Congratulations to Mark Scott from South Sydney Touch for winning a World Life Savings Championships.Mark Scott has represented Australia a number of times in Touch Football, winning World Cups in 1988 on the Gold Coast, 1991 in Auckland, and 1995 in Hawaii.Mark also won the World Amateur Surfboard Riding Open Championships back in 1980. Just recently mark competed at the 2008 World Surf Life Savings Championships in Germany, winning the Beach Sprint and the Beach Relay, and also coming second in the Beach Flags.Mark still competes at the NSW State Cup for his beloved Souths Touch and Touch Football Australia would like congratulate Mark on these wonderful achievements.Thanks to Lynette Piggins for providing the article content.
Cabinet has approved US$7.4 million for the supply, installation and commissioning of a sea walk floating pier for cruise ships at Port Royal.Making the disclosure during yesterday’s (July 11) post-Cabinet press briefing at Jamaica House, Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, informed that Cruise Ventures AS was awarded the contract.In March this year, Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, announced Cabinet’s approval of the development of a cruise-ship terminal at Port Royal, creating a platform for the restoration of the sector in the historic town.Port Royal is one of the most fascinating locations in the entire Caribbean, with well over 500 years of incredible history, full of the most interesting characters to have ever lived.A key component of the proposed development is restoration of historical sites in Port Royal, including the Old Naval Hospital, Fort Charles, the Admiralty houses and Fort Rocky.
LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment But Alice Glass wasn’t missing at all.“I was just alone in a hotel room, staring at the ceiling, reading the same book over and over again,” she says over the phone from Los Angeles, where she now lives.It wasn’t her choice to skip out on the interview.“It was somewhat of a band rule that I should remain mysterious and talk as little as possible,” she explains. “Although it was a band rule I didn’t come up with or particularly like.” This is not the first time Alice Glass has appeared on the cover of NOW. But it’s the first time she gets to tell her story.Back in 2008, Glass appeared on the cover as part of the Toronto electro-punk duo Crystal Castles. But only her bandmate, Ethan Kath, spoke. Glass was a no-show to the interview, and the article opened with the line “Alice Glass is missing.”At the time, it was seen as posturing, another diva move by a performer whose shadowy disposition was as much a part of the group’s standoffish image as its aggressive live shows. Advertisement Advertisement Facebook Login/Register With: Advertisement Twitter
Struggling 35-year-olds mostly rebounded nicelyQuarterbacks who posted subpar numbers in their first five games during their age-35 season and how they fared in rest of that year, 1978-2017 Brett Favre2004GNB86.97.186.07.195.47.8 Ken Anderson1984CIN82.07.368.07.796.17.6 Matt Hasselbeck2010SEA83.36.974.86.472.37.0 Jim Hart1979STL70.66.949.05.759.06.0 Dan Fouts1986SD81.87.855.46.384.07.7 The Steelers may be 3-2, but the mood in Pittsburgh is dour. Ben Roethlisberger is coming off a five-interception fiasco against the Jacksonville Jaguars, the latest and worst in a run of lukewarm performances this season. Plenty in Steeler nation are beginning to question whether the 35-year-old Roethlisberger has hit the wall. One of those people is the actual Ben Roethlisberger.The numbers are definitely not pretty, especially when compared to his career averages. That interception festival he hosted in Week 5 torched his passer rating, which has sunk to 75.8 and is way below his 94.1 career rating entering the season. More alarming than the spate of picks is that Roethlisberger’s yards per attempt, which for his career prior to this year stood at a near all-time-best 7.9, is a career-low 6.5 so far this season.But a closer look at the numbers shows there’s good reason to believe that this bad stretch is just that: a bad stretch. Here are the key reasons Steelers fans should still have hope — regardless of what Roethlisberger himself is saying or thinking.History is on his sideWe identified several quarterbacks who struggled in the first five games of their age-35 seasons when compared to what they did through age 34.1We looked at quarterbacks going back to 1978 to make sure all of them had played in the merged NFL for a decent amount of time. To qualify for the list, each quarterback needed to have a minimum of 125 pass attempts through five games. In almost every case, these QBs bounced back to something much closer to their established levels. To be sure, there’s some selection bias at play here — most of these quarterbacks are generally excellent, because erratic and unreliable passers do not usually last in the NFL until they are 35. CAREERGAMES 1-5GAMES 6-16 Jim Kelly1995BUF85.87.567.86.387.07.1 Trent Green2005KAN87.97.780.56.994.38.3 Drew Brees2014NOR95.37.591.87.299.67.7 PLAYERYEARTMRATING*YPA*RATINGYPARATINGYPA Ben Roethlisberger2017PIT94.17.975.86.5 *Through age-34 season.Minimum 125 passes in first five games, with a QB rating worse than career numbers prior to that season.Source: Pro-Football-Reference.com Among the passers on this list, the average QB rating improved from 71.2 in the first five games to 86.0 for the remainder of the season. Their yards per attempt also rebounded, from a pedestrian 6.7 to a solid 7.4, on average. If Roethlisberger improves at the same rate, his passer rating for the rest of the year would be 88.4 and his yards per attempt would bounce up to 7.2. But Hall of Famers Dan Fouts and Jim Kelly beat those averages, so it’s certainly possible that Roethlisberger could outperform them as well.Roethlisberger is still doing Roethlisberger thingsWhile the box scores have been ugly, many of Roethlisberger’s underlying numbers have been typical for his career. His accuracy hasn’t declined significantly: Only 17.5 percent of his throws have been off target, which is only a shade worse than the 16.9 percent rate he posted in the regular season from 2014 to 2016. And on deep passes,2More than 10 yards. Roethlisberger has actually been a hair more accurate, 28.2 percent of his throws have been off target this year compared to 28.3 percent in the past three years.You would think that as Roethlisberger ages, he would start to lose his trademark ability to move outside the pocket on broken plays and find something down the field. But in a limited sample so far this year, he has still been effective when chased from the pocket — he has posted a 101.2 passer rating on just nine dropbacks in these situations this year compared with 124.2 on 93 dropbacks in the prior three seasons.One logical explanation for Roethlisberger’s poor start would be that something was amiss with his offensive line. Perhaps he’s under more pressure than usual? But in fact, the Steelers QB is tied with Oakland’s Derek Carr for the least pressured quarterback in the league this year — both have been under threat on just 15.1 percent of dropbacks. And that’s the way it has been for a while in Pittsburgh; Roethlisberger had the second-lowest pressure rate in the league (behind Peyton Manning) from 2014-16.So if Roethlisberger hasn’t suddenly become inaccurate and he’s not suddenly facing more pressure, the Steelers’ offensive problems may extend beyond the QB and O-line.Bell and Brown are not helping mattersThe real explanation for Roethlisberger’s poor start may be the decline in efficiency of his two top targets, wideout Antonio Brown and running back Le’Veon Bell.On Roethlisberger’s 62 targets to Brown this year, his passer rating has dropped to just 71, down from 112.2 on 480 targets in the past three years. And while it’s hard to tell from a passer rating whether the quarterback or receiver is more to blame, other stats provide some evidence that the 29-year-old Brown is not quite himself this year. According to the NFL, defenses are playing Brown much more tightly at the snap — his average cushion has declined from 5.2 to 4.5 yards, one of the lowest among all receivers. But he’s not making defensive backs pay by running by them, as his average separation is unchanged (2.9 yards).Bell’s receiving ability, meanwhile, is downright ordinary this year. The prior three years, Roethlisberger had 105 passer rating when throwing to Bell. This year, it’s 85.4. Bell is averaging 3.85 yards before contact and just 1.48 after. The prior three years, those figures were 6.64 and 2.20. It’s hard to blame Roethlisberger for Bell being unable to get open and make defenders miss.Bell’s ineffective performance so far has also meant that Roethlisberger can’t use him as a safety valve, which has crushed the QB’s stats against the blitz. In the past three seasons, Roethlisberger had a 96 rating on 381 dropbacks against blitzing defenses — mostly because the underneath pass to Bell was so effective. This year, his rating on those plays is down to 54.6, the lowest in the league.Sunday, Roethlisberger travels to Kansas City to face the unbeaten Chiefs, who have been winning more with offense than defense, which may mean his receivers will be able to find a little more space. And Roethlisberger’s attitude about his ability to perform has undergone a 180-degree turn. “They can question me. I don’t question myself,” he said, three days after his “Maybe I don’t have it anymore” interview. “I think you guys are much more panicked than we are.”And unless Roethlisberger is a huge outlier and suddenly craters at age 35, or Bell and Brown have completely lost their ability to be dominant receiving threats, it seems there actually is little reason for Steelers fans to panic.
The No. 24 Ohio State women’s basketball team is not the same team Michigan sent packing Dec. 30. A major difference is the presence of freshman center Ashley Adams, who stepped in for senior forward Sarah Schulze after she suffered a season-ending knee injury during the Buckeyes’ Jan. 16 win against Michigan State. “Ashley has been great,” Schulze said of the reigning Big Ten Freshman of the Week. “Me getting injured and her getting a chance to play might have been the best thing to happen to this team.” Coach Jim Foster agreed that Adams’ presence has been a driving force on the team. “She’s got a couple areas where she’s really far advanced for a young player,” he said after practice Wednesday. “She has some really, really solid habits that are invaluable.” Schulze described her new role on the team as emotional leader. “It’s been really different,” Schulze told The Lantern. “They can still hear me from the bench, though. I can still provide the team with motivation.” In tonight’s home rematch against the Wolverines, the Buckeyes look to make up for their 64-51 loss in Ann Arbor, Mich. Schulze said a quick start will be key for the Buckeyes tonight. “Before, they just clobbered us in the first 10 minutes,” she said. “If we just come out and set the tempo instead of being run over.” Junior guard Samantha Prahalis described OSU’s previous meeting with Michigan as “probably the worst game of the season” to the media Wednesday. “We just played terrible,” Prahalis said. “Now, we’re more in sync. We’re playing good defense.” Foster said he thinks the Buckeyes are a changed team and ready for Michigan. “We’re not the same team we played up there,” he said. “We’re playing more of a high-low game. Our guards’ defensive pressure is terrific.” Tonight’s game is scheduled to tip off at 7 p.m. at the Schottenstein Center.
Ohio State junior guard C.J. Jackson (3) calls for help in the first half of the game against Radford on Nov. 12. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorBoth Ohio State (2-0) and Radford (1-1) seemingly tried its best to lose Sunday’s game with both teams piling up fouls and turnovers. But in the end, it was the Buckeyes who survived the sloppy play to beat the Highlanders 82-72. After the game, though the stat sheet showed a win for the Buckeyes, only one thing stood out to senior forward Jae’Sean Tate. “Turnovers,” he said. Ohio State committed 19 fouls and turned the ball over 15 times. Radford turned the ball over 15 times and committed 26 fouls.The Buckeyes’ improved discipline in the second half appeared to be the difference maker. After turning the ball over nine times in the first half and committing nine fouls, the Buckeyes posted just six turnovers and 10 fouls, respectively, in the second half. Radford, on the other hand, continued to run into foul trouble, tallying 13 fouls in the second half.The team looked much more disciplined for most of the second half, but head coach Chris Holtmann said he really was only going to focus on the negatives. For him, that was the entire first half. “I didn’t particularly care for the start, really the first half,” Holtmann said. “I just didn’t think we had quite the mindset we needed to have at times.”If there was any highlight for Ohio State, it came from guard C.J. Jackson, who finished the evening with 19 points, three assists and six rebounds. The night did not start out well for Jackson, however. The team’s lone point guard appeared to be trying to force too much to happen with the ball in his hands. He committed four turnovers, including one on an in bounds pass and another on a bounce pass from outside into the paint. But after sitting down on the bench and talking with assistant coach Ryan Pedon extensively, Jackson played with more energy. He knocked down a 3-point shot 30 seconds after returning to the game. Two minutes later, he added another 3 to his scoresheet, gathered a defensive rebound on the next Radford possession and knocked in a close-range jumper to add to the Buckeyes’ lead. “Once coach pulled him out, I went over to him like, ‘Look bro, there’s a lot of basketball to be played,’” Tate said. “Once he got out there and saw a couple shots going in and hit the singles like coach said, then he just took over the game — more aggressive, he found his rhythm and he made everybody around him better too.”With plenty of fouls and turnovers, the game began as a topsy-turvy matchup with five lead changes coming in the first 7:16 of play. The final lead change during that time span came when freshman forward Kaleb Wesson caught a pass a few feet from the basket, surveyed the court for an open Buckeye before sinking a mid-range jumper to put the Buckeyes on top 11-10. Ohio State led for the remainder of the game, however Radford kept it close. Senior Andrew Dakich turned over an inbounds pass leading 15-12 and Radford guard Carlik Jones tipped in his own missed shot to bring the game back to one point.From that moment, Ohio State outscored the Highlanders 29-20 the rest of the first half to extend its lead to 44-34, fueled predominantly by Jackson and redshirt junior forward Keita Bates-Diop, who combined for 16 points. Throughout the game, Bates-Diop was able to impose his will on the smaller Radford defense. The 6-foot-7, 235-pound forward finished the game with 22 points and 10 rebounds for his second double-double in as many games. He went 8-for-17 from the field, including 3-for-7 from beyond the arc, and made all three of his free-throw attempts. The size gap was apparent between the two teams from the start, but the Highlanders had a plan to minimize the impact the gap had. Radford played aggressive defensively, often deploying a full-court press on the Buckeyes. The HIghlanders also waited back on every in bounds pass, and often would wrap up the point guard taking the ball out. Still, there was only so much they could do. The Buckeyes dominated inside the paint, outscoring the Mountaineers 34-22 from inside.Holtmann attributed a bulk of the ability to score in the paint to the strong rebounding demonstrated by both Tate and Bates-Diop throughout the game.“Yeah those guys got, obviously JT and Keita both have a real nose for the ball,” Holtmann said. “I was pleased with their ability to go get it and I think they’re a really good offensive rebounding team, so that’s something we really hammered. And I think we did a pretty good job keeping them off the glass.”Coming out of the break at halftime, the Buckeyes came out playing much improved defense, preventing the Radford offense from getting much of anything going. Bates-Diop knocked down a 3-pointer just 20 seconds into the half, but after that, it took two minutes for another team to score. But 3 1/2 minutes into the half, the Buckeyes exploded out for a 12-1 run over the next 2:08, quickly extending their lead to 61-35.Ohio State struggled to find the net for some time after that, managing only 21 points over the remaining 14 minutes of the game. But it continued to play strong defense to limit the Highlanders. They only put up 27 points of their own to fall 82-72 to Ohio State.Ohio State will look to build on the 2-0 start to the Chris Holtmann-era at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Schottenstein Center when it hosts Texas Southern.
Paris Saint-Germain President Nasser Al- Khelaifi, the club that just signed former Juventus goalkeeper has welcomed the signing of Gianluigi Buffon saying his ambitious personality stands him out among football players.“We all feel an immense pride in welcoming Gianluigi Buffon into the great Paris Saint-Germain family,” he said via the official website.“The immensity of his career, as well as his ambitious personality, unifying and elegant, make him one of the most admired and respected players in world football.Revealed: Florentino Perez’s plan to sign Kylian Mbappe Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 12, 2019 According to a report from ‘El Chiringuito’, Florentino Perez revealed his plans to sign Kylian Mbappe from PSG next season.We all knew this was…“At 40 years old, his passion for football is intact and Gianluigi has found the ideal environment in our project to set himself extremely high objectives transmitting his experience, not only to the other goalkeepers at the club but to all of our players.“Our supporters will know how to welcome Buffon with the enthusiasm and love that he deserves.“His arrival reaffirms our will to always go higher, an ambition that we intend to pursue with a determination just as strong.”
News The new stage production will highlight the life and music of the “King Of Pop”Nate HertweckGRAMMYs Jun 19, 2018 – 8:56 am The Michael Jackson Estate has partnered with Columbia Stage Live to develop a new stage musical inspired by the life and music of Michael Jackson. The show is set to arrive on Broadway sometime in 2020, and the score will include some of Jackson’s most influential hits such as “Thriller,” “Smooth Criminal,” “Beat It,” and “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough,” the song that earned Jackson his first career GRAMMY for Best R&B Vocal Performance, Male at the 22nd GRAMMY Awards. Michael Jackson Musical To Land On Broadway In 2020 Facebook Twitter Michael Jackson Musical Coming To Broadway michael-jackson-musical-land-broadway-2020 Email NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO May 15, 2017 – 1:50 am Michael Jackson GRAMMY memories While the show’s title and the theatre that will host it were not revealed, some of the key contributors have been announced. Two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage is on board to write the book and Tony Award-winning ballet superstar Christopher Wheeldon will handle choreography, according to Variety.The new show follows a slew of so-called “jukebox musicals” featuring the life and works of music artists, including “Jersey Boys” (The Four Seasons), “On Your Feet” (Gloria Estefan), “Summer: The Donna Summer Musical,” and “Beautiful: The Carol King Musical,” which won two Tony Awards in 2014.Jackson’s remarkable career, from his time in the Jackson 5 to his worldwide success as a solo artists, was cut short in 2009 by the singer’s untimely death. In 2010, he was honored with The Recording Academy’s Lifetime Achievement Award, and Jackson also received the prestigious GRAMMY Legend Award in 1993. The Jackson Estate previously sanctioned two Cirque du Soleil shows, and has produced other posthumous projects including a Michael Jackson’s Thriller 3D and the albums Michael and Xscape.Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”
WILMINGTON, MA — The Department of Public Works began site work for the Pickleball Courts at Town Hall (Palmer Park) on Monday morning and is expected to continue all week.On Friday, May 11, a crane will be on site for the purpose of removing larger trees. As a result, the basketball court and playground area will be off limits between the hours of 7am. and 4pm.In the event work is not completed on Friday, work will resume on Friday, May 18.Town Meeting voters approved funding for three pickleball courts at Saturday’s Annual Town Meeting.Unsure what Pickleball is? Learn more about the sport by watching this video from the Wilmington Recreation Department HERE.(NOTE: The above announcement is from the Town of Wilmington.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip?Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedTHE WAIT IS OVER: Pickleball Courts To Open At Palmer Park This Wednesday, September 26In “Community”Wilmington To Build 3 Pickleball CourtsIn “Government”NOW HIRING: Town’s Highway Division Is Hiring An Equipment OperatorIn “Business”
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Listen at WEAA Live Stream: http://amber.streamguys.com.4020/live.m3uAdam Jackson, co-founder of Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle sits in as guest host, and continues a series of conversations about violence and homicide in Baltimore, with a focus on solutions leading up to the, “Baltimore Ceasefire,” August 4-6.These stories and much more on AFRO’s First Edition with Sean Yoes, Monday through Friday, 5-7 p.m.
By Valerie Fraling, Special to the AFRO“Music does a lot of things for a lot of people. It’s transporting, for sure. It can take you right back, years back, to the very moment certain things happened in your life. It’s uplifting, it’s encouraging, it’s strengthening.” Aretha FranklinThe first time I met Aretha Franklin was her first appearance at the Baltimore Civic Center. DJ Larry Dean took me backstage to meet the most beautiful woman I had ever seen. She was so gracious and built like a “Brick house.”“I say a little prayer for you” Aretha FranklinWhile backstage, Sir Johnny O told us that Otis Redding had just died in a plane crash. We sat in disbelief as everyone processed the tragic news. Later, Aretha went on stage to perform as only the future Queen could.“Being the Queen is not all about singing, and being a diva is not all about singing. It has much to do with your service to people. And your social contributions to your community and your civic contributions as well.” Aretha FranklinYears later, The Queen performed at Pier V in Baltimore, my great friend Biddy Wood asked me if I wanted to meet Aretha Franklin. He walked over to her limousine and the next thing I know I am standing in front of the Queen and Wes Hairston is standing beside the limo witnessing this special moment. Biddy walked away and she invited me to sit in the limo with her.“Everybody wants respect. In their own way, three-year-olds would like respect, and acknowledgment, in their terms.” Aretha FranklinThe first thing she asked me was “how is Damita?” Now, I’m totally impressed that she would ask about a fellow sister in music. I told her how Damita Jo DeBlanc, a singer, was doing and she told me to make sure I told Damita that she asked for her. We talked mostly about Baltimore back in the day. I will always remember that magical night.“I’ve been around long enough for people to know who I am and what my contributions are. They know me as more than just an artist. I think they know me as a woman as well.” Aretha FranklinI saw The Queen perform at the Meyerhoff; I was standing outside when I saw her pull up in her limo. I wasn’t close enough to speak but, as she stepped out of the limo she looked around and waved. Yes, the Queen waved. I got my ticket from my good friend Mary Demory and and unbeknownst to me, it was the best seat in the house, seven rows back dead center. The Queen walked out on stage with her legendary big purse, in a sky blue gown. She sat the purse down next to the piano and gave a royal performance befitting her royal subjects, who have loved her from the beginning of her career until infinity.The last time I saw the Queen was at the inauguration of President Obama. In frigid weather she sang as we all stood in the cold, proving once again that she was still the Queen.“Falling out of love is like losing weight. It’s alot easier putting it on than taking it off.” Aretha FranklinThe Queen taught us about RESPECT and how to feel like a “Natural Woman,” she taught us if we wanted “a do right man we had to be a do right woman.” The Queen told us about “the house that Jack built” and when we’re sick don’t call no doctor but call “Dr. Feelgood” and the perseverance to sit right there “until you come back to me” and how to say “call me.” Then she would tell him “I’m drinking again” while experiencing “sweet bitter love” while telling him “I never loved a man the way that I loved you.”“And I was booked once to go on ‘Ed Sullivan’ and I got bumped and ran out the back door crying.” Aretha FranklinQueen, in your early life like a “bridge over troubled water,” you navigated the tide and made every young girl realize it’s not where you start but where you end in life that counts.The “skylark” will sing as you “climb up the mountain” riding on the “freeway of love in your pink cadillac” remember to “rock steady” and “jump to it” entering heaven’s gates. “You told Mary don’t you weep” but it’s hard not to weep.“Feels like I’ve seen you before maybe in a past life, you were mine and I was yours. ‘Cause the vibe we share feels so comfortable. Is it possible someone could make me lose control? Look what you’ve done to me. Finding it hard to breathe, cause’ I just can’t believe you’re feeling me like I’m feeling you.” Aretha FranklinHappy 44th anniversary Dell and Tony Perry and happy 10th anniversary to Colin’s Restaurateurs, Dante and Candes Daniels.“Every birthday is a gift. Every day is a gift.” Aretha FranklinSending birthday wishes to Rosa Barber on her 93rd birthday, 80th birthday for William Clayton and happy birthday Pastor Purcell Wylie, Pastor Tim Tooten, Helen McDonald and my great neighbors Ernestine Jolivet and Tina Jolivet.Somebody prayed for mePlease keep my mother, retired United Methodist Pastor Pauline Wilkins, in your prayers as she recuperates at St. Agnes Hospital and Thurston Jones as he recuperates at home.“I paid my dues; I certainly did.” Aretha FranklinFamily and friends gathered to say good-bye to the beautiful 96-year-old Priscilla Blackwell, mother of Maurice, Charles, Leo and Wayland. Mrs. Priscilla was a woman of class, style and dignity, elegantly dressed in a hat, stylish outfit and her red nails, making a true fashion statement.Family and friends are mourning the death of longtime community and political activist Randy Carroll and prayers to Ralph Gilliam on the death of his mother Josephine Gilliam.“When God loves you, what can be better than that? “ Aretha Franklin
02Nov Rep. Hoitenga votes to eliminate driver responsibility fees State Rep. Michele Hoitenga today joined a bipartisan majority of her House colleagues voting to end punitive driver responsibility fees and forgive outstanding debt.Hoitenga, of Manton, said the fees were imposed in 2003 when reckless spending by a previous administration left the Legislature desperate for funds. To balance the budget, driver responsibility fees were imposed, forcing families into a seemingly endless cycle of debt and poverty.“These fees did nothing to improve the driving skills of those paying them, and in fact denied driving privileges to most of those forced to pay the fees,” Hoitenga said. “Once deprived of a driver’s license, many were forced out of the workforce and had to depend on government handouts. Those who continued to drive illegally to get to and from work risked additional fees if they were pulled over. It was a horrible Catch 22.”Under the eight-bill legislative package, the fees will be completely eliminated in October 2018. At that time, all debt from driver responsibility fees will be forgiven. And those still required to pay the fees until next October have options.“The legislation reinstates a community service option, enabling people to pay off their debt by helping to improve their neighborhoods until the fees are eliminated,” Hoitenga said. “Another option is participation in a workforce development program, which will help them find jobs once they regain their driving privileges.”The bills now go to the Senate for consideration.#####The bills are House Bills 5040-5046, 5079 and 5080. Categories: Hoitenga News,News Debt forgiveness key aspect of bipartisan legislation
UK media regulator Ofcom has indicated that it is likely to oblige the English Premier League to make more football available on TV following its investigation into the football body’s rights auction, according to the Telegraph newspaper.According to the Telegraph, citing multiple unnamed sources, Ofcom will not force the League to make matches played at 15:00 on Saturdays available, but it will intervene to increase the number of matches that can be broadcast live at other times.Ofcom launched an investigation at the end of last year following a complaint by Virgin Media about the way the Premier League sells rights, alleging that the Premier League’s practices broke UK competition law.
Christian AsangerSky in Germany has made two key appointments to boost its entertainment offering.The pay TV operator has named Christian Asanger as vice-president, entertainment channels. Asanger, who will report to film and entertainment chief Marcus Ammon, was previously creative director at Sony Pictures Television and has also worked for Warner Bros and ProSiebenSat.1, where he was responsible for formats including TV Total, Quatsch Comedy Club, Popstars, Germany’s Next Top Model and The Bachelor.Sky has also named Ludovic Simoens as vice-president, transactional business, in charge of pay-per-voew including transactional on-demand services Sky Select, Sky On Demand and Blue Movie.Simoens will report to Malte Probst, head of programming operations and transactional business.