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SIXTY SECONDS IN TOUCH

first_imgThe Qld Junior State Cup will be held at Glasshouse from July 7-9. The divisions are boys and girls Under 11, 13, 15 and 17. Keep an eye on the Queensland website for all the nomination forms and conditions of entry. Touch SA has loads of big news this week…they are holding a level 1 coaching course throughout June/July. It’s a great opportunity to expand your basic knowledge and skills in coaching and to help those that you coach…if you’re interested check out all the info on www.touchsa.com.au Peter Topp is on annual leave until April 26th, in the interest of his email inbox please try to not send him too many emails, especially large ones, as he will be unable to answer them for several days. Touch SA’s best Open players battled it out over the weekend for the Mitchell Cup, with the Mariners taking both the Mens and Womens Open titles over the Rangers. For all the results and the SA Open Squads that were named following the competition, check out www.touchsa.com.au The 2006 NSW Affiliate Conference is being held this weekend, 22-23 April at the Bankstown Sports Club. To check out the program or for more information, visit the NSW Touch website. ACT Touch are looking for officials for their Under 18 National Championships sides, check out www.acttouch.com.au for more info. Keep tuned to the TFA website for a great story out of Touch SA….Game Development Officer Andy Crawford has just traveled Pitjantjatjara Lands (Pit Lands) in the North West of SA, for a week long development program. The Northern NSW Eagles and Hunter Western NSW Hornets are both holding upcoming annual general meetings. Check out the dates, times and venues at www.nswtouch.com.au The Sporting Images photographs from the 2006 NTL are up on www.sportingimages.com.au for viewing and purchase. Just go to the website and find the Touch section and scroll through the pictures. It’s a great opportunity to purchase a souvenir or perhaps a present for a family member, friend or coach. center_img Touch Football Queensland have announced their sides for the 2006 State of Origin competition, check out www.qldtouch.com.au. Welcome to another edition of Sixty Seconds in Touch, it’s the post Easter edition and after several days of bunking down with roast dinners and endless Easter eggs, we’re all back at work ready to go for another week…The Fox TV coverage on the National Touch League package has been well received, with countless compliments received in the office for the standard of the coverage, commentary and footage. Check out the TFA website later this week for a full story on the coverage. Touch SA are also running an Affiliate Training and Information day on Sunday August 27, from 10am-3pm. There is no cost to the affiliate and is open to all. The day will cover several different topics, for the full list check out the Touch SA website. The TFA tipping competition is heating up, with ‘Richo’ sitting on top of the NRL standings with ‘Smitya’ also on 29 points. Richo, if that’s you Glen Richardson Touch Football Queensland Development Officer, well…we’re after you. In the AFL competition ‘Mexican’ is holding a two point lead after round 3, but with their results going backwards each week a large group are on Mexican’s tail and next week’s tips look like they could provide some difficult choices. Dubbo is hosting the 2006 NSW Touch Country Championships on 27-28 May at Lady Cutler Reserve. For more information visit the NSW Touch website. In Victorian news, a chilly wind did nothing to discourage teams fighting for the prize money at the 2006 Victorian Country Knockout. For the full story, check out www.victouch.com.au Remember, if you have any info for the weekly edition of Sixty Seconds in Touch please email media@austouch.com.aulast_img read more

11 days agoHendrick admits no Europa League has helped Burnley

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Hendrick admits no Europa League has helped Burnleyby Freddie Taylor11 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBurnley midfielder Jeff Hendrick has admitted that not needing to play in the Europa League is helping his side.The Clarets struggled last season as they had to cope with additional European games.It caused them to have a very poor start to the season, which lead to a relegation battle for much of the campaign.But they have started brighter this term, and Hendrick thinks he knows why.”We’ve progressed but I think last year was a bit different,” the midfielder told reporters.”I know it was frustrating for us as players and maybe the fans, staff and everyone.”At the start of the season, with the games we had, it was difficult, it was tiring.”I was talking to my friend at Wolves when we played them and I said, ‘How are you getting on with the European football?’ and he just said he’s constantly tired.”Without even knowing, the travelling does take it out of you and that’s what happened with us last year.”Even when we were out of that, we tried to pick the performances up, but it didn’t work.”Eventually we sat down, we all got on the same track and the performances started to pick up and we got some points on the board, which we did need at the back end of last year.” last_img read more

Nike Releases New Uniforms For Kentucky, Duke, Syracuse, Florida, Arizona, Oregon, UConn And Baylor

first_imgAn overhead shot of Rupp Arena during a game.LEXINGTON, KY – NOVEMBER 14: A general view of the Kentucky Wildcats game against the Grand Canyon Antelopes at Rupp Arena on November 14, 2014 in Lexington, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)We’re just one month away from March Madness, so naturally, the apparel manufacturers are starting to debut new uniforms for the top college basketball teams. Nike unveiled eight new uniforms Friday – six for men’s teams, two for women’s teams.The men’s squads for Kentucky, Duke, Syracuse, Florida, Arizona and Oregon got new Nike Hyper Elite’s for the stretch run. UConn and Baylor’s women’s teams were were also part of the release. A number of teams, including the Blue Devils, will debut them this weekend. From Nike:Each school’s home uniform will feature a white base with school-specific color lettering and a 26-degree speed graphic of an iconic symbol of each school across the side of the game short. The 26-degree angle of each school’s graphic was inspired by the chevron on the classic Nike Windrunner track jacket that debuted in 1978. Each graphic represents a distinctive basketball point of view, based on the roughly 1,000 directional changes, or “cuts” that a player might make in the course of a game.Here are some shots of the new digs.New Nike uniforms for Kentucky, Duke, Syracuse, Florida, Arizona, Oregon, UConn, & Baylor pic.twitter.com/q6HykfdiCr— Heidi Burgett (@heidiburgett) February 20, 2015Road to March is paved with @nikebasketball Hyper Elite Unis for 8 teams. Debuting this wkd. http://t.co/7ryu7iCz2S pic.twitter.com/cgXspbt3yA— Brian Strong (@briangstrong) February 20, 2015The new Disruption uniform set from Nike! Will wear when Syracuse visits Cameron. pic.twitter.com/sV0EvMGWod— Duke Basketball (@dukeblueplanet) February 20, 2015Check out the brand new @Nike Hyper Elite uniforms we will wear vs. Virginia on Senior Day 3/2! #CuseMode pic.twitter.com/qjz5Fdb6MB— Syracuse Basketball (@Cuse_MBB) February 20, 2015College basketball fans – what do you think?last_img read more

Opinion Cincinnati Bengals a pretender after loss to lowly Texans

Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton (14) during a game against the Seattle Seahawks on Oct. 11 at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio. Credit: Courtesy of TNSThe Cincinnati Bengals started the 2015 season 8-0 for the first time in franchise history and have one of the most potent offenses in the NFL. So a matchup with the lowly Houston Texans, who sat at 3-5, should have been no problem, right?Wrong. The Texans continued their domination of the Bengals with a 10-6 win in a defensive struggle in Paul Brown Stadium in front of a roaring jungle of 61,381 Bengals fans on Monday night.The most discouraging part is the Texans did it with their backup quarterback after starter Brian Hoyer was knocked out of the game due to a concussion. Given, T.J. Yates didn’t do much, but his 22-yard rainbow to DeAndre Hopkins pushed the Texans past the Bengals and into the driver’s seat in the lackluster AFC South.Sure it’s just one loss, and sure the Bengals are still 8-1 — sitting pretty in the AFC North with a three-game lead over Pittsburgh — but quarterback Andy Dalton showed a side Bengals fans are all too familiar with. One that should make Bengals fans uneasy every time they think about yelling out, “who dey.”The Red Rifle turned into the “Red Rider B.B. Gun,” as Texans defensive end J.J. Watt called Dalton after the game, and his inability to win in primetime games was on full display again as he pushed his overall primetime record to 4-8.Dalton finished Monday night’s blunder of a game 22-of-38 for 197 yards and an interception for easily his worst performance of the year.The biggest problem is the Bengals looked tentative to take shots deep down the field against the Texans — something they’ve excelled at so far this season. Dalton ranks third in the NFL for average yards per pass, according to NFL statistics, but couldn’t connect on passes downfield on Monday.Perhaps Watt breathing down Dalton’s neck all night had something to do with it. Watt’s pressure against backup right tackle Eric Winston clearly impacted the Bengals’ ability to convert on third-downs, finishing the game at an abysmal 23 percent (3-of-13) conversion rate.Ultimately, the fifth-year quarterback will take the brunt of the blame for the loss to the Texans, but realistically, Dalton isn’t the only one to blame. Tight end Tyler Eifert dropped several passes that he normally catches and receiver A.J. Green fumbled away the Bengals’ final hopes in the last minute. Pair that with the Bengals’ inability to run the football — 21 carries for 73 yards on Monday (3.5 average) — and you’ve got a recipe for disaster.The lackluster performance comes at the worst possible time for the Bengals, as the team’s next contest is on the road against the red-hot Arizona Cardinals in another primetime matchup on Sunday night.The question is, can the Bengals match up under the lights and show the NFL what they are truly made of? Or will they fry in the desert next week against the team’s former quarterback and possible league MVP Carson Palmer? Also, looking even further, the Bengals still have key division tilts against the Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens, as well as a Week 16 matchup with the Broncos in Mile High Stadium.Despite the 8-0 start, the Bengals could very well lose half of their second-half games.  Sure, some might say I’m overreacting, crossing the Bengals off my list of Super Bowl contenders after Week 10. But my instincts and my gut tells me to not trust this bunch until they prove they can consistently win in primetime games, let alone in the playoffs. read more

Ohio State baseball wins 5th straight game takes down Xavier 103

The Ohio State baseball team celebrates its victory against Xavier March 19 at Bill Davis Stadium. OSU won, 10-3.Credit: Sam Harrington / Lantern photographerWith Big Ten play looming, the Ohio State baseball team appears to be starting to play their best ball of the season.Playing under a gray sky for most of the evening, the Buckeyes (13-6, 0-0) came out shining and rolled to their fifth-straight victory, defeating Xavier, 10-3, Wednesday.The game featured two freshman starting pitchers on the bump with the Musketeers’ (11-7, 0-0) Trent Astle going against the Buckeyes’ Tanner Tully.Tully, starting his first collegiate game, began with a commanding five-pitch first inning. Astle wasn’t so lucky.Sophomore infielder Troy Kuhn was batting first for the Buckeyes and, on the second pitch he saw, smacked a homerun over the left field wall. The shot was Kuhn’s fourth of the year, good enough to lead the team.“I’m seeing the ball real well,” Kuhn said. “I keep getting good pitches to hit … taking advantage of other teams mistakes.”With runners on second and third and still no outs, freshman outfielder Ronnie Dawson had an RBI groundout and sophomore infielder Zach Ratcliff followed with an RBI single to give the Buckeyes a quick 3-0 lead.Astle found himself in another jam to begin the second. With the bases loaded and nobody out, sophomore infielder Jacob Bosiokovic hit a sac fly to deep center that plated two. Junior outfielder Pat Porter followed with a sac fly of his own to score another and give Tully a six-run lead to work with.The freshman responded, going five innings with five hits on no runs scored. When Tully had Musketeers in scoring position, he turned up the heat to keep them at bay.“It was good just to go in there and throw strikes and keep the defense in it,” Tully said. “I throw a little bit harder, hit my spots a little bit more (with runners in scoring position) and make sure they don’t score.”Coach Greg Beals was impressed enough with Tully’s first start to say he would probably be the Sunday starter this weekend.“There was no question in my mind he was capable of starting and capable of doing what he did,” Beals said. “To put five zeros up like that, though, was sure good to see … in our meeting tomorrow there’s a pretty good chance we decide Tanner Tully is our Sunday starter this weekend.”The Musketeers scored one in the sixth and two more in eighth to give them a chance, but the offense rose to the occasion and responded with four runs of their own in the eighth.Redshirt-senior reliever Tyler Giannonatti recorded the final four outs to give him his first save of the season and keep the Buckeyes perfect at home so far.The win streak has been an enjoyable one for the Buckeyes, but they know it isn’t time to get complacent.“We’re pretty happy (with where we are), but this is where our mission starts,” Kuhn said. “We want to come out hot.”The Buckeyes are next scheduled to Friday when the Michigan State Spartans come to town. First pitch at Bill Davis Stadium is set for 6:05 p.m. read more

Premier gives overview on the Joint Ministerial Council meeting in UK

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppGovernment officials are back from the Joint Ministerial Council, the Premier Hon. Rufus Ewing in a press briefing held on Provo, yesterday told journalists that the UK government has demonstrated commitment not only to building better relationships between the territories but has also been listening to the cries of the people for support for national programs and social services. The Premier charged that as a country we must make use of the offers and capitalize on opportunities for strengthening our health, education, financial and immigration systems and ensure the UK is held accountable for commitments made to us. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img

Fire Does Major Damage To Home Off Funny River Road No Injuries

first_imgCES Deputy Chief Dan Grimes said no occupants were home at the time of the fire. The house sustained major damage. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Central Emergency Services with mutual aid assistance from Kenai Fire Department responded to a house fire off Salamatof Dr. in Soldotna at 5:12 p.m., this evening. CES responded with 24 staff members on scene,  3 engines, an ambulance, 2 tankers,  and mutual aid from Kenai Fire Department. Crews are still on scene assessing the damage, and conducting clean up efforts. The cause of the fire at this time is unknown. The location of the fire was down Funny River Road near mile 4.5 off of Salamatof Dr. Alaska State Troopers were on scene to assist with directing traffic.last_img

Avalanche Warning In Place For Turnagain Pass

first_imgSUMMIT LAKE / JOHNSON PASS / LYNX DRAINAGE:  South of Turnagain Pass, keep in mind old buried weak layers exist and there is a potential for very large avalanches to occur that break near the ground. Natural storm snow avalanches 2-4′ thick are likely while this second storm hits. The avalanche danger is considerable in the treeline and below treeline band where natural storm snow avalanches may occur and human triggered avalanches are likely . GIRDWOOD: Roof avalanches are expected with warming temperatures. Pay attention to children and pets and where you park your car. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Hurricane force wind plus another foot of new snow overnight has brought the avalanche danger to high in some areas, according to the Chugach National Forest Avalanche Information Center.center_img Wet snow avalanches below 1,000′ are possible with forecast rising temperatures. Before you head to the backcountry, it’s important to check the conditions before you go. Parking may be difficult along Turnagain Pass. Please be aware of parking safely and avoid blocking unplowed lots as DOT crews work to clear roads and parking areas.last_img read more

Taylor Swift doles out sage social media advice in essay for Elle

first_img Share your voice Music Online Comment Tags Taylor Swift’s Reputation tour lives forever and ever on Netflix How Taylor Swift flipped online fandom on its head for the better Some days social media is a laugh-a-minute whirlwind punctuated by puppy gifs, travel inspo and meme exchanges with your best online friends. Some days it is hell.It’s something global superstar Taylor Swift knows all too well.In an essay on turning 30 for the latest edition of Elle magazine, Swift opens up about how she copes with the massive amount of noise directed at her through social media platforms, and specifically how she deals with negative comments and trolls. Taylor Swift 1 It’s unlikely that any regular human being gets anything like the influx of notifications or comments that celebrities deal with. But as Swift explains, minimizing this is more than just about keeping the constant pinging to a minimum.”Social media can be great, but it can also inundate your brain with images of what you aren’t, how you’re failing, or who is in a cooler locale than you at any given moment,” she said in the essay.”One thing I do to lessen this weird insecurity laser beam is to turn off comments. Yes, I keep comments off on my posts. That way, I’m showing my friends and fans updates on my life, but I’m training my brain to not need the validation of someone telling me I look.”The question of how much of our ego and self-worth is tied up in validation from social media is relatable no matter how many, or how few followers, you might have. Whether you turn off comments and notifications or delete apps altogether for a while, everyone has their own way of getting a handle on those negative feelings — Swift included. “I think it’s healthy for your self-esteem to need less internet praise to appease it, especially when three comments down you could unwittingly see someone telling you that you look like a weasel that got hit by a truck and stitched back together by a drunk taxidermist. An actual comment I received once,” she said.For Swift, a successful woman, abuse and negativity are sad and still unavoidable side effects of putting herself out there. Keeping comments turned off is one way to block out “anyone who might feel the need to tell me to ‘go die in a hole ho’ while I’m having my coffee at nine in the morning,” she said.Swift is in the top 10 most-followed people across multiple platforms, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube. But for the reasons she herself has stated, it’s rare to see her engage with people directly through any of these services. Instead she tends to hang out on Tumblr, where she follows many of her fans. She often likes and sometimes comments on or reblogs their posts.But there have been times when Swift has disappeared from the internet altogether. In her essay, she described what it feels like when it feels like the internet turns completely against you.”A few years ago, someone started an online hate campaign by calling me a snake on the internet,” she said. “The fact that so many people jumped on board with it led me to feeling lower than I’ve ever felt in my life, but I can’t tell you how hard I had to keep from laughing every time my 63-foot inflatable cobra named Karyn appeared onstage in front of 60,000 screaming fans.”Unlike the other measures suggested by Swift, this might not be a practical solution for everyone dealing with internet bullying. But the point is to take a stand and make a statement in a way that allows you to laugh rather than feel bad about yourself.”It’s the Stadium Tour equivalent of responding to a troll’s hateful Instagram comment with ‘lol,'” she said. Related storieslast_img read more

The Feminine Fiesta

first_imgTime to step out and witness some extraordinary work by cluster of artists which is being displayed in the city. The group exhibition titled Spring 2014 showcase work of 21 women artists from different parts of India. All the artists have moved beyond oil paint on canvas or acrylics  and used mediums such as gold leaf, plastic waste, tie and dye with embroidery among others, to message their concerns and illuminate the world of pictorial art with insightful inputs. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The feminine form of Varsha Kharatmal’s, in vivid colours elaborate ornamentation, celebrate the joy of femininity, while the evocative self-portraits of Swapnil Srivastava emphasise the intensity of today’s women as a narrative in muted tones, and defined spaces, without being dark and oppressive. Motherly concerns, embodied through the Kaushalya-Rama form, is given resurgence in the colourful concepts of  Neeta Singh, and the protective tendencies of women are imaginatively wrapped in the depictions of Balwinder Tanwar, who articulates her idea through a pair of symbolic hands.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe graphic precision of Shruti Jain’s expressions incorporate spruce looks with intelligent composition whereas the deceptively simple mythical take on the Devi, as womanly strength behind the Purush concept acquires sophisticated aesthetic with Ritu Chopra.The work of Minal Rajurkar Shinde shows feline-canine-faced beings. Fertility finds adequate representation in the work of Nandini Pantawane, synchronising nature and women artistically. At one level starkly human and at another mythical, the etchings of Tejaswini Sonawane have an allegorical content expressed through otherworldly creatures and dominating postures. Compositional cohesiveness in Seema Gondane’s etchings have a powerful philosophy with the charming mesh of the whole uniting into a letter of close bonding. Rashmi Bawankar’s work comes with a mythical presence hovering above cityscapes, in a realm away from the grip of daily lives. The content of Rashmi Kachewar’s work surprises our imagination by its concentrated mass of form and empty spaces. Smita Kinkale uses solid forms like rubble and seeds to colour a distinct parallel geometry. Ashvini Jadhav, has patience, serenity and abstractions acquiresd into a fluid mass shown in her work.Viewing the colourful compositions of Jasminder Kaur in cocooned centric spaces, speaks of energies contained in a boundary, offset with a smart colour palette. Chitralekha Singh’s work celebrates the rhythm of life through a unique form. The tranquility of water is explored by Shyamali Paul who uplifts her lotus form from the swamp into a jewel effect. Alka Brushundi’s new approach to Tanjore art, embellishes its characteristics through unique placements and related subtleties.Where: Pearl Art Gallery, New Friends Colony, When: 14 April-10 May Timings:  11am-7pm (Mon to Sat) (Sunday by appointment only)last_img read more

Delving into the world of Tigers

first_imgPaying a unique tribute to the tigers who have played the vital role of the ‘brand ambassadors’ of Indian wildlife, a book namely ‘A Decade with Tigers: Supremacy. Solitude. Stripes’, will be launched in the Capital on October 27.Tigers are symbols of the Indian wilderness and the mesmerizing stripes have long captured imagination of the people. ‘A Decade with Tigers’, written by Shivang Mehta, delves into the changing landscape of tiger photography in India, and contains expert opinions by leading nature photographers on the need for creativity and innovation in the photography. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe book is a photographer’s take on the dramatic rise in the popularity of tigers in the past decade and portrays the national animal in the most magnificent way. Owing to the increasing number of photographers taking interest in documenting the various moods and behaviours of the animal in forests across the country, the tigers have been anthropomorphised, with some of them becoming the ‘tiger icons’ of India.The volume chronicles legendary tiger mothers and male tigers of the past decade, as well as their tales of survival. These tales are complemented by exquisite images by wildlife photographer Shivang Mehta, who has spent thousands of hours on the field. Also showcased is the singular diversity of Indian wildlife through spectacular images of the myriad species that share their home with tigers. The animal is photographed in terrains, ranging from montane forests to the plains of Central India. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveA journalist turned PR professional, with experience in corporate communications, Shivang Mehta’s love of nature eventually made him leave the cosy comforts of the corporate office for the field. He is now an avid traveller and nature photographer. It is his love for the forests of Kumaon, that impels him to choose Corbett as his main area of work. Over the years, Shivang has conducted more than 200 field wildlife photography workshops and is currently an official trainer for Canon India, conducting such workshops in association with Canon across India, Sri Lanka, and Africa. Among the well known names, Valmik Thapar, Naturalist, Conservationist and Author, Ravi Singh, Secretary General and CEO WWF India, Rajesh Bedi, Wildlife photographer and Conservationist, and Mike Pandey, award winning Wildlife Filmmaker and Environmentalist, will be marking their presence at the event.last_img read more

FileZilla integrates master password support

first_imgFileZilla integrates master password support by Martin Brinkmann on May 26, 2017 in Software – 7 commentsThe developers of the FTP client program FileZilla have integrated support for a master password protection in the FTP software.FileZilla is a popular FTP client that you may use to access FTP servers that are in a private network or on the Internet.While you can use modern web browsers for that as well, they don’t offer the comfort options that dedicated programs like FileZilla bring to the table. That may be okay for a quick download from an FTP server, but if you need to upload or edit files for instance, you cannot make use of web browsers for that (unless you install browser extensions that add support for that).FileZilla allows you to connect to FTP servers using temporary data, or by adding FTP server data to the program. The latter is useful if you happen to connect to a server regularly, as you don’t have to enter server address, username, password and maybe port each time you need to connect to it.FileZilla Master PasswordFileZilla stores information about sites that you add to the program in the file sitemanager.xml by default. It is a plain text file that anyone with access can open to list the configured sites. Passwords are encoded using base64 encoding, but are easily decoded using online services such as Base64 Decoded.This changes with the upcoming release of FileZilla 3.26.0 (available as a Release Candidate currently), as it adds a master password option to the FTP program.You can set up a master password to protect all saved passwords of FileZilla in the following way:Make sure you have FileZilla 3.26.0 or higher installed on your system.Open FileZilla.Select Edit > Settings.Switch to the Interface page.There you find the passwords section. The default is set to save passwords.Select “save passwords protected by a master password” from the list, and enter the desired password. It needs to have at least eight characters.Select OK to save the change.Note that all passwords are protected by the master password from that moment on.FileZilla prompts you for the master password when you connect to the first saved site. You are asked to enter it in the prompt, and may select the “remember option” so that you are not prompted again during the same session.If you don’t want that, remove the checkmark from the option before you click on ok.Closing wordsAdding a master password improves the security of saved FTP sites significantly. You do need to make sure however to remember the password, as you will lose access to all sites if you cannot enter it correctly anymore when prompted for it.SummaryArticle NameFileZilla integrates master password supportDescriptionThe developers of the FTP client program FileZilla have integrated support for a master password protection in the FTP software.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

Reps Marino Farrington seek emergency disaster fund reforms

first_img16May Reps. Marino, Farrington seek emergency disaster fund reforms Bills ensure adequate funding, set up tier system for grants Categories: Diana Farrington Newscenter_img Two Macomb County state representatives have introduced legislation to reform the state contingency fund designed to aid communities dealing with disasters.State Reps. Steve Marino and Diana Farrington introduced the measures, which are designed to continuously maintain a greater amount of emergency funds that can be used more quickly to help local governments cope with disasters.“If the Fraser sinkhole taught us nothing else, it’s that the state emergency fund is inadequately designed to deal quickly with multiple disasters that occur across our state,” said Marino, of Harrison Township. “It should not take an extended debate in the Legislature to ensure that we have adequate funding so communities can quickly react to a disaster. We should have a system that addresses the immediacy of the situation and ensures funds are available.”Rep. Farrington, of Utica, said an escalating amount of aid based on county or city population will work more efficiently than an arbitrary amount decided upon by the Legislature.“My bill changes the maximum grant availability based on the number of people who might be affected,” Farrington said. “There is no one-size-fits-all solution, and this tiered system will take the guesswork out of the equation.”Under Marino’s bill, the Legislature would continually maintain the minimum balance of the fund at $2.5 million instead of the current balance of $1 million.Farrington’s bill sets up a tier system, allowing a maximum assistance grant of $1 million for a county or municipality of 75,000 or more; $500,000 for entities with populations between 25,000 and 75,000 people; and $250,000 for local governments with 25,000 people or fewer. The current maximum grant is $100,000.The bills were referred to the House Appropriations Committee.#####The bills are House Bills 4609 and 4610last_img read more

Ahead of the forthcoming Digital TV Central East

first_imgAhead of the forthcoming Digital TV Central & Eastern Europe conference in Prague, DTVE interviewed Christian Anting, chief operating officer & vice-president of the Management Board, ITI NeovisionWhat will drive future growth of pay TV in Poland and the CEE region in your opinion? TV Services available anytime and anywhere will definitely drive future growth of pay TV in Poland and the CEE region. What is worth to mention is also the analogue TV switch-off which is planned for mid of 2013 in Poland. I am sure it is going to be a key driver for pay TV future landscape. Out of the three million terrestrial households affected, there is roughly one million that will ultimately become  DTH subscribers and our platform is specially suited to attract a large part of them.What new services do you think consumers are now looking for and which groups are likely to meet  those needs? We are seeing a strong growth of tablet penetration in the Polish market, so I believe multiscreen services are an important development of the pay TV industry for  the coming months. From live sports to movies and top local production, customers will have the chance to watch linear and non-linear programmes  anytime and anywhere, be it on the 60 inch flat TV at home or through a portable device. This kind of service is going to be well met not only by younger  group of customers, but will also become very popular among whole families. What topics do you think will produce the most  interesting debates at Digital TV CEE? The changing Pay TV landscape can turn out to be one of the most interesting debates at Digital TV CEE. I am also convenient that debates on the OTT rapidly changing environment and multi-screen services future, can become a fantastic opportunity to discuss possible solutions.Digital TV CEE takes place in Prague, the Czech Republic from June 26-28. Click here to find out more.last_img read more