CAMARILLO, Calif. — The average U.S. price of regular-grade gasoline has dropped 12 cents a gallon over the past two weeks, to $2.72.Industry analyst Trilby Lundberg of the Lundberg Survey said Sunday that falling crude oil costs are the main reason for the decrease at the pump.The average gas price is 11 cents per gallon higher than it was a year ago.The highest average price in the nation is $3.77 a gallon in Honolulu. The lowest average is $2.19 in Tulsa, Oklahoma.The average price of diesel fell 4 cents over the past two weeks, to $3.27.The Associated Press
Despite the accolades, veteran surf instructor Jonathan Torry, who is at the beach practically every day, still has to fish the odd beer bottle or other garbage from the sand. He believes surfers are just naturally environmentally conscious and protective of the ocean.“As surfers, we look forward to being on the ocean all the time. To us, it’s like heaven,” he said, the wind and waves drowning his words. “We cannot exist without the ocean. If we didn’t have the ocean and we didn’t keep it clean, to us, life would be very simple, very blah.”In February of this year, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) launched the #CleanSeas campaign to combat marine litter by reducing plastic production and use. It warned that unless people stop dumping bottles, bags, cups, straws and other plastic items, by 2050 there could be more plastic in the oceans than fish.Ocean stewardship is also a byproduct of sailing lessons at the Trinidad and Tobago Sailing Association, which uses Hart’s Cut Bay in Chaguaramas as a classroom. Students like Luke Frankland, 11, have already grasped the main message of SDG 14: life on land affects life below water. “I think we need to start recycling more and being more mindful of where we put our garbage when we’re done with it,” he said. “Some people just throw it on the floor when they’re done with it. They should put it in a bin, or, even better, recycle it. Almost always it ends up in the ocean. It harms us in some ways, but it harms the sea creatures more.”The Healing with Horses Foundation in Tobago provides a form of alternative therapy for children with disabilities, or who come from troubled homes. The children interact with horses in a “magical park” decorated with affirmative messages, a homemade dream catcher and seesaws crafted from discarded dining chairs. Best of all, they get to ride the horses into the cool waters of Buccoo Bay. Photo: UN/Dianne Penn The multiple benefits provided by the world’s oceans, seas and marine resources are the focus of the first-ever Ocean Conference taking place this week at UN Headquarters in New York.The Conference seeks to achieve the targets laid out under Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 14, including galvanizing action on ocean-related issues such as protecting coral reefs, reducing plastic pollution, and addressing the impact of climate change. Spending time beside, in, or on the ocean is a major reason why millions of people escape to destinations such as Trinidad and Tobago, an island nation in the southern Caribbean.The diversity of its people – mainly descendants of enslaved Africans and indentured workers from India, though indigenous Caribs, Syrians, Lebanese, Chinese and a smattering of other nationalities have added to the gene pool – is reflected in the marine and coastal environments, home to fish, sharks, turtles, manatees, mangrove, sea grasses, coral reefs and numerous invertebrates and other marine organisms. Neila Bobb Prescott with the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is the Chief Technical Advisor for a project that supports improved management of the nation’s forests and other protected areas, some of which are linked to the sea. She summarized the significance of the ocean to “Trinis,” as citizens proudly call themselves.“Oceans are part of what it means to be Trinidadian,” she told UN News. “We have rituals when your baby is born. There’s a specific time when you take them to the beach to dip their feet in the saltwater to kind of bring them to the age. When you’re ailing and there’s something wrong with you, you go to the sea for a specific purpose, and then you drink some of the salt water, too, if you have troubles with your stomach. So the sea is part of us in terms of our culture…it’s just part of us.”Naturally, going to the beach to unwind is also part of the culture, and citizens and visitors swarm spots such as Maracas Bay in Trinidad, famous for stands selling “bake and shark,” a fried fish sandwich that can be seasoned with an endless array of toppings. But for serious relaxation, people head for the sister island of Tobago, a 20-minute flight from the high-octane capital, Port of Spain.Tourism is the island’s mainstay, employing more than half the roughly 60,000 residents. John Arnold, Senior Tourism Coordinator in the Tobago House of Assembly, the local government, said ocean conservation is a given for a destination billed as being “clean, green, safe, serene.”While the UN reports that some 20 per cent of the world’s coral reef has been lost and another 20 per cent degraded, those in Tobago are still “fairly intact,” according to coral reef ecologist Neil Cook with the Environmental Research Institute Charlotteville (ERIC), recipient of a small grant administered through the UN Development Programme (UNDP).A marina in Chaguaramas, Trinidad and Tobago. Children taking lessons at the nearby Trinidad and Tobago Sailing Association learn how caring for the ocean has an impact on their sport. Head coach Earl Tobias said he instructs his students to pick up any garbage found floating in the water. Photo: UN/Lulu Gao World-class diving draws people to the sleepy village of Speyside, where Sean Robinson opened the first dive shop some 30 years ago. On a recent Saturday afternoon he was fresh from taking SCUBA enthusiasts into the emerald waters of a location known as the Cathedral, where they were greeted by “a beautiful eagle ray” along with barracudas and stingrays. “We here have been fairly lucky that the quality of the reefs has just about remained the same, but the challenges that we are getting now here in the environment is with this whole concept of global warming,” he said. “We are now getting a problem with something that is very strange, which is sargassum.”No doubt islanders will not soon forget the carpet of reddish-brown sargassum seaweed which fouled the Atlantic shoreline in 2015 and cost millions to clean up. Sargussum originates in a swirling section of the North Atlantic near Bermuda known as the Sargasso Sea, first identified by 15th century Portuguese mariners. It has affected other parts of the Caribbean, which is the most tourism-dependent region in the world, according to the UN Economic and Social Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC). Helping governments in 33 of the region’s countries to address seaweed infestations, and other challenges, is Julio Orozco, Director of Sustainable Tourism with the Association of Caribbean States (ACS), a UN partner. “Right now, we are trying to support projects that are taking care of all these problems that we experience in the whole Caribbean Basin like sargassum, like coastal erosion, which has been a very difficult problem with climate change,” Mr. Orozco said. “Since 2001, the Association has been promoting the Declaration of the Sustainable Tourism Zone in order that the countries, through specific destinations, can implement indicators of sustainability in order to protect their different resources: not only the sea, of course, but also fauna, flora and cultural resources.” Las Cuevas Beach, located a short drive from Port of Spain, the capital of Trinidad and Tobago, is one of 17 beaches across the island nation where leatherback turtles lay their eggs between March and August. For the past five years, forest wardens have set up camp there during Easter week to educate the public about the need to protect the species. UN/Lulu Gao The ocean is seen as a major tourist attraction in the Caribbean. Supported by the UN, various initiatives are unfolding in the region with the aim of growing sustainable tourism, and better preserving the marine environment. Life lessons of a different kind are also being learned in the waters at Buccoo Point, Tobago, home to the Healing with Horses Foundation.There, children with disabilities, or who come from troubled homes, develop confidence and leadership skills by interacting with 11 rescued ponies, some of whom have challenges of their own. The therapy also involves riding bareback in nearby Buccoo Bay.“When we are with the horse in the ocean, the child feels not only carried by the horse but also carried by the water,” said German native Veronika Danzer-La Fortune, who runs the foundation alongside her Trinidadian husband, Lennox. “The water has a very soothing, calming effect. The water also helps the children to relax their muscles.” Healing with Horses Foundation has found a friend in the UN Information Centre (UNIC) for the Caribbean Area, based in Trinidad and Tobago’s capital, Port of Spain.In addition to participating in a summer camp in 2016, the UN office has supplied the organization with information about UN priority areas such as human rights, the rights of people with disabilities, autism awareness and, of course, the Sustainable Development Goals. Back on Trinidad’s north-eastern coast, Stephen McClatchie has been calling for action to counter a problem affecting his village, Toco, situated at the part of the island that is physically closest to Tobago. As head of the group Stakeholders Against Destruction, or S.A.D., for Toco, he lamented the long weekend and holiday hordes who come to Salybia Bay to hang out, or “lime,” to use the local expression.“Imagine hundreds of people in a beautiful bathing area with no established facility for human needs,” he said. “When collectively that kind of behavior is taking place in an area like that, you understand the dangers to health, the damage to the environment, and for years, for decades, we have been pleading with the powers that be to do something about it, but very little or nothing is being done.”Weekend “limes” also sour the serenity of Las Cuevas Beach on the other side of Trinidad, which has received certification for its water quality from Denmark-based environmental group Blue Flag. It is among 17 beaches in Trinidad and Tobago where leatherback turtles, an environmentally sensitive species, come to nest.Surf instructor Jonathan Torry (right) spends practically every day at Las Cuevas Beach on the north coast of Trinidad. He has seen stingrays, manta rays and a pod of dolphins while out surfing. Photo: UN/Lulu Gao
Speaking to UN News, Mr. Avan stressed the importance of acknowledging the negative aspects of new technology – which could include job losses and a drastic shift away from traditional ways of working – and finding ways to achieve a successful transition to the so-called ‘Fourth Industrial Revolution’, which involves the mass adoption of artificial intelligence, robotics, ‘big data’ processing, the Internet of Things, autonomous vehicles and blockchain technologies.Mr. Avan, the Director of the Strategy, Policy & Governance Division of the UN’s Office of Information and Communication Technology (OICT), took part in a discussion on the impact of emerging technologies and innovation on society, held on Tuesday during the 2019 UN Civil Society Conference, taking place in Salt Lake City, USA, between 26 -28 August.The UN, he says, has a strong focus on so-called “smart cities”, which make full use of inter-connected technology to empower disadvantaged residents and tackle challenges in housing, transport, employment and education in urban areas. At UN Technology Innovation Lab (UNTIL), a newly-established initiative in Malaysia, researchers and scientists are looking into ways of understanding and expanding the benefits of smart cities, promoting sustainable living, and helping to make inclusive growth possible in the country and region. Mr. Avan noted that, in many parts of the world, positive change is already taking place: “technologies are being implemented to improve the overall communal and individual lives of residents”.Farming with no pesticides, and no soilFor example, a Malaysia-based company, Vfarm, is pioneering a technology which has the potential to have a transformative effect on the citizens of Kuala Lumpur: vertical farms. According to Rahman Roslan, the brand director of Vfarm, it is far easier and cheaper to buy a bag of candy in Kuala Lumpur than fresh fruit or vegetables. Vertical farms could change this harmful situation, and make nutritious food available to all city dwellers.The company’s vertical farms in Kuala Lumpur look like laboratories, in which plants are grown in environments where heat and light are precisely controlled to ensure optimal growing conditions, and all without the use of herbicides and pesticides.Even soil is unnecessary, and a tiny amount of water is used, compared to that needed in traditional agriculture. These factors, says Mr. Roslan, coupled with the fact that transport costs are drastically reduced, mean that the crops produced in vertical farms are healthier and have a far smaller carbon footprint.Speaking to UN News during the Conference, Mr. Roslan explained that, whilst his company’s vertical farms are currently only producing around one per cent of Kuala Lumpur’s food, he can foresee a future in which the majority of crops in cities around the world are grown in a similar way.Bridging the digital divideAll elements of society must, said Salem Avan, actively assist lesser-developed cities to integrate advanced technologies, and reduce the stark disparity in the digital divide that exists between richer and poorer parts of the world, as well as within cities:“While it is inarguable that technology is beneficial to improving the daily lives of many, it also runs the risk of excluding certain urban inhabitants who either lack the resources or the capabilities to adapt to the rapid changes that digitization entails”.One of the solutions he proposes, is to build partnerships across different sectors, including local and national authorities, civil society and others, to ensure that sustainability, and making sure that no one is left behind, are key goals when new technology is introduced.
Feb 23rd 2018, 4:31 PM 21,863 Views Short URL No Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Former chief executive of Anglo Irish Bank David Drumm arriving at the Dublin Circuit Criminal Court this week. Image: Leah Farrell via RollingNews.ie https://jrnl.ie/3868669 David Drumm called financial regulator ‘f***ing shower of clowns down in Dame Street’, trial hears Today was the 30th day of the trial of former Anglo Irish Bank CEO David Drumm. Former chief executive of Anglo Irish Bank David Drumm arriving at the Dublin Circuit Criminal Court this week. By Sarah-Jane Murphy Share5 Tweet Email6 Updated 6.45 pm FORMER ANGLO IRISH Bank CEO David Drumm referred to the financial regulator as “Freddie fucking Fly” and said he intended to go to “that fucking shower of clowns down in Dame Street”, to look for emergency funding for the bank, his trial has heard.On day 30 of Drumm’s trial at the Dublin Circuit Criminal Court, the jury listened to recordings of phone calls between employees of Anglo, the Central Bank and McCann Fitzgerald Solicitors, all of which took place on dates in late September 2008.Six of the eight call played were conversations between Drumm and former Director of Treasury at Anglo, John Bowe.Prosecution barrister, Paul O’Higgins SC, told the jury that the calls were deliberately recorded by the bank for business purposes, to preserve the details of transactions and deals. The recordings were recovered during the Garda investigation at the bank.Two phone calls between Drumm and Bowe from 18 September 2008 were played.In one call, Drumm told Bowe what he planned to do when he met “those fucking clowns down on Dame Street” the following day when asking for emergency funding for Anglo.He told Bowe: “I’m going to keep asking thick questions. When is the cheque coming?” and said they needed to “get into the fucking simple speak.”Drumm is heard saying that if the Anglo bankers showed up with horrible numbers at least they looked like they had put up a fight.“We were badly fucking damaged like everyone else but we have rebuilt and here’s a fucking balance sheet,” he tells to Bowe he plans to say to the Financial Regulator.He referred to “other fucking non-normal things” such as the collapse of Lehmans Bank in recent times.Drumm said that he planned to ask the Financial Regulator: “How are you getting on with that loan, lads?”In the second call on 18 September, Drumm asked Bowe what would happen should the bank receive a ratings downgrade. Bowe replied that Anglo’s entire book would be affected by such an event.“We’re not a morsel, we’re half an element in their terms,” Drumm said.Bowe then read a draft letter from Anglo to the Central Bank, regarding the Anglo’s liquidity ratio, and told Drumm that there was “no point whinging about it as we’re effectively beholden to them”.He said to Bowe that if the Central Bank didn’t give funding in the coming days they would cause a bank collapse.The phone call ends with the men agreeing to meet for “a coffee and a pep talk” the following morning in advance of their meeting with the Financial Regulator.Bowe signed off by telling Drumm “You the man”.LadybirdIn a phone call on 22 September Drumm and Bowe discussed the fact that “€500m went out the doors today.”Drumm suggested Bowe do “a Ladybird type thing” when he made a presentation at an upcoming meeting and said a simplified version of Anglo’s cash flow would be needed.Drumm said “Mr fucking Dennis” had confirmed that morning that Anglo will be “well looked after.”Bowe commented that Anglo was still in a hole, to which Drumm responded that they were “fucked”, needed to fix the balance sheet by year end and said their liquidity had depleted by €14 billion.“And who was in charge when that was going on,” Drumm asked, to the sound of laughter from the two men.Drumm asked Bowe if they could bloat the balance sheet, and remarked that “the family photo”, Anglo’s end of year financial snapshot, “should it be published on fucking Bebo” was not going to look good.The two bankers then discussed the September transactions with ILP, which Bowe said were booked as a “repo” and had “a small amount of haircut.”“We’re going to have to tell board members that we have lit a fuse here that’s not going to go away, we’ll have a difficult story to tell on 3 December,” Drumm said.The jury then listened to three phone calls that took place on 29 September 2008 between Drumm, Bowe and other Anglo executives.Bowe explained the transactions with ILP to Drumm:What happens is the money goes around in a circle. The dance here is that we actually get it back in time. It has to go through a lot of different hands.Bowe told Drumm that “Permo” wanted collateral for future deals and said that recovering the money lent to ILP within time limits was becoming “very very tough”.Drumm said “a fuckiing journal entry would do it an awful lot quicker.”Laughter is heard when Drumm said Anglo Finance director Willie McAteer “might be auditing the books. Debit the giver, credit the receiver,” he joked.Drumm (51), with an address in Skerries, Co Dublin, has pleaded not guilty to conspiring with former bank officials Denis Casey, William McAteer, John Bowe and others to defraud depositors and investors at Anglo by “dishonestly” creating the impression that deposits in 2008 were €7.2 billion larger than they were.He has also pleaded not guilty to false accounting on 3 December 2008, by furnishing information to the market that Anglo’s 2008 deposits were €7.2 billion larger than they were.The jury has been told that Drumm accepts the facts of the 2008 transactions between Anglo and ILP but he disputes they were fraudulent or dishonest.The trial, now in its fourth week, continues before Judge Karen O’Connor and a jury of ten men and four women after losing a juror on day 26.Comments are closed as legal proceedings are ongoing. Read: David Drumm authorised deals leading to falsification of bank’s balance sheet, court hearsRead: New jury empanelled in David Drumm trial Image: Leah Farrell via RollingNews.ie Friday 23 Feb 2018, 4:31 PM
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The government on Tuesday unveiled a package of changes to the country’s pension system aimed at ensuring the system’s viability in the coming decades. In presenting the measures, Labour & Social Insurances Minister Andreas Loverdos said the plan focuses on four major changes: ending voluntary and early retirement schemes with an aim to raise the average retirement age by two years, i.e. to 63 by 2015; permanently separating pension and healthcare systems; establishing an agency to manage pension funds’ reserves and assets, as well as changing the method of calculating monthly pension payments.Minister Andreas Loverdos told reporters after a ministry meeting that, “We are changing the pensions system in order to keep it alive.”Loverdos also said pension funds’ reserves now total 29.55 billion euros. Additionally, he said the government aims to further integrate social insurance agencies into three groups, while healthcare services will be gradually included in the country’s National Health System.The pension reform is part of a cost-cutting plan by the Papandreou government which is struggling to slash Greece’s budget deficit.Loverdos is trying to save 4.5 billion euros (six billion euros) this year from a social welfare budget burdened by years of mismanaged spending by social funds on medicine and hospital bills.
NORTHEAST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Police located an elderly man, Monday morning, who went missing from his Northeast Miami-Dade home.According to Miami-Dade Police, 77-year-old Jacques Louhidon walked away from his residence near Northeast 161st Street and Seventh Avenue last Friday. He did not contact any family members.Doctors said he suffers from memory loss and may have been confused.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
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Kolkata: Thirty Career Paramarsh Kendras (CPK) set up by the backward Classes Welfare and Tribal department throughout the state are working well in providing assistance to the SC and ST students and unemployed youths.The scheme was adapted in the first meeting of WB Scheduled Caste Advisory Council chaired by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.Eleven CPKs have been set up in North Bengal, while the remaining 19 have been set up in South Bengal. In the second phase, another 37 CPKs will be established. Once, all the CPKs come up, there will one centre in each sub-division. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThese centres give information on organisation, industry, business house and sectors having potential job or self employment. The centres have the database on the government schemes for self employment and financing tie-ups.The CPKs will counsel at least 3,000 visitors. The centres will facilitate at least 500 candidates with suitable self-employment. The centres will organise job fairs and placement services. They will explore opportunity and potential of self employment in sectors like agriculture, horticulture, pisciculture, animal resources development, micro small and medium enterprises in the locality. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe centres are also providing 300 hours training to 150 selected candidates and place at least 100 of them with job employment.The centres are being maintained and managed by WB SC, ST and OBC Development and Finance Corporation under the backward Classes Welfare and Tribal Development (BCW).The centres have come up as a major boon to the SC and ST students and unemployed youths as they did not have any information about the job opportunities in private and public sectors so far. Mamata Banerjee took the initiative of setting up the centres with a view to make them self-reliant.
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Tags: Air Canada, Profits, Statistics Air Canada Q3 profit down from a year ago, operating revenue up 11% Share MONTREAL — Air Canada saw its third-quarter profit drop compared with a year ago amid rising fuel prices as operating revenue climbed 11%.The airline reported a profit of $645 million, or $2.34 per diluted share for the quarter, which ended Sept. 30.That’s compared with a profit of $1.72 billion, or $6.22 per diluted share a year ago, when the company benefited from an income tax recovery of $758 million.Operating revenue totalled nearly $5.42 billion, up from $4.88 billion.On an adjusted basis, Air Canada says it earned $2.03 per diluted share for the quarter, down from an adjusted profit of $3.33 per diluted share in the same quarter last year.Analysts on average had expected a profit of $2.09 per share for the quarter, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.Calin Rovinescu, President and Chief Executive of Air Canada, said it was “challenging but satisfying summer”, and thanked the airline’s 30,000 employees for their hard work that resulted in a new single-day record for passengers carried in August (over 178,000).More news: Rome enforces ban on sitting on Spanish Steps“Our business model is creating substantial value. We have a powerful and comprehensive network with three strong global hubs. We have a compelling product and customer offering. In July, Air Canada was named the Best Airline in North America for the second consecutive year and for the seventh time in nine years by Skytrax, which has also reaffirmed Air Canada’s rating as North America’s only four-star international network carrier,” he said.Rovinescu also has high hopes for Q4, saying: “Going forward, we expect our revenue momentum to continue in the fourth quarter and into next year. Indeed, with the trends we are seeing now, we expect our PRASM performance, both in the domestic market and throughout the network, to continue to improve in the final quarter of 2018.”Air Canada’s efficient approach to costs complemented its record revenue generation in Q3. Adjusted CASM rose 1.1% from the third quarter of the prior year, well below the 2-3% increase projected for the period with its second quarter results in July.More news: Venice to ban cruise ships from city centre starting next monthLargely driven by higher fuel prices, the airline’s CASM increased 9.8% from the third quarter of 2017. According to Rovinescu, cost control will remain central to Air Canada’s strategy.“We have already identified or realized two-thirds of the $250 million cost transformation program initiated early this year,” he said. “Furthermore, we reached record unrestricted liquidity of $5.3 billion and achieved a leverage ratio of 2.0.”Rovinescu ended by thanking the customers for their continued loyalty. “It is our unwavering commitment to continue improving and providing superior, award-winning service as we transport them safely to their destinations.”With file from The Canadian Press Posted by Wednesday, October 31, 2018 Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >>
June 20, 2016Last week-ends JUNETEENTH Festival took place in record temperatures, Sunday coming up to 110 degree Fahrenheit. Nevertheless, it was a week-end of good music, good food, fun vendors and all around mellow atmosphere.Saturday’s schedule started off with a blessing by reverent Michael Cannon.JONATHAN BEST.[photo by Sue Kirsch]The MUDDBONE TRIO.R.D. OLSEN BANDPianist HAROLD LAND, bassist RAY CARTER, LESLIE DANIELS on drums.The traditional Saturday evening dance party in the Vaults with this years Funk Frequency’s Michael Weight and Trial by Fire’s Carlton Godwin.[photo by Erin O’Loughlin][photo by Erin O’Loughlin]More to come on Friday, June 24. 2016.
Categories: VanderWall News State Rep. Curt VanderWall will host a town hall on Monday, Sept. 25 for residents with questions regarding energy policy and no fault auto reform.“This event will provide an open forum for citizens to express and discuss their concerns regarding energy policy and no fault auto reform,” VanderWall said. “I look forward to having a meaningful conversation with people, and bringing their message back to Lansing.”The town hall will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. at Geno’s Sports Bar and Grill, 14848 Thompson Ave. in Thompsonville.Anyone unable to attend during the scheduled time may contact Rep. VanderWall at his office at (517) 373-0825 or CurtVanderWall@house.mi.gov. 19Sep Rep. VanderWall invites residents to town hall event in Thompsonville
Categories: Kahle News,News 31Jan Rep. Kahle details plan to fight tax-related identity theft, fraud State Rep. Bronna Kahle today testified on her legislation to fight tax-related fraud and identity theft by requiring employers to file their employees’ W2 forms with the state one month earlier than under current Michigan law.Kahle, of Adrian, said moving up the date to Jan. 31 will get important information to the state more quickly, helping investigators crack down on fraudulent returns filed by imposters seeking refunds under a real taxpayer’s name. It also will align Michigan’s due date with the federal government’s deadline for similar information.“This legislation creates another tool to fight fraud and help protect Michigan taxpayers,” Kahle said after testifying on her bill for the House Tax Policy Committee. “Tax-related identify theft is a growing problem. I am pleased to offer a plan that will help fight fraud, and also help ‘real’ taxpayers get their refunds in a timely fashion.”Michigan Treasury prevented more than $60 million in tax-related identify theft refunds for 2017. A Treasury official told the committee that Kahle’s legislation would assist efforts to fight fraud.Michigan law requires employers to send W2s to employees by Jan. 31. But employers aren’t required to send copies of those W2s to the state until Feb. 28. The delay gives criminals a head start in trying to file fraudulent returns seeking refunds.Kahle’s bill would require employers to send W2s to the state by Jan. 31 – the same deadline they have to send the forms to their workers and send information to the federal government. Some employers could be required to file information electronically.The state would be able to verify tax withholding amounts and other information more quickly, helping investigators better identify fraudulent refund requests.The majority of states already are moving their filing deadlines to align with the federal government’s Jan. 31 date.“This is a common-sense change to benefit Michigan taxpayers,” Kahle said.Kahle’s bill remains under consideration in the House Tax Policy Committee, of which she is a member.###Kahle’s legislation: House Bill 5091.
ShareTweetShareEmail0 SharesFebruary 19, 2014; Georgetown Dish NPQ has covered a number of stories lately about nonprofits closing their doors, boards falling down on—or walking out on—the job, and old business models that may no longer be sustainable. So it’s refreshing to find an example of an organization or three with a plan to keep the doors open, actively engage board leaders in a collaborative process and, if all goes well, strengthen the business models of all three institutions over time.This week, the interim director and president of the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Peggy Loar, announced a proposed collaboration with the National Gallery of Art and George Washington University that would keep the struggling Corcoran in Washington, D.C., where it has been since 1897. While this is not a done deal, the three institutions are far enough along in exploring the plan to make it public and to state that they have entered a working period to hammer out definitive terms.The Corcoran is the nation’s oldest privately supported art museum, and in recent years has faced financial challenges that had its leadership considering a move to the suburbs to cut costs. Under the proposed collaboration, the Corcoran College of Art & Design would operate under the auspices of George Washington University. The university would gain access to the Corcoran, which would offer “unparalleled opportunities for students and scholars,” according to GW president Steven Knapp. In addition to operating the Corcoran College, which would retain its own distinct identity separate from GW, the university would assume ownership of and responsibility for the Corcoran building. The National Gallery of Art would organize and present exhibitions of modern and contemporary art within the building under a new brand, “Corcoran Contemporary, National Gallery of Art.” Earl A. Powell III, director of the National Gallery, notes that the proposed deal “keeps the core collection in the nation’s capital and offers great opportunities for exhibitions of contemporary art and programming.”Loar said, “The collaboration would raise the status of arts education in the District and expand the benefits, services, and interdisciplinary opportunities that both the National Gallery of Art and GW provide to students, museum-goers and the Washington community.” While the boards and staff leadership of these three institutions roll up their collective sleeves to formalize their new working arrangement, it’s worth noting that many other successful nonprofit collaborations have been documented. The Foundation Center has a database of innovative ways nonprofits have found to collaboratively achieve their missions “through mergers, joint programming, and other forms of collaboration.”NPQ would love to hear from you about your experiences in collaborating with other nonprofits—especially those instances where the whole has proven to be greater than the sum of its parts.—Eileen CunniffeShareTweetShareEmail0 Shares
Share1TweetShareEmail1 Shares August 15, 2014; YES! MagazineNew York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, along with the City Council, have allocated within the 2015 city budget $1.2 million to support worker cooperatives. This is reportedly the largest investment in co-ops made by any U.S. city ever. The funding is to be used to create “234 jobs in worker cooperative businesses, reach 920 cooperative entrepreneurs, provide for the start up of 28 new worker cooperative small businesses and [assist] another 20 existing co-ops.”Maria del Carmen Arroyo is the incoming chair of the City Council’s Community Development Committee. She represents a South Bronx district. In the Bronx, there are already a number of worker-owned co-ops, and when Arroyo convened a hearing on co-ops in February, New Yorkers came out in force, perhaps reflecting not only a new interest, but a strong existing base of local working co-ops.According to the U.S. Federation of Worker Cooperatives, only around 300 worker-owned cooperatives exist in the United States, with an average of 11 workers each. New York city is home to 28 co-ops.Cooperative Home Care Associates, founded 29 years ago in the Bronx, is the largest of these and is 90 percent owned by women of color. It has a sophisticated operation that not only provides home healthcare workers, paying them twice the usual wage, but also trains other groups around the country, works on policy that will help co-ops get better rates in contracting, and has developed an entity that helps to funnel a steady stream of work to them. Hilary Abell, author of a new study titled Pathways to Scale, says that co-ops need a mutually supportive ecosystem like that evidently being built in New York in order to thrive. “But the biggest need right now is certainly for larger businesses, capable of hiring 100 workers and up.” She believes that there are opportunities to shift the tide—not necessarily through startups, but through worker takeovers. “There are 200,000 small businesses in the US today, employing half of all America’s workers. Most have no succession plan.”Christopher Michael of the New York City Network of Worker Cooperatives, meanwhile, says that in New York City, “we have all the raw ingredients of a successful policy initiative: engaged groups, a bit of a track record and support in the city council.”—Ruth McCambridgeShare1TweetShareEmail1 Shares
Share94TweetShareEmail94 SharesBy DFID – UK Department for International Development [CC BY-SA 2.0 ], via Wikimedia CommonsAugust 27, 2018; VoxAfter several years of escalating ethnic cleansing and violence, including a military “crackdown” that is estimated to have killed “a minimum of 6,700” since last August, as well as driving 688,000 people to abandon Myanmar for Bangladesh, the United Nations has finally issued a report of its own recommending that military officials in Myanmar be investigated and prosecuted for carrying out a genocidal campaign against the Rohingya Muslim people. The report, from the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, will be formally presented in Geneva in September.For decades, Myanmar has explicitly excluded the Rohingya from citizenship and interfered with their basic human rights to housing, education, safety, and more. NPQ has reported before on this bitter sectarian conflict, which traces some of its origins in sociopolitical divides created or exacerbated by British colonial rule. Myanmar has excluded journalists, aid groups, and human rights monitors, even providers of UN humanitarian assistance, from the country. The report was gathered from interviews with refugees and aid groups in other countries, satellite images, and other research conducted outside Myanmar’s borders.The UN commission’s report explained,Notably, under military rule the concept of “national races” has gradually become the key criterion for membership in Myanmar’s political community, creating a common “other.” […] All others, regardless how many generations have lived in Myanmar, are considered outsiders or immigrants. This includes the Rohingya.The “othering” and exclusion of the Rohingya has been touted by the ruling military officers, known as the Tatmadaw, as an effort to protect national safety and unity. The Tatmadaw have also helped foster violence and distrust between the Rohingya and the Rakhine, another Muslim ethnic group in the country that does not face the same exclusionary attitudes, with whom the Rohingya had previously enjoyed a peaceful relationship.The report explains, “The Rohingya were labelled ‘illegal immigrants,’ ‘terrorists,’ and portrayed as an existential threat that might ‘swallow other races’ with their ‘incontrollable birth rates.’ In November 2012 the [Rakhine Nationalities Development Party] cited Hitler, arguing that ‘inhuman acts’ were sometimes necessary to ‘maintain a race.’”In successive waves going back over a decade, Rohingya have been shot, burned, raped, and tortured, their villages burned and razed, their mosques destroyed. One refugee told the report’s authors, “That day felt like the last day of this world, as if the whole world was collapsing. I thought judgment day had arrived.”These disasters were not unknown to the United Nations. The report states, “Myanmar has been a country of interest to the United Nations for 30 years, with resolutions condemning its human rights situation since 1991. For three decades, successive Special Rapporteurs on the situation of human rights in Myanmar concluded that patterns of human rights violations were widespread and systematic, linked to State and military policy.” In at least two places, the report mentions planning and troop placement that conceals a deliberate intent to perpetrate these violent campaigns. Yet so far, no moves of appropriate scale have been made by the Security Council, the International Criminal Court, or other bodies charged with protecting human rights.Alice Cowley and Maung Zarni of the Middle East Institute wrote in 2017,Myanmar’s rights abuses in Rohingya regions of Western Myanmar weren’t seen as something that demanded special attention…As Rohingyas in Northern Rakhine wait and their diasporic relatives post desperate calls for U.N. peacekeepers and intervention on Facebook, “Never again!”—the foundational myth of the United Nations—must sound bitterly hollow.NPQ’s Cyndi Suarez made a similar point in May, saying,It’s interesting, however, that [Kofi] Annan, who has made a career of getting the world to respond to genocides, told the BBC in December 2016, in response to rumors of escalating violence and outright ethnic cleansing and questions of whether we should call what’s happening in Myanmar genocide, “I think there are tensions, there has been fighting, but I wouldn’t put it the way some have done.” The BBC notes that Annan cautioned “observers should be ‘very, very careful’ in using the word genocide.” But why? Are these just the machinations of politics? How does this align with the stance of “No Bystanders”?The word genocide is finally being used, along with “crimes against humanity” and “war crimes,” to describe the Tatmadaw’s campaign.Noor Ilyas, a refugee in a camp in Bangladesh, wrote for the Guardian, “When the brutal military set fire to the villages of Duden and Lambaguna, which are near Singgri Para, we could see the smoke. We finally decided to go to the border. It was a difficult journey.” Noor joined hundreds of thousands of compatriots fleeing the country. At least forty percent of Rohingya villages have been destroyed, with infrastructure or villages for other ethnic groups built on the ruins.The UN report calls out other parties for their role in the terrible violence. The authors criticize Facebook for their role in perpetrating hate speech. A group of civil society organizations in Myanmar published a letter to Mark Zuckerberg in April, saying that hate messages “spread in an unprecedented way, reaching country-wide and causing widespread fear and at least three violent incidents in the process” and Facebook’s responses were inadequate. Additionally, the report criticized State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi for failing to use either her government position or her moral authority to stop the violence. NPQ has reported that the Holocaust museum revoked Suu Kyi’s Elie Wiesel award; a petition online to revoke her Nobel Peace Prize has nearly half a million signatures.In May, there was a tentative repatriation agreement for the Rohingya, some of whom said they would not wish to return without a guarantee of full citizenship rights. However, the report pointed out that “while the Government has, in principle, committed to Rohingya repatriation, nothing thus far indicates this will be in a manner ensuring respect for human rights, essential for a safe, dignified and sustainable return….The security forces who perpetrated gross human rights violations, with impunity, would be responsible for ensuring the security of returnees.”In the end, the UN report acknowledges the failure of the agency to respond to the ongoing crisis, saying, “The United Nations as a whole failed to adequately address human rights concerns.” But as we remember Rwanda, Darfur, and other situations in which the UN did not intervene until tens or hundreds of thousands of lives were lost, we are somewhat unimpressed with the gesture in this situation until it is followed by meaningful action. Being among the last to call this square a square when lives are at stake is not a moral victory.—Erin RubinShare94TweetShareEmail94 Shares
French quad-play operator Iliad Telecom has added 93,000 new subscribers to its Free service in the third quarter, which it said was attributable to the success of its advanced combined set-top and gateway, the Freebox Révolution.Iliad said it was achieving ARPU of €38 for Freebox Révolution subscribers, higher than its overall ARPU of €35.50, which was flat quarter-on-quarter.The 93,000 net additions to the Free brand included 20,000 migrations from Iliad’s other service, the former Telecom Italia France-owned Alice. Excluding former Alice subscribers, Free accounted for 27% of new subscribers in the French market in the course of the quarter. Free now counts 4.79 million subscribers, with a further 432,000 subscribers to the Alice brand.Iliad reported third quarter revenues of €537 million, up 5% year-on-year.
Alcatel-Lucent has launched an extended portfolio of software and services designed to improve the experience that consumers have with their smartphones, tablets and other connected devices. The launch is based on Alcatel-Lucent’s 2008 acquisition of Motive and its recent creation of a new customer experience solutions group.The Motive Customer Experience Solutions (CXS) portfolio is designed to proactively address the consumer experience, providing a suite of software and expert services to help communications service providers manage their customer relationships over a wide range of touchpoints, according to Alcatel-Lucent.Motive CX Management is focused on getting new devices, applications and services up and running quickly, while Motive CX Analytics provides monitoring tools that track the performance of the devices, applications and services running on the network, according to the company. Motive CX Optimisation empowers communications service providers to provide their customers with the best service experience possible while making better use of network capacity. Alcatel-Lucent has also launched a consulting group – CX Consulting – comprising of a dedicated tam that will identify opportunities to improve the wide range of customer experience touch points within a service provider organisation, according to the company.
Bridge Technologies has launched the VB273 Intelligent Satellite Redundancy Switch – the first of a new line of products from the company. The VB273 provides redundancy switching for satellite uplinks, with an automated decision-making capability.According to the company, in contrast with the simple ETR alarm analyzers and black box switching solutions that have been deployed to date, the Bridge VB273 system’s analysis capabilities and decision engine make it mor comprehensive and accurate.The company says that by incorporating a full implementation of Bridge Technologies’ advanced ETR analysis engine, the VB273 can use a greater range of criteria, and base decisions on a more nuanced and realistic assessment of the data. Error conditions are evaluated against a set of user-defined rules to determine the appropriate automated action in any operational scenario.The VB273 module works with a VB272 and VB120 in a redundant chassis to monitor two signals from dual production chains and switch to the backup chain if the main chain fails.The VB273 module contains the physical switches and interfaces, with the VB272 module providing dual-channel multi-purpose monitoring of satellite broadcast signals and running the ETR290 analysis and decision engines. The VB272 also includes an RF monitoring module and supports high-throughput 16PSK and 32PSK operation as well as today’s QPSK and 8PSK. The module provides full implementation of DISEqC v1.2 RF switch control, cue tones and a GPI interface, according to Bridge Technologies.In use the VB273 Intelligent Satellite Redundancy Switch integrates readily into the Bridge Technologies monitoring ecosystem, providing exceptional advanced data analysis functions through rich graphical displays, with full reporting capabilities to external network management systems. The data from the system is made available for remote monitoring by the built-in web server so that engineers and maintenance staff can be kept aware of operating status and can interrogate the system from any location.The VB273 has been developed in response to a major operator’s request for a redundancy switching solution, and is already installed by, with general availability to the market from September 2013, according to Bridge Technologies.“Redundancy switching solutions based on relatively crude ETR analysis are a less than perfect answer to the broadcaster’s requirements,” said Simen Frostad, chairman of Bridge Technologies. “They are inflexible, and may even themselves cause problems and increase costs by generating ‘false positives’ or missing complex error conditions. The innovative approach taken in the VB273 is a response to what broadcasters have requested, and it gives greater security and the cost reductions achieved through running a more intelligent solution that can be trusted to operate with a greater degree of autonomy.”Bridge Technologies will exhibit at IBC on stand 1.A30