Comments Share Offensively, Woodson was a high impact player, averaging 17.6 yards on 14 touches and scored three touchdowns. Two of the touchdowns were receptions and one was a run. Woodson even completed a pass to Brian Griese in a game against Wisconsin. On special teams, Woodson returned 33 punts for 283 yards and one TD. Peterson can similarly impact the Cardinals in all phases. The big question is will he have the same platform Woodson performed on? Michigan earned a split of the National Championship that season. Woodson came up with multiple huge plays in high profile games — against Penn State when both teams were in the top 5, against Michigan State and of course the Ohio State game, where he returned a punt for a TD, had an interception in the end zone and set up another score with a long reception.The Cardinals currently have just one nationally televised game on the schedule. Peterson needs the Cards to be one of the surprise teams in the league and get more national coverage. Remember, the NFL has a flex schedule for weeks 11 through 17; three of Arizona’s final four games are against the Rams, Seahawks and 49ers. If both teams are fighting for a wild card or the division the Cards could end up as the Sunday night game on NBC. Arizona Cardinals star Patrick Peterson doesn’t lack confidence in himself. The third-year cornerback has set a lofty goal heading into the 2013 NFL season. I think my goal is to be an MVP of the league. I am the top cornerback in the game, and now that Bruce Arians is giving me the opportunity to play offense and special teams, I’ll have the best opportunity to capture that goal and dream of mine.That was at the top of Peterson’s list in a story on Peter King’s new football website, TheMMQB.com. The question — is it a realistic goal? With a litany of high-level quarterbacks on teams projected to be extremely good, the task won’t be easy. Since the Associated Press started giving out the MVP Award in 1957, only twice has a defensive player earned the hardware — Giants outside linebacker Lawrence Taylor in 1986 and Vikings defensive tackle Alan Page in 1971. In every other year a quarterback or running back has won outside of a kicker winning in 1982 (I swear, I’m not lying). That makes the goal seem even more difficult. Here are three reasons, if another defensive player is going to win the MVP, Patrick Peterson would be atop the list.#1 Flash Plays Peterson can do things on a football field that will get played over and over again during the 24-hour sports news cycle. I actually don’t think this is a really good reason, but it’s the truth. In 2009, New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis had arguably the best season a defensive back has ever had and he didn’t even win Defensive Player of the Year. Green Bay Packers corner Charles Woodson, who had three defensive touchdowns, nine interceptions, four fumbles forced and one fumble recovery was given the honor. Those game-swinging plays are all well and good, but Woodson wasn’t even close to being in the same class as Revis during that season. A huge performance on that stage can go a long way in influencing voters. It’s a long shot, but based on these factors, if a defensive player was going to win MVP this season, Patrick Peterson would be the one I would pick. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Peterson will need to combine what Revis and Woodson did to win the award. #2 Importance of the PositionAfter edge pass rushers, cornerback has become the most important position on the defensive side of the ball. In 2009, when Revis wasn’t in the MVP talk despite his incredible season, teams threw the ball an average of 532.3 times over the course of the year. Last year the number went up to 555.9.The position has also become harder to play because of rules limiting contact. All of this has made the value of top-notch corners increase.#3 The Charles Woodson HeismanThis is the best argument for Peterson being able to earn MVP. It’s a different level, but the idea of a defensive player winning college football’s top honor is just as unique as a defensive player winning the NFL’s top honor. Since the Heisman was first presented in 1935, Michigan’s Charles Woodson is the only primarily defensive player to win the award.What makes the Woodson-Peterson comparison applicable is the role Woodson held with Michigan that season. He was utilized on offense, defense and special teams. Defensively, he was dominant, intercepting eight passes.
On Sept. 24 during the Monaco Yacht Show, Osvaldo Patrizzi, president and CEO of Patrizzi & Co, will conduct a live auction of 34 one-of-a-kind timepieces specially created by leading Swiss watch brands to raise money for research into Duchene Muscular Dystrophy. Two previous auctions, held in 2005 and 2007, raised more than $6 million. Prince Albert II of Monaco has supported the benefit, for the Monagesque Association against Muscular Dystrophy, since its inception in 2001.A public preview exhibition will be held in New York at Tourneau TimeMachine, 57th Street at Madison Avenue, from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Thurs.–Sat., Sept. 10-12.The auction will begin at 6 p.m. (12 p.m. EDT) Thursday, Sept. 24, in Monaco. Interested buyers can bid on the timepieces live at the traditional auction or simultaneously online (www.patrizziauction.com). One hundred percent of proceeds from the watch sales benefit the charity.“Envisioning and studying these marvelous objects has not only provoked dreams of the amount of money that will be raised for a good cause, but also the discovery that new forms are taking shape as today’s, and tomorrow’s, horology is being sketched out by a new wave of artists—micro-mechanical artists—who see wristwatches as a new form of expression in art,” said Patrizzi.The unique watches, for men and women, as well as two table clocks, include many complications such as perpetual calendars, celestial canopies, a “World Time,” chronographs, tourbillons, jumping hours, moon phases, and highly innovative mechanical movements in cases ranging from 18k gold to silver, steel, carbonized steel, tantalium, titanium and ceramic. Several timepieces feature enamel or engraved dials while others are adorned with diamonds and artistic flourishes.The participating brands are Audemars Piguet, Bell & Ross, Blancpain, Bovet Fleurier, Breguet Montres, Cabestan, Cartier, Chaumet, Chanel, Confrerie Horlogere (by BNB Concept), Corum Montres, De Bethune, Delacour, Franc Vila, Franck Muller, Frédérique Constant, Gerald Charles, Girard-Perregaux, Hermès, Hublot, Jaquet Droz, Les Ateliers de Monaco, Louis Vuitton, MB&F, Montblanc, Omega, Patek Philippe, Piaget, Tag Heuer, Tourneau Timepieces, Ulysse Nardin, Vacheron Constantin, Van Cleef & Arpels, Zenith International.www.patrizziauction.com/only_watch
Categories: News State Rep. Earl Poleski, R-Jackson, will host in-district office hours this month to meet with residents and discuss state and local issues.“Office hours give me a chance to hear what my constituents are most concerned about and are a great opportunity to connect with residents who I’ve not met before,” said the third-term lawmaker.Residents are invited to join Rep. Poleski every Friday in March (excluding Good Friday, March 25) from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Jackson County Tower Building located at 120 W. Michigan Ave., Jackson, MI 49201.No appointments are necessary. Those unable to attend can contact Rep. Poleski’s office by phone at (517) 373-1795 or by email at EarlPoleski@house.mi.gov.### 29Feb Rep. Poleski invites residents to March office hours
Tags: #SB Categories: Chatfield News State Rep. Lee Chatfield invites residents of the 107th House District to join him during local office hours for the month of September.“As your state representative, I want to be as accessible as possible,” said Rep. Chatfield, R-Levering. “Local monthly office hours is a great way to make myself available and responsive to the people I represent.”Since taking office, Rep. Chatfield has held monthly office hours in every county that he represents.His September office hours schedule is: 19Sep Rep. Chatfield announces September office hours Tuesday, Sept. 27Emmet CountyLevering Cafe5707 U.S. 31 in Levering9-10 a.m.Cheboygan CountyYour Spirit Bakery414 N. Main St. in Cheboygan11 a.m.-NoonMackinac CountyDriftwood Restaurant590 N. State St. in St. Ignace1-2 p.m.Chippewa CountyPickford Community Library230 E. Main St. in Pickford3-4 p.m.No appointment is necessary and there is no cost to attend. Anyone unable to attend may contact Rep. Chatfield’s office by calling (517) 373-2629, via email at email@example.com or through his website at www.RepChatfield.com.
Bill unanimously approved by House committeeThe Michigan House Families, Children, and Seniors Committee today approved legislation authored by state Rep. Sue Allor to expand state payment to health care providers for sexual assault exams. “After sexual assault, a medical exam can check for injuries, even those you may not be able to see,” said Allor of Wolverine. “With medical attention and testing, costs shouldn’t keep victims from getting the care they need.”The cost of providing these services to victims of sexual assaults has increased and many health care providers have become financially constrained because of the costs. To ensure these services are continued, Allor said the state must provide additional funding to health care providers.Every 98 seconds, a person experiences sexual assault in the United States. Sexual assault affects hundreds of thousands of Americans each year. One out of every six American women has been the victim of an attempted or completed rape in her lifetime and 3 percent of men are victims of attempted or completed rape in their lifetime.The Crime Victims Compensation Board provides reimbursement expenses to innocent crime victims who suffer personal injury. Michigan became the 17th state to offer this program.House Bill 4506 moves to the full House for consideration.### Categories: Allor News 08Jun Rep. Allor bill helps pay for sexual assault examinations
Martin HowrylakState RepresentativeDistrict 41 Categories: Howrylak News Dear Friends,Hello and welcome to my June e-newsletter!The beautiful summer season is just around the corner. If you and your family are looking to travel this summer, I encourage you to contact my office at 517-373-1783 to request a free copy of the Pure Michigan Travel Guide. This informative publication showcases fun outdoor activities and exciting sites to see across our beautiful state.I would also like to take this opportunity to share an update from our state Capitol. Please keep in mind that this e-newsletter is not exhaustive and is only meant to be a summary of some of the legislative activity in Lansing. For more information, please do not hesitate to call the office toll-free at 1-877-238-0001 or email MartinHowrylak@house.mi.gov.Rep. Howrylak testifies before Transportation CommitteeI recently gave testimony in the Michigan House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee in support of my bill that would reduce distracted driving crashes by requiring drivers to operate a mobile device in hands-free mode while driving. If enacted, this legislation will preserve the driver’s ability to use a cell phone, while also protecting the lives of other commuters and pedestrians.The number of distracted drivers continues to rise and we must take action to make our roadways safer. House Bill 4466 seeks to ensure Michigan drivers have their attention focused on the road at all times, instead of a mobile device. The current statute is outdated, only referring to text messaging, and needs to be updated to be in tune with current technology.Drivers are more than four times likely to get into a crash while using a hand-held device according to the National Safety Council. Jim Santilli, chief executive officer of the Transportation Improvement Association and Laurel Zimmerman also testified in support of the bill. Laurel Zimmerman’s daughter, Allison “Ally” Zimmerman, was tragically killed in 2011 by a distracted driver while riding in a car in Romeo, Michigan.In 2014, 3,179 people were killed and 431,000 were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers.House Bill 4466 remains under consideration by the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.Rep. Howrylak introduces proposal to improve oversight of the Michigan Strategic FundI recently introduced legislation requiring all Michigan Strategic Fund resources to pass through the appropriations process before being distributed to corporations.The Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) currently operates with limited budgetary oversight. The current process lacks accountability and must be reformed. In 2016 alone, the MEDC collected $60 million from Michigan’s tribal casinos, which are required by compact to share a certain percentage of their annual income with the state. Under current law, however, these resources are not required to go through the legislative appropriations process like other funds distributed by the state.If my proposal is enacted, all assets within the Michigan Strategic Fund (MSF) would be considered public. Therefore, these resources would be required to go through the appropriations process in the legislature before the funds could be legally dispersed to corporations.The people of Michigan deserve to know how all public money is spent. My proposal will ensure these resources are allocated completely through the legislative process, thereby enhancing the public’s oversight over the MEDC and the MSF going forward.House Bill 4645 was referred to the House Appropriations Committee for further consideration. HB 4645 is a reintroduction of HB 4559 from the 2015-16 legislative sessionHouse passes legislation to honor Troy police officerOn June 6th, the Michigan House voted unanimously to pass legislation in honor of Troy Police Officer Martin “Marty” Chivas, who died in the line of duty on April 22, 1974.Officer Chivas, was killed while investigating a burglary at a gas station on Rochester Road and I-75. Officer Chivas was only 24 years old. If enacted, my proposal would name the portion of I-75 located at the Rochester Road exit as the “Officer Martin ‘Marty’ Chivas Memorial Highway.”Our community is a safe place to live, work, and raise a family because of the hard work and dedication of the Troy Police Department. This memorial, which will be funded by the Troy Police Department Honor Guard, is a fitting way to honor Officer Chivas’ life and his commitment to public safety.“If this bill is signed into law, motorists who travel this portion of I-75 will be reminded of the dedication of those who work in law enforcement when they see the signs in honor of Officer Marty Chivas,” said Troy Police Chief Gary Mayer. “It is important to remember those that went before us and helped make the City of Troy the wonderful community that it is.”House Bill 4191 now advances to the Senate for consideration.Establishing police body camera guidelines If legislation (HB 4427) that was recently approved by the House is signed into law, police agencies would have clear guidelines for recordings made by police body cameras under legislation approved by the House in May. I was pleased to co-sponsor this important legislation.Body cameras assist law enforcement officers in their daily operations, while increasing the public’s trust in officers and serving as a deterrent for violence against an officer. These guidelines give law enforcement agencies the tools they need to implement effective body-worn camera programs, while also ensuring that the people of Michigan can have confidence in those programs. The bill establishes rules for retaining and releasing footage recorded on body cameras. In addition, this legislation would protect personal privacy rights by exempting any recordings made where someone should have a reasonable expectation of privacy from public disclosure. The bill moves to the Senate for its consideration.Defining electronic property rightsA resolution (HJR C), which was recently approved by the House proposes amending the Michigan Constitution to make crystal clear that the government must generally obtain a search warrant to access a person’s electronic data or communications. Since the resolution proposes a constitutional amendment, the measure must be placed on the ballot and approved by a majority of voters before becoming law.Proponents for the measure state that since warrants are required to search physical possessions, the law should be amended to accommodate protections for phone or computer records. House Joint Resolution C now advances to the Senate for consideration. If approved by two-thirds of the Senate, the initiative would be placed on the November 2018 ballot.Tackling the opioid epidemicThe House recently approved a six-bill bipartisan package (HB 4403 – HB 4408) focused on combatting opioid addiction in Michigan.The package includes legislation requiring medical professionals to consult with parents or guardians when an opioid-based medication may be prescribed to a person under the age of 18. The practice of educating young people and parents about the risks and potential for dependence when using opioid medications is vital to protecting children from the life-threatening ramifications of addiction. Other bills in the package increase access to opioid treatment, allow pharmacists to use their judgement to refuse an opioid prescription without fear of legal ramifications and require school curriculum regarding the risks of prescription drug abuse. The committee approved the legislation with unanimous, bipartisan support.The bills now advance to the Senate for further consideration.Rep. Howrylak seeks to enhance local control and fireworks safetyI recently introduced legislation to provide local governments with more flexibility regarding fireworks safety.If my proposal is signed into law, local governments will be permitted to enact and enforce ordinances related to consumer firework use any time other than daytime and evening hours on the 3rd, 4th and 5th of July, as well as December 31st, January 1st & 2nd. In addition, this legislation would permit local governments to regulate the noise caused by fireworks and increase the penalty for individuals who violate the law from $500 to $1,000.Under current law, all national holidays, and days before and after, are exempt from ordinances imposed by local governments. My bill will restore a local government’s rightful authority to regulate fireworks in the way that works best for their community.HB 4704 was referred to the House Regulatory Reform Committee for consideration. This legislation is the reintroduction of HB 5203 from the 2015-2016 sessionRep. Howrylak reintroduces juvenile justice billsAs you may recall, last session I was involved in a bipartisan bill package that sought to improve juvenile justice practices in the State of Michigan. This session, I have reintroduced this legislation (House Bill 4948 from 2016), which will raise the age of a juvenile, in most prosecutions, to less than 18 years old and require juvenile cases to be sent to the Family Division of the Circuit Court. However, if a child is 14 or older and charged with a felony, the judge can make the determination to have that child tried in criminal court after conducting an investigation and achieving a motion from the prosecuting attorney.Michigan is one of nine states that tries all 17 year-olds as adults, regardless of their offense. My bill will ensure that it won’t be automatic for a 17-year-old to be tried as an adult. This policy change balances the need for public safety with the fair treatment of juveniles by giving judges the option to look at each case on an individual basis.Similarly, I have reintroduced another proposal (House Bill 4966 from 2016), which seeks to accomplish another important reform by requiring the Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC) to develop policies for age-appropriate out-of-cell activity and outdoor exercise at least five days a week for inmates under 21 years of age. Access to out-of-cell programing and exercise will improve the physical and mental well-being of young inmates. In turn, this will enhance our ability to successfully rehabilitate inmates after they are released, which will not only ensure public safety but reduce recidivism rates.My legislation is once again part of a bipartisan bill package that seeks to improve juvenile justice policies in Michigan. Other key changes in the package include: public monitoring and oversight of youth under the jurisdiction of the Department of Corrections who entered for an offense committed prior to turning 18 and the process of moving youth offenders out of adult jails and prisons. The overall goal of this legislation is to bring Michigan law in line with 41 other states that recognize the unique needs of youth in the criminal justice system.My upcoming office hours are as follows (No appointment necessary):Saturday, June 17th from 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.Troy Library, 510 W. Big Beaver Rd., Troy, MI 48084Monday, June 19th from 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.Blair Memorial Library, 416 N Main St, Clawson, MI 48017Saturday, July 29th from 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.Troy Library, 510 W. Big Beaver Rd., Troy, MI 48084Monday, July 31st from 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.Blair Memorial Library, 416 N Main St, Clawson, MI 48017Consumer Education EventOnce again, I am partnering with the Michigan Attorney General’s office to host a Consumer Education event on Friday, June 16th.This Consumer Education event will educate citizens on the latest phone, mail and online scams. I hope this event will provide a valuable opportunity for citizens of all ages to learn the warning signs of potential scams and how to avoid them.The presentation will begin at 11:00 am at Clawson’s Hunter Community Center, located at 509 Fisher Court. A light lunch will be provided.For more information regarding this event, please contact my office at (517) 373-1783 or via email at MartinHowrylak@house.mi.gov.Rep. Howrylak’s Lansing OfficeMailing Address: N-890 House Office BuildingP.O. Box 30014Lansing, MI 48909Website: http://www.RepHowrylak.comPhone: (517) 373-1783Toll Free: (877) 248-0001Email: MartinHowrylak@house.mi.govAs always, please do not hesitate to contact my office if you have any questions or concerns. I will continue to work on removing barriers to job creation, retaining our valuable businesses, growing our economy, and moving Michigan forward. If you have any suggestions, comments, or questions please let me know.Warm regards, 16Jun June 2017 Newsletter
The Michigan House today approved Rep. Jim Tedder’s legislation offering a faster, less expensive way to settle tax disputes in Michigan.Tedder’s bill allows taxpayers to avoid court when settling disputes with the Michigan Treasury. The parties could instead use an informal conference as a starting point to offer written settlement proposals, bypassing the court system that current state law now mandates they use.“This is a common-sense reform,” Tedder, of Clarkston, said after the House approved his bill. “This proposal provides a more efficient option for settling disputes. It’s going to save time and money – for taxpayers and the state – by avoiding costly court cases.”Taxpayers already have the option of requesting a free, informal conference with Treasury during tax disputes. Tedder’s bill will allow taxpayers and Treasury to use that conference as a launching point for out-of-court settlements now prohibited by state law.The process would be optional, used in cases where both the taxpayer and Treasury agree.Tedder is chair of the House Tax Policy Committee. His bill advances to the Senate.###Tedder’s’s legislation: House Bill 4976. Categories: News,Tedder News 11Oct House approves Rep. Tedder’s bill to save time, money resolving tax disputes
Share4TweetShare1Email5 SharesAugust 17, 2015; CNN MoneyIn a story we have covered from the outset, the National Labor Relations Board brought a halt to the effort of Northwestern University football players to unionize as employees of the NCAA-affiliated college program. The ruling of the NLRB was unanimous in favor of the private, nonprofit Northwestern and against the college players, who were led by former Northwestern quarterback Kain Colter.The “private” nature of Northwestern is one of the issues that concerned the NLRB, because only 17 of the 125 NCAA “bowl-eligible” colleges are private entities, the rest state schools. Given that the NLRB’s formal jurisdiction is limited to private workplaces, as Northwestern is, the NLRB worried about the impact on the state schools of granting union powers to the Northwestern students:In the decision, the Board held that asserting jurisdiction would not promote labor stability due to the nature and structure of NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS). By statute the Board does not have jurisdiction over state-run colleges and universities, which constitute 108 of the roughly 125 FBS teams. In addition, every school in the Big Ten, except Northwestern, is a state-run institution. As the NCAA and conference maintain substantial control over individual teams, the Board held that asserting jurisdiction over a single team would not promote stability in labor relations across the league.In other words, it wasn’t quite a matter of the merits of the Northwestern footballers’ argument, but rather the impact of making a decision for one school that would disrupt the labor relations between students and universities at 108 schools not covered by the NLRB. In the porous world of public, quasi-public, and private sector employers that sometimes compete in the same space, the NLRB chose to put on its blinders and conclude that were it to rule on the merits of the argument presented by Colter and his colleagues, it could disrupt conditions at the University of Alabama, Michigan State, Ohio State, and UCLA, to name a few of the public sector schools that compete with Northwestern, a notorious NCAA punching bag in the bowl competition.Testimony in the case recounted the 14-hour practice days of NCAA football players in August before school officially starts and the longer-than-fulltime hours of football players during the school year for games, practice, and travel. Moreover, by employing college football athletes for the price of a scholarship, the NCAA schools had combined revenues of $2.8 billion in 2013 and a profit of $1.2 billion. Even Northwestern had profits of $8.8 million in 2013, though the school will never be confused for a team of the caliber of Florida State or the University of Oregon.While exhilarated Northwestern execs breathed a sigh of relief and complimented the efforts of its “student-athletes” to bring some issues to the public’s attention, Colter issued a polite statement of disappointment in the NLRB ruling, and added, “The overall legacy from this movement is that when players come together to stand up for what they believe in, things get changes…. For decades, advocates have been fighting for some things that we got changed in one year.”Do realize what the Board’s decision really means. When the Board said in its decision, “Just as the nature of league sports and the NCAA’s oversight renders individual team bargaining problematic, the way that FBS football itself is structured and the nature of the colleges and universities involved strongly suggest that asserting jurisdiction in this case would not promote stability in labor relations,” some important implications emerge.One is that limiting the application of the NLRB’s authority over Northwestern football players because of the disruption their unionization would cause to the state schools that are in the Football Bowl System is not mandated by the National Labor Relations Act. It was decision of expediency by the NLRB, which bypassed dealing with the rights of the Northwestern players and the responsibilities of their employer. Second, by citing the NCAA’s own oversight over the 125 bowl-eligible schools—and relying on that oversight rather than making a ruling on the issues presented by the so-called student athletes themselves—the board elevated the nonprofit NCAA into a de facto definer and arbiter of labor rules and conditions at the schools.Perhaps it is harsh to say, but we’ll say it; the NLRB decided that the “novel and unique circumstances” of the players’ petition—that the Board had “never before been asked to assert jurisdiction in a case involving college football players, or college athletes of any kind,” and that “the scholarship players do not fit into any analytical framework that the Board has used in cases involving other types of students or athletes”—allowed it to take a pass on the merits of the argument raised by Colter. Thus, the Board offered these flimsy justifications—fear of disrupting the array of bowl-eligible state schools, the intimation that the NCAA was keeping an eye on the issues between “student-athletes” and their university quasi-employers—lacking believability and failing to address the arguments of Colter and his organizing colleagues.In reaching its decision on Northwestern, the NLRB did not preclude future petitions of this kind. Ragomi Huma, the director of the College Athletes Players Association, said that meant “the door is still open” and pointed out that the NLRB decision did not say that the college players were not employees. The NLRB probably had the same thoughts when it was presented with its first case of graduate student teaching assistants, too, hoping that some extraneous variables would preclude the NLRB having to rule the way the NCAA’s standards and enforcement alleviated the board of having to rule on the merits at this time.Someone ought to tell the suddenly magnanimous Northwestern administrators not to get too elated with this NLRB decision, because someday in the future the NLRB will face another “student-athlete” employee question with a broader impact: the opportunity to rule on all 125 bowl-eligible NCAA schools, so that the excuse of disrupting labor stability by ruling on only one private university will be put to bed.—Rick CohenShare4TweetShare1Email5 Shares
Share15TweetShare1Email16 Shares“Kamehameha I, Honolulu” by Kanu101July 7, 2017; Honolulu Civil BeatAs reported in Honolulu Civil Beat, Hawaii’s legislators allocated $600,000 in 2016 to civil legal aid groups that offer services to people with low incomes who could not otherwise afford the help. In 2017, the amount was increased to $750,000. How much in this year’s budget, which started July 1st? Zip, as in zero.The cut comes at a time when legal aid groups in Hawaii and throughout the nation are already facing more demand for their services than they can meet. In an interview with Civil Beat, Sergio Alcubilla, director of external relations for the Legal Aid Society of Hawaii, said that the nonprofit serves between 8,000 and 10,000 clients out of 20,000 calls for help it receives. The organization is the largest public interest law firm in the state.Alcubilla said that the state funding cut will affect the number of clients the organization can take on. “There are a lot of vulnerable people in our communities,” Alcubilla said to Civil Beat, “and any legal situation can push them over that brink when living paycheck to paycheck.”This situation may be temporary. Funds may be restored next year or in a supplemental budget, said Hawaii State Sen. Karl Rhoads. In the past, Rhoads has pressed for permanent, recurring state funding for legal aid. This year, he said to Civil Beat, the money “got tangled up in the running feud between the Judiciary and the Legislature—I think that may be part of the reason it didn’t pass this year.”That may be so in Hawaii, but the prospects for federal legal aid funding—while not cut to zero yet—are also grim. As NPQ reported in April, the Trump administration is looking to eliminate funding for the Legal Services Corporation (LSC), which, according to its website, provides funding to 133 legal aid programs throughout the country. (For example, the aforementioned Legal Aid Society of Hawaii, an independent nonprofit 501(c)(3), receives a quarter of its funding from the LSC.)According to the LSC’s 2017 Justice Gap report, in the last year, 71 percent of low-income households reported at least one civil legal problem, including domestic violence, problems with veterans benefits, and housing conditions. For 86 percent of the legal problems low-income Americans reported, they received inadequate or no legal help. The LSC estimates that in 2017, low-income Americans will seek help from legal aid groups for approximately 1.7 million legal problems, but due to a lack of resources, the organizations will be able to provide only limited help or no help at all for more than half of those problems.While the Trump administration has certainly upped the ante, inadequate funding has plagued legal aid groups for years—maybe as long as there has been legal aid. For example, NPQ has reported on the situation in Louisiana, where low-income criminal defendants languish for years without a trial. They have the constitutional right to an attorney, but they can’t afford one—and the waiting list for public defenders, already overburdened with huge caseloads, is long.Economic vulnerability often goes hand-in-hand in with legal jeopardy. LSC’s Justice Gap report notes that the top three issues for which low-income Americans seek legal help concern health (in 41 percent of cases), consumer/finance (37 percent), and rental/housing (29 percent).In a case cited by Honolulu Civil Beat, Jewell Domingos moved to Hawaii to care for her chronically ill brother but was informed by the program that paid for his apartment that she couldn’t stay there. Not wanting to jeopardize his housing, she moved to a homeless shelter. Domingos went to the Legal Aid Society of Hawaii, which successfully argued that as her brother’s full-time caregiver, she was entitled not only to live in the same apartment but at no additional rent.“Having help and an advocate from Legal Aid really turned me around both financially and spiritually,” Domingos said in an interview with Civil Beat. “It gave me a clean slate.”—Nancy YoungShare15TweetShare1Email16 Shares
Deutsche Telekom-owned Croatian telco T-Hrvatski Telekom had 317,847 TV customers at the end of September, up 21.7% year-on-year, and up 4.6% quarter-on-quarter.T-Hrvatski Telekom said that its IPTV and DTH services were boosted by new sports content, pay-per-view services and try-and-buy offerings. The group noted that competition would be increased by the acquisition of cable operator B.net by Telekom Austria-owned mobile service provider VIPnet in June.The operator had 538,000 residential broadband customers, up 8.3% year-on-year.T-Hrvatski Telekom reported revenue of HRK6.092 billion (€812 million) for the first nine months of the year, down 3.6%, and EBITDA of HRK2.799 billion, down 2.1%.
Connected TV technology specialist Inview has signed an exclusive deal with consumer electronics distributor, Altech SetOne to deploy its Smart TV platform across German-speaking markets.Inview will supply Altech SetOne with an IP platform that will be sold across its range of DVB-S products, giving German consumers access to a range of Smart TV applications.The Inview platform integrates content delivered via the internet with broadcast programming. The software has been designed to work on lower-end devices.Keith Wiggins, commercial director at Inview Technology said: “The Inview platform gives the end-user access to Smart TV functionality on a basic zapper box, giving them the benefits of a Smart TV platform without the price tag. By operating on zapper boxes we are opening up Smart TV to a mass market audience rather than a niche set of early-adopters.”
Vodafone has urged Kabel Deutschland subscribers to accept its €7.7 billion takeover offer, amid reports that the deal could fall short of its required 75% approval rate.In a statement this morning Vodafone reminded Kabel Deutschland shareholders that its takeover offer is due to expire on Wednesday September 11 at 24.00, and said that this will lapse if the 75% minimum acceptance condition is not met by then.This follows a report yesterday by the Financial Times claiming that Kabel Deutschland shareholders fear that the amount of tenders offered will fall “well short” of this goal.Citing one unnamed shareholder, the FT reported that acceptance offers have so far averaged just 68.5%, and said that index-tracking investors are likely to wait until a second tender deadline to part with their shares.However, Vodafone today stressed that “there will not be any additional acceptance period should the 75% acceptance condition not be met by Wednesday, 11 September 2013.”“Financial intermediaries, custodian banks or brokers may have individually set earlier deadlines for their receipt of acceptance instructions in order to process these properly and in time. Vodafone, therefore, advises KDH shareholders to contact their financial intermediaries, custodian banks or brokers as soon as possible to clarify the applicable deadline by which tender instructions need to be submitted,” added Vodafone.The company said that all terms and conditions of its offer remain unchanged and will not be amended. Germany’s Federal Cartel Office (FCO) has already said that it will not request the European Commission refer the offer for its approval. Vodafone said that the European Commission is expected to complete its phase I review of the offer by Friday, 20 September.
French service provider SFR has added catch-up TV from Canal+’s free-to-air channels D8 and D17 to its TV-on-demand offering.SFR, which like Canal+ is owned by Vivendi, is the first service provider to offer catch-up TV from the channels outside the CanalSat bouquet.SFR subscribers will be able to view entertainment and magazine shows including Touche pas à mon poste!, Le Grand 8 and En quête d’actualité as well as series including Game of Thrones, Call the Midwife and Pretty Little Liars.Content from the two channels will be available across multiple screens with Android and iOS operating systems. The service is available to SFR customers equipped with a TV decoder.
ProSiebenSat.1 Group extended its lead over the German TV advertising market in the second quarter, increasing its overall market share to 44.9% according to its latest earnings report. The German broadcast group said that it upped its share of the country’s TV market from 43.7% last year, claiming that it had also benefitted from the strong market environment, with seven of the top ten TV ad industry sectors increasing their spending – five by double digit figures.“The late Easter date in April provided positive impetus, as advertising budgets were shifted into the second quarter. At the same time, TV again made considerable gains in the media split with growth of 1.5 percentage points and a share of 45.0 %,” said ProSiebenSat.1.9Elsewhere, the company reported a 33% year-on-year increase in HD free TV users to 4.8 million and said that Unitymedia KabelBW and ProSiebenSat.1 have expanded and extended their current contractual partnership for the long term.In the quarter, recurring EBITDA at ProSiebenSat.1’s German-speaking broadcasting unit increased by 3.3% year-on-year to €188.4 million. Meanwhile, at its digital unit, adjusted EBITDA climbed 26.2% to €30.8 million.In the quarter, ProSiebenSat.1 said that it took 46.8% share of the German online video market and that its Maxdome VoD portal extended its reach through partnerships with Entertain, Xbox One and Chromecast.“We increased our revenues dynamically in all key areas in the second quarter and thus continued to grow profitably. Our TV advertising revenues rose again. At the same time, our distribution revenues and our Digital & Adjacent business developed very positively. For this reason we are starting the second half of the year optimistically,” said ProSiebenSat.1 Media CEO, Thomas Ebeling.Overall in Q2, the ProSiebenSat.1 Group reported total revenues of €691.1 million, up 10.6% year-on-year. Recurring EBITDA rose by 4.8 % to €219.1 million and underlying net income grew by 3.6% to €108.1 million.
The number of UK children with a TV set in their bedroom has decreased by a third over the past five years, from 66% of children in 2009 to 46% in 2014, according to new research by broadcast regulator Ofcom. The annual Children and Parents: Media Use and Attitudes Report claims that the popularity tablets could be contributing to the decline of TV sets in children’s rooms, with the proportion of children watching TV on a tablet rising from 15% in 2013 to 20% this year.Ofcom found that children aged 5 to 15 still spend more time watching TV every week, at 14.6 hours, than doing any other media activity, although the number of hours spent watching TV has decreased from 15.4 hours in 2013.Some 34% of children still said that they would miss TV more than other popular device, compared to 17% for mobile, 15% for tablets and 11% for games consoles.However, older children aged 12 to 15 were twice as likely to miss their mobile phone, with 37% answering they would miss this most compared to 18% for TV. One in three children now have smartphones, according to the research, roughly stable compared to last year.Ofcom also found that there has been a three-fold increase year-on-year in the number of children’s households with a smart TV – jumping from 13% in 2013 to 39% this year.
Marco PatuanoVivendi is flexing its muscles following its acquisition of a stake in Telecom Italia by raising a question over the future of CEO Marco Patuano, according to reports.According to Bloomberg Business, Vivendi is losing patience with Telecom Italia’s management following its €3.5 billion investment in the Italian telco. The French media giant has been putting pressure on the company to adopt a media-focused and southern Europe-focused strategy and to sell off its Brazilian assets.According to Bloomberg Business, Patuano met Vivendi management in Paris yesterday to discuss its strategic direction, including the future of Brazilian unit TIM Participacoes.Vivendi last month achieved its goal of placing four additional appointees on the Telecom Italia board – Felicité Herzog, Arnaud du Puyfontaine, Stéphane Roussel and Hervé Philippe – and saw off a threat to have its stake diluted through the conversion of so-called savings shares into voting shares, having earlier secured a 20% stake in the Italian telco.
Jack DorseyTwitter is focusing on connecting its users faster with “their interests and topics they care about” as part of its broader push into video.Speaking on the company’s fourth quarter earnings call yesterday, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey said that its focus is to match people with interests, which includes being able to watch an event directly on Twitter.“The Explore tab is one area that you’ll be able to go to for any live event but we’re also looking at other areas that gets you to that much faster if you express an interest in a debate, for instance, or in a game or in a new show or entertainment,” said Dorsey.“This is the focus of the team and something that we’re going to make a lot of progress on this year.”The comments were made in response to a question about why it is “so hard to find live shows” on Twitter and whether the service planned to introduce a dedicated live viewing tab.Speaking earlier on the call, Dorsey said that Twitter is investing a lot in making sure that it applies machine learning more broadly around its entire experience.This followed a question about whether or not a “longer-form video product” would be one of Twitter’s ‘bigger bets’ for 2017.“We’re looking at a lot of opportunities to organise all the tweets around relevance but also around the topics and the interest and the passions that people care about,” said Dorsey, pointing out that Twitter already had made a “big bet” by bringing live streaming to the platform.“We have a really unique differentiator in Twitter, and that people come to us because of interest and build interest networks around that, and we think there’s a lot of room for new experiences around that.”Twitter said in its Q4 earnings announcement that it attracted 31 million unique viewers to live premium video in the first quarter of operations, with 600 hours of live content from partners streamed across about 400 events.The social network said that 52% of the 600 hours of live premium video aired in the quarter was sports content, while 38% was news and politics and 10% was categorised as entertainment. In live sports, the social network’s 10-week NFL #TNF programming was the major highlight of the fourth quarter.
Starz Play Arabia has raised US$125 million (€110 million) to date after closing a third round of funding and plans to make its first push into original content.Maaz SheikhIn an interview with DTVE, Starz Play CEO Maaz Sheikh said that the company is looking to produce original Arabic shows, and is also hoping to launch the service in new markets by the end of the year.This is part of a wider plans to continue improving Starz Play Arabia’s content line-up and user experience, following recent output deals with Universal and 20th Century Fox and the introduction of offline viewing options.While Sheikh would not disclose how much of Starz Play’s US$125 million to date had come from its third round, the recently closed funding included participation from global asset management firm State Street Global Advisors, private equity firm Delta Partners and existing investors SEQ Capital Partners and Lionsgate-owned Starz – which remains Starz Play Arabia’s majority shareholder.“We will be looking at co-producing or producing some original Arabic shows in the region that are relevant to the youth and relevant to the audience that we are targeting in the MENA region,” said Sheikh.Discussing the content plans further, he said Starz Play Arabia’s originals would focus on the Saudi market, would be drama-oriented, and target its core market of 18-24 year-olds.“One of the challenges in this region has been that free-to-air is very strong,” said Sheikh. “It’s [about] finding that content that’s differentiated from free-to-air… is different, edgy and compelling.”Currently Starz Play Arabia is available in 19 countries across the MENA region and the SVOD service is now aiming to launch in two or three more markets by the end of the year – most likely in Q4.“We are looking to expand beyond MENA with the recent investment, so the goal is to look into markets adjacent to MENA. Where we find opportunities with the right partners on the ground, those are the markets we’re going to focus on,” said the Starz Play boss without going into specifics.On top of this Starz Play Arabia is looking to shore up its overall TV and movie offering, which includes US series and movies, Arabic content, as well as kids programming.“Now we are working with all the major studios and strengthening our position also on the first-run TV shows and showing TV shows that are day- and date- with the US. That’s a big part of our investment,” said Sheikh.In terms of strengthening Starz Play’s product and user experience, he said that the company continues to introduce new features and new technology.“For example we recently rolled out a download function so customers can download content for offline viewing. Over 90% of our content now is available for offline viewing and can be downloaded,” said Sheikh.“That’s been a big part of our evolution because, especially in North Africa where the mobile broadband rates can be expensive, people tend to download content on WiFi and then watch it in an offline mode.”Starz Play Arabia first launched in April 2015 and now claims 700,000 subscribers across the MENA region.
Cloud IP video transport technology specialist Dejero has teamed up with Intelsat for the launch of a new blended cellular and Ku-band IP technology for live television coverage from remote locations.Dejero CellSat uses Dejero’s network blending technology to combine cellular connectivity from multiple mobile network carriers with Ku-band IP connectivity provided by Intelsat.The technology gives CellSat users the required bandwidth and confidence to deliver live video from remote locations, according to Dejero. If the bandwidth available from cellular connections dips due to network congestion or other factors, CellSat automatically blends in Ku-band IP satellite connectivity to boost bandwidth to the requested level for the live shot, according to the company.The Dejero CellSat solution communicates with the satellite terminal auto-acquire system to simplify the satellite connection process. CellSat software dynamically allocates satellite bandwidth required for transmissions.The Dejero CellSat solution includes pre-certified encoding and receiving equipment, network blending software, connectivity services to the CellSat network, cloud management, and 24/7 technical support. Most satellite vehicles with existing Ka-band or Ku-band satellite equipment can be upgraded for compatibility with Dejero CellSat, according to the company.“Today’s broadcasters are challenged with quickly producing high-quality, reliable television coverage in environments that run the gamut from sparsely populated in extremely remote areas to overcrowded with a congested network,” said Rob Cerbone, Intelsat’s vice-president and general manager of media services.“Coupling Intelsat’s high performing, ubiquitous Ku-band IP connectivity with Dejero’s blended cellular technology will give broadcasters greater assurance when covering live events. Dejero CellSat was designed with simplicity in mind so crews can focus on setting up quickly and getting the live shot back to the broadcast facility and on the air.”
US regional telecom and cable operator TDS Telecom has chosen TiVo’s latest platform to deliver TV services to its customers as part of a plan to migrate away from legacy QAM and Mediaroom services to a single TiVo-powered IP video platform.TDS Telecom will roll out its new TiVo-powered video services to new and existing TV subscribers in both cable operations and wireline service areas.TiVo said its platform will allow TDS to deliver hyper-personalisation, advanced search and recommendations, voice control, seamless discovery across linear, over-the-top, on-demand and cloud-DVR platforms, with superior multiscreen capabilities via a cloud-based, device-agnostic service.TDS’s video service will IP VOD, IP linear, start-over/catch-up and network DVR. TiVo’s will be deployed across a range of clients including managed Android TV set-tops and unmanaged consumer-owned streamer devices such as Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, as well as iOS and Android mobile devices.“We really believe that this platform is the ideal product offering to bridge the gap between the traditional linear pay TV experience and the drastically changing trends in video consumption. It is built to adhere to all of those customer segments and demands,” said Julie Maiers, vice-president of marketing and product development and Pat Ferguson, video product management for TDS Telecom.The pair cited “the rich metadata and recommendations engine, conversational voice search and pure aggregation of OTT content into a stellar user interface and experience” as advantages brought by TiVo.In its cable network areas, TDS will use the TiVo deployment as part of a plan to migrate all its services to IP “eventually”, which Maiers and Ferguson said would “help immensely as we continue to introduce higher DOCSIS speeds to the home in cable”.Maiers and Ferguson said that TDS plans to will cap sales of its legacy QAM video products and push all new customer growth toward the TiVo IPTV product, when the new service is launched in cable markets.In wireline markets, TDS will cap sales of its current Mediaroom IPTV product and move exclusively to TiVo’s for new customer additions.“The plan is to maintain our ‘legacy’ customer base and products associated, opportunistically migrating customers to the new platform as it makes sense. There may be areas where that migration takes flight sooner than others, but that strategy is still being ironed out,” the pair told DTVE.Maiers and Ferguson said that the company will deploy a managed Android TV set-top as part of this effort, along with delivering TV to a range of customer-owned devices for in-home streaming options.“TiVo’s next-gen platform will power a consistent, unified experience across TDS’s base, including across a host of clients including managed Android TV STBs and unmanaged consumer-owned streamer devices such as Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, as well as iOS and Android mobile devices,” said Michael Hawkey, SVP and general manager for TiVo.TDS currently offers TV via a mix of technologies over cable, including legacy QAM video on digital-to-analogue converters, iGuide and Passport, together with Espial Elevate for its premium offering. About 27% of its wireline IPTV base is currently enabled for Mediaroom.TDS is the seventh largest local exchange telephone company in the US with 1.2 million connections to high-speed internet, phone, and TV services.