Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Fortunately, Campbell was able to return to action the following game. The 27-year-old lineman had one of his best performances of the season, posting eight combined tackles, including one for loss, but his team came up short 34-22 at home against Seattle. 0 Comments Share The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Calais Campbell almost improbably suited up and started for Arizona Cardinals against the Seattle Seahawks last Thursday. The sixth-year defensive end was carted off the field in San Francisco just four days prior.While on Arizona Sports 620’s Big Red Rage show Thursday, Campbell described what went through his mind right after his suffered a spinal injury in the fourth quarter of the Cardinals’ 32-20 loss to the 49ers. “That was a scary moment,” the 6-foot-8 lineman said. “It was kind of like a stinger, and I felt it all the way through my body all the way to my feet, my legs.”A “stinger” is pain that originates around the neck. The pain usually travels to the arms and the fingers and causes a tingling sensation, but when it’s really severe, the pain can travel down the person’s legs.Campbell said he’s had other stingers in his career, but that the one he suffered in San Francisco was the first time he’s felt it down to his legs.“I was a little scared at the time, but once the feeling came back, I felt like I was OK,” he said. “But the trainers wanted to make sure, because when it goes to your legs, it could be something serious.”Campbell said he hurt himself trying to tackle San Francisco’s Frank Gore. The defensive lineman said he “tried to put his helmet on the ball” and instead hit his head on teammate Karlos Dansby’s hip.As the play ended and he was left lying on the field, Campbell said he just tried to move his arms and his legs before he lost all feeling in his limbs.“I guess I’ll keep my head up [while tackling] from now on,” he said. “And the fact that I can still play the game I love, I have no reason to complain.” Top Stories
Comments Share Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires After struggling in relief of injured Arizona Cardinals quarterbacks Carson Palmer and Drew Stanton at the tail end of 2014, it looked like Ryan Lindley’s NFL career may be over.That’s not the case just yet, as the New England Patriots signed the veteran Monday after cutting third-string quarterback Matt Flynn.Source: the Patriots are signing QB Ryan Lindley.— Field Yates (@FieldYates) August 10, 2015 Lindley, 26, started a total of four games for Arizona last season, including a Wild Card playoff loss to the Carolina Panthers. The San Diego State product completed 51-of-121 passes for 644 yards with three touchdowns and six interceptions.In his career, which dates back to 2012, Lindley has a 1-6 record as a starter with three touchdown passes, 13 interceptions and only a 51.3 completion percentage.Should Lindley stick on the roster, it’s he’ll be the Patriots’ backup quarterback behind Jimmy Garoppolo for the first four games of the season while starter Tom Brady serves his four-game “Deflategate” suspension. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories Arizona Cardinals’ Ryan Lindley (14) looks to pass against the Carolina Panthers in the first half of an NFL wild card playoff football game in Charlotte, N.C., Saturday, Jan. 3, 2015. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone)
Tags: #SB, constitutional amendment, HJR N, joint resolution, privacy, property rights, Runestad, warrant requirement A joint resolution sponsored by state Rep. Jim Runestad overwhelmingly passed the Michigan House of Representatives today proposing an amendment to the state’s constitution for electronic data and communications to be secure from unreasonable search and seizure under individual property rights. Constitutional amendments must be approved by a direct vote of the people if adopted by the legislature.“The right of individuals to be secure from unreasonable searches and seizures is fundamental, which is why it is enshrined in the U.S. and Michigan constitutions,” Rep. Runestad said. “House Joint Resolution N is a reasonable measure to prevent such erosion in the face of advances in information and telecommunications technology.”House Joint Resolution N would require warrants be used to access individual’s electronic data and communication, a logical step in the electronic age.The state of Missouri adopted this protection through a direct vote of the people on Missouri’s Aug 5, 2014 ballot. This modified Missouri’s Constitution to provide that a warrant be required to access the personal data and electronic communications of individuals in the state. This bill passed overwhelmingly in the Missouri legislature and by 75% on the vote of the people.If adopted by the House and the Senate, HJR N would be decided by a vote of the people on Michigan’s ballot in August of 2016. The joint resolution now heads to the Senate for consideration.PHOT Categories: Featured news,News,Runestad News 02Jun Constitutional amendment defining electronic property rights passes the House
16Feb Rep. Lower: Farms are key to our region and state’s future Categories: Lower News,News State Rep. Jim Lower, of Cedar Lake, stood with his fellow Republican representatives at the Capitol today as the 2017-18 House Action Plan was announced during a news conference.While Lower saw several areas that will serve as the best way forward for all of Michigan, he also recognized what works best for Montcalm and Gratiot counties.“I firmly agree that making our government live within its financial means and expanding on our skilled trades training will benefit all of us,” Lower said. “One key item that stands out to me is seeking to preserve agriculture as the No. 2 industry in Michigan. We’ve seen firsthand how economic development supports the growth of our family farms, especially with the dairy industry but also with potatoes, corn, sugar beets and all the other exceptional crops growing on our farms.”“My goal in the House is to do what I can for Montcalm and Gratiot counties and I can see where we can benefit from working with this comprehensive blueprint over the next two years. We need to support our current successes, but also look to areas where we can grow in the region.”A full copy of the Action Plan can be accessed online at: http://gophouse.org/best-way-forward/#####
Categories: Roberts News 04Oct Rep. Roberts bill improves driver safety State Rep. Brett Roberts (R-Charlotte) on Tuesday testified before the Michigan House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee in support of his bill to allow an individual to take a basic driver improvement course more than once.A Basic Driver Improvement Course (BDIC) serves as a refresher of the basic skills and rules of the road needed to drive safely in Michigan. Under current law, drivers only have the option to take a BDIC once in their lifetime after incurring a minor traffic ticket.“By passing a driver improvement course, drivers are given the opportunity to further their road safety education and avoid points on their records,” said Roberts.Under Roberts’ bill, a driver would be eligible to take the course multiple times.“Because current law prevents an individual from taking an improvement course more than once, drivers with minor infractions are racking up unnecessary points on their driving records,” Roberts said. “Allowing drivers to take this course more than once teaches them how to safely share the road, which may result in lower insurance costs, as well.”After the Secretary of State determines an individual is eligible for the course, the department is required by law to notify the driver. Once notified, the individual has 60 days to successfully complete a basic driver improvement course with an approved sponsor. The sponsor is responsible for submitting a certificate of successful completion to the Secretary of State once the individual has completed a course.House Bill 4808 remains under consideration by the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.###
State Rep. Jim Tedder of Clarkston today introduced legislation to give seniors much-needed relief on their Michigan income taxes.Tedder’s bill would provide a $100 refundable income tax credit for a single filer age 62 or older. The credit would be $200 for joint filers.“As Michigan continues to experience budget surpluses, it’s an exciting time to talk about tax relief,” Tedder said. “With health and good fortune, we one day will all become senior citizens. Why not provide tax relief at a time in life when people need it most, when many are on fixed incomes? It’s time we provided real tax relief to the people who have shouldered Michigan’s financial burden for decades.”Tedder’s bill is part of a broad legislative package designed to bring meaningful tax relief to Michigan families.Other legislation in the package ensures Michigan taxpayers can continue claiming personal exemptions on income taxes after federal tax reforms signed into law last month. In addition, today’s proposal increases the state personal exemption from the current $4,000 to $4,300 for the 2018 tax year, with gradual increases reaching $4,800 for 2020.Another bill ensures taxpayers in Michigan cities with an income tax will continue to be able to claim exemptions if the city adopts a uniform ordinance.“The changes made at the federal level last month were a positive step in the right direction, and we are removing any possible ambiguity to make certain Michigan taxpayers will continue to receive exemptions on their income taxes,” Tedder said. “And importantly, we are going much further to provide even more tax relief for Michigan families and seniors.”House Bills 5420-22 were referred to the Tax Policy Committee for consideration.### Categories: News,Tedder News 16Jan Rep. Tedder: Bills provide meaningful tax relief for seniors, families
20Mar Rep. Marino: More road money headed to Macomb County, but reforms are needed Categories: Marino News,News More money for urgently needed road repairs is headed to Macomb County after a funding boost was signed into state law, state Rep. Steve Marino of Harrison Township said today.Marino supported the additional $175 million in statewide transportation funding for use this construction season. Much of the money is headed directly to counties and local communities.The money is already available because various state departments did not spend as much as originally projected during a previous budget cycle. No budget cuts or additional fees or taxes are required for the additional investment.Macomb County will receive an estimated $4.48 million in additional funds. Cities and villages will receive money on top of that with direct allocations.The extra money comes in addition to record-level road funding provided by previous long-term reforms. The state also has strengthened its warranty system designed to make sure new and refurbished roads will last longer. But Marino said changes are needed to ensure Macomb County overall, and its townships, receive a fair share of statewide road funding.“The additional money that is on its way is a step in the right direction and puts us in a better position than we would be otherwise,” Marino said. “But our community overall is being shortchanged when it comes to road funding. Anyone driving on our roads knows we deserve better. Changes in the distribution formula are needed to treat Macomb County and the entire Metro Detroit region fairly.”Marino said the current distribution system works against Macomb, Wayne and Oakland counties. It’s the same formula used to distribute the $175 million in the new measure, with money going directly to counties, cities and villages – but not directly to townships.“It is an inequitable formula and communities outside the Tri-County region benefit at our expense,” Marino said. “The current formula is out of date and out of touch, and I will continue working to change it.”###
17Jan Livingston County legislators support petition to suspend Brennan without pay Categories: Vaupel News LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Lana Theis, Rep. Hank Vaupel and Rep. Ann Bollin lent support on Wednesday to a petition filed with the state Supreme Court by the Joint Tenure Commission requesting Judge Theresa Brennan be suspended without pay.“I strongly support the JTC’s petition to suspend Theresa Brennan from the bench without pay. She has failed to resign, and this is a logical next step in this sad saga,” said Theis, R-Brighton. “Brennan is an affront to the court, the legal profession and due process, and she no longer deserves to receive a salary at the taxpayers’ expense.“Livingston County residents have been saddled with providing her a paycheck even though her caseload was stripped months ago, and she has not been working. Not only that, taxpayers have also been helping to foot the bill of the visiting judge that has taken over for her.“Only Theresa Brennan knows why she hasn’t resigned, and until she does or is removed, we will do what we can to help restore the integrity of the rule of law on the district court bench and move our county forward.”A Freedom of Information Act request filed by Theis and Vaupel in December of last year revealed that, since Brennan lost her docket in June 2018, Livingston County has paid Brennan $25,507.44 in salary as well as $28,580.60 in salary for the visiting judge who is covering in her absence. Livingston County taxpayers cover roughly 50 percent of the salary expenses while state taxpayers cover the rest. In total, taxpayers have paid over $108,000 in salary expenses along with an additional $75,000 in legal fees defending Judge Brennan during her JTC complaint.Vaupel echoed Theis’ sentiments.“After thorough and extensive investigation, the JTC has recommended that salary be stopped and put into escrow pending further court action. Taxpayers of Livingston County should not continue to pay salary and also the costs of a visiting judge,” said Vaupel, R-Fowlerville. “This action is clearly necessary.”Michigan law currently requires that judges receive a salary regardless of whether they are in a legal situation such as Brennan. However, to prevent further instances like Brennan’s from harming other Michigan communities, Theis has submitted a bill request that would withhold a judge’s salary in escrow if a judge has been charged with a felony crime and if his or her docket has been removed.“The JTC made the right decision to suspend Theresa Brennan’s pay until this issue is resolved,” said Bollin, R-Brighton. “Livingston county residents deserve to know their tax money is being spent efficiently. I look forward to a speedy resolution to the matter.”
ShareTweetShareEmail0 Shares September 22, 2014; USA TodaySunday, September 21st marked the beginning of the American Library Association’s Banned Books Week 2014, “celebrating the freedom to read and taking a stand against censorship.” Libraries across the country are participating in the commemoration, with many taking an interactive approach in order to engage the public and to highlight the continued issue of censorship in the world today.At the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library in Indianapolis, performance artist Tim Youd will be typing Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 with the same model of typewriter used by Bradbury. Youd will type the book word-for-word in the library’s large picture window—twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, at the rate of five or six pages an hour—to commemorate this year’s event. The entire book will be typed on two sheets of paper that Youd types on alternately, the second taped to the back of the first. While he has gotten as much of $7,000 for the unreadable results of his art, this week Youd will be publicly burning the finished piece in an effort to raise awareness for the week’s theme of censorship within today’s communities.In 2013, 307 books were reported as challenged by the Office for Intellectual Freedom, and the American Library Association (ALA) estimates that 70 to 80 percent of challenged books are never reported. Even nonprofits have been guilty of book burnings within the recent past. Such censorship is in direct conflict with the freedom of expression rights protected by the First Amendment. With once-banned books having shaped American culture and progress, it is important for libraries, schools, and other nonprofits to raise awareness of censorship in America today, and unique artistic performances such as Youd’s are a fitting way to do so.This is not the first time that nonprofits have used performance art as a means to raise social awareness for injustice. The Humane Society International, for example, sponsored performance artists Jacqueline Traide and Oliver Cronk as part of their worldwide campaign against animal abuse. In a storefront on one of the UK’s busiest shopping streets, Jacqueline suffered through 10 hours of the experiments typically done during cosmetic product testing on animals.By using performance art, nonprofits and other activists are able to bring their causes to the forefront of public attention. In a time where information is plentiful and easily available, these performances break through barriers to connect the audience to the core of the issue at hand. Art in its essence is a means of expression, and the interconnection of performance art as a means of human (and animal) rights activism will continue to be seen in the political realm.—Michele Bittner ShareTweetShareEmail0 Shares
Share55TweetShare4Email59 Shares July 22, 2015; WHYY-FM (Delaware Valley, PA)“Stories are data with soul,” noted one of the actors recently involved in presenting an excerpt from a play to the mayor, members of city council, and the public in Chester, Pennsylvania. The play represents the culmination of an 18-month project, Chester Made, to gather information from local residents about the struggling city’s existing cultural assets and to understand how the community perceives the role of arts, culture and the humanities in revitalizing Chester. And while the project has resulted in a literal map of cultural assets, the play uses storytelling and theater techniques to animate the map and ensure that authentic voices from the community are heard.Chester Made grew out of a 2012 city-planning initiative, which called for development of a cultural corridor. But without a clear picture of what was already happening in the city from a cultural perspective, it was hard to know how to make it better. And with no designated cultural leadership, it was essential to first cobble together a coalition of partner organizations, including Pennsylvania Humanities Council (PHC), Just Act, Widener University, Chester Arts Alive!, The Artist Warehouse and the City of Chester. The project led to the creation of the Chester Made Ensemble, local actors who first were trained to interview their neighbors about personal experiences with arts and culture, and then were coached to weave the stories they heard into a theater piece.As noted in the Newsworks report, “Chester is a city in trouble. Much of the downtown is boarded up, and it is often listed as one of America’s most dangerous cities. The presence of Harrah’s Casino and the five-year-old soccer stadium, PPL Park, has done little to change that.” NPQ readers may recall reading about the city as a food desert that in 2013 welcomed a full-service grocery store, something its residents hadn’t had access to in a dozen years.In many cities, “creative place-making” projects like Chester Made are meant to revitalize a community, first and foremost for current and prospective residents and businesses, but also in the hopes of attracting visitors. It may take a while before Chester becomes a cultural destination, but Chester Made is determined to keep moving the city in that direction and instilling pride of place in its 34,000 residents. According to the PHC website, nearly 75 local leaders are now engaged in developing and refining plans for the cultural corridor, and pop-up events are planned throughout the rest of 2015, with the hope of generating support for “large-scale public arts projects and other campaigns for cultural revitalization.”—Eileen CunniffeShare55TweetShare4Email59 Shares
Share35Tweet28Share3Email66 Shares“The Tears of a Health Festival” by MinJi Chung (Korean Resource Center)September 25, 2017; Roll CallAs people celebrate or mourn the defeat of the Graham/Cassidy healthcare bill, another important healthcare program is in danger of disappearing if it is not reauthorized by September 30th. The Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), a successful state/federal and bipartisan partnership since 1997, is about to be lost in the partisan bickering of D.C., and the real losers will be children and families.Since it was initiated in 1997, CHIP has grown the share of low-income children and pregnant women nationwide who have healthcare coverage from 86 percent to a current high of 95 percent today.The September 30th deadline was set up two years ago and so should not come as a surprise. But it may reflect the chaos in setting priorities in D.C. and where children, who pay no taxes and do not vote, fall in the pecking order.In reporting on this issue in Roll Call, Rebecca Adams indicated the huge reach of CHIP and the depth of what losing it, even on a temporary basis, could mean:State officials and children’s advocates say that lawmakers’ inability to pass legislation as bipartisan and basic as a children’s health insurance renewal on time will have consequences for consumers…If Congress fails to extend CHIP, about 1.1 million people in the program could lose coverage completely, according to a study for the Commonwealth Fund by George Washington University professor Sara Rosenbaum, who also chaired the Medicaid access commission until earlier this year. Many others could face scaled-back coverage and significantly higher out-of-pocket costs, which could discourage people from getting or staying covered, and states would have to find more money as federal contributions fall.[…]The 8.9 million people the program covers is nearly as many as the 10.3 million people that [the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services] said were covered earlier this year through the marketplaces established by the 2010 health care law.The chart below gives a clear indication of the success of this program:The funds coming from the federal government to the states for CHIP have made up the bulk of the funding, with states adding a portion that varies from state to state. States can use up to two-thirds of any leftover funds until it is gone, which has led lawmakers to feel they have more time past the deadline to act.State officials in both blue and red states, including those with enough funds to carry them into the spring, are unified in their concern. Warning notices to families are being prepared to tell them their coverage might disappear.Minnesota is the first state to hit a funding crisis, but others are on the cusp. Nine other states are projected to face a shortfall by the end of the year because Congress has not yet acted to renew federal funding for the 8.9 million children and women served by CHIP.The Senate, and to a much lesser extent the House, have tinkered around the edges on this legislation, giving state officials some hope even though the Senate bill, a five-year plan, would decrease contributions to the states after two years. But without a sense of timing for actual consideration on the Senate floor, some fear this healthcare bill could become another part of the ongoing healthcare fight.Governors are weighing in on this, hoping that Congress will understand how important this children’s program is. Utah’s Governor Gary Herbert noted the efforts of Finance Chairman Orrin Hatch, who created the program with then-Senator Edward M. Kennedy. Herbert said, “Our most vulnerable children and their families depend on CHIP for cost-saving pediatric care, and the state of Utah needs the certainty of ongoing support for CHIP in order to budget appropriately for the near term.”The consequences for not meeting this deadline are dire and many for the children and women whom CHIP currently serves. Some states would cap enrollment or shut off coverage entirely. Because some states are not allowed to stop this coverage and some are, outcomes depend on where a child lives. All states would need to assume the time and the costs of preparing staff to deal with this change. Some states would stop promoting the program in order to save on costs of new enrollments.And parts of CHIP would halt completely September 30th. For instance, states would lose the ability to expedite enrollment or the renewal of a child’s benefits in CHIP by using information from other programs such as State Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, Medicaid or the food stamp benefits through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.That so-called “express lane” process has helped kids get covered without delays. The Georgetown Center for Children and Families cites an evaluation of the flexibility that shows it offers administrative savings and reduced barriers to coverage.[…]If families in those states that can freeze enrollment lose coverage, they might be able to turn to the health care law exchanges for coverage if their income is between the federal poverty level and four times the poverty level.But the benefits of the 2010 health care law are not as generous for children. During the Obama administration, HHS was supposed to certify any exchange plans that are as good as CHIP, but officials decided there weren’t any.Lawmakers essentially would be turning families away from a highly regarded program and into (for those who qualify) the very health care exchanges Republicans deride as inadequate and harmful. In five states this year, consumers had only one insurance company to choose from—a point that critics cite as evidence of the failure of the 2010 health care law.And if they aren’t eligible for marketplace insurance or can’t afford to buy it on their own, families might end up with no coverage at all.There are no winners if CHIP is not renewed and reauthorized quickly. State officials from all parties are urging Congress to act now. Whether Congress will hear their pleas and those of the 8.9 million low income children and families who are the beneficiaries of CHIP remains to be seen.—Carole LevineShare35Tweet28Share3Email66 Shares
Chellomedia-owned broadcast services provider Chello DMC has been appointed by adult content provider Marc Dorcel to provide playout services for the Dorcel TV and Dorcel HD TV channels.Under the agreement, Chello DMC will playout the channel’s content whilst managing their programme scheduling. The channels will be available throughout Europe in SD and HD formats through simulcast broadcast.
The international division of AMC Networks has posted revenues of US$26.3 million (€20.3 million) for the first quarter of 2012, a 3.8% year on year increase.The operating loss at the international channels group, which includes the Sundance Channel, increased US$1 million to US$13 million. Overall revenues, incorporating AMC and the other US cable channels, was US$326.2 million, a 19.5% year-on-year increase.Josh Sapan, the CEO of US-listed AMC Networks, said that the success of the second season of zombie series The Walking Dead and fifth season of Mad Men helped generate the strong quarterly growth. “These successes underscore the strength of our original programming strategy, which continues to drive audience and advertiser demand for our networks,” he said.
Liberty Global’s satellite platform UPC DTH has launched a new customer care contact feature that lets customers use Skype and Facebook to reach customer care representatives.UPC Direct and FreeSAT customers in the Czech Republic, Hungary and Slovakia can call the operator for free using Skype.Tunde Hubina, UPC DTH director of customer care said, “This latest addition to the methods of contacting customer care reinforces our desire to be available and supportive of the needs of our customers. We believe a great customer experience is a cornerstone of why our customers subscribe to our products, promote us to others and stay with us. We are proud of our performance and will continue to make quality customer care a unique UPC DTH experience.”
Sky Deutschland has added a dedicated kids area on its multiscreen service Sky Go.The Kids-Entertainment section will offer over 100 titles from launch from channels Boomerang, Cartoon Network and Nicktoons. Franchises including Tom & Jerry, Maya the Bee and Ben 10 will be available, along with movies including The Muppets, Rio and Happy Feet 2.Peter Schulz, vice-president of on-demand programming at Sky Deutschland, said, “Together with our partner channels we have extend Sky Go to [include] a kids area that offers our youngest viewers a safe environment and superb entertainment at any time on-demand. This is a great added value for happy parents and happy children and makes our product even more attractive.”
Ukrainian cable operator Volia has added Discovery HD Showcase and Animal Planet HD to its channel line-up.Volia is adding the channels to the HD packages in 13 cities across the country. The channels will be available within the Volia HD and Premium HD packages.
Polish pay TV operator Cyfrowy Polsat has launched a new triple-play offering, including LTE mobile telephony, for PLN99.80 (€23.90) a month.The package includes up to 15GB mobile internet, normally priced at PLN59.90, 400 minutes of call time with a Samsung Galaxy phone, normally priced at PLN59.90 and the Cyfrowy Polsat Mini HD TV package, normally priced at PLN14.90.Cyfrowy Polsat is giving its Mini TV HD package at 100% discount as part of the offering.
Colin MacdonaldUK broadcaster Channel 4 has announced plans to launch a new games publishing arm this summer, based in Glasgow, Scotland. All 4 Games will be led by Channel 4’s current games commissioning editor, Colin Macdonald, and will build a new network of Channel 4-funded mobile games and games from third party developers as part of an aggregated All 4 Games brand.These games will be available to download via app stores and will all be featured on Channel 4’s new digital and on-demand offering All 4, which it launched last month to replace its previous 4oD service.“Channel 4 has a successful record for commissioning critically acclaimed games and I’m pleased that with the launch of All 4 Games we are able to extend our support for this hugely important part of the creative sector and help showcase the work of smaller games developers,” said Channel 4 CEO, David Abraham.Channel 4 said that All 4 Games fund its own mobile games commissions and will globally publish a range of games from third party developers each year, working with small companies to give their games development, marketing and promotional support.Four new roles will initially be created within the All 4 Games publishing arm in Channel 4’s Glasgow office. The new hires will report to Macdonald, who will in turn report to Richard Davidson-Houston, Head of All 4 and Digital Content on editorial strategy and to Sarah Rose, Director of Commercial and Business Development on commercial strategy.“Channel 4 is renowned for working with growing creative companies and I’m delighted that we’re able to throw even more of its weight behind the games industry,” said Macdonald.“With over 1.5m apps for users to choose from now, discoverability has become the biggest problem facing mobile game developers so it’s exciting to be able to do even more to support them and promote their amazing work to a wider audience.”Channel 4 said that further details on the All 4 Games publishing arm and third party games partnerships will be announced in due course.
Some 80% of all UK digital video ad campaigns ran on more than one device in the second quarter, according to Videology figures.The software provider for converged TV and video advertising said that there had been a 28% increase in the adoption of multi-screen campaigns since Q2 2014.Videology’s second quarter ‘UK video market at-a-glance’ analysis adds that multi-screen campaigns are “significantly higher in the UK than in the rest of Europe”, claiming that 63% of EMEA campaigns were run across more than one device.In terms of TV advertisers using the Videology platform, the firm said that 90% buy digital video in the same, guaranteed way as they would on traditional TV “as part of a holistic campaign”.“It is no surprise that a guaranteed, programmatic method has become the de facto means of buying video, with the convergence of TV and video ensuring that advertisers turn to the approach that will offer consistent buying and results across screens,” said Rich Astley, UK managing director, Videology.
Formula 1 governing body the F1A has entered the dispute between BeIN Media and Saudi Arabia-based pirate streamer BeoutQ, which has targeted its exclusive sports rights by illegally broadcasting content including the World Cup and Champions League football.BeoutQ has been illicitly streaming coverage of Formula 1 motorsports.“It has come to our attention that certain Formula 1 content from the 2018 FIA Formula One Championship has been illegally transmitted by the channel known as beoutQ operating primarily within the MENA region,” the sport’s governing body said in a statement provided to The Independent online newspaper.The F1A said it would take “appropriate action” to challenge infringement of its intellectual property.BeIN Media Group has been waging a campaign to draw attention to the activities of BeoutQ, accusing the Saudi government of supporting the pirate group as part of its trade offensive against Qatar and pointing out that BeoutQ’s signals have been broadcast by state-backed Saudi satellite operator Arabsat.“The pirate channel BeoutQ is not a small outfit operating out of someone’s bedroom. This is piracy on a massive commercial scale with multimillion dollar funding underpinning,” said Tom Keaveny, managing director of beIN Media Group.In may, BeIN Media condemned Arabsat’s sponsorship of a an anti-piracy conference in Dubai, citing Arabast’s facilitation of BeoutQ’s service.