September 5, 2000Bess works at Camp in the herb garden.Her loving care is bringing the garden back into shape. Last week she gave Paoloa handful of his favorite cooking herbs. Photo by: DoctressNeutopia
Spending plan boosts funding for education, road projectsState Rep. Julie Calley today voted for an effective and efficient state budget that increases spending on education and transportation system repairs while at the same time reducing the size of government.Calley, of Portland, said the budget is a fiscally responsible blueprint for Michigan.“This budget does more than just fund the vital departments, programs and services upon which Michigan residents depend,” Calley said. “We accomplish that – record spending on K-12 education and the most money ever spent on our transportation system – on fewer state taxpayer dollars than those being used in the current general state budget. That’s conservative, accountable budgeting.”Calley said the budget aims to boost the number of career and technical workers available for the in-demand jobs by increasing training funds by one-third.Road and bridge projects will see an increase in the coming budget year as well.“We cut the size of state government so we could dedicate more money to fix our crumbling transportation system,” Calley said. “We need less bureaucracy and more asphalt and concrete for our roads in Michigan.”She also pointed out the Legislature made sure it was using taxpayer money efficiently.“Just like families across Michigan, we have tightened our belt by cutting inefficient programs and eliminating waste in state government,” Calley said. “We strive to be good stewards of the taxpayer money people entrust to us by forcing government to live within its means.”Other aspects of the state budget include:Overall growth in spending does not exceed the rate of inflation.The budget helps make life better in communities across Michigan by adding money for road repairs, public safety departments, parks and other programs to improve our daily lives.The plan pays down millions of dollars in debt, helping relieve state liability and opening the door for a more secure financial future. ##### 20Jun Rep. Calley joins House colleagues in voting for budget Categories: Calley News,News
Vivendi-owned French service provider SFR could launch its IPO as early as July, according to press reports.Vivendi CEO Jean-Yves Charlier, speaking on the margins of a conference organised in Paris, was reported by Reuters as having said the company is well advanced in its preparations for the spin-off.Pressed on the date, Charlier said the process could kick off at the beginning of July.Vivendi has last year indicated that an SFR IPO would likely be launched by the end of this year or the beginning of 2015.French cable operator Numericable’s principal owner Altice, the investment vehicle of Patrick Drahi, reportedly recently began a fresh move to acquire SFR, putting together an all-cash offer of between €10-13 billion raised from a mix of debt and cash raised from Numericable and Altice’s own IPOs.
The European Commission-funded HBB4All project has started work on improving accessibility services for audiovisual content delivered to multiple devices using the HbbTV standard by announcing four pilot test projects.The HBB4All project will include expert testing of new production workflows, benchmarking of the quality of access services from a user point of view and the delivery of content to PCs, tablets and smartphones.The four pilots will focus on multi-platform subtitle workflow, alternative audio production and distribution, automatic UI adaptation for accessible smart TV applications and sign language translation.According to the EBU, the poroect will benefit from its own subtitling format work, including the EBU-TT-D delivery specification, which was published last month. The latter is set to be referenced in the upcoming HbbTV 2.0 and DVB-DASH standards.The HBB4All project runs for 36 months and is led by the Autonomous University of Barcelona. EBU Members RBB, IRT, RTP and SRG (SwissTXT) participate in the project.
Video app specialist Accedo has launched its Operator Tier Android TV Launcher as a platform within the Accedo Studio Pay TV edition product. According to Accedo, the Launcher enables pay TV operators to embrace and extend their set-top-box video services to the Android TV ecosystem.The company says it will allow pay TV operators to differentiate their video services, own the user experience, and prioritize their content ahead of third-party content; all while achieving a short time to market. Integration to an operator’s content management systems, video infrastructure, and other back-office components is supported.Providing a personalized, recommendation-enabled user experience, in combination with a traditional broadcast channel guide, the Accedo Studio Operator Tier Launcher for Android TV gives access to OTT and broadcast services including: recordings; catch-up TV; movies on-demand, TV on-demand in addition to Android app-based content.Accedo’s cloud-based user interface management platforms allow the operator to re-brand, re-skin, and re-configure the Launcher with a customized user interface for each deployment.At IBC, Accedo will be demonstrating the Operator Tier Android TV Launcher, part of Accedo Studio Pay TV, on a range of certified Android TV set-top boxes from Accedo’s hardware partners.Accedo will exhibit at IBC on Stand 14.E14.