Dipnetting on the Kenai River is allowed from 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. each day, from July 10 through July 31, 2019. An Upper Cook Inlet Personal Use permit and a 2019 Resident Sport Fishing license are required to participate. Only Alaska residents can participate Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享July on the Kenai is synonymous with dip net fishing. The City of Kenai City personal use dip net fishery is just over a week away from the official opening day of July 10. Any king salmon caught incidentally during the fishery may not be removed from the water and must be released immediately unharmed to the water. Beech: “Here, in Kenai, we have the dip netting season, which is July 10th to the 31st, so we’ll see a huge increase of numbers here in the Kenai area. But there are some places that their tourism peaks in the first part of July and they’re tapered off and already starting to close by Labor Day. We have a pretty nice shoulder season, especially with the winter being so mild. We were starting to see RV traffic in the first part of May.” The personal-use dipnet fishery in the Kenai is set to open on July 10. This opening follows the Kasilof dipnet fishery which began on June 25. The 2019 Kenai River late-run king salmon preseason forecasts is for a below average run, resulting in restrictions of inriver sport fisheries. ADF&G will continue to monitor the Kenai River run as it develops and additional actions may be taken depending on the run strength. Johna Beech, Executive Director of the Kenai Chamber of Commerce said although the fishery has its challenges, the annual influx of fishermen extends Kenai’s profitable tourist season.
US President has denied the allegations and said that he had never met her.A US magazine columnist has accused President Donald Trump of sexually assaulting her at a New York luxury department store in the late 1990s.An excerpt from E Jean Caroll’s book titled ‘What Do We Need Men For? A Modest Proposal’ was published in New York Magazine on Friday. It divulged details about her experience of sexual assault by “real estate tycoon” in first person account headlined ‘Hideous Men: Donald Trump assaulted me in a Bergdorf Goodman dressing room 23 years ago. But he’s not alone on the list of awful men in my life’.Caroll revealed that she had met Trump at the store when she was 52 and helped to suggest a gift for ‘a girl’ after he sought her advice.She claimed that between 1995 and 1996, he ‘lunged’ at her at the upscale Bergdorf store’s lingerie section, and pushed her against the wall while attempting to kiss her. “I am so shocked I shove him back and start laughing again. He seizes both my arms and pushes me up against the wall a second time, and, as I become aware of how large he is, he holds me against the wall with his shoulder and jams his hand under my coat dress and pulls down my tights” she wrote.While she had confided to two friends about the assault, where one said that she should report to the police while the advised Caroll to not reveal anything because “he’ll bury her with 200 lawyers”, she had decided to not lodge a criminal case. New York reported that both the women had confirmed their accounts on the incident.However, Donald Trump has denied all allegations and claimed that he had never met her and called the publication a “crooked newspaper”.Just revealed that the Failing and Desperate New York Times was feeding false stories about me, & those associated with me, to the FBI. This shows the kind of unprecedented hatred I have been putting up with for years with this Crooked newspaper. Is what they have done legal?…— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 21, 2019He accused the Democratic party to be behind the recent controversy in a statement, “If anyone has information that the Democratic Party is working with Ms Carroll or New York Magazine, please notify us as soon as possible. The world should know what’s really going on. It is a disgrace and people should pay dearly for such false accusations.”The White House has also denied the accusations and stated, “This is a completely false and unrealistic story surfacing 25 years after allegedly taking place and was created simply to make the president look bad.”Regarding evidence, Caroll claimed that the department store no longer had security footages of the time the incident took place.She described that the reason she didn’t lodge a formal complaint was that he will deny the allegations like the way he denied the accounts of two dozen women who had confided about his unwanted sexual advance before. She also said, “I run the risk of making him more popular by revealing what he did”.Trump was under fire after 15 women alleged Trump of gross sexual misconduct before he became the president.A video of an Access Hollywood footage had emerged during his 2016 presidential election campaigns in which he controversially stated of having the liberty of grabbing women by her vagina because of his popularity,He had apologised for the statement and said that it was “locker room” talk.
SB4, which allows local police to ask for proof of legal status when detaining someone and demands cooperation with the Department of Homeland Security, has raised fear in the immigrant community and hasn’t been welcomed in the law enforcement community because of its many implications, as explained by the two top local chiefs, Houston Police Department’s Art Acevedo, and Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez. The Houston City Council passed a Resolution today to join the litigation against Texas over the Constitutionality of the State law about so-called sanctuary cities, commonly known as SB4. UH Associate Professor in Political Science, Jerónimo Cortina, said about the vote: “On the one hand, it is a clear signal to the state that cities and municipalities want the same autonomy to run their cities in the same terms that the State claims when there is real or perceived intervention of the federal government on State matters. Houston is a welcoming city and thus it needs to backup those claims through actions.” With this decision, Houston joins six other jurisdictions challenging the SB4, which are Austin, Dallas, San Antonio, Bexar, Travis, El Cenizo, and El Paso. Share Human rights, public safety and the welfare of Houston’s business community were some of the arguments presented by the Council Members who supported the Resolution to sue. Karla Cisneros, who represents District H, referred to Acevedo’s concerns about SB Four during the debate about the Resolution. Al OrtizThe Houston City Council voted on joining the litigation against SB4 during its June 21st meeting. The vote tally was 10 to 6, with Mayor Sylvester Turner voting in favor of the Resolution and At-Large Position 5 Council Member Jack Christie being absent during the vote. On the other hand, the Council Members who voted against the lawsuit alluded to not seeing a clear reason to join the litigation and also voiced their concern about the possibility the City could lose State and Federal funding because of fighting SB4 in the courts. Cortina goes on to analyze the law itself stating: “SB4 has a lot of potential economic and public safety consequences that need to be clarified by the courts. At the end it is not the State nor the City who are going to end up paying the costs of implementing SB4 it is going to be the tax payer and for some this constitutes an unfunded mandate from the State to Cities.” Council Member Travis was the most vocal and at one point he stressed: “I’m talking about the quarter billion dollars we stand to lose that will affect everybody’s district in here.” Some activists who support the City’s upcoming lawsuit were in the Council’s chamber and celebrated the outcome of the vote. “I think his comments are alarming and I want to read just a few of the things he has said. He says we don’t have the resources, nor do we have the bandwidth to be ICE agents,” said Cisneros while she addressed her colleagues. “Houstonians are expecting us to stand up and protect their interests, not to defer to somebody else,” Mayor Turner commented in this regard during the customary press conference held after the City Council meeting. Council Members Brenda Stardig, Steve Le, Greg Travis, Dave Martin, Mike Knox and Michael Kubosh voted against the City suing the State because of the law.
The recent concerns voiced about the Washington, D.C. Veteran Affairs Medical Center (DCVAMC) in an inspector general’s report are echoed by some veterans. However, staff members say they are committed to providing top-notch service to the nation’s warriors.The Washington, D.C. Veteran Affairs Medical Center is located in the northwest quadrant of the District of Columbia. (Courtesy Photo)On April 12, the Veteran Affairs Office of the Inspector General issued an interim summary report citing management practices and staffing deficiencies that were present at the facility located near the Washington Hospital Center in the northwest quadrant of D.C. The backlash from the report prompted U.S. Sens. Mark Warner, Tim Kaine (D-Va.), and Jon Testor (D-Mont.) to write Veteran Affairs Secretary David J. Shulkin demanding immediate action.Since the report’s release, retired Army Col. Lawrence Connell has been named the acting director.A spokesman for D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D) told the AFRO that she is aware of the situation at the center and will respond appropriately in due time.Veterans receive free treatment at VA hospitals. Health professionals who work at VA hospitals tend to specialize in diseases and ailments that are unique to veterans. Dental and mental health services are also available.Jacque Patterson, retired Air Force veteran and president of the Ward 8 Democrats, told the AFRO that he is not a fan of veterans’ hospitals. “I try to avoid them if I can,” Patterson said. “If I had medical needs or had to have medical attention, I would not go to a VA hospital. The service is poor and it is hard to get an appointment.”Stanley Ray served in the Army and Navy and has visited the D.C. VA Hospital. He wasn’t impressed, either. “They need to improve,” Ray told the AFRO. “They don’t treat veterans with the type of respect that they deserve.”Ray is aware of the inspector general’s report critical of the way the D.C. VA hospital was run. However, he said, the Trump administration is likely to enhance VA hospitals financially, but the D.C. hospital has issues that need addressing. “There needs to be a strong emphasis on customer service,” Ray said. “It seems like when you are visiting there, they are doing you a favor when you they serve you. That’s not the case. This is a service that you have earned.”Ray made it clear he was so turned-off by the service at the D.C. VA hospital that he pledged “never to go back there.”That hasn’t been the experience of the Rev. Scott Bostic, youth pastor of Asbury United Methodist Church in the District. “My experience at the DC VAMC has been good overall,” Bostic, a 2005 graduate of the United States Military Academy West Point, told the AFRO. “I am seen there for my primary care but not for much else since overall I’m in good health. When I first moved to D.C., I had a routine surgery done at the VAMC and that went very well, and my follow-up was also handled well.”Bostic did cite a problem seeing a physical therapist and said that experience “was disappointing.” Nevertheless, Bostic, who served in Iraq as a health care administrator from 2009-2010, is upbeat about the center. “I have recommended and referred people to go to the D.C. VAMC because they have a lot of resources there which can make a significant difference to veterans in need of care,” he said. “However, I do warn people that they will need to be persistent and advocate for their care, so as to make sure they don’t fall into one of those cracks and get forgotten about.”Despite a few positive reviews, any unhappy veteran concerns Gloria Hairston, director of public affairs at the D.C. VA Hospital. “We are committed to caring for all veterans,” Hairston told the AFRO. “I don’t want veterans leaving the hospital feeling that our customer service wasn’t satisfactory. We are not looking to be rude to people.”
Season 8 of popular Showtime dramedy Shameless aired its season finale on 28 January. ‘My God’s a f*ggot. My God’s a d*ke. My God is trans, a junkie, a whore,’ Ian declares before the car the boy’s family was trying to kidnap him in explodes behind him. ‘We will not be victims.’Ian’s following gets bigger, and soon he’s speaking in front of a huge crowd as ‘Gay Jesus.’[embedded content]‘God hates haters,’ Ian declares. A round of applause and cheering follows.How it endsAnd finally, during yet another demonstration, the police show up with a warrant for Ian’s arrest. Because blowing up a car is illegal, of course. With the help of his followers, he is not alone.[embedded content]‘We are gay and we love you,’ Ian says into a megaphone. ‘We are trans and we love you.’‘We are lesbian and we love you,’ Ian continues. ‘We are the city of Chicago and we love you, we are queer and we love you, we are bisexual and we love you.’‘He’s not Ian Gallagher. I’m Ian Gallagher,’ one of his followers tells the cop.More of his followers declared that they, too, were Ian Gallagher. This leads to all the demonstrators getting arrested.‘Have a blessed day,’ Ian says with a smile as he’s put into the back of a police car.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Cameron Monaghan as Ian Gallagher on Shameless GAYSTARNEWS- eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Warning: spoilers aheadOne storyline this season was Ian Gallagher (Cameron Monaghan), a gay bipolar paramedic, becoming something of a gay icon. In fact, LGBTI kids believe him to be ‘Gay Jesus.’It started when Ian, along with his ex-boyfriend Trevor (played by trans actor Elliot Fletcher), sneak into a church performing conversion therapy on LGBTI teens.Ian, curious on if the Bible actually says the things the pastor believes, begins to do his own research.And after preparing Bible quotes that contradict the pastor, he interrupts the sermon to confront the pastor and liberate the LGBTI teens.[embedded content]Ian’s confrontation gets recorded and soon goes viral. Ian’s seen as even more of a hero when he uses CRT to save a homophobic pastor when he has a heart attack during another protest.[embedded content]Ian and Trevor, working together to set up a shelter for homeless and runaway LGBTI youth, direct the teens to the location. Soon, people are swarming the area, hoping to get a look at ‘Gay Jesus.’[embedded content]In trying to protect a young LGBTI boy from being kidnapped by his relatives, Ian makes another spectacle that soon goes viral and makes the news.[embedded content] Ian McKellen: It’s ‘un-American’ for Trump not to protect LGBTI rightsMeet Becca Blackwell, the nonbinary comedian behind They, Themself and SchmermMeet the guy who went to Ian McKellen’s for brunch and then made a film on his lifeRead the full article on Gaystarnews: :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/ian-gallagher-gay-jesus-shameless-everything/
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Comments Share The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo GLENDALE, Ariz. — The Arizona Cardinals went through their final practice before the preseason opener Saturday against the Houston Texans. It was a pretty lively one with plenty of plays being made.Of Note– Though a couple guys were given the day off, only center Lyle Sendlein (calf) will be unavailable for Saturday’s game.– You can expect to see the starters play up to 15 plays or so, depending of course on how the drives go. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact “I was in pain watching him try to make it through those practices. You could tell it was getting worse instead of better. He had a nice few OTAs where it looked like it was going to get better, but the last MRI he was bone on bone, and there’s nothing he can do about it as his age. You hate to see it because he has such a passion for the game, and that’s the type of guy you want to make it and you pull for him. But it was the right move.” – Coach Bruce Arians on Jake Ballard’s decision to retire“Our defense is so good: They’re so physical; they’re so talented. I mean you’re playing against so many gifted players. Just to be able to go against some guys you’re kind of unfamiliar with, it’s fun. You’re playing against Houston, who arguably could be the best — talent-wise — in the game: J.J. Watt and (Jadeveon) Clowney and (Johnathan) Joseph and Brian Cushing. They have a wealth of talent.” – Receiver Larry Fitzgerald on facing a different defense than the one that opposes him in practice every day – / 11 Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling – The fans got pretty loud when Carson Palmer hit Larry Fitzgerald for a deep touchdown in an 11-on-11 drill. – At one point, Teddy Williams, who is looking to convert from a receiver to a cornerback, made a nice leaping interception of a Drew Stanton pass. – Chandler Catanzaro, who will handle all of the kicking duties Saturday, had a nice day when it came to field goals. – It appeared the offense got the better of the defense overall. John Brown, as usual, was open often and made a few nice plays. Fellow receiver Jaron Brown also made his presence felt, catching at least one deep ball and another touchdown pass after a nice move freed him up in the corner of the end zone.Stat of the DaySince 2006, Antonio Cromartie has picked off 28 passes, fifth most in the NFL over that span.Quotes of the Day“I think with the group that I’ll be in with, it’s a matter of getting out there and being productive, moving the ball. The biggest that we try and do is accomplish goals in situational football — third down and red zone — and not turn the ball over. And that’s what we try to do. And a lot of the guys that I’ll be in there with are trying to fight for a roster spot, so I want to give them the best opportunity to go out there and be successful, and make plays, and get up there and score points.” – QB Drew Stanton on what his goal is in preseason game one Top Stories
Τhe International Monetary Fund (IMF) said that a year after completing its adjustment programme, Cyprus still needed to reduce both private and public debt to strengthen economic growth and confidence.The IMF, whose delegation was in Cyprus last week in a post-programme surveillance mission in coordination with the European Commission and the European Central Bank, said on Monday “a decisive upfront reduction in public and private debt is needed to rebuild policy buffers, cement confidence in macroeconomic fundamentals and policy commitments, deliver balanced, sustainable growth, and support balance sheet repair”.IMF, which participated in Cyprus’s 2013 bailout with €1bn, was commenting in a statement on its website.The economy, which expanded 2.8 per cent in 2016 is expected to grow 2.5 per cent this year with growth stabilising above 2 per cent until 2020, helping reduce private sector debt, the IMF said.“Under these conditions, capacity to repay the (International Monetary) Fund is expected to be satisfactory, supported by sizable fiscal primary surpluses, the back-loaded maturity profile of official debt and possible further operations to smooth redemptions of market-based debt. However, repayment capacity would be weakened in the event of a new boom-bust growth cycle, if fiscal discipline is eroded or if risks in banks’ balance sheets materialise”.The government should seek to accelerate the reduction of public debt, 106 per cent of economic output last year, by relaunching privatisations and resuming its attempt to reform the public sector, the IMF said.“Accelerating public debt reduction would help to create a prudent buffer and safeguard the downward trajectory of debt in the event of adverse shocks,” the IMF said. Generating a primary fiscal surplus of 3 per cent of GDP on a cash basis over the next years could help the process.Last year, the government posted a primary surplus of €473.8m on a cash basis, which accounts for 2.6 per cent of GDP.“Guarding against fiscal slippages, including from the envisaged national health service as well as from wage and social benefit spending, will also be essential,” the IMF warned, weeks after the government, which faces re-election in February, decided to give in to the nurses’ demand for upgrading their pay-scales to match their academic qualification, prompting other groups to raise similar demands.It added that amid improved liquidity in the banking system, its non-performing loan stock (roughly half of the banks’ loan portfolio) remained “very high,” undermining the banks’ profitability and while loan restructurings have pickup in momentum, a portion of restructured loans re-default.“Restructuring progress across banks has been uneven, reflecting differences in the structure of their loan portfolios, the intensity with which various legal and other tools have been used, as well as in banks’ capacities to manage non-performing loans,” the IMF said in an obvious reference to significant progress in tackling large corporate bad debt as opposed to that of households and small and medium size enterprises. “Banks should be further encouraged not to defer restructuring in the expectation that future increases in output and property prices would autonomously improve recovery rates. Instead, they should focus on durable and sustainable loan work-outs, including through solutions that reduce a borrower’s debt to affordable levels”.Cyprus should remove “operational barriers” to the resolution of non-performing loans which include incentives encouraging banks to delay the recognition of losses or dispose collateral, and address remaining impediments in the legal framework, modernised in 2015 with the enactment of the new foreclosure and insolvency legislation, the IMF said. “It is important that newly-issued bank lending, which is providing welcome support to the economy, is underpinned by robust lending policies, strong business plans from borrowers and close monitoring of credit risk”.The IMF said Cyprus should resume with structural reforms in order to improve conditions on the labour market — with the unemployment remaining at 13 per cent last year — improve business environment and bolster against external shocks.“Focus should be on expediting judicial reform to strengthen legal enforcement of commercial claims and speed up court procedures, restarting the privatisation program to increase economic efficiency and competition, and streamlining business procedures to attract new service sectors,” it said.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoModernizeIf Your Home Has Old Roofing, Read ThisModernizeUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’UndoThree arrested in connection with hotel theftsUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
From left: Lee Mueller, Rep. Glenn, and facilities operators Ron Heilig of Sanford and Dave Kovacevich of Midland.Lee Mueller, owner of Boyce Hydro and the Sanford Lake Dam, recently hosted Rep. Gary Glenn, R-Midland, vice chair of the state House Energy Policy Committee, on a tour of the 92-year-old facility, which has a total generating capacity of 3.6 megawatts of electricity using three water-driven turbine generators. Boyce Hydro sells the electricity generated by the dam to both Consumers Energy and Detroit Edison, the state’s two publicly-regulated electrical utilities. Rep. Glenn said the tour was a valuable source of information in advance of an April 13 hearing before the Energy Policy Committee in Lansing. The Legislature is preparing to rewrite state energy policy in response to the federal Environmental Protection Agency’s threatened shutdown this year of up to nine coal-fired electricity-generating plants in Michigan’s lower peninsula. Major area employers and taxpayers such as Dow Chemical, Dow Corning, Hemlock Semiconductors and Midland Cogeneration Venture will be significantly impacted by the rewrite, Rep. Glenn said. Categories: Glenn News,Glenn Photos Sanford Lake Dam owner Lee Mueller, right, explains the history and operation of the facility to Rep. Gary Glenn, R-Midland, vice chair of the state House Energy Policy Committee. 30Mar Rep. Glenn tours hydro facility in Sanford
Categories: LaSata News,News,Pagel News ###The legislation: House Bills 4335-6. 05Oct LaSata, Pagel bills closing tax loophole for out-of-state homeowners signed into law A new law – sponsored by state Reps. Kim LaSata and Dave Pagel — will prevent out-of-state residents from improperly claiming property tax exemptions when they buy second homes in Michigan.The bills signed into law today by Gov. Rick Snyder address a key issue affecting school funding in the southwest part of the state near Lake Michigan, including the regions represented by LaSata of Bainbridge Township and Pagel of Berrien Springs.“This change in state law will close a costly tax loophole that was potentially costing our local school districts millions of dollars,” LaSata said. “I am proud to sponsor this legislation that will aid school funding in southwest Michigan, and likely other areas of the state as well.”Pagel agreed.“We are fixing a problem that existed for far too long in Michigan,” Pagel said. “This new law prevents an improper practice that was taking money away from our schools for years.”The legislation was introduced because some property owners intentionally declare a homestead property tax exemption on their second home in Michigan, while at the same time claiming a similar exemption on their primary residence in another state. The new Michigan law will crack down on that practice and make sure the 18-mill non-homestead levy is collected on a second home.That money is allocated to local K-12 schools, meaning that when people exploited this loophole, schools lost potential tax revenue.The new law makes it clear that if a property owner has claimed a principal residence exemption in Michigan while claiming a similar exemption in another state, the Michigan exemption would be rescinded. A claim for a Michigan homestead tax exemption could be denied and enforced retroactively if it is discovered the property owner had claimed a similar exemption in another state.Intentional violators could face a misdemeanor criminal charge.The measure is the first public act – a bill signed into law – for LaSata, who is in her first term in the Michigan House.Pagel is in his third term in the Michigan House.
Categories: Griffin News,News 09Jul COLUMN: Adding skills to our classrooms will build Michigan’s future By State Rep. Beth GriffinAs a teacher, I’m aware of the unique day-to-day challenges we face in our classrooms.Regardless of subject, our instructors have to focus on specific content while also seeking to cover as much subject matter as possible to help students grow and prepare for their next educational step. Current curriculum standards are inflexible, emphasizing reporting and test scores over student growth. It also practically ignores skilled trades, reinforcing the outdated idea that it’s a four-year college degree or bust.That’s why I supported a four-bill bipartisan plan, recently signed into law, to expand age-appropriate skilled trade-oriented instruction in K-12 classrooms while continuing to open pathways to career and technical education.Today’s children need to know about the professions and the tradespeople who are already doing the work that is rebuilding and redefining Michigan as a destination state. Not all students have the same interests, so we must give them more options to explore well-paying careers, help schools enhance their program offerings, and address increasing demand in skilled trade professions.We’re not placing another mandate on our teachers or local schools. It’s an opportunity to diversify education without adding courses.By incorporating career-learning themes at each grade level through core instruction, we will increase awareness of career opportunities while helping students decide on their future after high school.By allowing our current teachers to get professional development credit for working with area job providers, we are adding opportunities for more localized and hands-on applications for classroom work.And by expanding the scope for skilled trade instructors, we’ll get more licensed and experienced professionals in our classrooms to help give our children more educational options.These new laws will benefit Michigan today and in the future, giving our teachers added tools for instruction. Most importantly, we’re giving students more opportunities beyond the classroom.Beth Griffin is the state representative for the 66th District, which includes all of Van Buren County, and Alamo Township, Cooper Township and the city of Parchment in Kalamazoo County.#####
ShareTweetShareEmail0 Shares September 23, 2014; KUSI-TVMalin Burnham, a prominent San Diego philanthropist who believes deeply in engaged communities, has launched a bid to buy U-T San Diego (formerly known as the San Diego Union-Tribune) and turn it into a large nonprofit news site. Burnham is currently applying for nonprofit status and apparently expects that to be granted in between 30 and 90 days. Some news organizations have waited far longer than that but we imagine Mr. Burnham has the contacts to grease the wheels a bit.This would not be the first nonprofit connection for U-T San Diego, according to the San Diego Reader/ 09.23.2014. Current publisher Douglas Manchester launched a “collaborative project of editorials and independent commentaries” created “in partnership” with the Franklin Center, a Virginia nonprofit tied to Charles and David Koch, saying that the paper “boldly hoped [it] will help change the direction of California before the Golden State becomes a failed state.” At that time, the San Diego Reader asked, “What exactly is the Franklin Center and precisely what role is it playing in the U-T crusade? Depending on who’s doing the talking, Franklin is either a faithful watchdog of big government or a right-wing plot to destroy legitimate journalism.”But a report posted online by the Columbia Journalism Review revealed that in 2011, “fully 95 percent of the Franklin Center’s revenues came from a charity called Donors Trust, whose top contributors were the Koch brothers.” The Franklin Center’s Vice President of Journalism, Steven Greenhut, wrote in response to questions about the influence of their donors that “Yes, Franklin Center is funded by donors and, no, we do not publish their names to respect their privacy.”A big portion of the field of nonprofit journalism disapproves of taking money from anonymous donors specifically because of the problem of potential undercover tainting; in fact, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, one of the nation’s most active funders of new journalism, requires journalism and media grantees to disclose the identity of any donor making a contribution of $5,000 or more. If Burnham does buy U-T San Diego, at least it will be clear who is bankrolling the endeavor.According to a recent interview, Burnham does intend to try to make money at publishing, but his intent would be to reinvest those proceeds as grants to nonprofits. (He is, by the way, heavily involved with the San Diego Foundation along with many other prominent local nonprofits.) He is Republican and politically involved, but says that he would hope to develop an editorial stance that was nonpartisan.Manchester has been quoted as saying that the deal is not done and chickens should not be counted. We will be interested to see whether the IRS will come through on the expected timeline and if Burnham will turn this into a venture that makes a surplus that can be invested in grants.—Ruth McCambridge ShareTweetShareEmail0 Shares
Share79Tweet37Share1Email117 Shares“Puerto Rico” by Lee CannonSeptember 12, 2017; The InterceptWhile plans to privatize Puerto Rico’s energy sector have been in the works for years, Hurricane Irma has created the context for that to come closer to reality. Symbolically, the power struggle surrounding the power industry in Puerto Rico highlights the asymmetrical power relationship between the island and the U.S.NPQ reminded readers of the need to beware of what Naomi Klein named in her book The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism (also noted in last month’s article by Martin Levine about equity considerations in the rebuilding of Houston after Hurricane Harvey); namely, that capitalism harnesses crises, or shocks, to implement radical policies. Sadly, this is already underway in Puerto Rico.A recent article by Kate Aronoff, Angel Manuel Soto, and Averie Timm for The Intercept begins, “Vultures circling the wreckage of Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricane Irma are closing in on a long-sought prize: the privatization of the island’s electric utility.” (I should say by way of disclosure that my family originates in Puerto Rico and my father retired last year from the energy company discussed in this article.)The long story of how Puerto Rico got to this moment probably begins with colonialism—the frame for many Puerto Ricans on the island for what is currently happening—but we will not begin there. Aronoff, Soto, and Timm give us a more convenient starting point:Lisa Donahue, a consultant enlisted by Prepa [Puerto Rico’s public, and sole, energy provider] to restructure the agency’s debt, floated the idea before Congress last year, and governors of Puerto Rico have discussed privatization as far back as 2012. At the end of July, four of the seven oversight board members penned a Wall Street Journal op-ed, titled “Privatize Puerto Rico’s Power,” published just after the body had rejected a restructuring proposal from Prepa.The authors assert that only privatization will allow Puerto Rico to lower costs and provide better service. It will do this by modernizing power production, “depoliticizing management” (is that an oxymoron?), reforming pensions (reducing people’s retirement payouts), and renegotiating labor and other contracts “to operate more efficiently” (reducing wages).This is made possible by Puerto Rico’s political status vis-à-vis the U.S.—which is formally called a territory by outsiders and a colony by Puerto Ricans—and, more specifically, actual laws.Act 76, passed by Puerto Rico’s legislature in 2000, allows governmental bodies to bypass certain permitting processes during a state of emergency. It also allows the governor to “amend, revoke regulations and orders, and rescind or resolve agreements, contracts, or any part of them” so long as the state of emergency is in effect.PROMESA, the austerity measure passed by Congress last July, grants Prepa’s board authority to privatize. Its powers include “the ability to break union contracts, cut pensions, and take control of public assets.” Currently, there are plans to close 75 percent of the island’s public agencies, lower the minimum wage, and privatize many public corporations.Title V of PROMESA essentially extends the expedited, emergency-permitting process established under Act 76 to any of the “critical projects” outlined within it, which are required both to address an emergency and to have immediate access to private capital. Any agency that receives a critical projects proposal is required by law to put it through an expedited permitting process.Puerto Ricans resoundingly reject PROMESA and the federally-appointed Financial Oversight and Management Board as the latest version of colonial power that is at the core of Puerto Rico’s relationship with the U.S., which has severely limited Puerto Rico’s autonomy and democratic structures. To wit: “The Puerto Rican governor is technically a member of the board but cannot vote on any of its final decisions.”Deepak Lamba-Nieves, the Research Director for the Center for a New Economy (CNE), a Puerto Rico-based think tank, said, “Title V is a blueprint to transform a public utility…When you have a body like the board, that is only accountable to Congress, companies and individuals that want to invest in Puerto Rico aren’t going to lobby the government of Puerto Rico.”Gov. Ricardo A. Rosselló, Puerto Rico’s top political leader, requested the White House to declare a state of emergency following the storm, which it did. Rosselló, who is considered “friendly to the creditors,” ousted the three consumer advocate members on Prepa’s board, who were opposed to privatization. Further, according to a representative from the Electrical Industry and Irrigation Workers Union (UTIER), during the storm, Prepa’s leadership did not send out 170 available workers to reconnect lines. They accused Prepa of “delaying restoration to build support for a corporate selloff.” Finally, the executive director of the federal control board (the Financial Oversight and Management Board) is Bill Cooper, who has strong ties to the energy sector. Cooper was an advisor to Rep. Rob Bishop (R-UT) who oversees the House committee with jurisdiction over Puerto Rico and is the head of the Center for Liquefied Natural Gas. As one Capitol Hill lobbyist told Caribbean Business upon announcement of Cooper’s appointment, privatization of Puerto Rico’s power sector is “a done deal.”Privatizing utilities is increasingly seen as a solution for struggling governments around the world. “Days before Irma hit, Rosselló emphasized that privatization is firmly on the table, telling the New York Times that Irma ‘can become an opportunity or another liability.’”No one is arguing that Prepa doesn’t need change. Prepa depends on imported oil to supply four-fifths of the island’s power, which is delivered through an old and inefficient system. Prepa’s financial systems seem to also be in a suboptimal state; the company loses 12 percent of its revenue to faulty billing and theft. A recent study commissioned by the government concluded that “Prepa’s system today appears to be running on fumes and in our opinion desperately requires an infusion of capital—monetary, human, and intellectual—to restore a functional utility.”But, CNE argues, “widespread privatization is far from the only way to whip Prepa into shape.” Lambda-Nieves said, “what you need to be thinking about is economic growth, not how…to appease specific bondholders.” Puerto Rico has been in a recession since 2006, and many suspect that privatization will end up driving up rates for customers, which is already part of negotiations with bondholders.However, the real threat to Puerto Rico is not U.S. creditors, but the storms brewing around it. Though U.S. investors seem set on gas, as climate change makes storms like Irma more likely, environmentally sustainable energy production becomes more urgent. In order to help stave off cataclysmic climate change, Puerto Rico must reduce carbon emissions.CNE, in partnership with John Hopkins University, recently produced a report outlining a transition to renewable energy that provides much needed jobs and revenue growth. The Intercept concludes, “For now, Prepa’s fate rests with the courts.” But is this true? Power ultimately lies in people, not systems. What will it take to turn this around for Puerto Rico? What can we in the U.S., including the nonprofit sector and movements, do? These local instances of corporate control are manifestations of a global cooperate takeover that affects us all.—Cyndi SuarezShare79Tweet37Share1Email117 Shares
Share14Tweet11ShareEmail25 SharesMay 7, 2018; Color LinesTens of thousands of Hondurans living in the US face deportation now that Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen M. Nielsen has elected to end their Temporary Protected Status. Their departure will cost the US billions of dollars and leave hundreds of thousands of children in limbo. Civil rights groups, including the ACLU, Boston-based Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice, and the Church World Service are fighting the decision, claiming it is based on racial animus.The Immigration Legal Resource Center says there are 70,281 Hondurans who currently hold TPS status in the US, which was initially granted after Hurricane Mitch struck Honduras in 1998. On January 5, 2020, they will be forced to leave. NPQ reported in November that Haiti’s TPS status had been revoked, which was a blow to US citizens, businesses, and nonprofits. Since then, the severity of the problem has only grown. Honduras joins Haiti, El Salvador, and Nepal among countries whose status DHS has declined to renew, affecting over 300,000 people.“I did everything right: I worked hard, started a company, had two children and made investments here,” Samuel Contreras, a licensed contractor on Long Island, told the New York Times’ Miriam Jordan. “The bank approved a $300,000 mortgage because I have good credit and income. Now I don’t know what will happen.”A paper from Robert Warren and Donald Kerwin in the Journal on Migration and Human Society estimated that TPS recipients from Haiti, Honduras, and El Salvador have 273,000 children who are US citizens. Those children will either be left in the US without their parents or brought to unfamiliar countries with high crime rates and few resources. Though Hurricane Mitch was the catalyst for granting TPS status, the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights documents “chronic and recent human rights concerns,” particularly since the November 2017 elections.The Immigrant Legal Resource Center also estimates that the deportation will cost the US $3.1 billion and result in a $6.9 billion reduction in payments to Social Security and Medicaid.Communities where affected populations live aren’t happy about it either. “This can’t be,” said Cristiane Rosales-Fajardo, founder of NOLA Village in New Orleans. “[Hondurans] rebuilt our houses and the city after Hurricane Katrina. When nobody wanted to come, they were here bringing New Orleans back to life.”TPS has to be renewed every 18 months for all those granted its protection. The lawsuits from ACLU and others claim that DHS’s choice to stop renewing it “should be set aside as unconstitutional and contrary to federal law,” because they say it is based on the administration’s desire to deport people of color. The suit from the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice claimed that “Defendants’ stated reasons for terminating TPS for Salvadorans and Haitians ignore these conditions and are nothing but a thin and pretextual smokescreen for a racially discriminatory immigration agenda—one that the president has been astonishingly blunt about articulating.”The Lawyers’ Committee filed on behalf of eight individual plaintiffs and Centro Presente, a member-driven Latin American organization dedicated to advancing immigrant rights and leadership in Massachusetts. Patricia Montes, a Honduran immigrant who is the executive director of Centro Presente, said to Amy Goodman at Democracy Now!,Honduras, as a country, is not ready to receive people that are being deported from the US…Honduras is one of the most violent countries in the world. And earlier this year, the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean declared that Honduras is the most poor country in Latin America, displacing Haiti. Unfortunately, the U.S. government, under the Obama administration, supported [the 2009] coup d’état. And that coup d’état had—you know, after that coup d’état, we have a lot of systemic violations in the country.Sonia Paz, 55, said, “I have nothing in Honduras. To go back would be the kiss of death.”Faith leaders also oppose the deportations. Over 600 faith leaders connected through the Church World Service sent a letter to DHS asking for another 18-month extension “based on moral and legal principles. As people of faith, we are called to provide hospitality and protect those who are in need of safety,” they said. The Chicago Religious Leadership Network on Latin America (CRLN), in addition to signing the CWS letter, started their own petition to support H.R. 4253, a bill to grant permanent legal status to TPS holders. The Honduran government has also said it will help its citizens seek a way become legal residents of the US.—Erin RubinShare14Tweet11ShareEmail25 Shares
Share16Tweet3ShareEmail19 SharesTakver [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia CommonsFebruary 22, 2019; Forward, St. Louis Post Dispatch, and St. Louis Jewish LightWhen politics becomes personal, strong positions become harder to defend, and it becomes necessary to recognize how complicated the world is. For many Jewish nonprofits, managing the divide between those who strongly support and those who strongly oppose Israel’s current policies has gotten a lot harder. Now that it’s become so personal, has it produced a wider dialogue?The political debate over American and Israeli policy toward a solution to the conflict over a Palestinian state has gotten louder. Now, even members of Congress have been heard to call for the use of Boycotts, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) as pressure tactics. But, as critics of current Israeli policy grow more vocal and more successful in getting their message onto the American agenda, many nonprofit organizations have increased their advocacy efforts in support of current Israeli policy and have tried to demonize and ostracize BDS and its supporters. Organizations that have taken positions opposing the status quo in the Middle East, like Jewish Voice for Peace and IfNotNow, have been isolated and kept outside the network of Jewish nonprofit organizations. This ostracizing reflects a desire to keep the heated debate going on in general society outside their walls.Some have decided, as NPQ reported in January, that just controlling the internal conversation wasn’t enough; they have called for pro-Israel advocates to “out” Israel’s critics and “frame them…as anti-peace, anti-Semitic, or dishonest purveyors of double standards.” This strategy was central to the development of Canary Mission, a nonprofit which in 2015 created a web-based effort to “document people and groups that promote hatred of the USA, Israel, and Jews on North American college campuses’ and publish a list of students, professors, and organizations it believes are spreading anti-Israel and anti-Semitic ideologies.”Now, the canary has bit the community they claim to serve. A young woman who, along with her family, is an active member of the St. Louis Jewish community learned that her political opinions had left her marked by Canary Mission as one to be shunned. As reported by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, she found “her photo and personal information among dossiers on student activists, professors and organizations that support Palestinian rights. The site claims to have sent names of listed students to prospective employers. The blacklist is designed to intimidate students and faculty members and prevent them from criticizing American policies about Israel.”For the Jewish Community Relations Council of St. Louis (JCRC), which does not presently include any organization that forcefully challenges Israel’s ongoing occupation among its membership or sponsors the kind of protests this young woman had been a part of, this crossed a line. In a response, JCRC stated, “While we advocate strongly for a safe, secure and democratic state of Israel, we unequivocally reject anyone who seeks to shut down discussion and disagreement about the Jewish state through intimidation tactics.”Going further in comments reported by the St. Louis Jewish Light, the Council’s executive director, Maharat Rori Picker Neiss, explained the organization’s decision to respond:This is a member of our St. Louis Jewish community. We have been hearing from people in the community who feel that all voices on Israel are not equally welcome, and we know that if this were a situation of someone being in any way antagonized or called out because they have openly expressed pro-Israel views, our community would rally to support that person.[…]This isn’t about whether or not we agree with a person’s opinions but about people’s rights to express those opinions and know that our community is stronger because of the diversity of opinions.NPQ has worried about the continued use of Canary Mission–like tactics to intimidate and to stifle opinions. The larger question is whether this young woman and others like her will be included in the community’s dialogue about a difficult issue. Will she, and those who agree with her about Palestinian civil and legal rights, be welcomed into the conversation, or allowed to be present when the nonprofits that represent them debate their advocacy agenda? In these divisive times, issues of inclusivity and who is “in the room” are not problems for just Jewish nonprofits. Women’s reproductive rights, voting rights, income redistribution, and addressing the implications of white entitlement are just some of the matters that inflame the passions. Organizations that claim to serve and represent broad communities, and whose work touches on these things, must deal with whether and how they will encourage or deny heated debate. As in St. Louis, it’s hard not to see the need to open the doors and deal with the challenge of the personal.—Martin LevineShare16Tweet3ShareEmail19 Shares
Portuguese IPTV provider Optimus Clix has added 3D on-demand movies to its offering, available to all customers equippe with a 3D-ready TV.Titles on offer from Optimus Clix, the service operated by Sonaecom, in 3D include Immortals, The Three Musketeers, Conan, Spy Kids 4 and Step Up.Optimus Clix recently extended the rental period of its on-demand movies from 24 to 48 hours.
Digital TV CEE: Pay TV and internet advertising is growing even though the CEE ad market is experiencing tough times, according to Marcin Boroszko, CEO of Atmedia, but OTT TV is still at too early a stage to appeal to advertisers, with challenges including lack of audience measurement and a small reach.
Modern Times Group is launching 11 new channels in the Nordic region along with four catch-up channels.The Viasat History, Viasat Explorer, Viasat Nature and Viasat Crime offerings will roll out at the start of November. The Swedish version of Viasat Sport will launch in Sweden and Finland at the same time as will Viasat Sport and Viasat Football in Norway.HD versions of Viasat Hockey, TV6 and Viasat 4 will also roll out.Four Play catch-up channels will launch in the region from October.Available through Viasat DVRs, the National Geographic HD, National Geographic Wild HD, E! and Disney on Demand channels will be available in all four Nordic countries.
Netflix has attracted one million subscribers in the UK and Ireland. The online video streaming service reached the milestone faster than in any other territory in which it has launched.Netflix launched in the UK and Ireland at the start of the year, offering unlimited movie streaming for £5.99 (€7.60) per month. The service is now available on over 800 devices. The company said it reached one million subscribers in the UK and Ireland four times faster than it took Twitter to reach one million users globally.“This membership milestone is evidence that Netflix has rapidly gained popularity in the UK and Ireland,” said Netflix chief executive officer Reed Hastings. “Our British and Irish members clearly enjoy the ability to instantly watch a large variety of TV shows and films streaming from Netflix on their favourite devices whenever they want.”The service initially launched in the US and has expanded into Latin America and Canada. Last week the company said it would roll the platform out in Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland by the end of 2012.Separately, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings has said that he is confident that his company will win some first pay TV window rights to content from the Hollywood studios. News Corp-backed pay TV operator BSKyB currently has outpt deals with all of the studios, giving it access to their features in that window. However, Hastings told the The Sunday Telegraph that Netflix is “prepared to invest heavily to win the rights”. He added: “We will be really aggressive in our bidding. It may be that we win in the first round. It may be that it takes two or three years, but we’re incredibly confident that we will win the bidding for some of Pay 1 [the first window rights].”The newspaper also claims to have seen documents prepared for BSkyB that show the pay TV platform is concerned that it cannot provide content at the same cost as Netflix and that pay TV platforms cannot compete with Netflix on price.