in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, News Using data from Zillow, GoBankingRates.com narrowed down which ZIP codes in all 50 states were the most expensive. The median home price in each ZIP determines each area’s ranking on the list.Notoriously expensive New York state ranks high on the list, but surprisingly, New York’s most expensive ZIP code is not in Manhattan. Manhattan’s cost of living may be double the national average, but ZIP code 11976 in Water Mill, New York is the most expensive ZIP code in the state. The median home price in this area is $3,798,500.Another surprising find is in California. The famous 90210 ZIP code is not the most expensive ZIP code in the state, that title belongs to 94027 in Atherton, California. Not only the most expensive ZIP in California, Atherton is the most expensive ZIP in the U.S. According to a study by Forbes and Altos Research from 2016, New York and California held some of the top positions in the country in terms of high home prices. MReport had previously reported on the pricing-out of some people in these areas. Most major cities in California are too expensive for the average single person, and unaffordability is the norm. In Manhattan monthly payments on a one-bedroom home can exceed 30 percent of the average income. Florida is another notoriously expensive state. The Forbes report from last year ranked ZIP code 33462 in Manalaplan, Florida as the No. 1 most expensive ZIP code in the country. The recent report from GoBankingRates.com notes the current most expensive ZIP in Florida, 33921 in Boca Grande, has a median home price of $1,313,600. Median home prices are in the millions in Hawaii, as well. Home prices in ZIP code 96821 in Honolulu have a median value of $1,295,400.The least expensive ZIP code on the list is in the town of Oxford, Maine. Oxford’s 04270 ZIP code is the most expensive ZIP in the state, but the median home price for this ZIP is only $127,400. An important note, however, is that the report from GoBankingRates.com only covered two zip codes in the state. According to Zillow, this zip code didn’t bottom out until 2014, unlike the rest of the country which bottomed out in 2012. Home Prices in Some ZIP Codes Average Seven Figures Home Prices National rates Zillow 2017-03-13 Staff Writer March 13, 2017 668 Views Share
Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Arizona could be the beneficiary of the potential turnover in New England when it comes to the next coach.After interviewing with the team last Saturday, there was little information on Patriots linebackers coach Brian Flores regarding the meeting, but a recent report may indicate the coach is still very much in the running for the job. Top Stories New England Patriots safeties coach Brian Flores, right, walks on the sideline during practice Friday, Jan. 30, 2015, in Tempe, Ariz. The Patriots play the Seattle Seahawks in NFL football Super Bowl XLIX Sunday, Feb. 1. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey) 15 Comments Share According to reports, Flores was the fifth coach the Cardinals met with following the departure of Bruce Arians. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Good chance the Patriots lose both coordinators to HC jobs, but LB coach Brian Flores is very much in play in Arizona, per league sources, meaning New England could potentially lose three assistants to HC jobs.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 13, 2018Flores has been with the Patriots since 2004, working all the way up from a scouting assistant at the age of 23 to the safeties coach in 2012. He spent four seasons with the safeties before turning his focus to the linebackers. The Cardinals are reportedly the only team that requested an interview with the Patriots linebackers coach the past two seasons.
Categories: Lauwers News 02Jul Local lawmakers announce new road projects in St. Clair County State Reps. Dan Lauwers and Andrea LaFontaine this afternoon announced two new road projects in St. Clair County to improve the safety and efficiency of the area’s infrastructure for local motorists.Yale Road from Brown Road to the city of Yale limits will benefit from $715,000 in special grant funding to resurface asphalt, replace culverts and widen shoulders. An additional $400,000 grant will improve Gratiot Road between Pound Road and Kronner.“Lawmakers have an obligation to make Michigan’s roadways safe for our hard-working families and visitors,” said LaFontaine, R-Columbus Township. “The Gratiot Road project was identified as a priority by the St. Clair County Road Commission and will bring welcome repairs to our St. Clair community to promote safe travels.”The Legislature allocated a total of $230 million in existing funds for fiscal year 2014 to road improvements throughout Michigan. Funding grants for half of that allocation were unveiled last December.“This is another positive step taken by the Legislature to help ensure safe and efficient roads in Michigan,” said Lauwers, R-Brockway Township. “Our roads were neglected for far too long, and these small steps to bring our infrastructure back from the brink will benefit all Michigan motorists. People are telling me they don’t want to pay higher taxes at the pump, and I don’t blame them given today’s gas prices, so these incremental improvements are a great way to improve our roads.”This special funding is in addition to $258 million the Legislature approved for roads and bridges in June.Although the state has allocated almost $870 million to improve roads and bridges since fiscal year 2012, the state government spent zero general fund dollars on roads during fiscal years 2003-11.The lawmakers will continue to work on road funding solutions this summer and the fall.
Categories: Lucido News,News 15Jun Rep. Lucido votes for funds to build local leg of Iron Belle Trail State Rep. Peter Lucido today joined his House colleagues in approving Natural Resource Trust Fund money, which includes funding to construct a portion of a statewide trail through Shelby Township.Lucido, of Shelby Township, said development of the trail will cost $663,600 in a combination of Trust Fund and local money, and will take hikers and nature lovers to the Clinton River.“This trail will be part of the Iron Belle Trail connection that will stretch from Detroit to the Upper Peninsula,” Lucido said. “Our part of the trail will be in the 429-acre River Bends Park and will give visitors a chance to take in the beauty of the Clinton River and surrounding area.”The funding is comprised of revenue from the lease of state land and is designated on an annual basis in partnership with local governments for the projects.The bill now goes to the Senate for consideration.#####The bill is Senate Bill 76.
The Michigan House mental health task force will hold its next meeting on Thursday, Aug. 17 at Hope Network in Grand Rapids, announced state Reps. Klint Kesto and Hank Vaupel, the task force co-chairs. The bipartisan House C.A.R.E.S. task force is comprised of seven Republicans and seven Democrats seeking to explore ways to enable Michigan residents facing mental health challenges to live happier, healthier and independent lives. This comprehensive approach seeks to address the hurdles people face each day, including veterans with post-traumatic stress injury, victims whose lives are altered by traumatic crimes or prisoners who struggle with underlying mental health disorders. Information gathered will help legislators develop reforms that result in more consistency in mental health services statewide, better support for veterans, attention to substance abuse, enhanced training for law enforcement and more.Hope Network offers a variety of services for those suffering from mental illnesses. Since 1960, Hope Network has helped more than 26,000 people overcome their disabilities through their programs. “What the Hope Network has done for over 20,000 people is incredible,” said Rep. Vaupel, of Fowlerville. “There are top-tier mental health outreach organizations in Grand Rapids and I look forward to learning from them in order to develop better mental health services statewide.” State Rep. Kesto, of Commerce Township said: “Grand Rapids is becoming a national leader in mental health services. We made sure Grand Rapids was one of our visits. After hearing about the services Hope Network provides, we are truly excited to be able to learn from them to make Michigan’s mental health services better than ever before.” The public is invited to attend the meeting, scheduled for 10 a.m. at Hope Network, located at 775 36th St. SE in Grand Rapids. The public can submit written suggestions regarding mental health care in Michigan at www.house.mi.gov/CARES.### Categories: Kesto News 02Aug House mental health task force to host next meeting in Kent County
Categories: Noble News,Noble Photos Legislation part of House response to Nassar scandalPHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Jeff Noble today spoke before the House Law and Justice Committee, supporting his plan to revoke a medical professional’s license if they are convicted of sexually abusing a patient under the guise of a medical procedure. 17Apr Noble testifies on bill to revoke medical licenses for misconduct
ShareTweetShareEmail0 SharesDecember 19, 2013; Omidyar Group/First Look MediaPhilanthropist and eBay founder Pierre Omidyar has announced in a post that he plans to be the publisher of the news initiative he is launching with Glenn Greenwald and others. He is also releasing $50 million in capital; his intention is to invest $250 million.As stated in the post, an umbrella organization named First Look Media will be “made up of several entities, including a company established to develop new media technology and a separate nonprofit journalism organization. The journalism operation, which will be incorporated as a 501(c)(3), will enjoy editorial independence, and any profits eventually earned by the technology company are committed to support First Look’s mission of independent journalism. The name of First Look Media’s initial digital publication is yet to be announced.”The group will have outposts in New York City, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C.Omidyar does not come to journalism without any experience. He has promoted investigative journalism as core to civil society for some time. In 2010, he launched Honolulu Civil Beat, which is dedicated to covering public affairs in Hawaii. In fact, he is listed as CEO and publisher there. There is no indication, as far as we know, that the two entities will be made one.—Ruth McCambridgeShareTweetShareEmail0 Shares
ShareTweetShareEmail0 SharesJanuary 14, 2015; The Guardian The Guardian reports that Harvard’s endowment increased sevenfold its oil and gas investments in the third quarter of 2014 even as a campaign pressures the university to divest in fossil fuels. The increased investments, which may be conservatively reflected here, reportedly amount to tens of millions of dollars. The endowment is already the biggest in the world at $32.7 billion.The new investments increased Harvard’s stake in these industries from $11.8m (£7.8m) to about $79.5m, according to activists.The biggest investment at $57.4m was made in Anadarko Petroleum, which was implicated in and fined for the Deepwater Horizon disaster. Other investments have been made in Concho Resources Inc. ($9.6m), Pioneer Natural Resources Inc. ($9.3m), Range Resources Corporation ($2.2m) and WPX Energy ($979,000), all of which are involved in fracking.Chloe Maxmin, a co-founder of Divest Harvard, analyzed the investments and said that most of Harvard’s endowment is not held in direct investments, and therefore is not reflected in the SEC filings on which her analysis was based.The new investments put the university out of step with a small but growing number of universities and philanthropic institutions, such as Stanford and the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, which are moving to review their holdings and divest of fossil fuels, according to a letter penned by five faculty members.“In striking contrast to these other institutions, Harvard has newly invested tens of millions in publicly traded fossil fuel companies,” the five Harvard faculty members wrote. “Can putting tens of millions in companies like Anadarko be regarded as responsible sustainable investing—investing that befits a charitable corporation dedicated to scientific truth and ethical education? Such investments… signify an investment policy that is profoundly indifferent to its consequences.”“We are among a growing number of concerned faculty who question the idea that investment returns are justified at any cost, including the enormous cost our students and future generations will need to pay for what the fossil fuel industry is doing now and—more importantly—for what it is planning and lobbying to do, with writing checks to political organizations a key part of that planning.”Last year, seven students filed a lawsuit against the university, arguing that the university’s refusal to divest “amounts to mismanagement of public charitable funds,” according to Alice Cherry, one of the students bringing the action. “The language of the charter says that Harvard needs to protect the education and advancement of youth so that’s something we think is inconsistent with fossil fuel investments.”—Ruth McCambridge ShareTweetShareEmail0 Shares
Share27Tweet2ShareEmail29 Shares“Syrian primary school children attending catch-up learning classes in Lebanon” by UK DFIDMarch 13, 2017; NPRBy now, Representative Steve King’s tweet has made the Twitter rounds and popped up in most major news sources. On Sunday, the Republican congressman from Iowa tweeted, “Wilders understands that culture and demographics are our destiny. We can’t restore our civilization with somebody else’s babies.”King was referring to Geert Wilders, the Dutch parliamentary candidate with far-right nationalist and white supremacist views. He has also expressed support for Norbert Hofer, Marine Le Pen, and other far-right European nationalists.King’s tweet produced the somewhat predictable responses on Twitter. Former Ku Klux Klan member David Duke praised him; John Lewis, a civil rights veteran and Georgia congressman, called the comments “deeply disturbing.” Congressional representatives on both sides of the aisle and of various ethnic backgrounds denounced the statement, but Sean Spicer, when asked for President Trump’s reaction, said he would “look into it and provide a response.”That moment, when the President of the United States did not immediately condemn an unfounded and racially charged statement by a congressional representative, is one of the most alarming parts of this episode. When the presidential press secretary was unable to assure Americans of different ethnic backgrounds that their president supported them and recognized their contributions to their country, he indicated how the rise of Trump and the far right have validated efforts to rewrite the American narrative to exclude different histories and identities.King has previously made comments that alluded to the belief that “civilization” is the product of white society, restricting nonwhites to the roles of beneficiaries or secondary contributors at best. This belief is directly at odds with history and with present reality.It is especially problematic given the past few years’ surge in efforts by major institutions to recognize and reconcile with histories that are complicated by a reliance on slavery and other forms of racial oppression. Harvard launched a major online resource in 2011, Yale renamed a college only a month ago, and Georgetown offers admissions preference to the descendants of slaves sold to pay the school’s debts. The philanthropic landscape is evolving to take historical and present-day ethics into account. These efforts are a direct acknowledgement that the arc of American history is neither clean nor straight, even if it bends gradually toward justice. Race is now recognized as a social construct, and if minorities are largely absent from American history books, it is not from a lack of effort or worthiness on their part.This comment from King sounds extreme, but it isn’t his first inflammatory bout with the press. Furthermore, his comments are unsurprising given his voting record. He has supported legislation amending the Constitution to define traditional marriage, requiring government services in English only, ending birthright citizenship, mandating reporting of illegal immigrants who receive hospital treatment, and other strongly anti-immigrant, anti-minority legislation.King has represented Iowa in Congress for 15 years, and his views have not changed. What has changed is the political administration, whose rhetoric, orders, and alliances are nothing short of alarming for those who place a high value on human and civil rights. An extraordinary level of serious vigilance is required from civil society.—Erin RubinShare27Tweet2ShareEmail29 Shares
Ofcom plans to press ahead with the auction of spectrum in the 600MHz band following digital switchover.In its draft work plan the regulator said it would hold the 600MHz auction in 2012-13. It said that one potential use would be to provide new TV services on digital-terrestrial TV. This might include new standard definition and HD channels on Freeview, or a completely new TV service. Another potential use of this spectrum would be the provision of enhanced wireless data services.Ofcom will prioritise the planned 800MHz and 2.6GHz auction over the 600MHz auction, to avoid running the two auctions at the same time. However, in the event that there is a delay to the 800MHz and 2.6GHz auction, it may progress the 600MHz auction in the meantime.Other TV-related plans include pressing ahead on work to implement a geolocation-based approach to enable white space access on a licence-exempt basis in the UHF TV band.Ofcom will also begin the process of working on the renewal of public broadcaster Channel 4’s licence, set to expire at the end of 2014. Channel 4 has been given a substantially increased public service remit as a result of last year’s Digital Economy Act.If the plan is approved by Parliament, Ofcom will also move forward with plans to license local TV services in the first half of the 2012-13 period. It envisages licensing a single multiplex operator which will deliver local television using geographically interleaved spectrum in a number of different locations, and subsequently moving forwards with licensing of individual services.Other work for the 2012-13 period includes a review of the work of ATVOD, the regulatory watchdog set up to monitor video-on-demand services in the UK.
The Baltic Viasat channels will continue to air Formula One motor racing after the MTG-backed broadcaster extended its rights deal.The deal now runs until end-2014 and covers free-to-air, pay TV and digital rights. The company’s free channels will air highlights of F1 races and the pay TV channels will offer full coverage.
Over-the-top TV specialist aioTV has integrated its video platform with the Amino Aminet A140 hybrid IPTV/OTT set-top box.AioTV enables operators worldwide to curate multiple sources of OTT video content into a TV-like experience for customers on multiple devices, including the iPad, Android tablets, PC, Mac, GoogleTV, iPhone and Android phones.“We have operating partners worldwide that are looking to add aioTV OTT services to the TV,” said Mike Earle, founder of aioTV Inc. “The Amino A140 are fantastic enabling set-top boxes for our OTT video platform.”
Polish DTH operator Cyfra Plus has launched a new prepaid option called C+ Na Karte.From today, customers can use a prepaid card to access various channels via Thomson receivers costing PLN129 (€31) and PLN159. This will give six months access to the C+ Na Karte package of channels. The card can be recharged via the internet at a cost of PLN99.
German sports broadcaster Sport1 will launch its high definition network Sport1+ HD via Sky Deutschland in August after striking a carriage deal with the News Corp-backed pay TV operator.The channel, which is a subsidiary of Constantin Medien, will be available to all HD subscribers to the sports or football Bundesliga package. The channel will air sporting events including the ATP World Tour tennis and motorcycle racing from the the Motorcycle World Championship MotoGP.
Czech DTH operator Skylink has added Sony’s male-skewed channel AXN to its line-up.The channel, which airs programmes including CSI: New York and NCIS, is available in Skylink’s Mini, Multi, Kombi, Multi HD, Komplet and Flexi 7 packages.The operator has also added music channel Retro Music Television to its Digital package. The channel broadcasts music from the 1960s to the 1990s.
Marketers and advertisers need to shift focus radically to accommodate the reality that consumers’ attention is becoming increasingly fragmented and a proliferation of sources of information, entertainment and communication are available to them, according to Larissa Pohl, managing director, strategic services, Ogylvy & Mather, GermanyPeople now spend around 11 hours a day consuming media, often in parallel with other activities, said Pohl, delivering the opening keynote at the Future TV Advertising Forum in London this morning. Marketers need to focus on engagement and telling a story, she said.Pohl compared consumers with cats – difficult to engage, easily distracted and confronted with lots of things that compete with their attention. “We need to seduce people to follow our story,” she said. “It’s about telling a magnetic story that people want to spend their time with. Content is really the part that is driving concentration.” She cited the example of Red Bull’s sponsorship of Felix Baumgartner’s space jump. “US$50 million (€39 million) sounds like a fortune but it was money well-spent,” she said.Pohl said advertisers had to add utility for the customer. She cited the example of Nike, which set time spent by consumers with its brand as their main key performance indicator it used in evaluating marketing campaigns. It was important for advertisers to expand their marketing story in ways that tied in with how people used different devices, said Pohl. This, she said, was more important than finding new technical measurements of success of campaigns.Speaking on a panel session following the morning keynotes, Tom Bowman, vice-president, global strategy and sales operations, BBC Worldwide, said it was necessary to provide access to multiple screens in a way that was easy for advertisers to buy. Making ads relevant for consumers could be facilitated by data from the use of second screen devices, he said. In western European markets, viewers tended to view the internet as the device and gravitate towards the biggest device available to them. “If you’ve got access to bigger screens you don’t necessarily rush to small ones,” he said. Bowman said it was unlikely that many brands would follow the example of the likes of Red Bull or Nike and respond to the proliferation of devices through which content could be accessed by becoming content providers in their own right. He said very few brands had the resources to create compelling content, or the kind of brand with which consumers would engage directly. It was also important to have scale in creating second screen applications, giving a role to content and technology providers that could develop platforms for multiple brands, he said.Speaking on the same panel, Alan Fagan, group head of sales, ESPN, said that sports content saw 30% more usage of mobile devices and 100% more usage of tablets than other forms of content. The proliferation of devices through which users could engage with sports was benefiting rather than taking away viewership from ESPN, he said. “The more people are talking about sports the more ESPN viewing goes up,” he said. “One question is whether you need to own the second screen environment or whether you can work with one of the companies out there with great products. We haven’t made up our mind on that,” he said. It wasn’t clear if ESPN viewers wanted to engage with ESPN directly while socialising with each other on other devices around sports, he said.Scott Russell, senior marketing communications manager, international media, Microsoft, said that multiscreen advertising had provided an opportunity to connect with consumers at a deeper level in a way Microsoft couldn’t do in the past. “It’s where we have to go to connect with audiences at a deeper level,” he said.
News channel France 24 has launched on Virgin Media in the UK, with both English and French language versions available. The English feed will take slot number 624 on the EPG and the French version can be found at 832. Both will be available to subscribers of Virgin’s M+ channel subscription package.France 24 now claims to reach 206 million homes across five continents with an Arabic version also available in selected markets.
Telefónica Czech Republic has selected EKT (Eagle Kingdom Technologies) to supply its new interactive set top box solution. Telefónica said the deal will allow its Czech TV customers to experience HD graphical user interface capabilities and the latest IPTV interactivity features.The solution is based on an Entropic ARM-based system-on-a-chip and will also use the Nangu.TV IPTV platform.“We really look forward to bringing a fully managed box with the latest in HTML5-compliant browser capabilities, smooth streaming and PlayReady to Telefonica,” said Christof Winker, general manager of the EKT solidTVTM group.Tomas Dratva, manager video services, Telefónica Czech Republic, added: “The combination of EKT with the nangu.TV IPTV platform has fulfilled our expectation and we are keen to start the new era of our O2TV in the Czech market.”The news comes as Spanish-language publication Prensario Internacional reported that Telefónica has partnered with technology firm Front Porch Digital to use its Lynxsm cloud-based storage solution in Spain, Portugal and South America.
The DVB is exhibiting at IBC on stand 1.D81 The DVB will use its presence at IBC to demonstrate HEVC-encoded content in multiple UHD services utilising DVB-S2X and multiple HD services via DVB-T2.Following the approval in July of the specifications for the use of HEVC in the DVB environment and DVB-UHDTV Phase1, which was seen as a significant step in the road to Ultra High Definition TV services, at this year’s IBC, DVB’s main concentration will be to demonstrate how the coding efficiency of HEVC can be used to increase the capacity of the DVB-T2 terrestrial platform as well as for the new DVB-S2X satellite standard.Utilising HEVC encoding, multiple UHD services will be delivered using DVB-S2X and multiple HD channels over DVB-T2. The DVB-S2X demonstration will highlight the new standard that offers spectral efficiency of up to 50% for professional applications. S2X will be implemented with HEVC to deliver 4 UHD signals at a data rate of 100 Mbps. DVB-S2X provides more choices for roll-off factors as well as additional modulation and Forward Error Correction options that allow for the more efficient use of satellite transmission channels, according to DVB. It enables channel bonding of up to three satellite channels, which support higher aggregate data rates and allow for additional statistical multiplexing gain for services such as UHDTV.In another demonstration up to seven HEVC encoded HD channels will be delivered in one multiplex using DVB-T2 in a robust mode suitable for small indoor antennas and portable reception. Both fixed reception and mobile reception will be demonstrated.
2ist Century Fox flagship international channel Fox had debuted in Sweden and has also extended its reach on Polish cable.Fox has also begun broadcasting on the Boxer digital-terrestrial service in Sweden and the channel is also available via Com Hem’s cable network, via pay TV operator Canal Digital and via Telia’s network.Separately, Polish cable operator Vectra is adding Fox HD to its programming line-up from October.Fox HD will join Fox Life in Vectra’s Platinum package, and the pair have teamed up to initiate joint marketing activities.The launch of Fox HD will bring content including season five of The Walking Dead to Vectra viewers.