Kentucky head coach John Calipari, of course, is on-hand at the NBA All-Star Game tonight to cheer on a few of his former players. But it looks like he’s also brought his daughter Erin along for the experience. She seems to be having a grand old time too, for other reasons than just the game.Calipari, who is clearly a bit bored, claims that she’s been photobombing her father all day. The irony? She’s worried about embarrassing him.W/ @UKCoachCalipari standing far enough away that I don’t have to talk to anyone but close enough that he can’t forget I’m here and leave me— Dr.SicilianoCalipari (@TheErinCalipari) February 15, 2015Every once in awhile he’ll introduce me to someone and then wait to see what I say. Pretty sure he’s thinking “you better not embarrass me”— Dr.SicilianoCalipari (@TheErinCalipari) February 15, 2015If you’ve taken any selfies with @UKCoachCalipari today better check the background. Yup.That’s me making that weird face. You’re welcome— Dr.SicilianoCalipari (@TheErinCalipari) February 15, 2015You think I’m kidding. I have this down to a science. About 6ft away is perfect. pic.twitter.com/hb8fzy0CjQ— Dr.SicilianoCalipari (@TheErinCalipari) February 15, 2015We can’t wait to see if any of these supposed photos pop up. Most people never get a chance to get the best of Coach Cal.
Could Tennessee win the national title in 2016? One college football analyst believes so.The Tennessee Volunteers are a popular pick to win the SEC East and represent the division in the league’s title game this coming fall, but one college football analyst is taking it a step further. CBS Sports’ Brian Jones is picking the Vols to win the national title over Florida State.Jones has Tennessee, Florida, Michigan and Stanford in his College Football Playoff. Obviously, he has the Seminoles and the Vols advancing to play for it all.@gmannVOLS pic.twitter.com/6mNEAcUgra— Frank Abby (@FRANKtheTAU) August 27, 2016Butch Jones has certainly done a nice job rebuilding Tennessee, but many are hesitant to mention the Vols as a national title favorite until they prove they can beat rival Alabama. If that happens this year, expect everyone to jump aboard the bandwagon.[Saturday Down South]
“Those Knicks teams — the ’69-’70 team, the ’72-73 team — when you talk to basketball purists about the greatest teams they’ve ever seen, that little era always comes up,” a radio voice intones early in Michael Rapaport’s “When The Garden Was Eden,” a “30 for 30” film debuting on ESPN Tuesday. “That’s the way you’re supposed to play basketball.”Speaking as a card-carrying basketball purist (or at least a basketball history nut), he’s right — particularly on that last point. The Knicks of that era rank highly among the all-time great NBA teams, but not at the very top. Instead, where they really stand out is in how they won.The 1969-70 New York Knicks, who won the first of the franchise’s only two championships, consistently rank among the most dominant regular-season teams in NBA history, especially relative to the spread of talent in the league at that time. After adjusting for strength of schedule, their per-game point differential was +8.4 (17th all-time); it also outpaced the second-place Milwaukee Bucks that year by 4.2 points per game, the sixth-biggest gap ever between the league leader and runner-up. That was a big part of why the Knicks’ schedule-adjusted scoring margin was 2.4 standard deviations better than the average team’s in 1969-70 — the second-best such mark ever.The 1969-70 Knicks struggled on the road in the playoffs and were taken the distance twice in the span of three series. But the team’s playoff run — which saw New York outlast the Baltimore Bullets (led by future Knick Earl Monroe), overpower a rookie Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and his Milwaukee Bucks, and survive the Los Angeles Lakers in a seven-game NBA Finals classic — also ranks among the 50 or so best ever, after taking into account whom they had to beat.And the 1972-73 Knicks did even better in the postseason after adjusting for their road to the championship. When I listed the most dominating playoff performances ever back in 2010, that team ranked 11th all-time. With the exception of the 2014 San Antonio Spurs, it’s unlikely that it has been supplanted by more recent champions. En route to the title, New York beat the Baltimore Bullets (+2.9 schedule-adjusted PPG differential) in five games, the Boston Celtics (+7.4) in seven, and the Los Angeles Lakers (an NBA-best +8.2) in five — just about the toughest path any team has ever gone through to win an NBA championship.But bottom-line results are only half the equation when aficionados rave about the Knicks of the early 1970s. Perhaps an even bigger factor is how the team achieved its success, with a reputation for playing one the most unselfish, pass-friendly styles in basketball history.This isn’t gauzy, New York-media-baked myth-making. Among historical NBA champions, the 1972-73 Knicks rank 14th in assist percentage (the ratio of made baskets that were assisted) relative to league average. And, more importantly, they had the most balanced distribution of shot attempts among their starting five players of any championship team ever. During the 1973 playoffs, their leading scorer (the incomparable Walt Frazier) took 20.8 percent of the team’s shots when on the floor, while the fifth-ranked shooter among its starters (Bill Bradley) took 18.7 percent. By comparison, the 1992 Chicago Bulls’ leader — Michael Jordan — took 37 percent of that team’s shots when on the floor, while Bill Cartwright took 11 percent. (Coincidentally, that Bulls team was coached by early-’70s Knicks forward Phil Jackson.)My research shows that most NBA champs are more like Michael and the Jordanaires than Frazier, Bradley, Earl Monroe, Dave DeBusschere and Willis Reed. Historically, teams with an uneven distribution of the offensive workload — particularly with regard to the difference between their top two scoring options and the rest of the starting five — tend to win championships at a much higher rate than teams that spread their shots around more equally.That they bucked this trend is probably the lasting legacy of the Red Holzman-coached Knicks. In a sport dominated by singular scorers like Jordan (usually with good reason), New York showed that there’s also a place for unselfish, collectivist basketball in the circle of NBA champions. And as my colleagues Ben Morris and Rafe Bartholomew have noted, the San Antonio Spurs (winners of the 2014 NBA championship) have carried the torch for this phenomenon in recent years.With the 2014-15 NBA season tipping off next week, the Knicks are unlikely to add a third championship banner to Madison Square Garden’s rafters. But Rapaport’s film will recall fond memories of a time when basketball-crazed New York City was the center of the sport’s universe.
Senior goalkeeper Rachel Middleman takes a free kick during a match against Illinios Sept. 20 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The teams tied, 1-1.Credit: Michele Theodore / Copy chiefComing off a 1-1 draw against Illinois in its last match, the Ohio State women’s soccer team is set to host undefeated Indiana.Thursday afternoon’s match will be the second Big Ten game for the Buckeyes this season. OSU players said they notice a change in play when it comes to conference games.“It’s just a whole different ball game. The girls are so physical, and so feisty, bigger actually, physically bigger than the other teams we play,” sophomore goalkeeper Jillian McVicker said.McVicker and senior Rachel Middleman have split time in goal almost evenly this season. In nine games this year, The Buckeyes have only allowed six goals between them. The 0.67 goals against average is good enough for third best in the conference, tied with Iowa.“I feel like we both compliment each other and the team really well,” McVicker said of the goalies splitting time.Freshman forward Nichelle Prince leads the Buckeye offense this year scoring five goals while recording four assists. The 14 points for the first-year Buckeye has her tied for 10th in the Big Ten.“She’s definitely a strong player up top, has amazing touch and super fast,” said freshman forward Lindsay Agnew of Prince. “Her presence on the field kind of calms people down, and any goal could happen any second.”Prince, originally from Ajax, Ontario, said she is still adjusting to her role with the Buckeyes.“It’s new coming into a new environment, but the players have been really open to helping us,” Prince said. “We have a decent start right now and a lot more games to do well.”On offense, the Buckeyes have been working hard to improve on their ability to finish.“We really focused on our final passes, because we have a lot of opportunities in games, but the final pass and the final shot are a little off sometimes. We’ve just been working on a lot of patterns to capitalize that,” McVicker said.Indiana is 8-0-1 on the season, and the Hoosiers have only allowed two goals so far. Those figures, however, have not changed the practices for the Buckeyes this week.“We usually just practice the same, and adjust a few things depending on the opponent,” Prince said.Senior midfielder Lisa Nouanesengsy leads the Hoosiers in scoring with six goals. Indiana averages 2.33 goals a match, good for sixth best in the conference.The match is set to begin at 3 p.m. Thursday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.
New Real Madrid boss Julen Lopetegui has admitted that he is open to using Marco Asensio as a false nine ahead of his maiden campaign in chargeThe Champions League holders have a huge gap to fill in the centre of their attack with Karim Benzema being the only real option to take on the role as a false nine for the season ahead following Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure to Juventus last month.But Lopetegui made a surprise tactical change in Sunday’s 3-1 win over Juventus in the International Champions Cup by putting Asensio in the role after coming off the bench.And the move proved to be a masterstroke with Asensio grabbing a brace to secure victory for the Spanish giants.Now Lopetegui has suggested that we may be seeing more of Asensio as a false nine for next season.Fiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.“It’s an option,” he admitted, via Goal.“Pre-season is a time when we can test different things and what we need to do is look for resources or different ideas within the team.“It was good to see him play at that position and he played extremely well. It’s not important where he plays but how he plays.”Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski and Neymar from Paris Saint-Germain have been linked with a move to the Santiago Bernabeu this summer, although any prospective deal for the duo now appears to be extremely unlikely.Real will face AS Roma on Wednesday for their final pre-season friendly before taking on city rivals Atletico Madrid in the UEFA Super Cup
Overly complicated match for the Spanish National Team in Zagreb, where they lost 3-2 with a last-minute winner and gave England one last breath.The UEFA Europa League A’s Group 4 where we have England, Croatia, and Spain, went through a major plot twist this Thursday after the World Cup runners-up defeated the Spaniards dramatically.Luis Enrique’s squad now has two consecutive defeats after today, one that leaves them in an incredibly difficult situation for next Sunday and completely out of their hands.A win in Zagreb today against Croatia, would’ve given them the direct ticket to the League A’s final four but Dalic’s side had the support from their fans and never surrendered.Most of the action went down during the second half, all the goals were even scored during the final half hour of the game and it was a real nail-biter because the Spaniards refused to falter until the very last minute when the locals were able to get that result they wanted so badly.Almost at the same time, the England National Team had one eye on their friendly match against the United States, and another one on this match as they were rooting for Croatia’s victory in order to stay alive in the competition.🇭🇷🇪🇸What a match. What a win. Congratulations!#BeProud #NationsLeague #CROESP #Vatreni🔥 pic.twitter.com/5DNROKzSTK— HNS | CFF (@HNS_CFF) November 15, 2018After a two-year ban that their supporters had to endure due to their hooligan problem, Croatia was finally able to play a very different match as they were coming back to their people for the first time after reaching the World Cup final last summer.Having the support from everybody in the stadium meant the world to them, it motivated them and kept them as the dominant side throughout the whole 90 minutes of the match.Despite not having scored during the first half, Croatia created many interesting chances that De Gea saved for the most part with a Spanish defense that was against the ropes.Finally, after ten minutes into the second half, Perisic recovered a ball in a very dangerous zone for Spain and he saw Kramaric in a very advantageous position to hurt the Spaniards.The forward didn’t fail when he sent his strike, Croatia was ahead in the scoreline but the match was just getting started. We were in for quite an incredible game, with everybody on the edge of their seat and hoping for more goals.📺 RESUMEN | Echa un vistazo a las mejores jugadas del partido ante los croatas en Zagreb. 🇭🇷 #CRO 3-2 🇪🇸 #ESP👉🏻 https://t.co/Vnnstq9a5N#UnaNuevaIlusión pic.twitter.com/nfTuUCYKFRCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.— Selección Española de Fútbol (@SeFutbol) November 15, 2018It took Spain only two minutes to react, they got the equalizer through Dani Ceballos after Isco assisted him with a cross from the left flank. Game on!After another two clear missed chances from Rakitic and Rebic, Luka Modric was able to find Jedvaj’s head before the 70th minute of the match and gave Croatia the lead one more time.Eight minutes later, Vrisaljko wasn’t able to prevent the ball hitting his arm inside the box and the referee decided to call a penalty.Sergio Ramos stood up on the spot again, but he didn’t do a Panenka this time and scored with a potent low shot that the goalkeeper wasn’t able to save.The Spaniards were able to maintain the draw, which left them in a better position than they were with a loss, but the match wasn’t over yet.The hero of the night was Jedvaj again, who was right on the spot as David de Gea deflected a strong shot from Brekalo and gave Croatia the chance to win the match with a final 3-2 result.This win leaves everything for the last match between the Croatian side and England next Sunday. Whoever wins takes all, and only a draw would give Spain the ticket to the final four. What a great competition this has turned out to be.✅ That feeling when you score your first two international goals to defeat @SeFutbol deep into added time. 🇭🇷🇪🇸⚽️⚽️ Well done, Tin Jedvaj! 👏#BeProud #Croatia #Family #Vatreni🔥 pic.twitter.com/4kahEjKahQ— HNS | CFF (@HNS_CFF) November 15, 2018What was your favorite moment of Croatia vs Spain match from this Thursday? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.
Steve Bosh, Steve Bosh April 22, 2019 Convention Center expansion must overcome major hurdles Categories: Local San Diego News, Politics FacebookTwitter Posted: April 22, 2019 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The lodging industry is in the process of developing a strategy to get two-thirds of the voters to support Convention Center expansion, which will be on the primary ballot in March.Expansion will have to overcome some major hurdles, including a past history of failure, and a two-thirds vote.There have been two attempts to raise the hotel tax since 1998, both failed.The San Diego Chargers wanted to increase the tax to build a stadium Downtown. It was opposed, and defeated by the hoteliers who wanted those funds for themselves. The second failure was when the hotel owners assessed themselves a two percent room tax, which the courts killed saying tax increases require a public vote.Expansion has been a priority for San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer, but time is running out before he’s termed out next year.California has more delegates than any other state, which became a major factor to move move up its primary. This will likely be a contested primary between Kamala Harris, Bernie Sanders and possibly Joe Biden.
In his 2009 predictions to FOLIO:, Bob Sacks, president and publisher of Precision Media Group, said that this would be “the year that e-paper finally got the respect and understanding it deserves. The introduction in early 2009 of the Plastic Logic full sized, touch screen, e-reader will be the forerunner of this recognition.”While in the past e-readers like Amazon’s Kindle and Sony’s Reader have been primarily focused on book publishing, Hearst Corporation recently announced that it will debut a magazine e-reader later this year.The first American magazine publisher to directly tap the digital reader market, Hearst is encouraging others to license technology so that they, too, can deliver digital content. Hearst is looking at a design better suited for reading magazines and newspapers than the book-focused Kindle. Those close to Hearst’s e-reader project say that the device is light, with a large screen to make digital reading as comfortable as the print products, at 8.5×11 inches versus the Kindle’s six-inch screen. Mountain View, California-based Plastic Logic also has plans to launch a new electronic reading device in 2010, and through a partnership with digital vendor Zinio will provide magazine content.It’s been suggested that, if successful, an e-reader could someday replace print magazines and save of approximately 50 percent of the expense involved by cutting paper, printing and delivery costs. e-reader digital screens also save power by displaying changeable text and images.On Esquire’s blog, editor-in-chief David Granger wrote that he is hopeful that new electronic reading devices would save not only the suffering newspaper and magazine industries, but reintroduce people to the pleasures of reading in general: “As electronic readers improve, as they add graphics and design and, eventually, color, even more people will opt for the more sustained, contemplative experiences more often.”VITAL STATS: If successful, an e-reader could someday replace print magazines with savings of approximately 50 percent for paper, printing and delivery costs.
The former Fortune/Money Group president was named news group digital president late last year in the wake of Time Inc.’s dramatic restructuring that resulted in 600 layoffs. Time Inc. parent Time Warner is scheduled to report its third quarter earnings Wednesday. It has been rumored that the company might announce several hundred more layoffs at Time Inc. at that time. After 15 years at Time Inc., Vivek Shah is stepping down as digital president of the company’s news group. Shah [pictured] will remain with the company until the end of the year. His position will not be replaced. Time.com general manager Jim Cantarella is expected to be promoted to senior vice president of digital for the news group.“There are all sorts of possibilities in the digital word and I will be exploring it,” Shah told paidContent’s Rafat Ali.
The USA Export Expo will be extremely horizontal in its market reach, according to Sandler, with virtual booths displaying wares “from ambulances and all-terrain vehicles to vitamins and playground equipment”. The Investment USA Expo will have a similar horizontal reach, presenting various development opportunities for oversea investors to engage with. Business-to-business higher education and international trade publisher ThinkGlobal is partnering with online service provider Onstream Media with its MarketPlace365 agreement to create two new virtual marketplaces that will serve domestic companies and international buyers, as well as foreign investors. These marketplaces will allow vendors and buyers to meet virtually, share wares and insights, to network and learn more about their industries without traveling to do so.Greg Sandler, president of ThinkGlobal, says USA Export Expo (which will serve domestic companies and those buyers outside the US) and Investment USA Expo (highlighting development opportunities in the United States) will have capabilities beyond the traditional tradeshow.The virtual marketplace model is similar to that of a bricks-and-mortars tradeshow model, with vendors paying for booth space, as well as given the option to display banners in the virtual hallway and auditorium of the marketplaces. Links to the advertiser’s websites will be directly imbedded into the banners for simple user navigation. There will be sponsorship opportunities available to vendors as well.Currently, there are 275,000 domestic companies exporting internationally, and 70 percent of the world’s purchasing power is outside of the U.S., according to Sandler.“Combine those two things, you have a situation that is tailor-made for bringing buyers and sellers together under one roof,” he says. As for attendance prices, Sandler says admission will be free for qualified attendees after they register.Both marketplaces will feature an auditorium in which industry experts and government officials will deliver keynote speeches; there will also be a learning center where attendees can hear educational sessions presented by panels of moderators. A networking lounge will be available for attendees to “exchange business cards and connect one-on-one in real time.” A media library, a repository of collected sources that acts as a resource center for the industry, will also be available for attendee access.All options will be available through both live streaming and on demand.ThinkGlobal will promote these marketplaces through a variety of channels. “We’re going to be building upon our existing relationships to start. We will very selectively use other outlets, traditional email marketing and social media. Focusing on outlets we think are the most appropriate for reaching our target markets, we’ll be doing promotion at bricks and mortars trade shows as well as print advertising,” says Sandler.USA Export Expo and Investment USA Expo are slated to go live in fourth quarter 2011.
Raghava Lawrence’s Kanchana 3 review.PR HandoutRaghava Lawrence’s horror-comedy Kanchana 3 aka Muni 4 has registered a fantastic opening at the Tamil Nadu box office on the first day. The multilingual film has, indeed, become the third biggest opener of the year in the state after Rajinikanth’s Petta and Ajith Kumar’s Viswasam.Released in about 500 screens in Tamil Nadu, the audience had given an impressive response to the advance booking of tickets for Kanchana 3 which was a clear indication of the film getting a good start in the state.The early trends indicate that Kanchana 3, which had over 330+ shows in Chennai, touched about 80 per cent occupancy rates with many shows running into a packed house. The movie is estimated to have grossed over Rs 75 lakhin the capital city alone.In Tamil Nadu, Kanchana 3 is estimated to have earned around Rs 10.5 crore on the first day which makes it the third biggest opener of 2019. Earlier, Ajith Kumar’s Viswasam and Rajinikanth’s Petta had grossed about Rs 15 crore and around Rs 13 crore, respectively on the first day of its release.As per the trade trackers, the Good Friday holiday was one of the major reasons why the movie attracted good footfalls in theatres. Further, the success of the past movies in the Muni franchise helped the film to pull the audience to cinema halls, say trade trackers.Outside Tamil Nadu Kanchana 3 has been simultaneously released in Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada languages. The total screen count of the film in rest of South India (Andhra, Telangana, Kerala and Karnataka), is about 800 to take its total tally to 1300 screens in South India alone.The Raghava Lawrence-starrer, which has Bigg Boss Tamil fame Oviya, Vedhika and Nikki Tamboli in the female lead, has got a good start in Karnataka and Kerala, while a decent opening in the Telugu speaking states due to other Telugu release Jersey starring Nani.
Airtel Payments Bank Ltd, a subsidiary of telecom major Airtel, Wednesday launched its commercial operations with an offer to give a hefty 7.25 percent interest rate on savings account deposits.With rolling out a pilot of its banking services in Rajasthan, it became the first payments bank to go live. In a regulatory filing to Bombay Stock Exchange, the bank said over 10,000 retail outlets across the state would function as banking points for the new payment bank.To attract cheap deposits, the bank will give a hefty 7.25 percent to customers, making it one of the highest savings bank rate in the Indian banking system.Most public and private sector banks are offering 4 percent interest rate on deposits with a few private sector banks providing 6 percent on the same. Interestingly, interest rates on fixed deposits have also fallen near the range of 7 percent in recent months.The new payment bank plans to expand its merchant network in Rajasthan to 1,00,000 by December this year, it said.Commenting on the launch, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Airtel Payments Bank, Shashi Arora said, “With this pilot, we have taken a big step towards the launch of our banking services and will be testing our operational readiness for full-scale launch across India.”In a bid to improve banking penetration in the country, Reserve Bank of India has issued licences to private firms for setting up payment banks. On August last year, the central bank issued licences to 11 entities including Airtel, FINO, Department of Post, Reliance Industries to set up payment banks.Payment banks will only accept deposits with no provision of giving out loans to clients. While it can open both savings and current accounts, credit card issuances are not allowed.
– / 3Hurricane season begins June 1, and to make residents aware of it, officials are touring the Gulf Coast with their “Hurricane Hunter” airplanes. Crew chief Angel Negron gives me a tour of the G4 Hurricane Hunter by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.The jet is tasked with flying near a hurricane that has formed over the water and determining which way it is moving.“After this airplane started flying in 1997, it improved the track models by about 25 percent,” Negron says.James McFadden manages the hurricane program for NOAA’s Aircraft Operations Center.“We drop sondes around the hurricane and out in the environment away from the hurricane, looking for the steering currents that will drive the hurricane,” he explains.These devices are small tubes with instruments inside. As they glide down with a parachute, they send information, such as temperature, pressure and wind speed, back to the plane.Visitors at the Scholes airport in Galveston also get to tour a C-130 Air Force plane that actually flies through hurricanes. It delivers the sondes into the storm to determine its strength and potential.Steven Cooper, director of the National Weather Service southern region, says they do this awareness tour every year – alternating between the Gulf and the East Coast.“We bring the planes out because it’s a good thing to grab, a visual grabber,” he says. “We have typically, I think there are about 600 school kids that are coming through today.”Cooper says it’s important to get people thinking ahead of the hurricane season so they make preparations and don’t get complacent. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen Share X 00:00 /01:36
Three Washington-area residents who use their unique talents, resources and abilities to increase opportunities for women and girls will receive Visionary Awards at the Washington Area Women’s Foundation’s annual Leadership Luncheon Oct. 23 at the Grand Hyatt Washington. The luncheon’s theme is “Here. Now. For Her.” and builds on the national momentum for the economic advancement of women and girls. The Visionary Awards recipients are recognized for their commitment to advancing women and girls in the Washington region. For more information about the Washington Area Women’s Foundation, visit http://thewomensfoundation.org.
19Feb Rep. Cole seeks Michigan Supreme Court opinion on minimum wage, paid time off laws Categories: Cole News Representative: Opinion needed to end political gamesmanshipState Rep. Triston Cole today called on the Michigan Supreme Court to weigh in regarding the constitutionality of two laws enacted in December 2018.Cole, of Mancelona, said the action taken by the Legislature last year to adopt and later amend the ballot issues on minimum wage and paid time off was the right thing to do for Michigan workers and voters, and perfectly in line with the Legislature’s role.“Democratic leaders and the attorney general are raising questions about the bills we passed in an attempt to raise doubt about a cut-and-dried legal issue. They’re trying to pick a fight and create false doubts for political reasons,” Cole said. “By asking the Supreme Court to weigh in, we will be able to put these concerns to rest and eliminate any potential confusion on the issue once and for all.”Cole said the original ballot initiatives on minimum wage and paid leave were written by out-of-state interest groups, and the Legislature had a duty to step in and protect Michigan workers.“The ballot issues brought to the Legislature last year were poorly written and needed work. They had sloppy language and technical mistakes that needed to be fixed, so the Legislature stepped up and did its job to fix them,” Cole said. “It was the right thing to do, and I have no doubt it was legal. But the new administration and the AG have decided to make it about politics. I am asking the Michigan Supreme Court to provide an opinion so we can stop the gamesmanship and avoid wasting taxpayer dollars on an expensive legal fight.”House Resolution 25 has been referred to the House Government Operations Committee for consideration.###
Netflix has inked a programming deal with the Weinstein Group. The content streaming and delivery service’s deal with the movie producer and distributor gives it access to a raft of features including The Artist, which will now debut on Netflix ahead of premium cable in the US.The multiyear deal also gives US-listed Netflix Weinstein’s Undefeated, which will also debut on Netflix ahead of cable. The features covered by the deal will be available on Netflix within a year of their theatrical release. Other titles include The Intouchables, W.E. and Bully.“We couldn’t be happier to be working again with Harvey and Bob, who have an unmatched track record of creating critically acclaimed and commercially successful movies,” said Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos.“It is a fantastic coup for Netflix to acquire The Artist and the package of additional titles,” said TWC co-chairman Harvey Weinstein, “It’s exciting that we can offer consumers a supremely convenient way to see the kinds of movies that made us want to be in this business in the first place.”