Derrick Hall satisfied with Dbacks buying and se

first_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories Campbell’s charity, the Charles Richard Campbell Foundation — named after his late father — exists to bestow scholarships and aid on Phoenix families and children in need. The organization has fed more than 300 families while donating more than $15,000 to 12 area non-profits since being created four years ago. Campbell says he hopes to one day open a community center to further empower families and children. Arizona Cardinals defensive end Calais Campbell will represent the organization this year as a nominee for the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award. The NFL each year recognizes a player from each team who is an outstanding community contributor and elite on the field. Each nominee will receive a minimum of a $1,000 nomination from the NFL Foundation to their selected charities while finalists can receive up to $50,000 toward their causes. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelocenter_img Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires 0 Comments   Share   last_img read more

Jewelry by Erin OLoughlin

first_imgJewelry by Erin O’Loughlin. Watercolor drawings by alumnus Duncan Halleck. February 8, 2016The Arcosanti Resident Artshow 2016 opens next Saturday, February 13. 2016 and will be on display in the Arcosanti CRAFTS III building – Cafe level, until April 30. 2016.An artist reception is scheduled for February 13. from 2 – 5 pm.[photo: one of the Colleen Ann Connery Paintings]We look forward to artwork and crafts from Arcosanti residents, staff, workshop participants and alumni. Here are just a few examples of the work. Ceramics by Aimee Marcinkocenter_img Paintings by Hildemar Cruz.Ceramic sculpture by alumnus Richard Johnson.last_img

Rep Runestad continues push for income tax relief in Michigan

first_img24Feb Rep. Runestad continues push for income tax relief in Michigan Categories: Runestad News State Rep. Jim Runestad of White Lake today said he continues to support income tax relief as a common-sense reform that is long overdue for Michigan workers.In 2007, the income tax rate was temporarily increased due to a downturn in the economy with the explicit promise that a rate reduction would take place when the economy recovered. That promise was never kept.This week, the House considered but did not approve a plan to keep that promise and roll back the income tax rate from the current 4.25 percent to 3.9 percent by 2021. This bill also would have prevented full implementation of the cut if budgetary expectations were not met.“This was a common-sense approach to keep our overdue promise to taxpayers and build in protections against a potential revenue shortfall,” Runestad said. “It would force controlled government spending without harming schools, roads, or essential services.“Michigan cannot continue to increase spending year after year,” Runestad continued. “This plan puts the pressure where we need it — on the government’s pocketbook, to make state government responsible and prioritize spending on essential services.“I supported the tax cuts and I am disappointed in the outcome of this week’s vote. We must keep the promise to Michigan families, and we can do this without any harm to our schools and core obligations.”.######last_img read more

Rep Howell votes to make state government more accountable

first_img Categories: Howell News 21Mar Rep. Howell votes to make state government more accountable State Rep. Gary Howell this week voted to approve a bipartisan package of bills to make state government more accountable to the people of Michigan. Howell, of North Branch, is a co-sponsor of each of these bills.Michigan is one of just two states that exempts its governor and the Legislature from open records laws. The bipartisan solution approved this week would end these exemptions and increase transparency in state government.“We will foster public trust by expanding open records laws to the legislative and executive branches,” Howell said. “People deserve full transparency from all of their elected officials. It’s the only way the public can hold their government accountable.”The proposal will subject the governor and lieutenant governor to the Freedom of Information Act and hold state representatives and senators to the same high standard by creating the Legislative Open Records Act.In order to protect citizen privacy, there are exemptions for constituent inquiries to ensure that personal information is protected. Other types of communications – including those lawmakers have with state departments and lobbyists – would not be exempt.House Bills 4007-13 and 4015-16 now advance to the Senate for consideration.###last_img read more

Discovery Networks has rejigged several senior man

first_imgDiscovery Networks has rejigged several senior management positions with Phillip Luff taking a new position, James Gibbons relocating to take a new UK-based role and Egor Borisov leaving the channel operator.As part of the shake-up James Gibbons will replace Phillip Luff as country manager for emerging business, working out of Discovery’s UK hub.Gibbon will relocate from Asia-Pac where he has been responsible for managing Discovery’s operations in Japan for the past five years. He will be responsible for the overall day-to-day management of the emerging business region and its channel brands including TLC, Discovery Channel, Animal Planet and ID Investigation Discovery. He will also oversee Discovery Network’s new office in Istanbul earlier this year.Luff, meanwhile, will become country manager for north east Europe, based in Discovery’s Moscow office. He previously served in the same role in 2011. Luff will replace Egor Borisov who will not renew his contract with Discovery when it expires at year-end.In his new role, Luff will be responsible for business development and strengthening Discovery’s position in Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, Baltic States and central Asia.Kasia Kieli, president and managing director for Discovery Networks Central & Eastern Europe, Middle East & Africa said: “James has been instrumental in driving our business in Japan, and this combined with his many years of knowledge and experience of working within the Discovery family means that he is well-placed to spring-board our business in markets where we believe there is potential for greater growth, such as Turkey, Sub-Saharan Africa and Middle East.”last_img read more

Horizon has launched in Germany Liberty Global is

first_imgHorizon has launched in GermanyLiberty Global is working to address consumer complaints about the existing platform by mailing out 270,000 new-designed remote controls to accompany the current H2 software upgrade of its flagship platform, according to Peter Dorr, managing director, strategic marketing, sales and customer care, Liberty Global, addressing the CTAM Europe EuroSummit this morning.Liberty Global will also launch a new Horizon box aimed at second TVs that connects to the main Horizon device wirelessly. The companion box streams TV, DVR, VoD and home content to other rooms in subscribers’ houses. “This will launch soon,” said Dorr.Dorr admitted that Horizon had faced some problems over the period it has been available in its different markets.“Consumers think navigation is too slow,” he said. “They said there are too many clicks to navigate.” He said consumers were also frustrated by the lack of buttons on the Horizon remote control. They also found the UI too dominant and found that it was difficutl to move back to previous channels. They also found that keyword entry for the search function was unfriendly and that the overview of categories and options is unclear.Dorr said Liberty Global had responded by releasing H2, the new version of Horizon, a couple of weeks ago. He said that this had improved speed by up to 70%. Shortcut keys had been added to the remote and new shorcuts had been built in. A ‘back to live TV ‘ button, along with direct access to features such as ‘recordings’ had been added and the size of the main menu had been released.The cable operator will send out 270,000 new remote controls with new functions and a QWERTY keyboard on the reverse. “We are sending this out to customers now,” said Dorr. “This is another example of what the flexibility of the box allows us to do,” he said.He said that Liberty is also sending customers a letter explaining the changes, backed up with video messages.Outlining Liberty’s future vision for the platform, Dorr said that the development of Horizon could see the brand extend to a range of platforms that will enable connectivity. Horizon could be linked to unlimited wireless connectivity, using ‘Horizon WiFi’  spots on the model already developed by Dutch operator Ziggo.“Why not join together and create a wireless network for the whole of the Netherlands?” said Dorr. He said the cable industry could also join together to create a universal cable WiFi network across Europe with a single login, enabling free WiFi across international boundaries for cable subscribers.Fixed mobile convergence, enalbing landline calls to be redirected to mobiles at landline rates, could be marketed as ‘Horizon Phone’, said Dorr. “You could enable a global network of WiFi enabled calling at very low prices,” he said.The seamless delivery of services will be enabled by ‘Horizon Internet’. “We believe customers should have a minimum of 120Mbps – this will be the minimum future standard for the cable network,” he said. “I don’t think speed will be a limiting factor for our industry”Dorr said Liberty could also launch multi-SIM options with each bundle for individuals and families under a ‘Horizon Mobile’ brand.Horizon has now launched in three new markets, following its debut in the Netherlands. The company has learned from its experiences to adjust its marketing, said Dorr.Dorr said that the Swiss marketing campaign had been more focused, bringing the benefits down to feature level. “We really went more into product specifics than we did in the Netherlands,” he said. “We also almost sold it as a standalone product and then finally mentioned it came as part of a bundle.”Liberty Global then changed its marketing in Ireland to focus on bundling. “Ireland is slightly different. We have to fight this fierce competitor called Sky,” he said. Liberty had emphasised the fact that Horizon came as part of a bundle of products in Ireland.In Germany, Liberty Global found that customers fwere frustrated by the lack of choice on offer from established programmers. “We addressed the need of consuemr to watch what they want, when they want and where they want,” said Dorr. “It’s going very well but it’s too soon to claim success.”In Germany, Liberty Global had begun with a pre-launch campaign to highlight how frustrating the current TV experience was, before the campaign proper showed what Horizon could deliver, said Dorr.Dorr said that Liberty Global had focused on a couple of features in its marketing messaging around Horizon. First, it is a “great TV experience, with a 3D graphical user interface”, said Dorr. The box also integrates WiFi, enabling wireless distribution around the home.Dorr said consumers are still struggling to undeerstand the recommendations features based on personal viewing profiles.The platform delivers catch and on-demand TV, includes a 500GB DVR and includes internet apps designed fo the TV.Dorr said that the ability to wirelessly stream phontos, movies and music to the TV was a big feature for users.“Search is difficult to grasp initially but once you do it’s great,” said Dorr.last_img read more