Labour to boycott Facebook for one month over BLM concerns

first_imgThe party, which spent more than £1m on Facebook advertising during the last election, will not use the social media giant to place ads for the next month. Stefan Boscia The story was first reported in the Sunday Times, revealing an email sent to senior Labour staff that read: “This is a complete boycott, meaning we can’t use Facebook to advertise anything at all and can’t use it to boost posts.” Share The social media giant has been more reluctant to remove posts and censor users than other platforms, such as Twitter, with Mark Zuckerberg citing the need for freedom of speech to prevail. The boycott aims to move jolt Facebook into action by denting its $70bn annual advertising revenue. “Facebook needs to do more to take responsibility and this is just one way that businesses and the Labour Party and others can put pressure on Facebook to do the right things and take tougher action on hate crime and hate speech.” Speaking to the BBC today, shadow Cabinet Office minister Rachel Reeves confirmed the boycott. Labour joins the likes of Coca Cola, Lego and Adidas in suspending its Facebook advertising, after the platform has been criticised for not removing racist conspiracy theories and hate speech after George Floyd was killed by a Minneapolis police officer. “All MPs in the Labour Party use Facebook to get across our message, but what we’re not doing at the moment is advertising on Facebook,” she said. Labour has begun an advertising boycott of Facebook, after the platform has been accused of not removing racist posts in the wake of the Black Lives Matter protests. Labour to boycott Facebook for one month over BLM concerns center_img Labour Party leader, Sir Keir Starmer, is shown around Tower Hill Brewdog pub on July 6, 2020 (Getty Images) Sunday 12 July 2020 3:56 pm Labour Party leader, Sir Keir Starmer, is shown around Tower Hill Brewdog pub on July 6, 2020 (Getty Images) Also Read: Labour to boycott Facebook for one month over BLM concerns whatsapp Labour Party leader, Sir Keir Starmer, is shown around Tower Hill Brewdog pub on July 6, 2020 (Getty Images) Also Read: Labour to boycott Facebook for one month over BLM concerns whatsapp “And that is in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter campaign but also in line with what many businesses are doing this month, which is to express our concerns about the failure of Facebook to take down some hateful material from their platform and take more responsibility for the lies and propaganda that are sometimes put out there on Facebook. Show Comments ▼ by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeDaily FunnyFemale Athlete Fails You Can’t Look Away FromDaily FunnyFinanceChatterViewers Had To Look Away When This Happened On Live TVFinanceChatterNoteableyJulia Robert’s Daughter Turns 16 And Looks Just Like Her MomNoteableyBeach RaiderMom Belly Keeps Growing, Doctor Sees Scan And Calls CopsBeach RaiderDefinitionThe 20 Worst Draft Picks Ever – Ryan Leaf Doesn’t Even Crack The Top 5DefinitionJustPerfact USAMan Decides to File for Divorce After Taking a Closer Look at This Photo!   JustPerfact USAbonvoyaged.comThese Celebs Are Complete Jerks In Real Life.bonvoyaged.comOne-N-Done | 7-Minute Workout7 Minutes a Day To a Flat Stomach By Using This 1 Easy ExerciseOne-N-Done | 7-Minute WorkoutPost Fun25 Worst Movies Ever, According To Rotten TomatoesPost Funlast_img read more

Now Read This: The Week’s Best New Books, February 20th Edition

first_imgBooksUncategorizedNow Read This: The Week’s Best New Books, February 20th EditionTop titles hitting bookshelves this weekBy Daniel Davis-Williams – February 20, 2014394ShareEmailFacebookTwitterPinterestReddItThe Best Of LA Earthquake Storms: The Fascinating History And Volatile Future of the San Andreas Fault (Pegasus, hardcover, $28)By John DvorakScientist and author John Dvorak recounts California’s precarious relationship with the tectonic boundary between the Pacific and North American plates. Recommended follow-up reading for all Californians includes any manual on surviving the end of civilization or the zombie apocalypse.Out: February 15The Best Of The West One Way Out: The Inside Story of The Allman Brothers(St Martin’s Press, hardcover, $30)By Alan PaulPaul, a senior writer for Guitar World magazine, has spent decades entwined with The Allman Brothers Band. One Way Out, the final product of Paul’s nearly lifelong reporting, traces the dramatic history of one of America’s longest running rock legends.Out: February 18The Best Of The Rest Eliot Ness: The Rise and Fall of an American Hero(Viking Adult, hardcover, $28)By Douglas PerryPerry turns the spotlight on the famed Chicago lawman that clashed with Al Capone, adding tales of his lesser-known exploits as well as exploring Ness’ famous history with Chicago crime fighting. This award-winning author pulls from the pantheon of American heroes for a nuanced biography that acknowledges Ness’ victories and failures.Out: February 20  Young Money: Inside the Hidden World of Wall Street’s Post-Crash Recruits (Grand Central Publishing, hardcover, $27)By Kevin RooseNew York magazine writer Kevin Roose spent three years shadowing a cabal of entry-level Wall Street bankers. Young Money, the result of Roose’s immersion, follows eight young bankers through the glitzy—yet controversial—world of Wall Street. Out: February 18 TAGSL.A CultureNow Read ThisPrevious articleHole in One: Glazed Donut Bistro Sells Out, Limits HoursNext articleVintage Powder Room: La Parot ProductsDaniel Davis-Williams RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORThe Holiday Season Officially Starts with These L.A. Tree Lighting EventsGorgeous Hotel Pools in L.A. Where You Can Cool Off Without Booking a RoomWhy You Should be Listening to Mexican-Born, L.A.-Based Rapper Niña Diozlast_img read more

North Korea Will Reset the Nuclear Negotiations with Obama

first_img Tracking the “unidentified yellow substance” being dried out near the Yongbyon Nuclear Center North Korea Will Reset the Nuclear Negotiations with Obama Analysis & Opinion Facebook Twitter By Jeong Jae Sung – 2008.11.17 5:34pm RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Is Nuclear Peace with North Korea Possible? AvatarJeong Jae Sung center_img SHARE Analysis & Opinion Analysis & Opinion Analysis & Opinion The disablement of the Yongbyon facilities may not be completed during President Bush’s term of office because economic and energy aid has been delayed. North Korea stated last week that one key point of the verification, “taking samples” from the nuclear facilities, can only be discussed in the abandonment phase, not the disablement phase. The Six Party Talks accordingly face a rocky road ahead. A Japanese newspaper, Yomiuri Shimbun, quoted on the 15th a U.S. high official who claimed that the North Korean disablement process in the second phase could not be completed by January of next year due to the delayed energy aid. Regarding Japan’s refusal to give energy aid until the Japanese abduction issue is solved, the official said that the U.S. and Russia are in discussions to take on responsibility for the Japanese allotment of energy aid. However, budgetary allocation is up to the next administration. The official implied that the energy aid could not be sent to North Korea until the Obama administration ends budgetary deliberations in February. North Korea stated in a Foreign Ministry’s statement on the 12th that, “The verification of the shut down of the facilities will start after the fulfillment of energy aid obligations.” Pro-North Korean newspaper the Chosun Shinbo also noted on the 15th that, “Sampling can be discussed not in the disablement phase, but in the abandonment phase.” According to Chosun Shinbo, the U.S. and North Korea agreed early in October that in this disablement phase only visiting the sites, confirming documents and interviewing engineers are possible, so sampling should be discussed after the relations between the U.S. and North Korea are improved. The North Korea position means that North Korea does not want to discuss the sampling issue as part of the verification protocol, which is supposed to be adopted at the upcoming Six Party Talks. It seems to stem from “Salami Tactics” wherein North Korea slices the process of nuclear abandonment as thinly as possible and then requires rewards after each sliced step in order to both maximize rewards and to lengthen the term for abandonment. The U.S. initially planned to wrap up the second phase of disablement before the inauguration of the next President. However, the plan struck a snag. President-elect Obama additionally refuses to concede on this sampling issue, so the process of the nuclear negotiations may not be accomplished in the short term, even after the launch of the next administration. Jeon Sung Hoon, researcher at the Korea Institute for National Unification said, “From the North’s view, there is no reason at all to speed up the nuclear disablement. It has already been removed from the U.S. terrorism list, so there is nothing to discuss with the Bush administration. Therefore, the North will try to run out the clock until the next administration arrives.”Jeon wryly added that, “The nuclear negotiations are now caught in a vicious circle: North Korea eases down the disablement process; energy aid to North Korea by the five countries of the Six Party Talks is delayed; and lo-and-behold the North’s disablement progress is further slowed.”He finally concluded that, “North Korea’s position regarding its refusal to allow sampling is a kind of declaration that the North will not permit the verification. While the Bush administration stuck to political achievements, it was dragged along by the North’s salami tactics.” Pence Cartoon: “KOR-US Karaoke”last_img read more

N. Koreans hurting economically due to border shutdown

first_imgIn this undated photograph, North Koreans are seen peddling goods at a street market in Hyesan, Yanggang Province / Image: Daily NK North Koreans are complaining that their government’s shutdown of trade over the Sino-North Korean border due to fears over the Wuhan coronovirus is causing even more economic distress than international sanctions, Daily NK sources reported yesterday.“People have long complained about the difficulties caused by international sanctions, but not to the extent I’m hearing now,” a source in North Pyongan Province told Daily NK on Feb. 5. “The shutdown of the border has halted all official and non-official trade over the border and has caused commodity prices to skyrocket.”Daily NK recently reported that the prices of some commodities and exchange rates have spiked in Sinuiju following the border shutdown.“There’s nothing but a depressing atmosphere in local markets,” the source continued, adding, “People have lived under the difficulties of sanctions for years, but now they’re worried that they are going to die of starvation.”RELIANCE ON CHINESE IMPORTSNorth Korean leader Kim Jong Un is still calling for “self-reliance” and increasing the local manufacturing of goods and technologies, but Daily NK sources said that North Korea has long imported most of its food and raw materials from China.According to a report published by the Korea Development Institute (KDI) on Feb. 4, two of the 10 ten imports from China in 2019 were products with an HS code of 10, including grains, along with items with an HS code of 11, including “milling industry goods, malt and starch. The report suggested that North Korean authorities had imported those items to stabilize food prices.According to a report published last year by the Korea International Trade Association (KITA), North Korea’s main imports from China in 2019 included foodstuffs such as soybean oil, flour, fruit, and glutamic acid, along with raw materials and parts used in manufacturing processes such as watch accessories and fabrics.coronavirusThe Sino-North Korean Friendship Bridge, which connects the Chinese city of Dandong with the North Korean city of Sinuiju. / Image: Daily NK“North Korea continues to consume imports from China that focus on goods untouched by international sanctions (such as foodstuffs and chemical products),” the report said.“People are just waiting for the restart of trade because the state isn’t necessarily going to give them rations [rice and other foodstuffs] after suspending trade [with China],” the North Pyongan Province-based source said. “People are worried that something terrible will happen if the customs offices continue to be closed.”“GROUNDLESS RUMORS”Another source in North Hwanghae Province told Daily NK that people are on the edge of “death” because of the border closure. He added that North Koreans are using their mobile phones to spread rumors around the country saying that the closing of the border has had a worse effect on the economy than international sanctions.“North Korean authorities consider [such rumors] to be groundless and treats those who spread them as enemies of the state,” the source said. “Orders have come down to severely punish those who spread such rumors.”Many businesses in North Korea have halted operations because of international sanctions, but now with the cutoff of raw materials from China, those businesses that were still operating are under more pressure to shutdown, Daily NK sources said.“All of the various raw materials and other goods that came through Dandong no longer make it into the country [due to the border shutdown],” the North Pyongan Province-based source told Daily NK. “Companies are facing the prospect of having to completely shutter their operations.”The source added that many factories in North Pyongan Province have only a couple days’ worth of raw materials to work with and speculated that factories throughout the country are facing similar situations.“People feel like the closure of the border is creating great hardship for North Korea,” he added.TIGHTENING THE NOOSE AROUND SMUGGLINGNorth Korean authorities are also reportedly trying to eliminate smuggling across the border as part of efforts to prevent an outbreak of the Wuhan coronavirus.smuggling borderIn this undated photograph, North Korean soldiers are seen engaged in smuggling on the border with China / Image: Daily NK“Before the border shutdown, Chinese ships would unload their goods at either Sinuiju or other ports near the mouth of the Yalu River,” the source said. “Now, however, the coast guard has been ordered to shoot anybody anywhere if they try to stop their ships on the coast.”“Coast guard units are not returning to their lookout points but are continuing to carefully watch movements on the river,” the source said, adding, “They will be treated as heroes if they catch Chinese smugglers so they’re keeping a close eye on things.”Daily NK reported last week that ships at Sinuiju Port are no longer able to enter or leave the harbor as of Jan. 25.Please direct any comments or questions about this article to [email protected] in Korean North Korea Market Price Update: June 8, 2021 (Rice and USD Exchange Rate Only) AvatarMun Dong HuiMun Dong Hui is one of Daily NK’s full-time journalists. Please direct any questions about his articles to [email protected] RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Hamhung man arrested for corruption while working at a state-run department store News Facebook Twittercenter_img TAGSNorth Korean economyMarketsSino-North Korean relationssino-north korean bordertrade SHARE News News North Korea hikes “party contributions” Russia-based workers must pay by 30-55%last_img read more

Mackenzie doubles suite of ‘true’ U.S. dollar funds

first_img The new products are true U.S. dollar funds because they are primarily exposed to U.S. dollars through U.S. securities and/or hedging non-U.S. currency exposure back to U.S. dollars, and they can also be purchased, settled, redeemed and have their performance and net asset value (NAV) reported in U.S. dollars, Mackenzie explains. The funds complement an existing set of four funds with U.S. dollar purchase options from Mackenzie, completing a full spectrum across fixed income, balanced, convertibles, equities and specialty asset classes. Mackenzie USD Ultra Short Duration Income Fund is a first of its kind in Canada, says Mackenzie, and aims to generate income in U.S. dollars, with an emphasis on capital preservation, by investing primarily in short-term, high quality corporate and government fixed income securities issued in the United States. It is designed for investors looking for a broader range of income opportunities than are typically available in money market funds but with lower volatility and interest rate sensitivity than traditional short-term bond funds. The fund limits market risk through modern portfolio strategies. It is suited for Canadians who frequently travel to or spend a substantial amount of time in the U.S. and would like to keep U.S. funds in a low risk, low volatility investment, Mackenzie says. Mackenzie USD Global Tactical Bond Fund aims to generate income and achieve long-term capital growth in U.S. dollars by investing primarily in a diversified portfolio of fixed income securities issued by companies or governments of any size, anywhere in the world. No matter what country the fund is investing in, security selection and credit-rating or currency decisions are made from the perspective of a U.S. dollar investor and the fund will be primarily exposed to the U.S. dollar. Mackenzie USD Global Strategic Income Fund seeks income and the potential for long-term capital growth in U.S. dollars by investing primarily in fixed income and/or income-oriented equity securities of issuers anywhere in the world — while being primarily exposed to the U.S. dollar. Within fixed income, the fund uses qualitative and quantitative analysis to identify and select securities, allocating assets across credit quality, yields, structures, sectors, currencies and countries. Within the equity portion, the fund includes quality dividend-paying companies trading at a discount across all geographies. Mackenzie USD Convertible Securities Fund is unique to the Canadian mutual fund industry, Mackenzie says. It seeks to generate long-term capital appreciation and income in U.S. dollars by investing primarily in convertible securities of U.S. companies. Convertible securities are sensitive to the upside potential of equities. A convertibles performance in down markets is bolstered by the contractually guaranteed income from convertible securities. This fund can be a great complement to a traditional portfolio of equity and fixed income investments, says Mackenzie. Mackenzie is a member of the IGM Financial Inc. (TSX: IGM) group of companies. Toronto-based Mackenzie Financial Corp. has doubled its suite of “true” U.S. dollar funds, launching four new mandates on Wednesday, to meet what is says is the increasing demand from Canadian investors. “There is an increasing demand for U.S. dollar investments, whether it is investors planning to spend time in the U.S. during retirement or those Canadians who want to keep investments in U.S. dollars,” says Michael Schnitman, senior vice president, product. Keywords Fund launchesCompanies Mackenzie Financial Corp. Related news Fidelity Investments unveils new climate-focused fund suite BMO to launch six new mutual fundscenter_img Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Wealthsimple launches Sharia-compliant ETF Share this article and your comments with peers on social media James Langton last_img read more

OSC issues 2016 risk assessment questionnaire

first_img James Langton Keywords ComplianceCompanies Ontario Securities Commission The regulator uses the survey to rank firms in terms of the riskiness of their businesses. This ranking guides the process of which firms will be selected for compliance examinations. The survey, which goes to the firms that are directly regulated by the provincial regulator (including exempt market dealers, portfolio managers, and investment fund managers), “gathers comprehensive information about registrants’ business operations,” the OSC says in its announcement. Firms are required to complete the RAQ by June 29. The OSC is hosting outreach sessions on May 30 (online) and May 31 (in-person) to guide firms through the process of comlpeting the questionnaire. The seminars will cover frequently asked questions, and walk participants through areas of the RAQ that have given firms difficulty in the past. The previous RAQ was issued in 2014. The seminars aim to make the process “more effective and efficient” for firms, the OSC says. Photo copyright: uulgaa/123RF Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Industry applauds Sousa’s regulatory proposals Regulators aim to root out pandemic-driven liquidity issues The Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) published the 2016 edition of its risk assessment questionnaire (RAQ) on Wednesday. Share this article and your comments with peers on social media SEC examines rules for inter-fund trading Related news Conflicts, crypto, cyber risk: the year ahead in compliancelast_img read more

A provincial outlook for Canada’s economic recovery

first_imgCanada, provinces, map, red corund/123RF Keywords Economic forecasts,  CoronavirusCompanies Conference Board of Canada A deadly first wave, followed by a tsunami of excess deaths Michelle Schriver Related news Also, along with P.E.I. and Manitoba, lower per capita Covid-19 cases mean B.C. would likely suffer smaller economic declines.The report forecasted a relatively modest contraction of 5.5% for B.C. in 2020, and an expansion of 6.7% in 2021.While Canada’s economy is expected to continue its recovery over the rest of the summer and fall, the large economic hit in the first half of 2020 — GDP fell by more than 2% in Q1 and more than 12% in Q2 —  will drag GDP down by 8.2% for the year, the report forecasted.The Conference Board said Canada’s GDP was set to expand by 6.7% next year, though the economy likely won’t to return to its pre-pandemic level of output until the second half of 2021, as restrictions slowly ease.Further, the Conference Board’s outlook depended “crucially” on U.S. developments, the report said. The surge in Covid-19 cases south of the border could lead to less household spending and subsequently less demand for goods from Canada.“Canadian exporters will be hurt if U.S. economic growth drops below our current assumptions due to the inability of the Trump administration and the governors of Florida and other hard hit states to halt the spread of Covid-19,” the report said.B.C. takes the lead during 2020–21In addition to B.C.’s strong fiscal position before the pandemic, the province didn’t halt work on major energy projects, including LNG Canada’s terminal in Northern B.C.Growth in Alberta, on the other hand, is expected to contract more than 11% in 2020 — the worst performance of all the provinces, the report said.Alberta, Saskatchewan and Newfoundland were particularly hard hit because of the additional challenge of collapsing oil prices. Demand for oil and other resources was expected to remain weak into 2022, as restrictions related to air transportation continue, the report said.However, Alberta was forecasted to post the best overall growth in 2021 (about 7.8%), as its economic activity rebounds fastest from this year’s lows.After Alberta, New Brunswick was expected to have the greatest change in GDP growth in 2021, at 7.1%, in response to government stimulus and a gradual increase in global resource demand.Ontario closely followed, with GDP growth forecasted at 7% in 2021, following a 7.6% contraction this year. Ontario and Quebec would have fared worse during the pandemic, the report said, had it not been for employees in the financial sector and other business services industries working remotely.“Toronto’s key financial services sector remains in good shape, as job losses in this industry have been minimal,” the report said.Still, Toronto remains an area of concern because its economic shutdown lasted longer than those of other regions, and its economy will be hurt by a decline in immigration.Ontario will also be affected if a surge in Covid-19 cases in the U.S. results in ongoing decreased demand for the province’s exports.Quebec’s GDP for 2020 was forecasted to grow by 5.3% in 2021, following a 7.2% contraction this year. While the province had the most Covid-19 cases and thus had to respond aggressively, its restrictions allowed it to restart non-essential industries earlier than in other provinces.While job levels in most sectors in Quebec have recovered to 90% of their pre-pandemic levels, recovery will take time.“Quebec’s aerospace industry has been hit especially hard by the Covid-19 pandemic and the resulting unprecedented decline in tourism and global air travel,” the report said.The report’s forecasts were based on key assumptions, including ongoing physical distancing, no second outbreak of Covid-19 occurring, and a vaccine being widely available to Canadians by June 2021.For full details on each province, read the Conference Board of Canada’s provincial outlook. Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Stagflation is U.S. economists’ biggest fear, SIFMA says Ontario unlikely to balance budget by 2030: FAO Facebook LinkedIn Twitter British Colombia’s economy is expected to outperform its provincial peers for the 2020–21 period, the Conference Board of Canada says, while Ontario and Quebec would have fared worse during the pandemic had it not been for financial sector employees and other business services industries working remotely.B.C. was expected to experience less severe economic fallout than other provinces because it was in a better fiscal position heading into the Covid-19 pandemic, allowing it to provide large amounts of fiscal stimulus, according to the think tank’s economic outlook released on Monday. last_img read more

Nicklaus, son to attend Trump inauguration

first_imgJack Nicklaus said his schedule kept him from going to two previous presidential inaugurations, but he plans to be in Washington next month when president-elect Donald Trump is sworn in. And he won’t be alone. “Donald called and said, ‘I want you to bring that kid that can really talk,’” Nicklaus said. That kid is 55-year-old Jack Nicklaus II. Trump still raves about the speech Jackie Nicklaus gave when his father was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor. “Every time he talks to Barbara and me he says, ‘That is the best speech I ever heard,’” Nicklaus said. “He called personally to ask me to come.” Nicklaus has known Trump for years and designed Trump Golf Links at Ferry Point in the Bronx.last_img

Nomad Delivers First Disaster Response Vehicles to Corps of Engineers

first_imgWill Schmautz, Nomad’s CEO, said his company is the only manufacturer of these types of vehicles for the Corps. After the current 12-vehicle contract is complete, with deliveries staggered through March, Schmautz said eight more could follow.“The project has gone exceptionally well,” Schmautz said. “So well in fact, they have found a need for more.”The fact that Nomad is working with a high-profile client like the Corps reflects the company’s impressive growth, from a fledgling operation started by four friends in a barn eight years ago to a high-tech manufacturing firm with national appeal today. With the Corps contract, Nomad’s employee count has risen to around 70. And its revenue stream this year is two-and-a-half times greater than the previous year’s, Schmautz said. Next year could be even better.By emphasizing innovation, quality and dependability, Schmautz said Nomad has managed to rise above other companies in the Corps’ competitive bidding process.“We hope we continue to maintain our edge,” Schmautz said. “We work our tails off to ensure that.”Schmautz said the Corps is as thorough in researching and selecting its business partners as anyone he’s seen in eight years. Contracts are not thrown out freely. “As a taxpayer, these guys impress me,” Schmautz said. “There’s not a chance in the world they’re going to waste money. They do things right.”The emergency command and communication vehicles are 45-feet long, 13.5-feet tall and 15-feet wide when the slide-out features are engaged. Nomad has also built smaller vans for the Corps, which will be used for emergency response as well. Schmautz said the smaller units will be certified by the United States Air Force to be taken by airplane to overseas locations. Email Zach Emery tests the interlocks on a new Emergency Command and Communications Vehicle built by Nomad Global Communication Solutions for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox. The vehicles feature multi-banded radio interoperability, satellite technology, cellular connectivity for 3G and 4G networks, and various other elements that round out their ability to function as self-contained mobile command centers. They are equipped to travel to the site of any natural disaster and could also be used in other situations, such as terrorism, according to Schmautz.“They’re some of the most impressive units we’ve built,” Schmautz said. “I think they’re going to be some of the most capable, impressive units in the country.”After design plans are completed, each command center is in Nomad’s shop for 12 weeks. Schmautz estimates about 4,000 man hours go into each unit, not including the design process. Teams of engineers, fabricators, painters and detailers all play a role in crafting the specialized product.As Nomad grows, Schmautz increasingly finds himself in places like Mobile, Ala., Columbus, Ohio, and Washington D.C. In addition to the Corps contract, the company stays busy with other mobile command center projects for clients across the nation.“It’s a great feeling,” Schmautz said. “It’s a busy place – you can feel the hum in here.” Employees work on mobile command centers in the Nomad Global Communication Solutions facility near Columbia Falls. When the United States Army Corps of Engineers responds to a natural disaster, it sends in the most advanced communication technology available. To ensure the highest quality, the agency conducts rigorous research and an intensive contracting process.In other words, the Corps knows what it’s looking for, and seems to have found it in an unlikely place: right outside of Columbia Falls.Nomad Global Communication Solutions, a firm located on U.S. Highway 2 near Glacier Park International Airport, has delivered the first three of 12 emergency command and communication vehicles specially designed for the Corps’ Deployable Tactical Operations System. The first two vehicles went to Mobile, Ala., and the third left Nomad’s facility on Nov. 5, bound for Baltimore. last_img read more

The Bakery Boom

first_imgFrom the most basic ingredients — flour, salt, starter and water — bakers create wonders.Whether it’s the decadent pastry that sweetens the sour of an early-morning rise, the cakes that become centerpieces of our celebrations, the anytime indulgences that carry us through the day, or the still-warm loaves so tempting we tear off a hunk before the unadorned bread even makes it home.It all begins with age-old essentials, and the transformative potential of skill and craft that baking’s practitioners have honed for more than 30,000 years.In the Flathead Valley these days, bakers are transforming more than just their ingredients as a bakery boom gets underway, with more small, independent businesses recasting properties into neighborhood hubs in the way only bakeries can — creating that place for the quick stop, the long linger, the daily ritual.The region’s rising batch of bakeries is varied in style and scale. Many double as cafés with breakfast and lunch menus, and a few are even roving, billing themselves as “microbakeries” and peddling their goods at markets.Such was the case of Finn Biscuit owner Terri Feury, a longtime, classically trained baker who for 16 years toiled in the back of the brick-and-mortar building she owns in downtown Columbia Falls while renting out the front as retail space. It was a favorite local secret, and when the fresh baked goods were ready for purchase, a wooden mannequin named Julia would strike a pose outside on the sidewalk, beckoning to passersby that the day’s bounty of small-batch breads and buns were ready for sale.Canelé from Fleur Bake Shop in Whitefish. Greg Lindstrom | Flathead LivingFeury found success selling those croissants, breads and pastries out of the back of the building and at area stores and farmers markets, but she always wanted to take her business to the next level.In 2016, with the opening of Uptown Hearth, she did just that. The microbakery and food studio in downtown Columbia Falls is now serving delectable baked goods during the week and hearty breakfasts on the weekend, alongside artisan coffees.Feury built out and remodeled the space to offer an expanded kitchen, comfortable seating, gleaming overhead fixtures and ovens, as well as a team of passionate culinary and coffee experts. Chefs Catherine Olsen and Johnny Alamilla tender a full breakfast menu, while featured baker Kendra Hope from Meadowlark Microbakery bakes artisan breads and European-style pastries. Barista Matthew Bussard offers specialty coffees from around the world, slinging his signature Cortados from his custom coffee cart, and Feury, along with baker Jane Dalton, churn out organic handcrafted pastries and hearth breads, adhering to her traditional roots.“Even though we have expanded we are very much still a small-batch, hands-on microbakery,” Feury said. “And that is a great term. I loved it when it came into use. I didn’t like the term artisan. As a craft-maker using old-world techniques and recipes, I thought it was too elite.”Not surprisingly, one of Feury’s earliest memories is of baking, and it served as the inspiration for the name of her first baking enterprise, the Finn Biscuit, after her grandmother’s delicacy.“My grandmother had a dough trough to knead the bread and she used leftover potato water that was very starchy and lovely,” Feury said. “She would make Finn biscuits which are almost like a cardamom tea cake. They’re not too sweet and they are perfect with a cup of tea or coffee. She brushed them with strong coffee and sprinkled a little sugar and that was the glaze. It’s very simple but time consuming.”Like her grandmother, Feury never rushes the baking process.While many bakeries use extra yeast to get dough to rise quickly, Feury prefers an older method of baking that allows the dough to rise for two or three days, requiring a rarefied brand of patience from customers in an age accustomed to instant gratification. A small batch consisting of 20 loaves of breads takes up to 25 hours because of the multi-tiered fermentation process she uses.And while the Flathead Valley might not be in the midst of a bona fide artisan-bakery boom on the same scale as a Portland or San Francisco, its relative glut of boulangeries continue to gain popularity, in keeping with a broader trend.Indeed, microbakeries have managed to withstand globalization and mass production by continuing to produce quality breads, pastries and cakes.It’s a process steeped in history that may seem increasingly anomalous in a world of fast food and microwave meals, but amidst the buy-local, farm-to-table movement, artisan bread is a perfect fit, even if it hasn’t altogether escaped the foils of the internet in an on-demand era.For example, #ArtisanBread on Instagram has nearly 220,000 posts, not to mention other popular, searchable hashtags (#justbaked, #breakingbread and #loafingaround) and hundreds of YouTube videos and blogs dedicated to the topic.Terri Feury, the owner of Uptown Hearth in Columbia Falls, weighs dough for a wild-yeasted loaf with Kalamata olives. Greg Lindstrom | Flathead LivingBut if sharing the fruits of 200-year-old sourdough starters on social media means keeping the tradition alive, so be it.“I’m heartened to see younger generations taking interest in the craft, especially because I am no spring chicken,” Feury, who trained under two internationally known master bakers, said. “It’s a rich tradition and to be surrounded by people who care about every stage of food production is wonderful.”One year ago in Whitefish, for example, 28-year-old Whitney Brien opened Fleur Bake Shop on Spokane Avenue, having graduated in 2012 from L’Art du Gateau program at The French Pastry School in Chicago, where she developed a strong passion for the craft. “It was there that I realized that baking and making pastries was my true calling,” Brien said.Brien worked in Colorado and Portland prior to landing in Whitefish, where she offers canneles, macarons, madeleines and tartlets on a menu teeming with other tasty treats.Even though most bakeries are prominently located in downtown corridors, off-the-beaten-path baked goods sometimes taste the best.At the Polebridge Mercantile, a remote outpost offering its famed huckleberry bearclaws on the western edge of Glacier National Park, owner Will Hammerquist inherited recipes passed down through the generations as the historic Merc has changed hands.Since purchasing the Merc in 2014, Hammerquist has had his hands full keeping up with building improvements, but his first order of business prior to taking over the century-old institution was, appropriately, learning to properly flip a pan of sticky buns.“It’s tradition,” Hammerquist said. “It wouldn’t be the same without the bakery.”Read more of our best long-form journalism in Flathead Living. 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