Magisto has teamed up with multi-platinum selling recording artist and seven-time Grammy nominee Joan Osborne to celebrate Mother’s Day with a new form of music discovery that brings together powerful user-generated video production technology and musical artistry.Joan’s new song “Born To See You Through”, which celebrates her role as a mother, will be featured as a musical selection in the Mother’s Day challenge when participants create their movies that tell “Why I love being a Mom” or “Why I love my Mom.” While the challenge is open to everyone, Osborne’s loyal community of fans will be specifically invited to use the magic of Magisto to make a Mother’s Day music video featuring her new song. With a new Mother’s Day themed-template, easy-to-use, automatic core video production features and recently added smart photo editing and Draw a Video creativity tools, Magisto is making honoring mom a collaborative artistic celebration.From now until May 17, 2013, all Magisto-created movies that include the hashtag #magistomoms or #joanosborne in their title will be entered to win special prizes including handwritten lyrics signed by Osborne, CD bundles from the artist and a Samsung Galaxy Note Tablet. Videos will be shared and available for viewing on a Mother’s Day-themed social scrapbook that will be hosted on the Magisto website. Osborne will be making her own video using Magisto’s video editing app to create and share her special Mother’s Day salute.Find out more here.Said Joan Osborne, “Here’s a cool way to create a beautiful video for Mother’s Day. I’m excited to partner with the folks at Magisto to combine my new song ‘Born To See You Through’ with their technology. The Magisto app does the editing for you, so it’s quick and easy to make your own custom music video. I also hope to bring additional awareness to The Somaly Mam Foundation and Save the Children through these videos fans create and share. Enjoy!”Said Reid Genauer, CMO for Magisto, “I’ve been a fan of Joan’s for years. It’s awesome to watch her evolution as a musician and a mom. In addition to her timeless musical talent, I admire the depth of her relationship with her fans. Our broad aim at Magisto is to empower people to celebrate their life experiences with the people they care most about. We launched this challenge with the idea of creating deeply personal connective tissue between the artist and the fan. Magisto is a new way for musicians to disseminate their music by interweaving it with the life stories of their fans. By combining personal fan video with Joan’s new song for Mothers Day, Magisto can help the artist and the fan celebrate motherhood and Mother’s Day, the music and their collective life experiences.”Magisto’s Mother’s Day challenge coincides with the first annual Mother’s Day benefit concert hosted by Osborne with special guests Ollabelle and Elizabeth Mitchell at NYC’s City Winery on May 12th. This concert will help benefit these two charities: The Somaly Mam Foundation and Save the Children. The Magisto team will be at the concert to create and share videos of the special evening and the company will make a donation to the two charities. Osborne’s song will be available for listening on the Magisto site and available for digital sale at www.joanosborne.com with proceeds going to both charitable organizations.Throughout the contest Magisto will be working together with a select group of mom bloggers as part of an influencer activation with Mom Central Consulting, the leading social media consulting firm focused on the Mom Market, to introduce moms to Magisto and promote the contest and Joan’s new song.Source:PR Newswire
By Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsOnly one of the three candidates for national chief pledged Tuesday evening to publicly reveal their campaign expenses and donor information submitted to the Assembly of First Nations chief electoral officer.All candidates are required to submit their expenses and donor lists to the chief electoral officer before they appear at the AFN assembly all-candidates forum, which was held Tuesday. Each of the candidates faces a $35,000 campaign spending limit.Chief electoral officer Loretta Pete Lambert told chiefs gathered in Winnipeg for the special assembly to elect a new national chief that all the candidates had submitted their required campaign financial information.APTN National News asked each of the candidates Tuesday evening, following their speeches and question and answer session, whether they would release the information they submitted to the chief electoral officer.Candidate Leon Jourdain, a former Treaty 3 grand chief, was the only one of the three who said he would release his campaign finances.“If it’s ready yeah,” said Jourdain. “I got into the race late and I also made a commitment to myself that I would not accept any money from corporations.”Jourdain said he didn’t have the information on him, but would get it from the person in charge of finances for his campaign.Ghislain Picard, who was regional chief for Quebec and interim national chief of the AFN, said he would have to consult with his campaign team before committing to releasing his campaign financing information.“I will consult with my team first before I make any commitment,” said Picard.Bellegarde, the regional chief for Saskatchewan, would not answer the question one way or another. He said he did not have time to answer questions because he had to run to a meet and greet for chiefs and proxies at the Metropolitan Entertainment Centre.“We got to go,” said Bellegarde, riding the escalator away from an APTN reporter. “We are going to keep going. Excuse me…We are going to go to my event, we are going to go to my event.”APTN National News has been told by legal counsel working with the AFN electoral team that it is up to the candidates to release their campaign financial information, not the chief electoral officer.The vote is expected to begin Wednesday at 9 a.m. Only chiefs or their proxies can vote for national chief of the AFN.APTN National News will be following up with all three camps Wednesday on the question of releasing their campaign firstname.lastname@example.org@JorgeBarrera UPDATE HERE
The Government health sector and education sector will go on strike tomorrow against the SAITM private campus in Malabe.The strike is to be launched tomorrow morning.
Mr. Ban discussed the issue in a telephone call with Ahmet Üzümcü, the Director-General of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), which oversees the convention aiming to eliminate the use, development, production and transfer of these deadly weapons.Violence has gripped Syria since protests that began against Mr. al-Assad 21 months ago turned into a revolt amid a crackdown by authorities. Civilians make up the vast majority of the at least 20,000 people killed in the conflict, while 2.5 million Syrians need humanitarian assistance, and another 475,000 have fled the country and have either registered, or are registering, as refugees, according to UN estimates.According to information provided by Mr. Ban’s spokesperson, the Secretary-General had conveyed his concerns in writing already some months ago to Mr. al-Assad and he did so again in a letter handed over to the Syrian authorities on Tuesday, in which he urged the Syrian leader to refrain from the use of any such weapons under any circumstances. The UN chief also underscored the fundamental responsibility of the Syrian Government to ensure the safety and security of any such stockpiles, and reiterated to Mr. Üzümcü that any use of such weapons would be an outrageous crime with dire consequences, the spokesperson added.Syria is one of eight States that have not yet joined the Chemical Weapons Convention which currently has 188 States Parties. The others are Angola, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Egypt, Israel, Myanmar, Somalia and South Sudan.
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Anna Paphitis is looking forward to the upcoming Estia Festival in Hobart because for the seventeenth year in a row the people of Hobart will be able to experience a Greek style panygiri.Federal Street in North Hobart will be transformed into a Greek Village on Sunday 14 March on Estia’s day of days to showcase the best arts and craft, food, entertainment and Greek culture that Tasmania has to offer.Around 7,000 people are expected to attend the Greek-style street party.The festival will run through until mid-April with one event a week for four weeks. The street party will be followed by a lecture at the University of Tasmania, a family dinner, a quiz night and a taverna night.As the chairperson of the Estia Festival, Anna Paphitis is aware that the festival is precious because it is the flagship event for the Greek community in Hobart. “It provides us with the opportunity to share with the city of Hobart our culture, hospitality and goodwill,” Anna explains. “We take a lot of pride in this role and hope it brings joy and understanding to others in our community. “The Hobart City Council recognises it as one of the most significant multicultural festivals in this city and provides funding and support accordingly.”The Estia Festival is also important, Paphitis said, because it serves as a exemplar to other ethnic communities.“There are no other multicultural groups in Hobart that run a festival like ours which runs for 4-6 weeks and contains a number of events – so it is much admired by other ethnic communities,” she pointed out. “The fact that it has been going for so long is a testament to the commitment, congeniality and hard work of our people.”However as a long-standing community festival it faces the constant challenge of finding volunteers to keep the festival operating.“The constant problem is volunteers. Volunteers to be on the committee, volunteers to staff the events. Most people have ideas and opinions of what should happen but it is difficult to translate this into action.”Asked how one engages the younger locally born Greek- Australians in the festival and community affairs draws a considered response from the festival chairperson.The question of engagement is a universal issue for all Greek community organisations, according to Paphitis. “I used to think it was never going to happen. I couldn’t imagine that I as a first generation Greek, and my Greek friends would be running the Greek school and engaging in the community life that my parents did but to my surprise, and pleasure, we are,” Paphitis said. “I can only hope and assume that our kids may take on that responsibility and interest also. I believe the Greek school and activities that young people enjoy, like dancing, keeps the younger generations engaged and therefore committed for the future.”
Whitbread has promoted Bridget Hutchinson from head of HR services to talent director, Premier Inn.In her new role, Hutchinson will lead the talent and succession, HR business partners, resourcing and internal communications teams.Prior to joining Whitbread, Hutchinson was head of resourcing and employer brand at Dixons Retail.
Employees cross an overpass at the Indian headquarters of iGateReutersIndia’s IT industry is experiencing a rough phase both at home and abroad buoyed by surging global protectionism and automation. And that has forced hundreds of employees in Hyderabad to protest against the mass layoffs in the sector.Asia’s third largest major economy’s software services exports slumped to the lowest in seven years which could blow the current account deficit to the widest since 2013 and add further pressure to the rupee, Bloomberg reported.”Growing anti-globalization tendencies in the US during and after elections and the Brexit referendum” also threaten Indian jobs,” said Arvind Subramanian, top economic adviser to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in the economic survey published earlier this month.Creating more jobs was one of the key promises Modi made to win the 2014 elections. But, large job cuts in the tech industry which is the country’s largest private sector employer will come out as one of the biggest issues in the upcoming 2019 elections.Indian engineers are also crucial dollar-earners. But the labour in recent times became cheap as wage growth fell in developed countries. Also, US President Donald Trump’s protectionist policies and U.K.’s rise in visa costs are factors limiting the free movement of Indian engineers.Moreover, automation threatens 69 percent of jobs in India, according to a 2016 World Bank report. Executive search firm Head Hunters India estimates that 175,000 to 200,000 technology jobs will be lost in the country each year through 2020.Hyderabad IT layoffs protestOn Friday, India’s tech city Hyderabad observed mass protest against the IT layoff. Hundreds of employees gathered on the streets near Raheja Mindspace junction of the city and demanded justice for the people who faced job cut recently. People in the protest raised slogans such as ‘we want justice’, ‘give back my job’ and ‘give back my life’, News Minute reported. Protest against mass IT layoffs in HyderabadWhile addressing the gathering, Kiran Chandra, founder member of ForIT said that it is illegal to retrench employees under the guise of underperformance. He asserted that the employees are protected under the law of the land and no one can be fired without due process of law.The authorities overlooked several petitions that were filed with the Hyderabad labour commissioner which forced them to file a case in the High Court.Last month, Tech Mahindra had received a notice from Hyderabad High Court after four of its retrenched employees moved court over illegal terminations.
Gumnami Baba was a fairly known entity in Uttar Pradesh and, he lived in various parts of the state in great secrecy, hidden behind a curtain most of the time.IANSThe controversy over whether the Gumnami Baba of Faizabad was actually Subhash Chandra Bose, is about to be put to rest.The Justice Vishnu Sahai Commission’s report on the mysterious ‘Gumnami Baba’, which was tabled in the UP cabinet on Tuesday, says it’s difficult to determine whether he was indeed Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, as popularly believed.The findings of the commission, set up in 2016, which will now be tabled in the Uttar Pradesh Assembly, reportedly only draw parallels between Bose and the Baba.It mentions that other than literature in English, Bengali and Hindi, the three languages in which Netaji was fluent, books on Bose himself and authors he liked to read have been recovered.Sources said that the report also mentions that Gumnami Baba was also fluent in these three languages and was an influential person to whom people flocked.”As per the report, Gumnami Baba continued to stay in his Faizabad house till rumours of him being Subhash Chandra Bose surfaced, after which he left that place. The report also mentions Gumnami Baba’s love for music and cigars,” said the source.The report, prepared by Justice Vishnu Sahai, was commissioned by the Samajwadi Party government in 2016 on directions of the Allahabad High Court. The court order followed a PIL, in which the petitioner claimed that Gumnami Baba was Subhash Chandra Bose.Justice Vishnu Sahai had earlier told reporters that many people he interviewed, had come with the pre-conceived notion that Gumnami Baba was indeed Bose.He, however, added that collecting reliable testimony was a challenge since the Baba died in 1985 and witnesses deposed before the commission only in 2016 and 2017.Gumnami Baba was a fairly known entity in Uttar Pradesh and, he lived in various parts of the state in great secrecy, hidden behind a curtain most of the time.It was only after he died that he began making news. He was known as ‘Gumnami Baba’– a term never used by his followers, who called him by the ‘Bhagwanji’ (the reverend one).After his demise, his room was found to contain hundreds of objects, most important of which were his correspondence and notes.There was much connected with Subhash Chandra Bose and those who were known to Bose in pre-Independence period. It was at that time that many of his followers were confronted by the media. They gave out that he was Subhash Bose to their belief and knowledge. They had kept their mouths sealed in deference to his order that it be done in ‘national interest’.Matters turned volatile when Lalita Bose, a niece of Subhash Chandra Bose, arrived in Faizabad, where the holy man had last lived. She conducted a personal inquiry and was convinced that he was her uncle.Lalita Bose tried to persuade the then Chief Minister of the state, Vir Bahadur Singh, to order a proper inquiry, but he is said to have told her that the matter was beyond him.Lalita and two citizens then filed a suit in the Allahabad High Court, using the services of eminent lawyer Robin Mitra. In response, the state government just clammed up and filed a counter-affidavit only after 13 years.It was only in 2013 the order for an inquiry could be delivered. Three years later, following some lobbying with then Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, an inquiry commission was set up, headed by Justice Vishnu Sahai.
Conserving Baby Turtles at The Ritz-Carlton, BaliConserving Baby Turtles at The Ritz-Carlton, BaliImagine watching a baby turtle as it crawls and slides over the sand until it reaches the ocean and with a splash of its tiny flippers begins life in the ocean. Witnessing a creature in that magical moment when it finds freedom is a joyful experience and guests at The Ritz-Carlton, Bali are invited to participate in our ongoing turtle conservation program.Turtle Release events are particularly popular with the resort’s younger guests and a buzz of excitement infuses Ritz Kids Club during hatch season, with turtle themed decorations and the opportunity to learn about the importance of protecting sea turtles and the environment. Helping to save a life by being an active participant in the turtle release is a memory they will never forget.Each year, nesting sea turtles flock to the pristine white sand beach of The Ritz-Carlton, Bali to lay their eggs. The hatchling turtles face many predators, and the resort is dedicated to protecting these incredible creatures that are critically endangered. Working in conjunction with the Bali Sea Turtle Society, the Ladies and Gentlemen of the resort watch out for the arrival of sea turtles on the shore. Once the eggs are laid a fence is erected around the nest, and when the baby hatchlings emerge they are transferred to a safe “temporary home” where they are guarded from predators around the clock. When they are deemed strong enough, they are then released to the nourishing waters of the Indian Ocean. Guests of all ages are invited to participate in this inspiring and heartening experience. Children are given unique ‘front row’ privileges as they race to the ocean alongside the turtles, witnessing first-hand the wonder of nature and the positive results of conservation projects.“The Ritz-Carlton, Bali is dedicated to protecting the natural environment for generations to come and guests are welcomed to join us in conservation efforts. The turtle release is one of our most loved activities, giving guests a unique and wonderful opportunity to experience that incredible moment when baby turtles swim to their new habitat,” says General Manager, Karim Tayach.The conservation program is run in tandem with the Ritz-Carlton Community Footprints program, a brand-wide social and environmental responsibility strategy. Sea turtle hatching season in Bali is from March to September each year and guests are invited to participate whenever there is an active hatch, a memory that will last a lifetime. About The Ritz-Carlton, BaliLocated on a stunning beachfront combining with a dramatic clifftop setting, The Ritz-Carlton, Bali is a luxurious resort offering an elegant tropical ambience. Featuring tranquil views over the azure waters of the Indian Ocean the resort has 279 spacious suites and 34 expansive villas, providing the sheerest of contemporary Balinese luxury. Along the foreshore are The Ritz-Carlton Club®, six stylish dining venues, an indulgent and exotic marine-inspired Spa, and fun, recreational activities for children of all ages at Ritz Kids. A glamorous beachfront wedding chapel, makes an idyllic setting for destination weddings, while a range of outdoor event venue and extravagant spaces provide the perfect scene for celebratory events and wedding reception in Bali. Well-appointed conference venues, luxurious meeting spaces, customizable residential packages and experienced organizers also entice those looking to create inspired MICE Tourism events in Bali. Whether work, pleasure or romance is on the agenda, The Ritz-Carlton, Bali is the place to make memories that last a lifetime. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Youtube, LinkedIn.
March 13, 2014 507 Views Homebuilders Mortgage Bankers Association New Home Sales 2014-03-13 Tory Barringer Builder application data from February suggests another increase in new home sales, the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) reported Thursday.According to MBA’s Builder Applications Survey (BAS), which tracks application volume from mortgage subsidiaries of homebuilders, applications for new home purchases increased 12 percent in February, pointing to a seasonally adjusted annual sales rate of 533,000 (up 1 percent from January).On an unadjusted basis, the association estimates there were 43,000 new home sales in February, up 13 percent from the prior month.While MBA overshot the mark with its initial January estimate of 543,000 new home sales, its prediction of a spike was correct: The Census Bureau estimates sales in January ran at a seasonally adjusted rate of 468,000, a monthly increase of 9.6 percent.By product type, MBA reports conventional loans made up 65.1 percent of February applications. Loans backed by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) composed 16.5 percent; loans backed by the Department of Veterans Affairs accounted for 13 percent; and rural loans composed 5.3 percent.The average loan size of new homes was up, meanwhile, rising more than $5,000 to $295,008. in Daily Dose, Headlines, News, Origination Share February Data Indicates Continued Gains in New Home Sales
andBeyond Phinda Rock LodgeandBeyond Phinda Rock Lodge in KwaZulu-Natal has also reopened with a brand new look – an earthy soft grey palette and the interiors that are raw and natural but still convey a sense of luxury and elegance.All outdoor decks have been reconfigured to allow plenty of space for al fresco dining, with stretched canvas shades for protection from the sun and a new rooftop terrace provides the ideal venue for dining beneath the stars.Guest suites have received a similar treatment, with all rooms provided with easier access to their own verandas and views onto the valley below. Bathrooms have been completely refurbished to feature raw timber slabs and handsome granite surfaces. New features include:hot coffee served by expertly trained baristas from the camp’s interactive food and coffee bardining areas in neutral colours that feature the clever use of mirrors to bring the outside inopen air boma encircled by a rugged wooden fence on the very edge of the Delta and set in the mottled shade of the camp’s massive ebony treesmeticulously stocked new Safari Shop renewed pool area with salas for shade and comfortable loungers positioned to make the most of the beautiful Okavango Delta views a dedicated massage sala Keeping to the spirit of Phinda Rock Lodge, the refurbishment has retained the sense of intimacy integral to this small and exclusive lodge. Glamorous new touches retain a sense of place, deep in the heart of Zululand.TOP IMAGE: New look Bar at andBeyond Nxabega Okavango Tented Camp andBeyond Nxabega Okavango Tented CampWith the second, and final, phase of refurbishments completed at andBeyond Nxabega Okavango Tented Camp, in Botswana, the camp has now reopened with a new glamorous, light and earthy look, and a sophisticated safari style that offers a contemporary spin on the traditional tented camp. Guest area andBeyondlodgeluxurysafaritented camp
Canada & Alaska Specialist Holidayscruise Canada & Alaska Specialist Holidays has launched a massive Alaska cruise sale where clients can save up to $3,000 per couple when booking one of the qualifying packages from ocean cruise lines to expedition small ship cruising, and can be easily combined with overland itineraries. Bookings are valid from 5 March 2018 to 31 March 2018.
Categories: Infographics,News,Pure Michigan,Reinventing MI Craft beer is a growing industry in Michigan, having rapidly expanded during the last 20 years. Breweries from Bellaire to Holland to Commerce Township have eagerly awaited the passage of House Bills 4709-11, which authorize increased craft beer output and permit establishment of new locations for existing breweries.Bill 4709 increases the barrel threshold for micro-brewers from 30,000 to 60,000 annually.House Bill 4710 permits a brewpub to have up to 6 locations, up from 3 under current law.House Bill 4711 allows brewers to expand from one tasting room to two.Nearly a dozen Michigan craft beer companies have announced plans to expand as soon as these bills are signed into law. The plans vary, but one thing they all have in common is that they will create new jobs. Our economy will see an immediate positive impact once these bills take effect.For more information, read House Bills 4709-4711 or see bill sponsor Rep. Peter MacGregor’s statement on the package. 14Nov Michigan is brewing jobs
Categories: Blog Features,Hughes News,News A conversation four years ago at a visitation in Muskegon County continues to serve as a reminder to state Rep. Holly Hughes as she fights for her constituents at the state Capitol.“Holly, I want a bus bill,” she heard in December 2011. “I don’t want this happening to any more kids.”The request came from Bruce Privacky to Hughes after the visitation for Bruce’s only grandchildren, Bruce and Antonia “Toni” Privacky. The teenagers died from injuries sustained in a school bus-automobile accident.In one of her first actions after being sworn into office in January 2015, Rep. Hughes introduced legislation to enhance lighting on the rear section of new school buses.“The bill is named after the children – the ‘Privacky Law,’” Rep. Hughes said. “We do not want Bruce and Toni’s loss of their lives to be in vain. This bill is a chance to save other children’s lives.”Rep. Hughes talked about the legislation’s importance during a mid-October news conference in Ravenna while displaying an illuminated sign that has been installed on school bus rear exit doors. It tells drivers when to stop for a school bus. The event announced a survey of bus drivers, which would note the number of vehicles being driven past a stopped bus. Illegal pass-bys happen frequently, despite the bus signal lights being on while students are entering or exiting the bus.“We need our kids to be safe,” she said. “Originally we were just going to have Ravenna install new lighting on the back of the bus for the October bus pilot program. Ten schools, spread across the state, are participating in the study. It will give us a good sampling of how the lighting will impact drivers’ actual driving habits.”Five states have similar legislation enacted as law. The law seeks to make clear to other drivers what to do when a bus’s yellow and red signal lights are engaged.Safety is always the goal for Rep. Hughes and the Privacky family.“We hope this helps somebody and prevents this from happening again,” said Nancee Privacky, the mother of Bruce and Antonia “Toni” Privacky. 17Nov Rep. Hughes advocating for positive reforms after tragic accident in Muskegon County
20Mar Rep. Bellino’s credit freeze bill signed into law State Rep. Joseph Bellino’s plan to better protect Michigan residents from fraud by providing free credit freezes has been signed into law by Gov. Rick Snyder. ÂWhen a security freeze is placed on a credit report through a consumer credit-reporting agency, those looking to engage in fraud are unable to open a credit card, mortgage or other form of credit in the name of the individual they are trying to impersonate. Lenders typically require access to credit information before approving a loan and are shut off from pulling needed data with a freeze in place.“Consumers in Michigan can now feel better protected from individuals who are out there looking to use personal information for fraudulent purposes,” said Bellino, of Monroe. “This measure was about increased security when dealing with a reporting agency, in light of news over the past year.”Nearly 700,000 people had private information stolen during a breach that affected reporting agency Equifax last year. Customers supplied a database with personal information to verify their identities when disputing credit reports, including their driver’s license, Social Security number, address and bank information.House Bill 5094, which previously advanced overwhelmingly through the Michigan House and Senate before becoming Public Act 76 of 2018, addresses the fees often charged by reporting agencies for actions that a consumer takes related to secure their credit. Examples include one charge for imposing a freeze, another to discontinue it and additional fees if a freeze is needed to be put back in place.“I took issue with the fact that individuals are charged fees to put a freeze on their credit and those same individuals have no control as to where their information has been shared previously or who has looked at it,” Bellino said. “Data breaches are unfortunately a part of today’s technological world. This is a service that better protects people financially and should be a free service offered by businesses to protect the customer.” Categories: Bellino News,News
State Rep. Aaron Miller of Sturgis today announced his monthly in-district office hours with local residents.“I enjoy connecting with the people in my community and hear what matters most to them,” Rep. Miller said. “It is important that I am accessible to everyone.”Rep. Miller will hold office hours at the following times and locations:March 276 to 7:30 a.m. at Yoder’s County Market, 375 Eleanor Drive in Centreville;8 a.m. to 9 a.m. at the Shell Gas Station , 465 W. Main St. in Mendon; and No appointments are necessary. Those unable to attend may contact Rep. Miller’s office at (517) 373-0832 or AaronMiller@house.mi.gov. 21Mar Rep. Miller announces March office hours Categories: Miller News March 285 to 6:30 p.m. at Mama Mia’s Pizza, 241 S. 3rd in Burr Oak.
Share2TweetShareEmail2 SharesApril 12, 2017; The HillPerhaps it’s that the GOP has some time on its hands—so little is going on of any urgency—but The Hill is reporting that two top Republicans on the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee are asking for a federal Department of Justice investigation into the earlier DOJ investigation of Lois Lerner, former head of the IRS’s tax-exempt division.The request last week, made by committee Chair Kevin Brady (R-TX), Peter Roskam (R-IL), and 16 other Republicans on the Ways and Means Committee, urged President Trump to dump John Koskinen, the current IRS commissioner, alleging he impeded congressional investigations into the targeting of conservative groups.The previous investigation pursued the charge, based in large part on a 2013 inspector general’s report, that the IRS was targeting conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status, subjecting them to greater scrutiny and delays than other applicants. Lerner was placed on leave in 2013 and subsequently retired, admitting that she had mishandled the issue. The letter from Brady, Roskam, and the other 16 House Republicans urges Attorney General Jeff Sessions to take a “fresh look…in order to assure the American people that DOJ’s prior investigation was handled fairly and to restore taxpayers’ trust in the IRS.”In 2014, the Ways and Means Committee sent the DOJ a letter asking for it to launch a criminal investigation, but in 2015, the DOJ declined to file criminal charges, stating it found no evidence of IRS employees acting with political motives. The DOJ said it had found “substantial evidence of mismanagement, poor judgment and institutional inertia leading to the belief by many tax-exempt applicants that the IRS targeted them based on their political viewpoints. But poor management is not a crime.”Another letter was sent by House Oversight and Government Reform Committee chair Jason Chaffetz and more than 30 other House GOP members. Koskinen’s term as IRS commissioner ends in November, and he has said he has no plans to leave before then.—Ruth McCambridgeShare2TweetShareEmail2 Shares
European radio spectrum policy is threatened by moves being made at the current World Radio Conference (WRC-12) in Geneva, according to the European Broadcasting Union (EBU).The EBU has warned that the EU’s Radio Spectrum Policy Programme (RSPP), which is due to be approved this week by the European Parliament, is under threat because of moves by African and Arab regional administrations at the WRC to have the 700MHz spectrum band, used in Europe for broadcasting, to mobile services, according to the EBU.“With the RSPP, the EU has adopted a balanced approach in spectrum management. This approach should not be put at risk during ongoing parallel discussions at this year’s World Radio Conference in Geneva,” said Jean-Paul Philippot president of the EBU.Allocation of the 700MHz spectrum was not originally on the agenda for WRC-12, but pressure from the African and Arab delegates has resulted in discussion of its use for mobile applications. According to the EBU, this would cause significant disruption to digital broadcast services in Europe, where the 700MHz band is used for terrestrial broadcasting with, in many cases, long-term licences already in place. Use of this spectrum is also seen as crucial to the future development of the terrestrial platform.The RSPP proposes a European spectrum inventory that identifies spectrum whose use could be improved, re-allocated or shared. According to the EBU, any mobile allocation in the 700MHz band would preclude the outcome of the spectrum inventory.The previous WRC in 2007 had allocated the so-called digital dividend spectrum in the 800MHz band to be made available for mobile services after digital switchover. However, in Africa and the Middle East, the 800MHz band is already widely used for government applications, while few countries have implemented digital-terrestrial broadcasting. A number of national regulators in Asia and the Americas have already allocated 700MHz spectrum for mobile broadband services, following WRC 2007.WRC-12 is set to conclude at the end of this week.
Eurosport has extended the reach of its Eurosport 2 channel to all 11 CIS countries including Russia and Ukraine.The feed enhances Eurosport 2’s existing international programming offer in the region with six live football matches from the German Bundesliga each week.The launch in the CIS also covers former member Georgia and means that the Bundesliga is now broadcast on Eurosport 2 in 35 territories. Coverage is exclusive in all territories except the Netherlands, Georgia, Albania and the CIS.
Technicolor and Dreamworks’ multiscreen video service M-Go has launched on Samsung smart TVs in the US, marking its first smart TV deployment to date.The free app is available now through Samsung’s Smart Hub store on 2012 models of Samsung TVs, with users able to rent movies and TV shows through the service on a per-title basis.“Providing easier access to the movies and TV shows people care about is M-Go’s mission. Going live on Samsung Smart TVs is a huge milestone in giving consumers the power to enjoy an entire world of entertainment at their fingertips on the big screen at home,” said M-Go CEO John Batter.M-Go has content deals with Hollywood’s major studios, but for content it doesn’t store, it directs viewers to other media stores including Amazon, Hulu, iTunes, Netflix and Vudu in a bid to take “the hassle out of watching great digital entertainment quickly and easily.”M-Go is also available on Android and iOS tablets, online on computers and via selected Google TV devices.