Monday, July 15, 2019 Share Posted by TORONTO — The new air passenger bill of rights, the first phase coming into effect today, relies on some level of common sense on the part of both passengers and airlines. Is that a pipe dream?Transport Minister Marc Garneau spoke this morning about the air passenger bill of rights, which many airlines are still fighting. With the first phase, starting today, travellers can receive up to $2,400 if bumped from a flight and up to $2,100 for lost or damaged luggage. For tarmac delays, planes must return to the gate after no more than three hours and 45 minutes.Says Garneau: “We believe we have made it very clear what is within the airline’s control, and what is not within the airline’s control. And that obviously people recognize that some things are not within the airline’s control.”Air Canada and Porter Airlines Inc., along with 17 other applicants that include IATA with its 290 member airlines, have stated in a court filing with the Federal Court of Appeal that required payments under the new air passenger bill of rights violate international standards and should be rendered invalid.More news: Consolidation in the cruise industry as PONANT set to acquire Paul Gauguin CruisesNot surprisingly, just as airlines are arguing that the regulations go too far, air passenger rights groups say the regulations don’t go far enough.The new rules take effect in a two-phase rollout. Compensation of up to $1,000 for delays and other payments for cancelled flights will take effect in December.In matters of dispute, says Garneau, “in the majority of cases, we hope that the airlines will recognize that they have not lived up to their obligations when somebody has purchased a ticket.”With an overbooked flight, for example, under the new rules, Garneau said: “We hope that if an overbooking situation occurs, that the problem will be resolved in terms of a cheque being provided to the person who was denied boarding, within 48 hours, if not immediately. So that’s very quick compared to before.”He added: “In other cases, when passengers feel their rights have not been respected, they have up to a year to decide to write to the airline [to ask for compensation]. If the airline says ‘I don’t agree’, the passenger still has the option to go to the Canadian Transportation Agency [to submit their grievance].”More news: Air Canada’s global sales update includes Managing Director, Canada & USA SalesGarneau said: “I believe the vast majority of non-respect passenger rights will be dealt with quickly by the airlines.” << Previous PostNext Post >> “We believe we have made it very clear what is within the airline’s control”: Garneau With file from The Canadian Press Tags: Bill of Rights, IATA Travelweek Group
Virgin Australia partners with V8 Supercars Virgin Australia announced today it will become the official domestic airline of the V8 Supercars in a partnership that will see the airline transport V8 Supercar staff, a majority of the teams and offer fans great savings on flights and holiday packages to events.With 15 V8 Supercar events around Australia and one in New Zealand, fans will have access to a range of fantastic value domestic deals and tailor made packages specific for the events with Virgin Australia as the new official domestic airline.Virgin Australia Group Executive of Commercial, Liz Savage, commented on the partnership as a unique opportunity, stating that Virgin Australia was proud to be the official airline. “With the convenience of more flights, more often, we can help fans reach their favourite race track destination all over the country,” Ms Savage said. V8 Supercar CEO David Malone also stated in a media release that is was a fantastic arrangement for V8 Supercars and fans, elevating the sport in Australia as it brings “fans closer to the race, with Virgin Australia delivering great value and service to our loyal fan base.”“This is the first step in what we hope to be a long association with Virgin Australia which is a perfect fit with our international carrier Etihad who have been with us for the past year,” Mr Malone concluded.Currently with 16 events scheduled on the calendar, the 2012 V8 Supercar Championship will take place at cities mainly around Australia including Adelaide, Melbourne, Philip Island, Bathurst, Gold Coast, Darwin and more. V8 packages are being offered by Blue Holidays including airfares, accommodation and tickets, and along with Virgin Australia’s daily services to each city from key ports in Australia, will enable V8 Supercar fans from around the country to travel to their favourite track. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: K.W
Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact 0 Comments Share Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo The Arizona Cardinals made a move Sunday, signing defensive tackle Iosia Iosia.The 24-year-old 6-foot-5, 297-pound Iosia entered the 2016-17 NFL season with the Tennesee Titans as a rookie free agent out of West Texas A&M. In his 21 games over two seasons, he had 86 tackles, 20 tackles for loss, 9.5 sacks and three forced fumbles.In his last season with the team, he earned second-team all-conference honors.Iosia was released by the Titans on May 16. Top Stories
Fiji Airways has signed on as the Official Airline of the Fiji International in a three-year sponsorship deal, which will take the professional golf tournament to new heights. The new partnership between Fiji’s National Airline and the Fiji International was announced at the 2015 Fiji Tourism Expo in Nadi today.Stefan Pichler, Fiji Airways Board Director said: “The Fiji International boasts a fantastic global television platform which reaches our key markets. We see this partnership as an investment in Fiji itself with golf tourism now on the rise as a result of the Fiji International”.He added, “We see the potential in tapping into the ever growing global golf tourism market and now that Fiji is considered a golf destination, we will use this partnership in our marketing and PR efforts to boost our profile in key markets like Australia, New Zealand, the United States and Asia. To all the participants – the golfers, officials, volunteers, media personnel and fans planning to visit Fiji to be part of the Fiji International, we can’t wait to welcome you to our home”Fiji Airways and the Fiji International team will be working together to maximise exposure for Golf Tourism in Fiji by leveraging the partnership to ensure that certain key performance indicators are achieved through increased inbound golf tourism to Fiji.The deal means that Fiji Airways will be the Official Airline of the Fiji International 2015 which will be held at Natadola Bay Championship Golf Course from October 15th – 18th.Fiji Airways is the latest in a string of partners to support the Fijian Government’s drive to increase golf tourism through the Fiji International including the InterContinental Fiji Golf & Spa Resort, Natadola Bay Championship Golf Course, Coca-Cola, and Total.
Go back to the e-newsletterSingapore Airlines has taken delivery of its first Boeing 787-10 from the manufacturer’s production facility in North Charleston, South Carolina. The airline is the world’s first to take delivery of Boeing’s newest aircraft variant, which is due to enter commercial service next month.The aircraft – the first of 49 787-10s that SIA has on firm order – was formally delivered at a ceremony this week in North Charleston (evening of 25 March 2018) attended by SIA CEO Mr Goh Choon Phong. Also in attendance were Boeing Commercial Airplanes president and CEO Mr Kevin McAllister, Rolls-Royce director customers and services – civil aerospace Mr Dominic Horwood, some 3000 Boeing employees as well as invited guests.“It is an honour for us to be the world’s first airline to take delivery of this amazing aircraft. The 787-10 is indeed a magnificent piece of engineering and truly a work of art. It will be an important element in our overall growth strategy, enabling us to expand our network and strengthen our operations,” said Mr Goh at the delivery event.“The delivery of the first 787-10 underscores our longstanding commitment to operate a modern fleet, and marks the start of a new chapter in our shared story with Boeing.”Mr McAllister added: “This is a big day for all of us at Boeing and for our global supplier partners. We are thrilled to deliver the first 787-10 Dreamliner to Singapore Airlines, one of the world’s leading carriers. And we are honoured by Singapore Airlines’ partnership and trust, as reflected by their repeated orders for the Dreamliner.”SIA’s 787-10s will be used for flights up to eight hours. Osaka and Perth will be the first scheduled destinations to be served by the new aircraft, from May 2018. Prior to the introduction of these services, the aircraft will be operated on selected flights to Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur for crew training purposes.The 787-10s will feature SIA’s new regional cabin products, configured with 337 seats in two classes, featuring 36 Business Class and 301 Economy Class seats. The new products will be unveiled at an arrival ceremony in Singapore on 28 March 2018, after the aircraft’s delivery flight from North Charleston via Osaka. The guest of honour for this event will be Mr Khaw Boon Wan, Singapore’s coordinating minister for infrastructure and minister for transport.Constructed using lightweight composite materials, the 68-metre 787-10 is the longest variant of Boeing’s Dreamliner range of aircraft. With exceptional operating efficiency and advanced technology, the newest addition to the airline’s fleet is designed to offer a more tranquil cabin experience. Customers can look forward to customisable lighting preferences with large electronically dimmable windows, cleaner air, and a quieter and smoother ride.SIA is the largest customer for the 787-10. Low-cost subsidiary Scoot is already an operator of both 787-8s and 787-9s, making SIA the first airline group in the world to operate all three variants of Boeing’s Dreamliner family of aircraft.In addition to the 49 firm-ordered 787-10s, SIA has a firm order with Boeing for 20 777-9s, which are due for delivery from the 2021/22 financial year.Go back to the e-newsletter
Legislation that would allow schools to switch to year-round academic calendars passed the House Wednesday with the support of Rep. Jon Bumstead, R-Newaygo. The bill garnered bipartisan support, and would set aside grant funding to at-risk schools wishing to adopt the non-traditional, balanced calendar.“The current school calendar is successful in many situations, but this legislation could give certain school districts another option to improve their academic environments based on the individual needs of the students,” said Rep. Bumstead.In the common format, summer break is approximately twelve weeks, which has some educators concerned about children forgetting information learned during the year. Although school would be year-round, day count requirements remain the same and breaks are added evenly across the calendar.“It’s not for everyone, but we want to make the option available in the best interest of our kids.”Expenses identified with implementing the balanced calendar include adjusting teachers’ contracts and renovating classrooms to accommodate the heat of Michigan’s summer months.HB 4892 now goes to the Senate for consideration.### 07Mar Bumstead supports bill giving schools balanced calendar option Categories: News
Representative celebrating ‘Get Caught Blue-Handed Day’ Oct. 4State Rep. Jon Bumstead, R-Newaygo, will visit local businesses and encourage residents to buy local on Saturday, Oct. 4, in celebration of the Buy Nearby campaign’s annual “Get Caught Blue-Handed Day.”“Supporting local businesses keeps hard-earned money in Michigan,” Bumstead said. “Making a real effort to buy local food and local goods will improve our economy, encourage economic growth, provide more jobs and help ensure bright futures for all Michiganders.”The Buy Nearby campaign and their mascot—a big, blue, Michigan-shaped shopping bag called the Buy Nearby Guy—travels across the state sharing the benefits of buying local with citizens everywhere and on social media.Rep. Bumstead joins a particular annual effort on Oct. 4, asking residents to buy local as often as possible and “Get Caught Blue-Handed.”“Small businesses are crucial to our local economies, so buying local is the least we can do to keep our communities thriving,” Bumstead said. “When half of every dollar spent in Michigan shops return to the state’s economy and 17 percent of Michigan’s labor income comes from retail alone, it’s easy to justify shopping local.”According to recent reports from Buy Nearby, if residents chose to solely shop locally, Michigan would gain 75,000 jobs in 2015 and would see a $9 million increase in economic activity, including $2 million more in wages from the new jobs created.### Categories: News 24Sep Bumstead lauds Buy Nearby, encourages residents to buy local
Categories: Roberts News ### Lawmaker: We must continue to focus on solutionsRep. Brett Roberts, R-Eaton Township, today released the following statement about the 2015-16 House Republican Caucus Action Plan:“I had the honor and privilege to be part of the policy workgroup that put together a great set of goals and objectives for the next two years. House Republicans have done a fantastic job of making the tough, correct decisions to help turn our state around during the past four years, and I look forward to being part of Michigan’s solution.“The Legislature has addressed many issues which have plagued our state for too long, and if we continue to focus on those difficult issues we can ensure a continued recovery and a stronger future for our state.“As a sixth-generation farmer, I know the importance of our farmers and rural communities, and I’m glad our Action Plan focuses on making sure our rural communities continue to recover and thrive.”Roberts is the vice chair for Regulatory Reform and also serves on the Workforce and Talent Development, Agriculture and Energy Policy committees. The House Republican Action Plan for the 98th Legislature can be viewed at http://gophouse.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/ActionPlan_2015.pdf 05Feb Roberts applauds ‘Action Plan’ for 2015-16 legislative term
Rep. Andrea LaFontaine, R-Columbus Township, invites the residents of the 32ndHouse District to attend office hours in September. The event will take place from 10 to 11 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 28 at the Biggby Coffee in New Baltimore at 36540 Green Street . “I invite all residents to attend so that they may share their thoughts and ideas regarding state government,” said Rep. LaFontaine.No appointment is necessary. Residents unable to attend office hours are encouraged to contact Rep. LaFontaine’s office by email at AndreaLaFontaine@house.mi.gov.##### Categories: Featured news,News Tags: LaFontaine, Office Hours 25Sep Rep. LaFontaine announces office hours for September
Categories: Frederick News 21Dec COLUMN: Attention to workforce development critical as economy continues to grow My first year representing our community in the Michigan House has been an incredibly rewarding experience. Michigan’s economy continued to grow and prosper in 2017, which only reinforces the importance of the challenge I’ve been working hard to address as chairman of the House’s Workforce and Talent Development Committee – building a robust talent pool to help fill the thousands of skilled trades jobs available across our state.Tremendous opportunities are available right now for people interested in professional trades. More than 100,000 jobs are publicly posted, and these careers are not only high-demand – they’re also high-paying and highly sustainable.I have worked on a number of important pieces of legislation in the Workforce and Talent Development Committee this year that will help ensure Michigan students are made aware of the opportunities that await them in the professional trades.Educators and business leaders helped us develop legislation to enhance skilled trades education in Michigan schools that recently passed the House with bipartisan support. The bill package establishes an age-appropriate skilled trade instruction plan in K-12 classrooms, allows schools to more readily hire professional trade instructors to teach classes and provides an avenue to help connect students with career opportunities.Along those same lines, a bill our committee passed earlier this year gives students access to better career and college counseling by updating professional development standards for school counselors. Counselors are presently required to complete 150 hours of professional development every five years. This legislation would direct 25 of the hours toward instruction in career counseling, 25 hours for college counseling and five hours on military-based opportunities. The measure was signed into law in November.To ensure students can receive the education they need for a career in the trades, I co-sponsored legislation that gives them flexibility in their high school course requirements. The bills expand class options to allow mandates for foreign language, mathematics and other subjects to be met by rigorous career-based education.The Michigan House of Representatives weighed in on 511 different measures this year, and I made it a priority to participate in each and every vote. Among the pieces of legislation I was most enthusiastic to support are two initiatives that will help drive Michigan’s economy into the future.The MI Thrive bills, signed into law in June, will help communities revitalize abandoned properties that otherwise likely would never be redeveloped. This legislation makes it economically feasible for communities of all sizes to redevelop abandoned and contaminated sites. New jobs and new places to live could be created by revitalizing old factories, abandoned stores and other forgotten sites.The “Good Jobs” bills, signed into law in September, create an incentive plan designed to help our state compete for large economic development projects and boost opportunities for Michigan workers. The performance-based initiative we passed is smart and prudent, and will allow our state to compete in the quest to recruit companies with plans to create a large number of jobs in Michigan. The jobs must be maintained and the wages must be competitive year on year before any incentive is granted.The legislature is also taking steps to address the looming student debt crisis. I voted in support of critically important legislation to better inform college students about debt from school loans. About 63 percent of Michigan students now carry debt when they graduate from college; often in the tens of thousands or more. Too many students are left with these large loan balances and a degree without job market potential. This legislation will provide them with information in advance about the projected monthly payments needed to repay their loans along with access to student loan counseling services and alternatives to indebtedness. This is a small, yet necessary, step to allow students to make a more informed decision. Much more needs to be done in partnership with students, parents and higher education institutions to stem the tide on this looming crisis in our state and nation.I wholeheartedly believe the workforce and economic development initiatives we’ve worked on this year will help grow Michigan’s future and set our students up for successful careers. I’m looking forward to continuing to work hard next year on behalf of our community, and everyone across our state.###Rep. Ben Frederick represents Shiawassee County and portions of Saginaw County in the Michigan House of Representatives, where he serves as chairman of the House Workforce and Talent Development Committee. He resides with his wife and two children in Owosso.
Categories: Schroeder News,Schroeder Photos PHOTO INFORMATION: State Representative Andrea Schroeder of the 43rd House District was joined in the House chamber by Oakland County Commissioner, Tom Middleton, for the State of the State address on Tuesday. 13Feb Rep. Schroeder attends annual State of the State address
ShareTweetShareEmail0 SharesJanuary 13, 2015; New York TimesClass action lawsuits are one way to create systems change, and nonprofits have always been central to this kind of activity. In the case of some state foster care and child protective systems, there may be a longstanding acknowledgement of malfunction even as reforms progress excruciatingly slowly. Enter nonprofit advocates.In South Carolina, eleven foster children are listed as plaintiffs in a class action lawsuit that claims that children are being endangered by the inadequacies of the Department of Social Services (DSS). The 74-page suit was filed in federal district court in Charleston and requests a court-appointed monitor who would oversee such things as caseload restrictions, healthcare, and the capacity for children in care to visit with siblings.The 11 children range in age from two to seventeen years old. One 17-year-old described in the complaint has had 28 placements in 14 years, some of which were abusive, and now languishes in a detention center. He now, according to the complaint, “remains in jail awaiting a foster care placement and at risk of aging out of DSS foster care without any meaningful adult connections in his life, without any support services and without a permanent safe home.”The suit alleges a lack of mental health treatment, overdependence on group homes, and abuse at the hands of foster families:“As a direct result of longstanding, well-documented failures, plaintiff children have been and continue to be harmed physically, psychologically and emotionally and continue to be placed at ongoing risk of such harms while in DSS custody. […] DSS is re-victimizing the very children it is charged to protect.”The nonprofits filing the lawsuit include the New York–based national advocacy organization Children’s Rights and the South Carolina Appleseed Legal Justice Center. They are joined by Matthew T. Richardson, a partner at the South Carolina law firm, Wyche P.A.The state has repeatedly admitted that its foster care system is inadequate, a point that Sue Berkowitz, the director of the South Carolina Appleseed Legal Justice Center, addressed in a statement. “Since South Carolina has repeatedly ignored its own admissions about the system, we have no choice but to act and demand reform.”—Ruth McCambridgeShareTweetShareEmail0 Shares
Share37TweetShareEmail37 SharesAugust 9, 2016; Economic Policy Institute“For generations, education has been the springboard to opportunity in America.” This conclusion is more than just the driver for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to invest billions in efforts to improve public education. It summarizes our nation’s widely shared belief that a quality education is a fundamental right and an essential component of individual and communal success. According to a 2015 Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) report, as a nation, in 2012 we devoted 3.6 percent of the gross domestic product to elementary and secondary education—$11,700 per student.Yet while we think education is valuable, we don’t think our teachers are worth very much at all. Some say teachers are overpaid for working a part-time job with the summers off. But a new study conducted by the Economic Policy Institute indicates that when compared to similarly trained workers in other fields, teachers earn less—and the gap is growing.The teacher pay penalty is bigger than ever. In 2015, public school teachers’ weekly wages were 17.0 percent lower than those of comparable workers—compared with just 1.8 percent lower in 1994.As unfair as that looks, the picture is even more stringent in the details. Between 1996 and 2015, after adjusting for inflation, public school teachers saw their pay decrease by $30 a week while the weekly pay for college graduates overall grew by more than $100. Teaching had been a field where women could find a relatively “favored” position. In 1960, female teachers earned almost 15 percent more than their peers did in other fields; by 2015, they were earning 14 percent less. Experienced teachers earned slightly more than their peers in other fields in 1996, but today they find their salaries lagging by almost 18 percent.But don’t the great pensions and other benefits that teachers and their unions receive offset these gaps in salary? Not really. When benefits are included, the study found “the total teacher compensation penalty was a record-high 11.1 percent in 2015 (composed of a 17.0 percent wage penalty plus a 5.9 percent benefit advantage). The bottom line is that the teacher compensation penalty grew by 11 percentage points from 1994 to 2015.”Not paying competitive salaries does matter. Teacher shortages have become serious as increasingly experienced teachers retire and the pool of teachers entering the field shrinks. As Stanford University Professor Linda Darling-Hammond points out: Even if teachers may be more motivated by altruism than some other workers, teaching must compete with other occupations for talented college and university graduates. […] Teachers are more likely to quit when they work in districts with lower wages and when their salaries are low relative to alternative wage opportunities, especially in high-demand fields like math and science.Policymakers emphasize the importance of effective teaching. Many reformers see it as critical in confronting the impact of poverty and race on educational success. We have heard louder and louder demands for teacher accountability based on measurable outcomes. These calls are often combined with a desire to tie compensation to these outcomes but do not recognize the need to pay teachers fairly to compete in the marketplace for college graduates. In our society, compensation often stands as a critical measure of value and importance. Noncompetitive pay is more than just an economic issue; it’s a statement of how much we respect the educational profession. To pay teachers poorly and devalue the rigor required to be an effective teacher is not a formula for solving educational problems, yet it’s the recipe that many in the forefront of school reform keep urging us to use.—Martin LevineShare37TweetShareEmail37 Shares
Share147TweetShareEmail147 Shares“Army Photography Contest – 2007 – FMWRC – Arts and Crafts – A Plumpish Proportion”June 2, 2017; The NationCalifornia committed itself early in the Trump Presidency to acting as an alternative—modeling at the state level alternate proposals to those introduced at the federal level.Last Thursday, the California Senate passed single-payer universal health care. SB 562 passed 23 to 14. The bill still needs to be approved by the California State Assembly and Governor Jerry Brown, and budget plans need to be developed, but a hurdle has been cleared.An article in the Los Angeles Times last month said, “Under the bill, the state would cover medical care for every resident in California, including those without legal immigration status. Enrollees would not have to pay premiums, co-payments or deductibles.”A review of the proposal by the Political Economy Research Institute at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst found that it “would produce substantial savings for households in health care costs as a share of their income, and California businesses, which would also see reduced payroll costs for health care expenditures.”RoseAnn DeMoro, Executive Director of the California Nurses Association and National Nurses United, which led the “Healthy California Act” campaign, said, “This is a banner day for California, and a moral model for the nation.”There was a time when Donald Trump praised single-payer healthcare. In 2000, “he advocated for it as both a potential Reform Party presidential candidate and in his book, The America We Deserve.” He wrote, “We must have universal health care. Just imagine the improved quality of life for our society as a whole.” But this was when he was a potential Reform party presidential candidate.As a Republican President, however, he “has aligned himself with House Speaker Paul Ryan’s scheme to make health a privilege rather than a right—and to use a ‘reform’ of the Affordable Care Act as a vehicle to reward wealthy campaign donors with tax cuts and sweetheart deals.”Nevertheless, according to a recent Pew study, “ percent of Americans believe the government should guarantee health care…and even Republicans have moved toward this position.” In an article last week in The Nation, John Nichols wrote, “The movement for single payer is for real, and it’s winning in California.”According to a legislative analysis released Monday, a single-payer California health care system is expected to cost $400 billion a year, almost twice the entire 2015 state government budget of $210.9 billion, according to Ballotpedia. Of that, $200 billion of existing federal, state, and local funds would be redirected towards this system. The remaining $200 billion would come from new taxes. A new 15 percent payroll tax on employers could provide the necessary revenue.The measure does not contain a specific tax proposal, which would require a two-thirds vote to pass. However, the new proposed system would likely reduce spending by employers and employees, “which currently ranges between $100 billion and $150 billion annually.” Taking this into consideration, the new spending would actually be between $50 billion and $100 billion a year.DeMoro said, “We’ve shown that healthcare is not only a humanitarian imperative for the nation, it is politically feasible, and it is even the fiscally responsible step to take.”—Cyndi SuarezShare147TweetShareEmail147 Shares
Share10Tweet1ShareEmail11 SharesFrom the Antiquarian Booksellers Assoc. of AmericaFebruary 4, 2019; Columbia Journalism Review and the New York TimesThe mayor of Dearborn, Michigan, seems to have learned none of the lessons from the many leaders of states, cities, and public institutions who have had to confront the difficult parts of history—in particular, how they remember and memorialize incidents of bigotry and hatred, like the legacy of the Confederacy. When recently confronted with Henry Ford’s legacy of virulent antisemitism, John B. O’Reilly chose to stonewall and stick his head in the sand rather than recognize the importance of coming to grips with even the disturbing parts of our historical record.A hundred years ago, Henry Ford used a paper he owned, the Dearborn Independent, to publish what the Columbia Journalism Review described as an “anti-Semitic 91-part series called The International Jew.” The civic-owned, nonprofit Dearborn Historian decided to publish an edition exploring this upsetting topic. In return, the publication was squelched.Part-time editor Bill McGraw thought it appropriate to use the quarterly publication of the city’s historic commission, with a circulation of less than 300, to explore this part of Ford’s legacy. One of McGraw’s motivations for composing the 11-page article was how seminal the long-running screed remains for today’s white-supremacists and anti-Semites. Ford is mentioned “hundreds of thousands of times” in online white supremacist forums, and new recruits to the movement see Ford’s fame as lending credence to his beliefs: “Hey, look at this incredible American, this global celebrity: he thinks like us.”The city and its historical commission would be doing an important, educational service by not letting this part of Ford’s legacy remain in the shadows. But Dearborn’s mayor saw the magazine only from the narrow perspective of a potential PR problem. Upon receiving a pre-publication copy, Mayor Jack O’Reilly had all printed copies of the magazine recalled and locked away. The city’s public information officer released a statement that explained the reasoning behind this action.We want Dearborn to be understood as it is today—a community that works hard at fostering positive relationships within our city and beyond. We expect city-funded publications like The Historian to support these efforts. It was thought that by presenting information from 100 years ago that included hateful messages—without a compelling reason directly linked to events in Dearborn today—this edition of The Historian could become a distraction from our continuing messages of inclusion and respect. For this reason, the Mayor asked that the distribution of the hard copies of the current edition of The Historian be halted.McGraw, who was working under contract and not an employee, was summarily removed from his position.Rather than keep the unpleasant side of Ford’s legacy under wraps, however, the mayor’s act taught a familiar lesson: the futility of trying to keep secrets in a hyper-connected world. The quashed article was published online in Deadline Detroit and several other publications, and the New York Times covered the story of its suppression in its Sunday edition.Jonathon Stanton, the historical commission’s chairman, told the Times, “It is just really important to emphasize that history is looking at the whole picture. If we’re only talking about the parts that make us proud, then what we’re doing isn’t really history. Now, instead of Dearborn confronting its past, people are talking about how the city is reluctant to discuss history.” In the end, the mayor, who has been seen as a strong advocate for the diversity of Dearborn’s population, has left his supporters confused.A young resident of Dearborn, Kareem Ali, when interviewed by the Times, expressed the lesson that Mayor O’Reilly and every other leader faced with similar challenges can learn from this controversy: “It does nobody any good to censor this kind of thing. I’m against hate towards anyone, and it’s important to remember history because it reminds us that just because you’re rich and famous doesn’t mean you’re a perfect person. Everyone has flaws.” And retired teacher Edward Markey asked, “What does it accomplish to pretend that this isn’t a part of Henry Ford’s story? He should be respected for what he did and condemned for his shortcomings. Many geniuses were also terrible human beings. That’s kind of a good lesson about people, isn’t it?”Given a chance to pull the skeletons from Ford’s closet and highlight that Dearborn has grown well beyond those times, the city’s actions have left it with a self-inflicted injury. It now becomes a lesson for others to benefit from. History cannot be expunged or papered over; it’s there to be embraced, both good and bad.—Martin LevineShare10Tweet1ShareEmail11 Shares
Three technology companies, RGB Networks, Verimatrix and itaas, have joined forces to develop a solution for streaming video to mobile devices.itaas serves as the prime contractor contributing its team of network architects and product testing capabilities as well as a client side solution for viewing content on a mobile device. itaas’ network architects will assess a service provider’s existing video delivery infrastructure and then work with RGB Networks, Verimatrix and content delivery network providers to design and implement a TV Everywhere.RGB Networks provides its Video Multiprocessing Gateway (VMG) transcoding platform as well as protocol adaptation with its TransAct Packager, which works in coordination with DRM and encryption from Verimatrix. RGB’s Packager supports the three main adaptive streaming formats – HTTP Live Streaming (HLS), HTTP Dynamic Streaming (HDS), and Smooth Streaming.Verimatrix’s VCAS for Internet TV provides a digital TV security solution for over-the-top services on networks implementing the HLS protocol, which includes security extensions to support subscription and transaction-based revenue models. Verimatrix can also provide support for third-party DRM systems such as Verimatrix MultiRights for PlayReady DRM.
Satellite operator AsiaSat has signed a contract with Dubai Media to provide capacity for free-to-air channels Dubai TV and Dubai Sports throughout the Asia Pacific region on the AsiaSat 5 satellite.State channel Dubai TV broadcasts events and activities taking place in Dubai and in the UAE along with local news, financial programmes and Arabic family dramas. The Dubai Sports Channel covers major tournaments such as the Dubai World Cup, Dubai Open Tennis, World Powerboat Championship and the UAE Football League.
English language teaching channels English Club TV is to start broadcasting in Asia and Africa via Measat from next month.The educational channel will be available via Measat 3A from November 1. It has been broadcasting since August 2008 on the Astra 4A satellite.Andrew Semchenko, the managing director of the English Club TV Channel, said: “I am very glad that English Club TV has considerably expanded its territory of broadcasting and will appear in Asia and the African Continent. I think that it will help many people learn English and find their way in life. Being a father, I understand how it is important to provide children with a good ‘background’ for their successful future. According to statistics, 80% of parents all over the world think that English will be useful for their children’s future and allows them to find new prospects. I’m no exception. I believe that English Club TV opens new horizons for millions of people in these continents and help them make a step to their new life.”
Vimeo has launched a service that allows Vimeo Pro members to sell content via the video sharing site.Vimeo On Demand will allow content producers to select the price point for their programming as well as the locations in which it will be available.Vimeo said that, after transaction costs have been deducted, the revenue share will be 90%-10% in favour of the content creator.Vimeo CEO, Kerry Trainor said: “With the addition of Vimeo On Demand, creators can now use Vimeo to control the way they earn revenue and retain a significant portion of the proceeds.”Videos purchased through Vimeo On Demand will be accessible across devices. The site claims 93 million monthly viewers across desktop, mobile, connected TVs and games consoles.Vimeo launched Vimeo On Demand yesterday at the SXSW Interactive + Film Festival.
Liberty Global-owned satellite pay TV provider UPC DTH has launched a new Facebook e-care application for freeSAT in the Czech Republic and Slovakia and UPC Direct in Hungary.According to UPC DTH, the application aims to support customers with improved services and e-care through Facebook. Both freeSAT, the operator’s brand in the Czech Republic and Slovakia and UPC Direct, which operates in Hungary, now offer the possibility to interact directly with customer care professionals through a dedicated application.The application will also allow customers to share their experiences in a forum and find support by using an FAQ section. In addition to having the ability to directly interact with customer care, the application provides instant access to information such as contact details, service updates and topical news through a message board that also allows anyone to discover information related to the current campaign or changes to the service.Tunde Hubina, UPC DTH director of customer care said, “UPC DTH has been the leader in providing award winning customer care to our customers in Hungary, the Czech Republic and Slovakia. This dedication of ours has led to the best customer ratings among providers in the region. This focus is the driving force behind innovations such as those announced today so we maintain our lead and best in class customer care.”