first_img05Feb Bizon backs bureaucracy-busting boiler bill More veterans would be able to use their military experience toward the licensing requirements for certain occupations under a House bill co-sponsored by state Rep. John Bizon.The bill, House Bill 4134, will allow military experience to count toward the experience requirement necessary to be a licensed boiler installer, repairer or inspector.“The brave men and women who put their lives on the line for us deserve every opportunity to find a good job without having to jump through administrative hoops when they return home,” said Bizon, R-Battle Creek. “As a veteran, I hope to work with my colleagues to continue providing Michigan veterans with greater access to job opportunities by removing barriers they may face.”Many automobile factories and manufacturing centers utilize boilers, as well as schools, armories, commercial businesses and municipal buildings.“Eliminating some of the red tape for these men and women will offer them with greater access to jobs while providing Michigan’s employers with dedicated and loyal employees,” Bizon said.HB 4134 has been referred to the House Regulatory Reform Committee.### Categories: Bizon Newslast_img read more

first_imgTechnology firms and device manufacturers ABB, Bosch, Cisco, and LG aim have agreed to set up a smart home software platform consortium in Germany. The firms have signed a memorandum of understanding and, subject to antitrust approval, said they plan to develop an open architecture for data exchange that will allow different devices and services – ranging from security to entertainment – to exchange information with each other.The firms said that a common platform like this has not been available before now and that they aim to make different devices compatible with each other and able to communicate over WiFi and wired connections.“This consortium represents an opportunity to bring together a variety of business ecosystem partners, all working together to help make the ‘internet of things’ for the home a reality. Cisco is looking forward to participating in the consortium and creating a standard that allows consumers to experience a connected home,” said Jesper Andersen, senior vice president and general manager, Cisco Service Provider Video Software & Solutions Group.last_img read more

first_imgBroadcast media remain the most trusted media throughout Europe, according to the EBU’s latest Trust in Media report.According to the report, 85% of people in European countries trust radio and 75% trust TV.The gap between people’s trust in traditional and new media continues to grow, according to the report.Radio is the medium that is most trusted by EU citizens, with 59% of the population trusing radion compared with with half of all EU citizens who trust TV.The internet is trusted by only 32% of citizens and social media is trusted by 19%, down from 36% and 21% respectively in 2014.For the first time the report also showed that more people tend to trust, rather than distrust, the written press.Public service media are among the top five most trusted news brands in more than 80% of North and Central European markets. In more than 60% of those markets, public service media is the number one brand for trusted news.The report is based on data published in the Eurobarometer survey, with other data supplied by Reuters Digital News Report.Manager of the EBU’s Media Intelligence Service David Fernandez Quijada said: “The more national PSM are perceived to be free from political pressure, the higher the level of press freedom in a country. This World Press Freedom Day,  we should champion the valuable role of our public service Members in upholding democratic values and promoting a free and independent media landscape.”last_img read more