Wellstream confirms takeover bid is causing shares in the UK to skyrocket

first_img Wellstream confirms takeover bid is causing shares in the UK to skyrocket Show Comments ▼ KCS-content Tuesday 21 September 2010 8:13 pm More From Our Partners Astounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgMark Eaton, former NBA All-Star, dead at 64nypost.comFeds seized 18 devices from Rudy Giuliani and his employees in April raidnypost.comSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.com980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comBill Gates reportedly hoped Jeffrey Epstein would help him win a Nobelnypost.comKamala Harris keeps list of reporters who don’t ‘understand’ her: reportnypost.comI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comConnecticut man dies after crashing Harley into live bearnypost.comUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.com BRITISH oilfield services group Wellstream Holdings said it had received several bid approaches, lifting its shares 30 per cent and valuing the company at over £700m.Wellstream, which was floated on the stockmarket in 2007 by British private equity firm Candover, makes flexible pipes used by oil companies in deep water, an area set for strong growth due to major finds in Brazil and the Gulf of Mexico in recent years.The firm said it had “received a number of preliminary approaches regarding a possible offer for the company” but there was “no certainty that an acceptable offer will ultimately be made”.The statement follows a five per cent rise in Wellstream shares on Monday.“The possible offers for Wellstream highlight the M&A potential for the oil service sector at this stage in the cyclical recovery,” said Keith Morris, oil analyst at Evolution Securities.Wellstream is a frequent subject of takeover rumours, with market chatter often linking it to Europe’s largest oil services company, Saipem.ANDREW OSBORNEBANK OF AMERICA MERRILL LYNCHManaging director of corporate broking at Bank of American Merrill Lynch, Andrew Osborne, is the top leader on the possible takeover of Wellstream. Osborne, who is short-listed for the City A.M. Dealmaker of The Year award, is known as the go-to guy for the mid-cap energy and power sector. Most notably, Osborne advised Tullow Oil on its £1bn fundraising to pay for the buying rights to exploration on the shores of Lake Albert. The deal, which happened earlier this year, saw Tullow move into the premier league of oil explorers.Osborne cut his teeth at Hoare Govett but he was poached by Merrill Lynch in 2004 by then chairman Bob Wigley.Other advisers on the Wellstream deal, include a team from Credit Suisse which is being led by investment banking managing director, John Hannaford.City law firm Clifford Chance has taken lead legal role, with London corporate partners David Lewis and Tim Lewis managing the deal. whatsapp whatsapp Share Tags: NULLlast_img read more

IAAF introduces new relay event 2x2x400m: an in-action marketing initiative

first_img WTC Final LIVE: Jamieson says, ‘nice and pleasing to get Virat Kohli’s wicket’; Gill feels India could have got more wickets WTC Final LIVE: Devon Conway continues red-hot form, slams fifty to provide New Zealand dream start Football TAGSAsian Games 2018IAAFIAAF World RelaysInternational Amateur Athletics Federation SHARE Cricket RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR BCCI to form committee to take call on compensating domestic cricketers Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Latest Sports News PSL 2021 Playoffs: Schedule, Timing, LIVE streaming, list of champions; all you need to know Tokyo Olympics: BCCI provides fuel in Indian Olympic flame, to contribute Rs 10 crore International Amateur Athletics Federation (IAAF) is going all out to introduce new events to boost its marketing initiatives. Aftersuccessful launch of mixed relay event for both men and women during the Jakarta Asian Games 2018, the world athletics’ governing body is now set to introduce 2x2x400-meter mixed relay competition.A mixed 2x2x400-meter relay has been added to the programme of events for the  2019 IAAF World Relays Championships atYokohama, Japan. Cricket WI vs SA 2nd Test Day 3 Live: South Africa lose early wickets; SA 50/3 (16.4 ov)- Follow Live Updates By Kunal Dhyani – January 12, 2019 Previous articleIOC marketing chair from Japan investigated for alleged corruptionNext articleMediapro Asia gets mandate to distribute CFA Cup rights in Asia-Pacific Kunal DhyaniSports Tech enthusiast, he reports on Sports Tech industry and writes on sports products. IAAF introduces new relay event 2x2x400m: an in-action marketing initiative Cricket Euro 2020- Switzerland beat Turkey 3-1: Shaqiri’s brace keep Switzerland hopes alive; Turkey face exit from Euros Latest Sports NewsSports BusinessNewsSport Cricket Maternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity Week|SponsoredSponsoredYourBump15 Actors That Hollywood Banned For LifeYourBump|SponsoredSponsoredDefinitionMost Embarrassing Mistakes Ever Made In HistoryDefinition|SponsoredSponsoredBrake For ItThis NASCAR Wife Turns Heads Everywhere She GoesBrake For It|SponsoredSponsoredbonvoyaged.comTotal Jerks: These Stars Are Horrible People.bonvoyaged.com|SponsoredSponsoredBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBe|SponsoredSponsored by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeGrammarlyImprove Your Grammar With This Helpful Browser ExtensionGrammarly24/7 SportsIt’s Amazing To See How These NBA Stars Have Changed Since College24/7 Sportscio.comUnlocking the Success of Digital Transformation with Active Intelligencecio.comThe mixed 2x2x400m relay, an endurance event, requires both the members of a team to run two 400m legs alternately. As with the mixed 4x400m, each team will have the option  to start with the male or the female runner. The athletes take it in turns to run their two lags to complete the relay event.Inspired by a mixed relay event introduced to biathlon in recent years, the 2x2x400m replaces the 4x800m relay, which proved to have limited appeal.The world body will also be introducing mixed shuttle hurdles relay during the event. The mixed shuttle hurdles event is a new addition to the World Relays programme. Usually held as a single-sex race, the event in Yokohama will feature two men and two women on each team. The men will run 110m hurdles in one direction and will then hand over the baton to the first woman on the team, who will run back up the straight to hand it over to the second man, and so on. To account for the extra distance, women will run out an extra 10 metres at the end of their lag.Also Read: IAAF Appointment: Jon Ridgeon is new CEO of global athletic bodyThe new event format will ensure that  there will now be three events for men and women each beside the three mixed competitions to be contested on the May 11-12 weekend.Leading international athletes have welcomed the addition of two exciting events to the programme for the IAAF World Relays Yokohama 2019.“I’m excited that the hurdles can be part of a relay,” said world 100m hurdles champion Sally Pearson. “I always enjoy participating in the traditional relays and now that my own event can be incorporated into a team event, it makes the World Relays even more enticing! “I’m still on the comeback trail from my achilles injury that ruled me out of the Commonwealth Games last year and so I haven’t decided when I’ll make my return yet,” added the 2012 Olympic champion. “It all depends on what the body decides. If I can make the IAAF World Relays a part of my pre-World Championships schedule, I’ll be one excited athlete – especially now that the hurdles is featuring!”US indoor champion Sharika Nelvis is excited by the prospect of being able to compete at the World Relays. “This is super great news,” she said. “I’ve always wanted to be in a shuttle hurdles relay. Hopefully this opens the door to it being in the Olympics one day in the future, but it being at the World Relays is a great start. And it should be fun!”European champion Pascal Martinot-Lagarde also backs the new additions. “I’ve always been a little envious because I could never take part in a sprint relay,” said the French sprint hurdler. “But now that the IAAF is introducing the shuttle hurdles relay, the world is in for a great show. It’s going to be fantastic and you can count on me!”The mixed 2x2x400m, a form of an endurance relay event is the most appealing for the athletes.“I like the idea of this relay because it’s comparable to the 800m,” said European 800m champion Adam Kszczot. “I love it actually.“I like the fact that both men and women get to compete together,” he added. “I was speaking to Justyna Swiety-Ersetic, who won the European 400m gold and 4x400m gold in a short space of time. This relay is quite similar to what she did and we would both love to be involved.”USA’s world indoor finalist Raevyn Rogers feels it will be an attractive prospect for both 400m and 800m runners.“This relay will really highlight the talent of being a middle-distance runner,” she said. “Being a mixed relay makes it more exciting because essentially you’ll have the best runner in each event, whether it’s a top female or male 800m runner or 400m runner.”IAAF President Sebastian Coe is excited to see how the new events will unfold in Yokohama.“The IAAF World Relays is our youngest World Athletics Series event and it was designed to be fun for our athletes and fans so it’s the perfect place to try new formats,” said Coe. “I’ve been championing innovation in our sport since I took the reins so it’s great to see the addition of a dynamic relay that will showcase our sprint hurdlers and I’ll be fascinated to see how the mixed 2x2x400m relay unfolds as a new endurance event that has never been tried before in athletics. I’m sure that both will contribute to the youthful, energetic atmosphere of the event, which we’re confident will be a resounding success in our new host city Yokohama in May.” Cricket WTC Final IND vs NZ: Virat Kohli displays his dancing skills on the beats of Bharat Army’s Dhol; Watch video F1 French GP 2021: Max Verstappen pips Lewis Hamilton to win French GP, Perez finishes 3rd Latest Sports News Facebook Twitter Cricket Formula 1 Tokyo Olympics: Deepika Kumari to be sole entry to Tokyo Games as Indian women’s recurve team fails to qualifylast_img read more

IPL 2021: Pat Cummins, Steve Smith finally reunited with family, leave…

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RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR CricketIndian premier leagueIndian Premier League 2021InsideSport NewsLatest Sports News Cricket Euro 2020, Switzerland vs Turkey LIVE: Switzerland to punish hapless Turkey; Follow Live Updates Latest Sports News WI vs SA 2nd Test Day 3 Live: Start delayed due to rain, SA lead by 149 runs – Follow Live Updates F1 French GP 2021 Live: Verstappen within DRS range of Hamilton, 2 laps to go; Follow Live Updates Cricket WTC Final 2021: India vs New Zealand Full Squad, Schedule, Live Streaming, Date, Time, Venue all you need to know World Test Championship final IND vs NZ Live Streaming for free with Jio, Airtel and Vodafone Idea, Check out the best Recharge Plan IPL 2021: Pat Cummins’s pregnant partner in tears meeting him after two months | John Grainger/ News Corp Australia IPL 2021 – Pat Cummins, Steve Smith reunite with families: After spending over three weeks in quarantine and isolation in the Maldives and Australia, Pat Cummins, Steve Smith, David Warner and other Australians who were part of the IPL 2021 contingent were reunited with their families. The 38-people strong Australian contingent including cricketers, coaches and commentators were in quarantine in Sydney since arriving on May 15 after the country lifted a travel ban.There were hugs, cheers and even tears as Pat Cummins, David Warner and others left the hotel quarantine on Monday morning. Most of the Aussie cricketers, coaches and commentators haven’t met their families for nearly two months as they left for IPL 2021 in India in early April.David Warner with his wife Candice Warner and daughter after reaching home | Instagram Cricket Tokyo Olympics: BCCI provides fuel in Indian Olympic flame, to contribute Rs 10 crore Cricket By Kunal Dhyani – May 31, 2021 WTC Final Live: Virat Kohli continues century drought as Kyle Jamieson wins IPL team rivalry Formula 1 Cricket ICC WTC Final LIVE commentary: AIR, DD Sports to live stream & broadcast India vs New Zealand for free Facebook Twitter by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeIPL 2020: Bad news for Sunrisers Hyderabad’s Jonny BairstowShahid Afridi’s daughter Aqsa to marry Pakistan quick Shaheen AfridiWrestler Murder Case: Sushil Kumar spotted hitting victim with sticks in exclusive video; WatchAfter the IPL 2021 was suspended due to the COVID-19 crisis in India, they were moved to the Maldives on a charter flight. They were stranded in the island nation for 10 days, awaiting Australia’s travel ban to end on May 15 which did not permit even its own citizens to come home.Also Read: IPL 2021 Phase 2: Franchises await BCCI’s approval on England and Australia ‘Players replacement’ policy “It was nice to know that we were getting home that’s for sure. It’s always tough being stuck somewhere, and knowing that we’re able to get home was a relief, and now we’re out of quarantine, I can’t wait to get home and see my family,” Jason Behrendorff told News Corp. The fast bowler came as a replacement in Chennai Super Kings.IPL 2021: RCB’s Glenn Maxwell reunited with family after leaving quarantine | John Grainger/ News Corp AustraliaKolkata Knight Riders fast bowler Pat Cummins’s pregnant partner Becky Boston was in tears after finally meeting him after nearly two months. They will all be home for 2-3 weeks before joining the Australia team for the West Indies tour.Home after a long an emotional trip! Cannot thank the @BCCI enough for everything they did. They certainly went above & beyond, with the assistance of @ACA_Players @CricketAus. Not a day goes by that I don’t think of the millions that are still suffering in pic.twitter.com/72QNIfJilW— Lisa Sthalekar (@sthalekar93) May 31, 2021The limited-overs series in West Indies begins on July 10 with the team expected to leave in the first week of July. Before that, they will assemble for a camp. While Pat Cummins could be rested, others will join the team for a long tour. The Caribbean tour will be followed by 5-match T20I series in Bangladesh as Aaron Finch’s men will get 10 matches to prepare for the ICC T20I World Cup.IPL 2021: DC’s Steve Smith finally leaves quarantine on Monday | John Grainger/ News Corp AustraliaAlso Read: IPL 2021 Phase 2: KKR’s Pat Cummins set to pull out, other Australian players also doubtful for IPL in UAEHowever, with the IPL 2021 Phase 2 resuming in the UAE on September 17, Australian cricketers and Cricket Australia faces a dilemma. Leaving for IPL would mean another extended life in the bubble as it will be followed by the ICC T20I World Cup, possibly in India from October 18. They will be travelling for nearly three months without their families.IPL 2021: PBKS’ Moises Henriques leaves quarantine on Monday | John Grainger/ News Corp AustraliaBut as per a report in Sydney Morning Herald, Pat Cummins has already decided not to come back for IPL 2021 Phase 2 as others continue to mull over including Steve Smith, who may also decide against rejoining IPL. Cricket Australia could also ask players to stay put to keep fresh for the ICC T20 World Cup. IPL 2021: Pat Cummins, Steve Smith finally reunited with family, leave quarantine in Australia; See pics Cricket WTC Final Day 3 LIVE Score: Latham, Conway provide slow start, India in search of wickets; NZ 20/0 (13 ovs)- Follow Live Updates TAGSAustralians in IPL 2021David WarnerIPL 2021IPL 2021 Phase 2Pat CumminsSteve Smith SHARElast_img read more

Skyway Aviation Handling Company Limited (SAHCO.ng) 2019 Annual Report

first_imgSkyway Aviation Handling Company Limited (SAHCO.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Transport sector has released it’s 2019 annual report.For more information about Skyway Aviation Handling Company Limited (SAHCO.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Skyway Aviation Handling Company Limited (SAHCO.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Skyway Aviation Handling Company Limited (SAHCO.ng)  2019 annual report.Company ProfileSkyway Aviation Handling Company Plc (SAHCO) is 100% owned by the Sifax Group and incorporated as an Aviation Ground Handling Service Provider under the Nigerian Company & Allied Matters Act of 1990. SAHCOL which was formerly known as Skypower Aviation Handling Company Plc (SAHCO), before it was privatized and handed over to the Sifax Group on the 23rd of December 2009, was carved out of the liquidated Nigeria Airways Limited as part of the Nigerian Federal Ministry of Aviation’s reform of 1996. SAHCO involves all the actions that take place from the time an aircraft touches down on the tarmac to the time it is airborne. It also ensures that the right assignment is carried out in an efficient, speedy and safe manner, deploying the right tools. Skyway Aviation Handling Company Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Star number ten well and truly cleaned up in big tackle by Wellington youngster

first_imgSaturday Sep 29, 2018 Star number ten well and truly cleaned up in big tackle by Wellington youngster Tasman beat Wellington 28-22 in an entertaining game of Mitre 10 Cup rugby in Wellington earlier today. Both sides showed huge physicality and skill throughout, but it’s Tasman who move to the top of the table. ADVERTISEMENTTasman number ten Mitch Hunt was a key player for the visitors, making some crucial long passes and breaking the line on more than one occasion.But midway through the second half the Crusaders and Tasman pivot got well and truly cleaned up by young Billy Proctor.The hit was perfectly timed and executed, getting the better of the more experienced Hunt and also forcing a turnover.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>Regardless, Tasman was the better side on the night and the win sees them edge Auckland at the top of the Mitre 10 Cup Premiership standings, albeit having played an extra game.“I’m really proud of the boys and the way they stuck out the last 20 minutes,” said Tasman captain David Havili.ADVERTISEMENT“They’re a bloody good side and I’m so glad we kept them out. It’s not easy to break the line in this Mitre 10 Cup, so we just built phases and slowly broke them down.”Tasman head to Dunedin to face Otago next Sunday, while Wellington host Auckland on Thursday.Watch the match highlights belowADVERTISEMENTcredit: allblacks/skysportnz/rugbypass Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error Big Hits & Dirty Play Related Articles 25 WEEKS AGO Suspensions handed down after testicle grabbing… 26 WEEKS AGO The ‘double ruffle’ splits opinion with fans… 26 WEEKS AGO WATCH: The nastiest and most brutal moments… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedUrologists Stunned: Forget the Blue Pill, This “Fixes” Your EDSmart Life ReportsYou Won’t Believe What the World’s Most Beautiful Girl Looks Like TodayNueeyIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingWrinkle Remedy Stuns TV Judges: Forget Surgery, Do This Once DailySmart Life Reports30+ Everyday Items With A Secret Hidden PurposeNueeyThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

Guardian Charity Awards 2003 winners announced

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Guardian Charity Awards 2003 winners announced Tagged with: Awards Digital Giving/Philanthropy Howard Lake | 2 October 2003 | News Five small charities with annual incomes of below £1 million have won this year’s Guardian Charity Awards.The winners were Theodora Children’s Trust, The Shilbottle Skills Centre, Friends of the Earth Scotland, No Panic, and Ace of Clubs. Each received a payment of £5,000 and they will also be given a free Web site designed by smartchange.org.The awards recognise outstanding contributions made to social welfare by small charities. They are sponsored by Sainsbury’s. Advertisement About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.  28 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

Anderson Agbioscience Company Italpollina Acquires New Company

first_img SHARE Anderson Agbioscience Company Italpollina Acquires New Company By Hoosier Ag Today – Mar 25, 2019 Home Indiana Agriculture News Anderson Agbioscience Company Italpollina Acquires New Company Facebook Twitter SHARE Italpollina, a global leader in the production of organic fertilizers, beneficial microbials and 100 percent vegetal-based biostimulants, is pleased to announce the recent acquisition of Sarasota, Florida-based (USA) Horticultural Alliance Inc. which specializes in an organic approach to plant health and maintenance through the use of mycorrhizal inoculants and beneficial bacteria in horticulture.“For more than 50 years, Italpollina has developed innovative solutions to enhance agriculture,” said Jon Leman, commercial vice president, Italpollina USA Inc. “With the common need for increased plant growth and quality markers and a reduction of loss due to various stresses, Italpollina products have experienced an increase in interest from the horticultural segment. This transaction provides an efficient route to the landscape and nursery markets for Italpollina products – especially our line of beneficial microbials which will be used as source ingredients. And it opens the door to a tremendous growth opportunity for the ‘HELLO NATURE Family of Products’ in the United States.”James J. Quinn founded Horticultural Alliance Inc. in 1997, creating products to change the way trees and shrubs were planted for forward-thinking horticulture professionals. Soon after, he became familiar with Italpollina while in Europe and he has had his eye on the company since. “When it became time to pass the torch, Italpollina was my choice,” says Quinn. ”This transaction is a fantastic opportunity for our customers to grow the biological side of their business with a proven winner. Italpollina products are quite simply the highest quality available anywhere.”This company expansion provides Italpollina a second location in the United States, joining the recently completed 70,000-square-foot North American headquarters in Anderson, Indiana. “We have made a commitment to meeting the demands of the North American market,” said Luca Bonini, CEO of Italpollina. “And we will continue our drive to develop production technologies and distribution strategies to support agriculture as well as other segments in need of sustainable solutions.”Source: Italpollina Facebook Twitter Previous articleMillerCoors Suing Anheuser-Busch of Corn Syrup CommercialsNext articleFlood Damages Now Estimated at $3 Billion Hoosier Ag Todaylast_img read more

Commentary: Santa Finds it Hard to be Jolly in a Modern…

first_img SHARE Facebook Twitter Facebook Twitter SHARE Home Commentary Commentary: Santa Finds it Hard to be Jolly in a Modern World Commentary: Santa Finds it Hard to be Jolly in a Modern World By Gary Truitt – Dec 22, 2019 “Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.” Clement Clark Moore would have found it impossible to write his classic “A Visit from St. Nicholas” poem today. Government regulations, social activists, and political correctness would have kept that “jolly old elf” from making his annual trip.First of all, Santa would have not been allowed to use reindeer.  Given the current situation with animal diseases, Santa would have never been permitted by APHIS to move his animals from state to state and country to country. Coming from the North Pole, it is likely he would have been stopped at the US/Canada border and prevented from bringing his livestock across the border. If that were not enough to stop him, it is likely HSUS would have lobbied Congress for legislation that prevents reindeer from being used to pull a sleigh. Mercy for Animals would have produced and placed on the internet an undercover video of elves at the North Pole calling Rudolph names and keeping him in isolation from the rest of his herd.As for that famous workshop, the image of happy elves working all year long making toys is a joke. It is likely that the Federal authorities would have raided the place looking for undocumented workers. It is also possible the elves would be unionized and have paid vacations, sick days, 401Ks, workman’s comp, grievance procedures, and sexual harassment policies. Santa would also have problems because the Affordable Care Act does not recognize heath plans for elves as being in compliance.That master list that Santa checks twice would be obsolete. First, the kind of behavior that used to be considered as naughty is now acceptable, and many parents would be offended to have some strange old guy say their kids were naughty. Poor old Santa would also not be able to label gifts for girls and boys since this would not be inclusive. Also, today there is a good deal of confusion about ones gender and as a result it may change from year to year.Those children who sat on Santa’s lap at the mall and whispered their wishes to the jolly old elf would also be disappointed on Christmas morning since Santa would not be able to repeat the children’s list to his elves without running afoul of the government’s privacy protection procedures. Although, Santa’s list has likely already been hacked by the Russians and put on the internet by WikiLeaks.Old Saint Nick would be downright flummoxed when it came to choosing gifts for today’s modern children. Toys that aim or shoot would be too violent. Even gifts that in any way resemble the shape of a gun would cause a media frenzy. No candy or sweets; they are bad for the teeth. Fairy tale books are not acceptable because they promote traditional values, and video games turn kids’ brains to mush. Dolls are too sexist, and anything religious is bound to offend. With baseballs and soccer balls, one might get hurt; and these games discriminate against non-athletic children.  Even gifts for adults would be hard to find. Nothing with fur, leather, tobacco, or alcohol would be acceptable. Most holiday food gifts would not be acceptable. Cookies, fruit cake, and eggnog are leading causes of obesity and could result in Santa getting sued. If by some chance, Kris Kringle did figure out what gifts he could bring without violation or offence, where would he put them? More and more the Christmas tree is being banished as environmentally unsustainable.Even Santa himself would find it hard to exist in our world today.  PETA would be after him because he wears fur. The Surgeon General would be after him for the secondhand smoke spread by his pipe. Since he spends his time in the “ashes and soot,” OSHA would have required him to wear a respirator. Then there is that paunch that “shakes like a bowl full of jelly.” The Food and Drug Administration would have had something to say about Santa’s eating habits. Santa Claus has been an honored and revered folk hero for centuries; but, increasingly, he is portrayed as a symbol of materialism, over-consumption, and racism. And speaking of race, Santa’s ethnicity is now a controversial subject.When I was growing up, we always left hot cocoa and cookies out for the Christmas Eve visitor. Today, it would likely be almond milk waiting for Santa; and, if the cookies contained any genetically modified ingredients, trans fats, antibiotics, nuts, or gluten, they would have to be labeled.Thank goodness the tradition of Santa Claus developed at a time when people were more important than policies… a time when ritual was as important as rights and regulations… a time when the Christmas season was about joy and love instead of parties and presents. This week, don’t let the cacophony of our modern world drown out the real message of God’s gift of His Son to redeem a lost, sinful, and really confused world.From all of us at Hoosier Ag Today: Merry Christmas!!! Previous articleUSMCA Senate Prospects, Markup January 7, 2020Next articleBraun: China Playing For Keeps Gary Truittlast_img read more

The Genomics of Your Soil

first_imgHome News Feed The Genomics of Your Soil By Gary Truitt – Dec 9, 2020 The Genomics of Your Soil SHARE Facebook Twitter SHARE Audio Playerhttps://hoosieragtoday.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/FS-wrap.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.The key to your next yield breakthrough may not be put in or on your soil but what is already in your soil.Soil tests have typically measured the level fertility in your fields; now new tests can analyze the genomics of our soil. New biological fertilizer products represent a new era in crop yields, says Dr. Anna Herzberger, with Growmark FS.“What we see  the new frontier is oil biological testing.  It is not possible to do genomic sequencing of soil,” she states.Herzberger says Growmark has launched a new research project called Ag Validity trials to determine which biological products work the best in specific farming operations.“I feel we are about to break a yield ceiling.” She adds that, throughout history, we have had times when we were able to achieve significant jumps in yields, “The use of biologicals and the focus on soil health may be the next big break.”The Ag Validity project takes new biological products and evaluates them on actual farms. Data is collected over multiple years to determine the best and most effective products. “This will provide farmers with the assurance that these products will work in their operation,” says HerzbergerIf you are interested in participating in this project, contact your local FS representative.Dr. Anna Herzberger has joined the GROWMARK Agronomy Services team as a Technical Agronomist where she provides soils and soil fertility trainings. Herzberger grew up on her family farm in Virginia, IL, where they grew corn and soybeans. She received a B.S. Degree in Biology from Eastern Illinois University and then a Ph.D. in Plant, Soils, and Microbial Sciences from Michigan State University. Facebook Twitter Previous articleUSDA Announces Increase to Certain Incentive Payments for Continuous Conservation Reserve ProgramNext articleThe Genomics of Your Soil, Even Warmer Today, and Vilsack Back at USDA? It’s the HAT Thursday Podcast Gary Truittlast_img read more

Concentration of Ownership puts Cambodian Media at risk

first_img January 8, 2016 – Updated on March 8, 2016 Concentration of Ownership puts Cambodian Media at risk News January 21, 2021 Find out more RSF_en Receive email alerts Phnom Penh – December 2nd, 2015Today in Phnom Penh, the publicly available database www.who-owns-the-media-kh.com has been launched to present all the research findings and to provide continuously updated information to the general public as well as towards civil society advocates and political decision makers. On this occasion, also possible recommendations on media regulation and concentration control were discussed in a public debate. Initiated by the international press freedom organization Reporters Without Borders (RSF), the Media Ownership Monitor (MOM) project is a global research and advocacy effort to promote transparency and media pluralism at an international level. The first country study was published in Colombia earlier in 2015.In Cambodia, the MOM was conducted together with the Cambodian Center for Independent Media (CCIM) from September 28th to November 30th.Based on a standardized and transparent methodology, MOM assesses the most relevant Cambodian media outlets across all types of media (TV, radio, print, online) based on their respective audience shares. The data related to media consumption was provided by the Cambodian Media Research & Development (CMRD). to go further Key findings show:• The TV sector is the most popular and at the same time the most concentrated media sector: the top 4 media companies (CBS Co. Ltd., HANG MEAS Video Co., MICA MEDIA, Co. Ltd, PPCTV Co. Ltd) gather 78% of the viewership. Moreover, 7 of 10 relevant TV channels belong to owners affiliated to the ruling party. This means that they are either on the government payroll or appointed as advisors. • While the PRINT sector is also highly concentrated with the top 4 outlets reaching 59% of the audience, it is important to keep in mind that only one out of 10 Cambodians reads newspapers or magazines. • The Top 4 RADIO stations cover 43% of the audience in Cambodia, which reveals a medium concentration. It is most fragmented, with 8 of the 10 most relevant radio stations, reaching between 3-6% of the audience. • ONLINE news websites are amongst the most popular websites of the country, although the interest for online news remains still limited. It is also important to highlight that the limited amount of data available related to ISPs and phone operators in the country does not allow to fully show the structure of the Internet distribution. • The Top 4 Media corporations and owners (Royal Group, Hang Meas, Hun Mana & Seng Bunveng) together reach 83.4% of the audience across all media sectors. This proofs an exceptionally high concentration of media companies that have a potential influence on public opinion. • The Cambodian Broadcasting Service (CBS) Corporation, that alone gathers 47% in the TV sector, is by far the most important media group in Cambodia. Owned by The Royal Group and established in 2003, CBS counts at least three media-related sister companies ranging from phone operations to digital TV and Internet Service Providers. This makes its owner, Kith Meng, one of the most influential media owners with the potentially highest leverage on public opinion in Cambodia.“Mass media shape the public opinion. Therefore, media pluralism and independence is indispensable for any healthy democratic system. This must include the possibility of criticizing people in power in order to hold them accountable,” says Christian Mihr, Executive Director of the German section of Reporters Without Borders (RSF) on the occasion of his visit to Phnom Penh. “Such a high degree of media concentration as well as political and economical affiliations as we found here in Cambodia puts media pluralism in jeopardy. Furthermore it discourages critical reporting”. He also referred to the annual World Press Freedom Index produced by Reporters without Borders where Cambodia ranks only 139th out of 180 countries.The MOM team encountered two main obstacles during the research process:• The lack of corporate financial data related to the media sector made it impossible to evaluate the economic impact and dimension of concentration.• While there was little public information on ownership structures available, proactively contacted media outlets proved very reluctant to respond: only one third provided complete data upon request. Pa Ngounteang, CCIM Executive Director and operating director of the radio station Voice of Democracy, calls on his fellow media professionals: “All media outlets should be accountable to their audience, to ensure plurality of content and to serve the interests of Cambodian people. Transparency and accountability are inseparable. Transparency of ownership structures not only provides the basis for a more reliable journalism in the newsroom itself but also for its credibility”.The investigation also highlights the following: • Media regulation in Cambodia is in its infancy. The high degree of concentration illustrates the lack of an appropriate legal framework.• The Ministry of Information appears in a critical role being the sole authority to officially allocate and revoke licenses in an opaque process, instead of establishing and entrusting an independent media authority.Christian Mihr concludes: “We encourage the government and legislators to set up an independent body to regulate media concentration and ownership in the country, including a transparent licensing regime as a prerequisite.” Media Contacts :Reporters without Borders / MoM projectUlrike Gruska / Christoph Dreyer, media relations [email protected]: +49 30 60 98 95 33-55Reporters Without Borders / International HeadquartersPerrine Daubas, Head of Communication and [email protected]: +33 1 44 83 84 83Cambodian Center for Independent Media CCIMPa Ngounteang, CCIM Executive Director [email protected]: 060 409999http://www.ccimcambodia.org CambodiaAsia – Pacific News February 24, 2021 Find out more Google experiments drop Australian media from search results December 28, 2020 Find out more CambodiaAsia – Pacific RSF decries Cambodian plan for Chinese-style “Great Firewall” Help by sharing this information Organisation Reporters Without Borders’ Media Ownership Monitor (MOM) provides transparency in the Cambodian media market and reveals high levels of ownership concentration. 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