The GEANCO Foundation, which saves and transforms lives in Africa, will hold its annual star-studded Hollywood fundraiser on Tuesday, October 3, at Spectra in the Pacific Design Center.Each year, GEANCO hosts this benefit to rally support for vulnerable women and children in Nigeria. Golden Globe nominee and GEANCO’s 2015 Global Promise Award recipient David Oyelowo (Selma, Interstellar, Queen of Katwe) will host the event alongside NFL Hall of Fame quarterback Warren Moon. Three-time Grammy winner Kevin K.O. Olusola of the multi-platinum musical group Pentatonix will open the program with a special musical performance.“David and Warren are cherished, dedicated leaders of our GEANCO Foundation family of supporters,” said Afam Onyema, GEANCO’s Co-Founder and COO. “I am honored to have them as our event co-Chairs, and we are especially delighted that Kevin will inspire us all with his brilliant musical talent.”Oscar-nominated actors and previous Global Promise honorees Benedict Cumberbatch (Doctor Strange, Sherlock, The Imitation Game) and Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave, Doctor Strange) will serve as Honorary Co-Chairs. The Host Committee includes Marcellus Wiley (host of ESPN television show SportsNation and the radio show Marcellus & Kelvin), Mark Johnson (Oscar- and Emmy-winning producer of Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul and Rain Man), Yvonne Orji (HBO’s Insecure) and Billy Ray (Oscar-nominated writer of Captain Phillips and The Hunger Games). Sponsors include Walt Disney Studios, Participant Media, Creative Artists Agency, Latham & Watkins LLP, Pender Capital and Neuro Drink.Event proceeds will underwrite GEANCO’s November 2017 medical mission, which will provide free hip and knee replacement surgeries to Nigerians in dire need. Donations will also support the David Oyelowo Leadership Scholarship for Girls, which provides comprehensive academic, medical and psychological support to young female victims of terrorism in Nigeria.VIP and General Admission tickets are available for purchase on the event website. VIP ticket holders receive exclusive access to a special reception from 6:15 to 6:45 p.m., where they will enjoy a premium open bar and delicious Africa-influenced appetizers while mingling with celebrities and other notable guests. General admission entry begins at 6:45 p.m. The program kicks off at 8 p.m. with Kevin K.O. Olusola’s performance, celebrity remarks and a special video presentation of GEANCO’s work in Nigeria.\]
Chegg, the Smarter Way to Student, in partnership with truth, one of the largest and most successful national youth tobacco prevention campaigns, today announced that one U.S. college or high school campus can win a once-in-a-lifetime visit from Steve Aoki, the international producer, DJ and entrepreneur.Beginning today, high school and college students can vote for their school to win this on-campus experience through an online contest. Steve Aoki will take over the classroom to host an exclusive Q&A with students, giving them a look at all that went into his rise to fame and experience as one of America’s most successful DJs and trendsetting entrepreneurs. The student body will also be treated to a set specially crafted for the day by Steve Aoki.To celebrate the importance of arts in education, Chegg will also award the winning school the $10,000 David B. Goldberg Music Grant for the music department at their school.“I am excited to be participating in the Chegg Music 101 classroom series as it allows me to connect with my fans, share experiences of my career,” said Steve Aoki. “I discovered my passion for creating music when I was in school and would have loved to have had the opportunity to hear from industry leaders.”Students attending high school or college in the contiguous 48 states can begin nominating their campus today for a chance to win the experience. To do so, students simply visit www.chegg.com/music101, log in to Chegg, and vote for their school. The school with the most student votes will win the visit from Steve Aoki. For the first time, students can earn additional votes by coming back to the website weekly and interacting with content from Chegg, truth and Steve Aoki.“While many people may think the smoking issue in this country is solved, tobacco is still the number one cause of preventable death with 99 percent of adult smokers starting by the age of 26,” said Eric Asche, Chief Marketing Officer, Truth Initiative, the organization that funds and directs truth. “Partnering with a company like Chegg, allows us to share the facts about tobacco directly with students nationwide. We believe that ending smoking is a realistic goal, and this generation is using their collective power and creativity to make it happen.”This #CheggMusic101 is presented by truth. It is the latest in Chegg’s ongoing series of music classes brought to students across college and high school campuses nationwide. This season’s contest follows successful programs that Chegg has conducted with top-artists including Kaskade, Shawn Mendes, Rachel Platten, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Taylor Swift, and Ed Sheeran.“This is our second Chegg Music 101 with an incredible EDM artist. We had a great success in our Brooklyn Technical High School Music 101 with Kaskade where students were able to learn about producing and remixing music. We’re thrilled to be able to bring Steve Aoki to another campus,” said Mitch Spolan, EVP of Brand Partnerships at Chegg. “By broadening the range of artists we work with for our Chegg Music 101s, the more students we can reach, educate, and surprise and delight as they interact with the artists and brands they love.”To learn more about the contest and nominate a school, visit: www.chegg.com/music101.To learn more about how to join truth and become part of the generation to end tobacco for good, visit: thetruth.com.
Rabat – At the moment he scored a goal against Juventus, Ajax Amsterdam’s Donny Van de Beek looked up to see it was the 34th minute, the same number his friend Abdelhak Nouri wore when he played for Ajax.Van de Beek believes that it was not a coincidence. “I looked up at the scoreboard after I had scored, saw it was the 34th minute and simply knew that wasn’t a coincidence. It’s something very special. I will never forget that again,” he said after Ajax’s match with Juventus on Tuesday. Morocco’s Abdelhak Nouri is a former Ajax player who collapsed during a friendly match against Werder Bremen in July 2017 because of a cardiac arrest, causing permanent brain damage. Nouri went into a coma and is still receiving care at a hospital.Ajax also tweeted in tribute to Nouri.Minuut 34. ♥ #StayStrongAppie #UCL #juvaja pic.twitter.com/tOOElTkizs— AFC Ajax (@AFCAjax) April 17, 2019
Fifteen fellowships also went to women research scientists around the world at an award ceremony yesterday in Paris at the headquarters of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).”The Laureates work in the most promising areas of physics: nanoscience or quantum physics,” UNESCO said.”Their research concerns the technologies of semiconductors, measuring atmospheric pollution, the extraction of heavy petroleum trapped underground. It is also the stuff of dreams, such as building a module for the International Space Station on Mars or developing quantum computers that could revolutionize the way we work today.”The five winners of the L’Oréal-UNESCO awards were Zohra Ben Lakhdar of Tunisia, Belita Koiller of Brazil, Myriam P. Sarachik of the United States, Fumiko Yonezawa of Japan and Dominique Langevin of France.Two Nobel Laureates took part in the ceremony, the 1991 winner for physics, Pierre-Gilles de Gennes, who presided, and the winner in 1974 for medicine and founding president of the L’Oréal UNESCO awards, Christian de Duve.
Ohio State kicker Aaron Pettrey will have surgery Tuesday to repair a torn medial collateral ligament, or MCL, in his right knee and could miss the remainder of the regular season.Pettrey suffered the injury during a kickoff late in the second quarter of OSU’s 45-0 victory over New Mexico State on Saturday.He is expected to miss four to six weeks, leaving open the possibility of playing in the Buckeyes’ bowl game.Junior Devin Barclay, a 26-year-old walk-on, replaced Pettrey on Saturday and missed two of his three field goal attempts.Pettrey has made 13 of 19 field goal attempts on the season.
Transparency International’s report on corruption was stinging when it came to Eurogroup.The clandestine meetings of eurozone finance ministers that belong to the group was slammed. “For an institution whose decisions have had an impact on the lives of millions of Europeans, there is much about the Eurogroup that is mysterious,” the anti-corruption watchdog stated.Though the eurogroup is an informal grouping, it has drawn up harsh and crippling bailout plans for Greece, Cyprus, Ireland, Portugal and Spain.The group meets once a month and was a “talking shop” prior to the debt crisis that plagued the EU, however its role changed once the crisis took its toll on the euro.From 2010 through to 2013, ministers drew up bailouts and monitored Eurozone members spending plans, taking the control from the finance teams of national governments. France and Germany account for half the Eurozone’s GDP, hence hold much of the power leaving smaller member states, such as Greece, to feel “pressure from financial markets and time constraints” and without leeway when it comes to “blocking proceedings”.Transparency International recommended the formalisation of the Eurogroup with greater transparency and direct accountability to the European Parliament. It is also suggested that the group have a full-time presented who would hold clear responsibility for decisions.CLICK HERE to read the full report. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Despite an outstanding performance last Sunday, Athletic Club Bilbao boss Gaizka Garitano believes his club’s situation is still bad.Last Sunday Garitano side played an impressive 2-0 victory at home to Sevilla leaving the Basque giants with 11 points in Garitano’s five games in charge and 15th in a congested midtable in La Liga.“Our situation is delicate, it has improved, but it is still bad,” Garitano – who replaced Eduardo Berizzo last month – told reporters, as quoted by Football Espana.“What matters most is the points, not how we got them or who we had before.La Liga Betting: Match-day 4 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Despite it being very early into La Liga season, both Barcelona and Real Madrid have had unprecedented starts to their campaigns. With this in…“When you’re struggling you need to make sure you are tough to beat at home, that you pick up points and can gain some momentum from there.“However I’m also happy about other aspects of our game, we played very well and were solid defensively, we knew if we scored we would be in a strong position.“They have lost very few games but we had a game-plan and the players perfected it.
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Dan Cohen AUTHOR Fiscal constraints have forced the Army to focus on near-term readiness, putting its future capability at great risk, the service’s top civilian and military officials told lawmakers Wednesday.“We’re mortgaging our future readiness because we have to ensure success in today’s battles,” said acting Army Secretary Patrick Murphy.Murphy and Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley told the Senate Defense Appropriations Subcommittee that readiness is their top priority as the Army shrinks its active-duty end-strength from 490,000 to 450,000 while fulfilling the requirements of combatant commanders around the globe, reported Army Times.The Army entered 2016 with 482,264 soldiers on active duty, leaving the force about 7,000 soldiers from reaching its goal of 475,000 troops by this coming October. The newly released FY 2017 budget calls for the service’s end strength to drop to 460,000 by Oct. 1, 2017.To free up more resources for training, the witnesses urged Congress to authorize a new round of base closures.“Let us manage your investments,” Murphy said. The service spends at least $500 million annually on excess or underutilized facilities, according to the written testimony Murphy and Milley submitted.“In short, smaller investments in Army installations without the ability to reduce excess infrastructure jeopardizes our ability to ensure long-term readiness. To continue the efficient use of resources, the Army requests congressional authority to consolidate or close excess infrastructure,” the testimony stated.Milley told one committee member that retaining 480,000 soldiers in the active force, 350,000 in the Guard and 205,000 in the Reserve would help the Army better meet its readiness goals, but he emphasized the importance of providing the necessary funding to maintain the extra troops’ proficiency in combat operations.“The short answer would be sure, I think that having increased numbers would help out with readiness, but if, and only if, we had the money to support that,” Milley said.
Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 5 min read During their first week at work, new tech employees at Asurion, a technology-support company in Nashville, are locked in a room and told to “escape.” It’s all part of their training. And it’s a game.Related: Why You Should Supercharge Your Workplace With GamificationAs part of the exercise, small teams at the company are tasked with figuring out how to “escape” the room, by working together to solve challenges designed to reflect their new roles.These tasks can range from something as simple as resetting a router to more complex issues involving multiple operating systems.”The Escape Game concept allows Asurion to tap into its employees’ innate affinity for gaming, while reinforcing skills and traits important for their job,” Vincent Phamvan, senior director of innovation, explained via email.The escape game, he said, “gives new employees — primarily millennials — hands-on experience with the latest technology devices, while honing the critical skills and traits they’ll need to provide top-notch customer experience.”Not to mention, it’s fun. Yet while Asurion’s Escape Game may be innovative, it’s not necessarily appropriate for every company, because not every entrepreneur has time to design his or her own game.The good news, however, is that HR tech tools are offering companies gamification activities to improve their employees’ work experience. Here are four:AxonifyDescription: a modernized corporate-learning solutionCompany headquarters: Waterloo, OntarioAt Home Décor, a home-accessories retailer based in Plano, Texas, has implemented Axonify in 100 stores, covering more than 2,000 associates. Kiosks with the learning platform are located in break rooms, and each day, employees log in and complete short training modules with an option to play a game to test their knowledge. They can also earn badges and other rewards.Related: How Gamification Is Engaging Customers and Employees Alike“When we made our training program engaging and relevant, with some fun built-in, we noticed a significant increase in participation,” Valerie Davisson, chief people officer, said via email. “We now see a 99 percent participation among our store associates; have reduced onboarding time by 90 percent; and have increased sales among stores with the highest knowledge levels.”LimeadeDescription: a corporate-wellness platformCompany headquarters: Bellevue, Wash.Kindred Healthcare, a nationwide company with a variety of healthcare centers, wanted to create a wellness program that would meet the needs of its diverse workforce. With Limeade, the company was able to choose and develop a variety of ways for its employees to improve their own health.”My favorite challenge is ‘Move Across America,'” said Andrea Romisher, the company’s VP of benefits, based in Louisville, Ken. “We formed teams, and our folks posted pictures on Instagram and Facebook, showing how they were taking steps across America. And we have some real heroes out there.”She went on to say that because of these types of competitive programs from Limeade, more employees are completing well-being assessments, making them better educated about how to take care of their health. AmbitionDescription: an all-inclusive performance-management systemCompany headquarters: Chattanooga, Tenn.Ambition allows organizations to create and track competitions designed to motivate employees. In fact, when an employee hits a goal, individuals can choose a YouTube clip to play on the office TV in celebration.“One of our reps has She’s a Bad Mama Jama as his anthem,” Adam Harless said via email. Harless is sales operations leader of Prezi, a presentation software company in San Francisco. “Every time that thing plays, the whole office knows he’s achieved something of note.”Harless went on to say that the biggest benefit from Ambition is the increased visibility it allows. By playing the game, all members of the team stay aware — and have fun with — the latest performance data.YouScienceDescription: career-planning softwareCompany headquarters: Nashville, Tenn.YouScience has drawn on 40 years of research to develop assessments that guide people on their career path. But instead of putting users through tests and skills quizzes, the game has them play brain games.Then, each individual receives a report detailing his or her skills and potential good job fits.While this technology was primarily designed to help job seekers, there’s great potential for employers to use it, as well. For example, interns and entry-level employees could complete the program to show the talents they have to offer the organization.Related: Effectively Manage a Remote Team via GamificationSupporting internal mobility is another feature the platform provides. If a valuable employee wants more opportunities or a career change, a stint playing YouScience’s brain games may well reveal new roles he or she could fill within the company. June 29, 2017 Register Now » Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box.
The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Arizona Cardinals quarterback Blaine Gabbert (7) throws against the Dallas Cowboys during the first half of the Pro Football Hall of Fame NFL preseason game in Canton, Ohio, Thursday, Aug. 3, 2017. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane) 2 Comments Share Top Stories GLENDALE, Ariz. — The Cardinals have released their second depth chart heading into the preseason game against the Raiders on Saturday. Let’s go through some of the position battles for the final 53-man roster.QB (4)Carson Palmer, Drew Stanton, Blaine Gabbert, Trevor KnightHow Gabbert performs in the next four preseason games will dictate how many quarterbacks they keep on the active roster.Offensive line three deep (15) Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Cornerbacks (6)LCB Patrick Peterson, Tramon Williams, Harlan MillerRCB Justin Bethel, Brandon Williams, Sojourn SheltonDepending on if they add another player when rosters are cut, the top CBs are Peterson, Bethel, Tramon Williams and Brandon Williams.Safeties (6)SS Antoine Bethea, Tyvon Branch, Ironhead GallonFS Tyrann Mathieu, Budda Baker, Rudy FordThey could keep five. Ironhead Gallon is practice squad eligible.Special teamsKR Kerwynn Williams, Brittan Golden, Jeremy Ross, Chad WilliamsPR Kerwynn Williams, Jeremy Ross, Rudy Ford, Chad WilliamsP Matt Wile, Richie LeoneH Matt Wile, Richie LeoneK Phil DawsonBoth punters have been inconsistent. In the next four-preseason games, they must show improvement, otherwise the Cardinals could find another punter before the season starts.Follow Mike Jurecki on Twitter LT D.J. Humphries, John Wetzel, Givens PriceLG Mike Iupati, Kaleb Johnson, Will HoldenC A.Q. Shipley, Cole Toner, Daniel MunyerRG Evan Boehm, Tony Bergstrom, Dorian JohnsonRT Jared Veldheer, Ulrick John, Jonathan McLaughlinThe Cardinals will likely keep eight or nine linemen.Wide receivers (6)Larry Fitzgerald, J.J. Nelson, Chad WilliamsJohn Brown, Jaron Brown, Brittan GoldenBarring any injuries, they’ll keep six on the roster.Running backs (4)David Johnson, Kerwynn Williams, Chris Johnson, Andre EllingtonElijhaa Penny is practice squad eligible.Defensive line (9)DT Josh Mauro, Olsen Pierre, Xavier WilliamsNT Corey Peters, Rodney Gunter, Pasoni TasiniDT Frostee Rucker, Robert Nkemdiche, Ed StinsonLast year, they carried nine on the active roster, but it’s possible they keep seven or eight.Linebackers (12)SAM Chandler Jones, Jarvis Jones, Cap Capi$LB Haason Reddick, Scooby Wright, Josh Bynes (Deone Bucannon)ILB Karlos Dansby, Philip Wheeler, Zavier GoodenWILL Markus Golden, Kareem Martin, Alex BazzieWright was running with the third string yesterday in practice, and it’s safe to say he’s on the bubble. Keep an eye on Josh Bynes, who totaled 209 tackles, 13 tackles for loss, a half sack, one interception, 14 passes defensed, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery in 64 games (28 starts) with the Lions and Ravens since 2011. He will get a chance to compete for a backup spot.
Cunard Line revealed itinerary and design plans for its newest ocean liner, Queen Elizabeth, which is scheduled to enter service on 12 October 2010, giving one of the oldest names in shipping the strength of operating the youngest fleet in the industry. Queen Elizabeth will be the third new ocean liner to be introduced by Cunard in six years and the second largest Cunard ship ever built.Queen Elizabeth will feature the unique Cunard traditions linking her with her sisters Queen Mary 2 and Queen Victoria, and their predecessors. She will also debut some exciting features that will give the vessel her own style and personality, plus all the modern day luxuries Cunard’s guests have come to expect.Likewise, Cunard’s renowned White Star Service will be ever-present, ensuring that travelers who seek a return to tradition will enjoy proper, authentic experiences that reflect the line’s 170-year heritage of formality and civility at sea.In announcing the first details of the new ship, Cunard President Carol Marlow said “Cunard holds the distinction of sailing the most famous ocean liners in the world and I’m delighted to announce this magnificent addition to our fleet, which marks the return to our operation of three Queens simultaneously. For more than 70 years there has been an ‘Elizabeth’ in the fleet and this beautiful modern-day celebration of our past ‘Elizabeths’ will ensure this proud tradition continues far into this century. Sir Samuel Cunard would be rightly proud.”The ship’s distinctive public spaces include:Queens Room – a new take on the traditional Cunard ballroom, with artwork depicting views from royal palaces, and photography of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the Royal family, along with its 1000 square foot dance floor for Grand Balls and Tea Dances at sea.Garden Lounge – with its magnificent vaulted glass ceiling creating a conservatory feel inspired by the glass houses of Kew Gardens, beneath where guests will enjoy Supper Clubs, and mix dining with dancing under the stars.Games Deck – Named after the same deck on the original Queen Elizabeth, the Games Deck will offer paddle tennis, croquet and traditional British bowls. (Interestingly, the ship’s home port of Southampton is home to the oldest surviving bowls green in the world, first used in 1299.)Midships Bar – will pay homage to her namesake liner, the first Queen Elizabeth, with memorabilia displayed from that era.The ship’s dining venues include:Queens Grill and Princess Grill – The ship will also feature the line’s celebrated five-star Grills accommodation and dining, with its al fresco dining option on a private deck terrace – first introduced on Queen Victoria – beautiful restaurants, Grills Lounge and sunbathing deck.The popular Britannia Club, having first debuted aboard Queen Mary 2, features a private dining room with single seating dining for those guests in the top Balcony staterooms.Britannia Restaurant – Art Deco decorative flourishes create a dramatic backdrop for this two-tiered dining room featuring a sweeping staircase ideal for making a grand entrance.Queen Elizabeth’s maiden 2010 season will consist of six voyages, calling on 32 distinct ports in 18 countries. Her Maiden Voyage will depart from Cunard’s homeport of Southampton on 12 October 2010, en route to the Atlantic Isles. The 13-night voyage will call at Vigo (for Santiago de Compostela), Lisbon, Seville (Cadiz), Gran Canaria (Las Palmas), Tenerife (Santa Cruz de Tenerife), La Palma (Santa Cruz de La Palma) and Madeira (Funchal). Fares start from $2,995 per person.The ship will then embark on five celebratory inaugural voyages:Mediterranean Premiere – A 14-day voyage departing Southampton on 25 October 2010 with maiden calls to Barcelona, Monte Carlo, Florence/Pisa (Livorno), Rome (Civitavecchia), Naples (for Capri and Pompeii), Cartagena and Gibraltar. Fares start from $2,795 per person.Aegean Introduction – An 18-day voyage departing Southampton on 8 November 2010 calling on Malaga (for Granada), Malta (Valletta), Venice, Dubrovnik, Kusadasi (for Ephesus), Athens (Piraeus) and Alicante. Fares from $3,295 per person.Gallic Debut – A five-day voyage departing Southampton on 26 November 2010 with maiden calls to Rotterdam (for Amsterdam), Brussels/Bruges (for Zeebrugge) and Cherbourg. Fares start from $1,195 per person.Iberian Discovery – A 13-day voyage departing Southampton on 1 December 2010 with calls to Vigo (for Santiago de Compostela), Lisbon, Seville (Cadiz), Gran Canaria (Las Palmas), Tenerife (Santa Cruz de Tenerife), La Palma (Santa Cruz de La Palma) and Madeira. Fares start from $2,395 per person.Festive Debut – A 22-day holiday voyage departing Southampton on 14 December 2010 with calls in the Caribbean, including Madeira (Funchal), Tortola, Dominica, Barbados, St. Lucia, Antigua and Azores Islands (Ponta Delgada). Fares start from $4,795 per person.www.cunard.com
13Apr Rep. Heise invites residents to April coffee hours State Rep. Kurt Heise invites residents of the 20th House district to meet with him in Northville this month for coffee to discuss state and local issues.Rep. Heise’s coffee hours are scheduled for Friday, April 17th from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at Panera Bread, located at 20140 Haggerty Road in Northville.“One of the most rewarding parts of my job is getting to meet with and hear from individuals in our community,” said Rep. Heise, R-Plymouth. “I always look forwarding to meeting with local residents and bringing their ideas and concerns back to Lansing.”No appointments are necessary for these office hours. Residents who are not able to attend are encouraged to contact Rep. Heise’s office by phone at 1-855-REPKURT, or by email at KurtHeise@house.mi.gov.### Categories: News
14Sep Rep. Leutheuser welcomes local pastor to lead House invocation Categories: Leutheuser News PHOTO: State Rep. Eric Leutheuser welcomed Hillsdale United Brethren Church Pastor Lester Smith to the state Capitol to give today’s invocation for the Michigan House of Representatives. House tradition calls for a representative or a clergy member to begin each day’s session with a prayer. Speaker Tom Leonard joined them at the rostrum. Lester’s wife, Linda, was also in attendance.
Categories: News,Whiteford News State Rep. Mary Whiteford of Casco Township today approved legislation giving Michigan families and seniors broader income tax relief.The legislation continues and increases personal exemptions for Michigan taxpayers and their dependents on their state income taxes. Other bills in the package provide additional tax relief for senior citizens.“The recent federal tax overhaul inadvertently created an increase in state taxes for Michiganders,” Whiteford said. “This legislation ensures that our state taxes will not be affected and even gives more tax relief to individuals and families.”One of the bills ensures Michigan taxpayers will be able to continue claiming personal exemptions on their income taxes after federal tax reforms signed into law last month. The bill increases the state personal exemption from the current $4,000 to $4,800 by the 2020 tax year.The legislation also provides a tax credit for those 62 and older — $100 for single filers and $200 for joint filers – in addition to the personal exemption increase. A third bill would allow taxpayers in Michigan cities with an income tax to continue to claim exemptions.The House specifically added a provision to make sure public school funding is not negatively affected by the proposal.House Bills 5420-22 advance to the Senate for consideration### 25Jan Rep. Whiteford approves bills giving families and seniors tax relief
On his first day in his new job, BBC director general Tony Hall has told staff that the corporation’s “best days lie ahead” and that he will set out how to shape its “next chapter” in the coming weeks.In an email to all staff, Hall said “later this year I will share my thinking with the Trust before outlining our new ambitions for the BBC,” as it moves towards its centenary in 2012. He added that he will spend the coming months listening to thoughts of the staff.He said that the questions the BBC needed to ask itself included how can it improve the quality and distinctiveness of its programmes, what are the next big trends in technology and how can the BBC act as a catalyst for creative and digital economies?“There are obviously other big questions and we must address them all whilst adapting to the ways in which Britain, its society, nations and regions are changing,” he said.Addressing the Jimmy Savile scandal that rocked the corporation last year, Hall said “we are now winning back trust,” but warned “we must never take it for granted.” He said that he was confident about the BBC’s future due to the calibre of its staff and the values they all share.
Liberty Global has named Frans-Willem de Kloet as the new CEO of UPC Czech Republic, replacing Vaclav Barton, who is retiring.De Kloet is currently director of business services for Liberty Global Europe, responsible for all business-to-business activities. Prior to joining Liberty Global he held senior positions at Hewlett Packard, KPN and MCI/Verizon.Barton has served as CEO of UPC Czech Republic since 2002.
DOCSIS channel shipments reached 1.2 million in the second quarter, marking the first time the figure exceed 1 million in a single quarter, according to Infonetics Research.The new study claims that the combined CCAP and CMTS upstream and downstream DOCSIS channel shipments in Q2 easily beat last quarter’s record, and that “the velocity of the shift from CMTS to CCAP remains phenomenal.”“Global CCAP revenue jumped another 42% sequentially in 2Q14, as cable operators continued to shift spending to CCAP platforms in an effort to take advantage of their higher densities and lower per-channel prices,” said Jeff Heynen, principal analyst for broadband access and pay TV at Infonetics Research.Combined revenue for CCAP, CMTS, edge QAM, and CMC equipment reached US$411 million worldwide in 2Q, up 24% from the previous quarter, with Arris, Cisco and Casa Systems the dominant players in the CCAP, CMTS, and CMC market.Infonetics said that in North America, where the shift to CCAP is “most acute”, CCAP revenue increased 39% in Q2 quarter-over-quarter.
Vanessa BrookmanTurner Broadcasting System poached Viacom International Media Networks’s Vanessa Brookman to become VP, content and creative in the UK and northern Europe.Brookman leaves her post as VP, programming for MTV and UK network 5* to take on the newly-created role.At Time Warner-owned Turner, she will focus on content strategy for the media giant’s bouquet of kids and entertainment channels in the UK, Nordic and Baltic territories, which include Cartoon Network and TNT.Working out of Turner’s EMEA headquarters in London, Brookman will report to senior VP and managing director, UK and northern Europe Ian McDonough.“This follows our recent hire of [UKTV’s] Dan Fahy as senior director of commercial development, and demonstrates our commitment to attracting and retaining the best talent,” he said.“The newly created VP, content and creative role also exemplifies our commitment to acquiring and developing the best content for our channels and I am confident that Vanessa’s great track record and experience will be a critical asset. Our business is poised for future growth.”Before Viacom-owned VIMN, Brookman was head of fiction and children’s at BBC production division BBC Vision.Overall, Turner operates more than 170 channels in around 200 territories.
UK consumers will spend more money on SVOD services and film and TV downloads than on buying and renting DVDs for the first time this year, according to Strategy Analytics.The research firm predicts that consumers in the UK will spend £1.31 billion on streaming and downloading in 2016 compared to £956 million on DVDs and Blu-rays.The figures mark a 23.7% year-on-year increase in digital spend and a 16.3% decline in physical media spend, with DVD sales tipped to drop below £1 billion for the first time since 1994.“Five years ago, DVDs represented 86% of consumer spend on home video, in five years it will be less than 14%, with DVD/Blu-ray rental virtually extinct,” said Strategy Analytics’ digital media director, Michael Goodman.“As online provides increasing ways to access films and box-sets, physical simply can’t compete. Although many people will always prefer a physical disc, retailers will have to decide whether it’s even viable to offer that format in five years’ time.”According to the research, streaming subscription service, such as Netflix and Amazon Prime Video are the fastest-growing format with spend on these services to rise 36% to £742 million this year.Strategy Analytics estimates there are around 4.6 million Netflix and 2.5 million Amazon Prime households in the UK, and claims that around 20% of SVOD households subscribe to at least two services.“Video streaming subscriptions will be the dominant format from 2017 onwards and will account for over half of consumer home video spend by the end of 2021,” said the report.Overall, online formats will account for 58% of home video spend this year, compared to 42% for DVDs. The £2.27 billion Britons will spend on home video is a 3% rise on 2015 and the equivalent of £6.63 per household a month.