Malaysia court Give Iranian bomb suspect to Thais

first_img Sponsored Stories The difference between men and women when it comes to pain (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Top Stories New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths 4 sleep positions for men and what they mean Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) – A Malaysian court ruled Monday that an Iranian man accused of plotting to attack Israeli targets in Bangkok must be extradited to Thailand.Masoud Sedaghatzadeh said he planned to appeal the decision. He is not expected to be immediately deported.Sedaghatzadeh was arrested at a Malaysian airport soon after an apparently accidental explosion rocked a Bangkok neighborhood Feb. 14.Bombs were found at the house were the explosion occurred, and Thai police say Sedaghatzadeh and two other Iranian men now in Thai custody had been seen leaving the house. 0 Comments   Share   Thai officials have said Israeli diplomats may have been the target of the alleged plot.A Kuala Lumpur district court on Monday ruled in favor of the Malaysian government’s bid to deport Sedaghatzadeh to the Thai capital.Sedaghatzadeh, 31, insists he visited Thailand for a vacation and came to Malaysia to buy automobile parts for his business in Tehran.“I do not belong to any terrorist organization either in Iran or outside Iran,” he said in court documents filed Monday by his Malaysian lawyer.Judge Komathy Suppiah ruled there was sufficient evidence that Sedaghatzadeh was a fugitive who could be handed over into Thai custody.Sedaghatzadeh has 15 days to file an appeal, said his lawyer, Nashir Hussin.Malaysian prosecutors have said the Iranian was wanted by Thailand on suspicion of “taking part in making and possessing an explosive device” as well as causing an explosion that led to human injuries and property damage. He faces life in prison if convicted in Thailand.Israel has blamed Iran for the explosions, which wounded five including one of the alleged bombers, as well as two incidents the day before: a bombing in India that wounded an Israeli diplomat’s wife and driver, and an attempted bombing in the former Soviet republic of Georgia. Iran has denied involvement. Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t likelast_img read more

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Malaysia to repeal sedition law ahead of polls

first_imgKUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) – Malaysia’s leader has announced plans to repeal a colonial-era law curbing free speech in the latest political reform ahead of general elections, but critics warned Thursday that his reform efforts so far have not improved the country’s human rights record.Prime Minister Najib Razak said late Wednesday that the Sedition Act represented a “bygone era” and will be replaced with a new law to prevent incitement of religious or racial hatred. It will be the latest repressive law to be annulled as part of his pledge to protect civil liberties. Opposition leaders claim the reforms are a ploy to gain public support ahead of polls that must be called next year at the latest. “We mark another step forward in Malaysia’s development. The new National Harmony Act will balance the right of freedom of expression as enshrined in the constitution, while at the same time ensuring that all races and religions are protected,” Najib said.The government earlier this year revoked a draconian security law allowing detention without trial and eased public assembly rules in a massive overhaul of strict security laws. Critics said the reforms were a sham as the laws were replaced with legislation that is just as repressive.“The replacement legislation has been as bad or worse from a rights perspective,” said Phil Robertson, Asia deputy director for Human Rights Watch. “The government should realize that change for change’s sake is not enough.”Lim Guan Eng, Chief Minister of opposition-ruled Penang state, said the sedition law has long been used as a convenient political tool to silence opposition voices. Lim himself was jailed for 18 months under the law in 1998 for allegedly making seditious remarks in his defense of a rape victim.Lim urged Najib to withdraw current sedition charges against opposition leaders to prove his move is genuine. Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help Najib’s coalition has led Malaysia since independence in 1957 but suffered its worst electoral performance ever in 2008. It now has slightly less than a two-thirds majority in Parliament and is working hard to claw back support.Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim has said he is confident his three-party alliance can win a comfortable majority in upcoming polls amid widespread public unhappiness over the government’s handling of corruption and racial discrimination.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Comments   Share   Top Stories New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths 3 international destinations to visit in 2019 Sponsored Stories Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Men’s health affects baby’s health toolast_img read more

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November ExistingHome Sales Jump to 3Year High

first_img in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing November Existing-Home Sales Jump to 3-Year High Existing-home sales rose 5.9 percent in November to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.04 million, the highest level since November 2009, the “”National Association of Realtors””:http://www.realtor.org/news-releases/2012/10/november-existing-home-sales-and-prices-maintain-uptrend (NAR) reported Thursday. Economist had expected the sales pace to improve to 4.9 million.[IMAGE]The median price of an existing single-family home rose to $180,600 in November, up 10.1 percent from November 2011. November was the ninth consecutive month to see year-over-year price gains, maintaining the longest streak for yearly improvements since mid-2006.The month-to-month sales improvement reflected a downward revision to October├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔÇ×┬ós sales pace to 4.76 million from the originally reported 4.79 million.According to the NAR’s data, November existing-home sales–closed transactions–were up 14.5 percent from one year earlier. The increase in sales in November was the fourth in the last six months, following a similar pattern from 2011.According to NAR, the number of homes for sale fell in November to 2.03 million, the lowest level since December 2001. The months├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔÇ×┬ó supply of homes listed for sale dropped to 4.8 in November, the lowest since September 2005.Distressed homes (foreclosures and short sales sold at deep discounts) accounted for 22 percent of November sales (12 percent were foreclosures, and 10 percent were short sales), down from 24 percent in October and 29 percent in November 2011, NAR said. Foreclosures sold for an average discount of 20 percent below market value in November, while short sales were discounted 16 percent. In October, foreclosures sold for an average discount of 20 percent, while short sales were discounted 14 percent.Unlike the government report on new home sales which tracks contracts, the NAR report is based on closings, which means this report–though labeled ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├àÔÇ£November├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├é┬Ø–actually reflects economic conditions in September, when contracts were signed.[COLUMN_BREAK]The median time on market for all homes was 70 days in November, slightly below 71 days in October but 28.6 percent below 98 days in November 2011. Thirty-two percent of homes sold in November were on the market for less than a month, while 20 percent were on the market for six months or longer; these findings are unchanged from October.First-time buyers accounted for 30 percent of purchases in November, down from 31 percent in October and 35 percent in November 2011.All-cash sales were at 30 percent of transactions in November, up slightly from 29 percent in October and 28 percent in November 2011. Investors, who account for most cash sales, purchased 19 percent of homes in November, little changed from 20 percent in October and 19 percent in November 2011.According to NAR, just under 44 percent of home sold were priced between $100,000 and $250,000.Sales may have been affected by Hurricane Sandy, which tore through the Northeast at the end of October and disrupted business activity. Closings are often bunched at the end of the month, and indeed, sales increased 6.9 percent to 620,000 in the storm-struck Northeast, up almost 15 percent from November 2011.””We expect an impact on Northeastern home sales in the coming months from a pause and delays in storm-impacted regions,”” NAR chief economist Lawrence Yun said.The median price of an existing home in the Northeast was $232,900, up 1.1 percent from October but down 2.0 percent from a year ago.Existing-home sales in the Midwest increased 7.2 percent in November to a pace of 1.19 million and were 21.4 percent higher than a year ago. The median price in the Midwest was $141,600, up 0.1 percent from October and 7.0 percent above November 2011. The sales pace in the Midwest was the strongest since September 2008.In the South, existing-home sales rose 7.9 percent in November to an annual pace of 2.04 million, 17.2 percent above November 2011 and the fastest pace since September 2007. The median price in the South was $157,400, up 3.6 percent from October and 10.5 percent from a year ago.Existing-home sales in the West rose 0.8 percent to 1.19 million in November, 4.4 percent higher than a year ago. The median price in the West was $248,300, up 2.1 percent month-month and up 23.9 percent since November 2011._Hear Mark Lieberman every Friday on P.O.T.U.S. radio, Sirius-XM 124, at 6:40 am and again at 9:40 eastern time._ December 20, 2012 393 Views center_img Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Demand Existing-Home Sales For-Sale Homes Home Prices Home Sales Home Values Investors Lenders & Servicers National Association of Realtors Processing Service Providers 2012-12-20 Mark Lieberman Sharelast_img read more

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DocMagic Grows By 42 Percent

first_imgDocMagic Grows By 42 Percent in News, Technology Share Recently, DocMagic, Inc., reported a 42 percent increase in volume for 2016. The company credits its growth to the mortgage industry’s demand for products that enable TRID compliance, eSignatures and eClosings. This is the second consecutive year that DocMagic’s volume has increased by roughly 40 percent.“Lenders have been looking for ways to assure TRID compliance since 2015, and DocMagic’s SmartCLOSE technology has become the industry’s go-to solution,” said Dominic Iannitti, President and CEO of DocMagic. “Our user base has grown quickly. A lot of existing DocMagic clients saw the value of SmartCLOSE™ immediately. It has also been an entry point for many of our new lender clients.”In the past two years, DocMagic has completed numerous key integrations between lenders using SmartCLOSE, their loan origination systems, and new settlement service provider systems. The company is developing more integrations for 2017.“The number of eSignatures completed has increased significantly since launching SmartCLOSE and Total eClose,” said Iannitti. “Lenders appreciate that they can stay compliant while gaining the speed and convenience of a digital process.”The company anticipates this growth to continue in 2017.“It’s very simple—at DocMagic, we’re dedicated to addressing the industry’s needs and demands with the very best solutions on the market,” said Iannitti. “That’s been the foundation of our business since we started, and we’re pleased to say that it remains the formula for our growth today.”center_img April 5, 2017 575 Views DocMagic 2017-04-05 Seth Welbornlast_img read more

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March Sales Soared But Is It Sustainable

in Daily Dose, Data, News April 21, 2017 618 Views March Sales Soared. But Is It Sustainable? Existing home sales nationally in March were up 4.4 percent over February and almost 6 percent over a year earlier, according to the National Association of Realtors. That translates to 5.71 million homes sold last month, at a pace not seen in more than 10 years. From listing to closing, NAR reported, the sales cycle was brisk all month, spurred by limited inventory and high competition in most markets.Existing sales gained most in the Northeast and Midwest. The Northeast, where the median price was $260,800, surged 10 percent to an annual rate of 760,000. That puts sales 4 percent higher than a year ago. In the Midwest, existing-home sales jumped 9.2 percent to an annual rate of 1.31 million in March, and are now 3.1 percent above a year ago. The median price in the Midwest was $183,000, up 6.2 percent from a year ago.The South grew, but more slowly, seeing a 3.4 percent uptick in existing sales last month to 2.42 million.  That’s 8.5 percent above a year ago. The West, however, saw a decline in existing sales last month. Sales were down 1.6 percent.Lawrence Yun, chief economist at NAR, was bullish about what the numbers mean.“The early returns so far this spring buying season look very promising as a rising number of households dipped their toes into the market and were successfully able to close on a home last month,” he said. “Although finding available properties to buy continues to be a strenuous task for many buyers, there was enough of a monthly increase in listings in March for sales to muster a strong gain. Sales will go up as long as inventory does.”Not everyone was as enthusiastic. Tim Rood, CEO of The Collingwood Group, told Fox Business Network, “Unfortunately, This sales pace is not sustainable because inventories are actually going down. Existing homes sales will likely hit a wall over the summer unless something changes to increase inventory. Moreover, there remains too much uncertainty for current owners to know whether this is the right time to sell and whether they’ll find anything that makes economic sense and is suitable.”Redfin’s chief economist Nela Richardson, also called March’s sales numbers unsustainable.“Sales may be soaring, but inventory isn’t,” Richardson said. “Sellers are off to a slow start this year, as the number of homes newly listed in March fell 0.7 percent from last year. Redfin is just now starting to see a late-season lift in the number of homeowners interested in listing. As such, we expect sales to peak late this year–meaning a slower-than-normal June/July and a strong August/ and September.”Tight inventory is still the biggest factor in the marketplace: supply was 6.6 percent lower compared to a year ago, Rood said.“There were 1.83 million homes for sale on the last day of the month, which represented 3.8 months of supply at March’s sales pace. Properties stayed on the market for only 34 days,” he said.center_img Home Sales HOUSING NAR 2017-04-21 ScottMorgan1 Share read more

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first_img Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact 1. Hiring Bruce Arians The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo In this edition of “The Five,” I’ll take a look at the top five moves made under Keim’s watch in his first season as general manager. 0 Comments   Share   Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires One year ago, the Arizona Cardinals named Steve Keim their new general manager. Promoted from the role of Vice President of Player Personnel, Keim, who was 40 at the time, became the fifth-youngest GM in the NFL. Coming off a season in which the Cardinals won just five games, he certainly had his work cut out for him. One year and 193 roster moves later, the team’s win total doubled, putting Keim in the running for Executive of the Year. last_img read more

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first_img Comments   Share   – / 22 Top Stories “He fits the mold of what B.A. was looking for, that’s he’s been talking to me about,” Cardinals general manager Steve Keim said. “He’s fast, explosive and a T.Y. Hilton-type of player. He can blow the cover off the defense.”A three-year starter with the Gorillas, Brown caught led the program in catches and reception yards from 2011-13.As a senior, the wideout corralled 61 passes for 1,198 yards and 14 touchdowns. In addition, he served as Pittsburg State’s standout special teamer, collecting 653 total yards on 35 kickoff and punt returns in 2013.At the NFL Draft Combine in Indianapolis, Brown ran the second-fastest 40-yard dash time coming in at 4.34 seconds.“It was surprising. When I got the phone call, I was shocked,” Brown said. “I couldn’t say too much.”With that call, Brown became the first Gorilla taken in the NFL Draft since the Cardinals selected running back Ronald Moore in the fourth round back in 1993. Speed kills in the National Football League, which is why the Arizona Cardinals went out and signed Ted Ginn Jr. to a three-year deal this offseason.But as general manager Steve Keim clearly illustrated Friday night, a team can never have enough.With the No. 91 pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, acquired Thursday in a deal with the New Orleans Saints, the Cardinals drafted 5-foot-11 wide receiver John Brown out of Division II Pittsburg State. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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Kim Goldman poses for a portrait Friday June 7 2

first_img Kim Goldman poses for a portrait Friday, June 7, 2019, in Los Angeles. Goldman has continued to make the case publicly that it was O.J. Simpson who killed her brother and Simpson’s ex-wife on a June night in 1994. Beginning Wednesday, Goldman will examine the case in a 10-episode podcast, “Confronting: OJ Simpson.” She’ll interview her brother’s old friends, the police detective who investigated the killings, attorneys for the defense and prosecution, and two of the 12 jurors who voted to acquit Simpson. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) by Linda Deutsch, The Associated Press Posted Jun 9, 2019 10:18 pm PDT AP Exclusive: 25 years after murders, OJ says ‘Life is fine’ LOS ANGELES — After 25 years living under the shadow of one of the nation’s most notorious murder cases, O.J. Simpson says his life has entered a phase he calls the “no negative zone.”In a telephone Interview, Simpson told The Associated Press he is healthy and happy living in Las Vegas. And neither he nor his children want to look back by talking about June 12, 1994 — when his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ronald Goldman , were killed and Simpson quickly was transformed in the public mind from revered Pro Football Hall of Fame hero to murder suspect.“We don’t need to go back and relive the worst day of our lives,” Simpson said. “The subject of the moment is the subject I will never revisit again. My family and I have moved on to what we call the ‘no negative zone.’ We focus on the positives.”For a man who once lived for the spotlight , Simpson has been keeping a largely low profile since his release from prison in October 2017 after serving nine years for a robbery-kidnapping conviction in Las Vegas. He continues to believe his conviction and sentence for trying to steal back his own memorabilia were unfair but says, “I believe in the legal system and I honoured it. I served my time.”After his release from the prison in Lovelock, Nevada, many expected him to return to Florida where he had lived for several years. But friends in Las Vegas persuaded him to stay there despite the case that landed him in prison.He’s glad he did.“The town has been good to me,” Simpson said. “Everybody I meet seems to be apologizing for what happened to me here.”His time in the city hasn’t been without controversy, however. A month after his release an outing to a steakhouse and lounge at the Cosmopolitan resort off the Las Vegas Strip ended in a dispute. Simpson was ordered off the property and prohibited from returning.No such problems have occurred since, and Simpson is among the most sought-after figures in town for selfies with those who encounter him at restaurants or athletic events he attends occasionally.He plays golf almost every day and said he is a member of a club of “retired guys” who compete with each other on the golf course. The knees that helped him run to football glory at the University of Southern California and with the NFL’s Buffalo Bills have been replaced and he recently had Lasik surgery on his eyes. But nearing his 72nd birthday, he is otherwise healthy.Simpson said he remains close to his children and other relatives. His parole officer has given him permission to take short trips including to Florida where his two younger children, Justin and Sydney, have built careers in real estate.His older daughter, Arnelle, lives with him much of the time but also commutes to Los Angeles.“I’ve been to Florida two or three times to see the kids and my old buddies in Miami. I even managed to play a game of golf with them,” he said. “But I live in a town I’ve learned to love. Life is fine.”He also visited relatives in Louisiana, he said, and spoke to a group of black judges and prosecutors in New Orleans.Recently, a family wedding brought his extended family to Las Vegas including his brother, Truman; sister, Shirley; and their children and grandchildren. Simpson’s first wife, Marguerite, mother of Arnelle, also joined the group.The glamor of his early life is just a memory.After his football career, Simpson became a commercial pitchman, actor and football commentator. He was once a multimillionaire but he says most of his fortune was spent defending himself after he was charged with the murders.His televised “Trial of the Century” lasted nearly a year and became a national obsession. He was acquitted by a jury in 1995 and has continued to declare his innocence. The murder case is officially listed as unsolved.The families of the victims subsequently filed a civil suit against him, and in 1997 a civil court awarded a $33.5 million judgment against him for the wrongful deaths of his ex-wife and Goldman. Some of his property was seized and auctioned but most of the judgment has not been paid.Simpson declined to discuss his finances other than to say he lives on pensions.___Linda Deutsch is a retired special correspondent for The Associated Press. She covered all of Simpson’s legal cases during her 48-year career as a Los Angeles-based trial reporter.Linda Deutsch, The Associated Press AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more

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Representative Garcías legislative package will improve teacher prep standards

first_img Members of the House Education Reform Committee today, led by state Representative Daniela R. García, introduced legislation to support and better prepare new teachers for Michigan classrooms.“Local school districts and new teachers have faced challenges with inadequate teacher preparation programs that don’t properly prepare teachers to effectively teach our students,” said García, of Holland. “This legislation will provide the necessary changes that teacher prep programs must incorporate to be approved by the state Superintendent. These are common-sense changes to prepare everyone to lead a classroom because we must prepare our teachers for the next 50 years and not based on the past 50 years.”The legislation will:Require student teaching experience in multiple environments, such as rural and urban districts, while also familiarizing the student teacher with their district’s evaluation methods, local data to help craft instruction and classroom management. House Bill 5604 is sponsored by state Rep. Pamela Hornberger.Ensure the teacher prep institutions include instruction on classroom management and teaching students in rural and urban areas, in addition to working with students from low socio-economic backgrounds living on low income, are English language learners or have special needs. House Bill 5605 is sponsored by state Rep. Jim Lilly.Establish that institutions provide a free warranty program to graduates who are continuing to develop their teaching skills. House Bill 5599 is sponsored by state Rep. GarcíRequire that full-time faculty at the teacher prep institution complete at least 30 hours of continuing education annually in order to be certified as a teacher preparation program. House Bill 5598 is sponsored by Rep. GarcíSet a standard that students teachers complete at least 90 hours of classroom experience during their preparation program, in addition to the student experience. House Bill 5601 is sponsored by state Rep. Kathy Crawford.Provide that teacher prep institutions must extend a $1,000 stipend to a mentor teacher for developing a student teacher in the classroom. House Bill 5600 is sponsored by state Rep. Julie Alexander.Establish a master teacher corps through the state Department of Education to help provide professional development, assist low performing schools and to serve as input for new educational programs or issues. House Bill 5602 is sponsored by state Rep. Tim Kelly.Ensure an elementary level teaching certificate only be allowed only to student teachers who have completed six credits of reading instruction. House Bill 5603 is sponsored by Kelly.“If we’re going to make education a true priority, we must have specific standards of our teacher preparation programs as we do for our districts and teachers,” said Kelly, chair of the Education Reform Committee. “The parameters we establish with this legislation will produce teachers truly ready and prepared to excel in the classroom.”The legislative package has been assigned to the House Education Reform Committee.##### 20Feb Representative García’s legislative package will improve teacher prep standards Categories: Garcia News,Newslast_img read more

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Rep Johnson to influence wide range of policy issues

first_img Categories: Steven Johnson News 17Jan Rep. Johnson to influence wide range of policy issues Lawmaker named to five committee postsThis week, State Rep. Steve Johnson of Wayland was appointed to serve on five committees for the 2019-2020 legislative term, providing a unique opportunity to help the residents of Allegan and Kent Counties on a variety of important issues facing the state.Johnson is set to serve as vice chair of the Communications and Technology Committee, and as a member on the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules, Judiciary, Oversight and Tax Policy committees.“It is an honor to have the opportunity to influence a range of policy areas affecting West Michigan families,” Johnson said. “I am committed to ensuring legislation moving through the House promotes transparency, personal freedom and accountability, and I look forward to working with my colleagues to bring innovative solutions to the table.”The House Judiciary Committee will be one of a select few panels with the authority to report legislation to the House floor for consideration. In addition to handling issues related to Michigan’s criminal justice system, the panel will review and vet legislation from any House committee that creates or changes criminal penalties in the state.“I’m looking forward to digging into criminal justice issues facing Michigan families,” Johnson said. “Things like civil asset forfeiture need to be reviewed and changed so in the future, ownership of seized personal property is no longer transferred to the government without a conviction.”Rep. Johnson is currently in his second term serving the 72nd House District, which includes Dorr, Leighton, Wayland and Gaines Townships as well as the cities of Kentwood and Wayland.last_img read more

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Outcomes Evidence Proves Case for Youth Employment

first_imgShareTweetShareEmail0 SharesDecember 4, 2014; University of Chicago NewsYouth employment is recognized as a solution to decreasing the summer spike in crime, but is it worth the cost, and does it have impact beyond the summer months? A new study of Chicago youth living in thirteen high violent school areas documented a 43 percent drop in violent crime during employment plus the thirteen months afterwards.The study explored the effect of part-time employment on 1,634 youth from thirteen high-violence areas of Chicago. Students participating in the program were almost entirely minority and more than 90 percent were enrolled in free or reduced lunch during the school year. About one-fifth of the students had been previously arrested and about a fifth had been a victim of a crime.Students participating in the study (ages 14-21) were randomly separated into three groups. One group was employed for 25 hours a week for eight weeks at minimum wage ($8.25 per hour). A second group was employed for 15 hours a week, along with participating in ten hours of social-emotional learning classes intended to educate participants on understanding and managing aspects of their behavior that might interfere with successful employment. In addition, both groups of students were matched with an adult job mentor to assist them in managing employment barriers. The third control group was not offered employment through the program.The objective of the study was to answer the question, does summer employment have lasting impact on youth? It was overseen by University of Pennsylvania criminologist Sara Heller. The 2012 study was a collaboration between the Chicago Department of Family and Support Services, the University of Chicago Crime Lab, and One Summer Chicago, a local and county government partnership created in 2011. The program, named One Summer Plus, employed students in diverse positions, including as camp counselors, community garden workers, and assistants in city aldermen’s offices.The study documented a lasting impact on youth behavior. Administrators worked with the Chicago Police Department to identify results both during employment as well as thirteen months after employment. The study found that students in the first and second groups were arrested for violent crimes 43 percent less than the control group. Students were slightly more likely to be involved in property and drug-related crimes, but the amount was statistically insignificant. The study did not document any differences in behavior between students in the two employed groups.The 2012 study results were even more significant given the high rate of unemployment among youth. The 2010 employment rate for low-income black teens in Illinois, nine percent, was less than one-fourth that of higher-income white teens, at 39 percent. During that summer, youth employment was at a 60-year low, particularly for low-income minority teens. Additionally, in 2013, One Summer Chicago received 67,000 applications for 20,000 employment opportunities.Often, leaders measure impact of these types of programs in monetary terms alone, leading to drastic undervaluation. In the 2012 program, each employed student cost $3,000, including $1,400 in wages plus $1,600 in administrative costs. Societal benefits of reduced crime are estimated at $1,700 per student. But youth living in areas of low employment and high criminal activity experience other benefits, including learning the importance of work as well as good habits they can use throughout their lives.With the recession ending, employment is rising, but youth are often the last to find employment. Currently, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the overall youth unemployment rate is 14 percent, down only two percent from a year before. This means there are an estimated 5.6 million youth between the ages of 16 and 24 that are neither enrolled in school nor employed.—Gayle NelsonShareTweetShareEmail0 Shareslast_img read more

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Is Feminist Foreign Policy Enough of a Shift

first_imgShare37Tweet7ShareEmail44 SharesU.S. Department of State from United States [Public domain], via Wikimedia CommonsMarch 4, 2019; Philanthropy WomenAn article in Philanthropy Women points north to Sweden as inspiration for the growth of “feminist foreign policy” and a philanthropic sector to support it—but writer Laura Dorwart fails to account for the women and organizations outside of the Western world that are setting the pace for creating equality in policy and practice.Dorwart explains that Sweden’s leader Stefan Löfven championed an explicitly feminist foreign policy after his 2014 election, and his recent reelection could mean more progress toward those goals:In Sweden’s case, the policy focused on funding initiatives across the three “Rs” in which women tend to be underserved and neglected: resources, representation, and rights. Donors who are interested in promoting gender equality through their efforts and outreach can look to the Swedish model of feminist foreign policy to know where to begin.Since implementing the groundbreaking foreign policy, the Swedish government has funded initiatives across the world in sexual and reproductive rights (from licensed midwifery programs to maternity care, contraceptives, sex education, and safer abortions), fighting gender-based violence, and promoting education and economic empowerment for women and girls.Examples of successful projects that Sweden has funded thus far include programs to prevent unwanted pregnancies and unsafe abortions in East Africa, a study on domestic violence prevention in China, and increased representation of women—as peace mediators around the world, in the Moldovan and Somali parliaments, and even on Wikipedia. The Swedish government was also instrumental in founding the She Decides movement, a global initiative on safe family planning that funds a range of services, from affordable and safe abortions to accessible birth control and medical care.Philanthropy Women also points to other Western countries as models for rethinking foreign policy and development, including Canada and the UK, and notes that these countries aim to empower women from the ground-up by partnering with local NGOs.But, the acclaim may be premature when these kind of partnerships could put local NGOs at risk—in countries with authoritarian leaders, frequent crackdowns on foreign-funded organizations supporting human rights are used to consolidate power. Even India has followed the playbook.Foreign Policy magazine also recently praised Sweden for being the first country in the world to publicly adopt a feminist foreign policy and called for the world to follow. However, Rwanda, Cuba, Bolivia, and Mexico all rank higher than Sweden when it comes to female representation in national parliaments (the US is further down the list in 79th place)—even if these countries might not explicitly label policies as “feminist.” And, the idea of simply sandwiching foreign policy and feminism together is problematic when each has its own separate challenges, especially in the US.Foreign policy is, by its nature, a top-down, governmental approach to global issues that is largely shaped and influenced by men. Foreign Policy Interrupted, a group that aims to disrupt the status quo by cultivating female foreign policy experts, notes that in the US, only 24 percent of foreign affairs and national security guests booked on cable programming were women in 2016, according to a Media Matters study.The US has had several women serve as Secretary of State—Hillary Clinton undertook a sweeping plan to make women’s rights the focus of American foreign policy—but the State Department’s already-low level of diversity has taken a hit under President Donald Trump over the last few years.Further, the development and aid arm of US foreign policy has a long and troubled history of corruption and harm to human rights—not to mention the many issues the US feminist movement has failed to address, from racism to classism. How can we advance foreign policy and feminism without perpetuating the inequality that built it?Indeed, Foreign Policy points out that Sweden’s “feminist foreign policy” has already faced criticism from groups like the Centre for Feminist Foreign Policy, based in Europe, which advocates for an intersectional foreign policy that puts people at the center of policy.In an analysis called “Hiding Behind the F-Word,” the Centre highlights the tug-of-war between Sweden’s “soft power” ideals and resistance by the military and business leaders to stop weapons sales to countries that violate human rights.“Effectively, Sweden is still not so different from other so-called liberal states who pursue state-centric ‘feminist’ foreign policies upheld by militarism,” the Centre’s Annina Claesson wrote.Even looking beyond the label of feminism, perhaps the primary tenet of foreign policy and development created by wealthier countries to “help” the world should be copied from a different sector altogether: first, do no harm.—Anna BerryShare37Tweet7ShareEmail44 Shareslast_img read more

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Factual channel provider Discovery has reported do

first_imgFactual channel provider Discovery has reported double digit profit and revenue increases for the year to end-December.International networks were a key growth driver, and revenues increased 16% year on year, taking the total to US$1.45 billion (€1.11 billion). Profit was up 18% and totaled US$645 million. Affiliate fees accounted for US$890 million of the international revenues, a 14% year on year increase, and advertising US$514 million, a 22% uptick.Overall company revenues increased 12% in 2011 and came in at US$4.23 billion. Profit of 1.9 billion was up 13% year on year.last_img

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Fashion entertainment and lifestyle channel Fashi

first_imgFashion, entertainment and lifestyle channel Fashion One has launched on the Eutelsat KabelKiosk platform in Germany.Under the deal, Fashion One will be available in high definition to cable networks in the KabelKiosk digital television platform provided by Eutelsat Germany from today.Fashion One also plans to expand its distribution to platforms in Austria, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg and Alto Adige in Italy.last_img

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Deloitte says mainstream broadcasters strong exis

first_imgDeloitte says mainstream broadcaster’s strong existing brands put them in a strong position to exploit opportunities in the over-the-top (OTT) sector.The accountancy firm pinpointed the existing broadcasters’ ability to make OTT moves as one of its key trends for 2013.It noted: “Mainstream broadcasters’ strong brand image and customer loyalty will put them in a strong position to grab market share among the growing range of over-the-top services.”The company also provided some insight into how it expects free-to-air broadcasters to approach the OTT opportunity.“Free-to-air TV broadcasters are likely to offer OTT for no cost, while pay TV companies include OTT access as part of subscription packages,” it noted. “Viewers will likely use broadcasters’ OTT services shortly after first transmission, with freshness of content key to popularity. Deloitte estimates that more than 75% of programmes will be watched within a week of initial broadcast.”Deloitte pinpointed the growth of 4K TV and mobile advertising among its other hot trends for 2013.last_img read more

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Vodafone and Sky Deutschland have agreed a deal th

first_imgVodafone and Sky Deutschland have agreed a deal that will see all Sky packages launch on the Vodafone IPTV platform as of August. The comprehensive distribution deal covers entertainment, films and sports content that users will be able to access through different Sky packages.The sport offering includes all live matches of the Bundesliga in the Sky Fußball Bundesliga package, and all major UEFA Champions League matches, Formula 1, Golf and Tennis majors through the Sky Sport package.A Sky Welt package includes top series, drama, comedy, documentaries, and kids programs from Germany, the US and around the world – including many that are exclusive to Sky. The Sky Film package includes current blockbusters 12 months before they are available elsewhere, uncut and commercial free, as well as older movies and US series, including Sky Atlantic HD, the home of HBO.“The cooperation with Vodafone Germany marks the completion of marketing and distribution partnerships with all major German cable and IPTV network providers,” said Dr. Holger Enßlin, chief officer, legal, regulatory and distribution at Sky Deutschland.Sky added that the multi-year agreement includes extensive joint marketing activities for Sky products, with customers able to book Sky packages in all Vodafone shops and online at standard prices.The news comes less than a week after Vodafone agreed to buy Kabel Deutschland in a €7.7 billion deal that will establish the UK mobile operator as a leading triple-play cable provider in Germany – offering TV, broadband, mobile and fixed-line phone services.last_img read more

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WalMart is gearing up to launch a Vudubranded HDM

first_imgWalMart is gearing up to launch a Vudu-branded HDMI streaming dongle, according to documents filed with the FCC, in an apparent bid to take on the likes of Google’s Chromecast.According to the filings, which were first picked up by tech blog Gigaom, the device, called Vudu Spark, will connect to a users’ WiFi and is designed to act as a gateway for the Walmart’s Vudu movie and TV store.WalMart is working with Korean electronics and manufacturing firms Inkel and Movon, though no release date was given.The device will be the latest to join the expanding ranks of HDMI streaming devices, with Google, Roku, Amazon, Mozilla and Microsoft all having launched their own TV dongles.last_img

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Jazz Blues TV a new OTT TV channel and ondeman

first_imgJazz & Blues TV, a new OTT TV channel and on-demand service devoted to jazz and blues music, is to launch in the first quarter of next year in partnership with online video platform provider Piksel.The channel will deliver a range of premium live and VOD music concerts, interviews and performances.Jazz & Blues TV is tapping Piksel’s cloud-based Piksel Hive platform to deliver a branded ‘video hub’ that will include live and on-demand content. The platform will enable the Jazz & Blues TV audience to share content through social syndication and quickly access the channel’s most popular content through one video hub, while Piksel will also enable the channel to make money, according to the company.“The launch of Jazz and Blues TV will share the experience of live music with people all around the world and it’s with Piksel’s support that we have been able to make this ambition a reality. What made the partnership with Piksel a good fit was its strategic approach – taking the time to understand our online video business and setting a framework for what success looked like using internet TV business modeling,” said Vince Williams, CEO, Jazz & Blues TV.“Through this process Piksel showed it is as focused as we are on a path to profitability. Of course the technology needed to be right too. We wanted a solution that was easy to use and that would highlight the talent of our artists. This and more is possible with Piksel Hive. When you combine the technology and the business model expertise with Piksel’s heritage in delivering high-quality live and VOD experiences, it’s easy to see why Piksel was the clear choice for the launch of Jazz and Blues TV.”Neil Berry, EVP Commercial, EMEA at Piksel said: “By combining Piksel Hive with our viewer-centric approach, and expertise in live events, we have not only the product, but the experience to help Jazz & Blues TV unleash the value of its unique content. Our partnership with Jazz & Blues TV reflects our commitment to expanding the reach of niche content platforms, offering viewers a carefully curated video experience that they can’t find anywhere else.”last_img read more

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Vice Media and AE Networks new US TV network Vi

first_imgVice Media and A+E Networks’ new US TV network, Viceland, will reportedly run less traditional adverts and up the amount of native ad content on the channel to appeal to its young demographic.In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Vice’s chief creative officer and the co-president of Viceland, Eddy Moretti said: We are trying to displace the clutter by injecting some humanity and authenticity… If we create a user experience that is more engaging than what else is on the dial, people won’t flip.”Viceland will look to have roughly half its ad inventory as native ads, often made by Vice itself, that are made to look like editorial content, according to the WSJ.  It will reportedly aim to carry roughly only half of the 18 minutes of ads per hour that most cable networks run.Viceland started broadcasting in the US yesterday. The 24-hour youth-oriented channel was first confirmed by A+E Networks and Vice in November.last_img read more

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YouTube is going to work on a lot more original c

first_imgYouTube is going to work on “a lot more original content” throughout the year for its new US subscription service YouTube Red, according to Google CEO Sundar Pichai.Speaking on the first quarter earnings call of Google and YouTube parent company, Alphabet, Pichai said that the six originals that YouTube has launched so far on Red have been “very well received” and that “early indications are that this is something that’s going to resonate well with users.”Overall, the CEO said that YouTube still had “incredible momentum” and is a part of the business that Alphabet continues to invest heavily in.“What seemed like a moon shot a decade ago has grown into a booming community of engaged users, creators and brands, unlike any other video platform. YouTube on mobile alone now reaches more 18-34 and 18-49 year olds in the US than any TV network – broadcast or cable,” said Pichai.Also speaking on the call, Alphabet chief finance officer, Ruth Porat, said that YouTube revenues continue to grow “at a very significant rate”, driven primarily by YouTube’s skippable video ad format TrueView and for video ads placed against YouTube’s ‘Google Preferred’ selection of premium, high-audience content. A growing contribution also came from app promotion, said Porat.Alphabet said that the continued strength in YouTube and programmatic advertising, increased use of mobile search, and “solid growth” in desktop and tablet search helped the company to post “very strong revenue” of US$20.3 billion in the quarter. This was up 17% year-on-year.On a GAAP basis, operating income was US$5.3 billion, up 20% compared to the year before.“Our Q1 results represent a tremendous start to the year with 17% revenue growth year on year and 23% growth on a constant currency basis. We’re thoughtfully pursuing big bets and building exciting new technologies, in Google and our Other Bets, that position us well for long term growth,” said Porat.last_img read more

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