Reilly bill would require colleges uphold First Amendment

first_img25May Reilly bill would require colleges uphold First Amendment Categories: Reilly News Representative John Reilly, R-Oakland, has introduced legislation to strengthen First Amendment protections for citizens attending public colleges and universities.Rep. Reilly noted that numerous free speech court cases against universities in Michigan have either been settled out of court or ruled against the universities.“The Legislature has not only the authority, but a compelling duty to protect the free speech rights of its citizens and to shield its taxpaying citizens from unnecessary financial liability arising from ambiguity in existing policies,” he said.Reilly noted a pending case against Kellogg Community College in which a student was handcuffed and jailed for circulating copies of the U.S. Constitution.  He also pointed to recently settled cases against Grand Valley State University, Western Michigan University and Eastern Michigan University.  In addition, he noted a ruling in Doe v. Michigan in which the court found a University of Michigan policy forbidding the “stigmatizing or victimizing” of individuals or groups a violation of protected speech rights under the First Amendment.“It shouldn’t be necessary to codify the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States and corresponding speech protections in our state Constitution, but sadly, these ongoing, pervasive problems prove that we do,” Rep. Reilly said. “These cases simply codify the court rulings that have consistently upheld the right to free speech on public campuses.”House Bill 4656, cosponsored by Reps. Hoitenga, Hornberger, Iden, Johnson, Kelly, Lilly, Lucido, Noble, Robinson, Runestad and Victory, would require Michigan’s 43 public colleges and universities to adopt free speech policies that include:An affirmation that the school strives to ensure the greatest degree of intellectual freedom and free expression.An affirmation of the right to free speech.An affirmation of the right to assembly.An affirmation of the right to protest, provided it does not infringe on the rights of others to engage in or listen to others.An affirmation that the campus is open to any speaker whom students, student groups or faculty invite.An affirmation that the public areas of campuses are traditional public forums, open on the same terms to any speaker.An affirmation to prohibit discrimination against belief-based student groups.An affirmation that this policy supersedes any previous policy.It would further require the schools to make this policy known to students, professors, administrators, campus police and residence life officials.House Bill 4656 was referred to the House Oversight Committee.###last_img read more

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Representatives Lilly and García announce community mental health forum

first_img15Feb Representatives Lilly and García announce community mental health forum Categories: Garcia News,Garcia Photos,News,Photos Representatives Jim Lilly (R- Park Township) and Daniela García (R-Holland) invite Ottawa County residents to attend an upcoming forum on community mental health issues.The forum is scheduled for Friday, Feb. 23 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the Fillmore Complex (Main Conference Room), 12220 Fillmore St. in West Olive.  Guest speakers will include MDHHS Deputy Director of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities’ Lynda Zeller, Executive Director of Ottawa County Community Mental Health’s Lynne Doyle, and the CEO of Lakeshore Regional Entity’s Jeff Brown.“Our offices have listened to our communities’ concerns on community mental health and I believe this forum will offer valuable insight into the issue.” Lilly said. “Representative García has been leading the charge on this issue in Lansing and I’m honored to welcome her into the 89th District to help facilitate meaningful conversation.”García said: “Representative Lilly and I understand how important it is to ensure all Ottawa County residents have the adequate mental health services they need.  This forum is a great opportunity for the community to voice their concerns, share their experiences, and better understand the issue from every level of government.”The event is open to the public. Anyone unable to attend is encouraged to contact Representative Lilly’s office at 517-373-0838 or Representative García’s office at 517-373-0830.last_img read more

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Rep Allor seeks feedback from local residents

first_img Categories: Allor News 12Sep Rep. Allor seeks feedback from local residents State Rep. Sue Allor, of Wolverine, today invited people to sit down with her during office hours this month in Alcona, Alpena, Cheboygan, Iosco and Presque Isle counties.“I truly enjoy meeting with people and hearing from them on the issues we’re facing as a region and state,” Allor said. “The input and feedback I receive during these informal meetings helps me better represent our community at the Capitol.”Allor will be available at the following times and locations:Monday, Sept. 17, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. at Chi-Chi’s Restaurant, 409 N. Bradley Hwy. in Rogers City;Monday, Sept. 17, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the Donald Newport Center, Room 106, at Alpena Community College, 665 Johnson St. in Alpena;Friday, Sept. 21, from 1 to 2 p.m. in the Commissioner’s Room at the Alcona County Courthouse, 106 5th St. in Harrisville;Friday, Sept. 21, from 3:15 to 4:15 p.m. at the Victorian Café, 216 S. Washington St. in Hale; andFriday, Sept. 28, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. at Wood Winds Restaurant and Pizzeria, 20812 Washington Ave. in Onaway.No appointments are necessary. Anyone unable to attend local office hours can contact Allor at (517) 373-0833 or email SueAllor@house.mi.gov.###last_img read more

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Rep Whiteford appointed to task force to investigate state governments information technology

first_img Categories: News,Whiteford News Rep. Mary Whiteford today was appointed to a special task force to investigate and help resolve cost overruns and inefficiencies with state government information technology projects.Whiteford – chair of the budget subcommittee overseeing the Department of Health and Human Services – was appointed to the bipartisan panel by House Appropriations Chair Shane Hernandez.“When state computer systems have glitches or don’t work properly, Michigan residents may be hurt at a time they need government’s help the most,” said Whiteford, of Casco Township in Allegan County. “It leaves children vulnerable to falling through the cracks of our state support system, and families unable to get the help and services they need. Cost overruns on items like software development take away money that could otherwise be spent on schools, roads and other important services. I am ready and willing to work with state departments and vendors to find solutions that will provide better, more cost-efficient service to Michigan residents.”State departments too often start IT projects that cost more and perform worse than expected. A Department of Health and Human Services system related to tracking child abuse and neglect cases, for example, has received $231 million in the past several years and still has persistent and significant defects.About 40,000 Michigan residents were wrongfully accused of fraud between 2013 and 2015 by a faulty computer system used by the Unemployment Insurance Agency. A failed Secretary of State computer system overhaul started in 2005 resulted in service issues, lawsuits cost overruns.Michigan House proposals are including 25-percent spending reductions in state department information technology budgets as part of the state’s upcoming plan for Fiscal Year 2019-20. The task force builds on that effort by helping find solutions and efficiencies.Hernandez appointed Rep. Mark Huizenga of Walker to chair the task force. Reps. Annette Glenn of Williams Township, Terry Sabo of Muskegon and Abdullah Hammoud of Dearborn will join Whiteford on the panel.### 05Jun Rep. Whiteford appointed to task force to investigate state government’s information technology inefficiencies, cost overrunslast_img read more

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Senate approves Rep Slaghs plan to give local communities control over residential

first_img Measure increases safety on Michigan roads The Michigan Senate this week approved a plan introduced by state Rep. Bradley Slagh to ensure safer neighborhood roads while also helping to save millions of dollars statewide.“Our communities know what’s best for their residents and giving them the control to help maintain safer neighborhood areas without additional costs for signage is the right thing to do,” said Slagh, of Zeeland.Many Michigan communities are forced to spend more taxpayer money because of changes made to state laws in 2016 that require costly studies and signage to enforce a 25 mph speed limit on residential streets.Slagh’s plan would allow communities to have a basic 25 mph residential speed limit unless otherwise posted – significantly reducing signage costs.Slagh, who previously served as the Zeeland Township supervisor for five years, worked closely with the Michigan State Police, Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police and Michigan Municipal League to craft this plan.House Bill 4118 now heads to the governor for consideration.### Categories: Slagh News 20Jun Senate approves Rep. Slagh’s plan to give local communities control over residential speed limitslast_img read more

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Study Crowds or Experts—Who Makes Better Funding Decisions

first_imgShareTweetShareEmail0 Shares August 19, 2014; ThinkAdvisorThe rise of crowdfunding surfaces a lot of questions. Will the method produce better or worse results than funding decisions left to experts in venture capital or grantmaking organizations? How will the decisions differ? What will be the social results of those differences?In this fascinating working paper, entitled “Wisdom or Madness? Comparing Crowds with Expert Evaluation in Funding the Arts,” Ethan Mollick of the Wharton School and Ramana Nanda of Harvard University compares the funding decisions for theater projects made by the “crowd’ on kickstarter to those that a panel of “experts” made. The experts were drawn from the ranks of those who had participated in formal grantmaking for the arts. Here is an excerpt from the paper, which is well worth reading:“We find that crowds and experts broadly agree on project quality, and that the main difference between the crowd and experts appears to be that the crowd is willing to fund projects that experts are not, even when experts are given unlimited funds. Looking at the outcomes, these projects seem to have similar final results to those selected by experts, meaning that the crowd expands the number, and potentially the type, of projects that have a chance of success.“Based on this evidence, the change from a hierarchical expert‐led system to a mixed expert and crowd‐based one may have large positive effects on the types of innovations that the system produces (Sah & Stiglitz, 1986), as allowing more ideas to come to fruition has been shown to lead to increased innovation quality (Kornish & Ulrich, 2011; Terwiesch & Ulrich, 2009). Similarly, a crowdfunding approach has the ability to include individuals who would not otherwise have access to funds because of the potential challenges of applying for NEA grants: they may not have experience or knowledge of grant writing, may have the wrong skillset to apply, or may be proposing programs that are not within NEA guidelines. A more diverse pool of individuals can further increase innovation (Østergaard, Timmermans, & Kristinsson, 2011). Finally, there are some suggestions in the data that the crowd may be more willing to take a chance on projects with higher variance outcomes than experts might be comfortable with. Though it is not statistically testable, we find that the crowd funded a higher percentage of hits (27%) than the experts (7%), and also the only project that failed due to a quality issue. Increasing the number of high variance projects may lead to more breakthrough ideas.”So, in short, the research suggests that at least in the area of the arts, the crowd’s judgment is not only as sound as experts’, but that it is likely to result in a broader distribution of funding and potentially more innovation and diversity.We’d love to hear your thoughts on these findings; we find them intriguing and worthy of discussion.—Ruth McCambridgeShareTweetShareEmail0 Shareslast_img read more

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RTL Group has partnered with multichannel YouTube

first_imgRTL Group has partnered with multi-channel YouTube content network BroadbandTV, putting US$36 million (€27.7 million) into the firm in the first of a string of planned investments. The deal, designed to increase RTL Group’s expansion in the online video market while upping BroadbandTV’s global growth strategy, gives RTL Group a 51% shareholding in BroadbandTV. RTL Group also takes three seats on the BroadbandTV board.The firms said they will explore joint business opportunities in the “development of original content and advertising sales,” with the deal also giving RTL Group a platform to work on.“As the leading European entertainment network, RTL Group is committed to becoming a major player in all segments of the rapidly growing online video market, and is ideally positioned to do so,” said Guillaume de Posch, co-CEO of RTL Group.“Our major broadcasters have built leading catch-up TV services, while RTL Group’s global content arm, FremantleMedia, has become the highest-rated TV producer on YouTube, with 135 channels currently generating 400 million video views per month. Today, we are delighted to announce a partnership with BroadbandTV and Shahrzad Rafati that will further our development.”BroadbandTV founder and CEO Shahrzad Rafati added: “BroadbandTV has been on a rapid growth trajectory since we began, and that pace will only accelerate with our partnership with RTL Group.“Together, we have defined an ambitious growth plan fuelled by investments in technology, advertising sales, content, international expansion and talent. We have a shared vision to achieve market leadership in the digital space.”Vancouver, Canada-based BroadbandTV is YouTube’s fifth largest Multi-Channel Network, managing more than 7,800 channels and generating 800 million video views per month. Founded in 2005, its network brands include VISO and TGN and works with content creators ranging from independent video entrepreneurs such as Element Animation, to well-established media brands such as Discovery Communications.last_img read more

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Networking and broadband systems provider ZyXEL ha

first_imgNetworking and broadband systems provider ZyXEL has joined the Multimedia-over-Coax Alliance (MoCA) as an associate member. “ZyXEL provides excellent home network foundations for all digital media, such as video/ music streaming and console games. By integrating MoCA technology, it not only enhances media delivery quality for end users but also minimizes the effort and cost of service providers,” said Chinru Lin, vice president of ZyXEL.“The company’s addition to MoCA is welcome as ZyXEL provides a wide-range of wired and wireless networking solutions. Their collaboration with the world’s leading telecommunications and service providers is well known and respected,” said Charles Cerino, MoCA president.last_img

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Factual channel CBS Reality has launched in the UK

first_imgFactual channel CBS Reality has launched in the UK on digital-terrestrial platform Freeview, making it available to some 9.5 million households. CBS Reality, which is part of the CBS Chello Zone UK partnership of channels, is available on Freeview channel 66, and the firm claims it is the first channel on the platform dedicated 100% to reality programming.The real life network airs documentaries and series including shows like Judge Judy, Cheaters and Dog & Beth: On the Hunt.“We are thrilled CBS Reality will be added to the DTT platform as the audiences for both are incredibly well matched.  The channel is the ratings leader in our CBS Chello Zone Partnership portfolio and will no doubt be compelling viewing for Freeview customers,” said Tanya Gugenheim, chief of business development, Chello Zone.last_img read more

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Carola Lundell Swedish commercial broadcaster TV4

first_imgCarola LundellSwedish commercial broadcaster TV4 Group has seen a 111% increase in online video streams after adding cross-platform features to Sweden’s version of the Idol franchise this year.Speaking at the Future TV Advertising Forum in London yesterday, TV4 Group’s head of new business, Carola Lundell, said Swedish Idol was an example of how TV4 is looking to engage viewers across platforms and innovate in terms of format.The competition show, which is currently in its tenth season in Sweden, included two new web-focused features this year. Viewers were encouraged to go online to find out which contestants had got through to the finals, with linear broadcasts ending on a cliff-hanger. Hopefuls were also encouraged to upload audition tapes to the TV4 website, as well as audition in person, with two entrants selected from the web to appear in the finals.“We had 7.1 million started streams based on the audition going online,” said Lundell – a digital traffic increase of 111%. TV4 also received some 2,200 online audition entries online, which generated 1.5 million started playback streams on its TV4 Play VoD service, she revealed.“What this generated for us is a lot of user-generated content on our online platform for the first time,” said Lundell.“Obviously this also led to a lot of engagement in social media. From a commercial perspective this means that we had a lot of inventory to sell ads on, but I’m also convinced that there’s more to do in terms of finding new ways to actually involve advertisers in this type of initiative.”In another case-study, Lundell said that, in Finland, TV4 sister channel MTV managed to increase advertising revenues by some 40% for its version of the Strictly Come Dancing format this year after adding a Twitter sponsor for the show (chocolate maker Fazer) and encouraging more online engagement. This included audience Tweets to reveal the identity of the guest judge that would appear on the following week’s show.“One figure that came out of this collaboration which just ended on Sunday is a Twitter reach of almost 448,000 – you need to bear in mind that there are 500,000 Twitter users in Finland in total,” said Lundell.Speaking more generally about TV4 Group’s online efforts, Lundell said that the firm is using services like Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, as well as podcasts, to reach viewers in online different windows. She also claimed that 55% of its viewers now use a second screen while watching TV – primarily smartphones.“An important thing to remember is that this is very much unchartered territory for us. We don’t have all the answers. It’s very important that we have an iterative approach to the stuff that we’re doing online – meaning that we test things, we see where that leads, we then learn from that and then try to integrate new ways of working on things,” said Lundell“We don’t have all the answers yet, but we’re sure that this approach is going to take us forwards.”last_img read more

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