WHS GIRLS TENNIS Wildcats Keep Rolling Defeat Billerica 50

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA —The WHS Girls Varsity Tennis Team defeated Billerica High, 5-0, on Tuesday, May 1 in Wilmington.Wilmington junior Emily Hill defeated Sarah Bojsen, 6-0, 6-0.Wilmington junior Lia Kourkoutas defeated Katelyn Sullivan, 6-4, 6-0.Wilmington sophomore Carolyn Roney defeated Makayla Threhane, 6-0, 6-0.Wilmington junior Jessica D’Arco and senior Krista Brown defeated Madhu Velmurugan and Lany Waytt, 6-0, 6-1.Wilmington seniors Jill Roche and Lauren Field defeated Jen Machatelo and Anya Lavalle, 6-0, 6-2.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWHS GIRLS TENNIS: Wildcats Win Third Matchup In Three DaysIn “Sports”WHS GIRLS TENNIS: Wildcats Defeat Stoneham & Wakefield On Back-To-Back DaysIn “Sports”WHS GIRLS TENNIS: Wilmington Sweeps MelroseIn “Sports”last_img read more

Shawsheen Tech Students Earn 70 Medals At SkillsUSA Competition with PHOTOS

first_imgBILLERICA, MA — On Thursday, March 14, 2019  Shawsheen Tech sent 189 students to compete at the SkillsUSA District Competition at Greater Lowell Regional Technical High School. The students competed against schools in their technical areas, challenging their knowledge, in hopes of qualifying for State Competition held this April. Shawsheen students took a written assessment in their technical/trade, an additional test for employability and SkillsUSA Knowledge, as well as an OSHA test in safety. At the end of the day, Shawsheen brought home a total of 70 medals. Gold Medal Winners:Brooke MacInnes, Grade 12, Billerica, Architectural DraftingAmaan Shaikh, Grade 12, Billerica, Automated Manual Technician – DrafterCorrina Jarzynka, Grade 12, Billerica, Culinary ArtsElaina Cobb, Grade 12, Billerica, Health Knowledge BowlSkylar McGarry, Grade 12, Billerica, Medical AssistingCaitlyn Tsoukalas, Grade 12, Billerica, Medical MathFancis O’Connor, Grade  10, Billerica, Power Equipment TechnicianMohammadali Khalifa, Grade 10, Billerica, Robotics & Automation TechnicianJoshua Cabral, Grade 11, Billerica, Team Works – ElectricianTroy Tamis, Grade 12, Billerica, Team Works – PlumberGrace Clark, Grade 11, Bedford, State Officer CandidateAshley Pergamo, Grade 12, Burlington, Automotive Refinishing TechnologyCameron Hudson, Grade 12, Burlington, MechatronicsThomas Vincent, Grade  12, Burlington, Mobile Robotic TechnologyJasin Hensley, Grade 10, Burlington, Robotics & Automation TechnicianMadison Shipka, Grade 12, Burlington, Urban Search & RescueJason Elias, Grade 11, Tewksbury, Automated Manual Technician -MachinistKevin Realejo, Grade 11, Tewksbury, Automated Manual Technician -MachinistJodi Bagrowski, Grade 11, Tewksbury, EstheticsSarah Molander, Grade 11, Tewksbury, Graphic CommunicationsLeah Veloz, Grade 11, Tewksbury, Health Knowledge BowlAllyson Haley, Grade 11, Tewksbury, Health Knowledge BowlMichael Reppucci, Grade 12, Tewksbury, Industrial Motor ControlBrooke Gerry, Grade 11, Tewksbury, MasonryJohn Nowell IV, Grade 12, Tewksbury, MechatronicsDylan Melanson, Grade 12, Tewksbury, PlumbingZachary Kelly, Grade 11, Tewksbury, Team Works – CarpenterJames MacKenzie, Grade 12, Tewksbury, Team Works – MasonAnnalea Martins, Grade  11, Wilmington, Basic Health Care SkillsZachary Dancewicz, Grade 12, Wilmington, CarpentryNathan Helmar, Grade 12, Wilmington, Diesel Equipment TechnicianJuila Messina, Grade 11, Wilmington, Graphic Imaging SublimationOlivia Sanchez, Grade 10, Wilmington, Health Knowledge BowlAndrew Miller, Grade 12, Wilmington, Mobile Robotic TechnologyCelina Barczak, Grade 11, Wilmington, Nursing AssistingAmanda Howell, Grade 10, Wilmington, Technical DraftingJames Ward, Grade 12, Wilmington, Urban Search & RescueSilver Medals Winners:Connor Rich, Grade 11, Billerica, Architectural DraftingEmily Morris, Grade 12, Billerica, Dental AssistantDaniel Matarazzo, Grade 12, Billerica, Diesel Equipment TechnicianCassidy Bulmer, Grade 12, Billerica, Health Knowledge BowlBrayden Taylor, Grade 11, Billerica, Mobile Robotic TechnologyMatthew Canadas, Grade 11, Billerica, Mobile Robotic TechnologyMackenzie Cassidy, Grade 12, Billerica, Nursing AssistingShaunna Ford, Grade 12, Billerica, Screen Print TechnologyTaylor Sacco, Grade 11, Bedford, Health Knowledge BowlAntavious Nordquist, Grade 10, Bedford, Technical DraftingChristina Paras, Grade 11, Burlington, Graphic Imaging SublimationJenna Hensley, Grade 11, Burlington, Health Knowledge BowlJames Sweeney, Grade 11, Burlington, PlumbingAnthony Prezioso, Grade 10, Tewksbury, CarpentryRachel Conway, Grade 12, Tewksbury, MasonryMichael Rosa, Grade 11, Tewksbury, Team Works – CarpenterDavid Williams III, Grade 11, Tewksbury, Team Works – ElectricianBrendan Gray, Grade 11, Tewksbury, Team Works – T2 PlumberCole Privetera, Grade 11, Tewksbury, Health Knowledge BowlMadison Musto, Grade 12, Wilmington, Team Works – MasonJessica Stevens, Grade 11, Wilmington, Technical Computer ApplicationsBronze Medal Winners:Taylor Thurell, Grade 12, Billerica, Basic Health Care SkillsZachary Langlois, Grade 11, Billerica, CarpentrySamantha Collins, Grade 12, Billerica, Health Knowledge BowlBrooke Amato, Grade 12, Billerica, Health Knowledge BowlShawn Powderly, Grade 12, Billerica, PlumbingMichael Cremens, Grade 11, Billerica, Sheet MetalVeronika Bazzinotti, Grade 12, Tewksbury, Dental AssistantCameron Loder, Grade 10, Tewksbury, Diesel Equipment TechnicianAlexa Krogstie, Grade 11, Tewksbury, Health Knowledge BowlMadison Gray, Grade 12, Tewksbury, Health Knowledge BowlTaryn King, Grade 12, Wilmington, Graphic CommunicationsAmanda Ramsdell, Grade 11, Wilmington, MasonryGold and silver medal winners have earned their ticket to the annual State Leadership & Skills Conference.At that Conference, more than 2,500 students will compete in 86 occupational and leadership skill areas. Shawsheen students will compete in the practical skills portion of each contest to become a Gold medalist from Massachusetts, earning the opportunity to join more than 6,000 students to compete in the annual national-level SkillsUSA Championships.Photos:Sweeping in Carpentry: Tewksbury sophomore Anthony Preziso (silver), Wilmington senior Zachary Dancewicz (gold), & Billerica junior Zachary Langlois (bronze)Winning the gold medal in culinary arts was Billerica senior Corrina JarzynkaTaking gold in the Health Knowledge Bowl were Tewksbury junior Leah Veloz, Wilmington sophomore Olivia Sanchez, Billerica senior Elaina Cobb, and Tewksbury junior Allyson Haley. Elaina and Leah are hoping to lead another team to nationals this year.Sweeping the Masonry contest: Tewksbury senior Rachel Conway (silver), Tewksbury junior Brooke Gerry (gold), & Wilmington junior Amanda Ramsdell (bronze)Sweeping in the Plumbing contest: Burlington junior James Sweeney (silver), Tewksbury senior Dylan Melanson (gold), and Billerica senior Shawn Powderly (bronze)Winning the silver medals in screening was Billerica senior Shaunna Ford. Shaunna is hoping for another chance to attend the National Conference and better her 4th place standing in the nation.Winning gold in Team Works: Back — Tewksbury senior James MacKenzie, Left to Right: Tewksbury junior Zachary Kelley, Billerica senior Troy Tamis, & Billerica junior Joshua CabralBring home medals in Technical Drafting were Wilmington sophomore Amanda Howell (gold) and Bedford sophomore Antavious Nordquist (silver)(NOTE: The above press release is from the Shawsheen Tech.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedShawsheen Tech Students Win 30 Medals At SkillsUSA State ConferenceIn “Education”Shawsheen Tech Celebrates SkillsUSA National MedalistsIn “Education”4 Wilmington Students Earn SkillsUSA Medals At Shawsheen TechIn “Education”last_img read more

Facebooks Portal Smart Display Gets ABC News CNN Web Browser Instant Games

first_imgFacebook is expanding the content available to users of is Portal smart display slash video calling device: The company is bringing news content from ABC News and CNN to the device, which can now also be used to browse the web.The launch of a new web browser to Portal will enable users to visit their favorite sites, check out recipes, and even play videos from YouTube. Facebook is also adding its web-based casual Instant Games to the device, allowing users to play “Words with Friends,” “Draw Something,” “Sudoku” and a handful of other titles.Facebook launched Portal in October with an emphasis on video calling: The device, which is available with two screen sizes, comes with an integrated smart camera that automatically focuses on users as they move through the room — something that is supposed to enable more natural video calls. But from day one, Facebook also added apps from a number of content partners, including Food Network, Spotify, Pandora, iHeartRadio and Newsy. The company also tightly integrated Portal with its own Facebook Watch video service.With Friday’s additions, Portal users will be able to consume additional news content, and also have access to CNN’s Great Big Story video offering. And the company also added a few more video calling features, including additional AR effects. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15center_img Popular on Variety last_img read more

Suitable options to pair with your wine

first_imgWine and food pairing is not that difficult as it sounds. One just needs to keep in mind that the selection of wine must compliment the taste of food ordered, say experts. Experts share tips on most suitable options to pair with your wine. -One can pair their favourite wine with other delicious food too. The most common food items that you can pair your wine with is pizzas, pastas, salads, burgers, pies, seafoods to name a few. These are some of the food items that we eat on any normal day, so we should also be thinking of pairing our wines with them. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf-One must remember the thumb rule for wine and food pairing; white wine compliments white meat and red wine is great with red meat. -Cabernet Sauvignon is indeed the undisputed King of red wines. France, Italy and Napa Valley are the best producers. You can pair your spicy meat pizza with a Cabernet Sauvignon or a Pinotage and is also best paired with red meats like black peppered tenderloin and lamb chops in five spices. -Veg pizza would brilliantly go with Merlot. The idea is to not overpower the wine but to blend in. One can also try pork loin, slow cooked lamb stew and shepherd’s pie with a good Merlot. Merlots are normally light to medium bodied and often are blended with other grapes. France and Italy are top producers. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive-Pinot Noir, one of the most versatile red grapes, best produced in France, United States and Germany. It is generally paired with food having strong earthy flavours. Try it with mushroom and greens with tofu in soya sauce, spaghetti bolognaise or a grilled salmon. -Similarly, you could have your red sauce pasta with a Shiraz, medium bodied grape with a hint of tannin is best produced in France, Australia and Spain. This can also be paired with roast lamb, grilled beef and lamb chops. -Sauvignon Blanc or Rose would go well with salads and also with mussels, char grilled lobsters, tajine and creamy tuscan chicken. -If seafood is your soul food, then the go to wine is Chardonnay, one of the most popular white grapes, or a riesling or a sparkling. -Another favourite food and wine pairing is the Indian street food. Try a pani puri with a Chenin Blanc or a samosa with Riesling. Try the quintessential tikki chat with a Cabernet Sauvignon or Pinot Noir.-Chenin Blanc has floral aromas, mostly young wines are produced in Loire Valley. Have it with shish taouk or risotto with chicken and scallions.last_img read more

CrowdCall App Revolutionizes Conference Calling

first_img This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Enroll Now for Free March 5, 2013 No assembly required: Randy Adams’ CrowdCall streamlines group calling.Photo © David Fentoncenter_img SocialDial was a simple idea: an app that would call contacts through their LinkedIn profiles, without users having to know the phone number. But a few months and 50,000 downloads after the app’s 2011 launch, SocialDial co-founder Randy Adams and his partners realized that a group-calling option that was “buried under two or three layers of menus” was being used far more than any other feature.The popularity of that feature led the team to ditch the original service and launch CrowdCall, a specialized conference-calling app available for iOS and Android smartphones and the web. Instead of scheduling a dial-in line, e-mailing all parties involved and then hoping everyone calls at the appointed time, CrowdCall’s interface lets users choose up to 20 participants from their contacts list and LinkedIn connections and dial them immediately (assuming the contacts have added their phone number to their LinkedIn profiles). When participants answer, they simply push “1” to enter the conference–they don’t even need to have the app to participate.The pivot worked. Approximately three months after the mobile launch last spring, roughly 100,000 people were using the app on a weekly basis. The majority of users were taking advantage of the free version (limited to 500 minutes per month). Revenue from sales of premium versions–priced at $9.99 for 1,000 minutes per month; $49.99 for 10,000 minutes; or $99.99 for unlimited calling–reached nearly $100,000 about four months after launch. Adams’ CrowdCall is now used for some 30,000 calls in the U.S. per month.The app has a mix of commercial and consumer users, but one feature in particular makes it attractive to small businesses. Because the call originator controls invitations, unauthorized participants can’t use dial-in information to access the call, providing a measure of security when discussing sensitive information.Word-of-mouth has been the app’s growth driver–each time someone receives a CrowdCall, that person become a potential customer. “We haven’t spent a dime trying to acquire users,” Adams says.So far the company has raised more than $1 million to launch the app and is working on acquiring $5 million in venture funding, which it hopes to close by the end of the year. That money will be used to build out infrastructure, including an investment in servers to better handle overwhelming demand.Sounds like a good call. 2 min read This story appears in the February 2013 issue of . Subscribe »last_img read more

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first_img“Our newest full field digital mammography system is brilliantly designed to offer both 2-D and advanced applications for the most confident diagnoses,” said David Hotchkiss, director of marketing, Women’s Health, computed radiography (CR), Fujifilm. “Now the radiologist can see breast tissue detail in a way that was never seen before in sharper, clearer images and can make confident diagnostic interpretations.” Technology | Artificial Intelligence | July 18, 2019 Paragon Biosciences Launches Qlarity Imaging to Advance FDA-cleared AI Breast Cancer Diagnosis System Paragon Biosciences LLC announced the launch of its seventh portfolio company, Qlarity Imaging LLC, which was founded… read more News | Ultrasound Women’s Health | July 11, 2019 FDA Clears Koios DS Breast 2.0 AI-based Software Koios Medical announced its second 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Feature | Artificial Intelligence | July 19, 2019 | Michal Chorev AI Models Predict Breast Cancer With Radiologist-level Accuracy Breast cancer is the global leading cause of cancer-related deaths in women, and the most commonly diagnosed cancer… read more News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more Image courtesy of Imago Systems Related Content The Amulet Innovality is not commercially available in the United States. When it becomes available in the United States, it will be named the Aspire Cristalle. IBM collected a dataset of 52,936 images from 13,234 women who underwent at least one mammogram between 2013 and 2017, and who had health records for at least one year prior to the mammogram. The algorithm was trained on 9,611 mammograms. Image courtesy of Radiology. News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more Technology | December 16, 2013 Fujifilm Announces Amulet Innovality Digital Mammography System News | Breast Imaging | August 02, 2019 Volpara to Distribute Screenpoint Medical’s Transpara AI Solution Volpara Solutions and ScreenPoint Medical BV signed an agreement under which Volpara will sell ScreenPoint’s Transpara… read more News | Mammography Reporting Software | July 26, 2019 Ikonopedia Releases Automated Combined Reporting Package at AHRA Ikonopedia showcased its recently released Automated Combined Reporting package and its entire suite of structured… read more Technology | Mammography Reporting Software | July 25, 2019 Hologic Partners With MagView to Develop Unifi EQUIP Solution Hologic announced a partnership with mammography information solutions provider MagView to develop Unifi EQUIP, an… read more Among the features of the Amulet Innovality is the ability to utilize advanced applications, which includes the ability to study breast tomosyntheses. The Amulet Innovality also has been designed to enhance patient comfort and the patient experienceduring annual exams. December 16, 2013 — Fujifilm Corp. introduced its latest digital mammography system, the Amulet Innovality, at the Radiological Society of North America Annual Meeting (RSNA 2013). Technology | Breast Biopsy Systems | July 24, 2019 Fujifilm Releases Tomosynthesis Biopsy Option for Aspire Cristalle Mammography System Fujifilm Medical Systems U.S.A. Inc. recently expanded its breast imaging solutions with the launch of its… read more For more information:, FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Qlarity Imaging’s software is used to assist radiologists in the assessment and characterization of breast lesions. Imaging features are synthesized by an artificial intelligence algorithm into a single value, the QI score, which is analyzed relative to a database of reference abnormalities with known ground truth. Image courtesy of Business Wire. News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… read more read morelast_img read more

appointments airlinesLufthansa Group

first_imgappointments airlinesLufthansa Group Alain Chisari has been appointed as the new Vice President Sales Asia Pacific for Lufthansa Group Airlines, effective September 2018. Chisari will be based in Singapore and manages ales activities of the Lufthansa Group Airlines (Lufthansa German Airlines, SWISS and Austrian Airlines) and also Brussels Airlines, in Asia Pacific.For the last five years Chisari he served as Chief Commercial Officer and Member of the Management Board at Edelweiss Air AG, the sister company of Swiss International Air Lines. Prior to that he was Head of External Relations & Alliances and Head of Leisure Sales Switzerland at SWISS. He also held various positions with Delta Air Lines in Germany, Austria, South Africa and the UK after he had worked in corporate sales functions at British Airways and American Airlines.“I’m very excited to embark on this new journey in a dynamic and vibrant region. Asia Pacific is growing at an exponential rate and I’m really looking forward to being part of, driving and leading Lufthansa Group Airlines in Asia Pacific into continuing success. And few of the key objectives is to focus on current Joint Venture and partnership opportunities with the Asian carriers, as well as maximising the Lufthansa Group digitalisation and innovation initiatives in the markets,” he said.IMAGE: Alain Chisarilast_img read more

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first_img by The Canadian Press Posted Apr 8, 2019 7:55 am PDT CBC’s ‘Street Legal’ reboot cancelled after just six episodes AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emailcenter_img TORONTO — The verdict is in on the Canadian courtroom drama “Street Legal.”The CBC announced over the weekend it has decided not to continue the series beyond six episodes.Monday’s episode was to be its last.The show debuted in March and was a reboot of the original Gemini Award-winning series that ran from 1987 to 1994.Cynthia Dale starred in both the original series and the new incarnation, which saw her lawyer character working at a small upstart.While the original version was a hit, the CBC said the reboot didn’t pull in the ratings it had hoped for.“We are proud of ‘Street Legal,’ which had a strong creative and producing team and cast led by the talented Cynthia Dale,” Sally Catto, CBC’s general manager of programming, said in a statement.“After thoughtful consideration, we have made the difficult decision not to continue beyond six episodes. While the series resonated with a smaller audience than we had hoped, the finale on Monday is a must-see for the show’s dedicated fan base.”Airing on CBC-TV and the CBC Gem streaming service, the new “Street Legal” also starred Cara Ricketts, Steve Lund, and Yvonne Chapman. Other returning cast members included Eric Peterson and Anthony Sherwood.“I will always be head-held-high proud of this show; I will always, always know in my gut that it was a really good show; and I will always, always, always hold the incredible joy we had when we filmed this deep in my heart,” Dale tweeted on Saturday.Former CBC News anchor Peter Mansbridge, who is married to Dale, expressed disappointment with the cancellation on Twitter.“I’m biased, but it feels like killing a quality Canadian show in a one-and-done fashion is short-sighted,” Mansbridge tweeted on Saturday.“Good content can build support over time, by peer-to-peer influence. Smart investment in quality needs to be patient, otherwise the CBC loses the plot, not just a show.”The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Rep Hughes Sen Horn submit bills to clarify state Campaign Finance Act

first_img26Jan Rep. Hughes, Sen. Horn submit bills to clarify state Campaign Finance Act Categories: Hughes News,News Rep. Holly Hughes, R-Montague, and Sen. Ken Horn, R-Frankenmuth, each introduced legislation today which seeks to amend Section 57 of the Michigan Campaign Finance Act and how ballot information is shared with the public.House Bill 5249 and Senate Bill 721 would allow a public body to share detailed, factual information on any legislation up for a public vote. The legislation states no specific details can be stated or implied regarding a ‘yes’ or ‘no’ vote.“There has been a lot of confusion about Senate Bill 571 (Public Act 269) recently and I think that House Bill 5249 addresses all of the key issues that I have heard from my local superintendents and township officials,” said Rep. Hughes. “Registered voters should know what’s on the ballot and – most of the time the only information is available through our local leadership. Local officials should be able to share unbiased information without concern.”Among other key details that HB 5249 and SB 721 would allow are:Actual language of the local ballot questionDate of the electionFinancial and tax information relevant to the ballot question, including what the funds will be used for and the average tax increase per homeowner (in relation to millages).A discussion of the local ballot question during a regularly scheduled meeting of a public body, provided proponents and opponents of the ballot question have an equal opportunity to discuss the question.Details regarding proposed community meetings where the ballot question will be discussed, allowing proponents and opponents an equal opportunity to participate.Any communication by radio or television advertisement, mass mailing or prerecorded telephone message allowed to be sent within 30 days of an election would have to be approved by the public governing body.Violation of the bill, if signed into law, would also increase the maximum fine from $1,000 to $5,000 for an individual.“I voted for the original bill, and firmly believe that taxpayer dollars shouldn’t be used for campaigning,” said Horn.  “But we went too far, and voters should be able to receive factual information on local ballot questions. Rep. Hughes and I are offering a common-sense, carefully drafted set of guidelines that allow schools and local governments to advise taxpayers of actual ballot language, election dates, and financial and tax information.  I’m confident these bills strike a necessary balance between informing voters and protecting taxpayer dollars.”HB 5249 has been assigned to the House Committee on Elections and SB 721 has been forwarded to the Senate Committee on Elections and Government Reform for review.#####last_img read more

Rep Runestad presents flag to family of fallen Milford sailor

first_img14Sep Rep. Runestad presents flag to family of fallen Milford sailor Categories: Runestad News State Rep. Jim Runestad welcomed the family of Petty Officer Kenneth Aaron Smith to the House floor on Wednesday. Smith was an Electronics Technician, 3rd Class aboard the USS John S. McCain when the guided-missile destroyer was involved in a collision with an oil tanker east of Singapore last month. Smith was among the 10 sailors who lost their lives.Rep. Runestad was joined by Smith’s grandmother, mother and brother on the House floor, and presented the family with a flag recognizing his service to our country.“We are forever in debt to these brave sailors, to Kenneth for his service, to his mother and brother and the rest of the family who must forever know his sacrifice will not be forgotten,” Rep. Runestad said.PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Jim Runestad welcomed from left, Dawn Barryman, Marshall Girard, and April Brandon at the Capitol to be recognized by the Legislature.last_img read more

Rep Tedder hosts November office hours

first_img Categories: Tedder News 02Nov Rep. Tedder hosts November office hours State Rep. Jim Tedder of Clarkston invites residents to join him for local office hours during the month of November.“In-district office hours are a great opportunity to meet residents and discuss important issues,” Rep. Tedder said. “I encourage anyone to participate. Listening to the concerns of people in my district is one of my top priorities as a legislator.”Office hours take place at the following times and locations:• Friday, Nov. 3 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Leo’s Coney Island, 6325 Sashabaw Road in Clarkston; and• Monday, Nov. 27 from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at Great Lakes Family Restaurant, 5834 Highland Road in Waterford.No appointment is necessary. Those unable to attend may contact Rep. Tedder at 517-373-0615 or via email at read more

PBS vs Moskowitz Charter School Student Suspensions Gone Wild

first_imgShare16TweetShare6Email22 SharesOctober 23, 2015; Washington PostHow heavily should our schools rely on suspension as an element of their student discipline practices? Are schools suspending their students too frequently and for the wrong reasons? These questions have emerged from a controversy bubbling around a recent PBS NewsHour report that has drawn a heated response from the leader of a NYC charter school network that believes it plays an important role ensuring their students are successful.The Washington Post’s Education writer Valerie Strauss described the controversy in a recent article:In the PBS NewsHour video, [reporter John] Merrow reports about student suspensions in the 34-school [Success Academy Charter School] network. Success is structured in the “no excuses” model of schooling, which essentially means that teachers are responsible for student achievement and that there are no excuses—not hunger or sickness or violent home lives—for students not doing well. Critics have long charged that Success counsels out students who may drag down their school’s standardized test scores or present difficult disciplinary problems, which [former NYC City Council member and Success network founder Eva] Moskowitz has repeatedly denied.Merrow’s report noted “the school’s code of conduct runs six pages, labeling as infractions everything from ‘bullying and gambling to littering and failing to be in a ready-for-success position.’ Getting out of a seat without permission or calling out an answer are infractions as well—and these can lead to suspension.”In the video, Moskowitz is shown telling Merrow, “If you get it right in the early years, you actually have to suspend far less when the kids are older, because they understand what is expected of them.”In an eight-page letter to host Judy Woodruff, Ms. Moskowitz strongly challenged Merrow’s reporting and the conclusions he had reached about Success schools.Educators at Success Academies love children and try to meet the needs of every student. Mr. Merrow might have taken his report as an opportunity to investigate how challenging it can be for teachers to balance the needs of children who have severe behavioral issues and those of other students who deserve a safe and productive learning environment. Instead, Mr. Merrow created a false portrait of educators suspending a child willy-nilly just for wearing red sneakers or not keeping his shirt tucked in. In doing so, Mr. Merrow denigrated the hard work of these educators. He owes them a correction and apology for his untruthful and unethical reporting.Moskowitz specifically contested PBS claims that Success schools use suspension more frequently than other NYC schools and for very minor infractions. She also called the show out for underplaying how successful her schools’ students are when compared to their peers. The argument continued even after Woodruff responded to Ms. Moskowitz in a note that stood behind the accuracy of the report but apologized for not giving Ms. Moskowitz a chance to specifically respond to the interview of one family who spoke specifically about their child’s experience while a Success Student.Ms. Moskowitz has responded to Woodruff with a second, stronger letter, again challenging PBS’s findings that Success uses suspension more frequently than other schools.More important than how frequently Success uses suspensions to how its data is analyzed is the growing body of research pointing to the harmful impact of suspension on students, particular students of color, and the growing call for an overall decrease in its use and more reliance on alternative forms of discipline. In a recent blog post, the Albert Shanker Institute’s Leo Casey summarized current thinking “inspired by a body of research showing that overly punitive disciplinary policies are ineffective and discriminatory.”Based on this research evidence, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Psychological Association and School Discipline Consensus Project of the Council of State Governments have all gone on record on the harmful effects of employing such policies. The U.S. Education Department, the U.S. Justice Department, civil rights and civil liberties organizations, consortia of researchers, national foundations, and the Dignity in Schools advocacy coalition have all examined the state of student discipline in America’s schools in light of this research.Their findings? Suspensions and expulsions, the most severe forms of school discipline, are being used excessively in American schools, often for such minor infractions such as “talking back” or being out of uniform. Further, these severe punishments are being applied disproportionality to students of color, especially African-American and Latino boys, students with disabilities and LGBT youth.As a result of these data, the U.S. Education Department and U.S. Justice Department issued guidance to schools, based on their finding that discriminatory uses of suspensions and expulsions were in violation of Title IV and Title VI of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. Since this guidance came from the federal agencies that are charged with the enforcement of the Civil Rights Act, it added the force of the law to the powerful moral arguments for addressing the problem of discriminatory discipline. School districts and schools, public and charter, took notice.Ms. Moskowitz is vocal in her alternate view.At a recent press conference, Success Academy Charter Schools CEO Eva Moskowitz addressed the issue of student discipline. “It is horrifying,” she told reporters, that critics of her charter schools’ high suspension rates don’t realize “that five-year-olds do some pretty violent things.” Moskowitz then pivoted to her displeasure with student discipline in New York City (NYC) public schools, asserting that disorder and disrespect have become rampant.For the sake of her students, let’s hope Eva Moskowitz is wise enough to learn from the work of others and change her practice.—Martin LevineShare16TweetShare6Email22 Shareslast_img read more

Meet the New Map Same as the Old Map Pennsylvania Districting Dispute

first_imgShare27Tweet11Share2Email40 SharesBy Simtropolitan, Jean-Pierre Demailly (old version) (from the xrmap flag collection 2.7) [Public domain], via Wikimedia CommonsFebruary 11, 2018; Washington PostA constitutional crisis is raging in Pennsylvania, as Republicans seek to hold onto their electoral advantage despite facing a court order to redraw the state’s congressional district lines. Last month, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania ruled that the 2011 district map violated the Pennsylvania Constitution, and ordered the state legislature to submit a revised map. They have done so, but as the Washington Post’s Chris Ingraham observes, the new map, although it looks very different, does not address the core issue of drawing district lines that unjustly favor one party over the other.According to Ingraham, “The new districts generally respect county and municipal boundaries and don’t ‘wander seemingly arbitrarily across Pennsylvania,’ as the state’s Supreme Court wrote. Unfortunately for Pennsylvania voters, the new districts show just as much partisan bias as the old ones.” With the possibility of an independently drawn map looming, legislators have threatened to impeach the judges who ruled against them.It might be possible to avoid a showdown if the governor and legislature compromise on a district map. A last-minute compromise is always possible, of course, but the legislature’s proposal is not an auspicious beginning. Brian Amos, a redistricting expert at the University of Florida, told Ingraham, “Compared to the previous decade’s plan, it was an improvement in measures like compactness and respecting county and municipal boundaries. But there was still a strong Republican bias, which is why the congressional and State Senate plans were struck down for being gerrymanders.”This point is actually an important one. As NPQ has noted previously, on a national level, partisan gerrymandering is not illegal. Pennsylvania is different. Writing for the majority in a 139-page opinion released last week, Justice Debra Todd wrote,The people of this Commonwealth should never lose sight of the fact that, in its protection of essential rights, our founding document is the ancestor, not the offspring, of the federal Constitution. We conclude that, in this matter, it provides a constitutional standard, and remedy, even if the federal charter does not. Specifically, we hold that the 2011 Plan violates…the Free and Equal Elections Clause of the Pennsylvania Constitution.Because the case rested on the state constitution, the US Supreme Court let the order stand.Pennsylvania Republicans have not yet accepted defeat. The new map adheres more closely to municipal and geographic boundaries, but because Pennsylvania’s Democrats (like most states’ Democrats) are mostly packed into two large cities, the new map is actually more likely to produce electoral outcomes that, in terms of congressional seats, deviate greatly from the percentage of votes that the two parties receive statewide. Data analysis revealed that “the median district moved 1.7 [percentage points] towards Republicans.” This result is achieved by effectively packing more Democratic voters into a few heavily Democratic districts, helping Republicans have majorities in a greater number of districts, even as the state as a whole is split pretty evenly statewide.Pennsylvania’s Democratic governor, Tom Wolf, is unlikely to approve this map. He and the legislature have until Thursday to reach an agreement. If they do not, a Court-appointed independent expert will redraw the state district map for them—and that’s where constitutional turmoil could arise.Pennsylvania Senate President Joseph Scarnati’s lawyer wrote, “In light of the unconstitutionality of the Court’s Orders…Senator Scarnati will not be turning over any data identified in the Court’s Orders.” Then, writes Garrett Epps of the Atlantic, “Republican Commonwealth Representative Cris Dush released a memo to his fellow legislators demanding the impeachment of the five members of the commonwealth court (all Democrats) who voted in the majority.” Dush wrote that “This Order overrides the express legislative and executive authority” because it struck down the Redistricting Act of 2011 on the “sole basis” that it violated the Constitution.Many people were shocked by this turn of events. “This is one of those moments where you teeter from democracy to banana republic,” said Tommy Vietor, a former national security advisor. Michael Li, senior counsel of the Democracy Program at Brennan Center for Justice, told USA Today, “The sort of out-and-out ‘Screw-you’ [to the court] is unprecedented…it’s deeply disturbing because they’re attacking institutions and undermining their credibility.” Dush told CNN that “his sense of the GOP-led state Senate is that if the House approves his measure calling for the justices’ impeachment, ‘there’s a mood over there” to do the same.’”Some local activists felt the same, and showed up to Dush’s office with signs, saying, “We want an independent group,” and chanting “Shame! Shame!” as Dush fled the audience.Part of the reason this contest is so bitter is that a change in the composition of Pennsylvania’s congressional delegation could help flip control nationally of the US House of Representatives, where five Republican incumbents have decided not to run again. In 2012, Democrats won 51 percent of the vote, but only five of the commonwealth’s 18 congressional seats. A new map could change that ratio.Pittsburgh Foundation president and CEO Maxwell King said, “It’s all part of our concern about the strength of the civic fabric. More and more voters feel as if they don’t matter, they don’t have a role. I can’t think of anything more threatening to the civic strength of the community than that.”Some political analysts were more acerbic. Former White House speechwriter Jon Lovett said, “What they’ve discovered is a lack of interest among voters…removed the social barriers to deeply immoral behavior on the part of politicians…You get rid of the shame, and the politics was simpler than we could’ve imagined.” The role of nonprofits, active citizenry, local journalism, and other civic elements of holding politicians to account for their behavior shows itself to be most critical when behavior like Scarnati’s and Dush’s tests the boundaries of allowable conduct.The vicious cycle of voter disengagement and disenfranchisement is an issue of civic culture and civil rights, but wherever state legislatures are disconnected from the people they serve, populations and nonprofits suffer alike. If judges can be impeached for unpopular decisions, will the tear in our civic fabric be irreparable? The Pittsburgh Foundation filed an unusual but influential amicus brief in the initial state ruling; they and other civic groups have yet to weigh in on subsequent events.—Erin RubinShare27Tweet11Share2Email40 Shareslast_img read more

IRS Provides Interim Guidance on Tax on High Nonprofit CEO Compensation

first_imgShare68Tweet9ShareEmail77 Shares“2012-106 Tax Day,” Denise KrebsDecember 31, 2018; Accounting TodayRemember that tax bill passed by Congress in 2017? Built into that bill was the imposition of an excise tax for nonprofit organizations paying employees in excess of $1 million. (If you need a reminder, please read this, which NPQ published almost exactly one year ago.) Now, the IRS has released Notice 2019-09, a document meant to provide “interim guidance” regarding this new legislation (known as section 4960), while the Treasury Department and the IRS further develop its application.As noted in Accounting Today, the IRS document was released despite the partial government shutdown. (Apparently, the IRS is allowed to make exceptions to the shutdown for work related to publishing tax information.) The IRS document offers some preliminary answers to questions that have been posed about section 4960 in such areas as what counts as an applicable tax-exempt organization, how to define covered employees, a definition of excess remuneration, what excess parachute payments are, and more.The new excise tax is imposed on the amount any Applicable Tax-Exempt Organization (ATEO) pays a covered employee in excess of $1 million during the tax year. This is considered “excess remuneration.” For the tax year beginning after December 31st, the rate for the excise tax is 21 percent. Later definitions in the publication clarify that the applicable amount of the remuneration includes some benefits, including parachute payments. Interestingly, it does not include any compensation paid by the organization to a board director for performing services in that role, as that is defined as self-employment income, not wages.It appears that the IRS is making some preliminary clarifications based on what might be used by ATEOs as workarounds. For example, they are defining a “common-law employer” as the entity providing the compensation. This terminology means that the ATEO cannot avoid liability by having the employee paid by a number of different related organizations or by using a third-party payor arrangement like a payroll agent or a certified professional employer organization. Even if the pay is technically coming from another party, the common-law employer in these cases is still the ATEO.As pointed out a year ago, it is important to remember that it is the ATEO that is liable for the excise tax on what is considered to be “excess compensation,” not the employee. An ATEO is defined in four ways, including any organization exempt under section 501(a) of the tax code. The most common nonprofit designation, 501c3, is in fact a subset of that section, so most nonprofit organizations are included. A clear and simple explanation of this distinction can be found here. According to the IRS publication, some governmental agencies are also liable.Despite the fact that the amount over $1 million in remuneration is considered excessive and therefore liable for the excise tax under section 4960, the IRS states in the report that this does not automatically imply that the amount of pay is in fact unreasonable when determining if it is liable for taxation as an “excess benefit transaction.” Essentially, an excess benefit transaction is when someone was paid by a tax-exempt organization more than their services were worth.All in all, this is a very long and detailed document that’s clearly intended to plug any loopholes ATEOs may try to use to avoid liability. Postponing or deferring actual payment, distributing pay among several related organizations, involving a third-party employer…none of these change the ATEO’s liability under this new tax law, according to these preliminary guidelines released by the IRS. As we said a year ago, nonprofit organizations and their boards are encouraged to seriously consider the implications of this tax law, and to seek counsel regarding how to address it.—Rob MeiksinsShare68Tweet9ShareEmail77 Shareslast_img read more

UAEbased DTH operator YahLive has added two Russi

first_imgUAE-based DTH operator YahLive has added two Russian news channels to its HD bouquet.The operator has struck a deal with broadcaster RT to carry English language channel Russia Today and Rusiya Al-Yaum, which airs in Arabic.Russia Today is the flagship news channel of the RT network, covering political, economic and cultural issues. Rusiya Al-Yaum is Russia’s first Arabic news channel, offering a rolling 24-hour schedule of political, economic, cultural and sports news along with movies and documentaries. Both channels are available on a free-to-air basis to YahLive’s customers.Mohamed Youssif, YahLive’s CEO, said, “The addition of these two acclaimed channels further strengthens the position of YahLive as the hotspot for high definition television in the region.  We’re selecting channel partners based on the quality of their programming and the multi-cultural mix of our audience across the region. For example, Russia Today is the second most-watched foreign news channel in the US.High definition is the future of television and, because we have the capacity and engineering infrastructure, YahLive can offer the future today.  The range of channels available on the platform also means that there is something for everyone.”last_img read more

Nordic telco Telenor has announced that executive

first_imgNordic telco Telenor has announced that executive vice-president and head of group strategy and regulatory affairs Morten Karlsen Sørby has been appointed chairman of both the Telenor Broadcast and the Telenor Media and Content Services (TMCS) units.Sørby is also the present chairman of Telenor Norway, having previously headed both the Telenor Group industrialisation efforts as well as the Nordic operations of Telenor.“By assembling the business units Telenor Broadcast, TMCS and Telenor Norway under the chairmanship of Morten Karlsen Sørby, we open up for the possibility to further explore benefits across business units and develop our service offerings. Morten has a unique combination of operational experiences along with deep insight into our business models. I look forward to seeing the results under his leadership,” said Jon Fredrik Baksaas, CEO and president of the Telenor Group.last_img read more

Russian network operator Nauka Telecom has chosen

first_imgRussian network operator Nauka Telecom has chosen RGB Networks’ transcoding and packaging technology for its planned OTT video offering.Nauka Telcom, which supplies telcom services to consumer and to other network operators as well as businesses, is deploying RGB’s Video Multiprocessing Gateway and TransAct Packager products.Nauka Telecom plans to roll out 108 broadcast channels, each equipped with four profiles, available to Apple HLS and Adobe HDS devices.“The boom in content being consumed on video-enabled devices, both large and small, shows no sign of slowing. To ensure we keep out in front of the competition, and continue to deliver premium entertainment content to our OTT subscribers, we needed to source the most scalable multi-stream IP processing solution available,” said Pavel Cherepnin, head of development at Nauka Telecom. “By performing a host of versatile tasks simultaneously via an integrated platform, RGB’s combined offering provided us with the most comprehensive means of satisfying our needs.”Nauka Telecom is active in the Moscow, St. Petersburg, Tula, Tver and Belgorod regions.last_img read more

The Ukrainian government has named Zurab Alasania

first_imgThe Ukrainian government has named Zurab Alasania as the new director-general of state broadcaster the National Television Company of Ukraine (NTU).Alasania, originally from Kharkiv, worked as a current affairs journalist before co-founding the Objective Media Group in 2000. He served as director of the Kharkiv Regional State Television and Radio Company between 2002-10, and co-founded internet TV channel in 2013.Alasania’s appointment follows the controversial departure of Oleksandr Panteleymonov, who was assaulted and made to sign a resignation letter by nationalist parliamentary deputies. The incident, which was filmed by the perpetrators, was condemned by leading politicians including Vitali Klitschko.last_img read more

The BBCs newsroom The BBCs international website

first_imgThe BBC’s newsroomThe BBC’s international website and news app hit 101 million unique browsers in January, who generated a record 1.35 billion page views.The BBC said that achieved “sustained growth” over last year with more unique browsers every quarter, and claimed that unique mobile and tablet browser numbers increased by 67% and 45% respectively year-on-year.“It is tremendous news that has been enjoyed by over 100 million browsers in the past month. The fact that audiences are responding positively to the innovation that we have delivered across the site is particularly encouraging. Specifically, our investments across genres as well as our increasing availability across all devices, is driving strong growth,” said BBC Worldwide CEO Tim Davie.A tablet version of the site launched in late 2014 and a new update to the BBC News app is due to launch in the coming months.last_img read more

David Hill 21st Century Fox is saying goodbye to s

first_imgDavid Hill21st Century Fox is saying goodbye to senior programming executive David Hill after more than three decades.Hill, currently senior executive VP at the US-based media giant, is leaving to launch a production venture titled Hilly, which will focus on live production, reality series, production consultancy to organisations and digital investment.Hill is an institution at Fox, where counts on his CV credits such as co-founding Sky Television (now Sky), the US Fox network and Fox’s regional sports channels business.His exit closely follows the announcement James Murdoch would succeed his father Rupert Murdoch as CEO of 21st Century Fox next year.“David is a dynamic and imaginative leader who has changed the experience of nearly all major sports on three continents,” said Rupert Murdoch, chairman and CEO, 21st Century Fox.“Whether it was launching Sky Television, the Fox Network, Fox Sports, or the Regional Sports Networks, we owe him an enormous debt for his nearly thirty years of contributions.”Hill joined Fox from Australia’s Nine Network in 1988. Besides Sky and Fox, he was also instrumental in the creation of Eurosport and Sky Sports. He was also president, entertainment at DirecTV and chairman of National Geographic Channels, and an executive producer on the final tow seasons of American Idol, which ends after the next run.“Of all the fun parts, the proudest was running the Fox Network in the late Nineties,” he said. “When I was given responsibility, it lagged in a pitiful fourth place. Working with Peter Roth, Mike Darnell, and a group of fearless television warriors, we took it to number 2 by .1 behind NBC by 1999.”“I believe the future of the broadcast networks lies in big, spectacular live events,” he added. “As I’ve spent most of my life producing those, I think I can give some added value. In a funny way, this is like finishing my apprenticeship.”last_img read more