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About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Wolves midfielder Joao Moutinho: I can play five more years easilyby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveWolves midfielder Joao Moutinho says he has plenty of football left in him.The 33-year-old midfielder has already made 14 appearances in all competitions for Wolves this season as the club made their return to European football for the first time in almost four decades.”The age, it’s just a number. I feel good.” Moutinho told Sky Sports.”I can play, if you ask me now, five years easily. But we never know what comes for the next year, or the next week.”What I keep trying in my mind is to work hard in the week to be better for the game.”
LaLiga seek to move date for Barcelona v Real Madridby Carlos Volcano8 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveThe LaLiga has requested that the RFEF’s Competition Committee change next weekend’s Clasico to the Bernabeu from Camp Nou. LaLiga feel that the game should not be played in Barcelona due to the political unrest in Catalonia following the prison sentences handed to nine politicians and civil leaders.AS reports Spain’s Sports Council, as part of the government, is also against the game going ahead at Camp Nou on October 26: “As events are developing we consider that, in the same way as La Liga and the RFEF, for security reasons, it’s not reasonable to play this game as is planned.” Now it’s up to the Competition Committee to make a final decision after hearing arguments from both clubs. Barça are happy for the game to go ahead, while Real Madrid would like it postponed and played at a later date – and not moved to the Bernabeu. About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
The Center for Public Integrity and The Associated Press analyzed financial disclosure reports from 6,933 state legislators around the country and found that three out of four lawmakers had income from other employment.While outside jobs give lawmakers expertise in certain policy areas, it also provides an opening for potential conflicts of interest. Lawmakers’ businesses and the industries they work in can be directly affected by the actions of the legislatures. The reporting unearthed numerous examples of state lawmakers who have introduced and supported legislation that directly or indirectly helps their own businesses, their employers or their personal finances.Even then, their actions do not necessarily represent a conflict of interest as defined by state legislatures. Legislatures set their own rules about what constitutes a conflict and at what point lawmakers should recuse themselves from a vote.___WHAT ARE FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE REPORTS AND WHY DO THEY MATTER?Personal financial disclosure reports are intended to help the public understand where and how government officials get their income, and whether any of those ties present conflicts of interest with their political work.These disclosures are especially important for state lawmakers. Unlike many other elected officials, legislators across the country often hold other jobs and run businesses when legislatures are not in session. The AP and Center for Public Integrity review found that at least 76 per cent of state lawmakers holding office in 2015 had outside jobs.That’s different than in Congress, where moonlighting by members has been sharply restricted since 1978.Only three states — Michigan, Idaho and Vermont — have not required such reports. In June, though, Vermont announced that it will begin requiring them in 2018.___WHAT KINDS OF JOBS DO LEGISLATORS HOLD OUTSIDE OF THEIR POLITICAL OFFICE?State lawmakers work all kinds of jobs and sometimes more than one. Lawyers and those with ties to real estate tend to dominate, but some legislators also drive taxis, wait tables, own cemeteries, judge boxing matches, play guitar in rock bands or deal in rare coins.Such outside employment gives lawmakers expertise in certain policy areas, but many of those jobs are directly affected by the actions of the legislatures. That can create conflicts of interest.___HOW CAN I LEARN MORE ABOUT MY LEGISLATOR’S FINANCIAL TIES?Out of the 47 states that require personal financial disclosures, the completed forms are available online in 31 states. In the remaining 16 states, those who want to view the reports might need to email a clerk or take more complicated steps such as showing their photo IDs or requesting the documents in person.The Center for Public Integrity has made it easier by putting disclosures from a total of 6,933 lawmakers in 47 states who held office in 2015 into a searchable digital library.___HOW OFTEN DO LEGISLATORS UPDATE THEIR REPORTS?In most states, the reports are filed annually. But in North Dakota, disclosures are required only in election years.North Carolina and Colorado require lawmakers to file initial reports that detail their employment and investments. Each subsequent year, though, they can file a form stating only that nothing has changed since the prior report. In these two states, you might have to collect multiple years’ reports if you want to get a complete view of your lawmaker’s disclosure. We have gathered those older files in our disclosure library.___WHAT DO THE DISCLOSURES CONTAIN?Some states ask lawmakers to detail the jobs of their spouses or children, their businesses, investments, real estate holdings or even ties to lobbyists. Others ask for little beyond the legislators’ sources of income.New Hampshire’s form contains only two sections: a checklist to declare if lawmakers believe they have a conflict in certain areas; and a space to declare sources of income over $10,000.On the Wyoming form, in addition to questions about income sources, two checkboxes ask whether the filer has any real estate or security holdings. But the lawmaker does not have to provide additional details on which stocks or where the real estate is located.___CAN LEGISLATORS VOTE ON A BILL WHEN THEY HAVE TIES TO IT?It depends on the state. In every state except Oregon and Utah, legislators can abstain or ask to be recused from voting on legislation. Most states specify that they should do so if the legislation presents a conflict of interest.But many lawmakers are still allowed to debate, and sometimes even vote, on legislation and amendments that might benefit them or their companies. Louisiana allows lawmakers to debate bills that benefit a personal or financial interest even after they have recused themselves. California lawmakers can vote on legislation even after declaring conflicts of interest if their votes are “fair and objective.”In the Idaho Senate and the Kansas House, legislators need two-thirds of the chamber’s permission to abstain.Oregon and Utah require lawmakers to vote if they are present, regardless of any potential conflicts of interest. Many legislators say frequent abstentions would keep their chambers from working properly.A reporting partnership between The Associated Press and the Center for Public Integrity.
Courtesy of MCTFormer Ohio State football player Ray Small was behind bars Friday morning after being arrested the previous night on numerous drug and gun charges.Small, 26, was indicted on a total of six felony drug possession and trafficking charges that were filed July 10.According to Columbus Division of Police, Small was held in the Franklin County jail after the gang unit found him in a condominium in Whitehall.The charges against Small were from an April search of his apartment in north Columbus.The indictment issued for Small said authorities captured drugs including heroin and oxycodone in addition to a semi-automatic handgun and assault rifle. Another man, Anthony Jones of Detroit, was also named in the indictment for being connected with the alleged crimes.Small was caught up in the 2010 Buckeyes football memorabilia scandal, telling The Lantern he sold rings and other valuables for money. He also posted a video to YouTube in May apologizing to former OSU coach Jim Tressel among others for his role in the scandal as well as his drug problem. Small cites his upbringing in the video, saying that he did not receive much discipline and that he is “truly sorry” for his actions.Small was also indicted on drug charges and after he was found to have more than 200 oxycontin tablets in Meigs County in 2012.According to Fox 28 in Columbus, Small could face up to 33 years in prison if convicted of all charges.Small played wide receiver and returned punts and kickoffs for OSU from 2006 to 2009. He totaled 61 receptions for 659 yards and three touchdowns in his career and returned a punt and a kickoff for touchdowns.
There have been recent talks that Major League Soccer could be adopting a schedule similar to that of its European counterparts.Currently, the MLS season begins in March and regular season play ends in October, with playoffs beginning soon afterward. If the league decided to convert to the schedule most European soccer leagues use, teams would begin their seasons in August and play until May, with a short break in December and January.Some of the most successful leagues in the world, including the English Premier League, the Spanish La Liga, the Italian Serie A and the German Bundesliga, use this type of schedule. If MLS changed its schedule, it would be more in accordance with these leagues. But what exactly would this schedule change mean for MLS?For starters, this alteration of the schedule would result in more competition in viewers and attendance, which MLS seems to be struggling with already.With its current schedule, the only other major league sport MLS has to compete with during the summer is baseball. If the league decides to go through with the change, it would be competing with the NHL, the NFL and NBA at some point during the season.If the league does change its schedule, weather would also prove to be a difficult issue in regards to attendance. With the change, MLS play would run during the winter months, and in certain cities where winters are harsh, this could cause a problem. The 2012 season set a record for MLS’ highest attendance since its first games in 1996, with an average of 18,807 spectators. Would attendance still increase or even be maintained during these cold months?In addition, some people might feel that MLS should not have to change its schedule or rules to match that of the European league. Unlike the European leagues, whose seasons end after regular season play, MLS has a playoff system, similar to that of other American sports.On the other hand, changing the schedule would align MLS to European leagues and FIFA. During the summer, there are an abundance of international games played because of it being the offseason for most leagues — but not for MLS. Players in MLS are always called up for international duty during the summer, causing them to miss many games and often become fatigued from all the back and forth travel they endure. This could easily be avoided by a change of schedule. And what of the World Cup, which takes place in the summer? The MLS will most likely take some time off, similar to what the teams have done in the past, but the league does not postpone its games for the entire length of the World Cup. MLS’ current schedule does not cater well to the needs of international players.So what does this all mean? Should MLS adopt a European-style schedule? In my opinion, it would be beneficial for MLS to alter its schedule to be more in accordance with the European leagues. Since MLS attendance has been rising in recent years, I have no doubt that soccer fans will not abandon the sport for football, basketball or hockey. The popularity of soccer in this country is growing, which can be seen through the EPL signing a huge $250 million dollar TV package with NBC here in the states. The change would also make it easier for the players, especially the players who serve international duty during the summer — they will no longer have to miss regular season games for international games.It is time for the MLS and the its to abandon its old ways, and come round to the idea of a new schedule. One thing is for sure, though; the transition, while necessary, will most likely not be an easy one.
Juventus and Sassuolo would clash on Sunday and Juventus head coach Massimiliano Allegri is confident his star player Cristiano Ronaldo will break his scoring duck during the match.He also beckoned the Portuguese star to win the FIFA world player of the year award.The five-time Ballon d’Or winner skipped Portugal’s Nations League win over Italy in order to concentrate on Juventus after failing to score in their opening three Serie A games.“Cristiano worked well and I think tomorrow he will score and break the ice,” Allegri told a press conference ahead of Sunday’s game against second-placed Sassuolo, according to The News.“I don’t expect Ronaldo to do more or less than what he did in the first three games, everyone was waiting for Ronaldo and he set up (Mario) Mandzukic.”“I believe tomorrow could be his day.”Vidic: “Ronaldo is the most professional footballer I’ve seen” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Nemanja Vidic opened up on how a 21-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo’s professionalism left him stunned at Manchester United.The Juventus boss also wants the five-time Ballon d’Or winner to lift the FIFA world player award for a sixth time following his performance for Real Madrid last season.“With no offense to Luka Modric, I’d give the Ballon d’Or to Ronaldo for what he did last season. I think he deserves it,” said Allegri.Ronaldo has already netted 44 goals for Real Madrid during the last season part of which includes 15 in the Champions League that is on the way to a third straight title.“This is where the season starts in earnest.”“Our first objectives are to qualify from our Champions League group and lead the way in the league in order to be fighting on all fronts come March.”
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, August 30, 2017 – Nassau – If she wins, Glenys Hanna Martin would be the first female elected party leader in the country and the first for the Progressive Liberal Party which has a strong heritage of raising up indomitable women. Hanna-Martin about 24 hours ago in a spirited press conference held in the Englerston constituency announced that she will indeed challenge current interim leader, Philip Brave Davis and any others for leadership of the PLP. Hanna Martin is the four-time Member of Parliament for Englerston in Nassau, which is one of the four constituencies which was retained by the PLP in the May 2017 General Elections.Hanna-Martin is already an historical figure within her party, having served as the first woman National Chairman. In her announcement, the mother and grandmother spoke of the distinctions of The Bahamas and Bahamians and reflected on the iconic political movements she witnessed in a front row seat; she said it is time for The Bahamas to move from this place of challenge to a place of harmony.Hanna-Martin set her sights on becoming a change agent for the education system, saying a #PLP under her watch would invest more concretely in the human capital of The Bahamas.Throwing their support behind Hanna-Martin were former ministers and women politicians, Melanie Griffin and Hope Strachan, who agree that Glenys is more than the next leader of the PLP, but the next Prime Minister of The Bahamas.Other areas focused on by #GlenysHannaMartin were health, transformation of inner city communities, substandard housing and scarcity of food. Hanna-Martin said she also plans to modernize the PLP, making Bahamian people the subject and not the object. Over 10,000 people watched the announcement on Facebook.#MagneticMediaNews Grand Bahamian among those on PLP Constitutional Committee, new leader readying for 2022 Elections Related Items:#GlenysHannaMartin, #magneticmedianews, plp Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Bahamas: Hanna-Martin dismisses PLPs unready for woman leader, calls for party reform Bahamas: Brave wins, Cooper wins, Mitchell wins, Lynes wins for new PLP leadership
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Jamaica, November 9, 2017 – Kingston – The three newly elected Members of Parliament (MPs) were sworn in today (November 7) during the sitting of the House of Representatives.They are Member of Parliament for St. Mary South Eastern, Dr. Norman Dunn; Member of Parliament for St. Andrew Southern, Mark Golding; and Member of Parliament for St. Andrew South Western, Dr. Angela Brown Burke.After taking the Oath of Office, the MPs were welcomed by Prime Minister the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, as well as other Members of Parliament on both sides of the House.The members were sworn in after victories in the recently held by-elections on October 30. This followed the retirement of the Most Hon. Mrs. Portia Simpson Miller and Dr. Omar Davies from representational politics. The seat for St. Mary South Eastern was left vacant following the death of Dr. Winston Green in August.As a result of the by-elections, the ruling Jamaica Labour Party now has a 33-30 majority in the Lower House.Release: JIS Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp
Attorney general Mahbubey AlamAttorney general Mahbubey Alam on Tuesday said the review petition against the Supreme Court verdict on the 16th amendment of the constitution will be filed in December, reports UNB.”We found the certified copy of the Appellate Division verdict that scrapped the 16th amendment of the constitution on Monday. So, we have 28 days more time in hand. I hope, we will file the review in December,” Alam told journalists at his office.Mentioning that there is no benefit to lodge the review petition right now, he said, “Seven justices of the Appellate Division heard the main appeal. Now, the number of justices is five in the Appellate Division. As per the rules of the review petition, either equal number or more justices are needed to hear the review petition.”There is no possibility of hearing until new justices are appointed at the Appellate Division.On 4 November, law minister Anisul Huq said the review petition would be filed within this month.On 1 August, the Supreme Court released the full text of its verdict upholding the High Court verdict that declared illegal the 16th amendment to the constitution establishing parliament’s authority to remove Supreme Court judges.The Jatiya Sangsad passed the 16th amendment on 17 September 2014.On 5 May last year, the HC declared the 16th amendment illegal. The government on 4 January last filed an appeal with the apex court challenging the HC decision.On 3 July, the Appellate Division, led by chief justice Surendra Kumar Sinha, upheld the HC verdict.
Share Bill Clark for The Texas TribuneTexas Attorney General Ken Paxton holds a press conference on June 9, 2016 in front of the U.S. Supreme Court to discuss the filing of a lawsuit against the state of DelawareTexas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s trial on criminal securities fraud charges is set to begin May 1. Jury selection will be held April 20-21 and April 27-28, according to a recent order by George Gallagher, the judge presiding over Paxton’s case. He also scheduled a hearing on pretrial motions for Feb. 16. The trial will unfold in the heat of the legislative session, which began Tuesday and ends on May 29, and as campaigns get underway for the 2018 elections. Paxton plans to seek another term.Paxton is accused of misleading investors in a company from before his time as Texas’ top law enforcement official. He has pleaded not guilty.Read More Timeline: Attorney General Ken Paxton’s Legal SagaHe is also fighting similar civil charges at the federal level. A judge threw out that case last year, but the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission rebooted it by filing amended allegations two weeks later. In the criminal case, Paxton faces three felony charges of breaking Texas securities law. If convicted, he could be sent to prison for five to 99 years.Last year, Paxton exhausted his options in trying to put an end to the criminal case. The final blow came in October, when Texas’ highest criminal court declined to hear a Paxton appeal. Paxton did not want to discuss the trial during a news conference later Thursday on human trafficking. Asked if Texans can expect to have a full-time attorney general this year, especially in May, he declined to answer. “I would like to confine this to human trafficking questions if that’s at all possible,” Paxton said, adding that he is happy to answer questions about other topics at a later point in time.Read more:Last month, Paxton was zeroing in on state Rep. Byron Cook’s credibility in a new push to discredit the latest federal civil fraud allegations against him.Use this timeline to to keep up with Paxton’s legal and political drama.This article originally appeared in The Texas Tribune at https://www.texastribune.org/2017/01/12/paxton-trial-fraud-charges-start-may-1/.
Kolkata: With continuous apathy of the Centre in addressing the problem of river bank erosion in Bengal, the Mamata Banerjee government has decided to invest Rs 107 crore to check erosion at vulnerable areas along Ganga and Padma rivers. Rajib Banerjee, the state Irrigation minister, said: “We will be investing Rs 107 crore to check erosion of the banks of river Ganga and Padma.”The work that will be carried out by investing the money, will be completed by the end of March 2019. Hundreds of people will get relieved as they would no longer have to worry about their houses getting washed away by strong currents. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsIt may be mentioned that in 2017-18, the state Irrigation department had invested Rs 72.1 crore to check erosion at different points along the rivers and with the investment of another Rs 107 crore, a stretch of 15 km will be concretised, so that the soil does not get eroded any more.It may be recalled that around 37 spots were identified, where erosion of river banks is a serious problem and hampers the normal lives of people.The most vulnerable points out of these spots have been identified, where the work will be carried out initially so that it doesn’t cause further loss to property as agricultural land was also washed away at many places due to erosion of river banks. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedAfter completion of the concretisation and strengthening of the river banks at such vulnerable locations, the same task will also be gradually taken up elsewhere in due course of time, so the problem is ironed out at all the spots.It may be mentioned that Padma river divides Murshidabad in Bengal and Bangladesh. So, the erosion of river bank also leads to threat to national security as there have been instances when river bank close to Border Out Post (BOP) of Border Security Force was washed away. BSF jawans maintain vigil on Bangladesh on the other side of the river from the BOP. On the other hand, a stretch of river Ganga divides Malda with the neighbouring states on its west. So, erosion of river bank has come up as a serious issue, causing inconvenience to the local residents.Banerjee said: “We had approached the state government several times. But it fell on deaf ears. So, the state government has taken up the responsibility to ensure safety of the people who reside along the river, by checking possibilities of erosion.”
Kolkata: The prestigious St Xavier’s University on Tuesday officially launched the first batch of MBA course on its New Town Campus.It will be two-year full time residential course commencing from the current academic year, offering specialization in marketing, finance, human resources and systems and operations. The course will be run under Xavier Business School.The University has got its approval from All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE) to begin the MBA programme. The classes will be done in two batches, each consisting of around 45 students. The curriculum and syllabus have been finalised. Admission process for the course was done through national and international level admission tests like XAT, CAT, GMAT and others. The University has already recruited a number of faculty and a set of guest faculties from the industry, having teaching experience in renowned business schools, have been empanelled. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeIt may be mentioned that Xavier Business School, a separate business school was already set up on the University Campus for running this course. The state-of-the-art, smart and air-conditioned class rooms and amphitheaters have also come up. The students can access a number of online professional journals in a separate updated library that has been set up for the new course. There is also a modern computer lab with adequate number of computer terminals and a state-of-the art language lab. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe course was inaugurated on its campus in New Town in the presence of Vice-Chancellor Father J Felix Raj, Pro Vice-Chancellor Father Sebasti L Raj and industrialist Sanjiv Goenka. While addressing the gathering Goenka urged students to believe in themselves in order to be successful.While sharing his personal experience as a student, Goenka, Chairman of RP-Sanjiv Goenka Group said during his college days there had been frequent load shedding in the city and the electric supply office performed miserably. He also claimed that their company later acquired the CESC with a vow to solve the problem.Father J Felix Raj told the media that a full-fledged law school will also be set up on the New Town campus as a part of the university’s Vision 2025. The University will offer a Bachelor degree in LLB of 5 years duration. The project is in the pipe line, said Father J Felix Raj.
Kolkata: The younger brother of one Prithwi Baran Ganguly (78) whose body was found at his residence under Bidhannagar East police station on Sunday morning lodged a complaint saying that the deceased’s maidservant had conspired with his driver to kill the house owner.The incident has created a sensation at EE Block of Salt Lake on Sunday. On the basis of the complaint lodged by the victim’s younger brother, Dibyendu, also a resident of the same Block, the police have arrested the maidservant, identified as Jaba Chakraborty, and driver Ranjit Santra. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe complainant told the police that the victim who used to reside with his wife at his residence had been suffering from age-related ailments for the past few months. The couple was being looked after by the maidservant and the driver. The complainant told the police that he saw a hearse in front of the house of the deceased on Sunday morning. As the younger brother rushed to the spot, he was stopped by Jaba and Ranjit after which they produced a death certificate of the victim. The complainant alleged that his elder brother might have been poisoned to death by the duo and demanded a detailed probe into the incident. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe body of the victim was sent to Bidhannagar Sub-Divisional Hospital for post-mortem. Both the accused were remanded to three days’ police custody after being produced before a court. Ganguly was an employee of the Kolkata Metropolitan Water and Sanitation Authority. During preliminary interrogation, Jaba demanded that Ganguly had given her a portion of the flat. But she could not produce any papers in this regard. Police are also trying to find out if Ganguly had any will or not. His wife has been shifted to a relative’s house following Sunday’s incident.
Kolkata: A Chinese national has been arrested at the Hastings police station for allegedly clicking pictures of Victoria Memorial and Fort William using a drone on Saturday afternoon.He was produced before the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate, Kolkata at the Bankshall Court on Sunday and was granted police custody till March 25. According to sources, on Saturday afternoon Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) personnel engaged in Victoria Memorial’s security spotted a drone on the premises. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseAfter a few minutes, some CISF personnel identified the Chinese national as Li Zhiwei. Zhiwei was controlling the drone using a remote control. When he was intercepted, the accused allegedly tried to escape. But CISF personnel were able to detain him soon. After he was detained, the drone was checked thoroughly and found that it had captured pictures of several parts of Victoria Memorial. CISF personnel also found some pictures of Fort William, which is adjacent to Victoria. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataDuring interrogation, it was found that the accused Chinese national had came to Kolkata on Friday night from China via Malaysia. On Saturday he went to Victoria Memorial. Later, Central Industrial Security Force handed him over to Hastings police station and lodged a complaint against him. Police have started a probe and interrogating him to know about his intentions. Question arose that being a foreign national if he was unaware about that using a drone to take pictures of such facilities is illegal, why he tried to escape when CISF personnel asked him to stop and surrender. Sources informed that the information of the arrest has been conveyed to the Chinese Consulate.
05Nov Michigan House panel takes testimony on local resident’s idea for new Michigan law Mark Shrapnell, at right, today testifies before the House Elections and Ethics Committee on his idea to reform the millage election process. Rep. Dan Lauwers, at left, formally introduced the legislation.A Michigan House committee today took testimony on legislation proposed by a constituent of Rep. Dan Lauwers to increase voter turnout and save taxpayer dollars by limiting millage increase elections to November or August.Mark Shrapnell of St. Clair came up with the idea for the legislation as part of a contest sponsored by Lauwers to give constituents the chance to help direct public policy. Residents were asked to send in ideas for legislation, and the top five proposals were introduced by Lauwers. Shrapnell traveled to Lansing to testify before the committee.“Mark’s idea is a common-sense measure to help ensure a better representation of the people at the ballot box while saving hard-earned taxpayer dollars,” said Lauwers, R-Brockway Township. “Local voters deserve the right to be heard when it comes to any new millage proposal, and our primary or general elections are when the majority of people vote.”House Bill 4887 specifies that after Dec. 31, 2014, a local taxing unit would be required to hold a new or increased millage proposal during the November general election or August primary election. Under current law, a taxing unit can hold up to two millage elections during the year. Millage renewal elections would still be allowed at other times under the legislation.Lauwers received more than 50 bill ideas from residents as part of his legislation contest.“The contest gave local residents a unique opportunity to take part in our democratic form of government,” Lauwers said. “I want to thank Mark for taking the time to drive to Lansing to testify before the committee. It’s just another reason why it’s so important for state lawmakers to be in the district, listening to constituents. I’m happy Mark was able to get a firsthand look at government in action.”HB 4887 is still under consideration by the House Elections and Ethics Committee. Categories: Lauwers News,Lauwers Photos
Vodafone saw its TV base hit by losses in Spain in the quarter to June, but the group claimed success from its marketing of fixed-mobile convergent offerings.Vodafone overall had 9.6 million TV homes in Europe at the end of June, or 13.5 million including the VodafoneZiggo joint venture in the Netherlands.The company said that it now had 3.8 million converged homes – meaning homes that took both fixed and mobile services, up 700,000 year-on-year. Including VodafoneZiggo, the number was 4.4 million.By comparison, Vodafone had 16.8 million broadband customers in Europe at the end of June, and 50.1 million 4G mobile customers.In Spain, Vodafone’s TV base fell by 24,000 over the quarter, which the company attributed in part to a temporary delay in being able to offer the service to its wholesale footprint in agreement with Telefónica. Other factors included disconnections following the end of the football season and a new emphasis on selling premium packages.Vodafone One, the company’s converged fixed, mobile and TV offering in Spain, reached 2.4 million homes at the end of June, up 63,000 during the quarter. The company also launched a basic convergent offering via its low-cost brand Lowi in May.Vodafone added 15,000 fixed broadband customers and 55,000 contract mobile customers in Spain during the quarter.Vodafone said that average revenue increased and churn fell for households that took its converged products.Vodafone’s TV base in Germany was stable at 7.7 million. The company’s GigaKombi convergent offering sighed up 90,000 households during the quarter, taking the total converged homes to 500,000.Vodafone said that added 100,000 broadband customers in the quarter in Germany, including 65,000 on cable.Vodafone Portugal meanwhile reported that its OTT TV service was now seen by 500,000 customers, boosted by a stronger programming offer including Sporting TV and new channels from AMC.In Europe as a whole, 30% of Vodafone’s fixed broadband subscriber base is now ‘converged’. In Spain, the proportion is 88%, far ahead of other territories in which the company is present. The other market where Vodafone has successfully marketed convergence to its fixed base is the UK, with 77% of fixed customers being converged. However, the UK fixed base is extremely small compared with the overall mobile base.In Germany, only 8% of fixed broadband customers are converged, while in the Netherlands, where the merger with Ziggo was intended to capitalize on convergence above all else, the figure is 21%. In Italy, 26% of fixed customers take a mobile service, while in the rest of Europe, the figure is 28%.Overall, Vodafone posted revenues of €11.474 billion for the quarter to June, down 3.3%, including €8.299 billion in Europe, down 4.8%.“We have made a good start to the year in Europe, where our commercial momentum remains robust, and growth accelerated across AMAP. Although competition in India remains intense, service revenues stabilised compared with the prior quarter. Our substantial investments in network leadership, an excellent customer experience and even greater ‘more-for-more’ propositions for customers are enabling us to monetise strong demand for mobile data,” said CEO Vittorio Colao.“We are gaining profitable market share in broadband, and a growing proportion of our customers now take our fully converged offers. Our world-leading Internet of Things platform contributed to another quarter of solid growth in Enterprise. In addition, we are executing our ‘Fit for Growth’ cost efficiency programme in line with our plans. Overall, this performance gives us confidence in reiterating our outlook for the year.”