Legislature releases audit of Alaska’s gasline corporation

first_imgAlaska’s Energy Desk | Economy | Energy & Mining | State GovernmentLegislature releases audit of Alaska’s gasline corporationJanuary 15, 2019 by Rashah McChesney, Alaska’s Energy Desk – Juneau Share:The Legislative Budget and Audit Committee met on Jan. 14 and released the results of an audit of the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation. Auditors found that, generally, the corporation’s spending follows the terms set on it by the Legislature.  (Photo by Skip Gray/360 North)The legislative committee tasked with auditing the state’s gasline corporation released the results of a two-year inspection on Monday.The Division of Legislative Audit was charged with determining how the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation spent nearly $480 million the Legislature has appropriated to it over the last eight years.Alaska’s gasline development corporation is a quasi-public state corporation tasked with developing a gasline. Currently, it oversees development of two potential projects: One is an in-state natural pipeline known as ASAP; the other is the $45 billion Alaska LNG project that would pipe natural gas from the North Slope to Cook Inlet for export to Asian markets.Auditors found that, generally, the corporation’s spending followed the conditions that the Legislature put on it. But there were a few issues.First, the corporation’s board is supposed to be notified of contracts worth between $1 million and $5 million. But there were nine times over the past two years that didn’t happen.And over the last four years, the board has seen operating budgets but hasn’t voted on or formally approved two of them.Auditors recommended fixes to those problems and made one other recommendation: that the board follow state law and establish a preference for Alaska veterans when soliciting contracts for goods and services.Share this story:last_img read more

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Uber bets on India growth with media deal

first_imgMonday 23 March 2015 9:30 pm whatsapp Uber bets on India growth with media deal Read This Next’A Quiet Place Part II’ Sets Pandemic Record in Debut WeekendFamily ProofHiking Gadgets: Amazon Deals Perfect For Your Next AdventureFamily ProofIndian Spiced Vegetable Nuggets: Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofAmazon roars for MGM’s lion, paying $8.45 billion for studio behind JamesFamily ProofBest Wine Gifts & Wine Accessories at Every PriceGayotCheese Crostini: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofHomemade Tomato Soup: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofChicken Bao: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofBaked Sesame Salmon: Recipes Worth CookingFamily Proof Tags: Uber whatsapp by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekForbesThese 10 Colleges Have Produced The Most Billionaire AlumniForbeszenherald.com20 Rules Genghis Khan’s Army Had To Live Byzenherald.comNoteableyKirstie Alley Is So Skinny Now And Looks Like A BarbieNoteableyMoguldom NationFather Of 2 Sues Los Angeles Hospital After Wife Dies During ChildbirthMoguldom NationMagellan TimesThis Is Why The Roy Rogers Museum Has Been Closed For GoodMagellan TimesWorldemandCanal Drained For First Time And They Find ThisWorldemandComedyAbandoned Submarines Floating Around the WorldComedycenter_img UBER has partnered with the publisher of the Times of India newspaper in a bid to shore up its position in the lucrative market – its largest outside the US.The tie up includes commercial arrangements for marketing and distribution through Times Internet, the digital arm of the Times of India Group, as the taxi startup faces regulatory battles in the country following rape allegations against an Uber driver in New Delhi.“Uber has a deep long-term commitment to the Indian market and a vision to create an innovative and entrepreneurial society by bringing transformational technology to more Indians from all walks of life,” the firm said.The partnership is similar to those it has in other regions, such as Baidu in China. Share Show Comments ▼ Express KCS last_img read more

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News / Addison Lee next ‘gig economy’ operator on Independent Workers’ Union radar

first_img The UK trade union that won an employment case against courier firm CitySprint and forced it to reclassify the employment status of a delivery rider from “independent contractor” to “worker” is set to challenge Addison Lee on driver status.In a case scheduled to be heard next week, Addison Lee driver Christopher Gascoigne, a member of the Independent Workers’ Union of Great Britain (IWGB), will argue that the company has been unlawfully classifying him as an independent contractor, instead of a worker, thus denying him holiday pay and sick pay, the right to the national minimum wage and protection against discrimination and unfair dismissal.“This case is also poignant given that Addison Lee cut their rates unilaterally last week, by 25p per job,” said Mags Dewhurst (pictured above), IWGB vice president and winning claimant in the landmark “gig economy” case, Dewhurst v CitySprint.“Christopher Gascoigne has worked for Addison Lee for over eight years, so justice is long overdue.”Addison Lee has cut its courier rates from £3.75 to £3.50 per delivery.The IWGB has already won two employment status cases – against CitySprint and Excel – while two other companies, eCourier and The Doctors’ Laboratory (TDL), voluntarily admitted prior to start of tribunals that they had unlawfully classified their couriers as independent contractors instead of workers.In the case of TDL, the IWGB has not dropped its claim and demands that the Central Employment Tribunal go further and determine that five couriers are in fact employees. The case will be heard 13-16 November.The IWGB is also waiting for a decision from the Central Arbitration Committee over the employment status and union recognition case it brought against food delivery company Deliveroo. By Gavin van Marle 21/07/2017last_img read more

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The entire human brain in ‘unprecedented’ detail, thanks to powerful MRI

first_img Senior Writer, Science and Discovery (1956-2021) Sharon covered science and discovery. In the LabThe entire human brain in ‘unprecedented’ detail, thanks to powerful MRI Photos and video by Brian L. Edlow, M.D. of Massachusetts General Hospital Sharon Begley In this video of a coronal view, the MRI reconstructs brain layers from the forehead to the back of the head. It didn’t hurt that the brain — from a 58-year-old woman who bequeathed it to science before her death from viral pneumonia three years ago — could stay in the MRI for 100 hours and was perfectly immobile.Detailed anatomy of the basal ganglia and midbrain (center) and cerebellum (left). The researchers, led by MGH’s Dr. Brian Edlow, described their work in a paper submitted to a journal, and while they await publication, they have shared the images, which were taken at four different angles. In this video showing sagittal views of the brain, the MRI captures layers from the left side to the right. In this axial reconstruction, the MRI sees ever-deeper layers of the brain, from top to bottom and back up again. Scientists are very careful about claiming that no one else has ever done something before — the last thing they need is some overlooked lab saying, um, right here! — but researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital are confident they’re on solid ground. Their high-resolution MRIs of a complete, intact human brain, they say, are “unprecedented.”Other labs have sliced up brains and seen features down to 80 or even 50 microns. (One micron is a 10,000th of a centimeter, and 75 of them is about the width of a human hair.) The MGH team got 100-micron resolution in a whole brain, producing the most detailed three-dimensional images of an intact brain ever seen.Detailed anatomy of brainstem structures, including (at far right) the inferior olivary nucleus, which coordinates movement. The scientists started with an MRI machine with a 7-tesla magnet, a significantly stronger magnetic field than the 0.5-to-3 teslas of most MRIs in clinical use, which optimized the signal-to-noise ratio. But they also built custom state-of-the-art software that, depending which physics parameters it directs the MRI to optimize, reveals particular features of the tissue, from tiny bleeds to swelling to white and gray matter.advertisement About the Author Reprints [email protected] By Sharon Begley Aug. 13, 2019 Reprints @sxbegle Tags Bostonneurologyneurosciencelast_img read more

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Long-serving midfielder Quigley calls time on 14-year Laois career

first_img News Facebook WhatsApp Facebook Pinterest TAGSBrendan QuigleyLaois senior footballersTimahoe Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleManager Critchley and forward Lowry hoping to reach first Sigerson Cup final for IT CarlowNext articleDeath occurs of much-loved Portarlington man Niall McElwaine Alan HartnettStradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016. Home Sport GAA Long-serving midfielder Quigley calls time on 14-year Laois career SportGAAGaelic FootballLaois Senior Football Team By Alan Hartnett – 22nd January 2020 WhatsApp Long-serving midfielder Quigley calls time on 14-year Laois career For the first time since 2006, Laois fans will not be treated to the high-fielding exploits of Brendan Quigley.The 34-year-old Timahoe native is not part of the Laois panel for the coming season for the first time in 14 years as he has retired from the inter-county game.Quigley confirmed the news to LaoisToday this morning and it brings to an end a glittering career in blue and white.He was midfield on the minor team that won the All-Ireland in 2003 and then Leinster in 2004.Quigley lifted Leinster U-21 titles in 2006 and 2007 and was also midfield on the side that lost the 2007 All-Ireland final to Cork.At senior level, the Timahoe man made his championship debut for Laois in 2006 against Carlow and has been more or less ever-present since.Quigley went on to make 43 championship appearances in all. Only six players over the past 20 years have appeared more often than him.He received an All-Star nomination in 2012 when Laois, under Justin McNulty, reached the All-Ireland quarter final where they lost 1-12 to 0-12 against Dublin.He spent one year away from Laois in 2014 when he emigrated to America for work and ended up captaining New York in the Connacht championship.He also spent a brief spell with Australian Rules club Brisbane Lions in 2005 having earlier impressed with the Ireland U-18 international rules side.Injury saw him miss virtually all of the 2018 season but he returned to the playing field towards the end of the league in 2019 and played a crucial role as Laois secured promotion to Division 2.He made his first appearance in Round 7 of Division 3 when he came off the bench to change the game as Laois went on to defeat Carlow and clinch promotion.Quigley’s last appearance for Laois came as a second half substitute in their Leinster semi final defeat against Meath.Quirke said: “Brendan Quigley has stepped away, and while he didn’t feature hugely for Laois last season, he’s another who has devoted huge time and effort over the years.“He always gave his best for the jersey and we wish him all the best in his retirement.”The Laois footballers begin their Division 2 league campaign away to Roscommon on Sunday at 2pm in Dr Hyde Park.Brendan QuigleyBrendan Quigley, Timahoe takes on John Donohue, Stradbally in the Sparrow Insurances Senior Football Championship at O’Moore Park.Picture: Alf Harvey.Andrew Collier, Kevin Meaney and Brendan Quigley at the Laois GAA Fight Night in the Portlaoise Heritage Hotel.Picture: Alf Harvey.Brendan Quigley with his son TommySEE ALSO – In Pictures: All glitz and glam at Rathdowney-Errill Dinner Dance Electric Picnic Twitter Pinterest Electric Picnic Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festival Bizarre situation as Ben Brennan breaks up Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael arrangement to take Graiguecullen-Portarlington vice-chair role Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival datelast_img read more

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Asset managers turning to digital media to engage investors, satisfy regulators

first_imgLaughing senior man using laptop computer at home nyul/123RF James Langton “Fund firms now operate in a climate in which regulators and investors are demanding greater transparency and clearer information, while active managers are under pressure to justify fees in the face of increasing competition from passive managers and non-traditional competitors,” it said.In this climate, asset managers are increasingly seeking to develop their brands too, Cerulli noted.“With the needs and demands of investors evolving and advances in digital technology opening new possibilities around communication and engagement, the need for firms to differentiate their brands has become more significant and challenging,” André Schnurrenberger, Cerulli’s managing director, Europe, said in a statement.“This has taken on an extra urgency as younger investors increasingly handle their own affairs through broker platforms and robo-advisors,” he added.To meet these demands, Cerulli said that filmed content and podcasts are increasingly popular, driven by investor preferences. Related news BMO asset management sale is on strategy: Moody’s Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Asset management companies are stepping up their use of digital media, such as video and podcasts, to engage directly with investors, according to a new report from research firm Cerulli Associates.Citing trends ranging from regulators’ growing demands for transparency to the need for more retail investor engagement, Cerulli reported that asset management firms are increasingly developing content to communicate directly with investors. U.S. action on climate benefits banks, asset managers: Moody’s Research finds that diversity in asset management pays off Keywords Asset management companies last_img read more

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Transport Ministry Partners with Miphone to Ease Traffic Congestion

first_imgRelatedTransport Ministry Partners with Miphone to Ease Traffic Congestion RelatedTransport Ministry Partners with Miphone to Ease Traffic Congestion Transport Ministry Partners with Miphone to Ease Traffic Congestion UncategorizedSeptember 5, 2006 RelatedTransport Ministry Partners with Miphone to Ease Traffic Congestioncenter_img Advertisements FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Yet another measure has been implemented by the Ministry of Housing, Transport, Water and Works to expedite the process of easing traffic congestion along major roads in the Corporate Area.Speaking to JIS News yesterday (September 4), at the National Works Agency (NWA) Command Centre at the Ministry’s head office on Maxfield Avenue, Minister of Housing, Transport, Water and Works, Robert Pickersgill announced that the Ministry was partnering with Centennial MiPhone to provide mobile telephony services to NWA personnel who are deployed on roads across the island. He said the system would enable NWA staff, “to have regular updates of the traffic situation at key locations, including the Mandela Highway and Caymanas Crossing, Ferry Police Station, Hydel Group of Schools, the Portmore toll booth as well as the intersection of Marcus Garvey Drive and East Avenue”. Regional Sales Director at MiPhone, Nathalie Norman, informed JIS News that the features of the phone system, called MiDirect, included ‘walkie talkie’, speaker phone with a “press and talk facility, similar to that of security radios, voice dialling, internet compatibility, three and a half hours talk time and 96 hours standby battery backup”.last_img read more

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Chain of Hope Sets up Jamaican Branch

first_imgChain of Hope Sets up Jamaican Branch UncategorizedFebruary 16, 2007 RelatedChain of Hope Sets up Jamaican Branch Advertisements RelatedChain of Hope Sets up Jamaican Branchcenter_img RelatedChain of Hope Sets up Jamaican Branch FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Chain of Hope Jamaica, a charity aimed at providing assistance to create a self-sustained paediatric cardiac programme on the island, was launched recently in London.Heart surgeon Dr. Roger Irvine, who volunteers his skills each week to treat children suffering from holes in the heart and other congenital problems, will head the local group, which was set up by the London-based medical charity Chain of Hope.“The aim is to provide assistance . to manage and treat all of the Jamaican children that require help,” said Chain of Hope’s Emma Scanlan.Since its inception in 1996, Chain of Hope has been sending volunteer medical teams to the island to treat children suffering from life-threatening heart diseases. The missions to the island are led by the charity’s President and Founder, Professor Sir Magdi Yacoub, who worked in Jamaica in the 1960s.During the first few years, the group worked out of the University Hospital of the West Indies and between 1997 and 2000, the charity joined forces with Dr. Irvine, who was trained by Professor Yacoub and Caribbean Heart Menders, to help create a cardiac centre at the Bustamante Hospital for Children. The charity provided cardiac equipment needed to establish two cardiac theatres and five intensive care beds valued at last_img read more

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Island Traffic Authority to Hold 4-Day Workshop

first_imgRelatedIsland Traffic Authority to Hold 4-Day Workshop FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The Island Traffic Authority (ITA) will be hosting a workshop to highlight the technological strides being made in driver and vehicle testing.Under the theme: ‘Charting New Frontiers in Driver and Vehicular Testing’, the four-day seminar/workshop, slated for the Shaw Park Beach Hotel and Spa in Ocho Rios, St. Ann from December 11-14, will also highlight plans to improve the organisation’s overall service offerings as it seeks to modernise its operations to meet world-class standards.“In keeping with our mission of ensuring that the nation’s roadways are safe, the ITA is embarking on an initiative to ensure customer satisfaction in all aspects of its operations. This will include more stringent enforcement of rules and regulations that pertain to the traffic environment,” said Director of the Island Traffic Authority, Paul Clemetson, while noting that the authority has partnered with the relevant stakeholders in the process.Mr. Clemetson informed that the seminar/workshop will set the platform to equip and empower staff and other stakeholders with the requisite knowledge and skills that will be needed to adapt to pending changes.These include the introduction of cutting edge equipment such as the dynamometer to measure the power or force of a motor vehicle engine. This device, complete with a computerized data acquisition system, will allow for speedy, accurate and efficient motor vehicle testing services.“We are living in a technological world and as such changes will enhance efficiency, accuracy, and effectiveness, and facilitate an overall safer traffic environment,” Mr. Clemetson stated.The workshop presenters, both local and international, will provide up-to-date information on vehicle registration and licensing, vehicle testing, testing of drivers for commercial licence, traffic signs, vehicle and weight enforcement, defensive driving, motor vehicle import policy, collision reconstruction, among others.International presenters will include Director of State Relations at the American Automobile Association, Justin McNaull.The Island Traffic Authority is a department of the Ministry of Transport and Works. Its core function is to administer the provisions of the Road Traffic Act and Regulations to ensure safety on the nation’s roads. RelatedIsland Traffic Authority to Hold 4-Day Workshop RelatedIsland Traffic Authority to Hold 4-Day Workshopcenter_img Island Traffic Authority to Hold 4-Day Workshop UncategorizedDecember 11, 2008 Advertisementslast_img read more

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Regulator launches campaign to help charity trustees be “certain in uncertain times”

first_imgRegulator launches campaign to help charity trustees be “certain in uncertain times” A suite of 5 visually engaging animated videos will launch across social media channels from today, each promoting one of the regulator’s 5-minute guides, which launched in November 2020. The guides provide simple, easy to understand information on all the governance basics trustees need to know.The campaign comes as part of the Commission’s commitment to helping busy trustees run their charities. In addition to being featured on the Commission’s social media channels, the messages will be targeted at trustees on LinkedIn, Facebook and Instagram to enable the messages to reach more trustees. Sector bodies will be sharing the campaign with their members and supporters.The regulator’s approach to the campaign is informed by research into trustees’ knowledge and awareness of their responsibilities, and into trustees’ wider attitudes.Paul Latham, Director of Communications and Policy at the Charity Commission, said:The past year has been incredibly tough for charities. The pandemic has meant they are facing unprecedented challenges and trustees are making very difficult decisions, often at pace. In these uncertain times, we want to help trustees feel more confident they are getting things right. This campaign is aimed at new and experienced trustees alike – all charities stand to gain from trustees who take active responsibility for acquiring and refreshing their knowledge of sound charity management.This campaign also signals an important shift at the Commission, in line with our strategy – we are committed to ensuring our materials are user-friendly, and straightforward for busy trustees to access and engage with. I hope as many trustees as possible see our materials, and take the time to refresh their knowledge.The campaign prompts trustees to consider their understanding of their key responsibilities by a posing question connected to each guide:Does every decision help your charity with its mission? (Charity purposes and rules guide)Could your charity be drifting into activities that your charity is not set up to do? (Making decisions at a charity guide)Is your charity reporting the right things at the right time? (What to send to the Charity Commission and how to get help guide)Could you spot a conflict of interest and manage it? (Addressing conflicts of interest in a charity guide)Is there more you can do to prevent fraud? (Managing charity finances guide) /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:campaign, charity, Commission, communications, conflict, conflict of interest, director, Facebook, Government, Instagram, Latham, launch, LinkedIn, Media, pandemic, research, social media, UK, UK Governmentlast_img read more

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