first_imgChicago, Illinois – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle MagazineThe Four Seasons Hotel Chicago is inviting guests to celebrate the wedding of the century in style with their new “Royal Suite Retreat.”When guests book this exclusive package, they’ll watch the Royal Wedding amidst the opulence of the hotel’s recently renovated Royal Suite, which boasts luxurious interiors and stellar city views from its perch on the hotel’s top floor.The Four Seasons “royal treatment” includes the following amenities: – Transportation to and from the hotel in a Rolls Royce, courtesy of Rolls Royce Motorcars Gold Coast – A complimentary toast to Prince William and Kate Middleton from the hotel’s Champagne Butler – Afternoon English tea for two in Seasons Lounge – A five-course chef’s tasting feast for two in Seasons restaurant, prepared by Executive Chef Kevin Hickey – Pampering fit for a princess in the Spa with the 24-Karat Gold Facial – A 4:30am CST wake-up call on April 29th to ensure guests don’t miss a minute of the live Royal Wedding broadcast – An English breakfast in bed for two, consisting of black and white pudding, baked beans, roasted tomatoes, sautéed mushrooms and bangers and rashers to enjoy while watching the Royal Wedding or at guests’ leisure.The “Royal Suite Retreat” is available on a first-come, first-reserved basis for the dates of April 28 and April 29, at a rate of $5,500 per night. Call (312) 280-8800 or visit www.fourseasons.com/chicagofs.last_img read more


first_img by Mark Kennedy, The Associated Press Posted May 17, 2019 6:06 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email This image released by Fathom Events shows the cast during a performance of the musical “Kinky Boots.” Fathom Events plans to show a performance from the London cast in nearly 500 movie theaters across America on June 25 and again on June 29. (Matt Crockett/Fathom Events via AP) ‘Kinky Boots’ to star in movie theatres, coming full circle NEW YORK — If anyone is kicking themselves that they missed seeing the musical “Kinky Boots,” relax — it’s coming to a movie screen nearby this summer.Fathom Events plans to show a performance from the London cast in nearly 500 movie theatres across America on June 25 and again on June 29.The musical is about a staid British shoe factory on the brink of ruin that retrofits itself into a maker of footwear for drag queens. It has songs by Cyndi Lauper and a story by Harvey Fierstein.The musical, which made its bow on Broadway in 2013, won the Tony Award that year and later a Grammy Award for best musical theatre album. A London production won the Olivier Award.Both the West End and Broadway runs are over, with the Broadway doors closing last month after more than six years and 2,500 performances. The filmed version was recorded at the Adelphi Theatre in London. It will star Matt Henry as Lola and Killian Donnelly as Charlie.Viewers will also enjoy “an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the story and “never-before-seen footage from the record-breaking Broadway run.”Its appearance in movie theatres will mark a full-circle moment for the title: The show is based on the film written by Geoff Deane and Tim Firth.___Mark Kennedy is at http://twitter.com/KennedyTwitsMark Kennedy, The Associated Presslast_img read more


first_imgMarch 12, 2004One of Paolo Soleri’s Special Assemblies is selected as part of a collection of permanent sculptures for Skyharbor Airport in Phoenix. [Photo: Chris Olinger & Text: sa]One of Paolo Soleri’s Special Assemblies is selected as part of a collection of permanent sculptures for Skyharbor Airport in Phoenix. [Photo: Chris Olinger & Text: sa] The bell assembly is mounted between escalators for incoming travelers in the International Terminal. [Photo: Chris Olinger & Text: sa]last_img


first_img State Rep. Bruce Rendon has been selected as an executive committee member for the 2015-16 Great Lakes Legislative Caucus (GLLC), a bipartisan group of lawmakers from eight U.S. states and two Canadian provinces that focuses on Great Lakes protection and restoration issues.The caucus is operated in conjunction with the Midwestern Office of The Council of State Governments, and includes representatives from Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Ontario and Quebec.“The Great Lakes are important to our communities and all of Michigan, whether you live near a coastline or not,” Rendon said. “It’s a privilege to be able to serve state residents in this way, so I’m looking forward to having a leadership role in listening to experts and sharing ideas with other policymakers from around the Great Lakes region.”The legislative caucus’ three primary goals are to exchange ideas and information on key Great Lakes issues, strengthen the role of state and provincial legislators in the policymaking process and promote the restoration and protection of the Great Lakes.As an executive committee caucus member, Rendon will be able to propose and vote on GLLC resolutions and policy statements concerning Great Lakes issues, and serve as a caucus or committee officer, as well as on committees or task forces. He also receives a quarterly e-newsletter and periodic detailed updates on state and federal bills that may have an impact on the Great Lakes. 13Nov Rep. Rendon selected to serve on Great Lakes caucus leadership committee Categories: Rendon Newslast_img read more


first_img Funding targets playground equipment replacement 02Jan Rep. LaFave announces local recreation grant recommendation Categories: LaFave News,Newscenter_img State Rep. Beau LaFave today announced a grant to fund development of a new playground at Lake Antoine Park in Dickinson County has been recommended by the Natural Resources Trust Fund.LaFave, of Iron Mountain, said the grant will pay for new playground equipment that meets Americans with Disabilities Act accessibility requirements. Funding for the project is comprised of revenue from the lease of state land and is designated on an annual basis in partnership with local governments.“The equipment in the existing play area is dated and does not allow access for all children,” LaFave said. “The improvements recommended will enable children of all abilities to more easily enjoy the playground. This grant is a great example of state and local governments working together to improve the quality of life for families in our communities.”The development will cost $30,000. The Legislature will consider the recommendations later this year.#####last_img read more


first_img Categories: Barrett News 13Mar Rep. Barrett invites residents to upcoming coffee hours State Rep. Tom Barrett invites residents to join him for a cup of coffee and conversation during his local coffee hours.The meet-and-greet will take place Monday, March 19 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at Joe’s Gizzard City located at 120 W. Main St., in Potterville.“Coffee hours are an opportunity for residents to meet with me and ask questions, offer ideas or share thoughts regarding state government,” Barrett said. “I want residents to know I am invested in them and effectively representing their interests and needs in Lansing.”No appointment is needed to attend coffee hours. Those who are unable to attend are encouraged to contact Rep. Barrett’s office by phone at 517-373-0853 or by email at TomBarrett@house.mi.gov.###last_img read more


first_img07May Rep. Lucido to host benefit expo Categories: Lucido News State Rep. Peter Lucido of Shelby Township will host his third annual Salute to Seniors and Veterans on Monday, May 14. All local veterans and seniors are invited to attend this free event. Industry professionals and exhibitors from healthcare agencies, hospitals, and veterans groups will be available to answer questions on Social Security, insurance, tax assistance, GI Bill credits, mortgage assistance, long-term care, and other issues.“Our seniors and veterans have given so much to their communities and country,” Rep. Lucido said. “I look forward to honoring them and providing an opportunity to connect with the benefits they deserve.”The expo takes place on Monday, May 14 at The Palazzo Grande at 54660 Van Dyke in Shelby Township from 9 a.m. to noon. The event is free and a light breakfast will be served.Space is limited, so please RSVP with Rep. Lucido’s office by calling (888) MICH-REP or by email at PeterLucido@house.mi.gov.PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Peter Lucido speaks with seniors and veterans at the 2017 Salute to Seniors and Veterans.last_img read more


first_img The Michigan House of Representatives this week overwhelmingly passed plans sponsored by state Rep. Daire Rendon removing outdated sections of law relating to vocational schools for boys.House Bill 5769 removes a reference authorizing the Department of Social Welfare – which no longer exists – to acquire land for a boys’ vocational school.Michigan operated youth conservation and rehabilitation camps in the 1950s and ‘60s that were designed to rehabilitate youth offenders by requiring them to participate in a boot camp setting, or conduct conservation projects.  At this time, the state does not have any of these facilities in operation. House Bill 5893 would remove references to these camps that are now nonexistent.“As lawmakers, we’re always focused on what more we can do to help make the lives of every Michigander better,” Rendon said. “However, sometimes less is better than more. Removing these obsolete laws cleans up our government so it can become more efficient.”HBs 5769 and 5893 now advance to the Senate for further consideration. 16May House approves Rendon bills eliminating outdated laws Categories: Daire Rendon Newslast_img read more


first_imgShareTweetShareEmail0 Shares December 15, 2014; Washington Post and ThinkProgress Earlier this month, Cleveland Browns wide receiver Andrew Hawkins stepped onto the football field wearing a T-shirt with the words, “Justice for Tamir Rice and John Crawford.” Both individuals were killed by Ohio police in recent months while holding a toy gun and air gun, respectively. Both individuals were also black, leading to their inclusion in protests against recent police shootings.And while the Cleveland police union has asked for an apology from Hawkins and his employer, the Browns have followed the lead of the St. Louis Rams in refusing to reprimand the peaceful protest of their players. Concerning Hawkins’s actions and the subsequent request of the police union, the Browns released the following statement:“We have great respect for the Cleveland Police Department and the work that they do to protect and serve our city. We also respect our player’s rights to project their support and bring awareness to issues that are important to them if done is in a responsible manner.”While President of the Police Patrolman Union in Cleveland Jeff Follman believes that “it’s pretty pathetic when athletes think they know the law,” Hawkins recognizes his right to peacefully protest according to his beliefs. As a citizen, Andrew Hawkins has a right to express his opinion and Follman should recognize the difference between freedom of expression and what he believes is “disrespecting the police.”While speaking with the Associated Press, Hawkins said:“My wearing of the T-shirt wasn’t a stance against every police officer or every police department. My wearing of the T-shirt was a stance against wrong individuals doing the wrong thing for the wrong reason to innocent people. I utterly respect and appreciate every police officer that protects and serves all of us with honesty, integrity and the right way, and I don’t think those kind of officers should be offended by what I did. […] If I was to run away from what I felt in my soul was the right thing to do, that would make me a coward and I couldn’t live with that.”In light of a recent report from the U.S. Justice Department on misconduct within the Cleveland police force, Hawkins’s protest should sound the alarm for self-evaluation rather than condemnation. Without the occasional critical, introspective review, improvement and growth in police departments across the county will be stagnant at best, just as in any organization in the public or private sector. No organization should be free from public criticism, as this oversight is essential to maintaining accountability to the communities they serve. Nonprofits and government agencies alike must remember that service to the public interest should be fundamental: If the community has doubts and concerns, shouldn’t they be addressed?—Michele BittnerShareTweetShareEmail0 Shareslast_img read more


first_imgShare20TweetShareEmail20 SharesFlickr.com user “tanakawho” [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia CommonsNovember 26, 2018; East Bay TimesIn August 2018, NPQ wrote of the impending crisis that could be precipitated by the administration’s planned implementation of policy changes around the use of government benefits by immigrants with legal status. Participation in programs like SNAP, housing subsidies, or Children’s Health Care (CHIP) could put a legally admitted immigrant’s potential of receiving a green card and ultimately becoming a citizen at risk. Even with the policy not yet in place, fear is spreading in immigrant communities.At issue are proposed revisions to the “public charge rule,” which analyzes how likely an immigrant is to become dependent on government help. The US already has a public charge rule in place, but a new Department of Homeland Security policy would expand the types of taxpayer-funded benefits that are used to determine if an immigrant is too dependent. If so, the immigrant can be ruled ineligible for a green card or to renew a temporary visa.Under the administration’s proposal, the definition of public charge would be expanded to include non-cash benefits, such as food stamps, Medi-Cal [California’s Medicaid program] and housing assistance programs. Cash benefits, such as welfare and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, are already part of the current definition of public charge.Experts warn that a significant “chilling effect” could keep thousands of qualifying immigrants—even those who would not be affected, like naturalized immigrants or current green card holders—and their relatives from using benefits due to fear or confusion. That could have devastating consequences for low-income people who need health care, food stamps, or other social services as they integrate into a new country, experts said. Healthcare providers and nonprofits say they’re already seeing an impact.With 12 days left in the comment period (until December 10th), the implementation of this policy change is not assured. But it is feared that many immigrants will refuse benefits and services in order to be assured a “place in line” for a green card and eventual citizenship, even at the cost of family health and well-being.About 41 percent of non-citizens in the Bay Area live in families that use at least one of the four public benefits considered under the new policy, according to data released by the Migration Policy Institute earlier this month. The nonpartisan think tank, based in Washington, DC, crunched Census Bureau data to estimate how many people would be affected by the change.Contra Costa County would see the largest impact in the Bay Area. There, an estimated 49 percent of non-citizens living in families use at least one of the benefits that could be considered in the proposed policy, up three percent from the current policy. Many low-income immigrants have migrated to the county in recent years in search of cheaper housing, according to Kathy Gallagher, director of Contra Costa County’s Employment & Human Services Department.“We’re afraid of what would happen if people lose that support or that access,” said Gallagher. “It can become a health risk to people in the community. They’re not going to be accessing Medi-Cal or Medicaid. They’ll be avoiding going to emergency rooms….We could have an outbreak of communicable diseases, children not getting vaccinated, a lack of prenatal care.”As chaos erupts on the border with Mexico and armed forces try to keep asylum seekers from entering the United States, how will these policies—which say that if you use benefits like healthcare or food or housing subsidies, your status may be threatened—reflect on immigrants who are legally here? Clearly, some are withdrawing from programs already, even when doing so is unnecessary and may put their lives at risk.“Not only are folks not signing up, but they’re proactively going to health centers and asking to be removed from these programs,” said Alvaro Fuentes, executive director of the Community Clinic Consortium of Contra Costa and Solano Counties, which oversees several health clinics in the area. “Some (US-born) kids are going without health insurance for fear of the parents being flagged.” How many women will forgo prenatal care? How many children will bypass immunizations?In short, this policy, even before it is in place, has created an underclass of legal immigrants who live in fear of taking anything from the government they so want to become a citizen of. Sadly, some are even afraid to borrow a book from the public library.—Carole LevineShare20TweetShareEmail20 Shareslast_img read more


first_imgRTL is to launch a new free-to-air channel at the beginning of April. RTL Nitro will target males aged 20-59 and will air a mix of movies, crime drama series and comedy shows.Series to be aired on the channel include Modern Family, Nurse Jackie, Rome, 24 and the US version of The Office.The channel will be available via the Astra satellite platform and RTL will also launch a seven-day catch-up on-demand service, RTLNitroNow.de.last_img


first_imgHulu boss Jason Kilar will give a keynote address at the upcoming MIPCOM TV market in Cannes.Organisers confirmed his attendance yesterday along with that of Dawn Ostroff, the president of Condé Nast Entertainment and former boss of US network The CW.Both will give ‘Media Mastermind’ keynotes and talk about how digital production, distribution and storytelling is impacting the TV business.last_img


first_imgTechnology company Rovi has released its new DivX Plus software. The DivX Plus software for Windows and Mac is available free to download at DivX.com and supports faster video conversion, output to iPhone and iPad and streaming to DLNA-compatible devices, according to Rovi.The new version is also the first software package to support DivX Plus Streaming, the new adaptive streaming format developed by Rovi that supports features including 1080p, subtitles, multiple language tracks, and trick-play functions such as smooth fast forward and rewind.“DivX Plus Software is an important element of the DivX ecosystem and created to enable consumers to enjoy their favorite video entertainment on their terms – when and where they choose and in the highest possible quality,” said Matt Milne, executive vice-president, worldwide sales and marketing, Rovi.last_img read more


first_imgKorean international channel ArirangTV has launched a video-on-demand application on Samsung’s Smart TV platform – the first such service to be launched by the broadcaster.The Arirang app will offer a range of entertainment, culture and current affairs programming on-demand, with subtitling provided in up to six languages for K-Pop programmes.The app is available for the first three weeks via Samsung’s newly launched Smart Hub, meaning that users will find it listed automatically when they update their TV. After the initial promotional period it will be available to download from the Samsung Smart TV app store free of charge.Arirang Radio is also available via the app.last_img


first_imgEndemol has taken a majority stake in Kuperman, the production company create by ex-Endemol and Fox Kids boss Ynon Kreiz. Following the deal, the production and distribution company has formed a new Israeli unit, Endemol Israel.Israel has proved a hotbed of creativity in recent times with a slew of entertainment and drama formats coming out of the country. Endemol said that taking over Kuperman and creating Endemol Israel will allow it to invest in format development across all genres in Israel for both the local and international markets.Endemol Israel will also produce Endemol’s international formats for the Israeli market.Elad Kuperman, co-owner of Kuperman, will lead Endemol Israel as CEO.Media investor and entrepreneur Ynon Kreiz, has sold his 50% stake in Kuperman, which he acquired in 2009 and will exit the company as part of the deal.Just Spee, CEO of Endemol Group comments: “The high volume of innovative formats coming out of the region continues to grow and our ability to deliver this content to our clients around the world makes this an exciting opportunity. Kuperman is already Israel’s number one TV producer and our partnership underlines Endemol’s commitment to investing in the very best creativity and talent around the world.”last_img read more


first_imgBelgian cable operator Telenet benefited from a boost in its mobile base and bundled offerings in the first quarter, with revenues up 11% year-on-year to €405.6 million. Telenet added 103,400 net mobile post-paid subscribers in the first quarter. The company’s mobile base more than doubled year-on-year to 625,000.The operator saw decent uptake of its premium fixed line products and bundles in the quarter to March, with 21,500 net new subscribers to its broadband internet offering, 19,000 new subs for fixed telephony and 26,000 for digital TV.Telenet lost 11,400 basic cable TV subscribers in the quarter and ended March with 2.106 million customers, all of whom took its basic cable TV service, with 1.409 million taking broadband and just under one million taking telephony. About 76% of basic TV customers had upgraded to digital by the end of March.ARPU for the period was €46.80, up €2 year-on-year. Operating profit was €102 million, up 10%, while net profit was €38.4 million, up 215%.last_img read more


first_imgTata Communications has signed a video contribution and distribution agreement with iStreamPlanet, designed to enable both companies to provide multiscreen, live linear streaming services for content owners, aggregators and distributors around the world.The agreement combines video transport over Tata Communications’ fibre optic cable ring around the world, via its Video Connect and Satellite delivery services with iStreamPlanet’s live video workflow service, reaching over 300 media hotspots across 125 cities globally.Using Tata Communications’ global network architecture, customers can transport live video feeds to iStreamPlanet’s live video workflow service, from over 300 locations worldwide, using Tata Communications’ global MPLS network supported by its undersea fibre optic ring.Sameer Kanse, business head of Tata Communications’ Media Services said, “This agreement enhances the video service offerings for both Tata Communications and iStreamPlanet. Our strength in acquisition and distribution of video for multiscreen OU [occasional use] such as sports events and live linear, coupled with iStreamPlanet’s expertise in streaming video makes it a compelling value proposition for media organisations. By offering end-to-end management, we are providing the platform for customers to gain new business opportunities in emerging markets.”last_img read more


first_imgA new film channel for Poland from channel provider SPI international-owned Kino Polska, FilmBox Arthouse, is joining pay TV operator Cyfrowy Polsat’s line-up of channels.The channel will feature classic movies from directors such as Visconti, Kurosawa, Fellini and Hitchcock as well as festival circuit movies and avant-garde titles by independent filmmakers.The channel will be available as part of Cyfrowy Polsat’s 20 channel-strong Film HD package.“Artistic cinema and independent movies are rarely aired on commercial TV networks. We want to make FilmBox Arthouse a unique TV venue where such productions are easily accessible to movie lovers who crave watching films made by ambitious filmmakers presenting their auteur visions and unconventional approach to storytelling,” said Lukasz Bulka, director of marketing and PR for SPI International and Kino Polska TV. “We are very happy to launch our channel on Cyfrowy Polsat, Poland’s largest satellite platform and we are currently working on launching FilmBox Arthouse in other countries and continents beyond Europe.”SPI International announced the launch of Filmbox Arthouse last year, but Poland is the first country-specific launch for the service. The service is also available for a monthly subscription on SPI’s FlimBoxLive.com portal.Cyfrowy Polsat director of sales and marketing Beata Białkowska said that the channel was a perfect complement to the operator’s existing line-up of services.Titles aired at launch will include Buñuel’s Un Chien Andalou, Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps, Fellini’s La Dolce Vita, Kurosawa’s No Regrets for Our Youth and Gus Van Sant’s Promised Land.last_img read more


first_imgThe Belgian Council of State has struck down a 2008 agreement whereby Liberty Global-backed cable operator Telenet acquired the homes served by the Interkabel cable networks owned by Flemish municipalities.The Council, acting on a complaint by Telenet rival Belgacom, ruled that Interkabel should have been open to competitive offers.The Interkabel-Telenet agreement of 2008, which Telenet acquired 800,000 TV homes served by four municipal operators – Integan, Intermedia, PBE and WVEM – expanded an earlier agreement from 1996 that allowed Telenet to market broadband and telephony services to InterKabel customers.last_img


first_imgJoel DalyQuality assurance technology provider IneoQuest has launched a new platform to deliver behavioural and operational data directly from endpoint devices to IneoQuest’s Audience Measurement Platform for Adaptive Streaming.The Endpoint Analytics SDK is designed, according to IneoQuest, to give operators real-time visibility into the customer experience, providing the necessary information to understand the customer’s behaviour when impacted by service issues.IneoQuest describes the SDK as a lightweight client proxy software library that can be integrated into a service provider’s media player.“We don’t believe that switching CDN’s to solve quality issues is the optimal approach to improving the customer experience. Our approach is to provide real-time visibility into what is causing quality issues in the network and the video stream and fix those issues before they negatively impact the customer viewing experiences,” said Joel Daly, senior director of product management and marketing at IneoQuest. ““We are very excited to launch our Endpoint Analytics SDK to help address the growing market need for visibility into end device consumption of OTT content. We believe our video analytics solution is a game-changer in the industry as it correlates operational and behavioral data providing a completely new framework for monetisation and proactive churn management.”last_img read more