Kewell sees red as County lose again

first_imgNotts County manager Harry Kewell was shown a red card during his side’s embarrassing defeat to Exeter City.The former Liverpool player has endured a terrible start to life in League Two with Notts County after his team was battered 5-1 by Exeter City and he was sent to the stands in his first league game in charge.“We went in at 2-1 and it was game on,” the Kewell told media after the game, according to ftbl.com“I was confident we were going to get something out of the game. But another set-piece and a mistake and we are 3-1 down. That is when the anger kicked in. I questioned the handball and you have to change a few other things because we are chasing the game.”Harry Kewell sacked by Notts County Andrew Smyth – November 14, 2018 English League Two club Notts County have fired Harry Kewell after just 14 matches in chargeThe former Liverpool star was announced as Kevin Nolan’s…“The eagle-eyed referee sees another handball, gives it to them and they miss it so we are still in it. Then there was a cross in the box and it was one of those ‘does it hit his hand, or does it not? The referee says no, we are complaining, they go up the other end and score a goal.”“That was disappointing and that is when I get my marching orders. I said ‘well done’ to the referee; I said you can see one in the far corner but not one straight in front of you.”“First and foremost I do give credit to my players, we have a lot of injuries. I’m frustrated because I knew what Exeter were going to bring. I was confident enough that we were going to get something out of the game – we started lively.”“I’m a winner, we are going to have to try things, and to be vulnerable at the back to get extra men in the box. I’m giving players a crash course in playing in certain positions – but we have to deal with what we are dealt with, we have a lot of players playing in places they aren’t used to.”last_img read more

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School of Entrepreneurship and Technology gives option for students wanting to change

first_imgSchool of Entrepreneurship and Technology gives option for students wanting to change high schools October 23, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Parents may notice that their High School student is not doing well in school by this time in the year and maybe the school is not a good fit.What many parents do not know is that they can change their kids’ school to a charter school at any time in the school year.Principal Neil McCurdy from School of Entrepreneurship and Technology gave some advice on how to make a change for your kid and what are the steps that they need to take.Nya Balelo-Wheaton,16, also shared her experience of switching schools.For more information on switching to SET High follow the link. Posted: October 23, 2018 KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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With HIV cases on the rise Alaskans consider new tool for prevention

first_imgTwenty-four people in Alaska have been diagnosed with HIV since January. Normally, that’s the total number of new diagnoses for an entire year, not just six months. Now Alaskans have a new way to help prevent HIV infections. The Center for Disease Control recently released new guidelines for a daily pill that can prevent new infections, though it’s not seen as a cure-all.PreP in AKPre-exposure prophylaxis is commonly called PreP. It’s a drug that’s also used to treat HIV and prevent it from developing into AIDS. PreP is aimed at people who do risky things, like have multiple, anonymous sexual partners or share needles. Studies show that if a person takes it consistently–every day–it’s 92% effective.“Taking a pill everyday if you’re practicing these high risk behaviors isn’t easy,” said Susan Jones with the state’s Section of Epidemiology. “Having HIV infection and coping with that is harder.”Jones said using PreP is also a good choice for HIV negative individuals who are in relationships with people who are HIV positive.The drug, called Truvada, has been available since 2012 but guidelines for using it as a preventative tool were only released by the CDC in May. Jones says now people in Alaska need to learn about it.“The task of identifying those people at high risk really falls on the health care providers. And they’re not always used to asking those tough questions about sexual behavior.”Part of that may be because sexual behavior is changing. One third of the people who tested positive for HIV this year were men who met their partners through phone apps or online. But Davy Norris from the Alaskan AIDS Assistance Association said the new technology isn’t the problem.“It’s not really the technology that’s the issue, it’s the way people are using that tool. Young men are having multiple anonymous sexual partners and not using condoms and just kind of doing it very unsafely.”Norris said people don’t need to stop using the apps, they just need to be responsible when they find a partner that way. And he emphasizes that using PreP isn’t an excuse to stop using condoms. “We want people to have a comprehensive understanding of HIV prevention and to try multiple things because that’s the most effective way.”He also notes that only half of the new infections are in men who have sex with men. “So it’s certainly not fair to say it’s just a gay issue.”Anyone can be infected by HIV, especially if they participate in risky behaviors. But Jones says PreP could be an effective tool in stopping the spread of the disease. “Maybe there’s 23 more people out there that we can prevent from getting an infection at the end of this year.”Truvada is widely available. However, without insurance, it costs about $1,000 per month. Studies show that side effects are minimal.last_img read more

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FDA weighs new restrictions on liquid nicotine products

first_imgFILE – This Aug. 14, 2014 file photo shows the warning label on a child resistant bottle of liquid nicotine at Salt Lake Vapors, in Salt Lake City. The Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday, June 30, 2015 said it is considering new warnings and child-resistant packaging on liquid nicotine packets used with e-cigarettes and other next-generation tobacco products. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File) E-cigarettes are battery-powered devices that heat liquid nicotine to produce an odorless vapor inhaled by users. Many brands also feature flavors, such as mint, cherry or coffee. Manufacturers have sometimes touted the products as a less dangerous alternative to smoking because they don’t contain the cancer-causing ingredients found in many traditional cigarettes.But public health officials have been highly skeptical of such claims, pointing out there are no definitive studies on their health effects.Scientists from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say that nicotine is harmful to the developing brain. And e-cigarettes could be a new way of introducing kids to nicotine, they warn.The number of high school students who have tried e-cigarettes tripled last year — to more than 13 percent — while traditional teen smoking hit a new low, according to recent figures from the CDC.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Liquid nicotine is primarily used to refill e-cigarettes, a fast-growing market encompassing hundreds of products and an estimated $2.1 billion in sales. But the agency also has concerns about other novel tobacco products hitting the market, including dissolvable nicotine strips, lotions, gels and beverages.The agency will seek public comment on a number of questions surrounding the proposed warnings and safe guards, according to a government memo due to be published Wednesday.Under a 2009 law, the FDA gained authority to regulate some aspects of cigarettes and other traditional tobacco products. Among other things, the agency can restrict advertising to youth, require warning labels and evaluate new tobacco products for their health risks.But since e-cigarettes and other liquid-nicotine products do not actually contain tobacco, they are not covered by the original law.A year ago, the FDA released a proposal bringing e-cigarettes and other newer products under its authority. The agency was slated to finalize that regulation this month, but an FDA spokesman said Tuesday that the agency “hopes to finalize the rule this summer.”Anti-tobacco activists applauded the FDA proposal, but also said the FDA must complete its regulations for new products. “We’re pleased that the FDA is taking this step, but this is not a replacement for quickly issuing a final, strong deeming rule that regulates all tobacco products and addresses flavors and marketing,” said Susan Liss, executive director for the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, in a printed statement.An industry group pointed out that most liquid nicotine companies already use child-resistant packaging on their bottles and cartridges. And the group took issue with the FDA’s proposal for new warning labels.“Poorly designed warning labels have the capacity to mislead adult smokers on the relative risks of vaping versus tobacco smoking,” said Gregory Conley, president of the American Vaping Association, which represents e-cigarette and liquid nicotine manufacturers. “Any proposed warning must be thoroughly tested to ensure that it only imparts factual information.”The FDA will take comments from the public for 60 days on more than two dozen questions, including:— what language to use on any nicotine exposure warnings— whether to use graphic warnings about nicotine exposure— whether child-resistant packaging should be required for products besides liquid nicotine Sponsored Stories Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Top Stories Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Mesa family survives lightning strike to home The difference between men and women when it comes to pain WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal health officials are considering whether to require new warnings and child-resistant packaging on liquid nicotine formulas used with e-cigarettes and other emerging tobacco products.The Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday it is responding to an uptick in nicotine poisonings reported by emergency rooms and poison centers nationwide, many involving infants and children. The agency said in an online posting it is considering whether “it would be appropriate for the protection of the public health to warn the public about the dangers or nicotine exposure” and “require that some tobacco products be sold in child-resistant packaging.” Men’s health affects baby’s health too 0 Comments   Share   last_img read more

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Qualia Announces ezJacket Integration

first_img ezJacket Old Republic Title qualia 2017-03-08 Staff Writer Title settlement provider Qualia announced on March 2 that is has completed integrations with Old Republic Title’s ezJacket and Closing Protection Letter software applications. Title agents can now generate policy jackets, policy reports, and CPLs directly within the Qualia system.“Settlement software should improve the title agent’s ability to work with key business partners, which is why Qualia is committed to delivering superior integrations with leading title vendors,” said Nate Baker, CEO of Qualia. “Through our integration with Old Republic Title, we have streamlined the title process for our mutual agents by centralizing all title work into a single system.”Qualia provides all-in-one solutions for more efficient and seamless closings. Tampa, Florida-based Old Republic Title is comprised of multiple title and related service company. Qualia Announces ezJacket Integration Sharecenter_img March 8, 2017 658 Views in News, Technologylast_img read more

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Cities With the Most Longtime Homeowners

first_imgCities With the Most Long-time Homeowners June 30, 2018 608 Views homeowners Homeownership homes HOUSING metros Residents Trulia 2018-06-30 Alison Rich Jaunt through just about any established enclave, and you’ll likely encounter at least a handful of houses inhabited by long-time homeowners. That said, there are certain areas in which more long-timers tend to congregate, and Trulia set out to locate them.To find these decades-dwelling homeowners, the company analyzed and mapped the median move-in date for residents spanning the nation at the ZIP code level in the largest 100 metros. Unsurprisingly, many places with a multitude of long-timers exhibited a higher-than-average homeownership rate. And that makes sense, as renters typically pick up and move more often. Echoing that trend, most of the locales with homeowners who’ve stuck in the same spot are far from urban cores, Trulia says.Some of the findings: The median move-in year in more rural zones is 2004, the oldest in the sample, the company says. By contrast, it’s 2006 in suburban areas and 2007 in urban ones.As for the “oldest” 10 percent of ZIP codes by metro area, rural ZIPs are overrepresented by 54.7 percent, Trulia reports. Suburban and urban ZIP codes, however, are 35.4 percent and 70.3 percent underrepresented, respectively.  Numerous metros boasting the biggest concentrations of “long-tenured-resident ZIP codes” have charted sluggish population growth over the past 3.5 decades, with some even losing residents altogether, it found.Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, one of just seven large metros, that has lost population since 1980, contains several of the oldest U.S. ZIP codes. A fair distance from downtown and near the West Bend area, the median move-in year for people in ZIP 15433 was 1984. And get this: 41.4 percent have nested there since 1979 or before.Generally speaking, though, folks living in Midwest, East, and Northeast metros have stuck at the same address longer than those hailing from metros in the Southeast, Southwest, and West, Trulia reports. All but one of the metros recording the highest proportion of people who’ve called their current residence home since 1979 or before are in the Midwest and Northeast. Honolulu, Hawaii, is the lone Western metro to land in the top 10, while Pittsburgh leads the pack, with 16.9 percent of people in the metro area living in homes they’ve been in since 1979 or earlier. Rounding out the bottom of the list: Las Vegas, where just 1.5 percent of the population has lived in the same home since 1979 or earlier, Cape Coral and West Palm Beach, Florida; and Phoenix, Arizona.center_img in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News Sharelast_img read more

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Pears in Charts Recent pricing pushed below previ

first_img Pears in Charts: Recent pricing pushed below previ … You might also be interested in Bananas in Charts: U.S. market supplies hit five-y … In this ‘in charts’ series of articles, Colin Fain of data visualization tool Agronometrics illustrates how the U.S. market is evolving. In each series, he will look at a different fruit commodity, focusing on a different origin or topic in each installment to see what factors are driving change.Let me begin by saying that mangoes are amazing! I am a huge fan of this fruit, which very often frequents my breakfast, so I’m pretty excited about this article. With the great prices the industry has been seeing, it’s hard not to write about them.In a maturing industry, June this year in particular came as a surprise to me, reporting the highest shipping prices we have on record for that month.US Mango Shipping Point Prices, 1 Layer Flats, by Month, Comparing the Last Four Years(Source: USDA Market News via Agronometrics)Until 2015, where we saw the highest average yearly and monthly price, there seemed to be no roof on where mangoes could go. Over the last two years, impressive growth by Mexico, Ecuador and Peru – the three largest suppliers – has been filling in some of the gaps in supply and helping to stabilize prices. Ecuador and Peru are particularly notable, coming in right where prices have historically been the highest.Mango Shipping Point Prices, 1 Layer Flats, in USD(Source: USDA Market News via Agronometrics)In 2017 the industry moved 46% more volume than in 2010, an impressive level of growth that made good headway in bringing to the U.S. a fruit that has long been one of the most popular in the world. That last fact might surprise people, but keep in mind that mangoes are originally from India, and massively popular in tropical countries where they grow.Mango Movements in Lbs(Source: USDA Market News via Agronometrics)Our friends at the U.S. National Mango Board are predicting that Mexican volumes could come in at 15% lower year-on-year from July through October, which could very well mean that prices for the industry will continue to run high for the months to come.Mango Volumes in 8.8Lb Boxes(Source: USDA Market News via Agronometrics)In our ‘in charts’ series, we work to tell some of the stories that are moving the industry. Feel free to take a look a some of the other articles listed below. Avocados:Avocados in Charts: Dynamic growth and opportunities in the U.S. marketAvocados in Charts: California at the heart of the US marketAvocados in Charts: Peru – An opening window of opportunityBlueberries:Blueberries in Charts: Finding opportunities in the gapsStrawberries:Strawberries in Charts: The king of berries sees its biggest month everBlackberries:Blackberries in Charts: Strategic growth leads to more stable pricingBlackberries in Charts: Planesa on Guatemala’s Volcanic eruption and upcoming seasonAgronometrics is a data visualization tool built to help the industry make sense of the huge amounts of data that you depend on. We strive to help farmers, shippers, buyers, sellers, movers and shakers get an objective point of view on the markets to help them make informed strategic decisions. If you found the information and the charts from this article useful, feel free to visit us at www.agronometrics.com where you can easily recreate these same graphs, or explore the other 20 fruits we currently track, creating your own reports automatically updated with the latest data daily.center_img July 17 , 2018 Avocados In Charts: Why falling prices could settl … Apples in Charts: Honeycrisp, the queen of the U.S …last_img read more

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New York New York – Reported by Erin Riley for El

first_imgNew York, New York – Reported by Erin Riley for Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineFor a midsummer breather that diverges from the customary itinerary, head over to midtown Manhattan’s Bar 21 to enjoy a laughter-filled night of interactive bar events that will have guests learning how to prepare the bar’s signature bites and cocktails. Executive Chef John Greeley will reveal his secrets to making the perfect quick-eats and their most complementary wine and cocktail pairings.From demonstrations of his famous Mayan-style guacamole to lessons on making apple cider and BBQ sauce to accompany his celebrated pulled pork sandwiches, chef Greeley will create unforgettable nights in a city that offers nothing less. Guests will also be encouraged to sample cocktails and new items on the menu to their hearts content.These events will take place every Wednesday of August from 6 to 8 pm at absolutely no cost, encouraging guests to enjoy the carefree moments that attend balmy summer nights. For the month of August, the main restaurant at 21 Club will be closed with a modified lounge menu, while club private dining rooms will remain available for dinner. To celebrate the season, Bar 21 has modified its normally upscale dress code to a cool summer chic, as well as opening for reduced summer hours. This iconic Orient-Express hotspot offers one-of-a-kind American cuisine, an award-winning wine list and first-class service in a setting that is stylish yet fun.www.21club.comlast_img read more

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Cold water for Rep Cole

first_img05Mar Cold water for Rep. Cole Tags: #SB Categories: Cole News,Newscenter_img Lawmaker participates in Polar PlungeState Rep. Triston Cole, R-Mancelona, joined fellow Republican lawmakers today by participating in the Polar Plunge on the Capitol lawn, which raises awareness for Michigan Special Olympics. Rep. Cole jumped into the frigid pool of water doing a cannonball decked out in summer attire, which included a tee shirt and athletic shorts. The official temperature prior to Rep. Cole’s jump at 3 p.m. read just shy of 15 degrees Fahrenheit.#####last_img read more

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Rep Noble Budget prioritizes fixing roads and bridges

first_img20Jun Rep. Noble: Budget prioritizes fixing roads and bridges State Rep. Jeff Noble today joined his House colleagues in voting for a state budget that emphasizes funding to fix and maintain the state’s transportation system.Noble, of Plymouth, said the spending blueprint spends a record amount on roads, bridges and underground water systems that have been crumbling from a decade of underfunding during the early 2000s.“Virtually zero state dollars were spent to upkeep the transportation system during the Lost Decade, and we are prioritizing road funding to make our roads safe for families and commerce,” Noble said. “We are emphasizing repair funds through the Department of Transportation and increasing state money to local governments so they can finance more road projects in their cities, counties and townships.”Other key factors of the budget include:The 2017-18 budget spends less on the state budget next year than was spent during the current year.Overall growth in spending does not exceed the rate of inflation. Just like families across Michigan, the Legislature is tightening the state’s belt by cutting inefficient programs and eliminating waste in state government.The budget helps make life better in communities across Michigan by adding money for road repairs, public safety departments, parks and other programs to improve our daily lives.The plan pays down millions of dollars in debt, helping relieve state liability and opening the door for a more secure financial future.We have consistently increased funding for public safety in recent years, and communities will be even safer with 150 more Michigan State Police troopers funded in this budget.##### Categories: News,Noble Newslast_img read more

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Rep Coles plan expanding youth access to hunting heads to the governors

first_img Categories: Cole News,News A proposal led by state Rep. Triston Cole to expand hunting opportunities for Michigan’s youth was sent to the governor’s desk today for his signature.“This plan enhances the Mentored Youth Hunt program’s effort to give more Michigan kids the opportunity to learn a rewarding skill by allowing them to hunt on public land,” Cole, of Mancelona, said. “Many kids don’t have access to private land for hunting, and so expanding the mentored youth hunt to include public land will allow more parents and grandparents to pass their love of the outdoors to the next generation. I am pleased to see this proposal take another big step toward becoming law.”Michigan’s mentored youth hunting program, established in 2011, allows children younger than 10 to hunt alongside experienced parents and guardians on private land. Cole’s plan, laid out in House Bill 5711, would allow kids to participate on state-owned land as well.Cole, an avid hunter and conservationist, said more than 4.5 million acres of public land would be open to Michigan families for hunting.“Hunting is an important part of our Michigan heritage, and I am committed to any program that will encourage kids’ enthusiasm for Michigan’s priceless natural resources,” Cole said. 12Dec Rep. Cole’s plan expanding youth access to hunting heads to the governor’s desklast_img read more

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10 States Enforce Lifetime Food Stamp Bans for DrugRelated Felonies

first_imgShare78TweetShareEmail78 Shares April 8, 2014; St. Louis Post-DispatchAmong the most punitive components of welfare reform from the 1990s was the lifetime ban on food stamps for people who had been convicted of a drug-related felony. That’s right, a lifetime ban. It’s easy to forget how many elements of the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 were punitive or enabled states to be punitive toward TANF recipients, including individual and family caps on assistance, incentives for even more restrictive state benefits, and more.Gradually, many states have done away with the food stamp ban for drug felons, but ten states still maintain this policy, including Missouri. Writing for the Post-Dispatch, Marie French tells the heart-rending story of Christine MacDonald: blind, out of work, with a newborn son, and waiting for food at food pantries because, due to a drug conviction, she was not allowed to receive food stamps. “You couple finding a job with a criminal record, with having no eyeballs, you’re going to face some societal barriers,” McDonald said to French. “If I would’ve killed someone I could’ve gotten food stamps.”Now, the Missouri state senate has approved a bill to loosen the restriction, and there are indications that the legislation has bipartisan support in the Missouri house. McDonald has been testifying on this issue since 2008, noting that most people weren’t even aware of the lifetime ban. The Missouri bill would allow people with drug convictions to become eligible one year after their conviction or after their release from prison. Three drug-related convictions, however, ends you up with a lifetime food stamp ban. The bill passed with Republican support, particularly after Senator David Sater added the three-strikes amendment. French reports that four Republican state senators voted against it, including Will Kraus, who voted no because of his contention that the food stamp program has a significant level of waste and fraud already.Some Democrats acknowledge what McDonald knows, that providing food support helps stabilize individuals and families and reduces the likelihood of relapse. “If we take care, nurture the person, we keep the disease of addiction at bay,” McDonald added. “If you can’t feed yourself or your family, out of frustration you’re going to go back to the drugs, back to whatever criminal acts get the money for the drugs.”McDonald herself is a case study that a drug conviction need not be a life sentence. Out of jail since 2004, blind since 2006, McDonald now runs a nonprofit called Christine’s Vision, through which she advocates for the homeless, recovering addicts, ex-offenders, and persons with disabilities.Among the states that maintain this ban are Georgia, Texas, West Virginia, and Delaware. Rather than waiting for a state-by-state removal of this antediluvian policy, Congress could take action and prohibit food stamp bans for people convicted of drug felonies. But it hasn’t acted. Think about our national policy regarding the treatment of people convicted of drug offenses. They may be sent to prison and serve what could be long sentences. But on their release and supposed rehabilitation, the nation says to them, as Celia Cole, CEO of the Texas Food Bank Network, put it, “‘You made a mistake. You paid your debt to society. We’re letting you re-enter society, but you can’t eat?’…It doesn’t make sense.”—Rick CohenShare78TweetShareEmail78 Shareslast_img read more

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Floridas Proposed Budget Excludes Investigation of Record Numbers of Inmate Deaths

first_imgShareTweetShareEmail0 Shares January 28, 2015;Miami HeraldWhile injecting $51.2 million into Florida’s state prison system, the resources allocated in the new proposed budget from Governor Rick Scott don’t adequately address the multitude of problems noted by prison reform advocates, such as the inmate death toll, which broke a decade-long record last year.Since the state entered 2015 with a significant surplus, Gov. Rick Scott’s overall $77 billion state budget proposal has room to call for deep cuts to taxes and increased spending on schools. It also dedicates a chunk to the prison system to fill 300 prison staff vacancies, improve access to prison healthcare, and update the surveillance software in prison facilities. However, the proposal leaves 654 vacancies unfilled and none of the funding is earmarked for salary increases for Florida corrections officers, who have not received raises in nearly six years.While prisons are understaffed and underfunded, the use of force in prisons has nearly doubled over the past five years, illustrating a major gap in the functioning capacity of state prisons. The little attention paid to the 346 suspicious inmate deaths from last year is another among the governor’s notable omissions. It’s particularly significant when one considers the several high profile and controversial federal probes that were initiated into inmate deaths as well as the allegations of abuse and misconduct levied against 32 prison guards last year.Despite these concerning patterns of misconduct within the state prisons, Scott’s budget proposal for the time being also excludes the $64 million for hiring investigators that was requested by the state’s former Department of Law Enforcement Commissioner Gerald Bailey, who was abruptly fired at the end of last year. Bailey’s proposal asked for 66 new investigators, analysts, and supervisors to aid the state Department of Corrections in probing the inmate deaths. While the final decision on Bailey’s proposal is still being considered, investigations into these inmate deaths have been put on hold.“The governor’s proposed budget doesn’t acknowledge the accounts of medieval brutality in our state prisons,” said Howard Simon, executive director of the ACLU of Florida. “The most effective way to change the culture and send a message that brutality cannot be tolerated is to hold guards and administrators accountable—but accountability requires investigations and investigations cost money.”While prison reform advocates call for more officers to fill prison vacancies, we must also ensure that the system is working in the first place. Allison DeFoor, chair of the Project on Accountable Justice, a prison reform think tank, says that simply infusing more money into the system is not going to fix these problems.“The thing that has to be funded is structural change; just putting more water in a bucket with holes in it won’t fix the problem,” said DeFoor, a lawyer who has also served as the vice president of Florida’s Republican Party and as sheriff of Monroe County in Southern Florida. The Project proposed just such a restructuring of the DOC in a report from last November by providing a layer of oversight for officials.“Across the country, mechanisms for oversight of correctional institutions are deployed in a variety of way and in different forms and levels of authority, including ombudsmen, state commissions, and fully external bodies with authority to walk into prisons.“In reviewing the models, it appears that (not surprisingly given the uniqueness of states more generally) each state’s needs are very different, and any such newly established body should seek to complement the roles and authority of currently existing (and functioning) entities.”—Shafaq HasanShareTweetShareEmail0 Shareslast_img read more

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An Illustration in New Jersey of Whats Wrong with School Funding

first_imgShare19Tweet6ShareEmail25 SharesFrom the Paterson Public Schools webpage.March 27, 2019; New York Times and the Paterson TimesPaterson, New Jersey’s public schools would be a sterling example for school reformers, if only they didn’t ignore the need to address the difficult issues of equitable funding that plague public education across the country. In 1989, according to the New York Times, Paterson was “one of four poor-performing districts that were taken over by the state…after officials determined that the school systems had fallen into educational bankruptcy with dismally low test scores and poor high school graduation rates.” But now, a lack of sufficient funding in an economically distressed community threatens to wipe away any educational benefits and send the district backwards.Recent outcomes are impressive: “Almost 85 percent of students graduate from high school, up from a 46 percent graduation rate 10 years ago. The positive trajectory comes despite the high number of children from families that are below the poverty level; 97 percent of Paterson’s students qualify for free or subsidized school lunches.” Yet funding remains a devastating problem, as the district seeks to close an almost-$50-million budget deficit for the next school year.Last week, district leaders put forward the final pieces of their budget-balancing plans, calling for cutting 150 teachers, 23 vice principals, teacher aides, and counselors, as well as art and music classes. The budget also calls for larger class sizes and deferred textbook updates. School Board President Oshin Castillo described the pain of the decisions the board must consider to the Paterson Times: “We saw growth. We saw art and music. We saw laptops. We saw the idea of science labs, not built to be fancy, but so that our kids could operate and experiment just like any other school district…This year, a lot of that growth is going away because of the funding.”New Jersey does support public education well, ranking fifth among states in per-pupil spending. Paterson reports that per-pupil spending at the 25,000-student district exceeds $15,000. However, the superintendent of Paterson’s school district, Eileen Shafer, tells the Times that part of the challenge is that much of the funding the district does get from the state is directed to charter schools. This, Shafer contends, means that students in the rest of the city’s schools “get scraps.” Of course, this challenge of resources being shifted to charter schools has also been prominent in California; curbing their growth was a leading demand of teacher strikes earlier this year in both Oakland and Los Angeles.The dilemma that New Jersey and Paterson share is rooted in the national problem of finding a way to equitably fund schools in poor communities and effectively integrate charter schools into the educational mix, issues NPQ has been following:State policymakers are struggling with the politics of creating funding systems that target funds to districts with the greatest challenges. Finding new funding raises the specter of higher taxes… what’s needed are revised formulas that risk asking some districts to take a smaller share of school funding so needier districts can be brought up to par.Economically challenged communities like Paterson can’t increase local taxes to make up for state and federal funding shortfalls without raising rates for the city’s mostly low-income residents to levels that they cannot afford. While Paterson’s school board authorized a 14 percent increase in its property tax rates, that wasn’t enough to fill the budget gap. The board also approved a resolution directing the superintendent to seek more state funds for the district.School districts face a bind. When students leave district schools for charters, they take funding with them, but they often leave costs behind. As Shafer put it, “Our children don’t come in little cases of 24, because if they did, we could eliminate a teacher, maybe we could eliminate a building—and gas, electric, and heat. But that’s not how it works. A couple of children from each school or different grades go to charter schools. So, there’s no savings for us.”It’s the students who remain in the public district who end up paying the price when state and national officials cannot fix these problems. After praising his teachers, Christopher Capellan, 16, told the Times he feared what might happen if the proposed budget is adopted. “For students, it’s not going to be good.”—Martin LevineShare19Tweet6ShareEmail25 Shareslast_img read more

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Interest in connected TV overthetop video and u

first_imgInterest in connected TV, over-the-top video and use of games consoles and tablets as entertainment devices is growing strongly amongst consumers worldwide, according to a study by Bain & Company released at the Forum d’Avignon in France.Bain & Company’s study of 3,000 consumers in the UK, France, the US, China and India found that over 60% of respondents showed a strong level of interest in experiencing a broad range of connected entertainment and cultural content.Some 69% of respondents were interested in viewing video content on connected devices. About 66% of respondents were interested in using connected devices for video games, while 60% were interested in accessing the visual arts and 59% in live entertainment. Interest was strongest in China, where over 80% were interested in viewing video content, followed by India, the US, the UK and France.In India and China, 45% looked to online sources of recommendation for video content, compared to 25% in the UK and US, and 18% in France.last_img read more

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Polish pay TV operator Cyfra Plus has launched an

first_imgPolish pay TV operator Cyfra Plus has launched an EPG app on Android devices.The app lets users view details from all of its pay channels and the free-to-air channels available via the Hot Bird satellite. Users can watch trailers, set up favourite lists, view details of currently airing programmes, set event reminders and search for repeats.Cyfra Plus said the iPhone version of the app had been downloaded 8,000 times since it launched earlier this year.last_img

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UK communications regulator Ofcom is reviewing the

first_imgUK communications regulator Ofcom is reviewing the arrangements for regulating advertising in video-on-demand content.It has previously assigned the UK Advertising Standards Authority to as co-regulator of VOD advertising, but pledged to review this arrangement two years after its introduction and is now seeking comments from interested parties.last_img

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YouTube has updated its Android and iOS mobile app

first_imgYouTube has updated its Android and iOS mobile apps to include new search and playback functionality. Users will now be able to swipe a video to the bottom of the screen so that they can continue to browse for more videos while still watching the clip.Viewers will now also be able to search and browse channels for playlists from the mobile apps in order to watch collections of back-to-back videos.A new preview screen will also make it easier for viewers to line up videos to watch on their big screen. The mobile app’s ‘Cast’ button already allows viewers to send videos from their phone or tablet to a TV via devices like Google TV boxes, PlayStation 3 consoles, or Google’s recently-introduced Chromecast HDMI device.The news comes just days after YouTube-owner, Google, confirmed that it blocked Microsoft’s YouTube app for Windows Phones, claiming that the non-HTML5 app did not offer a “fully-featured YouTube experience” and violated its terms of service.last_img read more

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UK pay TV channel provider UKTV has launched seven

first_imgUK pay TV channel provider UKTV has launched seven-day catch up services on YouView for its free-to-air channels Yesterday and Really.The services, which went live today, allow viewers to access content on both channels through Yesterday and Really branded on demand portals and through YouView’s seven-day scroll back programme guide.Factual channel Yesterday and lifestyle channel Really join UKTV’s popular entertainment channel Dave on the YouView service.Dan Fahy, UKTV’s head of commercial development, said, “UKTV is committed to making its bold and innovative programmes and channel brands available to as many viewers as possible. The launch of seven-day catch up services for Yesterday and Really on YouView is another important milestone for us in ensuring viewers have ‘anytime, anywhere’ access to our content.”last_img read more

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The premium overthetop video market is ontrack

first_imgThe premium over-the-top video market is on-track to grow at a trajectory of 80% over the next three years, according to research commissioned by subscription billing firm Vindicia and video streaming platform provider Ooyala.The research, which was carried out by UK consultancy MTM and focuses on the UK, Dutch and German OTT markets, claims there will be “rapid growth” in this space despite a number of barrier to entry.The UK OTT market is expected to grow from £110-130 million in 2013 to £390 million in 2017. Over the same time period the Dutch market is expected to grow from €15-20 to €190 million, while Germany will increase from €30-35 million to €117 million, according to the research.“The next three years will be a real turning point for the premium OTT market. Broadband penetration levels are rising, connected devices are becoming increasingly accessible and favourable regulations are being introduced, which is paving the way for OTT providers,” said Gene Hoffman, chief executive officer and chairman at Vindicia.“The emergence of leading players, such as Netflix, is also fuelling competition and investment in premium OTT business models, while at the same time driving consumer awareness and adoption.”In Germany, lower broadband penetration was named as a contributing factor to the region’s slower growth rate. Other named “barriers” were exclusivity of access to high-quality content, consumer consciousness and cultural factors.“Exclusivity in particular is a primary battlefield for mass-market services, with content licensing costs inflating as large OTT businesses, including Netflix and Amazon, invest in long-term, exclusive and global studio licensing deals,” said the research.last_img read more

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