Former Minnesota Supreme Court justice discusses race in America in honor of MLK Day

first_imgAdriana Perez | The Observer Alan Page ’67 (right), former Minnesota Supreme Court Justice, shared his thoughts on race in America with G. Marcus Cole (left), dean of the Notre Dame Law School.These beliefs on the importance of law and education to advance racial justice were clear throughout the virtual conversation hosted by Notre Dame in order to commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday.The event was held virtually due to the pandemic and the consequent changes to the academic calendar. G. Marcus Cole, dean of the Notre Dame Law School, served as moderator of the discussion, which was streamed to over 1,400 live viewers.“As we remember the work and legacy of Dr. King and honor the past, let us pray for a future that will live up to Dr. K’s dreams. Let us pray not only with our words but also with our actions,” senior Kaya Lawrence, director of diversity and inclusion for Student Government, said in the opening prayer. “Let us pray not only with what we dream and hope but with our feet on the ground actively walking the walk.”Page admitted that King’s impact on the United States scared him when he was younger.“What he was doing was nothing less than changing the future for all of us. It took a lot of courage, and, quite frankly, watching what he was doing instilled fear in me,” he said. “Because it was scary for a young kid to see people willing to put their lives on the line to provide me a better opportunity and a better life.”Page grew up in Canton, Ohio, during the 1950s, watching fictional criminal defense lawyer Perry Mason on television and dreaming of doing more than working at the steel mills as many other young Black kids did.From his vantage point, he said, steel mills offered dirty, dangerous and dreary work. But from what he’d heard, lawyers had big, fancy cars and made money without much effort. And, he admitted, that also made him want to become a lawyer.Notre Dame and law schoolPage arrived at Notre Dame shortly after the March on Washington, at the height of the civil rights movement and during the Vietnam War: football, prestige and community all ultimately attracted him to a campus he said was home to no more than 30 students of color.A former football player, Page was inducted into both the NFL and College Football Halls of Fame for leading the Irish in the 1966 National Championship and for his role as a defensive tackle for the Minnesota Vikings and the Chicago Bears.Though he dropped out after his first three weeks in the William Mitchell College of Law — now the Mitchell Hamline School of Law — he eventually received his law degree from the University of Minnesota Law School in 1978 while playing professional football.He became special assistant attorney general of Minnesota in 1985 and then assistant attorney general, after which he was elected to the state’s Supreme Court in 1992 and re-elected three times, serving until his retirement in 2015.“How did law school and the practice of law change the way you viewed the racial divide in this country?” Cole asked Page.But the former Minnesota Supreme Court justice seemed unsure that the law changed his perspective. If anything, learning more about the law convinced him of what he had intuitively understood since he was a kid, as he explained: “I think it reinforced my view that law could be a useful tool in bridging some of the racial divide.”A look into the Black Lives Matter protestsCole also asked Page about his thoughts on what has remained the same and what has changed regarding race in America. There was a different reaction, he pointed out, to the police killing of George Floyd in May 2020, as opposed to the “hundreds of other innocent people who had been killed by the police beforehand.”“Well, I think the jury is still out on that,” Page said. “I’m not convinced that anything five years from now will be different because of it. I hope that it will.”However, he said, Floyd’s death at the hands of police officers, “from all outward appearances, leads one to conclude that it shouldn’t have happened,” and there was “a realization that it [was] done in our names.”After Michael Brown’s police shooting in 2014, Page noted, many people have died at the hands of law enforcement. Brown’s death in Ferguson, Missouri, was one of the events that sparked Black Lives Matter (BLM) — a racial justice movement that was revitalized last summer after Floyd’s killing, which followed that of Elijah McClain in Aurora, Colorado, of Ahmaud Arbery near Brunswick, Georgia, and of Breonna Taylor in Louisville, Kentucky.Cole asked Page about the movement’s defining phrase, “Black Lives Matter,” and about the counter offered by those who, claiming that “All Lives Matter,” say the BLM movement should not have the name it does.“We would rather have a discussion about the name than about the underlying root causes, and that’s sort of why I say it’s not clear to me that things are actually going to change,” Page said. That same discussion about the words, and not about the reasons why an organization like Black Lives Matter needs to exist, he said, will keep the U.S. in the same cycle even 20 years from now.Reflections on recent unrestMaintaining the course of the conversation, Cole asked Page about the different treatment law enforcement showed BLM protesters as opposed to the treatment of the anti-lockdown armed protesters at the Michigan State Capitol in 2020 and the pro-Trump mob at the United States Capitol on Jan. 6.After George Floyd’s death, Page said, “There were protests, and then there were violent protests. I would note that, by far, the vast majority of people involved were not engaged in violence or destruction, and we don’t tend to distinguish between two.”But he condemned both the violence on display a few weeks ago in Washington, D.C. and that which burned down post offices last summer in Minnesota.“Those are one and the same, and they both deserve the same treatment,” he said. “But that’s separate and distinct from those people who are … legitimately standing up in the face of what they believe to be unacceptable conduct by law enforcement officers.”At the Capitol, Page said, there was more going on than people marching in protest — “and I might add, marching in protest of a lie.”As a judge, he explained, he has had experience with facts, some of which one might like or not like. One can have a debate, he said, about the inferences that can be drawn from facts, but not about facts that have been established.“Maybe the only thing that holds this democracy together is the trust and confidence that people place in it,” Page added. “If we keep eroding that trust and confidence, then we will have nothing.”The pandemic and communities of colorCole also asked Page about the effects of a pandemic, which the U.S. has failed to control, on communities of color.“The virus doesn’t care who you are, where you are, the color of your skin, how much money you make,” Page said, adding that it does take advantage of and consequently devastate Black and Indigenous communities.Poverty, he explained, doesn’t give people a choice: they have to go outside because they have to work. But other people who do have a choice, he pointed out, voluntarily expose themselves to the virus, “which, quite frankly, I do not understand.”“So, I think what we’re seeing is just where poverty is, where need is, where people don’t have choices,” he said.A discussion on constitutional originalismPage also talked about the Constitution, which he said is grounded in racial bias and slavery and from which Americans need to untether themselves.“Are you suggesting we need to start from a clean slate or can this society be fixed?” Cole asked.The problem is systemic, Page pointed out, so that means the system has to change. He proposed an amendment to revise the meaning of the words of the Constitution every 50 years, so that the document more clearly responded to the present.“Why can’t we, those of us here today, be the Founding Fathers and Mothers for tomorrow?” Page asked.The Founding Fathers, he said, did not know about the internet, airplane travel or modern weaponry, “… yet we are ordering our lives based on a document from a time when the people who created that document could not have had any idea what we might be facing.”“We have the power to change,” Page said in closing. “I do, you do, all the people listening and watching here today have the power to change the future. The question is: Do we have the will to act?”More on Walk the Walk WeekA video of the conversation with Page is available on the University’s YouTube channel. “Today’s conversation is just one small part of our ongoing dialogue about the larger issues of racial and social justice in this time in our history,” University President Fr. John Jenkins said at the end of the event.The annual Walk the Walk Week will be observed on campus from Feb. 22 through Feb. 28 after the return to in-person classes. Per the Diversity and Inclusion website, during Walk the Walk Week, the University sets up a series of events so the community can consider their individual and collective roles in making Notre Dame and the United States more welcoming and inclusive.According to the University, information about events being planned as part of Walk the Walk Week can be found in said website as well, where events will continue to be added up until Feb. 22.Editor’s Note: An earlier version of this story stated Michael Brown’s shooting occurred in 2016 rather than 2014. The Observer regrets this error.Tags: Alan Page, Martin Luther King Jr., Racism, Social justice A picture of smiling students from Justice Page Middle School in Minneapolis was Alan Page’s Zoom backdrop of choice during the University’s sixth annual campus-wide observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.Page, a 1967 Notre Dame graduate and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2018, established the Page Education Foundation in 1988 to encourage students in their academic pursuits. From an early age, Page’s parents had instilled in him the conviction that education constituted a crucial tool in overcoming racial inequality.Growing up as Brown v. Board was decided in 1954, Page also intuitively understood the power the law had to make the world a fairer place. He would go on to become the first African American to serve on Minnesota’s Supreme Court almost 40 years later.last_img read more

Old trick, new use

first_imgBy Cat HolmesUniversity of GeorgiaA University of Georgia scientist has rediscovered a quick, simple method to identify sources of fecal contamination in water, and it has the potential to save state and federal agencies a lot of money.The method, called targeted sampling, is simple. Instead of using statistical models and fixed locations, targeted sampling uses shoe leather and common sense.Targeted sampling is based on what used to be called a sanitary survey. For a sanitary survey, a person walked along sewer pipes and sampled for leaks. Targeted sampling is the same, except a person samples for sources of fecal contamination in creeks and waterways.“It’s akin to the children’s game of hot and cold,” said Peter Hartel, the UGA crop and soil scientist who devised the method. “You sample the water until you find areas where high numbers [of fecal bacteria} are present. Then you look around. It’s commonsensical: Are there cows in the water? A broken sewer pipe?” The current methods used to track down sources of fecal contamination in water are time consuming and expensive. That’s because scientists often use set sampling locations and databases instead of their eyes and legs to determine where a problem has likely occurred. Unfortunately, set sampling locations are often chosen because they are easy to get to, like bridges, but they may not be anywhere near the source of the problem.“If you actually go out and walk the waterways and sample everything that looks suspicious – every pipe, every tributary – you generally uncover [the problem] quickly and easily,” Hartel said.Targeted sampling greatly enhances the accuracy of bacterial source tracking. Chemical and DNA-based tests for bacterial source tracking are typically 65-85 percent accurate; when the same tests are combined with targeted sampling, they are 95-99 percent accurate. “It’s like looking for a needle in a haystack, except you’re looking for a needle with a great big magnet,” Hartel said. “For example, if targeted sampling identifies a hotspot of fecal contamination and I know that there’s a nearby dog park and septic field, then I only have to sample the dog park, septic field and water source to determine how much the dogs or septic tank are contributing to the overall fecal contamination.”So far, Hartel has been able to find fecal contamination quickly and easily with targeted sampling. When he tried it on the Sapelo River, he found that half the fecal contamination in the river was due to a malfunctioning private wastewater treatment facility. It took one day to find the source of the problem.“I have yet to come across a case where targeted sampling and common sense didn’t work,” Hartel said. He is preparing to use the method along the beach of a coastal island.“Because the coast has a high water table, failing septic tanks are a common problem,” Hartel said. With targeted sampling, a hotspot can be quickly identified and the site can be double-checked for optical brighteners common in laundry detergent. “If we find optical brighteners, we know what the problem is. It sure isn’t the deer doing their laundry.”The method does have a couple of drawbacks, Hartel said. One is that it requires a lot of manpower. He has used volunteers and there could be liability issues if a volunteer were to get injured or hurt. Another potential problem is trespassing. However, Hartel is confident that these issues could be addressed.“I wanted to find a method to identify sources of fecal contamination that’s fast and cheap,” he said. “This method works fine. And the beautiful part is it’s common sense.” Cat Holmes is a news editor for the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.last_img read more

Uncommon garden gifts

first_imgBy Faith PeppersUniversity of Georgia Does your favorite gardener have every tool imaginable, every gadget sold only on TV? Gardening expert and retired University of Georgia Cooperative Extension agent Walter Reeves recommends some not-so-common gifts for the gardener: Label printer (available wherever office products are sold). “When you buy metal or plastic plant markers for your garden, you can use this small machine to print out a label and attach it to the marker,” Reeves said.”It will last two, three or even four years,” he said. “You can also print double labels: one for the marker and one for an envelope that will hold the seeds you collect at the end of the season.”Tree faces (available from www.alsto.com and other Web sites). These nifty novelties, made from resin or concrete, stick to a tree trunk. “It makes it look like your trees have faces,” Reeves said.Heavy-duty gloves (available at any garden center). “Either leather gloves or mesh with rubberized palm and fingers are a favorite choice,” he said.For bird lovers, Reeves recommends two favorite products:”Eliminator” bird feeder (available from www.wbu.com). “This is the best feeder I’ve ever had to protect my bird seed,” he said. “It’s more squirrel-proof than the gate-style ones that smart squirrels can quickly figure out and get around.”Bird bath dripper (available at www.duncraft.com). “You attach them to your faucet to drip water all day to attract birds,” Reeves said. “They will drink and sit under the dripper because the sound of dripping water is attractive to them.”Finally, Reeves suggests two gifts to avoid: ultrasonic mosquito repellers and windmills that repel moles. “Neither works,” he said.last_img read more

Green Mountain Economic Development Corp gets $43,000 in grants for local business

first_imgAs the economic downturn continues to take its toll on entrepreneurs nationwide, six small businesses in the Upper Valley region of Vermont are pushing ahead with plans to expand their business prospects using technical assistance grants secured by the Green Mountain Economic Development Corporation (GMEDC).The six businesses, located in five towns of the GMEDC’s 30-town region, are leveraging the money to explore new markets, focus on financial controls, enhance visibility, and ultimately to expand and add jobs.‘One of the things we have found is that there is a lot of demand for these kinds of services, especially for small businesses,’ said GMEDC Executive Director Joan Goldstein. ‘Most entrepreneurs are focused on their core business, and doing it really well. What these grants help them do is to work on aspects of their enterprises that are not core, but could allow them to expand into new markets, offer new products and services, and really sharpen their business models.’GMEDC worked with the six businesses to secure the grant funding, which totalled $43,000. The businesses have used ‘ and in some cases are still using ‘ the funds for studies and consulting services to help them find ways to expand and add jobs. The funds were made available by the Vermont Department of Economic, Housing and Community Development and the US Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development Agency.‘We are able to leverage these types of grants to do a tremendous amount of good for local businesses,’ said Goldstein. ‘The amount of potential that this grant has already unlocked makes the return on investment extremely high, on the order of several hundred percent so far, and the positive impact is still unfolding.’ The six businesses benefitting from the technical assistance grants include:Sound Innovations (White River Junction)In business since 2004, Sound Innovations is a six-employee firm that develops innovative in-ear communication and hearing protection products for military, industrial, and consumer applications. CEO Chris Pearson says the technical assistance grant allowed the firm to retain the services of a consultant who significantly expanded their future prospects, and is positioning them for future growth.Sound Innovations was contracted by the U.S. Army to develop and prototype technology for helicopter air crews to protect their hearing and clarify communications, but felt that the technology could also be applied in many other areas of the military, Pearson said. In order to receive funding for that extension of the technology, they needed the support of a major defense contractor that could help transition the technology.‘This grant enabled us to hire a consultant who had the right contacts at major defense contractors, and he was able to help us establish a relationship with one of the biggest,’ said Pearson. ‘With a strong letter of support from the defense contractor, we were able to win the $600,000 extension support program funding, and now the consultant is generating more business development opportunities for us.’Bread & Chocolate (Newbury)Employing 20 people during the July-to-December high season, this 22 year-old business retails Vermontbased and Vermont-branded specialty foods. Bread & Chocolate is using the technical assistance grant money to enhance its food-safety practices to meet third-party audit requirements, which will allow them to expand business to larger vendors, like specialty foods giant Harry & David.‘We had robust policies in place before, but increasingly, vendors are requiring a more formalized set of policies and practices,’ said Jonathon Rutstein, President of Bread & Chocolate. ‘This grant is allowing us to take these critical steps that we hope will ultimately expand our business and increase employment.’ShackletonThomas Furniture (Bridgewater)A maker of high-quality handmade furniture, pottery and accessories, ShackletonThomas is using the technical assistance grant money for two primary purposes: to refine its budget process, and to focus its branding. ‘In this economy when you see lots of businesses failing, these are the kinds of services that are really important,’ said Charles Shackleton, founder and creative director of the company. ‘The consultants we were able to hire were extremely helpful and gave us great tools.’Shackleton said the financial consultant not only allowed the company to establish and implement a robust set of financial controls, but also assisted in refining its strategic focus. And the branding work, he added, was equally helpful in zeroing in on the company’s core message and how to convey it to customers. The objective of both efforts, Shackleton noted, is to expand the customer base ShackletonThomas has been in business for 22 years, and employs 15 to 20 people.Bradford Veneer & Panel (Bradford)This 106 year-old wood products company is well-established in its market, but President and Owner Richard Parkin wants to position it for future growth by using the GMEDC-facilitated grant to develop a website. ‘Initially it will be about greater visibility,’ he said, ‘but as the market’s needs change and we offer new products, down the road we want to be able to offer them online, too.’Parkin said he anticipates the company’s website will be a critical tool in maintaining or growing sales volumes and retaining jobs, as well as preparing for future growth that he hopes will result in expansion beyond the company’s current head-count of eight.Parkin lauded the role of GMEDC in facilitating the grant for Bradford Veneer and Panel, but says he’s grateful for more than just the grant money. ‘I can’t stress enough how important the GMEDC is to businesses like ours,’ he said. ‘It’s the contacts that are so crucial. Small businesses need somewhere to get direction about where these kinds of resources are available, and that’s where GMEDC is instrumental.’Stephens Precision (Bradford)In business since 1981, Stephens Precision is a 16-employee, AS 9100-registered company that specializes in the machining of precision parts, gauges, and mechanical assemblies for aerospace and commercial industries. Ann Stephens, CEO of Stephens Precision, says the technical assistance grant money obtained through GMEDC is enabling the company to research potential new markets, both domestically and internationally, with the ultimate goal of expanding or retaining jobs.Vermont Verde Antique (Rochester/Hancock)As a company that quarries, handles, markets and sells a unique, dark green serpentine marble, Vermont Verde Antique is well-placed to do the same with other types of valuable stone.Tom Fabbioli, owner of Vermont Verde, says the company is leveraging the technical assistance grant money to explore just such a move. ‘We’re working on a feasibility study for the quarrying and marketing of another type of stone called schist,’ Fabbioli said. ‘It’s the state stone of Vermont, and it’s primarily what the Green Mountains are made of.’Vermont Verde, which recently purchased the former Vermont Plywood plant in Hancock, will use the grant money to see what type of markets might exist for the schist, and whether it would be a candidate for expanding the company’s offerings. ‘This could lead to a possible expansion and jobs,’ Fabbioli said, depending on the feasibility study’s results.Source: GMEDC. 8.20.2010last_img read more

Opponents push Canadian government to update cost estimates for Trans Mountain pipeline

first_imgOpponents push Canadian government to update cost estimates for Trans Mountain pipeline FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Vancouver Sun:Opponents of the Trans Mountain oil pipeline expansion projects want the Trudeau government to provide an updated construction-cost estimate. The estimated cost has already risen significantly, to $9.3 billion from $5.4 billion.The latest cost figure is from 2018, contained in documents filed by Houston, Texas-based Kinder Morgan with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. The financial documents were filed for Kinder Morgan’s prospective sale of the expansion project and the existing Trans Mountain pipeline to the Canadian government for $4.5 billion.West Coast Environmental Law Association lawyer Eugene Kung said Tuesday that the federal government should provide an updated construction cost figure because the information is needed to have a fulsome discussion on the project and judge its viability. “Financial information is being hidden,” Kung said at a Vancouver news conference to highlight their demand.The project — now expected to be completed by 2022 — has been delayed several times and continues to face court challenges from First Nations. Other First Nations support the project and are eyeing an ownership stake, which the Trudeau government has said is a possibility.In a written response to Postmedia, federal finance department officials said the Trans Mountain Corp. will update the cost once it has secured additional regulatory permits that will result in a better understanding of scheduling. In its response, officials also asserted the project remains commercially viable. The Trudeau government approved the project a second time in the summer.Canada purchased the Trans Mountain expansion project and the existing pipeline in the spring of 2018 after Kinder Morgan signaled it was going to pull the plug because of uncertainty and opposition to the project, in particular from the B.C. NDP government. [Gordon Hoekstra]More: Trans Mountain pipeline expansion opponents demand updated project costlast_img read more

Instagram strategies that really work for credit unions

first_img The tool also offers reports to be scheduled in advance and then emailed directly to you, or you can download results directly to a .csv file.  These reports also help us in creating our own ROI reports for our clients, and ultimately in fine-tuning their strategy.If you’d like to learn more about how we can help with your CU’s Instagram Strategy please contact us today! 71SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Tara Moseley  Create a Strategy Aligned with GoalsWhen your CU is new to a social media platform, it is important to be realistic with your growth goals.  Depending on how active your members are on social media, it may take a few months or up to a year to significantly grow your audience on Instagram. Be patient.The overarching goal with any social media platform, is to drive relevant traffic back to your CU’s website, specifically revenue generating webpages for a particular campaign.  Growing followers on Instagram is just one piece of the pie.  Download Social Stairway’s Smart Goals Worksheet so you can easily measure success with your Instagram campaigns and create a solid Instagram strategy.  Starting from Scratch on InstagramWe have a relatively new client who was just starting off on Instagram, and wanted us to help create a strategy to grow their audience there.  The revenue goals behind growing their followers on Instagram was to: 1) Grow their assets by $1 million/month, 2) Increase average total services per household by .5, and 3) Increase total households served by 4,000 for the year.  We then created a strategy for their Instagram account to help accomplish these goals. Here are a few of our key strategy ideas for clients. Hashtag StrategyDon’t overlook the importance of hashtags.  These not only help to further develop your brand on Instagram, but help to expand your audience too.  We received great advice from some of the best in the business, Jenn Herman and Sue B. Zimmerman, for creating a hashtag strategy.  Sue and Jenn recommend a recipe for hashtag success, which consists of at least 10-15 hashtags per post.  These hashtags should be a mix of popular (i.e. multiple millions of posts), semi-popular (hundreds of thousands of posts), and brand specific hashtags (hashtags that are specific to only your CU).  This should not only boost your followers and engagement, but will help over time to get your CU ranked in the top posts on Instagram for a particular hashtag. Build Excitement with MembersDo your members know you’re on Instagram? Build some excitement within your branches by offering special events around your Instagram presence. We have a client that was new to Instagram and decided to create a “Follow Friday” campaign to get their members more involved and excited about their presence on social media. Their branches offer giveaways on Fridays including doughnuts, cupcakes, branded merchandise (i.e. key chains, water bottles), and dog cookies to their members to encourage them to follow their CU on social media.The same CU also set up a photo booth at one of their branches with props for members to take photos with a post them on social media. Brilliant idea!  Use an Analytical Tool to Fine Tune Your StrategyOnce we have a strategy in place for a client, we then monitor its overall effectiveness and fine-tune it over time.  We have tried a few tools for Instagram analytics, but have found that Iconsquare meets our needs very well.  Iconosquare allows you to measure performance, user-engagement, track competitors and hashtags, and optimize your strategy.   One very helpful element of Iconosquare is that it can tell you when it’s the best time to post depending on your followers being online.  We know how dramatic results can be when content is posted at the right time.  This is done graphically in Iconosquare (see below):center_img I recently attended The Financial Brand Forum in Las Vegas, Nevada.  The Forum hosted over 1500 professionals in the financial sector for a 3-day conference, of which, I attended several breakout sessions on various topics…one session in particular is top of mind for this blog.  On day 2 of the Forum, I attended a breakout session about one of the nations largest Banks ($125 Billion in assets) that grew their revenue using social media.  I was curious to hear their Director of Social Media speak on the subject to see what her findings were, and their overall strategy for success.  One thing that was shocking to me about her presentation was when she said her Bank wasn’t on Instagram.  When an audience member asked why, the CMO responded with “our Bank likes to take their time when deciding which social media platforms we should be on, and I’m not so sure where Instagram is going to go.”  I can understand her response, but I respectfully disagree with her…and here’s why:Don’t wait.  Run!As we know, most credit union member populations are aging.  With over 700 million monthly active Instagrammers, the platform’s primary age group is 18-29 years old (aka millenials), which is the perfect market for credit unions to target to grow their membership.  We know first hand that with the right marketing strategy, credit unions can be very successful on Instagram.  In fact, according to Hubspot “In a world where visual content remains a crucial part of any business’ marketing strategy, Instagram marketing presents a unique opportunity to visually represent your brand, celebrate its personality, and keep it top-of-mind for all those users who scroll through their Instagram feeds every single day.” Tara comes to Social Stairway with a very strong background in Project/Program Management and Technical Consulting. She has implemented large-scale projects across various industries and is also an experienced … Web: www.socialstairway.com Detailslast_img read more

Apple Podcasts Adds Support for Web Embeds, Available With a Responsive Player

first_imgMusic and podcast streaming service Spotify has been offering embeds for its shows and episode since years now, and it seems like Apple may finally catch up.For the latest tech news and reviews, follow Gadgets 360 on Twitter, Facebook, and Google News. For the latest videos on gadgets and tech, subscribe to our YouTube channel. Tanishka Sodhi Tanishka Sodhi is a sub-editor at Gadgets 360. As a journalist, she has covered education, culture, and media and mental health. She is interested in the intersection of technology and culture, and its impact on everyday lives. Tanishka is a staunch advocate of gender equality, and the correct use of commas. You can get in touch with her via Twitter at @tanishka_s2 or drop a mail at tanishkas@ndtv.com.More Apple will now let users embed podcasts from Apple Podcasts on the Web. Creators, listeners, and marketers can generate embed codes for any episode of the available podcasts on the platform. Embedded codes can be generated from the Apple Podcasts Marketing tools website or the Apple Podcast Preview pages on the Web. It is a responsive player and its width will automatically expand to fit mobile and desktop layouts.The Apple Podcast player can display either an individual episode, or a show with multiple episodes. The embed player will make it easier to find and listen to podcasts within articles and sites – users won’t have to leave the page to listen to the podcast. The player has navigational options and playback controls to play/pause, rewind by 15 seconds and forward by 30 seconds. The available timeline bar will help users jump parts.- Advertisement – To generate an Apple Podcast code, visit the Apple Podcasts Marketing Tools page. Type the name of the podcast or the specific episode that you want to embed in the search bar. Select the show or episode you want to embed from the options and click on the Copy link option or Copy Embed near the Podcast Player box. You can directly start listening to the podcast from the embedded podcast, without leaving the page. Here’s an example of what the embed looks like.The height and width of the embed is visible on the podcast player. There’s also an option to create a short link. As tweeted by Apple Podcast representative Zach Kahn, you can also click on the share icon on the top-right on the preview page on the Web and the embed symbol on the left.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Bosowa seeks to annul Bank Bukopin private placement plan, sues OJK

first_img“The OJK has shamed us by stripping our right to vote despite acknowledging full well that we still hold a stake in Bank Bukopin,” he told The Jakarta Post over the phone, claiming that the company had been notified it was unable to vote when the meeting had started.“Given the circumstances, we plan on going to court to annul the decision made in the meeting, as the votes did not reached the 75 percent minimum threshold.”He also refused the private placement plan as Bank Bukopin already has enough capital to support its liquidity.The bank held an extraordinary general shareholders meeting on Tuesday seeking its shareholders’ consent to conduct a private placement. A majority of the shareholders agreed to the plan as it was aimed at further strengthening the bank’s capital structure and solve liquidity issues. Indonesian conglomerate PT Bosowa Corporindo plans to annul publicly listed Bank Bukopin’s private placement plan, claiming that the Financial Services Authority (OJK) has stripped its right to vote.The company also filed a lawsuit against the OJK at the Central Jakarta District Court on Monday, accusing the agency of violating the law by instructing Bank Bukopin to conduct a private placement.Bosowa president director Rudyanto said on Tuesday that the company’s representatives walked out of a shareholders’ meeting held to approve the placement plan after it was announced that Bosowa did not have the right to vote. The publicly listed bank was injected with a total of Rp 838.93 billion (US$57.25 million) in fresh funds following a rights issue in July, which brought the bank’s capital adequacy ratio (CAR) to 14 percent from 12.59 percent in June.It also gave the bank a new controlling shareholder, South Korea’s KB Kookmin Bank, whose stake rose to 33.9 percent from 22 percent. Existing controlling shareholder Bosowa also remained as Bank Bukopin’s controlling shareholder as it maintained its ownership at 23.4 percent.Despite the fact that Bosowa holds the second-largest stake in the bank, the OJK instructed state-owned Bank Rakyat Indonesia (BRI), which provides technical assistance for Bukopin to solve its liquidity problems, to vote in favor of the private placement on behalf of Bosowa.The decision came after the OJK sent a letter to Bosowa in June, warning it to not obstruct new investors from injecting funds into Bank Bukopin in an effort to solve the bank’s liquidity problems.Bank Bukopin’s liquidity issues and its shareholder commotion surfaced after customers in June were seen lining up for hours just to withdraw or transfer money at the bank’s branches. The bank was limiting daily withdrawals and requiring customers seeking to make withdrawals of more than Rp 10 million to contact the bank two days prior.Bank Bukopin later issued a statement, explaining that the withdrawal limits at several branches were “situational” and it would still allow customers to make transactions.The measure was taken as the bank’s consolidated short-term liquidity coverage, known as liquidity coverage ratio (LCR), stood at 112.03 percent in the first quarter, while its consolidated long-term liquidity coverage, known as the net stable funding rate (NSFR), stood at 100.31 percent. Both figures were nearing the OJK’s minimum threshold of 100 percent.Bank Bukopin president director Rivan A. Purwantono, however, declined to comment on the commotion on Tuesday, saying that the OJK deemed Bosowa had failed to fulfil its commitments as controlling shareholder.“In such a case, the OJK would punish the controlling shareholder by revoking its right to vote during a general shareholders’ meeting,” he said, adding that Bosowa would remain the bank’s shareholder regardless of the sanction.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Cairns real estate: why buyers are back in the market

first_img212/93 Vasey Esplanade, Trinity Beach“With the additional buyer inquiry, property prices haven’t necessarily increased dramatically but the time on market to sell has shortened.More from newsCairns home ticks popular internet search terms2 days agoTen auction results from ‘active’ weekend in Cairns2 days ago“We are seeing a lot of multiple offers on properties and great responses to auction properties. If you are considering selling, now is a sensational opportunity to do so.”Chief economist at realestate.com.au Nerida Conisbee agreed. 43 Monterey Street, Kewarra BeachNationally, inquiries on properties for sale grew 25 per cent.RE/MAX Real Estate Services Cairns senior sales associate Ray Murphy said this time of year was a “prime selling period”.“There are a lot of southern buyers visiting and looking at Cairns real estate,” he said. “The Cairns market is extremely affordable compared to southern markets, which makes purchasing an investment or relocating to Cairns extremely attractive to buyers. 6-8 Pannikin Street, Goldsborough“We saw it happen in Hobart. High demand from buyers drove prices up quickly and a lot of people missed the boat. “Right now, because the number of houses for sale is so low, those who are selling can almost name their price.“Buyers have an opportunity to capitalise on the bottom of the market and sellers can name their price …. These are really unique market conditions and they won’t last if prices jump as we head into spring. 43 Monterey Street, Kewarra Beach“Markets often change direction quickly and price growth can become unexpectedly strong in a very short period of time. If buyers are quick, they can jump into a suburb they wouldn’t have been able to afford just 18 months, but it won’t be long before prices … climb again.”center_img Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:38Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:38 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreen5 tips for first home buyers01:39WINTER doesn’t just draw the southerners up for holidays, it also brings them up to pick up one of the Far North’s many stunning properties.Property searches on realestate.com.au grew 23 per cent year-on-year in Queensland, according to realestate.com.au statistics.It was above the national year-on-year growth of 19 per cent, with 94 million property searches each month. 6-8 Pannikin Street, Goldsborough“Lower prices, record-low interest rates and better access to finance is giving buyers a great opportunity to make the most of the current market conditions. In markets like these, sellers can name their price,” she said.“Buyers and sellers should start seeing the current market as an opportunity to capitalise. “Buyers are back in a big way, but they need to act quickly before prices start increasing in spring.last_img read more

Ted Russell

first_imgTed A. Russell, 46, of Aurora passed away Friday, October 18, 2019 at Highpoint Health in Lawrenceburg.  Ted was born Tuesday, June 5, 1973 in Indianapolis, Indiana, the son of Joseph and Ramona (Farmer) Russell.  Ted worked in the warehouse for Amazon.  He enjoyed fishing and was an avid sports fan.Ted is survived by his father Joe Russell of Aurora; mother Ramona Farmer of Florida; and brothers Rex and Jay Russell both of Florida.There are no services planned at this time.  Sibbett-Moore Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements, Box 156, Moores Hill, IN 47032, (812)744-3280.  You may go to www.sibbettmoore.com to leave an online condolence for the family.last_img read more

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