Top Stories 2.9 yards per carry.Of course, that’s not all him. Some blame surely is on the offensive line. Monday, Bruce Arians was clear he was not pleased with their work in Santa Clara.But last year the Cards rushed for 3.3 yards per carry for the whole season and made it to the playoffs. We all know the number 3.3 isn’t the reason they couldn’t get any further in the playoffs than they did.The injury would be much easier to accept if Andre Ellington were healthy, but he’s not. The tough-but-fragile Ellington is now dealing with a turf toe, one that may keep him out longer than Johnson according to one former NFL team doc on twitter.Can David Johnson, Stepfan Taylor and perhaps Kerwynn Williams keep defenses honest enough to allow Carson Palmer to do what he does? After watching how far they went last year with a suspect running game I certainly think the answer is yes. How the rookie out of Northern Iowa performs in blitz pickup may determine more than anything else. And then of course there is the fumbling issue that causes all involved to hold their collective breath.I can’t predict what will happen from here on out. But I know what a devastating late-season injury looks like. I saw it and so did you. And this ain’t it. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo When news first broke from Jay Glazer that Cardinals running back Chris Johnson suffered a fractured tibia in the win over the 49ers, my thoughts — in order — went something like this:How long is he out (answer: not sure yet but not necessarily the rest of the year)?Gratitude. Cornball as it sounds, it’s entirely appropriate given how important Johnson has been in providing the Cardinals something they’ve so rarely enjoyed; a steady productive running game.Is 2.9 irreplaceable?As important as Chris Johnson has been up until this point, it’s also fair to wonder if that needle was on “E”. Excluding the extremely productive game against Baltimore (18/122/TD), Johnson has rushed 99 times for 287 yards and no touchdowns in his last five games. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Arizona Cardinals running back Chris Johnson (23) runs for a touchdown as Baltimore Ravens defensive end Carl Davis (94) looks on during the first half of an NFL football game, Monday, Oct. 26, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling – / 21 Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Comments Share
Go back to the e-newsletterLocated on the island of Sumba in Eastern Indonesia, Nihiwatu continues to add new resort experiences, including the overnight Uma Izzie Spa Safari, the Coconut Cove Surf School and Nio Beach Bar and Infinity Pool for an exceptional getaway.Overnight Uma Izzie Spa Safari (Bale No. 4)Set in the nearby valley of Nihi Oka lies the Nihi Oka Spa Safari in which couples can enjoy an unlimited number of pre-selected treatments amidst uninterrupted views of the sea and next to abundant surrounding rice fields on the open air bales. For exclusive privacy, guests can also book the Uma Izzie Spa Safari (Nihi Oka Bale No. 4), a Sumbanese inspired one-bedroom villa for an overnight stay during their all-inclusive spa retreat.Coconut Cove Surf SchoolAn alternative to the iconic Boathouse with large swells from the popular surfer’s ‘Occy’s Left’ at Nihiwatu, Coconut Cove is home to a surf school with the calmest seas and pristine white beaches. The smaller waves at Coconut Cove are ideal for beginners and families for surfing, swimming, snorkelling, stand-up paddle boarding, body boarding and wake boarding. All equipment will be provided by the resort and guests can reach Coconut Cove by Nihiwatu’s Safari jeep or by boat.Offering a reprieve from a full day of water activities, guests can recharge on a comfortable chaise lounge, enjoy drinks and snacks from the bar and refresh with a quick shower. Coconut Cove is also great for those wanting a day away to explore other and calmer bays at Rua, the name of the sleepy fishing village where it has planted its roots.Nio Beach Bar & Infinity PoolA welcome addition to the existing Nio Beach Club is the Nio Beach Bar and 20-metre infinity pool, perched on the ‘Edge of Wildness’, offering stunning views of the Indian Ocean, Occy’s Left and local village life during low tides. Lunch and snacks are served by the pool, allowing guests to fulfill their wish to stay poolside for the rest of their stay. For special occasions, the Nio Pool can also be transformed into a magical setting for romantic dinners at sunset.Go back to the e-newsletter
Categories: News Tags: #SB 05Feb Rep. Muxlow announces February office hours State Rep. Paul Muxlow of Brown City announced House District 83 office hours for the month of February for residents of Sanilac County, Burtchville Township, Fort Gratiot Township and the city of Port Huron.Muxlow is hosting two meet-and-greet sessions next week: Feb. 9 in Port Huron and Feb. 13 in Port Sanilac.On Monday, Feb. 9, the lawmaker will be at the Blue Water Chamber of Commerce, 512 McMorran Blvd. in Port Huron, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.On Friday, Feb. 13, he will be at Bark Shanty Community Center, 135 Church St. in Port Sanilac, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.“I enjoy meeting with citizens and listening to their suggestions and concerns,” Muxlow said. “It is very important to keep in constant communication with residents so that I can properly represent them in the House.”No appointment is necessary. Those unable to attend may contact Rep. Muxlow at (517) 373-0835 or via email at PaulMuxlow@house.mi.gov.#####About Rep. Muxlow:State Rep. Paul Muxlow is a second-term lawmaker representing the 83rd House District. The 83rd District includes Burtchville Township, Fort Gratiot Township, Port Huron city and Sanilac County. Muxlow can be reached at (517) 373-0835, via email at PaulMuxlow@house.mi.gov or on his website at www.reppaulmuxlow.com. For additional updates follow House Republicans on Facebook and Twitter.
Concerned parents, public must be able to stop potential changesA group of House lawmakers today condemned a draft policy initiative by the Michigan State Board of Education that could allow students to use any school restroom they choose and allow male students to try out for girls’ sports teams, all while keeping parents in the dark about their children’s everyday activities.“As the parent of a 15-year-old daughter I am outraged at the Michigan Board of Education. This policy is evidence of a government bureaucracy run amok and goes well beyond their scope of educating our children,” said Rep. Lana Theis, R-Brighton. “The board has no business trying to take away parental rights, and this ill-conceived policy would put the health and safety of our children at risk.”Rep. Gary Glenn, R-Midland, said: “This outrageous policy forcing K-12 girls to share their bathrooms, locker rooms, or showers with boys—and hide that bizarre, radical practice from parents—not only violates parental rights but threatens the privacy, security, and comfort of our public school students.“The state board should drop such attempts at radical left-wing schemes and focus its resources and staff time on actually educating students.”The Michigan Board of Education has proposed a State Board of Education “Statement and Guidance on Safe and Supportive Learning Environments for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning Students” that the board is expected to vote on at its May 10 meeting. Public comments are being accepted on the proposal through Monday, April 11.“We strongly encourage all parents and residents of Michigan take time to submit their thoughts to the state board for review,” said Rep. Theis. “It is imperative for parents to let the board know this policy is unacceptable and encourage the board members to reject the proposal.”The board proposes six additional recommendations for schools, which include:Recognizing students by chosen names and corresponding pronouns;Using chosen names on unofficial student records, such as class/team rosters, yearbook and school newspapers/newsletters;Using case-by-case determinations for locker room options;Ensuring school dress codes are gender-neutral without restrictions based on gender identity; andEvaluating all gender-based programs and maintaining only those with clear educational purposes.“As a parent and former foster parent I am committed to protecting my teenage daughter’s safety and privacy,” said Rep. Jim Runestad, R-White Lake. “For safety purposes in public bathrooms, gender should be clearly defined as biological. These considerations are not relevant to career preparation and should not interfere with other children’s privacy rights.”State Rep. Thomas Hooker said: “The American College of Pediatricians recently said that, ‘Conditioning children into believing a lifetime of chemical and surgical impersonation of the opposite sex is normal and healthful is child abuse.’ I, for one, want the MDE’s budget zeroed out until this guidance policy is revoked and an apology issued.”The public can read the draft guidance policy and provide public comment online at the SBE website, www.everyvoicecountsmi.org, or fax public comments to 517-373-1233.Questions and concerns also can be sent to individual legislators at:Lana Theis, 42nd District, LanaTheis@house.mi.govThomas Hooker, 77th District, ThomasHooker@house.mi.govGary Glenn, 98th District, GaryGlenn@house.mi.govJim Runestad, 44th District, JimRunestad@house.mi.govLee Chatfield, 107th District, LeeChatfield@house.mi.govRay Franz, 101st District, RayFranz@house.mi.gov##### Categories: Theis News 23Mar Lawmakers: New state education board LGBTQ policy erodes parental rights
Categories: Runestad News,Runestad Photos 08Sep Rep. Runestad hosts Milford police officer at state Capitol Lt. Michael Lauridsen attends 9/11 Memorial Ceremony with lawmakerState Rep. Jim Runestad, R-White Lake, welcomed Lt. Michael Lauridsen of the Milford Police Department to the Michigan state Capitol for the annual 9/11 Memorial Ceremony hosted by the Michigan House of Representatives on Thursday. The ceremony, held on the House floor, marked the 15th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on America, and also paid recognition by ringing a fire bell for each Michigan military member and first responder who lost their life in the line of duty over the past year.
02May Rep. Rendon discusses protection against elder abuse in long-term care State Rep. Daire Rendon of Lake City last Thursday welcomed representatives from the Michigan Elder Justice Initiative to the Families, Children and Seniors Committee to discuss how the group protects senior citizens against elder abuse.Alison E. Hirschel, director and managing attorney from the Michigan Elder Justice Initiative; Sali Pung, state long-term care ombudsman; and Dan Wojciak, MI Health Link ombudsman, explained that many Michigan families have experienced some type of long-term care issues, personally or within their family. One in 10 Americans age 60 years or older has experienced some form of elder abuse and one in 14 cases of abuse are reported to authorities.“Elder abuse is an enormous problem,” Rendon said. “Abuse can destroy lives and people’s sense of security. There are trusted and confidential resources to protect American citizens and prevent them from becoming victims. Better quality care for Americans results in better quality lives.”The Michigan Elder Justice Initiative is one of several statewide services created by the Michigan Advocacy Program.### Categories: Daire Rendon News
ShareTweetShareEmail0 SharesJanuary 29, 2015; Minneapolis Star TribuneNPQ has reported on the efforts of Carl Malamud, founder of Public.Resource.org, to get the IRS to provide Form 990 information in a format other than the scanned Form 990s posted to GuideStar, ProPublica’s Nonprofits Project, and the Urban Institute’s National Center for Charitable Statistics (NCCS). Limited data from the Form 990, the IRS annual reporting form required of nonprofits, may be downloaded from the IRS website in MS Excel spreadsheet format or the older, fixed-width ASCII format. However, these data sets are not comprehensive and they are difficult to manipulate.The IRS had argued against Malamud’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, saying that the scanned Form 990s were sufficient public disclosure. In addition, it argued that the requirement to issue all data in digital format would represent an unreasonable burden on an agency already underfunded and overworked. Specifically, the IRS expressed concerns about being able to redact confidential taxpayer and donor information from the electronic data without extensive testing. The IRS has in recent years had problems with issuing data CDs that inadvertently disclosed confidential information, as NPQ has covered.The article quotes the judge’s decision:“The wisdom of congressional appropriations is not before me. The fact that an agency may be under significant financial distress because it is underfunded does not excuse an agency’s duty to comply with the FOIA.”Will wider access to electronic Form 990s help or hurt accountability in the nonprofit sector? For GuideStar, it’s both an opportunity and a threat. They’ll be able to crunch the numbers in all kinds of new ways and add to their product/service offerings. GuideStar will need to leverage their market position, however, because others’ access to the data will allow potential competitors to ramp up their own offerings.Access to electronic Form 990 records will also make it less costly for groups like Charity Navigator and the BBB Wise Giving Alliance to compile nonprofit financial and governance information used in their ratings. It may mean they’ll be able to cover more charities and cover charities in a more longitudinal way (as opposed to the “snapshot” approach of a single year’s financials).The major difficulty with electronic records is also true of the scanned documents. When the IRS changes the definitions of the fields and/or the placement of the Form 990 fields from year to year, it makes it tougher to compare one year’s data with another. Academic researchers may or may not be able to compensate for this, but the armchair experts might not realize that the longitudinal (multiple year) files don’t really tell a coherent story. There will be a temptation to just build a huge table and start calculating, resulting in the potential for incorrect conclusions being drawn from hasty analyses.Wider access to, and easier analysis of, Form 990 data makes it all the more important that nonprofit boards and executives ensure that the information they’re providing to the IRS is both complete and accurate—in its specific item-by-item responses as well as in the overall representations of organizational health and activities.—Michael WylandShareTweetShareEmail0 Shares
Norwegian cable operator Get has passed the milestone of 200,000 broadband customers, passing broadband rival NextGenTel to make it the country’s number two broadband provider after Telenor.According to Morten Lynum, product director at Get, over 50% of the company’s broadband customers now take its 20Mbps or higher offerings. Get provides speeds of up to 200Mbps on its network.
Content security specialist Civolution has joined CDN provider Akamai’s NetAlliance partner programme for digital media solution partners. Civolution’s NexGuard pay TV technology will be integrated with the Akamai cloud platform to support over-the-top video content delivery for premium consumer video-on-demand and business-to-business activities.‘’This is about creating value, for the movie and pay TV industries by providing early-window content at a premium rate, and for consumers, who will now be able to access and watch a recently released movie in their home theatre,’’ said Alex Terpstra, CEO, Civolution. “We are very pleased to join Akamai’s NetAlliance partner programme. Our forensic watermarking integration with the Akamai HD Network is an important step toward enabling new offering of premium VOD for OTT delivery.’’
There were 589 million fixed broadband internet subscribers globally at the end of last year, out of 2.26 billion internet users, according to the UN’s latest annual report on broadband, carried out by UNESCO and the ITU.Asia Pacific led the way with 243 million fixed broadband subscriptions, followed by Europe with 160 million and the Americas with 145 million. The CIS had 27 million, the Arab world eight million and Africa one million. By technology, DSL led the way with 60.8%, followed by cable with 19.4%, FTTX with 14.1% and FTTH with 2.6%.There were meanwhile 5.97 billion mobile subscriptions globally, including 1.09 billion mobile broadband subscriptions. Smartphone shipments in 2011 amounted to 491.4 million out of 1.55 billion handset shipments. The UN estimates that one quarter of mobile users will have two or more mobile devices by 2016, up from 8% in 2011.There were 421 million mobile broadband subscribers in Asia Pacific in 2011. Followed by 336 million in Europe, 286 million in the Americas, 42 million in the CIS, 48 million in the Arab states and 31 million in Africa, indicating the strength of mobile in the developing world.English remains the leading language on the internet, accouting for 565 million users, followed by Chinese with 510 million and Spanish with 165 million.
Italian free-to-air digital satellite service TivùSat saw 55,000 new activations in July, taking the total number of active smartcards to almost 1.577 million.Take-up of the service was particularly strong in Sicily, Lombardy, Lazio and Calabria. TivùSat offers 55 digital TV and 40 radio services.
UK broadcaster Channel 4 has launched a Windows 8 app for its 4oD on-demand service.The app enables users to watch shows from Channel 4, E4 and More 4 as well as archive content from the last 30 years. It can be viewed on PC, laptop and tablet.Sarah Rose, director of commercial and business development at Channel 4 said: “This exciting collaboration has seen various teams at Channel 4 and other key stakeholders work closely together to deliver something that not only showcases our leading commercial VOD platform on Windows 8, but also Channel 4’s ability to deliver a complete pioneering commercial solution.”
Channel distributor Thema is providing a range of distribution and playout services for Cape Verde broadcaster Television of Cape Verde (TCV).Under the terms of its deal, Thema is the exclusive distributor of TCV. The company is also providing playout and uplink of TCV to the Eutelsat W2A satellite at 10° East, enabling the broadcaster to reach Cape Verde expatriate audiences in Africa and Europe.Thema said it had initiated commercial negotiations with distribution partners, with upcoming launches of the channel scheduled in Portugal, the main centre for Cape Verde immigrants in Europe.
Nickelodeon UK has partnered with management company and video network Viral Spiral, in a bid to bring viral online videos to the Viacom-owned kids network.The deal will see Viral Spiral shortlist potential clips to be used on Nickelodeon as interstitials, packaged and banded on air as L.Y.P.O. (Laugh Your Pants Off).Nickelodeon is due to launch the clips from this week, with one new video to premiere on the network every week with clips also available on Nick.co.uk.“We know that our kids go online to look for entertaining clips and to share the funniest things that they find with their friends. Through Viral Spiral we hope to bring content that is immediate, relevant and most importantly, hilarious to our audience; adding something unexpected to the Nick schedule,” said Tim Patterson, VP, director of programming, Nickelodeon UK.Viral Spiral exclusively represents, monetises and grows online channels with large followings – including many of the world’s best-known and most shared viral videos. Founder and CEO Damian Collier said: “We’re delighted to announce this project with Nickelodeon which will ensure that Nick remains the talk of the playground, serving up the most-current age-appropriate trending content to its young viewers.”
Jean-Michel HégésippeFrench cable operator Numericable has named Jean-Michel Hégésippe to its administrative council, replacing Marco de Benedetti, who has resigned. The change follows the shareholders agreement between Altice, Cinven and Carlyle struck ahead of Numericable’s IPO, which saw Altice take an additional 5% stake from both Carlyle and Cinven, raising its stake to 40%.Hégésippe is the founder and CEO of Outremer Telecom, an alternative telco offering services in Guadeloupe, Guiana, Martinique, Mayotte and Reunion that was acquired by Altice last year.
The Arab States Broadcasting Union (ASBU) has agreed a multi-year contract for Ku-band capacity on the Eutelsat 21B satellite that provides reach over the Middle East, North Africa and Europe.The ASBU will use the capacity for broadcast content exchanges between member broadcasters in a region extending from Morocco to Bahrain and from the Mediterranean to Yemen, Sudan and Mauritania. It will also use it to extend its footprint into Europe.“Eutelsat 21B with its best coverage both in elevation and performance provides ASBU as a gateway between North Africa, Middle East and Europe to our programme exchange centre in Algiers for distribution,” said ASBU director general, Salaheddine Maaoui.The ASBU includes 30 active broadcaster members and 25 associate members and provides a platform for radio and television exchanges of news, programming and sports across the Arab world.
OTT TV provider Magine has launched its service on Google’s Chromecast HDMI streaming stick in Sweden and Germany.Magine, which offers web delivered TV to phones, tablets, PCs and smart TVs – said that the Chromecast partnership will let viewers easily access its service on TV screens.Chromecast users can now ‘cast’ Magine to their TVs from Magine’s Android or iOS TV app, as well as its web interface from the Chrome browser on Windows.The news comes after Magine announced in September that it was migrating to a full-fledged subscription model in Germany, offering a ‘Magic’ package that includes new content from pay TV partners Sony, Discovery, Turner and Universal.
Duco SickingheDutch telco KPN has named former Telenet CEO Duco Sickinghe as its new chairman.Sickinghe will succeed Jos Streppel on April 15 at the company’s annual general meeting of shareholders, following the termination of the latter’s third and final term in the role.Sickinghe has been a member of KPN’s supervisory board since April last year.He resigned as CEO of Telenet two years ago after Liberty Global moved to take full control of the company but encountered resistance from a number of investors.KPN has also appointed Jolande Sap, currently chair of mental healthcare institution Arkin and a former politician and leader of the GroenLinks party, to its supervisory board, replacing Tini Hooymans.
Mediaset España has partnered with TV app specialist Accedo to launch its recently-released over-the-top (OTT) TV service, Mitele, on Samsung smart TVs.The Samsung deployment will be powered by Accedo’s AppGrid app management solution and is due to launch “ahead of this year’s holiday season” with more device rollouts planned for next year.Mitele went live in Spain on December 3, offering TV series, news and a dedicated channel for reality series Big Brother. The service was designed to compile Mediaset Spain’s most popular TV content in high definition and was developed using the Accedo VIA Development Kit.“It was particularly important to us to launch Mitele on Samsung smart TVs ahead of the holiday season when most people have more time to watch,” said Jorge Martín Ibarra, development director, Mediaset España.
European culture and lifestyle channel, Eurochannel, is now available in the United Arab Emirates through local operator du.Eurochannel is available on du’s English Basic and French Basic packages on channel number 1408.“Eurochannel continues its vast expansion across international borders thanks to the launch of our channel in the Middle East,” said Eurochannel CEO, Gustavo Vainstein.With the launch, Eurochannel claims that its station is now available in 22 million households in 10 languages, offering Eropean movies and TV series.Separately, du announced today that it has entered into long-term partnership with Ericsson, which will manage and operate du’s IT infrastructure.