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Legislation by state Rep. Peter Lucido of Shelby Township, which would allow expert testimony to be admissible during criminal cases involving human trafficking, was approved by the House Law and Justice Committee today.Lucido pointed out the importance of such testimony to explain how victim behavior can be affected by being in a sustained human trafficking environment.“Based on the recommendation of our state’s Human Trafficking Commission, this bill is incredibly necessary,” Lucido said. “Expert witnesses are another reliable and credible resource to go with victim testimony, whether it’s for the defense or the prosecution during trial. Psychologists can talk about sex abuse, controlling behavior and physical or mental trauma, which these victims often are subjected to in this type of environment. However, we must give the victims an additional credible voice as an option to be used in these cases.”House Bill 4211 will advance to the full House for consideration. 07Mar Rep. Lucido bill to allow expert testimony in human trafficking cases Categories: Lucido News,News
Categories: Farrington News,News 19Dec Recent signed law from Rep. Farrington enhances child pornography penalties Proposal set in motion in wake of Larry Nassar scandalLegislation proposed by state Rep. Diana Farrington enacting sentencing guidelines within new penalties for possession, production and distribution of child pornography was recently signed by the Governor.Under previous law, an individual who knowingly possessed or sought to gain possession of sexual material involving children could be guilty of a felony punishable by up to four years in prison. House Bill 5661, now Public Act 374 of 2018, imposes a 10-year maximum sentence for the new crime of aggravated possession of child sexually abusive material.The proposal also has a 15-year maximum for distributing, promoting or financing the distribution of the material and a 25-year maximum for producing the material.“The heinous acts of Larry Nassar pressed us into action. We needed to work quickly and effectively to keep our children safe,” said Farrington, of Utica. “I’m pleased we were able to come together and roll out solutions that will harshly penalize individuals who engage in this awful behavior and hopefully prevent such incidents from occurring again.”In addition to Nassar’s sexual abuse while working in a variety of different medical capacities, one of his lesser publicized offenses was his vast collection of child pornography. An FBI raid revealed that Nassar was in possession of at least 37,000 images and videos of child pornography. This material allegedly depicted children as young as infants, as well as personal videos of himself sexually assaulting girls under the age of 12. Nassar pleaded guilty to three federal charges related to child pornography in federal court.Farrington’s bill was one of five signed as part of ongoing, bipartisan Nassar-related efforts that have taken place during the 2018-19 legislative term.
22Jan Rep. Eisen named Vice Chair of Transportation Committee in Michigan House Lawmaker will serve on three other committeesState Rep. Gary Eisen was recently appointed as Vice Chair of the Michigan House Transportation Committee for the 2019-20 legislative session, an important position to help improve the conditions of Michigan roads and bridges.Committee assignments were announced by Speaker Lee Chatfield.“As Transportation Vice Chair I will work with my House colleagues to prioritize roads and ensure families can travel safely across the state,” Eisen said. “We must work together to ensure road projects are done on time and on budget, so our investments are of the best possible value to Michigan residents.”Eisen also will also serve as a member of the Agriculture, Local Government and Natural Resources and Outdoor Recreation Committees.Eisen represents the residents of the 81st District, which includes the communities of Lynn, Berlin, Emmett, Brockway, Greenwood, Gant, Clay, Clyde, Port Huron, St. Clair, East China, China, Cottreville and Mussey Townships, as well the cities of Yale, St. Clair, Marine, Marysville and Algonac in St. Clair County.### Categories: Eisen News,News
Mobile technology specialist IMImobile has integrated its Multi-Media Console with the Zeebox Showtime social TV platform.IMImobile’s platform provides broadcasters with a way to aggregate audience content across digital streams including Twitter, Facebook, SMS, MMS, email and apps. This allows the broadcaster to edit, curate and publish user-generated coverage through Zeebox’s second-screen interactive TV platform.The pair initially cooperated to drive audience engagement for pay TV operator BSkyB’s Got to Dance show on Sky One, creating a ‘social wall’ for each of the acts performing on the talent show.Jay Patel, managing director of IMImobile, said, “Zeebox are leading the way in second-screen audience engagement, and how to utilise social media for TV. We look forward to working with zeebox and broadcasters globally to drive audience engagement, and to create new, innovative formats that put content at the heart of a show.”
French commercial broadcaster TF1 is to launch a synchronised companion screen service, kicking off with talent show The Voice on February 2.The broadcaster will deliver synchronised content to smartphones, tablets and computers allowing viewers to access supplementary content about the show.Viewers can link up via the MyTF1 website or dedicated app, click on a ‘Connect’ button and begin interacting with the show. They can create their own 90-second video, choosing an extract from the show to share via Facebook or Twitter. The service also provides Instant Replay, allowing viewers to replay the show immediately it is broadcast, according to e-TF1 director Olivier Abecassis. Viewers can also ‘buzz’ for their favoured contestants as the show is in progress.TF1 plans to launch additional synchronised functionality in March related to news and sports programmes.The new service is designed to win and retain audience loyalty, with little in the way of additional direct revenue expected for now. In the future, the broadcaster is looking to develop additional advertising opportunities.
Satellite operator Arabsat is to exclusively distribute three HD channels from SPI International in the Middle East and Africa.Arabsat will distribute HD and SD versions of combat sports channel Fightbox HD, factual channel Docubox HD and fashion and lifestyle channel Fashionbox HD from the 26° East and 20° East orbital positions.“We are very pleased to start a partnership with SPI International; we are committed to provide them with the best satellite services and bring them to Arabsat neighborhood of more than 170 million viewers over the Middle East and Africa. We pledge our support to help SPI International expand and wish them the very best of luck, said Khalid Balkheyour, president and CEO, Arabsat.“Following the successful launch of our new HD channels in Europe, Asia and North America we are very happy to partner with Arabsat and expand our global reach to Middle East and Africa,” said Loni Farhi, SPI International president.
Netflix viewers watched more than 4 billion hours of content on the video-on-demand service in the last three months, according to CEO Reed Hastings. The stat, released via Hastings on his Facebook page, came in the same week that Netflix told investors in a regulatory filing that it may use Facebook, Twitter and its blog to disclose material information.This followed a ruling this month by the SEC that companies should identify what sites they issue information on in order to stay compliant with fair-disclosure rules.Using the 4 billion figure as a jumping-off point, BTIG analyst Rich Greenfield estimated that Netflix’s 28 million US subscribers are watching an average of 87 minutes of Netflix per day, likely making it “the most watched cable network, essentially in-line with the Disney Channel.”
Advertising technology provider Smartclip has teamed up with Euronews to deliver advertising for the news channel across the web, mobile and connected TV.Smartclip will deliver advertisements for the news organisation in Europe, Australia, Canada and the US.Olivier de Montchenu, managing director, Euronews sales said: “As we add more and more rich media content to our news channel, it is important that we adapt our advertising formats. We have partnered with smartclip due to the global reach of its community and the fact that with its advertising solutions, our viewers will be able to receive meaningful ads for them.”
BSkyB’s Now TV OTT boxes are now available in Argos and Currys PC World stores across the UK, with John Lewis to begin supplying the devices in the coming weeks. In addition Sky has bundled the Now TV box with content passes for the first time, enabling customers to choose from either a Sky Sports Day Pass or three months Sky Movies Pass at Now TV retail stands in shopping centres.A Now TV Box with a Sky Sports Day Pass will be available for £14.99 (€17.69), providing unlimited access to all six Sky Sports channels for 24 hours. A Now TV Box and a three months Sky Movies Pass will be available for £24.99.Other services available via the Now TV box include Sky News, BBC iPlayer and the BBC News app, Demand 5, Spotfiy, Facebook and Flickr.Sky said it planned to add further entertainment channels, including some third-party channels, by the end of this year.
Per BorgklintEricsson has agreed to buy TV anywhere platform provider Azuki Systems, in a deal designed to boost Ericsson’s TV and media portfolio.Ericsson said that the deal will give it additional functionality for deploying TV anywhere services, including adaptive bit rate and content protection technologies, as well as Azuki’s team of skilled software engineers.Massachusetts-based Azuki was founded in 2008, has 49 employees, and provides TV anywhere platforms for service providers, content owners and broadcasters.Its solution combines OTT video with personalisation, content protection and scalability and supports different monetisation options.“We are executing on our TV and media strategy and Azuki adds key technologies and capabilities to extend our market leadership position,” said Per Borgklint, senior vice president and head of business unit support solutions at Ericsson.“Traditional TV is shifting rapidly towards TV Anywhere. Azuki Systems further positions Ericsson to help customers deliver on the Networked Society’s global demand for customised and personalised media experiences that include content on any screen, any time across any network.”The deal follows Ericsson’s recent acquisition of Microsoft’s Mediaroom business, which closed in September and established Ericsson as world’s largest provider, by market share, of IPTV middleware technology and solutions.Ericssson also agreed to linear playout services firm Red Bee Media last year, though the deal is currently under investigation by the UK Competition Commission.Financial details of the Azuki deal were not disclosed. The acquisition is expected to close before the end of February.
Melita, a Malta-based telecom services provider, has appointed former Telesystem International Wireless CEO, Bruno Ducharme, as an independent non-executive director.Ducharme founded and served for 12 years as the CEO of Telesystem. He is now a private investor and also sits on the boards of Orange Switzerland, Tele2 Russia, Baltic telco Bité and UK fibre broadband firm Hyperoptic.
Former Channel 5 boss Dawn Airey has left her position as chief of Yahoo’s European operations.Airey is well-known in UK TV circles, having been at Channel 5, Channel 4 and ITV in her career. She joined Yahoo in late 2013 as senior VP, EMEA.Yahoo confirmed her departure with a statement: “We are incredibly grateful to Dawn for her dedication and contributions to Yahoo over the past two years, and for her leadership of this extremely important region.”She will be replaced at Yahoo by Nick Hugh who is currently general manager, advertising, EMEA.At the internet firm she reported to COO Henrique de Castro. At the point she was hired, he said: “Dawn is well known for her visionary thinking, operational discipline and leadership skills, and I can’t wait to work with her as we position Yahoo! for growth throughout the EMEA region.”Airey was recently one of a number of senior media execs appointed to advise the government ahead of UK pubcaster the BBC having its Charter renewed.Last September Airey brought former Disney and Endemol sales boss Tom Toumazis on to her team ashead of partnerships.
TV viewers in the UK now watch 26 minutes less per day than they did in 2010 and there is a “widening generational gap” in viewing habits, according to Ofcom.The UK broadcast regulator’s ‘Public Service Broadcasting Annual Report 2016’ claims that people under 25 are watching around 25% less broadcast TV than in 2010, while the average viewing of those aged 55-64 has declined by 5%.Those aged 16-24 have “particularly embraced on-demand services”, with live TV accounting for just 36% of daily viewing, a 14 percentage-point decrease in two years.“TV viewing on TV sets has fallen substantially in the last five years, with a widening gap between the viewing habits of the youngest and oldest audiences,” said Ofcom.“Among all those who have a TV set in the home, lower proportions of people under 35 watch TV in a typical week, compared to older age groups.”On average, people in the UK watched 3 hours 36 minutes of measured broadcast TV in a typical day in 2015, compared to 4 hours and 02 minutes in 2010.Ofcom said that taking a ten-year view, daily viewing looks resilient, but this is because the oldest viewer groups have propelled viewing figures, while there are “marked declines” in viewing among all other age groups, including children.The average weekly reach of total broadcast TV is 82% among those aged 16-24, compared to 97% for adults aged 65 and older.“One of the potential reasons for the decrease in viewing among younger age groups is the increase in popularity of on-demand services. Around six in ten adults now use on-demand services such as BBC iPlayer, All 4, Netflix or Amazon, with reach rising to around seven in ten among 15-24s and 25-34 year olds,” according to the report.Ofcom said that the main five public service channels provided by public service broadcasters (PBSs) reached 84% of the TV population in a typical week, and accounted for 51% of all broadcast TV viewing in 2015.This share is similar to the last three years, but represents a decline from ten years ago when PSBs held a 70% share of viewing.The PSBs spent £2.50bn on new UK programmes on their public service channels in 2015, a 2% increase since 2013; the most recent comparable year due to the absence of major sporting events.Some 73% of viewers said they were satisfied with PSB public service broadcasting overall, while 7% were dissatisfied.“Our research shows that UK audiences still watch and value public service broadcasting. But there are significant differences in the viewing habits of older and younger audiences,” said Jane Rumble, Director of market intelligence at Ofcom.“As media and technology continue to evolve, it is important that broadcasters respond to these changes, so they can keep meeting the needs and expectations of viewers.”Separately, Ofcom chief executive Sharon White said that the BBC should “reflect the nation in all its diversity” once its new charter comes into effect in 2017, in an interview published today by the Guardian.
Cindy RoseMixed reality (MR) will be one of the technologies that will help spur a “fourth industrial revolution,” according to Cindy Rose, CEO of Microsoft UK.Speaking at the Microsoft Future Decoded conference in London this week, Rose spoke about new capabilities that will help Microsoft take its customers, partners and its own business “into a new era”.“The capabilities that have made us successful in the past are not necessarily the capabilities that will make us successful in the future,” said Rose. “At Microsoft we believe that cloud services, AI, mixed reality and in due course quantum computing form the bedrock of the fourth industrial revolution.“We believe that these technology shifts will really reshape our lives, our businesses, our organisations, markets, [and] society, and we believe that these technology shifts will deliver incredible benefits.”At the Future Decoded event expo, Microsoft and its partners demonstrated how augmented and virtual reality technologies are already being deployed across both business and entertainment.Demos for Microsoft’s Hololens AR headset showed how the technology can be used in industry, for instance in the auto manufacturing. Windows powered VR headsets from partners like Acer also showed the potential for VR gaming and entertainment experiences.HoloLens is currently available in 10 markets, including the UK. At Future Decoded, Microsoft announced it will roll it out to another 29 countries across Europe.The new markets are Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and Turkey.