Woman credited for calling in smoke scare in Battle Ground

first_imgSmoke coming from an abandoned nursing home in the heart of Battle Ground prompted a two-alarm fire call Sunday evening.The elusive source was a burning mattress inside the U-shaped building at 103 N. Parkway Ave., across from Battle Ground High School.A woman saw smoke and called 911 at 4:58 p.m., said Battalion Chief Tim Dawdy of Fire Clark Fire & Rescue.“They’ve had problems with transients going inside,” Dawdy said.When firefighters could not find the source of the smoke, which was throughout the building, a second alarm was called.Soon after, the mattress was discovered.“It was deep inside the building,” Dawdy said.About 30 firefighters from Clark County Fire & Rescue, Fire District 3 and Vancouver Fire responded, but many were called back after the mattress was found.Dawdy said it could have been worse than simply smoke in the building.“There’s a nice apartment community here, and those people were very concerned,” he said.He said the building has been repossessed by a credit union, and the structure has been in disrepair.A Clark County fire marshal and Battle Ground police are investigating. Firefighters stayed on the scene until about 8 p.m.Dawdy said he was grateful the woman called in when she saw smoke.“This could have been a real big deal,” he said.last_img read more

Bank of England reports 187 gender pay gap

first_imgThe Bank of England has reported a gender pay gap of 18.7%.Its figures on mean and median salaries by gender, which compared data from March 2015 to March 2016, found that the mean gender pay gap decreased from 19.7% in 2015 to 18.7% in March this year, with the equivalent figure for median salary also dropping from 27.6% last year to 26.4% this year.The mean pay for female employees in 2016 stands at £50,278 a year, compared to £61,807 a year for male employees. This is an increase on the £48,945 and £60,940 respectively recorded in 2015.According to the bank, the gender pay gap is due to a lower proportion of females in senior roles. It currently has 60% of female employees in the lowest two pay quartiles and 32% in the highest=paid quartile. However, female representation at senior levels has increased year on year, from 25% in 2015 to 28% in 2016.To combat the gender pay gap, the Bank of England has set diversity targets to achieve by 2020. These comprise 35% of senior management to be female by 2020, as well as to have an equal split of men to women working within the business at all levels under senior management. Women currently comprise 44% of its workforce.The Bank of England stated in its report: “Our goal is to attract and inspire the best people to public service. We want people with diverse ideas, willing to challenge and debate, and we want them to feel empowered at all levels, to take the initiative.”last_img read more

Why One Enthusiast Publisher Is Gambling on a Lower Cover Price

first_imgThe newsstand is in a free-fall, but there are still many publishers that count single copy sales as a major source of revenue. One of those is TAM Communications, a Connecticut-based publisher of motorcycle enthusiast magazines, and it’s taking a proactive approach to boosting sellthrough by cutting the cover price of its American Iron magazine by $2. TAM is opting to take American Iron down from $6.99 to $4.99. Here’s what went into that decision, according to publisher and owner Buzz Kanter. Indeed, smaller enthusiast publishers have perhaps weathered the newsstand declines a bit better than their mass-market cousins, but the withering sales are starting to affect all titles.  Compounding the problem is continued deep discounting of subscription prices. As wholesalers incrementally increase the cost per issue to distribute, publishers are increasingly turning their backs on the newsstand and focusing on subscriptions instead.  Kanter worked with his distributors and wholesalers to compare existing distribution of the magazine with the leading car and truck titles in stores that aren’t currently carrying American Iron. MagNet data for the first half of 2015 shows that smaller titles whose newsstand sales had been holding up well against bigger ones are now feeling the squeeze.  When budgeting for the new cover price, Kanter had to factor in the 20,000 copy increase and “take a wild guess” on incomes. “We’re hoping to get a higher sale on a lower price. That’s where the ouija board comes in.” “I’ve been an active player on the newsstand since the late 70s and we always thought ‘Oh my God, how can it get worse?’ And a few years ago it went to, ‘Oh my God, it’s definitely getting worse,’” says Kanter. And as the bigger publishers, wholesalers and distributors bicker over who’s more responsible for fixing the distribution chain—or ignoring it altogether—Kanter has decided to see if he can make something happen. “The newsstand is not finding any viable long-term solutions and shame on us for not trying. So this is what I’m going to do about it.” The trend is actually in the opposite direction. According to MagNet, the average cover price has increased by $0.04 to $5.38. center_img Currently, American Iron averages single copy sales of about 45,000.  Kanter says they’ll add another 20,000 issues to the total distribution for the first issue and, if necessary, adjust that on a per-issue basis going forward. Nevertheless, it’s a fairly long-term commitment.  Whereas the top 25 and 50 titles had been experiencing larger declines, the data show that titles in the top 100 and top 1000 have pulled even. The percentage decline in sales is now more similar across all groups of titles through the top 1000, ranging from -18.1 percent for the top 25, to -18.5 percent for the top 1000. While lowering cover price to drive more single copy sales isn’t a new idea, it’s still fraught with risk, especially in today’s environment. “Each time [wholesalers] say it’s going to cost us another two cents to distribute, they become less financially interesting than a deeper discounted subscription price,” says Kanter. “If publishers are going to lose six cents on a single copy sale versus four cents on a deeply discounted subscription sale, what do you think they’re going to do? Would I rather give the magazine away for free to a qualified reader than keep losing more money on a single copy?” The new $4.99 cover price will take effect with the January issue and Kanter expects it will either be an obvious success or an obvious failure. “I don’t think there will be any grey areas. The value I’m looking for is a higher unit sale and a higher sales efficiency. If we pick up two or three efficiency points it was not a good test. If we pick up eight or ten points, then we succeeded.” What’s being noticed by the consumer, says Kanter, is the decreasing perceived value of thinning magazines as the cover price continues to rise. “Magazines are getting thinner and thinner, cutting pages and cutting quality and charging a higher cover price. How the hell is that going to play out long term?” With the rate that sales data comes back to the publisher, it will be 2-4 months before they get a reasonable estimate on how the new cover price is performing. “We have to be committed maybe four or five issues,” says Kanter.last_img read more

River Running Good Dog Care Allows Iditarod Mushers To Keep Larger Teams

first_imgMushers are allowed to start the Iditarod with a maximum of 16 dogs. More than a third of way into the race, many teams are still that large because of a combination of easy-going river miles, good dog care and support from fellow mushers.Download AudioAs the sun set over the Galena dog yard, musher Travis Beals walked up and down his line of dogs, sprinkling ground salmon in front of each one.Beals’ original race plan did not include a 24-hour layover in Galena, but when arrived at the checkpoint, he realized his 14 dogs needed the rest.“I had a couple sore dogs – key members of the team that needed some attention,” Beals said.Because he hadn’t planned to stop for long, Beals didn’t have enough food to last 24 hours.Dallas Seavey’s team pulls into Ruby Wednesday. (Photo by Emily Schwing)“Mushers are the type of people – they’re always willing to lend a hand and DeeDee’s leaving now and she’s got a smorgasbord of stuff,” he said.DeeDee Jonrowe was parked a few feet away. She only planned to stop in Galena for a few hours, so before she pulled out of the checkpoint, she handed Beals all of her leftover dog food.Jonrowe: “I understand because that’s happened with me before.Beals: “It’s not that I didn’t pack. It’s either behind me in Ruby or [ahead] in Huslia or Koyukuk, you know.”Jonrowe: “What’s happened with me too is planning to not have as big a team. Because on the coast with 14 dogs, well they ate everything I had and so, I totally have been there.”Jonrowe is running the Iditarod for a 33rd time. As she packed her sled to go, she said she was glad hers is among a number of teams that have remained large this year.“If you look at the data, in cold years they often do for a while,” she said. “It just depends on a person’s ability to hold it together with dog care.”Norwegian Thomas Waerner works in the Ruby dog yard in the middle of the night. (Photo by Emily Schwing)Paige Drobny still has 15 dogs in her team. She says this year’s reroute may have something to do with fewer dropped dogs.“The teams are all really big and I think that shows how forgiving more of the trail is because we’ve been on flat river running instead of going through the gorge that can maybe knock dogs out of the competition faster,” Drobny said.But some of those flat river miles have been hard-packed, so dogs are showing up with sore wrists. Those are injuries musher Richie Diehl did not expect.“We’re going to work on it and try to get it all straightened out and move on down the trail,” he said. “It’s just frustrating, you know? Dogs that I’ve had to drop who have been some of my most durable all year, you know, and I had to leave them behind. But I mean that’s part of dog racing.”Diehl wants to massage sore muscles and wrists during his 24-hour layover. He’ll leave Galena with one of the smaller teams in the field.“I thought I would have more right now, I definitely do,” Diehl said. “But 12 is a big team too. You can do a lot with 12 dogs, so I’m not worried.”For Aliy Zirkle, it’s continued cold weather that’s causing worry.“It’s difficult to put extra attention to dog care when it’s cold, because your ointment’s frozen, Algyval is frozen, your hands are frozen, your protective gear is frozen,” she said.The next two runs exceed 80 miles each – long, by Iditarod standards, and teams will leave the flat, forgiving river for a rougher, forested route.last_img read more

Activists Gather Unhappy with Davis Response after Meeting

first_imgBALTIMORE (AP) — The latest on the City Council’s vote to keep interim police commissioner Kevin Davis permanently.4:30 p.mA group of activists gathered Monday outside of City Hall in protest of the likely confirmation of Interim Commissioner Kevin Davis by the city council, scheduled to vote at 5 p.m.Makayla Gilliam-Price, a high school student and founding member of City Bloc who was arrested after a City Hall sit-in last week, said she and other activists met with Davis on Sunday to discuss a list of demands that includes guidelines for how protesters are treated by police.Gilliam-Price said Davis agreed “whole-heartedly and unflinchingly” to the demands on Sunday, and that Monday’s gathering was supposed to be a celebration of that. But Gilliam-Price said the group was disappointed that Davis issued a statement that stopped short of acknowledging that commitment.She and others gathered outside of City Hall to send a message, she said, that the group is “well aware of his neglect” and “will continue to put pressure on him while he’s commissioner.”Adam Jackson from Leaders for a Beautiful Struggle said some members of that group were ready to occupy City Hall again.last_img read more

Cardinals Wrap Up the First Day at the Victor Lopez Classic

first_imgStory Links Women’s Hammer Throw2. Makenli Forrest – 60.78m/199-056. Halee Hudson – 54.71m/179-067. Carsen Cassell – 53.87m/176-09 Print Friendly Version On the women’s side, all three Cardinals finished in the top 10. Makenli Forrest led the way, taking second place with a heave of 60.78m/199-05.  She was the top collegiate finisher in the event.  Men’s Hammer Throw5. Mitchell Kessler – 55.65m/182-07 HOUSTON, Texas – The University of Louisville track and field team opened the Victor Lopez Classic with a strong showing in the men’s and women’s hammer throw.center_img Victor Lopez ClassicMarch 22, 2019Wendel D. Ley Track | Houston, Texas Halee Hudson threw for 54.71m/179-06, finishing in sixth place.  Carsen Cassell took seventh place with a mark of 53.87m/176-09. To start the day, Mitchell Kessler threw a personal-best  of 55.65m/182-07 for a fifth place finish.  The final day of competition will begin tomorrow at 12 p.m. with the men’s 110m hurdles.last_img read more

BritBox Subscribers Hit Half a Million

first_img“We knew that our special sauce of combining our ‘Now’ feature of near-live television with the best British TV programming would make this a must-have service,” said BritBox president Soumya Sriraman. “British content is as popular as ever, and we are doubling down by making amazing series accessible while continuing to build our ever-growing community around desirable content.”The service has been home to exclusive North American premieres of latest seasons of popular crime dramas “Vera,” starring Oscar-nominee Brenda Blethyn, and “Maigret,” starring Rowan Atkinson, as well as sitcoms including Ben Elton’s “Upstart Crow” and “Bliss.” Many series, including top-rated British soap operas “Eastenders” and “Coronation Street,” are available for North American subscribers within hours of their U.K. broadcast.Last July, BritBox aired its first original commission, crime drama “The Bletchley Circle: San Francisco.”Ann Sarnoff, president of BBC Studios – Americas and the board chair of BritBox, said the service was proud to have reached the half-million-subscribers milestone so quickly. “Our continued commitment to content investment will mean even more great programming to engage the fans going forward,” said Sarnoff.AMC Networks is a minor investor in the service. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 The number of subscribers to BritBox has hit 500,000, the streaming service said Thursday. The platform, launched as a collaboration between BBC Studios and ITV, is designed to offer U.S. and Canadian viewers the best of recent and classic British television content.The streaming service launched in the U.S. in March 2017 with a host of the latest British dramas and soaps, as well as classic comedy titles such as “Fawlty Towers,” “The Office,” “Gavin & Stacey” and “Absolutely Fabulous.” The service’s Canadian launch followed in February 2018.Content and subscribers have grown rapidly, with BritBox leveraging programming including simulcast events, such as the wedding of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry last May, and new star-led programming like “Hold the Sunset,” which marked “Fawlty Towers” and Monty Python star John Cleese’s first leading role in a British sitcom in nearly 40 years. BritBox is now home to the largest collection of British streaming content in both the U.S. and Canada.center_img Popular on Variety last_img read more

LulzSec takes Eve Online and Minecraft offline

first_imgThe hacking collective LulzSec has struck again today, and it’s gamers that are going to be the most upset. Both MMO Eve Online, and indie hit Minecraft are thought to have had their servers compromised. Escapist Magazine completes a trio of hacks today for the group who have been highly active recently.The Eve Online attack has been confirmed by the following tweet appearing on the game’s official Twitter account:LulzSec responded to that tweet by mocking CCP for taking the entire game offline “after our very simple DDoS attack.”Minecraft’s website is up, but the game servers are down with no confirmation coming from creator Notch yet as to their state. It could be there’s no Minecraft session for some gamers tonight until the security hole has been closed.As to the motivation behind these attacks. LulzSec always state they do it “for the lulz”. A press release giving details of the attack has yet to appear on their website, but their Twitter account is as active as ever.via ExophaseMatthew’s OpinionThere’s two ways of looking at these attacks: highlighting a security problem or just beingmalicious and targeting popular services. With a taget like Sony’s PSN, it makes a huge statement about how poorly Sony treats its user data and they should be called out on it. For a game like Minecraft that has been put together mostly by one guy working on his own, LulzSec should be talking with him about a security issue, not taking the game offline.Eve Online is a much larger game, but the same rule applies. They are a small collective in iceland running a popular niche MMO. What’s the value in hacking them over doing them a favor and helping shore up security. Is it really for the lulz? I don’t think players paying a subscription will be laughing about those two hacks.last_img read more

New nanocrystal material turns infrared into visible light

first_imgHumans can’t see into the infrared like some animals, but we may soon be able to easily convert infrared into light we can see. Researchers from Germany have succeeded in creating a new material that can convert infrared light into visible light. This feat has been accomplished before, but this material is more stable and effective. The team believes its new nanocrystal mixture has the potential to be used in the real world because of it.The material is composed mainly of sulfur and atomic tin powder. These atoms were coaxed into a diamond shape, then coated with organic ligands to bind them together. When a near infrared laser is passed through these crystals, it comes out the other side in the visible spectrum.Scientists have created materials that are capable of doing this in the past, but they weren’t practical. For one, these materials could only convert infrared to visible light by scattering the photons, which is often not what you want outside of a laboratory setting. Many of them are also non-stable at room temperature or when exposed to air. Again: not great for practical use.By contrast, the German researchers found their nanocrystals are highly stable, able to withstand contact with air indefinitely and exposure to temperatures as high as 572 degrees F. More importantly, infrared light that passes through the material comes out the other side with a modified wavelength only. The direction of the light was not changed. The researchers note that the light it produced was soft, in the same range as tungsten bulbs. However, the visible light can be tuned by changing the qualities of the IR beam.There’s potential this material could be of use in scientific instruments that deal with infrared visualization. On the consumer side, it could have applications in display and projector technology.last_img read more

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first_img February 23, 2009 – An advance in the way protons are delivered at the University of Florida Proton Therapy Institute — called uniform scanning — reportedly enable physicians to treat tumors that are deeper in the body, tumors that are very large and tumors that are situated closer to vital organs.Uniform scanning is a new device that moves a single beam of protons in a sweeping or “scanning” motion, enabling the beam to reach deeper into the body and to cover a wider treatment area than the more commonly used scattering method. Until now the proton beam was “scattered” and flattened using round filters that limited how deep and how wide protons could travel into the body.Proton therapy will now be a possible treatment option for prostate cancer patients with a hip circumference of more than 50 inches and for sarcoma patients with tumors larger than 9.4 inches. Uniform scanning also means significant medical advantages for patients with tumors in the head and neck, brain or spinal column since it can cover the target area more efficiently than the scattering method.”With proton therapy, our ability to precisely deliver radiation to the tumor without damaging normal healthy tissue is the main advantage for all patients,” Dr. Nancy Mendenhall, M.D., UF Proton Therapy Institute’s medical director. “Uniform scanning takes us to the next step in improving delivery of protons, eventually leading to more intense and fewer doses and the potential to further decrease risk of complications.”The technology was developed over the past four years by IBA in collaboration with Massachusetts General Hospital and the UF Proton Therapy Institute. IBA is the leading manufacturer of particle therapy equipment, with international headquarters in Belgium and a United States proton therapy headquarters in Jacksonville.”The immediate advantages of uniform scanning are evident in the increased number of patients and types of tumors we will be able to treat,” said Zuofeng Li, M.D., UF Proton Therapy Institute’s director of physics. “Over time, we expect additional clinical advantages to emerge.”For more information: www.iba-worldwide.com, www.floridaproton.org FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | February 23, 2009 New Proton Therapy Treats Harder-To-Reach Tumors last_img read more

LaFontaine hosts New Baltimore town hall

first_img Residents invited to talk about road fundingState Rep. Andrea LaFontaine, R-Columbus Township, and Sen. Phil Pavlov, R-St. Claire Township,invite local residents to attend a town hall meeting to discuss the future of building better Michigan roads.“Many important and challenging decisions are being made in Lansing that impact our region,” LaFontaine said. “Senator Pavlov and I want to hear your concerns and help explain some of the complicated proposals facing the Legislature, especially concerning Michigan’s roads and bridges, as we work to rebuild the state’s transportation infrastructure.”The town hall will be from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, June 17, at Anchor Bay Middle School North (52801 Ashley St., New Baltimore).Residents who have questions or are unable to attend the town hall may contact Rep. LaFontaine’s office toll-free at 866-347-8032, via email AndreaLaFontaine@house.mi.gov or online at RepLaFontaine.com. All are invited to view the Facebook event hosted by Rep. LaFontaine’s page at facebook.com/events/1498975203649739.### 13Jun LaFontaine hosts New Baltimore town hall Categories: Newslast_img read more

Rep Poleski announces September office hours

first_img State Rep. Earl Poleski, R-Jackson, is hosting office hours in the district this September.Office hours will be Monday, Sept. 14, from 10 a.m. to noon, Monday, Sept. 21, from 3 to 5 p.m. and Monday, Sept. 28, from 10 a.m. to noon. All meetings will be at the Jackson County Tower Building located at 120 W. Michigan Ave. in Jackson.No appointments are necessary. Those who are unable to attend are encouraged to contact Rep. Poleski’s office with any ideas, questions or concerns by phone, toll-free, at 888-643-4786 or by email at EarlPoleski@house.mi.gov.### 24Aug Rep. Poleski announces September office hours Categories: Newslast_img read more

Governor signs bill allowing court to grant restricted driving privileges

first_img The governor this week signed into law a measure that allows a court to grant restricted driving privileges when reviewing a determination by the Secretary of State (SOS) to deny or revoke a driver’s license.Currently, only the Secretary of State (SOS) can grant these privileges due to legislation enacted in 1998. Bill sponsor, Rep. Peter J. Lucido said that a person’s ability to be a productive member of society cannot possibly be accurately determined by the SOS.“Driving can mean the difference between productivity and unemployment,” said Rep. Lucido, R-Shelby Township. “This is a determination that deserves careful consideration on a case-by-case basis and its importance should not be reduced to a pile of paper work in Lansing. Restoring this authority to local judges provides more due process, ensuring a more fair and objective approach.”House Bill 4436 was signed into law as Public Act 117 of 2016. Categories: Lucido News 19May Governor signs bill allowing court to grant restricted driving privilegeslast_img read more

Rep Kelly approves record funding in K12 schools

first_img The state House today approved an education budget to allocate $120 to $240 more per student during the 2018-19 school year, announced state Rep. Tim Kelly, chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on School Aid.The additional $312 million in funding to students, teachers and school staff is the largest single year budget increase in 15 years. As part of the overall $14.8 billion budget plan, Michigan’s local districts will receive $7,871 to $8,409 for each student.“We must continue to increase our commitment to each child in our state’s schools,” Kelly said. “Our dedication to growing education goes beyond that because we’ve added the Marshall Plan to advance skilled trade programs, supported specific programs to improve third grade literacy, and increased special education funding by $4.2 million from this year. All of this is being done by using dedicated school funding, decreasing our draw from the state’s general budget checkbook by $155 million.”The school budget also includes:$499 million for at-risk students, focused on programs to help financial- and academic-challenged students improve their abilities in reading and math;$26.9 million to early literacy education, providing added instructional time and teacher coaching to help improve K-3 students’ reading proficiency;$8 million to assist school districts identified as needing increased academic assistance; and$1.2 billion to the Michigan public school employee’s retirement system, ensuring the retirement program for public school employees is maintained.“This continues our growing investment to Michigan’s children,” said Kelly, of Saginaw Township. “We’re doing more to help our local school districts because what we do now will be visible five or 10 years from now when Michigan is continuing to grow and thrive.”Michigan’s education system includes 539 local traditional school districts, 294 public school academies and 56 intermediate school districts##### 12Jun Rep. Kelly approves record funding in K-12 schools Categories: Kelly News,Newslast_img read more

Rep Sheppard plan expands use of lifesaving opioid antagonists

first_img20Mar Rep. Sheppard plan expands use of life-saving opioid antagonists Categories: Sheppard News Legislation allows libraries to have medication to block overdosesLibraries throughout the state could soon keep life-saving treatments on hand to use in the event of an opioid overdose under a plan sponsored by state Rep. Jason Sheppard. The measure was unanimously approved today by the Michigan House, sending it to the Senate for consideration.Sheppard, of Temperance, said drug overdoses in libraries are a growing problem. Multiple libraries – including branches in Grand Rapids, East Lansing, Muskegon and Kalamazoo – have reported opioid overdoses in recent years.“We don’t think of our public libraries as places where people go to use drugs. Yet, we have learned that many overdoses occur there,” Sheppard said. “Every second matters during an overdose. Having medication on hand that reverses the effect of an overdose could be the difference between life and death.”House Bills 4366-67 would allow libraries and their employees to keep and administer life-saving opioid antagonists in good faith without fear of prosecution or civil liability.“These bills will allow our public librarians – if they choose – to be trained and then prescribed an opioid antagonist to use in the case of an overdose,” Sheppard said. “This simple solution has the potential to help save lives.”Sheppard represents a portion of Monroe County, which has some of the highest drug overdose rates in the state. Since January, the Monroe County Heroin Task Force has recorded 116 overdoses – 18 of them resulting in fatalities.“I have been working with local officials and law enforcement for several years to help reduce these statistics,” Sheppard said. “People are dying at alarming rates. We must do all we can to help residents who are struggling with opioid abuse.”###last_img read more

Top Nonprofit Execs Why Not Just Disclose Your Salaries

first_imgShareTweetShareEmail0 SharesMarch 10, 2014; Chronicle of PhilanthropyThe NPQ Newswire doesn’t typically comment on articles not generally available to the online public, but many of our readers subscribe to the Chronicle of Philanthropy and therefore have access to the Chronicle’s profile of the new president of the California Wellness Foundation, Judy Belk. Belk joins Wellness, a respected health conversion foundation, after 10 years with Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, an organization we have turned to in the past for insights into the world of charitable giving by wealthy donors.A part of the profile we found completely perplexing came in the context of Belk’s commitment to transparency. After expressing the hope that she would make the Wellness Foundation’s grantmaking process more transparent, part of her desire “to demystify the philanthropic world for those very community groups we support,” Belk declined to reveal her salary to the Chronicle’s writer. Belk noted that the salary would eventually be revealed in the foundation’s Form 990. Belk’s “commitment to transparency apparently has limits,” the Chronicle’s Michelle Gienow wrote.That isn’t a limit to transparency; it’s a violation of the spirit of the law. Belk knows that her salary will have to be revealed in due time, but her message to nonprofits and the Chronicle’s readers is that you’ll get it when you get it. And it won’t be soon, because the lag time in the publication of 990s in public venues—such as the Foundation Center and GuideStar, for example—means that her official salary won’t be available to most of the public until perhaps 2016, when the foundation’s 2014 990 is revealed. Even then, because she won’t have worked a full year, her annual salary won’t immediately be clear.Moreover, Belk’s decision to withhold the publicly required disclosure of her annual salary isn’t a limitation in transparency. Transparency, as when Belk discussed her desire to reveal what happens in the inner workings of the foundation when nonprofits submit their applications into the foundation’s decision-making black box, means going beyond what is required by law. To reveal what the law requires is simply the law. To tell readers and constituents that they’ll get the information when the legal document—the foundation’s tax filing—is made available is a bit of a slap in the face and not in the spirit of transparency.Belk’s 2012 salary at Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors was reported in the organization’s 990 as $264,750 plus $46,438 in other compensation from RPA and related organizations for a total of $311,188 for 35 hours of work a week. In the 2012 Form 990PF of the California Wellness Foundation, the president and CEO, Diana M. Bonta, received compensation of $476,923 for 60 hours of work a week plus an additional $32,278 contributed to employee benefit plans. In 2011, Bonta’s predecessor, Gary Yates, received compensation of $638,047 plus $41,178 in contributions to employee benefit plans and $2,827 in expense account and other allowances, though $110,146 of the compensation was for unused personal time to be paid upon Yates’s retirement. By declining to disclose what will eventually be public record, Belk has turned her salary into something that seems secret. It shouldn’t be. Knowing that the information will eventually be in the 990PF, a foundation executive shouldn’t tell the public to wait until they finally get access to the tax return.To be fair, Belk is hardly the only high-level executive profiled in the Chronicle in recent years who declined to disclose the salary of his or her new job. A quick search revealed “declined to disclose it” statements attached to interviews and profiles of Domingo Barrios, the top fundraiser for the Heifer Foundation, Scott Steen of American Forests, David Yarnold at the National Audubon Society, fundraiser Lisa Mantone at WNET, Cecilia Conrad in charge of the “genius” grants at the MacArthur Foundation, Barbara DeBuono at Orbis International, Steven Derks at the Muscular Dystrophy Association, Jim DeMint at the Heritage Foundation, Margaret Spellings running the George W. Bush Foundation, and LaJune Montgomery Tabron, the new CEO of the Kellogg Foundation, just to name but a few.It seems to be the norm that people choose not to disclose their otherwise publicly disclosable salaries. It would probably be hard to get them to submit to these profiles if they were compelled to reveal the salaries they had signed on for in their new jobs. With some digging, one can find for each of these persons, as we did for Belk, the individual’s previous salary and his or her predecessor’s compensation. Why make the process so mysterious going forward? It isn’t a strong statement in support of transparency.—Rick CohenShareTweetShareEmail0 Shareslast_img read more

France 24 has today launched its Frenchlanguage n

first_imgFrance 24 has today launched its French-language news channel on the UK’s Freeview platform via the service’s broadband connection.France 24 is available on the Vision IPTV platform, which uses the IP connections on new Freeview receivers to deliver content to TVs. Vision IPTV is currently available in 5.2 million UK homes.last_img

German pay TV operator Sky Deutschland will make H

first_imgGerman pay TV operator Sky Deutschland will make HBO content from the Sky Atlantic channel, which launches in Germany tomorrow on the platform, available on its Sky Go TV everywhere service.Sky Go, which is available to iPhone and iPod Touch users, online and via the Xbox 360 games platform in Germany and Austria, will HBO offer content including the second season Game of Thrones, The Wire, The Sopranos and Entourage as well as movies including Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 and Hangover 2.Content from the channel will be available via both WiFi and 3G networks.Sky Go is also to offer additional sports content, including Sky Sports HD 1 and 2 and Sky Sport Extra.Sky Atlantic HD is being offered as part of Sky’s film package.last_img read more

Ericsson has completed the acquisition of Technico

first_imgEricsson has completed the acquisition of Technicolor’s broadcast services division.In March, Ericsson submitted a binding offer of €19 million and a potential earn-out based on 2015 revenues of the division’s activity of up to €9 million. Under the terms of the deal, Technicolor’s playout operations in France, the Netherlands and the UK, along with 900 members of staff, will come under the control of Ericsson. The company already offers playout services in the Nordic countries.Magnus Mandersson, executive vice-president and head of business unit global services, Ericsson, said: “With this acquisition Ericsson has strengthened its position in the broadcast managed services market and reinforced our growth ambitions. Managed services in one of the main focus areas for Ericsson and we will continue to invest and expand this area.”last_img read more