On the same day students across Clark County returned to the classroom, the state’s top court and Legislature faced off in Olympia over the future of public school funding. The hearing in the Temple of Justice on Wednesday was the latest showdown stemming from the 2012 McCleary decision where the court declared the level of public school funding unconstitutional. The Supreme Court justices wanted to know why state lawmakers shouldn’t be held in contempt for not coming up with a detailed plan — as ordered by the court — to adequately fund public schools across the state.In keeping with custom, justices did not make a ruling from the bench. But local lawmakers had a wide-ranging reaction to the latest showdown. Rep. Jim Moeller, D-Vancouver, said it’s time for the court to take a bold step. He said holding lawmakers in contempt could add the extra pressure the Legislature needs to find a solution.“They could shut down all the school districts in a more radical ruling,” he said. ‘I think it’s dangerous’Across the aisle and in the upper chamber, Sen. Ann Rivers, R-La Center, said justices are treading into dangerous territory and leading the state toward a constitutional crisis.
Bonnier’s head of IT development, Tore Fjaertoft says, “We have adopted the Adobe Digital Publishing Suite as an integral part of our News+ platform. Leveraging the abilities to product and distribute digital editions of our daily newspapers using the Digital Publishing Suite has been a key element of the success of the News+ platform.” The Enterprise Edition of the Digital Publishing Suite is available as of today. Pricing is available via a custom quote through Adobe’s website. In other tablet news, Apple announced last week its newest version of the tablet, the iPad 2, at an event in San Francisco. The latest model of the iPad is lighter and thinner, and features front and rear end cameras. The tablet is available in black and white. Adobe announced the immediate availability of the Enterprise Edition of Adobe Digital Publishing Suite today. Already used by companies like Conde Nast, Dennis Publishing, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia and National Geographic for Android technologies, the Enterprise Edition will also be adaptable for the RIM PlayBook and iOS tablets. The Enterprise Edition includes technology that will allow users to “create, distribute, monetize and analyze digital magazines, newspapers and publications.” The Suite incorporates a viewer builder service, an e-commerce service and a Folio Producer service, which will enable users to support content directly from Adobe InDesign CS5 software. The Digital Publishing Suite also allows direct entitlement with third party subscription fulfillment service providers. This gives publishers the ability to leverage current print accounts, increase digital subscription numbers and to create digital-print bundles as well as merchandising options.
-A young man allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself at his house over conjugal dispute at Itta village in Manirampur upazila on Saturday afternoon.Family sources said Sanjit Das Babu, 30, son of Dhiren Das, a resident of Itta village, had been at a conjugal feud with his wife. Sanjit used to work at Manirampur upazila post office.Following the dispute, his wife has recently left the house and gone to her father’s house.On Saturday, as Sanjit didn’t wake up after 12:00 pm despite making repeated calls by the family members, the house inmates entered his room breaking the door only to find Sanjib hanging with the ceiling.The body was sent to hospital morgue for autopsy, said sub-inspector Ruksana of Manirampur police station, adding that an unnatural death case was filed in this connection.
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Bill drafted in response to a constituent inquiryState Representative Holly Hughes, R-Montague, has introduced legislation in response to a situation a constituent brought to her attention. Rep. Hughes has described the bill as “good government legislation.”The constituent who contacted Rep. Hughes office for assistance described a situation where she was asked to respond to a state agency within 60 days. She postmarked and sent the response on the 56th day, yet the agency did not actually open the correspondence until the 61st day. Although the agency in question acknowledges the postmark date, it has taken the position that its internal policy doesn’t consider something received until it is physically opened by staff, and because the correspondence was opened after the 60th day, the constituent’s response was not received timely, and her request was denied.House Bill 4844 would stipulate that in any correspondence with a state department, the postmark date is the date of receipt, unless otherwise provided for by law.“It is unfortunate that this bill is even necessary, however, I am happy that the constituent contacted my office and I am able to sponsor this bill on her behalf, as well as the countless other taxpayers across our state who have experienced similar situations,” Rep. Hughes said. “Once a taxpayer puts their letter in the mailbox, what happens to it is out of their control. For a state agency to penalize our hard-working taxpayers because their correspondence was delayed in arriving or delayed in being opened just doesn’t seem reasonable, and certainly doesn’t provide the level of service that we should expect from our taxpayer-supported state government.”HB 4844 will be referred to the House Government Operations Committee.##### Categories: Featured news,Hughes News,News Tags: #SB, HD91, House Bill 4844, Hughes 20Aug Rep. Holly Hughes introduces ‘good government’ legislation
25Jan House adopts Slagh resolution on Omphalocele awareness Photo Information: Rep. Bradley Slagh is joined by Ellie Hopke of Zeeland (left) and Brianna Steffen of Chesterfield Township (right) for the adoption of his resolution.A resolution introduced by Rep. Bradley Slagh, of Zeeland, to recognize families affected by an abdominal birth defect received unanimous support on the House floor this week.House Resolution 12 declares Jan. 31, 2019 as Omphalocele Awareness Day in the state of Michigan. An omphalocele is a birth defect that prevents the baby’s abdominal wall from closing properly during the course of a pregnancy, which allows for organs to partially or completely protrude outside of the baby’s body.According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the birth defect occurs in roughly one of every 5,000 live births. After meeting with a young lady from his district, Ellie Hopke, Rep. Slagh said “Ellie’s story of overcoming obstacles is inspiring, and by tirelessly raising awareness, she gives hope and support to affected families who also need to overcome the physical challenges of this condition.”Ellie was able to visit the state Capitol to witness the House pass Rep. Slagh’s resolution. “I’m most proud to be helping create this awareness day because I know how uncommon and scary this whole process can be,” Ellie said. “I think it’s important to embrace our differences and not hide behind them.” She was joined by her mother Mindy Hopke, of Zeeland. This will be the eighth observance of Omphalocele Awareness Day.For more information, contact Rep. Slagh by calling (517) 373-0830 or emailing email@example.com.### Categories: Slagh News
Categories: Miller News State Rep. Aaron Miller, of Sturgis, today announced two upcoming dates where he will hold in-district office hours for the month of March.“Transparency and openness are essential to both good government and effective representation,” Miller said. “I encourage anyone with a question to attend and I look forward to our discussion.”Rep. Miller will be available Saturday, March 23 at the following time and location:7 to 9 a.m. at Yoder’s Country Market, 375 Eleanor Drive in Centreville.Rep. Miller will also be available Monday, March 25 at the following times and locations:7 to 8:30 a.m. at Shell, 465 W. Main St. in Mendon;9 to 10:30 a.m. at Dawn and Phil’s Café, 105 E. State St. in Colon; and11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Five Lakes in Meijer, 408 W. South St. in Sturgis.No appointments are necessary. Those unable to attend may contact Rep. Miller’s office at (517) 373-0832 or AaronMiller@house.mi.gov.### 15Mar Rep. Miller sets local office hours for March
ShareTweetShareEmail0 Shares neneo / Shutterstock.comJanuary 1, 2014; PBS NewsHourThe Pope’s New Year’s address had as its theme “fraternity,” but his interpretation of that focused on inequality and human rights violations as violence. I will leave it to much more learned people to interpret the speech, but here are some excerpts.“In many parts of the world, there seems to be no end to grave offenses against fundamental human rights, especially the right to life and the right to religious freedom. The tragic phenomenon of human trafficking, in which the unscrupulous prey on the lives and the desperation of others, is but one unsettling example of this. Alongside overt armed conflicts are the less visible but no less cruel wars fought in the economic and financial sectors with means, which are equally destructive of lives, families and businesses.Globalization, as Benedict XVI pointed out, makes us neighbors, but does not make us brothers. The many situations of inequality, poverty and injustice, are signs not only of a profound lack of fraternity, but also of the absence of a culture of solidarity. New ideologies, characterized by rampant individualism, egocentrism and materialistic consumerism, weaken social bonds, fuelling that ‘throwaway’ mentality which leads to contempt for, and the abandonment of, the weakest and those considered ‘useless.’ In this way human coexistence increasingly tends to resemble a mere do ut des, which is both pragmatic and selfish.”And on income inequality:“One also sees the need for policies which can lighten an excessive imbalance between incomes. We must not forget the Church’s teaching on the so-called social mortgage, which holds that although it is lawful, as Saint Thomas Aquinas says, and indeed necessary ‘that people have ownership of goods,’ insofar as their use is concerned, ‘they possess them as not just their own, but common to others as well, in the sense that they can benefit others as well as themselves.’”The Pope also decried our tolerance of such stuff as war and human trafficking.—Ruth McCambridgeShareTweetShareEmail0 Shares
ShareTweetShareEmail0 SharesJanuary 19, 2014; Movie City NewsFor a good time, visit the site of the Sundance Festival, which is now on its eighth day. And NPQ would like to reintroduce the nonprofit behind it: the Sundance Institute, described here on its website:Since 1981, Sundance Institute has evolved to become an internationally-recognized nonprofit organization that actively advances the work of risk-taking storytellers worldwide.NPQ has been following many attempts to diversify and support journalism that allows and motivates people to understand the world more intimately and then to act upon that knowledge, and we see this grant in that sphere. The Open Society Foundations today made a $5 million grant to the Sundance Institute to support documentary films addressing critical issues.“My foundations have long supported arts and culture—especially film—as a means to build and strengthen open societies around the world,” said George Soros, founder and chairman of the Open Society Foundations. “This support will help bring open society issues to a wider audience.” Soros clearly sees this type of independent filmmaking as an important aspect of new journalism.The two organizations have a long relationship, in that Open Society Foundations inaugurated its Documentary Film Program in 1996, and this was made part of Sundance Institute in 2002. Chris Stone, president of the Open Society Foundations commented, “We believe that film can intensify conversations on rights, justice, and social ills.”According to this article, the Sundance Institute has long “promoted independent storytelling to inform and inspire audiences across political, social, religious and cultural differences. Through labs, funding, special projects with key partners and the Sundance Film Festival, the Institute serves as the leading advocate for independent artists worldwide.”“As the landscape of non-fiction storytelling continues to evolve, independent documentary filmmakers are increasingly exploring new forms and formats.” said Keri Putnam, executive director of Sundance Institute. “With the support of Open Society Foundations, Sundance Institute will continue to seek out and support inventive artists whose work pushes the boundaries of non-fiction story telling and whose stories redefine existing notions of human rights.”—Ruth McCambridgeShareTweetShareEmail0 Shares
ShareTweetShareEmail0 Shares a katz / Shutterstock.comJanuary 31, 2015; CapitalAl Sharpton’s position as a spokesperson for the Black Lives Matter movement was, as NPQ has previously reported, questioned by many younger leaders who were interested in having voice in the movement.Sharpton took offense and, in an ill-advised discussion at the Harlem office of the National Action Network, he likened the young leaders to…well…streetwalkers who were being “pimped out,” though it was not clear who was doing the pimping. But Sharpton suggested in long form that they were being turned against, and encouraged to argue with, their “Mommy and Daddy.”Whomever Sharpton means by “they,” “they tell them what they want to hear,” he said:“They don’t tell you ‘I’m going to turn you out.’ They tell you, ‘You’re beautiful. Nobody appreciates you like I do. Look at you. You deserve all these material things. You’re not being in that London Fog coat. You should be in minks. You should have diamonds. You should have earnings [and] all you’ve got to do is come with me. We can have a brand new car together. We can buy a house in the suburbs together.’ And after they seduce you, they reduce you. And I’m not going to sit here and let them reduce our children.”Josmar Trujillo, founder of the group New Yorkers Against Bratton, said Sharpton has not been helpful to the younger activists seeking police reforms in New York City. He said:“As we move ahead here in New York, inspired by Ferguson youth, we’re speaking truth to power. Sharpton, and others like him, are in fact much too cozy with power to fill that role. For the former informant to paternalistically admonish younger, more dynamic leaders by comparing them to ‘hoes’ is just another self-serving attempt to squash dissent as he wrestles for control of a movement that’s leaving him behind.”Meanwhile, in another flamboyant display of an out-of-control ego, Sharpton said so many objectionable things in an extended profile of him in the Washington Post that he set off a Twitter stampede, consisting of his own self-anointing words repeated by non-fan activists.—Ruth McCambridgeShareTweetShareEmail0 Shares
Share16Tweet21Share5Email42 Shares“Healthy food pantry options” by Salvation Army USA WestSeptember 18, 2017; WAMUIt’s common knowledge that eating healthfully in the U.S. is more expensive than eating junk, and low-income neighborhoods are often bereft of stores that sell fruits, vegetables, and other healthful choices. Many low-income residents get assistance from food pantries, but the pantries often take what they can get from grocery stores, and that can mean piles of processed convenience food that’s easy and cheap for stores to donate.Not so the Capital Area Food Bank (CAFB) in Washington, D.C. Earlier this year, they committed to the Partnership for a Healthier America and did the following:Increased the quality of its food supply, refusing to accept soda, candy, and other junk foodStepped up distribution of produce and multiplied its impact with recipes and produce guidesPiloted school-based models that get fruits and vegetables to children when their palates are formingCAFB expanded their mission to include public health promotion as well as meal provision. “As public health organizations, America’s food banks have a moral imperative to combat not just hunger, but their companion challenges—obesity, heart disease, and diabetes,” said Nancy E. Roman, president and CEO of the CAFB. The pantry reduced the junk food it supplies to its more than 400 partners by 84 percent.It’s equally exciting to see that the change was driven by the people the organization serves. “The feedback we were getting from our partners, over and over again, was that people were hearing from their doctors that they really need to reduce the salt and sugar in their diet and increase fiber,” said Hilary Salmon, director of communications at CAFB.When the food pantry started actively responding to their partners’ requests, supporters noticed. Not only did they retain all of their food donors, but funding has already risen by 22 percent, a bigger increase than over the entire prior year. This is encouraging news to other food banks, which often feel they can’t refuse the junk that grocery stores offer them for fear of losing the whole donation.Health initiatives targeting low-income populations are often derided as paternalistic or racist, accusing wealthy benefactors of making decisions for low-income families who get portrayed as not savvy or motivated enough to make the right choices about their diets. While that’s certainly a concern, “choice” is dependent upon available options. Implying that low-income families wouldn’t want to improve their health through food, and therefore don’t merit the option, limits both their choices and their overall health improvement. CAFB’s recipients conveyed recommendations from their doctors, asking for help, and CAFB responded.Amanda Musilli, who develops community partnerships for Whole Foods in Detroit, told the Food & Environment Reporting Network, “People said, well, how do you expect Detroiters to afford this? Many times, those were not Detroiters, and those were white people saying, ‘How are those people going to afford your food?’” Changing the perception of healthful food from a luxury to a staple, making it accessible enough to be the norm, is a long-term goal of many health nonprofits.One of CAFB’s partners, the Sharing Life food pantry in Texas, uses behavioral economics to try influence patrons to make healthier choices, but they’re upfront about it. “Our goal is to try to educate people and not just shove a package of whole wheat spaghetti in their car and say, ‘try to deal with this,’” says Teresa Jackson, executive director of Sharing Life. Since they implemented “nudging” techniques like making vegetables easier to reach and putting up enticing posters of fruit, Sharing Life has seen a 46 percent increase in people taking home the featured (healthful) foods.CAFB is looking to be a real community partner—not just a place to get food, but a place to improve health, contract with local farmers to support their involvement, and support retailers who set up shop in food deserts. If they continue taking their cues from their community, this could be a boon for many D.C. residents.—Erin RubinShare16Tweet21Share5Email42 Shares
Digital TV penetration in Russia will reach 98% by 2020, up from just under 50% at the end of 2013, according to figures from Digital TV Research. The stats predict that nearly a third of homes in the country will be primary DTT households by 2020, up from just 7.5% at the end of 2013, with every platform having “ambitious plans to roll out digital services.”Digital TV Research claims that digital pay TV penetration will climb from 36.0% in 2013 to 60.7% by 2020.“Massive network construction (using the latest technology) is underway, which will irrevocably change the market. However, satellite TV is the boom market at present, with consumers attracted by low cost packages,” said the report.Analogue terrestrial switch-off is expected to take place in Russia in 2018, though Digital TV Research says it expects analogue cable switch-off to take longer. It predicts that analogue cable TV penetration will fall from 37% in 2010 to 2% by 2020.“Analogue cable subscribers include many homes which take the low-cost ‘social package’, which usually comprises retransmissions of the terrestrial channels. Although many of these homes will convert to DTT – or even pay digital platforms – some will hang on to the analog cable subscription for as long as possible,” said Digital TV Research.It claims that pay TV revenues in Russia will increase by US$1.14 billion between 2010 and 2020 to reach US$2.02 billion. “ARPUs for cable TV have traditionally been low and this trend is continuing with the popularity of cheap DTH packages. However, DTH ARPUs are expected to increase, with cable and IPTV slowly falling.”
Viewing of kids content on Modern Times Group’s (MTG) Viaplay streaming service grew five-fold in the last year, according to the company. The period saw the Nordic free and pay TV provider strike exclusive agreements with Nickelodeon and Disney Movies on Demand. While viewing of kids content increased b y 513%, viewership of the platform as a whole grew by 41% on the back of investment in technology and content, said the operator.“As a parent, I know how much impact children have on the service you have at home, so I’m glad Viaplay now has the strongest choice even for children, and that it is visible in user numbers,” said Rikard Steiber, CEO of Viaplay and chief digital officer, MTG.
Pay TV giant Sky has won a legal victory in a dispute with Microsoft by preventing the latter from registering a European trademark for Skype. The General Court of the European Union accepted Sky’s contention that the Skype brand and the figurative elements of its logo could result in consumer confusion.“As regards the visual, phonetic and conceptual similarity of the signs at issue, the Court has confirmed that the pronunciation of the vowel ‘y’ is no shorter in the word ‘skype’ than it is in the word ‘sky’. In addition, the word ‘sky’, part of the basic vocabulary of the English language, remains clearly identifiable in the word ‘skype’, in spite of the fact that the latter is written as only one word. Last, the element ‘sky’ in the word ‘skype’ can perfectly well be identified by the relevant public, even if the remaining element ‘pe’ has no specific meaning,” the Court ruled.The court also ruled that the Skype logo, which includes the Skype name surrounded by a cloud-like graphic, could heighten confusion.“Conceptually, the figurative element conveys no concept, except perhaps that of a cloud, which would further increase the likelihood of the element ‘sky’ being recognised within the word element ‘skype’, for clouds are to be found ‘in the sky’ and thus may readily be associated with the word ‘sky’,” it argued.The court found that Microsoft’s argument that Skype’s name is already well-known had no relevance because “even if the term ‘skype’ had acquired a meaning of its own for identifying the telecommunications services provided by the company Skype, it would be a generic, and consequently descriptive, term for services of that kind”.The court further ruled that while, Sky and Skype operate in “peaceful coexistence” in the UK, that only related to Skype’s core business of peer-to-peer telecommunication services and does not “lessen the likelihood of confusion in respect of the many other goods and services covered by the signs”.Microsoft has pointed out that the case relates to the trademark registration rather than Skype’s use of its mark.Sky said that the case related to a long-running dispute over the extension of the Skype trademark to cover goods and services that overlap with its own, including “TV-related” products and service.
Ericsson has launched a data analysis toolkit for TV and media companies, designed to let clients aggregate, analyse and act on large amounts of data.Integrated Video Insights is designed to help media players – like content owners, broadcasters, and TV service providers – understand what users want, value most or don’t need, according to Ericsson.The toolkit can be delivered as a standalone solution or as an expansion module for the Ericsson Expert Analytics suite. The service builds on Ericsson’s TV and media, big data and analytics, and consulting and systems integration portfolios.“What Integrated Video Insights does is it analyses that and it generates meaningful reports and actions intended to drive business outcomes,” Fransisco Huerta, Ericsson’s head of TV and media systems integration offerings told DTVE.“The driver for why this is a good thing comes from the changing behaviours of consumers and the fact that you’re no longer pushing content towards them – you’re pulling that content based on their preferences.”Integrated Video Insights is designed to help media players aggregate and analyse large amounts of data from users, video platforms, and networks.Media companies can use it to improve their content commercialisation strategy, identify the investments required to increase average revenue per user, and ensure their content is consumed under optimal conditions, according to Ericsson.
Al Jazeera has launched a version of its youth-focused mobile news service AJ+ for Apple TV.Al Jazeera said the new digital experience marks AJ+’s “first step in making content available through an app on the big screen.”Since its inception in September 2014 AJ+ has focused solely on native mobile and social distribution, though it will now also curate content specifically for Apple TV audiences.“Innovative storytelling and reporting about stories that matter in formats that appeal to our audience as well as distributing this content natively to our audience has always been a key pillar of our strategy,” said AJ+ managing director, Dima Khatib.“We definitely are leading with our mobile first approach for news and hope to take the lessons learned over to the big screen. Watch this space as we figure out how to bring content engagement back to people’s living rooms.”The news comes less than a week after Al Jazeera America announced it will close down its TV network in the coming months, citing an unsustainable business model.At the time, Al Jazeera said it will expand international digital services like AJ+ to broaden its presence in the US.
French live and catch-up TV steaming service, Molotov, has passed the one million user mark, six months after its launch.The OTT TV service said the average age of its users is around 35 years old, while the average audience age on TV is 51 years old.Molotov first launched on Apple platforms before arriving on Android devices last November then on connected TVs in December.Some 40% of users are watching vi smartphone and the same proportion via tablets, with 20% tuning in on connected TVs.The daily average viewing time is around 80 minutes with some variation by device. On smartphone the average is 40 minutes and on connected TVs and 160 minutes.According to Pierre Lescure, the former CEO of Canal+ and one of the three cofounders of Molotov, “the audience is particularly young and its fast adoption shows it is attractive among younger viewers, bringing millennials back to TV.”New social functionalities will be deployed soon. Molotov will also pursue discussions and partnerships with TV channels to expand its content offering on the international market.
Dan SnowA new thematic VOD service based on television historian Dan Snow’s podcast network will launch in October.HistoryHit.TV will offer films of varying lengths, including feature-length interviews with history communicators and experts, plus traditional documentaries, including some no longer in circulation elsewhere.The programmes will be both licensed from third parties and originally produced.The service is based on the Dan Snow’s HistoryHit podcast, which has been successful on iTunes.Initially, it will be crowdfunded, but DTVE sister title TBI understands this will likely be followed by more traditional investment.Snow will be chief creative officer, with multiplatform doc specialist Tom Clifford CEO, ChannelFlip co-founder Justin Gayner head of digital and history filmmaker Justin Hardy curator.Dan Morelle, Cassie Pop and Dr. Amara Thornton all take producer roles.“History is my life,” said Snow. “I’ve been lucky enough to make TV history documentaries for the past 15 years and my shows have been watched hundreds of millions of times across the world on channels such as the BBC, PBS, History Channel, Discovery and National Geographic. Together with the HistoryHit team I also started the award winning HistoryHit Podcast.”
Orange had 8.7 million TV customers as of the end of June, up 7% year-on-year, boosted by strong growth in Spain.The group’s Spanish pay TV numbers leapt by 42.2% year-on-year to 541,000. Orange’s broadband base in Spain grew by 4.4% year-on-year to 4.2 million, with the fibre base growing by 60% to reach 1.9 million.In its domestic French market, Orange’s TV base grew modestly, from 6.51 million in June 2016 to 6.74 million at the end of the second quarter of 2017.Orange also grew its TV base in Belgium and Luxembourg, where its launch of the Love convergent mobile, broadband and TV offering attracted 64,000 customers following the operator’s debut as a convergent player in the market. TV customers numbered 68,000 at the end of June, up from 13,000 a year earlier.In Romania, Orange’s TV base grew by 15.3% year-on-year to reach 351,000, including satellite customers, while its broadband base stood at 124,000.In Moldova, the local unit’s TV service had 98,000 customers at the end of June. Orange had 45,000 for its broadband service.However, in Poland, Orange’s TV base declined from 803,000 to 792,000.