Are The Networks trying to kill Hulu

first_imgI love Hulu. Hulu solved a long standing issue I had where I felt that I was entitled to watch shows on my computer, wherever I was, and without needing to either sit in front of a TV. Before Hulu I was running a disturbingly complicated setup at work in which I was abusing the immense bandwidth offered to employees of hosting companies to grab a show I wanted to watch, encode it, and blast it to an IP I owned via an Orb server. It only sort of worked, and there was the whole breaking the law and getting caught by my employer that loomed over me as potential risks to the setup.Hulu, however, saved me from my errant ways by making it simple for me to make a list of shows I wanted to watch and have them show up in a queue the day after the show aired. When Hulu Plus came out, I gladly shoved money at them to have access to the larger library and have been a loyal user since then. Today, however, the skies above me seem a little bit darker.Today, I was forced to re-evaluate my relationship with Hulu. I have this to say to the company:I don’t think its your fault, Hulu. I think you got mixed up in the wrong crowds, started letting people you ought not be spending so much time with influence you. I can’t watch you fall apart like this, Hulu. I’ve got to walk away before you drag me back down to that dark place I was at before you came along. The only way to save yourself is to stand up to all of the people in your life bossing you around. You need to look them square in the eye and tell them that you want a better life. Not just for you, but for us, Hulu. I can’t see you anymore until you stop letting USA, SYFY, and the other bullies in your life run you down. For some inexplicable reason, many of the TV networks that had been previously releasing their shows digitally the day after the show aired have changed their tune. The reasons are unclear and each network seems to have a different policy. USA, for example, will make their shows available to stream 30 days after they air for the first time. Other networks, like SyFy, are now waiting until the broadcast season is over entirely before setting the episodes loose on the net. The first couple of episodes are made available online immediately though, probably just to create a craving for the season.So, who ends up being the real victim here? Who ends up being completely powerless as the biggest reason people come hang out with you is taken away? Hulu. No new videos in my queue the next day means I have to wait until I get home to check it out on On Demand or hope that I remembered to set the TiVo. Could this have been the plan all along?Keep in mind that Hulu is actually owned by these same networks that are currently strangling the service, and these networks are keeping the content from their own websites as well. Why, you ask? My suspicion is that this is a move to slow the increasing number of “cable cutters”, people who have figured out that it is way cheaper to watch TV over the internet then it is anywhere else. I mean, Hulu not only gives you a huge library of current shows, but its also available on just about everything now: iPhone, iPad, Android, Roku, TiVo, not to mention just a good old fashioned web browser. You get DVR style organization with the queue that, frankly, is better then most DVR interfaces out there, and even at its most expensive the service is only $8/month.And without current, relevant content from these networks, why anyone choose Hulu Premium? Many of those older seasons are available on competing services, such as Netflix, who also offer a significantly larger movie libraries than Hulu.If the networks were trying to kill Hulu and force their viewers back to the couch, they are certainly on the right path. Hulu has previously been an integral part of a Cable Cutters plan, unless they had decided that full on piracy was the best way to go. If this trend continues, it seems likely that Hulu would see a significant drop in viewers, ultimately leading to the group closing up shop.last_img read more

Xavi dreads the moment when Messi retires from Barcelona

first_imgDuring a long interview with Catalunya Radio, Xavi Hernandez spoke about the latest exchange he had with Lionel Messi and about his imminent retirement.This day that will inevitably come because we all get older as time consumes us, will also come to Lionel Messi and Xavi Hernandez made an analysis on how he thinks the last years of the Argentine will be at Barcelona.Every single person who has enjoyed Lionel Messi’s career with the Catalan club, dreads the day in which he will retire from football, but Xavi has faith on Leo playing at least until he is 38 at the highest level.Even after more than a decade of having him play in the Catalan club, Xavi Hernandez is watching him every weekend as a fan and still goes wild with how much he has matured as an all-around footballer.We may not notice sometimes because of how familiar we feel him every day, but Xavi who actually played with him for many years, sure has noticed the evolution in Leo Messi’s style of play and how much more he gives to the team today compared with his beginnings as a winger.Xavi just gave an interview on Catalunya Radio, where he discussed many different topics related to FC Barcelona and he couldn’t help to mention his neverending admiration towards the Argentine star.Hernandez is convinced that Messi will keep playing at the highest level for a long time. 🔊 @RTorquemada parla de futbol a @LaTdT amb Xavi Hernández: “Messi pot jugar fins els 38 anys, com a mínim”. #FCBlive #SetmanaXaviEscolta la primera part de l’entrevista:— Catalunya Ràdio (@CatalunyaRadio) October 31, 2018“I spoke to him the other day and I told him that I could just laugh when I see what he still does on the pitch. He still does everything right,” said Xavi on Catalunya Radio.“I honestly doubt that we will ever see anything like him again in football history, a player who does so many things right.”“He does everything with a sense of logic. When he was 17 years old, Messi only dribbled very well. But now, watching him play is spectacular.”“I never lose my sense of surprise when I see him play, I lose my mind every time. He has the perfect mold of what a football player should always be.”“He is strong both coming low and going high, when you clash against him you always bounce back because of how strong he is, I swear.”“I don’t care about thinking less of other great players like Pele, Di Stefano or Maradona, but I’ve said many times that Leo is the best player ever.”“Plus, he could play for as long as he desires… what trades can he lose you ask? The physical speed maybe, but not his mental quickness.”David Villa, FC BarcelonaTop 10 players who played for both Barcelona and Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to talk about the best players who represented both Barcelona and Valencia, prior to their La Liga encounter at Camp Nou this evening.“Even when he wants to defend, he is the best. It’s not even a contest,” he added.A @LaTdT, @RTorquemada parla de futbol amb Xavi Hernández. La retirada, Arthur… i Messi: “És un motlle fet per al futbol”— Catalunya Ràdio (@CatalunyaRadio) October 30, 2018“It’s evident that his farewell will be very hard for the club because we are talking about a player who transcends history itself,” Xavi continued.“Right now he is the playmaker, he dominates all aspects of the game. But there are some young players coming behind him that should take a step forward like Coutinho, Arthur, Umtiti…”“But Messi monopolizes so much, that we all tend to think sometimes that we can’t live without him. But that is not the case.”“When we talk about me for instance, Ronaldinho is the one who made me a better player. All the other players in the squad today need to learn from Messi as much as they can, they can’t feel intimidated by him.”“When I had the ball, he was already making his move to the box because he knew that something was about to happen. This type of chemistry needs to start happening in the squad,” Xavi concluded.Whether we like it or not, Lionel Messi will retire from football and we will be there to pay our respects to one of the best players the world has ever seen.Maybe we won’t have him around to watch every weekend on the television, but thankfully we do have Youtube videos to always remember what an incredible talent we got the pleasure of watching and how fortunate we were of watching him grow as a professional.Messi by the way, just returned to practice this Wednesday and he looks like he will come back earlier from the radius fracture he suffered 11 days ago.👑 #Messi 👋— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) October 31, 2018What do you think about Xavi Hernandez’s devotion for Lionel Messi? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more

Condolences On the Passing of Dr the Hon Bernard Nottage from Dr

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, July 3, 2017 – Nassau – On behalf of the Ministry of Health I join with colleagues and people across this great Commonwealth in extending sincere condolences to the family and friends of Dr. the Honourable Bernard “BJ” Nottage, a former Minister of Health in the Government of The Bahamas. This great Bahamian ended his earthly pilgrimage Wednesday 28th June, 2017. I offer my prayers and support to his wife Portia and his sons, and I know that fellow physicians and the entire medical community are indeed saddened by this loss.Public service is not the song and dance that it appears to be. It requires discipline and leadership. It requires discernment and a vision for hope. It requires a keen sense of fairness and judgment and the ability to offer service above self.Dr. Nottage was a skilled Obstetrician and Gynaecologist who answered the call to public service and he was always the consummate public servant who extolled all Ministry of Health staff to come to work, know their work and do their work.  He set the highest standard at the Ministry of Health and all other Ministries where he worked.  He was a disciplined and competent leader who gave his all and expected all from everyone.  He had great discernment and a vision of hope. He made sure everyone was treated with dignity, fairness and support.  He gave service above self.He always spoke proudly of his East Street roots, his family, his father, the policeman who instilled in him and his siblings the values that were needed to change history and change the impact of discrimination he felt.We all know that he was the consummate scholar who always read and shared his medical knowledge and many of us remember the care he gave to all patients regardless of their ability to pay. He often shared medical articles from everywhere, whether you were in hospital, in the plane, as you traveled to meetings.The CARICOM community was amazed at his proficiencies in steering the Council for Human and Social Development as he presented the CARICOM speech on behalf of the Ministers of Health from the region at the 59th World Health Assembly in 2006.  He then hosted Ministers of Health and Ambassadors to lunch and then escorted them to a meeting with Prince Charles who was the guest speaker at the 59th WHA.  The Ministers of Health of the Caribbean Region also mourn his passing and will always be fondly remembered by so many all over the globe.He was a champion for the common man and for people everywhere.  When he returned from his studies, he and the late George Sherman made a difference in the delivery of Maternal and Child care. As the Minister of Health, he pioneered efforts to decrease the infant and maternal mortality rates at Princess Margaret, the Rand Memorial and Doctors Hospitals.  Dr. Nottage stimulated efforts to introduce the National Health Insurance scheme.Dr. Nottage’s contribution to the growth of the medical profession is legendary from the establishment of the Doctors Union. He served in the dual role as President of the Bahamas Medical Association and the Doctors Union.  Dr. Nottage was instrumental in advancing and supporting the passage of the Medical Act of 2014.Despite his successful career in medicine, a strong desire for public service, led Dr. Nottage into public life and politics.  With the exception of a brief period when he served as chief executive officer and leader of the Coalition for Democratic Reform (CDR), most of his career in frontline politics was spent as a member of the Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) in service of the people of the Bain and Grants Town constituencies to whom he felt a fierce allegiance.He made a stand for national leadership on two occasions both times challenging his lifelong friend the Rt. Hon Perry Gladstone Christie.But as competitive as he was, he was also loyal, and upon his return to the Progressive Liberal Party, he never veered from his support of the leadership and the party.Dr. Nottage leaves behind an impressive legacy for his fellow Bahamians to follow. He was a life well lived, and The Bahamas is richer for the many contributions of this native son.May his soul rest in peace.From: Dr. the Hon. Duane SandsPress Release: BIS Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more

Tony Cascarino criticizes Jurgen Klopp decision on Lovren

first_imgFormer Liverpool player has criticized manager Jurgen Klopp’s decision to field Dejan Lovren in the club’s FA Cup encounter against Wolverhampton Wanderers.On talkSPORT via Daily star, Cascarino said:“The situation is, you’ve lost three centre-halves. [Joel] Matip, Lovren and [Joe] Gomes so it’s a big problem for Liverpool that that injury crisis has happened in the same position.“It’s a position that they obviously knew they were pretty desperate in because they’ve signed Virgil van Dijk.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding ar Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“The emergence of Gomes has been massive at Liverpool Football Club, they’ve missed him every bit much as bit as they missed Van Dijk before they had him, ok?“So, that’s a big break. Do they need a centre half? Absolutely not. How are they going to get through this period? Well, they used Fabinho as a centre half against Wolves in the cup.“I think he can play there, they don’t have to change formation and go to a three, they can stay as a four because that’s where I think they’re at their best.”last_img read more

Networking with Other Farmers Added Benefit of Attending Commodity Classic

first_imgConversations in the hallways and over lunch are an integral part of the educational experience at Commodity Classic, as farmers share their knowledge, passion and insight with their colleagues from across the nation.The 2017 Commodity Classic will be held March 2-4 in San Antonio, Texas. Attendees can register for all three days or register for one day only.Attendee surveys indicate that networking with other farmers is a highly rated experience at Commodity Classic.“Commodity Classic attracts thousands of America’s best farmers from across the nation—and they all share a passion for agriculture and a thirst for knowledge,” said Ed Erickson, Jr., a North Dakota farmer and co-chair of the 2017 Commodity Classic.  “We share with each other how we can make our farms more profitable; and, if I can tweak anything that comes from Texas or the East coast to make my farm even better, that really adds to the value of attending Commodity Classic.”Kevin Ross, an Iowa farmer and co-chair of the 2017 Commodity Classic, said that striking up a conversation with other farmers is easy to do.“All you’ve got to do is reach out and shake somebody’s hand, and all of a sudden you’re going to be talking shop to them. Just having that handshake and meeting somebody new can really benefit your own farm.  Over the years, that networking has become very valuable to our operation, and there’s not a better place to do it than Commodity Classic,” he said.The 2017 Commodity Classic includes an impressive line-up of educational sessions, inspiring speakers, a huge trade show, entertainment and a wide array of technology, innovation and agronomic information.  Discover more and register online here. Hotel reservations should also be made through that website.Established in 1996, Commodity Classic is America’s largest farmer-led, farmer-focused convention and trade show, produced by the National Corn Growers Association, American Soybean Association, National Association of Wheat Growers, National Sorghum Producers, and Association of Equipment Manufacturers.last_img read more

1st Annual Cornhole Battle Of The WHS Football Alumni Set For September 21

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The First Annual Cornhole Battle of WHS Football Alumni will take place on Saturday, September 21, 2019 at the Shriners Auditorium (99 Fordham Road).Come represent your alumni class in a cornhole tournament that will settle who has the best class in Wilmington history!Wilmington High School Football needs the support of its alumni to grow the program so that it can be the competitive team former players can all be proud of. Come hang with old friends, teammates and classmates for a fun night of cornhole, beer and hot dogs.Doors will open at 6pm for registration with cornhole starting at 7pm. The tournament will be double elimination.The entry fee will be $50 per team ($25 per person, solo throwers will be given a partner). $25 will go directly to the Wilmington Touchdown Club and $25 will go directly to the prize winner — and the winners will keep the winnings!(NOTE: The above information is from the Battle of the Alums Facebook event.)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… RelatedWilmington Fire & Police To Support Local Teen Battling Cancer With Softball Game, Cornhole Tournament On Sept. 15In “Community”WHS Football Team Is Looking For Corporate SponsorsIn “Community”Wilmington Farmers Market To Hold Cornhole Tournament Fundraiser On September 29In “Community”last_img read more

RBIs Reference Rate for Dollar Today

first_imgThe Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on Wednesday fixed the reference rate for the US dollar at 49.5325 rupees and the euro 64.6569 rupees.The corresponding rates of dollar and euro for the previous day (January 31, 2012) were 49.6825 rupees and 65.5157 rupees respectively.Based on the reference rate for the US dollar and middle rates of the cross-currency quotes, the exchange rates of British pound as against the rupee is 77.9493 as against 78.1704 on the previous day (January 31, 2012) and that of Japanese yen is 65.00 as against 65.18 the previous day.last_img

Dengue on the rise insecticide not arriving any time soon

first_imgProthom Alo Info graphWhile dengue continues to spread and the death toll mounts, the two city corporations of the capital city continue to use totally ineffective insecticides against the Aedes mosquitoes. The new insecticide is not likely to arrive anytime soon.In the meantime, this entire month is likely to be spent in testing out the samples of the new insecticides, opening an LC (Letter of Credit) if the insecticide is proven to be suitable, running tests again once the product arrives and other such tasks. Officials of the two city corporations, researchers and businessmen have confirmed the delay in the arrival of the fresh insecticide.At various events last week, the two mayors of Dhaka said that the insecticide would be arriving shortly. They said they were working in collusion with senior officials of the prime minister’s office.The two mayors, along with the chief coordinator for Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) affairs Abul Kalam Azad, were present at an event held on 1 August at the health ministry. Speaking on the occasion, Dhaka North city corporation mayor Atiqul Islam said that the insecticide would be arriving soon, though he could not specify when. Dhaka South city corporation mayor Sayeed Khokan said that his area would be come under control by the first week of September.From experience of the past few years it has been seen that the incidence of dengue increases in August, September and October. Officials records show a record number of 15,600 dengue patients admitted to hospitals this year. In 2018, dengue patients all over the country totaled 10,148 in number.The dengue death toll has risen too. From information given by officials of government and private hospitals and families of the patients, Prothom Alo has reported that 85 dengue patients have died this year. Government records put this at 18.Former caretaker government advisor Mirza Azizul Islam, speaking to Prothom Alo, said, “The country is going through a crisis. The concerned authorities must bring in the new insecticide immediately.”Where is the insecticide?Dhaka South city corporation officials have informed Prothom Alo that they have tested samples of a new insecticide and several more samples will be tested. Dhaka North city corporation was supposed to have received samples on Sunday. Once the tests are done, the insecticide will be imported. Then it will be prepared for spraying.Speaking to Prothom Alo yesterday, mayor Atiqul Islam said that the Dhaka North city corporation is importing insecticide from India, China and Singapore and that the samples were due to arrive on 4 August. The import process would start once the samples passed the tests.The anti-mosquito insecticide is tested at two institutions. One is the plant protection wing of the department of agricultural extension. The other is the Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR) of the health department. IEDCR director Meerjady Sabrina said it will take 7 to 10 days to carry out the tests.Once the tests are done, the city corporations will open LCs for import. The concerned businessmen say it will take around 10 days for the raw materials to arrive if there is no hitch.Mayor Atiqul Islam has said that the Dhaka North city corporation technical committee has given a list of six or seven chemicals including deltamethrin and malathion. He did not name the company importing the chemicals.The Dhaka North city corporation will import the chemicals from India, China and Singapore and prepare the insecticide here, though it has no factory for the purpose.Differences between the two city corpsThe North city mayor says they have a month’s supply of insecticide in stock which they will use until the fresh product arrives.Dhaka North city corporation rejected the insecticide of the company Limit Agroproducts as it didn’t pass the required tests. However, Dhaka South city corporation has purchased this product. Limit has long been doing business with the south city corporation.Dhaka South city corporation tested Limit’s insecticide on 3 August and found it to be effective. They will now send this for further tests to the plant protection wing and to IEDCR.On 2 August the South city corporation also tested an insecticide of an Indian company and found it effective. However, it has not reached any final decision as yet.Speaking to Prothom Alo, professor of biology at Jahangirnagar University, Kabirul Bashar, said that an insecticide loses its effectiveness after some time as resistance is grown against it.Kabirul Bashar is a member of the Dhaka North city corporation technical committee for insecticides. He said that the new insecticide would be effective and that it is being used all over the world to eliminate mosquitoes.last_img read more

How to disable Windows 10 Live Tiles permanently

first_imgHow to disable Windows 10 Live Tiles permanently by Martin Brinkmann on June 01, 2016 in Windows – Last Update: February 18, 2018 – 11 commentsThe following guide walks you through the process of turning off Windows 10 Live Tiles permanently.I have no use for Live Tiles and explained my reasoning previously here on Ghacks. First, I don’t really use many applications as I prefer desktop programs over them for a variety of reasons.But even for applications that I use, I find live tiles to be a hindrance if not an annoyance rather than something that is beneficial.I can see them work well on mobile devices but not so much on the desktop.This might change for the better with the introduction of interactive live tiles, a feature first showcased in 2014 but never heard of again afterwards.It is easy enough to turn off the live tile feature for individual applications. Simply right-click on the tile in the Windows start menu, and select More > Turn live tile off to do so.But that takes only care of that single tile and not all of them. If you have no use for them, you may want to consider turning the feature off completely instead so that newly installed applications won’t make use of the feature.Disable Windows 10 Live TilesYou have two main options to turn off Live Tiles completely in Windows 10. You can use the Group Policy Editor and configure a policy for individual user accounts, or use the Windows Registry instead.Group PolicyThe Group Policy is not available for all editions of Windows 10. Basically, if you run a Home version, Group Policy Editor is not accessible by default and you need to use the Registry hack below to turn off live tiles.For those with Group Policy, the process looks like this:Tap on the Windows-key and wait for the Start Menu to open. Watch all the Live Tiles in their glory, if you have not turned them off yet manually.Type gpedit.msc and hit enter.Confirm the UAC prompt that appears. The Local Group Policy Editor should be open now.Use the hierarchy on the left to navigate to the following policy group: Local Computer Policy > User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Star Menu and Taskbar > Notifications.There you find listed on the right Turn off tile notifications.Double-click the entry, and set it to enabled on the screen that opens.The effect? “If you enable this policy setting, applications and system features will not be able to update their tiles and tile badges in the Start screen.”While you are at it, you may want to consider disabling other notification options such as toast notifications or notification mirroring there as well.Windows RegistryYou can set the preference in the Windows Registry as well.Tap on the Windows-key, type regedit.exe and tap on enter.Confirm the UAC prompt that appears.Navigate to the following location: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\PushNotificationsRight-click on PushNotifications and select New > Dword (32-bit) Value.Name it NoTileApplicationNotification.Double-click the item afterwards and set its value to 1.Please note that items may still be cached even though push notifications are disabled.Closing WordsThe policy seems to take effect immediately, while the Registry key does not even after a restart. Anyway, both should be useful if you find no use in the Live Tile feature of Windows 10.SummaryArticle NameHow to disable Windows 10 Live Tiles permanentlyDescriptionFind out how to turn off live tiles of applications and system apps shown when you open the Windows 10 Start Menu permanently.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

World Bank president We can eliminate extreme poverty by 2030

first_imgNo related posts. World Bank President Jim Yong Kim is calling on the world’s nations to end extreme poverty by 2030 and improve incomes for the poorest 40 percent of the world’s population.“We are at an auspicious moment in history when the successes of past decades and an increasingly favorable economic outlook combine to give developing countries a chance, for the first time ever, to end extreme poverty within a generation,” Kim said during a discussion on Tuesday at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.“Our duty now must be to ensure that these favorable circumstances are matched with deliberate decisions to realize this historic opportunity,” said Kim, who once protested against the bank he now heads.According to the World Bank, the number of people living on less than $1.25 a day – the bank’s measure of extreme poverty – decreased from 43 percent in 1990 to 22 percent in 2008. Southern Asia and sub-Saharan Africa register the highest rates of poverty, with more than 35 percent of the population living on less than $1.25 a day.Kim said that developing economies rapidly recovered from the global economic crisis and are faring well, thanks to better economic stability, strengthening of the state of law and increasing investments in human capital and infrastructure.A first target by the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goal to reduce extreme poverty was achieved in 2010 – five years ahead of schedule – thanks to investment in social-protection networks by developing countries, Kim said.The World Bank president highlighted several factors needed to meet the 2030 goal: speeding up economic growth rates, increasing social inclusion, moderating economic inequality through job creation, avoiding food, fuel and financial shortages, and mitigating climate disasters.Although many world leaders have talked about eliminating poverty, Kim said, more commitment is needed from the international community – especially developed countries.“Recently a number of courageous politicians have committed to ending poverty in their countries, including Dilma Rousseff in Brazil and Joyce Banda in Malawi,” Kim said. “Similarly, U.S. President Barack Obama and U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron endorsed the vision of ending extreme poverty globally. These bold calls demand action.”Kim acknowledged the goal is ambitious: “To reach the 2030 goal, we must halve poverty once, then halve it again, and then nearly halve it a third time, all in less than one generation.”He promised World Bank assistance in four areas: identifying high-impact projects, monitoring progress, reporting annually and using advocacy to “continually remind policy makers and the international community what it will take to realize these goals.”Fernando Marín, president of the Mixed Institute for Social Aid (IMAS), which fights poverty in Costa Rica, told The Tico Times that while Kim’s proposal is difficult to achieve, putting poverty on the global agenda is a welcome advancement.“The fact that the president of the World Bank has put forth a proposal [to eliminate extreme poverty worldwide] means that it has a lot of merit,” he said.Marín also pointed out that the definition of extreme poverty varies throughout the world. Costa Rica sets the bar at the basic consumer basket, while organizations in other countries use the $1.25 per day standard.   While he considered Kim’s proposals “a little too broad,” Marín said investment in human capital is an important issue. Educating people and giving them the tools to escape poverty should be a priority for the region’s governments, he said.Investment in social capital also is important by providing greater access to basic services like potable water, electricity and health care.Investment in environmental protection is another key element to avoid food crises and water scarcity. Fair trade and paying producers a livable wage are other important steps, Marín said.Social programs implemented by IMAS and other agencies already have nearly eliminated extreme poverty in Costa Rica. According to Marín, about 6 percent of Costa Ricans live in extreme poverty – down from 15 percent in 1980.IMAS focuses on education and training through programs like “Avancemos” and “Ideas Productivas,” rather than providing direct financial aid to families.“The effort that we make is geared toward addressing the causes that keep people in poverty,” Marín said. “Kim’s discussion supports this effort.” Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Watchdog report examines FBIs use of Patriot Act authority

first_img Men’s health affects baby’s health too The report from the Justice Department’s inspector general examines how the FBI, between the years of 2007 and 2009, used its investigative authority under Section 215 of the Patriot Act.That section of law, which has also been used to authorize the National Security Agency’s bulk collection of American phone records, permits the FBI to obtain “tangible things” — including books or records — that are deemed relevant to terrorism probes.The process generally begins when an FBI agent fills out a business records request form that summarizes the investigation and describes the specific items being sought. The application is then presented for approval to a judge on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court.But over the years, the FBI has expanded the categories of information sought under Section 215 in ways that continue to demand oversight, the inspector general said. Materials produced in response to Section 215 orders “now range from hard copy to reproductions of business ledgers and receipts to gigabytes of metadata and other electronic information,” the report said. Technological advancements to the Internet and society’s use of it “have also expanded the quantity and quality of electronic information available to the FBI,” according to the report. Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober WASHINGTON (AP) — The FBI has broadened the scope of records it seeks under a section of the Patriot Act that permits agents to gather wide-ranging materials during national security investigations, and also took too long to create procedures for the handling of certain nonpublic information it collects, according to a watchdog report issued Thursday as Congress weighs the future of government surveillance authority. Agents who were interviewed for the review described the Patriot Act authority as a valuable tool to develop leads and corroborate other information, but said they “did not identify any major case developments” that came from the records obtained through Section 215 orders. And in some cases, information was gathered through the surveillance on people who were not subjects of or associated with an FBI investigation, according to the report.The release of the report comes as Congress weighs whether to renew, modify or let expire Section 215 and the bulk collection of phone records. The White House and House leaders urged the Senate on Thursday to take up a bill that would end the bulk collection while still preserving other surveillance powers that are set to expire on June 1. Later in the day, the chairman of the Senate intelligence committee floated a compromise that would end bulk collection of phone records after a two-year transition period.Federal law enforcement officials, including FBI Director James Comey and Attorney General Loretta Lynch, have cautioned Congress against permitting the law to expire, saying public safety could be jeopardized.The report, the third such inspector general review in the last decade, said the FBI had generally satisfied earlier recommendations for improvement related to its surveillance authorities. Top Stories 4 sleep positions for men and what they mean Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvementcenter_img Comments   Share   Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Sponsored Stories But it faulted the Justice Department for not acting until 2013 — years after it was required to do so — to develop proper procedures to minimize the retention and release of nonpublic information collected on Americans who are swept up in intelligence investigations.Alex Abdo, a staff attorney at the American Civil Liberties Union, called the inspector general’s report “an indictment of the system of secret oversight” relied on as checks for FBI and NSA surveillance.“It’s evidence that the kind of reform we need is not superficial tinkering with government authorities,” Abdo said in an interview with The Associated Press. “It’s systemic reform.”___Follow Eric Tucker on Twitter at © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous oflast_img read more

Over 1 million Aussies visit Singapore

first_imgGlobal tourism receipts have also increased with a two per cent increase year on year, at a total of nearly USD $19 million. With 1,125,000 Australians visiting the city between January and December 2013, it continues to maintain its position as the fourth highest international tourist market, right behind Malaysia with 1,281,000, China with 2,270,000 and Indonesia with 3,089,000. Singapore’s Overall International Visitor Arrivals (IVA) reached 15.6 million, representing a strong seven per cent year on year growth, confirming the city continues to be an attractive travel destination. “We’re thrilled that increasingly more Australians are visiting our city and we’re excited to present the diverse range of experiences that Singapore offers all year round and this year we want to continue telling more Aussies why Singapore should be featured in their holiday plans,” Singapore Tourism area director Oceania Sharon Lam said. Singapore’s year round calendar of events will soon look to attract more Aussies than ever before, with both the popular Formula 1 Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix and inaugural Women’s Tennis Association Championship happening this year.  Source = ETB News: Lana Bogunovich Based on recent visitor arrival figures, Singapore received over a million Australian visitors in 2013, an increase of seven per cent on the previous year.last_img read more

Anastasiades suggests input from experts on notions of federation and confederation

first_imgPresident Nicos Anastasiades on Tuesday said he had suggested a workshop be held where experts could discuss various parameters relating to the Cyprus problem, such as the notions of federation and confederation.He said such a workshop with the participation of experts be held in the coming weeks as it would be constructive.Given the discussion that emerged following the President’s recent suggestion of the “loose federation” framework as a viable solution, but also of the various other political configurations that have been proposed throughout the history of negotiations, Anastasiades said that such a workshop would benefit ongoing efforts.In his address at the opening of a conference held between the parliaments of Greece and Cyprus on the topic of ‘Presidential democracy versus parliamentary democracy’, Anastasiades said that the conference should take place in the coming weeks.He suggested that it would be constructive to hear expert views on the issues of the decentralisation of power, on ways of strengthening a federation, on the sustainability of a solution to the Cyprus problem, as well as an analysis of the various frameworks or systems of power that have been proposed over the past 44 years as solutions.“I believe that this would be a good opportunity to hear views from a scientific perspective from those who study and develop knowledge on the subjects and who are not bound by political interests which often dictate a certain disregard from us politicians with regards to the legal sciences or to systems operating elsewhere,” Anastasiades said.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 SupplementUndoAngels And EntrepreneursRobert Herjavec Announce Venture Could Make You RichAngels And EntrepreneursUndoDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Rep Kahle Dental expenses would be reduced through House bill

first_img Categories: Kahle News,News Legislation clarifying that dentures, crowns, bridges and similar dental devices are exempt from Michigan’s 6 percent sales and use tax was approved today by the state House.The legislation will ensure these items are exempted from the sales and use tax in the same manner as other prosthetics such as hearing aids, walkers and eyeglasses.“We have an opportunity here to help lower the overall cost of dental work for Michigan residents while clarifying a state law that has caused some confusion,” said Rep. Bronna Kahle of Adrian, one of the legislation’s primary sponsors. “This legislation is good for public health, and it’s good for those connected with the dental business in Michigan.”Sales and use taxes on dental prosthetics had not been collected for decades. But a recent Treasury review of 2004 law changes suggested the devices should be subject to the taxes.Kahle’s legislation will help clarify the law and make sure the original intent – that the dental devices not be subject to sales and use taxes – is followed.The legislation advances to the Senate for further consideration.###The legislation: House Bills 5164 and 5173. 09Nov Rep. Kahle: Dental expenses would be reduced through House billlast_img read more

House bills to improve crime reporting for victims

first_img08Feb House bills to improve crime reporting for victims Nassar case results in legislation to eliminate barriers for reporting sexual offensesA three-bill package has been introduced to better protect victims of criminal sexual conduct-based offenses in response to the recent Larry Nassar scandal at Michigan State University.State Reps. Klint Kesto, Kim LaSata and Brandt Iden are sponsors of the legislation.“After the disgusting circumstances of the Nassar case, there’s a clear need to make sure all Michigan students have a safe educational environment,” said state Rep. Klint Kesto, chair of the House Law and Justice Committee. “We must remove any barriers that hinder the reporting this criminal behavior, to make sure the proper authorities are alerted and action to protect students, athletes, and patients is taken. Nassar victimized young girls for two decades and this legislation will prevent another monster from doing the same.”Kesto’s legislation prohibits anyone in a position of authority from preventing an individual from reporting a crime, including criminal sexual conduct.The legislative package also adds a mandatory reporting requirement for K-12 and post-secondary coaches and athletic trainers for criminal sexual conduct offenses. Sexual abuse, assault, or rape also would be added to the state of Michigan’s OK2Say program, which allows anyone to confidentially report tips or criminal activities directed at Michigan students, school employees, or taking place on school grounds.“The victims of Nassar stated over and over they felt bullied or prevented from having a voice,” said LaSata, of Bainbridge Township. “This legislation stops that from happening again, while giving multiple options to report this illegal behavior.”The Nassar case showed a legal requirement for athletic officials must be added to Michigan law.“It is completely unacceptable that our coaches and trainers are not required to report allegations of abuse,” said Iden, of Oshtemo Township. “Our children look up to these individuals to guide and protect them, not to turn a blind eye when something is terribly wrong. Identifying athletic coaches and trainers as mandated reporters is a step in the right direction and I am proud to be a part of this change.”House Bill 5537, 5538 and 5539 have been assigned to the Law and Justice Committee.##### Categories: LaSata News,Newslast_img read more

Rep Noble jumpstarts road repairs in Wayne County with extra funding

first_img Categories: News,Noble News ### More money urgently needed to fix roads in Wayne County and the rest of Michigan this construction season will soon be on its way, Rep. Jeff Noble announced today.“Potholes left behind by a rough winter are making driving hazardous. Just look at the lines at car repair shops,” Noble, of Northville, said after the extra money he supported was signed into law. “This measure provides more money to help address the problem right now rather than waiting until later. But there’s obviously a lot more work that needs to be done, and I will continue to focus on ways to bring more resources back home to our communities to improve our roads.”The legislation provides an additional $175 million in transportation funding statewide beyond what was already planned for this year. Much of the money is headed directly to counties, cities and villages for road preservation and construction.The money is already available because various state departments did not spend as much as originally projected during a previous budget cycle. No budget cuts or additional fees or taxes are required for the investment.Statewide funding distribution will include an estimated $6.48 million to Wayne County, plus nearly $95,000 collectively to local communities within Noble’s House district. Roads within township borders may benefit from money going to county road commissions.The extra money comes in addition to record-level road funding provided by previous long-term reforms. The state also has strengthened its warranty system designed to make sure new and refurbished roads will last longer.center_img 20Mar Rep. Noble jumpstarts road repairs in Wayne County with extra fundinglast_img read more

House approves Rep Barretts plan to honor fallen Staff Sgt Duane J

first_img Categories: Barrett News Legislation renames portion of M-5 in NoviThe Michigan House this week unanimously approved legislation introduced by state Rep. Tom Barrett to rename a portion of M-5 in the city of Novi as the Staff Sgt. Duane J. Dreasky Memorial Highway.Barrett said the signs will be displayed between the intersections with 13 Mile Road and 14 Mile Road.Dreasky was severely wounded on Nov. 21, 2005, when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle in Al-Habbaniyah, Iraq. He suffered burns over 75 percent of his body and died on July 10, 2006. He was 31 years old.Dreasky was featured in The Detroit News on June 30, 2006, when President Bush toured the Army Burn Center in San Antonio. Dreasky tried to raise a bandaged arm to salute when Bush visited his hospital room.Dreasky was assigned to the Army National Guard’s 1st Battalion, 119th Field Artillery in Lansing.“Duane was a great friend who I served with and deployed with,” said Barrett, of Charlotte. “He was a truly special solider. Those of us deployed with him developed a deep bond of camaraderie. Duane inspired others. He was a born leader.”Barrett said Dreasky was his roommate in Guantanamo Bay while deployed there in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in 2004.Dreasky was posthumously promoted to staff sergeant and received a Bronze Star and Purple Heart. His other awards included an Army Commendation Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal and a Combat Action Badge.Dreasky’s mother, Cheryl Dreasky, and sister, Dawn Marie Harvey, testified in support of the bill earlier this month.House Bill 5725 now moves to the Senate for consideration.### 30May House approves Rep. Barrett’s plan to honor fallen Staff Sgt. Duane J. Dreaskylast_img read more

Local residents can meet with Rep Runestad on Dec 14

first_img Categories: Runestad News State Rep. Jim Runestad of White Lake invites residents to join him for local coffee hours in White Lake, Highland and Milford on Friday, Dec. 14.“I always value the opportunity to meet residents and discuss matters of state government,” Rep. Runestad said. “As a legislator, my primary focus is being accessible and accountable to the people in my district.”Coffee hours will take place at the following times and locations:8 to 9 a.m. at Leo’s Coney Island, 6845 Highland Road in White Lake;10 to 11 a.m. at Colasanti’s Market, 468 S. Milford Road in Highland; andNoon to 1 p.m. at Bakers of Milford, 2025 S. Milford Road in Milford.No appointment is necessary. Those unable to attend may contact Rep. Runestad at 517-373-2616 or via email at 28Nov Local residents can meet with Rep. Runestad on Dec. 14last_img read more

Rep Iden takes ceremonial oath of office on House floor

first_imgFROM LEFT TO RIGHT: Samantha Zandee (Legislative Director), Supreme Court Chief Justice Stephen Markman, Bonnie Iden (mother), Georgia Crabtree (aunt), Rep. Brandt Iden and Ashlyn Iden (sister).PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Brandt Iden, of Oshtemo Township, was joined by family as he was sworn in at the state Capitol today for his third term as state Representative for the 61st House District. Administering the Oath of Office was Michigan Supreme Court Chief Justice Stephen Markman.### 09Jan Rep. Iden takes ceremonial oath of office on House floor Categories: Iden Newslast_img