GODERICH, Ont. – Unifor is calling on Compass Minerals to pause job cuts at its salt mine in Goderich, Ont. ahead of collective bargaining talks.The union says the company gave lay-off notices to about 48 workers last week, while the Local 16-O union has given notice to bargain for March 5 and has filed for conciliation.Unifor says that laying off 10 per cent of the mine’s workforce two weeks before bargaining is a very aggressive move and that the company is “acting like an employer itching for major job action.”The union says it also has serious concerns over how Compass has acted, accusing the company of encouraging workers to take severance packages that would cancel their right to be recalled if production at the mine increases.The Kansas-based company did not immediately respond to requests for comment on Unifor’s accusations, but said previously that the cuts are part of a years-long restructuring that includes a shift to a mining method that is safer and requires fewer employees.Compass, which bought the Goderich mine in 1990, says the operation located 550 metres under Lake Huron is the largest underground salt mine in the world with the product being mostly used for winter road maintenance.
Taroudant – Northern City of Chefchaouen Featured Among Telegraph’s ranking of the World’s Best City SkylinesChefchaouen, locally known as Chaouen, is a beautiful blue painted city nestled in the Moroccan Rif range to the east of Tangier.The blue city ranks 13th out of 26, ahead of globally famous cities such as New York, Paris and Shanghai. Among city’s strengths, The Telegraph referred to the historical importance of the blue city with its old city mosque that “dates from the 15th century and is architecturally unusual due to its octagonal minaret.”With skyscrapers of the Australian capital, Sydney came on the top of the ranking. Edinburgh is found at the third position, followed by Kuala Lumpur, capital of Malaysia.Last year, Chefchaouen ranked 9th on Buzzfeed’s list of Most Beautiful Travel Destinations, making it the only city from North Africa and the Arab world on the list.With its never-ending charm, the city is not only a beautiful destination for tourists but also a preferred location for the glamorous world of fashion. In August, Jacob Cohën, Italy’s world-renowned fashion brand, chose the city as background for its Fall-Winter 2015-2016 Collection.With its Arabic, Berber, Jewish and Moorish heritage, Chefchaouen reflects the ethnic diversity and cultural richness of the kingdom.Moulay Ali Ben Moussa Ben Rachid El Alami built the beautiful city in 1471 as a small fortress to protect Northern Morocco from Portuguese invaders.Chefchaouen is home to the famous waterfall of Akchour, which is considered by tourists as a little paradise on earth. Located in the valley of Talembote, the waterfall is a pristine natural beauty, attracting more and more tourists since the opening of the natural park of Talassemtane.The city of Chefchaouen, photo by Jack Stana/MWNThe city of Chefchaouen, photo by Jack Stana/MWN
If onion production in West Berbice continues to be as encouraging, as it has been, famers may soon be able to fully supply the local market.A farmer proudly displays the harvested onionsThis follows the initiation of a 2017 trial project by the Promotion of Regional Opportunities for Produce and Enterprises and Linkages (PROPEL),a Canadian funded project, in partnership with the National Agricultural Research and Extension Institute (NAREI).According to a release from the Department of Public Information (DPI), Jason Persaud a field officer attached to PROPEL along with representatives from other agencies, were at Plantation Yeoville, West Coast Berbice, recently to witness the harvesting of another bumper crop of onions. Each of the different varieties of onion cultivated, by members of the area’s Community Development Council, was just as heartening.Persaud also stated that the research project at Fort Wellington, which was conducted by two students of the University of Guyana (UG), provided satisfactory yields. That project was embarked upon with the primary objective being to garner data to be documented for future reference to benefit those who may want to embark on onion production on a large scale.It was in May last year that several farmers were on hand to witness the harvesting of a similar PROPEL pilot project in Hopetown, which proved to be successful. In late April, a Philippi Village farmer, Rawle Medford, also participating in the initiative reaped the single largest crop of onions in Guyana – 450 pounds. The young farmer was given the opportunity to be part of a project and took the challenge head-on.PROPEL officers assessing the quality of onions harvestedMassey, a distribution giant in Guyana has aligned itself by providing tangible support for the onion initiative. Farmers and groups who produce onion of satisfactory quality are assured of a market for their produce as long as the required standards are met.PROPEL is a Canadian funded project which seeks to link fresh produce buyers in the region and beyond with Caribbean farmers, processers and related businesses. And, the projects are implemented by WUSC, World University Services of Canada, with financial support from donors and the Government of Canada.Having initiated the pilot project, PROPEL is now adopting the role of facilitator, while allowing stakeholders to become involved.According to Persaud, the National Agriculture Research Institute has a mandate to promote local production of a number of crops so as to reduce importation of such, and onion is listed among these.Therefore, the current initiative is seeking to promote the large-scale production of onion with the aim of removing this item from Guyana’s catalog of imported products, and further to be listed as an exported product. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedOnion trials prove large scale production feasible – despite challengesAugust 27, 2017In “Business”Govt to widen road from Belfield to RosignolMarch 16, 2019Similar postAlbion Sports ground gets $110M lighting systemJuly 9, 2014In “Sports”
Rajiv Kalra, CITIC HIC CEO and Global General Manager says “we at CITIC Heavy Industries are very proud to sponsor CEEC and support their mission. Grinding is one of the highest power consuming stages in mineral processing. CITIC HIC range includes energy efficient equipment such as HPGRs & stirred mills. A lot of work is being undertaken to improve drive efficiencies in this area with our own manufactured variable speed drives and automation products. The latest generation of CITIC Heavy Industries Variable Speed Drive technology provides optimal performance, easy maintenance and high efficiency in its class.”CITIC HIC commenced business in 1958. After more than 50 years of evolution and development, it has become a significant global supplier of mining, cement and metallurgical equipment. Products include grinding mills, stirred media mills, scrubbers, gyratory crushers, jaw crushers, cone crushers, kilns, coolers, hoists, reducers, steam turbines and compressors.In addition to its own range of mining equipment for mineral separation CITIC HIC also manufactures mining equipment components for other OEM suppliers including FFE Minerals, Metso Minerals, Outotec and others. CITIC HIC has offices in Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, India, South Africa and Spain.CITIC SMCC Process Technology (CITIC SMCC) is a newly formed subsidiary company of CITIC HIC Australia, following the acquisition of SMCC in July 2012. CITIC SMCC is based in Brisbane, and has provided technical services to various mining projects since January of 2013, mainly in the area of comminution circuit design, technology and equipment selection, and optimization of mineral processing plants.CEEC (Coalition for Energy Efficient Comminution) is a not-for-profit global company whose mission is to accelerate knowledge transfer in the field of energy efficient comminution. CEEC aims to raise awareness of beneficial energy efficient comminution strategies with the objective of improving earnings, achieving lower processing costs and gaining energy efficiencies in the mining sector.
Amazon dominates the online retail game, but they’re always looking for ways to get even more reach, even if it means breaking away from online. Their latest push is going to take them back to real world.Yes, Amazon is going to be setting up shop in malls across the United States. Based on a slew of new job postings and information passed along to Business Insider, they’re currently working on opening up as many as 100 pop-up stores.Amazon is already operating 16 similar stores. Their primary purpose is to put the e-tailer’s numerous devices — Kindles, Fire tablets, Fire TV, and Echo speakers — in front of shoppers. Amazon Basics products will likely be on display, too. You know, things like their Lightning cable, which sells for less than half the price of Apple’s. Those new phones they’re selling online — the unlocked, subsidized Android handsets with Amazon ads on the lockscreen — might make even an appearance.They’ll also give Amazon the opportunity to show off services like Alexa, which has taken an early lead in the home assistant race. Prime Video will also get plenty of attention, as will Prime Music, Prime Photos, and the Kindle Lending Library.Don’t expect to see one in your favorite local haunt this holiday season. The pop-up shops will reportedly be appearing over the course of the next year. While most of the locations aren’t known yet, Amazon’s job listings page revealed stores in Miami, Queens, California, Texas, Washington, Massachusetts, Virginia, Pennsylvania, and a pair in Michigan.In the meantime, you should be able to find Amazon hardware on your local Target store’s shelves again soon. After a four-year break, they patched things up with Amazon last month.Amazon Books store image courtesy of SounderBruce on Wikimedia
Barcelona are in search of a new backup striker to sign quickly after the departure of Munir El Haddadi.Hristo Stoichkov believes Carlos Vela would be a great addition if Barcelona decides to purchase him.Even though the Mexican striker is currently with LAFC, he has been linked with a loan move to the Barca.“He is a player who knows the Spanish league,” Stoichkov said of the forward on Univision, according to Marca.“He had spectacular games with Real Sociedad.Quiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.“It won’t be hard for him to adapt.“If he goes to Barcelona then he’ll be spectacular from the first match.“I don’t doubt Carlos Vela.“I don’t know if Barcelona will want him for just six months or with a purchase option.”
Read Google Home Hub review $999 See how cars are coming alive with augmented reality 4:44 Share your voice Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Boost Mobile Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. Turo: Save $30 on any car rental $59 at eBay Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Best Buy $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Amazon Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. Tags DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. Angela Lang/CNET Sarah Tew/CNET JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Adobe,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Read DJI Osmo Action preview Sarah Tew/CNET Tags Post a comment $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express See at Turo Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. See It CNET may get a commission from retail offers. $60 at Best Buy Sarah Tew/CNET Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) The Cheapskate Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. Project Glasswing lets users tweak the opacity of a screen and overlay text and video. Adobe Adobe’s research team has created an experimental display prototype that blends digital and physical worlds, the company said in a Friday blog post. The project, called Project Glasswing, features a transparent display that lets users tweak a screen’s opacity to reveal objects on the other side. They can also interact with or reposition images and videos on the screen, which can be layered over the objects. The display essentially brings augmented reality to life by enhancing real-world objects with virtual content, but no phones or glasses are needed. “Project Glasswing explores the possibility of bringing Adobe’s design tools to the physical world, creating the illusion of a Photoshop, After Effects or XD layer appearing in space in front of 3D real objects,” Adobe wrote in the post. The company says this prototype could unlock new storytelling opportunities. It could, for instance, be implemented in store advertising so that shoes on display in a window are accompanied with text, video or graphics. Museums could also display artifacts in glass cases with overlaying information graphics. Adobe will share more about Project Glasswing at next week’s Siggraph conference in Los Angeles. $155 at Google Express Sarah Tew/CNET Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Read Lenovo Smart Clock review Now playing: Watch this: See at Amazon Turo 0 Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. $299 at Amazon Read the Rylo camera preview Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR See It $210 at Best Buy $999 Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Chris Monroe/CNET $999 $520 at HP Rylo Comments See It I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. Sprint Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Apple iPhone XS Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. $6 at Tidal HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Share your voice Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. Gadgets $999 See it Read the AirPods review TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays 7
The Climate log from the July 19, 1970 record snow event at the Summit weather station.When it comes to weather in Alaska, anything is possible — including snow in July.According to Brian Brettschneider with our Ask a Climatologist segment, Alaska holds the North American record for most snow on a single day in July. Back in 1970 on July 19, it snowed 9.7 inches at the Summit weather station just south of Cantwell on the Parks Highway.Brettschneider said 16 stations in Alaska have recorded snow in July.Listen nowInterview Transcript:Brian: To get snow in July, a lot of things have to come together, but it’s most likely to occur north of the Brooks Range. So Barrow, Utqiagvik, has recorded snow a number of days. To the west of there, Wainwright, Cape Lisburne, and east toward Kaktovik or Barter Island, also (have recorded) a number of snow days. Once you get south of the Brooks Range, the snow observations are all going to be at higher elevations. So places above 2,000 feet, so still uncommon, but not unheard of.Annie: And what has to come together for it to snow in July?Brian: Usually it’s going to be associated with an upper level low pressure system — the big L’s on the map. Not necessarily one of those Gulf of Alaska storms that’s moving in. It’s going to be something that’s packing its own cold air punch at several thousand feet up. And then when you get heavy precipitation, it can actually drag that cold air down, so often you see, it will be maybe 35 or 40 degrees and rain but as the precipitation intensity increases it will drag that cold air down and transition to snow. So it’s an uncommon event, but not unheard of.Annie: How much snow are we talking?Brian: Generally July snow events are light snow events. But there are a couple of instances where there have been greater than six inches. So back in 1976, up at Cape Lisburne, they had 7.2 inches of snow on July 4. And then at the Summit weather service office in July 1970, they had 9.7 inches on July 19. That’s not only an Alaska and United States record, that appears to be a North American record. In fact it’s so unusual that it’s been flagged by the National Center for Environmental Information as an outlier — that it’s probably bad data. But there was actually a weather service staffed person there to record it, so it almost certainly did actually occur.
Narsingi: The Narsingi police are reportedly came to a conclusion that Faizan Ahmed has committed suicide at Manchirevula village on Outer Ring Road by shooting himself with a pistol. When his family members expressed doubts over the incident by saying that they did not see any weapon along with him and his wife suspected that he was murdered over some financial issues. Also Read – Hyderabad: TSPCB to distribute 70,000 clay Ganesh idols Advertise With Us They told police that Faizan went from the house by saying that he was going to make a business deal worth Rs 3 crore and would be back very soon on the incident day. So she suspected that some people might have killed him with a pistol and tried to project it as a suicide. Based on the doubts police thoroughly checked the CCTV footage on the Outer Ring Road and found that he was the only person in the car on the incident day. They also found through the call data of victim that he spoke to a friend continuously for last two days before the incident occurred. On enquiry it was also clarified that Faizan explained about his financial problems. They also sent the country made weapon to the Forensic Science Laboratory for examination and waiting for the report to get more clarity in the case.
Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Day Comments Share 4 must play golf courses in Arizona About 100 people led by Elorde pulled the crocodile from a creek using a rope and then hoisted it by crane onto a truck. It was named after a government environmental officer who died from a heart attack after traveling to Bunawan to help capture the beast, Elorde said.Elorde said he saw a bigger crocodile escape when Lolong was captured and villagers remain wary of fishing there at night. He said he has formed a new team of hunters and is seeking government permission to start hunting that crocodile.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Top Stories New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes Sponsored Stories Bunawan Mayor Edwin Cox Elorde said the news sparked celebrations in his farming town of 37,000 but also fostered concerns that more giant crocodiles might be lurking in a nearby marshland and creek where villagers fish.“There were mixed feelings,” Elorde said by telephone. “We’re really proud because it proves the rich biodiversity of our place but at the same time, there are fears that Lolong may not be alone.”Lolong has become the star attraction of a new ecotourism park and research center in the outskirts of Bunawan and has drawn thousands of tourists since news of its capture spread. Elorde said his town has earned 3 million pesos ($72,000) from the modest entrance fees at the park, with most of the money being used to feed and care for the crocodile and for park maintenance.Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Ramon Paje welcomed the Guinness announcement and the growing attention being given to the crocodile, saying it would help people realize the biodiversity of their surroundings and the need to protect it. He said he would recommend that the government help Bunawan become an ecotourism destination.The crocodile was captured with steel cable traps during a three-week hunt after a child was killed in 2009 and a fisherman went missing. Water buffalos have also been attacked by crocodiles in the area, officials said. Associated PressMANILA, Philippines (AP) – Guinness World Records has declared that a huge crocodile blamed for deadly attacks in the southern Philippines is the largest in captivity in the world. The giant reptile has brought pride, fear, tourism revenues and attention to the remote town where it was captured.The saltwater crocodile named Lolong, which was captured last September in Bunawan town in Agusan del Sur province, measures 20.24 feet (6.17 meters) and weighs more than a ton, Guinness spokeswoman Anne-Lise Rouse said in a statement seen Sunday. The reptile took the top spot from an Australian crocodile which measured more than 17 feet (5 meters) and weighed nearly a ton.
in Headlines, News, Uncategorized LRES Movers & Shakers 2014-03-04 Colin Robins LRES, a national provider of residential and commercial valuations and asset management for the mortgage, banking, credit union, and real estate industries, named Richard Cimino as SVP and executive advisor.Cimino will be responsible for enhancing business development and leading several key strategic initiatives.”Richard’s knowledge of the industry and management expertise will certainly prove beneficial as our company continues to grow,” said Roger Beane, LRES founder and CEO. “His business acumen and leadership experience will bring great value to the way LRES serves its valued customers.”Cimino has almost 40-years of experience in the consumer finance, real estate, and mortgage banking industries. Before working at LRES, he held senior management positions for I-Serve, Greenlight Financial, New Century Mortgage, and Ford Consumer Finance. LRES Announces New SVP, Executive Advisor Share March 4, 2014 414 Views
20Jan Michigan State of the State 2016: Rep. Ken Yonker, R-Caledonia Categories: Featured news,Infographics,News Tags: #SB, MISOTS16, Yonker
Categories: Inman News,News 06Sep Grand Traverse fire official joins Rep. Inman for Sept. 11 ceremony State Rep. Larry Inman, of Traverse City, is joined today by Grand Traverse Metro Fire Chief Pat Parker for the House of Representatives’ annual Sept. 11 ceremony. The observance memorializes Michigan first responders and members of the military who died in the line of duty during the past year.
Share18Tweet3Share2Email23 SharesJuly 4th, 2017; CNNLast week, the President’s Advisory Commission on Election Integrity rolled into action and raised a big fuss. In a letter from its Vice Chairman, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, it asked each state to provide input and also detailed voter records dating back to 2006. For some states, the creation of this voter database was a sign of the Commission’s real purpose: the beginning of a national effort to repress the voting power of poor and minority voters. Each state must decide whether and how to comply.It is the commission’s stated objective to “fully analyze vulnerabilities and issues related to voter registration and voting.” President Trump created the commission in May after he falsely claimed that as many as five million illegal voters, including many undocumented immigrants, had tainted the November election. In naming Vice President Mike Pence and Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, both proponents of stronger voter identification laws, to lead the commission, he seemed to be making it clear that its purpose was to lead a national voter suppression effort. The commission’s letter to the states did little to assuage this fear.These concerns would have faded if all the commission sought to do was gather input and guidance from state officials knowledgeable about their election processes. However, the areas of concern listed by Kobach cover a wide range of issues.Kobach’s letter to Connecticut Secretary of State Denise Merrill asks,What changes, if any, to federal election laws would you recommend to enhance the integrity of federal elections?How can the Commission support state and local election administrators with regard to information technology security and vulnerabilities?What laws, policies, or other issues hinder your ability to ensure the integrity of elections you administer?What evidence or information do you have regarding instances of voter fraud or registration fraud in your state?What convictions for election-related crimes have occurred in your state since the November 2000 federal election?What recommendations do you have for preventing voter intimidation or disenfranchisement?What other issues do you believe the Commission should consider?Further, it requestedthe publicly available voter roll data…including…the full first and last names of all registrants, middle names or initials if available, addresses, dates of birth, political party (if recorded in your state), last four digits of social security number…voter history (elections voted in) from 2006 onward, active/inactive status, cancelled status, information regarding any felony convictions, information regarding voter registration in another state, information regarding military status, and overseas citizen information.The request created a chorus of opposition from those fearful of how the information will be used or misused.California’s Secretary of State Alex Padilla issued a statement that strongly spelled out the case of those who see the commission as having a nefarious purpose. It reads,I will not provide sensitive voter information to a commission that has already inaccurately passed judgment that millions of Californians voted illegally. California’s participation would only serve to legitimize the false and already debunked claims of massive voter fraud made by the President, the Vice President, and Mr. Kobach. The President’s Commission is a waste of taxpayer money and a distraction from the real threats to the integrity of our elections today: aging voting systems and documented Russian interference in our elections…The President’s appointment of Kobach—who has a long history of sponsoring discriminatory, anti-immigrant policies including voter suppression and racial profiling laws—sends a clear and ominous message. His role as vice chair is proof that the goal of the commission is to enact policies that will result in the disenfranchisement of American citizens.Other state responses include:“My reply would be: They can go jump in the Gulf of Mexico, and Mississippi is a great State to launch from. Mississippi residents should celebrate Independence Day and our State’s right to protect the privacy of our citizens by conducting our own electoral processes.” —Mississippi Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann“The President’s Commission has quickly politicized its work by asking states for an incredible amount of voter data that I have, time and time again, refused to release. My response to the Commission is, you’re not going to play politics with Louisiana’s voter data, and if you are, then you can purchase the limited public information available by law, to any candidate running for office. That’s it.” —Louisiana Secretary of State Tom Schedler“After each of the last three federal elections, I instructed the bipartisan boards of elections to conduct a review of credible allegations of voter fraud and voter suppression. The results of this review is [sic] already in the public domain and available to the Commission. Additionally, voter registration information is a public record and is available online. The Confidential information, such as the last four digits of a voter’s Social Security number or their Ohio driver license number is not publicly available and will not be provided to the Commission. In responding to the Commission, we will have ideas on how the federal government can better support states in running elections. However, we will make it clear that we do not want any federal intervention in our state’s right and responsibility to conduct elections. Every Sec. of State in the country should welcome the opportunity to describe what they do to ensure the integrity of the elections in their respective states.” —Ohio Secretary of State Jon HustedIt may also be worth noting that Kobach himself hesitated to provide the level of information his commission asked for. According to the Kansas City Star, “in a follow-up interview Friday, he said the state would not be sharing the Social Security information at this time.”Critics fear that, with a national database in hand, the Trump administration will launch a national effort to bar eligible voters from the voting booths. Citizen advocacy organization Common Cause President Karen Hobert Flynn said in a statement that the commission would rely in part on the faulty Interstate Voter Registration Crosscheck program, launched by Kobach. According to Flynn,The program has improperly cut hundreds of thousands of eligible voters from the registration rolls due to mismatches, in clear violation of the National Voter Registration Act…Kobach intends to check voter registration data against the SAVE (Systematic Alien Verification Entitlements) database to determine whether non-citizens are on the rolls despite the fact that the Department of Homeland Security has clarified that this is not an accurate database for updated citizenship records.The administration remains convinced that voter fraud, despite the lack of any evidence of its existence, is a major threat to American democracy. If trust were not an issue, the commission’s effort to look again at the issue would be perhaps wasteful, but not viewed with the fear and suspicion. That the commission is led by individuals who have been actively working to challenge voting rights and make it harder to vote makes it very hard to trust their words. That they appear to be ignoring the vulnerability of our voting systems to manipulation by hackers and the possibility of foreign interference adds to the concern of those now speaking to against their work. Both Pence and Kobach have troubling histories in this area; this fear is well-grounded and the spotlight needs to remain focused on the commission.—Marty LevineShare18Tweet3Share2Email23 Shares
Share34Tweet7Share2Email43 SharesVia Hyperallergenic.January 10, 2018; Arizona RepublicA newly formed nonprofit arts group named MAGA is calling on Congress or the president to declare the eight prototypes of Donald Trump’s border wall as a national monument under the Antiquities Act of 1906.“The eight border wall prototypes have significant cultural value and are historical land art,” the group wrote on a website where it is collecting petition signatures.The group’s lead organizer, Christoph Büchel, believes the prototypes, which are located on land now controlled by the border control, should be memorialized to remind us of a political moment when such stuff was politically viable. (The president, of course, is no big fan of the Antiquities Act.)Büchel wants no credit for the installation, to which he has volunteered to lead tours.“I am an artist, but not the artist of this,” Mr. Büchel said. Instead, he said, MAGA endorses the concept that Americans, by electing Mr. Trump, allowed his obsessions to be given form that qualifies as an artistic statement. The fact that the prototypes were designed and built by six private contractors matters less, he said, than the impression that, upon completion, they constitute an unintended sculpture garden willed into existence by the president and his supporters. “This is a collective sculpture; people elected this artist,” Mr. Büchel said.Writing for the Art and Design section of the New York Times, Michael Walker comments:The notion that the prototypes could qualify as conceptual art might seem somewhat far-fetched. They were designed to United States Customs and Border Protection specifications, built to withstand a 30-minute assault from sledgehammers to acetylene torches, and to be difficult to scale or tunnel beneath. Aesthetic considerations are largely secondary to brute strength, but, when viewed up close, the walls collectively have the undeniable majesty of minimalist sculpture.Tom Eccles, the executive director of the center of curatorial studies at Bard College, disagrees with the approach:“History, and thus our landscape, is replete with terrible and terrifying structures,” Mr. Eccles said in an email [to Walker]. “Sculpture and art should speak to our better selves. Naming the Berlin Wall a Land Art project—or conceptual art—doesn’t make it such. These abhorrent things on the border are not art and never will be.”Büchel’s not the first artist to recognize a canvas in the structures, which are largely inaccessible from the US side but which can be viewed on the Mexican side from atop dirt mounds. Activists in Tijuana have been projecting images onto them already, including one of a stick figure captioned with “¡Llégale!”—Spanish for “Come on in.”—Ruth McCambridgeShare34Tweet7Share2Email43 Shares
S4C has confirmed that it has appointed Ian Jones its new chief executive.Jones will leave cable channel operator and programme seller A+E Networks to take the position at the Welsh public broadcaster. His appointment was widely rumoured, but a contract wrangle with A+E, which he joined last December as managing director, content distribution and commercial development, is understood to have held up the official announcement. Jones was at the recent MIPCOM programming market in Cannes representing A+E and will not start in his new role until April 22, 2012.Arwel Ellis Owen will remain as interim chief executive in the intervening period Jones was one of the team that originally launched S4C in 1982 and after working at ITV and as an independent producer he rejoined S4C as director of business, S4C International and coproductions between 1992 and 1997. He was president of National Geographic Television International from 2004 to 2007 and group managing director of Target Entertainment before joining A+E.
Satellite homes in Germany grew by 100,000 in the first half of this year to reach 17.6 million, despite analogue switch-off in April, according to figures compiled by satellite operator SES.According to SES’s Satellite Monitor, compiled by TNS Infratest, cable households fell by 300,000 to 17 million in the same period, while digital-terrestrial TV homes, boosted by switchover, reached two million by the mid-year point. IPTV homes reached 1.4 million, up 100,000 on the year-end figure.HD homes numbered 7.2 million, with 41% of satellite homes watching HD content.Ferdinand Kayser, chief commercial officer of SES, said: “These are outstanding results, especially for the transition of the analogue switch-off. Satellite is more popular than ever in Germany. The reason for our growth is simply that consumers value the benefits of linear satellite TV, combining unique picture quality with a large variety of channels. With new product initiatives like Sat IP, we will enable the reception of satellite TV on IP-based devices and thereby contribute to developing even further the capabilities of satellite, the most popular reception mode, for the benefit of all its current and future users.”
Virgin Media ended September with 1.14 million TiVo subscribers, meaning 30% of the UK cable operator’s TV customers take the next-generation service.Virgin Media launched TiVo during the first half of 2011 and added 205,900 new customers during the latest quarter. The success of TiVo helped to increase the number of customers paying for TV services by 52,200 in the third quarter.By the end of September, Virgin Media had a total of 4.85 million cable customers. It added 39,500 new customers during the third quarter, compared to 6,300 during the same period in 2011.The number of customers taking broadband services with speeds of 30Mbps and above increased by 452,900 to 1.8 million.Virgin Media reported third quarter revenue of £1.028 billion (€1.263 billion), up 2.8% year-on-year.
Satellite operator SES reported its contract backlog had reached an all-time high of €7.2 billion at the end of the third quarter, up from €6.8 billion at the end of June.During the quarter, SES signed a 24-transponder contract renewal with Canal Plus and a six-transponder renewal with the BBC, and brought two new satellites – SES-4 and SES-5 – into service. In Europe, the Astra 2F satellite has been successfully launched and will be brought into service later this month.SES reported revenue of €1.36 billion for the first nine months of the year, up 1.6% at constant exchange rates, with year-to-date EBITDA of €1.01 billion, up 1.8% at constant exchange rates.SES president and CEO Romain Bausch said results for the first nine months were in line with expectations, and that revenue growth had been achieved despite digital switchover in Germany. SES confirmed its full-year guidance for 2012 and revenue and EBITDA CAGR guidance for 2012-14.
Video advertising specialist Adap.tv has named former Yahoo! finance chief Timothy Morse as its chief financial officer.In addition to serving as executive vice-president and chief financial officer of the search engine provider between 2009-12, Morse served as interim CEO from September 2011 to January 2012.“Adap.tv is a true market leader and is uniquely positioned at the nexus of video advertising’s most powerful trends – the merging of traditional TV with digital and the rise of programmatic advertising technology,” said Morse. “No other company has wired more of the world’s largest agencies, brands and publishers together on a unified platform than Adap.tv. I share their vision for the years ahead and look forward to helping Adap.tv further its impact on the industry.”