MIAMI GARDENS, FLA. (WSVN) – A 54-year-old truck driver has died after a tractor trailer overturned in the northbound lanes of the Florida Turnpike in Miami Gardens.Miami-Dade Fire Rescue responded to the scene northbound lanes of the Florida Turnpike at Northwest 27th Avenue at around 11:40 a.m., Tuesday.The vehicle took out several yards of the guard rail and knocked down several lights before landing upside down on top of another part of the guard rail.Crews worked diligently to remove the one person trapped inside the truck. A surgeon was also called to the scene.However, the victim was pronounced dead after they were removed from the cab of the truck.Crews closed the northbound lanes while they worked to remove the vehicle from the scene, as well as clean up the debris and repair the guard rail.Tow trucks arrived at the site of the crash at around 5:15 p.m. Around 6 p.m., crews were able to get the truck turned over upright. The scene was eventually cleared, and the ramp has since been reopened.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
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According to F+W, first steps will focus on building a U.S. publishing operation for Burda Style—a Burda Style magazine, e-magazines, books and e-books, as well as PDF sewing pattern collections and instruction programs. F+W will also offer direct-to-consumer online product sales and will begin growing the U.S. market through SEO and SEM campaigns, email marketing and social media.”The business will quickly scale to a multi-million dollar business with a robust e-commerce business, online events, live events, books, e-books and a magazine that launches this fall,” adds Nussbaum.See Also: F+W Media Hires Amazon Exec to Fill VP Ecommerce RoleF+W Media made several acquisitions in 2012, including enthusiast publisher Aspire Media and The Martha Pullen Compnay—a deal that set up F+W with a hard-goods fulfillment operation. Craft and enthusiast media and e-commerce company F+W Media has struck a licensing partnership with Germany-based Hubert Burda Media. The deal sets up F+W as the U.S. and Canadian publishing and sales operation for what will become Burda Style USA—a digital, e-commerce and print platform for DIY fashion and sewing enthusiasts.Burda Media, a $3 billion company based in Munich, has also extended its publishing operations across Switzerland, Eastern Europe and Russia and until now had no representation in the U.S. or Canadian markets, except for a New York-based office running a U.S. website. As part of the deal, F+W will take over operation of that website, which currently has over 800,000 registered users, says F+W chairman and CEO David Nussbaum. “Essentially we are responsible for everything e-media, e-commerce, sales and content. But we also get to tap into the Burda Style global content machine. The intent is to broaden our relationship into other opportunities with Burda.”
APD police vehicles (Photo by Wesley Early, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage)Anchorage Police are searching for five people involved in an assault and kidnapping in East Anchorage.Listen nowPolice say the suspects abducted and beat 24-year-old Abshir Mohammed on Sunday in a house on the 6500 block of Cimmaron Circle. They allegedly put him in a dog kennel where he was discovered and driven to the hospital by a person who was not believed to be involved with the assault.On Friday, police released a statement saying Mohammed is still in critical condition and asked for help from the public to find the people who assaulted him.Police spokesperson MJ Thim said evidence suggests Mohammed was targeted and the assault was not random. However, he said the department has not yet determined why, but they’ve ruled out the possibility that it was a hate crime.“We have a bunch of theories and that’s what we’re trying to determine which one is the correct one that happened and why,” Thim said.Officers are searching for four alleged assault suspects — Macauther Vaifanua, Faamanu Vaifanua, Jeffery Ahvan and Tamole Lauina — as well as a fifth unnamed person of interest who is believed to have been at the home where Mohammed was assaulted.Ahvan and the Vaifanuas face charges of kidnapping and assault while Lauina faces a kidnapping charge.APD said all five should be considered armed and dangerous.
Dhaka University. File PhotoA special senate session on Wednesday nominated the incumbent Dhaka University vice chancellor professor Md. Akhtaruzzaman, pro- vice chancellor (administration) Muhammad Samad and professor Maksud Kamal as the members of VC panel, reports BSS.The VC panel was nominated at the meeting held at Nabab Nawab Ali Chowdhury Senate Bhaban on the campus this afternoon.President Abdul Hamid, also the chancellor of the university, may appoint anyone from the panel as the DU VC under the Article 11(1) of Dhaka University Order-1973.The article 11 (1) says, “The vice-chancellor shall be appointed by the chancellor for a period of four years from a panel of three persons to be nominated by the Senate on such terms and conditions as may be determined by the chancellor, and shall be eligible for re-appointment for a further period of four years.”Earlier, Blue Panel, the Pro-Awami League (AL) teachers’ body of DU yesterday finalised the three as their candidates after a voting for the nomination of VC panel at a meeting.Pro-VC (admin) professor Muhammad Samad bagged 42 votes, incumbent VC professor Akhtaruzzaman got 36 votes and DU Teachers’ Association President professor Maksud Kamal bagged 30 votes.White Panel, the BNP and Jaamat-e-Islami backed teachers’ body, boycotted the VC panel election raising allegation that the 105-member senate was not formed properly.
Wow, what a day! We never would have guessed the pinball machine would be so popular! We’re incredibly grateful to have this chance to share it with the whole world! Thank you all so much for the comments! Always feel free to send us a message! #LEGO #Pinball #Grateful #Pewpewpew— Renegade Bricks (@RenegadeBricks) May 10, 2018The idea for Benny’s Spaceship Adventure, Burns told The Brick Brothers, came in March 2017; she unveiled the final version at this year’s Emerald City Comic Con in Seattle, about a year after the project began.“I realized that, like most real pinball machines, leveling issues, realignments, and periodic breakdowns needed to be addressed,” she told TBB. “But I was able to achieve my goal of giving a couple hundred people the opportunity to play it.”Burns spent between 200 and 300 hours designing, building, and programming the machine. She even stuck diligently to her self-prescribed challenge to use only official LEGO products.“No gluing, screwing, fabrication, or modification of any of the parts, including balls, rubber bands, and even the use of the LEGO NXT-G software instead of another programming platform,” she explained.The journey from piles of colorful bricks to a working pinball game was not easy, though: Constantly hammered by soaring steel balls, the table “flew apart repeatedly,” according to TBB.But what has LEGO taught us if not to persevere in the face of adversary—be it the frustration of missing pieces, or the all-out rage of unexpectedly stepping barefoot on said missing piece?That’s exactly what Burns did.“LEGO are meant to be played with,” she told TBB. “And I wanted this to be an inspiration to young builders, so getting people to play it and seeing kids’ faces light up made all the difficulties totally worth it.”The machine is a beautiful nod to LEGO’s “classic” space sets—the blue, grey, white, and yellow collection of cosmic cubes that inspired The LEGO Movie‘s enthusiastic astronaut Benny, aka 1980-Something Space Guy. Lego Unveils ‘Friends’ 25th Anniversary Central Perk SetThis Tree House Is Lego’s Most Sustainable Set Ever For many, LEGO bricks and pinball machines are mere school-day memories. For Bre Burns, they’re the ultimate geek mash-up.Burns, half of the LEGO enthusiast duo Renegade Bricks, built a fully functional pinball machine with more than 15,000 plastic blocks and a brilliant throwback theme.As detailed by The Brothers Brick, the tabletop game stands 2.5 feet tall, and, aside from a slab of plywood bearing the unit every inch of Benny’s Spaceship Adventure pinball machine is made from LEGO.AdChoices广告That includes three Mindstorms NXT “brain” bricks, a handful of PowerFunctions lights and battery boxes, several Mindstorms steel castor balls, and 30-plus official rubber bands. Stay on target Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.
Cesar Monzon of Enig Associates, Inc., in Bethesda, Maryland, has presented this new technique in a recent issue of Physical Review Letters. As Monzon explains, many (but not all) subwavelength imaging mechanisms involve a complicated implementation and offer narrowband operation, such as lenses using metamaterials. He hopes that his technique could overcome these challenges with purely resistive means, simply by using a thin electrically conducting sheet to counteract the effects of space’s filtration properties. “An important advantage of the present method is that the resolution of the image so produced is not limited by the extent of a wavelength as in a common lens, but by the separation from the image to the conducting thin sheet,” Monzon told PhysOrg.com. “In fact, the analysis presented in the paper indicates that we can easily form images 10 times sharper than a conventional lens (or 5% of a wavelength of operation). Actually, depending on the frequency of operation, achieving images that are over 20 times higher resolution than possible with diffraction limited optics seems feasible. Hence the proposed technique is that of a ‘superlens,’ because it beats the diffraction limit.”Basically, space acts like a low pass filter for highly evanescent components, and makes evanescent waves very short-lived; these waves usually decay exponentially with the distance from their light source. Monzon found that, when he placed a thin sheet of conducting material close to the light source, the sheet could restore the evanescent components of the light that had been diminished by the air in between. “Saving” these evanescent wave components results in near-field subwavelength imaging right behind the resistive sheet. The “spot size” (imaging area) depends on the separation between the light source and the sheet, meaning that extremely high resolution is possible for very small separations. As an additional benefit, the effect is found to be broadband.”An evanescent wave is essentially a near field wave component that is not propagating away from a radiator, but remains standing in its neighborhood,” Monzon explained. “Evanescent fields are responsible for the reactive energy around a radiator, and generally decay quickly with distance. Just like radiating waves, evanescent waves are a general property of wave equations, and since they basically form the near field of a radiator, they are needed for its proper reconstruction (via focusing or imaging). Now suppose we have a point radiator; if evanescent waves are not used in the reconstruction, such as done by a typical lens (which operate in the far field), then we get a diffraction limited image where the minimum spot size is commensurate with the wavelength. If on the other hand we utilize the evanescent fields, as done here, then we are not bound by a diffraction limited spot size, as the evanescent field spectrum has the ability to form the very near field. For a point radiator this means, in principle, extreme resolution, with a minimum spot size clearly a very small fraction of the wavelength, hence enabling very high resolution imaging.” (PhysOrg.com) — Since the first demonstrations of subwavelength imaging just a few years ago, scientists have been making great improvements, developing a variety of new methods for realizing high-resolution imaging. Recently, a new superlens for subwavelength imaging has been developed that offers a simplified and wide broadband operation. The superlens could potentially shrink the size of features on computer chips to make faster transistors, as well as increase the storage capacity of computer memory. Unlike in previous subwavelength imaging techniques that use surface plasmons (electron density fluctuations) and that are plagued by losses, the new technique has a different physical cause based on harnessing the spectrum of evanescent fields. As Monzon explained, the smaller wave impedance of the conducting sheet enables researchers to trade definition for amplitude.”What is shown here is that a simple conducting thin sheet acts like a special type of ‘lens’ for evanescent fields, allowing the details of a nearby image to be transferred to the other side of the sheet faithfully (this happens because accurate reconstruction of the evanescent fields of the original image takes place there),” Monzon explained. “Now, it happens that the more conducting the sheet is, the more faithful the reconstruction. However, as we know, the more conducting the sheet is, the more reflective it becomes, resulting in smaller transmitted fields, and a lower amplitude image being formed. Thus better definition can be obtained at the expense of sacrificing amplitude, and vice versa.”This technique could have useful applications, showing that micrometer or nanometer layers of resistive materials can be used to achieve subwavelength imaging in the optical and elusive infrared regions. The method could also be applied to other areas of physics where wave motion exists.”The sharper images, the simplicity of the scheme, and the broadband operation are definite advantages for applications,” Monzon said. “A superlens such as this, capable of creating images of objects or features much smaller than the wavelength of light, could be use in novel types of microscopes, of the super-resolution type. The method can also be used to shrink the size of features on computer chips, so to make smaller transistors that will result in faster computer chips. There is also potential to use this technique in computer memory technology such as read and write devices, so as to be able to access even smaller bits, which can definitely increase general storage capacity/density, and the corresponding data transfer capability.”More information: Cesar Monzon. “Subwavelength Imaging Using Conducting Sheets.” Physical Review Letters, 102, 173901 (2009).© 2009 PhysOrg.com Citation: Novel Superlens Offers a Simplified Subwavelength Imaging Technique (2009, May 11) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2009-05-superlens-subwavelength-imaging-technique.html 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. Explore further Goal of nanoscale optical imaging gets boost with new hyperlens
Qlarity Imaging’s software is used to assist radiologists in the assessment and characterization of breast lesions. Imaging features are synthesized by an artificial intelligence algorithm into a single value, the QI score, which is analyzed relative to a database of reference abnormalities with known ground truth. Image courtesy of Business Wire. Feature | Artificial Intelligence | July 19, 2019 | Michal Chorev AI Models Predict Breast Cancer With Radiologist-level Accuracy Breast cancer is the global leading cause of cancer-related deaths in women, and the most commonly diagnosed cancer… read more Related Content Technology | September 30, 2008 Hologic’s R2 Quantra Automates Breast Density Assessment Technology | Breast Biopsy Systems | July 24, 2019 Fujifilm Releases Tomosynthesis Biopsy Option for Aspire Cristalle Mammography System Fujifilm Medical Systems U.S.A. Inc. recently expanded its breast imaging solutions with the launch of its… read more News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… read more Hologic’s R2 Quantra volumetric breast density assessment tool is a software application for use with Hologic digital mammography systems as an automated method for assessing breast density. It creates an internal 3D model of the breast from which it derives estimates of the fibroglandular tissue volume and total breast volume; volumetric breast density is the ratio of these values. Using the Quantra tool to provide numeric values for each breast may aid radiologists in the assessment of breast tissue composition without the subjectivity of human interpretation. According to research published in Journal of the National Cancer Institute, new models for predicting a woman’s risk of developing breast cancer find that breast density is a highly clinically significant predictor of breast cancer risk that is almost as powerful a risk factor as age. Prior to the development of Quantra software, there has not been a consistent breast density assessment method available to clinicians. “The recent FDA clearance of the Quantra breast density assessment application provides radiologists with a clinical tool to assess breast density and should facilitate better breast cancer risk assessment models for the future,” said Dr. Ronald A. Castellino, Chief Medical Officer for Hologic. “Current clinical breast density assessment methods do not offer a consistent way to assign breast density categories as they tend to focus on human observations of density, rather than numeric measures of density. The Quantra tool should provide researchers with the information they need to conduct further research on breast density’s true relationship with breast cancer.” The R2 Quantra volumetric breast density assessment application will be available in the U.S. market in October 2008. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Breast Imaging | August 02, 2019 Volpara to Distribute Screenpoint Medical’s Transpara AI Solution Volpara Solutions and ScreenPoint Medical BV signed an agreement under which Volpara will sell ScreenPoint’s Transpara… read more IBM collected a dataset of 52,936 images from 13,234 women who underwent at least one mammogram between 2013 and 2017, and who had health records for at least one year prior to the mammogram. The algorithm was trained on 9,611 mammograms. Image courtesy of Radiology. News | Mammography | July 10, 2019 SimonMed Imaging Implements ProFound AI for 3-D Tomosynthesis Arizona-based SimonMed Imaging announced their implementation of the first U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-… read more News | Mammography Reporting Software | July 26, 2019 Ikonopedia Releases Automated Combined Reporting Package at AHRA Ikonopedia showcased its recently released Automated Combined Reporting package and its entire suite of structured… read more Technology | Mammography Reporting Software | July 25, 2019 Hologic Partners With MagView to Develop Unifi EQUIP Solution Hologic announced a partnership with mammography information solutions provider MagView to develop Unifi EQUIP, an… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | July 03, 2019 Therapixel Appoints Matthieu Leclerc-Chalvet as CEO Artificial intelligence (AI) breast cancer screening specialist Therapixel announced the appointment of Matthieu… read more Technology | Artificial Intelligence | July 18, 2019 Paragon Biosciences Launches Qlarity Imaging to Advance FDA-cleared AI Breast Cancer Diagnosis System Paragon Biosciences LLC announced the launch of its seventh portfolio company, Qlarity Imaging LLC, which was founded… read more Image courtesy of Imago Systems News | Radiology Business | June 26, 2019 Konica Minolta Healthcare and the Emory Healthcare Innovation Hub Partner to Drive Innovation in Healthcare Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas, Inc. read more
August 30, 2011 433 Views A new offering from “”CoreLogic””:http://www.corelogic.com/ is set to boost “”Mortgage Builder Software’s””:http://www.mortgagebuilder.com/ programming, with the recent addition of a CoreLogic-driven verification component that will allow for the integration of tax return income. The product, dubbed 4506-T Direct, will be fully available through Mortgage Builder, providing users the ability to determine the integrity of an applicant’s reported income directly through the Internal Revenue Service.[IMAGE]Geared toward meeting the fraud prevention requirements like the third-party income verification that Fannie Mae demands, 4506-T Direct will assist lenders identify inaccuracies in borrower-supplied tax information. Mortgage Builder, an end-to-end loan origination solution, will give companies using the program faster processing of submissions, enhanced automation, greater quality control, and better data through the 4506-T Direct initiative.CoreLogic’s 4506-T Direct examines up to four years of IRS-verified borrower statistics, and the service is expected to result in more timely posting of transcripts and maximum IRS acceptance for mortgage originators.[COLUMN_BREAK]4506-T Direct is the latest update to Mortgage Builder, which also includes integrated measures for three-bureau merged credit reporting and flood determinations. Keven Smith, president and CEO of Mortgage Builder, said of the enhancement, “”The integration of 4506-T Direct significantly enhances our continued partnership with CoreLogic. “”This expanded product offering, accessed directly and easily from the Mortgage Builder platform, supports our objective for setting a new standard in convenient, single-source access to advanced data solutions that help streamline the loan origination process for our customers,”” he added.CoreLogic’s senior vice president of product management and analytics, Tim Grace, echoed Smith’s thoughts on the partnership, saying, “”Our 4506-T Direct service plays a critical, proactive role in evaluating and mitigating risk prior to loan submission.””With our fast, efficient IRS data submission process, lenders get income verification results faster, helping them make timely, more confident lending decisions,”” he said.California-based CoreLogic has long been a strong force in analytics and services within the consumer, financial, and property information sectors; the company’s clients include businesses and the government, giving both segments a data advantage by combining public, contributory, and proprietary data to facilitate critical decision making processes. Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Company News Investors Lenders & Servicers Processing Service Providers 2011-08-30 Abby Gregory in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing, Technology CoreLogic Gives Mortgage Builder More Share
June 25 , 2019 Still, he points out that growers hadn’t encountered any major frost events and that overall pollination was good.Growing conditions have been tough this year, with the amount of rainfall, standing water, and cool temperatures.Blueberry market conditionsMarket conditions continue to be difficult for specialty crop producers, including blueberry growers, says Robson.”The market is now global, with competition coming from all over the world. There are strong growing markets in the Southern Hemisphere that can produce fruit cheaper, and during our season, which makes it tough for our growers to remain competitive.”It’s imperative that we focus on getting optimum tonnage on every acre, to make up for the lost markets.”As for which varieties are likely to do this best, he points to new “winter-hardy and higher yielding” categories. He also notes that these are being “heavily researched”.Additionally, he says: “The Michigan Blueberry Commission has a robust research funding program that helps propel and position our state’s industry for success.”As one of the top blueberry producers in the country, he points out that the state’s growers are “steadfastly committed to producing quality berries for our communities.” Berry People transitions to Pacific Northwest blue … You might also be interested in As summer heats up, Michigan looks forward to its blueberry season kicking off, with the Michigan Blueberry Commission expecting a promising harvest.The commission’s executive director Kevin Robson explains: “Last year, we produced around 68 million pounds, so comparatively we’re looking at a more sizeable crop this year.”While he expects the volume to be up from last year, he comments that it would still likely be lower than a typical season.”In an average year, Michigan blueberry farmers produce around 100 million pounds of blueberries, with some destined for both the fresh and processing markets. This year we’re looking to have a bit less than average crop, but still, the season will tell.”He adds that the lower-than-average figure is partly due to difficult growing conditions.”This year, we’ve had abnormally cooler temperatures, and excessive rain events. This is both a blessing and a curse; the berries are sizing up well, but with the excessive rain, it’s difficult to time protective measures, and navigate the fields.” Blueberries in Charts: Finding opportunities in th … OZblu announces exclusive global deal with renowne … South African blueberry industry forecasts soaring …
FILE – In this March 7, 1997, file photo, late night talk show host Art Bell sits near a satellite dish at his home in Pahrump, Nev. Authorities in Nevada say Bell, a syndicated radio host best known for nightly shows in the 1990s about paranormal themes and conspiracy theories, died of an accidental overdose of prescription drugs. Nye County Sheriff Sharon Wehrly posted a brief Facebook announcement Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2018, saying that an autopsy determined the 72-year-old Bell died April 13 at home in Pahrump of “multiple drug intoxication from his own lawfully prescribed prescriptions.” (Aaron Mayes/Las Vegas Sun via AP, File) by The Associated Press Posted Aug 1, 2018 8:37 pm PDT Last Updated Aug 1, 2018 at 9:20 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Art Bell, a former syndicated AM radio host best known for nightly shows in the 1990s featuring paranormal themes and conspiracy theories, died of an accidental overdose of prescription drugs, authorities in Nevada said Wednesday.An autopsy found the 72-year-old Bell’s death April 13 at home in rural Pahrump was from “multiple drug intoxication from his own lawfully prescribed prescriptions,” Nye County Sheriff Sharon Wehrly’s office said in a brief Facebook announcement . It called the death an accidental overdose.Clark County Coroner John Fudenberg, whose office in Las Vegas handled the medical examination, said Bell had the painkillers oxycodone and hydrocodone, the sedative diazepam and the muscle-relaxant carisoprodol in his system.High blood pressure and the lung disease chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder were additional “significant conditions” in Bell’s death, Fudenberg said.The coroner said there was no indication of foul play.Bell produced, engineered and hosted his radio talk show, “Coast to Coast AM,” from his radio station, KNYE, before he left the airwaves in 2002. Pahrump is about 60 miles (96 kilometres) west of Las Vegas.The program focused on Bell’s fascination with unexplained phenomenon such as UFOs and crop circles.At its peak, Bell’s show was heard on about 500 radio stations nationwide. He retired more than once and had a brief run on SiriusXM satellite radio in 2013.He was inducted in 2008 into the National Radio Hall of Fame. Sheriff: Radio host Art Bell died of prescription overdose
State Rep. Martin Howrylak last week introduced a bipartisan measure requiring the governing boards of Michigan’s public universities to open all of their meetings to the public.“Currently, the state constitution is interpreted to allow the governing boards of public universities to decide when to hold formal and informal sessions,” said Rep. Howrylak, R-Troy. “It’s unfair to Michigan citizens and students that university board members can avoid the public eye and hold secret meetings. While it’s sometimes difficult to have to face the public when making tough decisions, it’s a moral obligation of elected officials to ensure that their actions are made in a public forum.”Rep. Howrylak said informal meetings allow public university governing boards to meet in private with a voting quorum in order to make collective decisions without the input of the public. House Joint Resolution O will add language to the constitution to ensure that these meetings are subject to the Open Meetings Act.Rep. Howrylak said: “This amendment will not only increase transparency and accountability in our public universities, but it will also hold our universities’ governing boards to the same standards as other elected officials in Michigan. This will help ensure that the boards partner with residents and students in crafting the highest quality public policy.”The constitutional amendment requires approval from two-thirds of the members in both the House and the Senate. Upon receiving the necessary votes from the Legislature, the measure would be decided upon by Michigan citizens via ballot proposal.HJR O has been referred to the Committee on Oversight and Ethics for consideration.### Categories: Howrylak News 24Apr Rep. Howrylak introduces proposal to increase transparency in Michigan public universities
Northern Michigan representative also to serve on three key committeesState Rep. Michele Hoitenga, of Manton, has been appointed by Speaker Tom Leonard to serve as chair of the House Communications and Technology Committee.As chair of the committee, Hoitenga will play a key role running meetings, setting priorities and organizing informational hearings to help people understand important issues related to communications and technology.“I’m honored to be selected for this important leadership role,” Hoitenga said. “There are always new advancements taking place in the area of communications and technology, and I’m looking forward to preparing Michigan to take advantage of them and improve the lives of people in our state.”Hoitenga, whose son is a member of the Marine Corps, has also been appointed to the Military and Veterans Affairs Committee.“I know first-hand just how much the members of our military and their families sacrifice for our county,” Hoitenga said. “It will be an honor to work on policy that makes life better for our veterans and their loved ones. This is a responsibility I take very seriously.”In addition, she will serve on the Regulatory Reform and Insurance committees.The House has 26 bipartisan committees that discuss, analyze and revise legislation before presenting it to the full chamber for consideration.### Categories: Hoitenga News 26Jan Hoitenga to lead House Communications and Technology Committee
State Rep. Steve Marino voted today in favor of a plan to improve Waterfront Park in Harrison Township and to add acreage to two other Clinton Township parks.The legislation approved by the House of Representatives, with Marino’s support, includes $156,000 to remove an existing seawall at Waterfront Park along Jefferson Avenue and replace it with a stone breakwater and marsh. The project will also include the addition of recreation amenities, including a kayak launch, boardwalk and educational exhibits.“You can’t define ‘summer’ in Macomb County without talking about Lake St. Clair,” said Marino, of Harrison Township. “I am excited to see one of our waterfront parks receive updates that will make it accessible for even more residents to enjoy a greater range of summer activities. If escaping this winter’s bitter cold doesn’t have you already wishing for summer, this project is certainly one more reason to look forward to it.”The plan also includes $421,000 for the acquisition of two separate parcels of land that are a part of longer-term plans to expand and enhance Clinton Township parks.The full plan approved by the House today includes $26 million for 34 recreational development projects and 30 land acquisition projects statewide, including the three Macomb County projects. Investments outlined in the proposal were recommended by the Natural Resources Trust Fund Board in December. Recommendations are subject to approval by the Michigan Legislature, a process started within the House Appropriations Committee last week. House Bill 4244 next advances to the Senate for further consideration.Money in the Natural Resources Trust Fund comes from the development of minerals on state land and is designated on an annual basis in partnership with local governments.### 07Mar Rep. Marino votes to support lakeshore conservation and recreation Categories: Featured news,Marino News,News
Share61TweetShare34Email95 SharesSeptember 24, 2015; Portland Press HeraldCoast to coast, cities are looking for ways to promote the development of affordable low-income housing. The latest census data suggest that the 20th century model of poverty is giving way to a new phenomenon that involves the hollowing out of the middle class. Writing at the Bipartisan Policy Center, J. Ronald Terwilliger argues, “Housing is a Growing Source of Instability.” Rising housing costs in the face of stagnant wage growth are a critical factor in pushing formerly-middle-class households into economic instability. A new study by the Joint Center for Housing and the Enterprise Community Partners forecasts that rent burdens will inexorably increase over the next decade.From Portland, Maine, comes this story of a study showing that local laws requiring housing developers to create “affordable” units do not have an adverse effect on development or rents. The Press Herald cited this study in a review of plans to adopt a new policy that would require developers to create affordable units when developing new rental housing. “After more than a decade of stagnant development, Portland is experiencing a wave of market rate housing projects, especially downtown, as well several projects that are intended to accommodate low-income families. That is pushing many middle class families out of the city, according to a recent report by the Greater Portland Council of Governments.”Under the proposal that Portland, Maine, is considering, developers would be required to produce 10 percent of their units for households at 100–120 percent of Area Median Income. In exchange, developers would be permitted to ask for increased density or tax abatements. According to a study by the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy cited in the article, “flexibility and incentives are needed; inclusionary zoning ordinances have been challenged in court and can be designed to minimize legal risk; follow-up enforcement and stewardship are needed.” In other words, thoughtful, calibrated and targeted policies.Portland, Oregon, faces a different kind of affordable housing issue—too many homeless people. But unlike the Portland in Maine, Mayor Charlie Hales in Oregon is proposing to convert public buildings into shelters instead of leveraging the private sector developers. Mayor Hales’s sketchy plan seems to entail relaxing zoning and building code requirements to permit city-owned buildings to be converted to residential shelters. Financing for the conversion is still unclear:“Hales, asked about a financial commitment Wednesday, made none. ‘That’s a good question,’ he said. ‘And that’s something that the City Council ought to take up when we get the declaration in front of them.’ Hales also offered no new solution to rising rental rates in Portland—which have reached an average of $1,243 a month—although he said costs could flatline when more units come on line. ‘This is a market problem, not a natural disaster,’ Hales said of rising rents. ‘So I don’t think we actually have the legal authority to impose rent control.’”The contrast between these two approaches is astounding. In Maine, city officials are using a consensus-building approach to manage the housing economy to make room for a variety of income levels. In Oregon, politicians are offering short-term emergency solutions to long-standing needs in a “hot” rental market. Neither is exactly ideological. In Maine, “social planners” are incentivizing private investors to meet community housing needs using a broad consensus approach. In Oregon, “free marketeers” are converting public property (and funds?) to address the social needs of the poor in a highly partisan and contentious atmosphere. Which is liberal? Which is conservative?Portland, Maine’s approach of offering tax abatement or density incentives is very similar to the Affordability Ordinance now being challenged in Chicago. However, these two incentives are very different approaches. Traditionally, tax abatements are easy for cities to offer because property taxes are not their sole source of revenue. On the other hand, tax abatements are often opposed by school systems, which rely heavily on property tax revenues. Density, on the other hand, costs virtually nothing and promotes economic activity, which generates revenue for public coffers. NPQ’s Rick Cohen examined density as an affordable housing strategy in “Density Bonuses: A Tool for Affordable Housing Development.” A recent New York Times feature story, “The Curious Politics of the ‘Nudge’” profiles the science of so-called “nudge” policies. Could encouraging increased density be a nudge?Whether building taller or smaller, the principle is the same: More rent-paying units per acre of land should help developers to keep rents affordable. And smaller is chic with millennials, and maybe with the empty nesters, the two demographic groups driving the development of urban rental housing. Permitting or promoting increased residential density could have little or no cost to the city, but might be enough of an incentive for developers to set aside some “affordable” units.—Spencer WellsShare61TweetShare34Email95 Shares
Share7TweetShareEmail7 SharesOctober 6, 2015; Columbus DispatchThe Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority (CMHA) is opening up the housing choice voucher waiting list for the first time in seven years, and 24,000 households filed online applications for a lottery to win one of the spots on it. In reporting this news, the Columbus Dispatch hit squarely at two of the three key problems facing renters in mid-Ohio: lack of income and lack of housing units. The missing element in the story is the problem of economic segregation.Problem one: Too many mid-Ohio households can’t afford safe and decent housing. The housing choice voucher (HCV), colloquially known as “the gold card,” is a federal program managed by local housing authorities. Under the HCV program, a tenant household finds a suitable home that can pass a Housing Quality Standard inspection and where the landlord will accept the HCV. The voucher tenant then pays 30 percent of household income toward the rent, and the CMHA pays the difference up to an agreed-upon market rate. Total rent is reasonable under a cap that is set by HUD and the housing authority, based on regional fair market rents.Housing choice vouchers are designed to bridge the affordability gap. Without an HCV, a low-income household will likely be “rent burdened,” a term meaning that the household pays more than 30 percent of its income for rent, leaving little left for other necessities. Rent-burdened families have to make hard choices between rent and food, medicine, or transportation to work. The Bipartisan Policy Center notes that housing is a major source of household instability.Nationally, only about 34 percent of households eligible for HCVs actually get to the top of the waiting list to get “the gold card.” According to the article, CMHA expects to serve 200 households immediately, and then 70 households each month using HCVs that come back to CMHA as other households leave the program. CMHA has about 13,000 HCVs in circulation in the Columbus housing market.Problem two: Columbus has too few rental units. Following the collapse of the housing bubble in 2008, thousands of former homeowners became renters. Their numbers were augmented by Millennials, who are flocking to metropolitan areas and seeking rental housing. Unlike much of Ohio, Columbus and the mid-Ohio region are experiencing a growth spurt as the economy revives. Therefore, it is entirely appropriate that the Dispatch article about HCV shifts to highlight a new collaboration of 11 nonprofit housing providers, the Affordable Housing Alliance of Central Ohio (AHACO).Formed about a year ago, the Alliance is focused on addressing the needs of 54,000 people who need affordable housing. “We’re not talking about building all new units. Our focus is making that number of units available to low-income households,” says AHACO spokesperson E.J. Thomas. In fact, AHACO as an organization won’t be developing any units. While each member organization continues to focus on its mission, the goal of AHACO is to combine the advocacy energies of the 11 charter members to grow the resources for affordable housing development and operations. “With a healthy job market and lively attractions, Columbus is among the fastest-growing cities in the U.S. But the boom feels more like a bust to many residents whose lives are compromised by the high cost of housing.”The idea of pulling together eleven nonprofit housing developers that are potentially in competition with each other for scarce resources seems counterintuitive, but the idea makes sense from another perspective. As NPQ contributor Rick Cohen notes:Ultimately, what is needed is a constituency of private and public sector actors, of government officials, private developers, local employers, and nonprofit developers, to coalesce and mobilize around the need for affordable housing. As one observer said, the case for affordable housing is pretty self-evident. What is often missing is the political will to do something.By showing the value of affordable housing to the business and civic sectors of Columbus, AHACO seeks to increase the available resources going to affordable housing development. Mr. Thomas says AHACO is engaging civic partners with the message that stable affordable housing will pay long-term dividends in the form of a stable workforce and reduced dependence on health and social service interventions. “A stable home provides a solid platform for positive growth, vibrant neighborhoods, and economic prosperity. When housing is safe and affordable, individuals have a stable foundation to pursue healthy lifestyles, education, and better jobs.”So far missing in the AHACO story is the problem of economic segregation. City officials were caught off guard when a study by urbanologist Richard Florida listed Columbus high on a list of the most economically segregated cities in the U.S. AHACO president E.J. Thomas acknowledges that inclusion is an unresolved issue for his group. “We talk about this at every meeting,” Mr. Thomas says. “We know it is an issue.”Because each of the member organizations comes to AHACO from the specialized niche in which it has traditionally operated, exclusion could be baked into the group. President Thomas is quick to point out that another AHACO goal is to find new ways to deliver affordable housing opportunities. Having all the nonprofit housing providers at the table is a start towards that longer-term goal.All these issues interact. Ideally, a tool like housing choice vouchers would help low-income households to move from poor neighborhoods to areas of opportunity, but as rents rise because of a shortage of rental units, the Housing Authority is faced with a hard choice. Without additional federal funding, increasing the payment standard to promote mobility will reduce the number of “gold cards” that are available. Income discrimination is the other factor that limits HCV households. Unlike many urban areas, landlords in Ohio are free to discriminate against HCV households based on their “source of income.” Perhaps AHACO will add source-of-income discrimination and more federal funding for the HCV program to their advocacy agenda in the coming year.—Spencer WellsShare7TweetShareEmail7 Shares
Share24Tweet30Share28Email82 SharesMaxPixel. Creative Commons 0. Public domain.October 24, 2017; Chicago TribuneThere are any number of variations on this story occurring all over the United States. See if you recognize a nonprofit near you.The Chicago Tribune released an article earlier this week documenting the egregious failure of the Illinois Department of Child and Family Services (DCFS) Intact Family Services program and its nonprofit contractors, which resulted in the tragic deaths of 15 children since privatization of the program. This heartbreaking case exemplifies all that can go wrong when state functions are privatized recklessly and when public-private partnerships lack proper oversight, accountability, funding, and support.The story began a little over five years ago when, as some NPQ readers will remember, many states were plagued with gaping budget holes. Illinois was among the states with budget deficits up to twenty percent of overall expenditure. In an effort to balance the budget, the state slashed funding for public services—one such service being the DCFS Intact Family Services program. After scotch-taping the budget holes, Illinois then faced a two-year budget impasse, which again left public services and nonprofits relying on public funding reeling.The goal of Intact Family Services, as the name suggests, is to keep families together through the provision of case management and safety monitoring services for families considered at-risk for abuse and neglect. At-risk families tend to have parents who struggle with substance abuse or anger management but otherwise have not given the state reason to place the children in foster care.Given the meager budget Intact Family Services was left with following the 2012 cuts, the program restructured and changed its eligibility criteria so that only the riskiest families, defined as a family that had six or more abuse investigations, were served by Intact Family Services. In addition, the entire caseload was outsourced to nonprofit organizations. In hindsight, trouble was brewing under the surface. At the time of the budget cuts and restructure, an Intact Family Services fact sheet indicated that DCFS Director Richard Calica “claims that DCFS can limp along by pushing off the most at-risk families onto existing DCFS private contractors—without providing any additional resources for those agencies.”Moreover, there is evidence that the Illinois DCFS has been a troubled agency. NPQ has discussed the executive turnover at the agency, the most recent of which was George Sheldon, who resigned amid an investigation for conflict of interest. At the time that DCFS passed the Intact Family Services program on to nonprofit contractors, the agency was already under fire for child deaths under their watch, suggesting possible problems with the Intact Family Services model. If after six abuse investigations a family is still only considered “at risk,” what does it take for the family to be deemed unsafe?A possible consequence of staff turnover, both DCFS and nonprofit representatives questioned by the Tribune agree there was little programmatic oversight. DCFS Director Beverly Walker admits, “When we did that privatization, we…more or less just sent cases over and we didn’t have any expectations—or any good expectations—about what (the nonprofits) were going to do.”Kathy Grzelak, chief of Kaleidoscope 4 Kids, one of the Intact Family Services nonprofit contractors, said that while DCFS representatives did occasionally perform inspections, little information was communicated to the nonprofit. She said, “There is nothing in writing. There is no accountability. When are we going to get a more robust conversation about how we are doing?”That this is a tragic story goes without saying, but this case also raises incredibly important questions for the nonprofit sector. In “The Four Impulses of Nonprofits and What They Each Create,” Lester Salamon discusses the debate “over the extent to which we can rely on nonprofit institutions to handle critical public needs.” As more nonprofits are being relied on to be the primary provider of social and safety net services, what ground rules need to be created?This case brings up a question that NPQ has posed previously—when should nonprofits turn down funding? In addition to refusing contracts that don’t allow a nonprofit to recoup full costs, perhaps add this to the list: Turn down state contracts when the state agency is under fire, the program has a questionable model, and the agency knowingly expects nonprofits to take on an unrealistic caseload.Lastly, what responsibility do state agencies have in ensuring that nonprofit contractors operate effectively? Does the buck stop with the nonprofit, or with the lead agency, which should have been supervising the situation better?The Illinois DCFS and its nonprofit partners are playing the blame game, each placing the onus of responsibility on the other party. At the end of the day, both agencies were charged with ensuring the safety of the 15 children who died. There are no winners here.—Sheela NimishakaviShare24Tweet30Share28Email82 Shares
UK commercial broadcaster ITV has struck its first mobile TV catch-up deal with mobile operator Three UK.Seachange International-owned On Demand Group has been chosen by ITV to deliver the latter’s content to smartphones via Three’s mobile network.Under the terms of the deal, Three’s customers will be able to watch a selection of the latest catch-up and archive content from ITV including X-Factor, Coronation Street, I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! and Secret Diary of a Call Girl.
Netflix has struck a deal with Miramax to make Miramax titles available on its forthcoming service in the UK and Ireland.Titles that will be available on the Netflix service in the UK and Ireland, in addition to movies already available in the US and Latin America, will include The Aviator, Bad Santa, The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, Chocolat and Finding Neverland.“Netflix is proud to be able to offer the unmatched mix of award-winning, independent and commercially successful films Miramax is known for,” said Ted Sarandos, Netflix chief content officer. “Miramax films are already favorites of Netflix members in the US and Latin America and we’re sure they’ll be incredibly popular in the UK and Ireland as well.”Netflix’s service for the UK and Ireland is scheduled to go live in early 2012.
International channel operator AMC Networks has appointed John Derderian as senior counsel for its global channels arm AMC/Sundance Channel Global.Derderian will be in charge of all legal issues at the company and will negotiate carriage deals with cable, satellite, IPTV, and other pay television operators in Europe, Asia, and Latin America as the company looks to expand its network of channels. He was previously an associate at law firm Skadden, Arps and Hogan Lovells.
Multiscreen technology company Elemental Technologies has announced that its customer base has more than doubled this year to include 250 media countries in nearly 40 countries.The company also said revenue growth year-on-year has exceeded 200%, with customer wins including the BBC, Columbus Communications, Media Prima, NHK and Red Bee.“By any measure, 2012 has been outstanding for Elemental – a gratifying endorsement of our sustainable growth strategy and best-in-class product line. Sales of our flagship Elemental Server and Elemental Live systems accelerated, and our recently launched Elemental Stream solution is off to a strong start,” said Sam Blackman, CEO and co-founder of Elemental. “We are grateful that so many customers have entrusted us with the critical responsibility of powering their innovative multiscreen, OTT and TV Everywhere deployments.”