Freshii scales back growth plan for first year as public company stock

first_imgVANCOUVER – Health-food eatery chain Freshii Inc.’s stock shed about a third of its worth Tuesday after the company scaled back its aggressive expansion plans.“Today’s announcement is extremely disappointing to me,” said founder and CEO Matthew Corrin during a conference call with investors Monday evening.After markets closed Monday, Freshii (TSX:FRII) announced its growth has been slower than expected, resulting in some store closures and a reduced target for net openings this year.The Toronto-based company’s shares fell $3.11 or about 35 per cent to $5.75 on Tuesday.Freshii’s revised outlook anticipates between 90 and 95 net new store openings in its 2017 financial year, down from 150 to 160 locations.The company also scaled back its longer-term expansion targets, saying it now plans to open between 730 and 760 stores by the end of its 2019 financial year, rather than the 810 to 840 stores previously anticipated.Robert Carter, executive director of food service at NPD Group, amounted the news to “growing pains” as the relatively young chain adjusts to “such dramatic growth.”In its 2017 financial year, roughly 60 fewer restaurants will be opened partly because Freshii and department store Target ended their relationship, the company said.It closed 17 of its eateries located in Target stores in the third quarter, ending Sept. 24. One additional Freshii Target store will close by the end of this year.Corrin attempted to reassure investors that the closures don’t signal an end to such partnerships in the future.Freshii launched an extensive review of its Target partnership and learned it can make future relationships more successful by, for example, offering fewer menu items to reduce prep work and improve labour efficiency, he said.The company remains excited about similar partnerships being a pillar of growth for Freshii in the future, Corrin said.Carter pointed to an announcement earlier this month that a selection of the company’s food will be served on hundreds of Air Canada flights daily starting next month as an example of the many opportunities Freshii will have for strategic partnerships.Freshii also said its expansion in the United Kingdom and several U.S. states has been slower than expected because its multi-unit franchisees have been more conservative in their real estate selection than anticipated.The company also faced delays facilitating “a far greater number” of store openings this year than last, which led to further challenges. Freshii has hired additional people and engaged a global project management firm to help with the logistics.Carter said the company is making the right moves to address these issues and once the stores are opened, Freshii will continue to experience growth.“This is a brand that’s here for the long term,” he said of the fast-casual restaurant that serves salads, wraps, bowls, burritos and other meals to health-conscious consumers.The company’s stock began trading publicly in January at $12 after a $125-million initial public offering of its stock.Follow @AleksSagan on Twitter.last_img read more

Sri Lanka expels 200 Islamic clerics

“Considering the current situation in the country, we have reviewed the visas system and took a decision to tighten visa restrictions for religious teachers,” Abeywardena said. Sri Lanka has expelled over 600 foreign nationals, including around 200 Islamic clerics, since the Easter suicide bombings blamed on a local terrorist group, a minister said on Sunday (May 5).Home Affairs Minister Vajira Abeywardena said the clerics had entered the country legally, but amid a security crackdown after the attacks were found to have overstayed their visas, for which fines were imposed and they were expelled from the island. “Out of those who were sent out, about 200 were Islamic preachers.” The Easter Sunday bombings that killed 257 people and wounded nearly 500 were led by a local cleric who is known to have travelled to neighbouring India and had made contact with jihadists there.The minister did not give the nationalities of those who have been expelled, but police have said many foreigners who have overstayed their visas since the Easter attacks were from Bangladesh, India, Maldives and Pakistan. “There are religious institutions which have been getting down foreign preachers for decades,” Abeywardena said.“We have no issues with them, but there are some which mushroomed recently. We will pay more attention to them.”The minister said the government was overhauling the country’s visa policy following fears that foreign clerics could radicalise locals for a repeat of the April 21 suicide bombings, which targeted three Christian churches and three luxury hotels. (Courtesy AFP) read more

US delays tariffs on some Chinese goods drops others

WASHINGTON — The United States is delaying tariffs on Chinese-made cellphones, laptop computers and other items and removing other Chinese imports from its target list altogether in a move that triggered a rally on Wall Street.The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative says it is still planning to go ahead with 10% tariffs on about $300 billion in Chinese imports Sept. 1, extending the import taxes on just about everything China ships to the United States in a dispute over Beijing’s aggressive trade policies.But the agency says it would delay the tariffs to Dec. 15 tariffs on some goods, including cellphones, laptop computers, video game consoles, some toys, computer monitors, shoes and clothing. And it’s removing other items from the list based “on health, safety, national security and other factors.”Paul Wiseman, The Associated Press read more

Angry doctors and nurses attack Scottish Government pay cap of one per

first_imgThe BMA said repeated real terms cuts to doctors’ pay had taken a “substantial toll” on incomes and did nothing to address the ongoing recruitment and retention difficulties for all grades of doctor, while a nurses’ leader said there had been a real terms fall in nursing pay of around 14 percent since 2010.Dr Peter Bennie, chairman of BMA Scotland, added: “The announcement that yet again the pay of doctors in Scotland will go up by just one per cent while the rate of inflation is at 2.3 per cent means that once again doctors pay will decline in real terms.”Repeated years of real terms cuts to doctors’ pay have taken a substantial toll on incomes and do nothing to address the significant recruitment and retention difficulties across all grades of doctor. “At a time when doctors’ workloads are increasing like never before, there will be widespread disappointment and anger at the decision to continue this approach.”Simon Barker, chairman of the association’s consultants’ committee, said it had learned with “great disappointment” that ministers had decided to “ignore the recommendation of its independent pay review body to recognise and value the hard work of NHS consultants for the second year running”.He said the announcement also came at a time when the most recent figures confirmed a worsening situation for consultants north of the border, with almost seven per cent of posts unfilled, and nearly half of those empty for more than six month.He warned: “We will never recruit and retain the specialists that our health service needs if we fail to recognise and reward their efforts.”Nurses also condemned the decision to cap pay rises at one per cent for those earning over pounds22,000.Norman Provan, associate director of the Royal College of Nursing, said the Scottish Government had missed an opportunity to  close the gap between nurses’ pay and inflation and the sector would continue to “bear the brunt of austerity measures in the NHS in Scotland”.Meanwhile, it was reported that at least 14 GP practices have shut since the start of 2016. Five practices have closed in the NHS Lothian area, three in Ayrshire and Arran, three in Highland, two in Fife and one in Tayside.Claire Walker, a GP for 14 years at Strathesk Medical Practice in Bonnyrigg, Midlothian, said: “A lot of days we are only providing an emergency service because we do not have enough doctors. I am extremely concerned about the state of primary care in the NHS.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. On Tayside, The Courier reported that whistle-blowing nurses claimed it was a matter of time before staff shortages at Perth Royal Infirmary led to a death – a claim denied by management.Shona Robison, the health minister, said NHS employees were valued “enormously” and claimed pay restraint had to be seen in the context of cuts to Scotland’s budget in recent years.She added: “All directly employed NHS Scotland staff will receive at least a one per cent uplift in pay. We will also continue to guarantee a living wage for all NHS staff, and maintain our commitment to no compulsory redundancies.” Shona Robison said NHS staff are highly valuedCredit:PA Angry doctors have warned that Scotland’s already over-stretched and under-resourced NHS workforce will come under even more pressure after the Scottish Government capped pay increases at one per cent.Doctors and nurses said the announcement would do nothing to tackle recruitment problems and send the wrong message to staff who were being asked to deliver more every year from an “already inadequate budget”.With the latest figures showing inflation at 2.3 per cent, both groups raised concerns about the growing gap between wages and the cost of living.The pay cap was announced as it emerged that one GP surgery is closing every month due to staff shortages, and amid warnings from whistle blowers that it is only a matter of time before staff shortages at one busy infirmary result in a death. Shona Robisonlast_img read more

Dog Mountain weekend hiking permits available

first_imgWeekend Dog Mountain hiking permits are now available online from the U.S. Forest Service through recreation.gov.The permits are required as part of a partnership between the Washington State Department of Transportation, Skamania County and the Skamania County Chamber of Commerce, and started last year following growing safety concerns regarding congestion and vehicle crashes near the trailhead, according to the U.S. Forest Service.The permits will be required this year for visitors to the Dog Mountain trail system on Saturdays and Sundays through peak wildflower season, April 20 to June 16.Hikers can get permits in two ways:• Shuttle riders who take the Skamania County West End Transit bus from the Skamania Fairgrounds in Stevenson receive a free permit on arrival at the trailhead. Seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis, for $1 per person per trip, or $2 round-trip. Each permit is good for one person the day issued. The shuttle runs every half-hour from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends through the season.• Those parking at the trailhead will need to reserve one permit for each person through the recreation.gov site and pay the $1 per person fee, in addition to paying the recreation site fee of $5 per car. Valid Northwest Forest or interagency federal passes are accepted (state parks passes are not) as a form of payment for the recreation fee but are not a substitute for per-person permits.last_img read more

Arsenal Legend reveals why he wishes he was still a player

first_imgFormer Arsenal midfielder and Nice manager Patrick Vieira has expressed his feelings over the attitude of striker Mario Balotelli.Patrick Vieira has had a reasonable start to life as Nice manager and the Italian has been a key member of his squad although he has struggled to find the back of the net this term.Vieira was appointed the manager of the French side in the summer and they are currently seventh place in Ligue 1 table, four points outside the Champions League places.In an interview with l’Equipe, as quoted in Football London, Vieira gave an astonishing response to questions about Balotelli and why he wished he was still a player.Mario BalotelliCorini tells Balotelli to “raise his game” Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 According to the Brescia coach, Mario Balotelli “needs to raise his game if he wants to face Juventus” as his team is set to host Bologna.He said: “When it comes to Mario, I want to answer back, or just slam him up against the wall or leave him hanging by his collar on the coat rack, but I can’t, as I’m no longer a player.“I have to think twice before I say anything, because it can have an impact and I risk losing a great player. I don’t want to say something I’ll regret.“I am trying to be constructive in my comments to him.”last_img read more

Nuno charged with misconduct by the FA

first_imgWolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo has been charged with misconduct by the Football Association for celebrating his side’s late winner against Leicester City on the pitch.The Portuguese gaffer was sent to the stands by referee Chris Kavanagh after running into the field of play to celebrate Diogo Jota’s winner with his players at Molineux.The Wolves boss is now facing a possible touchline ban for his actions and the FA has given him until Thursday to respond to the charge.A statement from the governing body read: “Nuno Espirito Santo has been charged with misconduct relating to his behaviour in the 93rd minute of the game between Wolves and Leicester on Saturday.”“I had to hug him, because he came back from injury and he’s worked very hard.”Nuno talks about his appreciation for @DiogoJota18’s effort, his dismissal and an unbelievable spectacle at Molineux. #WOLLEI🐺💬https://t.co/oKcaum7nQ6Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedSolskjaer praises Harry Maguire after Man United’s 1-0 win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer singled out Harry Maguire for praise after helping Manchester United keep a clean sheet in their 1-0 win over Leicester City.— Wolves (@Wolves) January 19, 2019Nuno accepted the referee’s decision to banish him to the stand in Saturday’s 4-3 win, with Jota’s hat-trick-goal coming just six minutes after Wes Morgan had equalised for Leicester.“The referee explained everything. He was clear. It was a good decision. What can I say,” Nuno said after the match.“He said, ‘You are not allowed to go out of your technical area even to celebrate a goal, and you cannot go on the pitch’.”Liverpool’s manager Jurgen Klopp was fined £8,000 and warned about his future conduct for a similar incident last month for celebrating Origi’s winner against the Toffees.last_img read more

Fiery crash briefly closes 7 Mile Bridge

first_imgVehicle fire on 7 mile bridge may cause extensive slow downs in the area. Please be patient. Thanks to FHP for photos. pic.twitter.com/O8P42VPkNN— Florida Keys Sheriff (@mcsonews) June 14, 2017Authorities redirected traffic while the bridge was inspected for damage. MARATHON, FLA. (WSVN) – A fiery multi-vehicle crash temporarily closed down the Seven Mile Bridge near Marathon, according to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office.MCSO, Monroe County Fire Rescue and Florida Highway Patrol were dispatched to the scene of the crash that resulted in a car fire at around 6:15 p.m., Wednesday. No injuries were reported, and the bridge was later reopened. center_img Roadway open on the 7 Mile Bridge.— Florida Keys Sheriff (@mcsonews) June 14, 2017Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Sunday January 13 2019

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are 5 things to do in Wilmington on Sunday, January 13, 2019:#1) Open Skate At Ristuccia ArenaRistuccia Memorial Arena (190 Main Street) is hosting an Open Skate from 11am to 1pm. All are welcome. Admission is $5. Rental skates are available for $5.#2) WHS Boys JV Hockey & Swimming Teams In ActionThe WHS Varsity Swimming Team battles Ipswich at the Ipswich YMCA at 6:15pm. The WHS Boys JV Hockey Team takes on Burlington High at the Burlington Ice Palace at 4:30m.#3) Middlesex Canal Museum The Middlesex Canal Museum and Visitors’ Center (71 Faulkner Street, North Billerica) is open from noon to 4pm.  Learn about the canal, which travels through Wilmington.#4) Food ShoppingFood shopping in town this week?  In case you haven’t seen this week’s circulars, Wilmington Apple has you covered:This week’s circular from Market Basket (260 Main Street) can be found HERE.This week’s circular from Lucci’s Market (211 Lowell Street) can be found HERE.Elia’s Country Store (381 Middlesex Avenue) does not have an online circular, but the store posts its hot entree schedule and other specials on its Facebook page HERE.#5) Outdoor Ice Skating Rink ReopensThe outdoor ice skating rink at Rotary Park has reportedly been repaired and recently reopened. The rink is open daily, weather permitting (cold temperatures), from 8am to 9pm.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Sunday, August 4, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Sunday, August 18, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Sunday, September 1, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

MatSu reacts to Walkers budget vetoes

first_imgFallout from Governor Walker’s veto pen is hitting the Matanuska Susitna Borough hard. Borough officials are now grappling with a budget shortfall caused by millions of dollars in reduced state funding.Listen nowMat-Su Borough LogoThe news came on June 29, after tax bills had been mailed and far to late to rework the Mat-Su Borough’s budget for this fiscal year. At a special Borough Assembly meeting on Wednesday, Borough manager John Moosey laid out the bare facts. He said the governor has vetoed some of the money that directly affects municipalities.. such as debt reimbursement and base student allocations and school transportation funding.“The Mat-Su seemed to get hit particularly hard,” Moosey said. “My view is trying to take immediate view of how this impacts our current operating budget. Five point 7 million dollars we expected to receive for debt reimbursement from the state was lost. We were informed of that on June 29. It gave us no time really to react. 2017 started on July 1.”Walker’s vetoes took 25% out of the state’s bond debt reimbursement to municipalities and placed the financial burden back on local governments.New Mat-Su school district superintendent Gene Stone said the Mat-Su school district is looking at an additional $2.2 million in reduced state allocations due to Walker vetoes.“The total $2.2 million dollars was $1.356 million dollars in pupil transportation and a little over $800,000 in the base student allocation or the foundation formula,” Stone said. “And so that equaled 2.2. That’s what specifically impacts us. Obviously, we are concerned about the bond debt reimbursement from the Borough, because we are a growing district and we rely on the community to support the bonds.”Stone said the reduction in the state debt service ratio is likely to discourage new school construction.The Borough Assembly at this point will urge legislators for a veto override at the next legislativespecial session on July 11. But Borough lobbyist John Harris said that will take a three quarters vote from the entire legislature“It’s a big hurdle, and in my opinion, a very unlikely one,” Harris said.Harris said the legislature must approve an override during the first five days of the special legislative session, or Walker’s vetoes stand.Harris suggested the Borough could urge legislators to consider submitting at the special session a funding bill which would pay for bond reimbursement and school funding out of the Permanent Fund earnings. Right now the two are being funded from the Constitutional Budget Reserve.At this point, the Borough is instituting a hiring freeze and a no overtime policy for staff in reaction to the new deficit. The Borough Assembly will meet again in two weeks to consider further action on the issue.last_img read more

Homers first pot shop set to open Thursday

first_imgUncle Herb’s (Photo by Aaron Bolton/KBBI)Homer’s first marijuana retail shop is set to open Thursday. Uncle Herb’s was approved by the state Marijuana Control Board back in September, and the shop will open its doors just in time for the busy summer season.Listen nowStore manager Aaron Stiassny will run the shop in Homer for his father Loyd. Stiassny currently manages the family’s shop in Anchorage under the same name.The display cases in Homer were empty Wednesday evening, but Stiassny said the shop will be stocked and ready to go.“I mean we’re just really excited to be the first cannabis shop in Homer. I know there’s a lot of residents eagerly awaiting the first cannabis shop,” Stiassny said as he stood behind the counter. “It’s a great opportunity to bring this business down here. This is going to provide good sales tax revenue for the community. We really want to be good citizens.”Stiassny said the shop will offer about 15 to 20 marijuana strains to start. He adds that Uncle Herb’s will purchase a large portion of its marijuana products from cultivators on the Kenai Peninsula, but it will also feature strains grown by cultivators in and near Homer.Stiassny explains that the shop will also offer strains high in CBD content, which are said to provide pain relief, in the future.“Flower and pre-rolls will be the two main staples for our opening, and we have deliveries of concentrates and cartages and edibles,” Stiassny explained. “I don’t know if they are going to make the opening on Thursday, but we will definitely be stocked up sometime next week.”Uncle Herb’s has hired eight part-time employees so far. Stiassny said that could change depending on business during the summer, and he said the shop’s hours will be 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.“Those may change over the course of the summer depending on traffic. Opening day, we’re going to delay that, 2 [p.m.] to 10 [p.m.], just to give us some time to set up in the morning and get ready for the excitement,” Stiassny said.Stiassny hopes to capitalize on Homer’s busy tourism season, but he said the shop will stay open year round.Uncle Herb’s joins the roughly 30 marijuana cultivation, manufacturing and retail businesses in the Kenai Peninsula Borough.  It’s the first retail shop to open on the southern Kenai Peninsula.last_img read more

ALASKAbuds signs lease to house Bethels first cannabis shop

first_imgALASKAbuds owner Nick Miller has signed a lease on Bethel’s 3rd Ave. where he hopes to open the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta’s first cannabis shop in January 2019. (Photo by Anna Rose MacArthur / KYUK)The ink is drying on a lease that could house Bethel’s first cannabis shop. The owner of an Anchorage marijuana store wants to expand his business to Bethel and bring Alaska’s booming cannabis industry to the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta.Listen nowFor more than a year, ALASKAbuds owner Nick Miller has been getting the same question: “When are you coming to rural Alaska?”Now, the Anchorage businessman has a tentative answer: January 2019. The location will be in Central Bethel, on 3rd Avenue in the brown building that houses Stan’s Barber Shop and the Bethel Family Dental Clinic. Miller says that customers can expect an experience similar to what they would find at ALASKAbuds’ Anchorage location.“There will be normal sales top glass counters, and there will be pre-packaged marijuana in at least one of those counters,” Miller explained. “And there will be other things like pipes and vape pens and just different things that go with marijuana.”Miller signed the Bethel lease last week. He sees a high demand in the region. Many of his customers already come from the Yukon-Kuksokwim Delta, and Miller has gotten to know the area well after working construction around the region for a decade.“And I really like it here,” Miller said. “So I thought, if you’re going to go to rural Alaska, why not some place you’re familiar with?”The lease comes after months of preparation. He’s talked extensively with Bethel community members, scouted a location that meets the state and municipal requirements, and found a landlord who’s comfortable with his business: John Nicholson of the neighboring Nicholson’s Auto.Miller has gained a broad perspective on the cannabis industry in Alaska. In addition to his Anchorage shop, he runs a limited marijuana cultivation operation in the Matanuska-Susitna Valley and serves on the Alaska Marijuana Control Board as the industry representative. The biggest lesson that he’s learned is that success in the state’s cannabis business largely depends on how you treat your neighbors and your community. Miller thinks that he’s helped improve both where he’s already opened shop.“Number one, we cleaned up some buildings that may not have been in the best shape. We have video surveillance, and we have good outdoor lights,” Miller said. “My wife is now on the community council board, so we participate at any chance we can.”Miller also encourages his employees to take part in community events like cleanups and heart runs. His shop buys the tickets and serves as a sponsor. Miller plans to continue this outreach in Bethel.“Even though we don’t live here,” Miller said, “you can count on that we’ll be involved in the community at every opportunity.”Miller is looking to hire six to eight employees in Bethel. A sales background is helpful, but other skills matter more.“We’re looking for folks with, obviously, knowledge of marijuana, and they just have to be very outgoing and very helpful,” Miller explained. “You would be surprised at the amount of questions people have when they come in.”Miller applied for his state license and plans to apply for a city conditional use permit. If he receives both, ALASKAbuds in Bethel will open in six months.“We’re actually pretty excited,” Miller said, smiling. “It’ll be nice to tell folks when they come in and ask, ‘When are you coming?’ [And respond] ‘Well, we’re on our way.’”last_img read more

Detained refugee wins prize for book written on phone

first_imgAn undated and unplaced photo released by The Wheeler Centre on 2 February 2019, shows Behrouz Boochani, a Kurd who has been held on PNG`s Manus Island since 2013, and was awarded the Victorian Prize for Literature on 31 January. Photo: AFPA refugee held in a remote Pacific detention centre has won Australia’s top literature prize with his debut book, which he wrote on his mobile phone and delivered one chapter at a time via WhatsApp.Behrouz Boochani, an Iranian held in an Australian-run camp on a Papua New Guinea island, won the A$100,000 ($72,390) Victorian Prize for literature on Thursday with his book “No Friends but the Mountains”.Boochani, who has been held in the Manus Island camp since shortly after he was plucked off a refugee boat on its way to Australia six years ago, said he hoped the prize would focus attention on the plight of more than 1,000 people in Australia’s off-shore camps.”I don’t want to celebrate this achievement while I still see many innocent people suffering around me,” Boochani told Reuters in an exchange of text messages.Boochani has been a prominent critic of the treatment of people under Australia’s hard line immigration policy.Asylum seekers intercepted at sea are sent for “processing” to three camps in PNG and one on the South Pacific island of Nauru, where many have languished for years. They are not allowed to set foot in Australia.Boochani said one of his biggest fears when he was writing the book was that his telephone would be confiscated by camp guards.”I was worried that if they attacked my room they would take my property,” he said.He wrote the book in his native Farsi and sent it via the WhatsApp messaging service to a translator in Australia.The award was announced on Thursday at a ceremony in Australia, a country Boochani has been banned from ever visiting.”It brings enormous shame to the Australian government,” Boochani said of the policy responsible for his plight.last_img

WATCH Taller Billboards Could Soon Be Unintentionally Allowed in Texas

first_img X Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Sharecenter_img A proposal from the state transportation department could lead to taller billboards in Texas, and some worry it’s an unintentional effect of a new state law passed this year.Billboards in Texas aren’t allowed to be taller than 42.5 feet. But earlier this year, the legislature passed a law that gave a pass to more than 100 billboards currently over the limit. The idea was to settle lawsuits over the signs – in essence, to grandfather them in.The Texas Department of Transportation has proposed a rule change to comply with the law, but the wording could give advertisers who want bigger signs a loophole.Angus Lupton, Chief of Staff for Senator Robert Nichols, spoke on Nichols’ behalf about the issue at a recent Texas Transportation Commission meeting.“In no way did we intend TxDOT to authorize thousands of signs to be built or rebuilt up to 85 feet in height or more,” Lupton said. Sen. Nichols authored the new law.TxDOT’s rule, as written, would allow any sign built before March 1st to grow up to 85 feet. Lupton told the commission that was not the goal.“We are concerned about the marring of the scenic beauty of our state,” said Margaret Lloyd with Scenic Texas, a group opposing the rule change.She argued that rural, tourism-dependent towns could be harmed by the taller signs.TxDOT said the commission will take public comment on the proposed rule change, and will consider what it calls the “unintended consequences” of the new law. Nichols has asked the commission to reject the new rule, if it’s not rewritten. Video Playerhttps://cdn.hpm.io/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/26161021/Billboards-0001_01.mp400:0000:0000:58Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. 00:00 /01:10last_img read more

Kelsey Hightower on Serverless and Security on Kubernetes at KubeCon CloudNativeCon

first_imgIn a stream hosted earlier this week by The New Stack, Kelsey Hightower, developer advocate, Google Cloud Platform, talked about the serverless and security aspects of Kubernetes. The stream was from KubeCon + CloudNativeCon 2018. What are you exploring right now with respect to serverless? There are many managed services these days. Database, security etc is fully managed i.e., serverless. People have been on this trajectory for a while if you consider DNS, email, and even Salesforce. Now we have serverless since managed services are ‘eating that world as well’. That world being the server side world and related workloads. How are managed services eating the server side world? If someone has to run and build an API, one approach would be to use Kubernetes and manage the cluster and build the container, run it on Kubernetes and manage that. Even if it a fully managed cluster, you may still have to manage the things around Kubernetes. Another approach is to deal with a higher form of extraction. Serverless is coupled often with FaaS (Function as a Service). There are a lot of abstractions in terms of resources, i.e., resources are abstracted more these days. Hightower talks about a test: “If I walk up to a platform and the delta between me and my code is short, you’re probably closer to the serverless mindset.” This is different from creating a VM, then installing something, configuring something, and then running some code—this is not really serverless. Serverless in a Kubernetes context The point of view should be—can we improve the experience on Kubernetes by adopting some things from serverless? You can add a layer that does functions, so developers can stop worrying about containers and focus on the source. The big picture is—who autoscales the whole cluster? Kubernetes and just an additional layer can’t really be called serverless but it is going in that direction. Over time, if you do enough so that people don’t have to think about or even know that Kubernetes is there, you’re getting closer to being truly serverless. Security in Kubernetes Hightower loves the granular controls of serverless technologies. Comparing the serverless security model to other models For a long time in the industry, companies have been trying to do a least privilege approach. That is, limiting the access of applications so that it can perform only a specific action that is required. So if one server is compromised and it does not have access to anything else, then the effects are isolated. The Kubernetes approach can be different. The cloud providers try to make sure that all the credentials needed to do important things are segmented from VM, cloud functions, app engine or Kubernetes. Imagine if Kubernetes is where everything lives free. Instead of one machine being taken down, it is now easier for the whole cluster to be taken down in one shot. This is called ‘broadening the blast radius’. If you have Kubernetes and you give it keys to everything in your cluster, then everything is compromised when the Kubernetes API is compromised. Having just one cluster trades off on security. Another approach to serverless security A different security model is where you explicitly give credentials that may be needed. So there is no scope to ask for any credentials etc, it will not be allowed. You can also go wrong on a serverless but the system is better defined in ways that it limits what can be done. It’s easier to secure when the attack surface is smaller. For serverless security the same principles from engineering techniques apply, you just have to apply it to these new platforms. So you just need knowledge about what these new platforms are doing. The same principles apply, admins just have a different layer of abstraction that they may add some additional security to. The more people use the system, more flaws are continuously found. It takes a community to identify flaws and patch them. So as a community is more mature, dedicated security researchers come up and patch flaws before they can be exploited. To see the complete talk where Hightower talks about his views on what he is working on, go to The New Stack YouTube Channel. Read next DigitalOcean launches its Kubernetes-as-a-service at KubeCon+CloudNativeCon to ease running containerized apps Elastic launches Helm Charts (alpha) for faster deployment of Elasticsearch and Kibana to Kubernetes NeuVector upgrades Kubernetes container security with the release of Containerd and CRI-O run-time supportlast_img read more

US government sued over sea turtles snared in shrimp nets

first_imgRelated posts:Police find 9,400 sea turtle eggs in car trunk outside Nicoya Following threats, poachers allegedly attack sea turtle conservationists in Costa Rica, Sea Shepherd says Green turtle links Costa Rica’s Cocos Island with Ecuador’s Galapagos Following public outcry, Costa Rica temporarily blocks exports of hammerhead shark fins MIAMI – Tens of thousands of endangered sea turtles die every year in the United States when they are inadvertently snared in shrimp nets, an environmental group alleged in a lawsuit filed Wednesday against the government.The Southeast shrimp trawl industry, the largest in the United States, kills some 53,000 of the turtles each year in the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Ocean, the advocacy group Oceana said.“If people knew that their order of shrimp cocktail came with a side of government-authorized sea turtle they would be horrified,” said Oceana assistant general counsel Eric Bilsky.The group has pressed for wider use of turtle excluder devices (TEDs), which are flaps built into nets and big enough for turtles to escape through.“Studies have shown TEDs are 97 percent effective at preventing sea turtle deaths when used correctly, yet the Fisheries Service is not enforcing their use, or even requiring TEDs in all vessels that can use them,” Bilsky added.In the lawsuit, Oceana alleges that the National Marine Fisheries Service has “violated the Endangered Species Act by failing to determine whether shrimp fishing in this region puts sea turtles at risk of extinction, failing to monitor fishing’s impacts on sea turtles and failing to set a limit on how many sea turtles can be caught and killed,” said a statement.Named in the lawsuit are Penny Pritzker, secretary of the U.S. Department of Commerce, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and the National Marine Fisheries Service, which is part of NOAA.An NOAA media representative contacted by AFP said she could not discuss ongoing litigation.‘Not reasonable’ The lawsuit refers to loggerhead, green, leatherback, hawksbill and Kemp’s ridley sea turtles, and says that shrimp trawlers in the southeastern United States kill more per year than all other U.S. Atlantic fisheries combined.“We do not believe the Oceana lawsuit is reasonable or based on a scientific review of the facts,” said John Williams, executive director of the Southern Shrimp Alliance, an industry group.He said shrimpers are committed to turtle conservation and have stayed below the 12 percent capture rate established by the National Marine Fisheries Service.“The sea turtle populations are growing and the shrimp industry remains in compliance with federally mandated capture rate limits, which are designed to ensure further recovery of the sea turtles,” he said in a statement emailed to AFP.Last month, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed changing the status of green sea turtles in Florida and Mexico from endangered to threatened, on the basis that their populations have rebounded due to successful conservation efforts and the widespread use of fishing nets that allow them to escape. A loggerhead turtle (Caretta carreta) escapes a net equipped with a turtle excluder device (TED). (Courtesy U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)‘Drastic non-compliance’ But not all fisheries are required to use nets with turtle excluder devices.Some skimmer trawls that operate in shallow waters have argued to the federal government that they work effectively without nets containing TEDs, and so they are exempted from using them.The National Marine Fisheries Services said on its website that it “does not require a skimmer trawl to have a TED because the nets can be emptied frequently while continuing to fish.”These exempted skimmer trawls are supposed to drag their nets for shorter periods of time and empty them as often as every 30 minutes — as opposed to two or more hours — to lower the risk of drowning any sea turtles that may get caught.But the lack of monitoring has worried some wildlife experts, Oceana marine scientist Amanda Keledjian told AFP.“That is a significant problem that we are very concerned about,” she said.“TEDs are required in most circumstances for the shrimp trawl fishery, but when they are allowed to do something different, they are really in drastic non-compliance with some of those requirements, which is frustrating.” Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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