We’ve been debuting a lot of things this year.We premiered our first 360 coverage in April during the 2018 presidential elections and then we launched our podcast, The Tico Times Dispatch, early last month.Now we’d like to introduce you to our new weekly news show, The Tico Times Weekly Digest. We’ll be summarizing the week’s news and telling you what to look out for in the coming week every Monday.Subscribe to our Youtube channel to get notifications whenever we publish a weekly digest or other news video.This week in Costa Rica:Tourism industry hit hard by general strikePlan on traveling through Costa Rica this week? Visit http://www.camarasvialescr.com/ and avoid getting stuck in traffic.360 Whale watching video in Marino Ballena National ParkSecrets from a local surfer – Hottest surfing spots in Costa RicaOff the Eaten Path (Cantina X) – One of Costa Rica’s best chifrijosPoetry, Cacique and memories at San Jose’s cultural dive bar – La Bohemia Facebook Comments Related posts:The Tico Times Weekly Digest: April 8, 2019 Costa Rican government seeks agreement with unions to end strike The Tico Times Weekly Digest: Oct. 1, 2018 Venezuela accuses Costa Rica of ‘subordination’ to U.S.
Anonymity is often considered a crucial element of democratic participation, although most national elections are in fact ‘pseudonymous’. This means that it is not easy to discover how individuals voted, but it is possible because a code links each ballot paper with a personal entry on the electoral register. We are forced to trust the authorities to protect our anonymity. BEV is also pseudonymous, so it may sometimes be possible to discover how an individual voted. Cyber-security issues continue to remain one of the hottest topics during presidential elections, as fears have often been raised that domestic or foreign actors could try to skew the results of the election.While many see a solution in dumping all forms of electronic voting and defaulting back to offline, paper-based systems — especially as electronic voting machines have proven to be extremely vulnerable — others are hoping new technologies can make elections more secure. Blockchain technology, especially, is drawing a lot of interest on this front.Many blockchains currently exist, and a number of these could serve as possible platforms for voting services. Follow My Vote is a Virginia-based startup hoping to move people toward blockchain-based voting. The startup will be testing its platform in a mock online election that will run in parallel with the U.S. presidential election.There’s also NYC-based Blockchain Technologies Corp., which is taking a hybrid approach of a blockchain-powered voting system coupled with paper ballots that use QR codes to ensure each vote is only cast once.But we’re seeing more movement in blockchain voting outside the U.S.The government-owned Australian Post service, for example, is using blockchain technology to create a location agnostic, tamper-proof voting system that is traceable and anonymous, and would prove to be resilient against denial of service attacks. For the moment, the service is testing the waters with corporate and community elections, but the directors of the project hope to one day be able to handle full parliamentary elections.Russia’s central securities depository, NSD, is also dabbling in blockchain with a fully functional e-proxy voting system, a ledger on which voting instructions are transmitted and counted. The technology has already been used at bondholder meetings and will be extended to other business areas of the NSD.Another country looking to leverage blockchain technology for voting is Estonia, which is already a leader in politics technology with its e-residency program, an electronic identity platform that enables foreigners to do business and access government services. The country is now complementing previous efforts with a blockchain-based e-voting system that enables both Estonian nationals and e-residents to securely vote in company shareholder meetings.Blockchain voting is also making its debut in the Middle East at Abu Dhabi’s Stock Exchange, which just this week announced it has started using blockchain to enable stakeholders to participate and observe votes in their general annual meetings, and in Denmark, where the Liberal Alliance political party chose to use blockchain for its internal voting back in 2014.Other efforts are in the works in the rest of the World, such as in Ukraine, as it has lately been announced by the media.E-voting could take many forms: using the internet or a dedicated, isolated network; requiring voters to attend a polling station or allowing unsupervised voting; using existing devices, such as mobile phones and laptops, or requiring specialist equipment. Now we have a further choice; to continue trusting central authorities to manage elections or to use blockchain technology to distribute an open voting record among citizens. Many experts agree that e-voting would require revolutionary developments in security systems. The debate is whether blockchain will represent a transformative or merely incremental development, and what its implications could be for the future of democracy.The blockchain protocol is a means of logging and verifying records that is transparent and distributed among users. Usually, votes are recorded, managed, counted and checked by a central authority. Blockchain-enabled e-voting (BEV) would empower voters to do these tasks themselves, by allowing them to hold a copy of the voting record. The historic record could then not be changed because other voters would see that the record differs from theirs.Illegitimate votes could not be added, because other voters would be able to scrutinize whether votes were compatible with the rules (perhaps because they have already been counted or are not associated with a valid voter record). BEV would shift power and trust away from central actors, such as electoral authorities, and foster the development of a tech-enabled community consensus.One way of developing BEV systems for e-voting is to create a new, bespoke system, designed to reflect the specific characteristics of the election and electorate. A second approach that may be cheaper and easier is to ‘piggyback’, running the election on a more established blockchain, such as that used by the virtual currency, Bitcoin, thus ensuring a wide user base to start with and extremely high engagement of the people.Blockchain experts are discussing a new generation of ‘techno-democratic systems’, and we can already see the emergence of virtual equivalents of national administrations, based upon blockchain technology. However, in the near term, BEV’s strongest potential may be in organizational rather than national contexts. Indeed, they have been used for the internal elections of political parties, and shareholder votes in Estonia.Taking the concept a step further, BEV could be combined with smart contracts, to automatically act under certain agreed conditions. Here, for example, election results could trigger the automatic implementation of manifesto promises, investment choices or other organizational decisions.The more optimistic promises of e-voting should however be read with some skepticism:Coercion is a threat for any voting system that offers remote participation (e.g. postal votes). For both BEV and paper elections, the use of private polling booths is the only guarantee against fraud.Accessibility to all voters is a key concern in all elections. BEV could complicate matters by presenting citizens with too many options. For example, they might have the choice of whether to vote at a terminal in a traditional booth or use a personal device. There may be different interfaces for citizens who wish to go beyond casting votes and also exercise their right to access data and check that the correct procedures have been followed. If you would like to have your company featured in the Irish Tech News Business Showcase, get in contact with us at Simon@IrishTechNews.ie or on Twitter: @SimonCocking Another key question is how to ensure widespread trust in the security and legitimacy of the system. As with paper-based elections, it is not enough for the result to be fair and valid. The whole electorate, even if they are disappointed with the result, must accept that the process was legitimate and reliable. As such, beyond providing actual security and accuracy, BEV must also inspire broad public confidence and trust. Because the Blockchain protocol is quite complicated, this may be a barrier to mainstream public acceptability of BEV.In assessing the potential impact of BEV, we must consider the values and politics it reflects. BEV does not just digitize the traditional voting process; it proposes an alternative with a different set of values and political basis. The process is managed by the people and it is transparent, decentralized and bottom-up.In this light, it is not surprising that links are drawn between BEV and transitions towards a more direct, decentralized and bottom-up democracy. As such, the extent to which Blockchain technology will flourish in the area of e-voting may depend upon the extent to which it can reflect the values and structure of society, politics and democracy.Finally, it must be remarked that smart contracts on Blockchain put transactions on autopilot. True believers want them to do away entirely with intermediaries, like governments in the specific case of e-voting, but they should be careful what they wish for. If smart contracts spread widely, much of the flexibility that smooths the functioning of the economy would be taken away, since real-world institutions can adjust when things go wrong.In fact, for now, the only aspect in which human intervention surpasses bug-ridden code is that of relentlessness, representing one of the biggest obstacles of the application of technology to the real world.Eloisa Marchesoni.More information about Irish Tech News and the Business ShowcaseFYI the ROI for you is => We now get over 1.5 million monthly views, and up to 900k monthly unique visitors, from over 160 countries. 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Chatrium Hotels & Residences has announced the rebranding of Soi Dao Highland Golf Resort to Chatrium Golf Resort Soi Dao Chanthaburi. Set amid an enchanting 639 hectares of lush greenery with vistas of Soi Dai Mountain, this is the seventh property to join Chatrium’s heritage portfolio of luxury properties with a deep-rooted passion for hospitality.To be unveiled as Chatrium’s “Breathtaking Highland Sanctuary”, the property boasts a magnificent 18-hole international-class golf course, created by renowned designer Denis Griffiths and recently upgraded by Golf East, an award-winning golf design company.The resort offers a tranquil lodging of 47 guestrooms with balconies overlooking the stunning golf course, a Club House with a restaurant, Pro-Shop for all essential golfing needs, and an outdoor pool. Both guestrooms and Club House command panoramic views and were also recently enhanced with a refreshing feel to afford a most relaxing stay.A three-and- a-half- hour drive from Suvarnabhumi International Airport, or a 40-minute drive from Ban Pakard Cambodia border, Chatrium Golf Resort Soi Dai Chanthaburi is conveniently located just 46 kilometres from Chanthaburi town and with easy access from all points.Mrs. Savitri Ramyarupa, Managing Director of Chatrium Hotels & Residences, commented, “The rebranding of Chatrium Golf Resort Soi Dao is a milestone in our plan to expand our presence in Thailand and strengthen brand awareness to this market, both locally and internationally. The property will benefit from the operational excellence and efficiency of Chatrium Hotels & Residences and guests will have the opportunity to experience our brand promise of “Live the Remarkable”.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Sponsored By Connatix Welcome to Nashville! #NFLDraft @visitmusiccity@KingsOfLeon and @TaylorLewan77 are ready to party! pic.twitter.com/snJbSfYzte— Tennessee Titans (@Titans) May 23, 2018With the nickname of “Music City,” you should expect next year’s draft to have some type of musical flavor integrated.Stay tuned to The Scoop for the latest. For a long, long time the NFL Draft was set in New York City, but beginning back in 2015, the location of the NFL Draft has moved from city to city based on a bidding process that is then voted on by league owners.This past draft was held at Jerry’s World at AT&T Stadium in Dallas, before that it in Philly, and Chicago was the city with the winning bids the first two seasons the draft went on the road.Today, the NFL announced that the city that will host the 2019 NFL Draft is…The pick is IN! Nashville will host the 2019 #NFLDraft! pic.twitter.com/sy8cUxmyao— NFL (@NFL) May 23, 2018The Titans and city of Nashville took to social media to brag about the news as well.The @NFL Draft is officially coming to Nashville in 2019! pic.twitter.com/I5LC7ziJ7g— Tennessee Titans (@Titans) May 23, 2018
NEW YORK, N.Y. – Taylor Swift’s sophomore album, which won album of the year at the 2010 Grammys, has been certified diamond.Big Machine Label Group President and CEO Scott Borchetta surprised the singer after her show Sunday with a plaque for “Fearless” indicating sales and streaming equivalent sales of 10 million units.Swift actually earned six new plaques from the Recording Industry Association of America, including a triple-platinum certification for her latest album, “reputation.”She became the first woman to perform three consecutive shows at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, when she hit the stage Friday, Saturday and Sunday. She performed in the rain during the last two shows.With six shows at MetLife, Swift now ties Bruce Springsteen and Bon Jovi for most shows played at the stadium. Singer Taylor Swift performs during her Reputation tour at MetLife Stadium on Friday, July 20, 2018, in East Rutherford, N.J. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP) by The Associated Press Posted Jul 23, 2018 12:50 pm PDT Last Updated Jul 23, 2018 at 1:20 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Taylor Swift gets surprise as ‘Fearless’ hits diamond status
Categories: News 01Apr Rep. Yonker takes a hands-on approach to fixing Michigan roadways Inspired by the state supplemental budget allocated to fixing roads, state Rep. Ken Yonker joined Kent County Road Commission in repairing potholes in Kent County.“We would all like to have pothole free roads to drive on but we don’t often think about the process to fixing the roads,” said Yonker, R-Caledonia. “I appreciated the opportunity to join the road commission to gain a hands-on experience in what it takes to fix a pothole.”Last month the Legislature approved a budget supplemental including $215 million statewide for roads, with $115 million for priority projects and $100 million to assist with maintenance needed due to the intense winter.“The investment into our state’s roads is much needed and is a step in the right direction,” Yonker said. “With continued diligence, my colleagues and I look forward to finding a long-term and sustainable solution to the deteriorating roads.”Since fiscal year 2011-12, the state has provided nearly $585 million in general funding for road investments with existing resources. Kent County will receive nearly $1.9 million in additional road maintenance funds this year.
25Apr Rep. Hernandez bill to allow charitable fundraising on public roads receives hearing Categories: Hernandez News State Rep. Shane Hernandez of Port Huron today testified before the House Transportation Committee regarding his legislation to allow charitable and civic organizations to solicit funds on and near Michigan roadways, if certain conditions are met.The bill legalizes the common practice of charitable organizations and provides a safer environment for fundraising.“Small donations have a great impact on local communities and to the state of Michigan as a whole,” said Rep. Hernandez. “This bill will allow organizations to raise funds for a greater cause while meeting safety requirements.”The bill as substituted today allows for fundraising if:· The charitable or civic organization is registered as a nonprofit with the State or U.S government;· Solicitations are made during daylight hours;· The individual doing the fundraising maintains at least half a million dollars in liability insurance;· The person fundraising is 18 years of age or older;· The person is wearing high-visibility safety apparel that meets standards by the International Safety Equipment Association; and· The fundraising area is not a work zone and is within an intersection where traffic control devices are present.House Bill 4160 remains under consideration by the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.###
Categories: Frederick News 07Jun House advances Rep. Frederick bill to honor Pfc. Shane Cantu Jennifer Clarke, Pfc. Shane Cantu’s mother, joins state Rep. Ben Frederick on the floor of the Michigan House of Representatives Tuesday after the House voted unanimously to advance legislation naming a portion of M-71 in Cantu’s honor.The Michigan House of Representatives Tuesday unanimously approved legislation sponsored by state Rep. Ben Frederick to name a portion of M-71 after Pfc. Shane Cantu, a Shiawassee County native who died in 2012 while serving in Afghanistan.Frederick’s bill renames the portion of M-71 between the city limits of Owosso and Corunna as the “Pfc. Shane Cantu Veterans Memorial Highway.”“Shane’s life had a remarkable impact on many people in our community,” said Frederick, of Owosso. “His sacrifice is still felt deeply in the cities of Owosso, where he was born, and Corunna, where he attended school. It’s only fitting for the highway connecting the two cities to be named in his honor so his sacrifice will be recognized for years to come.”Pfc. Cantu, a 2010 graduate of Corunna High School, was killed in August 2012 after insurgents threw an explosive over a wall at the base where he was serving in Afghanistan. Cantu was a member of the Army’s 1st Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, and 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team.Pfc. Cantu’s mother, Jennifer Clarke, joined Frederick in the House chamber for the vote Tuesday and received a standing ovation from the representatives.House Bill 4168 now advances to the Senate for consideration.###
Categories: Whiteford News 05Sep Rep. Whiteford announces September office hours State Rep. Mary Whiteford, of Casco Township, will host local office hours this month on Monday, Sept. 17.“I take my responsibility representing my friends and neighbors very seriously,” Whiteford said. “Office hours are a wonderful opportunity for me to listen to thoughts and concerns from our community.”Office hours will take place at the following times and locations:10 to 11 a.m. at The Trestle Stop, located at 3366 M-40 in HamiltonNoon to 1 p.m. at Allegan District Library, 331 Hubbard St. in Allegan2 to 3 p.m. at The Linking Center, 925 56th in PullmanNo appointments are necessary to join for office hours. Those who are unable to make the scheduled times but would still like to contact Rep. Whiteford may do so by dialing (517) 373-0836 or emailing MaryWhiteford@House.MI.gov.###
Portuguese pay TV operator Zon Multimedia has added music and sports channels Trace Urban HD and Trace Sports HD to its line-up.Trace Urban HD airs urban music videos and interviews covering the R&B, hip-hop, dance, pop and reggaeton music genres. Trace Sports HD is a sports lifestyle channel offering factual entertainment and lifestyle content exclusively dedicated to sports celebrities.France-based distributor Thema brokered Trace’s deal with Zon.
Eurosport has launched an app for Panasonic Viera Connect TVs in time for Roland Garros.The Eurosport Player app delivers the sports channel’s online simulcast streaming service to Panasonic Smart Viera TVs. The app gives Viera pay subscribers access to live streaming from Eurosport, Eurosport 2 and bonus channel content for other significant sporting events such as snooker, World Superbikes and winter sports, and feature a full seven day EPG schedule. Tennis fans can watch action from up to seven different courts at Roland Garros depending on the schedule of play.Fabien Roth, director TV group at Panasonic Marketing Europe said: “We are delighted to be the first to offer the Eurosport Player application via Smart Viera. The app showcases the possibilities of Smart TV, providing great interactive and personalised experiences. For Roland Garros, subscribers can now choose the courts they would like to watch the match on – putting them in the director’s chair. With the Eurosport Player we further strengthening our Viera Connect eco-system of innovative and benefit-oriented applications. It supports our Smart Viera strategy to provide easy-to-use networking functionality, allowing the user to enjoy interactive functionality that goes far beyond traditional broadcast experiences.”
Deutschland 83A sequel to German spy drama Deutschland83 has been greenlit and Amazon has scooped the exclusive rights for its German service ahead of free TV broadcaster RTL.FremantleMedia’s UFA Fiction made the original series, a breakout international hit, and will produce the sequel, Deutschland86, for releases in 2018. Production in the new show gets underway next year.Amazon will launch it on its SVOD service in Germany. It will also have it in the UK, but in a later window than free TV net Channel 4 and the streaming service Walter Presents.In the US, the series will air on cable net Sundance, which is a coproduction partner. It will then be on streaming service Hulu.“With this latest collaboration between Amazon, RTL Television, FremantleMedia International and UFA, a long-awaited wish comes true,” said Nico Hofmann, Co-CEO of UFA. “This latest deal is a milestone in coproduction history. It will be resetting standards for the upcoming years.”RTL ordered the original show in 2014, and aired it in 2015. The German free TV net has an option totake the local linear rights after Amazon has shown the new series. UFA, FremantleMedia and the RTL net are all part of the wider RTL corporate family.FremantleMedia International has international rights to the show and said today that RTL “expects to air the sequel on German free-to-air television in 2018/2019 after Amazon’s first window”.Elsewhere, Deutschland86 will bow on CraveTV in Canads, DR in Denmark, YLE in Finland, NRK in Norway, SVT in Sweden and RUV in Iceland.Pay TV platforms Sky Italia and Canal+ have it for Italy and France respectively, and OTE has inGreece and Telenet in Belgium.“After the Amazon Original You Are Wanted with Matthias Schweighöfer and Michael Bully Herbig’s Bullyparade – Der Film, Deutschland86 is the latest German-made production that will be available exclusively on Prime Video,” said Christoph Schneider, managing director of Amazon Prime Video Germany.“German series and movies are very important for our Prime members and we are happy to continue to build on our engagement with German production industry and bring great new shows to our customers.”The news was officially announced this morning, but German trade site DWL.de was the first to report the Amazon news several weeks ago.
Iflix Arabia’s launch eventSouth-East Asian SVOD provider Iflix is launching a version its service in the Middle East and North Africa in a joint-venture partnership with Kuwait-based mobile telecom operator Zain.Iflix Arabia will be headquartered in Dubai and will offers services wherever Zain is present in the region, including Kuwait, Bahrain, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia and Sudan, with the potential to further extend into additional regional markets.The service is scheduled to launch in the second quarter of this year, giving access to its content to users in the region and specifically to Zain’s mobile user base. Content will be subtitled in Arabic and English and will include a number of first-run exclusives, according to the pair.Iflix Arabia will be led as CEO by John-Paul McKerlie, who has served as Zain’s consumer marketing director since last May, having previously worked for Bahtrain operator Ooredoo.Iflix’s programming line-up includes Hollywood and Bollywood movies, regional and local programmes aqnd over 2,000 episodes of kids content.Iflix is also planning to offer Arabic content, with a number of Arabic shows and movies to be included and a promise of excluisive Arabic series to come.The SVOD provider’s platform provides uses adaptive bit-rate encoding to ensure that content can be viewed over variable bandwidth connections, and also provides a download function for offline viewing.Iflix launched in South-East Asia in May 2015 and is currently available in nine markets with over four million users.Zain has 47 million mostly young customers in the MENA region.“The establishment of the joint venture ‘iflix Arabia’ instantly creates enormous value for both Zain and iflix stakeholders, given the synergies created and the new revenue streams that will be generated by the expected takeup of this appealing internet TV service from the general public and Zain customers. This is a monumental step forward for Zain in our journey to become the premier digital lifestyle provider in the MENA region,” said Zain vice-chairman Bader Al Kharafi.“The teaming of Zain and iflix has empowered both businesses with the capacity to offer customers the most incredible content services. A great mix of local and international catalogues will reach audiences using Zain’s leading networks, guaranteeing the best speeds for streaming and user experience, bringing even more content to customers and enhancing their viewing experience. We are very excited about the launch and what it means for our customers and shareholders in the future,” said McKerlie.As part of a push to expand outside of Asia, Malaysia-based Iflix last year named former StockUnlimited and Getty Images executive Christian Toksvig to head up international development, along and Iktomi founder Nader Sobhan as head of Middle East and North Africa.The company also hired e-commerce site PriceCheck CEO Andre de Wet to spearhead the company’s planned push into Africa.
Cable and broadband technology outfit Teleste’s Cableway AG subsidiary has signed a new three-year strategic partnership agreement with Vodafone Germany for installation and maintenance services to service Vodafone’s cable network customers in Germany.The agreement ensures the continued partnership with Vodafone Germany one year prior to the expiry of the previous contract. With an expected contract value in excess of €200 million over term, it will strengthen the long-term profitability and sustainability of Cableway’s services business and provide further growth opportunities for Teleste’s business footprint in Germany, according to Teleste.
German broadcasters and platform providers would benefit from teaming up to launch a common OTT TV platform to take on the likes of Netflix and Amazon, according to a senior ProSiebenSat.1 executive.A common OTT platform “that all of us could operate jointly” would be a good idea for Germany, according to Conrad Albert (left), deputy CEO and group general counsel for the commercial broadcaster.Taking part in a panel debate at ANGA COM yesterday, Albert said there was no reason that ProSiebenSat.1 could not team up with RTL and others to launch such a platform.“It is not easy to open up our own OTT platform to competitors but I think it could be to the benefit of all,” he said.Albert said that US players such as Netflix and Amazon are not subject to the same degree of regulation as German media players. He said there needs to be a change to level the playing field.“We are all hampered by regulation. I’m not afraid of competition but the media law, competition law and advertising regulations should all be amended,” he said, adding that this has to happen at EU level.Speaking on the same panel, Lutz Schuler, CEO of Liberty Global-owned cable operator Unitymedia, said it was not too late forGerman companies to jointly develop an OTT TV platform, but noted that a lot of time had been lost, allowing US companies to build a stronger presence in the market.
Sports streaming outfit DAZN is planning to bid for live German Bundesliga rights for the 2021-25 seasons when these are assigned, provided the terms make economic sense, according to local press.Sportbild quoted DAZN German managing director Thomas de Buhr as saying that the streaming outfit was “interested” in live Bundesliga rights and would “look very closely” at a deal that makes sense for the OTT TV service.DAZN already holds the rights to air Bundesliga highlights, as well as rights to UEFA Champions League games for which it pays a reported €100 million a season for 110 matches.According to Sportbild, DAZN is not looking to compete with Sky for the main block of live Bundesliga rights, but would look at the kind of package currently held by Discovery-owned Eurosport, which holds the rights to air 45 games for about €70 million a season.The paper quoted De Buhr as saying that DAZN would only be interested in a package that is “economically viable” in the context of its continued ability to provide a low-cost offering – its service is currently available for €9.99 a month without an ongoing contract. He said a deal that forced it to raise the price of the service to a Sky-like €30 “makes no sense for us”.De Buhr said that it was clear from DAZN’s experience of distributing Champions League and Europa League games that the German market was “ready” for live premium sports streaming services.The bulk of live Bundesliga rights are currently held by Sky Deutschland, with Eurosport airing a smaller set of matches.
BBC Studios’ branded services arm, which includes international channels and streaming services, delivered a solid performance for the 2018-19 financial year, with EBITDA growth of 16% that reflected a strong performance from BBC America and BritBox in the US and Canada.BBC America and BritBox passed the half million subscriber mark ahead of target.BBC Studios’ first full-year numbers as a merged entity were released as part of the BBC annual report, published today.The commercial arm as a whole delivered record returns to the BBC of £243 million (€272 million), with EBITDA up 51% to £159 million. Tortal revenues amounted to £1.373 billion, down from £1.411 million last year, however.Tim DavieBBC Studios said it was on track to meet its target of £1.2 billion of financial returns to the BBC by year five of the current Charter, although it added that its strategic decision to invest for long term sustainable growth and business phasing will likely mean marginally lower returns in the next financial year.“It has been an excellent year for BBC Studios, both creatively and financially. Two separate subsidiaries have combined swiftly and efficiently to create a new British studio operating on the world stage, able to take ideas seamlessly through funding, creation, distribution and commercialisation. An extremely strong programme slate has seen high quality and award-winning British content like Dynasties, Les Misérables, Famalam and the Festival of Remembrance play out across UK screens and internationally. Our financial performance, with record returns to both the BBC and to indie partners, underpins this creative success,” said BBC Studios CEO Tim Davie.“The markets in which BBC Studios operates remain changeable, but we know there is strong demand for premium, inspiring content – with forthcoming shows like Seven Worlds, One Planet and The Left Behind setting the standard within the industry. Our business is firmly focused on investing in talent, rights and ideas, growing our partnerships around the world, evolving our culture, creativity, diversity and innovation, and ensuring we are well positioned to meet this demand and boost our ongoing contributions to the BBC and the wider creative industry.”Separately, BBC Global News, the BBC’s commercial, international news subsidiary which operates the 24 hour news channel BBC World News and its digital counterpart BBC.com posted EBITDA of £8 million after expanding BBC World News’ footprint by 2% over the year.The channel is now available to a record 465 million households, up from 458 million the previous year. The growth was driven by gains in the Americas and South Asia. BBC.com also increased its reach, from 88 million monthly browsers in 2017-18, to 93.5 million, up 6% year on year. Jim Egan, CEO of BBC Global News, said: “Far from being outdated or irrelevant, our long-standing commitment to trust and credibility is more highly valued by our audiences and clients around the world than ever before. In a landscape where single issue, agenda-driven or simply fake news is becoming increasingly commonplace, it’s vital to ensure that there is a quality alternative which is truly impartial, accurate and independent.”
PSNI LIMAVADYPSNI WARNING: WATCH OUTRURAL DERRYTRACTOR THIEVES ARE ABOUT ShareTweet “We were conducting anti burglary patrols and looking out for farm machinery being moved,” said a police spokesperson.“It would be unusual for farm machinery being moved in the early hours of the morning at this time of year.“So if you spot anything out of the ordinary report it to us on 101 and we’ll go check it out.”PSNI WARNING: WATCH OUT, TRACTOR THIEVES ARE ABOUT was last modified: November 30th, 2016 by John2John2 Tags: POLICE are urging the rural community across Derry to be vigilant against roaming gangs of thieves on the look out to steal expensive farm machinery.Recently, a £60,000 tractor, which was stolen in the west, was found across the border by Gardai in Sligo.Police in Limavady say that overnight officers were on patrol in rural areas of the district watching out for any suspicious activity.
Next PostNBA plans to ban Kanye West’s Yeezy basketball sneaker, report says National NewsNewsWatch A seven-year-old boy is in critical condition after getting trapped in corn trailer By Daniella HankeyOct 03, 2018, 08:06 am 343 0 Daniella Hankey Facebook “It just hit me in the pit of my stomach,” Nolan Masser, a close friend of the family, told Scranton ABC affiliate WNEP. “We’re praying for a complete recovery for him, and we think that God will provide that.”The tragedy has made the small community even closer, Masser said, adding that local farmers are planning to harvest the family’s crops. (ABC NEWS)- A Pennsylvania boy is in critical condition on Wednesday after he fell into a full grain trailer over the weekend.Wellington Shaffer, 7, was playing on his family’s farm in central Pennsylvania on Saturday when he fell into a trailer filled with harvested corn kernels, authorities said.Rescuers had to open the trailer’s bottom to remove the boy, Hickory Corner Fire Company Chief Doug Wetzel told reporters. He did not say how long the boy may have been trapped. Wellington is a first grader at Northumberland Christian School, where some students showed support this week by wearing orange, his favorite color.“Lots of tears, lots of hugs. They’re precious, and they’re going through a really hard time,” Pastor John Rees, the school’s principal, told WNEP. “He is just the sweetest little guy. You know the kind of guy that will just come up and give you a hug.”The Shaffers did not share details about the nature of the boy’s injuries, but it expects a “long road of recovery ahead,” according to a GoFundMe campaign set up on the family’s behalf. Home NewsWatch National News A seven-year-old boy is in critical condition after getting trapped in corn trailer Linkedin Tumblr Google+ “A group of farmers got together,” he said, “so that’s one less load that they’ll have to bear.“No one would want to go through what the Shaffer family is going through right now,” Masser added. Previous PostCould Toys R Us be coming back? Twitter Wellington was airlifted to the Geisinger Medical Center in neighboring Montour County and was in listed critical condition as of early Wednesday, according to his family. Wellington celebrated his 7th birthday last Thursday.Friends and neighbors gathered for a vigil near the family’s farm in Dalmatia, about 34 miles north of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, on Monday, where they burned candles and prayed for a full recovery. Mail Pinterest
What was “Federal”? Nearly all of us use the word federal to refer to the United States national government, as distinct from the state governments. This has been an error on our part. Federal was a description, not a name. It would be fair to use federative in its place. It described a type of government, not a particular organization. For example, when we say “my friend has a fast car,” we don’t think that fast is the car’s brand name – it is merely a description of the car’s acceleration and top speed. Federal was not the brand name of the government that James Madison designed, it was a description, like fast. Notice how Madison distinguishes between national and federal. We have lost this distinction, and it is crucial. James Madison Federalist #39 The proposed Constitution, therefore, is, in strictness, neither a national nor a federal Constitution, but a composition of both. The shock of ruling against the author of the Constitution aside, ‘Marbury’ brought up the important issue of constitutionality: Who decides? Even if we say there is an argument to be made for the Supreme Court to interpret the Constitution, it is NOT in the Constitution. The Court should have said something like this: Since it has fallen to us to decide such an important matter, we will render our opinion in this case. However, we request of the Congress and the States, that they pass an amendment to the Constitution clarifying this issue. There is a great deal of confusion related to Marbury v. Madison that has come down to us. This ruling is universally presented in American schools as crucial to the “checks and balances” of the US government. This is deeply misleading. Judicial review (the Supremes ruling on constitutionality) involves one branch of the national government providing a check on the other branches of the national government. Judicial Review provided no check whatsoever on the national government as a whole. The original design of the republic empowered the states to act as checks on the national government. This was the primary purpose of the federal structure. Without it, the national government has no check on its expansion and use of power. Thus it would seem that the states should be the interpreters of the Constitution – after all, it was they who created it. Rules versus Justice There is one last and important thing to mention regarding Marbury v. Madison, and that is the enthronement of rules above reality – of legal wordings over justice. The “midnight appointments” of the Federalists used rules to manipulate the power-structure of the republic and to secure power by unintended means. James Madison, above all people, understood this. He withdrew Marbury’s appointment to conclude the abuse that was done to his system. Chief Justice Marshall, however, ignored the injustice and parsed words instead: He went on at length over the distinctions of “nominate,” “appoint,” “confirm,” and the fixing of seals. Then, Marshall says this: The people have an original right to establish for their future government such principles as, in their opinion, shall most conduce to their own happiness… In the authoritative mode of introducing amendments, it is neither wholly federal nor wholly national. The exercise of this original right is a very great exertion; nor can it nor ought it to be frequently repeated. The principles, therefore, so established are deemed fundamental. What Marshall actually says here is that the American people wish not to work so hard defending their rights. He is giving them an excuse to be lazy: The rules will take over from here on out. You can relax. Liberty was the primary issue of the founding of the republic; the Constitution was subsidiary to that: it was a tool, valuable only if it helped to secure liberty. The reversal of the central order – liberty being made subsidiary to rules – dethroned liberty. Hamilton, Marshall and the Federalists were political power-seekers. To them, liberty was little more than a word that gave them legitimacy; what they really wanted was power. Madison’s design stood in their way; Marbury v. Madison pulled it apart. The 14th Amendment, 1868 The 14th Amendment filled a hole in the Constitution by declaring that no state could trample an individual’s rights, such as the southern states had done by enslaving black people. (There was an earlier precedent for this, but the amendment was probably necessary.) The key section reads: nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws. Essentially, the 14th Amendment made sure that the Bill of Rights applied to everyone, no matter what their state government did. This was, in my opinion, a reasonable addition to the Constitution. The problem with the 14th Amendment is not the text itself, but that people took it to imply the moral superiority of the national government. That is a highly questionable assumption. The Central Government & Slavery When Americans talk about states’ rights, there is an instinctual objection that never fails to grip people – that without central government power, slavery would still exist. The truth, however, is the opposite. And that truth is this: Every branch of the national government of the United States assisted slavery until 1863. You can verify this yourself; go look-up The Fugitive Slave Act of 1850 and the Dred Scott decision. While the southern states and the national government were supporting slavery, the northern states fought it: They nullified laws supporting slavery. (Wisconsin was exemplary in this.) The secession resolution of Georgia complains specifically about this: For above twenty years the non-slave-holding States generally have wholly refused to deliver up to us persons charged with crimes affecting slave property. [Northern state officials] shield and give sanctuary to all criminals who seek to deprive us of this property. The northern states were the anti-slavery heroes, not the central government in Washington. If your school books implied the contrary, they lied. The 17th Amendment, 1913 The 17th Amendment took the powers of the states and transferred them to Washington, by mandating the popular election of senators. Previously, senators were elected by the state legislatures. That gave the states massive power in the central government. It provided a check on the power of the national government. If the states were unhappy with the direction of national government, they could instruct their senators to change it. With senators being elected directly by the populace, the states were cut-out of the equation. In their place, political parties gained massive power, and nearly all power was consolidated in the city of Washington. The argument in favor of the 17th Amendment was that state houses were corrupt and that they acted erratically, often leaving seats vacant for some time. It is certainly true that the states were unruly. This, however, was not a crucial issue; the work of the Senate could continue regardless. Respected politicians, however, did not want to be seen as part of a disorderly body. As for corruption in the states, that was often true, but the implied idea, that Washington was pristine, was – and remains – a bad, bad joke. But, even now, the moral superiority of the central government is often assumed, probably because many people find comfort trusting in the largest and most powerful thing. Power always corrupts, but a structure featuring small, separate pockets of corruption is far less dangerous than one featuring a single, large seat of corruption, to which all money is gathered. As Thomas Jefferson wrote: It is not by the consolidation or concentration of powers, but by their distribution that good government is effected. The government of the United States remains, but it is of a fundamentally different character than the federal republic designed by Madison. Yet, we all keep saying federal. Not only is this use incorrect, but it has prevented us from recognizing the crucial fact that the American federal republic was stolen from our great-grandparents. This is not a trivial argument over vocabulary. Deceptions and frauds are accomplished over time by changes in the meanings of words. Sometimes this is done purposely and sometimes it happens because people are more comfortable evading the original meaning. But regardless of how much intent was involved, the meaning of federal changed radically between 1803 and 1917. Our current use of the word conveys a completely different meaning than the original. This change of definition has masked a fundamental turning point in the governance of the American people. What you do about this – or whether you do anything at all – is entirely your choice. I am merely pointing as best I can to the truth. I will add only this: If you call yourself an American, be one. Paul Rosenberg FreemansPerspective.com “We Do NOT Have a Federal Government” was originally published on LewRockwell.com In the operation of these powers, it is national, not federal; Madison – six times in this passage – distinguishes between federal and national. There can be no question about this: he is referring to two different things. Federal is NOT the same as national. We no longer use these distinctions because the US government has become entirely national – we have nothing else to attach the tag federal to. At the founding – as Madison was writing the US Constitution – the meanings of the words he used were these: When Jefferson took the Presidency, Marbury’s appointment was still in the Secretary of State’s office. James Madison, who now filled that office, withdrew the appointment for precisely the reasons you’d expect (being based on dirty dealing), and went about to appoint someone else. Not all the commissions could be completed before Jefferson was inaugurated. One of these was slated for delivery to a hard-core Federalist named William Marbury. Federal powers were those that came from the contributions of the states. Marbury ran to the Supreme Court, which was entirely composed of Federalist appointees. He demanded to be given his office. The Federalists, Alexander Hamilton being the driving force, organized into a faction (a political party) that organized and pooled their power. In the sources from which the ordinary powers of the government are drawn, it is partly federal and partly national; In a complex ruling, the Court (led by John Marshall) ruled that Madison was wrong to withhold the appointment, but that this didn’t matter, since the underlying law from 1789 was unconstitutional. Facing a loss of control after the election of 1800, they pushed John Adams to appoint a large group of judges and other officials in the lame duck session before he left office. Adams complied. These appointments were written for five-year terms – long enough for the Federalists to retain control through the next election. In its foundation it is federal, not national; To be fully precise, “federal” meant a union based on a treaty. It described the type of association that was being used. Madison distinguishes between national and federal in exactly the same way that we distinguish between a business and a club. Federal Powers You can see from Madison’s words that the structure of the United States government very carefully included federally-derived powers. Madison specifies them as fundamental components. At its origin, the national government was dependent on the states, and not vice-versa. When the states shifted their positions, the central government, which rested on top of them, had to move along with them. Understand, this was not a case where the national government was supposed to shift along with the states – there was literally no other possibility. An analogy would be the surface of the ocean moving up and down as a wave passes. The national government rode on top of the federal arrangement – when and where it moved, the national government automatically followed – like the surface of the ocean moving with a wave. There was nothing else it could do or be. Madison did this on purpose. It was the central controlling and protecting mechanism of his design. Here is what Thomas Jefferson had to say about the original federal structure of government in the US: Thomas Jefferson, Letter to William Johnson, 1823 The capital and leading object of the Constitution was to leave with the States all authorities which respected their own citizens only, and to transfer to the United States those which respected citizens of foreign or other States; to make us several [separate] as to ourselves, but one as to all others. Jefferson, as usual, understood the essence of the arrangement: Separate among ourselves, but as one toward the rest of the world – the outsiders who only saw the surface of the wave, not the waters underneath. Jefferson (who was certainly not alone in this) saw the centralizing movement of power from the states to the capital as the great threat to the American experiment of liberty: Thomas Jefferson, Letter to Nathaniel Macon, 1821 Our government is now taking so steady a course as to show by what road it will pass to destruction. That is: by consolidation first, and then corruption, its necessary consequence. The Path of Destruction The federal structure of the US government was abolished in steps, over time. Certainly the largest factors were the confusion, ignorance, apathy and fear of the populace, which resulted in mute compliance. There were, however, watershed moments along the way. The most important of these events were the following: Marbury v. Madison, 1803 This most important of Supreme Court rulings resulted from a complex case involving dirty deals, a politically-stacked Supreme Court and the entry of partisan politics into the operation of the American republic. By the time it was over, the Court had ruled against the man who wrote the Constitution (James Madison) and claimed the sole right to interpret it. Here’s how it went: In the extent of them, again, it is federal, not national; and, finally, National powers were those of an independent central government.