Top of the News STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week Photo by James CarboneA ban prohibiting in-person dining at L.A. County restaurants will go into effect at 10 p.m. on Wednesday.Pasadena will not be impacted by the ban.At Monday’s Pasadena City Council meeting city officials announced they were still monitoring the data and were not shuttering in-person dining.But late Tuesday afternoon, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors rejected a motion by Supervisors Kathryn Barger and Janice Hahn to reconsider the ban on outdoor dining being imposed due to a surge in coronavirus cases.The ban was announced Sunday night when the county’s five-day average of daily new cases topped the threshold of 4,000.The threshold was established by the county last week, along with a more restrictive tier that would trigger a new stay-at-home order if the daily five-day case average topped 4,500. The county reached that threshold Monday.The county restriction ends in-person dining for three weeks.“Businesses have made incredible sacrifices to align with safety protocols to remain open in order to pay their bills and feed their families,” Supervisor Barger said. “Our hospitalization rates are among the lowest we’ve seen. Yet, the rationale for further closures is tied to the number of patients in the hospital. We’ve come a long way to support workers and residents who are struggling to stay afloat and should not regress on the progress we’ve made.”The Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation predicted that approximately 700,000 jobs in the food industry would be lost during this shutdown.The LAEDC also highlighted that approximately 75% of all projected job losses would be those earning $50,000 or less.The California Restaurant Association unsuccessfully attempted to stop the action with a restraining order. A judge did allow a lawsuit to continue.“The recent order with no stated scientific basis from L.A. County singles out a specific industry and could jeopardize thousands of jobs,” Jot Condie, president/CEO of the California Restaurant Association, said in a statement announcing the legal challenge. “There are thousands of restaurants and many thousands more employees who could be out on the street right before the holiday season.”Association attorney Dennis Ellis told reporters he was disappointed in the ruling, but said the organization hasn’t seen any evidence that outdoor dining — which was already restricted to half of overall capacity last week — has fueled the coronavirus surge.“We have not been able to see what the county has to support the notion that outdoor dining at 50% capacity, consistent with what the governor has authorized in his blueprint, is inappropriate and needs to be shut down,” Ellis said.“Outdoor dining is probably more dangerous in terms of contagion than any other kind of business,” Supervisor Sheila Kuehl said earlier. She said diners at restaurants “sit for hours with no masks on” and are in close proximity to servers and patrons walking by.Long Beach, which has its own health department, also plans to bar in-person dining Wednesday night. The Long Beach Restaurant Association blasted the move and plans to hold a news conference Wednesday demanding a meeting with city and county health officials.In a statement, the association accused health officials of attacking an “easy target” to blame for the surge in cases, without any evidence. 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The 49ers took a stiff uppercut from the Rams in the first quarter of their NFC West tilt on Sunday and merely smirked. The wry smile was from a team that sustained its opponent’s Sunday punch, and said blow didn’t even registering a single ounce of pain. It reeked of “Is that the best you got?”“They had one play on us early,” sensational 49ers rookie Nick Bosa said, referring to the Rams’ near brilliant seven-play 56-yard touchdown drive to open the game. “And once we made the adjustment, it …
10 August 2012BMW South Africa’s Rosslyn Plant outside Pretoria will begin exporting its 3 Series vehicles to China later this year, after receiving a China Quality Certification clearance permit from the authorities there last week.BMW South Africa is the first car manufacturer in the country to be awarded the permit since the establishment of the country’s Motor Industry Development Programme (MIDP) in 1995.The MIDP is a support programme aimed at the development of a sustainable, globally competitive automotive industry by providing South African manufacturers incentives such as a reduction on import duties.China is one of the fastest growing major markets in the world, and BMW sales in the country are growing by over 40% every year. “The South African-built vehicles will go a long way towards addressing the booming demand in this market,” BMW South Africa said in a statement.The Rosslyn Plant was awarded the China Quality Certification following a comprehensive audit which confirmed that the plant’s production and quality management systems met global standards.It follows a R2.2-billion upgrade of the plant, which re-opened in March this year. Its production capacity will increase significantly in the coming years to exceed 90 000 units per year, BMW South Africa’s managing director Bodo Donauer said.“The China certification is a great vote of confidence in our plant and our people. It bodes well not only for our sustainability as a company, but also for the broader motoring industry in South Africa,” Donauer said.“While our Chinese exports will start at a small level at first, the plan is for this market to ultimately make up around 10% of our total export volume. In 2012, we plan to export around 3 900 units to China.”The Rosslyn plant was the first BMW plant to be established outside Europe, in 1973. It currently exports 50% of the vehicles it produces to the USA, with the remainder going to local and African markets, Canada, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore and Australia.“With more than R10-billion invested, BMW South Africa has led the local motor industry in a number of respects in terms of production and export,” the company said.“At the same time, BMW’s development of its production and export programme has been the catalyst for the company’s sustainable growth and contribution to the South African economy.”SAinfo reporter
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Heritage Cooperative, Land O’Lakes SUSTAIN and Campbell Soup Company are teaming up to help Ohio wheat farmers benchmark their stewardship work and strive to continue safeguarding the air, land and water. Together, the companies will seek to enroll 60,000 Ohio wheat acres in the program, which was previously piloted in Maryland and Pennsylvania.“As a trusted advisor to Ohio farm families and a leader in delivering innovation to the farm gate, Heritage Cooperative is excited to work alongside Land O’Lakes SUSTAIN and Campbell Soup Company to support Ohio farmers’ stewardship efforts,” said Greg Spears, COO, Heritage Cooperative. “Working together, we can have a real impact, helping to safeguard the environment while also helping farmers focus on profit potential and the economic health of their farm.”With help from their Heritage Cooperative advisor, farmers in Ohio will now be able to use the Truterra Insights Engine from Land O’Lakes SUSTAIN to gather data on their stewardship practices. This will allow them to benchmark the impact of existing conservation practices, while using the advanced modeling capabilities of Truterra to explore ways they could further improve, acre-by-acre and field-by-field.“Our work alongside Campbell Soup Company is all about supporting farmers, and local ag retailers like Heritage Cooperative, to benchmark their leadership and use technology to strive for an even greater impact,” says Matt Carstens, senior vice president of Land O’Lakes SUSTAIN. “Working together, we can harness data and insights for better analysis and assessment, help Ohio farmers target their stewardship efforts, and help Campbell Soup Company continue to gain a more transparent view of their supply chain as they strive to provide a sustainable product for consumers.”Those interested in learning more, can find more information can contact at Heritage Cooperative or visit www.heritagecooperative.com/.
Groundspeak Holiday CardThe Groundspeak Lackeys want to wish you Happy Holidays with the 2010 Signal Holiday Card. Please feel free to share holiday geocaching wishes with your friends and family by passing it along. You can also share the card on YouTube.Find and Share Favorite GeocachesThe new Geocaching Favorites feature calls attention to exceptional geocaches-helping you select which geocaches to search for and rewarding cache owners for great hides.Geocaching.com Premium Members can favorite 1 cache for every 10 caches that they have found. The Favorites Points accumulated by a cache are displayed in search results and on the cache page so that all members can see which caches stand above the rest.Premium Members have the additional perk of sorting search results by the most Favorited caches, D/T levels, date placed and more. If you are a Premium Member, please visit your Profile page to see how many Favorite Points you have accumulated to date.Learn more about Geocaching Favorites in our Knowledge Book.Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedGroundspeak Weekly Newsletter – October 27, 2011October 28, 2011In “Groundspeak’s Weekly Newsletter”Groundspeak Weekly Newsletter – March 30, 2011March 30, 2011In “Groundspeak’s Weekly Newsletter”Groundspeak Weekly Newsletter – July 13, 2011July 13, 2011In “Groundspeak’s Weekly Newsletter”
Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Related Posts Tags:#enterprise#news#Products#saas klint finley 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Curverider, the company behind the open-source social network Elgg, is launching a hosted enterprise social networking solution called Elgg.com. The product, in private beta until September, will compete directly with other social enterprise vendors such as Socialtext, Yammer, and Salesforce.com‘s Chatter.Curverider plans to distinguish Elgg.com in this quickly crowding market in a few ways – notably by using data portability to help customers avoid vendor lock-in – a major reason some enterprises have avoided SaaS solutions.Curverider is making data ownership and a control a priority. All Elgg.com data will be exportable, so businesses using Elgg.com could eventually migrate all their hosted data to their own Elgg servers or to a future product that might support importing from Elgg. Since the core Elgg software is open-source, enterprises could develop their own Elgg-based solutions, or potentially find other vendors using the software, even if Curverider were to shut the service down completely.Curverider is also hoping to compete on functionality and features. The company has been developing the the core Elgg software and creating custom implementations for six years and have built a robust, mature platform. The company is also planning on integrating its products with other enterprise software in future. However, features in this class of software are becoming quickly commoditized. Curverider will do well to emphasize their support and expertise over features.Elgg.com will offer a unique “per network” pricing model instead of per user or freemium pricing models.Elgg.com faces an uphill battle: the service will compete not only with established hosted services like Yammer and Chatter, but with self-hosted products like the well entrenchedMicrosoft Sharepoint. But Elgg.com’s openness and affordability, along with Elgg’s maturity and Curverider’s experience, could position the product for success.We interviewed Elgg’s David Tosh in 2008.
What makes something a “great deal?”It has something to do with price, but it surely is in price alone. You can buy a Nissan Versa for $13,990. It has a 109 hp engine, and a five-speed manual transmission. It comes with an AM/FM radio and a CD player, and it also has air conditioning. It is a great deal. But it’s not likely that you’re going to buy one. Why not? Because it’s not a great deal for you.A 2013 Rolls-Royce Phantom goes for $470,295. It has a 12 cylinder engine. It has optional bespoke, leather trim bucket seats. You can choose an optional rear seat lounge theater configuration with 12 inch monitors. you can also add a pen set to the glovebox. Or a humidor. It’s a great deal. But it’s not likely you’re going to buy one of these either. Why not? Because not a great deal for you.Too often, great deal means low price. But a great deal is really a combination of the price and outcomes. The Nissan Versa and the Rolls-Royce Phantom will provide transportation. Either one of them will get you from point A to point B, but the experience will be quite different from one to the other. This is as true for the things you buy as it is the things you sell.Your clients will always be able to acquire what you sell at a lower price. But that lower price is no indication by itself that your client got a “great deal.” The question that you need to ask clients who believe low price equals “great deal” is whether or not it is a great deal to give up some of the outcomes they need in order to pay a lower price.Your clients may also be able to easily obtain the outcomes you sell at a much higher price. But making a greater investment than is necessary doesn’t equate to a “great deal.” The question you need to ask clients in this category is whether or not gaining additional outcomes at the same price would be valuable to them.Value is in the eye of the beholder. You need to be a great deal at a price that allows you to profitably serve your clients.
Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Audley Shaw, says he will be working towards developing a new plan during this fiscal year for long-term growth and sustainability in Jamaica’s agricultural sector. Story Highlights “If we are going to chart a new course for the agricultural sector, we must begin with a plan with a sufficiently long-term horizon,” Mr. Shaw said in his Sectoral presentation on Tuesday (May 1) in the House of Representatives. Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Audley Shaw, says he will be working towards developing a new plan during this fiscal year for long-term growth and sustainability in Jamaica’s agricultural sector.“If we are going to chart a new course for the agricultural sector, we must begin with a plan with a sufficiently long-term horizon,” Mr. Shaw said in his Sectoral presentation on Tuesday (May 1) in the House of Representatives.“We need to determine the level of growth we need the agricultural sector to attain in 10 to 15 years, and then work backwards to identify the quantum of lands and the level of infrastructure required on those lands. We need to establish the menu of crops and livestock that we need to produce, given the opportunities for import substitution, exports and for satisfying the requirements for raw material and intermediate goods for robust manufacturing and tourism sectors,” he told the House.Mr. Shaw said that the plan will also address “the imperative of climate-proofing our agriculture and how to adapt and respond to external shocks”.He said the Ministry had requested support from the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) to formulate a 10-year agricultural development plan, and the discussions were intensified in March, during the 35th Session of the FAO for Latin America and the Caribbean, which was held in Montego Bay, St. James.He said other major organisations have also shown an interest in partnering with the Ministry to create this long-term plan.“I am also pleased to indicate that the Inter-American Development Bank, the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), as well as the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), want to play a role in the formulation of this plan, and all these partners are now being engaged through the coordination of the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) to have this plan ready within the current financial year,” he said.