August 23, 2000Multi-talented Scott Riley and Jeff Buderer are working in the heat duct tunnelbuilding a new copper piping system. Photo by: DoctressNeutopia
Categories: Bizon News,News Plan improves Calhoun County roads without increasing taxes State Rep. Dr. John Bizon of Battle Creek today joined a bipartisan majority of his House colleagues in approving a plan to invest an additional $175 million into road repairs across Michigan as early as this summer.“We have made a huge effort to improve our roads and bridges over the past few years, and this effort will continue during the new construction season,” Bizon said. “We have an opportunity to invest even more money to make travel safer for families and commerce with this additional surplus, and I was pleased to vote in favor of the bill.”The money included in the bill approved today comes in addition to previous changes that provide more funding for road and bridge projects in Michigan.The new bill includes money for counties, cities and villages throughout Michigan. Calhoun County will receive more than $873,550. Some of the cities and villages in line for money include Albion ($65,926) Battle Creek ($521,200) and Springfield ($44,880).The money is left over from a previous state government budget cycle and is already available, meaning no budget cuts or additional taxes are required for the investment.House Bill 4321 advances to the Senate for further consideration.### 21Feb Rep. Bizon casts vote for additional road funding
Former BBC iPlayer boss and the co-founder of Beamly, Anthony Rose, has launched 6Tribes, a new social networking app designed to connect people with shared interests.Rose, who first unveiled his new venture in November under the working title of ‘UTD’, said that 6Tribes will provide users with a new way of discovering content and meeting people “with the same passions, causes and interests.”Rose has co-founded the UK-based service with Beamly co-founder and former EMI executive, Ernesto Schmitt. Both Rose and Schmitt took a “step back” from Beamly after it was re-branded from Zeebox earlier in 2014.“6Tribes analyses things like your Facebook likes, the music on your phone and the places you’ve been to, to find the perfect tribes for you,” said Rose.“Once you’re a member of a tribe, you can connect with people who get what you’re into, be it fashion or travelling the world – people who understand you. You have a place where you belong.”Instead of focusing on existing social connections, 6Tribes is designed to brings people together around a shared interest, event or lifestyle, and delivers feeds that fit those interests.“Our research made it clear that people are looking to connect around lifestyles, ideas and topics, and an alternative to the increasing amount of irrelevant content filling their news feed in existing social networks. The next evolution of social networking will come from this desire,” said Rose.6Tribes launches today in the UK for the iPhone and iPad. An Android version and other country launches are due to follow.
Following the announcement of Telia Company’s proposed acquisition of Bonnier Broadcasting in March, the the European Commission has opened an in-depth investigation.In a statement, the Commission said that it “is concerned that the merged entity may shut out competitors from the audio-visual sector in Finland and Sweden”. Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, in charge of competition policy, added: “The in-depth investigation we are opening today aims to ensure that Telia’s proposed acquisition of Bonnier Broadcasting will not lead to higher prices for or less choice of TV channels for consumers in Finland and Sweden.” Telia Company, a retail television distributor, functions by licensing channels from broadcasters such as Bonnier Broadcasting. The proposed acquisition looks to create a vertically integrated audio-visual player in Denmark, Finland, Sweden and Norway.However, concerns have arisen in Sweden and Finland as Bonnier Broadcasting owns channels that are considered essential for distributors. The concern is that these channels could be removed from Telia’s rivals in the two Nordic nations.Jonas Bengtsson, general counsel at Telia Company, responded to the announced investigation, saying: “A phase 2 investigation into the acquisition of Bonnier Broadcasting is fully in line with our expectations and we now look forward to continuing the constructive dialogue with the European Commission. “We’re confident that any concerns following the in-depth investigation will be resolved.”
Orange has teamed up with French public broadcaster France Télévisions to air the first live broadcast of matches in 8K over 5G from the Roland Garros French Open tennis tournament.The pair have joined forces to air what the say will be the first ever live 8K TV images of matches from the Philippe-Chatrier court, broadcast thanks to Orange’s 5G network within the Roland-Garros stadium.During the 15-day competition, visitors will be able to view coverage of matches at the stadium in two specially created showrooms.France Télévisions’ 8K cameraswill broadcast live to Orange’s local 5G transmitters deployed specifically for the competition.France Télévisions’ sports newsroom will also test Orange’s new 5G broadcasting capability to film their coverage of the tournament in HD using mobile camerasVery high-resolution coverage will be aired on 5G smartphones by Oppo, while the 8K images will be aired on a panaormanci display wall.Orange and the French Tennis Federation are also using the tornament to develop mixed reality experiences. Viewers equipped with Magic Leap One headsets will be able to view animated projected images, synchronised with live coverage of matches.Visitors will be able to interact with the projected images and move around to choose the best viewpoint.Finally, Orange is tapping artificial intelligence capabilities to provide a virtual assistant to answer Roland Garros visitors’ questions about the event on smartphones.The virtual assistant will provide information about the history of the tournament, practical information for visitors and information about match results and the day’s schedule.