Go back to the enewsletter Qatar Airways has upgr

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterQatar Airways has upgraded its current double-daily A330 service to an A350, becoming the first airline ever to fly the state-of-the-art aircraft to the Maldives. The first A350 began operations in October, with the second A350 service joining shortly afterwards in the beginning of November.Qatar Airways first launched service to the Maldives in December 2001. The airline operated the service using an A330 aircraft, which features 30 seats in business class and 275 in economy class.Qatar Airways was the global launch customer of the Airbus A350 in January 2015. The award-winning airline has the largest fleet of this aircraft type of any airline in the world and currently operates 19 A350 aircraft across its global network to destinations, including Adelaide, Brussels, Geneva, Singapore and Tokyo. It was the first airline to fly the A350 to the United States and to Australia.The Airbus A350 aircraft features a total of 283 seats, with 36 business class seats and 247 in economy class. Thanks to the extra-wide cabin design, passengers on board are offered unparalleled comfort in both cabins, with business class fully flat beds and spacious seats in economy.With high-definition touch screens and dual-screen function that allows for simultaneous viewing, passengers can enjoy countless entertainment options through the airline’s award winning Oryx One entertainment system, as well as connect to the internet using the OnAir Wi-Fi service.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

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first_img RelatedHolidaymakers are becoming ‘more discerning’Travellers are becoming increasingly discerning in terms of spending money on their holidayWhat can I do if my airline goes bust?In the unfortunate case of your airline going bust or failing, you have a few options for claiming flight cancellation costs on the airline or your travel insurance, but these depend on whether you bought your flights with a credit card, whether the flights were ATOL Protected and how much…More passengers could book summer holiday flights through low-cost airlinesMore passengers could book summer holiday flights through low-cost airlines Flight passengers are becoming more discerning when booking their holidays abroad, claims the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM).According to Ray Jones, a CIM spokesperson, flight carriers and tour operators should consider offering lower fares and better deals as more travellers look for value-for-money options.”A purchaser may or may not have those weekends away but they’ll be much more discerning and much more looking at value for money and cheap deals,” he said.Mr Jones added that more flight passengers would be looking for what they perceived as “good deals”, with word-of-mouth playing an important part in publicising some of the best offers.Recent research suggests that more tour operators appear to be advertising through the internet.Findings from Whatsonwhen and Travolution showed that, of 90 operators surveyed, 45 said they wanted to expand their online advertising budgets.It was revealed recently by VisitBritain that more passengers could book cheap domestic flights in the UK instead of having their traditional city break in Europe because of the effects of the economic downturn. ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Maplast_img read more

Photos 1 Nordkvaløya 2 3 and 4 Rebbensø Th

first_imgPhotos: 1. Nordkvaløya, 2. 3. and 4. Rebbensø. Third day – the village of HelgøyThe last day of sailing before returning to Tromsø leads us to visit the beautiful village of Helgøy. There are a handful of colourful houses and a beautiful church that we had already seen from the water, with its sharp and elegant contours. No one lives on this wonderful island anymore, but the children of those who lived here until the 1960’s come back here for summer or Christmas holidays. We climb on the path that leads to the top of the mountain, from where the bay view is truly wonderful. On the other side of this rounded mountain is the end of the world, and to the north of us there are only the Svalbard Islands. In Helgøy, we feel like we are in a tiny secret paradise where we cherish the smallest and simplest and where the days spend serene and relaxed, between walks to the marina and a good book.We resume sailing and the last phase of our incredible journey – but first-up a delicious dish prepared by our host, Perri. We spend some more time with our new friends, sharing stories from the wonders we’ve seen this weekend. From the sunsets and Nordkvaløya to the surprise of discovering a lovely village like Helgøy, we realise that this is truly a once-in-a-lifetime trip that we’d recommend anyone to experience. Next time, we’ll come back in winter, set sail on a new adventure and hunt for a new set of colours – the Borealis at sunrise. Flights to NorwayArrival in TromsøSailing onboard the PukkaTravels catamaran departs from Tromsø, the starting point for all cruises and sightseeing tours in the northern region of Norway. From here, we embarked on what would be our home throughout the weekend, our beautiful floating base from which to explore the islands and fjords. Whether it’s for the northern lights or just for your love for nature, Norway is a rare wonder which we were fortunate to discover during a truly unforgettable cruise through the fjords along with PukkaTravels. If you’re planning to sail on a boat trip in the Norway Fjords you can expect desolate bays, fishing and trekking and perhaps even a few dolphins and whales.Below is the story of our three days spent on the PukkaTravels “Golden Eagle” catamaran witnessing this breathtaking scenery. Check out cheap flights to Norway if you’re tempted to experience this for yourself. In pictures: 1. Nordkvaløya; 2. Pukka Travels catamaran interior, 3. 4. and 5. Gåsvear, 6. and 7. The Nordkvaløya bay by drone.Second Day – Nordkvaløya and sunset at “Toftefjorden”We wake up early this morning. The scents of a sweet breakfast served in the lounge give us the incentive to leave our rooms and start the second day of our arctic experience.It’s raining a little today, but some of the group head out to explore the hills surrounding Southern Bird Island. I prefer to stay warm inside the catamaran and wait for the wind to sweep away the clouds and return the sun. And as is often the case here due to the almost constant light, time really does seem to stand still. Eventually the weather does improve and we resume sailing under a wonderful sun.After passing Rebbensø, Grotøya and Hersøya, we stop at Nordkvaløya Bay to try to catch some halibut. In the end, no-one succeeds, but nature offers us another reward: the most beautiful sunset we’ve seen in our lives, with pink, orange and red glittering in the sky before turning purple we’ll never forget. We head to an area called “Toftefjorden” to take some photos and videos where the sunset lights are still vibrant and full of magic. It’s at this point that we pause to think about how lucky we are to be in such a remote and beautiful part of the world, making new memories with new travel companions.center_img First day: Gåsvear and KvaløyaThe temperature at this time of the year is very pleasant, and the sunlight never seem to end this far north. We wore t-shirts and a light jacket and enjoyed the sea breeze and refreshing air, all in warm sunshine.Today we leave Tromsø to head to north and begin our exploration. After a light lunch of shrimp and butter-toasted bread, our skipper decides to throw the anchor and let us fish in a sheltered bay. In spite of our initial scepticism, in the end, we all get something out so we can cook our own dinner.We resume sailing and head towards Gåsvear, a small island with sunny white sandy beaches and pebbles rounded by weather and water. We approach the island to enjoy the view of the bay from the hill overlooking a little church with its small cemetery. No one lives on the island, but the spirit of this place is still intact and we are amazed at the transparent colour of the water and the beauty of this “abandoned” place.We resume our trip and before we all dine together in the wonderful lounge of our catamaran, we sail to Kvaløya Bay where we spend the night. Photos: 1. 2. 3. and 4. The village of HelgøyThe catamaran “The Golden Eagle”The PukkaTravels catamaran is a modern and highly-equipped vessel which can accommodate up to 10 people in comfortable en-suite rooms. Fishing equipment is provided onboard, including meals and snacks, assistance with a guide and an experienced skipper to steer your route and drop you at the some of northern Norway’s most beautiful and pristine points.On winter days, you can also wear the waterproof suits that PukkaTravels makes available to guests, while in the summer, as we experienced, the only thing to do is enjoy the midnight sun and the cool breeze coming from the sea.When to cruise to NorwayPukkaTravels organises cruises throughout the year and can arrange it on different routes according to your preferences. In general, if you want to observe the Aurora Borealis, the best times to see it are those ranging from October to March, but these latitudes could be seen from the end of August.In the summer, or whatever it is from May to August, the days are long and the sun never falls below the horizon. If it is unlikely to catch the Aurora Borealis, you can enjoy the midnight sun, sunny and warmer days (with temperatures up to 25 degrees) and pink sunsets that you will never forget.Tempted to experience this for yourself?Adventure is this way Related6 best places to see the Northern LightsIt’s no surprise that glimpsing the Northern Lights tops most people’s bucket lists. The ethereal display of dancing colours is possibly the most-awe-inspiring sight in the world. But like any natural phenomena, the Aurora Borealis is as elusive as it is beautiful. So how can you maximise your chances of…6 places to see the Aurora Borealis in winter 2013–2014 on a budgetTrip the light fantastic this winter without spending a fortune with these six ideas for cheap places to see the Northern Lights.Where to go on holiday next? 5 travel gurus share their top destinationsTo help you plan your next adventure, we asked five travel gurus to share their very best travel stories. These are the trips and experiences that you need to book now and we’ve got the top tips to help you make them a reality… “Visiting Turkey was one of the…last_img read more

Long Beach California – Reported by Elite Travele

first_imgLong Beach, California – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle MagazinePrivate jet operator JetSuite, recently purchased by JetBlue founder David Neeleman and Acadia Woods Partners, has announced the expansion of its SuiteSaver program, which offers unheard of whole plane pricing for private jet travel on its fleet of brand-new, four-seater Phenom 100 aircraft.JetSuite, responding to market demand for its low-cost SuiteSaver program between LA/Las Vegas (from $999), LA/Oakland (from $1499) and Oakland/Las Vegas (from $1499), has just added eight markets to the program. Staring at just $999, customers can fly among Santa Barbara, Orange County, San Diego, Phoenix, Tucson, Tahoe/Reno and Mammoth – in addition to the already existing markets. SuiteSaver rates in each market combination are less than $2,000 for the entire jet, one way, including $999 Santa Barbara/Las Vegas, San Diego/LA and Palm Springs/LA.“We have successfully introduced the luxuries of private jet travel to a new audience with the affordability of our SuiteSaver program,” says JetSuite CEO Alex Wilcox. “I look forward to expanding these offerings to more people, introducing them to the convenience, safety and comfort of private travel with JetSuite.”With the headaches of holiday travel rapidly approaching, JetSuite offers a viable alternative for both personal and business travel with its new economical pricing. With rates as low as $250 per seat, it becomes the first private jet operator to offer pricing competitive with commercial airline rates.www.jetsuite.comlast_img read more

Beijing China – Reported by Elite Traveler the P

first_imgBeijing, China – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle Magazine Strategically located adjacent to the new Terminal 3 of Beijing’s only international airport, the new five-star Langham Place, Beijing Capital Airport promises to be a revolutionary fun airport hotel experience for world travelers and business guests when it opens in August 2010.Closest Hotel to New Terminal 3Conveniently located adjacent to the new Terminal 3 at Beijing Capital International Airport, Langham Place is perfectly positioned. The Hotel is just minutes away from the New China International Exhibition Center and Tianzhu Airport Industrial Zone and a short 15 minute train ride to the city. This ideal location makes it the preferred choice for transit, business travelers, trade fair visitors and event organizers and those in Beijing to taking in the sights of the city.Gallery of Stimulating ExperiencesLiving up to the “Langham Place” brand, the six-story hotel will introduce a refreshing and stimulating hospitality experience in an ambience of modern elegance surrounded by a gallery of contemporary art and technology offerings. The Hotel will provide 372 stylish soundproofed spacious bedrooms and suites, allowing guests to relax and unwind in ultimate comfort including the proprietary Dream Big bed. It will also feature all the conveniences of cutting edge technology including IP telephones and wifi. While Essential Place guestrooms start from 45sq ms, the property also features 67 suites including Lofts from 140 sq ms and larger duplex suites.New Club Lounge ConceptThe 24 hour lounge, Club L, is split over two levels and offers four distinctive zones to suit the mood of the guest – Relax, Refuel, Replay and Revitalize. The exclusive Club floors are designed for maximum relaxation with all modern conveniences and refreshments within easy reach. Club L features two Revitalize rooms for early check ins and late check outs so guests can refresh themselves with a shower before their flights.Club L’s Replay zone will offer a pool table and gaming stations for those looking for entertainment.The Relax zone offers a place to unwind in comfortable massage chairs and Refuel zone offers a complimentary premium brand bar as well as breakfast, snacks, afternoon tea and canapés.The Place to EatFood and beverage facilities will include a sibling of the Hong Kong two Michelin star restaurant – Ming Court and Tokoro – an authentic robatayaki restaurant, Fuel – a modern ribs and pizza dining concept as well as The Place – an interactive all day dining restaurant. Langham Place, Beijing Capital Airport will also feature Portal – Work & Play an innovative lounge bar concept that recognizes today’s travelers often work and play in the same space. It will serve cocktail and tapas in an entertaining, contemporary atmosphere.The Place to MeetWith over 2,800 sq m of flexible function space and a choice of 22 function rooms, as well as an inspired catering service, Langham Place, Beijing Capital Airport will be the perfect venue for staging innovative and creative events of varying scales.Bob van den Oord, Vice President, Sales & Marketing, Langham Hotels International said: “There’s no reason why an airport hotel cannot be as fun or enjoyable an experience as their stylish city counterparts. Langham Place Beijing Capital Airport will be at the forefront of a global trend to revolutionize the airport hotel experience.”beijingairport.langhamplacehotels.comlast_img read more

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first_imgChicago Symphony, Riccardo Muti extend contract until 2022 CHICAGO – The Chicago Symphony Orchestra has extended its contract with renowned Italian conductor Riccardo Muti as its music director through the 2022 season.The orchestra made the announcement Tuesday. It says Muti’s current contract goes through 2020 and the new contract will extend through August 2022.Muti said in a statement that he has “deep respect and affection” for CSO musicians and the relationship is “growing stronger each year.” He says “this is the reason why I have decided to continue for two more seasons.”Muti became CSO’s music director in 2010. The contract extension means he will continue his commitment to lead the orchestra in 10 weeks of subscription concerts, Chicago community engagement activities and special concerts and three to four weeks of domestic or international tours each season. by The Associated Press Posted Jan 30, 2018 8:49 am PDT Last Updated Jan 30, 2018 at 9:20 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more

AP Oscar predictions What will win what should w

first_imgAP Oscar predictions: What will win, what should win File-This image released by Fox Searchlight Pictures shows Sally Hawkins, left, and Doug Jones in a scene from the film “The Shape of Water.” Ahead of Sunday’s 90th Academy Awards, Associated Press film writers Lindsey Bahr and Jake Coyle share their predictions for a ceremony that, at least at the end, should be a nail biter. Best Picture, No controversy, timely messages, a dash of fantasy and a love of movies, “The Shape of Water” seems to be the safe, if a little boring, front runner. (Kerry Hayes/Fox Searchlight Pictures via AP, File) LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Ahead of Sunday’s 90th Academy Awards, Associated Press film writers Lindsey Bahr and Jake Coyle share their predictions for a ceremony that — at least at the end — should be a nail biter.BEST PICTUREThe Nominees: “Call Me by Your Name,” ”Darkest Hour,” ”Dunkirk,” ”Get Out,” ”Lady Bird,” ”Phantom Thread,” ”The Post,” ”The Shape of Water,” ”Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”BAHR:Will Win: No controversy, timely messages, a dash of fantasy and a love of movies, “The Shape of Water” seems to be the safe, if a little boring, front runner.Should Win: Aside from “Dunkirk,” which I saw three times in theatres, “Lady Bird” is the movie I want to watch over and over again. It is such an effortlessly perfect slice of life film that will be around far after this awards season noise comes to an end. The best picture category gets a bad reputation for all the times the award has gone to something that fades from memory a few years down the line. That wouldn’t be an issue with “Lady Bird.”Should Have Been a Contender: “The Florida Project,” Sean Baker’s loving and heartbreakingly honest portrait of the hidden homeless around the happiest place on earth was one of the great cinematic triumphs of the year.COYLE:Will Win: There are five movies with a legitimate shot to win, which makes this year more difficult than usual to call. I’m going to say Jordan Peele’s cultural sensation “Get Out” wins because it has two crucial things going for it: the all-important SAG ensemble nomination and a good shot at a recently highly predictive screenplay award. That, and it did more to re-energize genre filmmaking than anything in a decade.Should Win: I’d be thrilled if “Dunkirk,” ”Get Out,” ”Lady Bird” or “Phantom Thread” took home the top prize, but “Call Me By Your Name” stood apart for me. It’s a movie that feels like it has the windows open, and life just flows through it.Should Have Been a Contender: “The Florida Project” is a neo-realistic masterpiece of the first order. It’s staggeringly good.___BEST ACTORThe Nominees: Timothee Chalamet (“Call Me by Your Name”), Daniel Day-Lewis (“Phantom Thread”), Daniel Kaluuya (“Get Out”), Gary Oldman (“Darkest Hour”), Denzel Washington (“Roman J. Israel, Esq.”)BAHR:Will Win: Gary Oldman has won most of the major awards so far and there’s no reason he wouldn’t continue the streak at the Oscars, much to the chagrin of the internet’s darling, Timothee Chalamet, who will definitely get another shot at this award down the line.Should Win: There have been so many lame “Oscar-baity” biopics that it almost diminishes his achievement, but honestly, Gary Oldman’s full and complete transformation into Winston Churchill is something they should teach in acting (and makeup) classes forever.Should Have Been a Contender: Never in a million years would this have been a real Oscars possibility, but Robert Pattinson is so, so good as the bleached blonde Queens crook Connie Nikas who is trying to get his mentally handicapped brother out of jail in Josh and Bennie Safdie’s exhilarating indie “Good Time.”COYLE:Will Win: Oldman has this one in the bag.Should Win: I wouldn’t begrudge Oldman, an actor’s actor for decades, his moment in the sun. But I’ll say Day-Lewis, who we all know is simply the best there is. Maybe a surprise Oscar would coax him into rethinking retirement.Should Have Been a Contender: Adam Sandler was brilliant as the rumbled, divorced son of a famous sculptor in Noah Baumbach’s sibling drama “The Meyerowitz Stories.” But, yes, it’s tough to win an Academy Award the same year you star in “Sandy Wexler.”___BEST ACTRESSThe Nominees: Sally Hawkins (“The Shape of Water”), Frances McDormand (“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”), Margot Robbie (“I, Tonya”), Saoirse Ronan (“Lady Bird”), Meryl Streep (“The Post”)BAHR:Will Win: It’s funny how uninspired the acting categories can seem when the same people win every award. This is Frances McDormand’s year, plain and simple.Should Win: This is an extremely tough category, not only because all of the performances are so good, but they’re good in different ways. Still, out of this batch, it was Margot Robbie who stretched herself beyond anything I might have assumed her capable of as the proud, defiant and unapologetic Tonya Harding. That shot of Robbie smearing on her stage blush while she tries to smile through the rising tears? It’s a classic.Should Have Been a Contender: There were quite a few great leading performances by women this year (Brooklynn Prince and Jennifer Lawrence among them), but Vicky Krieps is the one that sticks out as a real gem for her work in “Phantom Thread” as the smitten but never swoony Alma, whose flushed cheeks don’t make her seem weak, only more resolute.COYLE:Will Win: McDormand is a virtual lock.Should Win: “Three Billboards” wouldn’t exist without McDormand, who towers over the film like only she can. And Streep gave one of her most subtle performances in “The Post.” But most deserving is Ronan, who’s perpetually playing a jumble of emotions, most of them contradictory, at once.Should Have Been a Contender: Michelle Williams, the real standout in “All the Money in the World,” deserves a shoutout, as does Lawrence, who carries “mother!” But I don’t understand a world in which Prince isn’t nominated for “The Florida Project.” That she’s seven-years old doesn’t do anything to detract from one of the year’s most memorable performances. (And her fictional mom, Bria Vinaite, is equally good.)___BEST SUPPORTING ACTORThe Nominees: Willem Dafoe (“The Florida Project”), Woody Harrelson (“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”), Richard Jenkins (“The Shape of Water”), Christopher Plummer (“All the Money in the World”), Sam Rockwell (“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”)BAHR:Will Win: Sam Rockwell went big in “Three Billboards” as the racist cop who decides to (maybe) start rethinking (some of) his ways. Love it or hate it, but Rockwell is on a winning streak.Should Win: It is Willem Dafoe who gives “The Florida Project” its beating heart. He is the one person who even takes notice of the residents of that low-rent motel on the outskirts of Orlando. Dafoe makes every moment he’s in memorable, whether he’s escorting a suspicious character off of the property or just trying to count the rent money.Should Have Been a Contender: This is a stretch since he’s a true supporting character in a star-studded ensemble (and thus probably would never have been pushed for an actual nomination), but Bob Odenkirk was just phenomenal as Ben Bagdikian, the dogged and heart-achingly believable reporter who actually cracks the case, in “The Post.”COYLE:Will Win: Rockwell is the favourite but I smell an upset. There’s not much evidence for it. I just think good sense will prevail and Dafoe will win his first Oscar.Should Win: This category is awash in terrific character actors. Would it not be great to see Jenkins win? Would anyone not cheer seeing Harrelson at the podium? But Dafoe’s low-rent motel father-figure will go down as the iconic performance of the bunch.Should Have Been a Contender: Dee Rees’ Jim Crow-era “Mudbound” boasts an impressive and starry cast, but the most soulful performance comes from one of its cast members less-recognized names: Rob Morgan. As Hap Jackson, Morgan plays a weary but strong patriarch of a sharecropping family, living somewhere in between slavery and freedom.___BEST SUPPORING ACTRESSThe Nominees: Mary J. Blige (“Mudbound”), Allison Janney (“I, Tonya”), Lesley Manville (“Phantom Thread”), Laurie Metcalf (“Lady Bird”), Octavia Spencer (“The Shape of Water”)BAHR:Will Win: Allison Janney, who is very excellent as the caustic, complicated mother LaVona in “I, Tonya,” and everyone has noticed.Should Win: Lesley Manville upstaged Daniel Day-Lewis (in a good way) as the steadfast Cyril, who can be sometimes terrifying and often funny and without whom the House of Woodcock (and “Phantom Thread”) would have come crashing to the ground.Should Have Been a Contender: Aside from Manville, there are few performances that gave me such joy as Michelle Pfeiffer’s wickedly funny intruder in “mother!” Her icy glares alone were enough for a nomination at least.COYLE:Will Win: Janney, a riot in “I, Tonya,” is the favourite.Should Win: Nothing could ever be wrong with the fantastic Janney winning an award. But I’d cast my non-existent vote for Metcalf, in her first film in almost a decade. Her character in “Lady Bird” is one of the finest working mothers I’ve ever seen in movies.Should Have Been a Contender: Rarely does a performer breakthrough the way Tiffany Haddish did in “Girls Trip.” A more sensible award show would reward Haddish, but the Oscars have the snobbiest attitudes about comedy. (See also the missing nod for Holly Hunter of “The Big Sick.”)___BEST DIRECTORThe Nominees: Christopher Nolan (“Dunkirk”), Jordan Peele (“Get Out”), Greta Gerwig (“Lady Bird”), Paul Thomas Anderson (“Phantom Thread”), Guillermo del Toro (“The Shape of Water”)BAHR:Will Win: Affable, undeniably talented, quick to drop an expletive and “in love with love and movies,” Guillermo del Toro is the likely pick for this year’s best director. Also, “The Shape of Water” could only have been made by him.Should Win: Although he’s been left on the cutting room floor this awards season, Christopher Nolan really should be getting more awards for his achievement with “Dunkirk.” Perhaps it came out too early, or didn’t have that extra performance component to keep its worthiness narrative alive? Maybe the film didn’t work as well in screener format as it did on the big screen. Whatever the reason, Nolan still made a masterpiece of suspense like we’ve never seen before.Should Have Been a Contender: Sean Baker is one of the most uniquely talented and truly visionary directors working today and if “The Florida Project” is any indication — which he shot on location with a tiny budget and mostly non actors — he is only getting better.COYLE:Will Win: Del Toro seems to have this locked up. With a win, he’ll join his friends and Mexican countrymen Alejandro Inarritu and Alfonso Cuaron. The “Three Amigos” will have won four of the last five best director awards.Should Win: I really have no idea. The filmmakers in this group are impossible to compare against each other; all of the movies are so singular to the director. Anderson’s impeccable comedy? Gerwig’s richness of lived-in detail? I don’t like choosing but Nolan’s feat in “Dunkirk” is a majestic creation of sight and sound.Should Have Been a Contender: No, documentary filmmakers are never considered for this award, for some reason. Wiseman, 88, took home an honorary Oscar in 2016, but he hasn’t slowed down. “Ex Libris: The New York Public Library” is his latest sprawling portrait of an institution worthy of deep appreciation. And these days, any still-working institution deserves our applause.___BEST DOCUMENTARYThe Nominees: “Abacus: Small Enough to Jail,” ”Faces Places,” ”Icarus,” ”Last Men in Aleppo,” ”Strong Island”BAHR:Will Win: Perhaps it is because she really doesn’t care and isn’t afraid to call the Governors Awards the “fake Oscars,” but Agnes Varda and her cardboard cutout and two-toned hair have become the unlikely stars of the awards season.Should Win: Never mind that “Faces Places” isn’t even the best documentary Varda has made (that would be “The Gleaners and I”) — it’s about time Varda gets one of the little gold men (the (asterisk)real(asterisk) one).Should Have Been a Contender: When I saw Brett Morgen’s transcendent Jane Goodall documentary “Jane,” I assumed it would win the Oscar. In another baffling documentary category oversight, it wasn’t even nominated.COYLE:Will Win: Varda and JR’s “Face Places” has the edge, and for good reason. It’s simply a joy, never mind that it’s a radiant capstone for the 89-year-old Varda.Should Win: I’ll be rooting for “Faces Places” but don’t overlook the two powerful docs about American injustice. Yance Ford’s “Strong Island” is potent, gut-wrenching personal filmmaking. And Steve James’ “Abacus” details the perverse ironies behind the only U.S. bank that faced criminal charges after the 2008 financial crisis.Should Have Been a Contender: Bill Morrison’s “Dawson City: Frozen Time” is a masterpiece that unearths lost histories in both the Yukon and silent-movie Hollywood, through the discovery of reels of frozen nitrate film.___BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILMThe Nominees: “A Fantastic Woman,” Chile; “The Insult,” Lebanon; “Loveless,” Russia; “On Body and Soul,” Hungary; “The Square,” SwedenBAHR:Will Win: The biggest conversation-starter of the bunch is Ruben Ostlund’s “The Square,” which I believe will work to its benefit in a crowded field of worthy and interesting films. Also, it has the benefit of that must-see banquet scene with Terry Notary.Should Win: Sometimes the most obvious choice is the right one too: “The Square.”Should Have Been a Contender: The incredibly moving look at the AIDS epidemic in France with near universal acclaim, “BPM (Beats per Minute)” was a big oversight in the foreign language category.COYLE:Will Win: I think Ostlund’s Palme d’Or-winner “The Square” takes it.Should Win: “Loveless,” Russian director Andrey Zvyagintsev’s follow-up to his Oscar-nominated “Leviathan,” is a staggeringly grim portrait of a sick Russian society. To say the least, Zvyagintsev doesn’t mess around.Should Have Been a Contender: The oversight of “BPM” is inexplicable. Rarely has a protest movement been more intimately captured.___Follow Coyle on Twitter at http://twitter.com/jakecoyleAP and Bahr at http://twitter.com/ldbahr___For full coverage of awards season, visit: https://apnews.com/tag/AwardsSeasoncenter_img by Lindsey Bahr And Jake Coyle, The Associated Press Posted Feb 26, 2018 8:33 am PDT Last Updated Feb 26, 2018 at 9:40 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more

by Mesfin Fekadu The Associated Press Posted

first_img by Mesfin Fekadu, The Associated Press Posted Jun 10, 2018 9:13 pm PDT Last Updated Jun 11, 2018 at 8:20 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Kendrick Lamar, Lil Wayne celebrate Summer Jam’s 25th year EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Recent Pulitzer Prize winner Kendrick Lamar, Lil Wayne and Meek Mill helped the famed Summer Jam music event celebrate its 25th anniversary with jam-packed performances.Remy Ma, Tory Lanez and BBD also worked the stage Sunday for the feverish audience at the MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.The event’s highlight was the battle between producers Timbaland and Swizz Beatz, who went back and forth with hits they have produced for others — from Jay-Z’s “Jigga My…” and DMX’s “Ruff Ryders Anthem” to Missy Elliott’s “Work It” and Beyonce’s “Drunk In Love.”Lamar performed his well-known hits such as “Humble” and “Don’t Kill My Vibe”; he was joined onstage by label mate Jay Rock. Meek Mill, who was released from prison in April, also performed.The event, hosted by New York hip-hop radio station Hot97, was launched in 1994.last_img read more

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first_img 2018|2019|new year|New Year’s Eve Fireworks fill Sydney Harbour in Sydney, Australia. (Brendan Esposito/AAP via AP)An estimated million people crowded Sydney Harbor as Australia’s largest city rang in the new year with a spectacular, soul-tinged fireworks celebration.One of the most complex displays in Australia’s history included gold, purple and silver fireworks pulsating to the tune of ”(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman,” made famous by Aretha Franklin, who died in August. The show used 8.5 tons of fireworks and featured more than 100,000 pyrotechnic effects.Earlier, a thunderstorm drenched tens of thousands of people as they gathered for the traditional display, creating a show of its own with dozens of lightning strikes.Police said they took precautions to prevent any terrorist attack, but assured revelers there was no specific threat.More than 1 billion people around the world were expected to watch the fireworks on television.In Melbourne, 14 tons of fireworks deployed on the ground and on roofs of 22 buildings produced special effects including flying dragons. In Brisbane, an estimated 85,000 people watched as fireworks exploded from five barges moored on the Brisbane River.THE UNITED NATIONSU.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres issued a bleak New Year’s message that called climate change an existential threat and warned that “it’s time to seize our last best chance.” He noted growing intolerance, geo-political divisions and inequality, resulting in people “questioning a world in which a handful of people hold the same wealth as half of humanity.”“But there are also reasons for hope,” he said. “As we begin this New Year, let’s resolve to confront threats, defend human dignity and build a better future — together.”SOUTH KOREAA woman prays at the Jogyesa Buddhist temple in Seoul, South Korea. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)After an eventful year that saw three inter-Korean summits and the easing of tensions over North Korea’s nuclear program, South Koreans enter 2019 with hopes that the hard-won detente will expand into a stable peace.Thousands of South Koreans were expected to fill the streets of the capital, Seoul, for a traditional bell-tolling ceremony near City Hall to usher in the new year. Dignitaries picked to ring the old Bosingak bell at midnight include famous surgeon Lee Guk-jong, who successfully operated on a North Korean soldier who escaped to South Korea in 2017 in a hail of bullets fired by his comrades.Elsewhere, about 10,000 people were expected to attend the tolling of a “peace bell” at Imjingak, a pavilion near the border with North Korea.NORTH KOREALeader Kim Jong Un will keep North Korea watchers busy on New Year’s Day, when he is expected to give his annual address laying out the country’s priorities for the year ahead. The speech is often the best gauge of what the North Korean leadership is focused on and what tone it will take in its dealings with the outside world.Kim’s speech it will be parsed carefully for clues about his thinking on denuclearization talks with Washington and a second summit with President Donald Trump, relations with South Korea, and North Korea’s efforts to get out from under international sanctions as it tries to build its domestic economy.In his New Year’s speech this past year, Kim proposed talks with South Korea to reduce tensions and said the North would be willing to participate in South Korea’s Winter Olympics, setting off a series of summits with the South and the U.S.CHINANew Year’s Eve isn’t celebrated that widely in mainland China, where the lunar New Year in February is a more important holiday, but countdown events were being held in major cities and some of the faithful headed to Buddhist temples for bell-ringing and prayers.The city of Beijing was holding a gala with VIP guests at the main site of the 2008 Summer Olympics. The event looked ahead to the 2022 Winter Games, which also will be held in the Chinese capital.Additional police were deployed in parts of Shanghai, where a New Year’s Eve stampede in 2014 killed 36 people. In Beijing, outdoor revelers had to brave temperatures well below freezing.President Xi Jingping, in a message broadcast at the top of the evening news, outlined the country’s achievements over the past year and said that by hosting a series of multinational meetings in 2018, “we have put forward China’s proposals and sent out China’s voice.”In Hong Kong, festive lights on the city’s iconic skyscrapers provided the backdrop for a fireworks, music and light show over Victoria Harbor on a chilly evening. About 300,000 people were expected to line the waterfront.THAILANDWorshippers pray in coffins during a ceremony at the Takien temple in Bangkok, Thailand. (AP Photo/Sakchai lalit)While many celebrate New Year’s Eve with fireworks, hundreds of Thais traveled to Takien Temple in a suburb of Bangkok to lie inside coffins for traditional funeral rituals. Participants believe the ceremony — symbolizing death and rebirth — helps rid them of bad luck and allows them to be born again for a fresh start in the new year.Participants held flowers and incense in their hands as monks covered them with pink sheets and chanted prayers for the dead.“It wasn’t scary or anything. It is our belief that it will help us get rid of bad luck and bring good fortune to our life,” said Busaba Yookong, who came to the temple with her family.Bangkok is filled with modern glitzy malls and high-rise buildings, but superstitious beliefs still hold sway in many aspects of Thai society.PHILIPPINESDozens of people have been injured by firecrackers ahead of New Year’s Eve, when many across the Philippines set off powerful firecrackers in one of Asia’s most violent celebrations despite a government scare campaign and threats of arrests.The Department of Health said it has recorded more than 50 firecracker-caused injuries in the last 10 days, which is expected to increase overnight when Filipinos usher in 2019 with a bang. Although still a concern, the figure is significantly lower than a year ago, partly because fewer Filipinos have purchased firecrackers due to hard economic times.Officials have urged centralized fireworks displays to discourage wild and sometimes fatal merry-making. The notorious tradition, worsened by celebratory gunfire that turned deadly, stems from a Chinese-influenced belief that noise drives away evil and misfortune.JAPANJapanese usually welcome the New Year with a visit to a nearby temple or shrine, but some 30,000 people at Saitama Super Arena did it with Floyd Mayweather. The American boxing legend soundly defeated his opponent, Japanese kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa, in the first round of what was billed as three rounds of entertainment with no official record, meaning both fighters still retain their undefeated tallies. “I told Tenshin to hold your head up high,” Mayweather said of his advice after the bout. Nasukawa was floored three times in the first round, and although he kept getting up, teetering, his father in the corner threw in the towel.FRANCEHundreds of thousands of Parisians and tourists are expected to gather on the famed Champs-Elysees avenue to celebrate New Year’s Eve under heavy security.Anti-government protesters from the “yellow vest” movement have issued calls on social media for “festive” demonstrations on the famed avenue.Paris police have set up a security perimeter in the area, with bag searches, a ban on alcohol and traffic restrictions. The Interior Ministry said Sunday that the heavy security measures are needed because of a “high terrorist threat” and concerns about “non-declared protests.”President Emmanuel Macron is to give his traditional New Year address to briefly lay out his priorities for 2019, as some “yellow vest” protesters angry over high taxes and his pro-business policies plan to continue their demonstrations in coming weeks.Before midnight, a light show illustrating the theme of brotherhood is to take place on the Arc de Triomphe monument at the top of the Champs-Elysees.NEW YORK CITYThe New Year’s Eve ball is seen in New York’s Times Square. (AP Photo/Julie Walker)Snoop Dogg, Sting and Christina Aguilera will welcome 2019 in a packed Times Square along with revelers from around the world who come to see the traditional crystal ball drop.Spectators are expected to start assembling early in the afternoon for the made-for-TV extravaganza. The celebration will take place under tight security, with partygoers checked for weapons and then herded into pens, ringed by metal barricades, where they wait for the stroke of midnight. by The Associated Press Posted Dec 31, 2018 3:25 am PDT Last Updated Dec 31, 2018 at 9:01 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Revelers say hello to 2019, goodbye to an unsettling year Revelers around the globe are bidding a weary farewell Monday to an unsettling year filled with challenges to many of the world’s most basic institutions, including politics, trade, alliances and religion.Here’s a look at how people are ushering in the new year:KIRIBATIThe Pacific island nation of Kiribati was the first in the world to welcome the new year, greeting 2019 with muted celebrations after spending 2018 on the front line of the battle against climate change.Kiribati is made up of low-lying atolls along the equator which intersect three time zones, the first of which sees the new year 14 hours before midnight in London.Much of the nation’s land mass, occupied by 110,000 people, is endangered by rising seas which have inundated coastal villages. The rising oceans have turned fresh water sources brackish, imperiling communities and raising doubts the nation will exist at the next New Year. Former President Anote Tong said the only future for Kiribati may be mass migration.The new year was welcomed in the capital, Tarawa, with church services and mostly quiet private celebrations.NEW ZEALANDFireworks explode from Auckland’s SkyTower. (Doug Sherring/New Zealand Herald via AP)In Auckland, New Zealand’s biggest city, tens of thousands gathered around Sky Tower as fireworks exploded from the top of the 328-meter (1,076-foot) structure. Across the southern hemisphere nation, thousands took to beaches and streets, becoming the first major nation in the world to usher in 2019.Fireworks boomed and crackled above city centers and harbors.AUSTRALIAlast_img read more

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first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – This May 6, 2019 file photo shows Lady Gaga, right, and designer Brandon Maxwell at The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute benefit gala celebrating the opening of the “Camp: Notes on Fashion” exhibition in New York. Maxwell created the look that had her transitioning from a huge pink gown to black bra and panties, including glittery sky-high boots, at the May gala, considered fashion’s biggest night. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File) NEW YORK — Lada Gaga’s multiple fashion reveals were a big moment at the Met Gala. They were also a sweet one for her friend Brandon Maxwell.Maxwell was the designer by her side who peeled off all her layers on the pink carpet. He created the look and is also one of the judges on the revived 17th season of “Project Runway” on Bravo.He admits to some nerves at the May gala, considered fashion’s biggest night, but told The Associated Press he knew his famous friend had his back. He says he felt calm every time he looked over the pop star.Of his new stint on TV, Maxwell says he can relate with the design contestants. He’s had his own womenswear brand for about four years. He knows firsthand the pressures they’re feeling on the series.Gina Abdy, The Associated PressAdChoices广告 Brandon Maxwell talks ‘Project Runway,’ undressing Lady Gaga by Gina Abdy, The Associated Press Posted May 24, 2019 5:17 am PDTlast_img read more

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first_imgNovember 17, 2008 We had a two-day visit of 55 architecture students of the We had a two-day visit of 55 architecture students of the Instituto Techologico De Tijuana. The students arrived Saturday evening and filled our dorm spaces to capacity. This visit to Arcosanti is part of their study of the philosophy of Architecture. An extended tour of the Arcosanti site took place on Sunday morning and during the afternoon the students had a chance to explore the unique landscape around the site. For information on group bookings please contact Carri Krueger, our guest services coordinator. [Photo & text: sa]last_img read more

MPs postpone vote on realtors regulations

first_imgTHE House plenum on Friday overwhelmingly voted to postpone voting on a legislative proposal regulating the profession of realtors.Among other things, the proposal would introduce the profession of assistant realtor.Greens’ leader Yiorgos Perdikis and Akel MP Yiorgos Georgiou opposed the motion to postpone for 15 days, requested by Solidarity in order to discuss and incorporate amendments to the proposal. The motion was passed by a 48 to 3 majority.House Interior committee chair and proposal sponsor Eleni Mavrou said that, while she does not object to the request to postpone, this was the third or fourth such request granted.Noting that adequate time for discussion had already been allowed, Mavrou claimed various amendments essentially revolved around differently-phrased aspects of the same issue.“The continuous postponements embarrass parliament and leave the impression that we are giving in to pressure from financial interests,” she said.Perdikis diagnosed an attempt to stall the reform and said the repeated delays were an insult to parliament.Citing “people who have been waiting for months and years for us to legitimise their profession”, Akel’s Georgiou said the “public’s patience is being tested”.Meanwhile, the House plenum also postponed a vote on a government bill regulating the creation and operation of clubs and foundations.The motion to postpone was put forth by Diko MP Panicos Leonidou, citing the violence between football hooligans on Tuesday night.“Parliament must consider the introduction of clauses relating to the oversight body, and introduce administrative penalties for illegal items found inside clubs, including the suspension of their operation,” he said.Once more, Mavrou dissented, arguing that there is nothing to discuss or introduce, since Leonidou described offences that fall under the criminal code.She added that the bill has been at the House since 2015, and that consultation over it started in 2012.The Greens’ deputy Charalambos Theopemptou said the bill has been discussed exhaustively and that its provisions also impact non-governmental organisations, which eagerly await the new legislative framework.You May LikeSUVs | Search AdsThese SUVs Are Leading The Pack. Research 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsSUVs | Search AdsUndoCity BeautyDo This To Fix Sagging Jowls Without SurgeryCity BeautyUndoSolar SolutionsCalifornia Will Pay Homeowners to Install SolarSolar SolutionsUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoAuthorities release five of 12 Israeli rape suspects, seven due in court FridayUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

House passes laws that effectively privatise beaches

first_imgAfter a two hour marathon session in parliament on Friday, MPs voted in favour of laws that effectively allow the government to privatise beaches.Greens MP Charalambos Theopemptou, who was vociferously against the bills, said the basis of Friday’s legislative change was that an area of the beach with a quay or a docking area can now be classed as state land.“When you look at legislation on state land though, it includes an article which outlines that state land can be sold or leased,” he said.The bills surrounding the laws were voted with 21 votes in favour by Disy, Edek, Solidarity Movement and Citizen’s Alliance leader Giorgos Lillikas. Voting against were 18 MPs from Akel, the Green Party, Anna Theologou of the Citizen’s Alliance and independent MP Pavlos Mylonas. Seven MPs from Diko and Elam abstained.The first bill expanded the remit of the term ‘immovable property’ to include docking areas on beaches that can be backfilled to create dry land. The second piece of legislation allows Cabinet to lease parts of the beach to develop marinas and docking areas.Edek MP Marinos Sizopoulos tabled an amendment that outlines that an area that is decreed as a docking area, and therefore state land, can only be leased for development and must allow free access to members of the public.The amendment was voted in favour by 28 MPs, 13 against and 14 who abstained. It was the tipping point that allowed the bills to finally be passed by MPs.Theopemptou said that despite the amendment, “the municipality won’t have the power to do anything in the area. It will be in private hands.”Simplifying legislative jargon, Theopemptou said that in practice, what will happen is that any hotel owner who has a quay or docking area – whether legally or not – will now be able to own the beach as it will be in government hands to decide the fate of the immovable property.“The only thing we can hope for is the decency and honesty of whoever is interior minister and any connections.”House interior committee chairwoman Eleni Mavrou said “the bills are yet another example of sloppiness and serving small private interests.”The only advantage of the move heard by the committee was that it will help create fish farms, she added.Disy MP Andreas Kyprianou, countering criticism, cited the Limassol marina saying that despite it being in the hands of private interests, it still served the public good.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 SupplementUndoE Commerce Platform I Search AdsSelling Online Has Never Been Easier. Search The Best E Commerce PlatformE Commerce Platform I Search AdsUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Police rebuked for going too easy on smoking ban

first_imgTHE Auditor-general has admonished the police for carrying out fewer checks last year on places defying the smoking ban than they did the year before.In his audit report on the police force published on Wednesday, Odysseas Michaelides said that fines for flouting the ban also dropped by half compared to 2015.Last year, the report said, 27,520 checks took place compared to more than 35,000 in 2015. It added that police issued 3,023 fines compared to 7,827 in 2015. There was an increase however in the cases for which a criminal file was opened, from 24 in 2015 to 134 last year.An enforced smoking ban law in public places such as indoor bars and restaurants was passed in 2010 and amended in February to harmonise national legislation with that of the EU.The harmonising part of the bill concerned placing restrictions on electronic cigarette use similar to those on tobacco products.The law also banned smoking in all work areas, hospitals, schools, playgrounds for children and all their open areas.Michaelides recommended that police pick up the pace as regards enforcing the law against smoking and that their checks “are more effective”.Police did not provide any explanations as to why checks and fines declined last year.The report said that the police chief had informed the Audit Office that he had given fresh instructions to the heads of all crime prevention units, rural police stations and police administrations to intensify checks concerning smoking.He also told the Audit Office that he had sent a circular last March to all district chiefs analysing the provisions of the revised law on 2017 and called on all police members “to apply it faithfully”.“In addition to the smoker, responsibility also lies with the person who is in charge of the smoke-free area where the offence is detected, unless he or she proves that they have taken all reasonable measures required to prevent smoking in the space in question,” the report said.Both smokers and persons in charge of smoke-free areas are subject to on-the-spot fines of €85, and of up to €2,000 fines if they are referred to court and convicted.Smoking in open areas is allowed in any enclosed space with one side permanently open. The revised law removed the obligation for a permanent partition between open and closed areas if 30 per cent, or more, of the outside smoking area is open. Opposition parties decried this arrangement, claiming it paves the way for smoking to be allowed effectively everywhere.A legislative amendment proposed by main opposition Akel banning smoking inside the casino licensed last year by the government was rejected. The ministry of commerce had said that the smoking exemption for the casino had been the result of negotiations with the licensees, and its revocation may impact Cyprus’ image as an investment destination.You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoCrossovers | Search AdsBest New Compact Crossovers for Under 20kCrossovers | Search AdsUndoSecurity SaversWindows Users Advised To Do This TodaySecurity SaversUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Man injured while chasing purse snatcher

first_imgA 31-year-old man was injured early on Tuesday while trying to catch a purse snatcher on a moped who was getting away after robbing a woman on Limassol’s coastal road.The incident happened just after midnight while the 22-year-old woman was walking on Limassol’s coastal road. At some point, she was approached by a man on a moped who snatched her purse and tried to get away.The woman sought help from the 31-year-old who was driving by and together they tried to catch the thief in his car.The 31-year-old managed to catch up with the thief but as he got out of the car he was hit by the moped.The thief abandoned the scene while the 31-year-old was taken to hospital where he was treated for bruises to the head, friction burns, and abrasions.According to the woman, the purse, worth €100, contained €200 in cash and a €600 mobile phone.You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoYahoo SearchThe Early Signs Of Type 2 Diabetes. Search Type 2 Diabetes TreatmentsYahoo SearchUndoSecurity SaversWindows Users Advised To Do This TodaySecurity SaversUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Germany part funded bicommunal glossary

first_imgGermany’s contribution to a bi-communal glossary prepared under the wing of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) was €25,000, the German ambassador to Cyprus said on Friday.Speaking to the Cyprus News Agency, ambassador Franz Josef Kremp said he supported the idea of the glossary, saying “it will encourage journalists to consider the sensitivities around certain words, and to offer them a useful tool of possible alternatives.”The glossary was a joint undertaking between two Greek Cypriot and two Turkish Cypriot journalists.It was launched earlier this week amidst polarized reactions. The OSCE thanked both Germany and the Netherlands for their financial contribution.Kremp told CNA Germany’s contribution of €25,000 was 50% of the cost.Earlier this week, the embassy posted on its Facebook page that “Germany is proud to be one of the main sponsors of this meaningful project that is contributing to the rapprochement of the Turkish and Greek Cypriots”.It contains 56 terms which may cause offence to communities from the island on the other side of the divide and contains alternative terms which are mutually acceptable.The embassy also backed statements by the OSCE representative on freedom of the media, Harlem Desir, who in the glossary’s foreword said the aim of the glossary is not to impose the use of words or terminology on journalists.“They are and should always remain free to write and report without restrictions. The glossary is also not about political correctness, but about encouraging new approaches and a new thinking on the most difficult issues, and a dialogue throughout and between the media communities.”Titled Words that matter: a glossary for journalism in Cyprus, the glossary sparked polarised reactions, with many journalists branding it an anathema and a restriction on freedom of speech.President Nicos Anastasiades jumped on the bandwagon too, saying it wasn’t the right time for such an initiative and expressing his discontent at the OSCE’s involvement.You May LikeCampusPlusThese Universities are nearly impossible to get intoCampusPlusUndoOrganixMag.com25 Health Benefits of AvocadoOrganixMag.comUndoHistoryDaily60 Once Beautiful Locations- What Happened To Them?HistoryDailyUndo Verstappen wins crazy German Grand PrixUndoBritish woman who claimed gang-rape taken to courtUndoMayors lobbying president to prevent local govt mergersUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Teachers believe theyre an entitled group audit office says

first_imgBy Evie AndreouAs teachers announced they would go on a protracted strike in September after the education minister refused to give in to their demands, the audit office on Thursday issued a statement slamming their sense of entitlement.“It is obvious that the so-called defenders of the public school, prioritise little work and increased benefits,” the audit office said. It added that although it fully respected the vocation of educators, it finds unacceptable the effort of some teachers to present themselves as “a superior population group with abilities and qualities no one else has.”The audit office called for more drastic measures from the government on state education if Cyprus wanted to reverse international assessments that show poor results despite the high cost of public education.In its statement, the audit office said that the recent measures proposed by the government as regards streamlining the use of teachers in state schools were not enough and called for more drastic measures to put an end to abnormalities on the basis of best European practices.This, it said, would ensure that the increased spending on education would lead to satisfactory performance results from pupils, “contrary to what is happening today where international ratings show poorer results compared to the high costs.”The announcement came after a war of words between teaching unions and Auditor-general, Odysseas Michaelides on the matter.The measures – that angered teaching unions who said they would strike in September when schools open – concern abolishing exceptions from teaching for extracurricular activities. The government also put an end to the reduction in teaching hours according to length of service.“The first references on unjustified exceptions from teaching time were made by the audit office in 2004,” the statement said, while the service had mentioned for the first time the “abnormality” of reducing teaching time based on seniority in its annual report of 2011.At the time, it said, the secondary education teachers’ union Oelmek, had welcomed that report by stating that it had revealed “mismanagement and scattering of public money.”Reducing teaching time of senior educators by four in primary education and six in secondary, it said, “is in contrast with European best practises and must stop.”According to the 2013 Eurydice report, which concerns descriptions of national education systems – reduction of the workload of educators is not a widespread practice in Europe, the audit office said. “Only nine countries reduce the workload of educators according to their years of service and/or age,” it said, adding that even in those countries the reduction of teacher workload is much less compared to Cyprus.In Germany, it said, teachers see a teaching hour less once they reach 55 years and another at 60. A similar system applies in Portugal, it said, where teaching hours are being gradually reduced when a teacher turns 50. Other countries that apply this practice are Greece, France, Austria, Romania, Malta and Luxembourg.It added that the cabinet was right in adopting those measures and that it does not agree at all with the “unacceptable proposals” of teaching unions.You May LikeLiving Magazine50 Genius Eco-Friendly Products for the Ucpoming SummerLiving MagazineUndoFun Family Activity IdeaOutdoor Scavenger HuntFun Family Activity IdeaUndoSIM Only Contracts | Search AdsSearch For The Best SIM Only ContractsSIM Only Contracts | Search AdsUndo Property owners price themselves out of the marketUndoFilm review: Child’s Play ***UndoBrazil prison riot kills 52, with 16 decapitatedUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Autism centres in danger of closure pleas to government unheeded

first_imgBy Evie AndreouThe Cyprus Autistic Association on Thursday said they were on the brink of closing down their intervention centres in Nicosia, Limassol and Paphos that cater to the needs of 33 persons with severe autism, due to lack of funds.The group, which has made a number of pleas to the government so far asking for more help, said they can no longer struggle with the soaring expenses and their three intervention centres face closure.If this happens, the families of 33 adults with severe autism will not have any place to send them as no other institution will take them in, the chairperson of the association, Maria Kleanthous said.“We need permanent solutions, we, as parents, can no longer go on like this,” Kleanthous told the Cyprus Mail.She said that the association needs around €50,000 per month for administrative expenses for its three intervention centres that offer programmes for adults and teenagers but also therapy programmes for children with autism. The centre in Limassol has been operating since 2004, that in Paphos since 2009 and in Nicosia since 2010. The annual state aid amounts to 35 per cent of the overall budget necessary for the centres to operate. The rest, Kleanthous said, is being raised by the association that is in a constant struggle to find donors.She said that the association has sent letters to the president and the labour minister asking for help. The minister, Kleanthous, expresses willingness to help, but it is also up to the government and available budget.The centres operate as daycare facilities for adults with severe autism and who exhibit aggression or self-destructive behaviour and thus require numerous staff to handle them.“We currently have a 40-member staff. Most of the people at the centres need each one carer, while if a person goes in regression, they might need two carers. Things are very difficult,” Kleanthous said.She said that other institutions or centres offering adult day care refuse to take these people in, and if the association’s centres close down, their families will have nowhere to take them.Inability to meet monthly expenses, she said, means that they are also unable to take in more adults with severe autism that are on waiting lists.  You May LikePhotography Courses | Search AdsPhotography Courses | Study At Your Own PacePhotography Courses | Search AdsUndoDiarionuevo.com6 Reasons to Stop Eating StrawberriesDiarionuevo.comUndoPastFactoryOnly Someone Born Between 1946-1964 Can Name These IconsPastFactoryUndo Modi versus Wild: Indian PM to join Bear Grylls in wildernessUndoData is the new oil so watch out for mass mining – Netflix filmUndoProtest outside the House over foreclosures lawUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

For health or just for fun DNA kits catch on

first_imgMUCH like your fingerprint, your DNA is unique. Unlike a fingerprint, DNA is inherited, so by testing it you can do some family research, whether it is to see if you have the probability of developing a disease or to have a look at your global ancestry.And nowadays, the affordable price of online tests means many people can have a go.These are not the specific tests carried out by research centres which zoom in on a certain inherited medical condition but kits which aim to inform you mainly about your ancestry but may also cover genetic predispositions. These packs can be ordered by anyone over the Internet.A reason for the popularity of such tests is that they are very easy to do. All that is needed is to provide a saliva sample according to the kit’s instructions and send it back to the company from which it was purchased.Jessica Greene who lives with her family in Cyprus together with her sister recently got one as a present for her parents. The kit, ordered to check some health issues, cost GBP140. It came with instructions on how to log into an account and check their personal results.Many results from these tests would be hard to come by in any other way. The Greene family was surprised to read about the likelihood that they can smell asparagus, their ear wax type and the probabilities of their eyes being a light colour.What many people find more fascinating than finding out if they are likely to be light sleepers, something that is probably obvious, and a reason why so many spend money to get the results is to discover where they come from. Many participants have been astonished to learn their ancestors hailed from places further from their home country than they ever imagined.The genetic ancestry goes back in timelines, you can see if you are likely to have a great-grandparent who was 100 per cent French, German, African or even the origin of a great-great-grandparent.It is possible to discover if you have any relatives about whom you hadn’t known. That is, if you have agreed to waive a certain amount of anonymity and your relative has also taken the test and done the same.Isabel Greene for one discovered a third cousin living in Canada and wasted no time in contracting her via email. They have since sent many emails back and forth, discovered exactly through which relatives they are related and even found a photo with common relatives.“The whole thing is fascinating if you want to find out about origins, health etc.,” Isabel said about the test. “The relatives part was a bonus for me but very exciting. I got goosebumps when I realised how closely related my third cousin and I were. I had met her grandmother. When I saw the photo I recognised I got very excited.” She added that meeting up with the newly-found relative in future is also a possibility.While these tests are mainly for fun, other DNA tests are purely for medical reasons. In Cyprus, testing for hereditary diseases is done at the Cyprus Institute of Neurology and Genetics (Cing) free of charge, providing the patient agrees for the results to be fed anonymously into a database and has been sent by a state hospital. These are very specific tests which are only carried out when a doctor recommends them. Unlike the testing by online companies, a person cannot simply decide to purchase them.The purpose of storing the results in a database differs from those of the online kits. You won’t find a relative but results are used for broader research. A recent study by the institute for example has found that Greek and Turkish Cypriots have more in common than meets the eye, as most of them come from a single paternal gene pool of local origin and have very close genetic affinity.Unpleasant results may also crop up, whether a person is using a kit or taking a test at an institute. It is not funny to find out that one’s probability of getting Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s is high. Clinical geneticists have long argued that testing should be accompanied by adequate post-test information and counseling to help individuals understand and deal with the information which may cause distress and anxiety.“The institute follows the people’s progress. Of course we can only prevent, not cure,” George Vatiliotis from the institute said. “We can then find out when a woman is pregnant if the foetus has the medical condition. We have a database and collaborate with hospitals abroad when they need information about a case.”The many studies require large sets of data and those who are loathe to find out if they are likely to develop a medical condition may still take a test to help find future cures for a disease.The online tests have another advantage – you can find out if you are unique. After all, very few people can detect the smell asparagus adds to their urine after they have eaten the vegetable.  You May LikeYahoo SearchThe Early Signs Of Type 2 Diabetes. 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EIB support for entrepreneurship scheme

first_imgBy George PsyllidesTHE European Investment Bank (EIB) is putting in place two innovative instruments worth €150 million in support of small and medium-sized companies (SMEs) in Cyprus, it was announced on Friday.“The entrepreneurship scheme will provide additional support to SMEs in Cyprus, as the deep recession in Cyprus is heavily constraining the liquidity of SME businesses and the availability of medium and long-term funding to sustain their activities,” EIB Vice-President MIhai Tanasescu.The agreements were signed in Nicosia by Finance Minister Harris Georgiades and Tanasescu.The EIB official said borrowing costs for Cypriot SMEs was at significantly higher levels than the EU average and the through its funding the lender “tries to address such market weaknesses in a flexible manner. Our presence here today underlines our commitment to, as well as our trust in, Cyprus.”The first scheme concerns a €50 million facility geared towards supporting foreign trade activities of Cypriot SMEs and mid-caps.Under this instrument, the EIB offers guarantees to foreign banks providing trade finance to Cypriot companies.By mitigating the risks involved in trade financing, the facility should contribute to re-ignite trade flows with Cyprus, favouring an export-led recovery promoted in particular by SMEs and mid-caps.The EIB guarantees provided to foreign banks under the facility will cover risks related to letters of credit and other trade finance instruments issued by Cypriot banks.“This will both alleviate cash collateral constraints otherwise imposed on most SMEs and increase access to international trade instruments at a time when trade has a significant role to play in economic development,” the EIB said.The EIB will also be granting Cyprus a €100 million loan that will be used to establish a fund mechanism under which the state and commercial banks operating on the island will lend to Cypriot SMEs on a risk-sharing basis.Once operational, this product will develop support for the investment and working capital needs of Cypriot SMEs.The day-to-day management of the scheme, is expected to be entrusted to the European Investment Fund (EIF) – the financing arm of the EIB Group specialising in SME risk-taking productsYou May LikeLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoTruthfinderEnter Any Name, Wait These Seconds, See Instant ResultsTruthfinderUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Barbaros set to leave Famagusta

first_imgTHE TURKISH seismic vessel Barbaros is due to leave Famagusta port on Monday, Turkish Cypriot ‘foreign minister’ Ozdil Nami said.Speaking on Turkish Cypriot radio, BRT, Nami said Turkey did not want to give the Greek Cypriot side any excuse not to return to the negotiating table.The Barbaros has been anchored off Famagusta since December 30 when the first navigational telex (NAVETX), issued in October, expired, and the vessel had carried out seismic explorations in the island’s exclusive economic zone during a two-month period. In response, the Greek Cypriot side withdrew from the talks.A second NAVETX was issued from January 6 until April 6 but the Barbaros has not left the port area during the past three months.The expiry of the NAVTEX, plus the fact that ENI-KOGAS has stopped drilling and that its drillship Sapiem10000 has also departed has paved the way for the resumption of talks.Nami said the departure of the Barbaros was in response to the Sapiem’s departure and said Turkey’s move would put an end to any excuses put forward by the Greek Cypriot side to stay away from the talks.UN Special Adviser for Cyprus Espen Barth Eide is due in Cyprus within the next ten days and is widely expected to announce a date for the resumption of the talks.You May LikeLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoIcePopMan Notices A Strange Hole In This Lake, So He Gets A Drone, Flies It Inside And Captures ThisIcePopUndoYahoo SearchYou’ve Never Seen Luxury Like This On A Cruise Ship. Search Luxury Mediterranean CruisesYahoo SearchUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Investment of Cypriotowned businesses in Egypt reaches USD400 mln

first_imgThe presence of companies linked to Cypriot interests in Egypt is deemed as particularly important, since, according to reports in the local financial press, their investments are said to amount to 400 mln US dollars. These investments originate from 224 companies linked to Cypriot interests, which are active in Egypt.A relevant reference is also made by the Office of Economic and Commercial Affairs of the Greek Embassy in Cairo, in its newsletter, following the recent official visit of the President of the Cyprus House of Representatives, Demetris Syllouris, in the Egyptian capital. Syllouris, who was accompanied by Michalis Michael, the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Cyprus Investment Promotion Agency “Invest Cyprus” met with Sahar Nasr, the Egyptian Minister of Investment and International Cooperation.Egyptian reports note Syllouris’ statement that Cyprus encourages its business circles to invest in Egypt, and that bilateral cooperation will be intensified further, in order to carry out mutual investment projects.CNAYou May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoModernizeIf Your Home Has Old Roofing, Read ThisModernizeUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

NPLs down by €122m to €22bn CBC says

first_imgBy Stelios OrphanidesNon-performing loans in the Cypriot banking system fell in February by €122m to €22bn or 45.3 per cent in a month and by €1.9bn in a year, the Central Bank of Cyprus said.Household and corporate non-performing loans fell by €113.1m and €13.5m in February compared to January to €11.4bn and €10.1bn respectively or to 54.9 per cent and 52.6 per cent of their respective total, the central bank said in a statement on its website on Tuesday. Total loans rose by €98.7m to €48.5bn. Outstanding corporate loans rose by €51.4m to €19.3bn while household loans fell by €150.6m to €20.7bn.Banks, which increased their provisions for loan impairments in January by more than €2bn compared to the month before following the introduction of the international financial reporting standards 9 (IFRS9), raised them by additional €185.6m in February in a month to €11.8bn, the central bank said.The amount of loans with more than 90 days in arrears fell in February by €122m in a month to €17.2bn, while that of the restructured facilities dropped by €61m to €12.bn, the bank supervisor said. The amount of restructured facilities deemed cured rose by €10.8m to €8.9bn. The cure ratio, i.e. the amount of restructured loans regularly serviced by borrowers compared to total restructured loans was 73.8 per cent.Non-performing loans are deemed the most serious threat to Cyprus’s fragile banking system and economic recovery. The government plans to reduce bad loans by one third until the end of the year via the sale of the Cyprus Cooperative Bank’s healthy part and the creation of a bad bank.Since December 2014, non-performing loans fell by €5.3bn accompanied by a €8.7bn drop in total lending while provisions rose by €2.9bn.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoSmart Tips DailySeniors With No Life Insurance May Get A $250,000 Policy If They Do ThisSmart Tips DailyUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’UndoThree arrested in connection with hotel theftsUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Rep Runestad working on House legislation to ban sanctuary cities in Michigan

first_img Categories: Runestad News 15Jul Rep. Runestad working on House legislation to ban sanctuary cities in Michigan State Rep. Jim Runestad has begun work on a bill that would ban local sanctuary city policies that protect illegal aliens.“This is a pressing issue in our country given recent current events,” said Rep. Runestad, R-White Lake Township. “I have started work on a bill to address this issue at the state level and to protect Michigan’s hard working men and women.Sanctuary cities are cities that adopt policies that prohibit employees from notifying federal authorities of illegal aliens living in their communities. These policies alter the distinction between legal resident aliens and illegal aliens, which in some instances results in non-U.S. citizens being eligible for government benefits.Runestad adds that the legislation he is working on focuses on illegal aliens, not the many citizens who enter this country under legal means.“Immigration has been at the forefront of many national conversations and after recent events in San Francisco it is paramount we have protections against illegal aliens, especially those who continue to break the law once they have entered this country illegally.”A request for legislation has been submitted and a draft is expected back soon. Rep. Runestad plans to introduce his legislation as soon as the draft is finished.last_img read more

Rep Roberts votes yes on historic package to fix Michigan roads

first_img State Rep. Brett Roberts has voted in favor of a legislative package that will fix roads and bridges across the state of Michigan.“We’ve been working extremely hard, week in and week out, to find a compromise that fixes the roads quickly, and ensures their sustainability,” said Rep. Roberts, R-Eaton Township. “This is that plan.”The final roads plan allocates money from Michigan’s General Fund, as well as additional dollars that will be raised in new revenue. As normal inflation continues over time, the measure also creates a mechanism that triggers a decrease in the state income tax rate. In addition to providing funds specifically for roads, the plan provides $200 million in tax relief by expanding the Homestead Property Tax Credit for middle and low-income families across the state.“This compromise is the best plan for Michigan residents that has come across our desks. It uses ideas from both sides of the aisle that the House, the Senate, and Gov. Snyder can agree on,” Rep. Roberts said. “I’m proud that we were able to come together and unite with a plan that makes sense for Michiganders.”The plan now goes to Gov. Snyder for his signature.### 03Nov Rep. Roberts votes ‘yes’ on historic package to fix Michigan roads Categories: News,Roberts Newslast_img read more

Albion River Trail receives funding under bill approved in committee

first_img03Mar Albion River Trail receives funding under bill approved in committee The City of Albion could receive $294,000 for the Albion River Trail Expansion Project under a bill approved today in a state House committee, state Rep. John Bizon announced.The Committee on Appropriations today approved House Bill 5377, which includes the funding to Albion for the Albion River Trail Expansion Project.“I am excited to see some much-needed resources go to the City of Albion for a very important project,” said Rep. Bizon, R-Battle Creek. “I am very proud that the state is investing in Albion.”HB 5377 is sponsored by Rep. Jon Bumstead, R-Newaygo, and is part of a large project to connect trails across Michigan.The expansion project, including the Albion River Trail, will create a hub for several regional trail networks, including the Iron Belle Trail, the Great Lake-to-Lake Trail and the North Country Trail.The Albion portion of the trail could be ready for public use by the end of 2016.HB 5377 now goes to the House floor for consideration.##### Tags: Albion River Trail, REp. Bizon center_img Categories: Bizon News,Featured news,Newslast_img read more

Rep Allor Budget funds crucial military and veteran services programs

first_img21Mar Rep. Allor: Budget funds crucial military and veteran services programs Categories: Allor News State Rep. Sue Allor, member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Military and Veterans Affairs, today voted to unanimously advance a budget plan prioritizing funds to strengthen military and veteran services throughout Michigan.The proposed budget includes:$6.5 million for the National Guard Tuition Assistance Fund;$7.7 million to be used for the Youth Challenge Academy and Starbase program, which service at-risk youth in Michigan;$5 million to expand state access to federal matching funds from the U.S. National Guard to enhance the state’s National Guard armories; andA placeholder for resources that will be provided to the County Veteran Service Fund, which provides grants to counties to support locally based veteran services.“Our budget prioritizes crucial functions within the Michigan Department of Military and Veterans Affairs while retaining important reporting requirements, which ensures quality oversight of the services our veterans receive,” said Allor, of Wolverine. “I am pleased that the plan includes proper checks, while remaining fiscally responsible.”House Bill 5570 now moves to the full House Appropriations Committee for consideration.last_img read more

Looking for Antiwar Messages at the Armed Services Committee Hearing

first_imgShareTweetShareEmail0 Shares September 16, 2014; USA TodayThe hearing of the Senate Armed Services Committee yesterday morning began with repeated disruptions from antiwar protesters. Our guess is that some of the protesters were from Code Pink, an organization that has been diligent in speaking up against overseas U.S. military actions, whether conducted by the Bush administration or the Obama administration.Nonetheless, in response to President Obama’s authorization of expanded military actions against the Islamic State army that has conquered for the moment huge chunks of Syria and Iraq, the antiwar response has been noticeably more muted than it was in reaction to President Bush’s authorization of an invasion of Iraq in 2003. ISIL’s atrocities like repeated beheadings and mass killings have garnered attention like nothing since Al Qaeda, but both the right and the left have been mixed in their reactions to the president’s plan.The President has committed no U.S. troops engaging in combat (the euphemistic “boots on the ground”) but that scenario is difficult to avoid, whether in the near term, should U.S. advisors end up physically proximate to the fighting, or in the long run if, as with the original use of advisors in Vietnam, ever-increasing deployments add up to an inevitable military combat presence. The president pledged to conduct air attacks against ISIL, leaving the groundwork to the Kurdish Peshmerga, elements of the questionable Iraqi army, and whatever might be identifiable as the remnants of the Free Syrian Army. Attacking from the air is seen as an alternative to putting the Army and the Marines into direct combat against ISIL’s forces.  Notwithstanding the technical precision of modern air warfare, it still ends up killing civilians, especially when an opponent like ISIL might be embedded in civilian areas. Within relative moments of taking office, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi’s air force bombed a hospital in Fallujah, killing 42 people and wounding another 29. Killing from the air, where people on the ground are just about invisible, is not pristine.History would suggest that it’s time for the antiwar movement to raise important issues about the U.S. plan to deal with ISIL. Maybe this war against ISIL is different; maybe this is an instance where U.S. military action is necessary to stop ISIL, which has now gathered a large military force and deployed it like a professional army. Maybe ISIL can’t be dealt with the way that the U.S. is addressing Al Qaeda affiliates in Yemen and Somalia. But it is nevertheless the role of the anti-war movement to engage in and elevate the quality of the debate when American civilian and military leaders contemplate military action overseas.An editorial writer for the Dallas Morning News rhetorically asked the protesters speaking out at the Senate hearing if they had an alternative to military action to propose in stopping the threat of ISIL. However, the writer, Tod Robberson, acknowledged that past U.S. mismanagement of things in the region had been helpful to ISIL in recruiting adherents and questions whether the Obama administration’s upcoming actions with potentially limited support from coalition partners will simply exacerbate the perception that the war against ISIL is an American war.A consistently vocal antiwar group in recent times has been Win Without War. Its blog has included commentary that past efforts to arm Syrian rebels have led to equipment falling into the hands of ISIL, information on the various competing proposals in Congress to authorize military action, and a critique of U.S. policy in the Middle East as “perpetual war.” Win Without War has also linked to a cost-counter that is calculating what it is costing the U.S. ($312,500 every hour) for military action against ISIL.Nonetheless, the antiwar voice seems muted. A dozen or so placard-holding protesters at a Senate Armed Forces Committee hearing feels desultory. In an interview with the Real News Network’s Paul Jay, Code Pink’s Medea Benjamin attributes the weakness of the antiwar movement to President Obama:“It’s a one-word answer. Obama. And it wasn’t Obama getting in; it was the lead-up, it was the campaigning for Obama, when people were so desperate for an alternative to Bush that they said, I’m going to throw myself into this, I’m going to take off of work, students taking off of semesters, I’m going to put my life into getting this guy elected who said he was against the war in Iraq. And we put all our hopes and dreams into Obama, thinking that because he was against the war in Iraq and because he said Afghanistan was a good war—he didn’t really mean that; you know, he was just saying that to get elected. But he was a smart guy, and he understood that war was not the answer, and he was going to get us out.“And so the steam was just taken out of the whole movement. And it was amazing to see, because you said ‘tens of thousands.’ I mean, there were eight times during the Bush administration that we got over 100,000 people. And we had a huge movement. You just look at one group, like Code Pink; we came out of nowhere, and suddenly we had over 300,000 people on our mailing list, and we had over 300 groups around the country and, really, around the world…When Obama started to gain steam as a candidate, those started fizzling out. And when he won the election, we had half the numbers of people we had before on our mailing list. And most of the groups started to disintegrate.“So that was indicative of what was happening to the whole peace movement.”A prolific antiwar writer named John V. Walsh recently suggested in Counterpunch that the anti-war movement might deserve an “R.I.P.” He wrote that antiwar activists like Benjamin were “notorious by now for putting Party over principle,” and the Occupy movement, hardly much of a force at this time, had just about nothing to say about war and foreign policy during its brief heyday. Where is the voice and influence of an antiwar movement at a time when vigorous debate and analysis is needed?—Rick CohenShareTweetShareEmail0 Shareslast_img read more

Nonprofit Taxes May Mean Final Kumbayahs for Some Maine Camps

first_imgShareTweetShareEmail0 SharesFebruary 12, 2015; WCSH-TV (Portland, ME)The Maine camping industry already contributes over half a billion dollars to the state’s economy each year, but Governor Paul LePage wants to squeeze just a bit more out. If approved, his plan would for the first time tax the real estate holdings of nearly 90 percent of the state’s nonprofit organizations, including the summer camps.LePage told a group in Waterville, Maine, that the intent of his $6.3 billion budget and tax overhaul plan is “to eliminate the income tax and send the money back to communities so people can decide what services they want and who is going to pay for them.” The plan comprises, according to the Wall Street Journal, lowering income taxes for the highest earning individuals and corporations, increasing the sales tax by including more goods and services, and providing tax credits for low-income residents. The governor also expects to save $62 million in his FY 2017 budget by eliminating funding to municipalities. To make up the loss of state funding, municipalities, in turn, will be required to tax nonprofits at 50 percent of assessed value over $500,000.For years, many municipalities have been managing the growing national debate over nonprofit taxation by receiving payments in lieu of taxes (PILOTs). The PILOTs are paid to municipalities and local governments to offset the loss of property taxes that would typically cover the use by nonprofits of public services including firefighting, policing, school construction, and search and rescue services. The federal government has been paying PILOTs since the mid-1970s to local governments that have non-taxable Federal lands within their boundaries.At question in the debate over taxing nonprofits is the issue of the value of nonprofit organizations to communities. An argument for tax exemption is that nonprofits provide services for the greater good of all that government cannot otherwise provide. Therefore, it is a fair trade that nonprofits should receive the benefits of other government services, such as fire and rescue, good roads, and policing, without cost. An argument for taxation is that nonprofits have become so large and prolific in some communities that individuals and businesses have seen their taxes increase to cover cost of government services use by all. Therefore, it is past time for nonprofits to step and pay their fair share for the services.As Governor LePage introduces his budget and tax plan, the current session of the Pennsylvania legislature will find lawmakers debating a constitutional amendment for the May ballot that gives the legislature greater power in determining whether nonprofits should receive tax exemptions. With regard to this bill, there appears to be three sides: those who oppose any taxation of nonprofits; those who want standardized, statewide uniformity with regard to taxes on nonprofits; and those who want to retain local control in establishing taxes on nonprofits.While the Pennsylvanians sort out who, if anybody, gets to tax nonprofits, the 100+ nonprofit camps in Maine eagerly wait to see if Maine becomes the first state to formally assess property taxes on nonprofits. If the plan is approved, some camps may close while others look for ways to cut back. Hmmm, maybe if the campers brought their own chocolate and graham crackers, too?—Tom KlausShareTweetShareEmail0 Shareslast_img read more

Cable technology specialist Arris is to demonstrat

first_imgCable technology specialist Arris is to demonstrate support for the new DVB-C2 standard at the forthcoming Cable Congress in Brussels.The company will present a live demonstration of how the ARRIS D5 Universal Edge QAM can support DVB-C2 broadcast and VOD solutions through a collaborative demonstration with German cable operator Kabel Deutschland (KDG) and Sony.According to Arris, The demonstration will show how the D5 has enabled KDG to cost-effectively implement QAM sharing. A Sony TV with integrated DVB-C2 tuner, the world’s first TV set supporting the standard, will be used in the demonstration at the Arris stand.DVB-C2 uses the latest modulation and coding techniques to enable highly efficient use of cable networks, especially in cases where the downstream transmission capacity is already being used to its limit. KDG is currently planning the first delivery of digital TV services via DVB-C2.last_img read more

Vodafone Portugal has launched a new TV remote aim

first_imgVodafone Portugal has launched a new TV remote aimed at children. The Klik remote includes a dedicated Kids key that gives direct access to the kids channels on the platform as well as keys giving access to ‘favourites’, the VideoClube on-demand service and Gravador digital video recording.Vodafone has also launched a simplified Light remote control for adults that only want to access the main features of the TV service. Both remotes feature proximity sensors that illuminate the keys, and are available for €7.50 with Clube Viva points or for €19.99 in Vodafone stores.last_img read more

Israelbased satellite services provider RRsat is

first_imgIsrael-based satellite services provider RRsat is to launch a new C-band Multi-Channel Per Carrier (MCPC) platform for Africa, offering DVB-S2 capacity over the continent.The platform will be on Measat’s Africasat-1a satellite, to be launched early next year.The satellite will have coverage across Africa, the Middle East and Europe, enabling the new platform to offer full TV and radio coverage to the African continent.Yaniv Lior, senior director of US sales and operations at RRsat said: “In order to meet the increased needs of the fast growing African broadcast television market, we will launch a new C-band MCPC platform on Africacast-1a, that is able to cost-effectively bring content from Europe, Asia and the Americas for C-band contribution and distribution to Africa. This platform will provide leading TV and radio channels the opportunity to reach new audiences across the continent, based on the RRsat Global Network.”last_img read more

KPN chief financial officer Eric Hageman is to lea

first_imgKPN chief financial officer Eric Hageman is to leave the company due to personal circumstances. The Dutch telco said Hageman will leave the company and board of management with immediate effect. He was named interim CFO in January last year and confirmed in that position in September. The telco said it would make a further announcement about the CFO role in the near future.last_img

Digitalsmiths Seamless Discovery service for pers

first_imgDigitalsmiths’ Seamless Discovery service for personalised recommendations.The trend of ‘cord thinning,’ cutting one or more pay-TV services, is on the rise, with 16.9% of people decreasing or removing services in Q3, according to new research by video search and recommendation firm Digitalsmiths.The consumer trend survey noted a sequential rise in chord thinning from 13.4% in Q1 and 14% in Q2 with premium channels proving the highest-ranking service that was cut. However, 17.2% of consumers said they had actually increased their cable or satellite services.“While survey results on cord-cutting and cord-thinning prove customer retention should remain a focus among pay-TV providers, the latest growing trend is cord-cheating. A topic Digitalsmiths introduced in Q2 2013, cord-cheating refers to the continuing trend by consumers to seek on-demand video content from third-party services and OTT services as an alternative to their traditional pay-TV provider,” said Digitalsmiths.The survey found that 48.2% of respondents are now using subscription OTT services such as Netflix and Hulu, while 28.7% said they use third-party pay-per-rental services such as iTunes.By comparison, 72.9% of respondents said they never purchase from their pay TV provider’s VoD catalogue.In terms social media’s influence on viewing habits, Digitalsmiths found that 15.4% tweet or post what they are watching on TV to social networks, while 30.8% said they choose to watch something based on a TV show or movie’s social buzz.last_img read more

Harmonic will exhibit at ANGA COM in Hall 101 st

first_imgHarmonic will exhibit at ANGA COM in Hall 10.1, stand S10. Harmonic has launched NSG Exo, its new ‘distributed CCAP’ platform targeting cable and telecom operators that have deployed fibre-deep networks but wish to connect end users via coax.According to Harmonic, NSG Exo is a cable edge device for enabling the deployment of a Distributed Access Architecture (DAA) utilizing coax networks.NSG Exo, described as a distributed CCAP system, allows service providers to move their RF delivery requirements out of the headend or hub and deeper into the network, according to the company.The CCAP-ready system includes DOCSIS/EuroDOCSIS/J-DOCSIS CMTS capabilities, with universal edgeQAM capabilities to be added in the future.The NSG Exo, sitting at the edge of a network in the basement of a multiple dwelling unit or as an outdoor unit, can deliver narrowcast services to end users utilizing a GbE, GPON or EPON network.Asaf Matatyaou, director of cable edge solutions at Harmonic, said that the advantage of the technology is that operators “can take the Ethernet digital connection all the way to the premises and have the CCAP functionality in the basement of a building or on a telephone pole. You can eliminate RF from the hub. Running digital is much cheaper, and you eliminate power and space requirements from the hub.”Operators can run fibre to the premises and use in-building coax to deliver services to the DOCSIS modems in end users’ homes, he said.Matatyaou said that it makes sense to implement all DOCSIS functionality, including MAC and PHY layers, in a single device rather than retaining one or other in a centralised hub, which requires interoperability between different devices.Matatyaou said that Harmonic is initially deploying the NSG Exo as a distributed CMTS – outputting DOCSIS – but that it could add edgeQAM functionality through a software upgrade. However, he said, the current demand is for CMTS functionality.He said the platform could support the higher order 256QAM modulation in the upcoming DOCSIS 3.1 specification.Matatyaou said Harmonic is currently in multiple trials across the world for the product and plans to launch it commercially in the third quarter. An outdoor version will be commercialised later.last_img read more

Pay TV revenues will increase just 06 this year

first_imgPay TV revenues will increase just 0.6% this year as subscribers move to bundled services, according to new forecasts from Digital TV Research.As customers sign up for double and triple play services, operators generate higher overall revenues per user, but the proportion commanded by TV decreases.Digital TV Research forecasts that region-wide revenues will be US$40.35 billion this year, a fractional year-on-year increase. Western Europe will generate the bulk of the total, accounting for US$33.8 billion of the 2014 forecast.By territory, the UK, Germany, France, Italy and the Netherlands will be the largest markets respectively, in revenue terms.Satellite TV will contribute 45.6% of the pay TV revenues in 2014. However, satellite TV revenues are falling, partly due to greater competition but also due to the growth of cheaper packages, such as Tricolor in Russia, which force down prices for the whole country. Pay DTT revenues are also suffering. However, IPTV will record strong revenue growth. Digital cable revenue growth will compensate for the decline in analog cable revenues.Pay TV subscriptions will increase from 154.5 million in 2010 to 171.6 million by end-2014, but the Western European total will rise by only 4.0 million to 97.3 million. Eastern Europe subscriber totals will climb by 13.1 million to 74.4 million.last_img read more

Liberty Globalowned German cable operator Unityme

first_imgLiberty Global-owned German cable operator Unitymedia KabelBW is to extend the availability of the Horizon advanced TV paltform to Baden-Württemberg from November 3.The operator launched Horizon in North-Rhine Westphalia and Hesse in September, but only the Horizon Go mobile version of the service has been available in Baden-Württemberg.Unitymedia KabelBW CEO Lutz Schüler said Horizon had already attracted over 135,000 customers in North-Rhine Westphalia and Hesse, while Horizon Go had attracted over 125,000 users to date.Schüler said that the operator had increased its available internet speed to 200Mbps to accommodate the convergence of TV and broadband services and planned to increase speeds still more next year.Liberty Global has been attempting to migrate its Horizon platform to the RDK platform and a cloud-based architecture for new launches. The initial versions of Horizon were based on Cisco’s architecture.last_img read more

Swiss service providers Swisscom Sunrise UPC Cab

first_imgSwiss service providers Swisscom, Sunrise, UPC Cablecom, Orange and the cable network companies’ association Swisscable have teamed up to adopt a common position on net neutrality.The operators have formulated a code of conduct and are to create a new Ombudsman office that will monitor net neutrality in the country.Principles adopted include that no services or applications will be blocked and that freedom of information and the free expression of opinion will not be restricted.The code states that bandwidth may be managed under some circumstances, for example to comply with official rulings and to prioritise time-critical services such as IP telephony, TV, emergency calls, video conferencing and future telemedicine applications.Where it is suspected that a service provider is in breach of the code, users will be able to call on the ombudsman’s office, which will draw on the expertise of independent consultants in examining the case and mediating between users and service providers.last_img read more

Liberty Globalowned cable operator UPC Poland is

first_imgLiberty Global-owned cable operator UPC Poland is to launch a full Horizon advanced TV offering, making available a decoder that provides access to advanced TV, internet and telephony, in the New Year. UPC Poland, which has already made the Horizon Go service available, has invited a select group of its customers to trial the set-top box service ahead of its commercial launch. The decoder, which provides access to social media sites including Facebook, YouTube and Twitter on TV as well as personalised navigation, is equipped with a double-sided QWERTY keyboard for easier use of advanced features.The box allows users to record up to four programmes simultaneously while watching a fifth, to record programmes remotely via the Horizon app, to pause live TV and to access a variety of internet sites.Grzegorz Esz, UPC Poland board member responsible for marketing, said that the launch of Horizon would provide the operator’s customers with the “the best experience in the use of television in Poland”.last_img read more

Vodafone Spain has added commercial broadcaster At

first_imgVodafone Spain has added commercial broadcaster Atresmedia’s male-focused Mega channel to its Vodafone TV programming line-up.Mega airs a mix of series, movies and factual programming aimed at men over 25, including Carl Sagan’s Cosmos, Bonnie and Clyde and Sons of Liberty. It airs movies including a complete run of the Hames Bond films.Atresmedia launched Mega as a free-to-air channel in July, using the terrestrial frequency previously occupied by sports service GolT, which was replaced by the new BeIN Sports channel.last_img read more

Dariusz Dąbski Polands Telewizja Puls the operat

first_imgDariusz DąbskiPoland’s Telewizja Puls, the operator of the national TV Puls and Puls 2 channels, has extended its advertising deal with TVN Media to cover 2016.Under the new one-year deal, TVN Media, under the brand Premium TV, will continue to provide commercial representation to Telewizja Puls – Poland’s third-largest commercial TV provider.The two companies have already been working together for five years and Telewizja Puls’ president of the management board, Dariusz Dąbski, described the partnership as a “fruitful and reciprocally beneficial cooperation.”Markus Tellenbach, TVN’s president and CEO said: “Our soon to come sixth year of partnership denotes further development of our extensive and advantageous advertising brokerage offer.”last_img read more

Orange customers in Poland can now access SPI Inte

first_imgOrange customers in Poland can now access SPI International’s FilmBox Live VoD app via their mobile accounts with zero data charges.The move gives Orange subscribers unlimited access to the FilmBox Live service, enabling them to watch FilmBox content on PCs, laptops, smart TVs and PlayStation game consoles.SPI International is offering a range of live channels including the Kino Polska, Kino Polska Muzyka and FilmBox movie channels, FightBox, Fast&FunBox, DocuBox, FashionBox and 360TuneBox.In addition to the mobile TV offering, the company has launched its Kino Polska Muzyka channel on Orange TV’s basic package, taking the reach of the Polish music channel to 7.5 million homes.SPI International’s on-demand offering is the only video-on-demand service offered by Orange Poland apart from its own Telewizja Tu i Tam service.last_img read more

Paolo Bertoluzzo Vodafones group chief commercial

first_imgPaolo BertoluzzoVodafone’s group chief commercial operations and strategy officer Paolo Bertoluzzo is leaving the group to take up the post of CEO of ICBPI, a financial and payment services company in Italy.Bertoluzzo, seen as number two in Vodafone to CEO Vittorio Colao, joined the company in 1999 as strategy and business development director and was appointed to his current position in 2013, taking a central role in the definition of the group’s strategy and the design and direction of Vodafone’s group-wide commercial plans.Vodafone said his successor would be announced in due course.Colao said “Paolo has been an outstanding colleague who has made an immense contribution during his time in Italy and on our Executive Committee. I would like to thank him for his dedication, friendship and wise advice. I wish him every success in his new role, which I know he will undertake with the devotion and commitment that drove so many valuable and effective initiatives during his 17 years with Vodafone.”last_img read more

Kresimir Madunović Deutsche Telekomowned Croatian

first_imgKresimir MadunovićDeutsche Telekom-owned Croatian operator T-Hrvatski Telekom has named Kresimir Madunović as the new CEO of its Iskon internet service provider subsidiary.Madunović takes over from Saša Kramar, who has led the company for the last 14 years. Kramar will now serve as vice-president and general manager for business customers with T-Hrvatski Telekom.Madunović was previously in charge of residential sales, customer support and marketing at Iskon.Iskon, which recently launched a new smart home initiative, is a low-cost provider offering a range of services targeted at a younger demographic, including a TV service.last_img read more

Bruce Tuchman ExAMC Global president Bruce Tuchma

first_imgBruce TuchmanEx-AMC Global president Bruce Tuchman has joined the board of television data firm Parrot Analytics, and will invest in the company this year.Tuchman left his role as AMC Global and Sundance Channel Global boss earlier this year, and has since been consulting for the media technology sectors since that point.This makes him a good fit to advise Parrot, which offers insight into demand for individual programmes and trends in specific territories and regions through a scientifically-designed analytics software tool.Significantly, this offers some idea of how SVOD original programming is performing, as Netflix and Amazon Prime Video do not release any data.Tuchman is joining the board alongside former Sony Pictures and MGM home entertainment president David Bishop. Both men plan to invest in LA- and Auckland-based Parrot in coming months.Before running AMC’s international channels business, Tuchman did the same for MGM Worldwide Networks. AMC Networks acquired the MGM channels’ business through a US$1 billion deal for its parent, Chellomedia, and then integrated them within the new merged operation.Before MGM, Tuchman was senior VP, new media ventures for Nickelodeon and general manager of Nickelodeon Global Network Ventures. He began his career as a mergers and acquisitions associate at transatlantic law firm Skadden Arps.“Traditional panel-based measurement services are not meeting the demands of an increasingly fractured and data-starved media market,” said Tuchman. “Parrot’s cross-platform, global demand measurement system provides very powerful, intuitive and  empirical data to measure the true demand for thousands of television shows across every country on earth.“I’m proud to join the board of Parrot which, under the leadership of [Parrot CEO] Wared Seger, has developed a unique and truly game-changing technology.”“Bruce and David bring a wealth of business experience and leadership which will provide Parrot Analytics with the strategic insight we require as we become a global, brand-driven business and as we seek to establish successful partnerships across international markets,” said Seger.“Parrot Analytics’ mission is to advance the television industry’s data-driven capabilities and we are delighted to be able welcome Bruce and David to the Parrot team to help us achieve that goal.”last_img read more

Julian Hector The BBC has appointed veteran produc

first_imgJulian HectorThe BBC has appointed veteran producer Julian Hector as head of its respected Natural History Unit.The NHU is part of BBC Studios, the UK public broadcaster’s overarching production division, and Hector assumes the role vacated by Wendy Darke earlier this year amid a raft of management changes.Darke has since set up her own production company, True to Nature.Hector is a veteran wildlife producer and has been editor of Natural History Radio at the BBC. His TV credits over the last two decades include credits include Battle of the Sexes, Saving Species, Migration and Ivory Wars.He said: “This is such an important time to lead the Natural History Unit. We thrill our audiences with the extreme close-up and immerse them in the wonderful world of nature; and with people and nature ever more challenged to share the same space on earth it has never been more important to tell stories of that relationship.”In other changes at the NHU, Oliver Thompson takes on an expanded commercial role as head of business. Reporting to Hector, he is being upped from head of production.He said: “The launch of BBC Studios means the NHU is at a critical point in its evolution and we need to create the right environment for our creative and business teams to thrive. This presents a huge opportunity for us to bring our world-class content to new customers and new platforms, and deliver value back to BBC licence fee payers.”Lisa Opie, BBC Studios director, factual, added: “I’m delighted that the world class credibility and heritage of the Natural History Unit is in such strong hands.“Julian brings passion, vision and vast experience to the Unit. Oli will drive the business through this important and challenging transition into the competitive market. Together they’ll make a powerful team.”Opie landed her post in June, as new BBC Studios chief Mark Linsey appointed a trio of executives with significant business acument to lead the factual, scripted, and entertainment, music and events divisions. Roger Leatham bagged the entertainment post, and Nick Betts became genre chief of scripted.last_img read more

Netflix is in advanced talks to acquire Luc Besson

first_imgNetflix is in advanced talks to acquire Luc Besson’s studio EuropaCorp, according to a report in financial daily Les Echos.According to the paper, citing an unnamed source, a deal could be announced in a few weeks. EuropaCorp is responsible for Besson movies including Lucy and Valerian: City of a Thousand Planets.EuropaCorp’s Paris-listed shares rose sharply on the news. According to Les Echos, an agreement was close to being signed last month but one of the two parties returned to the negotiating table to seek better terms.EuropaCorp told Les Echos that it was in discussion with “several potential financial and/or industrial partners, but that it had not as of yet entered into exclusive discussions with any individual party.According to the paper, any agreement would guarantee Besson freedom to develop a certain number of films, with remuneration based on their success.EuropaCorp has three titles in its pipeline over the next few months: Besson’s crime thriller Anna, police thriller Taxi 5 and Kursk, a film about the Russian submarine disaster.Netflix has had an uneasy relationship with the French film community. Last year, the Cannes Film Festival said it would stop films that had not been released theatrically from competing for the Palm d’Or after Netflix titles The Meyerowitz Stories and Okja were entered in competition despite neither being released theatrically ahead of being streamed on the platform.last_img read more

Liberty Globalowned cable operator UPC Hungary ha

first_imgLiberty Global-owned cable operator UPC Hungary has tapped Agama Technologies to supply its video assurance platform.Mikael DahlgrenBy implementing the Agama video assurance platform in its head-end and network, UPC will have real-time access to information and insights on service performance at multiple points in the delivery network, according to Agama.“By choosing Agama’s modern, software-based solution, we are able to get great support for both automated monitoring as well as visual inspection. We now have a real-time view of the delivery chain with key metrics directly available for our services, from the head-end and through the network,” said Tibor Szabadszallasi, video manager at UPC.“As a long-time Agama partner, we are thrilled to support the deployment of the Agama solution at UPC Hungary.”Mikael Dahlgren, CEO at Agama Technologies, said: “It is always a pleasure to design quality assurance solutions together with operators with as high ambitions as UPC Hungary. We feel honored to have been selected by them and are really looking forward to our collaboration.”last_img read more

Richard Halton YouView chief executive Richard Hal

first_imgRichard HaltonYouView chief executive Richard Halton is to stand down at the end of this year to pursue new opportunities.The UK hybrid digital TV platform, which is jointly owned by BT, TalkTalk, the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5 and Arqiva, said that Halton, who led YouView from launch, had decided the moment was right to step down.YouView is currently in three million UK homes, mostly through its use by BT and TalkTalk to deliver TV services as part of a multiplay offering.Halton was controller of business strategy at the BBC, where he led development of YouView predecessor Project Canvas, before becoming CEO of YouView when the company was formed in 2010.YouView said that a search was already underway for a replacement.Simon Duffy, chairman of YouView said: “YouView is now a world class technology platform which blends the best of the UK’s major broadcasters and communication companies with digital OTT services. Richard has been a major contributor to this success, marshalling a unique partnership between YouView’s seven shareholders – BT, TalkTalk, the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5 and Arqiva. We wish him well in his future endeavors.”Halton said: “It has been a fantastic 10 years at the helm of an extraordinary business – one that now shapes the way three million homes find and watch television. To have led YouView through such an exciting time in the TV industry has been a privilege and I would like to thank my team as well as our shareholders and partners for their unerring support, commitment and energy. After a decade I feel it is time to move on and explore new opportunities, knowing that I leave YouView well set for the future.”last_img read more

Maltese cable operator Melita has launched a 1Gbps

first_imgMaltese cable operator Melita has launched a 1Gbps internet service that is available across its entire footprint.The move, which has enabled Melita to claim that Malta is the first country in Europe where 1Gbps broadband is available nationwide, follows upgrades to the operator’s HFC infrastructure that have also reduced latency on the network, according to the company.Melita is offering the service as part of its GigaPower product line whilst also delivering dedicated fibre services to offices and business centres.Harald Roesch, CEO at Melita Limited, said, “This is an historic milestone for Melita and for Malta. After being the first to roll out a 5G-ready mobile network last December, we have now achieved another first, delivering Gigabit internet nationwide. Our ongoing investments in infrastructure continue to ensure Malta retains its position as one of the best-connected countries in the world, while also future proofing our network for the coming Internet of Things era.”last_img read more