Family testifies on bill to honor Army Spc Robert M Friese

first_img27Feb Family testifies on bill to honor Army Spc. Robert M. Friese Legislation names portion of Clare County highway after fallen soldierState Rep. Jason Wentworth testified before the Michigan House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee with Clare County Veteran Services Director Renee Haley (second from right), Robert Friese’s mother Cindy Friese (right) and Robert Friese’s fiancé Brittany Minterfering (left).The family of deceased Army Specialist Robert M. Friese and Clare County Veteran Services Director Renee Haley joined state Rep. Jason Wentworth today before the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee to name a portion of highway in Clare County after the fallen soldier.Friese’s mother Cindy Friese, his fiancé Brittany Minterfering, and her mother and grandmother, Lori Minterfering and Pam Heath testified in support of Wentworth’s bill to rename the highway. “Robert Friese is a hometown hero who paid the ultimate sacrifice serving the country that he loved,” said Rep. Wentworth, of Clare. “He made a huge impact on our community and this is a fitting tribute for him in Clare County.”On April 29, 2011, Friese was killed in Kut, Iraq when his unit was attacked by enemy forces.Friese was a recipient of the Army Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, and Iraq Campaign Medal with campaign star. The bill will rename a portion of Business Route 127 as the SPC Robert Friese Memorial Highway.House Bill 5394 now moves to the full House for consideration.### Categories: Wentworth Newslast_img read more

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Polish pay TV platform n has acquired a raft of

first_imgPolish pay TV platform ‘n’ has acquired a raft of TV rights to the Summer Olympics and will show high-definition and 3D coverage of the upcoming London Games.The platform’s 3D coverage includes the opening and closing ceremonies as well as football, basketball, tennis, swimming and athletics.Christian Anting, vice-president and chief operating officer of TVN-backed ‘n’ said: “No other platform in Poland, can offer consumers this level of Olympic Game coverage and we’re bringing it to them in high definition and 3D. By adding more than 100 hours of unique events like volleyball, handball or basketball, platform n becomes the platform of choice for all sports fans.”last_img read more

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Netflix and Amazon accounted for just 5 of the Tu

first_imgNetflix and Amazon accounted for just 5% of the Turkish subscription-video market in 2017 in terms of subscribers, placing them behind a number of Turkish players, according to IHS Markit.The research firm said that Turkcell, Türk Telekom and Vodafone Turkey captured 77% of the Turkish over-the-top subscription video market for non-multiscreen service subscriptions in 2017.“Many local operators are capitalising on their position as media and access technology conglomerates, to provide their OTT media services as part of larger bundles and reducing the price of these services to next to nothing,” according to the research note.Much like Now TV in the UK or DirecTV Now in the US, IHS said that these bundled virtual pay TV services offer first- and third-party channels, both live and on-demand – though at a discounted rate or on an exclusive basis to existing customers of the operator.“Having claimed the majority of the market, these local players have left Netflix and Amazon with little room,” said the research. “Despite localising the service in November 2016, Netflix has been unable to readily draw in Turkish consumers to the platform, owing to its relatively high cost and a relative lack of Turkish original content.”The research note was penned by Max Signorelli, research analyst, home entertainment, IHS Markit, and Constantinos Papavassilopoulos, principal research analyst, service providers and platforms, IHS Markit.last_img read more

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Euronews not seen as public broadcaster in EU states citizens cant access

first_imgThe European Court of Auditors states that while the broadcaster Euronews provides multi-lingual news programming, most EU citizens can’t access to it.The ECA point out because EU member states do not consider the station to be a public broadcaster and thus it is not, ‘transmitted on all – cable networks, satellite and digital terrestrial.’This comes of in spite of the average annual budget of €24.5m which the European Union provides to the broadcaster to deliver news and current affairs in multiple languages. They add that the broadcaster receives around a third of its funding from the EU. They state that over the last four years, funding from the European Commission had amounted to €122m.The findings come from the ECA’s analysis of the reach and transparency of the broadcaster which has been running since 1993.Along with the ECA also points out concerns over the Commission’s lacklustre efforts to outline the purpose of the broadcaster and how it keeps to, ‘agreed objectives and commitments.’The ECA explains that while there had not been a remit for the broadcaster when it was first set up, the Commission’s process to monitor the broadcaster’s meeting of those commitments has not been formalised. This also goes for the coordination of its annual contracts with the broadcaster.They state that this, ‘reduces the transparency of financial support provided to Euronews as well as its accountability.’Mihail Kozlov from the ECA explained that, ‘We need the European Commission to verify each year whether Euronews is, respecting the commitments made with regard to editorial impartiality and European perspective. But we have found no formal link between these commitments and the Commission’s criteria for grant funding each year.’WhatsApp SharePrint <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

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