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Q1 jobless rate drops to 135 as economy adds 14k new jobs

first_imgThe unemployment rate dropped in the first quarter of the year to 13.5 per cent, which is 0.6 percentage points below that in the respective three-month period of 2016, the statistical service said.The drop in the unemployment rate in January to March was mainly on a 3.5 per cent annual increase of the labour force to 423,794, which is the sum of the gainfully employed and the jobless population, Cystat said in a statement on its website on Friday. The number of unemployed dropped in January to March by only 168 to 57,420 which translates to an annual drop of 0.3 per cent, while the number of people with jobs rose by 14,357 or 4.1 per cent to 366,374.The unemployment among youth dropped in the first quarter to 26.7 per cent from 29.8 per cent a year before, Cystat said. The percentage of jobless males was 13.5 per cent, down from 13.9 per cent, while unemployment among women dropped to 13.6 per cent from 14.3 per cent.The ratio of long-term unemployed against the total number of persons without a job fell to 39 per cent in the first three months of the year from 41.2 per cent a year before, Cystat said.You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? Better safe than sorryFigLeaf Beta AppUndoClassmates.comLook For Any High School Yearbook, It’s FreeClassmates.comUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Crawford lauds plan to increase government transparency

first_img Representative: FOIA rules should apply to Legislature, governor’s officeState Rep. Kathy Crawford today praised the introduction of an 11-bill bipartisan plan that makes state government more accountable to the people of Michigan.Crawford, of Novi, joined her colleagues today in announcing the reform plan to make the governor and lieutenant governor subject to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and create a set of similar rules for state representatives and senators called the Legislative Open Records Act (LORA). The bills are similar to a legislative effort that was approved by the House last session, but did not reach the governor’s desk for approval.“The people of Michigan deserve a more accountable state government,” Crawford said. “Ultimately, we’re all here to serve the public, and they should have the right to monitor what we’re doing and how their hard-earned tax dollars are being spent.”### 01Feb Crawford lauds plan to increase government transparency Categories: Crawford Newslast_img read more

Rep Miller Local residents will benefit from budget

first_img More funding for schools, public services in plan 27Apr Rep. Miller: Local residents will benefit from budget Categories: Miller News,Miller Photos,Newscenter_img State Rep. Aaron Miller today voted in favor of the state budget, joining his colleagues on the House Appropriations Committee in approving the fiscal blueprint and sending it to the full House for consideration.Miller, of Sturgis, who serves as chair of the Appropriations Subcommittee on State Police, said local K-12 classrooms will see more money and local governments will see modest increases in revenue sharing and dollars from the Michigan Transportation Fund, enabling them to improve vital services to residents.“As a teacher, I am disappointed the House budget does not continue to give extra to our schools, which are all at the lowest per-pupil funding in the state. However, I am extremely pleased that we are at least funding a $100-per-student increase, taking steps to ensure our children are prepared for a global workforce,” Miller said. “And not only does this budget put more state police troopers on the roads throughout Michigan, but this budget continues to pay down debt and save for future hard times, something I’m proud of.”Highlights of the bill:Helping make life better in communities across Michigan by adding money for road repairs, public safety departments, parks and other programs to improve our daily lives. Revenue sharing payments to local governments will rise by $12.4 million under our plan, more money than in the past five years.Michigan’s K-12 public schools would get record funding at $14.3 billion, with a priority on keeping more money in the classroom to benefit students. School districts across the state would get $100 more per student at each grade level, equating to a $143 million increase.Funding for career and technical training would increase through competitive grants for equipment upgrades and for intermediate school districts to hire counselors. The programs are designed to help prepare Michigan students for jobs of the future.Building a better economic future by paying down school retiree debt and adding to the state’s main savings account for tough times, pushing the emergency fund above $1 billion.Continuing to tighten our belt by eliminating waste and inefficiency in state government.Our goal is to spend less state money in the next budget year than we are today, and we achieved that with a 2.2 percent reduction in the general state budget.#####last_img read more

Rep VanSingel praises House budget on education roads

first_img27Apr Rep. VanSingel praises House budget on education, roads Categories: News,VanSingel News State Rep. Scott VanSingel today cast his vote to approve the House Appropriation Committee’s budget plan, sending it to the full House for consideration.VanSingel, of Grant, said the fiscally responsible budget provides growth that is below the rate of inflation, while increasing education spending and boosting Michigan’s transportation system.“We are spending more money in K-12 education than ever before in Michigan’s history,” VanSingel said. “We’re increasing spending on every Michigan student and being more inclusive in what we perceive as at-risk kids.”He also praised increased funding for roads and bridges.“Our transportation system is in dire need of repairs, and this budget reprioritizes money used for non-essential administrative costs to jobs that smooth out our roads and strengthen our bridges, making them safe for Michigan families and job creators.”Highlights of the bill include:Helping make life better in communities across Michigan by adding money for road repairs, public safety departments, parks and other programs to improve our daily lives. Revenue sharing payments to local governments will rise by $12.4 million under the plan, more money than in the past five years.Michigan’s K-12 public schools would get record funding at $14.3 billion, with a priority on keeping more money in the classroom to benefit students. School districts across the state would get $100 more per student at each grade level, equating to a $143 million increase.Funding for career and technical training would increase through competitive grants for equipment upgrades and for intermediate school districts to hire counselors. The programs are designed to help prepare Michigan students for jobs of the future.Training 100 state police troopers, making our communities safer for residents and job creators.Building a better economic future by paying down school retiree debt and adding to the state’s main savings account for tough times, pushing the emergency fund above $1 billion.Continuing to tighten our belt by eliminating waste and inefficiency in state government.Our goal is to spend less state money in the next budget year than we are today, and we achieved that with a 2.2 percent reduction in the general state budget.#####last_img read more

Rep VanderWall announces July coffee hours

first_imgThursday, July 269 to 10 a.m. in the Benzie County Board of Commissioners Room, 488 Court Place in Beulah. Categories: VanderWall News State Rep. Curt VanderWall of Ludington invites residents to join him for July coffee hours.“I look forward to meeting with the community to hear their questions and ideas about state government,” VanderWall said. “I invite all residents to attend coffee hours.”Rep. VanderWall will be available at the following times and locations:Monday, July 239 to 10 a.m. in the Leelanau County Board of Commissioners Room, 8527 E. Government Center Drive in Suttons Bay; 19Jul Rep. VanderWall announces July coffee hours Wednesday, July 259 to 10 a.m. in the Manistee County Board of Commissioners Room, 415 Third St. in Manistee; and Tuesday, July 248 to 9 a.m. at Scottville City Hall, 105 Main St. in Scottville; No appointment is necessary to attend coffee hours. Anyone unable to attend during the scheduled times may contact Rep. VanderWall at his office at (517) 373-0825 or CurtVanderWall@house.mi.gov.last_img read more

Hornberger commemorates School Choice Week in Michigan

first_img State Rep. Pamela Hornberger, chair of the House Education Committee, introduced a resolution declaring Jan. 20 through Jan. 26 as School Choice Week in Michigan.School choice allows public education funds to follow students to the schools that best fit their needs, whether that’s a public, public-charter, or home school.Representative Hornberger, of Chesterfield Township, believes all students benefit from expanded opportunities and all students have the right to high-quality schools.“Research in Michigan and across the nation has shown that providing parents with multiple schooling options improves academic performance,” the former K-12 educator said. “There are so many fantastic schools in Michigan – public, public-charter, and private alike.  Students thrive when given the opportunity to choose the option best suited for them.”The second-term legislator says an effective and accountable education system plays a critical role in the preparation of Michigan’s young people.School Choice Week took place Jan. 20 to 26, 2019. 28Jan Hornberger commemorates School Choice Week in Michigan Categories: Hornberger Newslast_img read more

Rep Leutheuser Michigan on verge of history with car insurance reform

first_img Michigan drivers would be in line for significantly lower car insurance rates through a bipartisan plan approved today by Rep. Eric Leutheuser and the state House.The plan – approved with broad bipartisan support – guarantees lower rates by giving drivers more choice on personal injury protection coverage, stops price gouging on medical services provided to car accident victims, and combats fraudulent claims. All Michigan drivers will save money on the personal injury protection portion of their policies, and some could save hundreds of dollars a year or more, depending on which coverage options they choose.The bipartisan solution – coming after months of hearings and weeks of negotiations – is designed to end Michigan’s reputation as the state with the most expensive car insurance rates in the nation. The plan should soon be headed to the governor for her expected signature.Leutheuser – a former car dealership owner – heard complaints about the high cost of car insurance long before he was elected to the Michigan House in 2014.“It’s one of the biggest reasons I wanted to serve in the Legislature – because it’s one of the biggest issues facing Michigan,” said Leutheuser, of Hillsdale. “The high cost of car insurance holds back families and prevents our entire state’s economy from running on all cylinders. Now we’re on the verge of history and delivering real reform. These changes will help families make ends meet and make the state a better place to live, work and raise a family. And it will make Michigan a better location for job providers.”Michigan’s costs are high largely because it’s the only state mandating unlimited lifetime health care coverage through car insurance. The bipartisan reform plan allows those currently using the coverage to keep it, and those who want it in the future to continue buying it – while providing more affordable options.##### 24May Rep. Leutheuser: Michigan on ‘verge of history’ with car insurance reform Categories: Leutheuser News,Newslast_img read more

Eutelsat has suspended the Roj TV channel on its s

first_imgEutelsat has suspended the Roj TV channel on its satellites due to its alleged connection to terrorist group the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).The decision comes after Denmark’s Court of Copenhagen recently ruled that Roj TV had financial, structural and operational ties to the PKK. It declared the channel was guilty of facilitating and inciting participation in a terrorist organisation. The PKK is listed by the EU as a terrorist organization.“Under these circumstances, Eutelsat has decided to suspend the presence of Roj TV on its satellites in order to avoid incurring criminal liability as an accomplice to terrorist activities,” the satellite operator said in a statement.Eutelsat has asked distributors uplinking Roj TV to its satellites to suspend broadcasts of the channel.last_img read more

Sony is set to undercut Microsofts forthcoming Xb

first_imgSony is set to undercut Microsoft’s forthcoming Xbox One by US$100 (€75) when it launches its PS4 console and is planning original programming for the device.At the E3 games expo in Los Angeles yesterday, Sony said that the new PS4 console would cost US$399 in the US and €399 in Europe when it launches ahead of Christmas, while Microsoft said it was pricing its device at US$499.99 and €499.Showing off its new console for the first time, Sony said that Sony Pictures Entertainment is working on “new original programming and unique access to entertainment content” on the device – without giving further details.In an official company blog post, Jack Tretton, president and CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment of America, said: “We’re on the verge of launching the most powerful gaming system ever built with the PS4 and the entire PlayStation ecosystem is expanding with the continued growth and strength of PS Vita, PS3 and PlayStation Network.”He added that globally there are more than 140 games in development for PS4, including over 100 that will be available within the first year.Microsoft’s rival Xbox One console is due to launch in 21 markets in November and will include games, music, live TV, movies, sports, apps and Skype. At E3 Microsoft unveiled a string of new games titles for its console, which it unveiled officially last month.last_img read more

Swedish broadcaster TV4 has teamed up with second

first_imgSwedish broadcaster TV4 has teamed up with second screen technology group Widespace to launch TV4 Ad Sync, a second screen synchronised advertising platform that will enable advertisers to automatically synchronise TV commercials with content and promotions on mobile and tablet devices.According  to TV4, the new platform will enable advertisiers to reinforce their commercial campaigns with an enhanced second screen presence.The company said an evaluation of early trials carried out by research firm Inizio showed that synchronsised mobile and TV campaigns gave higher rates of awareness, brand preference and intent to purchase than campaigns that are not syncronsised.According to Inizio’s findings, purchase intent increased by up to 39% in the case of synchronised campaigns.last_img read more

Settop provider Altech Multimedia has extended it

first_imgSet-top provider Altech Multimedia has extended its partnership with Opera Software to bring the Opera TV Store application platform to a number of its boxes, beginning with models in Australia. Altech has already deployed the Opera Devices SDK and the Opera hybrid TV software in Europe and will also now extend these to Australia.Altech will offer audiences hundreds of HTML5 apps via the Opera TV Store for connected TVs and set-top boxes. The store, which features video on demand, sports, music, games, social media and news, will subsequently be rolled out to Altech boxes in other markets.Altech will also launch the Opera hybrid TV option on its Australian set-top boxes to support the HbbTV standard, recently deployed in Australia.“Integrating Opera’s TV web services is key in differentiating our product for viewers, by adding new functionality and entertainment services,” said Russell Futter, Managing Director APAC, Altech. “It is important for Altech to work with an established browser vendor who provides support for premium content and the rapidly evolving standards in the interactive TV space.”last_img read more

UK service provider Sky is reportedly planning to

first_imgUK service provider Sky is reportedly planning to launch a next-generation set-top box in the spring that will support ultra high-definition, 4K content.According to a Telegraph report, the box has been developed as part of a major overhaul of Sky’s TV technology, with cloud programme storage and multiscreen viewing on smartphones and tablets to also be supported.News first emerged last year claiming that Sky had set up an internal unit to work on the new set-top box initiative, dubbed ‘Project Ethan’, which included plans to move recorded programmes from customers’ DVR hard-drives to a central data centre.The new Telegraph report claims that while Sky had initially planned to launch the new set-top box last year, it is now due to introduce the update in spring alongside a major marketing push, in a bid to fend off pay TV and broadband competition from BT.A Sky spokesperson told DTVE: “Innovation is at the very heart of Sky’s business. We have a proven track record of leadership in the industry as we continually strive to find new ways to enhance the customer experience”.last_img read more

Mediasets Spanish unit lifted the media giants f

first_imgMediaset’s Spanish unit lifted the media giant’s financials for 2014 against the background of continued challenges in the Italian market, according to Mediaset’s preliminary results.Mediaset posted net revenues of €3.41 billion for the full year, marginally down on the 2013 figure. Revenues in Italy fell from €2.59 billion to €2.48 billion, while sales in Spain rose from €826.8 million to €932.1 million. Economic recovery in Spain lifted advertising revenues in that market from €802.2 million to €889.2 million, while Italian ad sales dropped from €2.06 billion to €1.98 billion.Mediaset turned in a profit of €23.7 million, up from €8.9 million in 2013. Net debt fell from €1.459 billion to €861.3 million thanks to cost cutting measures.Mediaset Premium, the pay TV spin-off unit created at the start of December, in which Telefónica owns a 11.11% share, turned in revenues of €8.7 million in its first month of operation.Mediaset said it expected the outlook in Italy to continue to be unpredictable this year, while Spain is expected to contribute a growing share of revenue and profit.Separately, the Spanish competition regulator, the CNMC, has censured Mediaset for failing to stand by commitments made to secure the merger of channels Telecinco and Cuatro, relating to the packaging of advertising deals. Mediaset has repeatedly been found to be in breach of the conditions set to secure the 2010 merger of the two services.last_img read more

ProSiebenSat1 has acquired a majority stake in Ge

first_imgProSiebenSat.1 has acquired a majority stake in Germany’s largest consumer energy portal, Verivox.The acquisition is the largest digital purchase to date for the Germany commercial broadcaster. ProSiebenSat.1 is acquiring an 80% stake in Verivox, through its 7Commerce digital unit, for €170 million plus a variable price component that will depend on Verivox’s profits this year.Former owners led by Oakley Capital will continue to hold a minority stake in the company. The deal is subject to approval by German competition watchdog the Bundeskartellamt.“Verivox has outstanding growth potential and is a highly attractive brand. In recent years, the company has invested heavily in the expansion of its comparison services and now has a comprehensive portfolio which, in addition to energy, includes the telecommunication, insurance, and financial service segments. In the years ahead we will draw upon the marketing power of our TV stations to establish Verivox as a leading portal in this segment,” said Christian Wegner, Member of the Executive Board, Digital, ProSiebenSat.1 Group.“We are very pleased to have found a strong new partner and owner with ProSiebenSat.1. Jointly, we will work together to further accelerate the growth of Verivox’s unique consumer proposition by deploying ProSiebenSat.1 media power. This will aid our efforts to increase awareness of our new business segments in car insurance, telecommunications and preferential online credits offers. Additionally, our market leading energy comparison service will now be made aware to more consumers who will directly benefit by their opportunity to save money for free,” said Chris Öhlund, CEO of the Verivox Group.last_img read more

Rightster has launched VideoSpring a searchable v

first_imgRightster has launched VideoSpring, a searchable video licensing portal, for brands, agencies and producers to source trending content for creative campaigns and programming.Rightster said the video library of premium viral and user-generated content allows users to discover and license the best-known and most shared videos on the web “without a long and complex clearance process”.VideoSpring will be updated daily with new content from around the world with a focus on “brand-safe videos with proven viewership,” according to Rightster – an MCN and multi-platform network for digital video.Content for VideoSpring will be sourced from video platforms including YouTube, Vimeo, Instagram and Facebook. All the videos will be exclusive to the portal and fully rights-cleared for commercial use.“The world is creating and sharing more content than ever before. We want to challenge the traditional stock-footage model and help brands leverage content that is already popular and inherently shareable in a digital era where consumers are also creators, and where content consumption online has skyrocketed,” said Rightster CEO Patrick Walker.“Engagement and authenticity are more important than ever for brands and utilising user-generated content provides marketers with a powerful means to tell relatable and culturally relevant stories.”Rightster was founded in 2011 and claims a  network of 2,500 content owners that generates over 1.6 billion online video views per month. In 2014 the firm acquired Viral Spiral Group, which have the exclusive licensing rights viral videos like ‘Charlie Bit My Finger’ and ‘Sneezing Baby Panda’.last_img read more

Paul Coster The first free ondemand service for k

first_imgPaul CosterThe first free on-demand service for kids, Ketchup TV, has launched on the Freeview platform in the UK.Ketchup targets 2-to-11s with a line-up that includes acquired kids series Noddy, Casper, George Of The Jungle, Olivia, Little Baby Bum.Its launch marks the first rollout of a kids on-demand service on free to air digital terrestrial service Freeview.It will be available via Freeview connected TVs and set tops and sit alongside the linear kids channels in the EPG.A streaming version of the ad-supported service is also available via dedicated Apple and Android apps.Ketchup comes from VOD365, the on demand specialists behind the docs service Planet Knowledge, also on Freeview, VOD365.Paul Coster, former Universal Music exec and founder of VOD365, said: “As the first, free, dedicated VOD channel for kids on Freeview we believe it provides a unique and easy-to-access offering to parents and grandparents to entertain the kids via their TVs and we’re looking forward to adding more premium titles in the coming weeks and new channel features.”There are several on demand services for kids such as Hopster, and the children’s sections of Amazon Prime and Netflix SVOD services, but Ketchup is the first AVOD service to launch on free DTT.last_img read more

Sky Deutschland is to carry Telefonicas flagship

first_imgSky Deutschland is to carry Telefonica’s flagship drama series La Peste. The pay TV operator will air the six-part drama in double-episodes each Thursday at 20:15 from July 19 on the Sky Atlantic channel.The historical drama, set in Seville in the 16th century, is directed by Alberto Rodriguez and tells the story of a condemned heretic’s search for absolution as he hunts down a killer as the city is struck by the Bubonic Plague.The launch of La Peste on Sky Deutschland follows a licensing deal struck between Telefonica’s pay TV arm Movistar+ and Sky Vision, international pay TV operator Sky’s distribution arm, in April, whereby Sky Vision secured worldwide marketing rights outside of Spain to the series.Movistar+ secured separate distribution deals with Beta for its series La Zona and with About Premium Content for Gigantes.last_img read more

The European Broadcasting Union EBU is opening a

first_imgThe European Broadcasting Union (EBU) is opening a new technology hub in Madrid to support its new business services subsidiary, Eurovision Services.The public broadcasters organisation said that the Madrid team will be focused on innovation and software engineering-related activities and will help to power the next-generation of media products and services.The new technology hub will be led by Eurovision Media Services’ manager of engineering and technology support, Albert Marti, who has been upped to head of Eurovision Labs.“The media market continues to change at a rapid pace and Madrid is known for attracting innovation,” said EBU director general, Noel Curran.“It has a number of incubators and a massive pool of software engineering talent. Therefore, it was a logical and strategic choice for us to establish our new technology hub, Eurovision Labs, in this city.”Eurovision Media Services CEO, Marco Tinnirello said: “What’s clear from talking to content owners and broadcasters is that what is most needed at this time of change and disruption in the media landscape is the ability to be agile in order to be able to try out new ways to create value from their content and to reach audiences.”Eurovision Media Services is the business arm of the EBU and delivers thousands of hours of sports, news and cultural events around the world each year. The division will be renamed Eurovision Services and become a fully owned EBU subsidiary on 1 January 2019 – as announced by the EBU in October.last_img read more

Nicolas Bry has this year overseen the rollout of

first_imgNicolas Bry has this year overseen the rollout of Orange’s Blended TV offering, designed to enable subscribers and service providers to benefit from the social buzz around TV shows and content. Orange has been at the forefront of developing innovative mew models based on social TV.  Age 47Education Master degrees from engineering school Supélec and from HEC Business School.Previous positions Chief product officer at Club-Internet (Deutsche Telekom Group); senior marketing manager at Logica Consulting; strategic marketing manager at SFR; manager at Braxton ConsultingLife outside work A true passion: researching and blogging about innovation at ‘rapid innovation’ (nbry.wordpress.com); traveling with my family, home exchanges, running and fitness.Key achievements of 2012 Designing and rolling out Orange social buzz component, ‘Blended TV’, across six Orange consumer-facing applications, and building a new rapid innovation approach, ‘Modular Design’, based on this empirical experience.Most significant industry developments In term of consumer usage, 2012 has notably seen the rise of social TV, Smart TV, and multiscreen experiences.Key challenges for 2013 Many challenges are shaping the future of TV: linear viewing versus on-demand, social and personalised EPG, social TV and second screen interactivity, TV everywhere and multiscreen roaming across devices and around places, Smart TV and TV apps ecosystems, TV commerce, brand strategy toward TV spot investment, cutting the cord, OTT offerings and SVOD catalogues versus triple-play bundles, the unbundling of TV channels.Goals for next year My goal in 2013 is to put on tracks a creative, compelling and seamless TV everywhere experience for the consumer, bridging the gap between nomadism and multiscreen at home, leveraging on Orange specific technological assets such as LTE, Cloud TV, NFC.Most admired industry personality Gary Hamel for the modern and dynamic spirit of innovation he instills in Managing Innovation and Reinventing Management.Favourite current TV show Mad Men because the last season was gripping, elegant, and meaningful.last_img read more

Caife Theach Pháirc Cholm Cilledoire

first_img Caife Theach Pháirc Cholm Cilledoire ShareTweet Blaschúrsa GaeilgeSatharn 28 Feabhra 20152:00in – Caife Theach Pháirc Cholm Cille, DoireGach eolas: Lisa Anderson, Oifigeach Deachaidreamh, Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin, T: 028 71 264132, lisa@culturlann-doire.ie AN GHAEILGE SA TEACH was last modified: February 25th, 2015 by John2John2 Tags: Beidh comhrá, craic agus cúpla focal ag caife Theach Pháirc Cholm Cille ag deireadh na seachtaine.Tugtar cuireadh don pobal theacht chuig Blaschúrsa Gaeilge ag an chaife Dé Satharn agus beidh seans cúpla focal a fhoghlaim.Fáilte roimh chách!last_img read more