Six Australians have been ordered to appear in Peruvian court next month after being accused of allegedly murdering a hotel doorman while backpacking through South America last year.Jessica Vo, brothers Hugh and Tom Hanlon, along with Harrison Geier, Andrew Pilat, and Sam Smith have been accused of killing Lino Rodriguez Vilchez in Peru last January, ABC News reported.The case was originally ruled as a suicide, but investigators re-opened their inquiries after a public campaign by the victim’s brother who claims that the evidence was inconsistent with suicide.Mr Rodriguez Vilchez’s family believe the Australians pushed the 45-year-old from an apartment building after a dispute involving a noise complaint.While the Australians, known as the ‘Peru Six’, maintain their innocence, one of the accused said the group would not defy orders to return to Peru in August because they have nothing to hide.“We just want an opportunity to actually give statements, so far they haven’t allowed us to have any input whatsoever,” Harrison Geier said.A Peruvian judge has rejected a request to deliver evidence via video-link from Australia.“The Government has been great and the various departments like DFAT and obviously Bob Carr and the Attorney-General,” he said.The group’s lawyer has indicated that the six travellers will appeal the Peruvian court summons. The ‘Peru Six’ have been summoned toappear in Peruvian court next month.Image: The Sydney Morning Herald. Source = ETB News: P.T.
PTMs Nicole Edgar, Rosa Frigel, Michelle Hohenberg, Michelle Smith, Ryan O’Connell (Rocky Mountaineer), Kerstin Rheinlander make the most of their last night in CanadaTravelManagers’ Global Rocky Mountaineer FamilThe Rocky Mountaineer is one of the world’s greatest rail journeys, so when Tourism Vancouver announced a sales incentive in which five personal travel managers (PTMs) would earn a place on an upcoming super famil, there was no shortage of willing participants.Kerstin Rheinlander was one of the PTMs who qualified for a spot on the famil, and says the trip confirmed her suspicion that Canada should be on everybody’s bucket list, explaining that there is something for everyone, from families to couples; seniors to adventure and thrill seekers.“For me, it’s definitely worth another visit,” she adds, “as I have yet to discover the food and craft beer scene and I’d love to spend more time in nature and exploring areas further off the beaten track.”TravelManagers’ PTMs rated the Sulfur Mountain gondola as one of the highlights of their Rocky Mountaineer famil (L-R): Michelle Smith, Kerstin Rheinlander, Rosa Frigel, Michelle Hohenberg and Nicole EdgarThe group began their Canadian journey with a full day to explore the highlights of Vancouver, starting with a virtual flyover experience that gives visitors a bird’s eye view of some of the country’s most spectacular landscapes. The experience with Flyover Canada with its state of the art technology was a highlight for many in the group, including Rheinlander, who says it was the best place to learn more about Canada.“The simulated flight over plains, mountains, valleys and rivers etc was spectacular, and the added effects of icy mist and water droplets made you feel like you were actually flying – it was just amazing.”Participants spent the rest of the day enjoying a sightseeing tour that took in the historic districts of Gastown, Yaletown and Chinatown, tranquil Stanley Park and the foodie heaven of Granville Island, before departing from Vancouver on the first leg of the Rocky Mountaineer journey the following morning.For Nicole Edgar, representative for Narre Warren South, VIC, one of the main benefits of taking part in the famil was the chance to experience both SilverLeaf and GoldLeaf service onboard the Rocky Mountaineer train, which she says has made it much easier to explain the differences to her clients.“Details like in-seat heating, dome carriage views and an outdoor viewing platform are all highlights of the GoldLeaf service,” she says, “but regardless of which class you choose, the onboard service was outstanding.”Edgar adds that the train was given an impressive fanfare and farewell when it left Vancouver: “there was a pianist playing a grand piano in the railway station, a bag-piper to provide a formal send-off, a farewell toast aboard the train and the Rocky Mountaineer ground staff lined up to see us off as the train rolled out of the station.”PTM Kerstin Rheinlander finds the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise is impressive from any angleAfter spending the first night of the journey in Kamloops, the rail journey continued through the spectacular Rocky Mountain scenery to its final destination: Banff. From here, participants had to choose between visiting either the Columbia Icefield or the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, or they were free to spend the day exploring the town of Banff.Those who opted to explore Banff describe taking a gondola to the top of Sulfur Mountain, despite beginning the ride in fog.“Once we got above the cloud, we were treated by a winter wonderland, thanks to the ten centimetres of snow that fell overnight,” says Rheinlander. “Combined with a vivid blue sky, the views were just priceless.”The final leg of the famil’s itinerary saw them travel from Banff to Calgary by coach, with time to visit the famous Calgary Stampede Area, the city’s Chinatown district and enjoy a little shopping in its popular shopping area: Eau Claire Market.TravelManagers’ Executive General Manager, Michael Gazal, says the famil gave PTMs the chance to join 90 top agents from the USA, the UK, Ireland and Scandinavia in experiencing some of the highlights of a very popular destination for TravelManagers’ clients.“Being able to experience this journey first-hand is a great opportunity for our PTMs to find out for themselves what all the excitement is about,” he says. “It means that they are able to provide their clients with their personal recommendations, tips and favourite spots: from a fun club in which to try their hand at line dancing in Calgary to which side of the train offers the best views.”The seven-day, six-night famil concluded with a farewell dinner at the Fairmont Palliser Hotel, a historic landmark hotel in downtown Calgary, which the PTMs agreed was a fitting place to mark the end of a grand journey.For more information or to speak to someone confidentially about TravelManagers please contact Suzanne Laister on 1800 019 599.Source = TravelManagers
Categories: Cole News,Featured news,News Tags: #SB, Cole, forest land, forestry town hall, Gaylord, House District 105, natural resources 14Sep Rep. Cole announces Forestry Town Hall in Gaylord on Sept. 26 State Rep. Triston Cole is hosting a Forestry Town Hall in Gaylord on Monday, Sept. 26 at 6 p.m. in the Alpine Center.The town hall will discuss Michigan’s forestry management program, with special guest Steve Milford, Michigan Department of Natural Resources Eastern Lower Peninsula District supervisor, providing insight and answering questions.“I invite local residents to hear firsthand how the forestry program is implemented as part of a long-term plan for managing Michigan’s abundant resources,” said Rep. Cole, R-Mancelona. “I believe we must be good stewards of all our state’s natural resources to ensure they are sustainable for our economy and available for all to enjoy well into the future.”Michigan has over 20 million acres of forest land, making it one of the most wooded states in the country. About 40 percent of the forests in Michigan are public, meaning some 8 million acres of the land are available to hunt, fish, explore, hike, bike and enjoy.The Alpine Center is located at 80 Livingston Blvd. in Gaylord, and the town hall meeting will be in the fourth floor classroom. For more information, contact Rep. Cole’s office by phone at (517) 373-0829, or by email at TristonCole@house.mi.gov.#####
State Rep. Triston Cole delivered testimony today before the House Committee on Oversight on a bill he sponsored to limit the ability of Michigan state departments to adopt rules that are more stringent than the federal government’s regulations.House Bill 4205, nicknamed “no greater than the feds” legislation, does not prohibit departments from implementing stricter rules, it simply requires greater justification. The legislation is intended to prevent these rules from being made by unelected bureaucrats rather than by Michigan’s elected officials in the Legislature.“We’re improving Michigan’s competitiveness by establishing a regulatory system,” Rep. Cole said. “Rules can still be more stringent than the federal government, this legislation simply ensures we look closer when those rules are made, so Michigan is not overregulated.”An administrative rule refers to a state agency’s written regulation, statement, standard, policy, ruling or instruction that has the effect of law.Questions about this legislation may be directed to Rep. Cole’s office at (517) 373-0829 or TristanCole@house.mi.gov.### Categories: Cole News 16Mar Rep. Cole reintroduces bill to hold state departments accountable
02Nov Rep. Cole: It’s time to end driver responsibility fees Categories: Cole News,News State Rep. Triston Cole today said he is proud to have voted on sweeping bipartisan legislation to end driver responsibility fees in October 2018.Cole, of Mancelona, said the fees – which were contrived by a previous administration in desperation to fill a budget hole – served no purpose other than keeping families at or near the poverty level and keeping them from participating in the state’s economic comeback.“I know this ill-conceived law has put the hurt on many Northern Michigan families, and has put many people out of the workforce because they could not drive to and from their jobs,” said Cole, who serves on the House Michigan Competitiveness Committee where testimony on the eight bills took place. “I am very proud to have a hand in ending driver responsibility fees and helping people realize a better quality of life.”Cole said losing driving privileges in Northern Michigan has a greater impact on people than other locations around the state.“Up here it can be a long drive to work, and without a driver’s license it is almost impossible to find a nearby job,” Cole said. “The lack of a license resulted in some people leaving the job market entirely and depending on public assistance to make ends meet. Others drove illegally, risking added fees and punishment if they were pulled over. I’m happy this failed experiment has come to an end.”The bills now go to the Senate for consideration.#####The bills are House Bills 5040-5046, 5079 and 5080. Legislator votes for elimination by October 2018
09Jan Rep. Mueller ceremoniously sworn into office PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Mike Mueller was ceremoniously sworn into his first term of office on Wednesday by Michigan State Supreme Court Justice Stephen J. Markman. He was joined by his wife Angela and four children (from left to right): Ryan Jr., Olivia, Owen, and Cole.Rep. Mueller represents the 51st District, which includes Argentine, Atlas, Clayton, Fenton, Flushing, and Gaines townships, and the cities of Linden and Fenton in Genesee County. Within Oakland County, Rep. Mueller represents the townships of Groveland, Holly, and Rose. Categories: Mueller News
Categories: LaFave News Upper Peninsula State Reps. Beau LaFave, left, and Greg Markkanen address colleagues in the Michigan House today, urging their support of legislation to save the 95-A District Court judgeship in Menominee County from elimination.State Rep. Beau LaFave today praised his colleagues in the House for unanimously approving a plan to save the 95-A District Court judgeship in Menominee County from elimination.LaFave, of Iron Mountain, said the legislation would reverse the 2012 action to eliminate the position, which is slated to take effect March 31 of this year. The 2012 law eliminating the position was based on a State Court Administrator’s Office recommendation calling for the removal based on data from 2008-2010.“It doesn’t matter if you live in Marquette or Menominee – everyone deserves due process of law,” LaFave said. “I respect my colleagues in the House for acting unanimously to preserve this judicial resource for U.P. residents.”Currently, only 11 judges are available to handle nearly half of all cases in the Upper Peninsula. LaFave said eliminating one more would only worsen the imbalance that already exists.Senate Bill 87, sponsored by Sen. Ed McBroom of Vulcan, will now be transmitted to the governor, who will consider whether to sign it into law.### 07Mar LaFave: Plan to save Menominee County judgeship passes House unanimously
ShareTweetShareEmail0 SharesFebruary 15, 2015; The Record (Bergen County, NJ)On Saturday, February 14th, Rutgers University held a forum designed to help potential students who are undocumented to navigate the college-admissions process. Though well attended at 220 people, the forum was also the target of some anger, in that it was closed to the press.According to the Migration Policy Institute, 75,000 undocumented residents of New Jersey are between the ages of 18 and 24, and 20,000 of those are enrolled in school.Among the information provided were the various scholarships one might apply for, the provisions of the New Jersey Dream Act that provides undocumented residents access to in-state college tuition rates, and details of the federal Deferred Action for Child Arrivals program, or DACA:“The rule applies to undocumented people who came to the U.S. before their 16th birthday and who have lived continuously in the country since 2010 and attended school or enrolled in the military. People who apply can be granted protection from deportation for three years, with the chance for renewal. Most importantly, it also allows them to obtain work authorization and a Social Security number.”Governor Chris Christie signed the state Dream Act in 2013 after enjoying the support of a majority of Latino New Jersey voters in his reelection bid. Before that, he had argued the state couldn’t afford in-state rates for these students.Giancarlo Tello, the event’s organizer, is himself a Rutgers student who came to the U.S. from Peru when he was six. He currently has protection under Obama’s DACA rule, but he knows that the position of students like him remains tenuous. “There’s always the chance the program gets taken away in the future,” he said, adding, “We’re not being subsidized by the taxpayers of New Jersey—we are taxpayers, too,” he said.—Ruth McCambridgeShareTweetShareEmail0 Shares
SES’s HD+ service now reaches 1.9 households in Germany, the satellite services company said today. It added that 305,000 of the 482,000 customers that signed up for the one-year free trial have chosen to retain the service for another 12 months and will pay the annual €50 service fee. HD+ offers high definition channels including RTL, ProSieben, Nickelodeon and N24. SES said that at end-October there were 1.86 million customers and that 1.56 million of these were still on the year-long free trial. Wilfried Urner, CEO of the SES affiliate HD PLUS, says: “The German viewers have accepted HD+. The conversion rate of 63% from the free trial period into a paying mode remains as high as in the starting period and thus significantly exceeds our expectations.”
Polish pay TV operator Multimedia Polska has added the Fox and Fox HD channels to its line-up.The two channels will join existing channel Fox Life in Multimedia Polska’s basic digital package. The channels will offer series including Family Guy, Prison Break and The Walking Dead.Multimedia Polska is also launching local entertainment channel ATM Rozrywka on its platform.
Belgian cable operator Telenet increased customers across its main product lines and reduced the rate of loss of basic cable TV customers in the fourth quarter.Telenet signed up 24,500 net new subscribers for broadband internet, 19,900 for fixed telephony and 36,900 for digital TV in the quarter, as well as a record 180,700 post-paid mobile subscribers. The company now has 521,600 active mobile customers more than double the number for 2011. Telenet said it had seen continued strong take-up of its King and Kong rate plans.The company lost 11,300 basic cable TV customers in the quarter, the lowest net loss rate for three years.Telenet posted full-year revenue of €1.489 billion, up 8% year-on-year, with adjusted EBITDA of €777.8 million, up 8%.
Russian regulator Roskomnadzor is to invite applications to take a vacant slot on the country’s second digital-terrestrial multiplex after state-owned broadcaster RTR unexpectedly withdrew its Sport channel from the platform, according to local reports.According to Roskomnadzor, the new channel must air round the clock free-to-air and carry a minimum of 55% Russian produced programming.Last year the regulator announced 10 successful applicants for the second multiplex. In addition to RTR’s Sport, these were Ren TV, TV Tsentr, CTC, Domashniy, NTV+’s Sport+, Zvezda, Mir, TNT and Muz-TV. Following a presidential order that TV Tsentr should be included in the first multiplex, Russian Orthodox channel SPAS TV secured the vacant slot.
UK broadcaster Channel 4 is partnering with Microsoft’s Xbox Entertainment Studios to launch a new drama series, called Humans. The series will share a broadcast window on Channel 4 in the UK and the Xbox platform in North America and is slated to launch in 2015.Based on Swedish sci-fi drama Real Humans, the eight-part series (8×60’) will be produced by Kudos, with filming to begin in the UK this summer.
Steven OetegennContent security provider Verimatrix has named chief sales and marketing officer Steve Oetegenn as the company’s new president. According to Verimatrix, the appointment will enable Oetegenn to play a more strategic role in its continued growth as more large digital video operators are transitioning to an IP-centric network infrastructure.As president, he will also continue to lead Verimatrix’s sales and marketing efforts.Prior to joining Verimatrix, Oetegenn served as chief operating officer at Argus Systems Group, a provider of internet server security software, and CEO of business messaging specialist DCE Communication.“Steve’s enhanced role at Verimatrix is the logical progression of our strategic business development initiatives, as he has played a central role in establishing our strong market presence and reputation for the last 10 years,” said Tom Munro, CEO of Verimatrix.“Our vision of revenue security within the software-empowered video operator model requires a more sophisticated approach to the market and our customers. Steve is the ideal person to lead this effort.”
Netflix has reportedly upped the cost of accessing 4K, Ultra HD content for new members of the service due to the higher production and acquisition costs.According to a Variety report, new Netflix subscribers in the US must now opt for the US$11.99 per-month family plan, which allows users to stream up to four programmes at a time, to qualify for its highest quality, Ultra HD video streams.Previously, Netflix viewers could access its small catalogue of 4K titles on its standard, US$8.99 per-month package.Netflix announced in May that it had started streaming in 4K quality over the web, with the second season of its original drama House of Cards and several nature films available in the format.In an official blog post at the time, Netflix said that though its catalogue of Ultra HD 4K movies is currently small, it expects to add more 4K content and increase the number of devices this can be accessed on later this year.
GS Group vice-president, Konstantin AxenovRussia-based GS Group expects to commercially launch 4K set-top boxes in the country from next year, according to company vice-president Konstantin Axenov. Speaking at the GS Summit in Saint Petersburg, Axenov said that GS Group, the technology partner for Russian pay TV provider Tricolor, will soon to support the latter’s ultra high definition ambitions with its hardware.“We hope that we will be among the first to enter this market, as we did with our partner Tricolor… to push forward HD technology which was very, poor in the market at that point in Russia,” said Axenov.“Now we hope to push, with our technology partner Tricolor and other partners and our own broadcasting projects, to be the first in the 4K market.”Tricolor added some 20 HD channels to its basic TV package two and a half years ago, putting them ahead of the market, according to Mikhail Goryachev, content director of Tricolor TV, who also spoke at the GS Summit.Last month, Tricolor teamed up with satellite operator Eutelsat to launch a 4K test channel, which is broadcast in 3840 x 2160 pixels resolution with a frame rate of 60fps, encoded in the HEVC/H.265 format.Content for the channel so far includes coverage of opera performances, motorsports and nature documentaries. Alexey Karpov, Tricolor TV’s head of sales and customer service, said last month that he expects full commercialisation of the channel to kick off next year.
TV shows still account for 43% of millennials’ video viewing, though they are far more likely to use free and subscription sites to stream content than other generations, according to research by DVR maker TiVo. TiVo Research’s Second Annual Millennial Video Entertainment Survey found that after TV shows, theatrical films accounted for 18% of millennials’ video viewing, followed by sports and music videos at 10% each.Among people in this age category – aged 13 to 34 years old – some 68% said they use free streaming sites such as YouTube, compared to just 43% for people belonging to other generations.Roughly 66% of millennials also reported that they use subscription sites such as Netflix and Amazon Instant Video, compared to 44% for other generationsIn contrast, only 43% of millennials said that they receive content from an MVPD (multichannel video programming distributor), a full ten percent below the average of the other generations.“Video consumption varies dramatically by generation, but all agree on their top two preferred types of video: TV shows and full-length movies. After that, millennials watch more music videos and less live sports than other generations,” said TiVo Research.“Despite differences in the types of video watched on television there are consistent trends that cut across every generation. When asked about how their consumption of video has changed versus a year ago, all four generations reported a decline in watching full-length movies and live events (non-sports), while viewing of TV shows and clips of TV shows is on the rise.”
Mark ItkinFormer William Morris Endeavor television co-chief Mark Itkin has joined emerging digital content business TV4 Entertainment as a senior advisor.Itkin is best known for a three-decade career as an agent in Hollywood, and packaged shows such as Deal or No Deal, Project Runway and The Real World for TV. He is considered a driving force behind the international expansion of unscripted programming and has brokered several significant deals.He has now been hired as advisor at TV4, which is the LA-based digital business former Hulu chief Jon Cody launched in 2012. He also becomes a board member.Itkin will work with Cody and other senior TV4 execs as the company moves further into original programming and bolsters its 30-strong portfolio of owned-and-operated, OTT channels such as All Warrior Network, DocCom TV and Motorland TV.His role will see him package original series, feature films and special events, and funnel new OTT channel opportunities into TV4’s globally targeted networks. He described TV4’s model as “the future of content creation and distribution,”.Cody is in Cannes this week at MIPTV, and told DTVE‘s sister title TBI the hire would allow TV4 to move on “to the next stage of our development”.So far, the privately owned firm has received backing from the likes of Warner Bros.This comes soon after TV4 struck a deal with All3Media International, an agreement TBI exclusively revealed news of earlier this year.Itkin was agent to Katy Davis, who oversaw production of The Oprah Winfrey Show and is now head of aspiration channel and original programming for TV4.“Mark Itkin is an innovator and a Hollywood institution who has always been at the forefront of the television industry,” said Cody, who is a former Fox exec and FCC chairman.“As digital migration engulfs the traditional television and film industries, we are incredibly fortunate to lock arms with Mark Itkin to drive the future.”Itkin had left his role as co-head of television at WME in 2015 after a 34-year career in entertainment.“I was fortunate and proud to walk away when I did, knowing I had contributed to and been in the front row for major television milestones,” said Itkin.“Today, I am just as excited to join Jon Cody and team as a senior advisor as I see the passion and hunger that TV4 Entertainment has to continue to drive the future of the industry and I am honored to have a hand in helping the company as we shape that next generation of television.”Since exiting WME, Itkin has become a board member of Tom Forman’s new company, Critical Content, which was born out of Relativity Television.
UK-based multiscreeen TV technology company Simplestream has received ￡500,000 in funding from Clydesdale and Yorkshire Bank’s Growth Finance team.The company said it will use the finance to help expand internationally, with plans to create a presence in the US and mainland Europe.“It’s a hugely exciting time for us and the new funding will enhance our ability to grow the business and explore new, international markets,” said Simplestream founder and CEO, Adam Smith.“Our business is built on innovation, service and delivery and it was great to work with a partner who understood our vision and ambitions and was able to deliver the right solution at the right time.”Simplestream offers live, catch-up and VOD video delivery services to clients that include QVC, UKTV, Trace, A+E Networks and Sony.
The UK’s youth-focused online TV channel, BBC Three, has secured an additional £10 million (€11.2 million) for new formats as it expands its commissioning remit.Damian KavanaghBBC Three controller Damian Kavanagh said the cash influx came at “an exciting creative moment for the channel and the production community”.This comes two years after BBC Three became the first major linear channel in the world to go online-only. It has since been following a commissioning mantra of ‘Make Me Think’ and ‘Make Me Laugh’, and is widely seen as having been successful with the overall strategy.BBC director of content Charlotte Moore said that BBC Three’s role was “more important than ever” as the UK’s public broadcaster looks to reinvent itself for new generations.“I’m really proud of what Damian and the team have achieved over the last two years and this extra investment is a clear signal of our commitment to entertaining young audiences into the future,” she added.“We have received extra investment in recognition of the great work we have been doing since moving online and we have ambitious plans for the next stage of our journey,” said Kavanagh.“Our aim is to bring a new spirit to our content, which celebrates young people and their passions by commissioning new, innovative, contemporary takes on fact-ent, formats and entertainment which will unite and inspire our young audience.”The new commissioning pillar will extend BBC Three’s focus into “ideas with feel-good, entertaining propositions at their heart that celebrate and unite young people and get them talking”.Kavanagh sees this as adding another tone to the channel, which has ordered programmes such Fleabag, Murder in Successville, People Just Do Nothing and Murdered By My Father since going online only.Kavanagh has also commissioned new doc films from Stacey Dooley, including Shot By My Neighbour. There is also Annie Price: the Truth About Having a Baby, The Voice in My Head (WT), three-part factual series Different Like Me, comedy Enterprice and Eating with My Ex, the latter of which is transitioning from a short-form to a long-form proposition.“These new programmes emphasise BBC Three’s commitment to working with new talent and providing a platform to tell stories that resonate with young people,” said Kavanagh.