01Feb Rep. Hoitenga bills provide components within needed drone guidelines Categories: Hoitenga News,News State Rep. Michele Hoitenga, chair of the House Committee on Communications and Technology, this week introduced a legislative package creating a new act relating to drones and other unmanned aircraft systems.A 2016 Federal Aviation Administration report estimated 2.5 million drones were being operated nationwide for a variety of purposes, including hobbyist and commercial. That number could grow to a projected 7 million by 2020.A 27-member Unmanned Aircraft Systems Task Force, appointed by Gov. Rick Snyder, began work in April 2017 to develop statewide recommendations on the operation, use and regulation of unmanned aircraft in Michigan. These bills largely reflect task force recommendations.“There is really no centralized area for information on drones in terms of what you can and can’t do with them and where you can and can’t go within Michigan,” said Hoitenga, of Manton.Hoitenga’s bill, House Bill 5496, tasks the existing Michigan Aeronautics Commission with providing education and information to various departments, the public, law enforcement and other entities.Hoitenga’s other bill, HB 5494, declares drone use as an extension of a person regarding criminal activity. Illegal activity carried out with the use of a drone would be treated the same as an individual breaking the law without unmanned aircraft as an aid. These guidelines can come into play in instances where individuals drop contraband and other items onto correctional facility property for inmates.“This technology is so new and gaining popularity so rapidly that state laws have had to play catch up,” said Hoitenga. “My bill provides Michigan with a game changer for a troubling trend – if you use unmanned aircraft such as drones for nefarious and illegal purposes like dropping drugs into a prison, you will be treated the same as someone smuggling drugs within their socks while walking on to that property.”House Bills 5494-98 have been referred to the House Committee on Communications and Technology for consideration.
Intel has acquired the next-generation video codec software developed by RealNetworks and about 190 patents and 170 patents pending for US$120 million (€76 million).Under terms of the sale, RealNetworks retains certain rights to continue to use the patents in current and future products.In addition to the sale of the patents and next-generation video codec software, RealNetworks and Intel signed a memorandum of understanding to collaborate on future support and development of the next-generation video codec software and related products.“As the technology industry evolves towards an experience-centric model, users are demanding more media and graphics capabilities in their computing devices. The acquisition of these foundational media patents, additional patents and video codec software expands Intel’s diverse and extensive portfolio of intellectual property,” said Renée James, Intel senior vice-president and general manager of the Software and Services Group. “We believe this agreement enhances our ability to continue to offer richer experiences and innovative solutions to end users across a wide spectrum of devices, including through Ultrabook devices, smartphones and digital media.”
“Well done everyone and good luck with the event.”In 1993, residents of the Bogside and Brandywell came together with community organisations to organise a community festival that has become the biggest community and arts cultural festival in the North West, attracting over 20,000 people to the programme of events. The festival is the result of the hard work and commitment of a multitude of groups, initiatives, volunteers and residents from throughout Derry who come together each year to shape and manage a fantastic programme of events.“Next month’s Gasyard Wall Féile will look at its history, celebrate its achievements and look confidently to a better future through a year-long programme of events that will range in form from music, literature, sport, education, visual arts, carnival, fun days, health, discussions, lectures, conferences, community consultation and tours.” 2018bogsideBrandywellGasyard Feile 2018 celebrates 26 years as a community festival for allGasyard Wall FeileMayor John Boyle Gasyard Feile 2018 celebrates 26 years as a community festival for all was last modified: July 11th, 2018 by John2John2 Tags: ShareTweet DERRY’S Gasyard Feile is celebrating its 26th year in existence this year.The community festival will run this year from August 9-15.Speaking at the launch, Mayor John Boyle said: “I am looking forward to the 2018 #Gasyard Feile which is always a hugely successful event in the city with significant input and work from the local community sector to make it all happen.