American Association of Blacks in Energy - Michigan Chapter Presents: A Criticial Disscusion for Our Time
Category: Community Written by Michigan Chronicle
American Association of Blacks in Energy - Michigan Chapter Presents:
A Criticial Disscusion for Our Time
25 x 25 Ballot Proposal 3 Making an Informed Choice
What Does It Really Mean?
Join us for an informative discussion with industry experts presenting all views.
Douglas Jesters – Five Lakes Energy, Ballot Proposal Initiator
David Owens – American Association of Blacks in Energy, Washington DC
Steve Transeth - The Clean Affordable Renewable Energy (CARE) Michigan Coalition
Donele Wilkins – Detroit Green Door Initiative
Moderated by: Carla Walker-Miller, Walker-Miller Energy Services
Tuesday, October 16, 2012 5:30 PM until 8:00 PM
Roberts Riverwalk Hotel 1000 River Place Drive Detroit, MI 48207 313-259-3500
Event Sponsors The Michigan Minority Contractors Association Walker – Miller Energy Services, LLC
This event is free and open to the public.
Last Updated on Thursday, 11 October 2012 11:30
Category: Community Written by WWJ
ANN ARBOR (WWJ) - There’s a University of Michigan connection to this year’s Nobel Prize in chemistry, awarded to American researchers Robert Lefkowitz and Brian Kobilka.
The duo was cited for their research on “G-protein-coupled receptors.”
U of M scientist Georgios Skiniotis worked with both of them, helping discover how cells interact with their environment by recreating the process in-vitro.
Talking to WWJ Newsradio 950, Skiniotis explained a little bit about how it works.
“You have to extract these proteins from the cell and then make a complex together the same way that it happens in the cell, but now the complex is isolated from any other cellular component,” he said.
Skiniotis said their work will help drug companies create better medicines.
“It takes personalities like Brian Kobilka or Bob Lefkowitz, who are not only terrific scientists and smart and very, you know, smart and brilliant people, but they’re also very persistent and very focused for a number of years,” Skiniotis said. ”These are not things that just happen from one day to the next.”
U of M scientists Roger Sunahara and Janet Smith also worked with the Nobel winners.
Mark Downs, chief executive of Britain’s Society of Biology, said the critical role receptors play is now taking for granted.
“This groundbreaking work spanning genetics and biochemistry has laid the basis for much of our understanding of modern pharmacology as well as how cells in different parts of living organisms can react differently to external stimulation, such as light and smell, or the internal systems which control our bodies such as hormones,” Downs said in a statement.
The Associated Press reports Nobel week started Monday with the medicine prize going to stem cell pioneers John Gurdon of Britain and Japan’s Shinya Yamanaka. Frenchman Serge Haroche and American David Wineland won the physics prize Tuesday for work on quantum particles.
The Nobel Prizes were established in the will of 19th century Swedish industrialist Alfred Nobel, the inventor of dynamite. Each award is worth about $1.2 million. The awards are always handed out on Dec. 10, the anniversary of Nobel’s death in 1896.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 October 2012 15:10
Category: Community Written by WWJ
DETROIT (WWJ) - Art Van furniture has kicked off the Forgotten Harvest Good Neighbor campaign with a million dollar contribution that will help the agency provide five million meals.
Susan Goodell, President of Forgotten Harvest, said with the money being received over a five-year period, the agency will be able to provide one million meals per year to families in need.
That makes Forgotten Harvest the nation’s largest food rescue organization.
“Over one-quarter of all food we produce is thrown away,” Goodell told WWJ Newsradio 950′s Pat Sweeting. “It it the job of Forgotten Harvest here in Metro Detroit to be that critical link between where there is too much and where there is not enough.”
Goodell said that more than 43.9 million pounds of food were rescued in the past year — food that is thoroughly checked to make sure it’s safe to eat.
“We are actually food safety fanatics here at Forgotten Harvest,” Goodell said. “We have a for-profit food safety training company housed in our building. All of our people that touch food are all trained at the highest level of food safety certification and it is just an absolute passion for us.”
Goodell urges more growers, food processors, retailers, caterers and restaurant owners to think of Forgotten Harvest before throwing food away.
The Art Van donation was presented Tuesday morning at in event in Oak Park.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 October 2012 17:07
Category: Community Written by WWJ
DETROIT (WWJ) – Detroit officials Tuesday kicked-off the annual Angels’ Night effort, to thwart would-be arsonists during a three-day period October 29 – October 31.
Executive Fire Commissioner Donald Austin noted a 55% drop in arson fires in 2011 versus the same three-day period a year earlier, in 2010.
“When you take out the 11 fires that occurred in occupied dwellings, which were truly accidental or misuse of a heat source, we wound up with 83 fires, that was down from over 169 fires the year before,” said Austin.
“Individuals can join us for Angels’ Night efforts by watching a block, patrolling their neighborhood, watching abandoned structures, and turning on their porch lights on,” he said.
“When I was a kid, Angel’s Night was then called Devil’s Night because we were being a little devilish – like toilet papering trees, tipping trash cans over, and soaping car windows. Now of course, none of that I’ve done,” said Austin with a laugh.
On a serious note police and fire officials said they can’t do it without volunteers, like Erminia Ramirez:
“I live in southwest Detroit, I’m a lifelong resident and I believe we need to be part of the process, work with the police department, the fire department, because the city can’t do it all on their own. We are homeowners, renters some of us, we need to take care of our own,” she said.
“I’m the one who brings in the food, so I’m going to be paying for some of that food that our volunteers are going to be eating this year,” said Ramirez.
Ramirez says it’s up to everybody to help fight the arsonists; the city’s police and fire departments can’t do it on their own. Since she’s got the food handled (just kidding!) others are being encouraged to light their porches, adopt/babysit a vacant house, and perhaps most importantly report any suspicious activity.
Find more Angels’ Night registration information, here.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 October 2012 09:09
Category: Community Written by Huffington Post
Michiganders caught driving without a license or auto insurance will no longer be on the hook for a Driver Responsibility Fee payable to the state -- and some local Twitter users celebrated the news.
The Driver Responsibility Fee was signed in 2003 by then-Gov. Jennifer Granholm. It assigned financial penalties paid annually to the state of Michigan to "to encourage responsible driving behavior and practices," according to a site from her tenure.
The punitive fines are levied on drivers who are caught committing offenses like driving under the influence of alcohol, reckless driving and amassing more than seven points on a traffic record. Category 2 fines are assessed two years in a row. It's a $1000 annually if you're caught driving while intoxicated, in addition to any fees or penalties assessed by the municipality, and $500 annually for reckless drivers. Those fines will still be assessed under the 2003 law.
But the Driver Responsibility Fee was expanded to include punitive fines for drivers with no proof of insurance ($200) and driving without a license or on an expired license ($150.)
Vocal critics, including State Sen. Bert Johnson (D-Detroit), objected to the law's expansion to include drivers arrested for operating a vehicle without a license or valid auto insurance. They pushed through a law rolling back these particular fines last December, which finally took effect on Oct. 1.
Sen. Johnson, who began working on the legislation while in the state House, said the fees provided more hardship to poor residents, even going so far as to call the fees "draconian."
"I thought it was a regressive tax from the beginning," Sen. Johnson told The Huffington Post. "Citizens were being harmed in a way that was larger unfair."
While dropping the fees for driving without insurance or a license will lose about $8 million to $13 million for the state, changing the law earned bipartisan support in the Michigan Legislature. His ideas ended up being adopted into legislation sponsored by Sen. Bruce Caswell. Johnson said he played a large part in supporting the passage of the bill.
"The policy was more important than the politics," Johnson said of the House Republicans' move to embrace the change. "It's a needed relief."
Sen. Johnson lost a bid for the House to John Conyers, Jr. in the newly-redesigned 13th Congressional District, which hosted five Democrats in the August primary. But he told The Huffington Post that another Congress campaign still looks like his next political move.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 October 2012 17:01
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