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Categories: News Gov. Rick Snyder announced during tonight’s annual State of the State address that he plans to focus on the importance of reading proficiency for students, much to the appreciation of state Rep. Amanda Price.“I’m excited and encouraged by the governor’s focus on reading proficiency. I look forward to continuing to develop this policy alongside my colleagues, making Michigan more competitive in this key metric,” said Price, R-Park Township. “By ensuring that students are proficient in reading by grade 3, we are establishing a solid foundation for a quality academic experience and equipping our children with the tools they need to succeed.”Last session Price sponsored House Bill 5111 and co-sponsored House Bill 5144, two bills that aimed to increase early literacy by emphasizing reading intervention in grades K, 1, 2, and 3. The new House Education Committee chair says that she plans to reintroduce the bills in the new legislative session.Ottawa County residents are encouraged to contact Price by calling toll-free at (888) 238-1008 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.### 20Jan Rep. Price readies legislation for Snyder’s focus on reading proficiency
12Mar Rep. Miller votes for measure to end film subsidies Lawmaker says priority should be on roads, not movies Categories: Miller News,News State Rep. Aaron Miller this week voted in favor of House Bill 4122, a measure to end the expenditure of taxpayer money to subsidize film and video production.Rep. Miller, R-Sturgis, said the film incentives program is a failed experiment that has not paid off, and there are more worthwhile ways to spend the $50 million set aside for film subsidies in the next budget.“Roads should be our top priority, not the film industry,” said Rep. Miller. “The $50 million we are spending on a very small number of film jobs could be spent to help fix our crumbling roads and bridges. This is all about priorities, and subsidizing the film industry should not be among our priorities.”Rep. Miller pointed out that the state should not be involved in picking winners and losers, as the film incentives program does.“Small businesses in the 59th District don’t get these sorts of subsidies, and I don’t think the film industry should either,” Rep. Miller said.HB 4122 now goes to the Senate for consideration.#####
22Apr Rep. Lucido invites residents to Seniors and Veterans Benefit Expo Categories: Lucido News On Monday, May 23 Rep. Peter Lucido will be joined by local, state and federal officials as well as representatives from healthcare agencies, hospitals and veterans groups to discuss benefits available to seniors, veterans and their families.Guests will have the opportunity to speak with the officials, experts and vendors and have questions answered about things like Social Security, Insurance, tax assistance, GI Bill Credits, mortgage assistance, long-term care and other benefits available.“It is important that seniors and veterans and their families know the services and benefits that are available to them,” said Rep. Lucido, R-Shelby Township. “We need to make sure we are providing up to date information about all benefits and services, as often many families do not know where to turn because they are unaware of a service of benefit which can help them and their situation. Hopefully, by bringing the beneficiaries together with those who can help them, we will be able to help alleviate uncertainties and inform those who have done so much for us about the benefits and services they are entitled to receive.”The event is FREE to all seniors and veterans in the 36th District and their families and will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Palazzo Grande in Shelby Township. Lunch will be provided and there will be many giveaways.“You will not want to miss this,” Lucido said. “Not only will it be extremely informative, it will be a great time for all, I’m looking forward to seeing you all there!”Space will be limited, so please RSVP by email at PeterLucido@house.mi.gov or by phone at 1-888-MICHREP. Anyone who is interested in helping out, or has ideas for topics of conversation that would be helpful to this event is encouraged to contact the office as well.
Categories: Whiteford News Legislation supported by state Rep. Mary Whiteford streamlining the application process for a windshield disability placard was approved today by the Michigan House.The bill allows a disability placard to display only the first letter and last three digits of the disabled person’s driver’s license number or official state personal identification card.Michigan statute currently requires that a disability windshield placard display the first letter and the last three digits or the first letter and the last four digits of the driver’s official state personal identification card.“A consistent, simplified standard is important for our disabled citizens,” said Whiteford, of Casco Township.House Bill 4574 now advances to the Senate for consideration.### 12Oct House approves legislation supported by Rep. Whiteford to update disability windshield placards
Categories: LaFave News 23Apr Rep. LaFave invites residents to April office hours Saturday, April 2711 to 12 p.m. CDT at Silver Lake Resort, N13195 M-95 in Channing. Rep. Beau LaFave of Iron Mountain announced his April office hours for residents of Dickinson, Menominee, and Delta counties.“Office hours provide a great opportunity to meet with people in the district and address their questions and concerns,” Rep. LaFave said. “Hearing from constituents is one of the best parts of my job.”The office hours schedule is as follows:Friday, April 265 to 6 p.m. EDT at The Dock at Bay Ridge RV Park, 15600 17th Road in Garden. Residents also may contact Rep. LaFave at his Lansing office at (517) 373-0156 or BeauLaFave@house.mi.gov. Monday, April 2910 to 11 a.m. CDT at the Wildwood Restaurant, W5376 US-2 in Hermansville.
Share17TweetShare1Email18 SharesJuly 28, 2015; SF GateIn San Francisco, there are reports that the Third Baptist Church is suing a nonprofit organization that may be trying to sell a low income apartment complex. Rev. Amos Brown, the church’s pastor, a former city supervisor and president of the local NAACP, claims that the possible sale is in violation of the nonprofit’s bylaws and fiduciary responsibility. The interesting part of this is that the church founded the nonprofit that it is now suing.The nonprofit in question, Third Baptist Gardens, was created in 1969 to purchase the land and build Frederick Douglas Haynes Gardens, a 104-unit Section 8 eligible housing project in the Western Addition section of the city. The nonprofit’s IRS Form 990 for 2013 shows the organization has an annual income of about $1.2 million, and has delegated the management of its business to California First Management Associates—meaning it does not actually manage the property it owns.Residents of the project are eligible under Section 8 to pay rent based on a percentage of their income, if they qualify by earning less than 50% of the area median income. For a family of 4, that would be $28,700 per year, which is considered “very low income.” Many of the residents have lived in the building for many years, even decades.Recently, the residents received word that the FD Haynes Gardens being sold to private developers, and that rents were likely to increase to a market value of about $3,000 to $7,000 per month. Clearly distraught at the prospect of losing their homes, some of the residents vowed to fight the sale, and the church joined their battle. A temporary restraining order has been issued, and the sale has been halted for the moment until an agreement can be reached.According to one source, churches in the Fillmore area, where the project is located, were granted the right to develop low income housing complexes as reparation for a period in which buildings in the area were bulldozed. The battle to stop the secret potential sale of the Frederick Douglas Haynes Gardens project is being billed as “Protecting San Francisco’s stock of affordable housing—in District 5 and citywide,” according to London Breed, President of the Board of Supervisors.It remains unclear why Third Baptist Gardens would want to sell the property. According to ratings, it has received a 78 out of 100 score from HUD, and has been given a value rating of 5, indicating that it is relatively well managed. Board President Rochelle Buford-Williams has not replied to newspaper reporters’ requests for comment. Buford-Williams, a vice president of Commercial Banking Group for the Bank of the West, is reported to have ousted a member of Third Baptist Church from the board in recent months, and has since refused to share financial information with the church.—Rob MeiksinsShare17TweetShare1Email18 Shares
Al Jazeera has confirmed that its French sports channels will be named Be In Sport 1 and Be In Sport 2.“This choice reflects the spirit of both channels towards showing the biggest events live and in exclusively,” said Nasser Al-Khelaïfi, general manager of Al Jazeera Sport.The Qatar-based broadcaster now holds a significant part of the rights to Ligue 1 football in France, including the pay-per-view rights previously held by Canal Plus’s Foot Plus service. It has called for bids from ad agencies to sell the ad space on the French sports channels during the next three years. The sales units of France Télévisions, Lagardère, TF1 and Amaury are reportedly preparing bids.
Interactive TV technology specialist Rovi is to license its interactive programme guide to Sony under a new agreement between the pair.Sony will use Rovi’s guide to enable a range of products and services, including online content delivery services and a full range of home and mobile devices.“We are pleased that the relevance of our entertainment related products and intellectual property continue to be recognized by industry leaders such as Sony,” said Matt Milne, executive vice-president, worldwide sales and marketing, Rovi. “In use to enable a variety of advanced consumer experiences on multiple screens, our IP and product portfolio is helping our customers drive customer satisfaction and new streams of revenue.”
French media regulator the CSA has rejected a renewed approach by commercial broadcaster M6 to change its digital-terrestrial pay TV channel Paris Premiere to a free service, according to a report in daily La Tribune.M6 had originally applied to change the channel to free-to-air in May last year, but the move was rejected by the CSA. The broadcaster has the option to appeal to the country’s Conseil d’Etat, but so far hasn’t indicated that it will do so.M6 maintains that revenues from subscription and advertising are no longer sufficient to cover transmission costs for the channel. It is possible, in the absence of a green light to broadcast free-to-air, that the broadcaster will seek to remove the channel from the DTT platform.
Satellite operator Intelsat has announced the successful launch of Intelsat 21 from the equatorial Pacific Ocean.The satellite, which launched yesterday at 02:55 EDT, will serve the direct-to-home and cable operators in Latin America. Replacing Intelsat 9, the satellite is designed to provide more than 18 years of service and features C-band services for South America, North America and Europe, and Ku-band services for North America, the Caribbean, Brazil, Europe and Western Africa.“Intelsat 21 will refresh capacity for Latin America’s premier video neighborhood and will offer vital communications services spanning four continents,” said Intelsat CEO David McGlade. “In addition, Intelsat 21 continues deployment of Intelsat’s Ku-band global broadband mobility platform, designed to support the rapid growth in demand for broadband connectivity for maritime and aeronautical applications.”
French media and telecoms group Vivendi suffered a drop of €1.5 billion in net income in the first half of the year, with EBITDA falling 12.7% to €2.9 billion, thanks in part to a lower contribution from telco SFR.SFR’s revenues dropped by 5.9% in the first half to €5.76 billion thanks to the impact of price competition and regulatory intervention.Pay TV arm Canal Plus’s revenues grew by 3.3% to €2.47 billion. However, EBITA fell from €495 million to €483 million, attributed to “seasonal effects” in mainland France. The Canal Plus France portfolio of channels recorded net growth of 350,000 subscriptions year-on-year at the end of June, including 140,000 from Africa.Vivendi said its adjusted net income for the full year should be above €2.5 billion before exceptional telecom restructuring charges, in line with forecasts.
UK service provider TalkTalk had 80,000 TV customers at the end of last year, and said it was seeing increasing weekly take-up of its YouView service. The company has ramped up its capacity to install boxes to 10,000 a week and has initiated a self-install programme.TalkTalk said eight out of 10 customers were using TalkTalk TV as their main TV service, while seven out of 10 who had upgraded to TV from broadband and phone services said they were now more likely to stay with the company beyond the term of their contract.The YouView figure, combined with BT’s announcement that it had sold 60,000 YouView boxes by the end of December, has led to reported estimates of overall sales of 230,000 YouView boxes by the end of January, including an additional 40,000 TalkTalk sales over January, an additional 30,000 BT customers and an estimated 20,000 retail sales since launch. TalkTalk’s figure will however include some legacy TV customers from its acquisition of Tiscali, which operated its own TV service in the London area based on its acquisition of Video Networks, while the number of retail YouView sales has not been officially announced.TalkTalk’s over broadband base returned to growth for the frist time in three years, with the operator adding 10,000 customer in the quarter.
Overseas pay TV operations and domestic free-to-air channels lifted Canal+’s full-year operational and financial results despite the flat performance of domestic pay TV in 2013.Canal+ added 249,000 net subscribers in the year to December, taking its total to 10.4 million taking a total of 14.7 million services. The increase was wholly attributable to overseas growth, where the company grew its customer base by 275,000.In France, the pay TV operator’s sub base declined slightly to 6.1 million in what the operator called “a challenging economic and competitive environment”. Canal+ nevertheless managed to grow its domestic net ARPU slightly to €44.20, up from €43.20 in 2012.The success of free-to-air channels D8 and D17 contributed to Canal+’s top-line growth and the channels aggregeated an audience share of 4.7% over the year.Content arm StudioCanal also grew its revenues thanks to higher TV sales and international rights sales, in particular for films Non-Stop and Hunger Games 2 in Germany.Overall revenues for the full year stood at €5.3 billion, up 5.9% year-on-year but down 0.5% on a like-for-like basis and at constant exchange rates.EBITA was down 1.9% to €661 million, excluding transition costs for the FTA channels and new operations in Poland.Parent company Vivendi turned in revenues of €22.135 billion, up 0.2% at constant currency and down 2% at actual currency, and EBITA of €2.433 billion, down 20.6% at constant currency or 23.1% at actual currency, thanks in large part to the performance of struggling telecom arm SFR.
UK free-to-air satellite platform Freesat is launching its first pay on-demand service today.Freesat has teamed up with Curzon Home Cinema, the on-demand arm of the Curzon cinema chain, to launch its on-demand player on the Freetime connected TV platform.The agreement will allow Freetime viewers to watch some films on the same day they launch in cinemas.Curzon Home Cinema is Freesat’s first film on-demand service and first pay-per-view player.Films are available on the player from £1. New and recent titles on the service include Roman Polanski’s Venus in Fur, available on the same day as its cinema release, and Blue is the Warmest Colour. Other titles include former Cannes Palme d’Or award winners Amour, Dancer in the Dark and Secrets and Lies.The player will be available on Humax Freetime boxes from today, and will launch on Panasonic Freetime smart TVs next month.“Freesat is a fantastic new partner for Curzon and we are proud to offer their Freetime viewers this unmatched cinema at home experience utilising the very best new on demand technologies,” said Phil Mordecai, director of Curzon Home Cinema.“The launch of the exciting new Curzon Home Cinema online video service in combination with the launch of the Freesat App illustrates our unprecedented support for this growing sector. Our curated seasons and pioneering cinema content makes Curzon and Curzon Home Cinema a clear home for any film fan.”
TV manufacturer Samsung has teamed up with Dubai-based broadcaster MBC to launch the latter’s Shahid premium video-on-demand app across the Middle East and North Africa.The Shahid service recorded 284 million views of TV shows and series last year.“The television experience is rapidly evolving for viewers across the MENA region,” said Choong Ro Lee, President of Samsung Middle East and North Africa.“We at Samsung are dedicated to create new and innovative ways to deliver the best viewing experience, and with our partnership with MBC Group we will continue offering viewers the content they want, when they want in a new MENA consumer lifestyle. As a leader in the visual display market, Samsung’s Smart TV line-up offers a powerful platform for the Shahid service, providing viewers with unrivalled picture quality and the ultimate front row experience as they enjoy premium content.”
Delphine Ernotte CunciFrench media regulator the CSA has named the current executive director of Orange France, Delphine Ernotte-Cunci, as the new president of public broadcaster France Télévisions, replacing Rémy Pflimlin when his current term ends.Ernotte-Cunci, 48, who will take up her new role on August 22 and will serve for a five-year term, is the first woman to take the helm at the pubcaster.In its note on the decision to appoint her, the CSA highlighted her “solid management skills”, her “strong attachment to public service” and her awareness of changing video consumption habits.Ernotte-Cunci beat off competition from a shortlist of seven candidates drawn from an initially much wider field of applicants. In the final stage of the process, the CSA chose her over Pascal Josèphe, the founder of International Média Consultants Associés (IMCA) and a former head of TF1.Orange CEO Stéphane Richard has said he will take direct responsibility for Orange France to ensure management continuity and guarantee the implementation of the group’s Essentials2020 strategic plan.“I warmly congratulate Delphine for her appointment at the head of France Télévisions; a decision that clearly underlines her considerable managerial and personal qualities,” said Richard.“In particular, Delphine has consolidated the Group’s leadership position on the French market through the successful deployment of very high-speed fixed and mobile networks – fiber and 4G –, through the launch of investment programmes that are accelerating today. We wish her all the best in her new role,” he said.
The number of pay TV subscribers in Western Europe is due to climb in the coming years, with cord-cutting “not expected to make much of an impact,” according to Digital TV Research. The Digital TV Western Europe Forecasts report claims that between 2014 and 2020 the number of pay TV subscribers in this market will climb by 8.7%, reaching 104.8 million.However there are indications that the rate of growth will slow down over time, with the number of pay TV subscribers expected to climb by 2.57 million this year alone, reaching 99.0 million subscribers.Overall, pay TV penetration in Western Europe is expected to climb from 56.7% at the end of 2014 to 60.4% in 2020.“Despite the number of pay TV homes increasing, pay TV revenues will remain flat at around US$32 billion (€29.5 billion),” said Simon Murray, principal analyst at Digital TV Research.“ARPU is falling in most countries and on most platforms. The pay TV arena is becoming more competitive as newer platforms (especially IPTV ones – but also including OTT/SVOD) launch. Greater competition means cheaper channel packages. Bundling increases overall ARPU for operators, but leads to lower TV ARPU.”Satellite will still account for the majority of pay TV revenues in 2020, but these revenues will fall every year having started a downwards progressing in 2011, according to the research.Cable TV revenues are also estimated to have peaked in 2012, though IPTV revenues are tipped to climb by 26.7% between 2014 and 2020.The UK will still be the most lucrative pay TV market by 2020, even though Germany has the most pay TV subscribers “by some distance”, according to the report.
UPC Austria has logged 2.8 million TV streams for its mobile TV service Horizon Go in the six months since its launch on November 10, 2014. UPC Austria said that more than it has recorded more than 40,000 users for the service, who have accessed around 470,000 streams of TV content per month in its first half year.UPC said it has had more than 50,000 app downloads for the service and that the most popular TV channels on Horizon Go so far include Orf eins, ProSieben and ORF 2 Wien.Horizon Go is available for free to Horizon TV subscribers and is available through web browsers or as an app for iOS and Android devices.