DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding MOST READ LATEST STORIES Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film How Asian countries are ranked by Fifa this 2018 “Fingers were pointed, people were blamed, but those kinds of things happen.”Trach finished with 11 points against the Fighting Warays while Alyssa Layug added nine.Amporn Hyapha had 16 points to lead the Fighting Warays.ADVERTISEMENT China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPetroGazz posted its first win in the quarterfinals after dispatching Tacloban in straight sets, 25-15, 25-17, 25-21, in the Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference Wednesday at Filoil Flying V Centre.The Angels improved to 1-1 in the six-team round-robin quarterfinals while the Fighting Warays are yet to win a game.ADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Olena Lymareva-Flink led all scorers with 22 points for the Angels.PetroGazz head coach Jerry Yee said they were able cool heated heads in the team after the Angels lost to Pocari Sweat-Air Force in four sets, 18-25, 25-20, 26-24, 25-21, in their first game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownYee said Anastasiia Trach got frustrated in the last game after not receiving enough touches while in position.“We were okay in our first game but we let it go because there was a small conflict within the team,” said Yee in Filipino. “They couldn’t get the ball to our left-hander when she’s in position so she became frustrated.” Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments
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SACRAMENTO – The campaign-contribution limits approved by California voters in 2000 are too weak and have done little to stem the flow of large donations from wealthy individuals, corporations and interest groups to state candidates, a political think tank said Friday. The Center for Governmental Studies in Los Angeles said contributions of more than $3,000 still make up more than 60 percent of the donations to legislative candidates despite the controls imposed by Proposition 34. Although the study focused on legislative races, it suggests that the same situation exists in campaigns for statewide office. Center President Robert Stern said Proposition 34 provided only a “fig leaf of reform.” “We think it was designed to leave the situation basically as it was before contribution limits,” he said in an interview. The initiative was placed on the ballot by lawmakers and then-Gov. Gray Davis, a Democrat. It replaced tougher limits approved by voters in 1996 as Proposition 208 and gave California the second-highest contribution limits in the nation, according to the study. Proposition 208’s caps were struck down by a federal judge. But some lawmakers feared that higher courts would reinstate the measure and wanted voters to approve higher donation limits that would supersede Proposition 208’s controls, the study said. Proposition 208 allowed most donors to give no more than $250 per election to legislative candidates and $500 per election to statewide candidates. The limits were twice those amounts if candidates agreed to spending caps or if the money came from so-called small-contributor committees – groups of donors who chipped in modest amounts. Proposition 34 initially allowed most donors to give per-election contributions of up to $20,000 for governor, $5,000 for other statewide candidates and $3,000 to legislative candidates. Those limits have since been raised to $24,100 for governor, $6,000 for other statewide candidates and $3,600 for legislative candidates to keep up with inflation. Small-contributor committees can give twice the usual limits to legislative and statewide candidates other than governor. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsBig deterrent Re: “6,000 troops along border” (May 16): When you add 6,000 National Guard to assist in patrolling the border, it should be a big deterrent, especially if the media will report the stops that are made. And one must remember that with every coyote caught and all those people stopped, the funds necessary to have them take people across the border will also start to dry up. -Barry Levy Redondo Beach Re: “Injunction puts exit exam on hold” (May 13): I read with interest the comments about kids graduating from high school who can’t pass an eighth-grade math test. The question everyone seems to be asking is: Why did they graduate from the 12th grade? A better question: Why did they graduate from the eighth? -Stephen Booth Simi Valley Border Band-Aid Re: “6,000 troops along border” (May 16): With Karl Rove’s help our president always says the right thing, but he never does the right thing! Sending those National Guard troops down there as support for the Border Patrol is like putting a Band-Aid on a severed limb. -Bernard Lehrer Ventura Deal with the devil Re: “Parkman deal first in LAUSD” (May 16): As a retiring teacher from Granada Hills Charter High School, I am disappointed with the outcome of the charter movement and Parkman Middle School. I think Parkman’s teachers have made a “deal with the devil.” They have settled for less than they should have. Why not push the envelope and go all the way to becoming a charter school? I think they will find that the LAUSD does not mean to give them any more freedom. Eventually they will have to take the step to become a charter school or stay and be part of a system that does not believe in giving anything. It is a sad day when a school that was so close to escaping backs down for less than it wanted. -Stephanie Schwartz Canyon Country Beyond disgusted I am a Republican, and beyond disgusted with Bush. In his speech, he mentioned that illegal immigrants should not have an automatic path to citizenship. In that, he implies that some could become citizens eventually. Foreigners breaking our laws to come here for money should never be allowed to become voting citizens. Stay here, maybe, but citizenship, never. I no longer contribute to the GOP; instead, the Minutemen get my donations. -Glenn Victor Northridge Spanish only Re: “Latino students take issue with limited classes” (May 15): My condolences to the high school students who feel cheated because Spanish is the only foreign-language option available to them these days. Isn’t it ironic how illegal immigration hits everyone? Financial constraints are felt everywhere. Couple the extra expense that the LAUSD fields from educating illegals with the hefty pensions and salaries of all the employees, and cuts have to be made. And, goodness knows, Roy Romer isn’t going to take a pay cut. -Kim Greene Studio City Smith responds Re: “Fiscal restraint” (Our Opinions, May 16): As a member of the City Council’s Budget Committee with a record of strong fiscal constraint and advocacy for government efficiency, I am certainly not “loath to see public funds not be spent.” It is that very fiscal philosophy that has guaranteed Los Angeles the highest credit rating of any large city in America. Neighborhood councils receive public money specifically to spend on projects for public benefit. The unused money goes back to the general fund because their use of funds is subject to oversight and transparency, just like all public agencies entrusted with taxpayer money should be. Despite being so new, neighborhood councils have done some wonderful projects, and I want to encourage that. That is why I authored a motion to allow neighborhood councils to “save up” their funding so that they can use it for more ambitious projects that benefit the public, as long as there is a proper and transparent review process. -Greig Smith Los Angeles city councilman Image problem My brother, visiting from Chicago, saw the headline “Phonies flocking to L.A” (May 15). Baffled, he commented, “This is news?” -Sylvia Alloway Granada Hills160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
With his piece titled “How Do I Love You,” 24-year-old California State University, Northridge, graduate student Kentaro Sato won the 26th annual Choral Composition Contest held at Ithaca College in New York last month. Judges chose it as best of the 100 entries, and the award is considered one of the top honors in the chorale composition world. Sato also was honored recently with the American Choral Directors Association’s Raymond Brock Choral Competition Award for his piece “Kyrie,” and the California State University Outstanding Award in Music. Originally from Hamamatsu, Japan, Sato comes from a family of musicians and began playing the organ at age 5. The Moravian Philharmonic in the Czech Republic and the Philharmonic Orchestra of London have also performed Sato’s pieces. The Los Angeles Unified School District gave awards to five high schools at its recent annual Band and Drill Team Championships. Three of the five schools were from the San Fernando Valley. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake Huntington Park High School took first place; Canoga Park High School, second; Los Angeles High School, third; and Van Nuys and Francis Polytechnic high schools, fourth and fifth, respectively. The district chose them from the 24 bands and drill teams featuring 3,000 students that competed at East Los Angeles College in Monterey Park. All the routines were no longer than 12 minutes, and judges scored the schools on music, general effort, marching and maneuvering on the field. More than 140 San Fernando Valley businesses came to a benefit at Fleming’s Steakhouse the night before it opened to the public earlier this month to raise money for the Arts in Education Aid Council Inc. The council is a local organization that’s endeavored to restore the arts back into cash-strapped public schools for the past six years. The council raised more than $6,000 at the benefit. Ricky Gelb of the Gelb Group, Valley Cultural Center President Jim Kinsey and David Rosso Sr., vice president of the Woodland Hills Bank of America, were among the notable contributors. The money will go toward visual arts docent programming, music education, school orchestras, cultural field trips, supply donations, musical and dramatic assemblies and family events at three local public elementary schools. !bboxes Chan Bae, a senior at L.A. Lutheran Jr./Sr. High School in Sylmar recently scored an 800 on his SAT Math Subject Test. Bae is also the president of the school’s National Honor Society chapter, and he’s involved in the California Scholarship Federation, the choral music program and various school service projects. He’s already earned admission into the University of California system, but also plans to apply to the University of Southern California, Biola University and The Master’s College. Two Pacoima residents were among 155 Princess House employees honored on a seven-day cruise to the Mexican Riviera. Along with the cruise, Alma Ruth Serrano and Fidelia Valladares won star-shaped crystal trophies and congratulations from the company’s leaders. The 155 come from a field of more than 16,000 independent direct sales professionals and were chosen for their skill in personal sales, group sales and team building. Based in Massachusetts, Princess House is a direct-selling company that sells accessories for entertaining house guests. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Thomas Pringle TD has called on the government to roll-out fibre broadband to all households in the state.Pringle wants fibre broadband for everyoneSpeaking on the ESB (Electronic Communications Networks) Bill 2013 yesterday in the Dáil, the Independent TD for Donegal it should be a must.“This Bill is a progressive step to enable the ESB to provide fibre on its networks and in respect of broadband it is probably one of the most progressive steps that could have been taken. But we need to ensure it will be available in all households across the country. “The ESB is a company that already has a relationship with every household and business in the country, consequently it is a perfect fit for it to be able to provide fibre-optic broadband by wrapping fibre on their existing networks.“The ESB already has fibre wrapped on its transmission network nationwide which has linked the metropolitan area networks around the country. While this is useful, the real difference and impact can be made as the company starts to roll-out fibre onto the connections to houses and businesses nationwide.”He added the existing policy up to now on providing broadband has been to rely on the market and has left many areas behind, including rural areas, but also areas where people are trying to operate businesses and create and maintain jobs.“In recent years we have relied on mobile telephony to provide broadband and bridge the gap; this has failed and is not capable of providing the service people need. “The provider for the rural broadband scheme, 3, wants to build 160 masts to provide its broadband service across the country. We know everything this invokes in communities across the country when masts are erected, and this legislation gives us the opportunity to avoid all that.”In Ireland approximately 2-3% of households have access to a fibre connection.It has been estimated that the creative industries in the north-west region alone could create approximately 18,000 jobs simply by improving access to the internet in order for them to sell their wares on it.“We now need to ensure as wide a roll-out as possible of the fibre-optic network and we should look to invest in this as a state to assist the ESB in providing this service because it would pay huge dividends in the long run and, as a stimulus, make a significant difference to people’s lives across the country,” stated Pringle. PRINGLE CALLS FOR FIBRE BROADBAND FOR EVERY HOUSEHOLD was last modified: January 23rd, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Deputy Thomas Pringlefibre broadband
Pearse Doherty TDSinn Féin Finance Spokesperson Pearse Doherty has today introduced a Bill which will, he says, make justice for consumers “more accessible, timely and affordable”.Introducing the Central Bank and Financial Services Authority of Ireland (Amendment) Bill 2014 Deputy Doherty said: “This Bill is a package of amendments aimed at redressing the imbalance in favour of the consumer.“It aims to make access to justice for the consumer accessible, timely and affordable. My office is often inundated with calls from citizens unable to get justice when dealing with a financial institution. This Bill will go some way to giving them a fighting chance. “At a time when bailed out banks are sending thousands of legal letters to struggling homeowners it is more important than ever that consumer’s rights are protected and enhanced.“Working with the Free Legal Advice Centre I have drafted this Bill to strengthen the hand of the person in the street dealing with his or her bank of financial institution.”Doherty says his Bill makes justice more accessible by allowing consumers make a complaint within two years of becoming aware of an issue rather than the current blanket six year rule.“It will force the banks to give convincing reason for not engaging in mediation and crucially allows for an appeal to the Circuit Court rather than the High Court. This change alone will allow for a greater right to appeal for consumers,” he added. DOHERTY IN BID FOR NEW CONSUMER PROTECTION LAWS was last modified: September 25th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Billconsumer rightslawsPearse Doherty
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Corning >> There was a bit of extra excitement around campus Wednesday for Corning High School’s opening day of fall semester. Construction crews remained busy working on the roughly $1.6 million project to renovate Cardinal Stadium and track. Associate Principal and interim Superintendent Jared Caylor said despite about a two-week setback due to issues with irrigation around campus, the project — funded by local taxpayers as a part of Measure K — will be ready Sept. 1 when Corning football …
Tags:#enterprise#Microsoft 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Related Posts Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… markhachman How well does Microsoft expect Windows 8 to do? Oddly enough, the company doesn’t want to talk about it. And while maybe the company just being careful, this is not an encouraging sign.On a conference call Thursday afternoon, Wall Street analysts pressed Microsoft executives for specifics about expectations for the forthcoming version of Windows. But Microsoft refused to make any predictions.Analysts have reason to be concerned. Windows 8 represents a radical overhaul of the company’s flagship operating system, one that that some fear may be so radical that it will turn customers off.“We’ll see how it goes,” Microsoft CFO Peter Klein said when pushed for specifics on how the company expects Windows 8, Windows RT or its Surface tablet to sell.Microsoft Needs Windows 8 To Be A HitMicrosoft needs a strong launch from Windows 8, given that the current state of the PC market is so weak. IDC and Gartner reported that unit sales fell more than 8% during the third quarter.Whether that is because of consumers moving to alternatives like tablets or just waiting for Windows 8 remains to be seen.Meanwhile, Microsoft is hurting. In the quarter that endeed in September sales and earnings both declined from from last year. Net income dropped 22% to $4.47 billion. Revenue dropped 7.83% to $16.01 billion from $17.37 billion last year.The official revenue figure did not include revenue of $1.36 billion that was deferred as a result of a program to offer a discounted upgrade to Windows 8 for those who purchased PCs early. But even factoring in the deferral, Microsoft’s revenue was essentially flat compared to a year ago.The results fell short of analyst expectations. Wall Street had been looking for earnings of 56 cents a share (versus the 53 cents per share that Microsoft reported) and revenue of $16.42 billion.Klein attributed Microsoft’s poor performance to a “challenging PC market,” a poor macroeconomic environment, as well as a “normal slowdown in advance of Windows 8.”Microsoft’s Windows division was particularly hard hit. The Windows & Windows Live business posted revenue of $3.24 billion, down a whopping 33% from last year.Even accounting for the impact of the Windows Upgrade Offer and pre-sales of Windows 8 to hardware makers prior to general availability, revenue fell by 9%. Microsoft said it expects to recognize $800 million from pre-sales of Windows 8 during the first quarter.The one bright spot? The company said Windows 8 pre-sale revenue was 40% higher than the comparable period for Windows 7. “We’re certainly very excited about Windows 8 and the capabilities that come from that,” Klein said, adding that he was “encouraged” from the Windows sell-in numbers.Hints From The Chip MakersWhat little we know about the expected success of Windows 8 comes from three sources so far: Microsoft itself, and Intel and AMD, who ship chips to PC and tablet makers. None has been particularly effusive.Intel reported that during the third quarter its PC processor business grew at about half the rate that the company expected. Worse still, Intel chief executive Paul Otellini said he expected that trend to continue into the fourth quarter, as OEMs bought half their usual amount of PC processors. That reflects weak demand for PCs, as well as a cautious approach to Microsoft’s Windows 8.Computer makers “are taking a cautious inventory approach in the face of market uncertainty and the timing of the Windows 8 launch,” Intel chief executive Paul Otellini said, according to a transcript of the call.He added, however, that Intel saw an uptick in sales late in the quarter, as its customers started building Windows 8 machines.AMD is struggling too. After reporting a $157 million loss and a 10% revenue decline, the company announced that it would lay off 15% of its employees as part of a restructuring. CEO Rory Read was not optimistic about the state of the PC market.“Broader macroeconomic issues are impacting consumer PC spend,” Read said in prepared remarks on Thursday. “OEMs are also taking a cautious approach to managing inventory in advance of the Windows 8 launch and tablets continue to grow as a consumer device of choice. As a result we faced a very challenging selling environment, especially in the lower-end of the consumer client space.”How Did Other Parts Of Microsoft Do?Microsoft’s other business-focused divisions, usually a reliable engine of growth, fared fairly well. Revenue at Microsoft’s Business Division fell 2%, although that also factored in deferred revenue that would have otherwise reported a 1% boost.The Online Services Division reported revenue of $697 million, a 9% increase, but the division lost money, again. The company’s Server and Tools division grew 8% to $4.55 billion. It was the only Microsoft business division to show an increase in profits.Many of Microsoft’s key Windows customers will be reporting earnings soon, allowing Wall Street analysts to grill executives on their fourth quarter outlooks.There are two ways to interpret Microsoft’s relative silence on Windows 8. Maybe the company is just being cautious. Or maybe Microsoft senses a disappointment – or something even worse – heading its way.Question mark image courtesy of Shutterstock.