A 2016 photo of Tom Clements of the Green Bay Packers taken on Wednesday, May 25, 2016. (AP Photo) Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling 5 Comments Share Related LinksReport: Cardinals interview former Browns HC Hue Jackson for OC jobReport: Arizona Cardinals hire former Broncos DB coach Greg WilliamsJohn Clayton: ‘Hard to tell’ who will be Cardinals OC right nowClements coached the Green Bay Packers’ quarterbacks from 2006-11 and was promoted to offensive coordinator in 2012. He won a Super Bowl with the Packers in 2011.Clements has coached the Buffalo Bills (2004-05), Pittsburgh Steelers (2001-03), Kansas City Chiefs (2000) and New Orleans Saints (1997-99) prior to his tenure in Green Bay.This will be Clements’ first season coaching since 2016.The Cardinals had interviewed six other candidates before deciding to reportedly not move forward with an offensive coordinator. Top Stories The Arizona Cardinals are reportedly not expected to hire an offensive coordinator but have hired Tom Clements to assist in the passing game.The move first reported on Saturday was made official by the Cardinals on Tuesday.Clements, 65, will coordinate the team’s passing game while also serving as quarterbacks coach.Head coach Kliff Kingsbury is expected to be the main play-caller with Clements assisting in the offense. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo
30Oct Rep. Lucido reminds residents to attend his November town hall meetings State Rep. Peter J. Lucido will host a series of town hall meetings on identity theft and Internet safety this November in which he will host special guests.Rep. Lucido wants to stress this important issue as we approach the holiday season when our personal information is most susceptible to being compromised.The town halls will take place at the following times and locations and will include special guests from local law enforcement agencies.Tuesday, Nov. 17Washington Township Hall57900 Van Dyke in Washington7-9 p.m.Special guests: Representative from the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Bureau, Romeo Police Chief Gregory Paduch and a representative from the Macomb County Sheriff Department.Wednesday, Nov. 18Shelby Township Hall52700 Van Dyke in Shelby Township7-9 p.m.Special guests: Representative from the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Bureau and a Detective from the Shelby Township Police Department.“This is an event you do not want to miss,” said Rep. Lucido. “This is a very important issue that affects everyone and we want to make sure that your hard-earned money and property is kept out of the hands of criminals. There are many ways that your information can be compromised, especially during the holidays, but there are also many ways that you can help protect it and we will have specialists on hand to help you do just that.”If you have any questions, please contact Rep. Lucido by phone at 517-373-0843, or by email at PeterLucido@house.mi.gov. Categories: Lucido News,Lucido Photos
PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Julie Alexander, of Hanover, today hosted Napoleon Township Police Chief Duaine Pitman (left) and Michigan State Police Jackson Post Commander Kevin Rod as her guests for the Michigan House’s annual Sept. 11 Memorial Service at the Capitol. The service remembers first responders and members of the military from Michigan who died in the line of duty in the past year. Categories: Alexander News,Alexander Photos,News 07Sep Special guests join Rep. Alexander for Sept. 11 Memorial Service
05Dec Rep. Lucido, Macomb officials speak against cyberbullying Categories: Lucido News,News State Rep. Peter Lucido today was joined by Macomb County assistant prosecutors William Harding and Derek Miller to speak before the House Law and Justice Committee in support of Lucido’s legislation to stop cyberbullying.“I’m a firm believer in the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, but hate speech, threats and intimidation are not universally accepted forms of free expression,” said Lucido, vice chair of the committee. “We’re seeing more and more of this kind of behavior online and it’s not free speech. It’s permanently damaging lives and encouraging suicide among the young and old alike. It has no boundaries and Michigan is overdue to establish limitations.”Under the legislation, anyone who commits cyberbullying may be charged with a misdemeanor, punishable by up to one year incarceration, if it leads to an assault. If the offense leads to a fatality, it’s a felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison.“We have to get in front of this issue because of our youths’ increasing dependence on social media,” said Miller, a former state representative for Macomb County. “I believe that cyberbullying needs a clear and concise definition, which this is bill provides. This bill will save lives in Michigan and hold accountable those who incite fear.”House Bills 5017 and 5018 remain under consideration by the committee.“The internet is leading to places it wasn’t intended to go, with cyberbullying being a clear example of that,” said Lucido, of Shelby Township. “We are not assured a right to be able to say anything that can intimidate or spread fear because we all should know when words cross the line. There has to be responsibility for one’s words or actions, even if it is online. This bill is the starting point, a bedrock toward establishing what is a crime for behavior which does not pay attention to physical boundaries.”
28Dec Improving safety for Michigan families in 2017 Categories: News,Whiteford News With a 100 percent attendance record in Lansing for 2017 in addition to attending more than 91 local events and meetings within the Michigan House’s 80th District, I focus on what matters for our community.Six of my bills were signed into law by Gov. Rick Snyder this year.As the chair of the House Appropriations Environmental Quality Subcommittee and vice chair of the Agriculture and Rural Development Subcommittee, I want to ensure that legislation will protect Michigan families. That’s why I sponsored legislation – signed into law in October – to ensure the cleanup of petroleum and other hazardous substances leaking from underground tanks in Michigan. All refined petroleum products sold in Michigan are subject to an environmental protection regulatory fee. The bill ensures the fee collected for each gallon of refined petroleum is used for cleaning up contaminated sites.This law also allows for owners and operators of underground storage tank systems to apply for funds to clean up older contaminated sites.The governor also signed legislation I introduced to ensure communication between local township officials and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources before conducting a prescribed burn. This law was sparked by an incident several years ago in Valley Township, when local officials were not made aware of a prescribed burn. Local fire departments were called to respond to the fire, and the township later received a bill for the expense. Improved communication will help prevent similar expenses in the future.I also supported efforts to improve education, particularly when it comes to expanding career opportunities. I sponsored legislation that became law earlier this year allowing intermediate school districts to hire the best teachers for specialized programs.Earlier this year I voted in support with my Michigan House colleagues for record funding for K-12 education. I serve on the House Appropriations Committee and believe students and teachers in Allegan County classrooms will benefit from this budget. Funding for career and technical training also increases through competitive grants.Other highlights from 2017 include:• Joining the majority of my House colleagues in voting to eliminate driver responsibility fees and forgiving all outstanding debt associated with the fees.• Becoming a member of the Michigan House C.A.R.E.S task force to address mental health issues across the state. The goal is to help support vulnerable citizens within the community and create legislation that will help residents live happier and healthier lives.• Voted in favor of a five-bill package to enhance career skills education in Michigan schools. Skilled trades is a growing field that will help strengthen Michigan’s economy and future.If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact me. If residents are unable to meet during my scheduled office hours you may contact my office at 517-373-0836 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.I look forward to continue working with residents to improve our community in 2018.###
Categories: News,Runestad News Landmark bipartisan plan recently approved by state HouseState Rep. Jim Runestad, of White Lake, recently voted to strengthen Michigan’s response to criminal sexual conduct by penalizing sexual predators, helping survivors and protecting Michigan’s residents.“Although the moral and administrative failure at Michigan State affected hundreds of girls and young women, sexual misconduct goes beyond what Larry Nassar did. It’s a problem at our colleges, our neighborhoods and within families,” said Runestad, chair of the House Judiciary Committee. “That must stop. With the overwhelming bipartisan support in the state House, we’re sending the message this abhorrent behavior will no longer be tolerated.”Runestad voted in support of the multi-bill plan, citing the specific need for expanding the criminal and civil statute of limitations, better information and specific consent for invasive medical procedures and stronger penalties against child pornography offenders.“As a father, of course I want to protect my children from all of the crimes committed by Nassar and see him punished for it, but we also have to give victims the opportunity to come forward to report and help prosecute these crimes,” Runestad said. “This plan will make it almost impossible for another Nassar-like violation no matter where it may occur. This legislation may not satisfy everybody, but each bill and the package as a whole addresses the problem of illegal sexual behavior in our society. I know our children and grandchildren will be safer because of so many, especially the determined and courageous efforts of Nassar’s victims.”The legislation has advanced to the Senate for its consideration and Runestad has pledged to continue his support.“As long as I’m in the state Legislature, we’ll continue to push for eliminating sexual assault wherever it may occur in Michigan,” Runestad said.##### 29May Rep. Runestad votes to protect Michigan’s children
Share87TweetShare20Email107 SharesOctober 7, 2015; Street SenseFor those who are concerned about homelessness in the United States, it is worthwhile read the “street papers” that are produced and sold by homeless persons in many parts of the country. The perspectives to be gleaned are frequently revealing, as in the October 7th print edition of Washington, D.C.’s Street Sense. Its cover story by editorial intern Alexandra Pamias asks about those who don’t get served in Housing First programs in Washington—“who get left behind,” according to the headline.The United States Interagency Council on Homelessness defines Housing First as:An approach that offers permanent, affordable housing as quickly as possible for individuals and families experiencing homelessness, and then provides the supportive services and connections to the community-based supports people need to keep their housing and avoid returning to homelessness…While Housing First can be used in both short- and long-term interventions, the approach is closely tied to permanent supportive housing and…to rapid re-housing as well.In Washington, D.C., Housing First has been a part of the city government’s response to homelessness since it was first launched during the administration of Mayor Adrian Fenty. Current mayor Muriel Bowser has populated her cabinet with experts who bring extensive Housing First experience to the table, notably Department of Human Services director Laura Zeilinger, whose official bio credits her as having “designed and implemented” the District’s Housing First initiative, and Department of Housing and Community Development director Polly Donaldson, whose prior work at the Transitional Housing Corporation included placing homeless families in transitional housing and permanent Housing First units. In DHCD’s RFP for affordable housing funds issued in August, the commitment to the Housing First model was evident in a requirement that five percent of the housing units in a funded project must be set aside as permanent supportive housing (PSH) units which would be made available following a Housing First model “in which clients don’t have to meet prerequisites before accessing housing and services…[which is] a recognized best practice in combatting homelessness.”That is a solid expression of DHCD’s intention regarding the prioritization of its use of local affordable housing trust fund dollars, but the challenge is always one of making the model work. Pamias talked with Beau Stiles, the program coordinator for the Georgetown Ministry Center, about the homeless people he meets at his weekly gatherings for guests at the homeless drop-in facility.Describing a story about one of his guests who believed that Stiles was trying to kill him through sorcery, Stiles averred that one major challenge is how to provide services to homeless people who might be suffering from a mental disorder. The executive director of the Georgetown Ministry Center, Gunther Stern, explained the challenge as “anosognosia”:It is a syndrome associated with neurological disorders. About half of people with mental illness also have some degree of anosognosia, which is the inability to understand that they have a problem. So they might be yelling and howling at the wind but they don’t perceive that they have a mental illness.In its Winter Plan for getting homeless people off the streets during hypothermia season, the D.C. Interagency Council on Homelessness has expanded street outreach services to the homeless accompanied by the District’s commitment to Housing First. Stern says there will still be people who fall through the cracks of the policy; potentially as many as half of the homeless community will refuse Housing First assistance because of distrust of the system or other reasons, even if there is widespread adoption of the Housing First model.“The people that I work with are mostly missed by [Housing First] for two different reasons,” Stern told Street Sense. “One is that they don’t get hit because they are too low functioning. Or the second is that they are too low functioning that they are unsuccessful once they receive housing.”Several noteworthy observers—Jack Tsai and Robert A. Rosenheck, Nicholas Pleace, Victoria Stanhope and Kerry Dunn, and Jeannette Waegemakers Schiff and John Rook—have written on the limited kinds of homeless people who are best served by the Housing First model. The criticism isn’t that Housing First doesn’t work, but that it doesn’t work in all cases, must be adapted to local conditions, and must be followed by the provision of education, employment, and human services to the re-housed homeless residents (essentially, the “where’s the [Housing] Second” question posed by Tsai and Rosenheck).The stories Pamias recounts in Street Sense do not rely on the academic investigations looking for the empirical evidence that Housing First works. Rather, they are the experience of the homeless and the homeless service providers who meet the challenges on the street in the form of people who happen to fall through the cracks in the system. The D.C. Housing First model does work, but it’s not a panacea—even if there were Housing First units available for all the homeless to move into. Service providers will find themselves better informed overall about the population whose needs they serve when they read the newspapers that the homeless themselves sponsor, produce, and sell.—Rick CohenShare87TweetShare20Email107 Shares
Share5Tweet10ShareEmail15 SharesBy Keith Weller, U.S. Department of Agriculture [Public domain], via Wikimedia CommonsAugust 7, 2017; NPR, “The Salt”One of the many sectors facing turmoil and uncertainty under the Trump administration includes the people who feed your community—farmers. While the significant subsidies that Big Agriculture receives are roundly and rightly criticized, some farmers also say that they’ve received a raw deal since NAFTA was enacted in 1994, and the future of the country’s economy is now up for grabs.Negotiations on the North American Free Trade Agreement open next week in Washington, and in an increasingly interconnected world, the issues at stake are numerous and reflective of today’s wider political landscape, as NPR aptly summarized in an article that’s part of the Food & Environment Reporting Network:From tomato growers in Florida to cattle ranchers in Montana, some farmers bruised by NAFTA think it has favored agribusiness over small-scale farms, lowered environmental standards and made it harder to compete against cheaper imports. Now that the White House is scheduled to revise the treaty in talks slated to start on August 16th, the question for many of these disgruntled farmers is whether President Trump will remember them at the negotiating table…Free-trade proponents argue there are always winners and losers in globalization, but overall, gains outweigh losses. Farmers may see more competition, but consumers get lower food prices. That “everyone’s better off” argument, though, rang hollow among Rust Belt workers left behind in globalization—and in rural areas, even as farm exports took off. Their discontent—fed by Donald Trump’s promises to rip up NAFTA, calling it the “worst trade deal maybe ever signed anywhere”—helped land him in the White House.But what do the numbers show? NPR explains:Whether or not it was the primary culprit, NAFTA certainly hasn’t altered the steady rise in farm concentration. Trade expanded the total size of the pie, as the Farm Bureau points out: U.S. agricultural exports to Mexico and Canada jumped from $8.9 billion in 1993 to over $38 billion today. Yet, critics point out, the largest farms control most of the slices, with 20 percent of farms operating 70 percent of U.S. farmland. Between 2013 and 2016, 42,000 farms ceased operations, according to USDA data.One of the arguments for globalization is that a rising tide lifts all boats and that economic empowerment can alleviate poverty. How have America’s trading partners fared? NPR points out that Mexico’s poverty rate was still 53 percent as of 2014 and millions of Mexican farmers have lost their land. Ironically, Mexico also relies mainly on American corn to feed its citizens.Nearly half of Mexico’s food is imported from abroad, much of it from the United States. That includes corn, which is both a staple food and a religious symbol for the indigenous population—yet today, most of Mexico’s corn comes from the U.S. Midwest. In 2016 alone, the U.S. shipped $2.6 billion worth of the stuff to its southern neighbor—its largest export market—mostly for livestock feed.Like many of us currently at the whim of Trump’s cabinet, farmers are asking for a place at the negotiating table. But, it seems unlikely Trump can keep all of his lofty campaign promises to everyone. Last month, U.S. farmers were reeling when the White House proposed cutting $38 billion in subsidies to farmers, including $28 billion in crop insurance. Thus, farmers are turning to Congress with their appeals, according to CNBC:To be sure, the White House budget is generally considered a wish list. The farmers are hoping relief will come when Congress writes its own version of the budget. In addition, lawmakers must renegotiate the 2014 Farm Bill, which is set to expire in September 2018. That bill was particularly bruising to farmers, slicing $23 billion from the Department of Agriculture over 10 years. The Farm Bureau called Trump’s proposed cuts a magnitude higher.In the meantime, agriculture, argued the New York Times, is just another sector left in the lurch by President Trump’s stalled trade agenda. “After beginning his presidency with a bang by withdrawing from the Trans-Pacific Partnership pact in January, Mr. Trump has accomplished little else of significance when it comes to reorienting deals with other countries,” reporter Alan Rappeport wrote. “Instead, his administration has been struggling to work through the complicated rules that dictate international commerce…All the while, they are learning that bold campaign promises are hard to keep when many voices advocate different plans.”—Anna BerryShare5Tweet10ShareEmail15 Shares
Netflix has launched a TV series and film streaming service in the UK, its first roll out outside the Americas. Netflix will cost UK customers £5.99 (€7.25) a month and rival streaming service Lovefilm immediately responded with an introductory £4.99 (€6) a month streaming deal, heralding the prospect of a price war between the two. Netflix’s UK content partners for the service include Hollywood studios Disney, Fox, Paramount and Sony. It has also struck TV and movie deals with NBC Universal, CBS and MTV as well as domestic UK players All3Media and ITV.Netflix offers delivery and streaming services in the US, but its UK and Ireland service will be streaming only. It is offering a free one-month trial and touting the fact there are no contracts, unlike with UK pay TV providers, and that the service can be cancelled with ‘three clicks’. Content can be streamed through connected devices including TVs, games consoles, tablets and smartphones.Reed Hastings, co-founder and chief executive officer of Netflix said: “Now you can enjoy as many great films and TV programmes as you want, when you want, where you want, for one low monthly price with no contracts or commitments.”The company has about 21.5 million customers in the US, but not broken out subscriber targets for the UK and Ireland service. However, on the day of the Netflix UK launch, Amazon-owned Lovefilm took the opportunity to announce that it had reached the two million subscriber mark after a record fourth quarter in 2011.
Finnish service provider DNA has today completed its DTT network, with the switching on of the TV transmitter in Palomäki.DNA’s DTT network covers 85% of Finnish households. It offers DNA’s Welho pay TV service, which includes 19 pay channels and nine HD channels. The YLE HD channel can be viewed free-of-charge, and with the DNA Welho viewing card, MTV3 HD can also be viewed for free.The operator said it hoped central government measures would create DTT competition that would ensure diverse services and “a positive consumer price level development”.“DNA’s channel offering for both cable and terrestrial networks is the most extensive in Finland. We also offer the highest number of HD channels. It is very important for us to be able to provide versatile high-quality television services not only for the cable but the terrestrial network, too. This summer’s programmes appeal to the tastes of sports lovers in particular, and the autumn will bring more exciting viewing for free-to-air and pay-TV channels alike. The YLE HD channel, available free-to-air on the DNA network, offers high definition broadcasts of Euro2012 football, the European Athletics Championships Helsinki, and as the climax for the summer, the London Olympics,” said Mikko Saarentaus, DNA’s director of television services.
The Advanced Television Systems Committee (ATSC) has created two teams to drive the adoption of two new US TV standards.The teams will work on prototypes, demonstrations, interoperability testing and field trials of the standards, ATSC2.0 and Mobile Emergency Alert System (M-EAS).ATSC president Mark Richer said: “We want to keep the ATSC standard relevant and up-to-date for broadcasters and consumer device manufacturers. The introduction of Implementation Teams for both ATSC 2.0 and M-EAS underscores our progress and will help drive next-generation technologies toward marketplace introduction.”The ATSC is the US industry group responsible for digital TV implementation in the US.
Polish pay TV provider Canal Plus Cyfrowy has secured rights to ENEA Ekstraligi speedway for the next three years.Coverage of the motorsport competition will be shown on nc+, the newly merged pay TV platform comprising the former Cyfra Plus and ‘n’ offerings. As part of Canal Plus’s strategic partnership with ‘n’ owner TVN, selected matches will be shown on the TVN Turbo channel.All coverage will be in high-definition.
Polish pay TV operator Cyfrowy Polsat ended the year with 3.57 million television subscribers, a 0.4% increase year-on-year with more growth anticipated.In its end of year report, the DTH provider said that it believes the Polish pay TV market “still has some growth potential,” due in part to the transition from analogue to digital television and distribution opportunities to mobiles, tablets and other devices.“We consider the combination of traditional television with VOD, on-line video services and mobile television to be the key to the future growth. We believe we can seize the potential market expansion by developing our pay TV offer, enriched by complementary products and services,” said Cyfrowy Polsat.It said that it saw particular opportunities in the switch from analogue to digital in rural areas where it is able to offer satellite TV at a lower cost than cable-delivered services.It added that mobile TV services have big growth potential, with more reliable access technologies, such as LTE, to have an important impact on the development of this market segment.For the year ending December 31, 2012, the firm reported a lower churn rate at 8.6%, while average revenue per-user was up 5.4% year-on-year to PLN39.3 (€9.47).For the year, the firm reported ne profit of PLN539.8 million and revenues of PLN1.78 billion.
Viviane PaxinosA+E Networks UK has appointed Viviane Paxinos as senior director of advertising sales.In this new role, Paxinos will lead the ad sales operations and be responsible for shaping the company’s strategy for ad sales growth, both in the UK and across their international territories.Paxinos previously held senior commercial roles at BBC Worldwide, where she developed the local advertising business across EMEA, and spearheaded the creation of a global branded entertainment division.She will report to Bakori Davis, VP of Commercial, A+E Networks UK.“We are delighted to welcome Viviane to A+E Networks UK in this important new commercial role. With a proven track record of delivering highly-effective international advertising sales strategies, her wealth of experience will help us to identify and deliver valuable opportunities to our local and international partners,” said Davis.
Over-the-top TV operator Wuaki.tv has struck partnerships with TV manufacturers Samsung, LG and Panasonic to offer its service via the latest generation of their smart TVs.Users of new smart TVs from the three manufacturers will be able to access Wuaki.tv’s catalogue of programmes via the dedicated Wuaki.tv app.Wuaki.tv’s content library includes movies and TV series from suppliers including Warner Bros, Disney, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, the BBC and ITV.The service is already available via a range of devices including the iPad, iPhone and Xbox One consoles as well as previous generations of smart TVs from the three manufacturers.“Having already launched on Samsung, LG and Panasonic’s previous ranges of Smart TVs, we’re really excited to be a part of the latest 2014 range,” said Jordi Miró, CTO of Wuaki.tv.“As more and more consumers are watching movies, TV and entertainment shows on-demand and online, Wuaki will continue to expand our range of supported devices so our content can be watched on any and all screens.”