Cristiano Ronaldo is not a Juve member yet, but all the talk surrounding his transfer have the Italian club’s stocks surging.The publicly traded stocks have risen 11%, as the club is now valued at €825 million. Since no transfer has been made official yet, it prompted the club to release a statement regarding its transfer activity (as per Goal.com):“After the request from CONSOB related to the news published recently on media outlets, Juventus Football Club S.p.A is keen to remind that during the transfer season the club is evaluating several opportunities and will publish adequate information as prescribed by the law,”Quiz: How much do you know about the 2018-19 Serie A campaign? Boro Tanchev – May 28, 2019 Let’s see how deep your knowledge is about the 2018-19 Serie A campaign. Good luck and have fun!The proposed €100 million deal is pending following numerous reports suggesting Ronaldo is on the verge of joining the Italian giants in search for a new challenge in his career. If he were to agree, the Portuguese superstar would earn €30 million per year until he’s 37 with a basic weekly salary of €565.000.Since no contract has been officially signed, Juventus FC wanted to make sure the public is aware in order to comply with international laws. It is expected that a potential deal could be made official during the next week. If Cristiano Ronaldo were to join Juventus, they would immediately become the favorites to win the Champions League next season.
Nada Wheelock The board of directors at Vancouver Public Schools has selected Nada Wheelock to fill the board seat vacated by Mari Greves’ retirement. Wheelock, 45, was one of five candidates who interviewed for the position at Wednesday’s special board meeting. A sixth candidate removed herself from consideration. Wheelock will take the oath of office at the Feb. 10 board meeting. Wheelock has volunteered in the school district and the community. Currently she serves on the Foundation for Vancouver Public Schools’ board of directors. She also participates in district parent-teacher associations and booster clubs and serves as a Lunch Buddy. Wheelock’s two children attend Jason Lee Middle School and Skyview High School in the district. Her family moved to Vancouver in 2008.“I’m collaborative, a good listener and a researcher,” Wheelock said about her strengths. “I like to learn new things and collect data so I can have informed opinions.”Wheelock said she decided to apply for the school board position when she met retiring board member Greves in December.“Understanding what her role was within the district and the service she’s provided for 20 years was an eye-opener,” Wheelock said. “She said she was considering retiring, and she looked at me and said, ‘We need more people like you to step forward.’ “Wheelock holds a master’s degree in business administration from Dartmouth College and a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Chicago. She has worked in marketing and consulting for EMC Corporation, Contact Networks and Fidelity Investments in Massachusetts. Wheelock co-founded the Tuck Nonprofit Fund at the Tuck School of Business, and she served as a consultant to the SPOON Foundation, a Portland organization that works to improve nutrition for orphaned, fostered and adopted children around the world.
Australian team is starting to get into full flowTwitterEngland vs Australia is usually a keenly-awaited contest due to the great rivalry the two teams have had. This time, in the ongoing ICC 2019 World Cup, this match assumes a much greater significance. England, the hosts and pre-tournament favourites, are suddenly under serious pressure. They are lying fourth on the table and need to win in order to put themselves out of danger.Australia, on the other hand, are starting to get into full stride and play as one of the best sides in the tournament. But there are couple of issues that need to be sorted out and that’s what the Kangaroos will try and do in this game. So, as both teams prepare for this extremely crucial match, let’s look at the biggest reasons why you should tune in to watch it.England’s response to pressureSince their disastrous run at the last World Cup, England’s ODI cricket has been all about preparing for this event. They have spent the last four years shaping their team in order to win the coveted trophy at home. Now, due to them having lost two matches, one to Pakistan and the other to Sri Lanka, they are in some pressure. Now we will find out whether they can thrive under the real pressure of World Cup. They may have dominated ODI cricket by winning most of their series, home and away, but this is where the players will have to show their true quality. Can they thrive when the going is tough?Australia’s spin conundrumAustralia have two contrasting spinners in their squad. The erratic but wicket-taking Adam Zampa and the consistent but orthodox Nathan Lyon. So far, the former has got the nod to play in the XI. But he hasn’t always been dependable. There has been talk of getting Lyon back into the team. The off-spinner is bound to guarantee a tight bowling performance where he can keep the scoring down and maybe, get the odd wicket as well. Australia may have opted for Zampa till now, but would they want someone like him in the knockout stages. If they have to get Lyon into the team, they have to use him now. That’s another interesting aspect of the game to watch out for. England’s batting approachJust when the English team finds itself under pressure, people have started questioning their batting approach. This leads to an interesting question: Will England stick to their aggressive batting style or try to temper it in view of what happened against Sri Lanka. This would become all the more relevant if the conditions for batting are not all that easy. English batsmen have been criticized for not adapting well when the pitches are not flat. Changing their batting style at the last moment may be hazardous as it may disturb their long-set plans. But committing the same mistakes might be even more dangerous. Watching how they approach their innings would be very interesting.Can England show their much-vaunted chasing prowess?The Eoin Morgan-led side came into this tournament with the reputation of a team that can chase down any score. But their defeat to Pakistan and then against Sri Lanka suggests the pressure of chasing in the World Cup is proving too hot to handle. If they bat second against Australia and are given a decent target to chase, we will get to see another test of their much talked-about preference of chasing. If they fail again, it will be an incontrovertible proof of them being unable to deal with the added pressure of batting second in the big event. This would mean that going ahead, in the knockout matches, the toss would be extremely crucial. It is one aspect of the game that needs to be followed closely.
Some unidentified miscreants hacked a trader to death and escaped with his bag full of money on Saturday night at Dolakhola intersection of Monirampur upazila in Jessore, reports news agency UNB.Monirampur police station officer in-charge (OC) Mokarram Hossain said the owners of ‘Messrs Pal Brothers’ Parimal Pal and his two brothers – Ratan Pal and Kartik Pal, sons of Mahadeb Chandra Pal of Dolakhola, were returning home after closing their shop around 10:00pm.When they reached Dolakhola intersection, two miscreants swooped on them with sharp weapons.During the scuffle, one of the miscreants hacked Parimal, leaving him severely injured and fled with the bag carrying money.The miscreants also hurled bomb, triggering panic in the area.Parimal was rushed to Manirampur Health Complex. As his condition deteriorated, he was shifted to Jessore General Hospital where he died around 2:00am.
.Left-leaning student organisations at Jahangirnagar University on Thursday blocked the Dhaka-Aricha highway at Joy Bangla gate of the university in support of Thursday’s countrywide general strike protesting power tariff hike, reports UNB.Some 20-30 students under the banner of “Progotishil Chhatra Jote” blocked the highway for two hours from 6:00 am to 8:00 am, said Imran Nadim, president of JU unit of Chhatra Union.A huge tailback was created on the busy highway following the blockade.On information, Ashulia police rushed to the spot and drove them away from the road.On Wednesday night, the jote also staged a protest rally on the campus, supporting the general strike.Earlier, left-leaning political parties called countrywide half-day general strike protesting power tariff hike.The eight-hour strike started at 6:00 am and will continue till 2:00 pm.
Kolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday inaugurated the elevated road flyover stretching from Jinjira Bazar to Batanagar through remote control from the Gangasagar camp grounds at Babughat. State Urban Development minister Firhad Hakim and Trinamool MP Abhishek Banerjee were present at Batanagar at the time of its unveiling.”The flyover has been named ‘Sampriti’ to go with the spirit of unity in diversity that Bengal upholds. The flyover is 7 km long and the total cost has been Rs 250 crore,” Banerjee said, assuring that repair work of the road running adjacent to the flyover is being undertaken on a war footing. Also Read – 3 injured, flight, train services hit as rains lash BengalThe Chief Minister said that at the time of construction of the flyover, there was an agreement between a private concern and Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority (KMDA) that toll tax will be imposed on the bridge. But following demands from the local people to waive such tax, the state government has decided not to impose any tax on two wheelers and four wheelers. “We do not impose any such tax on our bridges and recently, we have also waived toll tax for two wheelers on Second Hooghly Bridge,” Banerjee said. A senior KMDA official informed that there will be toll tax only on goods vehicles. The Chief Minister said that KMDA is planning to come up with four more flyovers in the city to speed up traffic movement and reduce congestion. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedIt may be mentioned that the Sampriti flyover is the first in the city to be built on PPP mode. The Centre has given 35 percent of the cost since this is a JNNURM project and the rest has been borne by the consortium of RiverBank Holdings and its joint venture partner L&T Dabriwala. The flyover will reduce the travel time from Batanagar to Taratala to little more than 10 minutes from half-an-hour. MP Abhishek Banerjee said that the 7 km road beside the flyover, which is not in good shape, will be repaired in a month’s time and there will be no vehicular movement on the flyover until the road gets repaired. Soucres in the Urban Development department said that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has future plans of taking one flank of the flyover to Joka and another flank to connect Tollygunge Phari, Anwar Shah Road, Jadavpur and Garia. “However, the extension plan will depend on the availability of funds,” a KMDA official said.
Energy Drinks Market was pegged at $53.01 billion in 2018 and is projected to garner $86.01 billion by 2026, registering a CAGR of 7.20% from 2019 to 2026.Rise in demand for energy drinks as it provides several desirable effects including improved memory, fast recovery, and improved mood and increase in prominence among young generation have boosted the growth of the global energy drinks market. However, presence of alternatives such as green tea and ginger root tea hampers the market growth. On the contrary, inclination of consumers toward organic energy drinks is expected to create lucrative opportunities in the near future.The non-alcoholic energy drink segment held the largest share in 2018, accounting for more than half of the market, owing to rise in popularity among teenagers along with increasing health consciousness. Moreover, the segment is estimated to register the fastest CAGR of 6.5% during the forecast period. The report includes analysis of the alcoholic energy drink segment.Request Sample Report at: https://www.alliedmarketresearch.com/request-sample/5315 The adult segment held the largest share in 2018, contributing more than two-fifths of the market and is projected to manifest the fastest CAGR of 6.7% during the study period. This is pertaining to rising trend among the growing adult population of corporates and athletes, who consume energy drinks for an extra dose of energy to enhance their performance.The market across the Asia-Pacific region is anticipated to register the fastest CAGR of 7.3% during the forecast period, owing to rising demand for convenience beverage, widening media exposure and aggressive marketing by energy companies. However, the market across the North America region contributed the largest share in 2018, accounting for nearly one-third of the market. The report includes an analysis of the other regions such as Europe and LAMEA.Key Findings of the Energy Drinks Market :Region wise, Asia-Pacific is anticipated to lead the energy drinks market in 2026, growing at a CAGR of 7.30%, from 2019 to 2026.Based on type, the nonalcoholic segment occupied nearly 53.63% of the energy drink market share in 2018.By end user, the adult segment dominated the overall market in 2018, and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 6.70% during the forecast period.The kids segment is anticipated to grow at a significant CAGR of 6.10%.For Purchase Enquiry at: https://www.alliedmarketresearch.com/purchase-enquiry/5315The report includes an in-depth analysis of the major market players such as Rockstar Inc., Red Bull GmbH, Monster Energy, PepsiCo Inc., AriZona Beverages USA LLC, Big Red, Dr. Pepper Snapple Group, National Beverage Corp., Dabur India Ltd., and Coca Cola Company.About Us:Allied Market Research (AMR) is a full-service market research and business-consulting wing of Allied Analytics LLP based in Portland, Oregon. Allied Market Research provides global enterprises as well as medium and small businesses with unmatched quality of “Market Research Reports” and “Business Intelligence Solutions.” AMR has a targeted view to provide business insights and consulting to assist its clients to make strategic business decisions and achieve sustainable growth in their respective market domain.We are in professional corporate relations with various companies and this helps us in digging out market data that helps us generate accurate research data tables and confirms utmost accuracy in our market forecasting. Each and every data presented in the reports published by us is extracted through primary interviews with top officials from leading companies of domain concerned. Our secondary data procurement methodology includes deep online and offline research and discussion with knowledgeable professionals and analysts in the industry.
Farmer Mac Receives Two New Board Members April 10, 2012 534 Views in Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing Agents & Brokers Investors Lenders & Servicers Movers & Shakers Processing Service Providers 2012-04-10 Abby Gregory The “”Federal Agricultural Mortgage Corporation””:http://www.farmermac.com/, also known as Farmer Mac, has added two new members to its board of directors. The organization recently announced that former Iowa Gov. Chester Culver and Bruce Sherrick have joined Farmer Mac’s directorship.[IMAGE]Both Culver and Sherrick were nominated to the prestigious position by President Obama. The two candidates were recently confirmed by the Senate, and both were officially sworn in the week of April 2.Prior to joining Farmer Mac’s [COLUMN_BREAK]board of directors, Culver held the governorship for Iowa from 2006 until 2010. He has also served as Iowa’s secretary of state, as well as the federal liaison to Congress by the Democratic Governors Association.Sherrick is currently a professor of agricultural and applied finance within the department of agricultural and consumer economics for the “”University of Illinois””:http://illinois.edu/. Additionally, Sherrick serves as the university’s director of the center for farm and rural business finance.Culver is replacing Julia Bartling on Farmer Mac’s board of directors, while Sherrick is taking over from Glen Klippenstein, who was previously the vice chairman of the board.Commenting on the appointments of Culver and Sherrick, Farmer Mac’s chairman Lowell Junkins said, “”On behalf of Farmer Mac, I would like to extend a warm welcome to the new members of the Board of Directors. Farmer Mac is uniquely positioned to offer solutions to rural lenders that bring added credit opportunities for farmers, ranchers, and rural businesses, including rural utility cooperatives. Our two new directors will bring valuable skills that will enhance the expertise of Farmer Mac’s Board as we strive to fulfill our Congressional mission. “”We look forward to working with the new directors to further this mission and in so doing help to ensure the continued growth and prosperity of rural America,”” Junkins added. Share
Negotiators in Washington face a dismal weekend leading up to ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô and perhaps including ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô New Year’s Eve, made worse because they’re trying to solve the wrong problem.[IMAGE]They’re wrangling over how to avoid the “”fiscal cliff”” when a series of laws aimed at or contributing to the nation’s deficit are set to expire, complicated by Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner’s pronouncement the nation is approaching its debt ceiling. Their priority should continue to be jobs.The tale is very familiar: without action the lower tax rates pushed by President George W. Bush — it obfuscates the issue to call them the “”Bush-era”” tax rates ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô expire and drastic budget cuts designed to force Congress to make a meaningful effort to reduce the deficit kick in. The budget cuts, affecting every part of government from defense through transportation and beyond, were _meant_ to be draconian but to not take effect with the expectation Congress would act reasonably.But attacking the deficit will not address the nation’s number one problem: that more than 12 million people are “”unemployed””, in quotes because the term means they are out of work, available for work and looking for work. If you throw in people who are discouraged and not in the labor force or who are working part time for economic reasons, the number people still affected by the Great Recession more than doubles.The Recession was costly and helped to balloon the deficit. In fiscal year 2009 (which began on October 1, 2008, three and a half months before President Obama took office) the deficit increased $960 billion to $1.4 trillion. About one-third of the increase — $317 billion ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô was due to the Recession and the spike in joblessness: personal income tax receipts dropped $230 billion, unemployment insurance payments rose $70 billion and food stamp grew $16 billion.In fiscal year 2010 the deficit actually declined $121 billion in part because the same three factors improved: personal income tax receipts declined (from fiscal year 2009) only $17 billion, unemployment insurance spending rose just $34 billion and the cost to the government of food stamps went up under $15 billion.The deficit went up in 2011, by $2.6 billion, an increase of 0.2 percent, as unemployment insurance spending dropped while personal income tax receipts improved but the food stamp program expanded.In fiscal 2012 the deficit came down sharply — $227 billion ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô as personal income tax receipts grew again and unemployment insurance payments declined.Is there a pattern? Growing jobs both increases government tax receipts and reduces unemployment insurance outflows while slowing the growth in the cost of the food stamp program, a trifecta to shrink the deficit.[COLUMN_BREAK]The irony of the wrangling over the fiscal cliff is that toppling over it will shrink the deficit even faster; but then cutting off your head is a sure-fire way to lose weight; don’t think about the consequences.It is not that deficits don’t matter ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô despite what Vice President Dick Cheney said defending his (whoops, his boss’s) administration’s tax cuts. It’s just they don’t matter immediately. We’ve been here before, using government resources to recover economically.To quote the President: “”From our earliest days we have had a tradition of substantial government help to our system of private enterprise. But today the Government no longer has vast tracts of rich land to give away and we have discovered, too, that we must spend large sums of money to conserve our land from further erosion and our forests from further depletion. The situation is also very different from the old days, because now we have plenty of capital, banks and insurance companies loaded with idle money; plenty of industrial productive capacity and many millions of workers looking for jobs. It is following tradition as well as necessity, if Government strives to put idle money and idle men to work, to increase our public wealth and to build up the health and strength of the people –to help our system of private enterprise to function again. “”It is going to cost something to get out of this recession this way but the profit of getting out of it will pay for the cost several times over. Lost working time is lost money. Every day that a workman is unemployed, or a machine is unused, or a business organization is marking time, it is a loss to the Nation.””That wasn’t Barack Obama, but Franklin Delano Roosevelt, addressing the nation almost 75 years ago, on April 14, 1938.Roosevelt went on: “”Let us unanimously recognize the fact that the Federal debt, whether it be twenty-five billions or forty billions, can only be paid if the Nation obtains a vastly increased citizen income. I repeat that if this citizen income can be raised ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├é┬ª the national Government and the overwhelming majority of state and local governments will be definitely ‘out of the red.’ The higher the national income goes the faster will we be able to reduce the total of Federal and state and local debts. Viewed from every angle, today’s purchasing power — the citizens’ income of today — is not at this time sufficient to drive the economic system of America at higher speed. Responsibility of Government requires us at this time to supplement the normal processes and in so supplementing them to make sure that the addition is adequate. We must start again on a long steady upward incline in national income.””Reading history, it seems, is important.On the economic front, the New Year kicks off with a full week’s worth of data reports crammed into just three days highlighted by the monthly employment situation report next Friday. The last report, for November, showed payrolls expanded by 146,000 and the unemployment rate dropped further to 7.7 percent. The improvement in the unemployment rate was driven largely by a reduction in the labor force rather than in the number of persons unemployed. That trend is not sustainable and indeed economists expect the number of payroll jobs to increase by about 143,000 but the unemployment rate to tick up to 7.8 percent._Hear Mark Lieberman next Friday on P.O.T.U.S. radio, Sirius-XM 124, at 8:45 am eastern time._ in Data, Government, Origination, Servicing, Technology December 28, 2012 425 Views Commentary: Addressing the Wrong Problem Share Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Bureau of Labor Statistics Investors Lenders & Servicers Mark Lieberman Payrolls Personal income Processing Service Providers Treasury Department Unemployment 2012-12-28 Mark Lieberman
State Rep. Peter J. Lucido welcomed fourth grade students from Duncan Elementary School located in Shelby Township to the Capitol.In total, Rep. Lucido welcomed 24 guests to the Capitol, including 22 students and two teachers. The group—led by teachers Julie Willey and Vanessa Tucker—took part in the visit and were able to step foot on the House floor with the representative. Rep. Lucido also gave the students a full tour of the Capitol.“It was a great privilege to welcome students from my hometown to tour and see the Capitol,” said Rep. Lucido, a Republican from Shelby Township. “The students were all engaged and knowledgeable about government and wanted to learn more about how it operates. Based on their enthusiasm, I’m excited to see all the great things they will accomplish in the future.”Other groups interested in visiting the Capitol with Rep. Lucido are welcome to contact his office at 517-373-0843, by email at PeterLucido@house.mi.gov or online at RepPeterLucido.com.### 13Apr Rep. Lucido welcomes Duncan Elementary School students to Lansing Categories: Lucido News
07Sep Rep. Griffin invites first responders to House Sept. 11 ceremony Categories: Griffin News,News PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Beth Griffin, of Mattawan, today hosted Van Buren County Sheriff Dan Abbott and Van Buren County Undersheriff Chad Hunt as her guests for the Michigan House’s annual Sept. 11 Memorial Service at the Capitol. The ceremony remembers first responders and members of the military from Michigan who died in the line of duty in the past year.
Categories: Diana Farrington News 24May COLUMN: Macomb County workers will benefit from revamped U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade deal Throughout Metro Detroit, job providers of all sizes rely on trade with foreign markets to support and grow their businesses.The most recent data shows businesses in Macomb County exported more than $7 billion worth of goods in 2017 – more than many states, according to the office of the U.S. Trade Representative. The Detroit Metro region, which includes Wayne, Macomb and Oakland counties, accounted for more than $43 billion in exports. As you might guess, trade with our two neighboring countries accounts for a significant portion of that.Since the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) went into effect in 1994, U.S. trade with Canada and Mexico has nearly quadrupled to $1.3 trillion, and the two countries buy more than one-third of U.S. merchandise exports.But 25 years have gone by since NAFTA was established. Other countries have figured out how to get around it. They’re undercutting Michigan companies and American workers are losing out. The outdated agreement no longer works in the best interest of Michigan workers and it needs to be replaced.The new U.S.-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement President Trump negotiated to replace NAFTA will help level the playing field for American autoworkers by improving labor standards in Mexico and increasing the threshold for the use of domestic parts and assembly. If the new rules are adopted, vehicles must be built with at least 75 percent of parts made in North America in order to qualify for zero tariffs. This is up from 62.5 percent under NAFTA. Also, 40 to 45 percent of an automobile will have to be made by workers earning at least $16 an hour.The automotive and manufacturing industries continue to be a cornerstone of our local economy. We have four vehicle production plants in Sterling Heights, with 76,000 automotive technicians and skilled trades’ professionals who live, work and raise their families in local communities. They deserve a fair shake. The Detroit Metro region has lost too many good-paying factory jobs, and it’s time we stop allowing people to take advantage of us.Another reason NAFTA no longer works is because many of the goods, services and exchanges through which trade is facilitated did not exist when the agreement was drafted. This applies mostly to the area of intellectual property (IP).A tremendous amount of trade with our neighboring countries involves good and services that are IP-intensive. These products involve patent, trademark and copyright protections, such as the new technology in cars and computers and agricultural biotechnology. The modernized trade agreement offers stronger protections for the IP rights that are critical to driving innovation, creating economic growth and supporting jobs in Michigan.The updated agreement will benefit Michigan’s agricultural industry, as well, by providing more certainty and stability. It eliminates Canada’s unfair milk pricing program, giving 1,500 family dairy farms here in Michigan additional access to the Canadian market. It also helps poultry farmers by expanding opportunities for chicken and egg exports.Job providers and working families all across our state will benefit greatly from a modernized trade agreement with our most important trading partners. It’s time for Congress to put aside politics and sign this deal so all of these benefits can finally kick in.###(531 Words)— State Rep. Diana Farrington is serving her second term representing the residents of Utica and portions of Sterling Heights and Shelby Charter Township in the Michigan House. She recently sponsored a resolution urging Michigan’s congressional delegation to approve the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement.
Share53Tweet26Share2Email81 SharesBy White House [Public domain], via Wikimedia CommonsAugust 8, 2017; SlateOn Monday, the Department of Justice dropped its objections to Ohio’s voter purge procedures, which disproportionally affect Democratic voters, arguing that it is legal for a state to purge voter files of voters who vote infrequently.According to Slate, while many states regularly clean up their voter files, Ohio “purges voters from the rolls relentlessly, removing around 2 million people between 2011 and 2016—with voters in Democratic-leaning neighborhoods twice as likely to be purged as those in Republican-leaning neighborhoods…Up to 1.2 million of those 2 million purged voters may have been removed for infrequent voting.”Civil rights groups had sued Ohio, and the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals “ruled that the state’s purging procedures violated the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA) of 1993.” As a result, 7,500 Ohioans were able to cast ballots in the 2016 election.According to the NVRA, “voter-roll upkeep ‘shall not result in the removal of the name of any person from the official list of voters registered to vote in an election for Federal office by reason of the person’s failure to vote.’”Ohio’s voter purges are at the center of Supreme Court case Husted v. A. Philip Randolph Institute, which will be heard next term. Slate recounted its road there.In the lower courts, the Justice Department sided against Ohio, asserting that the state’s purges ran afoul of the NVRA. The agency’s reasoning was simple: Unlike most states, Ohio targets voters for removal when they do not cast a ballot for two years. It sends these individuals a confirmation notice demanding they confirm or update their addresses. If a voter does not respond to the notice and does not vote in the next four years, her registration is cancelled.The issue here is that the NVRA does not allow states to start the purging process simply because a voter hasn’t cast a ballot in some period of time. Instead, the NVRA requires some initial indication that a voter has moved before the removal process can begin. The statute itself gives one example: “change-of-address information supplied by the Postal Service.” In guidance issued in 2010, the Justice Department provided others, including election materials that are returned nondeliverable.The 6th Circuit agreed that Ohio could not commence the removal of a voter from the rolls in the absence of reliable evidence that he has moved. Ohio appealed, and in May the Supreme Court agreed to hear the case.The DOJ filed a brief Monday announcing “that after the change in administrations, the department reconsidered this question.”Slate reported that career attorneys in the at the DOJ are not signing on to this and other recent agency briefs that advance a campaign against affirmative action by political appointees. It called the brief an attack on the NVRA designed to facilitate voter purging, noting that the DOJ “sent an ominous letter to 44 states suggesting that the NVRA requires them to purge their voter rolls more vigorously.”Further, Slate reminds us that Trump’s voter fraud commission is designed to unravel voter rights and claims of fraud are designed to “coerce states into purging their rolls.”The Supreme Court decision on Husted v. A. Philip Randolph Institute may very well set the stage for political appointees to transform the NVRA into a “disenfranchisement device.” Slate concludes, “If the courts take their side, a crowning achievement of the voting rights movement could become a tool of voter suppression.”How are nonprofits responding to this? Please write us and let us know.—Cyndi SuarezShare53Tweet26Share2Email81 Shares
Panasonic has teamed up with e-commerce specialist Digital River to deliver direct billing functionality on its Viera Connect Market to Europe, beginning with the UK.Digital River is supporting purchases made via the Panasonic Viera Connect Market in 27 European countries, including Austria, Belgium, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Spain, Sweden and the Netherlands and the UK. Using their remote controls, owners of Viera Connect-enabled TVs can access free and paid third-party apps acquired through Panasonic’s online catalogue. In some countries, consumers will also have the opportunity to order hardware products from the catalogue, according to Digital River.According to Panasonic, it is currently the only smart TV manufacturer to offer direct billing, allowing users to purchase applications and physical products easily and securely, directly through their TV. Users will be able, for the first time, to purchase physical products designed to enhance the Viera Connect experience, including Panasonic 3D glasses, a Wireless LAN Adaptor, a Skype camera, and a range of Logitech accessories which are compatible with Viera TVs including gamepads and keyboards.
Turkish DTH platform D-Smart ended September with 815,000 pay TV subscribers, up 49% year-on-year.The Dogan Group-owned operator also reported 819,000 free-to-air customers, giving it a total TV customer base of 1.6 million.Total broadcasting revenues increased by 19% year-on-year to TRY803 million (€350 million).
The BBC has come under fire for its failed Digital Media Initiative (DMI) with BBC Trustee Anthony Fry calling it “probably the most seriously embarrassing thing I’ve ever seen.”At a parliamentary Public Accounts Committee meeting yesterday, MP Margaret Hodge referred to letters sent by former BBC Vision head of production Bill Garrett, warning that the Trust and the government may have been misled about the performance of the DMI, by saying: “We were told that there were bits of this system that were working, that you were using them. That just wasn’t true.”However, according to the BBC’s in-house news service Ariel, BBC North director Peter Salmon, said there had been some limited use of DMI among a small number of programmes.The BBC said that former director general Mark Thompson will now be summoned to appear before a parliamentary hearing to answer questions on the DMI, which was scrapped last month after new director general Tony Hall admitted the initiative had been a waste of money.The five year development, which cost £98.4 million, was designed to create new digital production tools and link them with a central, digital archive that would allow BBC staff to access a digital chain throughout the production process, from camera to archive. The BBC’s chief technology officer John Linwood was suspended in the wake of the project’s failure.
Ericsson’s second quarter results failed to live up to analyst expectations, with revenue remaining flat year-on-year at SEK55.3 billion (€6.4 billion) due to “currency headwind.”Net income was up 26% year-on-year at SEK1.5 billion, though the firm said it was negatively impacted by losses from divestments and exiting the telecom and power cable operations – which cost SEK0.9 billion.Hans Vestberg, President and CEO of Ericsson claimed that sales from comparable units, adjusted for foreign currency, grew 7%.For its networks division, sales were up 1% to SEK28.1 billion, global services sales were up 3% at SEK24.9 billion, but sales at its support solutions unit were down 33% to SEK2.3bn.Ericsson partly attributed this to “lower media management sales following the strong first half 2012 sales in IPTV and compression.”Referring to the firm’s recent TV push, Vestberg said: “With the announcement in April and July of the intended acquisitions of Microsoft’s Mediaroom and Red Bee Media, we continue to strengthen our position in TV and media.“As TV and media converge with telecom we can leverage our strength in media management and managed services. Video is already the single largest contributor to traffic in mobile networks and is expected to grow by 60% annually until 2018.”
Turkish satellite operator Digiturk has partnered with technology provider Altech Multimedia to launch a new generation hybrid HD set-top-box.The new line of Altech-developed DT-7103HD boxes will integrate TeleIDEA’s smartware solution with Irdeto’s conditional access system to secure Digiturk’s content, the operator said.Digiturk will also offer VOD content over IP using Microsoft’s Playready streaming technology and the platform includes HD PVR functionality through the use of external USB connected storage media.“For Digiturk it is essential to meet and continuously over exceed our customers’ expectations in order to secure their satisfaction, improve the user experience and grow our overall business. By connecting the two worlds of broadcast and broadband on content side and with innovative hybrid technology products we are on the right track to exactly achieve those goals,” said Taylan Özsipahi, director of the set top box and conditional access department at Digiturk.
Speculation is growing that Apple is planning to launch a new TV set-top box, after US cable operator Comcast made reference to the firm’s plans in a filing with the FCC.Contained within a filing about its planned US$45 billion buyout of rival Time Warner Cable (TWC), Comcast discussed competition in the US market, including web-streaming devices like the recently launched Amazon Fire and Xbox One games console.“Apple tablets are viewing platforms for cable services even while Apple offers an online video service, Apple TV, and explores development of an Apple set-top box,” said Comcast.The comments add to persistent rumours that Apple plans to refresh its Apple TV product, which the firm has previously referred to as a “hobby”.A Wall Street Journal report from last month claimed that Apple was having early-stage discussions with Comcast about a deal that would allow Apple to launch a streaming TV service over Comcast’s cable network.In February, Bloomberg reported that Apple was looking to secure video content rights from US cable operators for the launch of a new version of its Apple TV set-top box, which it said it planned to unveil in April and launch in time for Christmas.
Satellite telecommunications service provider, SpeedCast International, has bought the assets of teleport and satellite services business NewSat.The assets include the land and buildings at NewSat’s teleport facilities in Adelaide and Perth, Australia, and the associated plant and equipment. Speedcast said it also acquiring most of Newsat’s customer and supplier contracts and retaining “20 key employees” in the operations and engineering department and in sales.