The Love Boat’s Isaac Washington heads to AustraliaThe Love Boat’s Isaac Washington heads to AustraliaTed Lange, best known for his role of Isaac Washington, the cocktail maker and confidant on the iconic TV series ‘The Love Boat’, will be in Sydney from 9-12 July 2019 to celebrate the return of Princess Cruises’ Pacific Princess to Australia.The December 2020 arrival of the 670-guest Pacific Princess in Sydney will coincide with the 45th anniversary of Princess Cruises’ first roundtrip cruise from Australia, a voyage that was made on the original Pacific Princess which was the ship that starred in ‘The Love Boat’.“I’m so excited to return to Australia. I first fell in love with the country while I was filming an episode of ‘The Love Boat’ in Sydney back in the 1980s,” Ted Lange said.“Two of my Love Boat co-stars, Gavin MacLeod who played Captain Stubing and Lauren Tewes who played Julie McCoy have both also travelled down-under since the show – Australia holds a special place in our hearts. I can’t wait to show Aussie’s how to make my signature cocktail, The Isaac, when I get there!”Announced yesterday and on sale on Friday July 12, Pacific Princess’ program will include an epic 90-day roundtrip Sydney voyage around South America, a 13-night cruise visiting ports on New Zealand’s North and South Islands and a special 21-night sailing to remote locations in Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands.The addition of Pacific Princess means Australians will have an unprecedented choice of Princess ships sailing from their doorstep over the 2020-21 summer, from the cruise line’s smallest ship, the 30,277-tonne Pacific Princess, to two of its largest ships – the 143,700-tonne Majestic Princess and 142,200-tonne Regal Princess. With Sapphire Princess, Sun Princess and Sea Princess also sailing in local waters, Princess Cruises will further cement its position as Australia’s biggest cruise line, offering almost 25 per cent more beds across the 2020-21 summer than any other cruise line in AustraliaAbout Ted LangeTED LANGE certainly exemplifies the Renaissance Man Theatre Award that he received from the NAACP in Los Angeles and the Heroes and Legends HAL Lifetime Achievement Award. A prolific author, educator, and director and actor of stage and screen comprise the talents that have created a revered career and worldwide recognition. On May 10, 2018, Lange received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in recognition of his Contribution to the History of Television for his work on The Loveboat.A graduate of London’s Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, Lange has written over twenty five plays and has been labeled The Black Neil Simon, The Brown Bard, and The Footnote Historian. These nomenclatures reflect the nature of the plays that he has written and produced around the country in black theatres to rave reviews and numerous awards. Lange is passionate about comedy, Shakespeare, history, and character driven theatre. His quest is to weave the African American experience into stories that entertain and educate by using current events as the touchstone for timely stories and characters, by discovering little known historical facts and bringing alive lost moments of our black history, and by using the timelessness of Shakespearean tales to reflect what is still relevant to our culture today.His Shakespearean based play written in verse, The Cause, My Soul, the Prequel to Othello, the NAACP Theatre Best Play of 2017, was presented at the Odyssey Theatre on the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death and at the North Carolina Black Theatre Festival. The Tears of Shylock another Shakespearean based play will be read at the Matrix Theatre in April 2019.Lange’s historical based plays have been produced around the nation and at the National Black Theatre Festival to rave reviews. His American historical trilogy includes George Washington’s Boy, the story of George Washington’s favorite slave, Billy Lee, The Journals of Osborne P. Anderson, the story of the five black activists that were a part of John Brown’s raid on Harper’s Ferry and Lady Patriot, the tale of a Union spy in the Confederate White House. George Washington’s Boy, was rated by the Denver Post as one of the top most important American plays.As an educator, Lange has lectured on the life of Ira Aldridge at the University of Lutz, Poland. He was named an adjunct Associate Professor at the School of Cinema/Television at USC, where he taught a weekly course in film directing. In addition to this, he currently lectures on Shakespeare and acting at high schools and colleges across the nation.An award winning theatrical director, Lange received the Artistic Director Achievement Award, as Director of an Original Play for his comedy Lemon Meringue Façade and the Dramalogue Award for outstanding directing of The Visit, which was later turned into a film. Lange also received the Oakland Ensemble Theatre’s Paul Robeson Award and the James Cagney Directing Fellow Scholarship Award from the American Film Institute.Other highlights from his stage directing include: an interracial Hamlet starring Glynn Turman, an avant-garde version of Richard III, Driving Miss Daisy, a one man show- Big Daddy’s Barbecue starring Jeff Wayne and The Heart of Biddy Mason, a jazz musical which he co- wrote with noted jazz musician Gerald Trottman. He directed the independent feature film For Love of Amy. In 1989, he directed and starred in the film, Othello. Behind the Mask – An Evening with Paul Laurence Dunbar is Lange’s one-man show, which toured to sold-out houses at Ohio State University, San Jose State and Indiana State University.Four Queens – No Trump played garnered critical acclaim in Los Angeles, Cleveland, Omaha, and Chicago and won the NAACP Best Play – 1997. The Valley Theatre Awards nominated his play, Lemon Meringue Façade, in five categories and played off Broadway in New York at the New Perspectives Theatre. Another respected play, Soul Survivor, was staged at the National Black Theatre Festival at the 1996; The Olympics in Atlanta, and at the Lee Strasberg Institute in Hollywood, which co-starred Yolanda King.Evil Legacy – The Story of Lucretia Borgia was nominated by LA Weekly for Best One-Woman Show. Also written, directed, and produced by Lange was Born a Unicorn, a rock ‘n roll musical depicting the life of Black Shakespearean actor, Ira Aldridge. Lange made his Broadway acting debut in the musical hit Hair and his theatrical acting careers spans over fifty plays including South Coast Repertory’s Piano Lesson, Sunshine Boys, Biloxi Blues, and a national tour of Driving Miss Daisy. Lange was bestowed The Best Actor 2001 by the NAACP for his work in Louie and Ophelia. His passion for Shakespeare has led to the roles of Petruchio in Taming of the Shrew, Bottom in Midsummer’s Night Dream, and leads in MacBeth, King Henry VI, and Romeo and Juliet. Other credits include Othello, in which he directed and starred in the stage version at the Inner City Cultural Center.Honored to be named a mentee of James Burrows, Lange’s TV & film directing career includes: sixty episodes of Mr. Box Office, and The First Family, as well as multiple episodes of Are We There Yet? He has directed Eve, Dharma and Greg, Moesha, Mike Hammer, and In the House. His directing expertise also encompasses a pilot he co-created for NBC, Big Daddy’s Barbecue.As a star of the television classic The Love Boat, Lange’s ten seasons as Isaac Washington earned him global recognition. His television acting career also includes That’s My Mama, Mr. T and Tina, and guest appearances on Evening Shade, Half and Half, Family Matters, In the Heat of the Night, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and The Oprah Winfrey Show. He hit the reality TV genre running on Celebrity Fit Club.Combining all his talents, Lange wrote, acted, directed, and produced his play, Let Freedom Ring in Los Angeles. A historical dramedy about how the Liberty Bell was cracked. The play is based on a true story…almost.When asked about the diversity of his career, Lange states, “The duty of the Artist is to find his muse, then let her rip.”About Princess CruisesOne of the best-known names in cruising, Princess Cruises is a global premium cruise line and tour company operating a fleet of 17 modern cruise ships, carrying two million guests each year to 380 destinations around the globe, including the Caribbean, Alaska, Panama Canal, Mexican Riviera, Europe, South America, Australia/New Zealand, the South Pacific, Hawaii, Asia, Canada/New England and World Cruises. A team of professional destination experts has created more than 150 award-winning itineraries, ranging in length from three to 111 days and Princess Cruises has been continuously recognised as “Best Cruise Line for Itineraries.”Princess Cruises continues its multi-year, “Come Back New Promise” – a $450 million-dollar product innovation and cruise ship renovation campaign that will continue to enhance the line’s onboard guest experience. These enhancements result in more moments of awe, lifetime memories and meaningful stories for guests to share from their cruise holiday. The product innovations include partnerships with award-winning Chef Curtis Stone; engaging entertainment inspired shows with Broadway-legend Stephen Schwartz; immersive activities for the whole family from Discovery and Animal Planet that include exclusive shore excursions to onboard activities; the ultimate sleep at sea with the award-winning Princess Luxury Bed and much more.Three new Royal-class ships are currently on order with the next new ship, Sky Princess, under construction scheduled for delivery in October 2019 and Enchanted Princess in 2020. Princess recently announced that two new (LNG) ships which will be the largest ships in the Princess fleet, accommodating approximately 4,300 guests with expected delivery in 2023 and 2025. Princess now has five ships arriving over the next six years between 2019 & 2025. The company is part of Carnival Corporation & plc (NYSE/LSE: CCL; NYSE:CUK).Source = Princess Cruises
Danielle Hale HUD Realtor.com US Census Bureau 2019-01-31 Donna Joseph The new residential sales statistics for November 2018 by the latest U.S. Census Bureau and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development revealed that sales of new single‐family houses in November 2018 were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 657,000, reflecting an upward trend at 16.9 percent (±19.9 percent) above the revised October rate of 562,000—but is 7.7 percent (±20.7 percent) below the November 2017 estimate of 712,000. According to Danielle Hale, Chief Economist at Realtor.com, unlike other housing indicators released during the shutdown, today’s new home sales data shows a pick up from October’s pace. Hale indicated that “the November figure trails the sales figure of a year ago, which is consistent with other data showing a sluggish finish to 2018 home sales.”The median sales price of new houses sold in November 2018 was $302,400, the report found. The average sales price was $362,400. Data on sale inventory and month’s supply on a seasonally-adjusted basis revealed that the estimate of new houses for sale at the end of November was 330,000—representing a supply of six months at the current sales rate, the report noted. The report also stated that the U.S. Census Bureau is updating its 2019 economic indicator release calendar in coordination with other agencies and the Office of Management and Budget to address the impacts of the recent lapse in federal funding. The survey is primarily based on a sample of houses selected from building permits. The purpose of the survey is to provide current national and regional statistics on starts, completions, and characteristics of new, privately-owned single-family and multifamily housing units and on sales of new single-family houses.Read the full report here. Where Do New Home Sales Stand? in Daily Dose, Featured, Market Studies, News January 31, 2019 719 Views Share
Young entrepreneurs and auto aficionados, John Temerian and David Lee Adams, alongside new partner Jan Otto, have recently announced the launch of Supercar Experience— A series of racy, high-tech mega-events.“We are proud to announce that our vision will be realized in three vibrant and affluent locations in 2010: Palm Beach, New Orleans, and the Hamptons”, says John Temerian. “David, Jan and I are extremely excited to introduce the new dimension of the Supercar concours concept, kicking off our first event in Palm Beach in February 2010.”Temerian, who produced the first Supercar event of its kind, Palm Beach Supercar Weekend 2005, in conjunction with Donald J. Trump and Barclays International Realty, assures that the 2010 experience will be ‘larger than life’, boasting state-of-the-art technology, innovative design, premier luxury, and of course the world’s largest, most impressive collection of privately owned supercars.“2010 SCX is not just a showcase, but a comprehensive experience”, added co-founder David Lee Adams. “This national celebration is the product of a power-house team of event producers, race car drivers, supercar owners, and entrepreneurs. We’re looking forward to unveiling the specifics of this event in the coming months, securing Supercar Experience as the premier lifestyle event like no other.”“Supercar Experience is a direct result of the relationships the three of us have cultivated over the years,” says John Temerian. “We each have experience catering to both the public masses and very elite groups, including the most discerning auto aficionados. We know what they expect, and pledge to deliver nothing less.”www.supercarlife.com
by The Canadian Press Posted Feb 13, 2018 7:00 am PDT Last Updated Feb 13, 2018 at 9:40 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Jonny Harris of “Murdoch Mysteries” and Emma Hunter of “The Beaverton” as shown in this handout image, will co-host this year’s Canadian Screen Awards gala. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-George Pimentel *MANDATORY CREDIT* Jonny Harris, Emma Hunter to host Canadian Screen Awards broadcast gala TORONTO – Jonny Harris of “Murdoch Mysteries” and Emma Hunter of “The Beaverton” will co-host this year’s Canadian Screen Awards gala.Harris is also known for his series “Still Standing” while Hunter’s other credits include “Mr. D.”The CBC and the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television will air the show on March 11.The new production partner for the gala is Insight Production Company.The gala will mark the end of Canadian Screen week, which will include three non-broadcast galas.Hosts for those galas will include Miguel Rivas, Andrew Phung, Carlos Bustamante and “Mind Fudge”‘s Jon Simonassi and Justine Nelson.
By Elias HazouHealth minister under resignation Philippos Patsalis on Tuesday denied reports claiming he had personally interceded to do a favour to an acquaintance of his, a pulmonologist.According to daily Politis, Patsalis had recently intervened to have a friend transferred to Kyperounda hospital instead of to Limassol’s Pulmonology Clinic.Patsalis’ acquaintance had been promoted to clinic director. However, the Nicosia clinic already had a director in place, so the logical solution would have been to transfer the doctor to Limassol’s Pulmonology Clinic, which lacked a director.Instead, Patsalis allegedly had the physician transferred to Kyperounda, with the arrangement that he would spend two days a week there, and three days in Nicosia.To justify the presence of a pulmonology director in Kyperounda, the paper said, Patsalis then also had a pulmonologist from the Limassol clinic whisked to Kyperounda.This reportedly drew objections from the Limassol clinic, which is short on pulmonologists.Patsalis denied the story.In a brief telephone communication, he told the Cyprus Mail that the reports were not true and that he did not even know the pulmonologist alleged to be his friend.He declined to comment further on why he had stepped down.Patsalis’ resignation was announced over the weekend, fuelling speculation as to the reasons.Some say he quit because he was being stonewalled by the government. The cabinet decided to postpone approving the bill on hospital autonomy, which forms an integral part of the proposed national health scheme (NHS).Others suggested Patsalis left pre-emptively, sensing he was on his way out anyway as the President was unsatisfied with his overall performance and his “managerial skills.”Following Tuesday’s cabinet meeting, which he attended, Patsalis told reporters only that he would stay on until the President finds a replacement.Government spokesman Nicos Christodoulides said the President thanked the health minister for his important work.Patsalis’ replacement would likely be announced over the next 10 days, he added.The spokesman dismissed the notion that the government is backtracking on the NHS because of pressure from interest groups.Asked how the administration plans to handle the NHS issue with the troika, Christodoulides said: “We are in touch with them, we will be explaining how things stand. The point is to have a positive outcome.The political will does exist, the intention [to reform the public health care system] is there, and we are optimistic that we shall have results soon.”Meantime, in another twist, Patsalis has filed a complaint to police over a spoof blog post claiming the minister stepped down because of the President’s refusal to sanction the use of medical marijuana.Over the weekend, the Friends of Cannabis group posted a fake letter of resignation by Patsalis. In it, the minister ‘said’ he could no longer serve while thousands of people suffered because they were being denied medical marijuana.The police’s cyber crime unit is investigating Patsalis’ complaint. Friends of Cannabis said the post was satire, and protested its freedom of speech.You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Search For 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsUndoUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementAdd This One Thing To Your Dog’s Food To Help Them Be HealthierUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoIsraeli rape suspects freed, woman who alleged assault arrested (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboola
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Categories: News 17Jan Tri-County educator joins Rep. Lower for State speech PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Jim Lower, R-Cedar Lake, was joined by Joe Williams, an assistant principal at Tri-County High School in Howard City, as a guest for tonight’s State of the State address in the state Capitol. Williams has been in the Tri County School District since 1999, starting as a science teacher and then assistant principal at the middle school. At right is Rep. Lower’s wife, Kristen.
23Mar Rep. Rendon discusses Medicaid and Healthy Michigan Plan State Rep. Daire Rendon of Lake City today welcomed Chris Priest, deputy director from the Department of Health and Human Services to the House of Representatives. The Families, Children and Seniors Committee was given an informative presentation on the positive impacts of Medicaid and the Healthy Michigan Plan.Medicaid is the largest health insurance program in the United States, with more than 1.2 million children and 148,000 seniors who benefit from the program. Since the program’s launch in 2014, Healthy Michigan Plan has covered over 465,000 preventive visits.“I’m sure everyone in this room has seen the positive effects of Medicaid from our friends, colleagues and neighbors,” said Rendon, committee chair. “Many families in need have benefited from Medicaid and Healthy Michigan Plan, and should continue to benefit from these programs.”For more information on Medicaid and Healthy Michigan Plan, visit http://www.michigan.gov/healthymichiganplan### Categories: Daire Rendon News
06Jun Rep. Lucido’s juror pay bills advance to governor’s desk The House voted today to approve state Rep. Peter Lucido’s legislation to increase pay and transportation reimbursements for citizens performing the crucial juror role during civil and criminal court proceedings.“Our jurors deserve better, especially when you consider how important they are to our justice system, and there has been no pay rate increases since 2003,” said Lucido, a licensed attorney from Shelby Township. “I’m glad we’re one step closer to making these overdue changes.”Juror compensation increases, under Lucuido’s legislation, when the state’s Juror Compensation Reimbursement Fund (JCRF) has more than $2 million over the two previous fiscal years.Lucido’s legislation also supports increasing juror mileage reimbursement and calls for the Reimbursement Fund to initiate a software contract to help improve the state’s jury management all at no added cost to taxpayers.“This is a real issue because what we’re paying even potential jurors is not sufficient to cover basic costs for serving, let alone wages lost from missing work or the increased cost of child day care,” said Lucido. “With such strong bipartisan support, we understand the need to do better for our jurors, but be fiscally responsible as well.”A second bill Lucido spoke to will update obsolete language in the Revised Judicature Act.The approval of Lucido’s two bill package will now advance to the Governor’s desk for his consideration. Categories: Lucido News,News
PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Dave Pagel, of Berrien Springs, today was joined by Berrien Springs/Oronoko Township Police Officer Rick Smiedendorf as his guest for the Michigan House’s annual Sept. 11 Memorial Service at the Capitol. The ceremony remembers members of the military from Michigan and first responders who died in the line of duty in the past year. 07Sep Local first responder joins Rep. Pagel at Sept. 11 ceremony Categories: News,Pagel News
State Rep. Kathy Crawford of Novi will host district coffee hours on Monday, Jan. 28 to meet with residents of southwest Oakland County.“Talking to my neighbors and listening to their concerns about state government continues to be one of the most important parts of my job,” Rep. Crawford said. “I am happy to continue hosting district coffee hours throughout 2019 and look forward to hearing from everyone.”Rep. Crawford will meet with residents at the following time and location:11 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Novi Coffee, 47490 Grand River Ave. in Novi.No appointment is necessary. Those unable to attend may contact Rep. Crawford at 517-373-0827 or via email at KathyCrawford@house.mi.gov. Categories: Crawford News 17Jan Rep. Crawford announces January district coffee hours
House approves measure to ban dismemberment abortions State Rep. Eric Leutheuser on Tuesday voted in support of a plan to protect a mother and child from a dismemberment abortion.“We must recognize that unborn children feel pain and should be treated with respect and dignity like any other human being,” said Leutheuser, of Hillsdale. “I will continue this fight to protect the unborn.”A dismemberment abortion, or “dilation and evacuation” (D&E), is an abortion in which a health care worker intentionally uses an instrument, device, or object to dismember a living fetus out of a uterus.The plan approved by the House bans the procedure and defines penalties for workers who violate the act.Abortion is the leading cause of death in Michigan. Twelve states already have had legislation signed into law that bans dismemberment abortions.According to data published by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, there were 1,777 D&E abortions in Michigan in 2017. That is nearly five dismemberment abortions per day.House Bills 4320 and 4321 now move to the Senate for consideration, where identical bills have been adopted.### 15May Rep. Leutheuser supports plan to protect unborn children in Michigan Categories: Leutheuser News
Share2TweetShare3Email5 SharesJuly 26, 2016; Pittsburgh Tribune-ReviewThere are 80,000 residents in Pennsylvania nursing homes, all of whom are vulnerable to those who run the institutions in which they reside. Nursing home abuse is widely considered underreported, in part precisely because of the inherent vulnerability embedded in the situation. Complaints, when made, are often anonymous, and it’s so critical that such complaints be investigated that federal policy requires it. But a recent audit found that the Pennsylvania Department of Health took it upon itself recently to prohibit anonymous complaints against nursing homes for close to three years. The audit also found problems in other oversight functions and in sanctions.On Tuesday, Auditor General Eugene DePasquale called the decision to halt anonymous complaints between 2012 and 2014 “absolutely breathtaking,” and likely “an action intended to silence critics.” He also said that the auditors could not find any records containing a rationale for the practice. Anonymous complaints were accepted again starting in 2015, and complaints increased 63 percent after that, with around 10 percent of them being validated. DePasquale also said that the health department has done little to enforce a law requiring 2.7 hours of direct nursing care per day for each resident, even though there is a clear correlation between those hours and quality of care. Even the aspect of basic standardized oversight was clearly wanting. A review of annual surveys from 42 nursing homes found 71 percent of the state’s Department of Health staffing reviews were incomplete, with 10 percent showing no proof that any review of the home’s staffing levels was conducted. The auditor general called the 13 staffing level citations that resulted from 7,325 instances of the agency completing a nursing home survey “an unbelievably low number” and said the penalties imposed on out-of-compliance institutions were nowhere near sufficient. (Pennsylvania’s maximum civil monetary penalty for such violations is $500 per day; by contrast, it’s $100,000 in California, $10,000 in New York, $10,000 in Texas, and $25,000 in Illinois, according to an analysis contained in the audit report.) Russell McDaid, president and CEO of the Pennsylvania Health Care Association, an industry advocacy group for nursing homes and their residents, applauded the audit but wasn’t so happy with the idea of increased sanctions.It is important to note that when any sanction or penalty is considered, the most important goal is to identify the practice in question, take steps to correct the practice and ensure that any sanction does not jeopardize the facility’s ability to improve resident care, comfort and safety. Taking financial resources away from the bedside does not improve resident care.Translation: We support reform completely but we do not want consequences imposed if we blow it off once in a while.DePasquale praised the current administration for its willingness to aid in the audit and to commit to implementing the 23 recommendations that came from it.—Ruth McCambridgeShare2TweetShare3Email5 Shares
Share27TweetShareEmail27 SharesMirror Mirror on the ground! / Yogendra JoshiAugust 1, 2017; New RepublicIn writing for the New Republic, Patrick Iber reviews Alex Cuadros’ new book, Brazillionaires, by way of making the point that to understand global inequality, we need look no further than Brazil—and at ourselves.To contemplate its condition is to behold an alarming portrait, only to realize that our gaze is not directed at a painting, but a mirror.Brazil is the world’s fifth-largest country by area and population. Until 2010, along with China and India, Brazil had one of the world’s fastest growing economies. (Here is a list of Brazil’s billionaires.) Brazil’s second-largest city, Rio de Janeiro, is, of course, the host of this year’s Summer Olympics. In addition to its deep recession, massive corruption scandal, and, to put it mildly, dysfunctional politics, Brazil also still justifies social apartheid. Paulo Lins’s searing novel, on which the critically and commercially hit film City of God was based, depicts the quarantined favelas of Brazil awash with narcotics and violence.But from Brazil’s poor also arise the delights of samba and many other cultural gifts. The opening ceremony of Rio 2016 celebrated these creations. To their credit, the opening ceremony choreographers included in their storytelling Brazilians with African ancestry in shackles. Cuadros makes plain in Brazillionaires that the social ills in Brazil have their equivalents in America, such as our mutual legacy of institutional racism. Brazil’s civil society is pushing back. Networks of Brazilian nonprofits are arming themselves with information and speaking out against injustice. Brazil and the US may enable its wealthy to shield themselves and their children from social ills, but Brazil’s income extremes shock the conscience. As Iber writes:Brazil, in important ways, is more representative of the world than any other country. It has been, in recent decades, among the most unequal countries in the world. If you combine all of the world’s people together and measure inequalities of wealth, you get an even higher level of inequality than exists in any single nation. Still, it is Brazil’s profile that comes the closest to matching the global situation: a small, wealthy, and dominant upper class, a modest middle class, and a poor majority that struggles for both income and effective rights.Shantytowns (favelas) are not exclusively Brazil’s problem. Trailer parks, homeless encampments, and housing in Central Appalachia reveal the shame of America’s income inequality. It’s just that Brazil is more brazen and militant in its exclusion of the poor. First in preparation for 2014’s World Cup, and especially in the run-up to the 2016 Olympic Games, Rio has been accused of abusing human and property rights. As Leticia Osorio of the Ford Foundation reports, the poor were forcibly evicted from their housing. While the 2016 Olympic Games brought expanded transportation and new facilities to Rio, the money that was promised to help the poor instead hid them from public view.While cities agree to host major sporting events based on the premise that the resulting development and legacy will benefit everyone, wealthy developers are usually the ones that get all of the gains at the expense of residents, especially those who are poor and marginalized. So what is happening in Rio is not a new story.Iber notes that the subtitle to the U.S. edition of Cuadros’ book is intentional: “Wealth, Power, Decadence, and Hope in an American Country.” It does not say a Latin American country.Environmentalists in the U.S. may cry in dismay as enormous swaths of the Amazon are cleared for soybeans and cattle—Brazilian environmentalists do too. But such activity does bring short-term gains to poor areas of the country—and, as Cuadros points out, the U.S. has made the same calculus with fracking in recent years.In Brazillionaires, Cuadros paints a portrait of Brazil that is critical of the wealthy elite. While he does not denounce them, “He is aware that the myths told about them and that they tell about themselves are deeply damaging.” The same could be said of our esteem for one of America’s billionaires when he raises some $3.5 million each year for a homeless shelter by auctioning a few hours of his time to the highest bidder. The Olympic Games help us imagine our fullest potential. The games in Brazil also show us a world in which not everyone’s human rights are protected and fulfilled. We want to believe we have the talent and technology to forge a better world, where globalization can be better managed to meet the needs and interests of the majority. While civil society needs to remain at the heart of demanding and driving this change, civil society is constantly being reinterpreted and recreated, especially in countries like China, India, and Brazil. America can help show the way, but we first must look in the mirror.—James SchafferShare27TweetShareEmail27 Shares
French media regulator the CSA has confirmed that it has withdrawn approval it earlier granted for the launch of 16 mobile TV services, signalling the death-knell for broadcast mobile TV in France.The CSA decided to withdraw its approval in February on the grounds that the commercial case for the launch of channels was far from proven, and that the companies concerned had failed to designate a multiplex operator charged with implementing the launch of services.The CSA had originally licensed TF1, M6, NRJ 12, I-Télé, Eurosport France, Direct Star, NT1 Remix, Direct 8, BFM TV, W9, Orange Sport Info, EuropaCorp TV, Canal Plus, France 2, France 3 and Arte to launch services on the platform, known in France as Télévision Mobile Personelle (TMP).Separately, the CSA has accepted Canal Plus’s request to rescind its award of a digital-terrestrial frequency for TPS Star, following the pay TV operator’s decision to close the channel down. The regulator said its move was not intended to prejudge the Competition Commission’s decision on whether Canal Plus had the right to close the channel.
Football governing body UEFA has awarded 2012-15 Champions League and Europa League media rights to RTVS in Slovakia and 2012-15 Europa League media rights to Nova Group in both the Czech Republic and Slovakia.Public broadcaster RTVS in Slovakia will broadcast the best Wednesday live Champions League match each match-week on’ as well as a Wednesday highlights.With regard to the UEFA Europa League in Slovakia, RTVS will show the best match live each match week followed by a highlights programme. Nova Group has been granted the rights to all remaining live matches, including the final on a co-exclusive basis, and will broadcast each match week one live match per kick-off slot on Nova Sport.In respect of the Czech Republic, further to the recent announcement of the award of the best UEFA Europa League live match each match week to public broadcaster Czech TV, Nova Group has secured the rights to all remaining matches including the final on a co-exclusive basis and will show on its channel Nova Sport one live match per kick-off slot.All rights can be exploited on the internet, via RTVS and Nova Group respective website, and on mobile.
Sky Italia is launching a new channel dedicated to James Bond movies.The Sky Cinema 007 channel will air all movies from the James Bond franchise in HD. The launch follows a deal with MGM giving the Italian pay TV operator the rights to all 22 Bond films from Dr No to Quantum of Solace.UK pay TV operator BSkyB is launching its own Bond channel, called Sky Movies 007, later this month.
French commercial broadcaster M6 posted a small decrease in revenues of 2.4% to €1.387 million for 2012.The broadcaster said it had outperformed the troubled French advertising market by limiting its decline in ad revenues to 3%. Revenues from digital channels and the internet grew by 2.2% to €164.7 million. The group posted net income of €140.2 million, down 6.3%.
This year’s IBC will feature a kenote session celebrating 100 years of Indian cinema featuring iconic actor Amitabh Bachchan and Bombay Talkies producer Ashi Dua.The IBC Convention Keynote will take place on Friday 13 September at 09:30 in the Forum, at the RAI Amsterdam. This session, titled “100 Years of Indian Cinema: Creative Evolution and Global Markets” will feature what IBC desribes as a star-studded and action-packed review of the brilliant, diverse and extraordinary living history of Indian Cinema.The event marks the 100th anniversary of the release of Dadasheb Phalke’s film Raja Harishchandra.The session, which will be open to all attendees, will be chaired by Mohinder Walia, managing director of Mumbai Media City, India’s largest studio, broadcast, content management and media school facility.Panellists will discuss an industry which today sees 1,000 films released each year and turned in box office receipts of US$2.6 billion (€2 billion) in 2012.“There are certain set perceptions about Indian cinema, beyond Indian shores,” said Bachchan. “The truth is that it is the breadth of styles and genres that makes the Indian cinema industry so vibrant and so culturally exciting. I am delighted to have been invited to take part in IBC 2013, a global event at which we can share our knowledge, our experiences and our enthusiasm with our peers from all around the world.”
Last night’s Brazil vs Germany World Cup semi-final match set new TV viewing records and was the most discussed sports match on Twitter, according to the microblogging network and broadcaster ZDF.The German public broadcaster said today that the game attracted 32.57 million viewers – the highest ever recorded under Germany’s current audience measurement system. This represented a record 87.8% market share.Meanwhile, according to Twitter’s own data, the match notched up 35. 6 million tweets during the telecast of the match, making it “the most discussed single sports game ever on Twitter.”Twitter Data said that Sami Khedira’s goal for Germany after 29 minutes – the German team’s fifth of the night – was the peak moment of the match, producing 580,166 tweets in the minute after it was scored.ZDF said that the game had written “sports and television history” and had beaten Germany’s previous record-holding broadcast – the 2010 World Cup semi-final between Germany and Spain, which attracted 31.1 million viewers and an audience share of 71.6%.