No related posts. Liana Robinson worked very hard to establish the library in Jacó, and now she needs funding. Please help save the library! The Jacó Library and Learning Center will host a charity fundraiser dinner Wednesday, July 25 from 6:30-10 p.m. at EAT! Restaurant.Tickets are $30 and include a three-course meal, a glass of house wine, entertainment and more. Join us and help support the library so it can continue serving the community. Tickets are available at the Jacó Library and at EAT! For more information, contact Liana at 8378-9978 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. On Saturday, July 21, stop in to the Riviera Home Center from noon-5 p.m. for a party in which the new Bali line will be unveiled. The new collection is arriving from Indonesia, and the famous Riviera Cama will also be on display. For more information, call 2643-1860 or email email@example.com. –Christina Truittchristina_truitt@yahoo.com Facebook Comments
Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Sponsored Stories A healthier consumer could be a key driver of growth in the second half of this year. Consumer spending accounts for about 70 percent of economic activity.The economy contracted 0.7 percent in the first three months of the year, a sharp slowdown from growth of 3.6 percent in the second half. Yet that is seen as temporary: most economists expect growth will recover to a 2 percent to 2.5 percent pace in the second quarter.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Comments Share Top Stories The figures suggest that Americans are enjoying solid job security. Applications, a proxy for layoffs, have remained below 300,000, a historically low level, for 15 weeks. The trend indicates that employers are confident enough in future consumer demand to retain their staffs.The data is “very encouraging labor market news,” said Jennifer Lee, an economist at BMO Capital Markets.The number of people receiving benefits fell 50,000 to 2.22 million. That figure has fallen 14 percent in the past year.Employers have also hired at healthy levels in recent months. They added 280,000 jobs in May, a strong showing. Last year’s monthly average of 263,667 was the most in 15 years.The unemployment rate rose to 5.5 percent in May from 5.4 percent in April, but even that contained some good news: More Americans, encouraged by their prospects, started looking for work last month. Not all immediately found jobs, so their numbers lifted the unemployment rate.Other data show that the economy is picking up after faltering at the start of the year. Americans stepped up their spending at retail stores in May, a sign that job growth and cheaper gas prices are finally encouraging more consumers to spend freely. And consumers ramped up their car purchases in May to the fastest sales pace since July 2005. Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona Top holiday drink recipes WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of people seeking unemployment benefits fell last week, evidence that layoffs remain at unusually low levels and the job market is moving closer to full health.Weekly applications for jobless aid dropped 12,000 to a seasonally adjusted 267,000, the Labor Department said Thursday, near 15-year lows reached two months ago. The four-week average, a less volatile measure, declined 2,000 to 276,750. Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of
A seven-year restoration of a grand, former bank built in the NSW Southern Highlands in 1892 has finished with the opening of The Old Bank Boutique Hotel in Mittagong offering luxury heritage accommodation and a window into a bygone era.Now one of the Southern Highlands’ finest historic buildings, the Old Bank is inviting the public to withdraw from the present and deposit themselves in the genteel grandeur of yesteryear with a stay in one of the B&B’s five deluxe, individually themed suites, studio or free-standing cottage. To mark the opening of The Old Bank, guests can stay three consecutive nights until 1 December 2016, and pay for just two.Boasting a wine cellar located in the original bank vault, sealed by a one-tonne door cast in London in 1852, and a much-loved giant teddy bear called Matilda ensconced in a favourite chair in The Library, The Old Bank – just 80 minutes from Sydney – offers guests personal service, complimentary afternoon tea with home-made cake, port and shortbread for supper, hearty country breakfasts with seasonal orange juice squeezed from the owners’ own orchard and a farewell gift of home-made jam.The Victorian Romanesque-styled property was built in Mittagong in 1892 as a branch of the Commercial Banking Company of Sydney with the bank manager and his family living upstairs. The building ended its life as a bank in the 1970s and fell into disrepair. In 2009, local heritage lovers, Warwick and Barbara Wainberg, purchased the property – then a dilapidated pigeon coop – and, using local tradespeople, began the immaculate and painstaking restoration project to return the stately building to its former glory on Mittagong’s main street.The new-look Old Bank now features original, tessellated tiles and double swing, cedar doors in the grand, front porch, three log fires, leather chesterfield sofas in the cosy library and lounge, pull cord lighting, indoor and outdoor dining areas, fountain-festooned courtyard, polished cedar staircase, ornate cornices, plush, hand-made, woollen rugs, Egyptian cotton bed linen, feather doonas and heated bathroom floors and towel racks.Coffee machines, fresh milk and phone-charging points are available in all rooms, sun-facing balconies adjoin two suites and walls throughout the hotel are adorned with dozens of historic photos capturing life in the Southern Highlands over a century ago. Pennies and h’pennies found during the restoration have been framed for viewing and fresh flowers add to the captivating charm. Original stables and a convict-built coach house behind the Old Bank are also being restored as heritage accommodation, to open early 2017.During their stay at the character-filled Old Bank, guests can visit the ducks at nearby Lake Alexandra, admire the views from the peaks of Mt Gibraltar and Mt Alexandra, which overlook the hotel, and visit the many antique stores, boutiques, galleries, gardens, restaurants, cafes, wineries, award-winning gardens, walking trails, bicycle tracks and golf courses for which the Southern Highlands are famous.Accommodation at The Old Bank is available from $295 per room per night on weeknights (Sunday to Thursday) and from $345 on weekends (Friday to Saturday). For stays until 1 December 2016, guests can stay for three nights and pay for two. Rates include afternoon tea and full breakfast. Local wines and ciders are available from the cellar. The Old Bank also caters for weddings, business events and private functions. Free Wi-Fi in house and complimentary pick-ups from Mittagong Railway Station are also offered.
State Rep. Dan Lauwers today hailed House passage of legislation that protects farmers, food processors and grocery stores that donate food to nonprofit organizations to feed the needy from frivolous lawsuits.Rep. Lauwers, R-Brockway Township, said House Bill 4017 will help feed the 22 percent of Michigan children who do not know where their next meal is coming from by enabling more organizations to donate food to shelters, food pantries and other nonprofits.The legislation will not provide immunity from liability if the donor knew that the food was not fit for human consumption.“Right now we have billions of pounds of good, usable food going into landfills every year because prospective donors are concerned they might have to spend time and money fighting frivolous lawsuits filed by bad actors seeking to make a quick profit,” said Rep. Lauwers, who chairs the House Committee on Agriculture, which took testimony on the bill earlier this month. “Groups testifying in favor of the bill said enactment of the bill could reduce landfill materials by 15 percent, as well as saving businesses that want to donate food up to 50 percent in liability insurance.“But most of all, it would mean fewer families in Michigan will go to bed hungry because a prospective donor threw good food away because it was apprehensive about being sued,” Rep. Lauwers said.The measure now goes to the Senate for consideration.##### Categories: Lauwers News,News More donations will result in less food waste 26Mar Rep. Lauwers applauds passage of measure to help feed needy
Categories: Alexander News 02Mar Rep. Alexander announces Jackson office hours State Rep. Julie Alexander announced her monthly in-district office hours, emphasizing the importance of being available to the Jackson community.“I enjoy the opportunity to connect with people in the community and hear what matters most to them,” Rep. Alexander said. “Listening to our neighbors, addressing their concerns and working through solutions for the people of Jackson County is my top priority.”Rep. Alexander’s office hours will take place at the Jackson County Tower Building, 120 W. Michigan Ave. in Jackson at the following dates and times:Friday, March 2 from 2 to 3 p.m.;Monday, March 12 from 5 to 6 p.m.Friday, March 23 from 4 to 5 p.m.; andMonday, March 26 from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.Rep. Alexander will also sponsor a special Milk Break meeting at the Spring Arbor Café, 7975 Spring Arbor Road in Spring Arbor on Friday, March 9 from 9 to 10 a.m.No appointments are necessary. Those unable to attend may contact Rep. Alexander at 517-373-1795 or via email at JulieAlexander@house.mi.gov.
01May Committee approves Rep. Webber’s bill to streamline autonomous vehicle technology Categories: Webber News The Michigan House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee today approved legislation introduced by state Rep. Michael Webber to make vehicle platooning easier for semi-trucks in Michigan. Vehicle platooning refers to cars or trucks that are electronically linked to coordinate speeds in order to enhance safety, save time and energy, and reduce emissions. It is already legal on Michigan roads.Webber’s bill exempts semi-trucks operating in a platoon from a requirement that they keep a certain distance between each other.“As Vice Chair of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, I’ve seen how autonomous vehicle technology continues to advance and how there will be various portions of the law that need to be updated to reflect changes,” said Webber, of Rochester Hills. “This legislation embraces the use of autonomous vehicles on Michigan roadways and streamlines the process of vehicle platooning.”Webber said the legislation keeps the Michigan Vehicle Code consistent with new technology.House Bill 5749 moves to the full House for consideration.###
06Sep Mason County officials join Rep. VanderWall for Sept. 11 ceremony Categories: News,VanderWall News State Rep. Curt VanderWall, of Ludington, is joined today by Mason County Sheriff Kim Cole (right) and Undersheriff Derrek Wilson, for the House of Representatives’ annual Sept. 11 ceremony. The observance memorializes Michigan first responders and members of the military who died in the line of duty during the past year.#####
Share22TweetShareEmail22 Shares“Interview with Stacey Adams,” Georgia Sierra ClubNovember 8, 2018; CNBC and NBC News“Make no mistake: This race isn’t over.”These are the words of Georgia’s gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams more than a day after the November 6th election. These are also the words of voters who have grown tired of the tactics used to suppress their vote. A group of Georgia voters sued Brian Kemp, Georgia’s secretary of state and the Republican gubernatorial candidate, on Election Night, blocking Kemp from taking part in activities relating to the elections.“Defendant’s clear bias in favor of his own candidacy demonstrates the truth of the axiom that no man may be the judge in his own case,” says the lawsuit filed in the US District Court for the Northern District of Georgia. “This Court should not permit Defendant Kemp to resolve the outcome of the elections in which he is a candidate under those circumstances.”Kemp’s spokesperson, Candice Broce, stated that the “twelfth-hour stunt will not distract [them] from fulfilling [their] responsibilities.” She also went on to say that it is “the county officials, not the secretary of state’s office, tally votes and recount results.”Even if that it is so, as the lawyer for the five voters, Laurence Schwartzol, pointed out, to have Secretary Kemp run the rules of this election, where Kemp has misused his office in hyper-partisan ways, is “fundamental unfairness.”This lawsuit comes after a string of events during this gubernatorial race: Forty Black senior citizens were told to get off a bus that was taking them to a poll station to cast early votes; Kemp invoked the “exact-match” law to suspend 53,000 voter-registration applications for infractions as minor as a missing hyphen from a surname; voting machines across Georgia manifested such irregularities as vote-switching and touch screen malfunctions; and, two days before the November 6th election, an investigation into a falsely alleged voter registration hack. It continued into Election Day, where long lines and voting machine issues were prevalent.Since the beginning of the race, Abrams has asked that Kemp step down from the position of secretary of state during election season. In fact, former President Jimmy Carter called on Kemp to resign, stating, “In order to foster voter confidence in the upcoming election, which will be especially important if the race ends up very close, I urge you to step aside and hand over to a neutral authority the responsibility of overseeing the governor’s election.”Now, three days after the election, Brian Kemp has resigned as Georgia’s secretary of state—and has declared himself, with backing from the current governor, Nathan Deal, the governor-elect. Unfortunately, his resignation does not mean what he hopes it to mean. Because the state has yet to certify the final vote count, his declaration is meaningless. It also means that Kemp cannot certify the final count himself.As Brian Kemp is declaring victory and putting together his transition team, Stacey Abrams is waiting until the final count. Abrams and her campaign want to see every vote counted, stating that thousands of more votes need to be counted in one metro Atlanta county (Cobb County), including votes from overseas and military personnel. They have secured a legal team to check the election outcomes.According to the latest election results, Brian Kemp has secured 50 percent of votes and Abrams 49 percent, with only about 63,000 votes separating them. If Kemp secures less than a majority of the votes, the race will go to a runoff.—Diandria BarberShare22TweetShareEmail22 Shares
Chello Central Europe has won the rights to air Spanish La Liga football. The Liberty Global-owned channel provider will air matches from the Primera Division on its Sport1 and Sport2 channels in Hungary, the Czech Republic and Slovakia for the next three seasons.“This acquisition underlines our commitment to football fans in the region as we continue providing the most compelling content to our viewers. Chello Central Europe has been offering continuous coverage of Spanish league matches in Hungary since October 2000, and in the Czech Republic and Slovakia since October 2006. Our Sport1 and Sport2 viewers can now continue to look forward to the championship title battle plus the home matches for the next three seasons,” said Levente Málnay, CEO, Chello Central Europe.
The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) has elected nine members to its board for a two-year mandate starting from January 1.The vote took place on the second and final day of the winter assembly, which was attended by more than 150 senior public service media executives representing 40 countries.The board will continue to be led by president Jean-Paul Philippot from RTBF and vice-president Claudio Cappon from RAI, both of whom were re-elected at the summer general assembly in Strasbourg.They will be joined by new members Rachid Faïçal Laraïchi from SNRT, Andrzej Siezieniewski from PR and Ulrich Wilhelm from ARD. The existing members are Cilla Benkö from SR, Petr Fedorov from Russia, Roger Mosey from the BBC, Remy Pflimlin from FT, Themis Themistocleous from CyBC and Alexander Wrabetz from ORF.
Channel distributor Thema has struck a deal with Dutch telco KPN that will see three channels join KPN’s TV service.Live music TV channel iConcerts will join KPN’s extended basic tier, while Spanish ‘best of’ channel Antena 3 and Moroccan public service channel 2M will join the operator’s basic tier.
Scripps Networks International has launched a four-hour Travel Channel programming block on UK digital-terrestrial service Freeview.The trial primetime block will run until the end of the year on channel 42 on the EPG between the hours of 18.00 and 22.00.Travel Channel is already available in the UK on Virgin Media and Sky and airs programmes such as Jonathan Phang’s Caribbean Cookbook, Bizarre Foods America with Andrew Zimmern, International House Hunters and World’s Greatest Motorcycle Rides.“The launch of Travel Channel on Freeview not only brings our viewers more primetime lifestyle and entertainment programming but also strengthens the value of our subscription-free offer,” said Guy North, marketing communications director at Freeview.Jon Sichel, managing director, UK and EMEA, Scripps Networks International added: “We want to continue to build awareness of our award-winning content and global brands, and this trial block with Freeview is a great partnership that helps us fulfill that goal.”
Elemental has teamed up with Teleste to deploy an integrated multiscreen solution for Finnish digital-terrestrial platform provider Anvia TV.The solution streams content for all-IP video delivery from the headend to homes for viewing on set-top boxes, PCs, and smart phones and tablets. Using Optimo transcoding technology, Anvia TV smoothly transitioned to a fully IP-based video infrastructure and expanded operations to support multiscreen services.Earlier this year, Teleste and Elemental began co-marketing activities targeting the cable industry in Europe. The co-branded Teleste Optimo transcoder is a part of Teleste’s multiscreen solution for distributing TV channels and video services on DVB, IPTV and over-the-top television (OTT) networks. Transcoding is powered by Elemental Live video processing software to provide real-time video and audio encoding for linear pay TV broadcast as well as live streaming to new media platforms.“Our customers expect premium-class services when it comes to the quality of the video content itself and the sophisticated functionality of the video provision infrastructure,” said Marianne Hynninen, CEO of Anvia TV. “Our strategy is designed to meet their expectations and we have noticed that our customers appreciate the choices we have made. Teleste’s multiscreen solution, powered by Elemental Technologies, is the perfect tool for us to execute our strategy as planned and deliver what our customers value most.”Elemental is meanwhile collaborating with Miranda at IBC. The pair will jointly showcase an integrated multichannel playout, transcoding and monitoring solution will be featured on the Miranda stand. The demonstration will highlight the companies’ respective technologies with a combination of Miranda’s iTX integrated playout platform, Kaleido multiviewers and the iControl video network management systems with Elemental Live video encoders and Elemental Conductor video management system. The integration of these technologies is designed to satisfy the growing need for broadcasters to playout content to multiple platforms from an integrated environment and protects investments in video infrastructure as the industry evolves.Separately, Elemental’s demonstrations at IBC will include 4Kp60 10-bit Ultra HD HEVC processing using Elemental Server, real-time 1080p60 HEVC encoding using Elemental Live and live HEVC encoding via Elemental Cloud. Elemental will also showcase a variety of live and file based workflows running on the Elemental Cloud platform.Elemental will exhibit at IBC on stand 4.B75, Miranda will exhibit on stand 8.D41 and Teleste will exhibit on stand 4.B77
Former ITV executive Paul Dale has left his post as senior vice president, technology for e-Entertainment at ProSiebenSat.1 Group to join Dentsu Aegis Network.Dale has joined as global group chief technology officer at the UK-headquartered, multinational media and digital marketing communications company, taking up his post earlier this month.Commenting on the move, a ProSiebenSat.1 spokesperson said that Dale had departed in the summer and that no direct replacement would be appointed, as e-entertainment will no longer run as single unit. Instead, ProSiebenSat.1’s pay VoD site Maxdome and ad-supported VoD assets – including ProSiebenSat.1 Digital and the firm’s TV sites – will have separate tech leads.Dale joined ProSiebenSat.1 last December taking on the senior vice-president role on an interim basis. He oversaw five digital businesses – Maxdome, ProSiebenSat.1 Digital, MyVideo, Ampya and Studio71.Prior to that, he was chief technology officer at ITV between 2010 and 2013. During this time he also oversaw the UK broadcaster’s interest in internet TV venture YouView and represented ITV as a director of DTH platform FreeSat.
Diaspora audience-focused OTT TV service Cloudio TV has added EE to its list of UK distributors.Customers of EE’s new TV offering, launched in November, will now be able to access TV channels including India’s Sun TV, Brazil’s TV Globo and TV Mosaico, Vietnam’s VTC-10, Korea’s KBS World and Arirang, Barbados’ Caribvisioni, Jamaica’s Hype!TV and Reggae TV and other international channels including RT and France24.“The partnership between EE and Cloudio TV is a showcase of how TV distribution is changing, driven by innovation, efficiency and sustainable growth in the market,” said Marc Van Steyvoort, VP business strategy at Cloudio TV.“We believe that the Quad-Play distribution power of EE linked to the diaspora and special interest linear TV channel power by Cloudio TV, including its unique multi-lingual support and sales centres, result in a UK TV distribution platform with high competence to deliver the best channels to each end-user, anywhere and anytime. We’re thrilled to work with UK largest network on yet another exciting project for international TV distribution in the multi-cultural society we live in.”
Belgacom ended the fourth quarter with 1.593 million subscribers to its Proximus TV service, an 8.7% year-on-year increase. Announcing its fourth quarter and full-year results, the firm said that its decision to group all of its services under the Proximus brand last year had resulted in “strong operational results” with Belgacom’s mobile customer base and internet base also growing year-on-year.The firm said that of its total TV base, 304,000 were multiple set-top box users and that quarter-over-quarter it added 35,000 TV customers thanks in part to a popular year-end Proximus promotion.Belgacom said that fourth-quarter 2014 TV revenue grew by 11.6% to €77 million, as a result of continued subscriber growth and TV-options such as football subscriptions and TV-replay.Proximus TV revenues for full year 2014 totalled €292 million, up 9.3% compared to 2013. In the quarter, TV average revenue per user grew by 5.6% year-on-year to €20.0, driven by more TV options.“I’m pleased to announce that we have closed the year 2014 on a strong note. In a highly competitive market we achieved our 2014 revenue and EBITDA guidance. Moreover, we realised a strong set of operationals, strengthened by our continued efforts to improve the overall customer experience, combined with our great position to offer attractive convergent solutions,” said Belgacom CEO, Dominique Leroy.“Especially in the fourth quarter, we saw good growth in our customer base thanks to a successful year-end campaign launched under the new Proximus brand. As a result, we have closed the year with a higher market share for Mobile, Digital TV and Fixed Internet.”Overall, Belgacom reported Q4 underlying revenues of €1.506 billion, up 2.2% year-on-year. However, fourth quarter net income was down, coming in at €98 million compared to €148 million for the fourth quarter of 2013.Belgacom began to group all of its Belgacom and Proximus products together under the Proximus brand in September. At the time, company CEO Dominique Leroy described the change as “a fundamental part of our growth strategy,” and one that made sense as fixed, mobile and IT technologies increasingly converge.
Brian CarrOver-the-top video optimisation firm Conviva has appointed industry veteran Brian Carr as its fist chief revenue officer. Carr was previously chief revenue officer at Appcelerator, prior to which he was senior vice-president of worldwide field operations for Good Technology. He has also held executive roles at firms like Simplex Systems, Clarify and Synopsys.“Having a top notch go-to-market leader of Brian’s calibre on our team represents another key milestone in Conviva’s journey,” said Hui Zhang, CEO of Conviva.Conviva partners with media companies and premium OTT video broadcasters and operators like HBO, Sky, and Foxtel to deliver optimised viewing experiences that maximise customer engagement.
Roku has launched in France for the first time, marking its first new European rollout since it started selling its devices in the UK and Ireland in 2012.Roku has started selling three streaming player models in the country – the Roku 2, Roku 3 and the Roku Streaming Stick.Customers will be able to use these to access some 1,500 streaming channels, including Netflix, Google Play, YouTube, Daily Motion and France 24.“Roku streaming players give consumers choice and control over what they watch on TV. With a Roku streaming player you can watch popular movies and TV shows, independent movies, cartoons, cooking shows and even yoga instruction videos. There really is something for everyone,” said Clive Hudson, vice president of Europe at Roku.Roku also said it is focused on making local content available for streaming in France, starting with channels from LA VOD videofutur, Deezer and ARTE, which are due to launch soon.Mathias Hautefort, CEO of movie and TV streaming service videofutur said: “Our aim is to make our service LA VOD videofutur available to all French consumers. In order to achieve that we have to be available on major streaming platforms, including Roku.“Roku is an open platform addressing the OTT market in France which is also one of our main targets.”Roku devices are available in France now via retail chain FNAC. The company is also live in the US and Canada, Mexico and the UK and Ireland.
Belarusian cable and pay TV operator MTIS has added entertainment channel +TV to its line-up of services.The channel, which offers a range of entertainment shows, documentaries, movies and kids shows, will be available in trial mode from today.
The owner of UK newspaper The Daily Mail is reportedly in the running to buy Yahoo’s assets alongside some other 40 interested parties.According to a Wall Street Journal report, the Daily Mail and General Trust is in talks with “several private equity firms” about launching a bid for the web portal, with its main interest in Yahoo’s news and media assets.The WSJ said that there were two possible ways the Daily Mail would aim to make a bid: a private equity partner would buy all of Yahoo’s US operations, with the Mail taking over the news and media properties; or the private-equity firm would buy Yahoo and merge its media and news operations into a new company that would include the Daily Mail’s digital assets.The report claims that a deal would substantially grow the Mail’s US presence and that the firm has held talks with around six private equity firms – but has not yet met directly with Yahoo.A spokesperson for DailyMail.com told DTVE: “Given the success of DailyMail.com and Elite Daily we have been in discussions with a number of parties who are potential bidders.“Discussions are at a very early stage and there is no certainty that any transaction will take place. We have no further comment at this time. Further updates will be provided as appropriate.”Other companies interested in Yahoo, who have met with the firm, are Verizon, IAC/Interactive Corp and CBS, according to the WSJ.