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Merkels Christian persecution comments draw ire

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first_img Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Human Rights Watch noted that Muslims in Myanmar, members of Falun Gong in China and Jews in many countries worldwide also face persecution.Merkel’s comments came at a meeting of the German Protestant Church late Monday in which she emphasized Germany needed to protect Christian minorities as part of its foreign policy.Merkel, the daughter of a pastor, also spoke out against strict separation of church and state and said Europe was built on Christian foundations.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Comments   Share   Sponsored Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Top Stories 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologistcenter_img Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project BERLIN (AP) – Opposition lawmakers and human rights groups are criticizing German Chancellor Angela Merkel for claiming that Christianity is “the most persecuted religion worldwide.”Lawmaker Jerzy Montag of the opposition Greens party on Tuesday described Merkel’s comments as “mistaken” and “not very helpful”.Rights campaigners said ranking faiths according to how persecuted they are is pointless. Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breacheslast_img read more

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The newly opened 5star resort Pullman Luang Prab

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first_imgThe newly opened 5-star resort, Pullman Luang Prabang, stretches across 16 hectares of beautiful countryside, surrounded by lush paddy fields, rivers and mountains.A great base to explore the beautiful town of Luang Prabang, the property is fitting for both business and leisure travellers. Situated 10 minutes from downtown, guests can explore the ancient city of Luang Prabang.The PropertyPullman Luang Prabang features three swimming pools, a secluded spa and lakefront restaurant. Business travellers can utilise Luang Prabang’s largest conference centre with state-of-the-art facilities.It is the largest hotel in Luang Prabang with 123 spacious guest rooms and caters for all types of travellers, including families with its dedicated Kids Club.With rooms being spaced out around the grounds, there is an intimacy to the property even though it is one of the largest in the region. It’s setting amongst the rice paddy fields makes you feel like you are living more local during your stay.The RoomsYou can expect the level of modernity and comfort that Pullman is famous for. All rooms and suites feature a large terrace, connectivity panel, free WiFi, workspace and areas to relax. This has been fused with a local Laotian feel with tastefully decorated rooms.Room types include the Deluxe Room, Premium Deluxe Room, Deluxe Suite, Premium Deluxe Suite and Villa. Although varying in size, the difference in room types also offer different views – Mountain View, Garden View or Poolside.The massive bathroom has a walk-in rain shower and a separate bathtub. A private balcony offers a space to sit outside and relax while taking in the gorgeous surroundings.The DiningAt the Pullman Luang Prabang you can enjoy a wide variety of culinary delights offered by the all-day dining restaurant, L’ATELIER. The international executive chef combines ingredients from the organic garden and the local communities. The restaurant overlooks the lake and offers dining inside and outside.For a morning coffee or scenic sundowner, try The Junction, the Pullman lobby bar concept: when barista meets bartenders and when morning pastries meet tapestries. The Junction looks over the paddy fields and exotic gardens from an extended outdoor deck.ConferencingAt the Pullman Luang Prabang you will find extensively equipped rooms and innovative break activities, all backed with the support and coaching of an Event Manager and “A-la-carte Coaches” to help make your event a success.Number of meeting rooms: 7Maximum size: 368 m²Maximum capacity: 250 peopleMaximum banquet capacity: 250 peopleHow to bookPullman Luang Prabang, Ban Pong Wanh , 06000, Luang Prabang, Democratic Republic LaoPhone: +85671211112Fax: (+856)71/211188Contact email: H9112-RE@accor.comWebsite: https://www.accorhotels.com/gb/hotel-9112-pullman-luang-prabang/index.shtml AccorHotelsHotel ReviewLaosPullman Luang Prabanglast_img read more

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Secondyear tailback Ryan Williams who took over

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first_imgSecond-year tailback Ryan Williams, who took over the bulk of the team’s carries after Wells went down, was told earlier this week that he would need season-ending shoulder surgery, following a vicious hit he took in the fourth quarter of last Thursday’s loss in St. Louis.Heading into Sunday’s game against Buffalo, the Cardinals’ will have three active running backs on their roster — LaRod Stephens-Howling, William Powell and Alfonso Smith. None of three have started an NFL game and have a combined 117 career carries.Despite the corps’ lack of experience, ESPN senior football analyst John Clayton told Arizona Sports 620’s Doug & Wolf Thursday not to expect the team to find a better solution on the trade market.“Not at this stage, no I haven’t heard anything,” said Clayton in response to a question about whether he had heard any rumors regarding the Cardinals’ pursuit of a running back. “I have to think as the season goes along or even over the next week or two, they’d have to be searching for something available.“The problem is that guy is probably going to have to be a guy that’s going to play on a low salary. Not that they are trying to be cheap about it, but nobody is going to give up a good running back if they still think they have a chance at the playoffs.” 0 Comments   Share   Clayton even dismissed the notion the team could grab a big name on a bad team.“They could probably get someone for a fifth or a sixth round pick,” said Clayton. “But they aren’t going to get someone like a Chris Johnson from Tennessee.” Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The Arizona Cardinals may sit atop the NFC West with a 4-1 record, but just five weeks into their 2012 campaign the team is already facing a major depth issue at the running back position.Beanie Wells, the team’s 1,000-yard rusher from a season ago, was placed on injured reserve before Week 4 after suffering a turf toe injury. Because of a league-mandated rule put in place before this season, Wells will be eligible to play again on Nov. 25 against the Rams. Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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March 31 2000 Nick Miron is painting the bunkroom

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first_imgMarch 31, 2000Nick Miron is painting the bunkrooms during camp synergy. Photo by: DoctressNeutopialast_img

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Patient attacks nurse

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first_imgTHE NURSES’ union was up in arms on Tuesday after a patient beat up one of their members at Limassol general hospital.The union said the assault against the female nurse happened in the morning.The incident has been reported to police, the union said, as it urged authorities to turn their attention to the matter, which undermines the provision of health care.It was the second such incident inside two weeks.Late in July, a male nurse working at Larnaca general hospital filed a complained against a police officer who allegedly punched him in the face.The officer who was off duty, had gone to the emergency room with his wife and four-year-old son, asking for an ear, nose, and throat doctor to examine the child.When the nurse told him that he would have to see the doctor on duty instead of an ENT specialist, the officer allegedly got angry and punched him in the face.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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Rep Howrylak seeks passage of legislation to honor Troy police officer

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first_img Categories: Howrylak News 10May Rep. Howrylak seeks passage of legislation to honor Troy police officer Today State Representative Martin Howrylak (Right), Mayor Dan Slater, Police Chief Gary Mayer, and Troy Police Officer John Julian (Left) testified in the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee on behalf of legislation to in honor of Troy Police Officer Martin “Marty” Chivas, who died in the line of duty on April 22, 1974.Troy Police Officer Martin (Marty) Chivas, was killed in the line of duty April 22, 1974 while investigating a burglary at a gas station on Rochester Road and I-75. Officer Chivas was only 24 years old. If enacted, Rep. Howrylak’s proposal (HB 4191) would name the portion of I-75 located at the Rochester Road exit as the “Officer Martin ‘Marty’ Chivas Memorial Highway.”“Our community is a safe place to live, work, and raise a family because of the hard work and dedication of the Troy Police Department,” said Rep. Howrylak. “This memorial will serve as a fitting tribute for the sacrifice Officer Chivas made in service to our community.”This legislation was put before the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee for consideration and is expected to be voted on by the members of the committee next week.###last_img read more

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Rep Hauck applauds additional state aid following flooding

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first_img Categories: Hauck News Disaster and Emergency Contingency Fund now open to Midland, Isabella countiesState Rep. Roger Hauck today announced the state’s Disaster and Emergency Contingency Fund is now available to provide financial assistance to local communities after severe flooding caused extensive damages on June 22-23.“When our community got hit hard by the flooding last month, local first responders and relief agencies stepped up to ensure the health and safety of residents, and I commend them for their impressive response,” said Hauck, of Union Township. “The disaster continues to take a toll, however, stretching the budgets of local cities, villages, townships and counties that experienced unexpected expenses while responding to the flooding. I applaud the governor for making money from the state’s Disaster and Emergency Contingency Fund available to help reimburse communities for some costs they have incurred.”Eligible local governments affected by the flooding in Bay, Isabella, Gladwin and Midland counties can apply for assistance grants for up to $100,000 or 10 percent of the previous year’s operating budget, whichever is less.The Disaster and Emergency Contingency Fund is used when communities demonstrate an exhaustion of local resources during a disaster or emergency. The money can be applied toward the immediate prevention, response and recovery of a disaster or emergency, as well as cover overtime for public employees, contracts used during the response, shelter supplies, gasoline used during the response and repair of public buildings and infrastructure.Under extraordinary circumstances, the governor may authorize reimbursement from the fund to provide state assistance to counties and municipalities when federal assistance is not available.The Michigan State Police, Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division will administer the grant program and assist local governments applying for the funds.### 25Jul Rep. Hauck applauds additional state aid following floodinglast_img read more

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Rep Slagh protects property buyers local communities with signed tax payment fix

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first_img A proposal from state Rep. Bradley Slagh protecting Michigan taxpayers who buy subdivided property was recently signed into law by the governor.House Bill 4055, now Public Act 23 of 2019, addresses the issue of unpaid property taxes on land that may be subdivided. Slagh’s change will help solve the problem of delinquent tax payments when land is split up and ensure new owners will not be responsible for unpaid property tax bills of previous owners.“It’s quite the unpleasant surprise for a new owner to have an outstanding, unpaid property tax bill from a previous owner,” said Slagh, of Zeeland, who previously served as Ottawa County treasurer from 2007-18. “Communities rely on property tax revenue as a key funding source to operate, and this legislation ensures that taxes are paid before splits happen and helps prevent foreclosures.”The new law specifies that before a land parcel division may be complete, property taxes or special assessments on the land slated to be split must be paid.Slagh said the legislation will aid local governments, who rely on prompt property tax payments for revenue and funding vital services citizens rely on.The first-term legislator previously worked in financial services, holds a real estate license and served as Zeeland Township supervisor and Ottawa County treasurer.The proposal had advanced unanimously through the Michigan House and Senate before receiving the governor’s signature. 19Jun Rep. Slagh protects property buyers, local communities with signed tax payment fix Categories: News,Slagh Newslast_img read more

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Is Public Financing for Private Stadiums a Public Good Probably Not

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first_imgShare28Tweet17Share11Email56 SharesBy “Smart Destinations”, GoSeattleCard.com, and Go Seattle Card Blog (http://www.flickr.com/photos/gocardusa/1732868097/) [CC BY-SA 2.0 or CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia CommonsSeptember 8, 2016; Brookings InstitutionIt’s essentially received wisdom that metropolitan areas and entire regions of the country identify closely (in some cases, uncomfortably so) with professional sports franchises: St. Louis and the Cardinals work together to make the Mound City what the Wall Street Journal believes to be the country’s best sports town while Seattle and Washington State have recently developed into Seahawks Nation. Notwithstanding the good that comes from regional identification, Major League Baseball, the National Football League, and the National Hockey League find themselves collectively in the crosshairs of a recent report from the Brookings Institution that confirms yet another bit of what’s now commonly accepted as fact by policy analysts and community activists across the political spectrum: Public funding for private stadiums provides no real ROI to the communities in which the franchises keep a fan base.The Brookings study takes this one step further and jumps down the rabbit hole of municipal bond issuance for these massive infrastructure projects and concludes, quite persuasively, that the problem isn’t simply one of local taxpayers funding multimillion-dollar local sports facilities. In fact, most taxpayers balk at the notion of their hard-earned dollars underwriting arenas. The core of the problem resides in a longstanding practice of the federal government and many state legislatures: a tax loophole provided to the typically affluent purchasers of municipal bonds, which exploits taxpayer money from all over the United States to provide generous tax breaks on interest income to municipal bond investors. All of this, again, as reported in the study, comes to no benefit for local municipalities or the regional fan bases of major league sports franchises.To paraphrase a quote from Lenin as mediated through The Dude in The Big Lebowski, one looks for the entity that will benefit. The Brookings report demonstrates, with sound methodology, which entities and individuals win and lose in this competition for funding. It’s not, unfortunately, the communities that love their hockey or football teams, nor is it the bar serving beer to thirsty baseball fans on a muggy summer evening after a bruising loss to a despised rival. Quite the opposite: The taxpayer/fan loses through the policy of treating municipal bond income as tax-exempt, since it’s actually investors, often from outside of the community, along with the franchises as entities, that reap substantial benefits.To be fair, however, the Brookings report doesn’t paint municipal bond investors and team ownership as pure villains. The report does a fair job of pointing out franchises that chose different funding models for new facilities; likewise, municipal bonds fund many countless civic projects. It’s also not a stretch to argue that a strong local sports franchise creates a kind of social ROI through increased community cohesion and strengthened, shared civic identity in a progressively atomizing culture. What the report does elucidate, however, is the need for real reform of the way stadiums are financed—and indeed, several franchises accomplished their goals of new facilities without public funding, a fact noted clearly in the report. In addition, Congress and state and local governments need to take a closer look at the rationale behind the interest deduction loophole that puts the vast majority of American taxpayers on the hook for the financial benefit of a comparatively small number of entities and investors.—Joseph GoldkampShare28Tweet17Share11Email56 Shareslast_img read more

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Americans on Both Sides of the Aisle Reject Cuts to PBS

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first_imgShare32Tweet10Share2Email44 SharesFebruary 16, 2017; Hollywood ReporterAmericans are deeply divided on a host of deeply held values and policy issues. However, federal support for PBS is an area where a majority of Americans agree, according to a recent poll.A recent survey conducted by PBS found that the majority of Americans (73 percent) do not support federal funding cuts. The survey, conducted by American Viewpoint (R) and Hart Research Associates (D), also found that 66 percent of people who voted for President Donald Trump favor increased funding for public television, as do 86 percent of Hillary Clinton voters. In addition, when asked if public television was a good value for tax dollars, 72 percent of those surveyed agreed.These results show that Republican and President Trump voters overwhelmingly support public television and strongly oppose eliminating its federal funding,” said Linda DiVall of American Viewpoint. “The voters that elected the president, including a majority of Republicans, put the taxpayer value delivered by public television on par with building highways, roads and bridges. Both are seen as high-value investments in America and its future.“The enormous benefits that public television delivers in terms of public safety and children’s programming are recognized across party lines,” said Geoff Garin of Hart Research Associates. “In a time of deep division in Washington and around the country, the strong bipartisan support for continued federal funding of public television is remarkable.”In addition, the survey found that a high percentage of people say they would take action if defunding PBS actually comes on the table. Eighty-three percent of all surveyed, which includes a majority of both Trump (73 percent) and Clinton (93 percent) voters, responded that they would oppose funding cuts to PBS and tell their elected representatives to find other programs in the budget to cut.As we are still processing Trump’s address to Congress last night, only time will tell if they are successful in including the proposed cuts to PBS—along with the other cuts to non-defense discretionary spending—in the final budget. (Here’s some recent NPQ reporting on this issue.) This survey shows two things clearly: We have bipartisan agreement on the value of PBS, and both Democrats and Republicans say they are not afraid to let Congress know these feelings.Interested in learning where the budget process goes from here? Check out this posting from the National Council of Nonprofits.—Lauren MiltenbergerShare32Tweet10Share2Email44 Shareslast_img read more

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In Illinois It Takes a Village and a Crisis to Support Affordable

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first_imgShare8Tweet5Share9Email22 SharesBy USGS ([1] from [2]) [Public domain], via Wikimedia CommonsApril 19, 2017; The Southern IllinoisanNews that 400 public housing residents in Cairo, Illinois, are being forced to leave their homes continues to rock this low-income southern Illinois community. On Wednesday, a meeting of the Alexander County Housing Authority (ACHA) turned into a shouting match. Angry tenants talked over the explanations by HUD officials about the decision to close two public housing developments. The HUD administrators, who have taken over control of ACHA, told angry residents that they were not able to share details about the federal government’s ongoing investigation of waste and fraud at the ACHA. The only mission of the current administrators is to help tenants find safe and decent housing somewhere else.Just this week, HUD administrators claimed that risk of lead poisoning was the primary reason for HUD’s decision to vacate the two properties, Elmwood Place and McBride Place. HUD administrator Towanda Macon told the group, “The move is precautionary after a March test revealed that the drinking water in some units contained lead above the Environmental Protection Agency’s levels that encourage corrective action—15 parts per billion.” This news of possible lead contamination seems like a new twist on the steady decline of the housing conditions in ACHA properties.On April 10th, about 185 families were notified that they’d have to move. “U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development officials said that they came to the decision to move people out because the developments have deteriorated past the point of repair, and are a hazard to their health and safety.” While around 200 families continue to live in the properties despite the conditions, many more units are vacant. Tenants have been offered housing choice vouchers and relocation assistance, but finding affordable alternatives in Illinois’s poorest community may be difficult.At the April 19th meeting with the tenants, HUD administrators gave assurances that they knew what they were doing and cited the example of HUD efforts to relocate tenants from a public housing property in East Chicago, Indiana. Residents don’t seem to be reassured that they will be able find homes in the Cairo area.[Tenant] Terri Childs told the HUD officials she did not want to leave the community. This is home, and she also does not want to lose her job and have to start over somewhere else. She said she has worked as a teacher’s aide at the Cairo Unit School District 1 for 23 years.A letter writing campaign by elementary school students to HUD Secretary Ben Carson made the same point. One 11-year-old wrote, “I have a best friend who lives there and friends who live there. When they move, I will be heartbroken.” The underlying theme of the tenants’ resistance is that HUD should build new public housing units for them, instead of providing vouchers for tenants to find housing on the private market.HUD’s announcement of impending demolition of the properties comes a year and a half after the news that HUD was taking over control of the ACHA. At the time, the Southern Illinoisan reported, “The condition of the developments deteriorated as past managers—namely James Wilson, who was director for 24 years, part of which time he also was the mayor of Cairo—are alleged to have misspent money on their own excessive travel, benefits, golden parachutes and sweetheart retirement deals.”At the time of the takeover in 2016, tenants believed that the HUD takeover would lead to improved conditions. According to the Southern Illinoisan, the proposed displacement will impact 15 percent of Cairo’s population.The shock of the federal takeover of the housing authority and the closure of Elmwood Place and McBride Place has rocked the broader Cairo community into action. A Southern article, “Cairo citizens lean in, brainstorm ways to save their town as 400 residents could be displaced by housing crisis,” reports on how local community-based organizations like Men of Power–Sisters of Strength, Black Chamber of Commerce of Illinois, and Community Action Place are stepping up to address these needs. To varying degrees, each organization sees the challenge as more than displacement and relocation. Shawn Tarver is quoted as saying, “This is not just a public housing problem. This is a Cairo city problem.” Anthony Walker of the Black Chamber of Commerce of Illinois compared the crisis to New Orleans and called on elected officials to support the tenants. In contrast, local and state politicians have expressed sympathy but taken a hands-off approach to the problem: “This past week, numerous politicians weighed in on the crisis, some of them by criticizing HUD’s announcement while offering up no concrete plans of their own, either during the past year or more recently, to provide affordable housing solutions within Cairo’s city limits.”The unwillingness of local officials may be related to the fact that the failed ACHA is a creature of the local political establishment, which appoints the housing authority’s trustees. Congressman James Bost (R-IL) called on the residents to blame the Housing Authority, not HUD, for the substandard conditions. “Bost said the problems in Cairo are to blame on ‘terrible people’ who abused their power.”—Spencer WellsShare8Tweet5Share9Email22 Shareslast_img read more

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UK technology trade body Intellect has released a

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first_imgUK technology trade body Intellect has released a trial specification for HbbTV in the UK to enable HbbTV services to be deployed on UK digital-terrestrial devices.Intellect is hosting and making available a test stream and has initiated consultation with broadcasters and other stakeholders.William Higham, director at Intellect said: “Harmonisation with the EU offers more choice to UK consumers. It brings the ability to connect and stream additional channels and applications from across Europe, whether Eurovision or local news from a potential holiday destination. Moving towards TV without borders also gives huge scale advantages to UK content-makers and technology companies, in short the UK’s vital creative industries. Today is part of a discussion with UK stakeholders about how the UK can be a leading part of the European television market again.”last_img read more

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Norwaybased online TV specialist Vimond Media Sol

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first_imgNorway-based online TV specialist Vimond Media Solutions has announced that Nordic pay TV operator C More will extend its deployments of the Vimond streaming platform to deliver content to the recently-announced Filmnet online platform.Filmnet has launched with a new Silverlight player framework, built by Vimond. The player includes features such as an episode chooser, clip info, language chooser for viewing and subtitling, and a streaming-quality monitor.Filmnet is a distributor of C More Film and allows subscribers to watch as much programming as they want for a fixed monthly rate. Filmnet offers the C More Film package, which includes national and international content from movie studios and from Swedish TV4 and Svensk Filmindustri.A beta version of Filmnet for Mac and PC launched in Sweden on October 1. An iPad version is expected soon.As part of the Swedish TV4 Group, C More already uses Vimond to power its online Web TV services C More and C Sports.“Filmnet will enable us to offer films and TV series to a rapidly growing market, helping us to secure greater market share and giving our audience greater TV experiences,” said Jan Rizvi, head of IT development at TV4. “Together with Vimond Media Solutions, we are able to keep pace with end users’ expectations. Vimond’s advanced knowledge of how to use technologies such as Smooth Streaming, Flash HTTP, Dynamic Streaming, and HLS ensures great video quality.”last_img read more

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YourTV backed by former BBC chairman Michael Lyon

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first_imgYourTV, backed by former BBC chairman Michael Lyons among others, has secured UK regulator Ofcom’s licence to provide a local TV channel for the Manchester region.YourTV, which lost its bid to operate the licence for London, has also made a number of other local TV bids. The Manchester channel, which could begin broadcasting this year, is estimated to have the ability to reach one million homes in Manchester via the digital-terrestrial frequency it has been allocated.last_img

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Canal Plus Group has named Laurent Vallée as secre

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first_imgCanal Plus Group has named Laurent Vallée as secretary-general of the group.Vallée will replace Frédéric Mion and will report to Bertrand Meheut, the group’s president.Vallée was previously a senior official in the French ministry of justice and is also a member of the administrative council of the French professional football league.Mion has been named as president of university Sciences-Po.last_img

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Polish cable operator Inea is adding news culture

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first_imgPolish cable operator Inea is adding news, culture and documentary channel TV Republika to its digital programming line-up.The channel will be made available as part of Inea’s Exclusive package for PLN5 (€1.20) a month.last_img

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Sony has launched a new version of its Google TV s

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first_imgSony has launched a new version of its Google TV set-top box that includes voice-search via a microphone on the remote control.The NSZ-GS8 Internet Player with Google TV includes an HDMI connection and allows users to search for content on live TV, the internet and apps.The box provides a browsing experience via Google Chrome, while content can be shared with Android devices and with iOS devices via the Airtight app.The new device will be in Sony stores and other retail outlets in the US from next month, priced at US$199 (€150).last_img

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Twitch the Amazonowned video platform and gaming

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first_imgTwitch, the Amazon-owned video platform and gaming enthusiasts, will replace traditional TV services in the future as a major destination for big-screen entertainment, according to founder and CEO Emmett Shear. Speaking at the Guardian Changing Media Summit in London yesterday, Shear agreed that in the future he could imagine viewers tuning in to Twitch on their TV sets instead of Sky or the BBC, citing Twitch’s existing presence on TV platforms like the PlayStation and Xbox games consoles.“Thanks to things like Chromecast and Apple TV we have the opportunity for everyone that uses that mobile device to actually throw it [Twitch] up on the big screen,” said Shear.“What we’ve seen is that those features are actually very heavily used and there’s a lot of demand for that. So I think over time, we’ll see literally Twitch replacing your television in a sense – it will be the thing that you put up on the big screen.”Twitch lets users to broadcast and tune-in to videogame footage, but has recently also stared airing poker tournaments and experimenting with live music and concert coverage.With the popularity of online poker, Shear said that he sees this as “just another videogame.” However, he acknowledges that “music is definitely different” and its interest in offering this came from the “constant interest” in music from its community of users.“I think that we’re very cautious to try to bring cool music stuff to our existing community that they want, rather than trying to push something that doesn’t make sense for our community on them. But I hope over time we have great music content as well,” said Shear.Amazon agreed to buy Twitch for US$970 million in cash last August, in a deal that Shear said made sense for both companies.“What does Amazon bring to the table? They bring an amazing retail operation in gaming where they sell videogames really effectively. They bring an amazing platform for producing videogames [Amazon EC2], and what Twitch brings to that is this missing piece of the puzzle, which is a community. Amazon just did not, prior to buying Twitch, have a big community of gamers,” said Shear.“We got access to a bunch of things through being purchased through Amazon that would have taken us a very long time to build ourselves if we ever actually did. So it’s really actually worked out very nicely.”last_img read more

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UK digitalterrestrial platform Freeview has passe

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first_imgUK digital-terrestrial platform Freeview has passed the milestone of 100 million integrated digital-terrestrial TVs and set-top boxes sold since the platform launched in 2002. The figure includes all televisions, set-top boxes and DVD and Blu-ray devices with an inbuilt Freeview DVB-T SD or HD tuner.Integrated digital televisions with an inbuilt DVB-T SD or HD tuner make up two thirds of Freeview units sold, at just over 70 million.  Freeview+ DVRs account for over six million sales, while HD TVs and boxes account for 16 million sales, with TVs accounting for 98% of these sales.Freeview is currently building up to the launch of its Freeview Play connected TV service providing access to broadcaster catch-up services. The platform operator noted that sales of smart TVs in the UK accounted for 48% of total sales in 2014, up from 9% four years earlier.“Reaching this milestone is testament to the ongoing popularity of the Freeview service. Since its launch we’ve taken the country from analogue to digital, linear to time-shifted, and SD to HD.  Soon, we will take our viewers from digital to a connected TV world with Freeview Play,” said Guy North, managing director of Freeview.“There’s a great opportunity for Freeview Play to reach scale in the connected TV market. We will bring simplicity to what is a very confusing market for people right across the UK, and expect Freeview Play to become the new norm in how we watch television in the future.”last_img read more

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Sir Nicholas Serota The BBC has appointed Tate dir

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first_imgSir Nicholas SerotaThe BBC has appointed Tate director Sir Nicholas Serota to the BBC Executive board for a two-year term.Serota is due to join as non-executive director from August 1, 2016. He replaces theatre director Sir Nicholas Hytner, who stood down on December 31.“The BBC already showcases some of the very best of UK arts in a distinctive way and I am excited by [director general] Tony Hall’s plan to take that to the next level by creating a more open BBC,” said Serota.“I look forward to contributing to the future of the nation’s most important cultural organisation at such a critical time for public service broadcasting.”BBC DG Tony Hall said: “I love what Sir Nicholas has done with the Tate, working in partnership with so many others. I’m confident he’ll make a remarkable contribution to the BBC.”Sir Nicholas Serota has been the Director of the Tate since 1988 having previously been director of the Museum of Modern Art in Oxford and the Whitechapel Art Gallery in London. Tate is a non-departmental public body and an exempt charity that runs the Tate Britain and Tate Modern galleries in London, and Tate art galleries in Liverpool and St Ives.The BBC Executive Board made the appointment following approval of the BBC Trust.last_img read more

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