Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires (Tyler Drake/Arizona Sports) Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Just don’t be surprised if they turn some heads.Each person will take part in football drills similar to the ones coaches use for player evaluations.But that’s not all.Military members will get to enjoy the rest of the Cardinals practice in luxury thanks to the VIP hospitality area.Following practice, members of the team will make their way over to visit and sign autographs with the group. The Arizona Cardinals are partnering up with the USAA for a great cause.The team will host “USAA’s Salute to Service NFL Boot Camp” for 50 active-duty service members from Luke Air Force Base and the Arizona Army National Guard at University of Phoenix Stadium Thursday, Aug. 2 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.The group will get a firsthand experience of what an NFL player goes through as they make the jump from college to the league. 1 Comments Share The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo
28Sep Rep. Miller welcomes local pastor to lead House invocation PHOTO: State Rep. Aaron Miller, right, welcomed Pastor Charlie Keller, center, from the Diamond Cover Missionary Church in Cassopolis to the state Capitol to give today’s invocation for the Michigan House of Representatives. House tradition calls for a representative or a clergy member to begin each day’s session with a prayer. Speaker Tom Leonard joined them at the rostrum. Categories: Miller News,Miller Photos
The state House today gave bipartisan support to state Rep. Brandt Iden’s legislation to increase professional skills opportunities for high school students.As part of a two-bill plan, Iden’s legislation safeguards funding for school districts, while allowing students participating in an internship or a work experience program off campus to continue to qualify as a full-time student.“Employers across Michigan need people with real-world experience and that’s part of an internship,” said Iden, of Oshtemo Township. “We must allow career exploration, on-the-job training and personal skills development to become an integral part of education before high school graduation. That will help us across our community and the state.”Current Michigan Department of Education guidelines allow work-based internships in grades 9-12. Students can work four to 10 hours a week and, with the local district board of education’s oversight, will receive credit for graduation.The House Workforce and Talent Development Committee unanimously approved Iden’s legislation, with the Michigan Department of Education, Michigan Association of School Administrators, Michigan Association of School Boards, Michigan Association of Secondary School Principals, and the Great Lakes Education Project also in support“Education does not begin and end in the classroom,” Iden said. “We’re helping put students into a professional environment where they can grow and learn necessary, real-world experience.”House Bills 5676, sponsored by Iden, and 4106 next advance to the Senate for its consideration.##### Categories: Iden News,News 21Mar House approves Iden bill to expand internship opportunities to high school students
State Rep. Triston Cole today congratulated Boyne City, which was named a semifinalist in the National Main Street Center’s Great American Main Street competition.The award recognizes exceptional Main Street communities.“This is an outstanding accomplishment for Boyne City,” said Cole, of Mancelona. “Boyne City is an excellent community where shops, restaurants and businesses are thriving. This small town has a lot to offer, and this award acknowledges its successes and great way of life.”The 2019 Great American Main Street winners will be announced in March at the Main Street Now Conference in Seattle, Washington.The Main Street Now Conference attracts volunteers, architects, planners, economic development professionals, public officials, and consultants.#### 11Sep Rep. Cole congratulates Boyne City, selected as Great American Main Street semifinalist Categories: Cole News,News
17Oct State Rep. Hank Vaupel Weekly Column: Oct. 7, 2018 Categories: News,Vaupel News I want to thank Sam Champagne, House policy committee advisor of the House Health Policy Committee, for his service in assisting with legislation. Sam Champagne was presented a tribute for his work and dedication to the Michigan House. He is leaving for a position in the private sector, and we wish him well on his new endeavor.***I recently participated in the Brighton Area Chamber of Commerce Power Lunch where I served on a panel to discuss legislation and public policy issues trending locally, statewide and nationally. Congressmen Mike Bishop, state Senator Joe Hune and state Rep. Lana Theis also attended the event. National and state issues were discussed with active audience questions. It was a great opportunity to meet with local residents and discuss community updates.***This week, I was invited by Lake Trust Credit Union to help with gardening maintenance for LACASA. LACASA helps hundreds of people by protecting and empowering victims and survivors of child abuse, domestic violence and sexual assault. I want to thank the Lake Trust employees for their work to help assist LACASA for several hours by completing the needed garden weeding and mulching. Having dedicated volunteers help local businesses keeps the community together.***On Tuesday, I attended the Howell Chamber of Commerce Good Morning Livingston breakfast where presentations were made by several Fowlerville businesses. The speakers shared projects they are working on, and what residents can look forward to with recent expansion plans and responsibilities their businesses face.***Please join me for my October office hours on Friday, October 19 at the following times and locations:· 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Fowlerville Farms, 941 S. Grand Ave. in Fowlerville;· 4 to 5 p.m. at Biggby Coffee, 11325 W. Highland Road in Hartland; and· 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at All Star Coney Island, 934 Michigan Ave. in Howell.I look forward to seeing you and hearing your thoughts!***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: (left to right) State Rep. Edward J. Canfield, D.O., state Rep. Hank Vaupel, Sam Champagne, and Speaker of the House Tom Leonard presented a tribute to Sam Champagne for his work at the Michigan House of Representatives.
Categories: Griffin News 08Feb Rep. Griffin launches bipartisan effort to cut prison health care costs State Rep. Beth Griffin has introduced legislation to allow certain extremely frail and sick prisoners to be relocated to specialized medical facilities, a bipartisan plan designed to save taxpayer money while continuing to protect public safety.Griffin, of Mattawan, said chronically ill and aging prisoners often have health care costs several times higher than the average inmate. It’s a growing concern in Michigan, where nearly one in four inmates is 50 or older with the average age continuing to rise. Health care already takes up 15 percent of the prison system’s budget.“Reforming the way we care for medically frail inmates will allow for a more efficient use of taxpayer money,” Griffin said. “Caring for prison inmates who are extremely sick – people who are so frail they can’t bathe or eat on their own – is a difficult and expensive task. It’s far more cost effective to care for these inmates at a specialized facility.”An initial projection from the Department of Corrections estimates roughly 40 to 60 prisoners could potentially be eligible for the program. The number could grow over time as the prison population ages.The goal would be to qualify inmates transferred to health care facilities for Medicaid, which would translate to a net savings for taxpayers.The plan does not allow early release of inmates. Griffin said it would simply permit some inmates with severe and chronic physical or mental disabilities to complete their sentences at a medical facility rather than inside a prison, if approved by a parole board.Only inmates classified by professionals as not posing a risk to public safety would be allowed to relocate. Prosecutors and victims could appeal decisions, and inmates convicted of first-degree murder or first-degree criminal sexual conduct would automatically be ineligible for the program – meaning they stay behind bars.“Inmates who are a threat to public safety will not be eligible for this program,” Griffin said. “The inmates we’re talking about here are extremely sick, often bedridden and nearing the end of their lives.”House Bills 4129-32 have been referred to the House Judiciary Committee for consideration.###
Share273TweetShare3Email276 Shares“Mural: Cops and immigrants.” Credit: Franco FoliniMay 30, 2017; KQEDPresident Trump’s rhetoric has immigration lawyers in California struggling to keep up with rising client demand, as its significant immigrant population seeks to establish or strengthen legal status in the U.S. Its Central Valley, an agricultural region with many immigrant farm workers, is particularly hit hard because it has a “tiny number of immigration attorneys.”KQED, in a recent article, quoted Justin Sweeney, an immigration lawyer in downtown Fresno, who has seen a 400 percent increase in clients over the same period last year. “I used to do an appointment every hour, but now because there’s so many people coming in we do an appointment every half-hour,” he said.OneJustice is a California-based nonprofit that maps immigration services in the state in an effort to expand legal services. It has found that even though there are more than 400 nonprofit immigration providers in California, only 28 of them are in the Central Valley. The American Immigration Lawyers Association has about 500 members in San Francisco and Oakland, but barely 40 in Central Valley.There are close to 300,000 legal immigrants eligible for citizenship in the Central Valley, and about the same number of undocumented immigrants. According to Allison Davenport, a staff attorney with the Immigrant Legal Resource Center, which provides presentations on immigration law basics to immigrants in rural areas, “nonprofit groups like hers are trying to fill the gap for those who can’t afford private lawyers. But they are overwhelmed too.”Geography plays a role. The nearest immigration courts for the Central Valley are in San Francisco and Los Angeles, which means that clients may incur travel expenses and the time for the attorney to travel, which adds to the cost. Cost itself is a challenge for the farmworker client “with little cash to spare.”The dearth of immigration lawyers and the lack of money for legal representation create a third problem. Davenport said, “A lot of attorneys in the area, a lot of their caseload is cleaning up the mess created by fraudulent providers.” Immigration consultants, called notarios in Spanish, are barred from giving legal advice in California, but in Mexico notarios are licensed to practice law. Immigrants sometimes resort to notarios as they try to navigate the complexities of immigration law. U.S. immigration laws are complex, and some notarios are incompetent while others are outright swindlers.Immigrants are jumping at the opportunity to get advice from nonprofits like the Immigrant Legal Resource Center. Funding for immigrant legal support has increased recently and this has allowed nonprofits in California’s Central Valley to expand their services. Much more needs to be done, however, to make sure immigrants get the legal help they need.—Cyndi SuarezShare273TweetShare3Email276 Shares
German pay TV operator Sky Deutschland has inked programming deals with several German distributors. Sky has sealed deals with Splendid, Telepool and Tobis, giving it access to movie titles including The Ides of March and The Expendables 2.The deals run until 2014 and cover linear TV, VOD and SVOD.
Portuguese pay TV operator Zon Multimédia has launched its Iris advanced TV offering on the iPhone.The iPhone service will be free to all Iris subscribers, allowing users to watch programmes live and schedule recordings. Zon said that about 30,000 users had downloaded its existing web app this year. The iPhone version of the service will be available for iOS version 4.3 or higher.
Croatian telco T-Hrvatski Telekom has made its mobile TV service MAXtv To Go available to all subscribers for the nominal fee of HRK1 (€0.13) with no contractual obligation for a limited period.The service allows users to view up to 26 different channels via smartphones, tablets or laptops.
A declining DTH base offset growth in Zon Multimédia’s triple-play subscriber base during the second quarter. The Portuguese pay TV operator saw the number of triple-play subscribers increase by 7.7% year-on-year to 730,9000.The number of basic subscribers was up 2.2% to 1.6 million, of which 1.2 million took cable services, an increase of 4.6%. DTH numbers were down 5% to 375,500.The operator is seeing steady progress with its next generation Iris offering, adding 42,500 customers during the quarter. It ended June with 161,000 Iris subs.Zon’s second quarter operating revenues were up 1.4% to €214 million and EBITDA increased 0.4% to €78.8 million.
TV technology company Technicolor has delivered over 150 million digital set-top boxes since it shipped its first one in 1994.The company has shipped more than 10 million set-top boxes each year over the last 10 years, with a significant increases in Latin America, India and southern Asia over the last few quarters.The 150 millionth box was shipped to Indian operator Tata Sky.Michel Rahier, president, Technicolor connected home division, said: “We are proud to have shipped our 150 millionth set-top box and maintained a leading market position over time. We are poised to keep innovating to anticipate on a fast-changing technologies and market environments, in order to provide our customers with set top boxes platforms, software solutions and integration services that will keep them ahead of the game.”
Home monitoring and security could represent an important new high-growth revenue stream for European cable operators, attendees at the CTAM Europe EuroSummit in Vienna heard on Friday.Market studies in Switzerland showed that interactive home monitoring systems would appeal to between 21-28% of homes over the next four to five years, according to Markus Doetsch, executive vice-president and head of smart living, Swisscom, speaking on a panel session on Friday.Doetsch said people were increasingly organising their lives around their smartphones and it was only a small step to extend this to using these devices to monitor and control their homes. He said telcos and cable operators were well positioned to deliver these services. Swisscom’s Smart Living product provides subscribers with three interfaces to interact with the home – via smartphone, the web and a dedicated touchscreen device interface. Swisscom provides a dedicated wireless home device as the key device for interacting with the home.Home monitoring and security is already big business in the US, where there is a greater emphasis on the home security element. In Europe, home energy monitoring is seen as providing greater potential. In addition to energy monitoring, Swisscom does provide a home security service but not as a default option.Swisscom also offers its service as a hosted white label service to third party operators, including cable providers, and plans to offer it internationally next year. Doetsch said utility companies were one of the groups teaming up with Swisscom to offer the service.About 40% of US homes are now equipped with ‘smart’ systems, according to Chris Stevens, vice-president of home monitoring software provider iControl, speaking on the same panel session. In Europe about 30% of homes have such systems, he said.In western Europe, the services business associated with this is expected to grow to US$2 billion (€1.54 billion) over the next five years.In the US, monitored home security systems have about 20% penetration, generating ARPUs of up to US$30. This represents a strong opportunity for cable operators, said Stevens. In western Europe there has been a greater concentration on home and energy management. There is an opportunity to market ‘stay connected’ systems to homes that have not yet purchased home security systems, he said.Over half of purchasers of systems are women, said Stevens.In the US, Comcast offers Xfinity Home Security, available nationally, while Time Warner Cable Intelligent Home Service is available on a rolling basis in selected marekts. Cox offers Cox Home Security for US$40 a month with a US$99 professional installation. Verizon FiOS offers home monitoring and control without 24-hour alarm response for US$9.99.US research has shown that 6% of households without security are willing to pay US$10 additionally for energy monitoring, according to figures cited during the session by Duane Dick, senior partner at Sand Cherry Associates.
France’s Hadopi commission, the body tasked with implementing the country’s controversial anti-piracy regime, has had its budget cut from €11 million to €9 million, Hadopi president Marie-Françoise Marais has confirmed.The Hadopi, which was tasked by the previous French government with tackling illegal filesharing by issuing warning notices and ultimately fining and cutting off the internet connections of persistent offenders, has been criticised by the current culture and communication minister, Aurélie Fillipetti, as being expensive and ineffective. Marais defended the body’s record when she delivered its annual report yesterday.
The MGM Channel in HD has launched exclusively on Sky in Germany and Austria.The deal, agreed between Sky Deutschland and MGM Channel International Holdings – a subsidiary of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios – boosts Sky Germany’s HD offering to 66 stations.The MGM Channel HD will be available as part of the Sky HD movie package, with all Sky customers able to watch films on the channel as part of a ‘free weekend’ promotion over the coming months.
The UK’s planned network of nearly 50 local TV stations starts to roll out today with the launch of Estuary TV in Grimsby.Comux, the infrastructure provider for the UK’s new terrestrial local TV services, will start to operate its Birmingham-based TV Network Operations Centre (NOC) with the channel launch. This centre will provide the infrastructure for local television companies to broadcast on Freeview, across the UK.Estuary TV is due to start broadcasting this evening on Channel 8, with 18 more UK stations due to go to air before the end of 2014 and an additional 28 set to launch in the second launch phase in 2014/15.“Today marks a real milestone in the UK broadcasting industry by bringing back true local TV. To deliver local TV to over 12 million homes we have built one of the most advanced transmission networks in the world with the operations centre based in Birmingham. We believe this model addresses the key challenge that local TV operators have faced in the past – the financial barrier to launching and successfully maintaining a local TV channel,” said Comux chief executive, Ed Hall.Comux said that the NOC launch took just 18 weeks and one day from the signing of the contract. In the past five weeks, it installed more than 18km of video cable and more than 6,000 metres of network cable that is able to send 385,000 data packets per second out of the NOC.
US cable operator Comcast has added Google Chrome browser support for its Xfinity TV Go online TV service. The firm said that the extension offers an “easy way to see what’s on and tune quickly into live streams on the Xfinity TV Go website,” with a drop down menu allowing viewers to choose between 53 live sports, news and entertainment channels.“Today’s enhancement is just one of the many things we’re doing to make our growing library of TV everywhere content more accessible and easier to discover,” said Comcast.
Liberty Global-owned cable operator UPC Romania has committed to upgrading only those subscribers who notify it of their desire to pay for it to a new premium football package, Football Extra.The move follows censure by the country’s consumer protection authority, the ANPC, after it received a number of complaints.UPC introduced two new football channels in June, Look TV and Look Plus, to cover local League football matches. Look Plus will air about half the matches of the country’s top league.The operator launched the two channels together as a packaged option, Extra Fotbal, offered free of charge in July. It has now committed to charge the regular RON10 (€2.25) subscription for this unless customers express a specific desire to include the option in their package.
The proportion of consumers watching OTT video in Western Europe is increasing but continues to lag the US, notably in terms of the number of people paying for an SVOD service.New research from Parks Associates shows that in the UK, 55% of broadband homes watch OTT video. In France, the total is 51%. The levels of OTT usage lag that of the US, where 70% of broadband homes watch OTT video.The proportion of UK and French consumers paying for a SVOD service, however, lags well behind the US. In the UK, 30% pay for OTT and in France the proportion paying for video is in 17%. The US level of paying OTT users, meanwhile, is 64%. Netflix, the clear SVOD leader, is a more established service in the US than in Europe, which likely skews the numbers. In the UK it rolled out ion 2012 and in France it launched last year.
Nancy DubucNancy Dubuc has said the group will seek to take greater control of its channel partnerships around the world in order to further boost its international business as a whole.In a wide-ranging opening NATPE keynote session here in Miami, the A+E Networks chief (pictured) executive also said the unscripted business is challenged, and that high-end drama is increasingly only viable if a company can also make and distribute the project in question.Internationally, A+E has a diverse channels business that was largely built on a joint venture basis with different partners in different regions. It has been moving to an owned-and-operated, or majority ownership, model in several territories – including Southeast Asia, Italy (as first reported by DTVE sister title TBI), Japan and South Korea.“For the last ten-to-fifteen years we’ve been in the international business we have mostly had a joint venture model, or worked with local partners,” Dubuc said.“We’ve been pushing to have have that more owned and operated so that we can invest in our brands globally and make those critical business decisions for our brands. The biggest reason for the mission and the push to own our content locally, the reason for that is international.”Speaking about scripted programming, Dubuc added: “The pure licensing model for the cost of what has rated has been a model that just doesn’t work for cable and you see a lot of companies have their own studios and we need to be able to control that back end.”NATPE delegates were treated to a clip of new A+E Studios-produced Navy SEALs drama Six during the session.