Lorsque Peter Robbins s’est rendu compte qu’il n’était pas qualifié pour obtenir son emploi de rêve, il savait qu’il était temps de retourner aux études. Le résident de Smiths Cove, dans le comté de Digby, travaillait dans les métiers spécialisés depuis plus de deux décennies et avait hâte d’entamer une nouvelle phase de sa carrière, malgré les défis que ce changement représentait. M. Robbins s’est donc inscrit au programme de formation en apprentissage de la Nouvelle-Écosse. Aujourd’hui, après quatre ans et des centaines d’heures passées en classe et en formation en cours d’emploi, il est sur la bonne voie pour obtenir cet emploi de compagnon mécanicien dans le domaine du camionnage et du transport. Il est également récipiendaire du prix d’excellence en apprentissage pour cette année. « Le fait de retourner aux études après avoir passé 20 ans sur le marché du travail était plutôt intimidant au début, mais après un certain temps, je me suis rendu compte que c’était la meilleure décision que j’aurai pu prendre pour moi-même et pour ma carrière, » a dit M. Robbins. « Si vous songez à retourner aux études ou à vous inscrire à un programme de formation en apprentissage, allez-y! Ça vous ouvrira bien des portes. » Le rendement au travail de M. Robbins lui a valu le prix d’excellence en apprentissage. Ce prix reconnaît un compagnon récemment certifié qui a fait une contribution remarquable à l’image professionnelle de l’employeur en appuyant ses collègues de travail, en faisant preuve d’une éthique du travail solide et en participant activement à sa communauté. « La motivation et les compétences acquises dans le programme de formation en apprentissage ont vraiment aidé Peter à devenir l’un de nos meilleurs compagnons en plus de 40 ans, » a dit Geoff Locke, directeur général de Fleetline Parts and Service. « L’embauche d’apprentis nous permet d’offrir du mentorat et de la formation à la prochaine génération de personnes de métier tout en formant un futur employé. « C’est une situation où tout le monde gagne, et nous avons hâte de voir Peter former le prochain apprenti qui se joindra à nous. » M. Robbins est l’un des 138 apprentis qui sont devenus compagnons certifiés et qui ont reçu leur certificat de compétence dans la région du sud-ouest de la Nouvelle-Écosse au cours des deux dernières années. Le ministère du Travail et du Développement de la main-d’œuvre a présenté des certificats de reconnaissance aux compagnons récemment certifiés lors d’une célébration à Digby, aujourd’hui 30 mai. « Le dévouement et le travail acharné dont ont fait preuve ces compagnons récemment certifiés lors de leur formation sont admirables, » a dit Margaret MacDonald, sous-ministre du Travail et du Développement de la main-d’œuvre. « Ces diplômés auront des carrières très enrichissantes parce qu’ils ont su profiter des avantages de la formation offerte par le système de formation en apprentissage de la Nouvelle-Écosse. « J’ai hâte de voir les nombreuses contributions que ces hommes et ces femmes apporteront à la main-d’œuvre et à l’économie de cette province. » Le ministère du Travail et du Développement de la main-d’œuvre a également présenté un prix d’excellence à un mentor exceptionnel. Le prix d’excellence pour mentor a été présenté à Joanne Jeddry, superviseure dans le domaine de la cuisine et originaire de Meteghan, dans le comté de Digby. Ce prix reconnaît un employeur, un superviseur, un instructeur ou autre mentor qui a servi de modèle et qui a démontré des qualités supérieures en matière d’enseignement, d’enthousiasme pour le métier et d’engagement solide envers le progrès des apprentis dans leur programme. La Division de la formation des apprentis et du développement des compétences du ministère du Travail et du Développement de la main-d’œuvre appuie la promotion des métiers spécialisés par le biais des possibilités de formation, de la certification et du renforcement des normes professionnelles. Pour obtenir plus d’information sur le système de formation en apprentissage, consultez le www.nsapprenticeship.ca .
Over the past 40 years, the Alliance for Women In Media Foundation (AWMF) has annually honored exemplary women and men in the media and entertainment industry – individuals who are pioneers in their respective fields and lead by example.This year’s 40th Anniversary Gracies Awards, in support of the AWMF’s many educational programs, charitable activities, public service and scholarship campaigns that benefit women in media, is being held on Tuesday, May 19 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.The evening will honor such luminaries as Julia Roberts, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Olivia Munn, and Mae Whitman, among many others. Additionally, AWMF will bestow Cicely Tyson with the Lifetime Achievement Award for her groundbreaking work, giving a voice to women in film and television for more than 60 years. Local market, public, digital and student award winners will be recognized at the Gracies Awards Luncheon on June 22 in New York.Kristen Welch, Alliance for Women in Media Foundation Chair, said in making the announcement, “Though we receive hundreds of submissions from all over the country every year, it never ceases to amaze us of all the great work that has been done to further highlight women in media. We are thrilled to honor such smart, thoughtful and inspirational individuals, organizations and programming this year.”The evening will showcase the strides women have made in media throughout the past 40 years and celebrate the bold new trails women are blazing for tomorrow. This year’s national radio, TV and digital Gracies Award honorees can be found here.
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APTN National NewsSix months after enduring a tirade from a supervisor, a staff member at an elite British Columbia private school says going to work is now unbearable.Corinne Baker says she has complained to the provincial human rights commission after the school gave a mere slap on the wrist to a supervisor who allegedly said “Indians are dirty filthy pigs.”APTN National News reporter Rob Smith has more.
Tom Fennario APTN National NewsThe Cree Nation in Quebec stepped up and had its say in Val d’Or Wednesday.Representatives were testifying at inquiry examining the relationship between certain public services in Quebec and Indigenous peoples.Many Cree live or visit Val d’Or – but the relationship with residents and public services is often acrimonious.“These problems are well known, and so are their causes,” said Matthew Coon Come, grand chief, Crees Nation government. “What has been lacking today is the will to address them.”email@example.com
NEW YORK — A prominent New York City art dealer once accused by Alec Baldwin of fraud has been sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison after admitting she evaded paying over $3 million in federal taxes.Mary Boone dropped her face into open hands as the judge announced the sentence Thursday in Manhattan.Her lawyer had requested home incarceration and said she may have to close her gallery business. Outside court, Boone said she didn’t know whether her two gallery locations would be closed.Before hearing the sentence, Boone apologized, saying her crimes were terrible and she felt like a pariah.The actor Baldwin in 2017 settled a lawsuit against Boone in which he accused her of fraud involving a Ross Bleckner painting.The Associated Press
COLUMBUS, Ohio — A deal worth as much as $12 billion that’s being negotiated between Purdue Pharma and its owners, and the state, local and tribal governments involved in national opioid litigation has the potential to shape efforts to reach a global settlement with other manufacturers, drug distributors and retailers in lawsuits consolidated before a federal judge in Cleveland. The lawsuits aim to find help for communities besieged by an opioid crisis that has killed 400,000 people across the U.S. since 2000.Some questions and answers about Purdue Pharma, the negotiations and their importance to the multi-district litigation in Cleveland:___WHAT IS PURDUE PHARMA?It’s the nickname for Purdue Pharmaceutical Co., a privately held company based in Stamford, Connecticut. Purdue employs thousands of people worldwide and controls numerous subsidiaries. Its principal owners are the ultra-wealthy Sackler family , whose members would relinquish control of the company under the deal, to which about half the states and lawyers representing thousands of local governments have agreed. The company would pay out the up to $12 billion over time.___WHY IS PURDUE BEING SUED?Counties, cities and states allege the company manufactured and distributed prescription painkillers, including the time-release painkiller OxyContin, that it knew were addictive and potentially deadly. They argue those medicines were responsible for triggering the national opioid crisis that began taking hold in the early 2000s, and they want the company to compensate them for the costs of fighting the epidemic. Purdue vehemently denies their claims. It argues that the Federal Drug Administration approved its drugs for sale, that they represented only a sliver of the total sold and that many opiate-related deaths are from drugs like heroin and illegal fentanyl, over which it has no control.___IS THIS A SETTLEMENT?Not yet. These are settlement terms that some have agreed to, but even then they need to be approved by various parties. Besides that, about half the attorneys general whose states have sued Purdue are not on board. Their opposition could jeopardize the success of the deal, as could a ruling by the judge. Purdue’s expected bankruptcy filing adds another layer of uncertainty about the ultimate outcome.___WHY IS A SETTLEMENT IMPORTANT?Two reasons: money and image. Purdue pleaded guilty to federal charges in 2007 to misleading doctors, patients and regulators about the drug’s risks and paid a $634 million fine. Attorneys for local governments argue that since that time the Sacklers have removed billions of dollars from the company and shielded that wealth in an intricate web of offshore companies and trusts. Wednesday’s deal could include a prepackaged Purdue bankruptcy. Without such a settlement, the company could file a free-fall bankruptcy that would greatly reduce the amount of money available to compensate governments for the costs of the crisis. For the company, a settlement could also avoid the potential embarrassment of a trial-by-jury set to begin in Cleveland next month.___WHAT DOES PURDUE SAY ABOUT IT?Purdue says the deal would “deliver billions of dollars and vital opioid overdose rescue medicines to communities across the country impacted by the opioid crisis.”___WHAT DO STATES THINK?Roughly half the states that have sued Purdue in state court have not agreed to settle. Several state attorneys general have vowed to continue their legal battles against the company. Their arguments include wanting to hold the Sacklers publicly accountable and believing a jury verdict could bring an even bigger payout. New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Vermont, Idaho and Maine were among states saying they aren’t part of the agreement. Pennsylvania’s attorney general, another settlement opponent, sued some members of the Sackler family Thursday over their role in the opioid crisis.___WHY DO MANY STATES SAY THE DEAL’S VALUE IS MUCH LESS?First, a major component of up to $4.5 billion depends on the Sackler family selling its international pharmaceutical company Mundipharma. If the sale price is too low, up to one-third of that amount might not be delivered. The deal also includes projections of future product sales from Purdue, including of overdose antidotes that are still in development; critics say the projections may not be met.___WHAT IS MUNDIPHARMA?It’s a cluster of companies owned by trusts that benefit the Sackler family. The companies operate in more than 120 countries, and an emerging markets group has expanded into Asia, Africa and Latin America, selling a number of drugs, including opioids. The Associated Press reported in May that high-ranking executives from the Italian arm of the company were caught up in a sprawling corruption probe involving a prominent pain doctor. Mundipharma’s activities have also come under scrutiny in Australia . It has expanded rapidly into the developing world, with China expected to become its second-largest market after the U.S.___WHY IS A PURDUE SETTLEMENT CRUCIAL TO THE LAWSUIT IN CLEVELAND?It’s seen as a potential template for settling with the remaining other manufacturers, drug distributors and retailers in talks being urged on by U.S. District Judge Dan Polster, who has said his primary interest in consolidating the thousands of lawsuits is getting help to those who need it as quickly as possible. The first federal trial, involving claims from Ohio’s Cuyahoga and Summit counties, is scheduled to begin Oct. 21.___WHAT IS THE OVERALL FINANCIAL TOLL OF THE OPIOID CRISIS?As of 2015, costs totalled over $500 billion. That’s according to a 2017 report of the White House Council of Economic Advisers. The total includes lost productivity, as well as costs borne by taxpayers, such as ambulance runs, jail treatment costs, and the costs of caring for children whose parents have died from opioid overdoses.___WHY SO MANY DEATHS?Federal data released in July showed staggering numbers of pain pills were prescribed across the U.S. at the height of the crisis. In one rural Appalachian county in Ohio, the previously unavailable figures showed an average yearly total of 107 opioid pills per resident were distributed over a seven-year period. The National Institute on Drug Abuse has said prescription painkillers act on the brain in the same way as heroin or morphine. People with legal prescriptions became addicted or their unattended or discarded pill bottles were pilfered for recreational use. Easy access meant more addicted people, who often later turned to heroin or illegal fentanyl. The federal and state governments have since cracked down by shutting down pill mills and closely tracking prescriptions and prescribers.___Associated Press writers Geoff Mulvihill in New Jersey and Claire Galofaro in Louisville, Kentucky, contributed to this report.Julie Carr Smyth, The Associated Press
TORONTO — The federal competition watchdog says he wants to “shine a light” on Canada’s broadband internet providers with the public’s comments on a market that is predominantly served by traditional phone and cable companies.“There are few products more vital to Canada’s economic future than broadband. We want to shine a light on potential competitive issues in a sector at the heart of our daily lives,” Commissioner of Competition John Pecman said in a statement Thursday.The Competition Bureau said there are more than 550 companies offering an alternative to traditional telephone and cable companies, but 2016 data showed that only 13 per cent of Canada’s retail internet subscriptions were with the alternatives.The bureau says it’s exploring ways to make the broadband internet sector more competitive, including a change to regulations, easier switches between providers and more informed consumer choice.Representatives of two Canadian consumer advocacy groups said they hoped that the bureau’s study will lead to lower prices.OpenMedia’s Katy Anderson added that she would like the bureau to also look at high wireless data prices, which affect how much people pay for accessing the internet through mobile devices.“Having the Competition Bureau come in and look at (the) broadband internet market is great news for Canadians . . . but I’d love, love, love for to see them include wireless in this,” Anderson said in a phone interview from Calgary.“Because we know people are using their cellphones more and more and using more data on them, and the CRTC’s monitoring report — that comes out every fall — tells us that.”John Lawford, of the Public Interest Advocacy Centre in Ottawa, said in an email that the market study is well-timed and very necessary.He said many consumers “have problems with affordability of service and are stymied in using the internet’s full potential by high prices and low data caps.“It will be helpful to see whether the Competition Bureau can highlight the flaws in the market that allow this state of affairs to continue,” Lawford said.The bureau is seeking initial submissions by Aug. 31 and aims to publish a final report next year.Among Canada’s biggest internet service providers are BCE Inc.’s Bell Canada, Rogers Communications Inc., Telus Corp, Quebecor’s Videotron, and Shaw Communications Inc.The independent internet service provider generally must piggyback their traffic over one of the large cable or telephone networks, which charge the smaller ISPs a wholesale rate.Among Canada’s better-known independent ISPs are Eastlink, Xplornet, Primus, TekSavvy and Yak.Companies in this story: (TSX:BCE, TSX:RCI.B, TSX:T, TSX:QBR.B, TSX:SJR.B)
DENVER – Two Colorado farmers whose cantaloupes were tied to a 2011 listeria outbreak that killed 33 people pleaded guilty on Tuesday to misdemeanour charges.Eric and Ryan Jensen entered the pleas in federal court in Denver to six counts of introducing adulterated food into interstate commerce. Prosecutors say the brothers agreed to plead guilty without any concessions regarding sentencing.“These young men are stepping up because it happened on their watch,” Forrest Lewis, a lawyer for Eric Jensen, said in court.A sentencing hearing has been set for Jan. 28. A probation officer will issue a presentence report that will help guide the judge in imposing a sentence.The charges carry penalties of up to six years in prison and $1.5 million in fines. Lewis said in court that the brothers have no criminal record. The Jensens previously filed for bankruptcy.Officials have said people in 28 states ate the contaminated fruit and 147 were hospitalized.A statement from the Jensens’ attorneys says the brothers were shocked and saddened by the deaths, but the guilty pleas do not imply any intentional wrongdoing or knowledge that the cantaloupes were contaminated.Both brothers acknowledged in court that they had processed and shipped tainted cantaloupe in July and August of 2011.“We were in charge of the operation and we initially shipped a product that was adulterated,” Eric Jensen said.The brothers have sued the safety auditor who gave their farm a “superior” rating just before the outbreak — the deadliest case of foodborne illness in the nation in a quarter century.The Food and Drug Administration has said the rare move to charge the Jensens was intended to send a message to food producers.Criminal charges are rare in food-borne illnesses, but under President Barack Obama the FDA has been more aggressive in pursuing farmers and food processors for alleged lapses.The Jensens’ “actions resulted in tragedy nationwide, and profound economic consequences for an entire industry, and has exposed them to these serious criminal consequences,” U.S. Attorney John Walsh said after the pleas.Federal investigators said the melons at Jensen Farms in southeast Colorado likely were contaminated in its packing house because of dirty water on the floor and old, hard-to-clean equipment.The Jensens filed their lawsuit against PrimusLabs, a Santa Maria, Calif., food safety auditor that checked Jensen Farms in July of 2011.The Jensens argued that they asked the auditor about a new processing system, which removed a step of rinsing the melons with chlorinated water. The lawsuit states the PrimusLabs auditor “did not warn Jensen that the new system created a hazard or a risk of contamination.”No one answered the phone at a number listed for the company. by P. Solomon Banda, The Associated Press Posted Oct 22, 2013 11:31 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email 2 Colo. farmers tied to deadly listeria outbreak plead guilty to introducing tainted food
The United Nations refugee agency said today it is alarmed at the recent wave of attacks on civilians in north-east Nigeria which has led to population displacement both inside the country and into neighbouring States.“The brutality and frequency of these attacks is unprecedented,” Adrian Edwards, spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), told reporters in Geneva. “The past two months have seen multiple kidnappings and deaths, creating population displacement both inside Nigeria and into neighbouring countries,” he added. Mr. Edwards said that refugees and internally displaced people alike are reporting acts of extreme violence, and show clear signs of distress and fear. Some have witnessed friends or family members being randomly singled out and killed in the streets.“People speak of homes and fields being burned to the ground, with villages completely razed, or grenades being launched into crowded markets killing people and livestock,” he stated. “There is mention of people being caught in fighting between insurgents and the armed forces, arbitrary arrests under the suspicion of belonging to insurgent groups, and other serious alleged crimes including, reportedly, summary executions.”Terrorized students who had survived attacks on their schools in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states have told UNHCR how they saw friends being killed or kidnapped. The abduction of over 200 girls from a school in Chibok in Borno state last month is just one in a series of similar kidnappings from schools in north-east Nigeria in recent months.Mr. Edwards noted that next week will mark the first anniversary of the Nigerian Government’s declaration of a state of emergency in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states. In all, 250,000 people are now internally displaced, according to the Nigeria Emergency Management Agency (NEMA). In addition, some 61,000 others have fled to neighbouring Cameroon, Chad and Niger. Most are Niger nationals who were living in Nigeria, but 22,000 are Nigerians who have been made refugees by the crisis.
NAIGT was established in April 2008 with the task of developing a 20 year vision for the future of the UK automotive industry and to make recommendations on how to achieve this vision. It was set out that the NAIGT would develop a strategy for sustained success for UK automotive, paying particular attention to challenges of low cost competition and a transition to lower-carbon transport. NAIGT is chaired by Prof. Richard Parry-Jones CBE, led by a steering group of various industry executives and comprised of expert groups examining key areas of NAIGT focus.DOWNLOAD REPORTClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)
Ohio State women’s hockey defenseman Jincy Dunne surveys the ice trying to find an open skater against Minnesota on Oct. 21, 2016. Credit: Courtesy of OSU AthleticsWhen redshirt freshman defenseman Jincy Dunne signed to play for Ohio State women’s hockey in 2015, she had a resume brimming with on-ice accomplishments and was looking ahead to a promising future at OSU. A member of the U.S. Women’s National Hockey team for multiple years, Dunne was set to represent the U.S. at the U18 Women’s World Championships that same year. There was nowhere to go but up, until Dunne encountered the biggest roadblock of her career. Shortly after scoring the winning goal for the U.S. in the gold medal game of the world championships, Dunne skated head-on into boards, resulting in the worst concussion of her career. The injury forced her to sit out for the 2015-16 season, putting her time with OSU women’s hockey on hold.“It was hard. Obviously, I wanted to be a part of the team, just be with the girls and everything they were going through,” Dunne said. “But in the same breath, I was trying to look at it as a chance. I’m a big believer that everything happens for a reason, so I was just really trying to take a step back and learn about where I was and what position I was in.” After a challenging offseason, Dunne, who is often referred to as the Jack Eichel of women’s college hockey, has returned to the ice at full strength, and is looking to prove herself as a tough competitor and dedicated teammate. “I know coming back from an injury … it’s just frustrating at first,” Dunne said. “So really (I’m) just focusing on trying to be a good teammate and trying to stay positive through all of it.” Dunne has been quick to make an impact on OSU women’s hockey, playing in every game so far in the 2016-17 season. She is tied for second in points on the team, with two goals and seven assists. OSU coach Nadine Muzerall said that Dunne’s work ethic both on and off the ice has helped elevate the Buckeyes’ overall intensity . “She is an outstanding, solid defenseman,” Muzerall said. “Her vision on the ice is always two steps ahead of everyone else, so her playmaking is sensational. She also has incredible hands in tight areas.” Despite being ranked near the top of the roster, Dunne remains humbled and focused on her one true goal: playing the sport that she loves. “I really try to go out there and just be fearless and not worry about making mistakes or being as good as I once was, but instead to really just enjoy it, have fun, live in the moment and do my best,” Dunne said. Her dedication to hockey and OSU doesn’t go unnoticed by her teammates, especially sophomore forward Maddy Field, who said Dunne’s encouragement and leadership keep the team going through tough times “She knows that she’s a very big player on our team,” Field said. “She’s very calm and collected on the ice and she knows that she’s kind of like the quarterback back there. She knows how to calm us down and get us pumped up right.” Even with all the praise and accomplishments, Dunne isn’t too caught up in becoming a decorated player while at OSU. She said she’s more concerned with enjoying her time here and be the best teammate she can be. “I just want to be a part of it,” Dunne said. “I just want people to remember me as someone who really helped build something and who really cared and put her heart and soul into the program and her teammates, and really just tried to leave this program better than she found it.”
Warren Bimblick is senior vice president, strategy and business development, at Penton Media.More on this topic You’ve Got Mail A Quick Critique of Huffington. Penton Launches New Wealth Management Website Penton Folds Second Magazine With August Issue Penton Reorganizes into ‘Market-Focused’ Groups Quartz May be a DiamondJust In The Atlantic Names New Global Marketing Head | People on the Move Meredith Corp. Makes Digital-Side Promotions | People on the Move TIME Names New Sales, Marketing Leads | People on the Move This Just In: Magazines Are Not TV Networks Four More Execs Depart SourceMedia in Latest Restructuring Editor & Publisher Magazine Sold to Digital Media ConsultantPowered by I do still read many magazines in print, but far fewer than I used to (indeed, it is often the ads that turn me to print over digital). My tablet content has become my first place to read while many magazines have become coffee table decorations. To me, the future belongs to the media companies that get out ahead with the technology and really understand how audiences are consuming their content and serve it up to individuals in the manner they want it. Yes, individuals. At Penton, we are meshing metrics and asking subscribers about what experience they want. We then—sometimes not easily—develop product around it. Moving the revenue dial is going to be about moving with the users and coming up with the experiences that will make them need you—wherever that is. It is where that triumvirate—publisher, editor and audience development—need to come together and solve user experiences.Clever serving of content can be about pushing the needle on print, too. This Sunday morning, New York experimented with delivering this week’s issue to my front door testing a “VIP hand delivery service.” Now that’s brilliance. This wasn’t about technology, it was about strategy and figuring out the right time to reach me. And, by the way, they got me to re-up, too. For 35 years—mostly living in Manhattan—I have owned a car. This past weekend I gave up my car at lease-end and did not replace it. I realized that in four years I hadn’t driven 9,000 miles and the cost and annoyance of owning was not worth it. I could rent when needed.I decided to use the cathartic experience to think of what else I don’t need (another glass of wine…well…). Could I give up magazines? I’m a magazine junky (I’ve had a New Yorker sub since 12). I counted. I get 28, mostly monthlies, meaning likely 300 issues in my mailbox each year. It’s staggering and impossible to get through.Then I thought about my day and what I do. My iPad is always in my hands and I’ve prepared two icons to sort my magazines (plus those that annoyingly insist upon going into the “Newsstand”). They range from some highly unsatisfactory replicas of print to some innovative replicas (The Economist) to very robust offerings that have expanded my love of a brand (my favorite is The Atlantic).
Andela, a Zuckerberg Chan-sponsored tech company in Nigeria. Andela Anyone can get into Nigeria’s tech scene, says Chibuzor Obiora. That wasn’t true just a few years ago. A 29-year-old developer, Obiora began coding in 2014 when he was hired by Andela, a Chan-Zuckerberg Initiative-sponsored tech firm that offers Africans paid training in software development. Back then, his colleagues were all men around his age and older. But in the past five years, the software development industry in Nigeria has become more mainstream. As young Nigerians figured out they could learn to code and make money relatively quickly, Obiora says, the industry’s average age plummeted and its makeup became diverse. “It’s not just guys anymore,” he said. “At Andela, I was colleagues with ladies as well, much older women who’d just had kids, married men who’ve had kids, women who wore the hijab.” Widespread internet access is changing the African continent, largely thanks to the rise in smartphone ownership. Many Africans who are unable to afford costly broadband connections can now access the web for the first time, via sub-$50 Android phones. The rate of adoption continues to surge: A GSMA study predicts Africa will get 300 million new internet users by 2025. Now the CTO of his own startup, Obiora and all of his old Andela colleagues are riding the rising tech wave. Obiora and Andela co-founder Jeremy Johnson. Andela Africans say there’s much to be hopeful about. Basic internet services tangibly improve quality of life. Something as simple as an app that coaches women giving birth saves lives in countries like Ethiopia, where a vast majority give birth outside of health facilities. Rudimentary internet access can facilitate huge productivity boosts for agriculture workers around the continent; farmers, for instance, save precious time by accessing market prices through their phones instead of a physical trip into town. But there are some consequences of internet adoption that could temper optimism. Africa is a continent historically beleaguered by authoritarianism, unrest and underdevelopment. The internet isn’t inherently a force for progress or disruption, but instead is a tool that can be used for either of those ends. Some of the internet’s applications are helping to build up Africa, while others are exacerbating the continent’s problems. Money on my mobile As a citizen of Nigeria, Obiora is confident in the ability of internet media, both traditional and social, to educate and engage Africans. But he’s also noticed a growing problem. “There’s a huge online betting market in Nigeria,” he said. “It’s one thing to be able to walk to a shop and buy a ticket. … it’s another thing to access hundreds of betting platforms online.” Gambling, particularly in the form of sports betting, rankles Africa’s more developed nations. Around 60 million Nigerians aged between 18 and 40 bet daily, according to a poll from the News Agency of Nigeria. This isn’t a problem unique to Africa. The world’s 10 most gambling-prone populations live in first-world countries. Australians are the world leaders in losing money to gambling, and online sports betting is the fastest-growing sector of the country’s gambling market. The concern is that most Africans have more to lose than Western gamblers. Half of Nigeria’s population lives below the poverty line, according to the World Bank, and millions of people bet what little money they have in the hopes of earning more. The betting motivation most cited in NAN’s survey was a need to make a quick buck. Nigerian women and their mobile phones. Getty Images There’s a clear correlation between smartphone ownership and online gambling. Kenyans gamble more after buying a smartphone, according to a 2017 study by the Digital Skills Observatory, a Bill and Melinda Gates-funded firm. Over 20 percent of participants bought a smartphone specifically for betting. Online gambling is aided through internet access and mobile payment platforms, which have boomed in Africa throughout the past decade. Still, this is an area where the pros outweigh the cons. Mobile payment apps allow Africans to circumvent the continent’s inadequate financial infrastructure. Just 34 percent of Africans had bank accounts in 2014, according to the World Bank. This makes a challenge out of tasks that Westerners take for granted, like paying bills for utilities. It’s been a life-changer, especially for Africans who don’t live in cities. For the past few years, US companies like Zola Electric and Black Star Energy have begun setting up solar-powered equipment and infrastructure in rural parts of Rwanda, Tanzania, the Ivory Coast and Ghana. Now playing: Watch this: 3:57 5 These areas are often without access to either financial institutions or the energy grid. The electricity produced by Zola and Black Star has brought electric lights to villages for the first time, replacing less effective and more dangerous kerosene lamps, enabled in many cases by Africans being able to pay bills remotely via mobile payment platforms Zola can only operate in rural areas because of mobile platforms, which are a “core part” of the company’s business model, according to Alessandro Pietrobon, the company’s head of data and analytics. Customers who buy Zola products get the added benefit of having a transaction record, which Pietrobon says acts as a proxy to credit rating with banks and other financial institutions. It sounds like a sales pitch, but it’s backed up by a 2016 study published by MIT. Between 2008 and 2015, M-Pesa, Kenya’s most-used mobile payments app, had lifted 194,000 Kenyan households out of poverty. Accessing a mobile wallet improved the financial literacy of many users, which in turn helped pull them over the poverty line. Far from just improving lives, mobile payment apps have also saved them. Broken or inefficient financial systems, as well as corrupt or authoritarian governments, often stymie humanitarian aid. Mobile payments offer a solution, as funds can be sent directly to those who need them. Essential Ebola aid workers in Sierra Leone were sustained via mobile payments in 2014. Humanitarian organizations used mobile payments to send money directly to 20,000 Somalian families during a famine in 2011. Without mobile platforms, Oxfam says, “this aid would not have been possible.” Thousands of Sudanese protested the reign of Omar Al-Bashir in April. Ozan Kose / AFP/Getty Images Rise together, fall together On April 11, Sudan’s president, Omar Al-Bashir, was ousted in a military coup. Al-Bashir had presided over Sudan for 30 years, during which time he was accused of sponsoring terrorism and facilitating a civilian genocide. Just nine days before his exit, Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika resigned. Bouteflika’s authoritarian regime has left Algeria underdeveloped, high in corruption and low in human rights. Both leaders were toppled following months of mass protests by citizens in their respective countries. Mobile phones played a powerful role, according to Judd Devermont, director of the Africa Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and a former US national intelligence officer for Africa. “Sub-Saharan Africa in 2008 had about 800 protests. In 2018 there were just under 4,000 protests,” he said. Part of that escalation can be chalked up to more phones and internet users “lowering the barriers to organizing.” To demonstrate how much of a threat phone and internet access poses to authoritarianism, Devermont says you only have to look at how authoritarian governments try to suppress these communications tools. The governments of both Sudan and Algeria intermittently blocked the internet as public unrest mounted against their respective regimes. (Curiously, Algeria’s government also shut down the internet intermittently in 2018 to prevent students from cheating on high school exams.) Chad’s internet has been blocked by its government since last May. Uganda in 2018 began taxing people for using social media platforms, leading to a precipitous drop in their use. The most popular Google search by Ugandans last year, Devermont said, was “what is a VPN?” Mobile phones and the internet can’t create a democracy out of an autocracy, but they can facilitate the necessary first steps. But just as the internet can be used to fuel democracy, it can also be used to disrupt it. In the US, fake news — information specifically designed to misinform — has mostly found its home on Facebook and Twitter. In many developing nations, Facebook’s WhatsApp messaging app has been the most troubling platform for the spread of misinformation. Like chain mail on steroids, specious information is blasted through WhatsApp by people forwarding “news” to hundreds of contacts at a time, who in turn send it on to their contacts. Africa’s most infamous example comes from Nigeria. In late 2017, a London-based political activist circulated a story on YouTube that Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari died and had been replaced by a Sudanese lookalike named Jubril. It caught fire on WhatsApp, gaining enough momentum that Buhari himself refuted it in a speech last year. “I did see that,” Obiora, the Nigeria-based startup CTO, said. “WhatsApp, as usual, was the culprit.” Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari addresses an audience following his re-election in February. Kola Sulaimon / AFP/Getty Images When people in the West think of fake news, they usually think of divisive politics and spurious reports. Africa certainly has that; from 2016 into 2017, South Africa was roiled by a fake-news campaign that sought to divide the country along racial lines, to distract from then-President Jacob Zuma’s corruption. But there’s another type of misinformation that spreads through Africa that can be even more dangerous. Many people across Africa get health information forwarded to them from friends and family through WhatsApp, says Kate Wilkinson, the acting deputy chief editor of fact-checking company Africa Check. She says the organization increasingly spends its time debunking false health information. “We often think of fake news as having political implications and societal implications, which it does,” she said. “But when it comes to health, people die.” Wilkinson recalls a story of a mother who brought her blind children into a health clinic. The mother had poured battery acid into her children’s’ eyes because she was told it could cure conjunctivitis. Africa Check, a Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation-sponsored firm, is fighting fire with fire. The company has set up a WhatsApp line that allows people to forward messages they suspect may be misinformation, which can then be verified or debunked. “We’ve been completely inundated by people adding us and sending us content,” Wilkinson said. “The response has been enormous.” The circulation of dangerously inaccurate health information isn’t new. There was a Nigerian movement in the late ’90s and early 2000s urging people to stop vaccinating their children against polio, as such remedies were claimed to be part of a plan for the government to sterilize the country’s women. A dangerous game Mobile adoption is just one element of an ascendant Africa. The continent is also experiencing a boom in infrastructure development and, with 320 embassies built in Africa between 2010 and 2016, improved diplomatic relationships with other nations. But increasing prominence on the world stage means having to navigate geopolitical quagmires. African leaders have learned this the hard way. In 2012, the Chinese government dropped $200 million to fund a new headquarters for the African Union, a bloc of 55 nations, similar to the European Union. China said it was a gift. Five years later, French publication Le Monde revealed the building had been bugged, with confidential data sent to servers in Shanghai every night for half a decade. (This was allegedly done via a backdoor, the same fear the US government has of Huawei’s infrastructure.) China, along with Russia and the United States, has taken a particular interest in Africa, says Adam Meyers, vice president at Crowdstrike, a Washington-based cybersecurity firm. “[China is] building stadiums, they’re investing in infrastructure,” Meyers said, “and with that comes Huawei equipment, and with that they built the African Union building in Ethiopia that turned out to be completely compromised with network tapped equipment. “There’s a lot of geopolitics in Africa going on so I think from a cyber perspective that’s a huge concern,” he added, noting that North Korean hackers have also been increasingly targeting African businesses. The Africa Union building being built in 2010. It was a “gift” from China, but was later found to be bugged. Per-Anders Pettersson Devermont, of the Center for Strategic and International Studies, also has worries about Africa, for its challenges in and out of tech. He’s concerned that authoritarian governments will leverage other Chinese technology, like AI-powered CCTV cameras, to repress citizens. But he says there’s much to be hopeful about. “I am optimistic about a number of things in Africa,” he said. The entrepreneurial spirit of the continent is “incredible,” he says, and its digital economy is growing impressively. Internet access can also usher in new levels of voter education and help keep governments to account. Africa’s relationship with the internet isn’t unique. Fake news has been a major problem in the US, where Russian interference and Facebook data affected the 2016 election result. Misinformation has proved deadly in other countries, most notably in India, where WhatsApp-spread rumors have fueled mob violence that has led to the wrongful deaths of over 30 people. For Africa to get the most out of the internet boom, governments will need to chip in. A more educated, aware public may help mitigate the risks. In Nigeria, Obiora says his government should do more to teach locals about digital literacy, of the power and problems the internet harbors. Then again, he says, Nigeria’s leaders could also use a primer. “One of the biggest challenges we have is the inability of our government to understand the incredible opportunity and value the tech boom presents.” Tags Internet Tech Industry Comments Taking health care to the people Huawei Share your voice
Remains of a Tongass clear-cut and logging road north of Ketchikan. New growth in parts of the forest could be cut to jump-start a modern timber industry, a report says. (Photo by Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska)Tongass National Forest officials want the timber industry to log and process fewer old trees. They’re planning a 10- to-15-year transition to harvesting younger forests.Two Oregon researchers, one an industry consultant and the other an environmental activist, say it can happen sooner.Download AudioLoggers working the Tongass National Forest harvested large numbers of older trees from the 1950s through much of the 1990s.Harvests have since slowed, and in recent years, almost stopped.Tongass officials and environmental groups say the future is in young- or second-growth, mostly trees that have grown back after earlier decades’ clear-cuts.But that’s a challenging goal.“Transitioning out of old growth and into young growth, you cannot just flip a switch and do it,” says Catherine Mater, president of Mater Engineering, where she consults for timber companies on industry issues.She’s based in Corvallis, Ore., but has worked in Southeast for Viking Lumber and the Sealaska Corp.“I don’t think it’s realistic to assume that all old-growth logging is going to go away. But I do feel very optimistic that there’s an opportunity to have a transition and replacement from a majority of old growth now to a majority of young growth,” she says.Mater’s partnered with Dominick DellaSala of the Ashland, Ore.,-based Geos Institute, which researches climate change and related environmental issues.Together, they’re promoting a study detailing how the Tongass National Forest can quickly change from old-growth to younger-growth harvests.DellaSala says they began by looking at the most controversial forest stands, the ones that lead to appeals and lawsuits.“So we took those off the table. And then we wanted to see what was left, where we could come up with some higher levels of certainty, where the wood can get to the mills quicker without litigation, without the appeals and without the expenses that go into that,” he says.They also eliminated areas too far away from roads, or otherwise economically unfeasible.Mater says that leaves enough land to start a sustainable young-growth timber industry. That includes forests that could produce 25 million to 30 million board feet of timber – very soon.“We have pre-commercially-thinned lands in the national forest system that offer a unique opportunity to do that,” she says.She — and DellaSala — say a young-growth industry could start now and be fully functional in about five years, instead of the 10 to 15 years the Forest Service is shooting for.Another difference: They say 55-year-old trees can be harvested, while the agency usually considers 90 as the minimum marketable age.Mater says the new industry would be different from what we have today.She says it would move from construction lumber to smaller, more heavily processed products.“This is the stuff that goes into your windows and doors that you see in your homes and in your buildings, in panel-grade material and in custom-grade material,” she says.“No one has evaluated Southeast Alaska second-growth material in those particular grade factors.”She says that research could be done in about a year and a half.Many looking at the issue question whether second-growth Tongass timber can compete with large Pacific Northwest tree farmers, which have been in the business for decades.Mater says that used to be an issue, but not anymore.“The reality is that the U.S. markets are already familiar with Southeast Alaska wood species going into those higher value-added markets. What we don’t know, and this is what we are going to test, is whether we can get that same characteristic coming out of old-growth that goes into factories and shops from second-growth,” she says.Mater says new mills would need to be built to process the younger trees. But she says some old-growth harvests would continue to keep existing mills going.DellaSala says making the transition–soon–is the only choice. Otherwise, the Tongass will become like Pacific Northwest forests that were badly damaged before such changes kicked in.“If it goes in the direction of continued old-growth logging, it runs into a wall of litigation and uncertainty for all the stakeholders. If you go the direction of where Catherine Mater’s reporthas been guiding our analysis, then you have the potential for a wall of wood, and much more certainty,” he says.DellaSala and Mater have submitted their report to Tongass officials, who are planning such a transition with the help of an advisory committee.They’ve also toured Southeast, presenting their finds to environmental and timber organizations.
Qutbullapur: Residents of Suraram colony have expressed concerns over the delay in the repair of a broken manhole cover right in the middle of road on Suraram road beside Uma Maheshwara temple. As the manhole is in the middle of the road, there are high chances that children, senior citizens may fall into it.Locals have complained that contractors are placing low-quality manhole covers which are getting damaged frequently and the current manhole cover was placed just six months ago when underground drainage was laid. Locals appealed to bring the issue to the notice of the officials and corporator and address the issue at the earliest.
Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Register Now » Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. What it is: ADP Mobile Solutions is a free human resources app optimized for Apple’s iPhone and iPad (with browser access on Android and BlackBerry devices).What it does: Employees of ADP’s U.S. clients can now check their HR, payroll and benefits information anywhere, anytime. They can view statements from up to five previous pay periods (toggling between net pay and gross pay year-to-date) as well as 401(k) allocations, distribution percentages, account balances and rate of return. Users can also clock in, clock out and create time sheets. In addition, the app extends company news and staff directory information to the mobile platform, enabling employees who work remotely to more efficiently interact with the home office.Related: Three Questions to Ask Your Payroll ServiceWhy you need it: Ninety-four percent of mobile workers now carry smartphones, and 41 percent wield tablets. An additional 34 percent plan to buy a tablet by the end of this fall, according to a recent survey conducted by enterprise mobility services provider iPass. ADP Mobile Solutions connects them to management and colleagues no matter where their work leads.”Mobile phones are the device you have with you all the time,” says Roberto Masiero, ADP’s vice president of enterprise application architecture. “For companies with mobile workers, like construction or trucking companies, this app is a phenomenal way to keep them engaged and keep them feeling like they’re part of the team.” October 14, 2011 2 min read This story appears in the October 2011 issue of . Subscribe »
Feature | Information Technology | July 31, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr How Smart Devices Can Improve Efficiency Innovation is trending toward improved efficiency — but not at the expense of patient safety, according to… read more Related Content In the midst of increased mergers and industry acquisitions, healthcare leadership is becoming more cognizant of the need to have enterprise imaging strategies in place that answer a long-standing question in medical imaging: “How will we get our providers the images and data they need when and where they need it most?” Clearly, acquisition is a critical component to a well-constructed enterprise imaging strategy. But enterprise image acquisition is much more than just diagnostic imaging modalities; it’s the acquisition and accessibility of any medically relevant image. And it’s the delivery of that image into the hands of the people that need it whenever and wherever that need might arise.We live in a mobile world with the expectation — and in many cases, the reality — that we can do anything from anywhere. Physicians and medical staff are constantly exposed to capable technologies in their personal lives, though for the most part in their professional lives, many are still tethered to clunky disparate systems that separate them from important data at the point of care. Emerging technologies are changing this by creating cohesion between image-producing departments beyond radiology and cardiology for a truly seamless clinical experience. Seamless and Meaningful AccessTo make this all work, an organizational governance body will need to establish acquisition, storage and management strategies up front that make access to these images seamless and meaningful as time goes on. Four important concepts will have to be addressed, each of which are inextricably tied to the acquisition process.Disparate image management system integration. Disparate image management systems exist throughout every healthcare enterprise today. Multiple disparate picture archiving and communication systems (PACS) remain at the forefront of consideration for consolidation. However, there are also long-standing disparate imaging systems in cardiology, pathology, ophthalmology and orthodontics, to name just a few. Integrating these systems allows providers to consult each other with a truly complete patient jacket.Point-of-care devices. The definition of point-of-care devices has expanded with the emergence of a host of mobile devices, pathology slide scanners and other advancements. For example, providers can now capture images at the point of care with their smartphones — a security nightmare for IT administrators, but a necessary workaround by providers who prize efficiency as well as quality of patient care. To accommodate this, IT administrators need to provide secure corporate devices that can take the place of personal devices, and they must form policies to support these organically formed clinical workflows.Image acquisition clinical workflows. Image acquisition workflows vary greatly within and between departments throughout an organization. Not all patient images are acquired after being prompted by a radiology information system (RIS) or electronic health record (EHR) order, and not all images acquired adhere to a fixed modality. Transfer CDs and health information exchanges (HIE) are other forms of image acquisition that need to be considered as parts of an overall enterprise imaging strategy. In short, leadership must have the ability to understand the special image acquisition workflows of each department in order to find the common ground.Importance of data standards. Clinically relevant data and images must be put into the correct context for providers to be able to efficiently find the answers they need. Even with digital imaging and communications in medicine (DICOM) data standards, radiology still requires normalization between proprietary systems and integration with non-DICOM information systems. As a result, DICOM headers must be tag morphed, procedure descriptions will require crosswalks and standardized nomenclature will need to be deciphered.If the goal is to make patient data easily sharable, when the datasets in different EHRs don’t correlate, complicated queries will need to be built in order to connect the datasets. Vendor neutral archives (VNA) can help simplify this process by creating the enterprise master patient index (EMPI) as an interim step between connecting a physician’s office on one EHR to a hospital on another. Sharing information seamlessly between disparate systems within the healthcare ecosystem is integral to a successful enterprise imaging strategy, but an application is only as good as the data it can share across a healthcare delivery network.Important ConsiderationsOne size does not fit all. A common mistake when designing an enterprise imaging strategy is to apply a single department’s workflow across the board to all departments; while there are commonalities, a radiology workflow, for example, contains many more steps than a point-of-care imaging acquisition workflow needs. The key is to find the workflow that fits the majority of users to create a standardized and efficient process across service lines.Uniform data collection is critical. When acquiring images, it’s critical to collect the same data about every image, something that requires considerable forethought as workflows are designed. The data collected about each image will play a significant role in the ability to provide data to the end user in a flexible, relevant format.Brandon Taggart, CIIP, senior consultant at Ascendian Healthcare Consulting, is an expert on the topics of enterprise imaging, healthcare transformation and healthcare information technology. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Sponsored Content | Case Study | Radiation Dose Management | August 13, 2019 The Challenge of Pediatric Radiation Dose Management Radiation dose management is central to child patient safety. Medical imaging plays an increasing role in the accurate… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 05, 2019 Montefiore Nyack Hospital Uses Aidoc AI to Spot Urgent Conditions Faster Montefiore Nyack Hospital, an acute care hospital in Rockland County, N.Y., announced it is utilizing artificial… read more News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 08, 2019 Half of Hospital Decision Makers Plan to Invest in AI by 2021 August 8, 2019 — A recent study conducted by Olive AI explores how hospital leaders are responding to the imperative read more News | PACS | August 08, 2019 NetDirector Launches Cloud-based PDF to DICOM Conversion Service NetDirector, a cloud-based data exchange and integration platform, has diversified their radiology automation options… read more Videos | Radiology Business | August 02, 2019 VIDEO: Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019 Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) President … read more Feature | Enterprise Imaging | March 02, 2016 | Brandon Taggart Share-ability Starts Before the Image is Captured Enterprise image acquisition also includes image delivery where and when it is needed Technology | Cybersecurity | August 07, 2019 ScImage Introduces PICOM ModalityGuard for Cybersecurity ScImage Inc. is bridging the gap between security and functionality with the introduction of the PICOM ModalityGuard…. read more News | Electronic Medical Records (EMR) | August 01, 2019 DrChrono Teams With DeepScribe to Automate Medical Note Taking in EHR DrChrono Inc. and DeepScribe announced a partnership so medical practices using DrChrono EHR can use artificial… read more Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 7:33Loaded: 2.15%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -7:33 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s. News | Radiology Business | August 01, 2019 Philips Completes Acquisition of Carestream Health’s HCIS Business … read more
Prego at The Westin Resort Nusa Dua, Bali continues to serve up its own brand of delicious Italian food and family fun in a lively setting where everyone is welcome. The recent launch of Prego Birthday Bash is the property’s latest initiative that makes hosting a party on site even easier, as everything is taken care of.A Prego Birthday Bash package includes a personalized cake, balloon decorations, gift bags and a souvenir photo session with Pipo the squirrel. Face painting and interactive pizza-making activities also add to the excitement. Prices are set at just IDR 200,000 per adult and IDR 150,000 per child (Net pricing).In addition, Prego Family Brunch takes place every Sunday for an enjoyable weekend dining experience. An extensive buffet of authentic Italian cuisine satisfies appetites with tasty pasta dishes, grilled meats, fresh salads, home-made gelatos and much more. There are also supervised games and activities to keep children entertained for hours leaving parents to eat at a leisurely pace.Prego Family Brunch features our SuperChefs programme where little ones are encouraged to get creative and learn about food preparation in a positive way. Every Sunday involves a different activity such as assembling pizzas, decorating cupcakes, making mocktails and designing funny-face sandwiches.During Prego Family Brunch, visitors are welcome to use the swimming pool in our Premium Wing and really make a day of it.
Categories: Glenn News 12Mar Snyder briefs Glenn, legislative leaders on energy policy Rep. Gary Glenn, R-Midland, chairing a House Energy Policy Committee hearing held Thursday, March 11.Lansing — House Energy Policy Committee Vice-Chairman Gary Glenn, R-Midland, was among eight legislative leaders invited by Gov. Rick Snyder to a briefing Thursday on the governor’s upcoming energy policy address, scheduled for Friday morning. Glenn was the only first-term legislator in either house invited to participate in the briefing, which was conducted personally by Snyder in the governor’s office. Glenn said he is “taking very seriously the responsibility of a leadership role in developing Michigan’s future energy policy, and I certainly appreciate the opportunity to be briefed by Gov. Snyder and ask questions about his plans to meet our future needs for competitive and reliable energy.” Glenn said the state’s energy policy and ability to provide electricity at competitive prices is key to attracting and retaining thousands of jobs provided by major manufacturing firms in the Bay and Midland counties legislative district he represents. He cited a public address two weeks ago by Dow Chemical chief executive officer Andrew Liveris in which Liveris said Midland would be the site of more Dow expansions in the future if Michigan can provide more competitive energy rates. Michigan currently has the highest electricity rates in the Midwest. “As I pledged last year, my focus in this office will be on making Michigan more attractive and more competitive for new business and industry,” Glenn said. “More competitive energy prices are certainly a major factor in our ability to compete for new or expanded plant sites and new jobs here in mid-Michigan.” He said the issue is critical to the success not only of Dow Chemical operations in Michigan, but of other major area employers such as Dow Corning, Hemlock Semiconductors, and Midland Cogeneration Venture. Glenn Wednesday chaired the House Energy Policy Committee for the first time when the committee’s chairman, Rep. Aric Nesbitt, R-Lawton, left the chair in order to testify before the committee in support of a package of energy reform bills Nesbitt is proposing.Gov. Rick Snyder and Rep. Gary Glenn, R-Midland. (File photo)Glenn and Nesbitt were joined in the gubernatorial briefing by Speaker of the House Kevin Cotter, R-Mount Pleasant, House Democratic Leader Tim Greimel, D-Auburn Hills; and Energy Committee Minority Vice Chairman Rep. Bill Lavoy, D-Monroe. Attending from the state Senate were Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof, R-Olive Township; Rep. Mike Nofs, R-Battle Creek; and Minority Leader Jim Ananich, D-Flint.