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Quick thinking capitalises on vice president’s TV Web error

first_img Howard Lake | 16 October 2004 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: Consulting & Agencies Digital Giving/Philanthropy Individual giving He meant to say FactCheck.org. The owner of FactCheck.com was able to capitalise quickly on this error, and point his site at GeorgeSoros.com. AS a result, hundreds of thousands of visitors found themselves on a Web site with the headline “Why We Must Not Re-elect President Bush.” This site was developed by US online fundraising and campaiging agency DonorDigital. It was built for Mr. Soros, the billionaire hedge fund manager and philanthropist: it promotes his new book and his national tour on which he is campaigning against the reelection of President Bush.DonorDigital say that more than 1.5 million people visited the site in the first 10 days, including more than 550,000 the day after the debate. They add that over 170,000 people have downloaded Mr. Soros’ speech.So, Web addresses on TV can work very well at driving traffic. Just make sure you and anyone likely to speak in public can recite the Web address perfectly. US Vice President Dick Cheney got a Web address wrong in front of 43 million viewers, and the quick-thinking owner of the quoted address pointed the Web address to another site critical of the Bush campaign.If your charity ever gets a spokesperson on TV, it makes sense to give out your charity’s Web address if you can. People do then visit, sometimes immediately. But you have to get the Web address correct.Dick Cheney, the US vice president, misquoted a Web address to support his argument on the 5 October 2004 vice presidential TV debate against Senator John Edwards. He encouraged 43 million viewers to visit FactCheck.com to find out his arguments in the Halliburton company controversy. Advertisementcenter_img About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Quick thinking capitalises on vice president’s TV Web error  21 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

Southern Partnership Station 2011 Medical Team Visits Island in El Salvador

first_imgBy Dialogo February 28, 2011 A U.S. Navy medical team and U.S. Marine Corps engineers visited the Unidad de Salud medical clinic on the island of Zacatillo, El Salvador, to assess public health needs in support of Southern Partnership Station (SPS) 2011, on 17 February. The three Sailors and two Marines took a 30-minute boat ride from Puerto Corsain, El Salvador, to meet with medical officials at their sole medical clinic to discuss capabilities and limitations for providing quality medical care to 2,000 island residents. “Basically, we wanted to see firsthand how they provide care, and evaluate our ability to work together and partner to provide the best public health for the men, women and children who live here,” said Cmdr. David Blazes, SPS 2011 senior medical officer. “We view this as a positive step toward improving the services we offer our patients,” said Karen Ivania Ponce, Unidad de Salud primary care provider. “Our resources and funding are very limited, so we often face challenges which make it difficult to do our jobs.” After a briefing and tour of the facility by Ponce and her staff, the service members’ attention shifted toward key concerns by island residents and medical clinic staff. “The biggest problem we face here is potable water,” said Rafael Antonio Martinez, Unidad de Salud head nurse practitioner. “We have three wells used to provide water throughout the island, but we don’t have a quality filtering system, which allows bacteria and disease to travel through our water.” Because of the uncertainty and lack of ability to produce purified water, all residents are required to boil their water prior to consumption. There is also a limit on production capabilities, and residents are only provided with 18 gallons of water per week. The water provided is used for bathing, cooking, cleaning and drinking. “This is a very important issue here, because water is critical to life,” said Corp. Robert Wrobleski, 2nd Marine Logistics Group water support technician. “We’re evaluating their equipment and procedures, and offering recommendations to improve their filtering process.” “Hopefully being able to walk through the streets of our town, and see our wells and purification process, will help in developing a joint plan to end this problem and provide limitless clean water to our people,” said Ponce. The team of service members spent five hours on the island walking and talking with residents prior to heading back to High Speed Vessel Swift (HSV 2) to draft plans and document recommendations. “There is so much value in these site assessments, because it allows us to gain an in-depth knowledge of how and what we can do, to provide assistance and continue to build and sustain enduring relationships with the El Salvadorian government,” said Blazes. SPS 11 is an annual deployment of U.S. ships to the U.S. Southern Command area of responsibility in the Caribbean and Latin America. The mission’s primary goal is information sharing with navies, coast guards and civilian services throughout the region. Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command (COMUSNAVSO), is the naval component command for U.S. Southern Command and is responsible for all naval personnel and assets in the area of responsibility. COMUSNAVSO conducts a variety of missions in support of the U.S. maritime strategy, including theater security cooperation, relationship building, humanitarian assistance and disaster response, community relations, and counter-illicit trafficking operations.last_img read more

Bosnian defender Kolasinac to join Arsenal

first_imgShare on: WhatsApp Arsenal supporters, some of whom have turned against Wenger and wanted him to leave, will be watching the Frenchman’s transfer activity carefully after the Gunners won just the FA Cup during a largely unsuccessful season.Arsenal have been linked with a big-money move for Monaco forward Kylian Mbappe, while Henry Onyekuru — a forward currently at Belgian outfit KAS Eupen — has also been touted as a target. London, United Kingdom | AFP | Arsene Wenger’s first activity in the transfer market since signing a new contract last week is to secure the services of Bosnian international defender Sead Kolasinac on a free transfer.Kolasinac — who turns 24 later this month — joins the FA Cup winners from Bundesliga side Schalke 04 and will compete with Nacho Monreal for the first choice berth.“Sead Kolasinac will join us this summer on a long-term contract,” read a short statement on the club website Tuesday.“Subject to the completion of all regulatory processes, the defender will start pre-season training in July.”Kolasinac, born in Germany but to Bosnian parents, made 94 Bundesliga appearances for Schalke and played over 20 Europa League and Champions League matches for the ‘Royal Blues’.He played for Bosnia in the 2014 World Cup finals making unwanted history in scoring the fastest own goal in the tournament’s history — the third minute of the group match with Argentina.last_img read more

Pitt rallies, upsets No. 24 Notre Dame 28-21

first_imgPittsburgh wide receiver Tyler Boyd (23) runs the ball past Notre Dame linebacker Jaylon Smith (9) in the first quarter of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)by Will GravesAP Sports WriterPITTSBURGH (AP) – James Conner ran for two short touchdowns, including the go-ahead score with 9:36 remaining as Pittsburgh upset No. 24 Notre Dame 28-21 Saturday night.Tom Savage passed for 243 yards and two scores to Devin Street as the Panthers (5-4) took advantage of some sloppy play by the Fighting Irish (7-3) to end Notre Dame’s four-game winning streak. Pittsburgh wide receiver Devin Street (15) is greeted by teammate Tyler Boyd (23) after scoring a touchdown in the third quarter of an NCAA college football game on Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013, in Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh won 28-21.(AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)The Irish turned it over three times, including a pair of fourth-quarter interceptions by Tommy Rees. Rees completed 18 of 39 for 318 yards and two touchdowns but was picked off by Pitt’s Ray Vinopal on consecutive passes in the final quarter.TJ Jones caught six passes for 149 yards and a touchdown and ran for another but Notre Dame’s hopes for a Bowl Championship Series bowl bid vanished in a sloppy final 15 minutes.The previous five meetings between the two schools had been decided by six points or less, including a triple-overtime escape by the Irish last year in South Bend that kept their perfect regular season alive.The Panthers blew a 14-point fourth quarter lead and a short field goal in overtime that would have pulled off the upset.This time, Pitt kept its composure and provided coach Paul Chryst with his first signature win since taking over nearly two years ago.last_img read more

Ex-NBA player Glen Davis avoids jail time in marijuana bust

first_img‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Davis’ attorney Brandon Mead says prosecutors will dismiss the charges after the 33-year-old pays the fine. Mead says nothing indicates Davis was selling drugs.Davis was a star player at Louisiana State University who also played for the Boston Celtics, Orlando Magic and Los Angeles Clippers. His NBA career ended in 2015.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesDavis was also charged with felony assault in an April altercation outside a West Hollywood, California, club. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants LATEST STORIES MOST READ Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: Players like Anthony Davis have value and hold power Davis was also charged with felony assault in an April altercation outside a West Hollywood, California, club.ABERDEEN, Md. — Former NBA player Glen “Big Baby” Davis has agreed to pay $15,000 to avoid jail time on drug charges.News outlets report the forward had faced up to five years in jail. He was arrested at a Maryland hotel with 126 grams (4 ounces) of marijuana and a briefcase containing $92,000 last February, and indicted on seven counts of drug possession and distribution.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusationslast_img read more

Will 1981 be any better than 1980 in sports?

first_imgIf Indian sports can be compared to anything at all, it is probably the weather – it is pleasant one day and depressing the next. The year 1980 could not have opened on a sunnier note. India won the fifth Test match against the touring Pakistani cricket team at Madras,If Indian sports can be compared to anything at all, it is probably the weather – it is pleasant one day and depressing the next. The year 1980 could not have opened on a sunnier note. India won the fifth Test match against the touring Pakistani cricket team at Madras to take an unbeatable 2-0 lead in the rubber after which Sunil Gavaskar temporarily relinquished the captaincy.This was followed by an individual triumph when badminton ace Prakash Padukone became the first Indian to win the prestigious All-England title. Cricket and hockey teams have been extended the red carpet and confetti treatment by enthusiastic fans, but Padukone became the first individual to receive this sort of welcome – including a ceremonial parade through the streets of Bangalore.Then came the hockey triumph at the Moscow Olympics. V. Bhaskaran’s young team overcame limited opposition to recapture the gold once more after 16 years. As the year drew to an end, tennis star Vijay Amritraj brightened things up a bit by emerging runner-up in the $ 320,000 (Rs 25,60,000) World Championship Tennis Challenge Cup in Montreal.Reverses: The reverses, predictably, were not slow in coming. The Indian cricketers, under a new captain, Gundappa Vishwanath, lost the Golden Jubilee Test against England in Bombay, making people wonder whether the earlier victories were well merited. Padukone. in an attempt to beard the Indonesian lions in their den at Jakarta in the World Badminton Championships, lost to Hadiyanto and returned unsung.Padukone (left) and Amritraj: Professionalism is the only answerThe hockey team, for its part, cooled its heels at home for the rest of the year. The national team being prepared for the PIA Champions Cup tourney in Karachi this month heard to its dismay that India’s entry had been withdrawn. It was new Indian Hockey Federation (IHF) president I, D. Mahajan who made this sensational announcement within hours of assuming office. The reason for abstaining was, apparently, that the Indians were not sufficiently prepared to face the best teams in the world. But Bhaskaran in Bangalore described the act as amounting to “putting the clock back and upsetting the boys who were ready for any opponent”.advertisementIndifferent Officials: Viewed in isolation, the decision was, to put it mildly, surprising. But considered in the overall context, whether it was a right decision or not, it stressed the enormous power officials wield over the players. It indicated a state of affairs where, more often than not, the superstar is not a player of the game but the secretary of an association.It was also a reminder of the fact that capability comes second and parochial considerations first. That the hockey players hold the losing end of the stick was also illustrated by an incident during their training. The normal daily allowance for players attending the seleclion naming camp was Rs 16 whereas national teams being prepared for the Asian Games are entitled to Rs 19.It was at the initiative of Gurbux Singh, NIS (South Centre) chief, that the team for Karachi was considered as a team in preparation for the Asian Games. None of the IHF officials cared to get this done. The extra Rs 3 may seem a measly amount but it illustrated firstly the indifference of Federation officials, and secondly, the pittance that the game pays.India Vs Spain in Moscow Olympics: A gold after 16 yearsLast year is littered with incidents which were the result of petty politics and in different administration. Hockey star Aslam Sher Khan, who, as a fullback, served India well, quit the game. He gave up at the age of only 27 because he couldn’t stand the “shabby treatment at the hands of the authorities”.And if officials team up to ruin a player’s career, they are equally adept at tackling each other. When the Soviet women’s hockey team came to India, for example, the Bombay Hockey Association and the Bombay Women’s Hockey Association engaged in a slanging match which was more entertaining than anything that was played on the field.Questionable System: The Amateur Athletic Federation of India can’t agree to decide on a single issue. So fragmented is the Federation that it has been unable to meet even once in the past four years. Canadian George Zellar, who was in India to train the Moscow-bound boxers, quit because “the system here is such that no one can do anything”. News reader and sports commentator Surajit Sen resigned from the All India Council of Sports because he thought it served little purpose. Bishen Singh Bedi, former Indian cricket captain, who single handedly made the North Zone a force to reckon with, launched in a tit of frustration, an all out attack on the Delhi District Cricket Association.advertisementDelhi crowds watch Gavaskar play the Australians: Number one spectou sportIn the ensuing battle, a rival organisation was formed, and five Ranji Trophy players, who withdrew hours before a match, were suspended. Down south in Andhra Pradesh, all team members of the Hyderabad XI were sacked when they appeared in track suits for training on the eve of their match in the Moin-ud-Dowla cricket tournament.To top this all was the very sorry spectacle of the Bharatiya Janata Party leader V.K. Malhotra and his Asian Games Organising Committee being derecognised by the Indian Olympic Association. The stewardship of the Games was then duly handed over to Union Civil Supplies Minister V.C. Shukla after a political struggle, the like of which has never been witnessed in sport before. The most notable result of this was that work on the Games suffered.Sports Neglected: The point that emerges from the midst of these squabbles and intrigues is that neither the player nor the sports fan really cares who is running the show. But with the officials the question is really who runs the show – not of how ii is run. And this, invariably, is the point of conflict between players and officials.Today, the Board of Cricket Control is the object of envy of every sport federation. The autonomy it enjoys is almost entirely owing to the fact that it doesn’t have to approach the Government for financial assistance each time it wants to send a team abroad. The Board, however, has had its share of troubles with the top players.That the players have formed an association of their own has contributed to much of the give and take, which was not so before. Unlike other sportsmen, cricketers know what they want, how much they want, and how they can get it. But then, the Board can afford to give them what they want as long as their demands are reasonable. Hockey players, on the other hand, even in their heyday, have never demanded or earned much.To compare any other sports federation or association with the Board would therefore be unfair. Several factors have gone into making cricket financially viable. The sports media has done considerably, and so have the players whose international performances of late – individually and collectively – have been very good. Moreover, the Board has been run by people who have displayed dedication and a sense of good management. After all, it was not till many years ago that hockey was the number one spectator sport over and above cricket.Sponsorship: Most sports bodies in the country are now trying to attract sponsorship. Cricket, which has so much money of its own, attracts sponsors easily but it is difficult for a game like basketball to do so. Even football doesn’t, though the game enjoys enormous popularity in West Bengal, Kerala, Karnataka and Maharashtra.advertisementThe All India Football Federation (AIFF) cannot afford to send teams abroad unless there is generous financial assistance from the Government. The Indian Football Association (IFA) which conducts football in West Bengal is far better off. Ashoke Ghosh, who took over as AIFF secretary early in 1980 after having done a long stint as secretary of lFA. said that he had various schemes lined up. but “the problem is money.”But if football is doing badly, it can take consolation from the fact that basketball, for example, is truly in the dumps. Indian player G. Dilip owes the basketball federation and the Karnataka State Basketball Association considerable money for his trip to Moscow as also for an earlier trip to Tokyo. “My bank job gives me enough to keep the family going,” he laments. “But where am I going to get the money to repay my loans?”Professionalism Needed: Though the climate in India is not conducive to professionalism sportsmen have begun to realise that it is the only answer. The quickest to learn have been the tennis players led by the Amritraj brothers. (Vijay Amritraj was among the top 10 international earners in 1980 with prize money of more than Rs 19 lakh). Padukone has left for Copenhagen to play with a club as a professional for one year. But this is not always possible, for two reasons. In team games, the scope is limited. Moreover, to turn professional, a player has to be as good as Padukone or the Amritraj brothers in his game.Since the Government subsidises several sports activities in the country, it is in a position to demand that officials make the best use of taxpayers’ money. But there is an almost total lack of interest and officials carry on their private games off the field.The important question is, will 1981 be any better than 1980? Sports officials would chorus an enthusiastic ‘yes’, but who believes them anyway?last_img read more

How to make a splint

first_imgDefinitionA splint is a device used for holding a part of the body stable to decrease pain and prevent further injury.Alternative NamesSplint – instructionsConsiderationsThe purpose of a splint is to hold still and protect a wounded body part from further damage until you get medical help. It is important to check for good circulation after the injured body part has been immobilized.Commercial splints are often used to immobilize a body part in the treatment of various disorders.CausesSplints can be used for many different injuries. Any time there is a broken bone, stabilizing the area is important.First AidCare for all wounds first before applying a splint.An injured body part should usually be splinted in the position in which it was found, unless you have been treated by a professionalwho is a specialist in that area.Find something rigid to use as supports to make the splint such as sticks, boards, or even rolled up newspapers. If none can be found, use a rolled blanket or clothing. An injured body part can also be taped to an uninjured body part in order to prevent it from moving. For example, you can tape an injured finger to the finger next to it to keep it immobile.Extend the splint beyond the injured area in order to keep it from moving. In general, try to include the joint above and below the injury in the splint.Secure the splint with ties (belts, cloth strips, neckties, etc.), or tape above and below the injury (make sure the knots are not pressing on the injury). Avoid over-tightening which can cut off the circulation.Check the area of the injured body part frequently for swelling, paleness, or numbness. If necessary, loosen the splint.Seek professional medical attention.Do NotadvertisementDo notchange the position of, or realign, an injured body part. Be careful when you place a splint to avoid causing more injuries. Be sure to pad the splint well to avoid putting extra pressure on the injured limb.If the injury is more painful after placing the splint, remove the splint and seek medical assistance immediately.When to Contact a Medical ProfessionalIf an injury occurs while in a remote area, call for emergency medical assistance as soon as possible. In the meantime, give first aid to the patient.The following require immediate medical help:Bone that is sticking through the skinOpen would around the injuryLoss of feeling (sensation)Loss of pulse or a feeling of warmth beyond the injured siteIf any of these situations occur and medical assistance is not available, and the injured part looks to be abnormally bent, gently replacing the injured part back into its normal position may improve the circulation.PreventionSafety is the best way to avoid broken bones caused by falling. Some diseases make bones break easier, so use caution when assisting a person with fragile bones.Avoid activities that strain the muscles or bones for long periods as these can cause fatigue and falls. Always use protective gear, such as proper footwear, pads, braces, and helmets.ReferencesChudnofsky CR, Byers SE. Splinting techniques. In: Roberts JR, Hedges JR, eds. Clinical Procedures in Emergency Medicine. 5th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Elsevier Saunders; 2009:chap 50.Kassel MR, Gianotti A. Splints and slings. In: Auerbach PS, ed. Wilderness Medicine. 6th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Elsevier Mosby; 2011:chap 19.Review Date:4/16/2013Reviewed By:C. Benjamin Ma, MD, Assistant Professor, Chief, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service, UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Also reviewed by A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc., Editorial Team: David Zieve, MD, MHA, Bethanne Black, Stephanie Slon, and Nissi Wang.last_img read more

10 months agoSchalke centre-back Matija Nastasic excited by Man City reunion

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Schalke centre-back Matija Nastasic excited by Man City reunionby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSchalke centre-back Matija Nastasic has welcomed their Champions League draw with Manchester City.Nastasic spent three seasons at City between 2012 and 2015:He said, “I’m pleased we have drawn Manchester City. “These will be two very special matches for me as I played for City before signing for FC Schalke 04. Consequently, I will get to meet a few familiar faces. We know how strong our opponents are but we will give it our best shot.”The tie also means a reunion for City winger Leroy Sane. last_img

10 months agoCardiff boss Warnock: Pochettino will struggle to reject Man Utd

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Cardiff boss Warnock: Pochettino will struggle to reject Man Utdby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCardiff City boss Neil Warnock believes Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino would struggle to turn down Manchester United.The Argentine continues to be linked with the United job.Warnock said, “The grass is not always greener,” Warnock said. “Sir Alex [Ferguson] knew when he left that the place was not the same. They’d lost a lot and no one has been able to put that back.“It is still a big test for him [Pochettino]. Does he want that sort of challenge when he has got a new stadium and a squad he knows inside out?“But Manchester United are one of the biggest clubs in the world and you don’t get that opportunity very often.” last_img read more

Tobique blues artists calls the New Brunswick governments decision to get rid

first_img(Blues guitarist Gary Sappier says he’ll try to keep art NB independent from government)Trina Roache APTN National NewsTOBIQUE FIRST NATION – A blues guitarist from the Tobique First Nation says the New Brunswick government’s decision to end the work of a program that funds artists “heartbreaking.”Gary Sappier said he worked with Arts NB to help up and coming artists find money and opportunities vital to an arts career.The Liberal Government in New Brunswick will take over the work of the board, cutting $400,000 in administration costs by laying off staff.Arts NB found out about the move Feb. 3.The board came into existence in 1989 so the province would have an arms length, non-political entity to hand out taxpayer dollars to artists in the province.“I’m more concerned about the governance side,” said Sappier. “What we were advocating for 25 years, and it was a national model, was to work at arm’s length from government, from bureaucrats who can give whoever they want the money. We’re judged by our own peers. We’re not bound by bureaucrats who nothing about the arts.”Sappier said aboriginal artists have been served well by Arts NB.“They hired an aboriginal outreach worker, an artist herself, doing outreach work to artists in Mi’kmaq and Maliseet communities,” said Sappier. She engaged the communities. Helped with everything, from forms to what programs artists are eligible for. It will be sad to see it all go.”Sappier has worn many hats in the music industry, from music producer to performing in his own Gary Sappier Blues Band.He said establishing a career in the arts is a hard road. His main focus with Arts NB is to help artists find cash, navigate complicated grant forms, and career development.Sappier points to successful New Brunswick bands like the award-winning City Natives as an example of how far aboriginal artists have come.“In 2014, we had four ECMA artists right here from Tobique. Four groups from New Brunswick. City Natives, won big at the East Coast Music Awards,” said Sappier. “The headlines read; Tobique First Nation shines at ECMA’s. These guys are working very, very hard at their craft. They’ve stepped up to the challenge.”But Aboriginal artists need support and Sappier said he is worried that will disappear if government takes over the arts board.“It’s pretty hard, it’s an endless self-promotion. And you’re always doing it every day,” said Sappier. “Networking is one of the most important things you can do outside the province. The Arts board? We were doing that. That’s one of the things we’re going to miss.”It’s not over yet.New Brunswick Tourism, Culture and Heritage Minister, along with the Premier Brian Gallant, are expected to meet with the arts board next week.Sappier plans to plead his case of why having a board at arm’s length from government is so important.Phone calls to the Department of Tourism, Culture and Heritage were not returned.A press release issued earlier this month said the decision wouldn’t mean less money for artists.Minister Bill Fraser said, “This will result in a more focused, streamlined approach to ensure that the maximum amount of funding reaches the artists in a cost-effective way while ensuring that the arm’s-length, peer assessment model remains intact.”But in a post to the Arts NB site, the board chair wrote that he disagrees with the decision.“The actions Minister Fraser is taking right now will wreck something that has been working for over 25 years through successive Liberal and Conservative governments,” said Pierre McGraw. “Does this government really want to be the regime that re-politicizes arts funding?”[email protected]last_img read more