Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The 6th Annual Mouth to Mouth Wild Run & Ride is scheduled for Memorial Day Monday, May 27. 10-Mile Mouth to Mouth Wild Run & RideThe 2019 Mouth to Mouth Wild Run & Ride includes a 1-mile beach run or fat bike ride between Kasilof River mouth and the mouth of the Kenai River. Day of event registration opens at noon. Race time is set for 2 p.m.The race start will be located at the Kasilof River Special Use Area off Kasilof Beach Stub Rd and the finish line at the Kenai South Beach parking lot off Cannery Rd.Early registration is available for $30 ($25 for Cook Inlet Keepers members) and day of event registration is $40. 3-Mile Fun Run EventIn addition, a 3-mile beach run from Cannery Road beach to the Kenai River mouth and return will begin at 3 p.m. on Monday. Start time for the 3-mile run is 3 p.m. at Cannery Road beach access off Dunes Road.
Bangalore, Jan 18 (ANI): India’s third-largest Information technology (IT) services exporter, Wipro Limited, registered a 27 percent rise in quarterly net profit, topping estimates, bolstered by rising demand from overseas clients. Wipro chief executive officer, TK Kurien, aimed for a constant growth rate of four and four and half percent.
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Categories: News 05Nov Rep. Poleski pleased to see roads settled State Rep. Earl Poleski voted in favor of yesterday’s passed road funding package that calls for a 50/50 split between existing funds and new revenue, relying on $600 million from each.The passed plan is intended to keep fees and increases modest while reducing annual car repair costs for Michigan drivers and is specially designed decrease the state income tax rate as inflation increases over time.“I’m pleased we were able to reach an agreement on roads,” said state Rep. Earl Poleski, R-Jackson. “This multi-year funding plan ensures dollars budgeted for roads are spent responsibly, and that the materials and processes used to build and maintain them are effectively measured—resulting in safer, high-quality roads for our state.”The package provides $200 million in tax relief by expanding the Homestead Property Tax Credit for middle-class families, low-income residents and seniors across the state.The new plan also includes an amendment from the Senate that decreases registration fee increases from 40 percent to 20 percent and increases the gas tax 7.3 cents per gallon.The road-funding plan now moves to the governor’s desk for further consideration.###
08Mar Rep. Brett Roberts schedules March office hours Tags: #SB Categories: Roberts News State Rep. Brett Roberts today announced he is holding office hours during March and encourages people to bring him thoughts and ideas about state government.Office hours for March will be held on Monday, March 27 from 10 to 11 a.m. at Robin’s Nest located at 6053 S. Clinton Trail in Eaton Rapids.“These meetings allow me to connect directly with people in my district,” said Rep. Roberts. “If people have any questions regarding state and local issues, I am open to hearing their concerns and working toward a solution.For those unable to attend, Rep. Roberts’ legislative office can be reached by phone at (517) 373-1775, or by email at BrettRoberts@house.mi.gov.
20Aug Rep. Hank Vaupel Weekly Column: August 20, 2018 Last Saturday was the very first VetFest hosted at Mt. Brighton by the Region 9 Veterans Community Action Team (VCAT). It was a tremendous success with over 1,200 registered to attend, and it set a high precedent as other veteran groups even from out of state have already looked to the event for inspiration. Food, entertainment, and information on veteran resources were all available free of charge to veterans and their families.All those involved in the planning and organization did a great job appreciating those who serve. Thank you to everyone who volunteered and helped make it such a successful inaugural event. I am blessed to help represent an area that takes such good care of its veterans. For more information about next year’s VetFest or other ways VCAT supports local veterans, contact regional coordinator Josh Parish at (906) 430-1679.***On Wednesday, I participated in the Livingston County United Way Day of Caring. This is an annual opportunity for individuals, groups, and local organizations to come together in community service to help those most in need. It is the largest such one-day event in Livingston County, and I was happy to be a part of it. Thank you to everyone who stepped up and participated and to the Livingston County United Way for faithfully hosting this event each year.Later that night, I attended the Howell Art Project Party put together by the Howell Main Street Inc. Design team. The event included an art competition with artists from Livingston County and across the state and an auction to benefit future investments in downtown Howell. I am proud of the great success Howell has achieved, and I am happy to support its continued growth and development.***Each year, the Livingston Educational Service Agency (LESA) gives away over 1,000 backpacks filled with school supplies to children of all grades who will soon be returning to school and provides parents with pertinent information and resources. The backpacks are generously donated by local residents, businesses, and organizations, and I was honored to help pass them out Thursday evening. It is always enjoyable to see the excitement on kids’ faces when they pick out their favorite backpack! Thank you to LESA for supporting our young people’s education.***If you have any ideas, comments or questions for my office, please do not hesitate to call us at 517-373-8835 or send an email to HankVaupel@house.mi.gov. We are happy to hear from you!PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Hank Vaupel volunteers alongside local residents for the Livingston County United Way Day of Caring. Categories: Vaupel News
ShareTweetShareEmail0 SharesApril 19, 2014; Chicago Tribune (Reuters)When you’re reading about the trials and tribulations of nonprofits in the U.S., just remember the courage it takes to be engaged in delivering humanitarian aid in conflict areas around the world. Last week, gunmen in Karachi, Pakistan, kidnapped two men who worked for the United Nations Children’s Fund, commonly known as UNICEF. This follows on the kidnapping of three men who were working for a Saudi NGO constructing homes in Karachi.All too often, the victims are not just NGO workers, but the beneficiaries of institutions operating in these conflict zones. The most horrendous example of recent weeks has been the mass kidnapping of over 120 girls by the organization known as Boko Haram (which means, in a Hausa dialect, “Western education is sin”) from a secondary school in the northeastern Nigerian town of Chibok.As has probably been the state of affairs for a long time, there is little in the way of safety guaranteed for humanitarian aid workers. In Bor in South Sudan, armed forces of one sort or another stormed a United Nations compound housing nearly 5,000 displaced persons, killing and wounding dozens and prompting Oxfam to reconsider its security procedures, given the difficulty in relying on the safety of a UN camp for its workers engaged in a water and sanitation project.Even when rebels or government authorities aren’t engaged in attacking or kidnapping aid workers, some governments do all they can do to make humanitarian aid next to impossible. In the Sudan, where a truly retrograde regime holds power, the government has suspended the activities of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) because it refused Khartoum’s request that its resources be transferred to the Sudan Red Crescent. More recently, the Sudanese government expelled the British aid organization Merlin because it had merged with Save the Children, which Khartoum had expelled earlier (in 2009, Save the Children/US was booted by the government along with Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières, the International Rescue Committee, and Oxfam/Great Britain.)It takes a tremendous amount of courage—institutional and personal—to commit to delivering aid in conflict areas where abductions and murders are disturbingly frequent and conducted with impunity. Everyone should take time to remember the aid workers who risk their lives trying to help people. They represent the best of all of us.—Rick CohenShareTweetShareEmail0 Shares
Share8Tweet6ShareEmail14 SharesBy Charles Keck [Public domain or Public domain], via Wikimedia CommonsDecember 19, 2017; Washington PostVirginians went to the polls on November 7th, but the race for the 94th District in the House of Delegates wasn’t decided until Tuesday, December 19th. When the final tally came in after a recount, Democrat Shelly Simonds had 11,608 votes, while incumbent Republican David Yancey fell just one vote short with 11,607.Going into the recount, Yancey led by 10 votes, but there was an 11-vote shift. This marks the first time a recount had altered an election outcome in Virginia in almost 30 years. The Washington Post notes that “A three-judge panel still must certify the results,” an event scheduled for today, but no challenges are expected. The Republican leader in the House of Delegates already sent his congratulations to Simonds.The result would appear to create a “rare 50-50 tie between the parties in the House of Delegates.” We use the word “appear” because, despite the definitive Washington Post statement, Ballotpedia reports that at present the breakdown is really 49-49, with two more seats—one leaning Democratic and the other leaning Republican—still to be decided.Ballotpedia adds:On December 20, a recount is being held for District 68, where Dawn Adams (D) leads Delegate Manoli Loupassi (R) by over 300 votes. If the result of that election holds, Democrats will control 50 of 100 seats in the Virginia House in 2018. They will have an opportunity to pick up their 51st seat when a recount is held for the District 28 race on December 21st. In that contest, Robert Thomas Jr. (R) leads Joshua Cole (D) by 82 votes. Democrats have also filed a lawsuit in the District 28 race due to a finding by the Department of Elections that 147 voters cast a ballot in the incorrect election, potentially impacting the results of the District 28 race. If their lawsuit moves forward, Democrats could potentially ask for a new election to be held for the seat.Regardless of how this plays out, the outcome is a stunning turnabout from the nearly 2-1 majority (66 seats out of 100) that Republicans had enjoyed before November 7th. The even split, if it stands, would be the first time in 18 years that Republicans have lacked a majority in Virginia’s lower house. It is notable, too, that two years ago, when Simonds and Yancey also competed for the 94th District seat, Yancey prevailed by more than 15 percentage points, a stark illustration of the shift required to move the House from two-thirds Republican to an even split.“This is part of a huge wave election in Virginia where voters came out in record numbers to force a change in Virginia,” Simonds said. “I’m really proud to be part of that change and part of that wave election.”As in Alabama, voter turnout efforts in communities of color proved key in Virginia. Mother Jones covered these efforts before the election in October. Advocacy groups promoting turnout included the Black Progressive Action Coalition, the New Virginia Majority, the NAACP, and the Virginia Black Leadership Organizing Collaborative. In a district where more than one in five residents is Black, these turnout efforts would appear to have succeeded. According to the Virginia Pilot, the top two candidates in the 94th District combined had just over 14,000 votes in 2015, but over 23,000 in 2017. While having the governor’s race on the ballot surely helped, the 64-percent increase is very impressive.As for the impact of the shift in the state capitol, it will certainly be significant, but the details may be complicated. The Post reports that:Power sharing in the House of Delegates is an awkward exercise. Committee chairs have to be negotiated as does the person who will serve as Speaker. With the parties split 50-50, there is no mechanism to break ties and any legislation short of 51 votes does not advance. Republicans hold a slight 21-19 edge in the state senate but with a Democratic lieutenant governor to break ties, and a Democratic governor with veto power, Republicans may be forced to advance a more bipartisan agenda.As Simonds enjoyed her victory with good humor. Noting that another Democrat had won a seat by one vote in 1991 and was named “Landslide Jim,” Shelley remarked, “I may become Landslide Shelly. As long as they call me delegate, I’m okay with it.”—Steve DubbShare8Tweet6ShareEmail14 Shares
BSkyB is launching a dedicated Formula 1 auto racing channel. UK pay TV operator won rights to the racing series earlier this year in a deal that runs from 2012 to 2018.Sky Sports F1 HD will show every race live, practice and qualifying sessions and various wraparound programming and interactive services giving statistics and information about the races, teams and drivers. The channel will be free for subscribers signed up to Sky Sports 1 and Sky Sports 2 or the pay TV operator’s HD package.Sky will share the rights with UK public broadcaster the BBC under the terms of a deal inked in July. Sky will show all Grand Prix live and qualifying and practice sessions while the BBC will show half of the live races and qualifying and practice.“This is another example of the value we are creating for customers through our content leadership. It follows the recent launch of other high-quality new channels like Sky Atlantic and Sky 3D as well as our growing commitment to UK original content in areas such as drama, comedy and the arts,” said Sky CEO, Jeremy Darroch. “It will give even more value to Sky customers and create another reason for others to consider pay TV.”
Online video streaming service Netflix is to launch in Sweden and across the Nordic region, as first revealed by DTVE sister publication TBI in May. This move will mark the latest international launch for the service, which has already launched across Latin America, in Canada and in the UK and Ireland. The service will launch in Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland by the end of 2012. It will be available on PCs, Macs, smart TVs, games consoles, Blu-ray disc players, smartphones and tablets.TBI revealed in May that the company, run by CEO Reed Hastings, was planning to launch in Scandinavia by the end of the year and was in talks with local content partners and international distributors to secure programming.Netflix had previously put its international expansion plans on hold in order to return to profitability in the US and had planned to roll out in Spain before pulling the launch.
Russian broadcaster CTC Media has appointed former Goldman Sachs managing director Lorenzo Grabau as member and co-chairman of CTC’s board, effective of the close of its annual general meeting (AGM) on April 30. Grabau, who is also non-executive member of the board of Modern Times Group (MTG), CTC’s largest shareholder, will replace Hans-Holger Albrecht, who resigns as of the end of the AGM.Albrecht, formerly the chief executive of MTG, will focus on his current role as president and CEO of Millicom International Cellular. MTG Russia and Telcrest Investments – another major shareholder in CTC- agreed Grabau’s appointment.At the same time, CTC said it was nominating Dmitry Lebedev and Werner Klatter for re-election to its board at the AGM. MTG Russia has also designated MTG president and CEO Jørgen Madsen Lindemann be elected as director. Mathias Hermansson will not stand for re-election to the board.
Gábor Mátrai, the vice-president of communications at Hungarian media and telecom regulator the NMHH is to leave the organisation by mutual consent.Mátrai’s departure follows the appointment by Hungarian premier Viktor Orbán of Mónika Karas as president of the NMHH, following the death of the previous president Annamárai Szalai.Mátrai was last year named as vice-president of the Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications (BEREC), the body set up to facilitate the exchange of information between European national telecom regulators and to advise the EC.
Consumer electronics provider Vestel and Swedish operating system platform maker Zenterio are partnering on a DVB-T2 set-top box that it is launching commercially in Uganda and Rwanda.The move comes ahead of a planned analogue terrestrial switch-off for much of Africa by June 2015, with DVB-T2, a system used to carry HDTV signals on terrestrial TV channels, expected to be important to this transition.The set-top will let viewers watch dozens of free-to-air digital channels and supports a high-quality HD picture.The companies said they will work with local partners SysCorp and TACT to analyse customer expectations and offer future services if they fit market demands – such as DVB-T2 hybrid with additional interactive services such as video-on-demand or catch-up TV.“Africa is an important market for Vestel and we are happy to begin set-top box sales into this market. We are aiming to expand DVB-T2 STB sales into other African countries in the coming years,” said Hakan Kutlu, Deputy General Manager, Vestel Trade.Zenterio CEO Samuel Lindstedt told DTVE: “Putting the Zenterio Operating System into this new retail DVB-T2 set-top box in Africa, specifically Rwanda and Uganda, shows the unparalleled flexibility and performance of our software and is proof that we can implement this technology for other emerging markets around the world.”
The ad hoc committee set up by Vivendi to weigh the rival offers for telecom unit SFR tabled by Numericable shareholder Altice and construction-to-telecoms conglomerate Bouygues came out yesterday in favour of a deal with Numericable, according to a report in financial daily Les Echos, without citing sources.According to the paper, the committee’s opinion is not decisive but is likely to carry weight as Vivendi’s board meets to consider the matter this morning. Vivendi has confirmed that its supervisory board is meeting now to consider the two offers.The belief that Vivendi is leaning towards a deal with Numericable was given weight by an interview given by industry minister Arnaud Montebourg to the Europe 1 radio station this morning. Montebourg, who is know to favour a deal with Bouygues, in part due to his belief that France would benefit from a reduction in the number of mobile telecom players from four to three, said that he “understood” that Vivendi “prefers the choice of Numericable”.Montebourg underlined what he sees as the risks of the Numericable option, citing the latter’s debt levels and the relatively small size of Numericable relative to SFR.Montebourg also criticised the tax arrangements of Altice proprietor Patrick Drahi, citing the fact that Numericable is owned by a holding company based in Luxembourg and quoted on the Amsterdam stock exchange, while Drahi is a Swiss resident with holding based in Guernsey.
The BBC’s commercial arm has selected six new start-ups to take part in its BBC Worldwide Labs project, covering business areas including audience research, video search and advertising.BBCWW kicked off its Labs scheme in 2012 to offer new companies guidance from industry experts and mentors from around the business, securing commercial partnerships without taking an equity state in the companies.The six startups chosen this year include: Seenit, an app that lets brands launch video-filming campaigns; Rezonence, an ad format that allows publishers to monetise digital content by asking consumers to engage; and CrowdEmotion, a software firm that analyses facial expressions to measure emotions.The other three start-ups are: video and audio search firm OP3NVoice; real-time ad and e-commerce system Verticly; and Buddy Bounce, a platform designed to let celebrities and brands better connect with their fans.BBCWW said that this year’s new start-ups have been selected based on their “natural alignment” with Worldwide’s existing business units and international brands, and their potential global reach.
Liberty Global CEO, Mike Fries.Virgin Media’s £3 billion (€4 billion) Project Lightning broadband investment programme will extend the company’s reach to two thirds of UK homes and generate up to £1 billion in incremental revenue by 2020, according to parent company Liberty Global’s president and CEO Mike Fries.Fries, speaking on an analyst call after Liberty Global released its full-year results at the end of last week, said that the company believed Virgin Media could replicate its existing footprint rates of 40% penetration and £50 ARPU, based on its experience with field trials in Glasgow and Teeside, where expansion to 10,000 homes achieved penetration of 23% and ARPU of £48.Fries said the build-out of Virgin Media’s network to new areas would be “demand led” based on its reception in various areas. While the headline price tag of £3 billion implies a cost of about £625 per home built out, Fries said the some of the investment would be variable based on take up, such as investment in consumer premise equipment. He said the company would launch with broadband speeds of 150Mbps.Speaking on the same call, Virgin Media CEO Tom Mockridge said that the cost of building out infrastructure is much less than it was a few years ago, thanks to advances in technology. The network in new areas will be fibre-deep and will not include a copper overlay to deliver telephony services, as is the case with Virgin Media’s legacy network.Mockridge said Virgin Media would look to build in cities where it already has a presence, filling in gaps in its network and taking customers from rival providers as well as growing penetration in areas where it is not already present.
BBC Radio 1 now has more than 2 million subscribers to its YouTube channel, and more than 2 million followers on Twitter and Facebook, the BBC Trust revealed as part of a radio service review.The review by the BBC’s governing body, which relates to BBC Radio 1, 1Xtra, Radio 2, Radio 3, 6 Music and Asian Network, called for BBC radio to “continue to develop its online strategy” and said it should engage on a regular basis with the UK music sector and commercial radio.“As the current definition of ‘new’ music is becoming invalid, the BBC should work with the music industry to find a more appropriate way to define new music on BBC radio,” according to the Trust.The review claimed that BBC Radio 1’s own website is used by around 2.5 million unique browsers each week. Though this is the highest of all the BBC’s network radio stations, it has not grown over the last few, the Trust added.In late 2014, Radio1 launched a branded space on the BBC’s TV iPlayer, marking an extension of its existing online presence.
Italy’s antitrust regulator has ordered an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the division of Serie A football rights between Sky and Mediaset for the 2015-18 seasons, according to local reports.Sky and Mediaset are suspected of colluding to carve up the rights, freezing out rivals including Discovery-owned Eurosport.Last year Mediaset at the last minute secured DTT rights to the matches of leading teams in the face of what it saw as a threat to allocate both major packages on offer to Sky. Serie A clubs agreed to allocate package A, with exclusive satellite rights to the matches of the eight leading teams to Sky, while package B, with DTT rights, went to Mediaset along with a package covering the matches of the 12 remaining teams.In a statement, Mediaset said that the deal had been approved by regulator AgCom at the time. It said that no alternative broadcaster had submitted a bid above the price threshold for each package at the time, and that therefore such players could not have been discriminated against. It also argued that the sale of both major packages to a single player – such as Sky – would have been against the rules governing the central sale of rights.
EPG data specialist EBS is showcasing its Pawa software at this year’s IBC.Pawa enables linear and non-linear EPG data to be aggregated, restructured and delivered to any platform in any format, according to EBS. Customers include BBC Worldwide, BT Sport, DStv, AMC Networks, Turner Broadcasting, Euronews, and QVC.According to the company, the Pawa system is able to fulfill the full range of distribution requirements necessary for broadcasters, driving linear and non-linear EPG data from a single database.Pawa can import listings from a variety of formats storing them centrally in preparation for distribution. Editors can then add any additional data required such as translations, editorial, images or cast before the listings are delivered wherever required, including platform operators both linear and non-linear, web, print, apps and more.Pawa can be bought as a managed service, whereby EBS handles the entire EPG data process, or alternatively as a software-as-a-service option with full training and support.“Pawa is unique as it enables us to deliver unrivalled client focussed propositions around the delivery of EPG data, which is increasingly rich in the connected era. This highly flexible approach allows us to easily deliver exactly what the customer requires and our recent announcements with customers, including BT Sport, BBC Worldwide and AMC Networks, further highlights our strength in the market,” explains Keith Bedford, EBS’ managing director.EBS will be exhibiting at IBC on stand 14.B01
Bruno CattanCanal+ Overseas will broadcast a new package of digital terrestrial TV (DTT) channels in French-speaking Africa, starting from the end of 2015.The Canal+ subsidiary will transmit the new pay TV offering of channels to DTT transmitters in approximately ten French-speaking countries.The service is due to launch by the end of the year will comprise a basic package of 25 channels and a selection of national channels per country.“Digital switchover is a unique opportunity for Africa and its broadcasting landscape. It opens the door to new channels with improved image quality and more locally produced programmes that better meet viewer expectations,” said Bruno Cattan, technology and web director of Canal+ Overseas.“We wanted to seize this opportunity and will use Eutelsat’s powerful African satellite resources to launch a television service that will enable a large number of households on the continent to enjoy the best that television can offer.”Canal+ Overseas has leased a 72MHz transponder on the Eutelsat 3B satellite to deliver the Canal+ channel offering.Michel Azibert, Eutelsat’s deputy CEO and chief commercial and development officer said: “Satellite technology is a natural ally for DTT roll-out in the countries targeted by our partner, as the reach we deliver can feed terrestrial networks spread over a huge landmass.”“This contract with Canal+ Overseas also cements a longstanding partnership with Canal+ with whom we have been collaborating in Poland and French overseas territories for over 20 years.”