February 7, 2014This continues our report about a winter project for our construction and groundskeeping crew and volunteers, the renovation of the East Foundry Apartment access and surrounding landscape [see posts from 12/16, 12/18, 12/20, 12/23, 12/27, 12/30/2013 and from 1/3 to 1/20/2014, and 2/5/2014]. As the fence is installed by Ron and Isaac, the construction team continues on the path the the east entrance, here with a form for a new stair case[photos and text by Sue Kirsch]The path leading to the staircase has to be widened.The form and reinforcement steel are in place.In our next report we will see photos of the concrete pour.
Photo: State Rep. Dave Maturen (third from right) welcomed leaders of the Tribe to the House floor in the Capitol. Also Pictured: Homer A. Mandoka, Jamie Stuck, Christine Lanning, Dorie Rios and Tony Day.State Rep. Dave Maturen has authored and introduced a House resolution to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the federal recognition of the Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi.“The Potawatomi Tribe has contributed an immense amount of their time giving back to the community over the last two decades,” said Rep. Maturen, R-Vicksburg. “It’s an honor for me to welcome them to the Capitol to commemorate the anniversary of their recognition.”The Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi first received federal acknowledgement on Dec. 19, 1995. The recognition was a result of formal action by the U.S. Department of Interior and the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Among other rights, the recognition reaffirmed the Tribe as a sovereign nation with the power to determine its own form of government, define conditions for membership in the nation, and levy taxes recognized by the U.S. government.The Potawatomi name is derived from “Bodewadmi,” which means “a people of the fire” or “people who make or maintain fire.” Both interpretations refer to the role of the Potawatomi as the keeper of the council fire in an earlier alliance with other tribes in the area. The meaning of the Tribe’s name inspired the name for a now well-known Michigan entity: FireKeepers Casino.FireKeepers Casino opened in 2009, bringing commerce and industry to mid- and southwest Michigan. With more than 1,100 Tribal members, the Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi – who own the casino – have continued their commitment to bettering the state, as well as their locale. The casino recently made its sixth payment to the state of Michigan and the FireKeepers Local Revenue Sharing Board (FLRSB) since the casino’s opening in 2009. Their payments now total $73.4 million to the state, and $26.9 million to the FLRSB.“The Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi have been integral in Michigan’s comeback,” Rep. Maturen said. “They exemplify what it truly means to be a productive and selfless role model for the community.”Residents with questions about the resolution are encouraged to contact Rep. Maturen’s office by phone at 517-373-1787, or by email at DavidMaturen@house.mi.gov.### Categories: Maturen News,News 15Dec Maturen resolution commemorates anniversary, honors local Tribe
Hans VestbergEricsson is reportedly seeking a replacement for CEO Hans Vestberg, after the firm failed to meet market expectations and reported a drop in sales and profits.According to a report in Swedish financial paper, Dagens Industri, Ericsson’s main owners and investors agree there should be a change at the top and that a new chief exec should be installed as soon as a replacement can be found.The report came after Ericsson yesterday reported second quarter earnings that saw sales drop 11% year-on-year to SEK54.1 billion and net income fall 26% to SEK1.6 billion.Operating income was down 22% to SEK2.8 billion, missing a Reuters analyst average forecast of SEK3.0 billion.Commenting on the results yesterday, Vestberg said that negative industry trends from the first quarter had “intensified”, impacting demand for mobile broadband, especially in markets with a weak macro-economic environment.“We are delivering on ongoing cost reduction activities. However, in light of market development, management has, with the support of the board of directors, initiated significant actions to further reduce cost.”Ericsson said that mobile broadband sales continued to decline and that the completion of European mobile broadband projects in 2015 continued to have a negative effect on sales growth year-on-year.Network sales in North America were stable, while the move from 3G to 4G contributed to “solid sales growth” in South East Asia and Oceania. Ericsson said that sales increased in TV and Media, driven by its compression business.Vestberg said that going forwards, in relation to media, Ericsson would be “more sensitive” about which markets it would invest in.