare 0 Name*Email*Website Name*Email*Website Vancouver resident Liz Fagen shares her thoughts on the city of Vancouver’s A Stronger Vancouver proposal.Editor’s note: Opinions expressed in this letter to the editor are those of the author alone and do not reflect the editorial position of ClarkCountyToday.comRegarding the A Stronger Vancouver Proposal, until honest conversation about the affects Portland — with it’s sanctuary city, homeless, housing and ridiculously expensive transportation plan/policies are having on Vancouver livability and affordable housing — no real change will happen that ultimately benefits the residents of Vancouver/Clark County. With both the Oregon and Washington governors continually, in one way or another, overturning the will of the people with transportation spending and adding fees and taxes to anything they can, there seems to be no end in sight to taxing Vancouver/Clark County literally into the poorhouse. Any changes implemented In this proposal will simply add more tax burden to Clark County residents while lining the pockets of the current players involved in for profit community development. Portland’s commitment to mass transportation with little or no new roads/highway development whilst closing existing streets and thoroughfares limiting access of cars has made it more difficult commute and travel by car in the city. Portland’s answer to urban development is to erode existing and historical neighborhoods allowing the destruction of existing homes/buildings for the development of multiple housing units. This is creating dense, expensive housing resulting in middle and lower income individuals and families who work in Portland to move to Clark County in order to afford to live. This is deteriorating the quality of life in Clark County in many areas most notably housing and commuting. Vancouver/Clark County traffic Is looking more and more like Portland. The latest example of this is the addition of the gigantic electronic sign posting the ridiculous 30 mph “advisory” speed on the Oregon side of the Northbound I-205 bridge. Apparently posted speed signs no longer dictate the speed of our federal interstates. These signs cause massive slowing/stopping of traffic actually creating the grid lock. This latest ‘’advisory” sign bridge placement no doubt employed to support the argument for the I-5 bridge expansion, which includes the expansion of the Max train into Clark County. Governors Brown and Inslee as of last week are moving forward with the I-5 bridge expansion despite Washington voters clearly saying “No” in previous elections. The Max train expanding to Clark County will do what it has done to the Portland Metro area— disperse crime from the inner city and homelessness to surrounding suburban cities. This mass transportation being promoted under the guise of better commutes, which obviously hasn’t improved Portland’s transportation issues, not to mention touting the reduction of carbon emissions.If the A Stronger Vancouver proposal were to be adopted in its current form, Vancouver and Clark County residents best interests aren’t being served by their elected officials of the city of Vancouver and the Clark County commissioners.’ Rather, our quality of life and community is being dictated by the ridiculous policies of the mayor of Portland, their City Council and the Multnomah County Commissioners. More parks and playground equipment needed in Vancouver? I think not. We need to get real as to the impact Portland and it’s failing policies is having on all of Clark County communities. We need sound plans that address these impacts and not be codependent to our dysfunctional neighbors across the river. We need proposals that maintain the values, safety and overall livability of our community. Vancouver/Clark County residents have no desire to be a metro city like Portland, San Francisco or Seattle — if we did we would live there.Liz FagenVancouverAdvertisementThis is placeholder textTags:Clark CountyVancouvershare 0 Previous : Children’s Justice Center seeks SHINE ambassadors for outreach project Next : Clark County Republic Women elect new officers for 2020 and present Year End AwardsAdvertisementThis is placeholder text Subscribe Connect with LoginI allow to create an accountWhen you login first time using a Social Login button, we collect your account public profile information shared by Social Login provider, based on your privacy settings. We also get your email address to automatically create an account for you in our website. 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2021 Hazel Dell Parade of Bands moves to virtual performances

first_img2021 Hazel Dell Parade of Bands moves to virtual performancesPosted by Jacob GrannemanDate: Thursday, March 18, 2021in: Newsshare 0 Traditional parade canceled due to public health concerns, recorded performances to be showcased in MayCLARK COUNTY — The beloved Hazel Day Parade of Bands has been canceled for a second year, after organizers felt public health concerns due to the pandemic were too high risk.The lead banner team is seen here during the 2018 parade. The route is mostly the same each year, but always runs through the heart of where Hazel Dell and Salmon Creek meet. File photoThe lead banner team is seen here during the 2018 parade. The route is mostly the same each year, but always runs through the heart of where Hazel Dell and Salmon Creek meet. File photoUnlike last year, however, the Hazel Dell / Salmon Creek Businesses Association and Clark County Fire District 6 have a backup plan. Working with the folks at Music World, they will record performances of each participating school’s band and compile a virtual showcase. “They can stand out on the football field, or wherever six feet apart. We were debating whether to do it or not, but the majority of the band directors said it kind of gives the kids a goal for this year,” said Fire District 6 Commissioner Brad Lothspeich. “Instead of just showing up and knowing they’re not going to get to go anywhere, at least this way, they’ll know that somebody is going to videotape them and they get to perform.”Lothspeich said they hope to release the full video compilation in May around the time the parade would normally take place in Hazel Dell. To find the video or reach out to the organizers to possibly include an area band in the effort, contact the association via their website, or reach out to Fire District 6 online or on Facebook. In their last normal year, Lothspeich said they had some 28 bands participate in the parade, with around 3,500 in total. The Boy Scouts as well as the Sheriff’s Office have been regular attendees too, in a parade that is in it’s 55th year.“The focus is really on the kids, and it’s for the kids,” Lothspeich said. “We have a committee of probably 15 people that work six months out of the year, to make it happen. Last year, we had about 130 entries. The businesses along the parade route from probably 10 o’clock in the morning till two o’clock in the afternoon, really get shut down and they don’t complain. They know what’s happening. They know what’s coming.”Bands like Hudson Bay’s Marching Band, seen here, will still be able to participate in the parade virtually through video compilation of performances. Photo by Mike SchultzBands like Hudson Bay’s Marching Band, seen here, will still be able to participate in the parade virtually through video compilation of performances. Photo by Mike SchultzDuring a typical parade, there are typically around 4,000 people gathered just at the starting point by the Fire District 6 firehouse on Hazel Dell Avenue, with another 2,000 around the intersection. With the space in those spots, physical distancing that many people is just not possible, Lothspeich said.While many schools have expressed disappointment from their students, Lothspeich said they understand and he has already had buy in from several schools’ band programs on the virtual performances.The video will be made from new performances at the schools as well as additional footage of years past videos done by Clark/Vancouver Television (CVTV). The organizers say they are hoping for at least seven or eight bands to record live in the end, and are not limiting it to high schools. Lothspeich said he understands the challenge of getting students who are just coming back to school up to speed to perform though.“We’re asking who wants to get involved,” he said. “Several of the band directors expressed their desire to do something this year to give the kids a goal for this year. We really wanted to do something this year. The community is ready to do something. We’ll be back next year, and it’ll be big and it’ll be good.”      AdvertisementThis is placeholder textTags:Battle GroundCamasClark CountyClark County TodayClark County WashingtonFire District 6Hazel DellHockinsonLa CenterLatestlocal newsMusic WorldParade of BandsRidgefieldSalmon CreekschoolsstudentsVancouverVancouver Washingtonshare 0 Previous : Tower Mall community vaccination site expanding availability Next : Photos: 2021 smelt run on the Lewis River attracting hundreds of bald eaglesAdvertisementThis is placeholder textlast_img read more

CU-Boulder Engineering Days to Feature Egg Drop, Rocket Launch and Culminate in Design Expo

first_imgShare Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Published: April 20, 2009 The Engineering Center at the University of Colorado at Boulder will hum with activity this week as engineering students celebrate Engineering Days on Wednesday through Friday and complete semester-long design projects for demonstration to the community at the Engineering Design Expo on Saturday.Engineering Days is an annual celebration of the engineering profession organized by the student government and honor societies. Activities include an egg drop, rocket launch and other fun activities for students.The college egg drop will begin Thursday at 1 p.m. at the base of the Engineering Office Tower. Students are challenged to build contraptions that will protect a raw egg when dropped from an eighth floor window. Prizes will be awarded for departmental winners as well as for the best use of engineering principles, most destroyed, largest volume, crowd pleaser and judges’ choice.Students will launch balsa-wood rockets Friday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the Business Field, south of the Engineering Center. A complete schedule of all activities is posted in the Engineering Center lobby.The Design Expo will display the work of hundreds of engineering students, ranging from first-year students to seniors on Saturday from noon to 3 p.m. at the Integrated Teaching and Learning Laboratory. Projects will be set up both inside and outside, and will include such new inventions as a climate-control vest, blooming chair and multifunctional umbrella. Various Rube Goldberg devices will be demonstrated as well as a formula race car and vertical ascent and landing aircraft for atmospheric monitoring.Volunteers from industry, government and the community serve as judges for the event, rating each project on its originality, craftsmanship, grasp of engineering principles, effectiveness and presentation. An awards ceremony will be held at 3 p.m. and prizes will be given to the best project in each category. Attendees can vote for their favorite project to win the “People’s Choice” award.The ITL Laboratory is located on Regent Drive south of Colorado Avenue. For more information, call 303-492-7222 or go to itll.colorado.edu.last_img read more