CALGARY – A second institutional investor proxy advisory firm is wading into the fight by a dissident shareholder to elect a slate of four directors to the 10-member board at Crescent Point Energy Corp.Unlike Institutional Shareholder Services Inc., however, Glass Lewis & Co. is recommending that shareholders vote for all of Crescent Point’s director nominees and none of those put forward by Cation Capital Inc.Glass Lewis says shareholders should also vote in favour of the oil and gas producer’s approach to executive compensation, one of the issues identified by Cation, even though it gives a “D” grade in its report for pay for performance and says the top five executives earn more than the average on a list of their peers.ISS last week suggested shareholders should vote for two of Cation’s four nominees at the company’s annual meeting May 4 because there is a “reasonably compelling case” for board change to improve capital spending decisions, enhance profitability and bring executive compensation in line.Crescent Point endorses the Glass Lewis report, pointing out in a news release it supports the current board’s efforts to address shareholder concerns and finds Cation’s plan “decidedly vague and bereft of any meaningful substance.”In response, Cation says the Glass Lewis recommendation is “entirely flawed,” charging that the advisory firm didn’t fairly consult with Cation about its plan for Crescent Point.
Rabat – The Parliamentary Network held a one day conference on June 21 in the French Senate, inviting G7 parliamentarians and partner countries to discuss France’s priorities in anticipation of the upcoming G7 meeting to be held in August. Moroccan Lahcen Haddad, a long-time member of Moroccan Parliament and vice-chair of the Parliamentary Network, used the conference as an opportunity to address global inequality and accountability.The Parliamentary Network on the World Bank & the IMF is an independent NGO that aims to foster collaboration among legislators from around the world to address poverty – both in their home countries and abroad. They also advocate for increased transparency of international financial institutions. The organization is open to all elected parliamentarians from World Bank member states. While participating in the Parliamentary Network, parliamentarians represent themselves and their constituents, not their countries’ governments.While the Parliamentary Network held its main conference in Washington earlier this spring, similar goals were discussed at the recent meeting in the French Senate. Development, good governance and accountability, and fighting inequality were high on the agenda.The conference was centered around France’s goals coming into the G7 meeting, with an emphasis on global inequalities, in addition to addressing how to align its national goals with G7 priorities.Read also: World Bank Loans Morocco $500 Million to Improve Education Sector“The rise of inequalities is a serious threat to the cohesion of societies and economic development which benefits a large population. France places the reduction of inequalities and the social dimension of globalization at the heart of the debate. The promotion of such a model is a major political choice and will be the main concern of the French presidency of the G7,” Haddad said in a statement to Morocco World News.The conference also served as an opportunity to discuss uses for the World Bank’s International Development Association (IDA) fund, which is approaching its renewal for the next three years. IDA funds are the largest source of financial resources and support for developing and impoverished countries and rely heavily on donations from G7 countries. Haddad has been a member of Morocco’s parliament since 2011 and is a long-standing supporter of improving inequality through sustainable and accountable action. He was recently elected vice president of the international governing council for the Society of International Development (SID), an international network focusing on development, policy, and governance.From 2012 until 2016, Haddad served as the Minister of Tourism and oversaw Morocco’s shift to becoming a leading tourist destination in the MENA region, specifically in sustainable tourism.Before joining the government, Haddad worked for USAID as an international expert in human and social development and has taught at universities both in Morocco and the US.
Rising tensions and reported preparations for armed attacks in Chad threaten to make an already highly complex logistical operation to feed hundreds of thousands of Chadians and Sudanese even more difficult, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) warned today, the second such caution in two weeks.“Even under normal circumstances, WFP’s operation in eastern Chad teeters on the brink,” WFP country director Stefano Porretti said. “We want to ensure that the world is aware of how dire the situation could become for those people – both displaced Chadians and refugees from Darfur – who depend on our assistance.” A WFP-led food security assessment mission which has just returned from eastern Chad, bordering the strife-torn Sudanese region of Darfur, said that while the situation was not yet cause for alarm, the food stocks of some 50,000 internally displaced people (IDPs) were rapidly being depleted as they share their limited resources with around 20,000 people hosting them. “We need to work fast now to avoid any sudden deterioration in these people’s nutritional status,” Mr. Porretti said. “We are aiming to launch seed protection activities in areas which can be cultivated, so that Chadians remain self-sufficient for as long as possible. No general food distributions are planned at the moment, but we are keeping a close eye on how the situation evolves.” April and May are critical months for maintaining supplies of food, with WFP striving to pre-position enough food for six months in each of the 12 refugee camps in the east, which shelter more than 200,000 Sudanese overall, before the annual rains make road transport impossible.If truck convoys through Libya and Cameroon remain free to move, WFP is on target to get the food in place, but if insecurity forces delays, there will be serious consequences for deliveries. Shortages during the rainy season can only be made up by expensive air-drops, something WFP is keen to avoid.The closure of the border between Chad and Sudan after the rebel assault on the Chadian capital of capital N’Djamena in April could have a serious impact on WFP operations in West Darfur, where the agency is currently feeding a total of 500,000 people. Much of the food for the needy in West Darfur arrives from Libya via Chad, but the border closure has rendered this route unusable. As the annual ‘hunger season’ begins to bite, it is certain that many of the displaced Chadians, as well as the communities hosting them, will run out of food and require emergency assistance. WFP’s $87 million emergency operation in eastern Chad is currently only 60 per cent funded and further contributions are vital to ensure food deliveries to the camps following the rainy season until the end of the year.
“Tonga joins SIDS in calling for the inclusion of climate change as a cross-cutting issue of sustainable development goals (SDGs),” King Tupou said in reference to the environmental and anti-poverty targets now under discussion for implementation following the 2015 deadline of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).“Oceans are a thematic priority and should also be prominently featured in the SDGs and post-2015 agenda,” he added. Commending UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon for his initiative to convene a high-level climate change summit in 2014 and urged leadership from developed countries to “enhance their mitigation ambition.” He also joined other small islands in affirming that, in laying the groundwork for a post-2015 development agenda – a priority for the 68th General Assembly that is now holding its General Debate – be influence by the outcome of the Third International Conference on SIDS to be convened in 2014 in Samoa.Pointing to examples of international cooperation that could assist Pacific islands in their struggle for equitable sustainability, he stressed, in particular the importance of the establishment of a Pacific Regional Data Repository for the UN’s Sustainable Energy for All initiative, plans for which were made public today with the participation of Secretary-General Ban.Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi of Samoa. UN Photo/Ryan BrownSamoa’s Prime Minister stressed that the causes and effects of climate change and the solutions to address them are widely known and the roles and responsibilities of different countries are evident. “We know already in the Pacific as will many other parts of the world from bitter and harsh experience what the consequences of climate change are and these will only become more severe if not enough is done,” he said.“Sadly, what is evident to us in the climate change negotiations is the continued triumph of vested interests in preventing and delaying the action that must be take,” he said, adding, “Let’s rise to the occasion and be part of the solution.”Mr. Sailele Malielegaoi also stressed the importance of the control of small arms and light weapons, the ending of nuclear testing and the peaceful resolution of conflicts to his region and the world.In a separate event today, Secretary-General Ban met with Pacific Island Forum leaders on the sidelines of the General Debate, praising them for their resolve on climate change and other areas as shown in the adoption of the Majuro Declaration.Thanking Samoa for agreeing to host the SIDS conference, he said, “The Forum and the United Nations are becoming close partners,” not only on climate change but also many other issues.“The Pacific region is changing rapidly,” Mr. Ban said. “The United Nations is very aware of the shifting geo-political dynamics and the increasing involvement of Pacific countries in regional and global issues,” he added.
ABB is set to revamp a production mine hoist for Boliden’s Renstrom mine in northern Sweden. ABB will provide mechanical and electrical equipment, and related installation services, to modernise the hoist, which has been in service for most of the mine’s lifetime. The revamp will help the hoist to operate at the highest levels of reliability and safety, while increasing the mine’s overall production output. The Renstrom mine started operations in 1952, and is currently Sweden’s deepest mine with a ramp down to 1,330 m underground.The mined ore is polymetallic with zinc, copper, lead, gold and silver. Renstrom produced over 275,000 Mt of ore in 2011 and employs approximately 100 people. For the revamp project, ABB will dismount the existing mine hoist system, then install and commission the new mine hoist system. The new system includes an extensive scope of electrical and mechanical equipment for revamp of the skip/skip production mine hoist. Spare parts and training are also included in ABB’s scope of supply.ABB said it was awarded this project thanks to the close co-operation with the customer, and excellent service support for the existing mine hoist as well as for other Boliden mine hoists. ABB has, together with the customer, developed the concept for the revamp of this mine hoist. The mine hoist was first installed in 1953 by ASEA (now ABB) with an original capacity of about 80 t/d. The first revamp of the hoist was done in 1996 by ABB, after more than 40 years of operation; the second revamp will further extend its lifetime for the years to come. Installation of new equipment in the new hoist room on the ground will start during spring 2013. Production will stop during July 2013 for the revamp of the hoist, when the hoist machinery will move from a tower mounted to ground mounted mine hoist system.
Metso has been awarded a major contract to supply pyro-processing and comminution equipment for a new lithium hydroxide processing plant at Albemarle Corporation’s Kemerton site near Bunbury in South Western Australia. The construction of this greenfield project started in January 2019 and production is scheduled to commence in 2021. The plant will initially consist of three production trains, each producing 20,000 t/y of lithium hydroxide, with a potential expansion to five trains that will see production increase to 100,000 t/y by around 2025. The plant will be supplied with lithium concentrate produced at the nearby Greenbushes mine.Metso’s scope of supply includes state-of-the-art calciner and acid roaster systems, ball mills, off-gas handling systems as well as other auxiliaries. Metso’s proven pyro-processing technology will deliver high lithium recovery with low fuel consumption. Orders were booked in Metso’s 3rd quarter 2018 and 1st quarter 2019 orders received, equipment deliveries are expected to begin in the second half of 2019.Ross Wotherspoon, Metso’s Senior Vice President, Australian market area, is delighted with Albemarle’s decision to work with Metso. “We are very pleased to be playing such an important role in Albemarle’s plans as it races to supply booming world demand for battery-quality lithium chemicals. Critical to the success of this project is the combined knowledge and experience of our people and Australian-based suppliers and subcontractors who are engaged to deliver major components of this important contract,” he said.“Lithium projects are on the increase, and at Metso we have diversified our solutions and services to meet this growing demand. We are the technology leader in minerals processing with a strong and capable support organization close to our customers,” concludes Victor Tapia, Metso’s President for Mining Equipment business.
Email Facebook Jeff Lynne’s ELO Announce 2018 U.S. Tour Dates News Jeff Lynne’s ELO Set 2018 U.S. Tour Dates jeff-lynnes-elo-announce-2018-us-tour-dates Twitter GRAMMY winner and his Electric Light Orchestra to tour United States for first time since 1981Tim McPhateGRAMMYs Nov 13, 2017 – 7:50 am Jeff Lynne and his Electric Light Orchestra will make a concert comeback in the United States for the first time in 37 years in 2018.The “Mr. Blue Sky” collective will kick off their first U.S. trek since 1981 on Aug. 2, 2018, at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif.. The three-week jaunt will wrap Aug. 24 in Philadelphia at Wells Fargo Center.”Our audiences are amazing. It’s like they’re in the group,” said the GRAMMY winner Lynne in a statement. “We can’t wait to play for them again.”Tickets for the 2018 U.S. tour will go on sale Nov. 17 via Ticketmaster.Meanwhile, those looking for something to tide them over can indulge in ELO’s Wembley Or Bust live concert film/album, which drops Nov. 17. The GRAMMY Museum at L.A. Live will host a special screening of the film on Nov. 16.How Much Did Tom Petty’s Final Concert Tour Earn?Read more
This week Nintendo will be hoping to sell a fair few more Wii U consoles with the launch of The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD. It’s a game that was originally released for the GameCube and the Wii, but Nintendo decided to undertake a high-definition update for the Wii U in lieu of a brand new Zelda title being available.The update arrives with a number of new features, including a Hero Mode for added difficulty, the use of the Wii U GamePad for viewing maps and inventory, a number of Easter eggs, and the inclusion of Amiibo support which is being used to unlock a new dungeon. However, the biggest change by far is to the graphics, which are now 1080p compared to the original’s 480p thanks to work done by Australian developer Tantalus Media.While HD visuals are very welcome, it’s not all good news. Tantalus has done a great job updating the game, but surprisingly they have been unable to match the original solid 30fps of both the GameCube and the Wii versions. The reason, according to DigitalFoundry, seems to be the Wii U’s memory bandwidth, or lack thereof.For the most part, Twilight Princess HD hits 30fps on the Wii U. But it’s areas with lots of visual effects where it falls down to the mid-20s. The swamp is a good example, with the heavy fog effects causing a significant drop.Thankfully the drops are few and far between and they shouldn’t ruin your enjoyment of the game. It does, however, show what a great job the original development team did on the GameCube version considering the performance that machine had available compared to the Wii U. It also reminds us that 1080p continues to be a difficult visual target to hit for developers.
Problem Solvers with Jason Feifer Cybercrime is moving away from traditional targets, like Windows PCs, and focusing more on mobile devices, according to Cisco’s 2010 Annual Security Report (PDF). As Microsoft becomes more savvy about patching holes in its OS, cybercriminals are treading into new territories, with a strong focus on iOS and Android.When the federal government declared jailbreaking cellphones legal, intrepid hackers sought and discovered more exploits in mobile operating systems. A prominent example used by Cisco is JailbreakMe 2.0, the Safari-based iPhone flaw — which has since been patched — that allowed users to jailbreak with very little tampering of iOS.Cisco threat research manager Scott Olechowski also said that the proliferation of Android will likely lead to major attacks on Google’s OS in the future. Olechowski noted that the more devices that adopt Android — such as smartphones, tablets, even vehicles — the more enticing the open-source OS becomes, especially when it comes to the big bucks in the enterprise.Most concerning for mobile hacks are apps, many of which access user information without permission. Recently, Trapster, an app that warns drivers when a speed trap is ahead, was hacked, exposing millions of iPhone, Android, BlackBerry, and Windows Mobile phone passwords — some of which may also have been linked to a user’s PayPal account.Many companies using smartphones for work do not have a cybersecurity strategy planned or in place, according to Cisco. This is a major concern for iOS business consumers, given that the iPhone is being used at 88 percent of the Fortune 100 companies and 83 percent of the Fortune 500.And for you PC users out there: Tired of your Mac-using friends’ snooty condescension about how their machines are impervious to viruses? Turns out that hackers are targeting Mac users more and more.Although Apple regularly pushes out security updates, due to increased iOS product adoption — especially on the iPad, which has sponged 90 percent of the tablet market-digging into a Mac isn’t so much a waste of time anymore. Still, compared to Windows, the malware threat to Macs is tiny. 2 min read Listen Now Brought to you by PCWorld Hear from business owners and CEOs who went through a crippling business problem and came out the other side bigger and stronger. January 28, 2011
Sponsored Stories Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Top Stories Associated PressWARSAW, Poland (AP) – Poland’s foreign minister said Wednesday that a decades-long effort at reconciliation with Germany, once a historic foe, “is pretty much done” and the two neighbors “are now at a stage of consummating” the relationship.The comments, in English, by Radek Sikorski underline the strong friendship that has developed between two countries whose ties were long defined by occupation, warfare and oppression. The words also come half a year after Sikorski got huge attention with a speech in Berlin calling on Germany to use its power more decisively to stem the economic crisis in Europe. New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths The vital role family plays in society 0 Comments Share Patients with chronic pain give advice It would have once been unthinkable for a Polish leader to call for a more powerful Germany _ and Sikorski’s doing so sparked the anger of some Poles. Still, his tone shows just how far the relationship between the two European Union members has evolved more than 70 years after Nazi Germany invaded Poland and subjected the country to a brutal occupation that killed 6 million Polish citizens.Sikorski spoke Wednesday during a discussion in Warsaw alongside Henry Kissinger, the 89-year-old former U.S. Secretary of State. The event was billed as a debate, but the two generally agreed when asked about Europe’s foreign policy before an audience that included diplomats and academics.Sikorski was asked about the strong support many Poles are showing for the German national football team as its gears up for a semi-final match against Italy at the European Championship on Thursday.“It must have something to do with the fact that we have Polish players on the German team,” Sikorski answered. “But I would say that the job of reconciliation with Germany is pretty much done. We are now at a stage of consummating the actual Polish-German alliance.”Sikorski noted that Germany and Poland are allies in NATO and the EU that do “daily business” with each other on a whole range of issues. Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy Noting that Germany is Poland’s largest trade partner, Sikorski described the friendship between Warsaw and Berlin as “a very intimate relationship.”In more proof of the improved relationship, the former Polish President Lech Walesa said he supported Germany when it defeated Greece in a quarterfinal match last week.Walesa told Wednesday’s issue of the daily paper Metro that he switched his allegiance to Germany “for the first time in my life.” Poland, a co-host of Euro 2012, has already been eliminated.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements
World Gourmet Festival Celebrates 20 YearsWorld Gourmet Festival Celebrates 20 Years of Extraordinary Culinary Journeys in Asia’s City of AngelsBangkok’s oldest international culinary spectacular is returning to one of the capital’s most exclusive addresses for a landmark 20th year with a star-studded line up of some of the world’s leading chefs, and a tribute to the City of Angels’ world-renowned street food culture.From 2nd – 8th September 2019, sixteen acclaimed chefs from nine countries – from France to Japan and from Taiwan to Spain – will present an international culinary feast at the 20th World Gourmet Festival at Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel. With no less than thirteen Michelin stars amongst them, the brigade of chefs includes:Wolfgang Becker: Becker’s Restaurant in Trier, Germany (2 Michelin stars)Hervé Deville: Momo in London, United KingdomAlan Geaam: Alan Geaam in Paris, France (1 Michelin star)Kai Ho: Taïrroir in Taipei, Taiwan (2 Michelin stars)Chiho Kanzaki and Marcelo di Giacomo: Virtus in Paris, France (1 Michelin star)Hideki Ii: Shirosaka in Tokyo, Japan (1 Michelin star)Richie Lin: Mume in Taipei, Taiwan (1 Michelin star)Angel Zapata Martin: Barrafina in London, United Kingdom (1 Michelin star)Hajime Otowa and So Otowa: Ciel et Sol in Tokyo, Japan (1 Michelin star)Rui Silvestre: Vistas in Vila Nova de Cacela, Portugal (1 Michelin star)Andrea Spagoni: BeefBar in Hong Kong (1 Michelin star)Yoji Tokuyoshi: Tokuyoshi in Milan, Italy (1 Michelin star)Each chef will host two dinners in the hotel’s award-winning Biscotti, Madison, Spice Market and Shintaro restaurants.On Friday, 6th September 2019, Taiwanese chefs Kai Ho and Richie Lin will be joined by the chef behind Thailand’s much-loved and respected streets-to-stardom culinary tale, Ian Kittichai, whose restaurants include Issaya Siamese Club in Bangkok, Tangerine in Singapore and Spot in New York City. Chef Ian is an experienced hand when it comes to the World Gourmet Festival and his participation in the 20th anniversary celebration brings him full circle – in 2000 he was a member of the hotel’s culinary team who led the visiting international chefs during the inaugural event. The trio of gastronomic artists will prepare a six-hands collaborative dinner of six courses – two each of their signature creations.In a first for the World Gourmet Festival, Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel will showcase the City of Angels’ enviable status as the best city in the world for street food on Thursday, 5th September 2019, when Bangkok’s popular street vendors will prepare their fare in food stalls strewn around the Parichart open-air garden courtyard. And as has become a tradition and crowd pleaser in recent years, the exclusive fringe events in the hotel’s iconic lobby and Aqua Bar return, including the hugely popular World Gourmet Brunch on Sunday, 8th September 2019.Foodies and budding and professional chefs alike can attend master cooking classes by all the visiting chefs, where they will have the opportunity to see and taste specially prepared dishes from the chefs’ World Gourmet Festival menu repertoire. Joining the stellar line up of chefs this year is famed Dutch chef Roger van Damme from Het Gebaar in Antwerp, Belgium, who was awarded the best pastry chef in the world honour at the ‘Best Chefs Awards’ in 2017. On Thursday, 5th September 2019 and Friday, 6th September 2019 he will present master classes of four desserts served with afternoon in the Lobby Lounge.The 20th World Gourmet Festival is a proud supporter of HRH Princess Soamsawali Krom Muen Suddhanarinatha HIV Prevention Fund. THB 600 per dinner ticket sold and proceeds from the auctions, which take place throughout the Festival, will be donated to the Fund.Reservations for the 20th World Gourmet Festival at Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel are essential and can be made by visiting www.worldgourmetfestival.asia, where detailed information and prices of all the events are available.Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel’s Amazing World Gourmet Festival accommodation package offers gourmands a sumptuous opportunity to experience an extraordinary international culinary feast by some of the world’s best chefs in the heart of one of the world’s most enigmatic capital cities. Starting from THB 18,000 per room per night, this special offer includes accommodation, a sumptuous daily buffet breakfast, and a table for two at a guest chef’s dinner each night of the stay period. Guests will also receive fifteen percent discount on treatments at the hotel’s award winning Anantara Spa.For more information about this special offer or to make a reservation, please visit www.anantara.com/en/siam-bangkok/offers or contact Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel on email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone +66 2 126 8866. Source = Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel
Comments Share Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Arizona Cardinals wide receiver John Brown (12) pulls in a pass as Baltimore Ravens defensive back Shareece Wright (35) defends during the second half of an NFL football game, Monday, Oct. 26, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) There’s no doubt the Cardinals could use Brown against the Browns.The 2014 third-round pick out of Pittsburg State is second on the team with 37 receptions and 562 receiving yards, but has come on strong with 18 catches for 334 yards and two touchdowns over the last three games. Brown said if he does not play Sunday, the team has “a whole bunch of great receivers that I know can get the job done,” so he’s not going to press himself to play if he’s not able to do so.Given how he has played the last two weeks while not being 100 percent, it’s apparent he does not have to be at full strength to make a significant impact. Yet, there’s no reason to make things worse than they are, which will be a factor until he is fully healed.“I really want to make sure I’m back to 100 percent because you know I can’t play half speed,” he said. “The only thing I know is full speed. I don’t want to do anything, Carson (Palmer) throws a ball or Drew (Stanton) throws a ball too far — I’m going to go get it, and I don’t want to pull anything that is more than what it is right now.”That will factor into the team’s decision Sunday morning. The inactive list will be released about 90 minutes prior to kickoff, so about 9:30 a.m. Arizona time. As for whether or not he expects to play, Brown — like his coach — said it will simply come down to how he is feeling that morning. Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo “Everybody else will be ready to roll.”That Powers could even have a chance at playing seems miraculous, as he suffered a Grade 2 hamstring strain in Monday night’s win over the Baltimore Ravens and seemed destined to miss at least one game.Brown, however, is a different story. The second-year pro has been dealing with sore hamstrings for the last couple of weeks — playing through the issues — but made it through just one “limited” practice this week. Needless to say, he’s a little tired of being a game-time decision.“But good thing is it’s getting close to the bye week so you know I can get 100 percent and be ready to go again,” he said.The Cardinals’ off week is Week 9, meaning there will be two weeks between Sunday’s tilt with the Browns and their next game, which is in Seattle against the Seahawks. That fact could impact how Arizona approaches its ailing players, possibly electing to give them this week off in order to ensure they are completely healed for that big divisional matchup.But according to Arians, that’s not at all the case.“Not a damn bit,” he answered when asked how much the bye week will impact their decision making. “There is no bye week until next week. This is this week.” Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling TEMPE, Ariz. — The final injury report for the Arizona Cardinals’ Week 8 matchup with the Cleveland Browns was released Friday, with 10 Arizona players having their names listed.Of those 10, only tight end Darren Fells (shoulder) and linebacker Alex Okafor (calf) have been officially ruled out for the game.“Jerraud Powers will make the trip, he’ll be questionable, he’s making good progress,” head coach Bruce Arians said. “John Brown and Brittan Golden practiced today, they’re questionable. We’ll see how they are, game-time decisions like last week.
Go back to the enewsletterExplore Worldwide has introduced a collection of new expert-led photography trips. Capture the early morning mist rolling across the lush jungle canopy in Borneo, snap the spectacular migration across Serengeti’s vast plains or get exclusive access to photograph the fabled rock-hewn city of Petra before the crowds arrive.Each of the six new trips is led by an award-winning photographer: Renato Granieri, winner of 2018 Nat Geo Traveller Photographer of the Year, and Robert Harvey, whose work has been recognised by the Excellence Award of the Fédération Internationale de l’Art Photographique. The package also includes accommodation and breakfast, plus some lunches and dinners, and an Explore leader.Gelada monkeys| Simien Mountains National Park EthiopiaThe itineraries include:Jordan Photographic Discovery (9 days, departs 2–10 March 2019, prices start from $2,530pp)Led by Robert Harvey, this trip visits the fabled rock-hewn city of Petra with special access to the site before the crowds arrive. Capture the Druze tribes in Azraq as well as seeking out spectacular desert scenes in Wadi Rum and camp under the stars in a Bedouin tent.Photographing Sri Lanka (12 days, departs 23 March–4 April 2019, prices start from $3,670pp)Discover Sri Lanka’s ancient cities, rock carvings and gilded temples with experienced photographer Renato Granieri. Highlights of the trip include the opportunity to photograph the rolling hills of the spectacular Golden Valley tea plantations, wildlife-filled national parks and idyllic tropical coastline. Capture the rich Buddhist history through the lens while meeting friendly faces along the way.Photographing Borneo’s Wildlife Safari (10 days, departs 12–23 July and 22 July–2 August 2019, with prices from $3,380pp)Ideal for keen wildlife photographers, this trip offers the perfect opportunity to encapsulate the endemic wildlife of Borneo with Renato Granieri. Travel through the jungles of Sabah capturing feeding time at the Sepilok Orang-utan Sanctuary and cruise along the Kinabatangan River, hoping to snap bathing pygmy elephants, proboscis monkeys and striking hornbills. The trip also features a sunrise climb up the observation tower in the Danum Valley, with a chance to photograph the eerie spectacle of the morning mist rolling across the lush jungle canopy below.Serengeti Photographic Safari (12 days, departs 1–14 September 2019, prices start from $8,370pp)With advice, help and support from expert photographer Robert Harvey, this trip is a great way to photograph big game up close and to capture the landscapes of Tanzania. Search for the ‘Big Five’ inside the Ngorongoro Crater (the world’s largest complete caldera), snap birdlife around Lake Manyara and capture the incredible spectacle of the migration across the Serengeti’s vast plains. This trip also includes an opportunity to shoot Tarangire’s primeval Boabab trees and to meet and photograph the legendary Maasai tribe.Best of the Western US (12 days, departs 15–28 November 2019, prices start from $6,100pp)This trip, led by professional photographer Robert Harvey, provides a chance to photograph America’s vast landscapes as well as an opportunity to learn the skill of astrophotography. Walk among the red rock hoodoos of Bryce Canyon, capture the sunrise over the iconic formations in Arches National Park and discover the sweeping views across one of the world’s greatest natural wonders, the Grand Canyon. The trip is planned around the moon phases, giving the best possible chance of seeing the Milky Way.Photographing Ethiopia’s Highlights (14 days, departs 22 Nov–7 December 2019, prices start from $4,960pp)Put your new skills into practice to photograph the dramatic rock-hewn churches in Lalibela, the geleda monkeys in the Simien Mountains and at Tississat Falls, known locally as ‘the water that smokes’. Led by professional photographer Renato Granieri, the trip also visits a traditional coffee ceremony, providing a wonderful opportunity to capture some authentic shots of Ethiopia.For enquiries and bookings, contact Adventure World Travel 1300 439 756 or via email@example.comThe full 2019/20 brochure collection can be viewed on exploreworldwide.com.auGo back to the enewsletter
State Rep. Brett Roberts encourages family, friends and neighbors to fish for free on June 13 and 14.Free Fishing Weekend—an event sponsored biannually by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources—waives the need for Michigan anglers to obtain a fishing license for two weekends per year. Fishermen and fisherwomen first dropped their lines for free during the program’s inception over twenty years ago.“While our community may not touch any of Michigan’s Great Lakes, Free Fishing Weekend is still a great opportunity to get acquainted with all of our rivers and inland lakes,” said Rep. Roberts, R-Eaton Township. “This program is a perfect way to get our youngest Michiganders exposed to the beautiful pure Michigan outdoors.”All other fishing regulations such as length restrictions and possession limits will still apply. For more information on the event, all Michigan residents are encouraged to visit the DNR’s webpage.### 21May Rep. Roberts invites neighbors to fish for free Categories: Roberts News
02Jun Rep. Potvin urges signing of private prison legislation The Senate last week passed House legislation that would allow a privately run prison to house out-of-state inmates of any security level.House Bill 4467 would help reopen the Baldwin prison facility in Lake County and is garnering support from lawmakers from many throughout the region, including state Rep. Phil Potvin, R-Cadillac.“I urge Gov. Snyder to sign this legislation,” Rep. Potvin said. “This would mean hundreds of jobs for taxpayers across Northern Michigan.”The Baldwin facility is a former youth prison opened in 1998 and run by GEO Group before closing in 2005. The prison reopened to accept out-of-state prisoners, which it did briefly before closing again in 2011.HB 4467 lifts a restriction on the security classification of inmates at the Baldwin facility, which is currently capped at Level IV. The Michigan Department of Corrections, however, said that the private facility can safely and effectively house Level V and Level VI inmates without issue.“This already-existing facility is ready to employ hard-working Michiganders and could really help get this area back on its feet,” Rep. Potvin said.The GEO Group has already reached an agreement with the Vermont Department of Corrections to allow the Baldwin facility to house some of their inmates.The legislation awaits Gov. Snyder’s consideration. Bill on Gov. Snyder’s desk would create hundreds of jobs Categories: News
16Feb Rep. Garcia to host tele-town hall meeting State Representative Daniela García will host a tele-town hall meeting Tuesday, Feb. 20, during which residents of Ottawa County can ask questions about state government.“I look forward to hosting a tele-town hall and speaking with the people of Ottawa County,” García said. “Being accessible and talking to people in the community is an important part of my job. They are an excellent tool which allows me to reach out to a large number of people who may not be able to attend my local office hours.”The tele-town hall begins at 6 p.m. Those wishing to participate may call 1-855-756-7520 Ext. 38787# toll-free. Rep. García will field questions for roughly an hour.For more information, contact Rep. García’s office at 866-908-4327 or by email at DanielaGarcia@house.mi.gov. Categories: Garcia News,News ###
07Mar Rep. Griffin: Outdoor recreation proposal approved by Michigan House includes funding for Van Buren County project State Rep. Beth Griffin today voted for a plan that includes support for the Cornish State Game Area in Van Buren County.The plan approved by Griffin and the Michigan House includes $534,600 to buy 126 additional acres to expand the game area established in 2015.“Expanding this game area would make an excellent Van Buren County attraction even better,” Griffin said. “It’s a great opportunity to improve an important public hunting and outdoor recreation spot.”The established game area now has 385 acres adjacent to the 77-acre federal Kinney Waterfowl Production Area.The property will be managed for waterfowl and grassland birds, with hunting opportunities including deer, turkey, pheasant, waterfowl and other small game.Overall, the legislation approved by the House includes $26 million for more than 60 projects statewide. The money would come from the Natural Resources Trust Fund, which according to the Michigan constitution can only be used to support these types of projects.The projects were recommended by the Natural Resources Trust Fund Board in December. The recommendations are subject to approval by the Michigan Legislature, a process carried out through House Bill 4244.The legislation advances to the Senate for further consideration.Money in the Natural Resources Trust Fund comes from the development of minerals on state land and is distributed on an annual basis in partnership with local governments.### Categories: Griffin News,News
ShareTweetShareEmail0 Shares December 16, 2014;Wall Street Journal Blogs, “India Real Time”On Monday, the Senate confirmed (through a 51-43 vote) the next U.S. surgeon general: Vivek Murthy, who also has some significant ties to the nonprofit medical community through his previous activism.At 37, Murthy is the youngest and first Indian American candidate to the fill the role. He currently works as an associate physician at Boston’s prestigious Brigham and Women’s Hospital. President Barack Obama first named Murthy as his choice in November of last year. His confirmation comes 17 months without someone in the position.“As ‘America’s Doctor,’ Vivek will hit the ground running to make sure every American has the information they need to keep themselves and their families safe,” Obama said in a statement. “He’ll bring his lifetime of experience promoting public health to bear on priorities ranging from stopping new diseases to helping our kids grow up healthy and strong.”Along with his position in Boston, Murthy has deep roots in nonprofit medicine, having created two international community groups promoting medical education and treatment in India: Swasthya, a community health partnership that provides medical treatment in rural India, and VISIONS, a nonprofit promoting HIV/AIDS youth education. Following these endeavors, in 2007, Murthy also established TrialNetworks, a startup helping drug developers collect information from clinical trials.In 2009, he founded Doctors for America (formerly Doctors for Obama), an advocacy group on healthcare issues. The group comprises about 16,000 volunteers and medical students leading a national movement toward an affordable healthcare system. With an established background fusing medicine with humanitarian relief, Murthy’s confirmation will bring another outspoken advocate to the nonprofit world.However, Murthy’s nomination also generated open opposition from Republicans, the National Rifle Association, and some Democrats over his comments characterizing gun violence as a national health concern. Two years ago, on October 16, 2012, from his personal Twitter account, Murthy wrote: Tired of politicians playing politics w/ guns, putting lives at risk b/c they’re scared of NRA. Guns are a health care issue. #debatehealth— Vivek Murthy (@vivek_murthy) October 17, 2012 In his opening remarks in front of the Senate nominating committee in February, Murthy listed mental illness, obesity, tobacco-related deaths, and gun violence, as among the issues he would like to address. But he also noted, “I do not intend to use the Surgeon General’s Office as a bully pulpit for gun control.”Despite the generally overhyped controversy surrounding Murthy’s political views, his strong track record of community awareness and activism is promising.“We can no longer remain within our exam rooms and ignore what happens in our communities,” said Murthy in a commencement speech at his alma mater, Harvard University. “As physicians and dentists, we must have a presence in both places. Our sacred responsibility is both to help the patient in front of us and also to safeguard the health of the nation.”—Shafaq HasanShareTweetShareEmail0 Shares
Share9Tweet18ShareEmail27 Shares“Lightning Strike” Credit: SkyseekerOctober 20, 2017; Times Higher EducationIn the era of Trump, as scientific fact is dismissed as “fake news,” advocates are being called upon to set the record straight, including scientists, who are often hesitant to engage in civic discourse. Two Obama-era staffers—Cristin Dorgelo, former chief of staff at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, and John Holdren, former chief science advisor—argue that scientists have a responsibility to engage in advocacy for evidence-based policymaking, especially now.The call to action comes after sweeping funding cuts for research and the disbanding of scientific advisory committees by the Trump administration. While scientists have often avoided the spotlight, today, with science itself under attack, the public needs scientists to voice their concerns. Research indicates that while the public’s faith in institutions is rapidly fading, scientists are still trusted. The 2016 General Social Survey found that people trust scientists more than Congress, the press, major financial institutions, the Supreme Court, and the executive branch.While scientists may be well positioned to be advocates, the question remains: Is it really their duty? John Kotcher, a scientist at George Mason University, contends that scientists should engage in advocacy as part of their “public service.” This idea of scientists being public servants is twofold. First, government agencies (e.g., the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation and the US Environmental Protection Agency, among others) are leading sources of funding for large research projects. Since those agencies are invariably funded through tax dollars, in a sense, the public funds a large portion of scientific research. As a publicly funded service, the information gleaned from research should be used in a way that improves the lives of Americans. Secondly, as subject matter experts, scientists are often the only ones who can objectively guide policymakers when they stray from what’s in the public’s best interest.Even so, it’s easy to understand researchers’ expressed reluctance to engage in advocacy. NPQ has seen time and again how partisan politics have dismantled sound science to push an agenda forward, damaging researchers’ credibility along the way. The issue of climate change is a prime example. In spite of a plethora of evidence indicating that the earth’s temperature is rising, many in the right-wing media reject these facts, dismissing findings of climate change as not “science but propaganda.” So much data has been cherry-picked and misstated that prestigious peer-reviewed journals take into consideration how the public could misconstrue an article before accepting journal submissions. So, one can see how many researchers might get the idea that engaging in advocacy could jeopardize their careers.And yet, research on whether scientists are discredited by engaging in policymaking suggests the opposite. Because of the public’s own impartiality, it does not matter whether researchers advocate for policy after the study has been completed. In other words, advocacy does not harm the credibility of scientists—those who believe them still will, and those who do not never have.Some scientists go so far as to argue that engaging in civic discourse undermines the field of science altogether by injecting politics into what should be an objective, nonpartisan discipline. If advocacy pits conservatives against liberals, the public could begin to distrust all scientific fact, which harms not only the field, but also everyone who benefits from scientific research.This argument points to a possible misunderstanding of the difference between being partisan and being political, the latter of which scientists are being called upon to do. In reference to the University of California system’s lawsuit against the Trump administration, Dorgelo says, “That university community is having a very loud political voice and we need more of that: a willingness to weigh in and to advocate for fact and evidence-based policies. That is not a partisan action, yet culturally it is something that I have seen the academic community being hesitant to do.”Those who are partisan form their opinions and advocate for policy based on party lines. On the other hand, one can be political and advocate for policy that may or may not align with any party. Evidence-based policymaking is the antithesis of partisanship. It calls on us to “look at the facts,” as opposed to blindly following ideology.Whether scientists feel a personal responsibility to engage in advocacy or not, it is undeniable that science and evidence-based policy is under attack by the current administration. As trusted, objective experts, their voices are needed now more than ever.—Sheela NimishakaviShare9Tweet18ShareEmail27 Shares
HBO’s on-demand service HBO Go has launched on Bulgarian cable operator Blizoo.The operator’s subscriber base that has a HBO subscription and a broadband internet service will now have access to more than 800 hours of movies and HBO originals, including the latest seasons of Game of Thrones, Boardwalk Empire and True Blood.In Central and Eastern Europe, HBO Go is operated by Budapest-headquartered HBO Central Europe and available in territories such as Poland, Hungary, Romanian, Slovenia, Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina.blizoo is Bulgaria’s largest cable platform, offering digital TV and internet services in more than 40 cities throughout the territory. A European investment fund, EQT, owns the operator, which launched in October 2009 upon the merger of Eurocom and CableTEL.