AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, Mich. — As voting for Alpena’s highly anticipated bond proposal draws near, the district is hosting a number of town hall meetings to address concerns.The gatherings will give residents within the APS service area a chance to ask questions and give feedback regarding terms of the proposal. As we’ve previously reported, voters are being asked to approve a zero mil increase that will fund renovations in deteriorating and outdated school buildings. Some of the projects include fixing leaky roofs and improving security.Dates and times for the meetings are as follows:Thursday 2/13 6:30 PM at Sanborn School, 12170 US-23, OssinekeMonday 2/24 6 PM Granum Theater at ACC, 665 Johnson St. AlpenaWednesday 2/26 6 PM Wilson Elementary School, 4999 Herron Rd. HerronThursday 3/5 9 AM Presque Isle’s Men Group, Association Clubhouse, 7424 Kauffman Rd. If you are unable to attend, Superintendent John VanWagoner is inviting voters to schedule appointments to learn more about the proposal. Election day is Tuesday, March 10.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: APS, bond, Bond Proposal, meeting, mil, Millage, tax, tax payers, town hallContinue ReadingPrevious No license needed to fish this weekendNext Treasury Department helping taxpayers prevent identity theft
23 January 2013“BRICS and Africa – partnerships for integration and industrialisation” will be the theme of the fifth BRICS summit taking place in Durban in March, Minister in the Presidency for Performance Monitoring, Evaluation and Administration Collins Chabane said on Thursday.Chabane was speaking in Polokwane, Limpopo province on Wednesday in the first of a series of provincial roadshows aimed at engaging and consulting on the upcoming summit with local government, business and civil society representatives countrywide.South Africa was admitted to the grouping of powerful emerging economies, which includes Brazil, Russia, India and China, at the third annual summit of the bloc’s leaders in China in 2011.Chabane said the fifth summit – taking place at Durban’s International Convention Centre from 25 to 27 March – would have four key focus areas, namely the promotion of African infrastructure development, and the establishment of a BRICS-led development bank, a BRICS think-tank and a BRICS business council.Context of Africa’s development challengesThe minister said South Africa’s membership of BRICS should be understood in the context of the country’s aim to tackle the developmental challenges faced by Africa as a whole, and its strategic focus on infrastructure as a key vehicle for creating jobs, boosting Africa’s overall competitiveness, and promoting regional integration on the continent.“We wish to align [BRICS member countries’] interests in supporting the integration agenda in Africa, and not just focusing on access to our resources,” Chabane said.He noted that BRICS leaders, at the third BRICS summit in Sanya, China in 2011, had declared their support for African infrastructure development and industrialisation within the framework of New Partnership for Africa’s Development (Nepad).And at the fourth BRICS summit, in New Delhi in India in March-April 2012, South African President Jacob Zuma met with BRICS captains of industry, inviting them “to join hands with South Africa in the development of the African continent”.Unlocking Africa’s potentialSouth Africa’s accession to the BRICS grouping was in large part premised on the country’s role as a financial and logistical gateway to sub-Saharan Africa, and on the continent’s huge economic potential.“Africa is the fastest growing power after Asia and offers the highest returns on investments of any region,” Chabane told his audience on Wednesday.“The African continent constitutes 60% of the world’s unused arable agricultural land. In 2010, six of the world’s fastest growing economies emanated from Africa, and Africa’s output is expected to expand by 50% over the next four years. Economic growth is expected to expand by an average of 5.5% annually in the next five years.”Towards a more equitable global orderIt was this potential, combined with the economic power of Brazil, Russia, India and China, that would enable the BRICS grouping to pave the way for “a new global pattern focusing on South-South relations … overriding previous East-West and North-South constructs and divisions,” Chabane said.This was in line with the underlying principle for South Africa’s partnership with BRICS, that of advancing the role of emerging economies in international relations, ultimately to help fashion a more equitable global political and financial architecture.“With South Africa’s unique history and independent foreign policy, we bring our own experience and perspective to the BRICS collaboration,” Chabane said, urging South Africans to come together and support it, and the upcoming Durban summit, “as it brings development not just for us but for the whole African continent”.SAinfo reporter
Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses MOST READ LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games Cotto punishes Kamegai to win sixth world title LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games LAS VEGAS, NV – AUGUST 26: Badou Jack celebrates after winning by TKO in the fifth round of his WBA light heavyweight championship bout against Nathan Cleverly on August 26, 2017 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Christian Petersen/Getty Images/AFPSweden’s Badou Jack blasted aside Nathan Cleverly in the fifth round to claim the Welsh fighter’s WBA light-heavyweight world title here Saturday.Jack, who improved to 22-1-3 with the win, dominated British star Cleverly from start to finish to score a technical knockout after 2min 47sec of the fifth round.ADVERTISEMENT Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics PLAY LIST 00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LATEST STORIES The bout was one of the scheduled highlights of the Floyd Mayweather-Conor McGregor undercard at the T-Mobile Arena.Cleverly, defending his title for the first time, was struggling from the opening bell, with Jack’s piercing jab and right hand finding their target repeatedly.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutCleverly looked to be finding his range with a flurry of punches at the end of the first, connecting with a right to the chin.But it was a fleeting rally with Jack firmly back in control thereafter. SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC A dominant fourth round display saw the 33-year-old rock Cleverly with a thunderous left hook to extend his lead.The fifth round was almost entirely one-way traffic, Jack connecting with a stream of jabs and hooks to force Cleverly onto the ropes.With Jack jolting Cleverly at will, referee Tony Weeks had seen enough, halting the fight to protect the champion from further punishment. ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program View comments Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension
TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Man Utd legend Neville names Pochettino as ‘ideal’ Mourinho replacementby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United legend Gary Neville wants Mauricio Pochettino to takeover at Old Trafford.Jose Mourinho was sacked as manager on Tuesday after the club’s worst start to the season in 28 years.And Neville thinks United should target Tottenham’s manager.Neville told Sky Sports: “I’ve been fortunate to spend time at Tottenham’s training ground, and for me he [Pochettino] feels like the ideal candidate. “Man United have tried managers who have won European cups, they’ve tried managers who have won multiple leagues. “My view is they need someone who meets the three key principles of the football club, and that is promotion of youth, entertaining football, and to win football matches.”
Oxlade-Chamberlain: It’s on me to give Liverpool something differentby Paul Vegas12 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveAlex Oxlade-Chamberlain is determined to make a big impression at Liverpool this season.The Liverpool man missed out on last year’s title race and wants to play a key part in this campaign to make up for it.The 26-year-old told Liverpoolfc.com: “It’s on me to try to bring a little something: run with the ball, link the play and fit in with the rhythm of the boys up front to help them. What they achieved last year was extraordinary.“To miss out [on the title] in the way we did was heartbreaking, so as a team we need to do better. With teams like Man City, and how relentless they are, we know we have to do more.“For me as an individual, my goals are to get back in and around the team and to help push this team forward a little bit more. If we can do that, I can start thinking about what I need to add to my game. For now, the next step is to help the team.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
APTN National NewsWhen you live in a fly-in community, the airport means more to you.Iqaluit’s new airport is under construction and caught fire over the weekend.APTN’s Kent Driscoll reports the fire shouldn’t delay its opening.