Couples can save almost 8500 and add in a bonus n

first_imgCouples can save almost $8500 and add in a bonus night’s accommodation in Dublin on a new fly, stay and cruise package from Adventure Canada and Cruise Traveller that takes guests on a circumnavigation of the Emerald Isle.The new 12-night ‘Shamrock Express’ package includes an 11-night cruise circumnavigating Ireland aboard Adventure Canada’s 198-passenger, eco-friendly vessel, the Ocean Endeavour, and a free night’s accommodation in Dublin, pre-cruise. The discounted package also includes free flights from Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide or Perth and free transfers, with total savings of $8490 per couple. Guests need to book through Cruise Traveller before 15 April, 2019.Departing Australia on June 7, 2019, the 11-night round-trip cruise departs Dublin on 9 June, 2019. The package is priced from $12,545 per person, including the discount when booked before 15 April, 2019. cruiseIrelandspecialslast_img read more

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Motown Museum event to honour black familyowned b

first_imgMotown Museum event to honour black family-owned businesses by The Associated Press Posted Feb 19, 2018 7:44 pm PDT Last Updated Feb 19, 2018 at 8:00 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email DETROIT – Detroit’s Motown Museum is organizing an event to celebrate the entrepreneurial legacy of the Gordy family and black family-owned businesses in honour of Black History Month.The event, which is free and open to the public, is scheduled for Feb. 28 at TechTown. The program will be moderated by Paul Riser Jr., one of the business incubator’s managing directors and son of Motown Records’ musician and arranger Paul Riser Sr.Presentations will include a history of the Gordy family’s migration to Detroit and its role in shaping the company founded by Berry Gordy Jr. in 1959. The museum was opened in 1985 by Gordy’s sister, Esther Gordy Edwards.Representatives from other black businesses are expected to share their successes and failures, as well as offer advice to budding entrepreneurs.last_img read more

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Leave Cyprus now if you want gas jobs later

first_imgBy Peter StevensonIF YOUNG Cypriots want to have any chance of being employed in the island’s natural gas industry, they need to leave the country now, the head of the Cyprus National Hydrocarbons Company Charles Ellinas advises.“My message to you is get out of Cyprus as soon as you can. Go to the UK, to the Middle-East to get experience because without it you will be unemployable,” Ellinas told students at a talk on Oil and Gas Developments in the Region of Cyprus – Job Opportunities and Educational Needs at Frederick University.Also speaking at the event were Symeon Kassianides, the CEO of Hyperion Systems Engineering Group and Dr Richard Burns, a visiting lecturer.Since news of the gas find in Cyprus broke local universities have jumped on the bandwagon hoping to churn out gas experts by the time reserves start coming onshore, ostensibly around 2020.However, the message from the three experts to eager students was clear: when the island’s reserves start to come in, the positions available for locals will initially be mainly for unskilled and semi-skilled workers.All three agreed that companies coming in would need a lot of motivation to hire local staff. Noble Energy, ENI/KOGAS and Total, the three companies who own drilling rights, are currently contributing €1.5m towards degrees related to the oil and gas industry but the experts say this may not be enough to boost jobs in the short to medium term.Ellinas believes a large number of workers will be needed before, during and after an LNG plant is built, which could peak at 7,500 people during the construction of the plant at Vassilikos, which is estimated to begin in 2016, with about 700 jobs being created during the operation phase.“For every job created during construction, three or more other jobs will be also created in the fields of external support, security and supplies,” he said.However of the expected 7,500 jobs, only about one third will go to Cypriots and that is mainly due to a lack of experience in the construction of LNG plants.“Most jobs will not go to locals because the necessary experience is not available but with initial preparation many jobs can be provided outside the LNG plant with construction consultancy firms convincing firms like Noble Energy, ENI/KOGAS and Total to maximise Cypriot participation,” he said.With the operation phase believed to begin in around 2020, Ellinas said that now was the time to begin preparations to educate, train and gain experience.He said that if preparations such as young people going abroad to seek experience,  was not done correctly, ahead of the beginning of construction in 2016 Cypriots could even lose out on the jobs that could be available to locals.He added that the government, oil and gas industry and academia needed to provide the necessary training in the lower skilled fields needed for construction of more Cypriots were to be employed.“A gas masterplan needs to be developed, a strategy of cooperation needs to be created between the universities, the government and everyone else who is involved and it needs to be done immediately, we have no time to spare,” he said.Ellinas said he strongly believed that universities taking the initiative was not enough, and everyone needed to become involved if Cyprus was to make the most out of its natural resources.“The industry will be around for at least the next 50 years so we need to ingrain it into young peoples’ minds and that starts at schools,” he concluded.Barnes’ estimate was that it would take 40 years for a Cypriot to be running the show but he said that there were areas in the local hotel industry that could be adapted to meet employment opportunities once things get going in the medium term.“A construction camp for the workers on the LNG plant will need to provide very similar services to what the hotel industry provides so there are positions which won’t need any training, only to adapt,” he said.Barnes believes there will eventually be tremendous opportunities for locals even if there are only 100-150 jobs initially. “Even if it’s only 150 jobs, that’s 150 more than exist right now,” he concluded.You May LikeSub Compact SUVs | Search AdsThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Research Best New Sub Compact SUVSub Compact SUVs | Search AdsUndoEditorChoice.comIf You See Square Waves In The Ocean Get Out Of The Water ImmediatelyEditorChoice.comUndoNovelodgeBaby Photoshoots That Went Hilariously WrongNovelodgeUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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New law seeks to put private schools in order

first_imgBy Annette ChrysostomouWith all private schools on the island and what goes on in them being their concern, the private schools association’s current main concern is a new law that will regulate them, its head George Kriticos said.The bill has been discussed by all stakeholders, including private schools, the education and finance ministries, legal services, parents and schools.It calls for parents to be informed on the total amount of tuition they will have to pay for the duration of their children’s studies. “Parents need to know how much they have to pay for the entire time. Some schools talk about small increases but this is subjective,” Kriticos explained.There were cases, he said, where parents found themselves having to pay up to €1,500 and €2,000 more by the time their child graduated compared with the first year of his or her studies. While some schools charge more for year six than year one, he is not referring to this, but about increases solely related to inflated charges over the years.The majority of MPs concur the provision will ensure transparency and help parents plan their children’s studies accordingly. The association of private schools, which initiated the plan, is therefore confident it will pass.George KritikosAccording to the same bill, the head of the association said, all private schools will have to submit to the education ministry each year their studies guides and other obligations of the schools, for approval by the minister. This is, Kriticos said, aimed at “putting things in order.”The new law was not finalised at the time of writing, so the education ministry declined to comment on what ‘other obligations’ will entail, saying only that at present all programmes already have to be approved for the schools to retain their licence.Head of the House education committee Kyriakos Hadjiyiannis agreed the new law is necessary. “It is something that all agree on, the parents, the associations…” he said. “There has been a dialogue which lasted for three months.”He confirmed not all has been resolved but what is for sure is that the schools will have to decide tuition fees for seven years and cannot change them once parents have registered their children.What must also be included is extra money the school might need, for example for building or extending premises, Kriticos said. “The school must inform the parents about the long-term plans, they need to be included in what the school informs the parents to pay before registration.”If, for example, a new swimming pool needs to be paid for, the private school must either make a long-term plan and include the money in the fees to be paid, or the owners will be able to charge only new students whose parents have agreed to pay for its construction upon registration.At the moment, the yearly reduction or increase in fees is calculated by the education and finance ministries each year and takes into account salaries and inflation, a spokesman of the education ministry said.When a private school needs extra money, it must inform the ministry, and the ministry will have to approve before parents can be asked to pay.Fees and regulations are probably the two issues that take up most of the association’s time but also high on their agenda is members pushing for the introduction of a subsidy for parents who send their kids to private schools.There are currently about 9,900 pupils in private secondary schools, about 19 per cent of all secondary pupils, and about 4,600 in private primary education, about 10 per cent of all pupils. The numbers have not significantly changed over the past years though they briefly dropped during the economic crisis in 2013.Private tuition fees range from €5,000 to €7,500 and are well below the cost per pupil in the public school. The cost per pupil in public education, according to the latest data from the Statistical Service, amounts to €6,308 per pupil for primary education and €9,428 per pupil for secondary education.“Taking into account the development and school maintenance costs, the cost goes up a lot,” the private schools association says.“We demand subsidies just like other Europeans get,” the head of the association said. “For each student who chooses a private school the government saves €10,000 per year. We ask that one third of this money, around €3,000, is given to these students as a subsidy. Elsewhere each gets a coupon for an amount of money, and either the student will give this to a public or a private school. Parents then just pay the difference. The government will still save money, and the parents will have a choice, it will be a fairer competition.“In Europe it is proven that the level of quality of education is intertwined with the greater support / presence of private education,” Kriticos stressed, noting that the policy of the Scandinavian countries on this issue is the most generous.The private schools association argues the grant would give more parents and students the choice between private and public education. The state would also save on expenditure on building extensions or rebuilding new schools and maintenance costs of buildings. In addition, the increased work of private schools would bring added benefits to the state as a result of raising the amount of income and other taxes.The introduction of the subsidy is something that is going to happen, the head of the association believes. “The politicians are positive, the minister is positive.”Another problem in the past for private students was their acceptance into public universities, which has been solved for the time being, Kriticos went on to say. The problem arose for the English speaking students, as entrance exams were in Greek only. The Greek speakers from private schools, 25 to 30 per cent of students, did not have a problem. Though he expressed satisfaction with the way the government cooperates with the private schools, this problem was solved for a different reason. “The university has opened a window and accepts the English speakers, it was not the government,” Kriticos commented.Of the 39 private secondary schools currently recognised by the ministry of education, 14 are members of the private schools association, the rest are independent. BACK TO SCHOOLS GUIDEYou May LikeIcePopMan Notices A Strange Hole In This Lake, So He Gets A Drone, Flies It Inside And Captures ThisIcePopUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoYahoo SearchYou’ve Never Seen Luxury Like This On A Cruise Ship. Search Luxury Mediterranean CruisesYahoo SearchUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Rep Miller announces grant for downtown Sturgis project

first_imgState Rep. Aaron Miller today announced a state grant to help develop five parcels of land in Sturgis into a new two-story building, which represents the first significant new construction in the downtown area in half a century.Rep. Miller, R-Sturgis, said Moso Village, LLC, will use the $1 million Michigan Community Revitalization Program grant to redevelop the land to include commercial, retail, restaurant and residential space. In addition, the Sturgis Brownfield Redevelopment Authority received $1.9 million from the Michigan Strategic Fund for demolition, site preparation and infrastructure improvements.“This is exciting news for downtown Sturgis and is a huge win for the families of Sturgis and the surrounding area,” Rep. Miller said. “This project is expected to create 25 jobs and generate $6.7 million in capital investment.”The city also is supporting the project through $1 million in tax-increment financing, and the St. Joseph County Brownfield Redevelopment Authority has pledged $32,000 to the project.##### Categories: Miller News,News 28Apr Rep. Miller announces grant for downtown Sturgis projectcenter_img Lawmaker says development will create 25 jobslast_img read more

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Rep Whiteford welcomes guests to state Capitol

first_img01Feb Rep. Whiteford welcomes guests to state Capitol Categories: News,Photos,Whiteford News,Whiteford Photos PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Mary Whiteford (center) welcomed Tom and Michelle Krcatovich to the state Capitol.  Rep. Whiteford gave Tom and Michelle a tour of the Capitol building before the House session.###last_img

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Rep Crawford supports new law giving high school students credit for internships

first_img Categories: Crawford News,News State Rep. Kathy Crawford today voiced her support for a new state law to increase education opportunities for high school students by allowing course credit on an internship or work study program.Crawford reviewed and voted for the legislation as a member of the House Workforce and Talent Development Committee, noting the expanding career demands in southeast Michigan. Students interested in automotive- and technology-based careers can benefit from experience gained working for local companies before earning their high school diploma.“This law opens a door between education and our local job creators, building a student’s real-world experience as they work toward their diploma,” said Crawford, of Novi. “Giving the local school board authority to review and approve these work-study programs will help our students grow into the local workforce.”Current Michigan Department of Education guidelines allow work-based internships in grades 9-12, but the new law eliminates administrative red tape and encourages local school boards to oversee the internship. Students can work four to 10 hours a week, either paid or as a volunteer, and receive credit for graduation.“Career exploration and on-the-job training is an integral part of education, especially during high school and college. Students and their families should decide if this is the best option for them,” Crawford said.The plan also safeguards funding for school districts, allowing students participating in an internship or a work experience program off campus, to continue qualifying as full-time students.House Bills 4106 and 5676 are now 184 and 185, respectively, of 2018.##### 22Jun Rep. Crawford supports new law giving high school students credit for internshipslast_img read more

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Rep Lower participates in billsigning ceremony for his plan to end unfair

first_img23Aug Rep. Lower participates in bill-signing ceremony for his plan to end unfair tax levying Photo Information: State Rep. James Lower (left), of Cedar Lake, joined Gov. Rick Snyder on Wednesday for the ceremonial signing of his plan formally known as House Bill 5902, which removes an unfair tax from certain businesses. The law exempts self-insurer groups that operate under Workers Disability Compensation Act agreements from Corporate Income Tax to avoid double taxation. The law is currently effective. Categories: Lower Newslast_img read more

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Rep Bellino welcomes local pastor to lead House invocation

first_img Categories: Bellino News,Bellino Photos 24Jan Rep. Bellino welcomes local pastor to lead House invocation State Rep. Joe Bellino of Monroe welcomed Reverend Jeffrey Heimsoth (center) to the state Capitol to lead today’s invocation for the Michigan House of Representatives. Heimsoth is a senior pastor at Trinity Lutheran Church in Monroe. Joining them at the rostrum is Speaker of the House Lee Chatfield.last_img

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Rep Griffins plan to cut prison health care costs gains House approval

first_img State Rep. Beth Griffin’s plan to reduce the amount of public tax dollars spent on prison health care while continuing to protect public safety was approved today by the Michigan House with overwhelming bipartisan support.Griffin, of Mattawan, said chronically ill and aging prisoners often have health care costs several times higher than the average inmate. It’s a growing concern in Michigan, where nearly one in four inmates is 50 or older with the average age continuing to rise.“Michigan taxpayers are already on the hook for roughly $300 million to fund prison health care. Those costs are only going to increase as our prison population continues to age,” Griffin said. “We will save public tax dollars by reforming the way we care for medically frail inmates.”Griffin said the plan would permit some inmates with severe and chronic physical or mental disabilities to complete their sentences at a medical facility rather than inside a prison, if approved by a parole board. The plan does not allow early release of inmates.The goal would be to qualify inmates transferred to health care facilities for Medicaid, which would translate to a net savings for taxpayers.An initial projection from the Department of Corrections estimates roughly 20 to 40 prisoners could potentially be eligible for the program. The number could grow over time as the prison population ages.Only inmates classified by professionals as not posing a risk to public safety would be allowed to relocate to medical facilities. Prosecutors and victims could appeal decisions, and inmates convicted of first-degree murder, criminal sexual conduct in the first degree, or any other crime resulting in a life sentence would automatically be ineligible for the program – meaning they stay behind bars.“No one who is a threat to public safety will be eligible. We are talking about extremely ill inmates, many of whom are nearing the end of their lives,” Griffin said. “They would live out the rest of their lives – or the remainder of their sentences – in a specialized medical care facility.”House Bills 4129-32 now move to the Senate for consideration.### Categories: Griffin News 12Mar Rep. Griffin’s plan to cut prison health care costs gains House approvallast_img read more

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Native Lives Matter Police Killing Native Americans at Astounding Rate

first_imgShare70KTweet14Share95Email71K SharesImage Credit: Student Put in Paddy Wagon, Light BrigadingJuly 15, 2015; Mother JonesA recent report by the Center for Juvenile and Criminal Justice reports that Native Americans are killed by police at a higher rate than any other ethnic group.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that Native Americans make up almost two percent of those killed by police though they are only 0.8 percent of the population. While police kill young black men more than any other group, they kill Native Americans at a higher rate.As with African Americans, these killings are not isolated from the larger problem of police and societal violence, as this devastating article in Counterpunch discusses in the particular context of New Mexico, which in 2014 had the highest rate of police killing in the country. That article reports that “according to a 2003 study by the New Mexico Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, Native people experience ‘acts of ethnic intimidation; threats of physical violence, assaults, and other potential hate crimes’ as part of everyday life in border towns like Gallup, Farmington and Albuquerque.”Chase Iron Eyes is an attorney with the Lakota People’s Law Project in South Dakota, which published a report called “Native Lives Matter” early this year. He says that the DOJ needs to address police violence against Native Americans.“You can tell they’re shooting out of fear,” he said. “If it’s not out of hate, for some reason they’re pulling the trigger before determining what the situation actually is. Something does need to happen. Somebody does need to take a look and we need help.”—Ruth McCambridgeShare70KTweet14Share95Email71K Shareslast_img read more

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As Storm Season Looms Miami Drops Reliance on Red Cross

first_imgShare13Tweet6ShareEmail19 SharesBy Cleverguy122 [CC BY-SA 4.0], from Wikimedia CommonsJune 4, 2018; Miami HeraldMiami-Dade County has decided that it can no longer rely so completely on the Red Cross to manage and staff its emergency shelters; it plans instead to pay county workers to manage evacuation centers and staff the facilities. This follows a chaotic opening of a record high of 42 emergency shelters last year.The Red Cross, administrators say, was unable to mobilize in the face of excess demand when an evacuation of 600,000 was ordered in preparation for Hurricane Irma. In the end, police were dispatched to pick up the slack.“With shelters, we need to be as self-reliant as possible,” Mayor Carlos Gimenez said. “I’m not saying they did a bad job, but when you rely on another entity, whether it be Red Cross or the state or the National Guard, you’re always beholden to somebody else to do the job.” The county has now trained 2000 of its own workers as response agents.Jaime Torrens, chief facilities officer for the school system which houses and provides some staff for many of the shelters, said “The Red Cross used to play a much larger role in shelter operations. In recent years, it’s been an increasingly waning role.”The Red Cross will maintain some responsibilities, says Grace Meinhofer, regional communications director for the Red Cross. They’ll help run the first eight shelters in a Miami-Dade storm, but they won’t manage the evacuation facilities.“It’s a different role than we had before,” she said. “Our role would be supportive, and we would provide volunteers for those eight evacuation centers.”This reorganization will also focus more on safe passage for those living in lower income areas and on finding sheltering facilities able to receive pets.—Ruth McCambridgeShare13Tweet6ShareEmail19 Shareslast_img read more

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Alticast will use IBC to launch a hybrid home gate

first_imgAlticast will use IBC to launch a hybrid home gateway solution. According to the company the solution, which enables operators to deliver home entertainment experiences securely to any screen in the home, has an HTML5 user experience enabling it to support tablets, PCs, phones, thin clients and other screens.Alticast’s solution supports a range of chipsets including STMicroelectronics, Broadcom and Intel and is available on both new and legacy platforms, supporting satellite, cable, terrestrial, IPTV and hybrid environments. The solution supports HTML5, HbbTV and DLNA.“Families across the globe are increasingly expecting every screen in their home to provide them with interactive entertainment at the click of a button – Alticast delivers innovative solutions that make this possible,” said Thomas Jung, chief marketing officer, Alticast. “By keeping a close eye on the market and anticipating the standards being adopted, we cover all bases in OTT, interactive TV and social TV to offer richer, more engaging experiences. For depth of solutions and flexibility Alticast is unrivalled as a provider of solutions for the home entertainment space and we look forward to showing how we provide multiple routes to giving viewers the exciting multiscreen interactive experiences they want and increasingly expect.”Alticast will also use IBC to showcase Windmill, its new set of modular interactive TV solutions.Windmill offers components that can combine to create a multiscreen experience and supports HTML5 and Android. Windmill is available for cable, satellite, DTT, IPTV, OTT, cloud-based delivery and hybrid environments.
The product encompasses a range of solutions. AltiView provides Windmill with a user interface allowing for content discovery across broadcast and OTT content, content recommendations and an integrated social experience. AltiPlatform is a middleware core that includes modular support for HTML5, Android, GEM, HbbTV, and Blu-ray and provides access to standards-based TV functionality and web and mobile services. AltiProtect provides CAS and DRM management solutions while AltiAd is an advertising platform that helps operators to generate revenue in the multiscreen environment. AltiMetrics provides insight into audience response for programs and interactive services.Alticast is currently working with Korea’s KT to develop a next generation set-top-box for KT’s satellite and IPTV hybrid service.Alticast will be exhibiting at IBC on Stand 1.F36last_img read more

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Danish cable operator YouSee will launch its OTT s

first_imgDanish cable operator YouSee will launch its OTT service YouBio in a month and a half’s time. The service will be available on its own network as well as off-net.Mathias Berg, senior vice-president, consumer, YouSee, said there were 15 other OTT services available on the market. “This is the time to embrace change and innovation,” said Berg, speaking on a chief marketing officer panel session at the CTAM Europe EuroSummit yesterday.Berg said that the OTT service would be offered as an option to new and existing subscribers. Spotify’s success in music streaming had shown that subscription OTT services could work, at least in the Nordic region, he said.Berg said that his company had adopted the strategy of broadcasting all channels unencrypted on its existing digital cable network, enabling consumers to access services without a set-top box. The company has about 60% penetration of its main TV package. YouSee has already launched a TV everywhere service to secure existing customers’ loyalty, said Berg.last_img read more

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French broadcaster TF1 has given Régis Ravanas ma

first_imgFrench broadcaster TF1 has given Régis Ravanas, managing director, diversification, responsibility for group development in addition to his current functions.This appointment follows the departure of Jean-Pierre Paoli last July.Ravanas’ new title is managing director of diversification and group development.last_img

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Viu a new OTT service from Asian telco PCCW has

first_imgViu, a new OTT service from Asian telco PCCW, has launched in Hong Kong with further roll outs throughout Asia and the Middle East planned.The new service launched this week and PCCW said it will now progressively hit other Asian territories including India. It will, the telco added, also launch across the Middle East.PCCW is hoping that the Viu brand will build upon its Vuclip mobile video services, which has eight million subs across ten Asian territories.“By leveraging the Group’s strong content providers’ network, telco relationships, patented adaptive streaming technology by Vuclip, Viu OTT video service is well-positioned with today’s discerning viewers in mind as they can now readily stream or download content directly onto their mobile phones, tablets, laptops and desktops,” said Janice Lee, managing director, PCCW Media.Viu is programmed with drama and entertainment programming from Korea, Japan, Mainland China and Taiwan. There is a basic free service and a paid-for premium option.PCCW said its regional rollout plan will take effect over the next six months.last_img read more

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Portuguese service providers Nos and Vodafone have

first_imgPortuguese service providers Nos and Vodafone have struck a deal to share their national and international sports content.The deal is designed to ensure that football matches based on rights held by each player, as well as distribution rights to sports channels and football club channels.The agreement will take effect from next season, ensuring that all customers of both operators will have access to Benfica Channel and Benfica home matches, regardless of the channel that transmits the matches.The pair said that their agreement dould be extended to other operators in Portugal, and that they shared a joint commitment to an open market where access to relevant content is available to all.Nos CEO Migual Almeida said that the agreement was a key step in the implementation the company made to ensure that sports content was available to all operators.Vodafone Portugal CEO Mário Vaz said that the deal represented a “very important and decisive” step for the company as it allowed to “fulfill the promise to bring our customers the content they value” as well as laying the foundations for a market that ensured open access to content.Nos secured the rights to Benfica’s matches at the end of last year in a €400 million deal, beating competition from Portugal Telecom/Meo.Portugal has experienced ongoing problems in reciprocity of sports rights. In February, Meo pulled Porto Canal, the channel of the FC Port club, from Nos’s platform after the pair failed to strike a deal.The Portuguese football championship is broadcast on the Sport TV channel owned by Nos and Portuguese businessman Joaquin Oliveira, although Benfican home matches have been exclusive to the Benfica TV channel this season.last_img read more

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Next weeks MIPCOM market in Cannes will feature a

first_imgNext week’s MIPCOM market in Cannes will feature a series of virtual reality panel sessions focusing on creativity, production and financing.The MIPCOM VR creativity session will focus on how VR will have an impact on storytelling and discuss its application to scripted drama, documentary film-making and light entertainment shows. It will also explore an emerging alliance between TV drama and the gaming industry to produce content.The production session at MIPCOM will examine the technical process of creating VR content, and explore what VR has to offer beyond 360° video.Finally, the finance session will look at who will finance VR programming, who will commission it and what are the business models.Speakers will include James Milward, the executive producer of Halcyon, the VR series for SyFy, Nathan Brown, senior vice-president, development and operations at Discovery Communications, Neil Graham, executive producer fpr Sky VR Studios/Sky Cinema, Amaury Laburthe and Arnaud Colinart, producers of Notes on Blindness, Hervé Fontaine vice-president virtual reality B2B and business development at HTC, Kay Meseberg, head of VR/360 at Arte G.E.I.E.,, and Anthony Geffen, CEO and executive producer, Atlantic Productions.MIPCOM takes place at the Cannes Palais from October 17-20.last_img read more

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Altices US arm has launched its new advanced set

first_imgAltice’s US arm has launched its new advanced set-top, the Altice One.The new box, based on the design created by Altice for the European market and deployed in France, includes a new UI and integrated access to live TV, video-on-demand, apps such as YouTube and Pandora, cloud DVR recordings and WiFi connectivity. It also provides content navigation via a voice-activated remote control.Altice said that the box, which has been in customer trials, will be available in select areas of Long Island first, beginning nextweek, and will roll out across the Altice USA footprint in the coming months.After launching advanced boxes in France, Israel, Portugal and the Dominican Republic, Altice said that the Altice One was its most advanced platform to date. Other features of the 4K device include restar and cloud-DVR functionality and the Altice One App, a new app that enables users to watch live TV, VoD and recorded content from their DVR on mobile devices.Altice USA chief Dexter Goei“We live in a world where content and technology are converging at a fast pace, and Altice One provides the experience, entertainment and connectivity that consumers are looking for today. Altice One is just the beginning of a new, better and simple experience for Altice’s Optimum and Suddenlink customers as we look to become the connected home provider of choice now and into the future. Less than two years after acquiring Cablevision and Suddenlink, we’re thrilled to bring this new service to market for our customers and reinforce our ongoing commitment to continuous innovation in the US,” said Altice USA chairman and CEO Dexter Goei.The launch came as Altice posted its Q3 results, with strong growth in the US market being largely offset by revenue declines in France and particularly Portugal.Altice saw overall revenue growth of 0.3% to €5.755 billion, boosted by 3.2% growth from Altice USA to €1.97 billion and a strong showing in Israel. Altice France saw revenues slip by 1.3% to €2.757 billion, while Altice Portugal saw a decline of 3.1% to €566 million due to “mismanagement of rate events”.Altice Group adjusted EBITDA grew by 4.2% on a constant currency basis to €2.358 billion, driven by 18.9% growth in the US.Michel Combes“Our priority is execution on our clear long-term strategy: to be the number one operator for the quality of our wholly-owned telecoms infrastructure and the number one convergence player, providing the best customer experience with best-in-class financial performance. Revenue growth and margin expansion for Altice Group are currently being driven by the strong performance of Altice USA. The launch of Altice One is just the beginning of a new, better and simple experience for our customers as we look to become the connected home provider of choice. And as we invest more in our fibre project and digitalisation we will continue to improve service metrics, further reduce churn and see additional efficiency savings,” said Altice CEO Michel Combes.“In Europe, we are intensifying the operational focus to improve customer experience and return France and Portugal to growth. To support the turnaround here we are expanding our fibre FTTH coverage at an accelerated pace as well as continuing to invest in improving our mobile network quality and providing differentiated content bundles. Lastly, we are also quickly expanding into the media and advertising space which are our fastest growing businesses in the Group today.”last_img read more

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