APTN National NewsThe Torngat Mountains in Labrador is Canada’s newest national park.And from the very beginning it was designed with the Inuit in mind.APTN National News reporter Ossie Michelin was at the park and files this report.
02Nov Rep. Brann: Ending driver responsibility fees provides a fresh start, forgives debt Categories: Brann News,News State Rep. Tommy Brann today said his vote to eliminate driver responsibility fees and forgive outstanding debt will help people affected by the fees regain their driver’s licenses and re-enter the workforce.Brann, of Wyoming, said the fees have been in place for 14 years and resulted in the revocation of driving privileges for hundreds of thousands of Michiganders. Proponents at the time said the fees would improve the driving skills of those making the payments, but Brann said all the fees accomplished was to keep families in or near poverty and, in some instances, on public assistance.“This law took away driver’s licenses so people couldn’t get to work, or they drove illegally to their jobs,” Brann said. “It didn’t make them better drivers, it didn’t let them put any money in savings. All it did was cause a vicious cycle of poverty and deprivation.”Under the bipartisan package of bills, driver responsibility fees will end on Oct. 1, 2018, and all outstanding debt will be forgiven. Until the fees are eliminated, people required to pay the fees may either take part in workforce development programs or perform community service to fulfill their obligations.“This bill package makes sense of a nonsensical law that never should have been enacted in the first place,” Brann said. “I’m very happy it will help people get back into the workforce and improve their quality of life.”The measures now go to the Senate for consideration.#####The bills are House Bills 5040-5046, 5079 and 5080.
Ericsson has struck partnerships with three global CDN provider to integrate their offerings with the Ericsson Media Delivery Network.The three – Limelight Networks, CDNetworks and ChinaCache – are the first to sign up to Ericsson’s new CDN partnership programme. The three will integrate their systems with the Ericsson content delivery solution.Limelight Networks is a global CDN provider with over 9Tbps of egress serving over 3 billion objects an hour.CDNnetworks accelerates more than 40,000 websites and cloud services with 140 nodes around the world while ChinaCache is the leading CDN provider in China, with more than 17,000 servers in more than 120 cities.Today’s CDNs must be able to deliver all types of content in an ultra-efficient way in order to cope with the pressures of the TV Anywhere era,” said Ove Anebygd, vice-president and head of solution area media, Ericsson.“The convergence of global CDNs with operator networks propels content delivery forward to a new level of effectiveness, and enables the media industry to optimize broadcast potential with the continued explosion of available video content. We have created these partnerships to help operators and content providers to forge even stronger links so that they can continue to deliver the right services to the right audiences at the right time.”
Hulu ended last year with more than 17 million total US subscribers across its subscription video-on-demand and live TV offerings.Hulu’s live TV offeringThe figure marks a 40% increase from Hulu’s last publicly reported number, with its subscriber growing by more than five million users compared to 2016.Announcing the stats, Hulu said that its total audience has grown to 54 million total unique viewers, while its on-demand library expanded to more than 75,000 television episodes across 1,700 series and titles.It said that Hulu viewers have a median age of 31 – compared to an average age of 55 among broadcast TV viewers – and claimed that Hulu With Live TV subscribers spent more time watching content per day than the average linear TV viewer in December.Hulu added that its advertising revenue reached US$1 billion for the first time in the company’s history in 2017 – though it did not break out full earnings or revenue figures.Hulu CEO Randy Freer described 2017 as “a momentous year” for the company. “We took several major steps to become a 21st century direct-to-consumer media company, evolving into both an aggressive SVOD business and a formidable new live TV provider,” he said.“The year ahead is going to be even bigger, as the company invests more in content – live, library and original – as well as technology and data to make Hulu the leading pay TV choice for consumers.”Hulu said that the top three dramas on the service in 2017, based on hours watched, were Law & Order: SVU, This is Us and The Handmaid’s Tale. The top three comedies were South Park, Family Guy and Bob’s Burgers.Hulu also added all existing episodes of more than 600 popular series during 2017, including Futurama, 30 Rock, Lost, How I Met Your Mother, Will & Grace and Prison Break.Hulu launched its live TV streaming service in beta last May, offering more than 50 live and on-demand channels for US$39.99 (€36.60) per month. The Hulu with Live TV service includes 50 hours of recording storage, up to six individual profiles and two simultaneous streams per account.