by The Canadian Press Posted Feb 15, 2018 12:36 pm PDT Last Updated Feb 15, 2018 at 1:00 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Vassy Kapelos to host CBC’s ‘Power and Politics’ Vassy Kapelos is seen in this undated handout photo. Vassy Kapelos is taking over hosting duties at CBC News Network’s flagship daily political show, “Power and Politics.” The public broadcaster made the announcement Thursday, saying she’ll begin her position in March.THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, CBC *MANDATORY CREDIT* TORONTO – Vassy Kapelos is taking over hosting duties at CBC News Network’s flagship daily political show, “Power and Politics.”The public broadcaster made the announcement Thursday, saying Kapelos will begin her position in March.She has been Global National’s Ottawa bureau chief and host of “The West Block.”She previously worked at Global News Edmonton and Global News Saskatoon.Kapelos replaces Rosemary Barton, who now co-hosts the CBC’s nightly newscast “The National.”Kapelos has a degree from Western University and a master’s from Dalhousie University, both in political science.“Vassy’s respectful-but-persistent interviewing style has helped her hone an adroit ability to hold the powerful to account,” Jennifer McGuire, general manager and editor-in-chief of CBC News, said in a statement.
Categories: Chatfield News 02Jun Rep. Chatfield announces June office hours State Rep. Lee Chatfield invites residents of the 107th House District to join him during local office hours for the month of June.“Open and honest communication with residents is crucial to having state government that is accountable,” said Rep. Chatfield, R-Levering. “I invite all residents to attend a local office hour gathering to share their ideas or concerns.”Since taking office, Rep. Chatfield has held monthly office hours in every county that he represents.His June office hours schedule is:Friday, June 17Emmet CountyHarbor Springs City Hall160 Zoll St. in Harbor Springs9-10 a.m.Cheboygan CountyChristopher’s Café3725 S. Straits Hwy. in Indian River11 a.m.-12 p.m.Mackinac CountyLes Cheneaux Chamber of Commerce680 M-134 in Cedarville2-3 p.m.Chippewa CountyKinross Twp. Hall4884 W. Curtis St. in Kincheloe4-5 p.m.No appointment is necessary and there is no cost to attend. Anyone unable to attend may contact Rep. Chatfield’s office by calling (517) 373-2629, via email at email@example.com or through his website at www.RepChatfield.com.###
Categories: Frederick News 11Jan Frederick officially sworn in as state representative State Rep. Ben Frederick, R-Owosso, is sworn in as state representative by Michigan Supreme Court Chief Justice Stephen J. Markman today at the Capitol. Rep. Frederick was joined by his wife Lydia and Owosso Mayor Chris Eveleth.State Rep. Ben Frederick officially took the oath of office today as the 99th Michigan Legislature convened for the first time. Michigan Supreme Court Chief Justice Stephen J. Markman administered the oath at the state Capitol.“I’m eager to hit the ground running and address the issues people in our district have spoken to me about,” said Frederick, R-Owosso. “I’m looking forward to working to keep moving Michigan in a positive direction and improve the quality of life for our communities.”Frederick’s Lansing office is officially open to serve the 85th House District.“Input from district residents is always appreciated,” Rep. Frederick said. “I encourage people to reach out to my office to share their concerns and ideas about state and local issues.”Residents can contact Rep. Frederick by calling (517) 373-0841 or emailing BenFrederick@house.mi.gov. Correspondence can also be mailed to S-1189 House Office Building, P.O. Box 30014, Lansing, MI 48909. View news updates or subscribe to his newsletter by visiting www.RepFrederick.com.###
15Feb Michigan House committee approves income tax rollback A landmark proposal to give every Michigan worker income tax relief was approved by a House committee today in Lansing.The plan would lower the state’s personal income tax rate from the current 4.25 percent to 3.9 percent in 2018, resulting in a savings of almost $1 billion a year by 2019. The tax rate would continue to drop 0.1 percent each year afterward until the income tax is eliminated, providing more relief for workers each year.“A strong economy begins in our homes,” said Rep. Lee Chatfield of Levering, the bill sponsor. “When Michigan families have more of their own income to spend or save, the entire state economy benefits. This simply is the right thing to do and the right time to do it.”Reducing the income tax rate to 3.9 percent would fulfill a promise originally made in 2007, when a series of tax changes included a planned lowering of the personal income tax rate. The reduction to 3.9 percent, originally scheduled for 2015, never materialized due to tax structure changes approved in 2011.The legislation approved today by the House Tax Policy Committee would restore that promise. The bill now advances to the House floor for consideration.“Let’s give something back to all of the workers – the middle class, the small-business owners, and everyone else who has carried the burden in this state for so long,” said Rep. Jim Tedder of Clarkston, chair of the Tax Policy Committee. “They deserve some relief. We have an opportunity here for Michigan workers to keep more of their own money.”###The legislation is House Bill 4001. Categories: Chatfield News,News
02May Rep. Griffin to host senior and veteran expo Categories: Griffin News Rep. Beth Griffin will host a Senior and Veteran Expo with Sens. Tonya Schuitmaker and Margaret O’Brien on Monday, May 8.“This event is a great way for seniors and veterans to connect with local businesses and community organizations to see all of the products and services that are available to them in Southwest Michigan,” said Rep. Griffin.The event takes place at the Antwerp Township Activity Center, 24821 Front St. in Mattawan from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and is free to all seniors and veterans.Complimentary health and wellness assessments will be available to all seniors, in addition to screenings for blood sugar, cholesterol, body mass and blood pressure, by medical professionals. Vision and hearing tests will also be offered. For more information, contact Sen. Schuitmaker’s office at 517-373-0793.
Share3TweetShareEmail3 SharesNovember 5, 2015; Progress IllinoisOther than the Health CO-OPs established under the ACA, there might be no other field of nonprofits so subject to failure as charter schools. Now, the Chicago Public Schools has announced that it will close four of these within its system for “chronically underperforming.” All are on the Academic Warning List and are “either up for a renewal or have failed to implement required remediation plans,” the district said.CPS CEO Forrest Claypool released a statement, saying, “The proposed closures announced today were made to ensure better outcomes for students, and signal to charters not performing well, that they need to either improve or pack their bags because they will not be able to operate in Chicago.”Ten charter schools in all were placed on academic warning last week. The schools are not to be closed until June. There are 1200 children that will be affected.Meanwhile, late last month two new charter schools were approved, and Illinois recently received a $42 million grant to open 70 more charter schools across the state over the next five years. A representative of parent-advocacy group Raise Your Hand protested that Charters are already under-enrolled, with a total of 12,000 empty seats, and the district’s enrollment is declining. Dan Montgomery of the Illinois Federation of Teachers commented, “Charters overall are not doing a better job than regular public schools. In many cases, they’re doing a worse job.”—Ruth McCambridgeShare3TweetShareEmail3 Shares
Cyfrowy Polsat has teamed up with mobile telco Polkomtel to offer combined services and to sell each other’s offerings.Polkomtel 14 million customers will be able to receive Cyfrowy Polsat’s offering as part of a combined service. The pair will begin cross-selling each other’s offerings from the beginning of the second quarter.Cyfrowy Polsat had 3.55 million subscribers at the end of 2011, up 115,000 year-on-year. Of these, 2.785 million took Polsat’s Family and Premium packages and a further 767,000 took its Mini package.The operator’s broadband base grew by 48,000 in the course of the year to 73,000, while its mobile phone customer base grew by 47,000 to 143,000.The pay TV operator posted revenues of PLN725 million (€177 million), up 92%, while EBITDA grew 175% to PLN197 million, thanks largely to the consolidation of the Polsat group in a single entity.Cyfrowy Polsat’s fourth-quarter ARPU for Family package subscribers was up 6.4% to PLN45.20, while Mini package ARPU grew by 17.8% to PLN13.90.Polsat’s advertising and sponsorship revenue fell by 1.9% year-on-year to PLN259 million, beating an overall market decline of 4.2%.
Mobile TV and video-on-demand technology specialist MobiTV has launched a licensable network DVR solution.The solution, available to cable operators and telcos, had previously been available only as part of an end-to-end multiscreen platform.MobiTV said the solution means operators can avoid costly set-top deployment by using a “thin” box requiring an internet connection and HDMI interface. Customers can theoretically record an unlimited number of programmes in the cloud and watch it anywhere on various connected devices.“Rights management has long been a difficult process for service operators to navigate on an international scale,” said MobiTV CEO Charlie Nooney. “The MobiTV nDVR removes barriers for operators and provides the solution for a true TV Everywhere experience.”
Liberty Global has increased its stake in Dutch cable operator Ziggo from 12.65% to 15% according to Dow Jones’ newswires. The increase, revealed in a filing with Dutch stock market regulator AFM today, comes after Warburg Pincus completed its exit from ownership of Dutch cable operator Ziggo last week.The private equity groups sold its remaining shares in the firm in an accelerated bookbuild exercise, raising €329 million, following further sell-downs in July and October 2012 and March this year.Liberty Global paid roughly €632.5 million for a 12.65% stake in Ziggo last month, claiming at the time that the acquisition was an “attractive opportunity” to make a strategic investment in a market where it already has a strong presence through its UPC Netherlands subsidiary.
Netflix is set to premier Ricky Gervais comedy Derek later this in each of the markets the VOD service is live, apart from the UK.The British comedy series (7×30’), which aired on Channel 4 in the UK earlier this year following a pilot episode in 2012, is set to go live on Netflix on September 12.It will debut on the online service in the US, Canada, Ireland, Latin America, Brazil and the Nordics. In the UK, Channel 4, which already offers the series on its catch-service 4oD, recently renewed the show for a second season.
Access and Alcatel-Lucent are to use IBC to demo an innovation developed jointly with Alcatel-Lucent which enables operators to deliver a unified TV experience through the cloud, including content sharing across all devices via a centralised HTML5 remote user interface, according to the pair. The proof-of-concept solution is based on the DLNA Premium Video Guidelines and can be extended to any device, including tablets and smartphones, according to the companies.The IBC demo follows the integration of Access’s NetFront Living Connect DLNA-based media sharing and MediaPilot client solutions with Alcatel-Lucent’s Velocix CDN technology.Paul Larbey, vice-president and general manager of Alcatel-Lucent’s IP Video business, said: “Our industry leading CDN solution, Velocix, solves the issue of getting content into the home with the highest quality. By combining our content delivery technology with Access’s media sharing solutions, service providers can offer consumers access to content on more devices without the need for complex infrastructure changes. This is crucial given the continued explosion of consumer uptake of multiple devices in the home.” Access will exhibit at IBC on stand 14.101 and Alcatel-Lucent will exhibit on MS42a
at800, the body set up to test for interference from 4G networks on digital-terrestrial broadcasting in the UK, has appointed Nokia Siemens Networks’ former head of global head of press relations, Ben Roome, as its new CEO.Roome will succeed current boss Simon Beresford-Wylie effective of November 30, 2013. He has been a member of at800’s management team since the company’s launch in March this year, and is being promoted from his current role of director of marketing and communications.
Netflix will commission an exclusive drama series in France next year following the launch of its service this autumn, according to French news service BFMTV.BFMTV reported three months ago that Netflix had asked French producers to submit projects for an original series, but that it had not specified whether the project would be initiated in time for the service’s launch or later. The news service has now said that it will be available in 2015 and will most likely be shot in Marseille.BFMTV said that Netflix had decided to respect France’s strict content windowing rules, although the service will be based in the Netherlands rather than in France, avoiding the requirement to submit to French regulation or its tax regime.BFMTV said it had learned that the French service would be priced – in line with the service elsewhere in Europe – at €7.99 a month for the standard definition service, and €8.99 for HD and reception on two devices, with a further offer of €11.99 for HD reception on four devices.The service said that Netflix aims to be on as many devices as possible in France, and is seeking to establish agreements with multiple TV operators in the country, without striking any exclusive deals.Content will include Netflix orginals like Orange is the New Black and acquired series, including exclusives like AMC’s Breaking Bad spin-off Better Call Saul.
Beamly co-founder and former BBC iPlayer boss Anthony Rose has said that he will split his time 50-50 between Beamly and his new “hobby project”, a social startup called UTD.Speaking at the Next Generation Advertising Summit in London, Rose said that he and Beamly co-founder, former EMI executive, Ernesto Schmitt “took a step back” from Beamly after it was re-branded from Zeebox earlier this year.Commenting on UTD, which the pair have set up together, Rose said “I should point out one’s definitely a hobby compared to the other. But we’ll see where we go in a few months time as we try and launch our first product.”He claimed that the one-week old project had raised only “a twentieth of what Beamly has in the bank” in funding.“UTD, ironically has Beamly’s old offices in Long Acre, about 100 yards away from Beamly’s larger current offices, and I flip between the two,” said Rose adding: “I suppose it [my time] is probably split half-half at the moment.Referring to Beamly, Rose said: “I guess like your kids growing up, at some point you give them a bit more freedom and we’ve appointed Jason Forbes, our US general manager as CEO and now it’s time for the company to grow and monetise itself out of our New York office.”Beamly upped US boss Forbes to CEO of in August, replacing Schmitt who became non-executive president of the group and board member. At the same time, Rose went from being chief technology officer to president of a separate B2B unit at Beamly.Rose gave the world the first glimpse of UTD in an online video last month. The startup is designed to “remove the friction in the way that people connect,” by pairing people with common interests.
Netflix’s subscriber count is tipped to reach 128 million by 2022, with the number of international viewers expected to exceed those in the US by early 2018.This is according to a new study by Digital TV Research, which predicts that Netflix’s overall subscriber number will climb by 44% between the end of 2016 and 2022 – with subscriber increases expected across all geographical regions.By 2022, North America and Western Europe combined are expected to supply 72% of Netflix’s total subscriber base by 2022 – down from 81% in 2016. However, North American Netflix subscriber numbers are expected to climb from 53.6 million in 2016 to 63.3 million in 2022, while in Western Europe they are expected to climb from 18.6 million in 2016 to 29.0 million in 2022.In Asia Pacific, Netflix’s subscriber count is expected to almost triple from 3.6 million subscribers in 2016 to 10.2 million in 2022. In Latin America numbers the figure is tipped to rise from 10.9 million to 16.3 million.Growth is also predicted in Netflix’s smaller markets between 2016 and 2022. In Eastern Europe the SVOD service’s subscriber numbers are due to go from 1.1 million to 3.5 million; in MENA they are expected to climb from 655,000 to 3.5 million; and in Africa to go from 172,000 to 1.4 million.“This impressive growth comes despite Netflix not having direct access to subscribers in the world’s largest country: China,” said Digital TV Research principal analyst, Simon Murray.“Furthermore, Digital TV Research believes that Netflix will fall foul of Russian legislation. Due to be introduced in July 2017, this restricts foreign companies to only 20% of digital platforms’ equity.”Netflix established a global presence in January 2016, after it launched in 130 more countries – including across Africa and Eastern Europe.Digital TV Research estimates that these countries accounted for 3 million subscribers at the end of 2016, with this due to rise to 14 million by 2022 – some 11% of Netflix’s global total.Subscription revenues for Netflix will climb from US$8.29 billion in 2016 to US$14.86 billion in 2022, according to the research.The 60 countries that Netflix had a footprint in before January 2016 are expected to provide 90% of revenues in 2022, though Asia Pacific is expected to quadruple its revenues to more than US$1 billion.
TDC Group-owned Danish cable TV service provider YouSee is launching an own-branded comedy channel that will feature the work of some Denmark’s most popular comedians.The channel, YouSee Comedy, launches today, and will include both homegrown programmes and shows from abroad, including BBC 3 comedy This Country.The channel will feature the work of established Danish comedians such as Tobias Dybvad, Magnus Millang, Esben Bjerre, Peter Falktoft and Casper Christensen, along with new acts such as Julie and Jesper, and Melvin.Shows will include Dybvads Sofa featuring Jesper and Julie, and Sunday, featuring Melvin.The channel will be available to all YouSee TV customers and will also be available via multiscreen apps and the web.YouSee media director Christian Morgan said that the aim of the channel was to create “a playground where experienced comedians can try new things and unleash their creativity” as well as an “incubator of new talent”.Morgan said that YouSee aimed to play a more active role in content creation as well as distribution. The launch YouSee Comedy follows YouSee’s launch of entertainment channel ChriChriTV in November last year, acquiring exclusive Danish rights to US legal drama Suits and female-focused fashion magazine-themed comedy drama The Bold Type.Earlier this year, TDC Group agreed and subsequently pulled out of a deal to buy Modern Times Group’s broadcasting and streaming arm. The agreement fell through following Macquarie’s subsequent successful bid for the Danish telco.
Technology companies should be pressured to support the integration of ATSC 3.0 next-generation broadcasting technology in mobile devices, according to Gordon Smith, president and CEO, NAB.NAB president and CEO, Gordon SmithSpeaking at the opening of the NAB Show in Las Vegas, Smith said that next-generation TV, enabled by ATSC 3.0, would bring benefits including 4K UHD video, interactive applications and mobility. He showed a next-gen TV attachment to a mobile device that enabled a phone to receive over the air TV signals.“While this attachment is great what we’d really like to see is a chip built into the phone to enable consumers to use this technology,” he said.He said the industry should be on the cusp of a revolution that sees such technology integrated inside mobile phones, but that this was being resisted by big technology companies.He castigated technology companies including Apple from declining to include broadcast chips in their devices.Smith, a former Republican senator from Oregon, cited Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren’s comment that big technology companies “tilted the playing field against everyone else”.He said that, “given the threat to local broadcasting and the threat to local journalism”, broadcasters, and the NAB, should work to press for the modernisation of outdated broadcast regulations, and by calling for more regulation of the tech companies “to ensure that they can’t stifle competition” from those that produce local news.Smith said that the NAB would continue to work to win legislative and regulatory battles to help broadcasters “give a distinct voice to the communities that we serve”.Smith said that opposition to reauthorisatoin to “narrow satellite legislation” that prevents communities receiving their local stations and attempts to “dismantle” retransmission consent rules.
A FRIGHTFULLY GOOD TIME FOR EVERYONE THIS HALLOWE’EN AT NERVE CENTRETHE NERVE CENTRE ShareTweet NERVE Centre joins Derry’s world famous Halloween celebrations with a film programme packed with frights for all ages.On Monday, October 31 and Tuesday, November 1, little monsters and goblins (and larger ones too) are invited along to Nerve Centre’s cinema to enjoy one of its family-friendly films in the new Beanbag Cinema.Families have the choice between the Disney classic Hocus Pocus, the stop-motion animations ParaNorman andCorpse Bride or Roald Dahl’s The Witches. Each screening is followed by exciting and engaging digital workshops aimed at introducing children to filmmaking. Spaces are limited so booking early is advised.In 1999, The Blair Witch Project shocked and confused cinema-goers, many who believed its ‘found footage’ was real. It has been described as ‘teeth grindingly scary… one of the best horrors in recent years’.Tickets for all films and workshops are available from the Nerve Centre box office or www.nervecentre.org.Prepare to be SPOOKED!A FRIGHTFULLY GOOD TIME FOR EVERYONE THIS HALLOWE’EN AT NERVE CENTRE was last modified: October 18th, 2016 by John2John2 Tags: Seventeen years later, the Nerve Centre will host a special screening of the renowned psychological horror film on Friday, October 28 for a whole new generation of teenagers in the Beanbag Cinema.The adult programme includes horrors such as The Boy (Monday 31 October).When Greta takes a job as a nanny she soon discovers that her young charge is a life-sized doll that they family treat like a real boy as a way of coping with the death of their child 20 years earlier.In When the Lights Went Out (Wednesday 26 October) a young family discovers that their new house is inhabited by a violent poltergeist known as ‘The Black Monk’, while The Forest (Tuesday 25 October) starring Natalie Dormer is set in the legendary Aokigahara Forest, a real-life place in Japan where people go to end their lives.
ShareTweet FOLLOWING on from the great success of last year’s inaugural event, the Strabane Christmas Fayre will return to Strabane town centre this weekend on Sunday, December 3 from 1 pm-6 pm.The fayre promises to be ‘bigger and better’ in its second year – featuring local food and craft market stalls, as well as festive entertainment by local arts groups, brass bands and school choirs.The festive extravaganza is a joint initiative between Strabane Neighbourhood Renewal Partnership, Strabane Business Improvement District (BID) and Derry City and Strabane District Council, and has been switched from a week night to a Sunday this year – which should attract even bigger crowds than usual to enjoy the festive food, craft stalls and live entertainment.A bus will also be running from the Strabane Retail Park to the town centre throughout the day, approximately every half hour. This will be a vintage bus themed on the Polar Express, and people will be ferried between the two locations free of charge and entertained on board with singing and storytelling.Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Cllr Maolíosa McHugh says the Strabane Christmas Fayre is also an excellent way of showcasing local produce and encouraging people to shop local.He said: “The Strabane Christmas Fayre promises to be a great family event and the perfect way to start the festive season.“Not only will you be able to get lots of unique Christmas gifts, but you can sample local produce and enjoy some lovely Christmas carols. “Indeed, the fun will start at 1pm with around 30 handcraft and food stalls filling Castle Street and Castle Place selling festive food, gifts and crafts, including toys, sweets and jewellery.“The entertainment will continue throughout the day with live musical performances by local schools, fabulous local acts as well as the Three Rivers Brass Band.“There will also be fun and frolics from walkabout characters and storytellers during what is guaranteed to be a great festive celebration for the entire family.“Importantly, children will also get to experience the whole day this year as it’s not on a school night.”The Mayor has also extended his thanks to the organisers of the event and to all those taking part, saying he hopes it will be a great success for everyone involved.He added: “I have no doubts that the Christmas Fayre – which is such a welcome addition to Strabane’s festive calendar – will be bigger and better this year – and build upon the spectacular success of last year’s event.”A ‘Dog Christmas Jumper’ competition and the first ever ‘Pooches Parade’ will also be part of the Strabane Christmas Fayre this year at 2pm in Butcher Street carpark.Register your canine pal online at www.facebook.com/StrabaneChristmasFayreFor more information on events in Strabane over the festive season – including the Mayor’s ‘Lost in Frost’ Christmas initiative at the Alley Theatre – visit www.derrystrabane.com/christmasHUGELY POPULAR STRABANE CHRISTMAS FAYRE SET TO BE ‘BIGGER AND BETTER’ THIS YEAR was last modified: November 28th, 2017 by John2John2 Tags: Castle StreetHUGELY POPULAR STRABANE CHRISTMAS FAYRE SET TO BE ‘BIGGER AND BETTER’ THIS YEARMAYOR MAOLIOSA MCHUGHPOLAR EXPRESSSTRABANE RETAIL PARK
SDLP Ballyarnett Councillor Brian Tierney has welcomed news that funding has been granted for the development of the Galliagh and Shantallow Community centres.Councillor Tierney said: “This is a welcome step in the development of community facilities in the Ballyarnett area and exciting news for residents in both communities.“We have been working with community and statutory partners to ensure these key projects within this area were supported and I am delighted to see that hard work pay off. ShareTweet “I have always believed that both the Galliagh and Shantallow areas would benefit from having a state of the art centre within the areas and I am hopeful work will start in the early Autumn.“Having worked on the plans for a number of years, alongside the community, it is extremely welcome to see the full funding in place for the Galliagh and Shantallow Community Centre’s.“I know the Galliagh steering group will see this as a huge relief and the wider community will see this as a statement of intent that we are serious about this project and about developing community facilities within this area. “This project has been talked about for some time and I believe that this is another step in the right direction and will show our commitment to the Galliagh area. .COUNCILLOR BRIAN TIERNEYDerry and Strabane CouncilSDLPTierney welcomes funding for Galliagh and Shantallow Community Centres “Equally, the people of Shantallow will widely welcome this money as the current centre is extremely busy and a real hub of the community. However, the current centre is working to capacity and the need for a new, modern centre has been recognised by all funders.“Having worked on both these projects I know the hard work and commitment that was put in by everyone involved, Council, Department for Communities, and the community workers in this area who worked in partnership with the Government departments to see this over the line.“There are a number of other key projects which we were keen to include and are also keen to help advance. However, the progress and funding commitments that we saw today must be welcomed,” added Cllr Tierney.Tierney welcomes funding for Galliagh and Shantallow Community Centres was last modified: June 12th, 2019 by John2John2 Tags: