FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – Police are seeking the public’s help in identifying two suspects who robbed a 7-Eleven in Fort Lauderdale.Officials said it happened in early August, at a store located near Southwest 14th Court and West McNab Road.Surveillance video captured one of the men pulling out a gun and demanding cash while the other reached for the cash register.If you have any information on this crime, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Stories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @AKPublicNews Alaska’s US senators veer apart on shutdown votesLiz Ruskin, Alaska Public Media – Washington D.C.Two competing bills to end the partial government shutdown both fizzled. Alaska’s senators took different tacks.Shutdown puts strain on some Alaska Native tribes and tribal organizationsRenee Gross, KBBI – HomerSome Alaska Native tribes and tribal organizations are dipping into reserves in order to pay for services that the federal government usually covers.Dunleavy appointee accused of lying about his credentialsRashah McChesney, Alaska’s Energy Desk – JuneauDepartment of Administration Commissioner-designee John Quick’s resume contains factual inaccuracies.Dunleavy appoints marijuana critic to pot boardAssociated PressA woman involved in a failed ban on marijuana operations in Fairbanks has been appointed to the board that regulates Alaska’s legal marijuana industry.State trooper charged with illegal use of computerCasey Grove, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageAn Alaska State Trooper serving on active duty with the Alaska National Guard has been arrested and charged with two felony counts of illegal use of a computer.Sitka police chief asks assembly to raise officer salaries in response to turnoverKatherine Rose, KCAW – SitkaConcerns over a hostile workplace culture surfaced Tuesday night, during a presentation to the Sitka Assembly calling for higher police wages.Alaska notifies 87,000 people after computer security breachAssociated PressAlaska officials say about 87,000 letters were sent to those possibly affected by a computer security breach at the state Division of Public Assistance last year.Federal court employees to work without pay if shutdown extends to FebruaryMatt Miller, KTOO – JuneauU.S. Courts say they have enough money to continue operating until Jan. 31. But after that, court employees and federal public defenders will be working without pay.Sea lion bites fisherman’s leg in Southwest AlaskaAssociated PressA sea lion bit a fisherman on his leg in a harbor in southwest Alaska, marking a fishing town’s third attack in two years by the marine mammals.Cordova’s Ice Worm festival to commence this weekendShahmeer Azmat, KCHU – ValdezThe City of Cordova is gearing up for one of its biggest festivals celebrating one of its tiniest residents. The 59th annual Iceworm Festival is a week-long community event, from January 26 through February 2, aiming to lift the winter blues.Russian Orthodox Christians celebrate Theophany on icy KuskokwimJacob Resneck, CoastAlaska – JuneauRussian Orthodox parishioners gathered in Bethel Jan. 19 to observe the Russian Orthodox holy day of Theophany.
Zaheerabad: TRS leaders and activists celebrated MLA Manik Rao’s birthday at RL Convention centre on Tuesday. MLC Md Fareeduddin, TRS activists and officials participated in the event. Notebooks and pens were distributed to students. TRS activists conducted a plantation drive as part of Haritha Haram programme.
Priyanka Chopra leaves for Cannes 2019 from NYC.InstagramAfter catching eyeballs at the MET Gala 2019 with her Camp attire, actress-singer Priyanka Chopra departed for France from New York City to attend the 72nd Cannes Film Festival. The actress was spotted at the NYC airport dressed stylishly earlier today in pinstriped formal pants, a Supreme T-shirt and an overcoat. She complimented it with dark shades and black formal heeled shoes, with a black purse and stylish silver luggage.This will be Priyanka Chopra’s first ever Cannes Film Festival appearance, and all eyes will be on her to see what she wears on the red carpet. Bollywood beauties like Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Sonam Kapoor as also Mallika Sherawat have regularly made appearances on the Cannes red carpet.Deepika Padukone, Kangana Ranaut, Richa Chadda and many more have visited the festival for a film or a brand appearance. Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Vidya Balan and Nandita Das have also served on the jury of the prestigious festival.The Indian beauties at Cannes 2019 will be Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Sonam Kapoor, Deepika Padukone, Kangana Ranaut, Diana Penty, Mallika Sherawat, Huma Qureshi, Hina Khan and Taranjit Kaur. After enthralling fans with her look at MET Gala 2019 in keeping with the Camp theme, it will be interesting to see what style game Priyanka Chopra brings to the Cannes red carpet – that too, for her first appearance. It looks like Priyanka Chopra is here to stay!The 72nd Cannes Film Festival began on May 14 and will go on till May 25. The 2019 Cannes red carpet dazzled with Hollywood stars on the opening day.Take a look at Priyanka Chopra’s smart airport look, as she leaves for Cannes 2019 from the JFK Airport.
By LAURIE KELLMAN, Associated PressWASHINGTON (AP) — Stacey Abrams, the rising political star who marshaled the power of black women voters but narrowly lost the Georgia governor’s race, will deliver the Democratic response to President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address, congressional Democrats said Tuesday.The choice elevates Abrams in Democratic politics as the party looks to keep core supporters, such as black women who anchor the base, energized ahead of the 2020 congressional and presidential elections. It also sets up an implicit contrast with Trump, who has a history of questioning the intellect and integrity of nonwhite politicians.In this Nov. 6, 2018 file photo, Georgia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams addresses supporters during an election night watch party in Atlanta. Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer says Abrams will deliver the Democratic response to President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address. (AP Photo/John Amis, File)“She is just a great spokesperson. She is an incredible leader. She has led the charge for voting rights, which is at the root of just about everything else,” said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, who, along with other Democrats, is urging Abrams to challenge Republican Sen. David Perdue, one of Trump’s most outspoken allies on Capitol Hill. “She knows what working people, the middle class, go through.”For her part, Abrams said in a statement that she intends to “deliver a vision for prosperity and equality, where everyone in our nation has a voice and where each of those voices is heard.”Abrams narrowly lost the governor’s race to Republican Brian Kemp after a protracted challenge over blocked votes. A group backed by Abrams filed a federal lawsuit this month saying Georgia deprived many low-income people and minorities of their voting rights with Kemp, then secretary of state, overseeing the 2018 election.The Democrats’ selection of Abrams is intended as a visual and philosophical counter to Trump’s speech to a joint session of Congress on Feb. 5 in the House, which Democrats control. Trump has a history of making inflammatory remarks about black and brown Americans, as well as Muslims and immigrants. He’s questioned the intellect of Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters of California, now chairwoman of the House Financial Services Committee. He’s referred to black Florida gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum as “a thief” because of an undercover FBI investigation into his acceptance of Broadway tickets.California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, a Democrat and former member of the House, will deliver the Spanish-language response to the State of the Union, according to Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.Abrams’ travel and meeting schedule in recent weeks shows how hotly Democrats have pursued her as their top choice for the Georgia Senate seat.She’s been inundated with calls from Democratic Party leaders, including Schumer, Pelosi and House campaign chief Catherine Cortez Masto. Abrams also met privately with presidential candidate and California Sen. Kamala Harris, members of the Congressional Black Caucus and Democratic House members from her state.Party officials see an Abrams candidacy as a promising scenario in 2020. Enthusiasm around her Senate run could drive up turnout that would also benefit a Democratic presidential candidate in the state, while the money that a White House campaign would bring to Georgia would also help Abrams.Abrams has started a voting rights advocacy group but is also considering her own political future and looking to help other Democrats. She is expected to make a decision about the Senate race in coming months.The State of the Union response often serves as an audition of sorts for ambitious political figures looking to raise their profiles. But it’s also frequently a thankless task, with brutal reviews. Republican Sen. Marco Rubio’s lunge for a water bottle became a meme after his response in 2013. Then-Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, a Republican, was panned for being dull in 2009. In 1996, then-Republican presidential candidate Bob Dole gave a less-than-boffo performance that was widely criticized for its delivery and for the lighting.___Associated Press Washington Bureau Chief Julie Pace, writers Bill Barrow and Errin Haines Whack, and researcher Jennifer Farrar contributed to this report.___Follow Kellman on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/APLaurieKellman
Explore further Citation: Proposed Particle Help Explains Odd Galactic Photons (2008, July 25) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2008-07-particle-odd-galactic-photons.html In 2002, a satellite called INTEGRAL was launched by the European Space Agency with an instrument on board to detect and measure gamma rays from space. Four years later, it yielded some intriguing data: An unusually high number of gamma-ray photons from the galactic center carried the same energy—a particular, significant energy—and nobody could figure out why. The energy is 511 keV (kilo electron volts), and it happens to be the exact rest-mass energy of the positron, the electron anti-particle, which emits a 511 keV photon when it annihilates with an electron. The gamma rays, then, are a telltale sign of positrons in the galactic center. Where those positrons come from, however, is not so clear.At one point, scientists thought the positrons might originate as electron-positron pairs often referred to as positronium, an “element” that exists for a very short time before the electron and positron annihilate. For positronium to be the source of the gamma rays, there would have to be lots of it, but the usual positron sources, such as black holes and supernovae, don’t emit enough of them.”Theorists have thought that the 511 keV line might be from dark matter annihilation located at the center of our galaxy, but all the well known standard dark-matter candidates, such as the lightest super-particle, could not fit the data,” said astrophysicist Seong Chan Park to PhysOrg.com.Park and colleagues Ji-Haeng Huh, Jihn E. Kim, and Jong-Chul Park are researchers at Seoul National University in Korea, and the group recently proposed an explanation that involves a new particle.The group suggests that the positrons come from a “millicharged fermion,” a very lightweight particle with a tiny electric charge. The suggestion isn’t groundbreaking, as many physicists think that there may be some new physics—a new particle, specifically—underlying the gamma-ray production.”Most preferred interpretations of the 511 keV gamma rays involve the introduction of new particles, and a millicharged fermion has been proposed before, as far back as 20 years ago, as a dark-matter candidate.” said Park. “But in this work we have handled the urgent problem of interpreting the 511 keV anomaly using millicharge fermions, within certain physical constraints.”The proposed particle can produce positrons, which would emit 511 keV gamma-ray photons by decaying into positrons and electrons, which would annihilate and emit the photons. Alternatively, it could annihilate with its own antiparticle to yield an electron and positron that would then annihilate.The millicharged fermion, if it exists, would have escaped detection at collider experiments because its electric charge is so minute, say Park and his colleagues. They also suggest the particle as a dark-matter candidate, possibly making up 10 percent of the dark matter in the universe.”In the beginning, we worried if the idea of ‘millicharged’ dark matter might be inconsistent with any existing experimental data,” says Park. “As it turns out, that it is not the case and there is room to fit all of them, which is interesting.”This research is described in the June 3, 2008, online edition of Physical Review D.Citation: Phys. Rev. D 77, 123503 (2008)Copyright 2008 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. Integral discovers the galaxy’s antimatter cloud is lopsided This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.
agentsappointmentsaptsales APT Travel Group has recruited and promoted in a shake-up of its sales team, including the appointment of Scott Ellis to the newly-created role of ATG National Sales Manager. Ellis has been with the company for 14 years in various roles including VIC/TAS/SA State Manager, and will work closely with State Managers and the on-road Sales Team in his new role to maximise conversions for agents by leveraging the ATG platform of brands. Jo Ellies, State Manager WA, has expanded her role and is now also responsible for leading the SA/NT region and team, following long term success in WA. Susan Haberle’s role has also been expanded and she is now Head of Sales for Australasia, leading the Australia and New Zealand Sales team, managing trade partnerships and sales strategy. Jacinta Crisp has been promoted to State Manager VIC/TAS having been with ATG as BDM for the last three years, and Kieran Healy joins the team as the new inside Sales Manager after nine years at Rail Plus as their reservations and operations manager. Healy will be starting alongside the team’s new SalesCommunications Executive, Jordan Fransz who joins from RAC WA. The Travelmarvel National Sales role responsibilities have been integrated into this new structure and, following this change, Susie Coughlin has decided to move on from the company. “We thank Susie for her great contribution during her 26 years with ATG and wish her every success in the future,” said Debra Fox, APT Chief Operating Officer. “The new structure and roles will allow us to continue to evolve and invest in our trade partnerships and agents, bringing together the ATG brands to provide ongoing success for all stakeholders. We are excited to welcome our newcomers and congratulate those moving into new positions.” Kieran Healy, Inside Sales Manager; Rowena Fallon, NSW State Manager; Aaron Christian, Groups and Channel Sales Manager; Karen Newbury, QLD Sales Manager; Scott Ellis, National Sales Manager; Jo Ellies, WA/SA/NT State Manager; Susan Haberle, Head of Sales Australasia
Neflix will debut new ‘Cloverfield’ film after Super Bowl by The Associated Press Posted Feb 5, 2018 6:12 am PDT Last Updated Feb 5, 2018 at 7:00 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Netflix has dropped a surprise on Super Bowl viewers — a new “Cloverfield” film will be released after Sunday’s game.The streaming service debuted a trailer for “The Cloverfield Paradox” during Super Bowl 52. It mixed footage from the first film, a surprise hit in 2008, with clips from the new film from director Julius Onah.“Cloverfield” featured a monster attacking New York through the recordings of a group of friends trying to survive the chaos. Sunday’s trailer promised viewers would “find out why” the monsters attacked. It shows a group of astronauts encountering problems with an experimental technology.The film is produced by J.J. Abrams, who produced the original and a related 2016 film, “10 Cloverfield Lane.” This image released by Netflix shows a scene from “The Cloverfield Paradox,” a film that will be released on Netflix immediately following the Super Bowl on Sunday, Feb. 4. (Netflix via AP)
The Cyprus Rally CNP ASFALISTIKI Super Special Stage will take place on Saturday, June 17 in the roads in central Nicosia, closing or partially closing some roads in the centre of the capital.In addition, on Wednesday, June 14 the same roads will be closed or partially closed to the public from 3pm until 8pm as the rally crews will recce the stage.On Saturday, the special stage of the rally will be conducted twice the same day; at 11.27am and 4.59pm. This year’s stage has been shortened to avoid the closing of central avenues which in the past have caused traffic congestion and discomfort to the public, Rally organisers said.The stage’s epicentre will be the Markos Drakos roundabout next to Paphos Gate and the following roads will be temporarily closed.Closed RoadsRigenis street – from the junction with Arsinois Street all the way up to the Markos Drakos round about next to the Pafos GateEgyptou (Egypt) street – from the Lloyd George util the Markos Drakos round about by the Pafos GateMuseum street – from the junction with Nehru street until the Markos Drakos round about next to Pafos GateKinyras Street – from the junction at Pedieos bridge until the Markos Drakos round about next to the Pafos GateMarkos Drakos streetCharalmbos Mouskos street – up to the junction with Kinyras sreetKostis Palama street (one lane)One lane of Gregoris Afxentiou streetChilonos street – direction towards Museum street traffic lightsThe same roads will be affected on Wednesday.Members of the public wishing to watch the special stage are advised to come to the area earlier and to use all adjacent parking areas and to comply with directions of the police and the safety marshals. No entry fee will be charged for fans wishing to watch this year’s CNP ASFALISTIKI Super Special Stage. For more information, please call Rally headquarters at 22313233 and 97676960 or at www.cyprusrally.com.cy You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? Better safe than sorryFigLeaf Beta AppUndoClassmates.comLook For Any High School Yearbook, It’s FreeClassmates.comUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoAuthorities release five of 12 Israeli rape suspects, seven due in court FridayUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
Local officials join McBroom to deliver committee testimonyState Rep. Ed McBroom, left, today welcomed Menominee City Police Chief Brett Botbyl and Menominee County Sheriff Kenny Marks to the House Criminal Justice Committee for testimony in support of House Bill 4889, legislation to enhance penalties for transporting illegal drugs over the state line with intent to deliver.Menominee County Sheriff Kenny Marks and Menominee City Police Chief Brett Botbyl joined state Rep. Ed McBroom before the House Criminal Justice Committee today to provide testimony supporting House Bill 4889, which the lawmaker sponsored to enhance sentencing penalties for transporting illegal drugs over state lines.The measure was prompted by an increased influx of illegal drugs crossing over Michigan’s border initially recognized by Menominee-area law enforcement departments, McBroom said.“We’ve successfully taken steps to make dangerous products illegal and remove them from local store shelves in Michigan, but now the bad guys are threatening the safety and well-being of our children and our communities by bringing these and other controlled substances over the border,” said McBroom, R-Vulcan. “Our law enforcement officers continue to fight an unending battle against the drugs and those who deal them, so this measure can provide another weapon to slow the enemy and protect our residents.”The bill does not set the increased penalties directly for a person convicted of a controlled substance offense, but it adds points to the sentencing guideline if the offender traveled from another state to Michigan with the intent to deliver illegal drugs.The additional sentencing points could result in county jail time instead of probation, prison time instead of county jail lock up, and longer minimum prison sentences before parole eligibility, depending on the offense magnitude and the offender’s prior convictions.Controlled substances covered by McBroom’s bill include those classified in Schedule 1 or 2 of the Public Health Code, which are narcotic drugs, hallucinogens, cocaine, methamphetamines and various so-called “party or designer drugs,” such as the date rape drug GHB, CAT, ecstasy, and bath salts.HB 4889 remains before the House Criminal Justice Committee for consideration. 18Sep House bill targets out-of-state drug dealers Categories: News
15Dec LaSata bill restores work requirement for able-bodied food stamp recipients Categories: LaSata News,News Measure aims to end cycle of dependency State Rep. Kim LaSata has introduced legislation restoring the work requirements for childless, able-bodied adults who receive food stamps.LaSata, of Bainbridge Township, said Michigan has not enforced a statewide work requirement for food stamp recipients for more than 15 years. With the state’s continuing economic recovery and availability of jobs, LaSata said it’s time to require able-bodied adults between the ages of 18 and 49 without children to work for at least 20 hours a week to maintain eligibility for benefits.“Fifteen years is enough,” LaSata said. “With our economy continuing to rebound and the amount of ‘help wanted’ signs in windows of businesses, there is no reason that these able-bodied adults should not find at least a part-time job, which could be the springboard to full employment.”LaSata said single mothers receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families have a work stipulation that takes them out of their homes for 120 hours a month. Michigan is one of only eight states that do not havea statewide work requirement. Currently work is a stipulation of food-stamp use in Oakland, Washtenaw, Kent and Ottawa counties.LaSata said approval of the work requirement will not only end a program that traps people in dependency on public assistance, it also promises to save some of the $500 million the state spends annually on the benefits. The work could be paid or unpaid, with the state deciding what type of unpaid work counts toward the required hours.The bill was referred to the House Appropriations Committee.#####The legislation is House Bill 5386.
State Rep. Julie Alexander has been named chair of the influential House Agriculture Committee, Speaker Lee Chatfield announced today.The committee is tasked with deliberating on all policy related to the agricultural industry in Michigan.“Michigan is home to the second most diverse agricultural economy in the country, offering more than 300 different commodities, and I am passionate about telling the story behind this thriving economy and educating the public on what it means to be grown in Michigan,” Alexander said. “I look forward to in-depth dialogue on this committee and putting forward ideas to enhance Michigan’s extensive agricultural economy.”Alexander and her husband currently operate a third-generation farm in Hanover growing around 1,500 acres of corn, soybean and hay crops. The family also has 40 years of experience with dairy farming.“I know first-hand the challenges Michigan’s farmers face today and I look forward to working together to protect our bright future,” Alexander said. “Our food and agriculture industry contributes more than $100 billion to our state’s economy each year. The House Agriculture Committee will be a venue for many open, bipartisan conversations on how we can support our Michigan-grown agriculture.”Alexander will also serve on the House Transportation, Health, and Energy committees. 17Jan Rep. Alexander selected to lead House Agriculture Committee Categories: Alexander News,News
Categories: Lightner News State Rep. Sarah Lightner has scheduled her March office hours to meet with local residents of the 65th District.“Serving you starts with listening to you,” Rep. Lightner said. “I look forward to hearing your thoughts and questions on the major issues facing our state.”Office hours are scheduled for the following times and locations:Monday, March 4 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Liberty Township Hall, 101 W. Liberty Road in Clarklake;Friday, March 22 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Chubby’s Café, 122 E. Main St. in Springport; andMonday, March 25 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Grass Lake Township Hall, 373 Lakeside Drive in Grass Lake.No appointment is necessary. Residents unable to attend may contact Rep. Lightner’s office by calling (517) 373-1775 or by email at SarahLightner@house.mi.gov. 26Feb Rep. Lightner to host local office hours
Share282TweetShareEmail282 SharesDecember 10, 2015; National Education Policy CenterThe National Education Policy Center (NEPC) recently published an important report concluding that “Public assets are being unnecessarily transferred to private hands, at public expense, risking the future provision of “public” education.” A Miami Herald/AP investigation provides ample evidence to support the NEPC’s warning:“Charter schools, which are public schools run by private groups, have received more than $760 million from state taxpayers since 2000 according to an Associated Press analysis of state Department of Education records. Schools can use the money for construction costs, rent payments, buses and even property insurance.More capital money has gone to charter schools in Miami-Dade than any other county: about $179 million.Yet charter schools in 30 districts have wound up closing after receiving as much as $70 million combined in such funding, the AP’s analysis showed. In all, more than $7.5 million went to almost 20 Miami-Dade charter schools that eventually shut their doors.Taxpayers usually can’t recover the capital money invested in those schools because most of it has been spent on rent or leasing costs. The Department of Education reported it has taken back just $133,000 in the last three years from schools that closed.”The issue is usually just seen as a question of where capital funds for charter schools should come from. Charter-school advocates view public funding for capital needs as a way to level the playing field with traditional public schools, who can issue bonds to support facility costs. “Banks don’t usually lend to charter schools,” said Lynn Norman-Teck, executive director of the Florida Charter School Alliance. “You can’t walk into Bank of America and say, ‘I have a good idea and I may have 100 kids show up.’ This capital outlay is the lifeline for some of these charter schools, especially the small independent ones.’”Traditional public schools can turn to the bond markets for funding, but these borrowed funds must be repaid with interest (unlike money coming from the state). But as the Miami Herald article points out, “School districts argue they are also squeezed for construction money. Their capital budgets are largely tied up in debt, state funds have dwindled and the districts have had their taxing authority reduced. The Legislature caps how much school districts can levy, and during the recession, the state gradually lowered the tax rate for capital budgets.”This is an important debate. If charter schools are to remain part of the public school mix, they must have access to appropriate facilities and equipment. But when there is a significant failure rate in the charter sector, the public should not lose sight of where its investment ends up. We know that the assets of traditional public schools remain public property. But all too often the story with failed charter schools is very different.The Herald goes on to report, “Schools that got money include Miami’s Liberty City Charter, set up with great fanfare by Jeb Bush shortly before he ran for governor in 1998. Liberty City closed after eight years because of severe financial problems, but not before receiving $1.1 million in state capital funds.Today, the building stands empty in a quiet enclave of El Portal that backs up to humming Interstate 95. In its last years on the campus, Liberty City Charter paid about $165,000 a year in rent, according to school-district documents. Property records show the building—which sports fresh, faint green paint and a sign that says “Principal’s Office” across the front door—remains in private hands.”When legislatures draw up a poor framework for integrating charter schools into the public education system, and then combine that with inadequate oversight, the results are schools open to waste and abuse. In an editorial commenting on the Miami Herald/AP study, the Bradenton Herald captured the problem with our current approach: “These tuition-free public schools, run by private organizations, receive taxpayer money through the local public school districts and operate independently of those education systems. That freedom from oversight, weak business plans and the profit motive of charter-school management companies opens the door to abuses.”If the goal of policymakers is not to enrich the operators of charter schools, then it is past time to fix the situation. — Marty LevineShare282TweetShareEmail282 Shares
Share18Tweet11ShareEmail29 SharesBy User:Visviva [CC BY 4.0], from Wikimedia CommonsJune 26, 2018; The AtlanticYesterday, the US Supreme Court ruled that California’s pregnancy crisis centers do not have to post the disclosure signs that were previously required by the state’s FACT Act, which passed in 2015. The act requires that sites without medical licenses state that they are not licensed medical care providers, and that sites with medical licenses acknowledge that the state provides low-cost family planning and abortion services that are not offered at the crisis centers.Justice Clarence Thomas wrote the opinion for the five-vote majority and said,The FACT Act unduly burdens protected speech. It imposes a government-scripted, speaker-based disclosure requirement that is wholly disconnected from the State’s informational interest. It requires covered facilities to post California’s precise notice no matter what the facilities say on site or in their advertisements. And it covers a curiously narrow subset of speakers.What Thomas means is, the speech required by FACT goes above and beyond speech the state can legally require for the best interest of citizens, such as informed consent for medical procedures. That is sometimes known as “professional speech,” and is the basis on which the Ninth Circuit court ruled against the NIFLA clinics. Thomas said that not only has SCOTUS never recognized professional speech, it doesn’t matter because the sign requirement is neither part of informed consent nor professional regulation, and “in no way relates to the services that licensed clinics provide.” (Except, of course, that those clinics provide counseling to pregnant women and actively advocate against abortion.)There are a number of disingenuous points to Thomas’ argument. One is that FACT requires clinics to “advocate” for abortion and family planning, when in fact all it requires is that women be informed that these things are available to them.Dawn Laguens, Executive Vice President, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, wrote, “Fake women’s health centers are lying to women, withholding medical information, and creating barriers to health care.” Maggy Krell, Chief Legal Counsel for Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California, wrote, “Patients deserve reliable information about their options and to be treated with dignity and respect. California passed the Reproductive FACT Act to ensure that all clinics provide a simple disclosure about their license status and the availability of free or low-cost reproductive services.”Another false point is that FACT specifically regulates the speech of those who oppose abortion and is unique in this respect. As NPQ has noted, for example, Virginia requires doctors to perform invasive ultrasounds prior to offering abortion. Alexandra Svokos at Elite Daily wrote that “[Justice Sonia] Sotomayor…linked the FACT Act to laws that require abortion providers tell patients that alternative options exist, in a practice called ‘informed consent.’ The Supreme Court approved ‘informed consent’ laws in a 1992 case.” The argument that speech at these clinics doesn’t need to be regulated the same way because it doesn’t involve consent to a medical procedure is a red herring; the clinic will never face questions of informed consent speech because it refuses to perform the procedure in question and has thus wiggled out of regulations guiding what it says to potentially vulnerable women in the guise of providing them with medical advice.In his dissent, Justice Stephen Breyer wrote, “If a state can lawfully require a doctor to tell a woman seeking an abortion about adoption services, why should it not be able, as here, to require a medical counselor to tell a woman seeking prenatal care or other reproductive health care about childbirth and abortion services?” Tellingly, his dissent was joined by all three female justices.Part of the reason the clinics were required to post the signs is that they were engaging in deceptive practices to make it look like they were unbiased medical care providers, even though many are affiliated with churches and do not have medical licenses. Law enforcement officers described the guidebook for similar clinics in New York as “a 93-page guidebook of ways to mislead consumers.”The case, like most SCOTUS cases, is really about the larger questions at hand. It asks, whom is the law designed to protect? Is it more important to make sure that women are always and without doubt made aware of all their healthcare options, and allow them to make their own choice? Or is it more important to avoid accidentally imposing speech upon someone that contradicts their beliefs?Additionally, the Court has made a declaration about whose rights are more important. Dara Lind and Sarah Kliff at Vox noted recently that many white Christians now see themselves as a persecuted minority in need of protection, even though a Pew study showed that over 40 percent of Americans identify as evangelical or mainline Protestant. When SCOTUS further enshrines “protections” for a segment of the population that already enjoys significant power and influence in government, especially at the expense of people who have proportionally less, they send a message about their willingness to address systemic injustice.Ayanna Pressley, a Boston city councilor and Congressional candidate, said,Let me be clear: this case was not about freedom of speech, it was about disenfranchising women, specifically low-income women and women of color. Access to healthcare is a human right. So-called “crisis pregnancy centers” oftentimes engage in deceptive strategies that target at-risk women and withhold information about the full range of medical options available to them while posturing as medical professionals. These tactics are coercive and unacceptable. This decision by the Supreme Court is terribly disappointing and will harm women across the country who are in need of accurate, unbiased medical information and care.—Erin RubinShare18Tweet11ShareEmail29 Shares
OTE will sell satellite operation Hellas Sat this year.The Greek telco said it will offload the satellite company within six months and that it might also dispose of other assets in order to pay down its debt load.
Canal Plus España is to make UEFA Champions League football, to which it holds the Spanish rights, available to telco Telefónica’s Imagenio IPTV service.The deal follows a public auction open to pay TV operators to share the cost and return on investment in the rights. Canal Plus’ Champions League service will launch on August 16 as part of the Canal Plus and Imagenio offerings. Canal Plus has secured the rights to Champions League for the next three seasons.
Pace has confirmed that it has made a bid to acquire Motorola’s set-top box business from Google.Last week, press reports linked the UK-based technology company with a bid for the set-top unit of Motorola. Pace released a statement saying that it has “submitted an indicative, non-binding, proposal to Google in respect of a potential acquisition of its Motorola Home business”. It added that discussions were at an early stage.Google acquired Motorola for US$12.5 billion (€7.8 billion) in May and is looking to shift its set-top box arm, with insiders speculating that a deal could be worth up to US$2 billion. Other names linked to the deal include Arris and Technicolor.The ordinary shares of Pace were suspended yesterday afternoon because the potential acquisition of Google’s Motorola Home business would be classified as a reverse takeover under the UK Listing Rules given its size relative to Pace.
Russia’s deputy communications and mass media minister Denis Sverdlov has resigned, according to local press reports.According to Interfax, citing a communications ministry spokeswoman, Sverdlov, the former head of wireless broadband service provider Yota, decided to step down as a result of a new law that bars Russian federal officials and their family members from holding assets and bank accounts abroad. Sverdlov’s wife owns a property in France.According to the communications ministry, Sverdlov will remain as an adviser to the minister and will continue to oversee reforms he initiated.
Amazon-owned VoD service LoveFilm has updated its app for Samsung smart TVs and Blu-ray players and has also signed an exclusive UK streaming deal for CBS Studios International’s series Under the Dome.The new Samsung app will incorporate LoveFilm features like starred content ratings, ‘more like this’ options, a watchlist so that users can save content to watch later, and enhanced recommendations based on recent viewing activity.It will also have a stop and resume function so that viewers can revisit partially-watched content across different supported devices.At the same time, LoveFilm has picked up UK streaming rights to Under the Dome – a CBS Studios International series, produced by Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television production company and based on a novel by based on a novel by Stephen King.Over the summer the show reached an average broadcast and cable audience of 14.85 million in the US. However, the serialised drama will be available to LoveFilm viewers until June 2014.