5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist 5 treatments for adult scoliosis Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Top Stories Comments Share JERUSALEM (AP) – Israeli police says a second Israeli man has set himself on fire after falling on hard times.Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said a man in his late 40s set himself ablaze Sunday near a bus stop in central Israel. Onlookers tried to extinguish the flames. He was rushed to the hospital with severe burns.The man’s brother told Israeli media he faced large debts and warned his family he would follow in the footsteps of Moshe Silman, who set himself on fire at a protest against Israel’s high cost of living last week. Silman later died of his wounds and was buried Sunday. Sponsored Stories New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like Cases of self-immolation as a form of protest are extremely rare in Israel, but Rosenfeld said four Israelis have attempted or threatened it since Silman’s act.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)
in Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing Share Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Dodd-Frank Federal Reserve House Financial Services Committee Lenders & Servicers Processing Senate Banking Committee Service Providers 2011-11-22 Ryan Schuette November 22, 2011 473 Views New Bill Aims to Create Appeals Process for Bank Complaints If a new bill becomes law, it would establish a central appeals hub for financial institutions with concerns about actions taken by bank examiners, corralling the activities of several regulatory agencies for review.[IMAGE]Reps. “”Shelley Moore Capito””:http://capito.house.gov/ (R-WV) and “”Carolyn Maloney””:http://maloney.house.gov/ (D-NY) recently co-sponsored the Financial Institutions Examination Fairness and Reform Act, or H.R. 3461, which aims to create an Office of Examination Ombudsman responsible for any complaints from financial institutions over the activities of examiners.””This legislation provides financial institutions with a fair and impartial process to appeal examination reports for federal financial regulators with a fair and impartial process to appeal examination reports for federal financial regulators and providing further clarity to regulators,”” Capito said in a statement.Language in the bill charges the ombudsman with investigating complaints, managing the appeal workflow, and checking to make sure that examiners stay within the scope of their legal responsibilities.It would also make the ombudsman a relatively powerful newcomer to the national regulatory scene.[COLUMN_BREAK]If the Senate passed a similar measure, then reconciled it with H.R. 3461 in a way that largely leaves it intact, the ombudsman would assume responsibility for an appeals process whose purview includes the personnel from several agencies, including the “”FDIC””:http://www.fdic.gov/, “”Federal Reserve””:http://www.federalreserve.gov/, and “”Consumer Financial Protection Bureau””:http://www.consumerfinance.gov/.The ombudsman would need to report to several committees once a year, including the “”House Financial Services Committee””:http://financialservices.house.gov/ and “”Senate Banking Committee””:http://banking.senate.gov/public/. The bill requires that it convene meetings open to the public on a quarterly basis.Trade groups from the banking industry responded enthusiastically to the bill’s introduction.””This bill takes a major step toward a more balanced and transparent approach regarding how, and on what basis, decisions are made by the regulatory agencies in the examination process,”” former Gov. “”Frank Keating””:http://www.aba.com/Press+Room/fkeating_bio.htm (R-Oklahoma), president and CEO of the “”American Bankers Association””:http://www.aba.com/default.htm, said in a statement. “”It also addresses some examiner decisions that have effectively and unnecessarily reduced the amount of capital available for increased lending – particularly to small businesses.””We strongly urge its enactment, which would increase banks’ ability to help local businesses grow and create jobs,”” he added.Capito noted that the bill stays true to the spirit of several meetings that divulged “”significant concerns about the fairness of the examination process for financial institutions.””H.R. 3461 follows several hearings by lawmakers concerning the activities of examiners, including a field hearing in Georgia, where some bank leaders complained about the rigor of regulators, and a hearing about the implications of the Dodd-Frank Act more recently.
Following the recent increase in traffic accidents caused due to donkeys roaming free in the roads of the Karpas peninsula in the north, an association for environmental protection and social activism said on Friday that measures should be taken to keep the animals confined.The association’s Firat Borak, said authorities in the north have been attempting for the past two years to concentrate the peninsula’s donkeys in small areas in the Karpas.He called for measures to be taken immediately on the Yialousa-Rizokarpaso road for the prevention of traffic accidents caused by donkeys, and proposed that they were transferred away from the roads and streets of Rizokarpaso and into enclosed spaces.Two incidents occurred on Wednesday night, Borak said, when donkeys suddenly jumped onto roads. One of the donkeys was killed in one of the incidents, and another was seriously injured in a second incident, while serious damage was caused to the two vehicles involved.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 minute and see why everyone is addictedPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GameUndoYahoo SearchYou’ve Never Seen Luxury Like This On A Cruise Ship. Search Luxury Mediterranean CruisesYahoo SearchUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoThe Deniz boat incident showed clearly the intentions of the Turkish sideUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
Categories: News,Photos 19Sep Stamas voices support for House Joint Resolutions M and N Lawmaker: Measure will affirm our state’s support of our veterans Majority Floor Leader Jim Stamas appeared before the House Military and Veterans Affairs Committee today to speak in support of House Joint Resolution N, which he authored.Majority Floor Leader Jim Stamas (right) appears with Rep. David Knezek before the House Military and Veterans Affairs Committee. Stamas gave testimony in support of House Joint Resolution N, which would reaffirm in-state tuition for veterans at Michigan public universities.The resolution proposes an amendment to the Michigan Constitution to reaffirm current policy that gives veterans access to in-state tuition at Michigan public universities.“Michigan’s 15 public universities currently offer in-state tuition to veterans, but this resolution is a strong step forward for our state,” Stamas said. “By making it a constitutional amendment, we are allowing the Michigan voters to affirm their support for our veterans and continuing on the path of improving veterans services.”A companion resolution, House Joint Resolution M, would apply in-district tuition to community colleges in the state.If passed by both the House and the Senate by a two-thirds majority vote, HJRs M and N would be placed on the next ballot for Michigan voters to affirm. Michigan would be the 15th state to waive residency requirements for veterans.“A college education can be a valuable asset in today’s job market for many of our veterans returning home as well as those who have previously served our nation,” Stamas said. “The Legislature has worked hard over the past several years to improve veterans’ benefits and services in Michigan, and HJRs M and N are another way we can retain and attract new veterans to our state.”The measures are currently before the House Military and Veterans Affairs Committee.###
28Sep Committee approves Rep. Miller bill to expand dual enrollment to border school districts Categories: Miller News,News The House Education Reform Committee approved legislation by state Rep. Aaron Miller, expanding post-secondary education and dual enrollment options for high school students.“We should allow our students the best education options to help them build their own future, especially in consideration of post-high school programs,” said Miller, of Sturgis. “While Michigan has so many dual enrollment opportunities, there are still pockets of our state where the closest and most reasonable dual programs are still quite a distance away when you consider a high school schedule. We have to do what’s best for all of our state’s students, so I’m glad that committee agreed with this legislation.”The legislation amends current law under the Postsecondary Enrollment Options Act with the specific stipulation that the out-of-state facility must be within 20 miles of the shared border for students enrolled in a public, charter or private school district.Today’s vote comes two weeks after Brent Holcomb, superintendent of the Lewis Cass Intermediate School District in Cass County, and Stephen McNew, superintendent of the Monroe County Intermediate School District, joined Miller before the committee.“We have found that several school districts in neighboring states send their students into Michigan for post-secondary education programs, which just reinforces this is good policy,” said Miller, of Sturgis. “This was always about our commitment to education going beyond our physical borders for the good of the state’s future.”HB 4735 advances to the House floor for its consideration.#####
12Jun Rep. Johnson: Legislature looks to score second victory for Michigan drivers with roads The 100th Michigan Legislature scored a big victory for Michigan drivers recently, approving a long-overdue car insurance overhaul to fix the state’s much-maligned no-fault system and deliver drivers guaranteed cost-savings.The bipartisan plan we approved was the product of months of research, input from thousands of drivers and their families and the willingness of Democrats and Republicans to come together in a deliberative process to put the people of Michigan first – something voters expect and deserve.This historic, bipartisan effort put smart solutions into law, giving every Allegan and Kent county driver and motorists across the state coverage choice, guaranteed rate relief and stronger consumer protections.Starting in July 2020, families across Michigan will have the freedom to choose for the first time in state history how much personal injury protection (PIP) coverage they want, resulting in hundreds of dollars in cost savings each year. Drivers will be able to choose affordable, alternative PIP coverage levels that best meet their personal and family needs.Motorists with retiree health coverage or adequate health insurance policies will be able to opt out of PIP coverage altogether, saving up to 50 percent on their annual premiums. Michiganders interested in purchasing unlimited PIP coverage may continue doing so.The new law also establishes a much-needed fee schedule to rein in runaway costs from medical providers and cracks down on fraud and abuse within the system – factors which will all help further drive down costs for everyone.As demonstrated by solving the largest pocketbook issue facing drivers on our roadways, we can accomplish great things when we work together. Now it’s time the Legislature comes together again to properly fund road repairs and score a second victory for Michigan drivers.I, like an overwhelming majority of West Michigan drivers, am heavily opposed to the governor’s proposed 45-cent per gallon increase in the state fuel tax. As a nation-high hike, it’s simply asking too much from the people of Michigan.We must find a better way to allocate funding for road repairs – one that gets the job done without burdening hard-working taxpayers. In fact, the Legislature in recent years has committed – through responsible budgeting – even more resources to accelerate road repairs. Michigan is already making record-high investments in road repairs and is expected to spend $4 billion in 2019. We must consider this as we discuss the next steps needed for road funding.Rather than finding additional revenue which often is generated through higher taxes, we must find innovative ways to build better, longer-lasting roads with the money generated by the 6 percent fuel tax Michigan drivers already pay – and ensure every penny collected goes toward roads.I am hosting an upcoming roads town hall meeting Wednesday, June 19, at 6 p.m. at Wayland City Hall. I will be joined by state Rep. Jack O’Malley, chair of the House Transportation Committee, to discuss with the community road-funding strategies the Michigan House is currently exploring to deliver better value for taxpayers.We can fix the roads together. I know we can. I look forward to building on the momentum from no-fault reform and further working with my colleagues to achieve another great win for Michigan drivers. Categories: Steven Johnson News
Pay TV subscribers in Ireland are swapping their pay TV for free-to-air digital services, according to the Irish Independent newspaper.It says it has seen figures that show that 44,000 homes have moved from pay to free TV in the last two years and that the pay TV churn rate is increasing as analogue switch off progresses.Cable operator UPC has about 470,000 customers in Ireland and BSkyB about 675,000. About 170,000 homes in the country have free-to-air satellite service Freesat and ratings agency TAM Ireland is quoted as saying: “As people are sizing up their options in the build-up to the official analogue switch-off in October this year it is expected to grow further.”
Chellomedia has agreed an output deal with MGM that gives its Dutch movie channel Film1 a raft of new and library titles from the Hollywood studio. The deal, which is already in effect, gives the premium movie channel titles including The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. The deal also covers the new James Bond movie Skyfall and a large chunk of the James Bond movie library.The movies will be shown on Film1’s linear channels and on Film1 On Demand, as part of a Film1 subscription. Film1 subscribers can also access the Film1 service on any IP device including the MGM movies.“Our exclusive partnership will enable Film1 subscribers in the Netherlands to experience all the great movies from the magical MGM library and MGM’s latest releases,’’ said Casper Keller, general manager Film1. “We are constantly working on further enhancement of our high quality offerings. Earlier this year Film1 launched Film1 Series, which introduces the Dutch audience to popular international TV series, and Film1 Sundance, a combination of Sundance Channel’s strong independent offering and Film1’s own independent acquisitions.’’
Cloud-based broadcast infrastructure provider Amagi will make its international debut at IBC next month with the launch of next generation services for broadcasters and content owners. Amagi uses the cloud to change the way TV networks distribute their content. Its transmission infrastructure can use secure private clouds to push and store content ahead of time to affiliate headends across the globe.At IBC, the company will launch two new services, including a barcode system for audio-video content that can enable identification of specific content assets. The barcodes are watermarked on the content to uniquely identify any of the assets on the network feed.Amagi’s new localisation service uses this barcoding system to enable broadcasters and content owners to localise programming and ads in different regions covered by a common satellite feed. Content to be replaced locally is barcoded and local replacement content is sent via the cloud to the relevant broadcast headend ahead of transmission. The network feed is then played out with the barcoded content and Amagi content insertion devices at each of the affiliate headends detects the barcode and splices in the replacement content as appropriate.Also launching at IBC will be Amagi’s cloudporting service that enables playout of a TV channel across multiple headends using Amagi’s cloud-based transmission infrastructure. The transmission schedule and all relevant content is pushed to each broadcast headend via Amagi’s private cloud using a web-based user interface. The content and playlist are stored in an Amagi content playout device at affiliate headends and played out as listed.Amagi will be exhibiting at IBC on Stand 3.C31
Vdio, the video rental service for movies and TV shows from Skype co-founder Janus Friis, has launched out of beta mode.The store, which was developed by the same team behind the 2010-launched music subscription service Rdio, originally went live for Rdio Unlimited customers in April, but is now available to anyone, the firm said.Vdio is currently available in the US and UK and can be accessed online and as an app for the iPad. The store currently let users buy, rent and share content with friends on a pay-per view basis.
Pay TV provider Sky Italia has added four Discovery Communications-owned channels and one from the Feltrinelli Group to its EPG.The Discovery channels are DMax and DMAx+1, female-skewing crime net Giallo and docs channel Focus, which will take up the 136, 137, 144 and 139 slots, respectively.The Feltrinelli Group network, laeffe, broadcasts a mix of entertainment, information, auteur films, TV series, travel, design shows and current affairs. It launched in May last year.The news comes in the same week Sky Italia launches Sky Atlantic HD with a major HBO deal attached.
Vivendi is to use part of the €5 billion net cash it stands to receive from the sale of SFR to make a €1 per share dividend payout to shareholders and will use a significant part of the remainder to make dividend payouts or to buy back shares, the company has said.The €1 per share distribution will account for €1.34 billion and will take the form of €0.50 being attributed to its 2013 performance and €0.50 as a return to shareholders. The payment will take place on June 30.The Vivendi board expects to dispose of a significant part of the remaining €3.5 billion in the form dividends and/or share buybacks. The company expects to return close to €5 billion to shareholders this year and next, while retaining its BBB/Baa2 stable credit rating as a result of the sale.
Streaming giant Netflix has bought a documentary about professional ‘amateur’ pornography following the Sundance Film Festival.Hot Girls Wanted, which comes from directors Jill Bauer and Ronna Gradus, will premieres in all Netflix territories this year. The filmed debuted at the recent doc festival in the US.The doc follows young women that cycle through the world of professional ‘amateur’ porn, focusing on one that uses the internet to swaps her small town life for one of a fledgling adult actress.“Jill and Ronna have exposed a shocking world of hope and heartbreak,” said Erik Barmack, Netflix’s VP of global independent content. “The filmmakers gained unprecedented access into a world never documented until now, and we are proud to bring their unflinching work to a global audience.”“Netflix is the ideal partner for us; not only do they understand this film but they’re the perfect platform to reach the many people who need to see it,” said actress Rashida Jones, who produced the doc.Bauer, Gradus, Jones and Brittany Huckabee, who is also writer and editor, produced the project.Bauer and Gradus’ debut documentary, Sexy Baby, is already available on Netflix.On Friday, Netflix revealed its latest comedy stand-up special, Aziz Ansari: Live at Madison Square Garden. It launches in all Netflix territories on March 6.
Russian pay TV operator Tricolor TV has renewed a licensing agreement with Paramount Pictures that will see a raft of recent movies distributed to Russian viewers for the first time, alongside Paramount catalogue titles. Among the new titles to be made available to subscribers on the KinoPremium HD channel from the SuperKino HD package are Transformers: Age of Extinction on March 7 and on March 21 the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.Tricolor’s Semeynoe HD and Ostrosujetnoe HD services will meanwhile offer subscribers movies including Forrest Gump, The Usual Suspects and Saving Private Ryan as well as animated kids movies from DreamWorks animation including How To Train Your Dragon, Shrek Forever After and Megamind. All films will be broadcast in Full HD format.In November, Tricolor cut the prices of the SuperKino HD services from RUB5,400 to RUB3,100 and introduced quarterly and monthly subscription options. It has also made its KinoPremium HD, Ostrosujetnoe HD, Semeynoe HD and Nashe HD packages available for RUB99 a month or RUB900 a year.“Today we are facing a 15-20% overall content purchase cost reduction in the industry as well as a lesser share of foreign content on Russian TV channels”, says Arsen Khomutov, Tricolor TV channel production director. “Despite the market crisis, Tricolor TV intends to maintain the premium level of its movie channels. Paramount Pictures has been creating the best movie content for over a century, and we value working with this company.”
Brian HuntBrian Hunt, Yahoo’s former original content chief, has joined US prodco Believe and will start a new digital studio focused on making content for digital and OTT platforms.At Believe Entertainment Hunt will be executive VP and head of development. He will lead the new digital division, which has already secured content deals with several online platforms, and will make content for Maker Studios, Mashable, Billboard, The Hollywood Reporter, Time Inc., New York Post, and Reader’s Digest.Hunt will be based in Believe’s New York offices.At Yahoo he was head of creative development for original programming and his credits included Ben Stiller-produced Burning Love and Jack Black’s Ghost Ghirls.He said: “Believe’s business model has always been all-encompassing, including financing, developing, creating, selling, distributing and producing premium content.“I’m excited to help expand the business to leverage the company’s expertise andcapabilities in these areas toward direct partnerships with digital distributors and brands alike.”Believe makes series including shortform animated offering The LeBrons and DJ Tiësto series In the Booth.
AMC Networks’ Fear the Walking DeadUK pay TV platform BT will make the first episode of Fear the Walking Dead available to all British viewers on its BT Showcase channel on Freeview.AMC launches on Friday (August 28) exclusively on BT TV, but the first episode of Fear, which launched in the US to record-breaking ratings yesterday, will debut on the free TV BT Showcase and Sky channel 192 before airing on AMC on Sunday (August 31).The news came as AMC from BT, as the channel will be known in the UK, unveiled its debut programming line-up.Exclusive film premieres will come in the shape of God Forgives on August 29 at 11pm, The Beaver on September 15 at 7pm and Shelter at 11pm on September 17 following a deal with Icon Film Distribution.A pair of deals with Sony Pictures Television and Lionsgate Entertainment will see Breaking Bad and Mad Men, both of which were critical hits on the US AMC channel, launching alongside movies and series from both distributors.Mad Men will launch on August 30 at 9pm, with all seven seasons taken, while no premiere date for Breaking Bad has been confirmed yet.Also from SPT comes the first window premieres of Cleaners, which debuts on September 5 at 11.30pm, and two seasons of drama Manhattan. Eight season of comedy drama Weeds have also been bought from Lionsgate, with a debut date of September 2 slated.AMC will also offer weekly films such as Confessions of a Dangerous Mind from Miramax and Dreamgirls from Paramount Pictures.AMC’s global channel is now in more than 125 territories throughout Europe, Latin America, Africa, Asia and the Middle East.“BT customers will soon have exclusive access to some of the most anticipated new original series and movies as part of AMC’s launch later this week,” said BT TV and BT Sport managing director Delia Bushell.“Combined with the first window premieres of Fear the Walking Dead and Rectify, AMC will offer an unparalleled selection of programming that will appeal to a wide range of adult audiences,” added AMC Global and Sundance Channel Global president Bruce Tuchman.
In the US there was 25% growth in video views and 32% growth in ad views year-on-year in the second quarter, according to FreeWheel’s Q2 2015 Video Monetisation Report.The US company, which provides end-to-end video technology to companies including ABC, AOL, DirecTV, ESPN, Fox, BSkyB, and Turner Broadcasting System, claimed that the findings of its report show that “the new primetime is anytime.”Long-form and live content were the main drivers, growing 26% and 146% year-over-year respectively, while 38%% of ad views came from devices other than desktop and laptop computers, with smartphones and over-the-top (OTT) devices – like Roku, Apple TV and Chromecast streaming devices, and games consoles and smart TVs – leading that growth, according to the report.“Smartphones now account for greater than one in five video ad views reflecting triple digit growth over the last two quarters,” said FreeWheel. “Consumption of premium video across day parts does not show a dominating skew towards any particular hour, as viewers create their own custom primetimes.”“MVPD apps have become increasingly popular venues for syndication, accounting for 4.5% of all programmer ad views with 200% growth,” said the report.
Extensions of agreements with big pay TV groups including Liberty Global, Altice and Dish Network, and strong growth in emerging pay TV markets helped push TV technology group Kudelski’s revenues and profits up significantly last year.Kudelski reported revenues of CHF950.8 million (€862 million) for the year, up 7.2% , or 11.1% at constant currency. Operating income was up 32.7% to CHF81.2 million, while net income was up 47.7% to CHF49.3 million.The company said it expected revenues of around CHF1 billion for 2016 and operating income of between CHF75 million and CHF90 million.Kudelski said it expected to benefit from solid momentum in key south-eastern Asian markets, with conditions expected to be more challenging in Europe and South America.
Sports lifestyle channel, Trace Sport Stars, is due to go live this week on South African free digital satellite platform, Openview HD.The channel will go live at 12pm this Friday on Channel 154, broadcasting content about sports stars’ “passions, commitments and their secrets”.“We are delighted about the new partnership with OpenView HD. Viewers will get the opportunity to know the real stories behind the sport stars they admire”, said Trace senior vice-president, Southern Africa, Leo Manne.The sister company of the South African independent broadcaster e.tv, Platco Digital, launched OpenView HD in 2013. The platform now broadcasts more than 20 digital channels spanning music, movies, lifestyle and culture, learning, kids’ and religious programming.“TRACE Sport Stars will take a unique view on sport stars, giving our viewers access to content that is not currently available on the OpenView HD offering”, Said Ziyanda Mngomezulu, channel acquisitions executive at Platco Digital.“Over the past few months, the platform has grown significantly and will soon hit another milestone of reaching half a million decoder sales.”