Why Use A Travel Advisor? Carnival has plenty of reasons – and WUATA night TORONTO — It wasn’t even supposed to come to Toronto. When the list of dates for Carnival’s WUATA parties was first announced, July 24 was earmarked for Minneapolis. But then Toronto ended up snagging the date and last night local agents – and their clients – showed Carnival why Toronto was the perfect choice for a great WUATA event.WUATA, of course, stands for ‘Why Use a Travel Advisor’ and it’s the name of Carnival’s year-long campaign with special events, incentives and more, aimed at helping agents attract new clients and strengthen ties with existing clients.Launched in March 2019, WUATA features the WUATA parties, social media promotions, contests, exclusive merchandise, giveaways, text alerts and WUATA Word, an crowdsourced word cloud that will grow throughout the year as the movement expands.All the tools are available on GoCCL.com to help travel advisors spread the word to existing and potential clients, says the cruise line. Plus, last month Carnival launched WUATA.com, a WUATA brochure and an exclusive WUATA Facebook page.WUATA builds on a message that Carnival has been promoting for several years now: that it’s always better to book through a travel agent.As Carnival’s Senior Vice President, Global Sales & Trade Marketing, Adolfo Perez, said at last night’s WUATA event: “Why wouldn’t you use a travel agent? It’s like having a personal assistant. People are busy and there’s no time to do all that research.”More news: Air Canada’s global sales update includes Managing Director, Canada & USA SalesBack in 2017 and 2018 Carnival embarked on multi-city Agentpalooza tours, bringing Carnival’s energy and swag to thousands of agents. This year, said Perez, “we thought maybe there’s a way to connect with travel agents in a different way.”Perez adds that Carnival “also wanted to show consumers why travel agents are so important.”Lisa Booth (left), Cruise & Vacation Consultant with Expedia CruiseShipCenters in Toronto, with two of her clients. Agents at last night’s WUATA event were encouraged to bring two clients to the party. One client could be a past Carnival guest, and the other a good prospect for a Carnival cruise.At last night’s party the line premiered the latest WUATA campaign — a five-part video series featuring travel advisors and their clients sharing travel tales that tell the ‘WUATA Story.’ The videos do not promote specific advisors or agencies, but instead focus on the larger message of Why Use a Travel Advisor.“As the WUATA program gains traction we’re looking for even more ways to spread our message on the benefits of using a travel advisor, and there’s no better testimonial than seeing a real connection between a travel agent and their client,” said Perez. “This video series enables us to too add a relatable and personal element to WUATA in a format that we can push across multiple channels to reach more travelers.”More news: Transat calls Groupe Mach’s latest offer “highly abusive, coercive and misleading”All five videos are available on the WUATA Facebook page and WUATA.com. Agents can use a click-to-share tool to send the videos directly to their clients.Charlie Sylvia, Vice President, Membership and Trade Relations for CLIA, mixes and minglesJustin French, Carnival’s VP, Canada and Northern U.S., says Carnival has always had high support in Canada and it’s just getting stronger. “The past couple of years we’ve seen really great growth from the Canadian market,” he said at last night’s event.Carnival’s Senior Vice President, Global Sales & Trade Marketing, Adolfo PerezCarnival’s long list of North American homeports includes one in Canada (Vancouver) and several in northeastern U.S., like New York City and Boston, that work well for Canadian travellers. That said, the bulk of Carnival’s business is seven-night Caribbean itineraries out of south Florida, and Canadians have no problem making time for a trip to the Sunshine State for a cruise.Ann Chamberlin, Senior Vice President Membership, Marketing & Strategic Partnerships for ASTA, and Charlie Sylvia, Vice President, Membership and Trade Relations for CLIA, also spoke at last night’s WUATA party. The uptick in the number of travellers using travel agents “has nothing to do with price and everything to do with value,” said Sylvia. “And there’s nothing like getting a good value.”Last night’s WUATA party included cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, travel experts sharing the value of using a travel advisor, prizes, giveaways, fun photo-ops, and a Carnival 3 category upgrade offer. Guests could also purchase WUATA t-shirts for $25 with proceeds going to Carnival’s primary charitable partner, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital based in Memphis, TN. Thursday, July 25, 2019 Posted by Travelweek Group Tags: Carnival, WUATA Share << Previous PostNext Post >>
Marking the one year anniversary of the Japan Earthquake, Japan Tourism Agency and Japan National Tourism Org have launched a new campaign called “Japan. Thank You”The aim of the campaign is to express the people of Japan’s appreciation to people around the world who have given their support to the region since it was severely affected by the earthquake and its aftermath.According to JTA the country’s recovery has been more rapid than previously expected, with international tourist arrivals for January 2012 at about 700,000, representing only a 4.5 percent decrease compared to the same time last year.Through the new design logo “Japan. Thank You”, Japan wishes to show their sincere gratitude to all the tourists from overseas for their continued support.Some of the main activities include a special logo “Japan. Thank You.” and a special poster to be displayed in various parts of the world.“Thank You” displays will be placed at the main international airports and sea ports in Japan and a “Thank You” Origami Crane Campaign held in Marunouchi area of Tokyo.Additionally, “Thank You” banner displays will be put in shopping areas and displayed on buses, taxis and hotel flags in Tokyo, Yokohama, Kyoto, Osaka, Sendai and New York.“In the year of the Dragon, 2012, the poster depicts our resolution to ascend our way to recovery, while thanking all of you in the world who have given us support,” a JTA spokesperson said. This image depicts Japan’s resolution to ascent to recovery Source = e-Travel Blackboard: S.P
A woman was fined €10,000 for being in illegal possession of nine hares on Thursday in Nicosia.Police officers found the hares in the home of a 45-year-old resident of Nicosia during a search carried out in the morning under a court order.They were kept in a cage in the yard of the residence.Police proceeded to investigate and fined the woman €10,000 in an out-of-court settlement under the law for the protection of wild birds and game.You May LikeVitaminewsSeniors Should Be Eating This To Wash Out ArteriesVitaminewsUndoSoGoodlyMan Bought A Log Cabin For $100, And What He Did With It Made Everyone JealousSoGoodlyUndoHealthWatchContinuous, Automatic Heart Rate Tracking Right On Your WristHealthWatchUndo Films and food at RialtoUndoGreece to overturn law that made universities no-go zone for policeUndoBritish woman who claimed gang-rape taken to courtUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
Categories: Chatfield News,Chatfield Photos 31Mar Rep. Chatfield reads to 1,430 students during ‘March is Reading Month’ Lawmaker and former teacher encouraged area kids to form a healthy habit of readingIn celebration of the annual March is Reading Month, Rep. Lee Chatfield visited 14 elementary schools throughout his House district and he read to a total of 1,430 students in 65 classes.“It was not only an honor to visit these schools, but I had an absolute blast reading to the students and I was encouraged by their excitement to learn,” said Rep. Chatfield, R-Levering. “In every class, I reminded students of the importance of forming a healthy habit of reading, and I shared with them my favorite quote from Dr. Seuss: ‘The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you will go.’”Gov. Rick Snyder emphasized the importance of focusing on reading proficiency by the third grade in his State of the State address back in January.“Reading is a fundamental life skill and it is vital to establish a strong learning foundation at a young age in order to prepare kids for success. As a former elementary and high school teacher, it was great being back in the classroom and positively impacting children’s lives,” concluded Rep. Chatfield.The local schools that Rep. Chatfield visited throughout Cheboygan, Chippewa, Emmet and Mackinac counties are:Bahweting Anishnabe Elementary in Sault Ste. MarieBlackbird Elementary in Harbor SpringsCentral Elementary in PetoskeyCheboygan East Elementary in CheboyganInland Lakes Elementary in Indian RiverLincoln Elementary in Sault Ste. MarieLittlefield Elementary in AlansonMackinaw City Elementary in Mackinaw CityNorthern Michigan Christian Academy in Burt LakePellston Elementary in PellstonShay Elementary in Harbor SpringsSoo Township Elementary in Sault Ste. MarieSt. Ignace Elementary in St. IgnaceWashington Elementary in Sault Ste. MarieRep. Chatfield can be reached by phone at 517-373-2629 or by email at LeeChatfield@house.mi.gov.
24May Fennville students join Rep. Whiteford in House Natural Resources Committee Students present ‘Salmon in the Classroom’ project to legislatorsState Rep. Mary Whiteford today welcomed a group of students from Fennville High School to the Capitol where they gave a special presentation to the House Natural Resources Committee.The students, along with their science teacher Carole McNeal, joined Rep. Whiteford in sharing with the committee their work to raise and release salmon in the Kalamazoo River as part of the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Salmon in the Classroom project.The Salmon in the Classroom project is a unique partnership between the DNR and select schools from across the state of Michigan. These select schools agree to care for the salmon as they grow before releasing them. In Fennville, fifth graders from Fennville Elementary School help with the release of the salmon.“This program is so much more than a science project,” said Rep. Whiteford, R-Casco Township. “This is a unique life experience that allows the students to be involved with the natural resources that surround our community.“I admire Mrs. McNeal for making science class truly come to life for these young adults. It’s exciting to see them inspire younger students to be involved with this hands-on science project and then come to Lansing and share what they learned with the Natural Resources Committee.”Over 100 Michigan schools currently participate in the Salmon in the Classroom project. For more information you can visit the Michigan DNR website.### Categories: Whiteford News,Whiteford Photos
12Sep Rep. Bellino announces September office hours State Rep. Joe Bellino of Monroe will host office hours on Monday, Sept. 25 to meet with residents of Monroe and Wayne counties.“Meeting with residents in our community during monthly office hours is always rewarding,” Rep. Bellino said. “I look forward to discussing any ideas people have about state government and improving our great state.”Rep. Bellino will meet with residents at the following times and locations:9 to 10 a.m. at Biggby, 26614 Telegraph Road in Flat Rock;10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Tim Hortons, 404 S. Monroe St. in Monroe; andNoon to 1 p.m. at Carleton Library, 1444 Kent St. in Carleton.Appointments are not necessary during office hours. Anyone unable to attend is encouraged to contact Rep. Bellino’s office at (517) 373-1530, email JosephBellino@house.mi.gov or visit www.RepBellino.com. Categories: Bellino News
02Jan Rep. Hornberger invites residents to in-district office hours Categories: Hornberger News State Rep. Pamela Hornberger encourages residents to join her for local office hours on Monday, Jan. 8 at various times and locations around St. Clair County.“This is a great opportunity to ask questions regarding current legislation or address any issues you may encounter while navigating state government,” said Hornberger of Chesterfield Township. “I am committed to remaining available and accountable to all local residents.”Office hours will be at the following times and locations:8 to 9 a.m. at the Ira Township Hall, 7085 Meldrum Road in Ira;9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the Casco Township Hall, 4512 Meldrum Road in Casco; and11 a.m. to noon at the Columbus Township Hall, 1732 Bauman Road in Columbus.No reservation is necessary. Those unable to attend may call Rep. Hornberger at 517-373-8931 or via email PamelaHornberger@house.mi.gov to schedule an alternate meeting time and location.
Categories: LaSata News,News 18Dec Rep. LaSata plan to protect sexual assault victims signed into law A proposal from State Representative Kim LaSata expanding the capacity of the OK2SAY hotline to accept reports on sexual abuse, assault and rape was signed by the Governor on Monday.OK2SAY was originally established in 2014 as a method of anonymously reporting criminal activity at school. The 24-hour system has been expanded to include other crimes and has received more than 16,000 reports.“This confidential reporting program has been an effective tool for students to provide important information about potentially dangerous situations happening in their schools or neighborhoods,” said LaSata, of Bainbridge Township. “This assists our law enforcement officials who are doing their best to ensure a safe and supportive environment for our children and young adults.”House Bill 5539, now Public Act 371 of 2018, was one of several bills signed on Monday to ensure additional protections for Michigan’s children in the wake of the Larry Nassar sexual abuse scandal. LaSata helped lead a legislative inquiry into Michigan State University’s handling of the Nassar scandal while exploring ways to adopt preventative measures for the future.“It is critical that our students feel protected. I am hopeful these reforms will create a safer environment for our kids for years to come,” said LaSata. “Nassar’s acts were unspeakably traumatic for victims and we had to come together to find ways to ensure such acts don’t go unchecked in the future.”HB 5539 had unanimous support in the Michigan House and Senate before reaching the Governor’s desk.###
State Rep. Andrea Schroeder is asking people in the 43rd District to help make her new Lansing office feel more like home.Schroeder, R-Independence Township, is sponsoring a photo contest asking people to send her their picturesque photographs of Waterford Township, the city of Lake Angelus, the village of Clarkston, and Independence Township. The top three winning entries will be framed and displayed in her Lansing office.“I’m excited to see what people consider to be the most photogenic locations in the 43rd House District,” Schroeder said. “I look forward to sharing the beauty of Oakland County with everyone who visits this office.”The winning photo will be displayed in her office, where she greets guests and visitors. The photographer must be a resident of the 43rd House District and will be invited to join her in Lansing for the unveiling of the photo. The runners-up will hang in the lobby area of the office. She will also be conducting a “people’s choice award” through her Facebook page once all entries have been submitted.Photographs should be sent to Schroeder by Friday, Feb. 8. They may be sent digitally to AndreaSchroeder@house.mi.gov, or via Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/StateRepSchroeder Categories: Schroeder News 04Jan Rep. Schroeder announces photo contest
ShareTweetShareEmail0 Shares December 16, 2014; MSNBCIn the good news department, MSNBC reports on a study from the Urban Institute that the Affordable Care Act “will reduce the coverage gap between minorities and whites [but] blacks won’t benefit as dramatically unless more states embrace the health care law’s Medicaid expansion.” As the Urban Institute table below demonstrates, the difference for blacks between the ACA with Medicaid expansions as approved so far and ACA implementation with full Medicaid expansion is significant. Why is the Medicaid expansion so important? Over half of blacks live in states that did not expand Medicaid in 2014. Without the ACA, the uninsured rate for blacks is 19.6 percent. As the ACA is currently structured, with 27 states and the District of Columbia having chosen to expand Medicaid, the rate is projected to drop to 11.3 percent. But if all states expanded Medicaid coverage, it would be down to 7.2 percent. For Latinos, even with the exclusion of undocumented immigrants from ACA coverage, the gains from Medicaid expansion could be dramatic, especially if Texas were to expand Medicaid.This study puts a major question in front of nonprofit advocates and state governments. Should the states reject the almost totally federally paid-for Medicaid expansion due to the reduction of Medicaid subsidies for expansion some years down the line, a budgetary concern voiced by some critics of the ACA version of Medicaid? Or should states do a different calculation that weighs budget costs against the cost of healthcare treatment for various populations whose lack of insurance coverage would mean that they would be generating health treatment costs in hospital emergency rooms and in communities overall? Are nonprofits willing to put their advocacy mettle behind all-state Medicaid expansion because of the better health care outcomes for blacks (and Latinos), or will they take a pass on that issue because of potential state budget consequences further down the line?—Rick Cohen ShareTweetShareEmail0 Shares
Share49TweetShare25Email74 SharesDmitro2009 / Shutterstock.comAugust 4, 2015; Los Angeles TimesAccording to a report on a survey just released by the Mellon Foundation, the Association of Art Museum Directors, and the American Alliance of Museums, approximately 60 percent of the staff positions at U.S. museums are filled by women. This gender diversity extends up and even expands through the curatorial, conservation, and education roles often seen as pipelines to top leadership positions. Ethnic minorities, on the other hand, were found to fill only 28 percent of staff positions, and those minorities were dominant only in janitorial and security positions.As readers may recall, this is the second recent study we have covered about museum diversity. Last year, the Association of Art Museum Directors released a study that looked specifically at gender diversity only to find that leadership in larger institutions is consistently dominated by white males. This study deepens the examination of that field in a way that is very specific and useful.With 181 art museums responding, the survey found no sign of a leadership pipeline for museum staff from historically underrepresented minorities. Among those highly paid positions of curators, conservators, educators, and leaders, four percent are African American, three percent are Latino, and Asians account for six percent. Whites hold 84% of these high-level jobs.In the introduction to the study, Mariët Westermann, Vice President of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, suggests this means that two different strategies need to be deployed to achieve gender diversity and ethnic diversity, and the first is likely to be easier than the latter:“Two specific results point to pathways for diversifying museum leadership and the positions that shape museums as venues of research and lifelong education. First, progress is likely to be swifter and easier on gender equality than on minority representation. As museum staff has become 60 percent female over the past decade or so, there is now also a preponderance of women in the curatorial, conservation, and educational roles that constitute the pipeline for leadership positions such as museum director, chief curator, and head of conservation or education. With close attention to equitable promotion and hiring practices for senior positions, art museums should be able to achieve greater gender equality in their leadership cohorts within the foreseeable future.“Second, there is no comparable ‘youth bulge’ of staff from historically underrepresented minorities in curatorial, education, or conservation departments. The percentages of staff from underrepresented communities in such positions are basically level at 27.5 percent across the different age cohorts born from the 1960s to 1990s. Therefore, even promotion protocols that are maximally intentional about the organizational benefits of diversity are not going to make museum leadership cohorts notably more diverse if there is no simultaneous increase in the presence of historically underrepresented minorities on museum staff altogether, and particularly in the professions that drive the museum’s programs in collection development, research, exhibitions, and education. This finding suggests that diverse educational pipelines into curatorial, conservation, and other art museum careers are going to be critical if art museums wish to have truly diverse staff and inclusive cultures. It also indicates that the nation will need more programs that encourage students of color to pursue graduate education in preparation for museum positions…”We’d love to hear readers’ reactions to these conclusions. Are there other fields that need to be examined in the same way?—Ruth McCambridge Share49TweetShare25Email74 Shares
Share2TweetShareEmail2 SharesJanuary 30, 2016; New York TimesWe know President Barack Obama and his gun control coalition just clicked “like” on this status. Facebook, including its executives like CEO Mark Zuckerberg, are no strangers to interjecting themselves into public policy debates. Indeed, the organization has its own public policy department, which has addressed issues from online piracy to supporting STEM education for low-income children. Now, the social media juggernaut is jumping with both feet into the gun control debate by banning private sales of guns on its website and its photo-sharing platform Instagram, which it acquired in 2012.Under pressure from advocacy groups back in 2014, Facebook said it would attempt to limit gun sales on its site. Now, guns will join a ban list that includes marijuana, illegal drugs, and pharmaceutical drugs from being “sold” on its site through a user’s or organization’s page. The ban would apply not only to sales conducted entirely virtually, but also through any in-person sales coordinated on the social media website. In order to police any behavior that would violate the ban, the website will rely on its nearly two billion monthly visitors to report the behavior to site administrators. The site would then work with law enforcement if it were believed someone’s life was endangered by the sale of the gun.Admittedly, actual enforcement of the ban is questionable given the sheer volume of posts being made and, in particular, the difficulty of tracking exchanges in Facebook’s private messaging system. Further, the ban does not apply to licensed gun dealers and gun clubs, who will continue to have pages and profiles on the site.“Over the last two years, more and more people have been using Facebook to discover products and to buy and sell things to one another,” said Monika Bickert, Facebook’s head of product policy. “We are continuing to develop, test, and launch new products to make this experience even better for people and are updating our regulated goods policies to reflect this evolution.”Illegal gun sales are known to occur regularly on the Dark Web, mostly untraceable to authorities, but little do we know that Facebook had also become a breeding ground for such transactions. While the website itself does not admit complicity in the sales, it acknowledges that its platform has been used to negotiate and coordinate illegal gun sales without the use of important background checks meant to prevent ex-felons with violent records or those with certain mental illnesses from acquiring guns.The decision is grounded at least in part in the lobbying by gun safety groups like Everytown for Gun Safety and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, both of which met with Facebook and assessed the situation with gun sales. According to research Everytown for Gun Safety presented to Facebook, there is an evident connection between gun sales by private individuals conducted on the Facebook site with gun violence. As described in the Times, one example is Brian Harleman, who bought a gun in a private transaction in December 2014, non-fatally shot his ex-girlfriend, and killed his 10-year-old daughter before turning the gun on himself.The ban underscores what gun control activists like President Obama after the latest series of mass shootings have been fighting for: greater restrictions on who can get their hands on guns and how. Earlier this week, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said, “Obviously, we welcome steps from private entities like Facebook.”We have taken issue with Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates and the like interjecting themselves in public policy where they don’t belong, but this internal policy change at Facebook addresses a very real issue occurring on the site. Should it ignore the private sales, according to the research presented, it could arguably be contributing to gun violence deaths. Perhaps most importantly, Facebook is also sending a signal to other social media platforms that may also see such sales, like Twitter, Reddit, and Tumblr, among others.“What they’re doing is sending such an incredibly strong, sentinel signal to the world that America is working in the right direction on guns,” said Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. “For them to take a stand and do the right thing gives cover to other businesses to do the right thing.”—Shafaq HasanShare2TweetShareEmail2 Shares
Share34TweetShareEmail34 SharesApril 3, 2016; Washington PostDiane Ravitch, well known for her advocacy against corporate school reform, is calling on all parents to join in opting out of standardized testing for their children this spring.Ravitch is the president of the Network for Public Education, from which this video, aimed at parents, was released.Message from Diane Ravitch about Opt Out from Shoot4Education on Vimeo.In the video, Ravitch says that although testing has had devastating effects on curricula and provides “no useful information” about either the students or teachers it claims to evaluate, it appears nothing will get the attention of public officials short of a national boycott.“Opt-out is the only way you have to tell policymakers that they’re heading in the wrong direction,” Ravitch says.NPQ has written in detail about this movement before, noting in April of last year that organized protests had taken place in Colorado, Florida, Oregon, Maine, Michigan, New York, New Mexico, and Pennsylvania.Ravitch worked as assistant secretary in charge of research and improvement in President George H.W. Bush’s education cabinet, serving as counsel to then–Education Secretary Lamar Alexander. Though she began as a supporter of No Child Left Behind, her research on its effects convinced her of its wrongheadedness.The “opt-out” movement has been growing in recent years, with 20 percent of New York State students sitting the tests out last year. States are supposed to be sanctioned by the federal government if less than 95 percent of students are tested, but the National Center for Fair and Open Testing (FairTest), another organization urging opt-outs, claims they know of no sanctions being imposed on states where students opt out.Yohuru Williams, Fairfield University professor and a board member of the Network for Public Education, said in a statement:Choosing to opt out is one way of fighting back against the tide of corporate education reform with its emphasis on high-stakes testing, which has had a traumatizing effect on young people. We have a moral responsibility to demand that the government attack the real source of inequality in American society, which is poverty, rather than promoting schemes that discourage rather than encourage social justice.United Opt Out National and FairTest both have information on their websites about how to opt out.—Ruth McCambridgeShare34TweetShareEmail34 Shares
Share29TweetShareEmail29 SharesFDR Memorial, NYC, Louis Kahn / Timothy BrownMay 10, 2016; New York TimesNew York City and the Four Freedoms Park Conservancy have reached a standoff in their four-year battle over the accessibility of the Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park located on Roosevelt Island. The debate centers around a 12-by-60-foot sunken terrace that features views of the East River and is said to give viewers “access to the visual experience intended by architect Louis Kahn,” the renowned twentieth-century architect who designed the park in the 1970s. Although changes were made to Kahn’s original design to ensure individuals using wheelchairs could gain access to the memorial, visitors must descend a few stairs to reach the sunken terrace, making this space inaccessible to visitors with mobility impairments.The de Blasio administration argues that while the park was designed before the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), construction on the park didn’t begin until 2010, which is well after the ADA went into effect. Thus, since the terrace is not accessible, the park does not comply with ADA standards. The administration proposes that the nonprofit conservancy install ramps with rails to grant inclusive access to the sunken terrace. Representatives from the Four Freedoms Park Conservancy essentially contend that installing the ramps and rails would be an undue burden, as they would take away from the visual effect of Kahn’s design. Both the Four Freedoms Park Conservancy and the de Blasio administration state that the ADA supports their side in this argument.This dispute raises a number of important questions.How accessible is accessible enough? According to the Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park website, the entire memorial park spans four acres, and the terrace makes up only 720 square feet. Therefore, the inaccessible region makes up less than one percent of the park. However, when we look to Kahn’s own words, referring to his vision of the memorial to be a “room and a garden,” the terrace appears more significant, as it enhances the views from a region called the Room. Clearly, the architect meant for this sunken terrace to add value to the park. In that case, shouldn’t all of the park’s visitors be granted access to this space? Importantly, and ironically, if FDR himself were to visit the memorial created in his honor, he might not be able to access the terrace.Would a victory for the Four Freedoms Park Conservancy have an impact on how the ADA is interpreted? The ADA was enacted to prevent discrimination against people with disabilities. A win for this nonprofit could actually set a precedent for building owners and landowners to discriminate against people with disabilities under the guise of the artistic vision of the architect. If the argument is upheld in this case, it would be difficult to prove that ADA noncompliance is due to outright discrimination as opposed merely staying true to an architect’s vision.How have disabilities rights organizations responded to the dispute? The only disability rights group that has put out a statement regarding this story is the Roosevelt Island Disabled Association. The president of this association has offered support for the Conservancy’s side of the argument. However, it is important to note that the Association received funding from the Conservancy to create a sculpture of FDR. Thus, the opinion of the Association has the potential to be biased.Although the de Blasio administration has declared the memorial park noncompliant with ADA regulations, the Four Freedoms Park Conservancy does not appear to be backing down, even after the administration withheld hundreds of thousands of dollars in funding and the certificate of occupancy. According to Sally Minard, the president of the Conservancy, “We believed then, as we do now, that the park more than meets the requirements for accessibility for those with a disability, and that the memorial as a whole is ADA compliant.”—Sheela NimishakaviShare29TweetShareEmail29 Shares
Share25TweetShareEmail25 SharesBy Dmbronner – Own work, Public Domain, LinkAugust 7, 2018; NBC News and The HillThe premise that the Trump administration is not opposed to all immigration to the United States but just to “illegal immigration” may now be stood on its head, as a significant change to immigration policy is about to take place. Under the proposed policy, if you legally migrate to the US and accept government benefits—such as Obamacare, or other commonly used subsidy programs like SNAP (food stamps) or children’s health care—your odds of being granted permanent residency (i.e., a green card) and citizenship would go down. The policy does not require Congressional approval and would constitute the most sweeping change in decades, leaving many families who are already living here legally in limbo as to their welfare and status.Julia Ainsley, reporting for NBC News, indicated that:Details of the rulemaking proposal are still being finalized, but based on a recent draft seen last week and described to NBC News, immigrants living legally in the US who have ever used or whose household members have ever used Obamacare, children’s health insurance, food stamps and other benefits could be hindered from obtaining legal status in the US.Immigration lawyers and advocates and public health researchers say it would be the biggest change to the legal immigration system in decades and estimate that more than 20 million immigrants could be affected. They say it would fall particularly hard on immigrants working jobs that don’t pay enough to support their families.Indicators show that a version of this plan has been sent to the Office of Management and Budget, which is the final step before it is published as a rule in the Federal Register. Once published, there will be time for public comment, but it is unlikely that the administration will take notice of those comments given their sense of the need for these new rules.And why do we need these “protections” from adding others to our citizen rolls who have come to this country legally, worked, and paid taxes and now seek to make their commitment to the US permanent? Speaking to The Hill, a Department of Homeland Security spokesperson stated, “The administration is committed to enforcing existing immigration law, which is clearly intended to protect the American taxpayer by ensuring that foreign nationals seeking to enter or remain in the US are self-sufficient. Any proposed changes would ensure that the government takes the responsibility of being good stewards of taxpayer funds seriously and adjudicates immigration benefit requests in accordance with the law.”The irony is that “protecting the American taxpayer” via this new plan punishes a group of people for availing themselves of benefits (healthcare, food subsidies, and benefits for members of their families who are disabled) that would allow them to move up the economic ladder and possibly out of poverty into a self-sustaining lifestyle. Now, these new rules put them in the dilemma of having to choose between what they need to live now and a future that could mean deportation. Families that have used Obamacare, the children’s health care program, SNAP, or other subsidy programs now face a future in which they can be punished for using those services. Will this make them need this help less? Perhaps not. But they might now choose not to use it, and that could mean more children in school without access to health care and more families scrounging for food and waiting in lines at food pantries that do not ask for identification. In short, more people in poverty.The consequences for the health and well-being of people already in this country, as well as for those who look to the US as a possible place of safety and refuge, are compromised with these changes. Perhaps the statement from the National Immigration Law Center said it best: “Any policy forcing millions of families to choose between the denial of status and food or health care would exacerbate serious problems such as hunger, unmet health needs, child poverty and homelessness, with lasting consequences for families’ wellbeing and long-term success and community prosperity.”—Carole LevineShare25TweetShareEmail25 Shares
Rostelecom has completed its acquisition of a 28.2% stake in Russian cable operator NTC, taking it to 100% ownership of the company.Rostelecom began the consolidation of NTC in February last year by acquiring a 71.8% stake. NTC reportedly turned in revenues of RUB10.8 billion (€280 million) last year, up 14%, while OIBDA was RUB4.4 billion, up 27%. The company had 195,000 digital pay TV subscribers, up 59%, and 530,000 broadband subscribers, up 39%.The merger with Rostelecom is expected to generate synergies of RUB2 billion by 2015.
About one in four UK viewers now spend the majority of their TV viewing time watching non-linear TV, according to a survey by YouGov.Some 41% of 18-24 year olds now spend the majority of their TV viewing watching on-demand services, while over 50% of that age group equipped with internet-connected TVs watch no linear TV at all, according to the survey. Over the population as a whole, one in three owners of internet-connected TVs spend most of their TV viewing time watching non-linear services.Among older viewers, the trend is less pronounced. Some 15% of those over 55 spend most of their time watching on-demand content.
The German version of entertainment channel Sky Atlantic will be made available on Kabel Deutschland’s (KDG) cable network later this year.Pay TV operator Sky Deutschland, which operates the channel, has already struck carriage deals with cable operators including Unitymedia, Kabel BW, NetCologne, Tele Columbus and KMS.Sky Atlantic offers a wide range of content from US network HBO including Game of Thrones, Boardwalk Empire and The Newsroom.
BSkyB has struck a £49 million (€57 million) deal with Virgin Media’s business services unit whereby the latter will provide backhaul network capacity for its broadband service.Virgin Media will connect about a third of Sky’s unbundled local exchanges with Sky’s own wholly-owned broadband network.The five-year contract will see the core of the network in place by the end of this year, with Virgin Media Business’s high-capacity services product delivering speeds of up 10Gbps for each connection.
Three South African business and financial news brands are combining to create a new business channel, Business Day TV.The new channel which combines news title Business Day with Summit TV and input from Bloomberg Television, has replaced Summit TV on pay TV platform DStv.The channel will feature international business and financial news channel Bloomberg Television programming, including live market coverage and analysis from Europe and the US for 10 hours a day in addition to the acclaimed coverage of local markets and news currently supplied by Business Day and Summit TV.“The new proposition will provide investors and business news consumers with an editorially credible local and international business news proposition,” said Peter Bruce, publisher and editor-in-chief of BDFM. “We are truly excited about Business Day TV becoming an extended platform for the strong, independent editorial content we already produce in Business Day, Financial Mail and BDlive every day, and the market-leading content offered by Bloomberg Television.”“We congratulate the Business Day, Summit and Bloomberg teams on the launch of Business Day TV. We are proud to be hosting this channel on DStv and believe it will complement and enhance our business news offering on our platform,”said Collins Khumalo, CEO of MultiChoice South Africa.