Democratic gubernatorial candidate Phil Angelides on Friday promised to provide health care for all of California’s children if elected by closing corporate tax loopholes and tax breaks given to those who earn more than $500,000. Standing with a group of parents and their children outside a health center in East Los Angeles, Angelides gave brief details about his plan that he says would provide health care insurance for children, reduce college tuition and help fund public education. Angelides, the state treasurer, estimates California would have to roll back about $5 billion in corporate tax loopholes and tax breaks for those earning more than a half-million dollars. “I’m going to protect working families, I’m going to stand up for them and I’m going to make corporations and multimillionaires pay their fair share,” Angelides said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Health care reform is shaping up to be a key campaign platform leading up to November’s election. Both Angelides and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger this week indicated it would be one of their top priorities if elected. On Wednesday, Schwarzenegger called for a summit to develop a new health care system that would provide assistance for all Californians. Schwarzenegger has previously opposed a universal health care system, but said he may make 2007 “the year of health care” if he remains governor. Schwarzenegger drew the ire of health care advocates in October when he vetoed two bills that were designed to provide medical coverage for about 800,000 uninsured children in California. Schwarzenegger supported the concept but questioned where the money would come from to pay for it. Schwarzenegger’s campaign defended his record on Friday, noting that since he took office, children’s enrollment in the Medi-Cal and Healthy Families programs has increased 10 percent and now serves more than 4 million children. His supporters also said overall health care spending in California has grown nearly 30 percent.
05Mar Rep. Pscholka hits icy water to benefit Michigan Special Olympics Categories: News Michigan’s winter has been frigid, and it was an even colder day than usual for state Rep. Al Pscholka as he took a dive into a pool of icy water on the lawn of the state Capitol as part of the Legislative Polar Plunge to support Michigan Special Olympics.Rep. Pscholka, dressed as the Grinch, braved below-freezing temperatures for the fourth consecutive year to participate in the event. The Stevensville Republican in past years has taken the plunge dressed as a shark, a bear and a penguin. More than a dozen lawmakers this year participated in the event, with temperatures in Lansing reading just 16 degrees.“It’s been an honor to participate for the fourth year in a row and raise money for the Special Olympics and all of the athletes it supports,” said Pscholka. “With so many of my colleagues coming out to bear the cold, not only does this event raise awareness for this worthy cause, but it’s fun too.”Nearly 21,000 athletes annually participate in Special Olympics Michigan, which is a year-round program offering sports for those with intellectual disabilities. The ultimate goal of Special Olympics is to help persons with intellectual disabilities participate and receive respect as members of their communities.“Many of my constituents in the 79th District participate in the Special Olympics, and some have advanced to national competitions,” Pscholka said. “This is a small price to pay to support them.”
Polish competition regulator UOKiK has approved the merger between Canal Plus’ Polish subsidiary Cyfra Plus and rival TVN Group, operator of the ‘n’ pay TV platform.The pair’s strategic partnership will see the creation of a new unified platform with a base of 2.5 million subscribers.Canal Plus is expected to take up to 40% of N-Vision, the company that controls 51% of TVN Group.The deal is also expected to give Canal Plus a 51% stake in the merged platform, with TVN holding 32% and Liberty Global holding 17%.TVN Group said it expected the deal to close before the end of the year. CEO Markus Tellenbach said the integration of the Cyfra Plus and ‘n’ platforms would begin immediately after the deal is completed in order to take advantage of planned synergies.
Nordic telco Telia has launched its new Media Box set-top that will also provide access to Netflix to customers in Sweden and Finland for the first time.Netflix subscribers will be able to access the Netflix app on the box via the main menu, EPG and the app store. New customers can sign up via the app on TV.Netflix drama The Crown will be available to Telia customers from November 4.Telia said it would roll out the Media Box in other territories through 2017, bringing Netflix to its customers in the Baltic States.Johanna Berlinde, head of global TV and media at Telia, said that the partnership would give customers the ability to easily switch between TV and streaming services offered by Telia, and Netflix.Separately, Latvian telco Lattelecom, which is part-owned by Telia, said that revenues from its TV services grew by 6% in the dthird quarter, contributing first nine months revenue growth of 3% to €142.6 million. Lattelecom highlighted its launch of multiscreen TV service Shortcut in July as contributing to the success of its TV offering.