first_img Sasha Foo Sasha Foo, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) — The Broadway musical “Hamilton” continues to strike a chord with audiences everywhere it goes, even with audiences who aren’t that knowledgeable about the founding of the American Republic.On Thursday, nearly 3,000 high school students in San Diego County saw a performance of the hit musical for free at the Civic Center theater, as part of an education program inspired by the Tony award-winning musical.The program, which is also known as “EduHAM” is the brainchild of an educational non-profit in New York, in collaboration with “Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda.In addition to studying the people and events that led to the creation of the new republic, students were encouraged to compose their own songs, poetry, rap and dramatic scenes about the period.That creative work was showcased on the Civic Center stage by student performers from 16 area high schools.Some work paid tribute to historical figures such as Crispus Attucks, Thomas Paine and Paul Revere. One student group upended the term, “Founding Fathers” with a homage to the women of the American Revolution.The education program was developed for high school history students attending Title I schools, which are schools with a large number of students who come from low income families. Posted: January 11, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News Tags: Community, Hamilton, Lin-Manuel Miranda FacebookTwittercenter_img Taking history from the classroom to the stage: High school students perform work inspired by ‘Hamilton’ Updated: 10:55 PM January 11, 2018last_img read more

first_imgColumbia Riverkeeper on Wednesday filed a set of lawsuits targeting the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for what it calls illegal discharges of oil and pollutants from eight dams on the Columbia and Snake rivers.In complaints filed in U.S. District Courts in Portland, Tacoma and Eastern Washington, the Oregon-based advocacy group described a series of leaks and discharges it argues are in violation of the federal Clean Water Act. The facilities under scrutiny are Bonneville Dam, The Dalles Dam, John Day Dam and McNary Dam on the Columbia, and Ice Harbor Dam, Lower Monumental Dam, Little Goose Dam and Lower Granite Dam on the Snake. Each complaint focuses on different dams, depending on each court’s jurisdiction.The complaints list the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which operates the facilities, and Lieutenant General Thomas Bostick as defendants.It wasn’t any one incident that prompted Columbia Riverkeeper to file a lawsuit against the Army Corps over dam pollution, said executive director Brett VandenHeuvel. It was an accumulation of incidents showing a persistent problem that must be addressed, he said.“We’ve been investigating dam oil spills for several years,” VandenHeuvel said. “It continues to be a problem, and now is the time to take action.”The Army Corps is reviewing the complaints, said spokeswoman Amy Echols. The agency doesn’t comment on ongoing litigation, she said.Oil leaks aren’t uncommon in the Columbia and Snake river system, home to numerous aging federal dams. The complicated, decades-old structures include many components that require oil to keep them running.last_img read more

first_imgLawmakers are considering alternatives to their expensive and controversial office space in Anchorage.Download AudioWhen the state renewed its lease on the Legislative Information Office in downtown Anchorage last year, it paid about $7.5 million for renovations — and saw its annual rent spike from under $700,000 to more than $4 million per year.The deal was negotiated by Rep. Mike Hawker, R-Anchorage, and approved by the Legislative Council, which handles the legislature’s administrative business.But with a budget crisis prompting cuts across the state, the high rent has become an embarrassment for lawmakers.The question now is whether the state can get out of the deal and find anything cheaper.On Friday, the Council heard a range of options prepared by its chair, Republican Sen. Gary Stevens of Kodiak. Stevens’ report found the cheapest option — by far — would be to move into the state-owned Atwood Building, a few blocks away.Moving into the Atwood Building would cost about $10 million over 10 years.Keeping the existing lease, by comparison, would cost an estimated $40 million over 10 years, Stevens found, while buying the current building outright would cost at least $43 million.But lawmakers expressed concern that breaking the existing lease could prompt expensive litigation. A decision on the building was postponed Dec. 19.last_img read more

first_imgFactfile on North Korea’s suspected missile arsenal. Pyongyang has claimed that Sunday’s launch was of a “newly-developed mid/long-range strategic ballistic rocket”. AFPNorth Korea’s latest missile launch was a successful test of a new type of rocket, Pyongyang’s state media reported Monday.Sunday’s launch was of a “newly-developed mid/long-range strategic ballistic rocket, Hwasong-12”, the official KCNA news agency said, adding that leader Kim Jong-Un “personally oversaw the test-launch of the new type of rocket”.The isolated North is under multiple sets of United Nations sanctions over its nuclear and missile programmes, which have set alarm bells ringing around the region and in Washington.The North says it needs atomic weapons to defend itself against the threat of invasion and is widely believed to be making progress in its quest to develop a missile capable of delivering a nuclear warhead to the continental United States-something President Donald Trump has vowed “won’t happen”.Tensions between the two reached new heights in recent weeks, with Washington saying military action was an option being considered and Pyongyang issuing threats of its own, sending fears of conflict spiralling.Trump later appeared to hold open the door to negotiations, saying he would be “honoured” to meet Kim and called him a “smart cookie”.Last week the South also elected a new president, Moon Jae-In, who advocates reconciliation with Pyongyang and said at his inauguration that he was willing “in the right circumstances” to visit the North to ease tensions.But he slammed the missile test as a “reckless provocation” after holding an emergency meeting with national security advisers.Dialogue would be possible “only if the North changes its attitude”, he said according to his spokesman.KCNA said Sunday’s test was intended to examine the “technical details and characteristics” of a new type of rocket “capable of carrying a powerful and big nuclear warhead”, and also confirmed “the reliability of the newly-developed rocket engine”.The missile followed its preset flight path to reach an altitude of 2,111.5 kilometres and travelled 787 kilometres, coming down at the “precise location intended”, it added.‘Flagrant menace’Since the beginning of last year the North has carried out two atomic tests and dozens of missile launches as it seeks to refine its weapons.In April it put dozens of missiles on show at a giant military parade through the streets of Pyongyang.The United States called for tougher sanctions against the North after Sunday’s missile test, with the White House saying: “Let this latest provocation serve as a call for all nations to implement far stronger sanctions against North Korea.”The North “has been a flagrant menace for far too long”, it added in a statement.The missile came down in the Sea of Japan (East Sea), with Washington saying it impacted “so close to Russian soil … the president cannot imagine that Russia is pleased”.Russia’s defence ministry later said the missile landed about 500 kilometres from its territory and posed no threat.The United States and Japan called for an emergency meeting of the United Nations Security Council, and a meeting has been scheduled for Tuesday afternoon, according to the UN mission of Uruguay, which currently holds the council’s presidency.China, Pyongyang’s sole major ally and main trading partner, which has been under growing US pressure to help rein in its wayward neighbour, urged restraint.“All relevant parties should exercise restraint and refrain from further aggravating tensions in the region,” said Beijing’s foreign ministry.But KCNA reported Monday that Kim “told the rocket scientists and technicians not to be complacent… and continue to build more… nuclear weapons and methods of delivery” until the US made the “right choice”.The leader also “warned that the US will not be able to avoid the worst-ever catastrophe if it recklessly provokes our republic”, it said, using standard language, and claimed that “all US mainland and US-Pacific regions are within the range of our attacks”.Analysts believe that the North does not yet have this capability. But it described another launch earlier this year as a drill for an attack on US bases in Japan.last_img read more

first_imgUS Ambassador Nikki Haley. Photo: WikipediaUS Ambassador Nikki Haley expressed regret on Thursday to African ambassadors who were outraged by President Donald Trump’s alleged description of African countries as “shithole” nations, the head of the African Group said.Haley asked to meet the African ambassadors at the United Nations after they released a joint statement on Friday demanding an apology from Trump for his “outrageous, racist and xenophobic remarks.”Ambassador Anatolio Ndong Mba of Equatorial Guinea, who chairs the Africa Group, said the US ambassador did not offer an apology during the closed-door meeting, but she did express regret.Haley told the meeting that “she was not there at the White House, she is not sure what was said, but she regretted this entire situation that has been created,” the ambassador said.The US mission declined to say whether Haley had addressed the furor over Trump’s remarks allegedly made a week ago at a White House meeting with lawmakers on immigration reform.Ndong Mba said the Africa Group “made a recommendation” to Haley to defuse tensions, which she promised to pass on to Trump.Diplomats, who declined to be named, said they had suggested that Trump send a friendly message to African leaders at their upcoming summit in Addis Ababa as a gesture of goodwill.”We appreciate the fact that she came and she talked about all the cooperation between the United States with Africa,” said Ndong Mba, who described the meeting as “very friendly.”The US mission posted photos of the meeting on Twitter and said: “Thank you to the Africa Group for meeting today.””We discussed our long relationship and history of combatting HIV, fighting terrorism, and committing to peace throughout the region,” it said in the post retweeted by Haley.Trump’s remarks were condemned by the 55-nation African Union while some African governments summoned the US ambassador in their capitals to demand an explanation.Trump reportedly demanded to know why the United States should accept immigrants from “shithole countries,” after lawmakers raised the issue of protections for immigrants from African nations, Haiti and El Salvador.However he later tweeted: “this was not the language used.”Earlier this week, 78 former US ambassadors to Africa wrote a letter to Trump expressing “deep concern” over his comments and urging him to “reassess” his views on Africa.The United Nations slammed the reported remarks as “shocking and shameful” as well as “racist.””You cannot dismiss entire countries and continents as ‘shitholes’ whose entire populations, who are not white, are therefore not welcome,” Rupert Colville, spokesman for the UN human rights office, told reporters in Geneva.last_img read more

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first_img The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… read more News | January 15, 2013 Advanced Radiation Therapy Acquires AccuBoost Assets From Elekta News | Proton Therapy | August 08, 2019 MD Anderson to Expand Proton Therapy Center The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center unveiled plans to expand its Proton Therapy Center during a… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 16, 2019 Drug Accelerates Blood System’s Recovery After Radiation, Chemotherapy A drug developed by UCLA physician-scientists and chemists speeds up the regeneration of mouse and human blood stem… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more January 14, 2013 — Advanced Radiation Therapy (ART), manufacturer of the AccuBoost System for radiation therapy of partial breast and Elekta a global leader in cancer management systems and software, announced today that they have executed an agreement whereby ART acquires the assets of all AccuBoost installations held by Elekta, its worldwide distribution partner. As part of the transaction, ART has purchased the assets and the operating agreements for more than 20 installations in the U.S. The transaction is designed to enable both companies to focus on their core competencies, and serves AccuBoost user groups by allowing ART to increase its support to these installations.Piran Sioshansi, Ph.D., President and CEO of ART, stated: “The support of Nucletron/Elekta has been helpful for the growth of the AccuBoost product to become an established treatment option for partial breast radiation therapy in the United States. With this agreement, AccuBoost will resume its lead position in support of the treatment centers and concentrate on future growth of the technology and accelerate the introduction of new treatment options.” “AccuBoost is well positioned to enter into a stage of substantial growth,” Dr. Sioshansi continued, “and plans to hire additional staff and work independently with all of the providers in the radiation oncology marketplace.” Bill Dowd, Vice President, Brachytherapy, North America with Nucletron, an Elekta Company, stated: “We believe this is the best way forward for the development of AccuBoost and for customers using this solution.” The AccuBoost procedure is designed for women diagnosed with early stage breast cancer who pursue Breast Conserving Therapy (BCT). AccuBoost is a new brachytherapy modality that uses real time image guidance to target the radiation dose for patients who choose BCT. The mammography image-guided AccuBoost partial breast irradiation procedure is offered either for breast boost therapy, as part of the course of whole breast irradiation regimen or as a non-invasive monotherapy option for Accelerated Partial Breast Irradiation (APBI).For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… read more Related Content Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD Image courtesy of Imago Systems News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 07, 2019 Qfix kVue One Proton Couch Top Validated by Mevion Medical Systems Qfix and Mevion Medical Systems announced that a special version of the kVue One Proton couch top is now both validated… read more News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communications News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more News | Proton Therapy | August 06, 2019 IBA Signs Contract to Install Proton Therapy Center in Kansas IBA (Ion Beam Applications S.A.) recently signed a contract and received the first payment for a Proteus One solution… read morelast_img read more

first_imgAustralian flag carrier said to belooking to sell off some of its leases. Qantas is reportedly looking to sell its long-term leases on passenger terminals at four Australian airports including; Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Perth.According to reports, the airline told analysts it is hoping to make a decision on selling the long-term leases within 12 months and expects the sale to raise as much as AU$1 billion on leases due to expire in 2018 and 2019, The Sydney Morning Herald reported.Although Qantas is yet to comment, Sydney Airport confirmed to media that there were talks about the “early reversion of leases” and an analyst said the airline has indicated it will sell its leases.”From Qantas’ point of view, selling the terminals makes perfect sense,” Macquarie Equities analyst Ian Myles said.”The issue is at what price. Whatever the price they sell it for, they will pay in rent. You could sell it for nothing and your access fees would be very, very low.”Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J.last_img read more

first_img March 27, 2019 1,161 Views in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News Wednesday proved to be a significant day for the GSEs. Even as the topic of housing finance reform saw discussion in Congress, President Donald J. Trump signed a memorandum tasking the Treasury Department and Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) with preparing a reform plan for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. The White House memo directed that this plan be delivered “as soon as possible.”The President’s PlanThe President specifically called for a “comprehensive” plan for removing Fannie and Freddie from the government conservatorship under which they have been operating since September 2008, during the housing crisis.The memo states that “in the decade since the financial crisis, there has been no comprehensive reform of the housing finance system despite the need for it, leaving taxpayers exposed to future bailouts.” The memo went on to claim that “the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) housing programs are exposed to high levels of risk and rely on outdated business processes and systems.”As such, the Presidential memo calls on federal agencies to:End the conservatorship of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and improve regulatory oversight over them.Promote competition in the housing finance market and create a system that encourages sustainable homeownership and protects taxpayers against bailouts.The memo also notes that the administration wants to work with Congress in order to bring about a comprehensive reform plan, adding that “sustainable homeownership is the benchmark of success for comprehensive reforms to government housing programs.”“I look forward to working with FHFA, HUD, Congress, and other stakeholders to address the need for housing finance reform as laid out by President Trump’s Presidential Memorandum,” said U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Steven T. Mnuchin in a statement. “We support a system that provides for access to lending for hardworking Americans, while also protecting taxpayers from risk. An effective and efficient federal housing finance system will also meaningfully contribute to economic growth.””A sustainable housing finance system is critical to providing liquidity and security to the housing market and protecting American taxpayers,” said Ed Delgado, President & CEO, Five Star Global. “I look forward to the mortgage industry participating with federal agencies and Congress toward common-sense process reforms that promote responsible homeownership and better safeguard against future economic downturns.”National Association of Realtors (NAR) President John Smaby said in a statement, “While NAR believes the GSEs must be transitioned out of conservatorship, this must be done in a responsible manner that will protect taxpayers and retain the enterprises’ public mission, and these actions must be driven by Congress. This is the only way to secure an explicit government guarantee, a public mission and the 30-year fixed rate mortgage, critical components of a robust U.S. housing market. That point will remain NAR’s primary focus as we continue GSE reform conversations with the Senate, House, and the administration.”You can read the full memo here. To read more about this week’s Senate Banking Committee hearings on housing finance reform, click here and here.Fannie Mae’s New CEOFannie Mae today announced that it has appointed Hugh R. Frater as CEO effective March 26. As CEO, Frater will set the overall enterprise vision and strategic direction of the company. In addition to his role as CEO, Frater remains on the Board of Directors. Frater previously served as Interim CEO.“Following a six month nationwide search of qualified candidates, I am pleased to announce Hugh R. Frater as Fannie Mae CEO. Hugh’s deep understanding of the housing and the financial services industries, broad experience, and strong leadership skills make him an ideal choice to lead Fannie Mae,” said Jonathan Plutzik, Chair of Fannie Mae’s Board of Directors. “Hugh’s contributions as Interim CEO over the last several months demonstrate his commitment to strengthening the company and delivering value to our customers and partners. This appointment also provides continuity in Fannie Mae’s leadership team as we fulfill our mission to provide liquidity and support to the mortgage market.”“I am honored with this opportunity to lead Fannie Mae and to play a part in the company’s important contributions to the housing finance system,” Frater said. “The Fannie Mae of today is customer focused, innovative, and committed to leading a housing finance system that is safe, sound, and sustainable for taxpayers and creditworthy borrowers of all income levels. I look forward to continuing to work with this outstanding leadership team to deliver on Fannie Mae’s strategic priorities and transform the mortgage experience for our customers and partners.”Rocky Stubbs, SVP, Direct Lending for Flagstar Bank, told MReport, “Hugh Frater’s announcement is being warmly received by the industry. His reputation is outstanding and there is a high degree of confidence in his capabilities. Fannie Mae was featured in John Collin’s classic Good to Great. One of the key findings is that Level 5 leaders usually come from within the organization. I’m just thrilled that after diligently scouring the market, their search led them right down the hall.”Not all industry experts are without reservation, however. “I always get nervous when the CEO of a government agency such as Fannie Mae pledges to ‘transform the mortgage experience,” said Edward Pinto, Co-Director, American Enterprise Institute Center on Housing Markets and Finance. “In a 1994 press release, James Johnson, Fannie’s CEO, made a similar pledge. The transformation wrought by the 1994 pledge nearly cratered the world’s economy.”Frater served as Fannie Mae’s Interim CEO since October 16, 2018, and on Fannie Mae’s Board since 2016. He has held a number of executive and management roles throughout his career. Frater currently serves as Non-Executive Chairman of the Board of VEREIT, Inc. He previously led Berkadia Commercial Mortgage LLC, a national commercial real estate company providing comprehensive capital solutions and investment sales advisory and research services for multifamily and commercial properties.He served as Chairman of Berkadia from April 2014 to December 2015 and he served as CEO of Berkadia from 2010 to April 2014. Earlier in his career, Frater was an EVP at PNC Financial Services, where he led the real estate division, and was a Founding Partner and Managing Director of BlackRock, Inc.This news follows the announcement of similar impending changes at Freddie Mac. Earlier this month, Freddie Mac announced that Donald H. Layton will retire as CEO and that the Board of Directors has appointed David M. Brickman to succeed him effective Monday, July 1. Brickman will become a member of the Freddie Mac Board of Directors at that time. You can read more about that story here. 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first_img Top Stories So proud of the way the team competed today. Showed a lot of character all day. Especially @drewstanton, he has the heart of a champion. Played the last two weeks for his brothers despite an ACL tear. Love ya man!!— Larry Fitzgerald (@LarryFitzgerald) January 1, 2018In fact, he had been playing without an ACL for years, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. After Arizona Cardinals Larry Fitzgerald made it known that quarterback Drew Stanton played on a torn ACL for two weeks, Stanton refuted the claim Monday, stating it was a bone bruise.“Yeah, I’m not telling him any secrets, apparently,” he said to 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station’s Craig Grialou.Fitzgerald tweeted after the Cardinals beat the Seattle Seahawks in the 2017 finale that Stanton returned for the last two games playing on a torn ACL. #AZCardinals QB Drew Stanton, a top backup QB for free agency, is a tough dude. He has been playing with no ACL for YEARS. He had just a thread, now has none. No surgery planned. Once he got over a bone bruise, he just played on. Stanton knows how to manage it.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 1, 2018After starting quarterback Carson Palmer broke his arm in an Oct. 22 loss to the Los Angeles Rams, Stanton took the starting job but injured his knee in a Nov. 9 home game against the Seahawks. He finished out the game, and the Cardinals then switched to third-string quarterback Blaine Gabbert for the next five weeks due to the severity of Stanton’s injury.Head coach Bruce Arians announced before a Week 16 battle against the New York Giants that he decided to return to Stanton over Gabbert.At the time, Arians said Stanton’s injury, which was reported to be a sprain, had improved enough to help the Cardinals win games. Arizona Cardinals quarterback Drew Stanton (5) passes against the Seattle Seahawks in the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson) “He’s moving around really good now, and that’s that veteran presence in the huddle,” Arians said.Asked if Stanton could have played sooner, Arians said the quarterback could not.“No, it’s bad. He’s still going to play in a lot of pain, but his mobility’s back,” the head coach said.Stanton went 20-of-34 for 209 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions on Dec. 24 as Arizona beat the Giants, 23-0.While showing off his mobility despite the injury, he completed 15 of 34 passes for 145 yards, one touchdown and one interception on Sunday at Seattle. Comments   Share   The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

first_imgA 42-year-old woman was arrested on Saturday after allegedly throwing a hand grenade in the yard of a house owned by a 46-year-old woman in Nea Ekali in Limassol.The hand grenade – thrown some three metres from the house – exploded at around 1am damaging windows and the walls of the 46-year-old’s house.The suspect is said to be the secretary of a community council in the Limassol district, in which the 46-year-old is also a member.Limassol CID chief, Ioannis Soteriades, said that the suspect denies any involvement.He said that the two women had differences related to work. These reportedly concern reports made to the Audit Office over discrepancies at the community council. You May LikeUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementAdd This One Thing To Your Dog’s Food To Help Them Be HealthierUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndoAngels And EntrepreneursRobert Herjavec Announce Venture Could Make You RichAngels And EntrepreneursUndoDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoIsraeli rape suspects freed, woman who alleged assault arrested (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

first_img09Mar Representative García joined by administrators in support of school schedule flexibility legislation Categories: Garcia News,News State Representative Daniela R. García of Holland was joined by Allendale Public School Superintendent Dan Jonker and Mecosta Osceola ISD Superintendent Curtis Finch before the House Education Reform Committee to testify in support of legislation which will give local school districts more flexibility with the school calendar and schedule.“A school schedule should not be up for a negotiation, if the district administration and teachers are truly focused on what’s best for students,” Garcia said. “Families and teachers should know before summer break when the first day of school is in the fall, not left to wonder for weeks because of an expiring contract. That’s not what’s best for the students, their parents and the school district as a whole.”“I appreciate the superintendents for joining me before the Education Reform Committee,” Garcia said. “They both know what’s best for the students in their districts, and I believe that should be true for all of Michigan’s students”No vote was made on House Bill 4163 by the committee today.State Representative Daniela R. Garcia was joined by Allendale Public School Superintendent Dan Jonker for testimony on school schedules before the House Education Reform Committee today in Lansing.last_img read more

first_imgShareTweetShareEmail0 SharesJuly 10, 2014; Providence JournalA cautionary tale this week about a Rhode Island homeless shelter that may be getting too close to a candidate for governor who is a high-profile supporter and board member. Although nobody has mentioned legal action, it could possibly be a violation of one of the IRS’s cardinal rules prohibiting electioneering and endorsements by 501(c)3s.The Providence Journal reports that Rhode Island Treasurer Gina Raimondo (D) drew the nonprofit Crossroads Rhode Island into her campaign to become governor, amid questions about the kinds of restrictions the IRS places on the political activities of 501(c)3s. Raimondo is vice chair of its board.The latest Raimondo-for-governor TV ad features the candidate talking to an unidentified woman inside the Providence homeless shelter. The building is also prominently featured in another segment of the ad in which a woman says Raimondo “saved [her] life twice” after incidents of alleged abuse. She credits Raimondo for fundraising to expand the shelter and clearing a backlog so she could receive state money from a Crime Victim Compensation Fund that the treasurer manages.In response to an inquiry from the paper about Crossroads’ role in the Raimondo ad, the IRS provided a link to the regulation that restricts political “intervention” by 501(c)3s, which says:“Under the Internal Revenue Code, all section 501(c)3 organizations are absolutely prohibited from directly or indirectly participating in, or intervening in, any political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidate for elective public office….Violating this prohibition may result in denial or revocation of tax-exempt status and the imposition of certain excise taxes.”But Crossroads cited another section of the IRS rulebook, which says, “The prohibition extends beyond candidate endorsements…. Allowing a candidate to use an organization’s assets or facilities will also violate the prohibition if other candidates are not given an equivalent opportunity.”Crossroads told the Journal that no other candidate asked to use its facilities, but “if they did, we’d say yes…. The more exposure that homelessness and Crossroads get, the better off we are.”According to the article, someone associated with the campaign asked for permission to film “B-roll footage” inside the homeless shelter for a Raimondo campaign ad featuring a woman who had once been a Crossroads client. The request was granted by both the shelter’s CEO and board chair, whose wife is a donor to Raimondo’s campaign.The Journal points out that the ad marks the second time Crossroads’ CEO has become involved in a Raimondo campaign; in 2011, she had a role in a business-backed group that spent hundreds of thousands of dollars to push legislation Raimondo crafted to overhaul the state’s pension system. The shelter’s involvement led to a decrease in donations from state employees the next year.—Larry KaplanShareTweetShareEmail0 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgShareTweetShareEmail0 SharesFebruary 6, 2015; San Francisco ExaminerAlthough he will be out of office in a couple of weeks, Attorney General Eric Holder is trying to follow through on his post-Ferguson commitment to address the nation’s deteriorating police-community relations. Last week, for example, he went to San Francisco to join Mayor Ed Lee and some invited local youth at the Willie Mays Boys & Girls Club to address the lack of trust in the black community toward police. Participating in the meeting were also police cadets who help out at the facility in Hunters Point as part of their training.Before going across the Bay, Holder had been in Oakland for the last of his six planned community roundtable discussions on police-community relations, the previous meetings having been held in Atlanta, Cleveland, Memphis, Chicago, and Philadelphia. The roundtable meetings are part of Holder’s National Initiative for Building Community Trust and Justice. The Oakland meeting included both public officials such as the mayor (Libby Schaaf) and police chief (Sean Whent) of Oakland as well as activists who have been in the forefront of protests, including Alicia Garza of Black Lives Matter, Olis Simmons of Youth UpRising, Junious Williams of the Urban Strategies Council, and representatives of other activist groups, including the East Oakland Youth Development Center.Much of the press discussion about Holder’s meetings has focused on issues of policing, with Holder’s repeated calls for police body cameras, but the roundtables have addressed much more than that. Regina Jackson, president of East Oakland Youth Development Center, for example, raised the issue of how police deal with people who are mentally ill. “I don’t know if folks in public safety have any strategy to deal with people with mental illness,” Jackson said. “People are already victimized by mental illness, and most of the time it’s the illness and not willful disregard. That is something I’m really interested in having them take a look at.”The Department of Justice launched the National Initiative this past September with a three-year $4.75 million grant, administered by the John Jay College of Criminal Justice on behalf of the National Network for Safe Communities, addressing, in the words of John Jay College President Jeremy Travis, “the broken relationships between the police and communities of color across the nation.” Although Holder has completed his six community roundtables, the advisory board for the Initiative is apparently just being formed. An article from the New Haven Register announced that New Haven police chief Dean Esserman has just been named to the advisory board, which will have its first meeting this month. It isn’t clear from the newspaper reports whether the Initiative meeting held last month in Columbus, Ohio, described as “its first large-scale, daylong program” might have also involved members of the advisory board.The director of the Initiative, John Jay professor David Kennedy, sees the Initiative as potentially “transformative” as it collects and interprets “existing wisdom and interventions in procedural justice, implicit bias, and reconciliation.” But two residents of the public housing project across from the Willie Mays Boys & Girls Club pointed out the complexity in the task that Holder has given to Kennedy and the Initiative’s advisory board. Lilla Pittman said that in her view, when the police show up, they appear to be “looking to find problems rather than trying to solve them,” as recounted by the Examiner’s Jonah Owen Lamb. Pittman’s neighbor, Shana Davis, indicated that addressing unmet needs could help deter problems of crime. There are clearly issues that need to be addressed in police training and policies, but there are more fundamental societal issues like overt and implicit racism and economic and other disparities that have to be addressed as well.—Rick CohenShareTweetShareEmail0 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgSet-top manufacturer Pace has been hit by hard disk supply problems in its interim results.With the exception of the HDD supply issue, volume and revenues are in-line with expectations, Pace said.Impact of HDD supply issues on 2011 operating profit is expected to be about US$9.5 million (€7 million), the company said.There will be a consequent impact to cash through lost profit and increased working capital, with net debt at year end now expected to be about US$320m-US$330m.A consultation is underway on a proposed reorganisation of the Pace Europe business, the details of which are subject to finalisation. An exceptional charge of about US$12m will be taken in 2011 and the consultation is expected to conclude before the end of the first half of 2012, the company said. The proposal is targeting annualised savings of US$7m, with about 50% expected in 2012.The Pace board now expects 2012 group operating margin to be about 7% on broadly flat revenues before the impact of HDD supply issues.last_img read more

first_imgRussian pay TV operator Tricolor TV has denied charges of dumping levied by rival operators.The Russian cable association, the AKTR, said that Tricolor TV’s pricing policy threatened the viability of the market in the country. Tricolor offers a package of services for the very low price of RUB900 (€23) a year, about a third of the price of rival services. The AKTR has said that the prices charged by Tricolor TV meant it could not be operating at a profit if Tricolor was paying market rates to international content providers.Tricolor TV issued a statement saying that its deals with international channel providers were market-driven and reflected each side’s commercial priorities.last_img

first_imgWatching content on mobiles and tablets will account for half of all online video views by 2016, according to research by video streaming and analytics provider Ooyala.In its Q4 2013 Global Video Index, Ooyala said that mobile and tablet online viewing had increased by 719% since Q4 2011.“The year-over-year growth validates the opportunity for broadcasters to build and monetise cross-device experiences, and for advertisers to reach more audiences as mobile and tablet viewers multiply,” said the firm.At the current rate of growth, Ooyala said that mobiles and tablets would account for 50% of online videos in two years, and that in Q4 2013 alone, the time consumers spent watching video on mobile and tablets already exceeded a quarter of all online viewing.“More than half of mobile viewers’ time was spent watching video longer than 30 minutes in Q4, compared to 35% for tablet users. Additionally mobile video share of plays increased by 21% from Q3 to Q4 2013,” according to Ooyala.Among the other findings of the video index report was that tablets streamed live content nearly twice more than VoD content and that tablet share grew 6% over the course of the year, while mobile share of all videos played grew at 10 times that rate.Ooyala also said that viewers watched, on average, more than 42 minutes of live video per play on connected TVs, and nearly 35 minutes per play on PCs.last_img read more

first_imgUS pay TV operator Dish Network has rebranded its package of international TV channels aimed at US subscribers, formerly known as DishWorld, as Sling International, the international version of the Sling TV OTT service it recently launched in the US. Sling International will offer programming from close to 200 channels in 18 languages to US households with prices starting at US$15 a month.DishWorld customers will be prompted at log in to upgrade to the new Sling International app. Once complete, customers will experience the Sling TV user interface. Sling TV customers will also have the ability to watch Sling International and domestic Sling TV content within the same app.Customers can now sign in to their Sling International accounts using all devices that support Sling TV, including Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick, current-generation Roku players and Roku TV models, Android and iOS devices, Xbox One consoles, and Macs and PCs. DishWorld customers who use Samsung Smart TVs will continue using the DishWorld app, but support of Sling International will become available on select Samsung Smart TVs in the coming weeks, according to the operator.“Sling TV grew from the foundation established by DishWorld, enabling us to test, grow and improve our OTT capabilities through a service that streams tens of millions of hours of content every month,” said Roger Lynch, CEO of Sling TV. “Incorporating DishWorld into the Sling TV portfolio makes it even easier for viewers to get the best of both domestic programming and the shows and sports they love from overseas.”last_img read more

first_imgMore US Netflix subscribers are cutting their pay TV cords than ever before, according to new research.Just 67% of 829 respondents surveyed by CutCableToday said they still had a pay TV subscription, with 9% saying they planned to cancel their service next year and a further 16% currently unsure if they would have pay TV a year from now.CutCableToday employed an independent company to survey random Netflix subscribers, and the site claimed the findings were evidence those remaining with pay TV services would “steadily decline moving forward”.The research showed the best weapon pay TV services have against cord-cutting was service bundling, with 39% of respondents saying they took internet, TV and phone services together.CutCableToday said cancelling bundles were “notoriously difficult to break, penalising cord cutters with higher internet prices when they cancel their pay TV”.Ninety-two per cent of respondents said they were satisfied with their Netflix service, while Amazon Prime Instant Video proved the most popular complementary streaming service among Netflix subscribers.Some 47% said they used Amazon alongside Netflix, with 30% using HBO Now, 27% using Hulu Plus and 5% using Sling TV.Quality content, price, on-demand availability and simplicity were found to be the four key features for Netflix users.last_img read more