Residents of Mabaruma, Region One (Barima-Waini) are expected to benefit very soon from improved power supply after the new solar farm is added to the power generation mix.The solar farm in Mabaruma, Region OneThe Department of Public Information (DPI) has reported that the $264 million solar farm located at Khan’s Hill, Mabaruma, is now complete as it relates to its construction and installation. Additionally, swift works to finalise automatic switching from the generator to the solar farm are still being undertaken by the contractor.Meanwhile, Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson, in a statement, has said that the automatic switching from solar power to the generator during cloudy days or during the rainy season was not yet ready. He noted that there were half-hour storage batteries in place for when it was overcast for more than half an hour, so that the generator will automatically switch on.“The system is a hybrid system whereby during the day when the sun is up, the whole town would be powered by the solar farm. Solar is intermittent, so, therefore, you may be having a 100 per cent solar, then a cloud passes over and you drop from 100 to 80 per cent. On a cloudy or overcast day, the difference between what the solar power is producing and what the town needs will have to be augmented by the generator … it [the solar farm] produces 400 kilowatts, so we have batteries for 400 kilowatts for half an hour if there is no sun,” Minister Patterson said.The initiative is part of the Government’s plan to move Guyana towards becoming a ‘Green State’, and will act as a medium to reduce the fossil fuel bill within the country as well as to prevent carbon emissions.Other solar farms at Lethem, Region Nine (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo); Mahdia, Region Eight (Potaro-Siparuni) and Bartica, Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni) are also expected to be established.
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With its new data-driven Audience Network service, Hanley Wood says it will be able to use “programmatic enabled media technology” to automate the placement of advertising on its own construction industry media sites and beyond. The company says it will be able to target prospects within the Hanley Wood audience, follow them with messaging as they move to other sites and even locate and engage with prospects who haven’t visited a Hanley Wood site. Hanley Wood, the Washington, D.C.-based provider of media services to the construction industry, says it now has the tools to give customers a way to more reliably identify, pursue and engage with prospects virtually wherever their web forays take them. The effort to build a more robust database was accomplished with both in-house resources and contracted services, and came with a price tag “well into the seven figures,” Colford says. It’s all made possible by Hanley Wood’s concerted effort to draw a more finely detailed picture of its audience—who its members are, how they navigate the Hanley Wood sites and how they engage with the content. Hanley Wood Media president Dave Colford says a company-wide CMS upgrade; the creation of a single Hanley Wood database and an expansion of the company’s data warehousing capabilities laid the foundation for being able to launch the Audience Network service. With the Audience Network service up and running, the company will look to engage with customers as their specific needs dictate, he explained. The proposition entails the ability of a single company to offer deeper campaigns that reach across the web; better measurement of targeted construction audience campaigns; and “real-time audience performance optimization.” “Harnessing the power of a cutting-edge CMS and unified audience database created far more opportunities for data capture, and we built the warehouse to meet the needs of today with planned expansion as our needs increase,” Colford explained in an e-mail. And, he added, “The combination of the three efforts allows us to provide customers with unparalleled user and audience targeting, both within and outside our network. Previously, customers had to work independently with Hanley Wood for construction industry campaigns that ran on our sites and then with third-party ad networks or directly with other site owners to target individuals who ‘hopefully’ fit a construction industry target. We have married the exacting standards we have always used for targeting ad programs on our sites with our new out of network targeting capabilities.” Armed with better data that offers a more revealing look at audience behavior, Hanley Wood, Colford says, is ready to begin helping customers reach prospects more on their own terms. “We’re giving them an opportunity to get in touch with prospects wherever they may land,” he says.
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Game of Thrones AT&T 5 Mobile 1:29 DirecTV Now Everything we know about Disney Plus Share your voice Robert Alexander / Getty Images It’s not easy to be a media conglomerate and telecom powerhouse. That’s the reality for AT&T.On Wednesday, the company disappointed Wall Street analysts by missing revenue expectations in spite of gains in new wireless subscribers and a strong media and entertainment business. It also announced continued subscriber losses for its DirecTV Now streaming service.The main takeaway is that AT&T is facing intense competition in both its wireless and video services, where the key to success is attracting and keeping customers, while also making sure you’re not giving away too much of your profits to do so. One potential bright spot is its WarnerGroup entertainment properties, acquired last June from Time Warner Media. This business includes movie studios and cable channels like HBO, which offers hit shows like Game of Thrones. But making money from these entertainment properties is proving a challenge. Revenue for WarnerMedia in the first quarter was slightly below what investors had expected.The company’s chairman and CEO Randall Stephenson says he sees big upsides in the entertainment business. He’s also encouraged by the company’s wireless business, which is seeing improvements thanks to deployment of new spectrum from its nationwide FirstNet network. FirstNet is being built in a partnership with the first responder community, and Stephenson said access to this spectrum has allowed the company to expand its and significantly improve performance. “I take more satisfaction in this area than anywhere else,” he said on the conference call with investors on Wednesday. He added that after investing tens of billions of dollars building out its wireless infrastructure, the FirstNet spectrum is “having the impact we thought it would have and changing the value proposition” in terms of the “quality and speed” of the so-called “5G Evolution” service.”Our customers are seeing the faster speeds,” he said. “And it is truly a step change difference.” The resultsFor the first quarter, the No. 2 wireless carrier in the nation reported a surprise gain of new wireless customers, who pay their bills monthly. In total, it added 80,000 new postpaid phone subscribers in the first quarter. This was the first three-month period in five years that the company added these valuable customers to its roster. But those gains may have come at a price, as the company used price cut promotions to attract new subscribers. AT&T missed Wall Street revenue expectations. Total revenue was up to $44.83 billion from $38.04 billion, but it fell short of the $45.11 billion that analysts had expected, according to Yahoo Finance.There were some other trouble spots in the company’s earnings report, as its video service DirecTV Now lost 83,000 subscribers in the quarter, which follows a loss of 267,000 subscribers in the fourth quarter of 2018. DirecTV Now finished 2018 with 1.6 million subscribers and at the end of March it had 1.5 million. AT&T also said it lost 544,000 traditional pay TV subscribers in the first quarter from its DirecTV satellite business and its AT&T U-verse services. It now has 22.4 million TV subscribers. But because the company jacked up prices on its subscription services, it was able to increase revenue per subscriber across all of its TV products with so-called ARPU (average revenue per user) up more than $10 on the DirecTV Now streaming product as compared with the same quarter a year ago.Stephenson said he expects the pay TV subscriber losses to continue into next quarter, but added they should stabilize by the end of the year. He said the $10 price hike to $50 per month for its DirecTV Now service puts the product in a “sustainable place.” Stephenson noted that price is a major factor for streaming services.”Make no mistake about it,” he said on the call, “this segment of the market is very price-sensitive.”He said he also expects continued subscriber losses throughout 2019 in the company’s DirecTV satellite TV product as two-year price guarantees start to expire. AT&T saw some growth in WarnerMedia Group, with revenues of $8.4 billion, which was up a little more than 3% compared with the same quarter last year as the company continued to see revenue gains from its big holiday blockbuster, Aquaman. But analysts said they had expected revenues to be a bit higher. Still, AT&T executives said they are encouraged by HBO’s Game of Thrones premiere, which broke records for viewership, and another superhero blockbuster, Shazam!, has already grossed more than $300 million worldwide. More than 17 million people viewed the first episode of Game of Thrones and more than 27 million have viewed it since it aired on the cable channel. As for AT&T’s prospects for leveraging this content in the future, Stephenson said he’s encouraged by the positive response that Disney has gotten as it’s rolled out its own Disney Plus streaming service. AT&T plans to launch a similar video-on-demand service in the second quarter of 2019 that will highlight the company’s deep WarnerMedia catalog of movies and TV shows. “The Disney announcement has brought us even more optimism of what we plan to bring to market,” he said. The company also saw strong growth in its broadband internet business, adding about 45,000 new subscriber, a 10% jump in revenue compared with a year earlier.All in all, Stephenson said in a press release that he feels confident about the company’s prospects for the year. After touting some key achievements in the quarter he said, “All this speaks volumes about our focus on our strategic priorities and our ability to grow our mobility, WarnerMedia and emerging Xandr [advanced advertising and analytics] businesses. Our teams are executing well and have turned in a good performance to start the year.”The company’s stock was trading down 3.72% to $30.91 in midday trading. Originally published April 24 at 5:39 a.m. PT.Update, 8:21 a.m. PT: Adds comments from CEO Randall Stephenson as well as other information from the company’s earnings call. Review • Live TV streamer is stronger on channels, weaker on DVR Now playing: Watch this: News • DirecTV Now adds HBO, raises prices by $10 a month Tags Comments
2:50 3 Now playing: Watch this: Preview • Oculus Rift review: Welcome to the future Tags See it Zuckerberg gives a first look at redesigned Facebook… 3:23 Mark Zuckerberg wants to remake Facebook. James Martin Mark Zuckerberg gets it. He understands that people don’t trust Facebook with their information. He sees that we look at his company with distrust.”I know that we don’t exactly have the strongest reputation on privacy right now, to put it lightly,” he told an audience at the social network’s annual F8 developer conference in San Jose on Tuesday. He wore an awkward grin.He also promises things are going to change.Facebook will reform into a privacy-focused and secure service with “simple, intimate spaces where you have complete confidence that what you say and do is private and and clear control over who you’re communicating with,” he said.”This is about building the kind of future that we want to live in,” Zuckerberg told the crowd. The company’s new mantra will reflect that idea: “The future is private.” Now playing: Watch this: Facebook Review • Oculus Touch: The best VR controllers ever CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Share your voice Culture Tech Industry Mobile Mentioned Above Oculus Rift + Touch $740 Oculus Rift The moves mark Facebook’s latest efforts to its way out of the years of scandal that has engulfed the company. Privacy gaffes and data leaks, such as the Cambridge Analytica scandal, have fueled concerns about the security of the world’s largest social network. They’s also raised questions about corporate malfeasance among Zuckerberg and his management team. Can we trust Facebook?So far, users have voted with their time and attention. The result is a resounding yes. Facebook’s count of people who log in at least once a month continues to grow, hitting 2.38 billion at the end of March. That’s a third of the planet. The company’s sales continue to rise, hitting more than $15 billion in March, up 26 percent from the same time a year earlier.Enlarge ImageMark Zuckerberg mapped out Facebook’s new efforts at the company’s F8 developer conference. James Martin/CNET Still, the pressure is mounting. Governments around the world are beginning to investigate Facebook, seeking to regulate the 15-year-old social media giant. In the UK, the government is considering installing its first internet safety czar, with the power to punish Twitter, Google and Facebook for bad behavior. Australia and New Zealand are mulling a ban on “weaponized social media.” In the US, the Federal Trade Commission is weighing a potential $5 billion fine against Facebook for its mishandling of users’ data.For Zuckerberg, whose goal last year was to effectively fix Facebook, the problems are only continuing to mount.”This focus on privacy was something that Facebook needed to do,” said Debra Aho Williamson, an analyst for eMarketer. “There was really no choice but for them to adapt and adopt this focus.”Still, you’d be forgiven for approaching Zuckerberg with suspicion.”I get that a lot of people think we’re not serious about this,” Zuckerberg said. But this is a serious shift, he said. “This is the next chapter.”Meet the new Facebook, same as the old FacebookIn an effort to focus where Facebook is headed, the company deluged conference goers with both new initiatives and updates on existing ones.The social network is expanding its dating service, launched last year, to 14 more countries including Vietnam, Singapore, Brazil and Chile. The US, the company said, will get it later this year. Facebook’s also expanding its Craigslist-like Marketplace service to make it easier for people to pay one another and ship their goods too. And it’s refocusing its core app on groups and stories, the ephemeral in-the-moment posts that disappear from Instagram and Facebook a day after they’re published.The company even announced preorders for its latest virtual reality headsets from its Oculus VR division, which it purchased in 2014 for more than $2 billion. The Oculus Quest and Rift S, both $399 (£399), represent the company’s next-generation headsets, and the latest sign Zuckerberg continues to bet on the future despite how mired in the present he is. Comments Facebook’s Zuckerberg preaches ‘The future is private’ Perhaps most dramatic, though, will be a new look for Facebook, coming later this year. The new site will have a more minimalist appearance, which makes today’s Facebook seem cluttered and stale. The new look is much more akin to a simple mobile app with a lot of unused space on the screen and bigger icons to click.”This is the sum of hundreds of details rather than just a few major changes,” Zuckerberg said. In other words: It’s not just a new coat of paint. But if Zuck and Co. have a vision of where they want Facebook to go, these changes are still baby steps toward that better future.”I believe that we should be working to build a world where we can be ourselves, and where we can live freely knowing that our private moments are only going to be seen by the people we want,” he added. “It we work hard and deliver this vision today, I’ll be proud of the difference we’ve made.”Originally published April 30, 11:44 a.m. PT.Update, May 1: Adds analyst comment. News • Oculus Rift S gets May 21 release date in Microsoft Store
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh met the top CEOs of Korean industries in Seoul Monday and sought larger monetary investments in India.Noting that the bilateral trade had surged roughly to 65 percent after the implementation of the bilateral Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) in Jan. 1, 2010, Singh stated that India and Korea had decided to revive their bilateral trade agreement aiming for $40 billion by 2015.The Indian Prime Minister appreciated the consistency in highest growth rates despite global economic meltdown of the Korean companies.”We in India admire the Korean people for the great economic and social progress they have registered. Despite the downturn in the global economy, Korea has sustained one of the highest growth rates among the OECD countries. These achievements are due to the determination, solid hard work and spirit of enterprise of the Korean people,” said Singh.Singh said: “India too is one of the fastest growing major economies of the world. Despite the adverse international environment, we have managed to maintain a growth rate of 7% per annum in the last few years. I am confident that the strong fundamentals of our economy will help us return to a sustained growth path of about 8-10% per annum in the coming years.”Singh lauded Korea for being one among the early investors to look at India as a strategic investment destination. “Korean giants like LG and Samsung are household names in India. Hyundai has a 25% market share in India’s domestic passenger car industry,” he added.As Singh pressed for more investments from Korea, he said, “Investment from Korea is a priority for India. We will take pro-active steps to address investor grievances and improve the business climate in the country. Many States of our Union have been actively encouraging foreign investment and we will support these efforts. I urge Korean industry to have faith in India.”Meanwhile, the Prime Minister also asked small- and medium-sized Korean companies to come forward and make investments in Indian markets.
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Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email News Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,WASHINGTON (RNS) — As he prepared for the State Department’s second summit on global religious liberty next week, Sam Brownback, the U.S. ambassador on religious freedom issues, defended the event against critics who say that the first summit failed to accomplish more than creating new statements about helping religious minorities.In a telephone briefing with reporters on Friday (July 12), Brownback, the U.S. ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom, cited efforts in Iraq, where a partnership that includes the U.S. Agency for International Development has begun to assist “the redevelopment and repopulating of northern Iraq by Yazidis and Christians that had been run out during ISIS.”He also pointed to the International Religious Freedom Fund, established at last year’s ministerial to help religious persecution victims, for which the department has collected millions of dollars from donors. He said money from that fund was “offered in Sri Lanka after the Easter bombings,” in which more than 250 people were killed in terrorist attacks on churches and hotels.The ambassador painted the summits as catalysts for interfaith understanding and support.“Our effort is to stir actions. We want to see really a global grassroots movement around religious freedom,” said Brownback. “We want to get the various faiths to bind together and to stand for each other’s freedom of religion.”Participants at the 2018 Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom at the U.S. Department of State in Washington on July 24, 2018. Photo by State Department/Public DomainHe said the focus of the July 16-18 Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom will be on mutual respect but not a common approach to theology.“There is no common theology in this discussion, but it is towards a common human right,” he said.“And that human right is that everybody is entitled to be able to practice their faith peacefully and without fear.”Brownback said the summit will be “the biggest religious freedom event ever held in the world,” with two days of discussions among religious leaders and civil society activists and a final day with as many as 115 invited foreign ministers.RELATED: State Department religious freedom summit ends with commitments, critiquesHuman rights activist Nadia Murad in Vienna, Austria, on May 22, 2017. Murad received the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize.(AP Photo/Ronald Zak)The gathering, a successor to a first-time event last July, will also feature first-person stories of survivors of religious persecution, including Nadia Murad, a Yazidi and former Islamic State group captive from northern Iraq who was a co-recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, and Pastor Andrew Brunson, an American who was freed this year after a two-year detention in Turkey.The plans have so far failed to convince some religious freedom watchdogs, who say the first gathering failed to live up to its billing, that the summit will lead to substantive results.Shaun Casey, director of Georgetown University’s Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs, said the first ministerial appears to have “made no difference” in U.S. foreign policy for persecuted religious minorities around the globe.“You look at what’s happened to Rohingya and you look at what’s happening to Uighurs in China,” said Casey, the special representative for religion and global affairs at the State Department during the Obama administration. “There’s been no attempt to address the mass migration, if not the genocide, of Muslims in Myanmar.”H.A. Hellyer, a senior associate fellow at the Royal United Services Institute, a think tank on international security, said the success or failure of the ministerial will relate to the State Department’s current policies.“The new commission on ‘unalienable rights’ is simultaneously being cast as another step in the administration’s culture wars,” said Hellyer, who also is the nonresident senior fellow of the Washington-based think tank Atlantic Council. “As such, I am not convinced this ministerial is going to deliver on any promises it may make.”RELATED: Muslim scholar catches flak for serving on new State Department rights panelNadine Maenza, left, commissioner of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, speaks at the April 29, 2019, event when USCIRF released its annual report in Washington, D.C. Commissioner Tony Perkins is on the right. RNS photo by Adelle M. BanksNadine Maenza, a commissioner of the independent U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, argued that the first ministerial “raised the level of conversation” about global religious liberty far beyond Washington. In the last year, she has spoken with government officials in Egypt and civil society leaders in Indonesia, Thailand and Bahrain, where dialogue has become “just a natural thing” and less confrontational.But she thinks Brownback and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo are seeking long-lasting results from the ministerials and that it will take time.“I really see them looking for long-term changes and how to help countries to want to move toward religious freedom,” she said. “But it is hard to measure in a year.”The ministerial comes less than a month after the State Department released its 2018 international religious freedom report. At that time, Pompeo announced that his department is elevating both the office for the envoy addressing anti-Semitism and the Office of International Religious Freedom. He said the reorganization would provide the offices with additional resources and staff and “empower them to better carry out their important mandates.” News • Photos of the Week By: Adelle M. Banks AMBankstw Share This! Share This! Catholicism Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts Share This! Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.,With more migrants stalled in Mexico, Baptists may play larger role on border As Amazon burns, Vatican prepares for summit on region’s faith and sustainabilit … August 30, 2019 Adelle M. Banks Adelle M. Banks, production editor and a national reporter, joined RNS in 1995. 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X Ronald L. JonesCAMH’s Teen Council at the Menil Collection, 2015One cold November evening ten years ago, Chanelle Frazier missed her bus home. It turned out to be a pivotal event in her life.“I saw all these people going in this giant silver building and I was like, ‘What are they doing in that building? It’s thirty more minutes before the bus comes. Maybe I, too, should enter this building,’” Frazier said, laughing.The giant silver building was the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston (or CAMH). One of the curators was giving a talk on an exhibit and Frazier hung around to ask a question afterwards. Her curiosity led to becoming involved in the museum’s intensive teen program.– / 4They helped organize events, curated exhibitions, and even had a chance to sell their own work at an arts market. It’s also where she learned how to write grants, which proved to be valuable later.“That kind of leads in to what I do working for the National Museum of Ghana and the African Artist Foundation in Lagos,” Frazier explains. “I’m kind of used in this position as a grant writer/public relations specialist.”Museums around the country offer similar programs to engage teenagers, but the CAMH is one of four major art museums that took part in the recent study, Room to Rise: The Lasting Impact of Intensive Teen Programs in Art Museums. It included the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. The project surveyed more than 260 alumni to measure the programs’ impact.People are always saying the arts improve our lives.“But do those outcomes hold up over time?” asks Mary Ellen Munley, who was the senior research analyst for the project. “Where are the influences of that experience popping up in their lives today, now that they are in their mid-20s or early 30s?”They found that 72 percent of the people surveyed hold jobs in the arts now. Some are artists and teachers and one even specializes in art-related law. For Chanelle Frazier, that teen council years ago was sort of an “ah ha” moment for her.“It really gave me the space and the opportunity to realize that that was a career path,” Frazier says. “Prior to that, I would’ve never thought that studying art history could result in anything.”But for the rest who didn’t pursue an arts career, more than half say the experience is still relevant to their work today. “The experience with the arts at that age has really given them a kind of identity that is grounded in a world view that stems from the arts,” Munley says.Additionally, more than half of everyone surveyed said it was one of the most important experiences they’ve had.That feeling came through at the CAMH’s latest event. Year after year, a new crop of teens at the museum’s teen art council springs up. They recently held their own show at a venue on the east side of downtown. The place was filled with dozens of kids in their mid-to late-teens; lots of dyed hair, funky eyeglass frames, and vintage clothing. 18-year-old Alex Rodriguez is one of about a dozen students who put the show together. Now she wants to do it as a career.“It’s been so helpful,” Rodriguez says. “The fact that we’ve been able to curate an exhibit for the Menil, for Foto Fest…It’s been a life-changing experience.”The program isn’t just for people who want to pursue visual art. Kizer Shelton says he wants to be a poet. At the show, he read his elegy to the jazz musician Chet Baker.Eli Winter is another member who doesn’t have a visual arts background. He didn’t know where the journey would lead him when he joined the group last year, but he looks right at home surrounded by a room full of peers as he plays guitar.“The skills I’ve learned at being a person… I’ve gotten better at just being,” Winter says. “And that’s a weird, new-agey thing to say, but it’s really true.”Editor’s Note: This story has been updated to correct the spelling of Kizer Shelton’s name. We regret the error. Listen 00:00 /03:58 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Share
Popular D.C. bookstore, Busboys and Poets.Radio personality Rush Limbaugh, known for his racist tirades, attacked popular D.C. bookstore, Busboys and Poets, because “it dissed his two children’s books.” The ultra-conservative talk show host was upset that the executive director of Teaching for Change remarked on a C-Span network that it specialized in children’s books written by and about people of color and many times ignored best sellers, like that of Rush Limbaugh.Teaching for Change, a nonprofit organization, operates the bookstore located at 14th and V. It provides teachers and parents with the tools to create schools where students learn to read, write and change the world.Deborah Menkart, executive director of Teaching for Change, explained its concept. “Only one out of 10 children’s books being published currently is by or about people of color. These are also not the books that are on the best-seller lists. In fact, one of the books on the best-seller list for children right now is by Rush Limbaugh. You will not find that book in our bookstore,” Menkart said.“It’s also getting lots of awards. To flip the trend, flip the script, 90 percent of the children’s books that we sell at the bookstore – the independent, progressive, nonprofit bookstore here [at Busboys and Poets] – are by or about people of color. Those are the books that we find and we feature. So we prove there is a market for them.”Rush Limbaugh said D.C. bookstore, Busboys and Poets dissed his two children’s books.Limbaugh played the audio of the remarks for his listeners. Things went wild from there. “The point here is really not that my books got dissed. I’m just taking the occasion of that here to make another point. This woman would be stunned to find out that my books have people of color in them, and she would likewise be shocked and stunned to learn that the “people of color,” as she talks of them, in my books are heroes,” said Limbaugh on a June telecast. “Who looks at the world this way? Barack Obama on down looks at the world this way.”Limbaugh continued, “She said, ‘We’re not breaking even.’ Maybe that’s their objective. That’s right. Nonprofit means they don’t dare show a profit. They can’t show a profit. Profit’s evil. But they’re not even breaking even. And so you say who runs a business this way? Nobody with any brains runs a business this way. This is exclusionary, it’s racist, it’s bigoted, and it’s the opposite of everything they claim to be. And it’s exactly what they accuse us of being. They claim that they’re tolerant. They claim they’re open-minded. They claim that they are colorblind and all that. They are the most bigoted, racist people. They exclude here and exclude there and then they don’t make any money and they can’t figure out why.”“Limbaugh is distorting the definition of racism,” Teaching for Change’s contributing author Enid Lee explained, “One of the things that we have to make clear is that racism is about power and the ability of one group of persons, based on their race, to control institutions like publishing and marketing. What Teaching for Change is doing is reversing trends of racism by ensuring that people of color have a voice and that their lives are represented in children’s literature.”Limbaugh continued to rant on the airwaves. “These people are loony. They simply are dumb. They don’t have the slightest idea what they’re doing. And they happen to be running the country. And I don’t just mean in Washington. People like this are in charge of the public school system. People like this are teaching your kids. People like this are running day care. People like this show up at Obama’s fundraisers. …“They think that’s how the world works. And it is what the Democrat Party is becoming, and it is this demographic, the way the left or a Democrat looks at the country and sees it versus the way a conservative Republican looks and sees it, those two disparate views of the country are getting wider and wider and further and further apart.”Menkart noted that people do come in large numbers to the Teaching for Change bookstore in search of the titles that reflect the diversity of the country we live in. In addition to featuring children’s books by and about people of color, Teaching for Change vets titles for historical accuracy. As a review, in the respect Booklist notes, Limbaugh’s books fall way short in that category.Menkart said although the bookstore received lots of very derogatory calls and threats from Limbaugh listeners and followers, the negative publicity has also increased its visibility. “People are going to our website that didn’t even know we existed. They liked what they’re seeing and have offered to support us,” Menkart said.