Obama Bryson thank Pow Wow delegates

first_img<a href=”http://www.etbtravelnews.global/click/25bd3/” target=”_blank”><img src=”http://adsvr.etbtravelnews.global/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=222&amp;cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&amp;n=af663c61″ border=”0″ alt=””></a> Secretary of Commerce John Bryson joined delegates at the MAUIVA and Brand USA sponsored lunch on day one of Pow Wow where the inaugural Brand USA campaign was unveiled. Secretary Bryson pledged congress’ support of Brand USA and the marketing campaigns ahead for the organisation, along with their support of USTA’s work at speeding up visa applications and their goal to make airports and travel hubs more welcoming and easier to navigate. The travel and tourism industry is the third highest sector for income generation in the U.S. and generated USD$13.3 billion dollars in February 2012 alone, an increase of 14% on the same month last year. A surplus of USD$43 billion was achieved by the travel and tourism industry in 2011 and Secretary Bryson took the opportunity at Pow Wow to thank industry professionals.“How do we foster more of the person-to-person connections between us and the rest of the world? We can’t do it without your help,” Secretary Bryson said. President Barack Obama was unable to attend Pow Wow this week but recorded a video message for the lunch further promoting Brand USA’s message. “America is truly open for business and the world should know it,” President Obama said. Click here to view complete photo gallery. e-Travel Blackboard flights to Pow Wow proudly sponsored by Hawaiian Airlines Click here to view footage of President Obama speaking at Pow Wow Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.Alast_img read more

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Go back to the enewsletter Australian boutique lux

first_imgGo back to the enewsletterAustralian boutique luxury hotel brand, Emporium Hotels, has previewed its latest property in South Bank Brisbane. The highly anticipated Emporium Hotel South Bank features 143 suites, a selection of premium food and beverage offerings and a rooftop, 23-metre infinity-edge pool and bar with sweeping views of the Brisbane River and city skyline. A selection of sophisticated, state-of-the-art meeting and events spaces are also available, including the grand, pillar-less Frangipani Ballroom, which accommodates up to 350 cocktail-style, and three purpose-built boardrooms.“We couldn’t be more excited to reveal the new, flagship Emporium Hotel, a project of grand proportions,” said Emporium Hotel South Bank GM Peter Savoff.“Everyone who visits us will see that no expense has been spared to offer our guests a heightened, sensory experience. We are looking forward to raising the bar in boutique luxury accommodation, not only in Brisbane, but nationwide and beyond.”Emporiums Hotels © Emporium South Bank BrisbaneIndependently owned and operated, Emporium Hotel South Bank is the vision of Anthony and Francine John, the dynamic team behind the original Emporium Hotel in Fortitude Valley, which built an enviable track record of awards and recognition over its 10 years of operation.“What is also particularly exciting is the fact that some of the stunning features from the original hotel in Fortitude Valley have been carried across, including the beloved antique Parisian shopfront, which will have pride of place in its new home,” Savoff said.Emporiums Hotels © Emporium South Bank BrisbaneHe added that the theme of elegant luxury continues into each of the hotel’s suites.“Whether for business or leisure, our suites have been purpose-designed for indulgence and to satisfy the most discerning traveller. There is no ‘entry level’ experience here – each spacious, sumptuously appointed room features a bronze wet bar, 55-inch mirror television that doubles as functional art, Bose Sound Bar and a large, exquisitely finished ensuite with double vanities, privacy switch glass and premium bathing amenities. An extended mini-bar offering, including a Eurocave eight-bottle wine fridge stocked with premium local and international drops, and 24-hour in-suite dining menu, heightens the luxury experience.”Emporiums Hotels © Emporium South Bank BrisbaneCentrally positioned on Grey Street in Brisbane within Anthony John Group’s AU$600 million Southpoint precinct, Emporium Hotel South Bank is surrounded by Brisbane’s best bars, dining and lifestyle options and just minutes’ walk to Queensland Performing Arts Complex, Queensland Art Gallery, Queensland Gallery of Modern Art, the Queensland Museum and State Library.For further info on Emporium Hotel South Bank, email reservations@emporiumhotels.com.au or visit emporiumhotels.com.au.Go back to the enewsletterlast_img read more

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Mike Gundy is staying at Oklahoma State

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Sponsored By Connatix What we all thought was going to happen, happened. Mike Gundy is staying at Oklahoma State.Cowboy For Life! #GoPokes #okstate— Mike Gundy (@CoachGundy) November 29, 2017 Brett McMurphy reported Tennessee presented an offer of six years at $42 million to lure him to Knoxville.Sources: Mike Gundy has decided to remain at Oklahoma State. He met w/Tennessee officials Tuesday in Dallas. Gundy reportedly had a 6-year, $42 million deal from Tennessee, but will remain at his alma mater https://t.co/m1igbKIEpx— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) November 29, 2017Save a year at Baylor as passing game coordinator and quarterbacks coach in 1996 and a few seasons with the same duties (plus wide receivers) at Maryland from 1997-2000, Gundy has spent his entire coaching and playing career in Stillwater with the Cowboys. Following the departure of Les Miles heading into the 2005 season, Gundy has led the Cowboy program.Gundy’s record as a head coach is 113-53, including a 69-42 mark in Big 12 conference play. With their bowl game yet to go, Gundy has put together an impressive eight nine-win seasons with the Cowboys since taking over, with the chance to push that to nine with a bowl win.His first year in 2005 has been the only year he failed to lead the program to at least 7 wins, which is a remarkable run for a first-time head coach.What Gundy has built in Stillwater is impressive, which is precisely why when other programs, especially the last few seasons, have come to talk with Gundy about their opening, no one has been able to put together a package that makes him want to walk away.last_img read more

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Mexico City Mexico – In spite of the health crisi

first_imgMexico City, Mexico – In spite of the health crisis resulting from the Swine Flu (H1N1 influenza) detected in Mexico as well as the travel alerts issued by the U.S. and other countries, the World Health Organization (WHO) does not contemplate the closing of borders or restrictions of trips.The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is recommending that people “avoid all nonessential travel to Mexico,” but at no moment have they enforced a ban on travel to our country. Health authorities are suggesting that tourists should follow the recommendations provided by the Ministry of Health and international health authorities, in order to prevent the infection and spread of the virus.Mexico’s Minister of Health, José Ángel Córdova, confirmed that over the next few days, the government will have access to instant rapid result testing detecting the virus in public health centers, to those who have flu-like symptoms.The Mexican Government has also taken aggressive preventive measures that are directly in line with those recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) for this level of crisis. Some of these actions are:* Massive distribution of face masks in Mexico City by members of the military. * Probability of public and metro transportation service suspension until the situation is under control * Recommendation of not assisting to large, conglomerated, public events and to keep a distance of 6.5 feet when in company of someone * Expedite the entrance of antiviral medication into the country which will be managed under controlled prescription * Preparing the call centers with proper information to attend, orient and inform the public ( 1-800-44-Mexico)The CDC in Atlanta said that there are two antiviral drugs to which the swine influenza is susceptible; these are now being used successfully in the treatment of people infected in the United States and Mexico.When asked about the position of the tourism sector, the Secretary of Tourism, Rodolfo Elizondo, expressed that the industry is working with federal authorities to confront this health crisis in a coordinated manner. “We have launched a communication strategy in order to keep the industry and tourists in the country informed on preventive measures.”In addition, Oscar Fitch, CEO of the Mexico Tourism Board (MTB), said that “all offices of the MTB abroad are ensuring that both business partners and tourists who plan to travel to Mexico have all required official information.”It is essential to the Mexican government that all tourists have accurate and timely information on the current situation. People arriving or departing the country must be aware of all the information issued by the health authorities. It is important to know that medical teams have been deployed to conduct questionnaires to passengers about their health and any symptoms of influenza so they can be sent to receive medical attention.last_img read more

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All clear for Kalo Chorio water supply

first_imgAUTHORITIES yesterday gave residents of Kalo Chorio in Larnaca the all-clear to use their local water supply.In a statement, the health ministry said latest lab analysis of water samples taken on September 15 found the water is now safe for drinking and cooking.The health services had on two previous occasions advised residents not to consume water from their local supply. The source of the contamination had been traced to two wells in the area. Local authorities cut off the two wells from the local water network.You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementAdd This One Thing To Your Dog’s Food To Help Them Be HealthierUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndoAngels And EntrepreneursRobert Herjavec Announce Venture Could Make You RichAngels And EntrepreneursUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoIsraeli rape suspects freed, woman who alleged assault arrested (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Cyprus creditworthiness to be reviewed eight times in 2019

first_imgCyprus’ creditworthiness is expected to be reviewed eight times in 2019, according to the next assessments scheduled by credit rating agencies.Among the four credit rating agencies, Moody’s is the only one that maintains Cyprus’ creditworthiness in ‘junk’ (Ba2), two grades below investment grade with a stable outlook, unlike the rest of the rating agencies who have already upgraded the island’s sovereign rating back to investment grade.Moody’s is expected to issue the first of its two assessments on March 29, 2019. In 2018 Moody’s evaluated Cyprus’ creditworthiness only once, after having cancelled the first one because of the 2018 presidential election campaign that climaxed in February.The New York-based credit rating agency downgraded Cyprus to ‘junk’ in March 2012.Cyprus’ creditworthiness has been upgraded seven times in 2018, twice by Fitch Ratings and DBRS, once by Moody’s, and once by Standard and Poor’s.The latter reaffirmed Cyprus ΒΒ+ with a positive outlook in its first assessment in March this year.S&PsMoody’sFitchDBRS8 March29 March12 April17 May6 September20 September11 October15 NovemberYou May LikeLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 minute and see why everyone is addictedPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GameUndoGundry MD PrebioThrive Probiotic SupplementCardiologist: This Is What Happens When You Eat GlutenGundry MD PrebioThrive Probiotic SupplementUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoThe Deniz boat incident showed clearly the intentions of the Turkish sideUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Rep VanderWall hosting coffee hours

first_img12Jun Rep. VanderWall hosting coffee hours No appointment is necessary to attend coffee hours. Anyone unable to attend who would like to voice a question or concern to the representative may contact his office at (517) 373-0825 or CurtVanderwall@house.mi.gov. Categories: VanderWall Newscenter_img State Rep. Curt VanderWall of Ludington invites residents of Mason and Manistee counties to attend his upcoming coffee hours for the month of June. Coffee hours provide an opportunity for people to meet with their representative in an informal setting.“I encourage people to come and meet with me if they have any questions or concerns regarding matters of state government,” VanderWall said. “I enjoy hearing from residents and bringing their thoughts and ideas back to the Capitol.”Rep. VanderWall will be available at the following times and locations:Monday, June 199 to 10 a.m. at Airport Conference Room, 5300 W. US 10 in Ludington; and11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Manistee County Board of Commissioners Room, 415 Third St. in Manistee.last_img read more

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Rep Runestads civil asset forfeiture reform plan moves forward

first_img State Rep. Jim Runestad’s plan to bring more oversight and transparency to Michigan’s civil asset forfeiture process was approved today by the House Judiciary Committee with bipartisan support.Civil asset forfeiture is the procedure by which law enforcement officers can seize property they believe was gained from or used during the commission of a crime. Under current law, property – such as cash, narcotics, vehicles and other assets – can be seized from an individual even if they are never charged with a crime.Runestad, who chairs the House Judiciary Committee, said his plan will offer more oversight to help protect the due process rights of innocent citizens.“While we must ensure that criminals are not allowed to profit from their crimes, we must also provide checks and balances to ensure the civil asset forfeiture process isn’t being abused,” Runestad said. “Giving local prosecutors a means of oversight will foster the trust of the community and hold any potential bad actors in check.”Runestad’s legislation, House Bill 5702, requires the county prosecuting attorney to review and obtain a court order for all forfeitures. If the forfeiture is not approved or a court order is not obtained, the seizing agency is required to return the property, unless it is harmful to the public.A second piece of the plan, House Bill 5703 sponsored by Rep. Gary Glenn, would require Michigan law enforcement officers to complete training designed to assist in lawful property seizure that may be subject to forfeiture.“This plan is a great step in the right direction,” Runestad said. “Having a transparent and reliable process will protect against abuse and ensure any property seized by law enforcement is done so lawfully.”The plan now moves to the full House for consideration.### 27Nov Rep. Runestad’s civil asset forfeiture reform plan moves forward Categories: Runestad Newslast_img read more

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Ethics Audit of Penn State Reveals Cultural Problems

first_imgShareTweetShareEmail0 Shares September 22, 2014; Penn State Daily CollegianIn its continuing effort to undo the damage of the Jerry Sandusky scandal, Penn State recently recruited the Ethics Resource Center to conduct a survey of Penn State’s values and culture. The report, released last week, involved over 14,000 members of the Penn State community—students, faculty, administrators—and revealed a culture that has serious problems.As summarized by Erin McCarthy for the Daily Collegian, Penn State’s campus newspaper, 58 percent of the survey respondents said that they had seen behavior they considered an abrogation of university rules or even violated the law. However, it doesn’t appear that the culture of Penn State makes reporting wrongdoing easy or welcome. According to the report, survey respondents reported “distrust of current processes, experiences with retaliation and unfamiliarity with available resources.” Some Penn State staff made it clear that reporting wrongdoing would simply engender retaliation and reported in the survey that they had observed intimidation and bullying in the workplace.Established in 1922, the Ethics Resource Center promotes high ethical standards, conducts biennial ethics surveys, and occasionally does contracted surveys such as this one for Penn State. Given the attention that Penn State has received for its role in abetting Sandusky’s sexual abuse depredations, the report merits public discussion, especially in light of former Senator George Mitchell’s glowing report on Penn State’s progress addressing the recommendations outlined by former FBI director Louis Freeh, particularly since the ERC report provides insights into the institutional Penn State culture.Sadly, although 40 percent of staff and 31 percent of faculty participated in the survey, only 11 percent of graduate students and seven percent of undergraduate students did. If there had been a higher level of student response, it is possible that the results of the survey might have been different. The finding shocking to us is that of the survey participants who said that they had witnessed misconduct, only 26 percent reported the misconduct to university authorities. Eighteen percent of staffers who witnessed and reported misconduct said that they experienced retaliation in response. The most frequently observed misconduct according to staff respondents was “abusive or intimidating behavior that creates a hostile environment.”The challenge is whether the university will actually take affirmative steps to radically alter the university’s ethical culture. Given that the Mitchell report suggested that Penn State is well along the way toward rectifying its pre- and post-Sandusky problems, are people likely to look at the ERC report as having identified and addressed problems in the university’s past that have already been dealt with in the Mitchell report?An ostrich-like head-in-the-sand approach to a report that takes on Penn State’s institutional culture is not going to work. But we wonder: Would most nonprofits we know be willing to subject themselves to an ethics audit along the lines of what ERC aimed to do at Penn State? In how many of our nonprofits would surveys turn up evidence of staff seeing wrongdoing but nor reporting it for fear of retaliation, abusive bullying by executive staff toward subordinates, and worse?—Rick CohenFull disclosure: One of ERC’s board members is former Massachusetts Attorney General Scott Harshbarger. Harshbarger is also Nonprofit Quarterly’s corporation counsel.ShareTweetShareEmail0 Shareslast_img read more

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Ferguson Commission Report a Systemic Approach to Systemic Racism

first_imgShare45TweetShare5Email50 Shares“No Justice, No Peace” / Shawn SemmlerSeptember 14, 2015; New York TimesThe Ferguson Commission released its final report yesterday, with conclusions basically along the lines of the recommendations that were largely disclosed a month ago. That shouldn’t make the conclusions of this yearlong effort any less meaningful, given what has occurred in the interim—numerous incidents of excessive police force resulting in the deaths of unarmed black civilians in Cincinnati, New York City, Baltimore, Cleveland, and Waller County, Texas.In a way, the report is a compilation of corrective recommendations that go far beyond the police violence that resulted in the death of Michael Brown. Some of the Commission’s “calls for action” address policing issues:Shifting the prosecution of cases involving potential police use of force resulting in injuries or death to the auspices of the state attorney general (rather than, as in the case of Michael Brown, the county) and the investigation of such cases to the Missouri Highway Patrol (as opposed to local police)Establishing a “use of force database” to develop statistical information for determining trends warranting official intervention and developing new rules and training for police use of forceIncreasing the training provided to police on issues such as implicit bias and cultural responsivenessCreating civilian review boards at the municipal and county levelsMajor reforms in sentencing, including eliminating incarceration for minor offenses, developing alternative sentencing options, treating nonviolent offenses as civil rather than criminal violations, creating community justice centers, and fixing the region’s process of collecting civil debts like criminal violationsReplacing the micro-jurisdictions’ control of police and courts by consolidating police departments and municipal courtsThose recommendations address the structural and policy issues that led to the killing of a black teen in the streets of Ferguson by a white policeman, but the Commission went beyond to address an array of social and economic conditions that express the inequities facing young black men and women in Ferguson and nationwide:Supporting “the whole child” by establishing school-based health centers, reforming school discipline policies, and ending hunger for children and their families (the report calls for the expansion of SNAP and WIC programs and facilitating SNAP enrollment by developing a policy of “presumptive eligibility”)Investing in early childhood education and developing educational innovation “hubs” in schoolsSupporting other ameliorative policies such as expanding Medicaid eligibility, raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour, taking action against predatory lenders (by capping the maximum APR at 36 percent), creating or expanding child development accounts and individual and family development accounts, supporting community development banks, and developing programs of multi-generational financial educationA variety of recommendations to promote affordable housing while avoiding the overconcentration of low-income housing in impacted communities, encouraging job creation opportunities through collaboration between educational institutions and employers, enacting inclusionary zoning ordinances, and increased support for public transportationIn a way, some of those non-policing, non-judicial recommendations feel a little “stock,” like they could have been drawn from any number of studies, reports, and commissions from dozens of communities across the nation. Underlying the deaths of Michael Brown, Freddie Gray, Sandra Bland, and Eric Garner, to name a few, is the issue of racial discrimination—overt and covert, explicit and implicit, personal and institutional. In the area of “further(ing) racial equity in the region,” the report offers the following calls for action:“Intentionally apply a racial equity framework to existing and new regional policies, initiatives, programs and projects in order to address and eliminate existing disparities for racial and ethnic populations.”“Create a 25-year managed fund to solely support regional racial equity infrastructure for all sectors… for racial equity capacity, needs and training assessment, analysis, implementation, impact, sustained strategies and accountability.”“Faith communities and authorized faith leaders are called to directly engage in networks and tables of policy discussion across the region to shape how we work together and inform the conversation directly.”All of the report’s recommendations or calls to action get some useful detail, largely drawn from other studies, regarding their operationalization, but there is little detail to the “racial equity” recommendations. If the issue at the heart of the police violence is really racial discrimination and racial inequity, then the answers actually lie in the calls for changes in policing, the judicial system, the educational system, and community factors such as housing and jobs. Rather than looking for the racial inequities that might be embedded in proposed policies and programs, the onus should be the reverse. New policies and programs that explicitly overcome institutional and structural racism in the courts and the economy should be actively promoted and pursued with a strong racial justice analysis. If the nation is to overcome its layers of institutional and structural racism, it’s time for racial justice advocacy to take to the offense.There’s no shocking analysis and recommendation in the Ferguson Commission report. What is missing, co-chair Rich McClure indicated, is the implementation mechanism, the creation or designation of an organization to own and guide the implementation of the recommendations. Whatever that organization might be, it would have to sort through a total of 189 recommendations or calls to action. Observers largely supportive of the Commission’s recommendations, such as St. Louis city council member Antonio French and Democratic state senator Maria Chappelle-Nadal, expressed some skepticism that the commission’s work would lead to action. To date, actions that the state could have taken without waiting for the Commission’s report, such as body cameras for police officers and changes in the rules for police use of lethal action, were not supported by the state legislature this year.Think back to the Kerner Commission and other comprehensive reviews during and in the aftermath of the War on Poverty and much of the Civil Rights Era. The implementing agency was the federal government, enacting powerful and synoptic legislation and programs that galvanized the nation, even if only for a while. In the case of Ferguson, the Commission has produced its own comprehensively researched report, but the receiving entity to carry out the breadth and depth of its recommendations doesn’t seem to be in the room.—Rick CohenShare45TweetShare5Email50 Shareslast_img read more

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Bulgarian telecom operator MTels Mobiltel subsid

first_imgBulgarian telecom operator M-Tel’s Mobiltel subsidiary has launched a new subscription video-on-demand service using a platform from On Demand Group, the VOD specialist recently acquired from SeaChange International by Avail-TVN.The service, Videoclub Max is available to Mobiltel’s digital TV subscribers for BGN9.90 (€5), including unlimited access to a variety of series, movies kids shows and music videos without the need for a long-term contract.Subscribers to Mobiltel’s 100Mbps internet service can access Videoclub Max at no extra cost.New titles will be added to the Videoclub Max library every week.  M-Tel digital TV users can try the service via the Videoclub Start package, which will provide unlimited access to a select showcase of Videoclub Max content including some TV series, children’s cartoons and music videos. Videoclub Start can be accessed directly from the subscribers’ remote control.last_img read more

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US 3D network 3net has unveiled a new slate of ult

first_imgUS 3D network 3net has unveiled a new slate of ultra HD programming, as the debate over the future of 3D programming intensifies.3net’s move comes just a week after HBO’s technology chief Bob Zitter claimed 3D glasses in the home was “dead” and had been rejected by consumers.But 3net’s president and CEO, Tom Cosgrove, has defended the medium, claiming: “The global growth of 3D TV into the home increased by 72% in 2012, and we’re starting to see the impact of those 41 million new sets sold last year as consumers around the world look to their entertainment providers for compelling, original 3D content.”To that end, 3net and its production wing 3net Studios are working on a pair of new 3D originals, non-scripted garage reality series Turn & Burn (6x60mins) and Dark Secrets (8x30mins), which recreates supposedly supernatural events. It will also simulcast Hillbilly Blood: A Hardscrabble Life (12x30mins) on April 13 along with Discovery-owned 2D cable network Destination America.3net has also put three 4K natural history and documentary originals into development. These are National Parks Adventure, Metropolis and Made by Man.Cosgrove added that “with a 2013 forecast of continued dramatic 3D TV penetration – and now a faster than anticipated rollout of 4K – 3net Studios is bolstering our current roster of original 3D and 4K production to keep pace with the growing demand from the global marketplace”.3net is a joint venture of Sony, Discovery Communications and IMAX.last_img read more

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Multiscreen technology specialist Elemental Techno

first_imgMultiscreen technology specialist Elemental Technologies has partnered with Finland-based technology company Teleste to power the latter’s Optimo OTT solution.The deal marks a formalisation of Elemental’s channel partnership with Teleste and marks Elementals first major push into the European cable market, said Elemental’s VP of marketing Keith Wymbs at a press briefing in London.Telesete Live will underpin Teleste’s Optimo product, which is a multiscreen solution for managing and distributing TV channels, interactive services on DVB, IPTV and OTT networks to set-top boxes, tablets, PCs, and smart phones.“Telesete is a major powerhouse in the European cable market. We have not had a very high focus I would say on European cable – we’ve been focused mostly on some IPTV wins and obviously the traditional broadcasters and rights holders – but this is going to be our entry into the cable market in Europe,” said Wymbs.Delivering an update about Elemental’s technological progress since the NAB conference earlier this year, Wymbs said that at NAB it debuted 4K H.264. Now the company has advanced its HEVC software codec implementation to support 4K/H.265.Live processing of 1080P HEVC at 3.2 mbps was also demoed at NAB. Wymbs said that Elemental’s technology has since advanced to enable 1080P HEVC at below 2.8 mbps. “We believe we are innovating faster than anyone in the industry and have made HEVC available to any customer that want to license it,” said Wymbs.He added that the firm’s recently launched Elemental Cloud Platform as a Service (PaaS) is now being deployed on three continents. Elemental Cloud PaaS is designed to let customers use cloud-based servers to meet peak demand and then scale back down as demand diminishes.last_img read more

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The French tennis federation the FFS has express

first_imgThe French tennis federation, the FFS, has expressed disappointment after failing to secure what it said were acceptable offers for rights to broadcast the Roland Garros French Open tennis championship for the 2014-18 period, according to local reports.Gilbert Ysern, director general of the FFS, cited by financial daily Les Echos, said the organisation had only received two offers by its deadline yesterday. Eurosport placed a bid for packages A and C that the FFS said was far short of the reserve price, while public broadcaster France Télévisions placed a bid for all three packages on offer, which the FFS said was against its rules and could not be considered.The FFS had set a reported €15 million reserve price, with one of the three packages on offer reserved for free-to-air TV. No offers were received from pay TV leader Canal+ or rival beIN Sport.last_img read more

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Italian broadcaster Mediaset and 21 Investments ha

first_imgItalian broadcaster Mediaset and 21 Investments have sold their cinema chain The Space Cinema to the UK’s Vue Entertainment International for €105 million. The Space Cinema was created in 2009 following 21 Investments’ acquisition of Warner Village and the Medusa chain. With Mediaset’s investment, the group acquired two other chains – central Italian cinema group Planet and north-eastern group Cinecity – creating a  cinema business with 36 multiplexes and a market share of around 20%.last_img read more

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Tom Mockridge Virgin Media CEO Tom Mockridge has s

first_imgTom MockridgeVirgin Media CEO Tom Mockridge has spoken out in favour of the EC giving a green light to mobile operator Three’s owner CK Hutchison taking over rival O2, owned by Telefónica.“‎Any competition concerns can be addressed without blocking the proposed O2-Three transaction,” said Mockridge in a statement.The EC is currently considering the deal, which is opposed by UK regulator Ofcom on competition grounds.Virgin Media is one of the companies that could stand to benefit from any remedies the EC imposes to give a green light to the combination of Three and O2. These could involve the obligatory sale of assets, including network and spectrum assets, by the new combined mobile operator, which could enable the creation of more powerful competitor than current mobile virtual network operators can provide.Virgin Media is well-placed to take advantage of any imposed remedies. The company is already one of the UK’s largest MVNOs by number of customers, providing mobile telephony service to around 1.8 million post-paid and 1.2 million pre-paid customers.In his statement, Mockridge cited the example of Austria, where the EC approved Hutchison Whampoa’s acquisition of Orange’s local operation, reducing the number of mobile network operators from four to three, and Ireland, where Hutchison’s acquisition of Telefónica’s local operation created a similar result.“The Commission has previously cleared mobile mergers which resulted in a reduction in the number of mobile operators from four to three, subject to wholesale remedies.  In two of these cases, Austria and Ireland, Virgin Media’s parent company Liberty Global provides vigorous competition and consumer choice as a result of taking EU remedies,” said Mockridge.“The same can be true in the UK.  A combined O2-Three could have more to offer consumers and, crucially, more capacity for other providers who want to drive competition in their own right.   With the right remedies, this deal could stimulate not curb competition.”This week the EC gave a green light to Virgin Media parent company Liberty Global’s Belgian operator, Telenet, to acquire BASE Company from KPN.Earlier this week Ofcom CEO Sharon White came out in opposition to the Three-O2 merger in the Financial Times, arguing that it could result in increased prices to consumers.The ultimate decision on the acquisition lies with EC commissioner Margrethe Vesthager, who has imposed stricter remedies of late when giving the green light for mobile mergers.Last month it emerged that Xavier Niel, the proprietor of French upstart mobile and fixed-line operator Free had approached Ofcom to express an interest in entering the UK market if the Three-O2 deal went through and a decision was taken to create a new mobile network operator.last_img read more

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Ukrainian cable operator Volia has begun offering

first_imgUkrainian cable operator Volia has begun offering interactive digital TV services and high-speed internet in the city of Zhytomyr.Volia subscribers in the city will be able to access 140 digital channels, including Volia’s own Volia Cine+ movie service and the likes of Discovery, National Geographic, Fox HD and Sony Entertainment Television.They will also have access to fast internet with packages ranging from 20Mbps to 100Mbps.Zhytomyr is the 34th Ukrainian city to be upgraded by the operator.last_img read more

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HBOs Game of Thrones UK freetoair satellite pla

first_imgHBO’s Game of ThronesUK free-to-air satellite platform Freesat has added video on demand service Wuaki.tv on its platform. Available from today to all Freesat viewers with a connected set-top-box, Wuaki.tv offers instant access to a wide range of movies and TV shows.Titles available on the service include Spectre and Star Wars: The Force Awakens along with TV series including Game of Thrones. Wuaki.tv features the option of pre-ordering upcoming releases and movies can be rented from £0.99 without the need to pay for a monthly subscription.The launch expands Freesat’s existing On Demand offering of 10 services, which include BBC iPlayer, ITV Hub and Netflix.Wuaki.tv will be available across Humax Freesat set-top-boxes including the HDR-1000s 500GB, HDR-1010s 1TB, HB-1000s and HDR-1100s.Alistair Thom, managing director at Freesat, said: “We’re delighted to launch Wuaki.tv on Freesat and further enhance our popular On Demand offering. With over 200 subscription free channels now available, Freesat viewers are truly spoilt for choice when it comes to great entertainment. The new service will give viewers access to a fantastic line up of blockbuster films and TV shows, and best of all, you only pay for what you want to watch.”Simon Homent, European content director at Wuaki.tv, said: “We are happy to be the only VOD service on Freesat that offers the choice to buy or rent the latest Hollywood movies and the best TV shows. We are confident that Freesat customers will highly appreciate this unique subscription free proposition within the overall satellite service.”last_img read more

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New Fox the part of 21st Century Fox that will r

first_img‘New Fox’ the part of 21st Century Fox that will remain following Disney’s acquisition of the bulk of Fox’s entertainment assets, could buy back the US regional sports networks that Disney must sell to secure regulatory approval for the deal, according to Fox executive chairman Lachlan Murdoch.Lachlan MurdochSpeaking at the New York Times Dealbook conference in the US, Murdoch said that Fox would be “inquisitive” about possibly buying back the assets.The US Department of Justice ruled that Disney must sell 22 regional Fox networks as a condition for approval of the deal as it owns cable sports broadcaster and streamer ESPN.Murdoch said that live sports would complement Fox News and Fox Business Network in building a compelling offering of live TV.Murdoch said that “the journey” to sell part of Fox to Disney took some time. He said that Fox had initially been approached by Verizon to acquire the assets. However, he said, the company “did not understand the strategic fit with Verizon and did not necessarily see our assets being stronger” if it sold to the telco.Disney’s approach, on the other hand, “immediately made a great deal of strategic sense” and the Murdochs realised that a sale to Disney would “create a great a lot more value for shareholders than they would for us”.While Fox believed in its assets, it could not deliver the same value for them that Disney would, he said, and would not be able to build a streaming offer that would have the necessary scale to compete with the likes of Netflix.Comcast’s rival offer carried “a higher regulatory risk”, he said. He maintained that Fox would nevertheless “absolutely have sold to Comcast” if its bid had been higher.Murdoch also said he believed that Sky would “do very well” under Comcast’s stewardship.last_img read more

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Altice Europe has hit a stumbling block in its att

first_imgAltice Europe has hit a stumbling block in its attempt to acquire French OTT TV provider Molotov, with a number of Molotov’s investors unhappy with the move, according to a report by French financial daily Les Echos.According to the paper, citing an unnamed source, there is “a strong probability” that the acquisition will not be completed, with small investors in particular resisting the sale.According to Les Echos, Molotov investors are unhappy that the proposed deal is not an all-cash purchase but would involve Altice implementing a capital increase of some €10 million, with Molotov expected to throw in a smaller amount to the pot.Les Echos also reports that it is far from certain that Altice’s deals with France’s commercial broadcasters could be transferred to Molotov, which has struggled to secure deals with broadcasters. More likely the paper says, is that the broadcasters would demand further payment to be carried by an Altice-owned Molotov.Altice and Molotov entered into exclusive negotiations in January, with Altice promising to give Molotov the means to become a major OTT TV actor in France and internationally, and a vehicle for the distribution of French and international content globally.Under Altice’s plan, Molotov would retain its brand and will continue to be available to all. However, the startup will be able to lean on Altice’s premium content, commercial strength and international footprint to extend its reach.Altice also said that the acquisition of majority control of Molotov would bring a superior digital experience to Altice’s SFR subscribers, RED by SFR mobile subscribers and RMC Sport premium TV base.Altice said it would take a majority stake in Molotov and work alongside its founders and legacy shareholders.last_img read more

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