Sarri delighted with ‘reaction’ for Chelsea win at Watfordby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea boss Maurizio Sarri was pleased with their victory at Watford on Wednesday night.Eden Hazard scored twice as Chelsea gained a hard-fought win at Watford to reclaim fourth place in the Premier League table.The Belgian opened the scoring when he collected Mateo Kovacic’s pass, took the ball around goalkeeper Ben Foster and calmly finished for his 100th Blues goal.Chelsea’s lead only lasted two minutes until Roberto Pereyra volleyed past Kepa Arrizabalaga from the edge of the 18-yard box.But Hazard grabbed his second of the match in the second half when he converted a penalty after Foster had bundled him over.Sarri told Sky Sports: “I think we played a good match with a good level of determination and attention for 90 minutes. We could have won with another result. we missed three or four good opportunities but I’m happy with the reaction. It was dangerous for us when they conceded, but we reacted well and we didn’t stop playing our football.”On Eden Hazard’s performance, he added: “I think he played very well, not only for his two goals, but he was good with his teammates and in open spaces. I like him in every position he is a great player.”In this moment we need this solution because we need to be more solid defensively and with this system we can score and become more solid in the defensive phase. Maybe in the last match, we played better in the first half than we did tonight, but today the application was very good.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Man Utd planning offers for Rice and Koulibalyby Paul Vegas16 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United will pursue Declan Rice and Kalidou Koulibaly this summer, regardless of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s future.The Norwegian is under to pressure to keep his job, with reports stating he could be sacked if United are pummelled by Liverpool after the international break.A poor start to the season which sees them lie in 12th has prompted the club’s board to plan transfers for January, with Juventus striker Mario Mandzukic and Tottenham midfielder Christian Eriksen considered.Goal says the transfers of West Ham youngster Rice and Napoli defender Koulibaly are being targeted for the summer.Both players could cost a combined total of over £200m. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Peace River broke the previous record high of 29.6 degrees, which was recorded on June 19th, 1982. That community saw a high of 31.1 degrees on Tuesday. Tuesday’s high of 32.1 degrees in High Level was also record-breaking, topping the previous record by 3.2 degrees. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The heat wave that has gripped much of B.C. and Alberta since Sunday has broken temperature records across the Peace Region.On Tuesday, Fort St. John got close to but didn’t break the June 19th record high temperature, as the airport weather station recorded a high of 30.2 degrees. That’s 0.4 degrees below the previous highest temperature on that day, which was recorded way back in 1950. Dawson Creek also came close to breaking the June 19th all-time high temperature of 29.9 degrees, which was recorded in 1982. Yesterday’s high in the Mile Zero City was 29.4 degrees.Fort Nelson was by far one of the hottest places in the Peace, setting a new all-time high-temperature record of 34.6 degrees Celsius, and breaking the previous record of 32.2 degrees that dates to 1950. Grande Prairie also broke the June 19th high-temperature record yesterday, as the recorded high of 30.8 degrees broke the 30.0-degree record that was set back in 1948.
GRANDE PRAIRIE, A.B. – One person has been charged after an incident near Crooked Creek Alberta.At approximately 5:15 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 5, 2018, a Grande Prairie RCMP member attempted to stop a stolen vehicle near Crooked Creek, Alta off Highway 43. A confrontation occurred between a lone male suspect and the officer which resulted in the discharge of a police weapon.The suspect fled in the vehicle on to Highway 43. The suspect vehicle then rolled near Range Road 254A and Township 710. The suspect was later arrested with the assistance of Police Dog Services near the Greenview Golf Course. The suspect was not injured as result of the confrontation but sustained minor injuries as a result of the collision.No injuries were sustained by the involved officer or members of the public.Gordon Randal Rawlyk (42) of Grande Prairie has been charged with the following offences:Assault Police Officer with a weaponFlight from policePossession of property obtained by crime over $5,000Possession of property obtained by crime under $5,000 (x2)Dangerous operation of a motor vehicleFraudulent concealmentRawlyk was held for a bail hearing and released for a court appearance on Jan. 23, 2019 at Grande Prairie Provincial Court.As this matter is now before the courts no further information will be provided.
New Delhi: Aviation turbine fuel (ATF) should be brought under the Goods and Services Tax (GST) regime as it will ensure a level playing field for the domestic airline industry, Civil Aviation Minister Suresh Prabhu said. He said input costs should be competitive for any sector and the ministry has been of the strong view that the fuel should be brought under the GST regime. Different rates of taxes in states pushes the price of ATF, he said. “Each state has a different tax. Due to this, the refuelling (for airlines) cost completely changes. We feel that it should be done. I hope the GST Council takes a call on that and we are pursuing this with the council continuously. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal”We will work on it that aviation fuel should also be brought under GST for predictability and for ensuring level playing field,” the minister said in an interview. Airlines have been demanding inclusion of ATF in the new indirect tax regime. Airlines could expect an annual relief of up to Rs 5,000 crore by way of input tax credit if ATF is brought under GST. The move could cushion them from the burden of increased jet fuel prices, besides providing relief to customers.
Embed Code More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed FiveThirtyEight This week on Hot Takedown, we’re reacting to a series of upsets in the first round of the NBA playoffs. The Los Angeles Clippers pulled off the biggest comeback in playoff history, but we don’t necessarily think the Warriors should be too worried for the rest of the series. Other upsets included the No. 7 seed Orlando Magic defeating the No. 2 Toronto Raptors; that Game 1 victory had Mike Tuck on “Open Mike” from Orlando’s 96.9 The Game positing that Orlando is underrated in the Eastern Conference. Our basketball guru, Chris Herring, makes a guest appearance to help us break down this claim.Someone who is openly shaking in his boots this week is golfing great Jack Nicklaus. Tiger Woods’s victory at the Masters gave him his 15th major, just three behind Nicklaus’s all-time record. Does Tiger have it in him to catch Jack? Or do we expect this to be his last big victory?Inspired by Tiger’s feat, our Rabbit Hole dives into other statistically improbable comebacks.Here’s what we’re looking at this week:Chris breaks down how the Warriors blew a 31-point lead.And he provides takeaways from the opening weekend of the NBA playoffs.As per usual, our eyes are glued to our NBA predictions.We can’t get enough of Tiger Woods’s comeback.The Washington Post digs into Tiger’s odds for the rest of the season and into 2020.ESPN analyzes great comeback stories across sports.From our Rabbit Hole, this excellent video about Lonnie Smith from SB Nation.
With a motto of “online charts. made simple,” online startup iCharts is offering publishers the ability to create interactive charts to embed in online content. “The value of online content is shifting toward work that is easily linked, manipulated, annotated, tagged, highlighted, translated, and enlivened by other media,” said Seymour Duncker, CEO of iCharts. The goal of iCharts, Duncker said, is to make content searchable—particularly for niche audiences that are most likely to seek out targeted information—and keep users on the page longer.While Duncker declined to discose traffic figures, iCharts makes its charts “discoverable” by search engines, which he said increases traffic wherever these charts are used. The service can also supply branded landing pages for Web viewers that discover charts through search engines.Currently, iCharts’ largest publishing client is Springer Science and Business Media, based in Germany, in addition to a stable of bloggers. However, iCharts “recently signed up additional publishers in print who are using this service for online, as well as pure play online publishers,” Duncker said. The influential TechCrunch blog also uses this service [example here], along with Business Insider, which is set to adopt iCharts over the next few weeks.DIY Chart CreationWhile online chart creation is not a new concept, the ability to quickly create a chart on the fly by entering numerical data, or by converting an Excel spreadsheet into an interactive chart, is. “There are companies that provide Flash charts,” said Duncker, “but these require a programmer, which can be costly and time consuming.” Each chart has its own embed code that can easily be inserted into an online article. While Duncker would not disclose a price for this service due to the nature of its “custom deals,” he said that it is “a subscription service and available at a low entry point.”
Arjun Kapoor and Malaika Arora (left) Priyanka Chopra and Nick JonasInstagramMalaika Arora and Priyanka Chopra share one commonness, and that is they both have partners who are much younger to them. This is why Malaika knows the kind of trolling she and Priyanka faces on social media.Both Malaika and Priyanka are often trolled for being with men, who are younger to them. Reacting to the trolls that PeeCee face, Malaika appreciated the way she handles it and criticised the mentality that considers elder women dating younger men as a wrong thing.”I remember that. The couple has just turned it all around and silenced all the wagging tongues. But why did those tongues even wag? It’s unfair to judge relationships. Can’t a woman find love in a man younger than her? If someone makes you happy and enriches your life, what’s the harm? I am 45 and that doesn’t make me dead or someone who’s over the hill. I enjoy my life and feel happy about having such a special equation with a man younger than me. You have to forget the barriers and nurture relationships,” she told Bombay Times.Recently, Malaika had made her relationship with Arjun official with a romantic Instagram post in which the latter was tagged. Although they have confirmed their liaison, they did not reveal anything about any marriage plans anytime soon.
In this still from a video provided by Venezolana de Television, presiden Nicolas Maduro, center, delivers his speech as his wife Cilia Flores winces and looks up after being startled by and explosion, in Caracas, Venezuela on 4 August. Photo: APSix “terrorists and hired killers” have been arrested in Venezuela accused of trying to assassinate president Nicolas Maduro in an alleged drone attack, the government said on Sunday.Interior and justice minister Nestor Reverol announced the arrests on state television, saying more could be on the way “in the coming hours.”Three soldiers were in critical condition and four more were injured in the alleged attack that involved two remote-controlled drones, Reverol said.He described it as “a crime of terrorism and assassination” and said that the “material and intellectual authors inside and outside the country” had been identified.Venezuela’s opposition braced itself for “persecution and repression” as the armed forces vowed “unconditional” loyalty to radical socialist leader Maduro, who, standing with his wife on a reviewing stand, was unharmed in the incident.Maduro vowed to inflict “maximum punishment” on those who tried “to assassinate me.” He pointed the finger at outgoing Colombian president Juan Manuel Santos and “the ultra-right wing”-a term he uses to describe domestic opposition, even as a mysterious rebel group claimed responsibility.‘Wave of repression’“There will be no forgiveness,” Maduro warned, for what a military statement said was an act of “barbarism in a desperate attempt to destabilize” the government.But Nicmer Evans, a former government loyalist and now leader of the opposition Frente Amplio party, said he feared the government’s measures “open the door to persecution and a wave of repression.”Those worries came as defense minister Vladimir Padrino Lopez voiced the military’s “unconditional and unrestricted loyalty to our commander in chief.”Army general Padrino Lopez described Saturday’s incident as “an aggression against the military” aimed at provoking regime change “through unconstitutional means.”Attorney general Tarek William Saab said the names of those arrested would be published on Monday.The alleged attack involved two drones, each carrying a kilogram (2.2 pounds) of plastic explosive C4, which Reverol said on state television is “capable of causing effective damage over a 50-meter (164 feet) radius.”He said one drone flew over the tribune where Maduro was giving a speech but that it became “disoriented by signal-inhibiting equipment” and was thus “activated outside the assassins’ planned perimeter.”The second drone lost control and crashed into a nearby building, Reverol added.State television images showed Maduro looking up with a start after hearing a bang, as National Guardsmen lined up in the parade scattered in fright.No drones could be seen in the television broadcast, which showed bodyguards jumping in front of Maduro to protect him with flexible ballistic shields. The broadcast was quickly cut.Maduro ‘has to fall’Once back in the presidential palace, Maduro said he had “no doubt” that Colombia’s Santos-a Nobel Peace Prize winner who negotiated a historic peace accord with Marxist guerrillas FARC-was “behind the attack.”Santos, who is due to hand over power to the hardline right-winger and vocal Maduro critic Ivan Duque on Tuesday, had said this week that the Venezuelan “regime has to fall” and that he could “see it happening in the near future.”Colombia’s Foreign Ministry denied involvement, calling the allegations “absurd.”Maduro said investigations pointed to financial backers who “live in the United States, in the state of Florida. I hope that President Donald Trump is ready to fight these terrorist groups.”US national security advisor John Bolton insisted Sunday that there was “no US government involvement” and even suggested on “Fox News Sunday” that the incident could have been “a pretext set up by the regime itself.”Late Saturday, a rebel group calling itself the National Movement of Soldiers in T-Shirts claimed responsibility in a statement passed to US-based opposition journalist Patricia Poleo, who read it on her YouTube channel.“We cannot tolerate that the population is suffering from hunger, that the sick do not have medicine, that the currency has no value, or that the education system neither educates nor teaches, only indoctrinating communism,” said the statement, accusing the regime of having “made public office an obscene way to get rich.”A collapsing economyOn Saturday, a policeman who requested anonymity told AFP that drones may have been released from a nearby apartment that suffered a fire after one exploded. However, other accounts blamed the fire on the accidental explosion of a gas cylinder.Maduro’s allies Cuba and Bolivia condemned the incident, as did Russia.Last year, 125 people were killed over four months of violent clashes between anti-Maduro protesters and armed forces.Maduro, a 55-year-old former bus driver, has remained in power despite a collapsing economy and a long-running political crisis, thanks in large part to unwavering support from the military.Hundreds of thousands have fled the country due to food and medicine shortages and hyperinflation that the International Monetary Fund says could reach one million percent this year.Maduro often accuses the opposition and the United States of working together to topple him.
By Dr. Sybil C. Mitchell, Special to the New Tri-State DefenderHeritage Tours, which principal operator Elaine Turner describes as the state’s first African-American-owned tour company, no longer is overseeing the blue-and-white shotgun house that reflects the meager beginnings of W.C. Handy, renowned as the “Father of the Blues.”Situated on the east end of the Beale Street Entertainment District, the house is where a young William Christopher Handy lived at the turn of the century. A letter from the Downtown Memphis Commission (DMC) informed Turner that the operating services of Heritage Tours would not be part of the Handy home’s future. Heritage had been the operator for 24 years.For many, the W.C. Handy Home & Museum had become synonymous with Elaine Turner and Heritage Tours, the operators since 1995. Now that tie has been severed. (Photos: Karanja A. Ajanaku)The letter – forwarded to Turner on January 2 – floored her. She had until February 2 to completely vacate the property, as possession was being taken by the DMC.The DMC letter simply stated: “After much discussion, we’d like to inform you that we will no longer require the services of Heritage Tours, Inc., as operator of the W.C. Handy Home & Museum as of February 2, 2019.”Jennifer Oswalt, president and CEO of DMC, told The New Tri-State on Tuesday that the changeover move was a matter of economics from Beale Street Management’s standpoint.“For the significant capital investment we are making in repairs of the house and courtyard, we felt that it was the best decision going forward as we work on devising plans to increase awareness of the house and visitors,” said Oswalt.“Also, we are responsible for reporting on the condition of the property to Mr. Handy’s grandson, and we felt we could best do that if we were in possession of the property.”Jon Shivers, who sent the letter to Turner, also informed her that DMC was in compliance with the 30-day notice for terminating the agreement with Beale Street Management. The letter advised Turner to acknowledge receipt. Turner said she made numerous calls to Shivers and left messages, with no indication of a response.Turner also was instructed to make an inventory of everything inside the museum, determining what belonged to Heritage, what the Handy family owned, and which items belonged to Beale Street Management.Turner reached out for two Memphis City Council members: Martavius Jones and Joe Brown.“When Mrs. Turner called me, I told her to write them a letter,” said Brown.Why, and why now? It’s the same way sharecropping is done. Black people are used like animals to work the land, but they get no reward from it. Mrs. Turner initiated that whole project, and now, it’s just being taken away. Just, ‘get out and we’ll take it from here.’ It’s just not right.Turner wrote Shivers on January 29.“I have made several attempts to reach you by phone after the receipt of your letter,” her letter read. “This letter (to vacate) comes as a total shock since we have been in frequent communication with you, and there was no indication that you had other plans that did not include Heritage Tours.”She ended her letter with a request for a meeting that she never got.For Councilman Jones, the issue of respect – and the manner in which Turner and Heritage were dealt with – matters.“I don’t know how or why the Downtown Memphis Commission feels they can run Handy House better than Elaine Turner and Heritage House,” said Jones. “I was talking about Beale Street Management from the first day I got here (on the council). They have no experience whatsoever in running an entertainment district.“They are learning on the job just like anybody else. And then, was it done in a respectful way? I think that’s a very good question to ask the Downtown Memphis Commission. Do they feel this process was done in a respectful manner?”In a timeline detailed in her letter to Shivers, Turner asserted that in 2017, DMC reached out to offer assistance with upkeep. In November 2018, DMC informed her that they had received money from the city and would send a contractor to begin work on repair of a busted water pipe behind a wall and the resulting water damage, Turner wrote in her letter.In December of 2018, DMC sent a photographer to Handy House for photos to add to the Beale Street website. On January 2, two weeks later, Turner received the vacate letter with the notice that the DMC was taking over the operation.“That’s what the plan was all along,” said Brown. “All of this construction and new projects downtown don’t include us. Black businesses get 22 percent set-aside for contracts when we are 76 percent of the population. …They are taking everything we’ve got. Look at what they’re doing to Tom Lee Park.”Oswalt said Beale Street Management is not cutting Turner out all together.“We look forward to collaborating with Heritage Tours and other tour companies on how we can move forward together.”Heritage Tours moved out of the W.C. Handy Home & Museum property on February 10.“We’ve tried to keep Handy’s legacy alive,” Turner said. “We have the W.C. Handy Heritage Awards every year at Handy’s birthday. …We’ve tried to keep that name in the forefront.”The date Heritage was given to move out fell during African-American History Month.Said Turner: “Can you believe it?”(TSD Associate Publisher/Executive Editor Karanja A. Ajanaku contributed to this report.)
Overall, 33 student-athletes amassed a 3.0 GPA or better during the spring semester, with 16 members on the Dean’s List. The span of 16 straight semesters with a team GPA of 3.0 or better coincides with unparalleled success on the field for Louisville, which has three College World Series appearances, five NCAA Super Regional berths, seven NCAA Regional bids and seven conference championships during those eight seasons. Louisville baseball wrapped up the spring semester with a cumulative team grade point average of 3.32 to mark its 16th consecutive semester with a 3.0 or higher. Five members of the Louisville baseball program earned their undergraduate degrees from UofL at the conclusion of the semester. Current players Bryan Hoeing, J.D. Mundt, Zeke Pinkham and Pat Rumoro, along with bullpen catcher Gabe Burchell received their bachelor’s degrees. LOUISVILLE, Ky. – While the seventh-ranked Louisville baseball team has been experiencing great success on the diamond, the Cardinals have also excelled in the classroom. Story Links FOLLOWING THE CARDINALS ON SOCIAL MEDIAFans can follow Louisville baseball on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram at @LouisvilleBSB. Print Friendly Version
BALURGHAT: Following Trinamool leader and Balurghat MP Arpita Ghosh’s initiative, Ministry of External Affairs will introduce a new Passport Seva Kendra (PSK) in Balurghat shortly. It has been decided that the PSK will start functioning through the Post Office in Balurghat. It was a long-standing demand of the Balurghat residents.Notably, the city people had urged Ghosh to raise the issue in Parliament and to talk to External Affairs minister Sushma Swaraj, so that the demand could be materialised. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsIn a recent letter to Ghosh, Swaraj had delivered the news of introducing the service in Balurghat.Meanwhile, a similar service has already been introduced in the neighbouring Raiganj and Malda.PSKs are extended arms of Passport Offices and they can cover the tasks of receiving application from the applicant for the issuance of passport and related services. It has been a part of e-governance for the betterment of public services, while MEA had launched Passport Seva Project in 2010, with best in class amenities throughout the country in PPP mode.Ghosh said: “I received information from MEA that Balurghat will soon get a Passport Seva Kendra, thus getting a long-pending demand from the locals, fulfilled. I had raised the issue in Parliament too and talked to the concerned minister for introducing a PSK in my Parliamentary constituency.”
Kolkata: One person was killed and seventeen others injured in two separate road accidents in two districts. The first incident took place at Belpahari block in Jhragram on Tuesday morning. The deceased has been identified as Md Basir (26). He was a resident of Madhubani district in Bihar. The victim along with some others were going to Jhargram from Bihar in a bus which overturned. The cause of the accident is yet to be ascertained by the district police. Around 10 other passengers received injuries in the accident. They were taken to a local hospital for treatment. In a separate incident, seven persons, who were travelling in a matador, received injuries when the vehicle overturned on Kachkal-Rajarhat road in North 24-Parganas on Tuesday afternoon. Two of the injured passengers are stated serious.
From jadau jewellery to diamond ones, this festive season make sure you are flaunting the pieces that are in trend.Designers list some trends in jewellery. Jadau jewellery: Jadau seems to be a new jewellery trend for this season, be it the wedding or the festival season. Rewind to the era of the Maharani with oversized jadau gold sets. Also, jadau chaandbalis and multilayer jadau jhumkas are a preferred choice for this festive season.Diamond jewellery: Diamonds can never go out of trend; they are back again but with a twist to embrace this festive season. Delicate diamond necklaces and earrings, diamond cuffs with rubies and other gemstone are perfect to add grace and elegance to your look. Diamond chokers are an appropriate option for those women who are looking for making a bold statement. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfPearl jewellery: Pearls are universally flattering. They bring light to the face and look great with any outfit. Multi-string pearl necklace, pearl chokers and bracelets add a surreal charm to your festive outfit. Baroque pearls too are very much in trend this season for their uniqueness in hues and shapes.Diamond chokers: Layering with lots of simple thin choker is a great way to elevate with any outfit. Chokers studded with ethereal sea pearls, diamond, rubies, or emeralds are a great choice to complement any ensemble- be it contemporary, modern. A glitzy choker necklace drenched in diamond is an elegant way to play with this trend.Uncut polki with pastel meenakari: Polki with pastel meenakari are in trend this festive season. It gives a traditional and royal look to every modern woman. It gives balance between trendy and traditional.
Travelweek Group Tweet TORONTO — First it was the 48-hour cancellation policy and fee, a move that major competitors followed within months. Now Marriott’s cost-cutting measures are hitting the travel trade, as the hotel company announces it will reduce the commission it pays on group bookings from 10% down to 7%, effective March 31, 2018.Agency groups are already speaking out against the cut, which applies to commissions earned on group bookings made by group and meetings intermediaries for all properties in the U.S. and Canada.In the U.S., ASTA President and CEO Zane Kerby released this statement:“While we are in the process of assessing the impact of Marriott’s announcement on our members’ businesses, we are disappointed in the signal that a cut of this magnitude sends to the broader agency community.“Travellers – individuals and groups, corporate and leisure – are relying now more than ever on trusted agents to help them sort through a multitude of travel options and get the best value for their travel dollar.More news: Air Canada’s global sales update includes Managing Director, Canada & USA Sales“In our view, a 30% cut in intermediary compensation diminishes the value of the role agents play in this complex and ever-changing industry.“We plan to discuss this change with Marriott, our agency and consortia members and other stakeholders with an eye toward ensuring positive business outcomes for all involved.”This is the latest cost-cutting measure for Marriott, now bigger than ever after its acquisition of Starwood Hotels & Resorts, announced in 2015. The Starwood acquisition had a transformative impact on Marriott’s global footprint: Marriott went from operating in 87 countries and territories at the end of 2015 to 122 by the end of 2016, taking a significant lead in market share over its next largest competitor. According to Bloomberg News, the merger increased Marriott’s size globally by 40%, to some 6,400 properties by the end of 2017.Marriott says it plans to add between 285,000 and 300,000 rooms around the world by 2019, part of a three-year growth trajectory that includes opening a hotel every 14 hours around the world.More news: Onex paying big to get WestJet and that will send airfares soaring, says CWTIn July 2017 Marriott announced its new 48-hour cancellation policy, which levies a fee equivalent to the cost of one night’s stay to travellers who cancel their Marriott bookings with less than 48 hours notice.Marriott said its move was based on the number of rooms that were cancelled at the last minute and going empty, resulting in lost revenue.Hilton announced its own 48-hour cancellation rule just weeks later, effectively following Marriott’s lead.And earlier this year Hyatt fell in line too, with its own 48-hour booking policy. Hyatt guests now face a cancellation fee if they cancel a reservation within 48 hours or less. Posted by Tags: Commission, Group Travel, Marriott Marriott’s group commission cut: from 10% down to 7%, across U.S. and Canada Thursday, January 25, 2018 << Previous PostNext Post >>
Categories: Albert News,News State Rep. Thomas Albert, who has four first responders in his family, today voted to improve protections to fellow police, fire, corrections and emergency medical services personnel by supporting a three-bill package before the House Law and Justice Committee.“Our police, fire and emergency medical personnel are the people that respond to protect us, so they in turn deserve our protection,” said Albert, of Lowell. “I’ve heard many stories of the dangers that come with being a police officer or responding to ambulance calls. Being targeted for wearing the uniform or trying to help is not a part of those understood dangers when you take an oath to protect and serve your fellow citizens.”Today’s vote in the Law and Justice Committee was a week after the panel heard testimony in support of the legislation from five first responders based in Wayne, Macomb, Oakland and Kalamazoo counties. During the Sept. 26 testimony, it was disclosed that 93 police officers were killed in the line of duty in 2017 as of Sept. 21, according to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. In Detroit alone, eight DPD officers were shot or killed between October 2016 and May 2017.“That proves we need to stand with our first responders because they are increasingly under attack for doing their job,” said Albert, who is a member of the Law and Justice Committee.Under the legislation, anyone convicted of targeting a first responder could face up to two years in prison.House Bill 4585, sponsored by state Rep. Jeff Yaroch, of Richmond; HB 4590, sponsored by Rep. Klint Kesto, of Commerce Township; and 4591, sponsored by state Rep. Brandt Iden, of Oshtemo Township, each advance to the House for its consideration.##### 03Oct Rep. Albert votes to protect first responders
Ralph BrownCable standards body CableLabs and Cisco have teamed up to unveil a new open-source software project to drive forward the Remote PHY architecture.Remote PHY is a modular cable headend architecture that converts the IP signal to RF closer to the edge of the network by distributing edgeQAM functionality rather than performing this at a central headend facility. It is seen as one of the emerging set of tools, associated with the advanced data-over-cable spec DOCSIS 3.1, that will enable cable operators to ensure that their networks are up to the job of delivering ultra high-speed services to compete with FTTH.The CableLabs/Cisco initiative, labeled OpenRPD, was originally developed by Cisco and contributed to the open source environment hosted at CableLabs. The RPD is a physical layer converter commonly located in an optical node of the cable network. This open source software will reside in the Remote PHY Device and will be available to cable operators and RPD vendors around the world, according to Cisco.The software is designed to help further interoperability efforts and promote virtualization techniques to speed time to market with new services, according to the company, enabling legacy optical node vendors to build Remote PHY nodes“More and more of the telecommunications infrastructure is running on open source platforms. CableLabs has a history of contributing to and hosting open source projects. The OpenRPD project helps launch CableLabs increased focus on open source projects for the cable industry,” said Ralph Brown, CTO, CableLabs.“This is open source for cable access. Not only does it help move the industry toward the future architecture but it also enables a new developer community,” said Dave Ward, CTO of Engineering and chief architect, Cisco.“Open standards, open source and an open ecosystem community for developers is a key trajectory for networking. We see the Remote PHY architecture and RPD evolving to a more generalised and virtualised architecture that can be applied to all types of access networks.”
TV will continue to take the biggest share of the global ad market in 2016, with spend expected to grow by 3.1% this year driven by the Olympic Games and US elections, according to new research.In its Ad Spend Report, media agency Carat said that while digital is “constantly closing the gap”, TV continues to “command the majority of market share” and will account for an estimated 41.4% of total global advertising spend this year.This compares to a 27.0% estimated share for digital ad spend, although this sector is expanding far more rapidly and “continues to be the star performer for growth”, according to Carat.“TV advertising spend is forecast to grow moderately by 3.1% in 2016 supported by major media events including the US presidential elections, the UEFA Euro 2016 football championship and the Rio 2016 Olympics and Paralympics. Growth in TV advertising spend is estimated to continue at a moderated pace of 2.9% in 2017,” said the report.While TV ad spend continues to grow in real terms, as a proportion of the overall ad market its share is declining slightly – from a 42.0% share in 2015 to a projected 40.7% share in 2017.By contrast, digital ad spend is tipped to grow from a 24.6% share of the global ad market in 2015 to 29.3% in 2017.In cash terms, digital spend is expected to grow by 15.0% this year, driven by an upsurge in mobile (+37.9%), online video (+34.7%) and social media (+29.8%).“The influence of digital media is significantly more complex than the 27% [global ad market share] figure might suggest. We are using a truly digital mindset to plan TV; we buy TV airtime programmatically and use TV to drive search,” said Sanjay Nazerali, chief strategy officer, Carat Global.“We leverage social to boost linear TV ratings and amplify user-generated content. With this mindset we combine TV and rich consumer data to buy against people, not schedules.”Overall global ad spend is expected to grow by US$23 billion in 2016 to reach US$538 billion – a 4.5% year-on-year increase, according to the research.Commenting on the findings of the report, Jerry Buhlmann, CEO of digital marketing and communications company Dentsu Aegis said: “the strength of digital continues to be the dominant element in the growth of the global advertising expenditure whilst TV spend remains as the foundations of our industry.”