2Arizona Cardinals3-10.527 7Jacksonville Jaguars4-9.546 (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey) 8Tampa Bay Buccaneers5-8.5009New York Giants5-8.50510Detroit Lions5-8.50711Cincinnati Bengals5-8.529 PickTeamRecordStrength of schedule A loss to the Detroit Lions at home Sunday kept the Arizona Cardinals right in the conversation when it comes to earning a top pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. Helping matters, the Cardinals’ competition at the bottom of the NFL standings, the San Francisco 49ers and Oakland Raiders, came out of Week 14 with surprising wins. The Niners held off a second-half rally by the Denver Broncos to win, 20-14, while the Raiders came from behind in the final seconds to beat the Pittsburgh Steelers, 24-21, on Sunday. 3Oakland Raiders3-10.565 That means Arizona, San Francisco and Oakland sit at the bottom of the NFL with 3-10 records. Four teams are a game back at 4-9, and four more are 5-8 with three weeks of regular season play left.The Cardinals and 49ers have the same record and strength of schedule, meaning their divisional record acts as the second tiebreaker. As of now, Arizona is 2-2 in the division thanks to two wins over the 49ers. San Francisco is 0-4 against NFC West opponents.Related LinksThe Arizona Cardinals aren’t just bad, they’re also unwatchableCardinals follow win in Green Bay with ‘surprising’ flop vs. LionsLions adapt to injury, game-plan hurdles in win over CardinalsRecord-setting Larry Fitzgerald praises young WRs in loss to LionsAlso of note is the fourth team in the draft order standings, the Atlanta Falcons. The Cardinals visit them this coming Sunday, and the result will have significant draft implications.Here’s a quick look at how the 2019 NFL Draft order stands with all but a Monday game between the Minnesota Vikings and Seattle Seahawks — neither of whom are in play to mix up the top of the reverse standings — to play this week.A few quick rules:• The top of the draft order is decided by the inverse winning percentage of non-playoff teams.• Tiebreakers are based on inverse strength of schedule — the aggregate winning percentage of a team’s opponents. In other words, the team that played the weakest schedule with the worst combined record will earn a higher pick. • The second tiebreaker is divisional records against common opponents.2019 NFL Draft order (as of Week 14) 5New York Jets4-9.505 Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo 4Atlanta Falcons4-9.493 5 Comments Share Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling 6Buffalo Bills4-9.531 1San Francisco 49ers3-10.527 Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
Go back to the enewsletterThe annual Virtuoso Travel Week in Las Vegas last week saw plenty of awards and accolades handed out. Among the recipients from Australia was the Goldman Travel Corporation.LATTE took the opportunity to have a chat with Joint Managing Director, Anthony Goldman, to hear how business is going for Goldman Travel Group. Anthony, congratulations to you and the team at Goldman Travel Corporation for taking away the award for Virtuoso Agency Production (Asia Pacific) last week, for a fourth successive year no less. Has your agency production increased annually, or were there slow downs along the way?We have experienced both organic growth and growth through our acquisitions. In 2013, my father Tom, brother David and I made a decision to broaden our footprint in the premium to high-end leisure space to complement our strong corporate offering. We have been very fortunate to join forces with some wonderful businesses; Travelcall Melbourne, Travel Phase Double Bay, The Cruise Centre Brisbane and the establishment of our remote-agent business, SmartFlyer Australia. Our strategy is to focus on the premium and high-end space, thus our increase in Virtuoso-supplier volume has been consistent with our growth program.What were some of the luxury products that saw significantly increased bookings in the past year?We have seen a strong increase in cruise sales. This is consistent with Australian market trends. We are also seeing more multi-generational travel, with grandparents travelling with their children and grandchildren on celebration holidays.What were some of the top destinations booked for Goldman Travel Corp?Our top destinations have always been North America (LA and New York) and Europe (Italy in particular). They are here to stay. We see a trend in clients wanting new and emerging destinations such as Sri Lanka, Iceland, Mongolia and other unexplored regions.Why is being a part of Virtuoso so important for Goldman Travel Corp?We are proud members of Helloworld Business Travel and Virtuoso. The two consortia complement both sides of our business – corporate and leisure. Virtuoso allows us to reach supplier partners all over the world to benefit our advisors and clients. Virtuoso is in the “connection business”. The various programs, events and training opportunities for our teams open doors around the world to form relationships that allow us to procure the best experiences for our clients. We spend a lot of time and resources to take advantage of these opportunities, as that’s what sets us apart from the mainstream agencies and online booking platforms.Is a fifth consecutive Agency Production award achievable in 2019?We don’t run our business to win awards. Our objective is to do our best and work with our teams to provide our clients with the best possible experience when dealing with our various businesses. We love what we do. And if we happen to win for a fifth time, that’s a bonus!Thanks for your time Anthony.Lead image: Anthony Goldman (left), Tom Goldman OAM and David Goldman (right).Go back to the enewsletter
28Jan Barrett fights for Michigan children and teachers Categories: Barrett News,News State Rep. Tom Barrett has been busy during his second week in office. This week the newly elected official submitted a joint resolution to equalize per-pupil funding in Michigan.“The students and teachers of Eaton County are expected to meet the same standards as everyone else with fewer resources,” said Barrett, R-Potterville. “Our kids are worth every bit as much as kids in any other part of Michigan.”House Joint Resolution F requires that all local school districts receive the same amount of total state and local per-pupil revenue for school operating purposes. Currently there are 807 school districts in the state of Michigan receiving different levels of per-pupil funding.“Most of our Eaton County schools receive the minimum in per-pupil funding from the state,” Barrett said. “I will work to close the disparity gap between our highest- and lowest-funded school districts. We are all state taxpayers, and our kids in Eaton County should not receive less funding than anyone else.”HJR F was also submitted this week in the Senate by state Sen. Rick Jones, R-Grand Ledge. Barrett’s bill was referred to the House Committee on Appropriations.##### Lawmaker sponsors resolution to equalize per-pupil spending
The leaders of the House Workforce and Talent Development Committee applauded today’s approval of legislation designed to help Michigan compete for large economic development projects.The House approved the “Good Jobs for Michigan” legislation with bipartisan support. The bills will soon be headed to Gov. Rick Snyder for his consideration.Committee chair Ben Frederick (R-Owosso) and minority vice chair Leslie Love (D-Detroit) both support the three-bill package, saying it will boost opportunities for Michigan workers.The tax incentive plan could help Michigan better compete against Indiana, Ohio, Wisconsin and other states that offer lucrative tax incentives to businesses.“Much has been done over the past several years to improve the economic environment in our state. But while Michigan is a peninsula, it is not an island,” Frederick said. “There are other states. Some of them have quite generous credits, to the level I would consider them to be mistakes. Some states simply have open checkbooks, which is wrong. How does Michigan compete? Wisely and prudently, with performance-based incentives through programs like this one.”Love said the program will create opportunities for Michigan families who need a boost.“We must continue to fight for our state, to grow our economy in Michigan, to be bold and try new things and get people working again,” Love said. “This is an opportunity to attract new industry and create new jobs. This creates new opportunities to advance into a new career, to create a better life.”The legislation will allow companies creating at least 250 jobs to keep some income tax withholdings created through new employees. Wage levels help determine the amount of tax revenue that can be captured, and the length of time for which it may be captured.Several taxpayer protections are built into the plan. Businesses must create a specified number of jobs within a specified time to qualify, and the size of the program is limited.###The legislation: Senate Bills 242-4. Categories: Frederick News,News 12Jul Reps. Frederick, Love applaud passage of ‘Good Jobs’ bills
04Oct Rep. Sheppard schedules ‘Sit Down with Sheppard’ dates for October Categories: News,Sheppard News State Rep. Jason Sheppard of Temperance invites residents of the 56th District to meet with him during his October in-district office hours.Times and locations are as follows:Wednesday, Oct. 10: 7:30-8:30 a.m. at Gander’s Family Restaurant, 4219 Luna Pier Road in Luna Pier.Monday, Oct. 15: 8-9 a.m. at Old 23 Grill, 3168 Lewis Avenue in Ida.Monday, Oct. 22: 4:30-5:30 p.m. at DaCapo Coffee, 7370 Lewis Avenue in Temperance.The 56th District encompasses most of Monroe County including the townships of Milan, Dundee, Summerfield, Whiteford, Bedford, Erie, LaSalle, Ida, Raisinville and a portion of Monroe.“I appreciate the opportunity to hear about your top issues related to state government,” Sheppard said. “It’s part of the process of working together to improve our communities and neighborhoods.”No appointments are necessary to attend district hours. Those unable to attend may contact Rep. Sheppard’s office at (517) 373-2617 or JasonSheppard@house.mi.gov.#####
ShareTweetShareEmail0 SharesJuly 7, 2014; Warwick PostHobby Lobby won its case at the Supreme Court, allowing closely held corporations to refuse to pay for some forms of employees’ contraception on religious grounds, but will it feel a financial blowback from customers unhappy with their politics? Small demonstrations are popping up at Hobby Lobby stores around the country; in Rhode Island, for instance, 70 picketers showed up at Warwick’s Hobby Lobby hours after the decision was made, and on Monday dozens of protestors handed out condoms, IUDs crafted out of colorful pipe cleaners, and coupons to competing stores at the grand opening of the Burbank store in California.One Burbank protestor said, “If we don’t stop and point out to people that our rights are being taken away, apathy will take over and people will just let the corporations run over them.”But a Hobby Lobby shopper responded, “I think everyone has a right to stand up for what they believe in…I don’t have a right to force my beliefs on you and you don’t have a right to force your beliefs on me.”Exactly the point, some might think. Carolyn Mark of the Rhode Island chapter of the National Organization for Women said, “The Supreme Court’s decision in the Hobby Lobby case shows a shocking disregard for the religious liberty of working women who should have the right to make their own heath care decisions in concert with their doctor and their faith and not to have those decisions made for them by their employer. This decision will most certainly embolden those forces in our society that wish to withhold a full range of health care options for women.”Boycotts are, of course, a traditional part of our social change arsenal. Is the strategy likely to be used here, and to what effect?—Ruth McCambridgeShareTweetShareEmail0 Shares
A survey commissioned by new media delivery specialist Vidiator has found that India is leading the way in monetising mobile video content with 50% of people having paid for it. That compares to just 26% in the UK and 47% in Malaysia.Over two thirds of the 1,500 respondents in the UK, India and Malaysia said they would be willing to pay for content if service providers could improve quality of experience.Problems expressed by respondents included poor quality images and slow and inconsistent load times. Over 50% of people in the UK, 68% in India and 89% of people in Malaysia were dissatisfied with the time it takes video to load.“Video consumption on tablets and mobiles is widely expected to double in the first six months of 2012. These results confirm that there is clearly a big global appetite for good quality mobile video content and that people are prepared to pay for it,” said Tae Sung Park, CEO, Vidiator. “Poor quality content and slow delivery is putting people off using video more often and the results show that operators aren’t yet making the most of the huge mobile video opportunity. Content providers are facing a big challenge of how to monetise video and these results show what they need to do – deliver good quality content and do it quickly.”
The winners of the Eutelsat TV Awards were unveiled at an event in Venice on Friday. Over 120 channels from 19 countries took part in the competition.Canal Plus’s Polish kids channel Teletoon Plus won the Children’s category, while under-pressure independent Russian investigative and documentary channel Top Secret took the award in the Culture/Documentaries category, with a special mention for Afghan channel Pashto TV.Real Time from Italy won in the Lifestyle category, while the award for best News/Information channel also went to an Italian service, Sky TG24.Best Cinema channel award wen to Russia’s Premiera, with the UAE-based MBC1 HD winning in the Fiction/General Entertainment category. Best Music channel was the UK’s C Music TV and best Sport channel was France’s Eurosport.The Best Programme award went to BBC Persian for Shakespeare from Kabul, while Germany’s Spiegel TV Wissen was named as best new channel.
Gunnar Evensen, CEO of Get Norway, talks about his company’s next-generation TV and broadband strategy.
Digital video revenues is expected to exceed packaged video revenues in Sweden for the first time this year, making it the first country to pass this milestone, according to research by Futuresource Consulting. According to Futuresource Consulting, Sweden witnessed a significant shift in consumer behaviour last year, with a dramatic decline in packaged video coupled with a strong uptake in digital services. According to Futuresource, packaged video spending fell by 24% in the country in 2013, representing 13% of overall video spend last year.The group now expects digital video revenues to reach €153 million this year, compared with €146 million for packaged revenues, driven by growth for subscription video on demand services such as Netflix.“2013 saw the first full year of new SVoD services and they quickly picked up a sizable customer base with subscription growing from 4% to 20% of the home video market,” said Joanna Wright, senior market analyst at Futuresource Consulting.“The new entrants to the SVoD market clearly boosted the awareness of services and helped the market grow, Netflix has been a key driver of this and quickly became market leader.”The group expects overall video entertainment expenditure in Sweden to reach €1.8 billion by 2018, based on average annual growth of 3% that will primarily be driven by SVoD, although pay TV will continue to account for the lion’s share of the overall total.
CNN is due to cease broadcasting in Russia at the end of the year, citing “recent changes in Russian media legislation.”In a statement, the network’s parent company Turner International said is was “assessing its distribution options for CNN in Russia” in light of the new regulations and said “we are bringing our existing distribution relationships to an end while we do that.”It added that its CNN Moscow bureau will remain open and that it hopes to “re-enter the market in due course.”Russian news agency TASS reported yesterday that Russian pay TV providers including Vimpelcom, NTV+ and Akado had received letters notifying them that Turner would cease broadcasting CNN International in Russia from December 31.Russia’s communications ministry denied that the country’s recently passed mass media law would block international news channels. In a statement published by Russian business news agency PRIME, the ministry said: “The law allows foreign news channels to broadcast on the Russian territory, for which legal forms and ways are provided.”Russian president Vladimir Putin last month signed an amendment to the country’s media law that will limit foreign ownership of media companies in Russia to 20%, down from the current limit of 50%. The legislation will apply to both existing and future foreign ownership and comes into effect in January 2016.However, separate legislation passed this year will also amend the country’s law on advertising, banning pay TV channels from carrying ads.Under the new rules, all channels that are available exclusively on a pay basis, as well as those that can only be accessed using a TV decoder are included in the ad-ban, with the exception of national state-controlled channels. The law is due to come into effect in January.According to figures recently compiled by trade magazine Cableman, up to 54 Russian TV channels could close as a result of the new Federal law banning pay TV services from carrying advertising.
Some 81% of US households now have at least one high definition TV set, up from 46% of US households five years ago, according to Leichtman Research Group.The new research found that 52% of all US households have multiple HDTVs, compared to just 17% five years ago. Including non-HDTV households, 65% of all TV sets used in US households are now HDTVs – compared to 24% in 2009 and 3% in 2004.Other findings of the report include 89% of HDTV households, and 91% of multi-HDTV households, subscribe to a pay TV service, compared to 67% of non-HDTV households.Some 52% of people who bought a TV set in the past year have a smart TV, with around 11% of all TVs used in US households now thought to be connected smart TVs.“While HDTV now seems commonplace in the US, much of the growth of HD has come in recent years. Over the past five years, more than one-third of all US households got their first HDTV,” said Bruce Leichtman, president and principal analyst for Leichtman Research Group.In terms of Ultra HD, the research found that 41% of US adults have now heard of 4K Ultra HDTV, up from 30% last year, with 26% of those who have seen a 4K HDTV claiming they are interested in getting one.
Streaming service Netflix has lined up another four original kids series.The shows are: Cirque du Soleil – Luna Petunia from Saban Brands; Edgar Rice Burroughs’ Tarzan and Jane from 41 Entertainment and ARC Productions; Kulipari: An Army of Frogs from Splash Entertainment and Outlook Company; and Puffin Rock from Penguin Random House Children’s, Dog Ears and Ireland’s Cartoon Saloon.Netflix has also acquired three first-run kids series. Russian kids show Masha and the Bear will debut this August in the US, while Nelvana Studios’ The Day My Butt Went Psycho will go out in the US, UK and Mexico. Elias, a Norwegian preschool cartoon, is already streaming in the US, Canada, UK, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand.
AMC Networks has signed a forensic watermarking deal with NexGuard, deploying the latter’s technology at its New York facilities.AMC Networks, which counts The Walking Dead and Better Call Saul among its most popular shows, has acquired a system to watermark its video content with a unique identifier in post-production, making its worldwide distribution traceable and secure.“Viewers all over the world demand day-and-date access to their favourite AMC Networks content. It is paramount for us to protect our assets when they are at their most valuable,” said Steve Pontillo, executive vice president and chief technology officer, AMC Networks. “NexGuard’s watermarking technology enables AMC Networks to trace the source of potential illegal copies of each video asset; this enhanced content security is a powerful deterrent against piracy and protects our revenue and that of our distribution partners.”AMC Networks’ TV channel brands include AMC, WE tv, SundanceTV and IFC.
The directive will enable member states to impose content creation levies on the likes of NetflixThe European Commission has confirmed that it will oblige on-demand services such as Netflix and Amazon Prime Instant Video to ensure there is at least a 20% share of European content in their catalogues. The EC has also said that EU member states will be able to ask on-demand services to contribute financially to European content creation.The EC this morning published its revised Audiovisual Media Services Directive, which contains the new proposals.The revised directive calls for on-demand services to be obliged to “reserve at least 20% share for European works in their catalogues and to ensure adequate prominence of such works”.In addition, member states will be authorised to impose financial contributions in the form of direct investments or levies allocated to national film funds to on-demand services in their jurisdictions – and also, in certain circumstances, to those “established in a different Member State but targeting their national audiences”.Netflix, whose European operations are based in the Netherlands, could therefore potentially be obliged to contribute to domestic production in, for example, France.The EC made it clear that the obligations on promotion of European works would not apply to players with “no significant presence on the market” and in particular, to “companies with a low turnover”. In addition, states may waive obligations on some services where imposing them would be “impracticable or unjustified by reason of the nature or theme of the on-demand audiovisual media services”.The wording of the revised directive indicates that where contributions are imposed on services established outside the targeted state, these will be based only on revenues raised in that targeted state. If the country where the service is established imposes obligations, these should take into account financial contributions imposed by targeted states.The directive also calls for a loosening up of advertising restrictions placed on TV broadcasters. The current hourly limit on TV advertising will be replaced by a daily limit of 20% of advertising during the period between 07:00 and 23:00.Films made for television, cinematographic works and news could, under the proposed revisions, be interrupted more often, and isolated ad spots would be allowed.Other measures in the document include alignment of measure for the protection of minors between broadcast services and online services. The measures hitherto applicable to TV broadcasting will now be extended to online services. Video-sharing sites will be obliged to pout in place measures to protect minors and protect all citizens for incitement to violence or hatred.
Richard FosterAdvertising agency group GroupM is pushing further into premium TV production and financing by creating a new globally-focused content company.The WPP-owned GroupM has created Motion Content Group, which is being billed as an investment and rights management firm.Motion’s creation is part of a push “to meet the ever-growing market demand for new economic models for premium content across the entertainment and media marketplace”.To this point, GroupM has played a role in content and programming financing through GroupM Entertainment, which has become an increasingly important coproducer both in the UK and internationally.GroupM Entertainment’s head, Richard Foster, has been appointed CEO of Motion, which will have headquarters in London and LA.In effect, Motion will replace GroupM Entertainment, working with producers, talent and distributors to fund, develop, produce and sell premium content.According to the firm, it will also “consolidate and diversify GroupM’s content investments and operations-to-date, as well as utilise GroupM and WPP’s worldwide network of relationship and content expertise for scale and competitive advantage”.GroupM’s various ad agencies will continue to work on branded content for clients separately to Motion.“With new content companies such as Netflix and Amazon growing rapidly, the competition for premium content is heating up across the globe,” said Martin Sorrell, CEO of global ad giant WPP.“WPP is investing in Motion Content Group to strengthen our content creation and distribution capabilities, to help meet evolving viewer needs, and to help advertisers continue to reach consumers in high quality content environments.”Kelly Clark, GroupM’s CEO, added: “We have always used our global scale and reach to find innovative approaches that strengthen the media ecosystem for advertisers and media partners alike. Motion is a major commitment by GroupM to expand on these efforts.”Motion CEO Foster said the firm’s objective was “to help create and support editorially and commercially vibrant premium content for the benefit of our content partners and advertisers”.“We will achieve this by continuing to invest into the content industry and lead the development of new models, commercial content structures and partnerships with media networks, platforms, talent, producers, and distributors,” he added.
Discovery Communications has led a US$10 million (€8.5 million) Series A funding round raised by virtual reality content studio Here Be Dragons.The deal values Here Be Dragons at US$55 million and sees senior vice-president of emerging platforms and partnerships at Discovery, Rebecca Howard, join the company board.Here Be Dragons said it will use the cash to further broaden its creative and technological offering – from the ideas stage through to production and post-production work.“With a strong presence in the entertainment industry and a reputation for being on the cutting-edge of technology, Discovery is an ideal lead for us – one that shares our vision for the future,” said Here Be Dragons CEO Patrick Milling-Smith.Karen Leever, executive vice-president and general manager at Discovery Digital, said: “Discovery and Here Be Dragons share a passion for creating thrilling, cutting-edge content that takes viewers places they never thought possible. We look forward to what comes next from the incredibly talented team at Here Be Dragons.”Here Be Dragons is based in Los Angeles and has offices in New York and London. Its projects to date include FX’s Legion Mixed Reality Experience, and the Ghost in the Shell VR experience in collaboration with Paramount, Oculus Studios and Rewind VR.
Nokia OZO cameraNokia’s OZO+ VR cameras will no longer be sold after December 15.The company said that the limited remaining stock of the OZO+ Professional VR Camera and its related software will only be available for purchase until next week.Nokia is offering discounts on the official price of €23,500 inclusive of an OZO Creator and OZO Live software licence.The company recently announced support for up to 60 frames per second video with OZO Creator, along with real time stereoscopic 360° VR streaming from a Windows 10 laptop, and spatial audio mixing.Nokia announced in October that it was halting further development of its OZO VR camera, citing “slower-than-expected development of the VR market”.The company said that it planned to reduce VR investments, in a strategic rethink that would result in the layoff of up to 310 of Nokia Technologies’ roughly 1,090 employees – mainly in Finland, the US and UK.
BT generated the highest number of complaints among the UK’s pay TV operators in the second quarter of this year, according to Ofcom stats.The UK broadcast regulator said that the main driver of BT’s complaints related to faults, service and provision issues.Virgin and TalkTalk also generated complaint volumes that were “above the industry average” while Sky generated the lowest volume of complaints, according to the report.
Altice-owned Portugal Telecom/Meo has launched a new channel dedicated to drama. Meo Series will kick off with an exclusive airing of the full series of AXN Now crime show Mr Mercedes.The channel will offer a range of scripted content, including exclusive series and complete seasons of shows in 4K. Upcoming shows include The Good Doctor, SWAT: Força de Intervenção, Absentia, The Brave, Young Sheldon, The Bridge (Bron – A Ponte) and Chicago Fire.Meo Series will be available to Meo ADSL and Meo Fibra customers for €5 a month, with access free of charge until the end of this year.The launch of the channel follows a series of improvements to Meo TV service, including the launch of a new, more intuitive channel guide, extended automatic recording of channels and restart TV in HD.The operator said that the launch of the new channel was in line with its legacy of innovation, including, this year, the launch of a portable WiFi box and the revamped UI.