Crude oil slips below US99 a barrel after rising almost 3 last

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – The price of oil slipped a bit Monday after gaining more than $2 last week.Benchmark West Texas Intermediate crude for February delivery dropped 41 cents to close at US$98.91 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Trading was thinner than usual because of the approaching holidays.Last week, oil rose nearly three per cent, largely because of signs of improvement in the U.S. economy.Positive economic news and a corresponding increase in demand have some analysts predicting that oil will soon top $100 a barrel for the first time since Mid-October.Brent crude, a benchmark used to price international crudes used by many U.S. refiners, fell 21 cents to US$111.56.In other energy futures trading, wholesale gasoline was flat at US$2.78 a U.S. gallon (3.79) litres, heating oil lost two cents to US$3.06 a gallon and natural gas added five cents to US$4.46 per thousand cubic feet.(TSX:ECA), (TSX:IMO), (TSX:SU), (TSX:HSE), (NYSE:BP), (NYSE:COP), (NYSE:XOM), (NYSE:CVX), (TSX:CNQ), (TSX:TLM), (TSX:COS), (TSX:CVE) Crude oil slips below US$99 a barrel after rising almost 3% last week by The Associated Press Posted Dec 23, 2013 1:53 pm MDT read more

UN chief urges Somalis not to be deterred by latest deadly terror

The terrorists set off two car bombs that killed more than 20 and injured around 80 others. One detonated by a hotel patronized by government officials and the other near the home of Appeals Court Chief Judge Abshir Omar, news reports said.Mr. Guterres extends his condolences to the families and friends of the victims, wished “a swift recovery to those injured” and commended “the response of the Somali emergency services to the bombings.”The Secretary-General trusts that “Somalis will not be deterred by such violence from pursuing a peaceful and prosperous future” and reiterated the UN’s support and solidarity with the people and Government of Somalia.In a tweet, the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) also strongly condemned “last night’s twin bomb explosions”, saying “no political agenda can be served by violent extremism”. Help us know what you think about UN News and ensure we meet your needs: take 4 minutes to take our survey! According to news reports, all three gunmen from the al-Shabab extremist group, who fought for hours against Somali Government special forces, were killed, after taking over a building in the centre of the capital. Reports say it was the longest siege by the group since it was forced out of Mogadishu in 2011.  read more

Quick ways to brush up on Brocks security tools

Recent tragic events in Canada have been clear reminders of the need to have good emergency preparedness at workplaces, schools, public buildings and government institutions.Here at Brock the wellbeing of students, faculty, staff and visitors is the top priority. But safety is everyone’s responsibility, and given recent events, this is a good time for everyone in the Brock community to brush up on the University’s emergency procedures.The Campus Security Services website quickly links visitors to emergency procedures, including an Emergency Preparedness video and the University’s Imminent Threat Policy.The Brock Mobile Safety App, available for free download to mobile devices, has a “safety toolbox” of information and a direct link to Campus Security.These are all important tools, containing directions and quick links that are invaluable in the event of an emergency or at times of concern.Because safety is a shared responsibility, the Brock community depends on all students, staff and faculty to be the eyes and ears of our campus. Anyone seeing suspicious persons or activities should notify Campus Security at ext 3200, or via website, Facebook and Twitter.“Staying aware and just being sensible about our surroundings is a simple key to protecting our environment and our right to be safe,” said Brian Hutchings, Vice-President of Finance and Administration.“But it’s something that everyone has to play their part in.” read more

Appeal for witnesses to fatal Dublin motorbike crash

first_imgGARDAÍ IN DUBLIN are appealing for witnesses following a fatal road traffic collision.A 22-year-old male motorcyclist collided with a car in Finglas on Monday, passing away in hospital on Wednesday.The bike was involved in a collision with a car on Ballygall Parade, Finglas at around 5.05pm on Monday.The motorcyclist sustained serious head injuries and was taken to the Mater Hospital in Dublin. He subsequently died as a result of his injuries on Wednesday.The motorcycle involved was a Red Aprilia with a Northern Ireland registration.There were no other injuries in the incident.Investigating gardaí are appealing for witnesses or anyone with information to contact Finglas Garda Station on 01-666 7500, the Garda Confidential Line 1-800-666-111 or any Garda Station.last_img read more

Help for Kefalonia quake victims

first_imgGreek authorities heralded a series of measures to tackle the fallout of two strong earthquakes on the Ionian island of Kefalonia, where hundreds of people have been left homeless.Kefalonia is to be declared officially “earthquake-hit” in the coming days, a prerequisite for the release of further financial support and repairs. State funding will be provided to cover the rent of families who have been forced to leave their homes – for two years for property owners and six months for tenants. Meanwhile a program for repairs to damaged buildings is expected to be announced and the Development Ministry is to help municipal and regional authorities seek support from the European Union’s Solidarity Fund.In the meantime there are plans to set up prefabricated homes for quake victims. On Tuesday some residents were moved to tents set up on a sports field near the port of Lixouri, which was particularly badly hit by the two quakes, measuring 5.8 and 5.7 on the Richter scale. Others were moved into two navy vessels sent to the island over the weekend.Additional priorities are repairs to the island’s road and irrigation networks, Infrastructure Minister Michalis Chrysochoidis said during a visit to the island.Health Minister Adonis Georgiadis and Education Minister Constantinos Arvanitopoulos were also on Cephalonia to inspect the state of hospitals and schools. Tourism Minister Olga Kefaloyianni was there too to herald the launch of a campaign to promote Kefalonia, a popular summer holiday destination for foreign visitors.In Athens meanwhile the Labor Ministry said that entrepreneurs and employees on Kefalonia would be exempted from paying social security contributions for six months.Prime Minister Antonis Samaras is on Wednesday to chair a mini-cabinet meeting to develop strategy for the island’s regeneration.Meanwhile an investigation was launched into reports that a group of men posing as policemen warned residents in Lixouri to abandon their homes, claiming that a third earthquake was imminent. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Companions Unite in Tenth Doctor Comic

first_imgStay on target HBO Max Scores Exclusive ‘Doctor Who’ Streaming RightsJo Tro Do Plo Plo No: ‘Doctor Who’ Welcomes Back Familiar Monster Having abandoned his friends across the universe—two in the recent past, one in the far future—the Tenth Doctor embarks on his own journey through space and time.At the Mechma Onzlo III Station in the Ansaara System, the Time Lord hunts for “something that will register any kind of vortex spill on infinitesimal levels.”“It’s not me, it’s the TARDIS. She’s being a bit impatient,” he tells scrapyard boss and old friend Onzlo.Awaiting the arrival of a quantized radiant core monitor (how does writer Nick Abadzis come up with this stuff?), the Doctor sits down for an organic fruit cocktail and a snooze (er… a catnap, or meditation).“Vortex Butterflies: Part 2” (via Titan Comics)A bizarre dream and mysterious chalk markings on his TARDIS leave the Gallifreyan disoriented and eager to move on—with new companion Marcie, (said radiant core monitor, which looks like a peanut and calls the Doctor “sir”).Back on Earth—London, 2009—Gabby and Cindy meet a familiar face, who helps them confront their pasts and face their future. But first: breakfast.The second a four-part series, “Vortex Butterflies” features art by Giorgia Sposito and Iolanda Zanfardino. Snag your copy now for $3.99 from Titan Comics.“The Memory Feast: Part Two” (via Titan Comics)The Eleventh Doctor, meanwhile, stumbled upon a huge, seemingly abandoned spaceship, actually filled with impossible worlds—as well as Dementor-like Thrakes eroding the boat’s “virtual construct.”Having made a quick escape, Team TARDIS discover a cryogenically frozen alien, and “suddenly everything becomes clear.”Inside the tomb is a Xerxes—”what’s left of one, anyway.”An ancient race that allegedly perished during a great plague, the Xerxes crafted their own form of afterlife, sending memory arks—like the spaceship the Doctor, Alice, and the Sapling are currently aboard—into the universe.via Titan ComicsClever as ever, the Doctor disrupts the ship’s memories with a few of his own, sending the trio on a trip through the Time Lord’s imagination, where they meet an avatar of the Xerxes in the mausoleum.When he sees a part of himself in this old alien, the Doctor becomes determined to protect the memory of the Xerxes.“The Memory Feast,” written by George Mann with art by I.N.J. Culbard, is on sale now for $3.99 from Titan Comics.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

SourceMedia Adds Video Commercial to Subscription Page

first_imgFinancial services media company SourceMedia recently incorporated a short video commercial into its subscription page for flagship title American Banker. The 53-second spot, created in-house, has boosted conversion rates by 10 percent in its first two weeks on the page.SourceMedia has its own video studio with two full-time videographers and creates a high volume of content for its network of sites, but is now finding new ways to leverage the format for other opportunities. While the video has had a material impact on American Banker’s reg form, helping conversion rates for a two-week trial offer jump from 35 percent to 45 percent, it’s also doubling as a capabilities showcase for advertisers.”On the subscription front, we wanted to illustrate the value of a subscription in a quick and interesting way,” says Adam Reinebach, executive vice president of marketing services.The video auto-plays once a visitor lands on the page and depicts a banker getting the jump on his colleagues in a meeting after having quickly browsed market news through SourceMedia’s mobile content.SourceMedia hired actors to appear in the commercial and in addition to a few other elements associated with the production, costs were fairly minimal, between $6,000 and $8,000. But Reinebach hopes the creative angle of the commercial, which differs from the standard, service-oriented video content SourceMedia typically shoots, will attract interest from marketers. “No one is going to mistake SourceMedia for DreamWorks, but I’m hopeful this production will be a door-opener to more video business, including some financial services commercials,” he says.Creative video sales and applications, says Reinebach, can be a way to not only attract new business, but expand an existing client’s spend with SourceMedia.”In the banking industry, marketing budgets don’t change much and when you want to grow that business, you have to eat into market share. We are trying to show we have the same abilities as the agencies and the content expertise as well,” Reinebach says.last_img read more

Petit lead disappears as Ulsom overtakes on coast

first_imgJoar Ulsom’s dogs nuzzling up next to each other in Unalakleet (Photo by Zachariah Hughes/ Alaska Public Media)There’s been a shakeup along the Iditarod trail. Bad weather along the coast earlier today hampered the race’s front runners. Nicholas Petit, who was the first out of Unalakleet Sunday evening, was overtaken by Joar Ulsom on the way into Koyuk. Alaska Public Media’s Zachariah Hughes is on the line to help break down what’s happening.Listen nowlast_img

Baltimore Reads

first_imgThis event will bring together schools, community groups, nonprofits and businesses for a day of reading to our children in Patterson Park. Community members will have the opportunity to volunteer on an ongoing basis with Reading Partners, Literacy Lab or any of the great elementary schools. Lunch will be provided. The community day will consist of reading to our kids, playing games, making sushi and learning to code. Come to this free event on  October 7th between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.last_img

Free Chrome Extensions for Entrepreneurs With Crazy Long ToDo Lists and Too

first_imgMay 17, 2018 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 If you spend all day in your browser, you need to get organized. You’re likely toggling among social media accounts, email, shared documents, search queries, to-do lists and articles you’re meaning to read, and when the tabs pile up, it can be hard to focus.You might try keeping things in separate windows or on separate monitors, but that doesn’t change the fact that most of what you’re looking at is likely browser-based. Google Chrome is your connection to nearly everything you need to access, but the trouble is, it’s also a window to distractions. That’s why it’s up to you to hack it, to tame it and to download a bunch of browser extensions that will put you back in control.Related: A Guide to Reducing Unneeded Distractions and Time-Sucks So You Can Be More ProductiveRead on for 15 browser extensions that are a cinch to install and will help you get way more done with just a few clicks.1. BoomerangDo you ever start drafting an email, only to realize it’s 11 p.m. and you don’t want to subject anyone to your night owl, always-hustling tendencies? So you save it as a draft, only to have to squeeze in time the following day to finish it and send it off? That is, if you even remember?Boomerang for Gmail is the answer to the hours you keep outside the 9-to-5. You can draft and even hit “send” on an email any time, then use the scheduling feature to select the date and time you’d like it to be sent. It also comes with read receipts, link click-tracking and “Respondable” software, which “uses artificial intelligence to help you write better, more actionable emails in real-time.”The basic, free version of Boomerang includes all above features, but subscriptions with additional bells and whistles, such as mobile access, are available for $5, $15 and $50 per month.2. OneTabAre you a tab hoarder who’s more apt to let the web pages pile up than navigate away from a search you’re finished with? Well, this habit not only clutters your computer visually, but also, it likely slows down your computer — and, in turn, your work.OneTab allows you to consolidate all of your tabs into one. It simply makes them into a new tab, at which you’ll see a list of each page and a link to it. When you want to return to one of the tabs, click the link and it will reopen. You can also edit the list from within OneTab in case you change your mind about wanting to hold onto something.Its functions get even more granular: OneTab also provides settings for users who want to name consolidated tabs (say, for a bunch of links related to a single project), as well as those who want to exclude some open tabs from the consolidation process.Related: 10 Unique Free Tools and Resources for Entrepreneurs You Probably Don’t Know About3. 1PasswordSpeaking of consolidation, how much time do you spend hunting down or resetting your passwords to various online accounts because you’ve forgotten them? Or, in the words of stand-up comic John Mulaney, spending your day “telling a robot that you’re not a robot”? Have you ever wished that you could just log in to the entire internet, with one password unlocking your accounts all at once?1Password is one of the many password solutions that allows you to do a version of that, and it has a Chrome Extension. Through the extension, you’ll have easy access to managing which passwords are included in your 1Password account. Logging in when you go to a site that’s included in your 1Password list will be seamless.Be wary, though: In the past, this extension has been susceptible to some bugs that have led to password theft, according to Network World. The alternative is a safer method in which the 1Password software downloaded to your desktop is where the controls live (however, leaving your browser puts you at risk of interrupting your workflow).4. PocketBusy entrepreneurs don’t have time to read long, analytical articles every time a good link appears on their screens. Saving articles to your bookmarks versus saving them to Pocket is akin to the difference between stowing things away on a shelf in the back of your closet versus simply tucking them into your, well, pocket.The extension places a button directly to the right of your URL bar, so when you open an article only to realize you don’t have time to read it in that moment, you click the button and it saves the article to a list that’s accessible from your desktop or a mobile app.When you open the articles from your Pocket list, they load without ads and other clutter — often even without images, which streamlines the reading process and keeps you focused. Pocket also curates articles for users who want to stay in-the-know without hunting down their own reading material.Related: 20 Surprising Things You Can Do With Google Search5. KeepaThe Keepa extension is perfect for any entrepreneur who keeps tabs (no pun intended) on fluctuating product prices on Amazon. If you have it installed, you can set up which Amazon pages you want to monitor, and the Keepa will let you know if a price falls in real time, or if a previously out-of-stock item becomes available.Users also have access to graphs that display product price history over time, displayed right on the web page, so users can get a comprehensive view of recent deals and price drops. (It goes without saying that this tool is great for power shoppers, too.)Entrepreneurs: What are your favorite Chrome extensions? Let us know in the comments below.center_img 5 min read Register Now »last_img read more

Free agency in the National Football League opened

first_img Free agency in the National Football League opened Tuesday and one of the first announced deals was Karlos Dansby accepting a four-year, $24 million deal that includes $14 million in guaranteed money.Many were shocked by the length and size of the offer. Dansby was one.“It definitely surprised me, I wasn’t expecting that,” Dansby told Burns and Gambo Wednesday on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM. “I was called supernaturally, man. It was something I can’t explain. It was like ‘it’s time to go.’” Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Your browser does not support the audio element. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelocenter_img Top Stories LISTEN: Karlos Dansby, Cleveland Browns linebacker 0 Comments   Share   Dansby said he didn’t even consider testing the market elsewhere once he received the offer from the Browns. The 32-year-old linebacker also doesn’t harbor any ill will toward the Cardinals. In fact, he says the team made him a fair offer that didn’t leave him feeling disrespected.“Not at all. They showed me what they valued me at and I was like ‘OK, that’s cool,’” Dansby said. “But when you get called, you’ve got to drop everything and roll.”Dansby disputed reports that the Cardinals’ offer was for two years and worth between $10-12 million, but didn’t say what the offer presented to his camp was. The 10-year veteran has nothing but fond memories of his time in Arizona — both stints, but especially the 2013 season.“It was unbelievable, bro. That’s the most fun I’ve ever had in all the years I’ve been there,” he said. “(Defensive coordinator) Todd Bowles is amazing. An amazing coach and an amazing motivator. Him and Bruce Arians together man, that’s a dangerous combination.”last_img read more

State Rep Mike McCready RBloomfield Hills today issued the following statement after

first_img “Today the governor kicked off the budget process with his recommendations and shared several interesting ideas with our committees. Now it’s our turn to take a hard look at each proposal and make sure to budget every taxpayer dollar in the most efficient manner possible. I appreciated Gov. Snyder’s commitment to paying down our debt and making sure that our state is prepared for emergencies that could arise down the road.“As chairman of the subcommittee on Michigan State Police, I look forward to working with the governor on improving public safety throughout our state. Hearing plans for additional troopers and an additional trooper school was encouraging and I hope we can find a way to ensure these and other public safety initiatives are included in the budget.“I’m also glad that we’re finally having the conversation about fixing Michigan’s roads and bridges. This discussion has been put off for too long and the people we serve are counting on us to find a way to improve our system. While I appreciate the governor’s ideas, I strongly believe we need to look at all options and find the best solution possible to this problem. Categories: McCready News,News 07Feb State Rep. Mike McCready, R-Bloomfield Hills, today issued the following statement after attending Gov. Snyder’s Fiscal Year 2014 budget presentation:last_img read more

House approves civil asset forfeiture reform package

first_img04Jun House approves civil asset forfeiture reform package Categories: Runestad News The House today approved a seven-bill package reforming the state’s civil asset forfeiture policies, announced state Rep. Jim Runestad. The bills were approved with overwhelming bipartisan support.The current Civil Asset Forfeiture laws allow police to take property from citizens if they suspect a crime was committed, even when there is not enough evidence to charge them.Rep. Runestad, who sponsored House Bill 4500, said the package will still allow law enforcement the ability to go after criminals, but now law-abiding citizens can have a piece of mind knowing that they won’t be unfairly burdened or punished.“These laws are an effective tool that, when used properly, can hit criminals in their pocketbooks and help law enforcement fight crime. But some changes need to be made to clarify how these laws are used, and what recourse a citizen has to get their property back,” said Rep. Runestad R-White Lake. “None of these reforms let criminals off the hook. If you break the law, you will still face criminal charges, but innocent people must be protected. Due process and private property rights are the bedrock of our free society and they need to be protected from well-intentioned, but flawed laws.”The bills create more transparency by requiring reports from law enforcement agencies regarding forfeitures. Also included in the package are changes to the evidentiary standard for both drug and public nuisance forfeitures.All seven bills now move the Senate for consideration.last_img read more

Rep Calley to host local office hours on Oct 23

first_img State Rep. Julie Calley welcomes residents to join her in two communities on Monday, Oct. 23.Calley, of Portland, will give a legislative update to attendees. Then, if residents have individual concerns, she will take one on one meetings.Calley will meet with constituents at the following locations:The Village of Middleville, 100 East Main St., Middleville, from 11 a.m. to noon.The Barry County Courthouse, Commissioners’ Chambers, 220 W. State St., Hastings, from 1 to 2:30 p.m.“I truly appreciate the opportunity to gather feedback from community members.  Local office hours generate great dialogue with attendees on issues that are important to them.”No appointment is necessary. Residents unable to attend scheduled office hours may send their questions and ideas to Calley via email at or by calling her at 517-373-0842. Categories: Calley News 10Oct Rep. Calley to host local office hours on Oct. 23last_img read more

Rep Calley posts perfect voting record in 2017

first_img State Rep. Julie Calley did not miss any votes during the 2017 legislative session.According to, Calley cast all 511 record roll-call votes, joining 84 of her colleagues with perfect attendance this year.“The people I serve are hardworking and dedicated and my record should reflect that,” said Calley, of Portland. “I am pleased to report that I cast every committee vote as well. It has been a sincere privilege to serve our local communities over the past year.” 28Dec Rep. Calley posts perfect voting record in 2017 Categories: Calley Newslast_img read more

Rep VanderWall invites residents to his April coffee hours

first_img Categories: VanderWall News State Rep. Curt VanderWall of Ludington announced his upcoming coffee hours for the month of April.“Holding coffee hours every month provides an opportunity to inform the community on what is going on in Lansing and answer their questions regarding state government,” VanderWall said. “I encourage all residents to attend my coffee hours.”Rep. VanderWall will be available at the following times and locations:Friday, April 208 to 9 a.m. at Scottville City Hall, 105 Main St. in Scottville;10 to 11 a.m. in the Manistee County Board of Commissioners Room, 415 Third St. in Manistee;12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in the Benzie County Board of Commissioners Room, 448 Court Place in Beulah; and3 to 4 p.m. in the Leelanau County Board of Commissioners Room, 8527 E. Government Center Drive in Suttons Bay. No appointment is necessary to attend coffee hours. Anyone unable to attend during the scheduled times may contact Rep. VanderWall at his office at (517) 373-0825 or 10Apr Rep. VanderWall invites residents to his April coffee hourslast_img read more

School is back Heres what to be excited about

first_img16Aug School is back! Here’s what to be excited about Summer is coming to a close and Northville and Plymouth-Canton schools are gearing up for the beginning of the new school year. Whether you’re a student, parent, teacher or community member, we all can share the same appreciation for the record education funding our schools across Michigan will receive.One of the most important things we can do as hard-working taxpayers is invest in our children’s education. They are our state’s future. Their success is our success. Laying a better foundation for them will lead to a better tomorrow for all Michiganders.Since having the honor of being your voice in Lansing, I have said what is on all of your minds loud and clear – prioritize taxpayer dollars in places where taxpayers want it. Taxes were never meant to be given to greedy bureaucrats and selfish special interest groups. They were meant to be spent back home in the community – benefiting people and not politics.The upcoming budget year beginning Oct. 1 makes crucial investments in areas that are most important to taxpayers without growing state government. I helped secure $14.8 billion in K-12 funding – an all-time state record – and the highest increase in per-student funding for our state’s schools in the last 15 years.To push for new solutions and improve safety in our schools and universities, I also helped approve $60 million to add remote locks to doors, reinforce entryways, enhance emergency planning and expand our highly successful OK2SAY confidential tip system.While those numbers sound impressive, they’re not what make this budget great. You see, it’s not about the numbers – it’s about the people. It’s about investing locally to ensure our area is an even better place to work, raise our families and receive an education.To the educators and schools in our area who supply our youth with the necessary learning tools to develop skills and conquer new challenges; on behalf of our communities, you have our thanks and unending support. To the students who put in the work and the parents who sacrifice much time and energy in their child’s education and school district, here’s to a great upcoming school year!State Rep. Jeff Noble is a first-term lawmaker representing the 20th House District. The 20th District includes the cities of Northville and Plymouth, Northville and Plymouth Townships, and a portion of Canton. Categories: Noble Newslast_img read more

An Elephant in the Civic Living Room Amazon and Seattles Mayoral Race

first_imgShare9Tweet22Share1Email32 SharesBy Dennis Bratland (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia CommonsOctober 18, 2017; Seattle TimesWith nonprofits promoting increased civic engagement among their members and the public, the prospect of Amazon’s civic engagement in the Seattle mayoral race must raise some eyebrows.This week, it was revealed that the marketing behemoth was a contributor to a political action committee (PAC) supporting Jenny Durkan against Cary Moon in the race for the Seattle mayor’s office. The article, “Seattle mayor’s race picks up $590K in late-money surge,” reveals how ten big name corporations, including Comcast, the Washington Association of Realtors, AT&T, Expedia, Starbucks, and Boeing donated at least $10,000 each to the Civic Alliance for a Sound Economy (CASE), which is the political action arm of the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce. The Seattle Times calls out Amazon in particular for “adding $100,000 on October 12th to the $250,000 it gave in July.”In the Times article, a spokesperson for the Moon campaign suggests that some of the companies supporting the CASE PAC have in the past opposed taxes on the incomes of wealthy households, increasing minimum wages for workers, and the creation of a publicly owned broadband service for Seattle. In response to the CASE PAC, Moon has vowed to use her inherited resources to maintain her campaign.What can a nonprofit with a mission of civic engagement to do in the face of massive campaign spending in a local election by national corporations? For years, community-based organizations have followed Saul Alinsky’s first rule: “Power is derived from two main sources—money and people. ‘Have-Nots’ must build power from flesh and blood.” In many cities, business interests have figured out that huge amounts of money in a local election can scare off the best opponents, co-opt the grassroots, and dominate the messaging. The result is a crisis of civic engagement that looks like voter apathy, but is actually voter disengagement.Expecting nonprofits to use high school civics techniques of voter registration, education, and mobilization to overcome voter self-suppression is so 19th Century! Nonprofit engagement today needs some new tools to be heard over the din of pervasive paid advertising. One option for nonprofits is to join the political process by drafting an ordinance and lobbying. Other civic engagement efforts include adapting social media tools or forming a 501(c)(4) subsidiary.Last year, NPQ’s Austin Belali explored the role of civic engagement funders in “Is Democracy Funding Undemocratic? Funding Civic Engagement in an Era of Protest.” A key takeaway from his article is the idea that civic engagement funders have been slow to recognize and support the emergence of a new generation of civic activists.Rather than funding the capacity of trusted, local community-based organizations, a disproportionate amount of grantmaking dollars flows to short-term voter registration and mobilization efforts.Finding new ways to support marginalized communities is one key to building a base for civic activism, but another critical factor is shaping engagement messages that have a direct, tangible payoff for the disaffected voters.The city or region that wins the Amazon HQ2 competition may be getting a bonus in the form of a perpetual funding machine for the political interests of business. Earlier this month, an NPQ article contrasted a city with strong civic engagement (Pittsburgh) with a nearby city that lacks a civic base (Cleveland). What’s clear now from Amazon’s investment in Seattle’s mayoral race is that efforts to balance grassroots and corporate engagement will be more crucial to the long-term success of the whole community. A municipality or region that’s willing to offer massive incentives to lure a national corporation could find itself the perpetual servant of that corporation’s interests: “Would you like a new highway to your factory? How about eminent domain to tear down some affordable housing to make room for a warehouse?” Or maybe the corporation’s social control is subtler, like an “old-boys” agreement with local officials to slow-walk enforcement of public health and safety regulations.Clearly, the community that wins the Amazon HQ2 lottery will benefit from corporate donations to “feel-good” charities. But it’s worth being skeptical about Amazon’s commitment to investing in the kind of community-building that will, in the words of Austin Belali, support “funding aimed at building the core civic engagement capacities of social justice organizations.” For Amazon, being a good corporate citizen includes supporting grassroots civic engagement.—Spencer WellsShare9Tweet22Share1Email32 Shareslast_img read more

Danish public broadcaster DR is launching a pilot

first_imgDanish public broadcaster DR is launching a pilot HbbTV-based TV anytime service using technology from local technology specialist Nordija.The new service, Dr Nu, is available via the website and is based on Nordija’s fokusOn middleware. Dr Nu enables viewers to watch pre-releases and broadcast shows from DR on HbbTV-compatible TVs. According to DR’s technical project manager Thomas Jensen, the service will run as a pilot this year to evaluate how viewers interact with the service. On completion of the pilot phase, DR will assess the project and evaluate whether to continue with HbbTV services.last_img read more

The Austrian version of Germanlanguage femalefoc

first_imgThe Austrian version of German-language female-focused channel Sixx launched yesterday, kicking off with a showing of Hollywood romcom 27 Dresses.Sixx Austria is available unencrypted on the Astra platform at 19.2° East and on cable via UPC’s network, both in digital and analogue.Selected programming from the Austrian version of the channel, including Austria’s Next Topmodel and cooking show Koch mit Oliver of the channel will also be available via regional terrestrial networks thanks to an agreement with Puls 4.last_img read more