Former footballer Osvaldo, revealed that he wouldn’t like being on Lionel Messi’s shoes because of how public his life if to the rest of the world.This week we had the chance to read a very interesting interview that Daniel Osvaldo did for Marca, the Argentine player who left professional football to pursue his music career and he spoke about many topics where he included Lionel Messi. The former Boca Jrs player revealed his bohemian life after retiring from football at a very young age, he now lives in Barcelona and plays music with his band called ‘Barrio Viejo’. The man really enjoys his life and it seems like football wasn’t really the calling he was expecting after all, instead he’s chosen to take the more hedonistic approach and get to experience the wilder side of life as a proper rock star. We don’t judge him for it and nobody should, the path he took is just as exciting if not more than the life of a professional football player and when he was asked if he would like to live Lionel Messi’s life he responded with a vociferous ‘NO’. But he explained his reasons to not want to be like his compatriot, living Leo Messi’s life can be one of the most complicated scenarios for anybody who doesn’t like living under the public eye at all times.’Messi has no life, he lives in a golden cage’ – Osvaldo https://t.co/fROTLDajFa pic.twitter.com/kQp0AyFfBp— 9javenue (@9javenue) September 25, 2018When asked if he would like to live Lío’s life, Osvaldo quickly said: “No. I would love to play like him though. I would get into fights with everyone because poor man, he doesn’t have a life! He lives in a prison made of gold. He could never be here having a drink on his own. Maybe he doesn’t even care about these things, but I do. At those levels you are not even in your home for long. You buy yourself the biggest television money can buy and you don’t even step foot on your TV room. Why would you want a Ferrari if you only go from your house to the training ground, which is 15 minutes away? I never cared about money, and yet I still spent money on stupid things. I still do, but I spend it on cheaper stuff. But I also don’t think he would like to live my life, the last time I saw him was when I gave him my record. He is not my friend, but he is one of those people who are likable, he hugs you when he sees you and he always has a good vibe. He even asked me: ‘Why do you like music?’ He didn’t understand me when I tried to explain, I believe he must think I’m crazy,” said Osvaldo during that long Marca interview about Messi.Dani Osvaldo on why he couldn’t be Ronaldo: “He gets home and does 150 sit ups. When I get home I like putting the fire on and grilling meat”On why he couldn’t be Messi: “He lives in a golden prison. If I were him then I wouldn’t be here drinking”PoeticTop 10 players who played for both Barcelona and Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to talk about the best players who represented both Barcelona and Valencia, prior to their La Liga encounter at Camp Nou this evening.via @CB_Ignoranza pic.twitter.com/iZS56gJzSr— Matteo Bonetti (@TheCalcioGuy) September 24, 2018And we have to say that Osvaldo does have a pretty good point, players like Ronaldo or Messi will never live a private life as long as they breathe. We can take Diego Maradona’s example, he is a football legend who also loves to party sometimes and this “hobby” has brought him a lot of bad press throughout his life and even a stigma of being a bad example for children. Messi or Ronaldo need to take very good care of their image, because they would lose millions of euros if they slipped up badly like Osvaldo or Maradona have in their life. But the Argentine former player also added: “If I was Messi, I would never leave football, even if I wanted to. You are the best player in the world and that has a reason. This is not only the best thing you can do in the whole world, but you also have to dedicate your life to it 24 hours and 365 days every single year. But his talent does come more natural,” said Osvaldo about Messi’s complicated life as a professional.Osvaldo: I would like to play like Messi. I would get into fights with everyone, because he has no life, poor guy. He lives in a golden prison. He could not be here having a drink. Maybe he doesn’t care about that, but I do. At that level you aren’t even comfortable at home. pic.twitter.com/jf5Iz2ij1z— Juan G. Arango 🇨🇴 (@JuanG_Arango) September 24, 2018What would you do if you had the chance to live Leo Messi’s life for a day? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.
MIAMI (WSVN) – An Olympian stopped by her South Florida Alma mater, Friday, after winning a gold medal in Rio this year.Northwestern High School hosted a ceremony to celebrate and honor their alumni Brianna Rollins, a gold medal-winning Olympian.The school honored her for winning gold in the 100-meter hurdles and for achieving her dreams.Rollins said she hopes her accomplishments will inspire students. “I just want them to continue to know that I’m out here inspiring them and doing this for them,” she said. “It’s not for the medals. It’s more so for everyone to know that they can do whatever they want to do if they put their minds to it.”“I think it makes a statement to the world that through adversities, no matter where you are, you can can conquer anything if you just persevere and commit to it,” said her coach Carmen Jackson.Rollins grew up in Liberty City and graduated from Northwestern High School in 2009.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
In an attempt to sort out friction between the communities, Khoj International Artists’ Association is presenting Coriolis Effect: Currents across India and Africa’ at Khoj Studios, in the national Capital, Beginning on August 28, Coriolis Effect is an international exhibition featuring works of artists from India and Africa. The exhibition, resulting from a month-long residency, seeks to activate the social, economic and cultural relationship and historical exchange which exists between India and the continent of Africa. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Bernard
Staying active, eating healthy and keeping blood pressure in check may not only boost heart health but also significantly reduce the risk of developing diabetes, a study claims. The study, published in the journal Diabetologia, found that lifestyle and health factors that are good for heart can also prevent diabetes. “This research adds to our collective understanding about how physicians can help their patients prevent a number of serious diseases, including heart disease, cancer and now diabetes,” said Craig Kent from the Ohio State University in the US. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe team assessed diabetes among 7,758 participants and used the American Heart Association’s Life’s Simple 7 as a guide for measuring heart health among the group. The Life’s Simple 7 health factors and lifestyle behaviours that are associated with cardiovascular health are physical activity, diet, weight, cholesterol, blood pressure, blood glucose and tobacco use. Overall, the study participants who were in the recommended, ideal ranges for at least four of the seven factors had a 70 per cent lower risk of developing diabetes over the next 10 years. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive”What’s interesting is when we compared people who had normal blood glucose and those who already had impaired blood glucose,” said Joshua J Joseph, an assistant professor at the Ohio State University. “Those in normal levels who attained four or more guideline factors had an 80 per cent lower risk of developing diabetes. Those who were already diabetic or prediabetic and met four of the factors had no change in lowering their risk for diabetes,” said Joseph. The research proves using prevention strategies from the beginning is key to helping Americans avoid diabetes.
Diego, one of the sextuplets born earlier this week in Costa Rica, died Wednesday afternoon, according to hospital authorities.Dr. Roberto Araya, head of neonatal care at San Juan de Dios Hospital in San José, told reporters that the premature infant died at 2:10 p.m. after his lungs could not sustain him, the news site CRHoy.com reported. The child had been receiving respiratory and circulatory assistance since Tuesday afternoon, daily La Nación reported.The 988-gram child was born with his five other siblings Sunday evening after only 28 weeks. Typical pregnancy lasts between 38 and 42 weeks, according to the National Institutes of Health. All six children were born between 900 and 1,100 grams.The late child’s mother did not get to meet him before he died. The mother, Silvia Villegas, was still interned at Hospital México where the birth took place at the time of the death. The sextuplets were split up because there was not enough room for so many premature babies at Hospital México.Local media reported that two of the other infants, Emma and Andrés, were doing well. Andrés was breathing on his own and was expected to start taking milk Thursday. Two others, Valentina and Gabriel, are reportedly in fair condition, while Tomás remains in serious condition, La Nación reported. Facebook Comments Related posts:Second of Costa Rica’s sextuplets dies from respiratory complications Third of Costa Rica’s sextuplets dies from organ failure Costa Rica’s sextuplets drive regulation of fertility treatments Fifth of Costa Rica sextuplets dies following surgery
in Data Analysts Address Truths and Untruths of Home Price Gains Are indices incorrectly misleading the market regarding the rise of house prices?[IMAGE]””Yes”” is what the market appears to be saying when it comes to rising house prices. But is there more to what the indices suggests than meets the “”aye?”” A recent U.S. Housing Market Update from “”Capital Economics””:https://www.capitaleconomics.com/ suggests that the information reported in indices may not exactly measure up.Data reveals that the decline of distressed sales is in fact having an upward impact on house prices, yet that information alone does not appear to be enough evidence to convince market experts that house price indices’ failure to adjust for this result is in essence marring the “”real”” rate of house price appreciation. For instance, while both the “”Case-Shiller””:https://themreport.com/articles/case-shiller-indices-near-5-year-high-2013-07-30 20-City index and the “”CoreLogic””:https://themreport.com/articles/price-gains-stay-on-fast-track-in-may-2013-07-02 index revealed house prices increasing upwards of 1 percent in May, and 12.2 percent throughout the last year, there have also been claims that perhaps [COLUMN_BREAK]these indices have been exaggerated or inflated due to the way that foreclosure resales are calculated into the equation alongside home prices. The “”Zillow””:https://themreport.com/articles/us-home-value-appreciation-picks-up-speed-in-q2-2013-07-23 house price index, in light of this hypothesis, shows a much more moderate rise by just 5.8 percent year-over-year. And yes, it certainly does appear that the share of distressed sales had an impact on the rate and direction of house price shifts in the recent years, mainly that the decline of such sales particularly in 2009 aided a house price increase, yet this impermanent improvement simply shifted right back following the rise once again of distressed sales. Hence, the maintainable rise in house prices finds itself situated alongside a major drop in distressed sales shares.Despite the claims of exaggeration, it is not entirely conclusive that the main indices are in fact over-egging the “”true”” rate of price appreciation, as even though distressed sales can push prices away from the buyers and sellers of a market, they have also undoubtedly laid the foundations for the housing market’s mend as they provide an opportunity for investors to purchase homes at bargain prices, which in turn aids housing recovery. Likewise, though, the most recent dip in distressed sales has also catapulted housing towards healing. Both sides considered, this entire issue may come down to what is often known as a red-herring, with some indices including distressed sales data as others exclude it. Bottom line remains that house prices are expected to grow and then slow as 2014 is ushered in. Such a slow down in house price appreciation would indicate a sustainable nationwide house price recovery is right at our fingertips. Share August 4, 2013 434 Views Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Capital Economics Home Prices Investors Lenders & Servicers Service Providers 2013-08-04 Andy Miller
May 23, 2014 495 Views Share in Headlines, News, Uncategorized Carrington Mortgage Services Opens New Virginia Branch Carrington Company News Movers & Shakers 2014-05-23 Tory Barringer Carrington Mortgage Services now has a fifth retail lending branch in Virginia, with a 25-year finance veteran leading the operation.The company announced the opening of a new branch in the state, this one located in Tysons Corner. Through the new location, Carrington aims to expand its coverage in the Washington metropolitan area with a focus on borrowers in the sub-640 FICO score range.Directing the Tysons Corner branch is Terry Rowland, who has experience heading retail, wholesale, and correspondent lending departments at several national leaders.”Carrington remains sharply focused on increasing our capacity, expanding our offerings in a compliant manner while maintaining our high standards for loan quality and widening our reach to effectively serve those consumers who most need the specific expertise we can provide,” said Ray Brousseau, EVP of Carrington Mortgage Services’ Mortgage Lending Division. “These commitments require strong leadership at the local level, which is exactly what we expect from Terry Rowland.”
State Rep. Curt VanderWall of Ludington invites the people of Benzie County to attend his local coffee hours on Monday, April 10. Coffee hours provide an opportunity for people to meet with their representative in an informal setting. “I hope residents can stop by and share any ideas to help improve and make state government more responsive,” VanderWall said. “Coffee hours are also a wonderful opportunity for anyone wanting to visit and get to know one other.” The first-term legislator will be available at the Benzie County Government Center, Commissioners Room, 448 Court Place in Beulah from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. on April 10. No appointments are necessary to attend coffee hours. Anyone unable to attend who would like to voice a question or concern to the representative may contact his office at (517) 373-0825 or CurtVanderwall@house.mi.gov. Categories: VanderWall News 06Apr Rep. VanderWall announces April coffee hours
State Rep. Thomas Albert today detailed his legislation to provide income tax relief to more retirees in Michigan, delaying some of the so-called “pension tax” changes made to state law earlier this decade.Albert’s bill would restore tax deductions on retirement income to those born before 1950 – covering more Michiganders than current law, which allows those exemptions for people born before 1946.Albert’s plan also would provide more retirement income deductions for people born in 1950 and later than under current Michigan law.Michigan began taxing pensions and some other forms of retirement income in 2011. The abrupt changes did not allow older Michigan residents enough time to plan for a more limited retirement income, Albert said.“People plan for retirement for decades. Deciding to take away income tax exemptions right before thousands of residents were about to retire isn’t fair,” Albert said. “We should provide more time for people to adjust and prepare when their income is not going to be what they planned for in retirement. This is a fairer approach for seniors on fixed incomes and everyone approaching retirement in Michigan.”Albert’s proposal would alter the ages in Michigan’s three-tier approach to retirement income taxation, making more deductions available to more people:Taxpayers born before 1950 would have the same income tax exemptions deductions all retirees had before the 2011 changes. (Current law allows those tax benefits only for people born before 1946).Taxpayers born in 1950 through 1955 could take a deduction of $20,000 for a single return and $40,000 for a joint return against retirement income. When those taxpayers turn 67, they could take the deduction against all forms of income. Different deductions would apply to retirees from governmental units that weren’t covered by Social Security. (Current law starts this phase-in for taxpayers born in 1946 through 1952.)Taxpayers born after 1955 would receive no exemption for retirement income until they turn 67, except for the Social Security exemption. They could claim some deductions against all income once they turn 67. (Current law starts this phase-in for taxpayers born after 1952.)Albert’s bill has been assigned to the House Tax Policy Committee.### 21Jul Rep. Albert: Retirees in Michigan deserve tax relief Categories: Albert News,News
State Rep. Kim LaSata today announced plans to meet with residents of Southwest Michigan during her scheduled office hours.Office hours take place on Friday, Feb. 23 at Broad Street Café, 614 Broad St. in St. Joseph, from 10 to 11 a.m.“I look forward to talking with residents of Southwest Michigan about their state government,” LaSata said. “Hosting office hours throughout the community helps me better represent my neighbors, and inform them about what is happening in Lansing. These office hours are an excellent way to hear from people in the community about issues that matter most to them.”No appointment is necessary. Those unable to attend are invited to contact her Lansing office by phone at 517-373-1403 or via email at KimLaSata@house.mi.gov. Categories: LaSata News,LaSata Photos,News,Photos 16Feb Rep. LaSata to host local office hours
I am particularly looking forward to seeing the many projects and animals our young people will be submitting as part of 4-H or open class exhibits, some of which will be included in the auctions on Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday. These are very talented individuals, many of whom work hard all year to prepare for their presentations, and I am impressed each year by their accomplishments. Best of luck to all who are participating!***As I continue visiting businesses across the district, the condition of our roads and the high cost of auto insurance are a couple of concerns I hear mentioned the most. They certainly remain top priorities for me, and I appreciate the feedback and suggestions on ways to improve them. I look forward to continuing the discussion and working toward a solution throughout the summer and into the next legislative session.***The Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget announced a drop in the unemployment rate in June to 4.5 percent. This is the lowest it has been since July 2017, and total employment levels were at their highest so far this year. Since a year ago, total employment has increased by 32,000. Michigan is hiring, and we must ensure people are prepared to fill the job openings across the market. Legislation for continued economic growth and career preparation will remain a primary focus going forward.***I am looking forward to resuming regularly scheduled office hours next month. I hope you will join me on Friday, August 17 at the following times and locations:2:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Fowlerville Farms, 941 S. Grand Ave. in Fowlerville;4 to 5 p.m. at Biggby Coffee, 11325 W. Highland Road in Hartland; and5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at All Star Coney Island, 934 Michigan Ave. in Howell.***If you have any ideas, comments or questions for my office, please do not hesitate to call us at 517-373-8835 or send an email to HankVaupel@house.mi.gov. We are happy to hear from you! 23Jul Rep. Hank Vaupel Weekly Column: July 23, 2018 Categories: Vaupel News Next week is the 132nd Annual Fowlerville Family Fair. The fair serves as one of the largest local events each year, and it is a great way to enjoy the summer weather and all the community has to offer. A lot of hard work throughout the year goes into making the fair a success, and it is important to recognize and appreciate the Fowlerville Agricultural Society and all community members who contribute so many hours behind the scenes.
State Rep. Larry Inman this week was again appointed to serve on the House Appropriations Committee, a key position to prioritize the state government budget to improve the quality of life for Michigan residents.Inman, of Williamsburg, will be the chair of the appropriations subcommittee focused on military, veterans, and state police. He will also chair the joint capital outlay appropriations subcommittee, which handles approval of construction projects for state agencies, universities, and colleges.Committee assignments were announced by Speaker Lee Chatfield.“I look forward to working on these committees to prioritize key issues that will help deliver results,” said Inman, who also served on the House Appropriations Committee in the most recent legislative session. “We must keep Michigan on the right path and do what’s best for taxpayers and Michigan families.”Inman also will serve on subcommittees dealing with funding for schools and health and human services.Inman is currently in his third term serving the residents of the 104th District which includes Grand Traverse County.### 18Jan Rep. Inman appointed chair of Michigan House Appropriations subcommittees Categories: Inman News,News
ShareTweetShareEmail0 SharesDecember 4, 2014; ReutersYes, it’s as the adage says: Hell hath no fury like a hedge fund mogul scorned. In the UK, Chris Hohn’s $8 billion hedge fund had its best year ever, with a phenomenal return of 46.5 percent. His firm, The Children’s Investment Fund Management—an interesting name for a profit-making hedge fund, derived from the $4 billion charity he and his wife Jamie Cooper-Hohn established—doubled its charitable giving in the year, from 365,916 pounds to 674,346 pounds (roughly $1.06 million). However, its contributions to the Hohns’ charity—the Children’s investment Fund Foundation—dropped from 14.3 million pounds to 4.9 million pounds.Perhaps it was due to the Hohns’ divorce. In the divorce decree, Chris Hohn had to pay Jamie Cooper-Hohn a mere 337 million pounds—over $529 million in U.S. currency. According to Reuters, it was the largest divorce settlement in British history. Although Chris and Jamie jointly founded CIFF, apparently the divorce may have soured Chris on their shared charitable interests.How did CIFF emerge as their charitable joint venture, and how did Chris sour (somewhat) on it? According to Jamie’s testimony in the divorce case, when they met at a Harvard University dinner party in the 1990s, she asked Chris what he wanted to do with his life. He answered, make a lot of money. She says, “I told him I wouldn’t date him if all he wanted to do was make money,” and Chris convinced Jamie that he also wanted to “make the world a better place.”While Chris went on to make billions through his hedge fund, Jamie managed the charity. According to her lawyer, Chris Hohn made $5.7 billion in his “working life,” of which $4.3 billion went to the charity. How that pencils out is difficult for an outsider to figure, since Bloomberg reports that CIFF, dedicated to fighting child poverty in developing countries, mostly India and on the African continent, “has in the past received a third of TCI’s 1.5 percent management fee and 0.5 percent of profits over 11 percent.” Chris has been honored by the Queen for his philanthropy and reports that he speaks with Bill Gates about philanthropy “regularly every year.” Jamie, for her part, says the idea for the charity was hers, but Chris says he was moved to help children after he worked in the Philippines and witnessed children eating from trashcans.In the divorce proceedings, both testified that the foundation was a cause of contention between them. Chris Hohn said his wife was “struggling” in her job at the foundation and was having difficulty with the foundation’s board. Jamie Cooper-Hohn testified that her husband had been “threatening” her about the foundation as their marriage disintegrated. After their relationship dissolved, Chris Hohn testified, “I no longer wanted to give money” to CIFF.As a result of the hedge fund’s relationship with the foundation, Chris Hohn became the UK’s largest charitable donor. With $4 billion in assets, the foundation can easily survive and go forward without the annual contribution from Hohn’s hedge fund. However, Chris Hohn remains on the board of Jamie Cooper-Hohn’s charity. That doesn’t sound like a recipe for a post-divorce pleasant collaboration in the operations of a large children’s charity.—Rick CohenShareTweetShareEmail0 Shares
Share5TweetShareEmail5 SharesNovember 17, 2015; NewsweekAs 2016 approaches, Planned Parenthood Action is getting in the mix with a $20 million dollar investment aimed at electing champions of reproductive health and defeating opponents. The Planned Parenthood Action Fund is a nonpartisan advocacy and political arm of Planned Parenthood Federation of America. According to its website:The Action Fund engages in educational and electoral activity, including legislative advocacy, voter education, and grassroots organizing. The Planned Parenthood Action Fund Political Action Committee (Planned Parenthood Federal PAC) is a nonpartisan political action committee committed to supporting pro-choice, pro-family planning candidates for federal office.But what’s a relatively small investment from a nonprofit group really likely to do, you might ask. Well, if the last presidential-year elections are any indication, a lot! NPQ covered the story in 2012 when, as we wrote then:“According to an analysis by the Sunlight Foundation, if you judged political effectiveness by ROI, Planned Parenthood Votes and Planned Parenthood Action surpassed all other groups active in more than one election. Planned Parenthood Votes spent a little more than $5 million and achieved a 98.45 percent ROI and Planned Parenthood Action spent almost $7 million and achieved a 98.11 percent success rate. Altogether, Planned Parenthood related groups spent $15 million, which was more than triple what it spent in 2008.“As a comparison, the largest spender listed was American Crossroads, Karl Rove’s super PAC, which spent almost $105 million and achieved a 1.29 percent success rate. Crossroads Grassroots Policy Strategies, a nonprofit social welfare organization also affiliated with Rove, spent at least another $70.7 million (although it is listed as $130 million elsewhere on the Sunlight site). Crossroads GPS is listed as having a success rate of 14.4 percent. The Sunlight Foundation figured the ROI based on ‘how much of their money went to support candidates who won and to oppose candidates who lost in the general election campaign.’ Their figures do not include expenditures for primaries or special elections. It also did not list groups that were active in only one election.“The Planned Parenthood success, according to this article, was based on two things: using former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney’s own words against him, and employing algorithms to identify one million female voters, largely in swing states, who would be especially receptive. We would add a third: the existing constituency of women across this country that is already attached to the real value proposition of accessible reproductive services to communities. Those potentially receptive women were made all the more so through the statements of certain Republicans. Anna Greenberg of Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research tracked the Internet response when such statements were made, as you can see in this graphic:“Overall, campaigns and outside groups reportedly spent $39 million on abortion-related ads this election cycle but the Democrats ran six times as many as Republicans and while Republican ads on abortion ran mostly during the primaries, Democrats aired theirs as the general election neared, suggesting that there was some understanding of a changing tide.“That Planned Parenthood would have had a savvy political strategy in place is not a surprise, particularly since Planned Parenthood’s Cecile Richards is the daughter of the late Ann Richards, the former governor of Texas.”This coming season is unlikely to be any less fraught in terms of the abortion debate, but we assume that Planned Parenthood will be no less ready for it than last time.—Ruth McCambridgeShare5TweetShareEmail5 Shares
Share17TweetShareEmail17 SharesSee page for author [Public domain], via Wikimedia CommonsNovember 6, 2018; VoxLast week, NPQ’s Cyndi Suarez wrote about the recent “discovery” of white supremacy. A not-unrelated “discovery” comes from the enhanced attention given in the 2018 elections to voter suppression. For nonprofits interested in increasing democratic participation, it is important to have a clear-eyed view of the depth and pervasiveness of the challenges.As German Lopez observes in Vox, voting rights were on the ballot this fall. By this, Lopez meant voting rights were literally on the ballot in states like Arkansas and North Carolina, where measures to require more stringent voter ID were being considered, and because in many states officials were actively discouraging voting. For example, in Georgia, an estimated 53,000 people—70 percent of whom are Black— had their voter registration applications suspended this fall for infractions as minor as missing a hyphen from a surname. Meanwhile, in North Dakota, the state, as Stephan Cho writes in Paste, has sought to use a strict new voter ID law requiring listed addresses in “a thinly veiled attempt to disenfranchise the state’s Native Americans.”Often, news accounts treat voter suppression efforts as if they were new. But that’s not so. A few years ago, Arend Lijphart, former president of the American Political Science Association, observed that even labeling the US a democracy before 1965 is problematic, since “many Blacks in pre-1965 America did not have the right to vote.”Blacks have faced the greatest degree of exclusion from voting, but other communities of color have also faced barriers. Native Americans, for example, were barred from voting until 1924, with full voting rights not extended to all states until 1962.There are also broader voting system challenges. As Andrew Gumbel, author of the 2016 book, Down for the Count: Dirty Elections and the Rotten History of Democracy in America, wrote in the Guardian, the US political system “has never, in more than two centuries, resolved basic questions of democratic accountability and is thus unique in the developed Western world.”A case in point, Gumbel observes, are the 2000 elections. We may remember Palm Beach County’s infamous butterfly ballot and hanging chads, but the problems, Gumbel notes, ran deeper than unreliable voting machines. “It also,” Gumbel writes, “became clear that the United States had never established an unequivocal right to vote; had never established an apolitical, professional class of election managers; and had no proper central electoral commission to set standards and lay down basic rules for everyone to follow, free of political interference.”In the US, we often tell a story of progress. But backward movement can also occur. For instance, at least some women in New Jersey had the right to vote from 1790 to 1807 until those rights were taken away, not to be regained for a century. Historian Kenneth Vickery reminds us that free Black men had voting rights in the early 1800s, including in the South, many decades before the Civil War—until those rights were lost. By 1858, the only states where Black men could still vote were New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts, and Vermont.In fact, the historical pattern is clear. As Vickery explains:Virginia and North Carolina joined Maryland and Kentucky in taking from the free Black the franchise he had heretofore possessed. All the new states of the South-west denied suffrage to the free Black man. These processes were paralleled in the American North, where Delaware, Connecticut, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania disfranchised the Black, and New York restricted his to the ballot. The newer states of the North-west allowed no Black voting, access and some of these states even prohibited Blacks from residing within their borders.[…]The extension of political democracy among whites, then, was accompanied by retrenchment in the status of Blacks. The point to be emphasized here is that these two processes were part of the same social dynamics.The result, as Vickery observes, borrowing a term from Pierre van den Berghe, was the development in the US of an herrenvolk democracy, a system where “democratic” rights are restricted to the white “master race”—a system, Vickery notes, that also prevailed in apartheid-era South Africa.Even after the Voting Rights Act passed, efforts to suppress voting persisted. Between 1982 and 2006, the US Department of Justice and federal courts blocked over 700 changes to election laws found to be racially discriminatory. In 2013, the US Supreme Court weakened the Voting Rights Act by taking away the federal government’s authority to intervene to stop discriminatory laws before they were enacted. But even before the Voting Rights Act was hollowed out, it didn’t protect the voting rights of six million people, many of whom are Black, barred from voting because of past felony convictions.The state of democracy in the US has never matched its ideals, but progress, while never certain, is possible. One bright note in this fall’s election was the passage of Proposition 4 in Florida. The state constitutional amendment enables 1.2 million convicted felons in Florida to automatically have their right to vote restored. The measure needed 60-percent approval to pass; election returns indicate it carried with a 64.5-percent “yes” vote.—Steve DubbShare17TweetShareEmail17 Shares
The BBC’s governing body, the BBC Trust, has launched a review into the BBC’s involvement in broadband TV service YouView.The review will focus on topics such as whether the BBC’s involvement in the scheme has impacted on other public service broadcasters’ approaches to making their content available to other platforms, and the way in which YouView is promoted by its partners.It will also look at the use of use of ‘editorial signposting’ to allow audiences to make informed choices about the content they watch, and at the access and usability features for those who are blind or partially sighted.“We put in place conditions to ensure the public got the greatest possible benefit from YouView. Now almost 400,000 YouView boxes have been sold, this review is an opportunity to check that the conditions are working as they should,” said BBC Trustee Diane Coyle.In June 2010, the Trust approved the BBC’s involvement in YouView, subject to a number of conditions that it said it would review 12 months after launch. The service, which is backed by the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5, BT, TalkTalk and Arqiva, launched in July 2012. The Trust’s review is due to conclude this autumn.
Netflix is in talks with several US cable companies with a view to making its service available via their platforms.Netflix has already started working with cable companies in Europe, inking a deal with Sweden’s Com Hem to offer its service via the cabler’s Tivo settop box, which launched last week. It has also agreed a similar deal with Liberty Global-owned MSO Virgin Media in the UK.Over the weekend the Wall Street Journal reported that Netflix is discussing partnerships along the same lines with US cable companies including Comcast and Suddenlink.The paper said the talks are at an early stage although Netflix executives have already publicly indicated they are open to working with existing pay TV operators in the US.One potential obstacle to a Netflix-cable deal is the former’s insistence upon partners using its Open Connect technology, which requires operators to allow Netflix to connect servers direct to their networks.The news comes following calls last week from Liberty Media boss John Malone for cable companeis to join forces to create an OTT service that would jointly buy content and provide a rival to Netflix. The MSO’s streaming service could then be bundled with their other video, broadband and telephony products, the cable mogul said.
Google is set to migrate all the videos on YouTube to its recently launched VP9 compression standard as this offers the “best path to 4K video,” according to Google executive Matt Frost. Speaking at the OTTtv World Summit, Frost, who head of strategy and partnerships for Google Chrome, said that “4K is the new 3D,” but with the latter having not lived up to its early promise, device manufacturers are looking for 4K content to satisfy customers.“For us at Google, at YouTube, trying to satisfy the consumer demand for 4K content, we know that actually the answer isn’t VP9 or HEVC, it’s the next generation of the technology. Because as we build better technologies, we figure out better ways to use all of that data,” said Frost.However he added: “Youtube is going to be migrated to VP9. It is currently supporting VP9 streams. The best path to 4K video for YouTube right now is VP9.”VP9 builds on the earlier VP8 video compression standard, which was developed by On2 Technologies – the company Frost previously worked at and was bought by Google in 2010. VP9, which was released earlier this year, is designed to deliver the same quality video as VP8 but with 50% of the bit-rate.Discussing video standards, Frost said YouTube had also made a “very significant move towards HTML5,” though admitted there were still flaws to the markup standard when it came to video.“HTML5 was not ready, really, for primetime four years ago. We’d talk at these sorts of sessions – we were met with applause and accolades because everyone was very eager to move away from Flash and Silverlight, but they all wanted the same experience that they got with Flash and Silverlight – that’s things like full screen and minor things like DRM,” said Frost.“We’re still seeing some inconsistency from site to site with HTML5. The goal when you put forward a standard is to have people implement it in a standardised way. Unfortunately that’s not always the case,” he said.While Flash and Silverlight offered a “pretty close to ubiquitous solution,” Frost said that there isn’t perfect uniformity of implementation across browsers, meaning that “with HTML5 you’re looking at creating a mosaic solution across all of these browsers.”In spite of this, Frost said “we are quickly coming to an era where all YouTube video will be HTML5 video.” Currently, all non-monetised video now from YouTube that is streamed in Chrome and Internet Explorer 11, is HTML5 video, he said.Referring to Chrome’s multi-device applications, Frost claimed that Google is “obviously looking at expanding the availability of Chromecast devices,” referring to its internet TV dongle, which launched in the US in the summer. However, he did not give specific details about international launch plans.
Facebook is expanding its premium video ads outside of the US to seven new international markets – including the European countries the UK, France and Germany.Facebook said it will introduce the 15 second on-site video-ad spots with a limited group of advertisers in the new countries – which also include Australia, Brazil, Canada and Japan.The social network introduced the TV-style ads in the US in March and they are designed for advertisers that want to reach “a large audience with high-quality sight, sound and motion”.The ads start playing without sound as soon as they appear on-screen and expand into a full-screen view with sound if a user taps on the video.“Premium Video Ads, brands now have another way of engaging people on Facebook with compelling video experiences. We’ll roll out Premium Video Ads slowly and monitor how people interact with them. This limited introduction allows us to concentrate our efforts on a smaller number of advertisers with high-quality campaigns to create the best possible experience on Facebook,” the firm said.Facebook accounted for a 5.8% share of the US$119.84 billion global digital ad market in 2013, according to eMarketer. The research firm projects that Facebook will increase its market share again this year to 7.8%, when the total digital ad spending market worldwide will reach US$137.53 billion.