News Article | February 20, 2017
LONDON & DUBLIN--(BUSINESS WIRE)--GAN plc (“GAN” or the “Company”), an award-winning developer and supplier of enterprise-level B2B Internet gaming software, services and online gaming content in the United States, announced that it executed an agreement with Everi Games Inc., a subsidiary of Everi Holdings Inc. (NYSE: EVRI) (“Everi”) to launch several key Everi Class II and Class III slot titles online for GAN’s US casino Simulated Gaming™ clients. The expanded partnership demonstrates the appeal to traditional casino equipment manufacturers of GAN’s growing network of US casino operators. GAN has partnered with over a dozen operators who have already launched, or are in the process of deploying, Simulated Gaming™ in order to extend their casino patron relationships into the online channel. Everi’s award-winning gaming content will enhance GAN’s entertainment-only Internet gaming experience which remains aligned with the traditional casino gaming floor and integrated with the operator’s rewards program. “GAN and Everi have enjoyed a long-standing partnership to distribute high-performing titles online such as Starry Night®, Total Meltdown® and Carnival in Rio®, which have all proved highly successful online. Extending the partnership to distribute additional Everi titles is a privilege for GAN and Everi’s additional slot themes will be warmly received by GAN’s US casino operator clients as well as the end user casino patrons already heavily-engaged online with Simulated Gaming.” “Bringing Everi’s titles online in partnership with GAN reinforces our existing relationships with Native American and commercial casino operators with emerging social casino operations. Everi’s video and mechanical reel gaming content has already secured a growing, vibrant audience online and we look forward to increasing the library of Everi content available through GAN’s Simulated Gaming platform.” GAN is a leading developer and supplier of enterprise-level Business to Business gaming software systems and online gaming content. GAN is listed on the ESM Market of the Irish Stock Exchange and the AIM Market of the London Stock Exchange under the ticker: GAN The Company has developed an Internet gaming enterprise software system, GameSTACK™, which it licences to online and land-based gaming operators as a turn-key technology solution for both regulated real-money and simulated online gaming. The Internet Gaming System, developed in London under a UK Gaming Commission licence, is certified to the highest technical standards currently required by gaming regulators. GAN is also a leading developer of proprietary online games with a complementary business converting offline casino slot machines and table games into online equivalents on behalf of major land-based slot machine manufacturers including Aristocrat, Konami, Multimedia Games, Incredible Technologies, GamoMat, Reel Time Gaming, High Flyer Games, DEQ Systems Corp (EZ BACCARAT®) and Ainsworth. GAN has an established business in Europe, licensing gaming content to UK, Spanish and Italian gaming operators including Bet365, William Hill, Rank, Lottomatica, Sisal MatchPoint and SNAI. In the United States, GAN has partnered with Betfair Plc to provide its Internet Gaming System following the introduction of regulated real-money online gaming in New Jersey in November 2013. In New York, GAN has launched a Simulated Gaming™ website via www.EmpireCityCasino.com in September 2014. In Pennsylvania, GAN launched a Simulated Gaming™ website www.ParxOnline.com in March 2015 with on-property real money mobile gaming anticipated in 2015. In March 2015 Maryland Live! Casino in Maryland chose GAN to upgrade their existing free-to-play website to a monetized Simulated Gaming™ website, soft-launched in July 2015 and launched integrated with their casino management system in November 2015. In September 2015 major Californian Tribal casino operator San Manuel chose GAN’s Simulated Gaming™ launched in November 2015. In October 2015 American Casino & Entertainment Properties (ACEP) chose GAN’s Simulated Gaming™ launched in December 2015. In December 2015 Borgata Casino Hotel & Spa chose GAN’s Simulated Gaming™ launching in H1 2016. Also in December 2015 Lady Luck Interactive, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Isle of Capri Corporation, chose GAN’s Simulated Gaming™ launching in H1 2016. In February 2016 Rock Gaming (re-branded as Jack Entertainment) chose GAN’s Simulated Gaming™ to support their Ohio-based casino properties launching online in H1 2016. In March 2016 an undisclosed major casino operator in the North East chose GAN’s Simulated Gaming™ launching in H2 2016. In April 2016 major Tribal casino operator Chickasaw Nation chose GAN’s Simulated Gaming™ launching in late 2016. In June 2016 Tribal casino operator TurningStone Casino Resort chose GAN’s Simulated Gaming™ launching in early 2017. In July 2016 Nevada’s Station Casinos chose GAN’s Simulated Gaming™ launching early 2017. In September 2016 a major existing US casino client nominated GAN to launch real money Internet casino gaming in Europe and other Rest of World regulated markets commencing in 2017. Everi Holdings is dedicated to providing video and mechanical reel gaming content and technology solutions, integrated gaming payments solutions and compliance and efficiency software. The Company’s Games business provides: (a) comprehensive content, electronic gaming units and systems for Native American and commercial casinos, including the award winning TournEvent® slot tournament solution; and (b) the central determinant system for the video lottery terminals installed at racetracks in the State of New York. The Company’s Payments business provides: (a) access to cash at gaming facilities via Automated Teller Machine cash withdrawals, credit card cash access transactions, point of sale debit card transactions, and check verification and warranty services; (b) fully integrated gaming industry kiosks that provide cash access and related services; (c) products and services that improve credit decision making, automate cashier operations and enhance patron marketing activities for gaming establishments; (d) compliance, audit and data solutions; and (e) online payment processing solutions for gaming operators in states that offer intrastate, Internet-based gaming and lottery activities.
News Article | December 9, 2016
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today announced two major grants designed to help Virginia protect and restore its wetlands. These watery habitats--which range from forested swamps to tidal marshes--nurture countless species of wildlife and play a key role in keeping pollutants from flowing into Chesapeake Bay. One grant is a $356,000 award to William & Mary's Virginia Institute of Marine Science and its Center for Coastal Resources Management (CCRM). The other provides $750,000 to Virginia's Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ). Both grants will support three years of effort to advance and refine the Commonwealth's latest State Wetlands Program Plan--a blueprint for not only preventing any net loss of wetlands, as specified by the U.S. Clean Water Act, but for increasing Virginia's wetland acreage and ecological function. "Wetlands play a significant role in protecting our nation's water supply," said EPA Regional Administrator Shawn M. Garvin during a press conference on the VIMS campus in Gloucester Point. "By taking action to protect and restore these valuable resources, DEQ and VIMS are protecting sources of our drinking water, preventing flooding, and making us more resilient to climate change." Also speaking at the press conference was Dr. Mark Luckenbach, VIMS' associate dean of research and advisory services, who thanked EPA for "generous support that will allow us to continue guiding the informed management of Virginia's threatened wetland resources." Dr. Carl Hershner, VIMS professor and CCRM director, says "the funding will help us determine which wetlands are most vulnerable to climate change, and how we can maximize their continued capacity to provide important ecosystem services." Wetlands serve as nursery and feeding grounds for waterfowl, finfish, and shellfish; protect against flooding and erosion; absorb silt and pollutants; and provide for recreational opportunities. Dr. Donna Bilkovic, project lead and a research associate professor with CCRM, says the new grant will expand on previous EPA awards that helped VIMS focus on headwater wetlands. "We'll be developing a framework for assessing the vulnerability of wetlands along a continuum from headwaters to tidal salt marshes," she says. "We'll use both field data and modeling to pinpoint the coastal wetlands that are most vulnerable to climate change, and to identify management options for their preservation or managed retreat in light of rising seas." The VIMS team will also inform decision-making by mapping historic changes in the geography and plant life of Virginia's wetlands. They'll do so by comparing wetland conditions as recorded in a tidal-marsh inventory conducted by CCRM in the early 1970s with similar measures recorded recently and planned for the next few years. They'll focus this effort in two distinct wetland settings: along the entire length of the York River on Chesapeake Bay's western shore, and at coastal sites along Virginia's Eastern Shore. The basic idea, say Bilkovic and Hershner, is to give local planners the data they need to make informed decisions regarding development and preservation. "A commercial or residential development that would have minimal impact on a healthy wetland could significantly affect a wetland that's already stressed by warmer temperatures, more intense rainstorms, rising sea level, and invasive species," says Hershner. Adds Bilkovic, "A wetland that 's subjected to high wave energy and is surrounded by lots of paved surfaces will be more sensitive to both climate change and human stressors. But if it's in a low-lying area with a steady supply of sediment, we might give it a chance to survive by providing the space to migrate landward." The grant to Virginia's Department of Environmental Quality will fund development of strategies to help planners better identify and protect wetlands of high ecological value. High-value wetlands include the forested headwater swamps that capture pollutants and sediments before they can enter the tributaries that feed Chesapeake Bay. DEQ Director David K. Paylor says, "Our wetland resources play a critical role in environmental health, and Virginia appreciates the opportunity to make the best possible use of this grant. Providing much-needed attention to aquatic resources is a key priority in our efforts to help restore and protect the quality of our wetlands and improve climate resiliency." One focus of DEQ's effort will be to expand and upgrade the Wetland Condition Assessment Tool, or WetCAT. Developed in collaboration with VIMS, WetCAT is an online mapping tool that helps people throughout Virginia minimize wetland impacts when making planning decisions. David Davis, director of DEQ's Office of Wetlands and Stream Protection, says his staff will use the EPA funds to help "extend WetCAT to include online regulatory data from the US Army Corps of Engineers, a modification specifically requested by various user groups." Dr. Kirk Havens, assistant director of CCRM, played a key role in developing WetCAT and joins Hershner, Bilkovic, and CCRM colleague Marcia Berman as collaborators on DEQ's EPA-funded project. Havens agrees the EPA funding will help make WetCAT even more effective. "It will give users the ability to assess the condition of even the smallest wetland, and determine how it might be impacted by changes in land cover within its watershed," he says. "The overall goal," adds Havens, "is to provide easy access to comprehensive local information to meet the needs of planners, regulators, and property owners."
News Article | December 19, 2016
SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Today, Automatic, the company bringing the power of the internet into every car on the road, announced they are participating in the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality’s new program called DEQ Too™. Automatic is a San Francisco-based connected car company that builds connected car adapters that plug in under the dashboard, sync with the driver’s smartphone, and monitor vehicle data in the Automatic app. Working with the Oregon DEQ, Automatic’s existing adapters can now be used for DEQ too using the company’s new AutoSmog app. In the Portland and Medford areas of Oregon, cars must go through DEQ’s emissions check every two years. Whenever an Automatic customer chooses, emissions-related data will be transmitted from their car directly to DEQ who evaluates the data and makes the ultimate pass/fail determination. Motorists can conveniently access their test results at www.DEQToo.org. The smog check app, AutoSmog, is a free app that provides an easy way for consumers to take care of smog check using Automatic connected car adapters. AutoSmog works with both the Automatic Pro, Automatic’s flagship adapter with 3G, always-on connectivity, or the Automatic second-generation adapter. For more information, please visit www.automatic.com/apps/autosmog “This is the first program of its kind in the nation and we see it revolutionizing the vehicle emissions testing industry. Oregon DEQ’s decision to embrace the private sector and innovate in the smog check space is highly commendable,” said Jerry Jariyasunant, Co-Founder of Automatic. “We’re excited to be working with them to empower consumers to use the Automatic adapter to help maintain clean air in Oregon.” After meeting certain technical specifications, terms and conditions, telematics companies like Automatic can enroll in the program which leverages private sector technology to provide Oregon’s growing population with more vehicle emission testing methods. Motorists can choose to take care of their DEQ test at Clean Air Stations, purchase an Automatic Pro, or briefly plug-in a device at locations such as repair shops and auto dealerships. While DEQ does not endorse any provider or method over another, Automatic was the first company to enroll in the program. Automatic is the company connecting every car on the road to the internet and empowering drivers with knowledge about themselves and their cars so they can be safer and drive smarter. By pairing Automatic’s award-winning connected car adapter and apps for iPhone and Android, Automatic helps customers drive smarter — with applications that diagnose engine trouble, detect accidents and send emergency response, and help customers save money on driving. The Automatic Pro adapter is a flagship adapter with a cellular connection priced at $129.95. Automatic is available for sale at automatic.com, Best Buy and Amazon with no ongoing service fees. For more information, visit www.automatic.com.
News Article | January 22, 2016
The Flint River is shown near downtown Flint, Mich., Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016. Residents in the former auto-making hub — a poor, largely minority city — feel their complaints about lead-tainted water flowing through their taps have been slighted by the government or ignored altogether. For many, it echoes the lackluster federal response to New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina in 2005. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya) More DETROIT (AP) — Michigan's top environmental officer was by turns cooperative and confrontational with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Friday, pledging to work together to ensure the safety of Flint's drinking water but challenging the legality and scope of some federal demands. In a letter to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality Director Keith Creagh wrote that the state "is committed to working" with her department and Flint to deal with the city's lead-contamination problem. But he said the state has "legal and factual concerns" with an EPA order a day earlier taking state and city officials to task for their efforts so far and requiring them to take specific actions. Creagh said Michigan "has complied with every recent demand" of the EPA and that Thursday's federal order "does not reference the tens of millions of dollars expended by ... the state for water filters, drinking water, testing and medical services." "The order demands that the state take certain actions, but fails to note that many of those actions ... have already been taken," Creagh, who recently replaced an official who resigned over the water crisis, wrote in his required response to the EPA order. Flint's water became contaminated with lead when the city switched from the Detroit municipal system and began drawing from the Flint River in April 2014 to save the financially struggling city money. The water was not properly treated to keep lead from pipes from leaching into the supply. Some children's blood has tested positive for lead, a potent neurotoxin linked to learning disabilities, lower IQ and behavioral problems. Creagh wrote that state officials don't know whether it's legal for the EPA to order Michigan to take such actions. Among other requirements, the EPA said the city should: submit plans for ensuring that Flint's water has adequate treatment, including corrosion controls; ensure city personnel are qualified to operate the water system in a way that meets federal quality standards; and create a website where the public can get information. Earlier Friday, The Flint Water Advisory Task Force issued recommendations to Snyder aimed at restoring reliable drinking water in Flint. The advisory group said its recommendations are more detailed and comprehensive than what the EPA ordered, and Snyder said officials would "move as quickly as possible to determine the best way to achieve the results." Separately, Snyder announced the suspensions of two employees of the state Department of Environmental Quality in connection with regulatory failures that led to the crisis. The panel's recommendations included working with the EPA staff on a comprehensive lead-sampling program and seeking help from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in assessing an outbreak of Legionnaires' disease and its cause. "To help address both the technical issues facing Flint, as well as the public-trust issues, we believe it is imperative to have the right people and organizations involved," task force Co-Chairman Chris Kolb said. "Until the public trust starts to build, this crisis will continue." Flint's public health emergency led to local, state and federal emergency declarations, the last of which could bring up to $5 million in direct funding to the city. The federal government denied a request for additional aid through a disaster declaration, saying the program is designed for natural disasters and therefore not appropriate for the city's drinking water crisis. The government announced Friday that it had denied an appeal of that decision by Snyder. The unnamed DEQ employees who were suspended Friday pending investigations work in the agency's drinking water division, state spokesman Kurt Weiss said. The agency's director and communications director resigned last month. "Some DEQ actions lacked common sense, and that resulted in this terrible tragedy in Flint," Snyder said. While much of the blame over the crisis has been directed at Snyder and state officials, particularly the Department of Environmental Quality, some have faulted the EPA's Region 5 office for not acting more forcefully. The EPA's order to state and city officials came the same day that the agency announced that Susan Hedman, head of the agency's regional office in Chicago whose jurisdiction includes Michigan, was stepping down Feb. 1. Associated Press writers John Flesher in Traverse City, Michigan, and David Eggert in Lansing, Michigan, contributed to this report. Follow Roger Schneider on Twitter at https://twitter.com/rogschneider and Jeff Karoub at https://twitter.com/jeffkaroub .
News Article | February 15, 2017
LONDON & DUBLIN--(BUSINESS WIRE)--GAN plc (“GAN” or the “Company”), an award-winning developer and supplier of enterprise-level B2B Internet gaming software, services and online gaming content in the United States, today announced the release of quarterly key performance indicators1 in order for the US and global institutional investment community to properly track progress of GAN’s diverse business on a quarterly basis. Over the past six months, GAN has begun to increase its institutional outreach to the United States, where the Company conducts the predominate portion of its business activities. The expanded financial information flow supports the increasing number of suitably-qualified US institutional investors who engaged with GAN’s equity story in 2016. This first Quarterly publication discloses the Active Player-Days and Average Revenue Per Active Player-Day (ARPDAU), in which GAN participates worldwide in regulated real money Internet gaming markets and Simulated Gaming™. Q1 2017 Key Performance Indicators will be released in April 2017 together with full year 2016 financial results. “We are seeing accelerating end user player adoption of the online platform that GAN can deliver its casino operator clients, which is demonstrable in these Key Performance Indicators for the fourth quarter of 2016. This release responds to the growing involvement in GAN’s equity by US institutional investors who have requested access to more frequent financial statistics incremental to GAN’s financial publications each half-year period. Management believe GAN is a powerful growth story, focused on moving ‘bricks & mortar’ US casinos online with its uniquely powerful Internet gaming platform incorporating a wide range of features custom-designed for US casino operators. We have created a versatile platform that can fit the needs of these casino operators as they look to enter either the social casino market or real money Internet gaming markets.” GAN is a leading developer and supplier of enterprise-level Business to Business gaming software systems and online gaming content. GAN is listed on the ESM Market of the Irish Stock Exchange and the AIM Market of the London Stock Exchange under the ticker: GAN The Company has developed an Internet gaming enterprise software system, GameSTACK™, which it licences to online and land-based gaming operators as a turn-key technology solution for both regulated real-money and simulated online gaming. The Internet Gaming System, developed in London under a UK Gaming Commission licence, is certified to the highest technical standards currently required by gaming regulators. GAN is also a leading developer of proprietary online games with a complementary business converting offline casino slot machines and table games into online equivalents on behalf of major land-based slot machine manufacturers including Aristocrat, Konami, Multimedia Games, Incredible Technologies, GamoMat, Reel Time Gaming, High Flyer Games, DEQ Systems Corp (EZ BACCARAT®) and Ainsworth. GAN has an established business in Europe, licensing gaming content to UK, Spanish and Italian gaming operators including Bet365, William Hill, Rank, Lottomatica, Sisal MatchPoint and SNAI. In the United States, GAN has partnered with Betfair Plc to provide its Internet Gaming System following the introduction of regulated real-money online gaming in New Jersey in November 2013. In New York, GAN has launched a Simulated Gaming™ website via www.EmpireCityCasino.com in September 2014. In Pennsylvania, GAN launched a Simulated Gaming™ website www.ParxOnline.com in March 2015 with on-property real money mobile gaming anticipated in 2015. In March 2015 Maryland Live! Casino in Maryland chose GAN to upgrade their existing free-to-play website to a monetized Simulated Gaming™ website, soft-launched in July 2015 and launched integrated with their casino management system in November 2015. In September 2015 major Californian Tribal casino operator San Manuel chose GAN’s Simulated Gaming™ launched in November 2015. In October 2015 American Casino & Entertainment Properties (ACEP) chose GAN’s Simulated Gaming™ launched in December 2015. In December 2015 Borgata Casino Hotel & Spa chose GAN’s Simulated Gaming™ launching in H1 2016. Also in December 2015 Lady Luck Interactive, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Isle of Capri Corporation, chose GAN’s Simulated Gaming™ launching in H1 2016. In February 2016 Rock Gaming (re-branded as Jack Entertainment) chose GAN’s Simulated Gaming™ to support their Ohio-based casino properties launching online in H1 2016. In March 2016 an undisclosed major casino operator in the North East chose GAN’s Simulated Gaming™ launching in H2 2016. In April 2016 major Tribal casino operator Chickasaw Nation chose GAN’s Simulated Gaming™ launching in late 2016. In June 2016 Tribal casino operator TurningStone Casino Resort chose GAN’s Simulated Gaming™ launching in early 2017. In July 2016 Nevada’s Station Casinos chose GAN’s Simulated Gaming™ launching early 2017. In September 2016 a major existing US casino client nominated GAN to launch real money Internet casino gaming in Europe and other Rest of World regulated markets commencing in 2017. 1 The numbers contained herein are unaudited and derived from GAN’s internal business intelligence reporting systems
News Article | November 18, 2016
Portland State University's Institute for Sustainable Solutions has formed a new partnership with Neighbors for Clean Air and Lewis & Clark Law School's Northwest Environmental Defense Center to pursue cleaner, healthier air for all Oregonians, thanks to a $250,000 award from Meyer Memorial Trust. The partnership, BREATHE Oregon, will provide clear scientific data, legal analysis and community outreach so residents and policy makers have the information they need to make decisions that improve air quality in Portland and throughout Oregon. BREATHE Oregon builds on a research partnership launched last spring between the Institute for Sustainable Solutions, the City of Portland and Multnomah County to assess heavy metal pollution in Portland-metro neighborhoods in response to community concerns about elevated levels of toxins found in the area. "The BREATHE Oregon partnership helps ensure that meaningful scientific research about local air pollution moves from PSU labs into the hands of community advocates and policy makers," said Robert Liberty, director of the PSU Institute for Sustainable Solutions. Linda George, PSU professor of environmental science and fellow of the Institute for Sustainable Solutions is leading PSU's research efforts. "It's our hope that our research will engage local residents and inform future air quality oversight in our state," George said. In addition to scientific and legal analysis of air quality data and impacts, the Meyer Memorial Trust award funds a series of community symposiums and a fleet of student interns who will work with local organizations to expand outreach about air quality issues. "The path toward cleaner air is complex, and informed community involvement is essential," said Mary Peveto, the co-founder and president of Neighbors for Clean Air. "Through BREATHE Oregon, we'll work with communities most affected by air pollution to ensure they have access to accurate and relevant information and a seat at the table. We're excited about collaborating with our neighbors, our university, and our state regulatory offices for healthier air." The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and Oregon Health Authority (OHA) are in the process of overhauling industrial air toxic regulations to align them with public health, as directed by Gov. Kate Brown's Cleaner Air Oregon initiative. The Cleaner Air Oregon advisory committee includes representatives from each of the BREATHE Oregon partner organizations, providing a direct connection between academic research, community advocacy, legal analysis and policy recommendations. "State health experts and regulators depend on accurate, scientifically sound data and engaged, well-informed communities to protect the health of Oregonians," said Lynne Saxton, director of the Oregon Health Authority. "We welcome the partnership of Meyer Memorial Trust and the grantees to achieve cleaner air in our state." The Institute for Sustainable Solutions at Portland State University empowers effective community-university collaboration for a more livable, resilient, and sustainable future. With a specific focus on addressing climate change, ISS serves as a link between the city and PSU--working across campus and in the community to provide valuable educational experiences while advancing sustainability efforts in our city and region. (pdx.edu/sustainability/iss) Neighbors for Clean Air (NCA) is a grassroots nonprofit that seeks to improve public health for all Oregonians by reducing toxic air pollution. (whatsinourair.org) The Northwest Environmental Defense Center is an independent nonprofit organization based at Lewis & Clark Law School, and has been working since 1969 to protect the environment and natural resources of the Pacific Northwest. (law.lclark.edu/centers/northwest_environmental_defense_center)
News Article | December 12, 2016
This year, leave the stress of the holidays behind at The Ritz-Carlton, Toronto. Whether you’ve been naughty or nice, the downtown hotel’s Discover Toronto package is the perfect way to enjoy the holidays. And throughout the month of December, the package also includes a $100 daily hotel credit which can be used at any of the hotel’s restaurants, outlets or Spa. Feel like a kid again inside Toronto’s largest Gingerbread House, which will be on display in the lobby of the luxury downtown hotel until December 30th. Give your tired soles a break after a day of shopping with one of Spa My Blend by Clarins’ Spa-liday’ Packages, or gather with friends or family to eat, drink and be merry with the handcrafted Italian flavours of TOCA, which is featuring several Festive Menus including sumptuous Christmas brunches and dinners. After a restful sleep, explore the magic of the season at one of the city’s many holiday offerings with the help of The Ritz-Carlton, Toronto. At Santa’s satellite Toronto workshop, Ritz-Carlton Guest Relations elves have been hard at work creating magical holiday experiences for guests of all ages. From festive markets and picturesque outdoor skating venues, to finding that perfect gift at one of Toronto’s many unique shops or boutiques, the holiday season will be seamless with the help of The Ritz-Carlton, Toronto Holiday Guide. From $579 CAD (or $446 USD) the Discover Toronto package includes deluxe accommodation in one of the hotel’s luxuriously appointed guest rooms overlooking Toronto’s shimmering holiday light displays; complimentary breakfast for 2, parking, and a $100 hotel credit per night which can be used at Spa My Blend by Clarins, TOCA, DEQ Lounge or Ritz Bar. For a full description of holiday events and offers, please visit The Ritz-Carlton, Toronto Holiday Guide or call 416-585-2500.
News Article | March 30, 2016
"FLINT, Mich. — An official with Flint's water plant said Tuesday he had planned to treat the drinking water with anti-corrosive chemicals after the city began drawing from the Flint River but was overruled by a state environmental regulator. Mike Glasgow, then a supervisor at the plant and now the municipal utilities administrator, said he received the instruction from district engineer Mike Prysby of the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality during a meeting to discuss the final steps before Flint switched from the Detroit water system as a cost-saving measure in April 2014. Glasgow said Prysby told him a year of water testing was required before a decision could be made on whether corrosion controls were needed, which the state DEQ has since acknowledged was a misreading of federal regulations on preventing lead and copper pollution. The omission enabled lead to leach from aging pipes and fixtures and contaminate tap water that reached some homes, businesses and schools." John Flesher reports for the Associated Press March 29, 2016.
News Article | November 1, 2016
LAS VEGAS, NV and LÉVIS, QC, Oct. 31, 2016 /PRNewswire/ - DEQ Systems Corp. (TSXV: DEQ) ("DEQ" or the "Company") announced today the filing of its third quarter financial results for the period ended August 31, 2016. The consolidated financial statements are available on SEDAR...
News Article | March 2, 2017
MIDLAND, Mich.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Mackinac Center for Public Policy today filed a lawsuit against the University of Michigan over its delay in providing public records requested under the state’s open records laws. More than 100 days have passed since Derek Draplin, a reporter for the Mackinac Center’s Michigan Capitol Confidential news service, filed a Freedom of Information Act request for emails sent by University President Mark Schlissel referencing Donald Trump between July 1, 2016 and Nov. 16, when the request was submitted. To date, Draplin has not received the records in question even though the Center’s payments for the documents were cashed and the university said it would only take 2 ¾ hours to fulfill the request. “This lawsuit should not be necessary,” said Mackinac Center Legal Foundation Director Patrick J. Wright. “This was a simple request. Any of us could find the relevant documents in 30 seconds with a simple word search in our sent email folder. There is no reason it should take over 100 days for the University of Michigan to follow the law.” The requested emails would provide more insight into an emotionally-charged topic that received much media attention in the immediate aftermath of the election, when President Schlissel made disparaging comments about Donald Trump and those that voted for him. The numerous university-sponsored events held for students upset by the election results caused hundreds of students to speak out against Schlissel and the university’s treatment of students who support the new President. “In his professional role as head of a public university, President Schlissel took a very public stance against President-Elect Trump and the people who elected him,” said John C. Mozena, Mackinac Center vice president for marketing and communications and publisher of Michigan Capitol Confidential. “Our CapCon team was interested in learning more about the decision-making process that led to the actions taken by this public university and its employee, and filed the FOIA request accordingly.” Michigan’s open records law requires a government agency, including public universities like the University of Michigan, to respond to a request within five business days. Relevant dates include: “The university’s delay is so egregious we were forced to turn the matter over to the courts so they could uphold basic principles of government transparency,” Mozena said. “Accountable government requires transparency and effective journalism requires timely transparency. Delayed FOIA responses hurt the ability of journalists and everyday citizens to investigate and publicize the actions of our government.” The Mackinac Center Legal Foundation filed a similar lawsuit in July against the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality for delaying for months the release of emails related to the Flint water crisis. The Court of Claims recently rejected DEQ’s attempt to have the case dismissed and the case is ongoing. “To borrow a phrase from the University of Michigan’s football coach, the Mackinac Center will fight for governmental transparency ‘with an enthusiasm unknown to mankind,’” Wright said. “The documents are important, but at this point, it’s really about the delay. People and the press have a right to information no matter how embarrassing or inconvenient it might be to the public officials involved.” The Center is seeking the records, full penalties available under the law, costs and any other relief the Court deems just due to the university’s willful disregard of Michigan’s transparency laws. The case was filed in the State of Michigan Court of Claims. The Mackinac Center Legal Foundation is a public interest law firm that advances individual freedom and the rule of law in Michigan. The Foundation uses strategic litigation and public outreach to secure the liberties of Michigan’s residents, workers, students and entrepreneurs. For more information, visit www.mackinac.org/mclf.