NEW ORLEANS — The Latest on a court fight over former President Barack Obama’s health care law (all times local):3:30 p.m.Republican-led states challenging former President Barack Obama’s health care law have asked a federal appeals court to uphold a judge’s ruling that the law is unconstitutional.Their written arguments were filed Wednesday afternoon at the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans. The Trump administration is expected to weigh in with briefs before a midnight filing deadline.U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor struck down the Affordable Care Act in December, ruling in favour of Texas and other states that oppose the law. They say the law was rendered unconstitutional when Congress reduced its penalty for not having insurance to zero in 2017.The U.S. House and other, mostly Democratic-led states appealed.___11:55 a.m.The Trump administration and several Republican-led states face a midnight deadline for filing papers with a federal appeals panel reviewing a lower court ruling that former President Barack Obama’s health care law is unconstitutional.The administration has switched its stance in the case, telling the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that it believes the Affordable Care Act law should be struck down completely. The administration had argued initially that only key parts of the law, such as protection for pre-existing conditions, should be invalidated.U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor struck down the law in December, ruling in a case filed by Texas and other Republican-led states. The U.S. House and several Democratic-led states appealed.The case is expected to eventually reach the Supreme Court.The Associated Press read more

“It is increasingly understood that bolstering the biological security regime has become a matter of tremendous importance for global health and international peace and security,” Mr. Annan said in a message delivered by delivered by Enrique Roman-Morey, Deputy Secretary-General of the Conference on Disarmament, to the Geneva meeting.Mr. Annan noted that in this 60th anniversary year of the UN, the international community marks the anniversaries of two major treaties addressing the terrible threat posed by biological weapons – the Geneva Protocol and the Convention on biological and chemical weapons.The latter treaty remains at least as relevant today, given recent developments, he said. “There has never been more urgent need for international commitment to the universal application and full compliance with the Convention.”At the same time that terrorists may seek to use such weapons, rapid developments in science may create more dangerous biological and toxic agents. Mr. Annan said that discussions on the scientific Code of Conduct at the meeting could strengthen the Convention.”Developments in the life sciences in the years ahead will no doubt bring remarkable benefits, but they may also carry with them, as an almost inevitable corollary, considerable dangers” he said.As for the Geneva Protocol, its importance is that it represents an early ban on the weapons; it should no longer be controversial. “It is therefore appropriate to take this opportunity to call on the countries that still maintain reservations to the Protocol to withdraw them, since other conventions agreed to since then have rendered them obsolete,” he said. read more

first_imgShe says she is entitled to half of an £11 million fortune and has complained that prenuptial agreements will leave her with around £500 000.The man, a 50-year-old businessman who manages an asset portfolio, disagrees.He says he made it “clear from the outset” that he would not marry without a prenuptial agreement and says his estranged wife is “entitled to nothing beyond” half the value of a house they shared in Berkshire.Mr Justice Francis oversaw the latest stage of the dispute at a private hearing in the Family Division of the High Court in late December.The judge said the pair, who have two children, could not be identified. He said they had started living together in 1994 and married in 2000. “She described how on either the Saturday or the Sunday she and (the man) were lying on the bed relaxing when the husband ‘got up and took a document out of his luggage and told me you will need to sign this prenuptial agreement before we go home on Monday’,” said Mr Justice Francis in his ruling.”She says that he was very matter-of-fact.”The judge added: “She says that he told her that ‘it wasn’t about me or us it was about his businesses’, and that he told her repeatedly that it was ‘just a piece of paper’ and that it would not make any difference to her.”Crucially she says ‘he told me if ever we divorced I would carry on financially just as before. Nothing would change. A wife claimed her millionaire husband tricked her into signing prenuptial agreement to protect his fortune by telling her it was a “just a piece of paper'”, a divorce court heard .The pair, both Swedish, married and moved to England after making the agreement during a romantic weekend at a luxury hotel near Niagara Falls nearly 17 years ago.Detail of their row over money has emerged in a High Court judge’s ruling on the latest stage of litigation.Mr Justice Francis heard how the woman, 49, had complained that the Niagara agreement – and two other similar agreements – was unfair and should be ripped up. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Their marriage had broken down in 2014 and legal proceedings had begun in Sweden and England in 2015. Mr Justice Francis said a judge in Stockholm should get a chance to decide on the woman’s claims for a lump sum and maintenance.He said the Berkshire house should be sold and the proceeds split evenly.The judge said the woman had told of events during a romantic long weekend in a luxury hotel at Niagara-on-the-Lake, near Niagara Falls in Canada, in July 2000. The husband denied that the wife was in any way shocked or offended by the idea of a prenuptial agreement,” said the judgeMr Justice Francis “The prenuptial agreement would not make a difference to me. I should trust him, he said, because he had always looked after me. He made me feel guilty for implying that he might not stand by his word’.”He said the woman had made a note in her diary, which read: “Cosied up in the morning. Went to the Niagara Falls. Back to the hotel and had a massage and pedicure!”Went for a walk and ate at a worthless Italian restaurant. Was at the hotel and watched a video. Signed the marriage papers.”Mr Justice Francis said the man had said he “could not recall signing the agreement during the course of that Niagara weekend” although it was “perfectly possible”.”The husband denied that the wife was in any way shocked or offended by the idea of a prenuptial agreement,” said the judge.”He says that he made it clear from the outset that he would not marry without a prenuptial agreement and that marriage was simply not something that was particularly important to him.” The couple made the pre-nup agreement near the Niagara Falls, the court heard The couple made the pre-nup agreement near the Niagara Falls, the court heardCredit:GETTYlast_img read more

first_imgCDE Global and ProMet Engineers have announced the signing of an agreement which will enhance the options available to iron ore processors requiring beneficiation systems in order to maximise efficiencies from their operations. The agreement will focus on the development of a new suite of iron ore beneficiation plants aimed at small and medium sized processors for whom the current plant offering does not cater.“We are focusing on the development of range of iron ore beneficiation plants for operators requiring capacities up to 2.4 million tons per year” explains CDE Asia Managing Director, Manish Bhartia. “Up until now this is a segment of the market that has been overlooked by existing suppliers to the industry. The agreement we have signed with ProMet Engineers will allow for both companies to bring together their individual expertise to create new, innovative processing systems for the iron ore industry.”CDE identified this gap in the market following the experience they have gained in recent years in the design and delivery of turnkey iron ore washing plants to steel producers in India. “The expansion of our offering to include full beneficiation is the next logical step as we seek to expand our market coverage in India” explains Bhartia. “As we examined how we can best achieve this it became clear to us that ProMet Engineers were the perfect match.”For many small to medium sized steel producers there are significant benefits to be enjoyed from the introduction of a full beneficiation plant but the level of investment currently required in order to get a system like this fully operational is a significant barrier. “Our iron ore washing plants are delivering significant efficiency improvements for operators thanks to the reduction in silica and alumina levels and the subsequent increase in Fe content they are delivering” says Bhartia. “The development of this new suite of beneficiation plants will give smaller operators the opportunity to further improve efficiencies within their processing operations and enhance their capability to grow.”ProMet Engineers mirror the enthusiasm from CDE for the new collaboration as they seek to develop coverage in India. The company has developed significant experience working in the Australian and African markets through its offices in Perth and Cape Town and in recent times has been concentrating considerable efforts on building a project portfolio in the Indian market. “We can count some of the largest iron ore processing companies in the world among our customers” explains Chairman of ProMet Engineers, Jim Cribbes. “Given this experience and the levels of iron ore available in India it is a market that is of significant interest to us. The new agreement with CDE will allow us to marry our process engineering expertise in iron ore processing with CDE’s capability in the delivery of turnkey mineral processing projects.”In addition to the processing of iron ore, ProMet Engineers also has significant experience with a range of industrial minerals and have also worked on many coal and non ferrous processing systems including gold, nickel, silver, zinc and lead among others. “This agreement with Promet in India is the first stage of a process that will allow both companies to take advantage of the opportunities that exist for our systems on an international level”  says Chairman of CDE Global, Tony Convery. This is echoed by ProMet Engineers Managing Director, David Glynn who says “The ProMet Engineers CDE partnership moves us both closer to our long term strategic objectives. The significance of this development not only for both of our companies but in terms of the enhanced product offer it creates for mineral processing companies in India cannot be over emphasised.”last_img read more

first_imgA GARDA OPERATION in Rathcoole, Co Dublin has ended in the seizure of an assortment of jewellery, which Gardaí are now trying to reunite with their rightful owners.‘Operation Fiacla’ culminated yesterday afternoon when members of the Garda Organised Crime Unit stopped and searched a car at Rathcoole.They seized jewellery including watches, rings, chains, bracelets, and pendants before arresting four males and detaining them at Clondalkin Garda Station.This pendant, for example, containing family photographs, is presumably very valuable indeed to whoever once carried it around with them. Two men aged in their 20s and one in his 50s appeared before Blanchardstown District Court today charged in connection with the investigation.Now, however, Gardaí have begun the task of matching the stolen jewellery with its proper owners.All the items can be viewed here, and if you think own any of them, Gardaí are asking you to call 01-666-3434.Read: Is this yours? Gardaí are trying to reunite you with all your lost stuff>Over €10m worth of jewellery and cash burgled in the second half of last year>last_img read more

first_imgThe Verizon iPhone isn’t any more real right now than it was a few years ago, but that’s not going to stop analysts from making bold predictions about the phone. The handset, which is currently rumored to be hitting the market at the beginning of next year, will sell nine million units in 2011, according to Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster.That number is 36 percent of the total number of phones he expects Verizon to sell next year. It’s also two million less than the 11 million iPhones he expects AT&T to sell next year. Munster expects most of the new Verizon iPhone buyers to come over from AT&T. AdChoices广告The two carriers will sell a combined 20 million iPhones next year, according to his numbers–more than the 17.5 million he expects AT&T to sell, should the Verizon deal never come to fruition. The analyst told Apple Insider that these numbers “may be conservative.”According to the report, AT&T will sell a total of 63 million iPhones globally next year–that number is up from 46.3 million in 2010. The number will jump to 78.3 million globally in 2012. Apple and Verizon are both expected to nab 14 million each.last_img read more

first_imgGoogle achète (encore) des brevets IBMLe géant américain a acheté plus de 1.000 brevets à IBM, afin de consolider son portefeuille et d’éviter des procès pour violation de la propriété intellectuelle.Après une première salve fin juillet, Google et IBM ont décidé de remettre ça. Le moteur de recherche a ainsi annoncé l’achat de 1.023 brevets appartenant à IBM, et ceci pour deux raisons principales, explique l’AFP. À lire aussiÉquinoxe du Printemps : pourquoi tombe-t-il le 20 mars ?Il s’agit tout d’abord pour Google de consolider son portefeuille mais surtout de dissuader une éventuelle attaque en justice pour violation de la propriété intellectuelle, comme cela avait été le cas lors du rachat de Motorola Mobility. La firme de Mountain View, également poursuivi par Oracle pour violation de brevets depuis août 2010 à propos de son système d’exploitation Android, a confirmé la transaction avec IBM mais sans en dévoiler le montant exact. Mais alors que Google se prémunit, l’entreprise n’hésite pas à donner un coup de main à certains constructeurs, tel HTC qui mène également une bataille judiciaire… contre Apple ! Le 16 septembre 2011 à 10:51 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

first_imgTottenham Hotspur manager has backed Eric Dier to rediscover his best form as the team heads into a crunch period of Premier League and UEFA Champions League games.Dier has struggled to find form at times this season and was dropped from the starting line-up for the Champions League game between Spurs and Barcelona before the international break.However, the former Sporting Lisbon midfielder scored the winning goal in Spurs’ last league match against Cardiff, and Pochettino feels the midfielder’s performance against Spain for England in the UEFA Nations League will also help him to put his less convincing displays behind him.“Football is about perception, and always the last performance is the perception that keeps in our minds — in our fans’ and everyone,” Pochettino said, according to ESPN.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“I always tell the players that they need to improve and improve and improve.”“It’s the same when you don’t perform as well — you need to move on and forget it, [the same as] when you play well and get a very good result.”“If you don’t perform well, you need to perform better. If you perform well, you need to keep your level and always move on, move on, move on.”last_img read more

first_img Share your voice 13 Photos Mobile Comment How to stop robocalls Now playing: Watch this: 2:42 Often the numbers that show up in caller ID are “spoofed,” meaning appear to belong to friends or neighbors. These calls hide the real number to trick people into answering the call. The FCC has adopted some policies to reduce the number of calls people get. The agency is now allowing wireless carriers to automatically block calls suspected of being unwanted robocalls. Congress is also stepping in to ensure the agency has what it needs to give its policies teeth. The FCC is hosting a series of panels at its headquarters in Washington DC on Thursday. To follow the workshop in real time, you can tune into the FCC livestream. 1 FTC The Federal Communications Commission is hosting a Robocall Summit all day Thursday to detail the progress major phone companies have made in implementing technology and policies to stop incessant robocalls. The nation’s four major wireless carriers will be there, along with industry experts. The people at the workshop all have a hand in developing the technology standard for SHAKEN/STIR, a protocol that would validate whether calls are originating where they claim to be coming from and would allow for faster tracing of illegal calls to find out who’s responsible for them. The number of robocalls, which use autodialers and recorded messages to achieve high volumes, has exploded in recent years. Americans received 47.8 billion robocalls last year, according to an FCC report released in February. Nearly 50% of those calls were from scammers. The FCC said 60 percent of the complaints it receives each year are about robocalls. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has been leading an effort to “stop the scourge of illegal robocalls.” Samsung, LG, Motorola: How soon can we expect 5G phones? Tags FCClast_img read more

first_imgMahbubnagar: The Pochamma Bonalu were celebrated with grand fervour in Mahbubnagar district on Wednesday. Excise Minister K Srinivas Goud attended the programme and offered prayers to the deity at Ravindranagar Colony in the district on Wednesday. The Minister took part in the celebrations actively and even played drums and danced with Poturajus during the Bonalu procession. A large number of devotees took part in the celebrations and offered prayers for good health and copies rains.last_img

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first_imgTwo workers were killed in a road accident in Gazipur. The illustration has been used symbolically.Two workers were killed as a covered van crashed into a three- wheeler at Baroipara on Chandra-Nabinagar highway in Kaliakoir, Gazipur on Tuesday morning.The deceased were identified as Nazrul, 38 and Zarjid, 35, workers of a local factory.Mujibur Rahman, officer-in-charge of Konabari higway police station, said the accident took place in front of Nandan Park around 7:30am, leaving the duo dead on the spot.On information, police went to the spot, recovered the bodies and sent those to Shaheed Taj Uddin Ahmad Medical College Hospital for autopsy.last_img

first_img Popular on Variety Netflix has for years touted its algorithm-driven TV and movie recommendations. Now HBO is taking a subtle swipe at the streaming rival and other services that push computer-generated content suggestions with the launch of “Recommended by Humans.”HBO’s new marketing site is stocked with paid fan testimonials for around 50 shows, movies and documentaries that lets users sample them for free. “[T]he best recommendations come from real people,” HBO said Tuesday in announcing the site, available at humanreco.hbo.com.The site lets users scroll through a canvas on a desktop or mobile browser to watch 36 video testimonials and more than 150 Twitter recommendations from HBO fans. Featured titles range from recent series like “Game of Thrones,” “Succession,” and “Chernobyl” to older shows like “Sex and the City,” “The Sopranos,” “The Wire” and “Curb Your Enthusiasm.” How HBO’s ‘Chernobyl’ Recreated the Horrific Radiation Burns ‘His Dark Materials’ HBO Series Rounds Out Voice Cast ×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 For the campaign, HBO issued a casting call for viewers “who were so excited about their favorite shows they were willing to go on camera to recommend them,” according to a rep. The participants were free to choose which program to recommend and what they wanted to say about it. On the site, the premium programmer says, “We paid them for their time because we’re not monsters.” Related It’s the first HBO brand campaign to exclusively feature fans, developed by the programmer’s marketing team alongside agencies Engine and Resn. HBO is encouraging others to share their own recommendations on social media using the hashtag #HumanReco and says it will add more programs to “Recommended by Humans” in the future.Each fan recommendation on the site is accompanied by the trailer — along with the series premiere episode or full film, available to stream for free. HBO has offered free sampling of select content in the past, but the new site is the first time it’s pairing that with testimonials.Here’s the full list of programs available on the “Recommended by Humans” site: “A Black Lady Sketch Show,” “Animals.,” “Ballers,” “Big Little Lies,” “Bored to Death,” “Carnivale,” “Chernobyl,” “Crashing,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “Deadwood,” “Divorce,” “Eastbound & Down,” “Enlightened,” “Euphoria,” “Flight of the Conchords,” “Game of Thrones,” “Gentleman Jack,” “Girls,” “Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief,” “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver,” “Los Espookys,” “Mommy Dead and Dearest,” “My Brilliant Friend,” “Random Acts of Flyness,” “Sally4Ever,” “Sex and the City,” “Sharp Objects,” “Silicon Valley,” “Six Feet Under,” “Succession,” “The Comeback,” “The Deuce,” “The Jinx: The Life and Death of Robert Durst,” “The Larry Sanders Show,” “The Leftovers,” “The Night Of,” “The Normal Heart,” “The Sopranos,” “The Wire,” “The Young Pope,” “There’s Something Wrong with Aunt Diane,” “True Blood,” “True Detective,” “Veep,” “Vice Principals” and “Westworld.”last_img read more

first_imgA girl in class 10 writes ‘it feels really sad to know you all feel that women are inferior and not capable of doing anything’. Another girl writes ‘… but this world seems to suppress girls and dominate us, which is stupid’. Letters like these are part of an exhibition that aims to introduce visitors to what concerns these young girls.The title of the exhibition comes from American author and poet Maya Angelou’s collection of poems And Still I Rise as it goes with its central theme: raising awareness of gender discrimination and its impact on limiting opportunities for women worldwide. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’What makes the exhibition different is that it also features artworks inspired by the writings of girls aged 14-18 from countries like India, China, Britain and Mexico in which they openly address the many fears, insecurities and stereotypes that societies around the world are building.The letters grew out of a workshop conducted by a Delhi-based charity, Creative Services Support Group (CSSG), which invited around 200 schoolgirls in the city to pen down their thoughts on how girls are perceived in society and their role in it. The replies opened a pandora box of issues confronting these young girls and provided a gateway to their minds. The exhibition is on till April 12 at Instituto Cervantes de Nueva, Hanuman Road.last_img read more

first_imgSome 180 business leaders from 30 countries are signed up for the 15th edition of the Buyers Trade Mission (BTM), taking place Sept. 17-19, Costa Rica’s Foreign Trade Promotion Office (PROCOMER) announced.The event will be held at the Hotel Real InterContinental in Escazú, southwest of the capital, and aims to connect businesses offering products and services with international buyers.Some 250 Costa Rican companies – mostly small and medium-sized – will offer export products.The volume of business at the BTM has steadily increased in recent years, according to PROCOMER. The 2010 edition led to $35 million in business deals. In 2011, that figure increased to $38 million, and in 2012, deals reached $40 million.Participating companies will present products in agricultural, food, metalworking, construction, plastics, chemicals and pharmaceuticals sectors, as well as products for the aerospace and automotive industries.Lectures by international participants also will be offered free to the general public. Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

first_imgHong Kong has been one of the most popular destinations among Indians. Recently, Hong Kong has seen a rising interest among young, mid-career independent travellers who are looking for more undiscovered and lesser-known experiences. To lure more Indians to visit the city and get a taste of its local culture, the Hong Kong Tourism Board collaborated with Bollywood actress Yami Gautam to boost its ‘Discover Hong Kong Like A Local’ campaign in India. As a part of the collaboration, Gautam was invited to get an in-depth experience of Hong Kong’s unique and rich local culture and to become an advocate and endorser for experiences that Indian travellers can try.The Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB), Cathay Pacific and The Landmark, Mandarin Oriental together curated an experiential programme for Gautam. Through the programme, HKTB wants to showcase the captivating and authentic culture of Hong Kong through Yami’s eyes. Yami’s itinerary featured activities recommended by locals like visiting city attractions, local temples and monasteries, sampling street shopping and street food, going on walking tours of revamped old districts, enjoying some water sports and relaxing at local spas. Talking about her collaboration, Yami said, “I never realised how beautiful and fun Hong Kong is as a holiday destination. There is so much to explore here and it’s been absolutely thrilling to discover Hong Kong as a local would. I have truly enjoyed. The people have been so warm and welcoming and all the discoveries I’ve made from chic, charming districts to temples and monasteries, secret markets and fashion spots to delicious local food have been beyond impressive. I would love to come back to explore more of this vibrant city.”Puneet Kumar, Senior Manager, Marketing development for India region said, “Yami is a youth icon and has a huge fan following in India. We are delighted to collaborate with Yami to bring alive our new campaign “Discover Hong Kong Like a Local” to showcase Hong Kong’s local culture in neighbourhoods, unique retail and dining experiences and green outdoors. We have certainly impressed Gautam to become a fan of Hong Kong and we invite her fans to come and discover Hong Kong like Gautam on their next holiday in Hong Kong.”As a part of the programme, Yami was seen exploring districts like Old Town Central, which represents the beautiful union of eastern and western influences with ancient temples and streets alongside modern eateries and bars and Sham Shui Po, the fashion hub of Hong Kong where she will interact with local designers and get acquainted with local culture. Her other local experiences also included a ride on Aqua Luna, a visit to Big Buddha and Po Lin Monastery and a tea appreciation class.last_img read more

first_imgagentseventsSouth African TourismThe Lion King Wildlife Safari recently partnered with South African Tourism for a series of exclusive cinema screenings of The Lion King to select travel consultants in Perth, Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide. The Swahili words, ‘Hakuna Matata’, loosely translates to no worries, and travel consultants who attended the screening of The Lion King had “no worries” as they enjoyed pre theatre canapes and beverages prior to relaxing in generous platinum class seats with the essential movie snacks of popcorn and ice cream to watch the remake of the classic movie with its memorable wildlife characters and iconic African landscapes.last_img

first_imgShareTweetShareEmail0 Shares June 25, 2014; Chicago Sun-TimesIt seems like there was a little due diligence shortcoming in Illinois with the $15,770 grant from the state gave to address prisoner re-entry issues in Thornton Township.Project Hope isn’t in Thornton Township, but in suburban Dixmoor.The nonprofit operates out of a day care center, which one might say isn’t typical for prisoner re-entry programs.Apparently, Project Hope doesn’t have a re-entry program and hadn’t delivered any re-entry services for the state grant.Project Hope, a subcontractor of the Healthcare Consortium of Illinois, stumbled along for some time until HCI came down on it for having done little or nothing in the state’s anti-violence initiative. HCI might have been deficient in its selection and monitoring of Project Hope, but the Sun-Times reports that the state’s Violence Prevention Authority (IVPA), designed by the state government to administer the program, played an active role in vetting and signing off on subcontractors. The administrator of the Healthcare Consortium in charge of the program in the Township happened to be the spouse of a state legislator, which may be a factor in the insufficient due diligence. The Sun-Times implies that the qualifications of Project Hope for the work may be difficult to discern from the outset.While there were clearly problems with the Project Hope initiative, if the Sun-Times reporting is accurate, the problems were embedded into the state’s Neighborhood Recovery Initiative under which these grants were made. The state auditor’s report on this program is devastating, excoriating “pervasive deficiencies in IVPA’s planning, implementation, and management of the NRI program”:Overly hasty implementation of the NRI which adversely affecting the IVPA’s ability for planning and deployment of NRI resourcesNo documentation on IVPA’s selection of NRI communitiesFailure to select and appropriate resources to all of the most violent neighborhoods in Chicago, odd given that the program was an anti-violence programAs in the case of HCI, deficiencies in IVPA’s due diligence in selecting lead agenciesFailure to approve contracts with community partners in a timely manner.Substantial modifications of lead agencies’ budgets and late and frequently modified quarterly reports from lead agencies and community partners“Contractually required staffing levels were not met by community partners,”“IVPA did not adequately monitor the expenses incurred by lead agencies and community partners”The details behind these findings are actually worse than the items sound. IVPA’s implementation of the program started out of control and seemed to get worse over time. Here are two lessons from this sad story for nonprofits:The nonprofit sector has a stake in programs like the IVPA’s implementation of the NRI, not simply in seeing that they exist and provide dollars to contractors. Programs that are constructed and run like a shambles do damage to the nonprofit sector because they create the conditions for incidents like the Project Hope story in the Sun-Times. When state or federal programs rely on nonprofits, the nonprofit grant or contract recipients have an obligation to make sure that they advocate that they work. When entities like IVPA or HCI muck up the works, the reverberations extend far and wide and often negatively on nonprofit service deliverers.Much of the intended content of the IVPA/NRI program reads like a description of some of the program thinking behind the My Brother’s Keeper collaborative initiative of the White House and private foundations. The auditors summarized the four major touchpoints of the program: “1) Mentoring Plus Jobs – provide youth with part-time jobs, mentoring, and social/emotional skills and support; 2) Parent Leadership – provide parents with skills that would enable them to be community leaders, educators, and mentors for other parents; 3) School-Based Counseling – provide funding for community providers to provide school-based early intervention and trauma-informed counseling services for students; and 4) Reentry – provide Reentry services for youth and young adults returning to the community from youth and adult correctional facilities.” In a way, the muck-up in Illinois undermines the serious thinking going on in this country on what to do to help reverse the negative trends for black men and black boys. The Illinois state government should be condemned for its pathetic implementation of an important resource, and other state governments and their nonprofit partners should be strenuously distinguishing their serious efforts in this realm of work from the embarrassing program design and implementation in Illinois.Project Hope, HCI, IVPA, and the NRA all seem to have been terribly troubled. But their problems in this case emanated from the top, from the highest levels of Illinois state government that did a lousy job with an important program initiative. When state governments get concerned with making nonprofits work better, sometimes part of the solution is making state governments work better.—Rick CohenShareTweetShareEmail0 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgShare28TweetShareEmail28 SharesSeptember 23, 2015; The Hill Apparently GOP leadership is beginning to cotton on to the fact that if they shut down the government in an attempt to defund Planned Parenthood they may be shooting themselves in their collective foot. In fact Republican strategist Karl Rove in a op-ed published in The Wall Street Journal on Wednesday  declared that the move would be a “disaster for the pro-life cause.” For Rove, it is the right cause but the wrong tactic in that recent polls have indicated that most of the public not only does not want funding to Planned Parenthood cut and also oppose a government shutdown for that purpose.“Republicans in Congress who want to risk a shutdown over Planned Parenthood have an obligation to spell out how they would get it done. They can’t,” Rove wrote. “That’s why any Republicans who engineer a shutdown will be unwitting allies of the abortion movement,” not to mention that they would be risking a descent in the polls similar or worse than the 28% plummet they experienced after  the last shutdownHe called the advocates of the strategy a “suicide caucus” bent on self-promotion and acknowledged Planned Parenthood’s widespread support albeit in a backhanded way, saying, “A shutdown would give Planned Parenthood an opportunity to play the victim, and the majority of taxpayer dollars it receives are from mandatory spending programs like Medicaid, which is not subject to a shutdown.” he said.Meanwhile the Senate did block the bill yesterday, but House Speaker John Boehner apparently may have plans to advance a bill separate from the budget that would proceed with the attempt to defund Planned Parenthood. Any action like that would likely be vetoed by the President. Reportedly GOP leadership is also considering ramping up investigations of the nonprofit.—Ruth McCambridgeShare28TweetShareEmail28 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgShare50TweetShare2Email52 SharesCredit: Tom PageJune 14, 2017; New York Times, “The Upshot”As a small group of the Republican senators confer in secret to craft their version of the American Health Care Act (AHCA), they seem oblivious to the opinions and concerns of their constituents and of anyone outside of their meeting rooms in D.C. Inside the beltway, in Washington, D.C, where its voters have no representation in the Senate, 70 percent of that electorate oppose the AHCA. Massachusetts, Hawaii, and the state of Washington follow D.C. as the states with the next highest levels of opposition at 59 percent. The other 47 states fall into place, all with levels of opposition for the AHCA ranging from 57 to 40 percent. The poll shows that actual support for the AHCA is limited to a high of 38 percent in Oklahoma to a low of 22 percent in Massachusetts. There is no state that supports the secret plan that the GOP senators are currently writing to replace Obamacare.The authors of this polling information, Christopher Warshaw and David Brookman, utilized multiple polls to get to this data.To get a sense of support by state, we combined recent polls to estimate support for the AHCA in every senator’s home state. Our estimates indicate that not one state favors it. Even though very few state polls have been conducted on views of the AHCA, we are able to estimate views on the bill in each state using a statistical method called MRP (multilevel regress and post-stratification) and eight national polls that the Kaiser Family Foundation, YouGov, and Public Policy Polling shared with us on people’s views of the AHCA.Warshaw and Brookman, both political science professors (at MIT and Stanford), cited those findings as a surprising show of unity among red states and blue states. But they also indicated that elected officials (in this case, senators) are not totally oblivious to the opposition to this legislation back home.With AHCA support in the subbasement, Republican senators have indicated they hope to make changes to the law. Although we can’t be sure exactly what they will change or how it might influence public support, the YouGov data indicate that Republicans in the House had little success softening the public’s opposition with their own modifications. In fact, support for the AHCA was even lower in the three YouGov polls after the House made its changes than in the two YouGov polls conducted before it.What is, perhaps, most surprising in all of this opposition is the limited amount of information known about the Senate version of the AHCA. “The bill’s secrecy is garnering more and more attention, and more and more outrage,” Paul Waldman writes in an opinion piece for the Washington Post. “It has become one of the leading complaints Democrats make about it. And as any marketer knows, suspense is a terrific tool to increase public interest in your product. Tell people that your new movie or album is coming out soon, but give them only a taste of what it contains, and you’ll heighten the anticipation.”“By the time we actually get a look at the Senate’s bill,” Waldman writes, “all that waiting may have primed the media to give it a great deal of attention, primed Democratic officeholders to run to the cameras to denounce it, and primed liberal activists to mount an all-out assault on the bill, pressuring potentially wavering senators to oppose it.”How damaging will reelection prospects be for senators who support the AHCA in spite of the lack of support in their home states? A study from March 2012 found that “Democrats who supported Obamacare lost about six percentage points in the vote in 2010, a dangerous omen for the 15 sitting Republican senators who won their most recent elections by less than that number.”The verdict is out as to whether senators will actually pay attention to the objections of their constituents. But sometimes public opinion can be persuasive. As the Times says, the evidence shows that “when politicians learn that a majority of their constituents oppose a bill, many change their votes as a result. In one study, academics randomly assigned some legislators to receive information on public opinion in their districts, and found that legislators were much more likely to vote along with constituency opinion when they were informed of it. Research shows that politicians are surprisingly poor at estimating public opinion in their districts and states, Republicans in particular. GOP politicians tend to overestimate support for conservative healthcare views by about 20 percentage points—meaning Senate Republicans might see their states as just barely supporting the AHCA.”As the Republican leadership continues to huddle behind closed doors, with even members of their own party not privy to any information about the AHCA, they all might do well to pay closer attention to the views and concerns of voters in their home states before they embrace this unknown plan.—Carole LevineShare50TweetShare2Email52 Shareslast_img read more