The Clark County Custody Officers’ Guild won a 3 percent cost-of-living increase and a smaller contribution to health care premiums in a recent interest arbitration award.Arbitrator Kathryn Whalen ruled against the guild, the third-largest among the county’s 15 bargaining units, on four other issues, however.County commissioners approved a new contract Tuesday with the guild, which has about 140 members.The guild’s most recent collective bargaining agreement had expired Dec. 31, 2010.After the county and the guild reached an impasse in negotiations, 13 issues were approved by the Washington Public Employment Relations Commission to be submitted to Whalen. The county and the guild worked out some issues and left Whalen to decide the remaining six. A two-day hearing was in May.The new contract will go back to January 1, 2011, and expire on Dec. 31, so the county and the guild will soon start negotiating a new contract, said Francine Reis, the county’s director of human resources.In August, a different arbitrator settled a long-running dispute between the county and the Deputy Sheriff’s Guild, the fourth-largest bargaining unit.In that case, guild members were awarded a 2 percent wage increase and told to pay 5 percent of medical premiums.The Custody Officers’ Guild represents 122 custody officers and 18 sergeants who work at the Clark County Jail and work center and transport inmates to and from court appearances.The hourly pay rate for guild members ranges, after the 3 percent increase, from $21.55 to $28.91.A recent Clark County study found that wages are generally comparable (plus or minus 8 percent) to those offered by similarly sized counties and the private sector but county employees pay less for benefits and enjoy more time off.
Around a third (30%) of respondents believe that improved work-life balance is the primary reason someone may change their job, according to research from recruitment firm Robert Half UK.The annual study, which surveyed 200 HR directors, also revealed that 27% perceive higher remuneration, including salary, bonus and employee benefits, as the main motivation for people to switch jobs.The research also found:29% of respondents believe career advancement is the primary reason someone may change their job, rising to 40% in London.6% believe the search for a better corporate culture is the most likely reason someone might want to move jobs.Respondents based in Scotland (38%) and Northern England (28%) lead the charge for more flexible working.Phil Sheridan, UK managing director, Robert Half, said: “As businesses look to grow, retaining top performers should be on the forefront of the agenda.“Employers should regularly benchmark the remuneration and benefits offered to existing staff to ensure they are competitive alongside firms in similar industries and regions.“For the majority of employees, a strong work life balance is an important aspect of their overall remuneration package, however, employers should make an effort to check in with key players to seek out their individual motivations.”
In the middle of a gravel lot, surrounded by rusty equipment and old storage containers, one brand-new connex is making history. Inside, it’s filled with hydroponically grown, leafy green vegetables — the inaugural crop from Arctic Greens.Download AudioThe first crop of seedlings sprouts inside the growing room of the Arctic Greens connex. The automated storage container will deliver 450 heads of locally grown produce each week. (Photo by Laura Kraegel, KNOM – Nome)The company is the first organization above the Arctic Circle to get certified as Alaska Grown, and soon its produce will be available at Kotzebue’s local grocery store.Past the control room and through the nursery, Jeff Hicks stood in the growing room of the standard 40-foot connex. Hicks is the Chief Operating Officer of Kikiktagruk Inupiat Corporation (KIC), which owns Arctic Greens. While spinning exhaust fans and glowing purple lights regulate the temperature of the container, he took inventory of its 600 seedlings.“Mizuna, mustard, and watercress,” Hicks said. “We have spinach, kale, red lettuce, green lettuce, and butter head lettuce. We have basil, cilantro, and several other different kinds of herbs.”Right now, Arctic Greens can grow 45 different plant varieties from hydroponic seeds. Once the operation is fully up and running, the connex will deliver 450 heads of local produce each week — even in the middle of winter.KIC started the subsidiary last fall after discussions with Vertical Harvest, an Anchorage company that designs and builds hydroponic containers. Hicks said the deal was sealed when they sent him back to Kotzebue with a special souvenir.“I actually brought four heads of lettuce from one of their hydroponic units, and I talked to the manager over at the AC store,” Hicks explained. “I said, ‘Hey, if we brought you this, would you buy it?’”If the pilot phase goes well, Arctic Greens plans to purchase three more hydroponic connexes for the Kotzebue operation. (Photo by Laura Kraegel, KNOM – Nome)Rob Boudreau is the manager of Kotzebue’s AC, owned by the Alaska Commercial Company and one of the few grocery options in town.“I said, ‘Yeah. If you could grow them in town, it’d be a great thing for Kotzebue,’” Boudreau said.Boudreau said the store will have a special section for Arctic Greens produce, which will come from just a few blocks away as opposed to hundreds or thousands of miles.“It’s a good deal for the citizens of Kotzebue,” Boudreau said. “Better produce, no travel time, no sit-and-wait in different locations. It’ll just be fresher by the time it gets to the store.”Hicks said the corporation is still talking with AC about how to price the vegetables, and he declined to share the cost of the custom-built connex, which was specially outfitted for the Arctic and flown into town on a C-130.But Hicks said growing the produce locally will save on shipping and therefore save customers money. Not to mention the other big advantage of Arctic produce.“No pesticides,” Hicks said. “They’re not genetically modified. It’s not organic, but it’s really as close as you can get.”If the pilot phase goes well this summer, Hicks said KIC plans to purchase three more connexes and expand the operation in Kotzebue. After that, he said the corporation hopes to start hydroponic projects in other communities, including Nome. KIC has already signed a memorandum of understanding with the Alaska Commercial Company, which would sell the locally grown produce at stores statewide.In Kotzebue, Arctic Greens will harvest its first crop on June 21. The produce will go on sale at AC soon after.
Jet Airways has defaulted on its repayment of the loans for several times in the pastCredit: ReutersNaresh Goyal has finally quit as chairman of beleaguered Jet Airways, ending months-long suspense over the future of India’s largest full service carrier. Goyal, who founded Jet Airways more than 25 years ago, and his wife Anita Goyal also stepped down from the board of the cash-strapped airline on Monday, the Economic Times reported.In another significant deelopment, the stake of the Goyals in Jet Airways will be slashed to 25.5 percent from 51 percent currently. ET reported that a formal announcement would be made by the company soon. Ahead of the crucial jet Airways board meeting on Monday, speculation was rife that Goyal would step down, meeting one of the key demands of prospective white knights who would offer a lifeline to the sinking airline.The launch of Jet Airways in 1993 marked the opening up of the rusty Indian economy. It’s a paradox that, decades later, the iconic entrepreneur is stepping away from a company that redefined its business sector.Goyal changed the aviation scene in the countryJet’s troubles came to a head last year as its mounting debts spiralled out of control. The troubles started with problems in debt servicing and was followed by grounding of aircraft, flight cancelations, delayed salaries and pilot strike over pay. It was expected that UAE’s Etihad Airways, a major shareholder in Jet, would come to the airline’s rescue. However, Etihad wanted Goyal to step down as chairman and slash the holdings from 51 percent. In July 2017, Jet Airways had asked its junior pilots, who joined the brand in 2016, to take a 30 percent pay cut or leaveReutersGoyal, storied entrepreneur who changed the aviation scene in the country, defied odds and decided to fight on. It was then rumoured that the Tata group would pick up a major stake in the carrier and inject much needed funds. However, with no deal taking place, Jet became sicker through the next several months. The troubles worsened in recent weeks, giving rise to chatter over the carrier’s imminent insolvency.Jet Airways – Key factsNaresh Goyal launches the airline in 1993.Jet becomes a listed company in 2005.Goyal started his career working as a marketing executive in the airline industry. He later launched a marketing agency called Jet Air. When Goyal started his first business venture, his mother had sold her jewellery to raise the seed capital.After starting operations with four Boeing aircraft, Jet Airways became an international carrier in 2004 when it started flights to Colombo.Jet Airways acquired rival Sahara Airlines in 2007.Jet Airways survived a major scare in 2008, when global airline majors faced headwinds. Jet let nearly 2,000 employees go and restructured the operations to stay in business.In its 25 years of operations, Jet Airways aircraft have not been involved in any airline accidents where lives were lost.There are more than 16,000 employees in Jet Airways. As many as 2000 of them are pilots.At the end of last year, Jet Airways’ net debt stood at 81.5 billion rupees ($1.2 billion)In the year ended 31 March, 2018, the airline reported a loss of Rs 636.45 crore. Peers such as SpiceJet and Indigo had reported impressive profits during the same period.Most of Jet’s debts are dollar-denominated and hence a continued fall in the rupee has worsened the debt problem.Abu Dhabi’s Etihad Airways owns 24 percent in Jet Airways. Goyal had once turned down Etihad’s offer to pick up controlling stake in Jet Airways.Jet Airways’s efforts to raise loans in the markets failed as banks insisted on a turnaround commitment. Getting loans became hard as Jet was laden with significant cost burdens. IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:09/1:02Loaded: 0%0:09Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:53?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … Close Naresh Goyal quits as Jet Airways chairman, stake slashed to 25%
Avengers Endgame movie trailerMarvel Studios (@marvelstudios/Instagram)Avengers: Endgame movie tickets are finally on sale and ahead of its April premiere, Marvel Entertainment has released the special look of all the Avengers, including Thanos.In the recently released teaser trailer of Avengers, we finally got to see Captain America and Tony Stark shaking hands, Tony Stark hugging Pepper Potts, and how Mad Titan Thanos still has his own philosophies. Here’s a scene-by-scene breakdown of the released special look of Avengers: Endgame.The trailer opens to a wide-angle shot of a big city. Cut-to we see Bruce Banner as he says, “If we do this, we will be going in short-handed.” To this, James Rhodes slyly says, “Yeah, you mean because he killed all of our friends?”The scene then cuts to an outside location where we see Black Widow sitting under the rain. She is possibly crying.”We owe this to everyone who is not in this room… to try,” Black Widow says.The Avengers Endgame theme music starts to play from this point. Rocket Raccoon and Nebula are sitting on the stairway on Earth and it would be a shot after Tony Stark’s successful return to the planet Earth. We now hear Tony Stark saying, “It’s not about how much we have lost.”The next shot brings Tony Stark hugging Pepper Potts and now fans of MCU can relax as these two finally got back together. Black Widow and Captain AmericaMarvel Studios”It’s about how much we have left…” Tony Stark continues.Following which, Iron May zooms into the sky as the tempo of the music increases. Hawkeye is now seen standing in the room. His latest tattoos are something related to pirates or some Asian gang. Maybe he had joined some Asian-gang after his family was decimated following the events of Avengers: Infinity War.We then see Thor and Captain Marvel’s romantic scene, are they going to date in future MCU movies? Well, we just have to wait and watch.Tony Stark continues saying, “We are the Avengers… we got to finish this.”Post this dialogue, we see all the Avengers standing for something, including Scott Lang/Ant-Man. In the next shot, we see Captain America and Tony Stark sharing the screen where Tony asks Steve if he trusts him or not? For this, Rogers shakes his hands and says, “I do.”All the Avengers are now shown leaving the planet Earth in the big spaceship. Captain Marvel and Rocket are on the pilot’s position. Steve Rogers is sitting at the back along with Black Widow, Thor, and James Rhodes. It might be possible that since this is going to be the last film featuring Steve Rogers, Marvel has casually brought Captain Marvel to the pilot’s seat, letting everyone know that from now she is going to be the Captain.Tony Stark is seen holding a photo frame of him and Peter Parker in which it looks like Parker has won some honor. They have a V-sign over their head, possibly Happy’s hands making fun of them.Steve Rogers is now seen falling on the ground and he is not looking too good. We hear Thanos in the background saying, “you could not live with your own failure…” A defeated Tony Stark is seen standing on this apocalyptic-looking planet and Thanos’ voice continues, “where did that bring you? Back to me!”The Mad Titan Thanos finally arrives on the screen.Avengers: Endgame movie is scheduled to release on April 24, 2019, in China, and in the United States and other countries, it will release on April 26, 2019.
If in the beginning was the ‘word’, theatre paved the way for the word to be used meaningfully. The most distinctive quality about theatre, one that distinguishes it from other art forms, is the interactive relationship between actor and audience, the engagement in a communal activity. What is of consequence is how we use this community creating quality of theatre in the contemporary world, how we shape the interactive and communal nature of the theatrical experience to make it a forceful political agency. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’In a world when things have really fallen apart in the Yeatsian sense, it is important to empower ourselves as best as we can. In theatre, that can happen when the audience does not cling to its passive role as spectators who merely watch, but rather transform into a community of individuals who can look beyond their prescribed roles within not just the theatrical space but also in the world beyond theatre. Only then can the true role of theatre in the drama of life unfold itself. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixIn 2005, when Juliano
Phillip Tracy, Author Bio Phillip Tracy, A new play/pause drop-down feature in Google Chrome’s toolbar will let you control audio and video without having to switch between tabs. MacBook Air vs MacBook Pro: Which 13-inch MacBook Is Right For You?Apple’s entry-level MacBook Air and Pro look pretty similar, but our testing proved they differ in crucial ways.Your Recommended PlaylistVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放Which Cheap Tablet Is Best? Amazon Fire 7 vs Walmart Onn02:45关闭选项Automated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-US facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/google-chrome-play-pause-button?jwsource=cl已复制直播00:0003:4603:46 The feature, when enabled, displays a small play icon in the top-right corner of your browser that shows audio and video sources next to play, pause, next and previous controls. Google calls the tool Global Media Controls and it is currently available in Chrome Canary, a web browser for experimental features, some of which will make their way to Chrome proper. Google Chrome Canary crashed multiple times before I finally got to test the feature by playing a YouTube video and switching to a new tab. From the Laptop Mag home page, I was able to pause Lewis Capaldi’s single “Hold My While You Wait” without having to reopen the YouTube tab or use keyboard shortcuts.MORE: How to Use Chrome Browser: Tips, Tutorials and HacksChrome already lets you right-click on a tab to mute a website, but that requires you to find which tab is playing audio, a frustrating task when you have dozens of websites open. With Global Media Controls, all of your audio-playing tabs are neatly packaged so you can quickly control what comes out of your speakers. The play/pause icon will reportedly be added to Chrome’s desktop version on Windows, Mac and Linux, according to ZDNet. There’s no word yet on when it will arrive or whether it’ll make an appearance on Chrome OS, but we expect to see it on Google’s desktop OS once the bugs are all worked out.How to use Google Chrome’s play/pause controlsIf you want to try it yourself, just download Google Chrome Canary and enter the experimental feature page at chrome://flags/. From there, search for “Global Media Controls” and choose “Enable.” You’ll have to restart the browser. Once it reloads, you’ll see a play icon on the right side of your toolbar. When audio is playing — whether a movie, TV show or song — the source will appear in a drop-down box with the option to pause, skip or go back. As I mentioned, Google Chrome Canary crashed nearly every time I tried testing it. Despite those problems, I remain hopeful that it makes it to the official browser so I can quickly turn off auto-play ads and listen to my music without any disruptions. 40 Best Google Chrome Extensions by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeKelley Blue Book5 Mid-engine Corvettes That Weren’tKelley Blue BookUndoGrepolis – Free Online GameGamers Around the World Have Been Waiting for this GameGrepolis – Free Online GameUndoForbes.comCrazy Rich Asians for RealForbes.comUndoVerizon WirelessThis new phone will blow your mind.Verizon WirelessUndoTODAYPolice Identify Girl Licking Ice Cream Tub In Viral VideoTODAYUndoMy Food and FamilyHealthy, Homemade Drunken Thai Noodles In Just 20 MinutesMy Food and FamilyUndoAdvertisement Phillip Tracy is a senior writer at Tom’s Guide and Laptop Mag, where he reviews laptops and covers the latest industry news. After graduating with a journalism degree from the University of Texas at Austin, Phillip became a tech reporter at the Daily Dot. There, he wrote reviews for a range of gadgets and covered everything from social media trends to cybersecurity. Prior to that, he wrote for RCR Wireless News and NewBay Media. When he’s not tinkering with devices, you can find Phillip playing video games, reading, listening to indie music or watching soccer.
News | Ultrasound Women’s Health | July 11, 2019 FDA Clears Koios DS Breast 2.0 AI-based Software Koios Medical announced its second 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). 3D Auto RV application image courtesy of Philips Healthcare read more The ScanTrainer transvaginal simulator is one example of Intelligent Ultrasound’s simulation technologies. 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 08, 2019 360 Degree View of an Echocardiography Exam on the SC2000 System This is a 360 degree view of a live cardiac echo demonstration for the Siemens Healthineers Acuson SC2000… read more News | October 31, 2014 GE Showcases Latest Ultrasound Advances Newest offerings include new pocket ultrasound unit, Shear Wave elastography News | Pediatric Imaging | August 14, 2019 Ultrasound Guidance Improves First-attempt Success in IV Access in Children August 14, 2019 – Children’s veins read more News | Ultrasound Imaging | July 31, 2019 Studies Confirm Clinical Value of ShearWave Elastography for Liver Fibrosis Evaluation SuperSonic Imagine announced the publication of the results of its prospective multicentric clinical study conducted in… read more News | Ultrasound Imaging | July 26, 2019 Intelligent Ultrasound Group Collaborating With the National Imaging Academy Wales Artificial intelligence (AI)-based ultrasound software and simulation company Intelligent Ultrasound Group plc (AIM:… read more News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 05, 2019 Digital Health Devices Used at Point of Care May Improve Diagnostic Certainty A West Virginia-based rural medical outreach event showcased the use of point-of-care technology in an ambulatory… read more Technology | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | July 02, 2019 Philips Extends Advanced Automation on Epiq CVx Cardiovascular Ultrasound Platform Philips recently announced new advanced automation capabilities on its Epiq CVx and Epiq CVxi cardiac ultrasound… read more 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 11, 2019 360 Degree View of a Smartphone Performing a Cardiac Ultrasound Exam This 360 degree photo shows a basic, point-of-care cardiac echocardiogram being performed using a smartphone turned i read more 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 09, 2019 360 Degree View of a Mitral Valve Ultrasound Exam on a Vivid E95 System A view of a mitral valve on a GE Healthcare Vivid E95 … read more October 31, 2014 — GE Healthcare will showcase several recent advances in its ultrasound technology at RSNA 2014, including:Vscan with Dual Probe: Featuring a two-in-one probe, the Vscan with Dual Probe offers healthcare providers many uses for pocket ultrasound. This pocket-sized ultrasound device houses two transducers in a single probe, allowing clinicians to see both shallow and deep views of the body without changing probes. This latest innovation helps enable efficient triage and fast workflow, which may lead to time and cost savings in point of care settings. It also may add clinical value in a wide variety of resource-constrained environments with a pocket-sized device that covers many point of care ultrasound procedures.Voluson E10 with HDlive technology: GE’s newest Voluson system features the world’s first curved matrix electronic 4-D probe designed specifically for OB/GYN and the next generation version of its HDlive software. The system provides healthcare providers four times the ultrasound pathways for improved clarity and spectacular 2-D and 3-D/4-D images with increased penetration; 10-times the data transfer rates for more speed and to give higher resolution and very fast frame rates; and four times the processing power for more flexibility with advanced applications and efficient workflow. Invenia ABUS: This breast imaging technology, when used in addition to mammography, can improve breast cancer detection by 35.7 percent over mammography alone. The Invenia ABUS acquisition process uses 3-D ultrasound technology to comfortably and quickly image women with dense breast tissue in approximately 15 minutes with features that conform to a woman’s anatomy, which helps provide patient comfort. This product designed for imaging dense breast tissue comes at a critical time when there is growing awareness of the increased risk of cancer for women with high breast density. Having dense breasts may increase a woman’s risk of developing breast cancer up to 4-6 times.ShearWave elastography: A new expert tool for the Logiq E9 with XDclear, ShearWave elastography offers clinicians an advanced level of diagnostic information to help evaluate tissue stiffness. The Logiq E9 ultrasound system uses a focused burst of acoustic energy from the transducer to generate Shear Waves that produce quantitative measurements and a color-coded elastogram. These quantifiable exams provide enhanced benefits as compared with traditional strain elastography, in which the operator uses manual compression to produce a qualitative assessment of tissue that often produces varied results between users.Vivid E9 with XDclear: Built from the Vivid E9 platform, the new Vivid E9 with XDclear is designed to enhance image quality in 2-D, 4-D, color and Doppler. The image clarity improvements could be especially useful in individuals that have proved difficult to scan in the past, such as obese patients. In a high-stress setting like the echo lab, interventional suite or the OR, conducting an ultrasound examination on a patient who is difficult to scan can not only increase scan time, but can also increase anxiety for the patient and physician. The XDclear transducers take advantage of GE Healthcare’s recent development in acoustic engineering, combining Single Crystal, Cool Stack and Acoustic Amplifier technologies.Venue 50: From power-up to clean-up, this portable ultrasound delivers crisp images quickly with the simplicity of a tablet. The intuitive touch user interface offers easy gel-and-go scanning – a clinician can just select the probe and preset in one step. Designed for speed, it takes just moments to boot up and has no buttons, keyboard or knobs to slow clinicians down when scanning the patient or disinfecting the system.GE Healthcare will also showcase the latest advancements to its Ultrasound IT. For more information: www.gehealthcare.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more Related Content
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico is preparing to overhaul its heavily indebted public power company as the U.S. territory’s government faces a July deadline to approve a new budget and make a roughly $400 million payment to the utility’s investors amid growing concerns that public agencies could go bankrupt.Officials are negotiating with creditors after submitting a long-awaited restructuring plan that calls for investing at least $2.3 billion in the island’s Electric Energy Authority and revising rate structures, Lisa Donahue, the authority’s chief restructuring officer, said Tuesday. 3 international destinations to visit in 2019 New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Top Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Comments Share Sponsored Stories 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center Concerns remain about the measures proposed, said Stephen Spencer, a managing director with Los Angeles-based investment bank Houlihan Lokey, an adviser to bondholders.“While elements of the plan were positive from our perspective, there were also aspects that were unworkable and will require further negotiation,” he said in a statement.The bondholder group offered in April to invest $2 billion to improve the power company’s finances and infrastructure, and Donahue said officials are still seeking the best way to attract more capital.Economist Gustavo Velez said in a phone interview that the public power company should quit producing electricity and become just a distributor of power generated by others.“It’s a monopoly,” he said. “They have to bring in private companies that can produce energy … The plants are obsolete. They are inefficient and have serious infrastructure problems, and the authority does not have the money to update them.”In all, Puerto Rico’s government is struggling with $72 billion in public debt.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Regardless of what type of final plan may be approved, Puerto Rico residents will see some sort of electric rate increase, she told The Associated Press.“It’s inevitable,” she said.The plan calls for everyone, including creditors and the government, to help bear the financial burden of a company that has more than $9 billion in debts, with officials noting that the current rate structure does not cover costs or debt service requirements.A summary of the plan released late Monday also proposes to convert power plants so they can burn both natural gas and fuel oil and to create private-public partnerships for building new plants and operating the system.Critics warned that a rate increase would further harm the struggling economy in Puerto Rico, which is in the eighth year of a recession and where power bills are already on average twice those of the U.S. mainland.“An increase will not benefit anyone,” said Puerto Rico’s delegate to Congress, Pedro Pierluisi. “It’s going to affect our battered economy and even the authority’s own revenues.”Officials have not publicly released the full plan, citing the continuing negotiations with creditors. They expect it will be approved by month’s end, although Donahue declined to say how the $400 million payment due in July might be affected if a plan was not approved and whether a debt restructuring would then be inevitable. 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breaches
Exceeding the target growth mentioned in the Kerala Tourism Policy, 2017 figures revealed an increase of 15 lakh new tourists to Kerala, doubling the growth over 2016. God’s own country reported 146,73,520 domestic arrivals last year, an increase of 11.39% as compared to the previous year. Domestic tourists mainly visited Alappuzha, Idukki, Wayanad, Thiruvananthapuram and Ernakulam districts from Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Delhi and Gujarat.Meanwhile, foreign tourist arrivals increased by 5.15% last year over 2016 majorly to Thiruvananthapuram, Ernakulam and Wayanad districts. On the foreign tourist arrivals front, footfalls have increased from 10,38,419 to 10,91,870.In terms of tourism revenue, total foreign exchange from the tourism sector increased by 8.29% to INR 8,392.11 crore compared to 2016. Total direct earnings from the sector grew to INR 26,000.33 crore from INR 23,098.15 crore, a growth of 12.56%. Kerala Tourism Department has recorded an increase of INR 3,725.12 crore in total revenue generated from the sector, at INR 33,383.68 crore compared with INR 29,658.56 crores last year. “The total growth rate in terms of tourist arrivals in 2017 is the highest registered in the last nine years,” said Kadakampally Surendran, Minister for Tourism, Cooperation and Devaswoms, Kerala.According to Rani George, IAS, Secretary, Kerala Tourism, “The new Tourism policy 2017 has set an ambitious target of increasing domestic tourist arrivals by 50% by 2021 and also in doubling the foreign tourists by this period. This would require a growth of around 9% every year for domestic tourists and around 15% for international tourists.”
Two bills by state Rep. Holly Hughes, giving local districts added flexibility in finding qualified substitute teachers to work in Michigan classrooms, was approved by the state House of Representatives today.“We need to remove the barriers that would otherwise allow qualified individuals in our classrooms,” said Hughes, of Montague. “To hear in committee testimony that over 1,000 Michigan classrooms a day do not have substitute teachers is absolutely unacceptable – for the students, other teachers and administration. These two bills will help our school districts have more options and our students have a better overall education.”House Bill 4421 will give individuals who have a professional state license or professional certification the opportunity to become substitute teachers in a subject related to their license or certification.House Bill 4422 will allow retired teachers to return to the school district in which they previously worked to substitute teach without negatively affecting their retirement benefits. The new legislation would eliminate a July 2018 expiration on current state law, allowing those who retired before the current 2016-17 school year to substitute and eliminate a current law provision which makes it more expensive to hire retired teachers in substitute positions.Jeff Johnson, superintendent of Montague Public Schools, testified in support of Hughes’ legislation during the April 20 meeting of the House Education Reform Committee“This legislation will help put talented educators and professionals in front of our students to maximize each instructional day we have with kids,” Johnson said.Both bills advance to the Senate for consideration. Categories: Hughes News,News 03May Rep. Hughes’ bills to address substitute teacher shortage approved by state House
24Apr Rep. Hornberger supports House budget plan focused on schools House Bills 5578-9 advance to the Senate as work to finalize the next state budget continues. Savings for taxpayers. A prison would be closed, reflecting successful efforts to reduce Michigan’s inmate population. Budgets for several state departments would decline as state government becomes more efficient and eliminates waste. Rep. Pamela Hornberger today voted in favor of a state House budget plan investing more than ever before in Michigan schools while reducing overall state spending.The plan approved by the House would increase the budget supporting K-12 schools to $14.8 billion, with the largest annual per-student increase in 15 years – ranging from $120 to $240 per student. Workforce preparation, early literacy, support for academically at-risk students and school safety are top priorities.More than a quarter of the House’s overall budget proposal goes to K-12 schools. Universities and community colleges also receive more money to prepare students for the future.“As a life-long advocate for education, I enthusiastically support this plan to invest in our schools,” said Hornberger, who was a teacher and school board member prior to joining the state House. “We are providing more pathways to careers for our students. That is a key to economic opportunity and a better life.”Highlights of the House plan for the budget year starting Oct. 1 include:Workforce development. More than $100 million is added to talent development and workforce preparation programs at the K-12 level, plus significant investments in other programs such as Going PRO. It’s part of the strategy to continue Michigan’s economic comeback, which has seen unemployment drop from 14.6 percent in June 2009 to 4.7 percent last month. Road repairs. Addressing an urgent need, the state will spend more on roads than ever before in its next budget as part of a multi-year effort. Hornberger said Michigan must focus on getting road money to where it is needed most and making repairs last longer. Categories: Hornberger News,News School and campus safety. More than $25 million would be added to improve K-12 school security. The OK2SAY program also would be expanded. Provisions to raise standards for handling sexual assault complaints at universities also are included. Hornberger, of Chesterfield Township, is the main sponsor of key bills involved in the school and campus safety efforts. ###
26Feb Rep. Schroeder announces March is Reading Month tour Categories: Schroeder News,Schroeder Photos State Rep. Andrea Schroeder of Independence Township today announced her March is Reading Month tour. As part of March is Reading Month, the lawmaker will visit schools throughout the Clarkston and Waterford districts and read to students, encouraging them to develop a lifelong interest in reading.“A love for reading will benefit children their entire lives,” Rep. Schroeder said. “March is Reading Month is not only a great way to encourage the learning process, but also a fun way for me to meet with my youngest constituents.”Schools interested in hosting Rep. Schroeder for March is Reading Month should contact Rep. Schroeder’s office at (517) 373-0615 or via email at AndreaSchroeder@house.mi.gov.
Share142Tweet4Share17Email163 Shares“2011-09-14 Chicago Sailing 008.jpg” by AtramosJune 26, 2017; Crain’s Chicago Business and Herald & Review (Decatur, IL)In many Illinois hourglasses, the sand is slowly falling. Some of them sit on the desks of nonprofit executives and board chairs, measuring how many days their organizations can operate without stable state funding—for a growing number, not much time remains before they are done. The most visible one in the state capital measures how many hours remain before a third consecutive year begins without a state budget and without a plan to pay the huge stack of unpaid bills, many of which are owed to the state’s nonprofits.Every organization that has provided services under state contract has had no fiscal security since July 1, 2015, when the budget impasse between the state’s Republican governor, Bruce Rauner, and the Democratic controlled legislature began. Social service agencies, schools, and colleges were forced to cope with at best significantly reduced funding or, at worst, no funding at all. Even those with interim agreements for partial funding face months-long waits for payment as the state grapples with a growing cash shortfall. The harm done (see prior NPQ coverage) has been significant and it is getting worse.One typical example is Dove, Inc. in Decatur. They serve as many as 5,000 homeless and at-risk clients a year, providing housing, case management, and other lifesaving interventions. One arm of Dove provides services to domestic violence victims, but that service may need to close within months. According to the Herald & Review, Dove faces the need to make severe agency-wide cuts if a state budget with adequate funding for human services is not passed.While Dove was fortunate enough to have been given partial funding during the impasse, getting paid for its services has been quite another issue. Currently, the organization is owed approximately $500,000 by the state for services already provided.According to Christine Gregory, Dove’s executive director, “We’ll be using the line of credit we have starting in the month of July. We have 60 days’ worth of operating cash for a line of credit. Once that runs out, we’ll have to close the shelter.” That would put domestic violence victims who desperately need a safe haven at risk. According to one client, “Closing that shelter would be a huge loss. They just need somewhere safe where they can go—somewhere for them and their children can go.”Helen Michelassi, executive director of another Decatur-area service organization, Prairieland Service Coordination, which serves the disabled, described for the Herald & Review the challenge for organizations trying to cope.When you’re trying to plan and budget, and you don’t know if you’re going to have that how are you going to plan and budget? If they stop the flow of money to us, within six months we could not operate, because we don’t have another revenue stream.The list of program curtailments and agency closures across the state keeps getting longer day by day. That there has yet to be a total shutdown of the state-funded nonprofit sector is a tribute to its underlying strength, but that strength is waning with each passing month.But, simply having a state budget is but one step toward solving the issues before the state-funded organizations in Illinois. An approved budget establishes how state funds will be allocated and gives state officials the authorization to write checks, but it does not guarantee that the state will have enough money to pay off the $14 billion dollars in unpaid bills that have accumulated. Without that money in the bank, nonprofits will still struggle to fund their receivables. For example, going into the 2017–18 school year, public school districts are owed $1.1 billion dollars, funds they have spent anticipating the arrival of state funding. Medicaid managed-care organizations are owed $2 billion. As nonprofits cope, using their own resources to make up for missing and late state funds, many are very close to the breaking point.That breaking point has just been reached by Family Focus, an iconic Chicago-based nonprofit serving young children and their families. According to Crain’s Chicago Business, the organization has exhausted its resources and faces a severe cash flow crisis as it waits for the state to make good on $2.7 million it owes for services already provided. As of July 1st, it will be forced to “lay off 100 employees…71 percent of the organization’s staff, all of whom work directly with clients.…The layoffs will essentially shut down Family Focus, which serves 17,000 people in the Chicago area. Regular programming at all Family Focus locations will be suspended.”With no guarantee of when their receivables will be paid or when they can know with certainty how the state will fund them in the coming year, Family Focus saw no alternative but shut down and wait.The levels of funding contained in the budget also matter. State payment schedules are already quite stale, having not been increased to reflect higher costs for years. If they are reduced in order to reach a balance, nonprofits will be asked to fund the difference between cost and state payment, a gap many will not be able to bridge. Further reductions could be devastating.The reality of Illinois in 2017 was well captured by Republican State Representative Bill Mitchell when he told the Herald & Review that “Illinois has never been in worse shape. There are going to be a lot of casualties—a lot of casualties.”Getting agreement on a budget that will avoid this harm means coming to terms on new taxes. The last three years tells the story of just how hard that is, and the task has been made harder because the governor has insisted on a series of “structural reforms” that include a property tax freeze, pension reform, restriction on public employee unions, and more as conditions for his support of a budget. Three years into the tug of war, we continue to ask if Governor Rauner, House Speaker Madigan, and Senate President Cullerton are paying any attention to the harm their political war is causing and if they care.—Marty LevineShare142Tweet4Share17Email163 Shares
UPC Direct, the DTH platform operated by Liberty Global, expanded its HD line-up with the addition of educational channel Da Vinci U.The channel, which airs various learning and science programming, was originally launched in Poland in 2007 and has subsequently aired across Romania, Turkey, Hungary, Ukraine, Slovenia, Bulgaria and Macedonia.The channel has been added to UPC Direct’s HD package.
Sony France will launch its Google TV device on September 24, according to the company’s CEO, Philippe Citroën.The Sony Google TV set-top will connect to the internet by cable or WiFi and allow TV viewers to navigate via Google’s TV user interface and will give access to services including YouTube and music from Sony Entertainment Network. Citroën told Agence France-Presse that the device would come with a remote control equipped with a keyboard.Services available on the French version of Google TV will include France Télévisions’ catch-up service Pluzz, according to the report.There will be two versions of the device – a basic version integrated with a Chrome browser for €199, and a version with an integrated Blu-ray player for about €299 that will be launched in the next few months.Google TV was officially launched in the UK in July. Sony also launched its Google TV box in Germany at the end of August.
Netflix’s kids package Just for Kids has launched on the iPad in the UK and Ireland.The curated section targets kids aged 12 years and younger, with programming including Sonic, Johnny Test, Barney, Thomas the Tank Engine and Madeline. Titles are also arranged by genre, including superheroes, princesses, dinosaurs and girl power. The package is available on the iPad 2 and iPad 3. David Watson, Netflix’s director of product innovation said it would be eventually be available on the original iPad and on Android devices.Just For Kids is also available on PCs, Macs, PlayStation 3 and Nintendo Wii consoles and Apple TV devices.
MultiChoice’s low-cost digital-terrestrial pay TV service GOtv has launched in Ghana.The service includes a range of local and international channels, with an introductory offer of a decoder, three months’ subscription and a DTT aerial available for GHS153 (€70).GOtv will broadcast all 32 games from the Africa Cup of Nations football tournament. Channels on the platform include Africa Magic, Africa Magic Movies, Blackbelt TV, Disney Junior, CNN, SuperSport Blitz, Select Sports, Discovery World, NatGeo Wild, Vox Africa and Channel O.The service is broadcasting using the DVB-T2 standard, allowing a greater number of channels per frequency. The operating company, GOtv Ghana, has held a terrestrial broadcasting licence in the country since 1993.The latest launch follows GOtv launches in a number of African countries including Zambia, Uganda and Nigeria over the last two years.Correction: The above article originally erroneously stated that GOtv Mobile was formerly known as DStv Mobile. This is incorrect as both services exist independently. GOtv Mobile is a value-add service of GOtv and provides great content that is suitable for mobile viewing. DStv Mobile provides a great selection of programming suited to mobile entertainment and is a value-add service of DStv.
Deutsche Telekom has launched its multi-screen TV service Entertain to Go service, offering access to around 40 TV channels from PC, laptop and iPad.The service, which was first announced by the German operator last year, is priced at €4.95 per-month and gives access to content on a users’ home WiFi network. Entertain video library content can also be accessed over wireless networks.The offering includes public broadcast networks such as ARD, ZDF and 3sat as well as private channels ProSieben, Sat.1, RTL and VOX.The iPad version of the service is available to download now, with iPhone and Android versions in the works.
New Year’s Day was the best day ever for the iPlayer with 11 million TV and radio programme requests lodged on the BBC’s catch-up service as viewers caught up on the UK pubcaster’s line-up of festive programming.That compares with 8.1 million requests on New Year’s Day 2013 and equates to a 35% year-on-year increase in programme requests.iPlayer boss Dan Taylor revealed the stats in a blog post. He went on to note that Doctor Who was the single most requested programme with almost two million requests, ahead of soap opera Eastenders, the Mrs Brown’s Boys Christmas Special, Call the Midwife Christmas Special and kids and family drama Gangsta Granny.The other notable trend in iPlayer usage over the Christmas and New Year period was the increase in viewing over connected tablet devices. Having proved a popular gift on Christmas Day, iPlayer viewing on tablets overtook that of computer viewing for the first time ever on December 26. Almost a million consumers downloaded the iPlayer tablet app over the holiday season.There was also an uptick in iPlayer usage on connected TVs and mobile devices although these trailed tablets and computers.Across 2013, Taylor said that there were 102 million requests for TV and radio programmes (80 million of the total were for TV).