Suncor Energy buys minority stake in product distributor owned by James Bay

Posted On Oct 13 2019 by

first_imgVAL-D’OR, Que. – PetroNor, a petroleum products distributor operating in northwest Quebec, has a new equity partner — Suncor Energy Inc. (TSX:SU).Financial terms of the arrangement weren’t disclosed but the companies said the Calgary-based oil and gas company would have a 41 per cent stake in PetroNor, which is owned and operated by the James Bay Crees.Suncor will also continue to supply PetroNor with fuel and distillate from the Suncor Montreal refinery.PetroNor distributes petroleum products across the James Bay and Abitibi-Temiscamingue regions of Quebec.PetroNor president Ted Moses says the business relationship with the James Bay Crees “demonstrates a shared belief in the long-term growth opportunities for PetroNor and the northwestern regions of Quebec.”Kris Smith, a Suncor executive vice-president, said the agreement builds on a 14-year relationship that the Calgary-based company has had with PetroNor and “we’re looking forward to working together to grow this business.”last_img read more


BC Oil and Gas update on Aboriginal Liaison Program

Posted On Oct 13 2019 by

first_imgThe ALP provides training opportunities to improve Liaisons’ knowledge and understanding of development activities and impacts, as well as enabling them to inform their community members with objective, reliable, and sound information.Interaction with Liaisons and participation in the ALP helps OGC staff learn directly of Indigenous peoples’ values and traditional knowledge in relation to oil and gas development. OGC staff regularly work with Liaisons when monitoring compliance and stewardship outcomes resulting from oil and gas activities, shared the OGC.The OGC says they are committed to full participation in the ALP and supports Liaison involvement in the monitoring of oil and gas activities. Permit holders should be aware Liaisons might attend inspections, emergency response plan exercises, audits and environmental monitoring activities with OGC staff.The following First Nations currently participate in the ALP:  Blueberry River First Nations  Prophet River First Nation  Saulteay First Nations  Fort Nelson First Nation  Carrier Sekani First Nations  Doig River First Nation  Haisla Nation  Lake Babine Nation  Nisga’a Lisims GovernmentThe ALP was initiated by the OGC and Doig River First Nation in 2014, the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development (FLNRORD) now leads the ALP and OGC staff to provide operational coordination functions. VICTORIA, B.C. – The BC Oil and Gas Commission (OGC) has provided an update on recent activities and the status of the Aboriginal Liaison Program (ALP).The ALP is a partnership between Indigenous communities in northern B.C., the OGC, and other provincial natural resource agencies.According to the OGC, the partnering First Nation communities hire one of their local members as a monitor, to observe and report to their communities about resource development activities on their traditional territories.last_img read more


The untold story of Anjan Dutt

Posted On Oct 12 2019 by

first_img‘Chena Gaan Ajana Anjan’, a concert by one of the legendary musicians of our times Anjan Dutt, explores the ‘known’ journey of the song writer traversing through the ‘unknown’ alleys of untold stories.This concert with Anjan Dutt is happening for the first time, where he will walk us through his music, the backdrop of his lyrics and the inner reasons that transformed him from the illustrious actor to the ever-loved song-writer and singer. As they say, the illusion stays…and the magic of the ‘untold and unknown Anjan’ continues. “I will be revealing several phases of my life’s journey, aspects of my youth and childhood, the city Kolkata, how I became a quintessential Bengali and so on”, Dutt told Millennium Post. Dutt will also be talking about his relationship with other musicians like Kabir Suman. “My music is much more emotional than his. ‘Ranjana’ is a love song but the social message is interwoven in the lyrics. Suman’s music has a stronger and more direct social message,” Dutt explains. The show organiser Carpe Diem is a new Art Entrepreneurship started out of passion by Somnath Dasgupta and Samarpita Chanda, trying to organise events which are unique with a social commitment. “We always believed that Performing Arts is not for sheer entertainment but also plays a pivotal role in Community Development”, they say. ‘Chena Gaan Ajana Anjan’ is one such initiative of Carpe Diem which has been passionately dreamt of. “A legend like Anjan Dutt which will surely create magic in the City of Joy. This concert has the purpose of ‘Community Development and aims at raising funds and support Girijyoti Vidyalaya in Siliguri – a school for the underprivileged children who do not have a school building to study”, said Dasgupta.last_img read more


Baseball Is Overrun By Adam Dunns

Posted On Sep 28 2019 by

When Adam Dunn came to the plate, he would pretty much always do one of three things: He would strike out; he would walk; or he would hit a baseball some 400-odd feet. With his propensity to produce these so-called “three true outcomes” — the three types of plays in which fielders play no role — the former Cincinnati Reds outfielder known as “Big Donkey” was the poster boy for a new generation of batters who swung for the fences and didn’t mind a strikeout or two (hundred).But he didn’t aim to be at the forefront of one of baseball’s most pervasive 21st-century trends.“You would think I would have gotten used to striking out and sucking. It devastated me every single time,” Dunn told ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick in July. “At the time, I didn’t really pay attention to [strikeouts, walks and home runs]. I never looked at myself as that low-batting-average guy, but I kind of morphed into it. I always thought one day I would wake up and the old Adam would be back and we would roll.”Whether he meant to be or not, Dunn was always a harbinger of where the modern ballplayer was headed. And for better or worse, today’s game is filled with more Adam Dunns than ever before.In 2002, Dunn’s first full season in the big leagues, only three other players — Derrek Lee, Mike Cameron and Pat Burrell — joined Dunn with at least 25 home runs, 70 walks and 150 strikeouts. (Dunn went on to meet those thresholds nine more times, easily giving him the all-time mark for that kind of season.) But this season, an MLB-record 14 hitters are on track to meet those criteria. The kind of player who was once an oddity now has a place in nearly half of the league’s lineups.Dunn wasn’t the first hitter to specialize in excluding fielders from the action. Washington Senators outfielder Don Lock became the 25/70/150 club’s first member in 1963, and the Giants’ Bobby Bonds hit those marks in back-to-back seasons in 1969 and 1970. From then on, there was typically at least one Dunn-style slugger in the majors, and a variety of guys earned the label, including Greg Luzinski, Dave Kingman and Rob Deer.1All numbers prorated to a 162-game season. But their approach was also seen as a curiosity at best — and a liability at worst. “[Kingman] is regarded by many as one of baseball’s bad jokes, a flashy player but ultimately a loser,” Jonah Keri wrote in “Baseball Between The Numbers.”By the time Dunn hit the scene, however, the sabermetric movement was gaining popularity, and strikeouts were becoming more acceptable, as long as players offset them with power and patience. Likewise, teams were beginning to seek out hard-throwing pitchers with high K rates, creating a perfect storm of aligned incentives that helped lead to today’s three true outcomes-heavy game. So, from Dunn and a handful of others at the dawn of the 2000s, the number of hitters who take his approach — we’ll call guys who hit those 25/70/150 benchmarks members of the Adam Dunn Club — has only grown in recent seasons: Steven Souza Jr.Rays33841844.8 The Adam Dunn Club, class of 2017MLB hitters on pace for at least 25 home runs, 70 walks and 150 strikeouts in 2017, as of Aug. 20 Paul GoldschmidtDiamondbacks381051507.2 Justin UptonTigers34711735.9 Jake LambDiamondbacks35891632.9 Sources: FanGraphs, Baseball-Reference.com Some of these players count among baseball’s very best. Despite his recent slump,2Don’t say we didn’t warn you! New York Yankees slugger Aaron Judge — whose 6-foot-7 frame brings to mind a right-handed version of the 6-foot-6 Dunn at the plate — ranks fourth this season in wins above replacement (WAR)3Using an average of Baseball-Reference.com and FanGraphs.com versions of the metric. and is still in the American League MVP conversation. Likewise, Arizona’s Paul Goldschmidt and Miami’s Giancarlo Stanton are probably the front-runners for MVP honors in the National League — each projects to finish with around 150 whiffs, a minor footnote in their otherwise sparkling stat lines.Simply striking out a ton doesn’t automatically disqualify a player from being considered great anymore, as opposed to in the olden days when there was a stigma attached to strikeout kings. But some hitters can still overdo it; in fact, there are some legitimately bad ballplayers in the Adam Dunn Club these days. A year after Milwaukee’s Chris Carter smashed 41 home runs while playing what was generally agreed to be mediocre baseball,4As if to confirm this, Carter promptly got himself designated for assignment by the Yankees twice in two weeks this season. five of the 14 players tracking for membership in the club are also on pace for fewer than 2.0 WAR, which is generally the benchmark for a worthwhile major-league starter. One — Jose Bautista of the Toronto Blue Jays — is headed for a 26-homer, 91-walk season that will also likely be below the replacement level, quite possibly earning him the worst Dunn Club season in history. (And this is to say nothing of the further proliferation of Dunn-“lite” players such as Milwaukee’s Keon Broxton, for example, who check off the home run and strikeout boxes but don’t even draw enough walks to join the club.) PRORATED THROUGH 162 GAMES Joey GalloRangers46762003.8 Eric ThamesBrewers35821681.8 Jose BautistaBlue Jays2691166-0.8 Domingo SantanaBrewers26751802.1 Aaron JudgeYankees491192207.3 Khris DavisAthletics43742121.9 PLAYERTEAMHOME RUNSWALKSSTRIKEOUTSWAR Miguel SanoTwins37722263.4 Wil MyersPadres31711891.1 With baseballs flying out of big-league parks at an unprecedented rate — and batters getting rung up at a similarly historic clip — it’s a safe bet that Dunn’s brand of baseball is here to stay, at least for the time being. That means we’ll get to see more of both the highs and lows that come when a player swings as hard as he can and hopes for the best.As for Dunn’s view of the generation of hitters he helped spawn? In his interview with Crasnick, even Dunn himself was skeptical of an entire lineup of batters who hit like he did.“Everything evolves, and this is the era we’re in,” he said. “People see if you hit homers and drive in a lot of runs, you’re going to get where you need to get financially. Does it help a team if you have a couple of those guys? Yeah. But if you have nine of them, it’s going to be tough.” Giancarlo StantonMarlins60841596.8 Mark ReynoldsRockies34761791.3 read more


Womens soccer 12 loss to Illinois

Posted On Sep 28 2019 by

Sergi Roberto wants to return to the Spain setup

Posted On Sep 18 2019 by

first_imgBarcelona full-back Sergi Roberto is hopeful that former manager Luis Enrique’s appointment as the new head coach of Spain will see him recalled to the national teamThe 26-year-old was omitted from Spain’s World Cup squad this summer, despite another impressive season at Barcelona that saw him awarded a new long-term deal earlier this year.But now that Enrique has been appointed as Julen Lopetegui’s replacement, Roberto is hopeful that this will signal a return to La Roja.“Honestly, I thought I was going to get called up,” said Roberto, as quoted by ESPN.David Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.“I wasn’t, so that gave me a good chance to have a longer holiday – I was able to watch (the World Cup) on television.“I have always said that Luis Enrique has been very important in my career, both with Barca B and the first team.“It’s true he’s now the Spain coach but I am just focused on giving my best and, if in the end I get the call from Luis, I’ll be really happy, but that depends on how I play for Barca.”Roberto could make his return to Spain in time for the UEFA Nations League, which begins in September.last_img read more


City Of Soldotna To Hold Public Hearing On FY20 Budget

Posted On Sep 14 2019 by

first_imgGeneral Fund $10,606,500Utility Fund 2,179,393Airport Fund 203,267Equipment Replacement Fund 218,000Debt Service Fund 211,752Total: $13,418,912 According to budget documents, the following sums of money are hereby appropriated for the operations of the City of Soldotna for the fiscal year commencing on July 1, 2019 and ending June 30, 2020, to be expended consistent with and subject to the restrictions, procedures, and purposes setforth in the City of Soldotna Municipal Code: The total projected expenditures by the City of Soldotna is $13,418,912, which is an increase of $746,203, or 6%, from the previous year. According to budget documents this is primarily due to an increase in General Fund Revenue. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Soldotna City Council introduced an ordinance outlining the  cities budget for the upcoming fiscal year starting on July 1 at their meeting on Wednesday. There will be a public hearing on June 26.last_img read more


People on the Move 122308

Posted On Sep 14 2019 by

first_imgRegional publisher Emmis Communications has given executive vice president and CFO Patrick Walsh the added responsibility of COO. Rick Cummings, president of Emmis’ radio division, will transition to president of programming for Emmis Radio.Time Inc.’s IPC Media has appointed Evelyn Webster CEO. Formerly, Webster served as managing director of IPC Connect, IPC’s weekly women’s magazine division.Dallas, Texas-based Envy magazine has been purchased by Shane Long who will now serve as CEO and publisher. Most recently, Long served as president and CEO of GSCS. As part of Quebecor World’s restructuring process, Pierre Karl Péladeau, Érik Péladeau (Vice-chairmen of its board of directors), Jean Neveu and Jean La Couture (chairmen of its audit committee) have resigned from their positions on the board. The printer filed for bankrupcty protection last January.last_img read more


Sean Holzman Named Chief Digital Revenue Officer at Bonnier

Posted On Sep 14 2019 by

first_imgNow, Holzman is focusing on new digital revenue opportunities, programmatic in particular. “We are confident in Sean’s ability to grow the video distribution and programmatic areas of our business,” says David Freygang, Bonnier Corp’s CEO. “There are new revenue streams available and Sean has the experience we need to identify and develop them.” Bonnier Corp. has promoted Sean Holzman into the second newly created role he’s held at the company—chief digital revenue officer. Holzman joined the company in 2011 as chief brand development officer, a new role at the time, and this new position appears to be a chance to take his previous responsibilities to a new level.Holzman had been charged with developing brand extensions for Bonnier’s media portfolio, which includes titles such as Saveur, Field & Stream and Popular Science. A big part of that was expanding Bonnier’s presence on digital devices. “We want to be on connected televisions, tablets and cell phones in a branded and meaningful way,” he told Folio: in 2011. last_img read more


New Construction Renovations under Way in Ft Hoods Residential Neighborhoods

Posted On Sep 13 2019 by

first_imgMajor renovations and other construction projects are under way in the residential neighborhoods at Fort Hood.Lendlease Public Partnerships, the Army’s housing partner at the central Texas post, has begun constructing 64 new, single-family homes in the North Wainwright neighborhood that are slated to be complete in early fall of 2017. Fort Hood Family Housing (FHFH) has started preparing to convert 136 duplex-style homes in the West Chaffee neighborhood into 68 single-family homes, and perform neighborhood utility infrastructure upgrades. Those efforts are expected to be complete in the fall of 2017.New homes will feature ENERGY STAR® appliances, as well as energy efficient heating and cooling systems, reported the Fort Hood Sentinel. The size of new and renovated homes will range from three to five bedrooms.Other projects are designed to revamp curb appeal and update interiors. FHFH plans to replace 22 roofs in the Pershing Park neighborhood, an on-going exterior paint project in Chaffee Village and Venable Village, as well as multiple upgrades to lighting, plumbing fixtures and interior paint and trim throughout the various villages.When the projects are complete next year, family housing at Fort Hood will reach about 5,900 homes. The project now is home to more than 5,350 families.FHFH constructed 974 homes, multiple community centers and recreational facilities, and made minor to major renovations on more than 4,500 homes during the five-year initial development period which concluded in June 2006. The second phase of construction began in August 2007 and includes a community of LEED Silver-certified homes. The housing project has the distinction of being the largest LEED-certified residential community in the state of Texas and in the Army, according to the story. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more


ARREST LOG Wilmington Police Make 4 Arrests Issue 1 Summons

Posted On Sep 11 2019 by

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — According to Wilmington Police Logs, Wilmington Police issued the following arrests and summons between April 13, 2018 and April 19, 2018:Friday, April 13Thomas J. Mustone (40, Stoneham) — Warrants (Arrest)Saturday, April 14Kristian Xherimeja (18, Saugas) — Warrant; Operating A Motor Vehicle with a Suspended or Revoked License; and No or Inspired Inspection Sticker (Arrest)Sunday, April 15Jason Pereira (27, Wilmington) — OUI Liquor and Marked Lanes Violation (Arrest)Monday, April 16NoneTuesday, April 17NoneWednesday, April 18NoneThursday, April 19Nicole M. Purcell (45, Salem) — Warrant (Arrest)Kimberly Ann Sterczala (38, North Reading) — Operating A Motor Vehicle with a Suspended or Revoked License and Failure TO Stop/Yield (Summons)(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information.  An arrest does not constitute a conviction.  Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)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… RelatedARREST LOG: Wilmington Police Make 5 Arrests & Issue 4 SummonsesIn “Police Log”ARREST LOG: Wilmington Police Make 3 Arrests & Issue 4 SummonsesIn “Police Log”ARREST LOG: Wilmington Police Make 1 Arrest & Issue 2 SummonsesIn “Police Log”last_img read more


Dow Chemicals and DuPont in 130 billion megamerger will split into three

Posted On Sep 5 2019 by

first_imgChemical titans DuPont and Dow Chemical Co have agreed to combine in an all-stock merger valued at $130 billion in a first step toward breaking up into three separate businesses, The deal, announced on Friday, will face intense regulatory scrutiny, analysts said, especially over combining their agricultural businesses, which sell seeds and crop protection chemicals, including insecticides and pesticides.Executives from both companies said the agrichemicals businesses have little overlap and any asset sales would likely be minor.Potential tax savings were one reason for the complicated merger-before-breakup deal, analysts said. “They need to merge first in order for the subsequent spinoffs to qualify as tax-free transactions in the United States,” said SunTrust Robinson Humphrey analyst James Sheehan.Dow shareholders would own 52 percent of the new company after preferred shares are converted, the companies said. The agreement includes a $1.9 billion termination fee under specified circumstances, such as rejection by shareholders.The merger, one of the biggest of the year, would allow Dow and DuPont to rejig assets based on the diverging fortunes of their businesses.The companies have been struggling with falling demand for farm chemicals due to slumping crop prices and a strong dollar, even as their plastics businesses thrive thanks to low natural gas prices.Activist investor Nelson Peltz of Trian Partners, who has pressed DuPont to separate its businesses, said he “fully supports” the transaction and sees the combination as “a great outcome for all shareholders.”The chemical majors felt compelled to combine due to a lack of growth opportunities, said Key Private Bank analyst Rob Plaza.”I think the big catalyst would have been (DuPont Chief Executive Ed) Breen coming in, his track record of extracting value from companies, and the fight that DuPont had gone through with Nelson Peltz,” Plaza said. “We may see more consolidation.”KEY POINTS* The new company will be called DowDuPont. DuPont Chief Executive Officer Ed Breen will be CEO of the new company and Dow CEO Andrew Liveris would be executive chairman.* It will have dual headquarters in Wilmington, Delaware, currently DuPont’s home town, and Midland, Michigan, where Dow has its headquarters.* DuPont shareholders will receive 1.282 shares of DowDuPont for each DuPont share and Dow shareholders will get 1.00 share of DowDuPont for each Dow share. After preferred shares are converted, Dow shareholders will own 52 percent of DowDuPont.* The merger will generate cost savings of about $3 billion in the first two years, with $1 billion in other savings possible.* The new board would have 16 members, with each company contributing eight directors.* DuPont expects 2016 sales growth to be “challenging,” due to economic weakness in agriculture and emerging markets. It plans to slash about 10 percent of its work force and take a pretax charge of $780 million.* The three-way split is likely to be 18 to 24 months after the deal closes, which is expected in the second half of 2016.* The biggest of the three new companies by revenue would be material sciences, catering to the packaging, transportation and infrastructure industries. Major competitors would beGermany’s BASF, Honeywell and 3M. This company’s combined 2014 revenue was about $51 billion on an adjusted basis.* The specialty products company will sell materials to the electronics and communications industries as well as to the safety and protection sectors. The combined adjusted revenue was about $13 billion in 2014.* The third business, selling seed and crop protection chemicals, generated adjusted revenue of about $19 billion.last_img read more


Kims surprise talks offer a defining challenge for Trump

Posted On Sep 3 2019 by

first_imgKim Jong-UnNorth Korea’s surprise offer of nuclear talks has thrown Donald Trump the biggest global challenge of his administration and prompted a rare show of restraint from the usually outspoken president.Perched in the Oval Office, the 71-year-old president was uncharacteristically cautious.“I don’t want to talk so much about things that we don’t know yet,” he said, holding out for clarity about a seemingly enticing offer from Pyongyang.Details are still sketchy, but North Korea gave word it may be willing to freeze provocative weapons tests in return for talks with the United States.Kim Jong Un, the North’s leader, may even be willing to scrap nuclear weapons if Washington takes regime change and military action off the table.Later this week officials from South Korea, who brought the message from Kim, as well as officials from Japan and the United States, will huddle in Washington to compare notes.But until then, Trump voiced a tentative openness to North Korea’s “very positive” offer, even if his administration retains deep doubts.Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats was reticent, telling Congress “I’m quite skeptical about all of this.”“Maybe this is a breakthrough. I seriously doubt it,” he said. “Hope springs eternal.”One senior administration official, who requested anonymity, suggested “it’s a good idea for everybody to keep some perspective, take a deep breath.”“We have a long history, 27 years, of talking to North Korea. There is also a 27-year history of them breaking every agreement they’ve ever made with the United States,” the official said.Options open -Trump’s willingness-at least for now-to drop his confrontational talk of wars and “little rocket men,” is part opportunity and part necessity.Evan Medeiros, a National Security Council director for Asia under Barack Obama, said it was likely Pyongyang-which has not yet spoken about the offer itself publicly-was trying to drive a wedge between South Korea and Washington.“I’m deeply skeptical” he told AFP. “Pyongyang will use talks to play for time and advantage.”The two treaty allies have not seen eye-to-eye, with the more dovish government of President Moon Jae-in favoring carrot over Washington’s stick.The US president being seen to prematurely slam the door on talks would put a massive strain on relations with Seoul and would likely spell the end of rigorously enforced international sanctions.It could also fuel divisions within Trump’s own administration, where National Security Advisor HR McMaster has reportedly taken a harder line in favor of military action than Defense Secretary Jim Mattis.Having lost a string of his most senior aides, including economic advisor Gary Cohn, Trump can hardly afford more resignations in protest.Even if North Korea is serious, according to Medeiros it is not clear that Trump, who is without an ambassador to Seoul, lost his nuclear special envoy and has hollowed out the State Department, has the wherewithal to engage in real talks and simultaneously keep the coalition pressing North Korea intact.Most analysts said Pyongyang won a decisive public relations victory over the United States at the Olympics last month, when Vice President Mike Pence appeared open to talks but North Koreans and South Koreans actually met.Military options -Trump’s other options are stark.US officials privately admit that a “bloody nose” strike-mooted to chasten Kim away from nukes or ballistic missile tests-was never under serious consideration.In reality, they say, any strike against North Korea would require overwhelming military force and would almost certainly put 30,000 US personnel and millions of other allied civilians in South Korea at immediate risk.Diplomacy would seem a better option, but Trump has made clear that unlike his predecessors, he will not let the situation “fester.”On Tuesday, he reportedly held talks with former UN ambassador John Bolton, who is tipped to replace McMaster and recently advocated a “first strike” against North Korea.During Trump’s first visit to the Oval Office in November 2016, then-president Obama warned him he may have to make a fateful decision about North Korea, according to those familiar with the talks.What he does now in the Oval Office could help decide whether this decades-long nuclear standoff ends on the battlefield or at the negotiating table.But as George W. Bush found in Iraq and Afghanistan, and as Richard Nixon found in Vietnam, wars have a way of defining presidencies.last_img read more


Could A San Antonio Federal Panel Resolve Texas Redistricting Issue After Six

Posted On Sep 2 2019 by

first_imgRYAN POPPEIt might be hard to believe, but Texas’s voting maps, those lines that decide where your representative district is and what seat you’re voting for, have been in flux for the past six years.As heard on Texas Public RadioLarge swaths of the state from Dallas to San Antonio out towards El Paso have had their congressional and state House districts disputed since 2011.  That’s when the state’s Republican-led legislature re-drew the maps. The Texas Constitution requires the state legislature re-draw these districts after each census, to make sure these geographic boundaries contain the same amount of people.Minority advocacy groups did not like those 2011 maps, and said they were deliberately designed to negatively affect African American and Latino voters. Cue lawsuits, court battles, and then just last month a panel of federal judges ruled three Texas congressional districts were illegal.So after all these years, it’s not surprising many Texans feel like Lelena Fisher, a graphic designer from Austin. Here’s what she told us:“I’ve been wondering about the status of Texas’ redistricting? With all the drawn and redrawn maps, the court cases and all the time that has passed, it’s easy to lose track of this fundamental important issue, Fisher says.To understand where we’re headed, let’s look at where we’ve been. Minority advocacy groups sued the state in response to the maps the Texas legislature approved in 2011.But the 2012 election was just around the corner, so a federal court implemented its own interim maps.  The legislature liked those maps, and officially adopted them during the 2013 legislative session.   Problem solved, right? No. People like former state-Rep. Trey Martinez Fisher says those maps still intentionally diluted what had been traditional concentrations of Latino and African American voters.“In this instance they said ‘well lets draw some districts that look like minority opportunity districts but they’ll never have the opportunity because we can tell from election data that it will never elect a candidate of its choice,” Fisher says.Cue another lawsuit. Martinez Fisher sits on the board of the Mexican American Legislative Caucus and led that 2013 lawsuit against the state. Republican lawmakers disputed the lawsuit’s claims. They said the maps the court had drawn were sufficient and should stand.Since then the issue has kind of been in limbo. When Texans voted for their statehouse and congressional reps in 2014, they used those maps. The case just sitting in federal court until this past March, that’s when three-judge panel from San Antonio decided Texas congressional redistricting efforts were intentionally drawn to discriminate against minority voters.According to Rafael Anchia, a Dallas Democrat who leads the Mexican American Legislative Caucus, It happened in a few ways.“Whether they adopted in some areas of the state a packing technique that packed minorities into districts to dilute their voting strength or they cracked them in a way that you would a wagon wheel, where you take a concentrated community and break it up into multiple districts,” Anchia explains.Anchia, Fisher and the rest of MALC are still in court, scrambling to neutralize the maps before voters go to the polls in 2018. So what happens now? After last month’s decision by the federal court in San Antonio, they called the state and plaintiff groups to court on April 27th. They’ll try to figure out if there’s a quick way the court could remedy the situation.If not, they could order the legislature to handle it. But Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, who presides over the Senate, has said he doesn’t see the need for the legislature to get involved until after the release of the next US census in 2020.“We will be back in session very shortly, in two years and that will be the session that begins to prepare us for the 2021 maps, so I don’t see any move to do that this session,” Patrick says.House lawmakers agree with him. They voted against dealing with redistricting this year. That’s why Nina Perales, the lead attorney in the current lawsuit, says what happens next will come from the federal court system, not the state Legislature and they’re running out of time.“Candidate filing opens in November of 2017, we have  to have lines draw in time for the start of candidate this fall.  And so there’s a lot of time pressure on the court right now to make some decisions before the election schedule overtakes us,” Perales explains.Otherwise Perales says the federal district court in San Antonio will have to delay the start of the 2018 election. As for the disputed 2013 House maps, the court is expected to release its opinion on them by end of this month or in early May.Copyright 2017 KSTX-FM. To see more, visit KSTX-FM. Sharelast_img read more


Why This Climate Change Denier Had A Change of Heart

Posted On Sep 2 2019 by

first_img Bob Inglis is a former Republican Congressman from South Carolina who used to be a climate change denier. He says he used to call climate change a “bunch of hooey.”Then he had a change of heart, which he says cost him his job in the 2010 GOP primary runoff.Today, Inglis is executive director of republicEn.org, and he tours the country talking about solutions to climate change. Tonight, he gives a presentation called Solving Climate Change with Courage and Conservative Principles at 6 p.m. at the University of Houston’s Hilton Ballroom.In the audio above, we revisit the 2016 conversation Maggie Martin had with Inglis about what prompted him to change his mind all those years ago. Share Listen Xcenter_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: republicEn.orgFormer U.S. Congressman Bob Inglis of South Carolina went from climate change denier to an advocate for conservative action on the issue. 00:00 /15:14last_img read more


Did You Know

Posted On Sep 1 2019 by

first_img Did you know…?There is a difference between extra benefits and preferential treatment. The provision of extra benefits involve institutional staff members or boosters and is not generally available to all students. Preferential treatment occurs when institution does not have knowledge of the treatment, benefit or services being provided but is given because of the individuals athletics reputation, skill or pay-back potential.See Bylaws 12.1.2.1.6 and 16.02.3 below for more information.12.1.2.1.6 Preferential Treatment, Benefits or Services. Preferential treatment, benefits or services because of the individual’s athletics reputation or skill or pay-back potential as a professional athlete, unless such treatment, benefits or services are specifically permitted under NCAA legislation. [R] (Revised: 1/11/94, 1/14/08)16.02.3 Extra Benefit. [A] An extra benefit is any special arrangement by an institutional employee or representative of the institution’s athletics interests to provide a student-athlete or the student-athlete family member or friend a benefit not expressly authorized by NCAA legislation. Receipt of a benefit by student-athletes or their family members or friends is not a violation of NCAA legislation if it is demonstrated that the same benefit is generally available to the institution’s students or their family members or friends or to a particular segment of the student body (e.g., international students, minority students) determined on a basis unrelated to athletics ability. (Revised: 1/10/91, 1/19/13 effective 8/1/13)Print Friendly Version Story Linkslast_img read more


Sony to Buy Additional 60 Stake in EMI Music Publishing for 23

Posted On Sep 1 2019 by

first_img Popular on Variety Sony Corporation announced today that is has signed a deal to acquire Mubadala Investment Company’s 60% equity interest in EMI Music Publishing. The deal will raise Sony’s stake in EMI to around 90%, based on an enterprise value of $4.75 billion.As a result of the transaction, Sony will indirectly own approximately 90% of the equity interest in EMI Music Publishing and it will become a consolidated subsidiary of Sony. The closing of the transaction is subject to certain closing conditions, including regulatory approvals.While the final purchase price to be paid by Sony for all of Mubadala’s equity interest in EMI Music Publishing is subject to customary closing adjustments, the total cash consideration Sony expects to pay to consolidate EMI Music Publishing is approximately $2.3 billion. Since that acquisition, Sony/ATV has been the top publisher in each quarter except one. The company is the world’s largest music publisher, with songs by The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Marvin Gaye, Michael Jackson, Leonard Cohen, Alicia Keys, Lady Gaga, Carole King, Kraftwerk, Joni Mitchell, Willie Nelson, Queen, The Rolling Stones, Sting, Ed Sheeran, Taylor Swift, Kanye West, Hank Williams and Stevie Wonder among the thousands in its repertoire.Hani Barhoush, Head of Mubadala Capital, said: “EMI has been a successful investment for Mubadala and I would like to personally extend my appreciation to the leadership at Sony and Sony/ATV, who have been instrumental in administering the EMI catalog as well as shaping the music landscape on a global basis. They have been tremendous partners to us.”Adib Mattar, Head of Private Equity for Mubadala Capital and Chairman of EMI Music Publishing, said: “EMI Music Publishing represents one of the world’s largest and most diverse catalog of copyrights with iconic songs that span every decade over the last one hundred years. Writers and artists only stand to benefit under consolidated ownership and should feel proud to be part of the Sony family. The sale of our consortium’s interest in EMI Music Publishing represents a milestone for Mubadala and our private equity business.” ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Kenichiro Yoshida, President and CEO, Sony Corporation said: “We are thrilled to bring EMI Music Publishing into the Sony family and maintain our number one position in the music publishing industry. I would also like to convey my gratitude to Mubadala, our equity partner in EMI Music Publishing, for sharing our long-term perspective on the potential success of music publishing and their support as we grew the business. The music business has enjoyed a resurgence over the past couple of years, driven largely by the rise of paid subscription-based streaming services. In the entertainment space, we are focusing on building a strong IP portfolio, and I believe this acquisition will be a particularly significant milestone for our long-term growth.”The purchase staves off what could have been a contentious bidding process, should Mudabala have opened up its investment share to other potential buyers. According to sources, Warner Music Group owner Len Blavatnik was hot on the property, as were other music companies. But with Sony already owning a significant portion of EMI, its ideal situation was to keep intact as much of Sony/ATV as possible — preferably, all of it. Ultimately, says an insider, the publishing company is but a small “kernel” of Sony’s overall business, though it is a growing sector. Sony/ATV in particular has seen growth of 100% in the last five years under chairman Marty Bandier.The deadline for Mubadala to accept bids was the end of May, with the month of June earmarked for a review.In 2012, Bandier led the effort to acquire EMI’s publishing unit — bringing in 1.3 million copyrights for songs by Carole King, Norah Jones, Motown classics, and standards like “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” — in a deal valued at $2.2 billion. At the time, Sony/ATV operated as a joint venture with the Michael Jackson estate (in January 2016, Sony/ATV exercised a buy-sell option to acquire the 50% it didn’t own — the price tag: $750 million) and, together, the two entities claimed 40% of EMI Music Publishing, with Sony/ATV taking a fee of 15% of NPS (Net Publisher Share) to administer the EMI copyrights. Holding the other 60% was a consortium of investors including the Jackson estate (with 10% ownership), Mubadala, Jynwel Capital, Blackstone Group’s GSO Capital Partners and David Geffen.last_img read more


Seven killed in two separate road accidents

Posted On Aug 31 2019 by

first_imgKolkata: In a tragic incident, four persons who were asleep, have been killed when a loaded dumper rammed into their house situated on the road side.The incident took place in Amrasota village of Asansol in West Burdwan district on early Wednesday morning. The victims were crushed to death after stone chips of the truck fell on them as the vehicle overturned immediately after hitting the house. According to the West Burdwan police, the victims have been identified as Rohit Kumar (19), Suraj Kumar (18), Satish Kumar (12) and Sishu Kumar (14). Rohit, Suresh and Satish were three brothers and Sishu was their cousin brother. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsTheir house is situated close to National Highway 60. According to the preliminary investigation, police suspect that the driver lost control over the vehicle while taking a turn and the truck eventually hit the house and overturned.According to police, the dumper was coming from Birbhum’s Panchami. As soon as the dumper hit the outside wall of the house, the stone chips fell on the victims who were asleep. Locals rushed to the spot immediately after the accident but failed to rescue the victims. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedThey reported the matter to the local police, who brought a crane and removed the vehicle. The victims were later brought out from the debris of stone chips. All of them were declared brought dead after being taken to a nearby hospital.The driver of the dumper has been absconding since the incident took place. Following the incident, locals staged a demonstration on NH 60 resulting in huge traffic jam. They demanded that police must keep a vigil on vehicles that flout traffic norms. The demonstration was lifted following the intervention of the senior police officers.Another incident took place in Cooch Behar, where people died on Wednesday morning. They were killed when the car they were travelling in hit a road side tree. The incident took place in Pundibari area of Cooch Behar on Wednesday morning. The identity of the victims is yet to be confirmed.last_img read more


Infant gets lost at Central Metro Station recovered from another

Posted On Aug 31 2019 by

first_imgKolkata: An officer of Railway Protection Force (RPF) rescued a six-year-old boy who had gone missing at Central Metro Station and handed him over to his parents.According to a Press communiqué, it was on Tuesday when the boy got separated from his parents at Central Metro Station. The matter was immediately reported to the security control and subsequent steps were taken by the RPF to find out the boy. He was later found at Maidan Metro Station. The RPF personnel took the boy to the station master’s office at Maidan Metro Station. The station master of Maidan Metro Station passed the information to his counterpart at Central Metro Station. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeIt was at around 5.45 pm, the boy’s father reached the station master’s office at Maidan Police Station. He identified the child. After proper verification and completion of necessary formalities, the child was handed over to his father. He thanked the Metro authorities for helping to get back his boy. In another incident on the same day, a woman had lost her bag containing some cash and a few documents in a train at Mahatma Gandhi Road Station. Security personnel found the bag. A phone number was found inside the bag. The woman was contacted on the phone number. The woman came to the station master’s office and got back her bag after all necessary formalities.last_img read more


What an MLB source said about the Dbacks trade h

Posted On Aug 11 2019 by

first_img What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Comments   Share   D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Top Stories center_img Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away If a player’s college career is his resume, pre-draft visits are the NFL’s version of job interviews. They are a chance for teams to get to know a player and take a closer look at who they are, what they think and how they react under the pressure of answering questions that could cost them millions.While it isn’t an exact science, these visits can be a very good indicator of who a team is and isn’t interested in. Like any good company, you wouldn’t think an NFL team would hire someone with a large salary without ‘kicking the tires’ at least once on a player and understanding who they are face-to-face. Then again, with each passing year the NFL Draft more and more resembles a high stakes game of poker where bluffing is just part of the territory. Two names the Arizona Cardinals don’t appear to have much interest in based on this theory are Auburn defensive tackle Nick Fairley and Alabama defensive tackle Marcell Dareus.According to a report in the Houston Chronicle, Fairley is set to visit with eight of the top 10 teams in next month’s NFL draft. One of those two teams is the Cards.In a report on NFL.com, they have Dareus meeting with seven of the top 10 teams, once again with the Cards as one of the teams abstaining. The news shouldn’t come as a complete surprise after the Cardinals spent their first round pick in 2010 on defensive tackle Dan Williams and have Darnell Dockett, Alan Branch and Gabe Watson on the roster but it does cross another few names of the list of possibilities for the team in Round 1.For those of you keeping score at home, if you believe numerous reports, you can cross Fairley, Dareus and Cam Newton off the list of possible No. 5 picks for the Cards.last_img read more