“We can do it, it works. We don’t have to cut the forest down anymore,” said Allan Chatenay, co-owner of Explor Geophysical Ltd. and inventor of its PinPoint technology.The Calgary-based company worked with oilsands giant Suncor Energy Inc. over the past winter to see how the technology stacks up in comparison with traditional seismic techniques on one of its unexplored oilsands leases.The next step will be a commercial-scale trial aimed at proving it can compete on cost as well as effectiveness.Put simply, seismic surveying involves creating sound waves in the earth that bounce off rock formations hundreds of metres underground and then are recorded by sensors on the surface for analysis.Traditionally, surveys were conducted using truck-mounted drilling gear, heavy sensors and explosive devices weighing several kilograms each. Straight, six to eight-metre-wide seismic lines were chopped through the forest on rectangular grids to permit access and ensure the equipment was positioned to achieve the best results.The current standard, called low-impact seismic, cuts lines that are about three metres wide, often in a zig-zag pattern on the assumption that it prevents predators from being able to see their prey from a distance. CALGARY, A.B. – One of the most destructive ecological impacts of oil and gas exploration happens long before a litre of oil flows into a pipeline or a single atom of carbon enters the atmosphere.Seismic surveying, the exploration activity that helps identify where to drill, can result in as much as 15 percent of the forest being chopped down and mulched.But a new kind of seismic survey promises to leave only boot prints in the forest. And that’s good news for species such as the threatened woodland caribou that live alongside the oilsands industry in northern Alberta. Only about 25 percent of caribou ranges in the oilsands area are considered undisturbed, said Simon Dyer, deputy executive director of the Pembina Institute environmental think-tank.That’s well below the 65 percent undisturbed ratio required to allow threatened caribou populations to be self-sustaining, according to a 2012 federal government Species at Risk Act recovery strategy report.“A big contributor to that fragmentation and loss of habitat is the seismic footprint so any technologies that can prevent additional losses of habitat are obviously welcome,” he said.“Slowing the rate of loss of habitat is not good enough… Any responsible company should be proposing a plan that has a net improvement in caribou habitat, not just a reduced impact.”The PinPoint technology requires more labour than other forms of seismic so it costs more, Chatenay said, without being specific.On the other hand, he said, it saves users the cost of having to later replant and remediate seismic lines and may help companies fall in line with future environmental regulation.Suncor is looking at several technologies to reduce the impact of its seismic surveys and it will likely be years before any can be implemented on a commercial scale, said Gary Bunio, general manager of oilsands strategy technology development.He said the cost is important to consider but it’s not the only issue – Suncor could decide on a more expensive option if it provides a solution that is effective and is endorsed by community stakeholders and regulators.(THE CANADIAN PRESS) PinPoint takes the technology one step further by scaling down the size of the sensors and charges so they can be carried into the forest by people on foot. By greatly increasing the number of lower powered seismic events and their recordings, and processing them using detailed GPS readings and exact timing, Chatenay says the survey results are just as detailed as traditional seismic.Finding new ways to acquire seismic data fits in with goals by the industry, regulators and the Indigenous community to support caribou conservation, said Christine Daly, a senior technology adviser for land reclamation at Suncor.“Any fragmentation of the boreal forest has an impact on the animals in that ecosystem, including boreal woodland caribou, which are a threatened species,” she said.“We realized one of the root causes of the impact from our industry are these seismic lines, so completely removing them is a huge step in opening more responsible development and caribou conservation.”
Rabat – The Moroccan monetary activity saw 198.3 million transactions for a total amount of MAD 164.2 billion during the first half of 2019, says the Interbank Monetary Center (CMI).The activity is up 10.4% in the number of operations and 9.9% in monetary sums compared to the same period in 2018, notes the CMI in its report.CMI underlined that the credit cards issued by Moroccan banks reached nearly 15.8 million cards. In the first semester of 2019, Moroccan cards recorded 188.7 million transactions in payments and withdrawals for a total of MAD 151.1 billion. The CMI also noted that during this semester, Moroccan cards with international validity achieved 4.3 million overseas operations for a total of MAD 2.6 billion. This shows an increase of 87,3% in the number of operations and 42.4% in money amounts compared to the same period in 2018.For their part, foreign cards recorded, in payments and withdrawals, 9.6 million transactions for an amount of MAD 13.1 billion. The number of transactions increased by 16.4%, says the CMI report.In the first half of 2019, Internet payment activity showed a strong increase with 42.8% in volume and 13% in the number of online payments. This progress was a result of major public utilities, airlines, and eGov services offering online payment methods.
It is thought that William and Kate, who is pregnant with her third child, will not take their children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, to the Christmas Day church service.Where will Meghan and Harry stay at Christmas?There is speculation that Harry and his bride-to-be might stay with the Cambridges at their nearby home, Anmer Hall.But if they are accommodated by the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh at Sandringham, they will follow a German tradition observed by generations of the royal family. Prince Harry meeting members of the public as he attended the Christmas Day church service at Sandringham in 2016Credit:Chris Jackson /Getty Their appearance at St Mary Magdalene Church’s morning service on the royal estate is a traditional event where they meet well-wishers.Back at the house, lunch is served at 1pm and they indulge in a giant turkey, reared at Sandringham.They then settle down to watch TV, including – most importantly – the Queen’s Christmas Speech. Christmas Day walkabout a chance to meet publicThe event also usually attracts hundreds of well-wishers who watch the royal party walk from Sandringham House to the nearby St Mary Magdalene Church, and make the return journey after the Christmas Day service is over.Members of the royal family usually go on an impromptu walkabout, chatting to local residents, and this could be another opportunity for Ms Markle to meet more of the British public. Christmas at Sandringham is likely to be the first of many for the American actress, who will wed Harry sometime in May in St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle.During a television interview to mark their engagement, Harry and Meghan revealed that the former actress had met the Queen.But if she has not been introduced to the rest of the family, the Christmas gathering will be the opportunity to chat to the Princess Royal, the Earl and Countess of Wessex and the Duke of York and his daughters, who are all expected to attend. The former Suits star was also a big hit with the Queen’s beloved corgis, with the prince joking: “I’ve spent the last 33 years being barked at; this one walks in, absolutely nothing…”Traditions of a Royal Christmas at SandringhamThe traditions and customs followed by the royal family at Christmas are likely to come as a surprise to Meghan Markle.While most people across the country open their presents on Christmas Day, the royal family still keep to the German practice of opening their gifts on Christmas Eve.The Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh and other royals usually congregate in the White Drawing Room at Sandringham House the day before Christmas to put the finishing touches to a 20ft (6m) tree cut from the estate.Presents are placed on a white linen-covered trestle table, with cards marking exactly where the piles of gifts should be put.And what should Ms Markle buy the woman who is head of state and lives in palaces? Something useful as the Queen apparently likes practical presents, but not overly extravagant ones.The Duchess of Cambridge revealed that she was left stumped over what to buy the Queen for Christmas.”I thought ‘I’ll make her something’. Which could have gone horribly wrong. But I decided to make my granny’s recipe of chutney.” Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on the day their engagement was announcedCredit:Chris Jackson /Getty At 5pm, guests enjoy tea, scones, sandwiches and cakes from sideboards in the Saloon. Afterwards, they dress for dinner, with the table set with the finest china. Meghan Markle will join the Queen and other senior members of the Royal family for Christmas at Sandringham, Kensington Palace has confirmed.Ms Markle and fiance Prince Harry will be seen in public with other royals when they attend the traditional Christmas Day church service on the Queen’s private estate in Norfolk.The couple got engaged on November 27 and a few days later a proud Harry introduced his bride-to-be to the nation during a series of official events in Nottingham.Buckingham Palace has said the Queen and other members of the royal family will join the congregation for the morning service at St Mary Magdalene Church on December 25.A Kensington Palace spokesman said: “You can expect to see the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Harry and Ms Markle at Sandringham on Christmas Day.” A few months into the relationship, Harry said he had to have “some pretty frank conversations” with Meghan about how her life may change when she entered the royal family.He added: “But I know that at the end of the day she chooses me, and I choose her, and therefore whatever we have to tackle together or individually we’ll always be us together as a team, so I think she’s capable… she’s capable of anything.” The couple disclosed that Ms Markle had met the Queen twice, an individual she described as an “incredible woman”. Prince Charles and his wife Camilla lead members of the Royal family as they attend the Christmas Day church service last yearCredit:PHIL NOBLE /Reuters The Queen shelters from the rain during the Christmas Day church service at Sandringham in 2015 Credit:Chris Jackson /Getty Christmas presents are opened on Christmas Eve, rather than Christmas Day, a legacy of the German heritage of the monarchy.’All the stars were aligned’: How the couple metAfter announcing their engagement, the couple gave an insight into their 16-month romance in a BBC interview – and described how they met on a blind date set up by a mutual friend. Ms Markle will be separated from Harry later in the evening as, sometime after 10pm, on a signal from the Queen, the corgis are led out and the ladies adjourn, leaving the Duke of Edinburgh to serve port or brandy to the men.On Christmas Day, the royals awake to find stockings filled with small gifts and fruit at the foot of their beds. Ms Markle told how she could not wait to say “yes” to the prince when Harry got down on one knee a few weeks ago as they cooked a roast chicken dinner at his home, Nottingham Cottage at Kensington Palace.Indicating the depths of his feeling for his bride-to-be, Prince Harry said: “The fact that I fell in love with Meghan so incredibly quickly was sort of confirmation to me that everything, all the stars were aligned, everything was just perfect.”It was this beautiful woman just sort of literally tripped and fell into my life, I fell into her life.” Full interview: Harry and Meghan reveal engagement joy Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
Flyboard Inventor Fails to Cross Channel on HoverboardMr Hoverboard is a cheaper way to be Marty McFly Stay on target After an unsuccessful attempt last month, French inventor and former jet ski racing champion Franky Zapata succeeded Sunday in flying across the English Channel on a jet-powered hoverboard he designed.Zapata, dubbed by some as “Green Goblin” due to his hoverboard’s similarity to the Spider-Man villain, zoomed over the Strait of Dover in just over 20 minutes, Reuters reported.Zapata took off from Sangatte, just outside Calais in France on a little platform powered by five small jet engines and carrying kerosene in a backpack. After a stop on a boat halfway through the roughly 21-mile crossing, Zapata reached Britain and landed safely in Saint Margaret’s Bay, close to Dover on Britain’s southern coast.“For the last five to six kilometers I just really enjoyed it,” Zapata told reporters on arrival, according to Reuters. “Whether this is a historic event or not, I’m not the one to decide that, time will tell.”Zapata said the hoverboard reached speeds of 160 to 170 km per hour (99 to 105 miles per hour) during the crossing.On his previous attempt in July, Zapata fell into the sea while trying to refuel halfway across the water.A member of the Frenchman’s team said the movement of the waves required perfect timing, and the landing platform apparently shifted slightly as Zapata descended.Zapata received a $1.4 million grant from the French government to help finance the development of the hoverboard.French hoverboard star Franky Zapata cries during a press conference after he successfully crossed the Channel from France to England using a hoverboard on August 4th, 2019 in Calais, France. (Photo Credit: Aurelien Meunier / Getty Images)“We made a machine three years ago…and now we’ve crossed the Channel, it’s crazy,” he said, visibly emotional.Zapata’s attempt was part of the 110th anniversary of the very first cross-channel flight. French aviator Louis Bleriot made the first airplane flight across the channel on July 25, 1909.The French daredevil said it not yet clear what the hoverboard might be used for, adding that it was a complex invention that the average person would unlikely to be able to navigate.“It’s not a machine for trip down to the bakery on a Sunday morning,” Zapata told France’s BFM TV in an interview.More on Geek.com:This $380,000 Jet-Powered Flying Motorcycle Is Now Available for Preorders$150,000 Hoverbike Now Available for PreordersWorld’s First Jetpack Racing League to Launch in 2019
Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Gail Delaughter/Houston Public MediaA light rail train in front of Metro’s headquarters on Main Street. X We often hear Houstonians bemoan the fact that we don’t have more vibrant, comprehensive mass transit. But what can we do about it – besides complain?Well, for one, there’s a task force working on the problem long term – about 25 years ahead, in fact.The High Capacity Transit Task Force is examining a variety of transit service concepts that might be workable for Greater Houston by 2045, when the region’s population is projected to be more than ten million.The task force will present its recommendations at the Transit Policy Council meeting on Friday, Feb. 22, at 9:30 a.m. at 3555 Timmons Lane, 2nd floor, Room B.In the audio above, Houston City Council Member Amanda Edwards talks about the task force, the solutions it’s focusing on, and what she’s hearing from the public concerning its desires for future transportation services. 00:00 /21:22 Share
It was a coming out party for the seniors at National Collegiate Preparatory Public Charter High School, as they were presented to their friends and families and treated like kings and queens at the 6th Annual Sankofa Ball Feb. 24.National Collegiate Preparatory High School seniors celebrated their academic achievements at the 2018 Sankofa Ball. (Courtesy photo)Held at University of Maryland Conference Center in Hyattsville, Md., these bright students entered the ballroom donned in elegant formal attire. The young women were clad in royal blue strapless gowns paired with gloves, while the men entered the ballroom in black tuxedos.National Prep is the only school in Washington, D.C. that host “cotillion-style” galas for their students as a reward for their academic and leadership achievements.One out of many significant goals achieved was completing the Rites of Passage Empowering Students Program (R.O.P.E.S), a 12-week life skills class.“We felt it was important for them to understand what it means to be Black in America today,” Chief Academic Officer of R.O.P.E.S, Dr. Dianne Brown said.Many of these seniors are from Ward 8 in Southeast, D.C., an area known to suffer from inequality. For many guests, the cotillion proved that these seniors are not going to allow society to strip them of their success and future.Top 11 academic achiever, Arrange Blake, a student who aspires to be a graphic and fashion designer, spoke with the AFRO about battling with unhealthy friendships leading up to the event. “I had to stop hanging with fake friends because they were holding me back from achieving the goals that I wanted to achieve…so I had to cut a lot of people off.”The decorated room was filled with proud families, as well as academic teachers and staff, who listened to these gifted seniors as they recited their career goals, along with quoting historical Black leaders that they each admire.The biggest showstopper was their “Official Dance” known as the “DC Hand Dance,” which is a unique tradition that pays’ homage to their descendants who created such distinct movements.In conjunction with the seniors’ important night was an award honoring the 100 Black Men of America, which received the first James Howard Vance III Community Service Award, an award that was renamed in honor of the late journalist. Vance’s partner, Christina Eaglin presented the award.Eaglin said, “If he were here he would say “What?!…Are you kidding me?!” I wanted to say thank you because I know he would be honored…He loves National Prep…He would be proud.”In addition to the 100-Black Men being recognized, the Greater Washington Urban League presented the Jim Vance Scholarship Award of $14,000 as a gift to National Prep at the Sankofa Ball.
Kolkata: Panchayat election in West Bengal will be held on a single day on May 14, the State Election Commission (SEC) announced today. Earlier, the SEC had announced that the polling would be held in three phases on May 1, 2 and 5. The polling had to be deferred after opposition parties moved courts alleging violence and intimidation by the ruling party during the nomination process. “The panchayat election will be held on May 14,” a spokesman of the SEC told newsmen here.
Kolkata: A woman was allegedly tortured and sexually harassed by her in-laws for dowry in Beniapukur.On Wednesday, she lodged a complaint at the Beniapukur police station against her husband and father-in-law. Till Thursday, no one was arrested. According to sources, the woman got married in December 2000. At the time of her marriage, a lot of valuables were given to her in-laws as dowry. It is alleged that after a few years of marriage she her husband and in-laws started torturing her to bring more dowry. The victim woman said since her family was not able to fulfill the demands made by her in-laws she was subjected to torture. She alleged her husband and her father-in-law had been torturing her for a few years. She said she was forced by her husband to see a pornographic video. Despite she refused to watch it, her husband had forced her to do so. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataHowever, a few months ago, her husband started behaving properly with her. She thought he changed due to some reason. But the situation turned ugly after she came to know that when she was in a compromising position with her husband, her father-in-law filmed her. She was shown the video and told to bring dowry. Having no other way, she went to her father’s house, which is also in Beniapukur. On Wednesday, she lodged a complaint against her husband and father-in-law. On the basis of her complaint, a FIR has been initiated under sections 498A (husband or relative of husband of a woman subjecting her to cruelty), 354A (sexual harassment and punishment for sexual harassment), 354C (voyeurism) and 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention) of the IPC.
The Gold Coast’s booming tourism industry has welcomed news that international visitor expenditure in the city was up by 15.4% in the twelve months to March 2016, rounding off a hugely successful period for the city.Gold Coast Tourism CEO, Martin Winter explained the significance of this growth.“The Gold Coast is riding another wave of international tourism success with a 15.4% increase in visitor expenditure to $1.2 billion,” Mr Winter said.“Our industry is really punching above its weight, with the 11% growth in international visitors to the Gold Coast outstripping that of Queensland (+10%) and Australia (+9%).“We expect this growth to continue, particularly given the hugely successful 2016 Australian Tourism Exchange held recently on the Gold Coast, during which the global travel distribution network and international media developed critical business ties and experienced the very best our city has to offer.“Visitors from China were up by a significant 32% in the year ending March 2016, supported by direct access from Central China and via Hong Kong.“Without doubt, China remains the dominant player for the Gold Coast and now accounts for 28% of total international visitors to the Gold Coast, up from 24% in the twelve months prior.“We are also encouraged by the return of the Japanese market, with visitors up 15% to 56,000, due in part to the successful introduction of Qantas’ new direct service from Tokyo (Narita) to Brisbane in August 2015.”In the year ending March 2016, the Gold Coast also recorded double-digit growth from the USA (+19% to 35,000), Taiwan (+77% to 29,000) and Hong Kong (+40% to 28,000).The international education market also increased by 22% to 22,000 visitors in the year ending March 2016 with the sector accounting for 21.5% of total international visitor nights on the Gold Coast.“This data confirms the significance of the education sector for the Gold Coast and its sizeable contribution to international visitor nights and its contribution to the local economy,” Study Gold Coast CEO Shannon Willoughby said.“The double-digit growth is testament to the renewed push by Study Gold Coast in partnership with the local government and the education sector and our close working relationship with Gold Coast Tourism, to promote the city as a world-class education destination.Study Gold Coast’s online campaign has targeted the burgeoning Chinese international education market, generating 46 million page impressions over the Christmas period.“There’s immense interest from China in the Gold Coast as an education destination,” Ms Willoughby said. Visit Gold CoastSource = Gold Coast Tourism
Banyan Tree Hotels & Resorts Celebrates 25 YearsBanyan Tree Hotels & Resorts Celebrates 25 Years of Exceptional ExperiencesThe award-winning luxury hospitality company and one of Asia’s most successful brands is celebrating its momentous 25th anniversary this year with the theme “Exceptional Experiences” as a fitting homage to the brand’s rich heritage and core values.A sanctuary for the senses offering unique and modern accommodations across the world, Banyan Tree received its first guest in the flagship Banyan Tree Phuket, Thailand in 1994 – built on an abandoned tin-mine site which was transformed into Laguna Phuket, Asia’s first destination integrated resort. Since then, Banyan Tree Hotels & Resorts has grown from a single property to a chain of successful resorts, hotels and spas with footprints across Asia, America, Africa and the Middle East.A total of 39 hotels and resorts worldwide across four hotel brands – Banyan Tree, Angsana, Cassia and Dhawa will be crafting their own local and authentic Exceptional Experience with their guests in mind.From 29 March onwards, Banyan Tree will be unveiling exceptional campaigns and share heart-warming stories focusing on the most important attributes of the brand – people and the environment. Rooted in its corporate ethos of ‘Embracing the Environment, Empowering People’, Banyan Tree’s sustainability approach emphasises on building in harmony with nature and contributing to the growth and development of the community where each of its hotels is planted.From exceptional guest stay experiences to exceptional working experiences of associates and exceptional sustainability experiences, these curated Banyan Tree stories will be featured on the websites as well as the social media channels of each brand.Banyan Tree will kick off the celebration with a special 25th Anniversary Celebratory Offer that includes 25% savings on rooms (Best Available Rate), food and beverage services, Spa and Gallery retail. All guests partaking in this offer will be treated to the signature 25thAnniversary Cocktail – The Botanical, a concoction of Bartender Khun Kornchaphat Pichayadechapaisarn of Banyan Tree Phuket – winner of the groupwide 25th Anniversary Cocktail Contest.The highlight of this offer is a complimentary Exceptional Experience for the guests from one the following three categories:Celebrate Self – Re-centre yourself with an activity focused on you as an individual. At Banyan Tree Phuket, guests can attend a body awareness workshop conducted by accredited Wellbeing Hosts and gain insightful knowledge on how one’s body posture can impact overall health and wellbeing.Celebrate Relationships – Reconnect with your loved ones and participate in an activity together. At Cassia Phuket, guests can hop on a scooter tour and explore the streets the way locals do. They can look forward to uncovering local treasures and experience the authentic way of life with their loved ones during an amazing afternoon out in town.Celebrate Community – Immerse in the local culture, discover hidden gems or participate in a sustainability activity. Go on a tour of the Tea Mountains withAngsana Xishuangbanna , known for its tea culture. From tea leaves picking, guests can immerse in the local culture and discover their next favourite local tea flavour. Guests may also learn more about marine conservation at the Marine Lab at Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru in Maldives, embark on coral planting and explore the Ranamaari Shipwreck.As a leading international hotel operator and developer, Banyan Tree pioneers and champions sustainable development since its inception in 1994. During the stay, guests will be invited to partake in its groupwide sustainability activities from tree planting, school projects to community home visits – focusing on its ethos of creating better environments and enriching more lives as it celebrates 25 Years and beyond.*25th Anniversary Offer” Terms and Conditions:Booking Window: 29 March to 18 December 2019 (both dates inclusive)Stay Window: 29 March to 19 December 2019 (both dates inclusive)A minimum of two nights stay is required for this offerThis offer cannot be combined with other promotions and/or gift certificatesReservation is final, non-transferable, non-refundableReservation dates cannot be changedFull payment is required upon confirmation of the bookingProperty’s Own General Terms and Conditions ApplyMore details will be revealed regarding the 25th anniversary celebrations in the upcoming months.For more information, please check HERE Source = Banyan Tree Hotels & Resorts
Fans celebrate with UCLA’s Josh Rosen, center right, after Rosen was selected by the Arizona Cardinals during the first round of the NFL football draft, Thursday, April 26, 2018, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth) The Arizona Cardinals’ quarterback of the future and No. 10 overall pick Josh Rosen was widely considered as one of the two best quarterback prospects in the draft for most of the college football season.Rosen was a Freshman All-American at UCLA and thrived as a sophomore and junior, gaining momentum as a quarterback prospect who could do it all.Related LinksCardinals trade with Raiders, select QB Josh Rosen in 2018 NFL DraftCall it robbery: Cardinals hit home run with trade, pick of QB Josh RosenCardinals view Josh Rosen’s outspoken personality as a plusWhy then, did Rosen fall all the way to 10th — where the Cardinals traded up from No. 15 with the Oakland Raiders — and go after the likes of Baker Mayfield, Sam Darnold and Josh Allen? November 2017 – Second concussionIn the season finale against Cal, Rosen had his second concussion of the season and would sit out the rest of the game.December 2017 – Sits out bowl gameStill dealing with concussion symptoms, Rosen sat out his team’s bowl game against Kansas State. He declared for the NFL Draft. In an interview with ESPN in April, Rosen said he regretted having a woman with him in the picture.“I enjoy making people laugh, but what I find funny and put online, others might misconstrue and find jerkish,” he said. “I need to refine my message but not lose who I am.”April 2016 – (Expletive) Trump hatRosen took to Instagram again for his latest controversy, this time sporting a hat that read “(Expletive) Trump” while he was golfing on a Donald Trump golf course. Rosen would delete the post. josh rosen snapped on em pic.twitter.com/NVqYk6b7M2— Jordan Heck (@JordanHeckFF) April 24, 2018 Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo May 2016 – Calls out UCLAUpon seeing the news that his school had signed a $280 million shoe deal with Under Armour, Rosen took to Instagram to criticize the news.November 2016 – Ruled out after shoulder injuryRosen would only play in six games in 2016, missing the rest of the season due to a right shoulder injury. Rosen had surgery done on the shoulder to repair soft-tissue damage.August 2017 – Another shot at NCAA amateurismRosen once again spoke out against the NCAA amateurism rule in an interview with Bleacher Report.Look, football and school don’t go together. They just don’t. Trying to do both is like trying to do two full-time jobs. There are guys who have no business being in school, but they’re here because this is the path to the NFL. There’s no other way. Then there’s the other side that says raise the SAT eligibility requirements. OK, raise the SAT requirement at Alabama and see what kind of team they have. You lose athletes and then the product on the field suffers.October 2017 – First concussionRosen suffered a concussion in the eighth game of the year against Washington. He missed one start and played the rest of the regular season. Rosen was asked after being drafted as to why he thinks he fell and he responded by saying, “I don’t know and I don’t care.”Rosen’s injuries and outspokenness off the field reportedly played a factor. Here’s a timeline of all those events off the field.October 2015 — Hot tub RosenRosen’s dorm room when he was a freshman included a hot tub and there were a few social media posts to go along with it. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling On topic of Josh Rosen’s concussion and sitting out Bowl game. Claims he really only has had 3 in his life. UCLA policy – 2 concussions in 4 weeks meant he must sit out minimum 6 weeks #Cardinals— Chris Mortensen (@mortreport) April 27, 2018April 2018 – Wants to win the most Super Bowls everIn an interview with ESPN, Rosen stated how much greatness he really wants to achieve in the NFL.I want to be great — in everything I do. As far as football, I always looked up to Kellen Moore of Boise State. I thought it was the coolest thing that he was the winningest QB of all time. I thought that was a cool word: winningest. So I want to be the winningest QB in NFL history. I want to win the most games and most championships. I’d say six titles, but if Tom Brady gets six, I’ll say sevenApril 2018 – Not shy about taking shots at other quarterbacksWhen speaking about the adversity he has faced in his career and being ranked No. 2, Rosen wasn’t afraid to reference other quarterbacks to make his point. Comments Share Top Stories – / 97 LISTEN: Steve Wilks, Cardinals Head Coach Your browser does not support the audio element. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
‘Raised in Captivity’ reveals author’s warped imagination “Raised in Captivity” (Penguin Press), by Chuck KlostermanChuck Klosterman seems like a great hang. He’s the guy at the party who has everyone spitting out their drinks as they laugh while trying to swallow — the one who is never at a loss for words in a game of “Would You Rather?”It’s fun to imagine the genesis of some of the stories billed as “Fictional Nonfiction” on the cover of his latest collection. Flying cross-country, perhaps, from his northwest home to visit his agent in New York: What if there was a puma in the plane’s bathroom? Podcasting with his pal Bill Simmons: Could a football team run the perfect play over and over again to win every game? At the doctor’s office getting vaccinated: Do vets get shots to protect themselves from pet diseases?“Raised in Captivity” is like a read-only version of “The Twilight Zone,” complete with a cover graphic of a skeleton on a leash being taken for a walk. But unlike that TV show, readers don’t have to wait very long for the twist. Most of these stories suck you in right away with a perfect opening sentence: “I have the kind of job where I take a shower at night, after I get home.”; “It started with a question from a six-year-old, which is the only way it could have happened at all.”; “Sheila knew she wanted to murder her husband.” Five to seven minutes later, you’re laughing or looking under your bed. Then it’s on to the next one before the fizz from the first stops tingling in your brain.Topics range from a secret government research team investigating why coin flips are no longer 50/50, to a band whose song is suddenly adopted by white nationalists as a racist anthem, to a couple considering a procedure that allows the pain of childbirth to pass from women to men. While some of the stories seem far-fetched, nearly all feel plausible in the conspiracy-laden, technology-obsessed world we now live in.This is Chuck Klosterman at his best. “Raised in Captivity” combines social criticism with pop culture commentary and is highly recommended.Rob Merrill, The Associated Press AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email This cover image released by Penguin Press shows “Raised in Captivity: Fictional Nonfiction” by Chuck Klosterman. (Penguin Press via AP) by Rob Merrill, The Associated Press Posted Jul 15, 2019 7:33 am PDT
03Feb Rep. Webber introduces legislation to reunite property and rightful owners Categories: News,Webber News State Rep. Michael Webber has introduced legislation that offers owners a better chance at being reunited with unclaimed property.As state law currently stands, the Department of Treasury distributes a compact disc (CD) listing descriptions of property that has gone unclaimed for two or more years, in addition to the properties’ respective values. Locator companies use these two pieces of information to make their best attempt at locating and reuniting the unclaimed property with its rightful owner.“Try as they may, it’s near impossible for locator companies to find the property owners when they’re going off of nothing more than a description and value,” said Rep. Webber, R-Rochester Hills. “The solution is simple: more information will allow more owners to claim their property.”House Bill 5283 ensures that the Department of Treasury will provide five additional pieces of information on the CD for each unclaimed property, including the name of the apparent owner, and the apparent owner’s last known address. These additional pieces of information are not burdensome for the state government to compile, and will lead to higher governmental transparency and more property being claimed, Rep. Webber said.“Thirty-four states make this information available so that personal property can be returned to people or their heirs,” Rep. Webber said. “Increasing government transparency is a fundamental step in nurturing a trustful relationship between our state and its people.”HB 5283 has been referred to the House Committee on Tax Policy for further consideration.###
Categories: Roberts News 28Jun Plan to eliminate tax delays for farmers signed into law Rep. Roberts: Legislation will ensure faster processing of P.A. 116 creditsGov. Rick Snyder today signed into law legislation to eliminate delays in the processing of tax credit payments for farmers who participate in Michigan’s Farmland and Open Space Preservation Program, often referred to as “P.A. 116.”State Rep. Brett Roberts, who sponsored a portion of the three-bill package, said the P.A. 116 program offers a property tax credit to people who voluntarily commit to using their land for agricultural production for a number of years. However, the program has not been adequately funded in recent years, leading to delays in the processing of P.A. 116 applications and renewals by some State of Michigan departments.“This has left farmers who participate in the program waiting for a very long time to receive their tax refunds. Some farmers in our district reported a 13-month lag time,” said Rep. Roberts, R-Eaton Township. “The farmers are holding up their end of the bargain, and they deserve a timely tax credit in return. Not to mention, it’s pretty difficult to file your taxes for this year when you’re still waiting on last year’s return.”House Bills 5189-5191, introduced by Rep. Roberts and Rep. Dan Lauwers, R-Brockway Township, streamline the process for registering a P.A. 116 agreement with the state. The plan also holds the Department of Treasury accountable for delays by applying a 3-percent annual interest rate on refunds not issued within 45 days.“These changes will significantly shorten the amount of time farmers have been waiting for their tax refunds,” Rep. Roberts said. “They also make the P.A. 116 program more efficient, which will help ensure people will continue to be interested in preserving their land for food production in the future.”The bills are now Public Acts 265-267 of 2016.#####
06Mar Rep. Noble kicks off March is Reading Month tour State Rep. Jeff Noble today announced his March is Reading Month tour in southeastern Michigan. During March, the lawmaker will visit five elementary schools in Northville and Plymouth to celebrate the month-long reading event.March is Reading Month is an annual educational program designed to recognize the importance of reading inside and outside the classroom. This year, Rep. Noble will visit Northville’s Ridgewood and Silver Springs elementary schools and Plymouth Scholars, Plymouth Christian and Our Lady of Good Counsel in Plymouth. During his classroom visits, Rep. Noble will read to students, answer their questions and discuss the importance of reading at an early age.“Developing good reading habits is imperative to a student’s long-term success,” Rep. Noble said. “I always enjoy visiting local classrooms, meeting students and sharing a good book.”Local schools interested in hosting the representative for March is Reading Month can contact his office at 517-373-3816, or by email at JeffNoble@house.mi.gov.PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Jeff Noble celebrates March is Reading Month by visiting and reading to students at Ridgewood Elementary School in Northville. Categories: Noble News
Categories: Iden News,News 06Sep Michigan State Police official joins Rep. Iden for Sept. 11 ceremony PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Brandt Iden (left), of Oshtemo Township, is joined by Inspector Dale Hinz, Assistant Commander of Michigan State Police’s 5th District, on Thursday during a Michigan House session commemorating the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. The ceremony remembers first responders and members of the military from Michigan who died in the line of duty in the past year.
27Feb Reilly removes unnecessary hurdles for homeschool families Categories: Reilly News A solution introduced by state Rep. John Reilly, of Oakland Township, would change a law requiring homeschool students to obtain a work permit from a local school they do not attend in order to work an after-school job.Under Reilly’s proposed legislation, parents of homeschoolers could provide consent instead.“Current law puts schools in an awkward position as they do not know the student seeking the permit,” Reilly said. “Parents know what’s best for their children and should be given full autonomy to decide if an after-school job is what’s right for them.”Reilly specified that the bill does not change regulations set forth by the U.S. Department of Labor. The legislation simply eliminates government overreach that creates unnecessary hurdles for homeschool students.House Bill 4262 was referred to the House Education Committee for consideration.###
ShareTweetShareEmail0 SharesFebruary 2, 2014; Seattle TimesIn sponsoring the Olympics, Coca-Cola and McDonald’s have left themselves open to criticism by human rights activists, particularly those concerned about recently passed anti-gay laws. In fact, 40 human-rights groups, including Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, and the Human Rights Campaign, have issued an open letter to 10 Olympic sponsors, urging them to speak out on against the new laws and for equality.The president of the International Olympic Committee has instructed athletes not to make political gestures while on medal podiums or in other official venues, but he asserts that they may take those positions at news conferences. Australian snowboarder Belle Brockhoff is being clear about her intentions. “After I compete, I’m willing to rip on his ass,” she told the newspaper. “I’m not happy, and there’s a bunch of other Olympians who are not happy either.”Brockhoff will display the logo P6, which is a reference to Principle Six of the Olympic Charter: Discrimination “is incompatible with belonging to the Olympic Movement.”—Ruth McCambridgeShareTweetShareEmail0 Shares
ShareTweetShareEmail0 Shares January 24, 2015; The Age (Melbourne, Australia)Two recently released position papers frame issues to be faced by the Australian government as it considers revisions to its tax code will resonate with American readers: the Australian Council of Social Services’ (ACOSS) “Tax: Are we paying our fair share?” and “The Future of Tax,” released in December by Business Council Australia (BCA). Both recognize that a changing economic and demographic landscape requires revisions to national tax policy, but they differ widely in their assessment of the direction that should be taken.Changes to tax policy must balance the concern for tax equity with ensuring the national economy can continue to grow and compete in the international marketplace. Both organizations acknowledge the important role that government must play and that sufficient revenues are necessary to meet this responsibility. But where the right “sweet spot” is that balances these two is where the issue is joined and where the interests of the social and human services community will clash with the interests of business:“A vital principle of the social compact between taxpayers and Government is that the level of tax we pay is based on our resources or ability to pay, and that people in similar circumstances should as far as possible be taxed in a consistent way.” (ACOSS, p.4)ACOSS sees an existing Australian tax system that falls well short of meeting this standard. Its analysis of the total tax burden shows that the effective tax burden is equal to “a flat rate tax on incomes of around 25 percent on all income groups.” Looking at the same data, BCA concludes that the current “tax and transfer system is well targeted and highly redistributive and makes a substantial contribution to Australia having a fair society by substantially reducing inequality.” (BCA, p.5)Both organizations recognize that changes to existing tax policy should not do harm, but differ on what that harm would look like. ACOSS counsels that the impact of policy change should be viewed in terms of “economic costs, and social and environmental harm. The tax system should support and not undermine decisions to engage in paid work, save, invest and support economic growth that are economically efficient and underpin our future prosperity. It should contribute to, and not detract from, affordable housing for all.” BCA’s perspective sees harm in any change that will not benefit business operations, focusing attention on changes that would reduce the overall tax burden on corporations and individuals and simplify the system.As in the United States, the challenge to the Australian government is establishing a process that allows the diverse interests illustrated in these two reports to be engaged and believe that the outcomes have been arrived at in a fair and honest process:“Tax reform cannot be rushed. It takes time to identify and agree on the problems that reform should resolve, and to decide on a strategy for reform. Governments must lead tax reform but must do this in genuine collaboration with key stakeholders and the wider community. The process of reform needs to be open and transparent, enabling-government agenda, nor cherry-picking of reforms. It will require genuine engagement and wide public debate in the lead up to developing options for reform, with a view to developing a comprehensive, integrated tax reform package.” (ACOSS, p. 5)Our nation’s leaders might well keep their eyes on the efforts in Australia to see if there is a better model than our current method of backroom deal-making to reach legislative outcomes in an area of such vital interest to our community.—Marty LevineShareTweetShareEmail0 Shares
Cities in Asia continue to dominate CDN provider Akamai’s list of the 100 fastest broadband cities worldwide, according to its latest State of the Internet report.Based on analysis of the second quarter of this year, Brno in the Czech Republic was the fastest European city, ranked 55 out of 100 globally with an average connection speed of 8.3Mbps. Within Europe, Brno was followed by Geneva with 8.2Mbps and Riga with 8.1Mbps.Average connection speeds across Europe’s top 10 cities were well above Akamai’s 5Mbps ‘high broadband’ threshold. Taking the top spot in high broadband adoption was the Netherlands, which now boasts 68% of its connections to Akamai above 5Mbps, with a 22% quarterly increase. In the second quarter of 2011 six European countries had more than half their connections to Akamai at speeds of 5Mbps or above. More than half the connections of all European countries listed were at speeds of 2Mbps or over. The UK came 25th in the European league, with 30% of connections above 5Mbps.