23 October 2009The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has teamed up with TripAdvisor, the largest global online travel community, to mobilize support to preserve natural and cultural sites inscribed on its World Heritage List. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has teamed up with TripAdvisor, the largest global online travel community, to mobilize support to preserve natural and cultural sites inscribed on its World Heritage List. “Because of TripAdvisor’s excellent reach to their member community, we can, together, raise awareness of World Heritage as well as receive member feedback about sites,” said Francesco Bandarin, Director of UNESCO’s World Heritage Centre. “This certainly helps us flag site issues and provides useful information on how World Heritage travellers engage with the sites and their communities. We are looking forward to partnering with TripAdvisor on this initiative,” he added in a news release announcing the two-year initiative. TripAdvisor founder and Chief Executive Officer Stephen Kaufer pledged to donate up to $1.5 million over the next two years to help UNESCO’s World Heritage Centre monitor the conservation of the 890 natural and cultural sites inscribed on the World Heritage List. The Centre also provides technical and administrative support for States that have ratified the 1972 World Heritage Convention, enabling them to translate its provisions into action. “We’re calling on the world’s largest travel community to help preserve the places around the world that we all love,” said Mr. Kaufer. “In support of UNESCO’s World Heritage Centre, we will give not only dollars but also the collective wisdom and support of TripAdvisor’s millions of travellers, and their trusted insights. We’re eager to build global awareness about World Heritage sites, and about sustainable and responsible travel.” More than 25 million online visitors use its TripAdvisor’s websites every month to find and share travel information.
Guelph police are seeking the public’s help in locating a missing woman who may be in Niagara Region.Jacqueline Gorski, 34, was last seen on surveillance video on Clifton Hill near the Niagara Falls on May 6.Gorski is described as five-foot-four, weighing 111 lbs, with blonde hair and blue eyes. She was last seen wearing a white ski style jacket, black pants and blue and purple running shoes.Police say she has been known to travel by cab and will travel long distances. Family members are concerned for her well being because she did not tell anyone she was leaving.Anyone with information on her whereabouts is asked to contact police..@gpsmedia Missing person case. Jacqueline “Jackie” Gorski may have come to @NiagaraRegion @NiagaraFalls Details https://t.co/iBB5wNufpD pic.twitter.com/a5hkbvaqs5— NRPS (@NiagRegPolice) May 16, 2017
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Conservationists and hunters have denounced a state proposal to construct a mining road through northwest Alaska.The Anchorage Daily News reported Wednesday that the plan came under fire at a hearing Tuesday, the first of a series of statewide public meetings on the road plan.Hunters say the proposed Ambler Road would be closed to the public, while conservationists say it would hurt caribou and other wildlife needed by area villages.The 200-mile (322-kilometre) project would link Alaska’s road system north of Fairbanks to the Ambler Mining District, ending near Ambler and other villages.Nearly 20 people spoke against the plan during the federal Bureau of Land Management hearing in Anchorage.A smaller group expressed support for the project, saying it could produce jobs and state revenue.___Information from: Anchorage Daily News, http://www.adn.comThe Associated Press
Volkswagen’s first pure electric production vehicle, the e-up! will be on display at the SMMT’s headquarters in Westminster from 17-28 February. Based on the multi-award-winning up! city car, the e-up! produces zero tailpipe emissions and has a range of up to 93 miles. As well as achieving a top speed of 81mph, it easily keeps up with urban and suburban traffic, accelerating from 0-62mph in 12.4 seconds.A full charge using a standard domestic three-pin socket takes less than nine hours, while a 3.6kW home charger – which is available free to e-up! customers from British Gas – enables charging in less than six hours. All e-up! models also have a DC fast-charging circuit as standard. Using the Combined Charging System (CCS), this enables a flat battery to be charged to 80% in just 30 minutes.Customers can also opt in to a green electricity package from Ecotricity, which means that when they recharge their car at home they are doing so using 100% green energy. They will also have access to more than 5,000 public charge points, a number of which are powered by Ecotricity.The exhibition showcases Volkswagen’s commitment to its ‘Think Blue’ plan, which encourages environmentally sustainable practices in all aspects of vehicle manufacture, running and recycling.The e-up! will be joined this summer by the fully electric e-Golf, while a plug-in hybrid Golf is due around six months after that.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)
Le syndrome de Klinefelter : symptômes, définition, traitement, de quoi s’agit-il?Le syndrome de Klinefelter est une maladie génétique qui se caractérise par des anomalies au niveau de l’appareil génital et dont les différents signes apparaissent habituellement à la puberté. Le syndrome de Klinefelter touche les hommes et cause une infertilité.Définition du syndrome de KlinefelterLe syndrome de Klinefelter est dû à une anomalie chromosomique. Il est donc présent dès la naissance du petit garçon, mais ses manifestations ne sont visibles en général qu’à la puberté. Il faut en effet attendre d’observer certaines manifestations physiques qui ne se déclenchent qu’à la puberté, comme la présence de petits testicules ou le développement anormal des glandes mammaires. Alors que normalement, la sécrétion de la testostérone augmente à la puberté, celle-ci diminue chez les porteurs du syndrome de Klinefelter. Dans certains cas toutefois, les symptômes sont peu visibles et le syndrome de Klinefelter n’est diagnostiqué qu’à l’âge adulte lorsque le patient consulte pour un problème d’infertilité. La prise de sang permet alors de confirmer ou d’infirmer le diagnostic. Le syndrome de Klinefelter est assez fréquent puisqu’il touche un garçon sur 600.Symptômes du syndrome de KlinefelterLes symptômes du syndrome de Klinefelter varient d’une personne à l’autre. Certaines ne présenteront que très peu de symptômes. Seule l’infertilité est commune à tous les hommes porteurs du syndrome. Chez le jeune adolescent :- Une taille au dessus de la moyenne- De petits testicules- Une augmentation des glandes mammaires- Une pilosité peu développée- Taurodontisme (pulpe dentaire développée et un émail fin qui augmentent le risque de caries)- Chez les enfants, un apprentissage du langage, de la lecture et un développement de la motricité plus lent Chez l’adulte :- Infertilité avec une absence presque totale de spermatozoïdes- Une ostéoporose précoceCauses du syndrome de KlinefelterLe syndrome de Klinefelter est une anomalie chromosomique dû à la présence d’un chromosome X supplémentaire. Au lieu d’avoir 46 chromosomes comme une personne “normale”, la personne porteuse du syndrome de Klinefelter en a 47. À lire aussiACC (anticoagulants circulants) : définition, rôle, comment analyser les résultats ?Cet “accident génétique” se produit plus souvent lors d’une grossesse tardive. L’enfant est porteur du syndrome alors que ses parents ne le sont pas. Traitement du syndrome de KlinefelterLe syndrome de Klinefelter étant d’origine chromosomique, il n’existe pas de traitement qui guérisse complètement toute ses manifestations. Un traitement hormonal de testostérone qui débute dès la puberté permet cependant d’éviter l’apparition de la plupart des symptômes physiques. Administré sous forme d’injection, de comprimés ou de gel, ce traitement régulier permet notamment au patient de développer une pilosité, une musculature et une voix grave comme les autres et d’acquérir un bon capital osseux. Le 27 juin 2016 à 17:47 • Emmanuel Perrin
Dan Cohen AUTHOR A residency program for family medicine that had been located at Scott Air Force Base, Ill., now is the only fully-integrated civilian-military family residency in the Air Force that combines a community-based and a military residency.The program, now located at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Belleville, Ill., is a collaboration between Scott’s 375th Medical Group and St. Louis University. Each class in the program, which lasts three years, has eight military residents and six civilians, reports 375th Air Mobility Wing Public Affairs.The program allows residents to treat DOD beneficiaries at Scott’s family medicine clinic in Belleville, located next to St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, as well as civilian patients at various locations.“The biggest benefit of this program is the variety of patients our residents get exposed to and get the opportunity to care for,” said Lt. Col. Matthew Snyder, the residency program’s military director.“There are things here you may not see in a straight military residency program, because the military patient population doesn’t always present the most challenging patients sometimes,” Snyder said.The program moved from Scott AFB to St. Elizabeth’s when the base hospital closed in 1996. Late next year, St. Elizabeth’s will be moving locations along with the residency clinic, but the residency program will remain the same, according to the story. The new location will allow more efficient patient care and will also be closer to Scott AFB, making it easier for most DOD beneficiaries to receive care, Snyder said.
Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Register Now » min read Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. 1. Pin Alerts. This tool sends email alerts to your inbox when images from your website are pinned on Pinterest. The idea behind Pin Alerts is similar to that of Google Alerts, except instead of selecting which keywords you want to monitor, you choose which domains to monitor. It allows monitoring of multiple domains and the ability to change the frequency in which you receive notifications about pinned content. Pin Alerts can provide real-time insights on what visual content is resonating with your Pinterest audiences. At the same time, it lets you see who’s pinning your content.Related: How 4 Small Businesses Are Winning on Pinterest2. Pinerly. This is one of the few tools available for measuring the progress of your Pinterest campaigns. By using a simple dashboard, marketers can pin new content through Pinerly to their boards to track their progress in terms of likes, clicks and repins.The dashboard can be helpful for learning about past Pinterest campaigns and structuring future ones. Other features such as suggestions on accounts to follow and content to pin can also be sources of inspiration to bolster the reach and the freshness of your boards.3. Pin Search. Pin Search is a plugin for Google’s Chrome browser that allows you to search a Pinterest image on Google, giving you all the websites where the picture appears, similar images, info about the photographer and more. This information can prove beneficial when conducting competitive research or devising future Pinterest campaigns.4. Pinvolve. The Pinvolve tool is a Facebook app that allows a business to display its Pinterest pins on its Facebook Page. Fans can pin your Pinterest images and share them on Facebook from your page. It also displays the images shared on your Facebook page so that they resemble Pinterest pins. Bottom line, Pinvolve makes it easy for your fans to share your content where they feel most comfortable.Related: The 10 Commandments of Using Pinterest for Business5. Pinstamatic. This tool can help you create and pin content such as snapshots of your website, quotes, text, sticky notes, Twitter snapshots, songs from Spotify, calendar dates, location maps and photos with captions. The easy-to-use Pinstamatic dashboard gives marketers the ability to create content for pinning on Pinterest without the need of editing software or skills. The tool also serves as a source of inspiration for new boards and future campaigns.Which tools are you using to help bolster your marketing efforts on Pinterest? Share your thoughts in the comments below. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. October 29, 2012 Pinterest, the third most popular social network in the U.S., offers marketers a number of opportunities to extend the reach of their business through engaging visuals and a platform designed to make sharing quality content simple.But marketers have limited time, especially when new social networks seem to pop up all the time. The good news is that there are several tools that can help you use time more efficiently on Pinterest. And many don’t cost a penny to use.Here’s a look at five free tools that can make your marketing efforts on Pinterest more effective:
eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Tom Daley hits back at those who ask why he and Dustin chose surrogacy over adoptionTom Daley says he and Dustin don’t know which of them is their child’s biological dadDustin Lance Black slams Katie Hopkins’ ‘ignorant, homophobic’ surrogacy tweetRead the full article on Gaystarnews: :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/tom-daley-documentary-surrogacy/ A personal journey‘Daley wants to find out why some women are prepared to become surrogates,’ reports say about the film. ‘He wants to explore the extraordinary relationships that develop between those wanting to become parents and their surrogates.‘He wants to meet the people who oppose surrogacy, asking why they want to stop people like him and Lance having a child via a surrogate.’This is a personal story for Daley.Daley and Black welcomed their first child, Robert Ray, via surrogacy in June.The couple faced more than one obstacle during their surrogacy journey. When they first announced they were expecting their first child, abuse and death threats came almost immediately.Daley also hit back at people criticizing their decision to have a surrogate.Surrogacy is expected to air in 2019.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Daley is getting into the documentary business | Photo: Facebook/Tom Daley GAYSTARNEWS- Diver Tom Daley is teaming with the BBC for a TV documentary about surrogacy, soon after becoming a first-time father with husband Dustin Lance Black. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… In the documentary for BBC One, with a working title of simply Surrogacy, Daley will host an exploration into this medical practice and legal arrangement of carrying a pregnancy to term for someone else.According to Deadline, the production will explore many facets of surrogacy.Daley will travel to numerous places, investigating how surrogacy is practiced and viewed by different people in cultures. He’ll start in his own home of the United Kingdom, where surrogacy is legal but faces many restrictions. As an example, it’s illegal to advertise that you are looking for a surrogate, or willing to be a surrogate.Then he’ll head across the pond to California, where contractual surrogacy is much more common, and finally to countries where surrogacy is illegal.Tom Barry is executive producing the project.
TORONTO — The Malta Specialist Program is now available on Travelweek’s Learning Centre, giving agents the chance to learn about key selling points of the destination’s three islands (Malta, Gozo and Comino), as well as enter a contest for a chance to win a Stephen Cordina gift hamper.“This program provides a thorough overview of the possibilities that exist for customers. Having this designation signals credibility when talking about Malta,” says Damon Allan, Operations Manager of Maxima Tours. “It also gets agents excited to sell a destination that is relatively new, outside of being on a Mediterranean cruise itinerary as a shore excursion.”By taking this course, agents will learn about Malta’s 7,000 years of history, which is best exemplified in its ancient towns and archaeological sites. They’ll also learn about the local climate, scenery and beaches, plus all available activities like diving, hiking, snorkelling, rock climbing, sailing, golf and more.In addition, the program highlights why Malta is a destination for families, weddings and honeymoons. There is a wide range of accommodation, dining and nightlight on the island, all of which will help agents book the perfect holiday for their clients.More news: AMResorts has a new Sr. Dir. of Cdn. Sales & Consortia Rel’ns“Malta is very safe, has English as one of the official languages, fabulous weather year-round and enough to keep fill the cup of any cultural enthusiast,” continues Allan. “So whether it is our rich history and culture, our food, adventure opportunities or our festive calendar, Malta is guaranteed not to disappoint!”Allan works for Maxima Tours, which targets niche markets such as retirement or active living communities and bank travel clubs, and presents newer destinations such as the Maltese Islands. Currently, Maxima has the best Malta itinerary for the cultural enthusiast and for those who like travelling in small groups with a personal, non-tourist feel.“Since our mother was born in Malta and we are both nationals, it made perfect sense for us to introduce ‘our Malta’ to North Americans,” says Allen. “We really get excited with any new destination that we offer.”Malta has traditionally been recognized as a sun and sand destination for Europeans, with little exposure of its significant treasures to the North American traveller. A big push to target North Americans is underway through a variety of efforts geared to engage the more cultured client.More news: Kory Sterling is TL Network Canada’s new Sales Manager CanadaFeedback from agents suggests that their clients are loving the destination and Maxima Tours.“I just had my client at my desk and she spent a half hour telling me how wonderful your tour was, how well planned it was and what a great time she had. What most impressed her were the little surprises, the table prepared for them at the Canons with drinks and hors d’oeuvres, the special attention, all unexpected. In the countryside, the personal visits with locals were wonderful,” said Lynda Spinner, Manager AAA Northeast.To learn more about this destination, visit travelweeklearningcentre.com.Agents who complete the course by April 6 will be entered to win a luxurious Stephen Cordina gift hamper, which includes luxury essential oils and aromatherapy. Posted by Share Tuesday, January 30, 2018 Take the Malta Specialist Program now on the Learning Centre Devin Kinasz Tags: Education, Malta, Travelweek Learning Centre << Previous PostNext Post >>
QantasSydney Airport welcomes new Qantas service to OsakaSydney Airport welcomed the commencement of Qantas’ new direct Sydney-Osaka service today, marking a new route for the airport.The three-weekly service will operate on an Airbus A330 aircraft, adding 92,000 seats annually.Sydney Airport Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer Kerrie Mather said the new route would provide additional capacity to meet growing demand from travellers.“We’re thrilled that Qantas has recognised the strength of this growing market with its new service,” Ms Mather said.“This new Qantas service is a fantastic boost for tourism, as it’s expected to bring in an additional 24,000 Japanese visitors and $50 million in additional visitor expenditure per year for NSW,” Ms Mather said.“Japan is also one of the most popular destinations for Australian travellers. Osaka is our largest unserved market and Sydneysiders will be excited to now have a direct route to Osaka in time for the busy holiday period.“The city of Osaka offers a new gateway for Australians to explore Japan, particularly the beautiful Kansai region, the neighbouring historic city of Kyoto, and its great shopping, restaurants and nightlife.”Japan is Sydney Airport’s sixth largest origin and destination market, growing 15 percent in the past year.Minister for Tourism and Major Events Adam Marshall said the NSW Government is working with Qantas and travel trade partners to further promote the new year-round service.“Sydney is undisputedly the gateway to our great State and we are delighted to be welcoming the new Qantas service, set to encourage more Japanese visitors to explore our sparkling Harbour City, iconic attractions and beautiful rural and regional destinations,” Mr Marshall said.“With record numbers of visitors flying into Sydney and travelling beyond into rural and regional NSW, we look forward to boosting the State’s visitor economy as a result of this new service and ensuring NSW is the number one choice for Japanese travellers.”Tourism Australia Managing Director John O’Sullivan said Tourism Australia was already working closely with Qantas to promote the new Osaka service in Japan, including supporting a party of Japanese media travelling to Australia on the inaugural flight.“The travel trade in market are really excited about the new service. As we’ve seen in the past few years, improved air access has really helped turn around the Japan market. Being able to fly direct to Australia from Osaka is hugely significant. When combined with the high-speed rail network that serves the airport, this new service effectively opens up a huge catchment area of potential holidaymakers for Australia across southern and western Japan,” Mr O’Sullivan said.Source = Sydney Airport
Italian carrier MyAir has announced two new routes to the Balearic island of Ibiza.The airline will add flights from both its Bologna Guglielmo Marconi and Milan Orio al Serio bases next month.At Bologna, the Ibiza services will operate alongside flights to Bucharest, Sofia, Bordeaux and Paris Charles De Gaulle, alongside domestic Italian routes to Brindisi and Catania on the island of Sicily.The Milan-Ibiza service will join a schedule that already includes flights to Madrid, Marrakech, Istanbul and Napoli, among other destinations.Flights on the Milan to Ibiza route will run once a week until September, while services from Bologna will operate over the same summer period.New flights to Ibiza have recently been announced by Jet2 and Monarch Airlines. Jet2’s summer service will operate from Blackpool Airport, with Monarch running its new Ibiza flights from Birmingham, London Gatwick, Luton and Manchester. ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedBlu-express adds new Rome routeLow cost Italian carrier Blu-express has announced a new domestic flight from Rome to Pantelleria.Monarch to launch new Ibiza services next summerCheap flights carrier Monarch has announced that it will be launching new services to IbizaNew cheap flights from Edinburgh to Europe announcedNew cheap flights from Edinburgh to Europe announced
MPs agreed on Wednesday that a single system needs to be in place for the collection and management of rubber, to avoid incidents like the large fire earlier in the month near the Vasiliko cement factory caused by large piles of old tyres being stored next to a flammable substance.The issue was discussed on Wednesday at the House environment committee, where MPs heard that if the fire had not been contained it would have caused a huge disaster in the area as the factory is located in the same area as the VTTV oil depot and an electricity authority (EAC) substation.Disy MP Giorgos Karoulas, who registered the issue for discussion, said that it is important that a single system is introduced for the collection and management of old tyres, to ensure the safety and health of members of the public. He added that the Department of the Environment ought to promote legislation providing for just that.State services ought to address this responsibly, he said, and all stakeholders involved ought to fully cooperate.A study should be carried out, he said, to define where and how old tyres should be stored “to avoid any unpleasant incidents like that in Vasiliko”.The Greens’ MP Charalambos Theopemptou said that despite the existence of licenced companies dealing with the recycling of old tyres, there are still many of them dumped in the countryside.Unless the collection and management system is improved, he said, the problem will continue to exist.As regards the fire in Vasiliko, Theopemptou said there were too many tyres near the cement factory, next to a flammable substance. He referred to the EU’s Seveso Directive on major industrial accidents involving dangerous chemicals. The flammable substance, he said, was in a Seveso area.In addition to the fire, he said, the water used to put out the fire washed away the dangerous substances and polluted the subsoil. The damage needs to be fixed.The fire service said last week that the Vasiliko fire was probably caused by quantities of spontaneously combustible renewable biofuel (RBF). It said that investigations indicated that RBF was present around huge piles of old wooden electricity poles and old tyres, thus making it highly likely to be the source of the fire and the reason it spread so quickly. Crews were working all night to get the fire under control.Plans are underway to have a fire station in the area up and running by 2019. You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? Better safe than sorryFigLeaf Beta AppUndoCity BeautyDo This To Fix Sagging Jowls Without SurgeryCity BeautyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboola
A 51-year-old man was remanded in custody for two days on Tuesday in connection with a fire at a Polemidia property on Saturday that destroyed scrub and killed animals.He was arrested on Monday in connection with fire caused by a negligent and reckless act charges. He is believed to have been working in the area the fire starting, making a roof.He admitted to being in the area at the time but said that as soon as he realised there was a fire worked with two other unknown people who later left to put it out.Another three people were arrested earlier for their involvement in the case.On Sunday the 43-year-old man who was operating an electric tool from which the fire started was remanded for four days.The suspect, who arrived at court without a lawyer, denied involvement in the case.Initially police had arrested the 51-year-old owner of the affected farm and his 45-year-old wife as during the course of their investigations both people had been named and the woman is believed to have given false information to the police.The 43-year-old had undertaken, on behalf of the couple, to build an extension to the farm and according to witnesses he had used an electric tool during his work which started the fire.The fire, which was brought under control at 5.25pm on Saturday destroyed half a square kilometre of land, some olive and carob trees, the farm buildings, farm animals and two parked cars.A total of four helicopters belonging to government services plus two from the British bases helped fight the blaze.You May LikeSilentSnoreSnore like a Pig? Here’s One Trick to Stop SnoringSilentSnoreUndoInfo-life.xyz10 Best Concept Cars For The FutureInfo-life.xyzUndoBlitzLiftLittle Known Facts About Air Force OneBlitzLiftUndo Russian opposition leader Navalny hospitalised for allergic reactionUndoLimassol police investigating attempted murderUndoCypriot ambassadors gather in Nicosia for annual briefingUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
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Categories: News 05Feb Rep. Lyons responds to preliminary injunction ruling Rep. Lisa Posthumus Lyons, R-Alto, released the following statement in response to today’s court ruling which granted preliminary injunction only to Section 57 (3) of Senate Bill 571, now known as Public Act 269 of 2015:“I am focused on my legislation to clarify the intent of Senate Bill 571 (PA 269 of 2015), which was to prevent taxpayer dollars from being spent on influencing voters regarding ballot questions. The court agrees that clarifying language will further improve the existing law, therefore I urge my legislative colleagues and interested stakeholders to support my bill which protects hardworking taxpayers and clarifies that schools and local governments can disseminate factual information to residents.”HB 5219 was reported out of the House Elections Committee this week and awaits a vote on the House floor.
Categories: Sheppard News,Sheppard Photos Photo Information: State Rep. Jason Sheppard (left), of Temperance, invited William Bruck (right), owner of Visiting Angels in Monroe and trustee for Monroe County Community College, as his guest on the House floor during Gov. Rick Snyder’s State of the State address. Bruck, a United States Army veteran, served two tours in Iraq and one in Afghanistan. The governor discussed priorities for the coming year during the speech. 23Jan Local business owner, Monroe County Community College Trustee joins Rep. Sheppard for State of the State Tags: State of the State
Share8TweetShareEmail8 SharesJuly 10, 2016; TakePartFormer prison inmates often find reentry into the community difficult enough, but for registered sex offenders, release from prison carries the social stigma of deviance as a figurative scarlet letter. Nobody wants a sex offender as a neighbor or as a coworker. Restrictions on where they can live, including distances they must remain from schools and playgrounds, significantly affect the quality of their lives and those of their families once they leave incarceration. As NPQ reported only recently, International Megan’s Law now requires sex offenders to have a special symbol on their passports when they travel abroad. International governments will also be notified when a sex offender is traveling, a law that advocacy groups have called unconstitutional and unjust.One consequence of these externalities is that communities have been established solely to accommodate sex offenders and their unique challenges. Miracle Village, situated in a secluded Florida town, has hosted a community of sex offenders for several years. The documentary that aired yesterday on PBS profiled a different sex offender community in Florida, exploring what life is like for its residents and whether we as a society are taking the right steps to rehabilitate them. Pervert Park follows 120 residents in Palace Mobile Park in St. Petersburg, Florida, where every member of the community has stood convicted of a sex crime. Through one-on-one interviews, the documentary records the daily lives of those in the community. The trailer park is run through Florida Justice Transitions, a nonprofit that was established in 1990 to help find housing and resources for sex offenders, who are often ostracized by society. While the documentary was first released at the Sundance Film Festival last year, PBS’s airing of the film will be the first wide release of the movie to the public. “Before we went there, we hadn’t really questioned what a sex offender was,” said Scandinavian filmmaker Frida Barkfors, who co-directed the documentary with her husband, Lasse Barkfors. “We had completely bought into what the mainstream media portrayed.” According to the description of the movie, “Pervert Park raises significant questions. Should America give these criminals a second chance? And can their experiences help in devising a successful strategy for reducing the growing number of sex crimes?” Many have discussed whether the sex offender registry, and the myriad crimes one can be convicted of and end up labeled a sex offender, are part of that successful strategy. As NPQ has discussed before, individuals designated as sex offenders and placed on the national registry have committed crimes as heinous and repulsive as rape or the possession and distribution of child pornography, and as banal as public urination. A 17-year-old might be convicted as a sex offender if he or she receives explicit photos from a 16-year-old girlfriend, an offense many would agree does not merit a place on the sex offender registry next to a violent child molester.These disparities are reflected in the demographics of the community. Florida Justice Transitions was established by Nancy Morais when her son, a sex offender, had a difficult time finding a place to live that abided by the restrictions given to those on the registry.“If they could choose, they would not be there. They want to live with their families. They want to heal. They want to reintegrate into society,” said Frida Barkfors. “They’re not able to do that because of the registry and because of all the restrictions that you have to live with as a sex offender.”While such laws and the registry have not been recognized as the best solutions for rehabilitating sex offenders, the documentary does focus on what may be working: group therapy. According to the documentary, several residents endured abuse as children, including Tracy Hutchinson, who was repeatedly raped by her father. Hutchinson then proceeded to abuse her own son. According to Don Sweeney, a counselor at the community, group therapy may have broken the cycle for Hutchinson. In the film, Sweeney says, “Offenders will continue to act out until they’re stopped and they understand their behavior. Treating one offender might prevent 10 more victims from being created.” The community’s support for one another may have a greater chance of reducing recidivism than other methods of tackling sexual misconduct and assault.—Shafaq HasanShare8TweetShareEmail8 Shares
Share7TweetShareEmail7 Shares“Selly Oak Hospital – Raddlebarn Road – sign – H Hospital” by Elliot BrownApril 3, 2017; WWL-TV and Greater Baton Rouge Business ReportAbout five years ago, Louisiana began a public-private program with its charity hospital system. The system, which was in financial trouble, was transitioned to a mix of for-profit and nonprofit private hospitals and corporations. A recent impact analysis of Louisiana’s privatization of its public health system has declared the project a resounding success, saving the state $2.7 billion over the four-year period between 2013 and 2016.The study estimates the financial impact of the privatization. First, it estimates the revenues raised for the state from leases of buildings and equipment to private hospitals and doctors. Then, the author adds in federal matching funds. Finally, the author adds monies provided for capital improvements that the private groups bear, rather than the state.The study then performs a series of exercises (read: homework problems) to estimate the spillover effects of these monies into the rest of the Louisiana economy. The study estimates an impressive 17,500 jobs added as a result of the state, splitting the new revenues 50/50 between health and education expenditures. Additionally, the study estimates $1.7 billion in additional sales in 2016.Now, these estimates are based on a number of assumptions, some more justifiable than others, but on net, these spillover/multiplier estimates are likely an overstatement. Without getting too far into the weeds, the assumption of an even 50/50 split of 100 percent of the revenues is very optimistic. However, that is not the biggest takeaway of this study.What should be noted is that Louisiana has found a way to privatize its hospital system, which was one of the few remaining state-run systems in the U.S. With this privatization naturally come a few concerns. Are more people left without healthcare as a result of the privatization? What happens to the cost of healthcare in these formerly state-run institutions? What about the quality of care? Will private hospitals care for their patients in the same way?Luckily, the public-private hospital ownership question has been among the most studied in the economics field. Unfortunately, the results of these studies have been mixed, although many empirical studies tend to lean toward private hospitals being an improvement in many ways over state-run hospitals, although the degree of competition can affect the quality of care and amount of uncompensated care—i.e., care for patients who cannot pay all or part of their hospital bills. The good news for patients of nonprofits is that nonprofit hospitals may compete over quality of care, leading to high levels of care in areas with competing nonprofit hospitals.The study aims to measure the “improved care” now available thanks to privatization of the state’s health system. Unfortunately, it is not nearly rigorous enough to draw any solid conclusions about the care now being received by these would-be patients of the state. There is reason to be optimistic, however. It will be interesting to see how the healthcare system evolves and revenues change over time. Four years in is far too early to declare victory, but it is off to a good start.—Sean WattersonShare7TweetShareEmail7 Shares
Imported feature films generated US$4.31 billion (€3.51 billion) for European broadcasters in 2011, according to new research. The value created by movies, mainly hailing from the US, fell slightly year on year against the 2010 figure of US$4.33 billion, but was up sharply on the 2009 figure of US$4.17 billion. The number of hours screened, 98,961, was, however the highest in recent years.The report, from Madigan Cluff, ETS and Digital TV Research, measures the value created by advertising around the airing of movies, largely on commercial free-to-air channels. The 2011 figures show the market for movies among broadcasters has proved resilient despite the challenging economic conditions, audience fragmentation and the emergence of OTT and other platforms and technologies.The report shows that the US studios accounted for over two-thirds of the imported movies. Warner Bros shopped the most titles of all the majors by a large margin ahead of NBC, Fox, Paramount, Sony and Disney respectively.There was a noticeable difference in the value created and hours screened in different territories. Michael Cluff, co-author and director at Madigan Cluff, said: “German channels contributed nearly a quarter of the total value in 2011, followed by Italy and the UK. Together these three countries accounted for 52% of the total.”Jonathan Bailey, co-author and managing director at ETS, added: “The total number of imported feature film hours in Europe hovers just below 100,000 each year. Germany was the leader again in 2011, followed by the UK and Russia. However, France and the Netherlands are notable absentees from the list of top countries.”
Google could move quickly to sell the Home division of recently acquired Motorola Mobility, which includes its set-top box and cable headend equipment activities, according to US reports.According to Light Reading Cable, citing un-named industry insiders, Google could start the sale process early next month, with an initial round of bidding to be held in October ahead of a deal as early as mid-December. However, another source cited by Light Reading said that Google could take time to assess and secure intellectual property assets from the unit before putting it up for sale.