Kolkata: West Bengal’s ruling Trinamool Congress on Tuesday declared its list of Lok Sabha poll candidates, dropping 10 sitting MPs, nominating some turncoats and giving 41 per cent representation to women, including a number of Bengali screen celebrities like Mimi Chakraborty and Nusrat Jahan.Announcing the candidates, Trinamool supremo and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said Harvard University professor and eminent historian Sugato Bose – who had earned many plaudits for his speeches during his first stint in parliament – has opted out of the contest as “he did not get permission from his university”. Also Read – Squadrons which participated in Balakot air strike awarded citations on IAF DayIn place of Bose, the Trinamool has come up with a surprise choice from Jadavpur – leading Bengali film heroine Mimi Chakraborty. Another popular actress Nusrat Jahan has been made the candidate from Basirhat, by dropping sitting MP Idris Ali – known as a prominent Muslim face of the party. Basirhat had witnessed communal violence in 2017, and Banerjee had then reportedly got upset with Ali’s role. Leading Bengali film hero Dipak Adhikari (Dev) would seek re-election from Ghatal constituency in West Midnapore district, while actress Satabdi Roy would fight to retain her Birbhum seat. Also Read – SC declines Oil Min request to stay sharing of documents on Reliance penaltyFrom Howrah, the Trinamool has re-nominated Arjuna awardee and former Indian football captain Prasun Banerjee. As many as 17 of the 42 Trinamool candidates in the state are women. Yesteryear’s actress Moon Moon Sen, who pulled up an upset victory over Communist Party of India-Marxist veteran Basudeb Acharia in Bankura in 2014, has been shifted to Asansol, where she is likely to take on Bharatiya Janata Party candidate, singer-turned-Union Minister Babul Supriyo.
Hydro One’s $373M deal to buy Great Lakes Power Transmission approved by OEB by The Canadian Press Posted Oct 13, 2016 4:33 pm MDT Last Updated Oct 13, 2016 at 5:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – The Ontario Energy Board has approved Hydro One’s $373-million deal to buy Great Lakes Power Transmission, which operates north and east of Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.In late January, Hydro One (TSX:H) said it was acquiring Great Lakes from various entities controlled by Brookfield Infrastructure, which is part of a Toronto-based asset management group.The former provincial Crown corporation announced it would pay $222 million in cash and assume $151 million of outstanding debt owed by Great Lakes, which has 15 transmission stations and 560 kilometres of transmission lines.As all regulatory approvals are complete, Hydro One expects to close the transaction on October 31.Great Lakes will begin to operate under the name Hydro One Sault Ste. Marie in early 2017 and will continue to operate as a standalone licensed transmitter.Following the closing of the deal, Hydro One says it will operate about 98 per cent of Ontario’s transmission grid.
“If we are united, between men and women, among government leaders, business communities and civil society leaders I think there will be nothing which we cannot overcome. There will be nothing which will stand in our way to achieve gender equality and gender empowerment,” said Mr. Ban in his remarks during the commemoration of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, at the UN Headquarters in New York.Mr. Ban called for ending all attacks against women and girls, including domestic abuse, sexual assault, slavery, trafficking, female genital mutilation, child and forced marriages and all other forms of abuse.Citing the attacks on activist Malala Yousafzai, the kidnapping of the Chibok girls in Nigeria, the terror inflicted on women in Syria, Iraq and other countries, Mr. Ban stressed that all crimes against women must be punished.Focusing specifically on the impact of violent extremism on women and girls, he said that many women and girls suffer other gender- specific abuses from terrorist groups and security services.“Women, especially young women, may fall prey to false promises of violent extremists. These extremists pervert and shame the religious teachings they claim to represent. In some cases, the recruiters – even the attackers – are women. We have to confront this disturbing reality and take decisive action to address it,” said Mr. Ban.The UN chief announced that he is preparing a Plan of Action to Prevent Violent Extremism, a framework to underpin action to stop violence against women, where challenges pertaining to this issue will be discussed in the weeks ahead. Additionally, Mr. Ban said that women are not merely victims but “agents of change with potentially enormous influence”.“Women can play a decisive role in addressing sensitive issues such as sexual violence. This is especially true in societies where women victims of rape also carry shame and stigma. In those cases, victims may prefer to confide in women. And when we women gain prominence for defending human rights, justice and the rule of law, they also serve as role models who inspire others,” said the Secretary-General.Mr. Ban said that he has sent a strong signal to men that gender inequality and abuses against women will never be tolerated at in the UN system and added that he has been pushing the UN Security Council to advance its women, peace and security agenda.“But if we are serious about ending violence against women, including violent extremism, we have to intensify our efforts for women’s rights. That is why we are raising our ambitions,” said Mr. Ban.He noted that violence against women is “pervasive” in all countries and added that individual women and women’s organizations are essential to success.“I will continue to do everything possible to advance women’s leadership in classrooms, boardrooms and negotiating rooms. I will give as many women as possible the chance they deserve to make a difference as leaders at the United Nations. And I count on all of you to join me in pressing men to understand that women’s safety and equality are in everyone’s interest,” said Mr. Ban.In his message to mark the International Day, commemorated annually on 25 November, the Secretary-General echoed similar sentiments as he called for urgent need collaboratively act in order to end crimes against women, which stand as “grave threats to progress.”In that statement, Mr. Ban noted that he is leading the global response through programmes such as the UNiTE to End Violence against Women campaign and the HeForShe, which aim to engage men in promoting gender equality.Additionally, he recalled that the newly adopted 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development also recognizes the importance of eliminating violence against women, with related targets across several of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).For her part, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, who also spoke at the today’s commemoration, stressed that violence against women, one of the most tolerated violations of human rights, can be prevented.“Violence is directed at women because of their sexual orientation, because of their race, because of their religion and because they are indigenous women. It affects women in rich and poor countries alike. It is a universal problem. In our work, we must leave no hurting and no violated women behind. Our responses must be comprehensive and targeted because the problem is complex,” she said in her remarks at the commemoration.Ms. Mlambo-Ngcuka said that ending violence against women requires commitment and zero tolerance at the highest levels of leadership.She applauded the Heads of States and governments who named ending violence against women and girls as a priority for action at the Global Leaders’ Meeting on gender equality and women’s empowerment in September on the side lines of the General Assembly.Ms. Mlambo-Ngcuka highlighted the importance of ensuring access to justice for all women and other essential services, including training them about their legal rights, and teaching police officers how to respond to the signs of domestic abuse.She also said that attitudes towards women must be changed on the ground to prevent violence against women and girls.“We can prevent violence through community groups that educate men about unequal power relations that perpetuate violence against women and positive masculinity. We can prevent violence through harnessing the power and authority of faith-based groups, cultural groups, sport at different levels […] We can empower women by letting them experience resilience and fairness, and giving them safe spaces,” said Ms. Mlambo-Ngcuka.She stressed that laws must be enforced across the world to eliminate violence against women, which can encourage changes in behaviours.“We are seeing some encouraging progress when all of these are done together. One hundred and twenty-five countries have laws against sexual harassment and 119 have laws against domestic violence. Though the laws in many cases are still poorly enforced and some countries still need to close the legislative gaps,” said Ms. Mlambo-Ngcuka.As part of the Orange the World campaign, Ms. Mlambo-Ngcuka said that world monuments ranging from the Pyramids in Egypt to the European Commission in Brussels, will be lit orange today “in solidarity and the promise of change” and at the same time, tuk-tuk drivers in Cambodia and police officers in Albania, among others, will join the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence.Ms. Mlambo-Ngcuka also highlighted the important role of the SDGs as they “provide us with explicit targets to eliminate violence against women.”Lastly, she called for a collaborative action from businesses, Member States, cities, villages, all other partners, including civil society, women’s organizations and men and boys, to reach a “Planet 50-50- where women and girls can live without violence.”
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ZLATAN IBRAHIMOVIC IS heading back to an old stomping ground after Paris Saint-Germain were drawn to face Barcelona in the quarter-finals of the Champions League.The Swedish striker, who played for Barca from 2009 until 2011, will be suspended for the first leg in the Parc des Princes but eligible again when Carlo Ancelotti’s men travel to the Camp Nou a week later.First-time quarter-finalists Malaga have been paired with Bundesliga champions Borussia Dortmund while Germany’s other representatives, 2012′s beaten finalists Bayern Munich, will play Serie A leaders Juventus.Real Madrid meet Galatasaray in the fourth of this year’s quarter-finals. The ties will be played on 2/3 and 9/10 April, and the semi-final draw will be made at a later date.UEFA Champions League quarter-finalsMalaga vs Borussia DortmundReal Madrid vs GalatasarayParis Saint-Germain vs BarcelonaBayern Munich vs JuventusTottenham fury over Inter ‘monkey chants’ towards Adebayor
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Greek workers stormed a meeting of Greek and German officials in the northern city of Thessaloniki on Thursday and tried to attack a German diplomat in a protest over austerity measures. Police used truncheons and teargas to disperse around 250 city employees after several burst into the building and ran swearing through its halls. Police said the protesters wanted to stop the meeting aimed at smoothing ties between Berlin and Athens. Riot police formed a shield around German Consul Wolfgang Hoelscher-Obermaier and fought off protesters who tried to attack him as he entered the building. Some demonstrators tried to pelt him with water bottles. More than 200 more thronged outside the building chanted “It’s now or never!” and held up mock gravestones and banners proclaiming “Fight until the end!” In Greece, many people worn down by years of austerity blame German Chancellor Angela Merkel for forcing the painful cuts in exchange for the two international bailout packages. Source: Reuters
Obaidul QuaderRuling Bangladesh Awami League (AL) general secretary Obaidul Quader said on Friday the law enforcers obstructed main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party’s (BNP) rally as it was “organised on the road illegally”.“The road in front of the National Press Club is a busy one. People suffer when rallies are organised blocking the road. It is normal that the police will intervene in such case. BNP has committed an unlawful act by organising rally blocking the road,” claimed Quader, also the road transport and bridges minister, while talking to newsmen during his visit to Narayanganj to see road repairing work of Dhaka-Narayanganj road.The senior ruling party leader also said the opposition BNP itself is responsible for the police obstruction to their recent programme. Referring to the arrest of pro-BNP Swechchhasebak Dal president Shafiul Bari Babu, the AL spokesperson said Babu is an accused in a case. “Should the police allow an accused going off scot-free if they find the accused?” he asked.When his attention was drawn to the denial of permission for BNP’s scheduled rally at the capital’s Suhrawardy Udyan, the minister said it is the Dhaka Metropolitan Police authorities which decide who should be given the permission for holding rally and the ruling party will not intervene in it. In response to a question, Quader claimed that all the political parties, including country’s major parties BNP and AL, are making preparations for the 11th parliamentary elections slated to be held in the yearend.“If the elections are held in December this year, the preparations [for the polls] will start by October. The question of equal opportunities for all parties will come only after the announcement of the election schedule. Now the election commission has nothing to do,” he said.
5 ways to recognize low testosterone BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Karoly Miklosi was heading to his job at a print shop in February 1945 when the Soviets nabbed him for slave labor.They took the 18-year-old first to Romania, then to what is now central Ukraine for what Hungarians call “malenky robot,” a distorted translation of the Russian words for “menial work.” He spent the next nearly three years as a Soviet prisoner, digging ditches, harvesting crops and dismantling factories. Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Comments Share Top Stories Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Hungary this year is commemorating the estimated 700,000 of its civilians and soldiers taken away 70 years ago to the Gulag, the forced-labor camps of the Soviet Union. It is sponsoring historical conferences, art exhibits, educational events, memorials to victims and trips to some of the places in Hungary where the prisoners were rounded up.About 300,000 of the deported never returned and the topic was firmly taboo during the nation’s communist era, which ended in 1990, said Maria Schmidt, a historian and director of the House of Terror Museum in the Hungarian capital of Budapest.In all, historians say Soviet authorities sent about 15 million people to such camps between 1930s and the 1950s.“People were not told they were being taken for slave labor to the Soviet Union, but that they were being drafted for small, local jobs like peeling potatoes,” Schmidt explained to an Associated Press reporter. “They thought they would be able to go home in a few hours. They often spent three, four, or five years in the Soviet camps. Some never returned home.”Desperate to let his family know what had happened, Miklosi threw a letter out of the train that was taking him to the labor camp. A photo of that letter is part of an exhibit now at the House of Terror. Miklosi only returned home on Dec. 13, 1947, after his father’s determined Soviet boss at a Budapest weapons factory had him tracked down through the International Red Cross. Sponsored Stories “The Soviet Union lost 26 million people in World War II,” said Schmidt. “It simply needed manpower to rebuild the country, so they took these many hundreds of thousands of people from Hungary for slave labor.”Now 88, Miklosi, who later became a photographer and a painter, spends his afternoons on a stool at a Budapest train station, selling his autobiography out of a briefcase.“I’ve been selling the book for nearly 10 years. At least 3,000 teachers have bought it,” said Miklosi, whose primary goal was for his five grandchildren to learn about his labor camp experiences. “I want today’s youth to know about it.”___Jim Heintz contributed to this story from London.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. “The aim of the memorial year is to call attention to the fact that the suffering of the Hungarian people did not end with the end World War II,” Schmidt said. “When the Red Army crossed the Hungarian border, it immediately began gathering up those it thought could be politically dangerous. They included prisoners of war, those rounded up for political reasons, those of German descent or with German names and civilians captured at random.”After his capture, Miklosi told officials he was born in 1927, hoping to fool the Soviets into believing he was not yet 18, as some underage prisoners were being released. The scheme backfired, because the Soviets kept him anyway, and later the Red Cross spent many fruitless months looking for someone with the same name who was born in 1926. Finally, Miklosi’s identity was confirmed and he was sent home.“I’m not complaining, because I was young,” said Miklosi, who still remembered being constantly hungry and homesick. “The ones in trouble were those who had children, a wife. By the third year … they had lost their minds. I could stand the pace. I toughened up.”During his 34 months in captivity, Miklosi lived in different prison barracks and braved temperatures of minus 30 degrees Celsius (minus 22 degrees Fahrenheit). He was forced to do jobs like cleaning ditches in an apple orchard, dismantling a blown-up sugar factory and harvesting wheat with a scythe. Those who tried to escape were beaten, often killed. How men can have a healthy 2019 New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies
Jamaica’s most famous culinary export, Jerk cuisine, has drawn visitors from all over the world looking to sample this delicious style and flavor of cooking. That’s why during the recently concluded JAPEX, Jamaica’s Minister of Tourism Edmund Bartlett announced plans for the island’s Jerk Trail, Jamaica’s newest – and spiciest – attraction. Visitors can follow the Trail and eat their way through Jamaica sampling this cuisine and the secret recipes the cooks hold near and dear.“Jerk cuisine has made its way onto menus worldwide, but we invite travelers to come Jamaica and sample this dish the way it was meant to be experienced – in our laid back, tropical environment,” said Minister Bartlett. “The Jerk Trail creates a culinary adventure featuring the distinct flavors of Jamaica, along with its breathtaking natural beauty and truly unique culture, as visitors travel across the island from Negril, through Montego Bay and Ocho Rios, to Kingston, ending in the home of Jerk – Port Antonio.” The Trail currently features 10 of the hottest places to try Jerk cuisine in Jamaica: *Supreme Jerk Centre, Green Island *Border Jerk Centre, Ramble *Ultimate Jerk Center, Discovery Bay *Scotchie’s, Greenwich Park *Ocho Rios Jerk Center *Lyming at Walkerswood *G&B Jerk Centre, Victoria Road *Pon Di Corner Jerk Center, Black Hill District *Blueberry Hill Jerk Center *Unique Jerk Center, Hope Bay *Boston Jerk, Boston BayContest to Create Jerk Trail LogoMinister Bartlett also announced plans for a contest inviting Jamaican children who are members of the Tourism Action Club to design the Jerk Trail logo. The logo would be used in all publicity and marketing materials, as well as featured at the various stops along the Trail. More details will be announced soon.www.visitjamaica.com/jerk
The Cyprus Tourism Organisation (CTO) has honoured French journalist Ursula Laurent as a token of appreciation for her positive articles on Cyprus, it was announced on Friday.Laurent, who has written a number of promotional articles on the tourism in Cyprus, “has long shown great love and warmth for our island”, the CTO said.Her latest contribution is an article titled ‘Cyprus, a thousand discoveries on the island’, which was published in the local French publication 68 MAG.Laurent first visited Cyprus about 20 years ago, the CTO said, and declared herself “fascinated by the authenticity of the island, the hospitality and the warmth of its people”.Despite her many visits, Cyprus remains her favourite destination, and she returns each year.“She expresses through her articles her enthusiasm for Cyprus in eastern France, her birth place,” the CTO said.Laurent was presented with a replica of the bust of a statue of the goddess Aphrodite, the original of which dates from the Hellenistic period and is exhibited in the Nicosia Archaeological Museum. You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoTotal Battle – Online Strategy GameIf You’re PC User This Strategy Game Is A Must-Have!Total Battle – Online Strategy GameUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
22Sep Rep. Hughes’ bill to allow public-private port partnerships approved by state House Categories: Hughes News,News Legislation inspired by the Port of Muskegon to allow for communities and business owners to partner together to form a port authority was approved by the state House today.House Bill 5651 was submitted by state Rep. Holly Hughes, R-Montague, to help foster jobs and economic growth in her hometown and across the state.“This bill encourages a partnership between local governments and private dock owners through local collaboration,” said Rep. Hughes. “While the current act focuses on government ownership of port facilities, my bill puts the emphasis on private dock owners and how they can be a part of Michigan’s comeback. I have spoken with lake shippers, dock owners, manufacturers and many other stakeholders who believe that Michigan has great potential to develop and enhance our state’s ports, while providing more jobs and economic opportunities for our area residents and businesses.”The bill would help to spur conversations across Michigan on how the state can be in a better position to attract additional maritime commerce. While other states have specific funding for port development and also give their port authorities a lot of power, HB 5651 encourages the use of current resources and provides a number of new private property protections.Under House Bill 5651, there are no appropriations included. Authorities will have no power to tax, no power to condemn private property and no ability to do any work on private property without the consent of the owner, including the dredging of privately-owned lake bottomlands. Additionally, the scope of an authority’s work would be controlled by its bylaws, approved through locally appointed port-authority boards made up of local residents and business owners.The legislation has garnered extensive support across in Muskegon County and beyond.“The passing of this bill is essential for the development of a public-private partnership for the future expansion of the port, as well as improving transportation infrastructure and logistics throughout West Michigan,” said Mark Eisenbarth, County Administrator for Muskegon County. “The Port Committee has been working collaboratively with regional and local stakeholders for several years to improve and increase port activities in Muskegon. This bill will put the Muskegon County one step closer to a regional economic driver for the state of Michigan.”“The Port of Muskegon Infrastructure and Organizational Analysis recommend an organization to promote and advocate for waterborne transportation and the development of a regional logistics hub,” said Erin Kuhn, executive director of West Michigan Shoreline Regional Development Commission. “This legislation will assist the community in accomplishing this goal and provide economic development opportunities not only in Muskegon County, but throughout the West Michigan region.”Rep. Roger Victory, R-Hudsonville, supports the legislation beyond his ‘yes’ vote today.“I appreciate the work that Rep. Hughes has done on the port authority legislation,” said Rep. Victory. “This is important for ensuring the infrastructure is in place to help Michigan’s agricultural industry grow.”“The Port of Muskegon is absolutely crucial to the economic well-being of Muskegon County and the West Michigan region,” said Rep. Hughes. “This bill will provide one of the best new economic development tools for our state in 30 years. That is why this bill is very important for us all.”HB 5651 passed the state House by a vote of 98-9 with significant bi-partisan support.
06Dec Rep. Crawford welcomes back-to-back volleyball state champs to Capitol Categories: Crawford News,Featured news,K-Crawford Photos,News Novi High School varsity volleyball earns special tribute from lawmakerState Rep. Kathy Crawford, R-Novi, welcomed the Novi High School varsity volleyball team to the state Capitol today to recognize its accomplishment as 2016 Class A State Champions.The Novi High School volleyball team won its second consecutive Class A state title by beating Rockford in four sets at Kellogg Arena in Battle Creek on Nov. 19.“The Novi volleyball team has earned back-to-back state championships and its hard work has ignited great pride throughout our community, rightfully earning the respect of their families, friends and neighbors,” said Rep. Crawford. “This is an outstanding group of talented and determined young women who play every game with a sense of purpose.“I am honored to have the Novi volleyball team join me at the Capitol today to honor their superior statewide athletic achievements that have also garnered national attention, ranking them No. 3 in the country.”Novi has now won back-to-back state championships and appeared in the Class A final three straight years. The Wildcats have won 161 matches in that span. The team GPA is an exceptional 3.83, academic all-state.The Novi High School volleyball team is headed by Coach Jennifer Cottrill.###### Tags: #SB, athletics, Class A State Champs, Crawford, Novi High School, Novi Volleyball, tribute
Categories: Lucido News,Lucido Photos State Rep. Pete Lucido, of Shelby Township, today hosted two special guests chosen to join the lawmaker as Reps. for a day.Taylor and Sydney Wheeler, both students at Monfort Elementary School in Shelby Township, were selected as the winners of Rep. Lucido’s summer reading contest. The contest, which took place between May and August, invited students to fill out an entry bookmark each time they completed reading 10 books, for a drawing to win a trip to the Capitol.“It is inspiring to see dedicated young students demonstrate the importance of reading and learning during their down time in the summer months,” Lucido said. “We have two future leaders in these individuals that are setting the example of how to ensure success for the rest of their lives.”Taylor and Sydney were sworn in as junior representatives and toured the Capitol with Lucido before joining him on the House floor to be recognized during session.“I always enjoy bringing students onto the floor to see firsthand what we do on a daily basis,” Lucido said. “This is the type of thing that motivates me while I am up here working for the people.”For more information please contact Rep. Lucido’s office by phone at (888) MICH-REP, or by email at PeterLucido@house.mi.gov. 06Oct Rep. Lucido welcomes Rep. for a Day contest winners to the Capitol
07Jan Rep. Paquette’s office open, ready to serve residents Categories: Paquette News State Rep. Brad Paquette today announced his legislative office is open and ready to serve residents of the 78th House District.“I am eager to get to work for the people of Southwest Michigan,” Paquette said. “Whether it is an issue you need help navigating, or an idea to help simplify government, I am ready to listen.”People can contact Rep. Paquette by calling (517) 373-1796 or by emailing email@example.com. Correspondence can also be mailed to N-1097 House Office Building, P.O. Box 30014, Lansing, MI 48909.Rep. Paquette was first elected to serve the 78th District in the Michigan House of Representatives in November 2018. The 78th District encompasses portions of Berrien and Cass counties, including the cities of Buchanan, New Buffalo and Niles and the townships of Baroda, Berrien, Bertrand, Buchanan, Chikaming, Galien, Howard, Milton, New Buffalo, Niles, Ontwa, Oronoko, Pipestone, Silver Creek, Sodus, Three Oaks, and Weesaw.Residents can view updates from Rep. Paquette or subscribe to his news updates by visiting www.RepPaquette.com.###
06Jun Rep. Hernandez: Michigan House budget plan holds government accountable, invests in roads and schools without raising taxes Rep. Shane Hernandez – chair of the Michigan House Appropriations Committee – said today that the committee’s budget plan focuses on savings and efficiencies while investing more in roads and schools without tax increases.“It’s our duty to do the best job we can to provide an effective, efficient and accountable state government with the money taxpayers already provide,” said Hernandez, of Port Huron. “We have gone through the budget line-by-line to find savings and set priorities that reflect what matters most to Michigan taxpayers and families. That’s the approach we should take – rather than asking taxpayers for more money.”House budget subcommittees finished their proposals this week. Some of them already have been approved by the full House Appropriations Committee, and others will be soon.Key elements of the budget plan:Roads. The plan would ensure every single penny spent on taxes at the gas pump goes to improve our roads – including the 6 percent sales tax motorists already pay. This change could add more than $800 million more per year to road repairs – without raising taxes – once fully phased in. Hernandez said this change would be accomplished without sacrificing money for schools, local government revenue sharing or other essential public services. “We have got to rein in runaway information technology costs. It’s been a persistent problem area – costing taxpayers money and compromising important public services that people rely on,” said Hernandez, who is establishing a special task force to explore IT solutions with state departments and vendors. “Departments need to show they can remain on time and on budget, just like businesses and families do in their own budgeting.”The budget plan also provides an inflationary increase for local governments through revenue sharing, enhances public safety with new troopers and corrections officers, promotes clean drinking water and environmental cleanup, and combats the opioid abuse crisis – all without raising taxes.The budget plan is about $1 billion less expensive than the one recommended by the governor.“This plan supports the priorities of Michigan residents without asking them to dig deep into their wallets,” Hernandez said. “We’re asking government to dig deep for savings instead.”### Categories: Hernandez News,News Schools. The plan proposes raising the state’s minimum per-pupil commitment by $180 per student, and by $90 per student for districts not at the minimum. This comes on top of the largest annual per-student increase of the past 15 years – which schools are receiving in the current budget year – while continuing to close the gap between the state’s lowest- and highest-funded districts. Respecting taxpayers through government efficiencies. Many state departments are being asked to find a savings of 3 percent in their administrative budgets. The Appropriations Committee also has identified several state programs that do not spend as much money as taxpayers have been providing, so their budgets will be adjusted accordingly. The plan also includes a 25-percent reduction in information technology expenditures for state departments.
Switzerland-based OTT movie and TV service Viewster has appointed Fox exec Steve Broadhead as senior vice-president, EMEA partnerships.Broadhead will manage all sales and business development activity across the EMEA region. He will be tasked with managing and expanding the company’s existing advertising partnerships and raising Viewster’s profile amongst media and advertising agencies.He joins from Fox Networks, where he led publisher services across Europe.“Month after month we’re seeing substantial rises in views across our service as consumers turn their back on linear TV. Online video represents a major opportunity for advertisers who are increasingly struggling to reach some audiences through live TV,” said Kai Henniges, CEO, Viewster. “We’re very excited to have Steve on board, supporting our advertising sales business, as we begin to see even more brands invest in highly personalised and targeted online video ad campaigns.”Available in 120 countries worldwide, Viewster has served up more than one billion videos during 2012. Its user base has increased by 700% in the last 12 months. Video content is available to watch for free with advertising or for a small fee without.
South African digital media group Discover Digital has tapped Microsoft’s digital rights management system for its forthcoming OTT TV offering.Discover Digital, which plans to launch an OTT service by the middle of this year, has integrated Microsoft PlayReady DRM into its transactional and subscription video-on-demand offering.The company plans to make content available to both connected and unconnected customers, with the latter able to rent videos on-demand at kiosks, downloading them to a USB stick to watch via a set-top box.“Microsoft PlayReady is used to manage and protect our content for OTT internet TV and for the content kiosk rental system we developed, which allows unconnected consumers to rent content on demand at convenient kiosks and download them onto a USB stick to watch on our set top box,” said Stephen Watson, co-founder and executive director of Discover Digital.Discovery Digital is using middleware provide by Ireland-based Digisoft.tv.
QuanticoProSiebenSat.1 and The Walt Disney Company have agreed a significant multi-year agreement that gives the former new US series and movies.The deal is a coup for German broadcaster ProSiebenSat.1, with Disney’s output previously going out in the territory through former local partner RTL.The master-licence agreement includes movies from Disney and subsidiaries Pixar, Marvel and Lucasfilm, and series from ABC Studios for free TV and, significantly, selected pay TV rights and SVOD rights for on-demand platform Maxdome.ProSiebenSat.1 confirmed Captain America: Civil War, a new The Jungle Book reboot and Finding Nemo sequel Finding Dory, plus the new Star Wars movies would air on its channels; with new season ABC Studios shows Quantico (pictured), Code Black and Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders also included.ProSiebenSat.1 also has access to Disney back catalogue titles such as Frozen and Monsters, Inc.“Our viewers will enjoy selected series that can only be seen with us – and not just on free TV, but across all platforms,” said Rüdiger Böss, ProSiebenSat.1 Media’s executive VP of group programming acquisitions. “The deal with one of the world’s largest media corporation is an important strategic step and strengthens our competitive position for the long term.”Disney and ProSiebenSat.1 have had various programming deals over the years, though none to this extent or level of exclusivity. The German firm also has agreements in place with Warner Bros., NBCUniversal, CBS Studios International, Paramount Pictures, Twentieth Century Fox, Studiocanal and Constantin Film.
Liberty Global-owned cable operator UPC Czech Republic has upgraded its network in the city of Karlovy Vary.The moves means that from this month, the operator will make its advanced digital TV service Horizon and broadband internet with speeds of up to 300Mbps available to 3,600 additional homes in the spa town.UPC Czech Republic marketing director Jan Kohout said that the operator upgraded a further 62,000 homes last year and now offers advanced services to over 1.42 million homes. He said that the UPC would focus on the intensive construction of new networks this year.
Television video-call specialist Tellybean has closed the second part of its €650,000 angel funding round.“After five long years of ‘starting up’ we are excited about how much has changed in just six months,” said the company in a statement recapping a “very busy first half of 2016”.News of the funding comes after Tellybean recently signed partnerships with Sony and Philips to put its app on millions of smart TV home screens.