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first_img09Jan Callton posts perfect voting record for first two terms in office State Rep. Mike Callton achieved a perfect voting record for the 2014 calendar year, making it the fourth year in a row he did not miss any votes cast in the state House.Callton cast all 811 record roll call votes during the last year, according to official vote tallies, bringing the total number of times he’s pushed the voting button to 2,862.  In his two terms in office, the Nashville Republican lawmaker hasn’t missed a single vote.“The good people of Barry and Ionia counties put their faith in me to show up and represent them in Lansing when it’s voting time, and I won’t let them down,” Callton said. “I’m encouraged by the growth of our economy due to some tough decisions that had to be made, and certainly more of those decisions lie ahead as we continue doing everything we can to cement a healthy and solid economy.”Callton’s accessibility as well as willingness to approach issues from a basis of common sense and respect for others is often praised, and he said he looks forward to continuing to work on issues that are brought to his attention by residents of the communities he represents. Categories: Newslast_img read more

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first_img##### State Rep. Jim Lilly today voted for a bipartisan package of bills before the House Michigan Competitiveness Committee to eliminate driver responsibility fees by October 2018 and forgive outstanding debt.Lilly, of Park Township, who is vice chair of the committee, said ending the punitive fees will give hundreds of thousands of Michigan residents a chance to regain their driving privileges and stop a flawed experiment that only served to keep some people in a vicious cycle of poverty.“I am proud to have a hand in ending these meaningless fees that did nothing to improve the driving skills of people forced to pay them,” Lilly said. “Imposing driver responsibility fees was nothing more than a money grab by a past administration desperate to fill a hole in the state budget. These fees serve no purpose and it’s high time we got rid of them.”The legislation also establishes community service and workforce development options for people to meet their obligation to pay the fees until they are eliminated in 2018. Lilly said ending the fees will enable people who have been unable to drive to and from work because their licenses were revoked to return to the workforce.“This legislation will open new opportunities for people who have been forced out of the job market, and in many instances ended up on public assistance,” Lilly said. “In most cases the state’s comeback from the Lost Decade has passed them by. Now they will be able to take part in it.”The bills now go to the full House for consideration. Measures now move to full House for consideration Categories: Lilly News,News 18Oct Rep. Lilly votes for bills ending driver responsibility feeslast_img read more

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first_img Categories: Green News The Michigan House and Rep. Phil Green today approved a plan to help farmers whose crops have been delayed or damaged by this spring’s record-setting rain.The plan would help private lenders provide low-interest loans to qualified farmers at no financial risk to the state.“Many farmers have been affected by the record rain this season that has limited their planting progress and delayed their crops,” said Green, of Millington. “Weather can affect all agriculture and this plan helps hard-working farmers with financial support.”Michigan has had very few days suitable for field work this spring. As a result, only about 63 percent of corn seeds and 43 percent of soybean seeds have been planted, which means yields will be low. Many farmers will be facing financial trouble as this crop season continues.House Bill 4234 provides $15 million to help private lenders run the loan program and keep interest rates low for farmers. The state does not provide the loans, so there is no financial risk or liability to the state with this program.Similar low-interest loan programs were approved for Michigan farmers in 2002 and 2012.##### 20Jun Rep. Green approves plan to help farmers devastated by record rainlast_img read more

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first_img Categories: Markkanen News 25Jun COLUMN: Car insurance rate relief is on the way When I first started representing the interests of the western Upper Peninsula at the state Capitol in January, the top complaint I got from residents was about our high car insurance rates. I listened to everyone’s concerns and vowed to fix the broken system that results in our highest-in-the-nation rates – and that goal was achieved May 30 when our historic bipartisan reform plan was signed into law.Now, I’m happily fielding questions from people who want details on the new law.Drivers are eager to know what is changing and when they will finally see rate relief reflected in their bills. I recently hosted a tele-town hall meeting on the topic with Rep. Jason Wentworth, who chaired the House’s Select Committee on Reducing Car Insurance Rates, and more than 4,500 residents joined in to listen and ask questions. I will provide answers to some of the most common questions here.Until now, Michigan was the only state in which drivers were forced to pay for unlimited personal injury protection coverage through their car insurance – even though 99 percent of all accidents result in less than $555,000 of medical bills. This was the biggest factor contributing to our expensive car insurance rates.Starting in July 2020, the new law will finally give Michigan drivers the freedom to choose a coverage level based on their own needs. Many drivers will be able to opt out of personal injury protection altogether. This includes seniors with retiree health coverage such as Medicare and those with health insurance policies that cover car accident-related injuries. Others will be able to continue with unlimited coverage or choose limits of $250,000 or $500,000. A $50,000 option will be available for drivers on Medicaid.The new law guarantees savings for drivers in the personal injury protection portion of policies as follows:100 percent for drivers choosing to opt out of personal injury protection coverage45 percent for drivers choosing the $50,000 coverage level35 percent for drivers choosing the $250,000 coverage level20 percent for drivers choosing the $500,000 coverage level10 percent for drivers choosing to continue receiving unlimited coverageThe new law also establishes a reasonable fee schedule to rein in out-of-control medical charges for auto accident injuries. A broken ankle should cost roughly the same to treat whether it was suffered in a car accident, falling off a roof or in a soccer game. Yet the current system allows billing for many medical procedures at much higher rates when the cause is a traffic accident.With the new fee schedule, Hospitals will no longer be allowed to charge car accident victims three or four times more for procedures, which means drivers who choose lower personal injury protection coverage levels will see their medical benefits stretch even farther.Zip codes, education levels, credit scores and other non-driving factors will no longer be used to determine rates. However, drivers living in areas within the state having lower claims can continue to benefit with lower premiums than higher claim areas.Reforming car insurance is something that has eluded the Legislature for nearly 40 years, and I’m incredibly proud to play a role in finally getting these historic reforms across the finish line.Please feel free to reach out to my office with any questions at (517) 373-0850 or GregMarkkanen@house.mi.gov.###— State Rep. Greg Markkanen of Hancock is serving his first term in the Michigan House representing residents of Baraga, Gogebic, Houghton, Iron, Keweenaw and Ontonagon counties, as well as Powell and Ishpeming townships in Marquette County.last_img read more

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first_imgShare10TweetShareEmail10 SharesJanuary 10, 2016; Register-Herald (Beckley, WV)Near the end of last year, NPQ reported on a letter sent by Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS) to the American Red Cross, asking CEO Gail McGovern about the effects layoffs, cutbacks, and chapter consolidations might have on the organization’s ability to respond to disasters, especially in rural areas. NPQ has also reported on other chapter consolidations within federated organizations and has expressed concern about the degree to which this can weaken the network of services and their availability in more rural areas.This article in Emergency Management (reprinted from the Register-Herald) reveals that two years ago in West Virginia, seven Red Cross chapters were collapsed into four. This was described by Red Cross Marketing and Communications Director Krista Farley Raines as a cost-cutting measure enacted in order to “have more resources to spend on people and communities we serve.” But Thompson’s letter points to reports that the Red Cross has been struggling in their most recent efforts to respond to emergencies in West Virginia.“That Red Cross struggled to respond to these events is troubling because Red Cross is a designated support agency under the National Response Framework’s Emergency Support Function 6—Emergency Assistance, Temporary Housing and Human Services Annex,” the letter reads.Thompson wants to know if ARC performed an after-action assessment of its response to recent disasters and how it will address the challenges it experienced responding to the incidents in West Virginia and California.This article describes an alarming degree of local frustration in West Virginia with ARC’s performance.In early 2015, regional emergency service authorities officials expressed anger at the American Red Cross of Central West Virginia for a lack of response to natural disasters. Emergency service officials and nonprofit agency heads spoke of hearing a number of excuses why the Red Cross of Central West Virginia could not assist in emergencies.At the time and in frustration, Mark Wilson, Raleigh County’s deputy director of Emergency Service Authority, told a Red Cross employee, “It’s easier to keep track of what you don’t do than what you (actually) do.”“They always got an excuse for why they don’t respond,” he said during a March interview. “It’s the same old song-and-dance with them—‘We are going to fix this,’ but it never happens.”John Zilinski, Raleigh County director of Emergency Services Authority eventually wrote to Bonnie McElveen-Hunter, chair of the American Red Cross, asking for more support and a stronger relationship with the Charleston-based chapter, but what he got back was the now-familiar meaningless platitude that is becoming emblematic of the organization, this time from Richard Reed, senior vice president of disaster cycle services: “Please know that the American Red Cross is committed to providing human and material resources in support of the disaster relief efforts in all locations, including Raleigh County.”The letter included the email address of Keith Alvey, divisional disaster executive for the region overseeing West Virginia. Wilson says that he has repeatedly asked the regional chapter for assistance during disasters to no avail. For instance, the regional office denied all aid when 1,500 people in Raleigh County’s Coal River area were without water for a number of days early last year. In the wake of a tornado, Raleigh County emergency officials asked for food aid for those impacted; on that occasion, the organization did show up with food sourced from the Salvation Army, but it was way too little. As two people who were on the scene at the time recalled, local agencies were left “scrambling to find food for scores of people.”Raines says that ARC’s policies and protocol are now set by the central organization in D.C., and regional and state branches must follow. This is leading to growing numbers of counties dropping regional Red Cross participation from their emergency operational plans, and, according to ProPublica, to local United Ways withdrawing their funding from those regional entities.Raleigh County’s emergency officials are not anticipating a turnaround. “When the boots hit the ground, we’re responsible for 70,000 people, and I need people I can count on,” Wilson said.The local United Way is still funding the regional office. The Red Cross of Central West Virginia was unwilling to share its funding request to the United Way, but was “excited to share” statistics from last year. In 2015, the Red Cross assisted 130 households in these counties by serving 378 individuals impacted by disaster, most commonly home fires. The Red Cross provided almost $100,000 in direct financial assistance to these individuals to ensure they had shelter, food, clothing, medication, and other needs, as well as supporting vehicles, materials, and the people who make that help possible.“We try hard to stay abreast of any current issues with our agency partners,” United Way Director Margaret O’Neal wrote in an email, “and I am not currently aware of any local issues with” the Red Cross of Central West Virginia.”—Ruth McCambridgeShare10TweetShareEmail10 Shareslast_img read more

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first_imgShare359Tweet8ShareEmail367 Shares“Ben Jealous,” Gage SkidmoreJune 27, 2018; SlateThe unapologetically progressive Ben Jealous, former president of the NAACP, took 40 percent of the vote in a six-way contest to be the Democratic Party’s candidate for Maryland’s gubernatorial race.Jealous is already being decried by the Republican Governor’s Association for his “extreme” views:“Ben Jealous’ radical views make him unfit to serve as governor,” said the RGA. “Ben Jealous is promising to systematically undo all of the progress Maryland has made over the past four years by hiking taxes to never-before-seen levels in order to fund his radical pie-in-the-sky spending plans.”But these views distinguished him from his strongest Democratic opponent, Rushern Baker, and led him to a win that many said he couldn’t possibly get. This, as the win by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez perhaps indicates, is a new way forward for the Democratic Party—standing for people who do not feel represented in ways some now characterize as extreme.Now, he must face off against Maryland’s incumbent Republican governor, Larry Hogan, whose enviable approval ratings peaked in January at 71 percent. A current Washington Post poll estimates that Hogan currently has a hypothetical 12-point lead on Jealous.The campaign to stop Jealous is certain to paint him as a “free-spending candidate of the extreme left.” Hogan’s communications director, Scott Sloofman, says, “His risky and irresponsible schemes would require massive middle-class tax hikes that would wreck our economy and put thousands out of work.” Hogan, too, has come out swinging, as the Baltimore Sun documents. Then again, so has Jealous. Adam Serwer of the Atlantic reports:Jealous ran to Baker’s left on policy, campaigning on single-payer health insurance, free in-state tuition, marijuana legalization, raising taxes on the wealthy, and shrinking the prison system. He won the backing of unions, like Maryland’s teacher’s union and the Service Employees International Union, and benefited from big donations from out of state. He also had the backing of a number of national figures, including Senators Bernie Sanders, Cory Booker, and Kamala Harris. Jealous’s policy agenda would turn the state into an experiment in progressive governance, testing many of the ideas popularized during Sanders’s presidential primary run in 2016 in a single state.“I am not running to the left. I am not running to the right. I am running towards the people of our state. Health care, education, ending mass incarceration, ending the student-debt crisis, and protecting the environment are people issues,” Jealous told supporters on Tuesday night. “And unlike Larry Hogan, I have the vision, the plans, the experience, and the courage to risk my own political standing for progress.”There is no doubt that Jealous has mountains to climb. The candidates’ war chests are starkly different, with Hogan’s at $8.2 million and Jealous at $260,000. To that, Jealous responds, “We raised money faster than any other campaign we were up against, and now that we’re in the general, it’ll be even easier, so we feel good. We’ve got work to do, but we feel good.” But, as we know, another competitor to money is people.—Ruth McCambridgeShare359Tweet8ShareEmail367 Shareslast_img read more

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first_imgShare5TweetShareEmail5 SharesMax Pixel. Creative Commons 0.September 24, 2018; Voice of San DiegoThe public benefit of the tax breaks and other subsidies cities and states grant to professional sport franchises, special events like the Olympics, and museums and other cultural institutions is often hotly debated. Proponents cite their importance as economic development engines, bringing visitors to the community and generating increased business activity, which benefits the community as a whole. Opponents think the economic return doesn’t meet the promise and the public at large ends up paying the costs of special interests. According to a review by Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank, the truth may relate to how one values the impact: “The answer is definitely not if benefits are limited to increases in economic activity and tax revenue collection. A strong case can be made, however, that the quality-of-life benefits from hosting a major league team can sometimes justify the large public outlays associated with doing so.”A recent article in Voice of San Diego (VSD) suggests that if you don’t pay attention to the economic impact, you may face problems that quality of life improvements cannot solve. VSD looked at the city’s iconic Balboa Park, which was built early in the 20th century to house major expositions. Today, the Park houses many of the city’s cultural attractions as well providing a home for smaller nonprofit organizations. An economic impact study conducted by the nonprofit Balboa Park Conservancy, which was formed in 2011 to address the Park’s long-term needs, makes the case for the Park’s importance to the overall community. Their study found that the more than 4.5 million unique annual visitors, combined with the thousands of people who are employed by one of the organizations using the Park, contribute more than $600 million a year to the area’s economy. What is less clear is what the overall public benefit of this economic engine is.In return for this “contribution,” organizations using facilities in the Park pay little or no rent to the city. Voice of San Diego found that though this may be beneficial to these organizations and to restauranteurs, hoteliers, and surrounding homeowners, its benefit to the city as a whole is in doubt. The current arrangement poses a long-term threat to the Park’s sustainability, as there is no direct mechanism for the economic activity generated in the Park to directly support the Park’s ongoing needs.The city, though, is still on the hook for the major structural and exterior maintenance, plus upkeep of park infrastructure like water pipes. Over the years, the city has amassed an estimated backlog of $300 million in infrastructure and maintenance needs in Balboa Park, but there’s no dedicated funding stream to fix those problems.VSD’s review provides a stark picture of this one-sided deal. The Park’s most famous tenant is the San Diego Zoo. Despite its annual budget, which exceeds $280 million, it pays the city less than $110,000 annually, even though the Zoo benefits from its own dedicated property tax levy. The Old Globe Theater operates with an annual budget of $30 million but makes annual payment to the city of less than $4,000. The one-week-a-year San Diego Comic-Con convention pays no rent to the city despite grossing over $21 million and showing an operating surplus of over $3 million on its 2016 990 filing. Large or small, the City has supported the organizations that draw people to the Park by making their occupancy costs minimal.From the organizations’ perspective, this benefits all. For civic leaders, the challenge of a $300 million and growing deferred maintenance list remains unaddressed. The increased tax revenues the users of the Park generate have already been integrated into the ongoing budget of the city without addressing the long-term needs of the Park.Should the City’s philanthropic leaders step forward and take on this challenge, and perhaps risk their ability to fund other ongoing human service needs? Is it best to ask the organizations in the park to pay a higher cost for use of the Park’s facilities, a step which will force them to tap their philanthropic supporters more heavily or increase the cost of entry for their patrons? Or, is the overall benefit of the to the city so great that funding should be generated by increasing taxes overall?—Martin LevineShare5TweetShareEmail5 Shareslast_img read more

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first_imgShare43Tweet1ShareEmail44 Shares  December 21, 2018; CBS News and December 12, 2018; America’s Health RankingsThe nation’s health, as measured by chronic obesity and premature death, continues to deteriorate, according to the annual United Health Foundation report, America’s Health Rankings. A comprehensive look at the multiple factors that impact health and health outcomes, the report highlights national trends and ranks states according to their health outcomes.Nationally, 2018 marks some unfortunate new records:The adult obesity rate exceeded 30 percent for the first time, up 5 percent in the past year alone.Premature deaths increased 3 percent, with a total of 7,432 years lost per 100,000 deaths before the age of 75.Drug deaths reached 17 per 100,000 adults, a 25 percent increase in three years.On the positive side of the equation:Child poverty rates have decreased 19 percent, from 22.6 percent to 18.4 percent over five years.Air pollution, as measured by fine particulate matter, decreased 36 percent over the past 15 years.The number of primary care physicians increased 8 percent over two years, from 145.3 to 156.7 per 100,000 people.These trends suggest that increased health care coverage—the uninsured rate is now 8.7 percent—has not been sufficient to significantly change outcomes in the country as a whole. Social determinants, such as low incomes, unstable housing, poor education, and racial discrimination have an outsized impact on population health.These factors are evident in the disparate outcomes in the state by state data, which can be explored through the America’s Health Rankings website. The report finds that Hawaii is the healthiest state, followed by three New England states: Massachusetts, Connecticut and Vermont. The Deep South ranks least healthy, with Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama pulling up the rear.Among the lowest-ranked states, obesity rates are particularly high (above 36 percent), leading to chronic illnesses such as diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, and stroke. These states also have the highest rates of child poverty, which lead to a lifetime of health struggles. Children with unreliable access to food, health care, and stable housing face impaired development and are more likely to engage in risky behaviors such as drug and alcohol use as they grow older.Rhonda Randall, chief medical officer of United Healthcare National Markets and an adviser to America’s Health Rankings, said in a statement, “This year’s Annual Report spotlights an obesity problem that continues to grow. This means more people will likely develop obesity-related chronic diseases like cardiovascular disease, diabetes and cancer.”A particularly disturbing trend noted by the researchers is increasing levels of mental stress reported by survey participants. Overall 12 percent of respondents reported at least 14 days of mental stress per month, a 7 percent increase over two years. Mental stress is particularly high in Southern states, where people are poorer and have less access to health care. Among those with incomes below $25,000 annually rates of self-reported mental stress were 24.2 percent, double the national average. Across racial groups, American Indians and multi-racial respondents had the highest stress levels. Stress leads to higher pre-mature death rates from chronic health conditions, suicides, and drug and alcohol use.This year’s Health Rankings report includes a new Adjust My Rank tool, designed to give state policymakers insights into specific variables affecting their ranking and solutions that could improve their health outcomes.“We encourage health professionals, public health officials and elected leaders to use these findings to explore opportunities to better support people in their communities in all aspects of their health,” said survey advisor Randall.— Karen KahnShare43Tweet1ShareEmail44 Shareslast_img read more

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first_imgTV App Agency is using the IP&TV World Forum to launch the TV App Engine, which is designed to speed up the app creation process by creating a platform where developers can create a single version of an app and have it promulgated across different platforms. The engine allows developers to create TV apps for many different TV platforms from a single source of code. It is offered as a cloud-based software as a service application.Bruno Pereira, director and co-founder of the TV App Agency, said that the goal was to stimulate app development for connected TVs by creating an environment similar to the one that had boosted app development in the mobile world. Pereira said that the connected TV world was “a lot more segmented than the mobile world” and that this had to change in order for the market to expand.According to Pereira, the  engine provides savings of 75-80% of the development cost of apps. It currently supports versioning for the Samsung, LG, Opera, Google TV, Philips and Sharp connected platforms. Support for Panasonic and Western Digital devices and Nintendo’s new platform is in the pipeline.Pereira said that the platform is not template-based, meaning developers have greater flexibility about the range of possible apps they can produce. TV App Agency has developed interfaces for SmartClip and the Video Ad Serving Template specification for advertising, and payment gateway integration with Paypal and PayWizard for pay services. “The most customers we get the more technologies we can build into the platform,” he said.TV App Agency’s current customers include Absolute Radio, estate agency RightMove, National Rail Enquiries, Food Network, Shralp and the NHS in the UK and RTVE and La Liga in Spain.One key benefit of using the TV App Engine is that it provides detailed usage analytics, said Pereira. “One thing is there is not enough user-specific data in the market,” he said.last_img read more

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first_imgDigital video distribution specialist Rightster has hired two former ITV and one former Google executives to support its growth.Jonathan Bates joins Rightster as director of content and partnerships and will lead efforts to help producers, talent, content owners and rights holders better work with Rightster to realise the potential of their brands on and off YouTube. He was previously head of multiplatform video at ITV where he worked with broadcast and commercial teams to create video content for ITV’s key shows and commercial partners.Ben Freeman has been appointed as head of Rightster Studios and will work with Rightster’s customers to create new original programming. He was previously the head of scripted and sponsored multiplatform content at ITV.Righster has also named Donagh O’Malley as global vice-president, platforms and general manager, US. Most recently O’Malley ran YouTube’s premium content business in the UK, followed by spearheading Google TV’s content business and strategy globally.Separately, online branding specialist Viral Spiral has teamed up with Rightster to produce, distribute and monetise video content. Rightster has made a strategic investment in Viral Spiral to establish Viral Studios, which will co-produce and finance new digital content in conjunction with Rightster Studios. Viral Spiral will work with Rightster Studios to create original programming based on the successful Charlie Bit My Finger brand, YouTube’s most viewed viral video, with almost half a billion views.Rightster has meanwhile announced that it delivered over 100 million worldwide views and 100,000 social media shares for the first time in September. The company jumped to 11th position in the comScore YouTube Partner Channels rankings for August up from 16th three months earlier. The Rightster multichannel network numbers 224 channels across news, sport, fashion and entertainment publishers including ITN, the Guardian and SNTV.last_img read more

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first_imgGerman cable operator Kabel Deutschland (KDG) is to pull forward network investment plans of €300 million to be spent over the next two years in order to accelerate growth.The additional funds will be allocated to earlier than planned network upgrades for highs-peed internet video-on-demand and WiFi products, and the expansion of network capacity. The company said it would also repay its €71 million C1 loan due in March 2014.The announcements follow yesterday’s news that the German Federal Cartel Office had blocked KDG’s planned acquisition of smaller cable operator Tele Columbus.KDG posted revenue growth of 8.8% to €465 million for its third fiscal quarter to December 31, with EBITDA of €220 million, up 10.2%.The company saw its internet base expand by 84,000, its strongest result to date. The company had 1.856 million phone and internet subscribers at the end of December, up 18.7%. Premium TV subscribers grew by 107,000 in the quarter, comprising 61,000 DVR customers and 47,000 pay TV customers while the overall direct subscriber base grew by 65,000 year-on-year to 7.566 million and total RGUs amounted to 14.1 million, up 6.3%. Total premium TV RGUs now number 1.97 million. Blended ARPU for the third quarter increased by 10.8% year-on-year to €16.05.KDG said it would increase its dividend to €2.50, up from €1.50 for the previous fiscal year.last_img read more

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first_imgLiberty Global-owned cable operator UPC Romania has launched a new interactive service, designed to make it easier for viewers to find programmes of interest. Zone Tematice is available to customers with a digital TV box and offers a new display screen where users can choose between different channel tiles, complete with EPG information, from a single screen.The service launches first for 12 documentary channels – including Discovery Channel and National Geographic – though UPC said that thematic areas could be adapted to any type of TV content, including sports, movies and news.last_img read more

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first_imgUK terrestrial network Channel 4 has notched up more than 3 million downloads of The Million Pound Drop mobile app since its launch in 2012. The network said that the figure marked a “massive landmark” for the gameshow play-along app, which is available to download on iOS and Android.“We’re really pleased that the show and app entertain such a large portion of viewers in the UK. As well as the play along game, the ‘play anytime’ game has also been a smash hit with nearly 10% of app owners paying for this premium game. This is well above the figure of 2%, which the app industry generally considers a great result,” said Jody Smith, Channel 4’s multiplatform commissioning editor.The Million Pound Drop app lets viewers play along with The Million Pound Drop TV show at home. It also features a premium ‘Play Anytime’ game mode that lets users pay to play whenever they like.For the current, pre-recorded series, Channel 4 said it is adding live game data into the show, which reflects viewers’ scores. “People playing along at home are an integral part of the format,” it said.The Million Pound Drop app was developed by dual screen technology firm Monterosa and was created by the producers of the TV show, Endemol-owned production company Remarkable Television.last_img read more

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first_imgNelonen Media-owned Finnish OTT TV service Ruutu TV is now available as an HbbTV-based add-on to the country’s digital-terrestrial TV platform in partnership with DTT service Digita and TV technology provider Sofia Digital.The service has been available in beta mode on the platform since June, offering catch-up TV and other content. The service now also offers a restart TV service, allowing viewers to restart programmes that have already begun airing on linear TV.The service is HbbTV 1.5 and MPEG DASH-based, uses the Sofia Digital Backstage HbbTV platform, and can be accessed via the red button from Nelonen Media’s four free-to-air channels – Nelonen, Jim, Liv and Hero. The content is identical to that available on the web and mobile platfomrs, without the need for a paid subscription. In addition to catch-up and restart, viewers can access the full Ruutu TV portal. The Ruutu service menu on screen gives access to the Finnish EPG which shows all Finnish free-to-air channels.MPEG DASH is the key new element of the HbbTV 1.5 specification, and has been adopted as part of the NorDig Unified 2.5 spec to be adopted across the Nordic market and in some territories beyond. In Finland, receiver specifications and the associated test regime will be added to the existing FiCom Antenna Ready certification programme.“You can restart a current programme by pressing one button on the remote control when you have the Ruutu application in a smart television and you can access other free-of-charge online content in the Ruutu service. For a viewer, this means an extensive increase in content supply and the opportunity to watch a favourite programme at a suitable time on television. In addition, there is a new functionality that will allow the viewer to restart a programme and watch other episodes of the same series,” said Kai Taka-Aho, SVP, online at Nelonen Media.last_img read more

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first_imgEE has added British Eurosport, Discovery Channel and 23 other premium channels to its TV offering through a new partnership with live TV streaming service TVPlayer.Customers of the UK mobile operator’s EE TV offering will be able to access the channels through the on-demand section of their EE TV set top box for £4.99 (€7) per month on a rolling subscription.The new channels available via the TVPlayer Plus On Demand app are: Lifetime; History; H2; Crime + Investigation; Gold; Alibi; Watch; Good Food; Eden; Home; Discovery Channel; TLC; ID (Investigation Discovery); Animal Planet; Discovery Turbo; British Eurosport; British Eurosport2; National Geographic; Nat Geo Wild; Sony Entertainment; Sony Movie Channel; Boomerang; Cartoon Network; Cartoonito; and Baby TV.last_img read more

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first_imgVirtual reality and augmented reality are set to “revolutionise the e-commerce industry” and reach a predicted value of US$150 billion (€142 billion) by 2020, according to Warc.The marketing and ad agency claims that the VR and AR will offer “viable ways for brands to engage emotionally with consumers in 2017” and are a key trend that marketers will be looking to in the coming year.“VR and AR are not new technologies – but 2016 saw them really emerge as marketing platforms. A lot of money is now going towards VR in particular as brands seek fresh ways to engage consumers,” said Warc’s head David Tiltman, Warc’s head of content.“As the advertising marketplace becomes more cluttered and many people opt out of receiving marketing messages, brand experiences that can cut through are increasingly valuable.”The Warc report, produced in association with Deloitte Digital, highlighted retail and travel brands as early adopters of VR and said that many brands had also reconsidered AR following the success of mobile game Pokemon Go.last_img read more

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first_imgEutelsat has approved the appointment of four new board directors at its shareholders’ meeting, as former CEO Michel de Rosen’s term as chairman of the board ended.Former Lagardère Group executive and existing Eutelsat board member, Dominique D’Hinnin, was named as the new chairman of the Eutelsat board.The other three other appointments were: Technicolor Group chief financial officer, Esther Gaide; former Orange exec and current director of innovation and member of the executive committee of the Banque Publique d’Investissement, Paul-François Fournier; and Toyota executive vice-president, Didier Leroy.The appointments follow the non-renewal of the mandate of Bertrand Mabille and the resignation of Miriem Bensalah Chaqroun, as well as that of Michel de Rosen.Eutelsat’s board is made of up 12 members, of which eight are now independent directors and five are women.“I am honoured to become chairman of the board of Eutelsat and to succeed Michel de Rosen in this role,” said d’Hinnin.“I am also delighted to continue my mission alongside Rodolphe Belmer and the teams at Eutelsat who are fully committed to the Group’s development and to achieving the objectives set out in the strategic plan.”De Rosen stepped down as Eutelsat CEO in March 2016 and was succeeded by former Canal+ chief executive Rodolphe Belmer.last_img read more

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first_imgViacom International Media Networks (VIMN) has launched its Nick Play video-on-demand app via Virgin Media in the UK.The rollout marks the UK debut of VIMN’s first mobile streaming app to feature long-form content, with the Nick Play app available free to Virgin Media customers who subscribe to Nickelodeon channels.Nick Play will offer both full-length TV episodes and short form content and will include titles like The Thundermans, Hunter Street, Henry Danger, SpongeBob SquarePants and Pig, Goat, Banana, Cricket.“We’re excited to be providing Virgin Media customers with full access to the Nick Play app in the UK as part of a continued expansion of our branded apps strategy,” said Arran Tindall, senior vice president, commercial and content distribution, for VIMN.“The Nick Play app will give Virgin Media customers greater choice and control over what, when and where they experience their favourite Nickelodeon content.”Virgin Media’s chief digital entertainment officer, David Bouchier, said: “The Nick Play app is an exciting addition for Virgin TV customers, offering great Nickelodeon content whenever, wherever. We want to make it easier for our customers to enjoy the TV they love and the Nick app does just that.”last_img read more

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first_imgShareTweet Over the next four years each of the 11 council areas in Northern Ireland will receive over £6 million of National Lottery funding in support of the project which was officially launched locally this week at the Foyle Arena.Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Alderman Hilary McClintock, expressed her hope that the new initiative will help promote healthy choices amongst a wider cross section of the community.“This is a particularly important initiative because it aims to accommodate sections of the public whose circumstances mean they may be less likely to get involved in physical activity,” said Alderman McClintock.“By making sport and exercise more accessible and integrating physical activity into more people’s daily lives we hope it will encourage the public to make stronger lifestyle choices and reap the knock on health and wellbeing benefits. DERRY City and Strabane District Council have launched an ambitious new initiative to reach out to sections of the community who wouldn’t traditionally take part in physical activity in a bid to get them ‘more active more often’.Sport Northern Ireland’s ‘EveryBody Active 2020’ initiative will specifically target women and girls, people with disability, those living in areas of greatest social need, young people leaving education and those retiring from work to offer them a range of activities at a time and place that suits their schedule.Council have assembled a team of qualified EveryBody Active coaches who can deliver a range of sports and activities to groups and individuals in locations including schools, community centres, local clubs and leisure centres.They are also offering a series of clubs and classes in their leisure centres including group exercise classes, teenage fitness programmes, outdoor cycling, pool based classes and school holiday activities. “The range of activities on offer are extensive so there really is something for all abilities and fitness levels and I’d encourage as many organisations, clubs, schools and individuals to get involved by signing up for an activity or applying for a coach to deliver a course to them.“I would like to thank the Deputy Mayor, Councillor Jim McKeever for attending the launch of this important initiative.”Sport Development Manager at Derry City and Strabane District Council Ryan Porter expressed his hope that the initiative would help guide the participants onto a lifelong pathway of physical activity.“Through EBA 2020 participants will have the opportunity to exercise either in a sports club environment or within a more informal structure in the community and park facilities across the Derry City and Strabane District,” he explained.“Alongside the activities provided in Council’s leisure facilities, we will offer a wide range of quality opportunities to engage people and set them on pathways that will lead to lifelong participation in physical activity.”Coaches can go on site to schools, sports clubs and community groups to deliver six week blocked courses with the first running from November 1st until December 12th 2016.Detailed information of clubs and classes and application forms for coaches to deliver courses is available from Ryan Porter on 028 71 253253 ryan.porter@derrystrabane.com.More information on Council’s Leisure and Sport Services are available at www.derrystrabane.com/leisure.COUNCIL LAUNCH MULTI-MILLION POUND PLANT TO GET ‘EVERYBODY ACTIVE’ was last modified: October 28th, 2016 by John2John2 Tags: COUNCIL LAUNCH MULTI-MILLION POUND PLANT TO GET ‘EVERYBODY ACTIVE’EVERYBODY ACTIVE 2020last_img read more

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first_img Tumblr Home NewsWatch CrimeWatch News Raleigh County Man Arrested For Threatening To Kill A Woman And Himself SHADY SPRING, WV (WOAY) – One man was arrested after he threatened to kill a woman and himself.On August 3, 2018, Deputies responded to a home of someone trying to violently injure a woman.  When deputies arrived the victim stated that David Perdue Jr. threatened to kill her and himself. Perdue broke into a gun cabinet glass with his hands and grabbed a .22 rifle.  A juvenile attempted to take the gun from Perdue, while the victim called 911.  When she returned back downstairs Perdue had put away the gun and his hands were bleeding.  Perdue would not give deputies his real name and kept telling him his name was Ernie Malago.  Perdue was given multiple chances to tell deputies his real name, but he refused.Dispatch also advised deputies that Perdue and the victim had been involved in a domestic earlier at Go-Mart.Perdue was charged with domestic assault and obstructing an officer. He is out on bond. Tyler Barker Tyler Barker is currently the Interim News Director and Digital Content Manager for WOAY-TV. I was promoted to this job in Mid-November. I still will fill in on weather from time to time. Follow me on Facebook and Twitter @wxtylerb. Have any news tips or weather questions? Email me at tbarker@woay.com Pinterest Next PostTwo Arrested For Shoplifting At Rural King Google+ Linkedin CrimeWatch NewsFeaturedLocal NewsNewsWatch Raleigh County Man Arrested For Threatening To Kill A Woman And Himself By Tyler BarkerAug 04, 2018, 17:02 pm 1145 0 Facebook Previous PostMan found in Tennessee McDonald’s women’s restroom naked, doing jumping jacks Mail Twitterlast_img read more