Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Day Comments Share 4 must play golf courses in Arizona About 100 people led by Elorde pulled the crocodile from a creek using a rope and then hoisted it by crane onto a truck. It was named after a government environmental officer who died from a heart attack after traveling to Bunawan to help capture the beast, Elorde said.Elorde said he saw a bigger crocodile escape when Lolong was captured and villagers remain wary of fishing there at night. He said he has formed a new team of hunters and is seeking government permission to start hunting that crocodile.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Top Stories New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes Sponsored Stories Bunawan Mayor Edwin Cox Elorde said the news sparked celebrations in his farming town of 37,000 but also fostered concerns that more giant crocodiles might be lurking in a nearby marshland and creek where villagers fish.“There were mixed feelings,” Elorde said by telephone. “We’re really proud because it proves the rich biodiversity of our place but at the same time, there are fears that Lolong may not be alone.”Lolong has become the star attraction of a new ecotourism park and research center in the outskirts of Bunawan and has drawn thousands of tourists since news of its capture spread. Elorde said his town has earned 3 million pesos ($72,000) from the modest entrance fees at the park, with most of the money being used to feed and care for the crocodile and for park maintenance.Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Ramon Paje welcomed the Guinness announcement and the growing attention being given to the crocodile, saying it would help people realize the biodiversity of their surroundings and the need to protect it. He said he would recommend that the government help Bunawan become an ecotourism destination.The crocodile was captured with steel cable traps during a three-week hunt after a child was killed in 2009 and a fisherman went missing. Water buffalos have also been attacked by crocodiles in the area, officials said. Associated PressMANILA, Philippines (AP) – Guinness World Records has declared that a huge crocodile blamed for deadly attacks in the southern Philippines is the largest in captivity in the world. The giant reptile has brought pride, fear, tourism revenues and attention to the remote town where it was captured.The saltwater crocodile named Lolong, which was captured last September in Bunawan town in Agusan del Sur province, measures 20.24 feet (6.17 meters) and weighs more than a ton, Guinness spokeswoman Anne-Lise Rouse said in a statement seen Sunday. The reptile took the top spot from an Australian crocodile which measured more than 17 feet (5 meters) and weighed nearly a ton.
in Headlines, News, Uncategorized LRES Movers & Shakers 2014-03-04 Colin Robins LRES, a national provider of residential and commercial valuations and asset management for the mortgage, banking, credit union, and real estate industries, named Richard Cimino as SVP and executive advisor.Cimino will be responsible for enhancing business development and leading several key strategic initiatives.”Richard’s knowledge of the industry and management expertise will certainly prove beneficial as our company continues to grow,” said Roger Beane, LRES founder and CEO. “His business acumen and leadership experience will bring great value to the way LRES serves its valued customers.”Cimino has almost 40-years of experience in the consumer finance, real estate, and mortgage banking industries. Before working at LRES, he held senior management positions for I-Serve, Greenlight Financial, New Century Mortgage, and Ford Consumer Finance. LRES Announces New SVP, Executive Advisor Share March 4, 2014 414 Views
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Categories: Inman News,News 06Sep Grand Traverse fire official joins Rep. Inman for Sept. 11 ceremony State Rep. Larry Inman, of Traverse City, is joined today by Grand Traverse Metro Fire Chief Pat Parker for the House of Representatives’ annual Sept. 11 ceremony. The observance memorializes Michigan first responders and members of the military who died in the line of duty during the past year.
Share18Tweet3Share2Email23 SharesJuly 4th, 2017; CNNLast week, the President’s Advisory Commission on Election Integrity rolled into action and raised a big fuss. In a letter from its Vice Chairman, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, it asked each state to provide input and also detailed voter records dating back to 2006. For some states, the creation of this voter database was a sign of the Commission’s real purpose: the beginning of a national effort to repress the voting power of poor and minority voters. Each state must decide whether and how to comply.It is the commission’s stated objective to “fully analyze vulnerabilities and issues related to voter registration and voting.” President Trump created the commission in May after he falsely claimed that as many as five million illegal voters, including many undocumented immigrants, had tainted the November election. In naming Vice President Mike Pence and Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, both proponents of stronger voter identification laws, to lead the commission, he seemed to be making it clear that its purpose was to lead a national voter suppression effort. The commission’s letter to the states did little to assuage this fear.These concerns would have faded if all the commission sought to do was gather input and guidance from state officials knowledgeable about their election processes. However, the areas of concern listed by Kobach cover a wide range of issues.Kobach’s letter to Connecticut Secretary of State Denise Merrill asks,What changes, if any, to federal election laws would you recommend to enhance the integrity of federal elections?How can the Commission support state and local election administrators with regard to information technology security and vulnerabilities?What laws, policies, or other issues hinder your ability to ensure the integrity of elections you administer?What evidence or information do you have regarding instances of voter fraud or registration fraud in your state?What convictions for election-related crimes have occurred in your state since the November 2000 federal election?What recommendations do you have for preventing voter intimidation or disenfranchisement?What other issues do you believe the Commission should consider?Further, it requestedthe publicly available voter roll data…including…the full first and last names of all registrants, middle names or initials if available, addresses, dates of birth, political party (if recorded in your state), last four digits of social security number…voter history (elections voted in) from 2006 onward, active/inactive status, cancelled status, information regarding any felony convictions, information regarding voter registration in another state, information regarding military status, and overseas citizen information.The request created a chorus of opposition from those fearful of how the information will be used or misused.California’s Secretary of State Alex Padilla issued a statement that strongly spelled out the case of those who see the commission as having a nefarious purpose. It reads,I will not provide sensitive voter information to a commission that has already inaccurately passed judgment that millions of Californians voted illegally. California’s participation would only serve to legitimize the false and already debunked claims of massive voter fraud made by the President, the Vice President, and Mr. Kobach. The President’s Commission is a waste of taxpayer money and a distraction from the real threats to the integrity of our elections today: aging voting systems and documented Russian interference in our elections…The President’s appointment of Kobach—who has a long history of sponsoring discriminatory, anti-immigrant policies including voter suppression and racial profiling laws—sends a clear and ominous message. His role as vice chair is proof that the goal of the commission is to enact policies that will result in the disenfranchisement of American citizens.Other state responses include:“My reply would be: They can go jump in the Gulf of Mexico, and Mississippi is a great State to launch from. Mississippi residents should celebrate Independence Day and our State’s right to protect the privacy of our citizens by conducting our own electoral processes.” —Mississippi Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann“The President’s Commission has quickly politicized its work by asking states for an incredible amount of voter data that I have, time and time again, refused to release. My response to the Commission is, you’re not going to play politics with Louisiana’s voter data, and if you are, then you can purchase the limited public information available by law, to any candidate running for office. That’s it.” —Louisiana Secretary of State Tom Schedler“After each of the last three federal elections, I instructed the bipartisan boards of elections to conduct a review of credible allegations of voter fraud and voter suppression. The results of this review is [sic] already in the public domain and available to the Commission. Additionally, voter registration information is a public record and is available online. The Confidential information, such as the last four digits of a voter’s Social Security number or their Ohio driver license number is not publicly available and will not be provided to the Commission. In responding to the Commission, we will have ideas on how the federal government can better support states in running elections. However, we will make it clear that we do not want any federal intervention in our state’s right and responsibility to conduct elections. Every Sec. of State in the country should welcome the opportunity to describe what they do to ensure the integrity of the elections in their respective states.” —Ohio Secretary of State Jon HustedIt may also be worth noting that Kobach himself hesitated to provide the level of information his commission asked for. According to the Kansas City Star, “in a follow-up interview Friday, he said the state would not be sharing the Social Security information at this time.”Critics fear that, with a national database in hand, the Trump administration will launch a national effort to bar eligible voters from the voting booths. Citizen advocacy organization Common Cause President Karen Hobert Flynn said in a statement that the commission would rely in part on the faulty Interstate Voter Registration Crosscheck program, launched by Kobach. According to Flynn,The program has improperly cut hundreds of thousands of eligible voters from the registration rolls due to mismatches, in clear violation of the National Voter Registration Act…Kobach intends to check voter registration data against the SAVE (Systematic Alien Verification Entitlements) database to determine whether non-citizens are on the rolls despite the fact that the Department of Homeland Security has clarified that this is not an accurate database for updated citizenship records.The administration remains convinced that voter fraud, despite the lack of any evidence of its existence, is a major threat to American democracy. If trust were not an issue, the commission’s effort to look again at the issue would be perhaps wasteful, but not viewed with the fear and suspicion. That the commission is led by individuals who have been actively working to challenge voting rights and make it harder to vote makes it very hard to trust their words. That they appear to be ignoring the vulnerability of our voting systems to manipulation by hackers and the possibility of foreign interference adds to the concern of those now speaking to against their work. Both Pence and Kobach have troubling histories in this area; this fear is well-grounded and the spotlight needs to remain focused on the commission.—Marty LevineShare18Tweet3Share2Email23 Shares
Share34Tweet7Share2Email43 SharesVia Hyperallergenic.January 10, 2018; Arizona RepublicA newly formed nonprofit arts group named MAGA is calling on Congress or the president to declare the eight prototypes of Donald Trump’s border wall as a national monument under the Antiquities Act of 1906.“The eight border wall prototypes have significant cultural value and are historical land art,” the group wrote on a website where it is collecting petition signatures.The group’s lead organizer, Christoph Büchel, believes the prototypes, which are located on land now controlled by the border control, should be memorialized to remind us of a political moment when such stuff was politically viable. (The president, of course, is no big fan of the Antiquities Act.)Büchel wants no credit for the installation, to which he has volunteered to lead tours.“I am an artist, but not the artist of this,” Mr. Büchel said. Instead, he said, MAGA endorses the concept that Americans, by electing Mr. Trump, allowed his obsessions to be given form that qualifies as an artistic statement. The fact that the prototypes were designed and built by six private contractors matters less, he said, than the impression that, upon completion, they constitute an unintended sculpture garden willed into existence by the president and his supporters. “This is a collective sculpture; people elected this artist,” Mr. Büchel said.Writing for the Art and Design section of the New York Times, Michael Walker comments:The notion that the prototypes could qualify as conceptual art might seem somewhat far-fetched. They were designed to United States Customs and Border Protection specifications, built to withstand a 30-minute assault from sledgehammers to acetylene torches, and to be difficult to scale or tunnel beneath. Aesthetic considerations are largely secondary to brute strength, but, when viewed up close, the walls collectively have the undeniable majesty of minimalist sculpture.Tom Eccles, the executive director of the center of curatorial studies at Bard College, disagrees with the approach:“History, and thus our landscape, is replete with terrible and terrifying structures,” Mr. Eccles said in an email [to Walker]. “Sculpture and art should speak to our better selves. Naming the Berlin Wall a Land Art project—or conceptual art—doesn’t make it such. These abhorrent things on the border are not art and never will be.”Büchel’s not the first artist to recognize a canvas in the structures, which are largely inaccessible from the US side but which can be viewed on the Mexican side from atop dirt mounds. Activists in Tijuana have been projecting images onto them already, including one of a stick figure captioned with “¡Llégale!”—Spanish for “Come on in.”—Ruth McCambridgeShare34Tweet7Share2Email43 Shares
S4C has confirmed that it has appointed Ian Jones its new chief executive.Jones will leave cable channel operator and programme seller A+E Networks to take the position at the Welsh public broadcaster. His appointment was widely rumoured, but a contract wrangle with A+E, which he joined last December as managing director, content distribution and commercial development, is understood to have held up the official announcement. Jones was at the recent MIPCOM programming market in Cannes representing A+E and will not start in his new role until April 22, 2012.Arwel Ellis Owen will remain as interim chief executive in the intervening period Jones was one of the team that originally launched S4C in 1982 and after working at ITV and as an independent producer he rejoined S4C as director of business, S4C International and coproductions between 1992 and 1997. He was president of National Geographic Television International from 2004 to 2007 and group managing director of Target Entertainment before joining A+E.
Satellite homes in Germany grew by 100,000 in the first half of this year to reach 17.6 million, despite analogue switch-off in April, according to figures compiled by satellite operator SES.According to SES’s Satellite Monitor, compiled by TNS Infratest, cable households fell by 300,000 to 17 million in the same period, while digital-terrestrial TV homes, boosted by switchover, reached two million by the mid-year point. IPTV homes reached 1.4 million, up 100,000 on the year-end figure.HD homes numbered 7.2 million, with 41% of satellite homes watching HD content.Ferdinand Kayser, chief commercial officer of SES, said: “These are outstanding results, especially for the transition of the analogue switch-off. Satellite is more popular than ever in Germany. The reason for our growth is simply that consumers value the benefits of linear satellite TV, combining unique picture quality with a large variety of channels. With new product initiatives like Sat IP, we will enable the reception of satellite TV on IP-based devices and thereby contribute to developing even further the capabilities of satellite, the most popular reception mode, for the benefit of all its current and future users.”
Virgin Media ended September with 1.14 million TiVo subscribers, meaning 30% of the UK cable operator’s TV customers take the next-generation service.Virgin Media launched TiVo during the first half of 2011 and added 205,900 new customers during the latest quarter. The success of TiVo helped to increase the number of customers paying for TV services by 52,200 in the third quarter.By the end of September, Virgin Media had a total of 4.85 million cable customers. It added 39,500 new customers during the third quarter, compared to 6,300 during the same period in 2011.The number of customers taking broadband services with speeds of 30Mbps and above increased by 452,900 to 1.8 million.Virgin Media reported third quarter revenue of £1.028 billion (€1.263 billion), up 2.8% year-on-year.
Satellite operator SES reported its contract backlog had reached an all-time high of €7.2 billion at the end of the third quarter, up from €6.8 billion at the end of June.During the quarter, SES signed a 24-transponder contract renewal with Canal Plus and a six-transponder renewal with the BBC, and brought two new satellites – SES-4 and SES-5 – into service. In Europe, the Astra 2F satellite has been successfully launched and will be brought into service later this month.SES reported revenue of €1.36 billion for the first nine months of the year, up 1.6% at constant exchange rates, with year-to-date EBITDA of €1.01 billion, up 1.8% at constant exchange rates.SES president and CEO Romain Bausch said results for the first nine months were in line with expectations, and that revenue growth had been achieved despite digital switchover in Germany. SES confirmed its full-year guidance for 2012 and revenue and EBITDA CAGR guidance for 2012-14.
Video advertising specialist Adap.tv has named former Yahoo! finance chief Timothy Morse as its chief financial officer.In addition to serving as executive vice-president and chief financial officer of the search engine provider between 2009-12, Morse served as interim CEO from September 2011 to January 2012.“Adap.tv is a true market leader and is uniquely positioned at the nexus of video advertising’s most powerful trends – the merging of traditional TV with digital and the rise of programmatic advertising technology,” said Morse. “No other company has wired more of the world’s largest agencies, brands and publishers together on a unified platform than Adap.tv. I share their vision for the years ahead and look forward to helping Adap.tv further its impact on the industry.”
Moldovan service provider Moldtelecom is deploying Entone’s Kamai 500 hybrid media players to deliver advanced TV services.Moldtelecom is expanding its IPTV offering to include services such as network-based digital video recording, pause and restart of live TV programmes and catch-up TV.Entone’s Kamai 500 supports H.264 and VC-1 video as well as a range of audio and transcoding capabilities. It also features 5GHz WiFi and adaptive bit-rate support.“We needed a reliable and flexible solution for delivering high-quality video services while expanding our service offering to include emerging cloud-based services,” stated Constantine Sevciuc, marketing director at Moldtelecom. “Because Entone’s Kamai is fully integrated with our existing eco-system, we are able to quickly and cost-effectively roll-out advanced services to our growing subscriber base.”
TV is on track to succeed the PC as the top platform for watching online video in the US, with TV viewing habits increasing as PC viewership declines, according to new research by Parks Associates.The research firm claims that in the first quarter of this year, US broadband users watched roughly three hours per week of online video on TV sets and PCs. However, for TV this was up from 2.3 hours per week in Q1 2013, while online viewing on PC is in “steady decline.”Parks’ report said that 81% of US broadband households watch video on TV, while 60% watch content on a computer, 31% on a smartphone and 28% on a tablet.The PC was the only platform to show “any significant decline in video viewing in the past year,” according to Parks.“Ultimately, consumers can more easily access online video options on a television than ever before,” said Brett Sappington, director of research, Parks Associates.“In addition to smart TVs, Blu-ray players, and game consoles, consumers are also buying streaming media players and devices such as Google’s Chromecast. Pay-TV providers are making a strong push to extend TV Everywhere to a variety of devices. These trends are converging to displace computer-based video consumption.”
UK OTT platform TVPlayer is launching a portfolio of 16 web-delivered and free-to-air TV channels on digital terrestrial service Freeview. The channels – which include music, fashion, home-shopping and Indian networks –will be available on channel 241 of the EPG to viewers that connect their compatible Freeview HD TV to the internet.The channel line-up will include music networks Heart TV, Capital TV, Clubland TV, Planet Pop, Channel AKA and NOW Music.Indian entertainment and Bollywood film content will be available on the channels SAB TV and Colors & Rishtey.Christian TV network, Revelation TV, and the English feed of news channel, France 24, will also be available. Meanwhile, the full portfolio of QVC Channels – QVC Style, QVC Extra, QVC and QVC Beauty – will join TVPlayer soon.“We are thrilled to be working with so many of our broadcast partners to launch their channels on Freeview 241. TVPlayer offers a vehicle for popular free-to-air channels to air not only via mobile, tablets and desktop, but also now to Freeview HD homes. Our ambition is to roll out TVPlayer across more platforms and devices,” said TVPlayer CEO Adam Smith.TVPlayer can be watched for free at tvplayer.com, by downloading the TVPlayer app from the App Store, Google Play and the Amazon Appstore and via channel 241 on Freeview. TVPlayer’s Freeview service is powered by Simplestream and Synapse.
Netflix has partnered with creators of the acclaimed natural history series Planet Earth to produce its own follow-up series, Our Planet. Netflix is partnering with Silverback Films and conservation organisation WWF on the ambitious four-year project that will see Our Planet premiere across all Netflix’s territories in 2019.Using 4K camera technology, the eight-part series will aim to take viewers into “never-before-filmed wilderness areas from the ice caps and deep ocean to deserts and remote forests.”Silverback Films, led by Alastair Fothergill and Keith Scholey, previously created Planet Earth, Frozen Planet and Blue Planet for the BBC. Commenting on the new project, Fothergill said that Our Planet will “raise the bar for natural history landmarks.”Lisa Nishimura, vice-president, Netflix Original Documentaries, said: “The Planet projects have enjoyed great success on Netflix and have helped launch new technologies for viewing at home. We think watching Our Planet, fully on demand in 4K will be an unforgettable experience for our members.”
Joe EarleyFox Television Group’s long-serving COO, Joe Earley, is leaving the 21st Century Fox-owned broadcaster after more than two decades.Earley will leave the firm at the end of the year, bringing to an end 21 years of service.He has held his current post since August 2014, working under Fox TV Group co-chairmen and CEOs Gary Newman and Dana Walden, having previously served as chief operating officer of Fox Broadcasting Company.He joined Fox as a senior publicist in 1994, having begun his career as part of Walking Dead executive producer Gale Anne Hurd’s production and development team.At Fox, he has overseen scripted programming and development, casting, marketing and communications, audience strategy, digital, and business affairs over the years.Earley said that the merger of Fox’s studio and broadcasting businesses under Newman and Walden had “allowed me to also appreciate the impressive team on the studio side”, but meant he had become removed from creative elements of the business.“All of this new opportunity… as rewarding as it is, has led me further and further from the creative process, which is really where my heart wants to be. So, while I will miss my extended Fox family terribly, it is time for me to pursue the proverbial, ‘next chapter.’ As a former publicist, I thought I would never use that phrase, but it turns out that sometimes it’s true.”“We have been discussing his desire to get closer to the creative process for a while now, and although we would love for him to stay at Fox for another 21 years, we understand and fully support his plans to take on new challenges,” said Newman and Walden in a statement.“We are extremely grateful to Joe for his partnership, strategic insight and all of his contributions to the company, and we know we’ll be working with him again soon.”
Mike HopkinsThe Wall Street Journal reports that Time Warner has been in talks with current owners Comcast, The Walt Disney Company and 21st Century Fox about becoming an equal stakeholder in the platform.This would mean each of those companies, whose stakes currently sit around 33.3%, would drop down to 25%, with Time Warner also taking a quarter of the shareholding.A deal is likely to value Hulu at around US$5 billion (€4.6 billion) to US$6 billion. It would also mean only CBS Corp. is the media group with a US broadcast network that doesn’t have a stake in Hulu.CBS has chosen to go its own route with its CBS All Access platform, which recently announced a new Star Trek series as its first exclusive original.Time Warner owns the Burbank-based Warner Bros. studio; and Turner Broadcasting System, which houses TNT, TBS and Cartoon Network; and premium cable HBO.According to WSJ sources, the current backers see Time Warner investment as giving Hulu a better footing against the increasingly powerful Netflix and Amazon Prime Instant Video.They had tried to sell the company back in 2013, with Time Warner Cable – spun out of Time Warner in March 2009 – considered to be a frontrunner for an acquisition at the time.The sale process was scrapped and the partners then injected US$750 million in the business. Reports at the time suggested a 25% stake sale to TWC could have still gone ahead.Hulu made an equity loss in the recent quarter ending October 3 due to higher content and marketing outlays, which have rocketed over the past 18 months, but investment will continue to go up in the next year, Disney revealed last week.
Roberto SotoSubscription video-on-demand movie service Mubi has named former Fox International Channels and Liberty Global executive Roberto Soto as chief operating officer.Soto, who will report to Mubi founder and CEO Efe Cakarel, will be responsible for Mubi’s strategy and overseeing the company’s ongoing business operations globally.He was previously SVP at Fox International Channels leading commercial strategy for its pay TV channels in Latin America and then in Europe and Africa.Mubi recently secured a US$50 million (€45 million) investment from China’s Huanzi with a plan to bring Mubi’s curated film service to China later this year.Soto said: “It’s an honour and I am really excited to join the amazing Mubi team in this journey. We have a fantastic value proposition and a committed team that passionately cares about great cinema. We are excited about all the great news that we want to share with our subscribers and MUBI fans in the future.”Cakarel said: “I am delighted to welcome Roberto to the team at an incredibly exciting time for MUBI. In the next year, we will be expanding into China and continue to explore original productions. Roberto’s experience in heading strategic growth initiatives and extensive knowledge of the business come at a fantastic time.”
HBO’s Game of ThronesGame of Thrones generated the most Tweets globally among 16 of the World’s most popular TV shows last year, with 16.646 million Tweets, according to research commissioned by UK electronics retailer Currys/PC World. Game of Thrones Tweets generated 133 billion potential total impressions, according to the survey.The Walking Dead came second in the list with 12.126 million Tweets and 63 billion potential impressions. These two shows were far ahead of third-placed Empire, which generated 2.16 million Tweets, with Mad Men and The Great British Bake Off making up the remainder of the Top Five.The survey found that broadcast TV shows have a clear peak day of the week when most Twitter content is generated, but Twitter traffic for shows on Netflix and Amazon Prime is more dispersed. It found that TV shows that are established and have gone beyond their first or second seasons tend to have higher levels of Twitter activity.Game of Thrones generated most Tweets in the US, the UK and Brazil, with Tweeters more or less evenly split between males and females and most coming from the 35-plus age group.Sixty per cent of The Walking Dead’s Tweets came from the US, far ahead of the next-placed territory Brazil, which generated 8.5% of Tweets about the show. Fifty-eight per cent of Tweeters were female, mostly in the 35-plus age range.Top-placed non-US show The Great British Bake Off generated 80% of its Tweets in the UK, with two out of every three Tweets coming from females.
Finnish operator DNA has tapped Harmonic to provide it with a complete OTT solution for its DNA TV multiscreen service.Harmonic said its multiscreen processing and delivery solutions allow DNA to deliver live TV channels and VOD content to more than 200,000 subscribers on a wide range of devices.“Harmonic’s multiscreen processing and delivery solutions enable DNA to deliver live TV channels and VOD content to more than 200,000 subscribers on a wide range of devices, with pristine video quality, at a low total cost of ownership,” said DNA’s head of broadband and entertainment services, Pekka Jääskeläinen.