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Quebec company Creepers asked to develop device for Elon Musks SpaceX

first_imgMONTREAL – The co-founder of a small Quebec company says he’s excited about being asked by Elon Musk’s SpaceX to design and develop creeper seats to help workers inspect the California-based aerospace manufacturer’s Falcon 9 rockets.“They’ve asked us to develop something that would look cool and that of course would be efficient,” Erik Sieb of Creepex Inc. said in an interview.The Quebec City-based company is preparing to ship its specially designed under rocket mobility seats that will allow engineers to work comfortably under the belly of the rockets.Creepex was approached about 18 months ago by a SpaceX engineer.It initially tried to use a system already in its portfolio, but was asked by SpaceX to develop a device with a powered back rest that could recline to a flat position that also had places to hold tools.The new device will also be able to operate higher off the ground than is typically used to work under a truck.After visiting the SpaceX facility, Sieb said the company took the request as a challenge.SpaceX marked the 50th launch of a Falcon 9 rocket earlier this month.Sieb said SpaceX warned that the few devices it will order likely won’t be enough to cover the research and development. Each unit will likely sell for less than $5,000.“But we thought it’s too cool to not give it a try,” he said.Sieb, who described himself as a huge Elon Musk fan, said there was an energy at the SpaceX facility that’s incomparable and exciting.“I listen to everything he does, everything he says. It’s interesting the way he thinks,” he said of Musk.SpaceX didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.Sieb said some of the attributes it developed for SpaceX will probably find their way on to new devices.Creepex was founded in 2011 by Sieb and Andre Wagner.The company designs, manufactures and distributes creepers for garage mechanics that are made in China. Sieb said the SpaceX device will be designed and built in Quebec City.Follow @RossMarowits on Twitter.last_img read more

UN chief concerned over Israels plans for new settlements in East Jerusalem

Planning for new settlements run contrary to the call by the Quartet – the diplomatic group comprising the European Union, Russia, the United Nations and the United States – on all parties to refrain from provocative actions, Mr. Ban said in statement issued by his spokesperson late yesterday.The Secretary-General reiterated that settlement activity in East Jerusalem and the rest of the West Bank is contrary to international law and to Israel’s obligations under the Roadmap to a peaceful settlement of the conflict, and must cease.He also stressed that the international community will not recognize unilateral actions on the ground and that the status of Jerusalem can only be resolved through negotiations.Israeli-Palestinian peace talks have been stalled since late September last year after Israel’s refusal to extend a 10-month freeze on settlement activity. The talks had only resumed a few weeks earlier after a two-year hiatus. 15 October 2011Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has voiced deep concern over the continuing planning for new Israeli settlements in occupied East Jerusalem, stressing that the recent developments in that regard are unacceptable, particularly as efforts are ongoing to resume talks under the Middle East Peace Process. read more

WatchVancouver home sales fall to lowest yearly total in 18 years detached

VANCOUVER — Home sales in metro Vancouver plummeted to their lowest level in nearly two decades last year and the average home price moved lower in the once red-hot real estate market.The total number of homes sold in Metro Vancouver last year fell to 24,619, marking the lowest total since 2000, according to data from the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver. That’s down 31.6 per cent from nearly 36,000 in 2017 and 25 per cent below the region’s 10-year average.The composite benchmark price for a home, which includes detached properties, townhomes and condominiums, dropped 2.7 per cent from December 2017 to finish the year at $1,032,400. Murder houses are a tough sell, but sometimes a home’s dark past stays hidden B.C. housing market shows signs of moderation as some property values drop by 10 per cent Toronto and Vancouver most ‘vulnerable’ to interest rate hikes as personal debt soars, CMHC warns Detached homes led the fall as their benchmark price fell 7.8 per cent from December 2017 to $1,479,000.Townhome and condominium prices saw small gains over the year. The benchmark price of a townhouse rose 1.3 per cent year-over-year to $809,700, while the benchmark price of a condominium advanced 0.6 per cent to $664,100.“As the total supply of homes for sale began to accumulate in the spring, we began to see downward pressure on prices across all home types throughout the latter half of the year,” said REBGV president Phil Moore.Condo prices were down 0.6 per cent from November 2018, while townhome prices fell 1.1 per cent month-over-month.Moore called 2018 “a transition period” for the region’s housing market, which moved away from sellers’ market conditions.“High home prices, rising interest rates and new mortgage requirements and taxes all contributed to the market conditions we saw in 2018,” he said.The board’s data comes a day after BC Assessment, an independent, provincial Crown corporation whose estimates are used to determine property taxes, released data showing a drop of up to 15 per cent on the estimated values of some detached homes in urban areas of Greater Vancouver as of July 1, 2018.The median single-family residential property value in Vancouver, Burnaby and North Vancouver fell four per cent, according to BC Assessment. In the district of West Vancouver the drop was 12 per cent, while on the University Endowment Lands it was 11 per cent.As the real estate market softens in some areas, Greater Vancouver is now seeing signs of moderation, BC Assessment said in a statement.Other areas, though, still experienced gains. The median single-family residential property value in Port Moody, Port Coquitlam, Squamish rose between four and six per cent.Residential strata units, like condominiums, rose between zero and 25 per cent in urban areas of Greater Vancouver, according to the data. read more

Correction Nielsens story

NEW YORK, N.Y. – In a story July 15 about the Nielsen ratings, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the CBS series “Extant” marked actress Halle Berry’s small screen debut. It is her first starring role in a television series, but not her TV debut.A corrected version of the story is below:Halle Berry’s ‘Extant’ leads in TV ratingsOscar winner Halle Berry gives CBS the lead in weekly TV ratings with new show ‘Extant’By DAVID BAUDERAP Television WriterHalle Berry made her debut as the star of a TV series at a spot befitting an Academy Award winner — first place in the television ratings — but it’s too early to call her summer drama “Extant” a hit.The limited run series, in which Berry plays an astronaut who mysteriously returns from a solo space mission pregnant, had 9.6 million viewers for its first episode on CBS last week, the Nielsen Co. said.That was enough to make it the most-watched prime-time show during the week. By comparison, the second-season debut of “Under the Dome” a week earlier had 9.4 million viewers, a number considered disappointing given its hit status a year earlier.With time-shifted viewing within three days of the premiere added in — people who watched a recording afterward — “Under the Dome” had 13.2 million viewers. The extra days boosted the total viewership for “Extant” to 11.9 million.NBC’s “Welcome to Sweden,” a comedy starring Amy Poehler’s younger brother Greg, debuted Thursday with 3.5 million viewers. That made it the No. 58 show for the week.CBS easily won the week in prime time, averaging 5.6 million viewers. NBC had 4.6 million, ABC had 4.3 million, Univision had 2.8 million, Fox had 2.7 million. Telemundo had 1.5 million and ION Television had 1.1 million.TNT was the week’s most popular cable network, averaging 2.03 million viewers in prime time. The Disney Channel had 2.01 million, USA had 1.9 million, Fox News Channel had 1.83 million and History had 1.57 million.NBC’s “Nightly News” topped the evening newscasts with an average of 7.8 million viewers. ABC’s “World News” was second with 7.2 million and the “CBS Evening News” had 6.1 million viewers.For the week of July 7-13, the top 10 shows, their networks and viewerships: “Extant,” CBS, 9.58 million; “60 Minutes,” CBS, 8.19 million; “NCIS,” CBS, 8.03 million; “America’s Got Talent” (Tuesday), NBC, 7.95 million; “The Big Bang Theory,” CBS, 7.81 million; “Under the Dome,” CBS, 7.7 million; “The Bachelorette,” ABC, 6.99 million; “Big Brother” (Sunday), CBS, 6.63 million; “NCIS: Los Angeles,” CBS, 6.61 million; “Blue Bloods,” CBS, 6.53 million.___ABC is owned by The Walt Disney Co. CBS is owned by CBS Corp. CW is a joint venture of Warner Bros. Entertainment and CBS Corp. Fox is owned by 21st Century Fox. NBC and Telemundo are owned by Comcast Corp. ION Television is owned by ION Media Networks.___Online: by The Associated Press Posted Jul 15, 2014 1:54 pm MDT Correction: Nielsens story AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

WestJet vote 62 per cent in favour of forming first union at

Calgary|WestJet|YYC (Photo by Chelsey Harms/660 NEWS) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email CALGARY – The Air Line Pilots Association, International says more than 1,400 WestJet pilots have voted 62 per cent in favour of forming the first union at Canada’s second-largest airline.The ALPA says that once the results are certified by the Canada Industrial Relations Board, it will be the exclusive bargaining agent for WestJet pilots.WestJet chief executive Gregg Saretsky said in a statement that the airline is disappointed with the outcome of the vote, but will now focus on engaging in constructive dialogue with the ALPA.The airline has long opposed unionization and has seen several union votes fail over the years, including a pilot vote in 2015.Rob McFadyen, a member of the WestJet ALPA Organizing Committee, stated that the vote was about ensuring support in issues like health, retirement, fatigue, safety, family support and legal protection.Pilots at WestJet have so far been represented by the internal company WestJet Pilots’ Association.WestJet statement regarding outcome of pilot unionization vote: by Sandra Prusina Posted May 12, 2017 12:44 pm MDT WestJet vote 62 per cent in favour of forming first union at airline read more

Greece UN labour agency outlines roadmap for tackling unemployment and weak economy

“It is the ILO’s intention to assist the Greek Government in addressing the social and labour impacts of the current economic situation and to promote collective bargaining and social dialogue, in full respect of the International Labour Conventions ratified by Greece,” Guy Ryder, ILO Director-General, said, commenting on the Greek Government’s 2016 budget proposal. Mr. Ryder, at the invitation of the Greek Minister of Labour, Social Insurance and Social Solidarity, George Katrougalos, visited the country yesterday to discuss its economic and social reforms.Having agreed with the Government on ILO’s technical support, Mr. Ryder said that it “will aim at curbing unemployment through the strengthening of active labour market policies and the social economy in Greece.”The UN labour agency will further enhance support for Greece’s efforts to fight undeclared work and informal economy.In addition to meeting with Government officials, Mr. Ryder also attended a ‘Tripartite Round Table Discussion on Strengthening Social Dialogue’ with Greek social partners, representatives from employers and workers to identify improvements on social dialogue mechanism.“Achieving better job quality, reducing labour market insecurity, improving working conditions, and ensuring healthy and safe workplaces presupposes that bipartite and tripartite social dialogue and collective bargaining find their place in policy making,” said Mr. Ryder in his remarks.Moreover, he urged the Government and social partners to urgently explore consensus-driven solutions to address the problems caused by unemployment, underemployment and informal jobs, as well as to undertake an impact assessment of certain provisions of the Memorandum of Understanding (between the Greek Government and the European Commission).The official visit of the ILO chief to Greece came during critical reforms in labour law, pensions and the broader industrial relations framework. Since 2010, Greece has been implementing a fiscal consolidation and structural adjustment in exchange for a multi-billion euro bailout package. In order to curb budget expenditures and increase revenue, Greece expects its economy to contract by a further 0.7 per cent in 2016.The unemployment rate in Greece is about 25 per cent with youth disproportionately affected. It is estimated that 75 per cent of the unemployed have been without work for over a year. read more

Ban urges implementation of peace agreement to resolve instability in Mali

At today’s meeting, which was co-chaired by the Governments of Mali and Algeria, the Secretary-General highlighted that both the “historic” Peace Agreement as well as the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) – currently in its third year – have helped to drive progress. In addition, he said, the parties have agreed on a way forward to establish interim administrations, and there are foundations for the cantonment of combatants and the redeployment of security institutions. “The stage is set to strengthen the rule of law and basic services,” Mr. Ban said, “but progress is tenuous.” Noting that confrontations and violations of the ceasefire were being seen in Mali, the Secretary-General recalled that just last month, he condemned armed clashes between signatory parties in Kidal. In addition, there were new confrontations this past week. The Secretary-General said that the High Representative of Mali’s President is working together with the UN Special Representative for Mali and Algeria to defuse tensions. Calling on the armed groups to cease confrontations, and on all parties to set aside short-term interests and carry out the Peace Agreement, Mr. Ban emphasized that such actions are “essential” for Mali’s partners, including MINUSMA, to achieve lasting stability and peace dividends for communities in Kidal, Gao, Timbuktu and beyond. “Insecurity affects access to people; among them, the nearly half a million needing immediate food assistance, and 180,000 children facing severe acute malnutrition,” the Secretary-General said. Mr. Ban said he is also deeply worried about new sources of instability in Mali, the impact of terrorism on civilian life, and the many instances of serious human rights violations. Along those lines, he called on all sides to fully comply with their human rights obligations, including during counter-terrorism operations. “Violations play right into the hands of the terrorists. Any feelings of marginalization and disillusionment with the peace process can breed resentment and create fertile ground for spoilers,” the UN chief said. He also called for inclusiveness of the dialogues that will shape Mali’s institutions, stressing that all segments of society should participate, including women, youth, opposition groups and religious and community leaders. In that regard, he expressed hope that the “National Conference of Understanding,” to be held in December, will reflect a “spirit of inclusiveness of constituencies and interests.” Mr. Ban added that he counts on the statesmanship of Mali’s President, Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta, to generate new momentum and propose clear benchmarks and timelines for the Peace Agreement’s accelerated and inclusive implementation. A view of the Chinook (foreground right) and Apache helicopters of the Dutch contingent serving with the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) in the the town of Menaka in the northern part of the country. UN Photo/Marco Dormino “Mali needs our continued support,” the UN chief said at a ministerial meeting at UN Headquarters in New York this morning on the implementation of the Agreement for Peace and Reconciliation in Mali. “The Peace Agreement remains the framework that will give all Malians a chance for a better and safer life,” he added. The Agreement for Peace and Reconciliation in Mali was signed in June 2015 by the Coordination des Mouvements de l’Azawad armed group, following its signature in May 2015 by the Government and a third party, the Plateforme coalition of armed groups. The Malian Government has been seeking to restore stability and rebuild following a series of setbacks since early 2012, including a military coup d’état, renewed fighting between Government forces and Tuareg rebels, and the seizure of its northern territory by radical extremists. The country has also been wracked by a series of humanitarian crises. Ministerial Meeting on the Implementation of the Agreement for Peace and Reconciliation in Mali, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta, President of Mali. UN Photo/Kim Haughton “Mali needs the unwavering and coherent support of its international partners,” Mr. Ban said, recalling that the Security Council has strengthened MINUSMA to ensure it can support the implementation of the Peace Agreement and the restoration of State institutions, and protect civilians. “MINUSMA is doing everything possible to help stabilize areas where terrorist and criminal networks operate and where our troops face the threat of explosive hazards,” the Secretary-General said, calling on Member States to urgently help strengthen the Mission. Countries in West Africa and the Sahel must also do their part to tackle instability in the region, and boost cross-border cooperation through initiatives spearheaded by the African Union (AU), the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the G-5 Sahel and others. The Secretary-General also highlighted that yesterday was the National Day of Mali. “There can be no better way to celebrate than to boost the peace process in formulating clear goals set and give the MINUSMA ways to achieve our common mission,” he concluded. Hear more about the peace efforts in Mali from the head of MINUSMA, Mahamat Saleh Annadif, who sat down with the UN News Centre for a conversation about MINUSMA’s work. read more

Emergency Boat Access To Turnagain Arm At M87 To Be Discontinued

first_img20 Mile River will not always work for a rescue near Girdwood during tidal events, according to the Girdwood Fire Department. They remind you to recreate with caution knowing this new change in emergency response. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Girdwood Fire Department was notified by the Department of Transportation on Tuesday that their emergency boat access to Turnagain Arm at M87 will be discontinued permanently next week. Shannon McCarthy with DOT: “MP 87 is an area in which we are expanding the highway to three lanes in the Seward Highway 75 to 90 project. We were contacted by Girdwood Fire on Sunday, June 2, with concerns about the boat ramp. Our project engineer has been working with the Girdwood Fire Chief and has asked our designer to look at some options in order to maintain access. We really like hearing about these issues in the design process, as it is much more difficult to make changes once a project is in construction, but we’re doing our best to find a solution.” This means that the only rescue boat put in point for Turnagain Arm between Anchorage and Portage will be at 20 Mile River for the near future.last_img read more

Reports NKorea missile launchers came from China

first_imgTOKYO (AP) – Japan’s government reportedly has evidence that vehicles that could be used to launch missiles were exported to North Korea by a Chinese company in a possible violation of United Nations trade restrictions.Four of the vehicles were shipped from Shanghai to North Korea last August aboard the Harmony Wish, a Cambodian-flagged cargo vessel, according to Japanese reports Wednesday.The reports said Japanese authorities had been tracking the ship by satellite, and searched it when it transited the port of Osaka the following month. Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Such vehicles _ called TELs _ became the focus of international attention when they were displayed in a military parade in the North’s capital of Pyongyang in April.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Top Stories How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologistcenter_img New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Comments   Share   Sponsored Stories More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements How do cataracts affect your vision?last_img read more

Buddhists in Myanmar protest OICs visit

first_img Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Check your body, save your life Several aid workers flying into the state’s capital, Sittwe, have been turned back. International journalists have been told that travel to the area is barred for the time being.Rakhine state spokesman Win Myaing said that if the Islamic bloc wants to see stability restored to the state, “it’s better that the delegation not visit at all, but provide humanitarian assistance from outside.”__Associated Press writer Niniek Karmini in Jakarta, Indonesia, contributed to this report.(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) The vital role family plays in society Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Sponsored Stories More than 240 people have died and 240,000 others fled their homes in the last year, many of them Rohingya Muslims hunted down by Buddhist machete-wielding mobs, occasionally as security forces looked on.The OIC team _ representing Indonesia, Malaysia, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Djibouti and Bangladesh _ is expected to meet large crowds of demonstrators when they continue onward Friday to the tense western state of Rakhine, scene of much of the bloodshed, where they will meet victims at crowded, rundown displacement camps.Ark Hananto, part of the Indonesian delegation, said they were assured by government that security would be tight. While they realize there may be a backlash, the group decided it was important to not only offer expressions of concern and condemnation, but to meet directly with those affected.They also want to talk to community and religious leaders.“We want to find a way to help build communication,” he said.Tensions have been soaring in Rakhine state in the last two weeks.Allegations by local Buddhists that international humanitarian organizations operating in Myanmar are biased in favor of Rohingya, something they deny, have resulted in threats to foreigners. Men’s health affects baby’s health too New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement YANGON, Myanmar (AP) – Dozens of Buddhist monks carrying banners that said “Get Out” and “Don’t interfere in Myanmar’s internal affairs” gathered outside the airport Wednesday to protest the arrival of a delegation from the world’s biggest Islamic political bloc.Secretary-General Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu and several ministers from the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, a grouping of 57 Islamic countries, will head directly to the capital, Naypyitaw, to meet top government officials to discuss sectarian violence that has gripped the predominantly Buddhist nation of 60 million. Top Stories Comments   Share   last_img read more

Flooding in New Zealand capital halts trains causes 1 death

first_imgWellington Mayor Celia Wade-Brown urged people to find alternative accommodation in the city for the night rather than trying to make it home and even opened the downtown library for those who wanted to stay.Police said they found the body of an 80-year-old man in Petone near Wellington in floodwater near his abandoned car. They said the car was partially submerged with the keys in the ignition.Several areas around Wellington recorded rainfall of over 10 centimeters (4 inches).The region is home to about 450,000 people.Forecasters predict more heavy rain Friday before conditions ease over the weekend.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Comments   Share   New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Top Stories Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center Sponsored Stories center_img WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Heavy rain caused flooding in New Zealand’s capital Thursday that left one man dead, halted train service and blocked highways during the evening commute.Crews struggled to clear highways, and the shutdown of Wellington’s train services delayed travel for many.Elsewhere in the North Island, a small tornado lifted roofs from buildings in the town of Mount Maunganui near Tauranga. Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Daylast_img read more

— Minnesotas defense is still dang good The Viki

first_img— Minnesota’s defense is still dang good. The Vikings won their first five games but lost the last four. Arians said the offense has struggled but the defense hardly looks different from the beginning of the season. “I probably respect Mike Zimmer as much as any coach in the National Football league,” Arians said of the Vikings’ defensive-minded head coach. “Been going against him way too long.”— This week, the Vikings beat-up offensive line might have Arizona looking at ways to pressure quarterback Sam Bradford. That might be a challenge with Minnesota running a quick-hit, West Coast style offense. “It is hard to get there (in the backfield). I think tight coverage helps stop some of that stuff and lets some of those guys get home,” Arians said. “We’ve been fortunate the front four is getting there without blitzes as much as we normally do, but we may have to put some interior pressure on it.”— What the key to beat the Vikings? “Block Everson Griffen,” Arians said. “He’s one of the best there is that nobody doesn’t ever talk about, along with (Brian) Robison and (Linval) Joseph. They’ve got a great front. And we’ve had a little problem with three-techniques the last couple of weeks, so our guards are going to have to really step up.” The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Comments   Share   Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories ***— Can a rougher practice schedule lead to fewer injuries? Arians thinks so. His “science” does, too. “I’ve been doing this little study. We had practice with no pads on twice this year and put three guys on IR. Last week, we practiced in pads twice and nobody got hurt,” Arians said. “You get in football shape in my mind. Nobody ever gets hurt in practice in pads and you have great practices. I think it carries into the games.”— Arizona released punter Ryan Quigley and re-signed a healthy replacement in Drew Butler on Tuesday. Arians explained the move that at surface level did not appear obvious. “We really like Drew because he also gives us a backup kickoff guy and a backup field goal kicker,” Arians said.— Talk about keeping your quarterback positive. During Arizona’s win this week, a late Carson Palmer interception with 3:13 left and the Cardinals leading 20-13 gave San Francisco a chance to tie the game. Arians was caught on the sideline tapping his own chest when Palmer ran off the field following the pick, and the head coach explained the moment on Sirius. “I just, I got a little too greedy probably. We’re playing for points. We had a play that we had two guys open but might’ve been a time to run the football, in hindsight,” said the Cardinals coach. “I didn’t want him thinking anything was his fault because we need the two-minute drill to win the game.” The Arizona Cardinals snuck past the San Francisco 49ers but head to a rowdy Minnesota stadium to face the Vikings in Week 11.Head coach Bruce Arians made his weekly appearance on Sirius XM NFL Radio’s Late Hits show on Tuesday to discuss the team’s win and the keys for playing a Vikings team tumbling due to injuries. The head honcho of the Cardinals also talked about how padded practices have seemingly helped Arizona remain healthy and the Tuesday roster moves to re-sign punter Drew Butler and release Ryan Quigley. Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer (3) talks with Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians during the second half of an NFL football game against the New England Patriots, Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. The Patriots won 23-21. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) — Arians, on Larry Fitzgerald’s continued success: “He still acts like he’s a rookie. He asks questions, he makes sure he’s spot-on in his assignments and asks coach, ‘what are you really looking for in this situation, what are you wanting me to do?’ And it rubs off on the rest of the team. But I think the biggest thing is … the reason we run the ball so well is because he’s blocking at a level that only I’ve ever seen was by Hines Ward.” Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retireslast_img read more

Rep Glenn announces local office hours

first_img07Mar Rep. Glenn announces local office hours Categories: Annette Glenn News  State Rep. Annette Glenn announced her in-district office hours for the month of March. The representative will be available at the following times and locations:Friday, March 15o   4:45 to 5:45 p.m. at H&H Bakery and Restaurant, 200 S. Mable St. in Pinconning.      Monday, March 18o   8:30 to 9:30 a.m. at Tropical Smoothie, 985 S. Saginaw Road in Midland.“Holding regular office hours is a great way to connect and hear from members of the community,” Glenn said. “I look forward to receiving your input on the important issues facing our state.”No appointments are necessary to attend office hours. Those unable to attend may contact Rep. Glenn’s office at (517) 373-1791 or read more

Rep Hall proposes commonsense measure protecting Michiganders from unfair prosecution

first_img18Apr Rep. Hall proposes common-sense measure protecting Michiganders from unfair prosecution Categories: Hall News State Rep. Matt Hall (R-Emmett Township) has authored bipartisan legislation to protect Michigan citizens with concealed pistol licenses from unfair prosecution in the event they simply forget to renew their license. House Bill 4434 has 13 Democrat cosponsors and 19 Republican cosponsors.Currently, a CPL holder can be charged with a felony punishable by up to five years in prison or a $2,500 fine if he or she is found in possession of a concealed pistol one day after his or her license expires.“A felony conviction forever changes a person’s life,” Hall said. “He or she may struggle to find a job, suitable housing, and his or her right to possess a firearm is suspended. It is unfair for an otherwise law-abiding gun owner to become a felon because of a paperwork oversight.”Under Hall’s plan, a CPL holder who is found concealed carrying within one year of his or her CPL expiring and is eligible for renewal would be subject to a civil infraction and a $330 fine. If the individual renews his or her CPL within 60 days of the citation, no fine would be issued.“The current punishment does not fit the crime,” Hall said. “A CPL holder must pass a criminal background check to obtain a license. These are law abiding citizens. This is common-sense criminal justice reform.”House Bill 4434 now moves to the House Military, Veterans, and Homeland Security Committee.last_img read more

A New Capital Program for Womenowned Businesses Launches in TN

first_imgShareTweetShareEmail0 SharesFebruary 17, 2015; The Ledger (Nashville, TN)Pathway Lending, a nonprofit in Tennessee, is partnering with the Tennessee Small Business Development Center in the launch of the Ready.Fund.Grow! program and the new Women’s Business Center. The purpose of the program and center is to provide “small business owners and female business owners with greater access to lines of credit.”In addition to helping business owners access capital up to $100,000, Pathway Lending will also connect owners with training, consulting, and resources to develop and support companies.“When the SBA [Small Business Advice] put out a notification asking if there were any nonprofit organizations that wanted to participate in the Women’s Business Center program, we did a very quick proposal and not even 60 days later were provided notification that we would receive the designation,” Amy Bunton, Pathway Lending’s senior vice president, said.As the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported this month, Tennessee is not the only state to be helping guide female business owners. Propelle is “a networking organization dedicated to helping women entrepreneurs connect” and run a successful business:“Women-owned businesses are the fastest-growing segment of the economy, but access to capital and entrepreneurial support is still lacking across many sectors, according to a 2014 report from the National Association for Women Business Owners.”The company conducts many events as well as coaching workshops to help women “achieve their goals and dreams” as well as “train and inspire women to reach their fullest potential.”“At each [Propelle] meeting, you talk about what you’re going to work on in the next month. And that accountability helps make you do things, even if you’re waiting until the day before the next meeting to do them,” said Erin Szymanski, who has gone through Propelle’s program. “It’s not about hand-holding, but the encouragement and the direction they offered was so important.”According to Forbes, startup incubator Y Combinator in San Francisco has maintained a 4 percent female clientele. The reason? Most of the applicants to Y Combinator are favored if they have a technical cofounder. Other programs that do not focus on technology have been more successful in fostering women entrepreneurs.So, how can the climate of women entrepreneurs be changed across the board? Much like Propelle, startup business owners need networks and mentors. As Anne Doyle mentioned in her book Powering Up!, women should not be afraid to help one another become successful. Instead of ignoring or sabotaging female colleagues, the more women stand up and help one another, the more success women will begin to have, regardless of sector. –Erin LambShareTweetShareEmail0 Shareslast_img read more

In a Local Space Crisis Marin Community Foundation Sells 2 Nonprofit Buildings

first_imgShare6TweetShare35Email41 Shares14 / Matt P.August 15, 2016; Marin Independent JournalBuying buildings to house local nonprofits seems to be all the rage among some foundations—sometimes much to their almost immediate regret. But in San Rafael, California, where the cost of space is extraordinary to the extent that it’s seen as a threat to the future of nonprofits, the Marin Community Foundation has decided to sell two buildings it bought more than ten years ago specifically to house local nonprofits in need of affordable space. The sale will reportedly bring $11.6 million.“We bought them at a time during one of the earlier recessions when a number of nonprofits were having a really hard time,” said Thomas Peters, president of the Marin Community Foundation. “At that time, we were trying to provide some almost emergency space.”“It’s not our main book of business,” Peters said, regarding the change of heart. “We need, just like any business, to focus—and owning real estate and being landlords is really not a central part of our business—so time to change.”Among the organizations which will be obliged to leave by December 2017 are Legal Aid of Marin, Advocates for Children, Spectrum LGBT Center, Grassroots Leadership Network, Family & Children’s Law Center, the Asian Advocacy Project, Buckelew Programs, Family Service Agency, Marin Child Care Council, Marin Workforce Housing Trust, and the Marin affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness.Peters says he doubts the loss of the space deal, which was subsidized, would pose an existential threat to any of the resident nonprofits. “Any organization is always welcome to apply to us for consideration about their costs; that’s what we do,” Peters said. “We’ve been a pretty good supporter and funder of many, many programs, so I would not expect any dire consequences.”—Ruth McCambridgeShare6TweetShare35Email41 Shareslast_img read more

The Millions of Small Reasons for Remaking the Economy

first_imgShare29Tweet10ShareEmail39 Shares“Houses and Cash,” Images MoneyFebruary 20, 2019; KTVZ (Central Oregon)NPQ’s webinar series on “remaking the economy” focuses on innovative, emerging models of inclusive and equitable economic development and the ways communities throughout the country are integrating them. A major part of the case for remaking the economy is that the current system leaves millions behind, and nearly every metric of economic inclusivity points to the need for a dramatic shift. It is imperative that nonprofits lead the way in charting this new course—and not just a moral imperative, but one deeply connected to their missions to the communities they serve.In order to fully realize this new, inclusive economy, as NPQ has reported many times, nonprofits must embrace this charge. A new report by Oregon State University expands on the case for a new economy by shedding light on how asset poverty impacts children in America. The report is sobering on many levels, and nonprofits that work with low-income communities should reflect on the findings.The long-term impacts of income poverty on children have been extensively researched and documented. Among the disturbing consequences:According to the American Psychological Association, child poverty is linked with a range of negative developmental conditions and outcomes, including poor academic achievement, school dropout, abuse and neglect, behavioral and socio-emotional problems, physical health problems, and developmental delays.Over time, child poverty contributes to chronic stress, lower levels of working memory, a weak foundation for later learning, behavior, and health, and poor adolescent and adult outcomes, according to the Urban Institute’s research report, Child Poverty and Its Lasting Consequences.Perhaps most concerning is that poverty impacts a child’s brain development, leading to long-term behavioral and cognitive difficulties.Despite proclamations last year by the White House Council of Economic Advisors that the war on poverty was “largely over and a success,” the reality about poverty in America is different. According to the US Census’s September 2018 report, Income and Poverty in the United States, 12.3 percent of Americans live in poverty, which represents nearly 40 million people. Of this, 15 million children live in families with incomes below the federal poverty threshold, representing 21 percent of all children in America.Against this backdrop, OSU’s first-of-its-kind report explores the impacts of asset poverty on children and quantifies the rates of asset poverty in children in various developed countries. Differing from income poverty, asset poverty is defined as “a measure of the liquid savings households to cover basic expenses for three months if they experienced a sudden job loss, a medical emergency or another financial crisis leading to a loss of stable income.” In other words, asset-poor families lack sufficient financial assets to maintain their current living standard for three months should they lose all income. When looking at this definition, over 40 percent of American households fall under this measure.Asset poverty is important, given that income and assets are how families manage their financial health. While the impacts of income poverty are well documented, the body of research on asset poverty is relatively new. There is a growing base of evidence that suggests that parents with greater asset holdings presage better academic achievement, higher educational expectations, lower likelihood of repeating a grade, higher rates of college enrollment, and higher likelihood of college graduation for their children. Furthermore, research is now exploring how asset holding affects psychosocial well-being, family stress, parent-child interactions, and child psychology. Finally, a family’s asset holdings partially explain inequalities in health outcomes in ways that income does not. With these trending research findings, the issue of asset poverty is too important for nonprofits concerned about families to ignore.An interesting note is that OSU’s research is comparative, in that the researchers looked at six countries and accounted for asset poverty in families and in children. These countries include the United States, Australia, the United Kingdom, Italy, Finland, and Norway. Both the United States and Australia have the highest rates of child asset poverty at 62.9 percent. While the report doesn’t measure households by race, it is important to note that Latinx and black families have disproportionately high asset poverty rates, making asset poverty a racial justice issue as well.Of importance is that the researchers recognize that family structures shape children’s poverty risk. Given the wage inequality that women in the United States face, and the high incidence of single-parent households headed by women in the US compared to other countries, asset poverty among single mothers is high, and the inequalities compared to other groups is glaring. The mean wealth of single-parent households was $125,294 less than that of married-couple households, even after accounting for education level, age of children, and receipt of inheritance. Furthermore, the median wealth of married couples with children in the United States was $96,000 compared to $6,000 for single-mother households. Coincidentally, $6,000 is approximately the amount that the average American family would need to have available to live on for three months, as NPQ reported earlier this month. Given the low median wealth and assets of single mothers in particular, the researchers note the need for further research on asset poverty, specifically how the factors associated with single-parent households translate into high poverty risk.As nonprofits explore ways to integrate their programs and services into efforts that advance an inclusive economy, they should be aware of how asset poverty impacts the communities they serve. While some nonprofits focus on financial literacy and asset building, those that focus on children’s well-being, educational attainment, and behavioral health should note the role that both income and asset poverty play in the outcomes of the children they serve. OSU’s research expands our understanding of the impact that poverty has on America, and is an important perspective for nonprofits to understand and explore.—Derrick RhaynShare29Tweet10ShareEmail39 Shareslast_img read more

Russian telco and cable operator Rostelecom grew i

first_imgRussian telco and cable operator Rostelecom grew its TV subscriber base to 6.2 million at the end of June, including one million IPTV subscribers. The overall TV base was up 10% year-on-year.Rostelecom’s second quarter net profit grew 3% year-on-year to RUB8.77 billion (€216 million) on revenues of RUB75.5 billion, up 6%. Revenue from pay TV services amounted to RUB2.14 billion, up from RUB1.8 billion a year earlier.Broadband revenues were also up significantly. However, the company was hit by a decline in fixed phone revenues.last_img

Sensio Technologies has licensed 3D VoD content fr

first_imgSensio Technologies has licensed 3D VoD content from Walt Disney Studios, with plans to offer on-demand rentals from the firm on its Sensio 3DGO! service in the US from later this month.Sensio claims that 3DGO! is the first dedicated 3D VoD service. Users can access the store via compatible models of E-Series and M-Series Vizio TVs.last_img

The cable industry is not a dying business but h

first_imgThe cable industry is not a “dying business” but has a promising future, despite the rise of OTT services such as Netflix, according to Cable Europe executive chairman Matthias Kurth.Speaking at the OTTtv World Summit in London, Kurth (pictured) said that it was a “misconception to say that people are cutting the cord, and cable is a dying business,” as it is the cable companies that own the customer relationship.With new services, like OTT video, reliant on good broadband connections, Kurth said that in his home market of Germany, cable subscriber numbers are growing, as the cable operators can provide better internet speeds than DSL connections provided by incumbents in the market.“We are on the winning side, otherwise Vodafone would not have taken over a cable operator,” Kurth said, in reference to the mobile operator’s recent acquisition of Kabel Deutschland – having completed a 76.57% acquisition of the company’s share capital in October.“Here in the UK we saw that Virgin already made an agreement with Netflix on a commercial basis. So we don’t see that the OTT players like Netflix are a threat to the cable business. They will be integrated in TiVo, or in Horizon, or in other kinds of services, because then we can offer an additional value for our customers,” said Kurth
.“We have the customer relationship, we want to integrate all of these kinds of new services, and people would like to have easy and seamless access to all these kinds of things. It would be stupid to block it,” he added, saying that doing so would make OTT “much more dangerous.”Asked about challenges to the industry, Kurth said that copyright fragmentation was a hurdle that still needed to be overcome, as this prevented the creation of a European content market. However, he said that, in his view, the future of the cable business was “quite promising.”last_img read more