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More than 300000 collected for Quebec man paralyzed in mosque shooting

first_imgMONTREAL – Aymen Derbali, the father of three shot seven times and partly paralyzed in the Quebec City mosque shooting last year, says he’s not surprised at the generosity of people around the world who have donated to his fundraiser.More than $300,000 has so far been collected and organizers initially set a deadline for this Monday to raise $400,000 but have decided to extend it another two weeks in order to reach their goal.Witnesses who were at the mosque last January when a shooter killed six people and seriously injured five said Derbali tried to get the gunman’s attention in order to help others flee.The efforts cost him the use of his legs.Paralyzed from the waist down after receiving the seven bullets, Derbali and his family are still looking for a home better adapted to his disability and closer to the mosque where the tragedy occurred.The fundraiser’s goal is to help his family pay for a new place to live.Derbali said he started returning to the mosque for prayers in July.“Unless you have a medical issue you should go to the mosque to pray, especially on Fridays,” he said in an interview from a Quebec City rehabilitation centre.He said rather than causing him anxiety by being haunted by memories of the shooting, going to the mosque helps the psychological side of his recovery.“I have the capacity to go — I’m in a wheelchair, but I can still do it.”Derbali said his days are filled with physiotherapy and other exercises to help him recover, and he said he is looking to leave the centre by the summer.A significant portion of the money so far collected has come from the United States, something he said doesn’t surprise him.“The Americans are by nature pacifists,” he said. “There has been a lot of solidarity from around the world.”Amira Elghawaby, a volunteer with DawaNet, the Toronto-based organization that helped launch the fundraiser, expressed confidence the $400,000 goal will be reached.“(Derbali’s) story has been translated into many languages,” she said. “His story is a heroic tale and a lot of people around the world have been interested in it.“I don’t think it’s surprising a lot of donations are coming from the U.S. I think there is a heightened awareness there of anti-Muslim bigotry.”On Friday, Quebec City’s Muslim community began four days of commemorations for the Jan. 29, 2017, shooting.The mosque was scheduled to hold a special prayer Friday night that was to be open only to Muslims, although the event was to be broadcast online.On Saturday, the mosque is organizing an open house featuring widows of the victims as well as others touched by the tragedy.On Sunday evening, a spiritual rally will bring together members of the Muslim, Jewish and First Nations communities.The commemoration ends Monday evening — the anniversary of the shooting — when people are invited to bring flowers and candles to a vigil, which will take place outdoors close to the mosque.last_img read more

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Steven Tyler To Present Inaugural Janies Fund Gala And GRAMMY Viewing Party

first_imgIconic singer, songwriter and humanitarian, Steven Tyler, and Live Nation will present the inaugural Janie’s Fund gala and GRAMMY Awards viewing party on Sunday, January 28, 2018 at the historic RED Studios Hollywood.The exclusive event will include a star-studded red carpet, live viewing of the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards telecast, live auction, dinner, and a musical performance.Attendees will be treated to a multi-course dinner menu designed by GRAMMY Award-winning singer, best-selling cookbook author and lifestyle expert Trisha Yearwood. Following the dinner and telecast, Steven Tyler and his Nashville based band, LOVING MARY, will take the stage for a can’t-miss special live performance to close out the night.Co-chair supporters for the event include Aerosmith, Alice Cooper, Andrea Bocelli, Bo Derek, Britney Spears, Sir Elton John, Jim Carrey, Joaquin Phoenix, Joe & Marjorie Walsh, Kate Hudson, Lionel Richie, Sharon Stone, Whoopi Goldberg, and Yoko Ono.Proceeds from the event will benefit Janie’s Fund, a philanthropic initiative created by Tyler in partnership with the national family services nonprofit Youth Villages to bring hope and healing to girls across America who have suffered the trauma of abuse and neglect. Tyler first gave voice to this cause with his hit “Janie’s Got a Gun,” and his establishment of the fund ensures that these vulnerable girls will have an enduring voice for years to come.“The time has arrived to share what we’ve done and what we’re striving for. This inaugural gala is designed to bring my friends and family together so we can continue to provide uplifting and needed support for Janie’s Fund. This gala is more than a night out, it’s a break on through to the other side for these girls whose lives have been stunted. It’s an opportunity to learn of the valuable work we will be doing to get them there. It’s time to bring the awareness out of the darkness and into the light for these girls, for all to see,” said Tyler.Since the November 2015 launch of Janie’s Fund, the organization has raised more than $2.5 million, directly helping more than 525 girls and providing more than 66,000 days of therapeutic care. On December 6, Tyler celebrated the opening of a new residential center named Janie’s House, a joint partnership with his philanthropic organization Janie’s Fund and Youth Villages. Janie’s House provides support to vulnerable young girls in the Atlanta Metro Area who are survivors of abuse and neglect, and has residential accommodations for up to 30 girls annually with access to 24-hour medical care and therapeutic support.Tyler added, “You can reach the heights of your passion, go all across the entire world and meet people from all walks of life, but the look on these girls’ faces when they know that they’ve found their safe haven, especially after being put through the pain of abuse and neglect. Now, they’re being taken care of by the best of the best in experiential therapy and 24/7 caregiving. Every five minutes, someone comes in and checks in on them and they love it, because they know someone is not coming in to abuse. This event is a testament to the important work happening at Janie’s House.” Learn more at JaniesFund.org.Sponsors for the event include Kia Motors, Hilton, and Patrón Tequila. A media alert with further information on attendees will be announced in the coming weeks. For more information on table purchases or company sponsorships, please email janiesfund@aabproductions.com.Note: This event is not affiliated with, endorsed by, or licensed by The Recording Academy of the GRAMMY Awards.last_img read more

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Markets plunge with Dow posting worst Christmas Eve session on record

first_imgIndex and currency in this story: (TSX:GSPTSE, TSX:CADUSD)The Canadian Press TORONTO — North American markets plunged to start a shortened trading week as political uncertainties sent the Dow Jones industrial average to its worst ever Christmas Eve trading session and the price of crude oil falling to its lowest level since the summer of 2016.The S&P/TSX composite index closed down 155.25 points at 13,780.19. The Toronto Stock Exchange closed at 1 p.m. and reopens Thursday after a two-day holiday.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average lost 653.17 points to 21,792.20. The S&P 500 index was down 65.52 points at 2,351.10, while the Nasdaq composite was down 140.07 points at 6,192.92.The Canadian dollar traded at 73.59 cents US, compared with average of 73.71 cents US on Friday.The February crude contract was down US$2.94 at US$42.65 per barrel and the February natural gas contract was down 3.27 cents at $3.42 per mmBTU.The settled February gold contract was up $13.70 at US$1,271.80 an ounce and the settled March copper contract was down 1.3 cents at US$2.66 a pound.last_img read more

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Italy urges UN Member States to support global moratorium on death penalty

Romano Prodi said Italy had worked extremely hard to garner support for the resolution – which it expects to soon deposit, along with other countries, before the Assembly – and for the wider principle of opposing capital punishment.The proposed resolution calls for a universal moratorium on executions with a view to their eventual complete abolition.“A United Nations resolution against the death penalty will prove that human beings today are better than they were yesterday also in moral terms,” Mr. Prodi told the annual high-level debate at the UN. Humankind is capable of “making progress not only in science but also in the field of ethics.”The Italian Prime Minister quoted remarks by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon earlier this year noting the “growing trend in international law and national practice toward a phasing out of the death penalty.”In a wide-ranging speech, Mr. Prodi also discussed climate change, the situation in global “hotspots” such as Darfur and Lebanon, and the need for collaborative action to tackle the challenges posed by climate change.“In Europe we have already made various strategic decisions,” he said, referring to proposed cuts in greenhouse gas emissions. “But it is obvious that any post-Kyoto agreement can only be achieved within the United Nations. Because when we speak about global warming we are speaking about the pre-eminent global problem of our day.”The Kyoto agreement, the current global framework for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, is due to expire in 2012 and a major international summit scheduled for Bali, Indonesia, in December is expected to focus on devising a successor agreement.Turning to UN reform, Mr. Prodi said the world body must be underpinned by the principles of democracy and the representation of every Member State.“This is why we are opposed to any hypothesis of Security Council reform that would establish new permanent members. The growing contribution of a growing number of countries to the Organization should not be wasted by introduced elitist and selective reforms.”Any negotiations on reforming the Council cannot start based on imposing pre-defined models, he said, stressing the need for “non-divisive solutions that would foster the widest possible consensus.” 25 September 2007The campaign for a worldwide moratorium on the death penalty has “reached a decisive moment,” Italy’s Prime Minister told the General Assembly tonight, as he called on United Nations Member States to adopt a draft resolution on the issue. read more

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Over half of Gazas households living below poverty line UN says

In spite of “significant amounts of emergency and humanitarian assistance,” last year the number of households in Gaza below the consumption poverty line surged to an all-time high 51.8 per cent, the publication – based on figures from the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics – noted.UNRWA also sounded the alarm that the unemployment rate in the occupied Palestinian territory is one of the highest in the world, standing at nearly 30 per cent.Unemployment reached a record 45.3 per cent in Gaza between July and December 2007. Meanwhile, the unemployment rate in the West Bank was 25 per cent, double the average rate in the Middle East and North Africa region.Youth were hardest hit by surging unemployment, the study, entitled “Prolonged Crisis in the occupied Palestinian territory: Socio-Economic Developments in 2007,” said.“If you deprive young people of an economic future, you deprive them of hope and when hope vanishes, what is left?” asked Christopher Gunness, UNRWA spokesperson. “How better to prevent despair and economic misery taking hold of a whole generation than to re-open Gaza’s borders?”Data showed that in Gaza, new public sector jobs – partly fuelled by Hamas’ job creation initiatives – accounted for one quarter of job growth last year.The report expressed concern over “the low level of investment spending in both the public and private sectors” in the medium- and long-run, cautioning that “Israeli imposed movement restrictions in the occupied Palestinian territory, whose population is estimated to have grown by about one third since 1999, have resulted in considerable regression over the past eight years and remain the main barrier to economic recovery and development.” 24 July 2008Household poverty is worsening in Gaza, with over half of all households in the area living below the poverty line, according to a new report released today by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA). read more

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More spending by Canadians in US pushed up travel deficit in Q4

by The Canadian Press Posted Feb 27, 2013 8:48 am MDT More spending by Canadians in U.S. pushed up travel deficit in Q4 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email OTTAWA – Statistics Canada says the country’s international travel deficit with the world grew by $49 million to $4.6 billion during the fourth quarter of last year.The agency says that while the deficit with overseas countries narrowed during the period, this was more than offset by a growing deficit with the United States.On an annual basis, the international travel deficit reached $17.8 billion in 2012, up $1.5 billion from 2011.During the year, Canadians spending abroad rose 6.7 per cent to $35.2 billion, while receipts from foreign visitors in Canada increased 4.4 per cent to $17.3 billion.Canadians spent just under $9 billion outside the country during the fourth quarter, up 1.8 per cent from the third quarter, while receipts from foreign travellers in Canada increased 2.6 per cent to $4.4 billionIn the fourth quarter, Canada’s travel deficit with the United States rose by $95 million to $3.8 billion, as Canadian spending in the U.S. rose 2.4 per cent to $5.6 billion. read more

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Jonathan Martin Couldnt Be Happier With The Niners

Jonathan Martin, whose NFL career looked to be in jeopardy as he faced fire for claiming he was bullied by Miami Dolphin teammate Richie Incognito, officially started anew Thursday. With the passing of his physical, he became a member of the San Francisco 49ers.“It’s a blank slate for me,” Martin said in a conference call from 49ers headquarters Thursday night. “I’m looking to revitalize my career, getting back to playing … I couldn’t be happier.”The Dolphins are glad to be rid of Martin, who just could not return to the team after the national controversy that followed his claims. Miami will receive a seventh-round draft pick from the Niners if Martin is on their opening-day roster.Martin left the Dolphins last fall after accusing teammate  Incognito of bullying in a scandal that overshadowed the franchise’s 8-8 season. An investigation conducted by Ted Wells for the NFL determined last month that Incognito and two other offensive linemen engaged in persistent harassment of Martin, another offensive lineman, and an assistant trainer.Martin said he has moved beyond the tumult.“I’m not worried about that,” he said. “All that’s in the past at this point.”The trade reunites Martin with Jim Harbaugh and several other members of the 49ers’ staff who coached him at Stanford. Harbaugh was supportive of Martin throughout the scandal and vouched for him in the Wells report.“I think it worked out great to once again be playing for Coach Harbaugh, once again in the Bay Area,” Martin said. “Playing for a winning franchise, a team that’s had a lot of recent success. And to hopefully be able to contribute to further success with this team. … It’s been a warm welcome.”Martin, who is taking classes at Stanford, likely will be the sixth man on the 49ers’ line and will be a swing tackle. He could potentially play guard, although he never has played at the spot.“I have to earn my spot on this team,” Martin said. “I’m open to anything. (Retirement) didn’t even cross my mind. I’m a football player. . . Hopefully, I will retire after a 10-year career.” read more

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Want to end homelessness How about converting every emergency hostel in Ireland

first_img Feb 8th 2017, 12:05 AM By Cormac Fitzgerald 57 Comments Share593 Tweet Email4 https://jrnl.ie/3228028 16,313 Views Short URL IN THE 1980s, close to 20,000 people were homeless in Finland. Today that number is closer to 7,000.The northern European country has long been at the forefront of efforts to eradicate homelessness, offering innovative solutions to the seemingly intractable problem.It cut the number of homeless people in the country in half between 1987 and 1996.But by 2003, however, the decline in the homelessness population had slowed down significantly, with the number hovering around the 8,000 mark.The consensus was that the homeless who had been easier to house had been housed, leaving behind the long-term homeless.This cohort of people made up about 40% of the homeless population in 2008. Typically they would have had a myriad of social and health problems and require a lot of care.Enter the housing first programme, which was rolled out across 10 cities in Finland in 2008 (an 11th city was later added).The purpose of the programme (which we’ve covered in Ireland before) is to give homeless people a home first, and to provide care plans and support after.The primary goal being to actually give someone a home to call their own. Care plans, therapy, support or whatever else was needed could come after this.It has been the centre of the Finnish government’s policy towards ending homelessness since 2008. And it’s working.“Our goal was to first half and then end homelessness entirely,” says Juha Kaakinen, CEO of the Y-Foundation, the organisation which has spearheaded the housing first programme in Finland. Wednesday 8 Feb 2017, 12:05 AM Image: Leon Farrell/RollingNews.ie Want to end homelessness? How about converting every emergency hostel in Ireland into a home Finland provides a positive example of what can be done to end long-term homelessness. We didn’t quite end it, but there has been a significant reduction in long-term homelessness.Long-term homelessness has now decreased by 30% since the programme began, while the number of homeless people continues to steadily decline. Rough sleepers on the streets of Dublin. Source: Leon Farrell/RollingNews.ieHomes not hostelsPerhaps the most striking element of Finland’s approach from an Irish perspective was the complete renovation of all homeless emergency accommodation and shelters into actual homes.“So there are only independent flats,” says Kaakinen.“There can be onsite personnel but the flats are totally independent so you can have a rental contract and you can live there on your own,” he says.Latest figures for Ireland show 4,643 homeless adults living in homeless emergency accommodation across the country in December (3,162 of these in Dublin). A homeless person walks through Dublin. Source: Leon Farrell/RollingNews.ieThree new homeless hostels opened in Dublin over the Christmas period, with the general emergency response each winter being the opening of more beds.“To solve homelessness you need to aim to have permanent solutions not temporary solutions like hostels and shelters,” says Kaakinen.Taking Helsinki as an example, he points to one of the largest emergency shelters that used to be there.“The last big hostel we had in Helsinki which was run by the Salvation Army had 250 bed places.In 2011 it was closed and renovated into supported housing units and now it has 80 independent apartments and onsite personnel.One hostel with 52 temporary beds remains open in Helsinki in case of extreme emergencies, but other than that Kaakinen says they are now all homes.On top of this, other results point to the ongoing success of Finland’s housing first programme.Rough sleeping has all but been eradicated in the country since the programme began, down from a number of several hundred in 2008.“We have virtually no street homeless people in Finland and that’s probably the greatest achievement of this programme,” says Kaakinen.All this was achieved through an ambitious, state-sponsored programme of renovating emergency shelters, building new houses and acquiring other homes through the private rental sector.This has resulted in around 3,000 new homes brought onstream specifically for homeless people since 2008.A lot of the funding for the programme comes from the Slot Machine Association, which provides money for builds and acquisitions from gambling funds. The rest comes from government loans and grants.Government support and financing has been integral to the programme’s success. Source: Leon Farrell/RollingNews.ieCan it be done in Ireland?The Irish government’s current Housing Action Plan towards ending homelessness was launched last year.While it was welcomed for its commitment to deliver 47,000 new social housing units by the end of 2021, the plan was criticised by homelessness charities and opposition politicians for its over-reliance on the private sector.Details on how many new social housing units would be actually built were lacking from the plan, with the focus being on the housing assistance payment (HAP) and leasing schemes as means of housing people.“When you try to solve homelessness, you need to realise that you have to build,” says Kaakinen.You need to have more housing.Focus Ireland and the PMV Trust are currently running a housing first programme in the Dublin area, which is funded by the Dublin regional Homeless Executive. The Housing First building in Temple Bar.This programme is showing strong successes in providing homes for long-term rough sleepers, but members say it’s being slowed down due to a lack of proper housing supply.Meanwhile, converting all of Dublin’s emergency accommodation into homes would be a radical solution to the problem, but the government have given no indication that this is a course of action they would follow.There is also a chance of public opposition if the people resident in emergency shelters feel they are not being provided with suitable alternatives, as was seen with the occupation of St John’s Lane West last summer.“The key issue is the political will,” says Kaakinen.That you understand that this is a problem that concerns human dignity and it can be solved. But you need to have a long-term plan. Juha Kaakinen will be addressing a public meeting today at 6.30pm in the Royal Irish Academy on the subject of turning all emergency homeless beds into real accommodationRead: Meet the team taking chronic rough sleepers off the streets of Dublin and giving them their own homeRead: The vow to end homelessness by Christmas? Not going to happen Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: Leon Farrell/RollingNews.ielast_img read more

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Vic Police suite in Greek makes family violence information more accessible than

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram A new suite of information sheets titled ‘Family Violence: What Police Do’ has been developed for people from culturally diverse communities and people with disability to explain how police respond to family violence. Designed to provide information for those affected by family violence and people supporting them, the downloadable pages explain how to recognise family violence (including financial and psychological abuse) and support available. The resources are available in 13 languages including Greek and Easy English and can be downloaded from the Victoria Police website. There is also an information sheet for Aboriginal communities with culturally appropriate referral services.“We know that family violence is all too prevalent in Victoria and it affects people from a diverse range of backgrounds,” Assistant Commissioner Dean McWhirter said.“There are misconceptions about the role of police in investigating family violence, and the steps that will be followed. “Having easily accessible information is critical in ensuring that people know their rights, and more importantly where to seek help. “Our message is we are here to support you and keep you safe.”To download go to police.vic.gov.au/familyviolencepublicationslast_img read more

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523 WWE RAW averages 327 million viewers on Monday night following Extreme

first_img Last night’s 5/23 WWE RAW drew an average audience of 3.27 million viewers on Monday night on the USA Network according to TVbythenumbers.com.This is up from last week’s show that drew an average of 3.19 million viewers and was an increase coming off the Extreme Rules PPV on Sunday night.Hourly breakdowns were as follows.Hour 1: 3.359 million viewers (down from 3.376 million viewers last week)Hour 2: 3.332 million viewers (up from 3.302 million viewers)Hour 3: 3.115 million viewers (up from 2.894 million viewers)RAW averaged a 1.17 rating among adults 18-49 on Monday night, up from the 1.09 rating the show drew last week. The NBA Playoffs dominated the night on cable on Monday drawing an average of 6.142 million viewers.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipBully Ray Calls Out Ring Of Honor Fan On TwitterVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:26 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Ronda Rousey On WWE: I Love This Job, But I Dont Need It unknown Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR 1 COMMENT Ronda Rousey Highlighting WWEs Problems Velvet Sky Videos Articles Comments are closed. Google+ Now Playing Up Next Twitter WWE RAW Results – 9/9/19 (Steve Austin moderates, KOTR Semifinal, Women’s Tag Match) Bully Ray Calls Out Ring Of Honor Fan On Twitter Pinterest Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Facebook Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions WWE RAW Preview: King of the Ring Final Match, Fallout from WWE Clash of Champions Off topic from this article but why is the main page of Wrestleview still stuck on what was being shown last Sunday? Roman Reigns is in Remission Now Playing Up Next Chad Gable advances to the finals of the King of the Ring to be held on this Monday’s RAW May 24, 2016 at 7:07 pm Now Playing Up Next WhatsApplast_img read more

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Post Office Extends Hours For Holiday Season

first_imgThe main lobby will not be open, but you will be able to retrieve packages. Hours for each location are posted on the front door of each post office. As people send even more packages through the mail this holiday season, the Kenai Postal Service reminds mail recipients to pick up their packages to free up space in parcel lockers. Story as aired: Audio PlayerJennifer-on-post-office-extend-hours-for-holiday-season.mp3VmJennifer-on-post-office-extend-hours-for-holiday-season.mp300:00RPd Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Both the Kenai and Soldotna post office’s are committed to making sure the holiday season is accommodating for everyone, and that means being open even on Sundays for people to be able to pick up packages. An estimated 15 billion cards, letters, and packages will be sent out during the holiday season. With the increased mail volume, the postal service will be delivering packages outside of regular delivery hours. That includes Sundays and Christmas.last_img read more

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Launching in a Saturated Event Marketplace

first_img*Editor’s Note: This blog originally appears on FOLIO: sister site, EXPOWeb.com While the Healthcare Information & Management Systems Society produces an annual tradeshow attended by more than 30,000 industry professionals, The Privacy & Security Forum was its first foray into smaller conference territory. A senior executive wondered out loud to me if we would make any money at all. Well, we did.The event welcomed more than 250 attendees during a day and a half program with 12 sessions and 26 speakers. There was a small exhibit area where 16 sponsors and exhibitors presented their solutions.It took meticulous pre-planning, carefully crafted content and marketing, seamless on-site management and thoughtful post-show follow-up. Here are the most important lessons we learned. Timing is critical. There are many variables that contribute to a successful event and a lot that can go wrong. Having time on your side is a must. Four to six months in market and a couple of months of pre-production time are essential. Everything must be spot-on when you go to market. After the launch you must assess and adjust throughout the process.In our case, we changed the date of the event three times before finally signing a venue contract. After a competitive assessment we selected a target date of late October, got bids from several venues and then had to redo the process due to a scheduled internal management meeting.Option 2 was the week of the 2012 presidential election, a distracting time all around but especially for the key government speakers we hoped to secure who would not want to be away from the Capitol that week. Option 3 was the second week of December, a risky choice as event season is winding down and the weather can wreak havoc, but we had committed to doing this event as part of our business plan.We knew the topic was hot and holding an event outside of the busy season could be an advantage. We decided to go for it, but had burned through a few weeks by the time we had a signed contract.We spent even more time testing and selecting a registration system. The first one we tested was used in-house to sell paid content, but did not provide a customer-friendly experience for event registration, so we moved to another system that required the same cycle of testing but proved to be the better choice.We had been building the event web site while all of this was going on and were finally ready to launch. We held our breath and dove in head first.Content always rules. Stick to what you know and make sure the market wants to hear about the topic you choose. We based our choice for privacy and security on a recent reader survey.We sent out our first announcement five months in advance of the show. At that time we had the entire agenda complete and 70 per cent of our speakers secured. Our speakers were the leading executives and government representatives that our audience wanted to hear from.To insure that time out of the office was well spent, we upped the ante by releasing a respected industry report during a dedicated session at the event and provided the report to all of the attendees. We received 12 registrations out of the starting gate, what we thought was a very good sign for a brand new event. We felt like we had a winner on our hands.Integrated marketing campaigns are essential. You need them to get your message out. We sent out 15 e-mails over the course of the marketing cycle to a targeted segment of our database and the same messages through our social media channels.We also ran digital and print ads, sent out a press release through a wire service, listed the event in the ‘What’s New’ sections of regional HIMSS chapters, sent collateral to tradeshows we participated in, ran pre-show editorial on the event and offered discounts to university alumni groups, targeted associations, speaker contacts and exhibitor clients and prospects. Our messaging was tailored for the health care provider and payer audience that we built the event for.On-site we provided plenty of Q&A and networking opportunities. Interacting is really the point of live events and this human contact and relationship building is why the event business continues to thrive in the age of web seminars, Skype, Twitter, etc.Glitches are guaranteed on-site, so make sure your staff is professional and prepared to handle anything. Above all, don’t let your attendees know there are any problems—just solve them.One of two key government speakers canceled two days before our event started. She was scheduled to speak the afternoon of day 2. We moved the other government speaker, scheduled for day 1, to her slot because that second afternoon needed a strong session to maintain the interest of the audience.We asked two CIOs who were speaking in other sessions to take the first day’s morning session and provide insights into their security strategies. The session was moderated by one of our editors. We quickly printed an addendum to the agenda and announced the changes during the forum’s opening remarks. We made sure the adjustment sounded like a positive development and everything went off without a hitch.See Also: What’s Your Story?After the event, don’t forget to thank your attendees for participating and let them evaluate their experience with one of the numerous easy-to-use online survey tools. We got invaluable feedback on topics, speakers, location and attendee testimonials. In return, we gave them the event presentations and a discount on registration for next year’s event.Launching a new event is never a sure bet, but we beat our attendee projections by 27 percent through hard work and planning to ensure that all the parts involved in holding a successful event were moving together like a well-oiled machine.When the event was over we received numerous inquiries from attendees and vendors alike about next year. We’ve got a few good years ahead of us with this one and have established a strong foundation from which to launch other events. This year’s Privacy & Security Forum will take place Sept. 23 and 24 at the InterContinental Boston. The topic matter will have the same focus but the facility is larger to accommodate the additional attendees, sponsors and exhibitors that we expect.Mary Long is a marketing consultant specializing in event management and marketing, audience acquisition and lead generation. She can be reached at marylongac@yahoo.com, on Twitter @marylongac or on LinkedIn.last_img read more

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Diablo III completed in 12 hours 29 minutes

first_imgThe launch of Diablo III at the stroke of midnight last night was a mix of excitement and frustration for gamers. Blizzard had catered for gamers wanting to buy digitally or boxed copies of the game, and they even offered a way to play it for free. What they couldn’t do is cope with the server load, leaving many stuck at the login screen.One gamer managed to login and start playing though, and he has already completed the game. Total playthrough time? 12 hours and 29 minutes.The player in question goes by the handle Yoshichan. He played the game on Normal difficulty and completed it with a level 32 Barbarian. The proof was posted on NeoGAF in the form of the screen grabs you see here.It may seem like he managed to finish the game in a very short space of time, but that is clearly a speed run through the game and it STILL took him over 12 hours to complete. For any normal playthrough, where you actually take time to enjoy and explore the world of Diablo III in its entirety, you can probably multiply that time at least by a factor of three, maybe more.It’s also worth considering this isn’t a game you will play through just once and see everything. There’s different characters to play, areas to unlock, and difficulty levels above Normal to keep you entertained.So, Yoshichan should be congratulated for being the first to complete the game (as far as we know), but I guarantee you he is nowhere near done playing.via Eurogamer.netlast_img read more

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What we learned about DC movies and TV from ComicCon

first_imgEvery year at San Diego Comic-Con, the two largest comic book publishing companies use the opportunity to make big announcements and hype up their fan bases. With the advent of the superhero blockbuster cinematic universe as a viable way to make tons of money, the battle for attention at Comic-Con has only gotten more fevered. It’s very possible to be a fan of both movie, television, and streaming line-ups from both Marvel and DC, but it is also something of a tradition to pick a side to pledge allegiance to.In the spirit of unity, let us not pick a side, but in the spirit of organization, let us split the big 2016 hero media reveals into DC and Marvel chunks. This covers the Warner Bros. DC Comics movies and the CW DC Comics shows. The good news about this one is there is tons of video you can watch (and judge) right now.Wonder WomanWonder Woman director Patty Jenkins looks like she’s managed to take one of the best parts of Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice and volley it into an exciting standalone film. DC and Warner Bros are way ahead of Marvel on this one with Wonder Woman being the first solo film in the new DC Cinematic Universe since 2013’s Man of Steel. In comparison, Marvel’s Captain Marvel doesn’t come out until March 2019, over a decade after Iron Man kicked that series off and eight years after Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow debuted in Iron Man 2.This Wonder Woman trailer is light on plot (although there are pieces of it in there) and spends more time establishing that we’ll learn about Diana’s origins on an island inhabited only by women, and she’ll kick some ass in a World War. We’re only briefly shown the other characters in the movie and given no reason as to why Diana accompanies Steve Trevor back to the world of man, but the focus of the trailer is Diana. Oh, and the movie somehow finds the visual balance between grit and color that Man of Steel had and Dawn of Justice missed.Justice LeagueZack Snyder having anything from the Justice League is a bit surprising. The most we’d heard from the film came from a very exclusive set visit for some BvS-hating critics who got to visit Justice League and see a completed scene of Bruce Wayne recruiting Barry Allen. Luckily, that scene wasn’t just finished to be described by writers, we got to see it too.The problem with the Justice League footage is that it’s primarily made up of two scenes where Bruce Wayne is trying to recruit Aquaman and The Flash. There’s a moment of brilliance when Ezra Miller puts together that the man in his hideout is Batman while dodging a batarang in slow motion, but otherwise this clip is selling the Ocean’s Eleven of the DC Cinematic Universe. That could be great, except that’s not what this movie is.The shot of the Motherbox buried in the ground confirms: we’re still building to these heroes fighting a big CGI blob in the middle of some desolate environment. Just having that knowledge hanging over a few jokes from Bruce Wayne (not good jokes, just things that are easily identifiable as jokes) is enough to leave a sour aftertaste in my mouth.LEGO BatmanHow much do you like Will Arnett? If the character he’s been playing on Arrested Development, BoJack Horseman, and Flaked is up your alley, you’ll probably love Lego Batman. The Lego universe is distinctly separate from the DC Cinematic Universe’s’ canon, so like the Lego Movie before it, this brick animated film will get to skewer the conventions of Batman.Arnett’s flawed hyper-masculinity will now be applied to the Bat, who is being parented by Alfred and saddled with Robin. Robin picking his costume and ripping the pants off is great, and the Lego style is visually distinct as always, but Lego movies don’t always make the best trailers. This trailer feels like it is coasting, I’m just not sure if it’s coasting on Lego, Batman, or Will Arnett.SupergirlThe CW had back-to-back-to-back-to-back superhero TV show panels on Saturday and the only one that didn’t bestow any new footage on us was Supergirl, the relative newcomer to the network (both Supergirl and Legends of Tomorrow are going into season two, but Supergirl’s debut was on CBS).Supergirl is adding Superman (Teen Wolf’s Tyler Hoechlin) to this season and the CW Flarrowverse, and anything that requires the Super cousins to team up has to be a large threat. Will it be whatever landed in that pod from the end of season one? We were told The Vampire Diaries actor Chris Woods was in that pod, but were not told who or what he is playing.Legends of TomorrowDC’s Legends of Tomorrow is going through a bit of a change from season one where the team of superheroes fought a single big bad called Vandal Savage. Instead, Legends of Tomorrow season two is all about teams. After breaking the Time Master’s hold on the timeline, the Legends (now with a Maisie Richardson-Sellers Vixen joining the team) have to protect the timeline themselves.At the end of last season Hourman showed up to tease the Justice Society of America, and even though it’s not in the footage we got, we know the line-up of the JSA that will be appearing. Commander Steel is a metahuman with super strength and speed, Dr. Mid-Nite is blind in the daytime but has goggles that lets him see at night, Obsidian has shadow-based powers that can be interpreted a few ways on T.V., and Stargirl can fly and shoot energy bursts thanks to her magic staff. Hourman will also be returning.That’s not the cool thing, though, the cool thing is that Legends is going to introduce a Legion of Doom supervillain team. What makes it cooler than the JSA is these aren’t generic bad guys we’re meeting for the first time, these are villains we already know from the other CW shows. Damien Darhk and Malcom Merlyn from Arrow are joining up with Eobard Thawne from Flash and Captain Cold from Flash and Legends.We knew going into Comic-Con that Wentworth Miller (whose character died at the end of the first season of Legends) was somehow going to be on both The Flash and Legends of Tomorrow this year. This new team of villains idea explains how.Since the Legends trailer shows that Darhk will be introduced there fairly early on, I think it’s safe to start thinking about the CW four-show crossover they have planned as an event against the Legion of Doom. With the Legion being antagonists that have already caused chaos across the existing shows, bringing Supergirl into the fold as a last resort makes good plotting sense.The FlashIf that is the case, the first half of the new season on all the CW shows should probably be a slow build to that Legion of Doom showdown and Flash holds the key to how that could happen. Flash season three is doing Flashpoint, where Barry has gone back in time and changed everything by saving his mother from Reverse Flash.Thing is, Reverse Flash shows up in this trailer, as does a whole bunch of alt-universe stuff (Wally as Kid Flash, some other black-suited Reverse Flash?). The Flash panel said that Flashpoint will echo down through all the other CW shows, which means that The Flash is probably the key to understanding how Wentworth Miller is back as Captain Cold and how Katie Cassidy is going to return to Arrow as Black Canary even though she’s dead, too. Also, because Flash and Legends are now both dealing with the consequences of time travel, we can’t tell if the caged Reverse Flash in this trailer needs to be released to be part of the Legion of Doom or if he already was part of the Legion of Doom and is deeper into his own timeline as……ouch, my head.ARROWAs far as CW shows go, Arrow is Batman. So just like Bruce Wayne was a brooding loner until everyone got tired of that, Oliver Queen has to form a Batfamily around him to keep us interested. Either by being dead or being mad at Oliver, the old Team Arrow has disbanded, so it’s time to train Team Arrow version two with newcomers Evelyn Sharp (Madison McLaughlin) and Wild Dog (Rick Gonzalez).The big bad looks to be Prometheus, who is just a guy who trains to be a badass. Unlike his comics counterpart, it sounds like TV show Prometheus will be motivated by Green Arrow’s past failures, not by the murder of his hippy parents. Considering the comic book version is independently wealthy, I’d side-eye any new money that sweeps into Star City this season.last_img read more

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12 photos of BeefDip beauty in Mexicos Puerto Vallarta

first_img(@beefdipbearweek | Instagram) (@stonny20 | Instagram) Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… (@norty_pnw | Instagram)See alsoSitges Bear Week: 17 photos of beautifully hairy men having fun in the sun Growing in popularity year on year, one of the best-established dates on the international bear calendar is BeefDip Bear Week. (@swimman7 | Instagram) GAYSTARNEWS- Swimming pool action at BeefDip (Photo: @officialchunkhouse | Instagram)The furry gathering takes place at the end of January/beginning of February in the beautiful coastal resort town of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. It lies on the Pacific coast in the state of Jalisco.This year’s event – based in and around the Mantamar Beach Club – is just drawing to close. It included a week of pool time frolics, wining and dining, ‘bearoke’ and late night dance clubs.Enjoying a dip with the bears! (Photo: @arobitai | Instagram)‘It’s been amazing,’ US visitor Adam (@arobitai) told GSN. ‘This is our 8th time at the event. It’s so much bigger this year with guys coming from all over: From Canada, the US, the UK, Brazil, Costa Rica, Columbia, and even Abu Dabi.’‘I’m the shy type but everyone is really friendly’A Beef Dip virgin was Dave, originally from the UK but now living in Toronto (@ncldave).‘I’m recently single after an 11 year and then three-year relationship and decided to give this a try. It’s a little overwhelming but so much fun. I’m the shy type but everyone is really friendly,’ he told GSN.Visiting Brit, Dave (@ncldave | Instagram)‘I’m hitting 40 this year and although I came out when I was 19, was never confident in myself or my body. It wasn’t until I turned 30 that I discovered the bear community and accepted myself for who I was. It was almost like I had to come out twice.‘Events like this really help. It’s such a confident booster and welcoming environment. You’re accepted for who you are.’Husbands Juan and Jose (@juan_belmonte | Instagram)‘Puerto Vallarta is a paradise’‘This is the 15th anniversary of BeefDip in Puerto Vallarta,’ a spokeperson for the event said. ‘Bears come from literally everywhere: US, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, several European countries, Middle East and Asia too. eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) (Photo: @cbleuskyz | Instagram)‘This has been a great year and we’re proud to be one of the friendliest events for bears all over the world. Puerto Vallarta is a paradise, and it’s an amazing time to share together.’Check out more images from the week below(Photo: @rddygg | Instagram) Mexico’s premier LGBT destination to host major LGBT events in 2016 and 2017Puerto Vallarta Tourism Chief: Visit to become one of us, you will be safe!”We are one family” – LGBTQ pride festival returns to Puerto VallartaRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/beef-dip-beauty-at-mexican-resort-puerto-vallarta/ Early morning walk along the beach in Puerto Vallarta (Photo: @quatto | Instagram) (@cubdaddysf | Instagram)last_img read more

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first_img Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The one-time Pro Bowler has caught 14 passes for 224 yards and two scores this season, and combines with quarterback Drew Brees to form one of the most dynamic and dangerous duos in the NFL.So, how do you go about stopping a 6-foot-7, 260-pound player who runs like a wide receiver?“Don’t let him in the stadium,” Cardinals defensive coordinator Todd Bowles said, with a chuckle. “You don’t slow him down. He’s a great player. “Try to play sound, fundamental defense, mix it up a little bit and hope for him to have a bad day.”Sounds about right.Truth is, Graham is exactly the type of player who figures to give the Cardinals fits, at least until Pro Bowl linebacker Daryl Washington returns from his four-game suspension. That will not happen for another couple of weeks, though, which means part of the responsibility for trying to contain Graham will fall on Karlos Dansby.“His ability to stretch the field, catch jump balls in the red zone, get open,” Dansby said of what Graham brings to the table. “He’s a solid tight end. His ability to catch the ball — his range. Drew can just throw it in certain areas, and with his range he’s able to get his hands on the ball and catch it.” The key to stopping Graham, Dansby said, lies largely with the pass rush. Get to Brees and take away his passing lanes, and you have a chance. It’s the same formula the team used last week against Detroit, when it limited Lions receiver Calvin Johnson to just two catches and 20 yards in the second half of Arizona’s 25-21 win.“We were able to play tighter coverage and give those guys an opportunity to get to the quarterback,” Dansby said. “That’s what we’ve got to do this week, also, is play with tighter coverage and give our D-line an opportunity to get to the quarterback.”The Cardinals have registered just one sack through two games this season, though Bowles said he was very pleased with the amount of pressure the Cardinals got on Detroit’s Matthew Stafford. Sacks are nice, but pressuring the QB into poor throws is a nice consolation prize. But with the Saints, that’s easier said than done, and failure to pressure Brees could result in some fireworks for the home team.“Drew’s been a proven quarterback for years in this league, he does a hell of a job,” Cardinals cornerback Jerraud Powers said. “He’s got a good supporting cast in Jimmy Graham and (Marques) Colston and all those guys are still doing what they’ve been doing, and that’s making plays. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling “We’re just going to have to make sure we don’t have any mistakes against Drew because he’s the type of quarterback when you make a mistake, he’s going to spot it out and that’s going to result in big plays because their offense is so explosive.”center_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo TEMPE, Ariz. — Week 1 in St. Louis, the Arizona Cardinals’ defense seemed helpless as Rams tight end Jared Cook torched them for 141 yards and two touchdowns on seven receptions.And had it not been for a great play by Tyrann Mathieu, it may have been three touchdowns. Sunday, when the Cardinals battle the New Orleans Saints, they’ll be squaring off against an even better tight end than Cook. The Saints’ Jimmy Graham has established himself as the premier pass catching threat at the position, hauling in a combined 184 catches for 2,292 yards and 20 touchdowns in 2011 and 2012. 0 Comments   Share   Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retireslast_img read more

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Which airport is best for you when flying to Algar

first_imgWhich airport is best for you when flying to Algarve?As Faro Airport is actually in the Algarve, it’s probably the best option. There are other things to consider when choosing an airport to fly to: for example whether or not there are direct flights from your nearest airport, and whether or not your favourite airlines fly there. You should also think about cost, which is why we recommend comparing flights to all three airports before booking your trip. Seville Airport Faro Airport Seville Airport131 miles2Hrs 15Mins Taxi Taxi Lisbon-Portela Airport Distance from AlgarveDriving time (approx) Lisbon-Portela Airport Lisbon-Portela Airport 4Hrs€30* Lisbon-Portela Airport N/A Bus Bus Car 11MinsCompare car hire at Faro Airport to find up-to-date prices. Seville Airport 20Mins€2.40* *Prices subject to change Getting from the airport to the AlgarveAnother important thing to consider is how much it’s going to cost and how long it’s going to take to reach the Algarve after arriving at the airport. The table below shows approximate prices and travel times from Faro, Lisbon and Seville Airports.Again, we’re showing distances to Faro as it’s the capital city of the Algarve. Actual transfer costs and prices will vary depending on whether you’re visiting Praia da Rocha, Albufeira, Carvoeiro, Lagos, Vilamoura or one of the other Algarve destinations. Train Faro Airportcenter_img 3Hrs 30Mins€22* Seville Airport Lisbon-Portela AirportEasyJetBritish AirwaysTAP PortugalLondonEdinburghManchesterBristolLiverpool Top 3 AirlinesFly direct from… N/A N/A Faro AirportRyanairEasyJetThomasCook AirlinesLondonManchesterLiverpoolBristolBirmingham RelatedAlbufeira AirportsAlbufeira doesn’t have its own airport but is served by Faro Airport, just under 26 miles away. If you’re looking for flights to Albufeira this is your best option, but if no flights are available there are two other choices. Read on to find out more about flying to Albufeira,…The best hotels in the Algarve for every budgetPlanning a holiday in Portugal’s Algarve? Whether you’re taking the family on a beach holiday, or looking forward to a sunshine break with friends, we’ve got the perfect hotel or resort in the Algarve for you. From cheap hotel deals and to luxurious boutique accommodation, take your pick from this…Top 15 attractions and things to do in FaroDon’t just head to a resort as soon as you land at Faro Airport: we’ve got 15 reasons to stay in the Algarve’s historic capital for a weekend break. Here are the best things to do in Faro. Seville AirportEasyJetRyanairBritish AirwaysLondon 2Hrs 15MinsCompare car hire prices at Seville Airport. Nearest Airports to AlgarveThere’s one airport in the Algarve, Faro Airport, and two alternative airports within 200 miles of the Algarve. Lisbon Airport is in the north, just outside the Portuguese capital, while Seville airport is across the border in Spain. Both are quite far from the Algarve, so should really only be considered if there are absolutely no cheap flights to Faro during your trip dates.The Algarve is a big area, spanning 100 miles from east to west (with lots of holiday hotspots in between). For simplicity, we’re calculating distances to Faro: the region’s capital. Faro Airport Faro Airport3.9 miles11Mins Faro Airport N/A 15Mins€16* 3-4Hrs 40Mins€24* Lisbon-Portela Airport171 miles2.5Hrs TrainCar Seville Airport 2.5HrsCompare car hire at Lisbon Airport.last_img read more

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Rep Rendon honors Boy Scouts of America

first_img Categories: Daire Rendon News State Rep. Daire Rendon of Lake City recognizes and wants to congratulate the Boy Scouts of America for 109 years of scouting. On February 8, 1910, papers incorporating the Boy Scouts of America were signed and this day became the date celebrated as the official birthday of the Boy Scouts of America.“The Boy Scouts of America is a profound organization and has produced numerous business leaders, community leaders, and even presidents.” Rendon said. “The skills these young people develop in Boy Scouts can be applied in the classroom, at work, in the household and even your neighborhood. These lessons will serve you well throughout your life.” 08Feb Rep. Rendon honors Boy Scouts of Americalast_img read more

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About That Nonprofit IRS Tax Scandal…Never Mind

first_imgShare54Tweet57Share12Email123 SharesMaxPixel Freegreatpicture.com. Public domain. Creative Commons 0.October 5, 2017; Washington PostYesterday, the Treasury Department’s inspector general for tax matters released the findings of an audit that indicate that the groups seeking tax-exempt status that the IRS selected for extra scrutiny fell in both conservative and liberal camps. Specifically, the report shows that for the decade between 2004 and 2013, the IRS initiated reviews when applicants’ names included such words and phrases as “occupy,” “progressive,” and “green energy.” (Groups whose names included “medical marijuana” were also included, which seems a bit of a reach, actually.) So, can we please put that bone down and fund the IRS to do its job?The group that issued this report also issued the one that sparked the scandal in 2013. At that time, the office revealed that that the IRS placed 250 conservative-sounding applicants for nonprofit status under review. On that side of the aisle, they tagged groups for review if they had names with terms like “tea party” or “patriot.” This one-sided reporting of the problem fed outrage among conservative activists and media, who felt singled out for interminable delays even as some news outlets were reporting that the problem didn’t appear to target conservative groups alone. In July of 2013, Jonathan Weisman wrote for the New York Times that:The controversy that erupted in May has focused on an ideological question: Were conservative groups singled out for special treatment based on their politics, or did the IRS equally target liberal groups? But a closer look at the IRS operation suggests that the problem was less about ideology and more about how a process instructing reviewers to “be on the lookout” for selected terms was applied to any group that mentioned certain words in its application.Organizations approached by The New York Times based on specific “lookout list” warnings, like advocates for people in “occupied territories” and “open source software developers,” told similar stories of long waits, intrusive inquiries and bureaucratic hassles that pointed to no particular bias but rather to a process that became too rigid and too broad. The lists often did point to legitimate issues: partisan political campaign organizations seeking tax-exempt status, or commercial businesses hoping to cloak themselves as nonprofit groups. But even IRS officials say lookout list warnings were often pursued in a ham-handed or overly rigid way.So, in any case, there did indeed appear to be a singling out of groups considered to have a political agenda, which is questionable behavior, though less pernicious if even-handed. Meanwhile, though, the IRS has been vilified and financially hobbled for what was considered at the time to be out-of-control partisanship rather than some more run-of-the-mill bureaucratic bungling, which arguably would not have been real news to anyone.Steve Benen writes for MSNBC:For those of us who’ve followed the story closely, this new reporting isn’t exactly a breakthrough moment. The “scandal” evaporated years ago, and despite assorted partisans desperately trying to keep it alive, every serious examination has come to the same conclusion: the controversy never existed. After several years of scrutiny and multiple investigations, there’s just nothing here.—Ruth McCambridgeShare54Tweet57Share12Email123 Shareslast_img read more

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BSkyB and Hollywood studios have criticised the UK

first_imgBSkyB and Hollywood studios have criticised the UK Competition Commission’s ‘further remedies’ to its ruling that the movie contracts between studios and the pay TV broadcaster are uncompetitive.In November, the Commission suggested that BSkyB could be forced to give rival over-the-top service providers access to any of its customers who can receive its Anytime Plus subscription video-on-demand service. As part of its investigation into the market for movies on pay TV, the commission also recommended that Sky should be forced to publish the expiry date of its contracts relating to first subscription pay TV window rights with the six major studios.This second set of proposed remedies followed initial proposals, including restricting the number of studios from which Sky could license exclusive first-run rights, that were heavily criticised by the affected parties.Sky has now said that the Competition Commission’s analysis “does not provide a sufficient basis to enable an evaluation of the new possible Remedy (a) to be undertaken”. The pay TV broadcaster said that it “considers that, contrary to the CC’s provisional conclusion, there is a substantial amount of evidence which shows that take-up and use by consumers of technologies which enable them to view IP-delivered services on their TVs is significant currently and increasing rapidly”.Sky said that the proposal to open up its set-tops to competitors would highly disruptive of its business, and was not justified. “It is plain that Sky’s Ethernet-enabled set top boxes do not meet the conditions required to be considered to comprise an essential facility to which access should be mandated,” it said. “Above all, as internet distributors are able to retail their services directly to consumers (including Sky subscribers) via a wide range of IP-connectable devices (including TVs, games consoles, Blu-ray players and other devices) other than Sky’s set top boxes, there could be no basis for concluding that access to Sky’s Ethernet-enabled set top boxes is indispensable to internet distributors’ ability to compete in the relevant downstream market.”The broadcaster pointed to the example of Netflix’s launch, the availability of connected devices and the forthcoming launch of YouView, and said that it had invested in – and had subsidised the cost of – its own Ethernet-connected boxes, unlike devices sold at retail.Hollywood studio Paramount said that “none of the CC’s proposed remedies are warranted given the severe weaknesses of the [provisional findings]” but said that opening up Sky’s boxes to competitors would be “the least disproportionate remedy suggested by the CC because it focuses on the actual problem that the CC believes it has identified”.NBC Universal said that while opening up Sky’s boxes “might provide some short-term advantage to OTT providers it would seem likely to become obsolete through technical and market developments such as those identified by the Commission (internet-enabled TVs and STBs). NBC Universal’s clear preference, as previously stated to the Commission, would be for the market to be left to develop naturally rather than as a result of regulatory intervention”.Warner Bros said that online access to Sky’s base targeted the primary cause of the commission’s concerns but said that “in a fast moving market, such a remedy would risk becoming rapidly out of date”. It said that potential bidders for its rights had no difficulty in ascertaining when its movies would become available.A final ruling is expected in August.last_img read more

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