PODCAST: Understanding the Black Holes in Container Terminals

first_imgBy Gavin van Marle 01/11/2016 With the considerable supply chain disruptions that have taken place in the container industry over the past couple of years, it has become increasingly apparent that shippers and forwarders need to understand the “black hole” that is container terminals.In this week’s Loadstar Podcast, we talk to Paul Avery, managing editor of WorldCargo News, a leading commentator on the causes of and solutions to port congestion. Mr Avery explains how terminals arrange their stacks and why it can be so difficult to find particular boxes; and argues that a new commercial arrangement directly between terminals and forwarders and shippers might be to the benefit of everyone.last_img

News / Supply chains need more resilience, but shippers in no rush to re-evaluate

first_imgSome manufacturers appear to have taken this thinking to heart.A report last month, Accelerating Trends: Assessing the Supply Chain in a Post-pandemic World by law firm Foley & Lardner, found that nearly three-quarters of manufacturers were envisaging a change of direction that lowers the emphasis on low cost and lean inventory. Of some 150 respondents, 70% said they expected such a shift and 62% signalled that the focus on JIT models would also be on the wane.However, logistics professionals hear a somewhat different tune from their clients. Bob Imbriani, senior VP international at forwarder Team Worldwide, reported that his company had not had a lot of discussions with importers or exporters on rejigging supply chains, or changing routings to bolster resilience.For the most part, he says, Team’s customers have their hands full with the day-to-day management of their traffic, adding:  “Shippers are very much focused on the here and now, on the immediate movement of cargo.”And Albert Saphir, principal of ABS Consulting, has not encountered much desire among his clients to discuss how to make their supply chains more resilient. Nor does he see the focus on cost being superseded by heightened attention to supply chain risk. Nevertheless, both he and Mr Imbriani expect to see some movement in the near future.“I don’t see a real sense of urgency today, but some companies are looking ahead,” said Mr Imbriani. “Everyone realises that supply chain reliability is extremely important.”Diversification of suppliers and sourcing locations, which is central to this trend, has already been going on, notably in the geographical arena with the migration of production out of China. Electronics manufacturers have been doing this to a degree, but the momentum should pick up as companies look to do more of this, Mr Saphir said.Among those clients that are looking ahead, Team has registered growing interest in near-shoring. The US and Canada figure in some of these considerations, but Mexico and Central America appear to be getting a lot of traction.“There has been a shift to Central American countries, for example, Costa Rica. Companies have started moving operations there,” Mr Imbriani reported.These deliberations are not only fuelled by concerns over supply chain vulnerability. US trade policies and the rising cost of sourcing from China have also been factors, according to Mr Imbriani.Still, the worries about supply chains are mounting – not only in terms of disruptive events, but also in broader terms of securing sufficient capacity.“There is a continued concern,” Mr Imbriani noted. The rebound in airline passenger numbers has been less robust than anticipated, so the lack of bellyhold capacity stands to last for some time to come, and “people are concerned about that”, he said.Moreover, rapid growth in e-commerce threatens to absorb a large chunk of available airfreight capacity, raising further questions for shippers on whether there will be sufficient lift available for them – and at what prices, he added.The last point has some bearing on the balancing act between cost and supply chain resilience. Mr Imbriani pointed out that the initial cost advantage of offshore production in China had already eroded to some extent. Rising transport costs can go some way further to levelling the gap with the production costs of near-shoring.“There may not be such a big difference in a shift,” he said. “It really comes down to total landed cost. Some costs have gone up 20%, 30%, 40% in the past few years. The Covid-19 pandemic has been widely described as a wake-up call for shippers and consignees to re-evaluate supply chains exposed as vulnerable.The disruption has put supply chain risk in the spotlight, reinforcing concerns raised by earlier cataclysmic events, like severe flooding in Japan and Thailand.Among voices extolling the need for more resilience – even at the cost of higher spend on production – has been the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP).The organisation’s State of Logistics report in June said: “The pendulum that once swung toward ultra-efficient, single-source, just-in-time and heavily cost-focused supply chains will swing back in favour of flexibility and reserve capacity to cope with uncertainty and risk.” By Ian Putzger, Americas correspondent 07/12/2020center_img © Bakhtiar Zein | Dreamstime.comlast_img read more

Chinese leaders order probe over vaccine scandal

first_img “Defective vaccines are like child abuse and trafficking — it touches on the most sensitive, vulnerable part of the public’s hearts,” wrote Xi Po, a columnist for The Paper, a popular online news outlet backed by the Shanghai government. “But unlike in cases of child abuse, the vaccine scandals involve layers and layers of broken regulators and interest groups.”advertisement Leave this field empty if you’re human: Government censors have employed a relatively light touch, allowing online news outlets like The Paper and Caixin to pursue the story while giving internet users some space to vent their frustration. By Monday afternoon, the hashtag “Changchun Changsheng makes fake vaccines” had garnered more than 100 million views on Weibo.The company’s phone lines were busy for several hours on Monday and executives could not be reached for comment.Yang Yuze, another writer at The Paper, bluntly questioned whether national policies to prop up pharmaceutical companies were “opening the door” to corruption.“The main problem is insufficient regulation, missing regulation, powerless regulation,” Yang wrote. “It’s easy to see how (lax regulation of the vaccine industry) are fig leafs and excuses for the transaction of money and power.”— Gerry Shih, with reporting from Joe McDonald Please enter a valid email address. Privacy Policy Associated Press By Associated Press July 23, 2018 Reprints There were no reports of injuries due to the rabies vaccine, but the disclosure has ricocheted around social media, touching a raw nerve for Chinese parents. Two years ago, a similar scandal erupted after police broke up a criminal ring that had sold millions of faulty baby vaccines — but did not disclose the case for months.Regulators announced last week that Changchun Changsheng, China’s second-largest rabies vaccine manufacturer, was ordered to stop production and recall its rabies vaccine. Days later, provincial authorities in northeast China announced that batches of DPT, or diphtheria-pertussis-tetanus, vaccine were found to be defective. More than 250,000 doses of the DPT vaccine had been sold, China’s state broadcaster reported.Public anger ratcheted up swiftly over the weekend following a report by an anonymous author disclosing that regulators found production problems at Changchun Changsheng as early as November but did not publicize their findings or announce a recall until July. The post was widely shared and was censored by Sunday even as Chinese leaders launched a public relations response.In his statement, Li acknowledged the government’s lapse and pledged to punish offenders and regulators found in “dereliction of duty.” State media chimed in, with the China Daily urging the government to handle the matter in a “transparent manner,” while the Communist Party-owned Global Times called on authorities to “follow up on people’s security demands, and supervise and regulate more effectively.” Carolyn Kaster/AP Comparing the Covid-19 vaccines developed by Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson center_img Li’s remarks were aimed at assuaging Chinese parents who complain about worrying over fake food, milk and medicine in a society that seems to lack a “moral bottom line” — and also competent, uncorrupt regulators. About the Author Reprints Tags infectious diseaseVaccines Newsletters Sign up for Morning Rounds Your daily dose of news in health and medicine. HealthChinese leaders order probe over vaccine scandal Trending Now: BEIJING  — Chinese leaders are scrambling to shore up public confidence and oversight of the pharmaceutical industry after a rabies vaccine maker was found faking records, the latest in a slew of public health and safety scandals that have outraged Chinese parents.Premier Li Keqiang said in a statement Sunday that Changchun Changsheng Life Sciences Ltd., which is accused of fabricating production and inspection records, “violated a moral bottom line.” He pledged an immediate investigation of the company and to “resolutely crack down” on violations that endanger public safety.President Xi Jinping echoed those remarks, while police in Changchun, a city in northeastern China, announced that the company’s chief executive and four other executives had been placed under investigation.advertisementlast_img read more

BCSC imposes bans, fines in Bossteam fraud case

first_img The panel ordered $14 million fines against both Zhu and Zhang. Additionally, Bossteam and the couple were each ordered to disgorge the $14 million raised illegally. They were also permanently banned from securities markets. In August last year, the panel found that Zhu, Zhang, and Bossteam committed fraud, illegally distributed securities, and withheld information from BCSC investigators. See: Former fund rep committed fraud: BCSC “The respondents’ misconduct is at the most serious level. The respondents carried out large-scale fraudulent illegal distributions of securities of Bossteam to hundreds of investors for proceeds in excess of $14 million,” the panel stated in its sanctions decision. “They then attempted to conceal or withhold information from commission investigators and withheld information in response to an order for production. Zhu also gave false information to a commission investigator,” the panel added. The respondents sought shorter bans and smaller monetary sanctions in the case. Zhang should only be banned 10 years, they argued, and Zhu should only face five years, because she is less culpable than Zhang. In addition, they argued that the appropriate fines would be $275,000 for both Zhang and Bossteam, and $50,000 for Zhu. However, the panel sided with the BCSC staff. “Given the magnitude of the fraudulent illegal distributions they carried out through Bossteam in a few short months, their other contraventions of the Act and their continuing failure to acknowledge any wrongdoing, we consider it is appropriate to assess the administrative penalty for each of Zhu and Zhang in an amount approximately equal to the known amount raised. We order that each of them pay an administrative penalty of $14 million,” the panel stated. The perpetrators of an illegal distribution case have been hit with $56 million in fines and disgorgement, along with lifetime bans, the British Columbia Securities Commission (BCSC) announced on Monday. A BCSC panel has fined and ordered bans against Yan Zhu (also known as Rachel Zhu) and Guan Qiang Zhang, two former residents of Burnaby, B.C. The panel also fined and permanently cease-traded Bossteam E-Commerce, a company co-founded by Zhu and Zhang and used in the illegal distribution. Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Imposters among us, CSA warns James Langton center_img DoJ launches task force to tackle Covid-19 fraud Retail trading surge on regulators’ radar, Vingoe says Keywords FraudCompanies British Columbia Securities Commission Related newslast_img read more

European regulators report increase in consumer complaints

first_img In particular, ESMA says that the data indicates that complaints about investors’ charges are on the rise. It says, “…fees and charges are increasingly causing concern to retail investors, which is likely to be linked to their increased prominence in the current market environment of very low yields.” ESMA reports that order execution accounted for 31% of complaints, another 19% involved poor disclosure, and 15% were related to unauthorized businesses. Xomplaints relating to investment advice “have fallen markedly over recent years,” ESMA says. This may be due to measures taken both by various national regulators and the ESMA itself to address issues in this area, the regulators note. In terms of products, ESMA reports that fixed-income product complaints are on the rise. “One clear trend was an increase in the proportion of complaints relating to bonds and other debt securities,” it says. By product, 20% of complaints involved fixed-income securities, followed by equities at 17%, derivatives (such as options, futures and swaps) also accounted for 17% of total complaints, and 15% involved contracts for difference. Keywords ComplaintsCompanies European Securities and Markets Authority When does poor service become a regulatory issue for online brokerages? Related news Share this article and your comments with peers on social media IIROC drops expanded OBSI reporting proposalcenter_img Retail trading surge on regulators’ radar, Vingoe says The number of complaints regulators have received in the first half of 2016 by financial consumers has increased, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) announced on Friday. ESMA’s report reveals the number of complaints they received jump to more than 7,000 in the first half of 2016, compared with 5,152 for the same period in 2015. James Langton Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

Call Getting Stronger for Full Pardon for Marcus Garvey

first_imgCall Getting Stronger for Full Pardon for Marcus Garvey UncategorizedAugust 18, 2006 RelatedCall Getting Stronger for Full Pardon for Marcus Garvey FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail New York City Council member, Charles Barron (42nd CD, Brooklyn), on August 16 became the latest in a growing list of persons calling for a full pardon for National Hero, the Rt. Excellent Marcus Mosiah Garvey, from the US Government.Speaking from the floor of the New York City Council in Manhattan, Mr. Barron called on his colleagues to join Congressman Charles Rangel (D-Harlem), in his effort to have the President of the United States grant a posthumous pardon to Mr. Garvey.Mr. Barron said that the time had come for Mr. Garvey’s name to be cleared from a politically and racially motivated charge of one single count of mail fraud in l923.“In light of Marcus Garvey’s tireless advocacy on behalf of persons of African descent worldwide, and his significant contributions to the cultural awakening within the African-American community during the 20th Century, the Council of the City of New York calls on the United States Congress to pass House Concurrent Resolution 57, sponsored by Congressman Charles Rangel, which calls upon the President of the United States to grant a posthumous pardon to Marcus Garvey,” he said.He pointed out that pervasive discrimination of African Americans in the US during the early 1920s fueled severe racial tension and violence, making it easy at the time for certain elements of the United States government to harass and destroy social activists such as Marcus Garvey at the time.“Marcus Garvey – Jamaica’s first national hero – became the target of surveillance and harassment by law enforcement agencies, such as the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), which led to the infiltration of the Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA),” said Mr. Barron.“Garvey’s message of economic independence and pride in the collective culture and ancestry of African Americans inspired millions of people to rediscover their shared culture and history,” he said.Councilman Barron, who is running for a seat in the US Congress this year, said that because Marcus Garvey’s teachings and philosophies had inspired many influential Black leaders, it was enough reason for his colleagues in the City Council to support the Resolution.In February 2005, Congressman Charles Rangel introduced House Concurrent Resolution 57, calling on the President of the US to grant a posthumous pardon to Marcus Garvey.Accepting a proclamation from the New York City Council in recognition of his outstanding achievements and contribution to the community and to humanity, Dr. Julius W. Garvey, son of Marcus Garvey, told the audience that he was proud to be part of the heritage and proud to be carrying on the struggle of his father.“I accept this humbly. There’s no victory without struggle and the struggle never ends, but if you understand the nature of the struggle, then you are happy to be a part of the struggle,” Dr. Garvey said.Consul General of Jamaica, Dr. Basil K. Bryan who attended the City Hall session, said there was a need for building alliances to ensure that the heroes of the world are given their proper place.“Garvey was the inspiration for millions of people all over the world. The fruits that we enjoy today come directly from those who went before us. Thank you for keeping alive the memory of Garvey. There is still much left to be done,” Dr. Bryan said.Also on hand to support the resolution were: Caribbean Council members, Yvette D. Clarke, Kendal Stewart and Leroy Comrie; Paul Garvey, grandson of Marcus Garvey, and Leonard Frazer, former member of the UNIA.Just last week, Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller told a New York Carib News Editorial Board meeting, including Congressman Rangel, that her administration would become more active in the effort to clear the name of Marcus Garvey. RelatedCall Getting Stronger for Full Pardon for Marcus Garveycenter_img RelatedCall Getting Stronger for Full Pardon for Marcus Garvey Advertisementslast_img read more

Pilbara and Kimberley warned of increased mosquito-borne disease risk

first_imgPilbara and Kimberley warned of increased mosquito-borne disease risk The Department of Health is warning residents and travellers in the Pilbara and Kimberley regions to take additional precautions to avoid mosquito bites, following the first evidence of Murray Valley encephalitis (MVE) and Kunjin virus activity this season.While no human cases of MVE or Kunjin have been reported this year, evidence of virus activity has been detected through the Department of Health’s sentinel chicken surveillance program. The program is run in collaboration with local government and PathWest, to provide early warning of virus activity within the environment.Department of Health Managing Scientist, Dr Abbey Potter, said MVE and Kunjin viruses are transmitted to people through the bite of an infected mosquito.“There is currently no specific treatment or vaccine for either virus. The only effective way to prevent infection is to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes,” she said.“While the risk of being infected and becoming unwell is low, the resulting illness can be severe. In the case of MVE, infection can be fatal.”Initial symptoms of MVE include fever, drowsiness, headache, stiff neck, nausea and dizziness. People experiencing these symptoms should seek medical advice as soon as possible. In severe cases, people may experience seizures, lapse into a coma, be left with permanent brain damage or die.In young children, fever might be the only early sign of infection. Parents should see their doctor or local health service if concerned, particularly if their child experiences drowsiness, floppiness, irritability, poor feeding, or general distress.Dr Potter said symptoms of Kunjin virus disease are usually milder than MVE, but in rare cases, infection may result in headache, neck stiffness, fever and coma.Individuals do not need to change their travel plans. However, it is important that residents and travellers to the Pilbara and Kimberley regions take the following simple steps to avoid mosquito bites:avoid outdoor exposure, particularly at dawn and early eveningwear protective (long, loose-fitting, light-coloured) clothing when outdoorsapply an effective personal repellent containing diethyltoluamide (DEET) or picaridin evenly to all areas of exposed skin and always follow the label instructionsensure infants and children are adequately protected against mosquito bites, preferably with suitable clothing, shoes/socks, bed nets or other forms of insect screeningremove water holding containers from around the home and garden to ensure mosquitoes do not breed in your own backyarduse mosquito coils and mosquito lanterns and apply barrier sprays containing bifenthrin in patio and outdoor areas around housesensure insect screens are installed and in good condition on houses and caravansuse mosquito nets and mosquito-proof tents if sleeping outside. /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:Australia, children, Department of Health, disease, disease risk, environment, exposure, Government, headache, health, infection, Kunjin, mosquito, screening, surveillance, treatment, viruses, WA Health, Western Australialast_img read more

Minister pays tribute to Antarctic expeditioners

first_imgMinister pays tribute to Antarctic expeditioners The Hon Sussan Ley MPMinister for the EnvironmentMinister for the Environment Sussan Ley has paid tribute to Australia’s Antarctic expeditioners retuning safely after up to 535 days ‘on ice’ and a challenging homeward journey.Seventy-two expeditioners and 37 crew aboard the MPV Everest berthed in Fremantle this evening, having braved Southern Ocean swells and navigated around a major storm front, after an on-board fire and the loss of one of the vessel’s engines on its journey home.“In an era where people take Australia’s presence in the Antarctic almost for granted, this year has been a reminder of the challenges our dedicated men and women face and overcome in the name of scientific research,” Minister Ley said.“Even with the use of the most advanced ships and planes, the Antarctic is still a fierce environment and the Southern Ocean a constant test for any vessel.“Keeping our Australian Antarctic Division stations COVID-19 free has meant that some expeditioners from Davis and Mawson stations have been away from family and friends for 535 days.“When the first of them went south in late 2019, COVID was a foreign word. When Australia was in the first stages of experiencing lockdowns in 2020, I well remember the inspiration of those like Davis station leader Dave Knoff and his team whose social media messages about isolation strategies went viral, helping many people at home.“It is great to see everyone return safely. I thank them and their families for their dedication and resilience, and wish them a well-earned rest at home.” /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:Agriculture, Australia, Australian, Australian Antarctic Division, covid-19, environment, Everest, Family, Fremantle, Government, isolation, Minister, research, resilience, social media, southern, Southern Ocean, stormlast_img read more

Helping Seniors in Montérégie

first_imgHelping Seniors in Montérégie From: Agriculture and Agri-Food CanadaToday, the Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, and the Member of Parliament for Châteauguay-Lacolle, Brenda Shanahan held a roundtable meeting with many seniors groups from across the Montérégie to discuss Budget 2021: A Recovery Plan for Jobs, Growth, and Resilience and the Government of Canada’s proposed investment of $90 million over three years to launch the Age Well at Home initiative.Today, the Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, and the Member of Parliament for Châteauguay-Lacolle, Brenda Shanahan held a roundtable meeting with many seniors groups from across the Montérégie to discuss Budget 2021: A Recovery Plan for Jobs, Growth, and Resilience and the Government of Canada’s proposed investment of $90 million over three years to launch the Age Well at Home initiative.There are around 271,000 seniors aged 65 and over who live in the Montérégie. Seniors in the Montérégie and across Canada want to live independently for as long as possible, so they can stay in their homes and communities. The new Age Well at Home initiative would fund proven services by community groups that help seniors live at home.The Age Well at Home initiative will provide practical services such as matching seniors with volunteers who can help with meal preparations, home maintenance, daily errands, yard work, and transportation. It will help seniors access local services such as shoveling snow, cutting grass, preparing meals, picking up medicine, cleaning homes and taking care of other practical, non-medical tasks that they are no longer able to manage.The Age Well at Home initiative will support low-income and vulnerable seniors who are unable to draw on other sources of support, such as paid services or family and friends.Budget 2021 is a plan to bridge Canadians and Canadian businesses through the crisis and towards a robust recovery. It proposes a number of important new measures to support seniors.The Government of Canada is also proposing to provide a one-time payment of $500 payment in August 2021 to Old Age Security (OAS) pensioners who will be 75 or over as of June 2022. The government is then proposing to introduce legislation to increase regular OAS payments for pensioners 75 and over by 10 per cent on an ongoing basis as of July 2022. This would increase the benefits for approximately 3.3 million seniors in Montérégie and across Canada, providing additional benefits of $766 to full pensioners in the first year. As seniors age, their health and home care costs rise, all while they are more likely to be unable to work, have disabilities or be widowed. This proposed increase would strengthen Canadians’ financial security and peace of mind later in life. This would be the first permanent increase to the Old Age Security pension since 1973, other than adjustments due to inflation.The Government of Canada is also proposing to provide $3 billion over five years, starting in 2022-23, to Health Canada to support provinces and territories in ensuring standards for long-term care are applied and permanent changes are made. The federal government will work collaboratively with provinces and territorities, while respecting their jurisdiction over health care, including long-term care. This work would ensure seniors live in safe and dignified conditions.Canada entered the pandemic in a strong fiscal position. This allowed the government to take quick and decisive action, supporting people and businesses, and put it in the position to make historic investments in the recovery.Quotes“Over the course of their lives, our seniors have contributed so much to building our communities. We are here to listen and to make their lives better. Our recent federal budget outlines many landmark investments that would raise the quality of life for seniors in the Montérégie and across Canada. We are here to support the region’s seniors so that they can live in dignity and at home as long as possible”– The Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food“The COVID-19 pandemic has been hard on seniors and shown us the importance of providing ample community support to better their quality of life. The new Age Well at Home initiative would be a big boost to community groups who are helping seniors live happily, independently, and in dignity.”– Brenda Shanahan, Member of Parliament for Châteauguay-LacolleQuick factsAccording to Statistics Canada 2016 figures, there are 270,775 people 65 years of age and over in the Montérégie.Budget 2021 includes $101.4 billion over three years in proposed investments as part of the Government of Canada’s growth plan that will create good jobs and support a resilient and inclusive recovery. /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:Agriculture, Canada, community, federal budget, federal government, first year, Government, health, home care, inflation, Investment, legislation, parliament, resilience, Seniors, statisticslast_img read more

CU-Boulder and City of Boulder Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day with Jan. 19 Events

first_imgShare Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Published: Jan. 14, 2009 The University of Colorado at Boulder and the city of Boulder will host a celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day at the University Memorial Center on Monday, Jan. 19.The daylong schedule of events, titled “The Fierce Urgency of Now,” will feature workshops, children’s activities, a rally and march, as well as a keynote address by Associate Professor Polly McLean titled “Our Challenge and Our Opportunity.” McLean is on the faculty of the CU-Boulder School of Journalism and Mass Communication and is a leading authority on the history of African Americans in Boulder County.”Dr. King always spoke of our ‘inescapable network of mutuality,” said Sallye McKee, vice chancellor of diversity, equity and community engagement at CU-Boulder. “The 2009 celebration of his 80th birthday occurs at a special time in our national history that will forever remind us of how ‘We are indeed tied in a single garment of destiny.'”I commend our university staff, faculty and students who have partnered with citizens of Boulder to plan a celebration that honors ‘the fierce urgency of now’ as an imperative for our work ahead,” McKee said.The event also will feature music by hip-hop artist RadioActive, who has performed with activist/musician Michael Franti and Spearhead.”The Fierce Urgency of Now” is sponsored by CU-Boulder, the Boulder MLK Planning Committee and a host of other city and university groups.Major events of the day include:Welcome and Overview of Events9-9:30 a.m.UMC Glenn Miller BallroomHuman Rights Fair and Breakfast9:30-11:30 a.m.Glenn Miller BallroomChildren’s Activities9:30 a.m.-noonUMC 235Workshops9:30-11:10 a.m.(see Web site for descriptions and locations)Keynote: “Our Challenge and Our Opportunity”Professor Polly McLean11:30 a.m.- noonGlenn Miller BallroomRally and March12:30-2 p.m.UMC TerraceBirthday Cake, entertainment by RadioActive, and Closing Remarks2-3 p.m.Glenn Miller BallroomFor a complete list of events and descriptions of workshops visit www.colorado.edu/cu-diversity/cma/ and click on “Events.”last_img read more