CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian court on Thursday convicted and sentenced a police officer to 15 years in prison over the killing of a female protester during a peaceful demonstration in Cairo in January — a slaying that shocked many Egyptians.The Cairo Criminal Court ruled against 24-year-old police lieutenant Yassin Hatem Salah Eddin, charged with manslaughter over the death of 32-year-old activist Shaimaa el-Sabbagh. The ruling can be appealed. Comments Share In subsequent trials, almost all of the over 100 policemen involved and charged with the killings were acquitted, with judges citing shoddy investigations or lax evidence in the cases, which were largely probed by the police themselves.The uproar over el-Sabbagh’s death prompted Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi to urge an investigation. He suggested at the time that individual mistakes should not undermine public confidence in the police.Egypt’s interior minister was subsequently replaced in a Cabinet shuffle.The verdict comes against a backdrop of a state-orchestrated campaign to silence dissent. An anti-protest law punishes demonstrations staged without police permits and courts dispense heavy sentences against both Islamists and secular-minded activists over charges mostly related to violence.The campaign escalated following the military’s ouster of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi in July 2013 after mass demonstrations accusing him of abuse of power.A lawyer representing the slain woman said the ruling was fair.“The ruling achieves justice and retribution,” said the lawyer, Amir Salem. “The soul of Shaimaa will can now rest in peace.” 5 ways to recognize low testosterone Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. The killing struck a nerve with many Egyptians and stoked anger over perceived brutality of the police. El-Sabbagh family members, lawyers and friends welcomed the verdict, many clapping in approval inside the court room on Thursday.Video footage of the incident showed el-Sabbagh collapsing in a colleague’s arms with her head, chest and back soaked in blood after a masked policeman fired birdshot in her direction. A voice was heard in the videos, commanding: “Fire.”Authorities initially denied that police had any involvement in her death. Lawyers had repeatedly demanded that the manslaughter charge be changed to premeditated murder.Salah Eddin addressed the court before the verdict was handed down, denying responsibility for el-Sabbagh’s killing and saying he had no gunshots in his weapon.“We had no gunshots. We were there for security, not to kill anyone,” he said. “This is our job.”Rights lawyers and witnesses have said the police hampered efforts to save el-Sabbagh’s life by preventing an ambulance from passing through the cordon.El-Sabbagh and a small group of demonstrators were marking the anniversary of the Jan. 25, 2011, uprising that toppled longtime autocrat Hosni Mubarak. During the uprising, nearly 900 protesters were killed by police. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk Top Stories Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology Sponsored Stories
Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J The gateway into New South Wales’ capital city says more SmartGate infrastructure announced by the federal government will improve the processing and facilitation of inbound passengers.Unveiled this morning, Sydney Airport’s chief executive Kerrie Mather said allowing New Zealand and Australian passport holders to clear customs through a self-service type system will not only cut the waiting time but deliver a better passenger experience. The SmartGate process was originally introduced to the airport in 2009 and according to the airport takes up to 90 seconds for passengers with microchipped e-passports to pass through. “We have been working very closely with Customs on implementing this new technology because it improves passenger facilitation and delivers a better passenger experience,” Ms Mather said. “We already have a high number of passengers who opt to use SmartGates at Sydney Airport and we expect this to increase as Australian passports are replaced with microchipped e-passports by 2015.“Sydney is Australia’s international gateway and with nearly half of Australia’s international passengers travelling through Sydney Airport, improving the customer experience is a priority for us.”
Playoffs? Yeah, that would be nice, but the Cardinals have their sights set even higher. Say, Super Bowl 50?“The expectation is high,” safety Rashad Johnson said. “Our head coach, Coach B.A., hasn’t shied away from saying Super Bowl or bust. We believe that.“We believe we have the talent here, we believe we have the camaraderie here and we believe we have the experience here to get it done. Last year we weren’t able to finish it — no excuses — we lost our quarterback who’s a great player, a big part of what we do. We got him back, he’s healthy and he’s zipping the ball so we’re excited to get this first game going, coming out with a win, and then we can stack them from there.”That first win, they’re hoping, will come Sunday against the New Orleans Saints at University of Phoenix Stadium.While maybe not pegged to be the most difficult team on Arizona’s No. 5-ranked schedule, the Saints figure to provide a stiff test for a Cardinals team that aims to show it is among the NFL’s elite. Though a loss Sunday would not spell the end of their postseason hopes, stumbling out of the gate against a team that won seven games last season would not be a good idea. TEMPE, Ariz. — The Arizona Cardinals won 10 games in 2013, Bruce Arians’ first season with the team.They followed that up with an 11-victory campaign in 2014, one that likely would have been better if not for a ridiculous rash of injuries that included the loss of quarterback Carson Palmer.Now, in 2015, it’s safe to say even more is expected of the team.“We’re extremely hungry, man, with the way we finished last year,” safety Tyrann Mathieu said. “Obviously we’re super talented, and we understand that. I think the biggest thing is us staying healthy and playing with consistency. It’s really going to take us holding each other accountable in order to really achieve those goals, but there’s no doubt about it we’re a playoff team.” Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling “So we’ve got very high expectations, and you can tell that all the guys around here got their minds focused on getting there, so it should be a pretty good year.”Some stories for pre-game readingRunning back Chris Johnson, who suffered a gunshot wound in March, said at the time he wasn’t sure he would ever play football again.Remember Jonathan Cooper? The starting right guard is quietly preparing for his first career Week 1 start. It was a long time coming, by the way.Cornerback Patrick Peterson will have ‘special duties’ this season.The Cardinals have a newly-renovated training facility in Tempe, and team president Michael Bidwill was more than happy to show it off Friday.Linebacker Sean Weatherspoon will be playing in an NFL game for the first time since Dec. 15, 2013. He’s having fun with making his return.ESPN’s Ron Jaworski is one analyst who is predicting big things for the Cardinals in 2015.A couple defensive stars made their acting debuts on a popular TV show.Miscellany • Receiver Michael Floyd is listed as questionable on the official injury report, but Friday head coach Bruce Arians said knowing the receiver, he’d give him a “pretty solid” chance of playing Sunday. When asked about his chances, Floyd said he thinks he can, but at this point it’s a mental issue and he’ll have to see how things are Sunday. But, he said he wouldn’t be practicing like he has if he didn’t think he’d be able to give it a shot. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Comments Share • Bruce Arians expressed nothing but confidence in the right side of his offensive line, which includes first-time starters Jonathan Cooper at right guard and Earl Watford at right tackle.“I think Coop has been solid all camp and I trust Earl that Earl’s going to play very well,” he said.Speaking of Watford, specifically, why did the team decide to go with him over veteran Bradley Sowell, who has started multiple games in the NFL?“You see a little bit more snap in his punch,” offensive coordinator Harold Goodwin said. “Bradley does a good job athletically, but sometimes you’ve got to have a little power, too. Earl’s a little bit more powerful, a little bit more assertive when it comes to pass protection.”• QB Carson Palmer is one of many key players returning from an injury, but he is easily the most important. Coming back from his second career torn ACL, he’s looking forward to another season.“It’s just a blessing. I’m extremely excited and I need to chill out a little bit because it’s only Tuesday. The longer you play the game, the more you realize how special each opportunity is and how special each year is. You’ve got to take advantage of every one because you don’t know when they stop. I learned that the hard way last year, and thankfully, I’m back to having another opportunity.” • Rookie running back David Johnson said he hasn’t really thought about what it will be like for his first NFL play, carry or catch.“I think I’ll be too excited — I probably won’t be thinking, to tell you the truth,” he said. “Hopefully my mind is focused, hopefully I’m not cloudy, but we’ll have to see when the time comes.”• The Saints are hoping to have a more balanced approach on offense this season, but there’s no doubt about who the Cardinals’ defense worries about most: QB Drew Brees.“He’s like a cheetah,” linebacker Sean Weatherspoon said. “He’s like the best. All the rules your coach tells you, when you get out there on the field, he’ll defy that. That’s just what he does. The guy’s a winner. If you let him get going, it could be a long day.”Incidentally, Mathieu’s first career interception came against Brees, in the end zone during a game in New Orleans.“Which happens to be a Hall of Fame quarterback, so” he said, with a smile. “So hopefully I can get another one this week, that would be fun. He’s obviously going to test us, he’s going to give us an opportunity to make a play. The biggest thing is us making that play and being in the right spot.” “I think every game is equally important, it doesn’t matter what game it is,” defensive end Calais Campbell said. “As long as you’re playing the game, it’s important. You have to win so many of them to get in, and in the NFC I don’t think 10, it might not be good enough, so to get 11 wins means you only have five losses you can have, and even then, I think we’re good enough to where we might be able to get more than that. Every game is critical, and this is the most critical because it’s the first one.”“We just want to win on Sunday,” receiver Larry Fitzgerald said. “It’s impossible to win a Super Bowl if we don’t take care of business week-to-week. So we have to just respect the process — Coach always talks about respecting the process, you know, respecting Thursday football, Friday football, Saturday football, and when you get to Sunday you play good and you try to get a win, and then you go on to the next week.“That’s just kind of how we have to look at it.”That approach, viewing the game that is in front of them as the most important on the schedule, is one you will find all throughout the locker room. Though the Cardinals may believe they will still be playing football on Feb. 7 at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California, there is no interest in looking that far ahead. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Arizona Cardinals free safety Tyrann Mathieu (32), celebrates his interception with teammates Calais Campbell (93) and Rashad Johnson (26) during the first half of an NFL preseason football game against the Kansas City Chiefs, Saturday, Aug. 15, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Top Stories And why should they? As Campbell noted, the team has to win enough games in order to even reach the postseason, and at this very moment no one knows how many it will take. However, one thing for certain is you can’t win the last game of the season if you don’t win enough over the five months prior to it.But rest assured, there is a strong belief that this is a team that could be poised for a special season. While every team begins the season with Super Bowl aspirations, the Cardinals are one of a handful that can really truly believe it. It is a sense — a vibe, even — that has permeated throughout the entire organization.Veteran linebacker LaMarr Woodley, who won a Super Bowl with the Pittsburgh Steelers, said he sensed it from his first day with the organization. Running back Chris Johnson, who was added during training camp, sees it too.“Me being with Tennessee and then going to New York, it was always a situation like, ‘let’s try to get to the playoffs,’” running back Chris Johnson said. “But this team is not even ‘let’s try and get to the playoffs,’ it’s like, ‘let’s win a Super Bowl, let’s get there.’
Go back to the e-newsletter >Le Méridien Bali Jimbaran invites guests to celebrate the festive season in style with an array of exciting promotions from Christmas Eve to the strike of midnight on 1 January 2016.Christmas celebrationsLe Méridien Bali Jimbaran extends a special accommodation package for Christmas starting from IDR 5,128,000++ for two nights in a Classic room with daily breakfast and one-time Christmas dinner (Christmas Eve or Christmas Day). A minimum stay of two nights is applicable for this promotion with a stay period from 24 – 27 December 2015.Presenting his best take on favourite Christmas dishes, Executive Chef, Justin Wong, will serve a 3-course dinner on Christmas Eve at IDR 495,000++ per person. This includes a one-hour pre-dinner cocktail session at Smoqee Sky Bar followed by dinner at Bamboo Chic with free flow eggnog to enliven the Christmas mood. During dinner, Santa Claus and Santarina will drop by to hand out chocolate treats as a local choir sings a heartfelt medley of classic Christmas carols.On Christmas Day, a family lunch can be enjoyed at Bamboo Chic with an array of traditional dishes like roast ham. At only IDR 350,000++ per person, this joyful occasion includes musical entertainment and, of course, a visit from Santa. Guests spending a minimum of IDR 1,000,000 will be entitled to choose a special Christmas gift by Le Méridien Bali Jimbaran. The celebrations continue into the evening with Christmas Day dinner at Bamboo Chic priced at just IDR 415,000++ per person for an exclusive spread of festive season treats.Unlock 2016To welcome the New Year, Le Méridien Bali Jimbaran has created a special accommodation package for those looking to spend quality time with friends and family in Bali. Starting from IDR 6,688,000++ for two nights in Classic room, guests can enjoy a different kind of celebration with an array of activities starting from the last morning of 2015 through to the early hours of 2016.On the morning of 31 December, guests will be invited to charge the day with a Zumba Dance Party followed by an interactive Balinese breakfast at Bamboo Chic with live stations offering local delicacies. At noon, there will be a Pool Party at the resort’s 1300sqm salt water lagoon pool where complimentary canapés and non-alcoholic beverages will be served. Guests have the option to upgrade the experience by purchasing a free-flow selected alcoholic beverage package at IDR 400,000++ during the Pool Party or IDR 1,000,000++ for the entire night.As the sun sets over Jimbaran Bay, Happy Hour will take place at Smoqee Sky Bar featuring complimentary flavoured popcorn, lively DJ tunes and a stunning fire dance performance. Guests will then head down to Bamboo Chic for a New Year’s Eve dinner to feast upon scrumptious dishes including Le Méridien’s signature éclairs.After dinner, guests can join the fun games and activities in the quirkily designed Smoqee Lounge or Smoqee Sky Bar where there’ll be some amazing prizes to be won. The remainder of 2015 will include upbeat dance tunes by a DJ as we countdown the minutes to the New Year.Go back to the e-newsletter >
July 6, 2003CERAMICS BELL PRODUCTION: The Ceramics Studio at Arcosanti together with the Bronze Foundry is responsible for the income producing craft work that helps fund the ongoing construction at this prototype arcology. The large kiln in the Ceramics facility has completed a firing cycle. Ceramics manager Ed Werman opens the heavy door. This is a moment of suspense. How many bells and pots have made it through the firing without a crack. [Photo & text: sa] A beautifully carved selection of pieces. [Photo & text: sa] One of the methods of starting a ceramic bell or pot is in plaster molds. A selection of molds are custom made for the various shapes desired. [Photo & text: sa] Slip is poured into each cavity. Ceramicist Larry Meager. [Photo & text: sa] The plaster acts like a sponge drawing out the water molecules from the slip. The clay molecules are too large to pass through the plaster so they get deposited along the inside walls of the plaster molds. As this process continues a clay shell begins to form inside the mold which increases over time. When the ceramicist decides that the thickness of the shell is correct for that particular style, a suction device is used to extract the remaining liquid slip from the center of the mold leaving the shell behind. This shell is the bell or pot in its early stage of production. [Photo & text: sa] The second method is the use of a silt bed. Silt is sifted to a fine consistency and packed evenly into the concrete bed. The shape of the desired bell is pressed into the silt. Each cavity is filled with slip which again is allowed to form a shell to its desired thickness. [Photo & text: sa] This bell was shaped in a plaster mold. It has dried to the right consistency and is now carved. [Photo & text: sa] Ceramics assistant manager Bernadette O’Neill dips some of the bells in glaze. A beautiful selection of ceramic bells can be found in the gallery at Arcosanti and Cosanti, as well as in many fine galleries all over the country. [Photo & text: sa]
Internet and phone provider Cablenet said on Wednesday an “outside attack” had caused problems to its services.In a written statement, the company informed its subscribers the problems they had been experiencing since 12.30am on Wednesday were the result of an “outside attack” on its network.As a result, the company said, service was lost for fixed telephony and mobile phone subscribers, as well as its internet service, mainly in Nicosia.The company apologised for the inconvenience adding that its technicians were working to restore service as soon as possible.Full service was restored at around 11.30am on Wednesday.A company source rubbished suggestions on social media that the company’s systems had been hacked or that they were held to ransom, something that happened to other smaller Cypriot companies recently.According to the source, they had been targeted by an NTP DDOS attack. This means someone from abroad flooded Cablenet’s IP addresses with traffic, overloading the systems.“It could happen to anyone,” the source said, adding that the perpetrator or perpetrators were out to harm the company.The source of the attack was not known, however.“But to be able to stop in hours, not days, shows how serious the company is,” the source said.There were, however, many unhappy customers commenting on the company’s Facebook page, most highlighting the fact that it was late in notifying about the issue. You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoModernizeIf Your Home Has Old Roofing, Read ThisModernizeUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’UndoThree arrested in connection with hotel theftsUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
21Sep Rep. Barrett invites residents to upcoming coffee hours State Rep. Tom Barrett invites residents to join him for a cup of coffee and conversation during his local coffee hours.The meet-and-greet takes place Friday, Sept. 29 from 8 to 9:30 a.m. at Sophia’s House of Pancakes located at 1010 Charlevoix Drive in Grand Ledge.“In order to be an effective legislator, sitting down and discussing issues with the people who elected me to serve is essential,” said Barrett of Potterville. “I enjoy the opportunity to hear people’s thoughts about what is happening in state government and share what I have been doing to fight for them in Lansing.”No appointment is needed to attend coffee hours. Those who are unable to attend are encouraged to contact Rep. Barrett’s office by phone at 517-373-0853 or by email at TomBarrett@house.mi.gov. Categories: Barrett News
State Rep. Triston Cole announced Tuesday he is part of a bipartisan coalition to reform Michigan’s broken auto no-fault insurance system and dramatically cut costs for drivers.Cole supports House Bill 5013Rep. that will lower the cost of auto insurance in Michigan – which now has the highest rates in the nation – by offering motorists more coverage options, fighting fraud and reining in medical costs.“A lot of hard-working families and seniors have contacted me on the need for reform,” said Cole, of Mancelona, after helping to unveil the plan at the state Capitol. “The current system is failing and the people of Michigan are the ones paying the price.”Michigan’s average full coverage auto insurance premium cost – nearly $2,400 per year – is more than $1,000 above the national average and twice as high as those in neighboring states.The new bipartisan plan continues and guarantees benefits for Michiganders already receiving lifetime health care after a catastrophic traffic accident. The plan also gives motorists the option to continue to buy unlimited personal injury protection coverage, or buy more affordable alternative coverage plans.HB 5013:Provides a guaranteed rate reduction for drivers who choose certain coverage plans alternative to the unlimited plan;Gives individuals the choice on the extent of PIP coverage as part of their auto insurance. Choice levels include $250,000, $500,000 or unlimited;Allows seniors age 62 or older with lifetime health care benefits the option to opt out of PIP coverage to avoid the current double taxation;Establishes fee schedules and attendant care limits to lower medical costs related to auto injuries;Helps the state ensure insurance companies are complying with state law, and creates a fraud authority to address fraudulent claims;Provides a state review of the Michigan Catastrophic Claims Association (MCCA) to make sure motorists are not overpaying for insurance; andAddresses attorney fee costs and unfounded lawsuits while eliminating attorney conflict of interests with medical providers.“This plan is for the people, not special interests,” Cole said. “These comprehensive reforms will deliver rate relief for those on fixed incomes for years to come.”Cole is hosting an auto insurance meeting Sept. 29 at the ASI Community Center & Park with special guest state Rep. Lana Theis, chair of the House Committee on Insurance, to further discuss HB 5013 with the community. Categories: Cole News 28Sep Rep. Cole supports reform to lower Michigan auto insurance rates
Tags: Judiciary Committee, Trial by Jury 07Mar Glenn defends right to trial by jury in Michigan Categories: Glenn News Legislator: Constitutional rights should be restoredState Rep. Gary Glenn today introduced a bill to restore Michigan citizens’ constitutionally guaranteed right to a jury trial, which includes lawsuits filed against the state.The legislation would allow any Michigan citizen to sue the state on any matter and demand a trial by jury in their district of residence, a right outlined in the Michigan Constitution. However, Michigan residents lost their right to trial by jury in November of 2013 under Public Act 164 of 2013. Under the current system, lawsuits against the state are heard by the Court of Claims, which provides no trial by jury. Rep. Glenn’s legislation would right this wrong and put in to law what is already in our state constitution.“Many people didn’t even notice their rights being taken from them,” said Glenn (R-Williams Township). “Now, if you have a claim against the state, your case is heard by an appointed judge in Detroit, Lansing, Troy or Grand Rapids, rather than by peers in your community.“As legislators, we have an obligation to our residents to uphold the constitution, whether its protections may have been unconstitutionally limited in the past. I look forward to restoring the constitutional rights of Michigan taxpayers who have a dispute with state government.”House Bill 5700 was cosponsored by Rep. Beau LaFave, of Iron Mountain, and referred to the House Judiciary Committee.###
29Jun Johnson bill to repeal case mandate signed into law Rep. Steve Johnson today announced that his legislation to remove a mandate that bows, crossbows and slingshots be cased during transport in a vehicle has been signed into law.Johnson said the issue was brought to his attention by local residents who were concerned about the confusing aspects of bow and crossbow transport requirements. “I regard this as a simple criminal justice issue,” said Johnson, R-Wayland. “This common sense change clarifies Michigan law, and ensures that law-abiding hunters simply traveling from one location to another with a bow or crossbow will not be at risk of a misdemeanor and jail time.”The new law includes a provision that bows, crossbows and slingshots would need to be unloaded and uncocked to transport without a case. This change brings Michigan in line with several other Great Lakes states that have similar transportation provisions.House Bill 5417 is now Public Act 272 of 2018. Categories: Steven Johnson News
15Mar Rep. Alexander: Sunshine Week best time to get involved in reforming car insurance Categories: Alexander News House website provides latest news, meeting times and public interactionAs part of Sunshine Week in Michigan, state Rep. Julie Alexander encourages Jackson County residents to visit the House Select Committee on Reducing Car Insurance Rates website. Those interested can be a part of the governmental process by staying informed and getting involved with modifications to the state’s no-fault car insurance system.The committee recently launched www.ReduceMiRatesNow.com, allowing drivers to have their voices heard by submitting their own reform ideas and stories of how they are hurt by the nation’s highest car insurance rates. Since the website rollout, over 800 Michigan motorists have offered their input to help the committee craft future solutions.“This is an excellent opportunity for Jackson-area residents to get involved in state government, and provide critical input to help reduce car insurance rates for all drivers across the state,” said Alexander, of Hanover. “The Legislature wants to deliver a meaningful solution that best serves the interest of Michigan drivers. The only way we can do that is by hearing from the very people affected by the state’s highest-in-the-nation car insurance rates.”The committee website includes a news tab allowing residents to keep informed with developments and committee meeting schedules. Ideas submitted by motorists will go directly to the committee, assuring every submission is considered.“We want to make sure this process is transparent and easy to understand. The Michigan House needs to be held accountable to over 90 percent of drivers demanding long-overdue meaningful change,” Alexander said. “We are going to get auto insurance reforms right with drivers at our side throughout the process.”Alexander also encourages residents to “like” the Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ReduceMiRatesNow/ as another means to follow the latest news regarding the committee.
ShareTweetShareEmail0 SharesSeptember 14, 2014; New York TimesYesterday’s New York Times printed a letter to the editor from Omar Garriott about and to college seniors who will be looking for serious jobs that will advance their life’s work next year. He worries that many of those seniors, at least in fields of study like business and engineering, are not even considering the nonprofit sector—but, he says, this is where these grads are most needed and where they can contribute the most.He bases much of his argument on his own experience, writing,“Working for a rapidly growing nonprofit, I got a crash course in marketing, fund-raising, information technology and policy advocacy. I was a 20-something who had no clue what I was doing. But the best way to learn is by trying. And I did so in service to a mission I believed in.“This breadth and depth of experience set me up (and set me apart) for a top M.B.A. program and jobs at leading tech companies. And it sped up learning about what my unique contribution to the world was to be.”Okay, let’s just stop and take a breath here. There is a lot in these few paragraphs that does not necessarily follow.First, you have the assumption that nonprofits are seeking professional skills as taught in school above many other characteristics, such as a proven commitment to the field and and a track record that matches it. One young reader, responding to the letter, said that she was edged aside for an entry-level job at an NGO by a women without the formal education she had but with a few years of experience working on the ground in Africa.Graduating students would do well to understand that experience matters and that they must respect apprenticeship-type learning as much as academic. Garriott talks about being a twenty-something with no clue what he was doing, and he says “the best way to learn is by trying.” We might agree with that, but for nonprofits looking to hire proven staff, the assumption that one learns and proves one’s self by trying may very well translate into a preference for someone who has put in some time doing parts of the job for which they are being hired and who has a sense of the rigors and nuances of the work.That said, I agree that nonprofits are an excellent place to try your hand at many types of endeavors but only if the nonprofit is open to such stuff and can support it. Highly hierarchical nonprofit organizations with immutable protocols and narrow job descriptions are unlikely to afford the kind of learning environment Garriott was privileged to be a part of. If you want that kind of environment, you have to find it and then continue to negotiate through hard and creative work.One of the very best ways of incorporating deep learning is to do work of consequence, where the results of your work actually adds or detracts from the organization’s outcomes. This is very often how staff are tested and grow.Garriott loses us when he advises new grads to seek out nonprofits “that are well funded and growing, with bold aspirations and business models.” That first qualifier, in fact, leaves out a good part of the nonprofit sector, which comprises small to mid-size organizations with sometimes hinky financial conundrums to work out and make work. Bold business models, by the way, do not always translate to success or great funding, so he is really narrowing the choices here.We like this advice from one of the readers, Natalie Goodis:“Young grads have to remember that there is no such thing as a career path; it’s more like a career jungle gym with jumps, lateral moves and falls. We have the power to write our own story, and just because I’m working for a tech company right now does not mean that I won’t go back to business or law school or decide to work for a nonprofit down the line. It’s all part of the journey. It’s up to us, the recent grads, not to get stuck in the binary.”—Ruth McCambridgeShareTweetShareEmail0 Shares
ShareTweetShareEmail0 Shares September 29, 2014;Washington Post“We are very sorry for the inconvenience, but we need democracy,” read signs at the student-led protest dubbed “Occupy Central” in Beijing. Protestors in Hong Kong’s business and political core are entering their fifth day of occupying public places in response to an electoral reform proposal Beijing recently advanced that gives China’s central government pre-selection control over who is able to stand for election for chief executive of that city.Hong Kong Basic Law, agreed to by Beijing in Hong Kong’s 1997 handover from Britain, stipulates that nominees for chief executive will be chosen by a “broadly representative nominating committee, in accordance with democratic procedures.” So protestors are calling foul and demanding fully free elections in 2017.Some observers, reacting to the use of tear gas on the crowd on Sunday and recalling the horror of Tiananmen Square, are warning that the protests may elicit a violent intervention, though the central government is denying any intentions along that line.Steven Stromberg suggests in the Washington Post that the protests are part of a longer call to action for democracy:“The fight over electing the chief executive is just one round in a series of interactions between Beijing and Hong Kong as they sort out how the city is to be governed. Communist Party leaders may get the message that they cannot slap Hong Kong—an advanced society that cherishes its basic rights, maintains the rule of law and can distinguish authentic democracy from managed democracy—without Hong Kong slapping back in a way that harms China.”He also suggests that the protests “may push Hong Kong leaders to better represent the city’s interests in their interactions with the central government.” Indeed, Al Jazeera reports that Emily Lau Wai-hing, a lawmaker with Hong Kong’s Democratic Party and a key backer of the movement, says that if successful, Occupy Central “would be a good demonstration for the whole of China and for the international community.”But Elizabeth Economy, a Chinese policy scholar at the Council on Foreign Relations, says “Nothing the administration [of Chinese President Xi Jinping] has done in his political reform of the last two years of leadership shows greater avenues for political participation and freedom of voice…Everything has been in the other direction.”The protestors are urging participants to look to October 1st, 2014—Chinese National Day—when their own next steps will be declared. Vice reports one reaction: “I will stay for as long as it takes,” said Jackson Tsung, a university student. “I am scared about what will happen to me, but what’s the point in living if we can’t live in a place we can call home?”—Ruth McCambridgeShareTweetShareEmail0 Shares
Share38TweetShare3Email41 SharesJune 15, 2015; Boston.comFor almost a month, Angel Echavarria has been walking free—albeit with an ankle monitor tying him to the crime he says he never committed. Now that ankle monitor is coming off, along with the weight of nearly two decades of incarceration for a wrongful conviction.Echavarria’s first-degree murder conviction for the 1994 shooting death of Daniel Rodriguez in Lynn, Massachusetts, was overturned at the end of April after the judge allowed Echavarria’s motion for a new trial on the grounds of ineffective counsel. The Essex County District Attorney had the option of pursuing a new trial, but instead choose to drop the charges.As in so many other wrongful conviction cases, the Essex County prosecutor’s office may be paying for the past mistakes of their predecessor. Despite the fact that no physical evidence linked him to the murder, Echavarria was sentenced to mandatory life imprisonment. The lawyer who represented Echavarria was disbarred a year after the murder conviction.Echavarria’s motion for a new trial sat on the judge’s bench for years before it was even considered. Without an invested advocacy effort, Echavarria would not be free today. Part of the success of Echavarria’s exoneration is due to the Schuster Institute of Investigative Journalism, a nonprofit organization that has been investigating and advocating for Echavarria for nearly 10 years.The battle does not end after exoneration, though. As NPQ has previously reported numerous times, there must be strong advocacy and support systems for ex-convicts following their release, and it must extend beyond the nonprofit sector into society. After being locked out of society, ex-felons are then locked out of jobs opportunities upon their release. Massachusetts is one of several “Ban the Box” states—the box here referring to the area in a job application where an applicant must disclose their criminal history. While Massachusetts, Georgia, Colorado, Connecticut, New Jersey, and a slew of other states prohibit employers from considering a criminal history in hiring decisions, other states have no such guarantee, but it is to their detriment.Hawaii became the original “Ban the Box” state in 1998, and the impact of the policy on crime in the state has been remarkable. A study from last year examining the impact of the policy in Hawaii found that “a criminal defendant prosecuted in Honolulu for a felony crime was 57 percent less likely to have a prior criminal conviction after the implementation of Hawaii’s ban the box law.” The policy helped curb repeat offenses in the state by helping diminish the negative stigma of being an ex-convict. When considering $179 billion federal and state funds go toward crime control, it would behoove states to consider control methods that humanize, rather than stigmatize the ex-convict.Gainful employment and a chance to be an active, respected member of society again are crucial parts of the rehabilitation process following a prison release. As the study indicates, the marginalization of ex-convicts eventually leads them to band together, increasing their propensity toward more criminal activity. The absence of income in combination with an onslaught of societal responsibilities, including to their families, may also lead them to try to obtain funds illegally.Being responsive to the unique needs of ex-convicts can be a universal good for society, yet the stigma of being a felon still exists. So where does Echavarria go from here? Echavarria has family (he can now be the involved father to his five children he couldn’t be before), he has a huge community of supporters thanks to the Schuster Institute, and staff members and former affiliates of the project have created a fundraising page to help him transition back into society. Still, having been out of the workforce for 20 years, he is going to need continued support.Exoneree or not, it’s time society begins the process of helping ex-convicts assimilate back into society and accept their debts have been paid.—Shafaq HasanEditor’s Note: The writer was previously employed by the Justice Brandeis Law Project at the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism during her time at Brandeis University.Share38TweetShare3Email41 Shares
Multimedia Polska has extended the reach of its digital network to the towns of Chojnów, Wołów and Nową Rudę in the south west of Poland. The cable operator is offering its full package of digital TV, including HD channels and VOD content for between PLN20 (€4.57) and PLN40 per title, high speed internet and telephony services to the towns.
TV technology specialist Grass Valley has named former Harris Broadcast president Tim Thorsteinson as president and CEO. Thorsteinson was most recently president and CEO of Enablence Technologies.Current chief executive Alain Andreoli, who led the acquisition and separation of Grass Valley from Technicolor, has stepped down and will leave the business at the end of this month.“We are pleased to have Tim Thorsteinson join Grass Valley at this pivotal point in the company’s transformation. Tim’s in-depth industry knowledge and his proven track record of value creation will ensure Grass Valley’s continued success as an independent leader in the rapidly evolving broadcast infrastructure market”, said David Golob, partner at Francisco Partners and chairman of the board of Grass Valley. “I would also like to thank Alain for all of his contributions in helping to re-establish Grass Valley as an independent company.”
Micro-payment and subscriber management specialist PayWizard has launched a complete payment and subscription system designed for the TV and media industry specifically, with ITV as an anchor customer.The PayWizard system includes payment processing, subscriber management technology and real-time customer service operations.James Micklethwait, online product director, ITV, said: “When we launched the new ITV Player it was imperative that we found a payment partner that understood our needs and met the technical, commercial and operational requirements of our business. It was clear from PayWizard’s proven ability to provide a comprehensive suite of products aimed at monetising digital content and supporting customer purchases, that they could do exactly that.”ITV is using a white-label version of the PayWizard platform integrated with Irdeto’s customer management system to support on-demand transactions via the ITV Player. The broadcaster is currently delivering transactional services online only.PayWizard is also supporting production company All3Media’s app on the Samsung connected TV platform, where subscribers can set up a PayWizard account through a dedicated PayWizard app to rent content.
Russian service provider VimpelCom has named Yuliya Koneva as director of marketing communications and brand management.Koneva was previously director of marketing and mass-market brand management. In her expanded role, she will be responsible for all marketing communications and brand development associated with VimpelCom’s Beeline products. She replaces Olga Tourischeva, who has decided to leave the company.Koneva will report to CEO Anton Kudryashov.
Second screen viewing is an “inevitable part of the future” and presents “tremendous potential” when it comes to content designed for synchronous viewing, according to new research.The second part of a joint research study on the second screen by The National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE) and the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) – which was presented at the NATPE conference yesterday – said producers are “still searching for the best solutions to optimise technology to create a seamless experience for the viewer.”Taking a cross-section of producers that have worked across drama, comedy and reality programming, the study claimed that synchronous second screen content does not have “unanimous support” beyond sports, reality shows and news.However, it added that there is a consensus among the producers polled that content not meant for live viewing presents “an additional second screen opportunity to maximise and extend their brand,” and that the second screen offers a “significant opportunity to grow and sustain audiences around appointment viewing television.”Part one of the research, which was released earlier this month, said that 91% of second screen viewers access asynchronous program content, yet only 42% have tried synchronising their content experience to live TV.Some 72% of consumers who had accessed synchronised second screen content said it is only appropriate for certain kinds of shows.
Vice and FremantleMedia have joined forces to make culinary content for a new food channel.Producer and distributor FremantleMedia and youth brand Vice will codevelop programming for the new online service, which was described by the partners as ‘a multichannel food platform for a millennial audience’.FremantleMedia is expected to sell the resulting content in international markets.Vice already makes food programming for its online channels including including chef series Munchies and Fresh Off The Boat, about culture-defining global food trends.The new channel will be populated with original series, articles, how-tos, recipes and events.Andrew Creighton, president of Vice Media said: “Today’s youth are the driving force behind the food culture explosion, yet they remain totally underserved when it comes to original food programming. The new Vice food channel will upend the culinary media landscape, producing more jaw-droppingly entertaining original multi-channel food programming than anywhere else and ensuring the content reaches a global audience on every screen.”