Kansas protests austerity

first_imgWW photoPoor and working people from throughout northeastern Kansas and beyond marched and rallied in Lawrence on June 8 to protest a racist austerity budget passed by the right-wing Legislature and likely to be signed into law soon by Gov. Sam Brownback.At a rally at the Plymouth Congregational Church, progressive, faith-based, labor and community leaders denounced the austerity budget. This was followed by a mass march down Massachusetts Avenue, the central street in this city that has a history of anti-slavery and abolitionist struggle, along with the spirit of John Brown.The new budget contains hundreds of millions of dollars in tax breaks to the rich, while it fleeces the working class with hikes in numerous official taxes and other forms of austerity, such as massive cuts to higher education.Many bills hostile to labor and community interests have been signed by Brownback in this legislative session. This is on top of the elimination of certain business taxes, passed in 2012 and implemented in 2013, which have caused enormous shortfalls in the state budget.These laws are being passed at the behest of Wall Street and in particular the banks, which are demanding their “debt service.” Wall Street’s political servants in the State House are assisted by capitalist individuals and organizations such as the Koch brothers, Americans For Prosperity and the American Legislative Exchange Council.Those rallying June 8 made it clear the class struggle is alive in Kansas. Chanting “Brownback’s gotta go!” and “Stand up! Fight back!” and hoisting placards such as “People’s budget — not banker’s budget” and “Money for public education,” the protesters vowed that the people’s struggle will continue.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

IFA call for Local Improvement Scheme grants to be reinstated

first_img Previous articleDungloe and Glenties Sewerage Schemes cleared to go to tenderNext articleTen jobs to go in Derry as Peacocks closes News Highland HSE warns of ‘widespread cancellations’ of appointments next week Google+ Facebook Dail hears questions over design, funding and operation of Mica redress scheme WhatsApp Google+ Man arrested in Derry on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences released Facebook Twitter IFA call for Local Improvement Scheme grants to be reinstated Pinterestcenter_img WhatsApp News By News Highland – February 23, 2012 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR The IFA is calling for Local Improvement Scheme grants to be reinstated.The association is writing to Transport Minister Leo Varadkar telling him the scheme provides important support for rural roads that are now falling into disrepair. One suggestion, the IFA says, is to use money allocated for gritting and salting of rural roads, which were not required this winter.Donegal IFA Chairman PJ Mc Monagle says unless money isn’t found to repair these country roads and laneways, then they will end up in a terrible state…..[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/pj1pm.mp3[/podcast] Twitter Pinterest PSNI and Gardai urged to investigate Adams’ claims he sheltered on-the-run suspect in Donegal Dail to vote later on extending emergency Covid powers Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derrylast_img read more

Select committee hears CYF getting too many referrals

first_imgNational Radio 28 March 2013The Children’s Commissioner has told MPs some child abuse referrals to Child, Youth and Family are being made without proper assessments and are overwhelming the organisation. Russell Wills told Parliament’s social services committee the bulk of the 150,000 referrals made last year from health and police were for children who were witness to domestic violence. He said a number of those referrals should have been made to Women’s Refuge. “That leads to social workers being overwhelmed. The intervention needs to be a domestic violence intervention for most of those children and in fact notifying Child, Youth and Family puts a barrier in the way. It actually delays that, usually it’s women, that woman getting assistance that she needs.” Dr Wills told MPs that notifying Child, Youth and Family can often delay those children and their families from getting the help they need. He said some of the assessments of child abuse risk were weak, and work should be done to strengthen them.http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/political/131429/select-committee-hears-cyf-getting-too-many-referralslast_img read more

Judge slams Child, Youth and Family for misleading information

first_imgStuff co.nz 21 March 2017Family First Comment: Disturbing!“The girl was living with her drug-taking mother whose boyfriend was abusive and violent. Child, Youth and Family (CYF) though told the court it was the girl’s father who was violent… The delays meant it took five months for the father to get care of his daughter”A Family Court judge says Child, Youth and Family put a three-year-old girl at risk with its unsubstantiated and unverified reports.Radio New Zealand reports the girl was living with her drug-taking mother whose boyfriend was abusive and violent.Child, Youth and Family (CYF) though told the court it was the girl’s father who was violent.Those reports were wrong, Judge Anthony Walsh said as he described the reports as unsubstantiated and unverified.“CYF acknowledged it had provided incorrect information about the father being violent … Understandably the misleading information distressed the father and compounded his frustration particularly with CYF,” he wrote.The delays meant it took five months for the father to get care of his daughter and he was now suing CYF for $10,000 legal costs plus to pay for therapy for his daughter.CYF has apologised to the father and said he could ask the Chief Executive’s Advisory Panel for a review if he was not happy.CYF sent a statement saying it would take a close look at its practice, as it always did if the Family Court raised concerns.http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/90655043/judge-slams-child-youth-and-family-for-misleading-informationlast_img read more

Unruh Institute discusses Donald Trump’s developing economic plan

first_imgA group of political and economic professionals debated the nation’s current economy Tuesday evening at Ground Zero Performance Café. The event, moderated by Unruh Institute Director Robert Shrum and USC Undergraduate Economics Association board member Aditi Jackson, introduced the audience to a broad view of opinions on the future of the U.S. economy under President Donald Trump’s leadership.The USC Undergraduate Economics Association and the Unruh Institute hosted the discussion, which featured Orange County Register Opinion Editor Brian Calle, Klink Campaigns President Matt Klink and Los Angeles County Federation of Labor Director of Policy Kokayi Kwa Jitahidi.Calle said that despite the social fear caused by Trump, some of his economic policies are logical. He told the panel and audience about a conversation he had with one of House Speaker Paul Ryan’s closest aides, where he expressed his economic views regarding the nation’s current stance.“We need to focus on fixing Obamacare and tax cuts, and make the economic issues and healthcare issues forefront, and rebrand the Republican Party,” Calle said.Jitahidi viewed Trump’s ideologies differently. He remarked that economic growth does not equate to more jobs, as it is due to increased globalization. He said that the economy of the United States relies on manufacturing, where there is wage theft, and that capital will maximize their profits. “We call this Reaganomics,” Jitahidi said. “History says that we are likely going to end up with a lot of debt because when you cut taxes, you cut revenue to the government.” Both Klink and Calle opposed this view. Klink stated that the Barack Obama economy did not promise economic growth and did not facilitate it, and that capitalists on Wall Street feed on lower taxes and decreased regulation. He then shifted the issue from capitalism to middle class Americans who voted for Trump because they sought economic healing. “The folks in the middle of the country, they are so desperate for anybody who can help them and neither party has been able to,” Klink said. “They will vote for anybody who appears to be that change. In 2008, Barack Obama was that change. In 2016, Hillary Clinton was a third term for Barack Obama, and people said this is not going to cut it.” On the issue of the possible reappeal of the Affordable Care Act, Klink stated that there would most likely be a reappeal before a replacement. He argued that most of the issues of Obamacare derived from the increase in the cost of other insurances due to the implementation of cheaper insurance for those under Obamacare. Meanwhile, Klink said that some people want to forget Obamacare and go toward single-payer insurance because it benefits them more. “What [Trump] may be doing is reinvigorating a progressive movement that will go beyond 2018,” Jitahidi said.last_img read more

Evacuation alert remains in place for Baldonnel

first_imgBALDONNEL, B.C. — Because of the potential danger to life and health, the Peace River Regional District has kept an evacuation alert for Baldonnel in place, for the following areas:242 Road between the 249 Road and the 241 Road241 Road between the 2424 Road and the 283 RoadJust north of the 283 Road between the 241 Road and 249 Road249 Road between the 283 Road and 242 RoadResidents will be given as much advance notice as possible prior to evacuation; however you may receive limited notice due to changing conditions.Upon notification of an alert, you should be prepared for the evacuation order by:Locating all family members or co-workers and designate a Reception Centre outside the evacuation area, should an evacuation be called while separated.Gathering essential items such as medications, eyeglasses, valuable papers (i.e. insurance), immediate care needs for dependants and, if you choose, keepsakes (photographs, etc).Have these items readily available for quick departure.Preparing to move any disabled persons and/or children.Moving pets and livestock to a safe area.Arranging to transport your household members or co-workers in the event of an evacuation order. If you need transportation assistance from the area please call 250 784-4838.Arranging accommodation for your family if possible. In the event of an evacuation, Reception Centres will be opened if required.Monitoring news sources for information on evacuation orders and locations of Reception Centres.- Advertisement -Further information will be issued as it arrives or should the situation change.last_img read more

Enactus promotes entrepreneurship, innovation

first_imgThe South African entry in the Enactus World Cup helped a small-scale fishery in KwaZulu-Natal develop and expand its operations. It was one of many projects showcased in the competition that are offering practical and innovative ways to improve quality of life around the world. . Teams from 36 countries gathered at the Sandton Convention Centre for the Enactus World Cup, a competition that judges the best social and environmental projects run by university students. (Image: Shamin Chibba) • Active citizenship in South Africa at a healthy level • Social enterprises set up to change lives • Redefining corporate social investment in South Africa • Foundation believes in the healing power of dreams • Active citizenship in South Africa at a healthy level Shamin ChibbaCreating jobs and saving the planet may seem like global goals that only governments and the United Nations have set out to achieve, but an event in Johannesburg has shown that young students can achieve the same thing, by starting local.The Enactus World Cup brought hundreds of students from 36 universities across the world to the Sandton Convention Centre, last week to showcase their innovative social and environmental projects. Held between 14 and 16 October, the world cup took on the format of a knockout sports tournament. The teams showcased the work they had done in their home towns and were judged upon the effectiveness of their campaigns.Britain’s University of Southampton edged out Brigham Young University from Hawaii to claim the top prize for its Right Light project. It set up entrepreneurs in Kenya, Uganda and Madagascar to provide solar lamps to communities. This increased income and reduced respiratory illnesses.According to competition judge Sibani Mngomezulu, Enactus is all about promoting entrepreneurship with a social focus. “It allows university students the opportunity to present projects that have a social impact. So they select projects from communities where they identify a need and they put together a project that will have an impact.”To qualify for the world cup, teams must win their respective national competitions. Enactus was initially known as Students in Free Enterprise Worldwide before it changed its name in 2012. Since its founding in 1975, it has grown to include over 70 000 students as members from more than 1 750 campuses in 36 countries. It also has held its annual world cup since 1999.Innovation is one of Brand South Africa’s key components in the nation brand hexagon which, like the Enactus World Cup aims to do, find creative ways of solving economic, social and even environmental issues. The Enactus World Cup falls in line with the National Development Plan’s educational outcome, with the former striving towards quality basic education and the latter aiming for an improved quality of life. KPMG, one of the Enactus World Cup sponsors, displayed the kind of bamboo bicycle used for the Cycle for Water initiative used by two cyclists, Theo Rohfritsch and Simon Valdenaire, who covered 25 000 kilometres on their route from France to New Zealand (Image: Shamin Chibba)South Africans’ maritime focusSouth Africa’s representatives, University of Zululand, made it to the semi-final only to be ousted by fellow African contenders Mohammedia School of Engineers from Morocco.The South Africans’ project had a maritime focus, with the intention of protecting endangered sea life while providing employment in a rural community.The team worked with Sofoco Fish Farm, a small-scale operation focused on harvesting freshwater fish for wholesale commercial purposes, and helped it develop and expand its operations.Despite improving life for KwaZulu-Natal locals, the team lost out to the Moroccans’ Breathe project. It developed two innovative technologies to provide clean and sustainable energy sources: Boron, which are ecologically friendly briquettes made out of recycled materials; and Kanoun, a cooking stove that ensures total combustion and better aeration.By replacing traditional materials, the project has saved five tons of wood and 12 tons of carbon. Over 150 units of Kanoun have been sold, resulting in a 110% increase in monthly revenues and providing clean energy for 1 431 people.last_img read more

Are We Entering the Age of Augmented Trademark Infringement?

first_imgThe use of logos or insignias to symbolize a product, service or company is one of the oldest ways for a brand to stand out from competitors and similar products. These days, laws protect the misuse or copying of trademarked brand logos, but as technology evolves and companies find new ways to market their brands, these laws must adapt to cover new possibilities for infringement. Augmented reality is a popular technology for new media advertising, allowing images, logos and markers to become triggers for 3D experiences on computers and mobile devices. It also could create 21st century legal dilemmas. Who has the right to create AR experiences from trademarked brand logos? Is the age of “augmented reality trademark infringement” rapidly approaching? Consider a new application being developed in reaction to the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The iPhone app – which is still in development – is called “the leak in your hometown,” and will let users augment any existing real-world British Petroleum (BP) logo with a virtually rendered oil pipe that is gushing with oil. The app developers, Mark Skwarek and Joseph Hocking, in their own words describe the app as “turning [BP’s] own logo against them.”“This repurposing of corporate icons will offer future artists and activists a powerful means of expression which will be easily accessible to the masses and at the same time will be safe and nondestructive,” they say.Nondestructive in what sense? Yes, virtually spilling oil is safe for the planet, but the use of BP’s own logo is destructive to their brand and the company has the right to protect it. It is true that BP’s brand has already been irrevocably damaged due to the spill, and it is also true that augmented reality is a niche technology not likely to be a strong vehicle for further brand damage (yet), but BP still has the right to control how its logo is used.Would BP actually benefit from defending their trademark in this way? Erik J. Heels, a trademark lawyer with the Clock Tower Law Group in Maynard, Massachusetts, says BP would be better off simply letting it go.“The analysis falls in two categories,” Heels told ReadWriteWeb. “First, what does the law allow a rights holder to do? And second, what is the smart thing to do from a business and public relations perspective? Even if BP wanted to take action against them, I don’t think they would win the battle of public opinion, it could backfire on them.”Trademark law, Heels says, was created to protect similar products and services from being confused with one another, and it is unlikely a person using this app would be unsure of whether it was or wasn’t officially endorsed by BP. Free speech, parody and commentary are other areas of law that overlap with this issue, which makes any action from BP even more unlikely. chris cameron If any entity is going to challenge the existence of the application, it is likely to be Apple, which has had no problem keeping any app they deemed questionable from passing inspection. It is unlikely that this application will get by Apple in its current state, but an updated version using a different logo most certainly would. In the future, however, if augmented reality takes off and is part of our everyday lives, an application like this could attract more legal attention from a popular brand. Should brands have the same protections over the use of their logos in augmented reality (or specifically as the marker to launch an AR experience) as they do in actual reality? Who has the right to use trademarks as AR triggers? These are questions brands will be faced with as AR continues to expand its presence in digital marketing.In an interview with UgoTrade author Tish Shute, AR developer Anselm Hook discussed what he calls the “imageDNS” – a name space for images – which could potentially be used to solve some of these issues.“When an image becomes a kind of hyperlink – there’s really a question of what it will resolve to,” said Hook. “Will your heads up display of McDonalds show tasty treats at low prices or will it show alternative nearby places where you can get a local, organic, healthy meal quickly?”Trademark laws and image disputes aside, the potential for augmented “ad busting” and virtual activism is promising on the augmented reality platform, and more mobile apps will certainly surface in this space. I can even see an app in the future that will let activists spill virtual blood on fur coats, so developers, please get to work on “Fur is MurdAR.” 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App Tags:#Augmented Reality#web 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout Related Posts 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…last_img read more

8 Tips Every Final Cut Pro X Video Editor Should Know

first_imgSpeed up your video edits with these tips for video editing in FCPX.The clock is ticking and your project has to get out – fast! Your client keeps asking “when will this be done” and you’re still hours away from finalizing for delivery. This is the scenario video editors face on a daily basis.To give you a leg up, we’ve assembled the following quick tips for video editing in Final Cut Pro X…Tip #1: Know Your ShortcutsUsing shortcuts WILL greatly increase your effectiveness when editing. For pros, there’s no other way…shortcuts are a must.To access the shortcut editor in FCPX head over to Final Cut Pro > Commands > Customize. In this menu you can modify the shortcuts and tweak to fit your needs/workflow. If you’re coming from another video editing app like Avid or Premiere Pro you can mirror the shortcuts from these applications. You can also head over to KBcovers.com and pick up a keyboard overlay that will help as well.Tip #2: Check Output Settings EarlyYou don’t want something to go wrong just moments before the edit is due, so once you have all of your footage imported and some clips dropped into your timeline run through and do a quick export. This quick export will help ensure that your settings are correct and match what the client wants. Then, when you’re ready to do a full export you can feel confident that your settings are correct.Tip #3: Turn Background Rendering “On”Final Cut Pro X has the ability to render in the background while you work. To access these settings go to Final Cut Pro > Preferences > Playback.Tip #4: Dynamic TrimmingDynamic trimming is the process of trimming NOT in the timeline, but in the edit window. Essentially you complete your trimming with the keyboard while the edit is playing. This is fairly simple to do, but you’ll want to have some important key combinations down before you attempt this. Pro video editor Chadwick Shoults demonstrates this technique in the following video:Here is Chadwick’s list of Shortcuts:shift + x = extend edit (edit during playback, dynamic); and ‘ = go to prev and next edit[ and ] and \ = selects the type of trim operation (single roller, dual roller), and . = nudging 1 frame (use shift to x10 the change)option and [ = top editoption and ] = tail editcommand + b = add edit (cut)t = only really used for slip and slide (not changing durations)x = selects range between 2 cutsTip #5: Turn Off WaveformsOften video editors will use audio waveforms for editing, as it makes it easier to changes in music or tempo. However, waveforms may also slow down FCPX, especially if you’re working with a large set of media files. You can turn waveforms off in the timeline, browser and inspector so it doesn’t hinder speed. Note: video editors running a computer with a lot of RAM shouldn’t feel the effects of the waveforms.To access the waveforms settings go to View > Hide Waveforms. Of course once you finish your edit you’ll want to make sure to turn these back on so you can check your audio levels before exporting.Tip #6: Adjustment LayersIf you’re a seasoned pro in Photoshop, After Effects or Motion you’ll know that adjustment layers are a way to take your edits to another level. When using Motion in conjunction with FCPX you can make your own adjustment layers, but there are also tons of places online to find professional adjustment layers. The greatest thing about adjustment layers is that once in place all changes made happen to that layer…not your raw footage. Check out this tutorial from Ripple Training on how to effectively use adjustment layers in FCPX, samples below. Above images from Ripple Training Tip #7: Remember to use SnapshotIf you’re editing on FCPX and haven’t used Snapshot you should begin doing so now! Snapshot is a great feature in FCPX that allows you to create a duplicate of your project (it won’t change if you change the master project). Essentially what Snapshot offers is a way to create drafts of your project as you go through your edit. Here is a great introduction and tutorial from Larry Jordan on how to do just that:Tip #8: Don’t Be Afraid to Speak UpBudget your time appropriately and realize early on what you can do in the timeframe available. Keep the professional relationship strong with your producer or client and speak up about what you feel is realistic for you to accomplish – let them know if what they are asking for just can’t be done in the time allotted! Having the lines of communication open and budgeting your time will determine whether or not you gain repeat business.Hopefully these tips will help you as you begin your next editing project with FCPX.Do you have any other tips that didn’t make it on our list? Let us know in the comments below.last_img read more