Grannies head back to work as the number of over-70s in employment soar

first_imgWomen are generally becoming more likely to work past their 70th birthday, up 131 per cent to 175,000, but are still lagging behind men.“With generational lows in the unemployment rate, the over 50s offer a talented, and up to now largely untapped opportunity to many employers who are struggling to fill a skills and employment gap,” Lewis said.Read more: The fault in default workplace pension fundsHowever, experts also warned that while many are working past the state pension age of 65, others are being forced out too early.“Health inequalities continue to disadvantage some people, all too often resulting in unwanted early labour market exits,” said Lily Parsey from the International Longevity Centre. Grannies head back to work as the number of over-70s in employment soar whatsapp The number of over-70s working during what would otherwise be their retirement has more than doubled in the last ten years as pensioners try to supplement their incomes, new figures show.Around one in 12 of Brits over 70 are choosing full or part-time employment over full retirement, analysis from over-50s jobs and volunteering site Rest Less shows. by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikePast Factory4 Sisters Take The Same Picture For 40 Years. Don’t Cry When You See The Last One!Past FactoryFilm OracleThey Drained Niagara Falls – Their Gruesome Find Will Keep You Up All NightFilm Oraclebonvoyaged.comThese Celebs Are Complete Jerks In Real Life.bonvoyaged.comZen HeraldEllen Got A Little Too Personal With Blake Shelton, So He Said ThisZen HeraldDefinitionMost Embarrassing Mistakes Ever Made In HistoryDefinitionDaily Funny40 Brilliant Life Hacks Nobody Told You AboutDaily FunnyMisterStoryWoman files for divorce after seeing this photoMisterStoryHealthyGem20 Hair Shapes That Make A Man Over 60 Look 40HealthyGemPost FunThe Deadliest Snakes Ever Found On The PlanetPost Fun Monday 27 May 2019 12:08 pm Read more: Pension superfunds need help to avoid early retirementUsing data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), the organisation found that nearly 498,000 people over 70 are working today, up from 212,000, or one in 22, a decade ago.“With far fewer ‘gold-plated’ pensions around and ever increasing life expectancy, many are actively looking to top up their pension savings while they still can,” said Rest Less founder Stuart Lewis.He also pointed towards the health benefits of staying active in old age as a driving force behind the growth.The trend is particularly affecting men, with those over 70 in full-time employment having trebled to over 113,000 since 2009, the figures showed. However the number of women working full time in their 70s grew even faster from 9,500 to 32,000 over the same period. Tags: Trading Archive whatsapp More From Our Partners Russell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comFort Bragg soldier accused of killing another servicewoman over exthegrio.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgColin Kaepernick to publish book on abolishing the policethegrio.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgMan on bail for murder arrested after pet tiger escapes Houston homethegrio.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Share August Graham last_img read more

Back to work call is up to businesses, not the government, CIPD boss says

first_imgThe back to work call is up to businesses, not the government, the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) chief has said today. After Covid-19 completely overhauled traditional workplace life, the question of whether working from home should become a legal right has emerged now that the end to restrictions is on the horizon. whatsapp Also Read: UK financial sector calls for caution over any work from home law Cheese criticised the “mixed messaging” from MPs over whether employees should return to the workplace or maintain a level of flexibility. “Those are things for businesses to resolve.” Share The shift to flexible working could mark the transition towards a four-day work week, Cheese added, but businesses would have to lead the way. (Getty Images) Also Read: Nokia shifts to two days in the office in flexible working push Back to work call is up to businesses, not the government, CIPD boss says “There are a variety of mechanisms by which you can support people in these more flexible ways of working, which can be helpful in terms of inclusion and wellbeing and balance of life.” “These different forms of working should be seen as part of the norm,” Cheese said, suggesting the UK should “move away” from nine-to-five culture now it has the opportunity. More From Our Partners A ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Millie Turner The transition would have to come from “emergent practice” over newly imposed law. He continued: “In other words, organisations starting to do things like that, rather than government edicts.” The shift to flexible working could mark the transition towards a four-day work week, Cheese added, but businesses would have to lead the way. Ad Unmute by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeUnify Health Labs Multi-GI 5 SupplementRandy Jackson: This 3 Minute Routine Transformed My HealthUnify Health Labs Multi-GI 5 SupplementUndoDr. Marty3 Silent Clues Your Cat Asks For HelpDr. MartyUndoLuxury SUVs | Search AdsThese Cars Are So Loaded It’s Hard to Believe They’re So CheapLuxury SUVs | Search AdsUndoAll Things Auto | Search AdsNew Acura’s Finally On SaleAll Things Auto | Search AdsUndoUnify Health LabsRandy Jackson: “This Drink Is Like A Powerwash For Your Gut”Unify Health LabsUndoZen HeraldShe Inspired Three Of The Most Popular Songs EverZen HeraldUndoTop Walk-In-Tubs | Search AdsHere’s the Average Price of a Walk In TubTop Walk-In-Tubs | Search AdsUndomoneywise.comKirkland Products That Are Actually Big Brands In Disguisemoneywise.comUndobonvoyaged.comTotal Jerks: These Stars Are Horrible People.bonvoyaged.comUndo “I don’t think this is about the government, at any level, getting involved in what practices businesses should be employing or how they should think about recruitment or whatever,” the chief executive of industry group the CIPD, Peter Cheese, said in an interview with Politico. Tuesday 22 June 2021 8:59 am Show Comments ▼ whatsapp Tags: Future of Worklast_img read more

The Best Things to Do This Week in L.A.

first_imgThings to DoThe Best Things to Do This Week in L.A.Carly Rae Jepsen, a new Santa Monica night market, and moreBy Brittany Martin – May 13, 20196128ShareEmailFacebookTwitterPinterestReddItWelcome to a new week, full of new opportunities to enjoy all the music, film, and other fun things to do in Los Angeles.Booksmart Preview Screening Monday, May 13 Wilde makes her directorial debut with Booksmart. Be among the first to see the film at this free preview screening at the Theater at Ace Hotel in downtown L.A.Keep It Live Podcast Taping Tuesday, May 14 It, the politics and pop culture podcast from Crooked Media, stages a live show and taping at the Regent Theater. Culture critic Ira Madison is joined by journalists, musicians, filmmakers, and more, to discuss what’s going on in this crazy world.Burgers Bourbon + BeerWednesday, May 15 annual gourmet burger showdown returns with another killer lineup of L.A. restaurants—which you can see here—plus lots of spirits to sip. Sample each of ten yummy burgers and then cast your vote for People’s Choice.Jorja Smith & Kali UchisWednesday, May 15’t let the May Gray weather fool you, outdoor concert season has begun. Grab a sweater and enjoy a night of sultry tunes at The Greek, courtesy of co-headlining RnB cool girls Jorja Smith and Kali Uchis.KCRW Night Market with Macy GrayThursday, May 17 over to the Bungalow in Santa Monica for the launch of Night Market, a weekly summer event. There will be food trucks, picnic stations, and KCRW DJs. To celebrate the opening, Macy Gray will perform live. Try to walk away, and you’ll stumble.Carly Rae Jepsen Meet & GreetFriday, May 17’t wait for Carly Rae Jepsen’s summer shows in L.A.? Get a taste of CRJ at this meet-and-greet at Amoeba Records in Hollywood. Purchase a copy of her new record at the store to gain access to a professional photo-op and meet-and-greet session with the pop star. Just please, remain calm.Black Star featuring Yasiin Bey and Talib KweliFriday, May 17 hip hop duo Black Star–comprised of successful solo rappers Yasiin Bey and Talib Kweli–made just one album, in 1998. Now they’re bringing their searing lyricism and political consciousness back at a moment when we might need it more than ever. They take the stage at the Fox Theater in Pomona tonight and play a second show at the Novo on Saturday.RELATED: The Ultimate Guide to 2019’s Outdoor Movie ScreeningsStay on top of the latest in L.A. food and culture. Sign up for our newsletters today. TAGSComedyFilmMusicTheaterPrevious articleA Bunch of Cool Sci-Fi Artifacts Are Going Up for Auction in L.A.Next articleThere’s a Poet Behind the Bar at Musso & Frank’sBrittany Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORHollywood Is Embracing a Post-Vax Slate Made to Fill TheatersSong Catalogs Are Selling for Big Bucks, but Will the Trend End on a Bum Note?Young Filmmakers Set Out to Capture the Complexity of L.A. and the Results Are Beautifullast_img read more

TSX down on tumbling oil prices; loonie unchanged

first_imgDavid Hodges S&P/TSX composite hits highest close since March on strength of financials sector It was a wobbly week of fluctuating optimism and pessimism about OPEC oversupply fears. Panic resurfaced on Monday following a report from oilfield services company Baker Hughes that more oil drilling rigs went into operation last week after two weeks of declines, and Reuters reported that output of OPEC nations grew in September. Then earlier on Wednesday, data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration temporarily swayed concerns when it reported that U.S. commercial crude oil inventories decreased by 6.0 million barrels for the week ending Sept. 29. But then later that same day the EIA reported that U.S. crude exports jumped to 1.98 million barrels per day, marking the fourth weekly increase. “People have started to have some second thoughts or doubts about the ability of OPEC to effectively curtail production enough to push crude higher,” said Andrew Pyle, a senior wealth adviser at Scotia Wealth Management. “That will weigh on the markets.” It was last November that OPEC and 10 other oil-producing countries, including Russia, agreed to cut their production until March 2018 in a bid to combat a supply glut and shore up crude prices. Still, Pyle added, “I don’t think the story has really changed for crude oil going into the fourth quarter. We’ve been hovering around the US$50 mark, global growth remains strong. “Yeah, we are seeing U.S. production come back — that’s eating through the export numbers — but the demand side of it really hasn’t changed at all.” Slumping energy stocks also took a toll on U.S. stocks’ record high week on Friday, as Wall Street’s S&P 500 index gave back 2.74 points to 2,545.49 and the Dow Jones industrial average nudged down 1.72 points to 22,773.67. Only the Nasdaq composite index was able to squeak out its sixth consecutive record high, as it added 4.82 points to 6,590.18. In economic news, it was a washout for U.S. jobs growth as employers cut more jobs last month than they added, the first time that’s happened in seven years. Economists, who had been warning of a particularly weak figure in the wake of hurricanes Harvey and Irma, downplayed the report. In Canada, jobs data was far rosier. Statistics Canada said Friday that the labour market posted a 10th-straight month of net job gains in September to match the economy’s longest monthly streak since the financial crisis almost a decade ago. The national unemployment rate stayed at a nine-year low of 6.2%. Experts underlined a lot of positives in the jobs report that arrived amid recent signs suggesting the economy is already starting to cool down, as widely expected, following red-hot start to the year. In currency markets, the Canadian dollar was unchanged, trading at an average price of US79.69¢. Elsewhere in commodities, the November natural gas contract was down US6¢ at US$2.86 per mmBTU, the December gold contract was up US$1.70 to US$1,274.90 an ounce, and the December copper contract dropped US2¢ to US$3.03 a pound. The TSX will be closed Mon., Oct. 9 for the Thanksgiving holiday. U.S. markets will remain open. Related news Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Toronto stock market dips on weakness in the energy and financials sectorscenter_img TSX gets lift from financials, U.S. markets rise to highest since March Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Keywords Marketwatch Tumbling oil prices saw the commodity-heavy Toronto stock index give up some of the week’s gains on Friday ahead of the holiday weekend. The S&P/TSX composite index dropped 47.98 points to 15,728.32, as the November crude contract fell US$1.50 to US$49.29 per barrel. last_img read more

Thomas Jane Goes Troppo in new ABC Crime Series to Film in Queensland

first_imgThomas Jane Goes Troppo in new ABC Crime Series to Film in Queensland p>22 April 2021Thomas JaneThe Queensland Government today announced its support for new ABC crime series Troppo, starring Thomas Jane (The Expanse, Hung) and secured via Screen Queensland’s Production Attraction Strategy to film exclusively in Queensland with locations stretching from the South East through to the tropical Far North.Based on Candice Fox’s bestselling novel Crimson Lake, the eight-part series centres on disgraced ex-cop Ted Conkaffey (Thomas Jane) mismatched with eccentric Private Investigator Amanda Pharrell to help uncover the whereabouts of a missing Korean family man and tech pioneer. As they begin to uncover a string of bizarre deaths, the unlikely duo is thrust into a mutual fight for survival and sanity in the wilds of Far North Queensland.Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said this was more good news for Queensland with the project estimated to return more than $10 million back to the local economy and create approximately 130 jobs for Queensland cast, crew and extras.“It’s also great news for our tourism industry, which benefits from Queensland’s stunningly diverse locations being showcased on screen to Australians eager to holiday in the sunshine state.“With all the ingredients to become another hit crime series for the ABC, we are proud to have Troppo, an Australian-made production, filming in Queensland from the middle of the year.”Screen Queensland CEO Kylie Munnich said, “The ABC has a fantastic track-record for commissioning hit crime series like Harrow, which Screen Queensland has supported from Season 1 through to the current Season 3, and Troppo promises to be no exception.“Screen Queensland is committed to investing in high quality Australian-made drama and we know that the talented team at EQ Media Group and Beyond Entertainment will bring Candice Fox’s compelling characters to full life on screen.”EQ Media CEO Greg Quail said, “EQ Media and Beyond Entertainment are excited to be bringing together Australia’s national broadcaster and screen agencies with the powerhouse that is AGC Studios, to ensure that Troppo has the creative and financial backbone to deliver on Candice’s story and Yolanda’s vision.“We look forward to producing this premium drama for audiences globally to enjoy.”Troppo is created for television by Yolanda Ramke (Cargo, The Haunting of Bly Manor), with Jocelyn Moorhouse (Wakefield, Stateless) as set-up director.The series, also financed by ABC, AGC Studios and Screen Australia, alongside support from the City of Gold Coast, will premiere on ABC and ABC iview in 2022. /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:ABC, Australia, City of Gold Coast, director, Entertainment, Far North Queensland, Gold Coast, Government, Harrow, Korean, Palaszczuk, premiere, production, Queensland, Screen Australia, Screen Queenslandlast_img read more

Change of British High Commissioner to Sierra Leone Lisa Chesney

first_imgChange of British High Commissioner to Sierra Leone Lisa Chesney Ms Lisa Chesney MBE has been appointed British High Commissioner to the Republic of Sierra Leone in succession to Mr Simon Mustard who will be transferring to another Diplomatic Service appointment. Ms Chesney will take up her appointment during August 2021.Curriculum vitaeFull name: Lisa Jane ChesneyYearRole2020 to presentHome Office, Gold Command, COVID-19 Recovery and Change, Public Safety Group and Head, Counter-Extremism Unit2018 to 2020Home Office, Head, Counter-Extremism Unit2015 to 2018FCO, Deputy Head, Security Policy Department2015Higher Command and Staff Course, Defence Academy2013 to 2014Mogadishu, Deputy Head of Mission2012 to 2013Lashkar Gah, Head, Politics and Strategic Communications, Provincial Reconstruction Team, Helmand Province2012Full-time Language Training (Pashto)2010 to 2012FCO, Head, Prevent Team, Counter-Terrorism Department2010FCO, Corporate Services Centre (CSC) Change Programme Director, later Interim CSC Director, Finance Directorate2008 to 2010FCO, Head, Financial Skills and Support, Finance Directorate2005 to 2008Coats plc, European Category Director (Germany)1995 to 2005Coats plc, Sales and Marketing, later Marketing Manager (Central Europe) /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:British, Commissioner, communications, corporate, Counter-terrorism, covid-19, Defence, diplomatic, director, Europe, european, full-time, Government, Mogadishu, security, Sierra Leone, Skills, UK, UK Governmentlast_img read more

Sheffield scientists discover new drug combination to tackle antimicrobial resistance

first_imgSheffield scientists discover new drug combination to tackle antimicrobial resistance News By salil sule on November 13, 2017 Read Article The study was funded by Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) and the Leverhulme Trust.Scientists at the University of Sheffield have demonstrated how a novel combination of drugs could be used to treat infections caused by multi-drug resistant bacteria.The new research conducted by Professor Robert Poole and Dr Namrata Rana at the University of Sheffield in collaboration with research partners at the University of Surrey and the University of Würzburg, Germany, explored the use of metal complexes as adjuvants to traditional antibiotics that have become ineffective.Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is one of the biggest threats to global health. AMR occurs when a bacterium makes antibiotics ineffective. AMR occurs naturally but the misuse of antibiotics in humans and animals is accelerating the process.The study was funded by Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) and the Leverhulme Trust.This research builds on the University of Sheffield’s position at the forefront of world-class research into infectious diseases. Scientists at the University are developing radical solutions to the global threat of disease and antimicrobial resistance as part of signature research projects such as Florey, Imagine and the Sheffield Antimicrobial Resistance Network (SHAMROK).The study published in the journal, Microbiology, revealed that the “antibiotic of last resort”, colistin, was significantly more effective against a multi-drug resistant Escherichia coli when combined with a triacarbonyl manganese molecule, developed by the University of Würzburg.The University of Surrey have extended this study, funded by a collaborative Research Council grant, and published in PLoS One. Using a large panel of other strains of multi-drug resistant bacteria, they confirmed Sheffield’s findings. Additionally, they found survival rates of 87 per cent in an insect model of infection, when treated with a combination of triacarbonyl manganese molecule and the antibiotic, compared to a 50 per cent survival rate of those given only colistin.Head author of the study, Professor Robert Poole from the University of Sheffield’s Department of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology said: “For many years we have been developing an understanding of the modes of action against pathogens of several metal complexes, but these results are particularly striking.“Bacterial infections endanger human health worldwide, a threat that is compounded by the slow development of new antibiotics.“We are approaching an apocalyptic ‘post-antibiotic era’. In 2015, researchers identified bacteria resistant to colistin, a drug that is often considered the last resort, in patients and livestock in China.”Dr Hannah Southam, postdoctoral researcher from the University of Sheffield said: “Antimicrobial resistance is a global health problem. Public Health England estimates that 5,000 people die every year in England because antibiotics no longer work for some infections. The UK’s Chief Medical Officer, Dame Sally Davies, has declared AMR as ‘one of the greatest threats we face today’. One of the greatest concerns is that no new class of antibiotic has been developed for clinical use against Gram-negative bacteria like E. coli for over 40 years.“The lack of antibiotic discovery and development is attributed to many factors such as the high costs incurred by pharmaceutical companies of bringing a new drug to market. Other factors include the limitations and restrictions in the deployment of any potential novel antimicrobial drug brought to market in the attempt to limit resistance to the new drug.” Menopause to become the next game-changer in global femtech solutions industry by 2025 Share Phoenix Business Consulting invests in telehealth platform Healphacenter_img Heartfulness group of organisations launches ‘Healthcare by Heartfulness’ COVID care app Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals releases first “Comprehensive Textbook of COVID-19” MaxiVision Eye Hospitals launches “Mucormycosis Early Detection Centre” WHO tri-regional policy dialogue seeks solutions to challenges facing international mobility of health professionals The missing informal workers in India’s vaccine story Related Postslast_img read more

Crime Down on L.A. Metro System Over Past Five Years

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Metro System Over Past Five Years Feb. 14, 2020 at 5:00 amBad BehaviorBriefsCrimeTransportationCrime Down on L.A. Metro System Over Past Five YearsGuest Author1 year agoCrime decreasedL.A. MetroMetro Bus and Rail system Crime on L.A. County’s Metro Bus and Rail system has decreased 17 percent over the last five years, according to new crime figures released by the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority.Between 2015 and 2019, total Part 1 and Part 2 crimes, known respectively as “serious” and “less serious” crimes, have both fallen on the Metro system. Part 1 crimes have decreased nearly 23 percent and Part 2 crimes have decreased nearly 11 percent. Crime reductions have been observed in all major crime categories, including crimes against persons, crimes against properties and crimes against society. Statistics are reported to Metro regularly by multiple law enforcement partners now patrolling the transit system, including the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, the Los Angeles Police Department and the Long Beach Police Departments.Overall, there are approximately 3.9 crimes per million transit rides, a relatively low number that is consistent with that of other major transit agencies across the United States and the rate of crime associated with many local municipalities.The multi-year trend identified in the crime data reveals a steady but significant drop in total crimes due primarily to Metro’s intense focus on improving safety and security for its customers and employees. The agency has implemented several important safety and security initiatives in recent years to improve the customer experience, retain current transit riders and attract new riders to the system.“The Metro system is safe, and we’re making it safer,” said city of Inglewood Mayor and Metro Board Chair James T. Butts. “As a former law enforcement officer myself, I know that deterring crime takes a long-term commitment and focus. That’s what Metro is now doing. I applaud the agency for putting its customers’ safety first.”Metro instituted a new, multi-agency policing plan in mid-2017. The plan employs a combination of a law enforcement agencies, Metro transit security, private security and in-house fare compliance officers to better protect the Metro system. Since this new plan was implemented, Metro has substantially increased the “felt presence” of law enforcement on the system, which serves as a proven method of deterrence. Metro has also shortened law enforcement response times to reported incidents to about five minutes. The agency has also deployed “surge” operations as needed targeting specific crime trends and suspicious activity inside Metro stations.“Our transit system is certainly not immune from some of the issues found in the rest of L.A. County, but we are now beginning to see the tangible benefits of our multi-agency law enforcement model,” said Metro CEO Phillip A. Washington. “A single crime on our system is one too many, but we are clearly moving in the right direction. We will remain committed to working toward a future where all of our riders and employee can travel safely on our system 100 percent of the time.”On the security front, Metro continues to build a very robust and collaborative and intelligence-led training and exercise program with multiple stakeholders to train and prevent, mitigate and prepare for hazards in the transit environment. As a complement to law enforcement presence, this advance training methodology allows Metro to increase its ability to deter, detect, delay and deny significant threats. As a result, Metro’s resiliency and strategies for effective response and recovery have increased and undergird the agency’s successful reductions in crime.Metro has regularly deployed its new Thruvision explosive detection system randomly throughout the system to augment its counter-terrorism measures. Riders can also anonymously report safety and security concerns with their smart phones using Metro’s Transit Watch app.For more information about Metro’s safety and security efforts, please visit by Dave Sotero/Joni Goheen, Metro Media RelationsTags :Crime decreasedL.A. MetroMetro Bus and Rail systemshare on Facebookshare on Twittershow 1 commentlast_img read more

India’s Reliance Jio launches free nationwide 4G

first_img India to shun China vendors in 5G trials Joseph Waring joins Mobile World Live as the Asia editor for its new Asia channel. Before joining the GSMA, Joseph was group editor for Telecom Asia for more than ten years. In addition to writing features, news and blogs, he… Read more Related Author Jio profit soars on subscriber gains Joseph Waring After numerous delays, extensive testing and reports that its 4G service wouldn’t be launched until December, Indian mobile newcomer Reliance Jio said its commercial operation starts today across the country’s 22 service regions.Mukesh Ambani, chairman of Jio’s parent Reliance Industries, and India’s richest man, last week unveiled the company’s plans at its annual general meeting and said it would launch a “free welcome offer” for customers from 5 September up until 31 December.The Jio welcome offer gives new subscribers free access to unlimited LTE data and national voice, video and messaging services, including national roaming, until the end of the year. The operator also announced that domestic voice calls to any network across the country would always be free for Jio subscribers, clarifying that that date extends beyond the end of the year.Jio’s cheapest data offer, averaging just over INR50 ($0.7) per GB from January, will be the lowest in the world.Taking a swipe at the incumbent players, which Jio accused of trying to sabotage its entry by deliberately not providing adequate interconnection access, Ambani said: “We expect and hope that following commencement of services, the incumbent operators would fulfill their obligations to provide adequate interconnection.”He went on to say that “in the spirit of putting the customer-first and complete transparency”, it would report its call failure numbers on its website on a regular basis. Over the last year the country’s operators have faced strong criticism from consumer groups and the telecoms regulator about the high rate of dropped calls.Extended testing phaseThe Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) kicked off a war of words a month ago when it claimed the operator was offering a full-blown mobile service disguised as a trial.Over the past few months, Jio has been testing its network, attracting approximately 1.5 million users.Jio said in a statement it informed the Department of Telecommunications, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) and the security agencies about the start of its wireless services in all 22 service areas today. The company also filed its tariff plans for wireless services with TRAI. “With these steps, the company has fulfilled all the requirements of unified licence for commencement of services,” it said.Ambani said it is targeting 100 million subscribers “in the shortest possible time” and the network will eventually cover 18,000 cities and 200,000 villages in India. Financial analysts estimate it needs 75-80 million subscribers in two to three years, with monthly ARPU of INR180 ($2.70), to break even, the Economic Times reported.The company aims to have its SIMs available at nearly two million retail shops across the country, including more than 1,700 Reliance Retail stores.Jio’s aggressive move will likely start a price war in the country, with major rivals Bharti Airtel, Vodafone India and Idea Cellular reportedly set to respond with packages that beef up their own data offerings. HomeAsiaNews India’s Reliance Jio launches free nationwide 4Gcenter_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 05 SEP 2016 Tags Previous ArticleNokia goes into marketing overdrive with 4.9GNext ArticleTelstra hits out at network sharing review Asia Jio to acquire 800MHz spectrum from Airtel for $204M 4G servicesIndiaReliance jiolast_img read more

Young and Unorthodox, Flathead GOP Candidates Mount Challenges on Dems

first_img Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox. House District 3In the Republican stronghold of Flathead County, it’s become an election-year anomaly for Democrats to win a bid for state political office, which is just one reason the tight race in House District 3 between incumbent Democrat Zac Perry and Republican newcomer Taylor Rose is drawing considerable attention.Perry, 38, a self-proclaimed blue-dog Democrat from Columbia Falls, was elected in 2014 in a district that covers the communities of Columbia Falls, Hungry Horse, Martin City, and Coram — typically characterized as one of the most conservative house districts in the state.Rose, 29, is a social conservative running to unseat Perry. He has gained attention in the region for his unorthodox platform, which aligns with traditional GOP values on some fronts, but also strays into less conventional territory on others.Chief among the latter is his former involvement with the now-defunct organization Youth for Western Civilization (YWC), with which he was affiliated during his time attending college at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia. YWC was a controversial anti-multiculturalism group that some human-rights advocacy organizations have called “radical right-wing” and accused of promoting a “white nationalist” agenda. And while Rose acknowledges the group leaned right of other conservative, issue-specific groups like the College Republicans, its members weren’t on the “radical fringe,” he said.Still, liberal-leaning blogs in Montana and beyond have characterized Rose as a “white supremacist,” while advocacy groups like the Southern Poverty Law Center and the Montana Human Rights Network say his stances opposing multiculturalism, mass immigration and refugee resettlement is soft-peddled, coded language for white nationalism.Rose is quick to distance himself from those claims, which he calls baseless, instead saying that his work at YWC was geared toward preserving and defending the cultural values of Western civilization, and represent an ideology that he dismisses as analogous to white nationalism and consistent with his pro-Christian beliefs and his conviction that “the rising tide of Islam in the West is a threat to the values of Christianity.”“I am not affiliated with white supremacist groups or leaders,” Rose said. “To say otherwise is slanderous. YWC was a cultural group, not a racist group. We defined Western civilization by the classic definition of ancient Greeks and Romans, and we were pro-Christian. We did not say it was exclusively white. We were also very critical of Islam, but that is an ideological issue, not a racial issue. I can promise you that Liberty University would not have tolerated a white power group on its campus.”But Rachel Carroll Rivas, co-director of the Montana Human Rights Network, said her group has serious concerns about Rose’s candidacy, as well as the insidious nature with which beliefs like his are creeping into mainstream electoral politics, a rhetoric she believes has been elevated by the ascendancy of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, who continues to enjoy popularity despite a flood of incendiary remarks that have been characterized as undisguised racism and sexism.“I see Taylor Rose and his candidacy as one of the most overt examples of white supremacy moving into the political sphere in Montana right now,” she said. “I think Taylor Rose’s candidacy is no different than David Duke (formerly of the Ku Klux Klan) running for the Legislature, and I think people would be correct to make that comparison.”Rose called the notion that he could be compared to someone like Duke “preposterous,” and noted that his support from mainstream GOP candidates and elected officials like U.S. Rep. Ryan Zinke, R-Whitefish, as well as his endorsement by the Flathead County Republican Party, is proof that the accusations don’t add up.“I was open about my past involvement with YWC, and I was vetted by the Republican Party,” he said. “I wouldn’t say that I am a mainstream candidate, but I’m not on the fringe either. The minute you reject multiculturalism, you become a target for the left, and that is what’s happened here.”In addition to the endorsement from Zinke, Rose has received campaign contributions from Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Gianforte and state Sen. Mark Blasdel, R-Somers, as well as endorsements from groups like the National Rifle Association and the Montana Family Foundation, both of which are conservative stalwarts in mainstream Montana politics.He also served as a regional field director for the Montana Republican Party in 2014, when Republican U.S. Sen. Steve Daines was running for election, and in 2015 worked in the Montana Legislature as an assistant to the GOP majority in the senate.According to Rivas, the fact that Rose has drawn support from and served in the state’s mainstream GOP channels is evidence of a paradigm shift in electoral politics, triggered in part by Trump’s candidacy.“None of us predicted that we were going to have a presidential ticket that elevated hate rhetoric to this level, and giving (Rose) entrée to one of the two mainstream political parties in the state and essentially turning their heads and shrugging at his white supremacist activity is deeply unsettling,” she said. “This is exactly how marginal ideas make their way into the mainstream.”Perry, who has remained on the sidelines as reports about Rose’s past activities crop up on the Internet, said his campaign is focused on core values like rebuilding the economy, job growth, access to health care, and access to public lands.Still, he said he has concerns about Rose’s past activities.“I think that his previous affiliations are concerning and certainly some of his activities and background is concerning, and I would just encourage voters to do their own research,” Perry said. “We are focused on what we bring to the table.”As for Rose, he believes he’s breathing new energy into the state GOP, and his candidacy is complemented by another young contender’s bid in a nearby district.“There is a reason that the two most contested races in the Flathead include conservative millennials,” Rose said. “The Republican party needs a fresh new face.”House District 5The open seat for House District 5 — which covers Whitefish and the surrounding area, and is currently occupied by Democratic Rep. Ed Lieser, who is not running for reelection after a single term — features a race between longtime Whitefish School Board trustee Dave Fern and recent Whitefish High School graduate Chet Billi.The race is interesting on several levels, not the least of which is Billi’s youthfulness, which, at 18, he has held up as a key strength in order to freshen the face of the state Republican Party.Before he entered the race for HD 5, Billi made headlines by launching a ballot initiative that would have allowed public school teachers with a concealed weapons permit to carry a weapon inside a school classroom.At the time, Billi, then a junior at Whitefish High School, said he believed more guns would make schools safer places, and would be instrumental in preventing school shootings. Billi said he believes tragedies like the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Connecticut in 2012 could have been prevented had a staff member been armed.A longtime gun enthusiast, Billi said he came up with the idea of a citizen’s ballot initiative and submitted the proposal with the Secretary of State, but failed to gather the requisite 24,175 signatures from 5 percent of registered voters in the state. Instead, he gathered 30 signatures, and the initiative qualified in zero of the 34 legislative districts needed.The defeat did little to stanch Billi’s enthusiasm for joining the political process, however, and he announced his decision to join the race for the liberal-leaning HD 5 a year ago.With 24 years on the Whitefish School Board, including chairmanship and serving on the Montana School Board Association, Fern is running to replace Lieser, and held up his seven terms as a school board trustee as evidence of his high level of understanding about public school funding.Fern said as a school board member, he was surprised by Billi’s conviction that allowing guns in schools would serve as more of a deterrent to school shootings than gun-free zones and crisis-response protocols.“As a school board member, I did have concerns,” Fern said.Mail-in ballots go out Oct. 14 and the election is Nov. 8. Emaillast_img read more