Cape Coral city leaders to discuss stricter fertilizer ordinance

first_imgAdvertisement CAPE CORAL, Fla. — Cape Coral city leaders are working to prevent canals from being contaminated with toxic blue-green algae.Fertilizer is a big contributor to algae growth in Cape Coral canals, and city leaders want to pass an ordinance that would prevent harmful blooms.The council tried to pass a strict fertilizer ordinance in August, but the motion failed. This time around, a new council will deliberate.The new council will look at extending the fertilizer-free zone from 10 to 15 feet, increasing the prohibited application period from four to six months, and banning phosphorus fertilizer. Cape Coral canal levels remain low even after recent rains June 17, 2021 Cape Coral man tries to figure out meaning of his 25-year-old tattoos June 16, 2021 AdvertisementTags: blue green algaeCape Coralfertilizer AdvertisementDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 comments AdvertisementThe city would also educate residents through a voluntary program.City leaders will meet at 4:30 Monday, November 23. center_img AdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 comments 27 Cape Coral bridges up for repairs after minor cracks found June 17, 2021 Cape Coral break in foiled by barking dog June 17, 2021 RELATEDTOPICS Advertisementlast_img read more

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Guterres commends Libya forum for breakthrough on interim leadership deal

first_imgGuterres commends Libya forum for breakthrough on interim leadership deal The United NationsThe UN Secretary-General has praised the breakthrough made by a key committee of the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum at the weekend, over an interim political leadership deal, ahead of nationwide elections at the end of the year.Announcing the development on Saturday, Acting UN Libya envoy Stephanie Williams said that Libyan envoys who had travelled to the Swiss city had broken the “deadlock” over selecting representatives for a temporary executive, from all regions of the country.The oil-rich nation has been divided into warring factions since the overthrow of President Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, with bloody conflict between the UN-recognised Government of National Accord (GNA) in the west, and the Libyan National Army (LNA) in the east.The terms of the Geneva deal were due to be voted on today, Monday, by the 75 members of the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum, in Tunis.‘Best possible compromise’The envoy described the proposal as “the best possible compromise” as it “respects the regional dimension and …encourages people to work across the divide and across regions, in order to strengthen understanding and to build unity in the country”.The temporary authority will be replaced by a permanent, democratically elected government, chosen by the Libyan people.“It is important to reflect and to remind everyone that what we are talking about here is a temporary, unified executive authority that will be replaced by a permanent, democratically elected government, chosen by the Libyan people on December 24th of this year” Ms. Williams explained.‘Decisive role’In a statement issued by his Spokesperson, UN chief António Guterres commended in particular the “decisive role played by women representatives and the Southern members, to forge consensus” over a recommended mechanism for selecting the executive.“The Secretary-General calls on the members of the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum to participate constructively in the vote on the selection mechanism and press ahead on the path to national elections on 24 December 2021”.Mr. Guterres also reiterated the support of the entire UN for the people of Libya, in their efforts to advance peace and stability.Kubiš appointed new Special EnvoyThe UN chief also made the formal announcement on Monday that Ján Kubiš of Slovakia is to be the new Special Envoy on Libya and Head of the Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL).Mr. Guterres said in the statement that he was “grateful for the commitment and outstanding leadership”, of Acting Special Representative Stephanie Williams, who has moved the political process of reconstituting the war-torn country forward considerably during her time in the key role.Mr. Kubiš, who has served as Special Coordinator for Lebanon, Office of the UN Special Coordinator for Lebanon (UNSCOL), since 2019, brings with him many years of experience in diplomacy, foreign security policy, and international economic relations, both internationally and in his own country, the statement said. /UN News 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:breakthrough, conflict, Diplomacy, Geneva, Government, leadership, lebanon, Libya, President, Secretary-General, security, Slovakia, southern, Tunis, UN, Williamslast_img read more

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Minister Jordan receives interlocutor’s report on future transformation of Freshwater Fish Marketing Corporation

first_imgMinister Jordan receives interlocutor’s report on future transformation of Freshwater Fish Marketing Corporation From: Fisheries and Oceans CanadaMinister Jordan receives interlocutor’s report on future transformation of the Freshwater Fish Marketing CorporationOttawa, ON – Since its creation over 50 years ago, the Freshwater Fish Marketing Corporation (FFMC) has played an important role in the lives of inland fish harvesters, including those in remote and northern Indigenous communities.Today, the Honourable Bernadette Jordan, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, announced receipt of the report from Kevin G. Anderson, the Interlocutor on the Transformation of the Freshwater Fish Marketing Corporation.Since his appointment in 2019, Mr. Anderson held more than 30 engagement sessions with harvesters and other stakeholders in the freshwater fishery, as well as Indigenous leaders, economic development organizations, and representatives from federal, provincial, territorial and Indigenous governments and groups. In March 2020, he established an Interim Committee of Inland Fish Harvesters to assess the feasibility of transforming the FFMC into a harvester-led marketing entity.The report recommends that DFO commit to continue working with the Interim Committee to transform the FFMC. For this work to continue, the Interlocutor recommended that the Department provide support to the Interim Committee in securing administrative and technical expertise to allow it to formalize its role in representing fish harvesters in Manitoba, Saskatchewan and the Northwest Territories.The Government of Canada welcomes the recommendations and is committed to working with the Interim Committee over the next year as it explores transforming the FFMC to a harvester-led entity, that supports all communities. DFO will continue to work with the Interim Committee to assess and support the next steps in the process.During this time, the FFMC will continue to operate in support of freshwater fish harvesters.QuotesThe Freshwater Fish Marketing Corporation has a long history with Canada’s inland seafood sector and we are committed to working with all harvesters to ensure the organization is effective, inclusive, and viable. I want to thank the Interim Committee members and Interlocutor, Mr. Anderson, for laying the groundwork for FFMC’s transformation. The end structure of the FFMC has not been finalized, however I look forward to working with the Interim Committee, and all harvesters, to explore this harvester-led model.– The Honourable Bernadette Jordan, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast GuardThe Minister of Fisheries and Oceans Canada’s decision to support harvester ownership of the FFMC is the some of the best news our industry has heard in a long time. We look forward to working with our fellow fishers, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, and the Freshwater Fish Marketing Corporation to find a model that works for commercial freshwater harvesters, and sets us up for success.– Jamie Linington & Sam Murdock, Co-chairs, Interim Committee of Inland Fish HarvestersSince established in 1969, the primary goal of the FFMC has been to maximize returns to commercial fishers. With the Government of Canada’s decision to put harvesters served by the FFMC at the centre of the discussion about its transformation, I am confident that this is a positive step for the future of the industry. I look forward to working with the Interim Committee to support this process.– David Bevan, Chairperson of the Board, Freshwater Fish Marketing CorporationQuick factsThe FFMC is a federal Crown corporation established in 1969 and headquartered in Winnipeg, Manitoba.Under the Freshwater Fish Marketing Act, the Corporation has the exclusive right to market and trade freshwater fish in interprovincial and export markets. This applies to designated products supplied by participating jurisdictions; the Northwest Territories. In the provinces of Manitoba and Saskatchewan, the FFMC is a licenced fish buyer, andAn Interlocutor, Mr. Kevin Anderson, was appointed on September 4th, 2019 to act as a neutral third party to lead the next steps of the transformation following the recommendation of the Ministerial Advisory Panel on the FFMC. /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:Anderson, Canada, Economic Development, Export, Fisheries, Freshwater, future, Government, Indigenous, industry, Jordan, market, Minister, Ottawa, seafood, tradelast_img read more

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Imprivata’s purchase of Isosec raises competition concerns

first_imgImprivata’s purchase of Isosec raises competition concerns Imprivata and Isosec provide secure authentication management solutions to healthcare providers in England. These technologies can give staff protected access to sensitive patient data sourced from a central NHS IT system.Following its Phase 1 investigation, the CMA has found evidence indicating that Imprivata and Isosec are important rivals in this area and part of the motivation for the takeover was the removal of a competitive threat from the market. Evidence also shows that competition between them is expected to grow in the future with the introduction of new products. In addition, the merging companies’ customers, including the NHS, have limited other options in terms of suppliers.The CMA is therefore concerned that the merger could reduce choice and stifle innovation in authentication management solutions for accessing sensitive NHS data. This would have an impact on both non-NHS and NHS healthcare providers across England and could potentially lead to taxpayers receiving poorer value for money in relation to these services.Joel Bamford, CMA Senior Director of Mergers, said:Just like consumers, the NHS relies on competition between suppliers to keep prices low and drive innovation. The evidence we’ve seen from NHS customers and the companies’ own documents shows that Imprivata and Isosec would compete increasingly strongly if it wasn’t for their proposed deal. Losing this competition would lead to a worse outcome for the NHS and other healthcare providers. Unless the companies address our concerns, we will refer the deal to a more in-depth review.The CMA will refer this merger to a more in-depth Phase 2 investigation unless the companies address its concerns. As standard, they now have 5 working days to offer legally binding proposals to the CMA. The CMA then has a further 5 working days to consider whether to accept any offer instead of referring the case to a Phase 2 investigation.F /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:deal, director, future, Government, healthcare, Impact, innovation, investigation, market, money, purchase, takeover, UK, UK Governmentlast_img read more

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The first 2JZ-powered 2020 Toyota Supra has already caught fire

first_imgEverybody complained when the new Toyota Supra debuted with an engine sourced from BMW.It was “wrong”, it should have been a successor to the last-gen’s famous 2JZ, they all cried.Well, after somebody finally listened to all of the complaining and installed a vintage 2JZ in his own new A90 Supra, it turns out it probably wasn’t meant to be. RELATED TAGSSupraToyotaNon-LuxuryNew VehiclesNon-Luxury On the plus side, the car seems to work pretty well when it isn’t on fire. The swap was performed by legendary drifter Daigo Saito, who is no stranger to the famous engine, or to drifting.While the car looks pretty well built, it obviously still needs some tweaking. We’re judging by the fact it, y’know set itself on fire a couple times while performing at the “Monster Energy Presents D1GP All-Star Shoot-out” in Odaiba, Japan.https://www.instagram.com/p/BvT6ZUshGO1/The first time flames were emitted from the MK5 was in the pits of the event, as captured by Instagram user Verkeenko.The car’s exhaust doesn’t seem to route completely outside the bodywork, which caused a problem when flames started spitting from it, prompting a panicked scramble to find a fire extinguisher.Daigo would have been fine if that was his only problem, but it seems like it was a sign of things to come. Later on the track, the MK5 Supra decided to catch fire from the business end, as you can see in this vid starting around the 7:37 mark.The damage doesn’t look good, but hopefully, it was just a small blaze and the team figured out the fire extinguisher faster this time around. The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever Trending Videos ‹ Previous Next › Buy It! Princess Diana’s humble little 1981 Ford Escort is up for auction An engagement gift from Prince Charles, the car is being sold by a Princess Di “superfan”center_img See More Videos COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS advertisement Trending in Canada We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. PlayThe Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everPlay3 common new car problems (and how to prevent them) | Maintenance Advice | Driving.caPlayFinal 5 Minivan Contenders | Driving.caPlay2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge | Ministry of Interior Affairs | Driving.caPlayThe 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is a new take on Canada’s fave truck | Driving.caPlayBuying a used Toyota Tundra? Check these 5 things first | Used Truck Advice | Driving.caPlayCanada’s most efficient trucks in 2021 | Driving.caPlay3 ways to make night driving safer and more comfortable | Advice | Driving.caPlayDriving into the Future: Sustainability and Innovation in tomorrow’s cars | Driving.ca virtual panelPlayThese spy shots get us an early glimpse of some future models | Driving.ca last_img read more

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Vineyard Technology to Boost Profits, Minimize Problems

first_imgHome Industry News Releases Vineyard Technology to Boost Profits, Minimize ProblemsIndustry News ReleasesWine BusinessVineyard Technology to Boost Profits, Minimize ProblemsBy Press Release – April 30, 2015 43 0 Advertisement(Napa, CALIF.) – Wineries, vineyard managers and grapegrowers eager to tap into technology to tackle problems and increase profitability, can learn more from a trio of vineyard technology experts that will cover the latest in vineyard tech at the 20th Annual Vineyard Economics Seminar, set for Friday, May 15, 2015 in Napa, California at the Napa Valley Marriott Hotel.Garrett Buckland (Premiere Viticultural Services), Jim Brammer (Soaring Vistas Media Aerial Photography) and Adam Metz (TerrAvion) are set to discuss the latest in vineyard technology ranging from leveraging small, unmanned aerial vehicles for vineyard management, to gathering data from a virtual bird’s eye point of view, to assessing the lack of water and using technology to improve vine health, to interpreting data to take the best steps to increase vineyard profits.Attendees will gain rare, immediate access to recent aerial snapshots of their viticultural region which may provide timely insight into critical issues such as the impact of the drought, ground water supply, pests, early bud break and bloom.The 2015 Vineyard Economics program features agricultural experts, wine industry professionals and high level decision makers from all areas of the industry. Topics will range from the grape market, to the future impact of sustainability, to labor law, to vineyard planting trends to saving money with mechanization and technology in the vineyard. The program, and limited-time early bird registration, is available online at www.WineSymposium.com.The 2015 Vineyard Economics Seminar event sponsors include: American Ag Credit; Bank of the West; Burr Pilger Mayer, Inc. (BPM) Accountants and Consultants; CMPR Carle, Mackie, Power & Ross LLP Attorneys; CoBank; Dickenson, Peatman & Fogarty; Farm Credit West; G & J Seiberlich & Co. LLP; Moss Adams, LLP Certified Public Accountants / Business Consultants; PricewaterhouseCoopers; Walsh Vineyards Management; American Vineyard Magazine; Vineyard & Winery Management; Wine Business Monthly; Wine Industry Insight; Wine Industry Network and Wines & Vines (now including Practical Winery & Vineyard).About the Wine Industry Symposium GroupThe founders of the Wine Industry Symposium Group met in early 1992 with the hope that by forming a new industry conference, they would create an open exchange of thoughts and ideas concerning financial aspects of the California wine industry. The Wine Industry Financial Symposium was born. A couple of years later, in 1994, the group started a similar program, the Central Coast Insights Program, to fit the needs of that region. A year later, the Vineyard Economics Seminar was created for grape growers. Because of consistent globalization and consolidation in the wine business, the Wine Industry Symposium Group continues to operate with the mission of providing a critical platform for important communication and dialogue between the multiple facets of the wine business and the lending community. For more information visit www.winesymposium.com or call (707) 666-2525. Like the Wine Symposium Group on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/WineSymposiumGroup and follow on Twitter at http://twitter.com/wine_symposium.Advertisement ReddIt Linkedin TAGSfeaturedVineyard Economics SeminarWine Industry Symposium Group Share Twitter Pinterest Facebook Email Previous articleAfternoon Brief, April 29Next articleCheers to the Sweet Land of Li-beer-ty Press Releaselast_img read more

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Ferrari-Carano Winery Welcomes Guests with New Tasting Experiences

first_img Email ReddIt Twitter TAGSFerrari-Carano Facebook Previous articleCaine Thompson, Managing Director of Robert Hall Winery, Nominated for Wine Enthusiast’s “Innovator of the Year” Wine Star AwardNext articleSummerland Wine Brands Announces New Sales Leadership Press Release Share Pinterest Home Industry News Releases Ferrari-Carano Winery Welcomes Guests with New Tasting ExperiencesIndustry News ReleasesWine BusinessFerrari-Carano Winery Welcomes Guests with New Tasting ExperiencesBy Press Release – October 13, 2020 324 0 Linkedin AdvertisementSANTA ROSA, Calif. (October 13, 2020)–Ferrari-Carano Winery and Vineyards has reopened its doors just in time for fall, unveiling a slate of new tasting experiences that showcase its stunning gardens, vineyards and outdoor enclaves. Now part of the Foley family of wineries, Ferrari-Carano’s enhanced tastings build upon its long standing reputation for hospitality excellence and invite guests to embrace the winery’s “Bella Vita” lifestyle. Following a soft re-opening in mid-September, the winery is now open for appointment-only tastings Thursday through Monday from 11:00 to 4:00 p.m., with the first reservation time at 10:30 a.m. and the last at 2:30 p.m.“Ferrari-Carano Winery has always set a high bar for hospitality,” says Quinn Martin, who recently took the helm as the winery’s Senior Guest Services Manager. “What we’ve done is to simply incorporate more of the property into the experience, putting the stunning gardens and vineyards center stage.” Fall Tasting ExperiencesSycamore Grove TastingGuests are invited to sit amongst the trees in the winery’s shaded Sycamore Grove and experience the winemaker’s favorite wines paired with Italian-inspired bites.  The tasting includes a flight of four, single-vineyard wines and food pairings made with fresh ingredients from the garden by the Estate Chef. Surrounded by gardens and breathtaking vineyard views, guests will feel transported to the Italian countryside. Pricing is $50 per person/$40 for wine club members.Il Terrazzo Tasting (Traditional or Reserve)Overlooking its vineyards and a beautiful expanse of Dry Creek Valley, Il Terrazzo is Ferrari-Carano’s outdoor patio — and the perfect place to enjoy a flight of four, hand-selected wines. Guests are invited to sip and relax while learning about the winemaking philosophy and vineyard practices. When guests reserve their tasting time, they may add an optional cheese and charcuterie board to make the experience even more memorable. Pricing is $20 per person for the Traditional tasting/$30 for the Reserve tasting; both are complimentary for wine club members.About Ferrari-Carano Vineyards and WineryNestled in picturesque Dry Creek Valley, Ferrari-Carano Vineyards and Winery has been home to award-winning wines, exquisite gardens and breathtaking vineyard views for more than 35 years. At the beautiful Italianate hospitality center, Villa Fiore, guests may stroll lush gardens and taste wines in the Villa Fiore Wine Shop, at the Enoteca bar in the underground cellar, outside on Il Terrazzo, or on the Sycamore Terrace overlooking beautiful vineyards. Spanning 1,900 acres across three counties, Ferrari-Carano’s 24 certified-sustainable estate vineyards provide the grapes that go into its esteemed wines. Ferrari-Carano is one of the region’s leaders, setting the bar for the highest standard in hospitality, wine quality and sustainability. More information is available online at www.ferrari-carano.comAdvertisement last_img read more

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Apple Watch shipments at 4.2M – Canalys

first_img Previous ArticleHuawei sees bumper first half for handsetsNext ArticleZTE debuts flagship smartphone in China, US Devices Steve Costello Related AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 22 JUL 2015 Tags HomeDevicesNews Apple Watch shipments at 4.2M – Canalys Apple faces 5G modem waitcenter_img KT makes LG Electronics trade-in move Google taps retail with NYC store AppleCanalyswatch Steve works across all of Mobile World Live’s channels and played a lead role in the launch and ongoing success of our apps and devices services. He has been a journalist…More Read more Analyst firm Canalys said that Apple shipped 4.2 million Apple Watch devices in Q2 2015, meaning that it “easily overtook Fitbit, Xiaomi and all the smart watch vendors, despite the Apple Watch’s significantly higher pricing”.Apple is keeping its cards close to its chest with regard to Apple Watch sales and shipment information, stating that it does not want to give additional guidance to its rivals. It said that demand had exceeded supply “by a wide margin”, with hints that sales could have reached $1 billion during the quarter.Using Canalys’ estimate of 4.2 million, and the base Apple Watch retail pricing of $349, would give revenue of at least $1.47 billion.“The Apple Watch is the most sophisticated smart watch to date, and it has proved popular with Apple fans worldwide. But Apple and other vendors still face important challenges to make the smart watch a breakout hit,” said Chris Jones, VP and principal analyst for the firm.“Improvements in performance, battery life and sensor integration are needed to make future models more attractive, but it is the quality of third-party apps that will determine whether the Apple Watch will be a long-term success,” he continued. Authorlast_img read more

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China preps ground for 5G with plea for C-band spectrum

first_img Tags Singtel lights SA 5G network Author 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 Telkomsel turns on 5G in major cities Previous ArticleChina’s Alipay in talks with Wirecard – reportNext ArticleRCS profile picks up more support Related Joseph Waring center_img LIVE FROM GSMA MOBILE WORLD CONGRESS SHANGHAI: China is devoting substantial resources to accelerate the development of 5G, because existing technology won’t be able to keep up with the country’s soaring data demand.Xie Feibo, director general of the Radio Regulations Bureau, Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT), said the reason behind this push is simple: China has the largest population in the world, which means at some point it will have the largest data flows.“Currently technologies are not sufficient to handle the coming data flows as we move from human-to-human communications to M2M, and spectrum in the future has to support broadband and narrow-band channels. Each square metre will have at least one million connections. So how much spectrum do we need? It’s a huge amount. The government has given me the very big job to find a way to support these future data flows,” he said.During his presentation today, in the Collaboration in Asia for Spectrum for 5G session, Xie said the government’s attitude towards 5G has been extremely supportive, with initiatives to mobilise all of the ministry’s resources to enable developments.He called on all players in the mobile ecosystem to “please concentrate” on C-band spectrum to prepare for the early adoption of 5G. China is focused on the 3.3-3.6GHz band in the first phase. He acknowledge that this band will not be enough, so the industry also needs to adopt new principles, the most important of which is sharing.“Please prepare to accept this concept and start looking to share network resources with other radio services, such as the satellite industry, which can create new opportunities. In the new age of spectrum usage, spectrum sharing is key,” he said.GSMAJohn Giusti, chief regulatory officer at GSMA, explained that long-term spectrum planning is essential even at this early stage of 5G development, with collaboration and harmonisation essential to success.“China, Japan and South Korea have an unprecedented opportunity to work together to harmonise spectrum, particularly as we look above 6GHz.”Giusti also noted that as we talk about 5G we shouldn’t lose focus on current networks, since LTE and 3G will be what most people use to connect for the foreseeable future. Nokia scores Philippines 5G deal with Dito AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 28 JUN 2016 5GChina MobileGSMA HomeAsiaNews China preps ground for 5G with plea for C-band spectrum Asia last_img read more

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Frugals Celebrates With Feeding Frenzy

first_imgClick the image or use the arrows to see more images from Frugals.If Amy Siefke and her staff at Frugals ever wondered just how much the community savors their fast food, that question was answered in a big way on Nov. 27. The distinct chrome-covered, double-sided drive-thru restaurant on U.S. Highway 93 South in Kalispell celebrated its 10th anniversary with what could best be described as a feeding frenzy. Frugals commemorated its milestone by selling quarter-pound Frugal Burgers for 99 cents and about everything else on the menu for half price. The celebration ended up being their busiest day ever. Within the first five minutes of opening at 11 a.m., 25 burger patties had been slapped on the grill and served. Lines of cars stretched to the highway all day as people waited to order the popular burgers, shakes and fries. By closing time at 8 p.m., the staff had served 1,465 burgers. It was a long day of work for the tired Frugals staff. But in the food service industry, a busy day is the best commendation there is, and that Sunday showed just how popular the small drive-thru has become over the last decade. With 20 employees and no inside seating, Frugals offers a menu full of items that enjoy a loyal following. There’s the double bacon cheeseburger or the BLT sandwich. There are huckleberry milkshakes served year round. The fries have always been touted as a must-have. And then there’s the Monster Burger – an imposing four-patty hamburger that the staff seems to especially enjoy building. “We cook to serve. If you want a burger, we’re going to get you a burger. If you want a chicken, we’re going to get you a chicken. Hot and fresh,” said Mandain Kutch, a supervisor at Frugals who is nearing her five-year anniversary donning the royal blue uniform. All of the beef is fresh and never frozen, and new patties arrive every three days. Siefke, the restaurant’s manager, proudly points to the A+ rating from the health department, a badge of honor in food service. It may surprise folks who drive through on a regular basis that, despite its uniqueness, Frugals is a franchise, albeit a small one. The first restaurant opened in Port Angeles, Wash., in 1988. Today there are five Frugals – three in Washington, one in Minnesota and one in Montana. Either way, Siefke doesn’t consider Frugals to be your typical burger chain and that’s the mindset she and her staff furnish. “We’re not like most other franchises,” she said. “I think we’re really unique.” Part of that uncommon quality can be seen in the workmanlike chemistry inside the small, narrow building. Seven employees per shift are crammed inside Frugals every day. Employees jump from duties in the kitchen to working the grill to serving customers at one of two windows. From the outside looking in, it can be an impressive display of chaos in concert. “You get used to it,” Siefke said of working in the tight space. “We’re like a family.” Moments later, she nearly collides with another employee hurrying to make a shake. Siefke apologizes and returns to work in one fell swoop. Chaos in concert. “We’re always all bumping into each other,” she said, smiling. “You have to look who’s coming behind you.” Stress can often plague a staff in the food service industry, which is why Siefke does her best to lighten the atmosphere. Whether it’s encouraging everyone to wear Santa hats while working or frequent employee contests or bonus incentives, Siefke doesn’t want her employees dreading coming to work. Her efforts appear to be working. Many of her devoted team of employees have stuck with Frugals for years. Most are approaching three- or four-year anniversaries. “The people here are nice and it’s a fun atmosphere to work in,” said Sarah Sanford, Kutch’s sister who has worked there almost four years. “It’s not too stressful. Some days it can be but not normally.” Every employee earns a bump in vacation, too, when they reach anniversaries. It’s another way Siefke hopes to take care of her staff and show them their efforts are appreciated. And after the anniversary on Nov. 27, that hard-working group certainly deserves a good vacation. Email Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox.last_img read more

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