It’s full speed ahead for airport

first_imgThe schedule will allow for connecting flights to about 60 destinations offered either by United or its Star Alliance partners. LAWA’s Board of Commissioners unanimously approved the allocation, which includes $414,000 for salaries, $280,000 for materials and supplies and $70,000 for equipment, according to a staff report. Personnel costs include workers for construction and maintenance services to maintain the terminal, ramp and other facilities, and airfield operations staffers to coordinate the needs of the airlines and act as a contact with the U.S. Air Force regarding commercial passenger operations. L.A./Palmdale Regional Airport consists of a terminal building and parking lot located at Air Force Plant 42. Under an agreement with the Air Force, Plant 42 can be used by civilian airliners for as many as 50 flights a day, and there are provisions to expand to 400 a flights a day. Palmdale lost its only airline in January 2006 when Scenic Airlines pulled out, saying it wasn’t carrying enough passengers to make money on its flights to and from North Las Vegas. PALMDALE – Los Angeles airport commissioners Monday approved spending $835,000 for upgrades and staffing at the Palmdale airport in preparation for United Airlines starting service in June. The money for L.A./Palmdale Regional Airport will help pay for repairs to the aircraft ramp, for upgrades to interior terminal lighting and alarm systems to maintain Transportation Security Administration security levels, and for police staffing to do screening. “It’s full-speed ahead, planning and working toward the reopening of the airport for scheduled jet airline service,” Los Angeles World Airports Deputy Executive Director Paul Haney said. “L.A./Palmdale is an important part of meeting the regional demands for air service in the 21st century.” Beginning June 7, United Airlines will offer two departing flights daily from Palmdale to San Francisco aboard 50-seat Bombardier CRJ-200 aircraft. Scenic, which operated 19-passenger turboprop aircraft out of Palmdale for just over a year, was the first airline in the Antelope Valley in nearly seven years. Commuter airlines United Express, America West and SkyWest operated between the Palmdale terminal and Los Angeles International Airport in the 1990s – sometimes two airlines at a time. All pulled out after failing to generate profits with their Palmdale operations. The last pulled out in 1998. Supporters of the airport are hoping to convince travelers that L.A./Palmdale Regional Airport is a better alternative than LAX because there are no parking fees and no 405 Freeway driving hassles. United’s inaugural Palmdale service is being aided by an incentive package worth about $4.6 million that includes $2 million from the city of Palmdale, with $900,000 from a federal grant, to underwrite any losses the airline incurs. The revenue-guarantee agreement does not set fares. However, there is a statement that fares “shall not vary significantly in price levels or terms and conditions” from those offered for routes of similar distance and in similar-size markets. The airline and the city have set a goal of generating $4.4 million with the new service. [email protected] (661) 267-5744160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Films explore urban African tapestry

first_imgDebunking tired clichés about the continent, filmmakers on the short film project set out to reveal contemporary, cosmopolitan Africa. (Image: African Metropolis)• Goethe-Institut African MetropolisPress Liaison+27 11 442 [email protected] Jane CookWeaving intricate stories and creating tapestries of colourful narratives is a beautiful element of African culture, used to impart wisdom and keep history alive. This artistic tradition has now translated into African Metropolis, a collection of six short fiction films, set in six major African cities.These films will be shown at the independent cinema, Bioscope Maboneng, from 9 to 18 May. The series will then head to the Labia in Cape Town. An initiative of the Goethe-Institut South Africa and South African executive producer Steven Markovitz, the African Metropolis Short Film Project was supported by Guaranty Trust Bank and the Hubert Bals Fund of International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR).The Bioscope, in downtown Johannesburg, is an innovative space with the aim of increasing the diversity of content on South African cinema screens. “The Bioscope has helped play a fundamental role in growing new markets for new films, becoming a vital mechanism in developing local audiences for locally and internationally produced cinema,” it says.Cape Town’s Labia Theatre, in the suburb of Gardens, is the oldest independent art-repertory movie cinema in South Africa.Abidjan, Cairo, Dakar, Johannesburg, Lagos and Nairobi are the six cities featured in the films. More than 50% of the population of Africa now lives in cities. Urban growth is escalating and transforming, and in African cinema there has been a dramatic shift in the stories told. Once dominated by the traditional, the inner city has now overtaken rural Africa in story themes.A cosmopolitan worldDebunking tired clichés about the continent, filmmakers on the short film project set out to reveal contemporary, cosmopolitan Africa. “There was a long discussion about what constitutes a metropolis,” explains the head of cultural programmes at the Goethe-Institut Johannesburg, Lien Heidenreich-Seleme, on the African Metropolis website: “In the end we chose more cities than we had money for. And we really wanted more North African cities, so we made a point of including Cairo.”African Metropolis premiered at the Durban International Film Festival in 2013. Three of the films were shown at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) 2013, and in Europe, the films premiered at the IFFR on 26 January. They had their American premiere at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival in California, and have been seen, collectively or individually, in Washington, Vancouver, Milan, Dubai, Toronto and Warsaw.Gertjan Zuilhof, international programmer, and Peter van Hoof, head of the short film programme, at the IFFR, say: “Big city films from African big cities is just what we have been waiting for. It is about time we move on from pre-colonial nostalgia. The best would be if this project could work as a model for the future. Many occasional film projects have been done in Africa – and also Rotterdam had its share in them – but continuation is what is needed. ‘On to the next series’ should be the motto.”Heidenreich-Seleme defines the Goethe-Institut’s role in the project: “We wanted to change the perception of Africa in Germany, in Europe. Africans are sick of being treated as a continent that needs aid all the time, the images of starving Africans, the sexualised image of the exotic African woman. We started working on changing perceptions outside Africa, but we have also started facilitating inter-African projects, and this feeds into the larger goal of changing the perspective of Africa in Europe.”Cameron Bailey, the artistic director of the TIFF, adds: “African Metropolis really shows us a new generation of African filmmakers and gives us a glimpse of new talent from the continent. The short films reflect on some of the social realities.”Watch: African Metropolis at the Durban International Film Festival:The programmeThe films in the African Metropolis programme are:● Abidjan, Ivory Coast: To Repel Ghosts, written and directed by Philippe LacôteDuring a visit to Abidjan, American artist Jean-Michel Basquiat comes face to face with demons, ghosts, doubt and his own death. Basquiat died on 12 August 1988; this film pays homage to him by telling the unknown story of his trip to Ivory Coast. The artist arrived in Abidjan at a time when he was exhausted. Haunted by his ghosts, all his hope lay in this first encounter with Africa.● Cairo, Egypt: The Cave, directed by Ahmed GhoneimyIn a changing world, fitting in is the hardest thing to do. Ghoneimy’s slice-of-life film follows angry young musician Adham through the contrasting landscapes of an ever-evolving Cairo. For Adham, working class with limited opportunities, the city is an arena where the strong survive and the weak fall by the wayside. When he reaches out to an old friend, he finds he has moved on – and up – and the foundation of their relationship is not what it once was. The film is a sharp, poignant comment on the rapidly transforming social environment that is contemporary Egypt.● Dakar, Senegal: The Other Woman (L’autre Femme), directed by Marie KAA housewife in her fifties discovers her true self when she has to accept her husband’s second wife into her home. It is a brave film set in the secret world of multiple spouse households, telling the story of Madeleine and her husband’s new, young second wife. The women develop a relationship far beyond conventional norms. Their intimacy has the potential to blow apart a stable domestic world, but it also has the potential to rewrite the story of both their lives. It is a bold and exquisitely tender film, beautifully acted and sensitively filmed against the backdrop of colourful, beguiling Dakar.● Johannesburg, South Africa: Berea, directed by Vincent MoloiAlone in his high-rise apartment, Aaron Zukerman’s Berea has disappeared. Long after his friends and family have moved on, the Jewish pensioner remains in his inner-city apartment, his world getting ever smaller and smaller, as the city closes in on his memories and happiness. His focus is on a weekly assignation with a kindly prostitute, for which he prepares days in advance. But when her unexpected replacement arrives one Friday, an initially angry response sparks a chain of events that ultimately changes the way the old man sees his world. Berea is a gentle, poetic ode to the power of reinvention.● Lagos, Nigeria: The Line-Up, directed by Folasakin IwajomoHow far would you go to pay for your sister’s life-saving operation? Ten men in a taxi, strangers to each other, head to an unusual line-up, where they must strip and subject themselves to blindfolds and inspection by a mysterious woman and her charge. Only seven go home that night, big money in their pockets. But what happened to the other three? The ritual is replayed again and again, and the attrition continues. For one man the rumours of how much “the chosen” make spurs him on – he is desperate for the money to pay for his sister’s operation. But what is the price of being chosen? Iwajomo’s spooky, disturbing film confronts the perils of the poverty trap and the abuse of the desperate, in an allegory for the exploited.● Nairobi, Kenya: Homecoming, directed by Jim ChuchuFantasy, science fiction and infatuation fuse as an obsessed neighbour invents ever-stranger scenarios for wooing the girl of his dreams. Nothing is what it seems as Max, a nerdy voyeur, turns fiction into truth and the mundane into the unexpected in his quest to get the attention of Alina, the girl next door. Nairobi is threatened with imminent extinction, and now is his chance to save her and verbalise his unspoken desire. However, a mysterious stranger stands in the way of his happiness. Will Max overcome his fear and save the girl? Is Alina looking for a hero? Homecoming is a quirky, light-hearted look at obsession and the desire to be seen.African Metropolis attempts to confront and defy stereotypes, and as director Moloi says: “It’s only through films that we can start understanding each other. I sometimes feel that, as Africans, we are harsh to each other, we judge each other a lot, and these films represent Africa in conversation with itself.”last_img read more

Economic impact of avian influenza

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Since December 2014, the USDA has confirmed several cases of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5 in the Pacific, Central, and Mississippi flyways (or migratory bird paths). The disease has been found in wild birds, as well as in a few backyard and commercial poultry flocks. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) considers the risk to people from these HPAI H5 infections to be low. No human cases of these HPAI H5 viruses have been detected in the United States, Canada, or internationally.Nearly 170 Influenza findings have been reported since December, a majority of which have been turkeys and most recently layers. The HPAI H5N2 virus strain has been confirmed in several states along three of the four North American Flyways: Pacific, Central and Mississippi. The latest findings can be found at http://go.osu.edu/AIupdate.The novel HPAI H5N1 virus is not the same virus as the H5N1 virus found in Asia, Europe and Africa that has caused some human illness. This HPAI H5N1 strain is a new mixed-origin virus that combines the H5 genes from the Asian HPAI H5N1 virus with N genes from native North American avian influenza viruses found in wild birds.Allison Sandve, University of Minnesota Extension, recently reported losses in poultry production and related businesses due to avian influenza are estimated at $309.9 million in Greater Minnesota, according to a newly released emergency economic impact analysis from University of Minnesota Extension.Using economic modeling, analysts determined that for every million dollars in direct losses, the estimated ripple effect leads to $1.8 million in overall economic losses, including $450,000 in wages. Ripple effect losses stem from factors including reduced wage-earner and business-to-business spending.The Extension analysis put losses of poultry production — both turkeys and egg-laying chickens — at $113 million as of May 11.“These projections represent where we stand as of May 11,” said Brigid Tuck, Extension senior analyst, who led the study. “If the virus affects more farms, as we have seen since May 11, the impact levels will rise. If barns stay empty for another cycle of poultry production, these numbers could potentially double”Producers are no longer thinking about “if” this will hit Ohio, but “when.” We hope the disease will miss us this spring but it has been predicted that the level of risk will be high each fall and spring for the next couple years as waterfowl migrate back and forth through our state.The value of poultry sales in Ohio from the last census is $946,592,000. If we would experience a 50% loss of production in Ohio, I would estimate a ripple effect would be $1 billion in overall economic losses, including $815,000 in wages.Think about the effect on the demand for corn and soybean meal. If we would lose half of our poultry for a 6-month period, you would reduce corn demand by 27 million bushels — the equivalent of 9% of our state corn production and soybeans would be about a 5 million-bushel reduction.For those with commercial poultry operations much planning and execution is necessary at this time including advanced biosecurity and disaster planning.last_img read more

Introducing Shelley MacDermid Wadsworth and Purdue University’s Military Family Research Institute

first_imgThis week’s Friday Field Notes features Shelley MacDermid Wadsworth,  from Purdue University, here to talk about her work with the Military Family Research Institute as well as share some great resources for professionals working with military families.Shelley M. MacDermid Wadsworth is a professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies at Purdue University, where she also directs the Military Family Research Institute and the Center for Families.  Dr. MacDermid Wadsworth holds an M.B.A. in Management and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Human Development and Family Studies from The Pennsylvania State University.  Her research focuses on relationships between job conditions and family life, with special focus on military families.  Her research has been published in scientific outlets including the Journal of Marriage and Family and the Academy of Management Journal, and has been funded by a variety of federal, state, and philanthropic organizations.  Dr. MacDermid Wadsworth is a fellow of the National Council on Family Relations, and a recipient of the Work Life Legacy Award from the Families and Work Institute and the Violet Haas Award for Leadership on behalf of women at Purdue University.  Dr. MacDermid Wadsworth has served on federal advisory committees for the Department of Defense and the Institute of Medicine, and has testified in Congress regarding military and veteran families.  In 2012, Dr. MacDermid Wadsworth received the Morrill Award from Purdue University in recognition of outstanding career achievements that have had an impact on society, and in 2016, Purdue University received the Kellogg Award from the Association of Public and Land Grant Universities and the Higher Education Civic Engagement Award from the Washington Center in recognition of the work of the Military Family Research Institute. We’d like to thank Shelley for her contribution to this blog, as well as for the great work that she does with MFRI. Below there is are links for both of the tools that Shelley mentioned as well as a link to their website which is full of other great resources including publications and a sign-up for the MFRI e-newsletter. We’ve also included links for two books which are excellent resources for professionals working with military families.  Resource Links:How to Help SeriesMeasuring CommunitiesMFRI Resources & PublicationsBook: Serving Military Families: Theories, Research and Application, 2nd EditionBook: Risk and Resilience in Military and Veteran Familiescenter_img Greetings to all of our colleagues across the country from the Military Family Research Institute at Purdue University.  I’m very grateful to have the opportunity to contribute to this blog!  I was asked to say a little bit about MFRI’s work in community capacity-building.As I’m sure is true for all of you, we are very influenced by ecological perspectives.  We are very aware that military and veteran families must function within a complex array of systems, which makes it especially important that the systems work as well as possible to support them – and also to benefit from their skills and leadership.  In most cases the helping professionals military and veteran families interact with are civilians in local communities.  This is especially true here in Indiana, where there are no large military installations.We spend a lot of time at MFRI trying to help community-based systems to work better for military and veteran families.  In an ideal world, we want any place that families turn for help to be well-educated and well-prepared to serve them. Especially in states like Indiana where just about everyone who serves is in the Reserve Component, it is sometimes the case that professionals lack familiarity with their issues.  I think our general approach has three key characteristics:As much as possible, we try to focus on existing systems or resources that military or veteran families might already be coming into contact with.We focus a great deal on ‘linking mechanisms’ – things that might draw people to use available resources and make them easier to access and better-coordinated.We try to work toward ‘vertical integration,’ meaning strong connections between local, state and national organizations.One recent example of our work that I was asked to say a bit about is Joining Community Forces, which is the National Guard Bureau’s effort to extend the Obama Administration’s Joining Forces initiative throughout the states.  Each state is pursuing the program in its own way, and the approach of the Indiana National Guard (INNG) has been somewhat unique.   INNG leaders decided to create a shared leadership structure for Joining Community Forces Indiana, and invited MFRI as a representative of Indiana’s land grant university, and representatives from the state and federal departments of Veterans Affairs to co-lead the effort.  Across the country, there aren’t too many examples of robust collaborations among these three entities, so we’ve been pretty excited to be involved.  Joining Community Forces Indiana is coordinated at the state level by an executive steering committee, supported by working groups (currently four) that are created on an as-needed basis to respond to issues that have arisen across the state.  It connects to local mobilization groups of volunteers working in more than 20 communities around the state that are led by National Guard family assistant specialists, MFRI outreach staff, and others.  Regular communication occurs between the state- and local-level committees, and once per year, the Battlemind to Home conference brings representatives of the communities and the state together to share information about the needs and opportunities related to military and veteran families, and develop strategic priorities for the coming year.  Community mobilization groups in 2016 organized 20 Stand Down events across the state as a way of bringing local organizations together to learn about, and support, local military-connected families.  Now that the Department of Defense is piloting a Building Healthy Military Communities initiative in six states, and MyVA Communities representatives are being put into place across the country, there are expanded opportunities for synergy.Two tools we’ve developed at MFRI that we would be happy to make available to you include the How to Help publication series, brochures aimed at different professionals in civilian communities who want to learn more about how to assist military and veteran families. There are 16 editions so far, each tailored to a specific audience such as teachers, pastors, behavioral health providers, higher education professionals, and others.  Please let me know if you would like to learn how to obtain copies.Another tool you might find useful is Measuring Communities , a web-based data repository created in collaboration with the Purdue Center for Regional Development that contains information about military and veteran families in every part of the country.  It brings publicly available data and data collected by partner organizations together with tools that allow users to learn more about their local area, compare their area to others, and see how their area is changing over time.  Measuring Communities is not publicly available, but is available to organizations for their use.  Please let me know if you would like to learn more about how to get access for your organization.I am a firm believer that Cooperative Extension professionals can and do play a very important role in supporting military and veteran families, and I’m a big fan of the cooperative relationships that are in place between USDA, DoD, and the VA.  Cooperative Extension educators are very well-prepared to offer trainings to military and veteran families about a variety of topics including financial literacy, building successful family relationships, maintaining good health, and other topics. Cooperative Extension professionals have important expertise in community development and many other domains.  Sometimes it takes creative thinking and innovation to figure out how to connect these systems to the way that military support systems work, and that is what we at MFRI like to try to tackle.Best wishes for the holidays, thanks for all you do, and thanks for being such great colleagues!last_img read more

TCI Hospitals bring holiday cheer

first_img#MagneticMediaNews Recommended for you Related Items:#magneticmedianews ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppcenter_img Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, December 26, 2016 – Christmas Day in a hospital can be depressing. ‘Operation Gratitude’ was therefore launched to create a tremendously positive and touching experience. Many patients are away from family, friends and neighbors on this special day and it means so much to them to receive a gift.Care packages stuffed with everyday essentials were distributed to patients on Christmas Day at Cheshire Hall Medical Centre and Cockburn Town Medical Centre to spread good cheer across the hospital ward.  Members of TCI Hospital Senior Management Team donned in red with Santa Claus at the Providenciales facility and Elves at the Grand Turk facility, visited each patient individually to hand-deliver the colorful baskets and offer a jovial season’s greetings.Each patient also received a Christmas card along with sentimental, classic board games, like Bingo, Chess and Snakes and Ladders to encourage old fashioned quality time and laughter-filled conversation with their loved ones.Gift baskets are also given to the first baby born on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day, every year. Employees scheduled to work on these special public holiday’s including Boxing Day are equally treated with delicious complimentary lunches in addition to other annual staff-appreciation initiatives. The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provolast_img read more