Nicholas Nikiforou, 12 has been given the ‘Children’s Rights Defender’ award 2019 by the Hope For Children (HFC) CRC Policy Centre, a prize that is handed out to people or entities that have promoted and continue to promote children’s rights to their community and society in general.Nikiforou was given the award at a ceremony at European Union House in Nicosia by HFC Director-General Joseph Borghese and House President Demetris Syllouris.A Cypriot resident of the UK, Nikiforou was born with a rare type of pre-cancerous melanoma on his face, which despite its successful removal, left scars. This resulted in him being bullied, prompting him to launch a campaign against the phenomenon.His actions led him to become the face of Kinder in 2016, to win the Diana Award in 2017, the British Citizen Award and the “Positive Role Model” prize of the National Diversity Awards of the United Kingdom in 2018.In 2017 he was voted as one of the 24 most sensitised Bristolians under the age of 24. His actions include launching and promotion of anti-bullying campaigns, featuring on TV and radio shows in the UK, participation and winning of regional art competitions and realisation of motivational speeches in schools and universities in relation to combating bullying.Ierotheos Papadopoulos, Head of the European Commission Representation in Cyprus opened the ceremony with a short speech. Then, Andria Neocleous, Director of the Humanitarian Division of HFC referred to the importance of Nikiforou’s actions and to the necessity of having programmes in schools for the empowerment and training of children aiming at combating bullying. “We are here because we want to be part of Nicholas journey; because we want to spread the example of Nicholas to as many people as possible,” she said.In his speech, Nikiforou said there were over seven billion people in the world, all different. “It is my belief that we all have something to give to the world. My vision has been for all individuals in society to be accepted for who they are. If we embrace each other’s differences, the world would be a better place,” he said.Borghese during the handing over of the award congratulated the youngster for his outstanding work against bullying and encouraged him to continue transferring messages of courage, love and respect that he is promoting both through his speeches and his art.The ceremony was attended by Education Minister Costas Hambiaouris, the British High Commissioner Stephen Lillie, the Commissioner for the Protection of Children’s Rights Leda Koursoumba, the Commissioner for Administration and Protection of Human Rights Maria Stylianou Lottides, MPs, police officials, political parties and other stakeholders.You May LikeCalifornia Earthquake AuthorityWe protect our home with earthquake insuranceCalifornia Earthquake AuthorityUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoVarosha move merely a ‘PR stunt’ by Ozersay, expert saysUndoAuthorities release five of 12 Israeli rape suspects, seven due in court FridayUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
Categories: News State Rep. Earl Poleski, R-Jackson, today announced his August office hours to be held at the Jackson County Tower Building located at 120 W. Michigan Ave. from 10 a.m. to noon on Thursday, Aug. 13, Monday, Aug. 17 and Monday, Aug 24.Rep. Poleski will answer any and all questions and concerns that he receives from residents regarding state issues.“Office hours help me do my job better,” said Rep. Poleski. “When I know what people are concerned about, I know what I need to get to work on in Lansing.”Those who are unable to attend office hours are encouraged to contact Rep. Poleski’s office at 888-643-4786 or by email at EarlPoleski@house.mi.gov.### 28Jul Rep. Poleski will host August office hours
Categories: Hauck News,News 25Jan Michigan House approves bills giving families and seniors broader tax relief The Michigan House today approved legislation giving Michigan families and seniors broader income tax relief, including a key bill sponsored by state Rep. Roger Hauck of Union Township.The legislation continues and increases personal exemptions for Michigan taxpayers and their dependents on their state income taxes. Other bills in the package provide additional tax relief for senior citizens.“This reform – plain and simple – is the right thing to do,” Hauck said. “It will put more money in the paychecks of our teachers, first responders, seniors and families. It will give factory workers and office workers much-deserved relief.”Hauck’s bill ensures Michigan taxpayers will be able to continue claiming personal exemptions on their income taxes after federal tax reforms signed into law last month. In addition, Hauck’s bill increases the state personal exemption from the current $4,000 to $4,800 by the 2020 tax year.A bill sponsored by Rep. Jim Tedder of Clarkston provides a tax credit for those 62 and older — $100 for single filers and $200 for joint filers – in addition to the personal exemption increase. A third bill from Rep. Jeff Noble of Northville would allow taxpayers in Michigan cities with an income tax to continue to claim exemptions.Hauck said the state can afford to provide tax relief without hurting essential public services. The House specifically added a provision to make sure public school funding is not negatively affected by the proposal.“Michigan’s tax spenders – the special interests who like to grab other people’s hard-earned money – aren’t happy about this proposal,” Hauck said. “But that’s not surprising. They are never going to feel like they have enough of our tax dollars to spend. They will never think the time is right for tax relief. But the time is right, and the time is now.”House Bills 5420-22 advance to the Senate for consideration.###
08May Rep. Hornberger’s plan to improve school safety approved by Michigan House Categories: Hornberger News,News The Michigan House today approved a broad plan to improve school security, including a measure from state Rep. Pamela Hornberger tied to the creation of a statewide school safety commission.The plan approved with bipartisan support would create the commission to review security procedures, and provide resources for security improvements in school buildings with the greatest need.Hornberger’s measure calls for every governing body of a local district, intermediate school district, public school academy or private school to designate a liaison to work directly with the commission. Her provision ensures local communities have a voice and engage in the process of helping to make schools safer.“There’s nothing more fundamentally important to protecting our kids than securing our school buildings,” said Hornberger, of Macomb County’s Chesterfield Township. “This plan lays out some simple, common-sense strategies to take an important step in the right direction.”Other pieces of the plan include:Requiring schools to submit incident reports to the statewide school safety commission. The reports would provide the commission with examples of how incidents and threats were handled to develop best practices for other Michigan schools to follow.Requiring new school construction or major renovation projects to include safety features such as reinforced entryways and remote door locks.Removing the elimination date for the OK2SAY program, which allows the confidential reporting of tips on potentially harmful or criminal activity directed at students, school employees or school buildings. The House plan makes the program permanent.Mandating consistent, standardized training related to school violence incidents as part of the requirements to be a licensed law enforcement officer in Michigan.House Bills 5828-30 and 5850-52 advance to the Senate for further consideration.####
17Jan Rep. Huizenga named to four budget-related committees in first Michigan House term Categories: Huizenga News,News State Rep. Mark Huizenga will play an integral role in the state’s budget process, following the announcement of committee appointments by House Speaker Lee Chatfield this week.Huizenga, of Walker, was announced as Chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee on General Government. The committee, along with others in the appropriations stable, will be responsible for deliberating on state budget plans and legislation or testimony that impacts budget changes.“Through the appropriations process, we are charged with setting the tone for a budget that is tailored to the needs of Michigan residents and the state’s economic well-being,” Huizenga said. “I welcome this task and the hard work it entails, and I’m honored to be a part of this process for the 2019-20 legislative term.”Huizenga will also serve on House Appropriations subcommittees related to schools, the Department of Health and Human Services and higher education.Huizenga’s office can be reached at (517) 373-8900 or MarkHuizenga@House.MI.gov.
Share19TweetShareEmail19 SharesNovember 2, 2016; Columbia Journalism ReviewProPublica, Google News Lab and USA Today are a few of the news sources that are joining with journalism students and citizens across the country to carry out an experimental project to track, cover, and potentially solve voting problems during tomorrow’s high-stakes election.Electionland is a new project for the Pulitzer Prize-winning nonprofit news organization, according to an article in the Columbia Journalism Review. Hundreds of partner newsrooms will join under ProPublica’s lead. It’s an effort that might further the case for collaboration instead of competition in a media sector where cooperative efforts like the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists have increasingly earned accolades and made waves—if not necessarily profits.As ProPublica stated in a press release:While American voters routinely experience problems that make it harder to vote—Arizona’s unmanageably long lines during this year’s presidential primary, for example, and the purge of 120,000 names from the voter rolls in New York—journalists have struggled to cover these issues on the day of the election. Too often the extent of voting problems is caught after polls close, when citizens’ right to vote has already been abridged and potential votes have already been lost. ProPublica, with its expertise in sharing data and in journalistic partnerships, is well positioned to change that.The Electionland Twitter, which has about 3,600 followers, was tracking reports of lines and problems in North Hollywood and Cincinnati on Sunday and noted that reporters were on the ground in both places.Politico called the Electionland collaboration unprecedented, especially in an election year marked by explosive headlines and competing exclusives—not to mention a blizzard of both voting rights abuses and Republican-led insinuations of a rigged system. And, at a time when many small news outlets are bootstrapping their coverage after years of cuts, ProPublica editors argue that Electionland can help set the tone for more thoughtful election coverage.“Most newsrooms in America are asking an important but premature question while polls are open: ‘Who’s winning?’” said Scott Klein, ProPublica’s deputy managing editor and the project’s leader, in the press release. “Electionland is an experiment that asks whether we can help empower newsrooms to cover other vitally important questions that day: How is the election itself going? Who’s voting and who’s being turned away?”According to the Columbia Journalism Review, ProPublica’s leadership may consider expanding the project to state and local elections in future years, depending on 2016’s outcomes.As the nation turns its eyes to life in post-election America, here’s hoping we see more positive change emerging.—Anna BerryShare19TweetShareEmail19 Shares
Share6TweetShare2Email8 SharesKremlin.ru [CC BY 3.0 or CC BY 4.0], via Wikimedia CommonsMarch 27, 2017; New York TimesLast Sunday, protests against alleged corruption in the Russian federal government erupted simultaneously in nearly 100 cities across the country and in London, Prague, Basel, and Bonn. The demonstrations were the largest outpouring of anti-Kremlin sentiment since the Snow Revolution protests in Moscow between 2011 and 2013, the root of the hostility between Putin and Hillary Clinton that allegedly disrupted the 2016 U.S. presidential election.The protests on Sunday were triggered by the apparent indifference of the Russian authorities to the investigative 50-minute documentary, He Is Not Dimon To You. The film by Alexei Navalny and the Anti-Corruption Foundation was posted on YouTube on March 2nd. It received 1.5 million views by the first day and more than 14.3 million views as of this writing.Instead of directly confronting Putin, Navalny shrewdly focused his film on the alleged corrupt affairs of the much-disliked Prime Minister of Russia, Dmitry Medvedev. The film alleges, among other crimes, that Medvedev embezzled an estimated $1.2 billion. The film is named after an interview with Medvedev’s press secretary. She criticized the use of the nickname “Dimon” when speaking about Medvedev on social media. In Russian, Dimon is a nickname like “Jim” for “James” in English, only even more familiar and, in this case, disrespectful.On March 10th, Medvedev banned Navalny on Instagram. Navalny urged countrywide street protests on March 26th. The stated goal was to force Putin and Medvedev to respond to Navalny’s accusations. Protesters used posters, slogans, chanting, and suggestive objects like yellow rubber ducks, and sneakers. These objects were a nod to the allegation that Medvedev has a duck pond at one of his properties and a reference to Navalny’s corruption probe, which highlighted Medvedev’s apparent penchant for expensive athletic shoes.Local police and anti-riot forces immediately confronted the protestors. The New York Times looks at how these protesters were younger than those who participated in the Snow Revolution.A previously apathetic generation of people in their teens and 20s, most of them knowing nothing but 17 years of rule by Vladimir V. Putin, was the most striking face of the demonstrations, the biggest in years.It is far from clear whether their enthusiasm for challenging the authorities, which has suddenly provided adrenaline to Russia’s beaten-down opposition, will be short-lived or points to a new era. Nor is it clear whether the object of the anger—blatant and unabashed corruption—will infect the popularity of Mr. Putin.Navalny’s arrest was met with slogans against the Putin regime, not just Medvedev’s resignation. Young protesters shouted “Putin begone” and “Down with the current government.” Social networks such as Facebook and VKontakte invited users to join in the mounting protests. Navalny was given 15 days in jail and a $350 fine for refusing to obey police.The question now is how authorities will respond to this show of defiance across the country. The authorities characterized the Snow Revolution demonstrators as members of a coddled metropolitan elite, divorced from the lives and opinions of the vast majority of Russians living beyond Moscow. Sunday’s widespread protests killed that idea forever.Most Russians receive their news from state-run television, which mostly ignored Navalny’s YouTube expose and his call for protest. But most of Russia’s young people get their news from the Internet and they are Putin’s long-term threat. As noted by the New York Times:Samuel A. Greene, an expert on Russian protest movements at King’s College London, said Mr. Navalny had a chance to thaw Russia’s frozen political horizons and show that a post-Putin era would, at least some day, be possible.“People—both in the Kremlin and the 80 percent or so who tell pollsters they support Putin—have all been acting for years on the assumption that the ice is very thick and will never break. What Navalny is trying to do is show that it is not, and will one day crack,” Mr. Greene said. “Once people begin to believe the ice is in fact thin, it doesn’t matter how thick it really is, and everything can change very suddenly.”—James SchafferShare6TweetShare2Email8 Shares
A new study looking at the implementation of the European Commission’s Audiovisual Media Services directive has revealed that video-on-demand revenues in the European Union are growing, but currently account for less than 1% of total TV revenues. The report, which covers the period to end-2011 also shows that overall TV sector revenues of about €77 billion have been flat since a similar study in 2008. Ad revenues have decreased and there is a heavier reliance of public funding, while pay TV continues to be the growth driver in the sector, according to the report. It adds that Europe’s five largest TV markets still generate 70% of all revenue and Germany and the UK are by far the largest TV markets. The incumbent channels in the main markets also account for over 90% of all commissioning spend although only about 56% of gross industry revenue. Overall programming spend has grown little if at all since 2008, the report says.The wider economic outlook means the way that content makers operate has changed in recent years. “The global softening of the economy in recent years has affected broadcaster margins with a knock-on effect on the independent production sector,” the report authors note. “Independent producers have become increasingly reliant on secondary and ancillary revenues to drive profits, with commission spending by broadcasters generally only covering the production cost for the producer.”Separately, the European Commission is to launch a public consultation on connected TV, EC vice-president and digital agenda commissioner Neelie Kroes (pictured) has said.Presenting the new report on the application of the directive, which pointed to the need for further EC guidance on internet-connected TV, Kroes said that the Commission would launch a public consultation in the second half of this year.Kroes revealed at the Cable Congress event in Brussels earlier this year that the EC would publish a policy paper on connected TV. The EC will also update its guidance on TV advertising next year.
Cable operator UPC Austria has removed basic digital encryption, enabling basic cable users to access the UPC TV Mini package without a set-top box or CI Plus module.The package comprises 49 channels including the HD versions of public channels ORF 1 and ORF 2.
Canal+ Overseas, Canal+ Group’s operation for Africa and France’s overseas territories, has notified the French competition regulator of its intention to acquire Caribbean internet service provider Mediaserv.Mediaserv is the holding company for Mediacall, Guyane Numérique, Martinique Numérique and Réunion Numérique. All are currently 100% owned by Groupe Loret vehicle Loret Telecom. Groupe Loret will remain a minority shareholder after the transaction is complete.