May 16, 2011Congratulations to the April 10th, 2011 workshop graduates:back from left: Charles Griffin, Riccardo Milletari [Italy, planning internship], Elliot Wells [scholarship]front from left: Elfriede Jeller [Canada], Saki Oba [Japan], Cristina Freni [Italy, planning internship], Logan Bier [scholarship]
State Rep. Hank Vaupel, a veterinarian of more than 40 years, today said his plan to strengthen standards for Michigan pet stores will protect animals and the families who adopt them.Vaupel’s legislation, approved today by the House Agriculture Committee, prevents Michigan pet stores from acquiring dogs from unregulated breeders, sometimes known as “puppy mills.” It also establishes a minimum age at which puppies can be placed up for adoption, ensures all dogs to have a certified health certificate from a licensed veterinarian, and requires dogs to be vaccinated and micro-chipped.“As a veterinarian, I’m dedicated to looking out for the health and welfare of all animals,” said Vaupel, of Fowlerville. “This plan will help ensure only reputable pet stores and breeders will be allowed to operate in Michigan. Unscrupulous breeders and stores that don’t look out for the safety of their pets have no business in our communities, and this legislation makes that clear.”Under the plan laid out in House Bills 5916-17, breeders would be required to supply their U.S. Department of Agriculture inspection reports to pet stores, in their entirety.“Any major violations within the past two years would make it impossible for a breeder to engage in sales to a pet store in Michigan,” Vaupel said.While implementing these safeguards, the legislation also provide necessary protections for responsible local breeders and pet stores that are committed to pet safety.With demand in American households for pets growing every year, more and more consumers turn online or unwittingly to sources like flea markets or unregulated breeders. In a recent study by the Better Business Bureau, experts believe up to 80 percent of online advertisements for pets may be fraudulent. In addition, when forced to online retailers, consumers often have no recourse if the puppy is unhealthy or not as advertised.“We must recognize the responsible breeders and local store owners who pour their hearts and souls into building safe and humane facilities, employ dozens of people and are ingrained in the fabric of local communities across our state,” Vaupel said. “Governmental entities should not be allowed to enact overbearing regulations for the sole purpose of putting reputable pet shops out of business.”The legislation now moves to the full House for consideration.### 16May Rep. Vaupel plan creates higher standards for Michigan pet stores Categories: Vaupel News
French media regulator the CSA has initiated a joint consultation with the country’s channels on reality shows following the deaths of two people involved in the making of TF1’s Koh-Lanta, the French version of Survivor. The move follows the death of 25 year-old contestant Gérald Babin, who suffered a heart attack while completing one of the challenges on the show, and the subsequent death of the show’s doctor, Thierry Costa, who left a suicide note that referred to criticism and media pressure following Babin’s death.CSA president Olivier Schrameck has charged Françoise Laborde and Francine Mariani-Ducray, who co-chair a committee that looks at the evolution of programming, to lead the consultation over the next few weeks with a particular focus on whether such shows respect human dignity and offer sufficient protection for young people and minors.The CSA said the consultation, which will take care not to interfere with ongoing legal enquiries, could lead to a re-examination of rules and the creation of a new voluntary code of practice that producers and distributors could sign up to.
Romtelecom has made a series of executive appointments.The Romanian service provider has named Gunnar Pahnke as chief of strategy, transformation and wholesale services Romanian, for fixed and mobile operations for Romtelecom and Cosmote Romania. Pahnke was previously vice-president, strategy, Europe at Deutsche Telekom.In other appointments, Bogdan Voicu has been named executive director supply management Romania, fixed and mobile operations, Romtelecom and Cosmote Romania, Emmanuel Sordet has been named executive director of company relationships, Romania, fixed and mobile operations, Romtelecom and Cosmote Romania, and Ruxandra Voda has been appointed communications manager, fixed and mobile operations, Romtelecom and Cosmote Romania.Olaf Lausen, previously general manager, new business development, has been appointed as chief of staff for fixed and mobile operations, Romania.Current chief commercial officer Panos Makris will leave the company in August, to be replaced by Mathias Hanel, who has previously held a number of senior roles within Deutsche Telekom.
“After extensive consultation between the Clipper Race Office and the Derry City and Strabane District Council, the earliest we can bring forward the required infrastructure is Wednesday 6 July.”The spokesperson revealed that the new route will only redirect slightly from the original course, ensuring competition conditions remain unchanged.“The Race Committee has agreed to adding an extension to the course of approximately 500 nautical miles from Tory Island (six miles off the north west coast of Ireland), heading North West around Rockall, east to Saint Kilda and then back to the original finish line off Shrove near Greencastle. Due to Tory Island being so close to the original route the current tactics crossing the North Atlantic will remain unchanged, and should not disadvantage any of the teams.“This will result in the arrival window in Derry opening a day earlier, with the earliest arrivals on the Foyle being from 6 July, and continuing through to 8 July, subject to the prevailing weather conditions.”The crew will receive a warm welcome on their arrival, and will have a couple of days respite before the major Foyle Maritime Festival celebrations take over the city from July 9-17.The festival features a wide array of activities taking place at locations throughout the city. The quayside will be transformed into a bustling seaside promenade with market stalls, funfairs, arts and crafts and fun for all the family.What Maritime Festival would be complete without some fish? The Clipper Race Kitchens will be literally stocked to the gills with some of the very best local produce and seafood..On Saturday July 16 a mythical and mysterious finale event celebrating the flight of the medieval maritime heroine Sunniva will bring the festival to a close before the final Parade of Sail on Sunday.The Night of the Two Moons will harness the power of the elements bringing together earth, water, light and aerial displays for an atmospheric evening of entertainment on the beautiful River Foyle.Add to that a jam packed music line-up headed up by The Riptide Movement on Friday July 15, and some adrenalin fuelled nautical displays, including dragon boat racing, wake-boarding and water skiing, and you have the perfect recipe for a fantastic weekThe Foyle Maritime Festival is supported by Tourism Northern Ireland, Foyle Port, Loughs Agency, Diageo, DuPont Kevlar and Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs.For more information on the full Foyle Maritime Festival programme go to www.foylemaritimefestival.com.CLIPPER RACE FLEET BREAK RECORDS TO GET TO DERRY EARLY was last modified: June 30th, 2016 by John2John2 Tags: ShareTweet AS Derry gears up to welcome the Clipper Race crew to the city for a massive homecoming celebration during the Foyle Maritime Festival – the competition is hotting up at sea as the teams speed towards Derry in record breaking time.The fleet is now expected to arrive in the city ahead of schedule, with the first yachts on course to make their way up the Foyle on Wednesday July 6th.The Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District, Alderman Hilary McClintock, urged people to come out to support the teams as they arrive after their gruelling ocean crossing.“We have just found out that the fleet are arriving earlier than originally estimated and Council is now preparing to welcome them a day ahead of schedule. In previous years the city has turned out in force to line the quayside in support of the teams as they journey up the Foyle and they have received a warm welcome as they have stepped ashore after their lengthy journey. CLIPPER RACE FLEET BREAK RECORDS TO GET TO DERRY EARLY “The Derry~Londonderry~Doire crew is really blazing a trail and from what I have heard it will be a hard fought battle to steal victory in Race 12, the LegenDerry Finale, which is partly why the fleet is breaking records in its efforts to get here. I think it’s important that we acknowledge the hard work of all the crew – especially the outstanding performance of our own team – by turning out to show our support.“I met with our Skipper Daniel Smith and the rest of the team on their stopover in New York, and this destination is the one they have all been looking forward to. So let’s prepare for a LegenDerry welcome to remember.”A spokesperson for Clipper Ventures announced the early arrival last night, confirming that an extension of the route would be added this year to account for some of the time saved.“The Clipper Race fleet has made fast progress in Race 12 ‘The LegenDerry Finale’ and has broken through the North Atlantic High (NAH) much quicker than anticipated following the experience of previous editions,” the spokesperson confirmed.