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
Warsaw’s Belvedere restaurant was the scene for the inaugural Digital TV CEE Awards yesterday evening, hosted by DTVE editor Stuart Thomson and independent consultant Alexander Oudendijk.The Industry Leader Award went to Toomas Tiivel, group chief commercial officer of Starman. East Capital Explorer-backed Starman has emerged as a key consolidator in the cable and pay TV business in the Baltic region, following its acquisition of Cgates and Kava in Lithuania.Maciej Maciejowski, board member responsible for business development at TVN, was given the Digital Innovator of the Year Award, in recognition for his role in furthering the Polish broadcaster’s digital presence, including the launch and development of TVN Player and online network Veedo.pl.Arpad Jordan, CTO for Liberty Global in Central and Eastern Europe, was presented with the Technology Leader award in recognition of his work in bringing cloud-based advanced TV to legacy set-tops in Hungary, including the launch of YouTube.Vana Henriksen, group communications director at United Group was given the Marketer of the Year award for the successful management of five brands across disparate territories and building a reputation for attractive content and fast broadband.Content Executive of the Year winner HBO’s EVP of original programming and production Antony Root was recognised for multiple contributions to creating original premium content across CEE, most recently Wataha in Poland.The Awards programme was created to recognise some of the key individuals behind original content, distribution and technology initiatives and market-leading strategic decisions over the last year.
YouTube removed 7.8 million videos that violated the platform’s guidelines in the three months from July to September, according to company stats.YouTube said that 81% of the removed videos were first detected by machines, not viewers, and that 74.5% of these machine-detected videos had never been viewed.“The vast majority of attempted abuse comes from bad actors trying to upload spam or adult content,” said YouTube in a blog post.“Over 90% of the channels and over 80% of the videos that we removed in September 2018 were removed for violating our policies on spam or adult content.”The figures are contained in the video giant’s latest quarterly YouTube Community Guidelines Enforcement Report – something it introduced in April this year as part of its commitment to transparency.When YouTube detects a video that violates its guidelines it removes it and applies a ‘strike’ to the channel that uploaded it. Entire channels are removed if they are dedicated to prohibited content or “contain a single egregious violation, like child sexual exploitation.”YouTube said that videos containing violent extremism or child safety issues are the most egregious types of content it has to deal with but are also “low volume” areas.“Our significant investment in fighting this type of content is having an impact,” said YouTube. “Well over 90% of the videos uploaded in September 2018 and removed for violent extremism or child safety had fewer than 10 views.”YouTube said that 10.2% of its video removals were for child safety, while child sexual abuse material represents “a fraction of a percent of the content we remove”.In terms of clamping down on user comments that violate its guidelines, YouTube removed more than 224 million comments on videos in the third quarter.It said that the majority of these were spam comments and the total number of removals represents a fraction of the billions of comments posted on YouTube each quarter.YouTube uses a mixture of smart detection technology and human reviewers to flag, review, and remove videos and abusive or spam messages. YouTube introduced new guidelines to take a tougher stance on hateful, demeaning and inappropriate content in 2017.