Rotorua to host tourism activity extravaganza

first_imgIn the biggest event of its kind, Rotorua will host 600 TRENZ delegates, including hundreds of the world’s most influential travel and tourism buyers, to an afternoon of activities, ranging from exhilarating mountain biking to a rejuvenating spa.TRENZ is the $30 billion tourism industry’s premier international trade show. The 2016 event (10-13 May) is being hosted by Destination Rotorua and will be attended by 350 international tourism and travel buyers and representatives from around 300 of the country’s leading tourism operators.“On Thursday afternoon, 12 May, hundreds of TRENZ delegates will take a break from their business meetings to experience first-hand some of the world-class visitor activities on offer in Rotorua,” says Chris Roberts, Chief Executive of the Tourism Industry Association New Zealand (TIA) which manages TRENZ.“They will discover a part of the country that has something for every type of visitor from authentic cultural experiences, adventure, and spas to geothermal, eco-tourism and luxury, always infused with warm hospitality.“This time away from scheduled TRENZ meetings is also an opportunity for delegates to network informally, make new contacts and potentially identify new business opportunities.”Destination Rotorua General Manager Oscar Nathan says the activity afternoon features around 30 different options and will showcase the diverse range of world-class activities Rotorua offers international travellers, along with some of the innovative new products that have come on stream recently.“Activities range from plunging down the world’s highest commercially rafted waterfall to a wine-matching session and an exploration of a living Maori village.“Delegates keen to get close to the natural wonders of the region can walk amongst the Redwoods high above the forest floor, fly over an active volcano or tour an otherworldly geothermal field.”Mr Nathan says TRENZ and the activity afternoon are a valuable opportunity to highlight to influential international travel and tourism buyers why Rotorua is New Zealand’s coolest hotspot. TRENZ 2016Source = Tourism Industry Association New Zealandlast_img read more

Yesterday Ensemble Travel Grouplaunched the Aust

first_imgYesterday, Ensemble Travel Group,launched the Australian version of its award-winning Extraordinary Experiences magazine.“We’re thrilled to provide our Australian members with yet another market advantage with our award-winning Ensemble Extraordinary Experiences magazine,” Ensemble Senior Vice President and General Manager Australia/New Zealand, Trish Shepherd said.“We have created a platform that allows our members to share the magic of travel and showcase their expertise in creating extraordinary experiences right around the world.”Members can also choose to upgrade the magazine with their own branding and Ensemble has created a library of compelling images to assist members to advertise luxury and bespoke travel to their client base.“The very first edition contains articles from some of the world’s leading travel writers whose ability to share the magic of Central Europe’s majestic cities, old Irish luxury and the delights of cruising to wellness on board the Crystal Symphony and experiencing the majesty of Alaska and Antactica in Seabourn style is remarkable,” said Shepherd.“Plus we explore some of the stunning properties in Australia and New Zealand that feature in Ensemble Travel’s Luxury Hotel and Resorts collection and a smorgasboard of culinary and wine events around the world.”IMAGE: Trish Shepherd of Ensemble Travel Group with Peter Hosper, md of The Travel Authority Ensemble Travelluxurymagazinelast_img read more

State Rep Chatfield takes 107th District office

first_img Lawmaker sworn-in, opens Lansing office to serve Northern Michigan residentsOn the Opening Day of the 98th Session of the Michigan Legislature, state Rep. Lee Chatfield was ceremoniously sworn into office in Lansing with his wife at his side and extended family and special guests watching from the House gallery. Chatfield also was sworn into office locally on Dec. 23 at the Emmet County Courthouse by Circuit Court Judge Charles Johnson so dozens of local supporters, community leaders and family members could take part in the occasion, as well. Earlier this month, he began announcing monthly in-district office hours to personally meet with residents and Chatfield has officially opened his Lansing office which has begun eagerly helping constituents. “My staff and I have hit the ground running,” said Chatfield, R-Levering. “One of my top priorities as state representative is to be as accessible as possible to the people I am elected to serve. I will be conducting monthly office hours throughout the district, and I am pleased to have hired experienced legislative staff to assist me in serving the people of Cheboygan, Chippewa, Emmet, and Mackinac counties. ” Working in Chatfield’s Lansing office is Rob Minard as legislative director and Jon Mieczkowski as constituent relations director. Minard has over 15 years of policy experience in Lansing and across the state. He has worked as an advocate for education, elections and energy issues. Mieczkowski has worked as a legislative aide in the Michigan Legislature since 2012. He is an active volunteer with several community service organizations. Chatfield’s Lansing office is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The office can be contacted by phone: (517) 373-2629, email: leechatfield@house.mi.gov and mail: P.O. Box 30014, Lansing, MI 48909-7514. Categories: Chatfield News,Chatfield Photos 14Jan State Rep. Chatfield takes 107th District officelast_img read more

Holland automotive safety manufacturer receives Michigan Business Development grant

first_img Categories: Whiteford News Rep. Whiteford: “Job creation in our community is always good news.”Coastal Automotive, LLC, an automotive safety manufacturer based in Rochester Hills, Michigan, announced that it will establish a new facility in Holland, investing nearly $6.5 million and creating 110 jobs.As a result, the Michigan Business Development Program has awarded the project a $436,000 performance-based grant.The city of Holland has also offered support to the project in the form of property taz abatement.“This is great news for our community,” said state Rep. Mary Whiteford, R-Casco Township, “Congratulations to Coastal Automotive. I look forward to a bright future in its partnership with Holland.”To learn more about career opportunities with Coastal Automotive, visit http://coastal-automotive.com/careers/.### 18Oct Holland automotive safety manufacturer receives Michigan Business Development grantlast_img

Runestad plan helps families look out for loved ones in nursing homes

first_img Categories: Runestad News 13Jun Runestad plan helps families look out for loved ones in nursing homes Tags: Health Policy, Nursing Homes center_img Measure would allow installation of resident-approved cameras  State Rep. Jim Runestad, R-White Lake, introduced legislation Tuesday allowing residents to approve the installation of cameras in their private nursing home rooms. Under the legislation a facility could not refuse to allow a family and the resident this option.“Families are looking for more ways to stay connected with their loves ones,” Runestad said. “Allowing resident-approved cameras will give them a way to check-in when they can’t be there personally.“Families will be able to communicate with their loved one about their daily activities with more understanding and also be able to better communicate with staff and facilities about care.”Since the right to install these cameras has not been successfully established in Michigan, nursing home facilities may currently refuse to allow the installation of cameras in a resident’s own room. House Bill 6192 states a facility must provide a suitable location for the installation of a camera and make reasonable accommodations.“As we work toward passage of this legislation, I intend to bring together a team of experts dedicated to ensuring quality care in our homes while protecting privacy rights and working with the facilities,” Runestad said.Several other states, including Texas and Louisiana, have passed legislation allowing cameras in nursing home facilities.This legislation was referred to the House Committee on Health Policy for consideration.###last_img read more

Washington Court Says No State Funding to Charters

first_imgShareTweetShareEmail0 SharesSeptember 5, 2015; Wall Street JournalIn a case with an impact that may reach farther than just nine schools in the state of Washington, the Washington State Supreme Court held that charter schools did not meet the definition of a common or public school and were not eligible for a share of state education funding. With a new school year just beginning, the ruling has left the state’s charter schools and the students they serve in limbo.The suit challenging the new law was brought by the Washington Education Association and was joined by the League of Women Voters of Washington, El Centro de la Raza, the Washington Association of School Administrators, and several individual plaintiffs. As described in a recent Seattle Times article, the ruling overturns a law narrowly approved in 2012 that allows for publicly funded but privately operated schools. (Eight new charter schools are opening in Washington this fall, in addition to the one that opened in Seattle last year.)The court’s opinion, written by Chief Justice Barbara Madsen, looked closely at how charter schools were governed and the degree to which they were locally controlled:Under the Act, charter schools are devoid of local control from their inception to their daily operation. […] Charter schools are not governed by elected local school boards. Instead…charter schools are operated by a “charter school board”…which is “appointed or selected under the terms of a charter application to manage and operate the charter school.” […] The board is responsible for functions typically handled by an elected school board, including hiring, managing, and discharging employees; receiving and disbursing funds; entering contracts; and determining enrollment numbers…Failing to meet the necessary degree of local control, the court held that “the provisions of I-1240 that designate and treat charter schools as common schools violate article IX, section 2 of our state constitution and are void. This includes the Act’s funding provisions, which attempt to tap into and shift a portion of moneys allocated for common schools to the new charter schools authorized by the Act.”For the 1,200 students set to begin their school year in Washington charter schools, the ruling may not have any immediate impact. The Associated Press (via KOMO-TV) reported that according to Tom Franta, the head of the Washington State Charter Schools Association, “all nine of Washington state’s charter schools will remain open for the entire school year…even if that means relying on private donations. The cost to operate the schools, which are in Spokane, Tacoma, Kent, Highline and Seattle, is estimated at $14 million a year.” And Tacoma’s KING-TV reports that the needed funding for the current year has already been pledged by charter supporters: “The Washington Charter School Association has a $14 million fund from private donors set aside to keep the doors open this year at all charter schools in the state.”Speaking for the groups that challenged the law, Kim Mead, president of the Washington Education Association, described the ruling’s larger meaning: “The Supreme Court has affirmed what we’ve said all along—charter schools steal money from our existing classrooms, and voters have no say in how these charter schools spend taxpayer funding.”While the ruling only directly affects Washington’s charter schools, and charter advocates will be looking for ways to have it reversed, it does spotlight what should be a growing debate about the importance of local control of public education. Efforts to improve public education have often seen local control as an obstacle to educational improvement. In New York and Chicago, for example, independent school boards have been replaced with boards directly responsible to the mayor, making education functionally just another city department. In Newark, control of local schools has been shifted to the state, and the elected school board has had its power restricted or eliminated.Washington’s Supreme Court has ruled that these arrangements are not possible under that state’s constitution. Elsewhere, they may be legal, but are they proper? Does public education require a real and active connection to the public? Or is it too important a function to trust to the public? These are important questions we need to consider.—Marty LevineShareTweetShareEmail0 Shareslast_img read more

Cleveland Group Helps Tenants Fight Lead Poisoning in Housing Court

first_imgShare20Tweet12Share1Email33 SharesBy Thester11 (Own work) [CC BY 3.0], via Wikimedia CommonsDecember 24, 2017; Plain DealerIn the Plain Dealer story “Stay and fight, or move?” reporters Rachel Dissell and Brie Zeltner continue their series of stories about lead poisoning in Cleveland. This latest article in the “Toxic Neglect” series describes the dilemma of Janiece Moore, who received an eviction notice shortly after revealing that her son had been poisoned by lead. With nowhere to go to find lead-safe housing, Moore turned to the Legal Aid Society of Cleveland (LASC) to represent her and oppose her landlord’s eviction action. A new grant from the Mt. Sinai Health Care Foundation made it possible for LASC to raise a retaliation defense on Moore’s behalf in Cleveland housing court.As a practical matter, when a tenant ends up in housing court, the summons dissipates the family’s fear of retaliation. The choice is resist or become homeless. Fighting lead in housing court means flipping the script, because usually tenants in eviction court are unrepresented. However, with the help of a defense attorney, owners may find it hard to hide behind a corporate veil or a hired manager. Suddenly, tenants’ attorneys can do discovery and raise defenses.For LASC, the defense is one part of a bigger campaign against childhood lead poisoning: “Legal Aid Society of Cleveland took on the Moore family’s case, and will take on an estimated 1,300 similar cases in the next two years as part of a new strategy to help low-income families stay in place or move to safer, healthier homes.”At LASC’s annual meeting in December, Executive Director Colleen Cotter brought a crowd of 1,100 supporters to silence with a somber discussion of the ongoing crisis of lead poisoning in Cleveland. Cotter announced a new initiative against lead poisoning using the courts: “Legal Aid will ‘use the power of the pocketbook’…to compel private landlords to identify and fix problems like lead hazards rather than face costly fines. The strategy includes making sure state and local authorities follow lead hazard laws.”The absence of any practical way for low-income residents to find lead-safe housing in Cleveland is underscored by the facts of Moore’s case. Twice since the diagnosis of lead poisoning, Moore has located alternative rental housing only to discover that the new units couldn’t pass the Housing Quality Standard inspections. Cleveland has had a lead-safe registry since 2005, but not a single owner has come forward to register.Moore’s case is not LASC’s first foray into lead litigation. Last year, the LASC lead team asked the Ohio 8th District Court of Appeals to compel the City of Cleveland to follow through on its duties to enforce lead laws. Under state law, the Cleveland Health Department is responsible to carry out inspections of properties where a child has been poisoned and to require property owners to remediate the lead hazards.Legal service organizations in other cities are also using litigation in support of lead-poisoned families. For example, the New Haven Independent reports that its city legal aid agency successfully sued the city for failing to relocate a child who was poisoned in a city-inspected home that was inspected by the city. Another recent case of municipal neglect in New York City underscores why litigation is often required to propel real change. Nonprofit law firms and philanthropic foundations can provide vital support to this work.As a Toledo Blade two-part series makes clear, the failure of local health departments to enforce lead remediation orders is widespread. Part one of the series focuses on the experience of a family in suburban Lakewood, Ohio, where the Cuyahoga County Board of Health failed to prevent re-rental of a property known to contain a lead hazard. Part two of the series features cases from Cincinnati and Columbus that offer other examples of homes with known lead hazards being re-rented to tenants or sold to unsuspecting buyers. Reporter Lauren Lindstrom’s series led to an editorial in the Blade which demanded that residents be much better protected from lead poisoning.Connecting eviction and lead prevention together makes sense from a political standpoint. Eviction is more like lead poisoning than it is like the more celebrated opioid epidemic. Like lead, eviction undermines its victims with effects that show up slowly—reduced school performance, family instability, and social isolation. Like lead poisoning, fighting eviction means both helping survivors and reducing families’ risk of being made a victim. It’s probably no coincidence that the Cleveland Plain Dealer, which has nurtured the “Toxic Neglect” series for over two years, is now challenging Clevelanders to read and discuss Matthew Desmond’s 2016 prizewinning bestseller Evicted in 2018.Before being banned in 1978, the use of lead in painting residences was common. In Cleveland, where over 80 percent of the rental housing was built before 1978, advocates and planners assume that there will be lead present in almost all rental units. The simplest solution is to make these homes “lead safe” through encapsulation that keeps the lead hazard away from the children’s living space. But until government, owners, and the civic community act affirmatively, the threat of litigation might at least encourage some owners to act to avoid poisoning more children.—Spencer WellsShare20Tweet12Share1Email33 Shareslast_img read more

TV user experience specialist Ruwido has opened a

first_imgTV user experience specialist Ruwido has opened a new user behaviour research centre in Toulouse, France.Ruwido conducts its own scientific user behaviour research to help with the design of new products. The new facility will operate in addition to the existing usability lab in Austria, and will focus on research into new forms of interaction technologies, consumer behaviour and the latest IPTV technology.“We chose Toulouse because France is a particularly developed TV market, enabling us to be at the centre of innovation,” said Regina Bernhaupt, director of user experience research, Ruwido France. “Given the strength of the research we have already undertaken and the reliability of the results, we have been able to confidently predict the needs and desires of the next generation of television viewers, and those past predictions are now a market reality. This new facility will further strengthen our ability to develop devices and solutions that provide exactly what operators, and ultimately consumers, need in the home.”Ruwido is using IP&TV World Forum to reinforce its message that new interaction techniques, such as voice control, will enhance, rather than replace, remote control devices in the living room.According to CEO Ferdinand Maier, the majority of multi-button remote control devices have become unnecessarily complicated, and intuitive ways of navigating and selecting from content menus need to be created to enhance the user experience. “New interaction techniques for TV are currently a hot industry topic, yet while we do not dismiss these as methods of enhancing the navigation and discovery experience, they will not replace remote control devices,” said Maier. “People at home do not want to move away from the experience they are used to and they enjoy, but they should be encouraged and allowed to interact with their services in a more natural and enjoyable way. At Ruwido we understand that the next generation of TV services must enable the user to feel comfortable and that every way of navigation has to be used in the right context.”Demonstrations at Ruwido’s stand will aim to highlight the importance of allowing consumers to feel in control when interacting with their devices and services. The company will demonstrate Aura, which consists of a physical device and a graphical user interface designed to allows more intuitive navigation by enabling viewers to physically push the moveable slide of an input device faster or slower depending on how they want to scroll. Depending on how much distance the moveable slide covers, the more tactile resistance is experienced by the user.last_img read more

Short movie channel Shorts TV has chosen playout s

first_imgShort movie channel Shorts TV has chosen playout specialist Chello DMC to provide playout and content management services. Chello DMC will also represent Shorts TV in the Netherlands and Flanders.Shorts TV launched yesterday in both SD and HD on the UPC network in the Netherlands. The service is also available in France, with further European expansion planned over time.Shorts programming is categorised into one-hour or half-hour themed blocks that cover a variety of genres including comedies, musicals, documentaries, thrillers, dramas and animation. The channel will be subtitled in French and Dutch, with additional languages to be added as the channel expands its distribution. The HD channel will be distributed on the Telstar 12 satellite and the feed can be accessed throughout Europe.In addition to the linear channel, Chello DMC will support Shorts in the delivery of video on demand services to its distribution partners.Carter Pilcher, CEO at Shorts International said in a statement: “Chello DMC has first-rate technical broadcasting services and unrivalled expertise in channel playout. They are the ideal broadcast partner to help us expand our channel throughout Europe. With the best in short movies, we are excited to be bringing the channel’s acclaimed content to new audiences across Europe through both live and on demand TV platforms.”last_img read more

Sweden and Hungary show the greatest level of medi

first_imgSweden and Hungary show the greatest level of media concentration amongst 11 countries surveyed by the European Audiovisual Observatory in a new report, Converged Markets – Converged Power? Regulation and Case Law.Which country shows the greatest level of media concentration depends on the measure used. Taking the combined audience share of the four main media groups in each country analysed, and using date provided by Eurodata TV World-wide, Sweden shows the greatest level of concentration with the top four groups holding 91.9% of the market.Taking the power of the top three European groups as the measure, Hungary shows the greatest concentration, with RTL group holding almost 30% of the daily audience. The three largest European media groups are ProSiebenSat.1, RTL Group and TF1 Group.last_img

Swedish cable operator Com Hem has unveiled plans

first_imgSwedish cable operator Com Hem has unveiled plans to raise about SEK5.5 billion (€610 million) through an IPO on the Stockholm stock exchange.Com Hem said the goal of the offering is to reduce the company’s debt levels and provide additional financial flexibility. The company aims to reduce its net leverage to about 4.15 times underlying EBITDA as of June 30, with a target of getting the ration down to between 3.5 and 4 times EBITDA in the medium term.Com Hem’s announcement follows a Bloomberg report last week that it was in advanced stages of planning an IPO. The company was first reported to be in talks with its owner, London-based private-equity firm BC Partners, about a possible listing back in January.The operator has highlighted its strong fundamentals, with a 39% share of Swedish homes connected to its network and a 61% share of digital TV subscribers within its footprint. It is also the number one broadband provider in its footprint with a  44% share and the number two broadband provider nationally. The company posted net sales of SEK4.448 billion last year with underlying EBITDA of SEK2.2 billion.The share issue will primarily consist of a new ordinary shares issue, although BC Partners may sell some of the shares in Com Hem held by its local holding company NorCell.JP Morgan, Morgan Stanley and Nordea are acting as joint global coordinators and joint bookrunners, while Carnegie is acting as a joint bookrunner and Rothschild is financial advisor.““We have in the past few years made significant investments in the network, new products and the operations, which will enable us to fully capture the potential of this company,” said Com Hem CEO Anders Nilsson.“Com Hem has the fastest broadband offering in 80 percent of our cable footprint, last year we launched the leading digital TV offering with TiVo in Sweden and we have made an accelerated entry into the B2B segment through the acquisition of Phonera Företag this year.”Nikos Stathopoulos, managing partner at BC Partners said: “Becoming a public company is a natural next step for Com Hem as it will broaden its shareholder base, provide financial flexibility by reducing leverage and enhance the company’s growth prospects. We will continue to support Com Hem, its strong management team and staff and we welcome new shareholders to take part in the future development of Com Hem.”last_img read more

Omar Javaid Interactive TV technology provider Rov

first_imgOmar JavaidInteractive TV technology provider Rovi has named Omar Javaid as senior vice-president of discovery. As head of the new discovery business group, Javaid, who was previously vice president and general manager, commercial mobility at Hewlett-Packard, will be responsible for Rovi’s discovery product offerings from concept to customer delivery and will oversee aspects of the group’s activity including engineering, architecture, user experience, product lifecycle management, programme management and product marketing, according to Rovi.“With extensive experience in managing large scale, cloud infrastructure initiatives, Omar will bring industry best practices and proven approaches to help expedite our transition to Internet Protocol-based solutions for multiscreen guidance and discovery,” said John Burke, executive vice president and chief operating officer, Rovi.last_img

Spacecom is still trying to reestablish contact w

first_imgSpacecom is still trying to re-establish contact with Amos-5 after losing “all communications and signals” with the satellite over the weekend.A spokesperson for the company said that as of yesterday afternoon connection has not been re-established and that “neither Spacecom nor its partners have found an explanation for the outage.”“They have pored over the telemetry data and other data and nothing has shown up – no reason for the anomaly has been found,” said the Spacecom spokesperson.The satellite operator is currently working with its customers so that they can still meet their broadcast, broadband and communications requirements – either via Spacecom or rivals’ satellite capacity.Launched in 2011, the Amos-5 satellite offers direct-to-home TV, VSAT communications and broadband and other services to Africa. The satellite features a fixed pan-African C-band beam and three steerable Ku-band beams — all covering Africa with connectivity to Europe and the Middle East.last_img read more

Sky has announced a major new commitment to develo

first_imgSky has announced a major new commitment to developing virtual reality content, including the creation of a virtual reality studio and the release of its first VR content tomorrow.Sky VR Studio’s first two films, shot during Formula 1 testing in Barcelona, which will transport viewers to the pit lane, into the team garages, and out onto the track, will be released tomorrow.The two F1 VR experiences, which were produced in conjunction with Formula One Management and Williams Martini Racing, will be made available via the Facebook 360 Video platform. The full VR experience will also be available on the Oculus platform, and viewable on the Samsung Gear VR and Oculus Rift headsets.Sky said it would look to distribute virtual reality content through a dedicated Sky VR app later this year.The pay TV broadcaster said that over the coming year, its VR studio will create more than 20 individual film spanning cultural and sporting events.The VR team is headed by executive producer Neil Graham, who will be joined by award-winning VR director Richard Nockles, who directed Sky VR Studio’s F1 film, and is behind a wide range of VR projects for a number of global brands, according to Sky.VR content to be created by the unit will include a film on heavyweight boxing, taking viewers inside the ring as Anthony Joshua bids for a world title and a film about Team Sky’s preparation for the Tour de France.“The Sky VR Studio allows us to add a new dimension to storytelling, taking viewers to extraordinary places and offering a unique perspective on a whole host of events. The development of VR technology is moving at an incredible pace and excitement is building about its potential. Our expertise across a wide range of video content, from original drama to live sport, gives us a unique ability to bring VR to life for customers. This is just the start and we’re looking forward to creating more amazing VR content and exploring the possibilities with our tech and content partners,” said Gary Davey, managing director, content at Sky.last_img read more

Liberty Global has struck a multiyear partnership

first_imgLiberty Global has struck a multi-year partnership with Netflix to make the SVOD provider’s content available to its subscribers in 30 countries around the world.Liberty Global will launch Netflix on its advanced digital TV platforms across Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean – starting with the Netherlands.“This deal will provide even more freedom to our subscribers – allowing them to access a goldmine of amazing TV and films at the click of a button, fully integrated into their usual TV viewing set-up,” said Liberty Global CEO, Mike Fries.Netflix CEO Reed Hastings said that the partnership will allow “millions of our mutual customers around the world to easily access the broadest range of TV shows and movies without having to search for that other remote control.”“Combining the Netflix app – and all the great content it provides – into the familiar, easy-to-use cable box makes both more appealing.”The new deal follows the launch of Netflix on Liberty Global-owned Virgin Media’s TiVo platform back in 2013 – the same year that Liberty acquired the UK pay TV provider.Liberty said that the new deal shows its commitment to providing customers with the best in entertainment across TVs, tablets or mobile phones, adding that it compliments the 6,000 hours of movies, TV series and documentaries it already offers on-demand via services like MyPrime and Play.When the Netflix app launches on Liberty Global’s platforms, existing Netflix subscribers will be able to log-in to access the service while new customers will be able to sign up via the TV app.Liberty Global will launch Netflix on its Horizon box in the Netherlands and said it will roll it out to other countries as “technological upgrades” continue through 2017.The deal comes after Liberty Global said in May that it will consolidate its next-generation set-top platforms, including ultimately that of Virgin Media in the UK, as part of a project dubbed ‘Eos’.Eos is part of the wider strategic plan, formerly known as ‘Liberty 3.0’, designed to reduce company costs through, among other things, common technology platforms.In August, Virgin Media CEO, Tom Mockridge, said that Virgin plans to roll-out the EOS set-top box later this year, built with the TiVo UI, rather than the Horizon interface used by Liberty elsewhere in Europe.According to IHS research released earlier this year, Netflix, prior to the Liberty deal, had active partnerships with a total of 25 pay TV providers – including Virgin Media, BT TV and Com Hem.In research presented at the IHS Technology London Media Seminar in May, IHS senior principal analyst, Ted Hall, said that Netflix’s pay TV partners are typically operators that do not have significant direct interests in content themselves, claiming that for pay TV operators the “risks and implications” of partnering with Netflix include the reduction of TVOD consumption and cannibalisation of an operator’s own SVOD offering.last_img read more

Polish pay TV operator Cyfrowy Polsat has launched

first_imgPolish pay TV operator Cyfrowy Polsat has launched a new version of its Ipla OTT TV service for Android devices.A new version of the Android app is now available via Google Play. The latest version of the app allows users to download VOD content, including Polsat series, to tablets and smartphones for offline viewing.Content available on the Ipla platform includes shows from Telewizja Polsat such as Przyjaciółki, Świat według Kiepskich, Pierwsza miłość, Zdrady, Trudne sprawy, Pielęgniarki, Dlaczego ja, Ewa gotuje, Na ratunek 112, Rinke za kratami, Nasz nowy dom, Kabaret na żywo, and Gliniarze;The service provides access to Telewizja Polsat archieve shows, with about 7,000 episodes available, alongside over 350 episodes for kids and 300 movies.Some 7,500 episodes are available free of charge with advertising, including some Polsat shows, Venezuelan telenovelas, soap operas, movies and kids content. However, in order to download content, users must have an Ipla Extra package that allows them to watch videos without ads.last_img read more

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first_imgShareTweet “An operation was immediately put in place to secure the area, with a section of the Rossdowney Road closed for a number of hours to ensure the safety of the public whilst enquiries were conducted.!ATO were tasked to the scene and the objects have since been declared viable and taken away for further forensic examination.“The safety of the community is of paramount importance and we will not take any risks, however, I want to thank the local community for their patience and understanding during this operation as we worked to bring it to a conclusion.“I am aware how frustrating this incident has been, and the inconvenience and disruption it has caused to the local community who have had their lives disrupted, including a number of residents who were evacuated from their homes. HELP US CATCH ‘RECKLESS CRIMINALS’ WHO LEFT LETHAL PIPE BOMBS IN DERRY, SAY POLICE was last modified: November 14th, 2017 by John2John2 Tags: Two viable pipe bomb devices found during security alert in Waterside yesterday and have been taken away for forensic examinationDETECTIVES at Strand Road are appealing for information after two viable pipe bomb type devices were recovered during a security alert in the Waterside of Derry.A number of homes had to be evacuated and workers told to stay in doors while ATO made the lethal devices safe.Detective Inspector Lindsay Fisher said:  “Police responded to a report of two suspicious objects in the Montgomery Close area at around 1:30 pm.center_img “Thankfully, nobody was injured because of the reckless actions of criminals who showed absolutely no regard for the community by placing two potentially deadly devices in a built-up area.“I urge the public to remain vigilant. If anyone finds anything suspicious please do not touch it – phone the police immediately.“I am appealing to anyone who witnessed anything suspicious in the in the area of Montgomery Close leading up to this event specifically late in the evening of Saturday, 11th November to contact detectives at Strand Road Criminal Investigation Branch on the non-emergency number 101, quoting reference 629 of 13/11/17.“Or information can be passed to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.” DerryDETECTIVE INSPECTOR LINDSAY FOSTERHELP US CATCH ‘RECKLESS CRIMINALS’ WHO LEFT LETHAL PIPE BOMBS IN DERRYMONTGOMERY CLOSEPSNIROSSDOWNEY ROADSAY POLICESTRAND ROADlast_img read more

I would ask anyone who was in the Glendale Park a

first_img“I would ask anyone who was in the Glendale Park area on Wednesday and who has information or mobile phone footage which could assist with our enquiries or anyone who witnessed the collision on the Skeoge Road to contact detectives at Strand Road on 101 quoting reference number 1742 05/06/19. “Alternatively, information can also be provided to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 which is 100% anonymous and gives people the power to speak up and stop crime.”Three men questioned over street disturbance in Derry was last modified: June 7th, 2019 by John2John2 Tags: DETECTIVES in Derry are appealing for information following an incident in the Glendale Park area on Wednesday 5th June.Chief Inspector Johnny Hunter said: “A report was received by police at around 7.40 pm on Wednesday evening, of an ongoing disturbance involving a number of individuals at Glendale Park. “Officers attended the scene and arrested three men a short time later. ShareTweet CHIEF INSPECTOR JONNY HUNTERGLENDALE PARKPSNIThree men questioned over street disturbance in Derry “At this stage our enquiries are ongoing to establish the full circumstances of the incident and how many others were involved. “The three men have since been released on bail pending further enquiries. “A light coloured MG estate car was reported to have left the scene following the incident and was involved in a collision with a black Vauxhall Insignia on the Skeoge Road. “There were no reports of any serious injuries.last_img read more

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first_imgHome NewsWatch Health WV gets nearly $6M grant to fight opioid crisis Tumblr Twitter Linkedin WASHINGTON (NEWS RELEASE) – U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) announced today that West Virginia will be receiving a nearly $6 million grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to help combat the opioid crisis.The $5,881,983 grant was provided for by the 21st Century Cures Act, which Rep. Jenkins proudly supported when it passed the House in November 2016 and when it was funded in December. The grant will fund expanded access to treatment, education and prevention.“This grant will help West Virginia combat the drug crisis and offer more treatment options for people seeking a path out of addiction. I was proud to fight for funding in the 21st Century Cures Act and made sure that West Virginia would receive help in addressing this crisis plaguing our communities. Our community and recovery leaders already have plans on how to put these funds to work to help others, and I know these plans will make a real different in our fight. I will continue to champion West Virginia’s needs and make sure we get the resources we need to stop this public health crisis,” Rep. Jenkins said.To combat the ongoing opioid crisis, SAMSHA and the U.S. Health and Human Services are prioritizing five key strategies: strengthening public health surveillance, advancing the practice of pain management, improving access to treatment and recovery services, targeting availability and distribution of overdose-reversing drugs, and supporting cutting-edge research. States and territories were awarded funds based on rates of overdose deaths and unmet needs for opioid addiction treatment. Google+ HealthLocal NewsState NewsTop Stories WV gets nearly $6M grant to fight opioid crisis By WOAY NEWS STAFFApr 20, 2017, 15:11 pm 731 0 Facebook Pinterest Mail Next PostKroger supports Mountaineer Food Bank WOAY NEWS STAFF Previous PostBill O’Reilly payout could be as high as $25 millionlast_img read more