Costa Rica utility company helps protect wildlife along 250 km of power

19 Aug 2019

first_imgThe Costa Rican Electricity Institute (ICE) reported that in the past two years it has spent ₡250 million ($460,000) on measures to protect wildlife, particularly to prevent animals from dying while using power lines to cross between trees.ICE’s report, issued Friday, notes that the state-run utilities company has installed 20,425 devices in the past 24 months to prevent birds and arboreal mammals from touching power lines along 248 kilometers of roads in the central, southern and central Pacific regions of Costa Rica.ICE employees trimmed branches along the roads to separate the trees from power lines, and then placed hanging ropes.Earlier this month a group of at least six squirrel monkeys were electrocuted near Quepos, along the Pacific coast. Environment Ministry officials at the time reported that the monkeys likely jumped onto power lines from a branch because there are not enough trees in the area to cross over the road. ICE officials said a lack of trees is the main problem for placing hanging ropes in certain areas.Workers also installed 10,000 anti-climbing devices on utility poles and stabilizing wires to prevent arboreal mammals from crawling up the poles after they descend from trees.ICE’s environmental manager Miguel Víquez said the measures particularly benefit the four species of monkeys that live in Costa Rica, in addition to sloths, kinkajous, opossums and other species that live in the upper layers of trees.ICE also installed 56 cameras to monitor forest areas near power plants to study the interaction of wildlife with the new devices. That helped ICE rescue 38,893 animals at the Reventazón Hydroelectric Project alone. The animals were relocated to safer areas, ICE reported.“Our essential mission to provide electricity will always be linked to the protection of our natural resources,”  Víquez said.In April, the Public Works and Transport Ministry also began installing new traffic signs urging motorists to slow down for animals on the road. The new signs are yellow and diamond-shaped with black silhouettes of a monkey, deer and coati crossing a road.Research by the University of Costa Rica’s Ecotourism School last year found that speeding drivers are the main cause of wildlife deaths on roads in Costa Rica’s Pacific region.Investigators for a full year traveled 650 kilometers to count the number of wild animals killed on the roads. Their research determined that most of the animals were mammals, accounting for 41.8 percent of the total, followed by reptiles at 23.5 percent, birds at 32.6 percent and amphibians at 1.31 percent. These devices help prevent animals from climbing utility poles and stabilizing wires. (Courtesy of ICE) Facebook Comments Related posts:New traffic signs aim to reduce wildlife deaths on Costa Rica’s roads Drivers: Slow down and help reduce wildlife deaths on highways, says university study After ban, Mexico’s circus animals await new homes Signature collection for animal welfare bill referendum set for Julylast_img read more

first_imgThe Costa Rican Electricity Institute (ICE) reported that in the past two years it has spent ₡250 million ($460,000) on measures to protect wildlife, particularly to prevent animals from dying while using power lines to cross between trees.ICE’s report, issued Friday, notes that the state-run utilities company has installed 20,425 devices in the past 24 months to prevent birds and arboreal mammals from touching power lines along 248 kilometers of roads in the central, southern and central Pacific regions of Costa Rica.ICE employees trimmed branches along the roads to separate the trees from power lines, and then placed hanging ropes.Earlier this month a group of at least six squirrel monkeys were electrocuted near Quepos, along the Pacific coast. Environment Ministry officials at the time reported that the monkeys likely jumped onto power lines from a branch because there are not enough trees in the area to cross over the road. ICE officials said a lack of trees is the main problem for placing hanging ropes in certain areas.Workers also installed 10,000 anti-climbing devices on utility poles and stabilizing wires to prevent arboreal mammals from crawling up the poles after they descend from trees.ICE’s environmental manager Miguel Víquez said the measures particularly benefit the four species of monkeys that live in Costa Rica, in addition to sloths, kinkajous, opossums and other species that live in the upper layers of trees.ICE also installed 56 cameras to monitor forest areas near power plants to study the interaction of wildlife with the new devices. That helped ICE rescue 38,893 animals at the Reventazón Hydroelectric Project alone. The animals were relocated to safer areas, ICE reported.“Our essential mission to provide electricity will always be linked to the protection of our natural resources,”  Víquez said.In April, the Public Works and Transport Ministry also began installing new traffic signs urging motorists to slow down for animals on the road. The new signs are yellow and diamond-shaped with black silhouettes of a monkey, deer and coati crossing a road.Research by the University of Costa Rica’s Ecotourism School last year found that speeding drivers are the main cause of wildlife deaths on roads in Costa Rica’s Pacific region.Investigators for a full year traveled 650 kilometers to count the number of wild animals killed on the roads. Their research determined that most of the animals were mammals, accounting for 41.8 percent of the total, followed by reptiles at 23.5 percent, birds at 32.6 percent and amphibians at 1.31 percent. These devices help prevent animals from climbing utility poles and stabilizing wires. (Courtesy of ICE) Facebook Comments Related posts:New traffic signs aim to reduce wildlife deaths on Costa Rica’s roads Drivers: Slow down and help reduce wildlife deaths on highways, says university study After ban, Mexico’s circus animals await new homes Signature collection for animal welfare bill referendum set for Julylast_img read more

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Swaziland gets first female Anglican bishop

18 Aug 2019

first_img Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona In Swaziland, the government has yet to congratulate Wamukoya and did not attend the ceremony marking her appointment, despite being invited. However, Swazi feminist and gender activist Doo Aphane said Wamukoya’s appointment represented a special moment for women in her country and beyond.“It is victory for women both in Swaziland and Africa, because she is not given the task because she is a woman but because she is capable,” Aphane said.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Sponsored Stories Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home Comments   Share   Top Stories center_img Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project “I am going to try to represent the mother attribute of God,” Wamukoya said. “A mother is a caring person but at the same time, a mother can be firm in doing whatever she is doing.”Wamukoya also acknowledged that she represents a historic change for the Anglican church on the continent, where other denominations don’t allow women to serve as bishops. Recently, the Southern Africa diocese elected a second woman, Margaret Vertue, to become a bishop in the Cape Town area of False Bay.“It is also humbling and challenging because I know that the whole world is looking up to me to see if I would deliver and to what level I am going to deliver,” she said.Tuesday, the Church of England will vote on allowing women bishops throughout the church, as some dioceses already do. A majority of the church’s governing General Synod is ready to say yes, but a two-thirds majority must approve the measure. An unlikely coalition of advocates and opponents of female bishops may have enough strength to derail the motion.It has been 36 years since the church’s General Synod declared it had no fundamental objection to ordaining women as priests, and 18 years since the first women were ordained. Meanwhile, sister churches of the Anglican Communion in Australia, New Zealand and the United States already have women serving as bishops. Parents, stop beating yourself up Associated PressMBABANE, Swaziland (AP) – As the Church of England weighs whether it will allow women to become bishops, the Anglican Church has ordained its first female bishop in Africa.Ellinah Wamukoya, 61, was consecrated Saturday to serve as the church’s bishop in Swaziland, a tiny, impoverished nation surrounded by South Africa that is the continent’s last absolute monarchy. Speaking Monday to The Associated Press, Wamukoya said she wanted to bring integrity to the church.last_img read more

first_img Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona In Swaziland, the government has yet to congratulate Wamukoya and did not attend the ceremony marking her appointment, despite being invited. However, Swazi feminist and gender activist Doo Aphane said Wamukoya’s appointment represented a special moment for women in her country and beyond.“It is victory for women both in Swaziland and Africa, because she is not given the task because she is a woman but because she is capable,” Aphane said.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Sponsored Stories Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home Comments   Share   Top Stories center_img Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project “I am going to try to represent the mother attribute of God,” Wamukoya said. “A mother is a caring person but at the same time, a mother can be firm in doing whatever she is doing.”Wamukoya also acknowledged that she represents a historic change for the Anglican church on the continent, where other denominations don’t allow women to serve as bishops. Recently, the Southern Africa diocese elected a second woman, Margaret Vertue, to become a bishop in the Cape Town area of False Bay.“It is also humbling and challenging because I know that the whole world is looking up to me to see if I would deliver and to what level I am going to deliver,” she said.Tuesday, the Church of England will vote on allowing women bishops throughout the church, as some dioceses already do. A majority of the church’s governing General Synod is ready to say yes, but a two-thirds majority must approve the measure. An unlikely coalition of advocates and opponents of female bishops may have enough strength to derail the motion.It has been 36 years since the church’s General Synod declared it had no fundamental objection to ordaining women as priests, and 18 years since the first women were ordained. Meanwhile, sister churches of the Anglican Communion in Australia, New Zealand and the United States already have women serving as bishops. Parents, stop beating yourself up Associated PressMBABANE, Swaziland (AP) – As the Church of England weighs whether it will allow women to become bishops, the Anglican Church has ordained its first female bishop in Africa.Ellinah Wamukoya, 61, was consecrated Saturday to serve as the church’s bishop in Swaziland, a tiny, impoverished nation surrounded by South Africa that is the continent’s last absolute monarchy. Speaking Monday to The Associated Press, Wamukoya said she wanted to bring integrity to the church.last_img read more

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Honduras once again passes model cities law

18 Aug 2019

first_img Quick workouts for men Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Top Stories Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) – The Honduran congress approved once again a “model cities” project that the country’s Supreme Court had previously declared unconstitutional because it would create special development zones outside the jurisdiction of ordinary Honduran law.Congressman Rodolfo Irias of the ruling National Party says the law “includes the necessary modifications” to answer concerns about unconstitutionality. Parents, stop beating yourself upcenter_img Comments   Share   The vote was 110 to 13, with 5 abstentions.The court’s rejection of the plan led Congress to fire four of the court’s five justices in December.The plan would create “special development regions” with their own independent tax and justice systems, to spur economic growth in this Central American country struggling with corruption and crime.The project was opposed by civic groups as well as the indigenous people.(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Sponsored Stories How men can have a healthy 2019last_img read more

first_img Quick workouts for men Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Top Stories Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) – The Honduran congress approved once again a “model cities” project that the country’s Supreme Court had previously declared unconstitutional because it would create special development zones outside the jurisdiction of ordinary Honduran law.Congressman Rodolfo Irias of the ruling National Party says the law “includes the necessary modifications” to answer concerns about unconstitutionality. Parents, stop beating yourself upcenter_img Comments   Share   The vote was 110 to 13, with 5 abstentions.The court’s rejection of the plan led Congress to fire four of the court’s five justices in December.The plan would create “special development regions” with their own independent tax and justice systems, to spur economic growth in this Central American country struggling with corruption and crime.The project was opposed by civic groups as well as the indigenous people.(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Sponsored Stories How men can have a healthy 2019last_img read more

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Carlson cautious as travel companies remain costconscious

17 Aug 2019

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: J.L Carlson Wagonlit Travel (CWT) said Thursday its key performance indicators for 2009 reflected the “unusual challenges” the travel industry had faced during the global recession.Last year, total transactions for the company fell 9.3 percent compared to 2008, while sales volume dropped 22.8 percent to US$21.4 billion.CWT said the higher drop in volume versus transactions demonstrated the aggressive cost-cutting measures companies took to reduce their travel spend; a trend which was seen in all regions.However, volume in Asia Pacific and EMEA (Europe, Middle East & Africa) was impacted the most, declining by 27.6 percent and 27.1 percent respectively. Volumes in Latin America declined 21.2 percent year over year, while North America saw a 17.4 percent decrease over the same period.   Annualised new sales for CWT, excluding renewals, totalled to US$1.86 billion in 2009. The company said it also enjoyed a 96-percent client retention rate.Looking forward, CWT said it remained “cautiously optimistic” about the next 12 months as there is still lingering economic uncertainty in some countries and potentially “soft” GDP growth overall.“Many of our clients tell us they will increase their travel this year to drive their business development. But they will remain cost-conscious and place great importance on ‘productive’ travel,” said CWT chief executive Douglas Anderson. In light of this, CWT said it would continue to deploy its multi-tier, end-to-end Meetings & Events solutions worldwide.It added that it would also continue to focus on increasing efficiency at the point of sale and reinforce its strategy for driving online adoption. <a href=”http://www.etbtravelnews.global/click/2a2db/” target=”_blank”><img src=”http://adsvr.travelads.biz/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=132&amp;cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&amp;n=a238f441″ border=”0″ alt=””></a>last_img read more

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: J.L Carlson Wagonlit Travel (CWT) said Thursday its key performance indicators for 2009 reflected the “unusual challenges” the travel industry had faced during the global recession.Last year, total transactions for the company fell 9.3 percent compared to 2008, while sales volume dropped 22.8 percent to US$21.4 billion.CWT said the higher drop in volume versus transactions demonstrated the aggressive cost-cutting measures companies took to reduce their travel spend; a trend which was seen in all regions.However, volume in Asia Pacific and EMEA (Europe, Middle East & Africa) was impacted the most, declining by 27.6 percent and 27.1 percent respectively. Volumes in Latin America declined 21.2 percent year over year, while North America saw a 17.4 percent decrease over the same period.   Annualised new sales for CWT, excluding renewals, totalled to US$1.86 billion in 2009. The company said it also enjoyed a 96-percent client retention rate.Looking forward, CWT said it remained “cautiously optimistic” about the next 12 months as there is still lingering economic uncertainty in some countries and potentially “soft” GDP growth overall.“Many of our clients tell us they will increase their travel this year to drive their business development. But they will remain cost-conscious and place great importance on ‘productive’ travel,” said CWT chief executive Douglas Anderson. In light of this, CWT said it would continue to deploy its multi-tier, end-to-end Meetings & Events solutions worldwide.It added that it would also continue to focus on increasing efficiency at the point of sale and reinforce its strategy for driving online adoption. <a href=”http://www.etbtravelnews.global/click/2a2db/” target=”_blank”><img src=”http://adsvr.travelads.biz/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=132&amp;cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&amp;n=a238f441″ border=”0″ alt=””></a>last_img read more

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Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impa

11 Aug 2019

first_img Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact After inking a deal with Arizona in August, Johnson tweaked his hamstring in the final practice of the team’s preparation for their second preseason game against the San Diego Chargers. That kept him out of that game and the next game against the Oakland Raiders.On Thursday, Johnson showed flashes of the running back that rushed for more than 1,000 yards in each of his first seven NFL seasons and in 2009 joined the 2,000-yard club by rushing for 2,006 yards.Johnson cut into openings and accelerated well when the lanes were there. Out of a spread formation in the second quarter, Johnson easily found space to work with and took it for a 16-yard gain, his longest run of the night. He also added a 10-yard catch out of the backfield.During his halftime interview, Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians said he was pleased with what he saw from Johnson.Now, it’s a matter of how Arizona sees him fitting in with a running back group led by Andre Ellington and promising rookie David Johnson.– / 31 Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Chris Johnson knew the Arizona Cardinals didn’t promise him a thing when he signed as a free agent this offseason.His first and last preseason action was proof he’s not taking this opportunity for granted.The former Tennessee Titan and New York Jet running back rushed 11 times for 45 yards (4.1 yards per carry) in the Cardinals’ final preseason game Thursday. Johnson, who signed with the Cardinals for the league minimum $870,000 with $400,000 guaranteed, gave promise that his break from football after being the victim of a shooting in March won’t be much of a factor moving forward. Comments   Share   Arizona Cardinals running back Chris Johnson (27) escapes the reach of Denver Broncos linebacker Gerald Rivers (99) during the first half of an NFL preseason football game, Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015, in Denver. (AP Photo/Joe Mahoney) The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and sellinglast_img read more

first_img Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact After inking a deal with Arizona in August, Johnson tweaked his hamstring in the final practice of the team’s preparation for their second preseason game against the San Diego Chargers. That kept him out of that game and the next game against the Oakland Raiders.On Thursday, Johnson showed flashes of the running back that rushed for more than 1,000 yards in each of his first seven NFL seasons and in 2009 joined the 2,000-yard club by rushing for 2,006 yards.Johnson cut into openings and accelerated well when the lanes were there. Out of a spread formation in the second quarter, Johnson easily found space to work with and took it for a 16-yard gain, his longest run of the night. He also added a 10-yard catch out of the backfield.During his halftime interview, Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians said he was pleased with what he saw from Johnson.Now, it’s a matter of how Arizona sees him fitting in with a running back group led by Andre Ellington and promising rookie David Johnson.– / 31 Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Chris Johnson knew the Arizona Cardinals didn’t promise him a thing when he signed as a free agent this offseason.His first and last preseason action was proof he’s not taking this opportunity for granted.The former Tennessee Titan and New York Jet running back rushed 11 times for 45 yards (4.1 yards per carry) in the Cardinals’ final preseason game Thursday. Johnson, who signed with the Cardinals for the league minimum $870,000 with $400,000 guaranteed, gave promise that his break from football after being the victim of a shooting in March won’t be much of a factor moving forward. Comments   Share   Arizona Cardinals running back Chris Johnson (27) escapes the reach of Denver Broncos linebacker Gerald Rivers (99) during the first half of an NFL preseason football game, Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015, in Denver. (AP Photo/Joe Mahoney) The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and sellinglast_img read more

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Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires

11 Aug 2019

first_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Comments   Share   center_img We’ve given you the number of starts each lineman has made and at which positions, you just have to name the player.Good luck! The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo They say continuity on the offensive line is key to any team’s success.Perhaps lack of continuity on the line is a big reason why the Arizona Cardinals are 17-25-1 since the beginning of 2016 — the year after they advanced all the way to the NFC Championship Game.The Cardinals have had to start 19 different lineman over their last 43 games.Guess what? That’s your Trivia Tuesday challenge this week — name all of them.last_img read more

first_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Comments   Share   center_img We’ve given you the number of starts each lineman has made and at which positions, you just have to name the player.Good luck! The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo They say continuity on the offensive line is key to any team’s success.Perhaps lack of continuity on the line is a big reason why the Arizona Cardinals are 17-25-1 since the beginning of 2016 — the year after they advanced all the way to the NFC Championship Game.The Cardinals have had to start 19 different lineman over their last 43 games.Guess what? That’s your Trivia Tuesday challenge this week — name all of them.last_img read more

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Go back to the enewsletter Etihad Airways has ann

11 Aug 2019

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterEtihad Airways has announced the May 2016 opening of a new First Class Lounge at Abu Dhabi International Airport Terminal 3. The new lounge will be available for the exclusive use of passengers in First Class, The Residence, Etihad Guest Platinum and Etihad Airways Partners Platinum members.“The new First Class Lounge in Abu Dhabi will be the jewel in the crown of our ever-growing global lounge portfolio, a showcase of intelligent design and innovation,‎ and the world’s best premium airport experience,” said Peter Baumgartner, Etihad Airways Chief Commercial Officer. “We are confident that it will deliver a product and service which is as highly acclaimed as it is inflight and look forward to unveiling its many unique features with great pride.”Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterEtihad Airways has announced the May 2016 opening of a new First Class Lounge at Abu Dhabi International Airport Terminal 3. The new lounge will be available for the exclusive use of passengers in First Class, The Residence, Etihad Guest Platinum and Etihad Airways Partners Platinum members.“The new First Class Lounge in Abu Dhabi will be the jewel in the crown of our ever-growing global lounge portfolio, a showcase of intelligent design and innovation,‎ and the world’s best premium airport experience,” said Peter Baumgartner, Etihad Airways Chief Commercial Officer. “We are confident that it will deliver a product and service which is as highly acclaimed as it is inflight and look forward to unveiling its many unique features with great pride.”Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

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Rep Hughes encourages area children to participate in reading program

09 Aug 2019

first_img Categories: Hughes News,News With school out for the summer, Rep. Holly Hughes is encouraging area first through fifth grade students to participate in a reading contest for the possibility of joining her in Lansing as a ‘State Rep For A Day.’“This is one way to encourage our children to read more even though school is out until September,” said Rep. Hughes, R-Montague. “Summer learning loss is a tremendous issue, especially for our younger learners. This program is a perfect educational opportunity as it keeps the children reading over the next couple of months while seeking the added experience of seeing how our state government works.”The Summer Reading Contest guidelines are included on Rep. Hughes’ Summer Bookmark, which is available electronically on Rep. Hughes’ website or at seven local libraries. Students are eligible to participate by reading ten or more books and filling in the necessary information on Rep. Hughes’ bookmark. Each completed bookmark must be submitted to a local library before Monday, Sept. 5 in order to be considered for entry into the contest.“The two students I hosted from last year’s Summer Reading Program got a chance to visit a House of Representatives committee room and ‘chair’ a committee,” said Rep. Hughes. “They took a behind-the-scenes tour of the House of Representatives and Senate chambers, met with other Representatives and learned the history of the State Capitol building. We also enjoyed having a pizza lunch in the Capitol. It was a fun day and certainly a great experience for those two students.”Several Muskegon Area District Libraries throughout the 91st House District will have entry forms available. Those libraries are:Dalton Branch Library, 3175 5th St., in Twin LakeEgelston Township Branch Library-5428 East Apple Ave, in MuskegonFruitport Branch Library-47 Park St., in FruitportHolton Branch Library-8776 Holton-Duck Lake Road, in HoltonMontague Branch Library-8778 Ferry St., in MontagueNorton Shores Branch Library-705 Seminole Road, in Norton ShoresRavenna Branch Library-12278 Stafford, in RavennaFor additional information on Rep. Hughes’ Summer Reading Program, please contact her Lansing office toll-free at 877-633-0331. Rep. Hughes can also be contacted by email at hollyhughes@house.mi.gov or mail at N-1195 House Office Building, P.O. Box 30014, Lansing, MI 48909. 30Jun Rep. Hughes encourages area children to participate in reading programlast_img read more

first_img Categories: Hughes News,News With school out for the summer, Rep. Holly Hughes is encouraging area first through fifth grade students to participate in a reading contest for the possibility of joining her in Lansing as a ‘State Rep For A Day.’“This is one way to encourage our children to read more even though school is out until September,” said Rep. Hughes, R-Montague. “Summer learning loss is a tremendous issue, especially for our younger learners. This program is a perfect educational opportunity as it keeps the children reading over the next couple of months while seeking the added experience of seeing how our state government works.”The Summer Reading Contest guidelines are included on Rep. Hughes’ Summer Bookmark, which is available electronically on Rep. Hughes’ website or at seven local libraries. Students are eligible to participate by reading ten or more books and filling in the necessary information on Rep. Hughes’ bookmark. Each completed bookmark must be submitted to a local library before Monday, Sept. 5 in order to be considered for entry into the contest.“The two students I hosted from last year’s Summer Reading Program got a chance to visit a House of Representatives committee room and ‘chair’ a committee,” said Rep. Hughes. “They took a behind-the-scenes tour of the House of Representatives and Senate chambers, met with other Representatives and learned the history of the State Capitol building. We also enjoyed having a pizza lunch in the Capitol. It was a fun day and certainly a great experience for those two students.”Several Muskegon Area District Libraries throughout the 91st House District will have entry forms available. Those libraries are:Dalton Branch Library, 3175 5th St., in Twin LakeEgelston Township Branch Library-5428 East Apple Ave, in MuskegonFruitport Branch Library-47 Park St., in FruitportHolton Branch Library-8776 Holton-Duck Lake Road, in HoltonMontague Branch Library-8778 Ferry St., in MontagueNorton Shores Branch Library-705 Seminole Road, in Norton ShoresRavenna Branch Library-12278 Stafford, in RavennaFor additional information on Rep. Hughes’ Summer Reading Program, please contact her Lansing office toll-free at 877-633-0331. Rep. Hughes can also be contacted by email at hollyhughes@house.mi.gov or mail at N-1195 House Office Building, P.O. Box 30014, Lansing, MI 48909. 30Jun Rep. Hughes encourages area children to participate in reading programlast_img read more

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Rep Alexander bill to expand professional development for teachers

09 Aug 2019

first_img Categories: Alexander News,News 19Oct Rep. Alexander bill to expand professional development for teachers State Rep. Julie Alexander has introduced legislation to give teachers credit toward their continuing education and professional development requirements by engaging with area employers and post-secondary training centers.“Professional development is incredibly valuable for our teachers, helping our classroom leaders grow as instructors preparing our students for their next step in life,” said Alexander, a former teacher in Jackson County. “Working with area professionals can be a key part of developing a better future for students, providing local insight into what career opportunities are growing in the community.”Alexander’s legislation is part of five-bill package to expand skilled trades in education.The legislation will:Create a K-12 model program that emphasizes career learning and themes for each grade level, while focusing on engaging with parents, community businesses and industry interests;Allow proprietary schools, community colleges and skilled trade employers access — with parental consent — to high school pupil directory information for the purposes of recruitment and career opportunities.last_img read more

first_img Categories: Alexander News,News 19Oct Rep. Alexander bill to expand professional development for teachers State Rep. Julie Alexander has introduced legislation to give teachers credit toward their continuing education and professional development requirements by engaging with area employers and post-secondary training centers.“Professional development is incredibly valuable for our teachers, helping our classroom leaders grow as instructors preparing our students for their next step in life,” said Alexander, a former teacher in Jackson County. “Working with area professionals can be a key part of developing a better future for students, providing local insight into what career opportunities are growing in the community.”Alexander’s legislation is part of five-bill package to expand skilled trades in education.The legislation will:Create a K-12 model program that emphasizes career learning and themes for each grade level, while focusing on engaging with parents, community businesses and industry interests;Allow proprietary schools, community colleges and skilled trade employers access — with parental consent — to high school pupil directory information for the purposes of recruitment and career opportunities.last_img read more

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Rep Yaroch reads to local classrooms

09 Aug 2019

first_img Categories: Yaroch News PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Jeff Yaroch reads to a group of students at Will L. Lee Elementary School.State Rep. Jeff Yaroch of Richmond completed his March is Reading Month tour reading to over 400 elementary students while visiting 10 local classrooms.“Reading is critical to a child’s educational development,” Rep. Yaroch said. “By encouraging our children to read, we give them a solid foundation for future pursuits.”March is Reading Month is an annual educational program designed to recognize the importance of reading inside and outside of the classroom. 09Apr Rep. Yaroch reads to local classroomslast_img

first_img Categories: Yaroch News PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Jeff Yaroch reads to a group of students at Will L. Lee Elementary School.State Rep. Jeff Yaroch of Richmond completed his March is Reading Month tour reading to over 400 elementary students while visiting 10 local classrooms.“Reading is critical to a child’s educational development,” Rep. Yaroch said. “By encouraging our children to read, we give them a solid foundation for future pursuits.”March is Reading Month is an annual educational program designed to recognize the importance of reading inside and outside of the classroom. 09Apr Rep. Yaroch reads to local classroomslast_img

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Rep Kahle unveils district photo contest winners in Lansing

09 Aug 2019

first_img State Rep. Bronna Kahle of Adrian this week hosted the winners of her “Living in Lenawee” photo contest at her Lansing office.“I always enjoy having visitors from Lenawee County join me at our state Capitol,” Kahle said. “This was a wonderful opportunity to showcase the beautiful region we all call home and recognize the creativity of our friends and neighbors.”In addition to officially unveiling the photos Rep. Kahle introduced the photographers from the House floor and arranged a tour of the Capitol building.State Rep. Bronna Kahle of Adrian this week was joined by “Living in Lenawee” photo contest winners Rae Legett, Rachel Stiverson and Tiffanie Terry in Lansing for an official unveiling and to spend the day at the state Capitol. 03May Rep. Kahle unveils district photo contest winners in Lansing Categories: Kahle News,Kahle Photoslast_img read more

first_img State Rep. Bronna Kahle of Adrian this week hosted the winners of her “Living in Lenawee” photo contest at her Lansing office.“I always enjoy having visitors from Lenawee County join me at our state Capitol,” Kahle said. “This was a wonderful opportunity to showcase the beautiful region we all call home and recognize the creativity of our friends and neighbors.”In addition to officially unveiling the photos Rep. Kahle introduced the photographers from the House floor and arranged a tour of the Capitol building.State Rep. Bronna Kahle of Adrian this week was joined by “Living in Lenawee” photo contest winners Rae Legett, Rachel Stiverson and Tiffanie Terry in Lansing for an official unveiling and to spend the day at the state Capitol. 03May Rep. Kahle unveils district photo contest winners in Lansing Categories: Kahle News,Kahle Photoslast_img read more

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Homeless Family Crisis Surges throughout Nation

09 Aug 2019

first_imgShareTweetShareEmail0 SharesFebruary 3, 2014; Washington PostOur coverage earlier this week of homeless families crowding hotels and motels in Massachusetts shouldn’t be read as though the Bay State has a unique challenge. For some reason, homelessness is increasing in many parts of the country.In Washington, D.C., according to Brigid Schulte of the Washington Post, this winter has seen an “unexpected and unprecedented rise in family homelessness in the District…bringing homelessness to levels not seen since the crises of the 1980s.” David Berns, the director of the Department of Human Services in the District, anticipates 1,000 new homeless families this winter and reports that the D.C. General Hospital family shelter is full, as are “all the inexpensive hotel rooms in the city.” In fact, D.C. has been placing homeless families in two Maryland hotels, but Maryland officials have protested, resulting in plans to move the families back to D.C. With the need to find space in D.C. for the 110 families that were sent to Montgomery County and Prince Georges County, the District’s latest plan is to use two city-owned recreation centers where the families will sleep on cots in open spaces.For the 475 families living in hotels and motels because the 285 family rooms at D.C. General are full, the situation is very difficult. For them, getting their kids to schools in the District from hotels in Silver Spring or Cheverly is challenging and long. For D.C. officials, providing services to homeless families scattered around the region is similarly challenging.“It sounds bad, and it’s worse than it sounds,” Berns told the Post. That’s because shelters for homeless singles typically open all year will potentially close in the spring due to a shortfall of funding. “Right now, I don’t have any fresh ideas” (to deal with the crisis), Berns added.Part of the problem is that the “housing first” solutions that D.C. and other areas have promoted may not be working so well. For example, the District has a “Rapid Rehousing” program that provides short-term rental assistance for homeless families in market-rate housing, with the idea that within four months to a year, the families themselves will be absorbing the full housing costs. The Post reports that landlords have been resistant to accept these homeless families, and the families themselves are uncertain whether they will succeed in these short-term rentals.Something, however, is happening in the economy that is evident with increasing numbers of homeless families. In Florida, for example, Osceola County near Disney World reports that the number of homeless parents with school age children grew by 54 percent in the past year to more than 5,000. With plenty of tourist-strip motels, homeless families are ending up in the motels and establishing residency, to the consternation of motel owners who might evict some for nonpayment otherwise. In Salinas, California, motels have been providing housing for homeless families, but often in substandard conditions. The thousands of families that appear to be falling out of the bottom of the economy sometimes remain unemployed for a long while, and in other cases end up homeless.At some point, this nation has to come to grips with the reality of homelessness in the U.S. It doesn’t appear to be decreasing in the slightest, notwithstanding some official reports and the bravado of government spokespersons announcing that the economy is on the way back. The economy may not be back, but homelessness is. If the nation’s politicians weren’t so studiously interested in the middle class, they might look at what is happening among the poor and very poor to see who is being helped and who gets left behind in this economy.—Rick CohenShareTweetShareEmail0 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgShareTweetShareEmail0 SharesFebruary 3, 2014; Washington PostOur coverage earlier this week of homeless families crowding hotels and motels in Massachusetts shouldn’t be read as though the Bay State has a unique challenge. For some reason, homelessness is increasing in many parts of the country.In Washington, D.C., according to Brigid Schulte of the Washington Post, this winter has seen an “unexpected and unprecedented rise in family homelessness in the District…bringing homelessness to levels not seen since the crises of the 1980s.” David Berns, the director of the Department of Human Services in the District, anticipates 1,000 new homeless families this winter and reports that the D.C. General Hospital family shelter is full, as are “all the inexpensive hotel rooms in the city.” In fact, D.C. has been placing homeless families in two Maryland hotels, but Maryland officials have protested, resulting in plans to move the families back to D.C. With the need to find space in D.C. for the 110 families that were sent to Montgomery County and Prince Georges County, the District’s latest plan is to use two city-owned recreation centers where the families will sleep on cots in open spaces.For the 475 families living in hotels and motels because the 285 family rooms at D.C. General are full, the situation is very difficult. For them, getting their kids to schools in the District from hotels in Silver Spring or Cheverly is challenging and long. For D.C. officials, providing services to homeless families scattered around the region is similarly challenging.“It sounds bad, and it’s worse than it sounds,” Berns told the Post. That’s because shelters for homeless singles typically open all year will potentially close in the spring due to a shortfall of funding. “Right now, I don’t have any fresh ideas” (to deal with the crisis), Berns added.Part of the problem is that the “housing first” solutions that D.C. and other areas have promoted may not be working so well. For example, the District has a “Rapid Rehousing” program that provides short-term rental assistance for homeless families in market-rate housing, with the idea that within four months to a year, the families themselves will be absorbing the full housing costs. The Post reports that landlords have been resistant to accept these homeless families, and the families themselves are uncertain whether they will succeed in these short-term rentals.Something, however, is happening in the economy that is evident with increasing numbers of homeless families. In Florida, for example, Osceola County near Disney World reports that the number of homeless parents with school age children grew by 54 percent in the past year to more than 5,000. With plenty of tourist-strip motels, homeless families are ending up in the motels and establishing residency, to the consternation of motel owners who might evict some for nonpayment otherwise. In Salinas, California, motels have been providing housing for homeless families, but often in substandard conditions. The thousands of families that appear to be falling out of the bottom of the economy sometimes remain unemployed for a long while, and in other cases end up homeless.At some point, this nation has to come to grips with the reality of homelessness in the U.S. It doesn’t appear to be decreasing in the slightest, notwithstanding some official reports and the bravado of government spokespersons announcing that the economy is on the way back. The economy may not be back, but homelessness is. If the nation’s politicians weren’t so studiously interested in the middle class, they might look at what is happening among the poor and very poor to see who is being helped and who gets left behind in this economy.—Rick CohenShareTweetShareEmail0 Shareslast_img read more

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VoteYes Leads on Social Media in Scottish Independence Referendum

09 Aug 2019

first_imgShareTweetShareEmail0 SharesSeptember 17, 2014; RT.comUsers of social media in the campaign for Scotland’s independence have been very active, and those who would vote “yes” for independence have been far more active than those who oppose it. Research indicates that there were around 275,000 interactions each day related to the referendum over a five-week period, and a large majority of them were from Scots.As for the differences, one example is that although polls suggest that the vote will be very close, the official “No” campaign page has 207,033 Facebook “likes,” compared to the “Yes” campaign’s 300,000.RT.com analyzed samples of Twitter users to see if any recognizable differences in patterns of use could be discerned. A simple spreadsheet did indeed reveal some differences of use between the “Yes” and “No” camps. Below is a graph portraying the interaction patterns in the “Yes” camp:Twitter visualization showing networks of users using #VoteYes hashtag.RT.com writes, “When we entered #VoteYes into our program, we found that a huge number of users in our sample were engaging with each other, represented by the blue dots. Various ‘clusters’ of users represent high activity of people using the hashtag, while the large number of connections between the central clusters and users outside them ultimately show that the ‘Yes’ message is not only being tweeted more often, but users that tweet with the hashtag also frequently engage with others on social media.” Twitter visualization showing networks using #VoteNo hashtagOn the other hand, those using the hashtag #VoteNo were less likely to share other content on Twitter or to retweet messages containing the hashtag.While it is not clear that social media will deeply affect the outcome of the election today, according to the report, it has had a part in shaping the debate.—Ruth McCambridge ShareTweetShareEmail0 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgShareTweetShareEmail0 SharesSeptember 17, 2014; RT.comUsers of social media in the campaign for Scotland’s independence have been very active, and those who would vote “yes” for independence have been far more active than those who oppose it. Research indicates that there were around 275,000 interactions each day related to the referendum over a five-week period, and a large majority of them were from Scots.As for the differences, one example is that although polls suggest that the vote will be very close, the official “No” campaign page has 207,033 Facebook “likes,” compared to the “Yes” campaign’s 300,000.RT.com analyzed samples of Twitter users to see if any recognizable differences in patterns of use could be discerned. A simple spreadsheet did indeed reveal some differences of use between the “Yes” and “No” camps. Below is a graph portraying the interaction patterns in the “Yes” camp:Twitter visualization showing networks of users using #VoteYes hashtag.RT.com writes, “When we entered #VoteYes into our program, we found that a huge number of users in our sample were engaging with each other, represented by the blue dots. Various ‘clusters’ of users represent high activity of people using the hashtag, while the large number of connections between the central clusters and users outside them ultimately show that the ‘Yes’ message is not only being tweeted more often, but users that tweet with the hashtag also frequently engage with others on social media.” Twitter visualization showing networks using #VoteNo hashtagOn the other hand, those using the hashtag #VoteNo were less likely to share other content on Twitter or to retweet messages containing the hashtag.While it is not clear that social media will deeply affect the outcome of the election today, according to the report, it has had a part in shaping the debate.—Ruth McCambridge ShareTweetShareEmail0 Shareslast_img read more

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Between State and Feds Illinois Nonprofits Face Double Budget Trouble

09 Aug 2019

first_imgShare10TweetShare10Email20 SharesBy Steven Vance from Chicago, United States ([1]) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia CommonsMay 23, 2017; Reboot Illinois and Crain’s Chicago BusinessWith a new fiscal year just weeks away, the Illinois budget ticker has now passed 22 months without resolution. Over that period, as NPQ has frequently reported, the state’s universities and social service agencies have been particularly hard hit, as many state checks could not be written.For those organizations lucky enough to be covered in special funding bills and court orders requiring state funding, the payment backlog is still many months long, forcing expensive cash-flow borrowing. Chicago Public Schools, the state’s largest school system, has remained open only by borrowing heavily to partly make up for these delayed state payments. Despite the pain, hopes for a compromise seem limited as politicians battle over governing philosophies.A small ray of hope shone through earlier this week when the Democratic-controlled Illinois State Senate passed a package of bills that included some of the government reform measures demanded by Republican Governor Bruce Rauner. It is an austere budget that reduces overall state spending by five percent and cuts a larger chunk out of state Medicaid contributions. Reboot Illinois quoted Democratic Senator Andy Menar describing this budget, revenue, and reform package.We coupled this budget with a series of reforms that reflect our priorities, as well as those of the governor, including term limits on legislative leaders, school funding reform, pension reform, procurement reform and local government consolidation. Coupled with the reforms we’ve already passed this spring and ones will continue to look at, I think we are well on our way to sending to Gov. Rauner a plan that should meet all of his requirements to stop holding the state of Illinois hostage after two years.Even this level of compromise seems insufficient. Republican leaders, who opposed the amount of taxation needed to fund a reduced level of state spending, immediately challenged the effort. Steven Yaffe, spokesman for the Illinois Republican Party, described the Senate’s actions as “another signal that all Democrats want is huge tax increases…Senate Democrats’ decision to ram through multiple tax hikes outside a comprehensive jobs and reform package confirms that the entire Democratic Party’s position is to raise taxes while protecting the status quo.”There is no agreement in Illinois, as in many state capitals and in D.C., as to whether government’s problem is a revenue problem or an expense problem. Even when there is agreement on the specific woes that need to be solved, this divide makes solutions very difficult, if not impossible. No one argues that the base of Illinois’ public pension system needs to be strengthened, but two very different worldviews mean that defining the needed fix is not easy. Headlines often cited by fiscal conservatives spotlight a small number of retirees, usually school district superintendents and doctors teaching in the state’s medical schools, who receive six-figure pensions as examples of an overly rich pension system needing to be drastically cut. Led by Governor Rauner, Republicans have demanded “pension reform” and curtailing the rights of state employee unions as preconditions for an agreement.A closer look at the reality of Illinois public employee pension systems tells quite a different story. According to a Better Government Society study published by Crain’s Chicago Business, for Illinois’s pensions programs “the median pension in 2017 for retired suburban and Downstate teachers stands at $52,016, the analysis shows, while the median for general state workers is $28,946. For university workers, the median pension stands at $26,101, while for non-public safety municipal workers outside of Chicago it is $9,064.” For the average state employee, a modest standard of living is the pot at the end of their pension rainbow. And, for most of these public employees, this is their only pension program; very few will also be receiving Social Security benefits.Democratic leaders see the actual problem in Illinois’ pension programs as a funding problem, not one of benefits overreach—and the problem lies on the employer side of the equation. Every current and former public employee has contributed the required portion of their paychecks to their pension fund, month by month. It is their bosses who have not paid up. Required payments were “deferred” year upon year; now, the state now faces a shortfall of more than $100 billion. This decades-long pattern has meant that the costs of bringing these funds back into balance now eats up a major share of the state’s budget.In fiscal 2016 alone, the state obligation…was $6.8 billion, an amount so large it consumed more than 26 percent of the day-to-day operations budget of Illinois government, according to Ralph Martire, executive director of the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability. But Martire said only $1.6 billion of that amount, less than 24 percent, was needed to cover the so-called normal cost of pensions, benefits actually earned by employees in 2016. The other $5.2 billion amounted to late payment charges. “The real problem is a debt-service problem and a tax-policy problem.”For two years, the lack of political middle ground on this and other issues has prevented a state budget from being passed and may keep Illinois budget-less into year three. The release of President Trump’s proposed 2018 federal budget increases the potential for damage. If the budget that Democratic State Senators’ passed were agreed upon, Medicaid recipients in Illinois would start the new year with a program shrunk by $300 million in a state with no capacity to make up for the large reductions the president has proposed. Public schools and state colleges already strapped by inadequate state funding would be challenged to overcome the reductions in federal education funding Secretary DeVos has put forward.With time running out, truth-tellers and advocates are needed in Springfield and Washington. The human cost of not fixing the real problems is too great.—Martin LevineShare10TweetShare10Email20 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgShare10TweetShare10Email20 SharesBy Steven Vance from Chicago, United States ([1]) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia CommonsMay 23, 2017; Reboot Illinois and Crain’s Chicago BusinessWith a new fiscal year just weeks away, the Illinois budget ticker has now passed 22 months without resolution. Over that period, as NPQ has frequently reported, the state’s universities and social service agencies have been particularly hard hit, as many state checks could not be written.For those organizations lucky enough to be covered in special funding bills and court orders requiring state funding, the payment backlog is still many months long, forcing expensive cash-flow borrowing. Chicago Public Schools, the state’s largest school system, has remained open only by borrowing heavily to partly make up for these delayed state payments. Despite the pain, hopes for a compromise seem limited as politicians battle over governing philosophies.A small ray of hope shone through earlier this week when the Democratic-controlled Illinois State Senate passed a package of bills that included some of the government reform measures demanded by Republican Governor Bruce Rauner. It is an austere budget that reduces overall state spending by five percent and cuts a larger chunk out of state Medicaid contributions. Reboot Illinois quoted Democratic Senator Andy Menar describing this budget, revenue, and reform package.We coupled this budget with a series of reforms that reflect our priorities, as well as those of the governor, including term limits on legislative leaders, school funding reform, pension reform, procurement reform and local government consolidation. Coupled with the reforms we’ve already passed this spring and ones will continue to look at, I think we are well on our way to sending to Gov. Rauner a plan that should meet all of his requirements to stop holding the state of Illinois hostage after two years.Even this level of compromise seems insufficient. Republican leaders, who opposed the amount of taxation needed to fund a reduced level of state spending, immediately challenged the effort. Steven Yaffe, spokesman for the Illinois Republican Party, described the Senate’s actions as “another signal that all Democrats want is huge tax increases…Senate Democrats’ decision to ram through multiple tax hikes outside a comprehensive jobs and reform package confirms that the entire Democratic Party’s position is to raise taxes while protecting the status quo.”There is no agreement in Illinois, as in many state capitals and in D.C., as to whether government’s problem is a revenue problem or an expense problem. Even when there is agreement on the specific woes that need to be solved, this divide makes solutions very difficult, if not impossible. No one argues that the base of Illinois’ public pension system needs to be strengthened, but two very different worldviews mean that defining the needed fix is not easy. Headlines often cited by fiscal conservatives spotlight a small number of retirees, usually school district superintendents and doctors teaching in the state’s medical schools, who receive six-figure pensions as examples of an overly rich pension system needing to be drastically cut. Led by Governor Rauner, Republicans have demanded “pension reform” and curtailing the rights of state employee unions as preconditions for an agreement.A closer look at the reality of Illinois public employee pension systems tells quite a different story. According to a Better Government Society study published by Crain’s Chicago Business, for Illinois’s pensions programs “the median pension in 2017 for retired suburban and Downstate teachers stands at $52,016, the analysis shows, while the median for general state workers is $28,946. For university workers, the median pension stands at $26,101, while for non-public safety municipal workers outside of Chicago it is $9,064.” For the average state employee, a modest standard of living is the pot at the end of their pension rainbow. And, for most of these public employees, this is their only pension program; very few will also be receiving Social Security benefits.Democratic leaders see the actual problem in Illinois’ pension programs as a funding problem, not one of benefits overreach—and the problem lies on the employer side of the equation. Every current and former public employee has contributed the required portion of their paychecks to their pension fund, month by month. It is their bosses who have not paid up. Required payments were “deferred” year upon year; now, the state now faces a shortfall of more than $100 billion. This decades-long pattern has meant that the costs of bringing these funds back into balance now eats up a major share of the state’s budget.In fiscal 2016 alone, the state obligation…was $6.8 billion, an amount so large it consumed more than 26 percent of the day-to-day operations budget of Illinois government, according to Ralph Martire, executive director of the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability. But Martire said only $1.6 billion of that amount, less than 24 percent, was needed to cover the so-called normal cost of pensions, benefits actually earned by employees in 2016. The other $5.2 billion amounted to late payment charges. “The real problem is a debt-service problem and a tax-policy problem.”For two years, the lack of political middle ground on this and other issues has prevented a state budget from being passed and may keep Illinois budget-less into year three. The release of President Trump’s proposed 2018 federal budget increases the potential for damage. If the budget that Democratic State Senators’ passed were agreed upon, Medicaid recipients in Illinois would start the new year with a program shrunk by $300 million in a state with no capacity to make up for the large reductions the president has proposed. Public schools and state colleges already strapped by inadequate state funding would be challenged to overcome the reductions in federal education funding Secretary DeVos has put forward.With time running out, truth-tellers and advocates are needed in Springfield and Washington. The human cost of not fixing the real problems is too great.—Martin LevineShare10TweetShare10Email20 Shareslast_img read more

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Russian broadcaster CTC Media has acquired two reg

07 Aug 2019

first_imgRussian broadcaster CTC Media has acquired two regional Russian television channels. The company has bought BelTV in Belgorod and TRK MY-owned Peretz in Bratsk. BelTV is currently available to 380,000 viewers, while Peretz is available to 340,000 viewers.Boris Podolsky, acting CEO of CTC Media said: “We are continuing to implement our plans to expand our presence of our free-to-air channels across Russia. In 2010-2011, we acquired 21 television stations in 18 towns and cities, which helped us consolidate our position in the regions. In 2012, we also have ambitious plans to increase the level of technical penetration first and foremost for the Domashny and Peretz TV channels, which stood at 84.9% and 80.1% respectively last year. This figure currently stands at 94.7% for the CTC channel.”last_img read more

first_imgRussian broadcaster CTC Media has acquired two regional Russian television channels. The company has bought BelTV in Belgorod and TRK MY-owned Peretz in Bratsk. BelTV is currently available to 380,000 viewers, while Peretz is available to 340,000 viewers.Boris Podolsky, acting CEO of CTC Media said: “We are continuing to implement our plans to expand our presence of our free-to-air channels across Russia. In 2010-2011, we acquired 21 television stations in 18 towns and cities, which helped us consolidate our position in the regions. In 2012, we also have ambitious plans to increase the level of technical penetration first and foremost for the Domashny and Peretz TV channels, which stood at 84.9% and 80.1% respectively last year. This figure currently stands at 94.7% for the CTC channel.”last_img read more

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Channel distributor Thema has struck two distribut

07 Aug 2019

first_imgChannel distributor Thema has struck two distribution agreements for C Music TV in France and Greece.In France, C Music TV is now part of the extended basic offer of IPTV service provider Bouygues Telecom, while in Greece it has launched on IPTV service provider Hellas On Line’s service.last_img

first_imgChannel distributor Thema has struck two distribution agreements for C Music TV in France and Greece.In France, C Music TV is now part of the extended basic offer of IPTV service provider Bouygues Telecom, while in Greece it has launched on IPTV service provider Hellas On Line’s service.last_img

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Switzerlandbased videoondemand service Viewster

07 Aug 2019

first_imgSwitzerland-based video-on-demand service Viewster has added more than 200 TV and film titles to its service after striking new content deals with distributers including DRG and Screen Media Ventures.The new deals cover US movie titles, as well as British and Australian series, including Channel 4 UK comedies The Inbetweeners and Peep Show, SciFi’s Flash Gordon and Australia’s ABC1 sitcom At Home with Julia.Other distributers that are part of the new agreements include ABC Commercial Australia, Millennium Media Services, Sonar Entertainment, and Content Media Corp.The content will be available to watch for free on an ad-supported basis in the US, UK, Germany, Australia, and other countries internationally. Viewster is an online VOD service that is available on the web and as an app for connected TVs and iOS and Android mobile devices.last_img read more

first_imgSwitzerland-based video-on-demand service Viewster has added more than 200 TV and film titles to its service after striking new content deals with distributers including DRG and Screen Media Ventures.The new deals cover US movie titles, as well as British and Australian series, including Channel 4 UK comedies The Inbetweeners and Peep Show, SciFi’s Flash Gordon and Australia’s ABC1 sitcom At Home with Julia.Other distributers that are part of the new agreements include ABC Commercial Australia, Millennium Media Services, Sonar Entertainment, and Content Media Corp.The content will be available to watch for free on an ad-supported basis in the US, UK, Germany, Australia, and other countries internationally. Viewster is an online VOD service that is available on the web and as an app for connected TVs and iOS and Android mobile devices.last_img read more

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Latin American telco America Movil has announced p

07 Aug 2019

first_imgLatin American telco America Movil has announced plans to make a €7.2 billion bid for all issued and outstanding shares in KPN in the Netherlands.Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim’s America Movil already owns 30% of KPN and the new €2.40 per-share offer for the remaining 70% marks a 35.4% premium over the firm’s closing price in the last 30 days.In a statement, America Movil said it plans to buy the majority stake in the business to “facilitate greater operational cooperation and co-ordination between the two companies, to exploit all areas for potential partnerships and to intensify the realisation of synergy potential for both companies.”America Movil first bought into KPN more than a year ago and was its first investment outside the Americas as part of its efforts to “achieve geographical diversification and create attractive long-term returns for its shareholders.”The firm has since bought a minority stake in Telekom Austria and recently invested US$40 million (€46 million) in Second screen app and media recognition specialist Shazam.The KPN takeover bid comes after KPN announced last month that, subject to shareholder approval, it would sell its German subsidiary E-Plus to Telefonica Deutschland in exchange for €5 billion in cash and a 17.6% stake in Telefonica Deutschland.“América Móvil is carefully evaluating the merits of the proposed transaction and will make a final determination in relation to the exercise of its voting rights  at  the  upcoming Extraordinary General Meeting of KPN,” said America Movil.In a statement confirming America Movil’s planned offer, KPN said that it will “carefully consider” the intended bid and “expects to convene an extraordinary general meeting related to the sale of E-Plus to Telefónica Deutschland in the coming weeks.”America Movil said it intends to submit an offer memorandum to the Netherlands Authority for the Financial Markets, following which it will place its bid. It said it expects this to take place during September.last_img read more

first_imgLatin American telco America Movil has announced plans to make a €7.2 billion bid for all issued and outstanding shares in KPN in the Netherlands.Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim’s America Movil already owns 30% of KPN and the new €2.40 per-share offer for the remaining 70% marks a 35.4% premium over the firm’s closing price in the last 30 days.In a statement, America Movil said it plans to buy the majority stake in the business to “facilitate greater operational cooperation and co-ordination between the two companies, to exploit all areas for potential partnerships and to intensify the realisation of synergy potential for both companies.”America Movil first bought into KPN more than a year ago and was its first investment outside the Americas as part of its efforts to “achieve geographical diversification and create attractive long-term returns for its shareholders.”The firm has since bought a minority stake in Telekom Austria and recently invested US$40 million (€46 million) in Second screen app and media recognition specialist Shazam.The KPN takeover bid comes after KPN announced last month that, subject to shareholder approval, it would sell its German subsidiary E-Plus to Telefonica Deutschland in exchange for €5 billion in cash and a 17.6% stake in Telefonica Deutschland.“América Móvil is carefully evaluating the merits of the proposed transaction and will make a final determination in relation to the exercise of its voting rights  at  the  upcoming Extraordinary General Meeting of KPN,” said America Movil.In a statement confirming America Movil’s planned offer, KPN said that it will “carefully consider” the intended bid and “expects to convene an extraordinary general meeting related to the sale of E-Plus to Telefónica Deutschland in the coming weeks.”America Movil said it intends to submit an offer memorandum to the Netherlands Authority for the Financial Markets, following which it will place its bid. It said it expects this to take place during September.last_img read more

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Streaming service Netflix has today launched a new

07 Aug 2019

first_imgStreaming service Netflix has today launched a new “much richer and more immersive” design.The new look has been created “specifically for the big screen [television]”, featuring multiple cinematic images, new shows descriptions and personalised details on suggested programming.Netflix said the new design will help to bring the experience of the using the platform on different devices in line with each other. To this point, features have taken various lengths of time to launch on different devices.“This is the biggest change to the Netflix experience on televisions in our history, making it even easier to find something great to watch on Netflix, bringing our members many more hours of Netflix enjoyment on their TVs,” said Netflix chief product officer Neil Hunt.The launch rolls out today and be available to all Netflix users globally within two weeks.last_img read more

first_imgStreaming service Netflix has today launched a new “much richer and more immersive” design.The new look has been created “specifically for the big screen [television]”, featuring multiple cinematic images, new shows descriptions and personalised details on suggested programming.Netflix said the new design will help to bring the experience of the using the platform on different devices in line with each other. To this point, features have taken various lengths of time to launch on different devices.“This is the biggest change to the Netflix experience on televisions in our history, making it even easier to find something great to watch on Netflix, bringing our members many more hours of Netflix enjoyment on their TVs,” said Netflix chief product officer Neil Hunt.The launch rolls out today and be available to all Netflix users globally within two weeks.last_img read more

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Online TV specialist Brightcove is to open a new o

07 Aug 2019

first_imgOnline TV specialist Brightcove is to open a new office in Dubai as part of its plan to expand in the Middle East.The new office, which will be the central hub for the company in the Middle East and North Africa, will be led by Brahim Laraiki, regional director for Middle East and Africa.Laraiki, who previously held positions with Orange, Lenovo, and Microsoft, will report into Sue Thexton, senior vice-president of EMEA.Brightcove already works with a number of major media and broadcast organisations in the Middle East and North Africa, including Al Jazeera, Abu Dhabi Media and CNBC Africa, and is looking to accelerate its operations in the region with the launch of the new offices.“Since the company launched in 2004, Brightcove has pursued strategic international growth in order to keep pace with global demand for premium online video distribution, management and monetization services,” said Thexton.“We are excited to open a new office in the Middle East and look forward to helping media organizations and brands across the region make the most of their video assets by increasing reach and driving more engagement and advertising revenue.”last_img read more

first_imgOnline TV specialist Brightcove is to open a new office in Dubai as part of its plan to expand in the Middle East.The new office, which will be the central hub for the company in the Middle East and North Africa, will be led by Brahim Laraiki, regional director for Middle East and Africa.Laraiki, who previously held positions with Orange, Lenovo, and Microsoft, will report into Sue Thexton, senior vice-president of EMEA.Brightcove already works with a number of major media and broadcast organisations in the Middle East and North Africa, including Al Jazeera, Abu Dhabi Media and CNBC Africa, and is looking to accelerate its operations in the region with the launch of the new offices.“Since the company launched in 2004, Brightcove has pursued strategic international growth in order to keep pace with global demand for premium online video distribution, management and monetization services,” said Thexton.“We are excited to open a new office in the Middle East and look forward to helping media organizations and brands across the region make the most of their video assets by increasing reach and driving more engagement and advertising revenue.”last_img read more

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