October 1, 2010Congratulations to the August 28. 2010 graduating workshop participants![back from left]Steffan Phillips, Matt Cornwell, Trine Christinsen from Denmark and Ruoyu “Raven” Chen from China.[front]Giuseppina Scuffi from Italy.
19Jan Rep. Webber applauds work of House mental health task force Tags: CARES Task Force, Mental Health Categories: Webber News Legislator looks forward to change that will result from the projectState Rep. Michael Webber said today he looks forward to the many legislative changes that will come as a result of the House’s mental health task force report, which was unveiled this week and included recommendations to make significant improvements to Michigan’s broken mental health system.The bipartisan task force spent five months taking part in public meetings and site visits across Michigan, reviewing areas where vulnerable residents are lacking in care and resources and collecting feedback to learn how best to deliver meaningful solutions. In particular, the panel focused on five key elements: Community, Access, Resources, Education and Safety (C.A.R.E.S.).“I’m most excited about the fact that the report resulted from the stories of real people impacted by mental health care in our state,” said Webber, of Rochester Hills. “The needs of our mental health community are so important and I’m thrilled to know that vital changes are on the horizon.”According to task force members, the House C.A.R.E.S report will not only serve as a blueprint for policy changes and legislation to be introduced in the next several months, but also establish a framework to further enhance mental health services in the future.Some of the proposed solutions in the report include:Eliminating barriers to increase access to mental health care;Creating a statewide crisis hotline to connect people in need with local services;Establishing incentives to encourage hospitals to create and expand psychiatric wards and help drive professionals to work in underserved areas;Improving training for first responders;Providing additional treatment to convicts with mental health challenges during and after incarceration.The full report is available to review at www.house.mi.gov/CARES.###
SES Platform Services has agreed to buy digital media services provider RR Media for US$242 million (€220 million).The subsidiary of satellite operator SES will pay a consideration of US$13.291 per share to acquire the 100% interest in RR Media, and will merge the company’s operations into SES Platform Services.SES said that after the deal closes, the two companies will be combined to create a new, stand-alone media services provider, offering “full continuity and enhanced service” to their respective customers.“This is an exciting acquisition and an important milestone in the execution of SES’s differentiated strategy focused on globalisation, verticalisation and dematuring. The addition of RR Media further accelerates the globalisation of SES’s services businesses, establishing a world-leading next generation video and media service provider,” said SES Platform Services chairman, Ferdinand Kayser.Avi Cohen, CEO of RR Media said: “With the combined infrastructure and industry expertise, the integrated company will have the capability to deliver innovative solutions to top tier clients, emerging markets and global customers.”RR Media currently offers digital media services to more than 1,000 media companies around the world. Each day the company claims to manage and deliver more than 24,000 hours of broadcast content, over 4,000 hours of online video and video-on-demand (VoD) content and over 350 hours of premium sports and live events – including major sporting events like the Super Bowl and the FIFA World Cup.RR Media says it provides coverage for over 95% of the world’s population, delivering content to online video and Direct-to-Home (DTH) services, and populating content to over 100 VoD platforms.The company’s services cover four main areas: global content distribution network with an optimised combination of satellite, fibre and the Internet; content management and playout services; management and delivery of premium sports, news and live events around the world; and other advanced online video services.The acquisition is subject to regulatory approvals, which SES said it expects to be completed in the second or third quarter of this year.