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.
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).
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.”