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CKPower gains plaudits for commitment to renewables

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Mr Thanawat said CKPower remains on track to reach its goal of helping to build a sustainable energy industry.
Mr Thanawat said CKPower remains on track to reach its goal of helping to build a sustainable energy industry.

CK Power Plc (CKPower), one of the largest producers of renewables-based electricity with one of the lowest carbon footprints in the region, has been presented with an award in the category of “Rising Star Sustainability Awards” for sustainability excellence at the SET Awards 2022, one of the year’s major accolades accorded by the Stock Exchange of Thailand in conjunction with Money and Banking Magazine.

The award reflects CKPower’s commitment to increasingly produce electricity from renewables and clean energy, as well as to use engineering expertise to provide remote areas with access to electricity in line with the company’s business principles.

Thanawat Trivisvavet, managing director of CKPower, said: “The SET Awards 2022 in the category of ‘Rising Star Sustainability Awards’ is one of the proudest accolades we’ve received from the Stock Exchange of Thailand and Money and Banking Magazine. It testifies to CKPower’s commitment and hard work in economic, environmental and social dimensions, as well as in ESG [environment, social and governance] to bring our organisation to sustainable growth and equilibrium amid economic pressure from multiple directions.

“The challenging crisis facing the energy industry is the global energy trend. We are facing fuel shortages and climate change and have to respond to a national target for net zero emissions. We at CKPower are very well aware of these factors and have set our goal to consistently produce electricity from clean energy like renewables in increasing proportions. We are also making sure that every step of our work is directed towards achieving net zero by 2050, which is well ahead of the 2065 national target.”

In the context of caring for society, CKPower said it has carried out activities for the environment and communities at both local and national levels through its Hinghoi Project, which has been running for six successive years under the “Competency-Co-Creation-Cooperation-Connection” principles, with the aim of creating constructive value in harmony with the values of local communities surrounding its power plants and those located in remote areas of Thailand and Laos.

Through the Hinghoi Project, CKPower has provided a total of 40 public buildings in Thailand and Laos to benefit local communities. The programme has provided around 1,700 children and young people in eight local communities with access to basic utilities. The Hinghoi Project has created seven learning centres concerning renewable energy, including a micro hydropower turbine, a solar-powered school building, a solar-powered water pump reservoir, and a solar-powered street lighting system. They are the result of a collaborative effort of approximately 800 volunteers from CKPower’s staff, in conjunction with 16 relevant agencies.

“CKPower remains on track to reach our goal of helping to build a sustainable energy industry, whether in production, distribution or infrastructure, with our focus on producing electricity from clean energy and renewables,” Mr Thanawat said.

“CKPower currently produces 89% of its electricity from renewables and has set a target to increase the proportion of renewable-based electricity to 95% in five years. We also take a cautious approach to our business operations and we are flexible in response to future changes of technology and innovation while also looking after society and local communities through our social responsibility strategy, specifically the Hinghoi Project, which efficiently provides local communities with an ecosystem of renewables-based electricity of the future. All of this has contributed to the long-term sustainability of the country’s economic and social growth.”

CKPower has also been selected to be included on the SET’s Thailand Sustainability Investment list for three straight years, for which it has been presented with a plaque of honour. In addition, the company has been rated “Excellent” for the fifth straight year in the Corporate Governance Report of the Thai Listed Companies for 2022 by the Thai Institute of Directors. The company said it was testament to the consistent improvement of its business conduct, especially in its focus on sustainability covering the environment, society and corporate governance, as well as its transparency with attention to stakeholders’ roles in accordance with investors’ expectations.

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Top Advantages of Implementing Access Control Systems in a Building

Alfonso del Cristo Hilsaca Eljadue

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Security is something businesses cannot ignore, whether they are small-scale or large-scale. This is even more important if you have sensitive data or expensive equipment that you need to protect. A building access control software decides which employees are allowed access and which are denied. Not only does this help make life easier for all employees,  but you can also keep the workplace secure and save money.

Since access control is an electrical form of restriction, it can be used in buildings, offices, schools, and hospitals. It helps create restricted areas/rooms and can be implemented on certain doors, outside gates, or floors. If you are a business building owner, you may wonder whether investing in an access control system is the right choice. Today, we shall look at the top advantages of getting one to help you decide.

What Is an Access Control System?

Access control is a security strategy that decides who is allowed access and who isn’t. This security concept is crucial for businesses as it helps safeguard both data and equipment. There are two types of access control:

  • Physical access control helps restrict physical areas such as buildings, rooms, campuses, and IT equipment. Access card readers, user credentials, and reports are used to deny/allow access. Control panels, alarms, and lockdown features may be used for added security.
  • Logical access control restricts unauthorized access to system files, data, and corporate networks. Login credentials, passwords, biometric scans, personal identification numbers, security tokens, and MFA (multi-factor authentication) are used to ensure secure access.

Advantages of Access Control Systems in Buildings

Eliminates the Need for Traditional Keys

Access restriction to specific areas requires separate keys. The larger a building is, the more locks you will need. Janitors may have to roam around with bulky key rings and losing a few keys becomes easier. Even finding the right key can become quite a hassle.

An access control system comes in and helps eradicate all these issues. Not only does it save time, but it also saves numerous visits from a locksmith. The best part is that access control keys cannot be duplicated, so security is staunch.

  • If an employee forgets to turn their key in or if it is lost, your locks may need to be changed. With access control, this issue is eliminated.
  • Access control systems offer a set-and-forget feature. This means employees with access do not need to ask for authorization to access restricted areas continually.
  • Pin inputs and key card scans act as substitutes for regular keys, making access management simple and easier.

Keeps Track of Incoming and Outgoing Visitors

Access control systems help track people entering or exiting a building. You can also check similar data for certain rooms, floors, and other restricted areas. Even the date and time are recorded to ensure maximum security, and you can also find out if employees are truly working during duty hours.

If theft or accidents occur, you can quickly see who entered or exited a specific area to catch the culprit. Using access credentials further helps one ensure that people present in an area are those that have been granted access, whether the monitor knows them personally or not.

It Helps Save Time, Energy, and Money

Access control software helps save money invested on added security personnel and many locks. Control systems can be synced with heating, cooling, and lighting systems, saving money. These systems will only turn on and use fuel and resources when someone is in a particular area or room. They also shut off automatically when no one is present. Increased security also means you do not have to spend as much money on other security solutions.

  • Company assets, equipment, and office supplies are protected from prying eyes
  • Computer bank and supply closet access is only given to IT professionals
  • Employees stay vigilant because they know their entries and exits are tracked
  • Schools/hospitals can restrict access to labs and areas with chemicals or dangerous equipment. Access is given to those that follow safety procedures to minimize accidents.

Creates a Safer and Friendlier Working Environment

Since all staff do not work simultaneously, access control makes it easier for them to come and go. The best part is that employees can enter earlier even if no one is around, and managers do not need to stay back to lock doors after everyone leaves. This means greater flexibility for all employees and easier schedule management. Plus, managers do not have to be physically present on-site to check on visitors/employees.

The system aids in background checks and allows managers to let in visitors they truly trust. Employees are kept safe during emergencies as you can immediately restrict access to certain areas if an accident occurs. Fail-safe locks help unlock all doors, so exiting a building during a fire or accident is made easy without the need for keys. Financial records, client data, and health information can all be kept safe by restricting access to IT rooms and other critical departments.

Enables Compliance and Multi Access

Regulations for physical data security can be followed by using access control systems. These include:

  • HIPAA compliance is necessary for the healthcare sector. Medical records of students/employees/patients must be kept secure.
  • Financial information must be protected in the eCommerce industry.
  • Server and data access must be restricted in the IT niche.

Apart from compliance, access control also aids in multiple-location access. Multiple buildings, such as two campuses for a college or two hospital wings, can be accessed with the same security key. People at the administrative and managerial levels do not need separate keys to access each building, saving a lot of time and trouble. Various permissions can be granted based on position levels.

Endnote

An access control system is a great modern, sophisticated, and secure tool. It eliminates many problems associated with the conventional lock and key method. Investing in one can save you time, resources, and energy.

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Q&A: Learn about Big Island candidates running for House of Representatives

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Hawai‘i County will have more representation in the State Legislature with one additional House seat created in January due to the increase in the island’s population.

Using data from the U.S. Census, the district boundaries are re-evaluated every 10 years. As a result of the 2020 census, boundaries were moved to make room for an additional seat: District 6. It encompasses Hōnaunau, Napo‘opo‘o, Captain Cook, Kealakekua, Keauhou, Hōlualoa and Kailua-Kona. There are now eight representative seats in Hawai‘i County.

Click here to view new district maps. Click here to view the Reapportionment Commission Final Report and Plan.

Big Island Now reached out to all candidates for Hawai‘i County’s House seats, asking questions about food insecurity, the housing crisis, fentanyl and legislative priorities. Here are their responses.

Dstrict 2: Includes Keaukaha, parts of Hilo, Pana‘ewa and Waiākea

Rep. Chris Todd

Incumbent Chris Todd, Democrat

Todd didn’t respond to questions from Big Island Now. He was elected to represent District 3 in 2017.

Devin Shaw McMackin
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Devin Shaw McMackin, Aloha Aina Party

McMackin didn’t respond to questions from Big Island Now. According to his Facebook page, a few of his initiatives include affordable housing, homeless assistance programs, education upgrades, aina-based businesses, human trafficking legislation and perpetuating cultural values.

District 4: Includes Hawaiian Paradise Park, Hawaiian Beaches, Koae, Kapoho, Pohoiki, Leilani Estates and Kehena

Greggor Ilagan

Incumbent Greggor Ilagan, Democrat

Ilgan didn’t respond to questions from Big Island Now. According to his campaign website, the representative’s initiatives include Homeowners association oversight, restoration of the Pohoiki Boat Ramp, housing assistance and community cleanup. He was elected to District 4 in 2020.

Candance Linton, Libertarian

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Linton didn’t respond to questions from Big Island Now.

Keikilani Ho, Republican

Keikilani Ho

What is the biggest issue facing your district and how would you address it?
There are many concerns residents in District 4 are facing. However, one area of concern that has come up multiple times has to do with road safety as it relates to street lighting, and the commuters affected on foot, motor vehicles and via bicycle. The limited visibility is a hazard. Possibilities for potential accidents are exacerbated at night due to poor lighting and limited visibility. Just last month in September alone, there were consecutive car accidents every day for two weeks in a frequently-traveled area in my community.

Potential solutions to enhance road safety such as increased lighting must not affect the fauna and flora of wildlife in the area, as well as the telescopes on Mauna Kea. There are eco-friendly options available to explore, which I fully support. Mobile solar-powered streetlights or eco-conscious reflective devices are options, as well as intelligent motion lighting systems that automatically activate as cars or pedestrians pass by. Eco-conscious solutions will also give Hawaii’s economy a boost by creating jobs and manufacturing opportunities. Reducing road accidents should be a top priority for all residents and representatives throughout the state. As an immediate solution, I propose the addition of mobile Yodock barriers as an option to enhance safety for traffic in all directions, while also helping to reduce the number of accidents and potential fatalities caused by impaired drivers. The Yodock barriers can also mimic the zipper lane on Oahu since they are not permanent structures & can easily be moved to accommodate morning traffic.

Our communities are evolving and expanding. With these changes, the infrastructure and safety of our roads must withstand the increased volume of all commuters.

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How would you address the housing crisis that is leaving many people homeless due to the high rental rates and unaffordable homes?

The housing crisis in Hawaii requires immediate solutions with an innovative approach. Residents should not be forced into homelessness due to inflation and a lack of options, especially for the “middle” class. The average cost of a single-family home is now $1,000,000 – this cannot be the starting point for residents in need of housing or who may want to explore homeownership at some level.

I had a unique opportunity to support a 2022 Gubernatorial Candidate in outlining potential solutions specifically related to Hawaii’s ongoing housing crisis.

Two of the solutions I championed include:

  • Allocating land for “mobile” home communities (tiny homes, container homes, van conversion homes, eco-manufactured homes)
  • Refurbishing existing structures/abandoned buildings to housing for kamaaina for kupuna-specific complexes

There is often a negative connotation associated when people hear “mobile home communities”. However, I know residents are interested in exploring more affordable, resourceful, and tangible solutions to address our housing crisis here in Hawaii.

There are many new innovative eco-friendly solutions that utilize the framework of buildings while enhancing what’s needed for residents to feel safe and comfortable in their new living space. Mobile communities also allow residents the freedom to quickly relocate should there be concerns or imminent threats related to weather or natural disasters.

Refurbishing existing structures and shipping containers also creates jobs or could be a fun project for families interested in personally overseeing their home renovations. Developing abandoned and vacant structures would create jobs and immediate housing solutions. Offering tax-incentives for shipping container companies should be offered when selling containers to Hawaiian residents who intend to use the frame as a form of housing.

Incorporating mobile housing communities/solutions throughout Hawaii also allows future homeowners a safe and affordable living environment while their investments and savings have the potential to increase for future homeownership purchases, without residents having to relocate.

These options would also help to reduce the volume of requests received by the Department of Permits and Planning. Too many Hawaiians have been forced to relocate or have become homeless for too long.

And what are the first steps you would take to help make the Big Island food secure?

Hawaii must become more self-sustainable. Promoting sustainability locally and statewide is a passion and priority of mine. Hawaii is the perfect environment to grow food and raise the livestock needed to provide residents with fresh, locally-sourced essential vitamins and nutrients.

Educating the community and empowering residents to grow their own food and supporting local farmers are so important. The education system in Hawaii should offer food, farming and nutritional health education to our keiki beginning in elementary school. As stewards of the land, it is our kuleana (responsibility) to ensure future generations respect and utilize the natural resources we have been blessed to enjoy and receive life from. All residents from keiki to kupuna can benefit from developing a better understanding and relationship with the foods we eat. Teaching others and learning about ancient farming practices and the impact of what we put in our bodies is a critical step to living a healthy lifestyle, which is also a concern of many living in Hawaii.

In addition to education and access to natural food resources, I believe that we should be making every effort possible to be self-sustainable. This includes reducing excess waste with foods and natural resources.

There is a huge waste problem locally, nationally, and worldwide. According to various reputable sources and articles, the U.S. generates the most waste on average, per person. The Hawaiian Islands do not currently have any reliable, easily accessible, eco-conscious methods to help reduce the waste generated.

A solution to help address the food accessibility problem and reduce unnecessary waste is to offer incentives to businesses that donate extra food or food banks and community centers where residents require meals, groceries, and items that help support an individual’s basic and essential needs.

I have seen firsthand how local businesses and corporations discard excess food, and home goods such as blankets, and pillows that many individuals and families would greatly benefit from. No one benefits from waste – the environment, animals, ecosystems, and people in our communities all suffer. Excess waste is a known factor in the increase of concerning climate change variables.

Fentanyl is hitting Hawaiʻi Island hard. How would you work with the community to deal with the crisis?
There are many devastating facts and rising concerns about the increase in deaths related to fentanyl.

What’s devastating about fentanyl is that people unintentionally/accidentally ingest it. In 2022, there has been over 75,000 deaths caused by fentanyl overdoses. Although this drug can often be mistaken for commonly prescribed opioids, traces of the drug have also been found in mass-manufactured products such as candy and is becoming more prevalent for individuals abusing criminally-classified drugs and controlled substances.

Efforts to enhance education and resources for individuals struggling with addiction must be a top priority. Drug abuse and addiction in the community must be addressed with compassion, understanding, and solutions. We can no longer allow our fellow community members and neighbors to continue jeopardizing their lives by intentionally abusing drugs and substances.

We can utilize natural resources to help promote overall wellness. by encouraging holistic health alternatives and advocating for natural medicine to be easily accessible in the community and at local markets. Here in Hawaii, we are surrounded by Lapa’au. We should be considering holistic health alternatives,

I understand some individuals intentionally abuse the use of opioids and Hawaii has a huge drug abuse problem, especially in the Puna area. Addiction is often rooted in underlining unresolved trauma and mental/emotional health variables. We need to strengthen our community with education while encouraging the practice of holistic health and wellness alternatives and utilizing the Harm Reduction Units throughout the state. We should also educate our children and communities about drug abuse prevention, and encourage our families and friends to take the time out to learn more about the dangers of opioid abuse. There needs to be a more concentrated approach and heightened priority in teaching our children about the dangers of drugs. Not just tobacco, but all drugs. If our children can gain an understanding of how the use of drugs will affect them short-term and long term, they will be less inclined to experiment with substances as adolescents and as adults.

If fentanyl is becoming more available and often camouflaged in commonly-used products or consumer goods, action needs to be taken at a national level to ensure an adequate screening and testing process takes place for all manufacturers in concern, where consumers have an elevated risk of ingesting the drug. Educating residents about Narcan (naloxone), and how it may help save someone’s life may also be helpful if the numbers continue to rise.

What action would you advocate for to address climate change at the local level?

Every single person can stand to reduce their carbon footprint. I believe educating the public on ways they can be less wasteful and more eco-conscious is a great place to begin.

Many people don’t realize the global and environmental impact of their daily choices related to lifestyle and food consumption. Basic choices like eating more vegetables and consuming fewer meat products can surprisingly help to profoundly reduce individual carbon footprints.

If we can teach the public how to consume and waste less, it will lead to producing fewer emissions. Also, I love to repurpose things. Who doesn’t love a DIY project or refurbished treasure? Encouraging consumers to purchase items that have recyclable or biodegradable packaging is a great way to spark inspiration in your local communities. Local restaurants and small businesses should be incentivized to be the leaders in the areas of suitability and eco-conscious solutions in our communities.

Education is essential. As someone who loves to share creative projects and ideas, I enjoy teaching my ohana and neighbors how to repurpose things like recyclables, clothes, and especially furniture – which can take up a lot of excess space when improperly stored or discarded.

Encouraging efforts to reduce our overall carbon footprint is also a priority of mine. I believe in building community, ride shares, and eco-friendly transportation options to safely get residents to their destinations whenever possible.

Educating the community on home appliance purchases is another way to help reduce carbon footprints. Encouraging residents to opt for electric stoves instead of gas stoves, unplugging electronics at home when not in use, and utilizing eco-conscious laundry options such as line-drying clothing vs a dryer are all a few ways we can contribute to this effort to start.

We all love and appreciate the aina. Reducing our carbon footprint should not be an inconvenient chore. If we can familiarize the community with what exactly is needed and how collective efforts help the greater good, they can do their part, positive changes can be enjoyable.

I always believe in the saying “whoever has the most fun wins”… and what’s more fun than preserving and enjoying the beautiful land and natural resources we are all blessed to draw life from.

What is your priority for the upcoming legislative session?

The education and safety for Hawaii’s children, creating affordable housing solutions for local residents, crime and drug-use reduction, addressing homelessness, and helping individuals with mental health variables are my main areas of focus and priority.

As someone who attended public schools in Hawaii and now as a parent, I have been deeply concerned about the education system in Hawaii. Once elected, my top priority will be to ensure the appropriate infrastructure and safety measures are in place for our keiki within the education system and otherwise. I am a proud mother of three and come from a large family. I will always fight for Hawaii’s youth and make sure the state’s leadership is held accountable to guarantee the people of Hawaii are safe, healthy, prepared, and properly advocated for.

I am a dedicated leader who believes in the sacredness of our culture and people. Every action and cause I choose to pursue with legislation will align with my core values of respect, honesty, integrity, faith, freedom, and homage to Hawaii’s sacredness.

Brian Ley, Nonpartisan

What is the biggest issue facing your district and how would you address it?
Biggest issue is traffic infrastructure in district 4. I see two choices first restrict building permits until infrastructure catches up. Which would only drive up housing costs and create many more nightmares. Second choice would be to pave Railroad and old government road, which would be the quickest way to relieve traffic congestion. Downside is upsetting special interest groups and the people currently living on those roads. We need to be proactive our infrastructure should be ahead of the curve. Traffic in Puna has always been horrible and current plans aren’t taking into account our growing community, so we are always going to be dealing with traffic issues. Of course if someone has a better idea, I’d be all for it.

How would you address the housing crisis that is leaving many people homeless due to the high rental rates and unaffordable homes?
Housing crisis there are several options. One open up Hawaiian homelands and let the Hawaiians build homes, reducing the demand of housing. Second open up the options for property owners. No reason people can’t be allowed to build several rentals on their property. It’s been done in other countries with success.

And what are the first steps you would take to help make the Big Island food secure?
We got HB 1872 passed giving our game animals to be recognized as a valuable food source. I would like to help our cottage industry flourish. Give our game animals economic value allowing the harvest of game animals for the community instead of current eradication programs wasting a valuable food source. Big tax breaks for local farmers that grow and sell locally. Hawaii County could be self-sufficient with proper management and cutting back government regulations on our small farmers and ranchers.

Fentanyl is hitting Hawaiʻi Island hard. How would you work with the community to deal with the crisis?
Dealing with the Fentanyl problem. We need to start looking at non addicting pain killers, instead of the opioids that are addicting people. Who turn to fentanyl as a cheaper and easier solution to their addiction. We need to get more drug and alcohol rehabs, to deal with Fentanyl and our other drug problems.

What action would you advocate for to address climate change at the local level?

Living on an island we should be looking into wave technology as a 24/7 energy source. Plus being able to locally source our food supply reducing import fuel. Start growing hemp and manufacturing hemp products for self-sustainability.

What is your priority for the upcoming legislative session?

My priorities would be legalize marijuana, for a tax base to support drug and alcohol rehabs. Pass a citizen initiative, giving power back to the people. Get a thriving cottage industry going. Cut back government regulations on the growing and manufacturing of them.

District 5: Includes Kea‘au, Kurtistown, Mountain View, Glenwood, Volcano, Pāhala, Punalu‘u, Nā‘ālehu, Miloli‘i, Ho‘opuloa, Ho‘okena and Pawaina

Jeanné Kapela, incumbent

Rep. Jeanné Kapela

What is the biggest issue facing your district and how would you address it?
Local farmers are the heartbeat of West Hawaii. Our farmers grow some of Hawaii’s most iconic agricultural treasures, including Kona and Ka’u coffee and macadamia nuts. Yet, the looming threat of climate change threatens to undermine food security for our community and wreak havoc on our farmland. To combat climate change, I believe we need to establish a Green New Deal for Hawaii that uplifts workers’ prosperity and the well-being of our planet.

I will also fight to protect the Kona name from commercial exploitation by expanding coffee labeling requirements to include ready-to-drink beverages, requiring coffee blenders to disclose the geographic origins by weight of each origin that their blends contain, and increasing the minimum percentage of coffee that is required to advertise a coffee product as being from a specific place (like Kona or Ka’u) to at least 51 percent.

Regenerative agriculture is a pathway toward food security and climate resilience. Instead of investing in agribusiness exports and industrial operations that poison our land with pesticides, we should support small and indigenous farmers who are restoring the aina and feeding the communities in which they live.

How would you address the housing crisis that is leaving many people homeless due to the high rental rates and unaffordable homes?

To begin, we need to redefine what constitutes affordable housing in state law. Our current legal paradigm is based on giving tax breaks to developers to incentivize the creation of affordable housing. Yet, we have seen that this is a failed strategy, as housing costs have skyrocketed in our state, even during the recent economic crisis. I believe that we should focus on building housing for those earning no more than 60 percent of area median income.

Additionally, I support instituting a social housing model for our islands, in which housing is viewed not as a commodity for the private market or wealthy investors, but as a human right that should be available to all in need. We should pass a rent control program and retaliatory eviction ban for Hawai’i to prevent predatory landlords from taking advantage of their tenants.

I also believe that we should empower nonprofit developers to create affordable housing for Hawai’i, since they are not driven by shareholder profits.

The Food Basket is struggling to collect enough food to meet the needs of people struggling to feed their families with the skyrocketing cost of groceries. How would you address the food shortage? And what are the first steps you would take to help make the Big Island food secure?

As our state continues to develop plans to diversify Hawai’i’s economy, we should prioritize regenerative agriculture, which will empower local farmers to meet the needs of their communities. Additionally, in 2021, I introduced House Bill 8, which would have crafted a plan to create permanent food security for our state, including deriving a majority of Hawai’i’s food supply from locally-produced, sustainable, and regenerative sources by 2035. That is a goal toward which I will continue to work.

Furthermore, Hawai’i does not have a standardized food security metric system. In order to increase food security and self-sufficiency, we should develop methods to accurately determine how much food is locally produced in the state, along with a standardized system for evaluating our level of food security each year.

Lastly, we should significantly strengthen our state’s food/excise tax credit and create other tax benefits to help working families meet their basic needs, like a state child tax credit and tax breaks for the cost of child care. We can subsidize tax fairness for Hawai’i’s most financially vulnerable residents by increasing taxes on the wealthy, tourists, and nonresident investors that commodify our islands for their own personal gain.

Fentanyl is hitting Hawaiʻi Island hard. How would you work with the community to deal with the crisis?

Fentanyl dangers have become all too common in our society, especially for youth. Fentanyl is 30 to 50 times stronger than heroin according to some experts. To begin, we need to invest in rehabilitation programs that give people struggling with Fentanyl and other forms of addiction an opportunity to address the root causes of their substance abuse problems.

Additionally, we should establish high-quality rehabilitation, mental health, and medical infrastructure for Hawai’i Island, particularly in rural and remote communities. Our medical infrastructure pales in comparison to our urban and Honolulu peers. That disparity is a form of systemic discrimination. It must end.

Finally, I believe we should expand access to potentially life-saving treatments, like Narcan, that can reverse the effects of an overdose. Gary Yabuta, Executive Director of Hawai’i’s High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area, recently said that he would like to see Narcan distributed more widely in schools. Yet, less than 20 percent of Hawai’i’s schools currently have access to Narcan on campus. We should ensure that all schools have access to this essential treatment.

What action would you advocate for to address climate change at the local level?

Climate justice is essential to public health and economic prosperity. According to the Hawai’i Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation Commission, over the next 30 to 70 years, sea level rise will expose approximately 6,500 structures and 19,800 people statewide to chronic flooding, costing our state $19 billion and endangering public health.

We need to establish a Green New Deal for Hawai’i that uplifts people and our planet. Our islands remain overly reliant on unsustainable industries to drive our economy, like tourism and the military-industrial complex. We should rebuild our economy by investing in renewable energy innovations that advance our fight against climate change and regenerative agriculture that delivers food security and restores the health of our land.

I also introduced legislation in each of the last two years to establish green fees for Hawai’i, which can be used to increase funding for Hawai’i’s conservation and sustainability programs. New Zealand, the Galapagos Islands, the Maldives, Cancun, and Venice all have green fee programs for visitors that range from $1 to $100. New Zealand spends $188 per tourist on environmental programs. Hawai’i spends just $9 per tourist. We need to catch up.

Moreover, with sea level rise accelerating, it is time to develop a comprehensive plan to begin a managed retreat from our coastlines. To pay for some of these initiatives, I support passing a carbon tax for the islands, which one study found could generate up to $365 million during its first year of implementation.

The climate crisis is the most urgent issue facing humanity. We must take bold action today to preserve a sustainable future for the generations to come.

What is your priority for the upcoming legislative session?

Economic justice is a critical issue for Hawai’i. Our cost of living and our housing prices continue to skyrocket, while working families are left behind. That is why I launched the Working Families Caucus at the Hawai’i State Legislature.

We need to establish tax fairness for working families. While making the earned income tax credit permanent and refundable this year was important, we can do more, like increasing the low-income household renters’ credit and establishing a state child tax credit to reduce child poverty in the islands. We can pay for those tax credits by closing tax loopholes that benefit the rich, like the loopholes for real estate investment trusts and capital gains.

Additionally, we need to establish paid family and sick leave for Hawai’i’s workers. Between 175,000 and 200,000 workers lack access to sick leave in the islands and can’t afford to take time off when they become ill. Establishing paid family and sick leave would ensure that they don’t have to sacrifice their financial security to care for their personal well-being or to provide care for their keiki and kupuna.

The Institute for Women’s Policy Research found that the annual cost to cover 16 weeks of family leave for a worker making $48,000 would be roughly $58 annually, a little over one dollar per week for invaluable financial security. I believe that creating paid sick and family leave programs is the next big economic justice fight in Hawai’i, since we worked to raise the minimum wage this year.

It’s time to put people’s needs before corporate greed.

Lohi Goodwin, Republican

Lohi Goodwin

How would you address the housing crisis that is leaving many people homeless due to the high rental rates and unaffordable homes?

First and foremost, our limited lands must be protected from foreign sales, including China. Our island state is limited in land area and must be preserved for our residents, both Kanaka and Kamaaina. We must protect our Native Hawaiians and our culture by finally clearing the DHHL waitlist by opening homesteads to Kanaka and freeing up rental housing units. We must also discourage those buying second homes and using our housing market for profit by implementing a special tax rate for nonresidents and investors.

The Food Basket is struggling to collect enough food to meet the need of people struggling to feed their families with the skyrocketing cost of groceries. How would you address the food shortage? And what are the first steps you would take to help make the Big Island food secure?

Let’s stop killing off our native food supply and increase access to our shorelines. These are our iceboxes so to speak and “Hogstop” and administrative roadblocks to the coastlines hurt local families who depend on our Aina and Kai for food. We must invest in our future food security by reviving our fishponds and restock our oceans like our ancestors once did, and provide inexpensive leases for local farmers to produce vegetables and fruits for our residents. We must cut regulations to allow local ranchers access to meat processing facilities to process local livestock for consumption of our people instead of sending to the mainland for processing which increases costs.

Fentanyl is hitting Hawaiʻi Island hard. How would you work with the community to deal with the crisis?

Fentanyl is a very dangerous drug. Unfortunately with our porous southern border this drug has made it into our country, our state, and our county. This Chinese manufactured drug is posing a great danger to our residents, both adults and keiki. We must crack down on those who deal this poison to our communities. We must educate our people on the grave effects of even touching these drugs let alone using them. We must be more diligent at our points of entry to stop this dangerous drug from entering Hawaii.

What action would you advocate for to address climate change at the local level?

I will not advocate for taxing any Hawaii resident any more than we are already taxed presently, as a matter of fact we must decrease taxes to aid in our survival here. We are already stricken with poverty in Hawaii and the middle class is on it’s way to extinction. The socialist Green New Deal will eliminate the middle class by taxing it for breathing, driving, and working which supports our Ohana. If carbon is the problem, which I don’t believe it is, why don’t we reforest our islands, with native trees? If ocean levels are on the rise, why is Obama building an ocean front mansion in Waimanalo? Does he know something we don’t? Hmm…

What is your priority for the upcoming legislative session?

My priority is to restore 100% transparency and integrity to our SERVANT government. Exposure leads to change. We’ve had ‘Nuff Already

Michael Last, Libertarian

Michael Last

What is the biggest issue facing your district and how would you address it?

The continuous growth of the state and county governments. I’d try to reduce the number of employees in government. (Except those employees who were found guilty of accepting bribes, they’re off the payroll anyway.)

How would you address the housing crisis that is leaving many people homeless due to the high rental rates and unaffordable homes?

The housing crisis is directly related to the number of regulations imposed on builders by the government. Reduce the number of regulations and watch the quantity of affordable housing increase.

The Food Basket is struggling to collect enough food to meet the need of people struggling to feed their families with the skyrocketing cost of groceries. How would you address the food shortage? And what are the first steps you would take to help make the Big Island food secure?

 Eliminate the Jones Act and watch how the cost of food items (as well as other items!) decreases. We pay a minimum of $5.89 per gallon of milk here in Hawaii. That’s totally unacceptable.

Fentanyl is hitting Hawaiʻi Island hard. How would you work with the community to deal with the crisis?

I believe that as an adult you have the right to do whatever you want with your own person or property, provided it doesn’t affect a non-consenting other adult! That’s the opinion of a Libertarian.

What action would you advocate for to address climate change at the local level?

Nothing. The summer temperature this year has been cooler than last year. Global warming?

What is your priority for the upcoming legislative session?

To become the next impartial House member is my first goal. Then we’ll see what changes I can effectuate.

District 6: Includes Hōnaunau, Napo‘opo‘o, Captain Cook, Kealakekua, Keauhou, Hōlualoa and Kailua-Kona

Kirstin Kahaloa, Democrat

Kirstin Kahaloa. Chamber of Commerce photo.

What is the biggest issue facing your district and how would you address it?

We have so many priorities facing our district. The new district 6 runs from Kailua at Hualālai Road and runs south to include parts of Hōlualoa, Keauhou, Kealakekua, Captain Cook, Nāpoʻopoʻo, and Hōnaunau. I think access to healthcare needs to be a focus. We need to build a new hospital in North Kona so that our community has a new, modern hospital to support its healthcare needs. We need to attract, retain, and develop our health care professionals. The pandemic and living in a community with little access to housing requires that we grow incentives to attract this needed healthcare workforce. We need to improve our infrastructure so it is easier access to our current hospital while we await a new one. We also need to support telehealth, transportation to healthcare options, as well as support our community health centers. 

How would you address the housing crisis that is leaving many people homeless due to the high rental rates and unaffordable homes?

We need more housing in Hawaiʻi, and especially in Kona. The demand for housing at all levels is far bigger than the supply. We need to build more of the right kinds of housing, and regulate short term vacation rentals to preserve housing inventory for kamaʻāina families.

We also need to reexamine our zoning and land use decisions of long ago. We must explore today’s best practices of walkable, transit-connected, livable communities. These concepts could inform lower infrastructure costs for affordable housing developments, and reduce the environmental impacts of urban sprawl and vehicle dependence.

Fentanyl is hitting Hawaiʻi Island hard. How would you work with the community to deal with the crisis?

Substance abuse is a health and mental health issue first as we care for our people, and the supply of substances like fentanyl is a law enforcement issue. Community health centers and their health education programs are key for the health aspects of the crisis, including a heavy emphasis on education. I will work to secure funding for health services, prevention programs, law enforcement needs, and other needs to combat this crisis. 

The Food Basket is struggling to collect enough food to meet the need of people struggling to feed their families with the skyrocketing cost of groceries. How would you address the food shortage? And what are the first steps you would take to help make the Big Island food secure?

One way to address the food shortage is to help scale up our local food producers on Hawaiʻi Island. If we buy more local and eat what we grow, we will be able to purchase more affordable items. I am thrilled that our Food Basket is the leader in supporting our state’s Double Bucks program. This helps the community, our economy, and our farmers. Not everyone has access to growing food in our yards, but for those that do, growing food like ʻulu can aid in our food security. In Hawaiian culture, planting a ʻulu (breadfruit) tree when a child was born signaled that food would be available for that child and their future family. We need to bring back that mindset. If a family grows one or more ʻulu trees in their yard, they can become members of the Hawaiʻi ʻUlu Cooperative and generate a small amount of income for their family. We also need to build more meat processing facilities so that we can eat more local proteins. Hawaiʻi Island is blessed with more land than any other island in the state and we should be able to grow enough food to feed our island and the rest of the state.

What action would you advocate for to address climate change at the local level?

There is a lot of work to be done to meet our state’s climate change goals via the Aloha+ Challenge. I love all of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, but my three focus areas are local food production, natural resource management, green workforce & education. Hawaiʻi Island has the potential to be the bread basket of our state and feed more of our communities. The challenge is transportation and distribution. Supporting our local food hubs is a priority as well as ensuring that we work towards increasing locally sourced foods in our school cafeterias and other state facilities like our prisons and hospitals. For Natural Resource Management, we need to ensure that our water systems are healthy. Protecting our watersheds and supporting conservation efforts to improve our watersheds are vital across the island. We need to plant more trees, fence to protect ungulates from conservation areas, and manage ungulates hindering our natural resource management. We have an abundance of beautiful ʻāina on our island. To steward and protect our natural resources, there is an opportunity to create more green jobs and establish it as an important economic sector. Funding to support green jobs is something I support. 

What is your priority for the upcoming legislative session?

I am excited to start right away to work collaboratively with the Hawaiʻi Island delegation and my other peers at the legislature to create policy for the Hawaiʻi we want for our families today, and the families our children will raise in the future. The issues raised above and others, are all priorities I would like to address. In addition, we need to expand our broadband connectivity across the island and support efforts to meet our statewide renewable energy goals. I also want to ensure that all the right procedures and plans are in place to execute the funding for universal preschool in Hawaiʻi. 

Jonathan Kennealy, Republican

Kennealy didn’t respond to Big Island Now questions. However, according to his campaign website, issues he is championing include overhaul of the state tax code, emergency service equipment update and training, airport restoration, addressing human trafficking and drug abuse, education and 2nd amendment rights.

District 8: Includes Hawī, Waiaka, Waimea, Makahalau, Palihooukapapa, Waikii, Waikōloa, Waikui, Kawaihae and Mahukona

Incumbent David Tarnas, Democrat

Rep. David Tarnas. PC: Hawai‘i Legislature

What is the biggest issue facing your district and how would you address it?

The biggest issue that is blocking the development of two major affordable housing projects in or near my district is lack of sufficient potable water resources. To address this, I am advocating that CWRM approves the potable well permits that would benefit two different affordable housing projects – one in Kealakehe and the other in Waikoloa. For an alternative source of potable water for the Kealakehe affordable housing project, I was also able to gain legislative support to fund a UH study to assess the feasibility of tapping the freshwater aquifer that lies underneath the seabed offshore of the Kealakehe area.

How would you address the housing crisis that is leaving many people homeless due to the high rental rates and unaffordable homes?

As Chair of the House Water and Land Committee, I would continue to work closely with the Chair of the Housing Committee on bills to facilitate more affordable housing development by improving the State Historic Preservation Division approval process, making it easier for the Counties to get district boundary amendments for parcels up to 50 acres to be used for affordable housing projects, and supporting investment of State CIP funds into infrastructure for areas designated for affordable housing development.

The Food Basket is struggling to collect enough food to meet the need of people struggling to feed their families with the skyrocketing cost of groceries. How would you address the food shortage? And what are the first steps you would take to help make the Big Island food secure?

In my district, hunters and fishers provide important protein to our community. That’s why I worked so hard to get the $8 million in funding to repair the damaged breakwall at the Kawaihae North Small Boat Harbor and make that launch ramp functional again. That’s why I worked hard to pass a bill that ensures that all the decisions DLNR makes must consider the value of public hunting and fishing as sustainable sources of food for Hawaii’s residents. For farmers in my district, the most critical need is access to affordable agricultural water. With Senator Lorraine Inouye, we got legislative approval for $5 million to pay for the development of a new agricultural water production well at Upolu in North Kohala. This rural community lost their main source of irrigation water when the Kohala Ditch closed down. This new well will provide a much needed water source to sustain agricultural production in the area. This new infrastructure investment will significantly increase the resilience of the North Kohala community. Another capacity building investment from the State legislature to improve food resilience in my community is a $170,000 2022 Grant-in-Aid to the Hawaii Institute of Pacific Agriculture (HIP Ag) in North Kohala for farmer training, youth education, Kupuna Box distribution, farm-to-school food sourcing, and expansion of the Food HUB in North Kohala. The work of HIP Ag directly helps make our community more food secure.

Fentanyl is hitting Hawaiʻi Island hard. How would you work with the community to deal with the crisis?

I would work to make sure our State agencies had the support they need to address this fentanyl crisis. For many years, the State has been chronically underfunding substance abuse treatment programs and I advocate for a significant increase in State funding for these programs. We need to recognize this is a public health crisis. I know there are many different ways the State agencies are working to address this issue. I am eager to see the new administration’s request from DOH with a description of the programs and budget to address this issue. I will support these budget requests in our State budget.

What action would you advocate for to address climate change at the local level?

If I am fortunate enough to return as Chair of the House Water and Land Committee, I would continue my work to help Hawaii adapt to the effects of global climate change. I will advocate for increased funding in the State Budget for watershed planning and management; wildfire prevention, response and recovery; biosecurity systems at all ports-of-entry; alien species response; and expansion of landscape-scale mosquito population control to prevent the imminent extinction of Hawaii’s native forest birds. I will continue to advocate for strengthening state statutes regarding management of seawalls, facilitating managed retreat from the shoreline, increasing efforts to restore coral reefs and beaches, and ensuring full disclosure by sellers of a parcel’s risk exposure to sea level rise and related flooding and coastal erosion. I will also continue to urge each of the State agencies to develop and propose to the legislature a sea level rise adaptation plan with a schedule and financing for new public infrastructure that is resilient to sea level rise.

What is your priority for the upcoming legislative session?

My priority for the upcoming legislative session would be to serve the people of House District 8 with honesty and diligent hard work. My priority would be to conduct the business of the Water and Land Committee with transparency, efficiency and courtesy to facilitate public engagement in the legislative process. My priority would be to respond effectively to constituent requests and provide timely accurate information on bills during the legislative session.

Monique Perreira, Republican

Monique Perreira

What is the biggest issue facing your district and how would you address it?

Housing. Definitely the housing situation in my district is a huge problem. So many families cannot find a home to purchase or rent: let alone something affordable. We need to make it easier for local developers to build, by removing some of the regulations and roadblocks that inhibit development.

How would you address the housing crisis that is leaving many people homeless due to the high rental rates and unaffordable homes?

Property owners need the support of the state and county to allow Ohana’s, and additions to be built affordably and quickly. I have young adult children and the chance of them buying a property and building a house right now are slim. But if I could enclose my garage, or build a extension, they can live with me until they are able to save up for a down payment.

The Food Basket is struggling to collect enough food to meet the need of people struggling to feed their families with the skyrocketing cost of groceries. How would you address the food shortage? And what are the first steps you would take to help make the Big Island food secure?

Provide education and support to encourage family farming. Develop programs with UH to create self-sustainable farming practices. Grow more food and keep our food right here in Hawaii.

Fentanyl is hitting Hawaiʻi Island hard. How would you work with the community to deal with the crisis?

Education is key! Get information to the schools and parents. Prosecute, to the full extent of the law, anyone involved with fentanyl production and distribution. Utilize more drug-detecting dogs at every point of entry and screen all packages delivered by mail carriers

What action would you advocate for to address climate change at the local level?

Plant more trees, use less energy, hang clothes. Make water refilling stations available to mitigate single use plastics. Put a carbon tax on private jets and high-consumption luxury homes.

What is your priority for the upcoming legislative session?

Put the people of Hawaii first. Update the tax code so outside investors and foreign investors pay their fair share of taxes to our State. Protect our Keiki from unlawful medical practices. Restore parental rights. Bring our TAT taxes back to the Island of Hawaii. Legislate for school choice, where the funds from the state follow the student where ever they choose to be educated: homeschool, private school or charter school.

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Bespoke light fittings and the inspiration behind them

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Dernier & Hamlyn reveals the sources of inspiration designers draw on to create bespoke light fittings that enhance superyacht interiors…

While bespoke light fittings have been a key component of an interior designer’s tool kit for a long time, custom installations are increasingly being used to add an extra ‘wow’ factor to superyacht projects. This trend has seen Dernier & Hamlyn’s team of specialist designers and artisans regularly work in partnership with talented superyacht designers to design and manufacture bespoke light fittings that draw on many different sources of inspiration.

“The proliferation of LED technology and its ability to be more versatile and customisable has allowed interior designers to be more creative with the light fittings they incorporate on board superyachts,” says Michael Mulhall, director of Dernier & Hamlyn. “The opening of Asian supply chains in the last five-to-ten years has also meant there are a lot more similar products on the market. Bespoke lighting can be used to create uniqueness and really tailor a space according to the designer’s intent and inspiration.”

The inspiration for bespoke lighting on board superyachts can come from many different sources. Sometimes this can be a vessel’s historical context: if the yacht has a certain heritage, Dernier & Hamlyn will look to procure materials that emulate the aesthetic of vintage pieces from the relevant era. What’s more, as the company has been operating for more than 135 years, it has extensive archives of product drawings and concepts that designers can look through and draw on for inspiration. 

As an example, Dernier & Hamlyn was commissioned to make art deco-inspired bespoke light fittings for the 2015 restoration of 50m Malahne, originally built in 1937. Guy Oliver of Oliver Laws designed period-appropriate interiors and recognised that finding suitable antique fittings or something off the peg would be unlikely, so travelled to flea markets in search of inspiration for his bespoke designs. In the salon, for example, there is a table lamp made from a cup that Oliver found in the Marché aux Puces in Paris. Dernier & Hamlyn mounted it on a marble block, spun a copy and finished them both in black chrome to give an art deco feel. Two original wall lights from the RMS Queen Mary were also sourced and Dernier & Hamlyn made four copies for the guest companionway on board.

Dernier & Hamlyn works with a wide variety of materials to turn bespoke lighting aspirations into reality

Another emerging source of inspiration that Dernier & Hamlyn is observing is sustainability – both designing light fittings with sustainability in mind and creating a sustainable aesthetic. “Natural colours, shapes and materials, such as timbers and leathers, are a significant trend across the whole design industry at the moment,” adds Mulhall. “So that it’s both sustainable by function and has a more natural look.”

For the 60m Come Together, for example, Winch Design asked Dernier & Hamlyn to create bespoke light fittings crafted from pure and natural materials to emphasise the relaxed ‘home at the beach’ spirit of the interior (pictured in main image). In the salon, the four circular silk shades designed with reference to anemone shells are fixed to frames handmade by Dernier & Hamlyn and fitted with bronze trims. The yacht’s study also features a beautiful wooden table lamp clad in leather.

While inspiration for bespoke light fittings can come from many places, the creativity needs to be balanced with the practical elements particular to superyachts, such as robust product construction that is easily maintainable (often meaning limited glassware). Superyachts also have limited ceiling heights, so a lighting product generally needs to be shallow, as opposed to suspended. “This is where Dernier & Hamlyn’s insight really adds value,” concludes Mulhall. “The technical experience and insight within our design and engineering team means that we can take a designer’s concept and turn it into a manufacturable product.”

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Tripura's Bio-Villages 2.0 Mentioned in PM Modi's Mann Ki Baat

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Bio- village 2.0 was completed in 5 villages of Tripura. Six more villages of Tripura are to be added to this project.

Six more new villages of Tripura to be added to Bio- Village project.

Six more new villages of Tripura to be added to Bio- Village project.

The residents of Tripura’s bio-villages received a welcome surprise on Sunday. They woke up to the news that PM Modi had praised them for their reliance on renewable energy sources to combat climate change.

During Mann ki Baat program PM Modi stated “You must have heard about bio-villages, but some villages of Tripura have ascended to the level of bio-villages 2.0. A bio-village 2.0 emphasizes how to minimize the damage caused by natural disasters. Full attention is given to improving the quality of life of the people through various measures. There is a focus on solar energy, biogas, beekeeping, and bio-fertilizers. Overall, a bio-village 2.0 is going to lend a lot of strength to the campaign against climate change.”

The Tripura bio-village 2.0 project, which began in 2018-19 for sustainable development, has been completed in five villages in the Sepahijala and West Tripura districts. Six more villages in the districts of Sepahijala, West Tripura, Gomati, and Dhalai will be converted into full-fledged bio-villages in the near future. So far, the project has benefitted or covered more than 700 homes. Indeed, the actions undertaken thus far have begun to produce an additional monthly income of Rs 4,000 to Rs 5,000 per household in these communities.

Daspara is one of the first bio-villages built-in Tripura based on the bio-village 2.0 idea to achieve sustainable development goals. According to a TREDA official, work has begun on establishing 10 bio-village solar hamlets, particularly in tribal-dominated regions, to push solar energy aggressively.

Tripura Chief Minister Manik Saha commended Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday for emphasizing the country’s first bio-village in his monthly radio address ‘Mann Ki Baat’ (October 30). The Tripura Renewable Energy Development Authority (TREDA) has developed the country’s first bio-village in Daspara, in the Sepahijala district, around 25 kilometers from here, in partnership with the Bio-Technology department.

Saha in interaction with the press said that “I am delighted to see the Prime Minister highlighting and promoting the state’s first bio-village, work on which began about two years ago. The concept of a bio-village is environmentally friendly. The irrigation and lighting systems are solar-powered.”

Former Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb also congratulated Prime Minister Narendra Modi for recognizing the state’s successful execution of the first bio-village.

First published on: 31 Oct 2022, 12:32 IST

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Arrests after 130 die in India bridge collapse

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MORBI, India: Nine people were arrested Monday in connection with the collapse of a pedestrian bridge in western India that killed at least 137 people, police said. The bridge, which had reopened days earlier after renovation, collapsed on Sunday evening, sending hundreds tumbling into the river or clinging to the wreckage while screaming for help in the dark. The nine – all associated with a company that maintained the bridge in Morbi – were being investigated for culpable homicide not amounting to murder, senior police officer Ashok Kumar Yadav said in a statement.

Crowds at the site had been celebrating the last day of the Diwali holiday. CCTV footage showed the nearly 150-year-old structure swaying – with a few people apparently deliberately rocking it – before it suddenly gave way. “We were all standing on the bridge together when it violently shook and crashed suddenly. I heard screams and a loud thud and then there was silence. Then slowly cries and screams,” survivor Madhvi Ben, 30, told AFP.

Ben said one of her legs was “entangled in a steel rope”, leaving her almost entirely submerged and struggling to break free. “I somehow blocked my nose and pulled myself up and released my leg from the wire. I grabbed another wire and climbed the remains of the bridge. Someone held my hand and pulled me out of the water before I reached the bank.”

Local police chief P Dekavadiya said that by Monday afternoon the death toll from the catastrophe in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s home state of Gujarat had risen to 137. They included around 50 children, the youngest being a two-year-old boy. One local MP, Kalyanji Kundariya, told media he had lost 12 family members in the accident, including five children.

“My brother’s body was fished out at 9:00 pm and my sister-in-law’s body was recovered at 1:00 am,” textile trader Puneet Pitroda, 35, told AFP at Morbi’s crematorium on Monday. “The authorities are fully responsible for the tragedy. They allowed hundreds to gather on the bridge when it had a capacity to hold just a small number,” he said. “We will never forget this night.”

Authorities launched a rescue operation immediately following the collapse, with boats and divers searching the river all night and throughout Monday. The bridge, 233 m long and 1.5 m wide, was inaugurated in 1880 by British colonial authorities and made with materials shipped from England, reports said. The Gujarat tourist department describes the “grand suspension bridge” about 200 km west of the state’s main city, Ahmedabad, as an “artistic and technological marvel”.

Sandeepsinh Jhala, Morbi municipality’s chief officer, said the bridge had not been issued a safety certificate after being closed for months of repair work. Reports named the firm responsible as a unit of the Gujarat-based Oreva group, which describes itself as the world’s largest clock manufacturer, and also makes lighting products and e-bikes. The company could not immediately be reached for comment.

Modi, who was due to visit the site on Tuesday, said that he “may rarely have experienced so much pain in my life”. Russian President Vladimir Putin sent his condolences. Japan’s Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said he was “deeply saddened” while Kuwait, Nepal, Bhutan and Britain also sent messages of support. Accidents from old and poorly maintained infrastructure, including bridges, are common in India. In 2016, the collapse of a flyover onto a busy street in Kolkata killed at least 26 people. Five years earlier, at least 32 people perished when a packed bridge collapsed in the hill resort of Darjeeling. – AFP

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Three Topeka organizations awarded funding through A Community Thrives

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The Topeka Performing Arts Center was one of three Topeka organizations awarded a $2500 grant through Gannett's annual A Community Thrives fundraising campaign.

Three nonprofit organizations have been awarded funds through Gannett’s annual fundraising campaign A Community Thrives.

Topeka Genealogical Society, Topeka Performing Arts Center and Helping Hands Humane Society are recipients of this year’s campaign, with each being awarded $2,500.

A Community Thrives is a grantmaking and crowdfunding program sponsored by Gannett, the parent company of The Topeka Capital-Journal and USA TODAY Network. The program is in its sixth year of providing a platform for nonprofits to first raise money on their own through crowdfunding campaigns.

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What will each organization do with $2,500 grant?

For now, Topeka Genealogical Society, will use funds as needed. Barbara LaClair, Topeka Genealogical Society president, said the organization’s board will meet next month to determine what it will be used for.

“Since it’s an operating grant, it’s wonderful that we can use it where it’s needed,” LaClair said.

The Topeka Genealogical Society was awarded $5,000 in 2021 through A Community Thrives. The organization was able to elevate its technology by purchasing new video conferencing systems and updating its internet service.

Board members of the Topeka Performing Arts Center voted Wednesday to use the $2,500 to upgrade the marquee in front of TPAC.

Joan Wagnon, a member of TPAC’s board of trustees, said a contractor will need to be found, but construction on the marquee can be expected to be seen “before the end of the year.”

Two years ago, TPAC was awarded $10,000. The Capital-Journal reported that it would help “pay for a new stage curtain and a light processor which operates the theater’s lighting system.”

Helping Hands Humane Society will distribute funds among microchip treatments, spay neuter clinic and the reduction of its adoption fee.

Helping Hands Humane Society received a $2,500 grant from Gannett's A Community Thrives campaign this year.

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In 2021, Helping Hands Humane Society received $20,000 to go toward a new parvovirus isolation ward and spay-neuter clinic. Construction on the isolation ward and clinic began last summer. In its first six weeks in early June, 40 publicly owned surgeries were performed.

“We’re really trying to have a shift, not only in providing shelter to pets in our community who are homeless and need our services but also being more of a community resource for people of all income levels.” said Grace Clinton, the shelter’s director of business development and social needs.

To be eligible for the grant, organizations raised money during an online fundraising challenge. Organizations with an annual operating budget of more than $500,000 were required to raise at least $6,000.

“We wanted to raise the money, but also we wanted to raise awareness to see what our community values,” Clinton said.

Topeka’s Common Ground and Veronica’s Voice of Kansas City, Kan., also participated in the fundraising campaign.

Keishera Lately is the business reporter for the Topeka Capital-Journal. She can be reached at Klately@cjonline.com. Follow her on Twitter @Lately_KT.

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Congress asked to passlaw giving MTRCB powersover video, online games

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SEN. Sherwin Gatchalian, moving to “uphold the safety and well-being of children amid their exposure to new technologies,” is asking Congress to pass a law expanding the powers and functions of the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) to include regulation of video and online games.

Embodied in Senate Bill 1063, Gatchalian envisions  the proposed law to be known as the Video and Online Games and Outdoor Media Regulation Act, amending the Marcos-era Presidential Decree No. 1986 that created the MTRCB.

“While we continue to change and expand the way we use technology, we must also make sure we provide the proper protection and guidance to our children, especially from the bad influence and effects that may come with such technology,” Gatchalian said in Filipino, to explain his bill.

He cited 2020 gaming statistics revealing that 43 million gamers drove the unprecedented rise in the Philippine gaming industry and across Southeast Asia, with 74 percent of the Philippine online gaming population playing on their mobile devices, 65 percent on PC games, and 45 percent playing on the classic console games.

Moreover, 43 million gamers in the country spent $572 million on games in 2019. This made the Philippines the world’s 25th’s biggest market by game revenues, as well as a key driver of Southeast Asia’s overall games market during that time.

Apart from video and online games, the senator is eyeing passage of an enabling law empowering the MTRCB to also regulate outdoor media, including advertising signs, Light Emitting Diode (LED) signs and billboards, ground signs, roof signs, and sign infrastructures.

In approving and disapproving the exhibition of video and online games, and outdoor media, the procedure that applies on a motion picture, television program, still and other pictorial advertisements shall apply.

The procedure on examination and review, as well as banning of media deemed unfit for consumption in the Philippines, will also apply to video and online games, and outdoor media. 

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The ECOBAY family is growing

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BEKA Schréder is excited to announce the expansion of their ECOBAY lowbay and highbay lighting range! The ECOBAY is the ideal luminaire for lighting industrial facilities to optimize light levels and return of investment.

BEKA Schréder have added a visually pleasing round PCB, and an optional additional skirt with enhanced glare reduction that can complement any specific application.

The ECOBAY offers substantial energy savings, high performance and is able to operate at high ambient temperatures. It will meet all your expectations in a valued investment.

Available with a selection of lumen packages and various light distributions, the ECOBAY is perfectly suited for multiple indoor lighting applications.

The ECOBAY not only lowers your initial investment; it maximises it by providing a comfortable environment for your staff while limiting energy consumption to what is absolutely necessary. Thanks to its reliable performance, low dust accumulation and no need for relamping and regular maintenance, the ECOBAY is the luminaire of choice.

Key advantages of the ECOBAY include:

  • Designed and manufactured in South Africa
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Indian police arrest nine in connection with deadly bridge collapse

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Nine people were arrested Monday in connection with the collapse of a pedestrian bridge in western India that killed at least 137 people, police said.

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The nine – all associated with a company that maintained the bridge in Morbi — were being investigated for culpable homicide not amounting to murder, senior police officer Ashok Kumar Yadav said in a statement.

The bridge, which had reopened days earlier after months of renovation, collapsed on Sunday evening, sending hundreds tumbling into the river in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s home state of Gujarat.

Authorities said nearly 500 people were celebrating the last day of the Diwali festival on and around the nearly 150-year-old suspension bridge when supporting cables snapped.

CCTV footage showed the structure swaying – with a few people apparently deliberately rocking it – before it suddenly gave way.

The walkway and one fence crashed into the Machchhu river, leaving the other side dangling in mid-air as people fell into the water in the dark.

“I saw the bridge collapse before my eyes,” said one witness who worked all night on rescue efforts, without giving his name.

“It was traumatic when a woman showed me a photo of her daughter and asked if I had rescued her. I could not tell her that her daughter had died.”

Supran, another witness, said the bridge, which was a popular tourist attraction, was “jam-packed”.

“The cables snapped and the bridge came down in a split second. People fell on each other and into the river,” he told local media.

After the collapse, people clung to the twisted remains of the bridge or tried to swim to safety in the dark.

Many Indians cannot swim and another Morbi resident, Ranjanbhai Patel, said he helped pull out those who had been able to reach the banks.

“As most of the people had fallen into the river, we were not able to save them,” he said.

Local police chief P. Dekavadiya said that by Monday afternoon the death toll had risen to 137. They included around 50 children, the youngest being a two-year-old boy.

One local MP, Kalyanji Kundariya, told media he had lost 12 family members in the accident, including five children.   

‘No certificate’

Authorities launched a rescue operation immediately following the collapse, with boats and divers searching the river all night and throughout Monday.

The bridge, 233 metres (764 feet) long and 1.5 metres wide, was inaugurated in 1880 by British colonial authorities and made with materials shipped from England, reports said.

The Gujarat tourist department describes the “grand suspension bridge” about 200 kilometres (120 miles) west of the state’s main city, Ahmedabad, as an “artistic and technological marvel”.

Sandeepsinh Jhala, Morbi municipality’s chief officer, said the bridge had not been issued a safety certificate after the recent repair work.

Reports named the firm that carried out the repairs as a unit of the Gujarat-based Oreva group, which describes itself as the world’s largest clock manufacturer, and also makes lighting products and e-bikes. The company could not immediately be reached for comment.

Modi, who was due to visit the site on Tuesday, said that he “may rarely have experienced so much pain in my life”.

Moscow and New Delhi have enjoyed close relations for decades and the Kremlin said in a statement that Russian President Vladimir Putin sent his condolences.

Japan’s Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said he was “deeply saddened” while Nepal, Bhutan, Britain and France also sent messages of support.

Accidents from old and poorly maintained infrastructure, including bridges, are common in India.

In 2016, the collapse of a flyover onto a busy street in Kolkata killed at least 26 people. 

Five years earlier, at least 32 people perished when a packed bridge collapsed in the hill resort of Darjeeling.

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9 arrested over deadly collapse of “jam-packed” bridge in India

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Morbi, India — Nine people were arrested Monday in connection with the collapse of a pedestrian bridge in western India that killed almost 140 people, police said. The nine people arrested — all associated with a company that maintained the bridge in Morbi — were being investigated for culpable homicide not amounting to murder, senior police officer Ashok Kumar Yadav said in a statement.

The bridge, which had reopened only days earlier after months of renovation, collapsed on Sunday evening, sending hundreds tumbling into the river in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s home state of Gujarat. Authorities said nearly 500 people were celebrating the last day of the Diwali festival on and around the nearly 150-year-old suspension bridge when supporting cables snapped.

CCTV footage showed the structure swaying — with a few people apparently deliberately rocking it — before it suddenly gave way.

The walkway and one fence crashed into the Machchhu river, leaving the other side dangling in mid-air as people fell into the water in the dark.

“I saw the bridge collapse before my eyes,” said one witness who worked all night on rescue efforts, without giving his name. “It was traumatic when a woman showed me a photo of her daughter and asked if I had rescued her. I could not tell her that her daughter had died.”

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Bodies are seen on the floor of the government civil hospital after a bridge across the river Machchhu collapsed in Morbi, some 120 miles from Ahmedabad, early on October 31, 2022.

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Supran, another witness, said the bridge, which was a popular tourist attraction, was “jam-packed.”

“The cables snapped and the bridge came down in a split second. People fell on each other and into the river,” he told local media.

After the collapse, people clung to the twisted remains of the bridge or tried to swim to safety in the dark.

Many Indians cannot swim and another Morbi resident, Ranjanbhai Patel, said he helped pull out those who had been able to reach the banks.

“As most of the people had fallen into the river, we were not able to save them,” he said.

Local police chief P. Dekavadiya said that by Monday afternoon 137 people were confirmed dead. They included around 50 children, the youngest being a two-year-old boy. Ashok Yadav, a regional police inspector general, had earlier said 141 deaths were confirmed, but he later revised the toll down. 

One local MP, Kalyanji Kundariya, told media he had lost 12 family members in the accident, including five children.

Authorities launched a rescue operation immediately following the collapse, with boats and divers searching the river all night and throughout Monday.

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Rescue personnel conduct search operations after a bridge across the river Machchhu collapsed at Morbi in India’s Gujarat state on October 31, 2022.

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The bridge, 764 feet long and about five feet wide, was inaugurated in 1880 by British colonial authorities and made with materials shipped from England, reports said.

The Gujarat tourist department describes the “grand suspension bridge” about 120 miles west of the state’s main city, Ahmedabad, as an “artistic and technological marvel.”

Sandeepsinh Jhala, Morbi municipality’s chief officer, said the bridge had not been issued a safety certificate after the recent repair work.

Reports named the firm that carried out the repairs as a unit of the Gujarat-based Oreva group, which describes itself as the world’s largest clock manufacturer, and also makes lighting products and e-bikes. The company could not immediately be reached for comment.

Modi, who was due to visit the site on Tuesday, said that he “may rarely have experienced so much pain in my life”.

Moscow and New Delhi have enjoyed close relations for decades and the Kremlin said in a statement that Russian President Vladimir Putin sent his condolences.

Japan’s Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said he was “deeply saddened” while Nepal, Bhutan, Britain and France also sent messages of support.

Accidents from old and poorly maintained infrastructure, including bridges, are common in India.

In 2016, the collapse of a flyover onto a busy street in Kolkata killed at least 26 people.

Five years earlier, at least 32 people perished when a packed bridge collapsed in the hill resort of Darjeeling.

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Gatchalian wants to expand MTRCB powers to cover video/online games

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Senator Sherwin Gatchalian seeks to expand the powers and functions of the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) to include regulation of video and online games.

He said the setup would ensure the safety and well-being of children amid their exposure to new technologies.

Gatchalian filed Senate Bill No. 1063 or the Video and Online Games and Outdoor Media Regulation Act which seeks to amend Presidential Decree No. 1986 that created the MTRCB.

The 2020 gaming statistics, he said, reveal that 43 million gamers drove the unprecedented rise in the Philippine gaming industry and across Southeast Asia.

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He noted that 74 percent of the Philippine online gaming population play on their mobile devices, 65 percent on PC games, and 45 percent on the classic console games.

Moreover, he stressed that 43 million gamers in the country spent $572 million on games in 2019.

This made the Philippines the world’s 25th’s biggest market by game revenues, as well as a key driver of Southeast Asia’s overall games market during that time.

Aside from video and online games, Gatchalian also proposes that the MTRCB also regulate outdoor media, which includes advertising signs, Light Emitting Diode (LED) signs and billboards, ground signs, roof signs, and sign infrastructures.

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Arrests after India bridge collapse kills more than 130

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MORBI: Nine people were arrested Monday in connection with the collapse of a pedestrian bridge in western India that killed at least 137 people, police said.

The nine – all associated with a company that maintained the bridge in Morbi – were being investigated for culpable homicide not amounting to murder, senior police officer Ashok Kumar Yadav said in a statement.

The bridge, which had reopened days earlier after months of renovation, collapsed on Sunday evening, sending hundreds tumbling into the river in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s home state of Gujarat.

Authorities said nearly 500 people were celebrating the last day of the Diwali festival on and around the nearly 150-year-old suspension bridge when supporting cables snapped.

CCTV footage showed the structure swaying – with a few people apparently deliberately rocking it – before it suddenly gave way.

The walkway and one fence crashed into the Machchhu river, leaving the other side dangling in mid-air as people fell into the water in the dark.

“I saw the bridge collapse before my eyes,“ said one witness who worked all night on rescue efforts, without giving his name.

“It was traumatic when a woman showed me a photo of her daughter and asked if I had rescued her. I could not tell her that her daughter had died.”

Supran, another witness, said the bridge, which was a popular tourist attraction, was “jam-packed”.

“The cables snapped and the bridge came down in a split second. People fell on each other and into the river,“ he told local media.

After the collapse, people clung to the twisted remains of the bridge or tried to swim to safety in the dark.

Many Indians cannot swim and another Morbi resident, Ranjanbhai Patel, said he helped pull out those who had been able to reach the banks.

“As most of the people had fallen into the river, we were not able to save them,“ he said.

Local police chief P. Dekavadiya said that by Monday afternoon the death toll had risen to 137. They included around 50 children, the youngest being a two-year-old boy.

One local MP, Kalyanji Kundariya, told media he had lost 12 family members in the accident, including five children.

‘No certificate’

Authorities launched a rescue operation immediately following the collapse, with boats and divers searching the river all night and throughout Monday.

The bridge, 233 metres (764 feet) long and 1.5 metres wide, was inaugurated in 1880 by British colonial authorities and made with materials shipped from England, reports said.

The Gujarat tourist department describes the “grand suspension bridge” about 200 kilometres (120 miles) west of the state’s main city, Ahmedabad, as an “artistic and technological marvel”.

Sandeepsinh Jhala, Morbi municipality’s chief officer, said the bridge had not been issued a safety certificate after the recent repair work.

Reports named the firm that carried out the repairs as a unit of the Gujarat-based Oreva group, which describes itself as the world’s largest clock manufacturer, and also makes lighting products and e-bikes. The company could not immediately be reached for comment.

Modi, who was due to visit the site on Tuesday, said that he “may rarely have experienced so much pain in my life”.

Moscow and New Delhi have enjoyed close relations for decades and the Kremlin said in a statement that Russian President Vladimir Putin sent his condolences.

Japan’s Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said he was “deeply saddened” while Nepal, Bhutan, Britain and France also sent messages of support.

Accidents from old and poorly maintained infrastructure, including bridges, are common in India.

In 2016, the collapse of a flyover onto a busy street in Kolkata killed at least 26 people.

Five years earlier, at least 32 people perished when a packed bridge collapsed in the hill resort of Darjeeling. – AFP

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Sunderland issue club statement regarding introduction of fan safety measures

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Sunderland have announced the introduction of more away fan safety measures at the Stadium of Light after numerous issues with projectiles such as coins and bottles being thrown while inside the stands home and away this season.

The Black Cats have been in discussions with both their Supporter’s Group and the EFL which have resulted in bans on ‘coins and vapes’ in the North Stand.

They will also be ‘enhancing’ their CCTV network and will be employing more stewards to increase the capacity of personnel available in the North Stand and all changes will be in effect by this weekend’s home fixture against Cardiff City.

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The full club statement reads as follows:

“We have today introduced further measures to enhance fan safety at the Stadium of Light following the recent conduct of a small minority of away supporters.

“This follows an engagement session with our Supporters’ Groups, who met with the Club last week to discuss and agree upon the next steps taken to address the continually escalating societal behavioural issues currently impacting SAFC and many other Clubs.

“The new measures will be in place from this weekend’s home fixture versus Cardiff City and they are in addition to the operational changes made in August, which includes the searching of all away fans upon entering the stadium, increasing stewarding capacity in the North Stand and enhancing the CCTV network.

“Following a request made on Thursday morning, the EFL have agreed that coins and vapes will no longer be permitted in the away section of the North Stand at the Stadium of Light.

“Any visiting supporter found carrying these items will be asked to discard of them prior to entering the stadium, at which point they will be subjected to enhanced security procedures to further reduce the risk of objects entering the stadium which can be used as missiles.

“This information will be clearly communicated to all visiting Clubs in advance and all vapes will be sustainably discarded, with any coins confiscated donated to the away Club’s nominated charity.

“Pre-planned investment in an enhanced lighting system in the North Stand upper will also be fast tracked to further improve the effectiveness of the recently-upgraded CCTV network in identifying any anti-social behaviour.

“The introduction of netting was also discussed with Supporters’ Groups, but it was agreed that netting by itself would not prevent the full range of missiles that have been thrown this season.

“We will therefore be launching an engagement programme in November to ensure we work hand-in-hand with supporters to identify the best possible long-term solutions to protect supporters.

“This will consider all aspects of the stadium configuration, including away fan location and the family zone, and continue to explore the viability of the installation of protective netting.

“All at SAFC would like to once again thank supporters for their continued backing and we welcome further feedback upon the implementation of these new measures.”

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SiteOne Landscape Supply, Inc. (NYSE:SITE) Position Lessened by Janney Montgomery Scott LLC

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Janney Montgomery Scott LLC trimmed its position in shares of SiteOne Landscape Supply, Inc. (NYSE:SITEGet Rating) by 5.7% in the 2nd quarter, according to the company in its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The institutional investor owned 48,643 shares of the industrial products company’s stock after selling 2,948 shares during the period. Janney Montgomery Scott LLC owned about 0.11% of SiteOne Landscape Supply worth $5,782,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Several other hedge funds and other institutional investors have also modified their holdings of SITE. Signaturefd LLC raised its holdings in SiteOne Landscape Supply by 1,156.3% during the first quarter. Signaturefd LLC now owns 201 shares of the industrial products company’s stock valued at $32,000 after buying an additional 185 shares in the last quarter. Bartlett & Co. LLC bought a new position in SiteOne Landscape Supply during the second quarter valued at about $25,000. Whittier Trust Co. of Nevada Inc. raised its holdings in SiteOne Landscape Supply by 184.0% during the second quarter. Whittier Trust Co. of Nevada Inc. now owns 213 shares of the industrial products company’s stock valued at $25,000 after buying an additional 138 shares in the last quarter. Castle Wealth Management LLC bought a new position in SiteOne Landscape Supply during the second quarter valued at about $33,000. Finally, Steward Partners Investment Advisory LLC raised its holdings in SiteOne Landscape Supply by 1,187.0% during the first quarter. Steward Partners Investment Advisory LLC now owns 296 shares of the industrial products company’s stock valued at $48,000 after buying an additional 273 shares in the last quarter.

Insider Buying and Selling at SiteOne Landscape Supply

In other SiteOne Landscape Supply news, CEO Doug Black sold 9,591 shares of SiteOne Landscape Supply stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, October 12th. The stock was sold at an average price of $105.84, for a total transaction of $1,015,111.44. Following the sale, the chief executive officer now directly owns 536,007 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $56,730,980.88. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through the SEC website. Over the last ninety days, insiders have sold 28,592 shares of company stock valued at $3,434,050. 2.70% of the stock is currently owned by corporate insiders.

SiteOne Landscape Supply Stock Up 5.2 %

SITE stock opened at $122.03 on Monday. SiteOne Landscape Supply, Inc. has a twelve month low of $97.36 and a twelve month high of $260.00. The company has a market cap of $5.50 billion, a PE ratio of 19.97 and a beta of 1.39. The business’s 50-day simple moving average is $114.83 and its 200 day simple moving average is $125.08. The company has a quick ratio of 1.03, a current ratio of 2.44 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.38.

SiteOne Landscape Supply (NYSE:SITEGet Rating) last released its earnings results on Wednesday, August 3rd. The industrial products company reported $3.07 earnings per share for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $3.00 by $0.07. The business had revenue of $1.22 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $1.24 billion. SiteOne Landscape Supply had a return on equity of 25.37% and a net margin of 7.45%. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was up 12.2% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period last year, the business earned $2.70 earnings per share. On average, research analysts anticipate that SiteOne Landscape Supply, Inc. will post 5.63 earnings per share for the current year.

Wall Street Analysts Forecast Growth

Several research firms have weighed in on SITE. Robert W. Baird upgraded SiteOne Landscape Supply from a “neutral” rating to an “outperform” rating and set a $150.00 target price on the stock in a report on Wednesday, October 19th. Barclays cut their target price on SiteOne Landscape Supply from $161.00 to $145.00 and set an “equal weight” rating on the stock in a report on Thursday, July 14th. Deutsche Bank Aktiengesellschaft dropped their price objective on SiteOne Landscape Supply from $189.00 to $135.00 and set a “buy” rating on the stock in a research note on Thursday, October 20th. StockNews.com began coverage on SiteOne Landscape Supply in a research note on Wednesday, October 12th. They issued a “hold” rating on the stock. Finally, Stifel Nicolaus began coverage on SiteOne Landscape Supply in a research note on Tuesday, July 12th. They issued a “hold” rating and a $105.00 price objective on the stock. Seven equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and three have given a buy rating to the company. According to data from MarketBeat, the company has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $142.50.

SiteOne Landscape Supply Company Profile

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SiteOne Landscape Supply, Inc engages in the wholesale distribution of landscape supplies in the United States and Canada. The company provides a selection of approximately 135,000 stock keeping units, including irrigation supplies, which comprise controllers, valves, sprinkler heads, and irrigation pipes; fertilizer, grass seed, and ice melt products; control products, such as herbicides, fungicides, rodenticides, and other pesticides; landscape accessories that include mulches, soil amendments, drainage pipes, tools, and sods; nursery goods, which consist of deciduous and evergreen shrubs, ornamental, shade, evergreen trees, field grown and container-grown nursery stock, roses, perennials, annuals, bulbs, and plant species; hardscapes, such as pavers, natural stones, blocks, and other durable materials; and outdoor lighting products that include lighting fixtures, LED lamps, wires, transformers, and accessories.

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Global Nylon Resins Market Development Overview and Analysis 2022-2030|Top Players- Invista, Basf, DSM

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Morbi bridge collapse: NDRF DIG avers 'search ops will continue till last person is found'

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On Sunday evening, nearly a century-old suspension bridge on the Machchhu river in Gujarat’s Morbi collapsed claiming 133 lives. Notably, teams of NDRF, SDRF, SRPF, Army, Air Force, Navy, Fire brigade, Civic corporation, along with medical teams are carrying out the rescue operations on the war footing. Speaking to Republic TV, the NDRF DIG said that the rescue operations will continue till the last person is found. 

In an exclusive conversation with Republic Media Network, NDRF DIG, Mohsen Shahedi, said, “As per the information from the local administration, around 133 dead bodies have been recovered and one person is still missing. The search operation is underway and it will continue till the last person is found. We are having coordinated action by teams of NDRF and SDRF. Prior service officials, army columns are also on the spot.”

“On Sunday, after the mishap, locals volunteered and saved 170 lives. The missing person will be found soon. As the Machchhu river has murky waters, it was a challenge for NDRF teams to conduct relief and rescue operations at night. Local administration helped us in the operation. Local administration took charge of the lighting system at the collapsed site,” the DIG added.

According to NDRF personnel, around 49 persons below the age of 15 have been killed in the Morbi bridge tragedy. The Julto Pul (Hanging Bridge) was reopened on the Gujarati- New Year, October 26, after seven months of repair work. 

Gujarat’s Morbi bridge collapse 

Earlier in the day, Republic TV accessed the key CCTV footage of when Gujarat’s Morbi bridge collapsed. In the video, the bridge can be seen overloaded with people including men, women, and children. Soon after, the bridge snapped and screams filled the air. The video showed people dangling from the bridge and some were seen clinging to the bridge’s twisted wreck. Soon after, several people plunged into the Machchhu river below. 

Republic TV also accessed the crucial agreement between the Oreva Group and the Morbi Municipality pertaining to this bridge. As of now, eight persons related to the Oreva Group have been detained by the Gujarat Police in connection with the Morbi bridge collapse tragedy.

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Morbi Bridge Collapse: Most important things to know about Gujarat tragedy

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The heart-rending Morbi Bridge Collapse over the Machchhu river in the town of Morbi in Gujarat could have been avoided but for several lapses by the administration. Let us take a look at some of the errors by the administration as well as by members of the public that led to this disaster

Morbi Bridge Collapse: Almost 150 were reported to be killed when a bridge over the Machchhu river in the town of Morbi in Gujarat collapsed early on Sunday morning.

The heart-rending tragedy could have been avoided but for several lapses by the administration. Let us take a look at some of the errors by the administration as well as by members of the public that led to this disaster.

1) The bridge, that was built over a century ago, was designed to carry the weight of only about 125 people. However, if reports are to be believed, over 400 people had crammed onto the structure at the time of the tragedy. Some reports place the number of people on the Morbi bridge at around 500.

2) The bridge, that was in a dilapidated condition, had been closed for around seven months for repairs and renovation. It was reopened for the public on October 26. However, the company which carried out he repairs allegedly did not bother to obtain a fitness certificate from the authorities before re-opening the bridge.

3) The renovation had been carried out by the Morbi-based Oreva Group (Ajanta Manufacturing Pvt Ltd), which manufactures a variety of products such as e-bikes, lighting products and wall clocks among others. However, the company allegedly has no previous experience in repairing bridges. Shockingly, the Oreva Group was awarded the contract to maintain and manage the Morbi bridge by the local municipality.

4) A video that has gone viral showed people jumping on the bridge and shaking the already creaking structure when it crashed into the river. The overcrowded Morbi bridge, which was already in a very poor condition failed to withstand the extra pressure exerted by exicted members of the public.

5) Gujarat Home Minister Harsh Sanghavi told the media on Monday morning that a criminal case has been registered and a five-member high-powered committee is probing the Morbi bridge collapse. A case of culpable homicide not amounting to murder and intentional act causing death has been registered against whoever is found responsible.

6) The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) have formed five teams to deal with the disaster. These NDRF teams worked through the night to resue the missing and the injured. Teams from the Indian Army, Indian Navy and Indian Air Force (IAF) later joined the NDRF in the resue operation.

7) The Gujarat government has announced a compensation of Rs 4 lakh to the family of each of those who were killed in the Morbi bridge collapse. An amount of ₹50,000 each will be given to each injured person. Prime Minister Narendra Modi also announced a financial compensation of ₹2 lakh each to the families of the victims.

8) Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is currently on a visit to Gujarat, said the centre is extending all help to the Gujarat government to carry out rescue and relief operations.

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