March 3, 1997Finishing the floor slab in the new recycling area.
29Mar Rep. Barrett’s bill to boost charitable gaming approved by House committee Categories: Barrett News,News A Michigan House committee today approved legislation sponsored by Rep. Tom Barrett of Potterville to make it easier for charities across Michigan to raise money through charitable gaming.Barrett sponsors the legislation along with Sen. Rick Jones of Grand Ledge.“This is a critical issue,” Barrett said after the bills were approved by the House Regulatory Reform Committee. “Charities are facing onerous rules from state bureaucrats, and we have got to make the law more reasonable or some of them may have to shut down their charitable gaming. We must do all we can to help these charities continue their good work all across Michigan.”Charities say the amount of money they have been able to raise through gaming has dropped severely in recent years because of the state’s rules. Barrett said his legislation would allow charities to raise more money while protecting against unscrupulous operators.Licensing requirements for operators will remain in place to make sure the system is safe and fair for charities, Barrett said. Games will have reasonable limits on amounts of money waged and hours of operation.Charities have used money from charitable gaming to assist food banks, the visually impaired, hearing aids and other programs.The legislation advances to the House floor for consideration.###The legislation: House Bill 4081, Senate Bill 35. read more
BBC Worldwide’s new online store has launched as an application for Windows 10 PCs and mobile devices – its first app deployment since going live as a web service last week.The BBC Store currently offers more than 7,000 hours of BBC programming – both recent shows and content from the archive – with Microsoft teaming up with the BBC’s commercial arm as the marketing launch partner for the service.Using the BBC Store app, Windows 10 users will be able to browse, stream and download the programmes they’ve bought on the store to watch on their laptop, tablet or mobile.Windows 10 users will also have exclusive access to a digital boxset of BBC Two comedy, The Fast Show, via the BBC Store App. This collection was selected by Fast Show creators Paul Whitehouse and Charlie Higson, and also includes an interview programme about the show called The Fast Show at 21: An Evening With Paul Whitehouse and Charlie Higson.“This relationship has allowed BBC Store and Microsoft to create exclusive branded content for fans. The Fast Show is one of the best-loved BBC sketch shows and The Fast Show at 21 allows both brands to talk to audiences in a really engaging way about BBC Store and the Windows 10 app,” said Sara Holt, vice president marketing, BBC Store.Robert Epstein, head of Windows Consumer Marketing, Microsoft UK added: “We’re thrilled to be working with the BBC for the launch of the BBC Store app. Being the first to share in this way these exclusive, iconic programmes with our customers is really exciting and with the power of Windows 10 this app will be an amazing experience no matter what tablet, PC or phone you’re using.” read more