Rank PlayerReason#285 Max Hall, Arizona CardinalsThe longer the lockout goes the more likely it is that he’ll have a job. Just hopefully not as a starter. What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away With all the talk and speculation about who will line up under center for the Arizona Cardinals in 2011 — if there is an NFL in 2011 — we decided it was time for someone to simplify the entire process. With that in mind we put together our QB Stock Watch where you can find out who’s moving up, who’s moving down and who’s just not moving at all. Rank PlayerReason#624 Derek Anderson, (Fill in team willing to pay him) Want him back Cleveland? Rank PlayerReason#8 Matt Flynn, Green Bay Packers As an emergency option he wouldn’t be a bad choice.. #1 Kevin Kolb, Philadelphia Eagles The question remains, will the price be right? Rank PlayerReason#4 John Skelton, Arizona Cardinals He could be the default choice. Rank PlayerReason#6 Brett Favre, Retirement? The lockout might make training camps shorter than usual. No wonder why Favre is interested in a comeback. Rank PlayerReason#7 Matt Hasselbeck, Seattle Seahawks Sounds like Seattle may still let him get away. Rank PlayerReason #2 Kyle Orton, Denver Broncos He’s on the move. We’re just not sure if that means he’s leaving Denver or not. RankPlayerReason#3 Marc Bulger, Baltimore Ravens One day he wants to be a starter the next he doesn’t. Hopefully the day the lockout ends is one where he’s interested in starting. Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Rank PlayerReason Comments Share Top Stories Rank PlayerReason#5 Carson Palmer, Cincinnati Bengals He’s moved away from Cincinnati but that doesn’t mean he’ll be playing for a new team. D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Rank PlayerReason#8 Vince Young, Tennessee Titans One former Cardinal thinks he’d be perfect in Arizona.
Want to be in the luxury travel know? Subscribe to our free eNewsletter here to keep up to date with everything in the luxury travel industry. Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour offers 590 rooms and suites and facilities including an outdoor infinity pool heated year round, a French-inspired restaurant celebrating the bold flavours of Provence, a Champagne Bar, Magnifique Ballroom and Club Millesime, an exclusive executive lounge located on the 35th floor, offering panoramic views of the harbour as well as a range of bespoke butler services. Go back to the e-newsletter Accor’s Chief Operating Officer for the Pacific, Simon McGrath, said, “We are incredibly proud of Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour’s achievements since opening as Sydney’s newest luxury hotel in over 15 years. As the first Accor property in the Pacific region to be invited to join the prestigious Virtuoso Hotels & Resorts portfolio, it is an exceptional credit to Greg and his team and true recognition of Sofitel’s French luxury service for which the brand is globally renowned. We also congratulate owners, the Schwartz Family Company for their vision and investment in such a landmark, flagship luxury hotel for the region.” Virtuoso’s Asia-Pacific Marketing & Commercial Partnership Manager, Adrian Clarke welcomed Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour to the Virtuoso fold.“Australia is one of the world’s most popular luxury destinations and Virtuoso has seen a 23% increase in visitor numbers heading here in the past two years alone,” Clarke said.“Sofitel Darling Harbour will bring a level of luxury to our Australian offering, which we know our high net worth clients from across the globe are looking for.”Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour offers exclusive amenities to guests booking via a Virtuoso travel advisor or online at Virtuoso.com. Privileges include an upgrade upon arrival, daily breakfast buffet for two, US$100 equivalent food and beverage credit during the stay, early check-in priority, guaranteed late-check out 4pm, and a special chocolate VIP amenity. Upgrades and check-in/check-out privileges subject to availability. Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour has been accepted into Virtuoso’s exclusive portfolio of luxury travel partners, comprised of more than 1,700 preferred suppliers in 100 countries. The arrangement will open up new sales and marketing opportunities, says the Sydney hotel’s General Manager, Greg Brady.“Virtuoso’s acceptance process is incredibly selective, so becoming a preferred partner a short 18 months after our grand opening is a true honour,” says Brady.“The reputation Virtuoso member advisors have for outstanding dedication to their clients is a perfect fit with our own approach to modern luxury service. Now that we’re part of this renowned network, we look forward to offering Virtuoso advisors and their clients special amenities, values and French-inspired, quintessentially Australian experiences that surpass their expectations,” he added. Go back to the e-newsletter
15Apr Rep. Howrylak resolution declares April Student Athlete Cardiac Awareness Month in Michigan Categories: Howrylak News,Howrylak Photos Lawmaker honors family, foundation State Rep. Martin Howrylak, R-Troy, was joined by honored guests Randy Gillary, Sue Gillary and Emily Kucinich of the Kimberly Anne Gillary Foundation as members of the Legislature and guests today recognized April 2015 as State Athlete Cardiac Awareness Month in Michigan. Since December 1999, 63 students have lost their lives due to sudden cardiac arrest, and increasing cardiac awareness will help encourage the improvement of pre-screening student athletes and better preparing our school personnel.The Kimberly Anne Gillary Foundation was founded by the Gillary family in memory of their daughter, Kimberly, who lost her life after suffering sudden cardiac arrest during a water polo game in April of 2000. The Foundation supplies schools with AEDs, offers free staff training, and encourages parents to request regular drills and review their AED maintenance records.###
Categories: News 06May Rep. Pscholka Statement on Road Funding Future House Appropriations Chair Rep. Al Pscholka today made the following statement regarding future funding solutions for Michigan’s roads:“If there was ever any confusion or doubt about the public’s will, it’s a moot point. By now, there are more potholes out there than dollars to fill them. Every minute now wasted pontificating about the meaning of the ballot results is just making those holes deeper and wider. We can agree to disagree, but only one thing matters: solutions.“The urgency of our situation is abundantly clear; we need a real, full and complete plan, and we need it now. Our problems aren’t any smaller than they were before, and it’s not going to be any easier to come to a consensus, but we must. This is not a time for regret or rhetoric. It’s not time to point fingers. Let’s just understand and acknowledge the obvious truth: we’re well beyond the time for action.“Consider it an olive branch, or a mandate: I am calling on all parties, public and private, to make the tough decisions. No rest until we have a workable, reasonable plan. No lollygagging. No adjourning for the summer. No road trips to assess the crumbling streets and bridges. No ads to tell us what we already know. No lamenting the sacrifices. Most of all, no excuses. Let’s get it done.”#####
17Mar Rep. Cox to visit local schools for March is Reading Month State Rep. Laura Cox of Livonia will visit seven local elementary schools during the month of March in order to celebrate “March is Reading Month.”Rep. Cox will be reading to students at Cass, Garfield, Hoover, Roosevelt and Webster elementary schools within the Livonia Public School District, as well as St. Edith and St. Michael Catholic schools. Rep. Cox will be reading “Duck for President” by Doreen Cronin and Betsy Lewin, which details the journey of “Duck” who worked his way from a farmer, to Governor, to the highest office in the land.“The celebration of reading month is about sharing the enjoyment and fun in reading,” Rep. Cox said. “Reading has the power to benefit children in numerous ways. I hope events like these will inspire students to pick up a book and let their imaginations take over.” Categories: Cox News
The House Appropriations Committee today approved legislation introduced by state Rep. Diana Farrington to reform the state fund that helps communities during disasters.Farrington, of Utica, wants the state to keep a greater amount of emergency funds available that may be used to help local governments recover from catastrophes. Farrington and state Rep. Steve Marino, of Harrison Township, introduced the two-bill package last week.“My bill increases the amount of money that can be used to help cities and townships when disasters occur, and sets up a sliding scale of relief funds based on population,” Farrington said. “A tragedy like the Fraser sinkhole can bring several communities to a standstill, and having funds available will assist in quickly getting life back to normal.”Marino’s bill requires the Legislature to continually maintain a $2.5 million balance in the contingency fund.The bills move to the full House for consideration.#####The bills are House Bills 4609 and 4610. Categories: Diana Farrington News,News 24May Panel approves Rep. Farrington bill to reform state disaster funds
15Jun Rep. Canfield lauds funding for area park improvement House approves legislation authorizing money Categories: Canfield News,News State Rep. Edward J. Canfield, D.O., today voted to fund Natural Resources Trust Fund projects across the state, including one in Caseville.Canfield, of Sebewaing, said $400,000 combination of state funds and local matching money will pay for the first universally accessible kayak and canoe launch on Lake Huron’s 139-mile Thumb Water Trail at the Pointe Park Water Trail. The money will enable construction of fishing stations, educational kiosks, parking, beach access matting, and the canoe and kayak launch.“We have a treasure trove of natural resources in Huron and Tuscola counties, and anything we can do to improve access to the woods and water is beneficial to families and outdoors lovers,” Canfield said. “I appreciate my colleagues approving this and the other projects that make Michigan such a wonderful state in which to live.”The funding is comprised of revenue from the lease of state land and is designated on an annual basis in partnership with local governments for the projects.The bill now goes to the Senate for consideration.#####The bill is Senate Bill 76.
Categories: Noble News 22May Rep. Noble testifies in support of plan to help improve Michigan roads Legislation creates the Michigan Innovative Transportation Grant FundState Rep. Jeff Noble (left) with Reps. Jason Sheppard (center) and Shane Hernandez today testified in support of a three bill package aimed at helping fix Michigan roads by creating the Michigan Innovative Transportation Fund. The fund would be administered by experts outside of the Michigan Department of Transportation and would review, publicly post, implement and then analyze ideas on ways to improve Michigan roads without increasing state spending. Noble’s bill creates the Innovative Transportation Grant Fund within the state treasury.
State Rep. Julie Calley invites residents to attend her office hours in three communities in August.Calley, of Portland, will present a legislative update and then meet with residents one on one if they have individual concerns on the following dates:Monday, Aug. 20 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. at The Village of Lake Odessa, Page Memorial Building, 839 Fourth Ave., Lake Odessa;Monday, Aug. 20 from 1 to 2 p.m. at The Barry County Courthouse, Commissioners’ Chambers, 220 W. State St., Hastings; andMonday, Aug. 27 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. at The City of Portland, 259 Kent St., Portland.“I deeply appreciate the insight and feedback that I receive during office hours. I am grateful for engaged community members,” Calley said.No appointment is necessary. Residents unable to attend scheduled office hours may send their questions and ideas to Calley via email at JulieCalley@house.mi.gov or by calling her at 517-373-0842.### 06Aug Rep. Calley hosts local office hours in August Categories: Calley News
ShareTweetShareEmail0 SharesFebruary 11, 2015; Washington PostAmerica’s Little League championship team, Jackie Robinson West (JRW), was stripped of their title last week by Little League International. Officials determined that team staff expanded the team’s residency boundaries without receiving required approval from neighboring teams. The team questioned whether they were being held to a higher standard than other teams and hired counsel. As the two sides query the other party’s activities, it is clear the feelings and actions of the young players are being ignored.The Jackie Robinson West team thrilled many as they won game after game and progressed to the Little League Championship in Pennsylvania in August of 2014. The team, made up entirely of African-American players from the South Side of Chicago, was particularly newsworthy at a time when many African Americans have lost interest in baseball. Before progressing to play in the Championship against the team from Seoul, South Korea, JRW beat the Mountain Ridge team from Las Vegas. JRW was the first Chicago area team to progress to the international final since 1967. Although they lost to the South Korean team, JRW was beloved and even traveled to the White House to celebrate with the First Family.Sadly, the excitement was not to last. In December, allegations surfaced that some of the players were recruited from outside of JRW’s geographic boundaries. Little League International has strict rules on where players can live. These rules are meant to create community teams where players often know each other from school and build friendships that continue off the field. The League allows neighboring teams to approve of the geographic expansion before players from these areas can play on other teams.At that time, Little League International dismissed the complaints, stating that neighboring teams approved of the expansion. The vice president of the Evergreen Park Athletic Association was the first to voice claims of suspicion. The team began investigating members of JRW after the Evergreen Park team lost to JRW in a sectional playoff game called after a little more than four innings. The score was 43-2. The Evergreen Park team pulled up public records, including voter and vehicle registration, to determine residency of JRW players. Evergreen Park is a mostly white suburb surrounded by the City of Chicago on three sides.Although these initial claims of unauthorized expansions were dismissed, additional claims surfaced. Recently, officials from three neighboring teams, including the team from Rosemoor, came forward to state that they did not approve of JRW encroaching into their geographic area. The Rosemoor team’s geographic area is made up of the largely African American far south side of Chicago. After this additional evidence was revealed, the League fired JRW and district staff and stripped JRW of their championship, awarding it to the Las Vegas team.In response, JRW hired attorney Victor Henderson to investigate whether other teams were similarly investigated. Mr. Henderson is part of the Henderson Adams Law firm. The firm has defended musician R. Kelly and government leaders including former governor Rod Blagojevich. The legal team will not only explore whether there is evidence JRW staff violated residency rules, but also whether the team is unfairly being held to a higher standard.This is not the first time Little League teams have been stripped of their titles. In 1992, a team from Zamboanga, PA, was stripped of their title because players were from outside of their geographic area or over the age of 13. Similarly, in 2001 a team from the Bronx, New York, was forced to forfeit its games after its pitcher was discovered to be 14.Clearly, the current controversy is far from over. But as investigations continue, questions remain whether the punishment hurts the adults responsible for any wrongdoing or whether it hurts the young players, whose integrity has never been questioned.—Gayle NelsonShareTweetShareEmail0 Shares
French media regulator the CSA has put five channels on notice about their failure to abide by rules concerning the availability of subtitles.The CSA has ruled that channels Action, Ciné Polar, L’Équipe TV, Ma Chaîne Sport and Motors TV have failed to meet their obligations.
Liberty Global-owned UPC Poland has named Konrad Koper as its new director of customer service, with nationwide responsibility. Koper will take up the new post on June 3, based in Katowice. He was previously director of customer service at Rovese SA and also worked for five years as director of T-Mobile Poland’s customer contact centre.
Discovery Communications ahs promoted John Honeycutt to the role of chief technology officer. Honeycutt was previously executive vice-president and chief operating officer for Discovery Networks International, based in London.In the newly created position, Honeycutt will lead Discovery’s consolidated IT, media technology, production and operations functions globally. He will be charged with developing a long-term technology roadmap to enable Discovery’s pay TV, digital terrestrial, free-to-air and online services, according to the company.“Discovery’s rapid, organic growth around the world, along with recent large-scale strategic acquisitions, has increased the breadth, depth and reach of Discovery’s technological footprint, therefore requiring a strong and steady hand at the wheel of our increasingly complex technology operation,” said Andy Warren, chief financial officer for Discovery Communications, to whom Honeycutt will report.“John’s achievements leading media technology, production and operations for the company previously, coupled with his recent global leadership experience and keen strategic insight, will ensure Discovery is at the forefront of technological innovation and adoption for years to come.”
TV continues to take the largest share of TV advertising revenue by medium, but the proportion it commands has peaked and because of the speed of growth in internet advertising, according to media buyer ZenithOptimedia.ZenithOptimedia says that TV share of the overall advertising market peaked last year when it accounted for 39.6% of all ad spend. That share will fall to 39.4% this year and 38.3% by 2016.“This is not because advertisers are withdrawing from television – far from it, we expect television adspend to rise at an average of 4.4% a year to 2016,” ZenithOptimedia noted. “But internet advertising is growing so much faster – at 16.2% a year – partly because it now offers credible brand-building alternatives to television.”TV will enjoy a global ad revenue boost from the ongoing World Cup with growth of 5.4% this year compared with 3.9% in 2013. ZenithOptimedia is forecasting stronger growth in 2015 and 2016, of 5.7% and 6.1% respectively, as economies in the Eurozone countries recover.ZenithOptimedia CEO, Steve King said: “While television will remain central to how fans experience the [World Cup] competition, advertisers are using digital media more than ever before to help shape this experience. Over the next few years internet advertising will play an even greater role in supplementing the brand-building power of television.”However, ZenithOptimedia has downgraded its forecasts for the Central and Eastern Europe region as the Ukraine conflict weighs on commercial activity in the country and in Russia. Ad spend in Ukraine will shrink by an estimated 32.5% and in Russia growth forecasts have been scaled back from 9% to 6.9%.
French commercial broadcaster TF1 has said it will make 148 posts redundant as a result of its failure to secure free-to-air status for news channel LCI, currently available as a pay service via DTT and pay TV operators.TF1 has also appealed to France’s Conseil d’État to reverse the decision by media regulator the CSA refusing its migration to free-to-air on the DTT platform. The broadcaster has asked the Conseil d’État to suspend the decision as a matter of urgency as the channel’s existing distribution agreements are set to expire at the end of December. The proposed redundancies are part of a contingency plan if this appeal fails.TF1 said that the channel’s future in its current form could only be guaranteed as a free service.LCI yesterday put its ‘transformation’ project – which the channel will put into place if the Conseil d´État fails to overturn the CSA’s decision – before employee representatives. This would see the news channel continue as a stripped down pay service providing a few hours of programming each day across multiple screens.The project involves the disappearance of 58 jobs at LCI along with 81 at TF1 and nine at e-TF1, the group’s digital arm.LCI said it would bring forward voluntary redundancy proposals to minimise the number of compulsory departures.LCI’s director, Eric Revel, interviewed on the channel, indicated that the offers made for it by newspapers Le Monde and Le Figaro were not satisfactory to TF1 by reiterating that LCI was not for sale. Le Monde president Louis Dreyfus meanwhile accused TF1 of adopting a “scorched earth” policy by refusing to countenance the sale of the channel.
Russia’s CTC Media has paid RUB148 million for a 51% controlling stake in Russian digital content producer CarambaTV.Announcing the deal, CTC Media CEO Yuliana Slashcheva said that it represented “the next logical step” in CTC’s strategy to develop its digital and transmedia businesses.CarambaTV said that its content generates more than 75million views per month, including 20 million views of online content. The CTC deal includes the Carambatv.ru and 100500.tv web portals, which together claim more than 2 million unique monthly visitors.“We see an opportunity for the additional monetisation of our existing channels by consolidating traffic and exchanging content with CarambaTV,” said Slashcheva.“We appreciate the creative potential and high performance of the Caramba team in the digital space, and we are very happy to see themjoin CTC Media.”
Sony Network Entertainment International (SNEI) and Sony Computer Entertainment (SCE) have announced plans to launch an a-la-carte version of its cloud TV service PlayStation Vue. The new offer will be available to all PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3 owners in the US, allowing them to pay to access individual channels through PlayStation Vue, rather than subscribe to a multi-channel package.The first channels to be offered a-la-carte will be Showtime, Fox Soccer Plus, and a new premium service from Machinima. These will be available from the summer, with more channels due to follow.Showtime will be available through PlayStation Vue in July for US$10.99 a month, or US$8.99 for PlayStation Plus members. Fox Soccer Plus will be available in August for US$14.99 per month, or US$12.99 with PlayStation Plus.Machinima plans to debut its first premium TV channel on PlayStation Vue, broadcasting exclusive content from its in-house studio. This will be available later in the summer for US$3.99 per month or US$1.99 for PlayStation Plus members.At the same time, Sony announced that it is launching PlayStation Vue’s multi-channel packages to the Greater Los Angeles and San Francisco Bay Area, as part of its staggered US rollout of the service.Viewers in these areas will be able to access up to 85 channels via PlayStation Vue through three existing subscription packages – Access, Core, or Elite. These are priced from US$49.99 to US$69.99 per month with no long-term commitment.“We’re pleased to expand PlayStation Vue’s packages to two additional major TV markets, representing the first time consumers on the West Coast will have access to their favourite live and catch-up TV content, as well as cloud DVR with unlimited capacity,” said Dwayne Benefield, vice president, head of PlayStation Vue at SNEI.“We are seeing strong engagement from PlayStation fans in the three cities where we initially launched, and the introduction of a-la-carte channels nationwide provides viewers even greater choice and flexibility.”
Rich RossDiscovery Communications has placed Rich Ross into a networks group president role as it realigns its US channels structure.Ross, who joined Discovery last year as president of Discovery Channel, is now group president of Discovery Channel, Animal Planet and Science Channel.Discovery has grouped the channels together as it believes they have “strong missions, shared programming genres and complementary yet distinct audiences”.It placed Ross in charge after strong ratings growth in his first six months at Discovery Channel and a renewed focus on classic documentary programming such as the upcoming Racing Extinction.[if !supportLists][endif]The promotion means Animal Planet general manager Rick Holzman and Science Channel chief Rita Mullin now report to Ross.Holzman previously reported to Marjorie Kaplan, who was last week appointed to the new post ofpresident, content for Discovery Networks International.Elsewhere, Discovery Life Channel is being integrated into the female-skewed TLC network, with TLC executive VP, development and production Howard Lee assuming responsibility for DLC as general manager. Lee now reports to TLC GM and EVP Nancy Daniels.Current DLC GM Jane Latman is moving to become GM of American Heroes Channel in addition to retaining her senior VP, development duties for Investigation Discovery.Henry Schleiff will remain group president of ID, AHC and Destination America, with ID chief Kevin Bennett and Destination America boss Marc Etkind keeping their posts.Meanwhile, Bob Scanlon has been named GM of petrol-head channel Velocity and automotive content.The final element of the restructuring sees the newest Discovery network, Discovery Family Channel, now going through the family and kids content division.DFC GM Tom Cosgrove now reports to Discovery Latin America and US Hispanic Group chief CarolinaLightcap.“This strategicrealignment positions Discovery well to drive our content engine across platforms here in the US and worldwide, and creates the strongest pairings of creative talent to develop, program and lead these new brand groups now andinto the future,” said Discovery president and CEO David Zaslav.“I believe some of Discovery’s best stories are yet to be told and I look forward to the growth and further development for each of our US brands for years to come under this team’s strong creative leadership.”The changes are effective immediately.
Satellite operator SES has welcomed what it says is a recognition by the just-concluded WRC-15 conference in Geneva of the continued importance of satellite communications by protecting some of the key spectrum used for satellite.The satellite industry had lobbied heavily for protection of C-band capacity in the run up to WRC-15, and the conference voted for ‘no change’ in the use of the 3600-4200MHz band. In Region 2, covering the Americas,The lower 200MHz of C-band downlink frequencies – 3400-3600MHz – were however identified for mobile telecommunication use in ITU Regions 1 and 2, covering most of the world except East Asia. In Region 3, only a few countries have signed up to the potential use of this spectrum for mobile applications, but, according to SES, the vast majority of the region will continue to use it for satellite. In Region 2 – EMEA and Russia – a footnote was agreed that identified the 3600-3700MHz band for mobile use in a few countries.The conference also identified additional spectrum for fixed satellite systems between 10-17GHz in the Ku-band.To counteract the difficulties encountered in finding additional spectrum for IMT in bands below 6 GHz, WRC-15 decided to include studies in the agenda for the next WRC in 2019 for the identification of bands above 6 GHz that will allow technology to meet demand for greater capacity.“WRC-15 has been a turning point in the global recognition of the value of satellite services for the future. We commend the national administrations – and the WRC Chairman, Mr. Festus Daudu – for their commitment to connectivity for all,” said a joint statement of a coalition of associations representing the satellite industry.“These decisions provide the stability necessary for the entire satellite industry to fully leverage its strengths in support of the vision expressed by the WRC delegates.”WRC-15 last week allocated the 700MHz band of UHF spectrum for mobile broadband in Region 1, but preserved the sought-after sub-700MHz part of the UHF spectrum for digital-terrestrial broadcasting, despite lobbying from the mobile telecom industry.
Netflix is due to launch a “data saver” feature designed to help users control their data use when streaming content over mobile networks.The feature for Netflix’s mobile apps is due to launch in May and will let users either stream more video under a smaller data plan, or increase their video quality if they have a higher data plan.“We believe restrictive data caps are bad for consumers and the internet in general, creating a dilemma for those who increasingly rely on their mobile devices for entertainment, work and more,” said Netflix.“In an effort to protect our members from overage charges when they exceed mobile data caps, our default bitrate for viewing over mobile networks has been capped globally at 600 kilobits per second. It’s about striking a balance that ensures a good streaming experience while avoiding unplanned fines from mobile providers.”Netflix said that according to its own research, many subscribers worry about exceeding their mobile data cap and “don’t need the same resolution on their mobile phone as on a large screen TV to enjoy shows and movies”.“As we develop new technologies, we want to give all our members the choice to adjust their data consumption settings based on their video preferences and sensitivity to their ISPs data overage charges. We’ll provide more details as we get closer to launch,” said Netflix.