Exit strategy: How and when will Boris Johnson end the UK lockdown?

first_imgHowever, health secretary Matt Hancock warned that schools may not reopen until September. Dominic Raab also said it would not be safe to reopen all schools in England, after the Scottish government said schools in Scotland could not open for now.  As in Europe, they will likely be the last to reopen. And even then they will look incredibly different.  Transport secretary Grant Shapps said once the UK lockdown ends, more buses and trains will run. But he added he hoped people would take up cycling and walking.  whatsapp A spokesperson for the PM said earlier today that Johnson would use “maximum caution” and any changes will be “very limited”.  Reports suggest the PM is hoping to reopen primary schools in England on 1 June. Takeaway services have been allowed to remain open but companies must ensure two metres between customers and staff. And the number of people allowed in shops has also been limited to ensure sufficient space.  We look at when and how the UK lockdown will end and what the exit strategy means for people, businesses and commuting. The first restrictions to be lifted are expected to be the opening of non-essential shops. Then the public may be allowed to socialise in small groups.  In April the government set out five tests the UK had to meet efore adjusting the strict lockdown measures. Unfortunately there are no plans for pubs, restaurants and bars to re-open to diners any time soon under the UK exit strategy. Pubs, bars, and restaurants to stay closed Part of the government’s measures will include staggering working hours to stop rush hour crowding. All non-essential shops were ordered to shut when the UK went into lockdown in March. Those included hairdressers and clothing shops and non-food and pharmacy shops. Last month B&Q, deemed an essential retailer, reopened 75 of its stores after drawing up plans to safeguard customers and staff.  What are the stages to end UK lockdown? Public transport  The second stage could see large shopping centres reopening and more employees encouraged to return to offices. He said: “It’s an inescapable fact that no mass transport system of the scale we have in London can operate at full capacity while maintaining social distancing at all times.” Draft government guidance seen by the BBC said bar areas and seated areas in restaurants and cafes must remain closed even when the economy reopens.  Exit strategy: How and when Boris Johnson will end the UK lockdown (AFP via Getty Images) Also Read: Exit strategy: How and when Boris Johnson will end the UK lockdown When will employees return to work?  And the easing of restrictions can only begin when the rate of transmission is below one. That would mean coronavirus is no longer rapidly increasing. Nicola Sturgeon confirmed that lockdown would continue in Scotland, saying any easing would be “very, very risky” at this stage.  Public transport capacity and usage has been reduced, with TfL operating a reduced service. Tube journeys are down 95 per cent and bus travel is 85 per cent below normal levels.  Johnson is reportedly expected to amend the “stay home” slogan in Sunday’s address to the nation in a sign that he will loosen some restrictions from next week. And at Prime Minister’s Questions he suggested some measures could start being eased from Monday.  When will UK schools reopen after lockdown ends? The PM is likely to push for employees to return to work once it is safe to do so. The business department has already drawn up documents to help businesses prepare for employees returning to offices.  Thursday 7 May 2020 4:53 pm UK restaurants like Leon may be among the last places to reopen after the UK lockdown ends (AFP via Getty Images) Angharad Carrick Exit strategy: How and when Boris Johnson will end the UK lockdown (AFP via Getty Images) Also Read: Exit strategy: How and when Boris Johnson will end the UK lockdown Last week, Boris Johnson said the UK had “passed the peak” and today chairs a Cabinet meeting that will focus on what restrictions can be lifted.  Employers with more than five staff must draw up a coronavirus risk assessment before allowing staff back in the office.  While countries in Europe have set out a route to getting children back to school, there is little understanding of when this might happen.  Wetherspoon boss Tim Martin said the pub chain is hoping to open pubs “in or around June” but has given little detail on how this could happen.  Many UK companies have been forced to shut since lockdown began on 23 March. But it is unlikely that they will be able to resume operations as before. Social distancing measures mean the Tube will only be able to carry 13 to 20 per cent of previous passengers.  It is understood that the UK lockdown will end in stages, as in Europe. That should help avoid the risk of a second wave which could overwhelm the NHS. center_img Exit strategy: How and when Boris Johnson will end the UK lockdown (AFP via Getty Images) Also Read: Exit strategy: How and when Boris Johnson will end the UK lockdown It is likely that non-essential shops will have to follow similar measures put in place in supermarkets, such as a limit to customers in stores and two-metre markers.  When schools do open, measures could include limiting class sizes, staggering break times, and groups of pupils attending on different days, as in Germany.  Exit strategy: How and when Boris Johnson will end the UK lockdown (AFP via Getty Images) Also Read: Exit strategy: How and when Boris Johnson will end the UK lockdown A report by the Scottish government said a full reopening could cause a second wave of infection that would overwhelm the health service.  whatsapp A draft 50-page document ministers have drawn up would see the UK lockdown eased between now and October before it comes to an end. The government is expected to issue guidance on how non-essential shops can reopen safely. The British Retail Consortium (BRC) has said changing rooms could be closed and customers encouraged to shop alone.  When will shops reopen under UK exit strategy? Exit strategy: How and when Boris Johnson will end the UK lockdown (AFP via Getty Images) Also Read: Exit strategy: How and when Boris Johnson will end the UK lockdown Writing for City A.M., mayor of London Sadiq Khan said there would be “no swift return to normality for TfL”.  As people begin to return to work, the PM will want to avoid public transport becoming a hotbed of infection.  by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeBleacherBreaker4 Sisters Take The Same Picture For 40 Years. Don’t Cry When You See The Last One!BleacherBreakerMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStorybonvoyaged.comTotal Jerks: These Stars Are Horrible People.bonvoyaged.comzenherald.comMeghan Markle Changed This Major Detail On Archies Birth Certificatezenherald.comNational Penny For Seniors7 Discounts Seniors Only Get If They AskNational Penny For SeniorsDaily FunnyFemale Athlete Fails You Can’t Look Away FromDaily FunnyGloriousaDrone Captures What No One Was Supposed to SeeGloriousaBeach RaiderMom Belly Keeps Growing, Doctor Sees Scan And Calls CopsBeach RaiderNinjaJournalistThe Most Expensive Royal Weddings In Royals HistoryNinjaJournalist Ministers will push companies to maximise home-working where possible, and stagger shift times to keep staff two metres apart.  Companies will have to limit hot desking and introduce protective screens, according to draft government proposals.  Exit strategy: How and when Boris Johnson will end the UK lockdown (AFP via Getty Images) Exit strategy: How and when Boris Johnson will end the UK lockdown (AFP via Getty Images) Also Read: Exit strategy: How and when Boris Johnson will end the UK lockdown What restrictions could end next week? Measures on reopening will likely include a limit on customer numbers, shortened opening hours and restricted menus.  Shops will also be expected to consider providing hand sanitiser at entry and exit points, and move to cashless payments to limit contact.  Share Exit strategy: How and when Boris Johnson will end the UK lockdown (AFP via Getty Images) Also Read: Exit strategy: How and when Boris Johnson will end the UK lockdown And it is unclear how many staff will return to offices immediately. London mayor Sadiq Khan has said a 100 per cent Tube service could only serve 20 per cent of commuters to maintain social distancing. The UK exit strategy will eventually see workers encouraged to return to their offices (Getty Images) The Prime Minister is set to reveal a “roadmap” to end UK lockdown measures on Sunday, but what does the exit strategy look like, and when will measures be eased? Police and National Rail Staff are seen at an empty Waterloo Station amid the UK lockdown in late March (Getty Images) When will the UK lockdown end?  These tests include a sustained and consistent fall in the daily death rate, and evidence that the rate of infection is falling.  Exit strategy: How and when Boris Johnson will end the UK lockdown Bosses most also use floor tape to set out spacing if necessary. Protective screens and equipment will be used where keeping a distance is not possible.  Tags: Coronavirus Martin Williams, chief executive of M Restaurants and Gaucho, told City A.M. he is exploring the option of robot waiters and conveyor belts to serve meals.  However, pubs, gyms, restaurants and hotels face closures for months longer. They are set to be among the last to reopen. Earlier this week defence secretary Ben Wallace said wearing face masks on public transport would make people “feel able” to go back to work. He confirmed the government had begun stockpiling masks. 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Google Campus closes in the end of an era for London tech

first_img Millie Turner Google has decided not to reopen its London campus for startups, which formed part of the capital’s mini–Silicon Valley, saying it will offer services online. Show Comments ▼ Tuesday 22 June 2021 9:23 am “This shift demonstrated that, similar to the support we provide in other advanced startup ecosystems like the US and Germany, we can provide support for startups right across the country without a physical space,” Google for Startups said in a statement on the Campus website. ‘Melting pot’ of advisors The tech giant’s startup branch said the UK’s tech scene has grown and that the startup community “doesn’t need access to a single-shared physical space as much as it needs access to resources, mentors, and programs available at scale, anywhere”. Also Read: London hedge fund White Square Capital shuts after swallowing lofty GameStop losses “We are therefore opening a new chapter for our work in the UK, and we will not be reopening our Campus in London.” The capital campus, which opened in London in 2012 close to Old Street Roundabout, became known as ‘Silicon Roundabout’, as it was in an area loaded of young tech companies. The capital campus, which opened in London in 2012 close to Old Street Roundabout, became known as ‘Silicon Roundabout’, as it was in an area loaded of young tech companies. (REUTERS/Toby Melville) Tags: Googlecenter_img Google Campus closes in the end of an era for London tech startups “These organisations had the financial capital, know-how and most importantly a genuine purpose to support startups before thinking about profit. It’s truly sad to see how the pandemic has impacted the ecosystem in London.” Share “This is sad news for the London startup community. With TechHub and now Google Campus leaving it feels like the heart of the early stage startup ecosystem – one that created countless successful startups between 2010-2020 – has been pulled out,” co-founder and CSO at retail technology firm NearSt, Max Kreijn, said. The coronavirus pandemic and working from home has likely swayed the decision to shut the seven-storey East London campus. The co-working space offered events, mentorship and classes for growing businesses, and was heralded by then-Chancellor George Osborne who said it would help the UK become the “technology centre of Europe”. whatsapp Ad Unmute by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeLuxury SUVs | Search AdsThese Cars Are So Loaded It’s Hard to Believe They’re So CheapLuxury SUVs | Search AdsUndoTop Walk-In-Tubs | Search AdsHere’s the Average Price of a Walk In TubTop Walk-In-Tubs | Search AdsUndoNational Injury BureauJury Finds Roundup Responsible For Lymphoma | Bayer To Pay $10 BillionNational Injury BureauUndoAll Things Auto | Search AdsNew Acura’s Finally On SaleAll Things Auto | Search AdsUndo1MDDoctor: Try This For A Fatty Liver (Watch) 1MDUndoMoneyPailShe Was An Actress, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailUndoGameday NewsMichael Oher Tells A Whole Different Story About ‘The Blind Side’Gameday NewsUndoBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBeUndoSenior Living | Search AdsNew Senior Apartments Coming Nearby Scottsdale (Take a Look at The Prices)Senior Living | Search AdsUndo whatsapp Also Read: European Commission to probe Google’s €123bn digital advertising business Kreijn’s firm benefitted from the Google campus when NearSt was just starting out, as it was “a melting pot of other startups, talent, investors, events, media, and advisors.”last_img read more

THIS WEEKEND: 10 Excellent Events from Pie and Ponies to Burlesque…

first_imgUncategorizedTHIS WEEKEND: 10 Excellent Events from Pie and Ponies to Burlesque and Blue MenPlus, special effects genius Gabe Bartalos has a show opening in Long BeachBy Elina Shatkin – September 6, 2013622ShareEmailFacebookTwitterPinterestReddItOn what’s expected to be another hot weekend, you can stuff your piehole or shake your booty. Why not do both?SEE: Gabe Bartalos: Abhorrence and ObsessionHe’s the special-effects genius behind the Day-Glo phantasmagoria of Matthew Barney’s art films. This exhibition of grotesque and evocative sets, masks, and sculptures reflects two decades of Bartalos’s work. More information (Sep. 7 – Dec. 8; CSU Long Beach University Art Museum)DROOL: 5th Annual Good Food Pie Contest Good Food host Evan Kleiman presides over the festivities, which include a free pie tasting for the public. This year’s celebrity judge lineup includes Short Cake’s Hourie Sahakian, the Hot Knives, the L.A. Times’ Jonathan Gold, and our own pie-enthusiast, Elina Shatkin. Wear an apron and get free admission to LACMA for the day. More information (Sep. 7; LACMA)HEAR: Why Do the Santa Anas Blow Our Minds?“Every booze party ends in a fight,” Raymond Chandler wrote of the hot desert winds. “Meek little wives feel the edge of the carving knife and study their husbands’ necks.” Novelist Janet Fitch joins a meteorologist and a fire captain in an attempt to demystify the seasonal phenomenon that rattles Angelenos. More information (Sep. 6; Grand Park)SEE: PaleyFest Previews: Fall TVIt’s basically a debutante ball where the major TV networks trot out their newest and biggest productions. Expect a week of screenings and discussions with stars of series like CBS’s We Are Men and the Conan O’Brien-created sitcom, Super Fun Night! More information (Sep. 6-11; Paley Center)HEAR: Jill SobuleQuirky and witty or thoughtful and introspective, Jill Sobule’s shows are always good to see. Catch up with the folky singer/songwriter whose last album, 2011’s A Day at the Pass, was a rousing collaboration with John Doe. More information (Sep. 6; McCabe’s Guitar Shop)DANCE: Bootie LA  It’s Michael Jackson mashup night at Bootie LA, one of the city’s most irreverent dance clubs. More information (Sep. 7; The Echo)SEE: Blue Man GroupGet ready for the hilarious and the unpredictable—and a whole lot of blue. The men in blue body paint will not only present new material and new instruments, they’ll debut three original compositions arranged specifically for the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra. Also on the program: fireworks. More information (Sep. 6-7; Hollywood Bowl) DROOL: The 2013 Burlympics: The Burlesque & Variety Performance CompetitionMore than 30 entrants will compete for the crown of Burlesque Queen (okay, we made up that title) in a contest that’s bound to have more variety than the Miss America pageant. More information (Sep. 6-7; Club Fais Do-Do)TROT: Portuguese Bend National Horse ShowMr. Ed wouldn’t make the cut. Only top competitors are allowed at the equine extravaganza that showcases experienced riders, challenging jumping courses, and family activities. More information (Sep. 6-8; Ernie Howlett Park)SEE: The Decameron and SalòThe mini-fest devoted to the films of Pier Paolo Pasolini includes the satirical, smutty adaptation of Giovanni Boccaccio’s medieval allegory, The Decameron, and the grueling Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom, a controversial 1975 film that chronicles the sadism and depravity after the fall of Mussolini’s regime. 18 and over. More information (Sep. 7; American Cinematheque, Egyptian Theatre) TAGSEventL.A. CultureWeekend EventsPrevious articleDO: KIDS: Silk Road Story TimeNext article50 Crazy Weird Cassette Tapes to Celebrate National Cassette Store DayElina Shatkin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORFollow in Pee-wee Herman’s Footsteps Across L.A.The Best Things to Do in L.A. This WeekendThe Best Things to Do in L.A. This Weekendlast_img read more

Dispatches from the Front Lines of Househusbandry: A Q&A With Christopher…

first_imgBooksDispatches from the Front Lines of Househusbandry: A Q&A With Christopher NoxonBy Sean Fitz-Gerald – February 24, 2015636ShareEmailFacebookTwitterPinterestReddItIt’s not an autobiography or a roman à clef, but Christopher Noxon’s Plus One (in stores now), the tale of a househusband coping with the reality of having a breadwinning wife, does hit close to home. The L.A.-based writer and freelance journalist is married to Jenji Kohan, the TV scribe/mastermind behind shows like Weeds and Orange Is The New Black. The book isn’t a diary of his life (which, yes, does involve such caretaking duties as car pick-up, laundry, and cooking for his three kids); rather, it’s more a sampling of what people in his position are prone to do.The book reads like a series of intimate conversations about the inner workings of family units. It exposes the unvarnished truth about how people struggle to make ends meet (even when things are pretty nice). Noxon says he wanted his written conversations to sound like the things you might say to your partner on the way home from a party, and he’s successful. With a faux behind-the-scenes sleight of hand, Noxon’s protagonist Alex experiences the caretaker role in a way he hasn’t before, forcing him abandon his post as marketing guy and trade it in for family guy.Plus One details how Alex and the other “plus ones” (men whose wives or dates are the primary invitees to a prestigious event) come to grips with the shift. Here he discusses gender inequality, the difference between fact and fiction, and how he thinks the model of the traditional family can—and should—be malleable.Once he comes to grips with being a plus one, Alex has a mid-life crisis. He begins writing a memoir of sorts. Does your writing process differ from Alex’s?That was a little meta, and maybe a little cute, because I was winking at the reader. Alex goes from writing a memoir to writing fiction, and I had a similar turn when I was writing this book. I wrote a couple of essays, one about going to the Emmys with my wife and having my shoes fall apart and another about being married to a TV writer. I was thinking about writing a book of essays about househusbandry and caretaking, but I stopped and asked myself, do I even want to read that book? I didn’t. Our family’s life is pretty uneventful. I wanted to read a book and write a book that felt unlike my last book (Rejuveniles), which was a chin-strokey, heavily reported, quasi-sociological story. So it became fiction, and I invented this character that was sort of like me, but not really me, and I invented a wife who was sort of like my wife, but not my wife, and kids that are not at all like my kids. With Alex, I was trying to take all of my insecurities and anxieties to the most dramatic ends I could think of.In the book you write, “He could create an alter ego who’d be free to do all the stupid, risky, impulsive things Alex himself never did. But that would mean he’d be writing—what? A novel? And who read novels anymore?” I loved this quote. It made me think, Bingo! that’s partly why we write. Was this book liberating for you in the same way?That’s more a question for my therapist [laughs]. But it did force me to push myself into situations I have not myself experienced. The whole question of the book is: Is this family going to make it? Raising kids and maintaining a healthy marriage when one person is really successful, especially a woman, is hard. I’m surrounded by stories of families that don’t make it. In some ways it was a thought exercise: what is the fight that Jenji and I would have a very hard time coming back from? I had to invent a crisis that my family has not experienced. Was that liberating? I had my mid-life crisis on the page so I wouldn’t have to have it in real life. There’s so much score keeping that goes on in L.A. and in marriages, and of course we all know the ultimate answer is to stop keeping fucking score and take care of the people around you. I discovered that through tracking Alex’s conflict, and it reinforced in me a sense of security and acceptance.Noxon and his wife, Jenji Kohan. View image | gettyimages.comThere’s a mix of fact and fiction in here in terms of popular actors and shows and locations. How did you determine where to draw the line between real and fake?The one time I thought about a formal rule was regarding place names. I felt like the places should all be based on real places but have invented names. If a reader is familiar with L.A., there are plenty of places they’ll recognize. It’s a fun reward. Part of the reason I wrote the book was that I love L.A. I’m a native, my wife is a native, my kids are natives. I’ve spent my whole journalism career writing a lot about Los Angeles, and I wanted to write a version of L.A. that I hadn’t read before. One which is show business adjacent; the kind of world you see in Jill Soloway’s Transparent. It’s a family trying to get by in regular-world Los Angeles where someone is sucking off the show business teet.I noticed that the approach-avoidance conflict—the tug of war that results when a goal is both desirable and undesirable—is a pretty major theme.That conflict is especially endemic to Los Angeles because we’re constantly being fed the fruits of labor and the fruits of success. Carrots are dangled in front of our noses all the time, but do we really want the fancy car or the house on the hill or the reverse-osmosis swimming pool or the Salvadorian nanny or the pro-biotic diet or the yoga classes? Alex is a guy who’s raised anti-bougie. I wanted to highlight how he reconciles that with the world of the privileged. It’s very difficult for those guys to come to peace with having money and success. Once they achieve those things, they freak out and blow up their lives. They’re still crazy, they’re still unhappy, they still have the same neurotic thoughts rattling around in their head.What’s the solution?It’s like writing. I love having written more than the process of writing, but really it’s all about the process, not the euphoric feeling that comes with finishing a piece. The same is true of life: It’s the journey, not the destination.What I like about this book is that there are so many universal, recurring themes about retaining your personhood and being self-possessed. But then there’s also the idea of sacrificing yourself for the greater good of a family. Alex’s job on vacation, for example, is not to enjoy himself, but to make the vacation worthwhile for his wife, Figgy, and the kids. How has the idea of being a good family man changed in your opinion?With more women becoming primary breadwinners and assuming positions of power, men are struggling to learn how to become graceful support players. I think it’s essential that men deal with this in a really open, honest way. There’s a toxic cultural stereotype that men can’t be caretakers; there’s this assumption that, boiled down, guys are just knuckle draggers who want to stand on top of a mountain and have their woman chained next to them wearing a bikini. I reject that. There are biological differences between men and women, but we have to give men more credit for their ability to adapt to the caretaker role. I feel blessed to have that role with my kids and my wife, to be around for my kids in a way that my parents weren’t around for me when I was little, and to creatively enable my wife—that’s a huge privilege. That the culture sidelines men and isolates them and disparages that work is a real bummer and something that we’re going to have to change if men are going to do this job well. Men can be natural caretakers and the world has got to stop assuming that we’re all threatened and emasculated in that role. I’m a superfan of guys retaking the kitchen. Cooking has become so macho, but not so much with laundry. We haven’t figured out how to masculinize laundry or car pick up. [Laughs.]Obviously Jenji is dealing with the flip side of this. The Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film published a report in the fall that said women are still vastly underrepresented in the entertainment industry, and their roles both onscreen and off-screen are actually decreasing (not getting better). I would imagine this is something your household talks about. As someone with close proximity to the industry, how do you see Hollywood’s gender imbalance changing or not changing?Jenji gets really pissed off about this stuff, and I’m much more prone to say, look at our lives! Our lives are awesome! But as someone who’s created two hit shows, Jenji would be getting very different opportunities and deals if she were a man. Even in success, women are treated differently than men are. It’s horrendous.Jenji was the lone female hire on her first few shows. They had to have one woman in the room. I think that’s still true on a lot of TV shows; it’s still a boy’s club to a great extent, and then you have these kind of outliers, like Jenji, like Shonda Rhimes, like Jill Soloway. Clearly there are these kind of powerhouse women who are changing the hiring dynamics. Hopefully with their success, things will accelerate.This interview has been edited and condensed. TAGSChristopher NoxonJenji KohanOrange is the New BlackPlus OnePrevious articleSecret’s Out: Come to Our Social Hour at Butchers & Barbers on WednesdayNext articleRide Shotgun in a 1968 Camaro Z28 Haulin’ TailSean Fitz-Gerald RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORHeidi Schreck’s ‘What the Constitution Means to Me’ Is a Play for This Political MomentAdvocates Are Suing ICE for Shutting Down a Detention Hotline Featured on ‘OITNB’L.A. Charities Fighting for the Rights of Incarcerated Women Are Getting the “Orange Is the New Black” Bumplast_img read more

The 5 Best Things to Do in L.A. This Weekend, Hands…

first_imgUncategorizedThe 5 Best Things to Do in L.A. This Weekend, Hands DownWhy wouldn’t you want to ride in a WWII-era Jeepney?By Marielle Wakim – May 5, 2017724ShareEmailFacebookTwitterPinterestReddItObscura DayYou probably think you know everything about L.A., but did you know about its history with subterranean lizard people? What about its network of dark, creepy underground tunnels? The good folks at Atlas Obscura are here to educate you about your own city on Obscura Day (May 6). They’ve put together 15 different events in neighborhoods all over the city, from a Jeepney tour of Historic Filipinotown to a survey of L.A.’s graveyards to a graffiti feast in the Arts District. Check it out if you want to see the L.A. that doesn’t meet the eye. More information (May 6, various locations)Todd Eberle: Empire of SpaceEberle, Vanity Fair’s photographer at large, found fame with minimalistic photos of architectural standouts (like Disney Hall and the Prada Store on Rodeo Drive). On May 4, the Julius Shulman Institute honors him with their JSI Excellence in Photography award; an accompanying exhibition runs through June 25 at the Woodbury University Hollywood Outpost (WUHO). More information (Through June 25, WUHO)Abbot Kinney First FridaysIn the immortal words of Rebecca Black, it’s Friday. May’s first, in fact, which means there are a whole slew of First Friday events happening in L.A. If you only choose one, make it Abbot Kinney’s, where a fleet of food trucks—Prince of Venice, Nomad, Kogi—post up to serve the hungry masses. Eat while you stroll; stores on the boulevard are open late. More information (May 5, Abbot Kinney Boulevard)LA Taco + Beer FestivalThe name is simple, but it says it all: Here is an event where you will eat tacos and drink beer at Raleigh Studios in Hollywood. Stuff your gullet with unlimited tacos and craft brews between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m, then try your hand at a game of giant Jenga or peruse vendors selling original art. More information (May 6, Raleigh Studios)Douglas Kirkland: Life Beyond the LensDouglas Kirkland remembers his photoshoot with Marilyn Monroe perfectly: “She said, ‘I know what we need. We need a bed, a white silk sheet, and Dom Perignon. And I won’t have anything on but that white silk sheet.’” Kirkland’s photos of the startlet are just a few of thousands he’s shot over his 50-year career. The Mouche Gallery in Beverly Hills hosts a career survey of his most iconic images. More information (Through May 10) TAGSAbbot Kinney First FridaysAtlas ObscuraDouglas Kirkland: Life Beyond the LensHidden HiFijeepneyLA Taco and Beer FestivalObscura DayTodd EberlePrevious articleThe Expo Line Is Already Transforming the WestsideNext articleAlzheimer’s Greater Los Angeles An Unforgettable EveningMarielle Wakim RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORThe Battleship USS Iowa Is Hosting an Unusual Sleepover for AdultsYou Can Take a Jeepney Tour in Filipinotown, and It’s Legit FunHow to Find Local Treasures Even Lifelong Angelenos Might Not Know Aboutlast_img read more

News / GMB union claims it warned KFC that DHL would fail its supply chain

first_img The GMB has slammed KFC for what it described as a “penny-pinching” decision to award DHL its distribution contract, with the union claiming it had warned the 3PL would not be up to the job.Nearly two thirds of KFC branches in the UK were forced to close yesterday after delivery problems led to a mass chicken shortage.This morning, the company’s website suggested the problem had intensified, resulting in further closures, with more than 80% of its stores now closed – GMB claims 750 of 900 stores are closed.National officer of the union Mick Rix said the closures were the result of KFC’s “bird-brained” decision to award the distribution contract to DHL rather than renew its deal with Bidvest.“We tried to warn KFC this decision would have consequences – well now the chickens are coming home to roost,” said Mr Rix.“Bidvest are specialists – a food distribution firm with years of experience; DHL are scratching around for any work they can get and undercut them.”The food vendor announced that it had appointed DHL Supply Chain to run its warehousing and distribution services last October.This partnership became active as of last Tuesday, with problems immediately arising after its restaurants in Huddersfield were forced to close due to running out of chicken.“Three weeks ago KFC knew they had made a terrible mistake, but by then it was too late,” said Mr Rix.“It’s an absolute cock up; KFC are left with hundreds of restaurants closed while DHL try and run the whole operation out of one distribution centre – where conditions are an utter shambles.”Mr Rix said union members employed by Bidvest had lost jobs because the decision to award DHL the contract had forced Bidvest to close one its depots and lay off some 250 workers.As this story went to print, DHL had yet to respond to questions from The Loadstar, however, it was reported in other media as having issued an apology.“KFC’s bird-brained decision has caused untold misery to customers, to Bidvest workers and restaurant staff who are not being paid,” said Mr Rix.“Now they’ve been left with egg on their face.”For its part, the food vendor said in a Tweet the closures were the result of “teething problems” with its new delivery partner. © Jevanto By Alexander Whiteman 20/02/2018last_img read more

University of California appeals CRISPR patent setback

first_img Sharon Begley The University of California has filed an appeal to overturn a February decision by a US patent tribunal that dealt UC a setback in its efforts to win foundational patents on the revolutionary genome-editing technology CRISPR-Cas9.In that decision, the US Patent Trial and Appeal Board ruled that CRISPR patents issued to the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard in 2014 did not cover the same inventions for which UC had sought patents. The PTAB decision found that the claims can be patented separately. That left UC free to pursue its original patent applications, but was deemed a setback because the Broad was left with what many experts considered the more valuable intellectual property.The appeal seeks to have PTAB reverse its decision, and conclude that the Broad’s patents on the use of CRISPR-Cas9 in eukaryotic cells — those of advanced organisms, including all plants and animals — are so similar to UC’s patent application on the use of CRISPR in more primitive cells, like bacteria, that they should not have been granted.advertisement Two adversaries in the CRISPR patent battle meet — and look ahead By Sharon Begley April 13, 2017 Reprints UC was joined in its appeal, filed on Wednesday in the federal Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C., by its partners in its CRISPR patent efforts, the University of Vienna and biologist Emmanuelle Charpentier, who collaborated with UC biochemist Jennifer Doudna on the pioneering CRISPR research. “Ultimately, we expect to establish definitively that the team led by Jennifer Doudna and Emmanuelle Charpentier was the first to engineer CRISPR-Cas9 for use in all types of environments, including in non-cellular settings and within plant, animal, and even human cells,” said Edward Penhoet, a special adviser on CRISPR to the UC president and UC Berkeley chancellor. Penhoet is also the associate dean of biology at UC Berkeley and a professor emeritus of molecular and cell biology.advertisement UC also intends to continue its efforts to obtain patents elsewhere in the world on the CRISPR-Cas9 technology “in non-cellular and cellular settings, including eukaryotic cells,” the university said in a statement. Last month, UC was told by the European Patent Office that it would be awarded a patent on the basic CRISPR-Cas9 technology on May 10.In a statement, the Broad said that “given that the facts have not changed, we expect the outcome will once again be the same. We are confident the Federal Circuit will affirm the PTAB decision and recognize the contribution of the Broad, MIT, and Harvard in developing this transformative technology.”In a federal circuit case, the judges do not reexamine the facts determined by PTAB. Instead, UC will have to argue that the three PTAB judges committed an error of law, such as improperly barring evidence or ruling incorrectly on a motion. That, said Broad spokesman Lee McGuire, “seems unlikely.”“They’re appealing the kitchen sink,” said patent expert Jacob Sherkow of New York Law School. “They don’t want to waive anything that could help them.” Meet ‘CRISPR’Volume 90%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard ShortcutsEnabledDisabledPlay/PauseSPACEIncrease Volume↑Decrease Volume↓Seek Forward→Seek Backward←Captions On/OffcFullscreen/Exit FullscreenfMute/UnmutemSeek %0-9 facebook twitter Email Linkhttps://www.statnews.com/2017/04/13/crispr-patent-uc-appeal/?jwsource=clCopied EmbedCopiedLive00:0000:5700:57  CRISPR is a tool that acts as a microscopic pair of scissors with the ability to slice DNA. Dom Smith/STAT Related: About the Author Reprints BusinessUniversity of California appeals CRISPR patent setback Senior Writer, Science and Discovery (1956-2021) Sharon covered science and discovery. Biochemist Jennifer Doudna of the University of California is appealing the CRISPR patent decision. Tags CRISPRlegal @sxbegle [email protected] last_img read more

‘13 Reasons Why’ might have triggered suicide searches online

first_imgThe study doesn’t prove a link and didn’t examine any connection with actual suicides or attempts. It was published Monday in JAMA Internal Medicine.A journal editorial said it’s not clear if the searches “were made out of idle curiosity or by suicidal individuals contemplating an attempt.” But it argues that the producers could have done more to emphasize suicide prevention, including listing resources for where to find help before and after each episode.advertisement Health‘13 Reasons Why’ might have triggered suicide searches online CHICAGO — A popular TV series that showed a teen ending her life may have triggered a surge in online searches for suicide, including how to do it.That’s according to a new study about the show “13 Reasons Why.” Netflix released all 13 episodes on March 31.Researchers found that for almost three weeks afterward, there were at least 900,000 more than expected Google searches including the word “suicide.” That’s a 19-percent increase based on forecasts using Google Trends and historical search trends. Searches included suicide methods, suicide hotlines and suicide prevention.advertisement Suicide rates are rising steeply, especially among middle-aged whites Related: Some mental health advocates say the show glamorized suicide, and many U.S. schools sent parents warning letters about the show. “13 Reasons Why” may have prompted a surge in online searches for suicide, including how to do it, according to a new study. Beth Dubber/Netflix via AP By Associated Press July 31, 2017 Reprintscenter_img 5 lessons from my decades of struggle with depression and anxiety Madelyn Gould, a Columbia University suicide prevention researcher, noted the study design was less rigorous than some research methods, but said the results “should be taken seriously.”“My main concern was that suicide was portrayed sort of as the inevitable consequence of life’s adversities rather than depicting what would be an actually more appropriate message, which is that there’s help when you’re feeling suicidal rather than resorting to killing yourself,” Gould said.— Lindsey Tanner About the Author Reprints The series is about a high school girl who left behind 13 audiotapes where she revealed sexual assault, substance abuse and bullying that led to her decision to take her own life. The finale shows her suicide.Episodes with the most explicit material included warnings and a website Netflix created with crisis hotlines and other resources for the more than 30 countries where the series was available. It has been renewed for a second season.John Ayers, a San Diego State University researcher who led the research, said the series could trigger troubled teens and that the producers should remove and edit the episodes to focus on suicide prevention before reposting.“Far more people go to the brink and come back and have satisfaction with that decision,” he said.In a written statement, Netflix said, “We always believed this show would increase discussion around this tough subject matter. This is an interesting quasi experimental study that confirms this. We are looking forward to more research and taking everything we learn to heart as we prepare for season 2.” Related: Associated Presslast_img read more

The Naked Cowboy arrested while performing at Florida Bike Week

first_imgAdvertisement“We told you to stop panhandling and you still accepted money from people,” a male officer told him.A female officer told him that he was blocking businesses by drawing a crowd around him. Burck kept standing up instead of leaning against the squad car as he had been instructed. Passersby yelled out, “Free the cowboy!”“What did I do again?” Burck said. “I don’t want money from anybody … It’s not what I’m doing here.” Advertisement No Content Available RELATEDTOPICS AdvertisementDC 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 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 commentscenter_img Advertisement AdvertisementTags: Naked Cowboy DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.— A Times Square performer known as the Naked Cowboy was arrested on a misdemeanor charge of resisting arrest without violence and cited for panhandling while working a gig at Bike Week in Daytona Beach, Florida.Court records show Robert Burck, 51, who is widely known for wearing only white briefs, boots and a cowboy hat while playing a brightly colored guitar, was arrested Saturday while performing at the annual event on Florida’s Atlantic coast. Burck is a regular at Bike Week.The panhandling citation was given after officers saw people tucking dollar bills into Burck’s guitar after taking photographs. Burck then refused to follow directions from a police officer and pulled away from her, according to an arrest report.In body-camera video from one of the officers, Burck repeatedly questioned why he was being detained after an officer put handcuffs on him. The officers told him to sit against the front of a squad car as his guitar hung by a shoulder strap around his neck. When Burck tried to get a female companion standing nearby on a sidewalk to take his cellphone from his boot, the female officer grabbed him and pushed him to the back of the car. During the scuffle, the headstock on his guitar broke. The headstock is the part of the guitar at the end that houses the pegs used for tuning the instrument.Burck repeatedly cursed at the female officer.Burck was released from jail Sunday morning following a first appearance hearing, Volusia County court records show. An attorney for Burck, of Woodside, New York, was not listed on court records.Video on Burck’s Facebook page, The Naked Cowboy, showed him performing and taking pictures with fans Saturday morning. A video posted to YouTube shows a police officer attempting to get a handcuffed Burck, whose guitar was still hanging from a strap around his neck, into a patrol car.last_img read more

No place for Molly Mai as Laois family cry out in desperation for their daughter

first_img Facebook Pinterest Twitter Facebook Community Pinterest WhatsApp One Laois family have been left heartbroken and at the end of their tether by the fact that they can’t find a place in any local school for their daughter.Martin and Sarah-Jane Dollard’s daughter Molly Mai was recently diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome and ADHD, and suffers from a number of sensory issues.Portlaoise girl Molly Mai is due to start school in September, but with no spaces in ASD units in local mainstream schools, Martin and Sarah-Jane have tried everything – from applying to St Francis Special School in Portlaoise, to looking at home tutors, and even the possibility of keeping Molly Mai back in preschool for another year. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR No place for Molly Mai as Laois family cry out in desperation for their daughter “We are desperately pleading for a school place for our child. We feel that she is being neglected by the State – that is honestly how we feel,” said Molly’s Mai father Martin.“Education is a fundamental human right – and Molly Mai isn’t receiving it.”Molly Mai’s parents were told that she doesn’t reach the necessary criteria for St Francis school, but that she would not be able to cope in a mainstream classroom with an SNA.The Dollard family have been left heartbroken in limbo, as they wait anxiously to find out their daughter’s fate.The Dollard’s paid €350 to have Molly Mai assessed in Blanchardstown, where they were told that Molly Mai would benefit from attending a mainstream school with an ASD unit. Home News Community No place for Molly Mai as Laois family cry out in desperation… NewsCommunity Community Five Laois monuments to receive almost €200,000 in government funding By Siun Lennon – 10th September 2018 New Arles road opens but disquiet over who was invited to official opening Martin then contacted six primary schools with ASD, including one in Kildare, in search of a school place for little Molly Mai.However as the possibility of a spot in an ASD unit looks more and more like a mirage on the horizon, they were told by Special Education Needs Organiser (SENO) John Moran that they could apply for a home tutor, only to be told that there are no home tutors available.The Dollards arrived at another roadblock when they were told that there are no psychologists available. “The needs assessment team told us, ‘We can give her occupational therapy and we can give her psychology, but we’ve no psychologist’,” said mother Sarah-Jane.“We were also told that if we got a private psychologist to evaluate Molly, that wouldn’t be recognised,” said Martin.Until Molly Mai receives her psychological evaluation, they can’t assess what level of education their young daughter is capable of.“We’re drained and we don’t know where to go next. We’re just given report after report and no support – and the person suffering the most is Molly,” said Sarah-Jane.‘Why are all the resources in the capital given that Portlaoise is the largest growing town in Ireland?’Martin and Sarah-Jane are also frustrated by the lack of services given to Laois in comparison to cities like Dublin. The Dollards lived in Bray until seven years ago, where Sarah-Jane’s son Ross was treated for epilepsy and autism.“Why are all the resources for special needs children centered in the capital, given that we are currently living in the largest growing town in the country at the moment?” asked prison officer Martin.“All the funding is up there. There’s no funding for children with special needs here and yet every ASD unit is full so it is common here,” added Sarah-Jane.“Ross got all the Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) in Bray. He got an ASD unit, he got occupational therapy, physio, everything. Now because he got that ABA at a young age, he has come on in leaps and bounds. We’ve never looked back.“At the same time, I don’t know how Molly Mai is going to turn out – because she never got that early intervention,” admitted Sarah-Jane. “Why is Molly Mai suffering now when Ross didn’t?” she asked tearfully.The Dollards say that the local hospital have been ‘brilliant’ in their support for their young daughter, but are simply asking why funds aren’t there.High sensory issues mean that Molly Mai is particularly sensitive to touch, taste, smell, and has problems with balance.The Broomville Court residents have contacted two local TDs in what they say are, ‘desperate pleas for help’.They are now currently exploring the avenue of a third year in preschool, however they are finding it difficult to get approval from ECCE for this extra year.Martin and Sarah-Jane have also taken to looking for home tutors themselves. Through Laois and Offaly Familes for Autism (LOFA) they have found possible tutors, but say that the process with application forms for home tutors take months.“It’s like everything else, we’re left waiting. The longer we’re waiting, there’s only one person losing out – and that’s Molly Mai,” concluded Martin.SEE ALSO – Family at heart of ‘The Town’ documentary fear they’ll have to move abroad if they can’t get treatment here Twitter Charlie Flanagan on Electric Picnic: ‘I’d ask organisers to consult with community leaders’ TAGSautism Council WhatsApp Previous articleLaois GAA on the hunt for new Games Development Officer as Muldowney takes career breakNext articleTributes for Laois man who died tragically at the weekend Siun Lennonhttp://heresosiun.blogspot.ie/2016/09/the-lekkie-piccie-experience.htmlSiún Lennon joined LaoisToday in a full-time capacity after studying Journalism and New Media in the University of Limerick. She hails from Rosenallis and her interests vary from news, sports and politics.last_img read more