La Poste lance un service de recyclage des mobiles usagésFrance – La Poste a annoncé avoir conclu un partenariat avec l’entreprise Anovo afin de proposer un service de recyclage des téléphones portables. Les possesseurs de mobiles usagés pourront les faire valoriser contre une éventuelle compensation financière.Après avoir testé un service de collecte et de recyclage des mobiles dans le Sud-ouest de la France, La Poste a décidé de l’étendre à l’ensemble du pays.Les tarifs de rachat des téléphones sont indiqués sur le site Love2recycle.fr mais certains modèles trop anciens pourront être repris gratuitement. Les possesseurs de mobiles usagés devront les expédier par une Lettre Max envoyée gratuitement à domicile, affranchie et prépayée comme La Poste s’est engagée à le faire dans le cadre de son partenariat avec Anovo. Un éventuel chèque sera alors envoyé en compensation à l’utilisateur, en fonction de la valeur estimée de l’appareil. Les mobiles encore en état de marche seront revendus aux pays émergents tandis que les matières premières des téléphones qui ne peuvent plus être réutilisés seront valorisées.Le 12 janvier dernier, Bouygues Télécom a annoncé le lancement d’un service similaire. Les possesseurs de téléphones usagés pourront, dès le 18 janvier, envoyer leurs appareils à l’opérateur, via un bordereau ou une enveloppe pré-affranchie, afin que ces derniers soient valorisés.Le 16 janvier 2010 à 19:08 • Emmanuel Perrin
Folks from around the world don’t always see eye to eye on social and political matters.But when it comes to autonomous vehicles, there are certain elements on which we all seem to agree.A massive survey developed by MIT revealed three distinct preferences concerning the ethics of self-driving cars:Sparing the lives of humans over other animalsPreserving the lives of the many versus the fewProtecting the lives of the young rather than the oldMore than 2 million online participants from 200-plus countries weighed in on the Institute’s version of a classic ethical conundrum, the “Trolley Problem.”For those of you who don’t watch The Good Place (and shame on you!), the thought experiment involves a runaway train speeding toward five people tied to the tracks, and a lever that can divert the carriage onto another path—where only one person is immobilized.Do you do nothing and let the trolley kill five people? Or do you intervene and murder one?In the case of autonomous vehicles, that might mean swerving toward a couple of pedestrians, rather than a large group of bystanders.“The study is basically trying to understand the kinds of moral decisions that driverless cars might have to resort to,” according to Edmond Awad, a postdoc at the MIT Media Lab and lead author of a paper outlining the project results. “We don’t know yet how they should do that.”To gauge the public’s thoughts, researchers designed the “Moral Machine,” a multilingual online game in which participants state their preferences concerning a series of dilemmas self-driving vehicles might face.“On the one hand, we wanted to provide a simple way for the public to engage in an important societal discussion,” associate professor Iyad Rahwan, head of the Media Lab’s Scalable Cooperation group, said in a statement. “On the other hand, we wanted to collect data to identify which factors people think are important for autonomous cars to use in resolving ethical tradeoffs.”The team found no marked differences in moral inclinations based on demographic characteristics (age, education, gender, income, political/religious views). They did, however, identify larger “clusters” of opinions based on culture and geographic affiliations.Respondents in southern countries, for instance, are more likely to favor young people rather than the elderly—in stark contrast to the eastern cluster (which includes many Asian territories).Knowing these predilections could, Awad suggested, inform the way vehicle manufacturers write software to control autonomous vehicles.“What we have tried to do in this project, and what I would hope becomes more common, is to create public engagement in these sorts of decisions,” he said.More autonomous vehicle coverage on Geek.com:Self-Driving Vehicle Camera Tech Inspired by Shrimp EyesNHTSA Curbs Autonomous School Bus Plans in FloridaWaymo, GM Lead Self-Driving Car Race Stay on target New Florida Law Nixes Need for Autonomous Vehicle OperatorsScania Unveils Multi-Purpose Autonomous Vehicle Concept
Ohio-based lawn care giant Scotts Miracle-Gro completed its acquisition of Sunlight Supply on Monday.The sale, announced in April, brings the Vancouver horticulture supplies company under Scotts’ wholly owned subsidiary, the Hawthorne Gardening Company.Scotts Miracle-Gro said in a statement that the move helps it keep pace with the changing hydroponics marketplace.“This is an important and transformational moment for Hawthorne, for Sunlight and for hydroponic retailers and vendors everywhere,” Jim Hagedorn, chairman and CEO, said in the statement.Scotts Miracle-Gro bought Sunlight Supply for $450 million, among the costliest acquisitions in Clark County history.
SOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Fierce flames sparked inside a home in Southwest Miami-Dade’s Goulds neighborhood, and efforts to put them out sent a firefighter to the hospital.Miami-Dade Fire Rescue crews geared up and wore oxygen masks while battling the flames and smoke engulfing the residence near Southwest 217th Street and 122nd Avenue, Friday.Officials said the victim suffered injuries and was transported to an area hospital in unknown condition.The residents inside of the home were able to escape safely.The cause of the blaze remains under investigation.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
News Facebook Email SoCal Festival To Combine Music & Tacos ivy-queen-caf%C3%A9-tacvba-king-krule-play-tropic%C3%A1lia-music-taco-fest Ivy Queen, Café Tacvba, King Krule To Play Tropicália Music & Taco Fest Twitter More than 50 acts to play Southern California festival mixing music with all-you-can-eat tacosTim McPhateGRAMMYs Oct 26, 2017 – 10:56 am Killer music and an endless supply of tacos? That’s exactly the combination the Tropicália Music and Taco Festival promises to deliver on Nov. 11 at Queen Mary Park in Long Beach, Calif.More than 50 acts, including Latin GRAMMY winners Los Tigres Del Norte and Café Tacvba, will play the food-friendly event.Other acts on the eclectic multilingual bill include Puerto Rican reggaeton singer/songwriter Ivy Queen, recently reunited Brazilian psychedelic rockers Os Mutantes, R&B/soul group the Delfonics, alt-rock quartet Chicano Batman, British rapper King Krule, Mexican accordion player Celso Piña, and rockabilly pioneer Wanda Jackson.Tickets are on sale via the festival website, ranging from individual tickets for $85 and VIP passes for $500. Admission will include “all-you-can-eat tacos” from more than 20 different taco vendors. And for those health-conscious fans on the fence, the menu promises “tacos for every diet.”U.S. Latin Music Revenue Soars In First Half Of 2017Read more
An ice pick easily pokes through the thin ice on the Kuskokwim River in front of Bethel on November 15, 2018.(Photo by Mark Leary / Bethel Search and Rescue)Ice has formed irregularly on the Kuskokwim River in front of Bethel, and Bethel Search and Rescue warns that the ice is not safe for motorized vehicles at this time. The group advises anybody walking on the ice to manaq, ice fish, or set-net to stay away from snow drifts and keep an ice pick in front of your feet.Bethel Search and Rescue member Mark Leary says that a small BSAR team has checked the river ice from the Bethel hospital landing to the lower end of the Bethel island. As of Thursday, bare ice without snow cover measured five to six inches. Wherever a snowdrift appeared however, even a small one, little or no ice had formed underneath. Ice picks fell through the snow into open water hidden beneath. BSAR reports that countless snowdrifts lie scattered across the river, and the organization is asking that people take proper precautions.During freeze-up, travelers are often advised to wear life jackets or float coats when crossing the river and sloughs in case they break through the ice. Rain is forecasted to fall over the coming weekend, which could degrade the already thin cover of ice that has begun to form.
Share Charlie RiedelChurch members gather to pray around flood victim Carlos Ochoa during Sunday service in the parking lot of the First Baptist Church Sunday, Sept. 3, 2017, in Humble, Texas. The church building was flooded with two feet of water from Hurricane Harvey prompting services to be held in the parking lot for about 2,000 people.Authorities went door-to-door Sunday in parts of storm-battered Houston, warning that more flooding was coming, while a nearby city that lost its drinking water system struggled to restore service and officials kept watch on a crippled chemical plant that’s already triggered explosions.Nine days after Harvey ripped its way across Texas, areas of west Houston braced for more water — not from the storm but from controlled releases to relieve swollen reservoirs. Crews were urging residents whose homes had already taken on water to flee, and that they were shutting off power in some areas.“If you have water in your homes, I have issued a mandatory evacuation for them because it’s dangerous for those who are choosing to live there,” Mayor Sylvester Turner told NBC’s “Meet the Press.”“But also, it’s very, very dangerous for our public responders, first responders, who are needing to be out there, trying to provide protection to them,” he added.Meanwhile, officials in Beaumont, population almost 120,000, worked to repair their water treatment plant, which failed after the swollen Neches River inundated the main intake system and backup pumps halted. The Army Corps of Engineers sent pumps, and an ExxonMobil team built and installed a temporary intake pipe to try to refill a city reservoir. Exxon has a refinery and chemical plants in Beaumont.In Crosby, outside of Houston, authorities continued to monitor the Arkema plant where three trailers of highly unstable compounds ignited in recent days, sending up thick black smoke and tall flames. A Harris County fire marshal spokeswoman said there were no active fires at the facility, but six more trailers were being watched.Elsewhere, people buried the dead and took steps toward recovery. Friends and family gathered Saturday in Tyler to remember a former high school football and track coach whose body was found Aug. 28.Harvey is blamed for at least 44 deaths. Fire officials in the community of New Waverly, about 55 miles (88.5 kilometers) north of Houston, said a 6-month-old was missing and presumed dead after being ripped out of its parents’ arms and swept away by floodwaters, the Houston Chronicle reported.Houston’s school district said up to 12,000 students would be sent to different schools because of flood-damaged buildings. Harvey flooding is believed to have damaged at least 156,000 dwellings in Harris County, which includes the nation’s fourth-largest city.Kim Martinez, 28, waited for insurance adjusters to come to her Southbelt/Ellington neighborhood, a devastated middle-class area of southeast Houston.“You can be prepared for anything but not a monster storm like Harvey,” said her mother, Maria Martinez, 63.Not everyone was able to think about rebuilding yet.About 200 people waved signs and shouted as they rallied Saturday outside a still-flooded subdivision in the western suburb of Katy, demanding to know when they can return home. Turner has warned residents that their homes could remain flooded for up to 15 days because of ongoing releases of water from two reservoirs protecting downtown. About 4,700 dwellings are in the area affected by Turner’s evacuation order, but hundreds have refused to leave.The school district assessed its own losses. Twenty-two of its 245 schools had extensive damage that will keep them closed for months. Though school is set to start Sept. 11, more delays could come.President Donald Trump made his second visit to the devastated region Saturday. He and first lady Melania Trump met with evacuees sheltering at the NRG Center in Houston, where they spent time with children and helped to serve food. Later, they helped load trucks with relief supplies at a suburban church. They also visited Lake Charles, Louisiana, to survey damage.About 1,000 evacuees remained at the George R. Brown Convention Center, down from a peak of about 10,000.Trump has asked lawmakers for a $7.9 billion down payment toward Harvey relief and recovery efforts — a request expected to be swiftly approved by Congress, which returns to work Tuesday after its summer break. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has called that a simple “down payment” on recovery funding he expects to soar past $120 billion.Harvey came ashore Aug. 25 as a Category 4 hurricane, then went back out to sea and lingered for days off the coast as a tropical storm. The storm brought five straight days of rain totaling close to 52 inches (1.3 meters) in one location, the heaviest tropical downpour ever recorded in the continental U.S.Another storm churned far out over the Atlantic. Hurricane Irma was on a course that could bring it near the eastern Caribbean Sea by early this week. The Category 2 storm was moving northwest at nearly 13 mph (20 kph). No coastal watches or warnings were in effect.___Associated Press writers Jeff Amy and Johnny Clark in Beaumont, Texas; Frank Bajak, Jason Dearen, Elliot Spagat and Tamara Lush in Houston; Adam Kealoha Causey in Dallas; and Tammy Webber in Chicago contributed.
Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals June 26, 2014 2 min read Register Now » The Supreme Court’s ruling yesterday that police must obtain warrants in order to search citizens’ cellphones marks a bold support of privacy in a blurring digital era, and also provides a stunning glimpse into the trove of personal data typically found within such devices.The unanimous ruling “almost certainly also applies to searches of tablet and laptop computers,” reports The New York Times. And in addition to arrests, it may also “apply to searches of homes and businesses and information held by third parties like phone companies.”In the ruling, Chief Justice John Roberts explains how smartphones paint a remarkably holistic picture of our daily whereabouts, interests and habits. (12 percent of Americans even use their devices in the shower, he noted.)”Even the word cellphone is a misnomer,” Roberts wrote. “They could just as easily be called cameras, video players, Rolodexes, calendars, tape recorders, libraries, diaries, albums, televisions, maps or newspapers.”Related: Aereo Loses Supreme Court Case, Streaming TV Service Deemed IllegalBut just because we rely heavily on these mobile devices does not mean they should be any less protected than our homes or cars. “The fact that technology now allows an individual to carry such information in his hand does not make the information any less worthy of the protection for which [America’s] founders fought.”The ruling comes as a major blow to government agencies, who have argued that warrantless searches ensure both protection and security of evidence. But Roberts wasn’t taking the bait. “Once an officer has secured a phone and eliminated any potential physical threats,” he wrote, “data on the phone can endanger no one.”He did state that officers have the right to secure a cellphone, remove the battery and place it in an aluminum bag to stop any sort of remote connection. And he also noted that if officers are in a “now or never” situation, they can search the phone under a clause within the Fourth Amendment that covers “exigent circumstances.”The ruling can be read in full right here.Related: This Startup Aims to Warn You About Spying Drones
Hello, Twitter! It’s Barack. Really! Six years in, they’re finally giving me my own account.— President Obama (@POTUS44) May 18, 2015 Good question, @billclinton. The handle comes with the house. Know anyone interested in @FLOTUS?— President Obama (@POTUS44) May 18, 2015 If Hillary were elected, Bill Clinton would become the first American “First Gentleman.”Since Calvin Coolidge made the first presidential radio address in 1923, presidents have often tried to speak directly to voters.Similarly Obama has embraced social media to sidestep the media’s filter, appearing on YouTube, posting selfies and hosting question-and-answer sessions on Reddit. Facebook Comments WASHINGTON, D.C. – “Hello, Twitter! It’s Barack. Really! Six years in, they’re finally giving me my own account.”With that inaugural Tweet sent from a smartphone in the Oval Office before jumping on Marine One Monday, the President of the United States Barack Obama — or @POTUS — cast off security and bureaucratic chains in place since he was elected.The account — which already had nearly 150,000 followers in the first half hour and a million followers shortly after — instantly became one of the world’s top hacking targets, but will also allow Obama to tweet directly for the first time.Until now Obama has tweeted through his executive staff @WhiteHouse or the remnants of his campaign staff @BarackObama.“The @POTUS Twitter account will serve as a new way for President Obama to engage directly with the American people, with tweets coming exclusively from him,” the White House said.The already verified account features the customary headshot of Obama, but also a background photo of him walking over the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, in March, when he marked the 50th anniversary of a civil rights march that changed America.Obama describes himself as “Dad, husband, and 44th President of the United States.”He is following 65 assorted alma maters, sports teams, Cabinet members and senior staff, as well as wife Michelle Obama.“It’s about time, @POTUS! –mo” she tweeted in response. Obama’s arrival on Twitter was also greeted by Justin Bieber’s mother, the Chicago Bears and former president Bill Clinton, husband of 2016 presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton.“Welcome to @Twitter, @POTUS! One question: Does that username stay with the office? #askingforafriend,” he tweeted.Obama responded: “Good question, @billclinton. The handle comes with the house. Know anyone interested in @FLOTUS?” — referring to the first lady of the United States account. It’s about time, @POTUS! –mo— First Lady- Archived (@FLOTUS44) May 18, 2015 Related posts:Now you can watch Periscope streams directly in your Twitter feed 10 key quotes from Obama’s final State of the Union speech President Obama’s speech was a wholesale rejection of Trump’s worldview Obama: ‘Don’t despair’ over US Supreme Court intervention in carbon emissions case
Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies FHFA HARP Investors Lenders & Servicers Refinance Service Providers 2013-10-09 Tory Barringer October 9, 2013 434 Views Demonstrating the extent to which eligibility has opened up in the last year, a new survey from “”loanDepot.com””:http://www.loandepot.com/ shows more than half of homeowners who recently refinanced through the Home Affordable Refinance Program (HARP) had been turned down for the program previously.[IMAGE]For its survey, loanDepot talked to a random sampling of 253 HARP borrowers who refinanced through the company between December 1, 2012, and August 1, 2013.According to loanDepot’s findings, 51 percent of those recent HARP borrowers were turned down while the program was in its first iteration. Out of those, more than half had been turned down multiple times.When asked why they were denied, most respondents said their home was too far underwater at the time (57 percent). Seventeen percent said their credit was too poor.[COLUMN_BREAK]Of the 49 percent that hadn’t previously tried to refinance, many said they were not aware of HARP, while others weren’t confident that they would qualify.Reforms announced in December 2011 removed many restrictions from the program, granting access to previously ineligible homeowners. The expanded “”HARP 2.0″” removed the ceiling on eligible loan-to-value ratios–welcome news for the most severely underwater borrowers.According to estimates from the Federal Housing Finance Agency, there are up to 2 million HARP-eligible borrowers who have little to no home equity and who could reduce their monthly payments with a refinance through the program.””Many underwater HARP-eligible homeowners have been turned down before, and they now assume they can’t get help,”” said Jim Svinth, chief economist for loanDepot. “”Requirements have changed, making it possible for loanDepot to give financial relief to even more homeowners.””In other findings, loanDepot’s survey found 87 percent of borrowers who refinanced through HARP are saving $1,200 or more a year after refinancing. Twelve percent reported savings of $6,000 or more per year.To address misconceptions about the program and assist borrowers, loanDepot announced it is hosting a free educational “”webinar””:https://cc.readytalk.com/cc/s/registrations/new?cid=4u5na92lw5bf on October 16. Survey: Half of HARP Refinances Were Denied Previously in Origination Share
RelatedTop 10 Oktoberfest celebrations around the worldThe 200-year old tradition of Oktoberfest starts on the third weekend of September, and ends on the first Sunday of October. This year, the festival begins on Saturday 16th September and finishes on 3rd October – here are the best places to celebrate the world’s biggest beer festival. Bottoms up!Krakow: Skyscanner Staff FavouritesArguably the most interesting place in Poland, Krakow is a European Capital of Culture6 places to get your kicks on Route 66Diners, dogs and the drive of your life on the ultimate road trip into the heart of America. Flights to Alsace could become more popular among British holidaymakers this year due to the number of events taking place in the French region.Among the highlights are a celebration of Bugatti cars and the International Beer Festival.According to Toby Oliver, a representative of Alsace in the UK, the region is easy to explore for the outdoors enthusiast thanks to a number of cycle routes.”There are more cycle routes in Strasbourg than in any town in France,” he commented.”If you want to cycle round the town, you can pick up a bicycle from the numerous stations which are around and then drop it off when you’ve finished with it.”Mr Oliver added that because it is the 100th anniversary since the first Bugatti was made at Molsheim, a number of exhibitions and rallies will be taking place around the famous factory.The International Beer Festival, which is usually held in Montreal, will take place on Alsace in October.Alsace has two international airports, Entzheim in Strasbourg and France’s seventh-largest airport in terms of traffic, EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg. ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map
Categories: Hauck News 05Jul Rep. Hauck announces July office hours State Rep. Roger Hauck of Union Township today announced his office hours schedule for July.Rep. Hauck will be available on Friday, July 7 at the following times and locations:9:30 to 11 a.m. at the Isabella County Administration Building, Room 320, 200 N. Main St. in Mt. Pleasant; andNoon to 1:30 p.m. at Leah’s Korner Kafé, 300 E. Railway St. in ColemanNo appointments are necessary. Those unable to attend may contact Rep. Hauck at 517-373-1789 or via email at RogerHauck@house.mi.gov.
17Jul Michigan House announces bipartisan mental health task force Categories: Vaupel News Panel to examine issues affecting state’s most vulnerable residents State Reps. Hank Vaupel and Klint Kesto will lead a Michigan House task force to explore ways to enable Michigan residents facing mental health challenges to live happier, healthier and more independent lives, Speaker Tom Leonard announced today.Leonard appointed Vaupel and Kesto to co-chair the House C.A.R.E.S. task force, named for the key elements the panel hopes to address in order to support vulnerable citizens: Community, Access, Resources, Education and Safety.“We’re taking a comprehensive approach to address challenges vulnerable people face each and every day,” said Vaupel, R-Fowlerville, chair of the House Health Policy Committee. “This could include veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder, victims whose lives are forever altered by traumatic crimes or prisoners who struggle with underlying mental disorders. We want to hear from anyone who struggles to succeed due to inadequate access to mental health care or confusing regulations.”The task force will hold public meetings during July and August to receive input from individuals and professionals around the state. Additionally, the task force will tour facilities to gain a better understanding of programs already available. Current plans include visits to Meridian Health in Detroit, which offers government health plans, and a state mental health care facility.“Holding meetings and visiting facilities all across Michigan will allow us to gather feedback on a wide variety of topics related to mental health care, rehabilitation programs and vocational training,” said Kesto, R-Commerce Township, chair of the House Law and Justice Committee. “I’m looking forward to learning about programs that are successful and, perhaps more importantly, the programs that aren’t so successful so we can work on fixing the problems.”The information gathered will help develop reforms that result in more consistency in mental health services across the state, better support for our veterans, additional attention to substance abuse, improvements to mental health courts, enhanced training for law enforcement, and any other ideas brought forward.Other members of the task force include Reps. Dr. Edward Canfield (R-Sebewaing), Fred Durhal III (D-Detroit), Vanessa Guerra (D-Bridgeport), Abdullah Hammoud (D-Dearborn), Robert Kosowski (D-Westland), David LaGrand (D-Grand Rapids), Dave Pagel (R-Berrien Springs), Daire Rendon (R-Lake City), Sylvia Santana (D-Detroit), Jason Wentworth (R-Clare), Mary Whiteford (R-Casco Township) and Robert Wittenberg (D-Oak Park).Dates and locations of task force meetings will be announced shortly.###
Categories: Allor News Rep. Sue Allor of Wolverine has announced September office hours for Alcona, Alpena, Cheboygan, Iosco and Presque Isle counties.“Holding local office hours is a great opportunity for me to listen to people,” Rep. Allor said. “I invite residents to come and share their ideas and concerns regarding local and state government. I am here to help in any way I can.”The schedule for office hours is as follows:Monday, Sept. 11-10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Cabin Creek Coffee House, 201 N. Second Ave. in Alpena;-12:30 to 1:30 p.m. at The Flour Garden, 105 S. State St. in Harrisville; and-2:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Big Boy Restaurant, 1222 E. US 23 in East Tawas.Friday, Sept. 15-10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Karsten’s Restaurant, 1072 W. 3rd St. in Rogers City; and-1:30 to 2:30 p.m. at The Thirsty Sturgeon, 11900 Scott Road in Wolverine.Residents also may contact Allor at her Lansing office at (517) 373-0833 or SueAllor@house.mi.gov.##### 06Sep Rep. Allor hosts September office hours
Categories: Hornberger News,News Measure bans dismemberment abortions in MichiganThe Michigan House today approved a plan introduced by state Rep. Pamela Hornberger to protect a mother and child from a dismemberment abortion.A dismemberment abortion, or “dilation and evacuation” (D&E), is an abortion in which a health care worker intentionally uses an instrument, device, or object to dismember a living fetus out of a uterus.The legislation from Hornberger is part of a plan to ban the procedure and create penalties for violators.“I will stand to protect the life of a child and mother from this heinous act,” said Hornberger, of Chesterfield Township. “We have a moral responsibility to protect life from beginning to end. This plan is about protecting the dignity and life of children who cannot defend themselves.”Abortion is the leading cause of death in Michigan. Twelve states already have had legislation signed into law that bans dismemberment abortions.According to data published by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, there were 1,777 D&E abortions in Michigan in 2017. That is nearly five dismemberment abortions per day.House Bill 4320 now moves to the Senate for consideration.### 14May House approves Rep. Hornberger’s plan to protect the unborn who cannot defend themselves
Share52Tweet5Share75Email132 SharesJune 16, 2016; Sunlight FoundationThe Sunlight Foundation reflects that though it takes years to liberate data, when the clouds part, you know it! So we should look at this moment, as the IRS begins to publish electronic nonprofit tax returns online in a machine-readable format on Amazon Web Services, as something of a historic watershed.It was almost a year ago that Rick Cohen wrote about Carl Malamud’s patient but dogged campaign to make 990s into open data. “This is a huge victory for the IRS,” wrote Malamud in an email to the Foundation. “The service stepped up to the plate and has squarely faced the issue of privacy breaches in public nonprofit returns and are now releasing machine-processible XML data for those returns. This is a huge release: 1.4 million e-file returns dating back to 2011 available for free and a commitment to update the data store on a monthly basis.”Malamud’s federal lawsuit resulted in a federal court order that required the IRS to disclose Form 990s as open data. This release of data from electronically filed nonprofit tax returns was to be made available online in a machine-readable format by early 2016, once privacy issues Malamud raised were resolved. As detailed in the White House’s third Open Government Action Plan, back in 2015:Tax filings for nonprofit organizations contain data that is legally required to be publicly released. Accessing the filings generally requires a request from the public, which can include a FOIA request, and results in more than 40 million pages provided in a non-machine-readable format. The Internal Revenue Service will launch a new process that will remove personally identifiable information before releasing the public information within electronically filed nonprofit tax filings. The electronically filed tax filings will be released as open, machine- readable data, allowing the public to review the finances and other information of more than 340,000 American nonprofit and charitable organizations.Now, anyone can access Form 990 data on Amazon Web Services for free. We expect researchers, regulators, and journalists will find this especially useful.“This is useful information to track nonprofits,” Malamud said. “A state attorney general could just search for all executives that received loans from their employer.”—Ruth McCambridgeShare52Tweet5Share75Email132 Shares
Ziggo’s shares were priced at €18.50 when the Dutch cable operator started trading on the Amsterdam Stock Exchange this morning, resulting in a market capitalisation of €3.7 billion.The IPO consists of 43,478,260 ordinary shares, 21.7% of the operator’s total shares. The total offering size amounts to approximately €804 million.
Brava3D, the 3D version of the international music and culture channel, is expanding its programming line up and becoming a 24 hour channel.The network was previously only aired during a portion of the day but will now run throughout the day and night. The channel, which is available in France via IPTV operator Free and in the Netherlands via Glashart Media and Kabel Noord, airs opera, ballet and classic music programming.
UPC Hungary has added a HD version of commercial TV channel TV2 HD to its network.The ProSiebenSat.1-owned channel is now available to UPC customers that subscribe to the Mediabox HD, HD DVR or HD Media Card services.The addition of TV2 HD to UPC’s cable network takes the total number of HD channels offered by the operator to 13.
Sky Deutschland is due to launch three new high definition channels – TNT Glitz HD, Spiegel Geschichte HD and Disney Junior HD – on its platform in April.TNT Glitz HD will be available from April 1 as part of the Sky Welt package. Aimed at a young female audience, it will air a mix of international films, documentaries and series – including HBO show Girls – as well as several local original productions.Also launching on April 1 is an HD version of Spiegel Geschichte, which airs documentaries about German and international history and is available to all satellite customers.Kids network Disney Junior HD goes live on April 15 to all satellite customers, and marks Sky’s expanded cooperation with Disney.“With these three new HD channels, we are underscoring our aim to offer Sky customers the best HD offering in Germany and Austria. With compelling documentaries, including many exclusive and local-interest topics, a new series, film and lifestyle channel designed just for our female viewers as well as Sky’s first HD children’s channel, we are expanding our HD portfolio with highlights for the whole family,” said Elke Walthelm, vice president, partner channels at Sky Deutschland.