Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Cornerback Marcus Cooper moved into the slot from his corner position, and special teamer and backup corner Justin Bethel entered to defend on the outside opposite Patrick Peterson. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Comments Share Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Carolina Panthers’ Kelvin Benjamin (13) runs after a catch as Arizona Cardinals’ Tyrann Mathieu (32) and Patrick Peterson (21) defend in the first quarter of an NFL football game in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone) Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Cardinals safety Tyrann Mathieu went down with a shoulder injury in the first half of Arizona’s visit to the home of the Carolina Panthers and was listed as probable to return.Mathieu, however, was still not on the field as the Cardinals came out of the halftime break.Arizona ruled him out for the game in the third quarter.Tharold Simon replaced Mathieu at his slot cover spot but he went down with an injury in the third quarter and went to the locker room. The team said he was questionable to return with an ankle injury.
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11Mar Rep. Canfield invites residents to March in-district office hours Rep. Ned Canfield invites residents of the 84th House District to attend his in-district office hours on Friday, March 25 at the Caro Area District Library, 840 W. Frank St. in Caro from 1:30-2:30 p.m.No appointment is necessary. Residents unable to attend office hours are encouraged to contact Rep. Canfield by phone at 517-373-0476, or by email at EdwardCanfield@house.mi.gov.### Categories: Canfield News,News
Categories: Howrylak News State Rep. Martin Howrylak (third from right) gave testimony to prohibit drivers from holding or using a portable electronic device while driving. (Pictured from left to right) Laurel Zimmerman, Jim Santilli, chief executive officer of the Transportation Improvement Association, Rep. Martin Howrylak, Auburn Hills Police Chief Doreen Olko and Auburn Hills Officer Richard Leonard.State Representative Martin Howrylak today gave testimony in the Michigan House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee in support of his bill that would reduce distracted driving crashes by requiring drivers to operate a mobile device in hands-free mode while driving. This will preserve the driver’s ability to use a cell phone, while also protecting the lives of other commuters and pedestrians.The current statute is outdated, only referring to text messaging, and needs to be updated to be in tune with current technology.“The number of distracted drivers continues to rise and we must take action to make our roadways safer,” said Rep. Howrylak of Troy. “House Bill 4466 seeks to ensure Michigan drivers have their attention focused on the road at all times, instead of a mobile device.”“I’m confident this bill will have positive impact on roadways. This bill has reasonable penalties and will protect the lives of commuters and drivers. One life lost is too many and this is the type of change we need to have on the roads.”Drivers are more than four times likely to get into a crash while using a hand-held device. Jim Santilli, chief executive officer of the Transportation Improvement Association and Laurel Zimmerman also testified in support of the bill. Laurel Zimmerman’s daughter, Allison “Ally” Zimmerman was tragically killed in 2011 by a distracted driver while riding in a car in Romeo, Michigan.In 2014, 3,179 people were killed and 431,000 were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers.House Bill 4466 remains under consideration by the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.### 16May Rep. Howrylak bill will reduce distracted driving deaths and enhance traffic safety
11Apr Rep. Bellino sets April office hours Categories: Bellino News,News State Rep. Joe Bellino of Monroe is hosting local office hours on Saturday, April 21, giving residents of Monroe and Wayne counties the opportunity to ask questions or share their thoughts.“I encourage people who have questions, issues, or concerns to stop by,” Rep. Bellino said. “Listening to residents discuss their ideas on how to improve our state is always rewarding.”Rep. Bellino will meet with residents at the following times and locations:9 to 10 a.m. at Biggby, 26614 Telegraph Road in Flat Rock; and10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Tim Hortons, 404 South Monroe St. in Monroe.Appointments are not necessary during office hours. Anyone unable to attend is encouraged to contact Rep. Bellino’s office via phone at (517) 373-1530, via email at JosephBellino@house.mi.gov, or by visiting www.RepBellino.com.
Rep. Joe Bellino today said a plan to help farmers whose crops were delayed or damaged by this spring’s record-setting rain has been signed into law.The plan provides $15 million to help private lenders provide low-interest loans to qualified farmers. The state does not provide the loans, so there is no financial risk or liability to the state with this program.“This spring’s wet weather devastated crops for farmers in southeast Michigan and many other parts of the state,” said Bellino, of Monroe. “These hard-working farmers deserve and need some help, and this loan program will provide it. I’m pleased to see this measure providing financial stability signed into law.”Michigan had very few days suitable for field work this spring. From May 2018 to May 2019, this year was the wettest 12-month period on record. As a result, only about 63 percent of corn seeds and 43 percent of soybean seeds were planted as of June 12, which means yields will be low. The deadline for full coverage of crop insurance was June 5 for corn and June 15 for soybeans. As a result, many farmers will be facing financial trouble as this crop season continues.Similar low-interest loan programs were approved for Michigan farmers in 2002 and 2012.##### 08Jul Rep. Bellino: Program to help farmers devastated by record rain signed into law Categories: Bellino News
ShareTweetShareEmail0 Shares“Bridge of Uncertainty” by Matthew.October 15, 2014;Washington PostThe Arkansas Supreme Court invalidated Arkansas’s requirement that voters present photo ID in order to prove eligibility to vote. However, the Court’s rationale leaves a lot of room for speculation. The concern, according to the Post article, isn’t that the rights of voters are being infringed by having to produce ID. The issue is that the Arkansas state constitution does not require photo ID for an individual to be eligible to vote. The apparent remedies available to Arkansas would seem to be:Find an alternative method to apply the state’s constitutional eligibility criteria of being at least 18 years and registered to vote (a voter registration card would seem to meet this requirement); orAmend the Arkansas constitution to include requiring each voter to present proof of identity (such as a photo ID) to allow election workers to verify eligibility.Further evidence of the narrowness of the Court’s rulings on voter eligibility include its upholding of North Carolina’s voter ID laws while striking down Wisconsin’s laws. MSNBC reports that a new Texas law has been upheld by an appeals court but has been appealed to the US Supreme Court this week. Both sides in these cases point to a previous US Supreme Court decision, Purcell v. Gonzalez, which states in part that a court’s decisions on changing conditions for voting shouldn’t confuse voters right before an election. In other words, courts should not require changes in voting procedures when communicating the changes would tend to confuse people about to head to the polls. Those supporting state laws requiring identification to vote use Purcell to argue that courts should not intervene, especially now. Supporters of voting access without verification argue that a less restrictive approach (not asking for ID) is actually less confusing to voters than educating voters on what ID is needed to substantiate eligibility to vote.Voting is a state activity, but also protected by federal laws and Supreme Court decisions as well as states’ own regulations. How much deference will the Supreme Court give to states in determining how best to certify voters as eligible to vote? How will it balance the individual voter’s access to the ballot box with the states’ legitimate interest in assuring that only eligible persons cast ballots? Nonprofits advocating for voters’ rights generally advocate for open access, arguing that providing identification has the effect of suppressing voting by minorities and the poor. It is far less common to see advocacy groups working to help voters identify themselves as eligible to vote. Depending on the outcomes of the various cases working their way through the courts, the activity by nonprofits in some states may pivot to ID access as the strategy to achieve ballot access.—Michael WylandCorrection: This article has been altered from its original form. The body that invalidated the voter ID requirement was the Arkansas Supreme Court, not the U.S. Supreme Court. NPQ regrets the error.ShareTweetShareEmail0 Shares
Share15TweetShare8Email23 SharesBy User Mxobe on en.wikipedia (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia CommonsOctober 18, 2016; Michigan Radio and MLiveNPQ has written repeatedly about the dangers of private money in public systems in terms of its potential to undercut democratic decision-making. But, some local governments, starved for funds, are less interested in the potential for a Boston Tea Party–type meltdown among the populace and more interested in taking care of what feel like overwhelming immediate problems. In Michigan, where philanthropy got so deeply involved in Detroit, the seeds have already been planted.The city of Kalamazoo, Michigan recently approached two local philanthropists about their financial struggles—and the philanthropists responded positively. As previously reported in NPQ, local residents William D. Johnston, who chairs a private wealth management company, and retired drug company CEO William Parfet proposed the creation of a foundation to support the city and pledged $70 million over the next three years to help solve many municipal finance issues in Kalamazoo.The MOU was released earlier this week by the city to set up the proposed Kalamazoo Foundation for Excellence for future decisions. It is not a binding legal document, and city commissioners will have the opportunity to discuss it at their work session scheduled for October 24th. (See the full Memorandum here.)Under the MOU, the city will create a city-controlled fund to receive the initial donation, which will aid in the creation of the nonprofit foundation by August 31, 2017. Approximately $20 million of the original $70 million will be allocated directly to the 2017 City budget before the foundation is officially formed. The rest of the donation will then go toward developing a budget through 2019 that incorporates a $12 million property tax—a decrease of more than 37 percent from the current rate.This plan also strives to eliminate the city’s deficit and fund key investments, including allocating $10 million each fiscal year toward “aspirational projects” focused on a variety of improvements, including youth development, poverty reduction, capital investments, and more. It’s not yet outlined publicly as to how these projects will be chosen or who will manage them, but $10 million is a significant amount of money to devote to programs each year in a community of 75,000 people.In addition to the original investment from Johnston and Parfet, city officials hope to generate support and contributions for the foundation, with a goal of having it endowed with $500 million by June 30, 2019. City Manager Jim Ritsema, who drafted the MOU and helped court the initial donor investment, posited that the property tax cuts initiated with the original donation may draw more business to Kalamazoo, which would hopefully mean more contributions to the foundation as well.Some City Commissioners have remained cautious even with the MOU now drafted. Among their concerns is that allowing private money to fund public services may lead to donors seeking influence over public programs and policies.The governing structure for the Foundation for Excellence has not been established yet, but officials asked Council of Michigan Foundations President and CEO Rob Collier to present recommendations on the organization of the foundation. He suggested having a board comprising at least seven members, some of which could be donors or city officials.This whole endeavor seems to be something of a poster child for potential plutocracy but we would love to hear your thoughts.—Angie WierzbickiShare15TweetShare8Email23 Shares
Share282TweetShare2Email284 SharesNauru, Waiting to go home / Sean KelleherDecember 9, 2016; New York TimesManus Island and Nauru are locations for Australia’s offshore immigration detention centers. These island prisons serve as the Pacific Solution for more than 2,000 refugees and asylum seekers sent there since 2013. These refugees are denied adequate legal support, medical services and contact with the Australian public. Nauru is 1,864 miles from the Australian mainland; Manus Island is nearly 200 miles north of the main island of Papua New Guinea. Once here there is no going anywhere, which is one reason why the gates are left open.Roger Cohen is a foreign editor and columnist for the New York Times. He visited Manus Island without permission. Cohen describes (and shows) what he witnessed as an “exercise in mental and physical cruelty conducted in near secrecy beneath the green canopy of the tropics.” Cohen reports that when hundreds of men began a hunger strike in 2016, several sewed their mouths shut. Their protest was met with indifference by those few who watch over them in this island of misery and utter anonymity.Endless limbo undoes the mind. But going home could mean facing death: Refugees do not flee out of choice but because they have no choice. Satah’s light brown eyes are glassy. His legs tremble. A young man with a college degree in English, he is now nameless, a mere registration number—FRT009—to Australian officials.The U.S. announced in November that it would work with Australia to receive an unspecified number of its refugees over an unspecified period of time, but the agreement is now subject for the Trump administration to honor or not. Last April, the Papua New Guinea Supreme Court declared “the unconstitutional and illegal detention of the asylum seekers or transferees at the relocation center on Manus” was “against their rights and freedoms.” The Australian government consequently agreed to close the detention center. By late October, the detention center remained and the Supreme Court dismissed applications by the refugees to be returned to Australia on flimsy technical grounds. “Lawyers for the PNG Government—paid for by the Australian Government—successfully argued the applications were invalid, because the men did not sign it themselves.” Some argue that Australian politics are such that “asylum seekers have made a very convenient political tool with which to scare up votes.” There is no sense of urgency in finding an alternative to the Pacific Solution.The global refugee crisis is a recurring subject examined by NPQ. Just as the interest payments on America’s 15-year war on terror may one day exceed the actual (and counting) $4.79 trillion cost of the war itself, the refugee crisis is a bill that has come due. While America was able to place most of the cost of the war on its credit card, refugees are a burden the world cannot place into columns on a ledger.It would seem that Western governments still do not have a strategic vision, let alone plan, for how to address the global refugee crisis that long ago breached the breaking point. As the European Union attempts to evenly distribute asylum seekers across the continent, for most countries it takes a photograph of a drowned Syrian child to force leaders to feel the pressure from public opinion to accept the scale of the refugee crisis and their legal and moral responsibilities to find real solutions.In his Times article, “Broken Men in Paradise: The world’s refugee crisis knows no more sinister exercise in cruelty than Australia’s island prisons,” Cohen makes a good case that the world, let alone Australia, is out of time to find and commit to humanitarian solutions to the refugee crisis.—James SchafferShare282TweetShare2Email284 Shares
Share11Tweet6Share3Email20 Shares“Mississippi Civil Rights Museum exterior.”December 9, 2017; New York TimesSurprising few, President Donald Trump refused to bow to the pressure of boycotts and protests coming from many, including such civil rights icons as John Lewis, and attended the opening of the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum on Saturday. Surprising many, he stayed on message in his speech, given to a small, private group in a ceremony that was separate from the larger public opening.The president’s remarks were brief and praised the leaders of the Civil Rights Movement, singling out many by name and acknowledging the importance of their struggle and sacrifice.In typical Trump verbiage, the president said, “The fight to end slavery, to end Jim Crow, to end segregation, to gain the right to vote, and to achieve the sacred birthright of equality—that’s big stuff. Those are very big phrases, very big words.”As the president took pains to stay on message, others pointed to the reasons why he was the wrong person to deliver a civil rights message in the state of Mississippi. Speaking of the many times that Trump had failed to speak up for civil rights causes, Amos Brown, pastor of the Third Baptist Church in San Francisco said, “Since Donald Trump did not show up when we need him to speak a word on behalf of blacks who have experienced police brutality, he does not deserve to be in Jackson for the celebration of the Civil Rights Museum.” Chokwe Antar Lumumba, the mayor of Jackson, Mississippi, who indicated his full support for the museum but chose to stay away from the opening and participate in the protests when he was told that he was not to be given time to speak, stated, “I would be sitting behind Donald Trump, not saying anything, looking like or appearing as if I was complicit with his representation in a moment like this.”For this president, keeping the focus on civil rights and those who led the struggle is no simple task. He managed to get the names right and deliver well much of the time. But, in case any were concerned that a body double had been sent to Jackson for this event, there came a moment when he gave in to his displayed tendency to shift attention to his own accomplishments. It came as no surprise when the president thanked the people of Mississippi as a state where, he said, “I’ve had great success.” That’s the kind of Trump-focused language we expect.—Carole LevineShare11Tweet6Share3Email20 Shares
Modern Times Group has acquired the exclusive distribution rights to the National Hockey League (NHL) in Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland from Medge Consulting.The rights include exclusive live coverage on free-to-air TV, pay TV and the internet until the end of the 2015-16 season. Swedish viewers will be able to watch live NHL games on ice hockey pay TV channel Viasat Hockey and premium pay TV channel Viasat Sport, with selected games also shown on free TV channel TV10.Norwegian viewers will also be able to watch live games on Viasat Hockey as well as on premium channel Viasat Sport HD, with selected games shown on Viasat 4. In Denmark, viewers will be able to watch live matches on pay TV channel TV 2 Sport, which MTG operates together with TV 2 Denmark. Finnish viewers will be able to watch games on Viasat Hockey and the Nelonen Pro sports channels.All of the games will also be available over the internet on MTG’s Viaplay online TV platform in each country.Hans-Holger Albrecht, president and CEO of MTG, said: “The NHL is the most watched ice hockey league in the world and attracts large TV audiences in the Nordic region, as well as stadium audiences when the games are played here. This reflects both the popularity of the sport and the fact that a number of Nordic ice hockey stars play in the League. This is a key sports right for us and this is the first time that we have secured the rights exclusively on a multi-platform and multi-country basis.”
Longstanding MGM channels chief Bruce Tuchman has left the studio to head up the international channels division of AMC Networks. He is now president, AMC/Sundance Channel Global having been president of MGM Worldwide Networks since 2001.US MSO Cablevision spun off its cable channels business earlier this year, creating AMC Networks. The NASDAQ-listed company comprises the US and international versions of AMC, IFC, IFC Entertainment, Sundance Channel, WEtv and Wedding Central. Tuchman will be based in New York and report to AMC Networks COO Ed Carroll. In the new role he will oversee carriage, distribution deals and marketing for the international channels.Carroll said: “Bruce bring tremendous experience successfully launching networks and growing existing businesses throughout the world, making him an ideal executive to maximise our growth opportunities in key regions internationally.”
Multiscreen TV is the future for Croatian cable operator B.net, especially following its merger with telco Vipnet, according to Adrian Jezina, board member of Vipnet and CEO of B.net. Customers are looking for platform-agnostic services, and content is the key to diversification and raising ARPU in a competitive market, he says.
The Disney Channel has relaunched its website in the UK, bringing together all Disney Channel videos in a single digital library for the first time.Disney said that available content would include free full length episodes of shows like Austin and Ally and A.N.T. Farm, music videos and performances from Disney Channel shows and Disney music artists.The new-look DisneyChannel.co.uk will also include more interactive features and better mobile accessibility for mobiles and tablets, the firm said. The new site launches first in the UK this week and will roll out across EMEA territories this summer.“We recognise that Disney Channel viewers want content that’s not only diverse and entertaining, but relevant to them, easily accessible and shareable with their friends,” said Boel Ferguson, vice president and general manager, Disney Channels and Disney Online UK and Ireland.
Russian pay TV operator Tricolor TV has passed the milestone of 15 million households, of which 10 million are identified as ‘active’ subscribers. Mikhail Gorjachev, content director of Tricolor TV, yesterday told local journalists that about 99% of new subscribers were taking the operator’s HD option, which now reaches 4.2 million households, of which 3.9 million are active subscribers.Sales and customer service director Alexey Karpov told journalists that average revenue per user among active Tricolor TV customers had increased from RUB805 a year last year to RUB950 this year. he said that ARPU amongst HD subscribers was about RUB1,191.
Apple is reportedly aiming to offer live programming from local TV stations as part of its expected US web TV service – a plan that could delay the service’s launch. According to tech site Re/Code – which cites industry executives familiar with Apple’s plans – the company wants to offer programming from local broadcast stations in a move that will differentiate the Apple service from other cloud TV offerings.The report claims that the plans have “complicated” Apple’s TV network negotiations, as clearing the rights to show local programmes could take time and offering the content could in some instances require broadcasters to build new streaming infrastructure.Re/Code claimed that Apple might not be ready to launch its cloud TV service in early autumn, as previous reports have suggested, and said it is unclear which programmers have signed up to the service so far.The Wall Street Journal reported in March that Apple is planning to launch an online TV service this autumn in partnership with broadcasters including ABC, CBS and Fox as part of a “slimmed-down” cable-style bundle of roughly 25 channels.
IT services provider NTT Data has integrated compression specialist V-Nova’s Perseus technology into its portfolio of video encoding solutions.The currently deployed joint solution adds Perseus capabilities to NTT Data Hyper and NRT products.V-Nova’s Perseus is a video compression technology that claims to enable operators to provide otherwise undeliverable services using existing infrastructure, hardware and workflows. The company says the codec is based on principles underlying human vision to deliver significant and simultaneous improvements in compression, picture quality, processing speed, latency and power consumption. Perseus enables UHD quality video at HD bitrates, HD at SD bitrates, and SD video at sub-audio bitrates, according to V-Nova. NTT Data Hyper is software for automated batch video transcoding for OTT VoD services up to UHD/4K. It enables the creation of optimized encoding pipelines, leveraging features such as adaptive encoding techniques, grid computing architecture and intelligent Cloud Encoding.“Partnering with NTT Data to bring Perseus benefits to its customers opens a new chapter in V-Nova’s journey. NTT DATA’s integration highlights the many benefits PERSEUS offers, beyond compression performance. With a simple software update, NTT DATA solutions can now offer OTT and VoD operators a real ‘game changer’, including the ability to extend their service reach by 10 times,” said Guido Meardi, V-Nova CEO and co-founder.“As a global IT innovator, NTT DATA is proud to lead in responding to market demand for integration of Perseus compression technology. The combination of Perseus video compression with the flexibility and performance of NTT DATA encoding solutions offers our customers a winning combination for their VoD and OTT services,” stated Nadia Governo, head of telco and media NTT Data Italia.NTT Data will exhibit at IBC on stand 2.C58
Paras SharmaViacom International Media Networks (VIMN) has made three senior appointments as part of a management rejig in the Asia Pacific region.Paras Sharma, previously senior vice-president of the MTV, Comedy Central and Paramount Channel brands and digital media for Asia, will take on the position of senior vice-president and general manager for Southeast Asia.Simon Bates, vice-president of the MTV, Comedy Central and Spike brands for Australia and New Zealand, has been appointed vice-president, head of MTV Asia Pacific, and Comedy Central and Spike for Australia and New Zealand (ANZ).Meanwhile, Kirsty Bloore, research director for Australia and New Zealand, has been promoted to senior director, research for Asia Pacific.“I am delighted to announce leadership changes that further strengthen our existing leadership team in the region. Their appointments demonstrate how we’re combining the best talent and assets as we maximize operational and creative expertise in the company,” said Mark Whitehead, executive vice-president and managing director, Asia Pacific.In his new role Sharma will continue to report directly to Mark Whitehead.Bates will report to Whitehead for his MTV regional role and to Ben Richardson, senior vice-president and general manager in ANZ for his local brand leadership over MTV, Comedy Central and Spike.Bloore will report to Amit Arora, vice-president of strategy and business development, Asia Pacific and to Richardson for ANZ research support.
CuriosityStream, the factual subscription video-on-demand service created by Discovery Channel founder John Hendricks, has joined the Sling TV OTT platform operated by Dish Network in the US.CuriosityStream can be purchased as a premium add-on channel with select services, and its 1,500 titles will be available in Sling TV’s on-demand library.Subscribers of Sling Orange, Sling Blue, and Sling TV’s Spanish-language and international services will have access to CuriosityStream’s most popular content, including Stephen Hawking’s Favorite Places, David Attenborough’sLight On Earth, Deep Time History and The Celts: Blood, Iron & Sacrifice.Sling Orange subscribers and Sling Blue subscribers have access to a free preview of CuriosityStream already in their channel guide until December 13. CuriosityStream on Sling TV is being offered as a standalone channel with eligible services for US$6 per month. Sling subscribers can add CuriosityStream to their lineup by updating their account preferences at Sling.com.“We couldn’t be more thrilled to launch on Sling TV, America’s first live and on-demand television streaming service,” said Clint Stinchcomb, CuriosityStream’s chief distribution officer.“Sling TV’s elegant, user-friendly platform makes subscribing to CuriosityStream extraordinarily simple, and gives viewers the ultimate power in on-demand viewing.”
Sky has taken an undisclosed minority stake in Synamedia, joining fellow minority shareholder Permira funds in backing the newly independent video software provider.Synamedia said that Sky’s investment will reinforce its position as a long-term technology partner to a growing roster of pay TV operators and media companies.The company was formed last year from the sale of Cisco’s video processing and video solutions business to funds advised by private equity firm Permira.Yves PadrinesSynamedia builds on more than 30 years of expertise and claims to be the largest global provider of video solutions, with more than 200 pay TV and media customers – including Sky and its parent company Comcast.“We’ve long collaborated with the team at Synamedia to help bring great content, products and entertainment to millions of customers across Europe and this investment will help deepen our innovative partnership,” said Andrew Griffith, Sky’s group chief operating officer.Synamedia CEO, Yves Padrines, said: “At a time of accelerated evolution in the pay TV industry, this investment is a fantastic endorsement of our product vision, R&D roadmap and service portfolio from Sky, Europe’s leading media and entertainment company.”Synamedia’s customer base also includes companies like AT&T, beIN, Charter, Disney, Foxtel, Get, Liberty Global, OSN, Tata Sky, Verizon, Viasat and Vodafone. The company’s workforce is located across the US, UK, Israel, India, Belgium, China and Canada.