Hong Kong’s Rosewood eyes $400m SPAC listing amid flurry of deals in Asia

first_imgIf the SPAC deal is successful, it will join a recent flurry of SPAC IPO transactions in the continent with companies tempted by profitable returns once the SPACs merge with target firms. More From Our Partners Florida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.org980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.org by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeBrake For ItSay Goodbye: These Cars Will Be Discontinued In 2021Brake For ItMoneyWise.comMechanics Say You Should Avoid These Cars In 2021  MoneyWise.comLivestlyPlugs Have These Two Holes At The End, Here’s WhyLivestlyFactableAluminum Foil Uses You’ll Want to KnowFactableFungus EliminatorIf You Have Toenail Fungus Try This TonightFungus EliminatorDaily Funny40 Brilliant Life Hacks Nobody Told You AboutDaily FunnyIkaria BeautyYou Need To Do This If You Have Sunken Jowls (Just Once A Day – It’s Genius)Ikaria BeautyThe Legacy ReportMan Who Predicted 2020 Crash 45 Days Early Issues Next Major WarningThe Legacy ReportNational Injury BureauJury Finds Roundup Responsible For Lymphoma | Bayer To Pay $10 BillionNational Injury Bureau Millie Turner Hong Kong’s Rosewood eyes $400m SPAC listing amid flurry of deals in Asia Show Comments ▼ If the SPAC deal is successful, it will join a recent flurry of SPAC IPO transactions in the continent. Also Read: Hong Kong’s Rosewood eyes $400m SPAC listing amid flurry of deals in Asia If the SPAC deal is successful, it will join a recent flurry of SPAC IPO transactions in the continent. Monday 1 March 2021 11:18 amcenter_img Share whatsapp whatsapp Hong Kong-based luxury Rosewood Hotel group has filed for a special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) listing that could raise around $400m, two sources close to matter have disclosed. The luxury hotel group, with close familial ties to property developer New World Development (NWD) has recruited Credit Suisse and UBS to arrange the US SPAC listing, targeting the consumer sector. Tags: Hong Kong IPOslast_img read more

Why Alaska judges don’t make promises, raise campaign funds to retain their seat on the bench

first_imgCrime & Courts | Government | Politics | Southeast | State GovernmentWhy Alaska judges don’t make promises, raise campaign funds to retain their seat on the benchNovember 6, 2016 by Matt Miller, KTOO Share:Campaign sign for a judge in Lexington Park, Maryland (Creative Commons photo by Elvert Barnes)Did you ever wonder why you never see campaign signs for Alaska judges, like in other states?There are 33 judges on this year’s election ballot. Yet probably none of them are producing radio and television ads, putting fliers in the mail, or taking out ads in the newspaper promoting their credentials as a judge and asking to remain on the bench. And, for sure, Alaska judges never accept large campaign contributions from lawyers, lobbyists, and special interest groups.“It’s pretty obvious in other states where judges campaign, the main contributors to the campaigns are lawyers,” said Susanne DiPietro, the executive director of the Alaska Judicial Council.“At that point, when you would go to court, you wouldn’t know if the other person in court actually contributed to the campaign of that judge. That would be something to worry about. (The state of Alaska’s founders) wanted to avoid it,” DiPietro said. “They also wanted to avoid judges campaigning and being sort of pressed into making certain promises about how they might rule in a certain case. It’s totally inappropriate and not fair.”DiPietro said the code of conduct for Alaska judges prohibits them from campaigning unless they are attacked. Listen to the story about Alaska’s judicial retention process:Audio Playerhttps://media.ktoo.org/2016/11/04judge-l.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Former Alaska Supreme Court Justice Bud Carpeneti said members of the Constitutional Convention sixty years ago wanted to isolate judges from election politics.“Judges have to be primarily responsive to the law. They have to apply the law fairly,” Carpeneti said. “I think the founders wanted to get away from the notion that it would just be another political branch. Because, when you go into court, sometimes the unpopular side might be (the) side that has more legal merit and ought to win.”This collage of 2012 campaign yard signs for judges and other elected officials in upstate New York and western Vermont was featured in a blog hosted by North Country Public Radio. (Photo by Mark Kurtz/NCPR.)Carpeneti said Tom Stewart, a territorial legislator and secretary to the Constitutional Convention, traveled around the country to research how other states did things. He came back with something called the merit selection plan or the Missouri Plan.DiPietro said 38 states use merit selection to fill some or all of their judicial vacancies.A non-partisan panel would interview and thoroughly vet judicial applicants, and then hold public hearings. The Governor would essentially be the political component representing the people while making the final selection from a short-list of best-qualified nominees. During retention elections held later, voters have a direct say on whether they think each judge is still doing a good job.“So, the Council’s process really starts a whole year in advance,” DiPietro said.The Alaska Judicial Council is the non-partisan panel responsible for putting all judicial applicants and sitting judges through a fine-tooth comb.“The Council tries to determine how a judge performed in office, over their last term in office by surveying people who have appeared in front of that judge,” DiPietro said. “So, the idea is that the people who have been in the judge’s courtroom, read the judge’s decisions, those are the people who are going to give the Council the most up-to-date information about the judge’s performance.”The election pamphlet contains a brief biography of each judge up for retention. (Photo by Matt Miller/KTOO)DiPietro said the Alaska Judicial Council is recommending that all 33 judges on the ballot this year be retained.“It’s a lot more than usual and that’s just really a coincidence,” DiPietro said. “It’s almost half of the judges sitting in Alaska right now.”But voters won’t have to decide on each and every judge. They only have to consider the two Supreme Court justices, a Court of Appeals judge, and the Superior and District Court judges in their particular area or judicial district.The judges up for retention in the First Judicial District are:Superior Court Judge David George, who was a private attorney in Juneau and Sitka before he was appointed to the bench in Sitka in 2007.Superior Court Judge Philip Pallenberg, who was a public defender in Kodiak and Juneau and a private attorney before he was appointed to the bench in Juneau in 2007.Superior Court Judge Trevor Stephens, who worked as a public defender and a prosecutor before he was appointed to the bench in Ketchikan in 2000. Stephens, also the presiding judge for Southeast Alaska, frequently travels to hear cases in many smaller communities.District Court Judge Thomas Nave, who worked in the Public Defender Agency as an attorney and deputy director, and as a private attorney before being appointed to the bench in Juneau in 2010. He presides over the Therapeutic Court which helps defendants overcome their addictions.Survey results are printed in the election pamphlet. (Photo by Matt Miller/KTOO)Voters can check out those surveys, or what attorneys, peace officers, social service professionals, jurors and courthouse employees think of each judge in the election pamphlet that arrived in mailboxes recently. Judges are rated on legal ability, impartiality, integrity, temperament and diligence. You can also check out those surveys at knowyouralaskajudges.comCarpeneti, who served as a judge and justice for a total of 31 years, came up for a retention vote several times.“It’s a little bit of a scary process because during the course of a judge’s term – let’s say a trial judge on the Superior Court, that’s a 6 year term – you’re going to make thousands of decisions. In every one of those cases, pretty much someone will have won and someone will have lost,” Carpeneti said. “So, there’s the potential for thousands of individuals or corporations or whoever the litigants are to be upset with your ruling.”Campaign sign for a judge in Mount Pocono, Pennsylvania (Creative Commons photo by MTSOfan)Once a special interest group begins campaigning against retention of a particular judge – such as what’s happening with two Alaska Supreme Court justices on the ballot this year – then that judge can mount a defensive campaign.“Even there, it’s a little bit difficult because a judge has to keep a little bit removed from the operation of the campaign with the understanding that if the judge is retained, he or she is going to going to have to make decisions in the future,” Carpeneti said. “So, there is definitely some distance between the judge and the people that do the organizing on his or her behalf.”DiPietro recommends that voters consider each judge’s performance and body of work and not whether they agree and disagree with the outcome of a single case.And, here are a few fun facts: remember Tom Stewart, who did all that research for the framers of the constitution? He later became a Superior Court judge in Juneau himself. He served until he retired in 1981, and was succeeded on the bench by Bud Carpeneti.Share this story:last_img read more

Curtain Call: Opera Don’t Mean A Thing If It Ain’t Got…

first_imgTheaterUncategorizedCurtain Call: Opera Don’t Mean A Thing If It Ain’t Got That SwingThe Long Beach Opera puts Duke Ellington into its out-of-bounds seasonBy Craig Byrd – January 29, 2014487ShareEmailFacebookTwitterPinterestReddItIf purists bristle at the notion that George Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess is an opera, imagine what they’ll say when they discover that Long Beach Opera is presenting Queenie Pie, “Duke Ellington’s only opera.” If Andreas Mitsek, the company’s artistic director and general manager, has any concerns he hides them well.Queenie Pie was inspired by the story of Madam C.J. Walker who became the first female African-American self-made millionaire thanks to her line of hair and beauty products. “I do so much in my search for unusual work. One road leads to another and suddenly I’m in a territory I never though I’d enter,” Mitsek says during an early rehearsal. “I was surprised that Ellington had written an opera. I was intrigued because we all know Duke Ellington but we are very little aware of what he did for the stage.”According to Mitsek, the origins of Queenie Pie go back to the 1930s. “Ellington was thinking about writing Queenie Pie from the mid-’30s on. In the mid-’40s there was a press release where it was written that the Duke was going to write an American opera.  It wasn’t until 1970 when [he] got a commission from a New York public television station to write a television opera that he really got to work. He called it ‘opera buffa,’ which is comic opera, and also called it a street opera. It was left unfinished when he died in 1974.”Is this like Mozart’s Requiem, a piece that was finished by others from the master’s notes and sketches? Mitsek explains, “The storyline and ideas for how it would continue existed. There have been different versions performed since the ’80s. Duke’s son, Mercer, created productions and then nothing. Oakland Opera Theatre did a production in 2009, I believe. There was a production in Austin. We took these two and added some music and some songs and created our own version. We made the storyline much better by making it more cohesive in terms of the ending.  t’s almost like creating something for the first time. It exists but you have to shape it to make it complete.”Is Queenie Pie ultimately an opera or a musical? “I don’t distinguish between opera and musical,” says Mitsek. “I’d rather put things outside the box rather than inside the box. I think it is theater with music. I think Queenie Pie is maybe not in the form of opera as we would experience it from Verdi, but it is telling a great story with great music.”That sort of thinking, Mitsek believes, may put them a step ahead of other opera companies. “I think certainly we do a lot that’s on the pulse of the time. We did Nixon in China then the Metropolitan Opera did it a year later. Our other production [this season], The Death of Klinghoffer, the Met is doing that. There is no reason for us to attempt what Los Angeles Opera does so greatly. Our niche is completely different. We are more mobile; we can provide intimate experiences and take different journeys.”In February Queenie Pie will be performed at Chicago Opera Theatre where Mitsek is also general director. “These two companies are watched and reviewed. What we do gets a lot of attention from other people. I’ve seen a couple pieces we’ve done before being picked up. And finally Duke gets his wish and his stage work gets attention. He had to wait a long time for the Pulitzer. He probably is very patient.” TAGSCurtain CallDuke EllingtonL.A CultureLong Beach OperaQueenie PieTheaterPrevious articleMichael B. JordanNext articleScopa Italian RootsCraig Byrd RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORPhilip Glass in a Parking Lot? Long Beach Opera Is Taking the Form to Surprising New PlacesA SoCal College Professor Just Won a Pulitzer for His Groundbreaking Opera about the Central Park FiveThe Holiday Season Officially Starts with These L.A. Tree Lighting Eventslast_img read more

Gilead hep C drug prices blamed for England’s health service rationing treatment

first_img Related: The NHS later tried to completely block coverage for Harvoni, Gilead’s follow-up to Sovaldi, as well as two rival medicines, by questioning the level of evidence for using the new treatments, the BMJ reported. But after NICE recommended the drugs, the NHS then rationed the medicines. The move angered many physicians and patient groups, which disputed the agency’s rationale, according to the medical journal.“The case shows how high prices for high prevalence diseases places huge stress on health systems and reveals the limitations of conventional cost effectiveness analysis,” the BMJ wrote.advertisement [email protected] Eric Risberg/AP Gilead pricing for Sovaldi hepatitis C drug slammed by senators Hepatitis C drugs remain unaffordable in many countries, says WHO study [UPDATE: A day later, an NHS spokesman wrote us this: “These claims are both inaccurate and naive. Actually what the NHS has done is invest an extra $265 million in hHep C treatments last year and again this year, making it the single biggest new treatment investment in years. With that we’ve treated high risk patients, and like many other countries are now working through the backlog of non-urgent patients.“It is utterly naive to pretend that the NHS could instead somehow have ‘magicked up’ several billion pounds in one year, for this one condition, without that meaning damaging cuts in other critical services such as mental health, cancer or primary care. That’s not a failure of planning; that’s just the reality of the financial circumstances facing us.” He added that, as rival drugs reduce prices, NHS expects to expand treatment.]The medical journal noted that the NHS exaggerated the number of patients who might seek treatment as a scare tactic. A study commissioned by the NHS suggested that if $400 million were diverted from its existing budget to pay for the hepatitis drugs, 1,542 lives would be lost because money would not be available to help other patients with other illnesses. Spending $925 million would cause 3,598 deaths.The episode illustrates how the high cost of the Gilead medicines was capable of wreaking havoc, according to the BMJ. Launched in early 2014, Sovaldi had a list price of $84,000 for a 12-week regimen, or a $1,000 a pill, before rebates, and doctors quickly prescribed the drug thanks to a cure rate exceeding 90 percent. About a year later, Gilead introduced Harvoni at a list price of $94,500.Gilead has regularly maintained that the high cure rates will eventually lead to lower health care costs by reducing the need for hospitalizations and other treatments for liver cancer and liver transplants. The NICE recommendations acknowledged such calculations. But such savings are only recognized later and, meanwhile, a growing number of payers in various countries complained the drugs were budget busters.In the US, some state Medicaid programs and private health insurers began restricting access to the medicines, which prompted a warning from federal officials and successful lawsuits from consumers. Gilead, you may recall, has been harshly criticized for its pricing practices; a US Senate Finance Committee report late last year found the company placed profits over patients in establishing prices. Related: Faced with budgetary constraints, England’s National Health Service took several controversial steps to delay coverage of Gilead Sciences’s pricey hepatitis C treatments, but did so at the expense of patients, according to an investigation by the BMJ, the UK medical journal.Specifically, the agency’s moves caused delays in providing treatment to many of the estimated 160,000 hepatitis C patients, while others were unable to obtain the medications due to rationing. As a result, some people are now traveling out of the country to receive treatment. Meanwhile, Gilead has been blamed for igniting the problem due to its pricing practices.The problems began in 2014, when the NHS won a three-month extension to provide coverage for Sovaldi by arguing it needed more time to prepare for a large number of patients expected to seek treatment. The UK’s National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, which is the cost-effectiveness watchdog, had already recommended coverage. But the drug became available 10 months later than expected.advertisement @Pharmalot By Ed Silverman July 28, 2016 Reprints About the Author Reprints Ed Silverman Gilead responded by striking deals to sell the drugs at lower prices in some countries, such as Egypt, and for generic drug makers to manufacture and market versions in dozens of other nations. The medical journal noted, however, that the NHS was unable to negotiate with Gilead or adopt alternative funding mechanisms to lower the cost due to the constraints of NHS procurement laws.An NHS spokesperson told the BMJ the agency is “exploring the potential for a longer term strategic procurement for a supply agreement with the industry to improve the affordability of and access to treatment further.”In a separate editorial, the drug maker was blamed for setting prices too high for its medicines. We asked Gilead for comment and will pass along any reply that we receive.Meanwhile, the BMJ reported there is growing evidence that some frustrated patients are turning to overseas “buyers’ clubs” to purchase the drugs at their own expense.“It is truly ironic that NHS England should choose to start rationing drugs that are so effective they cure almost everyone who is treated,” The Hepatitis C Trust, a patient group in the UK, told the BMJ. The group is seeking a judicial review of the decision to ration the drugs, which the BMJ noted could have “repercussions for other patients as more new drugs increasingly become available at higher prices.”This post was updated to include a belated comment from the NHS. Pharmalot Columnist, Senior Writer Ed covers the pharmaceutical industry. PharmalotGilead hep C drug prices blamed for England’s health service rationing treatment Tags drug pricesGilead Scienceshepatitis Clast_img read more

Luminus introduces investment savings account

first_img Related news Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Keywords Credit unions Prior to this move, only members whose investment savings accounts held a minimum of $100,000 were eligible for a rate of 1.75%. “We hope this new across-the-board ISA rate will continue to demonstrate our commitment to our members and the growth Luminus has in the sector,” says George De La Rosa, CEO of Luminus Financial. The firm makes this announcement two months prior to the opening of its new financial hub in downtown Toronto, which promises to provide a one-stop shop for banking, wealth management, insurance and foreign exchange. B.C. credit unions introduce text banking Tessie Sanci Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Toronto-based Luminus Financial Services & Credit Union Ltd. Monday announced a new personal investment savings account (ISA) rate of 1.75% without any required minimum balances. “The rate, which is the highest at any credit union or bank in Ontario, takes effect immediately for existing accounts and new deposits,” according to the firm’s statement regarding the announcement. Credential introduces fee-based product for mutual fund advisorslast_img read more

Wells Fargo to pay US$2.1 billion for role in housing bubble

first_img Credit Suisse traders charged in subprime bond probe Ken Sweet San Francisco-based Wells Fargo & Co. agreed on Wednesday to pay a US$2.1 billion fine to settle allegations it misrepresented the types of mortgages it sold to investors during the housing bubble and subsequent financial crisis.The amount is relatively smaller than the fines Bank of America Corp., Citigroup Inc., Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and other big banks paid in the years following the financial crisis to settle similar allegations. Wells Fargo was one of the last remaining big banks to settle charges related to its role in the subprime mortgage crisis. Wall street sign in New York with American flags and New York Stock Exchange background. kasto/123RF Related news Share this article and your comments with peers on social media SEC charges fund directors over asset pricing The fine is unrelated to the more recent scandals that have plagued Wells Fargo, such as the opening of millions of fake accounts for customers without their authorization in order to meet unrealistic sales quotas.The government accused Wells Fargo and many other big banks of understating the risk and quality of the mortgages they sold to investors at the height of the housing bubble, between 2005 and 2007. These investors bought up tens of billions of dollars in mortgages from Wells Fargo and other banks, and experienced massive losses when borrowers failed to repay and housing prices collapsed nationwide.Bank of America paid a US$5 billion fine to authorities in 2014 for similar allegations, and Citigroup paid a US$4 billion fine.Wells Fargo said in a statement it was “pleased to put behind us these legacy issues” and said it had previously set aside the money to cover the settlement with the Justice Department. Keywords Subprime lending and borrowing SEC charges ex-CIO with misleading investors about subprime mortgage investments Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

UK Government plans Veterans Commissioner for Wales

first_imgUK Government plans Veterans Commissioner for Wales Secretary of State for Wales Simon Hart has announced plans for the appointment of a Veterans Commissioner for Wales.Speaking at the annual St David’s Day debate in Parliament on Thursday 25 February the Welsh Secretary told MPs the UK Government was actively exploring ways to establish Wales’ first Veterans Commissioner.Veterans Commissioners aim to improve the lives and champion the interests of Armed Forces veterans by working with ex-servicemen and women and the public, private and voluntary organisations that represent them.Mr Hart added that the plans would be a hugely important step for veterans in Wales and their families and would help meet the UK Governments ambition of making the United Kingdom the best place in the world to be a veteran.Secretary of State for Wales Simon Hart said:The Armed Forces have a long and important tradition in Wales and we are exceptionally proud of our Welsh veterans. Our ex-servicemen and women and their families deserve recognition, support and respect throughout the duration of their service and beyond.The recruitment of a Veterans Commissioner for Wales will go a long way towards increasing the support available and highlights the UK Government’s commitment to the welfare of our Armed Forces veterans.Minister for Defence People and Veterans Johnny Mercer said:The armed forces protect the entire United Kingdom and so it’s right that we do everything we can to support veterans when they leave service.A Veterans Commissioner for Wales would be an important step forward for supporting ex-service personnel in the nation and recognises Wales’ proud military contribution. /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:Commissioner, Defence, Government, meet, military, Minister, parliament, Secretary, secretary of state, UK, UK Government, United Kingdom, veterans, worldlast_img read more

Major works underway to upgrade Portrush and Magill roads intersection

first_imgMajor works underway to upgrade Portrush and Magill roads intersection Major works are underway on the congestion-busting upgrade to the Portrush Road and Magill Road intersection to improve safety, cut travel times and bust congestion for Adelaide drivers.Federal Minister for Communications, Urban Infrastructure, Cities and the Arts, the Hon Paul Fletcher MP, said the jointly funded $98 million project is supporting around 78 full time-equivalent jobs during construction.“Congestion-busting projects like this one will help tens of thousands of motorists daily, saving them valuable time on their commute and making their journeys safer and more reliable,” Minister Fletcher said.“Around 62,000 vehicles travel through the intersection each day and from 2015 to 2019 there were 50 crashes, including 19 injury-causing crashes and 31 property damage crashes. “Even one crash and one injury on our roads is one too many, which is why delivering safe and efficient roads is a key priority of the Australian Government.”South Australian Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, the Hon Corey Wingard MP, said the Marshall Government was getting on with the job of delivering better journeys and economic outcomes for motorists.“Portrush Road forms part of the National Land Transport Network and the Outer Ring Route, providing an important north-south connection from the South Eastern Freeway around the City of Adelaide,” Minister Wingard said.“Private, commercial, freight and public transport users all currently experience significant delays through the intersection leading to increased costs of travel.“Portrush and Magill Roads are high-frequency public transport corridors and freight routes so these upgrades will boost connectivity and business efficiency.“The Marshall Government is building what matters for South Australia and that includes road upgrades across Adelaide to bust congestion and get commuters home faster and safer.”Federal Member for Sturt, James Stevens MP, said he was pleased to see major construction starting today, injecting much-needed jobs and economic stimulus that will benefit the entire community by getting cash flowing across local businesses.“This has been a notorious intersection for locals for some time, our governments have listened and we have acted by funding this critical upgrade,” Mr Stevens said.“Locals and visitors alike will soon be reaping the benefits of a safer, more efficient route, with the upgraded Portrush and Magill Road intersection expected to be complete next year.”The major works contract for the upgrade of the intersection has been awarded to BMD Constructions.The South Australian Department for Infrastructure and Transport has undertaken service relocations and early investigation works along Portrush Road and Magill Road to facilitate the intersection upgrade.Road users are asked to take extra care when workers are on site. Observe speed limits, lane restrictions and traffic controllers when travelling through the area.Speed restrictions will be in place during the works, and lane restrictions will be implemented intermittently to maintain the safety of road users and workers.The $98 million project is jointly funded by the Australian and South Australian governments under the $4 billion Urban Congestion Fund.The intersection will be open to traffic by the end of 2021 with completion expected in early 2022. /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:Adelaide, AusPol, Australia, Australian, Australian Government, City of Adelaide, communications, congestion-busting, Eastern, economic stimulus, efficiency, Federal, Government, infrastructure, investigation, public transport, regional development, South Australia, speedlast_img read more

ARU in top 10% in country for skills and enterprise

first_imgARU in top 10% in country for skills and enterprise Anglia Ruskin also among best in England for local growth and regenerationAnglia Ruskin University (ARU) is in the top 10% of English higher education institutions (HEIs) for skills, enterprise and entrepreneurship and in the top 20% for local growth and regeneration, according to a new report by Research England.The inaugural Knowledge Exchange Framework (KEF) has been developed to assess the interaction of England’s HEIs with business and the public, through seven key indicators. It sits alongside the Research Excellence Framework (REF) and the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) as England’s third pillar of university assessment.ARU’s results demonstrate its significant contribution to economic, social and cultural wellbeing in the Eastern region and across the UK. A Government report published last year confirmed that ARU provides more graduates for the region than any other university.In the new KEF, ARU was also ranked in the top 30% of HEIs for its research partnerships, and in the top 40% (self-assessed) for public and community engagement – an area that will be further advanced by ARU’s new university-wide public engagement strategy, to be implemented later this year.Professor Yvonne Barnett, Deputy Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation at ARU, said:“The Knowledge Exchange Framework showcases a diverse picture of the tremendous work HEIs do regionally, nationally and internationally.“ARU has worked particularly hard over recent years to embed a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship into everything we do, and we are delighted to see this reflected in the KEF.“The KEF also gives a strong picture of how we engage in our local area and contribute to our local communities and economies, particularly through supporting the development of small and medium sized businesses.“We are proud of our staff, who are helping to transform lives through entrepreneurial education, supporting career development, local growth and regeneration in the cities and the region which we serve.“Through the development of powerful external partnerships with many different organisations, individuals and communities, our staff and students have delivered impactful research and innovation in support of their needs and priorities.“We will be able to further develop our impacts in these important areas of our civic mission through the new ARU Peterborough campus, due to open in September 2022.” /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:Anglia Ruskin University, community, community engagement, Eastern, education, English, Government, innovation, Peterborough, Professor, research, students, UK, university, wellbeinglast_img read more

Fiske Planetarium To Explore Southern Skies During Live Show

first_imgThe myths, astronomical phenomena and constellations of the sky in the Southern Hemisphere will be explored in a live astronomy show at the University of Colorado at Boulder’s Fiske Planetarium on Friday, June 8, at 8 p.m. Deidre Brucker, a CU-Boulder senior majoring in computer science, and Sanlyn Buxner, a recent CU graduate who now works at Fiske Planetarium, will present “Southern Skies.” Buxner and Brucker will introduce the audience to basic southern constellations and how to navigate the southern sky. They also will display stunning images sent back by the Hubble Space Telescope and show the audience how to find the more exciting objects that can be seen with the naked eye or with a telescope. Brucker explained that most people in the Northern Hemisphere never get the chance to witness the splendor of the southern sky. The show will focus on the Greek, Egyptian, Maori, Aborigine, South American and tribal constellations. The show also will look into the Small and Large Magellanic Clouds, two irregular galaxies visible to the naked eye in the southern constellations, and some nebulae and clusters. Fiske Planetarium’s monthly live shows give the audience a chance to talk to numerous experts from CU-Boulder. Tickets go on sale at 7:30 p.m. the night of the show and are $4 for adults and $3 for seniors and children. Fiske Planetarium is located at Regent Drive and Kittredge Loop Drive on the CU-Boulder campus. For more information on upcoming shows or other programs call (303) 492-5001 or visit the planetarium’s Web site at http://www.colorado.edu/fiske. Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Published: May 24, 2001 last_img read more