Williams: The Case For An Office Ban

first_imgBy SEAN WILLIAMSDemocratic CandidateLos Alamos County CouncilThe county has a double-edged relationship with the lab: on one hand, it is our principal employer, and a significant institution for scientific research; on the other, it puts tremendous pressure on the meager land available to the residents, businesses, and government of Los Alamos County.  Everyone is aware of the housing crunch, and the bidding wars and price inflation that have followed, but these cost pressures have been at least as damaging to the business community.Kelly Beierschmitt, LANL deputy director for operations, recently said of commercial space, “The Laboratory pays what we’re asked to pay, but we’ve got deeper pockets than the small business community”.  The way this plays out is, rents to the lab have to be supported by appraisal, but since appraisals always support a range of prices, they can be ratcheted up over time.  So “what [the lab] is asked to pay” is always a moving target, and the deep pockets of the lab distort the commercial market to the point that most businesses are priced out.It’s a helpful comment from Beierschmitt, but the lab itself is only half the problem: its contractors have equally deep pockets, since they pass their costs on to the lab. This is obvious from even a cursory glance at downtown Los Alamos, which we could also call Research Park East.There are two reasons a policy shift at the lab isn’t enough. First, because policy could be shifted back without any public review, and second, because the lab would be hard-pressed to enforce that policy on its contractors. Questions might arise like, if Aspen Copies does printing for the lab, would they be forced to move out?The actual problem is non-customer-facing offices occupying retail spaces. Since the problem is the use of property, its solution lies in zoning. We could strip away almost all of the federal distortion of the commercial property market by simply changing the downtown zone overlays to ban non-customer-facing offices on ground floors.This change would make rents reflective of the actual state of commerce in Los Alamos, and force landlords to be responsive to the needs of the business community. As for the lab, as Beierschmitt said, it has deep pockets – where there’s a blank check, there’s a way.last_img read more

Medio Fire: Pockets Of Unburned Fuels Heat Up Due To High Temps, Single-Digit Humidity; Closure Order Prohibits Public From Entering Area

first_imgSFNF News:The Medio Fire made a little push on the northeast corner into the fire scar from the 2011 Pacheco Fire, adding 125 acres to its footprint – now at 3,898 acres – and putting up a fair amount of smoke. When the fire hit the Pacheco scar, it dropped from the canopy and is burning in dead and down timber.Record high temperatures and very low humidities are exacerbating fire behavior with multiple pockets of unburned fuels in the interior starting to heat up. Firefighters are monitoring containment lines on the fire’s perimeter, which continue to hold.Lightning ignited the Medio Fire Aug. 17 on the Rio en Medio Trail in the Española Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest. The Medio Fire is 90 percent contained.Resources: Two hand crews, two engine modules, two helicopters and a fixed-wing aircraft.Closures: The closure order remains in effect prohibiting members of the public from entering the area around the Medio Fire, including all Forest Service lands, roads and trails, roughly defined by the Rio Nambe Trail #160 on the north, the Borrego Trail #150 and Forest Road 412 on the east, Forest Road 102 on the south and back up the forest boundary line on the west to meet the Rio Nambe Trail #160.The Temporary Flight Restriction over the fire remains in place.Weather:  Hot, dry and unstable conditions continue today. But an unseasonably strong storm system will drive a cold front through New Mexico Tuesday, bringing much lower temperatures, strong winds and widespread rainfall with the possibility of snow at higher elevations.Values at risk: Nearby communities, Nambe Reservoir infrastructure, tribal and private inholdings, cultural resources, watersheds and riparian areas, power and phone lines, and grazing allotments.Safety: The health and safety of firefighters and the public are always the first priority. Firefighters are conducting operations under protocols to mitigate the risk of COVID-19.Smoke: Smoke from the Medio Fire is visible as interior pockets of fuel continue to burn. An interactive smoke map at https://fire.airnow.gov/ allows you to zoom into the Santa Fe area to see the latest smoke information. Smoke-sensitive individuals and people with respiratory problems or heart disease are encouraged to take precautionary measures. Information on air quality and protecting your health can be found online at the New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) Environmental Public Health Tracking (EPHT) website at https://nmtracking.org/fire.Fire updates will be posted on the SFNF website, New Mexico Fire Information website and Inciweb as well as the Santa Fe National Forest Facebook page and Twitter @SantafeNF.last_img read more

Guyana COVID-19 cases pass 1,000 mark

first_img Story via Guyana Chronicle Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… Six Eastern Caribbean countries deemed safe for travel – CDC This suspicion had prompted authorities to distribute more sample kits across the country, especially to regions where the infection rate is high. Most of the cases have so far been recorded in Regions One (Barima-Waini), Four (Demerara-Mahaica), Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni) and Nine (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo).“We are sending out more kits, so there will be an increase in sample collection… The testing itself has components; one is sample collection, and then there is the processing of samples,” said Minister of Health, Dr. Frank Anthony in a recent report. St. Lucia records more cases of COVID COVID-19 claims another life in GuyanaGuyana has lost another life to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), taking the death toll to 56. The victim was an 83-year-old woman from Region Four (Demerara-Mahaica). Authorities said the woman died while receiving treatment at a local health facility. The Ministry of Health expressed condolences to the family of the…September 14, 2020In “General”COVID-19 Update Guyana: 19 test positive in last 24 hoursGUYANA has seen an alarming increase in the number of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases over the past few days, and it was no different over the past 24 hours, as the country recorded 19 new cases within that time. Those cases were found following 143 tests, which were done between…July 28, 2020In “General”COVID-19 Update Guyana – 96 cases in 96 hours!CURTAILING the spread of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) has proven to be a challenge for the local authorities, as cases continue to spread rapidly, with 96 cases being recorded in the past 96 hours. In the past 24 hours alone, the country recorded 23 new cases of the disease. The…August 5, 2020In “General”Share this on WhatsApp CMO says Saint Lucia at critical stage of COVID-19 outbreak It is clear that COVID-19 remains a threat to everyone in all areas of Guyana, and as cases of COVID-19 continue to increase, government will be looking to activate the controversial $1.6 billion Infectious Diseases Hospital as an isolation centre with 55 beds. Oct 16, 2020 The situation was, however, only made known when the People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPP/C) was elected to office early this month.Despite the existing constraints, the new government sought to get maximum results from the existing resources. Health authorities have so far tested 6,904 persons for the disease, with 5,949 being negative and 955 positive. The actual testing will be done centrally, at the National Reference Laboratory, because regional facilities lack the capacity and technical skills needed to get it done. While government hopes to improve capacity in those regions, the immediate need for sample testing takes precedence, especially with the high number of asymptomatic cases.Health authorities have so far tested 7,234 persons, with 6,205 being negative, and 1,029 positive. Of the total positive cases, 510 persons have recovered, and 31 persons have lost their lives. Oct 15, 2020 As it is now, the country is equipped with just one machine, which is being utilised by the National Reference Laboratory. And, it was reported that the machine is over 20 years old, and was previously used to test for the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV). Oct 15, 2020 In addition to isolation facilities, one of Guyana’s main limitations in the fight against COVID-19 has been the country’s ability to test for the disease, but government, in an effort to build capacity in this area, has sourced an automated Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) testing machine. CLOSELY MONITOREDThe remaining cases are being monitored by authorities, and according to recent statistics, 409 of those persons are in home isolation, while 66 are in institutional isolation, and 13 persons are being treated in the COVID-19 Intensive Care Unit (ICU). You may be interested in… More deaths from COVID-19 recorded in CARICOM countries,… Guyana continues to see a worrying rise in the number of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases, with 74 new cases being recorded on Tuesday. The steady rise has caused panic across the country, but authorities have said that cases are being detected because more tests are being done. Sample taking was also increased across the country, because authorities had believed that many cases were going “under the radar”. Oct 16, 2020last_img read more

Praxair announces price increases

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Oceaneering Installs Its ROV at NBL

first_imgThe human spaceflight industry has used neutral buoyancy underwater testing for years to simulate and practice mission critical tasks.This testing capability is now commercially available at NASA’s Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory (NBL) near Houston.An Oceaneering Millennium Plus® Work Class ROV has been installed at the facility for these commercial testing operations.Testing procedures and pre-deployment verification can benefit subsea installation or intervention projects through increased safety, efficiency and reliability with an opportunity to lower overall costs. Underwater System Integration Tests (SITs) and Factory Acceptance Tests (FATs) can be conducted in a controlled pool environment, while ROV operations rehearsals are also possible using simulated animations.Press Release, October 17, 2013last_img read more

Media plays down housing crisis – 160,000 house building jobs to go

first_imgGet your free guest access  SIGN UP TODAY Stay at the forefront of thought leadership with news and analysis from award-winning journalists. Enjoy company features, CEO interviews, architectural reviews, technical project know-how and the latest innovations.Limited access to building.co.ukBreaking industry news as it happensBreaking, daily and weekly e-newsletters Subscribe now for unlimited access Subscribe to Building today and you will benefit from:Unlimited access to all stories including expert analysis and comment from industry leadersOur league tables, cost models and economics dataOur online archive of over 10,000 articlesBuilding magazine digital editionsBuilding magazine print editionsPrinted/digital supplementsSubscribe now for unlimited access.View our subscription options and join our community To continue enjoying Building.co.uk, sign up for free guest accessExisting subscriber? LOGINlast_img read more

Commisioners not allowed to charge for services

first_imgJoyce Gouvea, 61, with the R600 ‘will’ A Bonteheuwel pensioner nearly lost R600 when she paid to have a will drawn up, but thanks to an Athlone News inquiry, she was able to get her money back.A relieved Joyce Gouvea, 61, said she had given up on the idea that she would get her money back – most of which she had borrowed.Ms Gouvea explained that she approached Chief Apostle Lanie Philander, a Commissioner of Oaths in Bonteheuwel, to help draw up her brother’s will. Western Cape regional head of the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development, Advocate Hishaam Mohamed, said, however, that Mr Philander could face a criminal charge, as Commissioners of Oaths are not allowed to charge for services, and it is illegal for a Commissioner of Oaths to draw up a will.“A Commissioner of Oaths can commission a document – to confirm it is a true copy of the original,” Advocate Mohamed said.Ms Gouvea’s brother, Dennis Stevens, who is unemployed, appointed Ms Gouvea as the executor of his will. Said Ms Gouvea: “I made contact with Mr Philander, because my brother was spending a few days with me, so that we could draw up his will. His wife died recently, and my brother is unemployed. Being his eldest sister, I took it upon myself to help him sort this out.“We set up an appointment and when we went to see him, he told us that it would cost R600, as he needs to ask his lawyer to draw up the will. I gave him a R100 deposit, and told him I’m a pensioner, and would only have the rest of the money at month-end. He phoned me on Monday June 6, to say I can come and collect the will, but he wanted to hear nothing about waiting for the balance of the payment. I was then forced to borrow the R500 to pay him. I was so disappointed to see the document he gave me. It was a half-page typed letter. This is definitely not a document that was drawn up by a lawyer. There were no witness signatures and he misspelled my name and used tippex and rewrote my name by hand. I trusted him because he is a man of God. We are all underprivileged in Bonteheuwel, and I lost my money now, but I would not like others to go through the same thing,” Ms Gouvea said initially.When approached for comment, Mr Philander said he was not aware that it was illegal for him to charge for his services, adding that “paperwork and my stamp cost money”. He admitted that he had drawn up the will and had not employed the services of a lawyer.“I was not home when she made initial contact. I was in Macassar, but she insisted. I told her a lawyer costs a lot of money, and asked her whether she could afford to pay me the R600. I made three copies of the document, and gave them two copies and I kept one.”When the Athlone News pointed out to Mr Philander that he had acted unlawfully and could face a criminal charge, he said Ms Gouvea should return the documents to him so that he could destroy them and that he would give her her money back.An overjoyed Ms Gouvea thanked the Athlone News for the assistance, as she got her money back on Friday June 10.* The Justice of the Peace and Commissioner of Oaths Act outlines the powers and duties of Justices of the Peace and Commissioners of Oaths.According to the act, the Department of Justice appoints both Justices of the Peace and Commissioners of Oaths. A Justice of the Peace’s primary responsibility involves keeping peace and order through the power of the courts, while a Commissioner of Oath’s primary responsibility involves administering an oath to, or receiving a legal declaration from a specific person.The Act also stipulates that a person may become a Justice of the Peace or a Commissioner of Oaths without being appointed by the Department of Justice. Such a qualification is termed “ex officio,” or by means of a position already held. For example, the act lists professional accountants in South Africa as ex officio Commissioners of Oaths.last_img read more

UWP hopeful raises concerns regarding CCJ move

first_img Share LocalNews UWP hopeful raises concerns regarding CCJ move by: – March 17, 2014 61 Views   5 comments Share Tweetcenter_img UWP candidate for the Roseau South Constituency, Joshua Francis (file photo)One candidate of the main Opposition United Workers Party (UWP), Attorney at Law Joshua Francis, has raised concerns regarding Dominica’s move to delink from the Privy Council and move to the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) as its final appellate court.The CCJ was established in 2001 to serve as a substitution for the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council by CARICOM Heads of Government. A constitutional amendment to facilitate the establishment of the CCJ as the final appellate court for Dominica will be introduced to Parliament by the Minister of Tourism and Legal Affairs on Wednesday, March 19, 2014 from 10:00 AM.Francis told QFM Radio on Monday, March 17, 2014 that while the UWP supports the country’s move to the CCJ, it is their view that Dominica should move to the CCJ collectively.“We believe that Dominica should move collectively with the other OECS territories. We believe in the integration process, we believe by Dominica moving on its own is sending a message that it’s not ready to move in an integrated manner”.Additionally, according to Francis, the UWP believes “more ought to have [been] done as far as public education is concerned” so that “the average Dominican should have been informed or educated more about the Caribbean Court of Justice”.“We are of the opinion that a referendum should have been held, after all that’s a very important decision, at the constitutional level and as such, every Dominican ought to have been granted that right to determine whether he or she wants the Caribbean Court of Justice,” Francis said.Since the CCJ was established in 2001, only Barbados, Belize, and Guyana have formally replaced the Privy Council with the CCJ which is headquartered in Port of Spain, Trinidad.This Francis noted “says a lot”. He added that “one of the reasons why most of the Caribbean countries have decided not to delink from the Privy Council is simply because the average person have been given that right to determine whether he or she is prepared to accept the Caribbean Court of Justice”.The Dominica Government held consultations in communities across the island prior to writing to the United Kingdom Government for their permission to delink from the Privy Council.Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit indicated in January 2013 that he would write to the Parliamentary Opposition and the Bar Association, among other stakeholders, seeking their views on the CCJ.Further, the Dominica Association of Industry and Commerce held a ‘Chew On It Luncheon’ in January 2013 at which president of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ), Sir Dennis Byron gave the featured address.At that Luncheon, he admonished Dominican politicians to exclude partisan politics from the discussion regarding formal recognition of the CCJ as its final court of appeal.Meanwhile, UWP hopeful for the Grand Fond Constituency, Dr Thomson Fontaine told the Caribbean Media Corporation (CMC) on February 7, 2014 that “as a party we don’t believe that Dominica is ready for this move”. “We don’t believe it should have been done. There are still a lot of questions about the judiciary and the ability of our own people to preside over themselves. We believe that this move is a hasty one and that there should have been discussion about it and we would certainly initially not support this move because we don’t think it was done correctly,” Dr Fontaine added.He also noted that Prime Minister Skerrit held “absolutely no consultation with the Dominican people and with the opposition on something that is critical, something that is so crucial to the future of all Dominicans” and that a lot more dialogue needs to have taken place.In 2005, the Dominica Parliament debated the island’s accession to the court and according to the Prime Minister, Earl Williams who was the UWP leader at the time, supported the decisionThe agreement establishing the Caribbean Court of Justice was signed by the CARICOM states of: Antigua & Barbuda; Barbados; Belize; Grenada; Guyana; Jamaica; St. Kitts & Nevis; St. Lucia; Suriname; and Trinidad & Tobago on February 14, 2001 while Dominica along with St. Vincent & The Grenadines signed the agreement on February 14, 2003.Dominica Vibes News Share Sharing is caring!last_img read more

6 to compete for 2016 Madame Francophone title

first_img Tweet Share Sharing is caring! Share Sharecenter_img EducationLocalNewsPrimary 6 to compete for 2016 Madame Francophone title by: – March 9, 2016 281 Views   no discussions Six (6) primary school students representing various schools from across the island will participate in the 4th Mademoiselle Francophone Pageant on Saturday 19 March 2016 from 4PM at the Arawak House of Culture in Roseau.The pageant is one of the major activities hosted to commemorate Francophonie Week from the 14 -20 March.Five of the participating schools will each represent a francophone member state while one will represent an observer state. The students who will compete, as announced by Modern Languages Coordinator, Charlene White-Christian are as follows;1. Leilanie Leslie of the Massacre Primary representing Togo (member state,2. Malicia Francis of the San Sauveur Primary representing Mozambique (observer state),3. Jeanelle Phillip of the Grand Fond Primary representing Ghana,4. Adessah Hodge of the Wotten Waven Primary representing Djibouti,5. Simone Moses of the Morne Jaune Primary representing Monaco, and6. Jadian Eustache of the Castle Bruce Primary representing Suisse.“It is important to note that within the Francophone family, observer states such as Mozambique, though part of the Francophone, do not have all the rights that the full fledge member do have,” Mrs. Christian informed.The students will compete in four segments; French speech, French oral presentation, French/creole talent, the red, white and blue round in which the contestants will be wearing something in the colors of the French flag and a presentation on their francophone country wearing something semi-formal from that country.Jeraine Joseph of the Goodwill Primary School is the reigning Mademoiselle Francophonie Pageant.Miss Joseph represented the Francophonie country of Tunisia and won the awards for Best Talent and Best Francophonie Wear.– / 5last_img read more

Dairy Industry Report: Lower milk prices drive Dean Foods profits

first_imgLower milk prices drive Dean profitsDespite lower sales volume, lower raw milk costs improved profitability for Dean Foods.advertisementadvertisementFirst-quarter sales volume fell 3.2 percent from a year earlier; sales value fell from $1.88 billion from $2.5 billion during the first quarter of 2015. Dean Foods’ share of U.S. fluid milk volumes decreased to 34.6 percent in the first quarter of 2016.Yet the Dallas-based company posted first-quarter earnings of $39 million, compared with a loss of $74 million for the same period a year ago.The first quarter 2016 average Class I Mover, a measure of raw milk costs, was $14.49 per hundredweight, down 11 percent from the fourth quarter of 2015 and nearly 14 percent less than the first quarter of 2015.Gregg Tanner, Dean’s CEO, expects sales volumes and raw milk costs to decline further in the second quarter of 2016.The second quarter 2016 average Class I Mover is forecast at $13.49 per hundredweight, about 7 percent less than the first quarter of 2016 and down 15 percent decline year-over-year.advertisementAgropur fires shot in Canadian-U.S. border battleAgropur Cooperative became the first Canadian dairy processor to halt use of imported diafiltered milk from the U.S. under a temporary national program to encourage the use of Canadian milk in cheese manufacturing.The targeted pricing program gives dairy processors access to Canadian “Class 4(m)” milk protein concentrates at reduced prices, effective May 1 through July 31, 2016.Diafiltered milk, called ultrafiltered (UF) milk in the U.S., was given duty-free access into Canada under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). However, in 2008, Canada adopted cheese-manufacturing standards requiring a minimum percentage of protein used in making cheese must be sourced directly from fluid milk.The temporary program does not ban UF imports from the U.S. It does, however, make those products less economically competitive for use by Canadian processors.Read Progressive Dairyman’s full article.Umpqua Dairy wins ‘Quality Chekd’ awardsOregon-based Umpqua Dairy Products Company received the 2016 Production Excellence Award in cultured products and ice cream categories within the Quality Chekd membershipadvertisementThe selection criteria includes a plant audit and evaluation of all plant processes and systems for assuring product quality, as well as monthly laboratory test scores.Quality Chekd Dairies, Inc. is a member-owned organization of 26 independent dairy processors with 59 manufacturing facilities located throughout the United States and Colombia.Saputo names new presidentKai Bockmann was named president and chief operating officer (COO) of Saputo Inc., effective April 1. He succeeded Dino Dello Sbarba, who retired.Bockmann, who joined Saputo in January 2012, will also continue to serve as president and COO of the company’s international sector. Sbarba will serve as his senior advisor.Saputo, one of the 10 largest dairy processors in the world, produces, markets and distributes cheese, fluid milk, extended shelf-life milk and cream products, cultured products and dairy ingredients. It is the largest cheese manufacturer and the leading fluid milk and cream processor in Canada, the third-largest dairy processor in Argentina, and the fourth-largest in Australia. In the U.S., Saputo ranks among the top three cheese producers and is one of the largest producers of extended shelf-life and cultured dairy products.Humboldt Creamery organic ice cream headed to WalmartCalifornia-based Humboldt Creamery will distribute its super-premium organic ice cream in more than 3,000 Walmart stores nationwide.The line initially includes four organic flavors: vanilla, chocolate, strawberry and mint chip, sold in 40-ounce containers.Humboldt Creamery was founded in 1929 and has been owned by the Foster family since 2009. It produces a variety of premium organic dairy products, including fluid milk, ice cream, butter, cottage cheese and sour cream.Alpina expanding yogurt plantNew York yogurt producer Alpina Foods Inc. will expand its Batavia plant for a separate new line of drinkable yogurt products. The $1.1 million project is expected to start this summer, according to Buffalo Business First.Dean acquires Friendly’s Ice Cream Dean Foods Company agreed to acquire Friendly’s Ice Cream for $155 million in cash. The transaction is expected to close late in the second quarter of 2016.Friendly produces ice cream and other frozen dessert products, with distribution in more than 8,000 retail outlets in the northeastern U.S. It reported $166 million in net sales in 2015.In addition to acquiring Friendly’s manufacturing and retail ice cream business, Dean Foods will acquire the Friendly’s trademark and all intellectual property associated with the ice cream business.Friendly’s Restaurants will continue to be owned and operated by an affiliate of Sun Capital Partners, Inc. and will license use of the Friendly’s trademark under a license agreement with Dean.Prairie Farms adding to specialty milk lineupIllinois-based Prairie Farms Dairy is adding to its Chef’s Splendor line of specialty milks for summer.Three new flavors, blended with 100 percent real milk, include Honey Cookie Milk, Dark Chocolate Truffle and Sea Salt Caramel. The company has introduced 21 specialty milk flavors since 2015.Prairie Farms is a Midwest dairy cooperative with more than 600 farm family members. It has 35 manufacturing plants, more than 100 distribution facilities with a footprint covering more than 30 percent of the U.S. The co-op’s annual sales top $3 billion.Hiland Dairy launches organic milkMissouri-based Hiland Dairy Foods Company added organic milk to its product line, available in gallons and half gallons.Founded in 1937, Hiland operates processing facilities in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska and Oklahoma. It has distribution in 11 states throughout the Midwest.Burnett Dairy Cooperative introducing cheese flavorsWisconsin-based Burnett Dairy Cooperative will introduce new flavors of string cheese and artisan cheese at June’s Dairy-Deli-Bake Expo in Houston, Texas.Burnett Dairy’s new Garden Veggie variety of natural mozzarella string cheese joins the cooperative’s line, which already includes Pepperoni Pizza, Zesty Teriyaki, Hot Pepper Beef, Smoked and Creamy Original.Burnett Dairy said its Wood River Creamery artisanal cheese line will introduce five new flavors, and be sourced from dairy farms providing milk not produced using recombinant bovine somatotropin (rBST).Midwest Dairy Association urges ‘Dairy 3 for Me’ pledgeThe Midwest Dairy Association (MDA) is urging consumers to commit to three daily servings of dairy products during June Dairy Month.Recently, the 2015 Dietary Guidelines reaffirmed dairy’s important place in the diet by maintaining its recommendation that people ages nine and older consume three servings of low-fat or fat-free dairy foods every day.In celebration of June Dairy Month, consumers can visit the MDA website and take the “Dairy 3 for Me” pledge.By committing to the pledge, consumers are eligible to win three weekly prizes, and be entered in a drawing for a $250 retail gift card at a grocery store.March U.S. restaurant sales, traffic mixedSame-store sales and customer traffic results were mixed in March, but National Restaurant Association members remain cautiously optimistic about business conditions in the months ahead.The NRA’s Restaurant Performance Index (RPI) consists of two components: the Current Situation Index (measuring current trends), and the Expectations Index (measuring restaurant operators’ six-month outlook).Forty-six percent of restaurant operators reported a same-store sales gain between March 2015 and March 2016, while 38 percent reported a sales decline.Thirty-eight percent of restaurant operators expect to have higher sales in six months (compared to the same period in the previous year), down from 46 percent who reported similarly last month. Only 13 percent of restaurant operators expect their sales volume in six months to be lower.  PD Dave NatzkeEditorProgressive DairymanEmail Dave Natzkedave@progressivepublish.com Dean Foods reported lower milk costs and higher profits. Saputo ends use of ultrafiltered milk imported from the U.S. Also, dairy companies from California to New York announced new innovations. This and other U.S. dairy industry news can be found here.last_img read more