Cabinet extends best wishes to Dr Ken Baugh

first_imgCabinet extends best wishes to Dr Ken Baugh Office of the Prime MinisterNovember 17, 2015Written by: Marlon Tingling RelatedReassignment of Permanent Secretaries RelatedPrime Minister Thanks US Medical Mission and Says Visit Is Timely Advertisements Cabinet has extended best wishes to Dr Ken Baugh for a complete and speedy recovery. In a statement, the Cabinet said it was pleased to learn that Dr Baugh was making good progress in his recovery following a successful surgery last Friday at the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI). A former Cabinet member in the JLP Administration, Dr Baugh served as Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade. The Cabinet said it looked forward to Dr Baugh’s full return to good health.center_img Story HighlightsCabinet has extended best wishes to Dr Ken Baugh for a complete and speedy recovery.The Cabinet said it was pleased to learn that Dr Baugh was making good progress in his recovery following a successful surgery last Friday at the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI).A former Cabinet member in the JLP Administration, Dr Baugh served as Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade. RelatedWorld Bank a Key Partner in Jamaica’s Development – PM FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail last_img read more

Culture Watch – TWO DADS, TWO DOCS

first_imgMaleonn’s Son Puppet from “Our Time Machine”. Courtesy Maleonn Studio.Maleonn with Bird Sculpture from “Our Time Machine.” Courtesy: Maleonn Studio.Puppets and puppeteers from “Our Time Machine.” Courtesy Maleonn Studio.Dick Johnson, star of “Dick Johnson is Dead.” Courtesy photo.Dick Johnson plays dead in “Dick Johnson is Dead.” Courtesy photo.Kirsten Johnson sets the shot with Dick in “Dick Johnson is Dead.” Courtesy photo.Tags :Alzheimer’sCultural RevolutiondementiaDick JohnsonDick Johnson is DeadKristen JohnsonMa KeMaleonnOur Time MachineShanghai Chinese Opera Theatreshare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentThink 2020’s disasters are wild? 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Spitz9 months agoAlzheimer’sCultural RevolutiondementiaDick JohnsonDick Johnson is DeadKristen JohnsonMa KeMaleonnOur Time MachineShanghai Chinese Opera TheatreKirsten Johnson sets the shot with Dick in “Dick Johnson is Dead.” Courtesy photo. I love movies that don’t follow a standard story line and that veer into unknown, imaginative and thought-provoking territory. That’s exactly what I got, watching a pair of adult artists, living across the globe from one another, as they dedicate themselves to honoring their fathers’ lives, while watching their memories fade, in two remarkable, fantasy-inflected documentaries.“Our Time Machine,” and “Dick Johnson is Dead” are brilliant examples of how to face end-of-life realities while recognizing and celebrating the lives of those whose minds no longer fully serve them.OUR TIME MACHINEIn “Our Time Machine” Maleonn, one of China’s most influential conceptual artists, is pouring everything he has into creating an ambitious theatre project, “Papa’s Time Machine,” a puppet play based on autobiographical scenes from his father Ma Ke’s life and career. An only child, he wants to collaborate with his father, with whom he has had a distant relationship that has begun to improve over the years. But now Ma Ke has Alzheimer’s and it’s a race against time.During the Cultural Revolution, Ma Ke and his wife were sent to the countryside to pick cotton. A decade later, when the family returned to the city, Ma Ke began staging Peking operas as artistic director of the Shanghai Chinese Opera Theatre. In this documentary, Ma Ke proudly repeats—frequently—that he directed more than 80 productions, a measure of both his pride of accomplishment and the fact that, even as his memory leaves him, this one defines who he is.Maleonn, an only child, is renowned for fantastical puppet and mechanical creations. But here, he is trying hard to connect with his father’s memories and engage with his experiences to create a stage play about him, something he’s never done before. It becomes more difficult to collaborate as Ma Ke’s memory and medical condition deteriorate. Running way over budget, Maleonn is nevertheless obsessed with meeting his obligation to honor his father and finish this project, even while trying to make it a commercial success.The story is beautifully documented by filmmakers Yang Sun and S. Leo Chiang, who follow the entire process of Maleonn’s project from creation to completion, documenting Ma Ke’s personal history and Maleonn’s reminiscences about their relationship. The machines and puppets that Maleonn builds are fantastic in and of themselves, and allowing us to observe his creative process is a masterful touch.It’s visually stunning, emotionally moving and altogether inspiring. “Our Time Machine” won the “Best Cinematography” Award at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival. Do a good local turn and watch it via Laemmle Theatres Virtual Cinema, starting tomorrow. JOHNSON IS DEADMeet Richard Johnson, a beloved 86-yearold psychiatrist whose daughter Kirsten is a renowned cinematographer and respected independent documentary film maker (“Cameraperson”). Dick’s losing his memory which, as a professional, he recognizes to the extent he can. But he and Kirsten together watched his wife’s mental condition deteriorate and spiral into dementia and they both know what’s coming.As Kirsten begins seeing some of the same signs of dementia in Dick as she saw in her mother’s decline, she realizes that his time on Earth is limited. To deal with this reality in her own way, she commits to creating a fantasy documentary that confronts his inevitable death.Except she does this humorously and imaginatively, inventing creative ways for him to die, in a movie in which he stars.It’s a very “meta” kind of movie: you’re watching behind the scenes as the sausage is being made, so you know that there are stunt doubles, who are doing the “actual” (staged on camera) dying, and no actual Dick was harmed in the making of the movie.There’s everything you could want: humor, pathos, animation, watching sets being built to create some of the fantasy scenes; you’ll see an air conditioner fall on Dick’s head, Dick in a car crash, and what I am assuming is an ACTUAL scene of Dick being taken away by ambulance after he suffers a heart attack. You’ll even attend his funeral. Sort of. It’s the OPPOSITE of morbid.It’s a continually surprising movie, and while I don’t want to spoil the multiple endings, every time you think it’s over for Dick, well—just maybe—it isn’t. Seriously, there are some real head-twirling moments that will make your heart break, then burst with relief and astonishment.It’s a great escape film that touches on our deepest fears about death, life and memory loss, but it’s joyous, redemptive and so wonderfully well done that I’m going to watch it again. Which will be easy because “Dick Johnson is Dead” will be available on Netflix, starting October 2. Do not miss it.Sarah A. Spitz is an award-winning public radio producer, retired from KCRW, where she also produced arts stories for NPR. She writes features and reviews for various print and online publications.last_img read more

Former NFL receiver Vincent Jackson found dead in hotel room

first_imgHomeNewsFormer NFL receiver Vincent Jackson found dead in hotel room Feb. 16, 2021 at 5:00 amNewsFormer NFL receiver Vincent Jackson found dead in hotel roomAssociated Press4 months agonfl Associated PressFormer NFL wide receiver Vincent Jackson was found dead Monday at a Florida hotel room, days after authorities spoke with him as part of a welfare check, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.A housekeeper discovered the 38-year-old’s body at around 11:30 a.m. Monday, official said.There were no signs of trauma and the medical examiner’s office was looking into a cause of death at the Homewood Suites in Brandon, near Tampa.Sheriff’s officials said his family initially reported Jackson missing on Wednesday. Deputies tracked him down to the hotel two days later, spoke with him and canceled the missing persons case.Sheriff Chad Chronister said his department has opened an investigation.“My heart aches for the many loved ones Vincent Jackson leaves behind, from his wife and children to the Buccaneers nation that adored him,” Chronister said in a statement posted on social media.“Mr. Jackson was a devoted man who put his family and community above everything else,” the sheriff said, noting that Jackson, a South Tampa resident, was made an honorary deputy.Jackson played for the San Diego Chargers for seven seasons before becoming a free agent because of a contract dispute. He then went on to play five seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, making his last appearance in 2016. He recorded 57 receiving touchdowns and was selected to the Pro Bowl three times.The son of military parents, Jackson founded the Jackson In Action 83 Foundation, a nonprofit to support military families.“We are all mourning the loss of our beloved @VincentTJackson. His wife and family ask that everyone respect their privacy at this time,” the foundation tweeted Monday.Mourning his death, Jackson’s former teams highlighted his dedication to community service.“During his five seasons with our franchise, Vincent was a consummate professional, who took a great deal of pride in his performance on and off the football field,” Buccaneers owner and co-chairman Bryan Glazer said in a statement, noting Jackson’s work in the community.“His greatest achievements as a Buccaneer were the four consecutive nominations he earned as our Walter Payton Man of the Year,” the team said, referring to the award given to NFL players for their service to the community.The Chargers, now based in Los Angeles, said Jackson was “gone too soon.”“We are shocked and deeply saddened by news of Vincent Jackson’s sudden passing. Vincent was a fan favorite not only for his Pro Bowl play on the field but for the impact he made on the community off of it,” the team said on Twitter.An outpouring of appreciation flowed on social media.“I started crying holding his jersey. I grew up a chargers fan,” said one fan who identified himself as YungEazy on Twitter. “Great personality and no hate in the world. This is very sad. Rest In Peace King.”Tags :nflshare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentCouncil joins community to talk future of PromenadeCouncil creates We Are Santa Monica Fund advisory boardYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall5 hours agoNewsBruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for moreAssociated Press16 hours agoNewsWedding boom is on in the US as vendors scramble to keep upAssociated Press16 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson16 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter16 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor16 hours agolast_img read more

Hero Pay is on its way to Santa Monica stores

first_imgHomeFeaturedHero Pay is on its way to Santa Monica stores Mar. 11, 2021 at 6:00 amFeaturedNewsHero Pay is on its way to Santa Monica storesBrennon Dixson3 months agocity council.COVID-19essential workersHero Paylos angeles countySanta Monicastimulus Santa Monica City Council approved an ordinance this week that will require some local drug and grocery stores to pay employees an extra $5 per hour as soon as Thursday.The city’s new Hero Pay law applies to retail grocery stores, retail drug stores, and other large stores of 85,000 square feet or more that dedicate more than 10% of their floor space to grocery or drug sales in Santa Monica and is set to become effective Thursday. However, corporations will have until April 12 to make payroll adjustments, get into compliance and provide workers with any back-pay that is owed. The ordinance does include a credit for store operators who voluntarily provide ongoing hazard pay though.City Attorney George Cardona said employees who fear the higher wages will interfere with benefits they may already be receiving could opt to take paid leave in lieu of the pay increase.“It does not give a credit for past payments, it’s only for current pay that is ongoing,” City Attorney George Cardona said this week while he described how the new law is very similar to the ones passed by the City of Los Angeles and Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, who were among the first to discuss an ordinance requiring a $5 increase in per hour pay for essential workers in early January.Enforcement of the new ordinance will fall to businesses and unions, according to city staff, who said they will look to employee unions to serve as the primary source of information for grocery and drug store workers. But there will also be a complaint process and opportunity to expand enforcement through the minimum wage process if necessary.Mayor Sue Himmelrich joked during Tuesday’s meeting the motion to approve the new law was seconded by the entire Council. On Wednesday, she said she was glad to support Hero Pay, which is all about boosting wages in light of the elevated health risks that essential employees experience every time they report to work indoors and interact with large swaths of people.“This is a much-deserved recognition of the sacrifices these vital essential personnel have endured for the last year,” Himmelrich added.Councilmember Kevin McKeown recognized he got a little ahead of himself Tuesday evening when he celebrated the law’s passage and stated it would take effect Wednesday since it was passed by his peers before midnight.Instead, the law will take effect a day later than McKeown anticipated. Even so, the councilmember, who initially asked for the item to be considered by Council nearly eight weeks ago, said he is hopeful the four months of additional pay will be enough to see the end of the pandemic.“Our local grocery and drugstore workers have been pandemic heroes for a year now, and starting Thursday that will be acknowledged with a pay bump,” McKeown said, adding, “Better late than never.”Oscar de la Torre thanked Councilmember McKeown for bringing the ordinance forward.“I think it’s a very, very important policy,” de la Torre said as he acknowledged companies like Trader Joe’s and others that have already provided employees with hazard pay in the wake of the pandemic. “I’m proud to vote yes on this policy.”[email protected] :city council.COVID-19essential workersHero Paylos angeles countySanta Monicastimulusshare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentSenate confirms Merrick Garland to be US attorney generalThat School BoardYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall5 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson16 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter16 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor16 hours agoNewsBruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for moreAssociated Press16 hours agoNewsWedding boom is on in the US as vendors scramble to keep upAssociated Press16 hours agolast_img read more

Facebook pushes local-language capabilities

first_img Joseph Waring LIVE FROM RISE 2016, HONG KONG: In its efforts to expand the reach of the internet, Facebook is focused on making content relevant for local communities, which means supporting more languages around the world.Facebook is available in about 90 languages worldwide, and “we have a robust pipeline to add more and more, but we have a long way to go,” said Ime Archibong, Facebook’s director of global partnerships. “A phased rollout is where we’re focused right now,” he noted, during his presentation this morning.“Something as simple as language localisation is massive and it pays dividends,” he said.Only 55 of the 7,000 odd languages around the world that are spoken frequently are strongly supported on online, which means there are more than one billion people whose primary or secondary language isn’t supported online, he said.RISEFacebookArchibong (pictured, left) said developers and entrepreneurs face a number of global challenges in developing products for local and global audiences.“If you are on the internet today, you are in the minority because there are still 4.1 billion people on the planet that have not yet been connected to the internet. This is a big challenge but also a big opportunity.”Of those online, he said the majority are quite underserved. While 90 per cent of the online population is within reach of infrastructure that allows them to get online, two-thirds of those have access via mobile networks, with 2G service accounting for much of that connectivity.Addressing the issuesBased on Facebook’s experience in tackling these daunting issues, he outlined a number of solutions.To improve connectivity, he suggested companies focus on affordability as well as making sure people understand the value of the product or service to their daily lives. “This awareness gap that exists is more of an issue than affordability in some cases and definitely more than infrastructure.”Facebook’s primary approach to address this, he said, is its Free Basics programme, which is part of its broader initiative. Free Basics is available in 40 countries, with an estimated 25 million people “on-boarded” to the internet, he said.“Clearly our target is 4.1 billion people, so we have a long way to go, but we’ve found a model that works and we’re looking forward to scaling this up over time.”To cater to the underserved market, he recommended focusing on low bandwidth consumption and designing products for low-end or mass-market devices. He pointed to its launch of Facebook Lite, with less than a 1Mb footprint, which means it downloads on a 2G network in seconds.He claimed in just nine months it’s used by more than 100 million people around the world and is the fastest growing Facebook service.Emphasising the importance of partnerships, he gave the example of Jofom — an online job board for new internet users in Indonesia and Philippines, which was one of the first services to launch on the Free Basics platform. About 91 per cent of its traffic comes through Free Basics. In Indonesia alone, Jofom has served more than 100,000 jobs.Archibong said 83 per cent of Facebook’s 1.65 billion users are outside of North America and 70 per cent of developers and startups that use its platform and tools are also not in North America. Author HomeAsiaNews Facebook pushes local-language capabilities Related Australia funds regulator to oversee new media law AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 01 JUN 2016 Tags center_img Joseph Waring joins Mobile World Live as the Asia editor for its new Asia channel. Before joining the GSMA, Joseph was group editor for Telecom Asia for more than ten years. In addition to writing features, news and blogs, he… Read more WhatsApp takes more heat in India Facebook to pay News Corp for Australia content FacebookFree Basicslocal language Previous ArticleMessaging apps emerge as gateway to internet – Hike CEONext ArticleSony unveils mid-tier E5 smartphone Apps last_img read more

Telenor Norway wants to lead the way in 5G

first_imgHomeMWC18 Articles Telenor Norway wants to lead the way in 5G Telenor Norway CEO Berit Svendsen believes the country can be a leader in 5G, given its success with 4G and its “highly tech savvy” population.Speaking to Mobile World Daily, she said “Telenor has the fastest 4G network in the fastest 4G country in the world. Given our modest – but highly tech savvy – population and our challenging topography, that is an achievement we are quite proud of. We intend to keep the ‘leader jersey’ in 5G, as we believe it is key to help digitise Norwegian society and our customers even further.”She said Norwegian operators have invested heavily into 4G up until now, and need to capitalise on those investments before committing to rolling out 5G.Svendsen also spoke about the importance of finding businesses cases unique for 5G which cannot be achieved by 4G.“4G performs extremely well, and we believe many of the so-called 5G use cases can be managed by 4G. Use cases which really require 5G and have a positive business case will emerge, and we are using our 5G pilot to explore this together with our customers.”“In the early days, the 5G network will naturally have limited area coverage, thus we need to focus on solving local customer problems where 5G can create real value,” she added. Saleha Riaz Previous ArticleHuawei tackles MNO automation challengeNext ArticleBuild better services to compete with OTTs Saleha joined Mobile World Live in October 2014 as a reporter and works across all e-newsletters – creating content, writing blogs and reports as well as conducting feature interviews…More Read more Author AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 28 FEB 2018 Berit SvendsenTelenor Norway Tags last_img read more

Davies wins by 10 on ‘best ball-striking round’

first_imgWHEATON, Ill. – Laura Davies immediately recognized the significance of having her name inscribed on the first U.S. Senior Women’s Open trophy. It might be a long time before anyone secures the title as emphatically as Davies did. Davies went virtually unchallenged in Sunday’s final round of the inaugural USGA championship for women 50 and older, claiming the title by 10 strokes over Juli Inkster. ”It’s great seeing this (trophy) paraded down for the very first time and I get my name on it first, you know?” Davies said. ”This championship will be played for many years and there will only be one first winner – obviously a proud moment for me to win that.” The 54-year-old Davies shot a 5-under 68 to finish at 16-under 276 at Chicago Golf Club. It was the English player’s 85th career win, and she felt the pressure even though her lead was rarely in danger. ”I haven’t won for eight years – my last win was India, 2010,” Davies said. ”So that’s the pressure you’re playing under, when you’re trying to do something for yourself, prove to yourself you can still win. ”So this ranks highly up there. And obviously it’s a USGA event. It’s hard comparing tournaments, but this is very high on my list of achievements.” A 7-under 66 Saturday provided Davies with a five-shot lead over Inkster and what she said would be a sleepless night worrying about the pressure. Full-field scores from the U.S. Senior Women’s Open The World Golf Hall of Famer widened her advantage early Sunday when she birdied the par-5 second hole and Inkster made bogey. Davies said a par she salvaged at the 10th was another turning point. ”It wasn’t the greatest hole I ever played, but I think that, to me, was when I really started to think I might have one hand on the trophy and just had to get the other one in there.” Inkster shot an even-par 73. England’s Trish Johnson also shot 73 to finish third, 12 shots back. ”I mean, she was absolutely spectacular this week,” Johnson said about Davies. ”I’ve played against her for 35 years. Yesterday was the best I have ever seen her play in her entire career. ”She just said walking down 18 it was best ball-striking round she ever had. Considering she’s won 85 tournaments, that’s quite some feat.” Danielle Ammaccapane was fourth and Yuko Saito finished fifth. Martha Leach was the top amateur, tying for 10th at 6-over 298. Davies plans to play in the Women’s British Open next month, and called this win a confidence-booster as she continues to compete against the younger generation. She finished tied for second at the LPGA’s Bank of Hope Founders Cup earlier this year. ”You build up a little bit of momentum, and a golf course is a golf course,” Davies said. ”Sometimes the field strength is a little bit different, but in your own mind if you’ve done something like this, 16 under for four rounds around a proper championship course, it can’t do anything but fill you full of confidence.”last_img read more

Super Failure: Deficit-cutting Panel Gives Up

first_imgWASHINGTON – Congress’ supercommittee conceded ignominious defeat Monday in its quest to conquer a government debt that stands at a staggering $15 trillion, unable to overcome deep and enduring political divisions over taxes and spending.Stock prices plummeted at home and across debt-scarred Europe as the panel ended its brief, secretive existence. Republicans and Democrats alike pointed fingers of blame, maneuvering for political advantage in advance of 2012 elections less than a year away. Both sides agreed action was still required, somehow, and soon.“Despite our inability to bridge the committee’s significant differences, we end this process united in our belief that the nation’s fiscal crisis must be addressed and that we cannot leave it for the next generation to solve,” the panel’s two co-chairs, Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., and Rep. Jeb Hensarling, R-Tex., said in a somber statement.They added it was not possible to present “any bipartisan agreement” — omitting any reference to the goal of $1.2 trillion in cuts over a decade that had been viewed as a minimum for success.Under the law that established the committee last summer, failure by the six Republicans and six Democrats to reach a compromise is to trigger about $1 trillion in automatic spending cuts in military and domestic government programs beginning in 2013. In reality, though, it is unclear if any of those reductions will ever take effect, since next year’s presidential and congressional elections have the potential to alter the political landscape before then.Within minutes, a hail of recriminations erupted.Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said Republicans had “never found the courage to ignore the tea party extremists” and “never came close to meeting us half way.”But Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., who authored a GOP offer during the talks, said, “Unfortunately, our Democratic colleagues refused to agree to any meaningful deficit reduction without $1 trillion in job-crushing tax increases.”It was unlikely the outcome would materially improve Congress’ public standing — already well below 20-percent approval in numerous polls.And the panel’s failure left lawmakers confronting a large and controversial agenda for December, including Obama’s call to extend an expiring payroll tax cut and unemployment benefits. Democrats had wanted to add those items and more to any compromise, and lawmakers in both parties also face a struggle to stave off a threatened 27 percent cut in payments to doctors who treat Medicare patients.At the White House, President Barack Obama’s press secretary still called for action.“Instead of pointing fingers and playing the blame game, Congress should act,” said Jay Carney. He said the automatic cuts that would fall on the Pentagon are “deeper than we think is wise,” but he added the administration does not think Congress should undo them. Obama signed the legislation earlier in the year that mandates the cuts as a stopgap in case the committee failed to agree.Some Republicans said Obama shared the blame for any failure. “It’s amazing to what lengths he will go to avoid making tough decisions,” said Texas Gov. Rick Perry, a GOP White House hopeful.Based on accounts provided by officials familiar with the talks, it appeared that weeks of private negotiations did nothing to alter a fundamental divide between the two political parties. Before and during the talks, Democrats said they would agree to significant savings from benefit programs like Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security only if Republicans would agree to a hefty dose of higher taxes, including cancellation of Bush-era cuts at upper-income brackets. In contrast, The GOP side said spending, not revenue, was the cause of the government’s chronic budget deficits, and insisted that the tax cuts approved in the previous decade all be made permanent.The Democrats’ “idea was this was the opportunity to raise taxes,’” said Sen. Jon Kyl of Arizona, the Senate’s second-ranking Republican and a member of the supercommittee. “It didn’t matter what we proposed; the price of that was going to be $1.3 trillion in new taxes,” he added in a CNBC interview, although Democrats made at least two offers that called for smaller amounts of additional tax revenue.Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., said on MSNBC, “I have demonstrations outside my office. I’ve had rallies. I’ve had unbelievable amount of pushback because we were ready and prepared to put on the table some of those so-called sacred cows.” Republicans, he said, refused to consider cancellation of the tax cuts for the wealthy.The talks also were hampered by internal divisions within both parties.Republicans offered a plan crafted by Sen. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania about two weeks ago that included an additional $250 billion in tax revenue through an overhaul of the tax code that included reducing the top tax rate from 35 percent to 28 percent. Some Republicans criticized it as a violation of the party’s long-standing pledge not to raise taxes. Even some in the GOP leadership, including Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia, declined to endorse it in public.At the same time, Democrats ridiculed it as a tax cut for the rich in disguise — even privately criticizing Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., when he said it could signal a breakthrough — and it failed to generate any momentum toward compromise. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and others also accused Republicans of bowing to the wishes of Grover Norquist, an anti-tax activist whose organization has gathered signatures from GOP candidates on a petition pledging never to raise taxes.And Democrats had problems of their own. An offer presented by Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., to cut about $3 trillion from future deficits failed to win the backing of two of the six committee members of his own party. Officials said they objected because it would have curtailed future cost-of-living increases for Social Security recipients. Some Senate liberals spoke out against the provision in speeches, Baucus jettisoned it from a subsequent offer and Republicans cited that as an example of Democratic intransigence.The panel’s failure marked the end of an extraordinary yearlong effort by divided government to grapple with budget deficits that lawmakers of both parties and economists of all persuasions agreed were unsustainable.Negotiations in the Capitol led by Vice President Joseph Biden were followed by an extraordinary round of White House talks in which Obama and House Speaker John Boehner sought a sweeping compromise to cut trillions from future deficits. They outlined a potential accord that would make far-reaching changes in Medicare and other programs, while generating up to $800 billion in higher revenue through an overhaul of the tax code. But in the end, they failed to agree.By contrast, the supercommittee never came close, instead swapping increasingly small-bore offers that the other side swiftly rejected.Within the past week, Democrats said they would accept a Republican framework for $400 billion in higher tax revenue and $800 billion or so in spending cuts, while rejecting numerous key proposals.Late last week, Boehner floated an offer that included $543 billion in spending cuts, fees and other non-tax revenue, as well as $3 billion in tax revenue from closing a special tax break for corporate purchases of private jets. It also assumed $98 billion in reduced interest costs.It was swiftly rejected. Email Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox.last_img read more

Atlanta’s New Plan To Keep Rent Affordable: Buy Rental Properties

first_img Atlanta has a new strategy to fight displacement in gentrifying neighborhoods — this time, targeting renters.Like us on FacebookOverall, renters present a challenge for Atlanta. Unlike other cities, it can’t impose rent control. That’s not allowed in the state of Georgia.So Mayor Kasim Reed said Wednesday that the city has come up with a different idea.“What we’re trying to do is, we’re getting a group of philanthropists to raise between $75 and $100 million in private dollars to buy some of the large rental areas that we have,” Reed said. “So that we can keep the rents affordable.”This follows another effort to keep up with the rising cost of living in Atlanta. Earlier this summer, the city announced a program for homeowners on the Westside. That set up a private fund to help pay increases in property taxes. Related Stories Add to My List In My List For Whom The Bell Rings Share McMillan Transforms Hawks, Now Looks To Win In Playoffs Legal Advocate Discusses Medical Abuse At Shut Down Georgia ICE Facility last_img read more

Emory Researchers Knock On Doors Across Atlanta’s Westside To Warn About Lead Contamination

first_img3:41 | Play story Add to My ListIn My List The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has been digging up soil contaminated with lead throughout Atlanta’s westside neighborhood.The area being investigated spans across roughly 35 city blocks and covers more than 360 properties, according to an EPA spokeswoman.But that federal investigation and soil cleanup was kick-started by an Emory University doctoral student in 2018 and a research team led by professor Eri Saikawa.The area being investigated spans across roughly 35 city blocks and covers more than 360 properties, according to an EPA spokeswoman. (Stephannie Stokes/WABE)Their data showed elevated lead levels collected from soil samples, and the discovery of industrial smelting waste called “slag,” just sitting on several vacant lots near Elm Street.Families have gardened and children have played in this soil for decades. And Saikawa says she’s listened to residents’ stories of watching kids climb on top of the waste, witnessing them treating it like a kind of slag playground.Saikawa says while the EPA is currently taking the soil contamination seriously, she fears there isn’t enough funding, staffing and overall resources for the agency to tackle the scope of the problem.“I am very taken aback in a way. My expertise has been in air pollution and emissions. And this was supposed to be a very small project that my then-Ph.D. candidate was going to work on,” Saikawa said.“Now we found a problem that we think is extremely important and hasn’t been taken care of by other researchers.”Saikawa sat down with “Morning Edition” host Lisa Rayam to discuss how her research team has started knocking on doors. That’s to make sure Atlanta residents are fully aware they could be exposed to lead contamination and to encourage them to get tested.In a statement to WABE, the EPA said that 70 properties so far require cleanup, and it is planning to expand its study area by three residential blocks and is reaching out to the community. Share DOJ Uses Civil Rights-Era Law To Charge Protesters And Insurrectionists Schools Are Dropping Mask Requirements, But A New CDC Study Suggests They Shouldn’t The Growing Power Of The AAPI Vote, By The Numbers Related Storieslast_img read more