Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppNassau, Bahamas – July 10, 2017 – The Cabinet Office announces that an Official funeral will be held for the late Bernard J. Nottage, former Minister of National Security and Member of Parliament for Bain and Grants Town on Friday 14 July at 11:00 in the morning at St. Agnes Church.Dr. Nottage passed away on Wednesday 28 June in a Florida hospital where he was airlifted after spending 3 days in the Intensive Care Unit of Doctor’s Hospital. Throughout this period, Prime Minister Hon. Dr. Hubert Minnis was in close and frequent contact with Mrs. Portia Nottage, wife of Bernard Nottage.Dr. Nottage was a professional gynecological colleague and fellow Parliamentarian of current Prime Minister Hubert Minnis, whose government paid all expenses related to Former Minister Nottage’s care in Florida and the repatriation of his remains to The Bahamas.The Prime Minister and the Cabinet Office extended condolences to the widow of Former Cabinet Minister, Dr. Bernard Nottage, on Wednesday afternoon, 28 June 2017, shortly after his passing.In accordance with the policy for government funerals effective July 2009, a State Funeral is the highest level of Government funeral and is given to Governors Generals and Prime Ministers serving or retired. Cabinet Ministers who die while serving in Office are also accorded State Funerals. The church service and burial are carried live on national radio and television; the body of the deceased is laid in State in the House of Assembly; the church service is attended by the Governor General, the Prime Minister, Cabinet Ministers and other Parliamentarians, the Judiciary, the Senior Corp of the Public Service, Uniformed Services and Heads of Mission of the Diplomatic Corp. The Police and Defence Forces provide an honour Guard and pall bearers.The second tier of government funerals is the Official Funeral which is given to former Cabinet Ministers and serving members of Parliament. The government covers funeral costs up to a maximum of $10,000.00 and the Police and Defence Force provide an honour Guard. Lying-In-State takes place in the House of Assembly. The church service is carried live on radio and may be recorded for future airing. The church service is attended by the Governor General, the Prime Minister, Cabinet Ministers and other Parliamentarians and senior public officers. In recognition of Dr. Nottage’s many years of Public Service in the area of politics and sports, the government decided to increase the funeral costs it would bear to a maximum of $50,000.00.The lowest tier of government funerals is the State Recognized Service given to former Members of Parliament, serving Permanent Secretaries and other high ranking Public officers or civilians who have made invaluable contributions to the State. The government provides live broadcast of the funeral church service via national radio. Representation of the Cabinet and Parliamentarians and senior public officers are in attendance.Protocol services and funeral service programmes are provided for each of these three categories of funerals.The Cabinet Secretary issued a formal communication to Mrs. Portia Nottage informing of the government’s decision to have an Official funeral and outlining all of the matters for which the government would be responsible.The National Events Unit of the Cabinet Office is working with Dr. Nottage’s widow and other family members on the details of Dr. Nottage’s Official funeral. In the morning of Thursday, 6 July 2017, that Unit met with Dr. Nottage’s widow, brothers, sister, sister-in-law and the Nottage’s rector to discuss pertinent logistical and protocol matters to be attended to prior, during and after the funeral service. Mrs. Nottage chose St. Agnes Anglican Church where they worshiped as the location for the funeral. St. Agnes is also located in the constituency Dr. Nottage represented for many years. A meeting of all of the government agencies involved in the staging of an official funeral was held later that day at the Cabinet Office. These include representatives from: the Protocol Office of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs; the Royal Bahamas Police Force; the Royal Bahamas Defence Force; the Broadcasting Corporation of The Bahamas; the Ministry of Works; the Bahamas Information Services; the House of Assembly and the National Events Unit of Cabinet Office. Also in attendance were Fr. I. Ranfurly Brown, rector of St. Agnes Church and a representative of Bethel Brother’s Morticians.The Cabinet Office will continue to provide support and advice to the Nottage family during their period of bereavement.#officialfuneralforNottage#BernardJNottage#BahamasNews#MagneticMediaNews Recommended for you Bahamian girl falls to her death on cruise ship Related Items:#BahamasNews, #BernardJNottage, #magneticmedianews, #officialfuneralforNottage Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Bahamas: Mass Funeral for Haitians drowned in Abaco waters Nassau: Two guns, two suspects in Police custody
Bournemouth defender Simon Francis insists he and his teammates have nothing to fear when they face Manchester United this weekend, saying perhaps they are favourites.The Cherries captain feels the team’s form suggests they may even be favourites against the Red Devils.Eddie Howe’s side host United on Saturday, the south coast side are currently sixth in the Premier League and three points ahead of their visitors.Francis said the team’s impressive start to the season could even suggest they’re favourites for the clash at Vitality Stadium.“There is certainly no fear factor. The form book would say we might be favourites going into the game,” he told The Mirror.Maguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“I don’t think we see it as a free hit any more, these kinds of games, because we believe we can beat them.“With the points we have accumulated so far even if we lose to Man United, people might think, ‘It’s OK, they have had a good start to the season’, but we don’t see it like that.“Even in our first season when we played the big teams, nobody would back us to get any points, but this is our fourth season and we have come a long way.”“These games are the ones we can grab by the scruff of the neck and take to Man United: The lads will be raring to go, are looking forward to every Premier League game and why not? We are on good form.“We will be at it from the start, pressing high and trying to win the ball back to give the fans something to get excited about.”
Jean-Michel Aulas revealed he’s been dreaming of signing Olivier Giroud for a long time now and hopes to make it a reality at the end of the season.The French striker has found regular opportunities hard to come by in London for the past couple of seasons at Arsenal and Chelsea.Giroud has only made six starts in his 12 Premier League appearances this season and recently confessed in an interview that Gonzalo Higuain’s arrival leaves his Chelsea future in doubt.Now Lyon president Aulas has come forward and revealed his great interest in bringing back Giroud to his native France after spending the last six and a half years in London.The 69-year-old added that he had initially attempted to sign Giroud at the end of France’s triumphant 2018 World Cup victory in Russia.“I had dreamed of having him come [last year] and I had even called Arsene Wenger for more information,” Aulas told Le Figaro. “Gerard Houllier knows him well, too.Chelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.“We had discussed it when I was in Moscow with the France team during the World Cup. Things could not be done, though.“Now we have a front line that is very well supplied. If someone leaves, [Giroud] could interest us, especially since he has a different profile to our other players.“[At the end of the season] Giroud will interest me. It seems a little bit soon now. We will not stack the attackers, especially since we have a real team.“We will have to see the coach who will be at the end of the season, but I like the boy. He’s a good person.”In total, Giroud has managed five goals and assists in 27 appearances for Chelsea across all competitions this season.The 32-year-old’s fellow striker Alvaro Morata left Chelsea this week in favour of a return to Atletico Madrid on loan after falling of favour under coach Maurizio Sarri.
SEATTLE — Members of Washington state’s congressional delegation are asking the federal government to reconsider a decision denying help for individuals affected by huge wildfires in Washington. More than 300 homes have been destroyed by the wildfires in north Central Washington, and Gov. Jay Inslee has said the cost of destroyed properties in Okanogan County alone is estimated at more than $28 million. President Barack Obama has approved federal assistance for Okanogan County and the Colville confederated tribes to help repair or replace public infrastructure lost in this summer’s wildfires. The assistance approved means FEMA will reimburse Okanogan County and the Colvilles for 75 percent of the costs of eligible expenses related to disaster-damaged facilities such as roads, bridges, and public utilities.But in a letter sent Wednesday to Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Craig Fugate, Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell and Reps. Doc Hastings and Dave Reichert urged the agency to review a decision that kept individual federal aid from people who lost homes or needed other help in Okanogan and Chelan counties.“Local communities and state agencies have responded admirably, but a disaster of this magnitude requires long-term federal assistance to help these communities respond, rebuild, and cope with this tragedy,” the letter said. “Because there are no comparable Washington state programs, FEMA assistance with housing and household goods is necessary.”
COCONUT GROVE, FLA. (WSVN) – – South Florida went fishing, Saturday, all for a good cause.The first annual Monty Maynia’s Fishing Tournament was held in Coconut Grove, Saturday.The event was sponsored by Florida Yachts International and the Miami Police Athletic League and Explorer Program.The program’s mission hopes to develop relationships between Miami Police and local youths, while providing an opportunity to learn about a career in law enforcement.“This event was absolutely spectacular,” said Ralph Navarro of Florida Yachts International. “All these children had their first boat ride, and they caught their first fish. So it just makes me feel incredible.”Among the attendees of the event was 7’s own Diana Diaz.
MIAMI (WSVN) – The annual More Than Pink Walk, which serves to help find a cure for breast cancer, took place in Miami this weekend.Formerly known as Race for the Cure, the event is organized by the Susan G. Komen Foundation.Thousands of participants throughout South Florida put on their running shoes and gathered at Bayfront Park to take part in the race, Saturday.“If you didn’t see the pink out here, you wouldn’t even know this was a cancer survivor race because everyone is so positive and energetic,” said participant Rodney Carter, the husband of a cancer survivor. “That’s what’s so great about this event.”One cancer survivor said she was inspired by the support.“The people here every year, I find someone who motivates me during the run. They’ll come and tap me on the back just when I’m ready to give up, and they’re like, ‘Keep pushing,’” said participant Cherry Carter. “I find a new person every year, a new friend.”Money raised at the event will help fund breast cancer education, screening and treatment projects. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Muslims throughout the country are all set to celebrate Eid-ul-Azha, their second largest religious festival, on Monday.But the massive outbreak of dengue might dampen this year’s celebrations to some extent.In the morning, devotees will throng Eidgahs (large open spaces) to offer prayers. They will seek divine blessings, and pray for peace and prosperity of the country.Well-off Muslims will then sacrifice animals in commemoration of Prophet Ibrahim’s devotion to Allah as illustrated by his readiness to give up his beloved son Ismail.Sholakia Eidgah in Kishoreganj and Gor-e-Shaheed Baro Maidan in Dinajpur are to hold the country’s biggest Eid congregations.In Dhaka, the biggest congregation will be held at the National Eidgah where president Abdul Hamid is scheduled to offer his prayers along with thousands of people from all walks of life.Congregations will also be held at the Baitul Mukarram National Mosque and various places in the capital.Law enforcement agencies, including Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) and police, have taken tight security measures.Television channels and radio stations will air special programmes on the occasions. Special diets will be served at hospitals, jails, government orphanages, centres for persons with disabilities, shelter homes and vagrant and destitute welfare centres.President, PM greet nationPresident Abdul Hamid and prime minister Sheikh Hasina greeted the country’s people as well as Muslims across the world on the occasion of Eid.In his message, the president urged people to realise the lesson of sacrifice (Qurbani). “Peace and amity will be established when the teachings of sacrifice are reflected in our personal and social lives,” he said.The president said he hoped the people would sacrifice animals at designated spots and work to remove wastes.In her message, the prime minister urged people to be imbued with the teachings of Eid-ul-Azha and participate in public welfare activities to build a peaceful, prosperous, and happy Bangladesh devoid of discriminations.
11Sep McCready, House honor first responders during annual 9/11 ceremony The Michigan House of Representatives today conducted its third annual 9/11 memorial service, commemorating the 12th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, state Rep. Mike McCready announced. The House also honored the eight military members and first responders from Michigan who lost their lives in the line of duty in the past year.State Rep. Mike McCready (left) attends the third annual 9/11 ceremony held by the Michigan House of Representatives along with Lt. Nole Clason (right) and Chief David Hendrickson of the City of Bloomfield Hills Public Safety Department.As a part of the ceremony, McCready was joined by Lt. Nole Clason and Chief David Hendrickson, both of the City of Bloomfield Hills Public Safety Department. Lt. Clason traveled to New York City to assist the NYPD and FDNY after 9/11.“It was an honor to have Lt. Clason and Chief Hendrickson with me today as we paid tribute to these brave men and women,” said McCready, R-Bloomfield Hills. “It is important to remember their sacrifices and thank them for their service.”The event included an invocation by Rep. Bruce Rendon, the presentation of the colors and acknowledgment of all first responders and their families in attendance.“As the chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Michigan State Police, I have seen firsthand how dedicated our first responders are to protecting their communities and state,” McCready said. “I am grateful for them as well as those who are serving our country in the military.”### Categories: McCready News,McCready Photos,News
Categories: Featured news,Iden News,News Tags: #SB, HB 5714, Regulatory Reform, remove licensure fees, State Plumbing Act, tradesmen 14Sep Rep. Iden supports bill to remove excessive licensure fees on tradesmen State Representative Brandt Iden, R-Oshtemo, received unanimous approval today in the House Regulatory Reform Committee in support of his amendment to House Bill 5714 sponsored by Majority Floor Leader Rep. Aric Nesbitt, removing excessive licensure fees currently imposed on plumbers.This legislation amends the State Plumbing Act to clarify that people who have both a master plumber license and plumbing contractor license should pay only one license fee upon their initial application for and renewal of the license.“The role of state government should not discourage folks from further expanding upon their professional careers by avoiding excessive fees and fines imposed by a state department,” Rep. Iden said.“HB 5714 prevents the doubling of fees for people who have both a master plumber and plumbing contractor license. Eliminating this burdensome fee on tradesmen, such as plumbers will help boost economic growth and help to save small business owners an additional expense.”#####
Categories: VanSingel News 28Jun Rep. VanSingel announces July office hours State Rep. Scott VanSingel invites residents to attend his July office hours to discuss their thoughts and concerns regarding the state government.“Meeting with residents is a top priority of mine. It is extremely important as a legislator to be accessible to the community,” VanSingel said. “I welcome anyone in need of assistance or with questions to join me.”Rep. VanSingel will meet with constituents at the following times and locations:Monday, July 177:30 to 8:30 a.m. at The Depot Restaurant, 22 W Main St. in Grant;9 to 10 a.m. at Cronk’s Oakridge Restaurant, 9103 Mason Drive. in Newaygo; and6 to 7 p.m. at Sally’s, 103 N. Charles St. in White Cloud.No appointment is necessary to attend office hours. Anyone unable to attend who would like to voice a question or concern to the representative may contact his office at (517) 373-7317 or ScottVanSingel@house.mi.gov.
Gov. Rick Snyder signed legislation sponsored by state Rep. Mary Whiteford on Wednesday, allowing intermediate school districts to hire the best teachers for specialized programs.“Experience, teaching ability and educational qualifications all count toward being a good teacher,” said Whiteford, of Casco Township. “We can all agree on that, but every special education child is different and administrators face challenges in finding the right teachers for the right students. This legislation will help in that search to benefit the students.”House Bill 4166, now Public Act 159 of 2017, removes the requirement that teaching candidates formerly employed with other districts or a comparable state agency be given preferential hiring status.Whiteford’s legislation is strongly supported within her district as William Brown, superintendent of the Allegan Area Educational Service Agency, testified before House and Senate education-based committees. Six other county ISDs across Michigan also submitted their support.“This is about giving ISDs a say for their own students, not forcing them to follow a regulation which had little to do with classroom quality,” Whiteford said.##### Categories: News,Whiteford News 09Nov Governor signs Whiteford bill to help special ed programs
ShareTweetShareEmail0 Shares October 28, 2014;New York TimesYesterday, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) unveiled a public online food product database that details a myriad of information: the ingredients in a product, its degree of processing, any pesticides used in its creation. The wide range of products reviewed—from condiments and herbs to baking supplies and frozen foods—and the database’s user-friendly design hold useful information both for health conscious individuals and those just curious about the nutritional value of their snack.The Food Scores Database is one of the most comprehensive compilations of food information available, a possible response to a growing public movement toward real understanding of what is in our food. While there are other food product databases currently online, like Nutrition Data and Calorie Count, among others, the Food Scores Database appears to be the first to combine a number of different pools of information in one place.Derived from information supplied by food companies as well as EWG’s own research into pesticides and additives used, the database allows users to search over 80,000 products and view their nutritional information. The database also ranks each product on a 10-point scale (with 1 being a high score) based on three factors: nutrition, ingredients, and processing. Products that are high in nutrition, contain ingredients unchanged by pesticides or other contaminants, and are less processed will be healthier overall and receive better scores. The design of the database allows users to compare and contrast different products based on their scores. It is worth noting that the scoring system is based on a process created and designed by EWG, eliciting criticism about the accuracy of the information provided on the database and whether users are being misinformed. In a statement, the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) said, “The Environmental Working Group’s food ratings are severely flawed and will only provide consumers with misinformation about the food and beverage products they trust and enjoy.” EWG notes that it has little to hide and that their methodology, assumptions and research are clearly delineated on the website.As part of the food industry, GMA could understandably be upset, given the possible ramifications from the potentially damaging information about certain products. However, their criticism about misinformation about food products recalls a much larger discussion about the state of our country’s food. Public interest and advocacy groups have been lobbying for years for states to institute laws requiring companies to label foods derived from genetically modified organisms (GMOs)—living things that scientists have altered to achieve a certain result, like fruit engineered to stay fresh longer. Over the summer, Vermont became the first state to enact such legislation, while bearing the brunt of the opposition from the GMA, the Snack Food Association, and the National Association of Manufacturers, among others. Just days away from the midterm elections, DuPont Pioneer, one of the nation’s leading GMO seed manufacturers, announced it was donating 4.46 million in the effort to defeat Measure 92 in Oregon, which would similarly require companies to provide labels for any products that contain genetically modified ingredients. Vermont and Oregon present just two of several state battles raging over whether more information is good for the public.Popular and award-winning films like Supersize Me, in which documentary filmmaker Morgan Spurlock eats McDonald’s fast food for 30 days, and Food, Inc., showing where our food really comes from (and the abuse animals often suffer in the process), demonstrate a growing and sustained curiosity in the public to know more, specifically data that groups like GMA may not want divulged. While the GMO fight will inevitably continue in the courtroom, the Food Scores Database may in the meantime provide us a glimpse into the information the food industry doesn’t want us to know.—Shafaq HasanShareTweetShareEmail0 Shares
ShareTweetShareEmail0 Shares November 18, 2014; St. Louis Post-DispatchThree hundred people applied to be on the “Ferguson Commission” created by Missouri Governor Jay Nixon to do something—what, exactly, isn’t clear—about the social and economic conditions that have been linked to the killing of unarmed teenager Michael Brown and the subsequent protests against Ferguson’s nearly all-white government and police departments, the militarized police response to the protests, and perhaps the cluelessness of some of the region’s political leaders about the racial tensions occurring under their noses.Yesterday, Nixon swore in the 16 people he selected for the commission:Source: St. Louis Post-DispatchThe Post-Dispatch provided the list of members, as well as excerpts from their statements of why they wanted to serve:Rev. Starsky Wilson (@ReverendStarsky), co-chair of the commission, president and CEO of the Deaconess Foundation: “The work of this commission aligns with the work of Deaconess Foundation, which I lead, to advance the health of the region and its people through effective alignment of philanthropic, social service and governmental resources and policies.” Rev. Wilson, as readers may remember, was one of a group of national foundation leaders who issued a statement recently to government officials on how to respond to protests in the wake of a grand jury decision.Rich McClure, co-chair of the commission, former president of UniGroup, chair of the St. Louis Regional Board of Teach for America: “I am deeply committed to making St. Louis a stronger and fairer place for all”Rev. Traci deVon Blackmon, pastor, Christ the King United Church of Christ; coordinator of faith-based initiatives for BJC HealthCare: “I believe in the inherent good of all people and, although there are many systemic and structural challenges that must be addressed, commitment, collaboration, and authentic conversation will lead us toward the Ferguson that some residents experience and other residents only imagine.”Daniel Isom, director, Missouri Department of Public Safety, former St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department chief: “As a former police officer, police chief, father, and lifelong resident of this area, I want to make sure we seize this opportunity to make St. Louis a better place for everyone to live and achieve their dreams.”Scott Negwer, president, Negwer Material: “I am passionate about enabling those who are disadvantaged to succeed, and I am passionate about the well-being of North County.”Bethany A. Johnson-Javois, CEO, St. Louis Integrated Health Network: “Bottom line, it’s time to address the systemic inequities in our municipalities, in our region and in our great state.”Gabriel E. Gore, partner, Dowd Bennett: “My hope is that the end result of the events that have led to the recent social unrest in our community will be that we grow stronger and more connected as a community.”Brittany N. Packnett (@MsPackyetti), executive director, Teach for America in St. Louis: “Since August 9th, I have worked to intensively listen to the needs of the community, especially our students and young people, to represent their voice and our collective truth through multiple outlets to establish tactical solutions like Teach For Ferguson, and to coordinate peaceful protests to promote the value of our children’s lives.”Rose A. Windmiller, assistant vice chancellor, government and community relations at Washington University: “The question we must face is this: are we actively engaged with members of our community who are, by virtue of visible and invisible barriers, less able to take full advantage of the educational, healthcare and economic benefits that many of us accept as standard?”Rasheen Aldridge Jr. (@SheenBean32), student, Forest Park Community College; director, Young Activist United St. Louis; student co-chair on Missouri Jobs with Justice: “I want to get to the root of the issues in Ferguson, Shaw and the whole city on why individuals feel like they are targets to the police and the whole system…I work with all different ages, races and religions and understand the importance of how all people work and play together. I hope with the Commission we will be able to solve and come up with real solutions of the problems that are affecting people of all colors and how to make St. Louis a place that people love and feel like they belong in their own city.”Grayling Tobias (@GraylingTobias), superintendent, Hazelwood School District: “This situation is more than just about North St. Louis County, it is about improving relations between all races, creeds ethnic and social economic backgrounds.”Becky James-Hatter (@BeckJamesHatte), president and CEO, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Eastern Missouri: “(W)ith courage, fair minds and persistence, we can face our region’s toughest challenges, build more trusting relationships and ensure greater opportunities for our children, teens and young adults”Felicia Pulliam, Development director, FOCUS, the region’s executive leadership program: “I am not one of the usual participants, whose perspectives and agendas are recycled over and again in nearly every situation.”Kevin Ahlbrand, 31-year veteran St. Louis police officer and deputy commander of the Major Case Squad of Greater St. Louis: “I look forward to being part of the process to identify issues and seek solutions which will build trust and bring our communities and law enforcement closer together in our efforts to keep our citizens safe.”Patrick Sly, Manager, Emerson Charitable Trust: “I want to join the Ferguson Commission to help support and heal the community and to represent Emerson which has a vested interest in supporting our ‘home town.’”T.R. Carr, Professor and former chair of the Department of Public Administration and Policy Analysis at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, former mayor of Hazelwood: “It is important to effectively communicate with the law enforcement community as strategies are developed for this region. I can help serve as a bridge in this area.”It may be due to the excerpts chosen for publication by the Post-Dispatch, but the printed statements of the members other than Aldridge, the obviously youngest member of the commission, don’t specifically address race as one of the underlying issues to be understood and confronted. The statements from Windmiller and Johnson-Javois suggest that the inequities that some people in metropolitan St. Louis experience aren’t simply happenstance, but systemic, and both overt and covert in their causes. Their comments also suggest an awareness of the structural racism issues that were reflected in the Ferguson dynamics.We’ve included in this newswire some of the Twitter handles for members of the commission, which we presume that the Post-Dispatch printed so that its readers could reach out to them with ideas and suggestions. We suggest the same: Tweet these members and tweet NPQ as well (@NPQuarterly) to let them and us know what you think the commission could and should do.—Rick CohenShareTweetShareEmail0 Shares
Share9Tweet9ShareEmail18 SharesRgoogin at the English Wikipedia [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia CommonsApril 4, 2019; New York TimesDuring a March 31, 2019, Sunday vote, the New York State legislature agreed to a $175 billion budget that included congestion pricing for a large swatch of Manhattan. Vehicles traveling below 60th Street will have to pay, and that money will help fund subways and other regional transportation needs.New York’s congestion pricing will be the first in the US, but it has become a staple in places like London, Stockholm, and Singapore. Details about the plan, costs, and potential exemptions for drivers will be developed by the Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority and a traffic mobility review board.The new policy represents a sea change in how we view mobility that will likely force changes in how we get around.Why? Because unlike highways, where tolls are common, Americans have always felt that we own the streets of our cities. We have felt entitled to the subsidy that is implied by required off-street parking from businesses, maintenance of the street infrastructure by taxes or fees that other people—including people who do not drive—pay, and gas taxes that fund roads. But as streets become more clogged and rush hour becomes every hour, the notion of congestion pricing is simple—that public roads are a scarce resource that requires a pricing mechanism to ration access.“It’s a huge departure from how we’ve culturally thought about this over the years,” Kari Watkins, a professor at Georgia Tech’s School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, told the Times in April.There are, however, key public policy lessons to be learned from the cities that have already implemented congestion pricing and, since the devil will be in the details of New York City’s plan, London’s experiences are of some interest.London, which implemented congestion pricing in 2006, has seen a significant decline in motor traffic in the congestion zones:On the day the congestion charge was introduced in London, 300 extra buses were added to the Central London bus network to give people an alternative to driving and avert the anticipated mayhem. One year later, [Mayor] Livingstone reported that 29,000 more passengers had entered the charging zone by bus during the morning rush hour, compared to a year before. Between 2002 and 2014 the number of private cars coming into the zone fell by 39 percent.But an important loophole in the congestion charge has begun the turn the tide against bus transportation and the income raised by the congestion charge. Trips by taxis and for-hire vehicles (which are exempt from the congestion charge) have increased 9.8 percent between 2015 and 2016 and 29.2 percent since 2000.The sheer number of for-hire vehicles entering the congestion charging zone has slowed traffic in the city center which has led to recent decreases in bus ridership. City authorities have demonstrated a clear correlation between slowing traffic speed and declining bus ridership on routes through the congestion zone.And congestion zone income declined in 2017 even as exempt for-hire registrations increased from 49,854 in 2013 to 87,409 in 2017.This suggests two policy recommendations for New York City: First, make the taxis and the for-hires pay, and second, be prepared to figure out new strategies as cost avoidance inevitably impacts both the revenues and the positive impacts on mass transit at some point “down the road.”—Eric FulliloveShare9Tweet9ShareEmail18 Shares
Sony is mulling the launch of an internet pay TV service, according to press reports.The TV manufacturer is considering launching a pay TV service in the US and has reached out to companies including NBC Universal, News Corp and Discovery, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal, citing sources familiar with the situation. According to the Journal, Sony could look to offer niche channels rather than bundles that competed head on with pay TV rivals.
Chello Central Europe, the Liberty Global-owned pan-regional broadcast group, has inked a number of carriage deals for its channel TV Paprika and Zone Romantica. The company has inked a deal with UPC’s Focus Sat in Romania for cooking channel TV Paprika, while female skewing Zone Romantica will launch on UPC Direct platform in Hungary.Both channels launched on May 1. ”We are delighted that Zone Romantica has become part of UPC Direct’s Light package in Hungary. Following our agreement with UPC Direct, Zone Romantica can already be seen in more than 2.2 million households in Hungary, and further changes and investment can be expected this year. The launch of TV Paprika on Focus Sat in Romania further expands the footprint of our cooking channel across Central Europe and is yet another milestone in our commitment to make this entertaining channel available to a larger audience,” said Levente Málnay, CEO, Chello Central Europe.
Italian broadcaster Mediaset has struck out at what it sees as excessively negative press coverage of its first-half results.“Mediaset believes that the tone and the headlines of many business reports in the Italian press commenting on the company’s interim half yearly report for 2012 are simply unacceptable,” said the company. “The Mediaset Group reported a net profit of €43.1 million, nevertheless Italian newspaper readers were given reports in which Mediaset is described as a company in grave difficulty.”The company struck out at coverage from Italian publishing groups that were themselves “facing extremely difficult times” and said that they should “refrain from misinforming public opinion”.
Online video delivery firm Ooyala has launched a new personalised discovery guide that combines scheduled linear and on-demand content.Ooyala Discovery Guide is an update to the VOD recommendation tool it launched last year, now also including live content, meaning that it can offer viewers a wider range of related video.Ooyala, which offers cross-platform video delivery and analytics, also lets viewers set up personal watch-later queue of on-demand and live content, which they can access across different devices.“Just as traditional TV has moved from appointment viewing to time-shifted, on-demand watching, the programming guide needs to evolve from a hard to navigate grid to a more personalised, intelligent discovery engine,” said Ooyala.
Eurovision has been named as the host broadcaster for the 2015 Alpine World Ski championships following a deal with the local organizing committee in Vail/Beaver Creek.Eurovision Production Coordination, the EBU’s production company, will build a new broadcast installation to provide an international signal in HD from all events.The EBU already holds separate agreements for the worldwide media rights and the marketing rights to the Alpine World Ski championships.EBU director, sports and business, Stefan Kuerten said: “We’re very happy to be the host broadcaster for the 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships, as it’s a win-win for all involved in the sport of skiing. After our successful production of the IAAF World Athletics Championships in Moscow this year, we will deliver another top quality production that will be seen by a worldwide audience.”
Telenor’s Fornebu HQTelenor Satellite Broadcasting successfully launched its new Thor 7 satellite from the Guiana Space Centre in French Guiana yesterday.The satellite launched on board an Ariane 5 launcher and passed into geostationary transfer orbit where it will now undergo in-orbit testing.The satellite is due to start delivering DTH services in six weeks, with its high-throughput satellite (HTS) Ka-band services to be ready for full commercial service in the fourth quarter.“From its 1° West location, the Thor 7 satellite will provide growth capacity for DTH services across Central and Eastern Europe and deliver optimal satellite coverage across Europe’s business shipping lanes for the provision of maritime VSAT services,” said Telenor Satellite Broadcasting CEO, Morten Tengs.The satellite has both a Ku-band and a HTS Ka-band payload. The Ku-band payload will deliver TV services in Central and Eastern Europe and the HTS Ka-band payload has been designed for the mobility VSAT market.