(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) The difference between men and women when it comes to pain Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Sponsored Stories Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy Top Stories Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day PRAGUE (AP) – Czech police say unknown vandals knocked over 26 tombstones in a Jewish cemetery south of Prague.Police spokesman Miroslav Doubek says the tombstones were likely overturned in the last two months. The cemetery, which is no longer used for burials, is located in the woods near the village of Prudice, about 65 kilometers (40 miles) south of Prague.Doubek said Wednesday an unspecified number of the tombstones were broken into pieces. The cemetery contains around 150 tombstones. Comments Share Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Day
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.
AMC Networks has closed its US$1 billion (€750 million) acquisition of global channels operator and content company Chellomedia from Liberty Global.The deal is for “substantially all” of Liberty’s interests in Chello, excluding Dutch premium cable channels Film1 and Sport1. Chello Central Europe, Chello Latin America, Chello Multicanal, Chello Zone, ad sales unit Atmedia and broadcast solutions unit Chello DMC are all now part of the AMC channels business.In total, US-based AMC gets its hands on an extensive array of channels that are distributed to nearly 400 million homes in 138 territories.The deal leaves Liberty with cable operations such as Virgin Media, UPC, Unitymedia, Kabel BW, Telenet and VTR and is close to closing a €10 billion deal for Dutch cableco Ziggo.Last year, Liberty president CEO Mike Fries claimed Chellomedia had “never” ben a strategic fit with John Malone’s cable business and was seeking to recoup US$1 billion, which it has now done.
M7 Group-owned Czech and Slovak satellite pay TV operator Skylink has added HD sports channel EDGEsport to its programming line-up.The channel, which covers sports including surfing, snowboarding skateboarding, BMX biking and freestyle motocross, is currently available on a trial basis but will be added as a permanent fixture at the end of May.EDGEsport will air 24 hours a day and will be available to all prepaid customers with Skylink’s Kombi, HD Plus, Multi HD, Flexi 7 and Komplet packages.EDGEsport will air from the Astra position at 23.5° East to Skylink subscribers with an HD decoder. The addition of the channel takes the total number of HD services on the platform to 27.
Russian media groups Perviyy Kanal (Channel One), Gazprom Media, National Media and CTC, and state broadcasting organisation RTR, have announced a tender for a new audience measurement system, according to local reports.According to business daily Kommersant, the tender calls for Russian or international companies with five years’ experience in audience measurement to submit an application by October 1, with a view to a 10-year contract being awarded to the winner by the end of 2016. The contract is expected to have a maximum value of RUB1.226 billion (€26 million).The tender calls for a measurement system that can measure the audience on any type of screen and should comprise a panel of about 9,000 households across all towns and cities with a population of 12,000 or above.Russian audience measurement specialist TNS Media, which currently measures audiences in cities with a population of 100,000 or above, recently agreed to expand its panel by 25% to 5,022 households.Perviyy Kanal, Gazprom Media and RTR created a non-profit joint-venture, ICT, in November to choose a new audience measurement system, with CTC Media and National Media joining recently.
Turner Broadcasting-owned UK entertainment channel TruTV has gone live over-the-top streaming platform TVPlayer.The new addition takes the total number of channels available on TVPlayer to 50, which UK viewers can access over WiFi or mobile networks from a range of devices including PCs, mobiles, tablets and smart TVs.TVPlayer has licensed multi-platform live streaming rights for TruTV and its time-delayed TruTV+1 feed. From later this quarter, viewers will also be able to access seven-day catchup content from the channel on TVPlayer.TruTV airs both original and unscripted programming, including shows like Container Wars, South Beach Tow, Tattoo Nightmares and Ink Master.TVPlayer is a UK service that is owned and operated by Simplestream, a provider of live streaming and CatchupTV solutions to broadcast and media companies.
NBC Universal has made a US$200 million investment in Vox Media – the parent company of digital brands like tech site The Verge, news site Vox.com and sports site SB Nation.Announcing the deal, NBCU said that Vox’s premium brands would engage broad audiences. The other five Vox brands are: gaming site Polygon; food and nightlife site Eater; shopping, beauty and fashion site Racked; property site Curbed; and tech business site Re/code.“Vox Media has strong leadership, top editorial talent and a unique technology platform. We are excited to be making this investment and building a collaborative partnership involving editorial content, advertising and technology,” said Steve Burke, CEO, NBC Universal.Vox Media CEO and chairman, Jim Bankoff, said: “We are extraordinarily excited to collaborate [with NBCU] in many areas including video programming, brand advertising, cross-promotion, and platform technology to grow existing properties and launch new franchises.”The New York Times and Re/code both reported that NBCU is additionally preparing to make a US$200 million investment in Buzzfeed, in a deal that is expected value the news and viral media site at US$1.5 billion.
Facebook CEO, Mark ZuckerbergMore than 2 million hours of video have now been watched on Oculus-powered Gear VR headsets, according to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.Speaking on Facebook’s first quarter earnings call this week, Zuckerberg said that virtual reality (VR) is going to be “the next big computing platform”.However, chief financial officer David Wehner cautioned that, despite Facebook’s investments in this space, VR is still “very early” and will not have a “material impact on revenue in 2016”.“Gear VR started shipping late last year, and the response so far has been great. There are now hundreds of apps built specifically for Gear, and people have watched more than 2 million hours of video on it,” said Zuckerberg.“In Q1, we also started shipping Oculus Rift. We’ve got a lot of great content, with more than 50 games and apps built for Rift. Again, this is very early, and we don’t expect VR to take off as a mainstream success right away – I really want to emphasise that. Most Rift early adopters are gamers and developers. But eventually, we believe that VR is going to be the next big computing platform, and we’re making the investments necessary to lead the way there.”Facebook closed its US$2 billion acquisition of VR headset maker Oculus in 2014. The Gear VR headset is designed to be used with Samsung Galaxy smartphones, while the Rift headset can be powered by compatible Windows PCs.Facebook reported Q1 revenue of US$5.38 billion, up 52% year-on-year. Net income was up 195% to US$1.51 billion.
Mediaset is to strengthen its on-demand offering, Mediaset Play with new content and will launch targeted advertising this year.Mediaset has also said that it expects its pay TV unit, Mediaset Premium, to continue to lose subscribers and revenues this year, but that margins will improve as the platform shifts towards an on-demand offering.Mediaset plans to make most Canale 5, Rete 1 and Rete 4 content available on-demand. At a presentation of the company’s plans, on-demand chief Alessandro Salem said that the group would also ramp up its activity in original production.Mediaset suffered a reverse recently when it was beaten by Sky in the negotiations for the next set of Champions League and Europa League football rights, previously aired on pay TV unit Mediaset Premium. Chief executive Pier Silvio Berlusconi said at the presentation that Mediaset was now open to selling Premium’s final season of Champions League rights – for the 2017-18 season – to Sky, without giving specific details.Berlusconi said at the event that football was “always” a loss-making venture. He said that not having rights involved losing subscribers while having rights meant losing money.Berlusconi said that he expected Mediaset to return to profit this year. Mediaset Premium is expected to contribute significantly to this, providing about half of an envisaged €468 million improvement in performance by 2020.
Jeff WeinerBusiness-focused social network LinkedIn is considering a move into original programming, according to a report by The Information.The social network’s CEO Jeff Weiner (pictured) is reported to have said that shows such as Shark Tank (the equivalent of Dragons Den in the US) could be the kind of programming that works with its users, during a discussion at The Information’s Subscriber Summit in San Francisco.Weiner reportedly said that the move would boost engagement and add subscriptions to its service.If LinkedIn takes the plunge, it would be joining tech giants Apple, Facebook and Snapchat in the push for original content this year.LinkedIn is a social media service aimed at business professionals, and primarily acts as a networking and information sharing platform.
Edgeware will be showcasing its cloud-native container-based solutions, alongside more of its TV CDN technology, on stand 14.F20 at IBC. Online TV delivery systems provider Edgeware has unveiled a set of container-based software solutions, which are optimised for public and private cloud platforms.The solutions being delivered as containers are its unique Origin products, TV Content Capture, and TV Repackager. Edgeware has also revealed plans to migrate the rest of its software solutions into Docker containers.Edgeware’s cloud-native containerised solutions are based on widely adopted implementation tools, using Docker containers and Kubernetes orchestration and provisioning, to simplify the operating environment and reduce costs, according to the company.Karl ThedéenContainer-based versions of Edgeware’s software products have already been verified on the Google Cloud Platform. They are now ready to be deployed in all major cloud environments, including Amazon Web Services and OpenStack systems, according to Edgeware.The containerised solutions can be deployed in combination with Edgeware’s own purpose-built TV servers, data centre deployments and COTS hardware.“This is a significant development for the company and our customers. It takes our software solutions to the next level and allows our customers to benefit from our technology while deploying it natively in the cloud. It also gives Edgeware the core capability to offer its technology in a SaaS model,” said Karl Thedéen, CEO at Edgeware.“Cloud platforms are attractive because of their adaptability, and containers were designed for the cloud. They add even greater agility and efficiency, are easy to maintain and upgrade and can be integrated into head-end cloud solutions and workflows,” said Johan Bolin, VP products at Edgeware.“We had already used a microservice-based design architecture in our software, enabling our Origin solutions to scale independently for ingest and egress requirements – which is ideal for adding temporary capacity, for example. The new containerised versions of our system allow our customers to benefit from a public or private cloud deployment.”
Managing director Michael Peters has this year overseen Euronews’ launch of a new full-time Ukrainian service, taking the total number of services offered by the news broadcaster to 11. It has also launched new programmes, creating opportunities for audience participation, and launched on a growing number of connected TV platforms. Age 40Education 1995: Masters Degree in Financial Engineering at EM Lyon business school, France; 1992: Degree from IAE University of Lyon III, FrancePrevious positions 1995-1998: four years at Arthur Andersen as audit manager; 1998: Euronews financial supervisor; 2003: Euronews financial director and deputy managing director; 2005; Euronews managing director; 2008: managing director of the executive board of Euronews.Last year’s highlights I see four major highlights in 2011. The new 24/7 Ukrainian service on air and online launched in August is already a great success in the country and in the Ukrainian community, both in terms of awareness and audience. In 2011, Euronews offers 11 fulltime services – a must in our environment. Second highlight: new interactive programmes launched in 2011, like I talk/U talk and The Network on air and online. Mixing citizen questions with leaders answers. Third, the inauguration of our desk in Brussels this year, which is the biggest international newsroom in the capital of Europe. Last, our connected TV agreements with world-class manufacturers (Samsung, Sony, Panasonic, LG, Loewe, Philips). Euronews is fast becoming the most prevalent news channel in the connected TV world.Most significant industry development The revolution in the old TV news channel model. Information comes now from everywhere. The power of brand, the quality and the availability of the content are key to success. And of course, the new multiscreen strategy and especially the massive impact of connected TV and digital terminals revolutionise the whole system of thinking “news”. We must be both quick and clever while the way of consuming information continually changes.Goals for next year Our mission in 2012 will be to boost a new screening experience and get the viewers at a climax (or maximise our viewership). Always delivering the one and only service the viewer wants: the right content at the place at the right time. We’ll launch new offers: Euronews express, Euronews radio, also a Euronews universal app, and prepare our move to a brand new 10,000 square metres headquarters, in the heart of Lyon in France.Industry challenges and opportunities Transforming itself. I would even talk about a “genetic mutation” that has to be driven.Alternative career choice Most likely a DJ.TV character most identified with Christiane Amanpour, ABC News US anchor, a model for all of us. Harry Roselmack, French journalist, a model of professionalism with strong personal involvement.Most admired personality Bill Gates. He has pursued an extraordinary path and anachronistic modern history. He defends philanthropic and traditional values in a modern world.Life outside work Wine is an endless passion… in moderation.