European news boosts US firms – New York Report

first_imgMonday 13 July 2015 8:38 pm whatsapp Share Express KCS European news boosts US firms – New York Report by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailSwift VerdictChrissy Metz, 39, Shows Off Massive Weight Loss In Fierce New PhotoSwift VerdictMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekPost FunKate & Meghan Are Very Different Mothers, These Photos Prove ItPost FunComedyAbandoned Submarines Floating Around the WorldComedyForbesThese 10 Colleges Have Produced The Most Billionaire AlumniForbesGameday NewsNBA Wife Turns Heads Wherever She GoesGameday Newszenherald.comMeghan Markle Changed This Major Detail On Archies Birth Certificatezenherald.comEquity MirrorThey Drained Niagara Falls — They Weren’t Prepared For This Sickening DiscoveryEquity Mirrorcenter_img Tags: NULL whatsapp Show Comments ▼ More From Our Partners White House Again Downplays Fourth Possible Coronvirus Checkvaluewalk.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comInstitutional Investors Turn To Options to Bet Against AMCvaluewalk.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.org AN IMPROVED European picture led to best three-day run this year for the S&P 500 and Nasdaq Composite, and pushed the Dow Jones industrial average back into positive territory for the year.The Dow Jones industrial average rose 217.27 points, or 1.22 per cent, to end at 17,977.68. The S&P 500 gained 22.98 points, or 1.11 per cent, to 2,099.6 and the Nasdaq Composite added 73.82 points, or 1.48 per cent, to 5,071.51.“Headlines out of Greece are going to dissipate a bit and with that the US earnings picture is going to start to emerge as the important factor,” said Mike Binger, a portfolio manager at Gradient Investments.Also making Wall Street more confident, Chinese stocks rose for a third straight day as data showed exports rose while imports slipped in June, a tentative sign global demand might be on the mend. last_img read more

News / Keswick sells Tibbett Logistics subsidiary in Romania to Yusen

first_img UK-based Keswick Enterprises is to sell its Tibbett Logistics subsidiary in Romania to Yusen Logistics’ European arm.Although the deal, for an undisclosed amount, remains subject to Romanian Competition Council approval, it is expected to close before the end of the year.It will give Yusen access to the fast-growing Romanian market, which has become a favourite site for contract logistics activities to serve wider European markets.“We are very pleased to reach this milestone agreement that provides us with both critical mass and insight in the Romanian market,” said Yusen Logistics Europe chief risk officer Shoji Murakami.“Moreover, our customers will benefit by receiving logistical solutions for their opportunities in this attractive market.”Keswick Group first entered the Romanian freight business in 2005 and established Tibbett Logistics in 2010 after it bought out its co-shareholder. It then refocused and has developed into a contract logistics market leader in the country.It also runs warehousing, transport and intermodal operations and has seen an 11.5% compound annual growth rate over the past five years.The business now employs 1,300 people across 15 locations in Romania – including a bonded intermodal terminal in Bucharest – and said around 87% of its revenues were “generated through long-term contracts, typically with major multinational companies”.John Harvey, executive chairman of Keswick Enterprises Group, said: “We believe the sale is in the best interests of all stakeholders – Tibbett Logistics’ customers, suppliers, management and personnel, as well as Keswick’s shareholders and associated charities.“It represents an excellent fit in terms of skills, sectors, services and geography. Yusen Logistics’ parent company is quoted on the Tokyo Stock Exchange and will bring the resources and strategy required to reinforce and sustain the continued growth of the business.”After the deal closes, Tibbett Logistics will become a wholly owned subsidiary of Yusen Logistics Europe, with all management and staff moving across on their existing terms and conditions and in the same work locations.They include chief executive David Goldsborough and Gavin Withers, currently chairman, who will remain as deputy chairman of Tibbett Logistics and retain  his board directorship at Keswick Enterprises.Mr Harvey will have an advisory role with Yusen Logistics, and so will continue to be involved in Tibbett Logistics’ developments in Romania.It was a busy week for the Romanian contract logistics industry, which also saw French 3PL ID Logistics open a new 60,000sq-metre facility outside Bucharest which it will operate on behalf of French supermarket giant Carrefour.The site will operate logistics activities for dry and non-food goods – beverages, groceries, HPC, fragrances, hygiene, textiles and household appliances – for the preparation and shipment of orders to over 200 stores in Romania, and is expected to over 40 million packages a year made up of over 20,000 SKUs By Gavin van Marle 20/11/2017last_img read more

News / Yang Ming Q3 profit adds fuel to shipper fury at carriers’ ‘immoral’ strategy

first_img By Mike Wackett 12/11/2020 Taiwanese ocean carrier Yang Ming moved into the black in the third quarter for the first time in over two years, it said today.However, the return to group profitability for the carrier, and the bumper returns for the sector in general, has angered shippers who accuse container lines of taking advantage of supply chain pinch points to increase rates.Despite an 11% drop in its liftings, to 1.28m teu, in the quarter, Yang Ming’s revenue increased 2.8% on the same period of last year, to $1.3bn.Boosted by soaring freight rates, due to a shift in consumer spending towards e-commerce and tight capacity constraints on THE Alliance sailings, the carrier recorded a $92m net profit for Q3, and for the nine-month period, $62m.Yang Ming said a “positive trend” was continuing in the final quarter and “the company will set financial stability as its priority”.The carrier’s box business actually returned to the black in Q2, contributing a profit of $18.6m, but a $21m loss in the dry bulk sector kept the company in the red.THE Alliance partner ONE this month reported a profit of $515m for Q3, and tomorrow lead line Hapag-Lloyd is expected to also announce substantial profits for the period, after earlier upgrading its full-year earnings guidance by 28%.The liner industry is successfully navigating its way through the pandemic and has turned a potentially ruinous year into what could become one of its best ever, financially.However, carriers are coming under increasing fire from shipper associations for their unrelenting freight rate increase and surcharge assault on customers at the same time as continuing to blank sailings.Carriers have unleashed a raft of rate increases across services out of Asia in past weeks, not just on the main east-west deepsea routes, but also on secondary tradelanes, even extending into the myriad intra-Asia connections.And this week, carriers have continued to shore-up their balance sheets with a new rush of freight rate, peak season and congestion surcharges for December.Hapag-Lloyd advised shippers on Tuesday that from 1 December its FAK rates from Asia to Europe would rise by at least $2,000, to over $5,000 per 40ft.And the German carrier is not alone. The Loadstar understands from UK-based shippers that all the container lines have raised their FAK rates significantly in the past few weeks and some are refusing to negotiate the renewal of long-term contracts.The European Shippers Council (ESC) has described the strategy as “immoral”. Speaking to The Loadstar, Jordi Espin, policy manager maritime transport, said the ESC was “very concerned” about the “change in market behaviour”.He said the shortage of containers, blank sailings and spike in rates was contrary to good customer practice.“A customer-oriented market should be framed with the aim of a mutual understanding under a negotiation environment where service is offered and chosen accordingly,” said Mr Espin.“None of these factors exist now. There is no operational certainty and no possibility of price forecasting, so shippers can only hope to get their containers loaded and delivered,” he said. © Jason Row last_img read more

Study shows plant extinction is more common than previously realized

first_imgStudy shows plant extinction is more common than previously realized A new study reveals that 65 plant species have gone extinct in the continental United States and Canada since European settlement, more extinctions than any previous scientific study has ever documented.Led by Wesley Knapp of the North Carolina Natural Heritage Program, a group of 16 experts from across the United States – including Richard Olmstead, a University of Washington professor of biology and curator of the UW’s Burke Museum Herbarium – collaborated on this first-of-its-kind project to document the extinct plants of the continental United States and Canada. Their findings were published Aug. 28 in Conservation Biology.Astragalus kentrophyta var. douglasii, or thistle milk-vetch, is one of two Washington-specific extinct species identified in this study.New York Botanical GardenThe team found that most plant extinctions occurred in the western United States, where the vegetation was minimally documented before widespread European settlement. Since many extinctions likely occurred before scientists analyzed an area, it is likely the 65 documented extinctions underestimate the actual number of plant species that have been lost. Previous studies documented far fewer plant extinctions on the North American continent.In Washington state, the team found two confirmed extinctions: the thistle milk-vetch, or Astragalus kentrophyta var. douglasii, and the pale bugseed, or Corispermum pallidum. While neither of these Eastern Washington species were ever abundant, their disappearance is likely due to the human impact of changing land use. This has also dramatically reduced the populations of countless other species, many of which are likely to follow these into extinction, unless efforts to protect what remains of native habitat are stepped up.Corispermum pallidum, or pale bugseed, is one of two Washington-specific extinct species identified in this study.Burke Museum“Preventing extinction is the lowest bar for conservation success we can set, yet we are not always successful,” said Knapp. “This study started as an academic question but later developed into an opportunity to learn from what we have lost. By studying the trends and patterns of plants that have already gone extinct, hopefully we can learn how to prevent plant extinction going forward.”Of the 65 documented extinctions in the report, 64% were known only from a single location. While conservation often focuses on protecting entire landscapes, this finding points to the importance of small-scale site protection to prevent extinctions. Extinct species are still being described from old herbarium specimens, underscoring the importance of continued documentation of the flora and supporting museum collections like the Burke Herbarium. Corispermum pallidum, one of the species extinct in Washington, was first collected in 1893. Yet the species wasn’t formally “discovered” until much later when it was first described as a new species posthumously in 1995. Only a handful of herbarium specimens exist today. The Burke has three, including one of the two collections from 1893 and the last known collection from 1931.“There is no living memory of either of these species today,” Olmstead said. “Herbarium collections record our flora as it was historically and provide documentation of change, and loss, over time, whether through direct human impact, or indirectly through climate change and the impact it will have on plants. Documenting extinction is difficult, but herbarium records can say where and when a species was last observed and guide the search for surviving members.”This work also highlights the need for collaborative science in addressing large-scale conservation issues. The team of 16 botanists from across the United States includes experts with state and federal government agencies, numerous botanical gardens, museums, nonprofit organizations, regional conservation groups and academic institutions. To answer the overarching question of what exists and where, the team of experts cross-checked thousands of records to ensure accuracy, discovering that botanical gardens occasionally harbored the last of an extremely rare species and may not have been aware of it.Plants serve as the foundation for most terrestrial ecosystems. The predicted rise of extinction rates over the next century adds even greater urgency to the need to document plant extinctions. Anne Frances, lead botanist at NatureServe, said, “In most cases, we can stop plants from going extinct, we just need the resources and commitment to do so.” /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). 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FACT SHEET: Biden Administration Advances Expansion & Modernization of Electric Grid

first_imgFACT SHEET: Biden Administration Advances Expansion & Modernization of Electric Grid The White HouseDepartments of Energy and Transportation Announce New Actions to Upgrade America’s Power Infrastructure — Creating Jobs, Increasing Reliability, and Combating Climate ChangeToday, the White House is making announcements that underscore the Administration’s commitment to accelerating the needed expansion and modernization of America’s power infrastructure to build a more reliable electric grid, create good-paying, union jobs, and deliver clean American energy to American businesses and homeowners. In particular, the Department of Energy is announcing new financial tools to help build high-voltage electric transmission lines, and the Department of Transportation is issuing new guidance that will enable the use of existing rights-of-way to facilitate the siting of transmission lines. An independent analysis, also released today, confirms the importance of investing in our electricity grid. It identifies more than 20 major transmission projects that are poised to move forward, potentially creating more than 600,000 new transmission-related jobs, and an additional 640,000 jobs from new clean energy generation projects enabled by the new transmission lines. The announcements reflect the Administration’s ongoing commitment to building a more sustainable and resilient future while tackling the climate crisis and creating jobs. As National Climate Advisor Gina McCarthy noted: “After the Texas transmission debacle this winter, no one can doubt the need to invest in our electric grid. The steps that the Departments of Energy and Transportation are taking today, when combined with the grid investments outlined in the American Jobs Plan, will turbocharge the building of major new electricity transmission lines that will generate new jobs and power our economy for years to come.”ENHANCING AMERICA’S GRID NETWORK AND UNLOCKING OUR NATION’S CLEAN ENERGY RESOURCESEnergy Secretary Jennifer Granholm is announcing the availability of two critical financing tools that can facilitate the construction of high-voltage transmission lines to enhance the reach, reliability, and resilience of our electricity and unlock more of our nation’s clean energy resources.The Western Area Power Administration Transmission Infrastructure Program’s $3.25 billion fund is open for business and accepting applications that applicants can leverage for project development support and access to low-cost capital for transmission projects that will unlock renewable energy in the West.DOE’s Loan Programs Office is seeking applications for up to $5 billion in loan guarantees to support innovative transmission projects along with transmission projects owned by federally recognized tribal nations or Alaska Native Corporations. This includes high-voltage direct current (HVDC) systems, transmission to connect offshore wind, and facilities sited along rail and highway routes.“DOE is making financing available for projects that improve resilience and expand transmission capacity across the electrical grid, so we can reliably move clean energy from places where it’s produced to places where it’s needed most,” said Energy Secretary Granholm. “This is a down payment on our efforts to modernize our transmission nationwide-but we need the American Jobs Plan to complete them. These investments will make our power system more resilient against threats and more reliable as we increase our clean energy capacity, creating thousands of jobs in the process.”LEVERAGING TRANSPORTATION TO CREATE REVENUE, LOWER COSTS, AND SUPPORT LOCAL ECONOMIESTransportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg is announcing the Department of Transportation’s commitment to facilitate the use of public highways and other transportation rights-of-way to speed the siting and permitting of transmission lines. To advance this new opportunity, the Department of Transportation is issuing guidance that will help State DOTs host transmission lines, build renewable energy projects, deploy broadband, and support electric vehicle charging along highway rights-of-way. In addition to accelerating the expansion and modernization of the electric grid and other important services, leveraging these public lands adjacent to our transportation systems can create revenue opportunities that will lower state costs, reduce transportation maintenance expenses, cut greenhouse gas and other pollutant emissions, promote energy security and diversity, and foster the creation of good-paying local jobs.“This announcement reflects the Biden-Harris Administration’s commitment to use resources across the government to combat climate change,” said Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg. “Our new guidance will help states use their rights-of-way to expand clean energy, lower costs, and create good-paying jobs in their communities. Today’s actions can provide a model for our private partners, like railroads, to do the same.”STAKEHOLDER REACTIONSINDEPENDENT ANALYSIS ON BUILDING TRANSMISSION LINES AND CREATING JOBSToday, independent analysts, the Americans for a Clean Energy Grid, issued a report entitled: “Transmission Projects Ready to Go: Plugging into America’s Untapped Renewable Resources.” The report estimates that with financing and siting tools such as those advanced by the American Jobs Plan, more than 20 transmission projects are positioned to move from an advanced planning stage into construction, creating hundreds of thousands of jobs and potentially unlocking around 60,000 megawatts of new clean energy capacity in the U.S.The “Ready to Go” report estimates that advancing the 22 high-voltage transmission projects identified in the report would trigger $33 billion in investment and create around 600,000 new jobs, including 240,000 direct jobs plus 38,000 indirect and induced jobs. The wind and solar deployment enabled by this investment could create an additional 640,000 jobs, bringing the total job creation benefit to around 1,240,000 jobs.BROAD STAKEHOLDER COALITION BACKS INVESTMENT IN AMERICA’S GRIDA broad group of states, companies and advocates also announced today the formation of a Grid Investments Advisory Council that is backing the expansion and modernization of the grid, with a special focus on the large-scale deployment of smart grid technologies that will increase capacity while building flexibility and resilience into our national grid. Chaired by the President of the New York Power Authority, the Advisory Council includes leaders from the private and public sectors, drawn from all part of the country and representing the electric utility industry, environmental groups, vendors, labor unions and other key stakeholders. /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:Alaska, america, american, clean energy, climate change, climate crisis, electric vehicle, energy security, Government, infrastructure, labor unions, New York, renewable energy, sustainable, Texas, United States, White House, Yorklast_img read more

2 people shot and killed on UCLA campus, police say

first_imgHomeNewsCrime2 people shot and killed on UCLA campus, police say Jun. 01, 2016 at 10:59 amCrimeNews2 people shot and killed on UCLA campus, police sayeditor5 years agoLAPDLos Angeles Policeshootinguclauniversity of california los angeles Two people were shot and killed on the UCLA campus Wednesday, and it was possible one of them was the gunman, authorities in Los Angeles said.Officers were still searching for any other victims and suspects who could be on the loose, said James Herren, chief of the police department at the University of California, Los Angeles.The campus on the city’s west side was locked down, and dozens of officers with the LAPD and the university’s police force ran across the campus, some with weapons drawn. At one point, a team in tactical gear stormed into a building, and more than a dozen police cars massed near Boelter Hall, an engineering building.People emerged from buildings with their hands raised or behind their heads. Police told people to stay away from the campus in a bustling part of the city.Two people were confirmed dead, LAPD Officer Aareon Jefferson told The Associated Press.The shooting occurred the week before final exams at the school, the flagship of the University of California system with about 43,000 students.Many students posted to social media, many to let friends and family know they were safe. Some described frantic evacuation scenes and a large police response. Others wrote that their doors weren’t locking and posted photos of items like photocopiers and foosball tables pushed up against them.The focus of police activity was a cluster of engineering buildings near the center of a campus that occupies 419 acres in Los Angeles.At a mathematical sciences building near Boelter Hall, SWAT officers with guns drawn cleared occupants who emerged one by one.One man walked out with his hands up and was told to get on his knees. An armed officer searched him and his backpack, then sent him on his way with his hands still in the air.Bioengineering professor Denise Aberle said she could see “a lot of police activity with innumerable cars” and a police helicopter hovering over the engineering building.“Police keep coming,” she said.Associated Press writers Amanda Lee Myers, Christine Armario and Justin Pritchard in Los Angeles and Alina Hartounian in Phoenix contributed to this report.Tags :LAPDLos Angeles Policeshootinguclauniversity of california los angelesshare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentLUVE qualifies for November election          Suspect pulls knife on victims, takes food from their tableYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall12 hours agoNewsBruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for moreAssociated Press23 hours agoNewsWedding boom is on in the US as vendors scramble to keep upAssociated Press23 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson23 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter23 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor23 hours agolast_img read more

Drought conditions stubbornly persist in Santa Monica despite rainfall

first_imgThis week the City announced it would maintain current drought restrictions, including penalties for over use despite recent rains.January was a landmark month after five years of drought in California. It simply poured: last week alone parts of the Sierra Nevada received eight to twelve inches of rain, according to Drought Monitor. Parts of California saw the wettest January in 112 years of record.While the picture is improving, Los Angeles County remains in extreme drought. Despite the good news up north, groundwater levels have been slow to catch up and remain critically low.“There is no difference in our groundwater supply,” Santa Monica’s Public Information Officer, Constance Farrell said in an interview. “The rains were not enough to make a difference. The aquifers are 300 to 600 feet underground and it would take a significantly larger amount of rainfall to make a difference.”While the groundwater level remains the same, public perception is changing and that could hurt efforts to save water.With stormy weather in January and the news Northern California is completely out of the drought, water usage in Santa Monica is already starting to creep back up. Last February, 80 percent of customers used less than their water allowance. Last month, that number was down to 74 percent.The strides in conservation have allowed the City to cut back on the amount of water that has to be imported from other areas of California, but the City is far from reaching its ambitious sustainability goals.“Over the last two years, our water customers cut use and for 82 days we were able to meet all of our water needs just using local groundwater supplies,” Public Works Director Susan Cline said in a press release.That’s just a drop in the bucket. The Public Works Department has a goal of complete water self-sufficiency (365 days a year) by 2020. The goal was established in 2011, just before the state became entrenched in a five-year drought.“This is the new normal in California,” Farrell said, adding the City is sticking with the goals.The City will continue to use both the carrot and the stick to grow groundwater supplies. More than 600 customers in Santa Monica have received penalties for using too much water. Most of the over-users chose to have an in-person water use consultation to get their fee waved. The City has not released a list of households that received penalties.The drought rebate program remains popular. So far, the City has given out more than 15,000 water-saving products and rebates since 2015.Water saving solutions:Faulty irrigation systems are the number one reason residents exceed their water use allowance, according to the City. Many systems default to running the sprinklers ten minutes a day, every day. That adds up fast: about 300 gallons a day for a home with fifteen sprinklers.Of course, getting rid of your grass could solve the problem completely. The City still offers rebates up to eight thousand dollars for landscaping.During their in-person consultations, water auditors find a lot of leaky toilets. A toilet that’s constantly running is wasting two gallons or more every minutes and usually just needs a new flapper.Tags :daily pressrainSanta Monicasanta monica cityweathershare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentOrdinance Prohibiting Discrimination Against Voucher Holders UpheldNOMA meets February 2You 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 ago HomeNewsDrought conditions stubbornly persist in Santa Monica despite rainfall Feb. 01, 2017 at 8:00 amNewsDrought conditions stubbornly persist in Santa Monica despite rainfallGuest Author4 years agodaily pressrainSanta Monicasanta monica cityweatherSanta Monica Drainage  last_img read more

MindSpark employs individuals with autism

first_imgHomeNewsMindSpark employs individuals with autism Jul. 16, 2018 at 5:00 amNewsMindSpark employs individuals with autismGuest Author3 years agodaily pressNewsSanta Monicasanta monica daily press By some estimates, the unemployment rate for people on the autism spectrum is as high as 90 percent.So Gray Benoist helped found MindSpark, a Santa Monica based company that trains and employs individuals with specialized abilities. After five years in Santa Monica and Culver City, the company was acquired by Auticon, an IT and technology solution business that employs consultants and analysts who are on the spectrum.Benoist said without Auticon, MindSpark was a business contained to the Los Angeles area. But with Auticon’s resources, MindSpark will have the opportunity to grow throughout the area and the country.“What Auticon brings is a proven methodology and proven service models that increase the level of employment we’re able to do,” he said. “And accelerate that level of employment. It’s a very, very exciting acquisition.”Benoist, who has two sons on the spectrum, said MindSpark was a successful business but was “contained.” Auticon, which is based in London and Berlin, will provide MindSpark with a plethora of opportunities.Rebecca Beam, the U.S. Managing Director for Auticon, said combining models from each company will lead to more jobs for people on the spectrum.“The fact that we are now a global organization is unbelievable, but that we can touch so many more lives across the U.S., I’m incredibly proud of what this organization has accomplished, and I couldn’t be prouder to be part of Auticon,” she said.Beam stressed that MindSpark is a business – not a charity – and competes with other companies in their field. She said the quality of their service is “everything.”Gray Benoist Jr, who works as the assistant treasurer at MindSpark, said companies like Auticon are extremely important for people who are on the spectrum.“It’s so that people on the spectrum can be independent and also have a place in society,” he said. “Which they should have, because they are able to do things.”The elder Benoist said one of the things he wants to work on with the newfound resources is outreach. He said MindSpark’s outreach programs, which have been underfunded, can now expand throughout the Los Angeles area and the country.Auticon was launched in 2011, and its acquisition of MindSpark represents its entry into the U.S. market. According to a press release, Auticon has affiliates in Germany, France, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. In addition, the company plans to expand to Canada and Australia.“The acquisition of MindSpark supports Auticon expanding on its mission to bring awareness to neurodiversity while creating distinguished career opportunities for adults with autism,” Auticon CEO Kurt Schöffer said in the release. “We look forward to accelerating employment opportunities in tech and consulting for the exceptionally talented and skilled adults on the autism spectrum.”Benoist Sr. said the acquisition will allow Santa Monica to host one of the most successful tech employers for people on the spectrum in the world. He said despite the staggering unemployment rate, people on the spectrum can be very valuable to businesses.“And what they need is an opportunity to be able to show their skills,” he said. “And that’s what MindSpark does, and that’s what Auticon does. We create an environment, an environment with elements associated with accommodation for the individual that allows the individual to do their best.”[email protected] :daily pressNewsSanta Monicasanta monica daily pressshare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentThe Santa Monica Public Library presents Authors on Architecture: Harby and Fisher on Venturi’s RomeYour Column HereYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall9 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson20 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter20 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor20 hours agoNewsBruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for moreAssociated Press20 hours agoNewsWedding boom is on in the US as vendors scramble to keep upAssociated Press20 hours agolast_img read more

Mexican regulator targets service providers with new antitrust investigation

first_img America Movil’s mobile and fixed line operations are likely to face further scrutiny, with the announcement of a further probe by the Federal Telecommunications Institute (IFT), Mexico’s telecoms regulator.Both Telcel and Telmex could be impacted by the IFT inquiry, announced in the government’s official gazette.The announcement said the regulator will determine which operators hold substantial market power in voice, data or video services and networks, both nationally and at state, regional or local levels.The inquiry, which could also pull in Televisa, the country’s largest TV player, will not exceed 90 days. It will look at market practices, and whether leading operators are using their power for unfair advantage.America Movil has been under growing pressure in Mexico since IFT declared the operator a “preponderant economic agent” and hence eligible for tougher rules to curb its dominance. That definition was an assessment based on market share.The company subsequently responded by putting parts of its business up for sale, in an attempt to reduce its reach.Numerous reports have said America Movil will dispose of operator assets on Mexico’s east coast, as well as the west coast and near the US border. And foreign players have been linked to the assets — including AT&T, SoftBank and Bell Mobility. But so far no sale has taken place.AT&T subsequently inked a deal to acquire Iusacell. Previous ArticleSpark catches up with competition on 4G — COONext ArticleTelenor Euro head talks up scale benefits of TeliaSonera Denmark deal Related Richard is the editor of Mobile World Live’s money channel and a contributor to the daily news service. He is an experienced technology and business journalist who previously worked as a freelancer for many publications over the last decade including… Read more Author Home Mexican regulator targets service providers with new antitrust investigation AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 22 DEC 2014 OneWeb, SoftBank Corp plot Japan satellite movecenter_img Tags Deutsche Telekom, SoftBank tipped for T-Mobile trade Richard Handford Asia SoftBank Corp targets growth through acquisitions America MovilAT&TBellMobilityIFTMexicoSoftBanklast_img read more

Donegal County Council agrees to review its criteria for disability home improvement grants

first_img Facebook Homepage BannerNews Facebook Pinterest Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Google+ Twitter Google+ Donegal County Council has agreed to review the strict criteria for those with a disability applying for a grant to adapt their homes.It follows a motion from Councillor Patrick McGowan who said that as a result of the recession there was less money available for the grants and fewer people qualified to apply for them.The grants can be used to improve access to a property or to adapt it to make it more friendly for a person with a disability.Councillor McGowan hopes that more grants will now be available to more people:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/Patrick7am.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. WhatsApp WhatsAppcenter_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest LUH still not ready to restore IT systems Previous articleExpert group examining the Mica blocks issue vows to resolve the problem the best they canNext articleTwo men to go on trial in connection with bomb attack on Waterfoot Hotel, Derry admin Twitter Pregnant women can receive Covid vaccine at LYIT’s vaccination centre By admin – October 7, 2016 Donegal County Council agrees to review its criteria for disability home improvement grants Lárionad Acmhainní Nádúrtha CTR to take part in new research project Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire last_img read more