For the second straight year, Serena Williams’s bid to make history at the U.S. Open was derailed in a semifinal upset. Last year, Williams was seeking to complete the first calendar-year Grand Slam since Steffi Graf in 1988 and to tie Graf’s Open-era record of 22 career major titles when she was defeated by No. 43 Roberta Vinci. On Thursday night, Williams was two match wins from passing Graf in career major titles, but, hampered by an injury to her left knee, she lost to No. 11 Karolina Pliskova.Williams was ranked No. 1 heading into both matches. And according to win probabilities based on our tennis Elo ratings, both results were big surprises: She had a 97 percent chance of beating Vinci and an 87 percent chance against Pliskova.1In this article, our estimates of win probability heading into matches at this year’s U.S. Open use a blend of players’ overall Elo ratings and Elo ratings based only on hard-court matches, according to the methods described in our article about our tournament forecast. For earlier matches, we’re using probabilities based on overall Elo ratings for both players. That’s not unusual for Williams, who has left majors in two ways over the past five years, each one happening about as often as the other: Either as the champion (9 of 20) or as the loser of a big upset (11 of 20). She has had at least an 85 percent chance of winning all 11 of the matches she has lost at majors since 2012 (her first year playing the majors in her 30s). Those 11 losses are among the 14 most surprising of her career at majors: In other words, her 14 Slam losses for which she entered the matches with the highest Elo-based win probabilities.The series of surprise losses is the result of two factors:1) Williams is losing more matches she should win, perhaps a reflection of increased susceptibility in her 30s to injury or wear during a tournament. She has won 89 percent of Slam matches since 2012 in which she had an 85 percent chance or better, compared with a 96 percent win percentage in the same type of matches before 2012.2In both time periods, the average of her win probability in these matches was 95 percent.2) Against a field with fewer all time-greats than she faced earlier in her career, Williams is playing a lot more matches as a big favorite, giving her more opportunities to be upset: She has had at least an 85 percent chance of winning in 88 percent of her major matches since the start of 2012, compared with 64 percent earlier.
In the online education space, if you don’t already have a well of content to draw from, the quickest path to implementation can be an acquisition. That’s the strategy Praetorian Digital, a B2B digital media company serving the public safety and local government markets, used last week when it bought the Fire & EMS training unit from Kaplan Professional Education. Praetorian’s audience to its first responder brands has been growing. Traffic to FireRescue1.com, EMS1.com, PoliceOne.com and CorrectionsOne.com has ballooned to 1.3 million members and 6 million monthly visitors, according to the company. Online training has become a significant business for Praetorian. Two years ago it accounted for less than 5 percent of overall revenue. The Kaplan deal will help it grow to a projected 25 percent this year. Kaplan Fire & EMS will be renamed to the Fire EMS Academy and will be housed in the company’s Fire EMS Academy Division. In all, the group will offer more than 200 training courses, 600 videos and 80 hours of continuing education credits. Training and certificate programs are a key function of first responder markets, and Ford sees them as a complimentary platform to the company’s information products and services. Terms weren’t disclosed but Praetorian CEO Alex Ford says the deal was financed through a mix of existing cash and term loan financing. “We recognized that there is a strong fit between online training and our core media business,” he says. “Rather than build a content library and work through the accreditation process from scratch, an acquisition to fast-track the opportunity made a lot of sense. Kaplan was not actively marketing the business, but it became immediately clear that it was a strong strategic fit with our business and that a combination was a great next step to scale the assets.” The Kaplan product comes with 300 fire and EMS department subscribers and “tens of thousands” of individual students using the products on an on-demand basis, says Ford. The annual department subscriptions are the primary revenue model. “The revenue model matched that of our PoliceOne Academy almost exactly,” he adds .
Angela Matusik, director of branded content at InStyle, has announced that she will leave the brand on August 16, after three years with the magazine. In this position, Grossman will lead the company’s international multiplatform sales organization and develop innovative revenue models and opportunities in new markets. He will report directly to chief operating officer Jacki Kelley. Anne Urda is now editor-in-chief of Law360. Urda, formerly co-managing editor, was promoted to the role following last week’s departure of EIC Cat Fredenburgh and co-managing editor Christine Caulfield. Grossman joined the company in July 2014 as publisher of Bloomberg Digital and digital products. In November 2015, he was promoted to head of U.S. sales for the company. Previously, he served as associate publisher of Wired and Ars Technica. Bloomberg Media has promoted Keith Grossman from U.S. head of sales to global chief revenue officer, effective today. He replaces former CRO Paul Caine, who left the company in mid-July. Hearst Magazines UK has promoted Duncan Chater from group publishing director of Red, Esquire, and Cosmopolitan to chief revenue officer, effective September 1. Chater replaces Ella Dolphin, who will leave the company at the end of this month to serve as CEO of Shortlist Media. Here are the rest of this week’s people on the move: “He is a tireless leader, full of ideas and innovation which is what clients require most,” Kelley told Adweek. “He knows how to front a sales force in order to bring the best ideas to clients across lots of different industries and at many different levels of agencies and clients.” Slate Group has named Jason Santa Maria design director. Most recently, he was the executive design director for Vox Media.
2017 is ending with a bang in magazine media. Maybe even a metaphorical big bang, as the wave of consolidation this year is forecasting a future of change that is unprecedented for this industry. In other words, magazine media as we’ve known it for more than 100 years may never look the same after the Time Inc. and Meredith’s merger becomes official in 2018.By now everyone has heard the news, the 96-year-old Time Inc., the purported largest magazine publisher in the U.S., is being sold to The Meredith Corporation, for $2.8 billion. But the road for these companies arriving to this intersection is a long and interesting story that could certainly fill a multi-part documentary.To quickly summarize that history: Time was founded by Henry Luce in 1922 and grew into a company that published some of the most prolific and successful titles in magazine media with Time, Sports Illustrated, Life and Fortune. It also launched its fair share of titles and acquired many that are still successful, like Southern Living. It became part of the larger conglomerate Time Warner in 1989 (also up for sale), but spun off and formed its own publicly traded company in 2014. Meredith, on the other hand, grew out of much simpler roots 20 years earlier in 1902, with Edwin Meredith’s launch of Successful Farming. From there, it too had a number of successful launches and acquisitions, and built out a very profitable network of local TV stations. For nearly 25 years straight the company has paid its shareholders a dividend, a feat that’s commendable.While all of that history is interesting, what’s more significant is the potential impact this deal will have on the brands these companies own, as well as the industry as a whole. After all, this isn’t the first major acquisition this year in magazine media. Us Weekly was sold to AMI for $100 million, and then a few weeks later it also bought sister brand Men’s Journal from Wenner Media. Wenner Media isn’t done though; it’s also put its flagship brand Rolling Stone on the market and intends to sell off the remaining 51 percent it owns after moving 49 percent off last year to BandLab. But the even bigger transaction this year saw the sale of the 87-year-old Rodale to Hearst for an undisclosed sum. So with all this consolidation, we’d be remiss to not ask around to find out what all of this means, and where things might go from here. What It Means for Time Inc. and MeredithObviously before you think big picture, we should probably boil down what each of these companies gain or lose from this merger. Because Time Inc. is publicly held, its financial woes are no secret. And things weren’t turning around quickly enough to make investors comfortable. For Meredith, who has weathered the difficult storm of industry-wide print advertising declines and falling revenues, this deal gives the company even more scale, and legacy brands that fit into its portfolio, but it also brings some challenges.“This deal will offer Meredith some valuable assets and some toxic assets, and will slightly postpone Time Inc.’s steady march into financial and cultural irrelevance,” Bob Garfield tells us. The co-host of NPR’s “On the Media” goes on to say: “This will come at a cost: Titles will be folded. Jobs will be lost. Journalistic resources, already drastically diminished, will be cut to the bone and deeper.”Pretty bleak, but not an unfair assessment given how these things work. And Garfield isn’t the only one we spoke to who thinks Meredith isn’t interested in the entire Time Inc. portfolio. “In a year or two Meredith will probably be able to sell the weeklies [Time, Sports Illustrated and People] for more than they paid,” Samir Husni, professor at the University of Mississippi and director of the Magazine Innovation Center, says. He adds that “People magazine is what saved Time Inc., not any of its other brands. It could bring as much as this whole deal is worth if Meredith is able to change the business model.”Former editor-in-chief of Folio:’s sister publication min and industry analyst for more than 30 years, Steven Cohn, takes Husni’s speculation a step further by suggesting the benefactors of this deal — the Koch Brothers — who bankrolled more than a half-billion dollars to Meredith to get this done, might be future players in divestment opportunities. “Perhaps the Koch Brothers have first dibs,” he ponders. “Controlling Time would be a huge prize because of its legacy, and the thought of Time matching their conservative politics has to be tempting.” That idea has been expressed by many media and political pundits prior to this deal getting done, but Meredith has said the Koch’s will have no involvement under the current structure and are merely in this as an investment opportunity.Of course, Garfield is skeptical. “I used to think the Koch brothers were smart,” he says. “But if they have indeed backed this deal without a seat on the board, much less operational control, they have just set fire to a very large pile of money.”Husni disagrees with that assessment, however. “These people are not fools. They know there is still money to be made here, and that’s why they got in.”Todd Krizleman, CEO and founder of MediaRadar, has a similar mindset to Husni, in that this is a smart buy for Meredith, a great deal for Time Inc. shareholders and a positive sign of things to come for magazine media. “I do think it is very encouraging to see the valuation, which is an 80 percent premium from the $10 stock price at the close of day on Nov 8,” he says. “Time Inc. has been improving its performance and so the price is a strong endorsement of the shifts in the business.” What It Means for Magazine MediaCEO of Trusted Media Brands, Bonnie Kintzer, sums up the big picture outlook pretty well. “Consolidation whether through mergers or acquisitions will continue to shape the industry in the year ahead as more media companies pursue opportunities to expand their offerings to consumers and marketers on all platforms,” she says. “This consolidation reflects the need for media companies to invest in emerging platforms either by adding or acquiring new assets or resources such as staff or technology.”While Time Inc. may have been reeling from print losses and a bloated infrastructure that CEO Rich Battista was constantly trying to fix, it had also been making a slew of smart, savvy investments in digital media. In many ways it’s years ahead of the industry. Particularly when it comes to data, in thanks to its acquisition of Viant, but also in video and custom content. So Meredith wasn’t just buying a stable of brands here, and this is perhaps one of the most important takeaways for everybody in magazine media. It was also buying technology, talent and other pieces of the jigsaw puzzle that will make up the future of magazine media. Any publisher in today’s world that isn’t thinking like this is doomed to fail.“We never really had a magazine problem, we had a business model problem. Companies like Hearst and Meredith have invested a lot in digital without ignoring print,” Husni says. This could suggest that dual investment strategy hasn’t been ubiquitous across magazine media.Naturally, Garfield sees it slightly differently. “A wave of consolidation will be triggered in which a few companies snap up dozens of data-rich properties that operate unprofitably at scale,” he says. “So we are re-entering an era of media concentration — except that the new titans will be titans of bad businesses turning out bad products. In short, we are witnessing a supernova. A huge, bright, energetic, explosion of a dying star.”Krizelman, on the other hand, is much more optimistic when it comes to this particular transaction, but does suggest it’s part of a much more significant trend, with uncertain outcomes. “I don’t think this single acquisition will create a new ripple effect, he says. “I do think it is part of a generational change in ownership of media companies. The Bancroft family sold the WSJ to News Corp in 2007. Martha Stewart sold her media business to Meredith in 2015. Mort Zuckerman sold The Daily News to TRONC. And now there’s even rumors that News Corp will sell itself.” What It Means for PrintAs Husni, who goes by the trademarked moniker “Mr. Magazine” loves to say, “If it’s not paper and ink it’s not a magazine,” so we can’t ignore the 600-pound gorilla in the room—magazines. Yeah, the things that built all of these companies.It’s no secret that Time Inc. didn’t have a lot of faith in the future of print. The company was continuing to scale back expenses that were largely due to the bloated nature of print media. Paper is expensive. Shipping is expensive. People are really expensive, and making a magazine requires a lot of them. So as Time Inc. was investing in its digital future it was also cutting way back on its print. However, what’s interesting here is Meredith has repeatedly exhibited a commitment to the medium. It has in fact cut frequency in some publications, but rate bases for several of its brands have grown. Plus, not only did it invest in Martha Stewart’s print holdings just a couple years back, it has also launched a new print title within the past year, with The Magnolia Journal, a magazine inspired by home improvement celebrities Chip and Joanna Gaines.A former industry executive who competed with both companies is equally optimistic for the future of print in light of this deal. “I hope that it’ll be good for the industry in that a publisher that’s doing very well in print is taking over one that seems to be denying they’re in the print business,” the unnamed source says.Jim Elliott, founder of James G. Elliott Co., an outsourced media ad sales company, shared with us a similar sentiment. “I think Meredith is a best-in-class publisher,” he says. “What I think this means is they see value in print and always have. And they see value in a print brand. I think that’s a good thing. I think it sets a tone.”–While nobody we talked to has a crystal ball that can see into the future, most agreed that consolidation is inevitable for economies of scale, and this particular transaction, while massive and potentially game changing, is nothing more than another sign of the times. Where things go from here is still anybody’s guess, but one thing is certain: More change is coming.
Dan Cohen AUTHOR The Navy, Western Area Power Administration and Sempra U.S. Gas & Power on Thursday held a ceremony at Naval Air Station North Island, Calif., marking an agreement for eight Navy installations and six Marine Corps bases in California to obtain power from a 210-megawatt direct current solar facility scheduled for construction 60 miles west of Phoenix.The agreement — which will meet one-third of the installations’ energy requirements over its 25-year term — is the largest purchase of renewable energy ever made by a federal entity, according to a Navy press release.Sempra will begin constructing Mesquite Solar 3, which will include more than 650,000 photovoltaic panels on ground-mounted, horizontal, single-axis trackers, this month. The renewable energy developer expects the project to be finished by the end of 2016.Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus underscored the deal’s significance.“The collaboration on Mesquite Solar 3 is a triumph of innovative problem solving, and will help to increase the DON’s [Department of the Navy’s] energy security by diversifying our power portfolio and improving energy efficiency,” said Mabus. “This agreement is also projected to save the DON at least 90 million dollars over the life of the project,” he said.In addition to helping the 14 installations diversify their energy portfolio and provide long-term cost stability, the project will help them comply with California’s renewable portfolio standard. The solar facility will contribute 21 percent of the power needed to meet Mabus’ goal of bringing one gigawatt of renewable energy into procurement by the end of 2015.With the signing of the Mesquite Solar 3 project (210 megawatts), the recent groundbreaking at Camp Lejeune, N.C., (17 MW) last month, and a groundbreaking coming shortly at Kings Bay, Ga., (42 MW), the Navy is on track to meet that goal, with a total of 1.2 gigawatts of projects in the pipeline, according to the release.California installations that will be supplied energy from the Mesquite 3 Solar farm include: Naval Base (NB) San Diego, NB Coronado, NB Point Loma, NB Ventura County, Naval Postgraduate School Monterey, Naval War Station (NWS) Corona, NWS Seal Beach, NWS Fallbrook, Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center 29 Palms, Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Marine Corps Logistics Base Barstow, Marine Corps Recruitment Depot San Diego and Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center Bridgeport.
Revisit the highlights of a year that gave us classic after classic at a pivotal time in music, culture and the industryPhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Nov 13, 2018 – 5:57 pm Looking back from 25 years later, a case is being made for 1993 as a remarkable year in music. There are so many ways to look at it, but NPR’s World Cafe is definitely a fan, recently posing the question, “Was 1993 the greatest year in music?” While the world may never agree, it’s certainly worth exploring…Early in the year, looking back at 1992, the Record Of The Year at the 35th GRAMMY Awards went to Eric Clapton’s “Tears In Heaven.” At the 36th GRAMMY Awards for 1993, Record Of The Year went to Whitney Houston for “I Will Always Love You” from the soundtrack to The Bodyguard. Much of the music from that year is still dearly loved.It was also the year Wu-Tang Clan debuted with Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers). It was the year of Bjork’s Debut, after the break-up of her group, The Sugarcubes. Her Best Music Video-Short Form nomination for “Human Behavior” at the 36th GRAMMY Awards was her first of 14 career-total nominations to date.Noteworthy first-time GRAMMY winners for 1993 include Toni Braxton and Dr. Dre. The soundtrack to the movie Boomerang produced “Another Sad Love Song” winning Best R&B Performance, Female for Braxton, who also won Best New Artist. The ultimate cruising anthem “Let Me Ride” from The Chronic gave Dr. Dre his first GRAMMY win for Best Rap Solo Performance. Toni Braxton has won a total of seven GRAMMY Awards to date and Dr. Dre has won six. https://twitter.com/WorldCafe/status/1062112946627715073 Here’s What Made 1993 A Special Year In Music flashback-1993-good-year-music-or-best-year-music Facebook Twitter Email Flashback To 1993: A Good Year In Music Or The Best Year In Music? News NPR went ahead to round up a great many more classics and choice little-known tracks.. For example, more 1993 artists that were just beginning to come into GRAMMY focus were Sheryl Crow and Sarah McLachlan. It is amazing to explore one year in music with such a lasting impact on today and so many tracks that one can close one’s eyes and remember hearing so many meaningful times.Whitney Houston Exhibit Opens At Newark’s GRAMMY Museum Experience Prudential CenterRead more
https://twitter.com/OfficialSting/status/1121033350607720448 “I’m thrilled to announce that my brand-new Las Vegas residency ‘Sting: My Songs’ will be opening at the legendary Caesars Colosseum in May of 2020!” the musician saidJennifer VelezGRAMMYs Apr 24, 2019 – 11:48 am GRAMMY-winning singer and musician Sting has announced that he is headed to sin city for his own residency.Sting will launch his Las Vegas stay at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace in May 2020. The show, titled “Sting: My Songs,” will be a 16-night run, but it may add additional nights if ticket sales are high, Rolling Stone reports. Currently, the show has dates set May 2020 through early Sept. Twitter Sting Announces Las Vegas Residency At Caesars Palace News Email “I’m thrilled to announce that my brand new Las Vegas residency ‘Sting: My Songs’ will be opening at the legendary Caesars Colosseum in May of 2020!” Sting tweeted. The Las Vegas residency has gone through a kind of transformation that has made room for major names in music, more recently including Cardi B, Drake and Lady Gaga, among others. Tickets for the shows go on sale May 3 at 10 a.m. PT. For more information, visit Sting’s website. Viva Las Vegas: Why Sin City Residencies No Longer Signify A Long Farewell Facebook Sting Announces Las Vegas Residency sting-announces-las-vegas-residency-caesars-palace
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Prothom Alo illustrationTwo minor girls have reportedly been raped in Jashore and Netrakona districts as sexual perversion has become an order of the day in this society, reports UNB.In Jashore, a five-year-old girl was violated allegedly by the friend of her father at Altapol village in Keshabpur upazila on Sunday.Police detained the accused, Nazrul Islam, 35, son of late Insar Ali of Bherchi village in the upazila.Quoting victim’s father, police said Nazrul came to their house on Sunday morning.At one stage, he took the minor girl to a nearby fish enclosure and violated her there.Hearing the victim’s screams, locals rushed in, caught Nazrul red-handed and gave him a good beating before handing him over to police, said Mohammad Shahin, officer-in-charge of Keshabpur police station.The girl is now undergoing treatment at Khulna Medical College Hospital.A case was filed with Keshabpur police station in this regard.In Netrakona, a teenage girl was violated by a neighbour at Dhanshira village in Durgapur upazila on Saturday.Mizanur Rahman, officer-in-charge of Durgapur police station, said the victim who used to work as a domestic help in the capital returned home recently.Saiqul Islam, 21, son of Dulal Mia of the village, stormed their house on Saturday noon and violated the girl when she was alone.Later, the mother of the victim filed a case in this regard.The victim was sent to Netrakona Modern Sadar Hospital, the OC said, adding that they were trying to arrest the accused.
Share Scott Olson/Getty Images/Via NPRHarley-Davidson motorcycle engines are assembled at the company’s plant in Menomonee Falls, Wis. Tariffs from the European Union are prompting the company to shift production of some motorcycles for the European market overseas.Harley-Davidson says it plans to move production of motorcycles it sells in Europe overseas in response to growing trade friction between the United States and Europe.European officials last week imposed stiff tariffs on a wide range of U.S.-made goods sold within the European Union. The response came to President Trump’s recent decision to slap tariffs on European imports.In a Securities and Exchange Commission filing Monday, Harley-Davidson said the tariffs imposed by the EU “would have an immediate and lasting detrimental impact to its business in the region.”The company reported $5.65 billion in revenues last year and Europe is its largest overseas market, with almost 40,000 customers buying motorcycles there in 2017.The European tariffs have jumped from 6 percent to 31 percent, the company said. That increase will add on average $2,200 to the cost of each motorcycle sold in the EU, and would cost the company $90 million to $100 million a year, the filing said.“Increasing international production to alleviate the EU tariff burden is not the company’s preference, but represents the only sustainable option to make its motorcycles accessible to customers in the EU and maintain a viable business in Europe,” the filing said.The company did not say where production would be shifted, or how many jobs might be affected, but said the move would take nine to 18 months to complete.It also did not say which U.S. factories would be affected. The company’s U.S. factories are in York, Pa.; Kansas City, Mo., and Menomonee Falls, Wis. It also has manufacturing operations in Australia, Brazil, India and Thailand.Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.
The New Beginning Missionary Baptist Church, located at 6107 Franconia Road, is scheduled to host its “Use It or Lose It” Spring Revival April 26-28. The revival will feature guest ministers from local Virginia churches, including Rev. Isaac E. Howard of Mount Calvary Baptist Church in Fairfax, Rev. Connie Welch of Christian Institute in Reston and Rev. Charles A. Lundy of Ebenezer Baptist Church in Woodbridge. For more information contact the church by email at email@example.com or call 703-978-8770.
Officer Caesar Goodson. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)Baltimore Police Officer Caesar Goodson was acquitted of all charges June 23 in relation to the death of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old Black man who died while in police custody last April.Goodson faced charges of second-degree murder, manslaughter, assault, reckless endangerment and misconduct in office. Gray’s death triggered riots across the city that garnered the world’s attention.Baltimore attorney Warren Brown said he believes that the state did not have the evidence to support its allegations against Baltimore Police Officer Caesar Goodson, who was acquitted of all charges in relation to the death of Freddie Gray. (Courtesy photo)State’s Attorney for Baltimore City Marilyn Mosby eventually brought a variety of charges against six officers who she said had been responsible for Gray’s death. Of the six officers charged, two have been acquitted and the trial for a third resulted in a mistrial. Three other officers still face charges.Following Goodson’s acquittal, the AFRO spoke with eight Baltimore attorneys from both large and small law practices about the verdict.Warren Brown, Warren A. Brown, P.A. “The state didn’t have the evidence to support its allegations…The state promised more then they delivered.”Oleg Fastovsky, Price Benowitz“[Marilyn] Mosby indicted these officers with barely a thought to it. She was just asking for problems in the long run….What was done wrong was, it [the case] was rushed.” Wyndal Gordon, The Law Office of J. Wyndal Gordon, P.A.“To be honest, this trial didn’t carry the same luster as the two previous trials, and the interest just wasn’t there community-wise. Obviously, there was some show of interest today when the verdict was rendered… Us in the legal community—we kind of knew it was a foregone conclusion that Goodson would be acquitted of the charges.I’ve said many times before that Freddie Gray was injured in the field by those officers who initially handled him. And that if anything occurred in the back of that van, it was more or less an exacerbation of some preexisting condition that began with those officers in the field. It would be very difficult for the state to prove that Goodson intentionally or recklessly caused injury to Freddie Gray… You still have to commend Marilyn Mosby for having the courage and the guts to prosecute these matters, notwithstanding the substantial burden that she had to carry and the onerous task at hand.”Thomas Maronick Jr., The Law Offices of Thomas Maronick Jr.“I think Judge Williams felt that the prosecution’s theories were unsustainable. I think the judge had a problem because he felt that the prosecution put forth a theory as to what happened in the van and that he felt that the prosecution did not offer enough evidence to prove that their theory was correct.” Joshua Ortega, Ortega Law“They should have never filed charges in the first place, I don’t think the evidence was there. Based on the evidence that was in the newspapers and what the media reported, there was no evidence to show that these officers were guilty.”David B. Shapiro, The Law Offices of David B. Shapiro“Well, I wasn’t terribly surprised about the outcome of the Goodson trial. I think that the State failed to make the case. I think they just lack sufficient evidence for Judge Williams to find a conviction on any of the seven charges. It’s unfortunate because I think there could’ve been more information out there, but for whatever reason the evidence was not presented in trial and the judge was—I think—correct in his legal finding that the officer should not be found guilty on all seven charges.”Steven D. Silverman, Silverman|Thompson|Slutkin|White“Based on everything that I know about the case factually, in my understanding of the applicable law and the elements that need to be proven, I’m not surprised at all by today’s verdict by Judge Williams.I think there’s a big difference between a freak accident and the intent to commit a homicide, and I don’t think the officers involved had any intent to cause harm to Freddie Gray. And if they did, there’s no evidence to demonstrate that.”Sheryl Wood, Wood Law Firm“I wasn’t surprised by the fact that the judge acquitted Officer Goodson of all of the charges. I think the State failed to present sufficient evidence beyond a reasonable doubt of Officer Goodson’s guilt… It isn’t an issue, in my view, of the judge being unfair or either of the criminal justice systems being unfair. It was more that there wasn’t enough evidence presented.I do agree with the judge’s reasoning and rationale for his ruling. I believe that he looked at all of the evidence and really didn’t consider some of the theatrics that were going on during the trial.”
State Rep. Sue Allor is calling for further action by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and Legislature after the DNR made public the results of a study measuring PFAS levels in the deer population near the former Wurtsmith Air Force Base.“I am deeply troubled by the DNR’s finding and urge the state to redouble its efforts to keep people safe and protect our natural resources,” Allor said. “We must continue to work toward solutions to contain PFAS and safeguard Michiganders’ drinking water and food source. I thank the DNR for their important work on this issue.”Allor, chair of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Natural Resources, took the lead on securing funding for the DNR to conduct this health study on the impact of PFAS.“Ensuring the health and safety of the citizens of my district is my top priority, and I will continue to work tirelessly with our partners in state government toward solutions,” Allor continued.The DNR and Michigan Department of Health and Human Services issued a “Do Not Eat” advisory after a deer taken within five miles of Clark’s Marsh in Oscoda Township was found to have high levels of PFAS, a group of chemicals hazardous to human health, in its muscle (map of the advisory area). The study included a total of 20 deer from around the former Wurtsmith Air Force Base, known to be contaminated with high levels of PFAS. PFAS was either not found or at low levels in the muscle samples taken from the other 19 deer.The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality also issued its second violation notice to the U.S. Air Force, ordering the Air Force to increase pumping and treatment of the contaminated groundwater at the former Wurtsmith base.“It’s time for the federal government to step up to the plate and do their part to clean up the mess they’ve left behind that continues to pollute our drinking water supply and wildlife,” Allor said.If you have health related questions please contact MDHHS at 1-800-648-6942. Hunters can contact the MDNR at 517-284-6057 or DNR-CustomerService@michigan.gov for information about deer tags that were used in this region. The DNR plans to conduct additional testing on deer in the affected area. 19Oct Rep. Allor pledges continued leadership, investigation on PFAS-contaminated deer in Iosco area Categories: Allor News,News
A political row has broken out in France over the timing of the award by media regulator the CSA of frequencies for new channels on the digital-terrestrial platform.Socialist party presidential candidate François Hollande’s culture and media spokeswoman, Aurélie Filippetti, has called for the decision to be delayed until after the forthcoming election. However, Franck Riester, the national secretary for communication of the governing UMP party, has said there is not need for the regulator to wait for the election. In an interview with Les Echos, he said that the CSA was an independent body and that no line should be drawn between the DTT decision with the presidential election.Riester said he did not think there was any need to award a new DTT channel to public broadcaster France Télévisions. He said the pubcaster had other priorities including reinforcing the identity of its France 3 and France 4 channels and expanding its global activities. He also said it was unlikely that the government would move to end advertising on the public channels, which is currently restricted to a pre-20:00 window, as it would be difficult to find public money to make up the difference in the current environment.