The Chhattisgarh Cabinet has approved the nomination of at least one differently abled member to each panchayat, if not elected, making it the only State to have such members in all panchayats. “Differently abled people constitute 6% of the population of Chhattisgarh. As promised in the jan ghoshna patra [manifesto], we have taken the landmark step of strengthening their voices at the grassroots level,” said T.S. Singh Deo, State Panchayati Raj Minister. ‘Elected or nominated’“Every panchayat will now have differently abled members, either elected or nominated,” he said. If differently abled members are not elected through the electoral process, then one member, either male or female, would be nominated as a panch. And as for janpads and zilla panchayats, the State government would nominate two such members, one male and one female, to them. During a meeting at the house of Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel, the Cabinet approved the amendment to the State Panchayat Raj Act, 1993. The proposals will be tabled in the Vidhan Sabha, where the Congress holds 68 of the 90 seats. This means, said Mr. Deo, the State would have 11,000 people with special needs as members of panchayats. “We strongly believe that no one should be left behind. We are committed to empowering the common people. This is the top most priority of the Congress government in Chhattisgarh.” Meanwhile, the Cabinet also decided to drop the educational qualifications eligibility criterion for contesting panchayat elections. “It is mandatory for a contestant for the position of a panch to be at least a Class V pass, and above that Class VIII pass. In the three-tier panchayati raj system, only being literate would be enough to contest elections,” said a note from the government.
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
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.”