center column 1 Union Station Homeless Services to Feed Thousands in Need at Christmas Dinner-in-the-Park From STAFF REPORTS Published on Friday, December 11, 2015 | 12:41 pm Top of the News To spread holiday cheer and joy, hundreds of volunteers of all ages will gather together on Christmas Day to serve meals at Union Station Homeless Services’ 43rd annual Dinner-in-the-Park.For more than four decades, this beloved tradition has been a staple event for the community during the holiday season.Donned in hairnets, gloves and welcoming smiles, hundreds of volunteers will serve warm holiday meals to all who are hungry at Pasadena’s Central Park on Christmas Day.“The event brings the community together!” said Ginger Mort, member of the Los Angeles Disney VoluntEAR Leadership Council and a Union Station Dinner-in-the-Park volunteer since 2001. “Even if it is for one day, hopefully one day leads to another and another and so on and so on!”Union Station Homeless Services and its volunteers served more than 3,500 plates of food on Thanksgiving, and the agency expects to serve an additional 1,500 plates of food on Christmas Day.Meal recipients will include adults and families experiencing homelessness and poverty, senior citizens, and those who are alone at the holidays or unable to afford a holiday meal.In addition to volunteers, the event is made possible thanks to generous partners:Tsutayo Ichioka & Satsuki Nakao Foundation, HomeStreet Bank, SuperKing Markets, Longo Toyota Scion Lexus, Pasadena Federal Credit Union, Dove Properties, Pasadena Convention Center, Norton Rose Fullbright, Paul Hastings, Centerplate, Chipotle, and Whole Foods.“The Pasadena Convention Center and Centerplate is thrilled to support Union Station Homeless Services by preparing turkeys for Dinner-in-the-Park,” said Michael Ross, CEO, Pasadena Center Operating Company. “We applaud Union Station’s work to serve thousands of meals to the hungry and homeless during the holiday season and are pleased to participate in such a worthwhile cause.”“Dinner-in-the-Park is truly a community event and simply would not be possible without the help of dedicated volunteers and dozens of businesses who make this event such a success,” said Marv Gross, CEO of Union Station.All who are able to help are invited to donate their time, food items or funds to this incredible holiday outreach program.• Union Station Homeless Services is still in need of non-perishable food donations.• A wish list of items needed can be found on the event pageat http://unionstationhs.org/event/dinner-in-the-park-2015/.• The community is invited to drop off these supplies in the indicated sizes at 412 S. Raymond, Pasadena.• Please Note: Due to Health Department regulations, Union Station Homeless Services is no longer able to accept turkey or prepared food donations at the event.About Union Station Homeless ServicesUnion Station Homeless Services, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, is committed to helping homeless men, women and children rebuild their lives. Union Station Homeless Services is part of a premier group of human services agencies in Los Angeles County that are leading the way to ending homelessness in our community. Headquartered in Pasadena, we are the San Gabriel Valley’s largest social service agency assisting homeless and very low-income adults and families. We believe every person deserves a life of dignity and a safe place to call home. 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But while the unemployment rate has fallen steadily in the last five years (from 9.8 percent in January 2010 to 5.5. percent in March 2015), wage growth has remained steady during that period, at an annual rate of about 2 percent.However, the 5.5 percent unemployment rate, which is consistent with many analysts’ and policymakers’ assessment of relatively normal economic conditions, and there have been greater increases among wage growth in the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Employment Cost Index (2.8 percent year-over-year growth in private industry compensation from January 2010 to March 2015). These factors, combined with the announcement from many businesses, including notable retail chains, that say they intend to raise wages indicate that greater wage growth is on the horizon.Knotek states in his report that despite recent signs pointing to an imminent increase in worker compensation, factors such as slack in the labor market, bargaining power, worker productivity, inflation, and many other variables and factors, make wage growth impossible to accurately forecast.Three models were used in the Cleveland Fed report to make the point that wage growth can be impossible to accurately predict for the Employment Cost Index (ECI, which is a measure of wages, salaries, and benefits): first, a Bayesian vector autoregression (BVAR), which includes ECI growth, unemployment rate, productivity, inflation, and other macroeconomic data; second, information from businesses to forecast growth in the ECI; and third, a “random walk” model, which is a simple model that assumes future year-over-year ECI growth will equal its most recently observed value.Using the BVAR, the possibility exists that a declining unemployment rate could put upward pressure on wage growth, but wage growth could also be influenced by other factors such as productivity and inflation, according to Knotek. Using data through the end of 2014, Knotek’s wage growth forecast using the BVAR showed an increase of about 3 percent in ECI by the end of 2017.In the second model, Knotek used the survey results from the National Federation of Independent Business monthly survey which reports the net percentages of small business responding in the survey who said they plan to increase worker compensation in the next three months or who have increased it over the previous three months. The forecast using this model accurately predicted the annual growth rate of 2.8 percent for Q1 2015, but showed that ECI growth would taper off toward the end of 2017 down to about a 2.5 percent annual growth rate.Knoteck found the random walk model to be the most reliable of the three models to forecast wage growth.”By construction, the random walk forecast calls for ECI growth to be steady at a little under 2 and a half percent for the next three years,” Knotek said. “Of course, if I were to redo the forecasts using the most recent ECI reading of 2.8 percent, the random walk model would now call for that rate of ECI growth to persist going forward.” About Author: Brian Honea in Daily Dose, Featured, Market Studies, News Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland Labor Market U.S. Economy Wage Growth 2015-05-11 Brian Honea Brian Honea’s writing and editing career spans nearly two decades across many forms of media. 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Malala Yousafzai has been elected social secretary of Lady Margaret Hall, after running a successful campaign alongside fellow student Tiger Akawin.They will take charge of the college’s bops and wider social calendar, and have indicated their desire for more events with other colleges.In their manifesto, they boasted that between them they have a the numbers of a “wide and powerful network of people”, including “Bill Gates, [Justin] Trudeau and Sean Shannon (the world’s fastest talker)” – the latter having ran a charity auction at LMH in which Malala bid for the right to slap the JCR’s charity rep.Besides their populist promises of Bop Liquer and Bop Pizza, the duo also emphasised their commitment to running events that cater for people “who aren’t keen on alcohol, crowds of people or loud music.”
One of the UK’s biggest shows for food-to-go trades, lunch! will be at the Business Design Centre, London on 21-22 September.The show attracts around 6,000 people a year and has experienced a significant year-on-year growth in attendance since it launched in 2008, while exhibitor numbers have reached over 350 companies showcasing a mix of food, drink, packaging, catering equipment and technology.lunch! will feature over 25 keynote sessions across two theatres with high-profile brands, including Starbucks, Pret A Manger, Costa Coffee and Welcome Break to share their expertise in the industry.Chris Brazier, events director for lunch! told British Baker: “The preparations are going really well, we’ve been speaking to our 340 exhibitors in the build-up to make sure they are happy and are as excited as we are. We have never had so many new products for the food-to-go sector being launched at a show and it’s great to see that the sector is in such good shape.“I really expect the best show we have ever had. With the amount of amazing new products, exciting new start-up companies, inspirational seminars and the quality of buyers that we have seen registering from across the food to go sector the signs are great. We’ve never had so many entries into the Innovation Challenge so we need the help of all the buyers to vote for their favourite innovation on day one of the show before revealing who wins the big prizes on day two.”Brazier felt that the baking industry has had a great impact on the food-to-go sector. He believes that baking companies who exhibit at the show see some of the very best results and research has shown that it is the number one product type that buyers are looking for.Earlier this month, Susan Yarnell, the manager of A Great Little Place, was shortlisted for her sandwich design skills at the Café Life Awards held at the lunch! exhibition.
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