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Chef Robert Irvine To Host SAMHSAs Voice Awards Honoring Military

first_imgThe Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) 2017 Voice Awards program will recognize television and film writers and producers along with community leaders for outstanding efforts to raise awareness and understanding of mental illnesses and/or addictions.The 12th annual Voice Awards, highlighting the theme Honoring Those Who Serve: Hope, Resilience, and Recovery, will spotlight efforts that provide hope and support to past and present military service members and their families who have faced mental health and addiction challenges. This year’s event will be held on August 16, 2017, at UCLA’s Royce Hall in Los Angeles.The Voice Awards will be hosted by celebrity chef Robert Irvine, who has been an ardent supporter of issues affecting military personnel and their families through the Robert Irvine Foundation. With more than 27 years in the culinary field, chef Irvine has cooked his way throughout the world in restaurants, hotels and on the high seas. As the host of Restaurant: Impossible, he saved struggling restaurants across America by assessing a restaurant’s weak spots and helping owners and managers overhaul them. He has received special recognition for his commitment to the U.S. military when he was designated Honorary Chief Petty Officer by the U.S. Navy; in 2015, the Congressional Medal of Honor Society bestowed upon him the Bob Hope Award for Excellence in Entertainment and Support of Our Service Members.In addition to honoring community-based consumer, peer, and family leaders who champion recovery from mental illness and/or addictions, the Voice Awards also will recognize writers and producers for their exemplary portrayals of military service members, their families, and the path to recovery. This year’s finalists include the feature films Captain Fantastic and Megan Leavey; documentaries Almost Sunrise, Iron Will, and The S Word; and television shows Chris Gethard: Career Suicide (HBO), Jane the Virgin (CW), One Day at a Time (Netflix), The Warfighters (History Channel), and This Is Us (NBC).To find out more about the event, click here.last_img read more

Sea lice resistant to treatment threaten wild juvenile salmon on BC coast says report

first_imgLaurie HamelinAPTN NewsA new report released by two environment groups says sea lice on farmed salmon are now resistant to the pesticide used to commonly treat the problem.Salmon from Atlantic Canada are held in pens on the B.C. coast.“The spring of 2018 saw parasitic sea lice on both farmed and wild juvenile salmon in Clayoquot Sound reach levels never before seen in the province of B.C.,” states a new report called Lousy Choices.The report, written by Alexandra Morton of Raincoast Research, and Karen Wristen of Living Oceans, claims that sea lice in Clayoqout Sound have become resistant to the pesticide SLICE and that industry regulators failed to protect wild juvenile salmon.Morton has been studying sea lice in British Columbia for 20 years and says it’s not easy to reduce sea lice.“Sea lice have an exceptional ability to become resistant to drugs and other treatments,” she says. “That is why fish farms don’t belong where wild juvenile salmon are migrating through.”(Alexandra Morton. Photo: Facebook)Clayoquot Sound is located on the west coast of Vancouver Island and has one of the densest concentrations of open-net salmon farms in B.C.Cermaq Canada owns 15 farms in the area.Earlier this year seven of those farms were infested with sea lice, a parasite that occurs naturally in the wild, but flourishes in small crowded open-net pens.The infected farms are located on wild salmon migration routes which can pose a serious threat to wild juvenile salmon on their way from freshwater to the open ocean.“Salmon feedlots make it easy for lice to thrive, multiply and mutate,” says Morton. “They ride on salmon, grazing on the mucous layer covering the skin.“I’m sure the sea lice on the farmed fish are not a problem because these are great big five to 10 pound fish covered in scales, but wild juvenile fish are tiny with no scales.”Under the Federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) regulations, salmon farms must ensure adult fish are not infected by more than three active sea lice.But Cermaq reported their fish were infected by up to 30 in April.“As part of our commitment to transparency and meeting the toughest third-party certifications, including the ASC standard, we publish information about the environmental impacts of all our farms, not just those in the certification process.“The loss of efficiency of SLICE had a role to play in the levels of sea lice, but the abundance of sea lice in the region was due to unusual hot, dry weather that affected water quality,” says Linda Sams, the sustainable development director of Cermaq Canada.(Linda Sams. Photo: Laurie Hamelin/APTN)In late August, Cermaq voluntarily closed the Fortune Channel fish farm.The fish were treated for sea lice using both SLICE and hydrogen peroxide baths, but Sams says the fish were humanely euthanized due to overall poor health.“At the end of the day the responsible thing to do there was close that site down,” she says. “And it was a hard decision because it’s a big business move for us to do that.”“Obviously all the dollars have to be looked at, but also our social obligations, our environmental obligations, our reputation, our certifications, we want to be doing things to best practice.”Earlier this spring, independent research discovered wild juvenile salmon were also heavily infested with sea lice.The outbreak occurred during the critical migration period when young salmon are leaving Clayoquot’s rivers.According to the report, 96 per cent of wild juvenile salmon in the area were infected with an average of eight lice per fish, some as many as 50.And it only takes 1 to 3 lice to kill the young fish, according to the report.“It makes me very angry that DFO allowed this to happen,” says Morton. “There is no way they did not know about this problem because myself and other scientists have been telling them for 18 years.”“In the very beginning they told me that they needed made in B.C. science so I turned my home into a research station, invited every scientist that would come, and we have now cranked out over 30 scientific papers on the impacts of sea lice in B.C.”In an email to APTN News, DFO confirmed the findings that say sea lice on salmon farms are becoming resistant to SLICE.“During most years, more than 90 per cent of sites in B.C. are below the regulatory thresholds for sea lice during the wild salmon outmigration period (from March 1 to June 30 of each year).   However, there were documented failures of SLICE treatment at Klemtu in 2013 and Esperanza Inlet in 2017 and now Clayoquot Sound in 2018,” says DFO.SLICE is an emamectin benzoate drug and is the only pesticide approved for treating sea lice on Canadian fish farms.“Research is under way by DFO, industry, and academia, to find alternative methods to manage sea lice, and to better predict and track SLICE resistance,” DFO says.But Morton argues that alternative methods should have already been in place and that DFO should have stepped in to protect wild salmon.“When DFO first saw those high levels of sea lice they should have made the company bring them down right away,” says Morton.“What I see here is a complete 100 per cent management fail by DFO because Ahousaht lost a generation of outgoing juvenile salmon this spring.”Ahousaht First Nation has a partnership with Cermaq Canada.(Skookum John on his boat along the B.C. coast. Photo: Laurie Hamelin/APTN)The fish farm owner provides jobs, and economic and social benefits to the community.But Skookum John doesn’t believe any benefits from fish farms companies outweigh the possible consequences.“It makes me pissed off, says John. “We never needed a company like this.”John is from Ahoushat and runs his own water taxi and whale watching business in Clayoquot Sound.He fears for the future of wild salmon.“Wild salmon is going to be extinct and it’s hard to swallow that, says John. “We need the wild salmon, if they are extinct so are we.  They feed us, they feed the animals, and when the animals eat it they take it into the woods.“And what does that do, it fertilizes our trees, and what do our trees give us?  They give us oxygen.”In an effort to not have a sea lice outbreak in the future, Cermaq has invested $12-million into a custom built barge that they say will remove and capture sea lice and their eggs using only pressurized water.The new hydrolicer will be used alongside SLICE and hydrogen peroxide baths, and is scheduled to arrive in the read more

MMIWG inquiry hearings close in Calgary with tour of shelter and tales

first_imgTamara PimentelAPTN NewsThe qulliq is extinguished and the closing oral submissions of parties with standing wrap up at the Calgary hearings for the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.Before the commissioners head home, they make one last stop at the Awo Taan Healing Lodge Society.“The commissioners travel across the country and hear story after story about the supports and services that are required for women and children,” said Josie Nepinak, executive director of Awo Taan.“We just had an admission with mom with three to four children and she was escorted by police and emergency health services, so that obviously tells us that there is high risk.”Nepinak invited the commissioners of the inquiry to see the facility for themselves after Awo Taan shared its recommendations at the hearings.From the cozy gathering centre, play room full of toys for children – to the spiritual healing room.For 25 years the healing lodge has been providing Indigenous services to Indigenous women and their children.But that hasn’t been easy. With only 32 beds it is also a shelter.Nepinak said Awo Taan has to turn away at least 100 families a month.As for cultural programming, Nepinak said it isn’t viewed as an essential service.She said the workers and volunteers have to fundraise to provide that.“There’s no funding. There’s no funding for Elder’s services, there’s no funding for fresh clothing, there’s no funding for the things that a woman would want in a situation like that that would make her feel comfortable and that would make her feel dignified,” Darrin Blaine, legal representative of Awo Taan told the commissioners.Like most Indigenous shelters, funding for Awo Taan comes in from the province once a year – which means every year the lodge has to renew its contract.Nepinak said multi-year funding would be more adequate.“Five years – because I think then we would be in a better position to strategize and develop our programs further,” she said.At the Inquiry this week, a common theme was the lack of money for Indigenous women’s shelters from the federal, provincial and territorial governments.The inquiry heard from Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK), the national representation of Inuit in Canada, who mostly live in fly-in communities.Representative Elizabeth Zarpa said the cost of flights are in the thousands of dollars making it extremely difficult for Inuit to travel to the few shelters that are available to them.“Out of 53 communities in Inuit Nunangat, there are only 15 communities that have a shelter,” she said. “Inuit women and their families aren’t able to access safe houses and transition houses and women are leaving their communities to access communities in the south.”“The shelters are desperate for funding as the women are desperate for a safe place,” said Ann Maje Raider of the Liard Aboriginal Women’s Society in the Yukon, adding that community has the highest rate of violence in Indigenous women in the country.The closing oral submissions ended at the tour of Awo Taan.For the society, it just wants to be given equal funding.“All we want to do is be operating at the same level as non-Indigenous women’s shelters and our funding issue to be resolved,” said Blain. “All we want is for these places to not have to fundraise for the basics. That’s the most insulting, racist thing I’ve never heard.”The Inquiry will hold another hearing for final submissions from Dec 10 to 14 in read more

Institutional investors key to driving increase in women on boards report

first_imgTORONTO – The support of institutional investors is key to driving any meaningful increase in female representation on corporate boards and in the executive suites, a new analysis suggests.The review authored by lawyers at Bay St. law firm Torys LLP says increased scrutiny on board composition has become a growing area of focus for big investors.“While they have traditionally engaged with boards behind closed doors to advocate for governance or other strategic initiatives, institutional investors are becoming more openly vocal about the value of a diverse board that includes women,” the analysis said of the situation in Canada.It pointed to the Canadian Coalition for Good Governance’s gender diversity policy and the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan, which expressly encourages gender diversity on boards.The report noted that the number of women have increased in recent years, but women in director seats continue to account for a significant minority.A report earlier this month by the Canadian Securities Administrators found the percentage of board seats filled by women has edged higher in recent years.The report found the total percentage of board seats occupied by women increased to 14 per cent compared with 12 per cent last year and 11 per cent in 2015 when the report was first published.The Ontario Securities Commission is set to hold a roundtable on women on boards and in executive positions on Oct. 24.last_img read more

Car thefts on rise in Canada as thieves target trucks SUVs insurance

first_imgTORONTO — A new report says choosy car thieves are setting their sights on Ford trucks and high-end SUVs as the number of automotive thefts continues to rise across the country.The Insurance Bureau of Canada says in its annual list of the most frequently stolen vehicles that the Ford F-Series trucks are again topping the list.Henry Tso, the board’s vice-president of investigative services, says thieves in Ontario and Alberta are going after trucks, while in Atlantic Canada the Nissan Maxima is stolen most often along with the Chevy Silverado and Jeep Liberty.New Brunswick saw the sharpest rise in thefts with a 28 per cent jump, with Ontario seeing a 15 per cent increase.Nationally, police reported close to 85,000 thefts in 2017 — a six per cent increase over 2016.The board says New Year’s Day is the most common time for vehicles to be stolen since they are often loaded with gifts. But, it says vehicles are often smuggled outside the country, sold to unsuspecting consumers, scrapped for parts or used to commit another crime with organized crime rings usually involved.The Criminal Intelligence Service of Canada says crime groups involved in auto thefts operate primarily out of Montreal and Toronto.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Womans body found in bag in Baghpat

first_imgGhaziabad: Three days after she went missing from home, the body of a 35-year-old woman was found packed in a bag in Baghpat district of Uttar Pradesh on Monday night. Cops said that the accused stabbed the woman in her throat and then dumped her body in another city. According to police, the deceased identified as Riya Sharma was living in Omnagar Colony in Mohan Nagar, Ghaziabad along with her husband Pramod Sharma. The couple also had a 15-year-old son. “The woman went missing on the evening of March 23 while she had gone to meet one of her friends. After several hours when she didn’t return home, her family went on a search but as they failed, her husband registered a missing complaint with police,” said J K Singh, Station house officer of Sahibabad police station. The officer said that the woman’s Scooty was found outside Ambay hospital in Sahibabad area where she had gone to meet her friend. “Acting upon the complaint, police began searching for the woman and recovered her Scooty from outside the hospital where she had gone to meet her friend. Police then lodged a Non- Conformance Report (NCR) on March 24 under the IPC Section of 498 (Enticing or taking away or detaining with criminal intent a married woman) against two named persons- Nitin and Rahul,” added Singh. Cops said that later the body was found in Baghpat by the regional police.last_img read more

Cong approaches EC over BJPs misuse of DDK pvt TV channel

first_imgNew Delhi: The Congress on Monday moved the Election Commission against the BJP’s alleged “misuse” of Doordarshan in broadcasting certain speeches by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and for using “Namo channel” as a tool for political campaigning.The opposition party’s delegation, comprising senior leaders Kapil Sibal and Abhishek Manu Singhvi, also made a representation to the Election Commission (EC) seeking necessary directions to Jharkhand’s chief electoral officer and relevant authorities for immediate suspension or transfer of election officers and agents with pending criminal cases and complaints of serious nature. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM'”We have made three representations to the EC. First representation is that there are some officials (in Jharkhand) that have charges of bribery and undue influence against them,” Sibal said. “The other two representations are related to the misuse of Doordarshan by the BJP in broadcasting certain speeches made by the prime minister and the use of a particular channel which has come up in which the logo is ‘Namo’, and under the Representation of People Act and the guidelines of the EC there cannot be campaigning in this fashion,” he said. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KThe Congress has called for a level playing field, he said, adding that the EC has stated that it will look into the matter. A channel named ‘Content TV’ has been launched on various DTH platforms and it has been found that it is dedicated solely to Modi and the BJP for promoting and advertising the achievements of the government, personal achievements of the PM, his political rallies, and broadcasting interviews of prominent BJP leaders, the memorandum submitted by the Congress to the EC said. It sought passing of strictures or censures against the prime minister and the BJP for “using the channel as a political tool, while the model code of conduct is in place”. The Congress also requested the EC for urgent and necessary directions to the Information and Broadcasting Ministry and Prasar Bharti (DD news).last_img read more

38 killed as floods worsen in Mozambique after 2nd cyclone

first_imgPemba: Heavy rain battered northern Mozambique on Monday as residents and relief workers confronted the widespread devastation wrought by Cyclone Kenneth, the strongest cyclone to ever hit Africa, which killed 38 people and destroyed thousands of homes. Roads have been washed away, fields submerged and many buildings wrecked by the storm, which came weeks after Cyclone Idai hit the Mozambican city of Beira, 1,000 kilometres (620 miles) to the south. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: ReportCyclone Kenneth made landfall late on Thursday in Cabo Delgado province, packing wind gusts of up to 220 kilometres per hour. The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) described it as the strongest cyclone to ever lash the continent, and predicted further heavy rain over the coming days. “Cyclone Kenneth made landfall at the end of the rainy season, when river levels were already high, increasing the risk of river flooding,” the UN agency said in its latest update. Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protests”Humanitarian needs in Mozambique have sky-rocketed, and the humanitarian response will need to rapidly scale-up.” According to figures provided by the Mozambique authorities to NGOs, around 200,000 people in Pemba city, the capital of Cabo Delgado, are in danger. According to a preliminary toll from the National Institute of Disaster Management (INGC), 38 people have died, 39 have been injured, more than 23,000 people are without shelter and nearly 35,000 homes have been either partly or completely destroyed. “The water came inside the house and all the way to the backyard,” said Sumala Cabila, 23, standing in his family home in Pemba’s working-class Piquite suburb which flooded on Sunday morning. As rain poured down and roads in the district became unpassable except for 4-wheel-drive vehicles, Cabila’s sister struggled to look after her one-month-old child. “If it continues to rain. we don’t know what we’ll do,” he said as water streamed of his slanted roof. In Pemba, a tourist destination, staff mopped up pools of water at a hotel and cleared tree branches out of the lobby fountain, while labourers struggled to clear out the city’s drainage system blocked by flood debris. “(We) planned to mobilise as much aid as possible to Ibo and also from there to Quissanga via Roa,” said UN OCHA official Saviano Abreu, naming two areas outside Pemba worst hit by storm damage and flooding. “It was the priority for government and humanitarian organisations, as these two areas are in urgent need. “We managed to send one flight with World Food Programme (WFP) supplies of rice and biscuits, and some non-food items. But unfortunately the weather conditions are changing too fast and threatening the operation. It’s raining again and the second flight couldn’t go.” To the north of Pemba, the town of Macomia was also badly hit, with homes and businesses destroyed, roofs torn off, trees and electric pylons uprooted. “We have grave fears for the thousands of families currently taking shelter under the wreckage of their homes. They urgently need food, water and shelter to survive the coming days,” said Nicholas Finney, head of Save the Children’s response team in Mozambique.last_img read more

In digital era govt to use Economic Census app

first_imgNew Delhi: The statistics ministry has decided to use mobile phone application for conducting 7th economic census beginning next month, which will speed up the process of data collection and analysis. The census will provide insights of all economic activities and ownership patterns of businesses across the country. The Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation (MoSPI) partnered with CSC e-Governance services India Ltd (CSC SPV) to conduct the census. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: Icra”The 7th economic census will be done using a mobile application. There will be two rounds of supervision to ensure quality of the census,” a CSC statement said. The CSC run common services centres (CSC), which are the access points for delivery of essential public utility services, social welfare schemes, healthcare, financial, education and agriculture services, apart from host of B2C (business to consumers) services to citizens in urban, rural and remote areas of the country. Also Read – Ashok Leyland stock tanks over 5 pc as co plans to suspend production for up to 15 days”We are planning to start the economic survey fieldwork in June and are expecting more than 6,000 training workshops to take place within a month for CSC enumerators. We are starting with a state level workshop in Madhya Pradesh and gradually will be spreading across all the states with the district level workshops,” MoSPI Secretary Pravin Srivastava said at an All India training of trainers workshop on census held at New Delhi. The ministry is also introducing geo-tagging which will help to find out the distribution of economic activity in a certain place, Srivastava said in the statement. “We have proposed to start the survey fieldwork from June 1 and the field work will be finished in 3 months only from the date of commencement and simultaneously results will be out in the phase manner. Nine lakh enumerators and 3 lakh supervisors will be involved in performing the survey,” informed MoSPI DG (ES and Survey) Jyotirmoy Poddar on the occasion. Village-level entrepreneurs have different skills and capabilities and they have proved it time and again. VLEs have sold more than 30 lakh Pradhan Mantri Shram Yogi Pension Yojana (PMSYM) in a short spam of time and this has created momentum at the local level. They do advocacy and campaigning for providing government services to the people, CSC SPV CEO Dinesh Tyagi said. “Conducting 7th economic census is very unique and will set a precedent for the entire country for carrying out a large-scale survey work like this. We have already done one round of training at the block level and I ensure that we will do best of our commitment,” he added.last_img read more

Aside from football prestige what will Nebraska add to the Big Ten

When Big Ten presidents approved the addition of Nebraska on June 12, thoughts immediately turned to what it meant for Big Ten football. However, the Cornhuskers’ effect on the Big Ten extends beyond the gridiron. Besides football, Nebraska will join the Big Ten in 20 other sports when the move takes effect July 1. Women’s basketball is one sport that might benefit. Nebraska’s women’s team recorded a perfect regular season in the 2009-10 campaign before losing in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament and finishing 32-2. Coach Connie Yori took home National Coach of the Year honors for her team’s success. “There has been a lot of balance from top to bottom” in the Big Ten, Yori said in a phone interview with The Lantern. “We hope that we can come into the league … (and) be competitive.” The coach said doing so will not be easy in one of the nation’s toughest conferences for women’s basketball. “There are so many good programs in the Big Ten,” Yori said. “Consistently, there are three to five teams ranked every year.” Ohio State (No. 6), Iowa (No. 18) and Michigan State (No. 25) are ranked in the Associated Press Top 25. Nebraska is ranked No. 24. Though the Cornhuskers’ men’s basketball program has not made the NCAA Tournament this decade, another winter sport might also improve the Big Ten. “The Big Ten is a premier conference in the sport of wrestling in the country and has been for a long time, and to add Nebraska only makes the conference that much better,” OSU wrestling coach Tom Ryan said in a phone interview with The Lantern. Nebraska is No. 14 in wrestling in the Coaches’ Poll. Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois, OSU, Michigan, Northwestern and Purdue are the Big Ten schools in the Top 25. “You have to go through more teams to win a Big Ten conference,” Nebraska coach Mark Manning said in a phone interview with The Lantern. “It’s not getting easier, I’ll say that.” Adding the Cornhuskers will increase the number of competitive wrestling matchups in the conference, Ryan said. “It’s great competition. It’s great for the fans. It’s a well-known institution, so people come to the event. You can market the event,” he said. “On a number of different levels, having Nebraska is a positive.” Nearly 1,500 visitors attended the dual meet between OSU and Nebraska on Nov. 21 at St. John Arena, where the Buckeyes fell 24-11. Nebraska is also historically strong in baseball and by parting with the Big 12, leaves behind last season’s top RPI conference in the country. “Baseball is a big deal to Nebraska, and they will be a very strong addition to the Big Ten,” OSU baseball coach Greg Beals said. “The thing that I like is that it broadens and spreads our wings a little bit as a conference.” The Cornhuskers will be one of the most southern locations in the conference, and they’ll use that to their advantage, coach Mike Anderson said. The South is typically the strongest region for baseball because athletes can play outdoor year-round. “We bring an undying commitment to make (the Big Ten) a strong RPI” conference, Anderson said. “There won’t be a time when we don’t try to have the hardest schedule in the conference.” Regardless of what each program brings to the Big Ten, Yori thinks the move was the right decision for Nebraska. “I think it’s going to be a great move for the University of Nebraska, and frankly the entire state of Nebraska, to make the jump to the Big Ten,” she said. “I am very comfortable with the move and I think it was the right thing to do.” read more

Commentary Coaches expect players to Do as I say not as I

If Ohio State athletes are expected to follow the rules and to not confuse their status with power, OSU coaches and athletic administrators need to set a better example. On Tuesday, the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles concluded its investigation into the purchase of 25 cars by OSU athletes, declaring that these purchases were legitimate. Included in the 65-page report from the BMV is a transcript of an investigation conducted by Tim Shaw, investigator for the BMV. Shaw’s transcription included an interview, conducted on May 12, with Aaron Kniffin, a former employee of Jack Maxton Chevrolet. In the interview, Kniffin said that no players or their family members received special deals on their cars. Also included in the report, Shaw recorded Kniffin as saying that several OSU coaches received cars to drive, in exchange for tickets. “Kniffin also stated that Jack Maxton owner Jeff Mauk received tickets from OSU coaches for giving them cars to drive,” Shaw reported. “Kniffin stated that this practice was common.” Common? Coaches are going to give tickets to car dealerships in exchange for the chance to drive nice cars, but expect the opposite from their players? Do as I say, not as I do. OSU coaches are making more than enough money to buy their own vehicles. The “common” practice of coaches trading tickets for their own personal gain is not an NCAA violation. University spokesman Jim Lynch told The Lantern that these exchanges are a part of a program written in the coach’s contract. Lynch said these practices are on-par with other Big Ten schools. But it doesn’t look good. On Aug. 16, 2010, the BMV conducted a separate investigation. Led by BMV investigators Tim Hughes and Todd Ballinger, this investigation made some interesting observations concerning dealer-plated cars. In their report, they dictated their visits to the Woody Hayes Athletic Complex to investigate this possible misuse of dealer tags given to players. They found that while they visited, a high number of vehicles in the parking lots surrounding the WHAC were owned by dealerships. They concluded that OSU coaches and administrators were driving these cars. Ballinger also reported that Doug Archie, an associate athletics director for compliance and camps at OSU, was driving a dealer-owned vehicle. “Archie advised that he has a dealer-plated vehicle and he gets the vehicle in exchange for tickets,” Ballinger reported. In the same report, Archie told investigators that there was only one reason a player would be driving a dealer-owned vehicle. “(An) OSU student athlete would only be allowed to operate a ‘loaner’ vehicle from (a) motor vehicle dealer if their personal vehicle was at the dealership for service or repair,” Ballinger reported. So why is there a double standard? OSU officials and coaches preach humility and service to their players, but what kind of lesson is that coming from someone trading football tickets to car dealerships to drive around a nice car? Currently, the NCAA does not have the jurisdiction to ban this “tickets for cars” practice, as long as it isn’t athletes making the trades. The university, however, has the power to control it. The university has a lot of issues to deal with currently, including a meeting with the NCAA on Aug. 12, but this is one issue that should be on their radar. While the NCAA may not consider this kind of activity to be “improper benefits,” every part about this “common” practice is improper, backwards and wrong. read more

Womens golf Coach Therese Hession looking for 4th straight Big Ten championship

OSU women’s golf coach Therese Hession congratulates senior women’s golfer Katja Pogacar. Credit: Courtesy of OSU AthleticsOhio State women’s golf coach Therese Hession thought she could never be persuaded to coach anywhere other than her alma mater, Southern Methodist University. But after 11 years on the LPGA tour, she got a call from OSU and decided to give it a shot. Twenty-five seasons later, she’s still coaching the Buckeyes.“The call came, I was at the U.S. Open,” Hession said of when she was offered the job at OSU. “I talked to my pro that was my teacher on the tour and he said, ‘You have everything to gain, nothing to lose.’ So here I am 25 years later.”Hession fell in love with the game at an early age while following her dad around the golf course. She went to the driving range or the course any chance she could get. “I was just my happiest when I was out playing golf,” Hession said.Hession attended SMU where she led the women’s golf team to a national championship in 1979 — her senior season. After graduation, she joined the Women’s Professional Golf Tour and was granted an LPGA tour card just three months later.After 11 years competing in the LPGA, Hession was growing weary of the lifestyle. “I still loved to play but I didn’t like the idea of being away from home probably 32 weeks of the year,” Hession said. “My game was good. I was improving, but I was never at the very highest level of some of the players I was competing against. So I think I was looking for change, but I still really loved the sport.”That’s where the Buckeyes stepped in. At first, Hession admits she was hesitant to accept the position. However, there were a lot of positive things about OSU that Hession couldn’t deny, such as being close to her hometown of Indianapolis. Even though OSU isn’t a typical golf school, Hession saw potential in the program.“That was important to me: to be able to go somewhere where I thought I could do well because I knew I was going to put 100 percent effort into it. And I wanted to make sure I would have the chance to succeed,” Hession said. And succeed she has. In her time in Columbus, Hession has led the Buckeyes to 10 Big Ten championships, including three consecutive titles from 2014 to 2016, made 23 NCAA regional appearances and 15 NCAA championship appearances. She has been named the National Coach of the Year twice and Big Ten Coach of the Year seven times. The most memorable moment of Hession’s coaching career was in 2003 when her team took home fourth place at the NCAA championship, the highest in school history. Hession’s goal is still to win a national championship, but the 2003 season proved that OSU could compete with the best. “I like to prove people wrong and for those people who think the northern schools can’t play, to be able to finish that well was good,” she said. “I was really happy for my players because they worked hard. That was a real special group.”The past three seasons, Hession has led the Buckeyes to back-to-back-to-back Big Ten championships. Last year, the team shot so high in the first round that they started on the back nine the next day. But that’s when OSU decided to turn it on. “I remember on Saturday we were really on fire,” Hession said. “I remember coming up the ninth hole and it was like everywhere I looked everyone was making birdies.”The 2017 Big Ten Championship is coming up on April 21 and the competition is even tougher this year. The Buckeyes are one of the more experienced teams but will have to play at the very top of their game to be in the race. “I would say we could play decent and we could even finish sixth is how good the Big Ten is this year,” Hession said. “So it’s going to be really critical to get off to a good start.”Throughout her 25 seasons, Hession has made an impact on her players on and off the course. Senior Jessica Porvasnik has spent four years under Hession and credits her for making her the player that she is today. “Coach Hession has always had the best interest of every player on her team,” Porvasnik said. “She has spent countless hours helping prepare me for what lies ahead in my career… I believe after college she will continue to play a role in my life.”Hession’s work and dedication don’t end on the golf course but extend into everything she does. In 1989, she was awarded the LPGA Tour Samaritan Award for her work with Habitat for Humanity and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. She has continued her philanthropic work through her coaching to this day.“We’re trying to raise $15,000 as a team,” Hession said of her team’s most recent project. “We’re building a well for a village in Africa that doesn’t have water. Their girls get up in the morning and they walk over an hour to the nearest water source.” The Buckeyes golf team has completed fundraising projects already, but have a few more to go in order to reach the goal. “I think it’s really important that we’ve been given a lot, so we should give back,” Hession said. read more

Dani Parejo committed to Valencia

first_imgValencia captain Dani Parejo insists that he is “happy” to continue at the club ahead of his eighth season, amid speculation linking him to BarcelonaThe Spanish midfielder has become an integral member of Los Che following his arrival in 2011 and played a key role in their return to the Champions League last season that saw Valencia finish the campaign in fourth place in La Liga under new manager Marcelino Garcia Toral.The former Villarreal boss led a resurgent Valencia side back into the top four of La Liga after their disappointing 12th place finish the previous year.In fact, under Toral’s leadership, Valencia finished last season as the most improved team in all of Europe with a points difference of 27 and the Spaniard has since been awarded a new contract until 2020.“The coach is a person who deserves [the contract] for his work, dedication and professionalism,” Parejo told Marca.“As a coach he has shown those traits in Valencia and wherever else he has been.”As for his future plans, Parejo insisted that remains committed after reports had emerged that Ernesto Valverde is reportedly keen to bringing him to the Camp Nou for next season.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“I am facing my eighth season, I am happy and content here. Everyone would like to play in Valencia,” said the 29-year-old.Valencia’s transfer plans have not gone as well as they hoped, but Parejo is remaining optimistic over their prospects.“Little by little, reinforcements arrive,” he noted.“All clubs want to improve and sign better footballers.“Last year we had an excellent group, not only on the pitch, but also off it. You have to maintain that and empower it to keep growing.”Parejo has a €50m buy-out clause in his contract at Mestalla.last_img read more

Hakim Ziyech named 2018 Dutch Footballer of the Year

first_imgAjax midfielder Hakim Ziyech has won the 2018 Dutch Footballer of the Year award, also called the “Gouden Schoen” (Golden Boot)Ziyech had a remarkable campaign at the Amsterdam Arena last season and managed nine goals and 14 assists in 34 appearances.The 25-year-old becomes the third Moroccan to win the award following Mounir El Hamdaoui in 2009 and Karim El Ahmadi last year.Now Ziyech is hoping to continue his rich vein of form in what he describes as the “best phase” of his career.“I’m very happy here and I think I’m in the best phase of my career,” said Ziyech, according to BBC.He was also voted Ajax’s player of the season by the fans.“Ziyech is a piece of jewellery for Dutch football,” Ajax coach Erik ten Hag said.edwin van der sarReport: Van der Sar staying at Ajax for now George Patchias – September 12, 2019 Edwin van der Sar will not be leaving Ajax to take up a job at Manchester United.In the last few days, one bookmaker suspended…“I think he plays football in a nice team, with lots of good footballers around him and it runs smoothly, which gives him pleasure and motivation to achieve even more.”Ziyech has scored two goals in four league appearances for Ajax this season.Let us introduce to you…?Player of the Year 2018:? HAKIM ZIYECH ???— AFC Ajax (English) (@AFCAjax_EN) September 3, 2018last_img read more

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Kenai Man Arrested For Attempted Murder

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Kenai Police Department responded to the report of a citizen dispute in the Central Heights Subdivision, on April 24, at 4:29 p.m. The two allegedly became involved in a stand-off situation and after a brief altercation Smith’s gun went off, as a result the victim injured his hand during the altercation. After consultation with the District Attorneys Office, Smith was charged with Attempted Murder I. Officers responded to the area and contacted the involved parties, Steven T Smith, age 55, of Kenai, and another 56-year-old male.center_img According to Lt. Ben Langham with KPD, Subsequent investigation resulted in the arrest of Smith, and he was remanded to Wildwood Pretrial Facility. According to the affidavit filed with the court, the victim alleges that he was at Smith’s residence when Smith pulled a .45 ruger pistol on him. The Victim was armed with an unloaded shotgun.last_img read more

Source Interlink Looking for a Turnaround

first_imgSource Interlink, the distributor that added publishing to its corporate platform with the purchase of Primedia’s Enthusiast Group in 2007, has had a rough 18 months. Former CEO and current chairman Greg Mays led the company through a near implosion of the newsstand supply chain, lawsuits  against a dozen publishers and distributors and, only months later, succumbed to its debt load and filed a lender-approved plan of reorganization under Chapter 11 in the U.S. bankruptcy court. Under the reorganization, Source eliminated $1 billion in debt, received a $100 million capital infusion and went private. After this, and some organizational restructuring, Mays turned over the CEO position to Michael Sullivan [pictured], who started with Source on April 12 after an 11-year run as CEO of Comag, the national distributor jointly owned by Hearst and Conde Nast.Sullivan’s appointment fueled speculation that the company was headed for a breakup and that the publishing group, which consists of 75 titles mostly in the automotive category, would be left unattended while Sullivan leveraged his background with the distribution group. Here, we speak with Sullivan, who and he addresses this speculation and also talks about what needs to change in the magazine industry’s fragile distribution ecosystem.FOLIO:: Your background is decidedly on the distribution side of the publishing business, but Source has a significant magazine publishing operation. Can you describe your operational involvement across the divisions?Sullivan: People glaze over that I was at TV Guide from 1989-1996 during the Murdoch era. Also, when I was with Hearst and Conde Nast over the last 11 years we launched a number of the biggest titles in the business. I’ve been intimately involved in the launch of some of the major products out there.FOLIO:: What was your role in the launches?Sullivan: From the CMG perspective, we’d have a couple of members from CMG at the launch meetings. When you’re rolling out a magazine like that it doesn’t happen overnight. It’s a very integrated sequence of events that take place and they obviously have to be on queue. We would be responsible for everything on the retail side. The newsstand is really the first time the consumer is going to see the product.FOLIO:: What are some specific strategies going forward for the publishing group at Source?Sullivan: It’s hard to say when I’ve been here for four weeks. We are putting our game plan together, and looking at any indication of rationalization we might want to do with the portfolio. Those are some of the issues we’ll be looking at in the next couple of months. The management team in place has done a heck of a job in the last year since they came out of the bankruptcy. They stripped $50 million in costs out of here. The platforms are properly aligned, we just need to further develop the strategic business plan to get it to the next level.FOLIO:: Greg Mays led the company through some significant changes, including the elimination of $1 billion in debt through a Chapter 11 reorganization. While the company might be in a less pressurized capital position, business is still very tough. There’s been ongoing speculation that the company is headed toward a breakup or sell-off, and your appointment as CEO fueled that chatter. Were you brought on to manage a divestment process?Sullivan: I find that so interesting. I’ve never been a breakup guy in the past. When I joined Hearst in 2000 we formed CMG. That certainly wasn’t a breakup. We developed a strategic plan that took the next ten years.Will we look at assets that don’t make good business sense and those that do. That’s all in the business model. Source Interlink was a rollup of disparate pieces. It was all connected in some way to retail. What eventually got them in trouble was the purchase of Primedia for such a steep price. The debt load was outrageous. Getting rid of that debt load and recapitalizing the company I can assure you has put us on very good footing. We just finished our first quarter and we’re right on plan. We do see, like most people in our business, a slight uptick. We’ll see what happens as the year moves on, but we’re looking for a turnaround.I’m not sure where this rumor has come from. I would not have left Comag to come here to be part of a break-up. If you look at the history of Greg Mays in the last18 months, if anyone was going to break up the company it would have been Greg. That’s what his history has been. He left a very solid base for me to move forward on with a very good management team.FOLIO:: Can you talk about what needs to change in the supply chain? We’ve heard over the last few years this need for everyone to come together and cooperate more, but can you articulate some specific examples of what needs to change and how you and Source might be positioned to contribute to that?Sullivan: One of the things I’ve often talked about is we need to become a solution provider to the retailers. I’ve screamed it from the mountain tops. We’re a DSD category, [the retailer’s] people don’t touch our product. We’re making sure the right product is at the right place at the right time. I know that sounds like an age-old statement but it’s true.Magazines and books are under pressure as a category. I don’t think print media is going away overnight, but we need to be a solution provider for retail, give them what they need. The mainline area doesn’t look like the greeting card rack, for example. The lighting and the signage aren’t as pleasing as the greeting card side.It gets down to simply being best of class. I think we have to come up with new and innovative ways in presenting the product in the market place. We’re sometimes constricted on what the retailer allows, but I don’t think there’s enough creative thinking about what goes into the retailers.I look at the publisher as the manufacture, it’s more up to the national distributor and wholesalers out there. We’re working with the publishers to ensure we’re putting the right product out there. We just need to do a better job talking to retailers.last_img read more

Berteau to Head up Professional Services Council

first_imgDavid Berteau will leave his post as assistant secretary of defense for logistics and materiel readiness to become chief executive officer of the Professional Services Council (PSC), the trade group that represents nearly 400 federal services contractors announced this week.Berteau, a frequent speaker at ADC events before he was confirmed to his current DOD post in December 2014, will assume his new role March 28. He replaces Stan Soloway, who led PSC for 15 years until stepping down last fall.“We couldn’t be more pleased to have as our new CEO someone with such a deep background in government services,” said PSC Chairman Ellen Glover, according to a written statement. “David has worked at high levels in government, in the private sector and in academia, always focusing on the heart of what PSC does.”Berteau has worked in both government and industry. He served in the Pentagon in a variety of positions during the 1980s and early 1990s. In 1993, he served as the acting assistant secretary of defense for production and logistics, and from 1992 to 1993 he was the chairman for the Defense Conversion Commission.From 1993-2001, Berteau worked at SAIC, including four years as a senior vice president. He was a consultant and director at Clark & Weinstock from 2003 to 2008. Afterward he joined the Center for Strategic and International Studies, where he became senior vice president and director of the National Security Program on Industry and Resources.Berteau told the Washington Business Journal that his time at PSC likely will focus on helping contractors and agencies find the best value in the face of tight fiscal constraints. “Those issues are permanent,” Berteau said.Of course, keeping PSC’s members happy will be an overriding mission.“The first foundational starting point is to understand the needs of the current members and provide a ways of meeting those needs so you retain the membership that you’ve got,” Berteau said. “There’s a lot of opportunity for growth because the federal government continues to expand what it needs from the commercial sector and from the private sector and as technology evolves.” Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

Clive Davis To Appear At GRAMMY Museum For Special QA Doc Screening

first_img Facebook News Email Twitter See Clive Davis At The GRAMMY Museum On Dec. 5 clive-davis-appear-grammy-museum-special-qa-doc-screening Clive Davis To Appear At GRAMMY Museum For Special Q&A, Doc Screening The evening will include a special screening of ‘Clive Davis: The Soundtrack Of Our Lives’Brian HaackGRAMMYs Nov 28, 2017 – 5:45 pm Clive Davis will make a special appearance at the GRAMMY Museum at L.A. Live on Dec. 5 for a special conversation on his extraordinary career and new documentary, Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of our Lives.The event will be held in the Museum’s intimate Clive Davis Theater, named in honor of the 5-time GRAMMY winning producer and music industry executive.The schedule of events for the evening will include an opening interview with Davis, followed by a screening of the documentary, then a Q&A featuring Davis and Director Chris Perkel moderated by GRAMMY Museum Executive Director Scott Goldman.The documentary itself profiles Davis across his prolific five-decade career, providing fascinating insight into his role in creating some of the most lasting and influential works in contemporary music history.Among those artists featured in the documentary are Bruce Springsteen, Whitney Houston, Santana, Aretha Franklin, Barry Manilow, Patti Smith, Alicia Keys, Sean “Puffy” Combs, and many more.Attendees will also receive a download of the acclaimed film to take home. Tickets for the event are on sale now.Shop Now: Holiday GRAMMY Online Charity AuctionsRead morelast_img read more

NOW HIRING 10 New Job Openings In Wilmington

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are some of the newest job openings in Wilmington:Full-Time System Administrator at UniFirstFull-Time Global Sourcing Specialist at UniFirstFull-Time Accounts Payable Clerk at AramarkFull-Time Service Technician at AramarkFull-Time Teacher at May InstituteFull-Time Teacher Assistant at May InstitutePart-Time Home Health Aide at Associated Home CareFull-Time Package Handler at FedExPart-Time Servers at 99 RestaurantPart-Time Bus/Server Assistant at Red Heat Tavern(NOTE: Wilmington businesses — Feel free to send me your job postings at 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 this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedNOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”NOW HIRING: 10 Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”NOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”last_img read more