A touring marine archaeology bus will give children and adults the chance to learn about diving, excavation and methods of shipbuilding next month.The specially-equipped bus, which has travelled around the UK, France and Belgium will come to Cyprus on May 5 and will completes its tour on May 15. The tour starts at the Environmental Centre in Akrotiri and from there the bus will travel to all major cities and smaller communities, visiting schools in the mornings. In the afternoons, it will be parked in public places to give people the opportunity for free visits.“It is essentially a specially designed van that will host an exhibition on the enormous cultural heritage of Cyprus, there will be posters, videos, photos and some copies of objects,” Anna Demetriou, PhD student at the Marine Archaeological Research Laboratory at the University of Cyprus said.Outside of the bus, educational activities are planned and the process of underwater archaeological research will be explained to the public.“Children and adults will be able to learn about diving, how to do underwater excavation, there will be a so-called shipbuilding desk, a shipbuilding workshop, and a demonstration of the different methods of shipbuilding in antiquity. It is a remarkable interactive programme, and not only for children,” the PhD student said.“I would say that marine archaeology is a relatively new field, we believe that with this bus tour we will promote this subject, we will raise awareness and with this people will understand the importance of protecting our marine heritage,“ she added.The tour was arranged by the Department of Archaeological Research of the University of Cyprus (UCy) in cooperation with the Maritime Archaeology Trust. The university has incorporated undergraduate courses in marine archaeology since 2007 and is one of few tertiary institutions in Europe offering such courses.The Department of Archaeological Research was formed in 2011 as a centre for research and education revolving around marine archaeology, the study of coastal and marine landscapes.You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppGet Maximum Privacy with Minimum EffortFigLeaf Beta AppUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndoTotal 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
05Jun Northern Michigan’s ‘Mighty Mac’ scaled by Rep. Maturen Legislators from around the state and across the aisle set politics aside to climb atop the Mackinac Bridge this past weekend.State Rep. Dave Maturen, R-Vicksburg, accompanied the bipartisan troupe on its expedition.“It’s fascinating to see so much of Michigan’s two peninsulas, Great Lakes and Mackinac Island from so high above the horizon,” Rep. Maturen said. “The Mackinac Bridge is a scenic reminder of all of the tourism potential that Michigan has to offer the rest of the world.”Travelers were first able to trek across the bridge in 1957. The bridge’s 4.85 million steel rivets, 931,000 tons of concrete, 42,000 miles of wire and other components add up to an unfathomable 2.049 billion pounds in total weight.Cosponsored by the Mackinac Bridge Authority and state Rep. Lee Chatfield, R-Levering, the group learned about the maintenance and operation of the structure and brought lawmakers more than 525 feet above the water’s surface atop the south tower.“As a member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, I was impressed with the ongoing preservation efforts to ensure the safety of our motoring public,” Rep. Maturen said. “The Mackinac Bridge is a critical link between our two peninsulas from both economic development and transportation infrastructure perspectives.”The Mackinac Bridge will celebrate its 60th anniversary in 2017.### Categories: Maturen News,Maturen Photos
Tags: #SB, Cole, HB5613, no greater than feds, regulatory process State Representative Triston Cole, R-Mancelona, testified today in the House Regulatory Reform Committee (HRRC) supporting legislation he sponsored to amend the Administrative Procedures Act of 1969 to limit the state government’s ability to adopt a rule that is more stringent than the federal regulations.“House Bill 5613, also nicknamed ‘no greater than the feds’, will increase and protect Michigan’s competitiveness by stabilizing our regulatory climate,” said Rep. Cole. “Out of state companies might not want to bring businesses to Michigan due to the threat of over-regulation.“My intention for moving this legislation is to allow the regulatory process to go through the Legislature as it was intended by the Constitution. This bill works to stabilize the regulatory process in Michigan to help continue a productive and profitable business environment.”This legislation is also one of the House Republicans top priorities and legislative goals for 2016.HB 5613 is expected to be voted on in the coming weeks.###### 18May Rep. Cole testifies on ‘no greater than the feds’ legislation Categories: Cole News,Featured news,News
25Apr Rep. Lucido bills to improve juror compensation approved Categories: Lucido News,News The House Law and Justice Committee today unanimously approved two bills by state Rep. Peter Lucido, of Shelby Township, seeking to increase pay to jurors performing their civic duties on all legal cases, including criminal and civil proceedings.“We have otherwise law-abiding citizens ignoring a court summons in our state. Why? Because what the state and county is paying them is not sufficient to cover basic costs for serving as a juror,” said Lucido, who is also an attorney. “We have not increased our juror pay rates since 2003 and it’s time we improved our compensation, in a fiscally-responsible way.”Lucido’s legislation would increase juror pay by $5, provided there is more than $2 million in the state’s Juror Compensation Reimbursement Fund over the two previous fiscal years.Currently, jurors are paid $25 on the first full day of trial ($12.50 for a half day), increasing to $40 for each following full day and $20 for a half day.“When someone does the right thing and the costs are higher than the compensation, what does that tell our fellow citizens?” Lucido said. “What we pay our jurors needs to meet economic reality, while continuing to be mindful of our state’s juror compensation fund, to thank them for the sacrifices they are making to help our legal system. Our jurors are a critical part of our justice system and they should be treated as such.”A second bill Lucido spoke to would update obsolete language in the Revised Judicature Act.House Bills 4209-4210 were supported by the Michigan State Bar Association.Both bills advance to the House for consideration.
Categories: News,Wentworth News #### State Rep. Jason Wentworth on Tuesday voted against the House version of the state school budget, saying funding for smaller rural school districts is not on par with wealthier schools.Wentworth, of Clare, drafted an amendment to increase funding for rural schools, but it did not gain enough support to be considered.“Unfortunately, this budget does not close the funding gap that puts the schools of our communities and many other schools across the state at a serious disadvantage,” Wentworth said. “The Legislature has been working for years to close the gap, but this does the exact opposite.“Also, this budget provides at-risk funding – in some cases, millions of dollars – to schools that are already above the state’s maximum funding per student. I realize this is just the first step in the budgeting process, and I am hopeful that in our discussions we will come to an agreement that will more evenly distribute school aid dollars across the state.”The bills now go to the Senate for consideration. The measures will likely be referred to a House-Senate conference committee, where Wentworth will work to increase rural school funding. 03May Rep. Wentworth: Can’t support school budget’s funding gap Legislator says rural schools are being short-changed
Legislation ensures funds intended for cleanups are used appropriatelyRep. Mary Whiteford’s legislation ensuring the cleanup of petroleum and other hazardous substances leaking from underground tanks in Michigan has been approved by the Senate.Whiteford’s bill ensures the one-cent fee collected for each gallon of refined petroleum sold or imported in Michigan is used for its intended purpose of cleaning up contaminated sites.“The Refined Petroleum Fund was created to protect the public and environment from the negative effects of substances leaking out of old storage tanks and contaminating our groundwater,” said Whiteford, of Casco Township. “The fund needs to be dedicated toward remediating and closing contaminated sites, as it was originally intended. It’s important to ensure this money is not redirected for other purposes.”The bill also expands opportunities to assist known owners and operators of underground storage tank systems to clean up older contaminated sites. Under current law, funding is only being awarded to fund cleanup projects where the owner of the leaking tank is unknown.Whiteford’s bill creates the Legacy Release Program to provide matching funds up to $50,000 per site to clean up contamination and allows local units of government to be eligible for reimbursement of certain costs, up to $200,000 per claim.“Funding for cleaning up leaks should not be limited to sites where the owner is unknown,” Whiteford said. “Expanding opportunities to known owners and operators encourages the prompt cleanup of contamination.”House Bill 4583 now moves to the governor’s desk for his consideration.### Categories: Whiteford News 11Oct Whiteford gas leak cleanup bill heads to governor’s desk
State Representative Steve Johnson invites residents of the 72nd House District to join him during local office hours:Friday, June 22, 2018Allegan CountySimply Celia’s142 S. Main St. in Wayland8:30 am – 9:30 amKent CountyBob Evans6565 Kalamazoo Ave. SE in Gaines Twp.10:30 am – 11:30 am“Open and honest communication with residents is instrumental in holding state government accountable,” said Johnson, R-Wayland. “I invite all residents to attend a local office hour gathering to share their concerns and ideas.”No appointment is necessary and there is no cost to attend. Those unable to attend are encouraged to call Rep. Johnson’s ffice at 517-373-0840, email StevenJohnson@house.mi.gov or visit his website at www.RepJohnson.com. Categories: Steven Johnson News 04Jun Rep. Johnson announces June office hours
Categories: Kahle News,News Buy Michigan Week – which runs through Aug. 5 – is a great opportunity to buy locally and support Lenawee County, state Rep. Bronna Kahle said today.“Buying products made right here in Michigan, especially Lenawee County, is a fantastic way to create jobs and support our friends and neighbors,” said Rep. Kahle, of Adrian. “Focusing on Michigan-made products from factories to farms will help families across the state.”This past October, Rep. Kahle co-sponsored a House resolution setting aside a weekend to promote “Buy Nearby” – an annual statewide effort urging shoppers to look to local retail outlets.The Buy Nearby project estimated that if Michigan residents focused on buying locally, an additional $9 billion in economic activity would follow and nearly 74,000 jobs could be created.“More money stays at home when we buy local,” Rep. Kahle said. “That also helps local communities and schools in all sorts of ways.” 01Aug Rep. Kahle encourages residents to think local during Buy Michigan Week
Share30Tweet15ShareEmail45 SharesBy Office of the Attorney General of California [Public domain], via Wikimedia CommonsMay 7, 2018; US News and World Report (AP)US Senator Kamala Harris, previously slated to give the spring commencement address at the University of California, Berkeley, this Saturday, said she would not attend, after striking workers from the university system’s 10 campuses and five medical centers called for a speakers’ boycott to support their cause. The workers— who include UC custodians, security guards, gardeners, and other service workers— walked out yesterday demanding an end to the displacement of longtime permanent workers in favor of contracted labor and gender pay inequities, among other things. Civil rights activist Rep. John Lewis is scheduled to speak in June at UC San Diego, but he has not yet responded to the union about whether he might cancel.All 10 UC campuses saw protests associated with the strike called by AFSCME Local 3299, which represents 25,000 service workers.If we are going to live up to our ideals as a nation, it’s critical we focus on economic equality and economic justice. One key is making sure everyone has access to a good job, with fair wages, and safe working conditions.— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) May 7, 2018According to the UCSD Guardian, the University has its own track record of increasing wage inequity:A report released by AFSCME found widening income, race, and gender inequality among UC workers. The report, which was published earlier this month, indicates that between 2005 and 2015, the top ten percent of UC wage earners saw their share of the total payroll cost grow from 22 percent to 31 percent while the share of the bottom 50 percent of wage earners decreased from 24 percent to 22 percent.Whites and Asian/Pacific Islander workers are more often hired into higher-paying titles, while Blacks [and Latinxs] are more often hired into lower-paying jobs,” AFSCME stated, concluding that racial and gender hierarchies have formed among employees.”Meanwhile, the California Nurses Association and the University Professional and Technical Employees Union are expected to join picket lines today and tomorrow.—Ruth McCambridgeShare30Tweet15ShareEmail45 Shares
Connected TV specialist Capablue has teamed up with watermarking specialist Intrasonics to integrate the latter’s technology into its Connected platform for second-screen applications.Capablue’s platform will use Intrasonics’ watermarking technology to respond to hidden codes in the audio track of a broadcast to trigger actions on a consumer’s companion device and provide them with the opportunity to engage, both with live and catch-up content.“We all know people use companion devices to surf the internet or social network whilst they watch TV so broadcasters are basically competing with these devices for attention,” said Capablue CEO Tom Cape. “What the market needs is solutions that encourage viewers to engage with what’s on the main TV rather than the unrelated content on their mobile or tablet. Intrasonics is delivering some of the most innovative solutions we’ve seen to date so it’s great to be working with them to create solutions that can actually make that happen.”
The UK’s digital switchover project will come to an end on October 23 when Olympian Mary Peters turns off analogue TV services to Northern Ireland.During the following day, main stations at Divis, Brougher Mountain, Limavady and 43 relay transmitters across Northern Ireland will switch to a new high-power digital system for Freeview, reaching 650,000 homes across the country. This will mark the final leg of the UK’s five-year, £630 million (€780 million) digital switchover project.John Cresswell, CEO of Arqiva, said: “The completion of DSO in October will signal the end of what is a truly magnificent achievement for Arqiva and our Freeview partners, alongside Digital UK and Ofcom. In only five years, we have transformed this vital public service and built a modern platform for transmitting the best of British TV into over 20 million homes across the UK. Along with the launch of Youview, DSO, by providing digital television across the UK, cements 2012 as a landmark year in British broadcasting keeping free-to-air viewing for consumers, at its core.”
Swedish commercial broadcaster TV4 Group has named Johan Seidefors as its new marketing director. Seidefors, who will take up his post in November, is currenetly a partner in communications consultancy Prime Group and acting head of communications for Stockholm Globe Arenas/Tele2 Arena. He has also worked for Sony BMGand ran his own PR firm, Nice To Meet You Communication.
Crimean cable operators have switched off Ukrainian channels following armed intervention by pro-Russian separatist forces in the region, according to Ukrainian national channel 1+1.According to the channel, citing what it said was a reliable source, cable operators in Crimea have been forced to disable the broadcasting of Ukrainian channels.The move follows the shutting down of 1+1’s broadcast signal in the region on March 6 on the orders of the new separatist administration in the region. According to 1+1, its broadcast frequency was taken over by Russian national channel Channel One. The channel remained available on cable until yesterday.Last week Ukrainian broadcasters joined together to send an open letter to their leading Russian counterparts appealing for “open, balanced and objective coverage” of the crisis.
John BatterVideo and music metadata specialists Gracenote has appointed John Batter, the former CEO of movie and TV streaming service M-GO, as its new CEO. Batter will take up the role on September 2, leading Gracenote’s day-to-day operations, setting its strategic direction and driving growth for the firm’s core metadata and technology businesses.He will report to Peter Liguori, president and CEO of Tribune Media – Gracenote’s parent company – and joins as Tribune Media aims to expand its metadata business to meet growing international demand from TV and music customers.“As we look to develop and grow our metadata business, we decided to bring in a CEO with strong operational experience to lead this effort globally. John’s strong digital experience in on-demand streaming services and video games combined with his studio experience make him a terrific fit to lead Gracenote into the future,” said Liguori.Tribune acquired Gracenote in 2014 and combined it with Tribune Media Services (TMS), a provider of EPG and TV data for North America, Latin America and Europe that has expanded into India, the Middle East and Asia with the acquisition of What’s-ON.Batter was most recently CEO of M-GO, a streaming service created as a joint venture between DreamWorks Animation and Technicolor.Prior to M-GO, Batter was president of production at DreamWorks Animation, where he led the company’s worldwide production, post-production, technology and studio finance divisions. Earlier in his career, Batter held leadership roles at videogame firm Electronic Arts.In July Samsung announced it was closing its Samsung Video and Media Hub at the end of the month, transitioning users over to the M-GO movie and TV rental service.
Bosnia and Herzegovina-based telecoms operator m:tel has selected Keepixo to provide transcoders for its new OTT multiscreen service.The transcoders deliver more than 60 channels using Apple’s HTTP Live Streaming protocol. Keepixo is also providing ‘mosaic generators’ to compose multiple channels into a single view.“OTT is key to ensure differentiation of m:tel’s TV offer. It also allows us to expand our IPTV service beyond our own access network borders. We selected Keepixo to ensure quick and smooth integration of the new service. We are using Keepixo products to prepare all the content delivered as a part of m:tel OTT Multiscreen platform,” says Aleksandar Veselinovic, Head of the Sector for Planning and Engineering of Switching Systems and Services at m:tel.
Satellite operator Spacecom’s Amos-6 satellite is now scheduled for launch via a Space-X vehicle in May.The satellite, which will be co-located with the existing Amos-2 and Amos-3 craft at the 4° West orbital slot, will provide services to Western, Central and Eastern Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. Its Ka-band beams have been selected by Facebook to be the satellite backbone of its initiative to bring broadband Internet to Sub Sahara Africa with Eutelsat.The satellite has 39 Ku-band transponders and 24 Ka-band beams to provide a reange of services.The satellite will launch on a Space-X Falco-9 rocket from Cape Canaveral in the US. The High Throughput Ka-band spot beams will cover Europe and Africa.In December, Spacecom confirmed the loss of its Amos-5 satellite at 17° Est after the craft suffered an anomaly and lost contact with Earth. The satellite offered a range of DTH, VSAT and broadband services to Africa via a pan-African C-band beam and three steerable Ku-band beams.“We are excited by Amos-6. It will expand our European coverage throughout all of the continent with a new Pan-European beam and with its HTS Ka-band spot beams, the satellite will take us into new markets and provide tremendous services to our clients,” said Spacecom CEO and president David Pollack.
Luxembourg telco Post Luxembourg will launch a new TV service in April including 4K TV, catch-up TV and an NDVR service that will be available via the mobile network as well as fixed-line network.Post Luxembourg will launch a 4K set-top from Netgem, the STB N7900, with a range of services delivered from the cloud. It will also release new applications for mobile TV via Android and iOS platforms, again with technology from Netgem.Bob Lamboray, head of IPTV technology at Post Luxembourg, speaking at an event organised by Netgem on the fringes of this week’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, said that the company wanted to market a device that would capture the imagination of subscribers.“For the 4K launch we will have two live TV channels,” he said, adding that for now, the 4K part of the service “is still a marketing element”.He said that the company had decided to invest in 4K boxes in order to prepare the ground for the wider availability of services.“We decided to launch the box now in order to have enough boxes in the field for when 4K is more widely available. It was the same story with HD. I am convinced there will be 4K channels but not this year. The idea is to have the best available set top because otherwise you will have to exchange boxes again later,” he said.Post currently has over 50,000 IPTV subscribers in a market out of about 200,000 homes in total. Over half of the network is covered by FTTH. Post also has the largest 3G and 4G network in the country. The company offers 236 SD channels and 170 HD channels including premium services such as Sky Germany, B+ and Eleve.Lamboray said Post Luxembourg also a plan to launch an online TV service without the set top box after the box-based launch, which would offer additional flexibility.
ExtremisGlobal streaming service Netflix plans to debut its first original short documentary, Extremis, in September.The doc, from Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Dan Krauss, follows the harrowing decisions doctors, families and patients face in urgent end-of-life case, and is shot in cinema verité style.Shot in the Highland Hospital in Oakland, California, Netflix claims the film “offers a uniquely intimate look at the intersection of science, faith, and humanity”.“I strive to explore weighty ethical and moral questions through my films,” said Kraus, whose docs The Death of Kevin Carter and Kill Team won critical acclaim. “Doctors today can sustain life in ways once thought impossible, ushering in new and extremely complex questions about what it means for critically ill people to be kept alive.”Netflix has pushed heavily into long-form docs through titles such as Virunga, but this marks its first effort in the short-form factual format.The platform has also revealed release dates for it latest original stand-up programmes. Ali Wong: Baby Cobra premieres Friday, May 6; Bo Burnham: Make Happy debuts June 3; Jim Jefferies: Freedumb on July 1; and Jeff Foxworthy and Larry the Cable Guy: We’ve Been Thinking and Iliza Shlesinger: Confirmed Kills on September 23.
Amazon Prime Video is to bring original reality series Hear Me. Love Me to its platform, based on the concept of blind dating.Shilpa Shetty KundraThe format takes a single female looking for love and sets her up on three dates. She’s not allowed to see what her dates look like, and will combine “modern day technology with the rules of old world romance” to find her perfect match.The contestant will not leave her room the entire time and simply watch the daily lives of her potential dates via a camera, which they carry. Her date’s face is never shown.Hear Me. Love Me. is hosted by actor Shilpa Shetty Kundra (pictured) and produced by FremantleMedia India.Vijay Subramaniam, director of content at Amazon Prime Video India, said: “This show is fun and fresh and we believe it will appeal to our current and future Prime members. It is based on the premise of choosing a date, but with a big twist and in a never before seen format in India. I think Shilpa is a great fit for this show and the audience will love the role she plays in this Prime Original. We’re excited to add Hear Me. Love Me. to the slate of innovative shows we’re making for our Prime members.”The show is the latest investment in Indian content by Amazon, which has brought in Indian originals such as Inside Edge and Their.
TV technology outfit Netgem has launched an all-in-one smart soundbar and TV box in the UK market in partnership with Amazon.Netgem has struck a deal with Amazon to offer its SoundBox HD direct to consumers via the Amazon website along with a year’s subscription to Amazon Prime for a price of £249.Netgem has also developed an Alexa video skill, which the company said is “working well” on the existing version of the box and can be used by owners of the Echo Dot device.Netgem plans to integrate Alexa directly in the SoundBox, meaning that an Echo Dot will not be needed to make it work, a feature that will be released in a month or so, according to Emma Alazard, head of communications at Netgem, speaking to DTVE at the recent TV Connect event in London.Alazard said there was “clear demand for a high-quality soundbar to complement the new range of thinner TVs” that lack high-end speakers.As well as Freeview TV, the device includes access to an on-demand kids hub featuring services such as Hopster, a music hub and SVOD services such as Hayu from NBCUniversal.Alazard said that selling the box direct to consumers via Amazon would be followed up by further direct-to-consumer distribution agreements and by deals with service providers.Alazard said that the service provider target market for the device would typically be utility companies and smaller broadband providers that want to deploy a ready-to-go service quickly.Alazard said that Netgem’s main aim with these devices was to attract small to medium sized service providers, competing with the likes of Roku and other streaming devices.Beyond the UK, Netgem also plans to launch the device in France and Germany, and possibly in other markets, said Alazard.