House Appropriation Subcommittee House of Representatives Regulation 2017-06-30 Joey Pizzolato in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, Headlines, News CHOICE Act: Shhh . . . June 30, 2017 636 Views Changes to Dodd-Frank Act made by the Financial CHOICE Act, which was passed in the House earlier this month and now awaits the Senate, could come sooner than expected if a spending bill continues to move through the House. The bill, which was recently pushed through the House Appropriations Financial Services Subcommittee, contains numerous riders that echo requirements from the Financial CHOICE Act, including limiting the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s supervisory authority by limiting what the Bureau can spend its budget money on. It would also roll back the Volcker Rule, which bars banks from using their own accounts to make what could be considered speculative and risky investments that don’t directly benefit the banks’ customers. Sections of the Truth in Lending Act are also amended. Passing of the spending bill was met with mixed reaction from subcommittee members, and passed on a party-line vote. Representative Tom Graves (R-GA) acknowledged that the bill takes significant power away from the Federal government, which is one of the main goals of the Financial CHOICE Act. Attaching riders to funding and/or budget legislation is an old, yet controversial, way lawmakers pass legislation that otherwise might not make it through the entire process of becoming a law. Representative Nita Lowey (D-NY) said of the bill, “This bill embodies the worst of the damage [deregulation] would inflict on American families and the worst of a broken and secretive process.” One such example of the way the bill could loosen regulations on banks would be to reclassify the definition of a small bank holding company by raising the consolidated asset threshold, thereby allowing more institutions to be classified as small banks, and not subject to the same regulations. From the bill:CHANGES REQUIRED TO SMALL BANK HOLDING COMPANY POLICY STATEMENT ON ASSESSMENT OF FINANCIAL AND MANAGERIAL FACTORS SEC. 919. (a) IN GENERAL.—Before the end of the 6-month period beginning on the date of the enactment of this Act, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System shall revise the Small Bank Holding Company Policy Statement on Assessment of Financial and Managerial Factors (12 CFR part 225—appendix C) to raise the consolidated asset threshold under such policy statement from 23 $1,000,000,000 (as adjusted by Public Law 113–250) to $10,000,000,000.The next step for the bill is to be considered by the full Appropriations Committee, although no further action has been scheduled. You can read the bill in its entirety here. Share
02Jul Rep. Alexander’s plan to safeguard bicyclists on Michigan roads is now law Measure increases awareness of vulnerable roadway users in driver’s training courseLegislation introduced by state Rep. Julie Alexander to include at least one hour of classroom safety instruction regarding bicyclists, motorcyclists and pedestrians in Michigan driver’s training courses has been signed into law.“The driver’s training curriculum will focus on the awareness of bicyclists, motorcyclists, and pedestrians. This plan focuses on time devoted to the topic of all roadway users during the 24 hours of class time,” said Alexander, of Hanover.The Secretary of State will now have the ability to fulfill the additional hour requirement in either the first or second segments of drivers training.Bicycle and motorcycle deaths have spiked in Michigan. There were 138 motorcycle deaths in Michigan in 2015, compared to 112 fatalities in 2014. Between 2005 and 2015, Michigan ranked 11th highest for bike deaths per capita in the nation.House Bill 4198 is now Public Act 277 of 2018.### Categories: Alexander News,News
State Rep. John Reilly of Oakland Township invites residents to join him in Oxford and Orion Township for monthly local office hours on Monday, June 17.Rep. Reilly’s office will meet with residents at the following times and locations:6 to 7 p.m. at Oxford Public Library, 530 Pontiac St. in Oxford; and7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Orion Township Public Library, 825 Joslyn Road in Orion Township.Rep. Reilly hosts local office hours on the third Monday of every month. No appointments are necessary to attend. Those unable to attend may contact Rep. Reilly’s office at (517) 373-1798 or JohnReilly@house.mi.gov. 14Jun Rep. Reilly sets local office hours for June Categories: Reilly News
Categories: Hornberger News 19Jun Hornberger: We must eliminate Michigan Board of Ed, let governor choose state superintendent Hornberger’s solution addresses concerns that the state Board of Education is a politically driven layer of government, which for years has slowed Michigan’s educational advancement and contradicted the Legislature’s goal of a more transparent state government.Furthermore, Hornberger said that in recent years the state board and the state superintendent have enacted mandates that are unpopular among the majority of parents and students they are supposed to protect.“For far too long, there has been a lack of accountability at the top of Michigan’s educational system with a rogue department that does not fall under the governor’s umbrella,” said Hornberger, a former teacher. “The state board of education only serves to complicate efforts to create a more accountable education system in Michigan. The department of education is the only department for which the governor does not appoint the director. This convoluted construct hasn’t worked for decades and we should no longer be bound to it.”Because the governor, both chambers of the state Legislature and local school boards are all elected by the people of Michigan, Hornberger maintains that by eliminating the state board, education policy will still be reviewed and advanced in a more transparent and public manner.Approval of this change would require a vote of the people in the next general election.
Share6TweetShareEmail6 SharesOctober 22, 2015; The Marshall ProjectThe Marshall Project’s editor in chief, Bill Keller, held a panel discussion with President Barack Obama centered on the president’s new plan prioritizing criminal justice reform. Joining the conversation with Keller and Obama were L.A. police chief Charlie Beck and U.S. Attorney for the District of Colorado John Walsh.Obama started the conversation by discussing his own thoughts on the state of criminal justice reform, recognizing that the country is at a unique crossroads when it comes to changing its approach to a variety of criminal justice issues such as mass incarceration, mandatory sentencing, police-community relations, and drug treatment for inmates.Keller, as moderator, visited a wide range of topics—in particular, the notion of addressing the problem of mass incarceration by eliminating mandatory sentences for nonviolent drug offenders. In the last five years, Colorado and California have demoted drug offenses to misdemeanors as part of a court-ordered effort to reduce the prison population. Obama indicated that while this would not eliminate the issue of mass incarceration, it would still help the overall effort while keeping the crime rate low.Police chief Beck remarked on another major issue, that of providing mental health assistance and drug treatment for inmates not just on the federal level, but on the state and local levels where most inmates interact with the legal system.Part of the discussion focused on the various issues of mistrust that have arisen from the Black Lives Matter movement and whether the legal system has properly addressed those issues so far. Obama acknowledged that there were certainly issues with how some police officers were interacting with their communities, but these issues of mistrust are reflections of both sides.This panel is part of Obama’s push for criminal justice reform, which he plans to prioritize during his final year in office. Earlier this week, he was in West Virginia, where he held a conversation on drug rehabilitation and treatment for heroin.“Much of our criminal justice system remains unfair,” Mr. Obama said in a video produced by the administration. “In recent years, more of our eyes have been opened to this truth. We can’t close them anymore.”“Over the last few decades, we’ve also locked up more non-violent offenders than ever before, for longer than ever before,” he continued. “That’s the real reason our prison population is so high.”In July, Obama commuted the sentences of 46 drug offenders, and under his presidency, nearly 6,000 men and women are scheduled to be released beginning next week in the largest one-time prisoner release in U.S. history.—Shafaq HasanShare6TweetShareEmail6 Shares
Share37TweetShare10Email47 Shares“Evil Weed” by AeroSoulApril 13, 2017; Denver Post and CannabistThe use of mind-altering substances in religious ceremonies is nothing new; throughout history, they have been used in the service of spiritual growth. As a sign of the growing acceptance and legal sanction of marijuana to varying extents across the United States, the International Church of Cannabis will open in Colorado on April 20th, the unofficial cannabis holiday. Residents of the Denver neighborhood where the church is located are concerned. City officials are also concerned; they say the church may be violating laws against open consumption.Steve Berke, a founding member of the Church of Cannabis, argues that cannabis is a sacrament because it helps members accelerate the self-betterment process. He asserts that this is a new religion, though it has no theology or authoritarian structure, and that its members are known as Elevationists.Though Colorado was one of the two first states in the United States to legalize cannabis in 2012, many of the details of how it would work have had to evolve over time, leaving much gray area. At issue is whether consuming cannabis in a church building falls under “open and public consumption,” a phrase never defined in the Colorado state statute, or is permissible under Initiative 300, the recently passed initiative that allows social cannabis use at shops or other authorized locations if they have been backed by a local neighborhood or business group.Cannabis Church’s lawyer, Christian Sederberg, argues this debate is beside the point:This church is a legitimate effort to create a community for people that don’t find that in traditional religion…Freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom of association—those constitutional protections apply…When alcohol is served and consumed at a traditional church, is that in violation of open and public consumption laws?Perhaps we are also redefining or reaffirming what constitutes a church, a subject with which U.S. courts have grappled for decades.—Cyndi SuarezShare37TweetShare10Email47 Shares
Eddie Nelson, senior vice president, networks, EMEA, Sony Pictures Television has died following a short illness.Nelson, who looked after the Hollywood’s studio international pay TV networks and was based in London, died last week. He is survived by his wife, Michelle, and two young daughters.His family are raising donations for the Aplastic Anaemia Trust, which supported him for the past 10 years, and you can send donations here: http://www.justgiving.com/Eddie-Nelson .He joined Sony Pictures Television as general manager of networks across central Europe in 2008 and was promoted to run the channels across Europe in 2010. He previously worked in Asia for NBC and Leo Burnett. “Eddie was smart and charismatic, and will be greatly missed,” said Andy Kaplan, president of worldwide networks for Sony Pictures Television. “He was a great guy and made me laugh every time I talked to him.”
Ahead of the planned rollout of DVB-C2-based digital cable services in Germany, the DVB (Stand B18) plans to use ANGA Cable to showcase the new standard along with a demonstration of the terrestrial DVB-T2 standard.According to the DVB, the DVB-C2 demonstration will show how the standard is winning growing support from manufacturers with the development of new products. Visitors to the DVB’s stand will be able to see the latest offerings in a demonstration in cooperation with Sony and Kabel Deutschland. The demonstration will include a Sony DVB-C2 iDTV and, also from Sony, the world’s first DVB-C2 silicon evaluation board (or demodulator).The demo for DVB-T2 will comprise the transmission of four HD streams at 40 Mbps in 8MHz with a DekTec DVB-T2 modulator, and being received by a DVB-T2 iDTV as well as a DVB-T2 set-top box from Vestel.The DVB is also presenting a technology panel on ‘Hot Topics in DVB’ as part of the official conference programme on Tuesday June 12 from 15:00-16:15. The session, in English, is hosted by the DVB’s executive director, Peter Siebert, and features presentations on: DVB-C2 by Christoph Schaaf, vice-president, new technologies, Kabel Deutschland; CI Plus by Paul Szucs, senior manager, technology standards, Sony Europe; DVB-T2 by Stefan Krueger, head of broadcast platforms and services, LBPS, Media Broadcast; and Easy Use of DVB with Logical Channel Numbering by Piero Kirchner, chief technology officer, Blankom Antennentechnik.
Belarusian telco Beltelecom is offering the Comfort Mini internet package to its Zala TV customers for the nominal price of only BYR10 (less than one euro cent) a month.The promotion is open to Zala TV customers who take its Premiere or Just TV packages from November 12 to December 14.
Liberty Global is planning updates to its Horizon platform that include a cloud-based interface, and a better remote, CEO Mike Fries revealed, adding that OTT players like Netflix did not pose a competitive challenge.Speaking at Cable Congress yesterday, Fries said that, with Horizon, Liberty Global is aiming to establish a platform “that gives consumers no reason to go anywhere else,” and said that while Netflix has taught the business valuable lessons about how users wanted to access content, its business model was challenged.Fries said that several new features were coming in the next iteration of Horizon. “One will be a better remote. We have a remote that has a keyboard on the back, for example, so you can easily search for things without poking through a screen.”Fries also said that Liberty would update Horizon’s user interface, moving it from the set top box to the cloud, allowing Liberty to update and manage it over the web.“Horizon as a concept is here to stay, but Horizon as a technology will evolve. The user interface will move to the cloud. Network PVR elements of it will be enhanced. Things will get smaller. The UI will evolve as well and get slicker. We’ll bring in new apps and pieces to the puzzle,” said Fries.However, he would not comment on whether Virgin Media would adopt the Horizon platform or stick to its current TiVo offering, on completion of Liberty’s planned buyout of the UK operator.Asked about new competition from OTT players in the market, Fries said that the aim of Horizon, and other platforms, was to integrate web access and apps on the TV, and to offer subscribers access to content from multiple devices.“I think the Netflix business model has challenges. When 70% of your revenue is being paid to content providers and your average EBITDA per customer is US$0.50 per month, I’m not so sure that that’s a sustainable model,” he said.“Add to that the fact that with 3 million customers in the international marketplace, they’re losing US$400 million per year – I don’t know if that is sustainable. So I’m not worried about their business, quite frankly from a competitive point of view. If we do our job right, they’ve got no shot.”
Fox International Channels (FIC) has promoted Diego Londoño to chief operating officer for its European and African units. He will retain his role as president of FIC Italy and Germany.Based in Rome, Londoño will report directly to Jesús Perezagua, President of FIC Europe and Africa.
Jean Philip de Tender, the general manager of Flemish channel Eén, owned by public broadcaster VRT, has been elected chairman of the EBU’s TV committee for a two-year period.De Tender was elected unopposed on the second day of the 2012 Eurovision Media Summit in Brussels, replacing Ruurd Bierman from the Netherlands’ NPO.De Tender was previously one of three committee vice-chairmen. He has been replaced in that position by ZDF’s Frank-Dieter Freiling.
CNBC is to launch on UPC Slovakia’s platform from September 2.The news channel will be available as part of UPC’s Digitálna Televízia Basic package. The deal is the first for CNBC in Slovakia.Antony Lilleyman, vice-president of commercial, EMEA at CNBC said, “Our agreement with UPC Broadband enables viewers in Slovakia to watch the latest global business news and analysis, and access CNBC’s real-time data. We continue to grow our footprint across the region as operators recognise CNBC’s expertise in the market.”
Digital Rapids will use IBC to highlight its file-based media processing workflows, as well as encoding for live and linear multiscreen streaming and broadcast.It will showcase new and upcoming capabilities in its Transcode Manager 2.0 automated, high-volume, file-based media processing software. Powered by the Kayak technology platform, Transcode Manager 2.0 blends media transformation and workflow processes and delivers capabilities including automated decision-making with rich metadata support; flexible visual workflow design tools; integration of new and emerging technologies and an ecosystem of third-party technology partners, according to Digital Rapids.Digital Rapids will also show the new StreamZ Live 4000EX for live and linear applications from IPTV and over-the-top (OTT) headends to high-profile live streaming deployments. This multiscreen encoder builds on the multi-format flexibility, quality and reliability of the StreamZ Live family and features adaptive streaming format support.The new StreamZ Live 8000EX integrated multiscreen and broadcast live encoder combines live multiscreen and broadcast encoding in a single unit. The StreamZ Live 8000EX features simultaneous H.264 or MPEG-2 encoding for broadcast/cable/telco/satellite television applications and multi-format encoding for multiscreen adaptive streaming delivery to platforms including mobile phones, tablets, PCs, IPTV and over-the-top (OTT) services.Another new product, the StreamZ Live 6000EX live broadcast encoder delivers the same H.264 and MPEG-2 broadcast encoding capabilities as the StreamZ Live 8000EX integrated broadcast/multiscreen encoder in a tailored configuration for dedicated broadcast, cable and satellite television applications. Upgradeable to scale with customer needs, the StreamZ Live 6000EX augments its linear broadcast outputs with simultaneous file creation for archive or on-demand use.For multi-Format ingest, encoding and archive applications, Digital Rapids is showing a new software version of the StreamZHD. Part of the StreamZHD multi-format, ingest and encoding system will be showcased, including further enhancements to StreamZHD’s encoding quality and performance. Applications range from post production and archive to live and on-demand multiscreen distribution.Digital Rapids will exhibit at IBC on stand 7.F33
The executives running the content arms of Amazon and Xbox have separately told DTVE’s sister title TBI they have serious reservations about the Netflix model of releasing all episodes of an original series at once.Amazon Studios is about to release a slew of originals for its Amazon Instant Prime service in the US following a fruitful wave of piloting, while Xbox Entertainment Studios is working on a range of original content across genres ahead of the launch of Xbox One later this year.Xbox Entertainment Studios president and ex-CBS network president Nancy Tellem said: “Catch-up, which is what Netflix is, suits binge viewing. I think with some projects, and as we develop content associated with games or with events, it might not be the optimal opportunity [for us] to focus on binge.”Amazon Studios director Roy Price also voiced reservations, telling TBI that withholding some installments of a series is a good way to build anticipation and that simultaneous releasing effectively means delaying a launch as the entire show needs to wrap production first.“It’s possible there is a middle-ground hybrid model,” he said. “That may be episode one, or one through three, and then release the others as they become available.” He added: “One may be too few and thirteen may be more than enough.”Amazon announced its first five original series in May, which were selected from a pool of 14 pilots. They included political comedy Alpha House, which will star John Goodman; Betas, about four roommates trying to get a social media start-up off the ground; and kids series Annebots, Creative Galaxy and Tumbleaf. It has since greenlit two more pilots, The After from Chris Carter (The X-Files) and kids series Maker Shack Agency.Xbox Studios, meanwhile, is making a Halo live-action series. The upcoming show, based on the computer games franchise, will be executive produced by Steven Spielberg.
UK broadcaster Channel 5 has launched a 24-hour timeshifted version of its channel on the Freesat free-to-view satellite platform.Channel 5+24 is available on Freesat channel 132. The channel will repeat the previous day’s Channel 5 programmes from 19:00 until approximately midnight, giving viewers another chance to see shows including The Hotel Inspector and Eddie Stobart: Trucks and Trailers.The channel will air teleshopping and repeats of recent programming during daytime hours and after midnight.
Comcast-owned online video technology company thePlatform has named Marty Robers and Jamie Miller as co-CEOs, replacing co-founder Ian Blaine who will become a strategic advisor to the company, effective from June 20. Roberts previously served as senior vice-president of worldwide sales and marketing at thePlatform. As co-CEO, he will add to his responsibilities the leadership of the company’s engineering and technology activities.Alan Ramaley, CTO, and Mike Horwitz, senior vice-president, engineering will both report to Roberts.Miller most recently served as chief operating officer and chief financial officer at thePlatform. In his role as co-CEO, he will add to those responsibilities oversight of expansion in Europe and the Middle East. Simon McGrath, General Manager, Europe will report to Miller.“Marty and Jamie are exceptional leaders, with the proven background, vision and passion to guide thePlatform into the future,” said Sam Schwartz, chief business development officer of Comcast Cable.“Over the years, thePlatform has played an important role in the growth of multiscreen video for both Comcast and the broader industry, and I am confident that will continue under the leadership of Marty and Jamie.”
Alfred Pufitsch (Tele2) and Michael Wagenhofer (Simpli TV).Tele2 Austria has launched a TV service as part of a new triple-play offering in partnership with digital-terrestrial pay TV provider simpliTV.The alternative telco is offering three different packages from €17.80, with the TV service also available separately for €10 a month to existing customers.A basic Günstig service includes 8Mbps internet for €17.80 for the first three months and €26.80 thereafter. A medium Schneller pack provides 20Mbps for €24.90 for three months and €33.90 thereafter, while a Superschneller pack delivers 30Mbps for €29.90 for three months and €38.90 thereafter.The TV service provides up to 40 channels including HD services ORFeins, ORF2, ServusTV, ARD, ZDF, RTL, Pro7, Sat1 and Vox. Recordings are possible via an integrated recording function for USB Flash drive or external hard drive.
Apple’s new version of its Apple TV streaming device will include a redesigned remote with a touch-pad control, according to a New York Times report. Citing an employee briefed on the revamped Apple TV, which is expected to launch next month, the NYT reported that the new remote will have two buttons and a touch-pad for scrolling.The remote will reportedly be slightly larger than Apple TV’s current generation three-button remote control and will be the first change to the controller since Apple introduced Apple TV in 2007.Apple is tipped to announce a new version of Apple TV at its Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco in June.
The Walking DeadFox International Channels is launching its flagship Fox channel in Belgium.The general entertainment service will launch on Liberty Global-owned cabler Telenet on October 1 and be carried in its basic package.Telenet subs taking the Play More package will also be able to access on-demand box sets and catch up on Fox content.The linear channel will have The Walking Dead and other drama series including Da Vinci’s Demons and The Flash. The comedy line-up includes The Mindy Project and Episodes.There will also be Scandi dramas including 1864, Blue Eyes and The Heavy Water War.Marco de Ruiter, FIC’s managing director Germany, France and Belgium said: “Our core focus is to build an attractive channel and to offer the best international content to the Flemish audience. The partnership with Telenet enables us to offer our content via our linear channel and through their on-demand services, giving fans a chance to enjoy our shows anytime and anywhere.”