“READERS FORUM” FOR SEPTEMBER 30, 2017

first_imgPlease take time and read our newest feature articles entitled “LAW ENFORCEMENT, READERS POLL, BIRTHDAYS, HOT JOBS” and “LOCAL SPORTS” posted in our sections.  You now are able to subscribe to get the CCO daily. WHATS ON YOUR MIND TODAY? We hope that todays “Readers Forum” will provoke honest and open dialogue concerning issues that we as responsible citizens of this community need to address in a rational and responsible way?Todays READERS POLL question is: Do you feel that the State should approve Sunday Liquor Sales? If you would like to advertise in the CCO please contact us City-County [email protected]center_img EDITOR’S FOOTNOTE:  Any comments posted in this column do not represent the views or opinions of the City County Observer or our advertisersFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Ulrick & Short joins FDF Scotland health initiative

first_imgSource: Getty ImagesIngredients supplier Ulrick & Short has teamed up with Food and Drink Federation Scotland to provide guidance on the healthy reformulation of bakery products.The mission forms part of the Federation’s Reformulation for Health programme, which is funded by the Scottish government following its 2018 report outlining ambitions to improve dietary health across the country.The programme offers reformulation advice and support to all SME food manufacturers, as well as general guidance on portion size and product labelling.As part of the initiative Ulrick & Short, which supplies clean-label, plant-based ingredients, will offer advice to bakeries looking to improve the nutritional profiles of their products.Specialist areas of support include guidance on sugar, fat and calorie reduction, protein and fibre fortification, and egg and allergen removal.“This is a great initiative that FDF Scotland & the Scottish government are running,” said Adrian Short, co-owner and director at Ulrick & Short.“It is a pleasure to partner up to offer our ingredient knowledge and expertise to assist in tackling obesity issues in the UK.”Joanne Burns, FDF Scotland product reformulation manager, welcomed the partnership.“I am delighted to be working in collaboration with Ulrick & Short to support Scottish SME food and drink businesses make their products healthier,” she said.“By working with ingredient developers, we can have a greater impact on dietary health.”last_img read more

Danica, Industriens Pension share in US class-action payout

first_imgAccording to the plaintiffs, the subsequent financial statements painted a rosy picture of future growth, when in fact the company was using an obsolete business model, and its prospects were declining.On 28 February 2014, NII issued a press release revealing a larger-than-expected net loss for calendar year 2013, together with a net loss of nearly 250,000 subscribers.Investors were told the company would have to “significantly improve its operating performance and consider other options to enhance its liquidity position to meet its financial obligations and fund its business in 2015 and beyond”.As a result, NII’s share price fell by 55%, while the market price of its debt fell by more than 10%.The plaintiffs alleged that, because of false statements and concealments of adverse information by the defendants, the prices of NII’s securities had been artificially inflated during the class period, which runs from 25 February 2010 to 27 February 2014.This also applied, they said, to $1.45bn worth of debt issued by NII Capital, the company’s subsidiary, in two offerings during 2011.As a result, the plaintiffs claimed to have suffered significant losses and damages because of the decline in the market value of NII’s securities.The defendants were NII Holdings, NII Capital, several officers and a number of banks including Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan Securities, Credit Suisse Securities (USA) and Deutsche Bank Securities, which were underwriters for NII’s offerings.The case was filed in the district court for the Eastern District of Virginia before Judge Leonie Brinkema.The settlement is subject to approval by the court in September.Investors that believe they may form part of the class and wish to claim a share of the settlement should do so by 28 September 2016. Danica Pension and Industriens Pensionsforsikring have agreed a $41.5m (€37.4m) settlement in a US class action involving securities issued by telecommunications company NII.Among the other plaintiffs were the State-Boston Retirement System, the Pension Trust Fund for Operating Engineers Pension Plan and the Jacksonville Police and Fire Pension Fund.NII, based in Virginia, operates wireless voice and data networks throughout Latin America under the Nextel brand.In 2009, NII started a transition to a new 3G network, which involved building radio antenna towers, some of which would be sold off, then leased back.  last_img read more

City of Wellington now has authority to file lien against Sumner Regional Medical Center

first_imgBy Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow —  The City of Wellington issued the latest press release:“After a 45-minute executive session during a special city council meeting held on June 9 at 9 a.m., the followomg action was taken by the Wellington City Council.‘The Resolution that the Wellington City Manager and city staff are authorized to engage in negotiations with the Health Care Authority of the city of Wellington for the purpose of filing a lien pursuant to the Uniform Commercial Code in the amount of current indebtedness owed to the city and for any future advancement through Dec. 31, 2015.’This was a positive action that was taken by the Wellington City Council in order to protect the city, the hospital and our taxpayers.”A lien is a legal claim on another person’s property, be it real estate or personal property. These are most often placed on people’s property when said property is used as collateral for mortgages or loans.When money or services are owed to a creditor, that creditor can place a lien on the debtor’s property as a way of ensuring that they are able to reclaim their investments.SRMC is currently behind on utility payments. According to Wellington City Clerk Shane Shields, the last time the hospital paid a utility bill was a partial payment in October 2013. The council abated utilities to the hospital for a six month period from July to December 2010, a six month period from January to June 2011, a six month period for January to June 2012, a three month period from October to December 2013, and a six month period from April to December 2014.See story here.SRMC CEO Leonard Hernandez said the issue is so new to him that he didn’t think it is appropriate to comment until he meets with the SRMC board and the hospital attorney.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (35) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. -5 Vote up Vote down Home Town Boy · 270 weeks ago Does this not make us all liable for withholding taxes on employee’s that their behind on? If I am wrong about this please let me know but I do believe I read it some wheres that their behind on paying money to the state? Report Reply 0 replies · active 270 weeks ago +4 Vote up Vote down WellMom · 270 weeks ago I think this is a good business decision. Although there is a lot of controversy, both in support and not, that surrounds the hospital, it’s nice to see the city hasn’t sat the issue on a shelf and is continuing to address the hospital. Report Reply 0 replies · active 270 weeks ago +16 Vote up Vote down Guest · 270 weeks ago The hospital is operating in a climate of ever declining payments from Medicare and Medicaid. There are a large number of working poor without insurance; particularly, with the Legislature not expanding Medicaid. If there are issues with the hospital that are contributing to its financial problems; then, these need to be addressed. However, what does it do to Wellington’s future prospects if there is no hospital? Report Reply 0 replies · active 270 weeks ago -2 Vote up Vote down brutally honest · 270 weeks ago Why did we wait that long to file a UCC? A good decision yes, but should have been done long ago. Now the council needs to play banker and get aggressive with the collection aspects of monies owed. And please look at the overtime from the fire department. I watched a firefighter drive one of the city paid trucks all over town and waste gas. Then he left the truck running in front of his house while he ran inside for over ten minutes. All personal use. Great use of funds! Report Reply 1 reply · active 270 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down M.L.Cody · 270 weeks ago Here we go, the city getting into it deeper and deeper is this going to be another excuse to let them have more money. Report Reply 0 replies · active 270 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down Reality Check · 270 weeks ago City placing lien on hospital = Father charging 10-year-old rent. Report Reply 0 replies · active 270 weeks ago -5 Vote up Vote down yodo497 · 270 weeks ago same way at the county, they shouldn’t be able to drive county trucks home. then when you see the county or city workers, only one working and 3 standing around watching. They need to get a grip on things, its terrible to see this as a tax payer. Report Reply 0 replies · active 270 weeks ago +9 Vote up Vote down concerned citizen · 270 weeks ago well lets see, we pay the CEO a LARGE amount of money to “run” the hospital, but yet its struggling. we pay a dr to come in from a different city, when we have capable ones that wouldn’t have to be paid as much. we pay a large amount of money to him. we pay a surgeon a large salary how many surgeries is he even doing? how many extra jobs there need to be cut? I heard they are behind on many other bills as well. robbing peter to pay paul. when is enough enough? I do have a question though, is this not a city owned property? if so how does the city owe the city? I see many faults with the city, with the hospital, with the people that are involved in spending this money, and making this money. does mr Hernandez need to make the kind of salary he does? ask the hospital staff how often they see him? what changes are happening if any? I just hear excuse after excuse with him. someone please step in and do something. make this hospital into a residential home, immediate care, cancer center. it can be utilized more than it is now. Report Reply 2 replies · active 270 weeks ago +7 Vote up Vote down brutally honest · 270 weeks ago My experiences with UCC’s make me think the city doubts it will get repaid so if things are forced to be liquidated it puts the city in a position to be paid out of proceeds. Cut your losses with the hospital. Report Reply 0 replies · active 270 weeks ago +5 Vote up Vote down JustMe · 270 weeks ago Have we heard, exactly, how much is owed by the hospital? Report Reply 1 reply · active 270 weeks ago 12Next » Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. 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School for Africa’s future leaders

first_imgThe African Leadership Academy aims to identify and nurture tomorrow’s leaders. (Image: African Leadership Academy) Fred Swaniker, left, from Ghana, and American Chris Bradford, the co-founders of the African Leadership Academy. (Image: Echoing Green)Janine ErasmusAn elite new high school about to open near Johannesburg is to groom a remarkable group of youngsters from across Africa to be the continent’s future leaders, with a strong emphasis on understanding African issues.The non-profit African Leadership Academy (ALA), situated in Honeydew, opens its doors on 3 September 2008. With a stringent admissions policy, the school will offer an education focused on leadership development and entrepreneurial training from a strongly African perspective.The academy selects its students solely on merit, looking for youngsters from 16 to 19 years old with the potential to rise to the top of their chosen careers. Out of 1 700 applicants from students in 36 African countries, 106 were selected for the two-year programme – an admission rate of 6.2%.“The number of applicants exceeded our expectations,” says ALA co-founder and COO Chris Bradford. “This clearly showed us that there is a great need for a school like this in Africa.” By comparison, Harvard has an admission rate of 7.1% and Stanford 9.5%.The school has 53 girls and 53 boys from 27 African countries, from Morocco to South Africa, as well as from Germany and the US. The group includes 13 South Africans, 12 Kenyans, nine students from Nigeria, eight each from Senegal and Tanzania, and six from Morocco.“We believe that Africa’s future lies in the quality of the leaders of tomorrow,” Bradford says. “By combining their academic knowledge with contextual knowledge of Africa and the skills they gain through community service projects, our graduates will be superbly equipped to put their ideas into practice.”The inaugural group of students were strictly selected according to ALA’s merit-based criteria: academic achievement, leadership potential, entrepreneurial spirit, passion for Africa, and commitment to service. Some are from wealthy families, others refugees from troubled regions or for various reasons have been unable to complete their schooling. Many have won recognition through academic achievement, or have demonstrated fierce entrepreneurial spirit. All possess the qualities of a leader.Teachers were selected according to even more rigorous standards. Of the hundreds who applied, a mere 2% were selected. ALA now boasts 20 teachers from top schools around the globe, headed by Dean Christopher Khaemba, formerly principal of Alliance Boys’ High School in Kikuyu, Nairobi – the school that consistently performs best in Kenya’s secondary school exams.Only 10% of the initial intake can afford the US$20 000 (R155 000) tuition fee; the remaining 90% are attending on scholarships although, says Bradford, they are asked to make a contribution, however small, according to their means.ALA’s unique method of teaching is based on discussion groups, much like the Socratic method, to stimulate thinking and unlock creativity. “Our teachers will challenge their students,” says Bradford, “and the students themselves can learn a great deal from each other as they share their personal perspectives on different issues.”Built on experienceALA’s founding team comprises Ghanaian Fred Swaniker, American Chris Bradford, German Peter Mombaur and Cameroonian Acha Leke.CEO Swaniker, just 31 years old, comes from a family of educators. Having lived and worked in a number of African countries, he was continually struck by the continent’s need for ethical leadership. He played an important role in the launch of Mount Pleasant English Medium School, one of Botswana’s top private elementary schools. He is also a founder of Global Leadership Adventures, a programme for high-school students that gives them the chance to serve in communities in other countries.A graduate of the Stanford University Graduate School of Business, Swaniker also completed a BA in economics at Macalester College in Minnesota, US.Bradford is a teacher with a BA from Yale University, an MA in Education Administration from Stanford University, and an MBA from Stanford University. He taught for two years at Oundle School in the UK, in classes filled with students from all over the world, including Africa.Non-executive founders Peter Mombaur and Acha Leke bring with them a wealth of experience in management and investment consulting, telecommunications and engineering.Leading Africa towards a prosperous futureThe ALA experience does not end at graduation, says Bradford, but aims to support former students throughout their lives, playing an integral role in the formation of a powerful network of African leaders who will be able to turn to their peers for mentoring, career advice, and business opportunities.One is sixteen-year-old Miranda Nyathi from Port Elizabeth, South Africa, who took on the role of her class’s maths teacher after the regular teacher failed to show up during the weeks-long teachers’ strike in 2007. After ALA she plans to work to place effective teachers in schools across the continent.William Kamkwamba, 20, from Malawi, dropped out of school at 14 because of financial constraints but taught himself the principles of energy from two library books, and built a windmill that supplies his home with electricity. His ambition is to set up a windmill company to help people all over Africa.Kenyan student Tabitha Tongoi, 17, established an educational project to help supply much-needed textbooks to her school in Nairobi. So far she has facilitated the donation of more than 3 000 books. She plans to become a human rights lawyer.Zimbabwean Belinda Munemo, 17, built up an agricultural business that included egg-laying and a vegetable garden to create sustainable income for an orphaned family, teaching the eldest child to manage the income. She wants to open a network of hospitals that will focus on research and treatment for cancer and Aids.These and other remarkable youngsters will use their knowledge and experience to work in communities around the ALA campus, gaining practical experience that they will take with them out into the world. As part of their curriculum each student is required to complete a service project before graduation.The ALA plans to share its vision and resources beyond its physical boundaries through a series of open lectures, free training seminars that will equip teachers from other schools with innovative teaching methods, and school holiday camps to develop leadership and entrepreneurial skills in younger pupils.ALA supportersALA has been a work in progress since 2003, when Swaniker became inspired to address the issue of leadership.“We want to move the continent forward,” says Swaniker, “and so we look for teachers and students who have that abiding passion for Africa. There are so many opportunities across the continent, but the barrier to peace and prosperity has always been leadership. And we need to inculcate these values while our students are still young – Richard Branson was 16 when he began his business career; Bill Gates started Microsoft at 19.”The school currently occupies a tranquil 20 acres of land once used by a printing plant and training school. Most facilities were already in place, including an auditorium, except for the two science labs which have just been completed.“We couldn’t have reached this stage without the help of the national Department of Home Affairs,” says Director of Operations Anabel Argyle. “They assisted us with a lot of the paperwork, especially where there were major problems. Many of our pupils don’t come from well-off families and therefore have no passport because they don’t travel with their parents. Some have illiterate parents and didn’t even have birth certificates or identity documents. Fortunately Home Affairs was sympathetic to our cause and waived certain conditions or gave us extensions on others.”The national and provincial education departments have also been tremendously helpful, says Swaniker, as have major businesses such as Absa, Cisco, the Industrial Development Corporation, and Kenya Airways, which is keen to become the official ALA carrier. “They have the widest footprint of all the African airlines we studied,” he says.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Janine Erasmus at [email protected] storiesEducation in South AfricaUseful linksAfrican Leadership AcademyGlobal Leadership AdventuresWilliam Kamkwamba on AfrigadgetAfrican Leadership FoundationIndustrial Development CorporationDepartment of Educationlast_img read more

Smart ID printers named after heroines

first_img31 July 2013 President Jacob Zuma has named the Government Printing Works machines that will print South Africa’s new smart ID cards after the four women who led the 1956 Women’s March to the Union Buildings in protest against apartheid’s pass laws. Speaking at the Government Printing Works in Pretoria after receiving his new smart ID card on Tuesday, Zuma said the women of today can learn from the women of 1956. “We are thus truly pleased that this Government Printing Works now houses important equipment named after our heroines and leaders – Sophie de Bruyn, Lillian Ngoyi, Helen Joseph and Rahima Moosa.” During Women’s Month, starting on Thursday, South Africans would be “remembering the march on the Union Buildings by more than 20 000 women, who were tired of the pass laws and the impact they had on their lives,” Zuma said. “The pass laws dictated where people should live, where they should work, where their children could go to school, based on the colour of their skin. Carrying a pass then was an insult and an affront to the dignity of our people.”Roll-out over a number of years The Department of Home Affairs says the roll-out of the smart ID cards is likely to take a number of years. The department’s offices are currently being fitted with the technology necessary to process the cards. By the end of the year, the department wants to have 70 offices available to the public to receive applications for the smart IDs. Containing microchips embedded with biometric data unique to each individual, and with the information laser-engraved on the chip to prevent tampering, the new IDs will be near impossible to forge, according to Home Affairs. Besides cutting down on identity theft and fraud, the smart IDs will speed up the process of establishing a modern, reliable population register. People will also be able to use them to vote, starting with next year’s elections. The cost of the new IDs will be the same as the amount paid for the green bar-coded IDs, which currently cost R140. IDs are free for first-time applicants. Earlier this month, former presidents Nelson Mandela, Thabo Mbeki and FW de Klerk also received their new IDs. Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe, former Speaker of Parliament Frene Ginwala, struggle stalwart Andrew Mlangeni and Sophie de Bruyn – one of the leaders of the 1956 march – also received their smart cards on Mandela’s birthday on 18 July, along with a number of people over 100 years old. Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

Chris Froome denies taking excessive level of asthma medication, says truth will come out

first_imgChris Froome, four-time Tour de France winner, denied allegations of a failed drug test and said “at the end of the day the truth will be told.”Froome was found to have excessive levels of asthma medication drug Salbutamol in his urine test that he gave during Vuelta a Espana in September.Cycling’s governing body, the UCI, said on Wednesday that Froome had double the amount of the legal athma drug in his urine sample.”I understand this comes as a big shock to people,” Froome told the BBC in an interview. “I certainly haven’t broken any rules here. I haven’t taken more than the permissible amount and I am sure at the end of the day the truth will be told.”Team Sky rider Froome, 32, risks missing next year’s Tour de France and could lose his Vuelta crown unless he can provide a satisfactory explanation for the failed test during the Spanish race.”I can understand a lot of people’s reactions, especially given the history of the sport. But this is a very different case. This is not a positive test,” Froome said.”As it stands the UCI have asked me for more information regarding my use of Salbutamol, which is a very common medicine used in treating asthma.”I have been only too happy to help the UCI fill in the blanks and give all that information up to try and get to the bottom of what has happened.”Asked whether he felt his legacy had been permanently tainted, Froome said: “No.”advertisementHe added that he had shared “everything he had” regarding his use of the drug with cycling’s governing body.”I have been a professional cyclist now, treating my symptoms and racing with asthma, for 10 years,” Froome said.”I know what those rules are, I know what those limits are and I have never been over those limits.”I have got a very clear routine when I use my inhaler and how many times. I have given all that information to the UCI to help get to the bottom of it.”Froome, this year, became the first British rider to win the Vuelta a Espana and is already a Tour de France legend, having won four title there.Froome is now one title behind Belgian Eddy Merckx, Spain’s Miguel Indurain and French duo Jacques Anquetil and Bernard Hinault.He is the first to win three consecutive titles since Indurain, who prevailed from 1991-95. The disgraced Lance Armstrong’s seven titles since then have been erased from the record book.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

UK’s Tony Barbee Blocking Auburn Fans On Twitter Who Remind Him That He Never Won An SEC Tournament Game

first_imgTony Barbee blocking Auburn fans on Twitter.Former Auburn coach Tony Barbee, now an assistant with Kentucky, never won an SEC Tournament game in his four years on campus. Barbee’s Tigers also never won more than six conference contests in a season. Apparently, with Auburn winning its first two games of the 2015 SEC Tournament under new coach Bruce Pearl, a few Tigers fans are poking a bit of fun at him on Twitter. Barbee’s response? He’s blocking them. Via Fansided:Just like he blocked us from being good at basketball, am I right?! pic.twitter.com/5FG31gVoyQ— Drunk Aubie (@DrunkAubie) March 12, 2015Nice! pic.twitter.com/DJw1hFw5j0— Kris Colvin (@kmcolvin10) March 12, 2015Tony Barbee clearly doesn’t appreciate my reminiscing about our time together. #WarEagle pic.twitter.com/9HRgb7zoHV— Carter Michaels (@TheRealCMike) March 12, 2015″@captaindeas: @Clintau24 @VarnerBeast14 Someone isn’t happy with me… pic.twitter.com/FJeCAzmF63″About time! Welcome!— Clint Richardson® (@Clintau24) March 12, 2015Tony Barbee blocked me too guys! Lol— AUHoopsBlog (@AUHoopsBlog) March 12, 2015Apparently the C&M account is blocked by Tony Barbee. I consider that awesome.— College & Magnolia (@CollegeAndMag) March 12, 2015Friday, after Kentucky’s win over Florida, the school reportedly did not make Barbee available to the media. It’s a strange move that’s been criticized by many. Tony Barbee was unavailable in Kentucky’s locker room. Only applies to players at UK.— James Crepea (@JamesCrepea) March 13, 2015Despite the SEC policy being for “all coaches and student-athletes” to be available for interviews at the SEC Tourney, UK feels otherwise— James Crepea (@JamesCrepea) March 13, 2015Ironically, if Auburn can knock off LSU later today, the Tigers will get the Wildcats in the next round.last_img read more