JW Marriott at Galaxy Macau named venue and Galaxy Entertainment Group named Venue Sponsor for 2019 Asian Gaming Power 50 Black Tie Gala Dinner Big trouble in little China Strong VIP growth sees Okada Manila GGR climb 72% in August RelatedPosts Load More Macau’s gross gaming revenue fell 8.6% year-on-year in August to MOP$24.26 billion – the second lowest amount for the year after June’s MOP$23.81 billion.The decline, which saw GGR miss estimates by some margin, comes in the wake of numerous headwinds for the industry, including negativity surrounding VIP as a result of recent Chinese media reports, the ongoing US-China trade war and transport disruptions owing to the Hong Kong protests. According to JP Morgan’s DS Kim and Jeremy An, VIP GGR likely declined by 26% to 28% for the month with mass up by around 7%, although “the mass segment came as a bigger disappointment as our mid-month checks and Macau trips suggested no sign of mass slowdown.”IAG understands rolling chip volume for Macau’s top four junkets has declined by around 30% year-on-year.August’s results mean that Macau’s GGR for the first eight months of 2019 is now down 1.9% to MOP$198.22 billion.Early estimates have September revenue enjoying a slight 1% to 2% year-on-year improvement.
Spider-Man with United employees. United In-flight safety videos are usually the time when passengers turn up whatever movie they’re watching. United Airlines has a new safety video featuring Spider-Man, but the superhero theme doesn’t make it any less boring. The new Spider-Man: Far From Home-themed safety video will begin playing on United flights starting June 1 before the film opens on July 2. The web-slinging hero takes down criminals in the flick as airline employees give the pre-flight instructions on seat belts, safety vests and oxygen masks. Post a comment 2019 movies to geek out over Sony Share your voice TV and Movies The safety video has multiple cameos, including Ned (Jacob Batalon), “Flash” Thompson (Toni Revolori) and Mr. Delmar (Hemky Madera) who owns the bodega Peter Parker goes to in the first film and United CEO Oscar Munoz. Obviously, the big name who’s not appearing is Spider-Man himself, Tom Holland. There’s also a small portrait of Stan Lee at the start of the video.Along with the new safety video, United plans to offer a Spider-Man: Far From Home amenity kit for Polaris business class flyers. Included are theme products such as an eye mask, socks, toothbrush and skincare products. United Airlines didn’t respond to a request for additional comment. Preview • Sphero’s new voice-activated Spider-Man toy sure is chatty Tags Originally published 12:35 p.m. PT. Update, 12:59 p.m. PT: Adds that United didn’t have additional comment. 0 Sphero Spider-Man 77 Photos
Jon Devore started skiing and skydiving as a kid growing up in Juneau. Now, he skydives, speedrides and performs Hollywood stunts for a living.Download AudioIn the film “The Unrideables: Alaska Range” a former Juneau kid makes aggressive ski turns, flips and literally flies off snowy cliffs.Jon Devore started skiing and skydiving in Juneau. Now, he’s turned his passion into a profession by skydiving, speedriding and performing Hollywood stunts for a living.Unrideables is a documentary on speedriding, a combination of big mountain skiing and high speed parachute flying.“I have spent my whole life waiting for this moment – an opportunity to pioneer and ski mountains that were previously thought unrideable,” Devore says in the film.The 39-year-old grew up in Juneau.“If you didn’t get outside and do something, you’d go crazy living here,” Devore says. “And as a kid, whether it was scuba diving, skiing, kayaking, climbing – I went out and did everything that this beautiful area offers.”He started skiing Eaglecrest Ski Area at age 5 and, as a young adult, spent summers river raft guiding. His first time skydiving was in Juneau.“When I was a senior in high school, a guy rolled through the town offering tandem skydiving and I was his first client,” Devore says.After that, he was hooked. Devore moved to Arizona in 1995 to pursue skydiving full time. He became part of a group that was perfecting, what was at the time, a new style of skydiving – free flying.“Most people think skydiving is belly to earth falling flat. Well, we were taking it into three dimensions whether we were standing up vertically and having our feet go first, or going head down towards the earth or everything in the middle,” he says.Devore worked as a skydive coach and competed in world skydiving meets. After a little while, “the world of Hollywood and the stunt world started calling.”He coordinates, films and performs aerial stunts.“We did all the wingsuit scenes in Transformers 3 where we were flying our wingsuits through downtown Chicago through all the buildings having the robots chase us.In “Furious 7,” part of the “The Fast and the Furious” series, Devore is an aerial cameraman forcars that are dropped out of an airplane. He’s the lead actor’s stunt double in the remake of “Point Break,” due to come out in December. The original movie was what first inspired him to skydive.Devore is the manager of the Red Bull Air Force Team, which performs in about 60 shows a year doing stunts like skydiving into a Seattle Seahawks game or into a concert. In his 20 year career, Devore only recently experienced his first injury – a torn ACL.But he says he’s had close calls. During a movie shoot in New Zealand, DeVore was supposed to jump out of a helicopter, land on a big mountain, cut his parachute off and ski down. He had been practicing for weeks, but while filming,“My parachute didn’t open, my lines came out and they tied around my ski boots and bindings, so I basically tied myself up in the sky and my parachute never inflated. It was just being towed like a piece of garbage. And I took that all the way into the ground and impacted at probably 95-100 miles an hour, almost pure free fall speed,” Devore says.Devore was positive he was going to die. All he could think about was his wife. His curled up his body and hit the ground on his back.“Two minutes later, I stood up and didn’t have a broken bone, zero injuries, nothing,” Devore says.The mountain he landed on was part of the Invincible Snowfields.Despite the close calls, Devore loves what he does and is sticking with it for as long as he can. He has friends in their late 60s and early 70s still skydiving. He says, he may one day bring the sport back to Juneau and, just maybe, change some kid’s life.
HD Kumaraswamy.HD Kumaraswamy Twitter AccountKarnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy has targeted Darshan and Yash, who have extended their support to Sumalatha in the upcoming Lok Sabha election from the Mandya constituency.”This pair of bullock is not meant for ploughing the field but to raid farmers’ crops. What do they know about the difficulties of farming?” the Karnataka Chief Minister slammed the actors, who recently promised to work like a pair of oxen to ensure Sumalatha’s victory.HD Kumaraswamy said that the stars did not turn up to help the farmers in distress nor responded to any of the people’s troubles. “Where were these stars when Mandya witnessed tragedies? Did they give their shoulders to the families of those who died in the bus accident? It was our CS Puttaraju who was with the people during the crisis,” he points out.Taking directly on Darshan, the Chief Minister stated that he can only play the hero role in movies and not in real life. “There is a video circulating on WhatsApp about his comments about people of Mandya. It is below my dignity to talk about the words mentioned in the clip. If the people listen to it, they will not let him enter Mandya,” he added.Sumalatha, the wife of late actor-politician Ambareesh, is contesting as an independent candidate from the Mandya constituency after the Congress party failed to give her the ticket due to seating-arrangement with its coalition partner, JD(S).As Mandya is a stronghold of JD(S), the party was not willing to give away the seat to Congress. It forced Sumalatha to file her nomination as an independent candidate. Yash with Sumalatha and DarshanTwitterHD Kumaraswamy’s son Nikhil Gowda is contesting against her. However, a section of Sandalwood and the BJP have extended its support to Sumalatha.
Asha NegiInstagramOf late, many television actresses have made their way to the silver screens, bagging big projects. After Mouni Roy, Ankita Lokhande, Mrunal Thakur and Radhika Madan, now Asha Negi will be part of a Bollywood film.According to a Times of India report, Asha has been roped in to play Abhishek Bachchan’s love interest in Anurag Basu’s next film. The movie also stars Rajkummar Rao, Aditya Roy Kapur and will see Fatima Sana Sheikh and Sanya Malhotra reuniting after blockbuster Dangal.Basu’s film will have four intersecting stories and a bit of crime and dark humour. Earlier, it was speculated to be the sequel of Anurag’s 2007 romantic-drama Life In A…Metro. However, the ace director denied the report.Coming to Asha, she rose to fame with her role as Purvi in hit show Pavitra Rishta, which featured with Ankita Lokhande and TV-turned-Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput in lead roles. Besides Pavitra Rishta, Asha has been part of Ek Mutthi Aasmaan and Bade Acche Lagte Hain. The actress recently featured in ALT Balaji’s web series Baarish opposite Sharman Joshi.In her personal life, Asha has been in a relationship with her Pavitra Rishta co-star Rithvik Dhanjani for several years now. They are one of the most loved couples of tellytown. The much-in-love couple was the winner of Nach Baliye 6 and had impressed all with their amazing dance skills and striking chemistry.On August 23, Asha turned a year older and to celebrate the special day, the couple flew off to Himachal Pradesh with their close friends. Asha and Rithvik also shared a glimpse of their vacation in the scenic beauty of the hills.Rithvik shared an adorable birthday post on Instagram for the love of his life. “You make me laugh, You make me love, You make me live…Happy birthday my butterfly,” he wrote. The actor and host shared the post along with some cute pictures of them.
To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen Share 00:00 /12:39 Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP PhotoFormer Director of National Intelligence James Clapper. James Clapper says Donald Trump would not be President of the United States without Russian interference in the 2016 election.The former Director of National Intelligence writes about his concerns regarding Russian meddling — and about the lessons he’s learned in more than 50 years in the intelligence business — in his new book, Facts and Fears: Hard Truths from a Life in Intelligence.He visited Houston May 30 to speak at an event for the World Affairs Council of Greater Houston.While he was in town, he talked with Houston Matters producer Michael Hagerty about what he saw close up regarding Russian interference, what he sees as Russian President Vladimir Putin’s agenda in the West, and what concerns him most about America’s future. X
The residents of Sonia Vihar, Delhi, came up with a new initiative to promote clean river Yamuna. A one -day festival was celebrated by the Delhites at the bank of the river. The festival was a part of Yamuna aarti started by the local people of Sonia Vihar and surrounded areas. The event started with a kite festival that was attended by over hundred people from across the city. A street play, Kuch Baat Ho by Black Pearl Art was also organised that imparted the message to save and clean the natural resources.
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Google promises better protection against deceptive Chrome inline installations by Martin Brinkmann on January 05, 2018 in Google Chrome – 5 commentsGoogle announced today on the official Chromium blog that it will improve the Chrome browser’s protection against deceptive inline installations.When Chrome launched, extensions could be installed from anywhere. Sites sprang up that hosted multiple extensions, and any developer or company could offer extensions on their sites. The Chrome Web Store was released in December 2010, more than two years after the release of the first version of Google Chrome.Google changed the process in 2012 when it introduced inline installations as a way to better protect users.Inline installations, along with changes to Chrome’s support for non-Chrome Web Store installations, required that developers uploaded their extensions to the Chrome Web Store first before they could offer them on their websites or third-party websites.Google’s idea was to enforce the use of the Chrome Web Store for all extensions so that it could scan them and block them from being distributed this way. Nav Jagpal and Benjamin Ackerman, two members of Google’s Safe Browsing team, note that the inline installation system reduced user complaints by 65%.They acknowledge however that “fewer than 3% of extensions” engage in “deceptive or confusing install flows” today, and that these “generate 90% more user complaints on average”.Google’s plan to combat inline extensions that make up the less than 3%? More automation of course. The company plans to upgrade the automated inline installation abuse detection system to improve “detection speed” and improve the detection of extensions that abuse the system.Google will use machine learning ” to evaluate each inline installation request for signals of deceptive, confusing, or malicious ads or webpages” as well. If Google’s algorithms detect signals, Chrome will block the inline installation request and redirect Chrome users to the extension’s Chrome Web Store presence instead.Google published additional information on the company’s Chrome Developers website. The Enforcement FAQ highlights when developers are notified and why Google disables inline installations for specific extensions.Closing WordsGoogle doing something against abuse of the inline installation system is a good thing, but I’m more worried about the company’s extension vetting process. Incidents in the past have shown time and time again that malicious or invasive extensions will slip through the cracks and pass Google’s automatic examinations (see Google pulls crypto-mining Chrome extension Archive Poster or Another Chrome extension horror story: coinhive and domain registration)Now You: What should Google do in your opinion against malicious extensions?SummaryArticle NameGoogle promises better protection against deceptive Chrome inline installationsDescriptionGoogle announced today on the official Chromium blog that it will improve the Chrome browser’s protection against deceptive inline installations.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisement
Many people are currently without water in Aloe Park and surrounding areas.uThukela are experiencing problems at the Abattoir Hill booster pump station.Also read: Update: Ladysmith to be without water today as uThukela carry out emergency maintenanceRead also: Update: uThukela fails to supply water to Ladysmith residentsAlso read: People left without water once again in Ladysmith. Staff have been dispatched to assess the situation and attend to the problem.This affects the supply of water to the former “Indian areas”.uThukela give their assurance that water supply will be restored as soon as the problem is fixed.They apologise for any inconvenience caused.Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite
Go back to the enewsletterSix Senses Uluwatu, Bali, is open, adding another destination to the group’s portfolio.True to Six Senses’ inimitable style, Six Senses Uluwatu, Bali features 103 villas and suites, which include 28sky suites, 62 one-bedroom villas, seven two-bedroom villas, four three-bedroom villas, The Retreat and thePresidential Villa, that draw upon the local culture, embrace nature and offer sweeping views of the IndianOcean from its Pecatu cliffside perch.The resort is built with indigenous materials and harmoniously incorporates local Balinese architecture and craftsmanship, based on sustainable design principles.It offers three restaurants and three bars, all perched on the cliff-side, all with uninterrupted ocean views. They serve a selection of modern and fusion dishes, based on the seasonal local Balinese traditional cuisine with added influences from the region. Options include:Crudo Crudo – The culinary heart of Six Senses Uluwatu. For lunch, it features a Nikkei-style sushi-ceviche bar menu prepared with local, hand-picked ingredients. At dinner time, it offers a true traditional Balinese market experience with spices, flavours and aromas from the local cuisine.Rocka – An ever-changing menu based on the seasons that brings the farm to the table. At any given time of the year, the culinary team sources fresh, local elements that are at their peak and create dishes that bring out their true flavours and scents. Experience the best of international and locally inspired cuisine.Rocka Edge – Never a dull moment at the Chef’s table! The Chef prepares a new exclusive menu every day in the open kitchen with the fresh harvest and catch of the day.The Cliff Bar – With the best panoramic view of Uluwatu, The Cliff offers poolside classics, freshly oven-baked specialties combining Southeast Asian spices with traditional doughs and homemade pastas.Six Senses Uluwatu, Bali offers extraordinary cultural and destination immersions for all its guests to enjoy, in and out of the resort. For those seeking an adventure to explore Bali from land, sea and sky, a series of experiences are also available. They include:Safari to Caldera Volcano Batur – An outback adventure to visit Batur, an active volcano. Ride a 4×4 onto its black lava field, discover hidden caves and the ancient site of the old Balinese kingdom. Includes a four-course lunch amid the valley overlooking Lake Batur.Romantic dinner atop a volcano – Experience sunset atop a volcano. Accompanied by a guide, guests trek to the summit of Mount Batur for a picnic-style three-course dinner with stunning views. They’ll see old lava flows and the beautiful crater lake.Mepantigan – The mystical martial art Mepantigan is a new cultural phenomenon of martial art influenced by Balinese drama, contemporary dancing and gamelan music. Guests learn the basics before jumping into mud then a dip in the river followed by a simple organic lunch.Spiritual purification – Experience a Balinese bathing ritual at the sacred grounds of Tirta Empul in Ubud, with the guidance of a local priest followed by offerings and a visit to holy water spring to complete the cleansing ritual. Visit the 10-shrine complex of Gunung Kawi temple and Goa Gajah.Cinema Paradiso – Watch a movie under the stars on the big screen with your significant other, family or friends. Grab your complimentary ice-cream on your way or order drinks from Rocka Bar.Six Senses Spa Uluwatu, Bali will embrace a farm-to-massage concept, where locally sourced ingredients areused for both signature and locally inspired treatments. The Spa will feature 10 treatments rooms, an outdoor massage area, a relaxation area, a fully equipped gym and a yoga pavilion.Go back to the enewsletter
The Cypriot economy expanded 3.4 per cent in the first quarter of the year, compared to the respective three-month period of 2016, and a seasonally adjusted 3.3 per cent, the statistical service said citing a flash estimate.Compared to October to December, the Cypriot economy grew 0.6 per cent in the first quarter, Cystat said in a statement on its website on Tuesday.The acceleration of growth in the first quarter was mainly on increased activity in hotels and restaurants, retail and wholesale trade, construction and manufacturing, Cystat said. Financial intermediaries saw their output drop.The Cypriot economy grew in the first quarter of last year an annual 2.3 per cent and a quarterly 0.3 per cent. Economic growth for the entire 2016 was 2.8 per cent.In a first reaction, President Nicos Anastasiades said that the first quarter growth figure “exceeded any optimistic forecast,” while Finance Minister Harris Georgiades said that it confirms the island’s prospects.Anastasiades, who will probably run for re-election in February, said that he felt satisfied that the collective effort and the people’s sacrifices gradually made “full recovery” possible.The president added that the government will continue as determined as in the past without succumbing to populism and serving expediencies, “so that we do not return to the unpleasant conditions of the past”.“At the same time, economic growth creates the precondition for gradually but effectively tackling the problems caused to our people by the financial crisis,” said Anastasiades, who took office in March 2013, when Cyprus was forced to sign a bailout agreement which provided for the bail-in of depositors.Georgiades said that “we are obliged to stay the course and continue in a collective effort and credible policies to recover lost ground”.Economist Stavros Agrotis said that he is optimistic that following the announcement of the first quarter growth figure, that the Cypriot economy could expand as much as 3.6 per cent in 2017, citing a “guesstimate” adding that the upwards trend in economic activity is likely to bring more growth. “Optimism fuels entrepreneurship,” he said.Agrotis added that tourism, which last year scored an all-time record in arrivals, and construction, with grand-scale projects either in progress or in the pipeline, will continue to fuel growth to the extent that Cyprus could face a shortage of builders.Hoteliers are already complaining over the lack of skilled workers. The finance ministry said in April that it expects growth to accelerate to 2.9 per cent this year helping reducing the unemployment rate from 13 per cent in 2016 to 11.5 per cent this year.The economist added that he is concerned over the sustainability of construction activity which is boosted by the government’s passport and visa schemes.“I hope entrepreneurs are doing their homework and know what is going on in their sector so that we avoid yet another bubble,” he added.The property bubble in the second half of the previous decade is deemed as one of the reasons which led to the 2013 banking crisis in which depositors lost around €8bn. The non-performing loans of construction companies stood in December at €3.8bn or 69 per cent of total credit to the sector.Agrotis said that while reforms such as privatisations, the modernisation of labour market laws and the opening of closed professions, could have in the medium and long run a positive impact on growth, “what matters more is private initiative which has a short term, medium term and long term impact”. Ioannis Tirkides, Bank of Cyprus economic research manager, said that “even though we don’t have the details of the sectoral breakdown of this growth, it can be induced that this is attributable to construction and manufacturing, two sectors that had the deepest and longest recessions dating from 2008 and thus the biggest base effects”.“Nonetheless, construction activity may surprise again as demand increases and the available supply of unsold inventory diminishes,” causing prices to increase, he said.“The widespread presumption regarding forecast exercises, was that the economy operates above its potential and thus growth should gravitate toward 2 per cent over the medium term,” the Bank of Cyprus economist said. “This presumption has to be revisited in view of the dynamics of specific sector activity mainly construction. For the year, I would expect a slowdown in subsequent quarters but the yearly average will most likely be higher than the 2.5 per cent that is currently forecast by the International Monetary Fund and the European Commission”. You May LikeClassmates.comLook For Any High School Yearbook, It’s FreeClassmates.comUndoFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? Better safe than sorryFigLeaf Beta AppUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoAuthorities release five of 12 Israeli rape suspects, seven due in court FridayUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
24Sep Rep. Price testifies in support of bill to allow for consolidation of local services Categories: News Treasurer Brad Slagh joins Rep. Price in support of House Bill 5160The Senate Local Government and Elections Committee today heard testimony on a bill that would allow for a city, village or township to contract with a county treasurer for tax collection functions, announced the bill’s sponsor, state Rep. Amanda Price.“House Bill 5160 clarifies a statute and is a natural extension of our legislative duty to make government more efficient and effective,” said Price, R-Park Township. “This legislation will help local communities by consolidating services, saving money and reducing confusion for taxpayers, making life a little bit easier for Michigan residents.”Price said HB 5160 is a common-sense clarification that allows local units to voluntarily enter into tax collection agreements with the county, which will consolidate the tax collection to a single level and reduce confusion for homeowners by eliminating the need for duplicative services throughout a county.HB 5160 was approved by the Senate Committee on Local Government and Elections and now heads to the Senate floor for consideration.###PHOTO ADVISORY: State Rep. Amanda Price (left) appears with Brad Slagh before the Senate Committee on Local Government and Elections.
26Sep Rep. Howrylak grants flexibility with ‘Raise the Age’ funding mechanism In concert with the multi-bill ‘Raise the Age’ proposal currently under consideration in the House Law and Justice Committee, state Rep. Martin Howrylak has introduced a plan to handle funding changes that will result from possible changes in law.The ‘Raise the Age’ legislative package currently includes 20 bills from representatives on both sides of the aisle. Among the largest changes in costs arising from transferring authority from adult criminal courts to family courts in regards to 17-year-olds who commit criminal offenses would lie within the Michigan Child Care Fund. Currently, the Child Care Fund represents state dollars which provide 50 percent reimbursement to counties for the costs of providing child welfare and juvenile justice cases.To help find an appropriate measure for ‘Raise the Age’ funding, a diverse workgroup was constructed involving, among others, representatives from Michigan counties, courts, sheriffs, prosecutors, and many others. Members of the workgroup acknowledged that this consortium was the right way to handle such an important aspect of a necessary reform in Michigan. After months of meetings, a funding mechanism question was crafted and presented in House Bill 6396.House Bill 6396 will give counties the choice to have all newly adjudicated 17-year-olds funded through an annual county juvenile grant, paid in quarterly increments, with no change to child care funding for juveniles 16 years of age or younger. Counties can also opt in and forgo the grant. Under this option, counties would receive an overall increase in Child Care Fund reimbursement rate to 68 percent.“The Raise the Age initiative must include a reasonable solution to funding concerns,” said Howrylak, of Troy. “The workgroup has been diligently talking through and developing solutions for over a year. While we continue to work to improve the funding mechanism, I am pleased that there has been a consensus on this option-based plan.”Representative Howrylak is the sponsor of three bills (HB 4850, HB 4678, HB 4741) within the ‘Raise the Age’ package and testified in favor of those bills on Tuesday before the House Law and Justice Committee. The funding mechanism legislation, HB 6396, has also been referred to the House Law and Justice Committee for consideration. Categories: Howrylak News,News
11Jan Historic 100th Michigan Legislature can deliver historic car insurance reform By state Rep. Jason Wentworth of ClareAs the automotive capital of the world, there’s simply no excuse for having the highest average car insurance premiums in the nation. After decades of climbing costs caused by Michigan’s failed no-fault car insurance system, drivers across the state are not only demanding reforms, they deserve them.For each day that passes without a devised, lasting solution, a Michigan family living paycheck to paycheck or a senior living on a fixed income opens an envelope knowing it’s a car insurance bill they cannot afford.Skyrocketing car insurance costs may be the difference between some families putting food on the table or paying for daycare and insuring their vehicle. Out-of-control rates have also caused workforce talent to leave the state while leaving some workers no choice but to break the law by driving uninsured.We as a state cannot continue to be held back by a system forcing Michiganders into making these decisions when this is a non-partisan issue. It’s well past time to deliver meaningful solutions that drive down costs – once and for all – for the more than 7 million motorists across our state. We have the opportunity – right now – to come together in a bipartisan fashion as the historic 100th Legislature, set our differences aside and finally figure out a way to fix a system responsible for financial hardships within many Michigan households.I will do everything under my jurisdiction to spearhead legitimate, meaningful legislation that manufactures critical compromises resulting in more affordable car insurance rates. Regardless of which side of the political aisle an idea originates, I will always keep an open mind and spirit throughout the deliberation process.While multiple comprehensive plans laid out in the past have failed to proceed due to a clash of interests, one thing remains clear. The solution we craft together – Democrats and Republicans – must better serve the interests of all Michiganders, no matter where they live, not the big players such as the insurance and health care industries.Rep. Jason Wentworth, of Clare, is in his second term in the Michigan House serving the 97th District, which includes the residents of Clare, Gladwin and Arenac Counties as well as parts of Osceola County. Categories: Wentworth News
Cable operator UPC Slovakia has added Eurosport 2 Bundesliga to its channel line-up, and has dropped Nova Sport. Eurosport 2 Bundesliga is a localised version of Eurosport 2 for markets in which the sports broadcaster holds the rights to German Bundesliga football.UPC has dropped Nova Sport after failing to strike a carriage renewal deal with the broadcaster. Eurosport 2 Bundesliga will be offered as part of the cable operator’s basic digital package.
Video quality assurance specialist Bridge Technologies has appointed Olli Tuomela as regional manager for EMEA.Reporting to sales director Philip Burnham, Tuomela will have overall responsibility for sales activities in the region, with resource and logistical support for Bridge Technologies business partner sales.Tuomela joins the company from Finnish IP service provider Scansatel, where he was technical director.
Some form of sanction is indispensable in the fight against internet piracy, but other measures also need to be take, according to Pierre Lescure, the former Canal Plus chief executive charged by the new French government with reporting on the country’s Hadopi anti-piracy regime.Speaking on the fringes of the Avignon Festival, Lescure said that the principal of a sanction was essential, but had to be accompanied by other measures to encourage the development of legal web-based content offerings.The current Hadopi law is based on a ‘three strikes’ principal that could see those engaged in illegal filesharing lose their internet connection after three warnings. Lescure, who has criticised this policy in the past, is due to report on the working of the Hadopi law in spring next year.
BBC iPlayer recorded a record month in September, with use of the service on TV platforms up 22% and games consoles up 16%. Mobile and tablet use accounted for 21% of requests.The record 199 million iPlayer requests during the month topped the 196 million recorded in August, with the increase driven primarily by radio requests, which grew 8% month-on-month.TV platform operators, including Virgin Media, accounted for 13% of requests, with internet TV/connected devices – including the likes of Freeview and Freesat smart TVs, set-top boxes, Roku media players and Blu-ray players – accounting for a further 2%. Computers were still responsible for the lion’s share of requests at 52%, with tablets accounting for 9% and mobile devices for 12%. Games consoles accounted for 6% of requests. For TV requests only, the proportion accounted for by computers fell to 47%, with other platforms all up.The gender profile of iPlayer use reached a even split between males and females for the first time in the second quarter, according to the BBC, with a record 23% of requests also being made by people over the age of 55.The first episode of series seven of Doctor Who was the most requested programme, with 2.19 million requests.
UK subscription video-on-demand provider Lovefilm is to air original pilot shows from its parent company’s Amazon Studios unit.Lovefilm will host 11 original TV series test pilots for its members to stream for free. The kids and comedy content will be made available to Lovefilm subscribers in the UK and Germany, with viewers’ responses being taken into account by Amazon Studios in deciding which shows to take into full-season production.Amazon Studios made its first pilot commitment for six original comedy shows in December, and its kids shows takes to 11 the number of pilots currently in production.“Production is already underway for the first set of comedy pilots we announced in December, and now we are excited to add even more pilots to the list – five amazing preschool children’s series. Our children’s series come from industry luminaries with credits such as Blue’s Clues, Rugrats and Dino Dan. We think parents – and our very youngest customers – are going to love the magical combination of entertainment and learning that they’ll discover in these children’s series,” said Roy Price, director of Amazon Studios.The five kids pilots comprise Creative Galaxy, Oz Adventures, Teeny Tiny Dogs, Tumbleaf and The Untitled JJ Johnson Project, while the comedy shows are Alpha House, Browsers, Dark Minions, The Onion Presents: The News, Supernatural and Those Who Can’t.