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NBA AllStar Paul George Teams Up With American Stroke Association

first_imgNBA All-Star Paul George was only 6-years-old when his mother Paulette suffered a stroke that left her practically bedridden for two years.Paul George with his mother, PauletteToday, Paulette remains partially paralyzed on the left side of her body.“I remember every moment of it,” said the Indiana Pacers swingman. “I was always there at hospital visits, right by her bed. When she got a hospital bed in our home, I would lay in my bed next to her. I want to make sure that everyone knows the warning signs for a stroke so they can quickly take action and give their loved ones the best chance for recovery.”The pair has teamed up with the American Stroke Association and the Ad Council on a series of multimedia PSAs that teach the acronym F.A.S.T. for stroke: If you see (F)ace drooping, (A)rm weakness or (S)peech difficulty, it’s (T)ime to call 9-1-1.Created pro bono by The Baiocco and Maldari Connection, the new PSAs blend images of a 6-year-old George with the present-day athlete.“The spot sets up a Paul George basketball story, then you’re blindsided with the stroke of his mother,” said Rob Baiocco, CCO of the New York-based agency. “A stroke often comes out of nowhere and that’s why knowing the warning signs is so important.”An American suffers a stroke every 40 seconds, but only 8 percent of the population knows what F.A.S.T. means, according to a recent Ad Council study.“Treatment options are limited when people don’t recognize a stroke and get to the appropriate hospital in time,” said Mary Ann Bauman, M.D., American Stroke Association Advisory Committee chair. “Paul and Paulette’s involvement in our campaign will help people to recognize the signs of a stroke so they can be quickly assessed and have a greater chance at recovery.”The Ad Council’s new TV, radio, digital, and print PSAs will be distributed nationwide and run in space and time entirely donated by the media.“Learning the F.A.S.T. acronym is easy to do and may save a life,” said Lisa Sherman, Ad Council president and CEO. “We’re thrilled to work with American Stroke Association and Paul George to teach people the signs of a stroke so more families like Paul’s can have memories together.”last_img read more

Morocco House of Representatives adopts appropriation draft bill

first_imgRabat- The house of representatives (lower house) adopted, on Wednesday in a plenary session, the second reading of the 2014 appropriation draft bill. The draft bill was adopted by a majority of 186 votes, versus 59 votes against it.The House of Advisors rejected, last Thursday in plenary session, the draft bill by a majority vote (87 votes for, 33 against), which required to submit it to the House of Representatives for a second reading. The Minister of Economy and Finance Mohamed Boussaid, said in a statement to MAP, at the end of the vote, that it was necessary to take into account the particular political, economic and financial juncture during which the bill was elaborated, adding that new and important amendments were introduced during the debates in both Houses of Parliament, which will likely contribute to preserving financial stability, promoting the opening of new horizons for the national economy and strengthening institutions.These amendments, which he described as “very important”, tend to strengthen enterprises and increase the resources of the Social Cohesion Fund. The main amendment that sparked heated debates concerns amnesty on assets and property held illegally abroad, the minister said. The opposition groups deemed that the 2014 appropriation draft bill does not respond, despite the amendments, to the social and economic demands dictated by the current juncture.last_img read more

Benatia Hints to Possible Transfer to Real Madrid or Juventus

Rabat – Morocco international Medhi Benatia said he would move to Real Madrid or Juventus if he is not guaranteed more game time at Bayern Munich next season.Benatia made only 24 appearances for the Bavarians in all competitions last season following his €28 million transfer from the Italian side of AS Roma. As a result, the 28-year-old Moroccan player is reportedly looking for a club that would offer him regular play time.“My goal is to win the Champions League but my main objective is to play 35-40 games next season,” the defender told Tuttosport. “If I should realize that I’m not going to be able to do that, then I will start to look around.” Benatia has fuelled speculation that he could leave Bayern Munich after just one season, especially that he is on the radar of the likes of Real Madrid and Juventus.“The interest of Real Madrid and Juventus would flatter any player because they are two great clubs,” Medhi Benatia told Tuttosport. “Therefore, it cannot but make you happy.”Benatia has also been linked with a move back to Italy and specifically to Inter Milan. “In football, as you know, anything can happen,” Benatia added.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission read more

Metro Vancouver job numbers down in September regional employment upminister

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by News Staff Posted Oct 5, 2012 4:23 pm MDT VICTORIA – Job growth in Metro Vancouver dipped in September but seasonal employment in sectors such as agriculture and education edged up elsewhere in B.C.Labour Minister Pat Bell says Metro Vancouver had a loss of 800 jobs last month.“So fairly flat in Metro Vancouver, and that, I think, is to be expected given the time of the year. Typically we see job growth occurring as we move further into the winter months.”Bell said there were 5,700 new jobs created in the province in September and that most of them were related to international education services.The bulk of the job growth occurred in the regions, including Prince George, which added 700 jobs in September and set a new record for monthly job growth.However, the employment rate in northwest B.C. has decreased to 10.5 per cent, from 11.8 per cent in August.“I think the key is for us to make sure that we’re providing every possible opportunity we can for training in the region and to work with people who are finding it challenging to find positions,” Bell said.Across the province, the unemployment rate has increased to 7 per cent, up from 6.7 per cent in August, the Jobs Ministry said.Bell said that while the government is working on a jobs plan, it’s not willing to take any risks when it comes to projects such as the Morrison Mine, which was rejected last week after an environmental review.The minister said he’s hoping the company will try to mitigate the risks posed in the plan for the proposed copper-gold mine near Smithers after an assessment determined a unique species of salmon could be threatened. Metro Vancouver job numbers down in September, regional employment up:minister read more

Womens Volleyball Ohio State splits weekend series with win against No 8

The Ohio State women’s volleyball team warms up prior to their matchagainst Purdue at St. John Arena on Friday, Oct. 27 in Columbus, Ohio. Purdue won the match 3-0. Credit: Jeff Helfrich | Lantern ReporterThe Ohio State women’s volleyball team (13-12, 6-8 Big Ten) split its weekend road trip by beating No. 8 Wisconsin in five sets after trailing 2-0, but losing to No. 5 Minnesota in three sets.Although the Buckeyes knocked off the Badgers (15-7, 6-7 Big Ten), the Golden Gophers (22-2, 11-2 Big Ten) kept Ohio State from completing a surprising weekend sweep.No. 8 WisconsinThe Buckeyes were able to battle back from a 2-0 deficit as they toppled Wisconsin for the first time since 2015 in a five-set match.The night started off bleak for Ohio State as it quickly fell to Wisconsin in the first and second sets 25-14 and 25-16, respectively. Down two sets, the Buckeyes kicked into high gear in the third set and completely turned the match around.Senior outside hitter Ashley Wenz accounted for six kills and a .600 hitting percentage in the third set, leading the team to success with 18-of-40 error-free swings for a .450 clip. The Badgers called a timeout after falling behind at 22-18, but the Buckeyes maintained the momentum after the break and won the set 25-21.The Buckeyes quickly took the lead once again in the fourth set with three consecutive blocks from Wenz, freshman middle blocker Lauren Witte and freshman outside hitter Ayanna Swan. The Badgers narrowed their deficit to one, 23-22, but an error from Wisconsin and a kill by senior outside hitter Luisa Schirmer helped the Buckeyes win, 25-23.Ohio State kept the game close all throughout the fifth set as both teams played a point-for-point match with eight ties. A kill by Wenz and an attack error by Wisconsin’s senior outside hitter Lauryn Gillis gave Ohio State the last two points it needed for a 15-13 victory.Schirmer achieved her seventh double-double of the season with 14 kills and 10 digs. Junior setter Taylor Hughes was responsible for 43 assists and 10 digs, her ninth double-double this season, while sophomore outside hitter Bia Franklin reached a career-high 15 digs and five assists.No. 5 MinnesotaOhio State could not carry over its momentum from Friday into Saturday night as it lost to the Minnesota Gophers in a 3-0 sweep.The first set was the closest between the two teams as there were nine lead changes and 13 ties. Although Wenz contributed two aces and two kills, Minnesota won with two consecutive kills from its freshman opposite hitter Stephanie Samedy 25-22.Ohio State again battled in a close match in the second set with 18 kills and a .421 hitting percentage along with seven kills by Schirmer, but the Gophers earned the set 25-22 with big kills from Samedy and sophomore outside hitter Alexis Hart.The Buckeyes fell behind in the final set as they committed seven errors on a .146 hitting percentage. Minnesota maintained a pace that Ohio State could not keep up with, and in the end it was the Gophers who took the set 25-19.Wenz and Franklin helped their team with 11 digs each, while Hughes contributed 31 assists. Swan was the most consistent player of the evening with 10 kills on a .500 hitting percentage.The Buckeyes will head to Piscataway, New Jersey, on Wednesday for their second showdown against Rutgers starting at 7 p.m. read more

Turkey and France in genocide row

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Turkey has frozen relations with France, recalling its ambassador and suspending all meetings in response to French MP approval of a law that would make it a crime to deny that the mass killing of Armenians in 1915 by Ottoman Turks was genocide. The Turkish prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, cancelled permission for French military planes to land and warships to dock in Turkey, and annulled all joint military exercises. He said this was just the start and “gradually” but “decisively” other retaliation measures would be taken against France. He warned of heavy diplomatic “wounds” that would be “difficult to heal”. A majority of the 50 MPs in France’s lower chamber approved the bill which would make denying any genocide – but implicitly the Armenian genocide – a criminal offence punishable by a one-year prison sentence and a fine of €45,000 (£37,500).last_img read more

Fishing report 518

first_imgState, federal and tribal fish biologists have cut in half their forecast for spring chinook salmon headed for the upper Columbia and Snake rivers.The Columbia River Technical Advisory Committee announced this week they predict the run destined for upstream of Bonneville Dam will number 83,000,  down from the December forecast of 160,400.That 83,000 translates to a final Bonneville Dam count of about 75,000, said Stuart Ellis, chairman of the committee.The daily counts need to average a bit more than 1,300 a day to achieve 75,000 at Bonneville by the end of the season on June 15..• Angling remains opens in the lower Willamette River on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays downstream of Willamette Falls.Sampling in the Willamette downstream of the St. Johns Bridge and including Multnomah Channel during last week’s three-day fishing period tallied 945 trips with 173 spring chinook kept and 46 released.last_img read more

Antonio Rudiger believes Chelsea will only improve from now on

first_imgThe Blues’ German defender says his team will only be better under manager Italian Maurizio SarriWith Chelsea winning their first three Premier League matches of the season, defender Antonio Rudiger believes they can only get better from now on.And he talked to ESPN, as reported by The Daily Mail, to tell rivals about how Chelsea is looking for the title.“If I [look at] this game and the game against Arsenal in the first half and the last 20 minutes, we’re improving. Game by game I think it’s getting better and that’s our target,” he said.Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.“Before the internationals, we’ll try to win all of our games and then come back after and go on.”Talking about their last match. Rudiger says the win “meant we are ready — it was a difficult game but in the end, with a bit of luck, we fully deserved this win. But if you saw the whole game, I wouldn’t say that it’s luck.”“To make those players defend is not their strength, especially Eden. But players like N’Golo [Kante] and Mateo [Kovacic] are a good mix. Those two players can attack and also defend as well.”last_img read more

How Hachette Increased Production Efficiency by 30 Percent

first_imgAs part of a major effort to revamp its operations, Hachette Filipacchi Media U.S. decided to bring advertising management in-house and in March implemented the SendMyAd ad portal, supported by a DALiM TWiST workflow engine. Hachette rolled out the systems—integrated by digital prepress company Blanchard Systems—to advertisers in April. Since then, the publisher says it has realized a 30 percent increase in production efficiency.“We were working with a number of other vendors to develop an ad portal that we were using internally for about a year, that we didn’t want to roll out until we knew which way the industry was going or cause confusion for our advertisers,”  Michael Esposito, Hachette’s vice president of operations, told FOLIO:. “We saw that SendMyAd was really building market share and liked the features and thought it was easy to use.”The systems allow Hachette to accept ads digitally online. SendMyAd delivers ads within Hachette’s required specifications while the DALiM TWiST production automation system serves as the workflow engine. Partial page ads are placed in an editorial page and converted to PDF X1/a files for final production.“There’s less redundancy with this automation,” Esposito said. “We’re getting content into the company is a way that’s closer to our specs, which nearly eliminates the need to stop, go back, and return the content to the advertiser. “Because productivity is up,” Esposito continued, “we’ve been able to lower headcount costs and support other departments in the company. Once you go totally digital you can select components to be sourced globally, which lowers costs and provides access to a 24-hour operation.”Esposito said Hachette also is looking to expand the systems’ capabilities into areas like digital image tagging and ingestion, as well as classified advertising management. “There is a lot of room to expand the features to help other areas of business,” he said. “There are more ways to get content into our DAM in a more usable, quicker way. That’s the key.”last_img read more

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT 6 Wilmington Students Named To Deans List At Regis College

first_imgWESTON, MA  — Regis, a Catholic university in Greater Boston, is pleased to announce that 415 students have made the Dean’s List for academic achievement for the 2018 spring semester, including the following Wilmington students:The following local residents made the Dean’s List:Nicole Bazarian (Class of 2018)Chloe Boudette (Class of 2020)Siobhan Collins (Class of 2019)Kaitlyn Cowden (Class of 2018)Alyssa Faro (Class of 2019)Janenne McCoy (Class of 2019)To be eligible for the Dean’s List as a senior, junior or sophomore at Regis, a student must have a semester grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.50. For first-year students, a semester GPA of at least 3.25 must be attained.About Regis CollegeRegis is a leading Catholic university in Greater Boston with over 1,900 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students in the arts, sciences and health professions devoted to engage, serve and advance in a global community.With a strategic graduate focus on health care, Regis was recently named a Center of Excellence in Nursing Education by the National League of Nursing for the third time.  The intergenerational and multi-faceted Weston campus includes a preschool and a Life Long Learning program (LLARC) for senior adults with a passion for learning.Regis North, a satellite campus in Lawrence, Massachusetts, is an initiative of the Regis Institute of Advancing Studies (IAS) in partnership with Northern Essex Community College (NECC) and dedicated to bachelor’s degree completion in nursing, public health and other health sciences.Regis is also an Apple Distinguished School for 2016-2018. Visit Regis on the web at http://www.regiscollege.edu.(NOTE: The above announcement is from Regis College.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSTUDENT SPOTLIGHT: 3 Wilmington Students Named To Dean’s List At Regis CollegeIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: 5 Wilmington Students Named To Dean’s List At Regis CollegeIn “Education”5 Wilmington Students Named To Dean’s List At Regis CollegeIn “Education”last_img read more

Google is worlds most indemand employer LinkedIn

first_imgGoogle is the world’s most sought after employer in the world, followed by Apple and Unilever in the second and third places, respectively, according to a report by professional networking site LinkedIn.The World’s 100 Most InDemand Employers: 2014 was based on billions of interactions from LinkedIn’s over 300 million members.No Indian company made it to the coveted list, however, a significant number of them do have their presence in the country. Also Read – I-T issues 17-point checklist to trace unaccounted DeMO cashThe list was dominated by American companies with as many as 63 ‘in-demand’ companies were headquartered in the US.Moreover, eight of the top 10 most sought after employers in the world are US based. Besides Google, Apple and Unilever, other companies in the top 10 list include Microsoft (fourth), Facebook (fifth), Amazon (sixth), Procter & Gamble (seventh), GE (eighth), Nestle (ninth) and PepsiCo (10th).A sector-wise analysis showed that the top three sectors that dominated the list include technology, telecom and media; followed by retail and consumer products and oil and energy. Also Read – Lanka launches ambitious tourism programme to woo Indian touristsAs per the LinkedIn survey, around 15 per cent of in demand companies have fewer than 5,000 employees. The employee count for each company was based on the number of member profiles on LinkedIn associated with the company.As per the report the top three smallest companies by number of employees are Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation with 1,622 employees, Airbnb (1,836) and Netflix (1,906).In order to calculate the winners LinkedIn analysed over 10 billion data points between members and companies and compared the data with surveys of thousands of members to determine a company’s ‘familiarity and engagement score’.‘The analysis also weighted member actions like viewing employee profiles, visiting company pages and following companies,’ LinkedIn said.last_img read more

Dont forget to attend the Animal AntiCruelty League AGM

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite The Animal Anti-Cruelty League (AACL) would like to remind the community to attend their annual general meeting (AGM) on September 11 at 6pm at Hoffman House.If you’re in need of a new best friend, whether it’s a cute dog or cat, then don’t hesitate any further. as there are plenty up for adoption at the kennels. For more information, contact Annamarie on 0761511784 or visit the AACL premises on the N11 just before the Limit Hill robots.Cash donations can be deposited into the following bank account: Nedbank, Ladysmith, Cheque Account: 1330077512, Branch Code: 133025.A huge thank you to Pierre Massyn and OBC Chicken for their contributions towards the league.“Just a reminder to all dog owners that we do not tolerate dogs being chained up. We go out for complaints and offenders will be charged,” says Annamarie Koen.Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there!last_img read more

Rep Hughes announces office hour schedule for Sept 30 Oct 5 in

first_img16Sep Rep. Hughes announces office hour schedule for Sept. 30, Oct. 5 in Muskegon County Categories: Hughes News,News State Rep. Holly Hughes has scheduled seven office hours in September and October, inviting her fellow 91st District residents to meet with her to talk about the state government.“Being as available as possible for my constituents is incredibly important, which is why we have scheduled these seven events,” said Rep. Hughes, R-Montague. “I look forward to meeting with everyone to make sure Lansing knows what my fellow Muskegon County residents have to say.”The office hour events are as follows for Friday, Sept. 30:8-9 a.m. – Ravenna Round Table, 12396 Stafford St. in Ravenna 9:30-10:30 a.m. – Casnovia Township Hall, 245 S. Canada Road in Casnovia 11 a.m.- noon – Village of Fruitport Library, 47 Park St. in FruitportWednesday, Oct. 5 office hours will be:8-9 a.m. – Gary’s Restaurant, 906 E. Colby St. in Whitehall 9:30-10:30 a.m. – Toast ‘N Jams, 3462 Henry St. in Muskegon11 a.m. to Noon – Sullivan Township Hall, 8138 Heights Ravenna Road in Ravenna12:30-1:30 p.m. – Dalton Township Hall, 1616 E. Riley Thompson Road  in MuskegonThe office hours are open to the public and no appointment is necessary. Anyone unable to attend the office hour events can schedule an appointment or share their thoughts by calling Rep. Hughes’ Lansing office toll-free at 877-633-0331.last_img read more

Rep Kelly starts 201718 session seeks Saginaw region feedback

first_img Categories: Kelly News,News With the beginning of the 2017-18 session today in the state House of Representatives, Rep. Tim Kelly is encouraging residents with concerns or questions pertaining to state government to attend his upcoming office hours or contact his Lansing office.Rep. Kelly’s Monday, Jan. 23, office hours are:11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. – Frankemuth Chamber of Commerce, 635 South Main St., Frankenmuth1-2 p.m. – Taymouth Township Hall, 4343 Birch Run Road, Birch Run“I’m thankful for the opportunity to represent the Saginaw region for a third term,” said Rep. Kelly, R-Saginaw Township. “We got a significant amount done in Lansing over the past two terms that has helped the Saginaw region. The job is not done. I look forward to representing the families and businesses of this district at every committee hearing and with every House vote for the next two years.”Working with Rep. Kelly out of the district’s Lansing office are legislative assistants Nancy Bareham and Kyle Harris. Residents can call toll free at (855) 945-3559, via email at TimKelly@house.mi.gov, and by mail at N-1198 House Office Building, Lansing, MI 48909.##### 13Jan Rep. Kelly starts 2017-18 session, seeks Saginaw region feedbacklast_img read more

Public Service Commission hears from Van Buren County residents

first_img Categories: Griffin News 11May Public Service Commission hears from Van Buren County residents Rep. Beth Griffin on Monday attended a Michigan Public Service Commission hearing on the future of nuclear power in southwest Michigan.The Michigan Public Service Commission is deciding whether to allow Consumers Energy and Entergy to terminate their power purchase agreement early.  Commissioners Sally Talberg, Norm Saari and Rachel Eubanks hosted two sessions of hearings in which the public was invited to give their comments on the future of the Palisades Plant.“I want to thank the commissioners for holding this public hearing in Lawrence and providing an opportunity for people to express their concerns before the commission,” Griffin said. “This is a significant issue for Van Buren County and the surrounding area, and the number of people that showed up proves that.  As this process moves forward, I will continue to be involved in any way that is appropriate.”The commission will hear formal testimony from expert witnesses starting in June and release its final decision in August.  Those wishing to submit written comments are encouraged to send them to mpscedockets@michigan.gov, or 7109 W. Saginaw, Lansing, MI 48917. Submissions must reference Case Number U-18250 comments in the subject line. For additional information, contact Rep. Griffin at 517-373-0839 or at BethGriffin@house.mi.gov.last_img read more

Rep Whiteford encourages residents to enjoy Free Fishing Weekend

first_img Categories: Whiteford News 06Jun Rep. Whiteford encourages residents to enjoy Free Fishing Weekend State Rep. Mary Whiteford is encouraging residents to take advantage of the state’s annual Free Fishing Weekend, June 10 and 11, to kick off summer.“Free Fishing Weekend is a great opportunity for friends and families to enjoy and explore all the fishing options in Allegan County and throughout the state of Michigan,” Rep. Whiteford said. “It’s the perfect time to go outside and enjoy some of Michigan’s beautiful natural resources.The Michigan Department of Natural Resources will waive all fishing license fees during the weekend so residents and out-of-state visitors may enjoy fishing on lakes and rivers throughout Michigan.  All fishing regulations still apply during the free fishing weekend.  For more information visit www.michigan.gov/freefishing, or contact Rep. Whiteford by calling 517-373-0836.last_img read more

Rep Kelly resolution to dissolve state school board approved by House committee

first_img Categories: Kelly News,News 26Oct Rep. Kelly resolution to dissolve state school board approved by House committee The House Education Reform Committee agreed with its chair, state Rep. Tim Kelly, today by approving his resolution calling for the dissolution of the state Board of Education.“Our children have fallen further and further behind in education, so it’s time to say enough is enough,” said Kelly, of Saginaw Township. “There’s a lack of accountability when it comes to education in Michigan. We have the governor, the state superintendent – who is appointed by the school board — the Senate and the House. When everybody is in charge, then nobody is in charge. The state school board has become an unnecessary layer of bureaucracy for local school districts and teachers that our state’s families and students do not need.”Specifically, House Joint Resolution M seeks to amend the state constitution to dissolve the state Board of Education, giving the governor the authority to appoint a school superintendent. If approved, the resolution would be put to a statewide public vote to amend the state constitution.The resolution is driven by the recommendations of the state’s 21st Century Education Commission, which were announced in March.The committee hosted Tom Hass, chair of the governor’s commission and president of Grand Valley State University, and Bridge Magazine columnist Phil Power for testimony in support on Oct. 12, explaining how the state Board of Education’s role in education is diminished and unnecessary.“Michigan must ask the voters to allow our governor to appoint the state Board of Education and superintendent,” Hass said in testimony. “Education is a public good. As elected legislators, you also represent the citizens of this state so we have to ask is the state board doing its fiduciary duty and moving the state education system forward?”Kelly agrees the board is no longer beneficial to state education.“This is the perfect time to do this because the school board is in a gridlock with four Republicans and four Democrats,” Kelly said. “This is as non-partisan as it gets because it shows how the board lacks accountability. It has brought nothing to table as a group while every school district in the state already has an elected school board.”HJR M advances to the House for its consideration.last_img read more

Rep Glenn issues FOIA request to MPSC for DTE gas plant info

first_img11May Rep. Glenn issues FOIA request to MPSC for DTE gas plant info Energy chair: Decision could cost ratepayers billions Categories: Glenn News,Newscenter_img State Rep. Gary Glenn, chairman of the House Energy Policy Committee, has filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for specific emails, calendar items, text messages and other information from the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) in light of the MPSC’s decision to approve a DTE gas plant that would cost customers more than $1 billion.Rep. Glenn (R-Williams Township) said he questions the need for the plant, and is requesting the information to provide more transparency in the decision-making process.“It is imperative that the MPSC is transparent in its deliberations regarding orders that will increase costs on Michigan ratepayers,” Rep. Glenn said. “There are clear indications of disagreements between staff and commissioners, and we need to know the details.”Prior to the MPSC’s decision, the commission’s staff ruled that DTE’s “sloppy math justifying the gas plant could mean that the company’s proposed project is not the most reasonable and prudent choice,” Rep. Glenn said. Staff members also testified that DTE had not modeled options that are achievable and cost-effective, specifically cost efficiency approaches to save ratepayers money, he added.“The commissioners chose not to heed those warnings even though they could have sent DTE back to the drawing board to run more models and make sure ratepayers save money,” Rep. Glenn said. “The commissioners ignored the information they were presented and sided with DTE.”In his request, Rep. Glenn asked for the following:All meeting schedules and calendar entries from Jan. 1, 2016 to March 26, 2018, for MPSC Chair Sally A. Talberg, and Commissioners Norman J. Saari and Rachel A. Eubanks.All electronic copies of public records of all communications including email and attachments, and text message from the same timeframe between DTE and Talberg: Saari; Eubanks; Heather Durian of the Michigan Attorney General’s office; and Director of MPSC Energy Resources Division Paul Proudfoot.All electronic copies of public records of all communications, including text messages and email, including attachments, between the MSPC commissioners and the American Gas Association during that same timeframe.The American Gas Association is the trade organization for natural gas companies, Rep. Glenn said, noting that DTE President and Chief Operating Officer Jerry Norcia is a board director for the association.The American Gas Association regularly lobbies utility commissioners and sponsors utility commissioner conferences, Rep. Glenn said. DTE paid the American Gas Association more than $550,000 in 2016, the legislator added.#####last_img read more

Higher than Anticipated Costs for Chicagos Social Impact Bond

first_imgShareTweetShareEmail0 Shares Joachim Wendler / Shutterstock.comJanuary 15, 2015; The GateThe newspaper of the Back of the Yards and adjacent neighborhoods covered Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s release of his citywide education platform, including a laudatory nod to Barton Dassinger, the principal of the Chavez Elementary School in Back of the Yards, for his significant improvements in students meeting or exceeding state and national standards in reading and math.The mayor claimed to have a plan for closing schools and that his plan was not biased in favor either of traditional public schools or charter schools, but called for choices rooted in separating “quality” from “non-quality.” Critics on the city council countered that the mayor’s even-handed statement isn’t quite so.“[Mayor Emanuel] may say we need to put education first,” responded alderman Bob Fioretti, a civil rights attorney who is running for mayor, “but his actions in the last four years—closing 50 public schools to favor charters, gambling with our tax dollars on Wall Street, and slashing much needed resources from struggling neighborhood schools—say something different.”Another mayoral candidate, Jesus “Chuy” Garcia, challenged Emanuel’s Social Impact Bond plan, which aims at expanding pre-K education through a SIB funded by Goldman Sachs, Northern Trust Bank, and the J.B. and M.K. Pritzker Family Foundation (described in detail in NPQhere, here, and here). Garcia is apparently no fan of SIBs, Goldman Sachs, or Mayor Emanuel: “The Emanuel education agenda has always been about increasing private profits for his friends and campaign contributors,” Garcia said in the statement. “He sold our children’s future to Goldman Sachs.” Garcia’s statement charged that paying back the $16.6 million SIB will “cost taxpayers more than double the amount borrowed.”Mayoral campaigns are what they are, filled with charges and countercharges, but the indication that the Chicago SIB might cost twice as much as the various loans is worthy of analysis. It would be useful for Garcia and other critics of the SIB to explain how they reached that conclusion and where the extra costs come from (including, if appropriate, the costs of the packagers, intermediaries, and fixers who have been inevitably involved in structuring the deal) and document their findings. In the debate over the efficacy of Social Impact Bonds, based on the tiny sample of projects from which advocates are suggesting that they have found an exceptionally promising new mechanism of social program finance, what has been missing has been detailed analysis of the various cost components of SIBs, who pays for those costs, and who walks away with the financial returns.—Rick Cohen ShareTweetShareEmail0 Shareslast_img read more