March 8, 2017More about the concrete work on a new countertop for the bathroom in East Housing. Tomiaki checks the surface for any imperfections. Here are Randall, Ron Chandler and Tomiaki.[photos by Sue Kirsch]You can see previous reports with the following links:The countertop is layed out in back of the Lab building. Woodshop manager Randall Schultz explains how the finishing will proceed.The countertop is now in the paint studio where Randall sanded the surface and used a filler for any holes.A closer look of the surface.The last step will be to stain and seal the surface. We will report when the work is complete.
11Nov Rep. McCready’s sinking fund legislation signed into law State Rep. Mike McCready’s bill allowing school districts to seek sinking fund levies for important security and technology upgrades was signed into law Wednesday by Gov. Rick Snyder.“It’s important that we ensure our students have a safe learning environment, and that they have access to modern technology so they’re acquiring the skills they need to succeed in the future,” said Rep. McCready, R-Bloomfield Hills. “This legislation gives our local schools the flexibility to fund technology and security upgrades in a fiscally responsible way.”Under current law, voters can approve a sinking fund levy of up to 5 mills for a maximum of 20 years, but schools are limited to using the revenue for real estate purchases, construction costs and building repairs. House Bill 4388, now Public Act 319 of 2016, grants school districts the option to seek sinking fund levies for security upgrades and technology purchases. It also limits future sinking fund requests to 3 mills for a maximum of 10 years.### Categories: McCready News
French commercial broadcaster TF1 Group has continued its recovery from a difficult 2016 by posting increased revenues and a net profit for the third quarter, boosted by a strong performance in non-advertising revenues.TF1 posted revenues of €1.467 billion for the first nine months of the year, up 2.8%, and Q3 revenues of €429.9 million, up 7.1%. A Q3 net profit of €10.1 million – up from a loss of €13.2 million for the same period in 2016 – helped boost the nine-months profit figure to €84.7 million, compared with a loss of €13.8 million for the same period last year.Non-advertising revenues jumped by 21.4% in the quarter to €129.9 million, while advertising sales grew by 1.9% to €300 million.TF1 said that the non-advertising segment had been boosted by a strong performance from its digital activities and its studio arm.On-demand platform MYTF1 saw a 10% increase in the number videos viewed to over 930 million for the first nine months, boosted by the popularity of top-rated shows The Voice, Quotidien and Demain Nous Appartient. TF1 implemented a system of user authentication in April for multi-screen viewing, which the broadcaster said had resulted in 16 million registrations to date, including three million in the third quarter.TF1’s studios and entertainment division saw its revenues grow by 5.7% or €15.2 million, thanks to the integration of Tuvalu Media Group and Blue Spirit and a strong third quarter for Newen Studios.Improving advertising revenues are down for the most part to a strong performance by the company’s digital channels. While the main TF1 channel’s ratings continued a slow decline in its target audience range, digital channels including TMC, NT1 HD1 and LCI saw their share grow.TF1 said the fourth quarter would see the launch of Studio 71 France, the fruit of its collaboration with ProSiebenSat.1 and Mediaset, a slight delay from the September launch of the MCN trailed in June.Q4 will also see the launch of localised advertising for the Belgian market and a firming up of agreements around EBX, the European Broadcasting Exchange for the commercialisation of digital advertising inventory agreed with the broadcaster’s European partners earlier this year.