“Lumière” épinglé par la MiviludesLe documentaire consacré au jeûne extrême et qui met en scène les témoignages de plusieurs personnes affirmant ne vivre que de lumière, fait polémique. Déjà accusé de propagandisme en faveur de ces pratiques dangereuses pour la santé, “Lumière” est aujourd’hui épinglé par la Miviludes, qui lutte contre les mouvements sectaires.Peut-on vivre sans boire ni manger ? C’est la question que se pose le réalisateur de “Lumière”, Peter Arthur Straubinger (voir notre interview), dans ce documentaire sorti en salles en France mercredi dernier, plus considéré comme une propagande qu’une enquête journalistique. Plusieurs adeptes du respirianisme, mouvement qui consiste à ne se nourrir que de lumière ou “prana” et cesser de s’alimenter, prennent la parole pour faire part au monde entier de leur expérience. Le plus connu d’entre eux est Prahlad Jani, octogénaire indien qui prétend ne pas avoir mangé ni bu depuis plus de 70 ans. A l’heure actuelle, malgré plusieurs expériences réalisées en présence de médecins, aucune preuve scientifique ne vient pourtant confirmer les dires de ces personnes interrogées par Peter Arthur Straubinger. Pire, il est accusé d’influencer les comportements anorexiques à travers ces récits.Le président de la Mission interministérielle de lutte contre les sectes (Miviludes), Georges Fenech, met en garde : “Dans ce documentaire les scientifiques ne condamnent pas explicitement la méthode du respiranisme”, rapporte Le Figaro. Il dénonce ainsi toute “tentative de promotion ou de banalisation” du mouvement qu’il considère comme sectaire.En France, 300 à 400 personnes seraient des sympathisants du respirianisme selon la Miviludes. Leur santé est en danger pour Georges Fenech, qui va même jusqu’à évoquer une pratique “charlatanesque”. En effet, plusieurs disciples du mouvement sont déjà décédés à travers le monde.Selon Le Figaro, la Miviludes, qui n’a rien pu faire pour interdire la diffusion de “Lumière” en France, veut pouvoir faire interdire les conférences liées à ce mouvement en prévenant les pouvoirs publics. Une campagne d’information doit aussi être mise en place. Mais difficile pour la Mission de lutter contre cette pratique. Celle-ci est à la mode et de nombreuses personnes la considèrent comme un très bon moyen de détoxifier l’organisme.Le 22 décembre 2010 à 09:31 • Emmanuel Perrin
Le nouvel iPhone simplement baptisé iPhone 5 ?Quel nom Apple va donc choisir pour son futur iPhone ? La question agite le web alors que la rumeur tendrait à confirmer le choix le plus simple. Le nouveau smartphone de la firme à la pomme pourrait bien s’appeler… iPhone 5 !Après l’iPhone 4 et l’iPhone 4S, le prochain smartphone s’appellera-t-il tout simplement “iPhone 5” ? Ce choix n’aurait rien étonnant. Il avait déjà été annoncé par nombre d’analystes et de médias. Mais, il semble que ce nom soit confirmé par une information révélé par le site Bloomberg : la firme à la pomme aurait réservé le nom de domaine “iphone5.com”.À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?Alors que la sortie du tant attendu smartphone est, selon la rumeur, prévue pour la rentrée, nous ne sommes évidemment pas à l’abri d’une surprise -l’une des spécialités d’Apple. Le géant de Cupertino a, rappelons-le, choisi contre toute attente de baptiser sa dernière tablette “le nouvel iPad”, quand tout le monde attendait un “iPad 3”. Apple pourrait poursuivre cette nouvelle politique de noms en appelant son futur smarphone “le nouvel iPhone”.Les adeptes de la marque à la pomme n’ont donc plus qu’à prendre leur mal à patience, avant de connaître le nom de l’iPhone et, surtout, ses caractéristiques. La dernière rumeur en date évoque un écran plus large affichant une diagonale de 4 pouces contre 3,5 pouces pour l’iPhone 4S. Simple rêve ou réalité ? Affaire à suivre…Le 23 mai 2012 à 13:00 • Maxime Lambert
Tottenham Hotspur youngster Juan Foyth has hailed Rio Ferdinand as the grand example for aspiring Premier League defenders.Foyth is hoping to follow in the footsteps of the Manchester United legend having finally begun to adjust to English football.The Argentine defender responded to a disappointing Premier League debut, in which he conceded two penalties in a 3-2 victory over Wolverhampton Wanderers, to score the game’s only goal as Spurs won 1-0 at Crystal Palace on Saturday.Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has had little to no option but to rotate his squad in his attempts to cope with a demanding run of games, and over a year after his arrival in England the 20-year-old was among those given a chance to impress.Foyth admits he grew up not only aspiring to play in the Premier League but admiring Ferdinand, who is among the best to ever grace the English game.Report: Van der Sar staying at Ajax for now George Patchias – September 12, 2019 Edwin van der Sar will not be leaving Ajax to take up a job at Manchester United.In the last few days, one bookmaker suspended…He said, according to BelfastTelegraph:“I was young, but I know he was an amazing center-back. I’d play the Playstation and when I’d play with friends I’d say ‘I’m Rio Ferdinand’”“Playing (football) with friends, I always played center-back, and I’d say ‘I’m Rio Ferdinand’. Since I was a kid my dream was playing in the Premier League, so I’m enjoying it.”“(Last week) was a strange feeling because it was my (Premier League) debut, and I conceded two penalties, but the important thing was we got the win and I tried to learn from that. That’s the most important thing.”
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Visitors pack the first flight from Ft. Lauderdale for JetBlue; bookings solid Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppNEW YORK (WABC) –Imagine taking off in a plane at full speed to all of a sudden have it stop just as quickly. That is what happened to passengers aboard JetBlue flight 1295 as it took off from JFK Airport Saturday night on its way to Austin, Texas.“We were heading full speed down the runway, and the plane came to a screeching stop,” says passenger Brandon Card. Caribbean Airlines Flight 526 was right in the path of JetBlue’s plane.“The people came on the intercom and said ‘yeah, we almost collided with another plane,” said passenger Krista Hollis, “when they said that collision would have been inevitable if we hadn’t braked, I was like, ‘what?!’”Radio transmissions between the tower and both planes show the tower contacted the Caribbean Airline pilot at least twice with no answer. There were tense moments as the JetBlue pilot aborted his takeoff moments before a potential deadly disaster could have taken place.Aviation expert JP Tristani tells Eyewitness News that the Caribbean plane should not have been on the runway.“No aircraft that is taxiing has the right of way without clearance from the ground operator,” Tristani said.Passengers aboard the JetBlue flight eventually made it to Austin, Texas, several hours late, but more than happy to be safe.“They gave us a hundred dollar voucher, we had beer and wine and whatever we wanted on the plane,” added passenger Anna Greenwood, “free movies – it was fine, they took good care of us.”JetBlue says that Caribbean Airlines was NOT authorized to cross the runway at the time.JetBlue is not sure how close the two aircraft got to each other. No one was hurt.Source: NewsSource GY Related Items:caribbean airlines, Jetblue, jfk airport, new york JetBlue lands today at PIA from Ft. Lauderdale Recommended for you Stop the Violence Speaker from NY Inner City; on Tonight
Kabul: Germany and Qatar will host the intra-Afghan dialogue conference from July 7 and 8, announced US special peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad. “I want to thank Germany [and] Qatar for agreeing to host the upcoming July 7-8 intra-Afghan Dialogue Conference. This dialogue is an essential element of the four-part peace framework [and] an important step in advancing the Afghan Peace Process”, Khalilzad tweeted on Monday. Also Read – EAM Jaishankar calls on European Parliament President David Sassoli Advertise With Us However, the Taliban has refused to negotiate with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani government. “We will begin the talks to the Afghan sides, but we will not talk to the Kabul administration as a government,” Al Jazeera quoted Taliban spokesperson in Qatar Suhail Shaheen as saying. This comes hours after a coordinated attack by Taliban rocked the city of Kabul in which at least 68 people suffered injuries. Also Read – This is why Denmark, Sweden and Germany are considering a meat tax Advertise With Us The Ministry of Interior (MoI) said in a statement that the Taliban militants launched a complex attack by detonating a car bomb close to Gulbahar Township in 16th district of Kabul city at 9 am, reported Khamma Press. The statement further added that a group of armed militants took a position inside one of the buildings in Gulbahar Township following the explosion. The militants started opening fire on people and the defence ministry installations. Advertise With Us However, the interior ministry said the Afghan forces quickly reacted to the attack and launched an operation to eliminate the militants involved in the attack. “Once the timeline for the withdrawal of foreign forces is set in the presence of international observers, then we will begin the talks to the Afghan sides, but we will not talk to the Kabul administration as a government,” tweeted Suhail Shaheen, the spokesman of the Taliban’s office in Qatar. Last year, Trump vowed that the US will soon see its troops in Afghanistan halved to 8,000 soldiers. But he said the US will “be leaving very strong intelligence, far more than you would normally think,” in an interview with the Fox News Channel’s “Tucker Carlson Tonight.
BGB members are deployed at Saint Martin’s Island in Teknaf upazila of Coxs Bazar. Photo UNBThe government has redeployed members of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) after 22 years since 1997 at Saint Martin’s Island in Teknaf upazila in Cox’s Bazar.Teknaf BGB acting commander lieutenant colonel Sarkar Mohammad Mustafizur Rahman told Prothom Alo that a border outpost was introduced to check smuggling and ensure security at the island.Quoting sources at the BGB headquarters, news agency UNB said BGB members started patrolling the St. Martin’s Island, a small island in the northeastern part of the Bay of Bengal, with heavy weapons from Sunday morning.“Adequate BGB members have been deployed in the island at the directive of the government. The number will be increased further,” Mohammad Mohsin Reza, BGB public relations officer (headquarters), told UNB.He said the paramilitary troops were also there in the island until 1997.“They (BGB members) have been deployed there again this (Sunday) morning alongside members of other law-enforcement agencies, including Coast Guard, to ensure security of the island,” Reza said without elaborating what has actually prompted the government to deploy the BGB members there.
Prothom Alo illustrationPolice are looking for a 40-year-old man who is suspected of raping an eight-grader in Sreebardi upazila of Sherpur on Wednesday, reports UNB.The victim was alone at her house in Shankar Ghosh village around noon when Ujjal Mia, the suspect, went to her house. He raped her finding her alone, police said quoting her relatives.Locals rescued the victim hearing her scream and took her to Sreebardi Upazila Health Complex.Sherpur police chief Kazi Ashraful Azim said a case had been filed. “We’re trying to arrest Ujjal,” he added.
The premium cable network isn’t the only streaming service looking to court subscribers during the holiday season. The most aggressive discount is being offered by Hulu, which is selling its ad-supported streaming tier for $12 for a whole year (down from $96). ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Popular on Variety Starz is having an online holiday sale: The premium cable network is selling three months of its online streaming service for $5 per month, down from the regular price of $8.99 per month.The offer is available to new users who sign up until the end of December. Subscribers also get a 7-day free trial, and the price of their subscription will revert to the regular monthly fee after the first three months. Users have to sign up directly on Starz.com, and not though a third-party platform.Starz first launched its online streaming service in April of 2016. The service gives consumers unlimited access to the network’s catalog, including Starz originals like “Outlander,” “American Gods” and “Power.” The service is also available through a number of online resellers, including Apple’s App Store, Google Play, Amazon Channels, Hulu and most recently YouTube TV.
Jimmy’s Fall Is All About Chuck on Better Call SaulWe Knew Things Would Come to This on Better Call Saul Stay on target Over the course of Better Call Saul, we’ve seen Jimmy McGill go from former con artist to caring elder attorney. Now, he’s slipping backward. Only this time, he’s able to use the law as a weapon. During the first two seasons, we saw glimpses of the person Jimmy would eventually become. He’s able to talk himself out of any situation. He still indulged in a con when he was feeling stuck in life. Even so, he was becoming a better person. He had dedicated himself to representing the elderly. Sure, he used his brother’s mental illness to steal a client away, but he did that for a friend. We knew this altruistic Jimmy couldn’t last.All it took was a few bad days. Unable to practice law, yet still on the hook for half an office, he still tried to go legit. He created Saul Goodman to make commercials for local businesses as a way to get rid of his unusable air time. Then the Sklar Brothers took advantage of him. He dutifully showed up to community service, but it was run by a tyrant. In the opening sequence of this episode, Jimmy told a story about how his father was taken advantage of by every deadbeat in town. He learned that everyone’s out to cheat you, and you have to be just as big a cheat to win in the world. That’s why it was so easy for him to slip back to his old ways after a few bad days.Freddy (Shahine Ezell) and Jimmy McGill (Bob Odenkirk) (Photo by Michele K. Short/Sony Pictures)Once the episode starts up proper, things are looking up for Jimmy. The commercial he gave the Sklars for free has brought in a ton of new customers, and he’s getting ready to shoot a big commercial for the rest of his airtime (the premium package). But now, they renege on the deal, saying they’ll use the commercial he already shot for them and buy the time directly from the network. They refuse to compensate him at all for the work he did, and that’s when Slipping Jimmy comes out. And yes, he lives up to his name. He pretends to slip on a drumstick and, mentioning liability insurance, gets the Sklars to pay for the premium package. And throw in a sweet guitar signed by Ritchie Blackmore. I guess that’s enough to excuse him for playing “Smoke on the Water” the second he gets a new guitar.Jimmy continues his descent at community service when he figures out that a man trying to get off to see his sick kid is actually a drug dealer trying to meet a client. In exchange for $700, he uses his legalese to threaten and intimidate the warden into letting him lie down, and letting the drug dealer “see his kid.” He’s not quite the Saul we know from Breaking Bad yet, but he’s falling there fast.Chuck isn’t doing too hot either. Faced with the fact that his condition is mental, he’s determined to overcome it quickly. When his doctor says the process could take years, he pushes himself harder. Chuck is used to being extraordinary, and respected. He forces himself to go to the grocery store and walk between the refrigerators, even though he still perceives it as causing him pain. He’s pushing himself too hard, and given the seriousness of which Howard was speaking to him, he’ll continue to push himself harder. Kim is in the same situation. Desperate to prove herself after winning Mesa Verde because of Jimmy, she takes on another client. She’s already working herself to death for one, but she takes on a second just to prove she can. Both Kim and Chuck are pushing themselves too hard because of Jimmy. They’re going to fall, and it’ll be Jimmy’s fault.Hector “Tio” Salamanca (Mark Margolis) and Nacho Varga (Michael Mando) (Photo by Michele K. Short/Sony Pictures)All of the tension this episode came from Nacho’s brief, but incredibly stressful, scenes. Now that he has the empty capsules he’s looking for, he fills them with ibuprofen, and practices dropping them into an open coat pocket. He’s almost caught by his dad, who thinks Nacho showed up to work early because he’s interested in the family business. There’s an agonizingly long scene where Nacho counts money from Hector’s dealers while surreptitiously swapping out his pills. He succeeds, but it’s a long, slow, tense few minutes before he does. When he finished, I think my hands were shaking as much as Nacho’s. The question is, is this how Hector ends up in a wheelchair with an oxygen tube? Or does Gus have something to do with that?Nacho, though he’s essentially trying to kill (or at least debilitate) Hector Salamanca, is the only person who had any kind of win this week. He’s the only person who doesn’t appear to be slipping into a bad habit. His actions from the last episode did have an effect on Mike Ehrmantraut, though. After overseeing the deal for the empty capsules, Mike has $200,000 he can’t spend or leave his family. As the episode ends, he’s forced to go into business with Gus Fring to launder the money. Their partnership has officially started. And we all know where it leads.Mike Ehrmantraut (Jonathan Banks) and Gustavo “Gus” Fring (Giancarlo Esposito) (Photo by Michele K. Short/Sony Pictures)This was probably the most uneasy episode of Better Call Saul yet. It’s only fitting that next week’s is called “Fall,” because that’s exactly what this one was setting up. Every character is in the most precarious position they’ve ever been, and I’m willing to bet they all start crashing down next week. The exception is Jimmy, who rode his slip straight into a fall, using it to his advantage. The events of the past couple episodes only confirmed to him what a cruel world this is. It’s unclear if he’ll return to elder law at this point, but he’s no longer the earnest, caring lawyer we met in season one. He’s out for himself, and will only continue down his slippery slope next week.
New Central Bank Governor Constantinos Herodotou, has called on Cypriot banks to invest in technology and staff training to speed up due diligence checks on lawful transactions for anti-money laundering (AML).There were many examples where businessmen opt to carry out their lawful transactions in other countries due to delays in the Cyprus banking system, Herodotou said. Cypriot banks take more time to carry out due diligence checks compared with their EU peers, although AML directives are the same for all member states, he said.“The banks should invest in staff training and technology for more effective combating of money laundering, reducing negative impact on lawful activities at the same time,” he said, addressing an event organised by the Cyprus Chamber of Commerce and Industry.Herodotou added that the CBC will collaborate with the commercial banks and at a later stage with affected stakeholders with a view to finding ways to tackle the issue in an efficient manner.Christodoulos Angastiniotis, President of the Cyprus Chamber of Commerce and Industry, also voiced concerns by businesspeople that the banks decline money transfers especially by former Soviet Union states and recently from China due AML compliance reasons, noting that businesspeople are forced to look for banks abroad in a bid to carry out their activities.Responding, Herodotou said that the AML directives do not focus on where the money comes from but on whether the activities are lawful or not, adding that the CBC is ready to examine any ambiguities in the AML laws.However, Herodotou said that Cyprus has adequate correspondent banks, noting that the CBC will continue the work to improve Cyprus’ image abroad that would provide the banks with more options concerning correspondent banking.On the broader combating of money laundering, Herodotou said that there has been progress, noting that the efforts to improve Cyprus’ AML framework should continue “as there will always be efforts to beat the system.”Turning to the Cyprus banking system, the CBC Governor referred to the progress in the efforts to reduce non-performing loans which declined from the peak of €28 billion to €11 billion following the sale of an NPL package amounting to €2.8 billion by Bank of Cyprus, the island’s largest lender.But he added that efforts should continue as the banking system NPL rate remain at high levels.As he noted, following amendments to the legal framework in the summer of 2018, the banks for the first time have all the tools at their disposal to effectively tackle NPLs.Herodotou also said that the CBC in its capacity to maintain financial stability, is mindful of Cyprus’ high private debt which is declining at a slower pace, as banks sell NPLs portfolios which are offloaded from the banking system but remain in the economy.“Therefore, the banks and NPL management platforms should not focus solely on (NPL) sales, correct loan restructurings is a very important factor both for the economy but for households and small and medium enterprises as well,” he said.On the Cypriot economy, Herodotou said GDP will continue to expand with strong momentum above the EU average, albeit at a slower pace, noting that the fact that growth is broad-based and is not dependent on one sector is satisfactory.But he referred to challenges to growth both in the EU and the US, manifested through the increase in volatility and the looming fund manager’s preference on bonds.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoModernizeIf Your Home Has Old Roofing, Read ThisModernizeUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’Undoby Taboolaby Taboola
Categories: Rendon News,Rendon Photos 15Jan Rep. Rendon takes House oath of office State Rep. Bruce Rendon, R-Lake City, Wednesday took the ceremonial oath of office in the state Capitol to begin his third term in the Michigan House of Representatives. The oath was administered by Lt. Gov. Brian Calley. Family members with Rendon are wife Daire, left, and Kathy Gonzales. Rendon serves the 103rd House District of Kalkaska, Crawford, Missaukee, Roscommon and Ogemaw counties. Residents can contact their lawmaker by addressing letters to the State Capitol, Lansing, MI 48909-7514; calling his toll-free Lansing office number at 1-888-DIST-103 (1-888-347-8103); sending e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or visiting his online office website at www.RepBruceRendon.com.
Categories: Hughes News,News 20Jan Rep. Hughes supports appropriation to address Flint water crisis LANSING – Rep. Holly Hughes, R-Montague, voted in support of a $28.03 million appropriation to address the Flint water crisis today, stating that everyone should have access to clean drinking water.“This situation is one that needs immediate and multi-tiered attention,” said Rep. Hughes. “Whether you live in Muskegon County, Flint or the Upper Peninsula, you should expect the municipal water system to provid clean, healthy water. This appropriation will provide short- and long-term fixes, as well as testing for the citizens of Flint.”The House Committee on Appropriations approved the $28.03 million allocation for the crisis this morning, following Gov. Rick Snyder’s comments during the State of the State address on Tuesday.Rep. Hughes also approved a $9.35 million allocation in October 2015, which reconnected the city of Flint to Detroit Water and Sewer Department (DWSD) water service and provided water filtration systems and testing for residents possibly affected by lead contamination from the city’s aging infrastructure.PHOTO CUTLINE: Rep. Holly Hughes joined other legislators in wearing a ‘Flint Water #withus’ bracelet – signifying a commitment to addressing the Flint Water Crisis – during Gov. Snyder’s State of the State address on Tuesday.
State Rep. Martin Howrylak of Troy invites residents to join him for local office hours during the month of November.“I value the opportunity to meet residents and discuss matters of state government,” Rep. Howrylak said. “I look forward to spending time with friends and neighbors at my upcoming office hours and discussing the policy issues that are important to our community.”Office hours take place at the following times and locations:• Saturday, Nov. 18 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at the Troy Library, 510 W. Big Beaver Road in Troy; and• Monday, Nov. 20 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. at the Clawson Blair Memorial Library, 416 N. Main St. in Clawson.No appointment is necessary. Those unable to attend may contact Rep. Howrylak at 517-373-1783 or via email at MartinHowrylak@house.mi.gov. 01Nov Rep. Howrylak invites residents to local office hours Categories: Howrylak News
Categories: Bellino News The Michigan House of Representatives today unanimously approved legislation introduced by state Rep. Joe Bellino fixing Michigan’s Unemployment Insurance Agency (UIA).The measure is part of a bipartisan bill package to address the failures of the UIA based on the findings of a workgroup consisting of legislators and other stakeholders. Bellino’s bill clarifies the employer determination process of claims filed against them.“In many cases, employers are either failing to adequately respond to claims against them or the UIA simply cannot get any information from employers due to lack of communication,” said Bellino, of Monroe. “As a result, claims are delayed or fraudulent claims are processed because of the lack of information.”Bellino’s bill proposes solutions for an employer failing to respond to unemployment claims against them and agency-requested information in a timely manner.Other measures in the bipartisan bill package:Ensure claimants don’t get charged interest on overpayments due to agency failure;Give those accused of fraud access to an advocacy program;Allow the reopening of a fraud case by the agency within three years with good cause;Create a new process for the agency to handle potential identity theft claims; andClarify the eligibility for hardship waivers and the agency’s process for ruling on applications for a waiver.House Bill 5170, along with the rest of the bill package, now moves to the Senate for consideration. 08Nov House approves Bellino’s state unemployment system reform legislation
Categories: Glenn News,News Plan goes to Senate for consideration 17May Rep. Glenn, House vote to keep Hemlock Semiconductor, residential electric bills lower State Rep. Gary Glenn joined a bipartisan majority of his House colleagues today in voting to keep electric costs affordable for Hemlock Semiconductor (HSC), which also could help keep future residential rate increases in check.Rep. Glenn, of Williams Township, said House Bill 5902 authorizes the Michigan Public Service Commission to create a long-term industrial load rate, which will apply to HSC. Without the special rate, HSC and its parent company, Dow Chemical Co. in Midland, would construct a power plant to provide electricity to the facility, which would have prompted Consumers Energy to considerably increase residential rates.“This is a giant step in enabling Hemlock Semiconductor to continue creating jobs and making a major economic impact on the economies of the Midland-Saginaw-Bay region,” said Rep. Glenn, chair of the House Energy Policy Committee, which heard testimony on the measure. “Dow and HSC create more jobs than any other regional employer and HSC is unique in that it is the only facility in North America to produce polysilicon for semiconductor and solar wafer manufacturing. With approval of this industrial rate, HSC predicts it may attract companies from Asia to locate in Michigan, which will further improve our economy.”The measure was approved on a 77-31 vote, and now moves to the Senate for consideration.#####
The Michigan House today approved Rep. Michele Hoitenga’s resolution calling for more power to stop unwanted robocalls and solicitations.Hoitenga’s resolution asks Congress to grant additional authority to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to crack down on the phone calls bothering households from coast to coast.“These calls are annoying and, in some cases, illegal,” said Hoitenga, of Manton. “I don’t know anyone who doesn’t hate them and want them to stop. More must be done to end these unwanted and warranted phone calls, and that’s exactly what we’re telling Congress with this resolution.”Hoitenga’s resolution asks Congress to allow the FCC to do more to stop robocalls and “call spoofing,” where a solicitor shows an incoming telephone number from a recipient’s own area code to increase chances that the call is answered. The federal Truth in Caller ID Act should prevent this deceptive practice, Hoitenga said, but more must be done because the calls continue and are escalating across the nation.“Callers target consumers and try to trick them into providing sensitive information or making purchases based on false claims,” Hoitenga said. “It’s not just irritating. It’s potentially dangerous.”Hoitenga’s resolution also calls for the FCC to educate the public on how to report the unwanted, illegal calls.###The legislation: House Resolution 386. 11Dec Rep. Hoitenga: Michigan House approves resolution calling for crackdown on robocalls Categories: Hoitenga News,News
Share31Tweet28Share19Email78 SharesJanuary 2, 2018; The OklahomanThe Oklahoma attorney general has determined that a nonprofit association is subject to the state’s openness laws because it is “supported in part by public funds.”In responding to a request for an opinion from a state legislator regarding the Oklahoma Sheriffs’ Association, Attorney General Mike Hunter found “it meets the definition of ‘public body’ and is therefore subject to both the Oklahoma Open Meeting Act and the Oklahoma Open Records Act.”This finding comes at a time that is not the most opportune for the Oklahoma association. It has been the subject of controversy and lawsuits over its involvement in a program that charges criminal offenders 30 percent more if their overdue fines are turned over to a collection agency. The Sheriffs’ Association is one of a number of plaintiffs in this civil rights lawsuit. According to an investigation published in November 2018 in The Oklahoman, the Oklahoma Sheriffs’ Association made over $4 million from its administrative role in the program since 2010 without ever collecting a dollar itself. The 2010 law allows the association to have an administrative role as a go-between with county sheriffs hiring debt collectors to track and find offenders facing arrest over unpaid fines, court costs, and fees.While this issue was at the core of the legislator’s request for the attorney general’s ruling, it was not this use of “public funds” upon which he based his determination.The attorney general based his opinion on the association’s paid administrative role in the Oklahoma Temporary Motorist Liability Plan.That plan allows police to seize a driver’s license plate if the driver doesn’t have proof of insurance. A driver must pay a $125 fee to get the license plate back. The association gets a $10 cut from each fee for administering the plan.The opinion did not address whether the openness laws also apply if the association gets dues paid by sheriffs from county funds. The opinion also does not address whether the association must make public its records involving the fine collection program.Until now, the Sheriffs’ Association had only made public its annual reports to the IRS of income and expenses. With this ruling, the board of the Association and their attorney will now be busy determining just how open their meetings and records must be.The conundrum for nonprofits is that the definition of a public body regarding open meeting laws varies from state to state. In this case, Oklahoma defines a public body for purposes of its open meetings law to include entities that are “supported in part by public funds.” Lots of entities are covered under this very broad criterion, including many nonprofits. The attorney general’s definition of “supported by public funds” would include those fees collected by the association as well as the grant to a nonprofit coming from an RFP process.The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press has developed an Open Records Guide on every state’s open meetings and open records laws. Given the nonprofit status of the Oklahoma Sheriffs’ Association, it might be prudent for nonprofits to check this site out and know what the law is in their states.—Carole LevineShare31Tweet28Share19Email78 Shares
TV technology provider Thomson Video Networks (Stand N30) will use ANGA Cable to highlight advances in its compression platforms. Specifically, Thomson will showcase the ViBE CP6000 multiformat platform; ViBE EM4000 compression engine and Amethyst III switcher.The ViBE CP6000 is a dedicated multiformat platform for contribution of live video. It delivers a modular implementation of MPEG-4 contribution codecs and eight HD channels per 1RU chassis. The ViBE CP6000 will be available for commercial deployments starting in June 2012.A more powerful evolution of Thomson Video Networks’ compression engine, within a multichannel frame, the ViBE EM4000 is a video compression platform designed, says Thomson, to deliver operational cost savings through better use of satellite or terrestrial bandwidth. The ViBE EM4000 will be available during the second quarter.Thomson Video Networks’ Amethyst Switcher now has IP inputs and outputs in addition to ASI interfaces. The new-generation Amethyst III Switcher provides switching between multiple 1+1 MPEG transport streams transported over IP networks. IP inputs and outputs can be managed through multiple GbE ports supporting bypass in case of power failure. The Amethyst III will be available for commercial deployments starting in June 2012.Also on show will be the Sapphire MPEG broadcast server for linear playout, ad insertion, disaster recovery, media archival, store/ forward, and secure time-delay, and the The ViBE VS7000 encoding/transcoding platform for Web TV, OTT services, IPTV, and cable delivery. Supporting the latest MPEG DASH file standard, as well as codecs such as MPEG transport streams, Adobe Flash, Apple HTTP Live Streaming, and Microsoft Smooth Streaming, and with video resolution up to 1920×1080 in progressive and interlaced modes, the ViBE VS7000 is scalable for input channels and output profiles, with support for multiple output formats per channel, according to Thomson.
Digital TV CEE: The difficulty of taking on strong competitors while having no direct pipeline of content led Telekomunikacja Polska to team up with rival DTH provider ‘n’, according to Dominique Lesage, executive director of content at Telekomunikacja Polska. TP will continue to develop as a content aggregator in the OTT space, however.
US cloud DVR service Boxee is planning to roll out its October-launched Boxee TV service to more US markets, but is not currently aiming for a European deployment, said senior director of business development Ryan Troy. Speaking at the Connected TV World Summit in London yesterday, Troy said that Boxee’s recently revamped service, which aims to bring together broadcast TV channels, DVR and internet apps into one simple experience, was now live in nine US markets.This includes New York, Atlanta, Chicago, Philadelphia, Dallas, Houston and LA.“We will continue to roll out in new markets,” said Troy. “We currently don’t have plans to be in Europe but we’re certainly interested in partnering and bringing the service to other markets in the future,”He added that the service was now seeing “huge engagement on the second screen” with 42% of users watching live and or DVR content away from their TV set and that some 89 of the top 100 shows in the United States is available currently for free on the service.Boxee’s ‘no limits’ cloud DVR service lets users store and play an unlimited amount of TV content from the cloud for US$9.99 (€7.73) per month. A free plan gives users unlimited storage and five hours of playback each month.