Categories: Griffin News,News 24May Griffin plan to improve student protection approved by House Multi-bill package to protect Michigan’s children advances today Legislation to increase the number of authority figures who must report evidence of abuse was approved with unanimous bipartisan support today in the state House, Rep. Beth Griffin announced.Her plan mandates athletic trainers and physical therapists working with K-12 school sports and college athletic activities to report suspected abuse to the proper authorities, as a measure to better protect Michigan children from child abuse, neglect and sexual abuse.“Trainers and physical therapists, like other mandatory reporters, can be in the best position to identify abuse. They have a duty to report it,” said Griffin, a former teacher who also served as a mandatory reporter. “It’s a responsibility shared by educators, nurses and psychologists, among other licensed professionals. While each have their own specific reasons for interacting with children, they all are unified in their efforts to make certain children are safe and healthy. There is no higher responsibility, as far as I’m concerned.”Griffin’s legislation is part of a 28-bill bipartisan package approved by the House to increase protections to Michigan’s residents in the wake of the Larry Nassar sex abuse scandal.“Being a mandatory reporter is an important piece of this plan, but it is part of a bigger obligation to protect Michigan’s kids,” said Griffin, of Mattawan. “Medical professionals, educators, students, subject experts and survivors of Nassar’s crimes spoke up about all of these bills during over 19 hours of committee testimony. This is a solution for a problem Nassar exposed and this is a sizable step forward to strengthening our protections for all Michigan’s residents.”House Bills 5659 advances to the Senate for its consideration.
The number of Russian subscribers to HD services grew tenfold over the last year, contributing to a 10% increase in ARPU for pay TV operators, according to research by Telecomdaily.According to the study, the number of HD subscribers grew from 400,000 to four million by the end of May, when subscribers to digital TV services in the country had access to an average of six HD channels.ER-Telecom’s Dom.ru was the leader in terms of HD channels, with 41 services, followed by VimpelCom with 36 and Tricolor TV with 25. read more
Ericsson will handle playout and media management for the BBC’s portfolio of UK channels as part of a new seven-year deal with the broadcaster.The contract includes playout and media management services for BBC One, BBC Two, BBC Four, CBeebies and CBBC and the BBC’s interactive Red Button service.The deal also includes playout and media management for the BBC’s international news channel, BBC World News, which is available in more than 200 countries.“We have a very positive relationship with the BBC as a result of our acquisition of Red Bee Media in May 2014, and currently provide a number of other broadcast and media services to the BBC including metadata, interactive services and access services. We look forward to strengthening this relationship further over the coming years,” said Thorsten Sauer, head of broadcast and media services at Ericsson.Bal Samra, managing director, BBC Television, said the deal provides “excellent value for money” and would guarantee “quality, flexibility and innovation.”“By extending our partnership with Ericsson we have secured the future delivery of these broadcast critical services and delivered significant savings for the BBC,” said Samra. read more