Learning English in Costa Rica then and now

first_imgRelated posts:Claiming my Afro-Latinidad A look back at 1930s Limón and the real legacy of Afro-Caribbean immigrants Finding La Negrita: A story of coming home Dr. Charles Gourzong: Costa Rica’s visionary medicine man My two children, born in New York, are English speakers with a fair background in the basics of Spanish. They attend a private international school in Costa Rica where instruction is in English – except for Spanish class, of course, and the preparatory program for the Costa Rican high school exit exams. My 15-year-old son has emerged as a true Tico, as he can now roll off his tongue all themaes, esos and other soccer-field lingo that signifies “arrival.”For my husband and daughter, the journey has been a bit more treacherous. As for me, I have never had formal Spanish instruction, but I can understand, speak (tongue-tied much of the time) and write it. Yet much of my daily life involves English. The neighborhood we live in is a mix of U.S. and European expats and professional Costa Ricans who love speaking English with me, though I attempt to reply in Spanish. Outside of this enclave, of course, the Costa Rican world remains mostly Spanish-speaking. At the feria on Saturday morning, I have my regular vendors who greet me with fresh kale as we discuss the weather and their crops.I realize as I move between spaces that my worlds are language-driven. When I am with my Costa Rican family, conversation is generally in Spanish, with whispers when I need translation. I began to think about the significance of this since there are rumors that within 20 years, 60 percent of Costa Ricans will speak English.  I think that today, the majority of Costa Ricans who speak English fluently come primarily from two spaces: from an Afro/Caribbean-descended family, or from a private school education which was either bilingual or English-based. The latter indicates a class status. The former is based in a specific political and cultural tradition from the Caribbean coast which still has ramifications today.I love the fact that I can simply make a phone call to my maternal aunts and get all the information I need on their experiences growing up in Puerto Limón in the 1940s and 1950s. My Aunt Marjorie is the family storyteller; in West Africa she would be called a griot. A griot is a respected holder of communal knowledge, usually shared through word-of-mouth as part of a community’s oral tradition. Well, Tía Marjorie has a suitcase of knowledge that I am grateful for! I have always heard my mother and her sisters laugh about Sister Jesse and English school, but only until I spoke with my tias did I get a good idea about how they acquired English in Costa Rica.At the turn of the 20th century, the influx of Anglophone Caribbean immigrants into Puerto Limón and the surrounding area to work on the Northern Railway and the banana plantations of the United Fruit Company, created a “country” on the Caribbean coast that was fully autonomous from the central highlands of Costa Rica. These Caribbean immigrants – educated, religious and professional – established their churches, local newspapers, businesses, worker unions and social clubs, which were mostly church-based. These organizations helped the community articulate itself as it struggled with the identity politics of being of Caribbean origins and non-Costa Ricans (until 1948, when those of Caribbean lineage but born in Costa Rica could apply for naturalization). One of the great markers of this Caribbean identity was the creation and maintenance of private English schools by the local Black community.My tía tells me that her father, Jamaican-born and married to a black woman from Limón, insisted that his four daughters learn to read and write English as part of their cultural heritage.  My grandfather never learned Spanish, and he did not need to in the Limón of his time. My grandmother learned Spanish well into her 50s, once she was living in San Jose. The world of Puerto Limón was an English-speaking center which was cosmopolitan in its outlook, as it engaged with sailors from around the world. Newspapers about global events were widely circulated. There were several private English schools that Black children could attend, including those run by the Baptist and Methodist Churches. Sister Jesse, Teacher Thomas and Mr. Davidson, all of Caribbean descent, were some of the English teachers who ran these schools which offered a program complementary to that of the Spanish schools that the Costa Rican government mandated all children to attend.Enter the world of Sister Jesse! She was a member of the Methodist Church and my grandmother was her seamstress. Tall and imposing, she wore long skirts with full petticoats, frilly white blouses closed at the neck and laced-up black boots in the hot Limón sun! As an exchange for her sewing services, my grandmother was allowed to send her four daughters to Sister Jesse’s English school for free. It was located in a one-room building next to the Methodist Church, around the corner from Los Banos in Limón. So, in the early 1940s, my mother and her sisters went to the schoolhouse, mostly in the afternoons, from 1-3 pm after Spanish school.Sister Jesse’s classroom was divided into Primary and Secondary; she had a younger woman teach the Kindergarten, First and Second Grades about 15 students. Sister Jesse took the older students in one large mix, up to 25 students at a time. She taught English, Geography/History (British of course!), Math and Religion.Sister Jesse’s world was ordered and serious, and maintained the respectability politics of the immigrant Caribbean community of her time. My tia recounts that most of the teaching and assessment was done orally: the students would form a daily semicircle around Sister Jesse’s desk, with the head of the class going first. Everyone vied for that spot, because the last thing a student wanted was to be the tail. Class started with the times tables, then spelling and geography. My aunts admitted that they were naughty and chatted a lot in class, therefore rarely avoiding the punishment meted out at the end of the day by Sister Jesse.It was this Limon community that established the foundations of English literacy for its children as an act of political and cultural consciousness which remain strong today among many Afro-Costa Ricans. One of the initiatives for the United Nations Decade of Afro-Descendants is the support of English-speaking Afro-Costa Rican communities through the sharing and celebration of language and cultural norms. Costa Rican scholars such as Dr. Marva Spence Sharpe study Limonese linguistic patterns in order to preserve all of their wonderful influences in Costa Rica’s history.Read more of Natasha Gordon-Chipembere’s columns here.Natasha Gordon-Chipembere, a writer, professor and founder of the Tengo Sed Writers Retreats, moved to Heredia, Costa Rica with her family from New York in June 2014.  She is now accepting applications for Tengo Sed IV Writers and Yoga Retreat in Jan 2017. She may be reached at indisunflower@gmail.com. Her column “Musings from an Afro-Costa Rican” is published monthly. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Germany part funded bicommunal glossary

first_imgGermany’s contribution to a bi-communal glossary prepared under the wing of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) was €25,000, the German ambassador to Cyprus said on Friday.Speaking to the Cyprus News Agency, ambassador Franz Josef Kremp said he supported the idea of the glossary, saying “it will encourage journalists to consider the sensitivities around certain words, and to offer them a useful tool of possible alternatives.”The glossary was a joint undertaking between two Greek Cypriot and two Turkish Cypriot journalists.It was launched earlier this week amidst polarized reactions. The OSCE thanked both Germany and the Netherlands for their financial contribution.Kremp told CNA Germany’s contribution of €25,000 was 50% of the cost.Earlier this week, the embassy posted on its Facebook page that “Germany is proud to be one of the main sponsors of this meaningful project that is contributing to the rapprochement of the Turkish and Greek Cypriots”.It contains 56 terms which may cause offence to communities from the island on the other side of the divide and contains alternative terms which are mutually acceptable.The embassy also backed statements by the OSCE representative on freedom of the media, Harlem Desir, who in the glossary’s foreword said the aim of the glossary is not to impose the use of words or terminology on journalists.“They are and should always remain free to write and report without restrictions. The glossary is also not about political correctness, but about encouraging new approaches and a new thinking on the most difficult issues, and a dialogue throughout and between the media communities.”Titled Words that matter: a glossary for journalism in Cyprus, the glossary sparked polarised reactions, with many journalists branding it an anathema and a restriction on freedom of speech.President Nicos Anastasiades jumped on the bandwagon too, saying it wasn’t the right time for such an initiative and expressing his discontent at the OSCE’s involvement.You May LikeCampusPlusThese Universities are nearly impossible to get intoCampusPlusUndoOrganixMag.com25 Health Benefits of AvocadoOrganixMag.comUndoHistoryDaily60 Once Beautiful Locations- What Happened To Them?HistoryDailyUndo Verstappen wins crazy German Grand PrixUndoBritish woman who claimed gang-rape taken to courtUndoMayors lobbying president to prevent local govt mergersUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Rep Runestad working on House legislation to ban sanctuary cities in Michigan

first_img Categories: Runestad News 15Jul Rep. Runestad working on House legislation to ban sanctuary cities in Michigan State Rep. Jim Runestad has begun work on a bill that would ban local sanctuary city policies that protect illegal aliens.“This is a pressing issue in our country given recent current events,” said Rep. Runestad, R-White Lake Township. “I have started work on a bill to address this issue at the state level and to protect Michigan’s hard working men and women.Sanctuary cities are cities that adopt policies that prohibit employees from notifying federal authorities of illegal aliens living in their communities. These policies alter the distinction between legal resident aliens and illegal aliens, which in some instances results in non-U.S. citizens being eligible for government benefits.Runestad adds that the legislation he is working on focuses on illegal aliens, not the many citizens who enter this country under legal means.“Immigration has been at the forefront of many national conversations and after recent events in San Francisco it is paramount we have protections against illegal aliens, especially those who continue to break the law once they have entered this country illegally.”A request for legislation has been submitted and a draft is expected back soon. Rep. Runestad plans to introduce his legislation as soon as the draft is finished.last_img read more

Rep Roberts votes yes on historic package to fix Michigan roads

first_img State Rep. Brett Roberts has voted in favor of a legislative package that will fix roads and bridges across the state of Michigan.“We’ve been working extremely hard, week in and week out, to find a compromise that fixes the roads quickly, and ensures their sustainability,” said Rep. Roberts, R-Eaton Township. “This is that plan.”The final roads plan allocates money from Michigan’s General Fund, as well as additional dollars that will be raised in new revenue. As normal inflation continues over time, the measure also creates a mechanism that triggers a decrease in the state income tax rate. In addition to providing funds specifically for roads, the plan provides $200 million in tax relief by expanding the Homestead Property Tax Credit for middle and low-income families across the state.“This compromise is the best plan for Michigan residents that has come across our desks. It uses ideas from both sides of the aisle that the House, the Senate, and Gov. Snyder can agree on,” Rep. Roberts said. “I’m proud that we were able to come together and unite with a plan that makes sense for Michiganders.”The plan now goes to Gov. Snyder for his signature.### 03Nov Rep. Roberts votes ‘yes’ on historic package to fix Michigan roads Categories: News,Roberts Newslast_img read more

Albion River Trail receives funding under bill approved in committee

first_img03Mar Albion River Trail receives funding under bill approved in committee The City of Albion could receive $294,000 for the Albion River Trail Expansion Project under a bill approved today in a state House committee, state Rep. John Bizon announced.The Committee on Appropriations today approved House Bill 5377, which includes the funding to Albion for the Albion River Trail Expansion Project.“I am excited to see some much-needed resources go to the City of Albion for a very important project,” said Rep. Bizon, R-Battle Creek. “I am very proud that the state is investing in Albion.”HB 5377 is sponsored by Rep. Jon Bumstead, R-Newaygo, and is part of a large project to connect trails across Michigan.The expansion project, including the Albion River Trail, will create a hub for several regional trail networks, including the Iron Belle Trail, the Great Lake-to-Lake Trail and the North Country Trail.The Albion portion of the trail could be ready for public use by the end of 2016.HB 5377 now goes to the House floor for consideration.##### Tags: Albion River Trail, REp. Bizon center_img Categories: Bizon News,Featured news,Newslast_img read more

Rep Allor Budget funds crucial military and veteran services programs

first_img21Mar Rep. Allor: Budget funds crucial military and veteran services programs Categories: Allor News State Rep. Sue Allor, member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Military and Veterans Affairs, today voted to unanimously advance a budget plan prioritizing funds to strengthen military and veteran services throughout Michigan.The proposed budget includes:$6.5 million for the National Guard Tuition Assistance Fund;$7.7 million to be used for the Youth Challenge Academy and Starbase program, which service at-risk youth in Michigan;$5 million to expand state access to federal matching funds from the U.S. National Guard to enhance the state’s National Guard armories; andA placeholder for resources that will be provided to the County Veteran Service Fund, which provides grants to counties to support locally based veteran services.“Our budget prioritizes crucial functions within the Michigan Department of Military and Veterans Affairs while retaining important reporting requirements, which ensures quality oversight of the services our veterans receive,” said Allor, of Wolverine. “I am pleased that the plan includes proper checks, while remaining fiscally responsible.”House Bill 5570 now moves to the full House Appropriations Committee for consideration.last_img read more

Looking for Antiwar Messages at the Armed Services Committee Hearing

first_imgShareTweetShareEmail0 Shares September 16, 2014; USA TodayThe hearing of the Senate Armed Services Committee yesterday morning began with repeated disruptions from antiwar protesters. Our guess is that some of the protesters were from Code Pink, an organization that has been diligent in speaking up against overseas U.S. military actions, whether conducted by the Bush administration or the Obama administration.Nonetheless, in response to President Obama’s authorization of expanded military actions against the Islamic State army that has conquered for the moment huge chunks of Syria and Iraq, the antiwar response has been noticeably more muted than it was in reaction to President Bush’s authorization of an invasion of Iraq in 2003. ISIL’s atrocities like repeated beheadings and mass killings have garnered attention like nothing since Al Qaeda, but both the right and the left have been mixed in their reactions to the president’s plan.The President has committed no U.S. troops engaging in combat (the euphemistic “boots on the ground”) but that scenario is difficult to avoid, whether in the near term, should U.S. advisors end up physically proximate to the fighting, or in the long run if, as with the original use of advisors in Vietnam, ever-increasing deployments add up to an inevitable military combat presence. The president pledged to conduct air attacks against ISIL, leaving the groundwork to the Kurdish Peshmerga, elements of the questionable Iraqi army, and whatever might be identifiable as the remnants of the Free Syrian Army. Attacking from the air is seen as an alternative to putting the Army and the Marines into direct combat against ISIL’s forces.  Notwithstanding the technical precision of modern air warfare, it still ends up killing civilians, especially when an opponent like ISIL might be embedded in civilian areas. Within relative moments of taking office, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi’s air force bombed a hospital in Fallujah, killing 42 people and wounding another 29. Killing from the air, where people on the ground are just about invisible, is not pristine.History would suggest that it’s time for the antiwar movement to raise important issues about the U.S. plan to deal with ISIL. Maybe this war against ISIL is different; maybe this is an instance where U.S. military action is necessary to stop ISIL, which has now gathered a large military force and deployed it like a professional army. Maybe ISIL can’t be dealt with the way that the U.S. is addressing Al Qaeda affiliates in Yemen and Somalia. But it is nevertheless the role of the anti-war movement to engage in and elevate the quality of the debate when American civilian and military leaders contemplate military action overseas.An editorial writer for the Dallas Morning News rhetorically asked the protesters speaking out at the Senate hearing if they had an alternative to military action to propose in stopping the threat of ISIL. However, the writer, Tod Robberson, acknowledged that past U.S. mismanagement of things in the region had been helpful to ISIL in recruiting adherents and questions whether the Obama administration’s upcoming actions with potentially limited support from coalition partners will simply exacerbate the perception that the war against ISIL is an American war.A consistently vocal antiwar group in recent times has been Win Without War. Its blog has included commentary that past efforts to arm Syrian rebels have led to equipment falling into the hands of ISIL, information on the various competing proposals in Congress to authorize military action, and a critique of U.S. policy in the Middle East as “perpetual war.” Win Without War has also linked to a cost-counter that is calculating what it is costing the U.S. ($312,500 every hour) for military action against ISIL.Nonetheless, the antiwar voice seems muted. A dozen or so placard-holding protesters at a Senate Armed Forces Committee hearing feels desultory. In an interview with the Real News Network’s Paul Jay, Code Pink’s Medea Benjamin attributes the weakness of the antiwar movement to President Obama:“It’s a one-word answer. Obama. And it wasn’t Obama getting in; it was the lead-up, it was the campaigning for Obama, when people were so desperate for an alternative to Bush that they said, I’m going to throw myself into this, I’m going to take off of work, students taking off of semesters, I’m going to put my life into getting this guy elected who said he was against the war in Iraq. And we put all our hopes and dreams into Obama, thinking that because he was against the war in Iraq and because he said Afghanistan was a good war—he didn’t really mean that; you know, he was just saying that to get elected. But he was a smart guy, and he understood that war was not the answer, and he was going to get us out.“And so the steam was just taken out of the whole movement. And it was amazing to see, because you said ‘tens of thousands.’ I mean, there were eight times during the Bush administration that we got over 100,000 people. And we had a huge movement. You just look at one group, like Code Pink; we came out of nowhere, and suddenly we had over 300,000 people on our mailing list, and we had over 300 groups around the country and, really, around the world…When Obama started to gain steam as a candidate, those started fizzling out. And when he won the election, we had half the numbers of people we had before on our mailing list. And most of the groups started to disintegrate.“So that was indicative of what was happening to the whole peace movement.”A prolific antiwar writer named John V. Walsh recently suggested in Counterpunch that the anti-war movement might deserve an “R.I.P.” He wrote that antiwar activists like Benjamin were “notorious by now for putting Party over principle,” and the Occupy movement, hardly much of a force at this time, had just about nothing to say about war and foreign policy during its brief heyday. Where is the voice and influence of an antiwar movement at a time when vigorous debate and analysis is needed?—Rick CohenShareTweetShareEmail0 Shareslast_img read more

Nonprofit Taxes May Mean Final Kumbayahs for Some Maine Camps

first_imgShareTweetShareEmail0 SharesFebruary 12, 2015; WCSH-TV (Portland, ME)The Maine camping industry already contributes over half a billion dollars to the state’s economy each year, but Governor Paul LePage wants to squeeze just a bit more out. If approved, his plan would for the first time tax the real estate holdings of nearly 90 percent of the state’s nonprofit organizations, including the summer camps.LePage told a group in Waterville, Maine, that the intent of his $6.3 billion budget and tax overhaul plan is “to eliminate the income tax and send the money back to communities so people can decide what services they want and who is going to pay for them.” The plan comprises, according to the Wall Street Journal, lowering income taxes for the highest earning individuals and corporations, increasing the sales tax by including more goods and services, and providing tax credits for low-income residents. The governor also expects to save $62 million in his FY 2017 budget by eliminating funding to municipalities. To make up the loss of state funding, municipalities, in turn, will be required to tax nonprofits at 50 percent of assessed value over $500,000.For years, many municipalities have been managing the growing national debate over nonprofit taxation by receiving payments in lieu of taxes (PILOTs). The PILOTs are paid to municipalities and local governments to offset the loss of property taxes that would typically cover the use by nonprofits of public services including firefighting, policing, school construction, and search and rescue services. The federal government has been paying PILOTs since the mid-1970s to local governments that have non-taxable Federal lands within their boundaries.At question in the debate over taxing nonprofits is the issue of the value of nonprofit organizations to communities. An argument for tax exemption is that nonprofits provide services for the greater good of all that government cannot otherwise provide. Therefore, it is a fair trade that nonprofits should receive the benefits of other government services, such as fire and rescue, good roads, and policing, without cost. An argument for taxation is that nonprofits have become so large and prolific in some communities that individuals and businesses have seen their taxes increase to cover cost of government services use by all. Therefore, it is past time for nonprofits to step and pay their fair share for the services.As Governor LePage introduces his budget and tax plan, the current session of the Pennsylvania legislature will find lawmakers debating a constitutional amendment for the May ballot that gives the legislature greater power in determining whether nonprofits should receive tax exemptions. With regard to this bill, there appears to be three sides: those who oppose any taxation of nonprofits; those who want standardized, statewide uniformity with regard to taxes on nonprofits; and those who want to retain local control in establishing taxes on nonprofits.While the Pennsylvanians sort out who, if anybody, gets to tax nonprofits, the 100+ nonprofit camps in Maine eagerly wait to see if Maine becomes the first state to formally assess property taxes on nonprofits. If the plan is approved, some camps may close while others look for ways to cut back. Hmmm, maybe if the campers brought their own chocolate and graham crackers, too?—Tom KlausShareTweetShareEmail0 Shareslast_img read more

Cable technology specialist Arris is to demonstrat

first_imgCable technology specialist Arris is to demonstrate support for the new DVB-C2 standard at the forthcoming Cable Congress in Brussels.The company will present a live demonstration of how the ARRIS D5 Universal Edge QAM can support DVB-C2 broadcast and VOD solutions through a collaborative demonstration with German cable operator Kabel Deutschland (KDG) and Sony.According to Arris, The demonstration will show how the D5 has enabled KDG to cost-effectively implement QAM sharing. A Sony TV with integrated DVB-C2 tuner, the world’s first TV set supporting the standard, will be used in the demonstration at the Arris stand.DVB-C2 uses the latest modulation and coding techniques to enable highly efficient use of cable networks, especially in cases where the downstream transmission capacity is already being used to its limit. KDG is currently planning the first delivery of digital TV services via DVB-C2.last_img read more

Vodafone Portugal has launched a new TV remote aim

first_imgVodafone Portugal has launched a new TV remote aimed at children. The Klik remote includes a dedicated Kids key that gives direct access to the kids channels on the platform as well as keys giving access to ‘favourites’, the VideoClube on-demand service and Gravador digital video recording.Vodafone has also launched a simplified Light remote control for adults that only want to access the main features of the TV service. Both remotes feature proximity sensors that illuminate the keys, and are available for €7.50 with Clube Viva points or for €19.99 in Vodafone stores.last_img read more

Israelbased satellite services provider RRsat is

first_imgIsrael-based satellite services provider RRsat is to launch a new C-band Multi-Channel Per Carrier (MCPC) platform for Africa, offering DVB-S2 capacity over the continent.The platform will be on Measat’s Africasat-1a satellite, to be launched early next year.The satellite will have coverage across Africa, the Middle East and Europe, enabling the new platform to offer full TV and radio coverage to the African continent.Yaniv Lior, senior director of US sales and operations at RRsat said: “In order to meet the increased needs of the fast growing African broadcast television market, we will launch a new C-band MCPC platform on Africacast-1a, that is able to cost-effectively bring content from Europe, Asia and the Americas for C-band contribution and distribution to Africa. This platform will provide leading TV and radio channels the opportunity to reach new audiences across the continent, based on the RRsat Global Network.”last_img read more

KPN chief financial officer Eric Hageman is to lea

first_imgKPN chief financial officer Eric Hageman is to leave the company due to personal circumstances. The Dutch telco said Hageman will leave the company and board of management with immediate effect. He was named interim CFO in January last year and confirmed in that position in September. The telco said it would make a further announcement about the CFO role in the near future.last_img

Digitalsmiths Seamless Discovery service for pers

first_imgDigitalsmiths’ Seamless Discovery service for personalised recommendations.The trend of ‘cord thinning,’ cutting one or more pay-TV services, is on the rise, with 16.9% of people decreasing or removing services in Q3, according to new research by video search and recommendation firm Digitalsmiths.The consumer trend survey noted a sequential rise in chord thinning from 13.4% in Q1 and 14% in Q2 with premium channels proving the highest-ranking service that was cut. However, 17.2% of consumers said they had actually increased their cable or satellite services.“While survey results on cord-cutting and cord-thinning prove customer retention should remain a focus among pay-TV providers, the latest growing trend is cord-cheating. A topic Digitalsmiths introduced in Q2 2013, cord-cheating refers to the continuing trend by consumers to seek on-demand video content from third-party services and OTT services as an alternative to their traditional pay-TV provider,” said Digitalsmiths.The survey found that 48.2% of respondents are now using subscription OTT services such as Netflix and Hulu, while 28.7% said they use third-party pay-per-rental services such as iTunes.By comparison, 72.9% of respondents said they never purchase from their pay TV provider’s VoD catalogue.In terms social media’s influence on viewing habits, Digitalsmiths found that 15.4% tweet or post what they are watching on TV to social networks, while 30.8% said they choose to watch something based on a TV show or movie’s social buzz.last_img read more

Harmonic will exhibit at ANGA COM in Hall 101 st

first_imgHarmonic will exhibit at ANGA COM in Hall 10.1, stand S10. Harmonic has launched NSG Exo, its new ‘distributed CCAP’ platform targeting cable and telecom operators that have deployed fibre-deep networks but wish to connect end users via coax.According to Harmonic, NSG Exo is a cable edge device for enabling the deployment of a Distributed Access Architecture (DAA) utilizing coax networks.NSG Exo, described as a distributed CCAP system, allows service providers to move their RF delivery requirements out of the headend or hub and deeper into the network, according to the company.The CCAP-ready system includes DOCSIS/EuroDOCSIS/J-DOCSIS CMTS capabilities, with universal edgeQAM capabilities to be added in the future.The NSG Exo, sitting at the edge of a network in the basement of a multiple dwelling unit or as an outdoor unit, can deliver narrowcast services to end users utilizing a GbE, GPON or EPON network.Asaf Matatyaou, director of cable edge solutions at Harmonic, said that the advantage of the technology is that operators “can take the Ethernet digital connection all the way to the premises and have the CCAP functionality in the basement of a building or on a telephone pole. You can eliminate RF from the hub. Running digital is much cheaper, and you eliminate power and space requirements from the hub.”Operators can run fibre to the premises and use in-building coax to deliver services to the DOCSIS modems in end users’ homes, he said.Matatyaou said that it makes sense to implement all DOCSIS functionality, including MAC and PHY layers, in a single device rather than retaining one or other in a centralised hub, which requires interoperability between different devices.Matatyaou said that Harmonic is initially deploying the NSG Exo as a distributed CMTS – outputting DOCSIS – but that it could add edgeQAM functionality through a software upgrade. However, he said, the current demand is for CMTS functionality.He said the platform could support the higher order 256QAM modulation in the upcoming DOCSIS 3.1 specification.Matatyaou said Harmonic is currently in multiple trials across the world for the product and plans to launch it commercially in the third quarter. An outdoor version will be commercialised later.last_img read more

Pay TV revenues will increase just 06 this year

first_imgPay TV revenues will increase just 0.6% this year as subscribers move to bundled services, according to new forecasts from Digital TV Research.As customers sign up for double and triple play services, operators generate higher overall revenues per user, but the proportion commanded by TV decreases.Digital TV Research forecasts that region-wide revenues will be US$40.35 billion this year, a fractional year-on-year increase. Western Europe will generate the bulk of the total, accounting for US$33.8 billion of the 2014 forecast.By territory, the UK, Germany, France, Italy and the Netherlands will be the largest markets respectively, in revenue terms.Satellite TV will contribute 45.6% of the pay TV revenues in 2014. However, satellite TV revenues are falling, partly due to greater competition but also due to the growth of cheaper packages, such as Tricolor in Russia, which force down prices for the whole country. Pay DTT revenues are also suffering. However, IPTV will record strong revenue growth. Digital cable revenue growth will compensate for the decline in analog cable revenues.Pay TV subscriptions will increase from 154.5 million in 2010 to 171.6 million by end-2014, but the Western European total will rise by only 4.0 million to 97.3 million. Eastern Europe subscriber totals will climb by 13.1 million to 74.4 million.last_img read more

Liberty Globalowned German cable operator Unityme

first_imgLiberty Global-owned German cable operator Unitymedia KabelBW is to extend the availability of the Horizon advanced TV paltform to Baden-Württemberg from November 3.The operator launched Horizon in North-Rhine Westphalia and Hesse in September, but only the Horizon Go mobile version of the service has been available in Baden-Württemberg.Unitymedia KabelBW CEO Lutz Schüler said Horizon had already attracted over 135,000 customers in North-Rhine Westphalia and Hesse, while Horizon Go had attracted over 125,000 users to date.Schüler said that the operator had increased its available internet speed to 200Mbps to accommodate the convergence of TV and broadband services and planned to increase speeds still more next year.Liberty Global has been attempting to migrate its Horizon platform to the RDK platform and a cloud-based architecture for new launches. The initial versions of Horizon were based on Cisco’s architecture.last_img read more

Swiss service providers Swisscom Sunrise UPC Cab

first_imgSwiss service providers Swisscom, Sunrise, UPC Cablecom, Orange and the cable network companies’ association Swisscable have teamed up to adopt a common position on net neutrality.The operators have formulated a code of conduct and are to create a new Ombudsman office that will monitor net neutrality in the country.Principles adopted include that no services or applications will be blocked and that freedom of information and the free expression of opinion will not be restricted.The code states that bandwidth may be managed under some circumstances, for example to comply with official rulings and to prioritise time-critical services such as IP telephony, TV, emergency calls, video conferencing and future telemedicine applications.Where it is suspected that a service provider is in breach of the code, users will be able to call on the ombudsman’s office, which will draw on the expertise of independent consultants in examining the case and mediating between users and service providers.last_img read more

Liberty Globalowned cable operator UPC Poland is

first_imgLiberty Global-owned cable operator UPC Poland is to launch a full Horizon advanced TV offering, making available a decoder that provides access to advanced TV, internet and telephony, in the New Year. UPC Poland, which has already made the Horizon Go service available, has invited a select group of its customers to trial the set-top box service ahead of its commercial launch. The decoder, which provides access to social media sites including Facebook, YouTube and Twitter on TV as well as personalised navigation, is equipped with a double-sided QWERTY keyboard for easier use of advanced features.The box allows users to record up to four programmes simultaneously while watching a fifth, to record programmes remotely via the Horizon app, to pause live TV and to access a variety of internet sites.Grzegorz Esz, UPC Poland board member responsible for marketing, said that the launch of Horizon would provide the operator’s customers with the “the best experience in the use of television in Poland”.last_img read more

Vodafone Spain has added commercial broadcaster At

first_imgVodafone Spain has added commercial broadcaster Atresmedia’s male-focused Mega channel to its Vodafone TV programming line-up.Mega airs a mix of series, movies and factual programming aimed at men over 25, including Carl Sagan’s Cosmos, Bonnie and Clyde and Sons of Liberty. It airs movies including a complete run of the Hames Bond films.Atresmedia launched Mega as a free-to-air channel in July, using the terrestrial frequency previously occupied by sports service GolT, which was replaced by the new BeIN Sports channel.last_img read more

Dariusz Dąbski Polands Telewizja Puls the operat

first_imgDariusz DąbskiPoland’s Telewizja Puls, the operator of the national TV Puls and Puls 2 channels, has extended its advertising deal with TVN Media to cover 2016.Under the new one-year deal, TVN Media, under the brand Premium TV, will continue to provide commercial representation to Telewizja Puls – Poland’s third-largest commercial TV provider.The two companies have already been working together for five years and Telewizja Puls’ president of the management board, Dariusz Dąbski, described the partnership as a “fruitful and reciprocally beneficial cooperation.”Markus Tellenbach, TVN’s president and CEO said: “Our soon to come sixth year of partnership denotes further development of our extensive and advantageous advertising brokerage offer.”last_img read more

Orange customers in Poland can now access SPI Inte

first_imgOrange customers in Poland can now access SPI International’s FilmBox Live VoD app via their mobile accounts with zero data charges.The move gives Orange subscribers unlimited access to the FilmBox Live service, enabling them to watch FilmBox content on PCs, laptops, smart TVs and PlayStation game consoles.SPI International is offering a range of live channels including the Kino Polska, Kino Polska Muzyka and FilmBox movie channels, FightBox, Fast&FunBox, DocuBox, FashionBox and 360TuneBox.In addition to the mobile TV offering, the company has launched its Kino Polska Muzyka channel on Orange TV’s basic package, taking the reach of the Polish music channel to 7.5 million homes.SPI International’s on-demand offering is the only video-on-demand service offered by Orange Poland apart from its own Telewizja Tu i Tam service.last_img read more

Paolo Bertoluzzo Vodafones group chief commercial

first_imgPaolo BertoluzzoVodafone’s group chief commercial operations and strategy officer Paolo Bertoluzzo is leaving the group to take up the post of CEO of ICBPI, a financial and payment services company in Italy.Bertoluzzo, seen as number two in Vodafone to CEO Vittorio Colao, joined the company in 1999 as strategy and business development director and was appointed to his current position in 2013, taking a central role in the definition of the group’s strategy and the design and direction of Vodafone’s group-wide commercial plans.Vodafone said his successor would be announced in due course.Colao said “Paolo has been an outstanding colleague who has made an immense contribution during his time in Italy and on our Executive Committee. I would like to thank him for his dedication, friendship and wise advice. I wish him every success in his new role, which I know he will undertake with the devotion and commitment that drove so many valuable and effective initiatives during his 17 years with Vodafone.”last_img read more

Kresimir Madunović Deutsche Telekomowned Croatian

first_imgKresimir MadunovićDeutsche Telekom-owned Croatian operator T-Hrvatski Telekom has named Kresimir Madunović as the new CEO of its Iskon internet service provider subsidiary.Madunović takes over from Saša Kramar, who has led the company for the last 14 years. Kramar will now serve as vice-president and general manager for business customers with T-Hrvatski Telekom.Madunović was previously in charge of residential sales, customer support and marketing at Iskon.Iskon, which recently launched a new smart home initiative, is a low-cost provider offering a range of services targeted at a younger demographic, including a TV service.last_img read more

Bruce Tuchman ExAMC Global president Bruce Tuchma

first_imgBruce TuchmanEx-AMC Global president Bruce Tuchman has joined the board of television data firm Parrot Analytics, and will invest in the company this year.Tuchman left his role as AMC Global and Sundance Channel Global boss earlier this year, and has since been consulting for the media technology sectors since that point.This makes him a good fit to advise Parrot, which offers insight into demand for individual programmes and trends in specific territories and regions through a scientifically-designed analytics software tool.Significantly, this offers some idea of how SVOD original programming is performing, as Netflix and Amazon Prime Video do not release any data.Tuchman is joining the board alongside former Sony Pictures and MGM home entertainment president David Bishop. Both men plan to invest in LA- and Auckland-based Parrot in coming months.Before running AMC’s international channels business, Tuchman did the same for MGM Worldwide Networks. AMC Networks acquired the MGM channels’ business through a US$1 billion deal for its parent, Chellomedia, and then integrated them within the new merged operation.Before MGM, Tuchman was senior VP, new media ventures for Nickelodeon and general manager of Nickelodeon Global Network Ventures. He began his career as a mergers and acquisitions associate at transatlantic law firm Skadden Arps.“Traditional panel-based measurement services are not meeting the demands of an increasingly fractured and data-starved media market,” said Tuchman. “Parrot’s cross-platform, global demand measurement system provides very powerful, intuitive and  empirical data to measure the true demand for thousands of television shows across every country on earth.“I’m proud to join the board of Parrot which, under the leadership of [Parrot CEO] Wared Seger, has developed a unique and truly game-changing technology.”“Bruce and David bring a wealth of business experience and leadership which will provide Parrot Analytics with the strategic insight we require as we become a global, brand-driven business and as we seek to establish successful partnerships across international markets,” said Seger.“Parrot Analytics’ mission is to advance the television industry’s data-driven capabilities and we are delighted to be able welcome Bruce and David to the Parrot team to help us achieve that goal.”last_img read more

Julian Hector The BBC has appointed veteran produc

first_imgJulian HectorThe BBC has appointed veteran producer Julian Hector as head of its respected Natural History Unit.The NHU is part of BBC Studios, the UK public broadcaster’s overarching production division, and Hector assumes the role vacated by Wendy Darke earlier this year amid a raft of management changes.Darke has since set up her own production company, True to Nature.Hector is a veteran wildlife producer and has been editor of Natural History Radio at the BBC. His TV credits over the last two decades include credits include Battle of the Sexes, Saving Species, Migration and Ivory Wars.He said: “This is such an important time to lead the Natural History Unit. We thrill our audiences with the extreme close-up and immerse them in the wonderful world of nature; and with people and nature ever more challenged to share the same space on earth it has never been more important to tell stories of that relationship.”In other changes at the NHU, Oliver Thompson takes on an expanded commercial role as head of business. Reporting to Hector, he is being upped from head of production.He said: “The launch of BBC Studios means the NHU is at a critical point in its evolution and we need to create the right environment for our creative and business teams to thrive. This presents a huge opportunity for us to bring our world-class content to new customers and new platforms, and deliver value back to BBC licence fee payers.”Lisa Opie, BBC Studios director, factual, added: “I’m delighted that the world class credibility and heritage of the Natural History Unit is in such strong hands.“Julian brings passion, vision and vast experience to the Unit. Oli will drive the business through this important and challenging transition into the competitive market. Together they’ll make a powerful team.”Opie landed her post in June, as new BBC Studios chief Mark Linsey appointed a trio of executives with significant business acument to lead the factual, scripted, and entertainment, music and events divisions. Roger Leatham bagged the entertainment post, and Nick Betts became genre chief of scripted.last_img read more

Netflix is in advanced talks to acquire Luc Besson

first_imgNetflix is in advanced talks to acquire Luc Besson’s studio EuropaCorp, according to a report in financial daily Les Echos.According to the paper, citing an unnamed source, a deal could be announced in a few weeks. EuropaCorp is responsible for Besson movies including Lucy and Valerian: City of a Thousand Planets.EuropaCorp’s Paris-listed shares rose sharply on the news. According to Les Echos, an agreement was close to being signed last month but one of the two parties returned to the negotiating table to seek better terms.EuropaCorp told Les Echos that it was in discussion with “several potential financial and/or industrial partners, but that it had not as of yet entered into exclusive discussions with any individual party.According to the paper, any agreement would guarantee Besson freedom to develop a certain number of films, with remuneration based on their success.EuropaCorp has three titles in its pipeline over the next few months: Besson’s crime thriller Anna, police thriller Taxi 5 and Kursk, a film about the Russian submarine disaster.Netflix has had an uneasy relationship with the French film community. Last year, the Cannes Film Festival said it would stop films that had not been released theatrically from competing for the Palm d’Or after Netflix titles The Meyerowitz Stories and Okja were entered in competition despite neither being released theatrically ahead of being streamed on the platform.last_img read more

Liberty Globalowned cable operator UPC Hungary ha

first_imgLiberty Global-owned cable operator UPC Hungary has tapped Agama Technologies to supply its video assurance platform.Mikael DahlgrenBy implementing the Agama video assurance platform in its head-end and network, UPC will have real-time access to information and insights on service performance at multiple points in the delivery network, according to Agama.“By choosing Agama’s modern, software-based solution, we are able to get great support for both automated monitoring as well as visual inspection. We now have a real-time view of the delivery chain with key metrics directly available for our services, from the head-end and through the network,” said Tibor Szabadszallasi, video manager at UPC.“As a long-time Agama partner, we are thrilled to support the deployment of the Agama solution at UPC Hungary.”Mikael Dahlgren, CEO at Agama Technologies, said: “It is always a pleasure to design quality assurance solutions together with operators with as high ambitions as UPC Hungary. We feel honored to have been selected by them and are really looking forward to our collaboration.”last_img read more

Richard Halton YouView chief executive Richard Hal

first_imgRichard HaltonYouView chief executive Richard Halton is to stand down at the end of this year to pursue new opportunities.The UK hybrid digital TV platform, which is jointly owned by BT, TalkTalk, the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5 and Arqiva, said that Halton, who led YouView from launch, had decided the moment was right to step down.YouView is currently in three million UK homes, mostly through its use by BT and TalkTalk to deliver TV services as part of a multiplay offering.Halton was controller of business strategy at the BBC, where he led development of YouView predecessor Project Canvas, before becoming CEO of YouView when the company was formed in 2010.YouView said that a search was already underway for a replacement.Simon Duffy, chairman of YouView said: “YouView is now a world class technology platform which blends the best of the UK’s major broadcasters and communication companies with digital OTT services. Richard has been a major contributor to this success, marshalling a unique partnership between YouView’s seven shareholders – BT, TalkTalk, the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5 and Arqiva. We wish him well in his future endeavors.”Halton said: “It has been a fantastic 10 years at the helm of an extraordinary business – one that now shapes the way three million homes find and watch television. To have led YouView through such an exciting time in the TV industry has been a privilege and I would like to thank my team as well as our shareholders and partners for their unerring support, commitment and energy. After a decade I feel it is time to move on and explore new opportunities, knowing that I leave YouView well set for the future.”last_img read more

Maltese cable operator Melita has launched a 1Gbps

first_imgMaltese cable operator Melita has launched a 1Gbps internet service that is available across its entire footprint.The move, which has enabled Melita to claim that Malta is the first country in Europe where 1Gbps broadband is available nationwide, follows upgrades to the operator’s HFC infrastructure that have also reduced latency on the network, according to the company.Melita is offering the service as part of its GigaPower product line whilst also delivering dedicated fibre services to offices and business centres.Harald Roesch, CEO at Melita Limited, said, “This is an historic milestone for Melita and for Malta. After being the first to roll out a 5G-ready mobile network last December, we have now achieved another first, delivering Gigabit internet nationwide. Our ongoing investments in infrastructure continue to ensure Malta retains its position as one of the best-connected countries in the world, while also future proofing our network for the coming Internet of Things era.”last_img read more

Discovery and fuboTV have announced a new multiy

first_imgDiscovery and fuboTV have announced a new, multi-year carriage agreement that will bring 13 Discovery networks to fuboTV’s live TV streaming service in the coming weeks. The deal extends the strategic relationship between the companies that began with the former Scripps Networks Interactive (acquired by Discovery) and included carriage of their five networks including HGTV and Food Network. Eric Phillips, president of affiliate distribution at Discovery said: “Our partners at fuboTV are building a unique programming service, and we are pleased to bring more of our portfolio of real-life passion brands and programs to their subscribers. This agreement further exemplifies the viewer affinity for our beloved brands and talent, and fuboTV’s commitment to offering high-quality, world-class content to customers.”Discovery Channel, TLC, Investigation Discovery, Animal Planet, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network and MotorTrend will be available on fuboTV’s base package, fubo Standard, joining HGTV, Food Network and Travel Channel which are already available on the service.  In addition to bringing subscribers each network’s live linear feed, the agreement also includes a library of on-demand Discovery content, bringing fuboTV’s VOD library to over 60,000 movies and TV episodes per month.“Today’s content agreement broadens the strategic relationship between Discovery and fuboTV that began almost two years ago with the former Scripps Networks,” said Joel Armijo, CFO, fuboTV. “We are excited to be adding more Discovery brands alongside their lifestyle networks, which we already carry. These brands, including HGTV and Food Network, are among our top performing entertainment networks, and this agreement allows us to extend our partnership for years to come. We expect to be similarly successful with our new Discovery networks.”last_img read more

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first_imgShareTweet LOGUE CONCERNED ABOUT RISE OF ONLINE GROOMING FIGURES was last modified: September 21st, 2016 by John2John2 Tags: SINN Féin Councillor Patricia Logue has called on young people to speak out if they have any concerns over online grooming.She was speaking after new figures released by the NSPCC showed an increase in calls to Childline about online grooming.Said Councillor Logue: “News that more than 160 children in the North phoned Childline concerned about online sexual abuse and that most of the calls were from children aged 12-15 years of age is deeply alarming.“Online grooming poses a real risk. “Given the growth of apps and webcams that assist online chatting I would call on young people to speak out about any concerns they may have.“I would also encourage parents to take an interest in their child’s online activity.“Childline can answer any questions and offer free and confidential support and advice.“They can be contacted 24 hours a day on 0800 1111 or at www.childline.org.uk,” she added. CHILDLINECOUNCILLOR PATRICIA LOGUELOGUE CONCERNED ABOUT RISE OF ONLINE GROOMING FIGURESnspccSinn Feinlast_img read more

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first_imgShareTweet The competition, sponsored by city based photo printing business PhotoChute, invited budding photographers to submit their most creative images of local park areas.Two prize winners will be announced on the night with the Adult and Junior Photographer of the Year each receiving £250 in photography equipment courtesy of PhotoChute.The best entrants will also have their work displayed in the café, featuring captivating scenes from parks across the City and District.Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Councillor John Boyle said judges were particularly impressed with the volume and standard of entries for the ‘Park Life’ initiative. “We have been overwhelmed by the extremely high standard of submissions to this competition from adults and children living in our District,” he said.“The entries have been scored by a judging panel and we are looking forward to exhibiting the shortlisted photos and announcing the winners in Brooke Park.“We are so fortunate to have such quality parks and green spaces in our communities and hope that this competition will inspire more people to use these areas and capture these moments on camera.”Parks Development Manager with Derry City and Strabane District Council, Colin Kennedy added:“The entries to the ‘Park Life’ competition really showcase the natural beauty and facilities that exist across our Council area and show some particularly imaginative and alternative views of our parks and green spaces.“Parks are social places, they’re a meeting point for friends, a haven for wildlife and a place we go to reflect or exercise.“We hope this competition has encouraged local people to tell their own story of Park Life through the lens and will inspire others to do the same.”For further information on Wednesday’s event contact Anne Carlin anne.carlin@derrystrabane.com.‘Park Life’ photography competition winners to be announced tonight at Brooke Park was last modified: January 23rd, 2019 by John2John2 Tags: The winners will be announced in Gwyn’s Pavillion Café, Brooke Park this evening at 6pm where some of the best submissions will be displayedTHE wait is almost over for over 100 entrants in Derry City and Strabane District Council’s Park Life Competition.The winners will be announced at an event in Gwyn’s Pavillion Café in Brooke Park this evening, Wednesday, January 23, at 6 pm. Brooke ParkDerry and Strabane CouncilMayor John Boyle‘Park Life’ photography competition winners to be announced tonight at Brooke Parklast_img read more

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first_imgShareTweet “There was such high quality performances from Sarah-Jane Murray from Knockavoe School, Strabane who moved the audience to tears with her version of ‘O Holy Night’, a thought provoking performance from Stage Beyond with their especially written performance ‘This is Me’ and Sole Purpose’s Sole Roots Theatre Lab highlighting mental health and disability with extracts from a recently written play ‘She wants to be a what?’ performed by Bernie Kerr and Caitriona Cunningham. Highlights of partnership working were discussed by Public Health Agency, Department for Communities and Equality Commission NI.“Huge strides have been taken since our last conference and this year’s celebration has been an even greater success because of the progress to date in partnership with Public Health Agency and newly developed partnerships with Equality Commission NI and Department for Communities such as cultural venues working towards becoming autism friendly and the continued improvement of accessibility in DCSDC’s festivals and events such as Halloween.“Indeed, there has also been synergy identified between age friendly, autism friendly and dementia friendly initiatives led by the Access and Inclusion project. “Within the last year, through a co-produced approach many cultural venues have achieved grant aid to implement capital improvements in their premises which in turn ensures they are opening opportunity to our pan disability community to attend arts and cultural activity. “These initiatives will reduce barriers, isolation and increase health and wellbeing. “Venues continue creating innovative and motivational programming to support people with disabilities and the showcases on the day were a testament to that.‘’The Equality Commission is also pleased that its ‘Every Customer Counts’ model of assessing and improving accessibility has been used in developing the DCSDC model of Access and Inclusion. “We hope that this model will be taken up by other district councils and used to improve accessibility in arts and culture venues across Northern Ireland.’’Siobhan Sweeney from the Public Health Agency concluded: “PHA is delighted to support the third annual European Day for Persons with Disabilities and the ongoing work, led through the Access and Inclusion Officer at Derry City and Strabane District Council, which is now recognised as a model of best practice in promoting accessibility within arts and cultural activities. “This was a great opportunity to celebrate the achievements of the participants and present the future plans for the project which will continue to improve the health and social well-being of the pan-disability community, through access to the arts”.Following successful collaboration with Derry City and Strabane District Council in 2017 to deliver its Access & Inclusion Pilot Programme, the Department for Communities is currently working with local authorities across NI to develop a similar Access & Inclusion Programme to expand on this success. The Programme is targeted at improving access to and participation in arts and cultural activities by people with disabilities in keeping with the Department’s vision of supporting people, improving communities and tackling disadvantage and inequality of opportunity. It was fitting that DfC met with Council officials to begin discussions on the Programme on European Day of People with Disabilities which took place in the Guildhall, Derry on 4 December 2018.To find out more about the European Day of Persons with Disabilities event or ‘Access and Inclusion’ programmes & projects throughout the City and District, please contact louise.boyce@derrystrabane.com or on 02871 253253 extn 4349 or text 07713707912.Guildhall celebration of European Day of Persons with Disability ‘a huge success’ was last modified: December 7th, 2018 by John2John2 Tags: “It is highly important that we support and promote this day to not only raise awareness of the issues affecting people with disabilities, but also highlight the ongoing work that continues to be developed promoting the effectiveness of working together” he said.“Our council has been taking the lead in many initiatives to improve quality of life experience for our pan disability community. We will continuously endeavour to leave no-one behind and ensure all our residents and visitors can make informed choices regardless of ability” he said.“I am pleased to say that there was a full house in attendance with various speakers and performers in the fabulous line up to support the celebration. Many joined us to inspire and encourage those attending to continue speaking about leading and supporting the needs and policies that affect people with disabilities.”Louise Boyce, Derry City and Strabane District’s Council Access and Inclusion Officer added: “This was our 3rd annual celebration and it really exceeded all expectations. DERRY City and Strabane District Council held its third annual conference to celebrate people with disabilities at the Guildhall this week which showcased great local talent and had a host of keynote speakers and information sessions.The European Day of Persons with Disabilities is celebrated every year and this was Council’s third year hosting a conference which is part of the European Union’s wider efforts to promote the mainstreaming of disability issues in line with the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.Deputy Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Cllr Derek Hussey said it was such an honour opening the event in the Guildhall. #Derry and Strabane CouncilGuildhall celebration of European Day of Persons with Disability ‘a huge success’LOUISE BOYCEPublic Health AgencySiobhan Sweeneylast_img read more

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first_img Local NewsNewsWatchTop Stories Oak Hill Police Dept. Looking to Hire Probationary Officer By Tyler BarkerMar 19, 2018, 18:29 pm 773 0 Mail Pinterest Linkedin Home NewsWatch Local News Oak Hill Police Dept. Looking to Hire Probationary Officer OAK HILL— The Oak Hill Police Department is currently accepting applications.Applications for the position of Probationary Police Officer can be picked up at the Oak Hill City Clerk’s Office or the police department. You can also download applications online at cityofoakhill.homestead.com.All applicants must be at least 18 years old, have a valid drivers license, be a US citizen, be legally able to carry a firearm, have a high school diploma or GED and have no prior criminal or drug history.The City of Oak Hill Police Department starting salary is $40,019. The position also includes medical benefits including eye and dental and retirement. Other perks include rank advancement pay, paid vacation and holidays, bike patrol, detective positions, take home cruisers, state of the art facility and equipment and full time forensic/crime scene analyst on staff.Special consideration will be given to certified officers. Their applications should be turned in as soon as possible. Tyler Barker Tyler Barker is currently the Interim News Director and Digital Content Manager for WOAY-TV. I was promoted to this job in Mid-November. I still will fill in on weather from time to time. Follow me on Facebook and Twitter @wxtylerb. Have any news tips or weather questions? Email me at tbarker@woay.com Twittercenter_img Google+ Next PostJudge Issues New Agreed Order with Frontier, Workers’ Union Previous PostDairy Queen Giving Away Free Vanilla Cone Tuesday To Celebrate Spring Facebook Tumblr Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Websitelast_img read more

Digital Presence This commonly includes your IP a

first_img Digital Presence: This commonly includes your IP address (which can often pinpoint you to a precise physical address), email account, online file storage, and the components of personal/business websites. Last, I will leave you with a primer on internationalization with Doug Casey. Income: The structuring of your cash flows to reduce dependence on any one source in any one jurisdiction. Establishing additional sources of revenue, international investment opportunities and trends, and setting up an offshore company. Yourself: Obtaining a second passport from another country and establishing legal residency in foreign countries. As many of you may know, International Man has its roots in the book of the same name. It was first published in 1978 by best-selling author, speculator, and renowned world-traveler Doug Casey.center_img The original intent of that book was to give readers a general sense of the exciting and opportunity-rich world that lay outside of their national borders, with a review of over 100 countries, valuable “opportunity intelligence,” and the resources that anyone could follow to realize these opportunities. Even though the book is now clearly out of date, the need for information on internalization is more relevant than ever, as governments the world over become more desperate. The purpose of this website is to preserve the mission of that book and be the premier location for up-to-date, highly actionable, and practical information on the topic. So why is internationalization prudent? Doug Casey has said over and over that spreading your political risk beyond one single jurisdiction is the single most important thing he can recommend today. Political risk is minimized when you don’t depend absolutely on any one particular country. Having all your eggs in one basket only makes it easier for someone to grab them all. Being internationalized makes it much harder for any particular government to control you. We will no doubt see the major underlying trend of increasing political risk (especially for Westerners) get worse as governments sink deeper into fiscal and moral bankruptcy. It is only prudent and logical to assume that you will, somehow and someway, continue to be squeezed harder in the pocketbook and subjected to escalating arbitrary and burdensome regulations and restrictions. In short, expect more government and less freedom all around. The window to protect yourself from these risks by diversifying internationally gets verifiably smaller with each passing week. There are many ways to internationalize that do not require you to leave your home country. It is not necessary (at least, at the moment) that you immediately leave and become an expat. However, it is necessary that you develop the options to internationalize before the government closes the window of opportunity to do so. If history is any guide, it won’t be open forever. In that sense, it is much better to have developed and implemented many parts of your internationalization game plan a year early rather than a minute late. There are four broad areas of internationalization: Savings: This covers how to setup offshore bank, brokerage, and financial accounts, foreign real estate and “bolt-holes” in case of trouble, moving and owning gold overseas, and structures like foreign trusts that help to legally reduce taxes. Placing your savings outside the immediate reach of your local government ensures that they cannot be trapped in the case of capital controls or outright seized at the drop of a hat, such as what happened when the government became sufficiently desperate in Cyprus. To navigate all the possibilities and options available, it is imperative to have the most accurate and current information possible. Casey Research has recently updated and expanded its popular Going Global report to give its readers exactly that. Going Global 2013 explores in detail the choices investors have for moving investments offshore, including insurance and trusts; it discusses many stock markets and currencies; and it covers internationalizing yourself, starting with getting a second passport and including choosing a new country (or countries) in which to create homes. If you want to start internationalizing, you’ll find no better resource on the subject. Click here to learn more and get started today.last_img read more

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first_imgThe mainstream media are falling over themselves talking about Russia’s just-signed “Holy Grail” gas deal with China, which is expected to be worth more than $400 billion. But here’s what I think the real news is… and nobody’s talking about it—until now, that is. China’s President Xi Jinping has publicly stated that it’s time for a new model of security, not just for China, but for all of Asia. This new model of security, otherwise known as “the new UN,” will include Russia and Iran, but not the United States or the EU-28. This monumental gas deal with China does so much more for Russia than the Western media are reporting. First off, it opens up Russian oil and gas supplies to all of Asia. It’s no coincidence that Russian President Putin announced the gas deal with China at a time when the tensions with the West over Ukraine were growing. Putin has US President Obama exactly where he wants him, and it’s only going to get worse for Europe and America. But before I explain why that is, let’s put this deal in terms we can understand. The specific details have not been announced, but my sources tell me that the contract will bring in over US$10 billion a year of revenue to start with. The 30-year deal states that every year, the Russians will deliver 1.3 trillion cubic feet (TCF) of gas to China. The total capital expenditure to build the pipeline and all other infrastructure for the project will be more than $22 billion—this will be one of the largest projects in the world. You can bet the Russians won’t take payment in US dollars for their gas. This is the beginning of the end for the petrodollar. The Chinese and Russians are working together against the Americans, and there are many countries that would be happy to join them in dethroning the US dollar as the world’s reserve currency. This historic gas deal between Russia and China is very bad news for the petrodollar. Through this one deal, the Russians will provide about 25% of China’s current natural gas demand. In a word, this is huge. It’s also not a coincidence that Putin sealed the deal with China before the Australian, US, and Canadian liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminals are completed. If you read our recent Casey Energy Report issue on LNG, you know to be wary of the hype about LNG’s “bright future.” Take note: this deal is a serious negative for the global LNG projects. I also stated in our April 2012 newsletter: Putin has positioned Russia to play an increasingly dominant role in the global gas scene with two general strategies: first, by building new pipelines to avoid transiting troublesome countries and to develop Russia’s ability to sell gas to Asia, and second, by jumping into the liquefied natural gas (LNG) scene with new facilities in the Far East. Pretty bang on for a comment that was made over two years ago in print, don’t you think? So, what’s next? Lots. Putin will continue to outsmart Obama. (Note to all Americans: the Russians make fun of you—not just for your poor choice of presidents, but also for your failed foreign policy that has led to most of the world hating America. But I digress.) You will see Russia announce a major nuclear deal with Iran, where the Russians will build, finance, and supply the uranium for many nuclear reactors. The Russians will do the same for China, and then Syria. With China signing the natural gas deal with Russia and the president of China publicly stating that it’s time to create a new security model for the Asian nations that includes Russia and Iran, it’s clear China has chosen Russia over the US. We are now in the early stages of the Colder War. The European Union will be the first victim. The EU is completely dependent on Russia for its oil and natural gas imports—over one-third of the EU-28’s supply of oil and natural gas comes from Russia. I’ve been writing for years about this, and I’m watching it come true right now: the only way out for the EU countries is to use modern North American technology to revitalize their old proven oil and gas deposits. I call it the European Energy Renaissance, and there’s a fortune to be made from it. Our Casey Energy Report portfolio has already been doing quite well from investing in the European Energy Renaissance, but this is only the beginning. If Europe is to survive the Colder War, it has no choice but to develop its own natural resources. There are naysayers who claim that Europe cannot and will not do that, for many reasons. I say rubbish. Of course, to make money from this European dilemma, it’s imperative to only invest in the best management teams, operating in those countries with the political will to do what it takes to survive… but if you do, you could make a fortune. Doug Casey and I plan on doing so, and so should you. For example, two weeks ago in this missive, I discussed “The Most Anticipated Oil Well of 2014,” where if you invested, in just two weeks you could be up over 40%. Not only did I write in great detail about the company, I even interviewed the CEO because of the serious potential this high-risk junior holds. I said in that Dispatch that the quality of the recorded interview wasn’t first class, but the quality of information was. The company just put together a very high-quality, professional video showing its potential, and I include it here for all to watch. Since my write-up, the company has announced incredible news. It’s only months away now from knowing whether or not it has made a world-class discovery. Subscribers to the Casey Energy Report are already sitting on some good, short-term profits with this story, but it keeps getting better. The more the tension is building in Ukraine (and it’s going to get worse), the more money we’re going to make from the Colder War. There’s nothing you can do about the current geopolitical situation, but you can position yourself and your family to benefit financially from the European Energy Renaissance. Now You Can Take the Lead… We Make It Simple We expect great things from this company and other companies that are exposed to the European Energy Renaissance. You can read our ongoing guidance on this and our other top energy stocks every month in the Casey Energy Report. In the current issue, for example, you’ll find an in-depth report on the coal sector, uranium, and updates on all of our portfolio companies that are poised to benefit most from the European Energy Renaissance. There’s no risk in trying it: If you don’t like the Casey Energy Report or don’t make any money within your first three months, just cancel within that time for a full, prompt refund. Even if you miss the cutoff, you can cancel anytime for a prorated refund on the unused part of your subscription. You don’t have to travel 300+ days a year to discover the best energy investments in the world—we do it for you. Click here to get started. Additional Links and Reads Cambridge House Conference Appearance I am speaking at 3 p.m. PDT on Sunday, June 1 in Vancouver at the Cambridge House conference. Since I’m the hometown boy and have the hometown advantage, the Cambridge House crew put me in the Diversified Hall, and to make sure the rooms were evenly filled with attendees, my competition during that time slot is a panel with four of my friends in the Mining Hall (Brent Cook, Eric Coffin, John Kaiser, and Lawrence Roulston). As Elvis said about the Beatles, “They’re good, but there is four of them and only one of me.” Thank ya, thank ya very much… Sprott Vancouver Natural Resource Symposium 2014 My friend, mentor, and partner Rick Rule is hosting this Symposium July 22-25. Rick has selected most of the companies, and I helped with some of my favorite ones also. I’ll be there, as will Doug Casey, Louis James, and Olivier Garret. It’s a great time of the year in Vancouver, and it’s definitely a show worth seeing. I’ll share more details in upcoming Daily Dispatches, but you may want to reserve your ticket now, as the Symposium is expected to sell out. When you do register, make sure you mention that you got referred by Casey Research. P.S. Don’t tell them I told you this, but the conference always has great wines at the end of each day, when you get to mingle with the speakers—so you’re guaranteed to see Rick, Doug, and me with a glass or two of fine vino in the late afternoon.last_img read more

The following is a media release from the Universi

first_imgThe following is a media release from the University of Alabama Division of Strategic Communication:TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Students at The University of Alabama have set up collection bins in various locations around campus to gather donations for Temporary Emergency Services (TES), a local nonprofit dedicated to helping individuals and families in crisis situations. Bins have been placed in the Ferguson Student Center and at the houses of Alabama Panhellenic Association organizations. The bins will remain at those sites through Nov. 10. Anyone unable to bring their donations to those locations can call TES for a free pick-up at 205-758-5535. Karen Thompson, executive director of TES, said the most needed items are clothes, food and furniture. The donations go directly to those dealing with crises. With the unpredictable nature of severe weather events and crisis situations, demand for these items could skyrocket at any time, as they did after the tornadoes that ravaged Tuscaloosa in 2011. The collection effort is part of an ongoing campaign titled “TES: Helping You Help Others,” which was created by students in Dr. Eyun-Jung Ki’s 433 Public Relations Campaigns class in UA’s Department of Advertising and Public Relations. Churches in the Tuscaloosa community funded TES in 1945 to serve clients unable to receive assistance from local social services agencies, and the organization has maintained that purpose for the past 72 years. TES has established a network of donors and is a partner of the United Way, ensuring donations swiftly go to those who need them. “We are always in need of those types of items, and every little bit helps,” said Thompson. “We try to be flexible and adaptable, but you never know exactly what you’re going to need.” TES, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, operates its programs efficiently and effectively, thereby maximizing its limited resources and the productivity of its employees. TES utilizes programs and services that have been successful for other public, private and nonprofit organizations to help those going through crisis situations. To learn more, visit www.temporaryemergencyservice.org.last_img read more

Former Crimson Tide football player Marlon Humphre

first_imgFormer Crimson Tide football player Marlon Humphrey is facing a third degree robbery charge today in Tuscaloosa from an incident that took place on January 13th.According to a police report, Humphrey was arrested after an Uber driver accused Humphrey of stealing a cell phone charger and elbowing him after dropping him off at the Hotel Capstone.The Baltimore Ravens, who Humphrey plays for now, is aware of the situation and monitoring what is taking place in Tuscaloosa. They say Humphrey has told them this was a misunderstanding.Humphrey was taken to the Tuscaloosa County Jail and was being held on $2,500 bond.last_img read more

NEW YORK — Alex Rodriguez passed Willie Mays for f

first_imgNEW YORK — Alex Rodriguez passed Willie Mays for fourth place on the career homer list, connecting for No. 661 on May 6 after he was robbed of the milestone drive by a leaping catch earlier.The New York Yankees star hit a liner off Baltimore’s Chris Tillman into a secure area just to the left of Monument Park in center field in the third inning. A-Rod sent a soaring shot in the first that Delmon Young caught by reaching over the top of the wall in right field.“Nobody will ever pass Willie Mays,” Rodriguez said after the Yankees beat the Orioles 4-3. “I talked about him being my father’s favorite player. There’s only one Willie Mays. Not only what he did on the field but what he meant off the field. He’s a legend and he’s also a role model for all of us.”Next up for Rodriguez: Babe Ruth at 714 home runs.The Yankees, who said they will not pay a $6 million bonus after Rodriguez matched the Say Hey Kid on May 1 in Boston, put a message on the main videoboard saying, “661 Home Runs. Alex Rodriguez just surpassed Willie Mays for sole possession of 4th place on baseball’s all-time home runs list.”The slugger pumped his fist as he rounded first base, and fans gave Rodriguez, who didn’t play last year while serving a drug suspension, a standing ovation as he was greeted warmly in the dugout by his teammates.“It’s a lot of fun to be part of,” said Brett Gardner, who pulled off Rodriguez’s helmet. “I know there’s a lot of questions surrounding everything. Still, 661 home runs is a lot.”Mark Teixeira stayed out of the batter’s box as the cheers swelled. Rodriguez was encouraged by the Yankees to take a curtain call, and he said he looked to Manager Joe Girardi for reassurance that it was OK.Then, ever so briefly, the three-time AL MVP jumped to the top step and thrust both hands above his head.“When you’re productive you re-earn their respect and they pull for you,” Girardi said of the fans.Rodriguez, who turns 40 in July, moved into a tie for fourth in the AL this season with seven home runs.The Yankees and A-Rod have a marketing agreement that calls for $6 million each for up to five achievements, payable within 15 days of designation by the team.But New York has said the marketing possibilities were ruined after Rodriguez served his performance-enhancing drug penalty for his involvement in the Biogenesis scandal.The accomplishments were contemplated to be homers 660, 714, 755 (Hank Aaron), 762 (Barry Bonds) and 763 as he moved up baseball’s list.No payment likely would trigger a grievance on Rodriguez’s behalf by the players’ union. Without a settlement, the case would be heard by an arbitrator.“That’s not where my mind is right now,” Rodriguez said. “I’m really just trying to enjoy this moment.”(HOWIE RUMBERG, AP Baseball Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

As expected Panathinaikos and Olympiacos got the

first_imgAs expected, Panathinaikos and Olympiacos got the tickets to the Greek cup semifinals without any real troubles.Panathinakos hosted without fans due to punishment from last season PAOK and got the 88-69 win thanks to Giannis Bourousis (23 p.), Nikos Pappas (18 p.) and KC Rivers (16 p.). The game was decided in the last quarter, which had a partial score of 24-12 for the hosts.Olympiacos, who was missing Patrick Young due to flue, demonstrated its might over Kolossos Rhodes. The final score of 99-48 says it all with Erick Green scoring 16 points and Giorgos Printezis added 12, while Vasilis Spanoulis had 8 points and 8 rebounds.In the third Greek Cup quarterfinal game of the day Aris beat Kimi 98-62 and also qualified. The semifinals will be decided by a draw after the last quarterfinal game which will be played tomorrow (AEK vs Koroivos).Source: EurohoopsTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

DETROIT AP — The Milwaukee Bucks have been unbea

first_imgDETROIT (AP) — The Milwaukee Bucks have been unbeatable after a loss.Giannis Antetokounmpo had 21 points, 11 assists and eight rebounds to help the Bucks beat the Detroit Pistons 115-105 on Tuesday night, keeping the distinction of being the league’s only team without two straight setbacks.“I love that about this team,” said Antetokounmpo, who added three steals and two blocks. “Every game we don’t play well, the next game we try from the first minute to set the tone.”Milwaukee coach Mike Budenholzer said the feat speaks to the character and the competitiveness of the team.“Really good teams historically, they usually bounce back after a loss,” Budenholzer said. “And, so far this team has been able to do that.”The NBA-leading Bucks improved to 13-0 after losing a game.“We learn from our mistakes,” said Bucks reserve Pat Connaughton, who matched a season high with 16 points. “The unfortunate thing in sports is you tend to learn a lot more from losing than you do winning.”Milwaukee’s Brook Lopez scored 12 of his 14 points in the first quarter when Antetokounmpo was limited to three points because he was on the bench for about half the quarter with two fouls.Eric Bledsoe had 20 points and seven assists, Khris Middleton scored 15 points and Tony Snell added 11 points for the Bucks, who have won seven of eight games.Detroit’s Reggie Jackson matched a season high with 25 points and Andre Drummond had 20 points and 13 rebounds. Blake Griffin had 18 points, nine assists and seven rebounds for the Pistons, who have lost four of five and dropped to 21-28 overall.Griffin said he has not given up hope the team can make the playoffs.“It’s still within our grasp,” said Griffin, who insisted he has not asked the Pistons to trade him.The Lopez-led Bucks had an eight-point advantage after the first quarter and built a 13-point lead at halftime. That cushion was big enough against the Pistons, who did not appear to be motivated to potentially rally for the win late in the game.Detroit’s Stanley Johnson turned the ball over on a pass toward Reggie Jackson with 2:28 left, and Jackson stood and watched after Bledsoe took the ball near midcourt and went in for a layup.“We’re never trying to give up,” Lopez said.TIP-INSBucks: Milwaukee swept the season series against Detroit for the first time in franchise history.Pistons: Owner Tom Gores said he’s still hoping Detroit makes the playoffs, adding the franchise will explore all possibilities before the NBA trade deadline next week.“I have not lost faith in this team,” Gores said. “There is something there. We just need some time. Dwane (Casey) just got here.”X-FACTORBucks reserve D.J. Wilson, a former Michigan star, scored all nine of his points on 4-of-6 shooting in the second quarter. Wilson’s scoring helped Milwaukee build a 62-49 lead at halftime after the Pistons pulled into a 35-all tie.“That was a critical stretch,” Budenholzer said. “We needed somebody to put the ball in the basket, and he did it.”Casey, meanwhile, lamented how poorly his team played late in the first half.“They turned up the physicality and we didn’t meet it in that stretch,” he said.BIG PLAYMAKERThe 6-foot-11 Antetokounmpo scored twice and had two assists on 3-pointers instead taking shots of his own in the lane over the final 1:38 of the third after Detroit cut its deficit to four.“He’s a great decision-maker,” Budenholzer said. “Those are big momentum swings, going into a quarter.”INJURY REPORTBucks: Shooting guard Malcolm Brogdon (bruised sternum) and guard Donte DiVincenzo (heel) missed the game.Pistons: Guards Reggie Bullock (left ankle) and Ish Smith (groin) were out with injuries.UP NEXTBucks: Play at Toronto on Thursday night in a matchup of the top two teams in the Eastern Conference.Pistons: Host the Dallas Mavericks on Thursday night.___By LARRY LAGE , AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

FEMA is planning to sell off thousands of leftover

first_imgFEMA is planning to sell off thousands of leftover trailer homes in Texas.The Federal Emergency Management Agency sent the trailers for temporarily homeless families after Hurricane Harvey struck in August 2017. But not all of them were used. Now FEMA is auctioning the leftovers online to the public with a minimum bid of $100 for trailers that range from 1 bedroom units, valued at $57,354, to 3-bedroom units with a value of $70,965.This practice is controversial (more on that later).And it brings up the question: What happens to surplus humanitarian aid?Bassam Michel Ibrahim, head of global logistics for the Norwegian Refugee Council, an international aid group, says that a surplus of humanitarian supplies should be a rare occurrence. In his experience, relief organizations are consistently up against a lack of funding and a lack of supplies.According to Ibrahim, aid missions usually go through an intense planning process to ensure that all supplies are delivered and used as intended. This detailed process allows aid groups to report to their donors exactly how their money is being used, and it means there are almost never leftovers.If there is a surplus, Ibrahim says it’s usually because problems arise that are outside of their control – like conflict breaking out or a landslide cutting off the only road to a village – that prevent them from delivering the aid. Nonetheless, surpluses do occur.Guillaume Brumagne, a logistics supervisor at Doctors Without Borders, says that the medical aid group deals with leftover supplies on a regular basis because their teams bring a lot of items – including drugs, medical equipment and shelters – when they arrive in a country to address a health crisis. Once the crisis is over and it’s time to scale down, they must figure out what to do with what’s left.”The general rule within [Doctors Without Borders] is always to try to see how can these items benefit another partner within the country,” says Brumagne.Brumagne says that whether the item is a used tent or unused medical equipment, they try to donate it to a similar actor in the area – possibly the ministry of health, a local health clinic or another medical charity. If they can’t find someone in the medical field who can use the item, they donate it in a way that still helps the local population. For example, Doctors Without Borders has donated tents to create more classroom space for schools.The one thing they try to avoid is giving supplies to someone who will then sell them.”The foundation of what we do is bringing aid to people that is completely free, accessible and without any kind of discrimination,” Brumagne says. “Even if in the end we don’t use the aid ourselves, we want to find a way for it to benefit the people it’s supposed to benefit, without them having to pay for it.”Both Ibrahim and Brumagne say they’ve never seen a reason to sell aid instead of donate it.”Why would we?” says Ibrahim. “There are always more needs than we are able to meet.”Other aid agencies, including those that are part of the U.S. government, also try to donate surplus property from disaster relief efforts. But in some instances, as in Texas, arms of the U.S. government do sell things off. In fact, there are official channels for them to do so, whether the excess supplies are trailer homes, tents, office supplies or other items. According to the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA), federal agencies may sell unneeded property to the public through GSA’s auction system if no other government agencies or qualified voluntary organizations are interested in it.The official policy FEMA sent NPR says that when the agency’s trailer homes are deemed “unsuitable for disaster survivors elsewhere,” FEMA can either put them up for auction or sell them to the current occupants.In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, FEMA was criticized for selling trailer homes at “cut-rate prices after 18 months of use or the first sign of minor damage.” Since then, the agency has said they sell mobile homes at an “adjusted fair market value,” not cut-rate prices or for pennies on the dollar. The official policy that FEMA provided to NPR does not address at what age or in what condition the units are put up for sale.Although the U.S. government willingly sells certain disaster-relief supplies, regulations prohibit the sale of government-issued military and humanitarian meal rations. So if you see them offered by an online retailer, for prices like $100 for a case of 10 meals on eBay, they’re likely being sold by the recipients themselves by the company that makes them.Janet Nelson, who co-owns TheEpicenter.com – an Oregon-based company that sells emergency supplies – says her company only carries overstock humanitarian daily rations from manufacturers. When the government doesn’t purchase the entire order placed with a manufacturer, the manufacturer repackages the kits for civilian use and sells them to dealers like Nelson’s company. She says the last time they sold humanitarian daily rations was right after Hurricane Katrina.And then there are the reports that FEMA tents were used at the failed Fyre Festival – a luxury music festival held on a Bahamian island in April 2017 that quickly spiraled into an epic fail, from lodging to meals to security.The mainstream media and social media widely reported that leftover FEMA disaster-relief tents were the accommodation for festival-goers, who spent thousands of dollars to attend. That claim is repeated in two new documentaries about the festival.But that’s not the case. Clay Kimsey, a sales representative for the manufacturer (Shelter Systems) says the tents were purchased brand-new through a third-party vendor that was “not any type of humanitarian group.””Yes, those were our structures,” he says, and they have on occasion sold their tents to relief organizations and government agencies. In the case of the Fyre Festival, they were sold for recreational use at an event that turned out to be a disaster.Joanne Lu is a freelance journalist who covers global poverty and inequity. Her work has appeared in Humanosphere, The Guardian, Global Washington and War is Boring. Follow her on Twitter: @joannelu Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.last_img read more

Three times a week 66yearold Tod Gervich inject

first_imgThree times a week, 66-year-old Tod Gervich injects himself with Copaxone, a prescription drug that can reduce the frequency of relapses in people who have some forms of multiple sclerosis. After living with the disease for more than 20 years, the self-employed certified financial planner in Mashpee, Mass., is accustomed to managing his condition. What he can’t get used to is how Medicare’s coinsurance charges put a strain on his wallet.Unlike commercial plans that cap members’ out-of-pocket drug spending annually, Medicare has no limit for prescription medications in Part D, its drug benefit. With the cost of specialty drugs increasing, some Medicare beneficiaries could owe thousands of dollars in out-of-pocket drug costs every year for a single drug.Recent proposals by the Trump administration and Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., would address the long-standing problem by imposing a spending cap. But it’s unclear whether any of these proposals will gain a foothold.The 2006 introduction of the Medicare prescription drug benefit was a boon for seniors, but the coverage had weak spots. One was the so-called doughnut hole — the gap beneficiaries fell into after they accumulated a few thousand dollars in drug expenses and were then on the hook for the full cost of their medications. Another was the lack of an annual cap on drug spending.Legislative changes have gradually closed the doughnut hole so that this year beneficiaries no longer face a coverage gap. In a standard Medicare drug plan, beneficiaries pay 25 percent of the price of their brand-name drugs until they reach $5,100 in out-of-pocket costs. Once patients reach that threshold, the catastrophic portion of their coverage kicks in, and their obligation drops to 5 percent. But it never disappears.It’s that ongoing 5 percent that hits hard for people, like Gervich, who take expensive medications.His 40-milligram dose of Copaxone costs about $75,000 annually, according to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. In January, Gervich paid $1,800 for the drug, and he paid another $900 in February. Discounts that drug manufacturers are required to provide to Part D enrollees also counted toward his out-of-pocket costs. (More on that later.) By March, he had hit the $5,100 threshold that pushed him into catastrophic coverage. For the rest of the year, he’ll owe $295 a month for this drug, until the cycle starts over again in January.That $295 is a far cry from the approximately $6,250 monthly Copaxone price without insurance. But, combined with the $2,700 he had already paid before his catastrophic coverage kicked in, the additional $2,950 he’ll owe this year is no small amount. And that assumes he needs no other medications.”I feel like I’m being punished financially for having a chronic disease,” he says. He has considered discontinuing Copaxone to save money.His drug bill is one reason Gervich has decided not to retire yet, he says, adding that an annual cap on his out-of-pocket costs “would definitely help.”Drugs like Copaxone that can modify the effects of the disease have been on a steep upward price trajectory in recent years, says Bari Talente, executive vice president for advocacy at the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Drugs that five years ago cost $60,000 annually now cost $90,000, she says. With those totals, Medicare beneficiaries “are going to hit catastrophic coverage no matter what.”Specialty-tier drugs for multiple sclerosis, cancer and other conditions — defined by Medicare as those that cost more than $670 a month — account for more than 20 percent of total spending in Part D plans, up from about 6 percent before 2010, according to a report by the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission, a nonpartisan agency that advises Congress about the program.Just over 1 million Medicare beneficiaries in Part D plans who did not receive low-income subsidies had drug costs that pushed them into catastrophic coverage in 2015 — more than twice the 2007 total — according to an analysis by the Kaiser Family Foundation.”When the drug benefit was created, 5 percent probably didn’t seem like that big a deal,” says Juliette Cubanski, associate director of the Program on Medicare Policy at the Kaiser Family Foundation. “Now we have such expensive medications, and many of them are covered under Part D — where, before, many expensive drugs were cancer drugs” that were administered in doctors’ offices and covered by other parts of Medicare.The lack of a spending limit for the Medicare drug benefit sets it apart from other coverage. Under the Affordable Care Act, the maximum amount someone generally owes out-of-pocket for covered drugs and other medical care for this year is $7,900. Plans typically pay 100 percent of customers’ costs after that.The Medicare program doesn’t have an out-of-pocket spending limit for Part A or Part B, which cover hospital and outpatient services, respectively. But beneficiaries can buy supplemental Medigap plans, some of which pay coinsurance amounts and set out-of-pocket spending limits. Medigap plans, however, don’t cover Part D prescription plans.Counterbalancing the administration’s proposal to impose a spending cap on prescription drugs is another proposal that could increase many beneficiaries’ out-of-pocket drug costs.Currently, brand-name drugs that enrollees receive are discounted by 70 percent by manufacturers when Medicare beneficiaries have accumulated at least $3,820 in drug costs and until they reach $5,100 in out-of-pocket costs. Those discounts are applied toward beneficiaries’ total out-of-pocket costs, moving them more quickly toward catastrophic coverage.Under the administration’s proposal, manufacturer discounts would no longer be treated this way. The administration says this would help steer patients toward less expensive generic medications.Still, beneficiaries would have to pay more out-of-pocket to reach the catastrophic spending threshold. Thus, fewer people would likely reach the catastrophic coverage level at which they could benefit from a spending cap.”Our concern is that some people will be paying more out-of-pocket to get to the $5,100 threshold and the drug cap,” says Keysha Brooks-Coley, vice president of federal affairs at the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network.”It’s kind of a mixed bag,” says Cubanski of the proposed calculation change. “There will be savings for some individuals” who reach the catastrophic phase of coverage. “But for many, there will be higher costs.”For some people, especially cancer patients taking chemotherapy pills, the lack of a drug-spending cap in Part D coverage can seem especially unjust.These cutting-edge, targeted oral chemotherapy and other drugs tend to be expensive, and Medicare beneficiaries often hit the catastrophic threshold quickly, says Brooks-Coley.Patty Armstrong-Bolle, a Medicare patient who lives in Haslett, Mich., takes Ibrance, a pill, once a day to help keep in check the breast cancer that has spread to other parts of her body. While the medicine has helped send her cancer into remission, she may never be free of a financial obligation for the pricey drug.Armstrong-Bolle paid $2,200 for the drug in January and February of last year. When she entered the catastrophic coverage portion of her Part D plan, the cost dropped to $584 per month. Armstrong-Bolle’s husband died last year, and she used the money from his life insurance policy to cover her drug bills.This year, a patient assistance program has covered the first few months of coinsurance. That money will run out next month, and she’ll owe her $584 portion again.If she were getting traditional drug infusions instead of taking an oral medication, her treatment would be covered under Part B of the program, and her coinsurance payments could be covered.”It just doesn’t seem fair,” she says.Kaiser Health News, a nonprofit news service, is an editorially independent program of the Kaiser Family Foundation. Neither KHN nor KFF is affiliated with Kaiser Permanente. Michelle Andrews is on Twitter: @mandrews110. Copyright 2019 Kaiser Health News. To see more, visit Kaiser Health News.last_img read more

More than 130 people in the US die of an opioid

first_imgMore than 130 people in the U.S. die of an opioid overdose every day. One of the most effective ways to save lives is to get those struggling with addiction treated with medication to stop their cravings. But a loophole in federal law might block at least one new opioid-addiction drug from coming to market for years.Many patients have to try several medications before finding one that works for them and that they can stick with.”It’s important to have multiple different treatment options for different patients, different circumstances,” says Carolyn Bogdon, a family nurse practitioner who oversees outpatient medication-assisted treatment programs at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, S.C.Some use methadone, which they get every day. Others use Vivitrol, which can be injected once a month. And many use buprenorphine, which comes in tablets and a dissolvable film that people take once or twice a day. Buprenorphine is an opiate, but it blocks the cravings associated with addiction without giving people the same high.A handful of patients at the university’s clinics have moved to a form of buprenorphine called Sublocade that’s injected just once a month. And if the company that makes Sublocade gets its way, the drug will be the only long-acting buprenorphine on the market for five more years.FDA and ‘orphan drugs’That’s because a quirk in federal law may prevent a competing drug called Brixadi from going on sale until 2024. “It’s ready for market now,” says Mike Derkacz, CEO of Braeburn, which makes Brixadi. “We are deemed safe and effective by FDA, but we are unable to make the product available to patients during this crisis.”Sublocade was approved for sale in 2017 and, like any new drug, was granted three years of exclusive access to U.S. markets. That time is up next year. But in December, the Food and Drug Administration told Braeburn it might have to wait four more years because Sublocade was designated an “orphan drug,” which gives it seven years of exclusive access. Sublocade, which is made by Indivior, isn’t an orphan drug in the traditional sense. Normally, these are medications that treat illnesses affecting fewer than 200,000 people a year. Opioid addiction is not a rare disease.In 2017, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, about 2.3 million people in the U.S. were addicted to prescription opioids or illicit opiates such as heroin, and 47,000 people died of an overdose.The Trump administration declared opioid addiction a public health emergency that same year — just a month before Sublocade hit the market — and made helping people get medication-assisted treatment a priority.That’s why the makers of Brixadi were shocked when the FDA gave their product only tentative approval in December. Derkacz says it doesn’t make sense, in the middle of what many call an epidemic, to treat buprenorphine drugs as if they treat a rare disease.”There have been studies that show a reduction in mortality by 40% with buprenorphine,” Braeburn’s CEO says. “That keeps people alive. That gives people a chance to get back to their lives and recover fully.”A back-door approachSo why is Sublocade considered an orphan drug? Like many things related to prescription drugs, the reasons are wonky and sort of irrational.Indivior created its first buprenorphine-based drug, called Subutex, in the 1990s. At the time, treating addiction with other drugs wasn’t mainstream. There were methadone clinics in some U.S. cities, but they were heavily regulated by law.The company asked the FDA to give it orphan drug status — but instead of saying there weren’t many potential patients, Indivior said it had little hope of earning back its investment in Subutex and needed extra time with no competition. Few drugs have ever received orphan status this way. But at the time, it made sense to the FDA.The orphan designation was granted, and Subutex hit the market in 2002.Since then, Indivior has made billions in revenue from sales of the drug and its successors, Suboxone and Sublocade, partly because the orphan designation is automatically attached to every new formulation of buprenorphine the company makes.Indivior’s executives declined to be interviewed for this story. But in response to written questions, the company says, “Indivior stands by FDA’s decision, which was supported by both the law and the facts at that time.”Derkacz says Braeburn has asked the Food and Drug Administration to revoke Sublocade’s orphan status. And an FDA spokeswoman says the agency is actively considering that request.The right drug ‘can save their life’Long-acting, injectable treatments for addiction have some advantages over tablets and dissolvable films. Patients don’t have to remember to take medication each day, and they can avoid the drugstore.”It provides a little bit more anonymity for patients that don’t want to disclose that they have an opiate use disorder,” says Michelle Lofwall, a psychiatrist and medical director at two University of Kentucky clinics that treat patients struggling with opioid addiction.”Some patients have felt stigmatized when going to the pharmacy, like they don’t feel like they’re necessarily treated all that well once they show their prescription,” she says.Lofwall participated in Brixadi’s clinical trial, so she’s one of the few health care providers who has used both medications. She says they’re slightly different and that she’d like to have the choice to offer her patients.”From a public health perspective, and just as a provider physician trying to treat patients, they need to have all the options,” Lofwall says. Being on the right drug “literally can save their life.””As a clinician, it’s always important for me to have more tools,” Andrea Barthwell, an addiction treatment specialist, wrote in public comments on Braeburn’s FDA petition. “Moreover, there are gaps in care from the current buprenorphine treatment options that Brixadi may fill.”Brixadi can be used weekly as well as monthly, allowing doctors to see their patients more frequently and monitor them more closely at the start of treatment, according to several comments.Another issue is cost.Sublocade costs about $1,580 per month, according to marketing materials from Indivior, and some insurance companies won’t pay for it. “In Kentucky,” Lofwall says, “we haven’t been able to get it for patients who are on several different Medicaid managed-care programs.”By contrast, a generic version of the buprenorphine film costs about $140 a month, according to the website GoodRX.com.Daniel Smith, who leads the medication-assisted treatment program at Mary’s Center in Washington, D.C., says he doesn’t know any doctors who use Sublocade now.”Long-acting buprenorphine is definitely advantageous over short-acting for many reasons, but cost and availability have been the challenge,” he says.But if a competitor drug came on the market, Smith says the price of Sublocade might fall, and he might then be willing to prescribe it to his patients. 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first_imgSee the proposed redesign plans below. The Old North Church Foundation will host a public hearing on Thursday, May 25th at 6:30 p.m. at the church (193 Salem St.) to discuss plans for its Washington Garden and Courtyard. The redesign looks to transform the space into an outdoor education and art space interpreting Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s famous poem, “Paul Revere’s Ride.”The purpose of the event is to hear the opinions of various stakeholders, community organizations and the general public to envision the full potential of the Washington Garden as a space where its half a million visitors can learn more about America’s history. Old North is proposing to open up the garden and courtyard and add at least two significant interpretive elements: a water feature that includes the poem, “Paul Revere’s Ride”, and a map of the ride laid out in horseshoes and plaques.North End resident Sean Sanger of Copley Wolff Design Group, landscape architect for the project, will lead the discussion. Weather permitting, the hearing will begin in the courtyard. Participants will be invited to comment on preliminary plans and add their own ideas for making the space more enjoyable for the whole community. This event is held with a goal of generating public opinion and ideas for the redesign project going forward. The design process is funded by the Browne Fund of the City of Boston, a public arts fund, and by the Beacon Hill Garden Club, longtime caretakers of the garden.*Advertisement*last_img read more

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first_imgYou made it through Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday and Giving Tuesday. Whew, congratulations! If you have any money left, this is our seasonal reminder to consider supporting community news at NorthEndWaterfront.com through our Patron program. If you are already signed up, thank you for your help in getting us through!We love telling the stories and sharing the views of our unique community, covering the North End, Waterfront and Downtown Boston! With a larger following has come increasing demands to cover all the goings on – big and small – in our fabled area of Boston. The long-term survival of NorthEndWaterfront.com depends on it being self-sustaining.For as little as $2 per month, your contribution goes a long way in keeping NorthEndWaterfront.com going. Patrons receive a special offers, including North End / Waterfront images and wallpapers.*Advertisement* One-time contributions are also most welcome online via Paypal or checks mailed to: North End Boston LLC, 343 Commercial St. #508 Boston, MA 02109.We are extremely appreciative of the support that NorthEndWaterfront.com receives from the community. NorthEndWaterfront.com will always be free, we promise! To be clear, the Patron program is completely voluntary for those readers that want to help cover our costs. We use Patreon to manage the credit card and/or paypal contributions.Click Here For Information on Becoming a PatronThank you for helping NorthEndWaterfront.com be the best neighborhood news site in Boston!Matt Conti, Editorlast_img read more

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first_img What’s New in TechnologyLatest News for EntrepreneursOur Best Videos be_ixf; php_sdk; php_sdk_1.4.18 https://www.blackenterprise.com/social-media-week-returns-to-lagos-nigeria/ https://www.blackenterprise.com/social-media-week-returns-to-lagos-nigeria/ Social Media Week (SMW) Lagos produced by AFRIKA21 and Dragon Africa returns to Lagos, Nigeria, for it’s 4th edition, February 22-26, 2016. SMW Lagos is part of the global conference Social Media Week hosted simultaneously in 12 other cities around the world. Lagos is the first African city to host the annual event, and currently the only African city hosting the week-long global conference. To date, over 20,000 people have participated in SMW Lagos.[Related: SXSW 2015 is Here: Attend Interactive, Film and Music Festivals and Conferences]The global theme for the February 2016 edition of Social Media Week is The Invisible Hand: Hidden Forces of Technology. Informed by the global theme, the local theme for SMW Lagos is, ‘The Networked African: Technology’s Impact on Africa (and How We Can Harness it for Good).’ During the week-long event the themes and issues surrounding how mobile technology; networked connectivity; data and other technologies are radically changing industries and communities across Africa.“In a continent ‘a billion strong’ we understand that our collective capacity will have a huge impact on society beyond our various countries borders. Technology fuels this shift, but it is the networked African in the driver seat. How we harness technology and leverage our individual connectivity will determine Africa’s future and recontextualize the continent’s influence globally.” – Ngozi Odita, Co-Founder/Executive Director, Social Media Week LagosSMW Lagos 2016 will be held at the SMW Lagos Campus located at Landmark Center, a state of the art event space on Victoria Island in Lagos, Nigeria. The SMW Lagos Campus will host keynotes, panels discussions, master classes and feature digital installations, co-working spaces, executive meeting rooms, exhibitions and a beachfront lounge for post-conference networking. The conference will explore a wide range of topics including social media and the Nigerian football industry, business, entertainment, education, technology and governance.  In addition, SMW Lagos 2016 debuts several new programming tracks, Future of Media Summit, Women In Tech and the Interactive Pavilion, which includes Stage15.  SMW Lagos is free and open to the public.NEW FOR 2016Future of Media SummitSMW Lagos kicks off with the ‘Future of Media’ Summit on Monday the 22nd of February 2016.  News Bureaus, broadcasters, journalists and bloggers join us to share best practices and discuss what’s next on the continent’s media landscape. The summit will feature talks led by Agence France-Presse, The Guardian Nigeria, Black Enterprise, Quartz Africa, The Guardian (UK), Pulse Nigeria, and the Nigerian Communications Commission.Women in Tech DayWhen one woman helps another, amazing things can happen. Professional careers leap forward and new ideas take root… that’s what SMW Lagos African Women in Tech Day is all about. Taking place on Wednesday, February 24, the day will feature panel sessions and master classes led by Intel, She Leads Africa, and Facebook.Interactive PavilionSMW Lagos’ Interactive Pavilion hosts a diverse range of forward-thinking exhibitors — from promising start-ups to established industry leaders. It’s where business gets done: on the pavilion floor, in and around our conference program, in impromptu connections, and in planned meetings and special events. The five-day show encourages targeted connections and new discoveries through experiential offerings from our partner exhibitors, as well as co-working spaces, curated lounges and original crowd sourced programming on Stage15.To learn more about SMW Lagos 2016 and register to attend, visit http://socialmediaweek.org/lagos/attend/.  For the latest news and updates follow SMW Lagos on Twitter via @SMWLagos or on Facebook via facebook.com/SMWLagos.last_img read more

By Julian Gray FFWPU IHQ True Parents time on ea

first_imgBy Julian Gray, FFWPU IHQTrue Parents’ time on earth is limited by the human life span. Moreover, within a comparatively small number of years, everyone who worked together with True Parents, heard them speak or greeted them even once at a public event, will have departed this earthly life and be in the spirit world. Within a few decades our movement will be totally made up of people who never met or saw True Parents in the flesh.Knowing this, True Mother—who perhaps more than anyone is aware of the speed at which time passes—decided that an educational exhibition center and archive devoted to the lives of True Parents and to the movement they initiated and inspired, should be created while they are still on earth and while all that they have accomplished is still well within living memory.In 2014, Mother announced that the CheonJi SunHak Won would be built in HJ Cheonwon (the Cheongpyeong complex), and established a planning committee. Last year, Mother mentioned the following to a large crowd gathered at the Cheongpyeong Azalea Festival:“At the center of the CheongPyeong development, which can fulfill the hopes and dreams of our Heavenly Parent and True Parents, I will construct the CheonJi SunHak Won, to be unique and at the highest standard, ready to show these hopes and dreams to the world. It will be a place where you and your descendants can experience the True Parents’ love, and a holy place where you can return eternal thanks to Heavenly Parent.” May 7, 2016 (Azalea Festival)Today (September 8, 2017), the transformation of that vision into reality began with the groundbreaking ceremony held at 9:00 am this morning. CheonJi SunHak Won will be located near the beginning of the road that goes up to Cheon Jeong Gung, the Palace, thus a few minutes’ walk from the Sunhak UP Graduate School.Upon True Mother’s arrival at the wide stretch of bare earth upon which an elevated dais had been prepared, Mr. and Mrs. Han Eui-Il offered True Parents bouquets of flowers. Mr. Han is the head of the CheonJi SunHak Won Committee.True Family members, representatives of the CheonJi SunHak Won Committee, plus prominent leaders from society sat with True Mother in front of a crowd of at least a thousand people, including Cheon Il Guk leaders and Cheongpyeong Great Works participants.According to Dr. Yoon Young-Ho, deputy-chief of True Mother’s secretariat, who was the MC for the occasion, CheonJi SunHak Won will have four basement levels and two stories above ground. The first and second floors will host some 6,600 square meters of exhibition space. Displayed there, in 13 thematic zones will be the story of True Parents’ lives, from their births to the foundation of Cheon Il Guk. The lower levels will have models of the houses in which True Parents were born and there will be artifact storage archives, event halls and meeting facilities, as well as galleries for temporary exhibitions.After the Korean FFWPU President Rev. Ryu Kyeon-seok’s opening prayer, Mr. Hong Sun-Pyo, who chairs the CheonJi SunHak Won construction team, gave a report on the project, in which he gave some information about what is required to begin the actual construction of such a facility:“As a greenbelt region, all design work for such buildings in the area must incorporate a minimum of 60 percent green space. Environmental impact assessments, evaluations by the metropolitan area authorities and other approvals have been processed, and just at the end of this past July, business operations and development approvals were secured from the Gapyeong County authorities.”Mr. Hong also mentioned some of the features of the new museum:“The tribute hall in the center of the building will feature large panels, painted in a traditional Korean lacquer technique, reflecting significant historical moments from the birth of True Parents through the completion of the history of the providence of restoration. A multipurpose hall is designed to accommodate some 1,000 people for various kinds of workshops, performances, banquets and other events. Exhibition galleries on four levels will be used for exhibits on True Parents’ lives and achievements, art exhibitions and other seasonal exhibitions and events.”Two important guests offered congratulatory remarks. Notably Mr. Kim Young-Woo, chairman of the National Assembly Defense Committee, in referring to North Korea’s nuclear bomb test on September 3 and the changing situation on the Korean peninsula, said that a clear vision was necessary:“I think we can find the key in the example and the words of the late Rev. Dr. Sun Myung Moon and Dr. Hak Ja Han Moon, who have consistently taught us to ‘Live for the sake of others.’ These two great teachers have offered their entire lives for the reunification of Korea and for world peace. When this museum is completed, even more people will come to visit this region, to enjoy the beautiful natural environment, and to share the vision of world peace. I hope that many new apostles of peace will be born through the work of the CheonJi SunHak Won.”Mr. Kim Seong-Gi, the governor of Gapyeong County, in which the HJ Cheonwon area is located, then spoke briefly, and his message included the following statement:“This area in particular has already experienced great advancements and development through projects advanced by  the Family Federation for World Peace and Unification, and is well on the way to becoming an eco-friendly self-reliant suburban area. As we turn the first spade of earth today for CheonJi SunHak Won, which will be an important landmark in Gapyeong County, we are taking a great step forward in the development of arts and culture here, which will in turn strengthen the tourist industry in the area.”After these congratulations had been offered, and a video presentation of True Mother’s messages viewed, Mother prayed deeply over the providential initiative to be embarked upon. In her prayer, Mother referred to the providence by which God had sent the Messiah, and said that important providential figures and the people at his time had been unable to understand God’s providence and thus could not fulfill their responsibility; thus in going the path of the cross, Jesus said he would return and hold the marriage of the lamb. Mother then mentioned that God had raised up the Korean people and brought the True Parents to appear in the blessing of a new providence, so that all humankind would be able to live as the children of the Heavenly Parent; and that this was an amazing miracle. Mother expressed her deep regret that the people of the world do not yet know about this. Mother then prayed specifically, with a voice filled with emotion, about the CheonJi SunHak Won:“And so, in the name of the True Parents, we will quickly build CheonJi SunHak Won for the sake of the members and future generations of the Unificationist family, and citizens of Cheon Il Guk who will come. CheonJi SunHak Won will show them, in a lively way, True Parents’ love, and True Parents’ providential work. Loving Heavenly Parent, thank you. I am so grateful and thankful to you for your hard work. You did not forsake such ignorant people, but instead have continued to lead them. In front of the tremendously hard work you have invested, we are so sorry and yet so grateful. Heavenly Parent, now, through the True Parents who can fulfill your original dream, a foundation for the settlement of Cheon Il Guk has been laid. Through constructing this facility, we will now advance toward the day when this people will be awakened and all the people of the world will be able to return thanks and glory to Heaven with a heart of filial love. Heavenly Parent, if you are with us, we will accomplish this without fail. This will be a starting point for the sake of that day. Father, please preside over all the event of today. All these things I give thanks for and pray in the name of the True Parents.”After concluding her prayer, True Mother, True Family members and distinguished guests cut the tape symbolizing the opening of the construction site on which the CheonJi SunHak Won will rise over the next few years.Following this came an exciting (if not unexpected) blast of fireworks and colored smoke, accompanied by hundreds of helium balloons floating up into the sky in celebration.The occasion was brought to a cheerful and poignant close with Japan Group Chair Rev. Song Yong-Cheon leading all present in a set of rousing cheers of Eok-mansei.Click to see more pictureslast_img read more

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first_img be_ixf; php_sdk; php_sdk_1.4.18 https://www.blackenterprise.com/lyfts-new-dispatch-developer-program-great-news-entrepreneurs/ https://www.blackenterprise.com/lyfts-new-dispatch-developer-program-great-news-entrepreneurs/ Uber’s mishaps have become Lyft’s lucky break. Not only did the second-most well known ride-sharing company recently enter negotiations to raise an additional $500 million in funding, but it also expanded its developer platform. The new Dispatch Developer Program is bound to spark entrepreneurial innovation.Lyft has offered its APIs to developers since May of last year. The limitation was that developers could only create integrations that still required users to use the Lyft app from a smartphone. However, the new Dispatch Developer Program has changed that. The new APIs allow developers to integrate Lyft requests and schedule pick-ups via third-party apps, without requiring the Lyft app or even a smartphone.The Dispatch Developer Program can offer great value-add for entrepreneurs, and according to Lyft’s blog, instead of billing the ride through the Lyft app, Lyft can bill a business directly.The implications for small business entrepreneurs are endless. For example, an event planner can integrate Lyft into an event planning app to take attendees to and from events and parties–an extra feature that would give an advantage over competitors. Also, a beauty service that pairs customers with stylists could set pick-ups for stylists, to ensure they are on time for appointments.The post on Lyft’s blog, titled Announcing the Dispatch Developer Program, mentions some other creative ways that the Dispatch Developer Program is currently being used by businesses:“For instance,  we’re working with partners who are providing solutions to car dealerships who want to provide courtesy rides for customers while their vehicles are in service.Other partners include One Call Care Management and LogistiCare, who provide healthcare transportation service to those who are otherwise unable to drive or transport themselves. With Dispatch, the possibilities are endless; like One Call Care Management and LogistiCare, your customers don’t require a smartphone or the Lyft app to get around.”For more information on Lyft’s Dispatch Developer Program, click here. Image: Lyftlast_img read more

By Sabina Nadejdin FFWPU Moldova FFWPU Moldova in

first_imgBy Sabina Nadejdin, FFWPU MoldovaFFWPU Moldova in cooperation with Ialoveni District Council organized the district level conference entitled “Family and Community involved in Local Development” on May 15.About 75 people attended, including the vice president of the District Council, a village Mayor, Chief of General Directorate for Education of Ialoveni district, more than 30 social workers and others.As I mentioned in the previous report, when we met the local administration, they expressed awareness of not having solutions to family issues and showed much openness to work with FFWPU Moldova. So the local administration actively involved in organizing the conference by taking responsibility for mobilizing the audience and the speakers. The purpose of the speakers was to report about the family situation at district level and the problems that the district community is facing in this field. So, representatives from the field of Health care, Police and Education offered presentations. Also, a Christian Orthodox priest spoke and attended the conference from the beginning to the end.On the other hand, Family Federation presented its vision and successful practices from countries like Albania and Cambodia. The president of the FFWPU Moldova, Andrei Esanu, gave an inspiring presentation introducing the idea of building model community through Happy Families Festivals and Happy Family Clubs/home groups. And he expressed the readiness of FFWPU  Moldova to offer its full support both ideologically and financially for implementing this project and lunched the appeal to choose/step up of 4 communities from Ialoveni district.Since the event had also the purpose of celebrating the International Family Day, our Japanese volunteers prepared two beautiful songs that brought light and joy to the minds of people attending. And the local administration offered flowers of appreciation to a few big and exemplary families living in Ialoveni.The event was closed by a nice flash-mob in which participants went out to the street telling people passing by about International Family Day and giving out balloons and other small gifts prepared by the District Council.One more efficient aspect for creating the atmosphere was the welcoming coffee in the morning before the conference began and the tasty warm lunch after the conference ended, both offered by the FFWPU Moldova.After the event FFWPU Moldova received an invitation to sign Agreement of Cooperation with the District Council of Ialoveni and with the Department of psycho-pedagogical assistance of Ialoveni district.We think it was an important and successful event for the providence in Moldova.last_img read more