Solari heaps praise on hattrick hero Bale

first_imgSantiago Solari praised Gareth Bale’s effort after the Welsh forward bagged a hat-trick to send Real Madrid through to the Club World Cup final.Bale was in superb form against AFC Champions League winners Kashima Antlers on Wednesday, scoring a treble in their 3-1 victory.And Solari lauded Bale’s contribution for consistently delivering in the big moments.“I’m happy for the three goals scored by Bale and for the solidity and consistency of the team,” Solari disclosed in a quote cited by FourFourTwoEl hat trick de Bale. #KashimaRealMadrid #Mundialdeclubes2018— Sergio Tala (@Sergio_Tala91) December 19, 2018“Bale has taken everything, the spotlight, the stage, the goal. He had a sensational match, he has shown what he is and what he is capable of.Jose Mourinho, Lionel MessiMourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.“In the end, the last person responsible for performance is always the footballer.“Gareth has given great joy to Madrid and has been decisive in very important moments, which is the most important part of football. What dominates football is goals and Bale scores them.”On to the final! ⚽️⚽️⚽️ #HalaMadrid #ClubWC— Gareth Bale (@GarethBale11) December 19, 2018“We played as if it was the final,” he added.“And I am sure that on Saturday we will do the same or better because it is the real final and we want to finish the year with another prize that would be a third consecutive Club World Cup.”last_img read more

Yogi government adds 17 most backward castes to SC list

first_imgLucknow: Ahead of the 2022 Assembly elections and upcoming bypolls on 12 Assembly seats in Uttar Pradesh, the Yogi Adityanath government has decided to implement a 2017 order of the Allahabad High Court to issue SC certificates to the 17 most backward castes (MBCs) in the state. The government has directed the District Magistrates to issue SC certificates to MBCs till the High Court takes a final call on the issue. Also Read – National Herald case: Officer bearers of Congress were cheats, Subramanian Swamy tells court Advertise With Us The demand for SC status to the 17 castes — Kashyap, Rajbhar, Dhivar, Bind, Kumar, Kahar, Kewat, Nishad, Bhar, Mallah, Prajapati, Dhivar, Batham, Turha, Godia, Manjul and Madhua — has been pending for a long time. The Samajwadi Party government, under Mulayam Singh Yadav, had first tried to implement the order in 2006, which was followed by Mayawati making the same effort during her regime from 2007-2012. However, the idea was vetoed by the Centre. In 2016, when Akhilesh Yadav became the Chief Minister, he once again announced the move, but the decision was challenged in the court.last_img read more

ICICI Bank wrote down massive bad loans but didnt tell investors Report

first_imgICICI BankReutersICICI Bank and its CEO-on-leave Chanda Kochhar have more questions to answer now. The latest revelations spilling out of the ongoing probe into loan irregularities at India’s second largest lender show that the bank had changed accounting practices to hide bad loans.The bank wrote off as much as 5,600 crore in corporate loans, a note Kochhar sent to the bank’s board showed, according to financial daily Mint.It was reported last month that ICICI Bank was reviewing all the loans it processed in the last five years. According to media reports, the bank asked its loan department to go through all the loans processed, detail the valuations of the securities, and make a record of all the bad loans.The change in accounting policies that facilitated this write-down was not intimated to the shareholders. Industry watchers told the daily that keeping shareholders in the dark on such changes is grave irregularity. Kochhar’s reputation was tainted when reports emerged that there was a conflict of interest in the massive loan awarded to the Videocon group in 2012. The scandal broke when a whistleblower revealed irregularities and conflict of interest over the sanctioning of the loan. The loan to the group was sanctioned under Kochhar’s watch. However, the whistleblower complaint said that a few months before that loan was sanctioned, Videocon chairman Venugopal Dhoot had lent a whopping Rs 66 core to Deepak Kochhar, the CEO’s husband. BIGGEST BANK FRAUDS IN 2018 Close “Non-disclosure of changes in accounting policies is (a) violation of accounting norms and rules set by the RBI and Sebi, because it misleads the investors,” a senior regulatory official told the paper.”NPAs are a crucial component of a bank’s business. Disclosure of any change in accounting of NPAs is therefore a must, especially considering the current scenario and the regulators’ seriousness regarding bad assets at banks.”Significantly, this fudge in the books helped the bank key down the gross NPA for the year 2016-17 from around 8.5 percent to 7.89 percent.It was reported in July that the bank was investigating irregularities in 31 loan accounts following a whistleblower revelation, The Economic Times reported that white-collar crime specialist law firm Panag and Babu was hired to examine the allegations. The bank had allegedly inflated profits by at least $1.3 billion over eight years by delaying provisioning for 31 non-performing assets (NPA) accounts.last_img read more

Win or Lose Kavanaugh Confirmation Fight Defines Democrats

first_imgBy Lisa Mascaro, AP Congressional CorrespondentDemocrats don’t have the votes to block Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. But their rowdy, leave-nothing-on-the-table fight during four days of Senate confirmation hearings marked a new stage in the party’s resistance to President Donald Trump.The bedlam is unlikely to change any votes in the Senate, where Republicans hold a 51-49 edge. And the march toward Kavanaugh’s expected confirmation at month’s end remains the same.In this Sept. 6, 2018, photo, Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., left, and Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., confer before questioning Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh as he testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on the third day of his confirmation hearing, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Democrats brought fire and fury to the confirmation hearings for President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, but their aggressive tactics have put at least one senator at risk of an ethics investigation. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)But the battle may have changed the Democrats.They’re being transformed by a new generation of politicians spoiling for a fight with Trump, even if that creates challenges for some of Democratic candidates in the November elections.Republicans are eager to portray the Democratic Party as dominated by “unhinged” protesters. Trump says Democrats were “making fools” of themselves at the Kavanaugh hearings.last_img read more

The Worlds Longest Electric Bus Can Transport 250 Passengers

first_img Amazon’s New Facial Recognition Smells Your FearSnapchat’s New Snap Spectacles Will Have Two Cameras, Cost $350 BYD Auto, a China-based auto maker, claims it created the world’s longest pure electric bus that can carry more than 200 passengers at a time.On April 2, BYD Auto announced the K12A, a 27-m pure electric bi-articulated bus that can travel at a maximum speed of approximately 43 mph and transport 250 people to their desired destinations. The bus works with the global Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system and it looks like a very long red caterpillar.Ell bus más grande de la historia de los eléctricos, el BYD K12A hecho para @transmilenio y otros sistemas BRT del mundo, evitará 193 tons de CO2 equivalentes a sembrar 8.900 árboles pronto transmitiremos desde nuestra casa matriz @Shenzhen China @BYD #bus #Colombia— BYD Eléctricos Col (@BYD_Electricos) April 1, 2019“Today, BYD once again uses its core technology, reliable products and innovative solutions to solve the two great urban ills of congestion and pollution,” Stella Li, senior vice president of BYD, said in the press release. “The K12A will bring zero emissions to BRT systems, allowing passengers to enjoy quiet, pollution-free travel, while at the same time saving significant maintenance costs for operators.”The interior of the BYD K12A, the world’s longest pure electric bus. (Photo Credit: BYD Auto)The K12A also features some of BYD Auto’s signature transportation features, including a battery heat management system, energy regenerative system, and smart design. When they take the bus, passengers will have access to DC and AC charging ports, which make it easy to juice up electronics. Additionally, the bus aims to provide a smooth ride with its distributed 4WD system, which can switch between 2WD and 4WD to accommodate different types of terrain.In 2010, BYD Auto first introduced its public transportation electrification solution. BYD Auto’s pure electric buses are known for their performance in energy saving and environmental protection. According to the company, each bus can save the equivalent of 80 tons of carbon dioxide emissions per year.More on $2 Million Electric Car Might Be the World’s Fastest Street-Legal RideThis $200,000 All-Electric Boat Lets You ‘Fly’ on WaterThis Extreme Electric Skateboard Can Go an Insane 45 MPH Stay on targetlast_img read more

Businesses Bet Big on Teaching People to Code

first_imgAugust 18, 2014 Professionals are lining up to learn coding as a way to give their careers a new lease of life, with a slew of training companies cropping up to meet a booming interest in programming.But many in the tech industry are warning that recruiting career-change techies is not enough, and that coding should be the C in a child’s ABCs.Coding – or computer programming – is a something of a buzzword at the moment, particularly among millennials looking to bag a well-paid first job. The explosion of sectors including big data, mobile apps and cyber security means there’s plenty of roles out there – but many require developer skills.Given this demand, it is little surprise that companies have sprung up to teach people how to code.One such company is London-based Makers Academy. Its 12-week, full-time program – which costs ?8,000 ($13,585) – is designed for professionals looking for a change of career into a more technical role. Courses like this, which aim to train students to a level where they could get an entry-level development job, are known as coding boot camps.”I was working as a developer myself and recruiters kept approaching me for jobs. It didn’t take long for me to realize there was a great demand for skilled developers – but a lack of supply,” Evgeny Shadchnev, co-founder and CEO of Makers Academy, told CNBC.”We seized the opportunity. If your goal is to get a job as a software developer, we will get you there much faster than university.”And it’s not just tech-savvy youngsters that are interested in developing, with Makers Academy’s Shadchnev saying many of its students are frustrated professionals looking for a career change.The U.S. Department of Labor expects the employment of software developers to grow 22 percent between 2012 and 2022, compared to an average growth across all occupations of 11 percent.And according to the Graduate Management Admission Council’s (GMAC) 2014 report, employers in both the U.S. and Europe rank technical and quantitative skills – which include coding – as the third most important selection criteria when it comes to recruitment.In fact, some boot camps are so convinced their students will get good jobs that a number are betting their fees on it.App Academy in San Francisco and New York, for instance, only charges its students after they get a job as a developer, after which it charges 18 percent of their starting salary. Seattle’s Code Fellows, meanwhile, gives students a full refund (of the up-to-$5,000 fees) if they don’t get a job within nine months of graduating.Teach yourselfNot everyone is prepared to shell out thousands for coding courses, however. London-based Jules Coleman, co-founder of cleaner-booking website Hassle, taught herself.”We wanted to start a company, but were from a much more corporate background, where making a PowerPoint presentation was as technical as it got,” she told CNBC.Coleman bought a hardback copy of Michael Hartl’s tutorial on the web development framework “Ruby on Rails” from the local book shop, and built the company’s first website.”I taught myself over the weekends and in the evenings,” she said. “I was very naive as to how difficult it would be, but you don’t start by building Facebook – you start with baby steps.”Coleman stressed that to address the skills shortage that she encountered when Hassle first hired developers, coding bootcamps weren’t enough.”The next generation shouldn’t be doing these bridging course – they need to be programming from the outset,” she said.Get ’em youngThere is a growing drive to get children coding from an early age, and in England, coding will become a mandatory part of the school curriculum later this year.In the U.S., meanwhile, Google launched Made with Code in June, and pledged a whopping $50 billion to inspire young girls to program in an effort to close the tech gender gap.”If kids don’t learn how to code there’s a danger of a serious digital divide,” warned Krishna Vedati, CEO of Tynker, a programming course aimed at children. “As the world evolves, if you don’t know the basis of how the technology works, you’ll get frustrated by it, and might get left behind.”Vedati developed Tynker after realizing his children were surrounded by technology, but didn’t know how to make it. The result is an online or app-based coding course which is presented like a game for children.That it’s currently being used in over 10,000 schools across the U.S. demonstrates the push from both schools and parents for children to get up to speed when it comes to programming.”We learned woodwork – our kids don’t need to learn that. They’re learning 3D printing instead,” he said. “Programming isn’t a fad. This is here to stay.” Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Register Now » This story originally appeared on CNBC 5 min read Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goalslast_img read more

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first_img Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 11, 2019 360 Degree View of a Smartphone Performing a Cardiac Ultrasound Exam This 360 degree photo shows a basic, point-of-care cardiac echocardiogram being performed using a smartphone turned i read more Related Content News | Ultrasound Women’s Health | July 11, 2019 FDA Clears Koios DS Breast 2.0 AI-based Software Koios Medical announced its second 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). News | Ultrasound Imaging | July 26, 2019 Intelligent Ultrasound Group Collaborating With the National Imaging Academy Wales Artificial intelligence (AI)-based ultrasound software and simulation company Intelligent Ultrasound Group plc (AIM:… read more GE Healthcare recently launched a new ultrasound system for radiology and vascular applications, the LOGIQ E9, which fuses ultrasound images with images from other imaging modalities like CT and MR.The LOGIQ E9 includes volume navigation, a tool incorporating two key components to maximize the system’s ultrasound architecture: fusion to combine the advantages of real-time ultrasound imaging with the high spatial and contrast resolution of CT, MR or PET; and a GPS-like technology to track and mark a patient’s anatomy during the ultrasound exam. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 09, 2019 360 Degree View of a Mitral Valve Ultrasound Exam on a Vivid E95 System A view of a mitral valve on a GE Healthcare Vivid E95 … read more The ScanTrainer transvaginal simulator is one example of Intelligent Ultrasound’s simulation technologies. News | Pediatric Imaging | August 14, 2019 Ultrasound Guidance Improves First-attempt Success in IV Access in Children August 14, 2019 – Children’s veins read more center_img Technology | April 03, 2009 GE’s Ultrasound Fusion Merges LOGIQ E9 with CT, MR, PET 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 08, 2019 360 Degree View of an Echocardiography Exam on the SC2000 System This is a 360 degree view of a live cardiac echo demonstration for the Siemens Healthineers Acuson SC2000… read more 3D Auto RV application image courtesy of Philips Healthcare News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 05, 2019 Digital Health Devices Used at Point of Care May Improve Diagnostic Certainty A West Virginia-based rural medical outreach event showcased the use of point-of-care technology in an ambulatory… read more read more Technology | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | July 02, 2019 Philips Extends Advanced Automation on Epiq CVx Cardiovascular Ultrasound Platform Philips recently announced new advanced automation capabilities on its Epiq CVx and Epiq CVxi cardiac ultrasound… read more News | Ultrasound Imaging | July 31, 2019 Studies Confirm Clinical Value of ShearWave Elastography for Liver Fibrosis Evaluation SuperSonic Imagine announced the publication of the results of its prospective multicentric clinical study conducted in… read more last_img read more

Bracco Diagnostics Highlights Contrast Media Milestones at RSNA 2016

first_img Related Content Feature | Contrast Media Injectors | April 11, 2019 | By Jeff Zagoudis Using Artificial Intelligence to Reduce Gadolinium Contrast One of the most controversial issues in radiology in recent years has been the use of… read more Example of full-dose, 10 percent low-dose and algorithm-enhanced low-dose. Image courtesy of Enhao Gong, Ph.D. At the 2016 Annual Meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA 2016), Bracco Diagnostics Inc. showcased a review of key milestones the company has achieved this year in diagnostic imaging and contrast media.The following summary provides a snapshot of major milestones impacting Bracco this year:U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval and recent launch of the first and only syringe-less power injector in the United States, designed to streamline workflow and improve patient care for computed tomography (CT);The company received the first FDA approval for contrast-enhanced ultrasonography of the liver in adult and pediatric patients — the first ultrasound contrast agent approved for use in pediatrics in the world. This year, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services approved coverage and coding for abdominal ultrasound with contrast under the Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System;The company received the first and only FDA approvals of two of its barium-based products (one for CT; one for contrast radiography);The company received an Innovative Technology Designation from Vizient for its injectable suspension for contrast echocardiography; andVirtual colonoscopy received the highest grade from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force as an alternative screening tool in detecting colorectal cancer. The recommendation was made after the task force found that CT colonography was proven to reduce the incidence and mortality of colorectal cancer, the second deadliest cancer in the U.S. Bracco markets the latest CO2 insufflator and a stool marker, or “fecal tagging” agent, for CT colonoscopy.For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Technology | Contrast Media | August 05, 2019 Bracco Receives FDA Approval for Varibar Thin Liquid for Oral Suspension Bracco Diagnostics Inc. announced U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for Varibar Thin Liquid (barium… read more Two brain metastases from primary lung cancer are contrast enhanced in the brain of a 61-year-old male. Speakers at AHRA 2019 will state that ProHance and other macrocyclic MR agents present a very low risk to patients. Images courtesy of Bracco News | Neuro Imaging | March 18, 2019 Non-Contrast MRI Effective in Monitoring MS Patients Brain magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) without contrast agent is just as effective as the contrast-enhanced approach… read more News | Contrast Media | December 09, 2016 Bracco Diagnostics Highlights Contrast Media Milestones at RSNA 2016 Company received several key FDA approvals, including first contrast agent for liver ultrasound in adult and pediatric patients, first syringe-less power injector News | Ultrasound Imaging | March 07, 2019 Ultrasound Societies Urge FDA to Remove Black Box Warning on Contrast Agents National and international ultrasound societies are urging the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to remove the “black… read more center_img Sponsored Content | Case Study | Contrast Media | January 30, 2019 Captisol-enabled Contrast Media with Reduced Renal Toxicity in Development The medical imaging market relies heavily on contrast media, injected into patients to increase the contrast of bodil read more News | Radiology Business | April 24, 2019 ITN Wins Jesse H. Neal Award for Best Technical Content April 24, 2019 — Imaging Technology News (ITN) was recently named the 2019 Jesse H. read more GU12171120 Sponsored Content | Case Study | Contrast Media Injectors | April 02, 2019 The Power In Prefilled Syringes The continuing search for advantages to improve workflow has radiology departments constantly searching for new solut read more Feature | Contrast Media | July 18, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr How To Manage Risk in the MR Suite Macrocyclic contrast agents have the best safety profile of all the magnetic resonance (MR) contrast media that are n read more Technology | Contrast Media | July 15, 2019 FDA Approves Bayer’s Gadavist Contrast for Cardiac MRI in Adult Coronary Artery Disease Patients The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Gadavist injection for use in cardiac magnetic resonance… read more News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 07, 2019 Contrast Use in First Transthoracic Echocardiogram for Heart Failure Reduces Repeat Testing Heart failure is the fourth most common cause for all admission to U.S. hospitals, and it is the most common reason for… read more last_img read more

Costa Rican lawmakers pass 2015 budget without a single cut in spending

first_imgRelated posts:Costa Rican lawmakers reject 2015 budget, Assembly president passes it anyway Budget talks extend to Saturday after lawmakers fail to reach deal Lawmakers approve 2016 national budget at ₡8 trillion Lawmakers hand Solís administration a big win by rejecting 2015 budget cuts After five hours of negotiations and heated discussions, 27 of 49 lawmakers at 8:10 p.m. voted to pass President Luis Guillermo Solís’ budget proposal for next year, in an unorthodox Saturday session at the Legislative Assembly.Of the ₡7.9 trillion ($14.5 billion) national budget for 2015, ₡4.2 trillion will be financed with general government revenue, while ₡3.7 trillion will require financing. Next year’s budget is nearly 20 percent higher than the spending plan approved last year, and it was adopted in a second and final round of debate just ahead of the Nov. 30 deadline set by Costa Rica’s Constitution.Its passage was achieved with the support of a majority of lawmakers from the ruling Citizen Action Party (PAC), plus votes from the Broad Front Party (FA), Costa Rican Renovation Party, Accessibility without Exclusion Party, and a change of heart by four Social Christian Unity Party (PUSC) legislators.That reversal in position was achieved thanks to a letter President Solís sent PUSC’s top legislator, Rafael Ortiz, in which he pledged to implement a series of rules and measures for fiscal responsibility and efficient spending, presented by PUSC representatives at the Financial Affairs Commission during previous discussions.Ortiz said his party would support Solís’ plan after the president promised to accept their recommendations. He also cited “the need to work together in the interest of the nation.”Financial Affairs Commission President and PAC legislator Ottón Solís applauded the administration’s decision to accept the PUSC proposals, but remained skeptical. “The government’s fiscal strategy is irresponsible, and Finance Minister Helio Fallas said they would lower the budget’s deficit and they didn’t,” he said after the voting.Members of the Financial Affairs Commission for the past three months had evaluated several proposals to cut spending. They then voted on the best three proposals, which were sent for consideration before the full Assembly. Lawmakers rejected all three last week.Despite the deal between the president and some members of PUSC, PUSC lawmakers Rosibel Ramos and Gerardo Vargas voted against the 2015 spending plan, creating friction with the other members of their party.Ramos and Vargas joined 20 other “No” votes by the National Liberation Party, the Libertarian Movement Party, the National Restoration Party and the Christian Democratic Alliance.The budget’s passage can be considered a partial victory for the Solís administration, as a ruling still is pending from the Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court, or Sala IV, following a complaint filed Wednesday by 14 lawmakers, led by top Libertarian legislator Otto Guevara.That complaint questions the constitutionality of Assembly President Henry Mora’s decision to pass the budget draft bill in a first-round debate, despite not having enough votes. Guevara accuses Mora of potentially violating the democratic principle of majority rule.In a previous 26-25 vote earlier this week, lawmakers rejected the budget proposal in a first-round debate, but Mora passed it anyway, citing Article 178 of Costa Rica’s Constitution, which he claimed mandated the budget’s approval.Mora argued that because lawmakers voted against all three plans to cut spending in commission, the administration’s proposal was the only one remaining and must be approved.Sala IV justices now will have one month to determine if Mora’s actions were constitutional. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Demand Keeps DCBaltimore Real Estate Markets Expensive

first_imgDemand Keeps D.C.-Baltimore Real Estate Markets Expensive in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, Market Studies, News December 24, 2015 495 Views D.C.-Baltimore Home Prices Real Business Intelligence Real Estate Markets 2015-12-24 Kerri Panchukcenter_img It’s well known that home price increases in the Washington, D.C., Metro area have made it difficult to acquire affordable housing in and around the nation’s capital.Now, it looks like both D.C. and Baltimore are in high demand with Elliot Eisenberg with RealEstate Business Intelligence reporting that both markets experienced year-over-year jumps in home sales during the month of November.This apparently occurred in both markets even as prices remained consistent over last year—but not necessarily less affordable as housing demand continued to tick up.Eisenberg made his assertions based on 2015 MRIS data. According to his reports, the Baltimore metro area reported 2,373 closed sales in November, up 10.1 percent from last year, but down 20 percent from a month earlier. In addition, new home sale contracts shot up 9.2 percent from a year earlier, while still falling on a seasonal basis by 16.6 percent from October.The median November home price remained at $230,000, which is unchanged from last year despite growing demand. Still, the median sales price for a single-family detached home rose 2.7 pecent to $298,900, while townhome prices rose 1.5 percent to $167,500 and condo prices fell 1.3 percent to $190,000.Washington, D.C., also continued to see robust home sales in November, with Eisenberg reporting 3,347 closed sales, up 10.2 percent from the previous year, but down 13.5 percent from the prior month. Meanwhile, new contracts reached a level of 4,186 applications–the highest November level reached in a decade, and up 7.4 percent from last year.Home prices overall remained unchanged, with D.C. seeing a median sales price of $405,000 in November, up 1.5 percent from a month earlier and unchanged from last year in the same metro area. Median prices for D.C. townhomes rose 2.4 percent to $407,000 and single-family detached home sales edged up 2.2 percent to $485,000, the report said. Sharelast_img read more

DUBUQUE Iowa — A man accused of driving onto and

first_img DUBUQUE, Iowa — A man accused of driving onto and damaging the eastern Iowa baseball field made famous by the 1989 movie “Field of Dreams” must serve two to five years of probation.Television station KCRG reports that 21-year-old Austin Pape, of Dyersville, also was granted a deferred judgment at his sentencing Monday in Dubuque. A deferred judgment allows Pape’s conviction to be removed from court records if he fulfills his probation terms.Investigators say Pape acknowledged driving onto the field Jan. 22. The field sits just outside Dyersville, 140 miles (220 kilometres) northeast of Des Moines. Thousands of people visit the property every year, running around the bases and walking to the surrounding cornfields.Pape pleaded guilty in September to felony criminal mischief after prosecutors dropped a charge of reckless driving.The Associated Press Man gets probation for ‘Field of Dreams’ site vandalism by The Associated Press Posted Nov 20, 2018 9:31 am PDTcenter_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more

Rep Hughes announces program to increase school bus safety

first_img Categories: Hughes News,News LANSING – State Rep. Holly Hughes, R-Montague, will be discussing a pilot program to help reduce vehicle “pass-bys” of school buses during a news conference on Friday, Oct. 16 in Ravenna.Rep. Hughes has been a vocal advocate of installing additional lighting on the back of school buses to reduce the amount of vehicle “pass-bys” since Bruce and Antonia “Toni” Privacky of Ravenna were tragically killed when their car ran into the back of a school bus in 2011. The news conference will be at 11 a.m. in the Ravenna Public Schools’ transportation building, located at 2830 South Ravenna Road in Ravenna.The additional lighting proposal is being presented, in cooperation with the Michigan State Police, the Michigan Department of Education, the Michigan Association for Pupil Transportation, and local school districts, following a series of studies involving vehicle “pass-bys.”“The safety of our kids while traveling to and from school is of paramount importance,” Rep. Hughes said. “While the tragedy that occurred in 2011 was the impetus behind this program, through my research. I have learned that vehicle “pass-bys” are a huge problem in nearly every school district in our state. If the enhanced lighting is shown to be effective, I think all districts should consider installing it on their buses.”Over the past few weeks, select school districts around the state, including Ravenna Public Schools, have been participating in studies on the number of vehicular “pass-bys” of school buses.  In the next two weeks, these same school districts will install approved enhanced rear lighting on their buses and then conduct studies on the incidence of “pass-bys” post-installation.  The data will be used to determine whether the enhanced lighting helps to reduce  this safety issue.John VanLoon, Superintendent of Ravenna Public Schools, states that “as a pilot site for this program, we are pleased and excited to have this opportunity to help further protect our kids.”According to data provided by the National Association of State Directors of Pupil Transportation Services to the Michigan Department of Education, on one day in 2013, 1,395 Michigan school buses took part in a study. There were 1,165 “pass-bys” reported by those bus drivers participating.  A similar survey in 2014 reported 600 “pass-bys” of 1,030 participating buses.“Student safety is a primary concern for the Michigan Department of Education,” said Ken Micklash of the MDE. “These survey results are shared with Michigan schools in an effort to promote greater awareness of the dangers associated with students entering or exiting a school bus. MDE wants the network of local school district drivers to be as alert and diligent as possible during the loading and unloading process in order to maintain student safety.”Paul Wegmeyer, director of transportation for West Ottawa Schools and legislative chair for the Michigan Association for Pupil Transportation agreed.“I am very pleased that Rep. Hughes has taken a leadership role in working with us to address proactive ways to keep kids safe by making a conspicuous vehicle – a yellow and black school bus – even more conspicuous,” Wegmeyer stated. “With nearly 18,000 school buses on the roads in Michigan, the number of motorists who put kids at risk every day by ‘running the reds’ to illegally pass a stopped school bus is more than alarming – it’s a near crisis.”Data from the study will be available late this year after it has been compiled and reviewed by the Michigan State Police and school transportation officials. 13Oct Rep. Hughes announces program to increase school bus safetylast_img read more

Rep Pagel seeks regions input on state mental health services

first_img Categories: News,Pagel News 01Aug Rep. Pagel seeks region’s input on state mental health services State Rep. Dave Pagel, a member of a bipartisan House task force on mental health, is seeking southwestern Michigan’s input into how to improve the state’s mental health services.Comments can be submitted at House C.A.R.E.S. task force is named for the key elements the group hopes to address to support vulnerable citizens: Community, Access, Resources, Education and Safety.“This task force is scheduled to make four stops across Michigan, looking at both successful and less successful programs to help develop future legislation for improving our state services,” said Pagel, of Berrien Springs. “We need to make mental health services consistent across the state, better support our veterans, bring additional attention to substance and opioid abuse, improve our mental health courts, develop enhanced training for law enforcement and reducing prison recidivism. That’s a lot of ground to cover in four meetings, so we’re asking for public input to help us move Michigan forward.”The task force, which had its first meeting on Monday in Livingston County, will be at the Hope Network in Grand Rapids on Aug. 17.#####last_img read more

Rep Sheppard highlights ease and necessity of commonsense library initiative

first_img01Nov Rep. Sheppard highlights ease and necessity of common-sense library initiative Categories: News,Sheppard News State Rep. Jason Sheppard today voted in favor of a bill that allows Michigan to join the Interstate Library Compact.The measure will permit Michigan’s public libraries to enter into agreements for full access to libraries across state lines. Currently, Michigan is not a member and residents who live close to state borders, including those who live in the 56th District, have been denied the use of library facilities in neighboring states such as Ohio.“This legislation will create many opportunities for our state’s libraries, including those in my district,” said Sheppard, of Temperance. “The compact will enhance our state-of-the-art library systems by providing more resources without cost to residents.”The Interstate Library Compact creates standards and procedures for providing library services across state lines. This allows border communities to develop library plans that create better services to the individuals in the region regardless of their residence. Ohio is currently a member of the compact.“Libraries are vital to residents of all ages, whether for educational or recreational purposes,” said Sheppard. I’m proud of the library systems in my district and will continue to support ways to help them remain valuable assets in our communities.”Senate Bill 278 heads to the governor’s desk.last_img read more

Rep Fredericks plan to assist brownfield redevelopment in Shiawassee County statewide signed

first_img Categories: Frederick News,News Rep. Ben Frederick’s plan to assist cleanup efforts at blighted industrial sites across Michigan – including one in Shiawassee County – was recently signed into state law.Frederick’s measure expands and updates brownfield redevelopment law to help ensure appropriate cleanup of abandoned sites in rural areas. The removal of manufacturing byproducts left on a site by a previous owner now will be eligible for inclusion in remediation plans when a new owner takes over.Great Lakes Fusion in Vernon is one of the many companies that could benefit from the new law. Great Lakes Fusion is seeking to clean up hundreds of tons of concrete pipe and redevelop its property for further growth and new jobs.“This is a great example of how Michigan can remove obstacles to economic growth and promote redevelopment of brownfields,” said Frederick, of Owosso, after Gov. Rick Snyder signed his measure. “This change will be of great benefit here in Shiawassee County and in other areas of our state as we make it more cost effective to clean up and redevelop sites.”House Bill 5283 is now Public Act 203 of 2018. ###center_img 25Jun Rep. Frederick’s plan to assist brownfield redevelopment in Shiawassee County, statewide signed into lawlast_img read more

Rep Calley invites residents to attend local office hours

first_img Categories: Calley News 28Mar Rep. Calley invites residents to attend local office hours State Rep. Julie Calley welcomes residents to office hours in four communities in April.Calley, of Portland, will give a legislative update to attendees. Then, if residents have individual concerns, she will take one on one meetings.Calley will meet with constituents on the following dates:Friday, April 12, from 11 a.m. to noon at Revival Café and Market, 75 N. Bridge St. in Saranac;Monday, April 15, from 11 a.m. to noon at The Local Grind, 117 S. Grove St. in Delton;Monday, April 22, from 11 a.m. to noon at The City of Portland, 259 Kent St. in Portland; andMonday, April 22, from 1 to 2 p.m. at Hastings City Hall, 201 E. State St. in Hastings.“I deeply appreciate the insight that I receive during local office hours,” said Calley.  “The recent budget proposal has sparked substantial feedback, and I am eager to hear from more community members.”No appointment is necessary. Residents unable to attend scheduled office hours may send their questions and ideas to Calley via email at or by calling her at 517-373-0842.last_img read more

Threat of Sheriffs Sale of August Wilson Center

first_imgShareTweetShareEmail0 SharesAugust 13, 2014; WESANPQ has written quite a bit over the years about Pittsburgh’s August Wilson Center for African American Culture the site of which is up for bid after a former federal bankruptcy judge, appointed as conservator of the Center, declared that it might be too financially troubled to be saved. The Center is named for the late Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright. but was never able to get free of debt after construction was complete, finally defaulting on its mortgage.Although there is a sign announcing a sheriff’s sale posted at its entrance, two entities are bidding for the space; one of the two is a group of foundations which is offering $7.2 million bid to buy the center, maintaining it as is, and the other is 980 Liberty Partners which is bidding $9.5 million but with the intention of building a 10 story hotel on top of the site. The receiver in charge of discharging the center’s debts has accepted the Liberty Partners offer but the Pittsburgh Urban Redevelopment Authority says that deed covenants disallow adding to the proscribed use of the building and also building a hotel atop the site without that agency’s approval but that question will go to court on September 29th.In an op-ed run in the Post Gazette on Monday, Grant Oliphant of the Heinz Endowments wrote that accepting the higher offer would sacrifice the $35 million contributed to build the site and sacrifice, as well, the mission integrity of the facility, “It will gut the center,” he said. “It will architecturally change the center and will have very little space for the activities of an August Wilson entity to carry on its work. And it’s very unlikely to be able to attract additional support because it’s not really a center anymore.”Matthew Shollar of 980 Liberty Partners responds that they have tried to take such concerns into consideration and that the foundations are stonewalling. “You know it’s quite different from what we walked in the door with in March…And since no one will sit down and review that material, or heaven forbid participate in that process, it makes it quite difficult.”Schollar insists that, “This building was designed from the get-go to have additional footage on top — whether it was going to be condos or a hotel, it was always perceived as being a tower. And in our proposal, working with the foundations, that could be as small as possibly 40 percent of the building.”“Our plan will have the building being owned by one entity that will engage professional facilities management, and that most likely will be initially the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust because they have deep expertise,” Oliphant said. “And then a second entity that would be providing dynamic African American cultural programming for the facility and probably acting as its anchor tenant.”Both sides say that they have support of leaders in the black community but 980 Liberty Partners has a sales agreement in place. If that falls through, the building could very well go to the sheriff’’s sale at which point, any one could purchase it.—Ruth McCambridgeShareTweetShareEmail0 Shareslast_img read more

Huge Boston Rally a Victory for Free Speech

first_imgShare24Tweet21Share9Email54 Shares“Silence is Violence.” Credit: Tim PierceAugust 19, 2017; National Public Radio, “The Two-Way”Sometimes, the framing of social issues in the media can make you imagine that things are other than they are. There was a lot of confusion around the rally on Boston Common on Saturday. Scheduled since June, the stated intent of the organizers was addressing issues of “free speech.” Unfortunately, the choice of speakers incited suspicions that it was to provide cover and a forum for white nationalists, and that created its own response.The small rally went forward, and as around 40 people convened on the Common, they were joined by 40,000 carrying an anti-hate message. It is fair to say that all present were in fact there to exercise their free speech rights, with some few pushing a message of racial division and orders of magnitude more pushing unity.That distinction is important: Those many thousands of people were not protesting the exercise of free speech—thus, not counterprotestors—but were upholding values of racial equity. This point was made days before the rally by Mayor Marty Walsh, and it is worth remembering because who among us wants to advocate against free speech? On the other hand, if we do not like what others are saying, we can express our own deeply held convictions and show up to do so.It eventually became a meeting of community, albeit one with many things yet to work out. More than twenty thousand marched in one contingent to Boston Common from the Reggie Lewis Athletic Center in Roxbury; others travelled hours by car and train. No one was seriously hurt and it is probably fair to say few people were really heard (as in actually listening to words) either. The speakers at the original rally had only bullhorns and were unable to make themselves audible in the open commons and with such a large crowd.Bustle’s description of the women of color who took leadership on the march to the Common shows a now-familiar profile of activists who connect issues in a very broad way. And, as Eddie Sepeda writes, “The women leading the march want more than people walking behind them. They need people doing the work beside them.”“We allowed a very patriarchal idea of leadership to surface for a very long time, and it wasn’t working. Patriarchy is one of the fundamental aspects of white supremacy and white nationalism. Our job is to resist simultaneously,” [Janaya] Khan of Black Lives Matter says. “This iteration of freedom fighters are women, are queer and trans people. [They’re] the disabled.”Marching across the city doesn’t prove one is an ally to the people most in danger under a fascist government. Being an ally is something that’s earned. “It’s not just what you stand for, it’s who you sit with,” Khan told me.In the end, though, the day was dramatic, passionate, and low on violence.Police arrested 27 people during the rally and counter protest, stemming from minor clashes with officers. As the Washington Post’s Wesley Lowery pointed out, that’s 10 fewer than when the Red Sox won the World Series in ‘07. Boston Mayor Marty Walsh expressed gratitude for the peaceful manner in which the city came together, and praised the crowds for their benevolence.“I want to thank all the people that came out today,” Walsh said. “I want to thank all the people that came out to share…that message of love not hate; to fight back on racism; to fight back on anti-Semitism; to fight back on the white supremacists that are coming to our city.”Boston certainly has its own longstanding issues with embedded racism. In a throwaway reference, comedian John Oliver joked on his Last Week Tonight show on Sunday that Boston just became nonracist on Saturday. Even so, at least it stood up to speak.—Ruth McCambridgeShare24Tweet21Share9Email54 Shareslast_img read more

The Surprising Viral Success of RedForEd in Defending Public Education

first_imgShare12Tweet4ShareEmail16 SharesApril 30, 2018; ReutersTeacher strikes are moving from east to west across the US. From West Virginia and Kentucky, to Oklahoma, and now Colorado and Arizona, educators are swarming state capitals to say “enough.” Enough with salaries that start low and stay there; enough with leaky ceilings and outdated textbooks; enough with classrooms that contain more students and fewer resources every year.Teacher salaries and school funding have seen drastic cuts in both states. Kerrie Dallman, Colorado Education Association President, told USA Today that thanks to a cost-cutting policy called the “negative factor,” which cut funding to rural districts, districts with high populations of at-risk students, and districts with a high cost of living (like resort towns), underfunding for those districts alone is “$822 million a year, $6.6 billion total for the past decade.” According to data released by the Arizona School Personnel Administrators Association and ASU’s Morrison Institute, Arizona has a billion-dollar school funding deficit.The movements in Arizona and Colorado, like their predecessors in other states, are about fiscal policy that has been eating away at education funding for decades, especially since the Great Recession in 2008. The National Education Association reports that about 45 percent of school funding comes from states, about 45 percent from the local districts, and the rest from the federal government, so state and local fiscal attitudes can determine the fate of schools. Alvin Chang writes for Vox,The root of these education cuts started decades ago, when state legislators gave tax cuts to the wealthy and corporations during times of economic prosperity. The hope was that it would spur economic growth—but that growth never came. When the economy turned south, states needed to raise more revenue.But conservative lawmakers refused to raise taxes; they just cut spending. And because education often takes up the largest portion of state budgets, schools were hit especially hard.Now that schools are in crisis mode, conservative lawmakers and interest groups are accusing teachers of ulterior motives, greed, and breach of contract. But the teachers have held that they are fighting for their students. “We’re frustrated. It’s frustrating. How can you tell a kid education is so important when everything that our leaders do say otherwise?” asked Stacy Masciangelo, a teacher in Mesa, Arizona.Representative Isela Blanc said, “This is not a crisis made overnight. It is a crisis of over close to two decades.”Lily Eskelsen Garcia, president of the National Education Association, supported the teachers’ claim that the years of conservative fiscal policy had taken their toll. She told ABC News,It’s happening where for the last 10 to a dozen years there has been an ideology of cutting taxes on mostly big businesses and the expense, of course, comes at public services like a public school. This is not unpredictable. They understand the only power they have is to bring those voices together, to stand together and what they’re saying is, “We no longer have any faith in politicians. We have not seen that you have been doing your jobs, that you have been taking care of education, that you have been taking care of our safety, that you’ve been taking care of basic justice. And so we’ll take matters into our own hands.”The teachers are fighting to restore the idea that quality schools don’t come cheap. In Arizona, USA Today reported that teachers are asking for “20 percent teacher pay raises, competitive pay for support staff such as bus drivers and paraprofessionals, and restoring the $1 billion in state money for education that has been cut since the recession.” Governor Doug Ducey offered them the pay raise by 2020 without the other conditions, which could be accomplished without raising taxes, and they refused.“A lot of people think all the teachers are out here for their own pay, but we are out here for funding for classroom and kids,” said Candice Brownd, a second-grade teacher.Irene Vasquez, a math teacher in Phoenix, said, “In order to keep my job teaching, I’ve had to downsize my home so I could still afford to teach. I’ve never not had a part-time job.”The Colorado and Arizona strikes differ in form, if not in spirit. In Colorado, about 10,000 teachers took personal days or sick days to protest, affecting about 90,000 students. Because the Colorado state legislature can’t raise taxes without asking the voters, they want a ballot initiative that will raise taxes on corporations and those making more than $150,000 per year. Their draft initiative also requires input from educators on education spending and doesn’t permit any new corporate tax breaks until funding is restored to pre-recession levels. NPQ has previously covered why corporate tax breaks are not actually a viable vehicle for building community wealth. Colorado governor John Hickenlooper told the teachers, “We see you. We hear you. We are working with you, not just today.” Unsurprisingly, they were not satisfied.In Arizona, 50,000 teachers marched on the capitol, affecting about 1.3 million students. Some took personal days, and some districts closed so teachers could march. Arizona’s is a wildcat strike, or one not authorized by the union because it violates collective bargaining rules, but the Arizona Education Association has been supportive of the movement, known as #RedForEd. When teachers arrived at the capitol on Thursday, lawmakers recessed until Monday, hoping to avoid confrontation. Joe Thomas, president of the Arizona Education Association, remarked, “I think we have to come back Monday because they closed shop and ran away from us yesterday, and we have to show them that they don’t get to run away from our students.” They did indeed come back on Monday.This despite the fact that the Goldwater Institute, a “free-market public policy research and litigation organization,” has threatened to sue Arizona teachers and school districts. Timothy Sandefur, an attorney for Goldwater, said, “Public school teachers in Arizona have no legal right to strike, and their contracts require that they report to work as they agreed.” A letter to superintendents obtained by the Arizona Daily Star claimed that districts closed as part of “a coordinated plan to allow public school employees to refuse to report for duty or to discharge their contractual obligations.” Controversy has arisen over whether the movement is a strike, a movement against employers to force a specific action, or a protest, to enlighten the public about an area of policy. Governor Ducey commented through an aide, “We are interested in solutions, not lawsuits.” Nevertheless, Representative Kelley Townsend made a separate threat of a class-action lawsuit.However, teacher Stacy Masciangelo told USA Today, “I’ve been pleasantly surprised. It’s incredible the support we’re getting from the community itself. Whenever I have my #RedForEd shirt on and I’m out just doing daily stuff, I’m getting stopped constantly by people saying we support you.”Governor Ducey pledged $371 million over the next five years for infrastructure and resources, but the teachers aren’t buying it without a dedicated funding source. “We have a press release and a tweet from the governor. We have no bill. We have no deal. The devil is in the details,” said a statement from the Arizona Education Association. “We do know how to do our homework,” added Eskelsen Garcia.—Erin RubinShare12Tweet4ShareEmail16 Shareslast_img read more

The IRSs C4 Regulation Problem

first_imgShareTweet37ShareEmail37 SharesCredit: NIST [Public domain], via Wikimedia CommonsApril 18, 2019; ProPublicaProPublica reported last week that the IRS has all but stopped monitoring 501c4 organizations (C4s). This is, of course, the wing of the nonprofit sector that is allowed to spend money on political activities (so long as that activity is not “primary”) while keeping donor names undercover. IRS regulations for these entities can be found here, but they, as many such IRS guidelines do, lack an exacting clarity and any attempt at enforcement.NPQ’s Rick Cohen, of course, once suggested that some see C4s as “explosive devices threatening to blow up the nonprofit brand.”The lack of monitoring continues through today and it doesn’t arise from a lack of citizen complaints about violations of even that very murky standard. There have been thousands of them, and none lodged between September 2017 and March 2019 have reached the committee established to review them, according to ProPublica’s source.On top of this, the bar to establish a 501c4 may never have been lower, with the IRS rejecting a mere three out of the 1,487 applications it received in 2017. (Placing this in some perspective is the fact, reported on by NPQ’s Michael Wyland in 2018, that the IRS has been rejecting very few applications for tax exemption overall.)The fact the oversight of C4s activity has essentially ground to a nonfunctional halt can be traced to a number of factors, including its now-legendary lack of resources and staff (the exempt organization section shrank from 942 staffers in 2010 to 585 in 2018), an increase of the number of applications for the class, and the IRS’s self-imposed caution about wandering back into a political fray that started with the Tea Party scandal.Some IRS auditors say they were paralyzed. “I was scared of being pilloried, dragged to the Hill to testify, getting caught up in lawsuits, having to sink thousands of dollars in attorneys bills that I couldn’t afford, and having threats made against me or my family,” said one employee who worked in Lerner’s division at the time. “I locked down my Facebook page. I deleted all personal Twitter posts. I stopped telling people where I worked. I tried to become invisible.”Additionally, the very nature of C4s makes them tough to monitor at the speed at which the IRS moves. As Cohen wrote in 2012:Adam Staggs of the Brennan Center for Justice, who says that a particular problem of enforcement is that these groups are often like “shell companies” set up for the purpose of “money laundering” for elections, and after the elections they can quickly dismantle themselves and circumvent potential FEC and IRS penalties. That seems solvable. For the (c)(4)s, prevent them from disbanding until after they have submitted to a full IRS or FEC review, and if they try to do quickie shutdowns, hold the managers personally liable. 501(c)(3) public charities cannot be expected to tolerate the power brokers behind 501(c)(4)s use and abuse of nonprofit confidentiality and nonprofit protections against individual liability. It only hurts the credibility of nonprofits that don’t exist for electoral purposes.Some believe that the vacuum leaves a space for state regulators to get involved, but those units are often themselves understaffed and resourced—not to mention infected by their own political environments.Though the exempt organization unit is adding new staff, even the planned increase will leave the unit 200 employees below the count at the beginning of the decade. Beyond that, there is a serious attrition problem.“We’ve experienced so much attrition over the last few years that it’s a matter of having enough people to do the work,” said Margaret Von Lienen, the unit’s acting director, at a panel discussion in late 2018. Onboarding new staff will even further slow any review of complaints—if that’s even possible.“We can probably expect in 2019 we’re going to do fewer exams,” Von Lienen said. The division’s priority is to “stay on top of [the] application inventory, and probably the exam side of the house is going to suffer for that.”Meanwhile, Anna Massoglia of the Center for Responsive Politics comments, “There are new loopholes being exploited every day.”Many might think see this as none of our business, but remember, the press often refers to these unregulated political players as “nonprofits”—not as C4s—and that means that any violations of trust land up in our collective reputational laps, not to mention their deleterious effect on democracy.The whole ProPublica article is worth reading for its short review of the history of these problems, but in the end we think that it may be, as Cohen put it seven years ago, “time for the nonprofit sector writ large, including all those 501(c)(3) public charities, to speak up as a sector and tell the secretive big money (c)(4)s to stop screwing around with the reputation of the nonprofit brand.”—Ruth McCambridgeShareTweet37ShareEmail37 Shareslast_img read more