Covid 19: The ONS inflation basket tells us what’s hot in pandemic shopping

first_img So,what lockdown trends stuck? Dumbells, hand santizers, loungewear bottoms and fitness-tracking smart watches were added, and ground coffee was replaced by coffee sachets, all reflecting an army ofcasually dressed remote workers who swapped their after work gym session with a lounge workout with free weights. Sandwiches purchased from the office canteen are no longer counted. Neither are gold chains and Axminster and Wilton carpets common in commercial properties. More From Our Partners Police Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comFeds seized 18 devices from Rudy Giuliani and his employees in April raidnypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.org You’ve probably read countless stories on shopping trends during the Covid-19 pandemic: banana bread, gym equipment, deliveries, pyjamas. However the ONS’ basket of good used to determine inflation tells us what’s really going on. Home workouts and hand weights have become a mainstay of the Covid-19 pandemic lockdown Covid-19: Forget the fashion pages, the ONS inflation basket tells us pandemic shopping trends The statisticians there track consumer price inflation (CPI), how expensive things are to buy, basket on a famed basket of goods. Home workouts and hand weights have become a mainstay of the Covid-19 pandemic lockdown Also Read: Covid-19: Forget the fashion pages, the ONS inflation basket tells us pandemic shopping trends And what else fell off the shopping list after 2020? Tags: Coronavirus UK inflation When it comes tot he mid-afternoon sugar rush, more Brits were buying Maltesers than white chocolate bars, so the malted treat was added and the choc-block removed. Home workouts and hand weights have become a mainstay of the Covid-19 pandemic lockdown Also Read: Covid-19: Forget the fashion pages, the ONS inflation basket tells us pandemic shopping trends Monday 15 March 2021 1:31 pm Josh Martin The bulk of the more than 700 items in the basket stayed put, with only 17 additions and 10 items removed. The basket, although hypothetical, is based on real shopping data from across the UK, so additions and deletions to the “shopping basket list” tell us what’s hot, and what’s not. Show Comments ▼ whatsapp whatsapp Share Ad Unmute by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeBrake For ItSay Goodbye: These Cars Will Be Discontinued In 2021Brake For ItUndoMoneyWise.comThe Worst College In Every US State, RankedMoneyWise.comUndoLivestlyPlugs Have These Two Holes At The End, Here’s WhyLivestlyUndoUnify Health LabsThe 1 Thing Randy Jackson Did To Lose WeightUnify Health LabsUndoFactableAluminum Foil Uses You’ll Want to KnowFactableUndoHomeLight.comDon’t Make This Mistake When You Sell Your Home. Try these 7 websites.HomeLight.comUndoZen HeraldShe Inspired Three Of The Most Popular Songs EverZen HeraldUndoDad Patrol20 Photos That Will Open Your MindDad PatrolUndoDaily Funny40 Brilliant Life Hacks Nobody Told You AboutDaily FunnyUndo Sam Beckett, the ONS’s head of economic statistics, said: “The pandemic has impacted on our behaviour as consumers, and this has been reflected in the 2021 inflation basket of goods. The need for hygiene on the go has seen the addition of hand sanitiser, now a staple item for many of us.”last_img read more

Stocks boosted by good news on Greek banks – London Report

first_img Show Comments ▼ More From Our Partners Express KCS Share whatsapp Tags: NULL Stocks boosted by good news on Greek banks – London Report whatsapp Monday 20 July 2015 8:33 pm THE REOPENING of Greek banks, as well as positive broker sentiment on a few of the bigger names in the market helped to boost British stocks yesterday.The blue-chip FTSE 100 index closed up 0.2 per cent at 6,788.69 points after falling in the previous session.Shares in HSBC rose 1.1 per cent to 586.6 pence, adding the most points to the FTSE 100 index, after Citigroup raised its rating on the stock to “buy” from “neutral” and increased its price target to 635p from 625p.“Citi’s upgrade is benefiting HSBC. Despite its exposure to the Asian market, HSBC remains well capitalised and financially robust and is looking to streamline its operations wherever possible,” Richard Hunter, head of equities at Hargreaves Lansdown, said.“Some stabilisation in Greece has also helped market sentiment. If we don’t hear any bad news from Greece in the next couple of days, investors will turn back to fundamentals such as quarterly earnings,” he added.Greeks banks reopened three weeks after closing to stop the system collapsing, the first cautious sign of a return to normal after a deal to start talks on a new package of bailout reforms.Also on the upside, Sports Direct shares climbed 3.4 per cent after Exane BNP Paribas raised its target price for the sporting goods retailer’s stock to 860p from 800p.In other gainers, Rolls-Royce edged 0.4 per cent higher after the British engineering company, under pressure after successive profit warnings, said its aero engine business won two new contracts totalling $2.23bn (£1.43bn).But miners were knocked back after gold plunged to its lowest level in more than five years as bullion’s safe-have status took a knock from mounting expectations of a US rate hike.Blue-chip gold producers Randgold Resources and Fresnillo fell 4.7 and 4.4 per cent respectively, while mid-cap miners Acacia and Centamin, along with a small-cap peer Hochschild, tumbled between 13.7 and 9.1 per cent.“Given where gold is going, I think that sector’s going to suffer quite a lot,” Numis Securities analyst Cailey Barker said.Aveva was the biggest FTSE 250 gainer, surging nearly 27.3 per cent after France’s Schneider Electric said it would combine its software unit with the British company in a reverse takeover designed to create a global leader in industrial software. last_img read more

Treasury and Financial Conduct Authority open consultation to improve financial advice

first_imgGuy added that the review “must understand the full extent of the problems around the advice gaps”, saying, “The price and availability of products and services is important, but the review must also address gaps in people’s knowledge and understanding of what help they can get with planning their finances, and how to access it.”The consultation is due to close on 22 December, and a review is expected to be published before next spring’s Budget. Show Comments ▼ whatsapp Lauren Fedor More From Our Partners Police Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.org980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgWhite House Again Downplays Fourth Possible Coronvirus Checkvaluewalk.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgInstitutional Investors Turn To Options to Bet Against AMCvaluewalk.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comMatt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondogglenypost.comMark Eaton, former NBA All-Star, dead at 64nypost.comKamala Harris keeps list of reporters who don’t ‘understand’ her: reportnypost.comInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comSidney Crosby, Alex Ovechkin are graying and frayingnypost.com The FCA has faced criticism in recent years that its Retail Distribution Review programme, intended to improve consumer confidence, has effectively priced out people with smaller net worth from accessing professional financial advice. But with recent changes to pension schemes – including automatic enrolment and new pension freedom rules giving savers greater control over their portfolios – expected to boost demand for financial advice, the government announced over the summer that it will conduct a new review with the City watchdog. The consultation announced yesterday will be taken into account as part of that review.In August, the Treasury said the review will “examine how financial advice could work better for consumers” and “ensure the regulatory and legislative environ­ment allows and encourages firms to innovate and grow their business models to include affordable and accessible financial advice”. Citizens Advice, a charity, welcomed the consultation, saying today it will publish its own new report on so-called advice gaps later this week.Citizens Advice chief executive Gillian Guy said: “Getting the right money advice, support or guidance can be the key to a secure financial future.” The Treasury and the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) have opened a consultation into what can be done to improve people’s access to financial advice.Financial advisers and members of the public have until just before Christmas to tell the government and the regulator what they think should be done differently, they said yesterday. Share by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikePost FunKate & Meghan Are Very Different Mothers, These Photos Prove ItPost FunSwift VerdictChrissy Metz, 39, Shows Off Massive Weight Loss In Fierce New PhotoSwift VerdictMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity Weekzenherald.comMeghan Markle Changed This Major Detail On Archies Birth Certificatezenherald.comEquity MirrorThey Drained Niagara Falls — They Weren’t Prepared For This Sickening DiscoveryEquity MirrorAll Things Auto | Search AdsNew Cadillac’s Finally On SaleAll Things Auto | Search AdsArticles SkillHusband Leaves Wife For Her Sister, Not Knowing She Won The Lottery Just Moments BeforeArticles SkillTotal PastThis Was Found Hiding In An Oil Painting – Take A Closer LookTotal PastDefinitionThe Most Famous Movie Filmed In Every U.S. StateDefinition Tuesday 13 October 2015 1:06 pm Treasury and Financial Conduct Authority open consultation to improve financial advice whatsapplast_img read more

Science committee Dems to Trump: Stop with the fake news and get a science adviser

first_img About the Author Reprints By Lev Facher May 18, 2017 Reprints STAT+ is STAT’s premium subscription service for in-depth biotech, pharma, policy, and life science coverage and analysis. Our award-winning team covers news on Wall Street, policy developments in Washington, early science breakthroughs and clinical trial results, and health care disruption in Silicon Valley and beyond. GET STARTED What is it? Science committee Dems to Trump: Stop with the fake news and get a science adviser Daily reporting and analysis The most comprehensive industry coverage from a powerhouse team of reporters Subscriber-only newsletters Daily newsletters to brief you on the most important industry news of the day STAT+ Conversations Weekly opportunities to engage with our reporters and leading industry experts in live video conversations Exclusive industry events Premium access to subscriber-only networking events around the country The best reporters in the industry The most trusted and well-connected newsroom in the health care industry And much more Exclusive interviews with industry leaders, profiles, and premium tools, like our CRISPR Trackr. What’s included? Lev Facher Mark Wilson/Getty Imagescenter_img Unlock this article — plus daily intelligence on Capitol Hill and the life sciences industry — by subscribing to STAT+. First 30 days free. GET STARTED Politics [email protected] Log In | Learn More @levfacher WASHINGTON — Several Democrats on the House Science Committee are scolding President Trump for his belief in fake news stories, tying that belief to the lack of scientific leadership in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.“Until the OSTP is adequately staffed and the director position filled by a qualified, objective scientist who understands the difference between alternative news peddled on alt-right websites and legitimate well-vetted scientific facts, we fear that you will continue to be vulnerable to misinformation and fake news,” the lawmakers wrote in a letter to the White House on Thursday. Washington Correspondent Lev Facher covers the politics of health and life sciences. Tags CongresspolicyWhite Houselast_img read more

Well wishes for popular commentator as illness rules out London trip

first_img Pinterest Well wishes for popular commentator as illness rules out London trip WhatsApp Facebook Facebook Laois County Council team up with top chef for online demonstration on tips for reducing food waste Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Home Sport GAA Well wishes for popular commentator as illness rules out London trip SportGAA Twitter Previous articleMoment in Time: Great style at the Scoil Chriost Ri Debs in 2012Next articleYour guide to this afternoon’s Laois v Dublin crucial hurling league clash Alan HartnettStradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016. Laois County Council create ‘bigger and better’ disability parking spaces to replace ones occupied for outdoor dining Council Community TAGSJack NolanLaois in London WhatsApp Well wishes for Jack Nolan Laois Gaelic Football fans will not be listening to Jack Nolan reporting live from Ruislip today.The legendary GAA commentator travels the length and breadth of Ireland following our football and hurling teams.He was even present the last team the Laois footballers played a match outside of the country – when they defeated Lancashire in 1993 All-Ireland Junior football semi final.But Nolan will not be in London after he was struck down by illness in the early hours of Saturday morning.Jack broke the news on his Facebook page by posting a picture of himself in the bed in Portlaoise Hospital.Speaking to LaoisToday, he revealed what happened.He said: “I was all set to go to London on Saturday morning but at 4am I took a bit of a turn.“I was then taken by ambulance to Portlaoise Hospital where I have been kept overnight.“I’m getting sorted but it is unfortunate and really bad timing.“I was hoping to get a flight out this morning by my consultant said ‘no way’.”Well wishes have been flooding in for Jack on Facebook and Twitter.And everyone here at LaoisToday wishes him a very speedy recovery also!SEE ALSO – Brilliant St Fergal’s book All Ireland final place Pinterest By Alan Hartnett – 11th March 2018 Rugby Ten Laois based players named on Leinster rugby U-18 girls squadlast_img read more

Ensuring senior Australians are vaccinated against COVID-19

first_imgEnsuring senior Australians are vaccinated against COVID-19 Tens of thousands of aged care residents in Australia will soon receive their first vaccine dose against COVID-19 next week.The Australian Government is ensuring those who are particularly vulnerable to the worst effects of the coronavirus receive the earliest protection, so priority is being given to residential aged care facility staff and residents.The vaccination program will begin in every state and territory and will include regional and rural aged care facilities. It is anticipated that the roll out to aged care facilities will take approximately six weeks.Minister for Health and Aged Care, Greg Hunt, said the vaccine implementation plan for residential aged care aimed to administer vaccines to more than 240 aged care facilities in the first week.“Vaccination for residents and staff will be made available through residential aged care facilities where they live or work, and it will be administered through an in-reach workforce provider,” Minister Hunt said.“Healthcare Australia will be providing the vaccination workforce in New South Wales and Queensland, and Aspen Medical will be responsible for the other states and territories.“The Primary Health Network in each region will be supporting the Commonwealth deliver to each of the aged care facilities in their area and the process is expected to draw from the extensive experience in delivering influenza vaccines to aged care residents.”Residential aged care facilities will be grouped, up to a maximum of eight facilities within a 30 kilometre radius to ensure efficient delivery of the vaccine.Vaccination for home and community aged care recipients and staff will occur in the community, and these people will receive information relevant to their situation shortly.It’s anticipated that people aged over 70 years who do not reside in residential aged care facilities, along with in-home and community aged care staff, will be able to go to specified central locations or medical facilities to receive their COVID 19 vaccination, as the time comes for their vaccination.Minister for Senior Australians and Aged Care Services, Richard Colbeck, said the Australian Government would be responsible for leading the implementation of the COVID-19 vaccination program in the aged care sector.“We are consulting with relevant peak bodies and state and territory governments, but the responsibilities are clearly delineated so all parties understand their role in this critical and complex program,” Minister Colbeck said.“The New South Wales, Victorian and the South Australian governments will maintain responsibility for vaccinating residents and staff of the public sector residential aged care and disability care facilities in their state.“It is vital residents and families understand what information is available to them as the vaccine strategy is rolled out. I would encourage residents and family members to ask if they need help understanding the vaccine program and how it will affect them.“Importantly, the vaccine providers will be providing information about the vaccine and seeking consent from aged care residents or their substitute decision maker, to ensure they understand the risks and benefits of receiving the vaccine.”Everyone responsible for providing the vaccine in aged care settings will be required to have completed the relevant training, including on the use of multi-dose vials, cold storage and infection control.In the coming weeks, the vaccination program will reach more than 2,600 residential aged care facilities, more than 183,000 residents and 339,000 staff.Families seeking additional information and support can visit: https://www.australia.gov.au/ /Media Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:AusPol, Australia, Australian, Australian Government, commonwealth, coronavirus, Department of Health, family members, Government, health, healthcare, infection control, New South Wales, Queensland, residential aged care, residential aged care facilities, South Australia, vaccination, Victorialast_img read more

Renowned Advertiser To Speak At CU-Boulder Oct. 19

first_imgChuck Porter, chairman of the internationally acclaimed advertising agency Crispin Porter + Bogusky, will present “What’s New in Advertising. And What’s Not” on Thursday, Oct. 19, at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Porter will deliver the John E. Holden Journalism Lecture at 5:30 p.m. in room 199 of the Hellems Arts and Sciences Building. The event is free and open to the public and is sponsored by the School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Based in Miami and Boulder, Crispin Porter + Bogusky is best known for its unconventional ads and use of the Internet to promote the brands of clients including Burger King, Volkswagen and Virgin Atlantic Airlines. Porter joined the agency as creative director and partner in 1988 after working as an award-winning freelance copywriter. The agency has been profiled in numerous publications including the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Business Week, Forbes, Time and Newsweek. The John E. Holden Journalism Lecture is an annual series designed to give students the opportunity to hear members of the media speak on contemporary issues. The series is funded by John E. “Jack” and Marguerite “Peggy” Holden. Jack Holden is a 1948 graduate of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication. For more information call (303) 492-0460. Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Published: Oct. 15, 2006 last_img read more

New electronic workflow for grade-change requests

first_img Published: June 1, 2017 The Office of the Registrar has announced a new electronic workflow for grade-change requests that allows instructors to submit individual grade changes without a change of record form for classes going back to fall 2010.Upon submission by the instructor, the grade-change request is routed to the student’s primary dean for approval. If approved, the new grade is reflected on the student’s record within five hours. The student, instructor and dean receive an email when the change goes into effect. Instructors cannot use the new electronic workflow to submit changes to thesis or dissertation IP (in-progress) grades; a final grade card must still be submitted. The new workflow also does not replace the need for a change of record form for credit-hour changes, retroactive drops or retroactive adds.For more information and instructions, please see the grade-change workflow documentation for instructors.Categories:Deadlines & AnnouncementsCampus Community Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-maillast_img read more

26th edition of Medical Fair India to be held in Mumbai

first_img The fair is slated to be held from March 5-7, 2020 at Bombay Convention and Exhibition CentreThe 26th edition of Medical Fair India 2020 is slated to be held from March 5-7, 2020 at Bombay Convention and Exhibition Centre in Mumbai. A part of the ‘MEDICAlliance’ family of trade fairs, it is organised by Messe Düsseldorf India in cooperation with MEDICA.Together with MEDICAlliance and in association with Association of Healthcare Providers, India (AHPI), Association of Indian Manufacturers of Medical Devices (AIMED), Association of Diagnostic Manufacturers of India (ADMI), Quality & Accreditation Institute (QAI), Practicing Pathologists Society, The Association of Practicing Pathologists (APP), Maharashtra Association Of Practising Pathologist & Microbiologists (MAPPM) and this edition promises to bring together all the stakeholders from all facets of medical and healthcare Industry.Veena Kohli, President, Association of Diagnostics Manufacturers of India continues to lead the Clinlab conference. The conference will cover topics on in- vitro diagnostic, laboratory medicine, point of care testing, molecular medical diagnostics and clinical chemistry.“Medical Fair India is well known for its ability to detect trends and respond to new innovations. Therefore, each edition is unique as it explores new sub-segments and opportunities for diversification,” said Thomas Schlitt, Managing Director, Messe Düsseldorf India.Additionally, the future for Health (FTR4H) conference this year at Medical Fair India will focus on how digital transformation reconstructs healthcare. NASSCOM – Centre of Excellence – IoT & AI joins this year as its digital transformation partner and jointly with FTR4H will organise the Start-up Awards. This year attraction include participation from start-ups to showcase their solution in the healthcare domain.The 26th edition will also witness a celebration of individuals and organisations at 10th Medgate Today awards on March 5, 2020. This year awards will felicitate the medical industry stalwarts in recognition to their contribution to the Indian medical industry. By EH News Bureau on February 24, 2020 26th edition of Medical Fair India to be held in Mumbai Read Article 26th edition of Medical Fair IndiaBombay Convention and Exhibition CentreMEDICAMEDICAllianceMesse Dusseldorf India Comments (0) Heartfulness group of organisations launches ‘Healthcare by Heartfulness’ COVID care app Phoenix Business Consulting invests in telehealth platform Healpha Share WHO tri-regional policy dialogue seeks solutions to challenges facing international mobility of health professionals MaxiVision Eye Hospitals launches “Mucormycosis Early Detection Centre” The missing informal workers in India’s vaccine story Menopause to become the next game-changer in global femtech solutions industry by 2025 Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals releases first “Comprehensive Textbook of COVID-19” News Related Posts Add Commentlast_img read more

L.A. mayor eyeing White House tests political appeal in Iowa

first_imgHomeNewsL.A. mayor eyeing White House tests political appeal in Iowa May. 08, 2018 at 5:20 amNewsL.A. mayor eyeing White House tests political appeal in IowaGuest Author3 years agoapassociated pressdaily pressGarcettiLos AngelesNewspoliticssanta monica daily pressAssociated Press Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, the Democratic leader of a city with 75 miles of coastline, immigrants from around the world and the Kardashians, is considering running for president in 2020. But first he would have to make it through Iowa. On a recent visit, he did his best to connect, playing up everything his city shares with the rural, overwhelmingly white voters. It was no easy task.“Iowa and Los Angeles have much more in common than you might think, and it’s not just because we have the USS Iowa parked in the Port of L.A.,” Garcetti said at a party dinner.WHY IT MATTERSFor more than 40 years, the Iowa caucuses have led off the two major parties’ presidential nominating process. A surprising finish can reward the winner with momentum; Democrat Barack Obama proved that by beating Hillary Clinton in Iowa in 2008. Failing to meet expectations can mean an early beginning to the end; Democrat Howard Dean showed that four years earlier.Garcetti is the sort of candidate who could need Iowa. He has a minimal national profile and could use a burst of momentum to be considered in the Democrats’ top tier.He’s also fighting history. While former mayors have gone on to be president, no candidate has jumped straight from city hall to the White House. Mayors of other big cities such as New York and New Orleans also are thinking about the 2020 race and hoping their records in office might be enough. But the gap between urban and rural voters in the U.S. is wide, making their challenge considerable.WHAT TO WATCHWill Iowans buy it?Los Angeles has a million more people than Iowa and packs them into one-tenth the area. It has the nation’s busiest seaport. It could also be called the city of immigrants. For 139 countries, Los Angeles is home to the largest population living outside their homelands. In contrast, Iowa is landlocked and more than 80 percent white.Undeterred, Garcetti is playing up the similarities.He compares Iowa and Los Angeles as renewable energy leaders. “Los Angeles is the No. 1 solar city in America. Iowa is the No. 1 wind state in America.” True.“We’re both manufacturing capitals of heavy equipment.” Also true.His moves are nothing new in a state where presidential prospects scrounge for any connection.Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani once likened the nation’s largest city, with more than 8.5 million people, to Cedar Rapids, population 131,000.Clinton, over the course of her two presidential campaigns, often told of her family’s stay at the Tall Corn Motel in Davenport on a childhood road trip. It might have been an attempt to cast herself — wealthy, powerful and protected by the Secret Service — as just one of the folks.Garcetti’s take was that the differences don’t matter.“It’s false that people wake up and say, ‘Oh, I’m a coastal person, I’m a heartland person,’” Garcetti told reporters during his visit. “We struggle with the same things here and we have the same victories.”His effort to link his work in Los Angeles to Iowa’s small cities and towns is somewhat of a stretch. Immigration and trade, both big issues for Garcetti, are big in Iowa, too.The 47-year-old Garcetti noted that he’s the great-grandson of a Mexican immigrant who brought his grandfather to Los Angeles as an infant. Today, Garcetti’s grandfather would have been among those immigrant children living in the United States illegally but protected by the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program; Trump has threatened them with deportation.With that as part of his family’s history, Garcetti has steadfastly opposed federal efforts to reduce “sanctuary cities,” municipalities like his that resist federal mandates to verify immigration status as part of routine police stops. He promoted his enactment of a $10 million legal defense fund for immigrants.Garcetti’s is a popular position with Democrats in Iowa, angry about a new Republican-backed law enacted outlawing sanctuary cities in a state without any. Minority activists packed into the room in the Iowa Capitol, where GOP Gov. Kim Reynolds signed the measure just days earlier, and erupted into cheers at Garcetti’s encouragement to take action.Garcetti’s message hearkens back to Obama-style message of trying to find commonality in diversity. As he likes to say, he’s “just your average Mexican-American-Jewish-Italian.”ONE LAST THINGGarcetti has a personal connection to Iowa.Garcetti’s wife, Amy Wakeman, traces her family’s roots to Iowa, as Garcetti said almost everywhere he went on his recent visit. Wakeman wasn’t along for the trip, but was “so jealous because I’m going to all the places her family is from,” Garcetti told The Associated Press.He visited the Waterloo gravesite of Wakeland’s great-grandparents and a memorial for her great uncle, killed in World War II.“Iowa is not just the geographic heart of this country, it’s the moral center,” Garcetti said at the party dinner. “It’s a place where decency and hard work still mean something.”Tags :apassociated pressdaily pressGarcettiLos AngelesNewspoliticssanta monica daily pressshare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentSMMUSD Board VP Jon Kean reflects on ‘After Auschwitz’New site aims to help voters follow the moneyYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall10 hours agoNewsBruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for moreAssociated Press21 hours agoNewsWedding boom is on in the US as vendors scramble to keep upAssociated Press21 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson21 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter21 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor21 hours agolast_img read more