Ten Reasons to Use Natural Gas

first_img Reliable, abundant, clean and versatile—these are all words used to describe natural gas, one of the most common forms of energy in the U.S. While it is often used to fuel power plants and factories, natural gas is also a great way to heat water, cook food and generate electricity. In fact, many Americans are starting to turn to natural gas to meet their day-to-day energy needs, and it’s becoming more common here in Florida as well.With more and more families using natural gas, here are 10 reasons to consider making the switch:Domestic: Approximately 85 percent of natural gas consumed in the U.S. is produced domestically, with supply coming from 33 different states.Versatile: Natural gas is ideal for space-heating and water-heating. But it can also be used for stoves, clothes dryers and electricity, just to name a few.Reliable: Because natural gas comes from an underground pipeline, it’s always there when you need it, even when there’s a storm or power outage.Efficient: Natural gas is a cost-effective source of energy. Studies have shown that natural gas is twice as efficient as electricity, and gas appliances are faster, use less fuel and last longer.Convenient: Natural gas provides instant heat, precision cooking and long showers without ever running out of hot water. And you only pay for natural gas after you use it, not before.Good Investment: Adding natural gas service with efficient gas appliances often increases the resale value of homes.Environmentally-Friendly: Natural gas is the cleanest-burning energy source available, leaving only water vapor and trace amounts of inactive elements behind.Plentiful: Domestic supplies of natural gas are abundant, so there’s no need to worry about running out of fuel. This ample supply also helps reduce dependence on foreign sources.Space-Saving: With natural gas, there’s no need for a standard tank water heater. Tankless water heaters save space, while still providing endless hot water.Safe: The underground delivery system for natural gas has a remarkable safety record. Each year, the natural gas industry spends more than $4 billion on safety-related efforts.Making the switch to natural gas can be a great way to go green and save money as well. Lake Apopka Natural Gas District offers rebates for new and existing customers, as well as financing for gas appliances. To learn more, visit www.langd.org, call the LANGD marketing team at (407) 656-2734, ext. 307 or email [email protected] The Anatomy of Fear Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Please enter your name here Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. TAGSLake Apopka Natural Gas District Previous articleWhat to eat to help the planet thriveNext articleWill anyone join Kilsheimer and Nelson in mayor’s race? Dale Fenwick RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Please enter your comment!last_img read more

Hidden figures: How black women preachers spoke truth to power

first_imgShare on Facebook Tweet on Twitter The VOICE of Black History MonthBy Dr. Kenyatta R. Gilbert and first published on theconversation.com.Each semester I greet the students who file into my preaching class at Howard University with a standard talk. The talk is not an overview of the basics – techniques of sermon preparation or sermon delivery, as one might expect. Outlining the basics is not particularly difficult.The greatest challenge, in fact, is helping learners to stretch their theology: namely, how they perceive who God is and convey what God is like in their sermons. This becomes particularly important for African-American preachers, especially African-American women preachers, because most come from church contexts that overuse exclusively masculine language for God and humanity.African-American women comprise more than 70 percent of the active membership of generally any African-American congregation one might attend today. According to one Pew study, African-American women are among the most religiously committed of the Protestant demographic – eight in 10 say that religion is important to them.Yet, America’s Christian pulpits, especially African-American pulpits, remain male-dominated spaces. Still today, eyebrows raise, churches split, pews empty and recommendation letters get lost at a woman’s mention that God has called her to preach.The deciding factor for women desiring to pastor and be accorded respect equal to their male counterparts generally whittles down to one question: Can she preach?The fact is that African-American women have preached, formed congregations and confronted many racial injustices since the slavery era.Here’s the historyThe earliest black female preacher was a Methodist woman simply known as Elizabeth. She held her first prayer meeting in Baltimore in 1808 and preached for about 50 years before retiring to Philadelphia to live among the Quakers.First African-American church, founded by Rev. Richard Allen. D Smith, CC BY-NCAn unbroken legacy of African-American women preachers persisted even long after Elizabeth. Reverend Jarena Leebecame the first African-American woman to preach at the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church. She had started even before the church was officially formed in the city of Philadelphia in 1816. But, she faced considerable opposition.AME Bishop Richard Allen, who founded the AME Church, had initially refused Lee’s request to preach. It was only upon hearing her speak, presumably, from the floor, during a worship service, that he permitted her to give a sermon.Lee reported that Bishop Allen,“rose up in the assembly, and related that [she] had called upon him eight years before, asking to be permitted to preach, and that he had put [her] off; but that he now as much believed that [she] was called to that work, as any of the preachers present.Lee was much like her Colonial-era contemporary, the famed women’s rights activist Sojourner Truth. Truth had escaped John Dumont’s slave plantation in 1828 and landed in New York City, where she became an itinerant preacher active in the abolition and woman’s suffrage movements.Fighting the gender narrativesFor centuries now, the Holy Bible has been used to suppress women’s voices. These early female black preachers reinterpreted the Bible to liberate women.Truth, for example, is most remembered for her captivating topical sermon “Ar’nt I A Woman?,” delivered at the Woman’s Rights National Convention on May 29, 1851 in Akron, Ohio.In a skillful historical interpretation of the scriptures, in her convention address, Truth used the Bible to liberate and set the record straight about women’s rights. She professed:“Then that little man in black there, he says women can’t have as much rights as men, because Christ wasn’t a woman! Where did your Christ come from? From God and a woman! Man had nothing to do with Him.”Jarena Lee. TradingCardsNPS, CC BYLike Truth, Jarena Lee spoke truth to power and paved the way for other mid- to late 19th-century black female preachers to achieve validation as pulpit leaders, although neither she nor Truth received official clerical appointments.The first woman to achieve this validation was Julia A. J. Foote. In 1884, she became the first woman ordained a deacon in the African Methodist Episcopal Zion AMEZChurch. Shortly after followed the ordinations of AME evangelist Harriet A. Baker, who in 1889 was perhaps the first black woman to receive a pastoral appointment. Mary J. Small became the first woman to achieve “elder ordination” status, which permitted her to preach, teach and administer the sacraments and Holy Communion.Historian Bettye Collier-Thomas maintains that the goal for most black women seeking ordination in the late 19th and early 20th centuries was simply a matter of gender inclusion, not necessarily pursuing the need to transform the patriarchal church.Preaching justiceAn important voice was that of Rev. Florence Spearing Randolph. In her role as reformer, suffragist, evangelist and pastor, she daringly advanced the cause of freedom and justice within the churches she served and even beyond during the period of the Great Migrationof 20th century.In my recent book, “A Pursued Justice: Black Preaching from the Great Migration to Civil Rights,” I trace the clerical legacy of Rev. Randolph and describe how her prophetic sermons spoke to the spiritual, social and industrial conditions of her African-American listeners before and during the largest internal migration in the United States.In her sermons she brought criticism to the broken promises of American democracy, the deceptive ideology of black inferiority and other chronic injustices.Randolph’s sermon “If I Were White,” preached on Race Relations Sunday, Feb. 1, 1941, reminded her listeners of their self-worth. It emphasized that America’s whites who claim to be defending democracy in wartime have an obligation to all American citizens.Randolph spoke in concrete language. She argued that the refusal of whites to act justly toward blacks, domestically and abroad, embraced sin rather than Christ. That, she said, revealed a realistic picture of America’s race problem.She also spoke about gender discrimination. Randolph’s carefully crafted sermon in 1909 “Antipathy to Women Preachers,” for example, highlights several heroic women in the Bible. From her interpretation of their scriptural legacy, she argued that gender discrimination in Christian pulpits illustrated a misreading of scripture.Randolph used her position as preacher to effect social change. She was a member and organizer for the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union (WCTU), which led in the work to pass the 18th Amendment, which made prohibition of the production, sale and transport of alcoholic beverages illegal in the United States. Her affiliation with the WCTU earned her the title “militant herald of temperance and righteousness.”Today, several respected African-American women preachers and teachers of preachers proudly stand on Lee’s, Small’s and Randolph’s shoulders raising their prophetic voices.The Reverend Dr. Kenyatta R. Gilbert is Associate Professor of Homiletics at the Howard University School of Divinity. He earned his B.A. in Political Science from Baylor University and both his M.Div. and Ph.D. in Practical Theology from Princeton Theological Seminary. Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 TAGStheconversation.com Previous articleThe path to a strong community: Let’s Talk About ItNext articleSeven steps to selling your house Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR The Anatomy of Fear Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. 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Juneteenth: The end of slavery in the United States

first_img Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate TAGSJuneteenth Previous articleApopka Burglary ReportNext articleWith cryptocurrency launch, Facebook sets its path toward becoming an independent nation Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Please enter your name here Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Please enter your comment! Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States.  Dating back to 1865, it was on June 19th that the Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas with the news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free. Note that this was two and a half years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation – which had become official January 1, 1863. The Emancipation Proclamation had little impact on the Texans due to the minimal number of Union troops to enforce the new Executive Order. However, with the surrender of General Lee in April of 1865, and the arrival of General Granger’s regiment, the forces were finally strong enough to influence and overcome the resistance.Later attempts to explain this two and a half year delay in the receipt of this important news have yielded several versions that have been handed down through the years. Often told is the story of a messenger who was murdered on his way to Texas with the news of freedom. Another is that the news was deliberately withheld by the enslavers to maintain the labor force on the plantations. And still, another, is that federal troops actually waited for the slave owners to reap the benefits of one last cotton harvest before going to Texas to enforce the Emancipation Proclamation. All of which or neither of this version could be true. Certainly, for some, President Lincoln’s authority over the rebellious states was in question   For whatever the reasons, conditions in Texas remained status quo well beyond what was statutory.General Order Number 3One of General Granger’s first orders of business was to read to the people of Texas, General Order Number 3 which began most significantly with:“The people of Texas are informed that in accordance with a Proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free. This involves an absolute equality of rights and rights of property between former masters and slaves, and the connection heretofore existing between them becomes that between employer and free laborer.”The reactions to this profound news ranged from pure shock to immediate jubilation. While many lingered to learn of this new employer to employee relationship, many left before these offers were completely off the lips of their former ‘masters’ – attesting to the varying conditions on the plantations and the realization of freedom. Even with nowhere to go, many felt that leaving the plantation would be their first grasp of freedom. North was a logical destination and for many, it represented true freedom, while the desire to reach family members in neighboring states drove the some into Louisiana, Arkansas, and Oklahoma. Settling into these new areas as free men and women brought on new realities and the challenges of establishing a heretofore non-existent status for black people in America. Recounting the memories of that great day in June of 1865 and its festivities would serve as motivation as well as a release from the growing pressures encountered in their new territory. The celebration of June 19th was coined “Juneteenth” and grew with more participation from descendants. The Juneteenth celebration was a time for reassuring each other, for praying and for gathering remaining family members. Juneteenth continued to be highly revered in Texas decades later, with many former slaves and descendants making an annual pilgrimage back to Galveston on this date.Juneteenth Festivities and FoodA range of activities was provided to entertain the masses, many of which continue in tradition today. Rodeos, fishing, barbecuing and baseball are just a few of the typical Juneteenth activities you may witness today. Juneteenth almost always focused on education and self-improvement. Thus, often guest speakers are brought in and the elders are called upon to recount the events of the past. Prayer services were also a major part of these celebrations.Juneteenth In Modern TimesToday, Juneteenth is enjoying a phenomenal growth rate within communities and organizations throughout the country. Institutions such as the Smithsonian, the Henry Ford Museum and others have begun sponsoring Juneteenth-centered activities. In recent years, a number of local and national Juneteenth organizations have arisen to take their place alongside older organizations – all with the mission to promote and cultivate knowledge and appreciation of African-American history and culture.Juneteenth today, celebrates African American freedom and achievement while encouraging continuous self-development and respect for all cultures. As it takes on a more national, symbolic and even global perspective, the events of 1865 in Texas are not forgotten, for all of the roots tie back to this fertile soil from which a national day of pride is growing.The future of Juneteenth looks bright as the number of cities and states creating Juneteenth committees continues to increase. Respect and appreciation for all of our differences grow out of exposure and working together. Getting involved and supporting Juneteenth celebrations creates new bonds of friendship and understanding among us. This indeed brightens our future – and that is the Spirit of Juneteenth. The Anatomy of Fear Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

Kotisaarenkatu Housing / Playa Arkkitehdit

first_img Apartments Kotisaarenkatu Housing / Playa ArkkitehditSave this projectSaveKotisaarenkatu Housing / Playa Arkkitehdit photographs:  Tuomas Uusheimo, Tarja Nurmi , LUMARTPhotographs:  Tuomas Uusheimo , Courtesy of Playa Architects , Tarja Nurmi , LUMARTStructural Design:Finnmap Consulting OyHVAC:Optiplan OyElectrical:Optiplan OyMain Contractors:Lemminkäinen Talo OyElectrical Contractors:VIP-Sähkö OyAir Contractors:Sarjametalli OyPlumbing:Lemminkäinen Talo OySuppliers Bricks:WienerbergerClient:AsuntosäätiöArchitect In Charge:Veikko Ojanlatva, Tuukka Vuori, Sirpa PyyhtiäDesign Team:Marja Lapinleimu, Tuomas Raikamo, Jukka Kangasniemi, Mari Haavisto, Ulla Seppä, Jukka SulonenScale Model:Daniel LütolfCity:HelsinkiCountry:FinlandMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Tuomas UusheimoText description provided by the architects. Project comprises three villa-like apartment buildings in Toukoranta, Helsinki. The project is part of the subsidized HITAS-program organized by the city of Helsinki.Save this picture!© Tuomas UusheimoSave this picture!SectionSave this picture!© Tarja NurmiThe buildings are characterized by the wood paneled balcony zones along the street and courtyard facades. Triangular extra storage space has been integrated into the balcony walls. The resulting portal shape maximizes natural light in the apartments.Save this picture!© Tuomas UusheimoSave this picture!Floor PlanSave this picture!© Tuomas UusheimoEntrances are from semi-public courtyards that are slightly elevated from the street-level. Communal saunas and terraces are on the top floor and offer unobstructed views to the sea.Save this picture!© Tuomas UusheimoProject gallerySee allShow lessLa Sucriere / Z ArchitectureSelected ProjectsXinglong Visitor Center / Atelier AlterSelected ProjectsProject locationAddress:Kotisaarenkatu 7, 00550 Helsinki, FinlandLocation to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Share CopyApartments•Helsinki, Finland Finland Projects CopyAbout this officePlaya ArkkitehditOfficeFollowProductsWoodConcreteBrick#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousingApartmentsHelsinkiHousingResidentialFinlandPublished on February 24, 2015Cite: “Kotisaarenkatu Housing / Playa Arkkitehdit” 24 Feb 2015. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogSinkshansgroheBathroom Mixers – FocusGlass3MInterior Finishes at U.S. Bank StadiumPartitionsSkyfoldMarkerboard Finish for Folding WallsFiber Cements / CementsSwisspearlFiber Cement Cladding Panels in B66 Business CenterMembranesEffisusFaçade Protection – Breather+Metal PanelsSculptformClick-on Battens in WestConnex M8 JunctionPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesBruagBack-Ventilated Facades – CELLONTiles / Mosaic / GresiteMargresPorcelain Tiles – Linea CosmosGlassDip-TechCeramic Printing for Public TransportationAcousticSchöckStaircase Insulation – Tronsole®Porcelain StonewareApavisaSlabs – Wild ForestBulbs / SpotsAmbiance LumiereLighting – ZetaMore products »Save世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream Area:  5190 m² Area:  5190 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  Year:  “COPY” “COPY” ArchDaily ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/599710/kotisaarenkatu-housing-playa-arkkitehdit Clipboard Save this picture!© Tuomas Uusheimo+ 25 Share Kotisaarenkatu Housing / Playa Arkkitehdit Photographs Architects: Playa Arkkitehdit Area Area of this architecture project 2013 2013 ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/599710/kotisaarenkatu-housing-playa-arkkitehdit Clipboardlast_img read more

ICFM propose new codes and guidance notes

ICFM propose new codes and guidance notes AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. The Institute of Charity Fundraising Managers has proposed a series of new codes or ./guidance notes for fundraisers. These include Fundraising by Third parties, Trust Fundraising, Standards for Fundraising on the Internet, and Raffles and Lotteries. Howard Lake | 11 January 2000 | News  14 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis read more

DREAMERS Confront Texas Senators Demanding Citizenship NOW!

first_imgMariachi Calmecac performs at action outside Sen. Ted Cruz’s home.Young activists with United We Dream held demonstrations outside the office of Texas Sen. John Cornyn and the house of Sen. Ted Cruz April 6 in Houston. They contend that lives are on the line and demand passage of the DREAM Act, the SECURE Act for people with Temporary Protected Status and the Farm Workforce Modernization Act.As protesters arrived, the group Mariachi Calmecac fired up their instruments and played old favorites, including La Cucaracha [the cockroach] with a reference to Ted Cruz. News reporters interviewed the youth. There were homemade signs as well as preprinted ones, all in support of immigrants and DREAMERS, TPSers and farmworkers.Several youth took turns on the bullhorn, energizing the crowd that kept growing. Houston cops tried to intimidate, but this was a futile job for them as the chanting grew ever louder: “Undocumented and Unafraid!”“Familias Inmigrantes y Estudiantes en la Lucha is here in solidarity with United We Dream, with Indivisible Houston and everyone who is here today because we are here for the same reason. I know we are here to stay! I came here when I was five years old, and I will turn 36 this year. I haven’t been home to Mexico in over 30 years. I am undocumented and unafraid, and I am here to stay,” said Cesar Espinosa. “I will continue to fight alongside each one of you, not only the DREAMER community, but for everyone who deserves to have their status corrected, including our hardworking parents, our essential workers,” he told the cheering crowd. “I am undocumented and unafraid!” The Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act, known as the DREAM Act, would grant temporary conditional residency, with the right to work, to unauthorized immigrants who entered the U.S. as children. It was first proposed in 2001 and has been reintroduced several times, but has never passed either the U.S. House or the Senate.According to the Immigration Law Center: “The DREAM Act gives undocumented students including high school valedictorians, varsity sports stars and class presidents a way to obtain legal residency. Often these youth were brought to the U.S. by their parents at a very young age. They’ve lived much of their lives in the U.S. and have flourished academically and socially. More often than not, they’re deeply rooted in their communities through church work, volunteering and other extracurricular activities.”Former President Donald Trump tried to end DACA, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, but last June the U.S. Supreme Court blocked his administration’s effort. This brought relief to untold numbers of people — youth and their whole families. Many of these youth have now finished high school and college, some earning master’s degrees and even Ph.D.s. Many now have their own children who are U.S. citizens.DACA was introduced by President Barack Obama on June 15, 2012. It has allowed immigrants who were born after June 16, 1981, who arrived in the U.S. before age 16, and who have lived here since June 15, 2007, to be eligible to legally work and be protected from deportation. This status had to be renewed every two years.A version of the DREAM Act was included in the American Dream and Promise Act, which actually passed in a bipartisan vote by the U.S. House of Representatives in June 2019. There is now a related bill introduced in the U.S. Senate, but it has yet to be considered by the full Senate. When the protest was in front of Senator Cruz’s house, a car with a huge white spider on top kept circling the block of mansions in Houston’s wealthiest neighborhood. One DREAMER explained that Cruz is like a spider, but instead of spinning webs, he spins lies about immigrants and DREAMERS. United We Dream announced: “In a historic victory for our movement, the House of Representatives passed the Dream and Promise Act and the Farm Workforce Modernization Act, two bills that would provide a pathway to citizenship for over 5 million immigrant youth, TPS and Deferred Enforced Departure holders, and undocumented farmworkers living in the U.S. “The Senate must bring the Dream Act, the SECURE Act (the Senate counterpart to Dream and Promise Act), and the Farm Workforce Modernization bills to the floor by April 30.”UWD is asking all supporters to send a letter or contact their U.S. senators — and demand they vote YES on The Dream Act, the SECURE Act, and the Farm Workforce Modernization Act.As Mexican revolutionary Emiliano Zapata said, “The land belongs to those who work it.” In 2021, this country belongs to those who keep it going, from the fields to the factories to the homes of the wealthy.DACA, Si! Deportation No! Legalization Now!FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Investigative reporters and websites again threatened by proposed “gag law”

first_img Help by sharing this information News to go further Leggere in ItalianoReporters Without Borders strongly condemns the resumption of parliamentary discussion of agovernment bill that would curb the publication of police wiretaps in the news media and wouldforce websites to publish corrections automatically. Approved by the senate in June 2010, the billhad been shelved because of an outcry from civil society.Conveniently for the embattled prime minister, Silvio Berlusconi, the bill’s adoption was added tothe agenda of the chamber of deputies. With a few cosmetic changes that were approved by alegislative committee on 5 October, the final version was due to go before the chamber yesterdayand to be voted on next week.“The latest amendments make no difference,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Restricting thepublication of tapped phone conversations in the media to this degree would gravely impedeinvestigative journalism. It has all the hallmarks of a crude and dishonest device for gaggingthe media. It also has a distinctly political dimension. The government is trying to cover up theprime minister’s sex scandals, many of which have been exposed by the publication of phonetranscripts.“Although bloggers are omitted from the bill’s latest version, online journalists are facing thepossibility of having to censor themselves or comply with every request for a correction in orderto avoid a 12,000 euro fine. By ignoring the right to information and by making correctionsautomatic, allowing no possibility of challenging them, the bill is totally out of step withinternational principles and European legal precedents.“As a democracy and European Union member, Italy has a duty to defend civil liberties. Italy’sparliamentarians must consider the international impact of their actions and abandon this bill.”Repressive measuresUnder the amendments approved in commission, the media would not be able to publishany transcripts from a telephone tap until judges and lawyers had agreed that they werenot “essential for proving the guilt or innocence” of the person being investigated. The publicationof any “inappropriate” phone tap material would be punishable by 6 months to 3 years in prison ora fine of 10,000 euros for a reporter and a fine of up to 300,000 euros for an editor.No account is taken of the public interest and right to information. These measures, whichhave the declared aim of regulating judicial investigations, will harm media investigations intocorruption and organized crime cases, which are often based on telephone taps. ReportersWithout Borders urges the Italian government not to take this backward step, one that wouldundermine the judicial system’s impartiality.The bill would also allow any individuals who deem themselves to have been defamed by onlinecontent to demand the publication of a “statement or correction” within 48 hours. The demandcould be sent by email and failure to comply could result in a 12,000 euro fine. The bill’s originalversion concerned anyone posting online, including bloggers, but this caused such an outcry thatthe amended version concerns only “professional” websites.The vagueness of this clause continues to be very worrying. Worse still, the measure isautomatic. Websites are given no opportunity to dispute the demand for a correction before ajudge on the grounds of accuracy or bad faith on the plaintiff’s part.Straying from European standardsReporters Without Borders points out that the European Court of Human Rights has ruled thatpenalties cannot be automatically imposed when matters of public interest are concerned. TheEuropean Court has also ruled that the right to information must prevail in coverage of judicialinvestigations or the publication of phone taps. Only a court can weigh the right to privacy againstthe public interest to be derived from their publication.The Italian authorities know full well that the right to freedom of expression applies to the Internetas they reaffirmed this principle in the final version of the telecommunications agency AGCOM’sregulations for online copyright protection.ProtestsMany journalists and bloggers demonstrated against the bill on 5 October in Rome, some of themwith “sticky notes” over their mouths in protest against this “gag law.” The journalists threatenedto strike if the government does not back down, and to appeal to Italy’s constitutional court or tothe European Court of Human Rights.The same day, Wikipedia blocked access to all 800,000 entries in its Italian-language version in protest against the bill. Anyone trying to access a Wikipedia article foundthis statement: “The obligation to publish on our site corrections required by the law, withouteven the right to discuss and verify the claim, is an unacceptable restriction of the freedom andindependence of Wikipedia.”Reporters Without Borders supports these protests, which have resumed the ones staged in July2010 against the bill’s first version. The organization also points out that Franck La Rue, the United Nationsspecial rapporteur on freedom of opinion and expression, called on the Italian government toabandon this bill on 13 July 2010. RSF_en December 2, 2020 Find out more ItalyEurope – Central Asia News Related documents Comunicato stampa_Legge bavaglioPDF – 250.31 KB Receive email alerts November 19, 2020 Find out more News RSF and 60 other organisations call for an EU anti-SLAPP directive Leggere in Italiano: Ten RSF recommendations for the European Union On eve of the G20 Riyadh summit, RSF calls for public support to secure the release of jailed journalists in Saudi Arabia October 7, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Investigative reporters and websites again threatened by proposed “gag law” Follow the news on Italy Organisation (Picture: AFP) News ItalyEurope – Central Asia November 23, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

UKG Announces Exceptional First-Quarter Results

first_img Facebook In Q1, UKG brought more than 600 customers live on UKG Dimensions, UKG Ready, UKG Pro, and UKG Pro HR Service Delivery worldwide — including companies based in North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Africa, and Australia — across a wide variety of industries such as retail, manufacturing, and healthcare.More than 6,000 people attended the company’s first-ever virtual customer conference, UKG Works, November 18-19, 2020.UKG was named a Leader in the Gartner Magic QuadrantforCloud HCM Suites for 1,000+ Employee Enterprises for the fourth consecutive year — and was the only provider with two solutions, UKG Pro and UKG Ready, evaluated in the Magic Quadrant.Gartner also ranked UKG the highest for North America midmarket use cases in its Critical Capabilities for Cloud HCM Suites report for the fifth time.In the United Kingdom, Great Place to Work ranked UKG #6 on its Best Workplaces in Technology list.In Q1, UKG scored 100% on the Corporate Equality Index, a top U.S. benchmarking survey and report measuring corporate policies and practices related to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) workplace equality, administered by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. The 100% score designates UKG as a 2021 Best Place to Work for LGBTQ Equality.Fairygodboss, the largest online career community for women, ranked UKG #4 on its 2021 Best Companies for Women list, #2 on its 2021 Best Technology Companies for Women list, and #1 on its 2021 Best Companies Where CEOs Support Gender Diversity list, with a 100% score.For going beyond the usual scope of business to serve its customers, employees, and the community amid the COVID-19 pandemic, UKG won a TrustRadius Tech Cares award.Great Place to Work named UKG to its Best Workplaces for Parents list in the United States.UKG announced enhancements to the analytics in its Pro and Ready platforms to help businesses better adapt to changing market conditions and respond in times of crisis.UKG added to the depth of its industry-specific solutions, with the launch of UKG Dimensions Gaming for casino resorts and gaming industries around the globe.The Workforce Institute at UKG continued to broaden representation of its global customer base by appointing Mexico-based best-selling author, speaker, and award-winning journalist Ivonne Vargas as its newest member of its interdisciplinary board of advisors.UKG is leveraging its cloud solutions to deliver meaningful data insights to help inform the economic recovery, with monthly Workforce Activity Reports regularly featured by The Associated Press, Bloomberg, CNBC, NPR, and Reuters, and utilized by a variety of leading economists and financial institutions. “Despite continued pressures of the pandemic, we again exceeded revenue goals for the quarter,” said Chris Todd, UKG president. “Our sales team and our customers — from the largest global multi-nationals to Main Street businesses — are saying that we are earning more business specifically because of who we are, now together as UKG. As we continue to work closely with customers and leverage our own people-centric beliefs to bring products together and deliver new enhancements that create more connected and mindful work experiences, we are well positioned in the market to continue to deliver on our growth strategies.” Supporting ResourcesFollow UKG on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter, and YouTube.Learn more about UKG and why our purpose is people.UKG CEO Aron Ain shares how to transform employee engagement into a growth strategy, in his book, “ WorkInspired: How to Build an Organization Where Everyone Loves to Work.” About UKG At UKG (Ultimate Kronos Group), our purpose is people. Built from a merger that created one of the largest cloud companies in the world, UKG believes organizations succeed when they focus on their people. As a leading global provider of HCM, payroll, HR service delivery, and workforce management solutions, UKG delivers award-winning Pro, Dimensions, and Ready solutions to help tens of thousands of organizations across geographies and in every industry drive better business outcomes, improve HR effectiveness, streamline the payroll process, and help make work a better, more connected experience for everyone. UKG has 13,000 employees around the globe and is known for an inclusive workplace culture. The company has earned numerous awards for culture, products, and services, including consecutive years on Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For list. To learn more, visit ukg.com. © 2021 UKG Inc. All rights reserved. For a full list of UKG trademarks, please visit www.ukg.com/trademarks. All other trademarks, if any, are property of their respective owners. All specifications are subject to change. Footnote 1: UKG fiscal results are pro forma as though Kronos Incorporated and Ultimate Software were combined for all periods presented. Ultimate Software’s results have also been pro forma to align with UKG’s fiscal year calendar, which closes September 30th. All financial information within this press release is presented using non-GAAP financial measures and are approximate amounts. UKG believes that non-GAAP measures of financial results provide useful information regarding certain financial and business trends relating to UKG’s results of operations. Non-GAAP revenue consists of GAAP revenue excluding the effect of the write-down of deferred revenue associated with purchase accounting for certain mergers and acquisitions. EBITDA consists of EBITDA per the definition under the Company’s credit agreement which excludes items such as: (1) share-based compensation expense for stock options and stock awards in accordance with ASC 718 and compensation expenses related to ordinary dividends; (2) depreciation of property, plant, and equipment; (3) amortization of intangible assets; (4) acquisition-related deferred revenue and prepaid commissions write-downs and expenses including advisory, legal, accounting, acquired employee-related costs, and integration costs and (5) unusual costs or one-time expenses. For purposes of calculating growth rates, prior years have been restated for acquisitions, dispositions, and pro forma for the combination of Kronos Incorporated and Ultimate Software. View source version on businesswire.com:https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210222005389/en/ CONTACT: Darlene Marcroft UKG [email protected] KEYWORD: UNITED STATES NORTH AMERICA FLORIDA MASSACHUSETTS INDUSTRY KEYWORD: PROFESSIONAL SERVICES DATA MANAGEMENT TECHNOLOGY HUMAN RESOURCES SOFTWARE INTERNET SOURCE: UKG Copyright Business Wire 2021. PUB: 02/22/2021 10:00 AM/DISC: 02/22/2021 10:01 AM http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210222005389/en By Digital AIM Web Support – February 22, 2021 Twitter WhatsApp Twitter Facebook LOWELL, Mass. & WESTON, Fla.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Feb 22, 2021– UKG (Ultimate Kronos Group), a leading global provider of HCM, payroll, HR service delivery, and workforce management solutions, today announced financial results for the first quarter of Fiscal 2021, ending December 31, 2020. Total revenue for the quarter continued growing and was $776 million 1, with earnings before interest, tax, depreciation, and amortization (EBITDA) excluding float growing 17% to $210 million. 1 Subscription revenue excluding float grew 16% 1, driven by a healthy distribution of new-customer orders, continued strong retention, and customers enhancing their existing UKG solutions — including adding new HCM, payroll, workforce management, or HRSD offerings now available to them as a result of the merger. “I’m beyond energized by the start of what will be our first full fiscal year as UKG. This is the third consecutive quarter of proof that we are better together,” said Aron Ain, UKG chairman and CEO. “The strength and depth of our unique product portfolio and dedication to customer success continue to drive strong financial performance and, more importantly, is helping organizations everywhere quickly adapt to challenging market conditions and take care of their people. Our own focus on people was acknowledged recently, with Forbes ranking UKG #2 on its 2021 list of America’s Best Large Employers. We’re extremely honored to receive this recognition of the culture we are building for UKG.” Business HighlightsContinuing the growing momentum from Fiscal 2020, hundreds of new and long-time customers around the world placed orders in the first quarter to take advantage of UKG HCM, HRSD, payroll, workforce management, and scheduling products, including:a multi-national lifestyle retailer employing 24,000 associates worldwide;one of the largest mobile-network operators in the United Kingdom;a convenience store and dairy-shop chain with hundreds of locations across the United States;a major nonprofit organization and one of the top employers in Toronto, Canada;a utility-holding company serving more than four million electric and natural-gas customers;a fast-growing, quick-service restaurant chain in South Africa, established by Africa’s largest food retailera premier, multi-national automotive manufacturer with nearly 11,000 employees in Mexico; anda leading beauty company consisting of iconic brands in more than 100 countries. 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Inishowen Innovation Hub brought to life in new video

first_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Twitter Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Google+ Twitter Inishowen Innovation Hub brought to life in new video Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Facebook Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Previous articleNPHET meet to discuss week one of Level 5Next articlePolice seize drugs in Derry News Highland center_img By News Highland – October 29, 2020 Community Enhancement Programme open for applications Facebook AudioHomepage BannerNews Google+ WhatsApp The planned Inishowen Innovation Hub has been brought to life in a new video, showcasing what it will look like. The former Town Council Office in Buncrana is to be transformed into a state of the art building which is set to be a start up location or base for local entrepreneurs, remote workers, visitors or existing companies.It’s expected that the hub will in turn create new tech businesses and jobs locally.Local Cllr Jack Murray has described the project as a real game changer for the entire peninsula:Audio Playerhttps://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/jackhub.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Pinterest Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme WhatsApplast_img read more

Global model of low frequency chorus (fLHR < f < 0:1fce) from multiple satellite observations

first_imgWhistler mode chorus is an important magnetospheric emission, playing a dual role in the acceleration and loss of relativistic electrons in the Earth’s outer radiation belt. Chorus is typically generated in the equatorial region in the frequencyrange 0.1 - 0.8fce, where fce is the local electron gyrofrequency. However, as the waves propagate to higher latitudes, significant wave power can occur at frequencies below 0.1fce. Since this wave power is largely omitted in current radiation belt models we construct a global model of low frequency chorus, fLHR < f < 0.1fce, using data from six satellites. We find that low frequency chorus is strongest, with an average intensity of 200 pT2, in the pre-noon sector during active conditions at mid latitudes (20o < |λm| < 50o) from 4 < L∗ < 8. Such mid-latitude, low frequency chorus wave power will contribute to the acceleration and loss of relativistic electrons and should be taken into account in radiation belt models.last_img read more