Four benefits of having a wireless security system His wife, Evgenia, issued a statement Thursday saying he had symptoms of poisoning and called for him to be taken to Europe or Israel for treatment.But his father and the head doctor of the hospital said Friday he won’t be sent abroad, Russian news agencies reported.Litvinenko, a former officer of the Russian Federal Security Service, died in London in 2006 after ingesting the radioactive element polonium. He had fled to Britain in 2000, where he wrote a book claiming that security service agents had coordinated the bombings of Russian apartment buildings. The bombings were blamed on Chechen terrorists and used as a justification to launch the second war between Russian forces and separatists there.In 2004, journalist Anna Politkovskaya fell ill on a plane as she was heading to try to help mediate the Beslan school hostage crisis, and poisoning was widely suspected. Politkovskaya was shot to death two years later.Journalist Yuri Shchekochikhin, who had investigated the apartment bombings and alleged corruption by security service officials, also died of an unexplained illness in 2003.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. MOSCOW (AP) — A prominent Russian opposition figure who is being treated at a Moscow hospital for a sudden, mysterious illness won’t be taken abroad for care.Vladimir Kara-Murza was hospitalized Tuesday in a serious condition. Diagnoses have varied, with doctors saying Friday that he is suffering from kidney failure. No cause for the condition has been determined.After the poisoning of defector Alexander Litvinenko and the mysterious deaths of other Russian opposition figures, some worry that Kara-Murza could have been poisoned. Kara-Murza was a close associate of opposition leader Boris Nemtsov, who was assassinated in February, and works with a civic organization founded by Mikhail Khodorkovsky, the former oil tycoon and Kremlin opponent. Top Stories New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Men’s health affects baby’s health too Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Comments Share Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Sponsored Stories
Sponsored Stories It said that no bystanders were injured or killed, and that investigations were continuing.Dilxat Raxit, spokesman for the Munich-based World Uyghur Congress, which advocates Uighur rights, said that according to local sources, the suspects shot Monday were among dozens of Uighurs who had been rounded up and arrested as they were trying to flee abroad through China’s northern border.“China shot dead those who resisted,” he said. “China’s barbarian policy of shooting people dead before judicial interrogation should be prevented by the international community.”Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Top Stories Comments Share A foreign-based spokesman for Uighurs said the people shot were among a group of Uighurs who were trying to flee China through its northern border.Uighurs (pronounced WEE-gurs) are a Muslim minority in China’s far western region of Xinjiang. Beijing has accused Uighur separatists of terrorism in Xinjiang and elsewhere in China, including a knife attack at a train station in southwest Kunming city last year that killed 31 people. The government also has accused some of them of trying to go abroad to join international terrorist groups.Uighurs have complained of harsh cultural and religious suppression as well as economic marginalization in Xinjiang, where ethnic violence has left hundreds of people dead. A report by Human Rights Watch on Monday said Uighurs were among ethnic minorities in China that found it difficult to get a passport because of a two-track system that subjected residents in certain areas to application delays of up to five years.The police statement said that during Monday’s incident, “four violent terrorists resisted arrest by wielding knives, so to prevent any harm to society, police quickly decided to shoot them. Three were killed and one was injured.” BEIJING (AP) — Police in northeastern China said Tuesday that they fatally shot three minority Muslim Uighurs in a confrontation with suspects they described as terrorists who were using knives to resist arrest.Police also injured a fourth suspect during the incident Monday in Shenyang, the city police said in a statement on their microblog. A man who refused to identify himself at Shenyang police’s criminal offenses office said the four were ethnic Uighurs. How men can have a healthy 2019 New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Mesa family survives lightning strike to home
Source = Shamwari Group Shamwari Game Reserve, Sanbona Wildlife Reserve, Jock Safari Lodge and Nkomazi Game Reserve, all part of Shamwari Group have been presented with a 2013 Certificate of Excellence Award by tripadvisor®.Shamwari Group’s, Group General Manager, Joe Cloete commented, “It’s great to be recognised and we hope this also confirms that the very many new guest offerings at each of the lodges are proving successful such as education, conservation awareness and family travel aside from the given luxury element.” This esteemed award is rewarded to businesses that constantly obtain high ratings from tripadvisor® travellers. By receiving this prestigious award, it has placed Sanbona Wildlife Reserve in the top-performing 10% of all businesses worldwide via tripadvisor®.
Categories: News 07Jan Rep. Price maintains perfect voting record State Rep. Amanda Price maintained a perfect voting record during the entire 2013-2014 legislative session, according to an official tally.The House took 1,345 roll call votes and Rep. Price, R-Park Township, did not miss a single vote. Price has maintained a perfect voting record during her entire four-year tenure in the House of Representatives.“The efficacy of our state government is dependent on the voting process and it is essential to ensure the thoughts and concerns of the 89th House District are represented on every issue affecting Michigan,” Price said. “My utmost priority is to listen and carry on the voices of my constituents at every opportunity to make sure they are heard.”Last session, the state Legislature approved measures to continue to increase Michigan’s economic growth and outlook. Additionally, legislation sponsored by Price was approved to strengthen the penalties against the use of pseudoephedrine to manufacture methamphetamine to protect the safety and well-being of Ottawa County residents, as well as protect the rights of breast-feeding mothers.“While there is still much progress to be made, I am confident in the steps we have taken toward a brighter Michigan future,” Price said. “I look forward to continuing to listen to and represent the people of Ottawa County.”###
03Mar Rep. Lucido takes the plunge Shelby Township lawmaker participates in fundraising event for Special Olympics of MichiganToday in Lansing Rep. Pete Lucido braved the elements of a Pure Michigan winter day to help raise money for the Special Olympics at the Legislative Polar Plunge.More than a dozen lawmakers this year participated in the annual event, with temperatures in Lansing reading approximately 28 degrees Fahrenheit. The event raises money for the nearly 21,000 athletes who take part in Special Olympics Michigan. This year, the plunge raised $30,000 for the year-round program, which offers sport and activity for those with intellectual disabilities.“This is such a fun event and for such a great cause,” said Rep. Lucido, R-Shelby Township. “I was proud to sport the Shelby Lions Football uniform as I jumped into some very, very cold water to bring attention and raise funds for this very important cause. I can’t wait to take the plunge again next year! Go Shelby Lions!” Categories: Lucido News,Lucido Photos
Categories: Victory News Local commissioner and Michigan drain attorney speak in support of legislationState Rep. Roger Victory, center, is joined today by Ottawa County Drain Commissioner Joe Bush, right, and Stacy Hissong, legal Counsel for Michigan Association of County Drain Commissioners, to speak in support of legislation before the House of Local Government Committee 23Mar Rep. Victory bill supported by Ottawa County officials State Rep. Roger Victory of Hudsonville today was joined by Ottawa County Drain Commissioner Joe Bush and Stacy Hissong, legal Counsel for Michigan Association of County Drain Commissioners. Both testified in support of Victory’s bill to allow a municipality to petition to add or remove land from an original drainage district that results in boundary line changes.“This bill is a simple solution that allows for fair and accurate drain fees,” Victory said. “The drain commissioners will hold a public hearing through the community and will vote.”Current law allows one municipality to request the creation of an intercountry district. This bill adds another avenue for adding or removing land that results in an intercountry drainage district or the removal of a county without requiring an onerous process to determine the correct number of property owner signatures.House Bill 4286 remains under consideration by the House Local Government Committee.###
06Sep Rep. Howrylak joined by local first responders for Sept. 11 service PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Martin Howrylak (second from left), of Troy, today hosted (from left) Clawson Police Chief Harry Anderson, Troy Fire Chief Dave Roberts and Assistant Fire Chief Chuck Riesterer, as his 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: Howrylak News
Categories: Webber News 19Nov Residents can meet with Rep. Webber on Nov. 26 State Rep. Michael Webber will host his monthly office hours on Monday, Nov. 26 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at Panera Bread, 2921 S. Rochester Road in Rochester Hills.“I am committed to making state government accessible and accountable to the people,” Rep. Webber said. “Local residents who are interested in discussing legislative matters or have questions related to state government are encouraged to stop by at their convenience.”No appointment is necessary. Those unable to attend may contact Rep. Webber at 517-373-1773 or via email at MichaelWebber@house.mi.gov.
Share1TweetShareEmail1 Shares January 23, 2015;Open Government ManifestoOne thing that cannot be denied about Social Impact Bonds is the creativity of SIB enthusiasts, exploring venues in which SIBs might be deployed and mechanisms through which they can be funded and subsidized. On the former, one interesting idea from the UK has Streetkleen Bio, a social enterprise focused on reducing the social and environmental impact of dog waste, exploring SIBs to fund its PooPrints DNA program, with the potential social cost benefit of community health and well-being.On the financing side, Erdem Ovacik is a SIB promoter who is also committed to expanding direct democracy. His idea is “to make [the] number of persons invested in the SIB a success-parameter in the procurement of SIBs. In other words, making the number of citizens on the SIB a part of the SIB scoring, and preferring to accept SIB contracts that involves [a] greater number of citizens.”As he notes, the current array of SIBs have been funded in the UK by foundations, special social impact funds, and pension funds, and in the U.S. by big Wall Street investment banks like Goldman Sachs. The attraction is, in part, the “7-15 percent annual return based on the track record of SIBs so far,” according to Ovacik, a return that is a lot better than most alternative investments and, if focused on SIBs that are pretty much sure bets (like Goldman’s investment in early childhood education SIBs in Salt Lake City and Chicago), not particularly risky.Ovacik suggests that citizens “do not have access to fund or affect these (SIB) instruments at this time.” He believes that broader citizen engagement and investment in SIBs would be beneficial in ways that institutional investors such as foundations or Wall Street can’t deliver, including generating broader public support for the SIB projects, providing potential volunteers, participating in the board meetings of the SIB implementing agencies, and “report[ing] back to [the] public about challenges and successes achieved by the SIB.”The mechanism for this could be crowdfunding. Ovacik suggests that crowdfunding platforms such as Ethex, MicroGenius, Abundance, and Trillionfund possess “the technical capability and access to investors with social profile to facilitate the crowdfunding process.”To Ovacik, this idea is “politically not challenging.” In a way, however, he is addressing a fundamental concern that SIB critics have raised. In the U.S., the current dependence of SIBs on institutional investors such as Goldman or Bank of America raises the question of who is calling the shots on this emerging instrument for social policy. If the selection of social programs warranting public support is going to be tied to the willingness of Wall Street investment houses to put in money upfront, there is no way to avoid the implication that Wall Street will be highly influential in signaling to government and nonprofits what kinds of SIB projects merit support and what kinds don’t. Ovacik’s idea is to shift some of that SIB project selection to a broader public, small-“d” democratic process. He doesn’t think it’s politically challenging, but it might be, as institutional investors and the coterie of SIB packagers ponder how crowdfunded SIBs change the nature of their business model.Bet that crowdfunding would make a PooPrints an attractive SIB. —Rick Cohen Share1TweetShareEmail1 Shares
Share14Tweet2ShareEmail16 SharesRunyon Canyon Park 8 / Ryan VaarsiApril 5, 2016; LAistNPQ has written a lot about the “naming” of things for fundraising purposes, but there are real questions about the appropriateness of naming a public facility after a corporation. And that does not even take into account the sensibilities and environmental objections present in this case.Those who make regular use of Runyon Canyon, a popular rustic park in Los Angeles with an astounding view, are not wild about the idea of corporate branding along the trails used by joggers, dogs, and families to get away from all of that.The California Department of Parks and Recreation has forged a partnership with Pink+Dolphin, only announced after the fact, which will fund an “expensive and much-needed” retaining wall, along with a logo-bearing basketball court halfway up the trail. This will cost a total of $252,708, but the company will be responsible for maintenance of those facilities for the next ten years. Another company, AQUAhydrate, whose owners in true L.A. fashion include Ron Burkle, Mark Wahlberg, and Sean “Diddy” Combs, is scheduled to provide a branded water fountain for people and their canine pals.The issue created a packed-to-overflowing Hollywood Hills West Neighborhood Council meeting on Monday night. Some waited for two hours to testify to their concerns, which included a lack of public input and no environmental impact review or sound tests.According to the L.A. Times, City Councilman David Ryu said irate nature lovers had threatened him before the meeting.“That is not acceptable,” he said at the meeting. He also called the lack of public outreach concerning the basketball court “a travesty.”“We should have had more solicitation and sought out input from the community. Should’ve, could’ve, but we didn’t,” he said—adding that most of the decisions were made before he took office.The neighborhood council eventually voted unanimously to pass a motion opposing the branding, etc.Part of the anger was reserved for a nonprofit group, Friends of Runyon Canyon Park, whom residents said did not represent the views of park-goers. That group, which has “before and after” pictures up on its site where it lauds the corporate partnership as the way of the future, they said, knew about the deal but did not inform users.—Ruth McCambridgeShare14Tweet2ShareEmail16 Shares
Share14Tweet26Share3Email43 Shares[CC0], via Wikimedia CommonsAugust 28, 2017; Solar IndustryAccording to the most recent issue of the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) Electric Power Monthly, data through June 30, 2017 shows that the share of electrical generation coming from renewables, which include biomass, geothermal, hydropower, solar, and wind, is statistically tied with nuclear. The nonprofit research group SUN DAY Campaign reports that each delivers 20 percent of the nation’s energy needs.The EIA, the primary federal government authority on energy statistics and analysis, stated that, while renewables are in a close contest with nuclear, “nuclear will generate more electricity than renewables for all of 2017.”In total, according to EIA’s data for the six months, utility-scale renewables plus small-scale solar PV provided 20.05 percent of U.S. net electrical generation, compared to 20.07 percent for nuclear. However, renewables may actually hold a small lead, says SUN DAY: Though EIA estimates the contribution from distributed PV solar, it does not include electrical generation by distributed wind, micro-hydro or small-scale biomass, the group points out.SUN DAY, however, says there is strong growth in almost all sources for renewable energy, and that the EIA data demonstrates a trend towards an expanding market for renewables and a stagnant (and perhaps declining) market for nuclear.The SUN DAY Campaign is a 25-year-old membership organization focused on “research and educational organization supporting the aggressive development of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies.”Comparing the first six months of 2017 with the same period in 2016, utility-scale plus small-scale solar grew by 45.1 percent, hydropower by 16.1 percent, wind by 15.6 percent and geothermal by 3.2 percent. Biomass (including wood and wood-derived fuels) remained essentially unchanged, slipping by 0.8%. Importantly, electrical generation by solar alone is now greater than that provided individually by biomass, geothermal and oil (e.g., petroleum liquids plus petroleum coke), according to the group.SUN DAY reports that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission recently stated that installed generating capacity is 19.70 percent for renewables and less than half that, 8.98 percent, for nuclear. One sign that renewables are overtaking nuclear is the cancellation of four reactors in South Carolina. Further, there is a possibility of cancellation of reactors in Georgia, and no other new nuclear sites are planned. This means that the closure of nuclear plants would outpace any additions.Ken Bossong, the executive director of SUN DAY Campaign, observes that “Everyone loves a horse race. However, the smart money is now on renewables to soon leave nuclear power in the dust.”“Nuclear power is in irreversible decline in the U.S., due to rising costs and failing economics of new and existing reactors alike,” adds Tim Judson, executive director of the Nuclear Information and Resource Service. “Last month’s cancellation of half the new reactors under construction in the U.S. means that gap is going to be wider than projected—and accelerating.”—Marian ConwayShare14Tweet26Share3Email43 Shares
Cable operator UPC Poland has today added Eurosport HD and Eurosport 2 HD to its line-up.Both channels have been added to the Super HD package, which now includes 15 HD channels.Eurosport 2 HD will also be available on the network of Aster, now owned by UPC.
The extent to which viewers are watching TV and using other devices at the same time has been revealed in new research commissioned by law firm Wiggin. Over 70% of respondents, who were based in the UK, said that they watch TV while browsing the internet or using another device.Some 47% said they interact with friends on social media sites while viewing linear TV and 52% used the internet to find out more about the show while viewing.Over 40% of respondents said that they watch online video content at the same time as watching TV and 35% said that they watch two or more full programmes simultaneously.
Vestel has announced that it will showcase the first version of its Android integrated display with Beesmart middleware at IBC.The new display is based on the Android platform and therefore offers an environment for many popular Android applications. Vestel said the solution allows modifications and adaptations of the graphical user interface according to the customers’ requirements.Beenius’s Beesmart SDK enables operators to create their own applications according to their needs, while Beesmart’s Open API gives access to various levels of middleware and enables the development of applications on top of operator’s existing platform.Hakan Kutlu, deputy general manager at Vestel Foreign Trade, said “Beesmart middleware integration with Vestel Android integrated display brings us a big advantage in meeting operator’s demands. This product can provide operator-based solution and as well as Android-based applications for end-users. This unique solution can be customised for operators and include several technologies based on Android 4.0 software.”Beenius CEO Matjaž Bevk said, “Vestel’s new Android integrated Display joined with the Beesmart TV service platform is definitely on the way to success as one of the first generation Android TVs on the market. Once again we have proved that partnership between Vestel and Beenius can produce an amazing product in a record time.”Vestel and Beenius will be exhibiting at IBC on stand 14.A20.
European football body UEFA grants football rights to SportKlub and Telekom Slovenia has awarded the 2012-15 UEFA Champions League media rights in Slovenia to SportKlub and Telekom Slovenia.Each match week basic-tier channel SportKlub will show live the best-pick Wednesday match, followed by a highlights programme.Telekom Slovenia has been awarded the rights to all the remaining matches and will broadcast the best-pick Tuesday match each match week, followed by a highlights programme on basic-tier channel Planet TV. Further matches will be broadcast on Telekom Slovenia’s IPTV channel.The UEFA Champions League final and UEFA Super Cup have been awarded to both broadcasters on a co-exclusive basis.
A Cyprus-based OTT service provider, Banaxi, has unveiled plans to launch a video-on-demand service in central Europe.Banaxi says it will specialise in offering premium video content from major film studios and larger TV companies as well as some local broadcasters and independent distributors.The offering will include a World Cinema section with original-language content, targeted primarily at migrant users around the World.Banaxi said it has signed agreements with connected device providers including Samsung and NetRange, which operators Smart TV portals for Sharp, Ikea, Loewe, Vestel and SES-backed HD+. It said further deals with connected TV, Blu-ray player and set-top manufacturers are in the offing. Banaxi said it is also in discussion with a number of telecom operators.Banaxi said it would initially launch services in 15 central European countries, followed by Scandinavia, western Europe, other countries in eastern Europe, Asia, the US and Latin America.
Russian pay TV platform NTV+ is to add six new channels on September 5.Additions include History, broadcast in Russian and English as part of the operator’s Basic and Basic Plus tiers, History Channel HD, in the NTV+ package, Travel Channel, available in the Basic, Basic Plus, Lite and Lite Plus tiers, Travel Channel HD, available in the NTV+ HD pack, Paramount Comedy, available in the Basic and Basic Plus packs, and Russian music channel Muz, available in the Basic, Basic Plus, Lite and Lite Plus packages.
Roughly 60% of smartphone and tablet users watch between one and five hours of TV or video on these mobile platforms each week, according to Parks Associates. The US research firm said that this video consumption will help drive in-app ad revenues to more than US$5.6 billion by 2017, with 44% of tablet owners and 32% of smartphone claiming to have increased viewing on these platforms in the past year.Separately, Parks released stats last week claiming that 55% of US smartphone owners and 61% of tablet owners use TV-related apps at least once a month.The research claimed that more than 23% of US smartphone owners aged 18 to 34 use TV apps on their smartphone to schedule DVR recordings, while more than 22% have used an app that transforms their smartphone into a remote control for their TV or set-top box.Overall, Parks tips the number of global TV app users on smartphones to reach 1.29 billion by 2018.“TV app usage is altering the use cases for multiple connected devices; currently 57% of connected game console owners are using the device to watch TV shows. We are also seeing new revenue opportunities emerge through in-app solutions in the smart home and Internet of Things,” said Parks Associates president Stuart Sikes.
Satellite operator SES has selected Airbus Defence and Space to build its latest satellite, SES-10, which it said will “significantly grow SES’s capacity to serve the thriving markets of Latin America.”The communications satellite will provide direct-to-home broadcasting, enterprise and broadband connectivity services across the Latin America and Caribbean regions.The satellite is due to be positioned at the 67 degrees West orbital position, in accordance with a deal with the Andean Community of Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru, and is slated for launch on board a SpaceX Falcon 9 launch vehicle.“SES-10 will provide our customers in Latin America with new, high power satellite capacity for multiple applications at an established orbital slot. We are delighted to broaden our partnership with the Andean Community with a satellite built specifically for use in the Simon Bolivar 2 satellite network, offering opportunities for expanded commercial, economic and social benefits for the Andean region,” said SES president and CEO Romain Bausch.The news comes as rival satellite operator Eutelsat said that its new Eutelsat 3B satellite has arrived in Long Beach, California, from Toulouse, France and has been transported to the Sea Launch facility ahead of a planned April 15 launch.
Liberty Global-owned UK cable operator Virgin Media has made the Sky Sports app for Android devices available to its subscribers who take Sky Sports services. The app, which was previously only available for iOS devices, enables Sky Sports subscribers to stream the Sky Sports channels, including Sky Sports 1 to 5, Sky Sports F1 and Sky Sports News HQ live on Android devices via 3G, 4G or WiFi.Scott Kewley, Director of Digital Entertainment at Virgin Media said: “The Sky Sports app for Android cements our position as the home of sports TV at home or on the move and means we now have a full complement of Android and iOS apps for both Sky Sports and Sky Movies. Our customers enjoy the same access to Sky Sports on the go as Sky customers.”