erin andrews jimmy kimmelErin Andrews, who recently won her lawsuit in the much-publicized stalker trial, was awarded $55 million in damages from the Nashville Marriott, the Windsor Capital Group and Michael David Barrett. It didn’t take long for ABC late night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel to get to the point when Andrews came on as his guest Wednesday night.Kimmel, jokingly, asked Andrews for $1 million. Of course – as we’ve written – she doesn’t have any of that money yet, and she won’t get it all.In all seriousness, it’s great to see Andrews smiling and laughing after the trial. The pictures/video from the ordeal were pretty tough to see.
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LONDON — The Latest on Brexit (all times local):9 a.m.Britain’s envoy to Germany says the European Union might help avert a “no-deal” Brexit if it’s prepared to shift its position on the terms of future border controls with Ireland.Britain’s ambassador in Berlin, Sebastian Wood, says that the current “backstop ” solution is opposed both by U.K. lawmakers who want the country to leave the EU, and those who don’t.In an interview with German public broadcaster ARD, Wood noted that Britain wouldn’t have the right to get out of the backstop unilaterally “and many have noticed this.”He said “this might be the most important question in the coming days and weeks, and the EU can perhaps be a little helpful in that area.”___8:50 a.m.British Prime Minister Theresa May faces a no-confidence vote a day after Parliament rejected her Brexit deal by an historic margin.May is battling to save her job after staking her political reputation on a last-ditch effort to win support for the divorce agreement she negotiated with the European Union. Though defeat was widely expected, the scale of the rout — 432-202 — was devastating for May’s leadership.Immediately after the vote, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn tabled a no-confidence motion, saying it will give Parliament a chance to give its verdict “on the sheer incompetence of this government.”Still, most analysts predict May will survive because her Conservative Party and the Democratic Unionist Party, which supports it, are expected to vote against the motion.___8:15 a.m.European Union Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier says the bloc is stepping up preparations for a chaotic no-deal departure of Britain from the bloc after the rejection of the draft withdrawal deal in London left the EU “fearing more than ever that there is a risk” of a cliff-edge departure.Barnier regretted Westminster’s massive rejection of the deal he negotiated with the government of British Prime Minister Theresa May and said that any future deal would still have to include approving the withdrawal agreement.He said Wednesday that “whatever happens, ratification of the withdrawal agreement is necessary. It is a precondition.”He said that a linked political declaration offered “possible options” for further talks.The Associated Press
The utilities commission released a schedule and description of the so-called oral workshops, along with questions that will be asked, over the next two days. But it said it’s committed to staying on schedule and Parkland said Friday it would still participate.Other companies said they were reassured by the new confidentiality terms, including a spokesman for Husky, but didn’t commit to release the data.“The advance ruling on confidentiality does go a long way to satisfy Husky’s concerns,” Mel Duvall said in an email Thursday.“That said, we are still considering whether there are other measures that can be implemented by the BCUC that would provide further protection for the interveners.”Shell said it would provide the data ordered but requested the inquiry use the same confidentiality process that the National Energy Board used in proceedings dealing with pipeline access, including storing confidential material in a red folder.Suncor said it was preparing to submit the figures by Monday, while Imperial Oil said it still wasn’t comfortable doing so. Costco submitted two copies of a questionnaire Friday, one for the public and one with three additional answers it deemed confidential.Questions shared in advance by the utilities commission reveal some of the information the public may learn.They cover capacity and costs of using the Trans Mountain pipeline, whether refineries co-ordinate with one another to plan for maintenance repairs and shutdowns, and whether companies divert refined product from B.C. when gas prices are low.“We’ll be making findings on what we’ve found, whether it’s competitive or not, how the prices are set, why the prices are different here and why they fluctuate more than they do in other parts of Canada,” Morton said.The province has also asked the utilities commission to explore mechanisms the province could use to moderate price fluctuations and increases.Recommendations on the Trans Mountain pipeline are unlikely, Morton said, adding that he didn’t want to preclude anything prematurely.Ervin said there are a few options facing the province:— It can create a watchdog agency to monitor the elements going into the pump price and where they seem to change, in order to better understand and explain to the public what happens and why.— It can reduce taxes, which are among the highest in Canada, especially in the Metro Vancouver area where the carbon tax represents 9 cents per litre and the transit authority adds another 18.5 cents per litre.— Or it could pursue regulation of crude going into refineries, wholesale gasoline prices, or prices at the pump. Each of those regulations is “problematic,” he said.Crude and wholesale gasoline are globally traded commodities, he said. That means for example, that if wholesale gasoline prices are capped low, American wholesale buyers may buy them up leaving B.C. dry, he said.The Atlantic provinces regulate prices at the pump but that may have a counterproductive effect in B.C. Retail margins aren’t large and have actually declined over the last 20 to 30 years when inflation is taken into account, Ervin said.“It would most certainly have the consequence of putting gas stations out of business,” he said.Amy Smart, The Canadian Press VANCOUVER — An industry expert says a public inquiry into British Columbia’s record-breaking gasoline prices may increase the public’s understanding of a murky market but the provincial government’s options for response are limited.Michael Ervin, senior vice-president with consulting firm Kent Group that specializes in the downstream petroleum industry, said he also doesn’t expect the inquiry to uncover any bombshell revelations.The reason prices at the pump are so much higher in Vancouver and other B.C. cities than comparable jurisdictions all funnels down to supply and demand, he said. “We felt that under the circumstances it would not be unreasonable to provide them with that assurance,” Morton said in an interview.Calgary-based Parkland Fuel, which had raised concerns about confidentiality, also complained of tight deadlines in a letter from its lawyers to the commission on Tuesday.“The inquiry has the potential to profoundly impact Parkland’s business,” it said, adding that it is a voluntary participant and short notice on what the hearings would look like impedes their “full and fair participation.”“The only way to mitigate that harm is to delay the workshop.” “It really comes down to very tight supply relative to pretty strong demand in the Lower Mainland and B.C. in general,” Ervin said in a phone interview.Premier John Horgan ordered the inquiry in May when prices at the pump reached $1.70 a litre, saying gas and diesel price increases were “alarming, increasingly out of line with the rest of Canada, and people in B.C. deserve answers.”He tasked the British Columbia Utilities Commission with overseeing the inquiry. A three-member panel chaired by CEO David Morton is set to begin its oral proceedings on Wednesday in Vancouver.But the inquiry has already encountered some hurdles.The utilities commission beefed up its confidentiality terms last week after six of seven fuel companies refused to share their retail margins, saying it would compromise their positions in a competitive market.The new terms grant advanced approval of confidential status to those who submit information that they identify as commercially or competitively sensitive under the new terms, rather than granting the status after the content is reviewed and deemed eligible.
The evolution of modern human face may have been partly driven by our need for good social skills, according to a study. As large-brained, short-faced hominins, our faces are different from other, now extinct hominins, such as the Neanderthals, and our closest living relatives bonobos and chimpanzees, said researchers from the University of York in the UK. The study, published in the journal Nature Ecology and Evolution, traced changes in the evolution of the face from the early African hominins to the appearance of modern human anatomy. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainThe researchers conclude that social communication has been somewhat overlooked as a factor underlying the modern human facial form. Our faces should be seen as the result of a combination of biomechanical, physiological and social influences, researchers said. They suggest that our faces evolved not only due to factors such as diet and climate, but possibly also to provide more opportunities for gesture and nonverbal communication. These are vital skills for establishing the large social networks which are believed to have helped Homo sapiens to survive, researchers said. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma Award”We can now use our faces to signal more than 20 different categories of emotion via the contraction or relaxation of muscles,” said Paul O’Higgins, a professor at the University of York. “It’s unlikely that our early human ancestors had the same facial dexterity as the overall shape of the face and the positions of the muscles were different,” O’Higgins said. Instead of the pronounced brow ridge of other hominins, humans developed a smooth forehead with more visible, hairy eyebrows capable of a greater range of movement. This, alongside our faces becoming more slender, allows us to express a wide range of subtle emotions – including recognition and sympathy. “We know that other factors such as diet, respiratory physiology and climate have contributed to the shape of the modern human face, but to interpret its evolution solely in terms of these factors would be an oversimplification.” The human face has been partly shaped by the mechanical demands of feeding and over the past 100,000 years our faces have been getting smaller as our developing ability to cook and process food led to a reduced need for chewing. This facial shrinking process has become particularly marked since the agricultural revolution, as we switched from being hunter gatherers to agriculturalists and then to living in cities – lifestyles that led to increasingly pre-processed foods and less physical effort. “Softer modern diets and industrialised societies may mean that the human face continues to decrease in size,” said O’Higgins. “There are limits on how much the human face can change however, for example breathing requires a sufficiently large nasal cavity,” he said. “However, within these limits, the evolution of the human face is likely to continue as long as our species survives, migrates and encounters new environmental and cultural conditions.”
Eusebio Sacristan believes Girona have what it takes to repeat last season’s 2-1 triumph over Real Madrid.Girona host Madrid on Sunday, almost 10 months to the day they astonishingly beat the then-champions, and Eusebio was in a confident mood ahead of the match.“We want to repeat the sensations and results of last season,” the Coach said at a Press conference.“I see it as a good opportunity to get my first win against Madrid, although it’s a statistic that doesn’t worry me too much.Zidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“We know that preseasons for teams with many players at a World Cup are somewhat strange, but we must have a lot of respect for Madrid because of their recent history and because they’ll come here hoping to do things well.“For us to have a chance, we must make the most of our quality, stick together and remain as united as we have been in recent seasons.“I don’t see Madrid weaker without Cristiano Ronaldo. Others will take responsibility.”
For David Seaman, the chance he had to work together with Wilson was perfect and praised the work of his former teammateEnglish goalkeeper David Seaman played with Arsenal in the English Premier League from 1990 to 2003.And with the Gunners, he worked closely with former footballer Bob Wilson.“What makes Bob special is that he used to give you confidence in training, so you didn’t have to go and play well in a game,” Seaman told the club’s official website.Daniel Farke, From mid-table in the Championship to the Premier League Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Norwich City manager, Daniel Farke, has taken his team from the middle of the table in the English Championship to play with the big boys in the Premier League.“In training, he would do exercises where you would have to make two or three worldie saves, ones that really turn a game or are really special.”“But what he used to do is, if you made one of those worldie saves in the first two or three minutes, he’d say ‘Right, out,’ and you’d go out of that session feeling so full of confidence because you’d make this great save,” he added.“That was a specialty of Bob’s because you could make that worldie and then the next ball that comes in you could mess it up and as a goalkeeper you will remember the one that you’ve messed up and that would get you down, but Bob knew ‘Right, you’ve made a great save, out you go,’ and you’d keep that confidence.”
Honor View 20’s hypnotic colors will make your jaw drop Phantom blue Honor 8X is pure eye candy The Honor View 20 may be Huawei’s only new phone at CES 2019 (and, in fact, the only satisfying phone of the entire show), but the company threw in a bonus device. Or rather, a bonus color for the Honor 8X: Phantom Blue. Take a look at the photos below — it’s pretty.What makes the color “phantom” is the shifting quality of its finish, which changes from blue to purple and pink when it catches the light. It’s a technique that Huawei and other Chinese rivals have used on phones in 2018 to eye-catching effect. The Huawei P20 Pro was one particularly successful example, with a similar color gradient to the new Honor 8X shade. $174 Now playing: Watch this: Post a comment 2:58 CES 2019: See all of CNET’s coverage of the year’s biggest tech show.Dazzling Honor View 20 has you in its thrall at CES 2019 14 Photos Mentioned Above Huawei Honor 8X (black) CES 2019 0 Huawei Honor 8X See it Preview • The Honor 8X is like a super-cheap iPhone XS Max, in all the best ways Dazzling Honor View 20 phone will dazzle you Phones Tags 28 Photos Huawei has sold 6 million Honor 8X phones, the company announced ahead of CES 2019.The Honor View 20, which we also saw here at CES, comes in Phantom Red and Phantom Blue, which are equally mesmerizing. See what I mean in the gallery below. Huawei Share your voice CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Colors may not seem like the last thing people should care about when buying a new phone, but bright hues and eccentric finishes are one surefire way for companies to grab buyers’ attention in a crowded marketplace. While Huawei is struggling to sell its phones in an increasingly hostile global environment that questions the company’s close relationship with the Chinese government, it nevertheless continues to push phones in friendly markets and innovate on features, software and design.
.Japan’s emperor Akihito will step down on 30 April 2019, the prime minister Shinzo Abe announced Friday. This is the first retirement in more than two centuries in the imperial family believed to be the world’s oldest.Shinzo Abe said he was “deeply moved” at the “smooth decision” taken after a special meeting of the Imperial Council to decide on the date for the popular 83-year-old to step down for health reasons.”The government will make utmost efforts to ensure that the Japanese people can celebrate the emperor’s abdication and the succession of the crown prince,” added Abe.Akihito’s eldest son, 57-year-old crown prince Naruhito, is expected to ascend the Chrysanthemum Throne the next day.The emperor shocked the country last year when he signaled his desire to take a back seat after nearly three decades, citing his age and health problems.There have been abdications in Japan’s long imperial history dating back more than 2,600 years but the last one was more than two centuries ago.Akihito is the 125th person to sit on the Chrysanthemum Throne since emperor Jimmu, said to be a descendant of the legendary sun goddess Amaterasu.Emperors have played a crucial role in the country’s native Shinto religion, conducting various annual rites and prayers for the prosperity of the nation.- Female succession -There is no republican movement to speak of in Japan and the emperor and the royal families enjoy the admiration of the vast majority of the country.But Akihito’s unexpected move presented a challenge since there was no law to deal with an emperor retiring from what is usually a job for life — and it reignited debate about allowing women to ascend the traditionally male-only throne.In June, the parliament passed a one-off rule allowing the ageing emperor to step down.The abdication must take place within three years and applies only to Akihito, who has been treated for prostrate cancer and has also had heart surgery.Some worried that changing the rule to allow any emperor to abdicate could put Japan’s future monarchs at risk of being subject to political manipulation.The status of the emperor is sensitive in Japan given its 20th century history of war waged in the name of Akihito’s father Hirohito, who died in 1989.Akihito was born in 1933 just as Japan was embarking on its militaristic sweep across Asia, and was 11 when the war ended in defeat.His father was allowed to remain on the throne after Japan’s defeat, but his status was downgraded from semi-divine sovereign to a figurehead with no political power.Akihito embraced the role and tried to use it to help heal the scars of the war while remoulding one of the world’s oldest monarchies for a democratic age.Even before he assumed the throne, Akihito broke with tradition when he married the daughter of a wealthy flour magnate in 1959, becoming the first imperial heir to wed a commoner.The emperor and his wife empress Michiko are seen as being the more accessible face of a monarchy that largely remains in the shadows, unlike the British royals.Akihito is barred from commenting on politics, but he has over the years hinted at his own anti-nationalist views.Speaking at a memorial marking the 70th anniversary of Japan’s surrender, Akihito expressed “deep remorse” for the country’s actions in World War II.The looming abdication has reignited concerns about a potential succession crisis.There are no more eligible male heirs after the 11-year-old son of crown prince Naruhito’s younger brother Akishino.Japan’s centuries-old succession would be broken if that son, Hisahito, does not have a male child.In response, Japan’s parliament has called for a debate on giving women a bigger role in the male-dominated monarchy.The idea — including the possibility of letting women ascend the throne — is popular with ordinary Japanese, but it is vehemently opposed by traditionalists.Female imperial family members lose their royal status upon marriage to a commoner, a point highlighted by the engagement of one of Akihito’s granddaughters, princess Mako, to her college sweetheart.
Poet Al MahmudProminent poet Al Mahmud died at the age of 82 at a hospital in Dhaka on Friday night.The poet breathed his last at 11:05pm at the city’s Ibn Sina Hospital, confirmed his family.Abid Azam, a family friend and assistant of the poet, told Prothom Alo that Al Mahmud was put on life support as he was suffering from pneumonia and old-age complications.On 9 February, the poet was admitted to the hospital.Mir Abdus Shukur Al Mahmud, best known as Al Mahmud, was a poet, novelist, and short-story writer.He was born on 11 July, 1936 at Maurail in Brahmanbaria.Al Mahmud is considered as one of the greatest Bengla poets to have emerged in the 20th century.The Ekushey Padak winning poet’s works in Bangla poetry is dominated by his frequent use of imageries of rural Bangladesh.In the 1950s he was among those Bangalee poets who were outspoken in their writing on such subjects as the events of the Bangla Language Movement, nationalism, political and economic repression, and the struggle against the West Pakistani government.He spent his childhood in Maurail village.Mahmud started his career as a journalist and obtained widespread recognition after ‘Lok Lokantor’ was published in 1963.Al Mahmud was honoured with Ekushey Padak, Bangla Academy Award, and Kabi Jasim Uddin Award in recognition of his contribution to Bangla literature.
Imran KhanPakistan prime minister Imran Khan asked Sunday if the international community would just stand by as Indian Hindu nationalism spread into Muslim-majority Kashmir, saying it was the same as appeasing Hitler.His outrage on Twitter came as tensions simmered between the two countries over the divided Himalayan region after New Delhi last week rescinded years of autonomy enjoyed by the Indian-ruled part of Kashmir and gave full control to the central government.Kashmir has been under virtual lockdown since shortly before the move, with a curfew across the region, and phone and internet lines cut — ostensibly to prevent unrest.Huge numbers of troops are patrolling the streets of major centres, and security forces used tear gas Friday to break up a demonstration by about 8,000 people against the government’s move.Tensions also remain fraught in the mountainous Ladakh region.A local activist told AFP dozens of protesters took part in rallies on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, with at least 10 injured as security forces used tear gas and sticks on demonstrators.State police chief Dilbagh Singh said late Saturday that “not a single incident of violence was reported from anywhere” in Kashmir, although this conflicted with independent sources.Kashmir has been split between India and Pakistan since their independence in 1947.They have fought two wars over the former kingdom, while an insurgency against New Delhi’s rule in Indian-administered Kashmir has claimed tens of thousands of lives in the past three decades.Khan tweeted Sunday that the “ideology of Hindu Supremacy, like the Nazi Aryan Supremacy, will not stop” in Kashmir.Describing the move as “the Hindu Supremacists version of Hitler’s Lebensraum”, he said it would lead to “the suppression of Muslims in India & eventually lead to targeting of Pakistan”.”Attempt is to change demography of Kashmir through ethnic cleansing,” he tweeted. “Question is: Will the world watch & appease as they did Hitler at Munich?”‘Clampdown affects Eid’He referred specifically to the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), the ultra Hindu nationalist volunteer movement considered the parent of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of Indian prime minister Narendra Modi.Khan’s social media outburst came as the residents in Kashmir valley said they were struggling to celebrate the major Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha because of the security crackdown.A mother who gave her named as Razia said she tried to explain to her daughter that she would not be able to buy her clothes to mark the occasion, as her husband fretted about feeding the family.”What sort of Eid is this?” asked the 45-year-old in Srinagar.”We are not even allowed to move outside. My husband is a daily wage labourer but hasn’t made any money for the last eight days.”A sheep trader at a Srinagar market, who gave his name as Maqbool, said the number of people buying sacrifical animals for the holiday was sharply lower and he had gone from “huge profits” to a “big loss” this year.Modi insisted last week the decision to strip Kashmir of its autonomy was necessary for its economic development and also to stop “terrorism”.He said with Kashmir now fully part of the Indian union, the region would enjoy more jobs and less corruption and red-tape, adding that key infrastructure projects would be expedited.Previously, under its constitutional autonomy, Kashmiris enjoyed special privileges such as the sole right to own land and take government jobs or university scholarships.Islamabad has been infuriated by New Delhi’s moves and has expelled the Indian ambassador, halted what little bilateral trade exists and suspended cross-border transport services.
Listen Live Watch Live Full Schedule Roster Next Game: James Madison 3/1/2019 | 4:00 PM Dan McDonnell Postgame LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The eighth-ranked Louisville baseball team suffered its first home loss of the season on Tuesday, falling 5-4 in 10 innings against Xavier at Jim Patterson Stadium. Photo Gallery ACC Network Extra Both teams went quietly in the ninth, however the Musketeers edged ahead in the 10th via a passed ball. The contest remained tied at two until the fourth when Xavier (2-5) picked up a two-out RBI single to move back in front. Louisville (5-3) never led on Tuesday, but had an answer for each of the first four Xavier runs. PDF Box Score Preview The Musketeers jumped on the board first with three consecutive singles to open the ballgame and added a second with a sacrifice fly. However, UofL starting pitcher Luke Smith limited the damage with a double play to end the frame. The Louisville attack got rolling in similar fashion, with consecutive singles from Lucas Dunn and Jake Snider starting the bottom half of the inning. Tyler Fitzgerald cut the deficit in half with a sacrifice fly that scored Dunn, and Danny Oriente knotted the game up at two with a run-scoring single two batters later. Oriente worked a five-pitch walk to start the bottom of the 10th, with Louisville looking for an answer one more time. With one away, Ethan Stringer doubled into right to move pinch-runner Adam Elliott to third and put a pair of runners in scoring position. A fly ball off the bat of Davis proved not to be deep enough to bring the runner home and a strikeout ended the comeback effort for the Cardinals. Dunn and Snider each had two-hit days at the plate, accounting for three of the Cardinals’ four runs. Louisville is back in action this weekend with a three-game series scheduled against James Madison. First pitch on Friday is scheduled for 4:00 p.m., ET, at Jim Patterson Stadium. Print Friendly Version Xavier grabbed the lead back on a wild pitch in the eighth, but the lead would be short-lived again. Drew Campbell led off the bottom of the frame with an infield single and came around to score the tying run on Henry Davis’ double to left. Story Links Jared Poland (1-1) took the loss for Louisville, allowing the eventual winning run in his 1.1 innings of work. Smith ended with a no decision, giving up three runs over five innings. Live Stats Louisville had the answer again though, as Dunn singled and stole second with one out in the fifth and Snider dropped a double down the left field line to tie the game up at three apiece.
For all dog owners out there, your canine friends are paying attention to what you say and do and they’ll remember too. It will be a delightful discovery for dog lovers to know about the findings of this study.A new study has suggested that just like humans, dogs too have “episodic memory” – the ability to remember and recall events from the past. The study revealed that dogs can recall a person’s complex actions even when they don’t expect to have their memory tested. “The results of our study can be considered as a further step to break down artificially erected barriers between animals and humans,” said Claudia Fugazza from Eotvos Lorand University (ELTE) in Budapest, Hungary. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfFor the study, the team first trained 17 dogs to imitate human actions with the “Do as I Do” training method, in which dogs watch a person perform an action and then do the action themselves. For example, if their owner jumps in the air and then gives the “Do it!” command, the dog would jump in the air too. Next, the dogs were trained to lie down after watching the human action, no matter what it was.After the dogs had learned to lie down reliably, the researchers surprised them by saying “Do It” and the dogs did. The dogs were then tested in that way after one minute and after one hour. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe results showed they were able to recall the demonstrated actions after both short and long time intervals. However, their memory faded somewhat over time, the researchers observed. The same approach can most likely be used and adapted in a wide range of animal species, to better understand how animals’ minds process their own actions and that of others around them, the researchers noted. The study published in the journal Current Biology.
Northern Michigan representative also to serve on three key committeesState Rep. Michele Hoitenga, of Manton, has been appointed by Speaker Tom Leonard to serve as chair of the House Communications and Technology Committee.As chair of the committee, Hoitenga will play a key role running meetings, setting priorities and organizing informational hearings to help people understand important issues related to communications and technology.“I’m honored to be selected for this important leadership role,” Hoitenga said. “There are always new advancements taking place in the area of communications and technology, and I’m looking forward to preparing Michigan to take advantage of them and improve the lives of people in our state.”Hoitenga, whose son is a member of the Marine Corps, has also been appointed to the Military and Veterans Affairs Committee.“I know first-hand just how much the members of our military and their families sacrifice for our county,” Hoitenga said. “It will be an honor to work on policy that makes life better for our veterans and their loved ones. This is a responsibility I take very seriously.”In addition, she will serve on the Regulatory Reform and Insurance committees.The House has 26 bipartisan committees that discuss, analyze and revise legislation before presenting it to the full chamber for consideration.### Categories: Hoitenga News 26Jan Hoitenga to lead House Communications and Technology Committee
Netflix has struck a deal with Miramax to make Miramax titles available on its forthcoming service in the UK and Ireland.Titles that will be available on the Netflix service in the UK and Ireland, in addition to movies already available in the US and Latin America, will include The Aviator, Bad Santa, The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, Chocolat and Finding Neverland.“Netflix is proud to be able to offer the unmatched mix of award-winning, independent and commercially successful films Miramax is known for,” said Ted Sarandos, Netflix chief content officer. “Miramax films are already favorites of Netflix members in the US and Latin America and we’re sure they’ll be incredibly popular in the UK and Ireland as well.”Netflix’s service for the UK and Ireland is scheduled to go live in early 2012.
A ban on junk food advertising in the UK will apply across all media, extending the rules that already apply to kids TV.The widening of the ban beyond TV means advertising of all high fat, salt or sugar (HFSS) products is prohibited online and on social media, in print and in cinemas.The HFSS ban in kids TV has divided opinion, with many parents and consumer groups welcoming the move. Producers and channel operators in the UK have, however, noted that it removed the financial structures that underpinned the financing of kids content.Commercial channels ITV and Channel 4 both reduced their commitment to kids TV in the wake of the original TV ban, leaving pubcaster the BBC as the only large-scale commissioner of kids programming in the UK.The new media-wide rules, announced this morning by the UK Committee of Advertising Practice (CAP), come into force in July 2017. Specifically, commercials for HFSS products aimed at under 16s will be prohibited.Some lobby groups have called for the measures to go further and extend to all content that has a large under 16 audience. The CAP notes the new rules do apply to all content where 25% of the audience is children.James BestA UK Department of Health model is used to decide what products qualify as HFSS.“Childhood obesity is a serious and complex issue and one that we’re determined to play our part in tackling,” said James Best, CAP chairman.“These restrictions will significantly reduce the number of ads for high, fat, salt or sugar products seen by children. Our tough new rules are a clear demonstration that the ad industry is willing and ready to act on its responsibilities and puts the protection of children at the heart of its work.”