The state government of Jammu and Kashmir has announced massive rebates to boost tourist arrivals to the valley.“Jammu and Kashmir Tourism Development Corporation (JKTDC) will provide 50% rebate on lodging and transport charges or even on total packages in some cases to the tourists visiting the Valley,” said Ghulam Jeelani Zagar, Deputy Director of Jammu and Kashmir Tourism.The Deputy Director also informed that private tourism players were also offering 32% concessions in boarding and lodging or on total packages to the tourists.West Bengal topped the list in domestic tourist inflow, with the valley welcoming tourists from the state as well the eastern region.Jammu and Kashmir is offering major tourism products like leisure, pilgrim, adventure, water sports, golf, MICE tourism, heritage and Tibetan culture.Stating that tourist inflow to the valley during 2016-17 was nearly 17 lakh, Zargar hoped that the number would be more this time following massive campaign to boost the sector. The state government is emphasising on carrying out a mass publicity campaign to attract more tourists from other states and abroad to the valley.
The suspicion here is that many were looking for more.Like some inspiration. A rested team looking to bury the past and plan for the future. A home game against an inferior opponent that spoke to better days ahead. A checked box is great but passing the eye test would have been nice too.But this is not a steak you can send back. You take it and hope for better the next time.The reality is that this particular game is a hard one to win … even when you win. If the Cardinals crush the 49ers everybody shrugs because that’s the expectation. If it’s close everyone wants to know what’s wrong.You take the win and you move on to Minnesota, a team that has eye test issues of its own.Christmas decorations are going up and your team is in the playoff conversation. That’s still pretty good steak.Other thoughts from the win over San Francisco:Cat-man-do. Who wasn’t holding their breath when Chandler Catanzaro lined up for the game-winning field goal? Who wasn’t thinking about the Seattle game or the opener against the Patriots? Fortunately, he wasn’t. He calmly did his job and started to rebuild the trust that has been on shaky ground this year. And since we’re talking about special teams, I wonder how much thought Chip Kelly gave to going for two after the Colin Kaepernick run to tie it up? Carson Palmer drops back for a pass in the Arizona Cardinals’ 23-20 win against the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday, Nov. 13, 2016. (Associated Press) 0 Comments Share Running on empty. Nothing was more surprising than David Johnson’s inability to get big chunks of yards on the ground. The holes weren’t there against a 49ers defense that had been humiliated the last several weeks. San Francisco was the first team in nearly 30 years to allow 170 or more rushing yards per game in five straight games. The Cards rushed for 80, mostly on 19 carries for 55 yards from Johnson. Nothing was more surprising from this game than that.A first for everything. The struggles in the first quarter have been well documented. By no means perfect, Sunday was an improvement. Despite a J.J. Nelson fumble and a couple of punts, the Cards did take a 7-0 lead and on the first drive of the second quarter went up 14-0. At that point, they had a 145-4 advantage in total yards over the 49ers. The game was shaping up to be the contest most expected but turnovers and choppy play from the offense in the second half stalled most of Arizona’s efforts.A change will do you good. Bruce Arians had said that Nelson was the starter at wide receiver and if somebody wanted it, they’d have to come take from him. Is that what happened on Sunday? Nelson lost a fumble and a pass that hit him in the chest was picked off. Michael Floyd, on the other hand, had the game that we’ve been waiting for all year by topping 100 yards and coming up with some huge catches. Enough to reclaim his gig? We’ll see. You wanted steak? You got it. Oh sure, you asked for it medium rare and it came out well done. You wanted the prime cut and instead, you got the petite. But you still ate steak.If you’re a Cards fan you got what you wanted and, frankly, what your team needed: A 23-20 win over the 49ers that keeps a repeat trip to the playoffs alive and kicking. For some, that’s all that will matter. In an NFC where the Packers were destroyed by the Titans and the Vikings’ ship has sprung a leak, maybe that’s more than enough. The Cardinals are in the playoff conversation and that’s the only box that needs to be checked. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
Categories: Hornberger News 26Jan Hornberger named to four House committees Representative will help lead Education Reform as vice chair State Rep. Pamela Hornberger, of Chesterfield Township, was named vice chair of the House Education Reform Committee and to three additional House committees, Speaker Tom Leonard announced today.Hornberger has a master’s degree in education administration and taught at East China School District in St. Clair County for 23 years before being elected to the Michigan House.“Our children’s education is a top priority for their success and the future success of our state,” Hornberger said. “It’s well recognized that across the state many school districts are struggling and students’ results need improvement. I’m looking forward to fine tuning what is already working and reviewing the many proposals and ideas out there to meet the goal of delivering the quality education our children and their parents deserve.”In addition, Hornberger was appointed to the Commerce and Trade, Judiciary, and Health Policy committees.People can contact her office by calling 517-373-8931; by email, PamelaHornberger@house.mi.gov., or addressing letters to N-796 House Office Building, Lansing, MI 48933.#####
Categories: Bizon News The Michigan House of Representatives today unanimously approved legislation authored by state Rep. John Bizon.Bizon’s measure allows honorably discharged veterans to have a state park passport fee waived if proof of their 100-percent disabled status is provided to the Secretary of State.“This legislation creates another way for disabled veterans to have their state park passport fee waived,” said Bizon, of Battle Creek. “Veterans who would rather not advertise their disability status with a license plate can provide the Secretary of State documentation of their disabled status provided by the federal government to get the state park passport sticker.”Current law allows 100-percent disabled veterans to access state parks for free with a disabled veteran (DV) license plate. However, many may not be comfortable having a DV license plate.“Given all their sacrifices to our country, this is the least we can do for our 100-percent disabled military heroes,” Bizon said.House Bill 4380 now moves to the Senate for consideration. 12Dec House approves Rep. Bizon’s disabled veteran bill
Categories: Albert News 09May Rep. Albert introduces bills to promote fair and amusement safety Lawmaker unveils plan better protecting carnival-goersRepresentative Thomas Albert of Lowell today detailed legislation to better protect customers at fairs and carnival amusement centers. Albert says a Grand Rapids family that experienced tragedy at a local family center was influential in the drafting of this bill.Two bills in the package will create voluntary programs within both the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) and Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) that businesses, state fairs and festivals may participate in. The programs will focus on recognizing businesses that place a high value on staff training and patron safety. Another bill will help ensure adequate funding for safety inspections.“A constituent came to me last term with her story of a tragedy involving her sister at a family amusement center. We found that the state could be doing more to prevent accidents and emergency situations,” Albert said about his research into the issue. “The voluntary programs created under these bills, modeled after North Carolina law, will recognize the businesses who take great care to train their staff and ensure emergency situations are properly handled. These programs will signal to families which amusement centers and fairs go above and beyond to keep riders safe.”Albert noted the programs should act as incentives for businesses, adding carnival-goers would prefer being customers at fairs and amusement parks that provide them the peace of mind knowing they are safe.“We want to incentivize businesses to take rider safety and staff training more seriously. These programs will give recognition to amusement operators who meet the high standards set by the legislation,” Albert said of the programs. “Families will be able to recognize these businesses by the flags, banners and other materials that the state will provide for locations that meet the standards.”Amusement centers with a gold star rating and fairs and festivals who partner with the state will be recognized on the State of Michigan’s website.In addition to the creation of the Michigan Safety and Amusement Star Program and the Fair and Festival’s Partners Program, a third bill will gradually raise the fees paid by amusement ride and aerial lift operators. Albert says that current fees, which have not been raised since the 1960’s, underfunds the division that inspects the safety and operation of carnival rides by over $500,000 annually. This is leading to permitting delays for carnival rides, which is both bad for business operators and patrons.Albert says he is very grateful for the constituents who brought this issue to him and provided insight and guidance during the drafting process.“This legislation shows how important it is to talk to your elected officials and advocate for change,” Albert said. “This family’s persistence and belief in their goal will make a meaningful difference in our state.”The three bills in the package will be formally introduced in the Michigan House next week.Photo Information: State Rep. Thomas Albert (seated), of Lowell submits new legislation to the House enrolling clerk on Thursday. Albert was joined by (from left) Corri Sandwick, Denis Kluba and Karen Kluba who inspired the proposal.
13Jun Rep. Afendoulis: Michigan House budget plan invests more in roads and schools without raising taxes Rep. Lynn Afendoulis this week voted in favor of a state budget plan focused on savings and efficiencies while investing more than ever in schools and roads – without tax increases.“I’m proud to support a pro-taxpayer, pro-education and pro-family state budget,” said Afendoulis, of Grand Rapids Township. “This plan invests significantly more resources in critical areas – like roads, schools and career opportunities – without raiding family finances or hurting small businesses with higher taxes. West Michigan and our entire state will become an even better place to live and work as result.”The House approved several budget measures this week, advancing the plan to the Senate for further consideration.Key elements of the budget plan:Roads. The plan ensures 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 after two years. Afendoulis – who chairs the Michigan House Tax Policy Committee — said this change would be accomplished without sacrificing money for schools, local government revenue sharing or other essential public services. It’s a sharp contrast to the governor’s proposed 45-cent per gallon tax increase, which would be far more expensive and would not all go to roads. Strengthening communities and families. The plan dedicates more resources to protect drinking water, clean up the environment, promote mental health and fight opioid addiction. Local communities will get an increase in revenue sharing to enhance essential public services, and more Michigan State Police troopers and state prison corrections officers will be trained. Schools. Early literacy and career training are special focuses as the overall school aid fund would surpass $15 billion, the largest investment in K-12 education in state history. Among other spending improvements, the plan boosts funding for literacy coaches to eliminate a major roadblock to academic success. Categories: Lynn Afendoulis News,News Respecting taxpayers through government efficiencies. Many state departments are being asked to find a savings of 3 percent in their administrative budgets. The House 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 helps rein in information technology project spending within state departments, which has been a problem area.The House budget plan costs taxpayers about $1.3 billion less than the plan recommended by the governor.###
ShareTweetShareEmail0 SharesMay 1, 2014; Media MattersIt is an old saw in social change work: Sometimes your opponent does your best organizing. In New Jersey, a hearing is to be held on Monday to consider a bill that would limit the size of gun magazines—as in, the amount of ammunition they can hold. Some of the families who lost children in the Sandy Hook shooting are making the trip to testify there, as they had recently done in Connecticut. As you may remember, an assault weapon equipped with 30-round high-capacity magazines was used to fire 154 rounds in less than five minutes, killing 26, so presumably, these families have a strong reason to voice their opinions.As Nicole Hockley, who lost her son in the shooting, stated in a recent press conference,“In Newtown we learned the brutal truth about the devastation that a high capacity magazine can cause…The person that killed my son carried ten 30-round, large-capacity magazines into Sandy Hook Elementary School. 300 rounds. He chose to leave the smaller capacity magazines at home. He chose to have the best kill rate possible by using high-capacity magazines, which only exist to deliver as many bullets as possible in the shortest time frame. In approximately four minutes, he shot 154 bullets and killed 26 women and children. Five of those bullets hit my son, and in an instant, my precious boy was gone. But in the time it took the shooter to reload…in Dylan’s classroom, 11 children had the opportunity to escape.”But Scott Bach, executive director of the official NRA affiliate group Association of New Jersey Rifle and Pistol Clubs, appeared on Cam & Company, an NRA sponsored show, on April 30th to opine that the bill’s backers “brought out the Newtown victim’s family and frankly used them as a prop or a show.”—Ruth McCambridgeShareTweetShareEmail0 Shares
ShareTweetShareEmail0 SharesJune 22, 2014; Buffalo NewsFor the 250,000 recipients of food stamps or SNAP benefits in eight Western New York counties, the “Double Up Food Bucks” program allows them to buy double the value of their benefits at seven local farmers’ markets. The program is designed to help with local nutritional needs while supporting local farmers. The markets were chosen for their locations and their infrastructures, which allow for the electronic swiping of EBT cards. The program is being supported by three foundations: The Community Foundation of Greater Buffalo, and the John R. Oishei and First Niagara foundations.Cheryl Thayer, who helped launch the program, leads the Cornell Cooperative Extension agricultural economic development team in 16 counties west of Ithaca and Tompkins County. “We’re hoping to expand into more markets and more counties next year,” Thayer said. “We’re already in pretty aggressive fundraising mode for that Ultimately, we’d like to see the program go statewide.”The program is modeled after one started five years ago in Detroit; today, more than 100 farmers’ markets across Michigan participate in the program. The program is expected to show up elsewhere next year, as the federal farm bill passed earlier this year includes $100 million for “food insecurity nutrition incentives.”—Ruth McCambridgeShareTweetShareEmail0 Shares
Share17Tweet17ShareEmail34 Shares“Mark Zuckerberg on stage at Facebook’s F8 Conference,” Maurizio PesceMarch 18, 2018; New York Times and GuardianOver a progression of painful revelations, it has become evident that the data firm Cambridge Analytica obtained the personal data of tens of millions of Facebook members and used it to create sophisticated targeted messaging for conservative political campaigns. While the conflicting stories about who broke which laws are sure to dominate the news cycle for a while, citizens and lawmakers must ask, what are the bigger implications of this type of power? As concerned members of civil society, how are we to interpret and respond to a public discourse that can be and is ever more manipulated by invisible strings?Cambridge Analytica is a shell corporation funded largely by radically conservative American billionaire Robert Mercer, who was connected to the firm through Steve Bannon, the Trump campaign’s chief strategist. In 2014, Cambridge Analytica bought the private data of between 50 and 60 million Facebook users without their knowledge or consent from a professor who developed an app that harvested the data, not only of the 270,000 people who downloaded the app, but of all their “friends” as well; he claimed he was collecting it for academic purposes. Cambridge Analytica used this data to create and target users with ads, videos, articles, and other forms of information and “news.” Esquire described Cambridge Analytica’s tactics, saying, “Essentially, the firm would attempt to exploit the user’s profile…to serve them information most likely to sway them a certain way. This information (true or not) would reach users in ads and other content and begin forming an informational bubble around them as they used Facebook and browsed the web.”Christopher Wylie, a former Cambridge Analytica employee who first reported this issue, called Cambridge Analytica’s campaign a “grossly unethical experiment,” “playing with the psychology of an entire country without their consent or awareness.” Research from Harvard Business School shows targeted messaging doesn’t just influence people by guessing what a particular person might want. It changes the viewer’s perception of him- or herself, making them increasingly subjective to future messaging.Wylie said, “[Bannon and Mercer] want to fight a culture war in America. Cambridge Analytica was supposed to be the arsenal of weapons to fight that culture war.” Except that a war waged on unknowing citizens is hardly a democratic fight; when messages are coded to appear like facts-based news or to target a user’s weaknesses, the power of individual citizens to make informed choices is diluted. Democratic discourse assumes and relies on people having access to common information; targeted messages fragment that discourse by differentiating messages based on what users are receptive to rather than what is being proposed in a public space.In a column for NPQ many years ago, Roger Lohmann explained that nonprofits have a special responsibility to steward the “commons,” in which a sense of mutuality and just social relations arise from shared mission, experience, and knowledge. Undermining that shared experience and knowledge by isolating citizens from direct interpretation of public events, or putting them in an “information bubble,” damages our sense of collective responsibility and our ability to talk to one another across differences, which are crucial for making decisions that affect whole populations. Jeannie Fox pointed out that public trust in institutions like the courts and the media, another aspect of the commons, has declined, which affects nonprofits as mediators in that public and institutional space.Targeted messaging, whether for advertisements or political campaigns, is not a new tactic; politicians have been doing this for decades. Still, there is a particularly unnerving aspect of knowing that computer algorithms are working to build up an information bubble around individual voters. Computers are exponentially more accurate and efficient at targeting. Do we find this more unacceptable simply because we feel on an unequal playing field, where no amount of caution can protect us from being conned?As the scale of the problem has dawned on the public, Facebook has continued to react piecemeal, rather than confront it as a whole. Andrew Bosworth, a VP at Facebook, tweeted, “This was unequivocally not a data breach…no systems were infiltrated, no passwords or information were stolen or hacked.” Technically, that’s true; the fault is not with the program, but with the irresponsible custodianship of people’s data and attention. Facebook’s continued refusal to admit the power of the tool they’ve created or address the underlying issue of public stewardship that goes with that power has lawmakers and citizens alike concerned. Several lawmakers have called for Facebook to testify before Congress to answer this question, and Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey has opened her own investigation into the company’s actions. Facebook has the power to change history by influencing the behavior of their two billion users; can we accept that in a private company?Some analysts have concluded that Cambridge Analytica’s actual influence on the 2016 presidential election, in terms of the number of voters they convinced, was not very significant, but that isn’t really the point. We should not allow private enterprise to exercise unregulated and disruptive control over public discourse without consideration. Instead, as citizens and stewards of the public square, we have a responsibility to call out and address this threat to democracy.—Erin RubinShare17Tweet17ShareEmail34 Shares
Share7TweetShareEmail7 SharesBy CherryX – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, LinkSeptember 24, 2018; ReutersThough the Budapest-based operations of George Soros’s Open Society Foundations were recently forced out of Hungary, the battle between Soros and Hungarian leader Viktor Orbán continues and will now move to the courts.As Krisztina Than reported for Reuters on Monday, the Foundations will challenge new Hungarian laws at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, France. The “Stop Soros” legislation was passed in June to restrict operations of foreign-funded NGOs and supposedly curtail immigration to bolster Hungary’s “Christian culture.” The Hungarian branch of the Foundations announced that its office would be moved from Budapest to Berlin in May, after 30 years of work, in anticipation of the laws proposed by Orbán’s Fidesz party.“Under legislation named ‘Stop Soros,’ [sic] anybody who helps migrants not entitled to protection to apply for asylum, or helps illegal migrants gain status to stay in Hungary, can be jailed,” Than wrote. “Orbán has also introduced a 25-percent special tax on aid groups it says support migration.”For context, note that by the end of 2017, there were 68.5 million people were forcibly displaced worldwide as a result of persecution, conflict, or violence, according to a report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. While nearly 30,000 migrants applied for asylum in Hungary in 2016, according to International Organization for Migration in Budapest, as the government has built border fences and passed legislation to reduce migration, the number entering Hungary dropped to less than 4,000 in 2017 and only 280 asylum applications in the first quarter of 2018. Meanwhile, in the US, the Trump administration has proposed that only 30,000 refugees be allowed into the country in 2019—a record low.To the Foundations, nothing less than the future of democracy is at stake in Hungary, according to a press release:On an application before the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, Open Society argues that the recent legislation breaches the guarantees of freedom of expression and association enshrined in the European Convention of Human Rights and must be repealed. The complaint also argues that the legal provisions are so broadly written that they will have a far-reaching and chilling effect on the work of civil society far beyond the field of migration.…The new legislation includes an amendment to the Hungarian criminal code that makes it illegal for individuals or civil society organizations to support asylum or residence applications.As NPQ has reported, Hungarian-born Soros is the face of the Foundations, having given more than $18 billion to the international network of organizations in 42 countries, founded in 1979. The progressive philanthropist was ranked last year by Forbes as the 20th-wealthiest American, with an estimated net worth of $8.3 billion.According to Reuters, the Hungarian government defended the asylum legislation despite strong criticism from the United Nations refugee agency and the European Union. The EU’s parliament had rebuked Hungary for violating democratic norms earlier this month in a historic vote.But, because the cogs of the justice system move slowly—the New York Times reported that the EU vote was only “a first step toward potential sanctions”—Hungary’s civil society is still very much at risk.Indeed, Reuters also reported this week that another independent media outlet in Hungary was bought out by new owners. Journalists at Index.hu are fearful for the site’s future independence:An EU parliamentary report said media had been concentrated in the hands of pro-Orbán oligarchs, state-funded advertising went largely to outlets loyal to the government and other journalists were often banned from parliament.Hungary’s government has denied undermining press freedom and says it has no desire to control the media. It is taking the EU Parliament to court, accusing it of breaching voting rules.And, the situation is a lesson for other countries, as New York Times opinion writer Celestine Bohlen writes.As it turns out, the Hungarian government has little need for the full-blown censorship that existed under communism. Islands of independent news gathering still exist, such as the left-leaning newspaper Nepszava, several weeklies and the popular RTL television station, which is German-owned. But in the face of the powerful pro-government machine, neutral or opposition voices are muted and, with the exception of RTL, have a limited range.The arc of the moral universe may bend toward justice, but as Soros has discovered, it still needs a lot of pushing.—Anna BerryShare7TweetShareEmail7 Shares
Share37TweetShareEmail37 Shares“Stats about student debt,” Jagz MarioOctober 5, 2018; Education DiveThe nation’s student loan debt in 2001 was $340 billion. Today, it is $1.53 trillion. Since 2008 alone, reports Michelle Singletary in the Washington Post, the increase in debt load has been 130 percent.“Fifty-seven percent of young adults said they felt burdened by their student loans,” Singletary adds.Rising private tuition costs are frequently blamed for this increase—and certainly there is no argument that these have played a major role. But most college students attend public universities. Federal statistics show that 8.7 million of 13.7 million students at four-year colleges attend public schools, which works out to 63.5 percent of all college students (the percentage goes up to 73.5 percent if two-year degree students are included).Unfortunately, the situation for public universities is, if anything, worse than their private school counterparts, as state support of higher education has plummeted, reports James Patterson in Education Dive. “Adjusted for inflation,” Patterson writes, “state funding for higher education has fallen by more than $7 billion since 2008,” as is documented in a report from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, a Washington, DC-based think tank.The CBPP report, Unkept Promises: State Cuts to Higher Education Threaten Access and Equity—authored by Michael Mitchell, Michael Leachman, Kathleen Master, and Samantha Waxman—finds funding increases in only four of 50 states. Three of those states are Hawaii, Wyoming, and North Dakota. Combined, these three states have a population under three million. The fourth state, California, is the nation’s most populous, but California barely made it into positive territory with a 0.3 percent, inflation-adjusted, per-student increase, an amount that works out to a whopping $25 per student.By contrast, “The average state spent $1,502, or 16 percent, less per student in 2018 than in 2008,” according to the study’s authors. In Arizona, the decrease was a stunning 55.7 percent. Louisiana had the greatest decrease in per-pupil spending, with the state spending $4,949 per student less in 2018 in inflation-adjusted dollars than a decade before.Meanwhile, tuition has gone up in all 50 states. “Tuition increases averaging 36 percent at four-year public colleges from 2008 to 2018,” notes Patterson. The CBPP reports adds that tuition climbed more than 60 percent in seven states, more than 40 percent in 20 states, and more than 20 percent in 40 states.Is there a link between state funding decreases and tuition increases? Well, it is notable that tuition increases were particularly high in Arizona and Louisiana, where funding cuts were among the nation’s steepest. In Arizona, tuition climbed the most, by $5,355 per student, offsetting the $3,742 cut in state support. In Louisiana, the $4,773 increase was slightly less than the loss in state support.“Many people, notes Singletary, “see their student loans as a debt sentence so crushing they can’t see a way out.” Singletary quotes one student who observes that, “My generation is facing an unsustainable system of semi-forced indebtedness that has real consequences on our ability to make significant life purchases.”As NPQ has noted before, this debt burden reinforces and deepens the nation’s racial wealth gap. The CBPP report explains why: “In 1980, students of color—that is, Black, [Latinx], Asian, Pacific Islander, and American Indian students—made up roughly 17 percent of students at public colleges. By 2010, that number had more than doubled to over 36 percent, and today over 40 percent of students attending public two- and four- year colleges are students of color.”—Steve DubbShare37TweetShareEmail37 Shares
Australian broadcaster Network Ten is to become a shareholder in the Australian offshoot of former YouView chief technology officer and iPlayer creator Anthony Rose’s Zeebox social TV venture, according to press reports.According to paidContent, Zeebox has struck a deal with Ten to make an investment in a new Zeebox Australia venture, to be led by former News Corp investment arm Netus’s Craig Blair.In the UK, pay TV operator BSkyB became a shareholder in Zeebox with a reported investment of US$15 million (€12 million).
Forty per cent of Finnish TV viewers surveyed by service provider DNA now watch HD channels, up from 28% in 2012.DNA said over half of cable viewers watched HD services compared to under a third of digital terrestrial viewers. DNA operates both cable and DTT networks.DNA’s survey found that only 15% of viewers were now not HD-ready, down from 21% in 2012.However, ignorance of HD remains high, with 31% being unaware of whether they were HD-ready, and 61% of DTT viewers not being aware that HD channels were available over the air.The survey found that 10% of viewers had watched TV shows using a mobile phone and 14% had watched shows using a tablet.
Media services provider Globecast has chosen Israel-based NovelSat’s satellite modulation technology for global distribution of some of the major events that its outside broadcast units cover.According to NovelSat, Globecast will add NovelSat satellite transmission products to its existing capabilities and will use NovelSat’s NS3-based NS1000 and NS2000 satellite modulators and demodulators.NovelSat claims that its NS3 technnology can increase data rates by more than 30% compared with many existing modulators, demodulators and modems.“As a key partner for our broadcast customers, we’ve built a reputation for delivering a high quality service, which allows broadcasters to ensure the best possible viewer experience. Using NovelSat NS3 technology for our high-profile broadcasts, Globecast can deliver consistently high quality content from start to finish with limited satellite bandwidth,” said Liz McParland, Contribution Sales Manager of Globecast.“Globecast has been particularly successful in showcasing how NovelSat NS3 can help to streamline broadcast distribution operation,” said Dan Peleg, CTO of NovelSat. “Our NovelSat NS3 technology raises the standard of spectral efficiency and performance in the satellite broadcast industry, putting our customers at the forefront of broadcast technology and viewer satisfaction.”
US over-the-top service Xumo has added 10 new channels to its service from content providers including Reuters, PBS Digital Studios and Mashable.The other new additions are Network A, The Onion, Fandor, Outside Television Shorts and Bonnier-owned brands Field & Stream, Saveur and Cycle World.“This is Xumo’s first foray into partnering with a premium, long-form content provider like Fandor. The partnership with Outside Television will serve as Xumo’s first partnership with a cable network focused on short-form content,” said the company.“Xumo will continue to deliver content from top tier digital and video-first partners as part of the company’s ongoing mission to provide quality content that meets audience’s viewing preferences – for free.”
Leena SingarajahScripps Networks Interactive has named Leena Singarajah as its Asia chief.She joined SNI in 2014 as head of distribution and ad sales, Asia Pacific, and becomes Singapore-based managing director for the company in the region.Singarajah fills the role vacated by Derek Chang, who was upped to head of international lifestyle channels at SNI last year. He relocated to London to take up that position and initially retained oversight of the Asian business, but has now appointed a local MD.She will report to Chang, who said: “[Leena’s] strategic vision, combined with her operational expertise, will be critical as we look to further expand our business across the region,” said Chang.Prior to SNI, Singarajah was SVP and head of sales and business development, Asia Pacific for IMG Media.
Pinterest Linkedin Tumblr Previous PostCoal City Hosts Annual Memorial Day Ceremony FAYETTEVILLE, W.Va. (WOAY) – After years of going quietly, Fayetteville changed things up this year and ended the holiday weekend with a festive parade.“ It’s been a long time since we’ve had one and it’s a good way to honor our veterans that have given all for us so we can have our freedom,” said town recorder Zenda Vance, who planned the event. “That’s just a good thing to do, to remember our veterans.”Memorial Day was established to recognize soldiers and other military members that paid the ultimate sacrifice. Some, however, choose to recognize others as well.“You know, Christ died and provided us an eternity with him, similar to the soldiers that died and provided us the freedom to live here in this country,” said Stanley Boyd with the Emmanuel Baptist Church. The church was just one of many organizations to participate in the parade.Originally, the town planned to hold a flag and brick dedication in memory of military lives lost. Due to speakers being unable to make the event, that portion of the celebration has been postponed to June 20.Watch the video for more details. Home NewsWatch Local News Small Town Closes Out Holiday Weekend With Parade Facebook Twitter Google+ Mail Local NewsNewsWatchTop Stories Small Town Closes Out Holiday Weekend With Parade By Kassie SimmonsMay 27, 2019, 16:38 pm 428 0 Next PostHIV Cases Rising In West Virginia Kassie Simmons Kassie Simmons joined the team in January 2019 as a weekend journalist. She graduated from Virginia Tech in just two and a half years with a BA in multimedia journalism.During her short time at Virginia Tech, she served as the editor for the university’s chapter of The Tab. Kassie was named the top reporter for The Tab at Virginia Tech on multiple occasions and made the list for the top 30 reporters for The Tab in the U.S. She also studied theater performance and minored in creative writing.Before coming to WOAY, Kassie interned at WSLS in Roanoke and the Tidewater Review in her hometown of West Point, Va. She has loved following breaking news since her childhood and has a passion for delivering the stories people care most about.Kassie is excited to be working in Southern West Virginia and looks forward to all the adventures ahead of her. You can follow her on Twitter at @KassieLSimmons and like her page on Facebook. If you have a story you think she should check out, send her an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Love actually IS all around. We see it every day. The problem is that we don’t focus on it. Cooperation is even more common. Think about how few auto accidents there are. With all those thousands of cars driving at high speeds, stopping, starting, and changing lanes, it’s rather miraculous that there aren’t many more accidents. And the reason that there aren’t is that nearly all of us cooperate really well, nearly all of the time. Think about the things we usually complain about. They are times when cooperation or some other type of basic goodness breaks down. We expect cooperation, consideration, and basic responsibility so much that we half freak out when it fails. If You Try… If you try to see the good, you’ll find it everywhere. I drive by a homeless man who goes out of his way to help other homeless guys and to feed animals. I know a businessman who goes far out of his way to help friends, not wishing any kind of repayment. I know many women who are pleased to help their families, many men who are pleased to stop and help someone in trouble, and so on. If you look for it, goodness and decency are actually everywhere. So, for just one day, I challenge you to go out and see the good in the world. Pick your day, watch that clip again, then go out and focus your eyes on the good. I think you’ll get a lot out of it. Paul Rosenberg FreemansPerspective.com A point I’ve made several times in our subscription newsletter is that most people give their attention to the negative things in the world and pass right over the good things. If you think about that for just a moment, it’s easy to understand why people are more disturbed and unhappy than they need to be. In other words, we make ourselves far more miserable than is justified by the actual facts. So, I have a challenge for you (one that I make to myself from time to time as well): Go through a day – one day only – and pay attention to all the good things you see. I am quite sure that ignoring every bad thing for just one day won’t kill you. After all, you give those things your full attention every other day. So, I challenge you to spend just one day looking at the good and looking past the bad. Some Help Getting Started To help you get into the right frame of mind, here’s a short clip from the movie Love Actually. Please take the one minute or so required to watch it.
Panathinaikos’ basketballers were bombed by Barcelona, 84-62 in Euroleague play in Spain, but still have a chance to finish in the top four of their group thanks to Armani Milano beating Fenerbahce in Turkey.The combination means that Panathinaikos should get through to the quarterfinals if they can beat another Spanish team, Unicaja Malaga in Athens next week.They’ll have to play better than they did against Barcelona, which used a 28-point second period to run up a 42-32 halftime lead and then ran away in the second half with ease.A dispirited Panathinaikos team went through the motions and suffered its first loss under new coach Fragiskos Alvertis.Roko Ukic was the best player for the Greens on the night with 13 points, while captain Dimitris Diamantidis had 11.With the loss, Panathinaikos is in third in its group with a 6-6 record, the same as its arch rival Olympiakos.TweetPinShare0 Shares
MINNEAPOLIS — Sometimes the game can shift with one swing.Carlos Beltran took a big cut, sent a fastball soaring into the seats in right field and snapped the foundering New York Yankees out of their funk.Beltran’s three-run homer the night of July 3 lifted Masahiro Tanaka to his majors-leading 12th win and helped the Yankees stop a season-worst five-game losing streak with a 7-4 victory over the Minnesota Twins.“We have to find a way to score more runs. There’s no doubt about that. We played very poor at home,” Beltran said.Zelous Wheeler homered in his big-league debut after nearly eight years in the minors. David Robertson notched his 19th save by striking out the side in a hitless ninth inning, and the Yankees started an 11-game road trip with a sigh-of-relief performance that put their record back at the .500 mark.“It felt great. I’ve been waiting for this moment for a long time, and hopefully I can take advantage of it,” Wheeler said.Phil Hughes (8-5) was rolling along against his former team, leading 2-0 until Beltran cleared the tall wall in right following consecutive singles to start the fifth. Wheeler went deep two batters later.“Not knowing much about him, in a 3-1 count, I’m going to challenge him,” Hughes said. “He put a good swing on it.”Wheeler had a big smile on his face afterward. “Every time you see a story like that, a guy that’s spent a lot of time in the minor leagues and all of a sudden comes to the big leagues and being able to do what he did today, it’s just special,” Beltran said.So was Beltran’s big hit, considering the slump the Yankees brought with them on the road. “Those are the type of things we need to be successful in the American League,” Manager Joe Girardi said.Tanaka (12-3) allowed a season-high four runs. He finished seven innings with nine hits and no walks while striking out a season-low three.“They’re not going to be perfect every time. He’s been about as consistent as you can be as a starting pitcher. He just wasn’t quite as sharp,” Girardi said.Through his interpreter, Tanaka said this was one of his worst starts of the season. Throwing only 85 pitches, at least, allowed the star Japanese rookie to maintain some freshness for the next turn.“Not too much pressure, but I obviously understood where the team was,” Tanaka said.With Eduardo Escobar on first after an RBI single in the seventh, Tanaka dodged serious trouble. Sam Fuld’s screaming line drive went straight to Mark Teixeira, who easily stepped on first base for the double play to preserve the three-run lead.Chris Parmelee drove in a run with a double in the first and Kurt Suzuki and Kendrys Morales had RBI groundouts, but the sputtering Twins missed their opportunities to put bigger numbers on the board like the Yankees did against Hughes.The Twins have lost eight of 10 and fell a season-worst eight games under .500.Wheeler had a single to help spark the three-run rally in the seventh, too, scoring on Brett Gardner’s single after a one-out RBI double by Brendan Ryan chased Hughes. Derek Jeter drove in a run with a groundout.The Yankees haven’t been nearly as potent at the plate as they are paid to be, ranking 12th in runs and 10th in homers in the American League. They totaled one run over Tanaka’s last two starts, both losses, but this was the breakout they needed.“He’s very competitive. He’s in control of the game,” Twins Manager Ron Gardenhire said.(DAVE CAMPBELL, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shares