NEW YORK — The Latest on ride-hailing giant Uber’s initial public stock offering (all times local):9:30 a.m.With a ring of the opening bell Uber is looking to pick up passengers as a newly public company. Investors waited to bet on a service with huge potential, but a long way from turning a profit.Shares in the ride-hailing giant were sold in an initial public offering for $45 each, raising $8.1 billion, but it will take several hours for new investors to show whether they’re interested. Officials expect trading to start around 11:30 a.m. Friday.CEO Dara Khosrowshahi and other company officials stood on a balcony above the New York Stock Exchange as the bell rang to signal the start of the day’s trading. Khosrowshahi posed for selfies and after the bell while controversial co-founder Travis Kalanick and other Uber officials and employees stood on the trading floor.The IPO came in at the lower end of Uber’s targeted price range of $44 to $50 per share. The caution may have been driven by escalating doubts about the ability of ride-hailing services to make money since Uber’s main rival, Lyft, went public six weeks ago.Even at the tamped-down price, Uber now has a market value of $82 billion — five times more than Lyft’s.The Associated Press
TORONTO — Target Corp. is returning to Canada, but not with the splashy fanfare of its previous arrival.The U.S. discount chic retailer has quietly opened an international website that gives Canadian shoppers the option of ordering products that will ship over the border.But shopping at Target won’t come cheap because online orders face a list of extra charges, including duties and taxes as well as shipping fees.“It is part of a test and we will have more details to share in the near future,” said spokesman Jamie Bastian in an emailed statement to The Canadian Press.The international website is being operated by Borderfree, a company that specializes in helping retailers sell products around the world, and will charge local shoppers in Canadian dollars.How Wal-Mart Stores Inc’s wage hike to $10 could cost other retailers $4 billionTarget Corp’s hasty retreat still haunting Canadian REITs nine months laterSeveral things have changed in the Canadian retail industry since Target closed its stores here earlier in the year.A wave of high-end U.S. retailers are in the midst of opening department stores across the country while big chains like Walmart and Best Buy Canada have been expanding product selection on their websites.Other factors have made crossborder shopping less appealing, including the value of the loonie, which has dropped about 10 cents US to just over 76 cents US since the start of the year.Target Corp. announced in January that would close its 133 Canadian stores and leave the country after deciding it would take years to turn a profit.Lawyers for the company are still in Canadian courts ironing out some of the final details of the company’s windup.
Delivering the keynote address to the Canadian Club in Montreal, she said it is legitimate to ask whether existing collective security mechanisms – including the UN – can rise to the challenge posed by terrorism and other perils. In particular, she called attention to the role of international bodies in intervening in the domestic affairs of States when necessary to combat gross human rights violations, including genocide and ethnic cleansing.Contrary to the perception of some, she said, the UN is capable of adapting to new challenges and has already, in recent years, undergone significant reform in order to function more effectively. “The principles which guide us have also evolved,” she said.Offering examples of recent successes, she cited the UN’s role in fostering East Timor’s independence, its help with Afghanistan’s political transition, and its complex operations in African countries such as Sierra Leone, Liberia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.”The UN has also been very active in addressing terrorism and weapons of mass destruction – and its role in that effort is more important than is usually recognized,” she said, pointing to the establishment of the Security Council’s Counter-Terrorism Committee.But the UN has reached a critical juncture, the Deputy Secretary-General asserted. “We have to be able to fashion collective responses to challenges such as those posed by Iraq or Al-Qaida, just as we have to deal better with mass killings such as we saw in Rwanda and Srebrenica.”Towards that end, she noted that Secretary-General Kofi Annan has created a High-Level Panel to examine these issues and make concrete proposals to strengthen the international system. “We need to come out of this review with a stronger consensus within the international community on the principles and rules which must govern the pursuit of peace and security, as well as the political will to bring whatever improvement might be required to our collective mechanisms and institutions,” she said.She also called on the international community to uphold the Millennium Development Goals to reduce poverty and to address HIV/AIDS.
“Governments have an obligation to protect their citizens,” Acting High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Wendy Chamberlin told a news briefing in Geneva. “I think that there are people who are not protected right now in Sudan.”She spoke of Omdurman es Salaam, a camp near Khartoum that houses 120,000 IDPs, many of them from southern Sudan where a peace accord in January ended two decades of war between Government and rebel forces.”The conditions are very bad there, sometimes even worse than in Darfur, and certainly worse than in Chad,” she added, referring to a separate ongoing conflict in Sudan’s western region where more than 1.8 million people have been displaced internally and 200,000 more have fled across the border into Chad.”What really disturbed us is that 13,000 houses have recently been destroyed there, affecting 17,000 families,” she said. Last week while in Sudan she noted that the Government had evicted 30,000 southerners who had lived in Shikan until the end of December, dumping them in a desert area.Of her visit to Darfur, where a conflict that began two years ago, when rebels took up arms partly in protest at the distribution of economic resources two years ago, has been compounded by armed militia attacks on villages, Ms. Chamberlin told of an eight-year-old IDP girl in one camp near El Geneina.”This girl had been repeatedly raped, night after night. We of course gave her immediate attention and cared for her,” she said. “But we went beyond that. We also try to put in place protection processes so that other children will be protected as well. We have established a child-safe centre in this camp and if we have more funds, we have plans to build up similar structures in other camps.”She stressed that the IDPs, especially women, highly praised the role of African Union soldiers who escort them when they venture out of the camp to collect wood, as this is usually the time when women are attacked and raped by armed groups.When she asked them what their three most important concerns were, they replied: “Security, security, security.”In neighbouring Chad, refugees in Touloum camp told the Acting High Commissioner their main concerns were food, water and literacy classes for women. “But security is not a concern for these populations, which is a positive thing,” she said.She stressed that UNHCR has a unique protective role to play, but it cannot fully meet its goals because “we are limited by funds.”In Darfur, we asked for $30 million but only received $2 million for the moment. So we are still looking for $28 million to implement our protection role over there.”In Chad, the agency needs over $80 million but has only received $30 million. And for southern Sudan, which counts more than 4.5 million IDPs, the agency is asking for $61 million but has received less than $9 million.
← Previous Story DHB-Pokal: HSV Hamburg first to reach the Final Four Next Story → Russian NT goalkeeper Igor Levshin to SC DHfK Leipzig! Domagoj Duvnjakhandball planetMVP WCH 2013 Croatian star Domagoj Duvnjak is the MVP of the WCH 2013 in the opinion of Handball-Planet.com visitors. Over 2.500 fans voted in our Poll, where ten players deserved to be included. HSV’s playmaker has got 61% of all votes ahead of Slovenian right back Jure Dolenec and “goal machine” from Denmark, Anders Eggert.FINAL RESULTS:Domagoj Duvnjak (61%, 1,548 Votes)Jure Dolenec (10%, 267 Votes)Anders Eggert (6%, 157 Votes)Henrik Mollgaard (6%, 152 Votes)Primoz Prost (4%, 102 Votes)Mirko Alilovic (4%, 95 Votes)Alberto Entrerrios (4%, 92 Votes)Niklas Landin (3%, 74 Votes)Jorge Maqueda (2%, 45 Votes)Timur Dibirov (0%, 17 Votes)photo: agencija PPS
US PRESIDENT BARACK Obama raised $181 million (around €140m) in September, his campaign said today, in a boost for his re-election bid following a limp debate performance against White House rival Mitt Romney.The haul was the biggest monthly cash take by Obama of the 2012 race, and was revealed just a day after supporters disappointed by the debate got another fillip with news that the US unemployment rate dipped below eight percent.It means Obama will have ample money to splash on an advertising blitz in the countdown to the election, exactly a month away on 6 November. Around 1.8 million individual donors gave to his campaign in total.Republican nominee Mitt Romney has yet to reveal his monthly fundraising figures for September, but early predictions that he would outspend Obama by a distance appear to have been unfounded.Romney however does have the support of an array of SuperPAC independent fundraising committees financed by rich donors and corporations, that can spend unlimited sums to attack Obama and outnumber similar Democratic organisations.Obama’s campaign manager Jim Messina alerted supporters to the fundraising coup for the re-election effort and the Democratic National Committee (DNC) in an email on Saturday morning.“We not only surpassed 10 million donations so far in 2012 to the campaign and the Democratic Party – a historic record for grassroots politics,” said Messina.“We also raised $181 million in September from 1.8 million Americans – more than 567,000 of whom gave for the first time. That’s by far our biggest month yet.”Messina said the average donation was $53 and 98 per cent of contributions amounted to $250 or less and also boasted that the Obama political machine was in full swing ahead of the election.The September figure was just short of the $193 million piled up by Obama and the Democratic National Committee in the equivalent month of the 2008 election campaign.He said the campaign opened its 100th field offices in both Ohio and Florida last month and last week registered 10,000 voters in Florida in a single day.In early voting in Iowa, Messina said that 105,000 people had already cast ballots, 62 percent of whom were Democrats.PollsPoll watchers were meanwhile keeping an eye on new opinion surveys to gauge if Romney had cut into the narrow lead held by Obama in the national race and in key battleground states.The full impact of the debate and the jobs figures are not likely to be felt in surveys until the middle of next week, though there was signs in some early polls that Romney had made headway in Virginia.The two campaigns meanwhile took their latest hits at one another in new advertising, with the Obama team accusing Romney of being “dishonest” in the Denver debate on his true taxation plans.Romney’s punch meanwhile featured a woman called Melanie McNamara who said she voted for Obama in 2008 but was now going Republican because she believed the former Massachusetts governor was the best bet to restore prosperity.- © AFP, 2012Video: Romney and Obama first debate songified > Read: Why is Snoop Dogg voting for Obama and not Romney >
Le fondateur d’Alter Eco se lance dans la lutte contre la déforestation Tristan Lecomte, le fondateur de la marque de produits issus du commerce équitable Alter Eco, a décidé de se consacrer à un nouveau projet. Il s’attaque désormais à la déforestation, en commercialisant des crédits carbones aux entreprises.Douze ans après avoir fondé l’entreprise Alter Eco, Tristan Lecomte a quitté son entreprise pour se lancer dans le Pur projet, un collectif qui vise à lutter contre la déforestation et le réchauffement climatique. “Après douze ans chez Alter Eco, je veux maintenant aider les grandes entreprises de tous les secteurs à intégrer le changement dans leurs pratiques. Alors qu’avec Alter Eco l’impact est limité, là il peut y avoir un effet significatif car le réchauffement climatique, ça parle à tout le monde”, explique l’entrepreneur de 37 ans au site 20minutes.fr.À lire aussiLes tamanoirs, des animaux plus dangereux qu’ils n’en ont l’airDans le cadre de ce projet, Tristan Lecomte commercialise des crédits carbone qui ont pour but de financer la lutte contre la déforestation dans certains pays en développement, tels que le Pérou, le Brésil, le Ghana, le Maroc ou l’Indonésie. Des millions d’arbres ont ainsi pu être plantés, et d’autres préservés, des missions confiées à de petits producteurs locaux. “Nous travaillons déjà avec une cinquantaine d’entreprises (dont Vittel, Vinci, E. Leclerc ou encore Hugo Boss, ndlr) dans le but de reforester au maximum. Nous en sommes à 2,5 millions d’arbres plantés et nous avons 40.000 hectares de forêt en concession”, se félicite le jeune entrepreneur.Vittel, par exemple, a permis la plantation de 350.000 arbres, l’équivalent des émissions de CO2 engendrées par la fabrication des bouteilles. Le groupe a également pris en concession 30.000 hectares de forêt, explique Tristan Lecomte. Quant à Vinci, il s’est engagé à replanter un arbre pour chacun des 190.000 employés qui travaillent pour le groupe. Au sujet de cette compensation environnementale, Tristan Lecomte tient à mettre fin à un malentendu. “On voit ça seulement comme une mécanique environnementale : je pollue ici donc je vais dépolluer là-bas. Mais au départ, dans l’esprit du protocole de Kyoto, la compensation carbone est un mécanisme à travers lequel les pays riches participent au développement des pays pauvres en les aidant à le faire proprement”, rappelle-t-il.Devant la réussite de son nouveau projet, le fondateur d’Alter Eco conclut : “Comme j’ai espéré que le commerce équitable influencerait tout le marché, j’espère que toutes les entreprises s’engageront contre le réchauffement”. Le 24 avril 2011 à 09:08 • Emmanuel Perrin
Le plus petit télescope spatial au monde bientôt en orbiteAvec moins de sept kilos, le télescope spatial BRITE sera lundi le télescope le plus léger jamais mis en orbite. Cinq autres satellites du même modèle iront le rejoindre plus tard afin de les faire travailler en simultané sur des longueurs d’onde différentes. BRITE est spécialisé dans l’étude de la luminosité des étoiles.Pas besoin d’être gigantesque pour observer l’infiniment grand ! Le plus petit télescope spatial au monde, réalisé par l’université de Toronto, va être mis en orbite lundi. Avec ses 6,8 kilos, il semble insignifiant face aux près de onze tonnes de Hubble. Pourtant BRITE, Bright target explorer (explorateur de cibles lumineuses), ouvre une nouvelle page pour l’astronomie et va tenter de montrer qu’il est possible de réaliser certains programmes de recherche avec un mini satellite sur mesure. Auparavant, c’était le satellite MOST qui était le plus petit avec tout de même un peu plus de 50 kilos.À lire aussiBoisson, météorite et Facebook, les actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 5 septembreC’est dans le laboratoire de vol spatial de l’institut d’études aérospatiales de l’université de Toronto que BRITE a été mis au point. Il en existe plusieurs modèles qui vont fonctionner en constellation afin, par exemple, d’observer en simultanément les mêmes étoiles sous différentes longueurs d’onde. Un total de six satellites est prévu pour les prochaines années. Il s’agira alors de la première constellation de satellites jamais utilisée en astronomie. Un développement possible en moins de deux ans”BRITE devrait montrer que les nano-satellites sont maintenant capables de performances que l’on pensait impossibles pour de si petits appareils, explique Cordell Grant de l’université de Toronto. Un nano-satellite peut demander entre six mois et plusieurs années de développement et de tests, mais nous essayons plutôt de viser une durée de deux ans ou moins.”Si petits soient-ils, ces télescopes embarqués restent toujours plus performants que leurs plus grands équivalents terrestres. L’atmosphère forme en effet un terrible voile pour les mesures et observations spatiales. BRITE va d’ailleurs se concentrer sur les variations de luminosité des étoiles, dont celles de la constellation d’Orion, un phénomène que l’air risque de distordre. Pour ce genre de missions, la NASA utilise le télescope spatial Kepler. BRITE n’a par contre pas été créé pour capturer de magnifiques photographies de l’espace comme le fait Hubble.Le 24 février 2013 à 21:35 • Maxime Lambert
Dan Cohen AUTHOR Washington, D.C. — The Pentagon’s new installations, energy and logistics chief said creating and sustaining resilient installations would be one of his top priorities, during remarks Thursday at ADC’s Defense Policy Forum. Robert McMahon, who was sworn in as DOD’s first assistant secretary of defense for sustainment last month, refrained, however, from defining what he meant by a resilient installation. “I’m going to let you figure that out yourself,” he said, before adding that the term “absolutely” covers cybersecurity and energy requirements. “And is it a variety of other things on top of that.”McMahon reinforced the preeminence of installation resilience in response to an audience question about the kinds of project he would favor allocating dollars to under the Defense Community Infrastructure Pilot Program, the new authority allowing the department to provide funding to state and local governments for off-base infrastructure projects. “If there were dollars available,” projects that help installations become resilient or benefit service members and their families, he answered. McMahon earlier underscored the importance of focusing on personnel and their families. “We have a responsibility that our people and families have a safe place to live, work, play and pray,” he said.The new authority is not funded in the fiscal 2019 defense spending bill.Photo by T. Anthony Bell
A remote Southeast community was the scene of an alleged homicide on Sunday.Download AudioExcursion Inlet from the air. (Photo by Janine Allen, KHNS – Haines)Juneau’s Mark De Simone is charged with first- and second-degree murder in the shooting death of 34-year-old Duilio ‘Tony’ Rosales in Excursion Inlet. Rosales is also from Juneau. De Simone is also charged with manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide.Juneau Assistant District Attorney Amy Paige said Tuesday afternoon charging a variety of offenses is not uncommon in case like this.“The state will charge every theory of an offense that the facts might warrant in order that we can present that to a grand jury for them to make a determination about what specific charge the evidence supports,” Paige said.According to charging documents, a call went out to troopers from the U.S. Coast Guard around 7:30 Sunday evening reporting that someone had been shot in the head in Excursion Inlet. Excursion Inlet is a secluded community 40 miles west of Juneau in the Haines Borough with a year-round population of less than a dozen.When Trooper Ryan Anderson arrived by plane a couple of hours later, he said he saw six men on the beach in front of a cabin. According to court documents, one man handed him a .41-calibre magnum revolver and stated that it was likely the weapon used in the shooting.Trooper spokesperson Tim De Spain said that while there was a group in the area on a hunting trip, it is not believed that either man involved in the shooting was part of the hunting group.Trooper Anderson located Rosales lying in a pool of blood under a picnic table with what appeared to be two gunshot wounds to the back of his head. The charging documents said that Rosales appeared to have been sitting on the picnic table removing his boots when he was shot and then rolled onto the ground. The trooper noted that Rosales was wearing an empty holster on his hip. A witness told Anderson that he ran into De Simone shortly after he heard gun shots and De Simone told him, “I shot Tony. I shot him. It’s my fault.”A preliminary hearing is scheduled for May 27 in Juneau Superior Court.Rosales’ next of kin have been notified.An online fundraising page states that Rosales is married with two children. It says that Rosales, originally from Nicaragua, came to Alaska in 2011 and worked at jewelry store in Juneau.
IOCL kicked off home delivery of fuel: Now get diesel at doorstepReuters fileDiesel vehicle owners in Pune can now skip fuel stations and instead get fuel delivered to their doorsteps. Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL), India’s largest fuel retailer, has started a first-of-its-kind scheme that will get diesel delivered at home.IOCL announced Friday, March 15, that the delivery had already started in Pune, Maharashtra.Indian Oil is the first to launch this Petroleum and Explosives Safety Organisation (PESO)-approved delivery system.The company is reportedly planning a nationwide expansion of this doorstep service soon.IOCL announced the new scheme — named “Fuel At Doorstep” — on Twitter. “Another milestone in customer convenience Fuel At Doorstep” its post on Twitter read.Another milestone in customer convenience #FuelAtDoorstep. IndianOil launches FIRST OF ITS KIND PESO APPROVED Mobile dispenser for Door Delivery of Diesel to its esteemed customers at Pune. pic.twitter.com/7xB23at2Dj— Indian Oil Corp Ltd (@IndianOilcl) 16 March 2018The initiative by Indian Oil Corporation is aimed at reducing long queues at fuel stations. Fleet owners and people from remote areas will be the major beneficiaries of this scheme.IOCL has not disclosed any details about the cost of the fuel, how the delivery system will function, the delivery time frame or the charges for delivery.Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan last year hinted at starting doorstep delivery of fuel. “Using the technological advancements in the IT & Telecom Sector we will soon be starting online home delivery of Diesel & Petrol,” Pradhan tweeted September 27, 2017.Bengaluru-based startup ANB Fuels had started delivery of fuel particularly diesel in several parts of the city in 2017. However, PESO, which works under the department of industrial policy and promotion, issued a circular to state-run oil marketing companies and private retailers to stop selling fuel to the start-up citing “safety” concerns.
Heidi Toffler, assisted on ‘Future Shock,’ dead at 89 by The Associated Press Posted Feb 13, 2019 12:41 pm PDT NEW YORK — Heidi Toffler, who collaborated with husband Alvin Toffler on the bestselling “Future Shock” and other influential books, has died.Toffler died Feb. 6 at her home in Los Angeles, according to a spokeswoman. She was 89, and the cause of death was not immediately available.Alvin Toffler, who died in 2016, was known to millions in the 1970s and beyond for books which anticipated telecommuting, the internet and other aspects of the digital age. He would later cite his wife’s editing and research as invaluable and say that “Future Shock” and such later works as “The Third Wave” and “Powershift” belonged to her as much as him. She was listed as co-author with her husband on three books: “War and Anti-War,” ”Creating a New Civilization” and “Revolutionary Wealth.”The Associated Press AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
Categories: News 05May LaFontaine named Legislator of the Year by the Michigan Licensed Beverage Association Dedication to promoting local business, hospitality praised State Rep. Andrea LaFontaine, R-Columbus Township, was recognized today as Legislator of the Year by the Michigan Licensed Beverage Association (MLBA) at its annual conference.“I am truly honored by this award and offer my congratulations to the MLBA for celebrating their 75th anniversary this year,” LaFontaine said. “The MLBA has been promoting responsible alcohol practices for decades and I am glad to support their efforts on the legislative front.”LaFontaine said an important duty of the organization is to represent independent business owners interested in growing Michigan’s healthy business climate and tourism opportunities, which is invaluable to the comeback state.“My colleagues and I in the House Regulatory Reform Committee work hand-in-hand with organizations like the MLBA to eliminate problematic, restricting rules that sometimes prevent Michigan’s small businesses from thriving,” she said. “One of the Legislature’s main goals is to move Michigan forward, and removing needless rules gets government out of the way allowing Michiganders themselves to build brighter futures.”###
Categories: News,Tedder News State Rep. Jim Tedder today applauded the passage of the FY 2017 General Fund and School Aid budgets, calling them fiscally responsible and good for all students of Michigan.“As it has been in the past few years, we got the budget done far ahead of schedule,” said Rep. Tedder, R-Clarkston. “We’re increasing funding to education on all levels, making strides in infrastructure repairs and supporting veterans and first responders.”Rep. Tedder serves as the vice chair of the Committee on Workforce and Talent Development. He is also a member of the Committees on Education, Health Policy, and Communications and Technology.“I am most happy about the work that went into the school omnibus budget,” Rep. Tedder said. “We fought hard for the boilerplate language intended to improve services to the Oakland County Mental Health Authority. We also expanded the Healthy Kids dental program to under served children in Oakland County, as well as increased funding for adult foster care facilities for seniors.” 09Jun Rep. Tedder praises FY 2017 budget
State Rep. Daniela García today announced a $430,000 performance-based grant from the Michigan Strategic Fund has been awarded to GNS America Co. in Holland Township, a company that specializes in metal stamping, hot stamping, welding and assembly.The company is investing $3.5 million to create a 40,000-square-foot addition to its existing facility for housing new machinery and equipment. The grant will create 30 jobs at the new facility. Michigan was chosen over a competing site in Nevada.“I want to personally thank GNS America Co. for their continued investment in our community,” García said. “This grant helps create local jobs and contributes to economic growth in our community.”For further information, please contact Rep. García’s office at 517-373-1774 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. 14Sep Rep. García announces economic grant to create 30 jobs Categories: Garcia News,News
18Jun Rep. Runestad honors 50th anniversary of Michigan’s district court system House Resolution 367 commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Michigan District Court system passed the Michigan House. The resolution was offered by Rep. Jim Runestad, members of the House Judiciary Committee and House members of the state bar.The resolution states, “In its first 50 years, the Michigan District Court system has proven to be comprised of fair-minded and thoughtful jurists who have served the people of Michigan capably and admirably. We honor the contributions that the Michigan District Court system has made to the state of Michigan.”Rep Runestad said: “Our local district courts provide an invaluable service to the residents of Michigan every day. This resolution provides a special opportunity to recognize the institutional influence and everlasting importance of our judicial court system.”The district court is often referred to as “The People’s Court,” as the public has more contact with the district court than with any other court in the state. Those appearing in district court are more often representing themselves without an attorney. District courts conduct preliminary examinations in felony cases prior to transfer to the circuit court and handle a wide range of criminal proceedings, including most misdemeanors and offences for which the maximum possible penalty does not exceed one year in jail.The Michigan District Court system was established by the passage of Public Act 154 of 1968, effective June 17, 1968, amending the Revised Judicature Act to create our state district court system. Categories: Runestad News
State Rep. Steven Johnson, of Wayland, is joined today by Sgt. Michael Jafri, a Leighton Twp. resident who serves on Gov. Snyder’s public security detail, for the House of Representatives’ annual Sept. 11 ceremony. The observance memorializes Michigan first responders and members of the military who died in the line of duty during the past year.##### 06Sep Leighton Twp. man who serves on Gov. Snyder’s security detail joins Rep. Johnson for Sept. 11 ceremony Categories: News,Steven Johnson News
07Sep Rep. Theis welcomes Livingston County public safety officials for Sept. 11 ceremony PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Lana Theis, of Brighton, was joined this week by Livingston County Sheriff Michael Murphy (right), Livingston County Undersheriff Jeff Warder (second from left), 2017 Brighton Area Fire Dept. Firefighter of the Year Sgt. Corey Laber (second from right) and Fire Chief of Brighton Mike O’Brian for the Michigan House of Representatives annual Sept. 11 Memorial Service at the Capitol. The ceremony remembers first responders and members of the military from Michigan who died in the line of duty in the past year.##### Categories: News,Theis News
Share4TweetShareEmail4 SharesAugust 21, 2018; Oswego PatchThere is nothing that delights NPQ more than to amplify hyperlocal news for the edification of our entire sector. The Village of Oswego in Illinois submitted news to its local Patch about taking a new approach to its sustainability efforts by transforming the village-run ECO Commission (Environmentally Conscious Oswego) into a separate nonprofit organization. The village board is expected to finalize a change in the village code today to allow ECO to dissolve to pave the way for former commissioners and interested Oswego residents to embolden “the mission of a sustainable community.”Founded in 2007, ECO membership has been on the decline recently, so the remaining members decided to double down.“Part of the membership issue we identified was not a lack of interest in environmental issues so much as it was the challenges inherent in the commission structure and the rules that guide them,” said Village President Gail Johnson. “ECO members want to be more adaptable and hands-on, and we want to encourage them and all interested residents to take that more active role in promoting sustainability in Oswego.”Like the ECO Commission before it, this new nonprofit will advise the Village Board on issues like residential solid waste, electronic waste recycling, and curbside compost collection. It will continue to produce events such as the annual Recycling Extravaganza, Community Garage Sale, and Fox River Cleanup.The Village is also forming a Green Team of staff from public works, community relations, community development and other departments that will meet regularly to review and implement best practices.Partnerships with other environmental organizations like The Conservation Foundation provide Oswego with such measurable benefits as rain barrels and butterfly gardens, LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification for the new Police Department headquarters, and LED lighting for streets and Village-owned buildings. Oswego just signed the Greenest Region Compact.Oswego joins other villages, towns, cities, and especially states in putting forth a significant and impassioned counterforce to the anti-environmental policy push of the Trump administration and the beneficiary corporations. They are articulating their opposition, and state attorneys general are fighting the rule rollback in the courts. Under our federal system, states have sovereignty and the legal right and obligation to protect the health and welfare of their residents. In addition to state attorneys general offices trying to delay changes in regulations, communities such as Oswego add their incremental interventions and moral courage to the fight to protect the environment and the health of their community’s residents.Yesterday, we read about the “Arctic’s strongest sea ice breaks up for first time on record. Also yesterday, the US Environmental Protection Agency announced its proposed Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) rule, a replacement to Obama’s signature climate rule that will permit coal plants to release more pollution into the air, the second-largest source of climate emissions in the US. These, as we know, are not good times for environmental protection advocates. But on the same day, the Village of Oswego amplified its voice and reasserted its efforts to protect the planet in its modest ways—and that is news worth celebrating.—Jim SchafferShare4TweetShareEmail4 Shares
Polish broadcaster TVN’s pay TV platform ‘n’ added 32,000 subscribers in the last quarter and 119,000 in the year to September taking its total to 858,000. TVN said it was on target to achieve 900,000 subscribers by the end of the year.Revenue for ‘n’ for the quarter was up 16% to PLN185 million (€42 million), while EBITDA was down 35% to PLN5 million thanks to increased marketing activity. Quarterly ARPU for ‘n’ stood at PLN61.40, up 2% year-on-year. TVN confirmed its EBITDA for the platform for the year.‘n’ activated 15,000 pre-paid cards in the third quarter, driven by uptake of the HD offering, and pre-paid HD ARPU stood at PLN22.80.