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Bumstead appreciates natural resources grants awarded locally

first_img19Dec Bumstead appreciates natural resources grants awarded locally Funds assist Oceana County access, recreation improvement effortsState Rep. Jon Bumstead, R-Newaygo, today applauded the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) for awarding two grants to Oceana County that will help fund conservation efforts, assist outdoor recreation projects and improve public access to natural resources.“It’s wonderful to see the DNR confirm what we already know about our local communities,” Bumstead said. “Oceana County has a lot to share with Michiganders and visitors who are experiencing the Great Lake State, and I’m glad we’re taking advantage of these funding opportunities.”The announcement was made this week by the DNR, which periodically awards funding through the Recreation Passport grant program—funded by vehicle entry passes at Michigan state parks and recreation sites—and the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), a federal program encouraging efforts to provide better public outdoor recreation opportunities for residents.“Access to quality, public outdoor recreation opportunities not only promotes healthy lifestyles, it also helps local communities create a sense of place while boosting their local economies,” said Steve DeBrabander, DNR grants manager. “Better, broader access to quality outdoor recreation opportunities has a direct, positive impact on quality of life for residents and visitors, and that’s good news for local economies.”The Village of Rothbury received $45,000 from the Recreation Passport program to improve community parks and the Oceana County DNR received $100,000 from the LWCF to improve a Silver Lake boat access and day use.“With the help of these well-deserved funds, Silver Lake and Rothbury can continue improving public access to our community’s waterways, as well as state and local parks,” Bumstead said. “Thank you to the DNR for helping us improve our west Michigan community.”In this round of funding, the DNR awarded a total of $877,500 from the Recreation Passport program to seven Upper Peninsula and 14 Lower Peninsula applicants, and a total of $830,700 from the LWCF to 10 Lower Peninsula applicants. Thirty communities across Pure Michigan will be positively impacted by these grants.### Categories: Newslast_img read more


Rep Lucido welcomes Romeo High School students to Lansing

first_img Categories: Lucido News,Lucido Photos 12Feb Rep. Lucido welcomes Romeo High School students to Lansing State Rep. Peter J. Lucido provided Romeo High School students in the Advanced Placement Government courses with an inside look at state government on Wednesday.The students, along with their teachers Kelly Phalen, Lori Farrington and Jenn Cubitt, visited Lansing for a tour of the state Capitol with Lucido, who also gave them a brief overview on the legislative process and explained the nature of his job representing the residents of the Shelby, Washington and Bruce townships and the Village of Romeo.Lucido also brought the students and teachers onto the House floor for a tour and photos. He said he was impressed how interested the students were in learning about how government works.“It’s always great to see students show an active interest in being engaged and knowledgeable about government and how it operates,” said Lucido, a Republican from Shelby Township. “These are students who will become future leaders in both government and business, and their interest and knowledge about how the legislative process works will be a great asset for them the rest of their lives.”###last_img read more


Rep Lucido honors intern with tribute on House floor

first_imgPHOTO INFORMATION: Rep. Peter Lucido today presented Konrad Starospka a tribute on the House floor in recognition of his hard work and contribution to the 36th District over the past year. Starospka is graduating from Michigan State University this spring and has worked in Rep. Lucido’s office since December of 2016.### 13Feb Rep. Lucido honors intern with tribute on House floor Categories: Lucido News,Lucido Photos,Newslast_img


Rep Lucido testifies on bill to save taxpayer money on cash assistance

first_img Categories: Lucido News Legislation cracks down on fraudState Rep. Peter Lucido testified today before the Michigan Families, Children and Seniors Committee.State Rep. Peter Lucido this week testified on a bill to cut down on fraud while helping those who truly need temporary cash assistance and can’t work due to a disability.Lucido discussed his bill with the House Families, Children and Seniors Committee. His legislation would require an independent medical examination for cash assistance recipients who are exempt from work requirements.“There is a need for our state assistance programs to help people get back on their feet. Without a doubt these programs are there to help people through hard times. But we must be vigilant of taxpayer dollars,” said Lucido, of Shelby Township.  “This legislation would save money in the state’s cash assistance system by cracking down on the waste, fraud and abuse of doctor shopping.”Doctor shopping is when an individual seeks multiple medical consultations, reports and opinions until the desired result is obtained.House Bill 5183 remains under consideration by the House Families, Children and Seniors Committee.### 23Feb Rep. Lucido testifies on bill to save taxpayer money on cash assistance programlast_img read more


Rep Cox Medicaid welfare work requirements promote selfsufficiency protect Michigan taxpayers

first_img06Jun Rep. Cox: Medicaid welfare work requirements promote self-sufficiency, protect Michigan taxpayers Categories: Cox News,News Rep. Laura Cox and the Michigan House today voted to require able-bodied adults to work, prepare for a job or engage in community service for an average of at least 80 hours a month to keep Medicaid welfare coverage.“This plan is designed to help able-bodied adults help themselves and brighten the future for their families,” said Cox, chair of the House Appropriations Committee which made several improvements to the plan before its approval by the full chamber. “The best path to self-sufficiency is a job, and particularly in this time of low unemployment, this measure will help more Michigan residents get on that path.”Cox said the plan also respects taxpayers who spend billions of dollars a year funding the Medicaid program.“We already have similar requirements for food and cash assistance programs,” said Cox, of Livonia. “Taxpayers pay the bills for these welfare programs, and they deserve to know able-bodied recipients are engaging in the workforce or serving their communities in a meaningful way in exchange for benefits.”The House-approved plan generally would apply to able-bodied adults who only became eligible for coverage under the state’s Obamacare-related expansion of the program, called the Healthy Michigan Plan. Some already have jobs and would not need to make changes to continue receiving benefits.The workforce engagement requirements do not apply to children, seniors 62 or older, or the disabled. There also are multiple exemptions for able-bodied adults including pregnancy, parents with children under 6, caretakers of a disabled dependent, full-time students and those on unemployment. There also is discretion to grant temporary exemptions for other good causes.The measure also requires able-bodied adults who have been in the Healthy Michigan Plan for more than four years to take steps to improve their own health and contribute financially to their coverage.Four other states already have added Medicaid work engagement rules and many others are planning to do so.Senate Bill 897 returns to the Senate for further consideration.####last_img read more


Rep Griffin applauds Hartford Library grant

first_img08Apr Rep. Griffin applauds Hartford Library grant Categories: Griffin News State Rep. Beth Griffin, of Mattawan, announced the Hartford Public Library has received a $400,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to build the Art & Bronna Vanderlyn Community Center and Hartford Public Library.The grant was awarded by the Infrastructure and Capacity Building Challenge, where Hartford local Bronna Vanderlyn pledged $1.3 million to acquire and replace the old Red Arrow Elementary School with an 8,000 sq. ft. Humanities Center for the Hartford community and surrounding area.“This facility will be a tremendous place for area residents to come together, learn, and enjoy quality time with family and friends,” Rep. Griffin said. “I am so thankful to Bronna, the NEH, and everyone who has played a role in making what will be a wonderful asset to our community possible.”The Hartford Public Library hopes to raise another $300,000 to complete the interior of the facility, bringing the project total to $2 million. Construction could begin as soon as this summer.###last_img read more


2016 US Election Fuels a Wave of Women Candidates for Local Office

first_imgShare29Tweet9Share6Email44 SharesNovember 6, 2017; CityLabAccording to political candidate recruitment, training, and support organizations, a new wave of underrepresented people is gearing up to run for local offices, especially women. In places voting today, the evidence of increased participation is already clear.CityLab’s Sarah Holder writes,Last November, even before the electoral college results came in, the tail of Trump and Clinton’s ugly two-year battle galvanized new pledges to run in local elections, especially amongst the young, LGBT, people of color, and women. New organizations sprung up for the express purpose of training candidates. Existing organizations doubled down to recruit and energize a new generation of leaders.Andrea Dew Steele, president and founder of Emerge America, which trains Democratic women candidates, says “women in red states as well as blue states are up in arms.” Organizations and PACs that support these types of candidates say they are seeing record levels of participation—“doubled or tripled training class sizes; new state affiliates; and triple-digit growth in numbers of candidates who end up on the ballot.”According to Erin Loos Cutraro, founder and CEO of She Should Run, a nonpartisan organization that supports women candidates, although there are about 520,000 elected offices in the US, over 500,000 are at the local level. Holder writes, “If these new candidates are going to make a dent in the political conversation, it’s there.”Suzanne LaFrance, who won a city council seat in Anchorage this April, says she ran because of the polarization of the November 2016 election. “I wanted to be a part of a productive conversation that doesn’t pull people apart…the candidate who had signed up was running opposed, and he represented a lot of what was polarizing.”Emerge America has trained 330 first-time women candidates running in 2017 and 2018. Of these, 94 are running for state office or US Congress; the rest, 236, are running for local offices. Of the 134 races that have already happened this year, 95 Emerge-backed candidates have won.She Should Run had 15,000 women participate in its program since the November 2016 election, most aiming for a local seat.Emily’s List, which provides statistical comparisons of women candidates, says that during the two-year 2016 election cycle, 920 women expressed interest in running for office, compared to 20,000 post-election. Most of them are active at the state and local levels. According to the Center for American Women and Politics,Women are gravely underrepresented in United States political office: they make up about 19 percent of both the Senate and the House and hold 24 percent of the 312 statewide elective executive offices in the country.… Of the 100 largest cities in the US, only 20 had women mayors, and that ratio holds for smaller cities.Cutraro puts this in perspective when she says, “At our current rate of growth, we are not expected to see equity for women in elected office for over 150 years.”If we filter by race, of the 20 women mayors, four are Black, one is Latina, and two are Asian Pacific Islander.E.J. Juarez, Executive Director of Amplify, a Northwest-based political organization that supports people of color, women, young people, and LGBTQ candidates, says,There is really a strong narrative about women running—but we know from our experience, it’s actually more specific than just women. It’s women of color that are really seeing their leadership embraced by typically mainstream organizations now.Amanda Litman, a former Hillary Clinton Campaign staffer and co-founder of Run for Something, which supports young candidates in local races, says, “We see spikes every time Trump does something awful. Around health care, [a]round the Muslim ban, around some of the cabinet appointments. Each one of those tended to come with a respective hike.”—Cyndi SuarezShare29Tweet9Share6Email44 Shareslast_img read more


Russian service provider VimpelCom which operates

first_imgRussian service provider VimpelCom, which operates under the Beeline brand, has unveiled a change in its structure of its domestic market arm with the creation of a business development unit headed by Andrei Melnikov.The new unit will be part of VimpelCom’s corporate strategy division headed by vice-president Martin Furuset. Melnikov will be charged with overseeing the practical implementation of the company’s strategy, the alignment of management across all business segments, strategic projects and venture capital assets as well as interaction with shareholders of joint venture companies. Melnikov was previously president and co-founder of KIT Finance Insurance.last_img


The BBCs global news services now reach 256m peop

first_imgThe BBC’s global news services now reach 256m people each week – their biggest ever audience – according to new stats released by the corporation. The 2012/13 year figures, which measure the combined reach of the BBC’s international radio, TV and digital services – BBC World Service, BBC World News and the BBC’s global news website – represents an increase of 16.6 million people or 7% on the previous year, the BBC said.World Service TV audiences for Persian and Arabic grew rapidly with a total of 41.5m viewers, compared to 28.7m last year. The BBC’s digital sites now also reach 38m people every week, an increase of 8m.last_img


Canal Group will be required to pay less to the F

first_imgCanal+ Group will be required to pay less to the French Centre National du Cinéma et de L’Image Animée (CNC) to support content creation as a result of an amendment passed by the French parliament in relation to next year’s budgetary measures. The amendment, which was passed in the face of opposition from the French government, will see Canal+ pay some €10 less to support content creation.A similar amendment that would have seen the contribution made by commercial broadcasters TF1 and M6 was rejected by parliament.last_img


Belarusian pay TV operator Cosmos TV Belarus has a

first_imgBelarusian pay TV operator Cosmos TV Belarus has added two new channels to its programming line-up.The pay TV broadcaster has added French kids channel TiJi, aimed at 4-10 year-olds, to its regional package. The channel’s Russian version launched in 2009.Cosmos TV has also added Russian lifestyle and documentary channel Amazing Life to its cable packages, replacing shopping channel TV Sale.last_img


The All England Lawn Tennis Club AELTC has teame

first_imgThe All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC) has teamed up with UK startup Grabyo to deliver real-time clips of the Wimbledon tennis championship to Facebook, Twitter and Google+ users around the world.The AELTC will use Grabyo’s social video platform to share clips from Centre Court, No.1 Court and No.2 Court with Facebook, Twitter and Google+ users within their feeds, whether on the web or using mobile apps.Clips will be anything from between 30 seconds and 60 seconds in length, with around 25-50 clips each day being broadcast during the championship between June 23 and July 6.“We see huge and immediate spikes in traffic as premium sports content is shared to Facebook, Twitter and Google Plus. All of this is complimentary to YouTube, where video content can attract audiences longer-term,” said Grabyo CEO Gareth Capon.“This is particularly exciting as it will be the first time a major sports rights holder has delivered real-time video highlights to a global audience across multiple social platforms.”last_img read more


Microsoft Wireless Display Adapter Microsoft has u

first_imgMicrosoft Wireless Display AdapterMicrosoft has unveiled its Chromecast rival, the Microsoft Wireless Display Adapter.The HDMI dongle will mirror whatever is displayed on a computer or other device onto a TV screen, enabling users to share whatever is on tablets, laptops or smartphones on an HDTV screen.The device can work wirelessly, but doesn’t require a WiFi connection, enabling it to be used more easily for business applications such as displaying a presentation on a bigger screen. Microsoft highlighted this application in its data sheet for the product, pointing out that it could be plugged in to a conference room projector or monitor.Unlike Chromecast, the Microsoft adapter will be limited to working with Miracast-enabled devices including Windows 8.1 devices including Windows 8.1 PCs and tablets, though not with versions of Windows prior to this. The device will be priced at US$59.95 (€46.60) in the US, and can be used to mirror screens including those of Windows Phone 8.1 devices.Miracast is a wireless screen-cast standard supported by the WiFi Alliance, also supported by Google, that is  used by Microsoft on its Windows Phone 8 platform. News of Microsoft’s plans first came to light last month when it emerged that the group had secure WiFi Alliance certification for its dongle.The dongle will enable users to mirror the displays of Miracast-enabled Android phones and tablets, – namely Android devices using version 4.2.1 or higher – though not iOS devices. Microsoft has highlighted its ability to work with its own Surface tablets.The Display Adapter will go on sale in the US and Canada at the end of October. No further international rollout plans have been revealed.last_img read more


Setanta Sports has launched its Setanta Sport Eura

first_imgSetanta Sports has launched its Setanta Sport Eurasia channel in Estonia on STV, with plans to launch in Lithuania shortly. The news comes just days after the sports broadcaster also went live in the third Baltic state of Latvia, via cable operator Baltcom.The expansion into the Baltics builds on Setanta Sports Eurasia’s existing footprint in Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Azerbaijan and Armenia.“With the co-operation with our distribution agent Wide Media, we are happy to bring good news to Estonian and Latvian sports-fans, that they have now access to top-sport events. We have successfully launched channels into the surrounding territories and believe these markets and a natural extension for our business,” said Dwyer Mccaughley, CEO of Setanta Sport Eurasia.Setanta Sports offers a range of live sports such as football coverage of La Liga, Italian Seria A, French Ligue 1, FA Cup, Capital One Cup and more recently exclusive UEFA Euro 2016 qualification rounds. The channel broadcasts up to 400 live football matches per season across its channel.From this month, Setanta will also start exclusively airing NHL ice hockey. Viewers can also watch UFC, French rugby, Formula E racing and World Championship boxing.At the same time, Belarus service provider MTIS has added Setanta Sports+ HD and Russian music and entertainment channel 9 Volna to its digital TV service in test mode.last_img read more


Movie and TV streaming service Wuakitv has launch

first_imgMovie and TV streaming service Wuaki.tv has launched in Italy, marking its fifth country launch to date. The rental and purchase VoD service said that Italy marks the latest step in its ongoing expansion plan, and that it aims to be in 15 European countries by late 2015.Wuaki is already also available in Spain, UK, France and Germany, and plans to add Ireland and Austria “in the coming months.”Wuaki.tv CEO Jacinto Roca said that the service “continues to grow exponentially” and is gaining “good acceptance” in Europe.The firm, which is owned by Japanese e-commerce giant Rakuten, closed 2014 with more than 2 million users in Europe, 400,000 of whom were in the UK.Wuaki said that it experienced year-on-year growth of 85% during 2014.last_img


Turner Broadcasting is launching its Boing kids ch

first_imgTurner Broadcasting is launching its Boing kids channel in Africa.The new English-language service will sit alongside Turner’s Cartoon Network and Boomerang services in the region. Boing skews to 4-to-14s and is gender neutral.The launch line-up includes animated series Dexter’s Laboratory, Angelo Rules and Dragons: Riders of Berk. There will also be classic Warner Bros. and Turner series including Batman, GreenLantern and Thundercats.The first carriage deal for Boing is with Nigeria-based DTH service provider Montage.Turner has launched the Boing brand and channel inEurope, with services in Italy, France, Spain and Turkey, but the African roll launch is the first on that continent.The company said deals are in the offing with a range of DTH, DTT, IPTV and mobile platforms in territories including South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya, Ghana, Zambia and Tanzania.Pierre Branco, vice president and general manager of Turner Southern Europe and Africa said: “We are thrilled to be bringing Boing to Africa as it will diversify the programs currently made available to ouryounger clientele and we are certain they will enjoy this new exciting experience. We believe this is the first step to expanding our brands to all African families”.last_img read more


Ericsson has unveiled research from its ConsumerLa

first_imgEricsson has unveiled research from its ConsumerLab project covering Nigeria that showed that over half of consumers in the country wanted to watch TV and video content on-demand rather than follow a strict schedule, but that only 27% currently stream videos regularly thanks to inflexible data plans and slow download speeds.According to the study, 36% of time spent watching TV and video in the country is on TV screens, while  64% of time spent watching videos is on a mobile device such as a smartphone, tablet or laptop.Among regular TV viewers, only 37% are satisfied with the choice currently on offer, according to the study.Only 27% of Nigerians stream videos more than once a week, compared with a 76% global average. Connectivity issues and data charges accounted for the relatively low take up, which also contributes to the use of pirated DVDs. With TV and media services accounting for 43% of Nigerian consumers’ entertainment expenses, as much as 16% is spent on pirated material and the remaining 27% on pay TV, according to the study.“The proliferation of mobile devices and availability of mobile broadband has significantly altered the consumption patterns of TV and video content in Nigeria. With the ownership of smartphones significantly higher than that of television and PCs (which include desktops and laptops) and more Nigerians demanding flexibility in their viewing schedules, the opportunities for mobile television cannot be overstated,” said Johan Jemdahl, Managing Director, Ericsson Nigeria.last_img read more


TV France International has launched a new online

first_imgTV France International has launched a new online screening and information service, Screenopsis.TVFI, the association representing French distributors, said that at launch Screenopsis will have 9,000 full-length programmes and 22,000 programmes listed in all.It added that the marketing and sales tool will allow buyers to search by genre or particular interest and that the amount of content on the platform will increase as more distributors upload their catalogues.TVFI, with assistance from audiovisual funding body the CNC, plans to invest €3.5 million in Screenopsis over the next five years.Screenopsis will also power the screenings element of the Rendez-Vous, the TVFI-organised French screenings held in Biarritz eachSeptember.The service was developed by Capgemini in association with digital and tech firms Nexeo, Nomen and Perfect Memory.last_img read more


Margrethe Vestager The European Commission has rul

first_imgMargrethe VestagerThe European Commission has ruled that a Spanish scheme compensating terrestrial commercial broadcasters for simulcasting their broadcasts during the digitisation of the terrestrial television signal is in breach of EU state aid rules.Spain had required broadcasters to simulcast their transmissions in analogue and digital during the country’s digital switchover period, in order to avoid disruption to consumers.Spain had notified the Commission in 2011 that it planned to compensate broadcasters for the simulcast requirement. However, the EC found that the proposal violated the principle of technology neutrality by favouring terrestrial transmission over satellite, cable and IPTV.Spain failed to provide reasons for a scheme that benefited terrestrial broadcasting only, and also failed to demonstrate why public support was necessary when broadcasters would have had an incentive to simulcast in any case to maintain their viewership.In the event, no state aid has been granted under the scheme, so no recovery has been required by the EC.Margrethe Vestager, Commissioner in charge of competition policy, said: “This measure provided a selective advantage to terrestrial broadcasters and platform operators over other available technologies. This goes against the principle of technological neutrality and does not appear necessary or proportionate. Spain has already completed the digital frequency switch with no state aid having been granted. Therefore, no recovery will be required.”last_img read more


Key Network Ten series Masterchef Australia CBS St

first_imgKey Network Ten series Masterchef AustraliaCBS Studios International (CBSSI) is reportedly claiming A$843 million (€562 million) in debts from troubled Australian channel Network Ten.Various reports claim the international sales arm of US broadcaster CBS is the largest creditor of Ten, which is currently in administration.CBSSI has made the claim to Ten’s administrators, which are currently looking at either a sale or recapitalisation plan for the commercial channel.CBS, which has a major content output agreement in place with Ten and also co-operates network Eleven with the broadcaster, declined to comment this morning.The Sydney Morning Herald reported Ten owes creditors A$129 million, with an accumulated loss of A$1.3 billion.Endemol Shine Australia, which is part of the 21st Century Fox-backed Endemol Shine Group, is claiming A$12.4 million over series such as MasterChef, Offspring and Shark Tank.Working Dog Productions, which makes game show Have You Been Paying Attention?, is claiming nearly A$5 million, while Neighbours prodco FremantleMedia Australia wants A$3.1 million.I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here prodco ITV Studios Australia is looking for A$3.5 million, while around 190 employees are also making claims.Ten’s current financial woes began when guarantors Lachlan Murdoch, Bruce Gordon and James Packer each opted not to back a new A$200 million loan.KordaMentha was then brought in to oversee the company as it fell into administration, with PPB Advisory then taking over the process of securing Ten’s future.Murdoch and Gordon are trying to jointly take over the network, which is Australia’s third-largest commercial channel, but local media laws currently stop them from doing so. Watchdogs are currently looking into their plan.Murdoch, Gordon and Packer have allowed Ten to access a A$30 million pot, which means it can continue operating over the summer while a solution is found.last_img read more