Filipino militants free kidnapped Malaysian

first_img Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates MANILA, Philippines (AP) – Philippine officials say a Malaysian man has been freed by suspected Abu Sayyaf militants after a year of jungle captivity in the country’s south.Sulu provincial Gov. Abdusakur Tan said Wednesday that Mohammad Nazarudin bin Saidin was released by suspected Abu Sayyaf militants in his province on Friday. It was not immediately clear if any ransom was paid for the victim, a truck driver. Top Stories Police say the victim was seized by the gunmen while buying geckos in Sulu’s Indanan township in May last year. Officials say the kidnappers demanded an unspecified ransom but that the victim’s family could not afford the amount, prolonging his detention.Washington has blacklisted the Abu Sayyaf as a terrorist organization.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Comments   Share   More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Sponsored Stories center_img Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Day 5 treatments for adult scoliosis New high school in Mesa lets students pick career pathslast_img read more

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Record number of ships cruising down under this summer

first_imgAustralians’ passion for cruising has fuelled the nation’s biggest ever summer cruise season, with a record flotilla of cruise ships sailing Down Under over the coming months – including many newcomers to our shores.According to peak cruise industry body Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) Australasia, 38 ships from its member cruise lines will sail in Australian waters this summer, with an unprecedented eight ships making their maiden visits to Australia.Over the 2014-15 summer cruise period, 36 CLIA member cruise ships visited Australia, including three ships making their inaugural visit.CLIA Australasia Commercial Director Brett Jardine said the growth in maiden ship visits was another clear indicator of the surging popularity of cruising.“Cruise lines around the world are looking for new destinations and new homeports for their ships – and Australia is hot property right now,” Mr Jardine said. “Not only do we have fantastic ports to visit and great weather, we also have a population that can’t wait to cruise, and that’s encouraging more cruise lines to send more ships our way.”Mr Jardine said the eight ships making their maiden visits this summer ranged from superliners to boutique-sized ships, providing a wide range of cruise experiences.“The huge range of ships now calling to Australia just illustrates that cruising is popular across all age groups and holidaymaker types – there really is a cruise ship for everyone.”Mr Jardine said more than one million Australians took a cruise in 2014, with Australia leading the world in terms of growth in cruise passenger numbers and market penetration.CLIA’s new cruise season statistics, which coincide with the start of CLIA’s fourth national Cruise Week promotion, show that there will be 38 member cruise line ships cruising local waters over the peak summer cruise season which runs from the end of September through to April 30, 2016. Between them, the ships will make more than 800 calls to Australian ports.The cruise season will kick off with the arrival of Princess Cruises’ Diamond Princess in Sydney on September 29, with the ship based in Sydney for a season of 14 cruises over summer.The bumper 2015-16 season will see Azamara Club Cruises make its first ever call to Australia with its ship Azamara Quest arriving in local waters in January 2016.Other ships making their Australian debut during the season include Costa Cruises’ Costa Luminosa, Holland America Line’s Noordam, P&O Cruises’ Pacific Aria and Pacific Eden, Ponant’s Le Soleal, Princess Cruises’ Golden Princess and Royal Caribbean’s Explorer of the Seas.Mr Jardine said 21 ships would make a total of 330 roundtrip cruises from Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane and Fremantle over the 2015-16 summer, with these cruises expected to generate more than $300 million for the economy through passenger and crew spending, provedoring and associated port charges.The figures are a significant increase on last year’s 253 roundtrip cruises. CLIA Cruise Week Source = Cruise Lines International Association Australasialast_img read more

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Virgin Atlantic offers accessible entertainment for visually impaired

first_imgIn a first, Virgin Atlantic has announced a fully accessible in-flight entertainment system for customers with sight loss via specially adapted iPads. The technology will be offered throughout its fleet serving destinations across North America, the Caribbean, Africa, China, India and the Middle East.Working with UK-based tech company Bluebox viation Systems, the innovative iPad-based the platform was tested by representatives from Guide Dogs for the Blind includes audio descriptions, large type, and consistent layout and controls.Mark Anderson, Executive Vice President-Customer, Virgin Atlantic, commented, “Working with Bluebox viation Systems and Guide Dogs for the Blind we’ve been able to create a world first that ensures customers with sight loss can experience the full range of onboard entertainment including the latest blockbusters, TV shows and albums.”last_img read more

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SEASIDE HEIGHTS NJ — A former pro wrestler know

first_img SEASIDE HEIGHTS, N.J. — A former pro wrestler known as “Sunny” in the ring has been arrested on her sixth charge of drunken driving.Police say 46-year-old Tamara Sytch, of Middletown, New Jersey, was stopped in Seaside Heights on Saturday evening after driving the wrong way on a one-way street.She was released after seeing a judge via video conference.Sytch was fined and sentenced to five years’ probation after three DUI arrests in Pennsylvania in 2016. She was released from jail in October after failing to appear in court for two DUI arrests in New Jersey in January and February 2018.A number for Sytch or a lawyer who could speak for her couldn’t be found.Sytch was inducted into the World Wrestling Entertainment Hall of Fame in 2011. She later signed a deal to appear in adult videos.The Associated Press AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Feb 26, 2019 8:27 am PDTcenter_img Ex-pro wrestler ‘Sunny’ hit with 6th drunken driving chargelast_img read more

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Rep Webber issues statement on governors budget proposal

first_img09Feb Rep. Webber issues statement on governor’s budget proposal State Rep. Michael Webber, of Rochester Hills, made the following statement about Gov. Rick Snyder’s budget proposal:“I appreciate Gov. Snyder presenting a thoughtful budget that is focused on the future, and look forward to working with my colleagues in the Legislature to draft a responsible, balanced budget that is focused on both the present and the future.“The governor asks for increases in the school budget, including more money for high schools and higher education, which is important to providing a quality education to our children and young adults. He also puts a priority on skilled-trades education. We must continue to invest in our children’s futures so they can live and raise families in Michigan.“I also appreciate the fact that there are no fee increases in the proposal. We have worked hard to eliminate fees and needless regulations that stifle economic growth. We must continue to remove barriers that hinder job creators.“I also support the governor’s proposal to increase the state’s emergency fund so we have money available in the event of an unexpected contingency. I appreciate his economic plan that could completely pay down the state’s debt by 2038. It is a forward-looking budget, and I am eager to have it finished ahead of time so local governments and school districts can establish their budgets with certainty.”##### Categories: News,Webber Newslast_img read more

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Rep Alexander testifies on bill to safeguard bicyclists on Michigan roads

first_img01Nov Rep. Alexander testifies on bill to safeguard bicyclists on Michigan roads Categories: Alexander News Legislation increases awareness of vulnerable roadway users in driver training courseState Rep. Julie Alexander this week testified before the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee in support of her legislation to include at least one hour of classroom instruction in Michigan drivers training course regarding bicyclists, motorcyclists, and pedestrians.While Michigan law provides awareness of vulnerable roadway users in the state driver training course, the bill focuses on specific time devoted to the topic during the 24 hours of class time.Bicycle and motorcycle deaths have spiked in Michigan. There were 138 motorcycle deaths in Michigan in 2015, compared to 112 fatalities in 2014. Between 2005 and 2015, Michigan ranked 11th highest for bicycle deaths per capita in the nation.“As we notice more bicyclists on the road, it is important that our state sets a higher standard of classroom instruction on bicycles and other vulnerable roadway users,” said Alexander, of Hanover. “This legislation requires a specific hour of focus on the awareness of bicyclists, motorcyclists and pedestrians for the safety of all roadway users.”House Bill 4198 remains under consideration by the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.###last_img read more

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Rep Tedder Protecting retirement benefits for Michigan police and firefighters

first_img State Rep. Jim Tedder of Clarkston joined the state House today in voting to protect the retirement benefits of police, firefighters and other local government employees.The legislation approved by an overwhelming bipartisan majority will help identify local governments most at risk of bankruptcy or severe financial hardship due to underfunded retirement plans. The legislation is designed to help local governments avoid financial crisis, so they can continue to pay for promised retiree benefits and public services.“No one wants to take benefits away from our police and fire department personnel. We want to do all we can to preserve the benefits they’ve worked so hard for,” Tedder said. “First responders put their lives on the line for us every day. With this vote today, we’re taking a significant step toward protecting the benefits of those who protect us all across Michigan.”Michigan’s local government employee retirement systems have unfunded liabilities fast approaching $20 billion. The legislation approved by the House seeks to help communities improve their plans’ finances, mirroring recommendations from a task force assembled by Gov. Rick Snyder earlier this year.The legislation calls for communities to make a minimum level of payments related to retirement systems for new hires. It creates a reporting system with uniform financial and accounting standards for local government retirement plans. An early detection system will help identify potential funding problems so local governments act quickly to deal with them. Communities will be vetted through a state treasurer’s fiscal impact evaluation and retirement systems will be flagged as underfunded when municipalities aren’t meeting set criteria to alleviate their debts.Tedder spent hours discussing the issue with local government, police and fire department representatives.“Doing nothing simply is not an option,” Tedder said. “That would put retirement benefits for local government employees at greater risk. This plan gets us started on the right path by giving communities the mechanisms needed to improve their own financial situations.”The legislation advances to the Senate.##### Categories: News,Tedder News 07Dec Rep. Tedder: Protecting retirement benefits for Michigan police and firefighterslast_img read more

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Rep VanderWall encourages applicants for Fostering Futures Scholarship

first_img Categories: VanderWall News 26Mar Rep. VanderWall encourages applicants for Fostering Futures Scholarship State Rep. Curt VanderWall is encouraging all those eligible to apply for the Michigan Department of Treasury’s Fostering Futures Scholarship. The Fostering Futures Scholarship is a scholarship program for young adults that have experienced foster care.Eligible students enrolled at a Michigan degree granting college or university are welcome to apply for the scholarship by June 30. The scholarship assists students with tuition, fees, room, board, books and supplies by providing up to $3,000 based on the need of individual students. There has been almost $4.6 million awarded to students since 2014.“The Fostering Futures Scholarship is a wonderful way to help those who have been through the foster care program. So many of our foster care youth reach 18 years old and leave the foster care program but have no resources to put towards their education,” VanderWall said. “I encourage all those eligible to apply for this amazing opportunity.”To apply for the Fostering Futures Scholarship, visit their website at www.fosteringfutures-mi.com. If you have any questions or concerns you can call 1-888-447-2687 toll free.last_img read more

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Ebola Aid Not Stemming SkyHigh Infection Rates

first_imgShareTweetShareEmail0 Shares  Sergey Uryadnikov / Shutterstock.com October 2, 2014;International Business TimesWhile Americans are scampering from a largely phantom disease with the newly diagnosed case of Ebola in Dallas, the situation in West Africa appears to be deteriorating rapidly as the virus continues to grow at an exponential rate. Save the Children, an NGO based in England, reported on Wednesday that five people are being infected with Ebola every hour in Sierra Leone. The NGO warns the rate is expected to double by the end of October.The nation shares a border with Liberia, which is also experiencing a significant outbreak, and Guinea, which appears to have contained the epidemic.The exponential growth of the disease is now taking its toll, causing shortages of medical supplies and facilities in infected regions. While Save the Children estimated that there are 726 new reported cases of Ebola in the area, there are only 327 available hospital beds in the entire country. Many infected with the virus do not come to treatment facilities, leaving the possibility open that many more are dying of the disease than are actually known.“We are facing the frightening prospect of an epidemic which is spreading like wildfire across Sierra Leone, with the number of new cases doubling every three weeks,” said Rob MacGillivray, the organization’s country director for Sierra Leone.Back in July, the Center for Disease Control had warned against nonessential travel to the first reported areas of the outbreak—Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia—and director Tom Frieden observed that the virus posed minimal risk to those in the U.S. However, after visiting Sierra Leone a little more than a month ago on August 28, Frieden declared, “The outbreak is even worse than I’d feared…. This is a threat not just to West Africa and to Africa, this is a threat to the world.”Now, Sierra Leone struggles to maintain control of the disease. According to reports by the Parliament’s International Development Committee, Britain cut its aid to Sierra Leone and Liberia by nearly 20 percent; this may have contributed to the “wildfire spread” of the disease in now the two most affected countries.“The scale of the Ebola crisis now unfolding in Sierra Leone and Liberia may well be connected to declining levels of international support for health system improvements in what remain two of the poorest and least developed countries in the world,” said the committee chair, Malcolm Bruce.Save the Children is now appealing to Britain to invest more resources into Sierra Leone. The UK has already provided 143 treatment beds and is anticipating providing almost 600 more in the next months. However, if the infection rate doubles as anticipated, it is unlikely these efforts will be sufficient to meet the needs of the country. As such, the organization is also imploring other countries to help as well.“We need a coordinated international response that ensures treatment centers are built and staffed immediately,” said Justin Forsyth, chief executive of Save the Children.The New York Times’ recent report of the squalid conditions in Sierra Leone hospitals gives a clear visual demonstration of how international and local aid have failed in the worst parts of Sierra Leone. Last week, the government put certain areas with the worst infected populations, like the district of Bombali, under quarantine because of the rapidly progressing disease. Individuals can be seen “surrounded with pools of infectious waste, care for as best they can be lightly trained and minimally protected nurses, some wearing merely blue jeans.”“There’s no training for the staff here,” said Dr. Mohammed Bah, the director of the government hospital. “The training is just PowerPoint. It is very difficult to manage Ebola here.”While several countries, like the U.S., Great Britain, China, France, and Cuba have sent personnel and resources to Sierra Leone, there are whole cities untouched by the aid. Places like Bombali have neither Ebola treatment facilities nor holding centers for the sick to die.It’s not enough to send aid to West Africa. Without a more invested effort from the international community to properly train and strategically disperse healthcare workers to the quarantined areas where they are needed, the situation in Sierra Leone is likely to worsen and the alarming anticipated doubled infection rate may become a reality.—Shafaq HasanShareTweetShareEmail0 Shareslast_img read more

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After Incarceration A Life Sentence Persists

first_imgShare24TweetShareEmail24 SharesOctober 27, 2016; Washington PostCriminal justice reform is a stubborn subject examined by NPQ on a recurrent basis. The relationship between race and crime in the United States is particularly disturbing and has been the subject of national debate for more than a century. The long-term collateral consequences of imprisonment for individuals, families, and communities are incalculable. Those subject to criminal sanctions face restrictions on employment, housing, voting, and welfare receipt. Even more formal and informal restrictions occur when applying for credit, insurance, and other commonplace necessities. These restrictions also have physical and mental health consequences leading to public safety issues.The growing American “criminal class” is drawn so predominately from the most disadvantaged groups in American society, understanding this group’s circumstances and needs is necessary to understand and address U.S. social inequalities in general. Joe Davidson, a columnist for the Washington Post, interprets these restrictions placed on felons as being a “life sentence” even after completing incarceration.There are more than 48,000 prohibitions, mostly among the states, but almost 1,200 at the federal level, according to an American Bar Association database. They form what Marc Mauer, executive director of the Sentencing Project, calls “invisible punishment.”This everlasting retribution is particularly hard on African Americans. Studies show black people are treated more harshly than white people at every stage of the criminal justice process. To its shame, the United States has less than 5 percent of the planet’s population and but almost 25 percent of the incarcerated. More than a third of the prisoners are black, more than a fifth Hispanic. Every year, more than 600,000 inmates are released, according to the Justice Department, many not realizing that their punishment continues.The criminal justice statistics are lengthy and staggering. Approximately 100 million U.S. adults—40 percent of all U.S. adults—have a criminal record. The U.S. prison population of 2.2 million adults is the largest in the world by a wide margin. According to the U.S. Department of Education, state and local government expenditures on prisons and jails have increased about three times as fast as spending on elementary and secondary education.Solutions are being sought and tried. Last week, working with the Fortune Society in New York, the Justice Department joined the Department of Housing and Urban Development in filing a statement of interest “arguing that the Fair Housing Act (FHA) requires that landlords who consider criminal records in evaluating prospective tenants do not use overly broad generalizations that disproportionately disqualify people based on a legally protected characteristic, such as race or national origin.”President Obama joined a growing number of states, cities, and private companies by instructing federal agencies to “ban the box” on job applications by not asking about a job candidate’s criminal record until after the candidate’s job qualifications are considered. The TechHire initiative is another White House effort to help those with criminal records by working with employers and communities and to fast track training like coding boot camps. Sens. Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Rand Paul (R-KY) introduced the REDEEM Act (Record Expungement Designed to Enhance Employment) legislation that would among other initiatives lift the ban on SNAP and TANF benefits for nonviolent drug offenders.—James SchafferShare24TweetShareEmail24 Shareslast_img read more

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Video software provider SeaChange posted a second

first_imgVideo software provider SeaChange posted a second quarter net loss of US$5.3 million (€4.2 million), compared with a US$787,000 profit a year earlier.The company, which divested its Broadcast Servers and Storage, and Media Services businesses earlier this year, reported revenues of US$13.5 million, down from US$15 million.“Throughout SeaChange’s second quarter we have executed on our strategy.  We continue to reduce our overall sales, general and administrative costs and manufacturing costs and further streamline our organisation.  We have recently announced design wins for our next generation Adrenalin video back office platform with two major U.S. cable multiple system operators, and our Infusion advanced advertising platform with large service providers in both North America and Europe,” said Raghu Rau, SeaChange CEO.  “Our focus over the next two quarters will be to deliver on commitments to our customers, increase revenue, improve the bottom line and drive shareholder value.”last_img read more

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Belgacom has launched a new settop box as part of

first_imgBelgacom has launched a new set-top box as part of a new range of consumer premises equipment for its subscribers that enables content to be delivered wirelessly around the home.The V5 decoder is said by the operator to three times as powerful as the previous model but to consume half the electricity when left in active standby mode, and has a smaller form factor. The device will be available to new Belgacom TV and VDSL2 subscribers and can be self-installed. Existing customers can upgrade by purchasing the set-top for €225.Belgacom has also launched a new model, the b-box 3, which works in both 2.4GHz and 5GHz, enabling the wireless transfer of HDTV signals. The box contains a WiFi port compatible with a new integrated WiFi Bridge that can be used to receive Belgacom TV. The latter is a successor to Belgacom’s existing Ruckus wireless product.last_img read more

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Quality assurance specialist Agama Technologies ha

first_imgQuality assurance specialist Agama Technologies has formed a technology partnership with TV operating system specialist Zenterio to provide a joint solution for last-mile and in-home video service quality assurance to joint TV operator customers.The pair said they has secured a contract with an as-yet unnamed European operator, with delivery to take place in December.Agama will integrate its embedded monitoring solution with Zenterio OS, adding Agama’s monitoring technology to Zenterio-powered devices in the home. Zenterio provides an operating system for devices that can sit on legacy as well as new set-top boxes.“Agama is an exciting addition to the range of leading technology providers that are working to strengthen our advanced digital TV set-top box software solutions,” says Marco Frattolin, head of product management at Zenterio. “This partnership between Agama and Zenterio facilitates a quick and straightforward deployment that allows TV operators to immediately establish proactive management of service quality and customer satisfaction, which ultimately enables accelerated growth and profitability with strengthened customer loyalty.”last_img read more

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Liberty Global corporate development and strategy

first_imgLiberty Global corporate development and strategy executive, Spencer Nolan, has left the firm to become head of consulting, UK and Ireland, at sports marketing, research and consultancy company Repucom.Spencer Nolan first joined former Liberty subsidiary Chellomedia in 2004 and worked as corporate development and strategy director – across M&A, strategy and corporate development.When AMC bought Chellomedia, in a US$1billion (€740 million) deal that closed in February this year, Spencer stayed with Liberty, joining its recently established Liberty Global Content Investment arm.This division helped steer Liberty’s joint buyout with Discovery of UK-based programme maker and distributor All3Media for £550 million (€695 million) in May. It was also behind Liberty’s £481 million acquisition of a 6.4% stake in UK terrestrial broadcaster ITV from Sky.At Repucom, Spencer will be responsible for driving the company’s sports, media and entertainment consulting practice both in the UK and globally , building on the company’s existing client base of broadcasters, rights holders and brands.Repucom is focused on providing data-based consultancy, insights and intelligence to clients working “in every area of sports and entertainment marketing, media and sponsorship.” The company works to provide sponsorship evaluation, market research, media evaluation, commercial auditing, market intelligence and consultancy.“With the cost of sports rights increasing year on year ,companies are trying to understand if it’s worth spending that much, and the brands that are driving the sponsorship are looking at how much value they are generating from their sponsorship,” Spencer told DTVE.“This is clearly a growth area in the media space and Repucom are at a really interesting intersection of all of those different clients and issues.”Spencer will remain based in London and was hired by Repucom’s president of global strategy Glenn Lovett.Prior to joining Chellomedia he worked as a strategy consultant for Deloitte and before that as an analyst at McKinsey.last_img read more

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French video games and animated content specialist

first_imgFrench video games and animated content specialist Ankama has partnered with Netflix to make popular French kids animated show Wakfu available to the streaming video service’s subscribers worldwide. The deal will give Netflix French and worldwide VoD rights to the series. Wakfu will be available on Netflix in the US, Canada, the UK, Ireland, the Netherlands and the Nordic countries from September 14, and will be availbel in France, Germany, Belgium and Luxembourg when Netflix launches in these territories, as well as in Latin America from the autumn.Netflix last week signed a deal with French rights collecting societies the SACD and ADAGP covering France, Belgium and Luxembourg ahead of its launch in these countries. According to the pair, the contract authorizes Netflix to exploit SACD and ADAGP covered right and provides for remuneration to authors, guaranteeing a strict equality of treatment of authors rights between all platforms present in the French market.last_img read more

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Ted Sarandos Netflixs investment in movies could

first_imgTed SarandosNetflix’s investment in movies could help drive the transformation of the way films are released and windowed, according to Ted Sarandos, the streaming VoD company’s chief content officer, speaking at MIPCOM in Cannes this morning.“We do want to be more active [in movie production]. The current model for distribution of movies is pretty antiquated – waiting ten months or more for home video exploitation,” said Sarandos. “We want to accelerate the model and do it day and date in theatres and on Netflix and we’ll fund the movies to make it work,” he said.Netflix is investing in a follow-up to Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon as well as a series of films with Hollywood star Adam Sandler. Sarandos said Netflix will move rapidly into production with its first Adam Sandler movie, with the film expected to be relased late next year or in early 2016.Sarandos said the current movie distribution model had not kept pace with consumer behaviour. “You should be able to choose which way you watch the movie,” he said.He said Netflix “wants to restore choice” rather than “destroy windowing”.Sarandos also said that Netflix would be able to deliver 4K video-on-demand with current broadband speeds, thanks to new compression technology. “You are getting the highest resolution possible, streaming from Netflix,” he said.Netflix’s next big original, Marco Polo, will premier on December 12, said Sarandos. The series will be “something you have never seen on television”, he said.Netflix has been “very encouraged” with the viewing behaviour on the platform in France to date since its launch in that country, Sarandos said. Orange is the New Black is the most watched show both in France and Germany, he said. Sarandos said there is strong demand for content that has not previously been available in European territories.Sarandos said Netflix has differentiated its service by offering more choice, for example providing both subtitling and dubbing to give consumers alternatives that they never previously had.Sarandos said Marseille, Netflix’s original for France, would be released at the end of 2015 or early 2016. “We are confident this show will be widely accessed in France but will also be exported around the world,” he said. Sarandos said Marseille was “at some level symbolic” but that the SVoD provider was also investing in animation content in France.last_img read more

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Advertising technology company Videology has integ

first_imgAdvertising technology company Videology has integrated Nielsen Digital Ad Ratings (DAR) in Europe, enabling audience measurement across mobile apps.Videology now offers audience measurement validated by Nielsen – showing delivery of advertisers’ campaigns online and on mobile apps – to clients in the UK and France.Videology also plans to roll out the offering in Italy and Germany “soon”.“Consumers are no longer just consuming TV-style video content via traditional TV, but are increasingly watching content across online and mobile devices, with at least 31.8 minutes per day spent on video viewing via smartphones,” said Catherine Hallam, Videology director, EMEA Product Solutions.“By integrating mobile tracking and optimisation into Videology’s solution with DAR, Videology can now prove to advertisers that they are reaching their target audience across all digital platforms.Nielsen first launched mobile tracking within DAR to the European market in October 2015.last_img read more

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Ofcom has revealed details of how it will regulate

first_imgOfcom has revealed details of how it will regulate the BBC from next April, when it will have responsibility for key aspects of oversight of the broadcaster activities relating to content standards, competition and performance, including plans to extend its Broadcasting Code to cover BBC iPlayer, implement a new operating licence for the BBC’s UK services and address competition concerns about BBC Worldwide.Ofcom unveiled its proposals for regulation of the BBC in a document explaining how it would undertake its new regulatory duties ahead of the publication of the broadcaster’s Royal Charger for the 2017-27 period.The regulator said that its approach would recognise that responsibility for governance of the BBC will lie with the pubcaster’s new board, which will determine how to deliver the mission and purposes defined in the Charter. The Board will set out the BBC’s editorial guidelines, while Ofcom will hold the BBC to account.The regulator will develop an operating framework for regulation over the next few months.The previous Charter gave Ofcom shared regulatory oversight of some of the BBC’s content standards with the BBC Trust, which will close when Ofcom takes on its new role.Under the new arrangement, Ofcom will have responsibility for content standards on BBC broadcasting and on-demand programme services including, for the first time, for the accuracy and impartiality of BBC news and current affairs programmes.Ofcom said it would update the rules in its Broadcasting Code to fulfil these new responsibilities, and will create procedures for handling complaints.The Broadcasting Code has not hitherto applied to areas of the BBC’s content regulated by the BBC Trust. Ofcom will consult on extending it to include on-demand programing, including the BBC iPlayer.Ofcom said it would take a ‘BBC first’ approach to complaints, under which the BBC will handle complaints in the first instance before a complainant can refer their issue to Ofcom.The content oversight proposals will be subject to consultation “shortly”, with publication expected in the spring.Regarding competition, Ofcom said it would impose requirements on the BBC to avoid the relationship between its public-service activities and commercial subsidiaries distorting the market, or creating an unfair competitive advantage for the BBC’s subsidiaries.Ofcom said it would propose measures to address concerns that BBC Worldwide could receive an unfair advantage over private companies thanks to its relationship with the core BBC public services.Consulation on the competition aspects of the regime will be opened before Christmas, with publication to follow in the spring.Regarding performance, the regulator said that it would create a new operating licence for the BBC’s UK public services that could incorporate Ofcom’s own performance measures in addition to those set by the BBC.Ofcom said it would have a particular focus on assessing the distinctiveness of the BBC’s output. It will also hold the BBC to account to ensure it meets its obligations to serve all four of the UK’s nations as well as meeting diversity obligations.The performance monitoring regime will be put out to consultation in the spring, with publication to follow next autumn.last_img read more

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9 shot dead in 2 gunbattles in Mexicos Sonora state

first_img Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility (Pexels) Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Top Stories 19 Comments   Share   About two hours later, more gunfire erupted on a highway in nearby Naco. Four men were found shot dead in a car with Arizona license plates. A 12-year-old boy was wounded by a stray bullet but his life was not in danger.Police were investigating whether the incidents were linked. Sponsored Stories Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Men’s health affects baby’s health too MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican authorities say nine people were killed and a child wounded in two gunbattles in the northern border state of Sonora.State prosecutors say in a statement Tuesday that the first firefight took place the previous afternoon in Agua Prieta, which lies across the border from Douglas, Arizona.Four men and a woman were found dead in two cars and lying on a street. Some were clad in tactical vests, and assault rifles were recovered at the scene. How men can have a healthy 2019last_img read more

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Belgian telecom operator Proximus added 14000 TV

first_imgBelgian telecom operator Proximus added 14,000 TV customers in the first quarter to take its total to 1.575 million, up 3.9% year-on-year.Proximus said that its fixed services base overall was boosted by its growing TV and internet base for both its Proximus and low-cost Scarlet brands.Dominique LeroyThe company’s fixed internet customer base grew to 1,996 million at the end of March, with 14,000 lines added over the first quarter.The company’s mobile contract customer base grew by 29,000 to 3.907 million.On the downside Proximus saw its fixed voice base decline by 29,000, down 3.2%.The company’s underlying revenue increased slightly to €1.121 billion for Q1, again driven by fixed data and TV, which compensated steadily eroding fixed-voice revenues. Underlying revenue was stable at €1.441 billion, down 0.2%.CEO Dominique Leroy said that Proximus was off to a “good start” with “good traction of our all-in offers Tuttimus and Bizz All-in, growing to 404,000 by end-March 2018”.last_img read more

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