Rep Tedder to host indistrict office hours

first_img State Rep. Jim Tedder of Clarkston invites residents to join him for local office hours during the month of July.“Monthly office hours are a great way to meet residents and discuss important issues,” Rep. Tedder said. “Listening to the concerns of people in our communities is one of my top priorities as a state representative.”Office hours take place at the following times and locations:• Monday, July 16 from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at Mr. B’s Roadhouse, 6761 Dixie Highway in Clarkston; and• Friday, July 27 from 7 to 8:30 a.m. at Great Lakes Family Restaurant, 5834 Highland Road in Waterford.No appointment is necessary. Those unable to attend may contact Rep. Tedder at 517-373-0615 or via email at JimTedder@house.mi.gov. Categories: Tedder News 09Jul Rep. Tedder to host in-district office hourslast_img read more

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Farm Bill Scuttles Transparency Requirements

first_imgShareTweetShareEmail0 Shares February 7, 2014; The Sunlight FoundationSome aspects of public policy—or, perhaps, some of the cavernous gaps in public policy—are completely dumbfounding. Take the Farm Bill, the cobbled-together agreement of Democrats and Republicans to provide subsidies to agribusiness (in the form of generous crop insurance subsidies) and to cut food stamps (though not as much as Republican legislators seemed to want). As a bipartisan bill passed in a Congress with little bipartisanship practice, the Farm Bill didn’t satisfy many nonprofits that might have objected to its achievement of leaving more poor families with children hungry. It also might have left nonprofits befuddled on another score: its weaknesses in transparency.The Farm Bill manages to keep the recipients of the crop insurance program secret. It even ditched a provision sponsored by Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC) and Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MI) that would have simply required members of Congress and of the President’s cabinet who are receiving crop insurance benefits to reveal themselves to the public. At least the House voted to approve the Foxx/Ellison disclosure requirement before letting it disappear in conference. The Senate, controlled by members of the resident’s political party, never let an amendment offered by Sen. Mark Begich (D-AK) and Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) that would have required disclosure of all beneficiaries of the crop insurance subsidy even come to a vote.Why mention the president? It’s not just that President Obama signed this bill. Last year, President Obama said that his administration was the “most transparent administration in history.” That, unfortunately, hasn’t been quite our take on the transparency of the Obama administration on campaign finance, lobbying, closed door conferences with philanthropists, the Social Innovation Fund, insider trading by members of Congress, bilateral aid, prosecuting whistleblowers, and, of course, the surveillance activities of the National Security Agency. In some cases, legislation that reached the president’s desk for signature, such as the STOCK Act, had been so gutted in Congress as to make the disclosure requirements weak, if not worthless. But the president has the ability to veto bills that violate his commitment to transparency and to use his bully pulpit to call out legislators for ducking into the shadows.With the Farm Bill’s next-to-nonexistent transparency requirements on crop insurance, the operative issue may be the connection of the campaign donors to politicians—including President Obama. Sunlight notes that in the 2012 election cycle, agricultural services industry interests contributed $42 million in federal and state campaigns. Included in the donors’ lists are various crop insurance trade associations that probably feel a lot more comfortable with keeping the identities of crop insurance recipients hidden from the public.In his State of the Union address, the president promised a new muscularity in the use of executive orders, a willingness to issue them when Congress proves unable to act. In the case of transparency, President Obama ought to be issuing a flood of executive orders, because his signing off on transparency-weak legislation coming from Congress, such as the Farm Bill, will serve to make his administration unbelievably less transparent than he promised in his 2008 campaign and 2009 inauguration.—Rick CohenShareTweetShareEmail0 Shareslast_img read more

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Rolling Jubilee Strikes Again Buying 4M in Students ForProfit School Debts

first_imgShareTweetShareEmail0 SharesSeptember 17, 2014; The GuardianThe last time that the Nonprofit Quarterly checked in with Occupy offshoot Strike Debt and their Rolling Jubilee Fund was in November of 2013, when their total amount of purchased consumer debt—mostly medical—had reached 14.7 million dollars. This week, on the anniversary of the Occupy Wall Street protests, the nonprofit announced that they had acquired and zeroed out an additional $4 million in student loan debt.These debts came from the students at Everest College, a school that’s part of the Corinthian College network of for-profit educational institutions. Corinthian is currently being sued by the federal government for “victimizing tens of thousands of students with predatory loan and debt-collection practices.” Corinthian is trying to shutter their schools and sell off their debt as quickly as possible, leaving Everett students among what Strike Debt describes as “the most extorted students we know of.” (And, of course, student loans are not dischargeable in bankruptcy.)The long-term goal of Strike Debt is to organize “debt collectives,” wherein people with defaulted loans or other unsolvable debts can negotiate for better terms with creditors and otherwise escape unsavory debt collection practices. To this end, they’ve organized a kind of FAQ for students at Corinthian College schools like Everest, WyoTech, and Heald, informing them of the details behind their situation and offering advice for future action.Readers who feel a sudden surge of excitement at the possibility of getting out from under the weight of student loans should know that Rolling Jubilee only buys and forgives debts in default. If you’re up to date on your loans, don’t expect a letter in the mail from Strike Debt. (Or, as Newsweek suggested, try to buy forgiveness with baked goods.)The latest reckonings say that student debt totals around $1.2 trillion, which dwarfs the contributions of any single nonprofit. However, one of the goals of Strike Debt and Rolling Jubilee is to expose the way the debt market works, introducing transparency into the system and removing what they describe as the “fake morality around debt.” Moreover, the students at schools like Everest, who would otherwise be stuck paying (or failing to pay) for a near-valueless degree for years to come, can attest to the impact of the work Rolling Jubilee has done.—Jason SchneidermanShareTweetShareEmail0 Shareslast_img read more

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Johnson Amendment Unchanged in Federal Spending Bill

first_imgShare37Tweet12ShareEmail49 Shares“1829 Shillibeer horse drawn omnibus replica.” Photo: sv1amboMarch 22, 2018; CNN PoliticsDespite reports that Republicans may use omnibus legislation to weaken or repeal the Johnson Amendment prohibiting 501c3 groups, including religious congregations, from participating in election campaigns, no such change was included in the bill. Tim Delaney, CEO of the National Council of Nonprofits, said, “Keeping intact the longstanding law known as the Johnson Amendment is at least a short-term victory for 501c3 organizations and the American people.”However, Delaney urges supporters of the Johnson Amendment to remain vigilant, because opponents’ “zeal last year suggests they likely will continue their push to hijack charitable goodwill for their own political ambitions while rewarding their supporters with charitable tax deductions for partisan donations.”The US House of Representatives voted 256–167 to pass the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2018, also known as the omnibus appropriations bill. The bill authorizes the spending of $1.3 trillion in federal funds until September 30, 2018, the balance of the current fiscal year. The bill now heads back to the Senate for final passage before expected approval by President Trump, although Trump did threaten to veto the bill in a tweet issued this morning. However, the timing of the ultimate outcome hinges on Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), who has announced strong opposition to the spending levels included in the bill negotiated by Congressional leaders. If he chooses to filibuster the bill, he could delay passage until after midnight Friday, forcing the government to technically shut down for part of the weekend.Searching for “501c3” in the bill’s more than 2,200 pages only returns six results, mostly identifying carve-outs in grant funds under selected Justice Department and Homeland Security programs, but what isn’t in the bill may be even more important that what was included.Two key decisions have allowed the bill to get this close to final passage. First, in February, Congressional negotiators agreed to a two-year budget framework that allows for increased federal spending in both defense and nondefense areas. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) put it this way in a Senate floor speech on Thursday: “This spending agreement brings that era of austerity [over the last several years] to an unceremonious end and represents one of the most significant investments in the middle class in decades.” The omnibus includes $80 billion in increased defense spending and $63 billion in increased nondefense spending over the limits in place prior to the February budget agreement. The second key decision was to avoid more than 100 so-called “poison pill” elements in the spending bill, including changes to the Johnson Amendment, that would force partisan opposition.A “special edition” e-newsletter from the National Council of Nonprofits analyzes the impact of the proposed budget deal on various areas of federal activity, from arts and culture spending to health, food, and nutrition. It also lists areas not addressed in the bill—immigration, Obamacare stabilization and changes in sexual harassment policies affecting Capitol Hill. Many of these issues, along with some of the poison pill riders, may be addressed in upcoming fiscal year (FY) 2019 budget and appropriations bills.Since the FY 2019 appropriations process will be governed by the same two-year deal that the FY 2018 appropriations are being handled, expect to see both more federal spending and a related desire by most Republicans and Democrats for there to be some kind of agreement or compromise that will allow increased funding to flow and the government to remain open.—Michael WylandShare37Tweet12ShareEmail49 Shareslast_img read more

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Polish cable operator Multimedia Polska saw strong

first_imgPolish cable operator Multimedia Polska saw strong growth in its digital TV base last year, ending the year with 272,000 digital subscribers, up 75,400 year on year.The operator ended the year with just over one million TV customers, including analogue subscribers, up 2% overall, 285,000 voice customers and 478,000 broadband subs. Multimedia Polska added 77,800 broadband customers and 17,300 voice subscribers in 2012, ending the year with 2.13 services sold per customer. Triple-play customers numbered 119,000.Overall fourth quarter revenues amounted to PLN178.2 million (EUR43 million), up 9%.Full-year EBITDA was PLN351.4 million, up 7.4%. Cable now accounts for just under half of Multimedia Polska’s revenue, with internet accounting for 29% and voice for 18%.last_img read more

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Discovery Communications has completed its acquisi

first_imgDiscovery Communications has completed its acquisition of SBS Nordic from ProSiebenSat.1 Group and announced the management team of its newly combined Nordic business. The US$1.7 billion (€1.3 billion) acquisition, first announced in December, adds 12 TV networks and a number of radio stations and digital brands to Discovery’s existing portfolio of eight brands in Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Finland, and establishes a combined regional business called SBS Discovery Media.With the closing of the deal, Discovery announced that Henrik Ravn – who has served as CEO of SBS Nordic since 2009 – will take the role of president and MD of the newly combined SBS Discovery Media, which includes both Discovery’s and SBS’s networks and operations in the Nordics.Filling out the SBS Discovery Media senior management team will be Christian Kemp as CEO Denmark, Jonas Sjögren as CEO Sweden and Finland and Harald Strømme as CEO Norway.Hans van Rijn becomes business development director, Eivind Landsverk takes the programming and content director role and Quinton Holland was appointed chief finance officer.Also on the senior team is Jan Andreassen, the leader of Discovery’s Nordic business, who will work closely with Ravn and the rest of senior management to counsel on operational and strategic issues for integrating the two teams. Finally, Darren Campbell from Discovery will serve as Vice President of Human Resources.“The formation of SBS Discovery Media solidifies Discovery’s long-term growth in some of the most well-penetrated and stable TV markets in the world, while also expanding Discovery’s brand portfolio by adding scripted entertainment programming to the company’s suite of genres,” said David Zaslav, president and CEO of Discovery Communications.“This acquisition, along with the recent announcement of Discovery’s equity stake in Eurosport, is a continuation of a 25-year strategy of investing internationally to build the most extensive global footprint in media and extending our presence in key markets to support long-term growth and diversify the company’s offerings.”last_img read more

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Technology company Espial has launched a new versi

first_imgTechnology company Espial has launched a new version of its TV browser. According to Espial, the new version of the browser delivers an enhanced user experience through the use of HTML5, HbbTV and WebKit technologies, and has been approved for YouTube on TV. New functionalities include support for live TV tuners embedded in HTML5 apps, picture-in-picture, intelligent remote control mapping and support for video trick modes in HTML5 apps. The browser supports HbbTV version 1.5, including capabilities such as metadata search APIs, MPEG-DASH and integration with DRM systems.“Our browser continues to be the market leader in supporting the world’s premier HTML5 apps, most recently being one of the first to be approved to deploy the new YouTube for TV premium subscription app. The Espial TV Browser redefines the performance and experience consumers can expect on TVs, providing rich 2D and 3D graphics, extremely fast apps performance, multi-tab browsing, and many more advanced features,” said Dilshan De Silva, head of browser products, Espial.last_img read more

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Liberty Global has named Winfried Rapp as chief fi

first_imgLiberty Global has named Winfried Rapp as chief financial officer of its German operation, Unitymedia Kabel BW. Rapp was previously chief financial officer for the global service area at SAP, and has previously also held positions at Deutsche Telekom and T-Mobile UK.Jon Garrison, senior vice-president, accounts and deputy CFO at Unitymedia Kabel BW will assist with the transition before returning to parent company Liberty Global. Jens Müller, senior vice-president, finance and operations and deputy CFO is to leave the company.last_img read more

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Liberty Globalowned cable operator UPC Austria ha

first_imgLiberty Global-owned cable operator UPC Austria has added local music channel Melodie TV to its programming line-up. The channel, which launched in May, will be part of the UPC Start package, making it avaialble to about 330,000 homes.Melodie TV offers a mix of folk and pop music as well as programmes about nature and cooking.The channel will be available across UPC’s network in Austria, with the exception of the westernmost federal state of Vorarlberg.last_img

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John Malone Liberty Global chairman John Malone is

first_imgJohn MaloneLiberty Global chairman John Malone is still seeking some sort of deal with Vodafone but has so far failed to find an agreement that he could propose to shareholders, the cable mogul has told Bloomberg.In an interview with Bloomberg, Malone said the pair had not been able to come up with an asset swap or combination that would work for both partners after a number of months of talks.Malone said that while “there’s a price at which Liberty could be bought”, a full merger or acquisition was unlikely.Liberty Global and mobile giant Vodafone are major players in the European cable business following the latter’s acquisition of Kabel Deutschland and Ono. The pair have combined annual revenues of over US$80 billion (€70 billion) and a combined market value of US$130 billion.Talk of a possible deal between the pair has focused on Germany, where both have cable assets, but where a combination could be opposed by Deutsche Telekom on competition grounds.Other territories where the pair could combine forces include the UK, where Liberty Global owns cable operator Virgin Media and Vodafone is major mobile player.last_img read more

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CTC Medias stockholders approved the sale of 75

first_imgCTC Media’s stockholders approved the sale of 75% of the company to Russia’s UTV Management at a special meeting held yesterday.The sale to UTV was approved by people who own 62.7% of CTC’s outstanding shares, while 54.4% approved a merger between CTC Media and a wholly-owned subsidiary called CTCM Merger Sub.The sale required at least half of CTC’s outstanding shares to vote in favour for it to go through.“We are delighted that our stockholders have approved the sale of a 75% interest in our operating business in advance of the effectiveness of the foreign ownership limitations imposed by the Russian Mass Media Law,” said CTC Media co-chairman of the board,Natasha Tsukanova.“We are also pleased that stockholders have approved a subsequent merger transaction that will allow us to return value in cash to stockholders, assuming receipt of a license from the Office of Foreign Assets Control of the US Treasury Department, which is still pending.”The decision, triggered by imminent changes to Russian media-ownership rules, comes after the Russian government gave the green light to the planned sale to UTV Management earlier this week.CTC Media’s largest stockholder, MTG Russia, also backed the sale in a proxy vote ahead of the special meeting of stockholders in London.CTC entered a definitive agreement to sell a 75% stake in its operating businesses to UTV Management for US$200 million (€178 million) in cash back in September. MTG, which holds a 38% stake in CTC, indicated early on its support for the deal, which was motivated by foreign ownership restrictions imposed by the Russian government.Russian president Vladimir Putin signed an amendment to the Russian law on mass media at the end of last year that will limit foreign ownership of media companies in Russia to 20%, down from the current limit of 50%. This will apply to both existing and future foreign ownership and comes into effect on January 1, 2016.last_img read more

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Google is due to roll out its Google Fiber broadba

first_imgGoogle is due to roll out its Google Fiber broadband service in San Francisco using existing fibre infrastructure.Google said that it will bring service to some apartments, condos, and affordable housing properties using existing fibre“By using existing fiber to connect some apartments and condos, as we’ve done before, we can bring service to residents more quickly. This approach will allow us to serve a portion of San Francisco, complementing the city’s ongoing efforts to bring abundant, high-speed internet to the City by the Bay,” said Michael Slinger, director of business operations, Google Fiber.The news comes in the same week that Google said it is launching Google Fiber in Huntsville, Alabama using part of the fibre network being built by local gas, water and electricity supplier Huntsville Utilities.“To date, we’ve focused mostly on building fiber-optic networks from scratch. Now, as Google Fiber grows, we’re looking for more ways to serve cities of different shapes and sizes,” said Slinger.Google launched its Fiber initiative six years ago in Kansas City and has now connected a total of ten metropolitan areas across the US.last_img read more

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German videoondemand service Maxdome is now avai

first_imgGerman video-on-demand service Maxdome is now available on high-speed trains following a deal between its owner ProSiebenSat.1 and Deutsche Bahn.Maxdome will be available to high-speed train passengers by the end of this year, and the on-demand service will be the only video entertainment service available on the trains, accessible via WiFi provided by Deutshe Bahn.The service allows passengers to use their laptops or mobile devices to watch selected content while travelling, even if they do not currently have a Maxdome subscription. Each customer will be able to access a collection of 50 regularly rotating films and series for free, according to ProSiebenSat.1.To access the rest of the Maxdome service, travellers can upgrade to a Maxdome subscription from the train.“The ICE portal will be strengthened by the addition of maxdome’s unique entertainment services by the end of 2016. Travelling with ICE trains will be much more enjoyable for our customers thanks to this video service,” said Michael Peterson, management board member of DB Fernverkehr.“Offering Maxdome on the trains provides passengers with a significant added value. Customers will be able to enjoy films and series without having to download them beforehand, without using mobile data, and without having the stream cut out while going through a tunnel. It doesn’t get more convenient than that,” said Marvin Lange, managing director, Maxdome.last_img read more

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Some 59 of all US households now subscribe to Net

first_imgSome 59% of all US households now subscribe to Netflix, Amazon Prime or Hulu, according to Leichtman Research Group.The research claims that the proportion of homes that use at least one subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) service has climbed 12 percentage points from 47% in 2014.Today, 70% of TV owners who do not have a pay TV subscription take an SVOD service, while 57% of pay TV subscribers use SVOD, according to the study.Among those that do subscribe to services like Netflix, 47% pay for more than one subscription VOD offering and 49% of adults said they stream an SVOD service at least monthly – up from 41% in 2014.In terms of age demographics, 73% of those aged 18-34 stream an SVOD service monthly, compared to 53% of those aged 35-54 and 24% of peopled aged 55 and over.Some 41% of adults on a daily basis, and 62% on a weekly basis, said they watch video on non-TV devices – including home computers, mobile phones, iPads, tablets, and eReaders.“SVOD services are in the majority of US households, and along with video to non-TV devices, have become core components in allowing pay TV non-subscribers to cobble together a variety of viewing options,” said Bruce Leichtman, president and principal analyst for Leichtman Research Group.The stats are based on a survey of 1,209 households in the US and are part of Leichtman’s new ‘Emerging Video Services X’ study.last_img read more

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Joel Denton Joel Denton is stepping down from his

first_imgJoel DentonJoel Denton is stepping down from his role running A+E Networks’ international sales unit.The former RHI Entertainment, Red Arrow Entertainment and Rare TV exec had been in charge of international sales for three years as managing director, content sales and partnerships.“After three very successful years growing the content sales and partnerships group at A+E Networks, Joel Denton is moving on to new opportunities,” A+E said in a statement.“Joel will continue to work with Patrick Vien, executive managing director, international, and the entire global sales team though a transition period until his departure this summer.”Denton joined the company in 2014 to manage content distribution and format licensing activities outside the US, as TBI revealed at the time. During the proceeding years, he worked with A+E’s regional MDs in London and Singapore, and sales teams those cities, plus New York, Los Angeles and Miami, London and Singapore, to build out the business into a significant international sales house.Former Pulse Films and NBCUniversal manager Vien and ex-Discovery Channel and TLC COO Edward Sabin were made joint exec MDs, international in January. Cohan remains in charge of the international A+E business overall.A+E was in Cannes at MIPTV last week selling formats such as The Pop Game and new scripted shows including Jeremy Renner’s Knightfall. He also oversaw distribution of big ticket titles such as Roots, Unreal and Six.“It has been a privilege to work with so many smart and good people at A+E,” said Denton. “I am grateful to Sean Cohan for giving me the opportunity to lead the sales group over the past few years and I wish Patrick Vien the best success going forward.”last_img read more

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Kudelski Groupowned Nagra has launched OpenTV Sig

first_imgKudelski Group-owned Nagra has launched OpenTV Signature Edition, a new cloud-based and multi-tenant solution for pay TV operators.Powered by the OpenTV Suite and the Nagra Insight data analytics platform, OpenTV Signature Edition provides what Nagra describes as a fully-featured ecosystem for pay TV operators.The OpenTV Signature Edition uses all the components of the OpenTV Suite such as the OS, platform, experience and player, along with pre-integrated set-top box hardware and a broad third-party and content network to help service providers deliver OTT and SVOD servicesThe system includes the new Ion user interface. Consumers have a choice of following a traditional EPG journey to content or a more modern navigation approach that can be accessed across a broad range of devices, whether tablets, smartphones or third-party streaming devices like Amazon Fire TV or Google Chromecast.Content search can be achieved through keyboard, voice or smartphone. Recommendations are either delivered traditionally or with new search mechanisms that lead customers to content they may not have otherwise thought of.  The EPG also brings a new level of additional features, such as personalized content channels, linearized SVOD and VOD channels.The Signature Edition includes a 4K-ready set-top box by SmarDTV, providing popular SVOD apps, such as Netflix, YouTube and Amazon Prime. The Ion experience can also be updated.Speaking to journalists at a Nagra briefing in Montreux earlier two months ago, Colin Zhao said that Nagra had spent time over the last year focusing on “experiences”, meaning figuring out what people do with their TV systems.“This is looking at what people actually do and trying to simplify it,” he said, resulting in a new offering that is “productised” and can appeal to all operators.Zhao said that the OpenTV Signature Edition is integrated with an editorialised selection of key third party services. It is focused on rapid deployment, efficient operations, and evolving UX and mass market appeal. “it expands the market for Nagra as a whole,” he said.The Signature Editon combines the OpenTV platform with recommendation, medatada and voice command capability from third party providers, as well as integration with IoT elements such as Amazon Echo, set tops and Google Cast. It includes the integration of key online TV apps, and will be expanded to cover ads, payments, CDN sevices, more apps and more devices, said Zhao.Zhao said that the new low-cost box would enable fast integration by operators. “This is an integrated box that comes with our UI on it and is a quick to deploy box,” he said.Nagra will be exhibiting at IBC on Stand 1.C81last_img read more

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Samsung has launched an initiative called Pilot Se

first_imgSamsung has launched an initiative called Pilot Season, designed to encourage the development of episodic virtual reality content for the Samsung VR Video service.Pilot episodes for six original series have now gone live on the Samsung VR Video service on Gear VR, with the content produced using grants provided by Samsung.The Gear VR headset maker also offered indie filmmakers the chance to use its 360 Round camera as part of the scheme. Samsung launched the camera in October and it uses 17 lenses to capture 3D and VR content.Samsung said Pilot Season builds on its efforts to expand VR content offerings and drive growth within the independent VR filmmaker community.The pilot content includes: design series &Design by Sibling Rivalry and Curious Octopus; sci-fi comedy series Bro Bots by UK VR studio Breaking Fourth; and Sigmund Freud-inspired The Interpretation of Dreams by Graham Sack and Sensorium.The other three pilots are: futuristic adventure saga Lightcatcher by Occupied VR and RSA VR; virtual Easter egg hunt Sam’s Surreal Gemsby RSA VR and Hey Wonderful; and Voyages – Pilot, a VR animation that takes viewers from birth to death by Kaleidoscope.The VR episodes are available on Gear VR with a compatible Samsung Galaxy device such as Galaxy S9 or S9+. For more info about the pilot episodes click here.last_img read more

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Polish pay TV service nc has named Wojciech Rząże

first_imgPolish pay TV service nc+ has named Wojciech Rzążewski as director of digital products.Rzążewski, who will be responsible for the development of digital products and services, was previously director of online product development at Axel Springer Poland.Prior to that, he worked as chief digital officer, respoinsible for online channels and the digital transformation of press titles from the  Ringier Axel Springer Polska portfolio.last_img

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first_imgShareTweet Mrs Dunlop underwent a procedure called a mechanical thrombectomy to remove a clot in her head the day after she collapsed in April 2015.As she suffered her stroke outside weekday office hours – when the procedure is normally offered in Northern Ireland – the operation was delayed.It only went ahead when it did due to the goodwill of surgeons and other clinicians who went into work out of hours.Mrs Dunlop, who is from Magherafelt and is still battling to overcome life-altering disabilities, said she may have escaped any major side-effects of her stroke if the treatment had been available immediately. PSNI officer Clodagh Dunlop back at work today following an 18-month absence following her battle with ‘locked-in’ syndromeA Derry-based policewoman who overcame locked-in syndrome has called for the extension of a groundbreaking stroke treatment that saved her life.Clodagh Dunlop, 39, walked back into full-time work with the police at Strand Road PSNI station 18 months after suffering a stroke, and a year after being told she might always be confined to an electric wheelchair. She is now backing plans unveiled by health chiefs in the North of Ireland to provide thrombectomies on a 24-hour, seven-days-a-week basis.“I owe my life to the team at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast who, when contacted out of hours, made the decision to come to work and save my life,” she said.“I have been told that without a mechanical thrombectomy I would most likely be dead. I am and will be forever grateful for their goodwill – if their decision to come into work was different I wouldn’t be standing here today.“But every month when I receive a Personal Independence Payment I am annoyed and bemused that a small portion of the money spent to now assist me through my life was not spent in minimising my disabilities in the first place.“I could not prevent the timing of my stroke, but the NHS could have minimised the effects if proper resource had been placed in the mechanical thrombectomy team.“I did act fast, I did know that I needed medical attention, but I find it shocking that the surgery that saved my life is not available 24/7.”Mrs Dunlop suffered two transient ischemic attacks (TIAs) – or mini-strokes – in the period before the major brain clot struck.She was in an A&E ward awaiting treatment for the second episode when the stroke happened.“I remember my sister staying with me, I remember the moment the clot lodged in my head, I remember saying to her, ‘I love you’, and then I remember violently thrashing about during a seizure before blanking out,” she said.“My next memory is waking up in intensive care with tubes and lines emerging from my body and being paralysed from the top of my head to the soles of my feet.Clodagh Dunlop with her Life After Stroke Adult Courage Award along with Hollywood actor James Norton“I was locked inside my body. I could hear and see everything, I could feel the rush of air as nurses walked past my bed but I couldn’t control any muscle other than my eyelids.“I spent about three months locked-in where I couldn’t move anything, only my eyelids.“The road to recovery has been painfully slow.”After another four months, Mrs Dunlop was discharged from hospital and underwent further rehabilitation in the community.“I was discharged in an electronic wheelchair. I was told my future life was going to be in an electric wheelchair,” she said.“I know that without working for hours daily on my recovery I would not be walking or talking today.“I know without the support of my family and friends I would remain in a wheelchair, not having returned to work in the police service full-time.”PSNI officer who beat locked-in syndrome calls for extension of stroke treatment was last modified: March 28th, 2019 by John2John2 Tags: CLODAGH DUNLOPDerrymagherafeltPolicePSNI FOYLEPSNI officer who beat locked-in syndrome calls for extension of stroke treatmentStroke Associationlast_img read more

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The dollar index opened the Wednesday trading day

first_img The dollar index opened the Wednesday trading day at 81.07—and then rallied a bit up to 81.19 just before the London open.  It was all down hill to the 80.97 low of the day that came shortly before 9 a.m. in New York.  But someone was there to catch that proverbial falling knife once again—and the index rallied to close back on its high of the day at 81.19—which was up 12 basis points from Tuesday’s close. I have the usual number of stories for a weekday column and, as always, the final edit is all yours. Because it was on the wrong side of the silver market on the run up to $49 in April 2011, I think JPMorgan came to realize just how tight the physical silver market had become and would, one day, become tight again in the future. Their only choice was to team up with other collusive commercials [and the CME Group] and arrange for the unprecedented price slam down in May 2011 which resulted in silver prices falling $15 within a week. That price slam (as well as a similar $15 slam in three days in September 2011) broke the back of investment demand and allowed for full price control to revert to JPMorgan. But having seen just how tight the physical silver market had become, JPM decided to build a long physical position. After all, no entity is more familiar with the day to day logistics of silver than JPMorgan. – Silver analyst Ted Butler: 22 January 2014 It was a snoozer of a day on Wednesday—and there’s nothing that can, or should, be read into the price activity of any of the four precious metals. Both gold and silver are slightly below their respective 50-day moving averages after yesterday’s price action—and we’ll just have to wait and see what JPMorgan et al have in store for us for the remainder of the week. We also have the FOMC meeting on Tuesday and Wednesday of next week—and I’d bet that “da boyz” will use it as another excuse to pound the crap out of all the precious metals.  I’d love to be proven wrong, of course, but using the past a prologue, any bet I’d make on this outcome is pretty safe.  We’ll see. There are still a hundred or so gold contracts left open in the January delivery month, but after yesterday’s big delivery notice in silver, there are very few contracts left open in the January delivery month for that metal.  But, having said that, of the 143 silver contracts posted for delivery tomorrow—96 of them were added yesterday, so someone needed a decent amount of that metal on zero notice. In Far East trading on their Thursday, gold got sold off a few dollars, but has recovered all of that now that London has been open 15 minutes.  Silver also got sold off to a new low for this move down at 10 a.m. Hong Kong time, but is now back to unchanged on the day as well.  Platinum is down 11 bucks—and palladium is flat.  Gold volumes are about average for this time of day—and silver’s volume is pretty light.  However, almost all the volume is in the current front months, so that indicates that most of it is of the HFT variety.  The dollar index, which had peaked around 81.28 at 9 a.m. Hong Kong time, has now rolled over with a vengeance—and is about to slice through the 81.00 mark as I type this paragraph at 3:19 a.m. EST. Then at 9:45 a.m. in London, gold and silver spiked higher—and as I type this paragraph at 5:00 a.m. EST, gold is up about 11 bucks—and silver has jumped 35 cents.  Volumes have also exploded in both metals, up about 50% from 90 minutes ago, so these rallies are not going unopposed as JPMorgan et al are obviously throwing as much Comex paper as necessary at these price spikes to prevent them from getting totally out of hand.  Gold volume is now approaching 40,000 contracts net.  Silver volume currently sits just under 9,000 contracts.  The rallies in platinum and palladium are much more subdued.  The dollar index has fallen all the way down to 80.84 at the moment. Here are the gold and silver charts as of 5:20 a.m. EST We’ll see what happens as the remainder of the trading day unfolds in London—but especially to what happens during the Comex trading session in New York. See you tomorrow—and I hope that all my readers west of the International Date Line have a good weekend. It was more or less the same chart pattern in the silver equities—and Nick Laird’s Intraday Silver Sentiment Index closed down 1.79%. It was precisely the same story in silver—and the attempt to rally above the $20 spot price mark at 1 p.m. Hong Kong time got turned back.  After that it followed the gold price pattern exactly, including the tiny sell off after the Comex close. Silver finished the Tuesday session at $19.795 spot, which was down 7 cents on the day.  Volume was a tiny 17,500 contracts. Sponsor Advertisement Drilling Intersects 102 Meters of 1.97 gpt Gold at Columbus Gold’s Paul Isnard Gold Project; Drilling Confirms Depth Extension of Gold Mineralization Columbus Gold Corporation (CGT: TSX-V) (“Columbus Gold”) is pleased to announce results of the initial five (5) core drill holes at its Paul Isnard gold project in French Guiana. 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Columbus Gold plans to accelerate the current program by engaging a second drill-rig as soon as one can be obtained.  Please visit our website for more information about the project. The CME Daily Delivery Report showed that 20 gold and 143 silver contracts were posted for delivery within the Comex-approved depositories on Friday.  In gold, JPMorgan was the issuer of all 20 contracts—and Canada’s Bank of Nova Scotia stopped them all.  In silver, it was Jefferies delivering 117 of those contracts—and JPMorgan [out of its proprietary trading account] provided the rest.  Canada’s Scotiabank stopped them all as well.  The link to yesterday’s Issuers and Stoppers Report is here. There was another withdrawal from GLD yesterday.  This time an authorized participant redeemed GLD shares totaling 38,567 troy ounces.  And as of 10:01 p.m. EST yesterday evening, there were no reported changes in SLV. The U.S Mint had a smallish sales report yesterday.  They sold 5,000 ounces of gold eagles—and 25,000 silver eagles. There was no in/out movement in gold at the Comex-approved depositories on Tuesday. There wasn’t much movement in silver, either—as 97,824 troy ounces were reported received—and 81,748 troy ounces were shipped out.  The link to that activity is here. The Central Bank of the Russian Federation finally got around to updating their website for December—and for the first time in four months they added to their gold reserves.  This time it was 700,000 troy ounces.  Their total gold reserves that they’re reporting on their website now totals 33.3 million troy ounces.  For all of 2013 they added 2.5 million troy ounces to their ‘reported’ reserves—about 79.5 metric tonnes. It’s estimated that Russia will produce about 240 metric tonnes of gold in 2013—so it appears that only a third of what they produced last year is going into their reported reserves.  But as I’ve speculated before, there’s a chance that the Russians may be learning from the Chinese—and not reporting all they’re doing in this regard.  Only time will tell if that’s the case or not. Here’s Nick Laird’s wonderful chart showing the December addition. The gold stocks gapped down almost 2% at the open—and then headed lower from there, with most of the losses in by around 12:20 p.m. EST.  After that, the index chopped sideways for the rest of the day.  The HUI finished down 2.77%. After some rather small down-up-down price action starting around 1 p.m. Hong Kong time, the platinum and palladium markets didn’t do much either—finishing mostly unchanged. We’ll just have to wait and see what JPMorgan et al have in store for us It was a nothing day in both gold and silver on Wednesday—probably helped out by the big winter storm on the U.S. east coast yesterday.  Volume was light—and the high and low ticks aren’t worth looking up.  However, some thoughtful soul showed up in the electronic market and sold the price down for a small loss on the day. Gold closed at $1,236.80 spot, down $3.80 from Tuesday’s closing price.  Net volume was only 75,000 contracts.last_img read more

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