9 Aug

Rep Griffin bill mutilation ban package advance to governor

first_img20Jun Rep. Griffin bill, mutilation ban package advance to governor Legislation sponsored by state Rep. Beth Griffin, which would give victims of female genital mutilation the ability to receive significant civil damages, will advance to governor’s desk for review after today’s final House vote.Female genital mutilation (FGM) is any procedure performed on girls to remove or damage the external genitalia. Griffin’s bill is part of a bipartisan eight-bill legislative package that prohibits the act, sets sentencing guidelines, improves educational programs for health and law enforcement officials, and extends the criminal statute of limitations for victims.Specifically, her bill allows FGM survivors to recover up to three times actual damages, including non-monetary damage costs and attorney fees, during a civil case.“The punishment for mutilating a child must be significant, whether it involves a prison sentence, losing a medical license or sizable financial damages,” Griffin said. “That’s why this legislative package is taking a strong and wide-ranging approach to preventing FGM, punishing those who commit these despicable acts, as well as giving victims a voice and civil recourse.”The legislation follows a February incident when two young girls from Minnesota were subjected to the procedure at a southeast Michigan clinic. A Livonia couple was arrested on federal charges in April for allowing and performing the procedure after hours at their medical clinic, while a third individual was fired from their emergency room doctor position for performing the procedure at the same Livonia clinic.Over the past two weeks, House and Senate committees and full chambers have moved quickly to advance the legislation with today’s concurrence vote as the final step before review by Gov. Rick Snyder.“We must protect our children, especially from the possibility of enduring the physical pain and emotional damage this procedure can bring with it,” said Griffin, of Mattawan. “I was pleased to work with a bipartisan group of legislators to help ensure a future for young girls in Michigan safe from this barbaric act.”##### Categories: Griffin News,Newslast_img read more

7 Aug

Car Share Programme requests to the BBC iPlayer we

first_imgCar ShareProgramme requests to the BBC iPlayer were up slightly year-on-year on April, with no sign of the “seasonal slow-down” the BBC usually records from March to summer. According to official BBC stats, total programme requests to the iPlayer amounted to 271 million in the month, compared to 268 million for the same period last year.TV requests came to 218 million, up by 14 million compared to April 2014, with the rest of the programme clicks going to radio shows.Overall, the BBC logged an average of 9.0 million programme requests per day, stable month-on-month.The top requested TV show for the month was the first episode of new comedy series Peter Kay’s Car Share, with a total 1.5 million live and on-demand requests.Drama Poldark took the second and third spots, while long-running soap opera Eastenders rounded out the top-five most-requested shows.The BBC said that, consistent with previous months, the profile of BBC iPlayer users has evened out over time in terms of male/female ratio, but remains “strongly under-55 in terms of age.”last_img read more

6 Aug

Linear TV viewing figures may be on the decline b

first_imgLinear TV viewing figures may be on the decline, but overall numbers are on the rise – and young people are to thank. This is according to a new study from The National Research Group commissioned by Snap Inc. The report outlines the evolution of video, trends in mobile content, and the role of Snapchat (the social messaging app owned by Snap Inc.) in entertaining today’s young consumers.The UK Broadcasters’ Audience Research Board (BARB), had observed in 2018 traditional linear TV viewing among UK citizens of all ages is on the decline, with the sharpest decrease among Gen Z and Millennials. These groups spend 34% less time with traditional TV than they did in 2012, and approximately 15% less time since last year.However, the new report points out that a holistic analysis which includes streaming and time-shifted TV shows that content consumption is growing. BARB predicts that the UK will reach new heights in terms of viewing minutes per day by 2022, with viewing spread across a wide variety of devices and platforms.As far as that highly-coveted age bracket goes, the report found that young people are watching more mobile video than ever before. It states that 33% of every hour spent online is dedicated to video.This spells good news for online video creators, with young people increasingly focusing on premium short-form content. Nearly two thirds of Gen Zs and Millennials watch premium mobile short-form content (described as videos of fewer than 10 minutes) weekly, and about 40% watch daily. The report concludes that, on average, two in five people on Snapchat watch Discover feed content every day. Snap Inc. has historically had issues making money, with Q1 2019 revenue sitting at $390 million. That was a record quarter for the company that lost its heads of finance, sales, chief strategy officer, president of hardware, and CFO in the past year – but the company still has failed to turn a profit. Snap will hope that a greater focus on mobile video viewing habits will trend towards greater success going forward.last_img read more