Regional seamstresses under heavy threat from online shopping

first_imgCaribbean Fashion Designers meet with Italian Fashion Industry Experts at CARIFESTA XIII in BarbadosFashion designers participating in the Fashion component at the recently held CARIFESTA XIII in Barbados had an opportunity to meet with Italian fashion industry experts and benefit from fashion workshops, fashion shows and business meetings. The event, which took place in the CARIFESTA XIII Buyers Shopping Mall at the Lloyd…August 31, 2017In “Barbados”CARICOM urged to ‘take a big view of agriculture’By Kenton X. Chance GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands, Oct. 27, 2016 — Stakeholders in the regional agricultural sector have been urged to take “a big view of agriculture” as Caribbean Community (CARICOM) nations continue to highlight the importance of food production to its economic and social development. The call on…October 27, 2016In “General”Vincentian designer Kimya Glasgow launches first signature fragrance in Caribbean(OECS-Chamber of Commerce of Martinique Joint Media Release)  — Designer Kimya Glasgow successfully launched her signature fragrance last month in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines with the support of the INTERREG Trade Enhancement for the Eastern Caribbean (TEECA) project, which is coordinated by the Chamber of Commerce of Martinique (CCI…March 19, 2020In “Business”Share this on WhatsApp CMO says Saint Lucia at critical stage of COVID-19 outbreak Related Posts Oct 16, 2020 CARPHA Partners with, PAHO to Ensure Caribbean States’… Oct 16, 2020center_img Six Eastern Caribbean countries deemed safe for travel – CDC Oct 16, 2020 According to the Business 2 Customer or B2C report e-commerce volume in the Caribbean for 2005 – 2011, the annual, overall e-commerce sales in the Caribbean in 2011 amounted to US$2.75B, up from US$1.9B in 2010. Those figures are estimated to be higher eight years on. The owner of the De Kloze Line and De Zip Code said it is extremely difficult for designers and seamstresses to compete. “Customers don’t want to adequately compensate us for our workmanship, even though they are fully aware that raw materials are mostly sourced from outside and that costs are incurred when trying to satisfy our customers,” she said. Barton-Volney, who received the best seamstress award from the Business 2 Customernoted, “It is the only industry that you cannot leave home without yet still there is no respect for garment producers in the Caribbean.” Read more at: Searchlight Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… (Searchlight) A preference for online shopping is threatening to make the Caribbean seamstress extinct. That concern from Saint Lucia’s 2018 Seamstress of the Year, Lisa Barton–Volney. Speaking ahead of Bridal Couture, the Caribbean Expo of fashion designers which took place on Saturday, January 26 in Barbados, Volney said regional shoppers are opting for clothing which is cheaper both in quality and cost. Ms. Lisa Barton Volneylast_img read more

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The Friday Flyer

first_imgThe Friday FlyerOctober 5 – With three members of HLPFI staff at the Air Cargo Forum in Atlanta and two others heading to Houston for next week’s Breakbulk America’s event, it’s been a little like the Marie Celeste in our head office this week.The news that Turkey, a key regional player in the project cargo and heavy lift operations, suffered a mortar attack from Syria this week and that it was gearing up for an escalation of tension between the two countries, will not have escaped the notice of companies operating or transiting project cargo through this pivotal country. New routes may now have to be plotted to avoid the country and those doing business in the country may yet be forced to re-think involvement in developments in the country, especially in the border region with Syria. HLPFI, of course, remains neutral in such matters but our team of reporters will continue to monitor the situation in the region.In business news this week, two flag states have raised concerns about container weighing proposals that will almost certainly delay efforts to bring in mandatory regulations, though not stop them altogether. The two flag states concerned, Panama and Cyprus, said during an IMO meeting that more work needs to be done, although they are not opposed in principle to weight checks. Rather, they want to ensure that all aspects are thoroughly considered before legislation is enacted. In response, the TT Club – www.ttclub.com – rushed out a statement urging all parties to redouble efforts to formulate an acceptable global regulation on container weight verification. The insurer urges all those involved in container operations to prepare for regulatory change.Meanwhile, Crowley Maritime Corporation’s – www.crowley.com – recently acquired Houston, US-based, freight forwarding, export packing and logistics company, Jarvis International Freight, Inc., will transition into the parent company as a new branch of Crowley Logistics, offering project logistics and global freight management services to a wider array of industries and in more geographic locations.It was ‘full steam ahead’ this week as project handling stevedores at the Port of Liverpool – www.peelports.co.uk – became the latest stage in a transatlantic project cargo movement to bring two historic steam locomotives back to the UK. The landing of two 94-tonne locomotives and their accompanying coal tenders took place during an 11-hour mooring by ACL’s (Atlantic Container Line) – www.aclcargo.com – Atlantic Conveyor 51,648 dwt ro-ro/container carrier. HLPFI’s very own Casey Jones (James Graham) was on hand to record the news.Also this week, it was picture perfect when IAG Cargo – www.iagcargo.com, the single business unit of British Airways World Cargo and Iberia Cargo, transported 50 oil paintings belonging to the Fundación Guayasamín from Quito, Ecuador, to Madrid, Spain for an exhibition in the Santa Catalina Castle in Cadiz, during celebrations of the Iberia-sponsored Bicentennial of the drafting of Spain’s first written Constitution in the city.In the air, Saudi Airlines Cargo – www.saudiacargo.com – will provide access to nine additional destinations in West Africa via its hub in Lagos, Nigeria with a daily B747 freighter. Through its Lagos hub and interline partners, Saudia Cargo will now be able to serve the cities of Abidjan, Accra, Cotonou, Douala, Libreville, Lome, Malabo, Niamey and Ouagadougou. Silky and smooth, once again Volga-Dnepr Airlines – www.volga-dnepr.com – supported the air unit participating in the Silk Way Rally 2012, where some 100 cars and 25 trucks competed in the 4,000 km event from Moscow to the Russian city of Sochi, host of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games.Forwarder news this week saw Abnormal Load Services (International) Limited (ALS) – www.als-europe.com – put down roots as it reported the move of 10 rainforest tree stumps in the latest phase of Angela Palmer’s Ghost Forest Project. ALS handled the logistics involved in moving the exhibits from the Pitt Rivers Museum in Oxford, UK to the National Botanic Garden of Wales in Llanarthne. In the Czech Republic, DSV – www.dsv.com – has signed an agreement for the acquisition of certain activities from AWT Cechofracht a.s. – www.awt-cechofracht.czPort news this week saw the completion of the final asphalting at the J. Müller Breakbulk Terminal – www.jmueller.de – in Brake, Germany, which means another 40,000 sq m of warehouse space is now available at the new harbour on the port’s Niedersachsenkai, giving it 12 ha of operational area. King Fahd Industrial Port – www.ports.gov.sa – in Yanbu, Saudi Arabia has handled two huge adapters carried from Korea onboard Hanjin Pioneer and belonging to the Marafiq company. The general director of King Fahd Industrial Port in Yanbu, Captain Abdullah Al-Zami, stated that these pieces are among the largest pieces received by the port. The German port of Stade, part of the the Seaports of Niedersachsen group – www.seaports.de – saw 10 lifeboats and one tender boat loaded onboard Peter Dohle Schiffahrts’ – www.doehle.de – Catalina D. All were destined for the Fincantieri shipyard in Italy.In what looks like a very interesting innovation, Peters & May – www.www.petersandmay.com – in conjunction with Marine Invest, have signed an exclusive agreement securing the use of the patented Flat Rail – www.flat-rail.com – system in the UK, Italy and the USA. Peters & May says that the new system will allow it to ship yachts between 13.00 m and 16.50 m in length on a 40 ft flat rack instead of the traditional method of shipment, which can sometimes prove uneconomical for yachts in this size bracket.Meanwhile, Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics (WWL) – www.2wglobal.com – has added Antofagasta, Chile, to its ocean service route along South America’s West Coast, offering a monthly call in addition to its current service to the ports of Guayaquil, Ecuador and Callao, Peru. Cargo transported on this route is primarily a mix of heavy equipment and break bulk.On the personnel front, Steve Buckerfield has been appointed managing director of UK operation for Toll Global Forwarding – www.tollgroup.com In his new post at TGF, he will assume responsibility for over 400 staff at 15 locations, collectively providing a comprehensive range of multimodal forwarding and logistics solutions. Blue Water Shipping – www.bws.dk – founder and managing director, Kurt Skov is stepping down and will entrust the chief executive position to Kim Hedegaard Sørensen. At the same time as these individual appointments, Industrial Training International (ITI) – www.iti.com – reports a doubling of its employee head-count in the last 28 months adding instructors in the USA and Canada and business professionals at its corporate headquarters in Woodland, Washington. In upcoming months ITI will be adding human capital in marketing and administration in Woodland, as well as its new branch office in Edmonton, Alberta.Work is well underway on issue 29 of HLPFI, which will include features on cargo warranty surveying, inland waterways, equipment hire companies, power generation – non-renewable energies, France, the Nordic countries, South Africa as well as Austria and Switzerland. Our supplement will be on the Caspian States and Central Asia.This is a good time to submit editorial contributions or advertising bookings for our November/December edition and consider getting involved in the contents of our final edition of 2012. And, there are still plenty of opportunities to join the likes of CEE, GPLN, DHL, and PCN, by sponsoring our Friday Flyer.And finally. With Halloween just around the corner, here is a treat from HLPFI, rather than a trick.Right now, from October 5 to 31, you can place your employment vacancy on our website for only £500 and get the following – no tricks involved.Premium posting in the jobs area of www.heavyliftpfi.com (over 10,000 unique visitors per month), which includes — Company Logo next to job posting- Hyperlink in jobs area linking through to recruiter profile or to company homepage- A job listing in the next three editions of the Friday Flyer (sent to over 9,500 individual email addresses every week)Contact Ian Matheson on +44 (0) 1689 857631 or ian@heavyliftpfi.com for more information on any of the above.In business news this week, two flag states have raised concerns about container weighing proposals that will almost certainly delay efforts to bring in mandatory regulations, though not stop them altogether. The two flag states concerned, Panama and Cyprus, said during an IMO meeting that more work needs to be done, although they are not opposed in principle to weight checks. Rather, they want to ensure that all aspects are thoroughly considered before legislation is enacted. In response, the TT Club – www.ttclub.com – rushed out a statement urging all parties to redouble efforts to formulate an acceptable global regulation on container weight verification. The insurer urges all those involved in container operations to prepare for regulatory change.Meanwhile, Crowley Maritime Corporation’s – www.crowley.com – recently acquired Houston, US-based, freight forwarding, export packing and logistics company, Jarvis International Freight, Inc, will transition into the parent company as a new branch of Crowley Logistics, offering project logistics and global freight management services to a wider array of industries and in more geographic locations.It was ‘full steam ahead’ this week as project handling stevedores at the Port of Liverpool – www.peelports.co.uk – became the latest stage in a transatlantic project cargo movement to bring two historic steam locomotives back to the UK. The landing of two 94-tonne locomotives and their accompanying coal tenders took place during an 11-hour mooring by ACL’s (Atlantic Container Line) – www.aclcargo.com – Atlantic Conveyor 51,648 dwt ro-ro/container carrier. HLPFI’s very own Casey Jones (James Graham) was on hand to record the news.Also this week, it was picture perfect when IAG Cargo – www.iagcargo.com, the single business unit of British Airways World Cargo and Iberia Cargo  transported 50 oil paintings belonging to the Fundación Guayasamín from Quito, Ecuador, to Madrid, Spain for an exhibition in the Santa Catalina Castle in Cadiz, during celebrations of the Iberia-sponsored Bicentennial of the drafting of Spain’s first written Constitution in the city.In the air, Saudi Airlines Cargo – www.saudiacargo.com – will provide access to nine additional destinations in West Africa via its hub in Lagos, Nigeria with a daily B747 freighter. Through its Lagos hub and interline partners, Saudia Cargo will now be able to serve the cities of Abidjan, Accra, Cotonou, Douala, Libreville, Lome, Malabo, Niamey and Ouagadougou. Silky and smooth, once again Volga-Dnepr Airlines – www.volga-dnepr.com – supported the air unit participating in the Silk Way Rally 2012, where some 100 cars and 25 trucks competed in the 4,000 km event from Moscow to the Russian city of Sochi, host of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games.Forwarder news this week saw Abnormal Load Services (International) Limited (ALS) – www.als-europe.com – put down roots as it reported the move of 10 rainforest tree stumps in the latest phase of Angela Palmer’s Ghost Forest Project. ALS handled the logistics involved in moving the exhibits from the Pitt Rivers Museum in Oxford, UK to the National Botanic Garden of Wales in Llanarthne. In the Czech Republic, DSV – www.dsv.com – has signed an agreement for the acquisition of certain activities from AWT Cechofracht a.s. – www.awt-cechofracht.czPort news this week saw the completion of the final asphalting at the J. Müller Breakbulk Terminal – www.jmueller.de – in Brake, Germany, which means another 40,000 sq m of warehouse space is now available at the new harbour on the port’s Niedersachsenkai, giving it 12 ha of operational area. King Fahd Industrial Port – www.ports.gov.sa – in Yanbu, Saudi Arabia has handled two huge adapters carried from Korea onboard Hanjin Pioneer and belonging to the Marafiq company. The general director of King Fahd Industrial Port in Yanbu, Captain Abdullah Al-Zami, stated that these pieces are among the largest pieces received by the port. The German port of Stade, part of the the Seaports of Niedersachsen group – www.seaports.de – saw 10 lifeboats and one tender boat loaded onboard Peter Dohle Schiffahrts’ – www.doehle.de – Catalina D. All were destined for the Fincantieri shipyard in Italy.In what looks like a very interesting innovation, Peters & May – www.petersandmay.com – in conjunction with Marine Invest, have signed an exclusive agreement securing the use of the patented Flat Rail – www.flat-rail.com – system in the UK, Italy and the USA. Peters & May says that the new system will allow it to ship yachts between 13.00 m and 16.50 m in length on a 40 ft flat rack instead of the traditional method of shipment, which can sometimes prove uneconomical for yachts in this size bracket.Meanwhile, Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics (WWL) – www.2wglobal.com – has added Antofagasta, Chile, to its ocean service route along South America’s West Coast, offering a monthly call in addition to its current service to the ports of Guayaquil, Ecuador and Callao, Peru. Cargo transported on this route is primarily a mix of heavy equipment and break bulk.On the personnel front, Steve Buckerfield has been appointed managing director of UK operation for Toll Global Forwarding – www.tollgroup.com In his new post at TGF, he will assume responsibility for over 400 staff at 15 locations, collectively providing a comprehensive range of multimodal forwarding and logistics solutions. Blue Water Shipping – www.bws.dk – founder and managing director, Kurt Skov is stepping down and will entrust the chief executive position to Kim Hedegaard Sørensen. At the same time as these individual appointments, Industrial Training International (ITI) – www.iti.com – reports a doubling of its employee head-count in the last 28 months adding instructors in the USA and Canada and business professionals at its corporate headquarters in Woodland, Washington. In upcoming months ITI will be adding human capital in marketing and administration in Woodland, as well as its new branch office in Edmonton, Alberta.Work is well underway on issue 29 of HLPFI, which will include features on cargo warranty surveying, inland waterways, equipment hire companies, power generation – non-renewable energies, France, the Nordic countries, South Africa as well as Austria and Switzerland. Our supplement will be on the Caspian States and Central Asia.This is a good time to submit editorial contributions or advertising bookings for our November/December edition and consider getting involved in the contents of our final edition of 2012. And, there are still plenty of opportunities to join the likes of CEE, GPLN, DHL, and PCN, by sponsoring our Friday Flyer.And finally. With Halloween just around the corner, here is a treat from HLPFI, rather than a trick.Right now, from October 5 to 31, you can place your employment vacancy on our website for only £500 and get the following – no tricks involved.Premium posting in the jobs area of www.heavyliftpfi.com (over 10,000 unique visitors per month), which includes — Company Logo next to job posting- Hyperlink in jobs area linking through to recruiter profile or to company homepage- A job listing in the next three editions of the Friday Flyer (sent to over 9,500 individual email addresses every week)Contact Ian Matheson on +44 (0) 1689 857631 or ian@heavyliftpfi.com for more information on any of the above.last_img read more

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No joy for mom trying to reduce rates bill

first_imgChristine Saltonstall, who is R17 000 in arrears with her rates, believes that the City of Cape Town should compensate her because they misfiled her application for indigent relief as long ago as June 2017. The single mother of two from Kommetjie said she was working as a freelancer in the film industry but because of the drought she hardly worked from March 2017 until October 2018. “In June 2017 I applied for indigent benefit for rates and municipal services as I literally had no money, I was relying on donations from family and friends abroad to feed my family and on very sporadic work. I completed all the paperwork, being sent back and forth about three times by the Fish Hoek municipal office before my application was considered correct and complete.“After a few months I started phoning the call centre and was told it could take up to one year for the application to be processed. I also visited the office and was told to contact the call centre. After a year of waiting, checking in every couple of months, I finally spoke to someone at the call centre who told me that my application had been filed ‘in the wrong place’ and that now it was outdated and that I had to reapply.“I went back to the Fish Hoek office in September 2018, reapplied with the assistance of the supervisor and started the waiting game again. When I followed up in January 2019, I was told that they missed my bank statements and my signature, that they had sent a letter, which I didn’t receive; the period has lapsed again and I now had to reapply,” said Ms Saltonstall, who explained that she started working full time in October 2018 and no longer qualified for the rebate.“However, I’m sitting withR17 000 arrears due to them messing up my applications. Surely they should be able to process my application as they ‘misfiled’ it and I should be entitled to the rebate for the period I was earning under the threshold? In June 2017 I handed the application to Chantel, then to Sharon in 2018 who was at the Fish Hoek office but is apparently now at Plumstead. Subsequently I communicated with the supervisor Faried who was based at Fish Hoek but is apparently now in Plumstead.“I really hope you can help me. I’ve just had to renew arrangements and they made me payR4 500 upfront, now I have to pay 25% of arrears before making another payment arrangement with the City. Which means I can’t pay my mortgage this month,” she said in December last year.Deputy mayor and mayoral committee member for finance, Ian Neilson, said they have contacted Ms Saltonstall about her indigent applications since June 1 2017.“Our investigations show that the first indigent application was submitted on June 1 but was not processed so it was not assessed to determine if Ms Saltonstall qualified for the benefit. Subsequently, the City‘s debt management department contacted her on December 11 2019 and she was told that based on her income at the time of that application (which was misfiled), she did not meet the indigent criteria and would not have received any indigent benefit.“The second application was taken in on September 20 2018 to our Fish Hoek branch and submitted for processing. Ms Saltonstall however did not provide the required three months bank statements, and signed on the incorrect page. An SMS was sent on September 25 2018 to Ms Saltonstall advising that three months bank statements were required, and that the form was not signed on the correct page. A letter was sent to Ms Saltonstall on October 17 2018 with the same request and explaining that the form needed to be signed on the correct page and we closed the application as we had no response from Ms Saltonstall,” said Mr NeilsonWhen Ms Saltonstall followed up in January 2019, she was told about the additional requirements and because the second indigent application had lapsed she had to apply again.“On March 27 2019 Ms Saltonstall visited the Fish Hoek office again as there was a restriction of water services due to the arrears on her account. The customer service agent assisted Ms Saltonstall in entering into a minimum payment arrangement of her current account plus R200 for six months, as her financial position had changed from that of potential indigent beneficiary. She paid the current account plus R200 towards the arrangement. Ms Saltonstall visited the Fish Hoek office on November 28 2019 to renew her payment arrangement which expired on September 27 2019. The customer service agent helped Ms Saltonstall with a payment arrangement on her current account plus R400 over 12 months and she was required to make an upfront payment of R4 500 in order to cover the shortfall of her previous arrangement. She defaulted on her previous arrangement as she paid short or skipped payments plus the current account for November 2019.“We are unable to assess whether Ms Saltonstall meets the criteria to be registered as indigent since September 20 2018 up until November 28 2019, as she has not presented the required documents,” Mr Neilson said.Ms Saltonstall did not respond to messages from Off My Trolley.last_img read more

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Ex-NFL, Gators star Aaron Hernandez hangs himself in prison cell

first_img Do you see a typo or an error? Let us know. BOSTON (AP) Former NFL star Aaron Hernandez hanged himself in the prison cell where he was serving a life sentence for murder, officials said Wednesday, the same day his ex-teammates on the New England Patriots were set to visit the White House to mark their Super Bowl victory.His death came just days after the 27-year-old athlete was acquitted in a second murder case.Guards found Hernandez just after 3 a.m., Correction Department spokesman Christopher Fallon said. The onetime tight end was taken to a hospital and pronounced dead about an hour later.Hernandez had been housed in a single cell in a general population unit at the maximum-security state prison in Shirley. He tried to jam the cell door to prevent guards from opening it and hanged himself with a bedsheet tied to a window, Fallon said.Fallon said he was not aware of any suicide note. He said officials had no reason to believe Hernandez might take his life, and if they had had any such worries, he would have been transferred to a mental health unit.The Worcester County district attorney’s office and the Correction Department are investigating.Hernandez’s lawyer, Jose Baez, said he will conduct his own investigation.“There were no conversations or correspondence from Aaron to his family or legal team that would have indicated anything like this was possible,” he said in a statement.“Aaron was looking forward to an opportunity for a second chance to prove his innocence. Those who love and care about him are heartbroken and determined to find the truth surrounding his untimely death.”The Patriots had no immediate comment.Hernandez helped the University of Florida win the 2008 NCAA championship, but he dropped to the fourth round of the NFL draft because of his behavior in college, where he failed a drug test, he was accused of punching a bar employee, and his name came up in an investigation into a shooting.He was a productive tight end for the Patriots for three seasons, catching 79 passes for 910 yards and seven touchdowns in his second year to help the team reach the Super Bowl. In 2012, he signed a five-year, $40 million contract extension.But the team released him in 2013 after he was arrested in the killing of Odin Lloyd, a semi-professional football player who was dating the sister of Hernandez’s fiancee. He was convicted and sentenced to life without parole.Last Friday, Hernandez was acquitted in the deadly 2012 drive-by shootings of two men in Boston. Prosecutors said he gunned them down after one of them accidentally spilled a drink on him in a nightclub.As the jury was deliberating last week, cameras spied Hernandez blowing kisses to the young daughter he fathered with fiancée Shayanna Jenkins.His death was “a shocking and sad end to a very tragic series of events that has negatively impacted a number of families,” said Bristol County District Attorney Thomas Quinn, who prosecuted Hernandez in the Lloyd case.Prosecutors suggested Lloyd may have been killed to keep him quiet about the 2012 Boston killings. Ex-NFL, Gators star Aaron Hernandez hangs himself in prison cell Published: April 19, 2017 6:44 AM EDT Updated: April 20, 2017 8:33 PM EDT center_img SHARE Author: CNN last_img read more

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FSE orders EMUs

first_imgITALY: A €24·2m firm order for Polish manufacturer Newag to supply regional operator Ferrovie del Sud Est with six more three-car Impuls II electric multiple-units was finalised on December 7.In December 2015 FSE ordered an initial five of the Impuls II EMUs, designated ETR.322 in Italy, with an option for up to 10 more. The six additional units are scheduled to be delivered within 18 months.last_img

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List of library accomplishments ‘paints a very different picture’

first_img Joni Hubred Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window) Farmington Community Library Board of Trustees President Jim White and Vice President Bill Largent recently submitted a letter to Farmington Hills city council members that recaps progress made toward establishing “the library of the future.”Largent referenced the letter during Monday’s city council meeting, after officials heard several comments criticizing the library board and a survey that’s part of a system-wide assessment. The letter, he said, “paints a very different picture than you’ve heard at the last couple of meetings.”Library staff members and some supporters have panned the board’s April decision to furlough about 80 percent of employees after the library closed due to COVID-19 concerns. Comments made during board meetings have noted a resulting drop in services that has Farmington lagging behind neighboring systems.Largent said 80 percent of staff will be back this week.‘Grab and go’, online tutoringThe letter mentioned that the library will soon move from curbside service to “grab and go”, with patrons picking up materials inside the buildings. The library is also preparing to support students as they start the school year:“With the likelihood that school this year will be remote or some hybrid version, President White is working closely with Director (Riti) Grover to assure that every student has a library card and increased access to online tutoring services through tools such as Tutor.com, which could be a great help for parents and kids.”There are planned changes to the library’s website, improvements to IT security, and a two-year facilities plan to address between $1.5 million and $2 million in needed repairs, including an immediate, $230,000 upgrade to elevators at the Farmington Hills library.In addition, new financial and human resources software systems have been implemented. Previously, one staff member handled accounting, finance, human resources, and payroll.Working with Farmington Hills-based Gale, the library will be the first in Michigan to use “Gale Engage” along with “Gale Community Insight” to analyze how patrons use the library. The data would be used in marketing and outreach initiatives.Largent also said the work listed in the email has been accomplished in an environment hostile to board members and director Riti Grover, who started work in January. He said she has fielded phone calls from patrons, been verbally attacked in staff meetings, and has received a dozen Freedom of Information Act requests from staff members.Recommends appointmentNoting the Farmington Hills library board vacancy, Largent urged council members to appoint Joy Montgomery. The Farmington appointee resigned in May when she moved to Farmington Hills.“As former vice president and, by extension, chair of the personnel committee, she is well versed on staffing and associated legal issues,” he said.Appointing Montgomery,”creates a unified board and continues the positive momentum that has been building since the arrival of Director Grover,” Largent added.Barnett said council members have been “inundated” with questions and concerns about the library. She said officials are listening to everyone and will take all comments into consideration.The next scheduled library Board of Trustees meeting is Thursday, August 13, at 6 p.m. Participation information and an agenda will be posted at farmlib.org.Clarification: The word “some” was inadvertently omitted from this sentence in the original version of this post: “Library staff members and some supporters have panned the board’s April decision to furlough about 80 percent of employees after the library closed due to COVID-19 concerns.” Reported bylast_img read more

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Brazil leads World Cup qualifiers as Argentina bows sans Messi

first_img[av_one_full first min_height=” vertical_alignment=” space=” custom_margin=” margin=’0px’ padding=’0px’ border=” border_color=” radius=’0px’ background_color=” src=” background_position=’top left’ background_repeat=’no-repeat’ animation=”][av_heading heading=’Brazil leads World Cup qualifiers as Argentina bows sans Messi’ tag=’h3′ style=’blockquote modern-quote’ size=” subheading_active=’subheading_below’ subheading_size=’15’ padding=’10’ color=” custom_font=”][/av_heading][av_textblock size=” font_color=” color=”]RIO DE JANEIRO – Brazil recorded its fourth straight win under its new coach on Tuesday to become the new leader of South America’s World Cup qualifying group after 10 matches.Arch rival Argentina, however, was shocked 1-0 at home by Paraguay and is in a precarious fifth place, struggling to cope with the absence of injured Lionel Messi. The two heavyweights will face each other in Brazil in their next games.Despite the absence of Barcelona star Neymar, Brazil had little trouble in winning 2-0 at Venezuela. Previous group leader Uruguay slipped to second after a creditable 2-2 draw away to Colombia. Brazil is now one point ahead of Uruguay in the table.Elsewhere, third place Ecuador managed to come from behind and stop ninth place Bolivia in the altitude of La Paz with a 2-2 draw. Copa America champions Chile took a much-needed 2-1 home victory over Peru. (AP) [/av_textblock][/av_one_full]last_img read more

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Letters to the Editor for 1-21-2016

first_imgSpecial to the PRESSDear Editor,If you are disappointed about the Walmart store closing — located at 7480 Padre Island Highway (Highway 48) in Brownsville, you can protest by writing to:Walmart Corporate Office702 SW 8th St.Bentonville, Arkansas 72716(A petition would be great!)Or, call Walmart at (479)273-4000 and someone will transfer you to the right department.Let’s save those jobs and customer convenience!Joyce DeLuca and David Swider,Port Isabel Dear Editor,It was pleasant to read “REFUSING TO FORGET,”  the article written by Daniel A. Flores.  It focused on how South Texas College history instructor Trinidad O. Gonzales is directing attention on “massacre” the word used to describe “Life and Death on the Border 1910-1920,” an exhibit exploring the turbulent time where signs read “WE SERVE WHITE’S only NO SPANISH OR MEXICANS.”The exhibit will open at the Bullock Texas State History Museum on Jan. 23 in Austin.We cannot change history, but we must learn from the past, study and constantly resist the effects inflicted in our community in order to move forward and to stop accepting the mainstream narratives and support projects that describe our lives and to visit our painful history as a colonized area. We have survived, even when we faced a very toxic and racist environment, and that is a proof of our resilience and determination to claim not only our hidden history, but to be part of the whole society.Continue reading, studying and promoting change on negative aspects that affect our communities in the schools and all social entities. Vote, speak up and get involved and never accept anything that offends us. I thank Trinidad O. Gonzales and many others who are helping us to change our mindset of being colonized subjects instead of being equal citizens of these lands that we have walked for more than 500 years.Yolanda Garza BirdwellLaguna VistaWant the whole story? Pick up a copy of the Port Isabel-South Padre Press, or subscribe to our E-Edition by clicking here. RelatedLetters to the Editor for 10-06-2016Special to the PRESS Dear Editor, During October, The Art Gallery, located across from the Lighthouse on Maxan Street in Port Isabel, is displaying artwork related to the Días de los Muertos or the Days of the Dead celebration. This event was not celebrated in Northern Mexico until the Mexican…October 7, 2016In “News”Letter to the Editor for 3-16-2017Special to the PRESS Dear Editor, The word “LNG” (Liquefied Natural Gas) has been introduced into our everyday vocabulary with the prospect of three LNG export facilities at the Port of Brownsville. It is a complicated issue — which has become a controversial one as well. Many of the residents…March 17, 2017In “News”Rio Grande LNG meets with school boardBy DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com The Point Isabel School Board of Trustees had a special group of visitors during their regular board meeting Tuesday, Dec. 18. Six representatives from Rio Grande LNG — the Houston-based energy company seeking to build a liquefied natural gas (LNG) export terminal at…December 21, 2018In “News” Editor’s Note: The following is an open letter that was read to the Point Isabel Independent School District Board of Trustees and submitted to the PRESS by Madeleine Sandefur.Dear Members of the Board of Trustees,Last September 15, 2015, very early into the start of the new school year, the Point Isabel Independent School Board of Trustees voted unanimously to withdraw the 313 application for a tax valuation limitation filed by Annova LNG. Many of our members were present that evening to voice our LNG concerns and to applaud your decision.Although other public entities in the Laguna Madre area have similarly passed resolutions against the siting of LNG facilities nearby, we understand that the School Board vote represented the potential loss of significant financial gain.  For you to put principle over “payments in lieu of taxes” as your vote did, shows such integrity and thoughtfulness for the well-being of our communities that it is being noticed all around the state.We are here tonight to again thank you for your important decision. We acknowledge the enormous and difficult task that was placed in your hands, and we will not soon forget the action you chose in the best interest of your students, our children.We’ve included with this letter a picture of the Cheniere Sabine Pass LNG Facility that we thought you might find interesting.  It is located on the border between Texas and Louisiana and is the first LNG Export facility to go online (Jan. 2016) in the lower 48. In footprint and output, the size is very similar to Rio Grande LNG, one of the three LNG terminals proposed near Port Isabel. The picture was taken from about 1 mile away, across the Sabine River, and shows about one-third of the facility.  LNG companies show artists’ renditions that look rather benign.  This picture shows the reality.Sincerely,saveRGVfromLNGP.O. Box 669Los Fresnos, TX 78566 Sharelast_img read more

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Villatoro, Langston Finish in Top 5 at Argonaut Invitational

first_img“So it was a good day, especially for our newcomers at our home meet and showcase what we can do.” Villatoro ran a 20:44.66 on her way to a second-place finish, and Langston ran a 21:12.06, finishing fifth. Freshman Leah Fenton finished in 22:14.71 and took 12th. “Most races you go to are flat, fast, on grass surfaces, and boring for the runners,” Carmichael said. “What we have here is a course that maybe isn’t great for spectators, but the course is very enjoyable for runners, and it’s challenging and different. I think that is going to be enticing for other teams. Hopefully coaches spread the word and we get a lot more teams out here next year.” UWF’s final four runners finished in order, led by Brianna Basford (22:52.69) in 14th. She was followed by Zeana Guirey (23:04.21), Myra Tubb (23:04.21), and Rebekah Lapp (24:58.16). FULL RESULTS “We had the same mindset as Harding, to pack up at the first loop and then push ourselves afterwards,” head coach Caleb Carmichael said. “Our girls stepped up and ran well, and Val (Villatoro) stepped up and finished second place. She had about five or six girls ahead of her after the first lap and kept working her way through there, and Alyssa (Langston) just came up strong and broke up their top five as well.center_img PENSACOLA, Fla. – West Florida newcomers Valeria Villatoro and Alyssa Langston claimed top-five finishes at the Argonaut Invitational on Saturday morning at the UWF Cross Country Trails, as the University of West Florida women’s cross country team faced Harding and first-year program Pensacola State. After the race, Carmichael looked forward to what the UWF Trails could provide in the future. West Florida will head to Louisville, Kentucky, for the Louisville Cross Country Classic on October 5. Fans can keep up with the team by following @UWFXC on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. #ARGOS#Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

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