Related posts:Costa Rica’s former world champion boxer gives birth to daughter Beyoncé reunites with Destiny’s Child in Costa Rica for Kelly Rowland’s wedding Hollywood celebrity Matt Damon and family vacation in Costa Rica World’s fastest man Usain Bolt partying in Costa Rica The Denver Broncos defeated the New England Patriots, 26-16, Sunday afternoon and will play the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLVIII on Feb. 2.There are plenty of reasons the Broncos stymied the Patriots and their superstar QB Tom Brady. Peyton Manning, the other legendary quarterback on the field, meticulously tore apart New England’s wounded defense with several long drives that ended in touchdowns. The Patriots’ suddenly hot running game was slowed down for the first time in several weeks by the Broncos. After falling behind early, Brady’s Patriots were not the type of team built for a comeback this year (though Brady did manage to run and throw for a score in the fourth quarter).However, was there a bigger factor in the Patriots’ elimination than the distracting images taken by tabloids this week of Brady’s wife Gisele Bundchen riding an ATV with her daughter, and without helmets in Costa Rica?During a vacation at their Costa Rican beach-side home, the Brazilian supermodel went for a stroll on a four-wheeler. Bundchen rode like a boss, with one hand on a handlebar and the other cradling her 1-year-old daughter Vivian – and neither wearing a helmet. The photos caused such a firestorm that Bunchden’s publicist needed to issue a statement insisting that mother and daughter were driving slowly on a private beach.“Her hair in the picture not flying in the wind, showing a lack of speed,” was a real sentence written in the statement. This did sound like a decent defense, actually.But now Brady is out of the playoffs, and let’s all agree that Costa Rica played a role in preventing the NFL’s most hated quarterback from getting to the Super Bowl. How could he concentrate with these paparazzi photos circulating the week leading up to the conference championship?It’s not all bad for Brady though. Instead of going to freezing New Jersey for the Super Bowl, he can begin his off season early in sunny Costa Rica. Where he and Gisele and the family can spend their time on the beach driving an ATV real slowwwww, and Brady can forget all about football, except perhaps for the part where you wear a helmet. Facebook Comments
Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates CAIRO (AP) – About 23,000 textile workers in a northern Egyptian town are on strike, demanding higher wagesThey say the manager reneged on his promise to award them a bonus of a month and a half salary.Saturday’s strike brought production at the state-owned Misr Spinning and Weaving company to a halt.An activist in the town of Mahalla al-Kobra, Mosaab Shahrour, said Sunday that several hundred employees are staging a sit-in inside the company. Top Stories More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy Mahalla al-Kobra, a gritty industrial town, was the scene of numerous labor strikes and riots in 2008 over hardships caused by high food prices. Demonstrators destroyed posters of then-President Hosni Mubarak and clashed with security troops.That strike prompted calls by opposition groups to turn the labor unrest into a wider political protest against the government.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths 0 Comments Share Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Sponsored Stories Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home The difference between men and women when it comes to pain
A group of specialist orthopaedic doctors from the Shriners Hospital for Children of Springfield, Massachusetts will be in Cyprus next week to examine children with severe orthopaedic and spine conditions, it was announced on Thursday.The doctors, headed by the US hospital’s director, Dr Mooney James Francis, are expected to examine around 400 children at the Nicosia general hospital, free of charge, between Monday and Thursday.Children from Cyprus who need further therapy will be sent, also free of charge, by the foundation to the Shriners hospital for surgery.Doctors from the Shriners Hospital visit the island once a year as part of an agreement signed between their hospital and the George and Thelma Paraskevaides Foundation.Since 1983, when the foundation signed the agreement with the hospital, more than 3,000 children from Cyprus have been sent to Springfield for surgeries. The majority of these children have fully healed, while some are in the recovery phase, the foundation said in a statement.“Most of those who have been healed, have today their own families and children and enjoy a healthy life”.During their stay on the island, the doctors will also have a meeting with Health Minister, Constantinos Ioannou.You May LikeUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementAdd This One Thing To Your Dog’s Food To Help Them Be HealthierUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndoDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoGundry MDHow To Make Your Dark Spots Fade (Effortless 2 Minute Routine)Gundry MDUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoIsraeli rape suspects freed, woman who alleged assault arrested (Updated)UndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
State Rep. Tommy Brann, of Wyoming, will have strong input for the state’s budget over the 2017-18 session, after being named to the House Appropriations Committee and four subcommittees Thursday.Brann will be chair of the Licensing and Regulatory Affairs-Insurance and Financial Services subcommittee, as well as vice chair of the Judiciary subcommittee.“Managing budgets are crucial and I know that from growing a small business over the past 45 years,” Brann said. “We have to be practical when going through our state’s annual funding line-by-line, picking what is needed, what we can afford to grow, and putting the budget together ahead of schedule. I am honored by the trust placed in me by House Speaker Tom Leonard.”Brann was also named as a member of the Appropriations subcommittees for State Police and Community Colleges.### Categories: Brann News,News 27Jan Rep. Brann named to key budget committee positions
State Rep. Jason Sheppard of Temperance released the following statement today in response to Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ (FCA) announcement, which plans to invest $4.5 billion in southeast Michigan and build a new assembly plant in Detroit. Dundee Engine Plant in Dundee is listed to receive $119 million of investments to bring production of FCA’s Pentastar engines to Monroe County.“I’m pleased that Fiat Chrysler recognizes the talent we have in Dundee and entrusts our workforce to get the job done,” Rep. Sheppard said. “This is a true testament to the exceptional workforce we have in the 56th District.” 26Feb Rep. Sheppard applauds Fiat Chrysler’s Dundee Engine Plant investment Categories: Sheppard News
ShareTweetShareEmail0 SharesApril 27, 2014; KRZK-FMDoctors Without Borders is valued for its infusion of useful professional skill where need exists, and the same holds true in this story. But in this case, the professionals are linemen who are involved in cooperatives across Arkansas. Again, NPQ has been promoting another look at the benefits of cooperatives done right.Fifteen Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas linemen traveled to two remote Guatemala villages, Las Flores and La Hacienta, providing 320 villagers with electricity. The project, which was labeled “impossible” in 2005, according to Mauricio Cobon Mazariegos, a village leader, took a year of planning.Mel Coleman, CEO of North Arkansas Electric Cooperative of Salem, addressed hundreds of villagers at a celebration event on April 6 in Las Flores. “Many years ago, men and women in our state and nation worked to receive electricity just like you did. Thanks to the work of these dedicated linemen and the support of many others back home you have reached your goal.”This is the second such project in Guatemala for the Arkansas electric cooperative linemen. In all, they have lit up the homes of 770 people.There are 17 electric distribution cooperatives in Arkansas, which “provide electricity to approximately 500,000 homes, farms and businesses in Arkansas and surrounding states.”The linemen on this project were: Kenneth Byrd and Christopher Tedford with Arkansas Valley Electric of OzarkJames Ray Hassebrock and Mark Wayne Tomiello, Carroll Electric Cooperative of BerryvilleMichael Counts and Craig Weisenbach, Clay County Electric of CorningRandy Evans, First Electric Cooperative of JacksonvilleShawn Dorflinger and Richard Freeland, Ouachita Electric Cooperative of CamdenDon Pinkley and Joe Cooksey, Ozarks Electric of FayettevilleSteve Rooney, Petit Jean Electric Cooperative of ClintonJimmy Dean Sharp and Todd Spakes, Southwest Arkansas Electric Cooperative of TexarkanaDoug Evans, safety manager for the Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas, served as the project coordinator.—Ruth McCambridgeShareTweetShareEmail0 Shares
Share3TweetShareEmail3 Shares October 22, 2014; WDBJ-TVSchool systems all over the United States are in need of mental health services, but with financial constraints, many districts are unable to fund programs of that nature. In Virginia, however, the Project AWARE Grant and the School Climate Transformation Grant will fund pilot programs in Pulaski, Montgomery, and Fairfax counties for five years with nearly $14 million.Project AWARE (Advancing Wellness and Resilience in Education) is a federal program that aims to provide mental health first-aid training for new mental health professionals and the implementation of the Healthy Transitions program (competitive grants for supporting youth and their families for behavioral health), as reported in a 2013 Nonprofit Quarterly article.“It’s across the board—custodians, paraprofessionals, cafeteria staff. We want everyone to have the knowledge and skills necessary to help us when students are having programs and to identify these students,” said Greg Brown, director of operations.Virginia is not the only state implementing mental health services for students. The District of Columbia School Mental Health Program employs licensed or license-eligible social workers, psychologists, or mental health specialists to provide prevention and intervention services to students. The goal of this program is to prevent negative outcomes (both behavioral and academic) likely to result from exposure to multiple mental health risk factors.New York City schools involve several models of service for the School Mental Health Plan including on-site mental health program, a Mobile Response Team (MRT) Program, screening the at-risk students, the At Risk for High and Middle School Teacher Training, the Early Recognition and Screening Program, presentations for staff and families, and the NYC TEEN Website.In 2012, Social Work Today reported that one-half of all diagnosable mental health conditions begin by age 14 and one in five adolescents show symptoms of emotional distress. Ten percent of those adolescents have symptoms that impair normal, day-to-day functioning. According to the Center for Health and Health Care in Schools, 70 to 80 percent of children receiving mental health services receive care in a school setting.Are schools the right place for mental health services?—Erin LambShare3TweetShareEmail3 Shares
Share32TweetShareEmail32 SharesOctober 10, 2016; Washington PostIs it possible that Donald J. Trump did not know about Warren Buffett’s history of tax advocacy when he declared during Sunday’s second presidential debate that Buffett, a Clinton supporter, took “massive deductions”?Buffett has made plenty of noise about what he sees as the inequities of our system of taxation, once revealing that in 2010 he paid only 17 percent of his taxable income in federal taxes—lower than the 25 or 30 percent rate that more than twenty of his employees paid. Buffett wrote at the time:While the poor and middle class fight for us in Afghanistan, and while most Americans struggle to make ends meet, we mega-rich continue to get our extraordinary tax breaks. Some of us are investment managers who earn billions from our daily labors but are allowed to classify our income as “carried interest,” thereby getting a bargain 15 percent tax rate. Others own stock index futures for ten minutes and have 60 percent of their gain taxed at 15 percent, as if they’d been long-term investors. These and other blessings are showered upon us by legislators in Washington who feel compelled to protect us, much as if we were spotted owls or some other endangered species. It’s nice to have friends in high places.This led to President Obama’s proposal for the “Buffett Rule,” based on the principle that no household making over $1 million annually should pay a smaller share of their income in taxes than middle-class families pay. Buffett, a philanthropist who, in contrast to Trump, gives away his own money and gave an amount equal to 75 percent of Trump’s entire estimated net worth last year alone, responded in a statement that he in fact does pay taxes, and he is more than willing to meet “any place, any time” to swap returns with the now-unshackled Donald.“I have been audited by the IRS multiple times and am currently being audited,” Buffett wrote. “I have no problem in releasing my tax information while under audit. Neither would Mr. Trump—at least, he would have no legal problem.”It’s certainly not a new thought, that before anyone goes around promoting themselves as a philanthropist, they should first pay their taxes. As a sector, we should be adamant about that. In 2010, NPQ published an article by Karen Kraut, Shannon Moriarty, and Kim Klein called “Talking About Taxes,” where they wrote:A simple, easy-to-understand beginning frame also begins and ends with the common good. Peter Maurin, a teacher of Dorothy Day who also founded the Catholic Worker Movement, said that our job is to “create a society in which it is easy to be good.” Such a society has many elements, but it presumes a commitment to a rough social equity that is partly achieved by a progressive tax system. The nonprofit sector is key to insisting on this, or it will be the primary victim of its absence. It is our choice, and it must be made quickly.—Ruth McCambridgeShare32TweetShareEmail32 Shares
Share17Tweet2ShareEmail19 SharesU.S. Government [Public domain or Public domain], via Wikimedia CommonsJanuary 15, 2019; Washington PostJudge Jesse M. Furman of the US District Court for the Southern District of New York has ruled against the Trump administration’s attempt to add a question about citizenship to the upcoming census. The addition was first proposed by Jeff Sessions and has survived his tenure; the measure is viewed by critics as potentially leading to an undercounting of Latinx residents and this matters not only for matters of representation but for funding allocations.In his ruling, Furman was unsparing in his remarks, calling Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross’s insertion of the question “arbitrary and capricious,” representing “egregious” violations of the Administrative Procedure Act. He further noted that “Defendants’ own documents and expert witness confirm that adding a citizenship question to the census will result in a significant reduction in self-response rates among noncitizen and Hispanic households.”Two additional high-profile cases regarding the census count that are currently making their way through the courts in Maryland and California are likely to be heavily influenced by Furman’s ruling.“[Furman’s] ruling will influence them and help them work through the issues,” said Carl Tobias, a professor at the University of Richmond’s School of Law. “This is a comprehensive opinion from a well-respected judge, [and] today’s ruling is going to carry a lot of weight.”Plaintiffs in the New York trial include 18 states, several cities and jurisdictions, and a number of civil rights organizations. Dale Ho, director of the Voting Rights Project at the American Civil Liberties Union, comments, “This ruling is a forceful rebuke of the Trump administration’s attempt to weaponize the census for an attack on immigrant communities.”This matter is expected to eventually end up at the US Supreme Court, which has already taken up some attendant concerns. But timing is a question. The printing of census forms is scheduled to occur next summer, assuming the government ever opens back up, and the Census Bureau is not speculating on what will occur if the dispute is not resolved by then.—Ruth McCambridgeShare17Tweet2ShareEmail19 Shares
Flooding in Thailand could negatively impact set-top vendor Pace’s operating profit by up to US$9 million (€6.5 million) this year, the company has announced.Western Digital Corporation, a major supplier of hard disk drives to Pace, has suspending production at its manufacturing facilities in Thailand due to the severe flooding taking place in the country. Pace said the US$9.5 million was a “worst case” scenario but added that operating profit for 2011 is likely to fall below previous guidance of US$150 million – US$170 million.
Koen Verwee, vice-president of marketing and products at Liberty Global-owned Swiss cable operator UPC Cablecom is to leave the company after three years. Verwee, who previously worked at Telenet, is to take up a new role in his home country of Belgium outside the telecom sector.UPC Cablecom is also merging its IT and network services businesses into a new technology business unit to reflect the convergence of network infrastructure and IT. The new unit will be haded by former vice-president of network services Alexander Lorenz, who is promoted to senior vice-president.
Dutch cable operator Ziggo is partnering with Ooyala and Basefarm, which will power multiscreen video content on its refreshed consumer website Ziggo.nl. Multi-screen video streaming and analytics firm Ooyala will provide a “comprehensive video solution” in partnership with Basefarm, which offers managed services for business applications.Following the Ziggo implementation, Ooyala and Basefarm said they want to provide their end-to-end solution to other European pay TV providers and broadcasters, especially throughout Benelux and the Nordic countries.
Prentiss FraserFox International Channels has hired Entertainment One executive Prentiss Fraser in a senior sales role. FIC has said Fraser will become senior VP, global entertainment sales, a newly-created, London-based position where she will oversee international sales of entertainment content for FIC.Fraser was senior VP, worldwide sales, at eOne Television International.Her departure follows that of distribution chief Peter Emerson, who announced he was leaving in May.He was replaced by former Sony executive Stuart Baxter who has come in as president, eOne Television International.Fraser joined eOne in 2008 after the UK-listed producer and distributor acquired Oasis International. She has led eOne’s sales and acquisitions activities across the TV division.In a statement eOne said: “The company wishes to thank Fraser for her countless contributions and leadership”.Baxter is expected to reshape the TV division in the wake of recent changes with eOne now a sizable TV and film producer and distributor. Earlier this year it completed a change in its UK listing to increase its profile.
Telecom Italia is on the point of making a €7 billion offer for Vivendi’s Brazilian unit GVT in a deal that would see the French media company take a stake of between 15-20% in the Italian telecom operator, according to a Reuters report.Reuters, citing four unnamed sources, reported that Telecom Italia is proposing a merger between GVT and its own Brazilian subsidiary TIM Brasil, with Vivendi set to gain a 15-20% stake in Telecom Italia and a stake of about 12% in the new combined Brazilian operation.According to the sources cited by Reuters, the cash element in Telecom Italia’s offer is likely to be inferior to that offered by Spain’s Telefónica, which has already tabled a €6.7 billion bid for GVT, currently being studied by Vivendi. However, Telecom Italia’s bid could be more attractive from a strategic viewpoint, as Vivendi chairman Vincent Bolloré is keen to develop the company’s presence in Italy and is looking to secure outlets for Vivendi-owned Canal+ and Universal Music content.Italian press reports have meanwhile suggested that Telefónica could be willing to up its own bid to €8 billion and open up the prospect of a wider business alliance.
Edmond de Rothschild Investment Partners (EdRIP) has entered into exclusive negotiations about taking an equity stake in Thomson Video Networks.The private equity firm is in talks with Fonds de Consolidation & Développement des Entreprises (FCDE), a firm that specialises in growth capital investments and counts Thomson among its portfolio of companies.EdRIP is in talks about taking a stake in Thomson in partnership with the company’s management and said it is dedicated to minority investments in privately owned companies.“The proposed investment by EdRIP in partnership with the management team would mark a new milestone in our company’s history,” said Thomson Video Networks president, Christophe Delahousse, thanking FCDE for its “outstanding partnership.”“We would be delighted to work with this new partner to continue advancing state-of-the-art broadcast and multi-screen OTT services and driving the compression and video quality requirements of every device — today and tomorrow.”Thomson Video Networks offers video delivery solutions targeted at media companies, video service providers, and broadcasters.Sylvain Charignon, a partner at EdRIP, said: “Thomson Video Networks already occupies a solid position in the market, and we see strong potential for additional growth and opportunities in both current and new markets. The company would be an ideal addition to our portfolio as we continue to expand our strategy for sustained investment in global-growth enterprises.”FCDE partner, Amélie Brossier, added: “Thomson Video Networks is now poised to enter a new period of growth building on its innovative products, international reach and quality management.”
Pace’s GV4305Strong growth from its networks business and a rebound in its consumer premises equipment business in the second half has boosted UK TV technology provider Pace’s full-year 2014 performance. The company posted revenue up 6.1% to US$2.62 billion (€2.34 billion) and adjusted EBITA up 24.5% to US$241 million.Pace reported a 231.1% increase in non-CPE revenue to US$376.8 million due to the contribution of the networks business, while its pay TV consumer premises equipment business saw strong growth in the second half, offset by a weaker first-half performance resulting in a 4.8% decline in CPE revenue to US$2.243 billion.Pace now expects 2015 revenues to amount to aobut US$2.75 billion and adjusted EBITA to be in the region of US$255 million.CEO Mike Pulli highlighted the contribution of the business of Aurora Networks, the cable network access business acquired by the company in 2013.
Kate MarshSony Pictures Television Networks (SPT) has agreed to buy Dutch channel group Film1 from Liberty Global. Under the deal, SPT will fully own and operate the five Film1-branded pay TV channels – Film1 Premiere, Film1 Action, Film1 Comedy and Kids, Film1 Spotlight, and Film1 Sundance – as well as the Film1 Go digital service.Liberty Global agreed to sell its Film1 channels in the Netherlands as a condition of its buyout of Dutch cable operator Ziggo, which was cleared by the European Commission in October.However, all five Film1 channels will continue to be carried on Liberty’s Ziggo and UPC TV platforms in the Netherlands.Kate Marsh, SPT’s executive vice president, networks, Western Europe, said that the Film1 deal “compliments and expands” SPT’s networks portfolio.“The acquisition of Film1 marks a key move into the Dutch market and underlines our continued commitment to grow our highly successful and diverse suite of channels across Europe,” said Marsh.The deal expands SPT’s Western European footprint, which also includes Spain, Portugal, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, the UK and Ireland, with Film1’s team due to report to Marsh after the deal closes.The acquisition is the latest by SPT, which acquired the Viasat3 and Viasat6 free-to-air TV channels in Hungary from the Modern Times Group in February. Last year, SPT also bought UK channel group CSC Media.“When approaching the sale of Film1 as part of the group’s acquisition of Ziggo, we wanted to ensure the new owner would be focused on building on a strong portfolio of channels. We are pleased that Film1 will be in good hands under Sony’s ownership,” said Niall Curran, president of Liberty Global’s media investments group.Completion of the deal, which was agreed for undisclosed terms, is still pending regulatory approval.
kabel deutschlandStrong premium TV growth in the quarter to June has helped Vodafone-owned Kabel Deutschland lift its revenue generating unit total by 920,000 year-on-year.The cable operator raised its premium TV total by 38,000 net additions in its first fiscal quarter, to 2.564 million.Kabel Deutschland’s direct subscriber base expanded to 7.7 million, up 121,000 net adds year on year) out of a total of 8.3 million unique subscribers. The overall RGU base increased by 6.1% from the previous year to 16 million at the end of June 2015.RGUs per subscriber climbed to 1.92, up from 1.81 one year ago,and the total blended ARPU per subscriber increased to €19.25, up by €1.39 or 7.8% year on year.Revenue grew by 7.1% year on year to €526 million, while adjusted EBITDA increased by 6.6% year on year to €241 million with an EBITDA margin of 45.8%.
Sky Deutschland has struck a distribution deal with German IPTV operator 1 & 1 that will see the later carry Sky’s full package of channels.The United Internet-owned operator will offer the basic Sky World package, as well as premium packages like the Sky Film, Sky Bundesliga, Sky Sport and Sky Premium HD offerings.“Through the cooperation with 1 & 1, Sky can be received via all major German cable networks and IPTV providers,” said Simin Lange, senior vice president, commercial distribution, at Sky Germany.
In the global Ultra HD TV market High dynamic range (HDR) TV sets will soon be “commonplace”, with shipments to grow from 2.9 million in 2016 to 32.6 million in 2019, according to IHS.The research firm claims that HDR sets – which offer enhanced brightness and a greater range of luminosity – will start to gain a “toehold” in the market this year, with rapid growth to begin in 2017 when 12.5 million HDR TV are expected to ship.“Numerous consumer trials by broadcasters, content producers and research labs have demonstrated that HDR has a huge impact on viewers. Not only do images look more realistic, but coverage of sports and other outdoor events in HDR also ensures that none of the action is lost in shadow. It is also worth remembering that HDR images are recognisable and effective regardless of the screen size or viewing distance,” said IHS principal analyst, Paul Gray.“As with other new technologies, we expect that the Chinese consumer will be in the forefront of adoption. While HDR is expected to make up the largest share of UHD TV sets in the Japanese market, due to that country’s lead in broadcast UHD services.”