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UPDATE Alert neighbor helps nab burglary suspect

first_imgA Rose Village woman woke up Wednesday evening to see an intruder standing at the foot of her bed.“I just sat there. I didn’t know what to do,” said the woman, Eleanor.Fortunately, an observant neighbor had already taken action. He’d asked police to respond when he saw a man enter his neighbor’s back door a few minutes earlier.Both the neighbor and victims asked that their last names be withheld from this story. Here’s how the situation unfolded:John, the man who called 911, was working in his backyard near the intersection of 30th and U streets Wednesday night when he saw a shirtless man in the alley behind his house.“This guy I’ve never seen before,” he said, noting he knows most people who pass by his home.The man asked if he could use the bathroom. John said no. Then the man asked for some water.John gave him a bottle of water and the man started walking down the alley again.“I didn’t think anything much of it after that,” John said.After a few minutes, John saw the man (who John said was now acting strange) in the backyard of his neighbors’ home. Eventually, the man went in the back door.John called 911 and went around the block and saw two cars in the driveway. His neighbors were still in the home, he thought. He didn’t hear any commotion and worried that he had called the police on someone his neighbors knew.Officers with Vancouver police’s West Precinct Neighborhood Response Team arrived at the home on the 3000 block of U Street around 7:30 p.m.They found Eleanor’s husband and two children on the first floor on the home, said police spokeswoman Kim Kapp. The husband told police he’d heard his door open but didn’t know who opened it. He thought Eleanor had gone out to the car, but when he didn’t see her outside, he went downstairs into the basement to check on her. While Eleanor’s husband had gone out to the car, the intruder allegedly hid in the basement’s bathroom.last_img read more

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2 chemical burn victims in Hialeah airlifted to JMH

first_imgHIALEAH, FLA. (WSVN) – A man and a woman were airlifted to the hospital after, officials said, they sustained chemical burns in Hialeah, Monday afternoon.Hialeah Fire Rescue responded to the scene on the 900 block of West 74th Street. According to investigators, a man in his early 70s and a woman in her 50s suffered burns to their lower extremities from an unknown chemical.Miami-Dade Fire Rescue assisted crews with airlifting the victims to Jackson Memorial Hospital.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

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AMHS report Ferries boost Anchorage MatSu economies too

first_imgPassengers disembark the ferry Malaspina in Skagway during its 50th anniversary sailing. Most ferry fares went up Jan. 1. (Photo by Mikko Wilson/360 North)Download AudioMany people think the Alaska Marine Highway System only serves port communities in the Southeast and Southwest parts of the state, plus Prince William Sound. It turns out the Railbelt benefits, too.The McDowell Group, a Juneau-based research business, was hired by the ferry system to produce an economic impact report.It lists Anchorage and the Matanuska-Susitna Borough among the top hometowns for residents booking ferry travel. And Anchorage is tied for first as the prime destination for ferrying summer tourists.“The marine highway system has this invisible role in the rest of the state that’s not as apparent,” said Heather Haugland, who wrote the report based on 2014 fiscal year information.It shows the ferry system to be an essential part of Alaska’s economic landscape. The marine highway employs about 1,000 people directly, which leads to almost 700 other jobs in retail, tourism and other industries.The report, released Feb. 4, said the system led to about $270 million a year of economic activity statewide. That’s more than double what the government spends on operations and maintenance. Direct revenues from ticket sales, freight and related activity remain far below the state’s costs.Haugland said the economic benefits start with about $65 million in ferry workers’ pay.“Those wages, in turn, get spent elsewhere in the state. And that creates indirect impacts. And then businesses, as well, that the marine highway system works with and makes purchases from, they in turn make additional purchases,” she said.Of course, the marine highway’s biggest impacts are on smaller, isolated communities. Their residents depend on ferry travel for medical care, shopping and school trips.“The marine highway system serves 33 communities. And only five of them are connected to the road system,” she said.The report said the marine highway carried almost 320,000 passengers and more than 100,000 vehicles in the year studied. More than 4,000 container vans carried groceries and seafood, as well as other products.Haugland said those are especially important in small communities with few other options.“You can’t just replace the ferry system with air. Air travel (has) a lot of canceled flights. There is not as much capacity on air. It just plays such an essential role in many facets of life in these really small communities,” she said.The schedule has been cut since the data was collected that was used in the report. More reductions are planned, due to the state’s budget crisis.Haugland said economic and other impacts will drop proportionately as sailings and ships are cut.Ferry system spokesman Jeremy Woodrow said the report is timely.“There have been requests from the public and … the legislature as well to look at this economic impact and renew the study information,” he said.Woodrow said the study has been sent to coastal legislators, as well as members of the House and Senate Transportation committees.last_img read more

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After Reliance Vodafone Offers Free Twitter Access

first_imgVodafone India will offer its subscribers free access to the micro-blogging site Twitter for three months.The telecom operator has teamed up with Twitter to penetrate mobile Internet user base in India.Both post-paid and pre-paid subscribers can enjoy tweeting without any 2G data charges for three months. However, Blackberry smartphone users cannot access the Twitter scheme.The scheme in turn is speculated to attract data charges as the user is expected to get hooked on to Twitter or the Android app.”Vodafone India has always been at the forefront of providing innovative and user-friendly mobile internet experience for its customers in India. Our partnership with Twitter and this offering is yet another step in our ongoing endeavour to make mobile internet more fun, smart, engaging and easy,” Vodafone India chief commercial officer Vivek Mathur told Afaqs!All Vodafone subscribers need to set the APN to ‘www’ in their data setting section of the phone to get free access.It has been months since telecom operators, including Airtel, Vodafone and Reliance, have launched a price war in their data services. Airtel slashed 2G prices by 90 percent and Vodafone cut down on its 2G data prices by 80 percent. Idea and Reliance followed with similar schemes to gain subscribers.The social networking site has not partnered with a telecom company for the first time. In fact, Reliance beat Vodafone in the three month initiative. In March, RCom came out with the ‘Reliance Twitter Access Pack’, where it offered free Twitter access to GSM customers.However, Vodafone India is the first to bring out ‘Twitter for Android app’ to the market.last_img read more

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Sridevis daughter Janhvi Kapoors shorts make Katrina Kaif worry for her

first_imgJanhvi Kapoor and Katrina KaifVarinder Chawla/InstagramKatrina Kaif has lately been quite candid with media, and continuing the trend, she recently said something about Janhvi Kapoor that might leave the latter confused.On a chat show hosted by Neha Dhupia, Katrina said that she feels “worried” for Janhvi due to her “very short shorts”. The actress made the statement when the host asked her to name a celebrity who goes OTT (over-the-top) in his or her gym look.”Not OTT, but I am concerned about the very, very short shorts that Jahnvi wears. She comes to my gym as well, so we, often are together in the gym. I just worry about her sometimes,” Katrina said on the show.While Katrina’s statement does not clearly reveal what exactly worries her about Janhvi’s shorts, this will certainly leave Sridevi’s daughter scratching her head too.Meanwhile, the diva has been busy promoting her upcoming film Bharat that also features Salman Khan, Disha Patani and Sunil Grover. Katrina apparently plays an interesting role of a dominating woman, who eventually falls in love with Salman’s character.Set in the backdrop of independence, Bharat has been directed by Ali Abbas Zafar, and is slated to be released on June 5.last_img read more

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DC Health Advocates Address Drug Addiction at Expo

first_imgThousands of area residents attended NBC4’s Health & Fitness Expo from Jan. 9-10 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. (Photo by Shantella Y. Sherman)Tens of thousands of D.C. metropolitan area residents converged on the Walter E. Washington Convention Center Jan. 9-10 for a health expo that offered necessary tools to better physical, mental, and emotional well-being. The 23rd Annual NBC4 Health & Fitness Expo helped kick-start a healthy new year for attendees through health screenings and healthy food preparation demonstrations to Pilates classes and informational booths for a myriad of health conditions. NBC4 is a NBC owned and operated television station in the District.Among the highlights of this year’s expo were both senior citizen and young adult exercise challenges and a book signing station to support local health-related works.  Kenny Lyles, a recovering substance user and father of three attended the event with his children, making it a point to visit local author Rhonda L. Johnson’s talk on overcoming addiction.“They [his children] are all young adults now and understand how drugs can take an otherwise healthy person and destroy them from the inside out,” Lyles said.  “It was important for them to understand that it was not just that their dad was wrecked by drug use, but also that it is the nature of drugs to damage or destroy all people who use them – even beautiful women like Johnson are impacted.”Donovan Heller and hundreds of others took to the Pilates mats at the 23rd Annual NBC4 Health & Fitness Expo. (Photo by Shantella Y. Sherman)Johnson, a certified peer specialist from the D.C. Department of Behavioral Health’s Office of Consumer and Family Affairs, read from her book “Memoirs of An Addict: Fact or Fiction.”“It is easy for society to look down on the person suffering with drugs and alcohol but what about the closet addict that lives every day with an addiction and the world does not see or want to believe they have a problem?,” Johnson asked attendees.  “I had to learn to examine myself and learn what the root cause of my addictive, mental, and suicidal behavior was. Once I became a consumer of mental health and received the correct treatment for my undiagnosed mental illness and drug addiction my life began to change.”Johnson said that was the beginning of her road to recovery – something she said few people facing addiction have an opportunity to do under harsh public scrutiny.Other participants of the expo included Donovan Heller and his sisters, Hasiya and Ateya, who spent two days alternating between picking up health literature for their mother, and taking part in all of the athletic challenges offered.  Heller’s mother, diagnosed according to him as obese and suffering from hypertension, began having problems with her knees several months ago.“I thought Pilates might be good for my mother since she has to lose weight but cannot stand the impact on her knees, but it seemed like a kind of White girlie thing to do,” Heller said.  “There was a big guy in front of me in line and I thought if he could do it comfortably, so could my mother.”  Heller said he and his sisters will take the literature and techniques they learned at the expo home to help improve theirs and their mother’s overall health.last_img read more

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Footballer suffers cardiac arrest during match

first_imgKolkata: Ritwik Das (22) a young footballer from Odisha, died while playing football on the Sports Authority of India (SAI) campus in Salt Lake on Saturday afternoon.It is suspected that he died due to a sudden cardiac arrest. Das, a student of National Law University Odisha (NLUO), had come to Benagl to participate in the festival organised by the National University of Juridical Sciences (NUJS) Kolkata. The event had started on Friday and was about to conclude on Sunday. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseAccording to sources, the NLUO football team was playing against Christ University of Bengaluru. Ritwik collapsed on the field while playing. Immediately, the referee stopped the game and he was taken out of the field by his teammates. In the side line he was given water and other players tried to comfort Ritwik. Meanwhile, the medic at SAI was informed. He reached the field within few minutes and examined him. Following that he opined that Ritwik need to be admitted at the earliest. Immediately he was rushed to the AMRI hospital just opposite to the SAI Complex where doctors declared Riwik brought dead. Bidhannagar South police station and officials and interim Vice-Chancellor (VC) of NUJS Justice (Retd.) Amit Talukdar were informed immediately. Police later sent the body for autopsy examination and informed Das’s family. Upon getting the news, V-C and other officials decided to stop the festival immediately. On Saturday night, Rashmi Ranjan Das, father of Ritwik Das, who is an Indian Revenue Service (IRS) officer, arrived in Kolkata. After completing all the necessary procedures, he left the city with Das’s body in the afternoon.last_img read more

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Arch Mortgage Insurance Launches Online TRID Information Center

first_img Arch Mortgage Insurance Company Mortgage Insurance TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure 2015-07-01 Staff Writer Share July 1, 2015 495 Views Arch Mortgage Insurance Company, a private mortgage insurance provider and a wholly owned subsidiary of Arch Capital Group Ltd., recently announced the launch of a new online resource that will provide information and resources to lenders to help them prepare for the expected October 3, 2015 launch of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure (TRID) rule.“Our goal is to provide our customers with clarity on how mortgage insurance will be treated under TRID and how and where to disclose this information,” said Chris Hovey, EVP and chief operations officer at Arch MI.According to the company, Arch MI’s TRID Information Center is a unique repository of information for lenders including a webinar, FAQs, resources, and links. The database was created in conjunction with Benjamin K. Olson, a partner at the Buckley Sandler law firm. Olson is a former deputy assistant director of the CFPB’s Office of Regulations, who led the Bureau’s development of the proposed rules and forms integrating TILA and RESPA disclosures.Olson will host a proprietary webinar as part of Arch’s TRID education and will deliver his expert opinion on mortgage insurance, tolerances under TRID, and corresponding lender disclosure responsibilities.“The TRID rules will have a transformative effect on the mortgage origination process for consumers and industry,” Mr. Olson said. “Although the rules can be dauntingly complex, they also offer a unique opportunity for lenders and service providers who can master their intricacies.”Arch Capital Group Ltd.’s U.S. mortgage insurance operation, Arch MI, is a leading provider of private insurance covering mortgage credit risk. Headquartered in Walnut Creek, CA, Arch MI’s mission is to protect lenders against credit risk, while extending the possibility of responsible homeownership to qualified borrowers. Arch MI’s flagship mortgage insurer, Arch Mortgage Insurance Company, is licensed to write mortgage insurance in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.center_img in Headlines, News Arch Mortgage Insurance Launches Online TRID Information Centerlast_img read more

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Let the Good Times Roll

first_imgLet the Good Times Roll Bloomberg Economic Growth Housing Market LendingTree Mortgage Rates nelson d. schwarz New York Times rachel evans tendayi kapfidze 2018-10-26 Staff Writer October 26, 2018 757 Views The Commerce Department has released an estimate for economic growth in Q3 of 3.5 percent—a slight drop from 4.2 percent in Q2. Consumer spending, which accounts for nearly 70 percent of all U.S. economic output, rose 4 percentage points, tracking with its strength in the preceding quarter. Inventory additions also boosted numbers by 2 percent. Housing, however, did little to help the numbers, shrinking 4 percentage points—its third consecutive decline.According to a recent New York Times article written by Nelson D. Schwartz, analysts have anticipated that the rollicking economy would slow its roll after a heady second quarter. Even with the slight slowdown in growth, the overall economy remains on track to expand another 3 percent this year—the first time it will have done so since 2005.“Clearly a strong headline but the details are a little less robust,” said Michelle Meyer, Senior U.S. Economist at Bank of America and Merrill Lynch. “There was very little increase in equipment investment and a decline in residential investment. And there was a particularly large increase in inventories, which is not sustainable.”Policymakers at the Federal Reserve have contributed to the slowing pace of growth by raising interest rates gradually as a strategy to stave off inflation. This has, in turn, contributed to recent drops in the stock market, a corresponding rise in bond yields, and a hike in mortgage rates. “The latest rate move is related to inflation but also the deficit, said Tendayi Kapfidze, Chief Economist at LendingTree. “The tax cut and fiscal stimulus are increasing both inflation and the deficit, pushing rates higher.”But as the economy improves and shows signs of continued growth, the housing market still hasn’t seen any real signs of relief. As recently discussed at length in our sister publication MReport as well as here, mortgage rates are rising and home prices are up over 6 percent year over year. It remains a question how long such dynamic tensions can remain in the industry with demand high but availability so restricted by cost and scarcity.   Rachel Evans, a business journalist with Bloomberg, explores the possible threats posed by passive investment, indicating in a recent article that if trouble lurks in the markets it is likely to first rear its head in real estate index funds. Her piece explores whether or not real estate index funds have reached a point where market saturation has led to inflated shares that could expose the next financial bubble.center_img in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News, Secondary Market, Servicing Sharelast_img read more

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9 seriously cheap long haul flight deals to book ASAP

first_imgFlight prices from London to LA have dropped recently, so if you’ve been considering a trip to La La Land now’s the time to book. November is one of the best times to visit, as the air is breathable and the temperature sits at a very pleasant 12–23°C. As well as the usual tourist attractions, such as strolling down the Walk of Fame and measuring your hands against the stars’ at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, you can enjoy some unique events as the City of Angels prepares for the festive season. Watch the Surfing Santa competition in Dana Beach the weekend before Thanksgiving, and head to the glitzy Hollywood Christmas Parade on the last Sunday of the month. ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map Just down the coast in Tulum you’ll find some seriously well-preserved Mayan ruins like Chichen Itza, one of the ‘new’ seven wonders of the world. Meanwhile, the MUSA underwater art gallery just off Isla Mujeres is a seriously unique attraction, with three galleries of life-size sculptures dotted around the marine park. You can view the life-size sculptures by snorkelling, scuba diving or from a glass bottom boat. Prices included in this article are based on the lowest estimated prices as found on 8 August 2018. All prices are subject to change and/or availability. 2. Kuala Lumpur – one way from £287 in November 5. New York – one-way from £108 in October Try your luck in the casinos, enjoy spectacles like the fountain show at the Bellagio or take in low-key attractions like the Mob Museum, which covers the history of organised crime in Las Vegas during the prohibition era. Search flights to Kuala Lumpur Search flights to Singapore Singapore can get pretty wet in November as the northeastern monsoon blows in. Luckily the city is brimming with indoor attractions, such as the glasshouses at Gardens by the Bay. November is also when Little India’s Diwali celebrations take place, one of the city’s biggest cultural festivals. When the rains do let up, head to Jalan Alor for a street food feast or hop on the train to the Batu Caves. These colourful Hindu temples make a beautiful day trip: just watch out for the (very cheeky) monkeys who will help themselves to any snacks in your backpack. In the evening, shelter from downpours in one of the city’s excellent cocktail bars. We’re not talking about Singapore slings in the Raffles Hotel, either. Jigger & Pony, Sugarhall, and Gibson are among the 50 Best Bars in Asia. It would be rude not to pop in for a tipple. Good news, Northern Irish readers: this great price is available from Belfast. October in New York means temperatures of 10-18°C, ideal for strolling around Manhattan with a pumpkin spice latte firmly in hand. Watch the leaves changing colours in Central Park, admire the New York skyline from the Staten Island ferry and (if you’re lucky) snap up a ticket to Hamilton. Search flights to New York 9. Holguin, Cuba – one-way from £190 in September 3. Singapore – one way from £170 in November RelatedTop Cyber Monday flight deals 2018Search and compare all the best Cyber Monday 2017 flight deals! We’ll be updating this throughout the day to make sure the best cheap flights are included! Last updated: 28/11/2017 17.10pmTop Black Friday flight deals 2018The place to find amazing Black Friday 2017 flight deals! ### Last updated: 28/11/2017 09:16amTransatlantic flight deals and what to expect when you fly low-cost long-haulMore and more airlines have started running cheap transatlantic flights from the UK to the US, Canada and Mexico – but are those prices just too good to be true? Make sure you get the best all-round deal by finding the cheapest long-haul flights out there and reading our short… 4. Toronto – one way from £149 in September 7. Cape Town – one-way from £280 in January Plus there are always the malls, which boast much more than shops and restaurants. Marina Bay Sands also has a West End theatre, casino and ArtScience Museum. Check out the vortex: a whirlpool that drains rainwater from street level and pours it into the complex’s underground canal (which you can take boat rides along). Search flights to Holguincenter_img 6. Las Vegas – one-way from £209 in October 8. Cancun – one-way from £140 in October There’s nothing better than eyeing up wanderlust-inspiring destinations and then finding out that flying there is cheaper than you thought. We’ve been keeping an eye on flight prices (as we do) and noticed some fantastic bargains coming up over the next few months. From surprise price drops to sneaky deals for early bookers, if you’re planning a getaway, here are some excellent options. Flights from London to Cape Town usually come in at well over £1K, so these cheap flights are well worth snapping up, especially since January is summer in South Africa. This is when the city really comes to life, with people flocking to the trendy outdoor bars along Bree Street and hitting the surf in Camps Bay. No-one does Halloween quite like the Americans, and the Big Apple has plenty of spooky events to choose from in October. Our top pick is the Village Halloween Parade: New York’s answer to Carnival. Anyone can join in, so long as they’re in costume, so get creative. If you prefer “aww” to “argh!”, pop down to the Tompkins Square Park Halloween Dog Parade and watch as the city’s doggos prance by in their best Halloween costumes.    History buffs will be intrigued by the El Chorro de Maita Museum, which includes excavations and remains from a burial site of the indigenous Taína people. Meanwhile Holguín town centre is an Instagrammer’s dream, with colourful buildings and vintage cars aplenty.  Search flights to Cape Town Search flights to Las Vegas Fly from Glasgow to get your hands on this great price. October is ‘shoulder season’ (between peak and off-peak) in Las Vegas – there are fewer tourists around and temperatures are a very pleasant 14-28°C. Thanks to its incredible party scene, Vegas attracts a huge variety of famous faces. During October you can expect to catch concerts by the Backstreet Boys, Blink 182, Drake and Shaggy. Search flights to Los Angeles Search flights to Toronto November might be the wettest month in Kuala Lumpur, but there’s no need to let that put a dampener on your trip. This rainforest city is well set up for tropical downpours and has plenty of indoor attractions. Fashion lovers should make a beeline for the Pavilion mall to admire couture goodies, while adrenaline seekers will enjoy a visit to Malaysia’s largest indoor theme park at Berjaya Times Square. Nab this fantastic flight deal from Glasgow to Cancún, a Mexican resort famous for its buzzing nightlife and Caribbean beaches. While the soft white sands and turquoise waters are the biggest draw, there are some cultural attractions to justify all that time in the sky too. Head to Manchester for these bargain flights to Holguín – Cuba’s fourth-largest city. While September is firmly in the wet season, there are only 5–9 rainy days on average so you’ll have plenty of time to enjoy the 50+ Caribbean beaches in the province. An offshore coral reef breaks the big waves, so the calm waters are ideal for swimming. Toronto’s temperature is a lovely 14 to 23°C during September, an ideal temperature for sipping craft beer in the city’s waterfront Distillery District. Take a stroll around St. Lawrence Market – considered one of the world’s best food markets – or take a day trip to nearby Niagara Falls. Search flights to Cancun Not planning a trip at the moment? Never fear: you can always find the best time to book flights from your nearest airport using our Best Time to Book tool. 1. Los Angeles – one-way from £185 in November September is festival season, with fashion week taking place at the start of the month. Celebrities arrive in droves for TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival) and the JLF42 Comedy Festival – this year’s headliners include Wanda Sykes and Ken Jeong. There’s also the quirky Cabbagetown Festival, a neighbourhood gathering with live music, street food and craft stalls to browse. Pack a picnic for the outdoor Sunday night concerts in the UNESCO listed Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, or time your trip to coincide with the Stellenbosch Wine Festival. It’s the perfect excuse to sip your way through the region’s best wines.  last_img read more

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Almost 60 per cent of teen girls given HPV vaccine through schools

first_imgAround 5,000 girls aged 12 and 13 have been so far been administered the free human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccine against cervical cancer in schools, the association of cancer patients and friends, Pasykaf said on Wednesday.The group said that a good percentage, almost 60 per cent, of female high school pupils responded to the call of the health ministry for the free vaccine.The outcome, Pasykaf said, was due to its constant efforts “and the good cooperation with health ministry officials and all stakeholders, who, with appropriate interventions at the right time took advantage of the political will to find the budget and start the programme”.The next goal set is to increase the response rate to 80 per cent and to expand the programme to include male pupils as well. This was the first year the vaccine was administered to all aged between 12 and 13 in all schools, state and private. The HPV vaccine is not mandatory, and is administered in the same way as the rest of the vaccinations offered in schools for free by the state.Pasykaf said that it continues its other campaigns and programmes against cervical cancer.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoSecurity SaversWindows Users Advised To Do This TodaySecurity SaversUndoPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 minute and see why everyone is addictedPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GameUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Canfield Governor lawmakers should be subject to FOIA

first_img State Rep. Edward J. Canfield, D.O., today said he supports a bipartisan effort to make the governor, lieutenant governor and Michigan Legislature subject to more open records laws.Canfield, of Sebewaing, joined colleagues in announcing a bipartisan proposal to make Michigan’s governor and lieutenant governor subject to the Freedom of Information Act. The proposal also calls for a similar disclosure requirement for state representatives and senators, called the Legislative Open Records Act.“Government should be accountable to the people it represents,” Canfield said. “This is a proposal to help restore confidence in state government by holding the governor’s office and state representatives and senators to the same type of scrutiny already required of local schools and governments.”Michigan is one of just two states where public records disclosure does not apply to the governor’s office.The new bills are similar to ones approved by the Michigan House last session. Canfield supported those bills, but they did not reach the governor’s desk.The Legislative Open Records Act would exempt some records, including letters to and from people in the lawmaker’s district, human resources files and ongoing legislative investigations or lawsuits.The Michigan House already has moved to make more information easily available to the public. Last month, the House posted the salary of every representative and employee on its website.### Categories: Canfield News,News 01Feb Canfield: Governor, lawmakers should be subject to FOIAlast_img read more

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Rep LaFaves plan gives handicapped signage an upgrade emphasizing people rather than

first_img State Rep. Beau LaFave this week introduced a plan to update public signage for handicapped access that emphasizes people rather than disabilities.The plan allows for the symbol to be a dynamic character leaning forward with a sense of movement and control of a wheelchair. The plan also requires the new symbol to be used by local and state governments. The new symbol will also remove the word “handicapped.”“The new signage is a positive change in the right direction. Instead of a stick figure sitting upright in a wheelchair, the new signage creates a conversation and emphasizes the person rather than the disability,” said LaFave, of Iron Mountain.  “By changing signs, we can change minds.”New signage will not be required until existing signs must be replaced.New York and Connecticut have already embraced the idea of upgrading their handicapped signage.The United States Civil Rights Commission and the Department of Civil Rights support the bills.House Bills 5876 and 5877 were referred to the Michigan House Health Policy Committee.### Categories: LaFave News 27Apr Rep. LaFave’s plan gives handicapped signage an upgrade, emphasizing people rather than disabilitieslast_img read more

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Eliminating Homelessness Doesnt Always Mean Housing the Homeless

first_imgShareTweetShareEmail0 Shares April 7, 2014; Press-EnterpriseWhen a headline announces that a city will “eliminate” homelessness, you pay attention. That’s the headline for Aaron Claverie’s article in the Press-Enterprise about the newly announced plans of the city of Temecula, California. The first question that might be raised by that headline is whether “eliminate” means “solve,” or “house,” or simply “hide” or “move out of sight.”What is Temecula’s homelessness problem? Mayor Maryann Edwards made the “growing homeless problem” a big issue during her election campaign, but it isn’t like there has been a flood of homeless into the city. As of 2013, according to the Press-Enterprise article, there were 80 identified homeless persons in the city, with 50 deemed “unsheltered”—that is, living in places not meant for human habitation, like parks or abandoned buildings rather than shelters or transitional housing.The strategy, as proposed by city staff to the City Council, calls for collaborating with nonprofit organizations and churches, providing “comprehensive services that will provide support and a path to self-sufficiency,” and spending no taxpayer revenues. The program is “to eliminate homelessness in Temecula with a hand up, not a handout and to hold participants accountable for their actions,” according to a report from Kevin Hawkins, director of the city’s Community Services Department.But which side of the hand will be held out? The Press-Enterprise article states that a major emphasis of the plan is to get the police, park rangers, and the city attorney to “increase surveillance and inspections of areas typically occupied by homeless/transients; provide consistent cleanup of problem areas; review legislation and recommend ordinances to mitigate aggressive solicitation/panhandling; and to have a continual, visible presence in order to deter unwanted transient behaviors.” In addition, the city plan will strategy will include an “‘extensive awareness campaign to educate the community’ about actions that enable and perpetuate homelessness.”Somehow, that description doesn’t exactly convey the sense of a hand up. It appears that earlier this year, businesses began to complain about homeless people who apparently were being helped at a food pantry operated by the nonprofit Team Evangelical Assistance Ministries (TEAM) in a city-owned building. The city responded to the merchants’ complaints about the “transient population” by increasing police patrols and working with businesses to better monitor and report all “suspicious activity.”After the complaints, the city began to look into TEAM’s operations and decided to put the pantry operation out for bids. Only one bid was deemed responsive—from Community Mission of Hope, a pantry operation arm of Rancho Community Church, where Mayor Edwards is a member. In addition to her job as mayor, Edwards is president/CEO of the Southwest County Boys & Girls Club, which has a clubhouse just north of the pantry.At least based on Claverie’s reporting of the issue, it’s a little difficult to see the hand up in Temecula’s strategy. A very affluent community, Temecula could probably do a lot more to help the city’s tiny homeless population out of its own taxpayer revenues. It could probably generate services and supports for the homeless that look more like service and less like policing. In all likelihood, Temecula’s leadership means to do well with the homeless, because there’s no reason to imagine that a solution based on punitive actions solves the homeless housing problem in Temecula or any other community. But the strategy looks like it eliminates homelessness by driving out the homeless, rather than finding housing and accommodations to help homeless persons integrate into the community.—Rick CohenShareTweetShareEmail0 Shareslast_img read more

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Charter School Applicants in Florida Get Free Ride on Due Diligence

first_imgShareTweetShareEmail0 SharesAugust 23, 2014; Sun SentinelIn Florida’s Broward County, there are second chances and more for charter school operators who have flunked in their prior charter school management experiences. Karen Yi and Amy Shipley write, “At least seven groups of applicants with ties to failed or floundering charter schools are seeking second chances and public money to open 18 more,” apparently in the coming school year. Based on their reporting, Yi and Shipley think that most of these troubled charter school applicants will succeed.Florida school districts are not permitted to look at the “previous school collapses or controversial professional histories” of charter school applicants. They are supposed to make their judgments based only on what they see in the application, apparently without any recourse to the kind of due diligence that nonprofits and foundations would do as a matter of course on any major dealings with other organizations.Yi and Shipley note some interesting backstories about the charter school applicants, which the school districts won’t be permitted to examine. One charter school applicant had had two charters that shut down in 2007 “amid accusations of stolen money, shoddy record keeping and parent complaints.” Another was an educator who was banned from New Jersey public schools, but ended up consulting with two charters in Palm Beach and Broward counties, both of which shut down—poor academics and financial difficulties in the Palm Beach County case, and declining enrollment in Broward.The other stories are similar, but it appears that the school districts in Florida can’t even do a reference check. In fact, according to the authors, “if school districts veer too far outside the guidelines to reject applications, they risk having their decisions overturned by the state.” That, presumably, means the act of turning down an application because of the applicant’s deficient, shoddy, substandard charter school management history might be a practice that “veers too far.”It is as though the school districts were instructed that they must function like courtrooms, prohibited from considering defendants’ prior criminal histories. Of course, evidence of prior convictions is admissible in court if directly relates to the current charges a defendant faces. In the case of charter schools in Florida, past charter school crimes and misdemeanors—and other screw-ups and disasters—are directly relevant to the qualifications of the applicant to set up a new charter school. So, explain how a state law on charter schools could be written so as to preclude the school districts from conducting aspects of basic due diligence? This is where charter schools become a free-for-all, and charter school advocates do themselves and their industry a disservice by lobbying to minimize governmental oversight of this educational resource.—Rick CohenShareTweetShareEmail0 Shareslast_img read more

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Video The Black Panther Party Revisited in this Time of Protest

first_imgShareTweetShareEmail0 Shares January 22, 2015; New York Times, “Op Docs”{source}{/source}This embedded video, produced by independent filmmakers Stanley Nelson and Laurens Grant and supported by the Sundance Institute and the Ford Foundation, as well as the rest of the series on the Black Panther Party, should be mandatory watching for anyone working on racial justice.It has been very frustrating to witness coverage of the recent organizing around shootings of black men where almost no mention is made of the Black Panther Party for Self Defense. That component of the Civil Rights/Black Power movement developed in Oakland directly out of a response to the very same issues in 1966, though the national movement, with chapters in many major cities, soon grew to take on other forms of economic and political oppression.The Black Panther Party, as this op-ed mentions, has faded or in the national collective memory, but “the Black Panther Party and its story are a key part of our nation’s still-complicated racial narrative.”“When it was conceived, the Black Panther Party called for ‘an immediate end to police brutality and murder of Black people.’ Relying on the right to bear arms contained in the Second Amendment to the Constitution, the Panthers organized armed citizen patrols to monitor police behavior. It was a controversial approach to an intractable problem, but it provoked important debate.”Law enforcement’s response to the Panthers included armed attacks, infiltration by federal agents, and the jailing of leadership. The organization eventually folded in some disrepair, but its tactics and strategies should be understood by those—also in Oakland—who organize on similar issues today, a half-century later.—Ruth McCambridgeShareTweetShareEmail0 Shareslast_img read more

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Nonprofits and Grantmakers Bear the Weight of CTs Enduring Budget Crisis

first_imgShare5Tweet8ShareEmail13 Shares“Governor Connecticut Inauguration,” Dannel MalloyNovember 28, 2017, CT News JunkieChristine Stuart, the editor of CT News Junkie, a popular blog about Connecticut’s politics and public policy, reports on how community-based nonprofits are adjusting to recent state budget cuts, following years of underfunding.They rallied, they got arrested for refusing to leave the governor’s office during the height of the budget debate, but in the end they were handed some ugly budget cuts that have their organizations rethinking how they operate.And just when they thought it couldn’t get any worse, it did.Funding for private nonprofit human service organizations was cut again last week when Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s administration announced it would be holding back about $181.6 million in what’s termed a “lapse.” A “lapse” is an identified amount of money that policymakers believe will be underspent across some portion of the budget.NPQ has followed the Connecticut budget crisis and its impact on nonprofits, most recently here, here, and here. The governor is now required by law to prepare a deficit-mitigation plan for the projected shortfall in the first year of the biennium $41.3-billion budget. Federal Medicaid reimbursements and income and sales tax receipts represent large parts of this fiscal year’s revenue shortfall.Stuart interviews Gian-Carl Casa, president and CEO of CT Community Nonprofit Alliance, who expressed concern about the consequent “availability of and lengthened waiting lists for services.” The Arc Connecticut reports current cuts to their Behavioral Services Program and other essential community supports, and worries about what is yet to come, a subject previously reported on by NPQ.“We know that people with [intellectual and developmental disabilities—I/DD] and their families are tired after this year’s endless budget battles and we are all looking forward to the holiday season, nevertheless we must take action,” an email from The ARC Connecticut states. “If the Governor is required to submit a deficit mitigation plan, then based upon past experience we should all expect that plan will include cuts to community supports for people with I/DD.”Last July, NPQ reported that that the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving planned to offer $1 million to help nonprofit organizations adjust to Connecticut state budget cuts. In her update, Stuart notes the results of a survey recently conducted by the Connecticut Council for Philanthropy, indicating that 33 percent of the state’s grantmakers “are supporting conversations about nonprofit mergers, but many more report that they plan to respond in some way to the state’s fiscal crisis. About 50 percent are planning to increase their grant support to nonprofits.”In 2014, Office of Policy and Management Secretary Ben Barnes declared that Connecticut had “entered into a period of permanent fiscal crisis.” Connecticut’s multitude of fiscal challenges that were decades in the making continues. Shrinking revenues and rising fixed costs should come as a surprise to no one, especially the nonprofit community.Oliver Wyman, SeaChange Capital Partners, and GuideStar recently produced an instructive report on “The Financial Health of Philadelphia-Area Nonprofits” that serves as a warning to and scenario planning for nonprofits in Connecticut and elsewhere. For a myriad of reasons similar to what nonprofits are facing in Connecticut, this report finds that a significant number of Greater Philadelphia nonprofits are struggling financially and that few have financial risk management processes in place.Nonprofits in the Philadelphia five county area are fragile: roughly seven percent are technically insolvent (i.e., liabilities exceed assets); over 20 percent have less than one month of cash reserves (i.e., virtually no margin for error); and over 40 percent have net operating margins of zero or less. In aggregate, we believe that fewer than 40 percent of nonprofits can be characterized as financially strong. Yet our experience in other geographies suggests that many executives and governing boards don’t fully understand the financial condition of their organizations or how they compare to peers.This critical report discusses fiduciary steps that organizations can take to manage their financial health, especially for those exposed to reductions in government funding. It’s not the first time NPQ has shared such reports by these leaders in the area of risk management. As Connecticut’s nonprofits and grantmakers try to come to terms with the state’s enduring budget crisis, it is hoped that together they can achieve new sustainable funding models that are more flexible, less restrictive, and that produce an annual surplus necessary to manage financial risks.—Jim SchafferShare5Tweet8ShareEmail13 Shareslast_img read more

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Nonprofits Check Those Contracts CA Supreme Court Lays Down the Law for

first_imgShare36Tweet33ShareEmail69 Shares“Gig Economy Graphic,” Mark WarnerApril 30, 2018; Los Angeles Times and LexologyPro-labor Court rulings are rare these days, but a critical one took place last week. In a decision that has been called a contractor apocalypse, an earthquake, and a seismic shift, the California Supreme Court significantly tightened independent contractor rules. In a 7–0 ruling, the California Supreme Court ruled, in essence, that if it looks like an employment relationship, it is.The case, Dynamex Operations West v. Superior Court, touches on core issues affecting the US workforce. According to Lawrence Katz of Harvard and Alan Krueger of Princeton, as of 2015, 8.4 percent of Americans—or roughly 12.5 million people—work as independent contractors, up from 10.3 million in 2005.The impact of independent contracting on public finance and the nonprofit sector is substantial. The California Department of Industrial Relations writes that, “The misclassification of workers results in a loss of payroll tax revenue to the State, estimated at $7 billion per year, and increased reliance on the public safety net by workers who are denied access to work-based protections.”As Fisher Phillips notes in Lexology, the Dynamex case has been in the courts for more than a decade. Phillips explains:Charles Lee and Pedro Chevez were hired by Dynamex as delivery drivers to transport packages, letters and parcels to Dynamex customers. Prior to 2004, Dynamex classified its California drivers as employees, but in 2004, the company converted all drivers from employees to independent contractors. In 2005, several drivers filed suit alleging they performed the same tasks as contractors as they performed when they were classified as employees; as a consequence, they said, the reclassification violated California law. The plaintiffs sought to represent approximately 1,800 drivers engaged as independent contractors.Technically, the Court did not rule in favor of the drivers. What it did, however, was more far-reaching: it remanded the case and ordered lower courts to apply an “ABC” test, under which it is hard to imagine the drivers losing. Specifically, as Phillips outlines, the three prongs are:A) the worker is free from the control and direction of the hirer in connection with the performance of the work, both under the contract for the performance of such work and in factB) the worker performs work that is outside the usual course of the hiring entity’s businessC) the worker is customarily engaged in an independently established trade, occupation, or business of the same nature as the work performed for the hiring entityPhillips adds that the “decision not only expands the definition of ‘employee’ under the California Wage Orders, it also imposes an affirmative burden on companies to prove that independent contractors are being properly classified.”The “B” part of the test seems particularly hard to evade: how can Dynamex, a transportation services company, successfully argue that its package deliverers are performing a task that is outside the usual course of its business? Likewise, Uber and Lyft, two companies whose usual course of business involves providing rides to passengers, would seem hard pressed to avoid reclassifying their drivers as employees.Maura Dolan and Andrew Khouri writing in the Los Angeles Times, note that, “The unanimous decision has implications for the growing gig economy, such as Uber, Lyft and other app-driven services—but it could extend to nearly every employment sector.”In the Court’s decision, Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye writes that a person can only be denied employee status “if the worker is the type of traditional independent contractor—such as an independent plumber or electrician—who would not reasonably have been viewed as working in the hiring business.”Michael Rubin, an attorney who represented labor and civil rights groups in the case, says he believes the decision will “accelerate the trend by states toward expanding worker protections, in part as a counterweight to the restrictions on worker rights under federal law.” The California decision, Rubin notes, follows similar rulings in Massachusetts and New Jersey.Under the new standard, says Michael Chasalow, a University of Southern California law professor, drivers for Uber and Lyft should be classified as employees because those companies’ usual course of business is providing rides. But Chasalow cautions that while the ruling governs “wage orders” (which cover minimum wages and basic working conditions like hours and break times), it doesn’t cover other important matters like workers’ compensation. In short, companies might seek to classify the same workers as employees for some purposes and as contractors for others. Dolan and Khouri add that the decision also doesn’t touch on a key question in current federal Uber and Lyft cases of whether drivers should be reimbursed for gas, car repairs, and insurance.—Steve DubbShare36Tweet33ShareEmail69 Shareslast_img read more

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No Man Is an Island and More Creative Ideas to Fight Nationalism

first_imgShare4Tweet8ShareEmail12 Shares“European Union flag,” Yanni KoutsomitisMay 29, 2018; New York TimesIt’s an idea that strikes fear into the heart of nonprofit leaders everywhere—and no, it’s not strategic planning. The dreaded call for “rebranding” can be a tricky, expensive undertaking, even for the private sector. So how would the process help the 28 states that make up the European Union?Two years after the infamous Brexit vote that shook the Union, the EU continues to face challenges to future cooperation. In Hungary and Poland, authoritarian leaders are promoting illiberal democracy and cracking down on civil society, and the possibility of a new populist government in Italy that’s anti-Euro has been roiling global markets.Could citizens at the center of civil society—artists—shape the resistance? Two European artists are leading an initiative to rebrand the European Union and promoting cooperation and friendship.As Nina Siegal reports for the New York Times, German photographer Wolfgang Tillmans and Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas received more than 400 rebranding proposals from 43 countries.“Starting Thursday, about 30 of those who submitted the liveliest ideas will participate in Eurolab, a four-day event led by Mr. Tillmans, Mr. Koolhaas and the architectural historian Stephan Petermann during the Forum on European Culture in Amsterdam,” Siegal wrote. “Yoeri Albrecht, one of the forum’s organizers, described Eurolab as ‘a kind of jam session for the greatest cultural thinkers in Europe to tinker and work with the idea.’”Although some of the ideas were innovative and imaginative—a unisex jacket that could be used as a ticket for public transportation across the EU—others were more pointed, including a poster advocating for protecting the EU against nationalism.However, the organizers are also hoping to reimagine the very idea of cooperation. Although the European Union has a communications department, the organizers want the cultural sector to have a bigger part to play in the narrative. Laudably, it appears that both sides want to learn from the exercise.“The European Union communication department is primarily tasked with informing member states and journalists about legislation and political initiatives,” Siegal wrote. “It has recently introduced a campaign called ‘EU and Me’ to help younger Europeans learn how they benefit from the union.…Carolien Peeters, a project adviser on that campaign, said that she and other officials planned to attend Eurolab, adding that she hoped to leave with new perspective and inspiration.”There are also some valuable lessons here for the nonprofit sector. Although rebranding can’t necessarily fix an organization’s reputation—look at the Livestrong Foundation—it can be valuable to thoughtfully explore the vision behind the mission as the global and local political, economic, and cultural climates shift.Most importantly, be inclusive. As the EU artists noted, much of the rhetoric around the union’s future represents a limited perspective. As Albrecht told the Times, “If Europe is a culture in which traditionally artists, philosophers and writers have pointed the way forward, how are these people going to be heard? One of the problems with Europe today is that there’s hardly any place where real artists are given a place to talk about the future of the Continent and its culture. It’s a black hole in the heart of the European project.”—Anna BerryShare4Tweet8ShareEmail12 Shareslast_img read more

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Bulgarian pay TV providers Bulsatcom and Net1 are

first_imgBulgarian pay TV providers Bulsatcom and Net1 are adding Da Vinci Learning to their programming line-ups.The educational channel, which launched in Bulgaria in 2009, is currently available to 13 million subscribers in central and eastern Europe and the CIS countries.“Important cooperation with Bulsatcom and Net1 is enabling the viewers to be part of meaningful and fun experience, enabling more Bulgarian families to participate in the learning process focused on awarded educational shows and documentaries from around the world,” said Ferdinand Habsburg, CEO of Da Vinci Media.last_img

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