APTN National NewsEvery year, hundreds of tourists come to the small community of Brackendale in British Columbia to count the eagles. But in recent years, the count has dwindled — from a height of 3,500 to last year’s low of just 700.APTN National News reporter Tina House visited the annual Brackendale Eagle Festival to find out what’s causing the population decline.
Categories: News,Roberts News State Representative Brett Roberts today said he will continue to support reforms protecting retirement benefits for police, firefighters and other municipal employees as bills move through the Michigan Legislature.“Our first responders provide an irreplaceable service to our communities, and we can’t take their sacrifices for granted,” said Roberts (R-Charlotte). “This issue deserves plenty of careful attention. We must make sure we find the best way to preserve retirement benefits and public services.”Roberts voted in favor of reform legislation related to municipal employee retirement plans last week. Roberts said he will continue to support the package as it progresses through the Legislature, as long as it remains limited to implementing recommendations of Gov. Rick Snyder’s task force from earlier this year.Thanks in large part to residents making their opinions known to legislators, the bills solely focus on the task force recommendations. The legislation emphasizes information gathering and reporting to help each individual municipality determine the financial health of their retirement plans. In cases where retirement plans are financially stressed, a municipal stability board would be created to help local governments find their own solutions.The reforms set up a system to help guide local governments with underfunded plans to solid financial footing, so they can continue to pay for promised retiree benefits and public services.“I was proud to stand with 104 of my colleagues in support of police officers and fire fighters across the state,” Roberts said of last week’s House vote. “This package will ensure that municipalities have the information necessary to adequately fund pension and benefit obligations for our first responders, without the state forcing them into potential fiscally irresponsible decisions.”House Bill 5298 and its companion bills have been referred to the Senate for further consideration.### 11Dec Rep. Brett Roberts supports legislation to safeguard first responder retirement benefits
Digital Media Centre (DMC) has added A+E Networks-owned channel Blaze Italy to new virtualised playout platform.Blaze, which is available exclusively via Sky in Italy, is the third channel that A+E Networks has managed with DMC in Italy after Crime+Investigation and History.“DMC’s new fully virtualised platform has allowed us to increase our presence in the region, enabling us to deliver a wider range of dynamic, compelling, higher quality content to specific audiences,” said Sherin Salvetti, general manager of A+E Networks Italy.Blaze is distributed using DMC’s fully managed European fibre network. Its playout platform is designed to help broadcasters and content providers shrink time to market, reduce hardware requirements and keep control over their content.
TUSCALOOSA – The Tuscaloosa County Sheriff’s Department needs your help locating some of Tuscaloosa’s Most Wanted.Brandon Deshawn Edwards, 27, is last known to be living in the area of Fosters Ferry Road in Tuscaloosa. Edwards is wanted on possession of a controlled substance charges.Joseph Bernard Minor, 41, is last known to be living in the area of Valley Hills Drive in Northport. Minor is wanted on second-degree assault charges.Charles Bradford Kemp, 43, is last known to be living in the area of 18th Avenue East in Tuscaloosa. Kemp is wanted on property theft and assault charges.If you have any information on these or any others wanted by the Tuscaloosa County Sheriff’s Office, please call 205-464-8672 or visit tcsoal.org. You can also visit TCSO on Facebook here, or on Twitter here.