The agent of Vinicius Junior has dispelled rumours that he could be on his way back to Flamengo on loan in JanuaryThe 18-year-old winger was signed by Real Madrid this summer for €46m from Brazilian side Flamengo.However, Vinicius has struggled to break into the first-team and head coach Julen Lopetegui has since demoted him to the Real Madrid Castilla team.Rumours have emerged of a supposed clause in his contract that will allow Vinicius to return to Flamengo in January to gain more top-flight football experience.But his agent, Frederico Pena, has denied such a clause.Zidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“This option does not exist in his contract,” Pena told GloboEsporte, via AS.“The plan is being strictly followed, so a return to Flamengo in January is unlikely.”Pena explained that Real Madrid’s plan is to closely monitor Vinicius’ progress amongst their own ranks.After a quiet first game for Castilla, Vinicius scored a brilliant brace against Atlético Madrid B last time out.However, the match ended in controversy after Atletico B captain Tachi attempted to bite his head.
Clark County Commissioner Steve Stuart appeared to pick up another four-year term Tuesday, as preliminary results showed him with 51.9 percent of the vote.Republican Alan Svehaug received 47.9 percent of the vote.A total of 4,043 votes separates Stuart and Svehaug.The 39-year-old widely endorsed Stuart campaigned on his efforts to keep the county afloat during the recession and ongoing attempts to diversify the county’s economy in the wake of the homebuilding bust. The county’s general fund has been cut three times since January 2009 by a total of 22 percent.County staffers have been rewriting development code to make it, as Stuart often says in meetings, “better, faster, cheaper” to bring jobs to Clark County, which has the highest unemployment rate in the state. As an extra incentive, commissioners recently approved a 14-month-long fee waiver for certain business developments.Stuart, a Democrat, told voters he understands the complexities of the full-time job, which pays $98,220 a year. Svehaug, in contrast, campaigned against a proposal to put tolls on a replacement Interstate 5 bridge, an issue not under the direct control of county commissioners. Svehaug, 58, stood out as the lone Republican who couldn’t win the endorsement of the Building Industry Association of Clark County, despite his promise to be more accommodating to developers. According to reports filed with the Public Disclosure Commission, Stuart raised $79,739 to Svehaug’s $5,763.Svehaug, founder of the Learning Excellence Corp., which teaches speed-reading, did receive thousands of dollars worth of advertising from David Madore of Notolls.com.
Email News https://twitter.com/SherylCrow/status/1119344500550316038 Twitter Sheryl Crow & Johnny Cash Seek “Redemption Day” sheryl-crow-releases-redemption-day-duet-featuring-voice-johnny-cash Sheryl Crow Releases “Redemption Day,” A Duet Featuring The Voice Of Johnny Cash “Johnny stood up for what he believed in at a time when what he believed wasn’t so popular…And I feel like he would be standing up now, probably in his own way through his music,” Crow tells the Recording AcademyAna YglesiasGRAMMYs Apr 19, 2019 – 4:03 pm GRAMMY winner Sheryl Crow has released the lead single for her 11th studio album. The social justice-focused song (and video) “Redemption Day” posthumously features the late GRAMMY-winning country icon Johnny Cash.The song, which Crow originally wrote after a trip to war-torn Bosnia and recorded for her GRAMMY-winning 1996 self-titled album, was dropped with a moving, jarring visual. The music video, directed by Shaun Silva, is centered on a young girl watching scenes from our history play out before her, many of them tragic, of environmental destruction and war across the globe. Despite the tough topics tackled in the song—that really still ring true 23 years later—there is a message, of hope, of redemption.In 2003, the same year Cash passed away, he was introduced to Crow’s 1996 song by a son-in-law, a press release explains, which led the pair to meet and discuss the song. He recorded his version of the song and wanted to release it on his next album, but, due to his passing, it wasn’t released until 2010 on the posthumous American VI: Ain’t No Grave.After performing the song on tour in 2014 with Cash’s vocals, she asked his estate about rerecording the song along with his vocals. Now, in 2019, the song gets new life as a powerful, poignant duet between the pair.”I believe Johnny Cash believed there is a train that we all get on at the end of life and what you do with your life before you get on that train matters. So to hear him sing ‘There is a train that’s headed straight for heaven’s gate. Every woman, man and child is waiting,’ means to me that what you say and how you treat each other matters every day until you reach that gate. Johnny is the man to have singing that,” Crow told the Recording Academy in an email. Facebook “Johnny stood up for what he believed in at a time when what he believed wasn’t so popular. I mean he got all up in the middle of things that he believed in. And I feel like he would be standing up now, probably in his own way through his music,” she added. “One of the things that’s deeply profound for me by having Johnny sing on ‘Redemption Day’ is that I have small children and everyday I’m trying to teach my kids that it matters what the truth is and it matters that you stand up for what you believe in.”Related: Sheryl Crow, Mavis Staples, More To Perform At Jason Isbell’s ShoalsFestThe album is due out in “late summer,” according to the press release, and will also feature an amazingly diverse and stacked list of collaborators, including Keith Richards, Stevie Nicks and St. Vincent. During an interview last summer, Crow said the forthcoming LP would be her “last full album.”Beyoncé Created A Space To Celebrate Black Culture At Coachella & More Things ‘Homecoming’ Taught UsRead more
Back in 2013, Sega acquired Atlus’ bankrupt parent company, then secured the developer in 2014. Now, Sega has finalized its acquisition of Atlus and will publish all of its future games in North America. This includes the eagerly anticipated Persona 5.For those who may be worried about this: fear not. According to a press release from Sega, Atlus will continue to function as an individual entity. Sega stated that “no games or products will be adversely affected by the publisher unification.” Sega also said that Atlus USA has helped them localize games like Yakuza 5 and Hatsune Miku: Project Diva F since it integrated the company into its business.“After nearly a year working under the Sega Games division, both Sega of America and Atlus USA have thrived and released a combined total of 23 game products,” said Atlus CEO Naoto Hiraoka. “Between Atlus’s ability to localize and release Japanese video game products efficiently and the strength of Sega of America’s reputation as a leading publisher in the industry, the situation could not be more symbiotic for both companies.”Sega and Atlus coming together like this is certainly beneficial not only to both companies but to their respective fan bases. Sega has been in a bit of a slump for a while now while Atlus has consistently released quality titles that many enjoy. Not only does this union assure that Sega as a publisher will deliver better games to its fans, but it also assures that folks will continue to get Atlus titles for a good long while.
Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global While device makers remain focused on manufacturing new shiny objects, they’ve left a hole in the market when it comes to fabricating products for toting around technology — a gap entrepreneurs are all too eager to fill.Some ventures, including Scottevest, which produces vests, jackets, pants and clothes with a plethora of pockets for gadgets, create storage spaces that are just deep enough for any brand of phone or tablet. “There’s not a lot of room for error,” says Scott Jordan, Scottevest’s CEO and co-founder who’s in his late 40s.Still, following in Scottevest’s footprints hasn’t been easy. From keeping up with demand to finding a likeminded manufacturer, the challenges of launching similar tech-fashion garb have been pronounced for several young entrepreneurs.Here are four emerging players, as well as some key lessons they’ve learned along the way:Nicole Kelner, a student at Penn State University, says a key challenge with her company is keeping up with demand.Image credit: onwardstate.com/Keep up, don’t catch up.Sick of digging around in a purse or bag for your phone only to find that no one text messaged you? So was Nicole Kelner, the 19-year-old Penn State University student who, fed up with countless wasted searches, launched a line of “SmartPurses” to address the problem.Related: How One Young Trep’s Quest to Encourage Women Engineers Led Her to GoldieBloxLast March, she launched a shop through the online marketplace Etsy to sell items from her line, which uses water-resistant plastic — allowing purse owners to text and make calls while their phones sit securely inside. Though Kelner has so far only made around 300 purses, which sell for $50 to $65 a pop, she has sold nearly 75 percent of them. She was also recently featured in Vogue in the United Kingdom.So what’s Kelner’s biggest business issue at present? “I am working on a strategic plan to make sure I can handle the demand from Vogue,” says Kelner, who plans to turn her creations into a full-fledged startup by the time she graduates. Next step: find a company to manufacture a sample of her merchandise and secure a quote for mass-production costs.Founders Kelley Coughlan (left) and Jenn Deese (right) were frustrated by the slow pace of finding a manufacturer for their iPhone purses.Image credit: pursecase.comYou need to walk before you can run.Perfecting a prototype takes time — much longer than Kelley Coughlan and Jenn Deese expected. These 25-year-olds, who are based in Los Angeles and co-founded the boutique public relations firm Melrose PR, are now launching “pursecase,” an iPhone case that slips around the wrist like a bracelet and doubles as a mini-purse for holding a credit card and ID. (The ladies found that their once-trusty carryall handbags became a “Bermuda triangle” for cellphones).Related: How ZinePak Built a Growing Publishing Empire on the Back of Bieber FeverCoughlan and Deese have found private investors willing to financially back their venture, and they’ve met with fashion bloggers and magazine editors keen to feature their designs. But they’ve been waiting months to finalize their prototypes. “We’ve started marketing, but we’re holding it back a little bit because we don’t want to go full-blast until we have the final sample,” says Coughlan. They had initially delayed plans to launch a Kickstarter campaign earlier this year but then did so in February, and successfully surpassed their $35,000 goal.Stand out from the crowd.Other treps are remaining focused on a niche market, where they can more easily control production demands. JQ Crimaldi, a 19-year-old at DePaul University in Chicago, launched LoopyQ last year to sell “peculiar pouches for peculiar people” at music festivals and online. Her line of suede neck pouches, many of which include beaded tassels, keeps a smartphone near the chest rather than lost amid the festival shuffle. Sales have aligned with her first-year expectations, even though she knows the pouches aren’t for everyone.Information is everything.Ok, so this next device-centric accessories maker isn’t young per se. But STM Bags has some key lessons for young treps. To this 15-year-old company, information is pivotal. STM Bags sells around 150 satchels, backpacks and sleeves for storing digital devices. To stay ahead of the curve, employees at STM Bags scrutinize gadget blogs for leaked specs of forthcoming cellphones and use the dimensions to help design new prototypes of bags.Related: Appboy Founder on Turning a Chance Encounter into Entrepreneurship GoldWorkers at the company’s Poway, Calif., office then eagerly await word from colleagues who stand in lines outside of tech retailers near the company’s headquarters in Sydney. That’s where employees, alongside Apple and Samsung fanboys, can sometimes grab a new iPhone or Samsung Galaxy S mobile a full day in advance of U.S. customers.Once obtained, the device gets slipped into a prototype bag’s pocket. The fit must be snug enough that a phone doesn’t slip out, but not too tight, either — which would frustrate customers. “If it works, we quickly build and ship. If not, we quickly redesign,” says Adam Ziegelman, vice president of STM Bags. “Even 24 hours is a big deal.”What production or marketing lessons have you learned along the way that might help an aspiring entrepreneur? Let us know with a comment. 5 min read May 20, 2013 Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Register Now » Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.
No related posts. June 5th is World Environment Day, and this year’s theme is “Green Economy: Does it Include You?”Established in 1972 by the United Nations World Environment Program (UNEP), World Environment Day, or WED, is one of the largest efforts through which the U.N. “stimulates worldwide awareness of the environment and encourages political attention and action,” according to UNEP.UNEP defines a green economy as “one that results in improved human well-being and social equity, while significantly reducing environmental risks and ecological scarcities. In its simplest expression, a green economy can be thought of as one that is low carbon, resource efficient and socially inclusive.”A UNEP report released last year found that investing 2 percent of global GDP (about $13 trillion) in 10 key sectors of agriculture, buildings, energy, fisheries, forests, manufacturing, tourism, transport, water and waste management could “kick start” the development of a global green economy. The report predicts that transition to a low-carbon, resource-efficient economy would produce higher growth in GDP and per capita GDP by 2050 than the current world economic model, including a 50 percent reduction in the global economy’s ecological footprint by mid-century.Additionally, the report notes, global atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide, a prime agent of anthropogenic-induced climate change, could be held below the critical 450 parts per million line – beyond which average global temperature increases of more than 2 degrees Celsius are predicted to cause irreversible ecological damage – if national and international policy reforms support the transition to a global green economy. Facebook Comments
Deng said in a statement that China would investigate again following new reports of such pills being smuggled into South Korea, Xinhua reported.The statement was not posted on the ministry’s website and calls to the ministry rang unanswered.The Korea Customs Service said Monday it had seized capsules made in northeastern China from dead babies whose bodies were chopped into small pieces and dried on stoves before being turned into powder.Deng said Chinese health departments would work with police, customs agencies and commerce authorities to investigate the latest claims, Xinhua said.The South Korean customs agency began investigating after receiving a tip a year ago. No sicknesses have been reported from ingesting the capsules.South Korean customs officials have refused to say where the dead babies came from or who made the capsules, citing possible diplomatic friction with Beijing.They said they had discovered 35 smuggling attempts since August of about 17,450 capsules disguised as stamina boosters. Some people believe the capsules are a panacea for disease. However, they contain bacteria and other harmful ingredients, the customs agency said.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Comments Share New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths BEIJING (AP) – China will reinvestigate allegations that Chinese-made drug capsules containing powdered remains of dead babies are being smuggled into South Korea, state media reported Tuesday.Ministry of Health spokesman Deng Haihua said an investigation launched last August found no proof that such capsules were being manufactured in China, the official Xinhua News Agency said. Some people believe the capsules can cure a variety of diseases. How do cataracts affect your vision? Top Stories More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona Sponsored Stories Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help
According to an Egyptian government official, the revenue from tourism jumped to 77% to around the first USD 4.8 billion compared to the same period last year. The official also confirmed that a total number of visitors during the first six months of 2018 grew 41% to about 5 million. “Indicators suggest the sector will earn about USD 9 billion by the end of this year,” the official said, he also added that there were expectations of good visitors’ turnout from western Europe, Italy, Germany and Ukraine towards the end of 2018. Tourism is an important revenue generator for Egypt and is the key forex earner for the country. The international credit rating agency Moody’s also raised Egypt’s credit outlook to positive from stable confirming the ambitious economic reform plan backed by the International Monetary Fund (IMF). It said, “The substantial progress made by the government in implementing reforms agreed with the IMF has imparted a degree of financial stability not present earlier in the decade.”
appointmentsSydney Sydney’s Veriu Broadway Hotel has announced Patrick O’Meley as Hotel Manager, ahead of its June 2017 opening. The new city fringe hotel development is part of a pipeline of five hotels set to open under the Veriu brand by the end of 2018. Coinciding with the Veriu Broadway opening, the rebrand of two properties in Camperdown (28 rooms) and Randwick (35 rooms) will take place following their extensive refurbishment. Further openings for 2018 are scheduled for Sydney Central (110) and Pyrmont (36 rooms). The much anticipated 144-room new build hotel at Green Square in partnership with property fund managers, Folkstone, is also slated for early 2019. Veriu Broadway will open its doors to the first guests on 2 June 2017. An $18 million conversion of a former warehouse space, it will offer 64 self-contained studios – each over 40 square metres; and one and two bedroom split level apartments. Ideally located close to the International Convention Centre, the hotel will provide a true and genuine local experience with team members trained as local area guides, plus on-site food & beverage sourced from local providers in keeping with the precinct’s contemporary café and bar offerings. Announcing the appointment of O’Meley, Shanker Chandra, Group General Manager of Veriu Hotels and Suites said:“Patrick is an excellent choice to lead the hotel and execute our brand service culture. An essential part of staying with Veriu is supported by the local knowledge of our team members and ensuring a bespoke experience in line with our guests needs, and Patrick’s exemplary guest service experience will ensure this is core to our service delivery.” O’Meley most recently worked at luxury five-star hotels Palazzo Versace and QT on the Gold Coast, have previously been engaged with other luxury brands including Qualia Resort on Hamilton Island, The Sebel Pier One and The Star Hotel & Apartments.
Go back to the e-newsletterSeaDream Yacht Club is showcasing spectacular voyages in the Mediterranean Sea for the northern hemisphere’s 2016 Autumn. Showcasing picturesque yachting ports of the French and Italian Riviera on seven-day sailings, each itinerary pairs the ultimate yachting experience with the most scenic backdrops in the world. Whether exploring the wine regions exclusive to the Mediterranean or simply taking in the world-class service and cuisine of the yacht, guests can extend the summer vacation season with these early Autumn voyages on SeaDream I, beginning 1 October.October is the ideal time to travel as summer temperatures have cooled and crowds have thinned, creating perfect conditions for outdoor walks and tours. With the highest therapist-to-guest ratio at sea, the SeaDream Spa ensures complete rejuvenation for its guests.At each port of call, guests can choose from a variety of activities including hiking through the Mediterranean flora to Santa Margherita while in Portofino, shopping with the Chef in Sorrento or St Tropez and even driving a Ferrari in Monte Carlo. An additional highlight for the 2016 Autumn season will be the popular crew-led shore excursions available in numerous ports which many of the yacht’s staff call home. These walks and bike rides take guests off the beaten path to explore the sights and sounds of historic European seaside villages.Below is a listing of SeaDream’s 2016 Autumn itineraries onboard SeaDream I:Civitavecchia (Rome) to Cannes, departing 1 October – 8 October 2016. Seven days including boutique ports of Porto Ercole, Livorno (for Florence), Portovenere, Portofino, Monte Carlo and St Tropez.Cannes to Civitavecchia (Rome), departing 15 October – 22 October 2016. Seven days including ports of Monte Carlo overnight, Portofino, Portovenere, Livorno (for Florence), Portoferraio and Porto Ercole.Civitavecchia (Rome) to Cannes, departing 22 October – 29 October 2016. Seven days including ports of Sorrento, Capri, Bonifacio & Calvi on the island of Corsica and St Tropez.Cannes to Malaga, departing 29 October – 5 November 2016. Seven days calling on ports of St Tropez overnight, Cassis, Port Vendres, Barcelona, Valencia and Cartagena.Fares begin at $4499 per person based on double occupancy. The inclusive fare includes ocean view accommodations, gourmet meals, gratuities, wine with lunch and dinner, and an open bar.Go back to the e-newsletter
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A 41-year-old man arrested in connection with the abduction of two boys, 11, from a Larnaca school on Tuesday, has been remanded in custody for two days.The man, who works as a nurse, is suspected of attempting to convince a doctor to lie to police that he had been treating the main suspect, 35, in the case. He was arrested on Friday.He is also suspected of illegally providing the 35-year-old with sedatives that were used to subdue the two boys.On Saturday, police said they had finished examining a computer found at the 35-year-old’s flat but did not find anything incriminating.The suspected kidnapper was arrested at his flat in the Kamares area around seven hours after the boys went missing from school early on Tuesday.The kidnapper pretended to be a new teacher at the school and asked a group of boys for help to carry some books. The two boys, who are friends, volunteered.The boys were found unharmed but dazed and confused. It later emerged that they had been given sedatives in lemonade to keep them quiet. 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 Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
ShareTweetShareEmail0 SharesNovember 18, 2014; USA TodaySince Michael Brown’s death in early August, Ferguson has been in and out of the news, as protests had become a standing element in St. Louis long after media attention had waned. Most recently, the nation has been anxiously awaiting the grand jury’s decision of whether Darren Wilson should be indicted for Brown’s death.However, whether it was in the news or not, the status quo in Ferguson has been a reality for black people nationwide, who are statistically arrested more than any other racial group, according to an investigative report by USA Today of 3,538 police departments across the country. Specifically in Ferguson, blacks are arrested at a rate three times higher than other races.USA Today’s examination of arrest records of 1,581 other police departments reveals that cities like New York, Detroit, Chicago, and San Francisco, among others, have arrest rates of blacks even more disproportionate than Ferguson. In at least 70 of these departments, black people are 10 times more likely to be arrested. In this context, Ferguson is less newsworthy and more an emblem for individuals to attach their personal frustrations and mistrust with local law enforcement.Clayton, Missouri’s police chief, Kevin Murphy, said in a statement, “Ferguson has laid bare the fact that everyone in law enforcement needs to take a hard look at how we can better serve our communities and address any disparities that have existed in our departments for too long.”These disparities are present even in progressive towns like Berkeley, California and Madison, Wisconsin, where the arrest rate is nine times higher for African Americans than other races. Only 173 of the more than 3,500 police departments that were examined had an arrest rate for blacks that was equal to or lower than other racial groups.Davis Harris, an expert on racial profiling and a professor at the University of Pittsburgh, said, “Believe me, the people who are subject to this are noticing it and they’re noticing it not just individually but as a group. It gets talked about, handed down, and it sows distrust of the whole system.”Perhaps as a result of that distrust, following Ferguson, a slew of other reports delved into the interactions between police departments and civilians to determine what conclusions may or may not be drawn about racial relationships. Last month, a study by the American Civil Liberties Union on Boston’s police department found that between 2007 and 2010, blacks were more likely than any other racial group to be detained during a routine traffic stops but not arrested, the assumption being that police were racially profiling drivers. The ACLU cites similar statistics of blacks being involved in 63.3 percent of the encounters Boston police had with civilians in the three-year period of the study, while they comprise only about 25 percent of the population. The report concluded the department had racial profiling policies that were apparent from the available data.USA Today’s profile of Dearborn, Michigan tries to give an explanation for the town’s skewed arrest rates. In 2011 and 2012, more than half of the people arrested were black, totaling to 4,500 people, which is 500 more than the black population of the town. However, Ronald Haddad, the city’s police chief, said this number also takes into account people who were driving through Dearborn, raising both the number of the arrests rates for blacks and the raw number of arrests in general.However, regardless of where the arrestees are coming from, the fact that more blacks are being arrested inspires the public to ask why. Do police departments universally discriminate against blacks across the nation, or is the racial group more prone to crime, taking into account influential factors like education and economic differences? The latter is less likely when the disparity is this unrealistically staggering. This leads to a different question: What other factors are at play when these arrests are being made?At the height of the Ferguson protests, the Internet was flooded by people’s uploaded and filmed recordings of unfair treatment toward African Americans. One video that went viral showed Eric Garner being put into a chokehold by police officers in New York and suffocated to death. The medical examiner ruled the death a homicide after determining it resulted in part from the chokehold he was placed in. But there has been much less coverage of Daniel Pantaleo, the officer who placed Garner in the fatal chokehold, and there have been no recent protests seeking his prosecution. (However, Pantaleo has lost his badge, unlike Wilson, and as in Ferguson, a grand jury in New York is currently hearing evidence as they, too, decide whether to indict.) This is likely less a result of public apathy than a subconscious numbing to the truth: Black people are discriminated against in our society, and unfortunately, wearing a police badge does not put one above that reality.Therefore, what differentiates the story of Michael Brown in Missouri is a persistence on the part of the people to not be numb anymore, to not accept this reality, and to continue to fight against the status quo. The grand jury’s decision regarding Wilson and whether the shooting was genuinely motivated by racial discrimination is in some ways less important than Ferguson’s becoming a symbol for the civil rights movement almost 50 years after its conclusion.—Shafaq HasanShareTweetShareEmail0 Shares
Share214TweetShare7Email221 SharesSeptember 6, 2015; Daily YonderWriter Isaac Boone Davis and essayist and NPR commentator Dee Davis, founder of the Center for Rural Strategies, decided to look for the rural platforms of the multitude of men—and two women—nominally running for President of the United States. Not surprisingly, they didn’t find much. In fact, other than the “Plan for a Vibrant Rural America” released by the Hillary Clinton campaign, none of the candidates have a rural platform. Despite the Republicans’ national electoral success with rural voters, not one of the Republican candidates has a specific rural platform or bothered to utter the word “rural” in their first debate—though, in fairness, national political reporters rarely think about rural any more than the candidates do.Given how rarely current national officeholders mention rural (except as part of a litany honoring where Americans might live: urban, suburban, rural, etc.), the two Davises might have had a very brief article had they simply summarized the Clinton plan. Instead, they chose to ask rural activists what they hoped for as components of the presidential candidates’ rural platforms should substantive rural platforms ever emerge. Davis and Davis got some interesting responses on issues that have specific applicability to nonprofits.On rural education, Francisco Guajardo, a professor at the University of Texas Pan American, suggested that “the rural education platform should be framed around community development…We need accountability systems that are friendly and flexible enough to allow rural schools to engage in place based ways of teaching and learning.”While calling for a rural teacher corps to “focus…on rural folk who want to be on good teachers,” Guajardo was clearly less than enamored by the behemoth Teach for America. “At the moment, Teach for America (TFA) is the only national group dedicated to sending bright young prospective teachers to rural communities, but their record is disastrous in terms of community development, because they attempt to ‘save the souls’ of rural schools and as a way for TFA corps members to get to their next gig—frequently law school or medical school.” His critique of TFA in rural would actually fit many of the criticisms of TFA in urban America.On housing, the program vice president of the Rural LISC (Local Initiatives Support Corporation) program, Suzanne Anarde, admonished the putative candidates to “realize that having an agricultural policy platform does not encompass the entire network of rural communities.” Anarde called for programs that build “strong rural communities, with livable-wage jobs for families that support the local grocery store, schools and health care providers. And the stabilizing factor in a strong rural community is housing. Whether it is to a rental or a property they own, at the end of the day, small business owners, farmers, employees all go home.”As NPQ has pointed out several times, the problems of healthcare access and delivery in rural America are very serious and getting worse. Alan Morgan, the CEO of the National Rural Health Association, cited 57 rural hospital closures since 2010, plus the greater problems of uninsured persons in rural areas and shortages of providers, to conclude, “Rural healthcare access must be a presidential level concern.” He called for targeted outreach to rural communities to spur health insurance enrollment, Medicaid eligibility expansion, and support of the bipartisan Save Rural Hospitals Act (HR3225, cosponsored by Republican Rep. Sam Graves of Missouri and Democratic Rep. Dave Loebsack of Iowa). The bill would provide financial and regulatory relief (such as stopping cuts in Medicare and allowing for fair reimbursement for emergency room and primary care services) to help rural hospitals survive.On a number of issues, the support available for building and sustaining the rural infrastructure surfaced. Dave Dangler, who heads the Rural Initiatives effort at NeighborWorks, called for reinvesting in “access to broadband and to related technologies [that] will be a big boost to communities and to the nonprofit networks they are created to assist,” the infrastructure needed to keep rural afloat. Rachel Reynolds Luster, the founder of the Oregon County Food Co-op in Missouri, described her vision for “a coordinated effort to build a cross-sector rural infrastructure to support the establishment and networking of rural organizations that work in cultural fields.” The same holds for views of rural labor issues and rural investment, the need for building an infrastructure of organizations that is connected and sharing is paramount.Under the category of “investment” were the only policy recommendations dealing with philanthropy, suggestions from Brian Fogle, the president and CEO of the Community Foundation of the Ozarks. Both Fogle and Tanya Fiddler, the executive director of the Four Bands Community Fund in South Dakota, addressed the barriers that rural communities face in trying to access federal programs. As Fogle noted, “Each new [federal government] program has such high match requirements, or are so specific and complex, smaller communities and organizations simply don’t have the capacity to access them.” But the only policy recommendation for philanthropy was Fogle’s suggestion of “some incentive or encouragement to increase private foundation investment in rural America, that could be transformative.”A federal government incentive may not be as necessary as using the federal government bully pulpit available to the leaders of the Departments of Agriculture (where an apparently ineffectual memorandum of understanding to encourage foundation grantmaking was signed some years ago with the Council on Foundations) and the Department of Treasury (where foundations are loosely regulated through the Internal Revenue Service and where critical resources for potential public-private partnerships, such as the Community Development Financial Institutions program and the New Markets Tax Credit program are lodged). The challenge isn’t to try to get a community foundation like Fogle’s to do more, but to get the behemoth foundations— whose wealth in many cases comes from rural—to enter or reenter the rural funding arena. Close to a trillion dollars sits in foundations’ tax-exempt endowments, some larger portion of which than is currently made available could and should be deployed as grants, program related investments, and mission related investments in rural. If the National Rural Assembly, meeting this week in Washington, D.C., gets members of Congress to remind the top brass in the executive branch of the resources they possess to leverage philanthropic investment in rural America, that could be the substance of a rural platform plank that has yet to be adopted by any major politician with an eye on the White House.—Rick CohenShare214TweetShare7Email221 Shares
Share12TweetShare1Email13 SharesSeptember 5, 2016, The Boston GlobeGlobe correspondent Megan Scudellari reports that researchers are noticing a welcome reversal in the decades long widening of the “achievement gap”—the variations in academic skills between low-income students and their better-off peers. The achievement gap shows up in many places, such as standardized test scores, class grades, and dropout rates, among many other success measures. This deficit can choke off progress and opportunity for poor and typical minority students throughout their academic careers.But after decades of researchers, educators, and policymakers watching this gap grow by as much as 40 percent, the trends are very possibly turning in the opposite direction—at least for poor children entering kindergarten.“Because income inequality and segregation have continued to grow, we expected that we would see a continuing or flattening out of the pattern. We certainly didn’t expect to see the gap narrowing over this time period,” says study coauthor Sean Reardon, a professor in the School of Education at Stanford University.This good news is qualified. At this rate of progress, the authors of the study estimate it will take another 60 to 110 years for the gap to be eliminated for kindergartners.In 1998 and 2010, early childhood assessors from the ECLS sat down with children at roughly 1,000 kindergartens around the country to measure students’ academic skills at the start of the school year.Comparing information from those two years, Reardon and Portilla were surprised to find that by 2010 the school readiness gap between the rich and poor had narrowed—by 10 percent in math and 16 percent in reading. Gaps between racial groups, which have been declining for the last decade, continued to decline: White-black and white-Hispanic gaps decreased by roughly 15 percent across both subjects.Scudellari reports that a companion research paper by Reardon and others looked at what might have caused these positive findings. Public awareness campaigns about the benefits of reading to children, better parent engagement, trips to libraries and museums, better-funded preschool programs, and the use of technology improved since 1998.This positive uptick could be a momentary aberration. Since the research only measured progress to 2010, before the full effects of the Great Recession would be felt, the researchers worry that rising income inequality and segregation may be creating “too stiff a wind to sail against for very long.”In principle, the public is behind closing the achievement gap, but levels of concern over “closing the gap” vary widely and are politically charged. Education reform is a subject regularly reviewed by NPQ. Disparities in academic achievement are the result of a complex web of social, economic, and educational conditions; school funding issues not the least of them. The Education Trust, a Washington-based research and advocacy organization, and many others make the case that low-income students and racial minorities are concentrated in the lowest-achieving schools.Whether closing the achievement gap for the nation takes 60 years or forever, we have opportunities in each of our respective communities and schools to do what we can to help that child achieve his or her greatest potential.This is a challenging subject that NPQ will continue to watch and analyze for its readers.—James SchafferShare12TweetShare1Email13 Shares
Share7Tweet2Share1Email10 SharesBy 7beachbum from Tsuruoka, Japan (0204171559) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia CommonsAugust 31, 2017; Al Jazeera, Dallas Morning News, and Washington PostThe importance and impact of the federal judiciary was felt (again) on August 30th when federal U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia in San Antonio issued a 94-page ruling that blocked the implementation of Texas Senate Bill 4 (SB4).The ruling stopped what was widely viewed as the toughest immigration measure in the nation since Arizona passed what critics called a “Show Me Your Papers” law in 2010, which was later partially struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court. SB4 would have gone into effect on September 1st and would have essentially banned sanctuary cities in Texas, fining them and officials who did not cooperate with federal immigration authorities.The law would fine local officials who refused to assist federal agencies in working to deport illegal immigrants up to $25,500 a day. Elected and appointed officials could lose their jobs, and police and sheriffs could go to jail for up to a year on misdemeanor charges.The small border city of El Cenizo sued to stop the law and was soon joined by Houston, San Antonio, Dallas, Austin, and other cities. The fear was that the law could lead to racial profiling, make immigrants afraid to report crime, and ignite a backlash of boycotts and similar measures that could devastate the state economically.This is not the first time that state laws have clashed with local cities, communities, and law enforcement around immigration issues and cooperation with federal authorities. As reported in NPQ, the track record for such laws withstanding scrutiny in the federal courts is not good, especially on issues of immigration. In Texas, and elsewhere, the support of the Trump administration and the Department of Justice for these laws has not tipped the balance in these rulings in favor of the state.In his ruling on SB4, Judge Garcia found most but not all of the law to be unconstitutional. Texas law, he wrote, was preempted by existing federal statute and was therefore unconstitutional. He also noted there was “overwhelming evidence by local officials, including local law enforcement, that SB4 will erode public trust and make many communities and neighborhoods less safe” while adding that “localities will suffer adverse economic consequences which, in turn, will harm the state of Texas.”This was the position taken by local Texas local officials and law enforcement, who felt the law would make their work more difficult. Disputed by most Texas Republican lawmakers, Governor Greg Abbott, and Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, the ruling was appealed by the attorney general one day after it was issued. Governor Abbott issued a written statement that targeted Travis County, where Austin is the largest city: “Today’s decision makes Texas’s communities less safe,” Abbott said. “Because of this ruling, gang members and dangerous criminals, like those who have been released by the Travis County Sheriff, will be set free to prey upon our communities.”It should be noted that Judge Garcia’s order did not block SB4 in its entirety. He allowed the portion of the law that allows police officers to ask people’s immigration status during any legal detentions, but limited what could be done once it was learned that a person was undocumented. This aligns with the portions of the Arizona’s 2010 law that were upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court and allows police to check the immigration status of people they stop during the normal course of their duties.This ruling in the federal court was welcomed by Texas Democrats, who fought for it in the legislature, and for those who work on immigrant and refugee rights. “The Court was right to strike down the guts of a law that is not only patently unconstitutional but bad policy as well,” said Lee Gelernt, an ACLU lawyer who argued against the case in court on behalf of several Texas cities and towns. “Hopefully, other states will now not follow Texas’s lead.”Legislative action around SB4 follows a court ruling against the Trump administration’s executive order issued in January 2017 that threatened to withhold federal funds from sanctuary cities. That order was also halted by a federal judge, who indicated it was overly broad. The administration has since pursued ways to move funding away from cities and towns that refuse to help enforce immigration law. Further lawsuits around these federal actions are now moving forward.As these lawsuits wend their way through the federal court system, the importance of these courts and their judges, who hold lifetime appointments (voted on by the U.S. Senate), has become a critical issue. While it is possible that this appeal might get to the Supreme Court, it is just as likely that it could be turned down (and the lower court ruling would stand as law) or be sent back to the federal courts for further consideration. “Shopping” for a court with sympathetic judges is not unheard of in such cases. For the moment, this ruling will be seen as a victory for immigrants and immigrant rights. Whether this is temporary or not, only time and federal judges will tell.—Carole LevineShare7Tweet2Share1Email10 Shares
Share33TweetShareEmail33 SharesBy Yellowstone National Park from Yellowstone NP, USA (Montana Governor Steve Bullock) [Public domain], via Wikimedia CommonsJuly 25, 2018; OpenSecrets.orgMontana Governor Steve Bullock has filed suit in a Montana federal district court seeking to prevent the relaxation of rules for certain types of nonprofits, including 501c4s, to disclose identifying information on their donors. This, of course, renders dark money even darker.The lawsuit, which seeks to have the new rules nullified, alleges they unlawfully interfere with Montana’s ability to gather the data it needs to manage its tax laws. The suit also claims the Trump administration did not follow the Administrative Procedure Act, which requires agencies like the Treasury Department to provide opportunities for public comment before changing policies.Hey there, quick update: I’m suing the IRS over dark money. pic.twitter.com/SeMU7NR6UW— Steve Bullock (@GovernorBullock) July 24, 2018In a video announcing the suit, Bullock says, “We’ve been working for 10 years to make sure that corporations can’t control our elections….Just last week, the Secretary of Treasury made it so that corporations, foreign interests—anybody could give to dark money groups, and the IRS wouldn’t even collect their names. I think Americans certainly deserve better.”As Bullock said in a related statement, “We’re coming up on the most momentous midterm election in a generation. The IRS and the administration are sending absolutely the wrong message at the wrong time: Spend money to get corporate interests elected, and we’ll work to cover your tracks.”In 2015, Bullock worked to advance the Disclose Act in Montana, which requires organizations, whether for profit or nonprofit, to disclose their donors if they spend money in state elections. The measure received bipartisan support. He also enacted an executive order that calls for state government contractors to reveal any dark money spending they do in state elections.—Ruth McCambridgeShare33TweetShareEmail33 Shares
Telenor-owned conditional access provider Conax has extended its contract with Russian service provider National Cable Networks (NCN) to provide content security for NCN’s onLime.net digital TV and video-on-demand service.Conax will provide security for onLime.net’s video rental service via Conax-certified set-tops from Humax.Humax is supplying a hybrid DVB-C/IP set-top for onLime.net. The latter’s Videoprokat service will offer over 3,000 of content. The OnLime.net over-the-top portal has plans to deliver rental content for multiple devices, and will add added-value services including weather, traffic information, online service purchases and the ability to pay utility bills. The service went live on a trail basis in December, free of charge for the first six months. A commercial launch is planned for mid-2012.NCN has used Conax content security for its TKT subsidiary in St Petersburg since 2004, and for its NCN Eurasia unit in Yekaterinburg since 2005.Sergey Kalugin, general-director of NCN, said: “We needed a solution that would allow us to provide DTV services based on DVB-C networks. Key criteria included choosing a solution that is highly reliable, time-tested and proven. On the other hand, the system should not be too complex, otherwise it would prove costly. Our decision was based on optimal price/performance ratio. Based on long experience, NCN knows Conax as a trusted partner, thus, we chose a content security solution from Conax.”
Liberty Global-owned DTH operator UPC DTH has signed a deal with satellite operator Telenor Satellite Broadcasting to bring Eurosport HD and Eurosport 2 HD to the platform.Telenor will deliver the channels from 1° West to UPC DTH’s platforms in the Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania and Slovakia. Both channels will be localised to each individual country and will be available from early June, ahead of the upcoming Euro 1012 football championships.Cato Halsaa, vice-president and CEO of Telenor Satellite Broadcasting, said: “This agreement represents further growth in our long-standing relationship with UPC DTH and we are committed to supporting its future DTH expansion plans within central and eastern Europe.”UPC DTH’s marketing and sales vice-president, Jim Helfgott said “We are pleased to be enriching our HD line-up through the addition of the Eurosport HD channels. Also, during this important summer of sport, adding major national HD channel in Slovakia, Czech and Hungary to medium will further enhance the viewing of all our customers.”
Content security specialist Verimatrix has announced that it is providing its ViewRight security software to support premium IP and over-the-top video services on Samsung Smart TVs. The solution will target video service apps that pay TV operators build for Samsung Smart TVs.Samsung Smart TVs and the first compatible apps for Verimatrix protected services will be featured in the TeliaSonera connected TV solution rollout that will debut in certain markets later this year.“VCAS for Internet TV offers a combination of standards-based delivery support and robust security. Integrating VCAS on our Smart TVs helps us provide our consumers with the seamless Quality of Experience that they demand,” said Duke Hur, vice-president of S/W Platform, Samsung Electronics.Steve Oetegenn, chief sales and marketing officer at Verimatrix, said, “The demand for Smart TVs is growing exponentially, and increasingly they are the key components of new multi-screen video services for pay TV operators that must meet stringent security requirements. Verimatrix has partnered with Samsung to expand the range of devices compatible with these new secure premium services, while also helping operators extend their service reach using IPTV and OTT delivery.”