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Man dies after incident at Waterford pharmaceutical plant

first_imgAN INVESTIGATION IS underway after a man died following an incident on the grounds of the GlaxoSmithKline plant in Dungarvan, Co. Waterford this afternoon.The death was at first believed to be the result of a workplace accident at the pharmaceutical plant but it has since been confirmed that the man was a member of the public.The incident happened about 3pm this afternoon with the man subsequently taken to Waterford Regional Hospital by ambulance where he was subsequently pronounced dead.A spokesperson for GSK said that gardaí had attended the scene and that the Health and Safety Authority has been notified.The incident is currently under investigation and the company has extended its sympathies to the family of the deceased.last_img read more

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Dude Uses Kindle Cell Phone While Driving Video

first_imgOh, the modern world and all of its distractions. I realize that we shouldn’t laugh at these things. They’re not really funny, right? This is precisely the manner of distracted driving that safety experts have warnedus about.That said, this YouTube video of a guy taking multitasking to absurd lengths is pretty damn funny–especially with the shocked videographers shooting the whole thing from the next car over.Video after the jump.last_img

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SD Worx acquires Ceridian UK and Ireland

first_imgHR service provider SD Worx has acquired human capital management technology organisation Ceridian UK and Ceridian Ireland in a full share acquisition.SD Worx and Ceridian will also create a partnership to deliver cloud human capital management software across Europe, including a long-term agreement to develop and provide global human capital management solutions.The agreement includes the formation of a new Mauritius organisation, into which existing Ceridian teams supporting UK and Ireland businesses have been transferred.Ceridian UK and Ireland will continue to be led by Doug Sawers, managing director.The transaction closed on 14 June 2016.Steven Van Hoorebeke, chief executive officer at SD Worx Group, said: “This partnership and purchase entirely fit within our strategy to continue our international growth and to strengthen our market position.”David Ossip, chairman and chief executive officer at Ceridian, added: “This partnership is a natural fit for our cloud growth strategy. Through SD Worx, we gain deep domain knowledge and regional expertise for global platform expansion and service delivery, and increased distribution throughout Europe and the UK. We are very excited with the investment and growth opportunities this partnership presents us with.”last_img read more

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Boy who saved falling brother honored by Do The Right Thing

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – A young boy is being honored by the Do The Right Thing program after he saved his younger brother from falling from a changing table.Nine-year-old Joseph Levi was honored, Thursday, for saving his 11-month-old brother, last November. Levi was caught on camera rushing to catch his brother, who had rolled off a changing table.The video went viral, turning Levi into a local hero.“Everyone saw the video and was like, ‘Wow, you’re so cool. It was so cool how you caught your brother. It was amazing,’” Levi said.“Every other week we have a different phone call, a different show, a different award,” said Levi’s mother, “and Joseph has been great. He has a great personality. He has a great outlook, and he’s enjoying every minute.”Levi was also awarded with a plaque from Miami Police and other local law enforcement agencies at Thursday’s ceremony.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Jim VandeHei Promoted to President and CEO at POLITICO

first_imgJim VandeHei, co-founder of the D.C.-based online political reporting publication POLITICO, has been promoted to president and CEO. He will also head a joint leadership effort with the company’s newest property, Capital New York.Fred Ryan is currently CEO at POLITCO, however he recently announced that that he is leaving the organization at the end of the year. VandeHei had been serving as the publication’s executive editor since it launched nearly seven years ago. And was also named president of Capital New York immediately after the company was acquired by POLITICO last month. Publisher and owner, Robert Allbritton has had an eventful 2013-first selling off eight of his television holdings, then buying Capital New York and now appointing a new CEO to lead the company’s apparent transformation. “This is a seminal moment for me, for the company and for Jim,” Allbritton says in a statement. “We are on the verge of the most dynamic growth in our young history-and this demands an equally dynamic leader and thinker guiding us. Jim started here as an editor who just happened to have entrepreneurial instincts. He has grown into a strategic business thinker who just happens to have journalistic instincts. Those instincts helped create POLITICO, shaped our vertical strategy, cemented the deal to purchase Capital New York and will allow us to stay a step or two ahead of our rivals.”VandeHei is openly excited about the “evolution” the company is undergoing. And he insists that his new role will be an easy one to fill thanks to the existing model. “There isn’t a structure that needs to be blown up,” he says. “All the pieces are in place. One of the reasons I’m excited is because the management team rocks. They get what POLITICO is all about. My job is to just bring the best out of these people.”After POLITICO acquired Captial New York in September, VandeHei made it clear to FOLIO: that the company had its sights on digital media investments. However, he did not specify what those investments would be. He is still hesitant to discuss the long-term future, but points to some big initiatives happening in the short-term. He says the company is never done improving its existing products, but on top of that a relaunch of Capital New York is on deck, plus a quarterly print magazine dedicated to long-form reporting will debut in November, with a circulation of roughly 35,000-40,000.Still, VandeHei cautions that the company is growing at a deliberate pace and doesn’t want to get too ahead of itself. “One of the challenges is to not take on more than the system can handle,” he says. “You can only bust through in media today if you produce something really great.”last_img read more

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WATCH Indian Coast Guard rescues Olive Ridley Turtle from net near Pakistan

first_imgOlive Ridley TurtleIANSThe Indian Coast Guard was part of a rescue mission when they found an endangered species of a turtle entangles in a net on the India-Pakistan maritime border. The turtle was identified as an Olive Ridley Turtle.It was declared as an endangered species by the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) to protect them from commercial exploitation, including the sale of their skins.According to a video released by ANI, the ICG had seen the turtle stuck in a net. The men went on a boat and used their knives to cut the net which was wrapped around the hind part of the turtle.#WATCH Indian Coast Guard carried out a rescue mission on April 24 along the maritime boundary with Pakistan where they saved a vulnerable and endangered Olive Ridley Turtle entangled in a net at sea and released her into the Arabian Sea. pic.twitter.com/F6l9wUfPn1— ANI (@ANI) April 29, 2019The turtle initially, in a panic, tried to swim away even though it was stuck in the net.The ICG then came to its rescue, pulled her out of the water and tried to free her. However, this was not an easy process because of the size of the reptile. While the men were trying to cut the net she was entangled in, she started flapping her flippers in a panic, not making it simpler for her rescuers. ANI said that the turtle was, at last, free and let into the Arabian Sea.While this particular turtle was rescued from the net and set free, there are not many marine animals which have been that lucky. One of the reasons is the amount of pollution and garbage in the ocean which does not provide an easy path for these animals to navigate. Sea turtles are the most common aquatic animals to get caught in the garbage. Due to this many lose their lives, thus creating an imbalance in the ecosystem.In addition to this, the animals also ingest garbage floating in the ocean causing them to die. One month ago, the carcass of a pregnant sperm whale washed ashore in Italy. An autopsy revealed that she had ingested over 50 pounds or 22.6 kilograms of plastic which was floating in the ocean. The food she had eaten never made it to her bloodstream since the plastic was blocking her digestive track.last_img read more

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Assocham for implementation of model guidelines on direct selling by states

first_imgKolkata: Leading industry body Assocham has appealed to the government to advise all states for speedy implementation of Model Direct Selling Guidelines issued by the consumer affairs ministry in September 2016. Assocham’s direct tax force on direct selling had written to the consumer affairs minister Ram Vilas Paswan stating that after 18 months of issuance of these guidelines, the industry has not seen much progress in their implementation. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flights Some of the states such as Sikkim, Telengana, Chhattisgarh and Andhra Pradesh have implemented the guidelines while most of the states are yet to adopt them, Assocham said in a statement. The guidelines would recognise the sector and remove the misconception about the industry as a pyramid and money circulation schemes. According to The Indian Direct Selling Association (IDSA), the number of direct sellers has witnessed a considerable increase to 5.1 million in 2016-17 from four million in 2015-16. Vijay Saldana, chairman of the Task Force on Direct Selling, said, “If the Government ensures speedy implementation of the guidelines, it will result in creating over 10 million entrepreneurs by 2020.”last_img read more

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The San José Childrens Museum launches exhibit for handson exploration of building

first_imgChildren assemble building materials in the outdoor section of the “Constructed Space” exhibit at the San José Children’s Museum. The exhibit opened on Friday. Costa Rican children are invited to explore themes of building construction and urban living at a new exhibit at the Children’s Museum in downtown San José.The bilingual exhibit, “Constructed Spaces,” features an indoor room with a video exploring concepts about man-made spaces and an outdoor area filled with foot-long building blocks that can be stacked to create various structures. The outdoor area also includes trees where children can write down some of the changes they would like to see in their city’s environment.For the Friday morning opening ceremony, the museum invited children from the Modern Educational Institute School in Cartago, east of the capital. The children, donned in plastic construction helmets, cut the ceremonial ribbon, and ran in to explore the exhibit.Children’s Museum Director Fabiana Rodríguez gave a speech welcoming the young guests.“It’s an opportunity to involve children in the world of adults,” Rodríguez said in an interview. “The construction concept is a great way to express their creativity.”After being given time to play in the exhibit, Costa Rican kids were invited to write their aspirations for the future of the capital city on cards and hang them from fake trees. Some common themes were a desire for more natural spaces, places to play sports, and areas to ride bicycles.The museum got help from the Association of Engineers and Architects (CFIA) and the Architects Association of Costa Rica (CACR). Representatives from the two associations attended the ceremony.“It’s great to recognize the excellent work from the beginning to create this constructive space,” José Guillermo, CFIA’s president said in a statement. “It’s certain to educate students to work as a team and recognize the impact that engineering and architecture have on society.”The “Constructed Spaces” exhibit is part of a larger section of the museum that includes interactive exhibits, such as working with magnets, a chess board with child-sized pieces, ancient Egypt, and an imitation of an entire town.Tickets to the museum cost $2 for children and $2.60 for people 15 and over. On weekdays the museum is open from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and weekends it is open from 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. The museum is at the north end of downtown San José, near Calle 4 and Avenida 9. Facebook Commentscenter_img No related posts.last_img read more

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AAE breaks ice for Antarctic tourism gets frozen over

first_imgHowever, the expedition became stuck in ice after trying to go through 60km of fast ice and needed to be rescued, costing AUD $1.8 million. The expedition was going to conduct maintenance on the earlier Antarctic explorer, Douglas Mawson’s huts. “The beautiful thing about doing that is that you’re actually engaging the public, you’re trying to get them excited about the science you’re doing,” Mr Turney said. Chris Turney, a climate scientist from the University of NSW, said that the combination of tourism and research was the unique calling point for the AAE. The AAE was formed to follow the science tourism steps of explorers from the “Heroic Era” of Antarctic expeditions and encourage more travellers to follow in their footsteps, Radio New Zealand reported.center_img The Australasian Antarctic Expedition (AAE), a group of Australian and New Zealand researchers, have broken the ice for Antarctic tourism but their boat also got frozen over. The failure of the expedition has led some commentators to question the wisdom of sending leisure travellers on Antarctic voyages.   Source = ETB News: T.N.last_img read more

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Uttarakhand to add lesserknown destinations to its tourism map

first_imgThe Chief Minister of Uttarakhand, Harish Rawat is initiating a comprehensive strategy along with other senior officials, to popularise lesser-known tourist destinations in the state like Jageshwar, Lakhamandal and Poornagiri, among others.The national tourism map should now include Harkidoon-Kedarkantha, Kotdwar-Karanaswaram, Jageshwar-Madmaheswar, Kalsi-Hanol-Lakhamandal, Champawat-Mayawati-Poornagiri, Lansdowne, Purlo-Mori, Kausani-Gwaldam-Garud-Bedini and Jakholi-Bednital , emphasised Rawat.“Uttarakhand is increasingly becoming the favourite destination of domestic and international tourists. Once we are able to include these lesser-known tourist attractions in the established tourist circuit, the tourist influx in the hill state may go up considerably, resulting in an increase in the income-generation,” he said.Rawat also stressed on the need to boost all genres of tourism in the state, comprising adventure, health and religious tourism. “Places like Uttarkashi, Chamoli and Rudraprayag can be developed to boost adventure and religious tourism while destinations like Nanital, Almora and Pithoragarh should be developed for adventure tourism,”said Chief Secretary Shatrughana Singh.last_img read more

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first_img 0 Comments   Share   The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo In the third quarter, Cooper sealed the victory with his 60-yard interception return, one of five turnovers on the day by the reigning NFC Offensive Player of the Week.After a four-touchdown performance in Atlanta, Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston threw four interceptions and fumbled. He was 27-of-52 for 243 yards.Palmer finished 18-of-31.David Johnson totaled 143 all-purpose yards.The Cardinals avoided falling to 0-2, which would’ve been their worst start since 2005.THE GOODIt’s early, but Fitzgerald already has three touchdown catches this season, a third of his total from a year ago. His third came on a first-down pass from Palmer in which he was interfered with. It was good for four yards and a 7-0 Arizona lead at the 14:54 mark of the second quarter. It was Fitzgerald’s 101st career touchdown reception, eighth-best on the NFL’s all-time touchdown receptions list. On the drive, Palmer was 6-of-7 for 56 yards.Twice in the first half, the Cardinals intercepted Winston. First, Patrick Peterson got him on a deep ball intended for Mike Evans in the end zone and then Cooper, playing just his second defensive snap of the season, picked off a pass intended for Vincent Jackson. The Cardinals converted the latter into points. Chandler Catanzaro kicked a 22-yard field goal to extend the lead to 10-0 at the 11:44 mark of the second quarter. Top Stories In the last three minutes of the first half, the Cardinals scored twice in the span of 70 seconds. First, Palmer found Floyd open in the back of the end zone and then he fired deep to Jaron Brown. It was a 51-yard pass play, a career-long touchdown reception for Brown, that put the Cardinals up 24-0 with 20 seconds remaining in the first half. Palmer’s three first-half touchdowns were a career-first as a Cardinal. He did so seven times with Cincinnati.In for all of two offensive snaps in the season opener, Chris Johnson saw much more playing time in Week 2 and made the most of it. He scored from three yards out, capping an eight-play, 65-yard drive in 4:47 to essentially put the game out of reach, 40-7 at the 12:11 mark of the fourth quarter. On the drive, the Cardinals converted a 3rd-and-4 with David Johnson’s 24-yard catch. It was his third reception of the game.THE BADThere were not many first-half negatives for the Cardinals — it was another story for the Bucs. Not only was Tampa Bay blanked through the first two quarters, but the offense was held to 92 total yards (27 rushing) on 34 plays and turned the ball over three times. Plus, the Buccaneers lost running back Doug Martin early in the second quarter with what was announced as a hamstring injury. Martin only carried seven times for 23 yards. – Palmer passed Hall of Famer Joe Montana (40,551) and moved into 16th place on the NFL’s all-time passing yardage list.– Palmer earned his 30th win as Cardinals quarterback, becoming the fifth signal-caller in franchise history with 30+ victories.– Arians tied Jimmy Conzelman and Charley Winner for fourth place on the franchise all-time wins list with 35. He is 20-6 at home.– The Cardinals last had three different players catch first-half touchdown passes seven years ago: Nov. 8, 2009, at Chicago.– The Cardinals moved to 26-6 against teams outside the NFC West (5-2 vs. NFC South) since the start of the 2013 season.– Among the Cardinals’ inactives were defensive tackle Robert Nkemdiche (ankle), who showed up on the injury report Friday.– In honor of the late Nancy Bidwill, wife of owner Bill Bidwill, decals with her initials will be worn on the helmets of all players.UP NEXTAfter back-to-back home games, the Cardinals will hit the road for the first time this season.They travel to Buffalo to tackle the Bills on Sunday, Sept. 25. Kickoff is scheduled for 10 a.m. with pregame coverage beginning four hours earlier on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM. Good teams don’t lose two in a row.The Arizona Cardinals believe they’re a good team. And they showed it in Week 2.Carson Palmer passed for three scores and 308 yards while the defense forced five turnovers, including a pick-six by cornerback Marcus Cooper, as the Cardinals rebounded from a disappointing season-opening performance with a 40-7 win against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.Larry Fitzgerald, Michael Floyd and Jarron Brown were on the receiving end of the Palmer touchdowns, each of which came in the first half as the Cardinals jumped out to a 24-0 halftime lead. Coming out of the locker room for the second half, the Buccaneers looked nothing like the Buccaneers of the first half. They marched 75 yards on 11 plays, including one third-down conversion, in 4:59 for their first scoring drive of the game that concluded with a 19-yard pass by Winston to Evans, who beat Peterson in coverage. The drive, however, probably should’ve ended several plays earlier as Peterson dropped a sure interception.STAT OF THE GAME16: The Cardinals scored 16 points off of five Winston turnovers. The Cardinals now have seven takeaways in two games.HE SAID IT“I thought our guys had a good week of practice,” head coach Bruce Arians said. “We cut it loose … played with a lot more confidence.”NOTED– Calais Campbell (unknown injury) and D.J. Swearinger (concussion) left the game in the third quarter. They each returned.– Cooper’s pick-six was the 16th defensive touchdown and 12th interception by the Cardinals since the start of 2013, the most in the NFL.– Fitzgerald caught a four-yard pass on the first play to extend his streak of at least one reception to 181 consecutive games.– Palmer recorded his 17th 300-yard passing effort with the Cardinals. Only Kurt Warner (22) and Neil Lomax (19) have more. Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer (3) throws against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The Cardinals have lost five of the past six matchups, including most recently four years ago at then-Ralph Wilson Stadium, which is now called New Era Field.In fact, the Cardinals have won just once in Buffalo, the first-ever meeting in 1971, 28-23.The Bills lead the all-time series 6-4. – / 44last_img read more

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European Commission sees rising fiscal risk in Cyprus

first_imgFiscal risks to Cyprus’ outlook have increased considerably due to the uncertainties surrounding the sale of the Cyprus Cooperative Bank and the associated government bond issuance, the European Commission said in its post-programme surveillance report.“The macroeconomic situation and outlook remain very positive although the risks to the outlook have increased,” the European Commission said.The government has issued €2.35 billion in government bonds to facilitate the sale of the performing operations of the CCB to Hellenic Bank, as part of a wider strategy to reduce the high stock of non-performing loans in the banking sector.However, the Commission pointed out that the transaction has increased risk to the island’s economic outlook.“The forecast is subject to uncertainties mainly in relation to the financial sector developments, in particular on the budgetary impact of the government`s transaction related to the CCB,” the report said.Given Cyprus’ remarkably strong fiscal performance, sizeable surpluses, and the one-off nature of the increase in Cyprus’ public debt, the Commission believes that public debt will decline steadily after spiking at 105.7% of GDP in 2018.“Nevertheless, a continuous prudent budgetary policy remains essential, especially in view of increased downside risks; it is crucial to ensure that temporary revenue windfalls do not give rise to permanent increases in expenditure and to safeguard fiscal sustainability in line with the requirements of the Stability and Growth Pact,” the report added.According to the report, fiscal risks are associated also with public payroll growth. The Commission pointed out that “compensation of employees may suffer upward pressure, which may have significant budgetary implications and potential spill-over effects in the    private sector.”It also said that Cyprus’ forecast for sizeable budgetary surpluses in 2018 and 2019, are subject “to uncertainties mainly in relation to the financial sector developments,  in particular on the budgetary impact of the government`s transaction related to the CCB.”According to the Commission, additional risks to the fiscal outlook relate to the fiscal  impact  of healthcare reform and the public payroll growth trend once the collective agreement expires.The Commission also pointed out that “renewed structural reform commitment by all national stakeholders is key to maintain growth over the medium term and safeguard fiscal sustainability.”The report also highlighted that need for a swift completion of the justice system reform is “given its significant impact on the functioning of the economy and its strong link to the reduction of NPLs.”You May LikeLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoSmart Tips DailySeniors With No Life Insurance May Get A $250,000 Policy If They Do ThisSmart Tips DailyUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img

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Rep Leutheuser invites residents to three area Free Fishing events this weekend

first_img State Rep. Eric Leutheuser, R-Hillsdale, hopes that residents of Hillsdale and Branch counties will take advantage of family-friendly events during Free Fishing Weekend on June 11-12.“I encourage everyone to take advantage of what Michigan offers us during the summer,” said Rep. Leutheuser. “It’s a great opportunity to share the outdoors with our families.”The event is sponsored by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources as a way to promote the state’s plentiful natural resources free of charge, while observing other fishing regulations.The DNR is also sponsoring multiple events throughout the state, including three in the 58th District:Kids Fishing Derby, starting 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Lewis Emery Park, Hillsdale.Participants are invited to register at 9:30 a.m. with fishing allowed 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Lunch and prizes are provided. Participants must bring their own fishing gear. For more information, call 517-523-2146Take-A-Kid Fishing, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at Rotary Park, Coldwater. Lunch is provided. For more information, call 517-617-6738Free Fishing Weekend at Whiskey River Campground, 1561 W. Bear Lake Road, Hillsdale. All day on Saturday and Sunday. Free entry to the campground to fish the ponds and waterways. For more information, call 517-243-0723“Free Fishing Weekend is happening all over the state,” said Rep. Leutheuser. “Whether you have to travel or are able to enjoy dozens of lakes or streams close to home, I hope everyone can get out as a family and have fun while dropping a line in the water.”A listing of Free Fishing Weekend activities is online at http://www.michigan.gov/dnr 08Jun Rep. Leutheuser invites residents to three area Free Fishing events this weekend Categories: Leutheuser News,Newslast_img read more

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Rep Crawford Michigan House approve government transparency plan

first_img19Mar Rep. Crawford, Michigan House approve government transparency plan ###The legislation approved today includes House Bills 4007-4013 and 4015-16. Categories: Crawford News,Newscenter_img State Rep. Kathy Crawford of Novi today voted in favor of a bipartisan plan making the governor and the Legislature subject to open records laws.The Michigan House unanimously approved the multi-bill package with Crawford’s support, sending the plan to the Senate for further consideration.Michigan is one of just two states that still exempts its governor and the Legislature from open records laws. The bipartisan solution approved by the House would end these exemptions and increase transparency in state government – making state legislators and the governor subject to the same type of disclosure laws already followed by public schools and local governments.“State government exists to serve the public. We must remember that at all times, including when it comes to open records laws,” Crawford said. “This package of bills will help residents learn how their state government operates and how their tax dollars are spent. It’s simply the right thing to do, and it should have been done a long time ago.”The proposal will subject the governor and lieutenant governor to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and hold state representatives and senators to the same high standard by creating the Legislative Open Records Act (LORA).While LORA mirrors FOIA in many ways, there are exemptions to protect the privacy and personal information of residents who contact their state lawmakers for assistance on personal matters. Other types of communications – including those lawmakers have with state departments and lobbyists – would not be exempt from public disclosure.last_img read more

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The Koch Bros Meet with Other Billionaires to Plan for the Nations

first_imgShare3TweetShareEmail3 Shares June 17, 2014; The NationLauren Windsor reports on a “secret” meeting of 300 billionaires convened by the Koch brothers, but it couldn’t have been all that secret people on the inside were talking to The Nation, hardly one of the Koch brothers’ favorite news outlets. Windsor acknowledged that 300 billionaires might have been a slight exaggeration, since Forbes counts only 492 in the entire nation.She points out the obvious political dimensions of the meeting. The Kochs themselves are huge contributors to political campaigns directly and through 501(c)(4)s and PACs. In attendance were current and future candidates such as Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Tom Cotton (R-AR), Cory Gardner (R-CO), and Jim Jordan (R-OH). Their aim, according to one of Windsor’s sources, was to raise $500 million for Republicans to take the Senate in the 2014 elections and another $500 mil to stop the Hillary Clinton presidential juggernaut.The article comments on the ritzy resort chosen for the confab and the menu at a dinner at the late Richard Nixon’s “Western White House,” but the reality is that billionaires left, right, and of no politics at all tend to treat themselves well. More important than the filet mignon in fresh green peppercorn sauce served on mint quinoa is the political strategy that the Koch-invited billionaires discussed.For nonprofits, a very interesting part of the program featured Michael Lomas, the president and CEO of the United Negro College Fund. Lomax and the UNCF, Windsor notes, have “faced a storm of criticism” for taking a $25 million donation from the Koch brothers “to create a special ‘Koch Scholars’ program emphasizing entrepreneurialism and free markets.” Some critics have advised Lomax to return the money to the Koch brothers, as the Kochs’ ideological positions would, by virtue of shrinking governmental social programs, undo the progress blacks have made in the United States in recent decades. Lomax defended the organization’s acceptance of the grant recently in an interview published by the American Enterprise Institute, making some interesting connections between him, the UNCF, and the Kochs. He noted that Koch support of the UNCF goes back to 2005 when the Kochs acquired Georgia Pacific, which had been one of the Fund’s supporters.Lomax described this massive new grant as reflective of the UNCF’s recently revised tagline, “A mind is a terrible thing to waste, but a wonderful thing to invest in.” He suggested that his approach to the Koch grant was as a “pragmatist”: “If I can agree on something meaningful with folks that I don’t agree with on other things, I’m going to try to work on what we agree on and, hopefully, build a meaningful and productive relationship.” Many “mainstream” nonprofits in higher education and the arts, apparently just as pragmatic as Lomax and the UNCF, have benefitted from large grants from Koch family interests, including City Center of Music and Drama in New York City, the Prostate Cancer Center in Santa Monica, New York Presbyterian Hospital, Children’s Hospital in Boston, the American Red Cross, the New York City Opera, Catholic University, Florida State University, and many more.This “signature” scholarship program, as described by Lomax, emphasizing entrepreneurialism and free markets, doesn’t look like a difficult fit for the UNCF. Lomax himself is a board member of KIPP schools and Teach for America, hardly on the anti-corporate left wing of educational policy. Despite Lomax’s contention that the UNCF doesn’t allow itself to be politically or ideologically pressured by donors, economist Julianne Malveaux is unsparing in her characterization of the ideas behind the Koch grant: “Koch scholarships will be awarded to students with…an interest in studying how ‘entrepreneurship, economics and innovation contribute to well-being for individuals, communities, and society. Sounds like conservative free markets to me,” Malveaux writes. “More than that, it sounds like granting scholarships to further the Koch government-reducing, free market focus. Koch protects its interest by having two seats on the five member scholarship committee, with the other three from the UNCF.” Legally and ethically, donors like the Kochs cannot have a controlling interest in the uses of their donation, thus their minority position on the advisory committee.Describing the grant as a “deal with the devil,” Malveaux, who until recently was president of Bennett College, an HBCU, astutely notes the bind that some minority-led institutions face. “If the Koch brothers are the devil, then most of our organizations are making deals with the devil. Look at the list of sponsors for any African American organization or event. Sit through a board meeting, and listen to folks review possible sponsors, many corporate.” Echoes of the NAACP’s dalliance with Donald Sterling of the Los Angeles Clippers are not hard to hear.Reflecting information she must have gotten from her unnamed sources, Windsor remarks about the secrecy of the event, the tight security with “checkpoints at every entrance to the resort,” Koch employees serving as escorts for guests, and a no-cell-phone policy. She asks, “Why such secrecy if the Koch’s initiatives really are in the best interest of the public at large? Wouldn’t everyday Americans heartily embrace new proposals to improve the economy and their government?” Windsor could make the same point about gatherings of rich donors on the left as well as the right, and donors who choose to keep their identities secret for any number of reasons. Would Windsor call for the left-wing billionaire counterparts to drop their secrecy as well?Let’s hope that in this instance, Windsor’s call for public debate over what wealthy donors do with their charitable (and political) contributions is meant to be broadly construed and not limited to the Kochs. The political and ideological strings of Koch grants are legitimate issues for public debate, as in the case of the $25 million for the UNCF. The same goes for any other billionaire grants. Let’s open the doors to what the nation’s billionaires of all stripes are planning for the 317 million Americans who aren’t quite in that economic class. Let’s debate what the billionaires want and see whether it squares with the 99.9998 percent of Americans who aren’t ranked by Forbes with billion-dollar bank accounts.—Rick CohenShare3TweetShareEmail3 Shareslast_img read more

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Senator Gillibrand Advocates for Legislation to Encourage Employee Ownership

first_imgShare37Tweet30Share16Email83 SharesOctober 11, 2017; Livingston County NewsEarlier this week, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) visited Nunda—a small community of 3,000 people located 20 miles due south of Geneseo and a little over 60 miles east-southeast of Buffalo—to meet with 70 or so employee-owners of Once Again Nut Butter, “a maker of nut butters, honey and other natural products.” A 70-employee business may not seem particularly noteworthy, but in a town the size of Nunda, the fact that the company is the town’s single largest private-sector employer perhaps comes as no surprise.Gillibrand came to Nunda as part of her effort to build support for legislation that would make it easier to create employee-owned companies. Gillibrand has become one of the nation’s leading congressional advocates of employee ownership. Earlier this year, she was among four senators—the other three were Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Bernie Sanders (I-VT), and Patrick Leahy (D-VT)— to coauthor legislation designed to make it easier to create employee-owned businesses.As Livingston County News reporter Ben Beagle explains, the first of these bills is known as the WORK Act.[The WORK Act] would provide more than $45 million in funding to states to establish and expand employee ownership centers, which provide training and technical support for programs promoting employee ownership. A second bill would create a U.S. Employee Ownership Bank to provide $500 million in low-interest rate loans and other financial assistance to help workers purchase businesses through an employee stock ownership plan or a worker-owned cooperative.As Nonprofit Quarterly has pointed out, employee ownership can be an effective strategy for preserving local economies and generating employment without the expense of corporate tax incentive payments, such as the $3 billion the state of Wisconsin recently provided Foxconn to attract a 3,000-person factory to Racine, an amount that works out to $1 million per job. (There is the “potential to grow” to 13,000 jobs, supporters of the tax incentives said.) By contrast, in Ohio, a small technical assistance nonprofit housed at Kent State University has been able to retain 15,000 jobs since 1987 at the cost of less than $1,000 per job. Evidently, preserving the tax base can also help nonprofits be better able to access public funds and serve their communities.Data compiled by the Oakland-based nonprofit, the National Center for Employee Ownership, show that in the United States there are nearly 7,000 employee-owned companies with over 10.5 million current employees (and a total of 14 million “plan participants,” a number that includes recent employees who have not fully cashed out). The value of employee assets nationally as of 2014 is $1.31 trillion, or about $92,900 per employee-owner.Once Again provides a compelling story. Once Again was founded in 1976, and it became a 100-percent employee-owned company in 2006. The company is called Once Again because cofounders Jeremy Thaler and Constance Potter had tried once before to create a worker-owned business but only succeeded the second time, when they tried “once again.” The business has grown in the past seven-and-a-half years from 20 employees and $14.5 million in sales to its current level of more than 70 employees and over $50 million in sales.Once Again is structured as an employee stock ownership plan (ESOP) company, a legal form that uses a company’s contributions to their employees’ retirement plans to finance employee ownership of the company. With an ESOP, employee ownership does not necessarily translate into employee control, because management is legally entitled to select on its own a trustee who is legally obliged to operate the trust in the beneficial interests of the employee-owners. At Once Again, however, management has made a commitment to sharing far more governance with company employees, adopting many features of a worker-owned cooperative, such as empowering employees to have direct representation on the company board and having many decisions made at all-staff meetings. To reinforce company solidarity, the business also has a policy that mandates, as Larry Filipski, the company’s chief financial officer, explains, that “the highest-paid manager at Once Again makes no more than four times the lowest-paid employees.”“Gillibrand,” Beagle writes, “used her visit to learn what works for Once Again, what employees liked about the company and gather stories to take back to Washington” with about a half-dozen employees sharing their stories. Beagle adds, “Gillibrand said she hopes to introduce several pieces of legislation by the end of the year that offer incentives for employee-ownership and profit-sharing, among other models. The legislation would offer enhanced benefits for companies that introduce these models, she said.”—Steve DubbShare37Tweet30Share16Email83 Shareslast_img read more

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Open source video platform developer Kaltura has a

first_imgOpen source video platform developer Kaltura has added advanced cross-device video delivery functionalities to its suite of video applications for media companies.Kaltura’s new solutions include SDKs and reference applications for  Google TV, integration with the Xbox games console and out-of-the-box native reference applications for iOS and Android.The company said the new capabilities and applications complement its existing mobile support and integrations with set-top boxes including Roku, Boxee and Flingo.“Online video is increasingly becoming more complex behind the scenes – it’s not just about posting a video on a website anymore – today you need to ensure that your viewers can see your content on any device and in the optimal format,” said Ron Yekutiel, Kaltura’s chairman and CEO. “At Kaltura, we take the headache away from the customers, allowing them to focus on their business goals, while we take care of the technical complexities of watching any video on any device anywhere. The beauty of Kaltura’s open and flexible platform is that it is constantly evolving to support new devices, new formats and new technologies as they emerge. From the customers’ perspective, they can simply manage all content within the Kaltura Management Console, and from there distribute it across the web, to any device or distribution channel at the click of a button.”Kaltura will be exhibiting at IBC on Stand 3.A19klast_img read more

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The Weather Channel has teamed up with UK cable op

first_imgThe Weather Channel has teamed up with UK cable operator Virgin Media to deliver new weather services across the latter’s TV, online and mobile platforms.The Weather Channel-branded app, which will be available on the TiVo platform, will let users check the weather over the next 24 hours and see a five-day forecast for a searchable location, and provides additional features and functionality, including the ability to save up to ten favourite locations.A three-day forecast will be displayed on the homepage of the virginmedia.com website. The current conditions for a selected area will be shown in the news and weather section on Virgin Media’s mobile portal.“Our strategic partnership with Virgin Media will power their weather information and data services across all platforms including TV, online and mobile. We are very excited to partner with Virgin Media and believe this landmark moment will drive accelerated growth for both companies in the UK,” said Patrick Vogt, president, The Weather Company International. “Weather touches every person and business every day, so weather really matters and through distribution partnerships and our own digital properties, we are committed to bringing the most accurate weather reports to the public anywhere, anytime.”last_img read more

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Danish cable operator YouSee has added sport chann

first_imgDanish cable operator YouSee has added sport channel TV3 Sport 2 to its digital programming line-up.The channel, which features three weekly matches from the English Premier League as well as German football, WTA tennis and other sports, will be available to the 600,000 households that take YouSee’s Full Package.last_img

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