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first_imgArizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians, right, wearing an Eric Berry t-shirt, greets Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid prior to an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York) The Arizona Cardinals opening the preseason by hosting the Kansas City Chiefs will satisfy fans by ending a summer without football, but at the end of the day, preseason football lends little evidence of how the team will look come Week 1.Quarterback Carson Palmer taking one series of snaps, after recovering from his second ACL tear, will be significant within itself. Yet, there’s a more significant comeback leading the shortlist of storylines on Saturday night. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Here’s more on that and a few other observations we can glean from in the Cards’ preseason opener.Eric Berry is playing football againGet your tissues ready. Chiefs’ safety Eric Berry will play in a game for the first time since beating Hodgkin’s lymphoma.Fittingly, the Cardinals honored Berry’s battle last year when they played Kansas City.Last Dec #KCvsAZ gm Eric Berry was on every1’s mind as he battled cancer. Tonight he’ll be on field playing pic.twitter.com/obiwLnZQuF— Mark Dalton (@CardsMarkD) August 15, 2015Young receivers step into the spotlightReceiver Michael Floyd’s hand injury opened the door. Alongside Larry Fitzgerald, rookie J.J. Nelson and his 4.28-second 40-yard dash capabilities could be teamed with John Brown — the second-year receiver is said to have improved greatly since last season — to give Arizona two small but speedy options at Palmer’s disposal. Third-year receiver Jaron Brown, who had 22 receptions for 229 yards last season, could also use the opportunity to catch head coach Bruce Arians’ eye.And the tight end position will likewise be something to watch. Will the inexperienced Ifeanyi Momah and Jermaine Gresham become frequent, reliable targets for Palmer while supplementing blocking package tight end Darren Fells? 0 Comments   Share   Still, there will be times when a base defensive look will be needed. With Sean Weatherspoon out of the game, Kevin Minter, Glenn Carson and Kenny Demens have a chance to make their move at a position that may cause worry.Time6 p.m. MSTTVABC 15RadioArizona Sports 98.7 Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories Punters are people tooApparently, punter Dave Zastudil doesn’t have a lock on his job. Bruce Arians indicated that Drew Butler is challenging the 14-year NFL veteran, though it’ll be Zastudil who first can make his case for winning the job on Saturday. The two will alternate preseason games.Offensive line depthBetween starting right tackle Bobby Massie’s DUI arrest that led to a suspension, to the team’s quest to find a capable starting center, there’s a lot of complexity to how the Cardinals’ offensive line looks come the regular season. In any case, depth will provide options and Arizona hopes it has that. Improvement from guard Jonathan Cooper, the team’s 2013 first-round pick, and inspired play from rookie right tackle D.J. Humphries, who earned a not-so-great nickname, would be positive signs.Defensive strengths and weaknessesIt would appear that the Cardinals’ defensive backfield is in fine shape. Patrick Peterson is healthy after battling blood sugar issues last year, and Tyrann Mathieu has recovered well enough to become a playmaker thus far in practices. It’s a deep group, enough to where one wonders if Arians will be more willing to roll with nickel and dime looks (More Deone Bucannon at linebacker, anybody?).last_img read more

Carrie Bradshaw The Dude to star in Super Bowl

first_imgCarrie Bradshaw, ‘The Dude’ to star in Super Bowl commercial LOS ANGELES — Sarah Jessica Parker and Jeff Bridges are bringing a couple of famed characters back to life for a charity in a new Super Bowl commercial.Parker will reprise her “Sex and the City” Carrie Bradshaw role and Bridges will appear as “The Dude” in a Stella Artois commercial to raise money to combat water shortage. The 45-second ad launches Monday and will be televised during Super Bowl 53 on Feb. 3.“There will be a lot of men drinking during the Super Bowl, so why not buy some beer that’ll do some good for the planet and the world,” Bridges said in an interview with The Associated Press before shooting the ad.The “Pour It Forward” campaign is an initiative between the beer brand and Water.org, co-founded by actor Matt Damon. Both will donate between one to 12 months of clean water to someone in an underdeveloped country based on the amount of Stella Artois packs bought.Bridges said there’s a “tremendous need” for the initiative, while Parker called the campaign an “important and potentially impactful effort.”Parker starred as the fashionable Bradshaw on the hit television series “Sex in the City.” Bridges is known as the nonchalant, knit-sweater-wearing character Jeffrey “The Dude” from the cult classic film “The Big Lebowski.”Parker said she and Bridges enjoyed having their characters meet up.In the commercial, the two separately order the beer instead of their favourite drink and end up sitting next to each other. Bradshaw prefers a Cosmopolitan cocktail, while The Dude’s usual is a White Russian cocktail.“I really like the way they created this world,” said Parker, who said she doesn’t expect to play Bradshaw in “Sex and the City” anytime soon. “It’s allowing this sort of a familiarity. People associate those characters without us literally playing them.”___Online:www.StellaArtois.com/waterwww.water.org___Follow AP Entertainment Writer Jonathan Landrum Jr. on Twitter: http://twitter.com/MrLandrum31Jonathan Landrum Jr., The Associated Press by Jonathan Landrum Jr., The Associated Press Posted Jan 28, 2019 8:21 am PDTcenter_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more

Nesbitt discusses energy plan before House committee highlights adaptability reliability

first_img Categories: News 11Mar Nesbitt discusses energy plan before House committee, highlights adaptability, reliability   Members of the House Energy Policy Committee today heard the specifics of a comprehensive energy package unveiled last week by Rep. Aric Nesbitt, which aims to give Michigan more control over its energy future by focusing on adaptability at a time of increasing federal mandates.Rep. Nesbitt, who chairs the House Energy Policy Committee and serves as House Majority Floor Leader, said the bills will have Michigan take a holistic approach that will spur investment in 21st century energy production, while focusing on the elements of cost-effectiveness, cleaner standards, and reliability.“With several coal-fired plants schedule for closing over the next few years, we need to make sure that Michigan has an environment where investments in new generation and energy efficiency continue, while assuring ratepayers are being provided the best value possible,” Rep. Nesbitt said. “Our policy needs to be adaptable and take a Michigan approach to Michigan issues, giving us the ability to effectively respond to burdensome federal regulations and fluctuations in the electric market.”Nesbitt further stated, “A new approach to Integrated Resource Plans (IRP) will allow us to take a broader view of our goals for cleaner energy, reliability, and cost-effectiveness, rather than maintain the plans of the past that created unnecessary fees, burdensome regulations, and special carve-outs that picked winners and losers.”The House Energy Policy Committee will continue to hold open hearings during the next few months to hear from residents, stakeholders and industry experts as these bills continued to be studied and discussed.last_img read more

Rep Canfield presents Juniata Township clerk Thomas Hile with special tribute

first_img Categories: Canfield News,Canfield Photos State Rep. Edward Canfield, R-Sebewaing, (right) presents Thomas Hile of Tuscola County with a State of Michigan Tribute thanking him for his 35 years of service as the Juniata Township clerk. The special tribute—signed by Rep. Canfield, Sen. Mike Green, Gov. Rick Snyder and Lt. Gov. Brian Calley—was presented to Hile at the Juniata Township meeting on Monday, April 13. Hile was appointed township clerk on April 14, 1980 and plans to resign April 30, 2015, after serving the community for 35 years and 16 days.From left: Rep. Edward Canfield, R-Sebewaing, Thomas Hile and Jim Mcloskey, Sen. Mike Green’s in-district representative. 15Apr Rep. Canfield presents Juniata Township clerk, Thomas Hile with special tributelast_img read more

House votes for Farrington plan to protect children from child pornography

first_img24May House votes for Farrington plan to protect children from child pornography Categories: Diana Farrington News,News Bipartisan legislation approved, sets reform to stop sexual assaultsThe state House today overwhelmingly approved Rep. Diana Farrington’s plan to increase penalties for possession of child pornography.Under her legislation, the criminal penalty for possession of over 100 images will be up to 10 years in prison and a $50,000 fine, while also setting longer sentences for the distribution and production of child pornography. Repeat offenders face a mandatory minimum five-year prison sentence.“Child pornography is the lowest of the low, subjecting children to abusive and disgusting acts,” said Farrington, of Utica. “Children are the victims from this filth. We must do better in Michigan to not only protect children from physical- and sexual-based abuse, but also material that depicts it.  This bill takes a stronger stand against any possession, distribution and even financing of images or video involving this abuse.”Farrington’s legislation is part of a 28-bill bipartisan package approved by the House to increase protections to Michigan’s residents in the wake of the Larry Nassar sex abuse scandal.“This plan will make it virtually impossible for sexual predators to exist in Michigan,” Farrington said. “The legislation went through six weeks of hearings, with testimony from dozens of professionals, parents and organizations and not one individual spoke against my bill.  We are setting a higher standard of protecting our children, from K-12 through college, while strengthening punishments against anyone who victimizes children.”House Bill 5661 advances to the Senate for its consideration.#####last_img read more

Reps Hoitenga Wentworth tout Osceola County grant

first_img Categories: Hoitenga News,News,Wentworth News 19Jul Reps. Hoitenga, Wentworth tout Osceola County grant Productive reuse of property can grow, sustain areas of Northern MichiganState Reps. Michele Hoitenga, of Manton, and Jason Wentworth, of Clare, today announced the future implementation of an $83,000 Brownfield Redevelopment grant for Osceola County.The grants, provided by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, help to evaluate sites around the state for potential contamination – referred to as ‘brownfields’ for being vacant or abandoned while their environmental status is in question. If a property is assessed and cleared, it can be developed on while using existing infrastructure in some cases.Approved in June, the Osceola County project will look at whether dry cleaning and truck maintenance resulted in environmental contamination of properties located in Evart, Marion and Reed City.“When brownfields can be redeveloped and that reassurance is there for an investing party, the property values for that site increase as well as for properties around it,” said Hoitenga. “This helps bring back areas of the county that may have experienced setbacks in economic activity due to contamination or pollution. I will continue my fight to help bring new businesses and quality jobs to Northern Michigan.”“This is a program that has created nearly 30,000 jobs over its lifespan,” Wentworth said of the Brownfield project. “This awarded funding is outstanding for the economies of our Northern Michigan communities while we work to improve and safeguard areas around our region’s vital natural resources.”last_img read more

IPTV World Forum exhibitor Intel has unveiled a n

first_imgIP&TV World Forum exhibitor Intel has unveiled a new chipset for next-generation set-top boxes and gateways, the Atom CE5300 media processor.The company said that the chipset, codenamed Berryville, would allow devices including the new Amino Freedom Live media gateway to deliver content seamlessly to TVs, smartphones and tablets around the home.The new platform is designed to deliver 3D graphics capabilities, improved search, downloadable apps and new services including gaming, home security and home automation.The chipset is Intel’s fourth-generation SoC and its first 32nm part for the service provider market that features a dual Intel Atom core with support for hyperthreading and virtualisation, a 3D/2D graphics engine, integrated power management and an H.264 B-picture hardware encoder.Despite winding down its retail digital TV business last year, the company said its new service provider division was continuing to target the smart TV market through solutions for service providers including Comcast, Free, Liberty Global/UPC, Bouygues Telecom, Numericable and Telecom Italia.last_img read more

US retail giant WalMart yesterday launched a disc

first_imgUS retail giant Wal-Mart yesterday launched a disc-to-digital movie store conversion programme, enabling owners of DVDs to go into Wal-Mart stores and exchange them for cloud-based digital assets that will enable them to view their content on multiple devices.Customers of the service must have an account with Vudu.com, Wal-Mart’s digital content delivery platform, and UltraViolet, the cloud-based digital locker initiative supported by the majority of Hollywood studios.Wal-Mart’s ‘disc-to-digital’ launch follows that of TV manufacturer Samsung in March. The latter launched a similar service in partnership with Flixster and technology company Rovi.last_img read more

AE Networks UK the joint venture between AE Net

first_imgA+E Networks UK, the joint venture between A+E Networks and BSkyB, has named Caroline Casey in the new role of director of digital media.Casey will be responsible for the management of all digital assets and associated brands of A+E Networks UK across the UK, eastern Europe, the Middle East and sub-Saharan Africa. She will be charged with creating and developing an integrated digital media strategy across online, mobile, connected TV and social media for the company’s four channel brands History, H2, Crime & Investigation Network and Bio.Before joining A+E Networks UK Casey was founder and CEO of strategic consultancy company CC Digital Ltd, where she advised companies on digital strategy and trends. Previously she worked at Turner Broadcasting joint venture TurnOut Ventures as executive director, developing new and emerging online businesses and at Turner Broadcasting as EMEA director of digital development across all Turner entertainment brand websites and digital products.last_img read more

Internet media platform Blinkx has partnered with

first_imgInternet media platform Blinkx has partnered with web video producer REV New Media to add sports and cooking clips. The two channels – sports channel The Fumble and recipe channel The Savory – are available now on Blinkx, with the firm due to share ad revenue with REV.“Sports and recipe clips are consistently popular on blinkx, particularly throughout the football and food-heavy holiday season. This partnership with REV New Media, a producer of high-quality content for a wide array of lifestyles and interests, allows us to provide our users with expert and up-to-date videos, whether they’re happiest courtside or in the kitchen,” said Blinkx senior vice-president and chief marketing officer, Dan Slivjanovski.last_img read more

Universal Electronics will be exhibiting at IBC on

first_imgUniversal Electronics will be exhibiting at IBC on stand 1.C41 Remote control provider Universal Electronics will use IBC to highlight new innovations in remote control set-up and home entertainment control. The company will showcase the latest release of QuickSet now includes full compatibility with the RDK initiative, the pre-integrated software bundle that provides a common framework for powering customer-premises equipment from TV service providers, including set-top boxes, gateways, and converged devices.UEI Quickset includes automated set-up using HDMI-based connections to automatically identify the device brand and model number of connected displays without requiring user input, automated device detection and IR control of IP-connected devices and cloud-based services to ensure access to a real-time device code database that is continuously updated with the latest control codes for the newest devices on the market.Universal Electronics will also highlight Control Plus, designed to enable home entertainment set-up ad control across all AV devices. According to the company it addresses the most common consumer challenges in universal AV control such as mode confusion on the remote control, and switching to the right input.Features include automated set-up and detection of most IP and HDMI-connected devices, dynamic key mapping to automatically map remote buttons to the right functions based on the active content source device, a one touch view, an automatically generated macro button to send the right commands to get users to their chosen content, and smart device integration that automatically sends system control settings for universal control to compatible second screen apps.Universal Electronics will highlight its latest demonstration platform, UEI Evoke, at the show, encompassing touch navigation and voice content search. Demo highlights include high-resolution touchpad navigation of an onscreen UI, user independent voice-driven content search, the use of Bluetooth Smart RF technology for bi-directional connection with the set-top box and the UEI Universal Application Protocol Interface (UAPI) that the company says is optimised for supporting advance control commands.last_img read more

Arkadiy Kanyuka Ukrainian OTT provider DivanTV is

first_imgArkadiy KanyukaUkrainian OTT provider Divan.TV is to expand its service internationally this year after reaching financial break-even last year. However, the company suffered a setback in the Ukrainian market last week when a court ruled it was retransmitting content illegally. The company’s new executive director, Arkadiy Kanyuka, said Divan.TV plans to expand its business internationally, targeting Russian and Ukrainian speakers outside those two countries.“Regarding our plans for 2015 we plan to scale our business going internationally with the focus on Ukrainian- and Russian speaking audience outside of Ukraine and Russia. We see untapped markеt  there, that`s why we are looking forward for partnership with local ISP`s and Cable companies in USA and Europe to upsale their current and future clients with our offering in bundle with their core service,” said Kanyuka.Divan.TV said it reached financial break-even in the fourth quarter of last year and is growing revenue by 15-20% a month.Divan.TV reported 700,000 registered users at the end of the fourth quarter, up 180% year-on-year, with revenue growing by 130% over the year.The company, which recently struck a strategic partnership with LG and launched an app on the Philips smart TV platform, said that over seven in 10 users accessed the service via smart TV.Divan.TV has also recently launched version 2.0 of its interface on Samsung, LG and Philips smart TVs and set-tops from Duna, iNext and Aura.The company said its Android and iOS apps had been downloaded 100,000 times.Despite its success, the company suffered a setback in Ukraine last week when an appeal court ruled it had no right to retransmit other broadcasters’ content without permission.On February 4 the Kyiv Economic Court of Appeal dismissed an appeal by Divan.TV over a December ruling on the retransmission case.Divan.TV had launched a legal action against national commercial broadcaster Media Group Ukraine to force it to provide access to its channels for retransmission without payment.last_img

YouTube is launching a new app and website dedicat

first_imgYouTube is launching a new app and website dedicated to video game-related content, in a move that will see it take on Amazon-owned gaming site Twitch.YouTube Gaming will launch this summer in the UK and US, will feature game-related videos and live streams of users playing video games, and marks an attempt by YouTube to establish “the biggest community of gamers on the web.”“YouTube Gaming is built to be all about your favourite games and gamers, with more videos than anywhere else,” said YouTube in a blog post announcing the launch.“From Asteroids to Zelda, more than 25,000 games will each have their own page, a single place for all the best videos and live streams about that title. You’ll also find channels from a wide array of game publishers and YouTube creators.”Users will be able to add games they are interested in to their collection to see the latest videos relating to that title, or subscribe to channels to get live gameplay alerts.YouTube said live streams will be “front-and-centre” on the YouTube Gaming homepage and that it will launch an “improved live experience” in the coming weeks to make it simpler to broadcast gameplay to YouTube.“On top of existing features like high frame rate streaming at 60fps, DVR, and automatically converting your stream into a YouTube video, we’re redesigning our system so that you no longer need to schedule a live event ahead of time. We’re also creating single link you can share for all your streams,” said YouTube.The gaming site launch comes after Amazon agreed to buy Twitch – a rival video platform and community for videogame enthusiasts – for US$970 million (€860 million) last August. Reports at the time indicated that Amazon clinched the deal over rival bidder YouTube, which was also said to have been prepared to spend close to US$1 billion on the site.Games-related content already ranks among the most popular categories of videos on YouTube, with popular gamer PewDiePie alone accounting for 37.2 million subscribers and 9.12 billion video views to date.last_img read more

Western Balkans pay TV operator United Groupowned

first_imgWestern Balkans pay TV operator United Group-owned United Media has acquired Fight Channel, the combat sports channel for the region operated by Fight Channel Group.Fight Channel offers a range of mixed martial arts sports, kickboxing and boxing. Its content includes live and archive events of UFC, Bellator, Glory and other fighting brands. In addition to international events, Fight Channel promotes local and regional fighting sports scene and also airs documentaries.The group will continue to operate its international HD channel, Fight Channel World HD and organise Final Fight Championship events in Europe and the US.“I am very happy with this acquisition. I’m sure United Media’a strength and experience will bring additional quality to Fight Channel,” said Orsat Zovko, Fight Channel CEO.United Media is part of Kohlberg Kravis Roberts-backed United Group, which operates Serbia Broadband and the Telemach group of cable networks.The media unit operates a range of sports channels under the Sport Klub brand as well as movies, kids and entertainment channels in the region.last_img read more

Channel provider SPI Internationals has launched

first_imgChannel provider SPI International’s has launched gaming channel Gametoon HD in the Swedish market through a new agreement with Swedish TV provider Kalejdo.The deal extends the existing carriage of SPI channels on Kalejdo’s platform to eight channels in total.  Kalejdo, which already features SPI channels such as 360TuneBox, DocuBox, Fast&FunBox, FightBox, and FilmBox Arthouse, will be the first to introduce Gametoon HD to Swedish viewers.Gametoon HD focuses on gaming and e-sports, featuring exclusive content created by top YouTubers and Twitchers, highlights of popular video games, video game tournaments and other content.“With an ever increasing number of people that are into e-sports, Gametoon HD is the greatest companion for the latest news, games, and updates. We are very happy to present to the Swedish market a completely new TV-channel with high-quality content. Game on!” said Erik Dahlström, CEO of Kalejdo Bredband.“We are happy to announce the addition of our e-sports and gaming channel, Gametoon HD bringing exclusive content to the demanding and ever growing Swedish gaming community. Kalejdo has been a key launch partner to SPI in Sweden and I am sure this is a relationship which will go from strength to strength,” said Georgina Twiss, managing director southern and western Europe and Africa at SPI International.last_img read more

Overthetop movie and TV revenues in SubSaharan

first_imgOver-the-top movie and TV revenues in Sub-Saharan Africa will climb from US$223 million in 2018 to US$1.018 billion in 2024, according to Digital TV Research stats.The research states that subscription video-on-demand revenue is already the main driver for OTT TV and video “by some distance” and that SVOD revenues will reach US$782m by 2024 – nearly a fourfold increase on the 2018 total.SVOD subscriber numbers in the region are tipped to grow from 3.03 million at the end of 2018 to 10.21 million by 2024, with South Africa expected to remain the leader with 3.46 million subscribers by 2024 followed by Nigeria with 2.56 million.South Africa and Nigeria combined accounted for an estimated 71% of the region’s SVOD subscribers last year. Digital TV Research expects this to decline to 59% by 2024, indicating growth in the region outside of the two main SVOD markets.In terms of platforms, Netflix is expected to remain the dominant player in the Sub-Saharan SVOD market, accounting for 39% of the region’s SVOD subscribers in 2024. While this is down slightly from a 45% share of subscribers in 2018, Netflix’s proportion of SVOD revenues are tipped to stay roughly flat at around 64% of the region’s total.“Market dynamics have shifted over the last year,” said Simon Murray, principal analyst at Digital TV Research. “Despite its relatively high prices, Netflix has consolidated its market leadership. There have been many fewer platform launches, especially on a country level. Furthermore, several multinational players appear to have reined in their ambitions.”Overall across the wider OTT market, South Africa is expected to account for 40% of the region’s revenues by 2024, some US$408 million, while Nigeria will account for a further 22% (US$223 million). Only 15 of the 35 countries covered by the report are expected to generate OTT revenues of more than US$10 million by 2024.last_img read more