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Network-attached storage (NAS) units are one area where the hard drive has little to fear from today’s solid-state drives. Networked storage favors capacity over transfer speed and reliability over performance, so the hard drive is still very much the best option. Realizing this, and seeing big projected growth in the NAS market, Western Digital has developed Red, a series of hard drives specifically designed for use in network-attached storage.The Red drives looks like normal, 3.5-inch hard drives (only parts of the label are red), and they will initially come in 1TB, 2TB, and 3TB capacities. Each drive will have a 64MB cache, DDR2, WD’s Intellipower rotational speed moderation, and 6Gbit/s SATA. Sounds just like a normal 3.5-inch drive, right? In most ways they are, but each Red disk will have WD’s NASware RAID management as well as firmware and hardware improvements that make them ideally suited to work in small, 1-5 bay enclosures.WD has also increased the MTBF for the Red drives from 650,000 hours to 1,000,000 as they believe them to be that much more reliable than their standard offerings. They are rated for operating temperatures up to 70 degrees C (instead of 60) because the drives will operate in hot, multi-drive environments.Those drive improvements are all internal so WD isn’t speaking much about what was specifically changed, but the end result should be cooler, more efficient hard drives with “best-in-class power utilization”. One of the improvements that was mentioned was 3D active balancing, which is designed to make for for less vibration and less noise. That means quieter NAS units and significantly less grumpy IT managers.Performance will be above that of WD’s Green series, but not at the level of the enthusiast-level Black. The Red series isn’t specifically geared for top speed, but they should be respectable all-rounded performers and, more importantly, optimized for the tasks most often handled by a drive in a NAS.Western Digital didn’t stop at just the hard drives for this roll out, they worked with NAS companies, like Synology, in order to ensure maximum compatibility across product lines. Also, the Red drives will include a free copy of Acronis True Image backup software, and they will have a dedicated, 24-7 support line from WD’s in-house NAS team.With more NAS units being sold ever year and a large share of those diskless, WD has the makings for a solid product here. It seems like they’ve taken the task seriously and given buyers a number of reason why they should put the right hard drive in their NAS, not just the cheapest one.
It’s been eight days since the United States government shut down, closing up national parks, museums, and giving non-Congressional government employees a little more free time than they’re used to. To capitalize on the shut down of our country’s capitol, Good Old Games is currently running the Shutdown Promo, bundling seven government-themed games for the low price of $24.93.As the tagline says, the GOG has decided to bundle seven government-themed games to show us how government works, in case ours doesn’t. If you purchase the pack, you’ll save 50% on the total price compared to purchasing each game at full cost. The pack appropriately includes Capitalism Plus, Capitalism 2, Tropico Reloaded, Sid Meier’s Alpha Centauri (and Alien Crossfire), Theme Hospital, The Guild Gold Edition, and finally, Redneck Rampage Collection. If you’re wondering why Redneck Rampage and Alpha Centauri are included, if you rearrange the order of each game based on theme, it makes a compelling narrative depicting what happens to society when there isn’t a government regulating it.At the time of writing, the offer stands for another 16 hours, but that doesn’t mean the US government will go back to work once the sale is over.However, if you can prove you’re a government employee, then you can snag the pack for free. Simply send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org (for real), with a 4chan-style picture of yourself holding your official furlough letter, and you’ll have some societal sims to play before your professional society simulator known as the US government comes back online. Head on over to GOG if you’re interested in a pack of good games, some of which feature rednecks rampaging.
PDA takes rally to Five Cays Related Items:oswald skippings, progressive democratic alliance, rally, sam’s building PDA Candidate says representation lacking in Govt & Opposition Recommended for you PDA Leader calls for Ministry of Health to be more visible in their fight against Zika Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 10 Feb 2016 – The Progressive Democratic Alliance will hold its first Providenciales political rally tonight and it will do so at the very same site at the PDM Headquarters. The leader of the PDA, Oswald Skippings as many already know is a former chief minister and the former leader of the PDM. Skippings broke off the party he helped to establish and since Monday has been politically pitching his group of candidates ahead of the 2016/2017 General Elections. The Meeting is at Sam’s Building down town tonight at 7, in Provo. Monday it was Grand Turk and by Friday, the PDA rally will move to North Caicos. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp
Advertising for the U.S. market as a whole stayed flat, but a 26-percent increase in digital ad sales offset a 41-percent drop in print. Digital advertising now accounts for 77 percent of Future’s total ad revenues. Citing the impact of Hurricane Sandy in October, the division’s circulation revenue fell off 19 percent, including a 28-percent hit for print copy sales specifically.”Our twin-track digital growth strategy is based on growing our online audience and building revenues in the fast-expanding tablet markets,” says Mark Wood, CEO of Future, in a statement. “Visits to our websites have increased by 46 percent to 51.4 million a month over the past year and page views have increased by 38 percent to almost 300 million a month. More importantly, we have steadily improved monetization of that global audience, reflected in the sustained growth in digital advertising revenues, which rose 18 percent year-on-year.”Wood also noted the development of several alternate revenue streams Future is pursuing. Specifically, two of Wood’s mentions-licensing and events-saw a combined 20-percent earnings increase in the U.S. division, though they still account for a small portion of overall revenue. Stay updated on the latest FOLIO: news, follow us on Facebook & Twitter! Overall earnings stayed relatively flat in the fiscal first half for Future plc, but the company’s sources of income changed considerably.Digital revenues rose 33 percent year-over-year to $18.9 million—now accounting for more than a quarter of the group’s total revenue. Meanwhile, print earnings fell 9 percent to $57 million. Future’s total group revenues for FY1H declined 1 percent year-over-year to $75.1 million.The company’s U.S. division, publisher of enthusiast titles like TechRadar and PC Gamer, took a more substantial hit to its earnings, dropping 6 percent year-over-year to $13.4 million. Digital markets now account for 43 percent of that revenue however, up from 40 percent in the FY2012 year-end report.
Rajasthan remains one of the most intriguing places in India for Priyanka Banerjee, who will be displaying her work in a solo exhibition titled ‘Vibrant Rajasthan’. Drawing inspiration from her travel, Priyanka has tried to capture the heart and soul of the place. The exhibition by the artist is open for all at the Open palm court, India Habitat Center from July 27-29, 10 am to 7pm everyday.According to Priyanka, the princely state is full of mesmerizing forts and palaces which speaks of many tales of the bygone era. The colorful state reminds her of the victories and conquests of the rulers. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfInspired by the architecture of Rajasthan which is unique and is based on the Rajput school of architecture, the artist says, “Interplay of light and shadows on the architectural marvels has always captivated me and has compelled me to transform the magic in my paintings.””The havelis and jharokhas evoke an age of regal Rajput elegance. They have found a special place in my paintings. Jharokhas are types of overhanging enclosed balconies found in havelis, temples and palaces in Rajasthan,” she further reveals. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveBy using different mediums like watercolor on paper, acrylics on canvas, and soft pastels on paper, the artist has tried to depict the beauty of the golden forts, camels, ling moustaches, colourful attires etc.Narrating her first hand experience in Rajasthan, Priyanka says, “The hospitality of the people has always touched my soul. Their smiling faces, the holy sages of Pushkar, the conversation of the camel owners after a day’s labour have become favorite subjects of my artworks.”
Feature | Information Technology | June 27, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr Smart Algorithm Extracts Data from Radiology Reports Radiology reports may contain information essential to figuring out a patient’s condition. read more News | Digital Radiography (DR) | June 12, 2019 Utah Valley Hospital Purchases Nine Carestream Imaging Systems Utah Valley Hospital (Provo, Utah) has installed nine Carestream imaging systems that equip its radiology staff to… read more Technology | Digital Radiography (DR) | July 25, 2019 Samsung Announces New iQuia Premium Digital Radiography Platform Samsung has announced iQuia, a new digital radiography (DR) platform of premium products and technologies that improves… read more Videos | Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 VIDEO: Demonstration of the Shimadzu FluoroSpeed X1 Radiographic Fluoroscopy System Shimadzu displayed the FluoroSpeed X1 conventional radiographic fluoroscopy (RF) system at the Association for Medica read more Technology | Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 Shimadzu Medical Systems Receives FDA 510(k) for FluoroSpeed X1 RF System Shimadzu Medical Systems USA, a subsidiary of Shimadzu Corp., announced they have received U.S. Food and Drug… read more News | June 24, 2010 iCRco Signs Distribution Agreement With GE Healthcare Shimadzu FluoroSpeed X1 Walkaround AHRA 2019Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:25Loaded: 11.42%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:25 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Individual Results for the Costa Rica National Surf Team:Gabriel Córdoba: 49thFrancisco Coronado: 49thAndré Chacón: 49thOscar Urbina: 33thAldo Chirinos: 25thSebastián Mora: 13thMalakai Martínez: 17thJoseph Méndez: 13thCoral Wiggins Araya: 17thEva Woodland Solano: 17thZulay Martínez: 9thLeilani McGonagle: 2th Final Results:1 (Gold) – USA2 (Silver) – Hawaii3 (Bronze) – Japan4 (Copper) – Australia5 – France6 – Brazil7 – Costa Rica8 – Argentina9 – Portugal10 – New ZealandTo view full team ranking, click here.Girls U-161 (Gold) – Alyssa Spencer (USA)2 (Silver) – Keala Tomoda-Bannert (HAW)3 (Bronze) – Samantha Sibley (USA)4 (Copper) – Gabriela Bryan (HAW)Boys U-161 (Gold) – Joh Azuchi (JPN)2 (Silver) – Taro Watanabe (USA)3 (Bronze) – Keanu Chris Kamiyama (JPN)4 (Copper) – Lucas Vicente (BRA)Girls U-181 (Gold) – Brisa Hennessy (HAW)2 (Silver) – Leilani McGonagle (CRC)3 (Bronze) – Summer Macedo (HAW)4 (Copper) – Kirra Pinkerton (USA)Boys U-181 (Gold) – Ignacio Gundesen (ARG)2 (Silver) – Noah Hill (USA)3 (Bronze) – Cody Young (HAW)4 (Copper) – Dylan Moffat (AUS) Facebook Comments Leilani McGonagle, the Costa Rican surfing star from the Southern Zone community of Pavones, had her sights set high. She went into her fourth consecutive final at a global Juniors championship this past weekend at the VISSLA International Surfing Association (ISA) World Surfing Junior Championship in Hyuga, Japan, with every intention of winning the gold this time. Already on her mantle are silver, copper, and bronze medals earned the last three times she completed in the under-18 category.On Sunday, in waves of short stature, McGonagle looked to be on her way to finally taking the top spot, as she held 1st place for most of her Under 18 Girls heat. The competitors taking to the waves with her included two past ISA Junior World champions Summer Macedo and Brisa Hennessy, both of Hawaii, as well as Kirra Pinkerton from the United States.Alas, when Hennessy scored a beautiful 8.50 wave in the final minutes for a total score of 16.27, she was able to eek past McGonagle who was carrying a total of 14.17 (7.00 + 7.17). However, McGonagle’s second-place finish still puts the Tica in the record books with a total of six medals throughout her international championship competitions, both Juniors and Open.Her final position also added significant points to the Costa Rican National Surf Team total, allowing the group as a whole to meet its goal of finishing in the Top 10 with a seventh-place position among the 41 countries that participated in the week-long surf competition, hosted at the soon-to-be surfing locations for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Costa Rica’s Malakai Martinez surfs in the Under-16 Boys competition. (Courtesy of Sean Evans)The silver was the second medal to hang around her neck in Japan this weekend. Members of the Costa Rican contingent brought home their second Aloha Cup Tag Team medal at the event that took place on Saturday. The Aloha Cup, which may end up being the format for the Olympic competitions, is a one-of-a-kind mixed-gender relay event made up of the seven best teams from last year’s World Junior Championship in the Azores, as well as the host country’s surfers. After beating Brazil and Australia in the semis, the Ticos fought hard and it was close between Japan, France, and Hawaii. Costa Rica earned the fourth place and copper for their stash.“We qualified for the final after an incredible heat and against incredible competitors,” reported Jim Hogan, Costa Rica’s National Team coach. “We have talent, but we need to grow a little more to rub shoulders with the current Top Four. However, the team’s great partnership and commitment has made us return home with a well-deserved result and we must be very proud of it.”Organizers of the VISSLA ISA World Surfing Junior Championship in Japan were pleased with the event, where a record-breaking number of 41 countries attended with 300 competitors.“What an incredible week of competition. We have witnessed history here in Japan on many levels. The sport of surfing is growing and advancing all around the world as it was fully on display at the 2017 VISSLA ISA World Junior Surfing Championship,” said ISA President Fernando Aguerre. “We are looking into the future of surfing. We certainly will see some of the athletes that competed this week in Japan among those representing their nations at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics in three years.” ISA Aloha Cup Results:Gold – JapanSilver – HawaiiBronze – FranceCopper – Costa Rica Related posts:World Surfing Games in Jacó: 5 things to know about attending Leilani McGonagle makes history by winning North American Junior surf title Costa Rica’s national team departs for World Surfing Games in France Leilani McGonagle wins bronze medal at World Surfing Games
South Australia’s tourism industry has welcomed a spike in domestic visitor expenditure, beating out the national growth over the past year.According to statistics released by the latest National Visitor Survey statistics, the state saw a 7.4 percent domestic visitor expenditure growth while nationally there was a zero percent increase.International visitor expenditure in South Australia also exceeded the national level with a jump of 4.7 percent compared to 3.9 percent for the rest of the country. Visitor numbers to South Australia also spiked for the year compared to the previous period by 6.1 percent. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J
Go back to the e-newsletter >The “Boy from Oz” Hugh Jackman and Australia’s national carrier Qantas have announced a new partnership to promote Australia on the global stage.The award-winning actor has signed on to become an official global ambassador for the airline and will also work with Qantas on community projects in Australia, with further detail to be announced soon.Jackman said he was proud to become a Qantas Ambassador and was looking forward to teaming up with Qantas to highlight the best of Australia.“I travel a lot and like all Aussies, I get a buzz whenever I see the familiar red tail and the kangaroo logo, no matter where I am in the world. Qantas is great airline with great people and represents the very best of our wonderful country,” Jackman said.“Qantas has always had a vital role in promoting Australia as a tourism destination and I’m looking forward to playing my part as we work together to showcase our amazing cities, landscapes and experiences in the US., Asia and beyond.“What I also love about Qantas is the role it plays in the community. It’s inspiring to see an Australian company stand up for causes that make a difference and I know it’s something that the Qantas team and its employees are really passionate about.“The Qantas projects I will be getting involved with will create opportunities for Australians to learn, to work and to reach their potential. I will also be working directly with Qantas employees to build on the fantastic community work they already do and I can’t wait to get started later this year.”Qantas CEO Alan Joyce said the airline was thrilled to welcome Hugh Jackman in to the Qantas family as an ambassador.Go back to the e-newsletter >
Go back to the enewsletterUltra-luxury cruise line Silversea Cruises has gone forward with plans to expand its fleet, inking a Memorandum of Understanding with shipbuilder Meyer Werft to build two ‘Evolution Class’ ships and signing a contract with Shipyard De Hoop to construct a new 100-guest expedition vessel to be called Silver Origin.The strategy comes a few months after Silversea Cruises was partially acquired by Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.Under the MOU, the German shipyard will deliver the first of the two new ‘Evolution Class’ ships in 2022; the specific size of the vessels has not yet been revealed, nor have the names. The agreement with the Dutch yard will see Silver Origin expected to enter service in March 2020, operating Silversea’s Galapagos Islands program currently sailed by Silver Galapagos.Silver Galapagos“We are delighted to have entered into an agreement with Meyer Werft on the Silver Evolution series and De Hoop for Silver Origin,” said Manfredi Lefebvre d’Ovidio, Silversea’s Executive Chairman. “With our guests in mind, we are pushing the boundaries of ultra-luxury cruising, as well as expedition cruising in the Galápagos Islands and beyond, redefining the concept of immersive travel.”“We are excited to get to work helping Silversea grow and realise its ambitions,” said Richard D. Fain, Chairman and CEO of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., which finalised its two-thirds acquisition of Silversea earlier this year.“There is tremendous potential in the ultra-luxury and expedition markets of the cruise industry, and we believe discerning travellers will embrace the exciting designs Silversea is imagining for them.”The agreements are subject to certain contingencies which are expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2019.Go back to the enewsletter
The Homestead at &Beyond Phinda Private Game Reserve, a luxurious sole-use safari villa in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, will welcome its first guests on August 1, 2009.With just four elegant suites, The Homestead is ideal for families or small groups of up to eight people and offers the perfect safari experience for people wanting to reconnect with family and friends. The spacious homestead’s use of glass, open layout and a natural form is a perfect complement to the bush outside. The Homestead has a dedicated team of staff, including a private ranger, tracker, butler and private chef.Guests at The Homestead have the exclusive use of an open 4×4 safari vehicle allowing them to choose their own schedule – game drives on &Beyond Phinda at any time of the day or night followed by sunbathing next to the large rim-flow infinity pool, relaxing in the spacious sitting areas or, for the more energetic, spending time in the state-of-the-art private gym or enjoying a bush walk with their ranger. An interactive kitchen provides for informal yet delicious family dining, provided by The Homestead’s private cook.&Beyond Phinda’s 56,800 acres of pristine wilderness consist of seven distinct habitats offering incredible game viewing opportunities. In addition to twice-daily game drives, bush walks and river cruises, guests enjoy a range of exciting additional adventures, such as horseback-riding, turtle viewing or scuba diving in the nearby Indian Ocean.&Beyond has been a pioneer in responsible, sustainable tourism, and in keeping with its practices the utmost care was taken when building The Homestead, ensuring minimum negative environmental impact. No established trees were displaced during the construction of The Homestead, and revenue from guests is used toward empowering and building facilities in the local communities near the reserve.www.andBeyond.com
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Avenatti charged with fraud as he testified in related case Attorney Michael Avenatti delivers remarks in front of federal court after his initial appearance in an extortion case Monday, March 25, 2019, in New York. Avenatti was arrested Monday on charges that included trying to shake down Nike for as much as $25 million by threatening the company with bad publicity. (AP Photo/Kevin Hagen) LOS ANGELES — Even before federal prosecutors unsealed charges against Michael Avenatti, the lawyer best known for representing porn actress Stormy Daniels in legal battles against President Donald Trump was facing legal scrutiny for his business practices.Avenatti was testifying Friday in his own defence in a civil case that included allegations he pocketed $1.6 million from a client as the feds were including that claim in their criminal case that could put him behind bars for decades.Avenatti, 48, faces charges in California for allegedly filing bogus tax returns to secure $4 million in loans and embezzling the client’s settlement funds. He faces charges in New York of threatening to release damaging information against Nike if it didn’t pay him and another lawyer up to $25 million.About 12 hours after being released from custody, Avenatti returned to his combative form Tuesday and went on the offensive, accusing Nike of “rampant” corruption.He claimed on Twitter that Nike funneled “large sums” of money to elite student-athletes bound for top colleges and said the corruption reached the highest levels at the company.Prosecutors haven’t commented on whether Avenatti’s information about Nike was accurate but said he crossed a line by trying to enrich himself with threats.A Nike spokesman declined to answer questions about Avenatti’s tweets. The company released a statement Monday saying it will “not be extorted or hide information that is relevant to a government investigation.”While he confidently declared after his release from custody that he would be exonerated, Avenatti told CBS on Tuesday that he is concerned about the charges.“I’m nervous, I’m scared,” he said. “If I wasn’t, it wouldn’t make a lot of sense.”The arrest of Avenatti, who seized the spotlight as a Trump antagonist and considered his own run for president, came as a surprise to many, but not to some of those who have worked with him.Jason Frank, who was an independent contractor for the now-bankrupt firm of Eagan Avenatti, has been seeking compensation he claims he’s owed for work done before he resigned in 2016, according to federal court filings.Frank is still trying to collect a $10 million judgment his firm won against Eagan Avenatti and a $4 million personal judgment against Avenatti.Avenatti repeatedly failed to turn over court-ordered records, and deposited millions of dollars of client fees into accounts hidden during bankruptcy proceedings, Frank’s lawyers wrote in filings seeking a court-appointed receiver.“The conduct described in the criminal complaint is the conduct we’ve seen Mr. Avenatti engage in with respect to his debts to his partners going back years,” attorney Andrew Stolper said. “What you see is a lawyer using his kind of inside knowledge of the legal system.”Most of a nearly $1.4 million payment sent to Eagan Avenatti as part of a settlement with the NFL was funneled to an account for personal expenses such as rent on a luxury apartment and monthly payments on a Ferrari, Frank’s lawyers said.On Friday, Stolper questioned Avenatti under oath at a debtor exam about a $4 million payment his firm received from Los Angeles County on behalf of a paraplegic man who tried to kill himself in jail.Avenatti testified that he paid the firm’s client, Geoffrey Johnson, all the money he was owed, but checks show Johnson received monthly payments totalling no more than a couple of hundred thousand dollars over the past three years, Stolper said.In an email to The Associated Press, Avenatti said Johnson approved all transactions and accounting and has been kept in the loop.“He has repeatedly thanked me for my dedication to his case and the ethics I have employed,” Avenatti wrote.Avenatti was also questioned in court about the case of Gregory Barela, who he negotiated a $1.9 million settlement for in an intellectual property dispute against a Colorado company, according to court records.Barela hired new lawyers to chase the money down after he said Avenatti wouldn’t pay him. They went to the FBI after finding records that $1.6 million was paid to Avenatti.Attorney Steven Bledsoe sat in court Friday afternoon as Avenatti repeatedly dodged questions and denied stiffing Barela.“Avenatti testified he paid Mr. Barela everything he was owed without ever identifying any payment,” Bledsoe said. “Documents show he didn’t pay anything. It was just B.S.”Prosecutors also dispute Avenatti’s account.While he was still on the witness stand in Los Angeles, prosecutors filed a wire fraud charge in U.S. District Court in Santa Ana accusing Avenatti of embezzling from Barela.Prosecutors said Avenatti deceived Barela about the date he received the payment and never turned it over to him. At one point, he provided a $130,000 “advance” on the payment he already received and later offered to loan Barela $100,000 if he paid interest.“It appears Mr. Avenatti loaned the client’s own money to the client,” U.S. Attorney Nick Hanna said in announcing the charges. “Money that Mr. Avenatti had already secretly collected.”Attorney Ken White, a former federal prosecutor, said the relatively short criminal complaints without disclosing too much evidence indicates prosecutors are confident they have a strong case. Indictments are likely to offer more information and, possibly, additional charges that could include evidence uprooted by Frank.“It will be interesting to see when the indictment finally comes down to what extent it’s going to mirror more of what his former partner’s been saying,” White said.___Taxin reported from Santa Ana. Associated Press writer Jim Mustian in New York contributed to this report.Brian Melley And Amy Taxin, The Associated Press by Brian Melley And Amy Taxin, The Associated Press Posted Mar 26, 2019 10:12 pm PDT
26Jan Canfield selected for key Michigan state budget committee posts State Rep. Edward J. Canfield, D.O., of Sebewaing, today was named to the House Appropriations Committee by House Speaker Tom Leonard.Canfield will chair the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services. The U.S. Navy veteran also will be vice chair of the Military and Veterans Affairs appropriations subcommittee. He also will be a member of appropriations subcommittees dealing with Medicaid, the Department of Transportation, and the state’s budget supporting schools and the Michigan Department of Education.The House Appropriations Committee designates how the state’s budget is allocated among the various state departments and agencies.“I will ensure your voices are heard as we decide how best to invest in the state of Michigan,” Canfield said. “I am privileged to be included on committees dealing with issues so important to Huron and Tuscola counties.”Canfield, in his second House term, also was a member of the House Appropriations Committee during the 2015-16 session.### Categories: Canfield News,News
Categories: Hernandez News Rep. Shane Hernandez has announced his upcoming coffee hours schedule for the next few months. The representative will be available at the following dates, times, and locations:Friday, July 199:30 a.m. at Big George Coney Island, 7870 Lakeshore Road in Fort Gratiot; and12:30 p.m. at Triple J Cafe, 4020 E Chandler St. in Carsonville.Saturday, September 710 a.m. at Chef Shell’s, 324 Superior Mall in Port Huron; and1 p.m. at Eddie G’s, 6484 W. Marlette Road in Marlette.Friday, November 85 p.m. at Horseshoe Grill, 4000 Main St. in Brown City; and6:30 p.m. at Elk Street Brewery, 3 S. Elk St. in Sandusky. 18Jul Rep. Hernandez announces upcoming coffee hours
State Rep. Pauline Wendzel today announced that Lazy Ballerina Winery of St. Joseph has been selected as a recipient of a Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development grant. Their project will be awarded funds under the competitive Value Added and Regional Food System Grant Program. Lazy Ballerina was one of the twenty projects that received funding out of a total of ninety-four different proposals.Funding in the amount of $30,000 will be used to expand their winery production to process Michigan grapes and fruits.“I want to personally thank Lazy Ballerina Winery and the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development for their continued investment in our community,” Wendzel said. “Small businesses employ a majority of our residents and help our communities thrive. I’m incredibly proud of this collaboration that will create even more economic opportunities in Southwest Michigan.” Categories: Wendzel News 30Jul Rep. Wendzel announces MDARD Regional Food System grant
ShareTweetShareEmail0 SharesMay 18, 2014; BET (Associated Press)The new president of the NAACP, Cornell Brooks, appears to be a credible choice to run the nation’s largest and oldest civil rights organization. A Yale-educated lawyer who also holds a Master’s in Divinity from Boston University, Brooks was the president and CEO of the nonprofit New Jersey Institute for Social Justice based in Newark, known for research and advocacy on behalf of inner-city residents in the Garden State. Among the issues that the Institute had addressed during Brooks’ time at the helm have been zero-tolerance school discipline policies, juvenile detention alternatives, community benefit agreements with anchor institutions, an environmental job training program for unemployed Newark residents, and expansion of federally qualified health centers, just to name a few.Running the NAACP wasn’t an easy road for Ben Todd Jealous and won’t be any easier for Cornell Brooks. Some of the challenges are on the policy side:Brooks told the Associated Press that he was “a beneficiary, an heir, and a grandson” of the Supreme Court’s Brown v. Board of Education decision overturning the “separate but equal” doctrine in public education. That decision, along with the Civil Rights Act of 1965, was a landmark achievement for the NAACP and the civil rights movement. The resegregation of public schools in the U.S., exemplified by the recent study that more than half of Miami-Dade schools are now racially “isolated” (with student populations comprised of one ethnic or racial group), indicates that the problem is real and demonstrable, made more difficult by the nation’s changing racial demographics. Voting rights are under attack in many states due to restrictive and unnecessary voter ID laws. Other benchmark civil rights laws have been weakened in Congress and in the courts. Brooks inherits a leadership organization that has to deal with state and federal efforts that have been chipping away at or sometimes undermining those achievements. Reversing the momentum of public policy that has been steering away from the priorities of the civil rights movement is going to be on the organization’s agenda.In addition to diplomas from Yale and Boston University, Brooks also holds a certificate of having graduated from Head Start, one of the original anti-poverty initiatives emanating from the War on Poverty. Federal support for anti-poverty initiatives has been on the cutting block for some years now. Many outside of the anti-poverty movement view community action as a failure, and many inside suggest that it needs to be reinvigorated and perhaps somewhat reinvented. Young people may not remember, much less feel the importance of the War on Poverty that emanated from the racial and economic inequities that were endemic in American society. Can Brooks reconnect and reinvigorate support for a new War on Poverty, given that in recent years, poverty in the U.S. has actually remained stagnant or even increased?Other challenges relate to the internal dynamics of the NAACP and its more than 2,000 local branches, councils, and chapters:The decision of the Los Angeles chapter of the NAACP to try to award a second lifetime achievement award to Donald Sterling, the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, has raised scrutiny of how local NAACP chapters have been raising money, causing some collateral damage to the credibility and brand of the organization. Sterling was well known for his repugnant discriminatory attitudes long before being outed by his paramour, V. Stiviano, on tape, but whatever he was giving or promising to give the Los Angeles chapter of the NAACP was sufficient in the minds of the chapter’s leadership to overlook his racially charged behavior. With news of more incidents of individuals and corporations charged or convicted of racial bias in housing, employment, and bank lending buying their way out of such problems by giving big sums to the NAACP, critics such as Occidental College’s Peter Dreier have eviscerated the organization, with Dreier noting “The NAACP, with its glittering history of incredible activism, has become an empty shell.” The problem of appearing to have the NAACP’s sympathy if not silence purchased by entities guilty of racial discrimination is not new, and Brooks is going to have to address it to rebuild the organization’s brand.Two weeks before the announcement of Brooks’ appointment, the national NAACP announced the layoff of seven percent of its employees. There hasn’t been much detail from the NAACP about the causes of the layoffs or their impacts on the organization’s programs. Roslyn Brock, the chairwoman of the national board of the NAACP, described the layoffs as elements of “proactive steps to improve our financial stability,” but in an email sent to NAACP, the interim president, Lorraine Miller, cited “severe budget shortfalls” and the “need to align the shortfall with cuts.” Although during his time as president Ben Todd Jealous was credited with putting the NAACP on better financial footing, it appears that Brooks will have to navigate some choppy financial seas of his own.As incidents ranging from Donald Sterling’s taped racial commentary about Stiviano’s companions and his feelings about Magic Johnson to the Wolfeboro, New Hampshire police chief’s use of a racial epithet to describe President Obama—which spurred part-time Wolfeboro resident, Mitt Romney, to call for the police chief’s resignation—Brooks and the NAACP will have plenty of overt racial animus to confront in the months and years ahead. The more difficult challenge will be to address and overcome the policies and practices that, undertaken without obvious or even any racial animus, nonetheless lead to demonstrable, continuing, and deepening racial inequities. All of the talk in academic and philanthropic circles about addressing institutional and “structural racism” is leagues ahead of the design and implementation concrete, effective actions. That also is, by definition, on the NAACP’s agenda.Periodically, due to crisis and change, the NAACP goes through a dynamic of reinvention. With the election of Brooks as president, another one of those moments of reinvention is at hand.—Rick CohenShareTweetShareEmail0 Shares
Share16TweetShareEmail16 Shares June 15, 2015; Washington PostCorporate giving programs are often inextricable from their marketing, part and parcel of their strategies for profit enhancement. This assumption is generally taken to be true despite the fact that those organized as foundations are not, by law, allowed to use the status in this way. Now, the Washington Post reports that more than a dozen nonprofits from across the nation have filed a complaint with the IRS against the Walmart Foundation.Their claim is that the foundation violated its tax-exempt status by using its “charity” to ease the corporation’s entry into various large urban markets, including Boston, New York, D.C., and Los Angeles. In a 22-page complaint, the group alleges that the foundation is completely controlled by the company and that it “appears to target its donations and influence its grantees primarily to assist Walmart to achieve those expansion goals, ultimately providing Walmart more than an incidental benefit. Walmart Foundation’s activities are impermissible under the Code,” which prohibits it from operating in the sole interest of a private entity.The nonprofits filing the IRS complaint include:The Alliance of Californians for Community EmpowermentAlliance for a Greater New YorkBernal Heights Neighborhood CenterCausa Justa (Just Cause)Chinese Progressive AssociationColeman Advocates for Children & YouthC. Jobs with JusticeGrey PanthersMujeres Unidas y ActivasNew York Communities for ChangeRespect D.C. CoalitionSan Francisco Jobs with JusticeSenior & Disability ActionSouth of Market Community Action NetworkThese groups claim that Walmart not only increases its donations in cities in which it is trying to gain entrance, but that it also targets groups that it believes might otherwise oppose the retailer’s setting up shop in their neighborhoods.The foundation’s funding guidelines say that donations may not be given to any programs that “directly benefit Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. in any way (e.g., driving customer traffic to stores, purchasing only Walmart product or gift cards, supplying candidates for Walmart employment, etc.)”The complaint alleges that the company integrated lobbying, advertising and donations in their bids of approval of sites in the cities named.—Ruth McCambridgeShare16TweetShareEmail16 Shares
Share29Tweet1Share14Email44 Shares“Tax.” Credit: TaxRebate.org.ukJune 11, 2017; MiBiz (Michigan Business News)Language has been introduced in tax proposals currently under consideration in the Michigan state legislature that would restore an individual or family credit for donations to charitable organizations. (Notice this makes it available to even non-itemizers.)If passed, a set of bills would restore a previous credit eliminated in 2011 as a piece of balancing the state’s budget. What Michigan officials seem to have learned is that by ending a relatively small credit funded by the state, Michigan lost out in leveraging private dollars that helped fill community gaps in the human safety net, ultimately costing more dollars for the state to provide needed services. Rob Collier, president and CEO of the Council for Michigan Foundations, estimates the return on investment for giving incentives to be about $3 for every state dollar spent.Of perhaps even more importance, community foundations applauded the proposed return of a tool that actually helped shaped human behavior in developing giving patterns, particularly for lower income taxpayers. The tax credits were attributed with rising giving practices of lower amount gifts, and therefore not just a tax benefit for the top 1% of wealthy donors. People who make charitable donations at younger ages, even at lower levels, are thought to become lifelong charitable donors, increasing capacity in their communities for the long term.Individual donors benefitted, as well. Giving a small reward for monetary gifts seems like a worthwhile investment to reap the benefits of the greater good and to promote community responsibility. When the Michigan credit was eliminated, a significant drop in even $200 donations was felt. Individuals like to do good, and recognition of that can go a long way.So, if legislators see the value in it, community foundations encourage it, and individuals change their behavior positively because of it, it’s a no-brainer, right? Well, not so fast. Sadly, state budgets that are determined on an annual or even biennial cycle promote short-term thinking and sometimes even act against long-term gain. To add even more pressure to this dilemma, proposed tax changes at the federal level may even disincentivize charitable giving at all levels, a reminder that all politics is local. Especially now, local problem-solving may be the sector’s best shot at maintaining needed government and nonprofit services that people rely on and want. For that, we applaud Michigan’s reconsideration of this measure and await its eventual outcome.— Jeannie FoxShare29Tweet1Share14Email44 Shares
Share270Tweet26ShareEmail296 SharesRob87438 [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia CommonsApril 1, 2019; ACLU BlogThe South Dakota chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has announced it is suing the state of South Dakota in federal court over three laws called the “Pipeline Package,” which the ACLU says violate the First and Fourteenth Amendments of the Constitution “by chilling protected speech and failing to adequately describe what speech or conduct could subject protesters and organizations to criminal and civil penalties.” A copy of the complaint filed in federal court is available here.While no one has a good definition of what “riot boosting” is, South Dakota now has a law against it as a part of the Pipeline Package, which gives the state authority to sue individuals and organizations for doing it. Attorneys Andrew Malone and Vera Eidelman of the ACLU point out that the law is written very vaguely and broadly as to what constitutes riot boosting, casting a net wide enough to scoop up or at least threaten all activists exercising their free speech rights in connection with a protest in that state. Malone and Eidelman add that this could be something as simple as a tweet exhorting friends to get to a protest “and give it all you’ve got.”Those found to be in violation of the law could be subject to some combination of up to 25 years of prison time, and fines, and civil penalties of up to $50,000. Malone and Eidelman write:Let’s be very clear: States are within their rights to prohibit incitement of violence—a narrow category of unprotected speech that refers to words intended and likely to cause imminent violence. But these laws go far beyond that by criminalizing impassioned advocacy that lies at the core of our political discourse. They instill a fear among peaceful organizers that their actions or words could be misconstrued by the government as “riot boosting.” As a result, activists are now forced to think twice before even encouraging others to join a protest, let alone train, educate, or advise those who plan to protest. And, because of these laws, they may forgo such speech and association altogether.That is a clear First Amendment violation—and why we are in court to challenge the laws on behalf of the Sierra Club, NDN Collective, Dakota Rural Action, and the Indigenous Environmental Network.The Riot Boosting Act was developed in close conversation with TransCanada, which is set to build and operate the Keystone XL pipeline, and “other stakeholders”—a designation that did not include Native American or environmental groups—and it allows that company and other third parties to join the state in suing protestors.Nick Tilsen, an Oglala Lakota Nation citizen and president of NDN Collective, says, “They’re basically criminalizing anybody who is standing up for their rights and putting their voice out there—and those who support us,”Putting a cherry on the top, any monies that results from the lawsuits can be used to fund the pipeline.“I fully support the freedoms of speech and assembly, but we must also have clear expectations and the rule of law,” said [South Dakota Governor Kristi] Noem. “My pipeline bills make clear that we will not let rioters control our economic development. These bills support constitutional rights while also protecting our people, our counties, our environment, and our state. I’m proud of this proactive approach that will spread the risks associated with pipeline construction, and I’m glad to sign it into law today.”Noem’s Pipeline Package outlines a two-pronged approach for pipeline construction. First, it creates the Pipeline Engagement Activity Coordination Expenses (PEACE) fund for the coordination of law enforcement expenditures. This includes a transparent process for fees and other funds to be collected through a variety of sources that will pay for the extraordinary costs incurred by the state and counties because of pipeline construction. Secondly, it creates an additional fund and legal remedies to pursue out-of-state money fueling riots that aim to shut down the pipeline build.“I believe this approach could serve as the next generation model of major energy infrastructure development,” concluded Noem.Malone and Eidelman see the law as a vaguely drawn next generation of suppression:In just the last two years, we’ve seen a rise in government efforts to stifle protests, particularly those led by Indigenous and environmental activists, often in opposition to pipelines. There have been attempts to equate protesters with domestic terrorists and saboteurs. Law enforcement authorities have partnered with private security companies to surveil activists and control protests. Known FBI informants have infiltrated activist spaces and camps. The federal government has implemented “no-fly zones” to black out media coverage during heightened police crackdowns.This particular so-called “riot-boosting” ban is taking place, of course, in South Dakota, far from the gaze of most media outlets. But, as NPQ has noted before, we live in a time when US democracy itself is at risk. A threat to one is, in fact, a threat to all. Also, the Dakotas are where one of our most critical climate change struggles is under way. If our sector fails to pay attention here, we do so at our own peril.—Ruth McCambridgeShare270Tweet26ShareEmail296 Shares