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Applications open for Australia-Harvard Fellowships

first_img Read Full Story Australia-Harvard Fellowships are offered by the Harvard Club of Australia Foundation supporting learned exchange between Harvard University and Australia.These fellowships are aimed at creative scientists normally based at Harvard who have a persuasive plan for collaborative work in Australia with the country’s  best bioscience researchers and educators. The award also supports Australian researchers who wish to follow-up joint initiatives at Harvard.The Foundation seeks to attract applicants whose work will bring clear benefit to Australia as well as to Harvard. Fellows will participate in a working visit of several months, during which they will interact widely with educators and students. Some senior applicants favor a shorter visit, but one that enables them to take a primary role in a symposium or instructional course open to numbers of Australians. Another option is the opportunity to undertake longer studies of sabbatical duration, for example.The Foundation especially values applicants who can demonstrate strong potential for “breakthrough” impacts resulting from their collaborations and where its contribution may be seen as “seed capital” for superior innovations.Australia-based applicants become eligible when they can demonstrate significant value in working at Harvard with a former fellow from Harvard, and have the intention to bring advances back to their Australian institutions.Grants are donated to eligible Australian institutions which administer the funds on standard terms.Further details of Australia-Harvard Fellowships are on Harvard Club of Australia’s website at: http://www.harvardclub.org.au/australia-harvard-fellowships/Applications for 2020 awards close on Sept. 10, 2019. Successful applicants will be notified by end of December 2019.last_img read more

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GMP shareholders approve sale

first_imgGREEN MOUNTAIN POWER SHAREHOLDERSVOTE IN FAVOR OF ACQUISITIONBY NORTHERN NEW ENGLAND ENERGY CORPORATION,A SUBSIDIARY OF GAZ MÉTRO LIMITED PARTNERSHIPCOLCHESTER, VT&. Green Mountain Power Corporation (NYSE: GMP) shareholders on October 31, 2006,overwhelmingly approved a proposed agreement and plan of merger with Northern NewEngland Energy Corporation (NNEEC) and its wholly-owned subsidiary Northstars MergerSubsidiary Corporation. The transaction is expected to close during the second quarter of 2007,pending state and federal regulatory approval.This transaction has clear benefits for our customers, and, we believe, for the entire state ofVermont, said Chris Dutton, president and CEO of Green Mountain Power.As we seek energy sources to power Vermonts future, we recognize that we will have tocompete in a volatile energy market with large, sophisticated players. We believe our customerswill benefit from our new owners financial strength and market depth when we negotiate newpower contracts to replace the expiring long-term contracts with Vermont Yankee and HydroQuébec. In fact, immediately after the announcement of the acquisition, both S&P and Moodyscredit rating agencies upgraded the outlook on Green Mountain Power, said Mr. Dutton.NNEEC is a Vermont corporation and a wholly-owned subsidiary of Gaz Métro LimitedPartnership (TSX-GZM.UN), a leading Québec energy company with a long history of investmentin Vermont. NNEEC has been the parent company of Vermont Gas Systems since 1986.The Board of Directors of Green Mountain Power approved this transaction because webelieve it provides a fair price to shareholders and will improve the financial strength of thecompany, said Nordahl Brue, chairman of Green Mountain Powers Board of Directors.Mr. Dutton said that the transaction will provide further benefits to customers through thecreation of the Green Mountain Power Efficiency Fund. The new Efficiency Fund will providemore than $9 million in benefits for Green Mountain Power customers, Mr. Dutton said. It willinvest in demand side management and other innovative efficiency programs, including, potentially,combined heat and power, district heating, distributed generation and renewable generation.Green Mountain Power will continue to be managed by its current leadership team and theCompany will continue to operate out of its existing offices in Vermont. Employees will beretained and the current labor contract with IBEW Local 300 will continue in place. The Companywill remain under the jurisdiction of state and federal regulators.More than 97 percent of the shareholders present or represented at a special shareholdersmeeting voted for approval of the merger agreement. The votes cast represented 72 percent of thetotal shares outstanding and eligible to vote. Authorization of the agreement and plan of mergerrequired approval by a vote of a majority of the outstanding shares.On June 22, 2006, Green Mountain Power Corporation and Northern New England EnergyCorporation announced a merger agreement whereby Green Mountain Power would become awholly-owned subsidiary of NNEEC in a cash transaction valued at approximately $187 million, or$35 per share.Gaz Métro is a major distributor of natural gas in Québec and the northeastern United States.In addition, the company operates businesses providing district heating and urban waterrehabilitation services in Québec and Ontario. As of the end of 2005, Gaz Métro had assets of morethan $2.5 billion (Canadian). Gaz Métro is also the parent company of Vermont Gas Systems,which has 115 Vermont-based employees. Gaz Métro currently has a strong credit rating that, inrecent years, has been higher than Green Mountain Powers current BBB rating.Green Mountain Power is a public utility operating company that transmits, distributes andsells electricity and utility construction services in the State of Vermont in a service territory withapproximately one quarter of Vermonts population. It serves approximately 90,000 customers.Forward-looking StatementsThis news release contains forward looking statements about Green Mountain Power. Statements that are nothistorical or current facts, including statements about beliefs and expectations are forward looking statements. Thesestatements often include the words may, could, would, should, believes, expects, anticipates,estimates, intends, plans, targets, potentially, probably, projects, outlook, or similar expressions. Theseforward-looking statements cover, among other things, anticipated future plans and prospects of Green MountainPower. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made, and Green Mountain Power undertakes noobligation to update them in light of new information or future events.Forward-looking statements involve inherent risks and uncertainties, and many factors could cause actual resultsto differ materially from those anticipated, including those described in the Annual Report on Form 10-K for the yearended December 31, 2005, of Green Mountain Power, which you should read carefully, as well as the companys otherfilings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the SEC). The following factors, among others, could causeactual results to differ materially from the anticipated results or other expectations expressed in the forward-lookingstatements: (1) the businesses of Green Mountain Power and NNEECs subsidiary Northstars Merger SubsidiaryCorporation may not be combined successfully, or such combination may take longer, be more difficult, timeconsumingor costly to accomplish than expected; and (2) governmental approvals of the merger may not be obtained,or adverse regulatory conditions may be imposed in connection with governmental approvals of the merger.– 30 —last_img read more

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Australia seeks answers on reported Chinese coal ‘ban’

first_imgBirmingham stopped short of confirming that an unofficial coal embargo had been introduced, but his comments give credence to rumours that have swirled in the sector for weeks.”I don’t want us to get ahead of ourselves in terms of the speculation there, but we are working with industry and taking action and having discussions there with China,” he said. Several trade publications including S&P Global Platts have reported that Chinese state-controlled energy providers and steel mills had received a “verbal notice” from the government to stop buying Australian coal.It is the latest flare-up in a relationship that in recent months been peppered by trade rows and spy scandals. Australia on Tuesday called for China to clarify whether restrictions have been placed on the import of Australian coal, a potentially significant hit to the already struggling economy Down Under.Trade Minister Simon Birmingham said he had asked via diplomatic channels whether China had instructed its companies to stop buying Australian coal — a business worth around US$10 billion a year — as political punishment.”I’ve had discussions with the Australian industry, and we are making approaches to Chinese authorities in relation to that speculation,” he told Sky News.  A ban on Australian coal could have serious implications for the country’s resource-dependent economy, which is already in its first recession in almost 30 years.It would also be a blow to Australia’s conservative government, which has swatted aside environmental concerns to heavily promote the faltering coal industry in order to safeguard political support in key parts of the country.Australian ministers have said they struggle to make contact with their Chinese counterparts, as Beijing has put relations into deep freeze.Their ties have soured considerably as China has become more aggressive in pursuing its interests overseas.After Australia called for an investigation into how the coronavirus outbreak began, Beijing responded by threatening Australian wine, beef and barley exports.Beijing has also warned people not to visit Australia for study or tourism — a vital economic sector — alleging anti-Asian racism in the wake of the pandemic.Birmingham expressed hope that the coal issue would resolve itself.”We have over recent years seen that there’s a pattern that has involved previous disruptions to the flow of Australian coal into China,” he said.”But the market has then recovered as a result of a range of different factors including the application of some domestic quotas, it seems, in the Chinese system.” Topics :last_img read more

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Arsenal lining up January move for £43m Pau Torres to solve defensive woes

first_imgArsenal lining up January move for £43m-rated Pau Torres to solve defensive woes Torres made his international debut last week and even got on the scoresheet (Picture: Getty)They could also back him in the transfer market, with The Sun reporting that they are exploring a January swoop for Villarreal centre-back Torres.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTThe 22-year-old, who has played every minute in La Liga this season, is increasingly hot property after scoring on his debut for Spain against Malta on Friday night after replacing skipper Sergio Ramos.Given his growing profile, Torres will not come cheap and he has a £43million release in his contract which does not expire until 2024.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalBut that has not put off Arsenal, who are exploring the possibility of constructing a deal similar to the one which secured Nicolas Pepe.Although the Ivory Coast winger’s £72m arrival from Lille in the summer smashed Arsenal’s transfer record, they only paid £20m up front. Metro Sport ReporterSunday 17 Nov 2019 8:21 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.1kShares Arsenal constructed a five-year payment plan with Lille when signing Pepe (Picture: Getty)The remaining £52m will be paid off over five years and Gunners bosses are hoping a similar transfer package, staggered over several years, will be acceptable to Villarreal.Emery will know all about Torres, who has emerged as a central figure at Villarreal this season after spending the previous campaign on loan at Malaga, while Manchester City have also been credited with interest in the cultured, left-footed defender.MORE: Barcelona ‘upset’ after failing to sign Arsenal striker Gabriel MartinelliMORE: Arsenal hope to use Granit Xhaka transfer to sign rising star Denis ZakariaMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City Commentcenter_img The young Spanish defender has been ever-present so far this season (Picture: Getty)Arsenal have identified Villarreal defender Pau Torres as the man to solve their defensive problems and are reportedly ready to get creative to sign the centre-back in January.The Gunners have endured a poor start to the new season, sitting in sixth place after winning just four of their first 12 games and recording a negative goal difference.That poor run of form, coupled with questionable tactical decisions and selections, has seen the pressure on Unai Emery grow – though the club have publically backed their manager. Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

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Ian Wright hails ‘unbelievable’ Gareth Bale’s looming return to Spurs and rates top-four chances

first_imgIan Wright hails ‘unbelievable’ Gareth Bale’s looming return to Spurs and rates top-four chances Advertisement Advertisement The Welshman is set to return to north London on loan (Pictures: Premier League Productions / Getty)Ian Wright is confident Gareth Bale is still a top-level talent who can catapult Tottenham Hotspur into the top four this season, backing his looming return to the club to be a big success.Spurs are closing in on a stunning agreement with Real Madrid which will see the Welshman – once the world’s most expensive player – return to north London on loan, while teammate Sergio Reguilon is also on the verge of completing a permanent move too.Although there are question marks over Bale’s displays for Real last season and his age, Wright believes he is worth an extra 20 points per season for Spurs if he stays fit. Bale left Spurs seven years ago to join Real for a then world-record fee (Picture: Getty)‘His ability is undoubted and the Spurs fans should be excited, simply because of the lift it will give them. It’s no different to what [Arsenal] have got with our talisman Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.‘He was their main man and if he comes back and has any kind of impact like that, it’s not only going to give the fans a lift but the dressing room. I think it’s a dressing room that needs a lift as well. For him to come in, it will give the kind of boost that Tottenham really need at this stage of the season.’Asked where Spurs will finish the season, he added: ‘One place below Arsenal! No, with Gareth Bale on form they can easily get in the top four.’MORE: Dimitar Berbatov claims Gareth Bale would give Tottenham the Premier League’s best attackMORE: Gareth Bale’s agent reveals Real Madrid star’s conversation with Jose Mourinho over Tottenham transferFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page.center_img Metro Sport ReporterThursday 17 Sep 2020 2:07 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link4.5kShares Comment Bale only netted two La Liga goals last season after being sidelined by Zidane (Picture: Getty)‘You have to say, if he can modify his game and play in that area up with the top three, him, Heung-min Son and Harry Kane – which sounds fantastic – then it’s going to be an unbelievable signing,’ Wright told Premier League Productions.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘You’re talking about somebody who is easily worth 15 or 20 goals, and how many points? 20 odd points? What’s that going to do for Spurs? Definitely going to be in the top four and challenging.‘And if you’re talking about the defence, with Reguilon and Matt Doherty, with that thrust that they’ve got – that’s what Harry Kane was missing.’Asked if there should be any worries over Bale’s intensity levels having played so little, Wright continued: ‘There has to be question marks. What people can’t get carried away with is: you’re not getting the Bale that left, obviously. You’re getting an older Bale, a more experienced Bale, but we’re still talking about a world-class Bale.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘If he can come back and get anywhere near what he used to do – though you’re not expecting him to hit that form – but at 31 if he can do anything there it’s going to be exciting for Tottenham.‘The amount of goals he’s scored that were winning goals for Spurs, the amount of games he won on his own for Spurs. When he left, at the time, for me he was easily one of the best players in the world.last_img read more

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Robredo urged to reveal all drug war findings

first_img“Hindikailangan itago. Kung ano ang discoveries na nakita niya whether it is good or bad for the administration,”Aquino added. MANILA – After her announcement toreveal her findings and observations on the government’s drugwar, Vice President Leni Robredo has been urged to disclose all her recoveriesduring her 19-day stint as co-chairperson of the Inter-Agency Committee onAnti-Illegal Drugs (ICAD). Vice President Leni Robredo. ABS-CBN NEWS “I urge her to open up,” PhilippineDrug Enforcement Agency Aaron Aquino said in a press conference on Thursday. Philippine National Police (PNP) spokesman Brigadier General Bernard Banac, for his part, said that Robredo’s impeding revelation may help the government effectively implement its anti-drugs initiatives. Robredo confirmed on Tuesday that shewill divulge on Dec. 16 her discoveries from her time as the country’s antidrugczar. “Ano mang ipapahayag ng ating Vice President Leni Robredo sa ikakabuti ng ating kampanya laban sa ilegal na droga ay welcome sa PNP. Inaasahan natin na magagamit natin ito para maging mas epektibo ang ating kampanya laban sa droga,” said Banac./PNlast_img read more

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Australia issues new evacuation alerts

first_imgMERIMBULA – Australian authoritiesissued new warnings and evacuation notices across the country’s southeast onThursday as a return of hot weather fanned huge bushfires, threatening severaltowns and communities.    Twenty-six people have died whilethousand others have been made homeless as fires scorched through over10.3-million hectares (25.5-million acres) of land. Smoke and haze over mountains are seen from a No 11 Squadron P-8A Poseidon conducting damage assessment and surveillance in the bushfire-affected area near Cooma, New South Wales, Australia on Jan. 7. SGT MURRAY STAFF/AUSTRALIAN DEPARTMENT OF DEFENCE/HANDOUT VIA REUTERS A disaster notice in the state ofVictoria was extended by two days and people in danger zones were told toleave. In neighboring New South Wales, authorities told residents to preparefor worsening weather conditions. Ecologists at the University of Sydneyhave estimated the number of animals killed or injured in the fires to onebillion.(Reuters)last_img read more

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Big Oaks Conservation Society to host old-fashioned ice cream social

first_imgMadison, In. — The Big Oaks Conservation Society and Big Oaks National Wildlife Refuge will host an old-fashioned ice cream social Monday, August 6 at the historic Oakdale Schoolhouse at 5 p.m. There will be short walking tours and short van tours of Big Oaks National Wildlife Refuge before the serving of dessert.Oakdale School is a one room stone schoolhouse built in 1869 and is located on Big Oaks National Wildlife Refuge, which is overlaid on the closed Jefferson Proving Grounds. The school will be open for tours and viewing at the event. To attend the event, follow the brown directional signs to the refuge office off of Highway 421. Additional signs will direct visitors to Oakdale Schoolhouse, which is located on Paper Mill Road (Morgan Road on the refuge).last_img read more

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Check the Status of Your Stimulus Check Here

first_imgMillions of Americans should see their coronavirus stimulus money arrive today in the form of a direct deposit to your bank account. The Treasury Department says the $1200 payments will hit the accounts of more than 80-million people. The payments are part of the federal government’s $2-trillion aid package as the pandemic roils the economy. If you have not received your payment…don’t worry.The IRS has launched a website that allows Americans to track the status of their stimulus checks. By the way, your check will contain President Donald Trump’s signature.The IRS “Get My Payment” website tells users when they can expect their $1,200 coronavirus stimulus check, and whether the agency needs more information before they send the check along.The website also tells users if their check has been delivered, and to which bank account it was sent.In order to use the website, users may need their 2019 tax return, if filed, and their 2018 tax return. Users will also need to enter a Social Security Numbers, their date of birth, their address and ZIP code to use the website.The federal government began sending stimulus funds to citizens who have filed direct deposit information with the government earlier this week. Officials who do not have banking information on file may need to wait a few months before a paper check arrives in the mail.Anyone who has not set up direct deposit banking information with the federal government can click here to do so.The following people are eligible for stimulus cash from the federal government.$2,400 – Couples earning less than $150,000 a year (couples earning $150,000 – $198,000 will receive a prorated check).$1,200 – Individuals earning less than $75,000 a year (individuals earning $75,000 – $99,000 will receive a prorated check).$500 – Each dependent child age 16 or under as of Dec. 31, 2019 (for qualifying individuals and couples).For more answers for frequently asked questions about the stimulus program, click here.last_img read more

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WAFU Cup 2017: Nigeria Beat Neighbours Benin To Seal Final Place

first_imgThe Super Eagles of Nigeria have qualified for the final of the 2017 WAFU Cup following a 1-0 win over neighbours Benin Republic in their 1st semifinal clash at the Cape Coast Stadium.Kano Pillars star Rabiu Ali was the hero as he netted the only goal of the game in the 11th minute to hand his side a spot in Sunday’s final.With the win, Nigeria will next meet the winner of the 2nd semifinal between hosts Ghana and Niger Republic on Sunday.Related10-Man Ghana Thrash Rivals Nigeria To Retain WAFU CupSeptember 24, 2017In “Africa”2019 WAFU Cup of Nations: Nigeria Draw Togo in New Tournament FormatMay 30, 2019In “Nigeria”WAFU Nations Cup: Home-based Super Eagles in Dakar to Avenge Togo on SundaySeptember 26, 2019In “National Team”last_img read more

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