Facebook Comments OTTAWA, Canada – Canadian singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen announced Tuesday the release of a new album next month to coincide with his 80th birthday.Titled “Popular Problems,” the album “sets a new tone and speed of hope and despair, grief and joy,” according to his website.It contains nine new songs written in collaboration with Patrick Leonard. The pair worked together previously on Cohen’s 12th album, “Old Ideas,” which was released in 2012 and became the highest charting of Cohen’s career.“Popular Problems” will be released in France on Sept. 22, and in the United States the following day.Cohen was born in Montreal on Sept. 21, 1934. Following a 2005 lawsuit against his ex-manager for stealing from him while he lived in a monastery near Los Angeles, and with his finances in disarray, Cohen returned to performing in 2008 after a 15-year gap.He has since continued to tour with great success, resurrecting his career and reputation worldwide. Related posts:Dylan’s restored basement tapes with The Band set for debut Kevin Johansen and The Nada to join illustrator Liniers in live art-music show in Escazú Singer-songwriter Kevin Johansen makes everyone feel good in Costa Rica debut Selena died 20 years ago – why we’re still talking about her
Police officers on bicycles will be patrolling the most popular beaches this summer as part of increased safety measures for another bumper tourist season, the Cyprus Tourism Organisation (CTO) said on Wednesday.“We are pleased with the level of cooperation with police so far and οur aim is to ensure that there are frequent patrols by police,” board member Xenia Loizidou said. “This includes increased patrols by officers on bicycles in the coastal areas.”Bicycles will allow officers to reach some locations quicker and ensure access to places inaccessible to patrol cars. They also provide easier interaction between tourists and officers.The measure is a result of a workshop that took place in March attended by participants with links to the tourism sector including the police force, the foreign and interior ministries, the Lifesaving Federation, NGO Reaction, the Cyprus Bartenders Association and other organisations working with tourists.Six working groups dealt with the main areas of concern: excessive alcohol consumption, the safety of bathers, thefts and harassment, health and nursing, road accidents and international relations.Participants agreed that more effective dissemination of information on measures was necessary. They also agreed to improve coordination between the various groupsYou May LikeTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndoFigLeaf Beta AppGet Maximum Privacy with Minimum EffortFigLeaf Beta AppUndoTotal Battle – Online Strategy GameIf You’re PC User This Strategy Game Is A Must-Have!Total Battle – Online Strategy GameUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoTwo arrested in connection with attempted murderUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
State Rep. Brandt Iden has been appointed by Michigan House Speaker Kevin Cotter to serve on the Governor’s Talent Investment Board.“This is a great opportunity, and I thank Speaker Cotter for his confidence in my ability to serve on this board,” said Rep. Iden, R-Oshtemo. “The kind of workforce talent needed in Michigan is changing. I look forward to working with this board to develop policy recommendations that will guide our workforce and talent training as we prepare Michigan for the new economy.”Created in 2011, the Governor’s Talent Investment Board is made up of individuals from a variety of different areas, including state departments, the business sector, and labor representatives, and members of the Legislature.“The issues this board will tackle are of great importance for the state’s economic future. To keep Michigan moving forward, we need to find ways to match the workforce with current openings and ensure that the workforce is trained to fill those openings,” Rep. Iden said. “I’m eager to get started on these initiatives as my fellow board members and I look for ways to fill available jobs, train available workers, and continue Michigan’s economic comeback.”### Categories: Iden News 04Mar Rep. Iden appointed to Talent Investment Board
Categories: Runestad News 11May House Criminal Justice Committee to hear testimony on Rep. Runestad’s electronic privacy resolution The House Committee on Criminal Justice will hear testimony Tuesday, on House Joint Resolution N, introduced by State Rep. Jim Runestad to protect people’s electronic privacy.The resolution makes a search warrant a requirement to access a person’s electronic data or communications.“With so much private data in electronic form in this day and age it is important that we ensure privacy laws keep up,” said Rep. Runestad, R-White Lake. “This resolution is not aimed at making the job of law enforcement officials more difficult, but at making sure that individual privacy is not unjustly violated.”A House joint resolution is a resolution that proposes an amendment to the state constitution. It must be approved by both the House and Senate before the governor can approve the amendment.
Categories: Hauck News 01Feb Hauck introduces legislation to improve and expand FOIA law Measure is part of 11-bill package to increase transparencyState Rep. Roger Hauck, seated, submits legislation to the clerk for enrollment as a bill. He is joined by colleagues who also sponsored pieces of the 11-bill bipartisan package to increase government transparency.State Rep. Roger Hauck, of Union Township, introduced legislation today to make state government more accountable to the people of Michigan.Hauck joined representatives from both sides of the aisle today in announcing the 11-bill bipartisan reform plan to make the governor and lieutenant governor subject to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). The bill package, similar to one that passed the House last year but stalled before reaching the governor’s desk, creates the Legislative Open Records Act (LORA), disclosure requirements pertaining to state representatives and senators.“It’s time for the Legislature and the governor’s office to be held to the same transparency and accountability standards as local governments,” Hauck said. “I was happy to serve with openness and honesty when I was subject to the provisions of FOIA as a Union Township Trustee. The work we’re doing on the state level impacts even more people, and it doesn’t make sense that we aren’t held to the same standard.”Hauck said many people don’t have confidence in their government, and the reform plan announced today will go a long way toward fostering public trust.“This legislation will bring more integrity to state government and have an enormous impact on how people perceive all of the work we do to move Michigan in a positive direction,” Hauck said.###
ShareTweetShareEmail0 Shares September 15, 2014; Santa Fe New MexicanA nonprofit in New Mexico is working with students in nine schools to mitigate the debilitating effects that poverty has had on students in the Santa Fe Public School District and elsewhere in the area.Communities in Schools New Mexico is a nonprofit grassroots organization that is a part of a number of other local groups coming together to aid students coming from homes struggling financially. Founded in 1998, the organization was originally called the Salazar Partnership and was created to provide academic, medical, and extracurricular support for students at Salazar Elementary in Santa Fe. As the nonprofit began helping more schools in different cities across New Mexico, it changed its name and was eventually incorporated into the larger national nonprofit, Communities in Schools.The services the nonprofit provides range from working with teachers and nurses at the schools to helping one student work through his issues with algebra. However, in addition to providing the requisite academic support, Communities in Schools New Mexico also recognizes how complementary emotional help often is to solving academic problems.“What happens outside in a student’s day-to-day life is not separate from what goes on in school,” said Julia Bergen, the state director of Communities in Schools New Mexico. “They are connected.”Currently, 70 percent of the Santa Fe school district lives below the poverty line. At Salazar Elementary, the school first serviced by the nonprofit when it started, 100 percent of the almost 400 students are on a free or reduced lunch plan. Last year, 80 students at Salazar were continuously monitored by and received sustained services from the nonprofit.“Poverty is complex,” as Andrea Slatopolsky, program director for the group, puts it. “It causes many symptoms. And it takes many, many people to alleviate those symptoms.” This complexity may explain why nearly half of Santa Fe’s public schools received a “D” or lower this year in their annual assessment by the state’s Public Education Department. This assessment is based on the students’ academic performance and growth at these schools.The assessment’s results show that the grades that schools receive often correlate to the poverty level of their district. Two public schools this year that received “A’s” in the assessment have among the lowest poverty rates in their school district, while the two schools that received “F’s” have poverty rates in the range of 80 to 100 percent. However, this correlation is not perfect; Turquoise Trail Charter Elementary School, which has a 69 percent poverty rate, also received an “A.”Recognizing the need to understand poverty’s impact on education, Communities for Schools New Mexico has started to track its progress. Last year, their program included 4,000 students across the state, and of those students, 320 received continuous services and support.—Shafaq HasanShareTweetShareEmail0 Shares
Share9TweetShareEmail9 SharesDadaab Refugea Camp / Bjørn HeidenstrømMay 11, 2016, Reuters News and The GuardianIn a statement issued on May 6, 2016, the Kenyan Ministry of Interior announced it has disbanded the Department of Refugee Affairs (DRA) and indicated that it would close its Kakuma and Dadaab refugee camps within a year.According to international law, refugees need to apply for resettlement in another country, return to their country of origin, or integrate into their country of asylum. None of these options appear open to Dadaab refugees.Dadaab is the world’s largest refugee camp, constructed between 1991 and 1992. Managed by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), other organizations are directly in charge of specific aspects of the refugees’ lives. These organizations issued a joint statement imploring the Kenyan government to reconsider:Shutting down the refugee camps will mean increased protection risks for the thousands of refugees and asylum seekers—[the] majority of who are women, children and unaccompanied minors. […] The current humanitarian situation in Somalia and South Sudan remains dire and fragile. Somalia is faced with drought and other security risks that are likely to see an increase in displacement and vulnerability.Since Kenya’s military invaded Somalia in 2011 to pursue the al-Shabaad terrorist group, there have been more than 100 terror attacks in Kenya, such as when four gunmen murdered 147 students at Garissa University. In April 2015, Kenya demanded that the United Nations remove the refugees from Dadaab, but ultimately withdrew the threat. Kenyan authorities are now renewing their demands.Kenya’s refugee camps pose security challenges. The mastermind of the Garissa University attack apparently had a support network in Dadaab. Nevertheless, the international community claims that any security gains from closing Dadaab would be eclipsed by the violence it would likely fuel. If refugees were forced back to Somalia, some would likely join al-Shabaab in search of protection or income in a country with few opportunities. Somalia already holds more than one million internally displaced persons. The humanitarian as well as security consequences of Kenya’s plan are grave.The refugees arriving on Europe’s shores are a fraction of the some 60 million displaced people worldwide. Most refugees live in camps such as the Somalis in Kenya who fled their endless civil war. A new report by the Norwegian Refugee Council’s Internal Displacement Monitoring Center (IDMC) says the number of people throughout the world who were uprooted from their homes due to conflicts and natural disasters stands at the highest figure ever recorded.As attention fades, so does the funding for the refugees in Kenya that the world seems to have forgotten. The World Food Program (WFP) dropped food rations in Dadaab by 30 percent in 2015. In other words, the daily nutrition refugees receive is a third less than the minimum recommended by the UN itself. If anything, Kenya is forcing the UN to find the wherewithal to help Kenya care for this beleaguered people.Where is the international response to the needs of Kenya? NPQ asked this question in relation to the 2015 Garissa University tragedy. “Where is everyone?” is the title of a report produced by Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors without Borders (MSF) that NPQ reviewed:While international organizations have seen increases in their fundraising efforts, their direct impact in the developing world has decreased significantly. The report highlighted a number of issues and made assertions that ranged from “Humanitarian responses are slow and cumbersome and lack impact” to “UN agencies and INGOs are increasingly absent from field locations” and “when assistance is most needed, international staff of humanitarian agencies are rapidly evacuated or go into hibernation.”The Kenyan government is also now, again, asking the world community: Where are you? However brutal and misguided their intentions may be in managing their refugee and security crises, it is a global humanitarian responsibility. There are no easy answers or solutions, and so many lives weigh in the balance.—James SchafferShare9TweetShareEmail9 Shares
Technology giant Intel is reportedly planning to launch its planned internet TV service in the US on a city-by-city basis after encountering difficulties striking deals with content suppliers.According to TechCrunch, Intel is hoping to allow users to watch programmes aired within the last month on channels they subscribe to on an on-demand basis, compared with the eight days offered by rival pay TV service Dish Network. It is also said to be working on new technologies including the ability to target ads based on facial recognition.The latest news on the service follows earlier reports by The Wall Street Journal and Reuters that Intel was planning to launch its own-branded TV service by the end of last year.
BT Sport, the new sports network line-up by UK telco and pay TV operator BT, will feature as the shirt sponsor for Glasgow Warriors and Edinburgh Rugby as part of a four-year sponsorship deal with Scottish Rugby.Commenting on the deal, Marc Watson, chief executive of TV for BT Retail, said: “This is part of our long term commitment to rugby, where we see great growth potential in the coming years.”
OpenTV and Nagravision, both subsidiaries of digital security firm Kudelski Group, have filed a lawsuit against Apple, claiming it infringes five of their US patents. The action, filed in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California, alleges that the infringing products and service include iOS mobile devices, Apple TV, App Store, iTunes, iADs, Safari, and OS X-based personal computers.San Francisco-headquartered OpenTV provides software for advanced program guides, video-on-demand, personal video recording, interactive and addressable advertising and a variety of enhanced TV applications.Nagravision meanwhile provides security and multiscreen user experience solutions for monetisation of digital media.Kudelski Group is listed on the Swiss Stock Exchange and holds more than 4,400 issued and pending patents worldwide.
Man Jit SinghThe rise of Netflix and like-models is reducing the overall value of the entertainment industry and the home entertainment business has to rise to the challenge of the digital era or it will face long-term decline, according to Man Jit Singh, president, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.The home entertainment revenue stream remains important both for studios and retailers. For platforms, electronic sell-through (EST) is offering new revenue streams, first in the US and now in Europe, said Singh, speaking at the PEVE Entertainment Business Futures 2014 conference in London this morning.Total consumption of entertainment and demand for Hollywood movies has never been higher, said Singh. Added demand has been stimulated by growth in video playback devices, he said. “People can consume DVDs and Blu-rays and they can purchase or rent digitally on computers, set-top boxes, tablets and phones,” he said. “Some of these new models have grown much faster and have changed consumption of entertainment at home,” he said, citing the example of Netflix.However, said Singh, with all this increased consumption, there is a concern that the amount of entertainment that can be consumed will reach a maximum. “Home entertainment revenues have actually declined over time because the models of SVoD, VoD and rental are inferior to sell-through,” he said. Netflix is now about 45% of consumption and the revenue per title consumed is much less than with sell-through, he said.Piracy is another threat to home entertainment revenue. There are almost three times the piracy streams in Europe than in the US – and even more in Asia, said Singh. “Unless we come together to fight it, this will continue to grow,” he said.Singh cited the example of the Nordic market as one where things went badly wrong. The Nordic market has declined by 30% over the last two years, he said. Consumers were not educated about the value of “recency”, allowing companies including Netflix to erode the value of the retail business. At the same time, piracy in the region bloomed as retailers were not educated about how to fight it.By contrast, the US market’s decline has flattened out thanks to the industry coming together, said Singh. Retailers have moved from the physical sale of entertainment products like DVDs to the digital sale as consumer patterns changed and legislation had been put in place to effectively combat piracy and take down offending sites.“We feel Europe is at an inflexion point,” said Singh. “We need to understand quality, value and convenience [for the consumer].”Singh said that with regard to quality, consumers need to be educated about the value of Blu-ray and HD, which provide the best margins for producers like Sony. It is important in particular to drive awareness among the millennial generation about the value of high-quality video and sound and the merits of high-end home entertainment systems, he said. “We need to promote Blu-ray with a 4K TV before we get to 4K TV because there is a significant improvement in quality there for your home theatre,” he said.Regarding value, it is important to aid search and find ways to curate content to meet consumer’ needs. Sony has also tried to bundle hardware with content to increase value. Singh said distributors should also look at making content available in earlier windows..Early availability is still seen as a real positive, said Singh.Despite the challenges, Singh said consumers can be taught to appreciate that ownership has value. He cited the statistic that consumers had watched purchased movies 4.6 times in 2012, up from 2.8 times in 2009, he said.Singh said the industry had to help manage the transition from physical to digital sales. The UK is expected to spend 53.8% on digital products by 2017, ahead of the US with just under 50%. Getting digital content onto the TV is central to this, said Singh. “We need to get this seamlessly to consumers,” he said. UltraViolet will also be useful in enabling consumers to port their purchase across devices, he said. Retailers also need to be helped to bring about the change. UltraViolet offers value to consumers, but there is still room for improvement, said Singh. “This is the key to porting both physical and digital libraries,” he said. Satisfaction with UltraViolet has increased, with the sign-up process now being seen as easier than was hitherto the case, but there are still challenges to winning consumer acceptance of the technology. “There is still a long way to do,” he said. The industry had lowered barriers to entry but there is still a need to make the user experience simpler, for example to enable the consumer to put all of his or her digital library in the digital locker.Unless the industry drives value, it will continue to decline, warned Singh.Singh said that traditional linear broadcasting could be enhanced with digital distribution, which can provide extra features to build user engagement. The physical business now faced a transition to digital, and the industry has to give the consumer a ridcher digital experience, he said. With digital, it is possible to feed new features to lockers on an ongling basis, which is not the case with physical productrs, eh said.Singh said if retailers could reproduce consumers’ physical libraries in their digital lockers, that would be a huge boon, he said.Singh said all Sony devices have a plan for UV. PlayStation is in the process of implementing its UV strategy and of migrating from being a game devices to a central device for the living room. “There is a roadmap for all of our devices to have UV,” he said.Adoption of Blu-ray is still slower than might be expected, so while 4K Blu-ray will emerge eventually, consumers are currently confused by the plethora of formats out there, he said.
Eurosport has secured the pan-European rights to the first season of Indian Super League football. The channel will broadcast 16 matches of the opening season between October 12 and the December 20 final on Eurosport 2. Internationalex-professional players, such as France’s David Trezeguet and Nicolas Anelka, England’s David James and Sweden’s Freddie Ljungberg, will participate in the event, which is designed to help increase the profile of football in India. The Super League is co-promoted by IMG Reliance and Star India and includes eight Indian teams with 22 players in each squad. The opening match between Atletico de Kolkata and Mumbai City will be broadcast on Eurosport 2 at 15:30 CET on October 12.
OTT TV technology provider PeerTV has received an additional order for its eTV Android set-top boxes from Polish international online TV provider Polsky.TV worth US$490,000. PeerTV has already delivered an initial batch of its eTV boxes to the company. Polsky.TV delivers a range of Polish channels to expatriates in a number of countries and recently launched in the UK, targeting the estimated 600,000 Polish speaker resident in that country. The UK network offers about 30 channels including Polish public broadcast services, entertainment channels, music services, kids channels and sports.Peer TV will supply the H.265/HEVC-based boxes to Polsky.TV to enable it to deliver TV services over the internet. PeerTV said it is developing a remote management system for the box, which was initially demonstrated last year at IBC, ahead of delivering the devices.
Tony HallThe BBC has renewed its deal to air Premier League highlights for a further three years, up to and including the 2018/19 football season.The agreement covers BBC’s long-running weekend highlights show Match Of The Day, which turns 50 this year, and its Sunday morning repeat MOTD2.It also covers weekend preview show Football Focus, plus a new midweek magazine show that will air at 22:00 Wednesday nights on BBC Two and BBC Two HD.All of the BBC’s Premier League programmes will be available on the BBC iPlayer.“Sport matters. It brings the nation together. It can break hearts and raise spirits. And because it matters to the public, it also matters to the BBC. That’s why it’s fantastic news that we have kept the Premier League highlights,” said BBC director general Tony Hall.The news comes in the same week that Virgin Media has asked Ofcom to pause the current Premier League TV rights auction for live match coverage until the broadcast regulator has concluded an investigation into the process.In July 2012 Sky and BT paid £3 billion (€4 billion) to carve up live match coverage between 2013 and 2016, with the price likely to increase during the current round of negotiations.
Al Jazeera has acquired Turkish pay TV operator Digitürk via its BeIN Sports arm.Financial details of the acquisition were not released. Reports in April suggested that BeIN Sports was expected to pay between US$1 billion and US$1.2 billion for the operator.Digitürk, which holds top-tier Turkish football rights until the end of the 2016-17 season, was previously nominally owned by Cukurova Holding, the outfit controlled by businessman Mehmet Emin Karamehment, whose stake in the pay TV operators was seized two years ago by state financial institution the Turkish Savings Deposit Insurance Fund (TMSF) in lieu of taxes owned to the state.Digitürk, which was 47% owned by private equity group Providence Equity Partners, has about 3.5 million subscribers.Nasser Al-Khelafi, chairman and CEO of BeIN Sports and chairman of the Qatar Investment Authority, said that the deal was “a natural step” for the company, given the proximity of the Turkish market to the MENA region.
Inge SmidtsLiberty Global has named Inge Smidts as chief marketing officer. Smidts was previously SVP of residential marketing at Liberty Global-owned Belgian cable operator Telenet.Smidts, who takes on her new role on September 1, will be replaced at Telenet by Jeroen Bronselaer, currently VP of product entertainment.Smidts will continue to be based in Telenet’s home base of Mechelen.“The promotion of Inge Smidts is a tribute to all the Telenet talent and recognition of the successful implementation of our strategy. The advantage of being closely linked to an international group like Liberty Global creates tremendous opportunities for our people. Together with her very experienced team, she has managed to introduce such brilliantly successful products as King and Kong, Whop and Whoppa, Play and Play More and – this month – Play Sports. I’d like to thank Inge for her strenuous efforts in helping build Telenet as an innovative, customer-focused company,” said John Porter, Telenet CEO.
Discovery-owned Eurosport has secured exclusive TV and digital rights to the FIA Formula One World Championship in Portugal from 2016 to 2018.The agreement covers rights to all races, qualifying and practice sessions of the premier motorsports event for the next three seasons. Eurosport will have access to multiple live feeds including coverage from cameras mounted on cars and from helicopters to enable the channel to broadcast the thrilling action from different perspectives and angles for TV and online viewers.“F1 is one of the biggest sporting brands and the biggest event in the motorsport calendar. Securing these exclusive rights in Portugal further demonstrates our strategy to acquire key properties on a local as well as a pan-regional level, along with our commitment to put the greatest events, and capture the best sporting moments, on Eurosport. This is already proving successful and we are seeing double digit audience growth across Europe,” said Peter Hutton, CEO of Eurosport“There are few sports with such a great history of world class on-air storytelling and production as F1 and we look forward to building on that heritage to offer a premium viewing experience to fans in Portugal. This is just part of a remarkable year for Eurosport in which investment in production has helped deliver impressive and record breaking ratings for flagship events in 2015 such as the French Open, US Open, Tour de France, MotoGP and Le Mans 24 Hours.”
DVR-maker TiVo is reportedly in advanced negotiations to be sold to entertainment technology company, Rovi.According to a New York Times report, the deal would merge TiVo and Rovi, with shareholders of TiVo to receive a combination of cash and stock.The report claimed that while the price is still under negotiation, shareholders of TiVo would likely own roughly 30% of the combined company.Separately, Forbes reported that since former TiVo CEO Tom Rogers announced his planned departure last November, rumours began that “the company was in play”.However it claimed that news of Rovi’s interest in the firm may be “the first inning of an interesting sale process” with the potential of new bidders coming forward.The news comes in the same month that TiVo as said that it needs to “chart a new path” and will launch new consumer products to adapt to changing viewer behaviour.“We will focus on growth in our operator-related businesses; launch a new class of consumer products; and put in place organisational and operational changes that will drive revenues and better manage costs,” said TiVo’s interim CEO Naveen Chopra, announcing the firm’s fourth quarter revenues.Rovi provides services spanning TV guides, personalisation, metadata and analytics services, and also owns a number of digital entertainment patents.
Norwegian cable operator Get has launched a 4G mobile offering over Telia’s network.The mobile service has been developed by Get with its parent company TDC, which operates mobile as well as fixed and cable services in Denmark.CEO Gunnar Evensen said that the mobile service would cater to demand among Get subscribers for large value-for-money data packages. Customers with TV and broadband services will get double mobile data allowances.The operator is offering three packages, with 2GB of data (or 4GB for existing TV and broadband customers) for NOK249 (EUR28), 6GB for NOK369 and 10GB for NOK439.