Rep Webber honors regional youth soccer champions

first_img18Oct Rep. Webber honors regional youth soccer champions Categories: Webber News State Rep. Michael Webber today welcomed the Nationals Union 02 Girls Black soccer team to the Capitol. The team, coached by Jeremy Harkins, won the U.S. Youth Soccer Midwest Regional Championship this summer.Rep. Webber and Gov. Rick Snyder honored them with a tribute from the Michigan House of Representatives.“I’m very excited to host this remarkable group of young athletes today,” Rep. Webber said. “The Nationals Union 02 Black team has had an outstanding season under the leadership of Coach Harkins. I’m certain this team will continue to work hard and achieve great things.”All National Union 02 Black soccer team players reside in the southeast region of Michigan, including the Greater Rochester Area. The U.S. Youth Soccer National Championship series is a prestigious national youth soccer tournament, providing approximately 185,000 players on over 10,000 teams the opportunity to showcase their athletic skills.PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Michael Webber today welcomed the Nationals Union 02 Girls Black soccer team with Gov. Snyder. They were joined by head coach Jeremy Harkins in the Michigan House of Representatives.last_img read more

House Insurance Committee approves Rep Bellinos air ambulance legislation

first_img30Nov House Insurance Committee approves Rep. Bellino’s air ambulance legislation Categories: Bellino News The House Insurance Committee today unanimously approved air ambulance reform legislation authored by state Rep. Joe Bellino, of Monroe.Bellino’s measure requires hospitals to transport patients via ground ambulances, rather than air ambulances, unless medically necessary. Many times, patients are transported to hospitals by air ambulance without it being necessary and are eventually slammed with outrageous medical bills.“This legislation is a much-needed remedy for patients in hardship,” said Bellino, who serves on the committee. “Through no fault of their own, patients bear a heavy cost when being transported by air rather than ground.”Air ambulance companies currently participate in “balance billing” where the patient’s health care provider will pay for a portion of the bill, but not its entirety. This leaves patients with medical bills in the tens of thousands of dollars.“We are simply trying to protect patients and their pocketbooks,” Bellino said. “As a Legislature, we need to make sure residents across the state are not faced with unnecessary financial burdens.”House Bill 5217 now moves to the full House for consideration.last_img read more

Rep Vaupel posts perfect voting record

first_img State Rep. Hank Vaupel finished his second term in the state House of Representatives with a perfect voting record, taking part in all 1,554 roll call votes during the 2017-2018 session.“The people of Livingston County elected me to be their voice in Lansing,” Rep. Vaupel said. “I take that responsibility very seriously and believe it is important to be present and participate in every vote. Over the next two years, I will continue working hard to represent the interests of the 47th District.”Rep. Vaupel is currently serving his third term in the Michigan House of Representatives. 08Jan Rep. Vaupel posts perfect voting record Categories: Vaupel Newslast_img

Rep Markkanen to host teletown hall meeting

first_img State Rep. Greg Markkanen will host a tele-town hall meeting Tuesday, June 18, for residents to ask questions about the upcoming change in Michigan’s car insurance system. Markkanen will be joined by Speaker Pro Tempore and Chairman of the select committee on reducing car insurance rates, Jason Wentworth.“Last month, I was happy to cast my vote to lower car insurance rates for drivers across the state,” Rep. Markkanen said. “Speaker Pro Tem Wentworth has worked tirelessly on this issue. I am excited for my constituents to be able to ask questions and learn more about the new law.”The tele-town hall will begin at 6:30 p.m. EDT. Those wishing to participate may call 1-855-756-7520 Ext. 48670# toll-free.For more information, contact Rep. Markkanen’s office by calling (517) 373-0850 or by email at GregMarkkanen@house.mi.gov 17Jun Rep. Markkanen to host tele-town hall meeting Categories: Markkanen Newslast_img read more

Spotify Launches Its First Charity Game Application

first_imgShareTweetShareEmail0 SharesMarch 4, 2014; The GuardianSpotify is one of today’s most popular online music streaming services, and the company is now launching its first charitable app, which aims to integrate giving with sharing and enjoying music. Spotify helped fund the Guilty Pledgers project, which was created by London creative agency Poke colleagues Andy Whitlock, Katy Theakston, and Ben Tomlinson. This new app could be the best of both worlds for online users that love music and charity.The new app has a playful side to it, creating an online game that encourages users to give to get their favorite songs played. Via the app or the website, users can choose a charity to give to, and then start a fundraising party to share with friends. Online guests will then share their favorite songs by pledging a donation to add to the party playlist. The current minimum pledge is £2.Guilty Pledgers describe the last step as simply enjoying the virtual house party. “The charity makes money, and everyone enjoys their guilty pleasures, without any guilt.”“We think it’s a shame that guilt is often used cynically in charity marketing: Make people feel bad, then ask them for money to feel okay again,” states the application’s site. “We wanted to turn ‘offsetting guilt’ into something fun, where everyone gets to feel brilliant.”Once the fundraising party is over, Guilty Pleasure adds up the proceeds and sends them to JustGiving, an organization that provides a secure way for donors to give to over 13,000 charities. Currently, Guilty Pledgers can only be used to raise money for charities that are registered with JustGiving, so they encourage nonprofits to register with the site to get supporters to use this new charity tool.—Aine CreedonShareTweetShareEmail0 Shareslast_img read more

Movie streaming service Voddlers adsupported tit

first_imgMovie streaming service Voddler’s ad-supported titles can now be downloaded and watched an unlimited number of times within a 30 day period.Voddler, which is available in Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland and Spain, made its rental service available off-line in December. Free movies can now also be watched offline by premium Voddler Plus members. Users must first download the Voddler Player app to their computers. Voddler said it was hoping to expand the service to other devices, and added that most content owners, including all the Hollywood studios with which it has deals, have made their content available for downloading.“Our goal has always been to offer all titles for offline viewing, regardless of which revenue model they use. Today we reach that goal,” said Anders Sjöman, vice-president communication at Voddler.Voddler Premium members can download an unlimited number of Voddler movies. Rental movies can be watched an unlimited number of times within a 48-hour period, while ad-supported movies can be watched within a 30 day window.last_img read more

Technology provider RGB Networks has teamed up wit

first_imgTechnology provider RGB Networks has teamed up with BlackArrow to deliver targeted advertising on multiple screens. The joint solution is comprised of the BlackArrow Advanced Advertising System and RGB’s Ad Insertion for Multi-bitrate (AIM) solution. The joint solution, based on the SCTE 35 and SCTE 130 standards, is designed to deliver addressable ad insertion in an HTTP streaming video delivery environment.AIM is a subset of RGB’s Enhanced Video Intelligence Architecture (eVIA) allowing for the insertion of ads, as well as program substitution and blackout applications, in a multiscreen IP video environment.last_img

Laura Farina the former vicepresident for legal

first_imgLaura Farina, the former vice-president for legal affairs at Discovery Communications, has joined law firm SmithDehn LLP.Farina will head SmithDehn’s new Washington DC office. At Discovery she was in charge of global litigation, supervised transactional work and content review for hundreds of programs and films and handled the company’s insurance matters, among other responsibilities.“I’m happy to be working with such accomplished lawyers and serving clients in the media and sports industries across the globe.  I’m also proud to have served at Discovery and to have played a part during its time of tremendous growth and success. I cherish the many friends and colleagues I met there,” said Farina. “As the television and entertainment landscape continues to evolve, and as independent production companies flourish in particular, I’m eager to increase my direct involvement with filmmakers, production companies and content developers and provide them with the benefit of the huge range of experience I’ve gained over the years. SmithDehn LLP, as an innovative and rising leader in the field, is the perfect match for my continuing legal career.”last_img read more

The founders of TV technology firm Cat and Mouse h

first_imgThe founders of TV technology firm Cat and Mouse have left the company to work on a new Skype-based TV solution for Microsoft, DTVE sister title TBI has learned.Cat and Mouse specialises in studio graphics and software and interactive solutions for TV shows and live events, working with a range of producers and broadcasters, largely in the UK.Official filings reveal four of the senior management have now left the company and TBI understands several are working for Microsoft and its voice unit Skype.Cat and Mouse managing director Simon Lucas has been listed as a principle project manager at Microsoft for the past four months and Cat and Mouse creative director Carl Blundell is now a principal programme manager at Skype.Meanwhile, Cat and Mouse project director Simon Latus has also left the company, as has company secretary David Burton.Cat and Mouse developed the CatCall Skype-based system that allows video and audio from Skype to be integrated into broadcasts allowing for a range of interactivity to be built into TV shows.UK series including Britain’s Got Talent companion series Britain’s Got More Talent and Embarrassing Bodies Live From the Clinic have utilised the CatCall solution.The Cat and Mouse execs now working for Microsoft are understood to be working on a more advanced product that will integrate Skype and TV in new ways. A source told TBI that it will be a “massive improvement” on CatCall.Other Cat and Mouse staff now Microsoft employees include programme manager Solmar Cataldi.Filings show Cat and Mouse’s official base is now in London. It still has an office in Crawley in the UK, but that will close within weeks a staffer said.Cat and Mouse worked on shows including Big Brother, Dancing on Ice, 5 Minutes to a Fortune, Pointless, Test the Nation, The Voice and Who Wants to be a Millionaire.Some of that work has been taken on by Kinetic Pixel, a new firm based in Caerphilly and founded by Craig Hann and Joe Styles. Hann was a show designer at Cat and Mouse, working on the interactive elements of programmes including Endemol’s Test the Nation and Pointless until last October. Styles is also an ex-Cat and Mouse employee. The firm was recently recruiting for London-based technical staff.The new company will handle technical elements for live events and entertainment series including interaction and graphics systems.Microsoft in the UK and US declined to comment. A spokesman said the tech company “had nothing to share”.last_img read more

Apple CEO Tim Cook Apple is set to invest €17 bi

first_imgApple CEO, Tim CookApple is set to invest €1.7 billion to build and operate two European data centres that will power online services for it European customers including the iTunes Store and the App Store.The two data centres will each measure 166,000 square metres, are expected to begin operations in 2017 and will be located in County Galway, Ireland, and Denmark’s central Jutland.“We are grateful for Apple’s continued success in Europe and proud that our investment supports communities across the continent. This significant new investment represents Apple’s biggest project in Europe to date,” said Apple CEO Tim Cook.last_img