Secessionists call for independence of Kenya coast

first_img Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement How do cataracts affect your vision? Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Top Stories Comments   Share   Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix After Kenya’s 2007 elections, violence in most parts of the country killed more than 1,000 people and displaced at least 600,000 others after a dispute over who won the presidential vote. The chaos greatly damaged the economy and destroyed Kenya’s image as a stable democracy.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)center_img Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like 4 must play golf courses in Arizona Sponsored Stories MOMBASA, Kenya (AP) – A series of violent attacks on the Kenyan coast blamed on a separatist movement called the Mombasa Republican Council highlights a growing feeling on Kenya’s sandy shores that the country’s rulers have long neglected the region and taken its resources as their own. The tensions could mean more violence, especially as the country’s March elections approach.A separatist leader in Mombasa says the group will not allow the coast to take part in general elections if their succession demands are not met.last_img read more

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Etihad Airways named best longhaul airline at Belgian Travel Magazine

first_imgSource = Etihad Airways Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, has won Best Long-haul Airline at Belgium’s 15th annual Travel Magazine Awards, held in Antwerp.This is the first time Etihad Airways has won the prestigious Belgian travel industry award, beating five other long-haul carriers operating to and from Brussels International Airport.The judging panel consisted of approximately 400 Belgian travel industry professionals, tour operators, travel agencies, airlines, and cruise lines.Etihad Airways’ Chief Commercial Officer, Peter Baumgartner, said the airline was delighted to win the coveted title.“This award cements us as the airline of choice for long-haul guests travelling to and from Brussels, a strategically important market for Etihad Airways.“It is testament to the strength and success of our whole product experience, whether it be Diamond First, Pearl Business, or Coral Economy.  The award also recognises our success in inspiring our guests from the moment their journey begins, right through to journey’s end – in the air and on the ground.”Etihad Airways’ codeshare partner over Brussels, Brussels Airlines won the award for Best Short-haul Airline.Organised by Travel Magazine – a Belgian travel trade publication, the 31-category Travel Magazine Awards have established themselves as a highly respected annual celebration of achievements within the Belgian travel industry.Etihad Airways operates eight times a week between Brussels and Abu Dhabi, offering onward connections to more than 80 destinations.last_img read more

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TORONTO — In trying to grasp the trauma her Absen

first_img TORONTO — In trying to grasp the trauma her “Absentia” character endured while in captivity for several years, Canadian actress Stana Katic reflected on a meeting she had with a real-life victim of such harrowing circumstances: Jaycee Dugard.The Hamilton-born star says she has someone in common with Dugard, who was abducted in June 1991 on her way to school in South Lake Tahoe, Calif. Dugard was held for 18 years by Phillip and Nancy Garrido, and gave birth to two daughters in a hidden compound in the couple’s California backyard.The opportunity came up for Katic and Dugard to meet “in a social setting,” the actress said in a recent interview, noting it happened not as part of her research for “Absentia” but “just because.”A photo of the two of them together can be seen on Katic’s Facebook page in a post from July 2016.“She’s a beautiful human being,” Katic said during a stop in Toronto to promote season 2 of “Absentia,” which premieres Wednesday on Showcase.“She is, in so many ways, fully realized. After having come from a situation where her identity was stripped away from her in so many ways, for her to unfold into this authentic and fully realized woman — she’s got a great sense of humour, she’s a good person — I admire her.”Katic said she didn’t use Dugard specifically as a reference point as she crafted her “Absentia” character, former Boston FBI agent Emily Byrne, who is trying to return to “normal” life after being kidnapped and presumed dead during a risky hunt for a serial killer.But she found Dugard’s story left an impression on her.“In no way can I say emulated it or anything like that, because that experience is, to me, I have to completely respect it and protect that,” said the former “Castle” star.“Her ability to recover and her resilience as a human being and the growth that she’s had since that, I honour and respect that woman so much. However, reading her story, hearing about her and meeting her in person, I can’t say that it didn’t leave granules of information for me.”At the start of season 2, Emily is in a dark place as she tries to bond with the son she had in her former life before she went missing. She’s also researching her troubled childhood at an orphanage and starting to remember snippets from her time in captivity.The new season was shot in Bulgaria and explores themes of identity, finding a sense of self and having dominion over yourself, said Katic, noting it also delves into the lives of other characters surrounding Emily.Overall, Katic feels her character is like Odysseus from Greek mythology and an antihero going through psychological challenges in order to find her way home.“That’s the kind of character that I am drawn to in my own TV and movie-viewing experience,” Katic said.“For instance, I love Tom Hardy in ‘Taboo,’ I love Cillian Murphy in ‘Peaky Blinders,’ and of course Tony Soprano…. Humans are imperfect and so why wouldn’t a female character be … a version of an antihero?”Victoria Ahearn, The Canadian Press by Victoria Ahearn, The Canadian Press Posted Apr 2, 2019 12:39 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Stana Katic arrives at the 30th Film Independent Spirit Awards in Santa Monica, Calif., on February 21, 2015. In trying to grasp the trauma her “Absentia” character endured while in captivity for several years, Canadian actress Stana Katic reflected on a meeting she had with a real-life victim of such harrowing circumstances: Jaycee Dugard. The Hamilton-born star says she has someone in common with Dugard, who was abducted in June 1991 on her way to school in South Lake Tahoe, Calif. She was held for 18 years by Phillip and Nancy Garrido, and gave birth to two daughters in a hidden compound in the couple’s California backyard. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Invision – Jordan Strauss ‘Absentia’ star Stana Katic on meeting kidnapping survivor Jaycee Dugardlast_img read more

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Gesy sabotage claims anger accused parties

first_imgJust days before the House heath committee is set to begin an article-by-article discussion of the regulations concerning the work framework of personal and specialist physicians as well as their fees within Gesy, political parties on Tuesday denied they were trying to sabotage the new health system.As the dispute over the future of private practices within Gesy began aligning into party camps, socialist Edek denounced reports that its leader Marinos Sizopoulos held a back-door meeting with President Nicos Anastasiades seeking government backing for a legislation amendment in favour of private doctors.Sizopoulos, himself a dermatologist, is accused of trying to bring an amendment to the Gesy legislation, which would introduce a right for private doctors to continue their medical practice once the scheme is launched ostensibly in a matter of months.Deputy director of the Health Insurance Organisation (HIO) Andreas Papakonstantinou said on Tuesday that the organisation “is willing to discuss with private doctors and clinicians the subject of private medical practice within Gesy, but will not be adopting a plan that provides unequal healthcare opportunities to all beneficiaries.”As deliberations intensify between the Cyprus Medical Association (CMA) and the HIO, the dispute moved into the political arena after former health minister George Pamboridis pointed the finger at Sizopoulos on Sunday, by claiming on Twitter that he was among a group with two other party leaders who were attempting “to overturn Gesy, under the supposed pretext of improvements to the system.”Pamboridis’ accusations appeared to be confirmed by a parliamentary source who told some media outlets that Sizopoulous, along with Diko leader Nicolas Papadopoulos, had approached Anastasiades, asking that the amendment allowing private practice be backed by the government, with the president replying that the government would not go back on existing arrangements.In its official response, Edek said the reports “do not correspond with reality and only serve political interests.”According to the announcement, Sizopoulos only met the president on October 25 after which he informed media that he had expressed reservations regarding Gesy’s viability under the current framework, and his concerns regarding the scheme’s possible economic collapse in the future.Reiterating claims by the CMA regarding Gesy’s inevitable future failure due to lack of funds and planning, Edek said that under the current framework, “public hospitals run the risk of being sold to private interests.”On Tuesday, Papadopoulos also rejected through his personal Twitter account his alleged involvement in efforts to alter the current design of Gesy, claiming that “Diko had voted in favour of every Gesy law and budget that has crossed parliament… Gesy must go on.”In view of the escalating dispute, Pamboridis called out in a tweet on Tuesday the “mediocre to inadequate self-satisfied political opportunists. These are the scourge of our time. Enough. Go home!”In another tweet on Sunday, Pamboridis claimed that Sizopoulos “went beyond himself to persuade the dermatologists to say a thundering NO to Gesy.” On Tuesday, Edek spokesperson Maria Panayiotou told the Cyprus Mail that this was not true.Under the government roadmap, contributions for Gesy will begin as of March 2019.The first phase of the scheme is to be rolled out on June 1 of the same year. This concerns outpatient care provided by personal physicians, specialists, pharmacies and labs.Gesy will come into full swing as of June 1, 2020 with inpatient care.You May LikeInsured Nation – Auto Insurance QuotesNew Rule in Rowland Heights, California Leaves Drivers FumingInsured Nation – Auto Insurance QuotesUndoPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 minute and see why everyone is addictedPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GameUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoThe Deniz boat incident showed clearly the intentions of the Turkish sideUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Leonard welcomes local camp group to state Capitol

first_img Categories: Leonard News,Leonard Photos Rep. Tom Leonard, R-DeWitt Township, welcomes campers from the DeWitt Area Recreation Authority’s Double Digit Day Camp to the House floor today. The kids, ages 5 through 14, visited the state Capitol building and spent time with their state representative during the trip.### 17Jun Leonard welcomes local camp group to state Capitollast_img

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Iden receives committee assignments

first_img16Jan Iden receives committee assignments Categories: Iden News State Rep. Brandt Iden has been named to four House committees for his first term.Iden will serve as the vice chair of the House Communications and Technology Committee, as well as serving on the Workforce and Talent Development, Tax Policy and Regulatory Reform committees.“I’m honored to have been appointed vice chair of a committee as important to the economic growth of our state as Communications and Technology,” said Iden, R-Oshtemo. “I appreciate the confidence Speaker Cotter has placed in my ability to be a leader in this committee during my first term in office, and I look forward to working with this committee to create a brighter future for Michigan and Kalamazoo County.”House committees review all legislation that affects their issue area and make recommendations as to whether to the full House should take up the bills.  Committee chairs decide when bills are heard, run the committee meetings and organize informational hearings to help lawmakers and the public understand important issues.###last_img read more

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Rep Kahle announces proposal to honor fallen state trooper

first_img08Feb Rep. Kahle announces proposal to honor fallen state trooper Categories: Kahle News,News State Rep. Bronna Kahle today announced a proposal to honor fallen Trooper Byron J. Erickson by designating the portion of M-52 from Curtis Road to M-50 as the Trooper Byron J. Erickson Highway.Trooper Erickson served with the Michigan State Police for four years before giving his life in the line of duty.“Trooper Erickson was a true hero and this memorial highway will recognize his dedication to our state and our county,” said Rep. Kahle, of Adrian. “This will be a symbol of gratitude and acknowledgement from the community for which he gave the ultimate sacrifice.”On the afternoon of July 2nd, 1993, Trooper Erickson responded to a tip regarding a stolen 1993 Mustang that had been spotted in a Tecumseh subdivision. As he entered the subdivision in an unmarked car, Trooper Erickson spotted the Mustang leaving the area and began to follow the suspect. He requested marked Michigan State Police units to assist in a felony arrest, however, the suspect realized he was being followed and accelerated in order to leave behind Trooper Erickson.In an attempt to keep the suspect in sight until MSP patrol cars arrived, Trooper Erickson followed in pursuit. After a five-mile chase Erickson was forced to perform an evasive maneuver to avoid hitting a civilian vehicle. He lost control of his vehicle and crashed, suffering a severe spinal cord injury.On July 31st at about 3:30 a.m., after 29 days in the hospital, Trooper Byron J. Erickson passed away as a result of complications from his injuries. He was 36 years old.Trooper Erickson is survived by his son, Severin, who now serves as the Director of The Thin Blue Line of Michigan.“I never knew my father. I only know him through the many stories of his bravery, honesty and joyful nature,” Severin Erickson said. “The thing I hear the most is how he loved his community. He became a trooper to protect those around him. I know he and my mom would be honored to have this reminder of his sacrifice.”The bill will have no fiscal impact on the State or local government.#####last_img read more

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4 Elements of Successful Crowdfunding Drawn from Digital Marketing

first_imgShare2TweetShareEmail2 Shares April 25, 2014; MarketingProfsRob Wu of CauseVox has written a simple yet brilliant post about what crowdfunding can learn from digital marketing. He believes that crowdfunding “is disrupting how donors want to give and shifting their preferences fundamentally. As a nonprofit, you have to change your approach to online fundraising just to keep up.”He thinks that some of the necessary ingredients for digital marketing also apply to crowdfunding. Those ingredients include:Brand advocates: Wu says, “Savvy marketers know that they can reap huge rewards by cultivating brand advocates. Brand advocates amplify your reach, drive word of mouth, and get products sold.” Nonprofits, he says, need to look first at the “community of individuals and organizations that are excited about your cause.”He calls this a “tribe of supporters” and divvies them up into three categories:Promoters: People that will share your crowdfunding campaign via email and social media. They’re your megaphones; think of them as your own publicity team.Fundraisers: People that will create a mini-crowdfunding campaign via peer-to-peer fundraising. They’ll ask for donations from their friends and family on your behalf.Donors: People that will pledge to give money to your campaign.These people, he says, are the “engine” of a crowdfunding campaign and he thinks it is very hard to get traction without their commitment.A focus on storytelling: Wu cites the research of Keith Quesenberry and Michael Coolsen of Johns Hopkins, who studied Super Bowl commercials over a two-year period. They found that effective storytelling predicted success. Wu says, “Stories give context and meaning to data and facts. They allow a donor to intimately and emotionally connect to your organization.”Continual testing: Don’t rely on intuition but test your approaches and validate your assumptions if you are serious, says Wu. “A/B testing is an easy way to figure out how to optimize for better results. Marketers constantly test their ads, emails, and offers to see what small changes can lead to more clicks, opens, and purchases.”Someone else’s audience: What if you are relatively new? One can take a bit of a shortcut by approaching other people’s communities. “As part of your nonprofit crowdfunding campaign, you can identify social media influencers with large engaged audiences, journalists who report in your area, and community leaders who care about your cause. That gives you access to their audience, and it can help you build a list of supporters quickly.” This is a tried and true method in direct mail, of course.—Ruth McCambridgeShare2TweetShareEmail2 Shareslast_img read more

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Apparent Conflicts of Interest in Newark NJs Development Structure

first_imgShare14TweetShareEmail14 SharesSeptember 15, 2014; Newark Star-LedgerIn northern New Jersey and beyond, Baye Adofo-Wilson has long been a star among community-based developers. His leadership of the Lincoln Park Coast Cultural District, a nonprofit community development organization serving a neighborhood adjacent to downtown Newark that for many people was known as a crumbling but historic area, anchored by the underutilized but beautiful Newark Symphony Hall. His role as executive director of the Cultural District brought substantial regional and national attention to the area as well as investment in the organization’s affordable housing and green development plans. The new mayor, Ras Baraka, quickly made Adofo-Wilson one of his top lieutenants after the election, appointing him director of the Department of Economic and Housing DevelopmentReporting for the Star-Ledger, Naomi Nix points out that Adofo-Wilson’s new role will include overseeing the city’s redevelopment agency—the Brick City Development Corporation—which had given the Lincoln Park Coast Cultural District a loan which the nonprofit was unable to repay. In fact, according to Nix, Lincoln Park defaulted on a very large loan from Wells Fargo, defaulted on a smaller loan from Brick City, and “settled” a loan it had received from the Community Loan Fund of New Jersey, but only after the Star-Ledger began making inquiries about the loans.Adofo-Wilson offered explanations of the nonprofit’s delinquent and defaulted loans, including problems securing a tax abatement from the City of Newark, causing Lincoln Park to incur six-figure losses. In addition, some of its residential development efforts reached fruition during and after the real estate collapse of 2008, which devastated the already weak Newark housing market and undoubtedly made Lincoln Park’s plans for selling homes difficult in terms of sales prices and timing.Nix wasn’t able to get comments about the delinquent loans from either Brick City or Lincoln Park, but Adofo-Wilson made it clear that he will recuse himself from anything concerning his old organization now that he is a city department director, and Mayor Baraka said that there is no conflict of interest because Adofo-Wilson doesn’t work for the community development group any longer.Anyone who has experience with community-based development in Newark knows that the city bureaucracy has frustrated even the best of nonprofit entrepreneurs, and Adofo-Wilson is no exception. Under former mayor and now senator Cory Booker, the operations of the city’s Economic and Housing Department improved immeasurably with Michael Meyer’s leadership (though we thought the department was called Housing and Economic Development under Booker). However, Adofo-Wilson’s story about the travails of the Lincoln Park Coast Cultural District ring true, as nonprofit community developers in the city have to navigate multiple departments controlling different elements of the financing and construction of development projects, not to mention the political roles of the mayor and city council.Nonetheless, the history of delinquent and defaulted loans incurred by Adofo-Wilson during his leadership of LPCCD will be a cause for difficulty—for him and for Mayor Baraka. Changes Adofo-Wilson might want to make in the city’s provision of development financing and development guarantees through the Brick City Development Corporation and its awarding of tax abatements for development projects might come to be seen by critics as self-serving, putting the blame on Brick City and other city departments rather than absorbing some responsibility for what might have been misjudgments made at the nonprofit itself about its development agenda and the potential progress of the Newark real estate market. Recusal from activities concerning LPCCD won’t necessarily clear the air for Adofo-Wilson, even though there is nothing legally wrong with the Mayor’s appointing him to direct the department.Because Adofo-Wilson is essentially a participant in and witness to the past dysfunction of the Newark development process, especially as it has affected nonprofit community developers, both Adofo-Wilson and the mayor would have benefitted from an important procedural step. The city really needed a thorough overhaul of its development operations and policies, a top-to-bottom review of what worked and what clearly didn’t in Newark’s approach to community-based development, and a clear agenda of recommendations for comprehensive change. That would have provided Adofo-Wilson and the mayor a solid agenda for change, generated by an independent third party review, that Adofo-Wilson would have then tasked to implement. Simply recusing himself from dealings involving his old Lincoln Park group isn’t sufficient for someone with the profile and experience of Adofo-Wilson.—Rick CohenShare14TweetShareEmail14 Shareslast_img read more

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Activists Airlift Abortion Pills to Northern Ireland to Spotlight Restrictive Laws

first_imgShare2Tweet3ShareEmail5 SharesSunset Drone / Greg ClarkeJune 21, 2016; The GuardianLast week, the UN released a report calling on the Republic of Ireland to amend its abortion policies, which it found violates women’s human rights. While Northern Ireland may be politically a part of the United Kingdom, its abortion laws are largely in stride with Ireland’s policies. As such, across Ireland, abortion is criminalized except in certain circumstances, such as when the mother’s life is endangered by the pregnancy. Perhaps emboldened by the UN’s report last week, activists and advocates in Northern Ireland used a drone to drop abortion pills in protest of the abortion laws on Tuesday. Women on Waves, a Dutch pro-choice group, collaborated with Northern Irish group Alliance for Choice, a group called ROSA from the Republic of Ireland, and Northern Irish group Labour Alternative to deliver two drugs, mifepristone and misoprostol, which when taken will induce an abortion up to nine weeks into a pregnancy. The pills were delivered by first crossing the border from the Republic of Ireland into Northern Ireland. For Women on Waves, this is not the first time they have delivered abortion pills via drones. Last June, they also airlifted abortion pills to Poland and Germany.The World Health Organization lists both drugs as essential medicines and has approved them for use since 2005, but taking such pill is a prosecutable offense in Northern Ireland, punishable up to life imprisonment (and up to 14 years in the Republic of Ireland). In a recent case, a Northern Ireland woman received a suspended three-month sentence when her roommates reported her for buying and using abortion pills to terminate her pregnancy.According to Women on Waves, dropping the medicine in Northern Ireland was not illegal and no laws were broken. While police officers were at the site and took photographs of the event, none intervened. “Abortion is criminalized in both Northern Ireland and the Republic. We sent the pills across the border today as an act of solidarity with women in [North Ireland] who are currently facing prosecutions,” said ROSA’s Rita Harrold in a statement. “This is outrageous. Today’s action is a clear message of intent—north and south, we will build an unstoppable movement of women and young people until women have the right to control their own bodies.”Courtney Robinson, 18, from Belfast, took the pills that were airdropped. “We are here to say we are going to defy the law in helping women obtain these pills and we are going to work to make the law unworkable and stand in solidarity with all women who want to have an abortion and have the right to do so in Northern Ireland.”As noted by the UN’s report, which centered around one woman’s complaint about the country’s abortion laws, Irish women seeking to terminate their pregnancies must leave the country to do so. Understandably, many cannot afford the cost of traveling abroad for the procedure, drastically limiting their access. In part, the report called on the Republic of Ireland to provide such access and train their healthcare personnel to provide useful information to patients about where access is available. While the report’s recommendations were not directed at Northern Ireland, the situation is much the same and women continue to suffer. “Thousands of women suffer every year in Northern Ireland and the Republic having to travel abroad for abortions and go through very traumatic times. We feel now is the time to change legislation,” said Lucy Simpson from Belfast, who also took the pills.—Shafaq HasanShare2Tweet3ShareEmail5 Shareslast_img read more

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The UKs Digital Television Group DTG has made i

first_imgThe UK’s Digital Television Group (DTG) has made its HbbTV-based connected TV specification openly available to the industry.The D-Book 7 Part B version 2 is designed to build on HbbTV to align the UK with pan-European standards. The spec includes additional features to meet the requirements of UK service providers.As well as incorporating parts of the HbbTV specification the D-Book is also built upon international standards, including those published by the OIPF, ETSI, incorporating HbbTV and ISO/IEC – MPEG-DASH – with extensions to cater for UK-specific features.The DTG will propose UK requirements to HbbTV for inclusion in HbbTV version 2. The DTG Council has approved the DTG to present, non-exclusively, the consolidated UK requirements for connected TV to the HbbTV working group, and later provide technical solutions, for HbbTV version 2 and future iterations.“D-Book 7 Part B reflects over three years of critical industry collaboration to meet the UK requirements for connected TV. The publication of Part B not only ensures world leading services for UK consumers but demonstrates our continued commitment to the harmonisation of standards across the European Union and the rest of the world.” said DTG director-general Richard Lindsay-Davies, “This latest development is particularly important because it clearly references and builds on the most recent HbbTV standard, currently with the European Telecommunications Standards Institute for ratification. The DTG will continue to develop the D-Book as new innovations are discussed.”last_img read more

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Samsung has acquired Atlantabased social TV app m

first_imgSamsung has acquired Atlanta-based social TV app maker MOVL, according to US reports.In a statement published by both TechCrunch and Giga Om, MOVL confirmed it is now part of Samsung Electronics and will combine its “multiscreen capabilities with Samsung’s scale and innovation in its device ecosystem.”MOVL creates apps for connected TVs and mobile devices, and is responsible for apps including: SmartFitTV, a personal trainer app for Google TV devices and Samsung smart TVs; and WeTeli, a social video Jukebox.Its MOVL Connect Platform also lets users build across many platforms, including Google, Samsung, iOS, Android, Facebook and more.[adverrt_banner]last_img

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Cindy Rose Virgin Medias executive director of di

first_imgCindy RoseVirgin Media’s executive director of digital entertainment, Cindy Rose, is stepping down from the company following its recent buyout by Liberty Global.Rose, who joined the company in 2009, is thought to be mulling over opportunities elsewhere, including in the wider Liberty Global organisation, though has decided to take time off to spend with her family for the time being.“Cindy’s taking this opportunity to take a well deserved break. Since she joined four years ago she’s led the introduction of TiVo and overseen an outstanding period in which Virgin Media’s pay TV business has added customers at a faster rate than either Sky or BT,” said a Virgin Media spokesperson.No one has been lined up to replace Rose, though Virgin Media’s director of broadband Jon James will take on her responsibilities on an interim basis.Separately, Virgin Media has brought in longstanding Liberty Global executive Stephane David as executive director of content.David has worked as Liberty Global’s vice president of programming since 2005 and has 18 years experience in the pay-TV industry. He previously served as COO and CEO of Canal+ Benelux.At the beginning of June, Liberty Global appointed the managing director of UPC Ireland, Dana Strong, as the next chief operating officer of Virgin Media. This followed the hire of UPC Netherlands MD, Robert Dunn, as Virgin Media’s next chief finance officer, and former News International chief executive Tom Mockridge as Virgin’s new CEO.last_img read more

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Nordic service provider TeliaSonera has named Hélè

first_imgNordic service provider TeliaSonera has named Hélène Barnekow as senior vice-president and chief commercial officer as part of a new organizational revamp to be launched on April 1. Barnekow will be responsible for the group’s commercial functioins with responsibility for global products, businesses and devices as well as brand and customer experience.She will also be on the board of TeliaSonera International Carrier, which will be positioned within the group commercial function.Barnekow was previously head of worldwide field and partner marketing at EMC in Boston in the US.“I am very pleased to welcome Hélène Barnekow to TeliaSonera. She is passionate about IT and telecoms and brings extensive experience from several leading positions in large international organizations with strong brands, customer focus and innovation capabilities,” said Johan Dennelind, TeliaSonera’s President and CEO.last_img read more

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Latvian cable operator Baltcom has added the Setan

first_imgLatvian cable operator Baltcom has added the Setanta Sports channel to its programming line-up.The channel which airs coverage of football leagues including Spain’s La Liga, France’s Ligue 1 and Italy’s Serie A and the UEFA Euro 2016 qualifiers, along with French rugby  and Formula E motor-racing, will also provide coverage of NHL ice-hockey, popular in Latvia, from October 8.last_img

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Katharina Feistauer Scripps Networks UK and EMEA h

first_imgKatharina FeistauerScripps Networks UK and EMEA has appointed long-time Discovery Networks International executive, Katharina Feistauer, as its vice president of programming.Feistauer will take up her role in December and will be responsible for programme planning and strategy, as well as leading content sourcing and acquisitions.She will report to Scripps Networks UK and EMEA’s senior vice president of content and marketing, Nick Thorogood.Feistauer joins Scripps after 10 years at Discovery Networks International, where she most recently worked as head of emerging networks, EMEA.During her time at Discovery, she was responsible for content strategy and programme planning across a number of EMEA channels, and also managed the content integration between Discovery Networks International and SBS Networks in the Nordics, which Discovery acquired last year.Feistauer has also previously worked at NBCUniversal as global head of research and started her career at McKinsey and Company’s media practice.“Katharina joins us with an intrinsic understanding of the region and offers a wealth of experience drawn from years of mastering television programming for international markets. She will undoubtedly be an invaluable addition to our team as we continue to develop our portfolio of channels,” said Thorogood.Scripps owns channel brands including Food Network and Travel Channel.last_img read more

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A powerful coalition of Hollywood studios consume

first_imgA powerful coalition of Hollywood studios, consumer electronics makers, content distributers and technology companies has formed in a bid to create a seamless and integrated ecosystem for Ultra HD.The UHD Alliance, which launched at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas and includes firms like Netflix, Samsung and Twentieth Century Fox, said the partnership will “set the bar for next generation video entertainment.”The alliance aims to establish new standards to support “innovation in video technologies” – including 4K and higher resolutions, high dynamic range, wider colour range and immersive 3D audio.“As the UHD environment continues to evolve, we are strengthening our commitment to high-quality UHD content and devices. The Alliance will encourage the development of high-quality UHD content while distinguishing TVs that provide the most premium UHD viewing experience,” said Hyunsuk Kim, president, visual display business at Samsung Electronics.The UHD Alliance is designed to provide information to consumers about premium Ultra HD content and devices – which will be clearly identified so shoppers can easily recognise them. It is also focused on helping people benefit from a “seamless, integrated and high-quality Ultra-HD ecosystem.”“The innovative advancements and quality improvements with TVs are evolving rapidly, as seen throughout CES. The UHD Alliance will benefit consumers by identifying products and content that will give the true UHD experience,” said Mike Dunn, president, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment.Other members of the alliance include LG Electronics, Panasonic, Sharp, Sony Visual Product, Technicolor, The Walt Disney Studios, and Warner Bros. Entertainment.last_img read more

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Following similar deals with Vodafone and Orange

first_imgFollowing similar deals with Vodafone and Orange, Catalan broadcaster Mediapro has struck a deal with Asturias region cable operator Telecable for the carriage of its new BeIN Sports channel, a joint venture with Qatar’s BeIN Sports group for the Spanish market.The deal will enable Telecable to make a broad range of football content, including live coverage of Champions League and Europa League matches, as well as English Premier League, Serie A and Ligue 1 matches available to its subscribers.Mediapro has yet to strike a definitive agreement to distribute BeIN Sports with Telefónica, which now controls the rights to Spanish domestic top-tier football.Telecable was recently acquired by UK investment group Zegona Communications for €1.155 billion.last_img

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BT customers who have been switched over to a paid

first_imgBT customers who have been switched over to a paid BT Sport package are now able to exit the deal if they want, thanks to an intervention by UK broadcast regulator Ofcom.The UK operator previously offered BT Sport channel for free to BT broadband customers as part of a minimum term agreement. However, after changing its offering from August 1, BT’s broadband-only users now have to pay £5 (€7) each month for the BT Sport Pack.BT wrote to customers in June and July telling them the charge would be added to their bills unless they contacted BT by 31 July to downgrade to a new BT Sport Lite package, which remains free.However, some customers complained to Ofcom that, unless they downgraded, they were being charged an extra cost that they had not previously agreed.“Ofcom’s concerns in this matter related to the fairness of the terms in BT’s consumer contracts – the small print – that it relied upon to make changes to BT Sport and its price,” said Ofcom in a statement.The regulator has now confirmed with BT that customers who complain about the £5 charge within a month of receiving their first increased bill will be offered “a ‘no quibble’ refund”, and will have the opportunity to downgrade to BT Sport Lite or cancel their BT Sport service.From the beginning of this month, BT’s Sport Pack now includes the existing three BT Sport channels as well as a new channel, BT Sport Europe. The alternative BT Sport Lite package only includes the BT Sport 1 channel.The BT Sport Pack remains free for BT TV customers that sign up to a further minimum term agreement.last_img read more

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Ferdinand Maier TV remote control maker Ruwido is

first_imgFerdinand MaierTV remote control maker Ruwido is demoing its latest innovations at ANGA COM, including combining speech interaction with responsive controls.Ruwido will showcase its “multimodal input devices” and its “organic haptic interaction mechanism” at the show in hall seven, stand G50.“We are continuously working to put the user in control of the machine, and to address the kernel behaviour of people. We aim to be the extension of the user’s thoughts, wishes and activities”, said Ruwido CEO, Ferdinand Maier.last_img

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