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Amid food supply chain concerns, tribal governments request emergency hunts

first_imgAlaska Native Government & Policy | Alaska’s Energy Desk | Community | Coronavirus | Food | Southeast | SubsistenceAmid food supply chain concerns, tribal governments request emergency huntsApril 14, 2020 by Elizabeth Jenkins, Alaska’s Energy Desk – Juneau Share:A Sitka black-tailed deer. (Creative Commons photo by Kenneth Cole Schneider)As uncertainty about the COVID-19 virus continues to mount, tribal governments and remote communities across the state are concerned about disruptions in the food supply chain.That’s led to numerous requests for emergency hunts, which are now piling up for federal and state agencies.Audio Playerhttps://media.ktoo.org/2020/04/14HUNT.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Last week, Tribal President Joel Jackson made a request on behalf of the Organized Village of Kake for an emergency use permit to hunt deer and moose out of season. The Southeast Alaska village hasn’t made a request like that before.But as the pandemic plays out, Jackson said grocery store shelves have looked different.“Pretty empty, and also their dairy products didn’t make it,” he said.Kake isn’t on a road system. So when an Alaska Marine Lines barge arrived without some of its normal shipments, like meat, Jackson was alarmed.It can take up to a week for a barge to arrive from Seattle. This system felt fragile before the COVID-19 virus struck.“You know, if this thing gets any worse and we really get in a bind, then we’re going to be hurting here for a while,” Jackson said.But Kake has an abundance of wild, local foods at its doorstep: the Tongass National Forest.The village is requesting emergency access to it, and the community isn’t alone.Chris McKee, a Wildlife Division supervisor at the federal Office of Subsistence Management, said so far the branch has received six special action requests across the state on federal land — from a mixture of tribal entities, communities and individuals. And McKee anticipates they’ll probably receive more.His office has handled these types of requests before, like when a storm occurs and a shipment of food is delayed.But the coronavirus is a different kind of storm, affecting everywhere in Alaska all at once.“They’re in a unique situation, and the program is in a unique situation of having to respond to — not only how quickly folks want us to take action, but also just the sheer number of requests,” McKee said.McKee said he understands there’s a lot of anxiety right now.But the Office of Subsistence Management still has to follow federal regulations. He said they’re working hard to speed up the process so they can quickly grant special actions, if necessary.“We don’t want to have communities like Kake, and the other folks that we’ve been getting these requests from, to have to sit around for weeks on end to find out to get a decision made,” McKee said. “We’re trying to be as timely as we can. But at this point, I can’t give a specific answer about when that’s going to be.”This can be a complicated issue for another reason.The federal subsistence board approves special actions on federal lands, like emergency hunts. And the state of Alaska has its own process for state lands.Ryan Scott with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game said they’ve also received requests from across Alaska. But as long as communities are still receiving shipments of food, and hunting seasons like bear and waterfowl remain open, they’re proceeding carefully. Spring is a time when animals give birth — that’s why deer hunting isn’t open right now.“I think it’s really easy to say, ‘Open a season and go harvest animals for food,’ and recognize the importance of that and the availability of that. However, we need to consider the biological implications of that as well,” Scott said.In an emailed statement, the barge company Alaska Marine Lines said “there shouldn’t be any concerns over the food supply chain from the barge perspective” during the pandemic.But Jackson said for village Elders and families, the situation is about more than food scarcity.“Right now, the meat we’re getting is processed,” Jackson said. “And that’s not nearly as good our wild resources we have around here, like moose and deer.”Jackson said people should have access to their traditional foods for optimal health.Share this story:last_img read more

Florida police reveal new evidence in double murder

first_imgAdvertisementDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 comments Police are asking anyone with information on this crime to call Crimeline at 1-800-423-TIPS. RELATEDTOPICS AdvertisementOne woman was arrested December 4 for making a sworn statement to police that she “saw nothing” when investigators discovered she went into the store after the two store owners were shot and left without helping, deputies said.Undrea Dixon, 42, is facing a capital felony charge after deputies said she “saw and heard the victims in distress” and left the store to head home. She was charged with providing false information to law enforcement. MOUNT DORA, Fla. – The Mount Dora Police Department released surveillance video of a suspect in a double murder case in central Florida. A $10,000 reward is being offered for tips leading to the arrest of a suspect seen in store surveillance video.Police released the surveillance video Wednesday in hopes someone will recognize the voice or mannerisms of the suspect. The suspect went into the T & N Market in Mount Dora just before 9 p.m. on Nov. 30, shot and killed two store owners while, reportedly, trying to rob the store, according to the Mount Dora Police Department. AdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 comments No Content Available Advertisement AdvertisementTags: Mount Doralast_img read more

Chongjin Awakened to Graft and Crime

first_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR News By Daily NK – 2009.05.10 7:48pm Chongjin Awakened to Graft and Crime Entire border patrol unit in North Hamgyong Province placed into quarantine following “paratyphoid” outbreak News News SHAREcenter_img NewsCrime Facebook Twitter AvatarDaily NKQuestions or comments about this article? Contact us at [email protected] North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with China The Secretary of a Party cell (who generally has the duty of managing and controlling five members of the Party) belonging to a branch office of the People’s Safety Agency (PSA) in Suman-district, Chongjin, was dismissed after being accused of receiving bribes, after which he apparently stole the gun from the Chief of the office of the PSA in retaliation, resulting in the detention of many related officials and the cancellation of a portion of events celebrating Kim Il Sung’s birthday on April 15th. A source from North Hamkyung Province told the whole story in a phone conversation with The Daily NK on the 6th, “On the 14th of last month, the PSA office Chief’s gun, which contained eight loaded shells, went missing. The branch office of the PSA in question is the one at the Chongjin Chemical Textile Factory in the Suman-district of Chongjin. The gun was eventually found, but agents of the PSA office and officials were taken to the National Security Agency and Sun’s Day (Kim Il Sung’s birthday) events were cancelled.”One Mr. Choi, the Chief of the branch office of the PSA at the factory, had been participating in a meeting for Kim Il Sung’s birthday events organized by the provincial Party committee, leaving the gun in his desk drawer. After returning to the office after lunch and discovering that the gun had been removed from the drawer, he began asking questions but could not track down its whereabouts.When the situation appeared to be getting serious, the Chief reported it to the People’s Safety Agency of North Hamkyung Province, the office of the Chongjin PSA, the provincial committee of the Party and the National Security Agency of the Province. With one day remaining until Kim Il Sung’s birthday, the North Hamkyung Provincial Party and the judicial authorities which had registered the gun theft incident declared a state of emergency. In North Korea, when Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il’s birthdays approach, a “special lookout period” is declared and the atmosphere becomes extremely solemn. The provincial Party not only mobilized factory employees and Workers and Peasants Red Guard members in Sunam-district, but even searched the sewers near the factory.The agents of the PSA who conducted the investigation, after checking the identities and the belongings of passersby in local alleyways, moved to detain anyone under the slightest suspicion and conducted in-depth investigations.The source relayed more, “As a result of mobilizing even the Workers and Peasants Red Guard members and inspecting everyone coming and going, rumors started spreading throughout the city. However, with the rumors differing from the actual events, there was great confusion.” According to the source, false rumors such as “Armed thieves appeared and attacked the armory of the People’s Security Guards at the textile factory,” “A PSA office was attacked and all the weapons were stolen,” and even “With a special command to destroy the Great Leader (Kim Il Sung)’s statue, a special attack unit of the South Korean National Intelligence Service was dispatched.” In addition, other associated rumors were heard, such as “The South Korean special attack unit, which had been being chased by the NSA, escaped through the sewers in the Suman-district.”As a result of the unchecked rumors, even the Kim Il Sung birthday commemoration events which had been planned for the 15th fell through. In North Korea, all citizens have to visit a statue of Kim Il Sung and pay their respects by laying flowers on his birthday, but NSA agents surrounded the Kim Il Sung’s statue in the Pohang-district of Chongjin and solemnly cordoned off the area. The citizens, surprised at such a sight, deduced that there had been suspicious armed fellows trying to disrupt the Kim Il Sung birthday events, so they did not even approach the statue and, ultimately, all events which had been organized for the day were cancelled as a result of people not showing up.Ultimately, the incident was resolved on April 25th when the Central Prosecution and the National Security Agency began to conduct an investigation.The perpetrator was identified as a Mr. Han, the Secretary of a branch office of the PSA at the textile factory who had been discharged for the crime of corruption and graft three months previously. Mr. Han hid the gun in retaliation against the textile factory manager and the Chief of the PSA office, who had reported the incidents of corruption to upper management.In North Korea, if weapons such as guns go missing, then any visits by high-level officials to the region are cancelled and vigilant regulations are enforced. Also, heavy punishment falls on the official(s) in charge. The aftermath of the incident was significant. With Mr. Han exposing the corruption and graft of other officials at the factory during the investigation process, the Chief of the office, the factory manager, the factory secretary, the factory storehouse manager, accountant and even the guards who had been on duty on the day of the incident were detained.Even the fact that the factory officials colluded with the Chief and secretly sold factory equipment and resources in order to prepare funds for drug sales was inadvertently revealed.The source relayed the local atmosphere, “Due to the gun theft incident, the atmosphere is grim in Chongjin. Those who have been caught for the investigation by officials from Pyongyang are exposing the misdeeds of others, so every official in the Suman-district is afraid.” There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest last_img read more

No surprises in long-range rocket test motivations

first_img Facebook Twitter Analysis & Opinion No surprises in long-range rocket test motivations After conducting a fourth nuclear weapons test last month,North Korea launched a long-range rocket on February 7. The North claims therocket carries a satellite to advance a peaceful scientific space program.Others, including the U.S. and South Korea, say it is a cover for a ballisticmissile test. Unconcerned with the diplomatic implications of the rocketlaunch, Kim Jong Un continues to defy the international community in order tomaintain his authoritarian power in North Korea through military means. Thisrepresents a continuation of his predecessors’ strategy of creating domesticunity by provoking international tension. Because this latest provocation occurred while the UN andindividual nations were in the midst of conferring over sanctions on NorthKorea for the nuclear test, the missile launch also indicates the regime’sunwillingness to yield to the international community. On the contrary, thisreveals North Korea’s obvious efforts to develop the technology to miniaturizea nuclear warhead despite international condemnation.Experts have observed that North Korea is resistingpressures and policies from the international community designed to preventsuch provocations. The long-range rocket is designed to be used as abargaining chip against America, which is pushing for stronger measures againstthe Kim regime. By showing off their power to perform a nuclear test and launcha projectile, North Korea is clearly vying for international recognition thatit is in fact a nuclear power. By the same token, authorities also hope toshore up political power at home.In a conversation with the Daily NK, Kyungnam UniversityProfessor Lim Eul Chul said, “More than anything else, this long-range rocketlaunch illustrates North Korea’s defiance of America’s hostile policy towardsthe regime and is meant to serve as a warning. At this point, North Korea hasdemonstrated that not only do they have nuclear capabilities, but they alsohave the technology required to use said weapons. It’s a kind of pressure toget the Americans back to the bargaining table.”Professor Lim continued, “The fact that Pyongyang pushedthrough with the nuclear and rocket test even while the international communitywas in the midst of debating sanctions and other measures against them is quiteworrisome. In the road ahead, these capabilities might be used as a bargainingchip to try to convince South Korea and America to suspend their joint militarydrills or to elicit some sort of favorable bilateral agreement with America. Thatpossibility definitely becomes more prevalent after a test like this.”  An expert on Korean Peninsula security matters spoke on thecondition of anonymity, stating, “North Korea’s fourth nuclear test last month waspractically an explicit indicator that they would go forward with the missilelaunch. The regime is demanding that America consider them to be a nuclearpower while simultaneously gaining the power to protect the regime by evadingU.S. pressure.”Witnessing the international community struggle to come upwith a unified response to the nuclear test last month, the regime had anincentive to conduct this missile launch quickly. Officials in Pyongyang arelikely judging that the international community will once again struggle tocome up with clear measures to respond to this series of provocations.Kim Young Hwan, senior researcher at the Network for NorthKorean Democracy and Human Rights, said, “Because North Korea always believedthat it needs to focus on and develop nuclear weapon and projectile missiletechnology, there’s no need to make distinctions as to why they’ve chose thisspecific time to go ahead with the tests. At this point, the brass in Pyongyangprobably judged that the international community’s resistance and response to anuclear test and missile launch would be relatively weak.”Senior Researcher Kim continued, “This long-range rocket launch is also a good indicator forNorth Korea of how patient Beijing will be in the road ahead. Pyongyang proceeded with the launch assuming that China would ultimately endure this degree of provocation. If this trend continues, North Korea will continue todevelop their missile capabilities and use the threat of launches and nucleartests in order to solidify their position of power.”There have also been suggestions that Kim Jong Un is usingthe nuclear test-missile launch combination to stimulate loyalty and devotionahead of the 7th Party Congress. Kim Jong Un’s defiance of the internationalcommunity presents the image of a strong and resilient leader.After the launch of “Kwangmyongsong 4,” North Korean statemedia displayed the handwritten launch order by Kim Jong Un and even showed KimJong Un in attendance at the Dongchang-ri launch site. On this aspect of the development, the peninsula securityexpert said, “It is extremely important for Kim Jong Un to boast about hisachievements in propaganda before the congress meetings is held. He willundoubtedly tout the missile launch and use it to his advantage, even boastingthat the missile’s ‘transformation’ into a satellite constitutes ‘spacedevelopment.’” Analysis & Opinion By Daily NK – 2016.02.08 1:47pm RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR SHAREcenter_img Pence Cartoon: “KOR-US Karaoke” Tracking the “unidentified yellow substance” being dried out near the Yongbyon Nuclear Center Analysis & Opinion Is Nuclear Peace with North Korea Possible? 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BCSC welcomes new vice-chair

first_img PenderFund names new SVP for investments Related news Facebook LinkedIn Twitter IE Staff TD getting new head of private wealth, financial planning man opening curtain to reveal something Sergey Nivens/123RF Gordon Johnson has been appointed vice-chair of the British Columbia Securities Commission (BCSC).Johnson has more than 30 years of experience in securities law and litigation. While a partner at Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, he prosecuted and defended clients on regulatory issues and investment claims and dealt with disputes between investment firms. Share this article and your comments with peers on social media CETFA elects new board leader Keywords Appointments,  Securities regulations,  British ColumbiaCompanies British Columbia Securities Commission Johnson has extensive experience in administrative law, having appeared before numerous tribunals, including BCSC tribunals. He also has appeared before the British Columbia Supreme Court and the British Columbia Court of Appeal.“We will surely benefit from Gordon’s wealth of experience, especially in the areas of capital markets and administrative law,” Brenda Leong, chair and CEO of the BCSC, said in a statement. “His insights and perspectives as a seasoned practitioner will be invaluable in helping to guide our regulatory policy and tribunal decisions.”last_img read more

NASA Joins White House National Climate Task Force

first_imgNASA Joins White House National Climate Task Force As a leading agency observing and understanding environmental changes to Earth, NASA has joined the National Climate Task Force. President Joe Biden issued an executive order Jan. 27, which initially outlined details of the task force.The administrations climateagenda outlines putting climate at the center of the countrys foreign policy and national security and encourages a governmentwide approach to climate change.From the launch of the first weather satellite in 1960, the Television and Infrared Observation Satellite (TIROS-1), NASA has used the vantage of space to study Earth. It remains the only space agency in the world providing end-to-end research on the Blue Planet to analyze and understand the processes involved.Climate change is one of the most pressing issues facing us today, said Gavin Schmidt, acting NASA senior climate advisor and director of NASAs Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York. Given our unique ability to observe the planet from space and the long-term data records we’ve been able to assemble, NASA is in a prime position to inform policy decisions in the current administration and beyond.”Working together with our government partners, including the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the United States Geological Survey, NASA is responsible for building the countrys Earth-observing assets in civil space. More than two dozen NASA satellites measure the height of oceans and inland waters, clouds and precipitation, soil moisture, carbon dioxide, and more. The data collected helps to improve weather forecasts, inform farming practices, and helps decisionmakers at all levels of government and the private sector.Beyond Earth-observing satellites, NASA is developing predictive modeling technologies to examine policy-specific scenarios and conducting research that contributes to governmentwide sustainability efforts and understanding of climate change.To reduce the environmental impacts of aviation, NASA is conductingresearch forenergy efficientaircraft that employ technologies such as lightweight structures, transformative aerodynamics,andhybrid-electricpropulsion.Through its long-term observations of Earth, providing insight into how the planet is changing, efforts to contribute to sustainable aviation and nurturing partnerships with the private sector, NASA already is poised to help the task force address the most pressing climate change issues today. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:carbon dioxide, climate change, Earth, environmental change, executive order, Government, NASA, New York, President, space agency, sustainability, sustainable, United States, weather forecast, White House, Yorklast_img read more

First Look: 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Convertible

first_img One thing to note about it: It sounded for all the world like a flat-plane-crank engine. We don’t know what’s under the hood, but it does not sound like a typical cross-plane V8. We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. Car Review: 2019 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 See More Videos Trending Videos COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS That’s partly because rockets are just plain cool, but moreso because astronauts have been driving Corvettes for almost as long as there have been astronauts. Alan Shepard, Alan Bean, Neil Armstrong and many others famously owned examples of the classic plastic sports car.RELATED These are the 5 cheapest cars that can do 200 mphBut let’s talk about the car itself. For starters, it gets the same 6.2-litre 490-hp V8 as the coupe, which makes it the most powerful Corvette base model ever. The top is a folding hardtop arrangement, and no soft-top will be available. According to engineers, the top’s six motors, linkages and hinges add a reasonable 35 kg to the total weight of the C8.Like most modern convertibles (and especially mid-engined ones) there are twin “nacelles” behind the driver headrests. Chevy says they hearken back to the faired-in headrests of 1950s prototypes and visually connect the top of the windshield to the rear of the car, but we think the less-sexy reason for them is simply to provide more rollover protection. Nonetheless, they are well-executed and not an eyesore. Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Clayton Seams Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Clayton Seams Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Clayton Seams Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Clayton Seams Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Clayton Seams Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Clayton Seams Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Clayton Seams Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Clayton Seams The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever 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 launch of the 2020 C8 Chevrolet Corvette held, we have to admit, plenty of surprises for us. It started around $70,000 in Canada and promised a zero-to-96 km/h time of under 3.0 seconds.We expected the C8 to be competitive, but I don’t think many were expecting that.But the reveal of the C8 convertible? Not so surprising. Chevy chose to reveal the C8 drop-top in the Kennedy Space Center’s Rocket Garden in Orlando, Florida. RELATED TAGSChevroletCorvetteConvertibleNon-LuxuryNew VehiclesNon-Luxury And while the C8 coupe shows off its engine under glass, the ‘vert obscures it, since the roof is stored on top of the engine compartment when folded down. To accommodate the thermal demands this covering-up adds, some rather stylish vents have been sliced into the top of the rear deck for engine cooling. And, yes, even with the top stored, you can fit two sets of golf clubs in the C8. Sigh.Impressive numbers? Well, the C8 ‘vert has plenty. The coupe starts at about $70,000 in Canada, and the new convertible will begin at $78,998 when it arrives here. Production of the C8 will start in January, and deliveries will happen two months after that.But that wasn’t all Chevy revealed among the rockets; it also pulled out a very fierce-looking C8.R race car. Flared and spoilered, wearing massive slicks and roll cage, the C8.R is very much the real deal. Chevy was reticent to divulge technical details about the C8.R, but said it would compete at Petite Le Mans soon. last_img read more

KPH Still Under Health Ministry Control

first_imgKPH Still Under Health Ministry Control Health & WellnessMay 25, 2010 RelatedKPH Still Under Health Ministry Control RelatedKPH Still Under Health Ministry Control Advertisementscenter_img RelatedKPH Still Under Health Ministry Control FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The Minister of Health, Hon. Rudyard Spencer has indicated his outrage by a report carried in the media, suggesting that gunmen have taken over control of the Kingston Public Hospital and are forcing surgeons to treat “gangsters”. The Minister would like to assure the public that the Kingston Public Hospital remains under the control of the Ministry of Health through the South East Regional Health Authority.“The staff continues to provide excellent service of which we are proud in this difficult environment,” Minister Spencer said.The Hospital continues to accept emergency cases and is managing the increased patient load being experienced currently. Security has been increased on the compound however there continues to be concern about the safety of staff traveling to and from the area due to the continuing violence.The Ministry is working with the relevant authorities to as best as possible address the security and welfare of staff.last_img read more

New events encourage community involvement with a side of pastry

first_imgHomeNewsNew events encourage community involvement with a side of pastry Feb. 24, 2017 at 8:28 amNewsNew events encourage community involvement with a side of pastryMatthew Hall4 years agocaffe luxxefoodfundraiserpacific palisadespoliticsrustic canyonRusticoffeeSanta Monica Huckleberryzoe nathan Local restaurateur and baker Zoe Nathan is hoping to literally feed the community’s hunger for political action via her new Bake & Gather series of community events/fundraisers.Nathan, who co-owns the Rustic Canyon restaurant group, said her goal is to give business owners a sense of agency and ownership over political actions but just as importantly, she wants to foster a movement for community engagement that brings people together to support whatever causes are of primary importance to individual communities.The first event will be this Saturday, Feb. 25 from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. at Rustic Canyon Park (601 Latimer Road), with Huckleberry Bakery & Café, Caffe Luxxe, and Rusticoffee selling pastries and coffee to help benefit the American Civil Liberties Union and Los Angeles’ Public Counsel, which supports immigrants and underserved communities with pro bono legal services.In addition to food, custom t-shirts will be on sale from Downtown Los Angeles’ Woo Souvenir Shop to support the causes.She said she felt energized and inspired following the recent wave of political engagement, like the Women’s March, but said many individuals returned home unsure what to do next.“It was really fun to be together, to gather together and be in the community and I wanted to feel that as often as I can,” she said.As a mother of three with seven restaurants, she wasn’t able to attend every march, meeting or activity on the list but what she can do is turn her professional experience into a tool for community organizing that she hopes other bakers and chefs will use to support their communities.Following Saturday’s event, there will be additional Los Angeles events through the summer. There are also plans for additional fundraisers in New York and Chicago.Nathan said each event will be slightly different and will be a reflection of the individuals hosting, organizing and attending. No matter what the specific event is like, she said the goal is to show locals they can take action in support of causes they care about.“At the end of the day, it’s really going to come back to our small communities,” she said. “We’re going to be able to fix in our small communities a really big handful of these problems. It’s about showing we do still have a voice and have some power in this.”She said restaurants are often asked to support other people’s events, and they do with great regularity, but she wants the gather fundraisers to be a tool that gives businesses some individual control over their support. At the same time, she hopes they bring diverse voices together to seek common ground.“I want them to take this idea and use it as their own.  This experience has brought me a lot of satisfaction and a lot of peace. It’s helped me find my voice in it, maybe that works for somebody else and helps them find their voice,” she said. “At the end of the day the coolest people who do this are willing to gather people together who think differently”Nathan said a website will be live on Saturday to help others start their own Bake & Gather events. The website (www.andgatherforgood.com) will soon have a simple planning checklist, collateral for posters and promotional materials, and recommended charitable organizations. Locals can also learn about upcoming events in Los Angeles and across the country by following Bake & Gather on Instagram and tagging #bettertogether.“I want to put this out in the world and if it helps somebody, if it inspires somebody, that would be one of my greatest joys,” said Nathan.Bake and Gather eventsSaturday, March 11 from 12-3 p.m. at the Silver Lake Reservoir’s Meadow (1850 W. Silverlake Drive), hosted by Roxana Jullapat (behind the forthcoming Friends & Family), Proof Bakery’s Na Young Ma, and Alimento’s Harriet Ha. Saturday.March 25 (time and location TBD) with The Rose Café’s Neidy Venegas and Joshua Graves and Broken Spanish’s Ivan Marquez.Sometime in April by Cake Monkey’s Elizabeth Belkind and food stylist Staci Valentine will host earlier in the month, followed by Bear Claw Kitchen’s Sarah Lange.A May event with Platine Bakery’s Jamie Ginsburg and The Gourmandise School’s Clémence Gossett.A summer event hosted by Hatchet Hall’s Paige Russell, Sqirl’s Sasha Piligian, Lodge Bread’s Jacqui De Borga, Bub & Grandma’s Andy Kadin, and more. Tags :caffe luxxefoodfundraiserpacific palisadespoliticsrustic canyonRusticoffeeSanta Monica Huckleberryzoe nathanshare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a comment“As I Remember It”Suspect tried to bolt with cuttersYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall11 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson22 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter22 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor22 hours agoNewsBruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for moreAssociated Press22 hours agoNewsWedding boom is on in the US as vendors scramble to keep upAssociated Press22 hours agolast_img read more

Blog: As China tumbles, Apple targets India for growth

first_img Author Blog Apple continues to face headwinds in China, so the smartphone giant is looking to India to not only fill a huge revenue gap created by six consecutive quarters of double-digit sales declines in China, but also as its first iPhone manufacturing hub outside of the mainland.Over the last 18 months, Apple’s quarterly sales in greater China plunged by more than $10 billion – dropping from a peak of $18.4 billion in Q4 2015 to just $8 billion in Q2 2017. It reported last week revenue in the region dropped 10 per cent year-on-year in its fiscal Q3 (calendar Q2), which covers the three months to 1 July.Apple’s share of the greater China smartphone market, which covers the mainland, Hong Kong and Taiwan, fell to 9 per cent in the January-June period from a peak of 14 per cent in the first half of 2015, according to Counterpoint Research.iPhone shipments in China in calendar Q2 2017 fell 1 per cent year-on-year, while worldwide iPhone shipments increased 3 per cent to 41 million units – the same rate as the overall smartphone market, the research company reported.Apple’s share of the global smartphone market slipped to 11.2 per cent from 11.3 year-on-year in calendar Q2, as Chinese rivals Huawei, Oppo, Vivo and Xiaomi all increased their shares by at least 1.5 percentage points, according to Counterpoint Research. China-based smartphone vendors accounted for a record 48 per cent of global shipments in Q2, eating into both Apple’s and Samsung’s shares.China lost its position as Apple’s second largest market in calendar Q3 2016.Just the beginningMeanwhile, in May Apple started producing iPhone SE smartphones in India, the second largest smartphone market in the world after China and one of the fastest growing. India is only the second country where iPhones are produced after China.For months Apple pushed the Indian government for a waiver of custom duties on imports of components and equipment for 15 years, as well as an exemption from the country’s 30 per cent local sourcing requirement.Last week Apple asked the government to offer tax breaks to its suppliers if the country aims to become a major manufacturing hub for smartphone components and iPhones.Government officials have said it won’t give exemptions to a single company, but is working out a new policy which would apply to all device makers.While India is keen for Apple to expand in the country to support Prime Minster Narendra Modi’s Make in India campaign, the company continues to run into obstacles in China as the government tightens control over the internet.Cyber restructuresIn late July Apple announced it will remove “some” VPN applications from the App Store in China, following new regulations to crack down on VPN services which bypass the country’s massive firewall to access overseas sites. In mid-July Apple said it will set up its first data centre in China to comply with the country’s more restrictive cyber security law requiring global companies to store information locally.Tighter internet regulations could impact Apple’s push into services, such as Apple Pay, iTunes, iCloud and the App Store, which it is counting on helping make up for tepid iPhone sales in China.The question is: can Apple turn things around in greater China and once again approach the revenue levels of 2015 ($61 billion versus $46.3 billion in 2016). Apple CEO Tim Cook said it was “very encouraged by the results this quarter” – he has a point since the 10 per cent drop was a major improvement on 33 per cent and 30 per cent declines in calendar Q2 and Q3 2016 respectively.Avi Greengart, research director for platforms and devices at GlobalData, attributed the latest decline to Chinese consumers waiting for the iPhone 8, which will be released next month. However, Greengart’s account doesn’t fully explain why sales have dropped for 18 months.A quick turnaround in China is unlikely – particularly as China handset makers expand their global shares – which is why Apple is banking on India as a future growth engine and been carefully negotiating with the Modi government to expand its retail footprint and set up local production.The editorial views expressed in this article are solely those of the author and will not necessarily reflect the views of the GSMA, its Members or Associate Members. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 07 AUG 2017 Related Blog: Could Apple’s App Store row hurt its 5G entry? Intelligence Brief: Will 5G iPhone change the game? 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