22Oct Rep. Bumstead votes in support of House approved road funding plan Categories: News Lawmaker: Plan is a good compromise, step in the right direction A long-term plan to fix Michigan’s crumbling roads and bridges has been approved by the House, announced state Rep. Jon Bumstead.“This plan utilizes ideas from both sides of the aisle to see that Michigan has viable, long-term solutions to fix the roads in our community and across the state,” said Rep. Bumstead, R-Newaygo.The new plan uses $600 million in existing General Fund dollars and raises an additional $600 million in new revenue that will be used specifically to fix Michigan’s infrastructure. The funds raised from new revenue will come partially from a 3.3 cent increase in gas tax, a parity to match diesel tax to gasoline and an increase in vehicle registration fees.The compromise plan also provides $200 million in tax relief by expanding the Homestead Property Tax Credit for Michiganders across the state. Additionally, a mechanism is included that triggers a reduction in state income tax as normal, statewide inflation increases over time.“While I would have preferred that all of the money came from existing funds, this approach allows all of our legislative leaders the opportunity to get on board,” Rep. Bumstead said. “In addition to providing long-term solutions that allow Michigan to put this issue behind us, this plan also creates a significant amount of tax relief for hardworking taxpayers across the state.”The legislative package now moves to the Senate for further consideration.###
28Mar Rep. LaFave’s CPL photo legislation approved by House Bill allows Secretary of State to share photographs with Michigan State PoliceThe Michigan House of Representatives has approved legislation introduced by Rep. Beau LaFave to streamline the process of obtaining a concealed weapons permit.LaFave’s bill authorizes the Secretary of State to share photographs taken for official state personal identifications cards with the Michigan State Police for use on concealed weapons licenses.“We shouldn’t be wasting people’s time and making them get new photos for their concealed weapons licenses when the state already has perfectly good photos on file,” said LaFave, of Iron Mountain. “This is a common sense move that will allow state government to operate more efficiently when processing CPL applications.”House Bill 4203 moves to the Senate for consideration.### Categories: LaFave News
PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Eric Leutheuser (second from left) of Hillsdale listens to information during a tour of Nicholson Terminal and Dock Company in Detroit on Monday. The facility handles almost a half million tons of cargo each year. State Rep. Eric Leutheuser, chair of the House Committee on Commerce and Trade, this week toured a pair of facilities in an effort to highlight the state’s vital methods of moving product to final market.The group visited Nicholson Terminal and Dock Company in Detroit on Monday. The shipyard was established in 1928 and handles bulk material and other cargo lifting, such as metal alloy used in steel manufacturing.The tour continued on Tuesday at Canadian National Railway’s autoport facility in Charlotte. Legislators were shown the inner-workings of a vehicle processing and transshipment plant that handles finished automobiles from General Motors’ Lansing Delta Township Assembly.Established in 2006, the autoport works hand in hand with GM to move automobiles from the finishing plant to where they are needed for sale. The tour included a viewing of the facility’s rail yard, where vehicles are staged, loaded into freight cars and taken to distributors.“It’s important to acknowledge and appreciate what Michigan trade does for our state and the process that goes into getting things from producer to consumer,” said Leutheuser, of Hillsdale. “These facilities provide good jobs which help the communities around them, boost Michigan’s economy and help keep the state competitive. Michigan’s economy, from farming to manufacturing, has always relied on and grown through trade.” Categories: Leutheuser News,News 28Sep Rep. Leutheuser joins fellow legislators for tours showcasing Michigan trade PHOTO INFORMATION: (From left) State Rep. Eric Leutheuser of Hillsdale stands with state Reps. Erika Geiss of Taylor and Daire Rendon of Lake City during a legislative tour of a Canadian National Railway autoport facility in Charlotte, Michigan on Tuesday. The facility takes finished vehicles from the nearby Lansing Delta Township General Motors Assembly Plant and transports them via rail or truck to distributors and final market destinations. PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Eric Leutheuser of Hillsdale stands in front of a railcar loaded with finished vehicles from General Motors Company’s Lansing Delta Township Assembly Plant. Leutheuser and other state legislators toured the rail yard at a Canadian National Railway autoport facility in Charlotte, Michigan on Tuesday.
Share18TweetShareEmail18 SharesCredit: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Lance CheungJanuary 18, 2017; New YorkerDue to the water crisis, the residents of Flint, Michigan do not trust the water coming out of their taps. This has led to major hygiene issues, as some residents refuse to use tap water for bathing or brushing their teeth. Of particularly concern is the use of antibacterial hand gels and baby wipes in the place of handwashing and bathing, which has led to a shigellosis outbreak. While the pipes leaching lead and other hazards into the water have not all been replaced yet, scientists say that simply placing a specific filter onto the head of the tap is enough to ensure the water safe for use.Problem solved, right? Not quite. After government officials disregarded residents’ concerns when the crisis began, why would Flint residents believe their water is safe now? Mere claims of fact are insufficient after such gross neglect for the well-being of this community. Further, Flint is dealing with systemic issues that are far-reaching and long-lasting.Enter Maya Shankar and the White House Social and Behavioral Sciences Team. Shankar and her team study how we can use what we know about information processing to influence public policy in ways that benefit society. (For instance, switching from telling veterans they were “eligible for education benefits” to informing them that they had “earned education benefits” led to an increase in enrollment.) Shankar and her team came to Flint to determine whether there are any challenges that can be solved with a behavioral science mindset. What they found was that the immediate issues stemming from the water crisis—those with short-term effects—could be solved through behavioral science techniques.Using a tool called “implementation prompts,” she hopes to encourage families who haven’t already done so to purchase water filters. After church services, the team could offer forms that ask families to indicate when, where, and how they planned on changing their filters. Shankar says, “Sometimes we just need a simple reminder to act on the things we want to act on.” Another example of behavioral tools is “social norming” to encourage washing hands and proper hygiene.But some issues, like mistrust of the government and the long-term effects of lead poisoning, don’t have clear-cut solutions. Kent Key, director of the Office of Community Scholars and Partnerships at Michigan State University’s College of Human Medicine, discussed how lead poisoning is already impacting the mindset of Flint’s children. The message seems to be that because lead causes cognitive deficiencies, these children are not going to be smart or successful, so why try? Key summarizes the dire situation facing children in Flint:These kids are internalizing the messages about how the lead is affecting them. If there is a direct correlation between lead exposure and the cognitive ability to handle stressful situations in a reasonable way, and we see more violent trends, can you imagine the pipeline of youth who are going to be going into the corrections system?Much of the work left to do in Flint is ongoing and evolving. As Dr. Hanna-Attisha, the pediatrician who brought light to the crisis in Flint, aptly said, the work will need to be measured in decades. “This isn’t like a hurricane or a flood you can just clean up.”— Sheela NimishakaviShare18TweetShareEmail18 Shares
A survey conducted by multiscreen video technology company QuickPlay Media has found that people who use a mobile device to watch sport are far more likely to increase their overall mobile viewing consumption.The survey of 1,000 18-44 year olds found that 84% who had watched a major sporting event on a mobile device increased the amount of TV they watched on the device. The Olympic Games were a significant driver of mobile TV services, with 52% of respondents saying they watched at least one Olympic event on a smartphone or tablet.The proportion of people consuming TV or video on a mobile device increased to 63% from 51% a year earlier, the report found, with half of respondents preferring to watch live TV on mobile devices, and 40% preferring on-demand content. Just over half of all respondents said they watched mobile videos at least once a week. Of those, 16% view mobile content every day.“These survey results are consistent with what we are seeing in our customer base: Live TV is becoming a primary driver of demand for multiscreen services,” said Wayne Purboo, CEO of QuickPlay Media. “The 2012 Olympics shattered records for mobile video viewing, and this is driving longer term consumer demand across a plethora of mobile devices. To capitalise on this demand service providers are looking for cost effective solutions that enable them to rapidly scale multiscreen services while maintaining security and quality of the consumer viewing experience. As a result we are seeing more and more companies looking to managed services as a solution to scale at speed.”
Ninety-six per cent of all US TV programmes are now Shazam-enabled and users are increasingly engaging with Shazam-enabled ads, according to Sam Woods, sales director, Shazam.The company started out as an app to let people discover details about music they were listening to and has developed into a service that lets users interact with TV shows. According to Woods, speaking at the Future TV Advertising Forum in London this morning, the evolution was a natural progression because 85% of Shazam users were already using it to find out what music they were listening to in a TV show or TV ad.Woods told attendees that the company was building a second-screen bridge between mobile devices and the TV. “Nothing has the combined power of TV and mobile. Mobile is an incredible medium – it has lots of scale, proximity, it is non-disruptive, highly personalised and most importantly, it’s portable,” Woods said.Woods said that Shazam had become so popular that the service now had the scale to deliver key data about how users are interacting with content, including adverts. In a recent study, Shazam found that 100% of people who ‘Shazamed’ a particular advert could recall seeing the ad and its key message, while 79% took immediate action to engage with the brand and 55% spoke to other people about the ad. “Using Shazam, people are three times more likely to engage with your brand,” Woods said.Shazam now has over 250 million users and is atrracting new users at a rate of two million per week.
The BBC said that mobile and tablet traffic accounted for a record high of 37% of programme requests to its iPlayer catch-up service in October.According to the BBC’s October iPlayer performance pack, mobile device requests were almost in line with PC viewing, which accounted for 39% of iPlayer traffic.Overall in the month, the BBC logged 261 million iPlayer requests – up 23% compared to the same time last year.TV requests accounted for 199 million requests, the third highest figure ever recorded on the service, with radio show streams accounting for the rest of the traffic.Bad Education and Some Girls, the first BBC Three comedies to premiere on the iPlayer – were among the most watched shows in the month, with other BBC shows also rating highly including The Great British Bake Off, The Wrong Mans, Atlantis and Waterloo Road.“The profile of BBC iPlayer users has evened out over time in terms of male/female ratio, but remains strongly under-55 in terms of age, which is younger than the typical TV viewer or radio listener’s profile – although more in line with home broadband users,” said the BBC.The corporation said that the catch-up service was used for TV at roughly the same time of day as linear TV viewing, though there is “proportionally more daytime and late-peak use.”In October there was an average of 7.8m daily requests, with weekly requests peaking in the first week of the month and the last week of the month at 57m.
The BBC has launched the homepage for its new factual and educational brand iWonder.First announced in January, iWonder, a new branded series of interactive guides designed to let viewers explore topics sparked by BBC programmes, what’s in the news, important anniversaries, or what’s trending on social media.“The iWonder homepage will always feature plenty of examples of the Interactive Guide, our new flagship content format that makes learning feel effortless and entertaining. An Interactive Guide is more than just a webpage – it’s a visually exciting experience that invites you to lean forward, ‘turn the page’ and find out what happens next,” said BBC iWonder executive editor Chris Sizemore.At the same time, the BBC has launched its iWonder Twitter presence.
Alex Terpstra4C has acquired Civolution’s TV analytics and synchronised advertising business Teletrax.Civolution said that he acquisition of Teletrax and its extensive TV monitoring infrastructure covering more than 2,100 channels across 76 countries puts 4C in a position to deliver value for its clients through social and TV advertising and cross-screen marketing campaigns.The full Teletrax team of approximately 70 employees, located across Eindhoven, The Netherlands, London, New York and Los Angeles will be merged with similarly sized 4C.Civolution CEO, Alex Terpstra, will remain on the Civolution board but will also join 4C where he assumes the position of Managing Director, EMEA.Sake Bosch, Managing Partner of Civolution’s investor Prime Ventures has joined 4C’s board of directors.Harrie Tholen, SVP Sales & Marketing at Civolution’s NexGuard business, now becomes Managing Director of NexGuard, taking over the day-to-day management of the unit.“This exit of the Teletrax business unit marks a fantastic opportunity for 4C and Teletrax, who share a vision for the future of advertising and offer best-in-class software solutions. Teletrax clients will enjoy 4C’s unique ability to unlock the power of social connections in driving advertising effectiveness, while 4C’s clients gain access to our patented real-time TV analytics and TV synced advertising offerings,” says Alex Terpstra, CEO, Civolution. “This milestone furthermore enables Civolution to be even more laser-focused on its industry leading NexGuard forensic watermarking solutions against the illegal re-distribution of content, the greatest piracy threat facing the content industry today.”
Cable and telecom investor Altice has signed up footballer Cristiano Ronaldo, captain of the Portuguese national team, as brand ambassador across all the territories in which it is active.According to Altice, which owns Portuguese service provider Portugal Telecom, “the speed and Cristiano Ronaldo’s power accompany and illustrate the industrial and international development of the Altice Group on its core business, high speed broadband – fibre and 4G – content and media”.Altice will launch advertising campaigns in Portugal, France and Israel soon, which will also be adapted for Belgium, Luxembourg, Switzerland, the Dominican Republic and the US.Michel Combes, COO of Altice Group said: “This partnership with Cristiano Ronaldo – CR7 – is the testimony of a new step for Altice. The group is in working order and our ambition for the success of the industrial project is illustrated by associating our group with one of the greatest sportsman in the world. We strive on each of our markets to meet the expectations of our customers in order to offer them the best services, the best quality, the best networks, the best content and now… the best footballer in the world.”
Skot ButlerSatellite operator Intelsat has upped Skot Butler, the vice president of satellite networks and space services at Intelsat General, to president of the division.Intelsat General provides satellite communications solutions to military, commercial and government customers and Butler is due to take up his new role on April 4.Butler replaces Kay Sears, who is leaving Intelsat General after 10 years to “pursue a new professional opportunity.”He will tasked with overseeing Intelsat General’s strategic direction, operational plans and executing its mission to provide a range of sustainable, cost-effective and secure communications solutions to government and commercial customers.
Emmanuel MacronThe French government is ready to approve Orange’s planned acquisition of Bouygues Telecom under a deal that would see parent company Bouygues take a 12% stake in the operator, according to business news service BFM TV.According to the news channel, economy minister Emmanuel Macron met Orange CEO Stéphane Richard and Bouygues boss Martin Bouygues yesterday to discuss different aspects of the impact of the acquisition, including the state’s 23% stake in Orange. The government’s desire to maintain its stake has been seen as a potential pitfall for any deal.According to BFM TV, citing unnamed sources, the government has adjusted its position to allow Bouygues take a 12% stake, having previously held our for a maximum of 9% together with a clause in the agreement preventing Bouygues from increasing its stake further.Bouygues is believed to have set his sites on upping his stake in Orange to 15% and is likely to continue to press for the right to achieve this through the acquisition of shares on the open market. The state, for its part, is unwilling to see its stake fall below the 20% threshold that gives it a blocking vote.Orange and Bouygues have set a deadline of the end of March to conclude the complex negotiations, which must involve a deal to sell part of Bouygues Telecom’s base and assets to rival players SFR and Free to secure regulatory approval.
A+E Networks UK has today launched entertainment channel, Blaze, on Virgin TV in the UK and Ireland on EPG number 216.Free-to-air factual channel Blaze launched in September 2016 and is available via the Freeview and Freesat platforms in the UK and Ireland and through operators like Sky.“We are very pleased to have secured distribution with Virgin Media to further cement the strong collaboration between our companies,” said Heather Jones, UK general manager, A+E Networks.David Bouchier, chief digital entertainment officer at Virgin TV said: “We continue to bring our customers closer to the TV they love and we are delighted to bring the Blaze channel to our platform.”
Ericsson has agreed a global metadata deal with the Internet Movie Database (IMDb). Ericsson will integrate IMDb’s metadata, including ratings and rankings, into its content discovery ecosystem and will become the reseller and integrator of these data sources to service providers around the world.“Finding content across multiple TV platforms and devices continues to be a major challenge for consumers and for the industry to resolve,” says Steve Nylund, head of broadcast and media services at Ericsson.Citing Ericsson ConsumerLab research, Nylund claims that 44% of US consumers say they can’t find anything to watch on linear TV on a daily basis – up 22% compared to last year.“By integrating influential, globally representative data sets like IMDb’s ratings into our ecosystem, we can drive greater accuracy in our recommendation and discovery services, which in turn will drive greater consumer satisfaction.”Ericsson launched its content discovery ecosystem at NAB earlier this year. It aims to bring together a range of TV and movie data sources as well as a suite of software services designed to help users understand data and act on it.
YouTube remains the most watched video service overall across 14 major markets, but Facebook now attracts just under half the number of eyeballs of Google’s service, according to Ampere Analysis’ Top Online Video Services Barometer.YouTube was the most watched service in all but one of the markets surveyed. The UK was the exception, where the BBC iPlayer was the most watched service.YouTube was watched by 68.7% of internet users at least once a month in Q3, across the markets surveyed. Facebook was watched by 32.8%. Netflix, the third placed service overall and the top subscription service on the list, was watched by 28.8%.Instagram, Snapchat and Amazon Instant Video occupied the next three slots on the top 10 list of services, attracting 15.9%, 9.2% and 8.8% of internet users respectively.Ampere’s Barometer found that over half of internet users in two markets – the US and Denmark, – viewed a subscription video-on-demand service at least once in the last month. Use of SVOD services was also high in Sweden, the UK, Saudi Arabia and Germany and lowest in France, where strict windowing rules means that movies do not reach SVOD services until three years after their theatrical release.Ampere found that most of Snapchat and Instagram’s users were under 35 years old, with Snapchat the youngest-skewing service of all those studied, while 25-34 year-olds made up the largest proportion of Netflix’s audience. Amazon, however, had the highest proportion of users in this age group. YouTube attracted the highest proportion of 55-64 year-olds. Facebook was considerable older-skewing than Snapchat and Instagram, and slightly older-skewing than Netflix, but younger skewing than YouTube and Amazon.Ampere studied the survey responses of 28,000 internet users in the US, Denmark, Sweden, the UK, Saudi Arabia, Australia, Germany, Spain, the Netherlands, Italy, Poland, Turkey and France in Q3.
Russian pay TV provider NTV+ has launched an app for the Apple TV platform that allows users to watch over 180 channels on TV via the device.Owners of Apple TV boxes will be able to sign up for NTV+’s Supersport, Supersport Premium, football, kids, movies and factual packages via the app.Subscribers will also be able to access catch-up functionality, with most content available for 24 hours after it was initially aired, as well as pause live TV.NTV+ said that its launch on Apple TV would enable it to provide an offering for a high-earning segment of the market that was steadily growing. The company estimates that the offering will enable it to grow its online subscriber base by 10-15%.Subsequent updates to the app will include further access to sports on-demand including highlights from a free archive and on-demand access to the Amediateka: Home of HBO service. The operator said that satellite subscribers would be able to use the Apple TV box to deliver multiscreen services.NTV+ CEO Mikhail Demin said that the operator planned to follow up the Apple TV launch with further launches on Android devices and smart TV platforms.Separately, NTV+ has launched a pay TV service in Georgia. Viewers in the country will be offered tow packages of channels. One will include 50 Russian and international channels and the other will offer an expanded package of 90 channels.Twenty of the channels on the service are owned by NTV+ parent company Gazprom Media, including 22 entertainment channels, 14 factual channels, 12 news and information services, five sports channels, five kids channels, five music services and 27 movie offerings. NTV+ Georgia offers two UHD TV channels and five HD services. Subscribers will also be able to access domestic Georgian TV channels.Georgian Media Group, Gazprom Media’s existing local partner for channel distribution, is providing equipment, technical support and marketing for the satellite service.Demin said that NTV+ had not ruled out further launches across CIS countries.NTV+ estimates that pay TV penetration among Georgia’s population of 3.7 million stands at around 50%, with most Georgians viewing TV via satellite.
UK media services outfit Arqiva has launched a new hybrid TV service on the country’s digital-terrestrial TV platform for two of specialist interest media company Immediate Media’s craft shopping channels.Arqiva said it had extended the delivery of Sewing Quarter and Jewellery Maker to the DTT audience via two new IP portals, giving viewers 24-hour access to its content and allowing them to switch seamlessly between the channels through the internet or DTT platform. Both channels were previously broadcast on a part-time only basis.Arqiva has moved the Jewellery Maker channel to its COM7 multiplex. Viewers with connected devices will be able to view the channel 24 hours a day via the red button. Sewing Quarter will continue to be broadcast five hours a day on the COM6 multiplex, but will also be available 24 hours a day for viewers with internet connected DTT devices via the red button.Laurie Patten, director of strategy and ventures at Arqiva, said: “Our work with Immediate Media is another example of the strength of the DTT platform, and the ability to bring together the benefits of DTT and IP-delivered services to offer the most seamless and efficient viewing experience. With the continued growth of Freeview Play and other connected DTT devices, broadcasters are becoming more aware of the opportunities that the hybrid DTT platform offers to increase both viewership and viewer engagement. We want to work closely with customers like Immediate Media to help them maximise those opportunities.”Andrew Gabriel, group managing director at Immediate Media, said: “As our specialist craft channels Sewing Quarter and Jewellery Maker continue to grow in popularity, we wanted to tap into new audiences and reward our viewers with fast, consistent access to the content they want to watch, whenever they want to watch it. Arqiva is a trusted long-term partner, and we knew we could rely on them to help us develop a service that is reliable, user friendly, and most importantly gives easy access to our content 24-hours a day, seven-days a week.”
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Cllr Tony Hassan.DERRY Sinn Féin Councillor Tony Hassan has said the quick actions of the Fire Service prevented a car fire spreading to homes in Elmgrove last night.He was speaking after a car was set on fire on the Beragh Hill Road just after 8pm.Councillor Hassan said: “I received a call to say a car was on fire at the Beragh Hill Road.“I went to the scene and I would say we are very lucky once again as this situation could have been much worse. BERAGH HILL ROADCAR FIRE COULD HAVE SPREAD TO HOMES – HASSANCOUNCILLOR TONY HASSANELMGROVENIFRSSinn Fein ShareTweet “It’s important to commend the quick actions of the Fire Service in preventing the fire from a burning car spread from the bushes to local homes in Elmgrove.”CAR FIRE COULD HAVE SPREAD TO HOMES – HASSAN was last modified: August 3rd, 2016 by John2John2 Tags:
ShareTweet Unfortunately, it was announced later this year that Queen’s Comedy Club, where he emerged as a comedian and hosted for the Club a quarter of a century ago, will finally close its doors at Queen’s Students’ Union in March 2018.Back in Belfast Colin makes regular appearances as the compere for the Empire Comedy night ‘Empire Laughs Back.’ Colin is also currently filming the 11th series of the award-winning Blame Game, he comments on working on the hit panel show –“The Blame Game is a joy to do. Anyone who has been in the studio audience for a recording knows how much good stuff doesn’t make it into the final edit, mostly due to taste and decency and legal reasons in fairness.“In fact that’s mostly the stuff I’ll be doing on the tour.”Colin kicks off The Bald Ambition Tour at the Strule Arts Centre Omagh on 6th January for tickets and details of performances visit www.thatcolinmurphy.com or on twitter @thatcolinmurphy or on facebook.Contains adult content, recommended audience age 16+.BLAME GAME’S COLIN MURPHY COMING TO DERRY IN 2018 was last modified: November 17th, 2017 by John2John2 Tags: The Blame Game’s Colin Murphy bringing his stage show to DerryTHE Blame Game’s resident comedian Colin Murphy is coming to Derry next year. BLAME GAME’S COLIN MURPHY COMING TO DERRY IN 2018Millennium Forum Known for his role as resident panellist on the BBC Northern Ireland comedy show, The Blame Game, Colin will be making the humdrum fun on everything from 21st century sex to being pitied by the homeless. Colin comments on his latest tour –“The best thing about doing something for long enough, is finding out you were right all along. With this new tour it’s honestly the first time in a long time I’ve been really, really looking forward to getting out on the road.”Colin started out his stand-up career as a compere at the Queen’s University Belfast Queen’s Comedy Club Night, and subsequently began touring venues across the world from Montreal to Melbourne, and Beijing to Ballybofey. In 1998 Colin Murphy featured in the cult classic Divorcing Jack, followed by appearances on RTE’s The Panel.Colin has also developed programmes for RTE, including hosting & co-writing the surreal clip show Blizzard of Odd and the mockumentary series, The Unbelievable Truth. The comic will bringing his own unique brand of stand-up humour to the Millennium Forum on March 16, 2018.Tickets are on sale priced from £16-£18.1992 was an iconic year for Northern Ireland, Crazy Prices was still the best place to buy fruit and veg, Downpatrick indie band Ash formed, and a newly graduated Daniel Craig emerged as an actor.That same year an ambitious blondish man from Downpatrick, pursued his dream of becoming a comedian, that man was Colin Murphy.25 years later, the slightly less blondish Colin Murphy is still hitting the road, this time for his Bald Ambition Tour, performing 14 shows across the north of Ireland from 6th January – 24th March.