“We receive approximately 600,000 visitors to Trinity College per year of which less than 10 per cent are from Australia,” said Paul Corrigan, Retail and Marketing Manger, The Old Library, Trinity College Dublin. “Currently a number of Australian agents aren’t aware of the massive tourism potential associated with the College, which is a challenge we are trying to overcome.” Located in the heart of Dublin City, Trinity College Library Dublin is one of the world’s great research libraries. The College also houses the Book of Kells – a 9th century gospel, revered as a work of art and famous throughout the world – which is on view alongside other important manuscripts in the “Turning Darkness into light” exhibition in the treasury. Visitors are also able to walk through the Old Library, which is the oldest surviving building in Trinity College, built between 1712 and 1732. The main chamber of the Old Library, the Long Room, houses over 200,000 of the library’s oldest books and was said to have inspired George Lucas’ final battle scene in the “Jedi Archives” during the film Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones. Trinity College is open seven days a week and entry tickets are valid for a 24-hour period to ensure that visitors get the most out of their visit as possible. Boasting incredible alumni including Oscar Wilde, Samuel Beckett and Bram Stoker, Trinity College should be included as a ”must see” on the itinerary of all visitors to Dublin. The Long room The book of Kells Source = e-Travel Blackboard: C.F
Scenic is also giving Getaway viewers the opportunity to win a 9 Day Eastern Explorer tour for two departing 18 May 2018, worth over $19,000. Included in the prize is return economy airfares from Australia and all activities, sightseeing and exclusive events. To enter the competition, starting Saturday 1 July, visit getaway.scenic.com.au. Winner will be announced on scenic.com.au on Thursday 20 July 2017.Saturday 1 JulyThe first episode airs on Canada’s 150th Anniversary of Confederation and sees David’s journey begin in Toronto. Here he meets a local guide who shows him the sights, including a visit to the historic Casa Loma and CN Tower where he fearlessly steps out onto EdgeWalk, the world’s highest, full circle, hands free walk, around the Tower’s ledge.Only an hour and a half hour’s drive away is one of the major tourist attractions in the world, the imposing Niagara Falls, with the final stop at Lake Ontario.Saturday 8 JulyWelcome to Ottawa – David visits the country’s bi-lingual capital, a modern city with a French passion, cruising along the river and taking in the city’s landmarks. David stays at the spectacular Fairmont Chateau Laurier, and takes a Scenic Freechoice tour of Byward Market, with guide Stefanie. Next stop is a Scenic Enrich activity, a visit to Parc Oméga – home to bears, wolves, wapitis, red deer and beavers before a night at the marvellous Le Chateau Montebello, exclusive to Scenic guests.Saturday 15 JulyDavid explores Montréal, Canada’s second largest city and the second largest French city in the world, visiting the old town and highlights including the Notre Dame Basilica, Place d’Armes, and the ritzy Fairmont Queen Elizabeth Hotel. (Scenic guests will also stay in the iconic Fairmont Câateau Frontenac, where Franklin D. Roosevelt and Winston Churchill planned D Day during World War II.)Next stop is at Montmorency Falls where the zipline is the main attraction before enjoying authentic, gourmet delicacies on a walking tour of Québec City. CanadacruiseDavid ReyneGetawayRiver cruiseScenic Tune in to Getaway over the next three weeks to watch David Reyne’s adventure through Canada on Scenic’s luxurious Eastern Explorer tour from Toronto to Montreal. The Nine Network will be screening three full half hour episodes on Saturday 1, 8 and 15 July.
Carson Palmer drops back for a pass in the Arizona Cardinals’ 23-20 win against the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday, Nov. 13, 2016. (Associated Press) TEMPE, Ariz. — Among the many people who have been blamed for the Arizona Cardinals’ struggles this season, quarterback Carson Palmer has received more than his fair share.To some degree, it makes sense.The veteran quarterback who produced an MVP-caliber season last year has not come close to replicating the performance that helped guide the Cardinals to the NFC Championship Game and position the team as Super Bowl contenders, and he has given away some crucial turnovers. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires “Coach continues to talk about the Arizona Cardinals beating the Arizona Cardinals, and we can’t continue to let that happen.”The byproduct of the Cardinals beating the Cardinals has been other teams beating up Palmer.In nine games this season (he missed one due to a concussion) this season he has been sacked 30 times, which is five more than he sustained in 16 games last year.For comparison’s sake, Indianapolis’ Andrew Luck, who missed this past Thursday’s game with a concussion, has been sacked 35 times in 10 games, while Cincinnati’s Andy Dalton has been sacked 29 times in 10 games.Not surprisingly, Arians is concerned about the pressure his 36-year-old passer has been under.“Your quarterback gets hit 20 times,” he said. “I don’t care if he’s 25 years old, if he gets hit 25 times during a game, he’s going to get hurt, sooner or later.”Palmer will turn 37 late next month and yet, hit after hit, he has continued to get up and keep fighting. His teammates notice.“Me, it just shows his selflessness,” running back David Johnson said. “It keeps me striving to help him out and keep the pocket clean. It motivates me to keep going even through my bruises and stuff. But if he doesn’t know who is coming or holds onto the ball too long, well, you know what can happen.Unfortunately for the Cardinals, however, there have been multiple times this season where even when Palmer has gotten the pass away, it has hit the turf due to a receiver dropping it or not running the proper route. Both of Palmer’s interceptions against the Vikings — one of which was returned for a touchdown — could be pinned on his wideouts not doing their jobs properly.And if the receivers don’t do what they are supposed to, Palmer is likely to turn the ball over and deal with more hits.“I can only speak for the receivers, and coach (Darryl) Drake talks to us about it all the time, we need to work on our routes better and do certain things so we won’t’ have to put Carson in that predicament,” John Brown said.Fellow receiver Larry Fitzgerald said he did not think there was any extra focus this week in practice based off of what happened in Minnesota, but understood something was off last week.“I think attention to detail in the game wasn’t where it needed to be,” he said. “I don’t know what to attribute to that, I just know we can’t make those type of mistakes. Top Stories For what it’s worth, Palmer said he knows he has been sacked a lot, but that it doesn’t necessarily feel like it. He feels good and is still enjoying the process and work that goes into being an NFL player.So while analysts may be thinking he is about done, be it due to perceived body language or whatever, Palmer was adamant that this season, albeit disappointing up to this point, has not dampened his inner fire.Besides, he still thinks the Cardinals can be a playoff team.“Regardless of what our record is, that doesn’t control how I feel or how I prepare or how I enjoy the game,” he said. “I enjoy the game. Like I said, I cannot wait until Sunday to get past this next step and move on. Regardless of what our wins and losses are, I look forward to the Sundays and look forward to the preparation.”Follow Adam Green on Twitter Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling “Yeah, you’re the bum or the hero, depending on a win or a loss,” Palmer said. “That’s the way the game is played. I learned that in I think fifth grade when I started playing quarterback. That was one of the first things the coach taught us.”Was he actually being called a bum in the fifth grade?“Oh no, always,” Palmer said. “Win or loss, there is always finger pointing, and it’s easy to do that. I got broad shoulders. I’m used to it. I need to play better, there is no doubt about that, and I look forward to playing this Sunday and playing better.”There is a reason why quarterbacks get paid the most money, and Palmer is being rewarded handsomely this season, as he is playing under a contract that has a salary cap hit of more than $18 million. Given that in nine games he has completed 61.5 percent of his passes for 2,642 yards with 13 touchdowns and 10 interceptions, it may seem like a lot. Maybe even too much.That’s certainly a subject that can be debated, but when it comes to the amount of blame Palmer is receiving — especially from fans — Cardinals coach Bruce Arians believes the angst is misguided.“Well they’re wrong on that one,” he said. “The quarterback and head coach usually, or the offensive coordinator, since I’m both of them, we’ll take all the blame. It goes with the territory. But, Carson, he put a lot trust in some guys that haven’t come through for him.” 0 Comments Share “Him being able to do that shows a lot of grit.”That’s not a bad trait to have in a leader.“That’s the type of person Carson is, he’s tough,” Brown said. “But you know, just seeing him back there getting hit like that, I’m thinking we’ve got to push harder, get to our depth faster so we won’t have to put him in that situation.”A veteran of 14 NFL seasons, Palmer’s career is certainly closer to its end than its beginning. His issues this season, both in his play and with the protection (or lack of) he is receiving, has led some analysts and talking heads to believe that he is “not a championship quarterback,” as NFL.com’s Adam Schein opined, or even looks like “he’s about ready to hang e’m up,” as ESPN’s Mark Dominik said.With the extension Palmer signed during training camp, he is under contract through the 2018 season, and the Cardinals have given little indication they are ready to move on from him. However, like Kurt Warner nearly seven years ago, it would not come as a total shock if Palmer walked away from the game before his contract expired.Given the number of hits he has been taking, could you blame him? During his time with the Cardinals, Palmer has never been one to blame his teammates, and that has not changed this season. When asked about his offensive line, he has admitted it’s challenging with many new and inexperienced players being expected to protect him, yet maintained they can get the job done.And when it comes to his receivers, he has expressed nothing but confidence that they are playing well and will start making big plays.But to Arians’ point, while Palmer may not be playing at the level he did last season, few on the offense are, and it’s tough for a quarterback to look like an MVP when the players surrounding him are struggling.Last week against Minnesota, Palmer was under pressure on 27 of his 42 dropbacks, which amounts to nearly 63 percent. He was sacked just four times, but hit 23 times and dropped to the turf 17.“I felt bad for him,” Cardinals offensive coordinator Harold Goodwin said. Goodwin spends much of his time working with the offensive line.“Just from the standpoint of things that we could have done better in my room, we didn’t do a good job.”Goodwin noted there are times where the protection mandates that a rusher will come free, and to that point, there are times where it is up to Palmer to ensure he does not take a hit on a play. If he identifies the right rusher and gets the ball out of his hands quickly, then he should be fine.
12Aug Rep. Chatfield announces August office hours State Rep. Lee Chatfield invites residents of the 107th House District to join him during local office hours for the month of August.“Every month, I look forward to the opportunity to sit down and talk with residents one-on-one to listen and find ways to help people,” said Rep. Chatfield, R-Levering. Since taking office, Rep. Chatfield has held monthly office hours in every county that he represents.His August office hours schedule is:Friday, August 14Emmet CountyGrand Traverse Pie Company316 E. Mitchell St. in Petoskey9-10:30 a.m.Cheboygan CountyChristopher’s Cafe3725 S. Straits Highway in Indian River1-2:30 p.m.Friday, August 21Chippewa CountyShipwreck Grill168 S. Ontario St. in De Tour Village9-10:30 a.m.Mackinac CountyAnchor RestaurantW11623 U.S. 2 in Naubinway1-2:30 p.m.No appointment is necessary and there is no cost to attend. Anyone unable to attend may contact Rep. Chatfield’s office by calling (517) 373-2629, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or through his website at www.RepChatfield.com. Categories: Chatfield News
Categories: News State Rep. Pat Somerville encourages anglers to get out to the nearest lake to participate in Free Fishing Weekend, which will take place on Feb. 13 and 14.Free Fishing Weekend is an event hosted twice each year by Michigan’s Department of Natural Resources – once in February, and again in June. On Feb. 13 and 14, fishermen and women are not required to carry a license while fishing. As most Michigan lakes are frozen solid in February, the winter weekend event is traditionally used for ice fishing.“Michigan has more than 46,000 lakes to choose from,” said Rep. Somerville, R-New Boston. “If you’re looking to enjoy the ‘Pure Michigan’ outdoors this season, dropping a line during Free Fishing Weekend is a great way to do so.”Because Michigan temperatures were generally mild until mid-January, Rep. Somerville encourages anglers to take extra safety precautions when venturing out onto the ice to drop a line.A full listing of current and upcoming Free Fishing Weekend activities can be found online at www.michigan.gov/freefishing.### 01Feb Rep. Somerville encourages local residents to go ice fishing for free
Helen Szelag (center right) and Martin Szelag (far right), mother and brother of fallen firefighter Walter Szelag, and Livonia Fire Chief Shadd Whitehead (far left) join state Rep. Laura Cox (center left) in the Capitol rotunda as her guest during the annual House of Representatives 9/11 Memorial Ceremony. House members invited first responders and members of the military from their communities to be their guests for the service. The ceremony included the ringing of a fire bell for those who died in the line of duty since Sept. 11, 2015 throughout Michigan. “Captain Szelag was a true hero who paid the ultimate sacrifice for the community,” said Rep. Cox, R-Livonia. “I’m so thankful his family and Chief Whitehead could be here with me today to recognize his heroism and the heroism of all other fallen heroes throughout our state.”Rep. Cox (left) talks with Helen Szelag (right) about her son, firefighter Walter Szelag in the Capitol rotunda who was killed in the line of duty earlier this year.Martin Szelag (left) and Helen Szelag (right), brother and mother of firefighter Walter Szelag stand as House members and guests recognize the family members of fallen heroes of the past year during the House’s annual 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony on the House floor Thursday.Rep. Cox reads aloud the name of firefighter Walter Szelag who lost his life in the line of duty earlier this year. Categories: Cox News 08Sep Rep. Cox welcomes family of fallen hero to Capitol for 9/11 ceremony
PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Daire Rendon, of Lake City, hosted Roscommon County Sheriff’s Deputy Jonah Schuette as her guest for the Michigan House’s annual Sept. 11 Memorial Service on Sept. 7 at the Capitol. The ceremony remembers members of the military and first responders from Michigan who died in the line of duty in the past year.##### 11Sep Local first responder joins Rep. Rendon for Sept. 11 ceremony Categories: Daire Rendon News,News
03Nov Rep. Howrylak welcomes Ukrainian community for Holodomor commemoration Categories: Howrylak News Today state Rep. Martin Howrylak and the Ukrainian American community of southeastern Michigan commemorated the Ukrainian famine of 1932-33, known as Holodomor.The special one-hour event took place in the Michigan State Capitol rotunda today. Members of the Legislature and citizens from the Ukrainian community gathered to reflect on the millions of lives lost during the Holodomor.“The people of Michigan value democratic freedoms, human rights and the rule of law,” said Rep. Howrylak, of Troy. “There is no place in this world for the savagery of Soviet communism that was imposed upon its people, including those who were unwillingly made a part of the Soviet Union during the Holodomor.”The term Holodomor is a Ukrainian word that means “extermination by means of starvation,” and refers to the Ukrainian famine and genocide of 1932-1933, when millions of Ukrainians perished under the Soviet government of communist dictator Joseph Stalin. Many survivors of the Holodomor and their descendants reside in Michigan and have contributed to the state’s cultural, economic, political and educational life.“It is important to observe the Holodomor and reflect on its horrific legacy,” said Rep. Howrylak. “I would like to extend my sincere appreciation for the Ukrainian community for organizing this special memorial, which will draw attention to this historic tragedy.”PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Martin Howrylak, center, today welcomed citizens of the Ukrainian American community and Sens. Steve Bieda, third from right, and Mike Kowall, second from right, to the Capitol for a special event commemorating Holodomor.
State Rep. Gary Glenn, of Williams Twp., whose son graduated and played football at Bay City Western High School in Auburn, today said he will work to kill a state Senate bill introduced last month that threatens to reduce state funding to Bay City Public Schools unless Western sports teams abandon their Native American-based “Warrior” mascot.Western High School fight song and imagery, long on display in the gymnasium, honoring the Warrior spirit. The bill, introduced Nov. 2 by a Democratic senator from Detroit, would reduce state funding to any school district that allows a school to maintain a sports mascot or logo deemed “race and ethnicity-based.”“This politically correct waste of time in Lansing is a good argument for a part-time Legislature,” Glenn said. “Trying to force Western to abandon its long-held tradition of honoring the Warrior spirit, and threatening to cut school funding if we refuse to capitulate to liberals’ ‘identity politics’ agenda, is not the proper role of state government. We should continue to urge our young people, as Western does, to have a Warrior mentality as they face the challenges of life, not an attitude of victimhood, and in the end, what we call our local sports teams in Auburn is our business, not Detroit’s or Lansing’s.”“When my son played ball at Western, the Warrior mascot was an honored inspiration to student athletes to emulate the fighting spirit and pride of the native peoples of Michigan,” Glenn said. “In that same spirit, I will work to preserve Western’s tradition of respect and honor and protect the authority of local school board members, administrators, and parents to make such decisions.“I assure families and students at Western that as a proud Warrior dad, I will work to ensure that this threat to funding for Bay City schools does not become law,” Glenn said.Rep. Gary Glenn, R-Williams Twp., left, and son, a former Western Warrior football player. Glenn’s son, now 27, played football at Western High School during the 2008 and 2009 seasons, graduating in 2010. He was also involved in computer technology competitions at the Bay Arenac Career Center and is now a senior rocket instrumentation technician in the aerospace industry.Glenn noted that previous attempts to force Michigan schools to change Native American-based mascots have been dismissed by the U.S. Department of Education and the state Attorney General.Senate Bill 646, introduced by state Sen. Ian Conyers, D-Detroit, has been assigned to the Senate Education Committee. Should the legislation be approved by that committee and the Senate, it would advance to the House where Glenn, who serves as Associate Speaker of the House Pro Tem and chairman of the House Energy Policy Committee, promises to fight it.##### 01Dec Rep. Glenn pledges to fight bill threatening Bay City Western Warrior mascot Categories: News
State Rep. Jeff Noble today voted to relieve the economic hardship of driver responsibility fees for Michigan families and forgive outstanding debt resulting from the fees.Noble, of Northville, said when the fees were enacted in 2003, a past administration did so under the guise of improving the driving skills of people who committed traffic infractions.“Driver responsibility fees did nothing to improve skills, but did plug a hole in the state budget created by reckless spending, which was the true need for the money,” Noble said. “It’s a shame that hundreds of thousands of Michigan residents have carried the financial burden of that decision, often losing their jobs and depending on public assistance because they could not get to their workplaces.”Noble said debt forgiveness is a key element of the legislation, wiping the slate clean for families and giving them a fresh start.The legislation also creates a grace period from enactment of the bill thorough Dec. 31 that enables them to get their driver’s licenses back without paying a $125 restoration fee. People on monthly payment plans will receive immediate forgiveness, and others may participate in workplace development training programs to regain their driver’s licenses prior to Oct. 1.The bills now go to the governor for consideration.##### 14Feb Rep. Noble votes for bipartisan legislation to end driver responsibility fees Categories: News,Noble News
State Rep. Ryan Berman of Commerce Township and Speaker Lee Chatfield welcomed Braden DiMarco to the state Capitol Wednesday. Rep. Berman invited the student to job-shadow him during the day after he expressed interest in learning more about the legislative process. Braden took part in meetings in the lawmaker’s office, watched state House committee meetings in the morning and sat with Rep. Berman on the House floor while legislators conducted business. Categories: Berman News,Berman Photos 14Mar Rep. Berman invites local student to Capitol
ShareTweetShareEmail0 SharesApril 3, 2014; MozillaEarlier this week, NPQ published a newswire about the fact that co-founder and new CEO of Mozilla Brendan Eich was under fire for having made a donation to Prop 8, the California campaign opposing same-sex marriage. But what made this story unusual is that the pressure was in large part being organized by another for-profit corporation: the dating site OkCupid, which urged visitors to their site not to access it with Mozilla’s Firefox browser.Yesterday, Eich gave an interview with C-NET, saying, “Without getting into my personal beliefs, which I separate from my Mozilla work—when people learned of the donation, they felt pain. I saw that in friends’ eyes, [friends] who are LGBT [lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender]. I saw that in 2012. I am sorry for causing that pain.”Today, Mozilla announced that Eich had resigned from the position of CEO. The company issued an interesting statement about the need to attend both to freedom of speech and equality. Below, we reprint that statement in full.Mozilla prides itself on being held to a different standard and, this past week, we didn’t live up to it. We know why people are hurt and angry, and they are right: it’s because we haven’t stayed true to ourselves.We didn’t act like you’d expect Mozilla to act. We didn’t move fast enough to engage with people once the controversy started. We’re sorry. We must do better.Brendan Eich has chosen to step down from his role as CEO. He’s made this decision for Mozilla and our community.Mozilla believes both in equality and freedom of speech. Equality is necessary for meaningful speech. And you need free speech to fight for equality. Figuring out how to stand for both at the same time can be hard.Our organizational culture reflects diversity and inclusiveness. We welcome contributions from everyone regardless of age, culture, ethnicity, gender, gender-identity, language, race, sexual orientation, geographical location and religious views. Mozilla supports equality for all.We have employees with a wide diversity of views. Our culture of openness extends to encouraging staff and community to share their beliefs and opinions in public. This is meant to distinguish Mozilla from most organizations and hold us to a higher standard. But this time we failed to listen, to engage, and to be guided by our community.While painful, the events of the last week show exactly why we need the web. So all of us can engage freely in the tough conversations we need to make the world better.We need to put our focus back on protecting that Web. And doing so in a way that will make you proud to support Mozilla.What’s next for Mozilla’s leadership is still being discussed. We want to be open about where we are in deciding the future of the organization and will have more information next week. However, our mission will always be to make the Web more open so that humanity is stronger, more inclusive and more just: that’s what it means to protect the open Web.We will emerge from this with a renewed understanding and humility — our large, global, and diverse community is what makes Mozilla special, and what will help us fulfill our mission. We are stronger with you involved.Thank you for sticking with us.—Ruth McCambridgeShareTweetShareEmail0 Shares
Share68TweetShareEmail68 SharesOctober 29, 2018; The New YorkerVoter suppression is reemerging in the 2018 midterm elections.In the New Yorker, Jelani Cobb recounts a joke common among Blacks in the Jim Crow era, which appears to be relevant today:A Black Harvard professor…moves to the Deep South and tries to register to vote. A white clerk tells him that he will first have to read aloud a paragraph from the Constitution. When he easily does so, the clerk says that he will also have to read and translate a section written in Spanish. Again he complies. The clerk then demands that he read sections in French, German, and Russian, all of which he happens to speak fluently. Finally, the clerk shows him a passage in Arabic. The professor looks at it and says, “My Arabic is rusty, but I believe this translates to ‘Negroes cannot vote in this county.’”Fast forward to Georgia in 2018, when 40 Black senior citizens were told to get off a bus that was taking them to a poll station to cast early votes. Plus, Brian Kemp, Georgia’s Secretary of State and election chief, has invoked the “exact-match” law to suspend 53,000 voter-registration applications for infractions as minor as missing a hyphen from a surname. Black people make up 32 percent of the state’s population, but they represent nearly 70 percent of the suspended applications. Did we mention that Kemp is the Republican candidate for Georgia’s governor? He is running against Stacey Abrams, who, if elected, would be the first Black woman governor in the country.More recently, Georgia voters have alerted the NAACP to irregularities with voting machines across the state, including vote-switching and touchscreen malfunctions. The NAACP “has filed complaints with the state board of elections for possible voter suppression tactics,” writes Michael Harriot. “Early voters and eyewitnesses in Bartow, Cobb, Henry, and Dodge County have notified the civil rights organization of the defective machines.”There have been cases in which individuals tried to vote for gubernatorial candidate, Stacey Abrams, but the machine switched their vote to Brian Kemp. (Texas voters have also raised concerns about their machines switching votes.) There have also been cases of machines spitting out ballot cards. Khyla D. Craine, the NAACP’s assistant general counsel, told The Root, “these machines are old but it’s incumbent upon the people running the election to ensure that machines are fully functional.” The voting machines are 17 years old, running obsolete software, and Georgia “is one of five U.S. states whose voting machines have no paper trail, making them the most vulnerable to hacking,” writes Harriot.Robert DeMillo, Distinguished Professor of Computing at Georgia Tech University, former Chief Technology Officer at Hewlett Packard, and one of the most respected elections systems experts, told The Root, “unauditable systems such as Georgia’s pose a very real threat to voting security.” DeMillo explained “that an auditable paper trail was necessary because if the server, vote talliers or voting machine software were ever compromised, the only way to detect it would be to compare the data with actual paper ballots.”Another expert, Alex Halderman, gathered the press for a demonstration earlier this year. Halderman wrote a program on a memory card, inserted it into a voting machine, and voted four times—twice for George Washington and twice for Benedict Arnold. The machine accepted the votes as it normally would, but when it counted the votes, it counted three votes for Benedict Arnold. Halderman hacked the imaginary election in Georgia on the same machines that the NAACP has received complaints about. “We are demanding that the Secretary of State ensure that machines are fully functional,” said Craine.As you prepare to vote in this mid-term election, remember these key tips provided by Craine:Be sure that the machine accepts your card and that it is inserted correctly.Make sure that the touchscreen records the candidate for which you voted.Carefully review all of your choices on the final confirmation screen before you finalize your vote.If the voting machine malfunctions, ask for another machine and make sure the poll workers take that machine offline.If you have any trouble call 866-OUR-VOTE (866-687-8683) to notify the nonpartisan Election Protection coalition.Some may say that all of this sounds like wild speculation, but as DeMillo notes, “the reason for the wild speculations is because the people responsible for finding out if election tampering is going on aren’t interested in doing so,” especially when that responsible party is busy being a candidate in the biggest gubernatorial race in the country.—Diandria BarberShare68TweetShareEmail68 Shares
UK cable operator Virgin Media has signed up 222,000 customers to its TiVo service to date. The news came as the operator reported a solid third quarter performance.Virgin Media had signed up 162,900 TiVo customers by the end of the third quarter, including 127,200 net additions, around a third of which were new to Virgin Media.The operator also reported growth of 178,300 customers for its superfast broadband services, with 54% of new subscribers taking 30Mbps or above. Some 26% of the company’s broadband customer base now take speeds of 20Mbps or higher.Net cable customer additions for the quarter numbered 6,300. Cable ARPU was up 3.2% to £47.86 (€55). The company said that, although churn was up slightly, the value and mix of its customer base was continuing to improveVirgin Media’s cable customer base now numbers 4.79 million, including 3.762 million TV customers, down 5,700 quarter-on-quarter – which the company said was due to churn amongst those in the lowest paying tier – and 4.073 million broadband customers, up 19,100. The company’s fixed telephony base fell by 13,300 while mobile contract customers grew by 74,800.Total revenue for the quarter was £1 billion, up from £978.4 million for the same period last year. Operating income was £128.4 million, up from £101.7 million.
UK broadcaster Channel 4 is launching a new channel programmed with content it has aired over the previous seven days. 4seven will launch later this year, Channel 4 chief executive David Abrahams said at the FT Digital Media Conference in London.The channel will be the first new service from Channel 4 since 2005. It already operates an online catch-up service, 4oD, but said 4seven will allow viewers to catch up using their remote control rather than going online. The channel will launch on DTT service Freeview, cable service Virgin Media and satellite service BSkyB.“With so much choice out there, viewers are increasingly saying they sometimes just miss the best stuff, despite their PVR and VOD,” Abrahams said. “4seven will give viewers more chances to catch the most popular and talked about Channel 4 shows from the last seven days.”The broadcaster said the channel will be programmed with “content that is creating noise – amongst social media, bloggers, commentators and of course via contact our viewers have directly with us.”
Russian telco ER Telecom has added Indian entertainment channel Zee TV to its TV line up.The channel offers a mix of Bollywood movies, music, news, drama, lifestyle and entertainment programming. It is now available in ER Telecom’s basic cable package in 30 cities.Zee TV airs in 167 countries to over 500 million homes.
John Malone’s Liberty Media is reportedly close to acquiring a 25% stake in US cable company Charter Communications. According to a Wall Street Journal report, Liberty Media is due to pay around US$2.5 billion (€1.93 billion) and is expected to acquire the stake from a group of private equity firms, including Apollo Global Management and Oaktree Capital Management.Charter claims to be the fourth largest cable operator in the US with some 5.2 million customers across 25 states and the deal would see Malone move back into the US cable operator space, having previously sold Tele-Communications Inc. to AT&T in 1999.Liberty Media owns minority investments in Time Warner and Viacom and has holdings in a number of other firms. Company chairman, Malone, is also chairman of the board of Liberty Global, the European cable operator that earlier this year agreed to buy UK cable company Virgin Media for US$23.3 billion (€17.9 billion).
Najafi Companies-owned Cinram has acquired video delivery technology specialist Saffron Digital for US$47 million (€36 million) from HTC.Toronto-based Cinram is one of the largest global manufacturers and distributors of Blu-rays, DVDs and CDs. Cinram, acquired by Najafi Companies earlier this year, also provides digital and creative services through its Los Angeles-based digital media agency, 1K Studios.“Saffron Digital is an ideal partner to add to our Cinram portfolio,” said Najafi Companies CEO Jahm Najafi. “Its cloud-based digital content delivery and usage is industry-leading and adds further depth to our entertainment related investments and holdings.”“We are excited to welcome Saffron Digital into the Cinram group of companies,” said Cinram CEO Steve Brown. “In the field of Digital Rights Management, Saffron Digital has led the way, delivering a superior viewing experience across the spectrum of online devices. This acquisition enables Cinram to build on its reputation as a complete end-to-end supply chain provider to the entertainment industry within the digital, as well as physical space.”
Finland’s DNA has launched a TV everywhere service on its cable network Welho.The DNA Welho Viihde service enables the use of entertainment services no matter the time, place or terminal device, the company said.The service includes the Videovuokraamo video-on-demand service, MatkaTV mobile television service, an HD DVB set-top box and a TV card.DNA Welho Viihde will be offered nationwide. The TV channels are delivered to the user via DNA’s cable and terrestrial television networks, and the Viihde service can be supplemented by an ultra-fast DNA Welho fixed broadband connection, up to 350 Mbps.The service will include the MTV Total pay TV service from commercial broadcaster MTV.DNA’s video-on-demand catch-up service Videovuokraamo has also been opened as part of the DNA Welho Viihde package.“We wish to offer our customers the latest entertainment services in terms of both connections and content. Content is no longer tied to time, place or terminal device, and this new service package represents a significant step for us on that path,” says DNA’s Director of Television Business Mikko Saarentaus.The service has been enabled by technology from SeaChange.
UK video-on-demand regulator ATVOD has frozen the fees paid by UK on-demand operators to the regulator this year after three consecutive years in which average fees have fallen.The Ofcom-approved tariff will sees fees frozen at the level of £91-£96 (€113-€119) for non-commercial service providers, and £137-145 and £183-£193 for commercial operators with turnover below £50,000 and £100,000 respectively.For other operators a three-band standard tariff will be set at rates of £732-£771, £4,740-£6,151, and £9,480-£12,302, depending on the turnover of the individual service provider. There will be a cap of £25,000 on total fees paid by any single provider.“The proposals we set out in the consultation took account of the work we had done in partnership with the industry through a joint working party and were endorsed by the majority of respondents,” said ATVOD CEO Pete Johnson.“We are very pleased to be able to freeze fees after three consecutive years in which average fees have fallen. The outcome demonstrates the effective operation of a co-regulatory arrangement which allows statutory rules to be rigorously enforced in a manner which minimises the impact on compliant services.”