City views: Is Virgin Atlantic Atlantic right to withhold fees over Heathrow’s handling of the snow?

first_img HELEN WHITEHEAD | SMBCE“I don’t think it handled the snow well. Considering how much snow fell in New York I’d think it’s relatively unacceptable. But maybe compared to the rest of Europe it was pretty standard.”NADIA MIRANVIEE | CREDIT MUTUEL“It’s a good thing that Virgin is doing this. The airlines suffer when it’s the airport that didn’t have the capacity to deal with the snow. Heathrow should be able to deal with the public much better.”DAVID YOUNG | JAMES ALLEN“I think it was ridiculous. Heathrow needs to invest in the equipment and the money and deal with it quicker. It needs to put the investment in.” City views: Is Virgin Atlantic Atlantic right to withhold fees over Heathrow’s handling of the snow? Monday 10 January 2011 8:17 pm whatsapp whatsapp HELEN WHITEHEAD | SMBCE“I don’t think it handled the snow well. Considering how much snow fell in New York I’d think it’s relatively unacceptable. But maybe compared to the rest of Europe it was pretty standard.”NADIA MIRANVIEE | CREDIT MUTUEL“It’s a good thing that Virgin is doing this. The airlines suffer when it’s the airport that didn’t have the capacity to deal with the snow. Heathrow should be able to deal with the public much better.”DAVID YOUNG | JAMES ALLEN“I think it was ridiculous. Heathrow needs to invest in the equipment and the money and deal with it quicker. It needs to put the investment in.” Share Tags: NULL KCS-content Share City views: Is Virgin Atlantic Atlantic right to withhold fees over Heathrow’s handling of the snow? Tags: NULL,Monday 10 January 2011 8:17 pm Read This Next’A Quiet Place Part II’ Sets Pandemic Record in Debut WeekendFamily ProofHiking Gadgets: Amazon Deals Perfect For Your Next AdventureFamily ProofYoga for Beginners: 3 Different Types of Yoga You Should TryFamily ProofIndian Spiced Vegetable Nuggets: Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofAmazon roars for MGM’s lion, paying $8.45 billion for studio behind JamesFamily ProofThe Truth About Bottled Water – Get the Facts on Drinking Bottled WaterGayotBack on the Rails for Summer New York to New Orleans, Savannah and MiamiFamily ProofChicken Bao: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofCheese Crostini: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily Proof KCS-content Show Comments ▼ whatsapp whatsapplast_img read more

Tackling new verification regulations without impacting customer experience

first_img The move towards responsible gambling and stricter regulations means knowing your customer is more important than ever. But for operators, that’s easier said than done. Guidance is unclear – so  what CDD measures do you need to perform and when, and how do you do it without scaring off your customers? Email Address Tackling new verification regulations without impacting customer experience Topics: Uncategorized Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter 8th April 2019 | By Uncategorized The move towards responsible gambling and stricter regulations means knowing your customer is more important than ever. But for operators, that’s easier said than done. Guidance is unclear – so  what CDD measures do you need to perform and when, and how do you do it without scaring off your customers?Watch this webinar to hear from Christina Thakor-Rankin, Principal Consultant at 1710 Gaming and James Baston-Pitt, Sr. Business Development Manager at Onfido, to learn about new regulations and how to tackle them, including:- Age verification– Money laundering and POCA– Multi-accounting and ID rental– Gamstop and responsible gamblingThis webinar took place on Wednesday 17th April 2019 at 15.00 BST. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterlast_img read more

SG and Caesars extend sports betting and igaming partnership

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Regions: US Indiana Pennsylvania Sports betting Scientific Games and Caesars Entertainment have extended their existing digital sports betting partnership, following the launch of mobile sports wagering and online casino gambling in Pennsylvania.Under the agreement, Scientific Games and Caesars will bring their digital sports betting and igaming experiences to players in Pennsylvania.The Caesars-owned Harrah’s Philadelphia will now launch a new igaming offering featuring Scientific Games’ OpenSports and OpenGaming product suites. The venue already operates a retail sportsbook powered by Scientific Games.The extended partnership will also cover the roll out of online sports betting in Indiana, following multiple Caesars retail site launches in Q3 and Q4 of 2019.Read the full story on iGB North America. Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Tags: Online Gambling SG and Caesars extend sports betting and igaming partnership 30th June 2020 | By contenteditor Scientific Games and Caesars Entertainment have extended their existing digital sports betting partnership, following the launch of mobile sports wagering and online casino gambling in Pennsylvania. Topics: Sports betting Tech & innovation Email Addresslast_img read more

Evolution to power live casino for BetMGM in US

first_img Tags: Online Gambling BetMGM, the betting brand operated via the GVC Holdings and MGM Resorts joint venture, has selected Evolution Gaming to power its live casino games in the US. 28th August 2020 | By contenteditor Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Companies: Evolution Gaming BetMGM, the betting brand operated via the GVC Holdings and MGM Resorts joint venture, has selected Evolution Gaming to power its live casino games in the US.The agreement will initially see the operator launch a range of live table and game show-style games through its primary BetMGM brand, as well as sister sites Borgata Online and Party Casino.Evolution will broadcast the games from its live casino studio in New Jersey, with the deal to cover all states where BetMGM’s online casino is active.The provider will also soon open new studios in Pennsylvania and Michigan, two states in which BetMGM is planning to launch its online casino services.Read the full story on iGB North America. Tech & innovationcenter_img Topics: Casino & games Tech & innovation Regions: US Email Address AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Evolution to power live casino for BetMGM in USlast_img read more

Want to buy dirt cheap FTSE 100 stocks? I’d check out the Aviva share price

first_imgSimply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. See all posts by Harvey Jones Image source: Getty Images Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares The Aviva (LSE:AV) share price has taken a hammering during the coronavirus crisis. It is down more than 40% this year, which you might expect. Worryingly, it failed to participate in the FTSE 100 rebound in March and April. This tells me investors are suspicious about its prospects.Aviva slipped today after its operating update showing an estimated £160m of additional general insurance claims stemming from the pandemic. Yet I still think this FTSE 100 dividend hero is in better shape than recent performance would suggest.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…I should have said fallen dividend hero back there. Last month, Aviva cancelled its final 2019 payment. This follows requests for dividend restraint from regulators, although not everybody listened. Rival insurer Legal & General Group is still paying its dividend.Aviva share price crashThere are benefits to cancelling the dividend. This has bolstered the firm’s Solvency II cover ratio, estimated at 182% at the end of March. Today, management said it has the capital strength and liquidity to get through the crisis.Aviva reported a 28% rise in new life insurance business to 31 March, with new UK Life business sales up 162% to £2.9bn. Bulk purchase annuities were particularly strong. General insurance sales rose 3%, helped by a recovery in Canadian premiums. The Aviva share price has solid foundations.The group’s investment operation has done fairly well, although it warns numbers could be hit by “changes in investment performance, capital generation, and remittances”.There was no way the Aviva share price was going to escape unscathed from the crisis. However, I think markets are taking an overly dour approach to its prospects. Yes, management has suspended the dividend, but when the pandemic recedes, it will be back.Capitalisation looks healthy, so the group’s future is in little doubt. Obviously, a long recession and slow recovery will hit its investment arm in particular, and knock insurance sales too. That’s how it is with every company, right now. There are risks to investing today, but also potential rewards.Dirt cheap FTSE 100 stock Lately, investors have prized Aviva for its dividend, which is sorely missed. Management will be keen to restore shareholder payouts to reward loyal investors as soon as it can.If you buy today you will not get any income to tide you over until the stock picks up, which is a blow. However, its dirt cheap valuation reflects this, with the Aviva share price trading at 3.75 times earnings, one of the lowest on the FTSE 100.All valuations have to be taken with a pinch of salt right now, obviously. Yet this does suggest its problems have been priced in. If buying stocks for the long term, as you should be, Aviva’s dirt cheap valuation makes it a tempting buy. Just give it time to recover. Want to buy dirt cheap FTSE 100 stocks? I’d check out the Aviva share price Harvey Jones has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has no position in any of the shares mentioned. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors.center_img I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Harvey Jones | Thursday, 21st May, 2020 | More on: AV Enter Your Email Address I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997”last_img read more

I think this is the best UK pub stock to buy today

first_img Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. Image source: Getty Images. I think Young’s (LSE: YNGA) is the best pub stock to buy today as pubs look set to open early than expected. Ministers are pushing for outside spaces, like beer gardens and terraces, to be allowed to open on 22 June. Inside spaces should open later on 4 July. However, I would caution investors against getting overly optimistic about the pub sector in general.Its a pub, just not as we know itFor one thing, a new spike in coronavirus infections could push back the reopening dates, or force pubs to shut again. For another, the planned reopenings will be very restrictive. Two-metre social distancing will limit customer numbers to under 40% of normal. There will be queues to get in and for toilets, and propping up the bar will not be allowed.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…Some pub chains have already opened for takeaway during the spell of sunny weather. Passing pints over the walls to customers to consume elsewhere was not widespread, and you have to wonder why. It might be because supermarkets and corner shops already sell alcohol for consumption off the premises. Or it could be because most pubs didn’t want to risk people getting drunk in public on their beer.It could also be that a takeaway service did not make financial sense. Pubs are burning through cash as premises sit idle, but they could continue to do so with limited openings. I think the number of staff will need to be something like a world cup semi-final would call for, but with a fraction of the customers. And those customers might not be knocking their drinks back like they used to.Pacing themselvesYoung’s boss has said none of its pubs will open before early August. Given that Young’s has already warned of a substantial loss for 2020 and has cut its dividend, it might sound mad to pass on the option to open early. But I see Young’s not in a hurry to rush an opening as a reason why its the best pub stock to buy today.The company has already informed investors that it could remain closed without going bust until March 2021. It has made use of the government’s job retention and business rate relief schemes, and will not want to jeopardise them until it makes sense to do so. Young’s management expects social distancing rules of one-metre in August, which should allow pubs to operate at around 70% of capacity.At over two-thirds capacity, it seems Young’s management is confident of at least not adding to the losses it is already making. It could also learn from the experiences of other pubs that may open this month, and avoid a potentially tricky emergency shut down should the outbreak spike again in the coming weeks.Last orders, pleaseGetting a slice of Young’s pre-crisis revenue, earnings, and dividend growth would be a steal at the current share price. Emerging from the crisis in an orderly fashion and avoiding doing more damage will help Young’s get back on track. Having management brave enough to keep doors shut until it makes sense to open – and having the financial strength to allow this – bodes well for Young’s. I think its the best pub stock to buy today. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. Enter Your Email Addresscenter_img Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares James J. McCombie | Monday, 8th June, 2020 | More on: YNGA James J. McCombie has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has no position in any of the shares mentioned. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. See all posts by James J. McCombie Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. I think this is the best UK pub stock to buy todaylast_img read more

3 AIM stocks with massive potential

first_img3 AIM stocks with massive potential Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Image source: Getty Images. I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. Paul Summers | Saturday, 22nd May, 2021 | More on: FNX IKA Paul Summers has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has no position in any of the shares mentioned. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. See all posts by Paul Summers Click here to claim your copy of this special investment report — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top Small-Cap Stock… free of charge!center_img Adventurous investors like you won’t want to miss out on what could be a truly astonishing opportunity…You see, over the past three years, this AIM-listed company has been quietly powering ahead… rewarding its shareholders with generous share price growth thanks to a carefully orchestrated ‘buy and build’ strategy.And with a first-class management team at the helm, a proven, well-executed business model, plus market-leading positions in high-margin, niche products… our analysts believe there’s still plenty more potential growth in the pipeline.Here’s your chance to discover exactly what has got our Motley Fool UK investment team all hot-under-the-collar about this tiny £350+ million enterprise… inside a specially prepared free investment report.But here’s the really exciting part… right now, we believe many UK investors have quite simply never heard of this company before! Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. Enter Your Email Address I’m always on the hunt for promising small-cap companies that have the potential to grow at a much faster clip than your typical FTSE blue-chip. Should everything go to plan, their share prices can eventually rocket. With this in mind, here are three AIM stocks are grabbing my attention. Fonix MobileMobile payments and messaging firm Fonix Mobile (LSE:FNX) enables businesses from the media, charity, digital services and gaming sectors to charge users’ mobile bills. An example would when people donate to the BBC’s Children in Need campaign.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…Right now, trading is good. Revenue and gross profit rose by 25% and 22% respectively over the second half of 2020. A pipeline of clients means more growth is expected in 2021.In addition to being in a rapidly expanding area, Fonix also boasts staggeringly high returns on capital employed (ROCE). Companies that can do this consistently tend to create huge value for shareholders. No wonder star fund managers like Terry Smith and Nick Train pay so much attention to this metric. Naturally, investors need to be cautious. Fonix only arrived on the market last October so it’s still early days. I also question just how much of an ‘economic moat’ it really possesses. Still, the performance of the share price over the last year (+82%) does suggest investors are willing to give management the benefit of the doubt, for now.tinyBuildUS-based video games company tinyBuild (LSE: TBLD) is another new AIM stock that could do well for investors over time. Its mission is to create long-term partnerships with developers and monetise popular titles across different forms of media. The puzzle game Hello Neighbour is one example of this.Gaming remains a hot sector that should continue growing rapidly for the foreseeable future. Like all stocks however, there can be no guarantees tinyBuild will perform. Its shares also trade at 49 times forecast earnings. That kind of valuation will only seem reasonable to the most optimistic market participants.A relatively small ‘free float’ (the number of shares available for investors to buy in the market) also implies the price may be volatile going forward.On a positive note, tinyBuild’s founders still have big holdings, which should mean their interests are aligned with those of their investors.  The firm also boasts a strong balance sheet — one of the things I look for when buying small-cap shares.IlikaIlika (LSE: IKA) is a final AIM stock I think has big potential. It’s focused on developing solid state batteries for applications such as the Internet of Things and electric vehicles. These have a number of benefits over traditional lithium-ion batteries, such as faster charging, longer life and non-flammability. As such, mass adoption seems to be a case of ‘when’ rather than ‘if’.Notwithstanding this, Ilika is still loss-making. This probably makes it only suitable for risk-tolerant investors. Investors must also reflect on how well the shares have performed over the last year (+500%!) and whether a lot of hope is priced in.Should markets shift into reverse gear as a result of ongoing concerns over inflation, blue sky stocks like Ilika could be hit harder than most. Then again, this might be the perfect time to begin building a position if buyers are content to be patient for the spoils that could lie ahead. The high-calibre small-cap stock flying under the City’s radarlast_img read more

Ottawa River House / Christopher Simmonds Architect

first_img Year:  Projects Photographs:  Double Space Photography Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Manufacturers: C.R. Laurence, Dornbracht, Bocci, Duravit, Kolbe, Thermador, CIOT Products translation missing: en-US.post.svg.material_description CopyText description provided by the architects. To move through this home on the Ottawa River is to enjoy a carefully orchestrated sequence of encounters with its picturesque natural setting. Views and light penetrate the spatial composition throughout its interlocking interior volumes.Save this picture!© Double Space PhotographyThe starting point for the planning of this house was to identify a place on the site which afforded a view of Parliament Hill, and to locate the principal living spaces there. An elongated entry with a natural cedar planked ceiling brings visitors by way of the southerly courtyard to the very core of the site and the home. The result is a home with stunning views, and which enjoys both an intimate connection with the courtyard and a more expansive connection with the river.Save this picture!© Double Space PhotographyFlooring is a combination of white porcelain tile and dark stained, quarter-sawn oak. Cabinets in dark stained ash contrast similarly with the white quartz countertops.Save this picture!© Double Space PhotographyProject gallerySee allShow lessWiel Arets: Autobiographical References Book EventArticlesGreen Square Library & Plaza Design Competition Entry / Hyunjoon Yoo ArchitectsArticles Share CopyAbout this officeChristopher Simmonds ArchitectOfficeFollowProductsGlassConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesOttawaDabasHouses3D ModelingCanadaPublished on November 08, 2012Cite: “Ottawa River House / Christopher Simmonds Architect” 08 Nov 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Read commentsBrowse the CatalogLouvers / ShuttersTechnowoodSunshade SystemsRailing / BalustradesMitrexIntegrated Photovoltaic Railing – BIPV RailingMetal PanelsAurubisCopper Alloy: Nordic BrassWindowsVitrocsaMinimalist Window – GuillotineGlassLAMILUXGlass Roof PR60 PassivhausSinksBradley Corporation USASinks – Verge LVG-SeriesSealantsSikaConstruction Solutions in Stavros FoundationShower TraysAcquabellaShower Tray – Focus BetonPatios / TerracesFranken-SchotterPatios and TerracesCeramicsTerrealTerracotta cladding in Le TrèfleSkylightsFAKROWooden pivot roof windows FYP-V proSkySynthetics / AsphaltFirestone Building ProductsRoofing System – RubberGard EPDMMore products »Read commentsSave想阅读文章的中文版本吗?渥太华河边住宅 / Christopher Simmonds Architect是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream Ottawa River House / Christopher Simmonds ArchitectSave this projectSaveOttawa River House / Christopher Simmonds ArchitectSave this picture!© Double Space PhotographyHouses•Ottawa, Canada ArchDaily Houses Photographs Architects: Christopher Simmonds Architect Year Completion year of this architecture project 2012 Canada Products used in this ProjectFaucetsDornbrachtBathroom Fittings – MEMFaucets / SinksDornbrachtKitchen Fittings – Tara Ultra+ 16 Share “COPY” Ottawa River House / Christopher Simmonds Architect ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/290873/ottawa-river-house-christopher-simmonds-architect Clipboard “COPY” ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/290873/ottawa-river-house-christopher-simmonds-architect Clipboardlast_img read more

Fate of House Farm Bill Extension Not Clear

first_img Facebook Twitter SHARE Home Indiana Agriculture News Fate of House Farm Bill Extension Not Clear House Agriculture Committee Chair Frank Lucas defended the idea of extending the 2008 Farm Bill for one year over the weekend. He said the changes made for the 2012 Farm Bill are of such a magnitude that the orderly way to implement a new farm bill would be to pass a one-year extension. According to Lucas, “One more year of existing farm policy would provide for an orderly transition to the next farm bill.” As for House action on the extension – Lucas anticipates a limited amount of debate since the only change that can be made is moving the 2008 Farm Bill one year farther down the road and slight adjustments in funding levels to address the fifth year and what would be the sixth year of the farm bill’s livestock feed assistance. Lucas is hopeful the House can clear the measure on Wednesday. But the Chairman isn’t sold on using the extension as the basis for a conference with the Senate-passed bill – stating he is a regular order kind of guy. Without a guarantee of farm bill action later this year – House Agriculture Committee Ranking Member Collin Peterson opposes the extension.The farm bill extension the full House is scheduled to consider this week would make only a slight reduction in the out years in the direct payments program and make no changes to the food stamp program. Prospects for this extension and disaster aid package on the floor are not yet clear. But if the House does approve the extension – Senate Agriculture Committee Chair Debbie Stabenow says the Senate will reject it. Speaking over the weekend – Stabenow called it quite shocking that the House leadership was unwilling to bring a bill that came out of the committee on a bipartisan vote to the floor.Ag Groups Not Too Excited with House Plan to Extend Farm BillIt’s widely expected the U.S. House will consider a farm bill extension this week. The legislation would provide for a one-year extension of current law governing farm programs – including commodity programs, crop insurance, conservation programs and federal nutrition programs – as well as reauthorize supplemental agricultural disaster assistance for the 2012 fiscal year retroactively – and for the 2013 fiscal year. While farm groups want to see work on the farm bill completed before current law expires on September 30th – most have not responded positively to the decision of the House leadership to extend current law for one year.The American Farm Bureau Federation said it would oppose a one-year extension of the 2008 Farm Bill because it fails to move the nation closer to securing a comprehensive, long-term farm bill. President Bob Stallman says an extension does nothing to offer farm and ranch families long-term policy certainty. Stallman points out that the Senate-passed farm bill and the measure approved by the House Agriculture Committee include disaster provisions for livestock farmers – which would likely be included in any conference committee held for the long-term legislation. He says the extension bill does nothing to help hog or poultry producers, does little to provide assistance to the dairy industry and does nothing to aid fruit and vegetable producers who may not have crop insurance available as a risk management tool. Stallman says the Agriculture Committee in the House and the full Senate produced reform-minded, bipartisan bills that address many of the core principles Farm Bureau believes are important. The group is encouraging House members and their leaders to recognize the example set by the Chairs and Ranking Members of the Agriculture Committees to forge fiscally responsible bipartisan legislation. Stallman says an extension falls well short of that target.National Farmers Union only supports a one-year extension if the next step is to conference a comprehensive five-year farm bill before the September 30th expiration date. NFU President Roger Johnson says an extension that ignores the goal of a five-year bill merely kicks the can down the road and would necessitate starting the farm bill drafting process over in the new Congress in January. According to Johnson – the clock is ticking and this extension is wasting time that could be spent on passing a bipartisan, forward-looking bill before the September 30th deadline. He says House leadership needs to stop playing political games and show it values rural America by passing a farm bill now. Johnson notes the proposed one-year extension cuts the one title that had the most agreement among all parties – the conservation title. He adds that it cuts mandatory funding from vital beginning farmer and rancher, renewable energy and direct-to-consumer marketing programs.Garry Niemeyer – National Corn Growers Association President – says America’s farmers need a new farm bill that will allow them the ability to make sound business decisions for the next five years. He says an extension of current law fails to provide the needed level of certainty – adding that NCGA advocates reforming programs into more efficient farm policy that will be responsive to taxpayers. According to Niemeyer – continuing outdated farm policies will negatively impact agriculture, the federal budget, consumers and the economy.The American Soybean Association believes U.S. farmers and livestock producers need certainty in programs that help them manage risk in order to make decisions that will affect their operations over the long-term. ASA First Vice President Danny Murphy says that’s especially true as devastating drought conditions cover more than half of the country. He says a one-year extension of the 2008 Farm Bill combined with short-term disaster assistance to livestock producers won’t provide the certainty agriculture needs today. According to Murphy – a new five-year farm bill with long-term risk management and disaster assistance programs is needed. But ASA does support moving the farm bill process forward so that a conference can be convened when Congress returns from the August recess. Murphy says the group understands a one-year extension of the current farm bill may be all that can pass the House before it adjourns. He says ASA can support an extension if there are assurances that a new five-year bill can be negotiated in September.National Association of Conservation Districts President Gene Schmidt called it shortsighted to sacrifice conservation programs that help mitigate the impacts of drought and other disasters in order to pay for disaster aid. According to Schmidt – long-term conservation planning is our best defense in protecting and preserving our natural resource base for the future. He suggested it is better to continue to invest in conservation now than to be forced to pay the escalated costs of repair down the road. By Gary Truitt – Jul 30, 2012 Facebook Twittercenter_img Previous articleDrought-Stressed Corn for Silage ConsiderationsNext articleAmerican Livestock asks for RFS Waiver Gary Truitt SHARE The National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) issued the following statement expressing strong opposition to attempts by the House to extend a version of the current farm bill by one year and reiterating support for the inclusion of Dairy Security Act (DSA) in any final farm bill package: “The current safety net for dairy farmers is not sufficient in dealing with scenarios like we are currently facing from high feed costs associated with the ongoing drought,” said Jerry Kozak, President and CEO of NMPF. “If we are going to be serious about providing better protection for the nation’s dairy farmers while at the same time providing taxpayer savings from current programs, then we should pass a new farm bill which includes the DSA, which was included in both the Senate-passed farm bill and the farm bill recently passed out of the House Agriculture Committee. “Under the proposed extension, the Milk Income Loss Contract Program (MILC) would not pay out for the remainder of 2012 or for 2013 while the nation’s dairy farmers are experiencing razor-thin margins. The proposed 2008 farm bill extension does nothing to ensure dairy farmers and their bankers that they will have any safety net to deal with the present and future periods of tight margins and extreme volatility.Source: NAFB News Sevice Fate of House Farm Bill Extension Not Clearlast_img read more

College Access Plan Students Receive $191,000 from the Masons of California and the All Ways Up Foundation

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This year, CAP partnered with the All Ways Up Foundation and the California Masonic Foundation, whereby selected twelfth graders were invited to apply to scholarships provided by these organizations if they met the desired requirements. CAP is pleased to announce that 23 PUSD students representing all six district high schools will receive scholarships from these two organizations. These selected twelfth graders were of the 100 graduating students from the class of 2016 who regularly attended CAP’s programs also invited to participate in CAP’s I Heart College alumni program, which supports students through college graduation with personalized attention, care packages, alumni events, and more.CAP Executive Director Mo Hyman notes, “These collaborations are enormously important to CAP and our students. We alone cannot provide our alumni with much-needed financial support, but we can help to ensure students can navigate the often confusing process of attending college, which shores up the monetary investment of these two fabulous partners.”Maria MejiaThe All Ways Up Foundation will provide ten students with renewable scholarships totaling $10,000 over four years. Winners are required to attend a one- or five-day summit that helps them to transition to college. Lee Schube, All Ways Up Senior Program Director, says, “All Ways Up is pleased to support ten highly motivated CAP students who are about to embark on their college journeys. We have been supporting CAP for the past several years and congratulate them on the work they are doing to help low-income students get into and through college.”Mary Mejia, who is graduating from Pasadena High School and will attend UCLA in the fall, says that “Winning this scholarship means so much. I still can’t believe that someone recognizes my efforts and hard work, and wants to provide me money to keep this drive going.” She adds, “It’s one of the first scholarships that I applied to. So actually receiving this scholarship gave me the hope and motivation to apply to more and more scholarships.” Mejia will participate in the I Heart College Program and notes that “being able to call up CAP if I ever stumble upon anything foreign to me or if I ever just need advice provides so much relief.” There is another aspect of this program that she is excited about: “those care packages are going to lift my spirits because who doesn’t like free stuff!”The California Masonic Foundation has generously provided scholarships to thirteen CAP students who will attend California State Universities and community colleges. These students will receive renewable scholarships of at least $7,000 over four years. Douglas Ismail, Executive Vice President of the California Masonic Foundation, says that, “We are proud to make it possible for these deserving young men and women, all first generation college students, to succeed in college and pursue their dreams of a degree. Our fraternity believes that educated citizens are critical to our democracy and this scholarship helps advance this value.”Masons scholarship winner Symphony Brown, who attends CIS Academy and will attend California State University Dominguez Hills, was thrilled to be selected for this scholarship, saying “When I received the call that I was awarded the scholarship I was so excited I started singing ‘Celebration’ By Kool and the Gang.” Brown is likewise enthusiastic about the opportunity to participate in CAP’s I Heart College program, noting that “all through high school CAP has been such a supportive backbone when it comes to my higher education. Throughout college I’ll have the comfort of knowing that I’ll have mentors to ask questions and call on for help.”Brown and Mejia agree that these awards will have a profound impact on their college finances. Mejia says, “I can worry less about taking out loans, which is a blessing” and Brown adds, “This scholarship will help me in college to keep from worrying about employment due to school expenses and focus on being a better full-time student.”The All Ways Up Foundation’s All Ways A Scholar winners are: Angelika Bolivar, Mai-Lin Graves, Mary Mejia, Andrew Ochola, Yendrick Porras, Derek Taylor, Mariah Dimalaluan, Julia See, Kaitlyn Walker-Tillett, and Elissa Wartoukian.Winners of the California Masons Scholarship are: David Vega, José Muñoz, Daniel Lopez, Estefani Perez, Damaris Pacheco, Symphony Brown, Joselyne Hernandez, Adriana Arellano, Adriana Moreno, Gabriela Monzano, Dennis Gonsales, Jozlyn Hobdy, and Esperanza Preciado.About College Access PlanCollege Access Plan is an independent 501c3 nonprofit that prepares underserved students to succeed in college. Through partnerships with PUSD, Pasadena LEARNs, and other local agencies, CAP provides no-cost college readiness advisement and topic-specific workshops on site at PUSD high schools and middle schools and to PUSD graduates that attend college. In 2015-2016, CAP’s served 1,300 students who aspire to Dream Bigger about their futures. http://www.collegeaccessplan.org/ Top of the News Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Make a comment Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more