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first_imgPANalytical Boulder, a global leader in high-performance near-infrared (NIR) analytical instrumentation and material analysis solutions, has announced the expansion of its reseller partnership team with the addition of INBOX Technology and Services (INBOX), Instrumentacion Y Servicios (InstruServ) and Instrumentos Lince (Lince). These partnerships will expand PANalytical Boulder’s market penetration in Central and South America with sales of the company’s mining-focused portable NIR instrumentation solutions. INBOX will resell in Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala and Belize, InstruServ in Columbia and Lince in Brazil.“These new partnerships provide mining and exploration geologists with easier access to critical instrumentation and analytical solutions,” said Michael Lands, PANalytical Boulder vice president of sales and marketing, NIR. “Through resellers like INBOX, InstruServ and Lince, we provide customers with the latest advanced technologies and information necessary to obtain critical mineral data faster to ultimately improve profitability in exploration and production.”The companies join the PANalytical Boulder reseller network to support the TerraSpec® 4 line of mineral analyzers for mining and exploration and the LabSpec® 4 line of lab analyzers for industrial applications. Each company will also support the TerraSpec Halo mineral identifier, an all-in-one mineral analysis system for exploration and mine geologists.The leadership at each of these companies has extensive knowledge of and experience in the local industries of Central and South America’s industrial and analytical markets.“We’ve been providing analytical instruments to the mining and industrial industry in Central America for over 25 years,” said Juan Ruffino, President of INBOX. “By adding PANalytical instruments to our line of products, we can provide our customers with a full in-field material analysis solution for their different measuring needs.”“PANalytical Boulder’s NIR instrumentation will help our customers obtain faster analytical data, as well as the technical support we can provide,” said Elba Maria Pena Gomez, owner of InstruServ. “We’re both focused on providing cost-effective solutions that will greatly improve our customers’ mineral exploration and mining production efficiency in Columbia.”“By partnering with PANalytical Boulder, we will now be able to provide our customers expanded business solutions to help increase mining yields,” said Marcel de Roure, CEO of Lince. “We look forward to a long-term relationship with PANalytical Boulder; working together to grow Brazil’s mining market by providing our customers with the most advanced technologies.”last_img read more

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first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Residents on the Kenai Peninsula have reported seeing an increase in littered or discarded drug paraphernalia. KPD wants to remind you that if you come across drug paraphernalia, do not touch these items due to health risks. This is especially true of discarded needles. Kenai Police Chief Dave Ross: “If individuals find drug paraphernalia or needles in any of the city parks or public places they should call their local police department.”  Ross: “We’ll have someone come deal with that paraphernalia or needles in a safe manner. The officers have sharps containers and the ability to safely secure those items.” center_img Melting snow and ice can expose items which may have been hidden throughout the winter. Some of those items include discarded needles, and other drug paraphernalia. If you find any suspicious items in one of the local parks, notify a park attendant immediately or the local Police Department and an officer will respond.last_img read more

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first_imgThe Affordable Mail Alliance has responded to an informal ruling by Postal Regulatory Commission general counsel Stephen L. Sharfman that would set the U.S. Postal Service’s rate authority at 1.447 percent and not account for periods of deflation when calculating the price cap for rate increases. Under the alliance’s interpretation, the rate authority should be set at 0.873 percent and periods of deflation should be considered when determining the price cap for postal rates. According to anonymous blogger Dead Tree Edition, if the Postal Service files for rate increases after the September Consumer Price Index is released tomorrow, the allowed rate increase would be around 1.1 percent with the alliance’s method, compared to 1.7 percent with the Sharfman method. “Maintaining the integrity of this structure requires that the price cap reflect periods of deflation as well as inflation,” the alliance stated. “Recognizing increases in the CPI, while disregarding the additional unused rate authority accrued under Rule 3010.26©(2) whenever its value is negative, would allow the Postal Service to ratchet up its prices over time faster that inflation by refraining from rate adjustments following intervals of deflation.” The alliance goes on to say that “the resulting distortion in price level would be large” and that “the difference between the two competing interpretations of the Commission’s rules amounts to approximately $360 million in postage and fees this year.””Recurring periods of deflation are not unlikely in the current economies of the United States and the world,” says the alliance. “If the economy alternates between periods of inflation and deflation that leave the CPI relatively flat, selective timing of the CPI-based price adjustments could result in postal price increases substantially outpacing inflation over time.”last_img read more

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first_imgNews The GRAMMY winner’s five-month 2017 trek traveled through 36 North American citiesTim McPhateGRAMMYs Nov 10, 2017 – 11:23 am Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers wrapped an eventful 40th-anniversary tour with three momentous shows at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles in late September. Little did fans know at the time it would be the final opportunity to see the rock legend in concert, as days later Petty died on Oct. 2. NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Oct 3, 2017 – 2:01 pm Recording Academy Remembers Tom Petty Tom Petty: Final Concert Tour Earned $61 Million According to Billboard, Petty’s Hollywood Bowl shows on Sept. 21, 22 and 25 were the highest-grossing dates on his blockbuster North American jaunt, selling 49,217 sold tickets and grossing $5.3 million. In all, the group’s five-month tour through 36 North American cities grossed a robust sum of more than $61 million.Designed to commemorate the GRAMMY-winning band’s entire four-decade career, the tour netted approximately 638,000 fans to 44 headlining gigs throughout the United States and Canada.In an interview with Rolling Stone prior to his death, Petty admitted that he was relishing the shows on the celebratory tour.”I’ve really enjoyed being onstage so much, this tour,” said Petty, who was honored as the 2017 MusiCares Person of the Year last February. “I don’t know exactly why, but it’s so much fun, you know? This is an extraordinary bunch of musicians. It’s very rare. I don’t think that’s always been in the front of our minds, but lately, it feels that way.”Ozzy Osbourne: Farewell World Tour To Launch In 2018 Twitter Tom Petty Played To 638,000 Fans On Final Tour tom-petty-final-concert-tour-earned-61-million Facebook Email last_img read more

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first_imgA Cessna 208 with two pilots on board has crashed outside of Bethel.Ravn Alaska spokesperson Steve Smith confirms the downed plane was a Hageland Aviation training flight with two pilots on board, and no passengers.State Troopers say the plane was overdue just after 6:00 p.m. Tuesday and within the hour a local pilot reported seeing burning wreckage to troopers.Clint Johnson, the Chief of the Alaska Regional Office of the National Transportation Safety Board, says a report came in of smoke on the horizon.“When they investigated it they found what they believe was a Cessna 208 on the ground and it looks like there was a pretty substantial post crash fire, but we are very much in the formative stages,” Johnson said.Trooper spokesperson Megan Peters says an Army National Guard Black Hawk helicopter responded with both troopers and fire personal on board and has located the wreckage.Neither Peters nor Clint Johnson have information about the two pilots.“This is an active rescue, at this point right now. Troopers have primacy, also the National Guard in Bethel. We wait until they’re done, and we take the investigation from there. At this point right now, it is an active search and rescue,” said Johnson.An NTSB Investigator from Anchorage is traveling to Bethel Tuesday. Hageland Aviation flies under the banner of Ravn Connect, a company operated by Ravn Alaska, formerly known as Era Alaska.last_img read more

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first_imgMahie GillInstagramFor the very first time, actress Mahie Gill has opened up about her personal life to the media and has revealed that she is a mother to a daughter named Veronica who will turn 3 in August, this year. She is currently living-in with her businessman boyfriend who owns hotels and casinos across Goa and doesn’t wish to name him as he wants to stay away from the limelight.”I have a boyfriend. He is not a catholic. He is a businessman. I’d love to name him but he wants to stay out of the limelight. My boyfriend owns hotels and casinos across Goa as well as globally. I was with him when he opened a venture in Georgia recently. Sometimes, it feels like we’re in a long-distance relationship as he travels a lot. But whenever he’s in Goa, I move there as both of us own properties there,” Mahie Gill told Navbharat Times in an interview.The 43-year-old actress is in no hurry of getting married to her boyfriend as she believes that families and children can be made without marriage as well.”What is the need for marriage? It all depends on the thinking and time. Families and children can be made without marriage. There should be no problem with having children without marriage. I do not think there is a problem… Marriage is a beautiful thing, but doing or not is a personal choice,” she said.Mahie said that her aunt takes care of her daughter in Mumbai and she too lives in the city most of the time. Speaking about why she named her daughter Veronica whom she had kept away from social media platforms and public scrunity, Mahie said, “Her name is Veronica. She lives with me. Why I named her Veronica – When Jesus was dragged on the cross and he was being taken to Jerusalem to be crucified. A woman dared to wipe his face with her handkerchief and his image got printed on it. That woman was called Veronica. And the meaning is- She who brings victory to true image. Thus I liked the name. And named my daughter Veronica.”last_img read more

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first_imgKolkata: Two famous bars in Salt Lake were ransacked by some miscreants late on Monday night. Police later arrested nine persons in two separate cases on Monday night.According to the sources, the first incident occurred around 12:30 am at a bar located near Salt Lake City Center. Members from two groups who were celebrating New Year got involved in an altercation. Within a few minutes, both the groups started fighting. In the heat of the moment, furniture of the bar were ransacked. Immediately, Bidhannagar North police station was informed. Later, police arrested three persons as a preventive measure. One injured lodged a complaint against some persons who were connected with the incident and a case has been initiated. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeIn another incident on Monday night around 1:30 am, some persons were consuming alcohol at Raize the Bar in Salt lake. Meanwhile, the bar staff asked them to wrap up their party as it was about to close. He informed the customers that no alcohol will be served anymore. On hearing this, the customers got furious and started hurling expletives at the waiter and other staff of the bar. To maintain peace, the bar officials asked them to leave the premises. The customers started ransacking the furniture inside the bar. When the staff tried to stop them, accused persons started beating Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedthem up. One of the miscreants pulled out a short knife from his socks and attacked one of the staff, while another one attacked the same person with a broken glass. When other staff tried to save their colleague, they were also beaten up badly. The first staff of the bar who was attacked sustained serious injuries on his head. He was immediately rushed to Bidhannagar Sub-Divisional Hospital and Electronics Complex police station was informed. Later, three more staff of the bar were admitted to the same hospital with serious injuries. Later, the General Manager of the bar, identified as Rahul Roy Chowdhury, lodged a complaint against the accused persons. Following the complaint filed, police arrested six persons on charges of attempt to murder (307 IPC), wrongful restraint (341 IPC), voluntarily causing grievous hurt by dangerous weapons or means (326 IPC), criminal intimidation (506 IPC) and common intention (34 IPC). The bar authority claimed that the miscreants have ransacked several furniture, sophisticated computers and other instruments. The cost of damage is around Rs 6 lakh. In a incident on March 14, 2017, a bar at Sector V was ransacked after a scuffle broke out between two groups over a young lady. Later, police intervened and were able to nab the accused persons. It came to light that the bar was open violating the time limit.last_img read more

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first_imgKolkata: In a significant boost to the agriculture sector, the Bengal government has increased the budgetary allocation for the same by 120 percent.During his Budget speech, state Finance minister Amit Mitra said in the Assembly on Monday that the total allotment for the agriculture sector has been increased from the Rs 2,766 crore in 2018-19 to Rs 6,086 crore in 2019-20. The Bengal government has not only achieved notable economic growth through considerable reduction in the fiscal and revenue deficit in the state, but also laid emphasis on the empowerment of common people by increasing financial allotment for the social infrastructure. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseIt may be mentioned here that after coming to power, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has laid great stress on the economic development of farmers across the state. Her government has also claimed that the average income of farmers has gone up three times through various social schemes initiated by her. Banerjee’s brain child ‘Krishak Bandhu’ scheme has seen a fresh investment of Rs 3,000 crore in the state Budget. During the launch of the scheme, the state Finance department had allocated Rs 4,000 in the last financial year. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataWhile speaking to media outside the Assembly, Finance minister Mitra said: “The total budgetary allocation in the state has been increased by 10.70 percent. During the financial year 2018-19, the total allotment remained at Rs 2,14,959 crore while in 2019-20, the figure has gone up to Rs 2,37,964 crore. The allotment has also been increased in the state development scheme or planned expenditure from Rs 80,166 crore in 2018-19 to Rs 89,300 crore in 2019-20.” “When the Mamata Banerjee government came to power, the fiscal deficit in the state was at 4.24 percent. The figure has gone down to 2.83 percent in 2019-20. The revenue deficit has also dropped to 0.96 percent from 3.75 percent in 2010-11,” Mitra pointed out. Allocation has also been increased for physical infrastructure like construction of roads and bridges. According to Mitra, the fund for strengthening physical infrastructure has gone up to Rs 8,806 crore in 2019-20, from Rs 7,760 crore in 2018-19, a hike of 13.48 percent. The school education sector has witnessed an increase in the budgetary allocation from Rs 24,720 crore to Rs 27,541 crore while in the health sector, the figure has gone up to Rs 9,556 crore from Rs 8,770 crore. The state government has collected Rs 1,100 crore as revenue through various tax settlement schemes, under which a huge amount of tax waiver has been offered to the people, Mitra maintained. Bengal has also performed well in GST through rigorous campaigns by government officials at villages, blocks and also in the district levels. Training was provided among businessmen on how to fill up various forms, the Finance minister said.last_img read more

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first_imgKolkata: Housing Infrastructure Development Corporation (HIDCO) will celebrate the first day of Bengali New Year on April 15 by requesting the residents of New Town to set up rooftop gardens to grow organic vegetables.Growing flowers on the terrace is quite common but to grow vegetables is not so common and HIDCO has shortlisted five agencies that can help the residents to pursue their venture. Though many people have the desire to grow vegetables and fruits on the terrace but they lack expertise. The agencies short-listed by HIDCO have the proper expertise to grow vegetables on rooftops. The pots are set up in ways so that they do not put additional weight on the roof. The vegetables that will be grown on the terrace include coloured capsicum, broccoli among others. Organic vegetables are in high demand and no chemicals are used to grow them. It may be mentioned that HIDCO, along with an NGO, is growing organic vegetables at Swapno Bhor. Compost is used instead of chemical fertilisers. The senior citizens who are members of Swapno Bhor are supervising the project. HIDCO has chalked out a series of programmes to celebrate Poila Baisakh. As Kolkata Gate has become a grand hit, brunch will be available to greet those who will visit the restaurant. A roof counter has been opened at Rabindra Tirtha. Bauls will present folk songs at Eco Park’s Banglar Gram.last_img read more

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first_imgBERLIN– A German court Friday granted bail to Paul Watson, the founder of marine conservation group Sea Shepherd, while authorities decide whether he can be extradited to Costa Rica.The higher regional court in Frankfurt said in a statement a Costa Rican extradition request would be considered on charges stemming from a high-seas confrontation with alleged shark finners in 2002.Watson, a Canadian national whom Sea Shepherd members affectionately call “the captain” – and who looks the part with a thick shock of white hair and beard – is accused of “putting a ship’s crew in danger”.According to Sea Shepherd, the incident took place in Guatemalan waters when the organization encountered an illegal shark finning operation run by a Costa Rican ship called the Varadero.Sea Shepherd says that while escorting the Varadero back to port, a Guatemalan gunboat was dispatched to intercept the Sea Shepherd members after the crew of the Varadero falsely accused the Sea Shepherds of trying to kill them.Poll Do you think Costa Rican authorities should drop the charges against Paul Watson?  Yes. He was only trying to protect sharks because governments aren’t doing enough.  No. He jeopardized fishermen’s lives so he must face the consequences.  No response. No related posts. Conservationist arrested in Germany on charges from Costa Rica Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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first_img July 19, 2011 479 Views Ginnie Mae Backs Carrington Mortgage Services in Origination, Servicing Sharecenter_img Agents & Brokers Company News FHA Ginnie Mae Lenders & Servicers Processing Service Providers 2011-07-19 Ryan Schuette On Tuesday “”Ginnie Mae””:http://www.ginniemae.gov/ approved mortgage lender and servicer “”Carrington Mortgage Services””:http://www.carringtonms.com/webapps/cms/index.do, LLC to issue single-family mortgage-backed securities, allowing the company to package and securitize “”Federal Housing Administration””:http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/program_offices/housing/fhahistory (FHA) loans.[IMAGE]””This approval expands our capabilities as a mortgage originator and servicer, and ultimately allows us to better serve our retail and wholesale customers,”” noted Steve Patton, EVP for mortgage lending at “”Carrington””:http://www.carringtonms.com/webapps/cms/index.do. “”As others exit the origination sector, particularly in wholesale, “”Carrington””:http://www.carringtonms.com/webapps/cms/index.do is committed to increasing its presence and providing needed liquidity for qualified borrowers, as well as high quality investments for purchasers of our [“”Ginnie Mae””:http://www.ginniemae.gov/ ] securities.””[COLUMN_BREAK]According to a statement, “”Carrington””:http://www.carringtonms.com/webapps/cms/index.do has, until now, originated conventional, jumbo, “”FHA””:http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/program_offices/housing/fhahistory, and “”Veterans Affairs””:http://www.va.gov/ loans, which it sold exclusively to servicers in the secondary market. The green-light from “”Ginnie Mae””:http://www.ginniemae.gov/ means that “”Carrington””:http://www.carringtonms.com/webapps/cms/index.do will be able to skip the credit overlays, as required by individual lenders, and make an array of financial products directly available to consumers and brokers.Speaking to _MReport_, Patton says that the “”Ginnie Mae””:http://www.ginniemae.gov/ approval process evolved over a 12-month process. The company underwent an extensive application and due diligence process that required on-site visits, credit evaluations, and financial tests. “”It took over 12 months but it’s certainly worth the effort,”” he says.The statement held that “”Carrington””:http://www.carringtonms.com/webapps/cms/index.do “”embraces the new capability,”” and hopes to provide consumers with competitively priced loans through its national retail network and wholesale lending division. “”We’re grateful to “”Ginnie””:http://www.ginniemae.gov/ for approving us and look forward to providing these opportunities to our customers,”” Patton adds.According to its Web site, “”Carrington””:http://www.carringtonms.com/webapps/cms/index.do supplies brokers and consumers with residential loans by way of retail and wholesale channels.last_img read more

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first_img Share February 28, 2014 459 Views Despite declines in Freddie Mac’s Primary Mortgage Market Survey throughout the month, national data from the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) shows mortgage rates about a tenth of a percent from December to January.Based on a collection of data from a small monthly survey of lenders, FHFA reports the contract rate for the composite of all mortgage loans closed in January was 4.36 percent, up 11 basis points from December.As interest rates are typically locked in 30-45 days before a loan closes, January’s data reflect market rates from mid- to late December.Account for the addition of initial fees and charges, FHFA put the effective interest rate at 4.52 percent last month, up from 4.40 percent in December.The average interest rate just for conventional, 30-year fixed-rate loans (with conforming loan balances) was up to 4.67 percent, an increase of 13 basis points.Meanwhile, the average loan amount for all loans in January was $284,400, up nearly $7,000 from December. FHFA Fixed-Rate Mortgage Freddie Mac Mortgage Rates 2014-02-28 Tory Barringercenter_img FHFA Rate Index Up Slightly in January in Daily Dose, Government, Headlines, News, Originationlast_img read more

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first_img Categories: Eisen News,News State Rep. Gary Eisen today presented an innovative idea before the Michigan House Transportation Committee to help local communities save money and time on road construction projects.State Rep. Gary Eisen presented an innovative idea before the Michigan House Transportation Committee to help local communities save money and time on road construction projects.Eisen said borrowing a concept used in many different types of large construction designs could assist with road construction projects. The concept involves the use of footings to help solve the weight, water and aggregate issues.“Results have shown that footings are used successfully in bridges, houses and skyscrapers. By testing an innovation that works on other construction projects, taxpayers would be saving money for better roads in Michigan,” said Eisen, of St. Clair Township. “You only learn by moving forward, and by implementing this new and innovative idea for our infrastructure can help us solve current road challenges.”The purpose of a footing is to support the foundation and prevent movement from occurring. It is permanently placed below the water and frost level and structured to build up from there.Eisen wants to develop a pilot program to determine if footings could help. The legislator has worked with engineers with 30 years of experience on this innovative design to build better roads.The St. Clair County Road Commission is interested in pilot-testing the design to see how well the design works for their roads.##### 04Jun Rep. Eisen presents innovative idea to build better roads in Michiganlast_img read more

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first_imgShareTweetShareEmail0 SharesDecember 15, 2013; USA TodayThis coming February, the successor to the George Zimmerman trial will start in Melbourne, Florida. Michael David Dunn will be on trial for the alleged murder of 17-year-old Jordan Davis. Dunn fired 10 shots from a 9mm pistol into a car containing four black teenagers, who he had confronted for playing loud rap music. Dunn claims that Davis said, “You’re dead” and reached down for something. Dunn quickly reached into his car’s glove department, pulled out his pistol and shot, killing Davis. Dunn has invoked a stand-your-ground defense, although no gun was found in the car. Due to the absence of return gunfire, Dunn was unharmed; Davis, in the back seat, had no means of egress due to child safety locks on the doors.After the failure of the Florida courts to convict George Zimmerman for the killing of Trayvon Martin—without Zimmerman having formally invoked a stand-your-ground defense, but with SYG as the backdrop for the incident—a number of nonprofits and foundations took aim at those states with stand-your-ground laws and at the American Legislative Exchange Council, which had been effective in promoting the concept among state legislatures. ALEC’s fortunes took a tumble in 2013.Their corporate sponsors bolted, though that’s due in part to other elements of ALEC’s agenda, such as its promotion of restrictive voter identification laws. To recover its standing and focus, ALEC abandoned its longstanding advocacy of stand-your-ground statutes.But has the tide turned against stand-your-ground laws?It doesn’t seem so. In Florida, despite prolonged protests at the state capitol by a group called the Dream Defenders, the state hasn’t reversed course on the law. Besides Dunn’s incident, there have been almost 200 other instances of people invoking stand-your-ground in the state, with 70 percent going free. (There’s also a greater likelihood of going free if the person killed happened to be black.) In fact, the frequency of stand-your-ground cases appears to be increasing. “If you’re a defense counsel, you’d be crazy not to use it in any case where it could apply,” West Palm Beach lawyer Zachary Weaver said. “With the more publicity the law gets, the more individuals will get off.”Florida is hardly the only state where stand-your-ground defenses are being invoked. In Georgia, for example, a 34-year-old homeowner named Joe Hendrix shot and killed 72-year-old Ronald Westbrook, an Alzheimer’s patient, for having wandered onto Hendrix’s porch in the middle of the night and jiggling his front door knob. Rather than immediately pressing charges against Hendrix, the local sheriff’s department instead debated whether the state’s stand-your-ground law protected the homeowner from having to retreat in the face of perceived danger. Stand-your-ground has been invoked in cases in Michigan, South Carolina, and Kansas and Missouri, among others.Florida’s was the first stand-your-ground law in 2005, followed by 25 additional states. A few other states have laws that, unlike the stand-your-ground “shoot first” laws, allow for the use of deadly force in self-defense in public with no duty to retreat, a minor legal difference, but accomplishing much the same outcome.Despite flurries of bills introduced in state legislatures to modify stand-your-ground laws, it does not appear that any states have succeeded in eliminating them. In 2013, a bill to limit stand-your-ground laws failed in the Mississippi state legislature. In the U.S. Congress, Representative Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) introduced HR2812, the “Justice Exists for All of Us Act,” which would have prohibited states from having stand-your-ground laws except for use in cases by victims of domestic violence, but the bill never emerged from committee. However, bills to enact stand-your-ground laws in Ohio, New Jersey, and Washington state were introduced and are still pending as of this writing, with Ohio’s already passed by its lower house.None of the efforts to reduce or repeal stand-your-ground laws seem to have advanced in state legislatures, even with amendments as limited as preventing the invocation of stand-your-ground defenses for people like Zimmerman who chose to pursue their victims. That isn’t for lack of nonprofit attention to the issue. This past year, the National Urban League and Mayors Against Illegal Guns issued a report showing that in stand-your-ground states, not only have homicides increased, justifiable homicides increased by 53 percent—and 200 percent in Florida. The report concluded, “There is significant evidence that Stand Your Ground laws undermine public safety and increase overall homicide rates,” but state legislatures haven’t been convinced. While the campaign against ALEC has been very successful in scaring off ALEC’s corporate and foundation funders, including among the latter the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the campaign to reverse the tide of stand-your-ground laws has yet to make a major mark.Some foundation leaders expressed their dismay at the Zimmerman verdict. For example, the California Endowment’s Robert Ross expressed how his “anger and frustration [in reaction to the verdict]…evolve(d) into a sense of strategic resolve.” The California Endowment and others, such as the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Open Societies Foundation, and Bloomberg Philanthropies, have announced initiatives focusing on black men and boys aimed at problems such as “disproportionate rates of poor health, inadequate education, high unemployment, and incarceration” affecting young black men, but not really addressing the prevalence or expansion of stand-your-ground state statutes. The lack of movement on this issue may reflect the nation’s lack of progress on gun control in general, despite the public outcry that followed the Sandy Hook murders in 2013.If some states are toying with even more stand-your-ground laws, the campaign to eradicate these statutes has not progressed. ALEC may have been scared off the issue, but the states appeared to be unmoved.—Rick CohenShareTweetShareEmail0 Shareslast_img read more

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first_imgShare7TweetShare6Email13 Shares June 25, 2015; New York TimesThe New York Times and the Associated Press report on some political hardball in Maine that reminds us how easy it is for nonprofits to get caught in the crossfire, and become collateral damage, to boot.“Even Maine lawmakers accustomed to Gov. Paul LePage’s aggressive style of politics said Thursday they were troubled by accusations that the Republican had the top Democrat in the House of Representatives removed from his new job at a school for at-risk youth by threatening to cut off funds to the institution,” the article reported.According to the Times, Democratic House Speaker Mark Eves said that LePage told the school that he would withhold more than $500,000 a year from the nonprofit’s charter school unless it fired Eves as president, which could have cost the charter an additional $2 million in private donations.The governor said that he stands by his opposition to Eves getting the job because the speaker often opposed charter schools in the legislature:“To provide half-a-million dollars in taxpayer funding to a charter school that would be headed by Maine’s most vehement anti-charter-school politician is not only the height of hypocrisy, it is absolutely unacceptable.”But even some of his Republican allies consider this latest move “taking partisan politics to a new, dark level.” The school, Good Will-Hinckley, has not said why Eves will not become its next top executive, but it is seeking a new president because it says it wants to avoid getting involved in a “political controversy.”The speaker told the AP that he believes the governor’s actions will have greater implications than the loss of a job because “it could have a chilling effect on lawmakers who may worry their livelihoods could be at risk because of the way they vote.” Maine has a part-time legislature, whose members typically work at other jobs.LePage is known for his hardball politics, and Democrats are fighting back, looking into a lawsuit and even impeachment. One legal scholar said that LePage’s action could be construed as retaliation against the speaker’s exercising his constitutionally protected right to free speech. Meanwhile, the school, instead of installing a new president on July 1st, will be reopening its search for a new headmaster.—Larry KaplanShare7TweetShare6Email13 Shareslast_img read more

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first_imgShare51Tweet8Share1Email60 SharesNovember 3, 2016; Brookings InstitutionThe truism that “all politics is local” looks quite different when it comes to poverty. Contrast the ability of a very divided federal government to overcome their differences and agree on a national education strategy with their complete lack of action when it comes to a national anti-poverty strategy, and you might conclude that many in Congress represent districts with few poor voters. A new report compiled by the Brookings Institution tells us that the gridlock on economic policy does not reflect the local reality that U.S. representatives face.Although the poverty rate is higher in districts represented by Democrats, most poor people in the United States live in a community represented by a Republican. Taken together, the poverty rate in districts represented by Democrats in 2016 (“blue” districts) was 17.1 percent in 2010-14 compared with 14.4 percent in those represented by Republicans (“red” districts). But Republican districts have more poor residents overall: 25.1 million poor people lived in red districts in 2010-14 compared with 22.7 million in blue districts.[…]Between 2000 and 2010-14, 96 percent of congressional districts (245 Republican and 175 Democratic districts) registered a significant increase in the number of people living below the poverty line.…Thirty-five districts saw the poor population more than double during that time, and most of those districts (28) were Republican (including House Speaker Ryan’s district, which registered an increase of 102 percent).Perhaps, in some districts, the poor are so spread out that they have become invisible. Brookings’ analysis found that “86 percent of districts (213 Republican and 163 Democratic) were home to at least one neighborhood with a poverty rate of at least 40 percent—the threshold that historically demarcates areas of concentrated urban poverty.”What this means is that a significant portion of the constituency of every member of Congress is poor. Yet many representatives seem to remain unaware or unconcerned. One obvious answer is that this is emblematic of our nation’s entrenched racial bias. Because people of color make up a larger proportion of the poor, they are easy to ignore in many parts of the country. Source: Annie E. Casey Foundation, KIDS COUNT Data Center; based on data from U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey, 2010-2014 (5-year pooled data).But we should also not ignore long-term efforts by some to shrink government in favor of a market-based society. Sociologist Arlie Russell Hochschild spent five years trying to understand why the poor were of so little concern to so many of our leaders in her study of “Tea Party America.” In Strangers In Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right, she suggests that the tendency of the local body politic to ignore poverty nurtures feelings of being left behind and passed over, feelings that isolate and demonize the poor, people of color, and immigrants. The inability of government to move forward and solve problems for all elements of our society suggest to them that government is more a part of the problem than the solution. Constituents who believe this turn out to support politicians who look to shrink government, limit programs that might improve the life of the poor, and allow market forces play out as they will.The national stalemate on responding to poverty does not reflect reality, and our new president and Congress will have to face it. The stridency of the current campaign holds few signs that help for the poor is on the way.—Martin LevineShare51Tweet8Share1Email60 Shareslast_img read more

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first_imgShare37TweetShare18Email55 Shares“COD Art Students Helping School on Chicago’s South Side 2016.” Credit: COD Newsroom.April 25, 2017; NPR, “nprEd”The National Assessment Governing Board (NAGB) on Tuesday issued “The Nation’s Report Card: 2016 Arts,” a report based on assessments of 8,800 eighth graders from 280 schools across the U.S. in both music and visual arts. NAGB, an independent, nonpartisan board that oversees the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), also known as The Nation’s Report Card, regularly issues reports on student achievement in math, reading, and science. This is only the third report—the others were in 1997 and 2008—assessing arts knowledge, understanding and abilities.Overall scores remained relatively flat compared with 2008. In music, students averaged 147 on a scale of 300 (not a statistically significant difference from 150 in 2008). In visual arts, the average score dropped to 149 from 150 (again, not statistically significant). The assessments “measured students’ knowledge based on their ability to understand and interpret historical pieces of art and music” and “also looked at their creative abilities.”There were glimmers of progress in some groups, and a few measurable differences by gender, region and other subsets of students:The achievement gap between Hispanic students and white students narrowed; however, Hispanic and black students still lag behind white and Asian students.Students who receive free or reduced-price lunches had higher scores in visual arts than in 2008, narrowing the gap between them and students from higher-income families.Female students outperformed male students in both visual art and music assessments, and the music scores of male students declined significantly compared with 2008.Asian/Pacific Islander students outscored white students in both music and visual arts for the first time.Students from the Northeast outperformed students from all other regions in both categories. The lowest visual arts scores were in the South and the lowest music scores were in the West.The report indicates that only 42 percent of eighth graders had taken a visual arts class in 2016, while 63 percent had taken a music class. And eighth graders were less likely in 2016 to be taking private art or music lessons or otherwise engaging in arts activities outside of school. Not surprisingly, the report indicates that students in suburban schools had higher average scores than those in city schools, while students in private schools had higher average scores than those in public schools.In a detailed news release about the report issued by NAGB, Alberto Carvalho, a member of the governing board and superintendent of Miami-Dade Public Schools, noted, “The arts have a significant impact on student academic progress. Music and visual arts have a powerful influence, enriching students’ lives and encouraging students who otherwise may be reluctant to participate fully in the school experience.”Indeed, a long-growing body of evidence, including two recent studies led by WolfBrown researchers, supports the impact of arts education on overall academic progress as well as in other areas, like socioemotional development. Work from the Wallace Foundation, summarized here in video format, emphasizes the value of high-quality after-school arts programs.Still, the lack of progress evidenced by the NAGB arts 2016 report card—in terms of both average scores and overall access to arts education—suggests that school systems are not connecting the dots between arts learning and other measures of student success—or at least are not prioritizing arts learning in response to the dots that are being connected.The infrequency of the NAGB arts report cards—three in 20 years, with relatively flat scores dating back to 1997—may in itself be an indicator of the relatively low value placed on arts learning in the U.S.—Eileen CunniffeShare37TweetShare18Email55 Shareslast_img read more

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first_imgThe BBC is moving all of its kids programming to its dedicated CBeebies and CBBC kids channel  the UK public broadcaster confirmed yesterday.The cost-cutting measure will see kids shows that currently air on BBC One and BBC Two, including iconic and long-running series Blue Peter, migrate to the dedicated kids services. Defending the move, the BBC said that almost all viewing of its kids programming was now on CBeebies and CBBC.last_img

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first_imgSouth African public broadcaster SABC is launching a digital news channel.The 24-hour channel will initially be available via pay TV platform DStv and will also be available via digital terrestrial television services later this year. It will initially be launched in South Africa but the organisation hopes that the channel will eventually roll out across the continent and is eyeing carriage deals with pay TV platform Multichoice.“We are ready, the team is busy transforming how it operates to fit in with a 24-hour service approach,” SABC group CEO Lulama Makhobo told local press.last_img read more

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first_imgEd Hall, the founder and CEO of UK broadcast management company, EPG broker and channel launch specialist, Canis Media, has left the firm after more than 10 years. Hall started the business in 2001 and the company has worked in the past with the likes of Sky, Discovery, ITV, Channel 4, ESPN, Sony, Current TV, Setanta, Freeview, Freesat, QVC and BT Sport.In 2013 Canis Media won the management contract to operate the new UK local TV multiplex, delivering local TV stations to 14 million UK homes on behalf of Comux – which Hall also established.Hall created Comux UK in 2011 to tap into the distribution demand from potential local TV operators, and the firm was last year awarded the Ofcom licence last year to operate UK local TV digital transmission infrastructure.Hall will remain CEO of Comux, a spokesperson for the firm confirmed to DTVE.last_img read more

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