Former Pope Benedict says he never tried to cover up child abuse

first_imgJOSEPH RATZINGER, BETTER known as Pope Benedict XVI, has said he never tried to cover up child sexual abuse by Catholic priests.In a letter to Italian author and mathematician Piergiorgio Odifreddi about his latest book, entitled Dear Pope, I Am Writing You, the emeritus pope (his new title) said of the “moral abuse of minors by priest” that he never tried to “hide these things”.“That the power of evil penetrated to such an extent in the inner world of faith is for us a suffering which, on the one hand, we have to endure, while, on the other, we must at the same time, do everything possible to ensure that such cases do not repeated,” he continued in the 11-page missive, excerpts of which were published in today’s La Repubblica in Rome.He also noted that sociological research has shown that the percentage of priests guilty of these crimes is no higher than that found in other similar professions but added that this was “in no way reassuring”.It is the first time since becoming the pontiff that Ratzinger has voiced a statement on the issue of child abuse.Victims groups have called for a full apology from the Vatican about the child sexual abuse scandals that have been uncovered in various countries around the world in recent decades.Pope Francis: We don’t need to talk about abortion, gay marriage and contraception ‘all the time’More: This nearly 30-year-old car is set to replace the Popemobile*last_img read more

Andy Murray named BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2013

first_img– First published 22.01adidas had this clever ad ready to go when Andy Murray won Sports PersonalityLiverpool and Suarez net one lucky punter a massive £30,000 Updated 22.25WIMBLEDON CHAMPION ANDY Murray has been named the BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2013.British and Irish Lions full-back Leigh Halfpenny was second with record-breaking jockey AP McCoy third at the end-of-year awards bash.Murray was hotly-tipped to win the prize following his Wimbledon success where he became the first Briton to win the men’s singles title since Fred Perry in 1936.The Scot is the fourth tennis player to win in the award’s 60-year history, joining Ann Jones, Virginia Wade and Greg Rusedski.“No matter how excited I try to sounds my voice always sounds boring,” Murray joked as he collected the award via video link from his training base in Florida.That’s just my voice, I’m sorry! I’m very excited right now! Thank you very much everyone.The night’s other big winners were the Lions who were named Team of the Year following their series win in Australia while Warren Gatland collected the Coach of the Year Award.Formula 1 champion Seabastian Vettel was named Overseas Personality of the Year and former Manchester United boss Alex Ferguson was presented with the Diamond Award.Tributes were also paid to Anne Williams, the tireless Hillsborough Justice campaigner who died earlier this year following a battle with cancer.Williams’ daughter Sara, son Michael and brother Danny collected the Helen Rollason Award on her behalf.BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award winners Sports Personality of the Year: Andy MurrayCoach of the Year: Warren GatlandTeam of the Year: British and Irish LionsOverseas Personality: Sebastian VettelHelen Rollason Award: Anne WilliamsDiamond Award: Alex FergusonYoung Sports Personality: Amber HillUnsung Hero Award: Joe and Maggie Forberlast_img read more

BitTorrent throttling report reveals Comcast is keeping its word

first_imgThere is no greater bane to a BitTorrent users than an ISP that throttles their speed down to 56k modem speeds from the ’80s. It is a topic that is hotly debated across the internet about which ISP throttles and those that don’t, or which ones will report a user for piracy or not.The biggest villain in the whole BitTorrent debate in recent history has been made out to be Comcast. They were caught throttling 49% of their customers who were using bandwidth for P2P file sharing. After being exposed for their actions, the FCC ordered Comcast to stop throttling on a large scale. A report has appeared this week that indicates the communications company has kept its word and ceased such practices.A two year study was conducted by Measurement Lab (M-Lab), monitoring various broadband providers using an application called “Glasnost” (which means openness in Russian). The results were published recently showing some interesting figures across the world about the best and worst companies out there in terms of levels of throttling.In the US, the worst offender has been found to be ClearWire, a company that slows down 17% of their customer base when using BitTorrent. The best? It’s quite refreshing to hear it is Comcast, at only 3%. Comcast deserves to be applauded for its compliance with the order from the FCC.The worst offender in the report was Rogers from Canada, with a whopping 78% of their users being throttled. Hopefully, just like Comcast, action will be taken and Rogers will be told to stop such practices.The full report can be viewed at M-Lab.Read more at TorrentFreaklast_img read more

Make Your Own Nintendo Switch Games With Fuze

first_imgStay on target Trade In Your Nintendo Switch For a Better Battery (With a Catch)Controller Patent Teases SNES Games on Switch The Nintendo Switch has games. We run a whole column fighting the misconception that it doesn’t. Still, a video game console can never have too many games. Nintendo, third parties, and indie teams are (theoretically) doing what they can, but making games takes time and effort. What if you could skip the middlemen and just make your own Nintendo Switch games? With Fuze, soon, you can.Fuze is a platform for teaching young children (or people like me who have the coding knowledge of young children) valuable programming skills. You can use Fuze to learn languages like C++, Python, Java, and Scratch and interface with devices like Raspberry Pi.AdChoices广告Having reviewed a lot of programs for learning how to code, a great simple way to make the education more enjoyable is to make gaming a big focus. Previously, you could use Fuze to code your own games and interact with games like Minecraft.However, Fuze on Nintendo Switch brings this concept to a new level. On Switch, you can create games for the console/handheld hybrid right on the device itself. Using the text-based programming language, users can code games with their own 2D or 3D graphics and audio, speech, and Joy-Con powered motion controls. Hook up a USB keyboard for even more efficient scripting. While you can make your own assets, Fuze provides some as a starting off point. And of course the program works in both docked and undocked mode, so you can code on the go and show off your creations on the TV.If you’re going to spend so much time playing video games, eventually learning how to make them seems like a smart decision. Fuze on Nintendo Switch is as accessible an entry point as any, and it launches in 2018. It’s the next best thing to a Switch port of Super Mario Maker.Want to learn more? Here’s everything you need to know about the Nintendo Switch.Buy it now!The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the WindNintendo SwitchEssential Nintendo Switch AccessoriesLet us know how we’re doinglast_img read more

Global Synthetic Biology Market growing at a CAGR of 282 during

first_imgSynthetic biology is a new interdisciplinary area that involves the application of engineering principles to biology. It aims at the (re-)design and fabrication of biological components and systems that do not already exist in the natural world. Synthetic biology combines chemical synthesis of DNA with growing knowledge of genomics to enable researchers to quickly manufacture catalogued DNA sequences and assemble them into new genomes.The synthetic biology market is estimated to grow at a CAGR of 28.2% during the forecast period from 2018 to 2025. The market for synthetic biology is estimated to reach US$ 56,044.9 Mn in 2025.Download Sample Copy @ Market Players: ThermoFisher Scientific Inc., Merck KGaA, Novozymes, Agilent Technologies, Amyris, GenScript, Integrated DNA Technologies, Inc., Twist Bioscience, New England Biolabs, Synthetic Genomics Inc.Synthetic biology, an interdisciplinary branch of biology and engineering, involves designing and constructing new devices, systems and biological parts as well as re-designing existing, natural biological systems. It has various application in the field of food & agriculture, medicine, and other areas. Technologies such as, gene synthesis, genome engineering and cloning and sequencing help the researchers to understand organization of natural biological systems and design new biological entities offering various advantages to humans.In our study, we have segmented the synthetic biology market by product, technology and application. On the basis of product, the market is segmented into enzymes, oligonucleotides, chassis organisms and xeno-nucleic acids. Enzymes acquired the largest market among the products due to its wide range of applications in healthcare. On the basis of technology, the market is segmented into gene synthesis, genome engineering, measurement and modeling, cloning and sequencing, nanotechnology, and others. Gene synthesis has the largest market share among the technologies due to an increasing research and development activities in genetics and growing number of market players offering products and solutions for gene synthesis. On the basis of application, global synthetic biology market is segmented into industrial applications, food and agriculture, medical applications, environmental applications, and others. Geographically, the market for synthetic biology is segmented into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific (APC), Middle East and Africa (MEA) and South and Central America (S&CAM).The market for synthetic biology is witnessing a potential growth rate during the previous years and is expected to witness similar trend in the coming years. Global synthetic biology market is driven by extensive use of enzymes kits and other gene synthesis products in research institutes and academics. Additionally, rising demand for enzyme based kits and solutions required for gene manipulation and rising awareness about genetic engineering among the healthcare professionals in developed nations also accelerate the market growth. However, competition among existing market players may restrain the growth of the market.In North America, the market is driven by an increasing investment by government organizations and institutes such as Department of Energy, the National Science Foundation (NSF), Department Of Defense (DoD), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the US Department of Agriculture (USDA). While, Asia Pacific is the fastest growing market driven increasing investment by private sector companies such as Evolva Biotech Pvt. Ltd and increasing demand for synthetic biology technologies of industrial and medical applications.Avail Discount on Report @ of ContentsChapter 1: IntroductionChapter 2: Global Synthetic Biology Market – Key TakeawaysChapter 3: Global Synthetic Biology Market – Market LandscapeChapter 4: Global Synthetic Biology Market – Key Market DynamicsChapter 5: Synthetic Biology Market – Global AnalysisChapter 6: Synthetic Biology Market – Global Regulatory ScenarioChapter 7: Global Synthetic Biology Market Analysis– By TypeChapter 8: Global Synthetic Biology Market Analysis– By ApplicationChapter 9: Global Synthetic Biology Market Analysis– By End UserChapter 10: North America Synthetic Biology Market Revenue and Forecasts To 2025Chapter 11: Europe Synthetic Biology Market Revenue and Forecasts To 2025Chapter 12: Asia-Pacific Synthetic Biology Market Revenue and Forecasts To 2025Chapter 13: Middle East & Africa Synthetic Biology Market Revenue and Forecasts To 2025Chapter 14: South and Central America Synthetic Biology Market Revenue and Forecasts To 2025Chapter 15: Synthetic Biology Market –Industry LandscapeChapter 16: Synthetic Biology Market – Key Company ProfilesChapter 17: AppendixAbout Us:Big Market Research has a range of research reports from various publishers across the world. Our database of reports of various market categories and sub-categories would help to find the exact report you may be looking for.We are instrumental in providing quantitative and qualitative insights on your area of interest by bringing reports from various publishers at one place to save your time and money. A lot of organizations across the world are gaining profits and great benefits from information gained through reports sourced by us.Contact us:Mr. Abhishek Paliwal5933 NE Win Sivers Drive, #205, Portland,OR 97220 United StatesDirect: +1-971-202-1575Toll Free: +1-800-910-6452E-mail: help@bigmarketresearch.comlast_img read more

Greyhound operational changes

first_imgCoach company cuts selected services. As part of operational adjustments, coach company Greyhound Australia has announced the termination of its Western Australia express services and Toowoomba – Melbourne service from 8 March 2013.Greyhound general manager sales Kevin Lyons said although the group was witnessing rapid growth, particularly in Western Australia, the two services were underperforming and draining the company with high fuel and operational costs.According to Mr Lyons, forward bookings on the services were all also ‘very low’, with 54 people reserving seats on Western Australia express services for the remainder of the year and 16 people on the Toowoomba – Melbourne services.“We empathise with passengers and businesses affected by this decision but we simply cannot continue to absorb losses on routes with very few passengers,” he added.Passengers booked on the selected services after 8 March will be provided with full refunds. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.Jlast_img read more

LoanLogics Enhances Tech with Fair Lending Solution

first_img Share LoanLogics Enhances Tech with Fair Lending Solution Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Company News Compliance Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Investors Lenders & Servicers Processing Service Providers 2013-10-14 Tory Barringer in Origination, Technologycenter_img “”LoanLogics””:, a Pennsylvania-based company specializing in loan quality management and performance analytics, announced new enhancements to its LoanDecisions pricing and eligibility platform.[IMAGE]In response to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) more comprehensive auditing process, LoanDecisions now includes a robust Fair Lending feature to help lenders collect data and prove their compliance to the Fair Housing and Equal Credit and Opportunity Acts.””Lenders that use this feature can combat implications of disparate impact or treatment because they can provide the CFPB with an audit trail proving that the borrower was given the best program, price and lock period available,”” said Matt Thoman, product manager for origination technologies at LoanLogics. “”This demonstrates that the borrower received the best deal. This decision can be tied back to the lender’s pricing policy.””For example, if a loan originator using the solution chooses not to use the loan with the best price, the program prompts the user to record a reason for that decision, making it available to the lock desk team and allowing them to confirm or deny the lock based on those reasons. A loan-level report is also produced on every loan for the compliance team, giving them something to reference during an audit.The Fair Lending feature may be most useful for small- and mid-sized lenders, who have not had to deal with Fair Lending audits as much in the past.””This feature will help ensure that our clients have the loan-level data that will help them respond appropriately in Fair Lending Audits and provide evidence that they abided by the law,”” said Joe Helfrich, EVP and chief legal and risk officer at LoanLogics. “”Institutions of all sizes will find this upgrade appealing, especially lenders who are interested in reducing the large amounts of time and effort needed to prepare for a fair lending audit.”” October 14, 2013 454 Views last_img read more

The 5 Takeaways from the Coyotes introduction of

first_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling In 2015, his junior year, he started all 13 games and was named the team defensive Most Valuable Player. He recorded 91 tackles, two sacks, three interceptions (two of which were returned for touchdowns), two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery.He went undrafted in April, but was a part of the Cardinals’ rookie minicamp shortly after.Crowley was a rookie center for the Cardinals coming out of North Carolina.Arizona signed him quickly after the draft ended as a free agent. – / 14 Top Stories 2 Comments   Share   (Twitter Photo/@TevinF43) Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The Arizona Cardinals got right to work as a team on the first day of training camp both on the field and off of it.The team announced Saturday they have already made roster moves, signing linebacker Tevin Floyd and releasing offensive lineman Lucas Crowley.Floyd played four years at The Citadel in South Carolina, earning second-team All-Southern Conference honors his last two seasons.He was one of the defensive leaders on the team, making 86 total tackles his senior year in 2016, adding two sacks and a fumble recovery. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

€750m bond a step towards systematic return to markets

first_imgBy Staff ReporterYESTERDAY’S €750m eurobond issue was a decisive step towards a “systematic” return to international markets after a three-year exclusion, finance minister Harris Georgiades said yesterday.“This issue means that we will be able to refinance a significant part of the present domestic debt and achieving a lower debt re-servicing cost,” he told reporters.“It’s done. Cyprus (is) back in the markets. EUR 750 million, 4.75%, 5-year benchmark due June 2019,” he remarked on Twitter earlier.Confident of the success of the road show arranged by global behemoths Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs, HSBC, UBS and VTB Capital, the government upped the size of its bond issue from the €500m initially announced on Tuesday.When the book opened yesterday it received €1.5bn in interest and rose to €2.0bn, according to Reuters and other market analysts.The interest rate was expected to be around 5.00-5.25%. Reuters said it opened with an official guidance of 4.90%, which is tighter than initial price thoughts released on Tuesday and having dropped to 4.85% eventually settled at 4.75%.“Through a concerted effort, Cyprus is in a position once again to fund its needs by tapping the international markets,” President Nicos Anastasiades declared at the ICPAC accountants’ annual conference last night.“Just a few hours ago, the issue of the 5-year euro bonds was concluded with great success. The total bids reached €2bn, which is a significant oversubscription and a strong vote of confidence in the prospects of the Cyprus economy,” he said, adding that the venture had surpassed “even the most optimistic expectations.”But the president suggested a measure of reservation as the bond issue’s success “should not mark a relaxation in our efforts towards reforms and revival of the economy. On the contrary, we are determined to continue with the corrective measures to reinstate our growth prospects.”In his offhand remarks after his speech, Anastasiades said that “the first thing that any prudent homemaker would do would be to restore his household’s credibility and what we have achieved today is to restore credibility of the Republic of Cyprus which will allow and encourage investments. The economy must first stabilise itself if anyone is ever to trust us and invest.”“Bond yields have been falling, there has been a string of good news on the macroeconomic front and if you have any lingering worries that Russia might suddenly change its mind about the €2.5bn restructured bond, the fact that you can tap the markets provides some protection,” said Fiona Mullen, Director of Sapienta Economics.“So, as long as the coupon (interest rate) is not too high and it helps to smooth out maturities then it is a sensible move right now,” she added.Cyprus is rated Caa3/B/B- by Moody’s/S&P/Fitch (positive/positive/stable).The issue follows a smaller €100m 6-year bond in April, where the government wanted to test the waters and achieved a steep 6.50% via private placement.Although it had a high yield, it nonetheless helped rebuild confidence in Cyprus bonds, allowing it to exit the bailout programme sooner and resort to competitive markets to manage its public debt, including government financing.“We are satisfied with the very positive outcome and the fact that the rate is clearly below 5% suggests that Cyprus is rightly reappearing as a stable economy with sound fundamentals,” said ruling DISY party spokesman Prodromos Prodromou.“This has fortunately refuted all the worries expressed over the past few days, which fully justifies the choices of the government and specifically the Minister of Finance,” he said.“With the pace of reforms continuing, we have every reason to believe that future reviews (by the Troika of international lenders) will continue to be positive,” Prodromou said.Stavros Violaris, spokesman of the smaller European Party (Evroko) said this was “in the right direction, with the aim to raise funds in order to refinance national lending and restart the economy.”The socialist EDEK party said in a statement that as long as the yield was below 5%, this was a positive development, but said that the funds raised should be used to boost liquidity in the market and should be injected into the real economy.But the Greens party said that a sense of trust in the markets should not be seen as a recovery of the economy.“This is all a communications trick and cannot be described as a joyous event and cause for celebration. In reality, this is not counterbalanced with development and growth which will earn real incomes and allow the state to repay its debts.”The yield on Cyprus’ 2020 bond declined to a four-year low of 4.75% a week ago and is currently below the 4.70% area, down from over 16.46% in June 2012.You May LikeLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoKelley Blue BookYou Won’t Believe How Affordable These Ford Car Models AreKelley Blue BookUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Rep Muxlow has perfect voting record in 201314 legislative session

first_img Categories: News State Rep. Paul Muxlow is part of a group of Michigan legislators with a perfect voting record during the 2013-2014 legislative session.The House took 1,345 roll call votes, and Rep. Muxlow, R-Brown City, did not miss a single vote.“My vote represents the voice of the people in Sanilac County and part of St. Clair County,” Rep. Muxlow said. “I think it is extremely important to cast a vote on everything the House considers so the families in the 83rd House District have a say in state government.”The Legislature last session approved measures to help improve Michigan’s economy and create jobs, along with a Rep. Muxlow-sponsored bill that reforms the scrap metal industry and cuts down on theft of metal items.“We have taken a common-sense approach in making government more efficient and effective,” Rep. Muxlow said. “I will continue to work hard to ensure a bright future for people in our area, as well all Michigan residents.”##### 07Jan Rep. Muxlow has perfect voting record in 2013-14 legislative sessionlast_img read more

Rep Webber applauds increased education funding

first_img02May Rep. Webber applauds increased education funding Categories: News,Webber News State Rep. Michael Webber today voted for passage of the state budget, which includes more funding for K-12 education and proposes a 2.2 percent reduction for the general state budget.Webber, of Rochester Hills, voted to approve the budget for the new fiscal year, a fiscally responsible blueprint that invests in the state’s future.“Our budget invests in Michigan’s future by adding money into the classroom for each and every student in the state,” Rep. Webber said. “There is additional funding for at-risk students across all school districts which opens up additional opportunities for success.”Highlights of the House budget includes:Allocating the highest funding in state history for K-12 schools with a proposed $14.3 billion which means about $100 increase per pupil.Making life better in communities across Michigan by adding money for road repairs, public safety departments, parks and other programs to improve our daily lives.Making health care more efficient with an enhanced focus on improving mental health care.Paying down retiree debt and adding to state government’s main savings account for tough times, pushing that emergency fund above $1 billion.The bills now go to the Senate for consideration.####last_img read more

Rep Vaupel joined by first responder for Sept 11 ceremony

first_img07Sep Rep. Vaupel joined by first responder for Sept. 11 ceremony Categories: News,Vaupel News PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Hank Vaupel, of Fowlerville, hosted guest Unadilla Township Police Chief David Russell for the Michigan House’s annual Sept. 11 Memorial Service at the Capitol. The service remembers first responders and members of the military from Michigan who died in the line of duty in the past year.last_img

Rep Kahles plan helps protect newborns and women in Michigan

first_img Categories: Kahle News State Rep. Bronna Kahle today introduced a bipartisan plan to protect women and their children by allowing for the installation of newborn safety devices in Michigan hospitals.Since 2001, Michigan’s Safe Delivery of Newborns Law has allowed parents to surrender their newborns to hospitals, as well as police and fire stations, instead of endangering their lives through abandonment. Over 200 babies have been safely surrendered in Michigan since the law was originally passed.The plan would expand current law to allow for newborn safety devices as a method to safely, legally and anonymously surrender a newborn child at a hospital. The devices are optional and would be privately funded. This plan takes the necessary steps to ensure the safety of the newborn and helps make sure that no mother feels like she has to abandon her child illegally again.“A newborn safety device is an extension of the arms of the medical staff in the hospital,” said Kahle. “This legislation protects newborns and gives a safe alternative to a struggling mother who surrenders her infant to the Safe Haven location.  Protecting the child and ensuring their safety is a priority.”The device would be installed in the exterior wall of a hospital that has heating and cooling features to keep newborns safe and comfortable. Sensors are attached that notify hospital staff within seconds of an infant being placed inside.The plan protects children and provides a safe and legal alternative to abandonment. The bills also change the definition of a newborn from 72 hours old to not more than 10 days old. This gives parents up to 10 days to safely, legally and anonymously surrender their child.HB’s 4523-26 have been referred to the House Committee on Families, Children, and Seniors for consideration.### 30Apr Rep. Kahle’s plan helps protect newborns and women in Michiganlast_img read more

Crowdfunding Detroit Water Bills How It Works

first_imgShareTweetShareEmail0 Shares July 29, 2014;ForbesOne answer to the Detroit water crisis has been the “direct philanthropy” response designed by two young Twitter users, Tiffani Bell and Kristy Tillman, who created the Detroit Water Project. Forbes contributor Tom Watson interviewed Bell, who reported that their online platform, the Detroit Water Project, had raised $28,000 toward paying the bills of delinquent water customers.NPQ wrote about their efforts based on a blog posting by Lucy Bernholz raising questions about the project. Sakita Holley, the founder of a “lifestyle and PR branding” firm called House of Success and listed as a member of the Detroit Water Project team, wrote to us suggesting that our article contained inaccuracies, though after some back and forth, it became clear that she was referring to Bernholz’s questions, not any assertions of fact that we made. In addition to Holley’s comments on our article, the Detroit Water Project also responded to Bernholz, who ran a full accounting of their responses to her questions, which we reprint here:  1.    ​You mention in the privacy section that Detroit Water might identify residents. How likely is this, how would it happen, has it happened? Tiffani and I have gone through the payment process several times and have not had names revealed. The information presented on the DWSD’s site is not under our control. We collect names as a part of the submission process to get assistance and have each resident indicate whether we can give their names to the donor or not. As of yet we haven’t released any names, and information collected and stored by us will not be released without the permission of the resident or the donor. 2.    ​What kind of permission did you need to get from Detroit Water Auth to use this info? How did you get the info? We did not get permission from the Detroit Water and Sewage Department. The website has several channels for entry and one of those is simply an account number. Residents are providing us with their account numbers, phone numbers, address and amount owed, which is what we need to verify that they are actually in need of assistance. We then pass along the account number to the donor who makes a payment directly to the DWSD on the resident’s behalf. 3.    ​Are residents opting in or opting out of this? Who is deciding and how are they deciding who’s bills get paid?​Residents are opting in. Tiffani, myself, and a team of volunteers have been manually matching donors to accounts. As we iterate and demand grows, we are adding in rigor for determining who is prioritized for help. For example, we now have a check box for people who are over 65. Other guidelines include “must have a past due balance,” “must be residential and not commercial,” “account must have activity in terms of use.” At this point we have enough donors that we aren’t having to deny one account over the other, just that it meets our standards for assistance. This is subject to change.4.    Where is transaction data being stored? How secure is it? The transactions take place on the DWSD website. So the level of security is that as expected for a site that processes payments. We do not collect payments or payment information. 5.    ​Is CFA involved in this (one of the founders has a CFA email address)? Did you create this totally on your own? Others who helped? How long did it take? This is not a Code for America project. The idea and iterations of the site and our processes were created by Tiffani and I. It took us a weekend to get it up and running. We are constantly iterating as needed, and on the brink of having everything automated via algorithms written by Tiffani.  In her email to us, Holley added, “Kristy Tillman and Tiffani Bell do not receive a dime of donor money, which makes this different than a traditional crowdfunding campaign, where you’d have to wait until all of the money was raised or collected before you could disperse it, or a traditional nonprofit arrangement, where a percentage of money donated goes to administrative fees and other expenses.”It’s not only not a crowdfunding campaign, but Bell told Watson that the Detroit Water Project is clearly and intentionally not a nonprofit:“The fact that we are of an ambiguous form factor is working to our advantage. A lot of people are happy to give, for example, because they realize we’re not a nonprofit or charity where a portion of their donation goes to administrative fees. Every last confirmed payment goes directly to the water company. Donors appreciate that accountability and transparency. Transparency IS missing from traditional nonprofit models. On top of that, because we’re not your traditional nonprofit or organization, everything about how we operate is extremely nimble and lightweight.”It’s clear that Bell and Tillman—and presumably team members like Holley, too—are well intentioned in their desire to help Detroiters facing potential water shutoffs. However, Bell’s statement presents an odd and troubling view of nonprofits, which offer more legally mandated accountability and transparency as federally and state regulated entities than an effort that has no specific regulated organizational structure and no mechanisms for third-party oversight. However, given that a creative young internet entrepreneur like Bell believes that “transparency IS missing from traditional nonprofit models” and that administrative overhead is something to be avoided rather than recognized as an essential and legitimate cost of operations, the Detroit Water Project’s belief that its “ambiguous form factor” is superior to a 501(c)(3) nonprofit suggests that the nonprofit sector has a messaging challenge on its hands.—Rick CohenShareTweetShareEmail0 Shareslast_img read more

New Jerseys Residents Can Now Become Partners in PlanetSaving

first_imgShare21Tweet4ShareEmail25 SharesCC0, LinkJanuary 28, 2019; CivicStory New Jersey has become the 20th state to develop a community solar program that will allow all residents to participate in a community solar energy program, regardless of income level. The newly announced Community Solar solution adopts a community partnership model to a government service, to the benefit of all involved.Because the panels are installed on commercial spaces like industrial rooftops and parking lots, the program doesn’t give priority to wealthier residents with roofs of their own; it’s open to renters, condo owners, and house owners alike. In fact, 40 percent of the program’s capacity is reserved for low- and moderate-income participants. Because preference is given to “brownfields, landfills, areas of historic fill, and impervious surfaces” for sites, it won’t impinge on the state’s green spaces. In its pilot form, the project is designed to be flexible, so the Board of Public Utilities (BPU) hopes to work out all the kinks during the three-year pilot and launch an improved, permanent program in the future.According to Donna Liu at CivicStory, New York’s solar partnerships served as a model for New Jersey’s efforts. New York’s subscriber model is similar, in that anyone can buy into a grid and it is aimed at low- to moderate-income participants, but it also allows private property owners to host a grid in exchange for a $250,000 tax abatement.Others states, such as California and Colorado, are already ahead in the community solar partnership game. Colorado’s Coyote Ridge Community Solar Farm is the nation’s largest community solar project explicitly for low-income residents. California has developed a sustainable and energy-neutral affordable housing complex and offers grants to nonprofits that “engage underrepresented communities in designing solutions and benefiting from clean energy.” In 2015, the Obama administration’s Department of Energy launched the National Community Solar Partnership, which involved state partnerships, rural electric co-ops, philanthropic and impact investors, and several federal departments to enhance employment and participation opportunities for lower-income Americans in solar energy efforts.Solar energy can even be an avenue of economic revival, as in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria, where nonprofits like Resilient Power Puerto Rico and Empowered by Light helped restore power to residents during the many months the island’s main power system was down.Perhaps that will be the case in New Jersey; the partnership announcement doesn’t explicitly discuss jobs or employment, but someone must install and maintain the grids. More importantly, this gives lower-income residents access to cheaper power and an ability to demonstrate their stake in clean energy solutions. The partnership and co-op models have been successfully deployed for other utility needs such as electricity or broadband internet. (Some electric co-ops are themselves transitioning to solar.) This model offers an opportunity for nonprofit and community participation in a solution that benefits and is responsive to all residents.—Erin RubinShare21Tweet4ShareEmail25 Shareslast_img read more

Social networking website Myspace is launching an

first_imgSocial networking website Myspace is launching an over-the-top TV service and has teamed up with TV manufacturer Panasonic to distribute it via Panasonic Viera Connect TVs.Myspace, which was sold by News Corp to Specific Media last year, said that initial channels on the Myspace TV service would be music-focused, based on its library of 100,000 music videos and 42 million tracks. Later, the service will expand to encompass movies, news, sports and reality channels and line-up of popular on-demand content, according to Specific Media.Myspace will integrate the service with its social networking platform. A companion app will be available on tablets and smartphones, providing instant sync capabilities.The service will launch in North America in the first half of this year on the Viera Connect platform, but Myspace will initially beta-trial the service to a select audience on laptop devices.“Myspace was the first successful social network because it allowed individuals to share their interests, listen to music, express their creativity and connect around the things they love,” said Myspace CEO Tim Vanderhook. “Historically, TV has been a shared experience, as people gathered together to watch their favourite programs. Our belief was that we could enhance the TV experience by increasing viewers’ ability to connect to both content and each other. By partnering with Panasonic, we’re bringing together the content that people love and a social experience in one service: Myspace TV.”Myspace co-owner Justin Timberlake said: “We’re ready to take television and entertainment to the next step by upgrading it to the social networking experience. Why text or email your friends to talk about your favourite programmes after they’ve aired when you could be sharing the experience with real-time interactivity from anywhere across the globe?”last_img read more

Sky Deutschland CEO Brian Sullivan has held out th

first_imgSky Deutschland CEO Brian Sullivan has held out the prospect of a partnership with Deutsche Telekom over sports rights in a bid to avoid a potentially damaging bidding war for the next round of Bundesliga football rights.In an interview with the Financial Times Deutschland newspaper, Sullivan said that any party interested in the rights had the option of a partnership.Sullivan said that a successful pay TV service had to appeal to all members of a household, not just football fans. While Sky offers a range of sports in its programming line-up, Deutsche Telekom has thus far focused on football only. Sullivan said that under a partnership agreement, Deutsche Telekom could have the option to market all of Sky’s content to its subscribers and share revenue.Sky currently pays about €250 million a season for Bundesliga rights, while Deutsche Telekom pays about €25 million for a separate package of IPTV rights.last_img read more

Walmartowned online VOD store Vudu is set to laun

first_imgWalmart-owned online VOD store Vudu is set to launch soon on Google’s HDMI TV streaming device Chromecast. Announcing the move, Vudu said Chromecast beta testers can sign up now for the service, which will be available with the updated Android and iOS apps, as well as through the Chrome browser for PC and Mac.“We’re on hundreds of devices, from smart TVs to smart phones, and support both PCs and Macs. Soon, watching will be even easier with Vudu on Chromecast,” the firm said.The news comes a month after Google released a software developer kit for Chromecast, opening it up to companies and developers that want to launch their content on the platform.The streaming dongle launched in the states last June, and though it is currently not available internationally, Google is rumoured to be preparing to launch the device in Europe and elsewhere.last_img read more

Shares in US satellite pay TV companies DirecTV an

first_imgShares in US satellite pay TV companies DirecTV and Dish Networks have spiked after rumours of a merger between the pair emerged this week.Following a report from Bloomberg claiming Dish chairman and co-founder Charlie Ergen hadapproached rival DirecTV, Dish’s shares grew.7.9% to US$63 (€46) and DirecTV’s shot up 6.6% to US$77.96.Dish’s share price had fallen 1.4% to US$61.22 and DirecTV’s was down 3.5% to US$74.67 at press time, but the spike suggests investors would be keen on a merger.Dish claims more than 14 million subscribers in the US, while DirecTV has more than 32 million combined subs in States and Latin America.Should they merge, the US cable market would be further consolidated as it goes through a period of rapid change. Comcast is set to buy rival Time Warner Cable for US$45 billion, though the deal has lead to fears of creating a monopoly in the market.A combined Dish-DirecTV business would provide a viable competitor toComcast-TWC, but further marginalise smaller players in the cable and broadband markets. Bloomberg reported Ergen approached DirecTV in direct response to his rivals’ deal.Yesterday, the New York Post reported the three million TWC subscribers Comcast must shed in order to satisfy regulators and complete the deal may be spun off. This would see TWC CFO Arthur Minson and COO Dinni Jain running a new cable business.last_img read more

Ericsson has completed its acquisition of Red Bee

first_imgEricsson has completed its acquisition of Red Bee Media, adding 1,500 new employees to its business and establishing the UK as a “major global media hub” for the firm.The news comes after the UK’s Competition Commission formally cleared the deal on March 27 of this year. Ericsson first announced its intention to buy Red Bee on July 1, 2013.Red Bee is headquartered in the UK and also has media services and operations facilities in France, Germany, Spain and Australia.Ericsson said the deal will further strengthen its own broadcast services business, which it launched in 2007 after signing a services deal with C More (formerly Canal+) in the Nordic region.Red Bee’s broadcast service customers, which Ericsson will inherit, include the BBC, BSkyB, BT Sport, Canal Digital, Channel 4, EE, UKTV, UPC and Virgin Media.“We’re very happy to welcome our new employees to Ericsson and are confident they will help to take our broadcast services business to the next level and extend our global presence,” said Magnus Mandersson, executive vice president and head of business unit global services at Ericsson.“We now have more than 5,000 employees in the UK and close to one-third of them work in broadcast services. As a result, the UK is now a major global media hub for Ericsson.”last_img read more