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A MiG-21 fighter aircraft on a routine mission crashed on Friday after it was airborne from the Nal Air Force station near Bikaner in Rajasthan.The pilot ejected safely, the Air Force said. Initial inputs indicated the likely cause as a bird strike after the take-off, an IAF spokesperson said, adding that a court of inquiry would investigate the cause of the accident.
State Rep. Phil Potvin today encourages families to take advantage of Michigan’s Free Fishing Weekend June 13-14.Rep. Potvin, R-Cadillac, said the Michigan Department of Natural Resources waives the requirement for a fishing license for the weekend, enabling those who do not fish regularly to try it out. All fishing regulations are in effect during the weekend.“This is a wonderful opportunity for everyone,” said Rep. Potvin. “Whether you are a beginner who is trying out fishing for the first time, or you already have a fishing license and you want to take a friend or family member who has never been fishing out on the water for the day, it is a great way to enjoy what Michigan has to offer.“For many, the annual Free Fishing Weekend has become an annual event to come together for some fishing fun. Experienced anglers who offer a child the chance to take their first fishing trip can provide a rewarding experience for all.”Rep. Potvin said Michigan offers some of the finest freshwater fishing in the world, with more than 3,000 miles of Great Lakes shoreline, more than 11,000 inland lakes and tens of thousands of miles of rivers and streams.The Natural Resources Commission recently released updated fishing regulations for the year, including season changes for certain species and hook restrictions. The details are now available online at www.michigan.gov/fishingguide. Categories: News 09Jun Rep. Potvin encourages residents to cast a line for free this weekend
20Oct Rep. Poleski invites residents to November office hours Categories: News State Rep. Earl Poleski today announced his local November office hours schedule. Residents are invited to join in conversation at the Jackson County Tower Building, located at 120 West Michigan Ave., from 3 to 5 p.m. every Friday of the month, excluding the week of Thanksgiving, when the meeting will instead be held on Tuesday, Nov. 24.“This is a very valuable opportunity for us to come together to discuss the future of our great state and the impact that state legislation will have locally,” said Rep. Poleski, R-Jackson. “It’s really an invaluable part of my job as your state representative.”No appointments are necessary to attend office hours. Those who are unable to attend are encouraged to contact Rep. Poleski’s office by phone at 517-373-1795 or by email at EarlPoleski@house.mi.gov.###
French movie-interest social network provider Vodkaster is to merge with DVD digitisation specialist Riplay with a view to launching a new Netflix-like video-on-demand service in the country.Vodkaster and Riplay are in the process of raising €1.2 million from investors Partech Ventures, Elaia Partners and 3T.The three funds will take a minority share in the operation, according to a report in financial daily Les Echos, with the founders of Vodkaster and Riplay holding a majority stake.Vodkaster’s social media site dedicated to cinema attracts a million unique visitors each month. The company has already began offering streaming VoD in partnership with streaming site Unvivers Ciné.Riplay, formed in 2012 as a result of a merger of services CheeseVideo and CheeseMusic, allows users to digitise their DVDs and buy and sell digital versions of DVDs for viewing on multiple devices.According to Les Echos, Vodkaster has acquired an UltraViolet licence that will allow it to extend Riplay’s service. Vodkaster CEO Cyril Barthet told the paper that the UltraViolet platform would enable users to access videos between the closure of the transactional VoD window, when movies are generally only available on TV, and the subscription VoD window, which in France only appears 36 months after their release.Barthet told Les Echos his aim was to create a “French alternative to Netflix”.
David ZaslavDiscovery says it is driving hard on 4K to ensure it is ready when pay TV platform operators start to demand content in the ultra high definition format.CEO and president David Zaslav and international president JB Perrette both affirmed the factual channel specialist’s commitment to the emerging format at a Discovery event in Paris.“Our content looks fantastic in 4K,” Zaslav said. “When there was the transition to HD we saw a bump in our market share because our content looked fantastic. We have been quietly driving very hard on the 4k transition, and are starting to see that happen; so, when distributors raise their hand and say we want some 4k, we are the leader and out content looksgreat. It’s an additional opportunity for us.”International chief Perrette added that while in-home 3D has not worked, with consumers failing to take to wearing the required glasses for small-screen viewing, Discovery is keen to be ready should 4K take off in the same way as HD.“On the non-fiction side, we’ll be doing more 4K commissioning, although how it will get exploited is to be decided,” he told TBI. “It uses a lot of bandwidth and a lot of distributors are working out what the level of demand is, but ultimately we want to be at the leading edge ofthat evolution.”Channel operators and pay platforms are proceeding cautiously in terms of full 4K networks. BT recently announced an upcoming 4K sports channel, requiring customers to take a new settop box. That will be the first 4K channel in Europe when it rolls out in August.Perrette added that having acquired Eurosport, sport could be a genre that lends itself content in the new format. “I think in sports we’d like to try and experiment in more ways and bring Eurosport into that widerDiscovery fold of being on the cutting edge and do some more things in 4k.”
She said works was well underway to develop the programme for this year’s festival in October when she hopes to showcase all the best of local produce and food talent in the city and district.Slow Food Festival’s second award win in weeks was last modified: June 4th, 2018 by John2John2 Tags: “Our reputation for food is tremendous and again that is reflective in the success of the Slow Food Festival and the quality of food that was showcased at this event.“The Slow Food is an innovative concept that promotes returning to the basics of food by using our natural resources and encouraging people to think differently about how they cook and eat food and I am delighted that the festival has been acknowledged in this way.“I am delighted that the festival is enjoying continued success and the event will be returning to Guildhall Square on the 6th and 7th October.Jennifer O’Donnell, Tourism Manager with Derry City and Strabane District Council said it was a great honour to receive the award on behalf of the Council and extended her thanks to those involved in the local food tourism and hospitality business for their support. DERRY AND STRABANEguildhall squareMAYOR MAOLIOSA MCHUGHNorth West Business Awards 2018Slow Food Festival’s second award win in weeks ShareTweet DERRY City and Strabane District Council’s Slow Food Festival secured its second award in just a matter of weeks when it won Best Tourism Event at the North West Business Awards 2018 on Friday night.The award is the latest accolade secured by the Council for the event. Just two weeks ago the Slow Food Festival won the much coveted NI Food and Drink Experience of the Year award at the NI Tourism Awards in Belfast.Congratulating the Council on their success, the Mayor Cllr Maolíosa McHugh said he was delighted to see the Slow Food Festival’s success acknowledged in this way and praised the hard work and dedication of all those involved in developing and delivering the concept.He said: “This is another great news story for Council and the city and district as a whole.