Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away Top Stories The often frugal Cardinals have plenty of money, but they are hoping to save a little of it as well.According to a tweet by Kent Somers, the Cardinals are preparing to cut Joey Porter if he is unwilling to take a pay cut. The Cardinals want Joey Porter to take a pay cut from $5.75 million salary. If he doesn’t, Cardinals likely to release him.less than a minute ago via TweetDeck Favorite Retweet ReplyKent Somerskentsomers Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation In his one year as a Cardinal, Porter accumulated 50 tackles and five sacks. He did not perform bad, but did not live up to his contract either.Arizona could use Porter’s veteran presence on defense, but only if a pay cut is accepted. Porter’s production does not warrant $5.75 million as the Cardinals could sign a free agent linebacker for a lot cheaper.While Arizona does have money under the cap, they need to sign some more players to fill out their 90 man training camp roster and they will also need money to sign Kevin Kolb, if acquired, to a long-term deal. D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Comments Share
While it remains to be seen what Jones’ exact role will be in Arizona, the pass-rushing philosophy on his new team varied greatly from his old team in 2015. No team blitzed more than the Cardinals (45.1 percent of the time) last season, yet they ranked just 20th in sacks per dropback.The Patriots, meanwhile, blitzed less (19 percent) than any defense, yet they had the second-best sack rate (7.3 percent).Jones’ former teammate, Tom Brady, joined Palmer, the Bengals’ Andy Dalton, the Panthers’ Cam Newton and the now-Texans’ Brock Osweiler as the NFL’s five best quarterbacks against the blitz.Here’s what Kapadia wrote about Palmer:The 36-year-old has had success against the blitz. He led all quarterbacks, averaging 8.45 yards per dropback against pressure looks last season. Palmer completed 65 percent of his passes (second) and averaged 9.35 yards per attempt (third). Over the last three years, no quarterback has produced a better average yards per dropback (7.62) than Palmer. His success hasn’t stopped opposing defensive coordinators from sending pressure. Only three quarterbacks were blitzed more than Palmer in 2015.Palmer registered a 4.4 sack percentage last year, and once was the league leader in that category with the Bengals in 2005. The Arizona Cardinals, a team that loves to blitz, happen to also have a quarterback who performs well against the blitz.That’s what ESPN staff writer Sheil Kapadia pointed out in an article on Tuesday that lists the five best and five worst quarterbacks against the blitz. He notes that Carson Palmer – an excellent blitz QB – plays for a Cardinals team that now boasts Chandler Jones and led the NFL in blitz rate last year. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires He’ll face Brady’s Patriots for Week 1 on Sept. 11, though Brady himself may not play due to a pending appeal of his Deflategate suspension. – / 19 Arizona Cardinals’ Carson Palmer drops back during the first half the NFL football NFC Championship game against the Carolina Panthers, Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone) Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Comments Share
18Mar Rep. Hughes invites all area residents to fourth annual veterans job fair Tags: #SB, jobs, Veterans Event to feature local employers looking for talented employeesState Rep. Holly Hughes, R-Montague, vice chair of the House Military and Veterans Committee, encourages veterans and non-veterans alike to attend the Fourth Annual Veterans Job Fair on Friday on May 15 in Muskegon.The event, started in 2012 by Rep. Hughes and Dave Eling, Muskegon Veteran Center director, has helped to place hundreds of veterans with employers since its inception. Last year, over 90 employers, employers from various industries were on hand to meet with prospective employees. To date, 39 employers have already signed up.“Returning veterans face many challenges, including higher rates of unemployment,” said Rep. Hughes. “This event is designed to be a one-stop shop for bringing together our talented veterans with our wonderful area employers in a relaxing and stress-free environment. Last year, of those seeking employment, a third were veterans and two-thirds were not.”The Veterans Job Fair will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the USS LST 393 Veterans Museum, 560 Mart St. in Muskegon.For more information, contact Rep. Hughes at 877-633-0331, via email at HollyHughes@house.mi.gov.### Categories: Featured news,Hughes News,News
Lawmaker recognizes most successful,long-term federal program in historyLANSING, Mich. — State Rep. Jason Sheppard today gave tribute to the Michigan Head Start Association (MHSA) in honor of the overwhelmingly successful federal program’s 50th anniversary.“Not only does Head Start provide academic help, but it also provides living-wage jobs in our most needy communities,” Rep Sheppard said. “Congratulations to Head Start and MHSA on 50 years of making a meaningful difference in the lives of Michiganders. Here’s to serving for another five decades and thank you for your service to the Great Lakes State.”Head Start is the nation’s leading child and family growth program ensuring school readiness by providing development skills to low-income children. MHSA is dedicated to helping Michigan’s poorest children achieve school readiness and family self-sufficiency, aiding 34,000 children and their families. Categories: Sheppard News,Sheppard Photos 21May Rep. Sheppard pays tribute to Head Start on 50th anniversary
Categories: VanSingel News 27Dec Making life better for Michigan residents Representing the people of Lake, Oceana and Newaygo counties in the Michigan House was my top priority in 2017.To keep Michigan moving forward, I will continue to hear residents’ ideas and make sure their voices are heard back in Lansing.Improving the safety and quality of life for Michiganders is always on my mind when voting and I want to do what is best for the people I represent.Here are some of the accomplishments of my first year in the Michigan House:• Voted to prevent local governments from imposing taxes on food and beverages. Taxing such a vital necessity as food could mean tough choices for some families.• Prioritized Michigan’s transportation system by voting for record funding for roads, bridges and underground water systems.• Voted for record funding for K-12 education and increased funding for public safety by adding more than 100 more Michigan State Police troopers.• Supported a grant recommended by the Natural Resources Trust Fund to purchase 354 acres in Newaygo County. The property will be used for hunting, fishing and wildlife observation.• Sponsored legislation to give property managers more flexibility in determining attorney representation in legal disagreements.I encourage residents to join me for office hours held regularly each month. I look forward to discussing questions and concerns regarding state government. I look forward to the New Year and will continue to support the people in our communities.I can be reached via email at ScottVanSingel@house.mi.gov or by phone at (517) -373-7317.###
12Jun Rep. Kahle secures state funding to improve roadway access to Adrian College, city Categories: Kahle News,News Rep. Bronna Kahle has helped secure $450,000 to assist a key road project benefitting Adrian College and the entire community.The money – included in a state budget approved today by the Michigan Legislature – will help complete construction of an access road from U.S. 223 to the college.“This project is critically important for the thousands of students, employees and visitors who drive to and from Adrian College and the surrounding area every day,” Kahle said. “It will benefit the campus, downtown Adrian and the entire city. This is a good example of bringing the contributions of our hard-working taxpayers back home to benefit the entire community.”The project to improve traffic flow and provide a gateway into the college and city has been a high priority for roughly a decade. It will help connect motorists to a key medical center and many other businesses.The state’s plan for the budget year starting Oct. 1 also includes record funding for K-12 schools and skilled trades workforce development programs. Most school districts in the Lenawee County area will receive an additional $240 per student.The budget also includes more money for roads, seniors, mental health services and public safety without increasing overall state spending.House Bill 5579 and Senate Bill 848 advance to Gov. Rick Snyder for his consideration. ###
Categories: Lucido News,News Legislation from state Rep. Peter Lucido addressing the growing and troubling trend of cyberbullying is one step from state law after a vote of final approval today in the Michigan House.“A fundamental duty of state government is to keep residents safe,” said Lucido, of Shelby Township. “Intimidation and threatening behavior online impacts life for people in our schools and businesses in a time where we are seeing a rise in suicide and depression. It’s time to put a stop to it and hold online bullies accountable, just as we would if the intimidating or threatening behavior were being carried out in person.”Current state law does not explicitly cover cyberbullying. Lucido’s plan defines it within law as clear intent to communicate fear of bodily harm or death – aligning Michigan with several other states that have formal online anti-bullying statute.A person charged with misdemeanor cyberbullying could be punished with up to 93 days in jail and a $500 fine for the first offense, with added violations carrying penalties of up to one year in jail and a $1,000 fine.If the online intimidation escalates to an assault or serious injury, offenders may be charged with a felony and face up to five years in prison and a $5,000 fine. If the offense leads to a fatality, the felony could be punishable up to 10 years behind bars and a $10,000 fine.According to the National Center for Education, about one of every five students within the ages of 12-18 experience some form of cyberbullying. Close to 800,000 worldwide people die from suicide every year, according to data from the World Health Organization.“Real penalties are needed for real problems and we’re seeing around the country that this is a real problem,” Lucido said. “Talking to someone over the computer or through a text message is a legitimate form of communication today. If you are using that line of communication in an unacceptable fashion, there should be consequences for those actions. This legislation updates the law and will serve as a deterrent.”House Bills 5017-18 will now be sent to the desk of the governor. 19Dec Rep. Lucido’s cyberbullying plan receives final legislative approval
22Jun Rep. Schroeder joins coalition urging USDA to extend protections for Michigan’s farmers Amid one of the worst growing seasons on record for Michigan’s farmers, State Rep. Andrea Schroeder joined a coalition of 63 lawmakers who urged the U.S. Department of Agriculture to modify rules that would prevent farmers from continuing to plant late in the growing season.“Our farmers are grappling with the wettest 12-month period on record in the continental U.S.—this instability not only hurts our rural communities, but also will impact food prices for consumers,” said Schroeder, of Independence Township. “With increased flexibility, we can mitigate the impact this record-setting weather has on our agricultural economy.”According to the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, agriculture is Michigan’s second-largest economic sector, contributing roughly $104.7 billion in economic activity.In response to protecting this industry, the coalition of lawmakers felt compelled to send this letter of support to U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue. The USDA announced Thursday it would permit farmers to use their unplanted land for livestock grazing, hay, or silage starting September 1 and still maintain eligibility for crop insurance.“We encourage you to help ensure this planting season is not a total loss by providing increased flexibility under Federal Crop Insurance rules for utilizing forage and cover crops, including corn silage, on prevented plant acres,” the letter reads. “Time is of the essence in enacting these changes. . . waiting much longer will remove the option for farmers to plant at all because the seed will no longer be available.”This increased flexibility allows farmers to plant on land normally prohibited by federal crop insurance rules, allowing for more crops to get to market and be raised for feed for a farmer’s livestock.As of June 12, Michigan farmers had only planted 63 percent of planned corn seeds and 43 percent of soybean seeds, according to the Michigan Farm Bureau. From May 2018 to May 2019, this year has been the 12-month period wettest on record, preventing many farmers from planting before the June deadlines elapsed. The deadline for full coverage of crop insurance was June 5 for corn and June 15 for soybeans.Full text of the letter and its signatories can be found here. Categories: Schroeder News
UPC Romania has added CME’s OTT video service Voyo to its network.The cable operator is offering Voyo for RON17 (€3.73) per month, which gives access to over 500 movies and TV series as well as live coverage of various sports events and concerts. The service is available to all UPC Internet Fiber Power customers.“We are one step closer to our vision of a digital world open to all. The partnership announced today enables us to bring premium online entertainment to our customers’ homes,” said Severina Pascu, CEO of UPC Romania.
BSkyB has begun airing Russian international news channel Russia Today in HD.Russia Today switched its English-language transmissions to HD in December, following a move to a new facility in Moscow.The channel cited BARB figures to show that it was the third most-watched news channel in the UK in the third quarter of last year, after BBC News and Sky News. Sky has been carrying Russia Today since 2006.“The switch to HD is an important step for our network, as HD delivery is not yet offered by many other major international news channels. It’s now up to the satellite and cable TV service providers to make the HD signal available to the viewers,” said Margarita Simonyan, the channel’s editor-in-chief. “We’re very happy that thanks to BSkyB our UK audience can now enjoy the best RT programming in HD so soon after we completed the switch.”
The EBU has criticised moves to mandate the use of 700MHz spectrum for mobile services and has argued that the body tasked with preparing an opinion on the use of spectrum for wireless applications for the EC has failed to provide evidence to suggest that additional spectrum is needed.In a response to the Radio Spectrum Policy Group’s (RSPG) draft opinion on demand for spectrum for wireless services, the EBU said that the benefits of allocating 700MHz spectrum were not proven.“Mandating the 700MHz band for use by mobile services is not acceptable. The incremental benefits are yet to be proven and the impact on incumbents and citizens has not been assessed,” said EBU director general Ingrid Deltenre.“Digital Terrestrial Television makes more efficient use of spectrum than mobile broadband for continuous linear media distribution to large audiences.”The RSPG’s draft, published in February, identified a number of candidates for meeting spectrum demands, including the 700MHz band, and proposed the development of an EU-wide strategy on the future use of the band and a long-term strategic policy on the future of the UHF band.The EC is expected to include provisions on spectrum in its proposals for a single market in telecommunications, to be submitted to EU leaders ahead of the European Council meeting in October. EC vice-president Neelie Kroes has also said she will set up a high-level group including representatives of the mobile and broadcasting industries to discuss radio spectrum from a political and technical perspective, a move that was welcomed by the EBU.
Danish cable operator YouSee has extended the availability of å la carte in the way it allows users to select TV channels.Subscribers to YouSee’s Medium and Full packages will now be able to choose a limited number of channels on an à la carte basis as part of YouSee’s Bland Selv initative.Medium package customers will be able to replace 10 channels in their package, while Full package users will be able to replace 34, from a choice of about 100 channels.Basic package subscribers will not be able to replace any of the 25 channels in their package. YouSee’s basic package is unencrypted and can be viewed without the need for a set-top box.Viewers are able to change their selection of à la carte channels each month.YouSee previously allowed users to add additional channels to their packages on an à la carte basis. The latest initiative, which involves the replacement of channels at no extra cost, comes after a period of intensive negotiations with content suppliers.
Régis TurriniVivendi’s senior vice-president for mergers and acquisitions, Régis Turrini, is to leave the group to take up a role as commissioner for the French State Holdings Agency.Turrini has worked at Vivendi since 2003 and also held the role of senior executive vice-president, strategy and development. He will take up his new role on September 1.
VBox Communications is unveiling a new app for Android set-top boxes at IBC.The app will bring live, broadcast-quality TV and recording capabilities to Android set-top boxes and will be available for free download from the Android play store next month.The app will be compatible with VBox’s new TV gateway, which receives broadcast TV signals from terrestrial, cable and satellite sources and converts them to IP in the home.The gateway is designed to serve as a whole-house DVR/PVR and simultaneously streams multiple broadcast TV channels across the home network to any connected device.The app enables viewers to watch live TV directly from their Android set-top box without an additional TV receiver.Viewers can control the app via any Android box remotecontrol. The app also allows users to watch Full HD channels on their Android box without hardware decoding.“Android set-top boxes are quickly becoming the most common media players for TVs, but they are only used for OTT content, and users need an additional set-top box to enjoy broadcast TV,” said Amir Aharonovich, VP of marketing for VBox“Instead of toggling back and forth between Netflix movies on an Android box and the evening news on a STB, our solution brings broadcast TV and OTT together. We empower viewers by enabling them to enjoy their favorite TV shows as they air, and access their OTT content from the same box.” VBox will exhibit at IBC on stand 3.B20
VoD services are becoming more accessible, with public service broadcasters leading the way, according to a new survey by ATVOD.Subtitled programmes for those with impaired hearing are now being provided on at least 18 UK VOD services according to the survey.Channel 5, ITV and STV all now provide subtitles for more than 70% of the on demand programming available through their websites, with commercial VOD services Curzon and Viasat coming close to matching that performance, said ATVOD.ATVOD (the Authority for Television On Demand) is the independent co-regulator for the editorial content of UK video on demand services.
Consumer electronics manufacturer UMC Slovakia, which holds the licence to the Sharp brand in Europe, has teamed up with smart TV content and app specialist Foxxum to integrate Foxxum’s smart TV platform into all new Sharp TV models sold in Europe.Under the five-year deal, users of Sharp smart TVs will gain access to Foxxum’s international content portfolio, while Foxxum’s content partners will gain access to new Sharp smart TV users across Europe.“We are very happy about signing Foxxum as our new Smart TV solution provider. They have shown a very strong expertise to grow a successful Smart TV business together,” said Aslan Khabliev, CEO of UMC.“It is an honor for us to work with an innovative brand like Sharp and we are happy to uphold our momentum within the professionalisation process of Smart TV solutions worldwide. UMC’s long-term commitment to Foxxum for the Sharp brand in European market again confirms the leading position Foxxum hold in the market,” says Ronny Lutzi, CEO of Foxxum.
Italy’s financial police have initiated an investigation into allegations that commercial broadcaster Mediaset colluded with Infront, the outfit that handles rights negotiations on behalf of Italy’s football league.Police last Friday raided the offices of Mediaset’s head of sports rights Giorgio Giovetti and Mediaset CEO Marco Giordani, in search of evidence for the claim that the pair colluded with Infront to rig the bidding for Serie A rights to the 2015-18 seasons in favour of Mediaset.The police are simultaneously investigating Infront’s Italian chief Marco Bogarelli, and have also arrested tax consultant Andrea Baroni, who has been linked by Italian media to Infront – something the company denies – on tax evasion and money laundering charges.The rights to the seasons were sold to Mediaset and Sky, its chief competitor, for €923 million per season.Mediaset has denied that it colluded with Infront and said its relations with the outfit were transparent. It reiterated that its executives have always worked “in full compliance with the rules” and that the football deal complied with the Melandri law that is designed to prevent the concentration of rights in the hands of a single operator.Switzerland-based Infront, which is helmed by FIFA president Sepp Blatter’s nephew Philippe, confirmed that the Milan prosecutor’s office had launched a probe into the activities of Bogarelli and two other Infront executives, Andrea Locatelli and Giuseppe Ciocchetti, adding that Infront itself as a company was not facing a formal probe. The company denied that it had ever had any relationship with Baroni or his Swiss consultancy outfit.“Infront and its local management are co-operating with the authorities to establish the accuracy or otherwise of the claims,” the company said.
Jack DorseyInvesting in live streaming video will be one of Twitter’s five key priorities this year, according to CEO Jack Dorsey.Speaking on an analyst call to mark Twitter’s less than stellar fourth-quarter financial results, which saw the social networking site post an improved US$90 million loss but zero growth in monthly usage, Dorsey said that the company aimed to be “a leader in live streaming video” based on its Periscope initiative.Dorsey said that Twitter was working hard to build in full support for video and integrate broadcasters’ streams into the platform.Referring to Twitter’s video advertising product that allows broadcasters to publish in-Tweet video clips accompanied by pre-roll or post-roll ads, Dorsey said that Twitter now had over 225 Amplify premium video content providers signed up for the service.Dorsey said that using Twitter for video advertising also helped broadcaster achieve a better return on investment on TV advertising. He said that research had shown that setting up advertising on Twitter to go hand-in-hand with TV ads increased the return on investment in TV ads by between 8% and 16%. He said he believed there as a rationale for marketers to “move budget out of underperforming display” advertising into Twitter because of the uplift provided by Amplify.Speaking to analysts on the same call, chief operating officer Adam Bain said that Twitter was now seeing “a massive amount of engagement around video”, placing it in a good position to tap into marketing budgets around video. He said that 90% of advertisers that booked slots on TV around last weekend’s Super Bowl event also ran ads on Twitter, with over half of that budget being dedicated to video.Bain said that a third of Twitter’s managed clients now used video as a tool.
Sky QSky is due to launch a new set-top box with Ultra HD capabilities in Germany, Austria and Italy this autumn, the company has confirmed.The new box, which was already in development prior to the UK release of Sky Q earlier this year, will be an upgrade on the current generation of Sky+ box and will be released ahead of a planned international rollout of Sky Q.The new hardware will be named Sky+ Pro in Germany and Austria, and MySky in Italy, and will be UHD-ready, have built in WiFi and a 1TB hard drive.A Sky spokesperson confirmed to DTVE that Sky’s UHD-ready next generation entertainment service, Sky Q, will launch in Germany, Austria and Italy at some point during 2017.Announcing its results for the 12 months ended June 30, Sky said that the new box rollouts are part of bigger development plans for each of its non-UK markets.Sky stated that its first priority for German and Austria is to “broaden the business in 2016/17 by developing entertainment for the whole household” – and will do so by launching its Sky 1 and Sky Cinema Family channels there this autumn.The Sky+ Pro set-top box release is Sky’s second priority for its German-speaking markets, while its third priority is the launch of new streaming service, Sky Ticket.This is a rebranded version of the current Sky Online proposition, offering customers a flexible streaming service that builds on Sky’s experience with Now TV in the UK and Italy.“Sky Ticket will enable us to tap further into the pay lite segment in Germany and Austria, with an enhanced customer offer that includes, for the first time, Sky Sport day, week and month passes,” said Sky.In Italy, Sky said it has three strategic priorities: to provide the “very best TV experience”; to offer its services on a choice of platforms; and to drive revenue growth across subscription and additional revenue streams.“In 2016/17 we will progress this further, delivering new shows including The Young Pope and 1993; innovations including Sky Go Extra, the Sky Kids App and improving the MySky proposition with our next generation box with HD on demand content,” according to Sky.It also said that it will expand its Now TV online service in Italy by launching on more devices there the first quarter, having first rolled out Now TV in this market in June. It will also introduce Sky AdSmart to Italy.
Channel 5’s Blind DateViacom has highlighted the strength of the performance of its UK channels last year, led by free-to-air broadcaster Channel 5, which delivered the largest audience growth among the country’s public service broadcasters, according to the media group.Channel 5’s audience grew by 5% to deliver a 6.51% share of all TV viewing, the service’s best performance since 2004. The Channel 5 portfolio, including 5Star, 5USA and 5Spike, also delivered its highest share of viewing to date among the sought-after ABC1 audience segments and 16-24 year-olds, according to Viacom. The portfolio achieved a 5.58% share of this group, which it said reflected its investment in factual and documentary shows including Slum Britain: 50 Years On, produced in partnership with Shelter and natural history documentary, Alaska: A Year in the Wild.The rebranded 5Spike meanwhile saw a 32% increase in viewing share for all individuals.Viacom’s overall portfolio of channels achieved an 8.4% share of all TV viewers. Comedy Central grew its 16-34s audience by 11% and achieved its best year on record, while Nickelodeon grew 7% and is the number one ranked kids network in pay TV homes, the media group said.James Currell, President for Viacom’s UK operations, said: “It speaks volumes for the strength of Channel 5’s performance last year that it gained share from its rivals and won over new audiences in the most intense competitive environment I can remember. It is clear proof our investment in reinventing Channel 5’s schedule is paying off and is contributing strongly to the overall growth of our UK business.”