Speaking to Rolling Stone, Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour addressed a number of looming questions as he gears up for the release of Rattle That Lock on September 18th.Of course, many Gilmour fans are dying to know why it’s been nine long years since the last solo album, On An Island, was released. Gilmour elaborated:“I meant to get back to things, but life happens and certain things got in the way: raising children, the trials and tribulations of parenthood, being supportive to my wife in her writing endeavors. She’s got a brilliant book coming out called The Kindness. And sometimes, it takes the momentum a little while to get going. I really intended to get one done much quicker than this, but here we are. I’m allowed to take some time off at my age. And like last time, I’m intending to get another one out much quicker next time.”He continued, “It’s come together over a long period of time. When I’m at home and the kids are at school and [my wife] Polly is working, I can go into my studio here and get on with some work. But it’s quite slow and leisurely, not very driven. And over a period of time, you realize that you’ve actually got a lot of material, and you try to focus on what you’ve got. It’s a lot of disparate pieces of music, and you turn that into an album. That last process began a couple of years ago, but I had to take a couple of months out when Pink Floyd did the Endless River project. But then I came back to it and have been fully focused since then.”After some discussion about the conceptual nature of Rattle That Lock, Gilmour digs into his upcoming solo tour, which will kick off in March 2016.He says, “I’ve got the band booked. I’ve got the rehearsal space booked. But I haven’t even started thinking about anything to do with it yet, but it’s my next project. It’s my task to settle down to after breakfast tomorrow.”He then revealed the lineup for his solo band, saying that the keyboardists will be “Jon Carin and Kevin McAlea, who played at the Kate Bush shows in London last year.” He continued, explaining that ” Phil [Manzanera] will be playing guitar; Guy Pratt on bass. Steve Distanislao will be on drums.”When asked about playing Pink Floyd music, he said that “anything that feels like it’ll fit and it’ll be fun, I’ll do it. I might do “Shine On You Crazy Diamond” again. I haven’t completely closed the door to Pink Floyd songs. They’re so much fun.”But despite his fondness for the music, Gilmour confirmed the recent news that the Pink Floyd chapter of his life is over.“I’ve enjoyed that part of my life; that life has given me so much. There’s been a lot of joy, a lot of laughter, a lot of creative satisfaction. We’ve had a lot of good companionship for 95 percent of our time together. I wouldn’t want that five percent that was a little more sour to make my view of it less enjoyable. All things must pass. All things must come to an end. I don’t want to go back there. I’ve done it.”You can read the full interview here, via Rolling Stone.
A recent survey by the Community Campus Advisory Coalition (CCAC) gathered information on local college students’ perceptions of South Bend, which CCAC said will be used “to improve the student experience in South Bend and increase the city’s ability to retain students after graduation.” The data was collected from more than 3,500 students at Notre Dame, Saint Mary’s, Holy Cross College, Bethel College, Indiana University South Bend, Ivy Tech Community College, Purdue College of Technology South Bend and Indiana University School of Medicine (South Bend). On a scale of one to seven, students rated South Bend 3.64 as a city, the survey results stated. They gave a 4.17 when asked how well they feel they know South Bend and a 4.31 about whether they feel South Bend is a positive place to receive an education. The lowest number, 2.53, corresponds to whether students would consider living in South Bend following graduation. Notre Dame student body president Alex Coccia said he thinks of the relatively small survey as “a first snapshot” and a starting point for continuing to organize student feedback mechanisms. Coccia said his administration has been planning to emphasize community engagement, especially with the incoming class of 2017. “Obviously, the more time students spend in South Bend, the better perception they have of the city,” he said. “That’s why we really want to focus on freshman engagement in South Bend, whether that’s the freshman bus tour we want to do or a student government night out at the Silver Hawks game solely for the freshmen in that first week when they’re here. “We figure if freshmen and sophomores have good experiences with South Bend then when they move off campus as juniors and seniors, they already know about being good neighbors [and] they already know what’s available. It just creates a better environment.” The survey said the top three reasons for students not residing in South Bend after graduation were employment, entertainment and safety. Timothy Sexton, Notre Dame’s associate vice president for state and local public affairs, said the results seem consistent with his previous experiences at the University. “On a daily basis, we hear about what people want in a ‘cool’ community – they want jobs, safety and a fun atmosphere,” he said. “All those things come together to make a really nice community, and it’s not a surprise [to me] that it was articulated in this survey.” Sexton reiterated Coccia’s thoughts on engaging freshmen in the community, pointing to the bus tour guided by community leaders as a primary example of outreach he believes will be beneficial. “We need to expose them to [South Bend] and show them what’s beyond just the campus here at Notre Dame … and at all the local higher-education institutes,” he said. “There’s more than just the campus. There are a lot of opportunities to take advantage of.” The results of this survey are a “good benchmark” in the city’s ongoing efforts to keep graduates around, Sexton said. According to Coccia, retaining recent graduates from the area schools is one of South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg’s major projects, preventing what Buttigieg calls “brain drain.” “Part of the takeaway and action items from this survey is [asking ourselves], ‘Okay, how can we get thorough student feedback … about what it is that’s going to make South Bend this increasingly cool place so they’ll want to stay in the city?,’” Coccia said. Sexton said the survey results concerning economic development align with Notre Dame’s focus on research and innovation. “These results affirm the direction we’ve been taking … in the last few years, with the University’s research becoming a growing focus,” he said. “A lot of the economic development comes from the research done on campus and cultivating that in the businesses that are expanding in our community. They’re always looking to hire new people and bring in new innovation.” Thirteen percent of respondents said they do not spend any time in the city, while 30 percent spend 1 to 2 hours, 22 percent spend 3 to 5 hours and 11 percent spend 6 to 10 hours. The survey said 24 percent spend more than 10 hours per week in South Bend. According to the CCAC’s analysis, “the hourly breakdown of activities [reported] truly shows the immense impact of students in the South Bend community.” The data showed that with approximately 30,000 students in the South Bend area, students contribute more than 45,000 hours of community service per week and spend more than 60,000 hours supporting local restaurants. There is a difference between students’ perceptions of the city and the reality beyond campus, Coccia said. He plans to review the data with his administration and the Co-Campus Council, which gathers representatives from Notre Dame, Saint Mary’s, Ivy Tech and Indiana University South Bend, and “make positive suggestions for the city using this data.” Coccia said student government’s efforts to promote projects and commitments that go beyond ordinary service activities have the potential to affect students’ perceptions of the city and its residents in positive ways. “It’s all about building relationships with people and building this mutual commitment with residents of South Bend, so it’s not just a one-and-done service project,” he said. “It’s about building those relationships and working on something with meaningful impact, … and I think Notre Dame students would be especially prime for that kind of interaction.” Contact Ann Marie Jakubowski at [email protected]
Upon enrolling your child in any school site, parents must present the following documentation:Proof of residency. This can be a utility bill, rental agreement, mortgage document or Lincoln Military Housing Agreement.Proof of immunizations against polio, measles, mumps and rubella (MMR), diphtheria, whooping cough and tetanus, or a permanent medical exemption.Students new to California must also provide:Proof of immunization against chickenpox or proof of having had chickenpox.Kindergarten and first-grade students new to the district or attendance area:Must provide a copy of a birth certificate, baptismal certificate or passport.Must present proof of vaccination against hepatitis B and chickenpox.Children must be 5 years of age or older, on or before Sept. 1, to be eligible to attend kindergarten.A transitional kindergarten is the first year of a two-year kindergarten program that uses a modified kindergarten curriculum that is age and developmentally appropriate. Pursuant to law (EC 48000[c]), a child is eligible for transitional kindergarten if a child will have his or her fifth birthday between Sept. 2 and Dec. 2. For more information on transitional kindergarten in California, go to www.cde.ca.gov/ci/gs/em/kinderfaq.asp#E3.All first-grade students:Must provide proof of recent physical examination.Must be at least 6 years old by Sept. 1 of the school year.All seventh-grade students:Must provide proof of vaccination against chickenpox, hepatitis B and a second MMR vaccination. (This can be turned in at registration for new students or on the first day of school for continuing students.)
Black Box today introduced Connected Buildings — a suite of solutions and services that the company says enables digital experiences in smart, IoT buildings.The Black Box Connected Building is enabled by multiple technologies: 5G/CBRS and Wi-Fi to augment existing wireless systems and create fully connected buildings; edge networking and data centers to collect data where it’s created and combine it with AI to make smarter devices; and cybersecurity for governance and assessments, incident and event monitoring, endpoint detection and response, and VPN and firewall services.The Connected Building service offering includes assessment, consulting and project management, coupled with on-site services for configuration, staging, installation and logistics. Black Box accomplishes this with four solution offerings:Multisite Deployments.IoT Deployments.Structured Cabling and Networking.Digital Transformation.
The session of the General Assembly of the Adris Group, held today in Rovinj, ended the holding of the annual general meetings of the shareholders of the companies within the Group.In the last five years, Adris has invested more than four billion kuna. On average, it generated a net profit of almost HRK 427 million per year, while in 2016 the profit amounted to HRK 501 million. The average annual dividend growth was, without the extraordinary dividend, 21 percent. The share price averaged 16 percent annually for the preferred and 24 percent for the common stock. Maistra, on the other hand, increased operating revenues by almost 40 percent and operating and net profit by 2,4 times. Cromaris increased its sales revenue by almost eight times. Croatia osiguranje was financially and organizationally restructured in 2016 as well. made a net profit higher by 54 percent. Growth in new business profits has completely offset the tobacco division’s operations. These are the main conclusions from the session of the General Assembly.Obrazlažući prošlogodišnje poslovne rezultate i plan poslovanja za ovu godinu, predsjednik Uprave Adris grupe, mr. Ante Vlahović, istaknuo je kako je Adris, u okolnostima najniže stope rasta hrvatskoga gospodarstva u regiji i daljnjeg pada konkurentnosti, uspješno dovršio transformaciju tvrtke i ostvario snažan rast svih pokazatelja poslovanja. „With today’s assembly, we have formally completed the transformation of Adris. Instead of a business to which we could no longer add value, we created growing and long-term sustainable businesses. Adris’ investment potential is greater than ever. ”Said Vlahović.As he announced, Adris will invest an additional four billion kuna by 2021, of which two billion in tourism. “We are also ready for bigger challenges, we have our own criteria and we are waiting for the right opportunity”, Vlahovic pointed out.In 2016, the Adris Group generated total revenue in the amount of HRK 5,55 billion, while operating revenue amounted to HRK 5,11 billion. Revenue from sales of goods and services amounted to HRK 3,97 billion. HRK 2,81 billion was generated on the domestic market and HRK 1,16 billion on foreign markets. Net profit amounts to HRK 501 million, which is an increase of 27 percent compared to last year. Excluding the one-off effects of extraordinary net profit generated by the transaction of the tobacco part of the business, net profit after minority interests amounts to HRK 446 million, which is 19 percent more than last year’s profit.Maistra continues the investment cycle with the growth of all key business indicatorsIn 2016, Maistra continued to grow all key business indicators, while continuing to invest in the highest segments of the hotel offer. “With investments of HRK 490 million in 2016, a new investment cycle was launched, within which more than HRK 2021 billion will be invested by XNUMX, thus continuing the process of premiumization of our portfolio.”, Said the President of the Management Board of Maistra, Tomislav Popović. In 2016, almost HRK 500 million was invested. The largest investment, worth more than 300 million kuna, is the family hotel Amarin. Also, in 2016, the construction of the new Park Hotel began, a key product in the process of completing the top hotel offer in Rovinj.Maistra’s sales policy is aimed at increasing the share of direct sales channels, whose share is twice as high today as in 2011. Consequently, average sales prices are also rising. In 2016, price growth was six percent with an increase in the number of overnight stays of three percent, which led to an increase in revenue and operating and net profit.In 2016, Maistra generated operating revenue of HRK 950 million, which is ten percent more than last year’s revenue. Operating profit amounted to HRK 221 million or nine percent more than in 2015. Net profit amounts to HRK 131 million, which is an increase of 28 percent. In 2016, 3,13 million overnight stays were realized, which, compared to last year, represents an increase of three percent.Hotel Hilton in Dubrovnik proved to be a successful acquisition within the policy of investing in the highest segment of the hotel offer. It recorded an increase in all key indicators. Overnight stays in 2016 increased by four percent, prices by one, and accommodation revenues by five percent. Operating profit amounted to HRK 16 million, an increase of 22 percent. Net profit amounts to HRK 12 million or 53 percent more than the profit realized in 2015.With the announced investment cycle, the strong growth of booking in Maistra, compared to last year, is an indicator of growing demand and the announcement of the continuation of positive trends point out from Adris.HRK 279 million for dividend paymentAfter the General Assembly adopted the financial statements for 2016, it also made a decision on the use of the 2016 profit. The total realized profit after tax for 2016 amounts to HRK 236 million and is allocated to the Company’s statutory reserves. The amount of HRK 279 million will be set aside from the undistributed retained earnings of the Company for the payment of dividends, which amounts to HRK 17 per share. The dividend will be paid on July 21, 2017, to the accounts of the shareholders according to the balance and statement of the Central Depository and Clearing Company on June 30, 2017. The calculated amount of dividend on treasury shares is retained in retained earnings.PRILOG: PREZENTACIJA – POSLOVNI REZULTATI ADRIS GRUPE
African countries develop malaria policy briefsSix African countries have published policy briefs on how to improve access to malaria treatment within their borders, marking a significant step in efforts to develop evidence-based health policies, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced. The countries are Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Ethiopia, Mozambique, and Uganda. “This is a significant achievement because it represents the first time that policy-makers, researchers, and members of civil society in [the six countries] have collaborated with each other to better use scientific evidence to produce health policies,” the WHO said. The nations worked with EVIPNet, the Evidence-informed Policy Network, a knowledge-transfer initiative launched in 2005, to develop the policies. EVIPNet teams in the countries used WHO guidelines and national health information to fashion policies that respond to the countries’ own needs and resources, the WHO said. The policy briefs, focusing on access to artemisinin-based combination treatments, have been published in the International Journal of Technology Assessment and Health Care. South Africa’s Rift Valley fever epidemic growsSouth Africa’s Rift Valley fever (RVF) outbreak reached 186 cases with 18 deaths as of May 10, the WHO reported yesterday, citing government information. Cases have occurred in Free State, Eastern Cape, Northern Cape, Western Cape, and North West provinces. The WHO also reported that further tests on a German tourist who fell ill after a trip to South Africa showed she has a rickettsial infection, also known as tick fever, not RVF as previously reported. RVF mainly affects animals but can spread to humans through contact with blood or organs of infected animals or through mosquito bites. The WHO is not advising against travel to South Africa, but it said travelers should avoid contact with animal hides or raw meat, refrain from consuming unpasteurized milk, and take precautions against insect bites.May 12 WHO update on RVF May 13, 2010 CDC E coli report shows role for intact beef safeguardsThe US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today published an analysis of an investigation into a pair of Escherichia coli O157:H7 coli outbreaks in 2008 that were linked to the same beef slaughter facility. The findings, in Morbidity and Morality Weekly Report (MMWR), focus on two outbreaks, probed by a host of federal and state agencies, that sickened at least 99 people in 18 states. Though the CDC doesn’t name the beef processor in its analysis today, reports on the outbreaks from 2008 suggest it is Nebraska Beef, Ltd., based in Omaha. A spokeswoman from the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) had said the outbreaks involved different strains of E coli O157:H7. By Aug 14, 2008, Nebraska Beef had recalled 1.36 million pounds of its ground beef and beef cuts. A USDA investigation of the company’s slaughtering facility had found that production practices were inadequate to prevent E coli O157:H7 contamination, and the company implemented measures to correct the gaps, according to today’s CDC report. Investigators concluded that, despite E coli detection advances and safety improvements at beef production facilities, outbreaks continue to occur. It said the outbreaks were notable because they involved intact cuts, suggesting more hide contamination safeguards were needed, and that improved processing controls, such as testing programs at firms that process trim from intact cuts, may help reduce E coli contamination.May 14 MMWR reportAug 11, 2008, CIDRAP News storyAug 14, 2008, Nebraska Beef, Ltd., recall Global polio cases dropped slightly in 2009Global polio cases numbered 1,606 in 2009, down slightly from the 1,651 cases reported in 2008 and within the range of cases reported annually since 2005 (1,315 to 1,997), the CDC reported today. Seventy-eight percent of the cases were in the four countries where polio is still endemic (Afghanistan, India, Nigeria, and Pakistan). Another 13% of cases occurred in 15 previously polio-free countries after wild polio virus was imported, and 9% were in four countries where transmission was re-established after importation. The CDC said the Global Polio Eradication Initiative is adopting a new strategic plan for 2010-2012 with a goal of interrupting transmission by the end of 2012.CDC polio report in May 14 MMWR
Daily Postcard: A buck reaches high for apples on a tree early Thursday evening at a residence on Walnut Street. Photo by Anthony S. ClarkThese bucks are going after the low lying fruit that has dropped on the ground from an apple tree at a residence Thursday on Walnut Street. Photo by Anthony S. ClarkBucks with velvet racks spotted sniffing around for apples Thursday on Walnut Street. Photo by Anthony S. Clark
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LNG Limited of Australia, the developer of U.S. Magnolia LNG project, confirmed that it is in talks with BNP Paribas after The Australian newspaper on Tuesday reported that the company wa set to announce it had appointed BNP Paribas to help it secure the $US 1.54 billion debt funding required for the Magnolia LNG project.“The Company is aware of the article and notes that it is in discussions with BNP Paribas in relation to the project finance advisor role for the Magnolia LNG Project,” LNG Limited said in a statement.“Any project finance advisor role will be subject to a fully termed mandate letter, which the Company has not yet signed with any bank,” it added.The Magnolia LNG project comprises up to four gas liquefaction trains, each with a guaranteed capacity of 1.7 mtpa and an estimated nameplate capacity of 2.0 mtpa.LNG limited anticipates receiving final United States federal and state permitting in 2015, commencement of construction in 2015, and initial start‐up of operations in mid‐2018.[mappress]LNG World News Staff, November 28, 2013; Image: LNG Ltd
While the Middle Eastern airline noted that its interest in IAG is purely financial, it stated that the increased shareholding reflects the strength of commercial and strategic ties between the two companies.”We continue to be highly supportive of IAG’s strategy and management team and we do not intend to increase our percentage shareholding further unless there are material changes to the current situation,” said Akbar Al Baker, group chief executive of Qatar Airways.www.qatarairways.com.qawww.iairgroup.comwww.equipmentcorps.com