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Restaurateurs fear new restrictions will make it impossible to stay afloat

first_imgHomeBusinessRestaurateurs fear new restrictions will make it impossible to stay afloat Nov. 20, 2020 at 6:00 amBusinessCovid-19FeaturedNewsRestaurateurs fear new restrictions will make it impossible to stay afloatClara Harter7 months agoclosuresCOVID-19outdoor diningPPPrestrictionsPhoto by Clara Harter. Surviving in the restaurant business is difficult in the best of times. Today, with a new 50 percent capacity restriction on outdoor dining beginning, local restaurateurs say it’s impossible.Since restaurants reopened in June, owners have invested thousands in PPE, outdoor dining spaces, and heat lamps, and are often still unable to turn a profit. Federal paycheck relief money stopped flowing in August and now all restaurants need to halve their already limited seat number, painting a bleak picture for the imminent future of the industry.“I’m going to try for a week and then probably shut everything down. I can’t imagine we can survive and it’s also freezing now,” said Mark Verge, owner of Art’s Table, Ashland Hill, Margo’s, the Golden Bull, and Order for Me Deli. “This is probably a death sentence for all restaurants.”For months Verge has held on to the staff in his five restaurants, only one of which is currently turning a profit. While he’s adamant on reopening when restrictions improve, he fears there is no way he can continue operating under present conditions.“We love Santa Monica, we are trying to do everything we can to stay. At some point you can’t imagine, you keep losing money every month,” said Verge. “It’s just trying to figure out how long you keep getting punched in the face.”Steve Lieberman, owner of Surfridge Brewery and West 4th and Jane is in a similar position. After the July reopening rollback, his brewery only received permission to open outdoor dining on Oct. 6 and his restaurant only has outdoor space for 40 seats.“If that 40 goes down to 20 my staff is going to be standing around for nothing and I still have to pay payroll taxes, electric, government tax bills, and with half the amount of customers” said Lieberman. “We’ve been open 11 years, is it going to be worth it in January if it’s still like this? Probably not.”Raphael Lunetta, owner of Lunetta Italian restaurant, was seating 50 percent of his pre-Covid capacity and now will be limited to 25 percent. His restaurant has gone from having booming business seven days a week, to having business around four and a half days a week.“What we need is another round of PPP funds, and we need to make sure our government is really looking out for small businesses,” said Lunetta. “That’s what needs to happen, because there are a lot of small businesses that are not going to survive this.”The Paycheck Protection Program was included in the March 27. CARES Act, which offered forgivable loans to small businesses to keep employees on payroll. Those funds ran out in Aug. and without another federal relief package, restaurant owners are struggling to keep staff employed.Lieberman is also looking for more PPP money, but said that paycheck funding can only get a business so far when it has severely limited capacity and owes months of back rent.“Payroll is not the issue. I have ten customers a day. I don’t need payroll for ten customers a day; I can have one person there. I need money for back rent,” said Lieberman. “How am I supposed to pay back a year of not paying rent? We need our landlords off our back, and we need our landlords to get help so the banks get off their back.”All three restaurateurs said they fully understand the need to rein in cases and protect people’s health, but expressed frustration that despite their efforts to operate as safely as possible, restaurants are the target of new restrictions.“I feel like on the Westside people are more aware and they are more conscientious and I believe that we on the Westside are doing a pretty good job in taking responsibility,” said Lunetta. “Yes there are some businesses of all sorts that don’t follow the rules and if they don’t it’s unfortunate because the rest of us who do do it, I believe well, are going to get dinged.”[email protected] :closuresCOVID-19outdoor diningPPPrestrictionsshare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentCrime Watch – Indecent ExposureCalifornia imposes nighttime COVID-19 curfew but some resistYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall5 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson16 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter16 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor16 hours agoNewsBruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for moreAssociated Press16 hours agoNewsWedding boom is on in the US as vendors scramble to keep upAssociated Press16 hours agolast_img read more

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Sheila Landis Trio opens concert series at the Farmington Civic

first_img admin Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window) The Sheila Landis Trio will open the 2017 “Friday Night Live” concert series at the Farmington Civic Theater in downtown Farmington.The Sept. 15, 7:30 p.m. concert will open with a 20-minute performance by Axis Music Academy student Alison Buckman, followed by a spirited solo set by Michigan State University graduate David Thomas playing the Fender Rhodes keyboard. Thomas will join vocalist Landis, 7-string guitarist Rick Matle and drummer Karen Tomalis for a tune, followed by an hour-long set from the Landis trio from 9 p.m.-10 p.m.The series includes two more concerts: Two Lane Bridge with special guest Al Carmichael on Oct. 20 and Olivia Millerschinn with special guest Jason Longuski on Nov. 10.Produced by Tom Birchler and Civic Theater general manager Scott Freeman, the series is sponsored by St. Joe’s Medical Group. Tickets for Friday Night Live are $12 in advance or at the door, cash only. Reported bylast_img read more

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Ceres Negros vs Global Cebu for PFL crown today

first_img[av_one_full first min_height=” vertical_alignment=” space=” custom_margin=” margin=’0px’ padding=’0px’ border=” border_color=” radius=’0px’ background_color=” src=” background_position=’top left’ background_repeat=’no-repeat’ animation=”][av_heading heading=’Ceres Negros vs Global Cebu for PFL crown today ‘ tag=’h3′ style=’blockquote modern-quote’ size=” subheading_active=’subheading_below’ subheading_size=’15’ padding=’10’ color=” custom_font=” av-medium-font-size-title=” av-small-font-size-title=” av-mini-font-size-title=” av-medium-font-size=” av-small-font-size=” av-mini-font-size=” admin_preview_bg=”]BY ADRIAN STEWART CO[/av_heading][av_textblock size=” font_color=” color=” av-medium-font-size=” av-small-font-size=” av-mini-font-size=” admin_preview_bg=”]MANILA – Ceres Negros will be enjoying home court edge when it faces Global Cebu in the knockout championship match of the 2017 Philippine Football League tonight at the Panaad Park and Stadium in Bacolod City.Game time is at 6 p.m.Ceres Negros will be aiming for its first title in two years while Global Cebu hopes for its third straight football title after winning two in United Football League last year.Both Ceres Negros and Global Cebu have played tight matches in the league this year, scoring only an average of 1.25 goals in their encounters so far with most goals scored late in the match.Ceres Negros drew first blood in Panaad on June 3 on a game-winner by Jeffrey Christaens.Global Cebu responded with a 1-0 win a month after on a goal by Matthew Hartmann at Abellana Stadium.Ceres Negros scored another win in September in Panaad with Stephan Schrock draining the marginal hit, while Global Cebu got a 2-0 win last month in Cebu with Ceres Negros resting its stars.“Just like in our four elimination round matches, we expect the finals to be a tight one,” said Ceres Negros team manager Dennis Dinsay. “We just hope that our home crown will be able to inspire our players to perform well.”Ceres Negros is to be led by Bienvenido Marañon, Manuel Herrera, Fernando Rodriguez, Stephan Schrock, Kevin Ingreso, Manuel Ott, Luke Woodland, Omid Nazari, Martin Steuble, Jeffrey Christiaens, and goal keeper Roland Muller.Global Cebu, meanwhile, is to be bannered by Rufino Sanchez, Misagh Bahadoran, Darryl Roberts, Paul Mulders, Dennis Villanueva, Amani Aguinaldo, OJ Clarino, Paolo Salenga, Paolo Bugas, Wesley Dos Santos, and goal keeper Patrick Deyto.Ceres Negros reached the championship round following a 3-1 aggregate victory over Kaya Makati, while Global Cebu advances with a 3-2 aggregate win over Meralco Manila./PN[/av_textblock][/av_one_full]last_img read more

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Bengals-Steelers showdown for AFC North title moves to prime time

first_imgPittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown (84) celebrates with fans as he walks off the field after a 20-12 win over the Kansas City Chiefs in an NFL football game in Pittsburgh, Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Don Wright)NEW YORK (AP) – The showdown for the AFC North title will be played in prime time.NBC says next week’s meeting between the Bengals and Steelers in Pittsburgh will be on “Sunday Night Football.” The winner will be division champion.The NFL does not designate a Sunday night game for Week 17 at the start of the season, waiting to see which matchup has the most intriguing playoff implications.The Steelers (10-5) beat Kansas City 20-12 on Sunday to clinch a postseason berth. Cincinnati (9-4-1) hosts AFC West champ Denver on Monday night. If the Bengals lose to the Broncos, they could go into the regular-season finale in danger of missing the playoffs.The announcement was made during halftime of Sunday night’s Seahawks-Cardinals game.last_img read more

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Bombers kick off soccer season with great showing at Kelowna tourney

first_imgThe L.V. Rogers Bombers kicked off the 2019 B.C. High School Girl’s Soccer season with a fourth-place finish at the opening tournament Saturday in Kelowna.After breezing through the round robin draw, the Bombers lost twice in the medal round to AAA-power Kelowna Owls 3-0 and Okanagan Mission of Kelowna 2-1 in the bronze medal game. Rylee Zondervan scored the lone goal for LVR against OKM.The Bombers, coached by Darren Peloso and assistant Heath Lockhurst, started fast in the tournament with a 3-0 victory over Keremeos and a 5-0 win over George Elliott of Winfield.Teigan Barnhart, Semegn Atkinson, Lila Carmichael with a penalty kick, Cayenne Caney and Zondervan scored for the Bombers against Keremeos. Barnhart and Atkinson, with a pair, led the offensive attack against George Elliott.LVR is attempting to bounce back this season after failing to qualify for the provincial tournament in 2018. The Bombers, winners of the Bronze Medal in 2017 when the school hosted the BC High School AA Girl’s Soccer Championships at the Lakeside Pitch, lost out to J Lloyd Crowe of Trail in the Kootenay Zone Finals.The Hawks finished 15th overall in the 16-team BC High School Girl’s AA Soccer Championships.last_img read more

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AIG Irish Close Final: Mullarney Wins Maiden Championship

first_img“I am absolutelydelighted,” Mullarney gushed. “It did absolutely grate on me that Ihaven’t won one of these before. I am delighted.”With this, his maidenchampionship, the Ireland international emulates Cormac Sharvin of Ardglass,who won as leading qualifier at Connemara in 2013.“Any time you are ona list with Cormac, it is a good thing,” Mullarney reflected. “Youare not here to be the leading qualifier. You are here to win. So I wasdelighted to be the leading qualifier but you arprint WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email Mullarney, 23, producedthe goods again to deny the Naas powerhouse, Brazill, in the decider. TheGalway blazer never trailed and though he stumbled at 17, missing a six footputt to win the match, Mullarney emerged triumphant on 18 when Brazill failedto birdie. All week he led the wayand now the silver medallist, Ronan Mullarney, is champion of the AIG IrishClose after a nailbiting one-hole win against Rob Brazill.last_img read more

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Athenry Beat Crumlin United In FAI Junior Cup

first_imgAthenry are into the FAI Junior Cup quarter-finals after coming from behind to beat Crumlin United in Drom. Aaron Leggett gave the Galway side the early advantagebut they found themselves 2-1 behind at half-time against their Leinster SeniorLeague opponents. But strikes from Jackson De Silva and a 73rd minute winner for Cathal Fahy ensured Athenry advanced to the final eight.print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img

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FLU VACCINES AVAILABLE STARTING OCTOBER 1st

first_imgAs flu season is among us, the Jackson County Department of Public Health (JCDPH) urges all residents to protect themselves by getting vaccinated against the flu.  Remember that flu can be a serious illness, especially for adults over the age of 65 years, children under five, pregnant women, and those with certain medical conditions such as asthma, diabetes, or heart disease.JCDPH will begin offering flu vaccines to the public on October 1, 2018.  Stop by the Health Department on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 9:00 AM-11:00 AM and 1:30 PM-4:30 PM to get the vaccine during General Clinic.  Prices range from $35 to $60, depending on the type of vaccine administered.  No appointments are necessary and a variety of insurances can be billed.For questions about the flu, call the Flu Line at 828-587-8201 or the Health Department’s main line at 828-586-8994.last_img read more

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South Africa’s 2011 sporting highlights

first_imgSunette Viljoen captured a bronze medal in the greatest women’s javelin competition in history, recording an African record 68.38 metres. South Africa produced another world champion when the Rainbow Nation defeated neighbours Zimbabwe 29-18 in the final of the Polocrosse World Cup to finish the event unbeaten. Jan-Albert Steenkamp was named the best male player of the tournament. South African tennis enjoyed a good year as the sport experienced something of a revival, thanks to its top singles players. Currie Cup surpriseWhile the Springboks didn’t make the World Cup final in New Zealand, referee Craig Joubert did, and when the Springboks returned they couldn’t do enough to stop the Lions, a team with few Boks in their line-up, from capturing their first Currie Cup title since 1999 and their first at home since 1950 with a 42-16 thrashing of the defending champion Sharks. Kevin Anderson won the South African Open in February and made impressive progress up the world rankings during the year, ultimately finishing it in 32nd place, having peaked at 30th in October. Thomas Aiken (Spanish Open), Garth Mulroy (Alfred Dunhill Championship), and Hennie Otto (South African Open) added further wins in European Tour events , while the only South African winner on the PGA Tour was not Ernie Els or Retief Goosen, it was Rory Sabbatini, who won the Honda Classic in March. On the very same weekend, Natalie Grandin secured her first WTA Tour doubles title when she and the Czech Republic’s Vladimira Uhlirova won the Hansol Korea Open. Caster Semenya attained her best form since she won the World Championships in Berlin in 2009 when she too won silver, once more in the 800 metres. After being skittled for only 96 in their first innings, the Proteas trailed Australia by 188 runs on the first innings, but in an extraordinary turn of events they then ran roughshod through the Australian batting, dismissing the visitors for 47 after having them on 21 for 9 at one stage. South Africa went on to win by eight wickets in an incredible match that lasted only three days. Prior to that, he had secured his third Surfski World Cup title off Durban in July. He also began the year with a successful defence of his Drak Challenge title. South African golf scored a major coup when it was announced in April that the country would host a World Golf Championship event from 2012. The tournament will feature the world’s top 70 players and prize money will be in the region of $10-million. The world’s finest all-round paddlerOut on the water, Hank McGregor confirmed his status as the finest all-round paddler in the world when he claimed the 2011 ICF Canoe Marathon World Championships K1 title in Singapore in October. Els, though, received a massive honour when he joined the legendary Gary Player in the World Golf Hall of Fame in May. At the time, he had 62 career titles to his name, including two US Opens and one Open Championship. After Els came Louis Oosthuizen, the winner of The Open Championship in 2010, who claimed the Africa Open in East London, an event co-sanctioned by the Sunshine and European Tours. The 2010/11 season began with long-time star Ernie Els winning the South African Open, but it evolved into the clear-cut announcement of a new generation of South African stars ready to make their mark on the world stage. IAAF medal winnersSouth African athletes performed well at the IAAF World Championships in Daegu, South Korea. Although they won only four medals, that was enough to place them seventh on the medals table in terms of medals won. Simon’s successAnd it was not only the men that excelled. Ashleigh Simon showed that she has what it takes by capturing her second Ladies European Tour title in May, winning the Portugal Ladies Open by three shots. World recordThere was a world record for striker Pietie Coetzee, who became the all-time leading goal scorer in women’s international hockey at the FIH Champions Challenge in Dublin when she netted four goals in South Africa’s 5-5 draw with the USA which took her career tally to an incredible 222 goals in 224 tests. The men’s 4 by 400 relay team of Shane Victor, Ofentse Mogawane, Willie de Beer, and LJ van Zyl shocked their more fancied opponents by racing to a silver medal in the final. Paralympics star Oscar Pistorius also picked up a silver as he had been part of the South African team that contested the heats. No athlete with a disability had previously won a medal at the IAAF World Championships. South African rugby produced a world beater in Sevens Stars Cecil Afrika who was recognised by the International Rugby Board as the World Sevens Player of the Year in October. He was both the top try scorer and top points scorer in the HSBC World Sevens Series.center_img With Afrika to the fore, the South African Sevens team enjoyed a good season, finishing second in the overall standings and winning three tournaments – in Las Vegas, London and Edinburgh – including the last two of the season back-to-back. Most significant victory of 2011Charl Schwartzel was next into the winner’s circle, successfully defending his Joburg Open title. He then went on to record what was arguably the most significant victory by a South African sportsperson in 2011, by capturing the 75th US Masters at Augusta by two strokes after closing with a stunning four birdies in succession. The Proteas again fell disturbingly short of success in a major ICC event when they were surprisingly defeated by New Zealand in the quarterfinals of the World Cup, but they produced one of the most memorable victories of the year in the sport when they beat Australia in the first test in Cape Town in November. Pietermaritzburg was awarded a leg of the UCI World Cycling Tour and hosted the Mzunduzi Road Challenge for the first time in October. The race will in 2012 serve as the UCI World Cycling Tour Final. World’s best test bowlerIndividually, Dale Steyn ended the year a runaway leader at the top of the test bowling rankings, with Morne Morkel in third place. Jacques Kallis was the leading all-rounder and second in the batting rankings. Hashim Amla was number one in the one-day international batting rankings. Back-to-back in J-BaySuperstar surfer Jordy Smith’s year was disrupted by injury, but he still finished inside the top 10 of the world rankings despite missing two events, and he went back-to-back in once again winning the prestigious Billabong Pro in Jeffreys Bay. 23 December 2011 Orlando Pirates were the story of the year in South African football, claiming a hat-trick of titles by winning the Absa Premier League, the Nedbank Cup, and the MTN 8. Astonishingly, the club later parted ways with coach Ruud Krol! Comrades Marathon winner Stephen Muzhingi of Zimbabwe made his mark when he became the first man since Bruce Fordyce in the 1980s to win the race three years in a row, while Russia’s Elena Nurgalieva recorded her sixth win. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material While golf was the sport that stood out most for South Africans, there were plenty of other performances and achievements to celebrate. Epic championSouth African cyclists and cycling events continued to excel. The country produced its first winner of the Absa Cape Epic when Burry Stander and Christoph Sauser of Switzerland claimed a convincing victory. Stander also won the African Mountain Bike Championships and the South African Marathon title. Bianca Buitendag topped the world’s best in January when she lifted the Billabong ASP Women’s World Junior Championships in New South Wales, Australia. LJ van Zyl added a bronze medal in the 400 metres hurdles in which Cornel Fredericks finished fifth. Looking back over the past sporting year for South Africa, one sport stands out above any others: South African golfers enjoyed a superb year and, despite their wonderful record over the years, may have reached new heights. He had earned a hat-trick of titles in the Fish River Canoe Marathon earlier in the month with Grant van der Walt. In July, he romped to a record eighth win in the Berg River Canoe Marathon, rated by many as the toughest race of its kind in the world. Chani Scheepers became the first South African woman since Amanda Coetzer in 2003 to win a WTA Tour event when she lifted the Wanlima International Women’s Open in Guanzhou, China, in September. In swimming, the future was also revealed as Chad le Clos captured the overall Fina/Arena World Cup title, following in the footsteps of Ryk Neethling and Cameron van der Burgh. Le Clos and van der Burgh should lead South Africa’s medal hopes in the pool at the 2012 London Olympic Games.last_img read more

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Google Books Now Available in the U.K.

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Google has its work cut out for it in e-books. After last week’s high-profile launch of the Kindle Fire tablet and new e-ink Kindles, all of which are aggressively priced, Amazon is trying to get its e-readers into as many hands as possible. Barnes & Noble is also expected to update its Nook Color soon. These two leading e-book sellers want to dominate the marketplace by making their reading devices ubiquitous.To stay in the game, Google is going the other way. Google Books are available in EPUB format, which is is the most open and compatible standard. The Google Books reader is available as a native app for Android and iOS. Google books can also be downloaded as PDF, which can then be moved to a Kindle, but with less control over the content.Read more about today’s U.K. launch on the Inside Google Books blog.Where do you buy your e-books, and what devices do you read on? Google’s e-bookstore is now available in the United Kingdom. In addition to its primary offerings, Google has partnered with independent booksellers like Gardners’ Hive and Blackwell’s, so U.K customers can buy books through those stores.Google’s e-book format is widely compatible, available on Android and Apple devices, Sony, Kobo and Elonex e-readers, as well as through the Web. They’re stored in the cloud, so you can pick up where you left off on any device. You won’t find native support for your Kindle or your Nook, though. jon mitchell Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#E-Books#Google#web last_img read more

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