Top holiday drink recipes Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility BANGKOK (AP) — A Thai provincial governor says authorities have spotted a boat carrying hundreds of migrants near Malaysian border waters.Satun provincial governor Dejrat Simsiri said navy and fishing boats working for the government were monitoring the boats.He said it was “unlikely that we will bring them to shore because the mainland is too far and we will need order from higher officials before we can proceed.” Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home Comments Share Top Stories Sponsored Stories Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Day More than 1,600 men, women and children from Myanmar and Bangladesh aboard crowded wooden boats have landed on Indonesia and Malaysia in recent days.Thousands more are believed to be aboard vessels stranded in waters north of the Malacca Strait after human traffickers and captains abandoned the ships.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement
Los Angeles, California – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle MagazineViceroy Hotel Group announced today that the company will unveil the newest addition to its growing Viceroy Hotels and Resorts collection with the December 2010 opening of Viceroy Maldives. The property is being developed by Maldives-based, luxury hotel developer, EoN Resorts (EoN), in partnership with Mubadala Development Company (‘Mubadala’).Viceroy Maldives, a luxury resort, is currently under construction on the pristine, crescent-shaped island of Vagaru, located in the Shaviyani Atoll, one hour north of the capital Male. Due to open in December 2010, this exclusive property will be the first Viceroy to open outside of the Americas and follows the recent successful launches of Viceroy Miami, Viceroy Snowmass in Colorado and Viceroy Anguilla in the Caribbean.Brad Korzen, Viceroy Hotel Group Founder & CEO, commented “The addition of Viceroy Maldives to our resort portfolio, especially on the heels of three 2009 Viceroy openings and our concurrent development of Viceroy Beverly Hills and Viceroy Abu Dhabi, represents an important next step in the growth and increasingly global focus of our company.”The Viceroy Maldives resort will feature 61 luxury villas, situated both over the crystalline water as well as on the beaches that ring the 17-acre Vagaru Island. The villas – amongst the largest in the Maldives –will boast from 1,345 to 3,300 square feet of indoor space, with generous outdoor private areas, all including plunge pools. The resort will also offer five unique food and beverage outlets, a spacious over-water spa and fitness center, a signature cantilevered pool and pool deck and a full-service dive and water sports activities center, allowing Viceroy guests to take advantage of the world-class diving, fishing and snorkeling available in the resort’s house reef and beyond.Mubadala is a 50% shareholder in Viceroy Hotel Group, and is actively driving the expansion of the luxury Viceroy Hotels and Resorts brand into key gateway cities and destinations across the globe.www.viceroyhotelsandresorts.com/maldives
12Jan Two local communities awarded DEQ water management grants State Rep. Gary Howell today announced that the village of North Branch and Elba Township have each been awarded grants from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality to improve wastewater and storm water management.Howell, of North Branch, said that the DEQ provides funds to local communities to assist in the planning, design and testing of storm water and wastewater facilities. Ordinarily, a local 10 percent match is required for the first $1 million in project costs.“Among the many obligations local governments have to families in their communities is ensuring that they have clean and safe water,” Howell said. “These grants will enable the village of North Branch and Elba Township to be better stewards of the environment and maintain the public health and well-being of people in their communities.”The $425,500 grant to North Branch will be used to develop both a wastewater and a storm water asset management plan. The DEQ has identified North Branch as a community that will not be required to provide the 10 percent local match.Elba Township will use the funding to develop a wastewater asset management plan. Grant activities will focus on the Potters Lake Sanitary Drainage District. Development of the asset management plan will allow the township to move from reactive – to predictive – maintenance and minimize the risk of failure of critical components.Collectively, the statewide grant awards total $64 million for 80 communities.##### Categories: Howell News,News
14Aug Rep. Bellino named Ducks Unlimited ‘Legislator of the Year’ Categories: Bellino News State Rep. Joe Bellino, center, and Rep. Gary Howell, second from left, accept the Legislator of the Year award Saturday from Michigan Ducks Unlimited administrators.State Rep. Joe Bellino of Monroe was recently recognized by Ducks Unlimited as the group’s Legislator of the Year.Bellino, a member of the House Natural Resources Committee, was honored alongside committee chairman Rep. Gary Howell last week for their work to establish a voluntary wetland restoration program in Michigan.“Right now, community organizations such as Ducks Unlimited that are dedicated to restoring wetlands in Michigan are treated no differently than people with plans to develop property and disrupt wetlands,” Bellino said. “Our plan would remove the obstacles and establish a policy that encourages – rather than prohibits – good stewardship of Michigan’s natural resources.”The plan laid out in House Bills 5854 and 5855 establishes a voluntary wetland restoration permit process that allows the Michigan Department of Natural Resources to better consider the effects of a proposed project as it relates to the health of the entire ecosystem.“It has been a pleasure to work with Ducks Unlimited to develop a smart solution that will help restore more wetlands and benefit all of our fish and wildlife population,” Bellino said. “I’m honored to receive this award.”###
16May Rep. Reilly introduces plan to crack down on ‘swatting’ Categories: Reilly News State Rep. John Reilly this week introduced a plan to crack down on “swatting” – a practice where people make false reports alleging serious crimes in an attempt to get a SWAT team deployed to a specific location.Reilly, of Oakland Township, said swatting is an increasingly common crime that must be taken seriously. Incidents of swatting in Michigan have occurred in Grand Blanc, Lowell, Chesterfield, Ionia, Bath Township, and one family in Commerce Township has been swatted more than once.“Swatting has three groups of victims: the innocent people having police sent to their homes expecting an active shooter, the police departments whose resources are needlessly diverted, and the public who must live with the risks,” Reilly said. “Some instances of swatting have even resulted in the deaths of innocent citizens.”In 2017, a terrible tragedy occurred in Kansas after a swatting call was made to police. The caller claimed a man had shot and killed his father, was holding his mother and younger brother hostage, and was planning to set the house on fire. An innocent man was killed in his home by the police believing they were responding to an active shooter.Reilly’s plan would increase the penalty for swatting to equal that of attempted murder. Additionally, the penalty for swatting that leads to death would increase to that of first-degree murder under the plan.House Bills 4598-99 have been referred to the House Judiciary Committee for consideration.###
ShareTweetShareEmail0 Shares Maljalen / Shutterstock.comAugust 2, 2014; Sacramento BeeOur new environment of accountability means that people are more readily able to sense whether they are a part of a larger group of people offended by an institution’s behavior. And in this case, a lawyer for the group in question says that that kind of offense can be whipped up.The James family of Wilton, California like their dog, Bolt, but he is far from the trained service dog they paid $14,000 to acquire from Pawsitive Service Dog Solutions to help their autistic son, Sammy. “Bolt is a very good boy,” said Emily James. “He will always have a home with us. But he’s not a service dog by any means.”And apparently clients from across the country say that they have had similar or worse experiences with the three-year-old nonprofit, which provides dogs for people with autism and developmental disabilities. They claim they have been defrauded and want refunds. Four of the families have filed a lawsuit against the corporation, which has now filed for bankruptcy, and there are 20 other families that may join in, either because they said they got dogs that were not well trained or because they gave the group money but never received a dog. (In fact, the James family claimed its dog before the training period was done, once word had spread online that the group had filed for bankruptcy and was failing to deliver dogs to those who had paid for them.)The suit alleges that the group defrauded the families in that it claimed to have trained the dogs at a cost of $25,000 apiece to perform tasks like helping to keep children with their parents, locating children if they wandered away, and “applying pressure” to children when it helps to calm them. Families were asked to pay about half of the cost of training; the dogs were to be carefully matched to the child and support was to have been provided post-placement.The group’s bankruptcy lawyer says that the suit is the result of a campaign that was started by “one disgruntled person” and snowballed.The suit asks for an injunction preventing Pawsitive from misrepresentations to the public, but the families are also are calling for state regulatory oversight of the service dog industry “so that families with developmentally disabled children, who already are stressed, don’t fall prey to unscrupulous or incompetent ‘service dog mills’ such as what we’ve seen here.”—Ruth McCambridge ShareTweetShareEmail0 Shares
Share6TweetShare5Email11 Shares“Red Cross Red Velvet cupcake – Sprinkles Cupcakes in Dallas TX January 2010.” Credit: David Berkowitz.March 27, 2017; IRIN NewsAt the World Humanitarian Summit in May of 2016, 14 governments and 20 organizations signed a covenant they called the Grand Bargain, a shared commitment to better serve people in need. Among the tenets of the agreement, the signees—including several United Nations agencies—agreed to work more with local organizations in the communities they serve, passing along a bigger share—at least 25 percent—of the funding they are allocating to local aid groups.The [25 percent] target is a response to the recognition that a small handful of large UN agencies and international NGOs receive the lion’s share of all international humanitarian funding, leaving local agencies feeling misused, unfairly exposed to risk, and unable to mature institutionally.Advocates say, however, that little progress has been made on this point.According to the document, “The Grand Bargain is about harnessing the vast experience and expertise from across the humanitarian ecosystem and bringing it into a realignment which is better prepared for tackling the emergency needs of more than 125 million people.”But a year later, the signatories of the Grand Bargain are still struggling with three key points: the definition of “local” when it comes to organizations, what should be counted in the 25 percent of aid pledged directly to local groups, and how direct “directly” needs to be. For instance, do pooled funds given to local agencies count? What about subcontractors?Anne Street, head of humanitarian policy at CAFOD, the official Catholic international development agency for England and Wales, objects to the massaging of numbers and the quibbling over classification “because the objective was not to show you’re already doing it, but to do things differently in order to enable more effective and efficient humanitarian response, which is more locally led.”Often, large funding agencies, particularly international ones like the World Health Organization or United Nations agencies, do not do a great job of tracking local contractors and building networks of local partners. This often means that the people doing the work on the ground aren’t the ones deciding where the resources go. For instance, according to the Local to Global initiative,While Syrian humanitarian actors were responsible for delivering 75% of the humanitarian assistance in 2014, they received only 0.3% of the direct and 9.3% of the indirect cash funding available for the overall Syria response. Despite their crucial role, Syrian NGOs struggled to get their most basic costs covered in the sub-contracting and partnership agreements they have with international agencies.The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) provides humanitarian support all over the world, but in many countries, they work with few or no local partners. In Ethiopia, only one of the top 10 regional partners is an NGO based in the region; in Kenya, which is home to the largest African-based health development nonprofit, the only local partner in the top 10 is the Kenyan government. In Pakistan, about half a percent of aid goes to local agencies, while in Malaysia only about a tenth of a percent does. The 2015 Agency Financial Report details expenditures but gives no indication of how much went to organizations in the countries where work was being done.A 2007 study from Harvard Business School noted that “the strengths of the NGO model also produce corresponding weaknesses in agenda-setting, decision-making, and resource allocation,” which are exactly the areas in which local voices can provide insight. The researchers also noted that “NGOs have achieved increasing political influence: for example, the share of World Bank projects with some degree of “civil society” involvement (encompassing NGO participation) increased from 6 percent in the late 1980s to over 70 percent in 2006.” If billions of dollars are being spent building up society, shouldn’t the people who live in those societies be involved?NPQ readers may remember that similar issues have been surfacing for some time in disaster relief. Senator Chuck Grassley’s recent investigation of the Red Cross raised questions about the group’s strategy of subcontracting in Haiti through local groups while taking multiple cuts off the top. In that investigation, Grassley objected to what he called obfuscation in accounting that blockaded a real clear view of the disaster spending.It is up to the decision-makers at NGOs and the UN to find a way to reframe their work to create not just the appearance of local partnerships but actual relationships that help local communities build capacity for self-directed humanitarian aid.—Erin RubinShare6TweetShare5Email11 Shares
Following its satellite TV launch, Orange Romania will roll out services on multiple devices to complement this offering in the next couple of weeks, according to Mirek Smyk, managing director, MSCG, who consulted on the project. The availability of content on multiple screens is seen as a key differentiator of the service, said Smyk. Orange is primarily building a TV service in Romania based on appeal to viewers who want HD services and are currently frustrated by the lack of content available in the market, he told attendees at Informa’s Digital TV CEE event in Krakow yesterday.The Orange TV service includes 40 HD channels – a record for the Romanian market, according to Smyk – including 26 that were not previously available in the country. In total, 16 of the 100 channels on the platform are new to the Romanian market, said Smyk.Orange is offering a single subscription for multiscreen, anytime anywhere, usage and Existing Orange customers will be offered a special price. The offering is made up of three packages, including Local HD, which gives 36 Romanian channels, six of which are HD.A second package, World HD, includes 65 channels with 19 HD services, including international services, while the third package, Universe HD, includes 95 channels with 37 HD services. There is also a further adult package for an additional fee.Local HD costs about €5, or €4 to Orange customers with one SIM card. World HD costs €8 or €6.40 to Orange customers. Universe HD costs €12. Further discounts are available to Orange customers with mulitiple SIM cards.The Orange service will also be differentiated by the quality of the set-top box and the strength of satellite reception via the Astra aposition at 31.5 degrees, said Smyk.Orange Romania is the largest Romanian mobile operator and is a mobile-only player without a fixed line infrastructure. Smyk said that the operator wanted to tap into the fact that Romanians are increasingly looking for HD content and are increasingly viewing content on multiple screens thanks to the country’s advanced broadband infrastructure, especially in urban areas.Other factors that make the Romanian market attractive include the fact that it is moving towards digital switchover after a long delay. The satellite market is continuing to grow, while mobile video consumpition is increasing, and 4G networks are giving mobile users access to fast data connections.“You need to deliver high quality service to the main screen and only after can you make additional revenue from other devices,” said Smyk.While pay TV penetration in Romania is over 85%, one key differentiator in the market is that Romanians consume five and a half hours of TV a day compared with a global average of three hours and 17 minutes. Each household has 1.64 TV sets. Eighty per cent of new TV sales are for HD sets.Consumers are connecting these TV sets to existing cable and satellite services but are not getting HD quality from these service providers, said Smyk. About 15% of households now have HD sets as their main screen, and 18% of Romanians watch online TV services regularly, compared with a EU average of 6%, Smyk told attendees.
Netflix’s Marco PoloNetflix’s big-budget action adventure series Marco Polo has been handed a second run less than a month after season one debuted.The show, which follows famous explorer Marco Polo’s early days in the court of Yuan dynasty Emperor Kublai Khan in the 13th century, launched on December 12 as the streaming service’s latest original.Meanwhile, Netflix has set premiere dates for four new originals.Tina Fey’s Universal Television comedy Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, which Netflix picked up after NBC dumped it, will launch on March 6; while family drama Bloodline, which is from Sony Pictures Television, premieres on March 20.Marvel’s Daredevil, from Marvel Television, then follows on April 10, with Skydance Productions’ irreverent comedy Grace and Frankie rounding off the launches on May 8.On the kids content front Netflix launches episodes of The Adventures of Puss in Boots on January 16 in selected territories, as TBI reported this week, followed by a global debut for Ever After High: Spring Unsprung on February 6 and the second season of Mako Mermaids to launch on North America, Latin America, UK and Ireland, the Nordics and Benelux on February 13.
Jamie FriendTurner Broadcasting System EMEA has named Jamie Friend as its new chief financial officer, DTVE’s sister title, TBI, has learned.Friend is promoted to the post from his role as VP, corporate strategy and insights. He will now oversee finances for Turner EMEA’s channel slate, including Cartoon Network, Boomerang, CNN International, TNT, truTV and TCM.Based in London, he will report to Turner’s international CFO, Aksel van der Wal, while assisting Turner EMEA president Giorgio Stock as part of the regional management team.“Jamie’s wealth of industry knowledge, M&A experience and strategic insight make him the perfect fit for this role,” said van der Wal. “His astute business expertise and innovative thinking are a powerful combination in the fast changing media landscape.”Friend joined Turner in October 2013 from Arqiva, where he was head of strategy for digital platforms. He has also held senior strategy and business development roles at companies such as The Walt Disney Company.His promotion comes as Turner roles out its Boomerang channel across the region as a second flagship children’s brand, and TNT as its pay TV entertainment leader.On the latter strategy, Stock told TBI in an exclusive recent interview that the Time Warner-owned company would look to build significantly on its general entertainment footprint in the EMEA region, which stands at 103 million.“By the standards of other operators that is huge but by the standards of our ambitions there is much more to do,” he said.TNT launches across eastern Europe, including Poland, this month, and will continue to expand. The channel has also commissioned its first full drama series, Weinberg, which Beta Film was preselling internationally at MIPCOM as The Valley.“Turner’s ongoing growth ambitions for the region will be very well served by the blend of financial acumen and new business insight that Jamie brings to the table,” said Stock.Previous EMEA CFO van der Wal was promoted to an international CFO role on June. TBI first reported his move to Turner from publisher Time Out in June 2014.
David ZaslavWith Olympics and other rights in hand, Eurosport can become the ‘Netflix of sports’, according to parent company Discovery.Discovery CEO and president David Zaslav told analysts that owning the linear and digital rights to all Eurosport content opened up a range of possibilities.“Because we own the sports content for both linear and digital, I’ve begun to think of this as an opportunity to build a Netflix for sports in Europe,” Zaslav said.The Discovery chief highlighted the hire of former BBC iPlayer executive Ralph Rivera.“Ralph joins us from the BBC, where he was responsible for all of the BBC’s digital media services, leading the implementation and operation of BBC iPlayer as it grew by over 300%,” he said.“And not coincidentally, he delivered BBC’s first truly digital Olympic Games for London in 2012, providing solid in-house expertise as we get access to the Olympic rings on January 1 of next year.”Outside of sport, Discovery has pushed into direct-to-consumer with its Dplay and Eurosport Player service in Europe and Zaslav said it is looking at how it can grow the D2C element of the business.“We are exploring creating services for science, in the auto space, and for other niche genres in the US and around the world, additional direct-to-consumer opportunities, so our super fans can access our content where they want, on whatever device, whenever they want,” he said.Discovery has dedicated science and car cable channels but will look at using content in these areas on new D2C services as well as on linear nets.“When it comes to science our auto, that’s something we can offer globally and we can offer it direct to consumer, and we can offer it through distributors because we already are,” Zaslav said. “We have a huge amount of that content in language, and we’re just playing there with the best way to offer it.Discovery reported worse than expected yesterday, with a the performance of the international division dragging down company wide revenues and profit. Zaslav was, however, positive on Discovery’s international business and said there will be strong growth over the next few years.The company highlighted the fact it can drive better deals with operators with Eurosport in its channels bouquet and noted new carriage deals with Liberty Global and Telenor.Zaslav added that Brexit has presented real challenges in terms of the UK TV ad market and outgoing CFO Andrew Warren again highlighted the impact of the UK leaving the EU on the international business.“Northern Europe was clearly heavily impacted by Brexit and other macro-related weaknesses, as well as softer ratings at our female skewing networks,” Warren said. “Trends, however, are improving in the fourth quarter, with all regions seeing improved results.”
Vivendi is merging its struggling YouTube rival Dailymotion with video-on-demand technology unit Watchever, according to a French press report.According to the Journal du Net, which claimed to have obtained a copy of the internal document laying out the merger process, the move is designed to create a larger unit with a clear strategy and a more efficient operation.According to the Journal du Net, Watchever chiefs Simon Gilham and Karim Ayari will become part of the Dailymotion team under Maxime Saada.Loss-making Dailymotion has struggled since its acquisition by Vivendi from Orange two years ago. The unit turned in revenues of €22 million for the first half, down a staggering 40.7% year-on-year. The user-generated content portal was relaunched in July with a new focus on premium content that appealed to the 25-49 demographic – an older skewing audience than its previous target market.Vivendi CEO Arnaud de Puyfontaine told analysts on Vivendi’s recent Q2 earnings call that Dailymotion was showing “good signs” including “increased consumption of premium content and higher user engagement” that should translate into an improvement in its financial performance next year.Watchever, the company’s premium video-on-demand and streaming unit, encompassing WatchMusic and the recently-launched mobile TV offering Studio+ as well as Brazilian music streaming service Entretenimento, posted a loss of €22.9 million last year and a loss of €5.2 million in the first half of this year.Vivendi closed the Watchever-branded German SVOD service last year, which, along with the acrimonious collapse of its relationship with Italy’s Mediaset, marked an end – at least for now – to its ambition to create a pan-European rival to Netflix. Vivendi Content chief Dominique Delport suspended the project to create an international OTT TV service exactly one year ago.
The Virtual Reality Industry Forum (VRIF) is due to make its first set of VR Industry Guidelines generally available at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in January.It will outline its 2018 roadmap during a two-hour masterclass at the trade show and showcase VR demonstrations from Fraunhofer and Qualcomm.Featured speakers at the CES event will include experts from Ericsson, Intel, Irdeto, Sky, TNO, and Greenlight Insights. Topics that will be addressed include six degrees of freedom, live virtual reality services and support for high dynamic range. “As virtual and augmented reality continue to evolve, the VRIF Guidelines serve two main purposes: first, to support end-to-end interoperability across the virtual reality ecosystem, from production to consumption, and second, to ensure a high-quality user experience,” said Rob Koenen, president of the Virtual Reality Industry Forum.“As the industry moves towards standardised VR solutions, we are also cooperating closely with other industry organisations including MPEG, 3GPP, DVB, VR Society and ITU to facilitate technology integration for VRIF member companies and other related partners.”The VRIF launched at CES 2017 to further the widespread availability of high quality audiovisual VR experiences for the benefit of consumers. It now has more than 40 member organisations.
TV ad spend outweighs online video by a ratio of six to one, but its overall share of advertising fell in 2017 according to WARC data.WARC’s latest monthly Global Ad Trends Report said that TV is the largest media channel but is estimated to have registered a 1.4 percentage point dip in 2017.Nevertheless it took a 36.5% share of the global ad spend total at US$199.5 billion. By contrast the Facebook and Google online ad duopoly accounted for US$133.2 billion in ad dollars.WARC said that overall global advertising spend rose 3.0% to US$546 billion in 2017, according to projections based on data for 96 markets.It forecasts global ad growth of 4.7% this year to a total of US$572 billion, boosted by the PyeongChang Winter Olympics, FIFA World Cup, US mid-term elections and reduced dollar volatility in emerging markets.James McDonald, data editor, WARC, said: “2018 should be a stellar year for global advertising, with ad investment set to grow at its strongest rate since the post recovery years of 2010 and 2011.“Mobile is now a key driver of global growth, and was the only channel to gain share of spend in 2017 – it now accounts for one in five ad dollars worldwide. Nevertheless, traditional media still attracts 61% of global ad investment, and TV and out of home will be among the main benefactors of increased brand and political campaign spending this year.”
British content is under threat as budgets get cut, with global players highly unlikely to make up the shortfall, according to BBC deputy director-general Anne Bulford.Anne BulfordSpeaking at the Media & Telecoms Conference in London, Bulford said the BBC’s ability to fund UK content had been hit by financial constraints, while commercial broadcasters had been hit by reduced advertising revenues.“At the BBC, high-quality British programming has always been our priority. We have long been the largest single investor in British ideas and talent. But as our income has fallen in real terms over recent years, our ability to fund original British content has diminished,” she said.“Of course, this is not just about the BBC: over the same period commercial broadcasters, traditionally major investors in British content have been hit by reduced TV advertising revenues. But it’s no coincidence that, as the amount the BBC has been able to spend on British content has gone down, so has the amount spent on British content overall.”Bulford said this trend is likely to continue, with a likely drop of £500 million in spending on British programming by 2026.BBC director general Tony Hall has cited this number before following research from a commissioned Mediatique report.Bulford said there was a lack of “any real evidence that this is a gap that will be made up by the big, new global players”.On the contrary, she said, “the evidence suggests that their investment decisions are increasingly likely to focus on a narrow range of very expensive, very high-end content – big bankers that they can rely on to have international appeal and attract large, global audiences”.“What this adds up to is that the volume and breadth of British content that British audiences rely upon is now under serious threat. There is a real risk that British stories that speak directly to British audiences will reduce. And that, over time, if we allow that to happen, our British sense of identity will weaken.”Bulford said that the BBC “has shrunk as the market has grown” since the licence fee that funds it was frozen in 2010.This has happened at a time when the cost of making programmes has risen dramatically, she said.Bulford said that the BBC would have to be more creative in finding solutions, looking not only to co-productions and commercial activities to broader forms of cooperation.“Alongside the real potential for co-production and commercial growth, I am very much aware that we need to explore other potential options to increase our income if we are to keep pace with the global players. And if we are successfully to safeguard British content and British creativity,” she said.
Spanish cable operator Euskaltel has introduced direct access via a dedicated remote control button to Netflix on its 4K set-top boxes across its own Basque Country network and for subscribers to Galicia network R.Francisco ArtecheThe operators said that the functionality would be extended to Telecable, the network it acquired from Zegona Communications in the Asturias region, over the coming months.The move enabled Euskaltel to claim to be the first Spanish operator to enable its subscribers to access Netflix with a single click of their remote controls. The functionality is available to users of its Deco 4K box in the Basque Country and Galicia.The move follows an agreement between Euskaltel and Netflix that provisioned a button on the Deco 4K remote exclusively for the subscription video-on-demand service.Euskaltel led the most recent ranking of Spanish broadband providers compiled by Netflix that provides the best access to its service.Francisco Arteche, Euskaltel’s CEO, said that the agreement with Netflix represented “a big step in our strategy of offering the best television experience to our customers, thanks to our high-capacity network and the quality provided by the Deco 4K”.Maria Ferreras, VP business development EMEA at Netflix said that the deal “offers our customers access to Netflix via a single click, fast and without hindrance, enabling them to enjoy an incredible experience with the best possible image resolution”.
Spanish public broadcaster RTVE and commercial broadcasters Mediaset España and Atresmedia have confirmed that they have teamed up to launch a new joint interactive platform based on HbbTV, with plans for a new OTT TV service to follow.The platform, branded LOVEStv, which will be open to other digital-terrestrial broadcasters in the country, promises to “improve the experience of consuming television, allowing interactivity, thanks to HbbTV technology”.The trio said they were working together to launch the platform that will group the audiovisual content of all three with the objective of improving the diversity and quality of the free-to-air TV offering and the user experience for those accessing HbbTV services in the country.A second phase of the project will see the launch of a new OTT TV service that will distribute additional content.LOVEStv will launch on June 14 on a trial basis. The service will initially offer catch-up TV content from the previous week, along with startover functionality, and improved programming guide and content recommendations.The joint announcement by the three broadcasters follows press reports in March that they were planning to launch a joint OTT TV service that could see them compete with the likes of Netflix, Movistar+, HBO and Sky in the Spanish market.The Spanish market has seen a spate of OTT TV launches in recent years, with Netflix, HBO and Sky competing in the market along with a number of smaller players. Last year, Chinese technology giant Huawei was reported to be planning a service.There has been an upsurge of interest among European broadcasters in forming partnerships to develop platforms that would allow them better to compete with new internet-based rivals such as Netflix.France Télévisions has formed a programming alliance with fellow pubcasters Rai and ZDF to develop series while also seeking partners for a French OTT TV offering. Plans for an SVOD service have however stalled, with speculation that French broadcasters could develop a free-to-air-focused platform on the model of Hulu first.At the recent DTG Summit in London, UK media regulator Ofcom’s group director and board member Steve Unger predicted the creation of a joint platform by UK broadcasters amid reports that BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and NBC Universal, owner of Channel 5, had been in talks about the possibility of creating a joint streaming offering.
Russian pay TV service provider Tricolor TV has teamed up with Russian channel distributor Media Alliance to begin broadcasting Eurosport 4K.The channel, which is Tricolor’s first 24-hour general sports channel in the 4K UHD TV format, began broadcasting on the platform on Friday. The channel will also be the first 4K channel made available by Tricolor TV in Siberia.The channel will air a number of top-tier sports events in UHD including biathlon and other winter sports, the World Athletics Championships and the 24-hour Le Mans motor race.Tricolor TV had previously laid its claim to the be the first Russian pay TV operator to launch a package of 4K UHD TV channels in 2015, giving subscribers access to a mix of sports, entertainment, factual programming, movies and TV shows.Grigory Lavrov, general director of Media Alliance, which distributes Eurosport in Russia, said that the launch of the first round-the-clock sports channel in the country in the 4K format confirmed the company’s leadership in innovation.Tricolor TV content director Mikhail Goryachev said that the operator hoped that the addition of Eurosport 4K to its existing line-up of six UHD TV channels will attract additional subscribers to the platform, he said that Tricolor TV would place the channel in its One basic package until August 3 to give subscribers a chance to review it.
ShareTweet Viable UVIED (pipe bomb) discovered in Ballyarnett Village in October 2014 in a bid to kill policeDETECTIVES have arrested a man over an attempt to murder police in Derry almost three years ago.Officers from the PSNI’s Terrorist Investigation Unit (TIU) detained the 38-year-old man his morning in the city under section 41 of the Terrorism Act.He was taken to the serious crime custody suite in Belfast for questioning about possessing explosives with intent to endanger life. The suspect was quizzed about the attempted murder of police at Ballyarnett Village in October 2014 when a booby trap bomb was left a house attached to a pressure plate.A police spokesperson said this evening: “The man was later released after questioning.“A report will be forwarded to the PPS.”BREAKING NEWS…..MAN ARRESTED IN DERRY OVER BOOBY TRAP BOMB MURDER BID ON POLICE was last modified: September 20th, 2017 by John2John2 Tags: ballyarnettBREAKING NEWS…..MAN ARRESTED IN DERRY OVER BOOBY TRAP BOMB MURDER BID ON POLICEPSNITERRORISM ACTTIU
South Charleston – The 2018 North South Football Classic took place today at South Charlestown High School. 13 area players and three area coaches took place in the contest. Google+ Facebook SportsSports News 2018 North South Football Classic By Nolan KnightJun 10, 2018, 00:15 am 594 0 Previous PostRedmond O’Neal, son of Farrah Fawcett, charged with attempted murder in crime spree The North Bears got the best of the South Cardinals this year winning the contest 42-20. Area Coaches: Head Coach: John Mustain (James Monroe), Ted Ballard (James Monroe), Pat Boone (James Monroe), Vince Culicerto (Shady Spring). Tumblr Home Sports News Sports 2018 North South Football Classic Pinterest Area Players in action:Jaron Bragg TE/LB Shady SpringConnor Moore WR/DB James Monroe 1-42 Receiving 1-9 RushingTucker Lilly WR/DB Summers County 7-125 ReceivingJake Cannady WR/LB Wyoming East 2-14 ReceivingGrant Mohler RB/LB James MonroeHunter Mitchelson RB/LB PikeviewTyree Swafford RB/DE Woodrow Wilson 8-15 RushingDevin Persinger WR/LB Greenbrier East 1-8 ReceivingTrey Milam OL/DL Nicholas CountyBen Price OL/LB WestsideBryce Nelson OL/DL WestsideNoah Minor WR/DB Midland TrailAndrew Richmond TE/DL Summers County Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Mail Twitter Next PostFire School Held For All Fayette County Fire Departments Nolan Knight Linkedin