Labour has faced crises before, but this is uncharted territory

first_img The stories swirling around the run-up centre on the current maelstrom of fanatical support for Jeremy Corbyn, the increasing despondence of moderate MPs, accusations of antisemitism at the heart of the party, all against a backdrop of online discussion that verges on abuse.Read more: Tony Blair: Moderates may have lost the Labour party foreverBut step away for a moment, and there are valuable lessons to be learnt by looking beyond the crisis facing Labour today, back to the long and rich history of the party.Labour has been through vicious conflicts in the past. The left and right of the party are regularly in open conflict – possibly one reason why Labour has won so few General Elections. (Remove the Blair era victories and the picture is even worse.)When the party has been in power, its leaders are criticised for their accommodation with prevailing orthodoxies and for not being radical enough. Even the great reforming Labour government of 1945-51 under Clement Attlee was not immune. Many on the left accused it of being too passive, of only securing achievements early on, of wrongly imposing charges on the NHS, and of not being radical enough in other areas.The pattern is straightforward: the party in power betrays the cause and it then spends a period (in opposition) seeking ideological purity, only to return to the mainstream to win again. The path back is to elect a “soft-left” leader who can bring all sides together to make the party electable again – think Harold Wilson after Hugh Gaitskell, and Neil Kinnock after Michael Foot. And so the cycle goes on.The great cries of “betrayal” have haunted Labour leaders ever since Ramsay MacDonald helped form the National Government in 1931.In the 1950s, supporters of Gaitskell – the Gaitskellites – were in conflict with those of Aneurin Bevan – the Bevanites.And when Wilson (leader 1963-76) as Prime Minister tried to challenge the power of the trade unions, he was forced to back down. He was never really forgiven, and the approach taken by the party in government in the 1970s brought open warfare and destroyed the reputation of Labour. by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStorymoneycougar.comDiana’s Butler Reveals Why Harry Really Married Meghanmoneycougar.comZen HeraldEllen Got A Little Too Personal With Blake Shelton, So He Said ThisZen HeraldOne-N-Done | 7-Minute Workout7 Minutes a Day To a Flat Stomach By Using This 1 Easy ExerciseOne-N-Done | 7-Minute WorkoutBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBeMedical MattersThis Picture Shows Who Prince Harry’s Father Really IsMedical MattersCleverstTattoo Fails : No One Makes It Past No. 6 Without LaughingCleverstMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailTrading BlvdThis Picture of Prince Harry & Father at The Same Age Will Shock YouTrading Blvd Tuesday 18 September 2018 10:55 am After a summer of turbulence, the Labour party conference will get underway in Liverpool next week. Labour has faced crises before, but this is uncharted territory More From Our Partners Porsha Williams engaged to ex-husband of ‘RHOA’ co-star Falynn Guobadiathegrio.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgFans call out hypocrisy as Tebow returns to NFL while Kaepernick is still outthegrio.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comMan on bail for murder arrested after pet tiger escapes Houston homethegrio.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.org whatsapp Rowdy and divisive party conferences are nothing new. The great battle for the deputy party leadership between Tony Benn and Denis Healey in 1981 was full of accusations of abuse on both sides – and they didn’t need Twitter. Bevan levelled abuse which, seemingly mild now, was shocking at the time.Many of the battles have split down left-right lines: the role of state, nationalisation, how to deal with business and the market, foreign affairs, and relations with the US and Europe. And there has always been criticism of the party leadership being run by cliques.However, during all those battles there was always a clear way forward for both sides to gain an advantage or take back control. While the trade unions have complained against Labour leaders in power, they eventually supported – or at least did not stand against – the new leaders trying to make the party electable again. Control of the party machinery too was part of the path to power for both sides.This time is different. Without a significant change in the make-up of the membership, the moderates look destined to go silent or leave. And whereas in the debates of the past, both sides had clear common cause, this appears to now be fading.The left during those times had no truck with more extreme leftist elements. What bound the party together was stronger that the issues that divided it. Corbyn’s left is of a different tradition – the common rules of the party are disappearing. Labour’s prospects seem now, more than ever, reliant on the future of the Conservative party: how the Tories handle Brexit, and the timing of the next election. The party’s ability to reform, regroup, and evolve is no longer certain.After a history of cyclical conflict and resolution, now might be the first time that Labour’s future is truly in doubt.Read more: Labour will vote against Theresa May’s Brexit deal, says Emily Thornberry Stuart ThomsonStuart Thomson is head of public affairs at Bircham Dyson Bell. whatsapp Share Tags: Brexit Jeremy Corbyn Labour party conference NHS People Theresa May Tony Blair Twitterlast_img read more

Webinar: Progress and pitfalls in the AI-aided search for novel drugs

first_img By Casey Ross and Kate Sheridan June 20, 2019 Reprints National Technology Correspondent Casey covers the use of artificial intelligence in medicine and its underlying questions of safety, fairness, and privacy. He is the co-author of the newsletter STAT Health Tech. General Assignment Reporter Kate covers biotech startups and the venture capital firms that back them. About the Authors Reprints Health TechWebinar: Progress and pitfalls in the AI-aided search for novel drugs Casey Ross Kate Sheridan @sheridan_kate Artificial intelligence is changing how pharmaceutical companies operate, how they develop and study new treatments, and even what form those treatments take.Pharma companies are now pairing medicines with software — so-called digiceuticals powered by virtual reality and AI. Most of the world’s largest drug companies now have a technology officer in their C-suites. And AI is now being used to help find new drug targets, model diseases, and make clinical trials more efficient. The expanding use of AI poses new scientific and ethical questions about whether the technology is safe and effective, and whether it could be used, wittingly or unwittingly, to subvert regulatory controls and perpetuate bias in the development of new treatments. STAT national technology correspondent Casey Ross and general assignment reporter Kate Sheridan discuss all this and more.advertisement @caseymross Download slides here (PDF). You may view the webinar recording below. Progress and pitfalls in the AI-aided search for novel drugsVolume 90%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard ShortcutsEnabledDisabledPlay/PauseSPACEIncrease Volume↑Decrease Volume↓Seek Forward→Seek Backward←Captions On/OffcFullscreen/Exit FullscreenfMute/UnmutemSeek %0-9 facebook twitter Email Linkhttps://www.statnews.com/2019/06/20/webinar-progress-and-pitfalls-in-the-ai-aided-search-for-novel-drugs/?jwsource=clCopied EmbedCopiedLive00:0041:1841:18  [email protected] [email protected] last_img read more

City of Vancouver proposal to acquire new Operations Center site advances

first_img guestLabel 0 Comments Inline FeedbacksView all comments Name*Email*Website guestLabel City of Vancouver proposal to acquire new Operations Center site advancesPosted by ClarkCountyToday.comDate: Monday, November 11, 2019in: Newsshare 0 Vancouver’s Operations Center is a 24/7 hub for essential city services and disaster response VANCOUVER — The city of Vancouver’s proposal to purchase a 35-acre site currently owned by Clark County for a future replacement Operations Center has received the go-ahead by the Clark County Council, which authorized County Manager Shawn Henessee to proceed with the sale agreement. Authorization of the site purchase will be considered by the Vancouver City Council at a future meeting.The city of Vancouver’s proposal to purchase a 35-acre site currently owned by Clark County for a future replacement Operations Center has received the go-ahead by the Clark County Council, which authorized County Manager Shawn Henessee to proceed with the sale agreement. Photo courtesy of city of Vancouver The city of Vancouver’s proposal to purchase a 35-acre site currently owned by Clark County for a future replacement Operations Center has received the go-ahead by the Clark County Council, which authorized County Manager Shawn Henessee to proceed with the sale agreement. Photo courtesy of city of Vancouver The city of Vancouver’s proposal to purchase a 35-acre site currently owned by Clark County for a future replacement Operations Center has received the go-ahead by the Clark County Council, which authorized County Manager Shawn Henessee to proceed with the sale agreement.Vancouver’s Operations Center is a 24/7 hub for essential city services and disaster response — streets, water, sewer, traffic signals, street lights, grounds maintenance, facilities, utility customer services, vehicle/equipment services, and more.The current Operations Center, 4711 E. Fourth Plain Blvd., was built for Clark Public Utilities in 1951, and purchased by the city in 1978, when Vancouver’s population was 42,000. The city’s population is now about 185,000. Meanwhile, the city’s Water Utility is the third largest municipal provider in the state, serving more than 250,000 residents, which includes much of the surrounding urban area as well as residents within Vancouver city limits.Based on recent seismic studies, the existing Public Works Operations Center would not withstand even a moderate earthquake, resulting in significant impacts to the city’s ability to provide first response to streets, drinking water, sewer, police/fire support, and other services. In addition, the site configuration, size, outdated electrical and plumbing, more than 40-year-old fueling systems, and lack of accessibility have strained the facility’s operational limits.Replacement of the existing facility has been carefully considered and evaluated over the years. According to a detailed needs assessment and evaluation, rebuilding the Operations Center at a new location is the most cost-effective and operationally beneficial path going forward.The proposed new Operations Center site, located along the east side of Northeast 94th Avenue and north of Padden Parkway, lies within the city’s Water Service Area and the city’s Urban Growth Boundary. The new facility is being planned with a minimum 50-year service life, which the new location provides with future growth in mind. Financing for the new Operations Center is expected to include reserves, sale of existing properties, and General Obligation and Utility Revenue bonds.Contingent upon City Council approval, planning, permitting and design of the new Operations Center would take place in 2020-2021. The city plans to work closely with the surrounding neighborhoods as part of that process. Construction is anticipated to begin in 2022, with completion in 2024.Note: See city of Vancouver news release webpage for more information about the Operations Center project.Information provided by city of Vancouver.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textTags:Clark CountyLatestVancouvershare 0 Previous : Battle Ground High School sophomore publishes children’s chapter book Next : Woodland Public Schools’ Career Explorations Fair provided students with the opportunity to discover living-wage jobsAdvertisementThis is placeholder textcenter_img Name*Email*Website I allow to create an accountWhen you login first time using a Social Login button, we collect your account public profile information shared by Social Login provider, based on your privacy settings. We also get your email address to automatically create an account for you in our website. 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VIDEO: Sheriff and community participate in parade in support of law enforcement

first_imgClark County Sheriff Atkins explains his heart for display of supportRIDGEFIELD — On Friday last week, well over 100 cars joined a parade of support for law enforcement across Clark County. Joining community members was Clark County Fire & Rescue and Clark County Sheriff Chuck Atkins.“What I really want, the message to be is, as a community member, I appreciate them and so I wanted to be here with the rest and just drive through my personal vehicle,” Atkins said. “Anytime we show appreciation to the law enforcement, the first responders, the firemen, everybody that’s involved in public safety for our community, any way is a good way.”The parade comes after a difficult week in Clark County law enforcement, with the controversial removal of all “Thin Blue Line” symbols from the Sheriff’s Office and Vancouver Police Department (VPD) vehicles, uniforms and offices at the request of the NAACP Vancouver Branch.VPD Chief McElvain endured criticism after being accused of taking down a similar display to the signage at the parade from one of his precincts. McElvain explained he did not order the removal, and did not discourage appreciation for law enforcement even in the recent “Thin Blue Line” decision.The parade went first to the Sheriff’s Office west precinct in Ridgefield and then to the Washington State Patrol and VPD precincts in Vancouver. Photo by Jacob GrannemanPhoto by Jacob Granneman Photo by Jacob GrannemanPhoto by Jacob Granneman AdvertisementThis is placeholder textTags:Clark CountyLatestVancouvershare 0 Previous : Trey Knight sets national hammer record, named state Athlete of the Year Next : Vancouver Police investigate drive-by shootingAdvertisementThis is placeholder text VIDEO: Sheriff and community participate in parade in support of law enforcementPosted by Jacob GrannemanDate: Monday, June 29, 2020in: Newsshare 0 last_img read more

Rule Britannia: Land Rover add supercharged V8 to Defender

first_img Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Land Rover Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Land Rover Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Land Rover Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Land Rover Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Land Rover Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Land Rover Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Land Rover Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Land Rover COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS Land Rover promises V8-equipper Defenders will have unique suspension and transmission tuning, including bespoke spring and damper rates and a new Electronic Active Rear Differential. This is intended to deliver more agile and engaging handling with heightened body control — all accompanied by a characteristic V8 soundtrack, of course.“The 5.0-liter V8 supercharged engine further enhances the unique character of the Defender. It sounds fantastic and delivers incredible performance — providing new levels of driver appeal,” said Iain Gray, Senior Manager, Powertrain Advanced Engineering, Jaguar Land Rover.RELATED See More Videos Trending Videos RELATED TAGSLand RoverSUVLuxuryLuxury CarsLuxury VehiclesNew Vehicles4x4defenderLand RoverOff-Roadv8 Expanding a model lineup by introducing a powerful new engine is a great way to keep customer interest high following a popular debut. When that fresh mill shows up in the form of a 518-horsepower supercharged V8, so much the better.For the 2022 model year, Land Rover will be offering such a powerplant in the new Defender. Available in both two- and four-door variants (called the 90 and 110, respectively), the British carmaker claims it’ll be the fastest and most powerful production Defender ever made.From rest, highway speeds should appear in about five seconds on the way to a 240-km/h top speed — at least in the shorter Defender 90. An eight-speed automatic is on tap. First Drives First Drive: 2021 Land Rover Defender 110by David Booth | October 20, 2020 We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. Trending in Canada advertisement Engineered to be the fastest and most engaging production Defender ever, the company intends for this rig to deliver unrivalled agility and driver appeal. Eagle-eyed spotters will spy them in traffic (and, hopefully, on the trail) by way of unique badging and blue brake calipers. Look for this hot-rod Landy to appear in dealers this summer. First Look: 2022 Lexus NX The sport-cute’s looks have been softened, but its powertrains and infotainment offerings have been sharpened Off-road capability of a mountain goat has long been a hallmark of Defender, and this V8 certainly adds a new layer of driver appeal. Also, look for the introduction of a new Dynamic program within the truck’s Terrain Response system that is only available on V8-powered Defenders. It is designed to help drivers exploit the newfound character and handling balance of that 518hp model, both on tarmac and loose surfaces. The team also developed larger-diameter solid anti-roll bars especially for the V8. 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 The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever ‹ Previous Next ›last_img read more

CU-Boulder MBA Entrepreneurship Program Ranked 16th By U.S. News & World Report

first_imgShare Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Published: April 1, 2001 The CU-Boulder MBA entrepreneurship program was rated 16th in the nation in a ranking of graduate entrepreneurship programs released April 2 by U.S. News & World Report magazine. The ranking placed CU-Boulder’s MBA entrepreneurship program among the top 20 in the nation along with Harvard, Stanford, UCLA, MIT, Northwestern and the University of Pennsylvania. “This is gratifying recognition of our dynamic programs,” said College of Business Dean Steven Manaster. “Spearheaded by the Robert H. and Beverly A. Deming Center for Entrepreneurship and our strong faculty, this progressive, interdisciplinary program educates students on core business issues and provides real-world experiences through interaction with the business community.” The CU-Boulder MBA entrepreneurship program also was ranked 16th in the nation by U.S. News & World Report in 2000. The Deming Center for Entrepreneurship is a joint program of the CU-Boulder colleges of business and engineering. “We are a student-oriented program and support those interested in entrepreneurship with a ‘living laboratory’ through fellowships, internships, mentorships, projects in entrepreneurial companies and real-world courses taught by top faculty,” said Kathy Simon, director of the Deming Center for Entrepreneurship. The CU-Boulder business faculty was recently ranked 38th in the nation in a study published in the Academy of Management Journal. The CU-Boulder doctoral program in strategic management/entrepreneurship was ranked first in the world by the International Council for Small Business in 1997. In addition to CU-Boulder’s master’s-level entrepreneurship program, undergraduate students can pursue an area of application and certificate program in the field. For more information, view the U.S. News & World Report Web site at http://www.usnews.com/usnews/edu/beyond/gradrank/gbmbasp6.htmlast_img read more

ISIC organises 4th World Spinal Cord Injury Day

first_imgISIC organises 4th World Spinal Cord Injury Day 4th World Spinal Cord Injury DayIndian Spinal Injuries CentreLiving Life to the Fullestparalyse Share Heartfulness group of organisations launches ‘Healthcare by Heartfulness’ COVID care app News By EH News Bureau on September 10, 2019 Phoenix Business Consulting invests in telehealth platform Healpha Related Posts The event witnessed participation of over 200 wheelchair users, 1500 able-bodied citizens increasing awareness on spinal cord injury and preventionThe Indian Spinal Injuries Centre (ISIC), a spine, orthopaedic, neuromuscular surgical centre organised a wheelchair rally at India Gate recently. The event was flagged off by Chief Guest, Smriti Irani, Union Minister for Textiles and Minister of Women and Child Development in the presence of Major HPS Ahluwalia, Chairman, ISIC, Dr AK Mukherjee, Director General, ISIC and Dr HS Chhabra, Medical Director and Chief of Spine Services, ISIC.The event witnessed participation of over 200 wheelchair users and 1500 able-bodied citizens, thereby increasing awareness on spinal cord injury and prevention, as well as rehabilitating affected people in mainstream life to create an inclusive society.Speaking on the event Irani said, “Today is a day full of hope as it was announced that Vikram is on the moon – instilling faith that there is much to look forward to in life even for the people facing disabilities. There is no dearth of trying as the SCI army move from Rajpath to Vijaypath on the course similar to our brave soldiers. I would like to highlight two things: the rampant prevalence of road accident related spinal cord injury and osteoporosis amongst youth and women respectively. I urge and entreat everyone to abide by two things- youth should pay stringent attention to the road rules, while preventing cause of spinal injury. As for women, a better look towards their diet would prevent the occurrence of osteoporosis in later years.”“ISIC is proud to become an organiser of the 4th World SCI Day, in association with ISCoS. Such events are a reminder of how people with disability have capabilities and talent hidden from plain sight. Our aim is to bring forth that hidden aspects of SCI survivors to boost their confidence and make able-bodied people aware of their fellow citizens. Disability should not deter people from living a healthy and fruitful life,” said Major Ahluwalia, a SCI survivor himself after being injured in the 1965 Indo-Pak war.Organised in support of Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) Day on September 5 every year, in association with International Spinal Cord Society, the event was an advocacy drive to support an inclusive life for persons with disabilities in keeping with this year’s theme of ‘Living Life to the Fullest’.“As an inseparable extension of the brain, an injury to the spine can render a person, temporarily or permanently, partially or completely paralysed. In many cases, the cause of the injury is preventable. Very often these injuries are not managed comprehensively. Year after year, we are trying to dispel the misconceptions around SCI and encourage people to get the treatment so that the survivors are not subjected to lack of self-confidence which prevents them from leading an inclusive life. This year’s theme is applicable to the able-bodied as well. Few people really live life to the fullest. We get stuck in daily routines and seldom try to introspect and explore ourselves. Sometimes a major event in life makes us do so. Why wait for that moment to wake up? Why not explore now how to live life to the fullest?” said Dr Chhabra.Apart from the wheelchair rally, other sporting and cultural events of the day included dance, yoga and human pyramid for which wheelchair-bound and able-bodied participants collaborated. A few members of the Indian team of wheelchair cricket also participated in the event and cheered the cultural fiesta. Comments (0) The missing informal workers in India’s vaccine story Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals releases first “Comprehensive Textbook of COVID-19” Read Article MaxiVision Eye Hospitals launches “Mucormycosis Early Detection Centre” Menopause to become the next game-changer in global femtech solutions industry by 2025 WHO tri-regional policy dialogue seeks solutions to challenges facing international mobility of health professionals Add Commentlast_img read more

Cloudnine Group of Hospital begins Neonatal Emergency Transport Service in Bengaluru

first_img Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals releases first “Comprehensive Textbook of COVID-19” Menopause to become the next game-changer in global femtech solutions industry by 2025 Heartfulness group of organisations launches ‘Healthcare by Heartfulness’ COVID care app The missing informal workers in India’s vaccine story News WHO tri-regional policy dialogue seeks solutions to challenges facing international mobility of health professionals Share Related Posts Comments (0) By EH News Bureau on January 20, 2020 MaxiVision Eye Hospitals launches “Mucormycosis Early Detection Centre” Phoenix Business Consulting invests in telehealth platform Healpha Cloudnine Group of Hospital begins Neonatal Emergency Transport Service in Bengaluru Launched in September last year, it is a 24/7 initiative that is designed to provide adequate clinical support required for precious deliveries Cloudnine Group of Hospitals has started a pilot project ‘Neonatal Emergency Transport Service (NETS)’ in Bengaluru. It is a 24/7 initiative that is designed to provide adequate clinical support required for precious deliveries done in any of the hospitals which themselves may not have sufficient neonatology infrastructure to handle extreme pre-term deliveries. The service was launched on 25th September, 2019.Requests for retrievals from few hospitals and parents, where the facility to cater to premature babies was not available, led to the launch of this service, which further helped in channelising our efforts to consciously reach out to more hospitals and offer our services for babies in distress.All the units of Cloudnine would be taking part in the senior consultant rota although the service is currently operational at Cloudnine Jayanagar and Cloudnine HRBR. With 80 beds, a team of 20 neonatologists and more than 100 specialised NICU-trained nursing staff spread across six hospitals, NETS offers advanced care – on time.Since December 1, 2019, an outrage of neonatal deaths in India were reported from six government hospitals in Rajasthan and Gujarat. Among the factors that have been proved detrimental to child survival are lack of education in the mother, malnutrition (more than half of Indian women are anaemic), age of the mother at the time of birth, spacing and whether the child is born at home or in a facility.Despite several efforts, one area that has been a neglected subject of attention of our policymakers, government and industry at large is the neonatal transport, in other words providing transport services and right medical care to pre-term babies who are not getting the required clinical treatment they deserve at the time of their birth due to lack of quality NICU infrastructure. Read Article Cloudnine Group of HospitalNeonatal Emergency Transport ServiceNICUpre-term deliveries Add Commentlast_img read more

City of Santa Monica offers employees lump sums to leave their jobs

first_imgHomeNewsCity CouncilCity of Santa Monica offers employees lump sums to leave their jobs Apr. 16, 2020 at 6:05 amCity CouncilFeaturedNewsCity of Santa Monica offers employees lump sums to leave their jobsMadeleine Pauker1 year agobudgetcoronavirusCOVID-19rick coleSanta Monica City Hall (File photo) Facing a projected $226 million budget gap as coronavirus slashes municipal revenues, Santa Monica City Council on Tuesday authorized payouts for city staff who volunteer to leave their jobs and discussed a future plan to cut city services.The city relies on tax revenue from sectors such as retail and tourism that have been devastated by stay at home orders. By June 30, the end of the fiscal year, the city will have a $72 million General Fund shortfall, said Gigi Decavalles-Hughes, the city’s finance director. Next fiscal year, projections show a nearly 40% drop in city revenues and a $154 million General Fund gap.City Council voted Tuesday to offer lump sums of $10,000 or $15,000 to staff who voluntarily leave their jobs, depending on their date of hire, and 18 months of medical benefits. Staff who take the payouts will resign by May 9. “COVID-19 and the economic repercussions have had devastating impacts across our country,” Mayor Kevin McKeown said in a statement. “Our thoughts are with all those stricken, and their families, while we soberly assess our city’s finances. Santa Monica, like communities across America, faces the daunting task of rebuilding our economy, adapting how we live and restructuring how our government operates.” The city has moved to delay, reduce or cancel $40.4 million in capital projects and accessed $65.2 million in emergency funds. McKeown said at the Tuesday Zoom meeting that City Manager Rick Cole and City Attorney Lane Dilg have also volunteered a 20% reduction in pay effective May 1. As of 2018, Cole was paid about $343,000 and Dilg was paid about $297,000, not including benefits. As of Wednesday morning, more than 2,000 people have signed a petition that claims Cole asked City Council to approve cuts to youth services and sustainability programs, the council did not vote on specific cuts Tuesday and instead authorized city staff to develop a plan to restructure city services that will be presented May 5.The petition calls for Cole and Chief Operating Officer Katie Lichtig to be fired, alleging they gave city staff three days to propose cuts to their departments and are pushing to eliminate the Office of Sustainability and the Environment, close the Santa Monica Swim Center and eliminate or reduce CREST, Virginia Avenue Park and Police Activities League youth programs.Hundreds of residents wrote letters to City Council urging them to preserve sustainability and youth programs. “CREST has been, at different times, a necessary life saver for us as working parents, a social connection for our children and the key to their physical activity and health,” wrote Catherine Mahmoudi. “It would be impossible to replace, and the kids who would suffer most from its loss are the ones that don’t have other options. Please fight for it.”Cole did not address the petition directly, but said the cuts residents are discussing are “rumors and suppositions.” The city has not yet proposed a plan to cut services, he said. “The rumors and anxiety … are not without foundation,” Cole said at the meeting. “We will have to make choices that are unprecedented in their negative impact on everything we believe in in order to get through this and rebuild effectively on the other side.”Cole said local governments have only been promised reimbursement for services they have provided in direct response to the COVID-19 pandemic. It is uncertain whether state and federal governments will provide aid to supplement lost revenues. “There will be extraordinarily harsh choices that I won’t like, (the council) won’t like, the community won’t like (and) the workforce won’t like, absent dramatic state or federal bailout funds,” he said. “We hope for those, I pray for those, but we cannot count on those.”The city will focus its limited resources on foundational programs, emergency response and economic recovery from the impacts of the pandemic, council members said. At the Tuesday meeting, they drafted a list of goals for the plan to restructure city operations, which include making reductions across the entire city workforce, including executives, managers and supervisors, and preserving community resources with the understanding that some programs cannot continue or must be altered to balance the budget. As the economy improves, services that were put on hold can be reinstated, council members said. “Ideally, we’d have time for a thoughtful, collaborative process – but as we’ve seen, events are moving with breathtaking speed,” Cole said in a statement. “The longer we wait to make hard decisions, the greater the long-term threat posed to essential services and the staff who provide them.” [email protected] :budgetcoronavirusCOVID-19rick coleshare on Facebookshare on Twittershow 3 comments April 15, 2020 at 8:05 PM It just seems like the Higher Up’s are still making a Big pay check.Even if they take a 20%cut there still getting paid really well! Maybe if they took a 60% cut during this tragic time they wouldn’t have to let as many people go! Then the residents and workers would see that they really cared about what happens to the works and there Beautiful City!!! Hans says: Comments are closed. April 17, 2020 at 2:45 PM May 13, 2020 at 10:48 AM Santa Monica is WAY too heavy top when it comes to pay rates. It’s time for change and it’s time to bring a fresh voice in and time for Rick Cole to resign. Santa Monica is my home says: Santa Monica Resident says: The City is responding in a sensible way to this emergency. It can not pay salaries if people are prohibited from shopping and visiting Santa Monica and staying in hotels and not paying associated taxes. The City actions make complete sense. This is no time for petty accusations. 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Vivendi gears up for SFR listing – report

first_img RCom helped by higher voice margins, but still losing customers Related Vivendi, the French media and telecoms conglomerate, has set the wheels in motion for a stock market listing of its SFR telecoms unit, which runs France’s second-biggest mobile operator behind Orange.According to a Reuters source, Vivendi has hired Generale and Citigroup as lead banks for the SFR listing.“The calendar is basically aiming… for a fall IPO window,” said the unnamed source, adding the move is part of Vivendi’s efforts to trim its focus on music and pay-tv.SFR has been struggling in its home market, feeling the heat of competition from Iliad – a low-cost mobile and fixed-line operator – which might put a dampener on the IPO.A mix of competitive and regulatory pressure saw year-on-year revenue drop at Vivendi’s French telecoms division 11.3 per cent, to €5.1 billion, during H1 2013. Mobile revenue slumped 17.4 per cent, to €3.2 billion.The French 4G market, too, is heating up with third-placed Bouygues recently launching LTE servicesAs part of its move away from telecoms, Vivendi is in talks to sell its stake in Maroc Telecom. Asia Author HomeUncategorized Vivendi gears up for SFR listing – report Vivendi completes sale of Numericable-SFR stake to Altice Ken has been part of the MWC Mobile World Daily editorial team for the last three years, and is now contributing regularly to Mobile World Live. He has been a telecoms journalist for over 15 years, which includes eight…More Read more center_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 11 OCT 2013 AlcaLu CEO claims “control of destiny” after clearing patent-related loan FinancialSFRVivendi Ken Wieland Tags Previous ArticleReport: no big buys for HuaweiNext ArticleDeutsche Bank, RDIF buy Rostelecom stake last_img read more