Weather Alert Heavy rain and Thunderstorms Across Morocco Wednesday to Thursday

Rabat – The Directorate of National Meteorology (DMN) has reported that heavy rains accompanied by occasional gusts of wind and thunderstorms will hit several regions of Morocco from Wednesday at 6 p.m. to Thursday at 2 p.m.According to a special publication released by the Directorate of National Meteorology, rains of 80 to 100 millimeters are expected in Larache, Chefchaouen, Ouazzane, and Kenitra.The amount of rain may exceed the forecast, however, especially on the reliefs of these provinces, the directorate noted. Rainfall ranging from 50 to 75 millimeters is expected in Taounate, Al Hoceima, Sidi Kacem, Sidi Slimane, Salé, Taza, and Tetouan, while rains of 20 to 40 millimeters will affect Tangier, Fahs-Anjra, Rabat, Skhirate-Temara, Mohammedia, Mediouna, Berchid, Nouaceur, Casablanca, Benslimane, Settat, Khemisset, Khouribga, El Jadida, Sidi Bennour, Safi, and Khenifra.Snowfall is also expected on the reliefs.“The Azores anticyclone is weakening and is approaching the south of Europe, allowing the entry of a small disturbance to the kingdom,” explained the directorate to news outlet Medias 24. read more

Moms becoming one of the most pluggedin consumer cohorts in Canada report

Moms becoming one of the most plugged-in consumer cohorts in Canada: report AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Forget the outdated stereotype of the tech-illiterate soccer mom.Twenty-first-century moms are increasingly becoming one of the most digitally savvy cohorts in Canada, according to a recently released report backed by data from measurement firm comScore and online surveys.The 2013 Canada Social Mom report, published by the parenting website BabyCenter, calls today’s plugged-in moms “the most social consumers you’ll meet.”The report suggests 93 per cent of Canadian moms who use the Internet are logging into social networks every month. Tablet ownership among moms was up nearly 100 per cent in the past year. And mothers were found to be two and a half times more likely to prefer checking their social media feeds on a smartphone rather than using a computer.Researchers have been watching Canadian moms dramatically increase their Internet usage for years now, but preconceptions that they’re not interested in technology remain, said Gagan Sharma, research director for Mom Central Consulting, which has offices in Toronto, Boston and New York.“Despite the fact we see that moms are heavily engaged online, they’re tech savvy, they’re engaged, we still find there is that perception where people don’t understand that moms are actually leading the charge in a lot of ways,” Sharma said.“Moms are the fastest growing smartphone users in Canada and that’s something that a lot of people don’t realize. There’s still that perception definitely that moms aren’t engaged online.”According to the report, younger Canadian moms in particular (defined as ages 18 to 34) were seen to be very digitally engaged, often more so than the general public.When it comes to signing into Facebook, those moms averaged 10.7 hours of usage a month, which was 55 per cent more than the 6.9 hours estimated for the rest of the general public, according to comScore.The young moms were also major users of Tumblr (32 per cent versus 18 per cent of the general public), Instagram (32 per cent versus 19 per cent) and Pinterest (23 per cent versus 14 per cent).To a lesser extent, young moms were also bigger users of YouTube (84 per cent versus 74 per cent) and streaming video services like Netflix (36 per cent versus 23 per cent).Sharma said the business world has already clued into the opportunities in marketing to tech-engaged moms.“They’re doing their research and they know that moms are a really big target and a part of their market,” she said.But are all companies doing a good job of marketing to those moms?“I would speculate the answer to that is no, there are certainly companies that do a better job of that than others and some companies don’t necessarily understand the sort of mom-frame-of-mind and how that impacts her on a day-to-day basis,” said Sharma.“There are some brands that do a good job of catering to moms and some that miss the mark.” by Michael Oliveira, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 24, 2013 9:58 am MDT read more

TSX US markets continue to rally on Feds decision to leave rates

by Linda Nguyen, The Canadian Press Posted Sep 22, 2016 9:23 am MDT Last Updated Sep 22, 2016 at 3:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Stock markets across North America surged for a second straight day Thursday as investors continued to take comfort with signs that the U.S. Federal Reserve is in no hurry to speed up the pace of rate hikes.In Toronto, the S&P/TSX composite index jumped 86.36 points at 14,797.18, as higher oil prices helped boost the energy sector, which led the market’s gains.On Wall Street, the Dow Jones industrial average climbed 98.76 points at 18,392.46, while the broader S&P 500 index added 14.06 points at 2,177.18.The Nasdaq composite hit a record high for a second session, gaining 44.34 points at 5,339.52.On Wednesday following a two-day meeting, the Fed announced that it will continue to stand pat on interest rates until it believes the U.S. economy is strong enough to support an increase.It also hinted that it will likely raise rates this year because the U.S. job market has strengthened and economic activity has picked up even though business investment is soft and inflation remains low.The central bank said risks to its economic outlook are “roughly balanced” — marking the first time it has used that wording since last December, when it most recently raised rates.But what has buoyed investors is that the Fed also gave the impression that it does not intend to expedite the pace of hikes once they do begin.“(They’re) signalling the amount of rate hikes in the future through 2017 and 2018 will likely be reduced as they continue to wait and see the impact of their policy on economic development,” said Kathryn Del Greco, an investment adviser with TD Wealth.“That just calmed the initial nerves in the marketplace trying to digest what impact a rising interest rate world will actually bring. It does certainly appear that they (rates) will definitely be lower for longer.”She said that Fed chairwoman Janet Yellen has always been fairly transparent about the fact that she is in no rush to raise rates, and such a move will be completely dependent on economic indicators.The rally in recent days has been a good sign for stock markets, which are historically negative for the month of September.Del Greco added that the low interest rates have also been a positive for commodities, including oil, gold and metals. However, the U.S. dollar has not followed suit, weakening following the Fed announcement. This, along with climbing oil prices, helped drive the Canadian dollar up 0.26 of a cent at 76.56 cents US.Commodities were mostly higher, with the November crude oil contract gaining 98 cents at US$46.32 per barrel, December gold contracts increasing by US$13.30 at US$1,344.70 per ounce and the December contract for copper up four cents to $2.19 a pound.The October contract for natural gas fell seven cents to US$2.99 per mmBtu.— With files from The Associated PressFollow @LindaNguyenTO on Twitter.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version had an incorrect closing figure for the S&P/TSX composite index. TSX, U.S. markets continue to rally on Fed’s decision to leave rates unchanged read more

A Season of The Flash with Too Little Wally West Now Has

first_imgWally West really got the short end of the stick this season, didn’t he? After season three ended with Barry running into the Speed Force, I was excited to see a solo Wally protecting Central City. He was always my favorite. (Sorry Barry, but he was my first Flash.) We got maybe half an episode and one cameo in Legends of Tomorrow of a full-on Wally West Flash. After that, the show didn’t really know what to do with him. Last week, he spent the entire episode in the background. This week he’s sidelined again, but not before the show craps on him a little bit, taking Jesse Quick away from the show in the process.Early on, the team sees that a portal is opening up in S.T.A.R. Labs. Wally is waiting in front of it with flowers and a giant teddy bear. He and Jesse have a date planned. Well, had a date planned. Harrison Wells steps out of the portal instead, and presents Wally with a cube. This scene, and a lot of this episode, is really funny. The Flash has certainly found its sense of humor again, which is good. The cube contains a holographic recording a la Princess Leia, but it breaks down before it can finish playing Jesse’s message. Harrison is then forced to explain that it’s a break-up cube, and recite the entire message, which includes some details he’d rather not think about.Carlos Valdes as Vibe (Photo: Katie Yu/The CW)As sad as it is, that we won’t see Jesse much anymore, it is nice to have Harrison back. This season looks like it’s trying to reset nearly everything back to season one. That’s not a bad thing. Season one is where we all fell in love with this show. As long as they keep the character growth that happened over the last two, this should be fine. Though I really miss the happier, eternally caffeinated H.R., it’s nice to have some version of Harrison Wells back. The show really isn’t the same without him. It kind of sucks to be back down to one speedster though. After Wally spends an entire episode thinking about the break-up, which is the writers’ excuse not to use him at all, he decides to leave Central City. He has to find himself. I can understand why having two insanely powerful speedsters running around might not make for great stories, but it sucks to see Wally dumped from the show like this. At least it leaves open the possibility that he might come back. And who knows where he’ll end up? Greg Berlanti is developing a Titans series for DC’s new streaming app. That’d be a good place for Wally.The villain this week was a lot of fun, easily the best one-off bad guy they’ve had in a long time. Most of that comes from the fact that the episode really made you feel for her. It begins with an extended look at her pre-meta life. Essentially, she just had the worst luck. She gets milk in her latte despite making it clear that she’s lactose intolerant. She runs home to poop and finds that her boyfriend is cheating on her. She works at a casino, where she deals a guy 21. The guy gropes her, and in jumping away, she spills his drink on him. That gets her fired for some reason, and if that’s not bad enough, the parking lot has booted her car. It’s funny watching the universe continually dump on a person like this, but it also makes you feel sorry for her. It helps that Sugar Lyn Beard is so awkward and hilarious in the role, you almost root for her when she starts robbing banks.Grant Gustin as Barry Allen and Sugar Lyn Beard as Becky/Hazard (Photo: Katie Yu/The CW)Beard plays Hazard, a metahuman with extraordinary good luck. That luck comes at a price, though. Whenever things go well for her, an aura of bad luck expands around her. People begin to have horrible accidents. It makes for a tight, focused episode, where every subplot ties into Hazard’s effect on the world. Joe’s old, squeaky pipes burst, and soon the whole house begins to fall apart. Cecile wants him to sell it, but changes her mind after hearing Joe talk about how he raised both Barry and Iris there. Speaking of, Barry and Iris lose both their ideal wedding venues and now have no place to get married. Iris tries to get it done quick in a church that just finished a funeral, and it’s exactly as awkward and cringey as you think it is. It doesn’t even work as the priest has an allergic reaction and has to be rushed to the hospital. Things get even worse when Hazard goes back to her old casino to try to win the $10 million jackpot. A bird flies into a jet engine, Joe’s house actively tries to kill Cecile, and S.T.A.R. Labs’ accelerator is about to explode. The disasters build organically, and it was fun to watch everything get worse and worse as the episode went on.It’s nice that the show is giving Barry enemies that counter his speed in some way this season. Last week, it was a guy who controlled technology, of which there was now a ton in Barry’s suit. This week, it’s weaponized bad luck. In trying to defeat her, he slips on some change Home Alone-style, gets himself caught in his own power-dampening cuffs, and has a sign fall on him. This show is much more exciting when Barry has to do more than run really fast to defeat a villain. In the end, it’s Harrison Wells who saves the day, allowing him to become a permanent member of Team Flash. Again. He and Cisco try to shut down the accelerator, but he has the idea to let it go off. The energy emitted negated Hazard’s bad luck field, allowing Barry to capture her and put her into Iron Heights… which seems to be exactly what The Thinker wants. When Barry left the Speed Force, a bus full of people drove through the area, and each one became a Metahuman. That’s how Hazard and Kilg%ore came to be. Now, The Thinker wants to find the rest, and Barry’s doing the work for him. He’s also watching Team Flash through the Samuroid head. Why did they keep that thing?Grant Gustin as Barry Allen and Candice Patton as Iris West (Photo: Robert Falconer/The CW)There’s not much in the way of an overarching story forming so far this season. We’re slowly building up The Thinker as the main villain this season, but he’s still mostly in the background. Instead, it looks like we have a lot more of these villain-of-the-week episodes in the near future. After last season, I’m OK with that. The Flash is getting back to the basics of what a superhero show is. It doesn’t have to be a long, dark and brooding epic. Sometimes it can just be a series of fun one-offs. If the metahumans we meet this year are all as cool as Hazard, I can’t complain.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Nuno We can cope without Boly

first_imgWolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo believes his squad can cope without Willy Boly who saw red in their 3-0 defeat at Manchester City on Monday.Boly was sent off in the 19th minute for a reckless challenge on Bernardo Silva at the Etihad on Monday night.The defender has played every minute of Premier League football this season and replacing him for their clash with Leicester on Saturday might prove tricky for Nuno, but he’s confident the team can adapt without him.Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.“What I find, when a squad is short of player numbers, they have to have the mentality to cope with those kinds of moments, and we have it,” he told the club’s website.“We are completely comfortable with the decision that we’re going to have to make and are completely confident that it will work out.“It’s versatility, it’s about being versatile. When you know the idea of the team, you are capable to deal with different positions, but there is no such thing of developing a player in various positions, what you have to do is work on where you want your players to compete.”last_img read more

S Koreas Park in custody after court orders arrest

first_imgProsecutors have yet to specify the formal charges against her, but have previously said she is suspected of bribery, abuse of authority, coercion, and leaking government secrets. AFPSouth Korea’s ousted president Park Geun-Hye was spending her first day in custody Friday after a court ordered her arrest, with her opponents crowing and her supporters crying.The former head of state stared straight ahead, apparently trying to maintain her composure, as she was driven to the Seoul Detention Centre through a barrage of flashbulbs shortly before dawn.After a marathon hearing on Thursday a court in the capital ordered Park’s arrest in connection with the corruption scandal that brought millions of people onto the streets and saw her impeached.Prosecutors have yet to specify the formal charges against her, but have previously said she is suspected of bribery, abuse of authority, coercion, and leaking government secrets.”It is justifiable and necessary to arrest (Park) as key charges were justified and there is risk of evidence being destroyed,” the court said in a statement.The decision made Park, 65, the third former leader to be arrested over corruption in Asia’s fourth-largest economy, where politics and big business have long been closely tied.It is a dramatic step in the disgrace of South Korea’s first woman president.The liberal Democratic Party, which is favourite to win the election on May 9 to choose Park’s successor, said in a statement that the move showed “all are equal before the law”.”We hope today’s landmark decision will provide fresh momentum in revealing the truth about the scandal of an unprecedented scale,” it added.But Park’s own Liberty Korea party — which has changed its name in an effort to distance itself from her — called the move “regrettable”.Loyalist lawmaker and presidential hopeful Kim Jin-Tae was furious, calling it “the death knell for the country’s rule of law”.- ‘Principle of fairness’ -Despite the early hour, about 50 of her supporters were at the detention centre when Park arrived, waving national flags and chanting slogans demanding her release.According to normal procedure, she would have been processed – including being fingerprinted and having her mugshot taken – changed into prison garb with her prisoner number on the chest, and put in a cell.Under South Korean law prosecutors now have up to 20 days in which to indict her.Choi Soon-Sil, Park’s secret confidante at the heart of the scandal, is being held at the same centre, as is Samsung heir Lee Jae-Yong.Choi is already on trial for forcing top local firms including the tech giant to “donate” nearly $70 million to non-profit foundations which she allegedly used for personal gain, while Lee has been indicted for bribery and other offences.Ahead of Thursday’s hearing, prosecutors submitted around 120,000 pages of documents to the Seoul Central District Court, and said it would be “counter to the principle of fairness” if Park were not arrested.The former leader, who has denied the accusations, was grilled for nearly nine hours by the judge.That came after she underwent a 21-hour interrogation session at the prosecutors’ office last week, having refused repeated requests to be interviewed while in power.- ‘Sleepless nights’ -Park, daughter of late dictator Park Chung-Hee, secured the largest vote share of any candidate in the democratic era when she was elected in 2012.But she was impeached by parliament in December, as the scandal combined with mounting economic and social frustrations to trigger huge candlelit demonstrations. The Constitutional Court later upheld the decision.She had been “lost for words” when authorities asked for her arrest, the Chosun Ilbo daily quoted an unidentified pro-Park lawmaker as saying.Another said she had been having “sleepless nights and skipping meals” since moving out of the presidential palace.Park allegedly offered governmental favours to top businessmen who enriched Choi, including Samsung’s Lee.She is also accused of letting her friend, a high school graduate with no title or security clearance, handle a wide range of state affairs including nomination of top officials.Park is also said to have cracked down on thousands of artists who had voiced criticisms of her or her father’s iron-fisted rule from 1961 to 1979.She has repeatedly apologised for the upset caused by the scandal but not admitted any wrongdoing, blaming Choi for abusing their friendship.last_img read more

LGBTI website gives away surrogate mother in racist April Fools joke

first_imgeTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) GAYSTARNEWS- LGBTI site raffles off Thai surrogate mother and donor egg in ‘racist’ April Fool’s joke. | Photo: Isolga / Flickr Tom Daley says he and Dustin don’t know which of them is their child’s biological dadSurrogate mother ordered to hand baby over to gay parentsIs the Easter Bunny gay?Read the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/lgbti-website-gives-away-surrogate-mother-racist-april-fools-joke/ A German LGBTI website is under fire for joking about raffling off a Thai surrogate mother and an egg donation to gay couples.center_img ‘Tasteless and racist April Fool’s joke’People are not happy.One Twitter user replied to the story: ‘A more than tasteless and racist April Fool’s joke. You can be really proud of this. Not!’Another replied: ‘This really is not a good April Fool’s joke, really disappointing you find something like this funny.’Another said: ‘This is really on AfD-level. #racism’ (AfD is a far-right wing political party)And then another responded: ‘One sec, where did I put it, I definitely had the right answer somewhere here… ah, there it is… DELETE YOURSELF.’Dozens more commented their disapproval on the article, both on the website and on social media.Queer.de did not respond in time for publication to the request from Gay Star News to comment.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… As a tasteless April Fool’s Day joke, Queer.de tweeted the story and joked it was a package worth €36,000 (£31,670 $44390).They claimed to be in partnership with a Thai agency called ‘Baby Equality.’Screenshot of Queer.de article raffling off a Thai surrogate mother. | Photo: Queer.de / TwitterThe article states: ‘To choose from in a color catalog are several young Thai surrogate mothers who support their often poor rural families with their services, as well as western egg donors.’last_img read more

Vietnam to promote Binh Thuan as a seaport and leisure destination

first_imgThe central province of Binh Thuan has recognised sea sports and leisure as the backbone of the development strategy of its hospitality industry through 2020 with a vision to 2030.Under the Government approved development strategy, Binh Thuan has been identified as one of Vietnam’s major tourism destinations and a national centre for sea sports and leisure tourism.Binh Thuan’s seaside town of Mui Ne has been well-known for its ideal climate conditions for sea sports, especially kite surfing and windsurfing.Speaking at the 20th anniversary of the Binh Thuan Tourism Day, Vice Chairman of the Binh Thuan’s People’s Committee Nguyen Thanh Tam said that over the past 20 years, tourism has developed rapidly, with hundreds of resorts in seaside town Mui Ne, which has earned it the nickname of ‘the capital of resorts’.The number of tourists to the province has increased from only 53,000, which includes five thousand international visitors, in 1999, to over 4 million so far this year, 254,000 of which are international travellers.Revenue from tourism has increased from 30.7 billion VND ($1.37 million) in 1995 to 7.6 billion VND ($340 million) in 2015, accounting for 7.5% of the province’s gross domestic product.last_img read more

Rep Hooker named chair of House Families Children and Seniors Committee

first_img Categories: News State Rep. Tom Hooker was named chair of the House Committee for Families, Children, and Seniors as the 98th Legislature convened for the first time this week.Rep. Hooker will also serve on the House Health Policy, Education, and Military and Veterans Affairs committees.“This committee is so important to our state because it works to protect our most vulnerable residents,” said Hooker, R-Byron Center. “I’m honored to be the chair for this session, and I look forward to working with my colleagues to create a brighter future for all Michigan residents.”House committees review all legislation that affects their issue area and make recommendations as to whether the full House should take up the bills.  Committee chairs decide when bills are heard, run the committee meetings and organize informational hearings to help lawmakers and the public understand important issues.### 16Jan Rep. Hooker named chair of House Families, Children, and Seniors Committeelast_img read more

Rep Sheppard bill clarifying ownership of surplus workers comp insurance funds passes

first_img07May Rep. Sheppard bill clarifying ownership of surplus workers’ comp insurance funds passes House Legislation reflects original intent, provides guidance to courtsThe Michigan House today voted in support of a bill that ensures employers who pay into self-insured workers’ compensation funds are rightly entitled to any surplus dollars, as they are member-owned asset pools.“The Workers’ Compensation Agency already considers employers the just owners of any surplus funds, so this bill sensibly clarifies statute to reflect an equitable practice,” said bill sponsor Rep. Jason Sheppard.House Bill 4362 amends the Workers’ Disability Compensation Act of 1969 to clarify that employer members in a self-insured group possess ownership of proportional shares in the any surplus assets.“The goal of this bill is to clarify the original intent of the legislature,” Rep. Sheppard said. “These insurance funds are owned by group members and no one else, it’s that simple.”HB 4362 also requires groups to establish processes and procedures for the distribution of excess assets in case of surplus or dissolution as approved by the Workers’ Compensation Agency.The legislation will be considered further in the Senate. Categories: Sheppard Newslast_img read more

7bill domestic violence protection package approved by Senate

first_img Categories: News 15Apr 7-bill domestic violence protection package approved by Senate A bipartisan domestic violence package that includes legislation authored by Rep. Kurt Heise, R-Plymouth Township, was overwhelmingly approved by the state Senate on Thursday.“The main emphasis of this seven-bill package was to update existing domestic violence laws,” said Rep. Heise, R-Plymouth Township. “This will allow better protections to specific victims of domestic violence, including immediate family and even pets. These type of situations deserve updated and improved scrutiny in the legal system.”As chair of the House Committee on Criminal Justice, Rep. Heise listened to hours of testimony in support of the legislation, spoke in support on the House Floor prior to an October 2015 vote on the package and also testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee in February.Rep. Heise specifically authored House Bill 4480, which prevents a parent protecting themselves or a child from domestic violence or sexual assault by the other parent from being considered a negative factor in child custody proceedings.“This is a very specific situation that simply had to be addressed,” said Rep. Heise. “The Child Custody Act contains many best-interest factors when it comes to children, but situations involving domestic violence or sexual assault had to be updated in relation to a future relationship with the parents.”HB 4480 was overwhelmingly approved by a 37-0 vote on Thursday. It returns to the House for possible concurrence vote.last_img read more

Rep Yaroch announces opening of Lansing office encourages feedback

first_img Categories: News,Yaroch News 05Jan Rep. Yaroch announces opening of Lansing office, encourages feedback The Lansing office for state Rep. Jeff Yaroch officially opened on Tuesday.“We are honored and excited to get to work for the people of Michigan’s 33rd District,” said Rep. Yaroch, R-Richmond. “Our first duty is to be available to residents. Please contact my office with questions, comments, or with any state-related issues we can address.”People can contact Rep. Yaroch’s office by telephone at (517) 373-0820; e-mail at jeffyaroch@house.mi.gov or via mail at N-797 House Office Building, P.O. Box 30014, Lansing, MI 48909-7514.Rep. Yaroch welcomes to his team Brittany Lewandowski, as his legislative director, and Erika Kowall as his legislative assistant.“We’ll never forget that government is here to serve the people and not the other way around,” said Rep. Yaroch.last_img read more

Rep Kelly named as chair of House Education Reform committee

first_img26Jan Rep. Kelly named as chair of House Education Reform committee Categories: Kelly News,News State Rep. Tim Kelly, of Saginaw Township, has been named chair of the House Education Reform Committee and the House Appropriations School Aid/Michigan Department of Education (MDE) subcommittee.“Education is incredibly crucial towards continuing Michigan’s comeback, so I’m honored and very appreciative to be leading two committees geared towards our future,” Kelly said. “Our outcomes in the classroom have to improve, so we have an important task to help develop the best education system possible for the students, their families, teachers and administrators.”Kelly is one of only two members to chair both a policy committee and an Appropriations subcommittee.He also has been named to the House Appropriations Committee and the Appropriations Joint Capital Outlay subcommittee.“We have a lot of work to get done for our residents over the next two years,” Kelly said. “I look forward to the challenge of continuing to develop the best education system possible, while ensuring we budget responsibly as a whole.”#####last_img read more

House approves Rep Vaupels plan protecting Michigan children

first_img08May House approves Rep. Vaupel’s plan protecting Michigan children Measure gives parents more opportunities to choose health care coverageThe Michigan House this week unanimously approved a plan introduced by state Rep. Hank Vaupel to help children have access to affordable health care coverage.Vaupel’s plan allows parents involved in certain court proceedings to meet legal requirements by having their children enrolled in affordable public health care coverage programs.Current Michigan law requires parents involved in child custody or divorce cases to provide their children with health care coverage through employment or private coverage. This new plan would allow parents to enroll their child in an affordable and accessible public health care plan to meet their obligations.“This plan gives parents more opportunities to ensure their children are getting health care coverage for long-lasting health benefits,” said Vaupel, of Fowlerville. “With these changes, Michigan would be in compliance with federal guidelines, ensuring parents can afford a health care plan fitting the needs of their children.”House Bills 4304-05 now move to the Senate for further consideration.### Categories: Vaupel Newslast_img read more

Black Milwaukee Students Fight for the Freedom to Thrive

first_imgShare12Tweet13ShareEmail25 SharesACLU.April 2018; From Failure to FreedomWisconsin is at the forefront of the battle to educate black and brown students. Though access to equal education is defined in the state’s constitution and confirmed by its Supreme Court, the reality is that the proclivity to police black and brown bodies follows the students into schools and undermine their fundamental right to education.According to a new report titled “From Failure to Freedom: Dismantling Milwaukee’s School-to-Prison Pipeline with the Youth Power Agenda,” Milwaukee exemplifies the school-to-prison pipeline. The report describes the phenomena this way:The presence of police officers, guns, handcuffs, and metal detectors in schools creates hostile teaching and learning environments that are reinforced by harsh, punitive, and exclusionary school discipline policies. Police brutality, arrests, suspensions, and expulsions are all too common features of the educational experiences of students of color from low-income communities. These policies and practices also have detrimental psychological impacts on youth of color, for whom school resemble prisons more than they do environments that stimulate learning and creativity. High rates of permanent drop out as well as ongoing, and often escalating, entanglements in the criminal legal system result from these policies.In the 2013–14 school year, Black students at Milwaukee Public Schools accounted for 55 percent of the population but almost 85 percent of “referrals to law enforcement.” Students with disabilities did not fare any better; despite being 20 percent of the enrolled population, they accounted for 91 percent of restrained or isolated students.In the 2015–16 school year, MPS suspended one out of three ninth-graders, more than four times the national average and expelled 181 students, twice the national average.The report found that this is supported by vague offenses or minor misbehavior outlined in its Parent/Student Handbook on Rights, Responsibilities, and Discipline, mostly by allowing interpretation of what it calls “inappropriate.” This includes dress, personal property, or use of electronics.In order to do this, Milwaukee has to ignore a lot of data that shows that not only does this punitive approach to discipline not work—the schools are no safer for them—it also wastes the city lots of money. Milwaukee pays four million dollars a year to keep this punitive system in place. According to the report, direct costs include:$1,120,898: Police Officer Program in Schools$60,000: External School Police Squads$435,000: Truancy Abatement and Burglary Suppression Officers$122,000: Adjudication of Truancy Citations$76,000: Installation of X-Ray Machines$51,000: Maintenance of X-Ray Machines$13.7 million: Safety Assistants for MPSDetentions and Juvenile CourtIndirect costs have also been calculated: “According to a national study by the Center for Civil Rights and Remedies at University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), suspended students graduated at a rate of around 15 percent below their classmates who were not suspended. UCLA estimated that for each student who drops out, the social and fiscal impact is as much as $600,000 over the course of a student’s lifetime.” The report finds that punitive discipline even negatively affects the school performance of non-suspended students.An investigation by the Office for Civil Rights found that, “Over the course of two school years, federal investigators identified ‘over one hundred incidents at the District’s schools where [B]lack students were expelled, while similarly-situated white students were suspended fort similar conduct.’”It concluded that “the evidence did not demonstrate that the District has in place effective safeguards to monitor the exercise of discretion in referrals and imposition of sanctions to ensure that it is nondiscriminatory.”The report summarizes this as an investment in failure and notes that restorative approaches have been found to offer equitable and supportive practices that improve school climate and reduce discipline infractions.Milwaukee apparently has tried to implement restorative practices but has underfunded them and is using them along with punitive practices, which doesn’t work very well. It continues to prioritize funding for punitive discipline.The report proposes a Youth Power Agenda, which divests from failure…removing police and metal detectors from schoolsending suspensions, expulsions, arrests, and citationsending the use of seclusion and restraints…and invests in freedom.create inclusive school codeimplement robust restorative justice practicesincrease the number of support professionalreduce class sizeprovide culturally-responsive education and trainingcollect accurate discipline datainvest in universal, high-quality early childhood educationcreate universal youth jobs programBlack students are fighting for the freedom to thrive.—Cyndi SuarezShare12Tweet13ShareEmail25 Shareslast_img read more

Sloveniabased middleware provider Beesmart has te

first_imgSlovenia-based middleware provider Beesmart has teamed up with Turkey-based device manufacturer Vestel to take the Beesmart middleware to Vestel set-top boxes and jointly drive the development of applications and services.“Beesmart’s experience and knowledge of the IP set-top box industry made them an ideal partner to us,” said Hakan Kutlu, deputy general manager responsible for marketing in Vestel. “Consumers want user-friendly solutions for IPTV content in their living rooms. With Beesmart middleware, Vestel Set-Top-Boxes will increase technology and innovation to meet consumer demands.”[ad_banner]last_img read more

SouthAsian TV channel Zee Café is now available t

first_imgSouth-Asian TV channel Zee Café is now available to Facebook users via the Yamgo TV application.Yamgo has struck a deal with Zee Network to enable the latter to distribute shows from Zee Café on Yamgo’s multi-device distribution platform, which delivers TV to IP enabled devices with a product line-up ranging from smartphone apps and desktop websites to Facebook applications and other social media outlets.In 2012 Yamgo signed Zee’s lifestyle channel Zing from Zee Europe. Zee Café will show general entertainment programming including drama and reality series and movies.last_img read more

Vodafone has agreed to buy Kabel Deutschland in a

first_imgVodafone has agreed to buy Kabel Deutschland in a €7.7 billion deal that will establish the UK mobile operator as a leading triple-play cable provider in Germany – offering TV, broadband, mobile and fixed-line phone services. Vodafone is due to pay €87 per share, an increase of 37% on Kabel Deutschland’s share price as at 12 February 2013, the last trading day before takeover speculation for Kabel Deutschland first emerged. The deal values Kabel Deutschland’s at approximately €7.7 billion, and represents a total enterprise value of €10.7 billion, assuming €3 billion of adjusted net debt.Kabel Deutschland said that the takeover is primarily aimed at delivering growth in a “in a rapidly changing telecommunications and TV market,” which can be realised by combining Kabel Deutschland’s fixed line infrastructure and Vodafone’s strong position in the mobile market.Vodafone, which confirmed earlier this month that it had approached Kabel Deutschland about a potential offer, said that the combination of the two firms will create a business with €11.5 billion of pro forma revenues in Germany, and would give it 32.4 million mobile, 5.0 million broadband and 7.6 million direct TV customers in the country.Vodafone said it saw “significant potential” to accelerate the expansion of Kabel Deutschland’s business, claiming that it’s subscriber base is still “under penetrated” with pay TV and broadband penetration only 12% and 16% respectively.It added that the deal was part if its stated market-by-market convergence strategy of wholesale, organic fibre deployment or mergers and acquisitions.“German consumer and business demand for fast broadband and data services continues to grow substantially as customers increasingly access TV, fixed and mobile broadband services from multiple devices in the home and workplace and on the move, ”said Vodafone Group Chief Executive Vittorio Colao.“The combination of Vodafone Germany and Kabel Deutschland will greatly enhance our offerings in response to those needs and is consistent with Vodafone’s broader strategy of providing unified communications services,” he added.Kabel Deutschaland CEO Adrian v. Hammerstein said: “Kabel Deutschland and Vodafone are an ideal fit. Together, we have the opportunity to become Germany’s leading telecommunications and television provider and to create what for the German market is a unique, winning combination of fixed line and mobile communications.”The Management Board of Kabel Deutschland said it considers the price proposed by Vodafone attractive for shareholders and intends to recommend the offer, and said the deal could close before the Kabel Deutschland Annual General Meeting on 10 October 2013.last_img read more

Amazonowned ondemand platform Lovefilm has secur

first_imgAmazon-owned on-demand platform Lovefilm has secured CBS Studios International-distributed scripted programming including The Good Wife, Blue Bloods and Dexter.The deal will see a range of shows from CBSSI launch on the platform in Germany and the UK. These include CBS series like The Good Wife and Blue Bloods and Showtime series including Nurse Jackie, Californication and Dexter.It also includes the original Star Trek series and Star Trek Voyager.Lovefilm now carries content from all of the major US studios, plus others including Miramax, Studiocanal, BBC Worldwide and Entertainment One.“We’re thrilled to announce this latest deal with CBS Studios Int., and bring another great selection of hit US TV shows to our members. The quality, quantity and diversity of what we can offer our members is absolutely fantastic which is why we’re quickly becoming the first choice subscription service for TV fans,” said Lovefilm’s chief marketing officer Simon Morris.CBS Global Distribution Group’s president and CEO Armando Nuñez said the deal was “another example of the growing licensing opportunities available for CBS’s world class content in a dynamic global marketplace”.last_img read more