Photo Credit: Food & Agriculture Organization of the United NationsMalnutrition isn’t only a world issue that affects millions of people every day—including claiming the lives of 3.5 million children each year (WFP, 2014). It’s a problem that stunts not only a person’s physical growth, but their mental potential, too. In countries where large percentages of the population are malnourished, the full potential of an entire population cannot be reached.“Malnourished children underperform in school, limiting their future job opportunities. Malnourished adults are less able to work, contribute to local economies, and provide care for their families. Malnourished mothers are more likely to have underweight children, who will in turn have a higher risk of physical and cognitive impairment. This perpetuates a cycle of poverty and economic stagnation,” according to the Food & Agriculture Organization of the United Nation publication, Understanding the True Cost of Malnutrition.The World Soy Foundation (WSF) knows the power of soy can be a part of the solution to malnutrition, and we are dedicated to reducing malnutrition using the power of soy. To read more about the power of soy, visit our Publications page.The WSF has seen the impact soy can have on improving young students’ abilities in the classroom.A teacher in a WSF-supported school, which has a SoyCow in Guatemala, said she’s seen significant improvements.“Since our girls started drinking the soymilk, we began to notice small changes not only in the color or the texture of their skin, but also in the classrooms,” she said. “The teachers report that these girls are able to maintain knowledge better and have more energy in the classroom to engage in different activities.”The cost of malnutrition is high, but investing in solutions can improve nutritional outcomes for the future (SOFA, 2013) and improve the economic outlook of not only developing countries, but the entire global economy.To learn more about WSF, visit www.worldsoyfoundation.org, or the WSF Facebook, Twitter and YouTube channels.
An outstretched hand and a warm “welcome home” is how John Russell was greeting people he met Thursday.Nobody really was home — which was part of the point. Russell, chairman of the grass-roots Clark County Veterans Assistance Center, was volunteering at the fourth annual Project Homeless Connect event, a clearinghouse of services, resources, assistance and giveaways for people with no fixed address.Hundreds swamped the Centennial Center at the Red Lion at the Quay downtown to get haircuts and dental exams, talk with housing and financial advisers, pick up free paperbacks and gently used boots — even go behind a privacy curtain for a confidential medical or mental health assessment.“Veterans come back changed,” said Russell, a Vietnam veteran. “There are traumatic brain injuries, there’s post-traumatic stress disorder. Sometimes you come back with problems but you don’t understand you do have problems. You’re in a mode we call self-destruct.”According to the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans (http://nchv.org), veterans make up approximately one-fifth of the nation’s total homeless population, most recently estimated by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development at approximately 1.56 million.Russell’s fledgling Veterans Assistance Center wants to provide all sorts of help — medical, dental, mental, even spiritual — to those folks who signed up to serve and came back only to disintegrate.
A combination photo shows US president Donald Trump (L), on 28 February, 2017, White House National Security Advisor Michael Flynn (C), 13 February, 2017. Photo: ReutersFormer US national security adviser Michael Flynn pleaded guilty on Friday to lying to the FBI about Russia, and ABC News said he was prepared to testify that before taking office president Donald Trump had directed him to make contact with Russians.Reuters could not immediately verify the ABC report, which cited a Flynn confidant. The news sent US stocks sharply lower.Flynn, a former top Trump campaign aide and a central figure in a federal investigation into Moscow’s alleged interference in the 2016 US presidential election, pleaded guilty under a plea deal on Friday to lying to the FBI.His decision to cooperate with the investigation led by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, marked a major escalation in a probe that has dogged Trump’s administration since the Republican president took office in January.ABC News cited a confidant as saying Flynn was ready to testify that Trump directed him to make contact with Russians, initially as a way to work together to fight the Islamic State group in Syria.It was not clear when Trump supposedly told Flynn to contact Russians and whether there would be anything illegal in requesting such contact.Flynn pleaded guilty to making false statements about contacts he had in December with Russia’s ambassador to the United States, Sergei Kislyak, during the transition period after Trump was elected and before he was sworn in. The charges carry a sentence of up to five years in prison.The White House said Flynn’s guilty plea implicated him alone.”Nothing about the guilty plea or the charge implicates anyone other than Mr. Flynn,” Ty Cobb, a White House attorney, said in a statement on Friday.Flynn was forced out of his White House post in February for misleading Vice President Mike Pence about his conversations with the ambassador.”The false statements involved mirror the false statements to White House officials which resulted in his resignation in February of this year,” Cobb said, adding that the plea “clears the way for a prompt and reasonable conclusion” of Mueller’s probe.Moscow has denied a conclusion by U.S. intelligence agencies that it meddled in the election campaign to try to sway the vote in Trump’s favor. Trump has denied any collusion by his campaign and has called Mueller’s probe a witch hunt.Flynn said on Friday his decision to plead guilty and to cooperate with the investigation was “made in the best interests of my family and of our country.”In a statement issued by the law firm representing him, Flynn also said it was “painful to endure” the “false accusations of ‘treason’ and other outrageous acts” over the past several months but that he recognized “that the actions I acknowledged in court today were wrong.”
Story Links The Cardinals will be back in action at the NCAA Championships tomorrow morning at 11 a.m. ET for the prelims of the 200 free relay, 500 free, 200 IM, 50 free and 400 medley relay. Print Friendly Version Austin, Texas – The University of Louisville men’s swimming and diving team opened the NCAA Championships in record fashion, breaking the school record and posting the highest NCAA finish in program history in the 800 freestyle relay on Wednesday evening at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center.”What an awesome way to start the meet with a new school record,” said UofL head coach Arthur Albiero. “We have a bunch of young guys in this relay with two freshmen, I think it says a lot about the way they went about preparing here and about the leadership from the upper classmen. It’s a good way to start the meet, highest finish in school history, so we’ll take that. Now we’re going to get ready for the next session, which is the only one that matters.” Thursday Heat Sheet Louisville will enter the second day of competition in sixth place with 26 points, trailing Texas (40), NC State (34), California (32), Indiana (30) and Florida (28). The Cards’ sixth place showing was also the highest 800 free relay finish in program history, surpassing their seventh place finishes in 2018 and 2016. Wednesday Results Nicolas Albiero (1:33.47), Zach Harting (1:31.14), Bartosz Piszczorowicz (1:33.90) and Colton Paulson (1:32.85) combined for a time of 6:11.36 to finish sixth overall and break their own school record set at the ACC Championships in February.
Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 5 min read March 20, 2019 Register Now » As the SaaS industry grows, and even video games move closer to a subscription basis, this is a good time to take a look at subscription model-oriented growth strategies. Related: You Too Can Grow a Successful Subscription Company. Here’s How.Remember, subscription-based businesses have their own unique benefits and pitfalls. Customer acquisition isn’t everything, and you need to take extra care in order to nurture and build trust with subscribers. Here are five strategies for doing that:1. Keep an eye on your competition; update your pricing model often.If the price isn’t right for the customer, then your business is going nowhere. Your offer must be priced at a level that feels right to your target audience. If it’s too cheap, your customers may not value your offering. If it’s too expensive, either they won’t buy, or they’ll become reluctant and remorseful buyers, the kind who ask for a refund.As a subscription business, you should view pricing as a strategic and competitive advantage. So, if another business comes along with a different offer, be careful because you could be outpaced. To remain competitive, you need to be flexible.Related: Why You Should Use a Subscription Business ModelBear in mind your renewal structure. The average retention rates for most subscription businesses is around three months. With a monthly pricing model, your members can effectively leave at any time, so you want to drive people toward longer-term packages by offering incentives.Note down the end date of subscription packages after you run a major campaign. Then prepare a reactivation campaign and further incentives to keep your customers from bulk-churning a year down the line.2. Build a stronger connection with your customers.With ecommerce sites, customers may land on your site once, buy the product they were looking for, leave and never interact with you again, even if you keep sending emails. This isn’t to suggest that customer relationships aren’t important in ecommerce, but nowhere are they more critical than with subscription businesses.In a subscription business, customer retention is far more important than customer acquisition. Of course you need to create a steady flow of interest in your membership offer, but if you don’t develop a strategy around keeping the customers who have already signed up, your churn rates will be high.Upsells and cross-sells can be used on your long-term customers, and if you organize a live event, your members will be the first people to buy a ticket. If you launch a book, your customers will help it become a bestseller.By taking advantage of customer messaging platforms and sending personalized video messages, you can ensure you are building stronger relationships.3. Gain a better understanding of your financial metrics.Your financial metrics say a lot about the overall health of your business. And, you need to pay attention to more than just whether you’re trending upwards or downwards.Gaining a better understanding of churn, lifetime value (LTV), and monthly recurring revenue (MRR) are important. LTV is the amount of revenue you can expect to gain from a customer over the course of his or her relationship with your business, possibly lasting years. MRR is income a company can reliably anticipate every 30 days. There are plenty of tracking tools to help you organize your subscriptions and gain insights into these metrics. Understanding why payments fail and what you can do to prevent this will also be crucial for your business.Gut instinct can serve you well at times, but if you are keeping an eye on your analytics, you’ll likely make decisions that are in alignment with your core objectives.4. Create valuable content.Business coaches James Schramko, founder of SuperFastBusiness, and Ezra Firestone, CEO of Smart Marketer, regularly publish engaging and valuable content for their audience, whether it’s addressed directly to their membership or appears on their respective blogs.From training videos to podcast episodes, the two men are prolific in the relevant tips, best practices, events and other helpful information they share. They interview known personalities in their space and gather their perspectives on a variety of topics.Knowing how to distribute this content is key. Firestone is prolific with his video ads, while Schramko takes a shrewd approach with email. Whether it’s blog posts, podcast episodes or video, the medium you choose has to be one you’re comfortable with and can stick with.Content is often the first thing to hook customers and the thing they keep coming back for after being converted.5. Develop a referral systemAccording to Annex Cloud, referral marketing generates three to five times higher conversion rates than any other channel. Let that sink in. Yet, many businesses don’t have referral marketing as one of their channels.Getting referrals from family and friends, business contacts and customers is a great way to drum up new business, and much of it can fall under an affiliate marketing model. While referral marketing may not suit businesses selling cheaper products, it can be great for selling subscriptions. Word of mouth is important for subscription businesses, and leveraging the people who know you and your business best is an important growth strategy.Make sure to attend conferences, and create some clear monetary incentives for people who can generate real leads for your business.Related: 6 Easy Ways to Grow Your Subscription-Based StartupFinal thoughtsBuilding a product that people want to sign up for is great, but relationship-building should be a significant part of your growth strategy. Customers will be more likely to renew subscriptions if they trust you, and you will gain useful leads from the contacts you nurture.
WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite A collision occurred near the Peacetown turn-off tonight (Friday) at about 9.45pm.An EMRS ambulance and a car were involved in a head-on collision. It is believed that the ambulance was transporting two patients at the time.Public Safety and RTI were on scene, regulating traffic.Sharaj Ambulance Services and ER24 treated the injured before transporting them to hospital.Four people sustained moderate injuries and two slight injuries. DID YOU KNOW?Click on the words highlighted in red to read more on this and related topics.If you are reading this on your cellphone and there are telephone numbers provided in the text, you can call these simply by clicking on them.To receive news links via WhatsApp.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter why not join us there?
May 31, 2013 — Intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) has become the most commonly used type of radiation in prostate cancer, but research from the University of North Carolina suggests that the therapy may not be more effective than older, less expensive forms of radiation therapy in patients who have had a prostatectomy.The comparative effectiveness study, published online by JAMA Internal Medicine, evaluated the long-term outcomes of prostate cancer patients who received radiation treatments following prostatectomies using conformal radiation therapy (CRT) against the newer and more expensive IMRT.Study lead Ronald Chen, M.D., MPH, assistant professor of radiation oncology in the UNC School of Medicine, said the results showed little difference in the long-term health of patients who used the newer and older radiation therapies.“Many prostate cancer patients need radiation treatment after prostatectomy, the surgical removal of the prostate, either because the cancer is aggressive or for recurrence. In prostate cancer, we have seen a trend in our healthcare system where new technologies are adopted quickly, maybe because there is a belief that newer treatments are better, but often there is a lack of studies to actually compare patient outcomes from older versus newer treatments,” said Chen.The study used Medicare data to compare the outcomes of 457 IMRT and 557 CRT patients treated between 2002 and 2007. The patients, 66 years of age or older who underwent radical prostatectomy and subsequent radiation therapy within three years of their surgery, showed no difference in regards to urinary side effects, bowel side effects, sexual dysfunction and other long-term side effects or cancer control.“For patients with newly diagnosed prostate cancer who have chosen to receive curative radiation treatment, our prior study showed that IMRT was associated with less long-term side effects and better cancer control than CRT. However, for patients who have had a prostatectomy already, and subsequently need radiation treatment, this study shows that IMRT and CRT seemed to have similar outcomes,” said Chen.A lot of men across the United States who need radiation therapy after prostatectomy are not getting it, according to Chen, and he speculates that the cost of treatment may play a factor. While research shows that as many as one-third to one-half of the patients undergoing surgery for prostate cancer may benefit from radiation treatments subsequently to achieve a cure, Chen said that the data show only 10 to 15 percent of those who could benefit actually receive the therapy.“If 3-D conformal radiation provides an effective and safe treatment for these patients, then we can probably show that radiation is a very cost effective treatment and potentially remove one of the large obstacles to patients being able to get this necessary treatment after surgery,” said Chen.For more information: archinte.jamanetwork.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD News | Neuro Imaging | August 16, 2019 ADHD Medication May Affect Brain Development in Children A drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appears to affect development of the brain’s… read more Related Content Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. 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At least 14 people were killed when a domestic passenger plane carrying 47 passengers and four crew crashed Monday in southeastern Venezuela.Thirty-three people miraculously survived the plane crash, en route to the resort city of Isla Margarita, the AFP reported. The plane burst into flames and almost split in half as it crash landed in the state of Bolivar.”A total of 33 people are being cared for at different clinics,” Bolivar governor Francisco Rangel Gomez said.”We have 14 bodies that are being identified and we are searching for four people [in the wreckage].” The scene was quickly tended to by rescuers, with medical helicopters on hand to transport the wounded to nearby hospitals on alert. A burns unit was also present to treat victims of the wreckage.”Unfortunately we do have deaths but… given the condition of the plane, I think that we were lucky,” Transport and Communications Minister Francisco Garces said. The Conviasa Airlines ATR-42-300 plane went down about six miles (10 kilometres) from Puerto Ordaz. The cause of the crash was not immediately apparent, the report said. A spokesperson for ATR, the aircraft manufacturer, said the firm was investigating the accident. Preliminary investigations suggest that the pilot “lost control” of the plane, having radioed into a control tower to warn of technical difficulties onboard, the governor said. According to satellite data from AccuWeather.com, a thunderstorm was in the vicinity of the airport at takeoff, with lightning data yet to be made available. Venezuela last encountered an air disaster in February 2008, also involving an ATR-42-300, which crashed in the Andes and killed 46 people. In 2005, human error on a Venezuelan plane crash killed 160 people in what was one of the world’s deadliest. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: C.C
State Representative Steve Johnson invites residents of the 72nd House District to join him during local office hours:Thursday, August 17Allegan CountySimply Celia’s 142 S. Main St. in Wayland 8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.Kent CountyBob Evans 6565 Kalamazoo Ave. SE in Gaines Twp. 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.“I am committed to being accessible and in touch with residents, and monthly office hours provide a great opportunity for people to share their concerns and opinions,” said Rep. Johnson.No appointment is necessary and there is no cost to attend. Those unable to attend are encouraged to call Rep. Johnson’s office at 517-373-0840, email StevenJohnson@house.mi.gov or visit his website at www.RepJohnson.com. 03Aug Rep. Johnson announces August office hours Categories: Steven Johnson News
State Rep. Pete Lucido of Shelby Township will continue to host “Coffee and Conversation with Pete” during the months of January, February, March, and April.Residents can discuss issues or concerns regarding legislation or problems they may encounter while navigating state government.“I was sent to Lansing to represent you, fight for what is important to you, and most importantly remain accountable,” Lucido said. “The only way that I can do that properly is by talking directly with you and answering any questions you may have.”“Coffee and Conversation with Pete” will be held on the following dates:Shelby TownshipMonday, Jan. 8 from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at the Shelby Township Senior Center, 51670 Van Dyke Road in Shelby Township;Monday, Feb. 5 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Shelby Township Senior Center, 51670 Van Dyke Road in Shelby Township;Monday, March 5 from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at the Shelby Township Senior Center, 51670 Van Dyke Road in Shelby Township; andMonday, April 23 from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at the Shelby Township Senior Center, 51670 Van Dyke Road in Shelby Township.Washington TownshipMonday, Jan. 29 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Washington Township Senior Center, 57880 Van Dyke Road in Washington Township;Monday, Feb. 26 from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at the Washington Township Senior Center, 57880 Van Dyke Road in Washington Township;Monday, March 12 from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at the Washington Township Senior Center, 57880 Van Dyke Road in Washington Township; andMonday, April 30 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Washington Township Senior Center, 57880 Van Dyke Road in Washington Township.No appointment is necessary. Residents who are unable to meet during the scheduled hours may contact Rep. Lucido’s legislative office by calling (888) MICH-REP or by email at PeterLucido@house.mi.gov. Categories: Lucido News 20Dec Rep. Lucido continuing commitment to host local coffee hours
Categories: Bellino News,News Measure eliminates fees as of Oct. 1 Gov. Rick Snyder has signed legislation authored by state Rep. Joe Bellino that brings punitive driver responsibility fees to an end on Oct. 1.Bellino, of Monroe, introduced the measure, which was passed by the Legislature last month as part of a multi-bill package to end the fees and offer full forgiveness of outstanding debt. The elimination is a full year ahead of the 2019 date that fees were scheduled to cease.“People who are forced to pay driver responsibility fees get nothing in return except increased debt and, in many cases, job loss for lack of transportation,” Bellino said. “I am proud to be a part of bringing these ill-conceived fees to an end and enabling Michigan families to escape the crushing debt brought on by the fees.”In addition to Bellino’s bill eliminating the fees as of Oct. 1, legislation enables people who lost their driving privileges to regain them without paying the reinstatement fee now through Dec. 31. People on monthly payment plans will receive immediate debt forgiveness, and others may participate in workplace development training programs to regain their driver’s licenses prior to Oct. 1.“These fees have negatively impacted hundreds of thousands of Michigan families since their enactment in 2003, and it is high time we bring them to an end,” Bellino said. “We are empowering people to get back behind the wheel and take part in Michigan’s remarkable comeback.”##### 02Mar Rep. Bellino’s bill ending driver responsibility fees signed into law
The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee this week approved legislation introduced by state Rep. Jim Runestad to eliminate the antiquated onsite traffic stop payments for out-of-state motorists.“This plan protects drivers’ assets and eliminates the requirement that nonresidents must pay in cash when stopped by law enforcement,” said Runestad, of White Lake.Currently, law enforcement is required to take cash at the roadside to ensure the driver’s appearance in court unless provided with a guaranteed appearance certificate provided to an officer of the court. The Michigan State Police has recommended eliminating the requirement.There are two interstate compacts states may join that make onsite payment for tickets unnecessary. The Driver’s License Interstate Compact is an agreement among states to share driver’s licenses and traffic violations. Currently, 45 states have joined. The Non-resident Violator Interstate Compact provides states that join with the ability to process traffic citations across state borders. At this time 44 states have joined.House Bill 5542 now moves to the full House for consideration.### Categories: Runestad News 06Jun Committee approves Rep. Runestad’s plan to end onsite traffic stop payment for out-of-state motorists
ShareTweetShareEmail0 Shares January 9, 2015; Washington Post, “WonkBlog”Last Friday, President Obama announced a new plan to provide two years of free community college for most Americans. Under the plan, federal and state governments will pay student tuition costs during the first two years at a community college. If implemented, the plan would affect nine million students and enhance the focus on community colleges as well as expand workers’ skills without increasing the education debt many students carry. Further details of the plan will be announced during the president’s State of the Union Address on January 20th.According to the president, in the next few years, the numbers of jobs requiring at least an associate degree are projected to increase twice as fast as those that do not require college courses. His plan to provide free tuition to students for two years is estimated to cost six billion dollars. The federal government would be responsible for three quarters of tuition cost; states would be responsible for the remaining quarter and students would be responsible for books, housing, and any other fees. Additionally, the neediest of students could continue to apply for Pell Grants to help fund other expenses.According to the American Association of Community Colleges, tuition and fees at the average community college total $3,347. This figure represents slightly more than twenty percent of students’ community college expenses. Total expenses are about $16,325. Students eligible to participate in the president’s plan must maintain at least a 2.5 grade point average, be enrolled at least part-time, and be progressing toward a degree or transfer to a four-year school.The plan would increase the number of students at community colleges. Currently, more than six million students are enrolled in community college, and that number is already expanding significantly. At the same time, due to the recession, many states have decreased the amount of funds directed toward their community college system. The American Association of Community College estimates that in 2012, students paid $16.7 billion in tuition and fees, representing nearly thirty percent, and the largest portion, of community college revenue. Last month, the Government Accountability Office released a report finding that student tuition and fees surpassed state funds as the largest source of public college revenue.If the president’s plan were enacted, the number of students transferring to four-year institutions from community colleges would also increase. This increase could promote additional communication between community and four-year colleges, leading to more credits transferring, more timely graduations, and less debt. Last year, House Democrats reported about fifteen percent of students transferring from community colleges lost at least ninety percent of their course credits.By creating a benefit available to all students, the plan has a stronger likelihood of broad-based support. But the expanded benefit also subsidizes students with higher incomes, who could likely afford paying community college tuition. Additionally, many states, like California, have already developed low-tuition community college systems; therefore, the president’s plan is not directed to the students with the greatest need. The president announced his plan in Tennessee, where there is a similar program. The Tennessee program is funded by lottery revenue. Recently, a similar plan was announced in Chicago. That program will cover books and fees as well as tuition, and is also offered to undocumented students.Not surprisingly, the president’s plan is already facing opposition by Republicans, including Tennessee senator Lamar Alexander, the new head of the Senate’s education committee.More plan details will follow as the president prepares for his State of the Union speech and releases his budget for coming yearNPQ would love to hear from readers about this initiative. Express yourself here.—Gayle NelsonShareTweetShareEmail0 Shares
Share32Tweet5ShareEmail37 Shares February 14, 2019; ForbesLast year, an audit revealed that those participating in the student loan forgiveness program for those employed by nonprofits, among other specified jobs, were not being rewarded with the promised debt cancellation after ten years. Now, the latest audit from the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) of the US Department of Education has exposed failures to follow federal rules by the loan servicers who manage the student loans and collect the payments.This latest audit studied records from 2015 through 2017. It showed that Federal Student Aid (FSA), which is the office of the US Department of Education that oversees the student loans, have rarely penalized loan servicers when errors by those companies have been discovered. This may have compromised the rights of the student loan borrowers.Significant findings of the audit include:Lack of accountability provisions to hold servicers accountable for noncompliance.Lack of performance metrics for servicer compliance.Failure to hold servicers accountable could have led to servicers being paid more than they should have been.Failure by FSA employees to follow policy when evaluating the quality of servicer representatives’ interactions with borrowers.Errors were also discovered in the calculations for income-driven payment plans. FSA produced 210 reports regarding the repayment amounts: 152 reports on reviews conducted by the process monitoring team, 25 from Financial Institution Oversight Service, and 33 reports on reviews conducted by the servicer liaison team.Twenty-two of the 25 Financial Institution Oversight Service reviews covered the calculation of income-driven repayment amounts. Five of those 22 reviews disclosed instances of servicers not correctly calculating borrowers’ repayment amounts.Ten of the 152 process monitoring team reviews covered the calculation of income-driven repayment amounts. Two of those 10 disclosed instances of servicers not correctly calculating borrowers’ repayment amounts.Nine of the 33 servicer liaison team reviews covered the calculation of income driven repayment amounts. Six of the nine reviews disclosed instances of servicers not correctly calculating borrowers’ repayment amounts.The executive director of the Student Loan Borrower Protection Center, Seth Frotman, stated, “This damning new audit is just the latest in a series of lawsuits and reports by law enforcement officials and government watchdogs showing the Department of Education is asleep at the switch while borrowers get hurt.” Frotman was the former student loan ombudsman at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.Students can educate themselves about loan payment options. There’s the aforementioned loan forgiveness program for nonprofit employees, at least for the time being. There’s also a new super-specific loan forgiveness arrangement for professionals working in opioid addiction programs, created by the National Health Service Corps (NHSC), a division of the US Department of Health and Human Services. For three years of full-time work at an approved substance site, there is $75,000 for loan repayment. (There’s also a smaller award for part-time professionals.) Be aware of all the payment options available, from income-driven repayment plans to forbearances if suddenly unemployed. Compare loan servicers, check the loan payments with calculators, and get a second opinion on the information from those servicers. And, always follow up; complain as soon as a mistake is discovered.US Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN), the chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, has recently proposed a bill that would automatically deduct federal student loan payments from paychecks, similar to Social Security. This is only a proposal at this moment in time, but considering the errors and continuing complaints regarding the federal loan servicers, there is hardly any confidence that this would be without more mistakes, errors, and disregard for the rights of the student loan borrowers.—Marian ConwayShare32Tweet5ShareEmail37 Shares
Germany-based technology provider WISI (Stand E9) will use ANGA Cable to showcase two extended headend systems, Chameleon and Tangram, and the multiscreen content management system AiMS.WISI has also expanded the product portfolio of its optical access platform Optopus, its compact headend system OH and will show a number of new amplifiers.The Chameleon headend system can be used in linear TV distribution networks or in multiscreen applications. Utilising a single hardware, all Chameleon modules are configured and programmed by software only. At ANGA Cable WISI is extending Chameleon by a new encoder module. Among others available software modules for Chameleon are all DVB tuners, DVB and analogue modulators for different outputs, transmodulators, descrambling, MPEG-4 decoder, IP- and ASI streamer as well as re-multiplexer.With the ongoing digitisation of networks more and more video signals are transported via IP. To feed these IP encapsulated video signals into analogue access networks like RF overlay or HFC, they need to be converted in QAM, COFDM, PAL and FM. WISI’s Tangram is a high density platform for these edge applications (Edge QAM, Edge-COFDM, Edge Pal and Edge FM). The system offers redundant power supplies, 1+1 and n+1 redundancy, SNMP management, replacement of modules and fans in operation.Together with technology partner IP.Netcom, WISI will show its AiMS Multi Screen Content Management Solution to present services in the correct layout and corresponding resolution on flat screens, PCs, smartphones, tablets and set-tops with the highest possible bandwidth. WISI also shows its optical access platform Optopus and the LX9x series of compact nodes, as well as its extended OH compact headend system and new amplifiers.
Net Insight has teamed up with Miranda Technologies to display a live remote production and workflow demo at IBC.According to Net Insight, the recent London Olympic Games has provided an example of how cost savings can be brought to broadcasters by opening the Studio LAN to a Studio WAN environment, enabling the provisioning of resources over a virtual studio network. As a result broadcasters can now cover and produce a larger number of events, over long distances, which leads to increased revenue gains and greater efficiency.“Net Insight has driven the trend towards remote production and workflows for a long time and is pleased to see how quickly the industry has adapted to new ways of working, seeing the large commercial implementation of this trend at the London Olympics this summer,” said Per Lindgren, co-founder and vice-president of business development, Net Insight. “A high-quality, real-time network can bring broadcasters and service providers huge cost savings and enable more efforts in content creation”The company’s Nimbra JPEG-2000 encoders and decoders were deployed by SVT, the Swedish public service television company, to meet the needs of remote production and to deliver live sports programming from London via two broadcast channels and six Internet streams. In addition, TeliaSonera International Carrier (recently acquired by Hibernia Media), Swiss broadcaster SRG SSR and the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) also used the Net Insight Nimbra MSR platform to deliver remote production capabilities from sporting events in London this year.Net Insight will be exhibiting at IBC on Stand 1.B40. Miranda will be exhibiting on Stand 8.D41
Red Bee Media has been chosen by BT to provide playout, channel and media management services for BT’s new live sports offering, BT Sport.The channels, which will be available 24 hours a day in HD and SD, are scheduled to launch this summer.Grant Best, senior channel executive producer, BT Sport, said: “We are delighted to have teamed up with Red Bee Media for playout, channel and media management services. It’s vitally important that we have complete confidence in our ability to deliver the amazing live sports coverage we’ll be offering to customers of BT Sport. We chose Red Bee Media because of its impressive expertise in supporting this type of live event broadcasting. We are happy to extend our relationship with Red Bee Media, having already chosen them to help us with the design the BT Sport logo.”
Networking specialists D-Link, which makes devices including routers, modems and network cameras, has denied that it is acquiring US cloud DVR service Boxee.Though D-Link is the manufacturing partner behind the Boxee Box, D-Link’s president for Europe Kevin Wen denied press speculation that it is a potential suitor for the business.“If they’ve been acquired by another company, we believe we will continue to partner with Boxee,” said Wen, adding that, if true, news of a possible takeover could emerge next week.However, he said that he could confirm D-Link was not taking over the business.The news follows a recent report by tech site VentureBeat claiming that Boxee has been acquired and is due to imminently announce details of the deal. It cited device manufacturing firms like D-Link and Cisco as having the most to gain from such a deal.An earlier story by All Things D claimed that the web TV firm has been seeking a buyer or looking to raise “a big investment round” since hiring financial advisor Allen and Co in February.
Google has reportedly approached media companies about licensing content for an internet TV service, in a bid to offer a cable TV-style service over the web.According to a Wall Street Journal report, Google has made “made overtures to some programmers in recent months” about the initiative, and is looking to license linear channels – most likely in the standard programming bundles taken by cable and satellite operators.The search giant is reportedly looking to go up against other new entrants in the space like Intel – which is preparing a subscription set-top service that is expected to deliver live TV, catch-up and additional content over the web and roll out later this year.Sony is also said to be looking at entering this space, offering content to Sony devices like PlayStation games consoles, TV sets and Blu-ray players.
Piksel’s Daniel Thunberg talks about the relaunch of the company and the challenges and opportunities facing service providers launching OTT services.