A serious-injury crash was reported about 9:45 p.m. Friday, east of Battle Ground, and a Life Flight air ambulance was called to land at the nearby Tukes Valley schools.Fire District 3 and Clark County Fire & Rescue responded to the two-vehicle crash.An initial investigation by the Clark County Sheriff’s Office indicates one of the vehicles was eastbound on Northeast 219th Street at a high speed. The other vehicle had been traveling north on Northeast 194th Avenue and was turning west onto 219th Street. The driver traveling eastbound hit the turning vehicle, injuring three people, according to the Sheriff’s Office.Firefighters used heavy tools to extricate a woman from a vehicle and she was taken by ground ambulance to the helicopter.Firefighters radioed that she was semiconscious and that the crash “caused heavy intrusion” into her car, which was apparently hit in the side. Two others were taken to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center by AMR Northwest ambulance. Chief Steve Wrightson of Fire District 3 said their injuries weren’t thought to be life-threatening.Wrightson said the collision happened on residential roads where speeds fast enough for such an impact wouldn’t be expected.John Branton: 360-735-4513 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
LAUDERHILL, FLA. (WSVN) – Police have arrested a man accused of causing a crash that killed a woman and injured several others.Officers took 23-year-old Andrew Wallace into custody, Monday.Wallace faces several charges including vehicular homicide and reckless driving.Investigators said Wallace was racing another car in June 2017 on State Road 7 when he lost control of his car and slammed into a bus stop.One woman was killed while seven others were injured.Wallace is being held on a $251,100 bond.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
SS Rajamouli with Junior NTR and Ram Charan at RRR movie opening ceremony.TwitterThe makers of the movie RRR, starring Junior NTR and Ram Charan, are reportedly spending Rs 85 crore on shooting just three scenes featuring the lead actors. After Baahubali, RRR is the next ambitious project of director SS Rajamouli. The multi-starrer period drama has already created great hype, curiosity and expectations. Produced by DVV Danayya under his banner DVV Entertainment, the film is reportedly being shot to meet international standards. The crew recently completed the shooting of some important sequences on costly sets erected in Hyderabad and have taken a two-week break before starting next schedule in Ahmedabad. Some crucial scenes have been planned for the next schedule. RRR will reportedly have a high-voltage interval sequence, which is said to have been shot recently. Ram Charan, who is playing the role of Alluri Seetharama Raju, has completed the shoot of introduction scene. The maker is said to have shelled out Rs 25 crore on the scene.Junior NTR, who is essaying the role of Komaram Bheem, will soon start shooting for his introduction scene. The producer is said to be spending Rs 15 crore on the production of this sequence. Fan made posters of actors Junior NTR and Ram Charan from RRRCollage of photos taken from Twitter and Facebook”While that of Ram Charan’s opening act was allotted a budget of Rs 15 crore, for Jr NTR, the team has gone up to Rs 25 crore, which is more than the overall budget of many small films,” a source was quoted as saying in the Times of India.It was initially reported that the budget of RRR would be around Rs 350 to 400 crore. Considering the costs of the above three scenes, anyone can easily estimate that the budget will increase as the movie nears its completion. The budget of the movie, which is set for release on July 30, 2020, may even cross Rs 500 crore.
Tech This Out – Warner Streaming Service, Galaxy Note Renders And Nintendo Switch Lite7.10.2019 Tech This Out – Warner Streaming Service, Galaxy Note Renders And Nintendo Switch LiteMore 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 UpTCL 8-Series Lighting Test01:10OffAutomated Captions – en-USLive00:0002:1402:14 There’s currently no titanium version of the Apple Watch. The Series 2 and Series 3 versions of the Apple Watch offered ceramic versions, but the Apple Watch Series 4 only comes in aluminum and stainless steel cases.This isn’t the first time we’ve heard that Apple was planning on bringing back a ceramic option. Back in February, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said that Apple would add a new ceramic case design to its Apple Watch lineup this year.As for titanium, that case would match the look of the new Apple Card, rolling out to consumers this month.The screenshots shared by iHelpBR both show off 44mm cases. However, the site claims both titanium and ceramic models will come in 40mm sizes, too.The report doesn’t make it clear whether these new cases will be part of the Apple Watch Series 4 lineup or included in the launch of the rumored Apple Watch Series 5. For the past few years, Apple has introduced new watches alongside its revamped iPhones in the fall.Apple is expected to hold its annual launch event next month, most likely on Sept. 10. Apple’s software betas just can’t keep secrets.Less than a week after the iOS 13 beta suggested a Sept. 10 debut for the iPhone 11, the watchOS 6 beta is tipping people off about what kind of Apple Watch models to expect this fall.The leak was spotted by iHelpBR, which also broke the news about iOS 13 tipping the iPhone 11’s launch date. According to the site, Apple’s watchOS 6 includes setup screens that refer to titanium and ceramic cases for the Apple Watch.(Image credit: iHelpBR)RECOMMENDED VIDEOS FOR YOU…logoCreated with Sketch.
Touring specialist to Latin America, Contours Travel have announced plans to begin operations to Columbia, starting with a 20 day exploratory tour in 2012. Managing Director, Ted Dziadkiewicz said their business model was based on “doing anything in Latin America”, with tours organised ranging from 97 days for two people to week long itineraries for larger groups. Other changes for 2012 include re-evaluating itineraries following Qantas’ announcement to cancel flights to Buenos Aires, moving services to Santiago, Chile, which Mr Dziadkiewicz said was a better option for travellers. “Santiago is a great start for a tour and Buenos Aires is a great ending point. There will be a lot more connections making travel easier also,” he said. Peru remains a key seller for the wholesaler by default with almost every traveller wanting to tour Machu Pichu, and Lima to La Paz also ranking as one of their most popular due to its inclusion in most tours spinning off to Buenos Aires and the Argentinean Lakes District. Contours specially organised Community Projects are also picking up steam, offering a different side to touring and is featured on a separate page in their new brochure. The three new itineraries to Chile and Argentina range from 12 to 17 days, incorporating Northern Argentina and Chile, the Lakes District in both countries and the best of Southern Patagonia.For more information, visit www.contourstravel.com.au Contours Travel Managing Director, Ted Dziadkiewicz in Sydney yesterday Source = e-Travel Blackboard: D.M
March 4, 2015 437 Views More than 489,000 permanent home loan modifications were offered to homeowners last year, according to HOPE NOW’s 2014 loan modification data released today. HOPE NOW is a voluntary, private sector alliance of mortgage servicers, investors, mortgage insurers, and non-profit counselors. The data showed more than 1.88 million homeowners received loan modifications, short sales, deeds in lieu, or some other workout plan as a mortgage solution. Of the loan modifications in 2014, 352,000 were proprietary and 136, 898 were completed under the government’s Home Affordable Modification Program.The mortgage industry has completed about 23.2 million non-foreclosure solutions for homebuyers since 2007. Mortgage servicers have completed more than 7.3 million total permanent loan modifications in that same time period. Approximately 5.9 million of those modifications were via proprietary programs and more than 1.4 million were completed under HAMP.“Nearly half a million families were helped with loan modifications in 2014. This is a significant number and shows the strong commitment from HOPE NOW members,” Executive Director of HOPE NOW Eric Selk said. “The industry has a multitude of solutions at their disposal, both long term and short term, and mortgage services work hard to put homeowners in solutions that are sustainable and realistic.”About 1.57 million short sales have occurred since December 2009, while sales for 2014 were approximately 130,000. Deeds in lieu for the year totaled 28,000, for a life to date total of 127,000. Year-end data showed a decline in the number of loan modifications completed, compared to 2013. Loan modifications decreased 36 percent from 767,000 in 2013 to 489,000 in 2014. Completed loan modifications decreased 4 percent from 113,000 in the third quarter of 2014 to 108,000 in the fourth quarter of 2014. Loan modifications increased 12 percent from 33,000 in November 2014 to 37,000 in December 2014. HAMP Hope Now Loan Modification 2015-03-04 Samantha Guzman in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News Share Nearly Two Million Homeowners Offered Mortgage Solutions in 2014
Foreclosure Moody’s Investor Service Rushmore Loan Management Services Servicing 2018-08-24 Seth Welborn Rushmore Ratings See an Uptick August 24, 2018 655 Views in Daily Dose, News, Secondary Market, Servicing Recently, Rushmore Loan Management Services (Rushmore) achieved an SQ assessment of SQ3+ from Moody’s Investor Service. Moody’s rating is a result of the servicer’s above average collection abilities, loss mitigation results, and foreclosure timelines.Moody’s noted that Rushmore enhanced its collection abilities by improving its overall customer experience. Rushmore separated its customer service and collections call center groups in order to better focus on the customer and implemented workforce management software to improve call center efficiency, Moody’s analysis of the servicer noted.Rushmore’s prime loss mitigation abilities were considered above average as well. This was due in part to the enhancements made to the company’s loss mitigation system during the review period. Rushmore’s special servicing foreclosure and REO timeline were also given a good rating by Moody’s, due to its improved pre-foreclosure process, which features auto document retrieval functions, which Moody’s notes may shorten foreclosure timelines.Additionally, the ratings agency upgraded Rushmore’s servicing stability component assessment from below average to average. Investment in technology as well as an experienced management team, and a strong method of monitoring performance all contributed to an overall stronger servicing segment, according to Moody’s analysis.Rushmore is an originator, servicer, and special servicer of mortgage loans with offices in Irvine, California; Dallas, Texas; and San Juan, Puerto Rico. Rushmore’s residential mortgage service portfolio contained 166,925 loans with an unpaid principal balance of around $29.5 billion as of December 2017.Rushmore’s previous SQ assessment, on August 15, 2016, resulted in an SQ3 rating as a special servicer. The “+” in Rushmore’s current rating indicates positive relative servicing quality within a particular category.Moody’s SQ assessments represent its view of a servicer’s ability to prevent or mitigate asset pool losses across changing markets. The assessment scale ranges from SQ1 (strong) to SQ5 (weak). Where appropriate, a “+” or “-” modifier will be appended to the relevant assessment to indicate a servicer’s relative servicing quality within a particular category.For more information, visit the complete assessment from Moody’s Investor Service here. Share
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Sponsored By Connatix Head over to the Anniston Star to see more pics of the ceremony, featuring Grass and the couple on their special day. Jacksonville State head coach John Grass led his #3 ranked team in the nation to a 40-21 win over Tennessee Tech on Saturday, but afterwards, his work day was just getting started.Grass actually had to cut his post game press conference a bit short to get back out to the field, because he had a wedding to officiate.Super fans Greg LaFollette and Denise Rooney Thomas got engaged last January at the national championship game, where Grass’ Gamecocks fell to North Dakota State, who collected their fifth straight FCS title. According to the Anniston Star, the couple asked Grass to officiate their wedding so the head coach was a good sport and took the necessary steps online to get ordained.Grass formally married the couple after the game, with the bride proudly wearing a Jax State colored red dress, and noted that he “was more nervous about that than coaching the football game.”
OlderGreen Globe certification for Sofitel the Palm Resort NewerCampbell Gray Hotels signs for new property in El Gouna, Egypt Guerlain Spa at One&Only the Palm in Dubai has introduced eight new treatments to its extensive selection of indulgent spa experiences, offering guests a greater choice of results-driven wellbeing. Combining centuries of expertise in the quest for beautiful skin, the Parisian beauty house founded in 1828, harnesses the innate power of nature with a commitment to providing customised therapies that create lasting beauty and restore the body’s vibrancy.The only Guerlain Spa in the United Arab Emirates, the spa at One&Only the Palm is a secluded retreat accessed through a Moorish-inspired courtyard with intricate stone archways and serene water-edged walkways. Offering exclusive treatments designed by the House of Guerlain for One&Only the Palm, the spa features individual suites, a couples’ suite, a private Hammam suite, as well as a relaxation room, private swimming pool and inviting lounge.The newly expanded treatment range includes two luxurious Orchidée Impériale Black experiences, a one-hour treatment and a series of four sessions, which use the extraordinary power of the Black Orchid originating from Peru. ADVERTISEMENTThis revolutionary, anti-ageing treatment combines Blackimmune technology by Guerlain that impacts 95 per cent of cells involved in the skin’s self-defence system with cutting-edge aesthetic manual techniques to restore the skin’s firmness, density, elasticity and tightness.Guests can now experience the restorative power of the Abeille Royale range, derived from pure Black Bee honey and precious royal jelly, with Abeille Royale Honey Repair. An advanced, technical treatment that combines precise and personalised movements with products containing particularly powerful active ingredients.For an immediate face-glowing effect, Guerlain Spa has introduced Eye Focus, a 45-minute treatment dedicated to the delicate eye contour area providing a natural lifting effect and widening the eyes, while Skin Light, delivers an immediate radiance boost, utilising the Orchidée Impériale range which promises to reveal the skin’s natural light.Newly introduced firming and age-defying beauty massage Body Lift delivers an instant youth boost, restoring radiance and lift to the face and body. The Beauty Lift massage focuses on facial muscles specifically targeting expression wrinkles, smoothing lines and activating microcirculation. Body Lift is a deep back massage, followed by a series of targeted smoothing and fluid movements that help sculpt the body and firm the silhouette.The Feminine Beauty Ritual relieves minor pain and aches delivering a lasting soothing effect and a wonderful sensation of wellbeing. The Body Suppleness Harmony Ritual helps to restore flexibility to ligaments and tendons as well as rebalancing the body and mind for complete serenity.
The International Air Transport Association and Star Alliance have renewed their collaboration on traveller document verification to improve the passenger experience. Star Alliance and IATA, in a signing ceremony at IATA’s 75th annual general meeting in Seoul, agreed that IATA’s Timatic AutoCheck solution will continue to power automated document check for Star Alliance member carriers.IATA Timatic AutoCheck enables Star Alliance customers checking-in at the airport counter or online to verify that their travel documents are valid and complete for the whole journey, including any transit point before travel begins. This delivers several significant benefits: Preventing the embarrassing and distressing situation for passengers of being denied entry to a country on arrival owing to missing or invalid documents. Enabling a seamless experience when travel encompasses multiple carriers. Passengers will no longer need to see an agent to have their travel documents checked and rechecked at transit points. Avoiding the passenger fine to airlines for transporting inadmissible passengers.Jeffrey Goh, chief executive of Star Alliance said: “This marks another milestone in our continuing strategy to improve the passenger travel experience, especially for those customers who fly on multi-carrier journeys. “Our partnership with IATA to extend collaboration on passenger document verification through use of IATA’s Timatic AutoCheck to support our proven solution of the ADC will help ensure a seamless travel experience for our members’ 775 million passengers, a priority that lies at the heart of our strategic repositioning.” OlderairBaltic adds Malaga, Copenhagen and Brussels from Tallinn, Estonia NewerAndronis Arcadia opens in Greece ahead of summer season
State Rep. Julie Alexander will sponsor office hours during the month of July at the Jackson County Tower Building, 120 W. Michigan Ave. in Jackson.Office hours take place at the following dates and times:Friday, July 7 from 10 to 11 a.m.;Monday, July 10 from 5 to 6 p.m.;Monday, July 17 from 11 a.m. to noon; andMonday, July 24 from 10 to 11 a.m.Rep. Alexander will also host a special Milk Break at the following times and locations:Friday, July 7 from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. at Roosters Coney Island, 820 W. Argyle St., in Jackson; andMonday, July 17 from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at Napoleon Cafe, 6816 Brooklyn Road in Napoleon.“Office hours give me an opportunity to meet with the people of Jackson County and learn what matters most to them,” Rep. Alexander said. “I encourage residents to stop by and discuss their concerns regarding state government.”No appointments are necessary. Those unable to attend may contact Rep. Alexander at 517-373-1795 or via email at JulieAlexander@house.mi.gov. Categories: Alexander News 28Jun Rep. Alexander announces July office hours
I was honored to join Congressman Mike Bishop in recognizing a local act of heroism by Howell resident Michael Rodriguez. Last July, Michael rescued a man from a sinking car that he witnessed veering into a 9-foot-deep pond when the driver experienced a medical problem. Despite viewing himself as a poor swimmer, Michael courageously swam underwater to rescue the driver and return him to safety with no injuries. For his bravery, Michael was awarded the Carnegie Medal, which is given to a select few who show extraordinary courage in risking their lives to save others. Michael is an example of a true hero, and we are proud to have him in our community.***Summer in Michigan has finally arrived, and with it come many great events and activities throughout our community. While you are enjoying these opportunities, please be careful of spending too much time in the heat. Pay close attention to any weather advisories, and be sure to stay cool. Contact the Livingston County Health Department with any concerns or questions on how to stay safe at (517) 546-9850.***This is also the time of year for farmers markets, and I encourage you to take advantage of those provided throughout Livingston County. They offer tremendous local products and are a great way to interact with the community. I have been able to visit several so far this year, and it is always a fun time. You can find them at the following times and locations:Hartland: Saturdays, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. in the Rural King parking lot; andHowell: Sundays, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. on State and Clinton streets.***Congratulations to all involved in the planning and execution of the various Fourth of July festivities across the district. They were a great success! I enjoyed having the chance to speak with so many people throughout the day and to celebrate our country together as a community.***Due to pre-existing commitments, I unfortunately will be unable to host coffee hours this month. I have faithfully hosted coffee hours in district since taking office, and I will happily continue to do so in the future. They are a great way to hear your thoughts and concerns, so it is with regret I have to cancel them for July. However, I look forward to having them once again in August and hope you will join me then! In the meantime, please feel free to reach out to my office with any questions or thoughts.***If you have any ideas, comments or questions for my office, please do not hesitate to call us at 517-373-8835 or send an email to HankVaupel@house.mi.gov. We are happy to hear from you! Categories: Vaupel News 09Jul Rep. Hank Vaupel Weekly Column: July 9, 2018 PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Hank Vaupel (second from right) joins Congressman Mike Bishop (third from right), Carnegie Hero Fund Commission President Eric Zahren (third from left), and members of the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office in recognizing Michael Rodriguez (center).
27Jul Rep. LaFave encourages residents to attend consumer protection events in Gladstone State Rep. Beau LaFave today announced three Consumer Education programs have been scheduled for Delta County over the next five weeks, with the first scheduled for Tuesday, July 31.The programs are developed by the state Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division, which offers several different seminars across the state to help protect Michigan residents and provide up-to-date information on possible scams harming consumers. The office has held nearly 250 events educating more than 5,000 consumers in 2018, after hosting 720 programs with 14,500 attendees in 2017.“Identity theft, phone scams and investment fraud are threats in the south central UP, just as it is across the entire state,” said LaFave, of Iron Mountain. “I’m thankful we have the Attorney General’s office coming here to help our residents protect their families and livelihoods because my office has received a lot of calls involving this kind of garbage. I encourage everyone to take advantage of these free events to protect their homes, loved ones and bank accounts.”The Consumer Education seminars begin on July 31 in the Gladstone Public Library, located at 300 S. 10th St., with a presentation on recognizing investment fraud. This event, which begins at 10:30 a.m., is free.In addition, the Attorney General’s office has announced the following presentations:Home repair and improvement at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 14 in the Gladstone Public Library;In-home care and senior residences at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 28, in the Gladstone Public Library.For more information, contact LaFave’s office at 517-373-0156 or the Gladstone Library at 906-428-4224.##### Categories: LaFave News,News
ShareTweetShareEmail0 SharesMarch 14, 2014; The GuardianThe Australian artists who took a stand that led to the withdrawal of one of the financial supporters from the 2014 Sydney Biennale have stirred up controversy that goes to the heart of arts funding in Australia. The Australian government minister with responsibility over the arts has responded with a threat to the long-established principle that government and politicians keep an arm’s-length away from arts funding.The Minister, Senator George Brandis, has written to the Australia Council (similar to the National Endowment for the Arts) asking it to consider withdrawing funding from any artists who refused private corporate support. It has been a long established principle that the Minister does not get directly involved in the Council’s funding decisions. The Australia Council Act states that the Minister must not “give a direction to the Council in relation to the making of a decision by the Council in a particular case, being a decision relating to the making of a grant.”Senator Brandis responded to that by saying, “What I have in fact asked the Australia Council to do is to develop a policy so that it would be a condition of the receipt of Australia Council funding that the arts organisation concerned not unreasonably refuse or unreasonably terminate private sponsorship.” When pressed on who would be responsible for deciding what is to be considered “unreasonable,” Brandis replied, “I don’t frankly have a fixed or dogmatic view about whether it should be the Australia Council or whether it should be the Minister or whether it should be some third party arbiter.”We can only hope that the option adopted is not the current Minister. Brandis has since said that while it was reasonable for arts companies or festivals to reject corporate funding if they had concerns about a sponsor’s financial credentials, it was unreasonable for them to refuse sponsorship on political grounds. And when questioned whether it was appropriate for an organization to refuse sponsorship from a tobacco company, Brandis replied, “I don’t think that arts companies should reject bona fide sponsorship from commercially sound, prospective partners.”Brandis here may be showing his lack of understanding of different types of private funding of the arts. Sponsorship, for example, is something quite different from philanthropy. Both are forms of private funding of the arts. In fact, tobacco sponsorship has been prohibited in Australia since the 1990s.The objection at the heart of this controversy had been to the primarily philanthropic support of the Sydney Biennale by the Belgiorno-Nettis private family company, Transfield Holdings. The family had been closely involved in the founding of the Sydney Biennale. The Belgiorno-Nettis family is amongst the largest providers of philanthropy for the arts in Australia. The family company holds 11 percent of the shares in a public company the family founded then sold, now called Transfield Services. Transfield Services is involved in the Australian government’s controversial asylum seeker campus. The family are not represented on the board or the management of Transfield services. The Australian government has created another organisation, Creative Partnerships Australia, to encourage private sector support for the arts. Sen. Brandis is also the Minister responsible for Creative Partnerships Australia. On the Creative Partnerships Australia website, he is quoted as saying one of his key priorities as Arts Minister is to grow funding and other support for the arts from the private sector. Private sector support for the arts in Australia currently amounts to about 10 percent of total arts funding and comes, according to this website, from business partnerships (including sponsorships), social investment, and philanthropy. In one respect, then, it could be argued he is doing his job. By taking away the rights of artists to refuse funding from the private sector, logically the amount of available funding will grow. However, this ignores whether the reputation or image of the source of funding is consistent with the artists’ values or messages. It seems that the Minister misunderstands the arts and artists that he is responsible for. Isn’t a primary role of the arts in society to challenge orthodoxy and provoke debate? In order to be successful in this, the arts sector needs to be free and independent. This surely was the thinking behind the Australia Council Act. And doesn’t this freedom and independence for artists encompass their choice of partners and sponsors? Isn’t that what we want in a free and democratic society?—John Godfrey ShareTweetShareEmail0 Shares
Share17TweetShareEmail17 SharesOctober 23, 2018; New York TimesA White House Council of Economic Advisers (CEA) 72-page report published earlier this week seeks to link the policies advocated by democratic socialists such as US Senator Bernie Sanders and New York congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez with failed economic programs of 20th-century communist governments. The report, note Binyamin Appelbaum and Jim Tankersley in the New York Times, manages to use the word “socialism” 144 times—or two times per page. Even Karl Marx might have been surprised to see socialism denounced with such fervor.The Council’s report begins, in fact, with a reference to the 200th anniversary of Marx’s birth. The specter of Marx, it would appear, is still very much with us. But Marx was born in May, not October. Might the October release of a White House report be electorally motivated? One hint: a White House press release about the report carries the headline “Congressional Democrats Want to Take Money From Hardworking Americans to Fund Failed Socialist Policies.”As Appelbaum and Tankersley write, “The report does not shy away from lumping in liberal politicians and their policy proposals, such as Medicare for All and tuition-free college, with the atrocities committed by authoritarian regimes. For example, it compares Lenin’s demonization of kulaks, or yeoman farmers, to [US Senator Elizabeth] Warren’s critiques of the behavior of some large corporations.”Austan Goolsbee, an economist at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business who chaired the CEA under President Barack Obama, remarks to the Times that, “It feels like the CEA has a lot of free time on its hands. Normally, the CEA’s time is spent as a think tank for the president, adding up numbers. There’s not time to be contemplating Karl Marx.”The report finds that pickup trucks are more expensive in Norway than in the US—American workers have to spend 4.4 hours of work a week to pay for their trucks compared to 7.1 hours in Norway. But is this the most insightful comparison to draw? Notably, the United Nations (UN) in its 2018 Human Development Report gives Norway top billing—the US ranks thirteenth. Sweden, which lacks Norway’s oil wealth, ranks below Norway, but still comes in above the US at seventh, despite the fact that pickup trucks in Sweden are even more expensive than in Norway. Perhaps the UN found it more significant that the average Swede lives three years longer than the average American.What is the report’s definition of socialism? The definition offered is “the degree to which (a) the means of production, distribution, and exchange are owned or regulated by the state; and (b) the state uses its control to distribute the economic output without regard for final consumers’ willingness to pay or exchange (i.e., giving resources away ‘for free’).”But as Appelbaum and Tankersley observe, the report authors assiduously avoid applying that definition to current US government activity, even though “The federal government has long embraced important elements of a socialist agenda, such as providing retirement benefits and health care for poor children and older people.” Also, direct government ownership in the US economy—everything from the US Post Office to municipally owned power—is actually quite extensive. But for the CEA, all of this is unimportant. For example, Medicare for all seniors is not socialism, but the same program, if available to all Americans, is definitely socialism.NPQ readers might also find it interesting to note that the CEA report casts a critical eye on holiday gifts, since “the recipients of Christmas gifts sometimes value the gifts less than they cost the giver.” You see, the inefficiency of gift-giving shows why socialism is inefficient. Also, maybe a fifth column in the war on Christmas has entered the White House.And what do actual democratic socialists have to say? Ocasio-Cortez defines democratic socialism as being less about means and more about organizing economics around the principle that “in a modern, moral and wealthy society, no American should be too poor to live.” Ocasio-Cortez adds that, “To me, that means every working-class American in this country should have access to dignified health care—should actually be able to see a doctor without going broke. It means you should be able to send your kids to college and trade school if they so choose, and no person should feel precarious or unstable in their access to housing as our economy develops.”—Steve DubbShare17TweetShareEmail17 Shares
Share27Tweet14ShareEmail41 Shares March 18, 2019; New York TimesNPQ has repeatedly suggested that large universities need to play nicer with others when it comes to providing for the health and well-being of surrounding communities. This story exemplifies the kind of behavior that can stoke resentment.In the Triangle Park region of North Carolina, a 17.7-mile light rail line that “could combat gridlock by linking Durham and Chapel Hill, home to the University of North Carolina, and would provide access to three major hospitals as well as the historically black North Carolina Central University in Durham” seemed to be moving full speed ahead, with taxpayers in both Durham and Orange counties voting in favor of assessing a sales tax to pay for it—until Duke University put on the brakes.“You have poor and working-class black people who would like to get to better employment in another location, and a whole community collaborating to make this happen, and you have Duke with veto power,” notes Kevin Primus, once a manager of Duke’s men’s basketball team. Primus adds that Duke’s rejection of light rail reinforces the school’s reputation among blacks like himself of being “the plantation.”For its part, Duke says that the light rail line would interfere with its ability to conduct medical research. As Richard Fausset in the New York Times explains:Duke officials are adamant that their objections to the project are serious and insurmountable. They said construction vibration and electromagnetic interference from the trains might affect sensitive research equipment at Duke’s sprawling medical campus, which the train line would skirt. And they are concerned about the project’s impact on the underground utilities that serve the medical center—and the threat of new lawsuits.In their official rejection, administrators said the project, as proposed, would “jeopardize community health, public safety and the future viability of our enterprise.”Fausset adds, “Duke officials have said they are not opposed to light rail in general, only to this specific project.” In short, the threat of construction vibration and electromagnetic interference made them do it. On its face, Duke’s reasoning sounds plausible—but a little bit of history makes Duke’s argument seem more dubious. To understand, one should look at another university that raised the same argument nine years ago.The place was College Park, Maryland. At the time, a light rail line was planned to cross the University of Maryland campus, but the university opposed its construction “because of concerns of electromagnetic interference which could potentially affect delicate research equipment in buildings close to Campus Drive.”Shortly afterward, however, the very same school became a leading advocate for what is now known in metro Washington as the Purple Line. Had a new non-vibrating technology been invented? Hardly. What had changed was the university’s leadership. Daniel Mote stepped down and Wallace Loh took his place.Six years later, Loh explained the university’s change of heart. “We had the opportunity to have that Metro subway underneath Stamp Union, or where Stamp Union is now,” Loh said to the college’s student newspaper, The Diamondback. “We turned it down—we, meaning our predecessors. […] Georgetown also turned it down—both to our regret. So now we have to spend more time, more money, to rectify the mistakes of the past.”As for the technical issues, Loh said,The aesthetics, the vibrations, the safety, and the electromagnetic interference with experiments—these are all fixable. The answer is not “Don’t do it.” It’s “Do the technical solutions for it.”The Purple Line in College Park is being built and slated to open in 2022, and yet the same dubious argument advanced a decade ago has resurfaced here. A memo from the Durham transit group notes that College Park is not unique. Indeed, the transit organizing group, called GoTriangle, says that it has “a list of 20 medical centers around the country with rail systems in close proximity.”Given that similar technical issues have been managed successfully by so many other communities, what are Duke’s true motives? In the Times, Fausset acknowledges that “some critics wondered whether Duke was using its stated concerns as an excuse for other, hidden worries about the train.” For instance, the Duke statement mentions “public safety”—often coded wording for fears that transit might bring low-income people of color into wealthier white areas. Certainly, if this were the case, it would not be the first time light rail opposition has been so motivated.Meanwhile, Duke’s action has provoked widespread condemnation. Wib Gulley, a former mayor of Durham, likened Duke’s decision to reject light rail to its 1969 decision to call in the police “to gas and beat students” amid civil rights protests.Fausset also notes that Mark-Anthony Middleton, a black Durham council member, advocates using eminent domain, calling it “the unsexy part of the work of racial equality.” Middleton tells Fausset that the light rail line “would serve predominantly black Durham neighborhoods that were badly hobbled in decades past by urban renewal projects and highway construction.”Is there a solution to the impasse in Durham? That remains to be seen. Perhaps Duke administrators should visit their colleagues in College Park.—Steve DubbShare27Tweet14ShareEmail41 Shares
Cable operator UPC Romania has added a Bollywood package to its TV offering.The Liberty Global-owned cable operator has added a package comprising three channels – Bollywood TV, Bollywood Classic and Bollyshow – collectively airing about 3,000 hours of content each year.The package is available for RON8 (€1.85) a month excluding VAT. The Bollywood package is produced by ISG.
UPC Austria is adding six new HD channels to its line-up.The cable operator will begin offering HD versions of local channels 3sat, Kika, zdf_neo and BR to all HD customers tomorrow. Thematic channels Romance TV and RTL Crime will also be added to the HD Extra package, taking the total number of HD channels available on UPC Austria’s newtork to 35.
Cable operator UPC Czech Republic and M77 Group-owned DTH providers CS Link and SkyLink have begun carrying TV Fanda, the entertainment channel recently launched by commercial broadcaster TV Nova.UPC will offer TV Fanda in its Classic and Comfort packages. TV Fanda offers a range of movies, drama series, sports and documentaries.TV Fanda is CME-owned TV Nova’s fifth channel in the Czech Republic.
The EBU has selected content management company RRsat to provide digital media content delivery services and be its main hub between Asia and Europe.The EBU will deliver sports, news and special events via RRsat’s teleports to the EBU network, an alliance of public service media organisations, with members in 56 countries. The EBU Network operates Eurovision, a distribution and production company that provides entertainment, culture, music, live sport and news content, including the Eurovision Song Contest and the UEFA cup.RRsat will establish bi-directional fibre connectivity between RRsat’s teleport in Israel and EBU Network’s headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, and will provide all broadcast services for EBU Network to and from Asia. RRsat will also be responsible for EBU Networks’ occasional use of satellite to satellite transmissions and traffic monitoring utilising EBU capacity on three different satellites.Paolo Pusterla, head of procurement, EBU Network said: “We have selected RRsat after carefully evaluating all their capabilities, including their teleport services, fiber network, master control room, engineering team and coordination/booking skills. Our recent visit to RRsat’s new state of the art teleport in Israel, established our confidence that we have a partner that can address our needs for the long term.”