Holden Accountability in Business Bills Approved in Key Assembly Committee

first_img First Heatwave Expected Next Week The Assembly Accountability Committee has approved legislation authored by Assemblymember Chris Holden (D-Pasadena), to move long-term unemployed workers to the front of the job line when it comes to state contracts.AB 1586 will require state contractors to give priority hiring to those who have exhausted their unemployment benefits or who live in high unemployment areas. The bill applies to public service contracts of more than $200,000. It passed on a vote of 10 â€“ 3.In other legislation, Holden’s AB 1921 will provide more oversight and transparency between private businesses and government agencies by requiring service contractors to give government agencies access to records explaining how the state’s money was spent.“AB 1921 is a step in the right direction to provide transparency between private businesses and government agencies,” explained Holden. “State agencies and the public should be able to know how taxpayer dollars are being used in full-filling these contracts. It just makes for good business practices when receiving taxpayer funds.”AB 1921 was approved 8 to 3. Business News More Cool Stuff Top of the News Herbeauty8 Easy Exotic Meals Anyone Can MakeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty11 Signs Your Perfectionism Has Gotten Out Of ControlHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 Countries Where Men Have Difficulties Finding A WifeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyIs It Bad To Give Your Boyfriend An Ultimatum?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThe Most Heartwarming Moments Between Father And DaughterHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Most Startling Movie Moments We Didn’t Realize Were InsensitiveHerbeautyHerbeauty Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPasadena Water and PowerPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Make a commentcenter_img Community News Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Community News Subscribe Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * 3 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Government Holden Accountability in Business Bills Approved in Key Assembly Committee Published on Wednesday, April 30, 2014 | 3:11 pm EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

Wellness offer will soon be entering the big doors in airports?

first_imgThe real question is are all these investments worth it? Will passengers really feel better and calmer after listening to a five-minute guided meditation when the only thing they can focus on is whether to catch the flight they are taking? Also, will airlines make changes that will make travel easier for economy class passengers as well, or will most of these improvements only apply to first and business class? The first association that comes to mind when you think of airports is certainly not an ideal place to rest and relax. No, for most people they are mostly a source of stress, anxiety and frustration. It is for this reason that it sounds a bit comical when airlines or airports announce measures to improve the well-being of their passengers. Especially in today’s air traffic, when legroom is getting smaller, luggage fees are getting higher, and security measures are getting more intense, Skift reports. The logic is clear, when passengers are already on another flight for hours, why not spend that time in a wellness, various beauty & spa zones or even do their daily workout in the gym. Airports are also trying to improve their service, and now it’s about wellness offers. Specifically, these are relaxation rooms as well as breastfeeding rooms located inside the airports themselves. Still, that hasn’t stopped airlines like Virgin Atlantic and American Airlines from partnering with apps like Headspace and Calm, which offer meditative content for those who manage to relax after takeoff. Others, like Singapore Airlines, are trying to improve food supply and provide healthier options. Source: Shift Cover photo: Pixabay.com As long as companies try to provide better conditions for consumers, it remains to be seen whether their initiatives will bear fruit or they just hope for good publicity in the media. The tourism industry is trying to offer as many wellness services as possible, so it is not surprising that both airlines and airports want to get involved. Also, in order to increase revenue due to cheaper flights, airlines are trying to find new ways to boost their financial balance sheets while providing their passengers with some new experience and added value. Photo: Pixabay.comlast_img read more

State Confirms 39 New Cases of Coronavirus; 16 in Broward, 0 in PBC

first_imgThe Florida Department of Health early Sunday announced 39 new cases of the coronavirus in the state, including 16 cases from Broward County and five in Miami-Dade County.No new cases were announced in Palm Beach County, which has five. No cases have yet to be announced in Indian River County, Martin County, Okeechobee County and St. Lucie County.Meanwhile, the West Palm Beach VA Medical Center announced Saturday it is building a medical shelter for its patients.According to a statement, the external medical center will be used to prepare for any potential influx of veterans seeking treatment for coronavirus. The medical center’s “western shelter” is a portable structure that can quickly be set up and can remain in use for weeks to months.It will be set up on the Northeast corner of the medical center’s grounds near Military Trail.Veterans who are concerned they may have symptoms of COVID-19, flu or cold should contact the VISN 8 Clinical Contact Center at (877) 741-3400 before coming to a VA facility.Earlier Saturday, the department announced that a 77-year-old patient from Lee County, who was diagnosed with coronavirus, has died. This is the fourth death of a coronavirus patient from Florida.Three of the 39 new cases statewide announced Sunday are related to domestic travel — two in Hillsborough and one in Pasco counties.In all, there are 100 cases of Florida residents diagnosed in the state.The department also announced that a 17-year-old male from Cuba tested positive in Hillsborough County.The cases in Miami-Dade stand at 13 and 36 in Broward County.These are the new Broward cases:-74-year old male.-48-year old female that is travel related.-19-year old female that is is a travel related case.-19-year old female that is a travel related case.-65-year old male.-20-year old female that is a travel related case.-52-year old female.-63-year old female.-19-year old female that is a travel related case.-30-year old male.-60-year old male.-20-year old female.-19-year old female.-66-year old male.-83-year old male.-20-year old female that is a travel related case.On Saturday Governor DeSantis confirmed that were was evidence of “community spread” in Broward. That means people have been infected with the virus in an area, including some who are not sure how or where they became infected. The six travel-related cases were reported by Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale.“Today, the university learned, and the Broward County Health Department has confirmed, that there is a total of six positive COVID-19 cases involving individuals with an NSU affiliation, all of whom had traveled internationally to Ireland prior to travel restrictions for Europe and the U.K.,” the school said in a release.These are the new Miami-Dade cases:-A 28-year old male.-A 58-year old that is a travel related case.-A 25-year old female that is a travel related case.-A 62-year old male.-A 42-year old male.These are the other cases:-A 55-year old female in Clay County.-A 79-year old female from Connecticut tested positive in Baker County. The epidemiological investigation is ongoing.-A 72-year old female in Lee County.-A 60-year old female in Citrus County.-A male in Duval County.-A 64-year old female in St. Johns County.-A 71-year old male in Volusia County that is a travel related case.-A 48-year old female in Orange Count.-A 70-year old male in Clay County.-A male in Duval County.-A 47-year old male in Hillsborough County that is a domestic travel related case.-A 67-year old male in Pasco County that is a domestic travel related case.-A 32-year old female in Hillsborough County that is a domestic travel related case.-A male in Duval County.-A 65-year old female from New York has tested positive for COVID-19 in Alachua County. The epidemiological investigation is ongoing.-A 76-year old male in Collier County.-A 28-year old male in Collier County.Early Saturday, three more cases of coronavirus in Palm Beach County were positively confirmed, among 25 new ones in the state, the Florida Department of Health announced just after midnight Saturday.The Florida Department of Health announced early Saturday the third death was a 68-year-old Orange County, Florida, woman who died in California. She tested positive in California after traveling to Asia.The Florida Department of Health recommends all individuals experiencing symptoms, who have recently traveled through Port Everglades, to immediately contact their County Health Department or health care provider and self-isolate for 14 Days.This is a developing story.last_img read more

It’s cold here, but what is the weather in South America?

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The first major story line for 2018 has to be the ongoing frigid temperatures across Ohio and the Midwest so far this winter. Those cold temperatures seem to affect human temperament as well as that of farm equipment, which makes for challenges in getting grain moved to final destinations. Not only do the trucks need to be operating at peak performance in these frigid temperatures, the driver has to be constantly aware of road conditions. Road conditions and temperatures could easily see some facilities needing grain moved today, not tomorrow in order to meet train shipping deadlines. Prolonged weeks of these conditions could cause ongoing headaches for those needing enough grain to keep facilities operating at optimum efficiency. The worst case scenario would see soybean crushing or corn ethanol facilities shutting down due to insufficient inventories on hand.Weather, prices, and demand will be major factors for grain prices in the next three to six months. It is just a matter of how those factors will dictate the makeup of upcoming headlines. The Jan. 12 USDA report will finalize 2017 corn and soybean yields and production. Many expect U.S. corn yields to increase slightly from the previous yields estimate of 175.4 bushels per acre. It seems to be an assumed fact that 2017 marks the second year in a row of record corn yields, a very unusual feat. The ballooning corn yields seen the last five years are due almost exclusively to technology. Traders will be looking very hard at corn exports. U.S. corn exports will be critical in determining the track of corn prices over the next three months. USDA currently has the 2017-18 exports at 1.925 billion bushels. The reality of corn exports for the first quarter of the marketing year is that they continue to lag behind the pace of last year when they reached 2.293 billion bushels. The expectations by many since September have been that while exports are behind last year, they could move above earlier projections. This is due to the potential of increasing exports during March to August with lower exports from Brazil and Argentina.Also adding to the woes for corn prices are ending stocks. The December 2017 USDA report had corn ending stocks at 2.437 billion bushels. That number is extremely close to the 2.5 billion bushel threshold that many consider to be very burdensome. If it is breached, corn could easily lose what little momentum it had during December. Two factors could cause the breach to occur — higher yields and lower exports. Watch those two items very closely. It is no question the market will move should they change in coming weeks. March CBOT has huge resistance at $3.55 and $3.72.Soybean ending stocks will also be critical for price direction into spring planting. Current estimates from December had ending stocks at 445 million bushels. Contrary to corn, soybean yields could decline slightly. Like corn, soybean exports are very suspect. They continue to lag behind last year’s sales pace. Currently, USDA has U.S. soybean exports at 2.225 billion bushels. A huge barometer for soybean ending stocks is 500 million bushels. While it would be a surprise for USDA to increase ending stocks 55 million bushels or more, bear in mind that USDA can provide a surprise when it is least expected. That’s why it’s called a surprise.In Ohio and the Midwest, the minds of many producers are focused on weather, not in the United States but in South America. Mid-January in South America is the equivalent of mid-July here — a critical time for corn pollination, temperatures, and rainfall in determining corn yields. While we are only a few days into 2018, it is very critical time for prices ahead for corn and soybeans. Through December there were no prolonged weather issues in South America with extremely high temperatures. Making the headlines late last month were indications China was very concerned about the quality of U.S. soybean imports due to higher than desired levels of foreign matter. This headline will loom large into March.last_img read more

Karuna House: One Project, Three Certifications

first_imgAre the developers of a project called Karuna House — Oregon-based builder Hammer & Hand, Holst Architecture, and their collaborators — inviting skirmishes between certification programs? Maybe a little bit.According to information on the Hammer & Hand website, “The Karuna House’s client, a leading proponent of smart climate policy and sound land use, is pursuing the project as a case study to shed light on the ways that the leading green building certifications and standards complement one another, and the ways that they may conflict.”Under construction on a perch in Yamhill County that overlooks the Willamette Valley, northwestern Oregon’s wine-growing region, Karuna House is designed to qualify for Passivhaus, LEED for Homes Platinum, and Minergie-P-ECO certifications. That’s a pretty full green menu. As Hammer & Hand principal Sam Hagerman, who also serves as president of the national Passive House Alliance, observes, the design/build team is left with “a fairly narrow path to navigate through.”A siting workaroundBy the first week in November, the site had been prepped with straw wattles to divert water and limit sediment runoff, and the team had foundation work well underway, with foundation beds leveled and compacted, and expanded polystyrene structural-foam slabs aligned and anchored in place. (The project’s structural fill was built up using native fill excavated from various locations on the site, eliminating the need to import fill from elsewhere.)Even though construction is still in the early stages, the Karuna team has already had to develop a few workarounds to keep the project in compliance with the three sets of certification requirements. An October 27 Hammer & Hand blog post notes, for example, that even though LEED for Homes favors constructing homes in existing neighborhoods rather than on greenfield sites, LEED credits for Karuna’s exceptional energy efficiency are expected to offset those lost because of the project’s location.An alternative to site-applied spray foamIn addition, Mingergie-ECO prohibits site-applied spray foam, a material that had been specified in the original design plans. The project team decided to switch to high-density cellulose insulation and, to fill gaps, acrylic-impregnated expanding foam tape. Mingergie-ECO also prohibits treated lumber inside the building’s air barrier – which had been specified, in compliance with code, for the sill plate. The chosen alternative: a borate-treated sill plate installed over a structural EPDM gasket.And, finally, code requires hood exhaust units in kitchens – a nonstarter for Passivhaus and Minergie-P certifications, whose requirements also nixed the notion of using conventional dryer vents in the house. Holst and Hammer & Hand addressed the hood exhaust requirement by locating the heat recovery ventilator near the kitchen and installing a recirculating fan with a grease filter between the kitchen intake and the HRV. For the dryer, the solution is to install a closed-cycle heat pump dryer.So, there are no real conflicts yet among the three certification systems, but the team acknowledges there’s still plenty of time and opportunity for that, as well as more workaround challenges.The three-bedroom home will have 3,261 square feet of interior space and is expected to cost about $2 million. It will incorporate three foundation strategies: slab on grade, platform framing (decking above a slab), and a full basement. Expanded polystyrene under each foundation element will bring the foundation R-value to 56. The R-48 exterior walls will have 2×6 studs filled with cellulose and 6 in. of exterior polyisocyanurate foam. Similarly, the roof’s 16-inch-deep I-joist rafters will be filled with cellulose, and 8 inches of EPS will cover the roof sheathing, bringing the R-value of the roof assembly to 92.last_img read more

Motor Vehicles Act ‘a Tughlaqi order’, says Madhya Pradesh Transport Minister

first_imgTerming the new Motor Vehicles Act a “Tughlaqi” (arbitrary) order, Madhya Pradesh Transport Minister Govind Singh Rajput said the high revised fine rates could burden common people and the Act would not be implemented in the State for now.“The Central government has increased the fine rates by such an extent that it would be beyond the capacity of common people to bear it,” he said. “I will talk to Chief Minister Kamal Nath about it and wherever necessary, relief will be extended.”Besides government officials, transport experts and even road users were being consulted on this, said Mr. Rajput.He however agreed that hefty fines should be imposed on those caught for driving under the influence of alcohol. “The government should amend some parts of the Act. That is why we’ll not implement it for now.”last_img read more

IPL 2016: We should have posted 200 against MI, says KKR’s Manish Pandey

first_imgAfter losing to defending champions Mumbai Indians in an Indian Premier League (IPL) encounter here, Kolkata Knight Riders’ (KKR) top-order batsman Manish Pandey has said his team should have posted a target of at least 200 runs.Mumbai Indians pocketed the game by six wickets chasing KKR’s 187/5 in the contest on Wednesday at the Eden Gardens.”With the way we started, probably we should have got at least 20 runs more to post around 200. At least myself, Gautibhai (Gautam Gambhir) or (Andre) Russell should have carried on till the end,” Pandey, who belted 52 off 29 balls told reporters in Kolkata. (Rohit Sharma powers Mumbai Indians to comfortable win over Kolkata Knight Riders)”In the middle overs, we were thinking 200, that’s what we were discussing. After I got out, Russell had a decent partnership with the captain. There was a stage when there were new batsmen at both ends. It’s not easy for any team to have two new batsmen on the crease and stepping on the gas. That’s what we lacked a bit, I believe,” he said.The Knights were on a roll till the 17th over with 163 already on the scorecard for the loss of only two wickets but then Mumbai clawed their way back into the game in the last three overs.In the hunt, Mumbai captain Rohit Sharma (not out 84) led from the front and they easily cruised past the target with five balls to spare. (This is how Rohit Sharma guided MI to their first win)But Pandey still insisted that they had a good total on the board.advertisement”Batting first, you don’t know exactly how many runs you need. On any given day, if you score 180-plus batting first, you normally think you would win the game. For any team, it’s a good total. A total which can be defended,” Pandey said.”The wicket became a little better and it gave a little bit of advantage. I think that’s what Mumbai capitalized on.”Pandey added that they have some brilliant players in the squad and they would take the loss as a lesson.”We were banking on our bowlers as we have a good spin attack and some decent fast bowling. But on odd days, you just end up losing such games. You’ve to learn from this and we would do better, bouncing back from this loss,” he said.last_img read more

13 days agoGervinho pens new contract with Parma

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Gervinho pens new contract with Parmaby Carlos Volcano13 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveGervinho has signed a new contract with Parma.The deal takes him through to 2022 at Parma.Gervinho’s renewal was confirmed in a statement on Parma’s official website.The former Roma winger moved to the Tardini from Chinese club Hebei China Fortune in the summer of 2018.Gervinho has scored three goals and produced two assists this season. last_img

UK police free 2 drone suspects in Gatwick travel chaos

first_imgLONDON — British police say they have released a man and a woman who had been arrested in connection with the drone incursions at London’s Gatwick Airport that had disrupted holiday plans for tens of thousands of travellers.Sussex police said Sunday the two had co-operated with police and were no longer considered suspects. They had been arrested late Friday in a town not far from the airport.There have been no reported drone sightings at Britain’s second-busiest airport since Friday evening and flights are operating normally.The drones first appeared on Wednesday night, causing chaos at the airport that handles 43 million passengers a year.The Associated Presslast_img

IT officials seize cash gold worth over Rs 4cr

first_imgKolkata: After conducting reconnaissance in disguise for several days, Income Tax officials seized Rs 1.5 crore of unaccounted cash and 8 kg of gold worth Rs 2.63 crore from hawala operators in Bengal, an official said on Thursday. “Based on credible inputs regarding suspicious activities of unaccounted cash and gold trading activities being carried out at Burra Bazar area and nearby places, our officials seized more than Rs 1.5 crore in cash and 8 kg of gold biscuits worth Rs 2.63 crore in two days from hawala operators and unaccounted gold traders,” an IT official said. During the search and seizure operation, several incriminating physical and electronic evidences were seized, the official said. IT officials have so far seized over Rs 28.77 crore of unaccounted cash, jewellery and bullion from the state after the announcement of the Lok Sabha elections, the official said.last_img read more