Author Vicki Croke knows her elephants. A regular contributor to National Public Radio’s “Here & Now” and co-host of “The Wild Life” on WBUR, Croke is the author of the New York Times best-seller “Elephant Company.” She will speak Thursday at 6 p.m. at the Harvard Museum of Natural History about, as her lecture title describes them, “The Half-Wild, Half-Captive Elephants of Burma” and how, paradoxically, the giant pachyderms’ labor for humans has helped to save them in the wild. Her lecture is free and open to the public.Croke, who also is author of “The Lady and the Panda,” discussed her work and her findings in a question-and-answer session with the Gazette.GAZETTE: How did you come to write about the elephants of Myanmar, or Burma, as it was formerly known?CROKE: I fell in love with the story of J.H. “Billy” Williams, who came to Burma in 1920 for the love of elephants. He spent his life working with elephants and working for more humane care for these elephants, the logging elephants of Burma. As it turns out, this whole system that they have in place saved their lives, as elephants vanished from some of the countries around Myanmar.GAZETTE: What is the Myanmar system, and how did it save the elephants?CROKE: Each elephant who worked moving logs had his own uzi — elephant handler. They would work together for their whole lives. Elephant life spans are roughly the same as ours. These guys knew and really loved their elephants. The elephants would work in the morning for four to six hours, dragging and pushing [teak] logs that had been cut down, bringing them to dry creek beds to wait for the monsoons to bring them down. And in the afternoons, the uzis would bring their elephants to a river to be bathed, and the elephants, who wore teak bells around their neck, would be released in the forest. They’d mingle with wild elephants. Elephants only sleep a couple of hours a day, so the majority of their day was spent as wild elephants. They didn’t go far. They didn’t need to, and in the morning, the uzis would follow their tracks. They could tell their own elephants’ track, and listen for the bells — they made their bells so each was unique — and call them back for the morning work.GAZETTE: And having an economic function has saved the elephant?CROKE: Yes. In India, unemployed elephants are begging on the city streets with their mahouts [handlers]. Myanmar has the second-largest population of Asian elephants in the world, and the largest population of captive elephants in the world. Now, as Myanmar is opening up, a whole bunch of conservation groups are rushing in there. What will become of the elephants in Myanmar is an open question, with multinational corporations coming in.GAZETTE: What was Williams’ role in this?CROKE: There was a process called “kheddaring.” They would capture and break young elephants for work: starve them and beat them into submission. When they were heartbroken, then they’d be trained for work in the logging camps. Williams met a master mahout named Po Toke, who thought this system was ridiculous. He had raised a young elephant, named Bandoola, and he said, ‘Look, if you raise a baby, they’re much more reliable. You don’t have to be cruel.’ And so Williams, because he was the Englishman [and that had clout in colonial Burma], got to establish a kind elephant school.In addition, he was an elephant whisperer and a really skilled elephant doctor. [After the daily bath,] Williams would check each elephant for their health. Each elephant had his own ongoing biography, and he’d make notes in each elephant’s logbook about how each was doing.GAZETTE: It would be a shame to mess up a system that has lasted decades.CROKE: It would be a shame if forests were clear-cut, and the elephants lost their home and the work that has made them valuable enough to people to protect them. But it would be wonderful if the elephants there were saved even without having to have a day job.GAZETTE: What’s the most fun thing you learned writing “Elephant Company”?CROKE: When the elephants would get caught by their uzis, they knew what was happening. But if they were eating something particularly good — if they’d gotten into a rice paddy or a pineapple grove — they would stuff their bells with mud to silence them.GAZETTE: And the most surprising?CROKE: I knew that what Williams did in Burma made life better for working elephants, but what I found out in researching the book is that the system that he helped refine basically saved the elephants of Myanmar. It’s amazing to me that what seems counterintuitive — having these beautiful wild creatures in chains for part of the day — turned out to be their salvation, even now.
Following a hugely successful workshop on helping businesses in Donegal get Brexit ready by helping them prepare for customs, Local Enterprise Office Donegal has added a further two workshops on Prepare your Business for Customs- Getting Brexit Ready over the coming weeks.The feedback on the first workshop held in March was very positive, with 30 local businesses engaged on the six steps to prepare their business for Customs after Brexit.And because demand has been so high, further events are now scheduled for Tuesday 16 April in Letterkenny and Thursday 9 May in Solis Lough Eske, Donegal. Businesses in Donegal who are planning on moving goods to, from or through the UK after Brexit are being urged to prepare by attending the one day interactive workshop, but with demand for the limited places, very high – they are being asked to make sure they book in good time.Local Enterprise Office, Donegal, have stressed that the workshop is open to businesses from all sectors.“If the UK leaves the Customs Union and Single Market, it will become a ‘Third Country’ for customs purposes. At this workshop businesses can learn about the potential impacts, formalities and procedures you will need to adopt when trading with a country which is outside the Single Market and Custom Unions (a ‘Third Country’),” Head of Enterprise in Donegal, Michael Tunney said.He added that the workshop, is fully funded by the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation through Enterprise Ireland and is delivered by BDO Ireland on behalf of the Local Enterprise Offices. “It will cover areas such as what export and import procedures apply, how tariffs work and how to correctly classify goods.This workshop is open to businesses from all sectors and the aim is to help Donegal businesses understand:* The Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) process* The Administration process around import and export procedures.* Custom formalities at borders * Tariffs and cost implication of tariffs* Import procedures, such as the Electronic Declaration Process and Automated Entry Processing (AEP)Huge demand for workshops on getting customs ready for Brexit was last modified: April 10th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:BrexitdonegalLEO
25 January 2016This opinion piece by Jen Snowball, Professor of Economics at Rhodes University was first published on The Conversation website on 20 January 2016. An indication of growing international interest in the potential of cultural and creative industries can be seen in a recent set of Unesco guidelines on how to measure and compile statistics about the economic contribution of the cultural industries.But should this be the only reason for funding arts and culture?Cultural industries can be defined as those whose major outputs have some symbolic value – such as fine arts, film and craft – but also possibly including jewellery design, publishing and fashion.Creative industries are defined more broadly. These have knowledge as their major input, and in addition to cultural goods and services could include things such as software design and internet services.Unesco has provided guidelines on ways in which these industries can be classified. But there is still no international consensus. Nor is there likely to be, since different countries will have very different levels of involvement and focus that may shape what information is useful for them.Cultural Times, the first global map of the cultural and creative industries, which was recently released, acknowledges the societal value of arts and culture.Undeniably, culture and creativity have been the cement that binds together not only hearts and souls, but entire societies and nations.This survey quantifies the global economic and social contribution of the sector. The study analyses 11 cultural and creative industry sectors. They are: advertising, architecture, books and newspapers and magazines, gaming and movies, and music, performing arts, radio, television and visual arts.Cultural Times assesses the contribution of cultural and creative industries to economic growth. It estimates that they generate US$250 billion in revenue a year, creating 29.5 million jobs worldwide.The report helps to demonstrate the value of arts and culture. It provides a good rationale for government support of arts and culture, especially in developing countries where there are so many other demands on the public purse.Contribution to jobs and growth in South AfricaSouth Africa is increasingly beginning to focus on its cultural and creative industries as potential contributors to economic growth and job creation. This is reflected in the report, Mzansi’s Golden Economy, which sets out ways in which the arts, culture and heritage sectors can contribute to the growth and development of the country’s economy.In addition, the government recently established the National Cultural Observatory. It will act as a hub for information and research about the economic and social impact of the creative and cultural industries.South Africa did its first cultural and creative industries mapping study in 2014. Though not yet publicly available, it showed that the industries had created between 162 809 and 192 410 jobs, about 1.08% to 1.28% of employment in the country, and that they contribute 2.9% to gross domestic product.Based on interviews with a wide variety of more than 2 000 people involved in the cultural and creative sector, the study also found that firms tended to be small, with more than a quarter (27%) having only one employee, and a further third (34%) employing between two and five people.Women and men were about equal in proportion. More than three-quarters (77%) were from black, coloured or Indian race groups.Given the very severe youth unemployment in South Africa, the industries may be particularly important for job creation: 22% of employees are younger than 18, 18% between 19 and 24, and 19% between 25 and 30. This means that 60% of the workforce in the industries is younger than 34.These findings echo worldwide trends. The global mapping study found that employment in the industries was relatively open to people from all ages and backgrounds (but especially the young), and dominated by small firms. In developing countries, production is dominated by the informal economy.Other spin-offsThe industries are also a potentially important contributor to social cohesion and nation-building through the promotion of intercultural dialogue, understanding and collaboration. This is strongly emphasised in the Department of Arts and Culture’s most recent strategic plan, which was not available online at the time of publication.These are part of a range of spin-offs that artistic production can offer, beyond the straight “instrumental value” – those values that, while undeniably important, are essentially spin-offs of the main point of artistic production.The “intrinsic” values and aims of culture, “art for art’s sake”, are things such as: to entertain, to delight, to challenge, to give meaning, to interpret, to raise awareness, and to stimulate.These non-market values are difficult to measure in monetary terms, but are just as important as the instrumental values.While jobs can be created by many economic activities, what other kinds of production can generate these same intrinsic values?Cultural capital is one. This is defined as the sum total of a country’s wealth or stock of art, heritage and other kind of cultural expression. Like other kinds of capital it needs to be invested in – otherwise it will depreciate and be devalued over time.Public and private sponsorship and support of the arts is particularly important for those producers whose main focus is intrinsic value. Such cultural production is often challenging or disturbing and, while it has a big impact on collective thinking, may not be a financial or market success or may be distributed for free. Think, for example, of the role played by music in the fight against apartheid.While recognising and supporting the very important role that the cultural and creative industries play in the economy, I would argue that we shouldn’t lose sight of the unique intrinsic values that they generate. This includes the reflection and shaping of national and individual identities.Source: The Conversation
Tag: 杭州桑拿 How Mandela nearly ruined my photo
17 December 2013 Former South African president Nelson Mandela may have saved a nation, but he nearly ruined my most treasured photograph, writes Paddy Upton, performance director of the national cricket team and head coach of the Rajasthan Royals When an athlete goes on to the field, in front of a camera or to a public function, they generally put their best foot forward. So do we when we meet our new boss, start a new relationship or meet our significant other’s parents for the first time. It’s easy to put a best foot forward and look good. This does not impress me much. What interests me is who we are when we’re not playing the part that is written on our CV. Who are we being in our private moments when away from scrutinising eyes – when our true character gets to shine through? There are few more telling moments than how we treat the “little” people when no one is watching; people like the restaurant or hotel breakfast waiter, the team bus driver, the not-so-good-looking supermarket teller or the 51st autograph hunter of the day. What would the tea lady, receptionist and janitor at your office say about you?A dream come true During an Indian Premier League tournament I watched Rajasthan Royals’ players Shane Watson and Rahul Dravid thank the bus driver for each journey between the hotel and practice ground. Coach Eric Simons takes it to another level, always asking the bus driver’s name and then daily greeting and thanking him by name. Other players, after a six-week cricket tour, wouldn’t even know what the driver looked like. I watched Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar helping a nervous mother take a photo of himself and her son, knowingly making himself late for the bus but also making the child’s day and possibly a dream come true. This happened in New Zealand and when no one was watching, other than me waiting for him in the lift. This was Sachin when not acting out his CV, but being himself. There are other cricketers I have had the privilege to work with who have shown this soundness of character in private moments – they know who they are and I don’t need to mention them here.Indescribable presence And then the day came. I had the opportunity to meet Nelson Mandela in one of these private moments, out of the public eye … and he nearly ruined a treasured photograph of mine! This story begins a little earlier, in 1996 when I first got to meet Madiba as a member of the South African Cricket team management. I had planned to ask him two questions … and then, as he moved into my space, I became enveloped by an indescribable presence and a powerful stillness overcame me. Video footage showed that we spoke for a brief few moments – but to this day I still have no recollection of the experience. I have no idea what he said to me or what I said to him. I don’t think I asked my planned questions. The team then posed for a photo with Madiba, with him still in the outfit he had been wearing when he attended the Cape Carnival earlier in the day. This was the treasured photo, the one that Madiba himself was to nearly ruin.Autograph A year later we got to meet him again at Newlands Cricket Ground [in Cape Town] before playing an international match. This time I had another question, one that I would not forget to ask. I wanted him to please sign the treasured photo from our last meeting. Due to a tight schedule he told his security officer, Rory Steyn, to have me meet him at his presidential car on his way out of the stadium. I waited; equipped with excitement, my photo and a pen. Due to the crowds, he was ushered hastily past me and into his car. They were about to pull off when he saw me and beckoned the driver to stop. He opened the car door and invited me to sit next to him. As he began to sign, the inkless nib only managed to scratch the photograph. It was one of those pens that you need to put pressure on the nib so that it retracts into the pen and releases ink from the cartridge. I mentioned he should put pressure on the nib, which when he did, resulted in the whole cartridge of gold ink splattering all over the photo. Damn! I should have tested the pen. Damn, my photo was ruined! Without a moment’s thought, the president of our country immediately wiped the photo clean with his trademark Madiba shirt sleeve. He wiped before any ink could dry, cleaning the photo and ruining his shirt with a permanent gold stain. I thought, “Oh no, his shirt is ruined.” He said, “Thank goodness, your photo is not ruined!” He asked for another pen, signed it, and apologised for nearly ruining my photo. It was just us in his car, the president of a country and a lowly fitness trainer – in private and no cameras. In those few moments I witnessed why Nelson Mandela will be remembered in a thousand year’s time as one of the greatest men to have walked the planet. To honour you, Tata Madiba, would be to live the lesson you taught me that day. I accept that I’ll never be as great as you, but I’m embarrassed to acknowledge a deep fear that I’ll not be as humble as you. I promise to try. This is an edited version of a post first published on paddyupton.com. Republished here with kind permission.
Last week’s news that China is planning to restrict the use of true anonymity for its Internet denizens sent collective shudders throughout the human rights community – and may have piqued the interest of Western corporations seeing a huge sales and marketing opportunity.No one with any sort of soul could have been happy about the news on Friday that the Chinese government would be requiring Internet users to provide their real names to Internet service providers, apparently the latest in another round of crack-downs to push down pesky opinions against a government that continues to crack down on citizens.Open Is HardChina is something that I continue to watch with interest. Having watched the zenith and the fall of the old Soviet Union, I have the layman’s sense that China is holding on hard because they know full well what happens when restrictions are eased. The Soviet experiment in glasnost made that abundantly clear.Thirty years after the glasnost policies helped widen the cracks in the Soviet political foundation, China is facing a similar problem. It wants to lock down control of its citizens, but it desperately wants to be a player on the global stage. The problem is, the economy of the world is increasingly dependent on technology and the Internet, something that reeks of openness and transparency. There are differences, of course: the Soviet Union tried glasnost from within, and China is trying to deal with openness from without, but the end result may be the same.Most China pundits also see this particular round of regulations as a short-term solution to the growing problem of exposed scandals within their government; scandals getting back to the Chinese public at-large through the Internet, who have in turn been commenting on the events with increased vigor. It is expected that requiring real names to be collected by Chinese ISPs, regardless of whether a pseudonym is used online, will put the kibosh on such commentary and more.Who Else Could BenefitWhile we get to watch China pull yet-another smack down on freedom of expression, the cynical side of me also has to wonder is outside corporations might not see these newly strengthened policies as an opportunity. When I first read the news coming across the wire last week, my very first thought was that China’s announcement sounded just like Google Plus’ identity policies.I’m not sure Google would appreciate their identity policy being equated with China’s, but if you sign up for Google Plus or other Google services, somewhere along the line you’re going to have to tell them your true identity – or take great lengths to fake Google out. We can argue the merits of this, but for now if you want to swim in Google’s pool, this is the price of admission. We’re told it’s to keep things civil, but knowing the Internet habits of one Brian Proffitt and what he might like to buy could be worth a lot of money, too.Looking at the policies for Google, Facebook and other social platforms where identity is the real currency to be sold to advertisers and marketers, how could any such vendor be able to resist an entire nation of identified Internet users? The opportunities would be huge.To its apparent credit, the Chinese government seems to have already anticipated this issue. When the new rules were announced, strong admonishments were issued for any Internet service provider that might care to start selling this valuable information.Given its value, one wonders how long this professed practice of protecting Chinese identities will last. It should not surprise anyone to see new policies in the future where China will partner with “friendly” multinationals to allow the sale and trade of identity information for marketing and advertising. It’ll either be the Chinese government alone, or a revenue-share plan with the private ISPs to make the deal work for both sides, but it’s bound to happen. Corporations have no souls, after all.History has shown that the Chinese government is no less interested in generating revenue than any other political entity, and if such revenue generation were to come at the expense of monetizing its citizens’ identities, well, what are they going to do? Complain?Image courtesy of Shutterstock. Tags:#China Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts brian proffitt 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market
Pakistan pacer Wahab Riaz says his team is not reading too much into the parallels being drawn with the victorious 1992 World Cup squad despite undergoing a similar resurgent campaign in the 2019 edition.Imran Khan led Pakistan to their first and only World Cup victory 27 years ago and the exact pattern of wins, losses and washouts is being followed in this summer’s showpiece.But Wahab, who took 2/29 and was unbeaten on 15 in his side’s three-wicket victory over Afghanistan here on Saturday, says the relentless mentality of his team is behind its remarkable resurgence.”We don’t really talk about 1992 that much. The first thing is in this team, everybody has the same purpose. That’s where we started off and where we remain.”The turnaround is due to the motivation and the ambition of the team to win this World Cup. Everybody wants that. Obviously, this will be the last World Cup for Shoaib Malik and this is the time we are needed the most.”Pakistan looked down and out after defeat to old rivals India but can now reflect on three successive victories over New Zealand, South Africa and plucky Afghanistan in a thriller at Headingley.Wahab, Mohammad Amir and Shaheen Shah Afridi are the most prolific pace trio at the World Cup so far, taking seven wickets against Afghanistan to add to their enviable haul.Wahab, 34, was left out of Pakistan’s preliminary squad for the tournament but, like his team, he has bounced back and is relishing forming part of a pace unit firing on all cylinders.advertisement”It’s very pleasing the way we are bowling as a team, particularly the way Shaheen has improved,” he said.”Shaheen was under pressure after his first game against Australia but he has come back and taken some important wickets for us.”Amir we already know is one of the best bowlers in the world who swings the ball both ways. That puts pressure on the batsmen to play him. It’s a good combination right now, we are trying to take wickets and that is putting the team in a great position.Also Read | England vs India: Jonny Bairstow 1st player to hit hundred vs India in World Cup 2019Also Read | Mitchell Starc – the unstoppable force that can lead Australia to World Cup gloryAlso See:
Tag: 杭州桑拿 Knowledge Translation in Bangladesh
ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on December 13, 2010November 13, 2014Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)The following is part of a series of project updates from the International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh (ICDDR,B). MHTF is supporting their project, Knowledge Sharing and Knowledge Translation in Bangladesh. More information on MHTF supported projects can be found here.Written by: ICDDR,BThe Knowledge Translation in Maternal Health: Culture and Capacity for Change project staff have successfully reviewed national and international evidence including both published and unpublished studies regarding the role of TBAs in maternal and neonatal health in Bangladesh. The question of the appropriate role for TBAs was identified by national stakeholders as an area of policy and programmatic importance to Bangladesh. The review will be presented at a workshop organized by the SRHR Platform. The workshop will include NGOs and implementing agencies working on safe motherhood and will provide an opportunity to discuss the research evidence in the context of NGO implementation realities. The background review for the workshop will be written up as a paper for wider dissemination. The workshop was initially to be held on November 30, 2010 but due to political instability it had to be postponed until December 14, 2010.A shared internal repository of best-practice and peer-reviewed literature has been created which is organized by topic area related to maternal and neonatal health. A successful knowledge translation example has been featured on the website of ICDDR,B and generated outside interest in knowing more about study results.A meeting with OGSB (Obstetricians and Gynecologists Society Bangladesh) was held on 03 November, 2010 to facilitate development of partnerships with health care professionals. Another meeting with DGHS was held on 07 November, 2010 to discuss the project activities and identify translational champions.A background paper on Maternal, Neonatal and Child Health for HPNSSP 2011-2016 is in progress. The ‘Access for All’ website of the project will be developed and launched by end of December 2010.The course materials for high impact writing are finalized and will be piloted with a small group of researchers by mid December, 2010. The course materials will be revised based on feedback or suggestions and then the course will be offered on a regular basis.One of the MHTF researchers attended the ‘First Global Symposium on Health Systems Research’ held from 16-19 November, 2010 in Montreux, Switzerland on behalf of another project and she benefitted from attending several sessions on current best practices in knowledge translation.Share this:
Tag: 杭州桑拿 MC Lyte Honored At ADCOLOR Awards
For the first time in New York City, ADCOLOR celebrated a collection of the best and brightest in the advertising, marketing, PR, media and entertainment industries at the annual ADCOLOR Awards ceremony at Pier Sixty at Chelsea Piers.ADCOLOR Foundaer Tiffany R. Warren and Janet MockThe event, hosted by Janet Mock, was filled with exciting moments from the evening’s honorees, including legendary lyricist and entertainer MC Lyte, Brim+Brew Founder and Creative Director Maurice Marable, Edelman Executive Vice President and Group Head for Public Affairs Brian Ellner, NBC Chief Marketing Offer Pam El and many more. Awards were presented throughout the night by entertainment industry elite, including Aisha Tyler, Jay Manuel, Baratunde Thurston and Laz Alonso.MC Lyte at the ADCOLOR AwardsEach year, the ADCOLOR Award nominees and honorees are selected based on criteria surrounding ADCOLOR’s motto “Rise Up and Reach Back”. Those recognized work not only to go above and beyond in their own careers, but also go out of their way to help others and make an impact on their peers.Aisha Tyler at the ADCOLOR AwardsEleven awards were distributed throughout the night. The full list of this year’s winners is as follows:ROCK STAR Rock Star is someone who, whether through their primary role or extracurricular activities, stands out as a leader and visionary in the industry. WINNER: Ingrid Otero Smart, President/CEO, Casanova PendrillAD OF THE YEAR New to this year’s event, the Ad of the Year awards a campaign or single execution that pushes boundaries, promotes conversation and highlights the lives of multicultural, LGBT and/or other under-represented Americans in the mass media. WINNER: “Love Has No Labels” | CLIENT: The Ad Council | AGENCY: R/GARISING STAR A Rising Star is an up-and-coming young gun with less than seven years of experience. A Rising Star is someone who stands out among their peers as someone who is raising the bar of excellence as they move forward in their career. WINNER: Justin Adu, Creative Lead, Open Channels Group PRINNOVATOR Established in 2007, an Innovator is an employee who embodies progress and imagination. Someone who stands out among peers as a game changer and pioneer in their role, creating breakthrough developments and/or improvements, whether tangible or intangible. WINNER: Julie Ann Crommett, CS Education in Media Program Manager, GoogleCHANGE AGENT A Change Agent is the individual within a company who is using their talents and position to enhance the corporate culture and create a more inclusive environment. This can be part of or beyond the scope of that person’s primary role. WINNER: Kat Gordon, Founder, 3% ConferenceTHE LEGEND A Legend is a seasoned industry veteran, a trailblazer who pushed the boundaries and created positive change, who wasn’t afraid to be different and who showed brilliance in his/her actions, setting the stage for other generations to take the opportunities made by this legend, even further. HONOREES: Pam El, Chief Marketing Officer, NBA Luis Miguel Messianu, President and Chief Creative Officer, Alma DDBMVP (MOST VALUABLE PARTNERSHIP) This award is presented to two people/companies that work together to provide exceptional and highly effective diversity solutions within their organizations and industries. They may be an agency, marketer, media company or diverse supplier with NMSDC or WBENC certification that teams up for a short or long-term project that furthers diversity and inclusion. WINNER: Johnson & Johnson Family of Consumer Companies + Target 10ONE CLUB|ADCOLOR CREATIVE AWARD The One Club|ADCOLOR Creative Award recipients are creative professional of multicultural background who have demonstrated noteworthy talent and achievement within the media, creative, digital and traditional advertising disciplines. These recipients are chosen by The One Club and will be announced at ADCOLOR Live! HONOREES: Alberto Ponte, Global Creative Director, Wieden + Kennedy R. Vann Graves, President/Chief Creative Officer, Fancy RhinoLIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT The Lifetime Achievement Award honorees are inductees of the American Advertising Federation Hall of Fame. Their inspiring stories of professional and personal success exemplify Rising Up and Reaching Back. Recipients will be announced at ADCOLOR Live! HONOREES: Catherine L. Hughes, Founder and Chairperson, Radio One, Inc. (2015 AAF Advertising Hall of Fame Inductee) Bethann Hardison – Model, Founder of Bethann Management Co. Inc., Producer & Fashion AdvocateCATALYSTS This is presented to an individual who uses his or her platform to serve as the voice of a cause or community – educating and inspiring current and future generations of advertising, marketing, media, PR and entertainment professionals. Each one’s provocative courage, professional brilliance and selfless community outreach have sparked change and propelled progress within their respective industries and the world. The Catalysts are chosen by the ADCOLOR Board of Directors and recipients will be announced at ADCOLOR Live! HONOREES: MC Lyte, legendary lyricist, DJ, actress, entertainer and icon Maurice Marable, Founder and Creative Director, Brim+BrewADVOCATE Award Presented by GLAAD An Advocate is an LGBT advertising, marketing or media professional who increases awareness of LGBT causes within and outside of the communications industry. The Advocate recipient is chosen by GLAAD and the ADCOLOR Board of Directors and recipients will be announced at ADCOLOR Live! HONOREE: Brian Ellner, Executive Vice President and Group Head for Public Affairs, EdelmanFor more information about this year’s Awards and ADCOLOR’s events throughout the year, visit www.adcolor.org
CALGARY – A U.S. agency’s move to kill off a tax loophole enjoyed by certain Enbridge Inc. pipeline subsidiaries in the United States has prompted the company to launch an $11.4-billion initiative to buy back those entities and fold them into a simplified corporate structure.And the Calgary-based company is not alone.Its announcement Thursday coincided with news that American pipeline operators The Williams Cos. and Cheniere Energy Inc. have launched similar multibillion-dollar offers to use their shares to buy out partners in their master limited partnerships (MLPs).MLPs are tax-exempt corporate structures in the United States that pay their profits to investors in dividend-style distributions.In 2016, a U.S. Appeals Court ruled that energy regulators were allowing these companies to benefit from a “double recovery” of taxes, prompting a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission decision in March to end the tax breaks.Enbridge said the decision hurts its subsidiaries by cutting their distributable cash flow. It also has weakened their credit worthiness and ability to raise money from investors, a process that fuels “drop-downs” of assets from Enbridge Inc. in return for cash to support its growth.“Having all of our core assets under one roof will further surface the value of these highly strategic and irreplaceable systems, which should attract a premium valuation,” Enbridge CEO Al Monaco told analysts on a conference call Thursday.He added the moves will be good for credit ratings and funding arrangements because 100 per cent of the cash flow generated by the assets would be “kept in the family and not paid out in third-party distributions.”Analyst Gavin MacFarlane, a vice-president at Moody’s Investors Service, agreed that the Enbridge move is “credit positive” although it doesn’t address all concerns about the company’s complicated debt structure.“Clearly, this type of transaction would be a big first step toward simplifying the organizational structure of the company,” he said.“It doesn’t address the structural subordination of Enbridge Inc. creditors but on the call they indicated they will look at different ways of addressing some elements of the capital structure around the time of completion.”Moody’s downgraded its Enbridge credit rating last year after the company’s $37-billion takeover of U.S.-based Spectra Energy inflated its debt.Earlier this month, TC PipeLines LP, a U.S. pipeline partnership 25 per cent owned by Calgary-based TransCanada Corp., said it would slash distributions to unitholders by 35 per cent due to the FERC move to kill the tax break. It said it is also considering a corporate reorganization.TransCanada filed a request in April for clarification and, potentially, a re-hearing on how the FERC’s proposed changes will affect entities that don’t have typical MLP ownership structures. A spokesman said Thursday there was no update on the situation.If the series of transactions unfold as anticipated, investors in all the Enbridge companies and limited partnerships will exchange their shares for shares in Enbridge Inc., one of North America’s largest energy infrastructure companies.Enbridge is proposing separate all-share offers with the boards of Spectra Energy Partners, L.P., Enbridge Energy Partners, L.P., Enbridge Energy Management, L.L.C. and Enbridge Income Fund Holdings Inc., offering them company shares worth a total of roughly $11.4 billion based on current stock prices.Only Enbridge Energy Partners and Spectra Energy Partners are MLPs but Enbridge said the FERC ruling has negatively affected all four.While Enbridge is the leading investor in each of the businesses, which are considered “sponsored vehicles,” each has a board with a duty to get the best possible deal for other stakeholders.Monaco said Enbridge believes that its proposal will benefit other investors as well by providing them with a direct equity stake in the main company, but acknowledged that it’s possible not all of the transactions will be accepted.“If for some reason we can’t proceed with one of them, because we can’t come to an agreement, then obviously we’ll have to think about other things,” he said.The plan, if accepted on the proposed terms, will have a neutral impact on Enbridge’s current three-year financial guidance and result in a positive impact after 2020, it said Thursday.Monaco said the company is aiming to complete the transactions by the fourth quarter of 2018.Earlier this month, the company announced more than $3 billion in asset sales in a pair of deals including a $1.75-billion agreement to sell a 49 per cent stake in a group of renewable power assets to the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board.In a separate deal, Enbridge said it will sell Midcoast Operating LP to an affiliate of private equity firm ArcLight Capital Partners LLC for about $1.44 billion.Follow @HealingSlowly on Twitter.Companies in this story: (TSX:ENB), (TSX: ENF).
Some Canadians craving a doughnut or double-double but strapped for time can now have Tim Hortons food brought to them as the national chain started testing delivery this week.It’s one of several concepts the coffee-and-doughnut chain, working to overcome an onslaught of negative publicity, is trying out in an effort to remain relevant to Canadian consumers.The coffee-and-doughnut chain launched food delivery with Skip The Dishes, a food delivery app, through 148 restaurants in three cities — Vancouver, Ottawa and Edmonton — Monday.“I think we came in with a mindset that we have to listen to our guests and adapt to their changing needs,” said Alex Macedo, president of Tim Hortons.Macedo, who started in the role less than a year ago, said a slew of new hires, including Duncan Fulton, the chief corporate officer of Tim Hortons parent company Restaurant Brands International, is the reason for the brand’s productivity lately.The company hopes to expand the delivery test beyond those select cities in the coming months, said Fulton, who admits he lives his life on apps like Skip the Dishes, Uber Eats and DoorDash — as do many Tim Hortons customers.Delivery, he said, is something the eatery obviously needs to be doing.It’s not the only company to feel that way. Cineplex announced late last month it started offering concession stand snack delivery via Uber Eats to movie-watchers in 60 communities in Ontario, Alberta, B.C. and Quebec.But Tim Hortons is relying on more than just delivery to garner more enthusiasm for its brand. Another change that just made sense is all-day breakfast, Macedo said.“We’re a breakfast brand and a coffee shop that also sells lunch and dinner,” he said.About 50 restaurants are now serving breakfast any time and if the test produces good results, Tim Hortons will roll out the extended first meal hours nationally before the end of the summer.Its all-day breakfast pilot follows the national roll-out of breakfast any time by rivals McDonald’s Canada and A&W last year.In September, Tim Hortons plans to trial two more changes: a kids menu and a loyalty program.It’s too early for the company to announce what items will grace the kids options, but customers shouldn’t expect items like chicken fingers or burgers.“There’s still a lot of other kids menu items out there … that not everybody’s embracing that could be very unique to Tim Hortons,” said Fulton, who said he thinks about what his two kids would like to eat.The loyalty program will start as a card with basic phone functionality, said Macedo, and will eventually be integrated into the company’s recently launched app that allows customers to order and pay in advance.All the changes come as the company attempts to strengthen relations with its franchisees. Continued public spats between the chain’s parent company RBI and unsanctioned franchisee group The Great White North Franchisee Association over alleged mismanagement resulted in several lawsuits.Some Ontario franchisees’ decisions to cut back employee benefits and paid breaks after the province’s higher minimum wage kicked in further marred the company’s image, with some regulars participating in a boycott and nationwide protests.The brand’s reputation took a big hit on two reputational surveys this year, falling dozens of spots on each one.Macedo and Fulton both acknowledged some things in the past could have been handled better, but said management has changed how it communicates with franchisees in an effort to bolster that relationship and is working with them to implement all these changes smoothly.“I think it’s just going to be a matter of time to prove out that this is a new day,” said Fulton, “and there’s a very sincere interest in working collaboratively with all the franchisees.”— Follow @AleksSagan on Twitter.Companies in this story: (TSX:QSR, TSX:CGX)